September 10, 2010
Intel Corporation just acquired McAfee on 20th August 2010.
What should we make of that? Does it mean the next generation of antivirus will come on a chip from Intel, well why not…doing that comes with a few advantages to Intel:
- Because antiviruses need to be updated all the time, it means Intel will have a good reason to access and receive information from all the PCs using these new chips.
- Maybe, but what if Intel designs a chip that carries out all of the incredibly complex algorithms and other heuristic calculations that invariably slow down our PCs? Rather like Macs, iPhones and iPads have always handled all display calculations on a separate chipset, leaving all the main processor gigaflops to the applications. Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to hang around while our antivirus sucks up precious memory and processor power to check the file we just downloaded…
As the Cloud builds up steam, Intel are preparing for the thin, thin client and the powerful, powerful server because they know that security will be the defining factor in the success of Cloud Computing.
When we access all our files, music, videos, applications from the Cloud…through what will basically be a terminal, an Antivirus/Firewall chipset will be the only solution, because if you have to download it from the Cloud, who knows what new virus will come with it every morning…
Clever move, Intel!
July 26, 2010
Look out George! Next time, you might get hit by an EMC backup server falling out of a cloud.
Just before the piano fell
Companies seem to have voted with their feet and EMC recently announced they are pulling their “Cloud backup service” Atmos out of the Cloud because not enough customers are interested.
Why on earth would one need Cloud backup if one has Cloud applications!? In fact, come to think of it, EMC should be offering the exact opposite: old fashioned physical backup for Cloud applications…It just goes to show that Cloudwashing isn’t enough. Before you put something in the cloud and offer it to your clients, one would be advised to check whether there is any demand for it.
July 26, 2010
An IBM 370-168 mainframe, state of the art in the early 80's
Should we be calling IBM Big Green?
So here we are back to 40 years ago when IBM’s revenue mainly came from renting computer power to customers who connected their thousands of 5250 or 3270 terminals to mainframes using unbelievably slow modems that were each the size of a small desktop computer.
At the time, I was a Computer Science student and spent some time as an intern at IBM France. I participated in installing what was then the largest mainframe in France: an IBM 370/168 (it later became the zSeries) that had a whopping 512 Megabytes of RAM (yes kids…512Mb…stop laughing please…) and stacks of 3330 removable hard disks that could each store 200Mb of data on 8 platters (stop LOL).
Guess what: IBM has just announced they are reviving their System z strategy with the zEnterprise 196.And nobody is laughing this time.
What has changed?: it has 3 Terabytes of RAM,up to 96 processors, reams of blades and can manage loads of P and X servers. IBM says 30% of all servers are running Linux, and that the zEnterprise should soon support Windows clients. 40 years ago, the internal bus of an average computer probably ran slower than today’s high speed ADSL, SDSL etc…(why have you stopped laughing?)
Although total cost of acquisition (TCA) will be higher then for servers, TCO is lower within 3 years. Not to speak of the green side of things, these machines are much more energy efficient than a pile of servers.
If you still think Cloud Computing is a pie in the sky, think again because IBM certainly want to be at the forefront of the next paradigm shift.
June 22, 2009
The other day, I went to see “Coraline”. The manually animated movie brought to us in 3D.
Coraline is a combination of (very) old techniques -manual animation-, state of the art technology -Polyjet matrix molding- and recentish technology -Real3D- (which is in fact close to 30 years old).
Nothing groundbreaking here…!?
Be not mistaken: apart from it being a thoroughly brilliant piece of entertainment, with a picture quality and viewing comfort that is somehow superior to standard 2D movies, 3D film is the movie industry’s answer to piracy.
Well of course…what is the point of stealing a film off the screen by filming it with a video-camera if all you will be able to see when you view it from your DVD player, is a blurred picture.
Here is an industry that is staying ahead of pirates by bringing a more exciting experience to its audience. And the best of it all is that not only have they reduced piracy but they have increased their profit margin by renting the 3D glasses (50% increase in price!).
On the other hand, the music industry is clinging to restrictions, regulations and threatening people with jail if they download music (they are trying to do this in France but the representatives aren’t having it for the moment), rather than enhancing the customer experience.
So what will be the 3D of music? I don’t have an answer today but someone should be thinking hard about what new experience music could bring people rather than trying to restrict the access.
You cannot force people to buy something if they can get it for free. You can convince people to pay for something new and exciting.
July 1, 2008
Part 3: How will you roll-out your plan?
Working through a channel doesn’t mean you can just relax and wait for it all to happen. On the contrary, your initial efforts will need to be significant if you want your channel sales to take off.
Build the right team to work with your channel
- Consider recruiting an experienced channel manager rather than promoting one of your direct sales people
- If you can afford it, create a channel marketing position
- You can adjust your order management team
- Channel partners are good at using on-line tools. Are yours ready?
Is your finance organization ready for a different business model?
- You will be collecting larger amounts with different payment terms and different payment “habits”. Resellers are often strapped for cash…
- You will be paying out money or making credits in the form of Co-op advertising support or Market Development Funds. This doesn’t happen in a direct model
- You might need to pay finder fees to people you aren’t actually trading with such as Influencers (this concept is one of the most difficult for financial departments to cope with)
Can your marketing policy and organisation handle the requirements of your channel strategy?
- You probably need to re-balance your marketing budget
- Your partners will expect support through co-operative and market development funds (Co-op and MDF in channel lingo)
- At some point, you will need to build your brand and product awareness in the channel, should you plan a Marcom budget for this?
- How will you help your channel promote your products on their web sites?
If you actually ship stuff:
- Check your packaging (cartons, cases, pallets, containers, etc…)
- Check your part–numbers (UPC codes are sufficient)
- Does your price list provide for volume orders?
- Are your logistics ready for a change of pace?
- Do need the logistics you had up to now?
If you sell software:
Can your systems report by whom the revenue was generated
If you provide services
Can your channel partners resell them (do they have a part number)?
November 30, 2007
Just found this on the web: USB Wine
USB Wine, download wine straight from the vineyards !
Uploaded by zs2creative
The concept is brilliant, not sure it will work on my laptop because of the limited volume, but I might still be able to download half bottles. I wonder whether this concept could be applied to other products such as paint, toner, maybe even diesel oil or gas?
Try it, you’ll like it, sorry the video is in French, but then, who else could have designed a USB Wine tap! in fact, the story behind the video is real: if you ask to test a download, you will be taken to the Web site of n Internet Wine Boutique…