those were the days…. PocketPC had a chip on its shoulder v. Palm, kinda reminds you of today :)
Picture this: You’re in a vibrant conference room in Midtown Manhattan witnessing something seemingly normal: two executive creative directors reviewing campaign work and debating brand attributes, customer aspirations and engagement. What’s extraordinary is the fact that one of the ECDs is a gifted programmer perfectly capable of writing and compiling computer programs at will.
That’s the future of successfully integrating digital capabilities into an agency. Culture and business models, not titles, are what make agencies digital. So while agencies rooted in traditional media eagerly add positions like “creative technologist” to their ranks, digitally confident agencies are doing the exact opposite. What’s ironic is the scramble to add phantom job distinctions is happening at a time when technology and creative should be tied closer than ever.
But just as more and more American consumers are joining the streaming-video party, and using more bandwidth because of that, their internet service providers – many of which, by no coincidence, also run large cable TV operations — are getting set to cap the fun.
With companies like Netflix and Hulu threatening their subscription-cable business, companies including AT&T, Comcast and Charter no longer want to aid the competition by offering consumers all-you-can-eat broaband.
The message: Think twice before you cut that cord, America.
This month, AT&T joined competing ISPs Comcast and Charter in putting a limit on the amount of data its customers can use each month. After its customers pipe 150 gigabytes of data through their modems — 250 gigabytes for subscribers to its UVerse cable service — AT&T will start charging them for each extra byte.
Comcast is a little more harsh. Instead of charging a fee for exceeding limits, the company — which now owns NBC Universal, in addition to its own cable system — kicks off from its network customers who go over the 250 gigabyte limit more than twice in six months.
The real point of the caps, analysts say, is to prevent people from ditching expensive cable service the way many have gotten rid of their wired telephone lines.
"Given the way in which internet service providers across the country have tried to structure their data caps, they’ve done so in a way that threatens not just Netflix, but all types of independent online video distribution," Joel Kelsey, a political adviser to Free Press, a national nonprofit that works exclusively with media and technology policy, told TheWrap.
the only way to help RIM’s stock is to deliver a smartphone capable of challenging the iPhone and premier Android devices.
That is a proposition easier identified than fixed.
"I expect to see the Maple Leafs win a Stanley Cup before RIM builds a number one phone," said Bing Gordon of Kleiner Perkins, the Silicon Valley venture firm that helped launch Google.
BERG CEO Webb says the starting place for those stories has changed radically.
“If you look 50 years ago, or 100 years ago, the technology in our homes was the offcuts of the military, or of factories, of industry. Look at computers, which came in equal parts from the need to calculate ballistics in the world wars, and from Silicon Valley, which was at the heart of Cold War investment into space and rocketry. Or mobile phones, which came from battlefield communications. Or even dishwashers and washing machines, which were spin-offs of technology originated in factories.”
“Now you look, [and] the bleeding edge of technology in the home originates from consumer use. The iPhone is better than anything the military ever made. Toys are a great place to look for the latest technology. And even computers, which used to be driven by office use and mainframes, are now led by the nose by technology in personal tablets and laptops, used for games and consuming media. So we’ve flipped from the industrial to the domestic.”
merci à Renaud Edouard-Baraud pour l’opportunité ! - Sylvain Carle et moi parlons francophonie web sur l’Atelier Numérique de BFM Business. Si le sujet vous intéresse, nous en avons parlé sur le podcast de NextMontréal avec Johann Romefort, ex CTO de Seesmic. Laurent Maisonnave a également publié un post sur le sujet.
Ralph Lauren 4D, digital meets analog in a very cool way
To counter the current doom and gloom, let’s go back a few weeks to Nov 6.
I’ve been arguing on this blog that the tech sector cannot stand by idly and hoard cash but must act to kickstart the recovery of our economy.
Some key excerpts:
It’s obvious, when you consider the trajectories of development driving the planet today, that we’re going to have to run a lot smarter and more efficiently—especially as we seek the next areas of investment to drive economic growth and to move large parts of the global economy out of recession.
Fortunately, we now can. We see this in how companies and institutions are rethinking their systems and applying technology in new ways.
Twitter, Facebook and Delicious have been my focus of late but I decided it was time to get back to this blog to put down a few thoughts I’ve been sharing for the past weeks.
Post-Sep 15, we’ve all been living in a bizarro world where tomorrow has become so uncertain that talks of Depression (as in ‘29) have become commonplace. For my part, I’ve tried to maintain a historical perspective, cheered on Warren Buffett’s $13billion buying spree ($4.7bi for CEG, $5b on GS, $3b on GE) and have been wondering what part the tech industry will play in spurring its growth.
A few facts: quick tally of cash (“a terrible long term asset,” according to W. Buffett, “one that pays virtually nothing and is certain to depreciate in value.”) held by some of the largest tech firms:
MSFT: $23 billion
INTEL: $11.5 billion
APPL: $25 billion
CSCO: $24.4 billion
GOOG: $14 billion
HPQ: $14 billion
ORCL: $12 billion
NOK: 7.2 billion euro=$9.2 billion
TOTAL : $133.1 billion in CASH !!!!!
MSFT and HP announced stock buy-back program but the silence from self-professed Buffett students GOGG has been quite defeaning. Why is GOOG they not defending their stock and/or acquiring more mid-size companies at fire-sale prices ?
All well-managed companies need cash on hand but this hoarding is getting in the way of growth and innovation.
Shouldn’t these tech giants spur their rebound via timely acquisitions during this downturn, as well as boost R&D ? It seems to me that the large tech players need to think through their role in the ecosystem and support their growth by supporting the ecosystem, ie investing in it through acquisitions, new products, etc..
On the active side, Nokia has recently announced some a mid-size acquisition (Oz Communications) as well as interesting investments in China through Nokia Ventures (Madhouse). MSFT is still pondering its move with Yahoo (come on Ballmer, it’s trading at $12 !!) and Intel is committed to keeping R&D stable.
The question therefore remains, what are Apple, Cisco, HP and Oracle doing with all their cash and more importantly to spur growth ?
Please comment/add and I’ll monitor and update this post.