April 2008

McKinsey Survey: Enterprise Software

McKinsey in collaboration with the SandHill Group surveyed more than 850 corporate software buyers.

Innovation in the software industry is on the upswing, with Software as a Service (SaaS) being a key driver. The SaaS model is becoming mainstream and this has led to the rise of a new generation of SaaS platforms (also referred to in the industry as Platformas-a-Service – PaaS).

The results of the study are available for free as PDF.

11 innovation lessons from creators of World of Warcraft

Inside Innovation with Colin Stewart » Blog Archive » 11 innovation lessons from creators of World of Warcraft

Great article on (product) innovation! Here is the lineup of “innovation lessons” from Blizzard:

  1. RELY ON CRITICS
  2. USE YOUR OWN PRODUCT
  3. MAKE CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENTS
  4. Go BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
  5. DESIGN FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF CUSTOMERS
  6. THE IMPORTANCE OF FREQUENT FAILURES
  7. MOVE QUICKLY, IN PIECES
  8. STATISTICS BOLSTER EXPERIENCE
  9. DEMAND EXCELLENCE OR YOU’LL GET MEDIOCRITY
  10. CREATE A NEW TYPE OF PRODUCT
  11. OFFER EMPLOYEES SOMETHING EXTRA

Added a new section – “Links”

I played a little bit around with wordpress and implemented a section called Links for displaying my blogroll (or called link list). Over the next couple of weeks i will add more and more of my bookmarks in the Links section.

In addition to that, i changed the link color and the background color. Perhaps tomorrow i’m in the mood to switch back to orange…who knows.

Cellphone Makers Realize: It’s the Software, Stupid

Wired Magazine – Cellphone Makers Realize: It’s the Software, Stupid

To cut a long story short, the software running on a mobile terminal is becoming a key asset and a competitive advantage. From a technical perspective the iPhone is not rocket science. No 3G, no GPS, no WiMAX, no 3D chip, etc. The strength is the software running on the iPhone and the brilliant ideas behind the user interface. I mean, you could compare this step with the movement from Dos to Windows. Usability is a very big issue for the adaptation of the mobile Internet.

Worth to mentioned that three 800 pound gorillas are fighting for the domination of the smartphone OS.

  1. Nokia – Symbian
  2. Micorsoft – Windows MObile
  3. Google – Open Handset alliance

Do not under estimate the power of Google! Even if the Android OS is far from maturity, they could/will leverage their installed base of “cloud computing services” like Gmail, GTalk, Youtube, GMaps, etc.

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