One of the most remarkable aspects of running Tech Field Day is seeing all the innovation happening in Silicon Valley. Although we love to take our event on the road to other cities (we've hit Boston, Seattle, Austin, and Denver too), nothing compares to the San Jose-San Francisco axis of tech. That's why this year's Super Bowl matchup between Seattle and New England made me … [Read more...] about New England Takes On Seattle To Determine Who’s Number 2 … In Tech!
VMware is in an enviable but tricky situation: The company must work closely with hardware partners, keeping these prime sales and promotional channels happy and supportive. But VMware must also innovate around proprietary OEMs, subverting their products with integrated software before a rival steps up with an integrated alternative. This two-prong "coopetition" strategy has … [Read more...] about VMware’s Hardware Partner Strategy: Heads I Win, Tales You Lose
An interesting piece over at Forbes caught my eye this week, which applied Toynbee's theories of the rise and fall of civilizations to Microsoft. In the June piece, Philippe Silberzahn argues that Steve Ballmer's approach to Microsoft will lead the company to collapse, if it has not already done so. He concludes that “the idea that entrepreneurs should hand over the keys to … [Read more...] about Is Tim Cook the Reincarnation of Steve Ballmer?
An obnoxious meme has returned to the fore lately, claiming that innovation is dead. The hippies did it, or maybe it was the Internet, or even a decline of America. But nothing could be further from the truth, and statements like this make me question the perspective of the speaker. "These Kids These Days!" "These kids these days don't know how bad is used to be! We had … [Read more...] about On the Death of Innovation, or “These Kids These Days!”
It's fun to bash Microsoft. It's easy, too, with Apple solidly conquering the high end of the PC and mobile markets and Google's command of the Internet. But how fair are these articles skewering Microsoft, such as "Microsoft's chronic lack of innovation" published today at Techworld? I suggest that Microsoft innovates as well as, if not better than, any other massive company. … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Overlooked Innovation