November, 2007

  • Steve Clayton

    BMW goes Silverlight



    Cool looking site from BMW Germany using Silverlight.

    Hat Tip to Mr Johnston

  • Steve Clayton

    Blue Monster on Channel 10



    Blue Monster just appeared on Channel 10 following an interview I did with Laura a few weeks back in Redmond. Ms Foy is also the proud owner of the 1st bottle of the wine in North America I believe....delivered by yours truly.

    Note to self - ensure I got to makeup before I get in front of the camera again. Man, I'm Bob Monkhouse shiny!

  • Steve Clayton

    A raft of Microsoft concept PC's


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    I stumbled across ammunition group's website recently following a link from a Wired article and decided to browse their catalogue of designs. Imagine my surprise when I found a few Microsoft concept PC designs in there...and my further surprise when I found out that Long hadn't already posted them

    Not sure I like any of them too much anyway but hey, nice to see something differently

  • Steve Clayton

    Software Plus Services Blueprints



    I can't remeber how I came across these Software + Services Blueprints but they're worth a look over on Channel 9. They're described as

    "a series of source code and guidance packages designed to provide an architectural bridge between vision and implementation by making it easier to build S+S applications"

    Much more info from Michael Lehman and if you check out the Blueprints site you will see the first one is posted that enables you to build an add-in to Outlook 2007 that exposes data and interacts with external services.

  • Steve Clayton

    Customer 2.0




    I enjoyed this post from Gabriel a lot - he talks about the dynamics at play in the IT arena at the moment that are defining Customer 1.0 and Customer 2.0

    Customer 1.0 Customer 2.0
    Buys complete software packages Has optional purchase models (flat rate-based and consumption-based subscriptions)
    Responsible for software installation and maintenance Pays only for what they use when they use it
    Pays for distinct software upgrades Adds features to the experience seamlessly
    Owns and controls data Expects upgrades to be free and continuous
    Locked-in financially because of large up-front costs to purchasing software Swaps providers easily
    Delayed usage due to search-buy-ship-install Has flexible software budgeting
    Finds it difficult to move from one software package to another Expects a rich Internet application experience
      Accepts ad-based features
      Expects Self-service Problem Resolution and Service Management
      Accepts internet/cloud based software that is not installed on-premise
      Has data locally and in the cloud
      Has a direct relationship with the Service Provider
      Instantaneous purchase and activation

    It's a pretty solid list I think and largely driven by the wide adoption of broadband. Though Gabriel looks at the IT systems architecture impact, it has a very interesting impact on the channel as well. Notably the reseller community. As Electronic Software Distribution takes hold, those companies are going to have to adapt to a world where their customers move from buying perpetual licenses to subscription licenses and where physical product shipment is not a constraint. Equally, it should mean that when Microsoft (and others) declare a product "finished" it should be available almost immediately for customers to buy (or rent) over the web.

    Interesting times ahead folks. Remember, change is good.

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