The Not So Peculiar Case of A Diamond in The Rough

IBM stock was hit severely in recent month, mostly due to the disappointment from the latest earnings report. It wasn’t a real disappointment, but IBM had a buildup of expectations from their ongoing turnaround, and the recent earnings announcement has poured cold water on the growing enthusiasm. This post is about IBM’s story but carries a …

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Long time no blog

Well, I am finaly able to admit that blogging isn't easy as I thought it was when I started this blog. I had dreams of blogging everyday, once upon every interesting thing that happens and apparently I did not. Tried to blame it on lack of time, subjects I did not think were worthy or …

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A Product Roadmap in a Feed

Strategic Board was initially an idea about a new competitive intelligence/market intelligence tool for enterprises in the IT sector. Since then many things have changed including our concept and vision and probably the only permanent thing here is me and Strategic Board the name itself:) One of the building blocks a competitive intelligence tool is …

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How MS-Office XML Strategic Move will Affect Competition

AMR-Research opinion on recent move by Microsoft – Microsoft Introduces XML to the Masses. "…For Competitors: The move to published, royalty free XML makes Microsoft less—not more, as many other analysts have asserted—vulnerable to open source competition from such sources as Open Office and Sun, with its StarOffice suite. Open source systems appeal was in …

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Is Microsoft the Big Bad Wolf?

I am writing many times on strategies and competition related to Microsoft and I wanted to clear the reason why I relate to this company a lot and why I am not on their side with my advice especially when it comes to competition with new ventures: 1) To put it up front I think …

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NewsGator acquires FeedDemon – Consequences

Many bloggers report on recent acquisition of FeedDemon by NewsGator – Greg Reinacker's Weblog NewsGator acquires FeedDemon. Congratulations and Good luck!. As a new entrant to the blogging industry I pondered on this move, what purposes it aims to serve and what purposes it will serve anyway. NewsGator tries to become the ubiquitous news aggregator …

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Is Microsoft a real threat to BI players?

Microsoft enters the BI and corporate/business performance management play with Maestro – 'Maestro' Keeps Business Intel Score. The anchor for Microsoft's wish to enter this deep "enterprise application" play relies on the ever expanding role MS office takes in our daily corporate life. In the official MS press release Lewis Levin summarizes this tight integration …

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Is Microsoft a deadly threat for SixApart and other blogging platforms?

Duncan Riley write on Blog slayer: Microsoft and the future of SixApart about the threats Microsoft poses on standalone blogging platform companies; including potential threats. Although the post relates to SixApart I think it is relevant for any other company that provides similar tools. Although a direct competition with Microsoft is probably not the most …

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Thoughts on business strategies?

Every now and then I stop and think on how I perceive the concept of strategy in the business environment and how it relates to other terms such as: strategic plans, tactics, objectives, mission, vision and policies. I welcome any kind of feedback and within time I will update this post to accommodate new thinking …

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