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Microsoft Enhances BI for the SME

In an article Microsoft Crowds Business Intelligence Space, enhances its offering to address better the needs of small to medium size businesses. Regarding the "crowdness" of the space I do think that there is a difference between the large enterprises BI space, which is indeed crowded and the SME BI space, which is still paving its path to customers.

Google and Firefox – IE+Windows

I have read a short news item regarding a technical improvement done on servers in order to enhance Firefox browser performance while surfing Google's site - BetaNews | Google Speeds Up Results for Firefox and I thought it is not interesting enough until I got into the developer's blog - and I found out on his blog the following text: "Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Enhanced searching with Firefox Now Google's faster than ever on Firefox and Mozilla browsers. When you do a search on these browsers, we instruct them to download your top search result in advance, so if you click on it, you'll get to that page even more quickly. You can learn more about this cool feature here. If you're a webmaster, we have FAQs for you too. Or you can just download Firefox and check it out for yourself. "

This can be a simple fixup Google guys had to do in order to bring firefox support to the same level of other browsers (To fix past neglect) or is it a small tiny step towards giving a clear advantage over while surfing Google.

Commenting on “ Techdirt:The Skype Economy ”

After reading the post of "Techdirt:The Skype Economy" I have researched a little further on the Skype phenomena and how the company is to leverage their massive adoption.

On the post Mike refers to an article "Skype dreams for developers" on CNET and Mike's point was on the decision developers take when they decide to develop applications on a specific platform and to put all their eggs in one basket. I agree that this can potentially be a very risky move due to the sometimes uncertain future of new platform companies. Still, the it is somekind of a bet and the usual bet goes to the very successful platforms; Considering Skype's case it appears to be a good bet thanks to their 31 million registered users .

After reading more on the CNET article I noticed something that bothered me and that was the part of "Skype is beginning to roll out its own premium services, and it might face competition from similar products seeded by its developer program". Skype's situation presents us with an interesting platform leadership issue where the leader has to give away its platform product for free and the only way to capitalize on it would be to develop and sell add-on premium products/services (I am saying has "to give ayway" due to the state of the industry). A situation of a platform leader that competes with its own platform developers presents two conflicted interests that can affect badly on the complete adoption of the platform - On one side of the coin as the leader you want developers to develop many applications as possible for strengthening the platform's "lock-in" with and on the other end those same developers can potentially be your worst ening your main stream (And of course, operating without all the platform maintenance and evolvement associated overhead). Of course it is a simplified case where in reality the conflicts can be much more complex.

I think that for a platform to become a leader the responsibility of advancing the industry as a whole comes into picture as well. And taking this responsibility means answering all the growing and evolving developers' needs for development tools. These tools are used to fully utilize the new platform capabilities for easily delivering diverse and unique applications. Satisfying developers needs is also in the best interest of the thanks to the "lock-in" embedded in the of "No. of new s" X "No. of new s" . I have taken a quick look at 's developers program and I did not understand whether they allow everyone to develop whatever they want or is it intended just for non-commercial .

It seems to me that a platform that can not be monetized directly or indirectly but with relation to the magnitude of its adoptance will have problems to cope and last and will always stand the risk arising from competiton with a lower level platform enriching itself with the new platform capabilities. Send me your feedback on this.

It will be interesting to see how this situation evolves.

Feed Name Server

While thinking on my infrastructure my "techie" instinct always warns me on what will happen when my feed will not be available for readers (Web service down) or even worse what will happen when a I will want to change my feed properties such as: address, title, description and more.

This problem is emphasized further considering the options of chosing between "in-house" feeds or using feed processing services such as FeedBurner - the "lock-in" is very high.

I know there several low level techniques to handle a feed change of address on the web server level, but still I wanted to find out whether someone knows about a public service that works on the principles of a Domain Name Server but for feeds. I believe a simple directory with XML api that will be integrated into readers would do the job just fine.

Paul Allen: Internet Entrepreneur

Commenting on Paul Allan's post "Stock Options Vesting Based on Milestones, Not Calendar Months" from the 23 of March 2005.

Paul Allan posted about "Stock Options Vesting Based on Milestones, Not Calendar Months" from the 23 of March 2005 and I see two conflicts while thinking of utilizing based options scheme in startup companies:

1) Corporate milestones change and evolve rapidly together with the startup's own self-definition (The long turning path of reaching an initial position in the industry) - so planning and measuring is quite difficult.

2) The for missing milestones presents a problem bigger in startup then in larger companies although it exists there as well. The problem can be demonstrated in the example of the sales department in a company did a really bad job while the engineering were terrific during the same period.

First Israeli Corporate Blog Launched – PR

Strategic Board, an Israeli technology startup, launched today a feature-rich corporate blog on the subjects of strategies and intelligence in the hi-tech industry. Strategic Board is the first Israeli technology company to launch a corporate blog.

Tel Aviv, Israel -- Mar. 23, 2005 - Strategic Board (, an Israeli technology startup, launched today a comprehensive weblog on the subjects of strategies, intelligence and the hi-tech industry. Strategic Board is the first Israeli technology company to take advantage of new blogging technology for business purposes.

Strategic Board's blog provides readers with analyst opinions, discussions, research notes, news coverage and perspectives on the hi-tech industry. "Our blog covers subjects that are interesting to the top management of every hi-tech company including: venture capital firms, start-up companies, large hi-tech companies, industry research firms and service providers" said Dudu Mimran, Strategic Board's CEO and blog moderator.

Among other subjects Strategic Board covers the local Israeli hi-tech industry, "The Israeli hi-tech industry is gaining strong momentum and movements in the Israeli market affect and are interesting to audience in other markets".

Strategic Board welcomes those who are interested in strategies, intelligence and the hi-tech industry to come and join Strategic Board's growing readership

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Welcome to Strategic Board's blogsite. My name is Dudu Mimran and I will be the moderate of this blog. Strategic Board is a start-up company developing software solutions to help companies deal better with market challenges, opportunities and threats.

In our blog we will discuss corporate strategies and corporate intelligence in general, and in the hi-tech industry in particular. Our aim is to encourage public discussion of these important subjects that drive and shape the way industries evolve or die.

We believe that blogging is a practical tool for businesses that aim to become more transparent for their markets/customers/partners. Being transparent means expressing one's thoughts, believes and goals. Blogs also serve as a communication medium between employees and other parties in the industry; blogs are a medium that gives businesses a personal touch that has a different value then the conventional interactions businesses have with their audience.

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Final notething, we are currently in stealth mode, which means I can not elaborate further on what we do at this point. We will release as much information as possible when the time is right.

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