This is the power of keeping engineering and lean IT at the heart of corporate strategy.
Back to the basics.
Laser focused employees. Nothing but customer obsession and the pursuit of perfection in their minds.
Mobile, and I would throw cloud and XaaS in too, have made this possible.
“WhatsApp reached an unprecedented level of operational efficiency, but there are similarities among the three most efficient companies (Whatsapp, Instagram and Snapchat); mobile has enabled lightweight scaling.”
MG Siegler’s quote of the week. As usually, spot on.
Emphasis is mine.
Windows 7 launched on October 22, 2009. In October 2010, Microsoft revealed that it had sold over 240 million Windows 7 licenses in the operating system’s first year, and in January 2011 that number grew to 300 million at the 15-month mark.
Windows 8 launched on October 26, 2012. In February 2014, Microsoft revealed that it had sold over 200 million Windows 8 licenses in the operating system’s 15 months. No matter how you slice it, that’s not good news for the company.
No, it’s not.
Nick Butler for Financial Times:
"The fascination of the Internet is that it allows innovation to sweep through apparently rigid existing market structures in a matter of months.”
Fascinating view of the kind of disruption that massive scale can bring to almost any sector. There is no rule that the drive of tens of millions of users cannot challenge.
Google Energy or Amazon Power make sense in their own respective business models.
- Huge scale? Check.
- Razor-thin margins? Bring it on!
- Lots of room for improvement at the user service level? You bet.
Commoditized goods or services, delivered in a new, meaningful, disruptive way. That is what these guys are
good excellent at.
This is what Internet of Everything means.
The competition really heats up next year as services expand and prices drop.
“I believe that cloud brokers who combine technology, consulting and financial buying power represent a new and exciting business model in the cloud." - Sharon Wagner, CEO of Cloudyn.
I totally agree with him on this one.
It is not a matter of “if”. It is a matter of “when” and “where” to go Cloud with your business needs. Some will be kept in house. Some will be taken outside. And some will be certainly shifted back and forth dynamically.
Internal IT shops must transform into this kind of broker if they want to keep being relevant. The pressure from the giants out there is just too much not to move.
Facebook buys WhatsApp. A million people move to Telegram. You don’t know any of them. Welcome to the Dark Rural Homesteader Internet.
“The Cloud Needs a Business Case”
Matt Mankins, CTO of Fast Company
“Payments and money transfers are still operating in the pre Internet era”
– Jeremy Allaire (via fred-wilson)
Steve Ballmer, 2007:
Right now we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year. Apple is selling zero phones a year.
Steve Ballmer, a few months later:
It’s sort of a funny question. Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? (Laughter.) I want to have…
"Can Anyone Catch The Cell Phone King?"
This was 2007. Things change. Fast.
Also, that was November, eleven months after the iPhone was unveiled. And that was the Nokia phone on the cover of Forbes. Maybe they should have seem it coming.