Andy on Twitter

  • Great read - love that is smashes the rampant ageism and myth of youth ... Alan Patricof: An Ageless VC Makes a Spl… ,
  • Some of the best music you'll ever listen too... stacked-up and ready to stream ,
  • Warm up for the Sydney to Hobart. ,
  • The power of brand influencers - interesting read. Interested in views on their methodology - might work for US mar… ,
  • Very clever... A Microsoft Excel Artist ,
  • While the problem underlying M&A integration is big, Material Information Platforms implemented pre-transaction wil… ,
  • Wow... t/sheets acquired by Intuit ,
  • Way to start the morning. Beautiful Balmoral.. Balmoral Sailing Club ,
  • Bank inquiry puts global investment at risk: Westpac's David Lindberg.. spot on ,
  • Why are taxi apps so appalling. Slow, lousy interface, freeze... hopeless attempt to satisfy customers and so easily fixed,
  • should give us the option of only accepting drivers who aren’t on a job. Stop “forcing” drivers to take a job while on a job. ,
  • National looks more desperate every day. NZ is lucky to have a leader with this much experience. ,
  • Dennis clearly doesn’t understand that a BYO challenge for the last AC was well past 200m. Unless you sailed Oracle… ,
  • And that’s the point - Amazon is a boost to SMBs and entrepreneurs locked out by big retail. And so much for big br… ,
  • Little evidence in here of impact in meetings but suspect the same applies. Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lec… ,

Archive for October, 2008

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Does the cloud exist

Following Larry Ellison’s jab against Cloud Computing, Tim posts a good counter-punch…

So when Larry Ellison says that cloud computing and open source won’t produce many hugely profitable companies, he’s right, but only if you look at the pure software layer. This is a lot like saying that the PC wouldn’t produce many hugely profitable companies, and looking only at hardware vendors! First Microsoft, and now Google give the lie to Ellison’s analysis. The big winners are those who best grasp the rules of the new platform.

So here’s the real trick: cloud computing is real. Everything is moving into the cloud, in whole or in part. The utility layer of cloud computing will be just that, a utility, without outsized profits.

But the cloud platform, like the software platform before it, has new rules for competitive advantage. And chief among those advantages are those that we’ve identified as “Web 2.0”, the design of systems that harness network effects to get better the more people use them.

Nick argues there are inherent flaws to what Tim has to say… both are worth a read.

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NZ Onscreen…

For all you Kiwis, take a look at NZ Onscreen. Some great video including this one of Hone Tuwhare… Will be great when they get more content up.

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Dell Named Social Media Brand of the Year…

This is very cool… mainly because the team has been working so hard on social media. Thanks to all the team for their hard work and passion for the conversation.

  1. Dell, Inc., the 2008 SNCR Brand of the Year. The Brand of the Year is awarded to the organization that made the most significant advances in utilizing new communications and social media tools, technologies and practices.
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Gartner on Recessionary IT…

Gartner’s worst case for 2009 IT budgets isn’t so badThe upshot:

  • Gartner had expected budgets to grow 3.3 percent in 2009.
  • Now the most likely case is IT budget growth of 2.3 percent to 0 percent;
  • The worst case is that IT budgets will be down 2.5 percent.
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THe other election…

If you’re in the middle of the US Election you probably aren’t too aware that New Zealand is also about to stage it’s election. The National party (think Republican) is taking a real run at Labor (think Democrat).

Was interesting to read these comments from two of NZ’s tech leaders on National’s policies… real worry if they do cancel R&D credits when so many Governments offer them around the world.