How the internet affects Porter’s 5 forces model

In the emerging global economy, e-commerce and e-business have increasingly become a necessary component of business strategy and a strong catalyst for economic development.

Porter, the strategy guru, used concepts developed in Industrial Organization (IO) economics to derive five forces which determine the competitive intensity and therefore attractiveness of a market. This model describes the attributes of an attractive industry and thus suggests that opportunities will be greater, and threats less, in these kinds of industries. Attractiveness in this context refers to the overall industry profitability. An “unattractive” industry is one where the combination of forces acts to drive down overall profitability. A very unattractive industry would be one approaching “pure competition”. Continue reading “How the internet affects Porter’s 5 forces model”

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5 Evils caused by Google and Yahoo

While we are all die hard Google and Yahoo fans (not to forget Bing and the others), very few of us actually realize the rippling effects of the efficiencies of these search engines on our society.  Google has been at the center of antitrust investigations and a controversial Italian court case in recent times. But is  this the sole reason why people should question the search giant’s ‘Don’t be evil’ mantra? These search engines have created a major problem many of us fail to realize, even though it is staring at us on our face. Continue reading “5 Evils caused by Google and Yahoo”

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How to price IT products in 7 steps?

The technical team or the product development team has come up with a ground breaking product. The technology can have a deep impact on the customer. The technical team knows it, and so does the customer. The contract for a long term engagement is about to hit off, and then the customer asks how much will this technology cost his pockets? In this competitive world, the technology developers do want the best price for the technology, but at the same time, they really do not know what the best price is to which your customer will give the green signal for a long term engagement. So how does one price an IT product? Continue reading “How to price IT products in 7 steps?”

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4 Biggest brands launched the core i5 laptops

Today the world is walking on core i5 laptops. They are high speed mean machine, well built and easy to handle. The Core i5 is now powering performance laptops for those customers who have the capability to shell out a little extra. Since they are made on Intel’s cutting-edge 32-nanometer manufacturing process, it readily outperforms the older Core 2 Duo, giving much more satisfaction to tech-savvy customers. Continue reading “4 Biggest brands launched the core i5 laptops”

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5 Reasons why you will love Google Buzz

Google conducted the press conference for presenting the launch of Gmail Buzz in Mountain View, California headquarters Tuesday morning. Google is more focused than ever to make Gmail even more sociable by adding Twitter and Facebook updates, besides the latest Google Buzz. Because of the increasing popularity of  Twitter and Facebook as a medium for communication, if Gmail incorporates this features, it is expected to increase the market-share of Gmail even more. Continue reading “5 Reasons why you will love Google Buzz”

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War of the browsers-Microsoft Explorer vs Google Chrome

A recent survey has determined that Google’s Chrome is cruising upwards in terms of popularity, among all the browsers.

In recent times, in a survey by Net Applications, Chrome (google) grew in popularity by 0.57% to 5.20% of the browser market. While Internet Explorer still remains the browser most people (62%) use, the bottomline of the story is beginning to change. Firefox (Mozilla), Safari (Apple) and Opera are used by 24.41%, 4.51% and 2.38% of the users respectively, as on February 2010. Continue reading “War of the browsers-Microsoft Explorer vs Google Chrome”

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How to Classify e-Payment systems

The term “electronic payment systems” covers to a variety of payment mechanisms. Furthermore, this is domain is in a constant state of change with new schemes emerging and existing schemes being modified, often substantially. The principal classification of EPSs is based on the form of money representation and the principle of money transfer. Existing payment systems can be divided into two groups: electronic cash mechanisms (or electronic currency) and credit-debit systems, (Medvinsky & Neuman, 1993).

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Chrome Touch: Or is it Chrome vs I-Pad?

An exciting revelation about Google: that the magician company may be looking to incorporate touch features in their Chrome operating system. This would pitch Chrome’s capabilities against that of Apple’s I-Pad touch features. Who would win this battle of the giants?

Google may be looking to incorporate touch features in their Chrome operating system. This would pitch Chrome’s capabilities against that of Apple’s I-Pad touch features (or even against HP Slate). Who would win this battle of the giants?

When questioned about whether Chrome OS would include multitouch capability, Anders Sandholm, Senior Product Manager of Search, quoted “I can’t, I mean, right now we are targeting netbooks, that’s what we’re focused on, but I expect it to work well. We expect it to target everything up to desktop computers. Chrome OS will be built for a specific hardware setup.”

Incorporating the Touch Feature would enable Google to enter the tablet markets, one, which Google is still to enter. This would pit Google severely against Apple’s newly launched I-Pad and against the zillion other tablet devices by Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, Dell and Acer (to name a few).

Mobile devices from HTC, Apple, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, HP and others have already made touch capablities popular amongst the the consumers. With so many mobile devices providing support for touch features, consumers are ready to accept an operating system which would imbibe that magic touch experience into the operating systems of laptops, notepads and desktops.

The market is already there, awaiting to be tapped.

Would Google be the first entrant and sweep over the consumers all over the world with this new operating system? What do you think should be Microsoft’s strategy in light of this statement by Anders.

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Beowolf Clusters: Cheap supercomputers for poorer pockets

Beowolf cluster: Supercomputers for the poor.

The demand for faster calculations can’t be met by only relying on the speed increase resulting from advances in computer technology as high end super computers are that much costly. One of the solutions to this problem for ‘not-so-deep-pockets’ is the distribution of the numerical tasks to a set of machines. So how to provide supercomputer capabilities cheaply? The answer is Beowolf Clusters. This process is called parallelization because the computers complete their tasks in parallel instead of the traditional step‐by‐step (serial) execution. As computer codes have been updated to use this new paradigm, the demand for parallel computers has grown. In general, such computers need to have: Continue reading “Beowolf Clusters: Cheap supercomputers for poorer pockets”

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7 reasons why Apple’s I-Pad may fail.

Amidst a lot of hype as always, today 27th January, 2010, Apple launches the I-Pad. While it is being viewed as the product that will rejuvenate Apple’s revenues for years to come, a question many staunch Apple fans (and those who are not fans of course) will ask, is it really worth the hype? Apple has always created a market even when there is none. Will it be successful yet again this time?

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How to tackle the problem of security breaches in call centers

Outsourcing is the mantra of the day. Today, many large MNCs, all across the globe, outsource activities like customer relationship management activities to cheap labor countries where English speaking skills are not a problem. A major concern in such outsourcing is the security in customer’s sensitive data.

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Top 10 trends in Information Management technologies

Information management appears to be the talk of the day amongst all technology buzz. Information management or IM is the collection and management of information from one or more sources and the distribution of that information to one or more audiences. Management means the organization of and control over the structure, processing and delivery of information. Continue reading “Top 10 trends in Information Management technologies”

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