5 Tech Observations: 7 Jan 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news updates, insights, rumors, gossip, chatter and plenty more to start your day for Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves 14 items.

14. Cold War Ends?: Hewlett-Packard is talking up a new range of services for Oracle's customer experience software. Not bad, considering HP and Oracle previously feuded over Mark Hurd joining Larry Ellison's company. 

13. Missed Opportunity: The more I see and learn about GoPro extreme digital cameras, the more I wonder how Cisco mishandled its Flip video camera technology -- which died in 2011.

12. Do Speak: I've always preferred brunettes. (Just ask my wife.) But the next time a pal of mine spots Gwen Stefani... I'm expecting an intro.

11. Google Cloud Losing Ground?: Roughly 35 percent of CIOs prefer Amazon Web Services for public cloud services, followed up Microsoft Azure (21 percent), Rackspace (16 percent) and... wait for it... Google Cloud Platform (7 percent), according to Piper Jaffray. The survey only involved 112 CIOs. But a 7 percent showing for Google should raise red flags -- especially since the Google Cloud Platform team has been working to engage CIOs in recent months.

10. Legos: Yes, I'm playing with them again. Back in my youth in 2007 or so, it was 50 pieces at a time. Now, I suspect it's closer to 15 pieces at a time. Less is more. Far more. If or when we've got something to show you, our enewsletter subscribers will likely be the first to know...

9. Flying Connections: Sorry. I don't. Unless there's a big pot of gold or a great conversation at the destination gate.

8. Funny Numbers: How accurate are market forecasts from IT research companies? Back in 2011, Gartner predicted Microsoft in 2015 would enjoy 19.5 percent of the smartphone platform market -- ahead of even Apple (17.2 percent). In reality, Apple iOS has 11 percent of the market and Windows for smartphones has 2.9 percent. But who's counting? The lesson for I.T. entrepreneurs: Don't tell investors or customers about market forecasts. Do follow your own market knowledge to chart your R&D.

7. Here to Help?: Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez says their are privacy and security risks with the Internet of Things. Thanks for the tip. Any IP-enabled device -- from the birth of Internet Protocol -- has had network-centric security risks from the get-go. Same conversation (LANs, client-server, Internet, web), different acronym (IoT). 

6. Amazon's Fire Drill: Yowzers. FastCompany actually took the time to deeply research what went wrong with the Amazon Fire smartphone launch -- which essentially was dead on arrival. Good to see deep-dive journalism from the FC folks. More importantly: It's good to see mainstream media raising important questions about Jeff Bezos' leadership. Still, it's easy to criticize Bezos right now amid multiple hardware missteps. And even I'm hoping Amazon spins out its AWS cloud business in a stock offer...

5. Great Discussion: What is a business accelerator -- and how can an accelerator help you to speed up your own startup company? Nexercise CEO Benjamin Young shared details -- and some App development business tips -- in our latest Good Evening, I.T. Entrepreneurs podcast.

4. Diversity Bet: Intel has pledged to spend $300 million to make real progress on hiring women and minorities. Sounds great. But I'd also like to hear how IT businesses plan to ensure equal pay for equal work. 

3. Those Career Movers: Back in December, I mentioned that some key IT talent was planning near-term career moves. But I haven't revealed any of the players' names and their destinations. At least not yet. That could change as soon as later today. Two of my sources -- one an East Coast cloud storage veteran, the other a former cloud leader from a Fortune 250 company -- are set to call me today. Hush, hush for now. I'm hoping I can share their stories -- and plenty more like them -- soon. 

2. Kaseya Veterans: Some are surfacing at Pilixo. The latest example: Former Kaseya VP Michael Sanders has joined Pilixo as Chief Revenue Officer, according to his LinkedIn bio. Here's what else we've learned so far.

1. Back to the Future: For IT influencers, I think 2013 and 2014 was all about using public networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) to pseudo blog and "get the word out" about vision, strategy and products. Trouble is: When you're on a third-party platform you've got to "out shout" everybody else on that platform. Plus, Facebook has essentially shifted to a "pay to be heard really briefly" model. For 2015, I expect to see a media renaissance of sorts. The most trusted sources will begin to step on their own home-grown soapboxes again. I'm not suggesting a return to the golden age of blogs. Surely, there must be another approach, in another market, waiting in the media wings...

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