Monthly Archives: November 2000

StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 11/21/00

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XML Creator Maps the Web

Now here’s a new concept: Visually represent the Web against a map of Antarctica. It sounds strange, and it surely is ambitious, but check out and see what you think. Oh, and it only supports IE 5.x browsers. The goal is to become the largest human-edited directory on the Web.

It’s called™ (cute name alert), and it’s the brainchild of XML co-creator Tim Bray. It’s ironic that the project currently only supports Microsoft browsers, since the basic data comes from Netscape/AOL’s Open Directory Project ( ). Each of the 300,000 categories includes chat capability as well. The site is free.

So what’s the business model? Seems that the company expects to make money doing custom maps of corporate networks. Kinda like the old Netscape model . . .

One2One Targeted Audio Messages

Here’s a weird use of technology. MusicBooth’s AdAcoustics® ad insertion technology enables advertisers to deliver targeted, one-to-one audio messages to online radio listeners, without requiring a download or registration. AdAcoustics removes broadcast ads from its partners’ streaming content and seamlessly replaces the advertisement with personalized messages. To do this, it uses database of over 80 million anonymous profiles to select the right ad.

The MusicBooth holds three patents covering numerous aspects of

targeted audio and audio/video advertising. It’s target market is online radio stations which can now customize ads to individual listeners. “For example, a broadcaster using the AdAcoustics system could deliver a message about the release of Ricky Martin’s new album to one listener while it promotes Mariah Carey to another simultaneously . . .Even if the user goes to another website, the music goes with him,” says 56-year-old lawyer Bob Wolfe, who holds several patents on the technology. “This way, a site could charge 10 to 15 cents a message, as opposed to the 1 cent banner ads now cost. Another benefit is you can pull an ad quickly if it’s not working. Or you can run test campaigns before you move to more expensive media like TV.

They plan on going wireless, using partner Interep, as well.

Listeners can immediately respond to an advertiser’s message using another MusicBooth tool, I-fetch (all these I- products make me I-retch).

Well, it sounds like a cool idea, but I worry a little about the “80 million anonymous profiles” database. It sounds a little like what Angara does. They have a database of more than 100 million anonymous profiles. Partners of this network include Engage, MatchLogic, Naviant, and Persona. As long as this information is truly anonymous, then I guess it’s OK. But what if it isn’t?


StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 11/20/00

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Supreme Court to Decide Freelancers’ Database Rights

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a suit filed by six freelance writers regarding whether publisher must get permission from freelancers before including their work in databases. The appeals court said that databases were like anthologies and didn’t require additional permissions. Laurence Tribe said finding for the plaintiffs would ruin the online database industry and cause the deletion of thousands of contributions from freelancers.

A decision is expected by next June.


Gartner on the Wireless Future

I mostly like this article for offering the most bizarre timeline graph I’ve ever seen:

What in heaven’s name is this all about? I guess this means we’ll get all this cool wireless stuff by 2004, since none of the, uh, bars reach the outer ring? Or do they all end at 2005? I’m confused.

Anyway, Gartner predicts that Bluetooth will replace wires and infrared as the connectivity choice by 2004.


Catch the Waves

Gartner defines three waves of eBusiness:

  • Wave 1: the Web as marketing tool
  • Wave 2: the extended enterprise
  • Wave 3: the new world

Riding the extended enterprise wave into the new world is part of what I’ll cover in my upcoming speech at Delphi Group’s B2B Summit at the end of the month. I’ll include a link to the PowerPoint once it’s published.


More on UDDI

UDDI is the eBusiness standard proposed by Ariba, Microsoft, and IBM. It intends to allow businesses an easy way to find out how to do business with each other. To that end, the companies are creating a series of directories:

  • The White Pages contain business names, descriptions, and other information regarding the kinds of services a vendor uses and also what technology they can respond to.
  • The Yellow Pages organize companies by geography and classify types of business operations using current government classifications as well as international and technology-based naming protocols.
  • The Green Pages provide more specific information on what types of documents a company can receive, the entry points for transactions, and the technology they currently interact with and support

Lots of companies have signed on to use the standard. Initially, the three sponsors will support the directories but say they’ll turn them over to a standards body in 18 months.


Wireless Too Big for Big Blue?

In an incredible InfoWorld story, an IBM spokesman is quoted as saying that IBM was trying to sign up traditional system integrator competitors at a recent InfoWorld conference to help them with wireless implementations. IBM is holding “Wireless m-camps” for 200-300 professional services organizations starting in December.

Any doubt wireless will be big?


Just What We Need: Another XML Standard

Bowstreet, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle, and Sun announced they are developing XAML, or Transaction Authority Markup Language. They hope the specification will ensuring the integrity of automated transactions over the Internet.

Microsoft declined to sign up for the effort, calling it a “pig in a poke” that was long on marketing and short on technical detail. News flash: Pot calls kettle black!

The companies claim XAML (pronounced zamel, perhaps?) will run over Microsoft’s SOAP protocol.

Honestly. Can’t we all just get along?


FTC Publishes B2B Anti-Trust Guidelines

In a highly anticipated move, the FTC has published a report that lays down guidelines for how they will look at B2B marketplaces regarding anti-trust concerns. It said that each case is likely to be unique, but there are three major areas they’ll use to evaluate an eMarketplace:

  • a high aggregate market share for the participants in an industry-specific b-to-b exchange
  • a high level of restraints on processing supply-chain transactions outside the exchange
  • limits on interoperability with other Internet-based marketplaces


FTC Report

D&B and American International Group Create Risk Management JV

Well it’s about time credit reporting behemoth D&B woke up to the huge opportunity in helping businesses qualify their trading partners on the Internet. The new company, Avantrust (stupid name alert), will allow companies to confirm the identity of trading partners, inspect goods, manage and insure counterparty credit risks, insure delivery, and insure their Web sites.

D&B has had a dynamite service that allows you to get a Verisign digital certificate backed by D&B Business Information Report information for some time now. This builds on this toe in the water service to offer a complete suite.

Now if someone would only include the location-based evaluation services like those offered by Société Générale de Surveillance in the mix, that would really be a complete solution.


StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 11/14/00

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HP and Nokia to Enable Cell Phones to Print from Web

The two companies recently announced an effort that would allow a person to identify a document on the Web via URL, send that URL to an HP printer, and the printer would retrieve the document and print it. The phone would use IR, vCard or Bluetooth protocols to send the URL to the printer. “Nokia 9110 and 9110i Communicators currently have the capability to beam a URL using today’s vCard and IR technology. HP printers supporting these evolving standards will be available beginning next year.

This effort is stemming from HP’s “CoolTown” research project. Let’s see. Our image is stodgy; we don’t seem to get it. I know! Let’s start a project called “CoolTown!” Then all the kids will think we’re hep!

Kidding aside, HP envisions, in CoolTown, that devices will be broadcasting URLs wirelessly throughout our environment via “beacons.” This sounds like Bluetooth, but HP doesn’t name that technology specifically. HP is also a partner in MIT’s Oxygen project, which aims to bring a pervasive computing fabric to everyday life.

I do like one turn of phrase in HP’s CoolTown propaganda, though: “your pocket device becomes a remote control for the world-at-large.” Yes! Now I can mute the people who talk in movies!

Visit CoolTown

MIT’s Oxygen Project

HP Press Release

A B2B Business Standard?

UDDI is a non-profit organization originally established by Ariba, IBM, and Microsoft that is fostering a Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration standard. This standard will involve “the creation of a service registry architecture that presents a standard way for businesses to build a registry, query other businesses, and enable those registered businesses to interoperate and share information globally in a distributed manner.” This registry will contain information on how each business is able to do electronic commerce and provides a globally unique identifier. The goal is to help businesses find trading partners and enter into productive relationships without worrying about disparate technologies.

“Registering with UDDI will enable a company to publicly list a definition of itself, its services, and methods for engagement.” The list of community members includes most of the luminaries of the B2B marketplace. The real test will be in spreading the concept into the rest of the industrial marketplaces.


Business 2.0

StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 11/13/00

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Most Popular ASP Applications

EMarketer has released a survey that ranks the most popular ASP applications. To no one’s surprise email was number one. E-commerce, however, was second followed by accounting/financial. I guess I’m not surprised about e-commerce, but accounting/financial? Very interesting.


Voice is Golden

I just love the lead from this article in Business 2.0: “Cell phone haters are out of luck, because voice is the word on every Internet company’s tongue this fall.” Although AOL is mentioned, we know that, if the story concerned AOL alone, the title would have been, “You’ve got voice!

The big stat in this article is: “The Kelsey Group predicts that speech portals will be reaping more than $5 billion in revenue from advertising, ecommerce transactions, and subscriber fees by 2005.” The big bummer is, the business model for voice is not yet clear, and it’s not at all a sure thing that consumers will accept advertising.

Business 2.0

I Want This Phone

The Japanese have the coolest phones. Take a look at the latest from Sharp for the Japanese market.

"J-SH05" has a TFT liquid crystal panel, which can be folded into the size of a palm. The screen is 2-inch in size, displays 65,536 colors, and displays up to 10 words x 12 lines.

Nikkei Electronics

StratVantage Consulting, LLC — StratVantage News Summary 11/10/00

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Be on the wave or under it™

The News – 11/10/00

In this Issue: Recommended Reading
I realize this is the only newsletter you’ll ever need, but if you want more in-depth detail, check out:

Stan Hustad’s The Coaching Connection

Management Signature’s The Express Read

Convergence to the Max

Sprint and Samsung have released a phone with a built-in MP3 player and access to music downloading sites. Sprint PCS My Music service is supplied and managed by HitHive and incorporates RealNetworks RealJukebox software. The phone is the new Samsung Uproar. Apparently, users must rip and upload MP3s from their own music collections for later download to the phone. What’s wrong with this picture? Wouldn’t a Rio be handier? But I guess the pocket bulk factor is important too.

The cool thing is you can stream the music directly to the phone. And the phone has 64MB of memory for more than an hour of playback time.

Watch the video


Gateway-AOL: You’ve got Net appliance!

I usually try to write my own headlines for these bits, but I used this one from the ZDNet article to make a point. Using “You’ve got . . .” to introduce articles about AOL has gotten really, really old! Come on you media types! Get off this tired convention. Then maybe we can say, “You’ve got . . . a clue!”

Anyway, unlike Netpliance, which is getting out of the consumer market, Gateway and AOL obviously don’t think the Net Appliance market is dead. But tell me: Who wants a $600 appliance? Get an eMachine! However, this announcement is also notable because it involves Transmeta chips. Transmeta is the company that persuaded the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, to come work for them.


Swatch Redefines Time

Can you say, hubris? Swatch and Ericsson have unveiled the T20 phone, the first phone to use Internet time. “In Internet time, there is no day or night, there are no time zones or geographical borders. Internet time was invented by Swatch and is based on one global time zone for all Internet users.” The phone was unveiled at 480 beats in London. Somehow this is easier than saying 10:32 am GMT. As Sting said, “One world is enough, for all of us.

So where have I been? Swatch invented Internet time two years ago!

Oh, darn. One small problem: the phrase Internet Time® is trademarked in the US by VirtualFund.



Briefly Noted

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    CTOMentor is a subscription advisory service tailored to customers’ industry and personal information needs. Four times a year CTOMentor provides a four-hour briefing for subscribers and their staffs on the most important emerging technology trends that could affect their businesses. As part of the service, subscribers also get a weekly email newsletter, Just the Right Stuff™, containing links to the Top 10 Must Read articles needed to stay current. These and other CTOMentor services will let you Burn Your Inbox™.

    As part of its launch, CTOMentor is offering a two-part white paper on peer-to-peer technology: Peer-to-Peer Computing and Business Networks: More Than Meets the Ear. Part 1, What is P2P?, is available for free on the CTOMentor Web site . Part 2, How Are Businesses Using P2P?, is available for $50.

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StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 11/09/00

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Is the Web a Good ASP Platform?

Here’s a good way to get some publicity: Do what the new ASP named 7 (stupid name alert) did. Challenge the assumption that the Web can provide decent quality of service and be reliable enough for application delivery. Instead, 7 will run leased lines to the businesses it serves. The UK ASP launched this week.

Naturally, other ASPs are up in arms, but Sun more or less agreed that some apps can be delivered reliably over the Web. A poll of European IT directors by Rhetorik found that 70 percent were concerned about security, and more than half worried about reliability of ASP applications.

It’s an interesting debate, and one we’ll hear more about as more and more companies move their businesses to the Web. original story followup story

News Websites Not Up to Election Pressure,, and all had problems handling the volume as voters flocked to the Web for the latest news. There were similar problems four years ago, and the sites had vowed they’d handle it this time.

Who does Microsoft turn to when they want to run their business application? AS/400.

This is such poetic justice. Dr. Frank Soltis, the IBM engineer who has been called "the AS/400’s Elvis," (you know, fat, puffy, drug-addicted – I guess that’s what they mean) related the story of a software company that turned in their 23 AS/400s and fired up 1,200 NT machines to replace them. Now that company is back on AS/400, having despaired of getting the NT solution to work. The company? Microsoft. It’s just too good to be true.

Midrange Computing

Secure Music Delivery On the Way?

The Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) issued a $60,000 challenge to hackers to try to break six proposed security schemes for secure digital music delivery. The group claims that three of the technologies survived the challenge, while two of the other three were hacked successfully.

SDMI did not reveal the identities of the successful schemes, but San Diego, Calif.-based Verance Corp. claimed its watermarking technology was one of the challenge survivors. And Princeton University and Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) claim to have defeated the four technologies using digital watermarking, contrary to SDMI’s claim. The Princeton/PARC group claims SDMI is using a technicality, the fact that the group reserved the right to publish their results and thus were ineligible for the prize, to avoid acknowledging their success.

Political much?


Get Ready for Wireless Ads, But Watch Out For Norm

This article by Dan Briody is alarming in a couple of ways. First, he details plans to bombard us with ads on our wireless phones (analysts predict a $750 million wireless advertising market by 2005), and he allows that he’d welcome them if they’d knock $20 off his phone bill.

But even more alarming is his tale of visiting the restroom at a tony New York restaurant only to be assaulted by an audio ad featuring Norm MacDonald. Truly terrifying: Are we not to be given a moment’s peace?

Even more depressing is the news of a European study that found that users are receptive to the idea of wireless ads. Of course, the study was done on behalf of cell phone vendor Ericsson, but 40 percent of 5,000 Swedish subjects found the advertising compelling, and 20 percent wanted more information after viewing the ads.

Where’s the mute button?

Red Herring

Ad Age

Listen to the Web

Hear the wave. InternetSpeech introduced its NetEcho service that will read you Web pages over your phone. Now we’re getting somewhere. This service promises to trump more limited offerings like TellMet.

But will the audio Web change the way Web pages are designed? Are your pages audio-friendly? Could this be the demise of overly Flash-y pages? Stay tuned. (Incidentally, competing voice portal Talk2’s site is fronted by a Flash animation. Ironic?)

PC World

Ad Age

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Rosy Technology Predictions May Be Pessimistic

In a recent paper, George Washington University examines predictions for 85 emerging technologies over the years. Some of their findings indicate the hype isn’t intense enough for some technologies. This feeling is shared by Wired Magazine’s Kevin Kelly, who said in a keynote at the Delphi Corporate Portals Conference, “The Web is underhyped.

The GWU study cites a few instances of underhyped technology:

Forecasts can often be overly pessimistic, and nowhere has this been more true than in information technology. Microprocessor development has proved so successful that chips are now three times faster than they were predicted to be in the early 1980s. It is as if we have in 1997 computers from the year 2000. By some measures, computer performance has improved a million times since their invention fifty years ago. The problem of pessimism is so notorious that the attitudes of prominent scientists often seem quaint in retrospect. In 1923, Robert Milikin, a Nobel Prize winner in physics, claimed “there is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” In 1895, Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, said “heavier than air flying machines are impossible.

The flip side often reflects an optimism bordering on naiveté. Many people still recall predictions in the 1950s that the world would enjoy nuclear power “too cheap to meter.” Or that we would fly personal jets to work and return from 20-hour workweeks to smart homes and robot servants that would prepare dinner automatically.

So the computer on your desk is the equivalent of a million of the room-filling behemoths of the early ‘50s. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Here are some of the computing related predictions for this decade from the experts in the study:

Prediction Year
Entertainment On-Demand
PC Convergence
Distance Learning
Advanced Data Storage
Standard Digital Protocol
PCS Gains Markets
Groupware Systems
Computer Sensory Recognition
Modular Software
Parallel Processing Computing
Information Superhighway
Personal Digital Assistants
Intelligent Agents
Ubiquitous Computing Environment
Broadband Networks
Electronic Banking/Cash
Expert Systems

George Washington University

Airflash Teams with Excite and Orange on Location-Based Services

Even more progress on the Personal Area Network front. This announcement doesn’t detail exactly how the network will determine proximity. I suspect the user will somehow input his or her location. Still, the future’s coming fast.


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