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StratVantage Consulting, LLC — StratVantage News Summary 09/29/00

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Faster, Better, Cheaper Bandwidth . . .

. . . is just around the corner. According to Upside, "By the end of this year, Nortel Networks Corp. (NT) plans to begin selling a system that will send a staggering 1.6 trillion bits per second through a single fiber. That’s equivalent to more than 20 million simultaneous phone calls." What will the world look like when bandwidth cost approaches zero? We may find out a good deal sooner than we thought.

At the Delphi Corporate Portals conference this week, Wired editor Kevin Kelly related a story of an early 20th century Sears product: the home motor. This portable but expensive device could power all manner of labor saving devices. Kelly asserted that people of that time couldn’t imagine what was to come: motors disappeared into the fabric of the home support systems. It’s certainly true. Rather than a single, expensive, valuable resource that needs to be conserved and maximized, domestic motors today are in everything and we never think about them. Try taking an inventory of all the motors in your house. Did you remember to count any mechanical clocks?

Kelly’s point is that computing will disappear into the background just as so many other technologies have. I believe communications bandwidth will go the same way. Remember when you hesitated to make a long distance call because it was so expensive? (If you don’t, you were probably born later than the 70s.) Now you can call for free on your wireless phone or over the Internet. Kelly described the cost curve that modern technology has created: one that approaches zero. A correlary to his thinking is my assertion that, "On the Internet, everything devolves to free." (See my presentation from the conference for more on that subject, here. Email me if you want the PowerPoint file.

So, what will you do with unlimited bandwidth?

Upside

Briefly Noted

  • Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.: StratVantage has launched a new service, CTOMentor™, designed to allow Chief Technology Officers and other technical leaders to get rid of the Guilt Stack, that pile of magazines you’ll get around to reading someday.

    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.
    CTOMentor

  • "Won’t You Sign In Stranger?": The US digital signature law goes into effect this weekend. Have you got your digital sig yet? The idea sounds great, but it could be costly to implement. Perhaps you’d like to combine it with the smart card in your mouse pad .
    C|Net
  • Stupid Name Alert From time to time, I come upon really stupid names like WooDoggie or Google (c’mon, I know they’re popular, but Google?) I guess these folks want to out Yahoo Yahoo. And maybe they have. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) As a public service, I’ll pass stupid names along in this space. Today’s candidate for Stupid Internet-Related Name of the Year is: B2B-Hive, an Internet incubator apparently for bees to bees. Perhaps an apiary lonely hearts club? OK, it’s maybe not as stupid as WooDoggie, but wait — try going to www.b2bhive.com . Guess what? That’s not them! It’s a cybersquatter. You need to go to www.B2B-hive.com. Now don’t you think it’s a lot stupider?
    B2B-Hive

StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Gain the Strategic Advantage for Your Business!

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StratVantage Consulting, LLC — 10/25/00

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The News — 10/25/00

eBusiness Growing Pains Spell Opportunity for Innovative Services Firms

from IDC
IDC predicts that the current $115 Billion eSolutions Business Will Skyrocket to $430 Billion by 2004. The company predicts that companies will turn from their current, essentially reactive mode, to a more strategically focused mode that identifies new opportunities for revenue. Thus, they will need more outsourcing services. However, IT services companies who do not evolve their offerings are in for trouble. “IT service organizations must recognize that the services they offer today will face increased margin pressures as a growing number of service organizations offer the same services. . . Today, more than ever, businesses buy from service providers that can provide answers to the fundamental question of ‘What IT investments do I need to make to maximize business value?’” IDC identified CRM and Logistics as two business services that will be much in demand.

IDC

Cisco Integrates Web-Based Product Ordering Tool With Ariba Buyer Application

Will somebody please tell me what’s up with Cisco? Here’s a hardcore network hardware provider who has a small business applications center, CRM, chat, and other software holdings, and who’s buying more like they’re going out of style. Now they’ve got a Web purchasing front end and an alliance with Ariba. I realize all this stuff drives demand for more networking, but what’s their strategy. I haven’t figured is out yet. If you have, email mellsworth@stratvantage.com .

BTW, just try to find the press release on Cisco’s site. I dare you.

Cisco

B2B Roofing Network Selects Clarus

OK, I admit it. I asked myself, “B2B roofing? What’s next? B2B Hammer and Nail Exchange?” But I really love their motto: “Consolidating the industry under one roof.” That’s certainly better than, “Who let the dogs out? Roof, roof, roof roof.”

Anyway, Clarus is a B2B enabler that doesn’t get the press of the Ariba’s and Commerce One’s of the world, but who has some nice solutions and some decent clients.

B2B Roofing Network

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StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 10/19/00

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The News — 10/19/00

Websites Need to Cut the Content

from eMarketer
According to Byte Level Research, the average website is too large. After studying 150 websites, Byte Level found that the average number of kilobytes of data on a homepage was 89KB. Yahoo’s homepage has 37KB and Lycos, 30KB. Byte Level reports that the optimum median weight (number of KBs per homepage) is 60KB. Online trading sites boast the lightest pages with a 54KB average, while search engines follow with a 57KB average. Graphics-heavy sites scored the lowest ranking — JCPenney.com has a 451KB average, Spiegel.com a 216KB average and VictoriasSecret.com a 173KB average.

eMarketer

New Domain Suffixes Coming Next Month

Bored with .com and .net? Next month you may be able to choose from a new crop of Internet domain name suffixes – from .church to .sex. I predict a scramble for high value trademark owners to snap up real estate in .biz, .info. .web and others. Can you imagine someone else owning Coke.biz, for example? ICANN, the governing body for names, has received and is reviewing 47 applications for new TLDs (Top Level Domains, like the current .com and .net for example). They range from the sublime (.mad) to the ridiculous (.soup). The move to add new TLDs is widely seen as improving on the current .com dominated name space. I think there will be even more confusion with the addition of new names, especially for businesses that register under multiple TLDs. How do you know which address to go to when Nike’s got nike.com, nike.biz, nike.air, nike.ads, nike.center, nike.commerce, nike.fashion, and on and on?

Sure, the addresses could all point to the same site, but think of the confusion and the dilution of the brand. The bottom line is, every business will have to have a .com come as the only consistent destination. And this sure doesn’t solve the current problems with the .com monopoly. This week, Madonna got control of madonna.com from a cybersquatter. In the future, will she have to fight for madonna.sex, madonna.music, and madonna.online as well? (BTW, I don’t really think it was a good decision to give her the domain name. She’s not the original Madonna, after all.)

Stay tuned to the name drama. It promises to be interesting.

New Scientist

ICANN listing of received TLD applications

Are eMarketplaces a Threat to SMEs?

In article on Silicon.com, much is made of the problems of eMarketplaces for suppliers who are small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Stephen Alambritis of the UK’s Federation of Small Businesses says (FSB) internet-based marketplaces are a threat to small businesses. "The main threat is that the list of suppliers is massively increased, so you could find yourself suddenly competing against people from Italy, Greece – anywhere. We would advise SMEs to first concentrate on selling their own personal service, their own particular benefits, but in the long term to prepare to be part of these marketplaces," he said.

Jaap Stavier, senior analyst at Forrester Research, agrees. He said: ‘Any benefit to suppliers from access to greater markets will be offset by a greater ability for buyers to change supplier and lower prices. The lowering of margins will also have a knock-on effect in the offline world."

Granted, this is a European take on the subject (Silicon.com is out of the UK), but it’s a concern many SME suppliers, and even their larger brethren share. If eMarketplaces are to truly revolutionize business, they must provide a win/win solution, and not just become a place for buyers to hammer on suppliers to get the best prices. Much has been said about the upside opportunity for SME businesses ‐ greater access to markets, ability to land larger accounts ‐ but there is a real danger that SMEs will get crowded out by newly-nimble large enterprises.

Silicon.com

StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 9/28/00

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The News — 9/28/00

Rocket Cars That Go Splat, Involuntary Kidney Donations, and Other Net Myths

Don’t believe everything you read, and especially, don’t believe everything you see in your email box. I’ve spent many hours over my career trying to extinguish various types of net myths, which take on a life of their own as well-meaning colleagues forward them endlessly and clog up the corporate email system. In fact, for years, my particular pet peeve was the notion that you could harm your computer by reading an email. For years, this was not true. Sadly, reality caught up with myth, and today, email really can eat your computer. This article points to a number of excellent sites you can go to to find out if that juicy rumor is really true.

LA Times

Oracle B2B Not So Hot

Larry Ellison has vowed to smash B2B competitors like Ariba and Commerce One. This article says it hasn’t happened yet; will it ever? Oracle claims to be powering 55 online trading exchanges, including eight industry consortium exchanges. But their own exchange, Oracle Exchange, is a joke.

Upside

Dinosaurs Can Dance

One of the original exchanges, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, is getting on the Web, licensing Primex Trading’s online auction software. There’s life in the old girl yet.

News Release

StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 9/24/00

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The News — 9/24/00

One-Third of Business Say E-Commerce Will Transform

The majority of companies in a KPMG International global study see the Internet having a profound effect on the role they play in their industries – with nearly one-third expecting to see e-business changing their core businesses, according to the professional services organization. Full Story

Microsoft Enhances bCentral

Microsoft today introduced "Business Web Services ," a collection of hosted Web tools, email, e-commerce and marketing applications that will be available on the software giant’s bCentral small-business service. The service, which will be available later this year, will cost businesses $24.95 per month.

City-Wide Wireless Service Provider

One London resident, James Stevens, wants to wirelessly network all of London by using relatively cheap, off-the-shelf parts . With the help of dozens of volunteers, Stevens is hoping to create a city-wide wireless network, built and maintained by the users themselves. Unlike the commercial wireless networks, Stevens’ Consume the Net network will offer free access to anyone with a computer and a US$100 wireless networking card.

New Mobile Modem Hits Download Speeds of 128 kbps

Wireless Internet access provider Metricom today launched a broad offensive to boost adoption of its service for mobile PC customers. Metricom has debuted its speedier service in six new cities: Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and New York. The slower original version was available only in San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., with service recently launched in Atlanta and San Diego as well. All cities now receive the faster service. The newer service, also called Ricochet, delivers Internet content to PC customers at 128 kbps , comparable to an ISDN connection and several times faster than dial-up modems or the original Ricochet offering, which is only capable of 28.8-kbps downloads.

Out on a Limb with M-Commerce

" Consumers don’t think they want the wireless Web yet, but they will ." So said Forrester analyst Patrick Callinan, explaining his firm’s recent conclusion that there is "latent demand" for Internet-enabled mobile phones in the United States. The study that uncovered the latent demand also pointed out that respondents from 34 percent of households surveyed said it was unlikely they would buy any cellular devices, and two-thirds of North American consumers said they were reluctant to make purchases using Internet cell phones.

Shakeout Looming in B2B Communities?

This is a good round-up article from ClickZ about the opportunities and threats facing B2B communities and exchanges. It’s packed with stats and references as well as questions you should ask about participating in an online exchange or community.

"B2B communities are places where businesses sometimes engage in e-commerce, but that’s not their primary goal. Exchanges or online marketplaces, on the other hand, are established specifically to conduct e-commerce. They bring together buyers and sellers, offering procurement services that feature consolidated purchasing from numerous partner vendors, e-malls, or bidding/auction-oriented sites. Is a shakeout looming for these types of web properties?" Full Article

1 Million Businesses on DSL in 3 Years? Sounds light to me

This prediction seems way too conservative to me. According to eMarketer, "More than 1 million U.S. businesses will turn to xDSL technologies for broadband internet access within the next 3 years, according to eMarketer’s eCommerce: B2B Report. During the same period, the number of businesses accessing the internet will rise from 4.5 million by year-end 2000 to over 6.7 million by 2003.

"Currently, less than 10% of business users connect to the internet using xDSL, but by 2003, eMarketer expects that business xDSL subscribers will rise to more than 16% of the business access market. A study by the Strategis Group found that 57% of U.S. firms access the internet via dial-up connections at speeds of only 56 kilobits per second. The vast majority of these companies are small businesses, with less than 100 employees.

dsl as percent of business internet market

"As e-commerce activity increases, many small businesses will be upgrading to faster access speeds in order to accommodate the greater demand for bandwidth," says eMarketer’s Senior Business Analyst, Steve Butler. "Research has found that the use of application service providers (ASP’s) will be a significant driver of broadband adoption as well."

"xDSL will be the preferred access technology chosen by small businesses due to its low cost compared to fiber. Furthermore, xDSL technologies offer better security than cable," added Butler.

"For more on the report, click here ."

Preparing for the B2B Battle

Gulf War veteran and FreeMarkets founder/CEO Glen T. Meakem is trying to stave off competitor VerticalNet and survive in the perilous online marketplace sector. Business Week

Wireless Web wave breaks over the IPO market

Wireless is hot for VCs too. This article focuses on the wireless providers for devices such as palm and Blackberry. Red Herring

The Great Thing About Standards: There are so many of them!

There’s a new XML format in town: RSS 1.0. Co-founder and Chief Architect David Galbraith of Moreover.com is co-author of RSS 1.0, which has become the de facto standard for web-based syndication. This new version of RSS promises to make simple web syndication rival existing heavyweight standards. Through the use of modules, it will allow different parties to extend the core spec. to produce components describing data specific to a particular use or industry. It is a significant step towards inventor of the web Tim Berners Lee’s vision for the ‘semantic web’: one vast database of information. Check it out at Moreover

Business guru Tom Peters sees major e-commerce shakeout

OK, I think Tom Peters is great. But after seeing him speak at a Delphi conference in May, I don’t think he knows a thing about B2B e-commerce. Here he holds forth about that topic and says over 85 percent of e-commerce-based companies will bite the big one. He may be right about that, and I sure like this quote: "E-commerce is not a technology play, it’s a relationship, partnering, communication, and organizational play, made possible by technology." More

StratVantage Consulting, LLC — Mike’s Take on the News 9/28/00

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The News — 9/28/00

Rocket Cars That Go Splat, Involuntary Kidney Donations, and Other Net Myths

Don’t believe everything you read, and especially, don’t believe everything you see in your email box. I’ve spent many hours over my career trying to extinguish various types of net myths, which take on a life of their own as well-meaning colleagues forward them endlessly and clog up the corporate email system. In fact, for years, my particular pet peeve was the notion that you could harm your computer by reading an email. For years, this was not true. Sadly, reality caught up with myth, and today, email really can eat your computer. This article points to a number of excellent sites you can go to to find out if that juicy rumor is really true.

LA Times

Oracle B2B Not So Hot

Larry Ellison has vowed to smash B2B competitors like Ariba and Commerce One. This article says it hasn’t happened yet; will it ever? Oracle claims to be powering 55 online trading exchanges, including eight industry consortium exchanges. But their own exchange, Oracle Exchange, is a joke.

Upside

Dinosaurs Can Dance

One of the original exchanges, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, is getting on the Web, licensing Primex Trading’s online auction software. There’s life in the old girl yet.

News Release

StratVantage Consulting, LLC — StratVantage News Summary 09/19/00

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Will the last one onto the Web please turn on the light?

This reminds me of a hilarious Saturday Night Live mock commercial from last year. WARNING: the punchline is a bit rude, so scroll on if you’re sensitive. Anyway, it’s a few years in the future, and all, and I mean all, of the good domain names are taken. A backward bank finally decides to take the plunge, but has to use the only domain name left: www.clownpenis.fart .

This scenario is trying to come true: There are still a few Fortune 1000 companies who have yet to put up a corporate site. The race is on to see who will be last...

Newfactor

Disintermediate this!

Remove the middlemen and sell things better, faster, cheaper, right? Not necessarily so, as this article discusses.

ClickZ

Getting Your Marketing Program off the Ground

Where would the biggest brands in the world, the Cokes, the Fords, the Nikes, be without relentless marketing? But in the brave new world of clicks, it’s not all that apparent how to get started.

ClickZ

Here a click, there a click . . .

Incubators are on the skids, right? Then why are the likes of IBM, Microsoft and Andersen backing Enfrastructure?

CNet

Briefly Noted

  • Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.:StratVantage has launched a new service, CTOMentor™, designed to allow Chief Technology Officers and other technical leaders to get rid of the Guilt Stack, that pile of magazines you’ll get around to reading someday.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.
    CTOMentor

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