Announcing the results of Facebook for the Quarter ended Sept-2013, where Facebook Revenues went through the roof due to consumer engagement and solid growth in Mobile Segment, the company also highlighted Mark Zuckerberg’s 3 focus areas.
Mark Wants to Connect Everyone Like Google, FB would clearly benefit from accelerating Internet usage, the company’s focus has turned to spreading Internet access around the globe to reach the “next 5 billion people”. To that end, FB has launched Internet.org in August (in cooperation Samsung, Ericsson, Qualcomm, and others) to help boost Internet growth, particularly in developing regions.
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Consumers are increasingly spending more time on mobile internet. Globally, mobile traffic accounts for 15% of total web traffic. Despite the increasing chunk of media time spent on mobile, monetization remains challenging to mobile operators, app developers, and content publishers.
In China, for example, consumers spend 22% of media consumption time on mobile, but advertising dollars on mobile platform is merely 3% of total ad spending. This is not unique to China. In a more mature ad market such as the US, mobile ads account for 3% of ad budgets, vs. 12% of user time spent, according to eMarketer. One argument for mobile ad is that it is still in its infancy. However, smartphones have been six years old, marked by the birth of Apple’s Phone. Even by new media’s benchmark, mobile ad spending remains lackluster. As the US media ads spending trends show, by the time desktop internet was in year 6, online ad spending was already a US$8bn market in the US vs. US$4.1bn for mobile ads, according to eMarketer.
The gap between user time spent and ad spend implies future Read the rest of this entry »
Oracle at the OpenWorld highlighted that it has three key focus areas – Deliver engineered systems that offer compelling performance and scalability, ii) deliver database, middleware and business applications that have new capabilities, and iii) deliver infrastructure software, platform technology (including database and middleware) and business applications through the Oracle public cloud.
Oracle is a consolidator within the SaaS space, noting that the company remains interested in selectively acquiring to build out its solution portfolio. Ultimately, the company expects to provide a comprehensive and integrated suite of cloudbased applications (across infrastructure, applications and platform), which will allow it to be a market leader given suite sales have historically been well received by the market.
Oracle recapped its engineered systems portfolio, which includes: i) Exadata, which is the company’s most mature engineered system, for OLTP, data warehouse, and database consolidation, ii) Exalogic to accelerate applications performance, iii) Exalytics for business analytics and planning, iv) the Big Data Appliance for Hadoop and unstructured data analysis, and v) the SPARC SuperCluster for improved database and application workload performance. Importantly, management highlighted the fact that each of its hardware systems is Read the rest of this entry »
Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) is a potentially disruptive concept of manufacturing. It builds up objects layer by layer, rather than machining raw items. AM enables a new level of design freedom and could lower manufacturing costs significantly. So far, most AM applications can be found in rapid prototyping (cars, consumer products). However, the share of final product manufacturing is rising (aerospace, medical). 3D Printing mainly has 5 Processes as discussed in-depth here.
In addition to extensive market research, we have conducted proprietary interviews with market participants. The stand-out advantages of AM are the potential for mass customisation, design freedom, and major cost reductions. AM’s current shortfalls are a lack of scale economies, low speed, limited materials, high costs and product finishing. AM’s economical score will be determined by printer and hence batch sizes, and packing efficiencies in addition to lower printer and material prices.
The AM market (US$2.2 billion) amounts to just 0.02% of global manufacturing; hence, if AM were to impact only 1%, it would mean a 50-fold market increase. But AM’s weaknesses first need Read the rest of this entry »
PortalPanel is a free web-based online bookmarking tool that also features a Calendar app, a Library app, and an advanced RSS reader. It’s a great alternative to iGoogle and Google Reader (the latter was shut down in July; iGoogle is scheduled to close in November, 2013). PortalPanel has ‘home page’ coded into its DNA. It’s a perfect super-page with capability to “rule them all.” Its ease of use is outstanding and there are plenty of features to make this user-friendly app more powerful than anything else on the market.
First and foremost, PortalPanel is a bookmarking application. PortalPanel stores, labels and helps organize bookmarks so they can be easily retrieved and help one get going & be productive instantaneously. The bookmarks section will provide you with constant access to everything you’ve ever stumbled upon online and found it worth saving, And, yes, the app has the Google Search integrated, so you can run a search and bookmark pages as you go without having to open a separate tab on your browser.
RSS is still the best way toconsume news, as opposed to ALL the news. Unfortunately, some people find RSS “too techy.” This is where PortalPanel News /RSS Reader comes in. It makes adding and combining all your favorite RSS feeds a breeze, essentially allowing each user to create their own unique news stream, including the ability to customize the way they receive and consume the news. Find out if your favorite news portal or blog supports RSS (most do), copy the link, add it to the list of your RSS feeds in PortalPanel Read the rest of this entry »
Today the whole World is Buzz with the news that Facebook is going to attack Google on its Core Search Platform using Facebook’s Social Graph backed by Microsoft’s Bing Search Technology, a killer combination in our view. Firstly, Facebook Like Button is a clear Winner compared to Google+ and is helping the former get more perspective of the user. Secondly, Google doesn’t have access to Billions of Bytes of User Generated Data on the facebook platform which is also context sensitive. If Facebook and Bing Research’s team can crack a way to transform these inputs into serving results, Google will be at the receiving end.
However, as far as Mobile is concerned, Google and Facebook are the clear winners. The mobile ad market is creating new challenges, it is notable that Google and Facebook are among the companies that have developed early and (relatively) effective mobile ad unit buys. Advertisers were also positive on Facebook’s progress in mobile as its mobile Sponsored Story ad units are directly transferable and scalable from desktop to mobile and the advertising is not showing any signs of interrupting the user experience or engagement. This is encouraging as mobile remains one of the reasons we are positive on Facebook for 2013, as the company’s progress attracting mobile advertising dollars and gives a picture Read the rest of this entry »
Most e-commerce companies in India are currently focused on driving up valuations by increasing market share at the cost of profitability. Can the Indian e-commerce bubble burst? It can be looked at two ways where one argument says – The bubble has already burst at the valuations level. In 2012, the total e-commerce revenue in India is at about $1.6 bn. In India, online retailing accounts for only 0.3 percent of all retail volume, compared with 5 percent in the US and 1.8 percent in China. The online retailing in India is set to explode. The market will expand at a CAGR of 25 percent over the next five years to reach $8.8 bn by 2016. While the other section of players argued – Currently, the number of e-commerce companies in India with a substantial turnover is only a handful. In Indian e-commerce, we don’t see the bubble really. The bubble of late 1990s was due to the business model of the anticipation of a transaction” or “eye-balls,” but it doesn’t apply to the current scenario where the customers are increasingly transacting on the net. Indian e-commerce is showing lot of promise.
The Flourishing Product & Services in Indian e-commerce In most economies. e-commerce growth has typically been led first by content (i.e.. books and movies), consumer electronics (i.e., laptops and accessories) and services (i.e., travel, job site). As consumers get comfortable with transacting online, growth in other categories such as food, clothing, cosmetics and other general merchandise categories follows. This model of growth has played out in the US and is now unfolding in China.
In the Indian Context, the story is a bit different – E-commerce can be Read the rest of this entry »
Google could become a Search Giant not just because of the PageRank Algorithm but due to innovations at Software Defined Networking, In memory Data Serving, Data Mining and Retrieval from the Largest Unstructured Database known to anyone of us. Borrowing from the ideas of Google Scientists, Engineers at SAP Developed HANA – In Memory Database as everybody in the world of business was now getting used to Google Instant. SAP is building out the IT infrastructure to support a new generation of applications that have an orientation more toward the customer and customer interaction versus the traditional, backoffice- oriented ERP systems.
So Can you Elaborate a Little More on HANA InMemory Database system
SAP is working closely with IBM, HP and Intel, etc to deliver supercomputer-like performance for real-time processing, both on premise and as a platform for the cloud. SAP demonstrated HANA on a 100TB system, consisting of a cluster of IBM X5 servers, 4,000 x86 cores, capable of running 8 of SAP’s largest ERP customers or 10 of its largest data warehouses. In collaboration with Intel, SAP intends to leverage HANA on a 1-petabyte in-memory cloud platform. SAP expects to have 40-50 applications for HANA by the end of 2013, with 8 real-time applications announced at today’s conference
How is SAP Attacking Oracle ?
Oracle vertically integrates into the hardware layer, delivering its own database and hardware platforms. SAP is now encroaching on Oracle’s traditional database domain, although SAP’s architecture is not primarily directed at Oracle’s traditional Read the rest of this entry »