Perspectives on Google's Acquisition of Motorola, and HP's Divestiture of Its PC Business
I’ve had the privilege of publishing my point of view on Sandhill.com regarding two of the blockbuster announcements over the past week,
- Will Google’s Purchase of Motorola Be a Path to Greater Android Success or Pandora’s Box?
- HP’s Software Transformation Cloudy without Consumer Channel to Market
Yesterday’s NY Times included a good article discussing the new challenges facing Google as it enters the smartphone business, echoing my concerns with this terrific quote,
“When Google decides to evict a small Web publisher from its ad service, it sends a computer-generated form letter with the bad news. It says the Web site “poses a risk of generating invalid activity.” Why, the publisher might ask? You will never find out from Google. The only appeal is to fill out a Web form. Good luck. You can’t talk to an algorithm.”
There was also a seminal commentary by Marc Andreessen, a member of the HP board of directors, in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal about how today’s Cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (Saas) is transforming nearly every industry, as well as the way we live and work, as a justification for HP’s dramatic strategic move to become more software centric.
Both announcements have significant channel implications and make our Cloud Channel Summit on November 7 even more timely.