tisdag 29 april 2008

What happens to Web 2.0 companies 2006 - 2008?

I'm looking at some older blogs to see what I did think about Web 2.0 two or four years ago. When did I start to grasp the importance of virtualization? How big changes are we going to see in big and smaller enterprises? My special interest is focused to:
  1. Forestry companies: pulp, paper, board, sawmills, mechanical wood industry
  2. Small and medium size companies with increasing global reach
  3. Innovative companies delivering products and services through multiple networks
  4. Asset management, reliability centered maintenance
  5. Bioenergy, Biotechnology, Microbiology
  6. Software as a Service
  7. Traditional SME's
  8. Logistics!

Friday, November 10, 2006

What happens to Web 2.0 companies?

Web 2.0 entrepreneurs can and do start companies for relatively small sums of money compared to the tens of millions doled out during the dot-com boom days.

I wrote that one and half years ago. What has changed since?

Analysts think that the crashes won't hurt as many. This is a boom that doesn't have a big impact in Europe.

People have worried about a Web 2.0 bubble for some time. Are we closer to a ICT or Web 2.0 downturn now? The two past years have brought more companies to the scene.

"The European Web 2.0 scene is silent. Skype has already moved over to the eBay area," was my statement 2006.
September 12, 2005. What am I bid for this Skype? Sold for $2.6 billion! By now you probably know: eBay's buying Skype for $2.6 billion.

There are rumors about Skype being for sale again. eBay has not been able to figure out what to do with Skype.

Finnish companies are too concentrated around everything mobile, so the Web 2.0 bubble talk doesn't have any bearing here. We're using Web 2.0 applications to add productivity and reach of our knowledge work [meaning KK-Net and our clients].

Web 2.0 has made our life easier. We can do more in less time. We can reach more people on a global scale with much less effort. The time-shift effect does have some meaning for us.

What will be the next step? I participated in Cisco 2008 Expo in Helsinki and there are some interesting things for SME's (Small and Medium Size Enterprises).
  1. Unified communication [IBM says Unified communication and collaboration]
  2. Skype could fit well into the Cisco UC-platform...hmm...why not
  3. WebEx has lots of applications within SME's
  4. Evolution of communications
  5. Video Conferencing
  6. Video on-demand services
  7. Convergence of Mobile and Internet

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