At SYS-CON Media we see our inventories are filling up to 100% capacity for
the months of November, December, and January, and we are seeing
better-than-normal RFP activity for the first quarter of 2010.
When I say this, I am comparing the current insertion order activity to the
same period last year. We will be closing 2009 roughly 32% below 2008 in
revenues (far better than any other tech media company), which forced us to
reduce our expenses for the same period by around 40%. Last fall, while the
world was falling apart, we were preparing for a 40%-45% drop in advertising
revenues for 2009. We did better than our worst projections.
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When we... (more)
This is more like a long Tweet than a short blog entry.
Personal issues aside Mark Hurd was a brilliant CEO for HP and he will be
remembered as one of the greatest CEOs HP ever had. Like the rest of the
world, we were curious and watched him from the beginning. I knew he was off
to a brilliant start when - within days of getting the job - he put together
an internal group of PhD economists specialized in game theory who developed
a system that saved HP billions of dollars in purchases.
Wikipedia defines game theory as "attempts to mathematically capture behavior
in strategic situ... (more)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad
Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad:
At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American
citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey,
and taken to Syria.
Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story
I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back
to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home.
Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires
immediate treatment in the Un... (more)
Cisco's January sales were down 20% from a year ago. Its customers are
holding off their purchasing decisions under the current economic climate.
The only growth potential the company has today is in the virtualization
market, which is expected to increase by more than 40% in 2009.
Cisco is not exactly a software company. Like Dell they need to come up with
a sustainable proposition for their customers. So far what we have seen from
Cisco is a virtual router. The word on the street is that next week they are
expected to announce their game plan, per... (more)
New Media on Ulitzer
Last week we were accidentally copied in on an internal e-mail from a
software company with a market cap in excess of five billion dollars. As I
read through this long e-mail thread, which included references to our
company, I couldn't help but reflect on the past. I forwarded this e-mail to
their CEO and he acknowledged its receipt. History is repeating itself, I
realized, and I wanted to share my thoughts with our readers and with the CEO
of this software company.
In 1985-86 I worked at IBM as a market research analyst in White Plains, NY,
at the company'... (more)