Posts tagged: search

The Next Step in Intelligent Imaging is About a Foot

Alan Bullock
 Mar 5, 2015

InfoTrends estimates that consumers worldwide will take about one trillion photos in 2015 – and that doesn’t even include the ones that are deleted right away. As a result, users of smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, action cameras, lifelogging cameras, and other picture-taking devices are accumulating massive collections of photos and videos. Keeping them organized so that memories of a person, place, or event can be easily located when desired is a daunting task. Read more »

Is Content Aggregation the Next Step for Consumers and the Cloud?

Alan Bullock
 Mar 29, 2013

Consumers are increasingly turning to online cloud services to protect important files and to access them from the always-connected devices that they carry with them. Last October, InfoTrends conducted its inaugural U.S. Cloud Services End-user Survey Read more »

Declining Popularity of QR Codes in Japan

Matt Swain
 Jul 22, 2011

When I was in Japan last year, it seemed to be relatively easy to encounter QR codes. My colleague, Jim Hamilton, posted a blog last week entitled “Tokyo 2011 Observations,” which included a discussion about a virtual disappearance of QR codes. Since I was in Tokyo this week, I decided to further investigate his observation. Here is what I found:

  • Upon arrival, I casually reviewed posters, banners, and other marketing material in the airport and I did not see any QR codes
  • There was a QR code on the Internet access instruction pamphlet in the seat pockets of the express train from the airport to Tokyo
  • There was a QR code on the outside of one of the city buses outside of Tokyo station, but not on any of the other 7-10 buses we walked past
  • One booklet on the brochure rack at our hotel had a QR code on the cover, with no other codes readily apparent inside of the other brochures
  • A temporary aquarium erected at the Sony Building in Tokyo had a prominently placed sign with QR codes linking to My Sony Club
  • Toyota Megaweb (their self-proclaimed car theme park) had a QR code on a poster at the entrance linking to their website
  • I did not see any menus at restaurants with QR codes on them, whereas last year these were easy to findÂ
  • Upon returning to the airport, I saw the pillars at the train station had the same wrap as last year with a large QR code linking to the train’s homepage

Altogether, I saw no more than 25 unique QR codes in three days when I was actively searching for them. In fact, marketers appeared to be leveraging the suggestion of mobile search to initiate their cross-media initiatives much more frequently. Read more »

The end of a long week!

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 Jan 23, 2009

I believe a good blog is often focused on a single thought, well-developed and hyperlinked to the point of intrigue. The problem is that this was a busy week for content and document management vendors. Instead of dwelling on a single topic, I’d like to close out the week by providing my 2 cents on a few must-read headlines:

1. Interwoven to be acquired by Autonomy

My $0.02 – most analysts expected this acquisition, but I don’t think Autonomy was on anyone’s short-list — after all, their market capitalization was only 3x that of Interwoven’s. Although initial reports and briefings discussed synergies around Legal services and e-Discovery, the broader importance of pan-enterprise search (Autonomy’s IDOL) and some unique multimedia offerings (Autonomy’s Virage) could also play a role in Interwoven’s ECM portfolio. Competing vendors have already taken note of the opportunity in light of possible turmoil, with Web content management (WCM) vendor FatWire putting out an official response.

PS Earlier in the week, we also found out Autonomy had signed an OEM agreement with Xerox DocuShare to provide its IDOL enterprise search offering…

2. IBM released Q4  and full-year earnings

My $0.02 – IBM beat the street (again) and Wall Street rallied the stock more than 10% the next morning. The official slide deck, available here, is particularly interesting — take note of global revenue growth, especially in BRIC countries, as well as the product segmentation breakdown. Although branded software offerings (e.g. WebSphere, FileNet, et al) performed exceptionally well, things sounded a bit somber when we spoke with these groups over the course of the week — even Big Blue is not immune to market consolidation.

3. InfoTrends launches novel study on Microsoft SharePoint

My $0.02 – This one didn’t make the front page of NYTimes.com (much to my dismay!),  but the troubling economy means that we all need to re-evaluate the effects of SharePoint as a market disruptor, whether it represents a threat or an opportunity to our business. I’ve been fielding calls  for the past several weeks on connectors, strategies, and TCO — including with MarkLogic, who recently announced their SharePoint connector and Word toolkit — and I’m ready to be surprised by structured survey results and future interviews. If you’re thinking about SharePoint, talking about SharePoint, or just confused by SharePoint, drop me a line and let’s discuss!

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