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All Shook Up – How AWS is Pulling Off the Impossible in Enterprise IT

All Shook Up – How AWS is Pulling Off the Impossible in Enterprise IT

Since Amazon’s Q3 earnings announcement, AWS (Amazon Web Services), has been grabbing more headlines than ever. The nine-year old unit is breaking records as the dominant cloud infrastructure services provider, rapidly becoming a default choice for enterprise and government organizations. How have they pulled this off, and can anyone give AWS a run for its money?

New Kid on the Block – How Alibaba’s IPO Will Change the Competitive Landscape

New Kid on the Block – How Alibaba’s IPO Will Change the Competitive Landscape

By now you’ve probably heard more than you want to about Alibaba’s upcoming IPO, estimated to become the largest IPO, raising around $24bn and valuing the Chinese e-commerce giant at $160bn or more. But this event bears even greater significance than its size would indicate. Along with TenCent and Baidu, Alibaba makes up a powerful troika of Chinese internet platforms. Alibaba’s rapid growth, profitability and dominance of the massive Chinese internet marketplace is sure to impact the strategies of Amazon, Google, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo!, and others to compete successfully in that enormous market as well as in other Asian countries, not to mention in other regions.

Nobody Likes a Bully – Strategic Implications of the Amazon-Hachette e-Book Pricing Dispute

Nobody Likes a Bully – Strategic Implications of the Amazon-Hachette e-Book Pricing Dispute

No doubt there’s more than meets the eye in the current stare-down between Amazon and book publisher Hachette over e-book pricing. The entire book industry, including all the major publishers, is watching with bated breath to see which side will win because any deal is likely to become the model for e-book pricing going forward. Both sides have their point of view – for example, Amazon is still smarting from having to adopt the Apple-inspired 2012 e-book pricing deal and thus sell some titles at a loss. Now that the company is under serious pressure from Wall Street to finally start generating real profits, CEO Jeff Bezos may refuse to bend and be willing to risk the ire of publishers, authors, and even customers to get his way. Because of its dominant market share, Amazon is running a serious risk of incurring the wrath of the Justice Department for monopolistic practices, and it seems to have forfeited public sympathy to this point. This article studies the specific topic of power – how abuse of it can impact the dynamics of an entire industry, and the strategic and tactical choices facing Amazon today.

Playing the Power Game – The Route to Sustained Success in Tech

Playing the Power Game – The Route to Sustained Success in Tech

Why have companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce.com, or VMware been so envied by competitors and partners over the years? And how have they come to command the lion’s share of customers’ business in their main categories? Part of the answer lies in their pursuit of Power balanced with a suitable focus on Performance, the essential corollary to Power as a lever for sustained success. In essence, companies like these have built a powerful franchise in at least one major product category where they dominate, which gives them “gorilla” power. Most companies can only dream of this type of success, largely because most entrepreneurs, CEOs, and management teams find themselves over-stretched by the demands of Performance – managing existing commitments – and thus unable to play for Power. Applying just one of these two levers is not sufficient – it is critical to play for both. Whenever companies neglect one over the other, they are quickly penalized by customers, investors, and/or partners, as we’ll see in this post.