Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 27th Mar 2012 03:39 UTC
Editorial My previous article analyzed some tech companies and their prospects: Microsoft, Intel, HP, Dell, Oracle, Apple, and Google. This article discusses IBM, Amazon, Yahoo!, Cisco, and BMC Software. The goal is to spark a useful discussion. What is your opinion of these companies? Do they have viable strategies for the future?
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Defne Tech
by fredslidey on Tue 27th Mar 2012 07:06 UTC
fredslidey
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2012-03-19

Google, Yahoo, and other like Facebook are not Tech Companies. They use tech products (Software, Servers, Networking and Chip based products)but dont make a living at it. No, they sell advertising and pump alot of stuff to attract eyeballs to drive higher ad revenues.

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RE: Defne Tech
by kwan_e on Tue 27th Mar 2012 09:32 in reply to "Defne Tech"
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2007-02-18

Google, Yahoo, and other like Facebook are not Tech Companies. They use tech products (Software, Servers, Networking and Chip based products)but dont make a living at it. No, they sell advertising and pump alot of stuff to attract eyeballs to drive higher ad revenues.


Google develops algorithms. I say that's pretty tech. Unless your criteria is that a tech company must create almost all of its tech products in house...

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RE[2]: Defne Tech
by cyrilleberger on Tue 27th Mar 2012 10:13 in reply to "RE: Defne Tech"
cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

I say that's pretty tech. Unless your criteria is that a tech company must create almost all of its tech products in house...


It seems is criteria is that you are a tech company if your users are your customers, ie, if your users are buying stuff from the company. Otherwise, Google, Yahoo and Facebook create almost all of its tech products in house...

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RE: Defne Tech
by butters on Tue 27th Mar 2012 15:23 in reply to "Defne Tech"
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2005-07-08

This is like arguing that Microsoft sells shrink-wrapped boxes of polycarbonate disks. Technically true, but the software is the attraction.

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RE: Defne Tech
by galvanash on Tue 27th Mar 2012 16:52 in reply to "Defne Tech"
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2006-01-25

Google, Yahoo, and other like Facebook are not Tech Companies. They use tech products (Software, Servers, Networking and Chip based products)but dont make a living at it. No, they sell advertising and pump alot of stuff to attract eyeballs to drive higher ad revenues.


It isn't a large percentage of their revenue, but that is mostly because their revenue in advertising is just so incredibly large... They DO sell technology, and they are a big player with some of their products (Google Apps for Enterprise for instance).

If what you were saying is true, then Microsoft isn't a console company, because they only make <10% of their money there. Yet they are...

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