Manufacturing new orders are booming – reliable sign of improving employment and eco. growth

| September 4, 2013

The Institute of Supply Management just released the August index for manufacturing activity.  The reported diffusion index level of new orders was 63.2, the highest since April 2011.  More importantly, the rate of improvement in the index as expressed as the increase over the trailing 6 month average was the best since the big economic recovery […]




An epitome of “disruptive innovation” – smartphones take down the CEO of Microsoft. Are there more heads going to roll across the “old” tech establishment? You bet!

| September 2, 2013

The CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, shocked the markets with his recently announced “retirement”.  There is the normal speculation one would expect when the CEO of an iconic enterprise announces his departure.  Microsoft is a $278 billion market cap behemoth with $77.8 billion in revenue and $76 billion in cash.  So why was he asked […]




There is a surge in IT spending on the way . . . are you ready?

| September 2, 2013

Credit Suisse has recently published research stating that IT spending should take off in 2014.  I agree.  Here is some of what they had to say . . . “Corporate investment in technology is now farther below trend growth than it has been at any point in the last 50 years, despite the fact that […]




Time spent on mobile devices is exploding. Expect more tailored media and more ad spend geared to mobile – soon.

| September 2, 2013

Only Mobile has shown an increase in media consumption since 2009.  The following chart was published by Business Intelligence in a recent study which you can see here.  Mobile is critical to the survival of all legacy media players – no mobile strategy => no business.  Ad dollars are shifting to multiple mobile platforms and formats.  Aberdeen […]




Tablets are being rapidly adopted – faster than smartphones and mostly by consumers. Expect enterprise adoption to accelerate.

| September 2, 2013

According to Pew Research, (see report here) a third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire—almost twice as many as the 18% who owned a tablet a year ago.  In May 2010, just 3% of adults said they owned a tablet […]