The impact of disruptive innovation – on PCs and on Retail

Arthur Weiss Case Studies, Competitive Strategy, Management / Marketing / CI Theory, Marketing Principles 17 Comments

Two recent items highlight the impact of disruptive innovations on industries. The first is a presentation from the Business Insider called the “The Death of PC”. The second is an article looking at Amazon and mentioning its March 2012 purchase of Kiva Systems.

Microsoft’s Surface and Disruptive Innovation!

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Microsoft’s new Surface “tablet” computer promises to be another disruptive innovation. It won’t stop the growth of tablet computers such as the iPad but it will be a threat to netbooks and low-end laptops.

Internet Explorer is for Dummies! Anatomy of a hoax.

Arthur Weiss Case Studies, Competitive Intelligence, News stories, Online & Search Issues 16 Comments

A news story suggesting that Internet Explorer users were stupid turned out to be a hoax. There is a lesson in this for competitive intelligence analysts as it shows how journalists are sometimes lazy – and don’t check stories. The general rule “If a headline sounds too good to be true, think twice” should be the motto when reading the news so as not to get caught out by false stories.

Google versus Bing – a competitive intelligence case study

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Google catches Bing red-handed via a counter-competitive intelligence sting operation showing how Bing uses some of Google’s results and uses them in their own result pages as part of the Bing Algorithm.

But it’s not google – Bing goes Live!

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Another long wait between entries – I really must update more often. However recent events in the Search world and in the CI world mean I have no choice but to update. My thoughts on recent changes at SCIP will have to wait till my next post. This post will look at Microsoft‘s replacement for Live and MSN Search – with its new Bing search engine. Searches at Live or MSN Search now redirect to I like the front-end – it’s clean and colourful. However I couldn’t find anywhere to change the front image – at least on the UK version that’s still in Beta.The US version does allow you to scroll back to previous images – with a little arrow option at the bottom of the right side of the screen. The US version also includes hot-spots describing aspects of the picture, plus a side-bar offering more search …