Saturday, May 14, 2005

Alcatel realigns its IPTV strategy

Just when things are hotting up in the IPTV market, in a rather interesting move, Alcatel has decided to stop the further development of its IPTV middleware product, the Open Media Platform (OMP). Instead, it will concentrate on “system integration” mode and will sell Microsoft’s IPTV middleware exclusively.

LightReading reports that:

Alcatel (NYSE: ALA - message board; Paris: CGEP:PA) is abandoning the further development of its IPTV middleware product, the Open Media Platform (OMP), and has agreed to sell Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq: MSFT - message board) product exclusively, according to several industry sources.

Alcatel has delayed a scheduled “next-generation” upgrade to the OMP while it hammers out its IPTV middleware partnership with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - message board), a source close to the situation says (see Alcatel, Microsoft Confirm IPTV Deal).

Looks like Alcatel is being smart enough to tem up instead of fight against with Microsoft. So far Telecom has been mostly out of reach of Microsoft. But IPTV technology will probably be the beginning of a new chapter in Telecom where vendors always stole a march with mind-boggling numbers.

My guess is that with Microsoft entry, IPTV market will probably be reduced to a commodity server market. Microsoft has turned the core of the IPTV offerings into a Client/Server architecture and has already won major deals and poised to dominate the market. On the other hand, the “end-to-end” offerings from the Telco equipment vendors are yet to prove their worth. Excluding some major wins by ZTE, other vendors have not yet announced major deals.

In such a scenario, it makes sense to be with Microsoft’s side rather than fighting with it. So, no wonder that Alcatel has chosen to be on Microsoft's side.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

blogger is down

When I tried posting (at around 10 AM local time), Blogger was down for maintenance. I wanted to capture such a rare moment! So took a screenshot of the message posted by Blogger.

So here’s pic that contains Blogger’s message:

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Guess who indulges in India-bashing....

Came across this interesting article in Indian Express. It throws light on how India’s image is tarnished by none other than Indians themselves. Here are some of the observations in the article that I found interesting:

We as a nation appear to be excessively obsessed about how we are perceived.

As these stereotyped images of India conjured during colonial times fade away today, another one, uglier and more repulsive than the previous, is being created. Events are being exaggerated or blown out of proportion in order to sensationalise news items and thereby make them more appealing to a Western audience. However the culprits this time are not the West or Europeans. The detractors are our own homegrown writers enthusiastically misusing a newfound access to the world stage with each one trying to outdo the other in this calumny.

Use the right forums to seek redress if that is your real intention. Do not sensationalize events to garner personal glory.

…… Western public (like the public everywhere) craves for melodrama which these Indian writers are ever willing to provide even at the cost of truth and honesty.

Although I may not agree with all the views expressed in the article, I couldn’t help but to admit that I felt the same way after reading an article written by the Bloomberg columnist Andy Mukherjee. In that article, Andy Mukherjee tries to tell how Singapore can take a leaf out of Bangalore’s book to create an “urban buzz”.

Although the idea is flattering for Bangalore, the way Bangalore is projected in the article makes the reader wonder whether the article is using this opportunity to denigrate Bangalore. Here’s a line that precisely underlines that: “A series of accidents created the city (Bangalore)”. Excuse me!! Agreed that Bangalore is not a planned city, but trying to take away the credit it deserves by such a foolish remark is as preposterous as saying “an accident created Andy Mukherjee“.

As long as we Indians (or people of Indian origin) don’t stop washing our dirty linen in the public, we are going to be ridiculed and mocked at by outsiders. Also, we should make sincere efforts at correcting things that makes us laughable, such as cows on the road, urinating in public, etc. Once these basic things are set right, I think the fingers pointing towards them will disappear gradually, if not immediately.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Back to work ...

After a week long vacation I am back to work today. Although it is Sunday, we are working today to compensate for the extra day off that we got during the vacation. Although I had prepared myself to make it as pleasant as possible, it turned out to be the other way round. In fact it couldn’t have been any worse. First off, when I woke up in the morning, my whole body was aching, body temperature was a wee bit higher and I was almost shivering. I knew it’s that dreadful flu! But the vacation is over and I must go to work. So after a great effort I convinced myself that I am alright and managed to climb out of bed and take a quick shower. As I hadn’t bought groceries in the last few days, there was absolutely nothing for breakfast. So I couldn’t take medicines and was feeling hungry and tired.
When I started to office at least the rain had stopped. Somehow managed to reach the office. Within few minutes one of my colleagues broke the bad news that company is being restructured and there would be significant reduction in workforce. Although I did not get hysterical, I did ponder over it for a while. Because, just 2 weeks ago I had decided to stay in this job for a while and said no to 2~3 potential offers. Anyways, it doesn’t bother me much although it will be a point that I will consider for my short-term planning.
I took some medicine after lunch and was feeling better. But no signs of complete relief yet. Hope I will be back with a bang by tomorrow.

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