by Abbie Lundberg

Google and Microsoft’s Epic Battle, CIO Bloggers and more

Dec 17, 20072 mins
Enterprise Applications

Here are some posts that caught my attention this morning.

The building “epic battle” between Google and Microsoft

A dramatic New York Times analysis of Google’s assault on Microsoft. “The growing confrontation between Google and Microsoft promises to be an epic business battle. It is likely to shape the prosperity and progress of both companies, and also inform how consumers and corporations work, shop, communicate and go about their digital lives.” Included in the package is an insightful interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt on what is really different now.

Clay Christensen’s model of disruption applied to Microsoft and GoogleHenry Blodget at the Silicon Alley Insider argues that Microsoft is in the process of being disrupted by Google in the office application space. It’s not as if Microsoft is unaware of the threat; the question is, what, if anything, can they do about it?

Release 1.0 back issues available

One of my favorite bloggers, J.P. Rangaswami (an IT exec at BT), shares that O’Reilly has made available all the back issues of Esther Dyson’s Release 1.0, which Rangaswami credits with giving him an “early perspective on many issues that later turned out to be critical.” J.P., by the way, is researching the use of Facebook and Twitter in the enterprise, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Two other IT executive bloggers

CIO John Halamka has been writing his “Life as a Healthcare CIO” for a few months now, and he’s quite prolific, posting just about every day with useful advice on such topics as leading change, resolving conflict and managing people.

Partners HealthCare deputy CIO Mary Finlay has begun a blog on Women in Technology (I wonder what it is about healthcare CIOs and blogging?). Her mission, she writes in her first post, is to “share my experiences in the hopes that I will encourage women to consider a field in technology.” So far she has written about the power of networking; why it’s a double wammy for women to aspire to a CIO position; how to find your career “sweet spot” and more. Along the side, she includes profiles of interesting and successful women in IT.