MyServices looks lucrative

Microsoft's PDC (Professional Developers Conference) didn't yield the excitement I was looking for, although the subscription-based pricing model for .Net MyServices will keep people talking.

Perhaps the best thing about visiting Los Angeles is returning home. Sure, our butts are sore from the long bike ride, but Amber decided after a first-hand reminder about LA smog that she prefers San Francisco fog.

Hyped out

I’ve got to admit it was a long way to go for very little excitement. Microsoft’s PDC (Professional Developers Conference) didn’t yield the excitement I was looking for, although the subscription-based pricing model for .Net MyServices will keep people talking.

Interestingly, the chief executive of a San Francisco Bay area vendor I talked to said Microsoft’s new licensing plans are cutting into his customers’ fixed IT budgets by as much as 20%. If you’re developing technology around .Net MyServices, you can expect to pay more than $US10,000 per year. Is Microsoft eating too much corporate pie?

As a side note for humour’s sake, signs at PDC proclaimed that bags may be inspected at any time. Of course, I never saw any bags getting inspected. Reminds you of Microsoft’s approach to security holes in IIS and Windows.

Meanwhile, my spies over in Orlando, Florida, attended Storage Networking World Fall 2001. Buzz around the bar at one of the conference resorts suggested BMC Software is “bleeding money”, as my spy on the ground said. In fact, a number of IT analysts believe the company is set to unveil a number of new storage software products very soon, but pre-release information is hard to come by. One analyst claimed the problem is one of PR, with information about the announcement hard to find at the show.

Another company with a product announcement on the horizon is Computer Associates. A well-connected spy reports CA is planning to make a big push into web services later this year around its security and storage management products. CA will position the products as web services that users can license on a usage basis, the spy said.

Rebate mess

So what’s up with all these bogus rebate offers? One reader complains he filled in a metre-long form to get his D-Link camera rebate, only to be told (incorrectly) that the purchases were made outside the rebate offer period. He complains it’s the fifth company to deny the rebate, and I decided to take up the fight because I too can’t stand the practice. Hello, Intel, where’s the rebate on my PC camera I sent you two months ago? Anyone else feeling exploited?

Finally, an amusing update to my tip from last week that Ray Ozzie is looking for chief executive candidates. I jokingly offered to collect résumés and I actually got a serious candidate. Don’t worry, I sent it on to Groove HQ as an act of good faith.

“Bob, let’s plan a bed-and-breakfast weekend,” Amber said during our trip last week. She’s got the travel bug and Napa is on the agenda.

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