David slings a stone at Goliath: LinkedIn Eastside Networking event to promote Lotus software in Seattle

One of the coolest things about living in the Seattle area is that its population is among the most tech-savvy in the world.  Apparently we have more high-tech/software companies per capita than anywhere else.  Our government, businesses and individuals have the greatest web presence per capita.  So it’s no surprise that every month several hundred people show up at a networking event driven solely by LinkedIn.com. Check it out at the Eastside Networking Event. This month they will be starting a new feature. Attendees can submit a PowerPoint slide profiling themselves and their business which will be projected as a slide show during the gathering.

I am a firm believer in leading by example.  IBM intentionally chooses not to advertise the Lotus brand to 4 million of the most computer-savvy people in the world because of Microsoft’s presence here.  No problem, I got it covered.  I will not be intimidated by the competition.  I will not be so easily deterred.  I am confident that the superior quality and value of the IBM Lotus brand is desired by those tech-savvy people of the Puget Sound area who are not hypnotized by the gaze of Microsoft marketing.

As it turns out, that is a bigger portion of the market than those outside Seattle might realize.  Many of the high-tech companies here are competing against Microsoft — and winning.  The reality is, even Microsoft employees don’t always buy their own products.  The market here is changing dramatically.  MSFT stock is down.  IE which was once the browser of choice is now minor player taking a distant back seat to open source FireFox as well as Chrome and Safari.  Search and personal email accounts are dominated by Google.  Sure, old-school companies that are still looking for “one brand fits all” go to Microsoft.  For many workers in Seattle and elsewhere, that’s all they know, so that’s what they buy.  But the tech-savvy people of the world are finding that innovative solutions don’t all start and end at one company.  People are recognizing that to differentiate yourself from your competition, you must do things differently than your competition.  So to those who think outside the box and those who look for best of breed and those who consider cost as an important factor,particularly small-medium sized businesses, the MS brand has lost it’s luster, even here in Seattle.

I’m used to being the underdog.  After all, my name is David. And what better place to sling my rock at Goliath than from a networking event held one block away from the tallest, newest Microsoft building.  Here is my slide.
Linkedin eastside networking event profile of The Notes Guy In Seattle
So my question to you is this: What are YOU doing to burst the Microsoft myth and make people aware of the real value of Lotus software?

“I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.”

–Walt Whitman


Posted on January 21, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. David, if you want to throw rocks, that’s fine, but make sure you know what you are talking about. “IE which was once the browser of choice is now minor player taking a distant back seat to open source FireFox as well as Chrome and Safari.” Well, the latest market share figures (December, 2010) have IE at still roughly 50% share, down, for sure, but by no means “a distant back seat.”
    “personal email accounts are dominated by Google.” Well, the latest market share figures on email (US Internet Traffic to Web-based Email Clients), from November, 2010, put Yahoo! at #1, with 44%, Hotmail second, with 30%, and Google a distant third. Again, I have no issue with being partisan, but make sure you know your facts, or if all you are stating is an opinion, then say so…

  2. That was poorly phrased, wasn’t it? To clarify, my source is http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp (w3schools is the defacto source for html & css instruction and monitors browser usage to guide developers in creating websites compatible with the browsers their visitors are using) What I mean by “distant back seat to Firefox” is that at its peak in March of 2004 IE had a market share of 88.0%. Since the official arrival of Firefox in 2005, IE as steadily lost ground at a rate of (just eyeballing the numbers) >1% per month and the Dec 2010 stats indicate IE is down to 27.5% while Firefox is at 43.5%. Since its inception in September, 2008, Chrome has gone from zero to 22.4%. Safari has..well never mind that.

    In addition, informal surveys taken at the start of classes last September at Bellevue college (Microsoft’s front yard) indicated Firefox had a 2-to-1 share compared to IE. But that isn’t surprising since more than a third of them own Macs.

    Regarding the statement “Search and personal email accounts are dominated by Google.” I inadvertently deleted Yahoo from the sentence. It should have ended “…dominated by Google and Yahoo.”

    The exact numbers are subordinate to the trend, its velocity and the implications. Microsoft experienced its marketing success, but it is no longer the powerhouse it once was as consumers’ fancies ebb and flow.

    Thanks for keeping me honest on the facts.

  3. Hi there

    Hopefully will run into you in Orlando, sorry that I never got chance to catch up with you in Seattle.

    I had never heard of the ENE but it looks very interesting and I hope to be able to start attending, but unfortunately not tonight.

  4. @Jim – if you are an MS employee, thanks so much for being the first one ever to take any interest in portraying the facts 🙂

    If not, then I shall continue to dream !

  5. See you there David. I should be easy to find there if you follow me on Twitter: @davehabz

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