Posts Tagged 'results'

StatusSearch – Get (more) reliable results

The Jewish mind keeps coming up with new inventions and ideas, luring CEOs to the holy land, even in the July sun – no wonder Israel has some 3,500 start-up companies, 2nd only to the US.

My friend Lior Levin joined forces with ROR dude Elad Meidar to form, which brings you results from your friends’ updates in twitter and facebook. The idea is improving reliability of course – if I’m searching for Michael Jackson, my friends will provide better results than the general population, or I wouldn’t have followed/friended them to begin with. LinkedIn and MySpace integrations are on the way as well.

The idea is simple, and is a semi-semantic way to filter results. While twitter search crawls the entire user base, looks at your friends only, assuming they know what they talk about.. 😉

Couple of things I noticed from a brief use that are worth mentioning/conversing:

  • True to the ‘real-time’ reality, the results are 1-paged, no option for ‘more’. You do get an icon to see the source of each result, but if your answer is 2-3 days old, you won’t see it. Also, it’s unclear to me how frequent the crawler works and if there’s any attempt to ‘even’ the results between twitter and facebook (think not). Does the engine displays ‘power users’ results first (because those users are more connected – thus what they say is more accurate/important/RTed/Liked)?
  • Size matters? I’m following some 650 people and sport 950 friends in facebook, which makes my pool of knowledge average I guess, at 1,600 minds. There is wisdom in there, don’t get me wrong, but how will a 500-mind pool looks like? or 5,000?
  • Memory loss. Sometimes I wish to see stuff I updated, and in that case I go to my own stream at Although I tried several times, no results from ‘me’ appeared in statussearch timeline, but that’s probably because I’m no longer friends with myself… 😉
  • Integration points. There are 2, email alerts and a firefox search plugin, both highly welcome. You can create unlimited number (free, for now) of alerts and receive an email once something happen (daily or immediately). The FF plugin (accessible from every page, right-hand side) is most useful – I’m a huge search plugin fan that makes the solution serve you, where/when/how you want, and not vise-versa.

Overall, I think Lior and Elad are on to something. The web is filled with junk data, and everyone, big to small, are trying to come up with solutions that will filter the gold out. StatusSearch is not a semantic search engine, but by tapping your friends’ knowledge instead of the general population, we’re one step closer towards finding that ONE result we want.

2Q Results: Lotus Software revenues up 21%

Yes folks, it’s that time of the month, when the corporate giants are reporting 2Q earnings.
IBM (IBM) just reported its results, with total revenues of $26.8B, up 13%, with EPS beating the market by 28%, to $1.98.

The quarter in numbers:
Total revenues of $26.8B, up 13% Y/Y;
Software revenues of $5.6B, up 17%;
Lotus Software revenues increased by a whopping 21% Y/Y !

The rest is available at the official press release, at Yahoo! Finance or at the nearest Google.

And final thanks to, for consolidating all the info into one spot.

Lotus Notes is here to stay… 12% Y/Y increase

IBM has released it financial results for 2Q, that exceeded the analysts expectations.
Revenues in 2Q has increased 9% to a level of $23.8B, with gross profit of $2.26B – the 12th consecutive quarter of growth, and the best one since 2001.
NY Times are saying “Profit at IBM Rises 12% on Strength of Its Software”.

Software has a strong impact on the results, with growth in all 5 brands.
“For the WebSphere family of software products, which facilitate customers’ ability to manage a wide variety of business processes using open standards to interconnect applications, data and operating systems, revenues increased 28 percent. Revenues for Information Management software, which enables clients to leverage information on demand, increased 21 percent. Revenues from Tivoli software, infrastructure software that enables clients to centrally manage networks including security and storage capability, increased 33 percent, and revenues for Lotus software, which allows collaborating and messaging by clients in real-time communication and knowledge management, increased 12 percent year over year. Revenues from Rational software, integrated tools to improve the processes of software development, increased 11 percent compared with the year-ago quarter.”

It’s good to know that Lotus brand had, and still has, a strong contribution to the results. I hear customers asking me about the future of Lotus, and will it still be there in couple of years.
I think recent results speak for themselves.

My small contribution to Big Blue

IBM just released its results for the 1Q, ending March 31st. There’s also an English version.
I would like to comment on how I feel I contribute to that awesome figure of $22,000,000,000 of revenue in 3 months time.

Currently I lead the local IBM Forum Center team, part of marketing & communication dept. in IBM Israel. IBM Forum is the local solution and convention center, serving more than 10,000 customers a year. Our center is part of a network of 20+ centers across Europe.
Basically our mission is to support the local sales and marketing efforts of IBM and its Business Partners. In our center we allow business partners to showcase their proven solutions, based on IBM hardware and software, to the general public visiting IBM HQ.
Our team is educated on each solution present at IBM Forum so we could, in turn, articulate about the solution, thus creating more revenue for the business partner and IBM.

I particularly like to watch the press room of IBM Israel. Every article I see there I automatically go to our center archives and cross-check the customer name, to see when he visited our center. Like in this recent article, on a major SAP win at Yafora-Tavori, a leading Israeli manufacturer and distributer of soft drinks (RC Cola, Mineral Water, Spring, Shweppes and others).

I made my contribution, and it makes me feel better knowing I brought additional value for my customers (IBM and its business partners) who in turn increased the revenue of IBM Corp.

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