We recently witnessed the start of a summer Black Friday of sorts become the summer equivalent of the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is when shopping is the topic of the day and stores make their winter money. Prime Day is the summer Black Friday, the now annual summer sale of sales days, brought to us by Amazon.
E-commerce is driving the internet and has been for many years. But unlike traditional retail shopping, where malls and street front real estate are perceived based on the brands who pitch their tent there, for the most part, Amazon has been seen more as a swap meet to the global brands that have worked to avoid selling their wares through them.
First, it was alternative long distance carriers. Then came phone service from the cable company. Along came the internet and services like Vonage, Call Vantage by AT&T, Broadvoice, Packet8 (now called 8x8), and a plethora of new telcos sprung up.
Phone companies of old, often called Ma Bell, have become information service providers and mobile operators.
This week Amazon made lots of news with their announcement about the Echo Show, a video and touch screen enabled version of the popular Echo digital assistant that will arrive in late June. Then they dropped the bombshell. Echos new and old, along with their Alexa mobile apps, can make calls between one another, much like Skype offered in its earliest days.
In 2016 Amazon quietly acquired a small conferencing startup, Biba. This past week we saw the Seattle giant launch Chime, a new video and audio conferencing app based upon that purchase, and it has been one of the hottest movers on ProductHunt since its debut.
Keeping up with tech trends as a small or medium-sized business owner is tough. Virtualization may be a great example of this, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Between the boost to network security and ability to scale your workstations and servers according to your business growth, it’s time to start learning a little more about it.