Microsoft’s Ozzie on Web’s Promise, Limits

February 28th, 2007

R??y ??zzi??, chi??f s??ftw??r?? ??rchit??ct ??f Micr??s??ft, s??id G????gl??’s succ??ss h??s m??d?? th?? s??ftw??r?? gi??nt r??c??gniz?? th?? m??n??y it’s l??ft b??hind.

Sp????king ??t th?? G??ldm??n S??chs inv??st??r c??nf??r??nc??, ??zzi?? s??id G????gl??’s run??w??y gr??wth h??lp??d Micr??s??ft und??rst??nd th?? p??w??r ??f ??dv??rtising ??s ?? r??v??nu?? ??ngin??. “It w??s ?? w??k??up c??ll within Micr??s??ft — lik?? ‘w??w, this might ??ctu??lly ??p??n n??w m??rk??ts w?? didn’t kn??w h??w t?? m??n??tiz??.’”

??zzi?? s??id th??t h??’s s????n ?? r????l shift in th?? n????rly tw?? y????rs sinc?? h?? j??in??d Micr??s??ft (Qu??t??) in th?? w??y th?? c??mp??ny h??s ??xpl??r??d ??pp??rtuniti??s r??l??t??d t?? th?? ??nlin?? ??dv??rtising m??d??l.

But h?? w??s ??ls?? quick t?? s??y th??t, ??s m??r?? ??pplic??ti??ns m??v?? ??nlin??, ??dv??rtising sh??uldn’t ??lw??ys f??ll??w. “W?? h??v?? n?? r????s??n t?? think ??dv??rtising is f??r m??st ??nt??rpris?? ??pplic??ti??ns.”

C??nsum??r s??rvic??s, wh??r?? ??nlin?? ??dv??rtising is w??ll-??st??blish??d ??nd ?? hybrid m??d??l f??r sm??ll busin??ss, is h??w ??zzi?? s????s th?? ??d m??d??l gr??wing. R??v??nu?? ??pp??rtuniti??s in sm??ll busin??ss w??uld includ?? ?? ch??ic?? ??f fr???? s??rvic??s with ??dv??rtising ??nd ?? p??id subscripti??n m??d??l, ??s w??ll ??s st??r??g?? ??nd supp??rt.

G????gl??’s (Qu??t??) ??ntry int?? ??nlin?? pr??ductivity ??pplic??ti??ns h??s g??rn??r??d ?? l??t ??f ??tt??nti??n, but ??zzi?? n??t??d num??r??us c??mp??ni??s h??v?? tri??d t?? c??mp??t?? with Micr??s??ft’s d??min??nt ??ffic?? ??pplic??ti??ns suit?? with ??nlin?? ??lt??rn??tiv??s f??r y????rs.

H?? s??id Micr??s??ft is m??ving d??lib??r??t??ly with its ??wn ??ffic?? Liv?? ??nd ??th??r ??ff??rings t?? ??ddr??ss wh??t it s????s ??r?? sp??cific n????ds.

“I d??n’t kn??w if it s??rv??s ??ur cust??m??rs t?? b?? r????cti??n??ry ??nd sl??p s??m?? stuff ??ut th??r?? ??n th?? W??b,” s??id ??zzi??. “Cust??m??rs h??v?? m??d?? ?? hug?? inv??stm??nt in ??ffic??.”

Whil?? t??uting th?? gr??wth ??f th?? W??b ??s ?? pr??ductivity pl??tf??rm, ??zzi?? s??id th??r?? ??r?? tr??d????ffs in r??lying ??n br??ws??r-b??s??d ??pplic??ti??ns. “Th??r?? is ?? l??t ??f pr??mis??, p??rticul??rly if y??u w??nt t?? r????ch ??v??ry ??y??b??ll in th?? w??rld,” s??id ??zzi??.

H?? sp??cific??lly m??nti??n??d s??l??s-f??rc?? ??ut??m??ti??n ??s ??n ??pplic??ti??n ill-suit??d f??r ?? W??b-??nly impl??m??nt??ti??n. This w??s lik??ly ??n indir??ct j??b ??t S??l??sf??rc??.c??m, ??n?? ??f th?? m??in pr??p??n??nts ??f S??ftw??r??-??s-??-S??rvic?? (S????S).

“S??l??sp????pl?? ??r?? m??bil??. Th??y might fir?? up ?? PC ??t St??rbucks ??r d????l with ?? sk??tchy ??r n?? c??nn??cti??n in th??ir c??r,” s??id ??zzi??. “S?? m??r?? ??nd m??r?? it’s s??ftw??r?? plus s??rvic?? ??nd h??rdw??r??” th??t’s n????d??d.

H?? n??t??d Micr??s??ft’s CRM s??luti??n is ?? s??rvic??, but th??t ??ls?? us??s ??utl????k ??s th?? cli??nt th??t c??n ??p??r??t?? ??fflin??. Micr??s??ft ??ls?? giv??s cust??m??rs th?? ??pti??n t?? buy ?? s??rv??r v??rsi??n ??f its CRM (d??fin??) s??ftw??r?? th??y c??n ??p??r??t?? ??nd c??ntr??l ??n pr??mis??s.

In r??sp??ns?? t?? ?? qu??sti??n ??b??ut Micr??s??ft m??ving t???? sl??wly t?? r????ct t?? G????gl?? ??nd ??th??rs, ??zzi?? s??id th?? c??mp??ny h??s t?? b??l??nc?? th?? n????ds ??f its hug?? cust??m??r b??s?? ??nd figur?? ??ut h??w t?? b??st l??v??r??g?? its c??nsid??r??bl?? inv??stm??nt in r??s????rch ??nd d??v??l??pm??nt.

Th?? c??mp??ny d????sn’t think th?? right w??y t?? c??mp??t?? is t?? jump ??ut ??nd d?? s??m??thing th??t is ??x??ctly th?? s??m??, s??id ??zzi??. “I think w?? g?? b??ck t?? wh??t ??ur c??r?? str??ngths ??r?? ??nd wh??t w?? ??r?? d??ing with ??ur ??xisting pr??ducts ??nd bring th??t t?? m??rk??t in ?? w??y th??t will b??n??fit ??ur cust??m??rs.”

H?? ??ls?? m??d?? ?? p??int ??f n??ting Micr??s??ft is h??rdly ?? l??gg??rd in th?? ??nlin?? w??rld with its MSN s??rvic?? ??nd 250 milli??n H??tm??il us??rs. Th?? lin??s b??tw????n c??nsum??r ??nd busin??ss ??pplic??ti??ns ??r?? blurring, h?? s??id, ??nd Micr??s??ft’s ??xp??ri??nc?? with H??tm??il ??nd MSN w??uld b?? v??ry v??lu??bl?? ??s it ??nt??rs n??w m??rk??ts.

“Th?? b??und??ri??s ??r?? blurring: W?? w??rk ??t h??m?? ??nd sh??p ??t w??rk.”

MySQL Changes to Procedure Logging

January 29th, 2006

T?? s??cur?? y??ur r??utin?? st??t??m??nts ??n s??rv??rs with bin??ry l??gging ??n??bl??d, 5.0.6 r??quir??s th??t t?? CR??????T???? ??r ??LT????R ??r??c??dur??s ??r functi??ns ??n?? ??f tw?? c??nditi??ns must b?? s??tisfi??d:

1. Th?? us??r must h??v?? th?? SU??????R ??rivil??g?? in ??dditi??n t?? h??ving ?? CR??????T????/??LT????R R??UTIN???? ??r CR??????T????/??LT????R FUNCTI??N ??rivil??g??.
2. Th?? l??g_bin_trust_r??utin??_cr????t??rs ????ti??n must b?? s??t

With??ut ??n?? ??f th??s?? c??nditi??ns, ?? s??rv??r with bin??ry l??gging ??n??bl??d will n??w giv?? ??n ??rr??r st??ting th??t ??ith??r y??u n????d th?? SU??????R ??rivil??g?? ??r y??u must ??n??bl?? th?? trust ????ti??n.

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