What Opportunities Exist

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-09-19 Print this article Print

Now "> What Opportunities Exist Now Arrington said sites that offer services to help businesses, individual customers or other Web sites are always going to be in demand. "Things like [Web] platforms—if you have something to help other sites, thats a good thing," he said. Other needed online services include:
  • "Cloud," or online storage. "Hyper attention is being given to these kinds of startups now by VCs," Arrington said. "Were thinking this will explode next year. Microsoft, Google, Box.net, Yahoo, OmniDrive ... these are all coming out next year, and were nowhere near the saturation point."
  • Desktop applications
  • Office efficiency help in general
  • Identity services
  • Software development tools
  • Anything that will help deconstruct a market. "Theres nothing like taking a $500 million market and turning it into a $200 million market," Arrington joked. "Look at what Craigslist has done to newspaper classifieds."
Of course, newspaper owners arent laughing along with Arrington. The Next Step: Moving Web 2.0 to the Enterprise "When companies start taking the new stuff that Web 2.0 is coming up with and apply it to enterprise solutions, then well see another boom," Arrington said. "Enterprise Web services are so important, all the time. TechCrunch will be starting a couple of new blogs on this topic soon." One more Arrington tip: "Watch out for Yahoos new Web e-mail upgrade this fall. Its [Microsoft] Outlook launching online; its less a back-end service and a better front-end experience—and you dont have to use Yahoos mail service to use it." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in Web services.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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