Welcome to spring (well, for the Northern hemisphere, anyway), and more importantly, spring cleaning. Time to break out your broom. A few organizations have already gotten started.
- Panasonic is considering bowing out of the plasma television market.
- Last week was supposed to be THE last week for Windows Live Messenger, but the March 15th expiration date Microsoft provided was only for a "test cell" - the remaining 99% of the user base will start migrating over to Skype on April 8th.
- Google announced it would end its Google Reader service in July, to the wailing and gnashing teeth of its loyal user base, although the pain will be much more acute in countries practicing internet censorship.
Painful as they may be for some users, product discontinuations like these are pragmatic decisions by organizations. Panasonic didn’t need to see the writing on the wall – it was already on their balance sheet, which reported revenue from plasma sets dropped 42% from the previous year. For Google and Microsoft, their decisions were based on declining product user bases (Messenger had lost two-thirds of its users since 2010), coupled with the entirely logical concept of focusing resources on a smaller product catalog for improved quality.
If your organization is considering a spring cleaning of its own, to consolidate all its different software applications for projects, time reporting, purchasing and resource management, well, we have a recommendation…