Two weeks ago the Wall Street Journal ran the story ‘Sam's Club to Use Wi-Fi to Push TVs,’ highlighting internet-connected TVs which run popular social media or video applications. Last week WSJ highlighted how cable companies are getting their content on the iPad in response to excellent execution by Netflix and Hulu. This week, WSJ reports how businesses like law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Bausch & Lomb, and Mercedes-Benz Financial are adopting the iPad as a business tool. APIs are all over the business press as early leaders emerge and competitive pressure to succeed in the multi-device web heats up.
Chris Anderson sees the trend. From his excellent feature article in this month’s Wired:
Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semi-closed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display. It’s driven primarily by the rise of the iPhone model of mobile computing, and it’s a world Google can’t crawl, one where HTML doesn’t rule. And it’s the world that consumers are increasingly choosing….
We’ve seen a shift like this before. In the late 90s, consumers adopted the web to search, shop, and socialize. Companies who recognized the shift capitalized (think Google, Amazon, or eBay), and those who couldn't innovate fast enough suffered.
How can consumers reach your service or interact with you on their device (phone/set top/tablet/car/other) of choice? Can your service or data be included or embedded in applications consumers love? What would be the impact if your main competitor’s service was available everywhere and embedded in popular applications and devices?