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Ray Valdes
Research VP
9 years at Gartner
30 years IT industry

Ray Valdes is research director in Gartner Research, where he is part of the Internet Platforms and Web Services team. Read Full Bio

Apple iPad: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

by Ray Valdes  |  January 28, 2010

Following up on my blog post from yesterday, here’s a quick reaction to some of the design challenges I mentioned. Overall, I am underwhelmed, but I realize the iPad is for a different market. I have a MacBook and iPhone — both of which I am happy with and use constantly. There is no room […]

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Apple’s Tablet: Soaring Expectations, Hard Design Problems

by Ray Valdes  |  January 27, 2010

If Apple does not reveal its long-rumored tablet tomorrow, there’s a chance that Silicon Valley will fall into the ocean, so great will be the disappointment. I don’t know what the device will be called, but I like iTablet over other possible names (iSlate, iPad, iCanvas) that have been rumored. The word iTablet resonates with […]

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“Google vs. China” Is the Wrong Headline

by Ray Valdes  |  January 17, 2010

It is the wrong headline because it frames the issue in a certain way — one that leads to misunderstanding what is really going on. However, I won’t deny that “Google vs China” is a great headline for capturing reader’s attention (which is why I embed the phrase in the headline above, even as I […]

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Geeks Agog Over Google Go?

by Ray Valdes  |  November 12, 2009

Yesterday, Google announced a new open-source programming language called Go, a systems implementation language that is a blend of Python and C++. Thus far, the reaction from developers has been mixed. Most geeks are not so much agog, as perplexed: Why a new language? Why now? For many, their initial reflex is to question or […]

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Flash on the iPhone: Home at Last?

by Ray Valdes  |  October 6, 2009

At the Adobe Max conference in LA today, Adobe announced a side-door way to get Flash applications onto the iPhone platform. This Flash-on-iPhone question has been a vexing issue for years, ever since the iPhone was first introduced, because both Apple and Adobe have strong loyal user communities with a high degree of overlap. At […]

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Playing the Twitter Valuation Game

by Ray Valdes  |  September 24, 2009

According to various reports in the financial press today, there is a $100M investment in Twitter at a valuation of $1B. Over the past few months, an entertaining parlor game in certain circles has been the Twitter Valuation Game: how to value a social site that has no revenues and no business model. The beauty […]

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Facebook, Spurned by Twitter, Goes for the Consolation Prize

by Ray Valdes  |  August 11, 2009

Got some interesting press calls today about the FriendFeed acquisition. Obviously, everyone knows what Facebook is. Your grandma. My aunt in the old country. They all have Facebook accounts. Twitter is white-hot in some circles, perhaps not your grandma or my aunt. But daily fodder for those that know or care who Ashton Kutcher is […]

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Google Chrome, Microsoft Gazelle and the cloud-oriented OS

by Ray Valdes  |  July 8, 2009

Perhaps prodded by a news story in today’s New York Times, Google announced, via a blog post a few hours ago, an operating system called Chrome OS. Key points in the announcement: the OS is designed for Web apps and cloud computing it combines the Chrome browser plus a lightweight windowing environment on top of […]

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The Secret Sauce Behind Google Wave

by Ray Valdes  |  May 31, 2009

Apologies for the provocative headline, but I just couldn’t resist. Actually, there is no single secret sauce, but rather multiple key ingredients of varying degrees of obscurity. Google Wave is a fascinating melange of audacity and hope. Google has blended multiple, powerful, sauces into this melange, some secret and other less so. One in particular […]

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Wave Ripples through Google I/O

by Ray Valdes  |  May 28, 2009

At the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Google just finished a demo of Wave, an early preview of a product that they hope will change how people collaborate on the Web. Lots of people, including my colleagues at Gartner, likely will have an opinion on Google Wave, because of its breadth. As the saying […]

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