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Home Care Software Geek Unveils the Big Tech Failures of 2011

The Home Care Software Geek posts in this blog don't talk about Home Care Nursing Software, Private Duty Telephony, DME Delivery Software, Home Infusion Care Management or the other topics we focus on regularly at Ankota. Instead, these posts are intended to keep our readers up to date with technology trends that might be useful to your agencies, such as social media technologies, mobile devices, and what's happening from the big-boys like Microsoft, Google and Apple.

Technology companies don't always get everything right. This applies to the big giants like Google and Apple as well as little companies like Ankota. While we'd like to live life without making mistakes, such mistakes aren't always a bad thing for two reasons: 1) Mistakes often come when trying something really new and different, and 2) Often the mistake is a matter of better packaging or marketing the solution as opposed to bad technology (and often the technology can be repurposed into a winner).

Here are a few of the biggest tech mistakes of 2011:

  • Netflix/Quickster - Netflix tried to break themselves into twoQwikster Netflix Flop businesses. One for on-demand videos and one for the videos that come via the mail. Everyone was confused and nobody liked it. They eventually went back.  See a positive article about Netflix here.
  • Blackberry - These guys are struggling. They used to own the Smartphone market and now eveyone is buying iPhone and Android instead. They also tried to lauch a tablet to rival the iPad called the "Playbook" which was a flop.
  • Google Chromebook - Google had the idea that all you really need to do on your laptop is go to the web like you can do in a browser (their browser is Google Chrome) so they made a laptop that booted up into the browser and didn't do anything else. It was a flop.
  • HP Touchpad - HP released a tablet to try and rival3D TV Flop the iPad but it was bigger, heavier and the same price as the iPad so nobody bought it.
  • 3DTV - I love going to a 3D movie every once in a while. As Christmas approaches, I think of the Polar Express which I thought was awesome. But we didn't all go out and buy 3D TVs
  • Google Health - Google's attempt at a web based Patient Health Record didn't pan out and they announced that they're shutting it down.
  • Flip Video - I love this thing and my family owns a couple of them. They're little simple video cameras with a USB stick built in that let's you upload immediately to YouTube or your computer. But bottom line is that people now have this function on their smart phones.

You can read more about these and other failures in PC World magazine online here.

PC World

Here at Ankota, we use an "Agile Development Methodology" where we build things quickly and try them out. We innovate best with customers who are pushing us and guiding the requirements and design. A lot work out great the first time (with minor adjustments), and other times we miss the mark, learn from our mistakes and do it over. But customers, even the ones who didn't like the first version of something, have told us that we're the fastest innovators and most customer-focused software company they've ever dealt with... So failures aren't always bad...

Ankota provides software to improve the delivery of care outside the hospital. Today Ankota services home health, private duty care, DME Delivery, RT, Physical Therapy and Home Infusion organizations, and is interested in helping to efficiently manage other forms of care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact Ankota

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