Recent Proprietary Projects
The most frequently asked question about Arnold Information Technology is “What do you do?”
The easiest way to describe the unique combination of technical, business, and strategic analysis brought to each project is to describe recent work.
Our work is confidential. However, for qualified prospects, we can arrange for an individual to examine selected extracts from our for-fee work.
The information is presented in a manner that protects the client’s identity and his / her information.
Here is a sampling of some projects:
- A 300-plus page analysis of the Canadian government’s online
activities. The report provides a summary of the budgets for electronic
information for Industry Canada, Canadian Heritage, and the Treasury Board for
2000–2002 are provided. In addition, provincial and municipal activities are
summarized. Annexes to the base report provide snapshots of more than 200
current online projects. Contact information is provided for selected major
agencies. Information about Microsoft Corporation’s support of provincial
activities is also included. This study required more than three months to
complete, and it is believed to be the most comprehensive study of its type
available. Completed: December 15, 2000. Qualified prospects may view an
extract of the report.
- In late 2000, Arnold Information Technology prepared profiles
of more than 20 Application Service Providers. The collection of profiles was
introduced with a series of tables that summarized all the ASPs’ strategy,
pricing, and technology. Each ASP profile summarized the firm’s management,
business tactics, services, and value-added reseller or partner programs. The
information was extracted from interviews with executives, articles, and
marketing collateral prepared by the companies. Among the firms profiled were
Prentice Technologies, Aristasoft, Breakaway Solutions, Digex, Personable,
vJungle, WebEx, Corio, Net Reach, Personable, and a dozen more. Anyone wanting
to know what ASP business models work and why as well as those that seem doomed
to failure will find this study of great value. The total length of the report,
which took four months to prepare, is over 800 pages. There is no comparable
study available of the ASP business space. A qualified prospect may view one
summary table and an extract from one report.
- For one of the world’s largest software companies, Arnold
Information Technology analyzed the emerging technology for the personal
digital assistant, smartphone, and featurephone businesses worldwide. This
study involved more than ten researchers in Canada, Europe, the Pacific Rim,
and the United States. The report consists of a series of PowerPoint
presentations about the following companies: Palm, Handspring, Research in
Motion, Symbian, OpenWave, Sony, Ericsson, Nokia, and Motorola. A special
feature of the report is a live royalty and revenue model. A person viewing the
PowerPoint presentations may enter different assumptions about price points,
discounts, breakpoints for royalty steps, and more than 16 other variables. A
single click displays the financials for a particular company. The dynamic
model requires PowerPoint and Excel 2000 to operate. In addition to analyses of
the firms’ technologies, their royalty plans, and business strategies, the
report provides detailed information about what markets the companies are
likely to pursue in late 2001 and 2002. A qualified prospect considering Arnold
Information Technology for a major project may view selected data from one of
the PowerPoint presentations. The entire set of data consists of more than
1,000 PowerPoint screens.
- In October 2000, an investment bank that has (alas!) been
severely affected by the Internet downturn commissioned Arnold Information
Technology to prepare one of its unique Executive Briefing Documents. An
EBD consists of a personal profile of one or more executives, information about
the company for which the executive works, and ancillary information about
hobbies, personal activities, and business tendencies. An added bonus in this
report is a snapshot of Richard Li’s father and brother. Mr. Li’s father is a
wealthy, powerful deal maker also operating in Hong Kong. The father and son
are competing in certain markets. Qualified prospects may view selected pages
of the EBC prepared for Hong Kong-based Richard Li, president of the struggling
Pacific Century CyberWorks company.
- In early 2000, an investment brokering firm was putting
together a $15 million deal. The company in question was headed by a pair of
brilliant young people. The technology the fellows had developed after
graduating from high school was an enabler of wireless information search and
retrieval. For the investment broker, Arnold Information Technology analyzed
the technology, interviewed the inventors and programmers, and prepared a
two-page report recommending that the company receive funding. Unfortunately
this document is covered by multiple confidentiality covenants. Stephen E.
Arnold was right. One deal for this company signed in March 2001 was worth more
than $5 million in its first year alone.
- In mid-2000, the White House wanted to create an index of the
publicly-accessible content on federal Web servers. Because Stephen E. Arnold
had served on the Board of Advisors for the National Technical Information
Service and had completed other projects for the U.S. government, Stephen E.
Arnold was asked to prepare a work plan and feasibility statement for this
ambitious project. Once the report was submitted, the U.S. government
contracted with Inktomi to build the index. InfoZen, an established development
and engineering company, received the contract to assemble the security,
privacy, and architecture plans for the project. Stephen E. Arnold was
subsequently retained by InfoZen to work on the security and privacy components
of the follow on projects. Within the span of four months, this massive project
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What do these type of projects cost?
Stephen E. Arnold has a policy of working on projects that are interesting and challenging. Fees can be negotiated.
There is neither cost nor obligation for a preliminary meeting.
Contact Mr. Arnold at:
Postal Box 320
Harrod's Creek, Kentucky 40027, USA
Voice: (502) 228-1966
Facsimile: (502) 228-0548
Electronic mail: email@example.com