Microstrategy claims it will revolutionise society by giving consumers access to any database via the web using its new push technology. The technology, codenamed Big Mouth, is due to be announced at the end of the first quarter of 1998 and will enable users to access databases, not just via PCs, but also faxes, mobile phones or through WebTVs. Mike Saylor, Microstrategy's president and chief executive, said: "If you could unleash the power of data, you could make a lot of money and make a huge difference to the economy and society. "The concept is called query tone - you turn on you computer and ask a question of a database anywhere. The web is driving the entire industry to this new state because every year people want more access to more data. The aim behind query tone is to purge ignorance from the planet and make the environment safer for mankind." He claimed that query tone would be a trillion dollar market in future, but believed it would not really take off until customers started becoming OEMs and began bundling it into their own revenue generating products. "Query tone is not an OEM business today but it is only a matter of time before someone cracks the code," he said. "About two thirds of our customers are using the web and when one bank goes with the idea of charging customers a couple of dollars to access their database, the rest will follow for competitive advantage." Saylor's goal is to have 500 million people using query tone, 10 times a day. "There are five billion sockets waiting to be licensed," he explained.
"That is what we are waiting for - to get 1,000 databases, then wrap them with our product and evangelise the message. We will create a new utility." Saylor believes that the concept will begin to take off within two years, reference accounts will start running such applications within five years and the market will be mature within 30 years. His medium-term aim with Big Mouth is to create a platform comparable to Microsoft's Windows but his long-term goal is to move into query tone applications. An example is a medical query tone application to enable customers to find the best doctor in their region or in the world.
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