…Battle Royal for the Creative Desktop Future

Your PC is just about to become obsolete. Back in 2014, I wrote about a no-longer secret project at Dell to rethink the desktop and based on a recent post on Dell’s site that quietly went live it looks like this concept is getting much closer to reality. What is interesting is this product and the recently announced Microsoft Surface Studio are both targeting a group of users that Apple has a history of embracing and recently taken for granted. But, then again, users don’t like change and there could even be method to their madness. There are advantages and disadvantages for each approach. Let’s explore them. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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…PCs – Microsoft Flies, Apple Flops

Last week’s launches of new and/or updated workplace endpoints by Apple and Microsoft resulted in more controversy and contentiousness than either company likely imagined. That was especially true for Apple due to radical changes the company made in its venerable MacBook Pro line. As a result, Microsoft came off looking like a more innovative hardware vendor, as well as being better attuned to the needs of business end users. Considering how crucial corporate sales are to both companies, it’s worth taking a deeper look at what Apple got wrong and Microsoft got right, along with what that means for both companies. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Apple’s Irish Tax Problem…

Earlier this week Apple was effectively given an overdue tax bill from the European Union’s anti-trust commission for around $15 billion. Apple can certainly pay one $15 billion bill. However, this would also eliminate its related tax breaks from Ireland, which protected Apple profits across the EU and that will have a lasting, painful impact on its financial performance. Why I think Apple is screwed is that this massive tax is very material to every Irish citizen—about $3,000 per person—making it very likely that those that support Apple and are currently fighting the EU will be politically motivated to change sides or lose their elected jobs. For instance, assuming you are in the US, if you were told that finding against Apple would reduce our own personal Tax bill by $3,000, would you support Apple or—like most—figure Apple kind of owes you the money because it made so much off you over the last few years (Apple does have something like $500 billion in reserves). To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Lessons for IT: Learning from Others’ Mistakes

Learning from mistakes committed by other people is the foundation of observational intelligence. The concept is embedded in numerous religious texts, with examples commonly cited from the Bible (Old and new Testaments), Quran, Upanishads, Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, to name but a few. It’s also part of the core curriculum for traditional grandparenting, as in, “Just because your friends (insert moronic or self-destructive behavior), you don’t have to do it, too.” Given that rich history, it’s unsurprising that the concept continues to resonate and offer lessons, even for those in the most modern confines of business and information technology (IT). Here are four recent examples worth considering. To read the complete article, CLICK ON AUTHOR’S BYLINE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Is Apple’s Teflon Skin Wearing Thin?

Since Steve Jobs’ celebrated return in 1997 Apple has played, mostly successfully, by its own rules. Along the way, the company has weathered mistakes that would have badly damaged or sunk other organizations, including faulty phone designs, strategic missteps and failed efforts in new products and categories. In fact, its ability to avoid punishment was often linked to Jobs’ supposed ability to conjure up a “reality distortion field” at will. That obviously hasn’t been available in the half decade since Jobs’ death but it’s not like Apple needed an excess of mojo to sustain a Teflon-like, problem-resistant quality. Under the leadership of former COO Tim Cook, the company has become a far more stable and predictable organization, and a far, far more profitable enterprise. That’s not to say Apple hasn’t suffered disappointments, including its inability to launch a product or category as successful as the iPhone. But in spite of that, Apple seemed to be essentially on track, at least until recently when it tripped over issues that should have been relatively easy to avoid or resolve. Let’s look at this in greater detail. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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