Microsoft HoloLens…

This week Microsoft had an update for their HoloLens technology which, I think, currently has the best shot at defining one of the major evolutionary pivots for personal computers. Right now, it reminds me a lot of the early days of the PC market. But instead of replacing calculators, typewriters, mainframe computers, and rolodexes this technology is replacing manuals, remote trainers, tablets, and wearable PCs. What is particularly...

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Cloudera and Hortonworks Merge

This is exciting stuff, so let’s jump right in. First on the financials, which are sure to dominate the headlines. It’s a stock merger with Cloudera stockholders getting 60% stake in the new entity and Hortonworks stockholders obviously getting the other 40%. The combined organization is initially being valued at $5.2 billion, with Hortonworks having found positive cash flow by offering robust support services across the data...

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NVIDIA GTC Europe: Where Today Meets Tomorrow

NVIDIA’s GTC (GPU Technology Conference) has become the premier hardware event focused on the near-term future of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, High Performance Computing (both PCs and Servers), Virtual Reality, and the wave of disruptive innovation we seem to be in the middle of. This year’s European event takes place from October 9th-11th in Munich, Germany, known throughout the continent as the place where...

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IBM… AI with Trust and Transparency

There are numerous reasons for IT industry vendors’ interest in and focus on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and services. Though it has long been a goal for scientists and engineers of every stripe, advancements in foundational technologies have finally made AI commercially viable. Equally important is how AI can complement and support the solution of increasingly complex, thorny problems, meaning that it can be applied in...

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IBM THINK 2018 and the Era of Man + Machine

Computing “eras” are a common concept among those who work in or focus on the IT industry. One progression starts with the mainframe era (late 1950s to the present) and the client/server era (1980s to present). However, the notion breaks down a bit in the third era which is variously called the digital, information and Internet era due to the inclusion of divergent ecommerce, cloud computing, mobility, analytics, IoT and other...

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