Lenovo…SAP… and the Value of a System Portfolio

The concept of computing system “portfolios” is so commonplace in the tech industry that the term is essentially meaningless. At the bottom end of the scale are portfolios that consist of whatever servers happen to be ready for shipment on any given day. In the confusing middle ground are vendors that try to cover every single data center base by offering dozens of system SKUs and options that tend to confuse more than enlighten...

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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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IBM Think 2018: The Data + AI Inflection Point

IBM has consolidated its many customer/partner conferences (Interconnect, World of Watson…) into a single conference, now called “Think” – a once yearly, one-stop-shop for details on IBM products and strategies, customer/user strategies and implementation, product demonstrations, strategic planning (with access to industry/product experts) and hands-on laboratories. Now customers and partners need only take one trip each year to get...

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IBM Continues to Think Ahead Clearly

IBM recently concluded its first IBM THINK conference in Las Vegas. In THINK, IBM combined several former events into one comprehensive conference that covered the breadth and depth of the entire corporation. Although the 40,000 some attendees could explore in depth particular products or services in a plethora of educational sessions or at the huge exhibition hall, in a sense THINK was a coming out party that showed how IBM is...

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Thoughts from IBM Think 2018…

Think 2018 was a massive culmination of multiple and previously separate IBM events (Edge, InterConnect, World of Watson, Amplify, and Connect). While I was never able to get an official headcount, estimates were north of 30,000. And attendees nearly overflowed the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. With the combined event, IBM presented its extensive breadth of software, solutions, and infrastructure, each catering to key aspects of...

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