Jaguar, the Hyperconverged Company and…

At Dell EMC World last week, one of the most interesting conversations I had was with Jaguar’s CIO, Simon Bolton, who is driving what has been an incredibly successful IT effort at Jaguar. In the company’s new “Green Field” plants, Bolton championed what used to be called Dell’s VCE platform with nearly unbelievable result in terms of productivity and uptime. This was fascinating to me for several reasons; 1) it was a showcase for the power of the hyperconverged concept, 2) I own two Jaguars, and, 3) I’ve been trying (so far unsuccessfully) to order the new Jaguar iPace. Oh, and, 4) when I was younger, for a time, I was a Jaguar mechanic. So, this was a chance to blend my car hobby with my passion for the concept of how to do IT successfully. But I also came around to the idea of IT Entropy because, during the event, I found out there were some unhappy Dell Hyperconverged customers and the cause was something I’m calling IT Entropy, which will likely hurt Jaguar’s effort to convert old plants to this new concept. Let me explain. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Dell Data Guardian…

Earlier this week, I was briefed on Dell Data Guardian—a new offering from what is now arguably the biggest tech company in the world, focused on making file level security braindead-easy to use. Big companies making things easy for users doesn’t happen that often, largely because the bigger a firm becomes the more focused on volume buyers, regulations/compliance, and politics it gets and users tend to drop into noise. So, when a firm of Dell Technology’s size brings out a tool focused to make a critical corporate requirement—security—easy for users, I find it interesting and a behavior we should all work harder to encourage. Apparently, and this should be no surprise, according to a recent Dell security survey the lack of an easy tool to better secure shared information is limiting collaboration both inside and outside the company. Dell’s Data Guardian solution is targeted at fixing the problem of secure file sharing both inside and outside the firm. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Apple and the Dangers of Lock-In

I’m wading through the Qualcomm answer to Apple’s lawsuit against it and when I hit page 46 (item 4 bullet 4) I had an “oh crap” moment. Qualcomm is alleging that Apple is intentionally crippling certain iPhones so that users can’t tell they are using inferior parts in some of them. It seems Apple has gone to a dual-supplier model in an apparent attempt to force Qualcomm to drop its prices, but the second supplier apparently builds a significantly inferior product—so inferior in fact that even after Apple cripples the Qualcomm-based iPhones they’re still significantly better. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Donald Trump Gives BlackBerry A Huge Boost, Again

John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO, may have just become a much bigger fan of Donald Trump. You see when President Trump signed the executive order rolling back President Obama’s restrictions on ISP’s sharing of personal information he basically handed Blackberry, a Canadian firm, a huge advantage. You see BlackBerry differentiates in the market by securing, not sharing, customer data. In fact, they go to great lengths to ensure that this information is secure even from BlackBerry employees. Even when information access would be beneficial to the firm, like using it to improve products, they use an opt-in and not the more Industry standard opt-out format. It isn’t a surprise that most governments, including the US Government, prefers a Blackberry solution because of this but it is unusual for a sitting President to hand such a huge benefit to a firm not headquarter in the US. Let’s talk about that this week. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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… Fixing The Critical Problem With Windows

I’ve been using the Windows 10 Creator’s Edition for some time now but most of the rest of you won’t see it until April 11th. It has a number of improvements not the least of which is significant new protections against phishing web sites in Edge, far better 4K HDR support for apps like Netflix, and up to 1.5 hours of extra battery life in existing laptops that migrate to in. It’ll arrive with new, more affordable, 3D headsets and apps that support them, significantly improved privacy and security features and controls, better game streaming, and a bunch of things that your IT folks will really appreciate with regard to management and control. But that all pales against the truly big change this represents, and that is a return to focusing on the user, something that Microsoft lost over the years, and with Creator’s edition, finally got back. Let me explain. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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