Arm TechCon 2017… Securing and Enabling IoT

In technology, as well as most every other sector, marketing relies on compartmentalization—crafting messages that make large subjects easily consumable and complex ideas modest in scope. But that practice tends to enforce the notion that those subjects and ideas somehow stand alone and are discretely independent from one another. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, rather than existing in a vacuum, successful technologies are interdependent and gain value from playing off the strengths of other products and services. Evolving emerging technologies, like the Internet of Things (IoT), offers insights into how this works and last week’s Arm TechCon 2017 conference in Santa Clara, CA firmly underscored the process in action. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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…Will Dell Become The New Enterprise Superpower?

Dell just had a lot of analysts and reporters to their IQT day event in New York (IQ is a reference to making this incredibly broad concept smart, thus IQ). This is Digital Convergence on steroids, and the solution is potentially to take a company based on technology of last century and turn them into a company based on technology that most firms won’t be able to pivot to until the 2030s building what likely will become the standard for much of this century. On paper, this is one of the most powerful pivots I’ve ever seen in a company and it likely wouldn’t be possible if the firm weren’t huge, led by Michael Dell, and private. This is because it requires someone with vision to make the pivot and companies that are public are simply too tactical to take the risk of a broad move into an emerging market like this. But I’ve seen two other big pivots over the years, well three if you include EMC’s VCE, and two were successful, at least initially, and one failed badly. The failure was while I was at IBM early in my career and it reminded me that good on paper doesn’t always mean good in fact. Let’s talk about all 4 pivots. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Dell’s IQT – A New Work State of Mind?

Dell hosted at least 3 varied events (that I know of) in New York last week. In terms of the future, the most important was its “IQT Day”…IQT is the acronym-progeny of IoT and IQ (“Making Things Smarter” as Dell expands it). You know that something matters when it is launched with both a new term and a new acronym. Dell was putting a stake in the ground (and a new internal organization, and indeed a decent amount of launch marketing dollars) behind the notion that the next wave of IT is really all about the intelligent integration – and optimized ‘farming’ – of edge and cloud. The pun in the title of this blog therefore refers to the attitude of not only Dell, but also the organizations it seeks to serve. Take a look at this video here, where I capture some more thoughts about the IQT Day, as well as (with my colleague Jason Buffington) some comments from the Analyst Summit that followed.       To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Dell’s IQT and the Continuum of Technology

It’s no surprise that IT vendors are excited about the Internet of Things (IoT). After all, if the commercial demand for IoT becomes even half of what some analyst firms suggest, it will equal or eclipse past major technology market opportunities. But more important than that, though some in the industry are attempting to position IoT as an entirely new technology, it simply represents a next, logical, practical step in the evolution of digital business. Rather than being essentially unique, IoT mainly takes numerous existing IT assets, seamlessly adds in newer components and developments, tweaks them with hard-earned industry expertise, and applies it all to longstanding business challenges. However, that does represent a fundamental shift in organizations’ IT efforts to add digital intelligence to processes that traditionally depend on analog tools, with the aim of gaining advantage from data and analytics insights. That need for incorporating digital intelligence in new areas inspired Dell Technologies to label their related efforts as “IQT” with the IQ representing new digital smarts. Last week, company executives hosted an event in New York City to publicly announce the company’s IQT/IoT strategy, solutions and plans. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Intel, IoT and the Next Phase of…

The decided shift toward industrial IoT over the past 12-18 months is hardly surprising since the value of IoT to and investment capacity of businesses makes them attractive prospects to vendors. But there are problems ahead in IoT, especially in terms of efficiently scaling and speeding IoT deployments while securing customers’ networks and other resources. Those challenges have seemed nearly insurmountable, especially if estimates of the IoT markets scaling to tens of billions of connected devices by 2020 are to be believed. That goal is clearly what Intel aims to help customers and partners achieve with its automated Secure Device Onboard Zero Touch model and Enhanced Privacy ID security features. Thanks to Intel, the future of industrial IoT just got a whole lot brighter. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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