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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VMworld 2018… from Disruptive Outsider to Legacy Platform

As I was preparing to attend VMworld 2018 a couple of weeks ago, I realized how much history the company and I share. VMware was founded the year before I became an IT industry analyst. A few months after I started that job, a pair of VMware reps on their first analyst “tour” briefed us to explain and promote the company’s technology and strategy. Further along, I was covering EMC in 2004 when it bought VMware, a deal spearheaded by...

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Cisco’s Networking Academy…

Technology companies, largely thanks to the firms that make their money from ad revenue, are increasingly being viewed as villains. Uncaring behemoths that show up in books like Brotopia as bad actors. But there are firms fighting back against this image and related bad practices who believe the future isn’t the world vs. tech firms, but the world enhanced by them. One of the firms that is aggressively trying to showcase how you can...

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Lenovo, NetApp… Strategic Partnerships

Strategic partnerships are common cause in the IT industry. There are numerous practical reasons for this, including the inherent complexity of modern computing solutions, and single vendors’ inability to effectively address the subtleties of myriad specific markets. But however well-intentioned, the fact is that some of these efforts fail utterly. Why so? Some are built on faulty assumptions or are ineffectively crafted. Others...

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IBM Z Systems Software…

The interactions of computing software and hardware have long provided one of the best examples of truly synergistic relationships. Without hardware, software code is a mass of commands to which nothing listens. Without software, computers (especially enterprise systems) are little more than expensive, ungainly doorstops. However, working together they can make magic greater than the sum of their parts. Despite those...

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