Dell Ventures – Mobilizing Early Stage Innovation…

Venture capital and capitalists (VC/s) enjoy a legendary status in Silicon Valley and the broader technology industry. That’s partly due to the remarkable gains and spectacular wealth that some in the VC community have managed to achieve time and again. But those investments also qualify as the literal financial lifeblood of IT. Without VCs willing to take a risk, it is difficult or impossible to discern how companies, including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook and countless others could have survived and thrived to change the modern world. But less well known in industry is corporate venture capital (CVC) investing where well-established vendors make their own bets on up and coming companies. To gain a better understanding of this corner of the IT financial market, we recently sat down for a conversation with Jim Lussier, currently the managing director and head of Dell Ventures. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Intel’s Strategy Shift: Increasing Velocity, Flexibility…

Technology vendor strategies tend to arrive in public so fully formed that it’s easy to assume that they are similarly constructed. Instead, creating strategies whether they focus on specific products, markets or entire organizations tends to be an organic process that evolves according to continuing, often subtle changes in the marketplace and the growing understanding and experience of the leaders involved. That’s certainly the case with what’s been happening at Intel since Brian Krzanich was appointed to the CEO position in May 2013, replacing Paul Otellini, who had held the position since 2005. In a way, the two could not have been more different. Though Otellini joined Intel in 1974 and held senior sales, management and executive positions, including leading the Intel Architecture Group, he was the first company CEO who had not been formally trained as an engineer. In contrast, Krzanich holds a patent in semiconductor processing and joined Intel in 1982 as an engineer. After serving numerous roles in fab plant and supply chain management, he rose to lead the company’s manufacturing organization before being named Intel’s COO in 2012. If you assume that background (along with shifts in the broader IT marketplace) would result in significant, complementary changes in Intel’s overall direction, you would be correct. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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HP’s Analyst Event: How to Create the Best Event Ever

Years ago while I was working for Giga Information Group, we came together as a team and put together a presentation on how best to do analyst events. As analysts, we figured we would have the best insight into what it was that set the good ones apart from the bad. Since then, the world has changed substantially. There are more distractions and better tools, and a lot of the big analyst firms, including Meta and Giga, were gobbled up by stronger players. I attended HP’s recent PC analyst event last week in Boston and was struck both by how much the company has improved since Meg Whitman has been running it and by what HP did right and wrong at their event. Since it was the first big analyst event of 2014, I thought I’d share my thoughts on these elements and suggest how future events, taking into account the technology changes, could improve events going forward. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM Pulse 2014 (Part 3 of 3): IBM’s “Bold Moves”

In the end, for me, the primary theme of Pulse 2014 was this: IBM has embarked on a new journey to the public/hybrid cloud. This new IBM-as-a-Service paradigm shift necessitates changes in the way IBM engages with potential customers at every level. Developers require solutions that will enable them to develop applications more quickly and easily. Codename: BlueMix is IBM’s answer to this. Business users will demand new and easier ways to engage with IBM to incorporate social media, mobile applications and on-line communities, and IBM Service Engage is a great example of what the company can do to address this requirement. IT Operations requires management solutions that are automated and proactive, and IBM has a wealth of management products across the portfolio to improve automation and incorporate operational analytics for faster problem identification and resolution. As a result, I believe that IBM is in a great position to leverage their past experience to push in this new direction that will enable them to achieve their future goals. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM Pulse 2014 (Part 2 of 3): IBM Transforms Itself

All-in-all, I like the direction that the new Pulse event has taken. It is now a broader technology solutions event that showcases IBM product offerings in cloud, analytics, social and mobile environments. Given the success of Pulse 2014, I’d like to see the company eliminate their large specialized events around collaboration, analytics, storage, and more – and instead stage this type of event twice a year at various locations around the world. By doing more combined events, my belief is that IBM customers would get a more solutions-focused view of how all the company’s technologies work in concert – and this more focused, integrated view could go a long way to helping IBM customers build their composable enterprise strategies in the future. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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