Dell Technologies World: Power to the People

Dell Technologies World this week was about expanding the Digital Transformation story, this time through the entire technology family. With his keynote on Monday, Michael Dell extended the idea of digital transformation beyond simply a competitive necessity (“technology strategy is business strategy”) to becoming an engine by which businesses could positively change the world as “technology amplifies human activity.” These conversations about the greater role of technology set the pace for the rest of the event in a couple of important ways. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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IBM—Innovation, Investments Fuel a Transformational Journey

Ocean-going ships offer one of the most commonplace images for describing large enterprise behavior. You know the drill, including allusions to the difficulty of stopping or turning aircraft carriers or oil tankers “on a dime.” Plus, there are the difficulties businesses face from iceberg-like challenges whose dangers are mostly invisible or unknowable. Such time-worn analogies often collapse into cliché, but the underlying concept has value. Why? Because though a ship may appear to travel in a straight line, the piloting process is one of non-stop motion, making countless adjustments related to constantly shifting tides, currents and circumstances. The task is also anything but rigid. Laid-in courses can be altered to account for changes in plans, and an experienced ship’s company can usually respond to expected and unexpected emergencies. These points are worth remembering when it comes to analyzing corporate behavior and performance, especially when considering long term trends and transformational issues. They also factor into two recent IBM announcements—its Q4 and full year performance in 2017 and its 25th year of patent leadership. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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IBM and Dynamic Transformation

One of the IT industry’s most enduring qualities is its continual evolution. You see it everywhere, really, in elemental technologies, products and services, marketplace strategies, end user behavior, and customer response. But evolution isn’t evenly distributed or embraced, particularly among technology vendors. In fact, the opposite is usually the case, especially among those who have been talented and lucky enough to develop a leadership position or competitive edge. Those kinds of vendors often attempt to bend markets to their will and force customers to consider the world through peculiarly tinted glasses. That works pretty well sometimes but not always. In the worst situations, decreasingly relevant vendors proclaim their unique value every more loudly and dissonantly. It can be both tired and tragic, a bit like watching a once respected person fall victim to self-indulgence and become an embarrassment to family and friends. But there is an entirely opposite form of dynamic evolution among vendors that recognize market shifts and changes among their core customers, and determine not to be left behind. Those character traits were on full display las week at IBM’s annual analyst forum in Stamford, Connecticut. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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The Cisco Chambers Challenge: Disrupt or be disrupted…

Legendary rock band, Aerosmith, closed Cisco Live! 2015 with a high energy performance at Petco Park in San Diego. One of the first numbers they played was “Livin’ On the Edge.” According to outgoing CEO, John Chambers, many businesses are going to be “living on the edge” in today’s digitized world. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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HP: We Are Your Transformation Partner
Jun03

HP: We Are Your Transformation Partner

LAS VEGAS: Welcome to HP 2.0. In just 5 months HP as we know it will cease to exist, replaced by HP Senior, for enterprises, and HP Junior, for PCs, printers, and the huddled masses (AKA SMBs), both companies to be generating in excess of $50 billion a year in revenues. Before approximately 10,000 customers, partners and employees, HP Chairman, President & CEO Meg Whitman gave her last keynote at the company’s annual http://discover.hp.com/Discover Discover Conference. On November 1 the IT industry’s largest vendor will become two slightly smaller Fortune 50-size companies, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP, Inc. (PCs and printers), and while it will trail IBM in the enterprise space, it will be way ahead of everybody else. Except for some verbal stumbles and an awkward few minutes on the new HPE logo, Whitman’s keynote was an upbeat presentation on the company’s strengths, strategy and commitment to helping customers transform into the new world of IT. She said we’re living in an age of relentless, endless change that demands IT decisions that move at the speed of business, and customers need the best technology partner they can ever have. It’s a “new style of IT which is actually a new style of business powered by IT,” and HP is the best technology partner they can have. She said we are living in an idea economy that is fast and disruptive, and that time to value is still your greatest enemy and your greatest opportunity. “The winners are those companies… who quickly use the power of IT to power the new world of ideas.” You have to pick a transformation partner, “and make no mistake we are that partner.” With that, she announced the launch of a new strategy involving four transformation areas: Transform to a hybrid infrastructure; Protect your digital enterprise; Empower the data-driven organization; and 4th, Enable workplace productivity. These represent our view of where the market is headed, she said, and the executive team (i.e. Mike Nefkens, EVP Enterprise Services, Antonio Neri, SVP Enterprise Group and Robert Youngjohns, EVP, HP Software) — and customer presentations and videos that followed — reinforced the transformation theme. Nefkens set the framework for why transformation is so urgent, noting that by 2020 there will 7.6 billion people, 100 billion connected devices and 1 trillion apps.  He said 90% of enterprises believe their implementation of digital is lagging. The future is hybrid, and “you have to make leaps, not steps to hybrid.” Automation and orchestration is probably the most important step to take, he added. The three consumption models customers use are buy, build or consume, and HP is happy to provide any...

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