Lenovo TRANSFORM and the Value of Coherent Branding

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  June 28, 2017

The TRANSFORM launch event hosted last week in New York City by Lenovo’s Data Center Group (DCG) was both intriguing and odd. Intriguing because the strategic and practical shape of DCG’s brand and enterprise solutions is finally clear and odd because the timing of the event inhibited DCG representatives from fully discussing many of their new products.

In the end, the former issue was more important to both Lenovo and its customers than the latter, but both are worthy of a closer look. Continue reading

Lenovo DCG and the Benefits of “Failing Fast”

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  June 21, 2017

IT industry vendors evolve in different ways and for different reasons but corporate acquisitions can affect that process substantially in both expected and unexpected ways. For example, purchasing new products and/or intellectual property can enable the acquirer to enter unfamiliar markets far quicker than if organic development were pursued.

Such deals can also substantially bolster the buyer’s reputation, especially if it purchases a solid brand and carefully manages product quality and customer relationships. But virtually every deal encounters at least some turbulence related to customer- and technology-integration issues. How and how well a vendor negotiates those challenges should be points of interest for IT customers and partners alike.

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Deals can also be substantially impacted by unusual or unexpected shifts in market dynamics. Continue reading

IBM DB2 Direct vs. Oracle: Innovation Is the Best Revenge

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  June 14, 2017

The tech industry has long promoted the concept and value of “co-opetition” – a process in which even viciously competing vendors can, in some areas, willingly cooperate in mutually beneficial ways. There are countless examples where the co-opetition dynamic works as advertised, some of them going back for decades.

For example, system vendors that develop their own networking switches, including Dell, HP and IBM also sell Brocade, Cisco and/or Juniper solutions. Similarly, though most major server vendors have their own in-house storage systems, they also support offerings from storage specialists, including EMC, HDS, NetApp and many others.

That doesn’t mean that co-opetition partners don’t occasionally get on the wrong side of one another. Continue reading

IBM Launches Watson-Powered RegTech Solutions

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  June 14, 2017

For those who work outside of finance, banking and insurance, along with a handful of other professions subject to strict government and industry controls, regulatory compliance and risk management are like the declension of irregular Latin verbs—incomprehensible tasks best left to others. That’s understandable but it doesn’t detract from how critical effectively managing those processes is for organizations and consumers, or the value they confer on business deals and agreements.

However, folks with regulatory and fiduciary responsibilities are under increasing pressure, especially when their employers’ interests span global regions and markets. Why so? Continue reading

IBM Research Alliance Details New Nanosheet Transistors for 5nm Chips

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  June 7, 2017

IBM and its Research Alliance partners, including GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung announced that they have developed an industry-first process for building silicon nanosheet transistors that will enable 5 nanometer (nm) chips. Microprocessors manufactured with this process will incorporate as many as 30B switches on a fingernail sized chip, half again as many as the 7nm/20B transistor chips the Alliance announced less than two years ago. Continue reading

Intel Extends and Expands the Boundaries of Personal Computing

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  May 31, 2017

During his opening keynote at Computex Taipei 2017, Gregory Bryant, corporate VP and GM of Intel’s Client Computing Group highlighted new and updated solutions that he said will help Intel evolve from a PC company to one building “a more immersive, personal, smart and connected world.” The new offerings include: Continue reading

HP Reinvents ENVY/Spectre Laptops for Premium Creators and Consumers

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  May 24, 2017

The natural progression of leading edge technologies starts in sophisticated high-end solutions before gradually working its way down into mainstream products and offerings. That is certainly the case with new generation Intel microprocessors, like the 7th generation Core CPUs the company announced earlier this year. But it’s also true of complementary technologies, including software, GPUs, displays, input devices and other components OEMs incorporate into their products.

Both strategic and practical considerations support this process. Continue reading