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Dell’s IQT and the Continuum of Technology

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  October 18, 2017

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. Continue reading

Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 – Form, Function, Flexibility

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  October 10, 2017

I’ve used and reviewed Dell’s XPS 13 solutions since the company introduced the line in 2012. At that time, the XPS 13 was a revelation—the first Windows-based product to successfully take on and in most instances, surpass, what many considered the industry’s best and lightest laptop—Apple’s MacBook Air.

Even better, since that first-generation Dell has generally stayed well ahead of Apple, as well as its Windows-based laptop competitors. Simply put: If you’re looking for a highly-portable Windows-based laptop that delivers superior performance, excellent battery life, eye-catching design and leading-edge features, it’s difficult to find something that matches, let alone surpasses the XPS 13. Continue reading

IBM’s LTO-8 – Building a Bright Future for Tape Storage

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  October 10, 2017

Hang around the IT industry long enough and you notice that rumors of the impending demise of some product or class of products are always making the rounds. Sometimes they’re honest opinions expressed by canny industry-watchers. More often they reflect the hopes of desperate vendors trying to poke holes in competitors’ cash cows and/or businesses.

Most importantly, they’re generally wrong. Continue reading

Intel, IoT and the Next Phase of Industrial Automation

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  October 4, 2017

For nearly 200 years, industrial and business progress has been sparked by replacing hands-on processes with mechanized, automated and intelligent alternatives. That was the case when powered looms replaced hand weaving, when assembly lines supplanted hand-crafted automobiles and when transactional computing systems replicated the work of armies of bookkeepers.

In fact, increasingly intelligent IT solutions have driven or underlaid much of the progress that businesses have achieved during the past five decades, including elemental shifts in manufacturing, communications, travel and commerce. But it seems possible that what most people call the Internet of Things (IoT) may dwarf previous IT achievements.

That’s because along with fully leveraging previous and emerging technological innovations, IoT deployments promise to be orders of magnitude larger, more complex and more widely dispersed than anything businesses or consumers have previously seen. Continue reading

IBM Launches New Integrated Analytics System with Machine Learning

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  September 27, 2017

Information analytics has never been a “one size fits all” proposition. That applies to the hardware and software technologies organizations employ, the information being parsed and the goals of specific projects. So it’s worth examining how individual vendors approach analytics and the way they evolve their solutions and services to reflect changes in commercial markets.

That’s certainly the case for IBM’s Integrated Analytics System, a new solution that builds on previous company database, software and hardware innovations, along with its longstanding support for open source projects and organizations. Let’s take a closer look at that. Continue reading

Intel’s New Core Desktop Silicon – Know Your Customers and Their Customers

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  September 27, 2017

Intel’s latest 8th gen Core i3, i5 and i7 desktop chips and its new Core X-Series Extreme Edition processors offer a fresh example of one of IT’s more interesting value dynamics – the parallel evolution of graphics-intensive processors for both consumer and workplace applications.

It’s no surprise that the primary, respective audiences for these new solutions are gaming and overclocking enthusiasts (8th gen Core) and graphics content creators and gaming enthusiasts (X-Series Extreme Edition). But it’s worth considering how Intel is successfully serving those discrete audiences.

After all, it wasn’t so long ago that price/performance lines firmly separated high-end PCs and workstations. Those issues continue to exist, especially when it comes to professions leveraging Intel Xeon technologies for CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) applications.

However, these latest additions to Intel’s portfolio suggest that in some cases, the lines between personal and professional computing are becoming thinner and increasingly transparent. Continue reading

Dell EMC Deal’s 1st Anniversary – Reasons for Celebration

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  September 6, 2017

How can you tell if a technology acquisition is a success? That’s not always easy to say, partly due to the inherent complexity of such transactions and the constantly changing nature of the industry. But you can boil down a few potential problem areas to examine and questions to consider, including:

  • Did the purchase cost more or delivered fewer benefits than anticipated?
  • Has it led to unexpected challenges for the involved organizations, their partners or customers?
  • Is there evidence of corporate friction—usually in the shape of significant downsizing or key executive departures?
  • Can the combined organizations pursue new business opportunities or capture additional value that the individual companies could not?

In the case of Dell’s purchase of EMC which closed on September 7, 2016, the answers appear to be largely if not entirely positive. Continue reading