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Intel and Mobileye: Building an Ecosystem for Automated Driving

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  December 13, 2017

The tech industry is no stranger when it comes to future-focused products and trends. That they tend to generate more heat than light can be blamed on systemic hope and the desire to find and capitalize on the Next Big Thing. Or maybe call it an optimistic reflection of the industry’s remarkable history of delivering transformational products and services.

Of the future-focused technologies currently in the spotlight, it would be hard to find one with more transformative potential than automated driving, including autonomous or self-driving passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Why so? Continue reading

IBM POWER9 and the Value of Innovative Collaboration

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

An interesting dichotomy is common among technology vendors and customers; while most profess love or adulation for cutting edge innovations, many also assume that some leading vendors or platforms are so essentially entrenched that upsetting the order of things is impossible or not worth the trouble.

Call it an odd quirk in supposedly revolutionary mindsets. It’s as if the framers of the U.S. Constitution gave some thought to 18th century Britain’s legendary military and naval might and decided that, what the hell, maybe the Stamp and Tea Acts weren’t really such big deals after all. Continue reading

Dell EMC OEM – A Pragmatic Strategy for IoT

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

Vendors explore market opportunities in widely diverse ways, ranging from the “bet early and seriously” approach Amazon took in crafting, subsidizing and launching its Web Services platform to the “start late, run fast and typically fall on your face” efforts of HPE and others whose attempts to catch up to AWS in public cloud failed miserably.

But a strategy often overlooked by vendors as preeningly self-obsessed as Birds of Paradise is to 1) avoid public displays of braggadocio, 2) pragmatically choose opportunities according to their potential commercial returns, and 3) organically develop and expand efforts as those markets evolve. Continue reading

Dell’s UltraSharp 34 Curved UltraWide Monitor and the Benefits of Techno-Evolution

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  November 29, 2017

The IT industry loves shorthand terminology, including technical jargon, complex acronyms and rules for demonstrable trends or recurring events. These can foster an understanding of the industry’s constant evolution, especially products and trends at a market’s leading edge.

However, many are applied selectively, like Moore’s Law (first and second) are to semiconductor development. Plus, second generation or mature technologies tend to be ignored or left out of discussions entirely. That may be understandable given the IT industry’s obsession with shiny new things but it’s also a pity since the benefits those products offer to consumers and business customers can be profound.

I was recently reminded of that point when Dell sent me an evaluation unit of its updated 34-inch UltraSharp Curved UltraWide Monitor (U3417W). Following are a few thoughts on my experiences in the world of “immersive” monitors. Continue reading

Rethinking a Road Warrior Classic: Lenovo’s 25th Anniversary ThinkPad

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  November 29, 2017

Squeezing extra goodness out of primetime favorites, like Cheers, is chancy, at best. Cases in point; Frasier ran for 11 seasons, winning a then-record 37 Emmys in the process, while the 13 episodes of The Tortellis are barely-remembered by any but the ardent TV trivia buffs.

Technology products are somewhat similar but since the industry and related markets change so rapidly, attempting to find additional gold in a nostalgia mine can be even more fraught. However, every once in a while, someone gets it right.

That’s certainly the case with Lenovo’s recently released 25th anniversary ThinkPad (ThinkPad 25), a product that takes its best attributes and brings one of the industry’s most iconic laptops fully into the 21st century. Continue reading

IBM Charts Multi-Cloud Progress

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

Though the tech industry is subject to consistent and considerable disruption it’s hard to think of a more fundamentally disruptive technology than cloud computing.

Why do I say that? For three reasons:

  1. First, because the success of early cloud movers and shakers (especially AWS), enabled businesses and consumers to effectively sidestep IT powers that be, including system and software vendors.
  2. In addition, cloud takes advantage of compute infrastructures developed, implemented and managed by companies that mainly do business with ODM manufacturers, putting further pressure on traditional enterprise vendors.
  3. Finally, by essentially outsourcing IT functions to cloud service providers (CSPs), organizations also cut back engagements with IT services professionals and organizations.

Despite those and other challenges, it isn’t impossible for mainstream vendors to succeed with cloud initiatives. In fact, IBM moved forcefully into cloud computing with numerous, continuing strategic investments and initiatives. It also made cloud one of its five Strategic Imperatives (along with analytics, mobile, social and security), and announced in its most recent earnings call that IBM Cloud drove $15.8B in company revenues over the last 12 months.

On November 1-2, the company hosted media and analyst events in New York City to detail its cloud-related efforts and progress. Following are a few thoughts on what I saw and heard there. Continue reading

Lenovo DCG – Continuing to TRANSFORM via Customer-Centric Solutions

By Charles King, Pund-IT, Inc.  November 15, 2017

Back in June, I attended a media and analyst event in New York City hosted by Lenovo’s Data Center Group (DCG) and entitled, TRANSFORM. The point of the event was to highlight the strategic expansion and repositioning of DCG’s enterprise portfolio to address and support what Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang called an “intelligence (industrial) revolution that is already here.”

The primary drivers for this revolution are the massive growth of information, along with advances in big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Continue reading