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- The New Cisco and the Renewed Focus on Social Responsibility Nov 20 Social responsibility is an interesting topic for a corporation. On one hand, it speaks to making the world a better place. You'd think these efforts would be easily justified, but because financial analysts rarely see much value in something they can't measure, they are often more focused on creating an image than in actually driving change. These programs seem to be far more sustainable when both the business initiatives of the firm and the social efforts show synergy. I reviewed Cisco's Social Responsibility report this week and it is an impressive piece of work.
- In the Shadow of Paris: How Watson Could Protect and Nurture Us Nov 19 Last week, I was at the IBM Analyst update and one of the presentations really caught my interest. It was on how Watson could be used to do a massively better job of targeting buyers by profiling them and then developing individually targeted campaigns that should have record-breaking conversion rates. This is a capability we simply haven't seen in the market; in effect, this is like fully digitizing a top sales rep, a step that will be critical to bringing some of the new individually focused, cloud-based services to market effectively.
- IBM's Cloud Update: Apple and Impressive Change in a Few Short Months Nov 12 I'm up at IBM this week getting an update. IBM is going through a massive pivot from its traditional hardware-centric, end-to-end company to more of a cloud services and analytics company. Its core stats are impressive in that it now has 77K developers, growing at 8K a week, working on new platforms, 40K consultants, and 42 SoftLayer Cloud Centers worldwide. This is actually pretty impressive progress, given that it only started this pivot a few years ago.
- Escape From Silicon Valley TechNewsWorld | Nov 23 I started planning to escape the Valley a long time ago, due to very high taxes, a crumbling infrastructure, worsening crime, a massive increase in traffic, and a rather nasty water shortage problem. My wife and I originally planned to escape to Belize but found the unreliable infrastructure, lack of good medical care, and massive crime problem there were not conducive to our continued survival. Instead of Paradise, Belize looked a lot like hell once we got a chance to spend some quality time there.
- Three technologies that could make your current smartphone archaic techspective | Nov 20 There are three technologies coming to market which could change smartphones forever, and all of them aren't coming from the major smartphone vendors but some from big and small companies--some of which we don't often connect with core smartphone technology. Two of the three technologies are coming to market in different forms next year, and the phone that captures them all could well be on its way to being the next iPhone. Let's look at each in turn.
- How Ixia and Apple prove scrum works CIO | Nov 20 After looking at the agile process used by Apple and network security company Ixia, Rob Enderle wonders why there aren't more scrums taking place.
- The NVIDIA vs. Amazon: The Fight For The Perfect $200 Tablet TMCnet | Nov 18 One of my favorite tablets this year was the Shield Tablet. It seemed like the near perfect match of size and performance, small enough to be portable and powerful enough to play games even on a Hotel TV. Unfortunately, at over $400 it was too pricy to justify. Well, this week NVIDIA announced they were reducing the price of their tablet to $200. They did strip out the stylus, which I doubt many used (even though it was one of the best stylus implementations in the market) but the end product is still a good value for just before the Christmas season. We'll compare it against the other long term test product I have: the Amazon Fire HD 10.1" tablet. This is a device that I was so excited to get and so disappointed with this year. With ads (not that annoying really) you can get one of these for $199 as well. Let's talk about the $200 tablet.
- Retailers gear up for another 'Black Friday' blitz on Thanksgiving Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier | Nov 22
- Here's the Scoop on Latest Technology Trends NASDAQ | Nov 22
- Google to launch Play Store in mainland China in early 2016 International Business Times | Nov 21
- Dojo Stands Cybersecurity Guard for Smart Homes E-Commerce Times | Nov 20
Rob Enderle on…
The tablet space
"The segment is now in danger of a full collapse and becoming redundant as a result of folks looking at smartphones and PCs to better fulfill their mobile needs."
Tablets Losing Ground to Big Smartphones, Light PCs E-Commerce Times
The strategy at HP
"HP seems to be an example of a company determined to do something wrong."
HP Starts Life As A House Divided: Now The Hard Part Investor's Business Daily
Twitter and CEO Jack Dorsey
"I doubt the honeymoon is over. He should be given at least a year. Turnarounds typically take five years to complete, and CEOs are typically given three unless they really screw up. This one will be particularly tough because Twitter never had a financial model that worked."
The executive turnover at Yahoo
"The virtuous cycle sounds really good, but if you can't retain people, you can't finish it. At the end of the day, the virtuous cycle is broken."
YouTube launching a paid subscription service
"Once you offer something for free, it's really hard to get people to pay for it. You can always take prices down, but it's really hard to take them up."
Cloud Service Risk
"The problem with a cloud service is you can't be certain a failure will be isolated. You've got this potential for cascading catastrophe."
Dozens of major websites crash all at once Economic Times
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