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- An Unusual Collection of Powerful Best Practices at EMC World May 8 Iím wrapping up at EMC World today and Iíve enjoyed a variety of talks and one-on-one meetings. What hits me as I ramp out of the show is how many impressive and unique best practices are showcased at this event this year. I canít recall another event or another company that has showcased this amount of good work at one event as long as Iíve been covering tech, and Iíve been covering tech since the mid-90s.
- EMC and the Dark IT Knight: Doing a Great Keynote May 7 I go to a lot of events and attend a number of CEO keynotes. This week, Iím at EMC World listening to Joe Tucciís keynote. Recently, I learned, again (apparently Iím a slow learner), that when a CEO asks you how they are doing, the only right answer is ďGreat.Ē This happens a lot with me. As far too many know, I used to compete in speaking and was, at one time, ranked third in the nation. Unfortunately, when it comes to feedback, even though I know executives reward the answer they want to hear rather than the truth, Iím not that guy. Why I enjoy the Joe Tucci keynotes is I can generally give a very positive response and not feel like Iím left somewhat tarnished by the process. Tucciís keynotes tend to be some of the best in the industry. What follows is why.
- Intel Goes Bold with New CEO Choice May 2 I was really worried about Intelís CEO selection. The only external candidate who could likely do a good job at the company, given its unique culture, was Pat Gelsinger. However, he is quite content running VMware and has been far removed from microprocessors for several years now, making him both unlikely to be offered the job and unlikely to take it. Intel has a massive fabrication capability that is unique in the market because the other vendors have gone fabless, and an external hire, likely knowing very little about this part of the business and hired because of mobile market knowledge, would have probably either tried to sell it off or mismanaged it.
- Joe Tucci's Magic Turnaround Formula TechNewsWorld | May 13 EMC²'s reorg is a lesson in how to build a complex company and eliminate the pressure and inflexibility of centralized management by pushing everything, including funding, to the edges. CEO Joe Tucci actually has created a way to build a simple complex company. That should be impossible, but damned if he didn't pull it off.
- Will Fisker's floundering leave early Karma buyers running on empty? Digital Trends | May 11 Fisker has pretty much shut down, giving us a rare glimpse at one of the unexpected risks of buying a car from a brand new provider that might not make it. Since it has been a long time since we had car companies launch in the US at scale, you have to go back a long time to companies like Muntz and DeLorean to watch a similar sequence of events unfold. DeLorean is probably the best-case scenario for owners: There is actually still a company by the same name that is providing parts and service for the car, and from what I've heard, you can actually work with them to get a car that will likely hold up better than the new ones did.
- What CSC Is Doing Right (and Wrong) In Its Turnaround Efforts CIO | May 10 In the last 15 months, Computer Science Corp. CEO Mike Lawrie has handpicked his executive team and streamlined the CSC product line. This is a good start, but if CSC wants to emulate the turnaround efforts of IBM and Apple, the company should look for a formidable CFO and step up its marketing efforts.
- Apple beats Android in the DoD, but Blackberry still rules TMCnet | May 8 Most people likely believe that iOS, Android and Blackberry are all on equal footing when it comes to security - with the same chance of winning device clearance at the DoD. The reality? From the DoD's perspective there is only one Android handset the Pentagon is actually interested in, and that is the one of the Samsung phones. But remember, in the murky corridors of the DoD, Blackberry still rules.
Rob Enderle on…
The impact of Appleís earnings on its suppliers
“Suppliers are likely moving on the positive surprise in Apple's top line - but the company's outlook was dismal and that would put pressure on the suppliers.”
HP and its poor performance
“They are hurting in PCs, and they are really hurting in printing and imaging. That business is kind of going away.”
SV 150: HP drags down its tech sector San Jose Mercury News
How consumers will benefit from poor PC sales
“They'll have to get aggressive on prices or give rebates to move inventory, and the savings will be passed through to the consumer. Some units will be shipped overseas, but here they're going to have to blow out inventory in the next three months.”
PC industry sees worst sales quarter in nearly 20 years San Jose Mercury News
HTCís alliance with Facebook
“It is not so much a Facebook phone as imagined by Zuckerberg as it is a lifeline for HTC, which needs a champion device and got Facebook to back it. The market has been gravitating toward Samsung. This device is to take the emphasis back to HTC Ö with a flagship phone that users can get excited about.”
Facebook unveils its 'home' on Android phone New York Times
If Michael Dell walked away from a possible buyout offer from the Blackstone Group
“By cashing out, he'd take the value of the stock down sharply and damage Blackstone and the investors that remained significantly.Ö He wants to assure that Blackstone can't replace him as CEO.Ö Either they do it with him or they don't do it.”
Michael Dell Goes Into Safe Mode E-Commerce Times
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