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- Fixing the IoT Problem: Stringify Oct 13 Earlier this week, I wrote that the major problem with the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it was mostly done as the "Internet of Thing" not the Internet of Things, as was promised. After I posted that, I was briefed by a company called Stringify, which actually has a fix to this problem. I'll be pretty surprised if it isn't either partnered with or bought outright to create a competitive advantage for either a consumer- or business-focused solution. What I argued earlier was that the world needed something that connected the dots, kind of like a Rosetta Stone, but for IoT devices. That's what Stringify is.
- The Big Problem with IoT: The 'Things' Is Really 'Thing' Oct 12 I've just finished a string of briefings on IoT technology, and from the companies doing the briefing, you'd think the big problems were processing power, graphics and security. Granted, they got one out of three right because security is clearly a massive problem with this new class of solutions. I use the word "solution" very loosely because the other two big problems that we aren't talking enough about are connectivity and interoperability. Most of this stuff doesn't interoperate, and connectivity ranges all over the map. This means that while we talk about the Internet of Things, what most folks actually have is a thing that connects to the internet, which isn't even remotely interchangeable with interoperability. Let's revisit the requirements for the concept of the "Internet of Things," which has become for a lot of people "The Internet of Thing," which is kind of where we started out.
- Yahoo and How You Know You Have a Bad Legal Team Oct 5 By now, you know that Yahoo has allegedly been cooperating with the U.S. government at an unprecedented level with broad scans of customer emails. The EU is clearly not amused. I expect Verizon is thinking really hard now, given that this comes after the massive Yahoo breach reported earlier (a breach that could have been massively understated), about running away from an acquisition, and I expect that there is at least one clause in its purchase agreement that should allow it to do this. However, the part in all of this that I want to focus on is the role that Yahoo's legal counsel played. Reuters reported that Yahoo's counsel allegedly advised Yahoo to not fight the U.S. government's invasive request, even though the industry practice up until that point was to resist and fight these requests for access; Apple's fight over breaching an old iPhone was the most visible.
- How to fix the executive compensation problem CIO | Oct 14 Columnist Rob Enderle writes that U.S. executive compensation practices are broken. A recent Harvard Business Review ranking in which only one U.S. CEO made the top 10 pinpoints the problem.
- Making Meetings Not Suck techspective | Oct 14 Ran into an interesting post on "The Context of Things" which was titled "The Gravest Meeting Planning Sin" and it hit a chord with me. You see, when I was young and starting out I was also kind of lazy. The reason was I'd spent a lot of time working on a farm for a guy who believed strongly that work shouldn't be fun, otherwise it wouldn't be work. The result was I wanted to work for a big company that had lots of meetings because then I wouldn't have to work and I could spend my days chatting with folks.
- Expectations for Dell/EMC World 2016 Datamation | Oct 14 How will the companies combine their storage lines and what will their strategy look like for EMC's subsidiaries?
- Death by Hedge Funds: Why Samsung is Run by Idiots and They Aren't Alone TMCnet | Oct 12 Samsung is certainly having a bad quarter. First their halo product the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 starts blowing up or catching fire and they attempted the "let's ignore it and maybe it will go away" strategy—which never works. Then their washing machines start blowing up and catching fire, and they try the "let's ignore it and maybe it will go away" strategy—which still wasn't working. And finally (you just know this won't be the end of it) their replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7s start having issues, one forces a plane down and they finally do the right thing and pull the phone from the market.
Rob Enderle on…
Microsoft's major enhancements to its enterprise cloud platform
"For ease of management for hybrid cloud solutions, the IT favorite, allowing the greatest match of flexibility, performance, compliance and cost, this should put Microsoft in a position of significant advantage, particularly for a global enterprise."
Adobe Leaps From AWS to Microsoft's Cloud E-Commerce Times
Google Allo and its use of A.I.
[Enderle said Allo could be an advance for messaging and for Google. But it also carries risks.] "The competitive advantage is the A.I. engine, but the A.I. is young and, as yet, poorly trained, so like a baby on a plane, generally more annoying than beneficial at the moment. You have to start someplace."
Google needs solid win with release of smart Allo app Computerworld
The issues with Samsung's Galaxy Note 7
"There is no way to recover this version of the phone. Samsung has a huge black eye."
HP and the Micro Focus/HPE Deal
"That business has been mismanaged for so long it has to improve under focused leadership. ... Whitman [Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE] has clearly figured out she can spike HP's stock by selling off assets and having people who understand the business buy them is better than where they were."
Tesla and SolarCity
"There is a very high affinity between electric cars and solar installations. People who buy electric cars tend to buy solar systems. When you add household batteries, you can use the power at night. It makes for a nice solution on paper."
Tesla, SolarCity both plunge amid worries about cash squeeze and merger San Jose Mercury News
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