Without intellectual property licensing, where would we be?

Without intellectual property licensing, where would we be?

A robust intellectual property regime allows complex industries to flourish. There's just no other way to induce companies to invest in R&D that may not pay off for years. Once their rights are protected, patent holders can offer...

06/19/17

IBM, Lenovo and Cisco take top marks in server reliability

IBM, Lenovo and Cisco take top marks in server reliability

Information Technology Intelligence Consulting recently topped off its datacenter server hardware reliability survey, and results extend and confirm findings from prior years. Reliability requirements have increased as cloud workloads...

06/13/17

How to stop spear-phishing cold

How to stop spear-phishing cold

By now, the shape of many major hacks is apparent. They start with a targeted attack on an individual email account, and, once inside, spread to the rest of the organization. Current standards vouch only for the sending email server,...

05/30/17

Panasonic Toughbook CF-33: a Hummer comes to the suburbs

Panasonic Toughbook CF-33: a Hummer comes to the suburbs

A review of the new convertible 2-in-1 notebook gives it high marks for durability and functionality. With hot-swappable dual batteries, this unit is ready to take on heavy-duty tasks in the field, riding with public safety, or on...

05/19/17

Dell shifts security focus to data itself

Dell shifts security focus to data itself

Dell Data Guardian is a new type of security product that eschews Maginot-line-type walls and instead goes for protecting the data itself. Each file has its own encryption and security policy. This granular approach allows for a...

05/16/17

Picking at the word salad of Dell EMC World

Picking at the word salad of Dell EMC World

Dell EMC world was alive with buzz words this year, but there was plenty of substance if you dug around a bit. Aside from the infrastructure hardware and software that makes up much of Dell's current portfolio, executives presented...

05/15/17

Bringing consumers back into the fold

Bringing consumers back into the fold

IBM has mostly abandoned the consumer segment over the past decade and a half. It no longer sells endpoints to individuals. But it does provide cloud services consumed by individuals. The Weather Company, which IBM bought in early...

04/10/17

Swearing Trojan malware in China heralds things to come in the U.S.

Swearing Trojan malware in China heralds things to come in the U.S.

A new piece of malware is running rampant in China, even though its crafters have already been arrested. It exploits new methods of distribution, but still relies on human weakness, which seems to be abundant. Phishing (general) and...

03/29/17

Duel of the rugged notebooks

Duel of the rugged notebooks

The North American rugged market is a specialty area with tough requirements and rich margins. Panasonic is the traditional leader, but Dell's rugged division is keeping Panasonic on its toes. This article assesses their relative...

03/06/17

Yahoo has become a junk account

Yahoo has become a junk account

The latest revelation of hacking and incompetence at the Yahoo only underscores how low this platform has fallen. Really, there's hardly anything left for Verizon to pick over. My own history of email at Yahoo is instructive,...

02/21/17

Nintex takes workflow services to the cloud

Nintex takes workflow services to the cloud

In migrating its workflow design platform to a cloud environment, Nintex positions itself as an honest broker for a wide variety of connected services like Salesforce, Box and DocuSign. What began as a workflow design add-on to...

02/07/17

Apple, complaining of being bullied, bullies Qualcomm

Apple, complaining of being bullied, bullies Qualcomm

Apple has brought suit against or aided governments around the world investigating Qualcomm, the communications technology provider supplying the cell capability that distinguishes an iPhone from an iPod Touch. Even though Apple has...

02/01/17

Blockchain is busting out of its britches

Blockchain is busting out of its britches

Blockchain started life as the computing schema behind Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, but it has become clear that blockchain is a fundamental technology with many uses as a quasi-public ledger for multiple parties engaged in all sorts...

12/12/16

Dell and EMC: two worlds become one

Dell and EMC: two worlds become one

Dell Technologies held its first combined conference in Austin last week, blending Dell World and EMC World into a single venue. This marks the last time of event will be held in Texas. It's just grown too big. Next year, attendees...

10/25/16

IBM readies open standard for high performance interconnect

IBM readies open standard for high performance interconnect

A consortium headed by IBM has inaugurated a new, faster standard for system interconnect, which will bring the next wave of system performance improvement. OpenCAPI, as the standard is called, will offer enterprise datacenter...

10/14/16

Google tacks toward home

Google tacks toward home

Google made a number of hardware announcements last week, with special emphasis on a speaker cum personal assistant called Home. Home is designed to go after Amazon's Echo, clearly the best assistant on the market. Google's success...

10/11/16

Dell ups its wide game in monitors

Dell ups its wide game in monitors

Dell put out an update to its 34-inch WQHD curved monitor recently, and although the format suggests something a gamer would use, the company is aiming the U3417W at business users looking for a lot of screen real estate to enhance...

10/04/16

Qualcomm sets up competition to stimulate IoT innovation

Qualcomm sets up competition to stimulate IoT innovation

Qualcomm put Teams Blue and Orange in a large room together for three days with tools and IoT components, including a complete circuit board with a Snapdragon processor on it, and told them to come up with an invention that could save...

09/27/16

DocuSign continues to build out digital transaction management platform

DocuSign continues to build out digital transaction management platform

DocuSign, a "unicorn" that helps companies achieve full digital transformation by eliminating paper from workflows, has come of age. With 100 million users now in 188 countries, a wide range of partners around the world, and...

09/26/16

What is a sales engagement platform anyway?

What is a sales engagement platform anyway?

Much of the front office has been automated, including customer relationship management and marketing. But sales itself has been adrift in business process automation. Sales engagement platforms are beginning to remedy that situation...

09/16/16

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