Never Stop Learning!

Summary Bullets:

• To maximize the investment in I.T. companies should have a robust training program

• Regular training will benefit everyone, as well as make the workplace run smoother.

“Never stop learning” – a pithy phrase, something you could see on a motivational poster next to the one with the adorable kitten clinging to a branch that says “hang in there.” But the significance of the phrase “never stop learning” is one that comes with particular meaning in the tech industry. The pace of the tech industry overall requires a learning process that can’t stop. Everyone in technology, from day to day techs, senior administrators, coders, management, and senior management all need to keep learning. But how we treat learning in IT is still outdated and is centered around 1950s-era notions of top-down control, where workers don’t need to know that much, management will know for them, and that knowledge is based on professional certifications.
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AWS Adds More ASEAN Customers as the Cloud Battle in the Region Heats Up

A. Amir

Summary Bullets:

• As the cloud battle in ASEAN continues, AWS has the advantage in the direct connect and go-to-market through partnerships with the domestic providers.

• The provider is also rapidly growing its customer base with various new references.

The public cloud competition in the emerging ASEAN region (excluding Singapore) is heating up. Alibaba Cloud entered the market early by opening a data center in Malaysia in October 2017 followed by another one in Indonesia in March 2018. Seeing the huge potential in the region, Google made an announcement in October 2018 to have its facility in Indonesia ready in early 2020 while AWS responded to its global rival with a similar announcement in April 2019. Despite AWS’ late move in the region (compared to Alibaba Cloud and Google), AWS has the upper hand in the direct connect or edge network as well as in the domestic go-to-market and brand share. This is achieved through its long partnerships with the domestic carriers and SIs. Continue reading “AWS Adds More ASEAN Customers as the Cloud Battle in the Region Heats Up”

Comcast Business Details New Enterprise 2.0 Strategy During Analyst Conference

R. Bhattacharyya

Summary Bullets:

• Comcast Business is looking to move beyond its small and mid-sized business roots and expand into the large enterprise market.

• As part of its vision to serve large enterprise customers, Comcast is looking towards international expansion and to grow its product portfolio.

On September 4th and 5th, 2019, Comcast Business hosted industry analysts at the newly opened Comcast Technology Center and Four Seasons hotel in Philadelphia. During the conference, Comcast outlined its Enterprise 2.0 strategy that will drive its agenda over the next year, highlighted its plans for leveraging recent acquisitions, and detailed its launch of two new security-related solutions. It plans to build on the success it has already seen in the business market, which includes revenue growth of 10.8% of 2018 (which compared to 2017), a base of 2.3 million business customers, and a team of over 10,000 employees dedicated to business services.
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Alibaba Cloud Adds an Application PaaS Solution via the Terminus Acquisition

S. Soh

Summary Bullets:

  • The acquisition of Terminus has given Alibaba Cloud an attractive application PaaS solution that it can take to market and help to boost cloud adoption in China.
  • The Terminus PaaS is evolving and it has a strong roadmap; the multi-cloud approach is a crucial factor when Alibaba Cloud extends the solution internationally.

Terminus and Its Application PaaS

Terminus is a Chinese software provider founded in 2012 with a strong focus on addressing the needs of retail, procurement, and the supply chain functions. The company was acquired by Alibaba, and its products are now offered based on Alibaba Cloud while retaining the Terminus product brand. The Terminus team remains intact and is driving product development, but tapping into Alibaba’s ecosystem, go-to-market machinery, and its infrastructure and technologies to accelerate business expansion. Continue reading “Alibaba Cloud Adds an Application PaaS Solution via the Terminus Acquisition”

Augmented Reality Growth in the Enterprise: What Will 5G Bring?

K. Weldon
K. Weldon

Summary Bullets:

  • Use of augmented reality (AR) is growing in the enterprise, but 5G is expected to light a fire under the still-nascent technology.
  • A recent AT&T hackathon on AR coupled with 5G highlights some novel approaches and use cases we hope to see grow over the next few years.

Augmented reality is the use of technology that superimposes a computer-generated image (generally a 3D one) on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. AR in the enterprise is already growing, but not as fast as might be expected. It is often showcased by companies such as PTC, which has an end-to-end design and development suite based on its Vuforia acquisition. PTC highlights the ability to remotely train technicians, enliven marketing demos with the ability to show prospects new products in granular detail, and provide off-site instructions along with 3D visual overlays for on-site maintenance engineers as they fix machine components. Since 5G does not yet play a role in these kinds of use cases (i.e., 4G LTE seems to be fast enough to demonstrate and use them), it makes one wonder what faster access, ultra low latency, and network slicing will add. Continue reading “Augmented Reality Growth in the Enterprise: What Will 5G Bring?”

The Right Tool for the Job

S. Schuchart

Summary Bullets:

  • Everyone has brand and product preferences based on experience, emotion, and environment.
  • Pick the right tool for the job, even if it’s outside your personal preferences.

Marketing teams talk about brand perception and brand loyalty. They talk about mind share and name recognition. As individuals, we try to act as if we don’t have brand loyalty, but instead loyalty to quality, price, utility, or some combination of those factors. Despite everyone having a bent towards economic rationality, its clear that emotion, experience, and our peers and self-identified group play a much larger role in our buying decisions. As individuals, this is not really a big deal. But in the IT workplace, brand or technology preferences can have negative consequences. More surprisingly, these preferences are extremely strong and take on the aspect of nearly religious belief. If you find that to be an exaggeration, find your local expert Linux system administrator and ask them what they think of Microsoft. More often than not, you will be treated to a sermon on the evils of the Beast of Redmond. Continue reading “The Right Tool for the Job”

Facebook and Instagram Take a Stand Against Controversial ‘Miracle Claims’ Content

A. DeCarlo
A. DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • The social media giants have been under pressure to shield users from influencer posts that make specious claims.
  • Some questions on policy definition and enforcement remain, but Facebook and Instagram are moving in the right direction with the new rules.

Social media sites Instagram and parent Facebook are tightening their content standards to restrict advertisements and posts from influencers and other users who peddle weight loss and cosmetic procedures to teenagers. In September, the two social media giants disclosed a policy change which aims to prohibit the distribution of content to users under the age of eighteen that promotes the sale of weight-loss products or even mentions or depicts a weight-loss product or supplement. This content, which often makes bold claims about dramatic results with minimal scientific backing, has been linked to a number of negative impacts on users. Continue reading “Facebook and Instagram Take a Stand Against Controversial ‘Miracle Claims’ Content”

GlobalData’s State of the Blockchain Platforms Market Deems IBM, Microsoft as Leaders

C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • IBM and Microsoft are ranked as leaders for early innovations in a complex and slow-moving market.
  • Going forward, multi-cloud management support for blockchain platforms will be a key differentiator, helping ease vendor lock-in concerns.

GlobalData awards top rankings to IBM for its early investment and breadth of portfolio for supporting highly scalable and distributed blockchain networks and to Microsoft for its developer reach, solutions-ready approach, and Azure partnerships. This week, GlobalData is releasing the first in a two-part Advisory Report providing a comprehensive overview of the current state of the market for blockchain platforms and their providers including app platforms providers, IT service providers, and newer infrastructure incumbents. Continue reading “GlobalData’s State of the Blockchain Platforms Market Deems IBM, Microsoft as Leaders”

Vendors Find Pace of Tech Change Causing Tension Within UK Public and Businesses

J. Marcus

Summary Bullets:

  • According to a new survey, citizens feel overwhelmed by rapid changes in technology, making for cautious purchasing and declining trust in business.
  • Business leaders are more positive, but they are keenly aware of public confusion around new technologies; as a result, they are moderating their adoption planning.

The well-established promise of a digital future for society is welcomed by most people and businesses, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t accompanied by a certain level of confusion and concern. While the disruption caused by technological change has revealed new opportunities for UK citizens and companies, it has also exposed the limits of tech knowledge among both individuals and organizations, often necessitating what feels like ill-prepared decision making. A recent survey by Fujitsu captured public opinion on the importance of digital transformation to the success of future generations. It also tapped business leaders across the UK’s major industries to gain insights on how they view the advantages and challenges of increased digital adoption. Continue reading “Vendors Find Pace of Tech Change Causing Tension Within UK Public and Businesses”

Narrow It Down!

S. Schuchart

Summary Bullets:

• Enterprises and vendors need to resist the urge to spend too much time defining broad marketing terms when it doesn’t really matter.

• Get your vendors to narrow their pitch to your industry/use cases.

IT in its early days was driven by technical terms. Magazines and advertisements were overflowing with megabytes per second and POSIX compliance and IEEE specifications. But things changed and it soon became clear that IT was a driver of business and that non-IT managers would need to become an integral part of the decision-making process. The marketing changed to something less technical and more approachable. But sometimes the pendulum swings too far, with must-have marketing terms that get spread out so far that they become meaningless. Common terms become umbrellas for what need to be more focused discussions, whether it is from a technical or non-technical standpoint.
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