Hannover Messe: Companies are Getting Ready for the Industrial Internet

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Hannover Messe: Companies are Getting Ready for the Industrial Internet

Posted on May 8, 2017

Hannover Messe is blossoming into a performance show for innovation in the manufacturing segment. The overall signs point towards a holistic Industrial Internet approach which goes beyond a mere focus on manufacturing as re...

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IBM and Hortonworks are moving closer together

Posted on June 23, 2017

IBM has announced to expand its partnership with Hortonworks, a move reflecting IBM’s overall strategy. Hortonworks main focus has always been on data collection and data storage. However, what used to be an open question is how actual value can be generated from this data.

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Given the current rumor mill: What if Oracle and Accenture joined forces?

Posted on April 6, 2017

Oracle has denied that there will be such a deal. In any case, one thing is clear: if such a merger took place, it would create massive waves in the IT industry. So far, we have only seen few comparable mergers, one of them being the takeover of PwC by IBM. Which was far from an easy undertaking. For a potential deal between Oracle and ...

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Digital twins – a new trend in mass customization enabled by IoT

Posted on February 22, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) – aka Industry 4.0 – brings concepts which have been known for quite some time in the high-tech investment goods sector (e.g., aeronautics, process manufacturing) to a more diverse marketplace. The digitization of production processes and the Internet of Things, and the possibility to incorporate a multitude of ...

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Impressions from the Genius of Things Summit: A new IoT Crystallization Point

Posted on February 17, 2017

IBM’s recent IoT (Internet of Things) Summit at the now officially opened ‘Watson IoT Center’ global headquarters in the heart of Munich gave a lot of insight into how far the industry has come with its industrial IoT efforts. The industry seems to have found a new IoT crystallization point.

 

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The times are changing – also for IBM: Blockchain as a proof point

Posted on May 2, 2016
The days are over when IT heavyweights could wait and see what new technology might be most promising and then put resources behind the new concept to end up dominating it. The PC industry was one of the last good examples for IBM. Many PC-like concepts existed before IBM entered the market, set the rules and standards, and made good money ...

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AWS changes the cloud game rules – again!

Posted on April 21, 2016

AWS is known as a low-cost, easy to use and consume storage and computing power provider – a typical PaaS company, if not THE PaaS company. However, AWS moves into a direction leaving this exchangeable ground by offering service as a service (SaaS= or process as a service (PaaS) to make the acronym confusion complete.

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The Oracle Cloud Machine – hardware as a service

Posted on March 24, 2016
On March 24th Oracle announced its new offering: “The Oracle Cloud Machine”. An interesting move for a limited number of customers with deep pockets.

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IBM's mainframe Linux engagement – a fresh approach

Posted on February 2, 2016
Last week IBM made a series of announcements for LinuxONE. Some are quite remarkable (e.g., programming language Go from Google, StrongLoop), others were as expected (e.g., new hardware systems). The LinuxONE strategy is a sort of repetition of history.

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IBM is pushing Watson into all areas – such as retail

Posted on January 8, 2016
The Watson system is IBM‘s synonym for cognitive computing, and IBM is betting high on this emerging technology. This also applies to retail solutions.

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HyBrId unequals hYbRiD

Posted on January 7, 2016

Hybrid approaches are much discussed. However, most discussions center around on-premise cloud, public cloud or a hybrid approach. Here is some food for thought regarding the application of this approach to many more alternatives in IT.

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Big Blue and "white-blue"

Posted on December 17, 2015
For those who didn't know: "White-blue" is a synonym for Bavaria, Germany. This is how political leaders in Bavaria welcomed IBM's decision to establish its global headquarters for the newly founded division Watson and IoT (Internet of things) in Munich. The center was officially opened on December 15, 2015, with offices overlooking the Alps. ...

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Storage market under pressure to adjust to the future

Posted on December 3, 2015

The overall storage growth rate is still positive, but no longer double-digit. Big-data management requests more storage, there is no question about that; but price points are decreasing. Additionally, more and more enterprises are moving parts of their data – in particular their backup and archiving data – to the cloud. This opens new ...

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EMC's takeover by Dell - a major deal...

Posted on October 15, 2015

The announced acquisition of EMC by Dell is for sure a major event for the IT ecosystem and means a noticeable change in the supplier landscape.

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IBM is accelerating its rebuilding

Posted on August 26, 2015

During the last couple of days, IBM made some significant announcements that demonstrate its willingness and ability to change fundamental parts of its business strategy. The facts are convincing.

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Salesforce.com: Aufbruch ins Business jenseits von Sales Force Automation

Posted on July 3, 2015
Im Markt für Vertriebssteuerung ist der Software-as-a-Service-Pionier bereits ein führender Player. In den nächsten Jahren muss er beweisen, ob er auch in den Bereichen Analytics, Collaboration, Service, Marketing und branchenspezifische Lösungen sowie als breit aufgestellter Platform-as-a-Service-Anbieter Spitzenpositionen erlangen kann – und ...

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IBM is getting its cloud positioning right - at last!

Posted on July 3, 2015

There is no doubt about IBM's strong ambitions to move the business towards the cloud. Now the vendor is forming a unique vision to align its offerings to better differentiate from competitors. 

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IBM - refocusing on core assets: data

Posted on June 23, 2015

On February 17, 2015, IBM took the next major step in helping customers to achieve data agility and improved data economics with new offerings in the area of software-defined storage.

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SAP is three years ahead of competition - its customers aren't

Posted on June 23, 2015

SAP’s HANA engagement is paying off. Once the platform has been ready, SAP moved it to HANA and added new functionality to the business suite. However, customers may get lost.

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Hybrid is not equal to hybrid

Posted on June 17, 2015

When there is a discussion about cloud computing, the short answer is: for most enterprises, cloud computing will be done in a hybrid fashion – a mix of private cloud and public cloud computing. However, this is only part of the equation.

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IBM ignites Spark

Posted on June 17, 2015

On June 15, 2015 IBM made a major announcement to support Apache Spark with massive resources. This will help the already biggest Apache project achieve the final breakthrough.

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