The news coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Irene is focusing on the immediate damage. Power outages up and down the eastern seaboard are keeping people in the dark. Roads and rail services are washed out. And flood waters cresting over residential and business centers. While the storm could have caused significantly more damage, the impact is being felt from North Carolina to New England.
What a week. First, HP’s sudden “Dear John” to the PC and tablet business. Then Google’s surprise scoop of Motorola mobile. Then the shocking step down of Stephen Jobs as chief apple polisher. Heads spin, tongues wag, stocks flutter. What’s it all mean? Here are some readings of these fresh entrails…
If your idea of a ”smarter chip” is a fat-free Pringles Light, read on.
IBM has just unveiled a radical design for a new generation of processor chips that could open a new, energy-saving era in intelligent information processing for everything from predicting tsunamis to spotting tainted bean sprouts on supermarket shelves.
Business collaboration and communications isn’t the exclusive purview of large enterprises. Increasingly, small and midsized businesses are adopting cloud-based applications that make the dissemination of information easier and more efficient. Case in point: Russell’s Convenience, a Hawaii-based chain of retail stores that recently adopted LotusLive as its corporate collaboration platform.
A couple of years ago, I was attending a panel discussion in Manhattan on the rise of social networking in the enterprise. One of the panelists was the CIO of a major consumer products corporation, who lamented about how study habits have changed over the years. His example: His own college-age daughter.
Over the years we’ve become a spoiled by new hardware, software and systems that, on whole, are faster, cheaper and better – sometimes astoundingly so. Now, an expanded global IBM Research initiative aims to speed similar gains in a less glamorous but no less crucial part of the technology success equation: services.