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Stories by Rob Enderle

8 Leadership Lessons From Steve Ballmer

By Rob Enderle | 22 August, 2014 22:59

Steve Ballmer has stepped down from Microsoft's board, and he certainly won't be forgotten. I followed Ballmer closely in his years running Microsoft and learned a lot from both his successes and failures.

6 Things to Know About Choosing a New IT Vendor

By Rob Enderle | 15 August, 2014 23:53

We tend to approach new vendors based on the products they sell and choose vendors largely based on what we believe the products do. Unfortunately, this leads us to buy solutions that we often never fully deploy or that often fail to meet our expectations. What's more, we rarely conduct a causal analysis of the problems.

Why Analytics Makes Tesla Better Than Jaguar

By Rob Enderle | 09 August, 2014 01:26

The differences that Tesla represents to the auto market fascinate me. The firm is run more like a cutting-edge Apple than a typical car company such as Jaguar – and, in fact, exceeds Apple in the application of advanced technologies such as analytics. This is largely how Tesla has succeeded where most new car companies, including Fisker, have failed.

Nothing Is Secure, Your Calls Aren't Private and Your Car Could Kill You

By Rob Enderle | 01 August, 2014 23:44

BlackBerry remains the only mobile vendor that places enterprises first and doesn't rank them someplace after the casual game developers. At its enterprise security briefing in New York this week, BlackBerry brought out company experts as well as those from industries such as healthcare, banking and government.

Do Your Employees Use Facebook? You Might Have a Problem

By Rob Enderle | 25 July, 2014 23:10

A new study ties Facebook – and, by proxy, social networks in general – to increased divorce rates. While the write-up goes to a great deal of trouble to suggest that further work will be needed to prove that Facebook causes divorce, the report presents pretty damning evidence.

Don't Be Comcast: Use Analytics, Monitoring to Prevent a Viral Disaster

By Rob Enderle | 19 July, 2014 00:27

The executive in charge of Comcast's support organization is having an interesting week.

What the robot apocalypse will mean for IT, jobs and work

By Rob Enderle | 12 July, 2014 00:08

Google's huge entry into robotics leaves little doubt that we'll shortly be up to our armpits in robot alternatives to people. Robots will enter all aspects of our business and personal lives. Machines, vehicles, drones, cameras, sensors, you name it.

It's Time for IT Pros to Declare Their Technology Freedom?

By Rob Enderle | 04 July, 2014 01:37

Here in the U.S. we celebrate the 4th of July our day of independence signifying freedom. But we often seem happier when there is someone telling us what to do -- some person or vendor who takes away the burden of a decision and just makes it for us.

The Danger of Google's Development Cadence

By Rob Enderle | 28 June, 2014 01:45

Instead of updating products every six weeks, as Google promised at the I/O developer conference, the company might want to slow down and make sure its products and services actually represent what its customers want.

BMC and the Anatomy of a Successful Turnaround

By Rob Enderle | 21 June, 2014 01:12

Most tech companies trying to turn themselves around start with the products that customers don't want right now, not the products those customers will want several years from now. That's why most turnaround efforts fail. BMC, having gone private and assembled a new executive team, seems to have learned its lesson.

HP places its datacentre bet on The Machine

By Rob Enderle | 13 June, 2014 23:17

Many industry leaders over the years have developed technology to drive data center innovation. However, HP's Machine concept - which treats the datacentre as an appliance - looks to redesign the datasentre from the ground up.

3 Ways Women Are Driving Change in Tech

By Rob Enderle | 09 June, 2014 23:03

It can be hard for women at the top of the corporate ladder to really drive change. (Its a challenge for men, too.) Moderating a panel at the recent Women in Technology Summit, though, columnist Rob Enderle discovered that women outside the C-suite are driving change at many technology companies. Credit a willingness to embrace analytics.

Is the PC Dead? Not at Dell, Which Is Doubling Down

By Rob Enderle | 30 May, 2014 23:41

For Dell, reports of the personal computer's death have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the company's seeing good growth from its PC and thin client lines. Credit new designs, higher screen resolutions, a program for helping users migrate from Windows XP -- and a steadfast refusal to believe the hype about the death of the PC.

How IBM plans to get with the times

By Rob Enderle | 26 May, 2014 12:18

The IBM Edge2014 infrastructure event hinted at how the company plans to use experience to its advantage. Far from burning out or fading away like an aging rock star, IBM intends to join today's young rockers on stage -- and steal the show.

How to resuscitate tech innovation at your company

By Rob Enderle | 17 May, 2014 02:10

Maintaining or rediscovering innovation is difficult and often counter-intuitive for larger companies. However, columnist Rob Enderele offers suggestions for how businesses can get back the innovation they lack.