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Stories by Rob Enderle

The mainframe Isn't dead, and neither Is the PC

By Rob Enderle | 11 April, 2014 23:59

The mainframe was supposed to go extinct decades ago, but it's abundant in many habitats. Same goes for the PC, which seems to have adapted for survival better than once thought. .

Can VCE Be the Apple of the Converged Enterprise Cloud?

By Rob Enderle | 05 April, 2014 00:09

Apple wouldn't be where it is today if it hadn't taken redefined consumer electronics. VCE could very well do the same to the enterprise cloud market. First, it just has to convince companies to 'think different.'

VMware, Nvidia Revolutionizing Secure Cloud Desktop

By Rob Enderle | 29 March, 2014 01:29

The thin client has been largely disappointing from the beginning, but a partnership between VMware and Nvidia may finally give the thin client the performance, scalability, security and price it needs to catch on.

Are Apple and Gartner Afraid of Analytics?

By Rob Enderle | 21 March, 2014 15:05

In theory, analytics should help firms make key business decisions. In practice, companies ignore analytics because it's likely to tell them the bad news they don't want to hear. This week, the actions of Gartner and Apple illustrated this point to columnist Rob Enderle.

Create Magical Vendor Presentations Using Analytics, TED and Steve Jobs

By Rob Enderle | 14 March, 2014 12:39

The best TED speakers, channeling Steve Jobs, are dynamic, engaging and moving. Meanwhile, analytics technology can provide near-real-time feedback on whatever you want, including audience (dis)engagement. So why are so many tech industry events just more of the same?

HP Sets Standard for 2014 IT Analyst Presentations

By Rob Enderle | 07 March, 2014 13:45

HP was the first IT vendor out of the gate with its analyst-only event. columnist Rob Enderle was there to grade HP on five metrics and see how the company stacks up to IBM, EMC and Dell -- all of which know a thing or two about successful industry analyst events.

Everything you know about enterprise security is wrong

By Rob Enderle | 28 February, 2014 15:24

Whether you're talking about your network, your company's building or your home, a perimeter approach to security is no longer adequate. As McAfee discussed at the RSA Conference, you can't provide physical or electronic security simply by trying to prevent authorized access - you have to rethink all types to security to protect data and lives.

McAfee Offers Global Response to Nationalized Malware

By Rob Enderle | 21 February, 2014 15:51

In medieval times, kings let barbarians break down the castle gates but made sure they paid the price once they got inside. McAfee's approach to security takes a similar approach -- since data breaches are inevitable, companies should worry less about the perimeter and more on catching the bad guys in the act.

Are we too stupid to let Watson make us smarter?

By Rob Enderle | 14 February, 2014 16:00

IBM's supercomputer is ready to make the leap from analyzing massive data sets to actually helping us make the right decision. But will we be too proud to take Watson's advice?

Why Steve Ballmer left Microsoft in better shape than he found it

By Rob Enderle | 10 February, 2014 11:39

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella certainly has his work cut out for him, but his job pales in comparison to the mess Steve Ballmer inherited in 2000. Nadella should succeed -- and if he does, he owes a lot to his oft-maligned predecessor.

Has Dell Created the Perfect Thin Client?

By Rob Enderle | 31 January, 2014 14:21

Many have tried to create a marketable thin client, let alone a perfect one. So far, all have failed. But the Dell-Wyse Cloud Connect, announced this week, might be close.

Why Major Misconceptions Surround the Enterprise Public Cloud

By Rob Enderle | 24 January, 2014 14:32

Recently I saw yet another slide presentation showcasing the decline of enterprise IT spending and the comparable increase in public cloud business. The conclusion? Enterprises just don't have money to spend and it's killing enterprise vendors.

How IT Can Support Reputation Management in Our Social Age

By Rob Enderle | 17 January, 2014 14:41

Oracle was in the news for the wrong reason this week when a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging the firm is racist. The incident provides some lessons in image and reputation management in our age of social media and 24-hour news cycles. As it turns out, IT departments can help protect the brand.

McAfee security report suggests 2014 will be a rough year

By Rob Enderle | 10 January, 2014 16:05

Smartphones, social networks, PCs, servers, cloud services, governments and national infrastructure all face security risks in 2014, according to the latest McAfee security report. On, and virtual currencies are being used to fund serious crimes. So, who wants a new career?

3 Enterprise IT Resolutions for 2014

By Rob Enderle | 03 January, 2014 15:21

IT leaders should take the phrase 'out with the old and in with the new' to heart as they consider their plans for the New Year. Old software, old vendors and old habits that get in the way of your company's progress should all be shown the door.

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