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Stories by Rob Enderle

The new Intel: Defining the future starts at the top

By Rob Enderle | 12 September, 2014 23:40

Intel's executive leadership stepped it up at last week's Intel Developer Forum. I used to do speaker reviews for Intel. After Andrew Grove left, though, poorly prepped speakers, sloppy presentations and missed opportunities defined IDF, with folks changing their presentations right up until they went on stage. Intel found my speaker reviews too critical, so I wasn't asked to continue.

Why the iCloud Photo scandal could push Apple back into decline

By Rob Enderle | 06 September, 2014 00:10

Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" on September 3 pounded on a number of us who had argued that a big part of the problem with the iCloud photo leak scandal was that you shouldn't put naked pictures into a public cloud service.

VMworld Promises an Amazing Future of Virtual Machines

By Rob Enderle | 29 August, 2014 23:13

I've known VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger for some time. Like a lot of folks in and around Intel, I'd hoped he'd end up running that company; he had a passion for the product, with a focus on the people who use it, and that's hard to find in a CEO. He didn't get that job, though, and eventually left, first to join EMC and then run to VMware.

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, CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle discovered that women outside the C-suite are driving change at many technology companies. Credit a willingness to embrace analytics.

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