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HP Celebrates Earth Day 2021 With Aggressive Climate Action Goals

When I think of the big tech companies demonstrating a commitment to environmental sustainability, HP Inc. is always top of mind. While it’s become a more fashionable PR move in recent years for organizations to devise and tout their sustainability programs, HP was doing all of this long before it was cool. For example, a …

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Amazon Delivers On Its Sustainability Commitments And Then Some

If you follow the news or live in an area affected by any of the recent major national disasters, we could be now witnessing the effects of climate change firsthand. Just a couple of months ago, a major winter storm turned my home base of Austin into Chicago (but without the infrastructure to handle it). …

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The Dell Tech And VMware Spin-Off Benefits Everybody

As a tech industry analyst, I’m always skeptical when someone tells me that “everyone wins” or “there are no downsides” to anything. Whether it be a tech product or corporate strategy, part of my job is to find the positives and the negatives of everything. It’s unsatisfying not to find a blemish or two with …

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Finding The Gems In Lenovo’s Multiple Product Announcements

Recent introductions of AMD’s 3rd Gen EPYC Processors and Intel’s 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable processors have kept server vendors hectic this month.   Lenovo is no exception, launching eighteen new products along with new solutions and services. Rather than cover the whole host of product information that you can glean from the various press releases, I will distill down the three …

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How Digital Transformation Is Helping You Pay Your Mortgage

Residential mortgage servicing, the process of collecting your mortgage payments and passing the right amounts to investors, tax authorities, and insurers is probably not the first industry you would think of as a hotbed of digital transformation.  After you close on your home loan, the mortgage servicer is your point of contact for anything and …

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Cisco All-In On XaaS, Observability, And Collaboration At Its 2021 Live! Conference

Last year, Cisco Live! 2020 was one of the first big tech shows held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Last week I attended the second and what will hopefully be the last virtual Cisco Live! event to learn about all the latest from the networking powerhouse. Cisco Live! 2021 had no shortage of announcements to comb …

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Intel Plays To Its Strengths With 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable Processors

Yesterday Intel launched its 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable datacenter processor. While the part was much later than expected as it relies on 10nm tech, Intel still holds a commanding 90% server unit processor share. This is an impressive feat given the ferocious competition from AMD and home-grown alternatives from the likes of AWS.  Intel’s incredibly …

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Amazon And The Truth About Corporate Taxes

Amazon’s relatively low corporate tax bills have generated much criticism from elected officials, including President Biden. Although Amazon has drawn the brunt of the recent ire, many companies across different sectors of the U.S. economy use tax laws to reduce or even zero out federal corporate tax. A sampling of companies that use the tax …

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Cisco Maintains Silicon One Momentum With New Devices

Cisco Systems, which is perennially on my radar as a tech analyst, made networking waves back in late 2019 with the announcement it would be launching its foray into the merchant networking silicon business. The new platform, a unified programmable networking ASIC named Cisco Silicon One, was an industry first on many dimensions, and in my …

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Dell Technologies Impacting Lives With ‘One Million Connected Devices Now’ Participation

Shareholders, customers and employees care more now than ever about what companies are doing in social impact areas like equal opportunity, sustainability, environment, and basically, helping others. I have written a lot about tech companies and social impact over the past few years.  Dell Technologies rolled out its 2030 Social Impact Goals in 2019 and …

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Honeywell’s New Connected Buildings GM Offers The Current Lay Of The Land

By now, we’re all tired of hearing about how Covid-19 has shaken up the economy and workforce, sending many traditional nine-to-fivers to work remotely from home. Now, though, it’s time to start looking at how the work environment will function as the pandemic fades (fingers crossed). Remember the office building? Conversations around the water cooler? …

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Intel’s Pat Gelsinger Gave Me Many Reasons Today To Believe The Company Is ‘Back’

I had the chance to talk with Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger Monday afternoon to get the latest on strategy disclosures on manufacturing, technologies and product roadmaps. Today, the company streamed an event and took questions on the content. Overall, Gelsinger’s disclosure gave me many reasons to believe Intel is “back” if the company can execute its plans. …

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Amazon And Bernie Sanders Now Have One Big Thing In Common

At first blush, you might be hard-pressed to find one thing on which the progressive wing of the Democratic party and Amazon, the corporation, agree. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has railed against major corporations such as Amazon and its “wealthy” CEOs (or, in Jeff Bezos’ case, recently departed ex-CEO) for many years. One perhaps surprising …

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Microsoft’s Most Impactful Announcements At Ignite 2021

Between pre-briefs, executive Q&As and the live event, I attended around twenty hours of Ignite 2021.  Typically, Microsoft holds three focused events each year: one for developers (Build), channel partners (Inspire) and end customers (Ignite). There’s always crossover between events—end customers, of course, also involve developers and channel partners. In this column I’ll share my …

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Pure Storage’s Steady Hand: Fiscal Q4 And Product Updates

It’s been a rough year in the enterprise IT market. The effects of a global pandemic have disrupted everyone’s plans, with spending down across nearly every segment. We have seen declines in both the server and storage markets. It takes a steady hand to guide a company through such an uncertain time.  Charlie Giancarlo, Pure …

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HP Inc. Acquires HyperX PC Gaming Accessories Maker For $425M

I had the chance to chat last night with HP Inc. Personal Systems President Alex Cho about its acquisition of HyperX for $425M. Cho, before Covid-19, called the PC “essential” and forecasted industry growth based on end user research the company conducted. And he was right. HP has seen growth this year driven in part …

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NI Launches Far-Reaching Initiative To Change The Face Of Engineering

As a tech analyst, I spend a lot of time writing about the latest product announcements and market moves. However, those topics aren’t the only story when it comes to the companies I cover. I also enjoy the opportunity to peek at company culture and the sort of “softer” areas of the industry that tend …

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A New Look Inside The Brain Of Qualcomm’s Licensing Head

With a raft of high-profile litigation, tangles with China, the rollout of 5G and more, it’s been an interesting and not uneventful several years for Qualcomm’s Technology Licensing (QTL) business. Steering the ship through these turbulent times was QTL President, Alex Rogers. Likely due in part to his role in guiding Qualcomm through these challenges, …

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Qualcomm Drops 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report

The end of a year, and even more so, the end of a decade, is a time when companies look back, take stock of their accomplishments and progress and set new goals for the coming year and beyond. Last week, Qualcomm released its 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report, with provided an update on its environmental, social and …

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Kraft Heinz Company Delivers A Taste Of The Future With A Transformational Data Hub

Early adopters are companies who align the capabilities of emerging technology with strategic opportunities and are willing to take some risk to achieve a competitive advantage. Kraft Heinz is probably not the first company that comes to mind as an early adopter. The story told to me by Jorge Balestra, the Global Director of Advanced …

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