Toshiba is the latest PC hardware supplier to add systems powered by 7th Gen Intel Core processors to its lineup. Last week, Toshiba’s client solutions division, itself part of Toshiba America Information Systems, announced that it would be adding the latest Intel CPUs to its business-class PCs.
Last week, 3 major IT suppliers — Intel, Microsoft and Alphabet (parent company of Google) — reported quarterly financial results that showed strong growth in cloud computing. And a fourth, Amazon, is expected to report similarly strong cloud results later this week.
Great for them. But what does the growth of the cloud mean for solution providers, resellers and others in the IT channel?
David Yockelson, a research VP at Gartner, is among those raising the alarm. He wonders if the cloud isn’t making much of what the channel offers redundant and even obsolete.
Which technologies and business trends will your clients clamor for this year? Accenture and CSC believe they know.
Both Accenture and CSC offer wide ranges of consulting and technology services, and both recently issued their top tech predictions for 2017. Here’s your solution provider’s update.
Accenture’s 5 Tech Trends
How big a threat is cyber crime? Pretty big, finds Kroll.
The company, a provider of risk solutions, earlier this year commissioned Forrester Research to interview online 545 senior executives worldwide in a wide range of industries. About 60 percent of the respondents work for large companies, those with annual revenue above $500 million. And 70 percent hold senior positions in the C-suite.
If you serve the K-12 education market, get ready for a new wave of Windows PCs designed to compete with Chromebooks.
To be sure, school districts like Chromebooks, and no wonder. The devices are inexpensive, often retailing for less than $200. And since their applications reside in the cloud, Chromebooks don’t need much in the way of extra software, further controlling costs. Many Chromebooks are also tough and rugged enough for classroom wear and tear.
Earlier this month, Intel introduced an innovative and cool modular compute platform, the Intel Compute Card.
The Intel Compute Card is worth a look, especially since the first OEM solution based on the new device has been announced, too.
The IT channel is at an inflection point. New business models and purchasing habits are appearing. Non-IT executives are increasingly able to buy IT services from the cloud. And the balance of power among vendors, solution providers, distributors and end users is shifting.
So says a new IT-industry outlook report, issued yesterday by CompTIA, a technology industry membership association.
The retail industry has reached a turning point, and so has Intel.
Across the retail vertical, many well-known brands are struggling. Macy’s recently said it would close 68 stores and lay off 10,000 employees. Sears is projected to lose more than $2 billion this year. And J.C. Penney could close nearly a third of its stores.
The recent introduction of the “phase two” 7th Generation Intel Core processors brought with it an array of new features focused on business, security and multimedia.
However, extreme performance enhancements were not on the menu. The 7th gen Intel Core processor family, originally codenamed “Kaby Lake,” is based on the same 14nm architecture as its predecessor, Skylake. The 7th gen processors are faster, sure. But for the average user, the extra speed is nothing to write home about.