Digital transformation: If your customers aren’t talking about it now, they will soon.
Intel certainly is. Even as the company creates new products for other companies undergoing digital transformations, it is also undergoing a digital transformation of its own.
Sound familiar? That’s what many solution providers are doing, too. So check out some of Intel’s latest moves, as detailed in its latest IT Annual Performance Report, released last week.
The big Computex show is being held this week in Taipei, Taiwan, with more than 1,600 IT companies displaying their products and services.
Computex is also where many of the IT industry’s top suppliers introduce their next generations of innovative products.
This year’s show is no exception; there have been a ton of announcements. Here’s your solution provider’s summary of just some of what’s been announced.
Intel Core X-Series
IDC just predicted the PC market will return to growth in 2019.
And HP and Lenovo have both reported quarterly financial results that show their PC groups with rising sales.
Here’s your solution provider’s summary:
For enterprises, the private cloud is driving the next wave of growth. Their data centers are changing, too. With some 50 billion devices expected worldwide by 2020, up to 85 percent of all applications could then be delivered via the cloud.
In the past, enterprise data centers were homes for dedicated servers, storage and monolithic enterprise applications. Now they’re becoming cloud hubs. They’ll house highly virtualized servers that deliver private cloud services to the business, while also connecting securely with the public cloud.
Still looking to give customers good incentives to refresh their PC hardware?
HP and Microsoft are offering a new helping hand. Both suppliers just introduced several mobile compute systems your customers should find very attractive indeed. These are all Windows 10 systems powered by the latest 7th Gen Intel Core “Kaby Lake” processors.
Here’s your solution provider’s update:
Microsoft: new Surface Pro
Server processors, AI and self-driving cars. That’s just some of what Intel’s up to this week.
Here’s your solution provider’s roundup:
Who are your customers?
The answer used to be simple: the IT group. Or, in a very small business, whoever was in charge of the computers.
Now it’s a lot more complicated. As IT becomes more tightly aligned with the business, IT also gets planned and bought by the business. Today your customers might also include managers in marketing, finance, HR and logistics.
There’s also “shadow IT.” Thanks to public cloud services, non-IT staff can easily buy apps, storage and who knows what else — all without IT’s permission or even knowledge.
Looking to grow your business and have a little fun, too? Look into gaming.
Sure, systems for accounting, sales and the like are important. But let’s face it: They can also be a bit dull. Gaming, on the other hand, is fun and exciting. And the business is growing, driven in part by advances in augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR).
Ambient computing refers to a new class of devices that are located in a shared setting, such as a kitchen or living room, and controlled by voice.
So far, these devices are being promoted mainly for use at home, as a way to play music, get recipes and other how-to information, and chat with distant friends and family.
But is it a far stretch to imagine these devices being used in an office or other work setting? How about on a factory floor or hospital ward, or in a delivery truck?
Amazon Screen Device