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Are you ready for the digital transformation of retail?

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“Digital transformation” is the IT industry’s latest buzzword. But for brick-and-mortar retailers, it’s all too real.

The way your retail customers sell their products and services — plus the way their customers purchase those products and services — is being transformed. Shopping will never be the same.

The impetus for this transformation has a name: Amazon.

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Join the spring 2019 Intel Virtual Technology Conference on May 15

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The Intel Virtual Technology Conference is coming.

On May 15, the spring 2019 edition of this online conference will help you connect with other Intel technology partners. Learn more about the latest Intel products. Earn training credits and Intel Technology Provider (ITP) points. Even get a chance to win a valuable prize.

The spring 2019 Intel Virtual Technology Conference will feature dozens of streaming sessions. All designed to help you accelerate revenue, solve demanding technology challenges, and scale to grow.

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PCs sales: a mixed year ahead

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PC unit shipments should pick up in the second half of this year. But that still won’t be enough to push the full year into positive territory.

So forecasts tech analyst firm Canalys. It now predicts PC unit shipments worldwide will increase in the second half of this year by a slight 0.4% over the same period last year.

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Research roundup: security spending rises, AI takes over PM, consumer privacy for sale

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HP global partner forum unveils new channel programs, VR, PCs

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HP brought out the big guns at its HP Reinvent global partner forum this week in Houston. The company announced new sales programs for partners, as well as a new virtual-reality headset and more than a half-dozen new PCs aimed at small and midsize businesses.

HP says the channel is undergoing a “dramatic shift” as customer buying patterns change. To help sellers, HP has added several new programs:

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Server sales rose again in the fourth quarter: new reports

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Open hardware coming for the ‘new’ data center

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Meet Acer’s thinnest, lightest notebook for pros

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Acer has put its line of TravelMate notebook PCs on a diet. This week the company introduced its lightest and thinnest notebook for business professionals.

Acer’s new notebook is called the TravelMate X514-51, and it weighs in at just 2.16 lb. (980 g.) and measures 0.6 inch (15 mm) thin. That makes the notebook an easy-to-take-along option for your business customers who travel frequently.

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Tech hiring shows its strength

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Do you have technology jobs you’re looking to fill? If so, you’re in good company. Last month, U.S. organizations in all industries filled an estimated 253,000 IT job positions, the category’s largest 1-month gain since late 2015.

Within just the IT industry alone, companies added some 7,500 new tech jobs in February. That month, hiring by the rest of the economy was sluggish.

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Are you ready for AI? It’s time

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Smart tech providers need to start preparing for artificial intelligence.

That’s because AI is approaching an inflection point. The technology is about to stop being just a good idea, and to instead become a real tool for business — and a multi-billion-dollar business.

A new survey finds that nearly all (93%) of high-growth companies — those expecting double-digit revenue growth in the next few years — intend to invest in decision-making AI in the next 1 to 3 years. Even among slower-growth companies, nearly two-thirds (64%) say they intend to invest in AI.

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