First published: October 2013 By Charles Brett and Tony Lock During an Analyst Briefing at the IBM Development Laboratory in Bucharest, a series of IBM executives took invited technology analysts through its thinking about the evolution of SDN and what will likely come in the future. During the course of the day IBM staff talked... (read more)

First published: October 2013 A gigabyte is 1,073,741,824 bytes. Computer science tells us this is so. But when it comes to IT vendors and telecom service providers this simple truth is so often cast aside. In the parallel universe that is Cupertino, for example, Apple is notable for treating a gig as 1,000,000,000 bytes for users... (read more)

First published: October 2013 By Charles Brett At an Analyst Briefing in London in late September IBM described what seems like an increasingly hoary chestnut: social business – a term that tries to combine all the consumer-type aspects of social networking with all that which we associate with business. As almost all there agreed (IBM and... (read more)

Increased automation made flight engineers obsolete; it could happen to storage specialists First published: October 2013 Flight engineers in cockpits began to disappear in the 1980s as aircraft manufacturers rolled out new plane designs that were more automated and thereby cost efficient. Arguably the same should be happening with data storage in enterprises. Why is this... (read more)

In a previous blog ( I described how the ‘black state’ (that which Mr Snowden uncovered) may damage both what governments may wish to obtain and many cloud vendors’ aspirations — if the ‘the little people’ (you and me) act. In this blog I am going to write from a more personal level about the... (read more)

The revelations from Mr Snowden about the US Government’s hidden abuse of, probably, its own citizens and, certainly. of non-US citizens have been an eye-opener. Those operating ‘in black’ (the ‘black state’) invariably prefer secrecy to transparency (much as happens with black economic activity that does not pay taxes). The consequences, however, of being caught... (read more)

The Wall Street Journal of June 4th had an article entitled “Europe Is Losing the 4G Race”. It argues that, from being a cellular leader, the “region trails Asia and the U.S. …”. It attributes this to a lack of investment in 4G plus over-regulation. Talk about the wrong conclusion. Who cares about 4G?  It... (read more)

Two years ago IBM talked about developing and managing mobility more than actually delivered on such a promise. By the company’s 2013 Impact conference this had changed considerably, with acquisitions significantly improving the picture. Today the issue is not whether IBM’s software can produce but more about its ability to be lean and speedy enough... (read more)

In this the fifth of various (of at least six) analyses of mobility and RoI, five examples from administrative situations are described. A manufacturing company deployed 150 iPads to operators in on its highly specialized production line. The result is that operators can check machine settings or look up tolerances in an on-screen browser, rather... (read more)

Since computing began there has been a non-battle between asynchronous and synchronous communication. Why a non-battle?  Because with application development the norm is to concentrate on the synchronous (tightly-coupled) even though the asynchronous (or decoupled) is both more flexible and generally applicable. At Impact 2013 in Las Vegas, a new manifestation of this so-called “wrong” choice appeared, this... (read more)

In the fourth of various at least six analyses of mobility and RoI, four examples from local government situations are describedas to how mobile solutions improve citizen support: One European city council made savings on waste collection simply by adding sensors to waste bins connected to a wireless network. The waste bins send a text... (read more)

In this third of multiple assessments of mobility and RoI, three examples from logistics/distribution are described. Logistics and distribution are obvious candidates for improvement via mobility, because by their nature they involve movement: All new franchisees of a chain of gourmet stores now receive an iPad containing training materials, store management tools, the ability to... (read more)