Entries by Ezra Gottheil, Principal Analyst

HCLT builds its IoT practice on experience, expertise and IP

TBR perspective While HCL Technologies (HCLT) initially used its intellectual property (IP) to create complete solutions for its customers, it is now making available other third-party solution packages, white-labelled components and solutions for end customers, other systems integrators, and value-added resellers. The company’s partnerships with PTC and edge hardware vendors Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard […]

TBR 2020 Devices & Commercial IoT Predictions: IoT settles in for the long hual

IoT becomes part of the digital transformation family, and conversational user interfaces become more common IoT continues to mature. This is reflected in more powerful and easier-to-implement IoT software and cloud services as well as in a greater understanding of what IoT is and what it is good for. Vendors and customers now better understand […]

Voice, business and device design: For business, smart speakers need a button

The expanding scope of conversational user interfaces There are many applications for conversational interfaces in business, for both customer and employee users. Input devices include not only smart speakers but also phones, PCs and vehicles. The conversational interface also works without voice; for someone at a keyboard, typing the command is easier, faster and less […]

We need to talk about the data

TBR believes that creating common terminology and understanding around data is key to successfully implementing an evolutionary digital transformation strategy, one that enables the organization to transform incrementally, as it capitalizes on new opportunities and deals with new challenges. Essential to this approach to digital transformation is an organizational cultural transformation, one that embraces continual […]

Dell Technologies knew what it was doing all along

Dell Technologies’ strategies Deliver ‘essential infrastructure’ Dell Technologies’ key strategy is to deliver on what it promises: comprehensive and competitive essential infrastructure, specifically, hardware and systems software for PCs, data centers and cloud vendors. Dell Technologies fills in this spectrum with a mantra of “from edge to the core to the cloud,” where edge includes […]

Commercial IoT: Maturation solves some problems but also creates challenges

The evolving IoT partner ecosystem Because IoT solutions integrate the physical and informational aspects of business, almost all IoT solutions include diverse components from multiple vendors. TBR uses the term “component” to include all contributions: hardware, software, and professional and cloud services. When IoT started receiving a lot of attention more than three years ago, […]

AI chips: Explosive growth of deep learning is leading to rapid evolution of diverse, dedicated processors

Artificial intelligence (AI) utilization has been accelerating rapidly for more than 10 years, as decreases in memory, storage and computation cost have made an increasing number of applications cost-effective. The technique of deep learning has emerged as the most useful. Large public websites such as Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) and Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), with enormous stores […]