De-mystifying Cognitive Computing Part Two: Artificial Intelligence vs. Cognitive Computing

July 5, 2017

Often in parallel with cognitive, you hear artificial intelligence (AI) referenced which seems to blur the lines of distinction between the two. In part one of the de-mystifying series, I discuss the driving factors for cognitive computing, let’s now break down this notion that AI and cognitive computing are one and the same.  In fact, there is an explicit difference between AI and cognitive computing. AI could be considered an…


Data is the New Currency. Are You Prepared to Invest?

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April 27, 2017

Data is, and will continue to be, at the core of our digital world.  Considering data as a currency not only validates the importance of data, but strategically shows a smarter use for it.  Actionable insights from unified data are key for advancing digital experiences and improving business decisions.  However, critical data is often found outside a company’s firewall or sometimes lost within an organization’s internal silos. It’s as if…


Lock It Up or Lose It – Protect Your Data with AGS Cyber Protect

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July 5, 2016

Cyber security breaches have exposed millions of private records over the last few years – 87 million to be exact – and it’s clear that hackers are not letting up. Federal, state and local agencies face a constant barrage of cyber attacks by organized crime, hacktivists and state-sponsored agents. To fight these threats, agencies need to update their patches and defenses, but budgets are tight and it’s challenging to retain…


Which Converged Infrastructure Should I Sell?

April 21, 2016

“So which converged infrastructure stack should I hang my hat on? Which is the best one? Which one is growing in the market? Which one will still be around in a few years? Which suppliers are really supporting the channel? Where should we invest our resources and focus, you know we want to grow our revenue and customer base, right? And margin, we need to be profitable, of course…”

Since we regularly hear some variation of these questions, I thought I’d offer my perspective.


The Importance of Providing Customers Choice – Subscription vs Consumption Cloud Billing (IDC)

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March 24, 2016

Understanding the customers’ exact use case for the cloud may help channel partners advise their customer on the best purchase model for each circumstance, whether subscription or consumption. Some customers will want a predictable monthly or quarterly invoice, while others will only want to pay for just what they use. In this blog from IDC, you’ll learn the importance of offering your customers both options.


The Noise Pollution in Security – And How to Cut Through It

January 26, 2016

We all know that like a diamond, there are many facets to “security”. I want to take just a couple minutes to highlight one particular area that customers have been asking our partners to help them address – the “noise pollution” that comes from all the devices, people, applications, etc. that make-up their ever increasing and complex business computing environment.


Avnet Celebrates Partnership with VH1 Save the Music

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September 24, 2015

For the second year in a row, Avnet was a proud sponsor of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation which is dedicated to ensuring music instruction is part of the core curriculum in schools across the nation. On Tuesday, September 15th, the Avnet IBM Solutions Group joined VH1 Save the Music Foundation at an in-school celebration at Judson High School in Converse, Texas where they would receive the award of a VH1 Keys + Kids piano grant to the school’s music program.


Cisco IBM VersaStack™ Assembly Timelapse Video

June 23, 2015

Ever wonder what a complex process, such as building a Cisco IBM VersaStack™ converged system looks like? Traditionally, partners unbox more than 150 individual pieces and manually test each part, one-by-one. In this time lapse video, we show how Avnet’s global integration services does it all in under 3 minutes.


The NRF “Big Show” Experience

January 20, 2015

The 104th Annual NRF Big Show held last week, January 11-14 in New York City proved the retail industry is thriving and offering some of the most creative solutions for retailers yet to date. Avnet’s Norman Korn offers a look inside the event and provides his key takeaways.



Pizza as a service
October 16, 2014

In the technology industry, we rely heavily on acronyms in conversation to minimize the terms that we commonly use, so much to the point where Avnet literally has an internal dictionary of 500 plus acronyms for reference. Although these terms are used frequently and understood by those in the channel, including those that we use often in the cloud: ACT, AWS, Iaas, Saas, Paas, when I explain what I do…


The 5 Vs of Big Data

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July 29, 2014

Today, big data is being called the emerging power of the 21st century and is serving as much more than a buzzword, acting as a huge disruptor in the technology channel.