De-mystifying Cognitive Computing Part One: What are the drivers?

cognitive computing
June 29, 2017

With the technology landscape ever changing, it seems like there is a new hot buzzword online or acronym being thrown around phone calls every day. Oftentimes, words are used improperly or without a true understanding of their relationship to the technology at hand or business problem in question. It can be hard to sort through all of the noise. To help you streamline your learning and give a clear picture…

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Data Analytics and IoT Innovation Buzzing This Spring

data analytics iot
June 6, 2017

May was a busy month for Data Analytics and IoT with conferences including IoT World, IBM Vision, Informatica World and SAP Sapphire.  As industry leaders descended upon California and Florida, Tech Data was onsite to press the flesh, talk to customers, and gain a deeper understanding of business needs and use cases. To kick off the week of conferences, our Data Analytics and IoT Strategic Business Unit “took over” our…

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How to Have an IoT Conversation with Promising Return

IoT Conversation
May 17, 2017

As our world of physical devices and data exchange becomes more and more connected, business processes are rapidly changing.  We are entering a new era of computing technology called the Internet of Things (IoT.) Like many of the disrupters of the past such as virtualization and cloud computing, IoT presents many challenges to both end-user customers as well as the channel.  It shifts the players and standard conversations of Information…

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5 steps that will take your IT solutions company from 0 to 60 in developing IoT technologies

IoT Technology
March 20, 2017

In just a few short years, Software Productivity Strategists, Inc. (SPS) transformed from a company selling technology that was becoming obsolete to an innovator in Internet of Things (IoT). As the vice president of Innovation at SPS, I wanted to share the story of how we embraced a solutions-based approach to transform ourselves; one that creates and delivers IoT based applications for our customers.  You can do it too with…

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Is IoT the killer app for cloud computing?

Internet of Things in 2017
March 1, 2017

After having started the first class on cloud computing at Stanford in 2010, I also started a cloud computing class at Tsinghua University in China. The Amazon team was kind enough to give me $3,000 worth of AWS time for the students to use. I showed up in class and told them $3,000 would buy a small server in Northern California, Virginia or Ireland for 3.5 years (they looked bored)….

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New Year, New Administration for the US Public Sector

government technology
February 13, 2017

Well, we made it through 2016 and there’s no looking back as 2017 has started off with a bang. With a new Administration we are sure to have another whirlwind year – and hopefully one that accelerates necessary Federal IT mandates. Like I mentioned before the holidays, we did see some promising movement in 2016 – the MOVE IT Act, the first-ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and 4,388 data center…

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3 important considerations for the booming IoT market in 2017

2017 IoT Market
February 7, 2017

IoT is one of the latest and most buzz-worthy acronyms to enter the technology scene in the last year. IoT, or the Internet of Things, is a term for the concept of embedding computing devices like sensors into everyday objects to allow those objects to send and receive data. Seize opportunities in the growing IoT market while minimizing risk The market for IoT devices and services is rapidly expanding. Gartner…

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How Converged and Mobility Connect the Internet of Things

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April 28, 2016

Even with the growing number of use cases, many VARs may still wonder how they can take part in the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market. They look at their current enterprise capabilities—perhaps selling server, storage, networking and software—and wonder how they could engage in what seems to be a very device- and sensor-based ecosystem. In this blog, we’ll take a look at how VARs can find unrealized opportunities in the IoT market through their current practices in converged and mobility.

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Can VARs Truly Play in the IoT Space?

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April 14, 2016

The true power of IoT for the enterprise customer is not in the devices or sensors themselves, but in how that user harnesses the data and turns it into business insight. It is important that VARs remember that they hold the true value in helping customers leverage this data. Here’s how:

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The 802.11ac Wave 2 Upgrade Will Drive $30B in Network Refresh

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March 25, 2016

Some big waves are disrupting the wireless LANs of your customers. These include a combination of users and guests bringing more mobile devices to work and doing a lot more of their computing on those devices; a large increase in other devices communicating wirelessly; and new wireless networking technology standards that can help customers handle the new bandwidth demands being created as a result.

While all of these trends puts a big strain on the typical wireless LAN and make things pretty rough for your customers, we believe they also create tremendous opportunities for partners in 2016.

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Avnet’s Solution Team Launches 4 New Sales Plays to Lead the Channel to Success

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March 10, 2016

Avnet has released four new sales plays that are designed to drive your hardware, software and services sales and align with a solution approach. These plays were selected after many discussions with IDC analysts to identify high growth areas of the market, Avnet Suppliers to align with their solution strategies and many of our trusted partners who told us where their customers are focusing.

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

noise
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.

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How IoT Can Become a Reality for Retailers

Photo by Anna Dziubinska
January 19, 2016

The buzz around IoT in retail is deafening, but to me it sounds like white noise on a television that has lost its signal. Is it beacons, mobile devices, RFID tags, NFC? Where do I start in a conversation with a retailer around their IoT strategy and how I can help? What’s REAL and where will the money be spent?

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Tapping the Dark Data in IoT

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December 1, 2015

The Internet of Things opens up a world of new types of data often called “dark data”, which simply means operational data that has historically not been used. Although, IoT may uncover this “Dark Data”, it is the trusted advisor that can help the business turn that information into new and potentially game changing revenue streams for the business.

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