Apple announced a partnership today with Accenture. If you’re not familiar, Accenture is a prominent consulting firm, which according to their website “partner(s) with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500” (so at least 376). They’re the outsourcing solution for CTOs that want to modernize a creaky IT backend, but just want someone else to deal with the headaches.
When they’re not starting cool new podcasts, Network Collective settles for hosting great discussion panels. On this episode, they delve into the mysterious work of wireless. They’re clearing up some FUD, avoiding math, and overall put together a great episode.
A new dad looks at babies and Wi-Fi. Seemingly entirely dissimilar. But when you start looking at troubleshooting them, some commonalities arise.
Wireless IT also seems to personally effect end-users. Perhaps it’s because it’s easier for them to seemingly isolate Wi-Fi as the source of their frustration, it seems less bundled into other IT infrastructure (even if it really isn’t).
This makes these end-users both insanely frustrating, with the blanket declaration that “Wi-Fi sucks”, but also useful as the ultimate arbiter of performance. There’s generally only binary reactions of approving apathy or vocal derision.
The Internet of Things is already proliferating a number of connected devices into our lives. But as these devices increasingly become abandoned, they turn into security liabilities. The panel discusses the causes, implications, and solutions for IoT Abandonware.
On tap for today’s roundtable, the panel discusses the state of locations and beacons. Moderator Stephen Foskett asks the panel to consider how location services factor into the greater enterprise mobility landscape. This goes from using beacons to give turn-by-turn navigation indoors to using location to cue print jobs. Often the backend of these application has been available for a while, but now new use cases are emerging.
It was a bit of a shock to see yesterday that Apple will be moving to in-house GPU designs for all their mobile products. They’ve had a good run of products on the back of Imagination Technology’s IP. It left me wondering how long they’ve been working on this, and if any acquisitions had quietly set the stage for the move. Perusing their recent acquisitions, I didn’t really see anything that obviously foreshadowed the move.
It’s easy to be dismissive of the humble Raspberry Pi. In many ways it’s painfully limited by slow I/O, meager compute and a reliance on an microSD card to boot. But despite these shortcoming, and perhaps because of its bargain basement price, the board has found a hoard of devotees. Keith Townsend looks at how the Pi could find a home in the data center. He makes a good point, despite being low power, the compute on it comes like my favorite pizza, “cheap and deep”.
The Internet of Things in a technological hypebeast, being both clearly defined and a marketing ploy at the same time. Cisco has clearly defined what they think IoT is all about: adding connectivity to devices. Using LoRaWAN, Cisco has a compelling technical solution to making connectivity possible on a mass scale.