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Judith Hurwitz

judith hurwitz headshotJudith Hurwitz is an author, speaker and business technology consultant with decades of experience.  Judith's full bio
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Dell is a company in transition. As we have seen with many companies that have a hardware legacy, Dell is transforming itself into what it calls “an end-to-end solutions and services company that services mid-sized enterprises”.  Software will clearly be the key to this executing on this strategy.    This is not a transition that can be undertaken lightly.  It is complicated not just to obtain the right software but also to change the culture of the organization at the same time.  Dell is moving full steam ahead into the software market under the leadership of John Swainson, a veteran of both...
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April 15, 2013 Boston

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I know you think that this will be an analysis of Big Data or Cloud or something else. But I wanted to pause for a moment and provide my thoughts about the bombing at the Boston Marathon.  A poem:   Normal Were we normal yesterday before we heard about the bomb? Will we ever be normal again? Were we ever normal? We live our lives in snapshots of joy, confusion, and fear. We ache for normal Will we be bored again? Can we grab each other and hug and hope for normal? Will we ever live small insular lives again? No...
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Many organizations are looking at cloud computing as an extension to their traditional data center.  The private cloud is often envisioned as a technique to provide a segregated set of services that can be used for such requirements as supporting peak loads, creating new applications, or more easily deploying services on demand.  But as with many technology trends, there are unintended and unexpected consequences in technology evolution.  Therefore, the pragmatic approach of isolating a segment of the data center as a pool of shared cloud resources will simply open the flood gates for dramatic change.  I predict that the data center...
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Can Meg Whitman Save HP?

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This article was first published in Bloomberg BusinessWeeks's online site. It was published several days before the October 3rd HP financial analyst meeting. On Oct. 3, Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) current and fourth chief executive in the past seven years, will meet with Wall Street analysts. Investors, customers, and employees better hope Whitman starts channeling Lou Gerstner, the former IBM (IBM) chairman who helped rescue that troubled icon.   HP, once one of the most trusted corporate brands, is in a similar weak position as Big Blue was in the early ’90s. As happened at IBM, Whitman has announced massive layoffs...
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  Back when computers were a shiny new concept, the hardware and software were tightly linked together. This tight coupling was mandatory because of the costs and technical immaturity of computing. The most powerful computers in the 1970s had less computing power than a smartphone has today.  Over time as systems became more powerful and less expensive vendors began decoupling hardware from software. This gave rise to both the minicomputer and the PC markets.  Business leaders loved the new freedom presented by being able to own and control their own systems.  As a result, in the late 1980s and early 1990s,...
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What is the big deal about big data?

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I have begun writing a weekly blog for Bloomberg BusinessWeek. I am pleased to be able to republish my discussions on my blog site. In this blog I discuss the value of big data and its implications for the business. Your comments on this blog are welcomed.   The ability to analyze mountains of data is important, but managers need to be wary of suppliers relabeling a traditional product as new technology    ...
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Is Facebook Responsible... for Security?

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A few weeks ago I wrote a guest blog on Harvard Business Review’s Online site. The blog which is linked to below basically explains what happened to me when my Facebook account was hacked.  One day after this article appeared I received the following message from “Barry” at Facebook: After reviewing this report, we determined that the profile you are reporting violates our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. As a result, we removed this profile from Facebook. Needless to say, I was relieved that I had my identity back. I still wonder what would have happened had I not had the...
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Maybe I have been around the technology market too long but it appears to me that there is nothing new under the sun. The foundational technologies that are the rage today all have their roots in technology that has been around for decades. That is actually a good thing. Simply put, a unique technology concept often will not be commercially viable for at least a decade. So, as I look into 2012, it is clear to me that we are at a tipping point where technologies that have been incubating for many years are customer requirements. Some, like cloud computing are...
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