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This week in the world of technology, Intel made major IoT announcements, IBM predicted the weather, Obama helped ex-cons get coding jobs, and former rivals teamed up.
Intel details how its Internet of Things efforts will drive the company – Silicon Valley Business Journal, November 5
This week, Intel snagged the IoT spotlight during its IoT Insights event in San Francisco where the company shared some exciting new projects and partners. The event highlighted new hardware infrastructure and software designed to further support IoT smart devices and services. What was on their agenda? To kick off, the company highlighted an IoT pilot project with clothing company, Levi Strauss & Co, to help monitor and analyze inventory in real time. Secondly, Intel announced additional enhancements to its Internet of Things Platform and a new processor chip line, Intel Quark.
Key takeaway: The market for IoT only continues to grow, as new opportunities and technology are introduced every week (or so it seems). With Intel’s slew of software, hardware, partnerships, and projects, the event not only teased an exciting pipeline but further solidified the company’s strong position in the IoT space.
With a torrent of weather data, IBM hopes to know the world – Computerworld, November 5
Today is looking cloudy with a chance of IBM Watson. The tech giant recently purchased a number of digital assets from The Weather Company as part of its IoT push. IBM isn’t looking to become the next great weather forecaster, but instead, is interested in the massive amounts of data on The Weather Company’s cloud data platform. Why? Not only does the platform consume and analyze data at a high speed and scale, the platform will provide deeper insights across the Watson platform. IBM’s ultimate goal is to collect, package, and customize the data for specific industries. If you’re a retailer, for example, wouldn’t knowing the seasonal forecast help your business before stocking up on swimsuits?
Key takeaway: The biggest challenge in predicting correct weather forecasts, is ensuring that the weather inputs are correct – that is where IoT (and sensors) come in. According to IBM, weather unpredictability cost businesses over $500 billion in the United States in 2014. If IBM succeeds with this “big data” push, the impact on industries and various lines of business will be enormous.
Microsoft Links Open-Source Arms with Linux Frenemy Red Hat – WIRED, November 4
It looks like Microsoft just added a red hat to its wardrobe. The technology company and its former rival, Red Hat, have joined alliances to bring more choices and versatility to hybrid cloud computing. The partnership will bring Red Hat’s open source Linux operating system to Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Azure. While Linux is already available on Azure, the new partnership will bring enhanced support to larger companies running these hybrid cloud environments – applications existing on both public clouds and private on-premise services.
Key takeaway: With more businesses embracing cloud computing, companies are looking for more cost-effective and faster solutions to setup these hybrid environments. It is not uncommon for larger companies to use a combination of different technologies, including both Linux and Microsoft. This partnership will allow for easier communication and flexibility with these technologies with little trouble. Additionally, the two companies will have support teams “co-located,” working together from the same facilities to help Red Hat customers using Azure. It looks like this rivalry is dead, wouldn’t you say?
Obama Pushes TechHire Program to Help Ex-Cons Get Coding Jobs – Inverse, November 3
Obama recently announced a set of additions to his TechHire initiative in an effort to improve prison-based vocational programs by making them more tech-focused. Typically, such programs prepare individuals for jobs that offer low pay and require little skill, but Obama wants to change that. The new changes will provide resources for incarcerated people to succeed in tech through fast-track coding workshops and career trainings. The program will first be put into effect in Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington D.C, and will eventually expand.
Key takeaway: The program is designed to help support previously incarcerated individuals transition back into society, equipped with the necessary resources to find a job, particularly one in demand. While there are already similar programs in place, companies (especially those in Silicon Valley) haven’t always welcomed ex-criminals with open arms. However, this initiative may be more incentive for companies to hire these individuals. The question is – will individuals be provided enough knowledge and resources to fully succeed in a tech job?
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