Articles By Chris Talbot

Mind the gap: Coping with the IT skills shortage

As the IT landscape continues to change and become more complicated, the need for talented individuals with specific skill sets increases. The supply of skilled individuals frequently doesn't meet the demand, leaving channel partners of all

Published on: September 9th, 2016 Chris Talbot

D-Link rolls out new indoor, outdoor 802.11ac GbE access points

D-Link Systems added to its Gigabit Ethernet portfolio of access points this week with the release of both indoor and outdoor 802.11ac units. The first product in the announcement is the 802.11ac Unified

Published on: September 9th, 2016 Chris Talbot

New IBM servers could expand AI, deep learning and advanced analytics applications

New OpenPOWER-based servers from IBM could help to create new applications artificial intelligence, deep learning and advanced analytics. The new specialized line of servers was co-developed with members of the OpenPOWER community and were designed

Published on: September 8th, 2016 Chris Talbot

Schneider Electric adds real-time analytics to cloud platform

Schneider Electric unveiled an update to its Wonderware Online cloud platform that provides users with new real-time data and analytics capabilities. Wonderware helps end-users to collect, visualize and manage operational data across industrial operations. The

Published on: September 8th, 2016 Chris Talbot

Ransomware will cost organizations $1B annually by end of 2016

Ransomware is poised to cost organizations around the world a combined $1 billion in damages and related expenses annually by the end of this year, according to a new report from Herjavec Group and

Published on: September 7th, 2016 Chris Talbot

Fresche launches IBM i Power System-focused partner program

Montreal-based Fresche is looking to recruit IBM i Power System partners for its application management and modernization framework. The company launched the Fresche Power Partner Program and already has some partners signed up. The new partner program

Published on: September 7th, 2016 Chris Talbot

Smartphone market continues slowdown

The saturated smartphone market is reliant on customers replacing their phones rather than finding greenfield consumers, which has led to a significant slowdown in smartphone sales, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report. That's

Published on: September 7th, 2016 Chris Talbot

HPE may be about to divest itself of software division

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) may be about to sell off its software division, which would enable the vendor to focus on its networking, storage, data centre and services businesses. A Reuters article indicated sources told the news

Published on: September 6th, 2016 Chris Talbot

The sun sets on standalone Sunrise calendar app

Three months after the announcement it would be shutting down, the standalone Sunrise calendar app has disappeared from Android and iOS app stores. Now, the application's capabilities will only be available to users of the mobile

Published on: September 6th, 2016 Chris Talbot

HP changes PC aesthetics with Pavilion Wave, Elite Slice desktops

HP is changing the way desktop PCs look with the introduction of the HP Pavilion Wave and the HP Elite Slice. The two PC lines each have their own specialties -- the Wave is for audiophiles and

Published on: September 1st, 2016 Chris Talbot

Windows 10 now accounts for almost a quarter of desktop OS market

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system may still be struggling to find a place in the enterprise, but overall, the OS is gaining in popularity. Recent data from NetMarketShare shows that Windows 10 gained nearly two percentage points in

Published on: September 1st, 2016 Chris Talbot

Microsoft Advanced Patrol Program creates partner opportunities for the future

There are still plenty of questions yet to be answered about the Microsoft Advanced Patrol Platform program and the recently-unveiled 2015 Ford Police Interceptor SUV, but one thing is clear. Partners will play an important role in

Published on: September 1st, 2016 Chris Talbot

Acer unveils high-end gaming laptop with curved screen

Acer is claiming a first among laptop vendors with the announcement of the forthcoming launch of the Predator 21 X gaming laptop. The first? The laptop comes equipped with a curved screen. The

Published on: August 31st, 2016 Chris Talbot

Nutanix sets the record straight on removal from Cisco partner program

Shortly after Nutanix announced the completion of the certification of its hyperconvergence software on Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), word spread that Cisco had followed that announcement up with the removal of Nutanix from

Published on: August 31st, 2016 Chris Talbot

IDC: Windows tablet market share on a path to growth

The future is looking bright for Windows-based tablets and the channel partners who deal in them. According to IDC's "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Tracker," Microsoft's mobile operating system is bouncing back in a big way and is kicking

Published on: August 30th, 2016 Chris Talbot