Microsoft acquires Nuance for $20B As Brad and Aaron discussed Microsoft’s recent $20 billion (all-cash) purchase of Nuance Communications, I experienced a moment of speech recognition…recognition. The company name didn’t leap immediately to mind, but as they began discussing the company’s Dragon speech recognition software, it all came flooding back. Eleven years ago, on my
Previously published on VMblog.com. It’s hard to look too far into the future right now. The pandemic is dominating work, home, and everything in between. We’re all thinking about managing risk, watching the news for the next shoe to drop. Still, it’s easy to see that some elements of the pandemic will stay with us far into the future. From our
Digital transformation is a serious buzzword. System integrators use it to win lucrative contracts. But it can bring real benefits to businesses. Done right and done well, digital transformation updates systems from disparate applications in disconnected “silos” to connected, well-integrated modular systems that function as a cohesive whole to address business needs. It’s not easy.
What is the Metaverse? In Neil Stephenson‘s seminal 1992 sci-fi novel Snow Crash, it was a virtual space in which human-controlled avatars interacted online for every conceivable purpose—work, play, entertainment, commerce, friendship, dating, criminality, vice, and espionage—essentially all of the same purposes that the current internet is used for. A virtual reality (VR) extension of
The coming year poses a matrix of complex challenges. The pandemic combined with expected instability around the elections headed into the new year underscore the complexity. In short, technology leadership should plan for the strange times that are certain to have strange outcomes. COVID Management Clearly the pandemic is the foremost consideration across business leadership.
I have a reliable habit of looking at innovative electronics as a new device and thinking, “Nice! But not for me.” That’s how I reacted to the BB-8 toy – essentially a real-life version of a movie robot, minus the strong general AI. I’m glad it exists! I think I played with one in a
This month, I’ll be writing a reaction blog post to Aaron and Brad’s discussion on the Enterprise Dish podcast. This is not intended as a recap of what they discussed, and I may even contradict them some of the time (don’t tell Aaron!), so I would encourage you to check out their discussion as well,
Learn how IT can remotely update computers to support extended work from home policies and unpack recent Microsoft news and trends. Watch Windows expert, Brad Sams, and SmartDeploy CEO, Aaron Suzuki, break down these topics and more. Do you need an asset and inventory management software? Aaron received a viewer submitted question asking for his
Microsoft made some exciting announcements at Build 2020 including the introduction of Windows Package Manager and Windows Project Reunion. Listen to Windows expert, Brad Sams, and SmartDeploy CEO, Aaron Suzuki, break down the highlights of Build and stick around until the end for a special SmartDeploy announcement. Microsoft announced Windows Package Manager…finally! Build 2020 began
We have two businesses under one roof: an IT management software company (SmartDeploy) and a technology consulting firm (Prowess Consulting). We are headquartered in the cradle of cloud computing, Seattle, Washington, which unfortunately is also the place where the US COVID-19 outbreak started. Our office is just three freeway exits from the early focal point