The Delta IBM cloud partnership takes flight, with an announcement on Thursday of the acceleration of the airline’s digital transformation strategy and expansion of the partnership between the companies. IBM will transform Delta’s computing environment to run on a hybrid cloud architecture built on Red Hat OpenShift, provide services and training, and make further inroads in its big bet on cloud.
6G technology will have a big impact on devices, the market, and on communications in remote areas and beyond and Futurum’s Shelly Kramer takes a quick look at the market and some of the players. While we’re a ways away from the realities of 6G, it’s exciting to think about what’s ahead. It’s also exciting to see many leaders in Big Tech already making progress and getting involved. Some early industry players in the 6G space include Nokia, who heads project Hexa-X, the European Commission’s flagship 6G research initiative, and Ericsson, who will manage the technical aspects of the program. Other partners (today anyway) include Siemens, Intel, Telefonica, TIM, and Orange. 5G’s all the buzz today, but 6G, that’s going to be a whole different ballgame.
Employee training is a critical part of any workplace with many organizations turning to SAP SuccessFactors Learning to boost employee skills. Axonify, a learning solution integration that is built specifically for frontline employees will take an organization’s SAP SuccessFactors investment to the next level.
Last week AT&T Business CEO Anne Chow keynoted The Economist Event Series — a Whole New (contactless) World: The Rise of Digital Identity. In her conversation with The Economist’s Vijay Vaitheeswaran, they discussed the convergence of the physical and digital worlds and the need for connectivity to support a distributed infrastructure. Their conversation also touched on the impact of a rapid pivot on corporate culture, what business leaders need to consider, as well as what some key industries are focusing on right now.
Hyundai Motor Group recently announced that NVIDIA’s DRIVE Platform will power Hyundai’s newly launched connected car operating system (ccOS) across its entire fleet. That is great news for the industry as a whole with an eye on safety, convenience, and vehicles that become smarter over time, and a huge win for consumers.
Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Luna, the company’s new cloud gaming service. With a play anywhere offering, on devices you already own, there’s every reason to expect Amazon Luna’s invitation for early access will be eagerly snapped up. One of my favorite things about this offering is the Twitch integration that’s purportedly coming to Luna, allowing gamers to broadcast while gaming. This integration will also allow Twitch viewers (who subscribe to Luna) to go from watching a game streaming on Twitch to playing on Luna. Microsoft xCloud, NVIDIA GeForce Now, and Google Stadia are all officially on notice that there’s a new player in the cloud gaming space in town.
In a decision handed down Friday, Microsoft was again awarded the Department of Defense JEDI contract. Sort of. Amazon’s AWS has pledged to continue its fight against the fairness of the selection and evaluation process and the claim of undue political influence. What’s ahead? More waiting.
The opening session of the Google Cloud Next ’20: OnAir Digital event was kicked off by Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian outlining Google Cloud strategy around accelerating digital transformation in the cloud — something pretty much every business is focused on right now. The sessions that followed focused on Productivity & Collaboration, Infrastructure, Security, Data Analytics, Data Management & Databases, Application Modernization, Cloud AI, and wrapping up with Business Application Platform, featuring relatively deep dives on them all. Google Cloud continues to work to make inroads in the cloud arena and this was an impressive look at some of their progress on that front.
HPE Financial Services has donated 300 laptops to nonprofit Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH). This donation will help provide continuity, facilitate remote learning, and provide new opportunities for the organization and the young people served by BHGH, and nicely personifies HPE’s commitment to the principle of Circular Economy.
Xoogler School, a virtual tech school offering run by a group of ex-Google employees, caught my eye this week. Named after Google shorthand for former employees, Xoogler’s virtual tech offering is an eight-week course that will let students learn from a wide variety of folks who have spent time in the trenches at Google, arguably one of Silicon Valley’s most sought-after tech companies to work for. If you’ve got a college student weighing his or her options as it relates to college this fall, especially if he or she is interested in the technology space, it’s probably worth checking this out. Note that early applications are being accepted now.