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Munich Houses IBM Watson IoT HQ

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Munich Houses IBM Watson IoT HQ

IBM invests $200 million in a new global HQ for the Watson Internet of Things (IoT) business in Munich, Germany-- part of a larger $3 billion investment by the company in cognitive computing.

Described as one of the largest European investments by Big Blue, the HQ will house around 1000 research, development, engineering and business professionals in the Bavarian capital. It will also host IBM's "first ever IoT Collaboratories," industry labs where partners and customers can work with IBM staff to create IoT solutions for the automotive, electronics, manufacturing, healthcare and insurance industries.

“IBM is making tremendous strides to ensure that businesses around the world are able to take advantage of this incredible period of technological transformation and develop new products and services that really change people’s lives,” the company says. “Germany is at the forefront of the Industry 4.0 initiative and by inviting our clients and partners to join us in Munich, we are opening up our talent and technologies to help deliver on the promise of IoT and establishing a global hotbed for collaborative innovation.”

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Big Names Join Forces in AI Partnership

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Big Names Join Forces in AI Partnership

The scenario of powerful artificial intelligence turning malevolent is a favourite of science fiction-- and one wonders if Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft had similar thoughts as they formed the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society, an initiative to allay fears on computer-controlled future dystopias.

As a blog post by Google's DeepMind puts it, its aim is to "advance public understanding of AI and formulate best practices on some of the most important and challenging ethical issues in the field." To do so, the partnership hopes to bring together both academics, non-profits and specialists in policy and ethics to “conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability and robustness of the technology.”

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Nuvias Adds MEA to EMEA Structure

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Nuvias Adds MEA to EMEA Structure

Specialist distributor Nuvias announces the addition of a 4th region to its regional EMEA structure-- MEA, joining the other Nuvias regions of Northern, Central and Southern Europe.

The announcement comes as Nuvias acquires SCD, a Dubai-based distributor. The SCD offices will act as a hub for Nuvias MEA activities, covering all parts of the Golf Cooperation Council (GCC) area, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Dubai office will also house a Nuvias Cyber Security Practice with vendors Unitrends, Malwarebytes, Black Duck and Netskope.

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Gartner: PC Leaders Must Overhaul Business or Get Out!

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Gartner: PC Leaders Must Overhaul Business or Get Out!

The leading PC vendors face a "stark choice," Gartner warns-- they must either overhaul their businesses in order to adapt to an over saturated market or leave the PC market by 2020.

"The PC business model as we have traditionally known it is broken. The top 8 mobile PC vendors have gained 11% market share over the past 5 years-- from 65% in 2011 to 76% in H1 2016; but this has come at the expense of profitable revenue," the analyst says. "While this does not mean that the PC market is finished, the installed base of PCs will continue to decline over the next 5 years, with a continuing erosion of PC vendors' revenue and profit."

The analyst continues traditional means of gaining shipment share-- competing on price to stimulate demand-- will not work in the PC market of 2020. This is due to multiple factors, such as users extending PC lifetimes until end of life, the cloud replacing business applications and storage, and, most crucially, price and specification are not reason enough for users to upgrade PCs. In fact, there is only one "true differentiation," and that is "a new and better customer experience."

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Avnet Names William Amelio CEO

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Avnet Names William Amelio CEO

Avnet decides on a leader as it names William "Bill" J. Amelio CEO  after his stint as interim CEO following the departure of Rick Hamada, who held the position for over 30 years.

Amelio brings over 35 years of experience in the industry, with most of his career spent in senior roles managing global technology enterprises and publicly traded companies. These include CHC Group, Lenovo, Dell and IBM.

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