Martin Banks

Martin Banks

Martin Banks is a long-standing journalist, commentator and analyst covering IT and its impact on business since the very beginning of the PC revolution. Before that, he was covering the development of the semiconductor technologies and microprocessors that have made it all possible.

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Einstein meets Watson - a Bluewolf perspective

As IBM’s lead on Salesforce delivery, recent acquisition Bluewolf is now well-placed to exploit the use of the Salesforce AI tool, Einstein, and IBM’s cognitive analytics tool, Watson, working as a pair.

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Nutanix on IBM Power hardware - a gamble by both parties?

The addition of IBM and its range of Power-based servers to the Nutanix partner world  is most intriguing, not least because the top of that range is the mainframe, and they can run up to 8,000 Linux VMs simultaneously. With a target market of big data analytics it could yet make an interesting prospect.

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A snapshot of Canon’s use of Salesforce to replace a dying camera market

Until 2015, camera sales were a booming business for Canon, then with growing market saturation a and the boom in smartphones and their cameras came the ultimate disruption – a market imploding. So the company has made the step into a new marketplace, providing the cloud-based image management services that everyone – from happy snappers to professional photographers – can find a use for.

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OpenStack Summit - Edward Snowden, open source and the power of 'The Collective'

The appearance – in telecast form – of information liberator-in-chief, Edward Snowden, at the OpenStack Summit raised more applause than hackles, and his views on the role of the open source community as a collective protector of people and defence against government and corporate actions, struck some loud bells with many in the audience.

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Nutanix sees a new cloud on the horizon, with MSPs delivering it

With a growing number of business critical legacy applications already certified to run on its hyper-converged – and tightly specified – systems, Nutanix is now eyeing the enterprise need for more elasticity for these apps. And it sees the MSPs as obvious partners to deliver the same hyper-convergence, with added elasticity, in the cloud.

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Oracle woos developers with Docker and Wercker

A new partnership (Docker) and an acquisition (Wercker) are filling out the toolsets available from Oracle with the aim of making applications innovation and delivery a good deal easier for developers looking to work with the Oracle Cloud Platform.

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Watson and the jobs potential of growing human

IBM’s augmented intelligence system is claimed to be 18 months ahead of other AI systems in being able to identify the nuances of what we really mean rather than what we write or click on in social media. Training it such arts could be one opportunity for the fabled new jobs AI is expected to create.