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Microsoft Azure Sphere chip for end-to-end IoT security from the Cloud to Network Edge

“MediaTek is a good partner [for Microsoft] to have for its Azure Sphere secure IoT chip,” said Laura DiDio, principal analyst with ITIC. “They will provide a Wi-Fi controller, the processor will run Microsoft’s Linux-based IoT OS and you’ve now got a highly secure, connected device at a decent price point.”

Channel Futures, April 17, 2018

Microsoft Reorganization:

“Microsoft has actually been moving away from Windows and more towards the cloud, analytics and AI for the past ten years,” explained Laura DiDio, an analyst at ITIC. “This did not happen overnight.” DiDio pointed out that Nadella has made major changes quickly during his tenure. “That’s the way you have to move,” to stay relevant, she said. “You’ve got to be agile to stay ahead of the game.”

The changes don’t mean that Microsoft is totally giving up on Windows, DiDio said. But they do mean that Nadella is focusing the company’s energies around stronger assets.

“They’re de-emphasizing Windows,” she said, in order to become a stronger “player in cloud and artificial intelligence, because that’s where the money is.”

CNN Money, March 29, 2018

Failure to deliver reliability and uptime:

“Time is money,” DiDio says. “Systems, networks and connectivity devices are subject to failure. If the downtime persists for any significant length of time, it can be expensive in terms of monetary losses. It can disrupt operations, decrease worker productivity and negatively impact the organization’s business partners, customers and suppliers.

“A security outage of any significant duration can also be a PR nightmare and damage the company’s reputation, causing lost business,” DiDio says. “Reliability and uptime go hand in hand with a comprehensive, detailed backup and disaster recovery plan that also includes an internal operational level agreement that designates a chain of command in the event of any type of service disruption.”

Every organization should have a disaster recovery plan that includes an itemized list of who to contact at vendor organizations, cloud and third-party service providers, DiDio says. “The CISO should also know what the company’s contracts stipulate as the response time from vendors, cloud, and third-party service providers to respond to and thwart security incidents and track down the hackers,” she says.

CSO Online, November 21, 2017

Cal State University and Hartnell College Launching Cohort Program:

“Since 2013, the two institutions have promoted this program as a way to attract minorities, women and students who are the first in their families to attend college to Computer Science and STEM subjects. The Cohort program nurtures these students by having them take their CS classes as a group.” DiDio says. It also helps them adjust more quickly to college life by providing them with group study and life skills classes to help them stick with CS as a major and graduate.

“So far, so good. A 75% majority of students enrolled in the CSUMB/Hartnell CS Cohort program graduate. This is well above the national average of about 30%,” DiDio notes.

ITIC Corp, November 17, 2017

Burger King Ad Creates Whopper of a Mess:

“In the Internet of Things environment, where you can have “an ecosystem or ecosystems of ecosystems interconnected, the attack vector universe is potentially limitless,” noted Laura DiDio, research director for IoT at 451 Research.

The risks are “everywhere, and what you can do is mitigate risk to an acceptable level,” she told the E-Commerce Times — but that requires vendors to make secure products.

E-Commerce Times, April 13, 2017

United Airlines Customer Service Snafus:

United’s behavior was “cavalier and callous,” said Laura DiDio, research director for IoT at 451 Research.

“The deck is stacked against passengers these days,” she told CRM Buyer.

However, this situation “is a PR nightmare for United Airlines,” DiDio added, “and it’s not going away.”

CRMBuyer, April 11, 2017

Let’s be blunt: the biggest issue with Windows 8 is not the much-maligned Metro touch interface; it’s that 60% majority of corporations say they have “no compelling business need” to upgrade to the latest Microsoft desktop or the Windows 8 RT Surface Tablet which debut this week.

Those are the findings of ITIC’s latest independent ITIC Windows 8 Deployment and Usage Trends Survey which polled over 500 organizations during September.

The Web-based survey found that only 10% of respondents – or one-in-10 companies – have definitive plans to migrate to Windows 8 once it’s released on October 26. That’s in stark contrast to the 64% of the respondents to ITIC’s Windows 7 poll who stated their intentions to migrate to Windows 7 just Microsoft released that operating system in the fall of 2009.

Similarly, only 9% of those polled currently plan to purchase a Windows 8 Surface Tablet compared with 49% who say they will not buy the forthcoming Windows 8 Surface Tablet.

Windows 7 is a big factor. Organizations cited their satisfaction with existing Windows 7 desktops, or the fact that they are just now commencing a Windows 7 upgrade as the main reasons for not migrating to Windows 8.

Among the other Windows 8 survey highlights:

  • Although 49% of survey participants said they will not migrate to Windows 8 vs. 10% who said they will upgrade or buy Windows 8 – four-out-of-10 users are on the fence. The 41% of respondents who classified themselves as “undecided” represent both a mission and a potential mandate for the new Microsoft desktop OS. One quarter – 25% — said they are “studying the issue” while 17% are “unsure.”
  • A 58% majority of corporate respondents have not yet tried the Windows 8 desktop OS beta. Of the 42% that have tested it, a 32% majority gave it the new client OS positive ratings for performance, reliability and features. The remaining 10% of early beta users/adopters gave it a negative rating; this was almost overwhelmingly due to the difficulty with the Touch screen; these users complained that it made it difficult to use and access Windows-based applications.
  • On a more positive note, only 3% of corporate survey participants said they are considering switching from Microsoft Windows to another desktop OS.

To say that Microsoft has a lot riding on its imminent Windows 8 launch is to have a magnificent grasp of the obvious.

By now, most of us have heard the reports that Microsoft will spend a whopping $1.5 to $1.8 billion in an all-out Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT Surface tablet marketing blitz. Microsoft declined to confirm the figure saying it never comments on such matters. But just this week, the company did release some pertinent numbers: $39.99 and $499; that is the introductory list price of Windows 8 and the retail price of the Windows 8 Surface Tablet, respectively.

Both designed to spark interest and spur sales of the new Windows 8 offerings and to emphasize the fact that Microsoft intends to be price-competitive with rivals Apple and Google. The $39.99 introductory price for a download copy of Windows 8 will be good through January 31, 2013. That is the least expensive Windows OS tag in Microsoft’s history. Likewise, the $499 retail cost of the Windows 8 RT Surface Tablet puts in right in line with Apple’s iPad (minus 3G or 4G capabilities).

But will these moves be enough to convince users to migrate?

We’ll find out soon enough. Meanwhile Microsoft has its work cut out for it: to convince corporations and consumers alike that there are reasons to migrate to Windows 8 and the Surface Tablet.

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