5 Technology Observations: 8 September 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news insights, chatter, rumors, gossip, factoids and more to start your day for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves nine items to sip on.

Noted SMB speaker and author Karl Palachuk.

Noted SMB speaker and author Karl Palachuk.

9. Belated Thank You: About a year ago, Karl Palachuk sent me a surprise -- his book series, Managed Services Operations Manual -- Vol. 1 through Vol. 4. I didn't have a chance to thank Karl because I spent the past year or so working on a range of IT projects. Well, it's time for me to break my silence. And certainly, I owe Palachuk an overdue thank you for the books. So... Thanks, Karl.

8. Cross-platform IoT: Mobile giants like Apple and Samsung want to set their own Internet of Things (IoT) technology standards. But there are new signs that the giants will open up to third-party standards and technologies for the sake of cross-platform interoperability. Samsung, for instance, says it will "allow an increasing number of its devices to interactive with those of competitors," according to The Wall Street Journal. Within two years, Samsung wants 90 percent of its devices connected to the IoT, the article added. Memo to Apple: Your move.

7. Apple's Next Move: In addition to the next iPhone, pundits expect Apple to overhaul its Apple TV set top box at an event set for tomorrow (Sept. 9). In addition to tracking all of the media coverage you can tune into Apple's live stream of the event at 10 a.m. PT on Sept. 9. Meanwhile, Lenovo's new Phab Plus apparently rips off the iPhone 6 design. You know what they say about imitation...

6. Finding True Software Innovation: When it comes to software innovation, many pundits point to consumer apps for iOS and Google Android. We love the icons. We love the great user experiences. But sometimes we forget about the data centers -- and all the back-end software -- driving those apps. Indeed, when you think about the app economy don't forget about all the revolutionary software back in the data center, notes Technalysis Chief Analyst Bob O'Donnell.

Service Leadership CEO Paul Dippell.

Service Leadership CEO Paul Dippell.

5. Which KPIs Matter to MSPs and VARs?: When it comes to key performance indicators (KPIs), Service Leadership Inc. CEO Paul Dippell typically has his finger on the pulse of the IT channel. I expect to hear an update from Dippell when he takes the stage later this week... at...

4. Big Data for the SMB Channel: That topic will likely be front-and-center at LogicNow's MaxFocus Conference this week near Washington, D.C. I also hear managed security -- pushing far beyond the traditional anti-virus chatter -- will generate plenty of discussion. 

LogicNow GM Alistair Forbes.

LogicNow GM Alistair Forbes.

3. Hitting the Road: Thanks to LogicNow's Alistair Forbes and Dave Sobel for the invite to attend this week's MaxFocus Conference. Yes, I look forward to attending... Watch for potential big data-related show coverage to surface on Information Management. And, watch for some potential business management coverage to surface on... hmmm...

2. Good Deal, Bad News: When BlackBerry announced plans to acquire Good Technology on Sept. 4, the $425 million deal was good news for both companies -- but bad news for the overall mobile device management (MDM) sector. The all-cash deal shows how certain sectors of the MDM market never really lived up to the hype. Good originally wanted to launch an IPO... but growth challenges largely prevented that. Now, Good's financial backers are settling for an all-cash deal -- basically saying they want to take their money off the table rather than pursue even more upside through a potential earnout period...

1. Next Move: After Nines Inc. looks forward to making a key business move really soon. For now, let's just call it #E2E. Our readers here on After Nines Inc. might get an early heads up about the new ride. In some ways you just did...

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