In Search of Competition

While speaking to our customers, I’m often asked why we don’t carry a specific brand or type of product. For example, AMD recently released a CPU called Ryzen that competes with Intel CPUs. AMD is positioning these chips as comparable to Intel’s offerings but at a lower price. Some customers are interested in how these new chips stack up.

Person to Person

Yesterday, I awoke to the sound of my phone buzzing on the nightstand.

I answered it assuming it was another automatic message from one of the schools my kids attend. But this time I was jolted awake when the person on the line said, “Your bank account has been hacked.”

I grabbed my phone, punched the app to my bank and there it was: my account had been drained.

Focus Pocus

I recently attended an industry event with speakers representing a number of the largest technology companies in the world. An executive from Lenovo kicked off the event with a presentation that explained how their future was dependent on how well they could sell smartphones. I don’t doubt his sincerity because a few weeks later Google off-loaded their Motorola handset business to Lenovo for a few billion and pocket change.

Not long after this event Lenovo purchased IBM’s server business to take on Dell and HP which have expressed varying degrees of interest selling PCs over the past few years.

Depending on the week, HP is either “all in” on smartphones or leaving them behind to focus on something new and exciting. It’s getting nearly impossible to say who is selling what anymore. Many of the traditional PC companies appear to be selling everything except PCs!

Which brings me to the point of this post: Focus is difficult.