Sunday, April 24, 2016

Intel, AMD, Google and the Changing Tech Landscape

  • Last week, comments from technology firms included: Intel CEO Brian  Krzanich - “Strength in our data centerInternet of Things and programmable solutions businesses partially offset weaker-than-expected PC revenues … We are evolving from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart connected and computing devices … today, we announced a series of actions that will build on the strength of those franchises and accelerate our strategic transformation. These changes will reduce our global employment by about 12,000 positions by mid-2017.”
  • Advanced Micro Devices CEO Lisa Su – “We believe [virtual reality]  will be a key long-term demand driver for AMD, across both our consumer and professional graphics offerings, especially as content creators require more powerful GPUs to create fully immersive VR experiences … we are making excellent progress on our strategy to reestablish our presence in the data center market.”   Note: AMD also announced a partnership with  Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co., Ltd. , which  will pay $293 million for technology and design services  for the China market.
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai - "We've always been doing cloud, it's just that we've been consuming it all internally at Google, But as we've grown … we've definitely crossed over to the other side to where we can thoughtfully serve external customers … We've been investing in machine learning and AI for years, but I think we're at an exceptionally interesting tipping point where these technologies are really taking off … That is very, very applicable to businesses as well."
MY TAKE
  • Regarding Intel -   As CEO Krzanich’s addressed the firm’s growth opportunities; the announced layoffs illustrate the challenge of realigning its resources with these business objectives.
  • Regarding Advanced Micro Devices -  As CEO Su affirms the view that semiconductor growth will be driven by data center/cloud growth, rather than PCs, its focus on graphic processors market could provide significant advantage in the emerging virtual/augmented reality market.  
  • Regarding Google – As CEO Pichai increases the firm's focus on cloud services and machine learning/AI capabilities, there is still a need to rationalize Google's varied development initiatives.

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