Intel has launched what it describes as a "community PC platform" meant to meet the needs of rural communities in India by handling high heat, humidity, and dust, while running on low power. Intel is pushing it as part of its Jagruti (awakening) initiative to work with ISPs, businesses, government, and schools to get Internet kiosks in rural communities. Intel hasn't disclosed manufacturers for the platform. But the approach is to share a full-powered PC that can support functions like remote diagnostics--far different than the $100 laptop being touted by MIT prof Nicholas Negroponte for bridging the digital divide in emerging economies.
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.