Glenn O'Donnell

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NVIDIA Arms Itself To Terminate Intel’s Processor Dominance

Glenn O'Donnell September 16, 2020
NVIDIA just announced that it plans to acquire Arm Limited from SoftBank for $40 billion. The combination aims to conquer the enormous compute market that has long been dominated by the x86 architecture (and, thus, Intel and AMD). The x86 platform remains the leader in PCs and data centers, but the future growth prospects lie […]
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Troubled Times Test Traditional Tech Titans

Glenn O'Donnell August 13, 2020
Spending on core infrastructure is dropping and the large technology firms will have to rise to the challenge. Find out how long the impact of the pandemic will be.
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疫情当下,技术仍需可靠

Glenn O'Donnell August 13, 2020
我们发现以往受到最多关注的尖端技术(例如区块链、量子计算等)在疫情期间退居二线,让位给确保大规模远程工作与安全协同的”技术老兵”。点击“阅读更多”了解更多细节。
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One Hand To Shake Beats One Throat To Choke

Glenn O'Donnell August 7, 2020
The days of technology buyers treating their tech providers as "vendors" are gone. Learn the mutual benefits of treating your technology providers as partners.
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In A Crisis, People Want Dependable Technology

Glenn O'Donnell April 23, 2020
If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught businesses, it’s how vital core infrastructure and operations are to an organization’s resiliency and dependability. But where does innovation fit into the new normal?
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The Realities Of Rural 5G Deployment In The US

Glenn O'Donnell May 28, 2019
Early last week, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced his approval of the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. This will result in a third megacarrier in the US mobile wireless market, which is a good move for consumers like you and me. I am glad this deal will now […]
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Net Neutrality Is Dead – Long Live Common Sense

Glenn O'Donnell December 14, 2017
My fellow Americans, the FCC has finally acted on its promise to repeal the regulations known at Net Neutrality. This move has been a magnet for political debate by those on both extremes. Ignore those people. They are only wasting your time. If you become spellbound by the media circus, your competitors will be busy […]
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Tech Vendors Must Evolve Or Crumble: The Report You Must Read

Glenn O'Donnell September 13, 2016
Which companies do you feel are the dominant players in the technology industry? Are they the names that have dominated for years, like Cisco, the newly merged Dell (plus EMC), the recently split HP, Inc. and HPE, IBM, Microsoft, or Oracle? Is it one of the newer cloud titans like AWS, Google, IBM, or Microsoft? […]
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Welcome to Forrester, Rob Stroud

Glenn O'Donnell October 7, 2015
Good day everyone, I bring tidings of great joy to the Forrester community, and especially to our clients! We have a new analyst on the Infrastructure & Operations Research team! It took a long time to get the right person, but we finally did. Once you meet him (and you likely already have), you will […]
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Introducing Forrester’s Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

Glenn O'Donnell November 5, 2014
Forrester’s Infrastructure and Operations research team has been on the leading edge of infrastructure technology and its proper operational aspects for years. We pushed the industry on both the supply side (vendors) and the demand side (enterprises) toward new models and we pushed hard. I’m proud to say we’ve been instrumental in changing the world […]
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Death To CMDB! Long Live The Dream!

Glenn O'Donnell December 22, 2013
I’m sitting on my sofa at home (Yes! Home!) on Sunday morning just before Christmas. I’m “shut down” for the holidays now, but of course, I’m watching Twitter and now listening to my brilliant friends Chris Dancy and Troy DuMoulin discussing CMDB (configuration management database) on the Practitioner Radio podcast. It’s a marvelous episode, covering […]
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A New Twist To Glenn’s Annual Analyst Relations Award

Glenn O'Donnell December 20, 2013
Late December is always a good time to reflect on the year gone by and think about the people that made the year special. Among the people who are special to analysts are the many people we work with in the vendor community. The key contacts we have with the vendors are in the field […]
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IBM Escalates The DevOps War With UrbanCode Acquisition

Glenn O'Donnell April 25, 2013
On Monday, April 22, IBM announced it acquired UrbanCode, a small but exciting vendor based in Cleveland, OH that is focused on improving various aspects of the application lifecycle. Both IBM and UrbanCode have been increasing their marketing rhetoric to position themselves in the rapidly expanding DevOps market. On this same day, CA Technologies – at its CA World conference in Las Vegas – was loudly proclaiming its […]
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Use Boeing As A Metaphor For Service Excellence

Glenn O'Donnell February 8, 2013
Given the recent news about Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, my title may surprise you. Please read on. As I write this, I am in seat 1A of United flight 1607 from Philly to Houston. playing on the screen in front of me is CNBC. I make no secret of my disdain for much of the so […]
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Glenn’s Analyst Relations Champ For 2012 Is …

Glenn O'Donnell December 20, 2012
  I will postpone the name of my 2012 winner for a bit. I first want to thank the great AR professionals with whom I have the pleasure of working! For those outside the technology vendor world, analyst relations is a function vendors use as the liaison between their people and analysts like me. We […]
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Optimism For The Gelsinger Era At VMware

Glenn O'Donnell September 4, 2012
The most notable news to come out of the VMworld conference last week was the coronation of Pat Gelsinger as the new CEO of VMware. His tenure officially started over the weekend, on September 1, to be exact. For those who don’t know Pat’s career, he gained fame at Intel as the personification of the […]
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Dell Is On A Quest For Software

Glenn O'Donnell July 6, 2012
  One of the many hilarious scenes in Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the "Bridge of Death" sequence. This week's news that Dell plans to acquire Quest Software makes one think of a slight twist to this scene: Bridgekeeper:   "What … is your name?" Traveler:           "John Swainson of […]
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Suddenly, Dell Is A Software Company!

Glenn O'Donnell February 16, 2012
The Dell brand is one of the most recognizable in technology. It was born a hardware company in 1984 and deservedly rocketed to fame, but it has always been about the hardware. In 2009, its big Perot Systems acquisition marked the first real departure from this hardware heritage. While it made numerous software acquisitions, including […]
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NetIQ + Novell: A Nice Combo That Could Be Even Better If …

Glenn O'Donnell September 14, 2011
  On 22-Nov-2010, Attachmate Corporation announced it was acquiring the assets of Novell, Inc. Once on top of the IT world, Novell's glory had clearly faded. Along the way, however, it acquired several attractive assets of its own (e.g., PlateSpin, Managed Objects). Towards the end of its independence, the future certainly looked bleak for Novell […]
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Please Join Our Landmark ITSM Study

Glenn O'Donnell April 13, 2011
Shortly before the IT Service Management Forum's annual Fusion conference in 2009, Forrester and the US chapter of IT Service Management Forum (itSMF) put the finishing touches on a partnership agreement between the two entities. There are many aspects of this partnership, including Forrester analysts speaking at numerous itSMF events throughout the year. (I had […]
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