Industry On The Move: 5 Tech Stories In January 2019 You Might Have Missed

IBM. Intel, And More.

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Steven Lerner

Each month, Enterprise Mobility Exchange publishes Industry On The Move, a look at the most important stories in the business technology sector and how it affects enterprises.

1. IBM, Vodafone Form $550 Million Joint Venture For AI, 5G, And Cloud

The news: IBM recently inked an 8-year deal with mobile operator Vodafone that will focus on improving enterprise capabilities for next gen technologies. Under the agreement, IBM provides Vodafone’s business customers with managed services for cloud and hosting. Meanwhile, both companies will also work together to develop new business solutions in artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G.

What this means for enterprises: With organizations focused on leveraging new technologies around AI and 5G (the next generation of mobile networks will launch later in 2019), IBM’s deal with Vodafone could be a game changer. The venture would link different cloud computing systems and provide faster connectivity. As Reuters reported, nearly 70% of enterprises use up to 15 different cloud systems. By linking them together, it will be easier for enterprises to innovate without having to change entire networks.

2. Cloudera and Hortonworks Finalize Merger

The news: After announcing its all-stock merger in October with data software firm Hortonworks, Cloudera (an enterprise cloud company) announced in January that the deal was final. The $5.2 billion merger will enhance Cloudera’s offerings for data analytics.

What this means for enterprises: The deal results in the industry’s first enterprise data cloud, which will give more flexibility for different cloud deployments and machine learning with data. Research firm Forrester reported that the deal supports an end-to-end big data strategy for different cloud environments, and is a “win-win” for customers.

3. Government Shutdown Delays T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

The news: The $26 billion merger between wireless giants T-Mobile and Sprint will have to be put on ice. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) halted its review of the merger due to the government shutdown, which means that it can’t approve the deal yet. One the shutdown concludes, the FCC plans to continue the review.

What this means for enterprises: The merger between T-Mobile and Sprint could provide enterprises with more flexibility regarding networks and mobile devices. However, as long as the shutdown continues, enterprises will have to wait.

4. CES Highlights New Technologies For The Enterprise

The news: The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas on January 8-11. Among the enterprise technologies unveiled at the expo were HTC’s enterprise deployment of the Vive Pro VR headset with eye-tracking capability, Inseego’s new 5G NR and Industrial IoT (IIoT) product portfolio, and Dell’s updated business version of the Latitude 7400 laptop.

What this means for enterprises: Although CES is a show that is largely for consumers, IT leaders should keep on eye on new developments from it. Many leading consumer electronics eventually make their way into the enterprise.

5. Intel Still Doesn’t Have A CEO, Might Announce One Soon

The news: After nearly seven months without a CEO, Intel is rumored (as of January 24) to finally announcing a new one soon. There have been numerous speculations about who the new replacement CEO will be, including Apple’s Senior VP Johny Srouji.

What this means for enterprises: A new CEO will likely mean some change of direction for Intel. Companies that rely on Intel should monitor the situation to see how it might impact its technologies.

Did we miss any major moves this month in the industry? Email editor Steven Lerner at to let us know.