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Inevitable tech boom in Cuba could lead to huge IT potential

Considering Cuba's nearly non-existent Internet infrastructure, what does such a rapid and massive change mean? Clearly, Cubans themselves will finally get to enjoy tech we've all had for so long, we can hardly remember when we didn't have it. But there's also potential for all sorts of businesses and enterprises to make their way south of the border and set up shop.

CES stands for consumers but offers hints for the enterprise

CES is firmly a consumer show but consumer trends often offer hints about the future of technology in the enterprise. 

2 months later, a weak defense from Amazon

Amazon, apparently, is still smarting over that New York Times story that depicted the company's "bruising" corporate culture as one with little regard for the people actually working there. On Monday, Jay Carney, senior vice president for global corporate affairs at Amazon, took to Medium with a defense of the company. He's got one important nugget but the rest of his piece reads like a weak response from a bully who's been called out. 

It's Pivotal and Virtustream that make Dell's EMC acquisition interesting

While the big names of EMC and VMware may have justified the $67 billion price tag on Dell's acquisition of the companies, it's the smaller businesses of the EMC federation that have the real promise.

Microsoft's hardware strategy is working, at least with Surface

It's taken quite a long time, but it seems that Microsoft's hardware strategy is working.

Gelsinger weighs in on work-life balance

VMware's Pat Gelsinger argues that work-life balance happens only when both the employer and the employee buy into achieving such balance. While he's right that employees have to make an effort, he omits the part that the whole thing falls apart if the employer doesn't support it. Amazon has shown exactly how that works.

Still waiting for a real response from Amazon

It's been a week and a half since the damning New York Times article came out about the corporate culture at Amazon and horror stories continue to come out of the woodwork. Today's comes from a high-level editor who said she was treated terribly after taking health leave – to have a baby and then fight cancer. Her story seems to back up allegations in the New York Times story that Amazon workers sometimes get "edged out" after fighting illnesses or personal crises.

In which another founder may not like what he created

The report that ran in The New York Times over the weekend about the corporate culture at Amazon and the subsequent discussion – including comments by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – show just how hard it can be for founders to control and even understand the culture at companies they start. It's a lesson that founders and executives should take to heart since with some work it can be avoided.

Google's Alphabet move unlikely to have significant impact on enterprise offerings

On Monday, Google founder Larry Page announced that he and co-founder Sergey Brin were going to head a new company, called Alphabet, handing day-to-day control of Google to Sundar Pichai, who has taken on more and more responsibility at Google over the past couple of years. It's a huge structural change but one that's unlikely to have a significant impact on enterprise users of Google products and services.

With Outlook Web updates, Microsoft confuses the line between online, local versions

With updates to the Web access to Outlook that Microsoft announced Tuesday, the company adds features that aren't available in the desktop version and raises questions, at least in my mind, about the point of both versions.