Tech's Take on Simplicity for More Profitability

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Complicated procedures and smart-sounding technological jargon can come off as impressive, but they can also leave the average Joe feeling more than a tad confused. Who wants to deal with words and processes that seem as though they’re from a totally different universe, anyway? Not a lot of people, I’d imagine. Evidently, big shot names in the technology industry agree, and they’re proving that even in an era where everything evolves lightning fast, sometimes it’s still best to stick with what works – in its simplest sense.

Up Sizing Need Not Be Overwhelming

Products, technologies, software, and solutions provider Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) introduced the release of its first Big Data Solutions training and certification program for the HP Vertica Analytics Platform. This program helps enable organizations to optimize Big Data by empowering IT executives to leverage structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data much more effectively.

But what exactly is Vertica Analytics Platform? Simply put, it’s a data warehouse, but designed and conceptualized in such a way that it can capture real-time value of data; manage the ever growing library of features; and setup, tune, and control administration tools. In other words, the design allows certified IT professionals to manipulate it according to their needs.

HP’s customers are excited to upgrade the analytics skills of their IT experts through this industry-leading platform, and evidently, the stock market sees it as good news too.

Turning Corporate Without The Need to Obliterate

Dell’s (NASDAQ: DELL) new development, meanwhile, doesn’t need any skills upgrade on your part. The global information technology company just makes use of handheld devices to allow customers to access their online data and accounts. If you can utilize your phone to update your status and post pictures in Facebook, why can’t you share corporate presentations using the same gadget? Well, Dell’s Project Ophelia allows you to do just that. Through cloud sharing option, the software can turn ordinary displays into windows that facilitate information sharing. While customers are quite keen to try it out, it seems investors may need a bit more prodding, what with shares of Dell declining recently.

When the Simple Meet the Nimble

As for Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), it looks like the best way to strive for simplicity is to cut back on costs. According to a report released in the Wall Street Journal, the mobile communications icon is working on a more affordable version of its widely popular iPhone. While the rumored gadget-in-progress may be passed off as a close relative of the current device on the market, it might make use of cheaper materials like a shell made of polycarbonate plastic, lending to a reasonably more affordable price tag.

This is the first time Apple will diversify its line of smartphones since it launched the original model in 2007. But then again, it has never encountered so much pressure from rival smartphone manufacturers like Samsung before. While the move is justified, the company refused to say anything on the matter, and the silence caused the stocks to drop a notch or two lower.

My Take on The Trends

If you think the world of technology revolves on trends, you may have to re-evaluate your perception. The core essence of the technology industry is the changes it creates. The difference is that some companies will make life-changing products and services; others will create some things that will prove to be nothing more than a passing fancy. The key for investors, then, is to spot those businesses that have the potential to ride out their competition. 

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