Robin Bond

Creator of audience-focused content for B2B. Driven by data, designed for impact. 

Working with industry execs to build a following for more than 20 years; Ghostwriting

5 Emerging Procurement Trends That Are Here to Stay

5 Emerging Procurement Trends That Are Here to Stay The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across trade, education, government, healthcare, and more. And within almost every industry, the procurement department was left to solve unsolvable problems. Long-standing systems for balancing supply and demand fell apart, most visibly in the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) that frontline healthcare workers needed to protect themselves and others during the crisis. In non-healthcare fields, ma

The NAP of the Northwest

Emerging technologies in AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things) are driving global data traffic toward an estimated, mind-boggling 4.8 zettabytes (ZB) per year by 2022. And Asia appears to be driving the market. With an estimated 26% of companies in Asia working on IoT-based projects, compared to 23% in North America, U.S. access to burgeoning Asia-Pacific (APAC) markets has never been more critical for American companies, many of whom are flocking to the Pacific Northwest (PN

Surviving the Semiconductor Chip Shortage: A New Reason to Move to the Cloud

A new reason to move to the Cloud In case you haven’t heard, there’s a semiconductor chip shortage. Its impact is being felt deep and wide by just about every industry globally. An essential component of manufacturing for, well, everything is the computer chip. From the automobile industry, where the semiconductor shortage is driving up the demand for used cars, to the mobile and wireless sectors, which have scarcely recovered since the COVID-19 drove up demand for home technology, the worldwid

4 Business Considerations for Creating an Edge Strategy

The well-storied “data deluge” is driving enterprises of all sizes and industries to move critical applications and workloads to the “edge” of their network infrastructure where data can be acted on immediately. Driven by the proliferation of 5G, IoT and AI, as well as a flood of new devices enabling all that connectivity, industry experts expect the global edge market to grow from $1.17 billion in 2016 to USD $6.73 billion by 2022. Edge computing enables efficient data processing near the sou

Top 3 Threats Posed by Third-Party Vendors

It’s pretty common knowledge that many companies outsource some, if not all, of their critical IT to vendors. While outsourcing to vendors or third parties does increase efficiency, it also opens companies up to a world of risk that isn’t always accounted for. To combat these unaccounted for risks, we want to educate people and raise awareness. Below we have listed the top three threats posed by third-party vendors to help you mitigate and prevent these risks. Even organizations with the most r

2019 Considerations for IT: Cloud Architectures, DR and Edge Computing

One of our favorite things to do late in the year is to reflect on what occurred over the past 12 months and try to predict what the game changers will be for the following year. Sometimes it’s hard to get it right—e.g., Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe wrongly predicted in the nineties that the internet would collapse by 1996. And founder of Digital Equipment Corp. Ken Olson stated confidently in 1977 that there was “no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” Undeterred by these cau

5G + The Edge Power Real-World Solutions: 4 Use Cases

While the standards body completed the rules for standalone 5G in June 2018, few handsets supporting 5G protocols are available yet. Meanwhile, fiber and telecom providers are rolling out site-to-site capabilities within metro regions to test 5G technology and replace land-based copper and fiber connections. They’re also expanding service locations with new towers and microcells to support ubiquitous coverage and increased data speeds. But 5G is about more than speeds and feeds: 5G’s immense fo

Dodging Data Disaster in 3 Steps: A Cautionary Tale

When transportation company A&R Logistics began experiencing unexplainable, catastrophic power problems in its Chicago-area data center, the stakes were high. With a nationwide fleet of 800 trucks, 1,200 trailers, 23 terminals and ten warehousing facilities, A&R, a leading provider of dry bulk transportation, has 750 drivers on the road at any given time, from coast to coast. If drivers don’t know which products to deliver, and where and when to deliver them, global petrochemical companies (A&R’

Rodney Strong Vineyard CEO Tom Klein Talks Sustainability

Robin Bond Media created this environmental video where Director of Photography Mike Kalush and Denver Colorado based Producer Robin Bond get serious about documenting the fish-friendly, environmental efforts of Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, California. This video shoot was part of a web series commissioned by MorEvents and Pacific Gas & Electric "ClimateSmart" program. Photo Courtesy by Robin Bond Media Production Assistant Beth McCarley.

Spotlight on Intel® Partner Connect 2019: How Edge and AI Ecosystem Advancements Enable Real-Time, Data-Driven Decisions

But it’s no longer just about home monitors, autonomous cars and video cameras. While the Internet of Things (IoT) drives the connected world, it’s artificial intelligence (AI) that’s making all that data actionable and intelligible. And it’s AI that contributed a whopping $2 trillion to global GDP last year, making it a worthy focal point for the 2019 Intel® Partner Connect conference in Denver. New innovations for supporting AI and IoT took center stage at the Intel-sponsored event, along wit

Network-Enabled Colocation - Connectivity that Goes Beyond Low Latency

Rapid innovations in AI and IoT and unprecedented amounts of data transmitted over billions of connected devices are driving the demand for colocation data centers that can deliver next-level connectivity – high-speed, low-latency connectivity from the edge to the core, and from the edge to hyperscalers. And while the team here at Flexential encourage our customers to make architectural changes to their applications to fully leverage edge computing, those changes alone will not meet new connect

Seamless Installation of Your Workstations: The Live Cutover

Having a solid, cross-functional installation plan for your new workstations is critical for continuation of your mission-critical operations. Congratulations, you have successfully procured state-of-the-art workstations for your command center or PSAP. While your colleagues in Facilities and Purchasing may start to breathe a sigh of relief, the most critical piece is still ahead: planning and completing installation of your new furniture. Installation of your center's complex communications se

CEO Perspective: Chris Downie talks to Business Chief

Chris Downie talks to Business Chief magazine about innovation, edge computing and helping the customer navigate what comes next. If you’ve met Chris Downie, you know he’s a passionate rugby fan and former player. “Rugby is a sport where strategy and teamwork are key to how you execute plays – you have to pass backwards to advance your team and there are no breaks between plays.” It’s with that mentality that Chris has driven Flexential to become a top Hybrid IT and data center provider in the
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