From PC To The Cloud: Intel CEO Details Transformation Plans
Intel chief executive officer Brian Krzanich has outlined plans for the company in a post published in its newsroom, detailing Intel’s transformation “from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices”.
The post follows the release of Intel’s first quarter results last week, with Intel advising at the time that it will cut up to 12,000 positions globally by mid-2017, 11 per cent of its workforce, as part of a company restructure, as it looks beyond PCs.
Krzanich has listed five core beliefs he holds “to be undeniably true for the future”:
- The cloud is the most important trend shaping the future of the smart, connected world – and thus Intel’s future.
- The many “things” that make up the PC Client business and the Internet of Things are made much more valuable by their connection to the cloud.
- Memory and programmable solutions such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) will deliver entirely new classes of products for the data centre and the Internet of Things.
- 5G will become the key technology for access to the cloud and as we move toward an always-connected world.
- Moore’s Law will continue to progress and Intel will continue to lead in delivering its true economic impact.
Noting that “virtualisation and software are increasingly defining infrastructure in the cloud and data centre”, Krzanich wrote that Intel “will drive more and more of the footprint of the data centre to Intel architecture”.
“There is much more value to unlock from the cloud and data centre, and analytics is the key to that,” he wrote. “We’ll accelerate the power and value of analytics by continuing to innovate in high-performance computing, big data and machine learning capabilities.”
As far as IoT goes, Krzanich wrote that Intel will focus on autonomous vehicles, industrial and retail as its primary growth drivers, while viewing its client business of PCs and mobile as among the many variations of connected things, driving Intel’s “strategy of differentiation and segmentation in the Internet of Things business”.
Intel will additionally focus on cloud and data centre infrastructure innovations and products, while 5G will also be a focus.
“As the world moves to 5G, Intel will lead because of our technological strength to deliver end-to-end 5G systems, from modems to base stations to all the various forms of connectivity that exist today and will exist tomorrow,” Krzanich wrote.