If Technology is an Enabler, Shouldn’t it be Easy to Embrace?

February 27, 2021

first_imgMedical visionaries and public health experts around the world are documenting the growing use of digital technologies and their ability to empower the patient, enable the doctor, and keep the well from getting sick.More and more of these leaders understand technology is a tool that has the potential to improve our lives. And, I’m sure they would agree that in the throes of our transformation to a digital world we should also consider how easy it is for everyone to embrace the technology.At Dell EMC Services, we take the rapid adoption and optimization of these digital technologies very seriously – in fact, this is the very essence of our mission. Allow me to share a few examples of our newest services offerings and capabilities…Monetizing Internet of Things (IoT)IoT could ultimately drive a multi-trillion dollar impact on the global economy, according to Internet of Things Institute, but how will we take advantage of all that data? Your company doesn’t need a big data strategy; they need a business strategy that includes big data, analytics and the enabler: IoT. In addition to being one of the few tier-one IoT appliance providers in the market, Dell EMC is making IoT adoption easier with a new service and coming workshop.The IoT Technology Advisory service helps organizations identify the IoT capabilities required to leverage big data from sensors, beacons, mobile phones, wearables, and other connected devices. The IoT Monetization Workshop will deliver data, analytics, and technology roadmaps that enable organizations to start their IoT journey sooner than later.Expediting Azure and Hybrid CloudWith some industry pundits estimating the Infrastructure/Platform as a service (IaaS/PaaS) market will grow by nearly 20 percent CAGR in the next few years, ease of adoption is paramount.Our new Microsoft Azure services will help customers implement and integrate Azure Stack into their existing environments and optimize hybrid operations. For example, we can help Azure adopters build new delivery capabilities such as DaaS using Microsoft SQL Server, new application APIs, and new IaaS services, and integrate these into service catalogs.Plus, leveraging our expertise with hybrid cloud platforms, we’ve engineered an optimal rack integration that ensures a consistent build. Once the rack is in place, our engineers configure and integrate the hybrid cloud environment for a fully operational platform that’s ready to deliver services. All of this with the end goal of accelerating time to value.Decreasing Data Migration AngstData migration is often the scariest and most challenging step in implementing new technology.To change that, we’re continuing to make improvements in our Intelligent Data Mobility (IDM) strategy and methodology—from physical and virtual mapping to requirements gathering and planning, from storage scripts to audit and clean up—we are providing a predictable, streamlined approach to data migration across many of our data center products.Combining Best-in-Class Service ExperiencesAnother example of easing the embrace of new technology is in infrastructure adoption and productivity through personalized control and prevention—using sensors, IoT, analytics, and self-service to remove blinds spots in deployment processes and take the “break” out of break-fix.With insights and input from our customers and partners, we’ll soon be bringing the best of both worlds—EMC and Dell’s expert support and deployment—into a consistent, complete experience across our entire joint product line under the ProSupport and ProDeploy banners.The combined power of the high-touch, personalized approach EMC is known for, and the efficiency and scale that enables Dell to deliver best-in-class services to broad global markets, gives us tremendous leverage in our ability to drive digital advantage for each customer.As we continue to integrate our portfolios, we’ll ensure customers and partners can utilize our services and the technology they count on in the ways they’ve become accustomed to while we innovate, extend and expand.Plus, we are finding innovative ways to simplify maintenance pricing; for example, we just announced our new Clear Price Maintenance framework for consistent and predictable storage appliance maintenance costs.Pinpointing Transformation Sweet Spots for Telecom Services Providers Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is gaining momentum throughout the telecom, carrier and network services community because it can significantly improve service-delivery costs, and accelerate deployment and time-to-value. As more service providers look to transform their networks many are having difficulty establishing the right entry point.From where-to-start to proofs-of-concept, from financial justifications to OPEX savings, our network virtualization services are designed to help companies assess their current infrastructure and begin their NFV journey with minimal investment and network disruption.Transforming the Concept of PC OwnershipA big part of simplifying the embrace of digistructure is helping our customers get immediate access to the best technologies and services on the market. Thus, the introduction of our new PCs as a Service (PCaaS).Dell’s PCaaS will combine hardware, software, and services—including deployment, support, managed services, asset recovery— and financing into one all-encompassing service – providing a single, predictable price per seat per month.PCaaS will help reduce the burden and cost of IT management over the complete lifetime of the PC, enabling IT to focus on more strategic priorities and getting your doers into new technology faster.Digital Technologies Will Continue to GrowThe health world represents just one facet of digital technology and its potential; the belief in leveraging exponentially-growing technology is true for many disciplines. That’s exactly the universal power for good that the digital transformation promises.For that reason, at Dell EMC Services, we take your rapid adoption and optimization of digital technologies very seriously. As we like to say, we make digital transformation a reality. Drop me a comment below or contact your Dell EMC sales representative for more information.last_img read more

Cultivating a Global Inclusive Culture, With Pride

February 27, 2021

first_imgHow Dell’s LGBT employee resource group, Pride, is making inroads, opening dialogue Dell’s Pride ERG members participating in Panama’s Pride parade in July 2016.Human resources professional Nikki Gibson feels comfortable – and proud – about placing a picture of her family on her work desk.On the surface, that may seem part of everyday work life for any professional. But as Nikki will tell you, it’s not.While she feels good about bringing her full self to work – many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community around the world feel unable to open up about who they are, do not have equal rights and are not free to express themselves.In her recent article, “Why supporting the LGBT community is good for business” in The Tennessean, Nikki talks about how employees can fully engage only when they feel comfortable enough to be their authentic selves in the workplace. Nikki is a human resources site lead for Dell in Nashville, and has been with Dell for 17 years. She is also the co-lead of Dell’s North America Pride employee resource group, better known around Dell as the Pride ERG – a group for LGBT employees and allies.Pride is one of 14 Dell ERGs, groups that connect team members around focus areas such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and background.Nikki’s desk photo shows her with her partner, Sonia, at an end-of-year work party. Her story helps demonstrate how a workplace is made better because of diversity.Selisse Berry, Out & Equal founder and CEO, points out that more and more companies are making moves to support fairness and equality for LGBT people because they feel it’s the right thing to do, and it’s also good for business. Out & Equal is the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to achieving LGBT workplace equality, and a partner of Dell’s since 2003.“In 1996 only four percent of Fortune 500 companies had policies in place to protect their employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation,” Berry says. “Now, through the hard work of Out & Equal and our corporate partners – including Dell – 94 percent of those companies have policies in place in 2017.”Dell is proud of its work to put such protections in place more than 20 years ago in the company’s early years. Its industry leadership in driving workplace equality has earned Dell ongoing recognition, including recently: a seventh year on Diversity Inc.’s Top 50, a 100 percent rating on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (13th consecutive year), and an Outie Award at the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in 2016.Berry adds, “Still, the fight to protect LGBT rights in the workplace is as crucial as ever. One in four LGBT employees report experiencing employment discrimination in the last five years.”Given this contradiction of progress and challenges, now is the time for business leaders to take an active role in supporting LGBT equality globally.Dell strives to create a safe environment where all employees can thrive. Members of the LGBT community face legal and cultural challenges in many regions of the world, but at Dell we are committed to one global culture of acceptance.The inclusion journey does not happen overnight. An accepting culture takes cultivating – and Dell’s Pride ERG is a powerful force in that work.With rapid growth over the past several years, Pride has recently gained new ground by starting chapters in locations where identifying as LGBT is not widely accepted.In 2016, Dell team members brought Pride to Dell’s Asia Pacific-Japan and China (APJC) region with the launch of our Sydney chapter. To create the APJC region’s first chapter, team members presented executives with the business case for proactively supporting LGBT issues. Shortly after, the Sydney chapter launch led to the creation of a remote Pride chapter to meet the immediate demand from APJC team members outside of Australia.In 2017, Dell participated in its first LGBT job fair in Asia.  Dell team members had the opportunity to meet prospective job seekers in Shanghai and share Dell’s inclusion journey with over 500 attendees.  Also in 2017, Dell will launch a live LGBT awareness campaign in Singapore in partnership with Bloomberg. These are just a few examples of the exciting expansion expected to continue in the region.“Pride makes me feel like I can be a leader within DellShare“Pride makes me feel like I can be a leader within Dell,” said Enterprise Technical Training Advisor Isabel Kenner, who serves as Pride’s APJC regional lead. “I can offer myself as a person who can be approached with questions, and I can be involved in the development of better policies and practices.”In Dell’s Latin America (LATAM) region, the Panama Pride chapter continues to grow, not only in membership but also in influence. The 2016 launch of Mexico’s first Pride chapter helped LATAM grow its overall Pride membership by 51 percent over 2016.Said Jorge Villarreal, enterprise storage engineer, “Pride is a promise that I can come to work and be myself. A promise that I can still do a great job and still be valued for who I really am: a professional.”In 2015, ERG members led Dell to become the first company with a corporate presence at Panama’s annual Pride parade. This paved the way for other companies such as Caterpillar and P&G to join Dell in the parade this year.Dell’s Pride Panama ERG recently launched a learning program designed to deliver computer and English classes to at-risk members of the transgender community. Other Pride chapters and local companies are looking to replicate the initiative.In North America, Dell is continually advancing workplace equality. One example is the North America Pride chapter’s recent efforts with other companies and citizens to lobby at the Texas state capital against anti-LGBTQ legislation being considered.Growing our diversity by strengthening our support for LGBT team members is one of Dell’s success stories. As Nikki points out in her article, “Forward-thinking people see diversity as a tremendous asset… technology changes so quickly that the field requires forward-thinking, creative people with great diversity in thought.Dell’s ability to attract people like that is a huge part of our success.”This article shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.  We call this our Legacy of Good.Explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at legacyodgood.dell.com.last_img read more

Maximize the Value of Your Data with Three Types of Analytics

February 27, 2021

first_imgIt seems like everyone’s talking about big data these days to achieve competitive advantage through business efficiencies, improved customer service, and industry-disrupting innovation. Gaining access to massive amounts of information is definitely important for the modern enterprise, but what you do with that data is what really matters most.To start thinking more strategically about your data, imagine you’re on an analytics journey that takes you to three exciting places. Each stop along the way will help you harness greater value from the data generated by your automation systems, including enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, e-commerce, warranty management, and much more.Descriptive AnalyticsThe most basic type of data analytics is descriptive analytics, which involves using data to gain insights into your current business realities. With this type of analytics, you can gain visibility into a whole host of things, such as what it’s costing you to manage a fleet of vehicles or how successfully your marketing automation campaigns are delivering qualified leads.Being able to generate reports about what’s going on across the enterprise helps business leaders make better decisions. And as more data is collected, you can start noting trends and patterns that can give you further insights into possible future states.Predictive AnalyticsIn this way, descriptive analytics becomes the springboard to the second stop on our data journey, the realm of predictive analytics. Predictive analytics requires a more expansive use of data, combining it with sophisticated mathematical models and algorithms to discern why things are happening and to facilitate more accurate forecasting based on different data inputs.Predictive and descriptive analytics both rely on human beings to interpret data through engaged inquiry. We must look at the data and figure out what it means. But what if machines could do that work for us instead? Machine learning is the next destination you need to explore, because it’s opening huge opportunities for businesses to accelerate innovations.Machine LearningMachine learning is the capability of computer systems to adapt and get better at specific tasks without explicit programming. When massive amounts of data are being analyzed far faster than people can do it, businesses can more quickly and accurately do things like anticipate and stop security breaches and fraud, diagnose diseases, personalize customer communications, conduct scientific research, and much more.A Data Journey, CompletedAs an infrastructure company, Dell EMC offers solutions to advance enterprise organizations on their data journey. Hardware is often the key factor in effective data management, and our dedicated engineers are constantly configuring Ready Solutions to help companies achieve optimal performance with critical data storage and management systems, from SAP and ScaleIO to Hadoop and Splunk. These solutions include all the hardware, software, resources, and services you need to extract value from your data faster and with less risk.A classic example of a company that has advanced its data journey with us is Mastercard. The leading payment solutions company started using our Ready Bundle for Cloudera Hadoop for descriptive analytics. Eventually, the company started using predictive analytics to anticipate customer spending patterns and is now using advanced machine-learning algorithms to automatically shut down credit cards and notify customers when their spending patterns look like fraud.Contact Us Today—Or Meet with Us at Strata DataAll large organizations capture and store big data, yet many don’t have the systems and processes in place to capitalize on all information they have. At Dell EMC, we know that a successful big data project doesn’t begin with the deployment of a particular technology or solution. It begins with a business use case and a strategic roadmap that will take you from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow.To learn more about our Ready Solutions, contact your Dell EMC representative at 1-866-438-3622 or email us at [email protected] You can also stop by and see us at the Intel booth at this year’s Strata Data Conference in San Jose from March 5–8. Thousands of top data scientists, analysts, engineers, and executives will be there to learn how to turn algorithms into greater advantage – you don’t want to miss it.last_img read more

Twitter launches crowd-sourced fact-checking project

February 8, 2021

first_imgTwitter is enlisting its users to help combat misinformation on its service by flagging and notating misleading and false tweets. The pilot program, called Birdwatch, allows a preselected group of users who sign up through Twitter. People who want to sign up must have a U.S.-based phone carrier, verified email and phone number and no recent Twitter rule violations. Twitter says it wants both experts and non-experts to write Birdwatch notes. Twitter, along with other social media companies, has been grappling how best to combat misinformation on its service. Despite tightened rules and enforcement, falsehoods about the U.S. presidential election and the coronavirus continue to spread.last_img read more

Conservationists: new airport gravely harms Albania wetland

February 8, 2021

first_imgTIRANA, Albania (AP) — Conservationist groups are urging the Albanian government to rescind a decision to build a airport they say would seriously damage the country’s western wetlands. A coalition of 37 Albanian and international organizations on Tuesday said the construction of the airport near the protected area of Vjose-Narte  ”would irreversibly damage its eco-system sheltering many birds.” The government has launched an international tender to build the 86 million euro ($104 million) airport in Vlora, 140 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of the capital Tirana.last_img read more