The Era of Protecting by Enabling

first_imgIT managers today are on the forefront of information delivery services. Users are demanding highly available and secure data transfers that are flexible enough to serve them on the road and multiple devices. The days of traveling physically to a secure location to access a file are fast becoming extinct.Technology transformation has a major impact on how and where we share information, so it’s natural to expect it to also impact how we provide trust for that information. We stay connected across more devices than ever, in more places. It no longer makes sense to apply old methods of static controls and expensive locks, which mimicked our approach to security of physical locations, in a fast-paced, widespread environment. Traditional methods applied to modern data flows ultimately hinder even authorized processes and builds bottlenecks, which prompts users to seek out other service providers.That is why new and more complete enterprise solutions have been developed to meet the requirements of the end-user as well as IT and Security; they are flexible enough to enhance whatever users have, wherever they are, and make enterprise file sync and sharing (EFSS) easy yet trusted. Better service means more visibility and control while delivering automated and safe EFSS. Users gain the access they demand and IT reduces risk, once the following three key elements are present:Frictionless user experienceIndustry-leading security and compliance controlsFlexible and trusted storageFirst, a frictionless user experience means a convenient and integrated experience. This reduces the urge to seek unauthorized or unsafe paths to share information. How many times has an email server or a file server imposed limits that blocked an important business transaction? High performance with low overhead, as well as access online or offline, is critical for productivity in mobile and remote network environments. Productivity does not have to stop when working with large files, changing devices, or using various networks.Second, industry-leading controls means giving IT the features and tools they need to trust EFSS in large deployments. These include capabilities such as:Integration with a directory to enable automatic provision and removal of accountsGranular access policies, set by group and user, to control allowable devices, what and how much storage can be used, and file types that are permittedFile and usage tracking with continuous audit and reporting, to support risk analysis and response by the security teamPolicy-driven storage so IT can decide where files are stored, public cloud or on-premise, for privacy and compliance reasonsMultifactor authentication to control devices authorizationThird, flexible and trusted storage means using independently certified infrastructure that can handle disasters and business continuity events. EFSS can be provided from cloud arrays that scale rapidly while also providing the highest levels of availability. Or files can be stored on scalable network storage devices deep within an enterprise perimeter, while still providing secure access to nearly any device from almost any network.Ironically, sometimes the best way to secure a process is to not lock it down, but allow it to happen with the proper controls and IT reporting in place. Users today are sophisticated enough to get what they want by going around IT. That can effectively neutralize the investment IT is making in security and how they control information. When users go to consumer products, data is at risk and IT doesn’t even know about it. The ability to set granular policy controls and gain visibility into file sharing while providing a delightful experience is the only way IT can “manage the unmanageable.”last_img read more

Digital Transformation – Learn By Doing

first_imgLast week we held the official opening of the EMC Cloud Foundry Dojo in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The term ‘dojo’ is a Japanese word that translates to ‘the place of the way’. In our dojo, software developers learn and contribute to Cloud Foundry, the leading open source platform for Cloud Native Applications. The Cambridge dojo is also co-located with Pivotal Labs to help customers develop these applications via modern software practices. The pairing of cloud software and cloud platforms are key ingredients in leading businesses through their digital transformation journey.Why is the dojo opening a significant milestone for EMC? First, it underscores EMC’s commitment to open source software. Open source is a key purchasing criteria for 3rd platform applications and infrastructure. During the second half of 2015, EMC emerged from a non-participating company to one of the top contributors to the Cloud Foundry open source. EMC is helping to enhance the governance, risk, and compliance requirements of Cloud Foundry for enterprise businesses.Second, it demonstrates EMC’s ability to transform itself via a DevOps model. Cloud Foundry’s methodology is a combination of the ‘best-of-the-best’ modern software development practices including Agile, Lean, Extreme Programming, and CI/CD. All contributors to the open source community follow this ‘way’ of development everyday.Third, but most importantly, the dojo is a key investment in one of the most critical components of cloud computing architectures – Cloud Foundry. Cloud Foundry gives customers freedom of choice. It enables their applications to run on multiple cloud providers ensuring cross-cloud portability.The new digital world is very different and in some ways upside down. I’d like to reflect and pass on my learnings from the last 12 months to help you with your own digital transformation. So let’s cover people, process & technology in reverse order.Technology Transformation – You Won’t Even Hear An EchoHaving spent many years in product development at EMC, I have crossed chasms from mini-computer to mainframe to client-server to cloud computing. The cloud computing chasm is, by far, the widest and deepest of all. In fact, it’s so big, you won’t even hear an echo. Sure, there are commonalities to client server architectures, however the application and infrastructure framework is very different today. The notion of the data center is quickly becoming an artifact of the past. Developers just want to push {my-app} to {my-cloud}. Abstraction levels are increasing and simplification is balancing out the complexity of software stacks. Yet we all know that making things simple is actually very complex.What can help your business cross the chasm? Take a deeper look at Cloud Foundry for your cloud computing architecture. It provides a high degree of cloud infrastructure automation and it allows developers to simply push {my-app} to {my-cloud}.Process Transformation – Learn By DoingLike many of you, I grew up in a structured world of product development and program management. This world is built around a traditional lifecycle of ‘think-plan-do-check-and-correct’. In fact, if we’ve met, I’m sure you’ve heard my mantras around execution such as:Plan your work, work your planFailing to plan is planning to failThe plan of record is the plan of record until the plan of record changesPlan the flight, review the plan, fly the plane, review the flightHowever, the new digital world is very different. The speed and magnitude of change is ten times greater than the world in which we came from. Traditional methodologies focus on increasing predictability. However, with so much uncertainty and change in this new digital world, traditional approaches no longer apply.What’s the answer? Learn by doing. The new world is premised upon lean start-up principles. The new lifecycle is ‘build, measure, learn, and iterate continuously’. Most transformational innovations don’t start with a plan to get you from point A to point B. They start by doing something, learning from it, and pivoting accordingly. The build-measure-learn model is more efficient and achieves customer acceptance sooner. It’s extremely rigorous, collaborative, and productive. You can achieve greater innovation, in less time, at a lower cost, with equal or better quality.EMC and Pivotal Labs are helping customers in this transformation. Many CIOs recognize the value of a lean DevOps model, but struggle with starting and transforming their broader IT organizations. Our approach is to ignite brush fires across the organization. Build, measure, learn. If you never start, you’ll never get there.Personal Transformation – Load The ‘Jump Program’If you’re a fan of The Matrix Trilogy, it’s time to load the ‘Jump Program’. The new digital world is very different and requires new skills and values. I’ve had a few mile-wide jumps in my career. If you ever have a chance to take one of these opportunities, you should.How do you make sure you can get to the other side? Jump with both feet, don’t look back, and when you get halfway across, keep going. Learn by doing.last_img read more

College is the goal. How this organization empowers kids to get there.

first_imgAs a high school senior in California last year, Jose knew his Dad was excited about his college application process – even if he didn’t have much experience with how it all worked.Jose has been aiming for a degree in computer sciences—a big goal, since nobody in his family has ever graduated from college. But since he was young, Jose has had a unique support system through the California-based organization, and Dell Youth Learning partner, Peninsula Bridge.Academic advisers with Peninsula Bridge work closely with students like Jose – and their families –beginning in the 5th grade through high school, and even through college. They provide personalized academic mentoring and tutoring to low-income students living in the San Francisco Peninsula area.The big idea: “Level the playing field and close the achievement gap for hundreds of underserved yet high-achieving students each year,” Co-Executive Director Randi Shafton says. “We’re inspiring a new generation of diverse college graduates, working professionals and community leaders.”Good news, because the nation’s economy needs them!Research and reporting shows the U.S. isn’t producing enough graduates with the skills to thrive in the country’s evolving economy. The five most valued work skills in 2030 will be creative drive, logic, emotional intelligence, judgment and technological literacy, according to the recent study – Realizing 2030 – commissioned by Dell Technologies.Peninsula Bridge’s curriculum aims to nurture skills for the workforce ahead. Project-based learning fosters interest and enthusiasm, including for STEM education.Jose has been attending the organization’s summer sessions since the 5th grade. Attending students benefit from a mix of academic and enrichment classes, plus recreational activities – all designed to keep them on the college track when they get to high school.They even learn about career opportunities by visiting premier Bay Area companies like Google and Amazon.Peninsula Bridge is a Dell Youth Learning partner. Dell provides grant funding and our technology. Our funding supports the Summer, Middle School Academy, and Eighth Grade Academy programs. Using Dell-donated Chromebooks, Peninsula Bridge also guides students on how to code, conduct research, and more.“For most of these kids, this is their first time with things like computer science and coding. They are elated by it,” Randi says. “We have engineers come in and share their work. We want them to see the critical thinking that goes into it – and know they can do that, too.”Jose was introduced to Peninsula Bridge when his elementary school counselor submitted him as an applicant. The organization partners with around 35 Peninsula-area middle schools to encourage low-income students who excel to apply for its programs.The approach is unique: Students are brought back together each summer with their assigned cohort of high-achieving peers from similar backgrounds. Seeing that same group of students each year is a supportive experience, Jose says.Another important aspect of the Bridge program is teacher assistants, who are high school and college-age volunteers, come from similar circumstances.“The students relate to them and look up to them,” says Rene Jimenez, Director of College Success Programs. Rene knows first-hand the value of this connection. Rene joined Peninsula Bridge in August 2015 and participated in the Bridge program as a 7th and 8th grader.While the college application is only one step among many for low-income and first-generation college students, Rene says it is a critical hurdle. With the help of Rene and his College Access Counselor, Jose applied to Sonoma State University, the four-year college where he recently started classes.Peninsula Bridge assigns one College Success Advisor to each college-bound cohort. This advisor supports the students with academic counselling and guidance on how to utilize FirstGen resources on campus. Peninsula Bridge helps with other hurdles, like: learning how to use a washer and how to navigate social life on campus.Today, Jose is happy to be in college.“My family is very excited. I know my Dad is very thankful for the help I got, because during the college process they were not involved. They didn’t know a lot about applying,” Jose says. “Now I am here, and they are checking on me every day.”Through Peninsula Bridge’s College Support Program, the support continues. College coaches communicate with students regularly and visit them periodically, to ensure they take advantage of the resources and opportunities offered at their universities.“Today just 11 percent of first-generation low-income students graduate from college. Our goal is 90 percent.” Randi says. “We see great potential in these young adults. We’re helping them earn the skills to explore their true academic capabilities.”—Last year, Peninsula Bridge celebrated its first graduating class of 18 high school students to complete its program. All 18 students are now attending college! Dell wishes all the best to these recent grads.This story 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. More at read more

Practical Steps to Developing an AI Strategy

first_imgWhat are we in the business of doing? This is the first question organizations should answer when building an AI strategy.  Anyone so charged needs clarity on why their company exists in the first place. The company’s mission statement will provide the answer to ‘Why’ the company exists. Once the ‘Why‘ is understood, assess the ‘How‘: how does the company execute on its purpose?For example, at Dell Technologies, our purpose (Why) is to drive human progress, through (How) access to technology, for people with big ideas around the world.With the organization’s mission statement in mind, instances where the company’s operations and outcomes fall short of the mission should be identified. A senior executive leader should have broader insight on where those instances exist and could recruit business leads to scope out pain points as well. For example, a food processing company with a mission to provide superior products and services to customers, might fall short of this mission if the company has high reported numbers of degraded produce or excess waste from product defects. This may point to underlying problems in the manufacturing process. If defects could be predicted with the foresight to avoid excess waste, this would take the old saying that ‘Hindsight is 20/20’ and make it ‘Foresight is 20/20.’All AI use cases are built on defined tasks that identify where AI can be used to improve company operations. In the case of the food processing company, the task could be to ‘predict, detect, identify or recognize,’ and the use case would be to predict or identify defected product early so that the company lives up to its mission. Some examples of AI tasks and the questions they answer are:Detection – Is something detectable/present?Recognition – Can something be identified?Classification – Does something belong to a certain class?Segmentation – If something exists, can it be carved out? How much of it exists?Anomaly detection – Is something out of line with expectations?Natural language processing – Can language and sentiment be understood?Recommendation – Can a solution be found for a desired outcome?Using this ‘task plus use case’ formula creates a running list of use cases from which a company can downselect. If several use cases can be resolved using the same kind of task, it allows for rinse and repeat opportunities and quick AI adoption wins. To downselect, the following questions should be considered:What is the business value? Will it have strategic impact? Can impact be measured?Waste from product defects will cost any company over time. Records of these costs serve as evidence of business value and strategic impact if money can be saved and reallocated to innovative projects.How feasible is the use case? Feasibility can be measured using the availability of relevant data to understand the problem and train AI models. What data is available, where it’s stored and how it needs to be prepared for use in AI are important factors. Relevant data provides information about factors that contribute to the desired outcome. For product defects that could be indicators of faulty processing equipment.As mentioned, looking for external answers too early could take away the uniqueness of internal ideation from the people who know the business the best. Identifying use cases gives reference point while conducting research on what ‘similar others’ are doing with AI. External research informs on the level of effort needed to execute on selected use cases, as some might be successfully deployed already, and some might not. Web searches such as ‘AI + *insert industry*’ or ‘predict product defect + manufacturing + AI’, will yield pertinent results. Other AI tasks might come up and be applicable to other use cases.Understanding the direction of AI adoption sets the stage for building a team of active participants to garner company-wide consensus for adoption. The following individuals would be candidates for this team:Data Architect/Engineer- Designs data retrieval, processing and preparation for consumption.Data Scientist/Machine or Deep Learning Engineer – Uses traditional statistical methods and ML/DL techniques to make predictions and solve complex data science and business tasks.Both sets of individuals understand what software/hardware tools are needed to be successful. Other key individuals include:Database Administrator – Handles data access and control, mainly works with traditional data, and knows data locations.Data/Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst – Performs analyses on historical data and runs reports that quantify costs and strategic impact.BI Developer – Uses tools like SQL and python to standardize analysesBusiness Leads who care about the business benefits of AI.Dell finds that successful AI projects follow a pattern like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to reaching one’s potential. This hierarchy starts with a use case and works up to an optimized IT environment to support it.Choosing the right solution can be daunting, so we’ve created an ecosystem of resources to help customers on their journey. Find more information here, and if you’re ready to get started, contact our Emerging Tech team. We look forward to voyaging with you.last_img read more

Expect the Exceptional with Dell EMC VxRail

first_imgIDC recently completed a study on The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail  and the findings are impressive. Not only does it quantify many of the benefits our customers have seen, but it confirms VxRail has become a backbone for data center infrastructure. Regardless of the size or vertical, companies with revenue from $100M to $15B in Healthcare, Finance, Government and Entertainment industries reported that on average 79% of their revenue was tied to applications running on VxRail.¹ These customers also realized a 452%, 5-year Return on Investment (ROI) and 10 months to payback.¹We launched VxRail almost five years ago. At the time it was the first – and remains the only – jointly engineered hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solution with VMware. Continually setting and raising the bar for reliability, performance and operational simplicity with features like single click upgrades and synchronous releases with VMware HCI software has made Dell Technologies #1 in HCI.²We are excited to showcase the proven ROI and payback results,  extraordinary productivity gains  and unique business advantages that our customers have achieved with what we call the VxRail Advantage. While this blog provides an overview of the exceptional results our customers have come to expect, there was simply too much material to include it all. So much, in fact that we decided it deserved its own website.Exceptional Business ResultsFrom day one, VxRail has been a catalyst to accelerate IT transformation. Whether our customers are accelerating data center modernization, deploying a hybrid cloud, creating a developer-ready Kubernetes platform, or running applications in harsh edge environments, VxRail delivers a turnkey experience that delivers operational and business results.IDC said it best in the study: “IDC’s research demonstrates the value proposition for interviewed organizations of VxRail and VCF on VxRail as a cost-effective, efficient, reliable, and high performing infrastructure for many of their most critical business applications.” ²IDC found that the average customer experienced a 68% improvement in IT staff efficiency and 72% operational savings when considering infrastructure cost, IT staff efficiency and unplanned downtime, proving that VxRail has delivered on the promise of operational simplicity. In our customer’s words, “VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail has allowed us to effectively triple our staff without adding any headcount.”²Exceptional Productivity for IT TeamsThe proven resiliency, unique HCI System Software, and single call support separate VxRail from the pack and enable IT Teams to spend more time focusing on value added business activities instead of day-to-day operations and maintenance.IDC found that implementing VxRail resulted in 92% less unplanned downtime than previous solutions. ² Atlantis, the Palm, Dubai noted: “We wanted to be more resilient. Having the Dell EMC VxRail foundation has given the business more confidence in IT. We’re having fewer interruptions and when they do occur, they’re much shorter.” ²Our unique VxRail HCI System Software extends VMware native capabilities to deliver a seamless, automated, operational experience and enable one-click automated updates. This means customers spend less time planning for, scheduling or recovering from upgrades gone wrong, helping implement new features sooner and taking advantage of software and hardware improvements. Combined with our award-winning support, with over 1,800 VMware-certified Dell EMC support professionals resolving 98% of all VMware cases in house, our customers can quickly resolve issues from hardware to hypervisor.³“We’re getting a lot more hours back with Dell EMC VxRail because we don’t have to worry about interoperability and compatibility issues during upgrades.” – US Insurance CompanyShareExceptional Business AdvantagesWe all know that IT teams are no longer a cost center, they are now a revenue-generating, dynamic part of the business strategy. In one of the IDC study’s most interesting and important parts, our customers described how VxRail helps put them a step ahead of their competition.Businesses reported better performance for key critical applications with 32% faster transactions and 39% faster queries improving productivity and internal customer satisfaction and development teams reported 114% more new applications along with 32% faster development lifecycle, getting new tools and features to their business faster. ² As the City of Amarillo, Texas observed, “Dell EMC VxRail has made us more agile and responsive to business demand. Our team has eight developers that are saving a lot of time. It must be about 80 hours a month, collectively. It’s been huge for them because they can spin up environments in minutes.”I want to thank all our customers who have provided the abundance of new proof points and customer stories showing the exceptional value our customers see with VxRail. To discover more customer stories, value assessments and analyst studies and learn how 10,000 VxRail customers Expect {and receive} Exceptional outcomes from VxRail, please visit here.¹ The Business Value of Dell EMC VxRail and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail, December 2020 #US47005920² IDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, Vendor Revenue (US$M) Q2 2020, September 17, 2020³ Based on internal analysis of all service requests from February 1 to October 31, 2019last_img read more

Dolly Parton on Super Bowl commercial and COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Dolly Parton has been singing about everyday office employees working “9 to 5” for over 40 years. Now the country icon is singing about entrepreneurs working “5 to 9” to pursue their dreams after hours.,The Grammy-winning legend’s 1980s hit has been flipped by Squarespace for a Super Bowl commercial that debuts Tuesday. The company helps users build and host their own websites.,The singer, who is also an actor, producer, and humanitarian, says she can relate to businesspeople working around the clock to fulfill their goals. Parton talked to The Associated Press about donating $1 million to coronavirus research and when she plans to get her vaccination shot. She also remembered her brother Randy Parton, who died last month.last_img read more

Ferrari earnings rise as production bounces back

first_imgMILAN (AP) — Ferrari has reported a 58% jump in fourth-quarter earnings as production and deliveries picked up after the brutal initial lockdown earlier in the 2020 pandemic year. The Italian sports car maker says its fourth-quarter net profit rose to 263 million euros ($316 million) from 219 million euros a year earlier. A rise in shipments partly made up for a seven-week spring shutdown due to Italy’s strict coronavirus lockdown. The company expects a strong rebound in business this year.last_img read more

Public viewing for Cicely Tyson at famed Harlem church

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — People wishing to pay their final respects to legendary actor Cicely Tyson will get a chance during a public viewing at a famed Manhattan church. The viewing for the actor, who died last week at age 96, will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. According to a statement by her family through her manager Larry Thompson, the viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and COVID-19 protocols will be in place, with masks and social distancing requirements. No photographs will be allowed.last_img read more

12-year-old charged with attempting to kill younger brother

first_imgSUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A judge says a 12-year-old boy accused of stabbing his younger brother in far northwestern Wisconsin can be charged with attempted intentional homicide. According to a criminal complaint, the boy stabbed his 7-year-old sibling in the back, abdomen and chest in the Jan. 11 attack at a home on Solon Springs, about 45 miles south of Duluth, Minnesota. KBJR-TV reports that the victim told police his brother put a pillow over his face to mute his screams. The judge ruled during a preliminary hearing Wednesday in adult court. A hearing to decide if the case will be sent back to juvenile court is scheduled for March 5.last_img read more