Unleashing Corporate Innovation

first_imgIn today’s world, large corporations are embracing open innovation through new partnerships, entrepreneurial spirit, and existing capabilities. Open innovation expands the potential sources of innovation far beyond the bounds of any single organization with the explicit purpose of accelerating internal innovation and expanding markets for external use of innovation. In this new world, corporations are better positioned to innovate as they create new communities conducive to collaboration and open thinking. The impact is enormous as organizations foster the development of transformational cultures and invest in the talent needed to cultivate this new paradigm.Earlier this year I had the opportunity to participate in Stanford University’s Design School whose motto is “Design thinking is rooted in the principle that to design a great product or service, one must develop empathy for and deep insight into the customer’s behaviors and needs.”Our cross functional team was put through a rapid ideation prototyping process to solve a simple customer problem. Without the use of any technology, we were armed with children’s art tools, scissors, glue, paper, pipe-cleaners, etc. Each team started the development process by asking questions, rapidly generating multiple ideas and testing them. The goal was to move through the design phase by listening to the voice of the customer who provided insight to generate new and better ideas.With a bias toward action, fostering a culture of ideation prototyping by interdisciplinary teams helps organizations gain important insight into building cohesive communities of innovation.These internal groups have the potential to contribute to an organization’s success by managing current business goals and objectives while being flexible and adaptable to meet future changes and demands.One such community exists under the umbrella of an innovation contest sometimes referred to as an Innovation Showcase. These programs allow more employees to become involved in the creative process and encourages them to offer technical and operational insights that will increase their company loyalty and a sense of pride and ownership. This past October, I was given the task of fostering and increasing enterprise innovation via EMC’s annual, internal Innovation Conference and Showcase. Since 2007, EMC employees have submitted more than 8,000 ideas, resulting in millions of dollars of benefit to the company’s bottom line while extending our industry leadership. For example, a “Cloud Computing Curriculum,” submitted by a team from the EMC Ireland Center of Excellence (COE), has been fully incubated and now manifests itself as a degree program in cloud computing at the Cork Institute of Technology.The success and ultimate benefits of innovation communities are growing. Some of these communities are funded and supported with the sole purpose of building the spirit of innovation.For example, Rick Bess, former Idea Mentor at Adobe was responsible for coaching Adobe innovators to cultivate and get funding for their ideas. In the world of non-profit organizations and early-stage entrepreneurs, MassChallange is an independent non-profit startup company solely motivated to support and strengthen high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs – no strings attached. The World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship was held in Boston in the fall of 2012 and “sets the scene for some of the world’s eminent dreamers and doers to plot the new frontier of the smarter innovation economy.”Communities of innovation function as catalysts for creating the conditions in which big companies can shift from shackling innovation to unleashing it and we all have an opportunity to participate and invest in unleashing innovation inside our corporate walls.last_img read more

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The Rationale for an Expanded Data Lake

first_imgIn January, I described 2015 as the year in which data lakes come of age and move into mainstream IT. Since then, we have seen the impact of unstructured data growth on organizations across every industry. Data lakes that consolidate and eliminate storage silos to lower costs and harness the power of data assets are more appealing than ever, but it’s not a static picture.Data growth is pervasive and, for many of our customers, it’s being generated continuously in every corner of their business. The cloud is an ever more important element in enterprise data storage strategies. We are also living in an “always on” world, demanding access to data anytime.Location is CriticalIn real estate, it is often said that the three most important things are location, location, location.  In an environment of pervasive data growth, this mantra applies to managing data with an enterprise data lake too.  As organizations expand geographically and data is generated outside of a central datacenter, the data lake needs to consolidate data across the entire enterprise, eliminate silos and enable data analytics no matter where the data is created.  It’s not just about managing data growth. It’s also about how best to manage data based on where that data is produced.Leveraging the CloudOrganizations are looking to public, private and hybrid cloud strategies to lower costs and relieve some of the pressure of unrelenting data growth. Their question is how best to integrate cloud alternatives with their on premises data storage infrastructure so that it is transparent to users and applications alike.These are important considerations for an organization with a data lake environment.  Just as a data lake needs to extend to all of the locations where data is generated, it is also vital to extend to wherever data is stored in the cloud. In this way, it can enable an organization to optimize storage resources, simplify data management and harness the value of all of their enterprise assets.Availability Is KeyOrganizations also need reliable, 24×7 data availability to support their business. They can’t afford operational downtime for software upgrades or infrastructure expansions. To address these requirements, the core data center supporting an enterprise data lake must be resilient, providing continuous operations and data access.The Expanded Data Lake ImperativeMeeting these demands requires innovation from storage providers and enterprises alike along with a more holistic data lake strategy. Extending the data lake beyond the core data center to enterprise edge locations is essential because it is where data is increasingly generated and captured. It is also vital that a data lake have the flexibility to embrace a variety of cloud storage options seamlessly. At the same time, the data storage infrastructure utilized by the enterprise data lake at the core data center must be resilient, enabling continuous operations by the business.Addressing these challenges is a key focus for EMC right now. Our goal? Keep enhancing the value of the enterprise data lake.last_img read more

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Why Everything Must Change In Technology Services

first_imgIn the world of technology services, change is underway whether or not we choose to accept it.Soaring adoption of public and hybrid cloud combined with open source app development are directly impacting traditional consumption models.  From a go-to-market perspective, services offerings are evolving to be more solution-oriented and readily available online.And there’s an increasing need for automation and scalability of our technology and expertise as services professionals.Change Is NeededPowerful market forces in the IT industry are predicted to establish a markedly different reality from what we have experienced in 2015.  In five years, delivering the same services with the same capabilities and the same technology simply won’t do.Customers are already speaking through their purchasing behavior.  Industry analysts are making predictions that cannot be ignored.   As a result, the services business model must respond.Change Isn’t New To EMC Global ServicesEMC Global Services’ own transformational programs align the team to market and customer needs while helping shape our overall growth and vision.  It requires a tremendous amount of communication to our services leadership so they can pass along the reasoning behind the transformation.Employees who understand why change is needed adapt to new processes and technology faster.Some of our current actions include:Aligning roles and responsibilities around solutionsDriving customer focus through a combination of personalization and predictive analyticsImproving automation, intelligent collaboration, and peer-to-peer communitiesRestructuring around the end-to-end customer experienceCustomers Will Benefit From ChangeCustomers must see results for a transformation to be deemed a success. For those working with EMC, these range from data visualizations that alert them about the health associated with their environments……to a predictive analytics initiative where service managers proactively reach out to potentially dissatisfied customers.   These efforts help our customers do their jobs better and our team members gain better insight into the challenges customers are facing.Change Will ContinueAgility will always be necessary in the process of anticipating and delivering what customers need.  We are staying close to them, regularly asking how their needs are evolving and then making appropriate investments in people, processes and technology.How are you leading your services business into 2020?last_img read more

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Mentors Help Women Open Doors at Dell, in the Community

first_imgWhen Shayla Reed started working as a contractor in Talent Acquisition at Dell, she immediately knew she wanted to do more, learn more and grow in a cutting-edge company. She had just earned her Master’s in Human Resources and was ready for her next big challenge.“I had the opportunity to have a mentor,” Reed said. “That mentorship provided me the ability to learn more about what other opportunities were available, including IT project management. I felt like that would be a perfect fit for me. I was excited to know that I could be hands-on, learning about data center implementation projects.”Since getting hired full time at Dell as an IT project manager, Reed has continued learning as much as she can while also paying the mentorship she received forward. She’s the President of the Black Networking Alliance Employee Resource Group (ERG) on the West Coast, a role that affords her the opportunity to, among other things, host an executive speed coaching program.“Participants get professional and career coaching with different executives,” Reed said. “That’s one of the best things that I’ve been able to do here: help support the people that are here.”From Executive Assistant to Product ManagerTrinidad Hermida credits her career growth to great mentors as well.“My previous boss saw that I was really good with program management as her executive assistant, so she started to give me opportunities to manage different programs within diversity and inclusion,” Hermida said. “Those programs on top of my regular work were a lot, but she had confidence in me. She let me know that if I could prove that I could do it, it was an opportunity to move and grow.”Move and grow she did, from an executive assistant to a product manager. In addition, she moved from the Hopkinton, Massachusetts offices to Santa Clara, California. Her mentor recognized Hermida’s strengths, opportunity areas and showed her what to build upon, what to hone. She continues this mentorship relationship today, meeting bi-monthly for coaching, which has enabled and contributed to her success.Organizations Make the Difference at Work, in the CommunityKaren Washington noted that Dell’s programming for women is a great source of support for career growth.“Dell actually has a group of executive male leaders that help women succeed,” she said. “They have mentoring programs that help women get more exposure in the organization. What I love about Dell in regards to women is that they’re really heavy into recruiting at the Society of Women Engineers. We also have a program called Women in Action (WIA).”Washington noted that WIA teaches members how to present, helps with personal branding, how to navigate the company, and most importantly, network.Washington pays it forward by mentoring both at Dell with the Society of Women Engineers, as well as in her community with Girls Who Code, and the Girl Scouts, to help them learn about technology at Dell.“We’ll go into the classroom and we’ll do some technology assignments for the kids, or we’ll teach them technology aspects that are third- and fourth-grade level, that they can really understand,” she said. “We sell hardware, so we’ll bring in all the devices and let them test them out. The beauty of this is that girls sometimes aren’t interested in technology at first, and then we come and they say, ‘I want to be an engineer.’”The mentorship opportunities have been very rewarding for Washington; some girls have even kept in touch with her.“They want to come to your job, they want to learn more or have you help them with their math.”For Washington, mentorship at work and helping the next generation of women is critical.Looking for a great career with mentors to match? Look no further.last_img read more

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Innovating for Team Members with Disabilities

first_imgTechnology that drives human progress is at the core of our mission. In Brazil, our Research, Development and Innovation Center (LEAD) is developing assistive tools to make technology accessible to everyone, fostering employability and professional growth for people with disabilities – including our own team members.The LEAD team, located in Fortaleza, Brazil, recently launched a new project developing assistive technologies to increase the inclusion of people with different disabilities in the production line of the Dell Brazil Factory, our manufacturing site in Hortolandia.Performing daily work with greater ease and comfortThrough this partnership with LEAD, the Dell Brazil Factory is now deploying three prototypes of assistive technology tools to enable team members with hearing, movement and other disabilities to perform daily work with greater ease and comfort.“Before the implementation of this project, I had to do my job testing the speakers of the computers with another team member’s assistance. Now I can do everything by myself! I’m enjoying the experience,” shared Rodrigo Barros, Production Line Associate with a hearing disability.Prototypes at work in BrazilMAIAAlready in use today, MAIA transforms sounds into visual stimuli, allowing those with hearing disabilities to manage “sound-triggered” tasks. For example, the Brazil factory employs around 50 hearing impaired team members, like Rodrigo, on the frontlines. Every notebook must go through a Full Quick Test procedure which requires team members to listen to audio prompts and react accordingly.“MAIA represents a new accessibility era for our manufacturing with the use of technology. Three tablets have been installed and it’s exciting to see the happiness of our hearing impaired operators performing all tests without any restriction,” said Brazil factory Engineer leader responsible for testing, Ricardo Kina.STEVECurrently in the testing phase and set to deploy in January 2020, this is an exoskeleton allowing people with limitations in their lower limbs to work on the production line. The Steve prototype is undergoing clinical trials to further evolve and validate the research.ARTRADEThis is an augmented reality (AR) solution focused on training new team members to work in manufacturing. This AR-based training platform uses a gamified reality training environment to help in the inclusion of people with disabilities. ARTRADE is also currently in the testing phase and set to deploy in January 2020.Empowering team members to reach their full potentialAll of these prototypes above are tailored to take into consideration the needs of the team members on the production line. “It’s great to see the passion of the Brazil factory Engineering team, and how they’re working to increase the inclusion of our team members with disabilities at manufacturing sites. Creating viable alternatives to help enable more activities to happen on the shop floor is part of our next manufacturing generation strategy,” said Valter Tunin, Brazil factory Engineering Director.Embracing a culture of inclusion and diversity empowers all of our team members to reach their full potential. For more on how Dell supports team members with disabilities, check out our Diversity & Inclusion Space.last_img read more

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HPC Forecast Calls for EYPC Weather Modeling

first_imgDell Technologies expands the Dell EMC Ready Solutions for High Performance Computing portfolio with new solutions based on PowerEdge servers with 2nd Generation AMD® EPYC™ processors.With hurricane season well under way, weather forecasts are once again front-page news. And for good reason. With timely and accurate forecasts, individuals, local governments and recovery organizations can work proactively to protect the wellbeing of people, homes and businesses in the path of a storm.In this quest to deliver better forecasts, high performance computing (HPC) is now extremely important. With HPC-driven systems, forecasters can run the models and simulations they need to gain a clearer view of the intensity, direction and speed of a storm.With new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors, Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC offer improved performance for climate and weather modeling, among other workloads. Just how improved? Here’s one example: In recent testing, the new PowerEdge C6525 server with 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors delivered weather modeling results in about half the time as previous generation AMD EPYC-processor-based servers. That stepped-up performance can lead to faster notifications for severe storms.[1]These new PowerEdge servers will be available in Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC Research, Digital Manufacturing and Life Sciences that begin shipping worldwide in October 2019. And here’s why it matters:More than 2x the cores can mean faster results, leading to increases in discovery and innovation.[2]For those pushing the boundaries of IT performance, PowerEdge servers with 2nd Generation AMD EPYC processors will be both HDR, and liquid-cooling enabled – and it’s a hot topic!PCIe Gen 4 doubles the bandwidth of the previous generation to accelerate deep learning with NVIDIA GPUs.[3]The increase in memory speed can help decrease time-to-insights for data analytics.[4]The Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab has seen a marked difference in application performance for workloads like computational fluid dynamics in design/manufacturing, climate and weather modeling in research.[5]Let’s get back to those hurricanes that are threatening coastal communities. With the power of HPC systems with technologies for artificial intelligence, local governments and disaster-response agencies can gain more accurate weather forecasts in less time. And better forecasts can save lives.Here’s a case in point. At the University of Texas, researchers are using a powerful new Dell EMC supercomputer named Frontera, to improve hurricane forecasts.[6]“We run a model that simulates the storm surge hitting the coast,” Clint Dawson, a UT Austin professor, explains in a CBS Austin news story.  Emergency managers can then take those model runs and decide if they need to evacuate people in the storm’s path.[7]Professor Dawson says the Frontera system — the world’s fifth fastest supercomputer, based on TOP500 rankings[8] — allows researchers to create more models with more up-to-date information to make more accurate storm predictions.“The impact of this machine, really, is to save lives,” he says in the CBS Austin story.The bigger pictureAccording to a national climate assessment from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the United States is experiencing “more frequent and intense extreme weather and climate-related events.”[9] This reality increases the urgency for state and local governments to develop smarter approaches to disaster preparedness and recovery. Increasingly, these efforts will rely on data analytics and AI solutions powered by HPC systems.And there’s good news in the forecast here. The key technologies are now in place for the development and deployment of these life-saving solutions. Today, the challenge is to put these solutions in place before the next natural disaster strikes.To learn moreSee blogs, papers and reference architectures from the Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab at hpcatdell.com. For a look at the growing portfolio of Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC, visit dellemc.com/hpc.[1] Performed with PowerEdge C6525 single node compared to PowerEdge R7425 server, CONUS_2.5_v3 benchmark, HPC and AI Innovation Lab, August 2019. Results may vary.[2] Based on product specifications for the PowerEdge C6525 and PowerEdge C6420, air-cooled versions, spec sheets compared September 8, 2019. Actual results may vary.[3] How-to Geek, “PCIe 4.0: What’s New and Why It Matters,” Ian Paul, June 12, 2019[4] Based on product specifications for the PowerEdge C6525 and PowerEdge C6420, air-cooled versions, spec sheets compared September 8, 2019. Actual results may vary.[5] Stay tuned to http://www.hpcatdell.com see the latest test results. Recent tests performed with PowerEdge C6525 single node compared to PowerEdge R7425 server using industry-standard benchmarks, Dell EMC HPC and AI Innovation Lab, August 2019. Results may vary.[6] Note that TACC Frontera does not have AMD EPYC processor-based servers. Used as an example of weather/climate modeling.[7] CBS Austin, “UT getting new supercomputer, will help better forecast hurricanes,” August 29, 2018.[8] TOP500.org, TOP500 List – June 2019.[9] U.S. Global Change Research Program, “Fourth National Climate Assessment. Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States,” 2018.[10] Photo credit: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratorylast_img read more

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Keep Focus on Workloads with a Future-Proof Infrastructure

first_imgWhen you have the reassurance that your IT infrastructure investments are protected, you can worry less about the critical workloads that keep your organization running. So far in our Direct2DellEMC series on optimizing your infrastructure for critical business workloads, we have been discussing how selecting the right technology provider can make the difference in organizations delivering superior outcomes. Today we will take that conversation one step further and explore the benefits of a total package – advanced technologies, coupled with guarantees, offers and assurances.Our advice is to center your decision-making around the use cases, applications and databases that have a most direct impact on your organization’s strategic differentiation. By keeping focus on the performance and simplicity required by the workloads that drive the unique capabilities your business relies on for differentiation, you can optimize your infrastructure with each investment. But before you take your next step in infrastructure modernization, consider if the strategy you are following is future-proof.As IT leaders have learned throughout their careers, eliminating unknowns increases the likelihood of positive outcomes down the road. The best way to sleep at night is to know that your investments are protected.In addition to our full stack of IT solutions and the services offered by our experts, we know organizations turn to Dell Technologies because of our establishment as a leader in the industry. And we remain one of the most trusted technology providers around the globe because in addition to helping your IT staff enact modernization efforts, we ensure that your satisfaction is guaranteed.To bring you that further peace of mind, we have made a set of promises through our Future-Proof Program that guarantee our resilient storage, data protection, networking and hyperconverged products deliver value throughout their lifespan. The program is designed to help you optimize the IT lifecycle through a series of guarantees, offers, and assurances. Future-Proof provides support from beginning to end by guaranteeing outcomes, maximizing investments and helping you navigate the future of IT.Future-Proof guarantees outcomes by going above and beyond expectations with guarantees that our world class technology capabilities will deliver as promised. Because we stand firmly behind our solutions, we hope you can plan to support your workloads confidently, assured that you will neither over- nor under-provision for your business needs.Future-Proof maximizes your investments by ensuring that you can easily purchase, exchange, and upgrade IT solutions to seamlessly modernize technologies today and into the future. Future-Proof also helps you to navigate IT futures with technologies and features designed to flexibly operate on premises or in the cloud, today and in the future. By eliminating future cost uncertainties for acquired solutions, you will be able to better budget for new IT needs as your workloads demand.Don’t forget that our advanced offerings across the infrastructure stack are available with flexible payment options through Dell Technologies On Demand, which includes value-added services with ProDeploy, ProSupport and Managed Services. These services can be bundled effortlessly and paired with all the financial consumption models and with the Future-Proof program.Dell Technologies has the right technology and programs to provide your IT staff with the peace of mind that 2020 demands. And the Future-Proof program enables customers to focus on critical business needs while Dell Technologies handles the rest. By delivering the performance, scalability and resiliency you require across our powered-up portfolio of infrastructure, we help ensure your IT investments will successfully support the workloads that your business depends on to grow.For more on this topic, please visit here.Past entries:https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-us/blog/optimize-your-infrastructure-for-critical-business-workloads/https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-us/blog/pamper-workloads-with-powered-up-performance-from-powermax/https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-us/blog/ease-workload-management-with-trusted-simplicity-from-powerprotect/last_img read more

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US Supreme Court won’t take up Sheldon Silver’s case

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it won’t take up the case of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who’s serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence after being convicted in a corruption case. The high court on Monday declined to take up the Democrat’s appeal. Silver once was one of the three most powerful state officials. He was ousted as speaker in 2015 and was convicted later that year. Silver’s original conviction was overturned on appeal, but Silver was convicted again in 2018. Part of that conviction was then tossed out on another appeal, leading to yet another sentencing in July. The 76-year-old Silver began serving his sentence in August.last_img read more

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UK police arrest 5 in wake of fire at asylum-seekers’ camp

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Police in southeast England have arrested five men following a disturbance at a former army barracks that has been housing around 400 asylum-seekers and where a fire broke out. Kent Police said a 31-year-old man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of assaulting a security guard in the wake of the fire at Napier Barracks on Friday afternoon. Four others were arrested Saturday in connection with the disturbance and have also been taken into custody. Police said they believe the fire was “started deliberately” and said it caused a “significant amount of damage” to one part of the site. No serious injuries were reported.last_img read more

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Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s push for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill is forcing an internal reckoning. And that’s pitting his instincts to work toward a bipartisan deal against the demands of an urgent crisis and his desire to deliver for those who helped elect him. The president’s bipartisan bona fides have been a defining feature of his long political career. But the scope of the crises confronting the nation and the lessons that Democrats learned from four years of Republican obstructionism during the Obama years seem to be pushing Biden toward quick action on the aid bill, even if Republicans get left behind.last_img read more

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