How Digital Is Your Business?

first_imgOther languages availableThere is no longer any debate. The speed with which business critical information is gathered, processed, and analyzed is greater today than ever. With the introduction of sensors and the Internet of Things, information is gathered from almost anywhere. Despite the increased ubiquity and speed of information gathering and processing, however, many businesses are unprepared to handle and benefit from these changes.Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials — it no longer matters what generation a person was born into, in an era awash with data, we are all part of the Information Generation. And members of this generation make new demands on business daily, creating a transformation imperative for digital businesses across all industries.In retail, companies such as Zara and H&M are processing customer data with powerful new analytic technologies that provide insights to keep fashion fresh and give competitors fits. In the insurance and automotive industries, new telemetry technology provides information that enables managers to assess driver behavior more specifically than ever before, and apply this information to policy pricing and auto design. Audio speakers from Sonos and tennis racquets from Babolat now leverage software to enhance experiences and provide new services for customers. It’s happening at companies of every size. Even an app called Next Glass is attempting to change the beverage industry by recommending new beverages tailored to our liking according to data science.This business transition is being driven by the technology trends of cloud computing, mobile, big data, and social media, and is more vast and far reaching than anything previously seen. How to deal with the transition has been an issue for discussion in the board rooms and C-suites of every company that I have visited in the past few months. Businesses that cannot keep pace with the change are more vulnerable than ever. They find themselves in much the same circumstance as publishers of maps and atlases when smart phone manufacturers first began to include a GPS application.Are You a Disruptor? Or Will You Be Disrupted?EMC recently commissioned the Institute for the Future and the Vanson Bourne organization to conduct a survey of 3,600 business leaders worldwide, asking them to identify the most important attributes that businesses will need to thrive in the Information Generation over the next 10 years. The two make-or-break traits that rose to the top for these leaders were being able to spot new opportunities predictively and being able to innovate in an agile way. The survey also asked these leaders how prepared they believe their organizations are in each of these two dimensions. The gaps were quite remarkable. While 62 percent of those surveyed identified predictively spotting opportunities as being very important for their businesses, only 12 percent thought that their businesses had this capability. And only nine percent believed their organizations were capable of innovating extremely well in an agile way.The survey also identified three additional traits needed to compete in this new digital era: demonstrating transparency and trust, delivering unique and personalized experiences, and operating in real time.Businesses that do not meet these new challenges are at risk of disruption. Consider that almost 90 percent of companies that were on the Fortune 500 list in 1955 are not on it today, having disappeared sometime over the past 60 years. The pace of change we expect to see across all industries over the next ten years will be far more dramatic than what we have known over the past half century.Technologies Driving the Pace of Change for BusinessNew technologies are driving the pace of change. By itself, business adoption of cloud computing, mobile devices, social media and big data technology will not ensure survival of any business model. They are purely enablers. Big data and analytics can help a firm spot new opportunities predictively. Cloud computing can help organizations reach more people and operate with more agility and efficiency. However, it is clear to us at EMC that a business must have a plan for leveraging these new technologies as part of a new digital business strategy.Look at what GE is doing with Internet of Things technology, which leverages both cloud computing and big data analytics. GE is an iconic American company that understands how the information that its jet engines produce through IoT technology is a valuable product on its own – a process that transforms jet engines into massive data generators, helping GE customers to use this data to improve reliability, lower costs and generate higher profits.GE is not the only innovator. Ten years ago, health-conscious citizens clipped fitness monitors to their pockets in order to count their steps. Now, products from Fitbit connect us to the cloud and give us more information about our health. Ten years ago, jeans were just jeans. Today, a Google partnership with Levi’s aims to develop interactive garments that will function as an open IT platform.The big question of the next decade is how many businesses are ready to follow the example of Information Generation pioneers to meet new customer demands.This post is available in several languages:Chinese: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com.local/您业务的数字化程度如何/French: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com.local/ou-en-est-votre-entreprise-de-sa-transformation-numeriqueGerman: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com.local/wie-digital-ist-ihr-unternehmen/Italian: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com.local/quanto-e-digitale-il-tuo-business/Japanese: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com.local/ビジネスのデジタル化の状況はKorean: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com.local/조직의-디지털-혁신-수준은-어느-정도입니까/Portuguese: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com.local/quao-digital-e-seu-negocio/Russian: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com.local/на-каком-этапе-цифровой-трансформациSpanish: http://reflectionsblog.emc.com.local/que-tan-digital-es-su-negocio/last_img read more

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Figuring out Your IT Transformation Path When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

first_imgThe decision to modernize an IT environment is not solely related to technology – it has a significant impact to people, processes, and ultimately the business. As we speak to different customers, we’re often finding that the right path to IT transformation varies greatly by organization, with many at different stages, using different approaches and with varying long-term goals and objectives – which is precisely why there is no one size fits all approach to IT modernization.We recognize our customers are in different states of IT readiness and priorities, which is why we offer a broad portfolio of options spanning complete turnkey hybrid cloud platforms to individual hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) appliances and nodes. Turnkey hybrid cloud platforms, based on Dell EMC VxRail Appliances, VxRack Systems or VxBlock systems running VMware software, allow us to deliver accelerated deployments, simplified lifecycle management, and streamlined support. If your strategy is focused on modernizing your infrastructure, our fully integrated HCI is the best way to go. We strive to simplify the complex task of transformation and ultimately enable your organization to deliver value to the business faster.With that in mind, our latest enhancements to the Dell EMC portfolio are designed to help our customers advance their priorities with an approach that makes sense for their business. Both the Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) and Dell EMC Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) software stacks run across a common base of Dell EMC hyper-converged infrastructure. These turnkey hybrid cloud platforms both provide faster time to value and reduced operational risk for customers looking to deliver cloud-like services on-premises.The latest release to Dell EMC EHC updates the majority of Dell EMC and VMware core software components in addition to making Dell EHC available now on VxRack SDDC. EHC, deployed on either VxRack Systems or VxRail Appliances, is the best way to stand up an on-premises hybrid cloud based on a tightly integrated VMware software stack. With this release, we’ve not only expanded multi-site capabilities across the Dell EMC EHC portfolio; we’ve added application and VM-level disaster recovery and automated the upgrade process.With customized services from Dell EMC, we can help your organization assess and classify your applications and where they’re best suited to run – in the public, private cloud or on modernized infrastructure.  With a thorough assessment you can determine which apps to retire, which to move to HCI and which should be refactored using agile, continuously delivery, and container-based architectures.For those seeking to embrace digital business models using cloud-native applications, the Dell EMC NHC platform built on VxRail is simply the best way to deploy the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment on-premises. You can run your applications on-premises and extend them seamless into the public cloud. Our latest update to this platform makes it even easier to manage the platform and applications on a global scale with built in high availability.We also want to make it simpler for a broader swath of organizations to deploy hybrid cloud capabilities for those seeking a “do-it-yourself” approach. To that end, we’re now working to add VMware Ready Systems from Dell EMC to the portfolio by the end of this year. These Ready Systems address the needs of customers wanting the simplicity of deploying a hybrid cloud strategy on HCI while taking on more of the deployment, configuration and lifecycle maintenance responsibility themselves.The VMware Ready System from Dell EMC combines VMware Cloud Foundation and vRealize Suite with pre-configured and tested configurations of VxRack SDDC and VxRail. Optional fixed price services will be offered for those customers who prefer to have Dell EMC handle the initial deployment. Designed for customers and deployments of any size, they offer quick, easy and low-risk deployments with a lower capital investment than with the turnkey lifecycle and single support model of EHC and NHC.Organizations of all sizes are already benefiting from their investments in our broad portfolio of HCI offerings. Those IT organizations have already discovered that deployments are not only simpler while reducing install and upgrade admin costs by as much as 16X.IT organizations can opt to either to start small and scale over time as you move applications to a more modernized infrastructure; VxRail appliances have introduced advanced tools that automate a wide variety of management tasks for even greater efficiencies. But if they prefer a rack-scale HCI system built on the most highly integrated VMware software stack, pre-loaded with VMware Cloud Foundation software, VxRack SDDC is the way to go.Public clouds are often seen as the big easy button, and, for the right applications and use cases, they can be. But like most things in life, platform choices are never that simple. In fact, a new survey published by 451 Research on behalf of VMware shows that 41 percent of 150 IT decision-makers are running their own private clouds at lower unit costs than a public cloud service. And while costs play a role, location matters when it comes to control and security for some applications and use cases.  IDC’s study The Power of Hybrid Cloud found over a 5 year period, a good rule of thumb for applications with predictable and relatively consistent usage tend to be more cost effective on private clouds, while those with variable or unknown usage tend to be more cost effective on the public cloud.That doesn’t mean that public clouds don’t have a significant role to play in the enterprise. But it does indicate that private clouds running on-premises are here to stay and that arguably a public cloud will simply become a natural extension of a private cloud running in your local data center. In the meantime, wherever your organization is in your quest to transform delivery of your IT services, no one is better prepared than Dell EMC to support your organization both now and well into the future.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frWLZsVTKpclast_img read more

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Gartner Data Center Conference and the Transition to Modern IT

first_imgEnterprise IT organizations are experiencing the single largest transformation in terms of how applications and services are delivered. Thanks to the rise of software-defined data centers and cloud computing, IT organizations have the potential to respond rapidly to changing business conditions whenever and wherever required. But having access to technology to achieve a goal is only part of the story. At the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Data Center 2017 conference this week in Las Vegas, we at Dell EMC will be helping IT leaders work through the change management issues that arise from transitioning to a modern IT environment; which include everything from determining what types of workloads are best suited to run where, to reorganizing the way IT staff is structured.We’ll have plenty of experts on hand at the conference to help IT leaders work through their challenges and opportunities on a case by case basis. We’re also looking forward to engaging with the industry’s top influencers on how machine learning, high-performance computing and artificial intelligence will shape the future of the data center.We’re also hosting the CONVERGED event Monday evening at Sushi Samba at the Palazzo Hotel in addition to providing hands-on demos of our systems and solutions in five kiosk locations in our booth (#400).We also have three sessions you should positively not miss:Ride the next wave of computing –to the edge and beyond! – Jonathan Seckler; Director, Dell EMC PowerEdge Server Solution Marketing; Dell EMCIT Transformation for Real – Top Lessons Learned -Jonathan Siegal, Vice President, Product MarketingModernize Your IT with Dell EMC Storage and Data Protection Solutions – Bob Fine, Senior Consultant, Product ManagementIntegrated compute, storage and networking using modern hyper-converged infrastructure based on Dell PowerEdge 14th Generation servers creates a unique opportunity to flexibly manage IT at unprecedented levels of scale. Hyper-converged infrastructure like Dell EMC VxRail serves as an ideal foundation for internal IT organizations to provide application developers/owners with a cloud-like experience without sacrificing application performance or security integrity.Emerging capabilities fundamentally change the relationship between IT and the rest of the business. Every IT leader now contends with developers that have lost patience with inflexible IT systems. Modern IT infrastructure in many cases not only provides a better more economical option than public cloud; they elevate the value of the internal IT organization in the eyes of those application owners.As the saying goes: seeing is believing. We invite you to come by any of the events we’re hosting or just drop by the Dell EMC booth #400. See what Dell EMC is doing to let our customers focus more on their business and less on running day-to-day IT operations!last_img read more

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Five Reasons You Need a Data Streaming Platform

first_img5G networks and devices are just starting to trickle into the market, but make no mistake: in a few years, there will be a flood of 5G devices and ubiquitous coverage that will bring with them a never-ending stream of data. That’s not meant to scare you, but to prepare you for a very different world where telcos will need to manage and analyze massive volumes of streaming data in real time. The data analytics and storage path that you take in the next 12 months could very well determine whether you sink or swim when the 5G wave finally arrives.Dell Technologies’ Streaming Data Platform provides a smart path to analyzing and storing large volumes of real-time and historical data. It represents a new paradigm for managing data, from the traditional store-and-process model to a more efficient process-and-store model that supports real-time analytics. The ability to process and analyze streaming data dramatically improves time to insight—a critical component given that the value of most data quickly diminishes with time—and allows telcos to leverage those insights even before the data is stored.So, what does this new paradigm look like? Compare these five characteristics of Dell Technologies’ Streaming Data Platform to your current data processing infrastructure: While telcos have been using data analytics for years, they’ll need to become truly data-driven in order to support 5G services. The Streaming Data Platform enables telcos to analyze data, as they are generated, in real time to troubleshoot network performance, dynamically allocate network resources to ensure SLAs, and track user behavior to improve services. The 5G network architecture calls for many new network functions (e.g., User plane, Access management, charging trigger, etc.) that will generate a wealth of data beyond traditional call detail records (CDRs). This data will drive everything from how network resources are allocated to what kind of services are offered to customers. Analysis of this data is time sensitive and, because of the volume of data expected, it cannot be analyzed manually using traditional network management platforms. At the same time, telcos will need to draw this data from across their network; not just in the core but at the edge of the network too. In-stream analysis like that offered by the Streaming Data Platform is the only way to react to this data in real time and approach the automation required by 5G networks, in realizing use cases like network slicing. No data silos Low-latency analytics End-to-end visibility of new network functions Real-time insights Seamless operation at scale Dell Technologies’ Streaming Data Platform is designed to handle extremely large volumes of data—exabytes and beyond—with guaranteed levels of performance and availability. This is achieved in large part by the platform’s use of Pravega, a stream-native storage solution that has built-in auto-scaling for ingestion and analysis. With Pravega, telcos can easily access real-time and historical data for the same analysis; as the data load increases, Pravega’s power also increases, offering seamless operation at scale. Traditionally, telcos have stored data in different silos. In order to aggregate and analyze this data, telcos have turned to technologies such as data warehouses and data marts. These solutions, however, often result in data duplication and conflicting versions of data that compromise reliability. Because the Streaming Data Platform analyzes data in-stream, there is no data duplication and no need to access data silos. The platform can create and store a single copy of data for real-time, interactive, and batch processes. Storing data takes time. In the traditional store-and-process paradigm, data must be stored before it can be analyzed. In-stream processing allows telcos to “ask questions first and store later” for faster insights. This, in turn, drives new capabilities such as the dynamic allocation of network resources based on the incoming data rate.While most telcos are focused on how their networks will handle the rising tide of 5G data, they should also be thinking about what they can get from that data. Dell Technologies’ Streaming Data Platform provides a smarter foundation for real-time data analysis that supports massive amounts of streaming data through real-time processing and simplified, unified storage. There is a giant wave of data coming soon. Preparing for it today can lift you to new heights tomorrow.To learn more about Dell’s vision for the streaming data future, download the whitepaper here.last_img read more

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Biden attends Mass at DC church where he worshipped as VP

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden attended Mass for the first time since taking office, worshipping Sunday at the church he frequented when he was vice president. Biden is the nation’s second Catholic president, and he picked Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, a few miles from the White House. It’s where the nation’s only other Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, often went to Mass. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday that Biden hadn’t yet settled on a home church in the nation’s capital. She said she expected Biden will continue to regularly attend services during his presidency.last_img read more

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More interviews didn’t equal more minority hirings in NFL

first_imgThe NFL expanded the Rooney Rule to give more minority candidates opportunities to become a head coach and reward teams who develop them. More interviews didn’t equal more hirings this offseason. According to an analysis of candidates known to have interviewed for seven head coach openings this month, 11 were minorities and 16 were white. Only two of the seven jobs went to minorities. Some consider it progress but most agree there’s a long way to go.last_img

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