Why We’re Focused on Cloud, Big Data and Trusted IT

first_imgEMC is squarely focused on three of the most important drivers in information technology for enterprise customers today: 1) the adoption of cloud computing to improve agility and reduce IT costs, 2) leveraging vast quantities of data to make smart decisions and uncover new business opportunities, and 3) protecting and securing information to ensure that IT is trusted.Continue reading Joe’s Letter to Shareholders.last_img

GitHub Initiative Spurs Innovation

first_imgAlbert Einstein is noted as saying, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”It’s the same way that we think about developers: they have the imagination to always look for ways to help turn groundbreaking ideas into operational realities. And as innovators ourselves, we’re right there with them.That’s why today, EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) is proud to announce enhancements to its developer program by making open source code accessible to users on GitHub. The initiative provides free sample code across a variety of ECD products to help our partners and customers develop new and exciting solutions based on industry-leading content management technology. ECD is building on a growing EMC presence on GitHub, which includes numerous open source contributions such as CoprHD, REX-Ray and RackHD being driven through EMC {code}.”The feedback from our partners has already been positive. Jeroen Jansen, CEO from Informed Consulting shared this comment with me, The GitHub initiative opens up new possibilities for us. Not only does this program supply valuable code to kick start our projects, but it also provides a collaborative environment for innovation from where we can share and grow our expertise and a direct technical channel of communication with the product experts at ECD.”GitHub.com provides a home where developers can store software projects and network with likeminded people, fostering growth and collaboration. As the largest online storage space of collaborative works in the world, GitHub.com allows its community of more than 12 million developers to discover, use, and contribute to over 31 million projects using a powerful collaborative development workflow. With its intuitive user interface, GitHub gives ECD the opportunity to co-promote partner software and share useful code.Sample code for the EMC Documentum platform is currently available on the GitHub site, with additional ECD code samples coming in the future. Access to the GitHub.com site is open to the public. Users can simply identify projects that are relevant to their business and contribute. Developers can also collaborate with an established EMC community of highly technical contributors across engineering and product teams.The availability of ECD sample code, EMC’s investment in co-innovation programs, and our Developer Track at Momentum at EMC World, are just a few examples of how we support the developer community. We expect that this initiative will increase interactions and provide additional tools to our users to optimize visibility and inspire new forms of innovation.We’re excited to see how partners, customers, and startups will leverage the power of GitHub to reimagine the future as organizations undergo digital transformation.last_img read more

The Glacial Pace of Digitalization in the Classroom

first_imgDigitalization is fully entrenched in our lives. It is now changing almost every aspect of how we live and work, from styling apps to container ships.  It would surely come as a great surprise if schools, the very institutions whose mission is to prepare young people for their future lives and careers, did not take part in the trend. It is therefore logical to seek to bring digitalization into the school and take advantage of the options it provides in terms of curriculum and as a learning and teaching aid. This in turn represents a major challenge, since much work lies ahead on the path towards creating digital schools, and many obstacles will be faced along the way.IT professionals in the bubble we inhabit might have expected more headway to have been made. This lack of progress was underscored in a recent study on digital education published by the Bertelsmann Foundation. According to the paper, only about 10 percent of teachers use digital media “that promote creative, individual, or interactive learning” in the classroom. This runs counter to the fact that digitalization has long been part of the lives of most pupils, who use smartphones, tablets, and platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook every day. If schools provide outdated equipment, motivating students will obviously prove difficult.I believe three things are necessary to (finally) move digitalization forward at schools.Systems and InfrastructureFrom a technical perspective, the first step is to bring the systems and infrastructure up to date. This includes interactive whiteboards, tablets, and WiFi, as well as providing for high standards in terms of security, which are absolutely vital for all that follows. As a side note, we at Dell EMC offer a full range of products and services as well as consulting expertise specifically tailored to the needs of schools.Personalized LearningThat all being said, having the best systems is of little benefit if there are no viable concepts on how to successfully deploy them in the classroom. The aim of digitalization, therefore, should not be simply to have the teacher write on an interactive whiteboard instead of a blackboard or to have pupils use a tablet rather than a notepad, let alone have them copy and paste content from Wikipedia. The ultimate goal should instead be to bring about interactive, personalized, cooperative learning – and this requires that new forms of teaching be developed. To avoid any confusion or misunderstanding, a new form of IT-based education is not the objective; it is rather to fundamentally change how children are taught.Educator TrainingLikewise, even the best digital curriculum or teaching plan is of little use if the material cannot be properly conveyed to pupils. At present, far too few teachers have the requisite skills in this area. Highly committed math teachers who had been dedicating their free time to their school’s IT systems will need help in creating the digital school. This is not something they can do alone. Use of digital media in the classroom therefore needs to become a core focus when training present and future teachers. We are still a long way from this becoming reality at the moment, meaning much work remains to be done.Digitalization is now on the agenda when it comes to education policy. As part of the DigitalPakt#D initiative, for example, the German government is working in conjunction with five federal states to equip 40,000 schools with computers, software, and Internet access. This is definitely a step in the right direction. However, the initiative was launched back in 2016, and now, one year later, there has been no specific progress to report. There are even reports that the €5 billion required for the project have not been earmarked in the 2018 federal budget. That means funds will not be available before 2019 for purchasing new computers and setting up a state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure.[1]It should be noted here that digitalization is normally associated with faster speeds. If the initiative proceeds at a glacial pace, schools will fall behind. And what type of impression will this leave on pupils? Will they now be given three years to complete a report?Find out more about the digital transformation at schools and Dell EMC’s activities in the educational field.[1]           https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Vernetzte-Schulen-Bundesregierung-verschiebt-milliardenschweren-Digitalpakt-3819138.htmlhttp://faktenfinder.tagesschau.de/digitalpakt-101.htmllast_img read more

Change Calls for Courage – and the Right Technology

first_imgRyan Kaji is YouTube’s top earner – last year he made $26 million on his channel Ryan’s World, and topped Forbes’ list for the platform for 2019. And he’s eight years old.Welcome to the new digital economy. One of the hallmarks of this entity is change – which, in theory, is nothing new. While change has always been an aspect of the economy, markets in the past were more benevolent to companies who hadn’t gotten on top of making the necessary adjustments. Those days are long gone – markets have become relentless, and if you don’t make the right decisions quickly enough, then you’ve already lost.The reason for this – which I pointed to in my previous post – is that markets have never before undergone change so quickly. Development cycles are growing ever shorter. This doesn’t just apply to purely digital products like smartphones – the automotive industry has become subject to more rapid drives for change as a symbol for the analog world, for example, when it comes to steel or tin chassis, the limitations of mechanical inertia, and miserable efficiency rates. It’s simply not enough to merely exchange tin for aluminum or carbon, use flashy digital valves, or gradually improve the efficiency rate (or said more directly: consumption). This upheaval is much more profound, and the effects are more far-reaching. They relate to vehicle-related core concepts like the drive, but also entire transport infrastructures, political desires for change, societal adaptations to behavior, and competing mobility concepts. An industry that has slowly developed over the course of a century has to reinvent itself within just a few years, become more agile, and ultimately become part of an alien digital economy with totally new rules – in order words, it has to pull off a major feat.Of course, all sectors have been affected by digital change, not just the automotive industry. Aside from creating new products or business models and needing to cover the requirements of current as well as future markets, companies take on immense risks whenever they make a radical change. High investments in reconstruction, paired with questionable market success, can lead to falling revenue or crumbling stock prices.It’s not just external factors that have since made rapid change difficult. Psychological aspects also play an important role – if not the most important. Many managers (but really, all of us) are susceptible to unconscious bias and engage in subconscious, deeply engrained behavioral patterns that make us resistant to change. For example, they continue to hire new employees who fit the company culture and thus continue to tread the same path they always have. Instead, new perspectives are needed to address new markets. This also calls for fresh thinking, but this is only possible if what’s come before is called into question, and not just reaffirmed. This type of innovation is only unleashed if diversity becomes a mainstay.Of course, adapted strategies and a greater awareness of diversity within a company go hand in hand with a change in the underlying organization. This concerns structures, as well as collaboration with small organizational units. Change management processes are not just necessary for IT – it’s the only way that a radical digital transformation can truly become a reality.We at Dell Technologies posit that “We must make progress real.” We believe that IT and technology serve as motors for change, and thus also for societal progress. But if we don’t have the courage to challenge ourselves, then even the most sensational use of technology will all be for naught. We all see the need for change, but don’t want to rock the boat or shake up the status quo. And this is something that we need to overcome.last_img read more

Dutch police use tear gas, water cannon amid rioting

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Groups of youths have confronted police in several Dutch cities night, defying the country’s coronavirus curfew and throwing fireworks. Police in the port city of Rotterdam used a water cannon and tear gas in an attempt to disperse a crowd of rioters Monday night. Police also reported trouble in the capital, Amsterdam, where at least eight people were arrested, the central city of Amersfoort, where a car was turned on its side, and other towns before and after the 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. curfew began. It was the second night of unrest in towns and cities across the Netherlands that grew out of calls to protest against the country’s tough lockdown but degenerated into vandalism by crowds whipped up by messages on social media.last_img

Mexico’s new daily record of almost 28,000 coronavirus cases

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has posted its highest one-day total of newly-confirmed coronavirus cases, with 27,944 infections, and a near-record 1,623 confirmed deaths. That brings the country’s total so far to just over 1.8 million cases and 153,639 deaths. However, estimates of excess deaths suggest the real toll is over 195,000. Hospitals are so full that many families have to treat their relatives at home, and they need oxygen cylinders to do so. But federal authorities reported Wednesday that there have there have been over a dozen robberies of oxygen tanks at hospitals, delivery trucks or other locations across the country.last_img

Pope denounces violence against women, demands protection

first_imgROME (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing the verbal, physical, psychological and sexual violence women endure and is demanding greater protections and attention for them. Francis dedicated his February prayer intentions to women victims of violence, and said those who commit such abuses are cowards.  He said: “It’s shocking how many women are beaten, insulted, and raped. The various forms of ill-treatment that many women suffer are acts of cowardice and a degradation of all humanity. Of men and of all humanity.” He praised those women who “dare to break their silence” to seek help and said the church cannot look away. The statements were made in a video prayer message released Monday.last_img