Digital Crystal Ball Reveals Tomorrow’s Economic Gains

first_imgOver the previous generation, successive waves of new information technology – from the introduction of personal computers to the Internet to wireless broadband and diverse mobile devices – have enabled dramatic gains in workplace productivity. Today, in a period of widespread economic uncertainty and diminished expectations of the future, skeptics wonder if the tech-driven productivity gains of recent decades have run their course.Far from it. The explosive growth of digital data foretells the dawn of a new technological era that will be marked by utilizing both the data we have accumulated and the huge volumes of new data being created from sensors to personalize information experiences. The use of this massive and expanding data set will shift from historical understanding to predictive data analytics that deliver insights in real time to create new value that help shape our forward looking interactions. This idea of using information systems to shape future outcomes is unlocking a fountain of economic opportunity.According to the latest “census” of the digital universe conducted by the research firm IDC, the amount of new information in the world is doubling every two years, growing at a rate of more than 7.6 billion gigabytes per day.IDC claims that nearly one-quarter of this data holds potential economic value once it becomes tagged and analyzed. Yet, less than one percent of it is being analyzed today.Innovative companies and entrepreneurs have already seized this opportunity. Firms that integrate advanced data analytics into their operations are now realizing productivity gains of five to six percent higher than their peers, say Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson of the Center for Digital Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.For example, GE now embeds its jet engines with sensors to communicate terabytes of in-flight telemetry data per day, so mechanics on the ground can predict costly problems and perform less costly preventive maintenance. As CEO Jeff Immelt has said, the smarter use of data to achieve just one percent more of improvement in jet engine fuel efficiency can mean $2 billion in additional profits.In a similar vein, electric utilities are equipping customers with “smart meters” that transmit nearly 3,000 times more data per month about electricity usage patterns on their grids. The ability of these so-called “smart grids” to identify and predict transmission problems enables utilities to prevent more power outages before they occur.These early adopters in the innovative use of data are the exception rather than the rule, however. Fewer than 10 percent of the large companies we see actively use real-time, predictive data analytics to build a competitive edge. Over time, gains in productivity will be felt more broadly as these techniques become more widely adopted and routine.For years, organizations have used data mining to extract business intelligence from their internal databases. The next generation of smarter decision making will incorporate insights drawn from less structured data formats derived from social networking and collaborative applications, and location data generated by sensors inside mobile devices or digital tags attached to cargo goods as they move through supply chains.By 2020, seven billion people on the planet will be joined on the Internet by an estimated 200 billion “things” (cameras, gauges, sensors, meters, appliances, transaction systems, etc.) generating data through machine-to-machine communication. IDC estimates this machine-generated “Internet of Things” will account for fully 40 percent of information in the digital universe by the end of this decade. Much of this data will be gathered in tracking and reporting models, where it can be analyzed and transmitted to self-learning applications and then fed back to decision-makers – all in real time.Innovators in healthcare are already analyzing these external, informal data streams to identify and track epidemics of infectious diseases in real time, faster than traditional reporting methods followed by public health bureaucracies at the United Nations or global non-governmental organizations.The web site healthmap.org, developed by scientists affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital, monitors emerging public health threats around the world using crowd sourcing and analysis of informal online data sources. Co-founder John Brownstein says Healthmap’s smart-phone app, “Outbreaks Near Me” took $10,000 to build and was two weeks ahead of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in tracking and reporting the spread of the virus H1N1.A new book, The Human Face of Big Data, by photojournalist Rick Smolan, documents the many ways people are recording and analyzing their biometric data, their eating patterns, sleeping patterns and exercise habits, to generate new information that can help them predict how their bodies are aging, so they can improve their health before medical emergencies occur.The promise of tomorrow’s better living standards turns on predictive analytics that informs and even anticipates our needs. This new data paradigm will change almost every form of human endeavor, helping us to make healthcare and transportation more efficient, enabling citizens and law enforcement to work together to reduce crime, even allowing people to choose their mates with better hopes of finding the right match.As Smolan notes, “the real-time data streaming in from satellites, and from billions of sensors, RFID tags, and GPS-enabled cameras and smart phones, is enabling humanity to sense, measure, understand and affect aspects of our existence in ways” that would have amazed our grandparents.In this new era, information technology will leap beyond the acquisition and sharing of data on past activities and embark on a revolutionary course defined by real-time insights, smarter decision-making and predictive analytics that foretell a new generation of technology-driven economic gains.The technology to drive such gains exists. What’s needed most are people who know how to ask the right questions and know where to look for answers, who can recognize patterns that others do not see, and who can collaborate smoothly with colleagues in an organization to turn insights into smarter decisions—and tomorrow’s economic growth.last_img read more

Beyond the Box: Inventing at the Edge of Customer Need

first_imgHenry Ford may or may not have said that customers would have asked for faster horses instead of motor cars, but Assaf Natanzon certainly shares the philosophy behind that famous quote.“To be a prolific inventor you need to think outside of the box. Not think of what exists. Not think of what customers say that they want. But think of what the customers really want, but do not know that they want,” Natanzon says.And he should know. Currently Dell EMC’s vice president of Advanced Technology & Investment Evaluation of EMEA in the Office of the CTO and Distinguished Engineer, Natanzon recently made the list of the world’s most prolific inventors – 142 individuals with more than 200 families of patents. Natanzon is the first Israeli to make the list.His wife Mirit Natanzon says they count each patent that he registers, but he’s such a prolific inventor that they only go out to celebrate every 50 patents. That doesn’t mean he spends all his time between locked away in a lonely lab, though.“You cannot do anything alone,” Natanzon says in the video below. “I believe that about 80-90 percent of my patents come from teamwork, from brainstorming, from sitting together and raising new ideas and seeing where they take.”Collaborating with people from other disciplines is where he sees innovation happening. And it’s something his teammates say Natanzon is especially good at doing.“I haven’t met another person like him, who is so advanced in science and technology, yet such a pleasure, always such a pleasure, to consult with, to work with, to try things with, to evaluate things with,” says Dr. Orna Berry vice president, Dell EMC and general manager Israel Center of Excellence, Dell EMC. “This combination is unique. He is one of a kind.”Natanzon’s 202 currently issued patents are primarily in the areas of data protection and disaster recovery, and he is most proud of his work on any-point-in-time recovery with Dell EMC RecoverPoint. But, these days he also works with the Dell Technologies Capital team meeting with startups and evaluating new technologies.Natanzon is also still a student, studying for his Ph.D. in the Department of Computer Science at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.“Assaf is brilliant and perfectly combines strong theoretical and analytical skills with practical implementation-oriented know-how,” Professor Eitan Bachmat, who is working with Natanzon on his Ph.D. recently told Hamodia.We’re proud to have Natanzon on our team. His love of technology from the gadget up to the enterprise system keeps innovation for our customers alive; but as he notes, it doesn’t happen alone. Prolific inventors tend to be associated with other prolific inventors, and/or with prolifically inventive organizations, notes Mark Summerfield on the patentology blog.The Dell EMC Israel Center of Excellence where Natanzon is based is one of Dell Technologies 17 global research and development centers. Dell Technologies was ranked #17 on the Intellectual Property Owners Association Top 300 Patent Owners list for 2016 and has over 22,775 patents and patent applications.Yes, with great employees like Natanzon we make digital transformation a reality.last_img read more

Will Flexible Working Work for You?

first_imgExperts discuss the benefits and drawbacks of flexible working in today’s business landscape. In this era of rapid transformation, the answers about what’s right for your business aren’t always clear. That’s why Dell organized a thought leadership track session, moderated by Chitra Thankaswamy, Dell’s vice president of Global Client Solutions Marketing, to have an in-depth discussion about the realities of today’s connected workplaces.With the rise of video conferencing, omnipresent Wi-Fi, and email on every smartphone, flexible working is rapidly replacing the once standard office. By giving employees the option to work in their chosen environment, closer to their families or pets, today’s most successful companies have an easier time attracting top talent.“The majority of millennial workers want remote and freelance work options. Fifty-six percent of millennials would choose more flexibility over more money,” Sara Sutton, CEO of FlexJobs told the audience. But millennials aren’t the only ones, “Half of flexible workers are over 45, so it’s not a fringe conversation anymore.”As the CEO and founder of FlexJobs, an innovative career website specializing in telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time job listings, she knows what she’s talking about. Sutton also founded Remote.co, a one-stop resource for remote teams and companies and has more than 20 years of experience in the online job market industry.“Remote work can also help improve gender parity and diversity at your company,” Sutton said. “It offers a chance to view recruiting strategies differently. That means hiring women who have left the workforce, military spouses who have to travel, and other overlooked groups.”Home is Where the Work Is According to Brett Hansen, general manager of Data Security at Dell, “Sixty percent of users are now working from home, and two-thirds are working off hours.” Like most of our customers, we’re also transitioning to a remote-friendly setup. By the year 2020, Dell is committed to having at least 50 percent of our global team members enrolled in flexible work programs.“I recently visited a Dell call center in Nashville, and it turned out to be a work from home day,” Jay Parker, president of the Client Product Group said. “I dug into the research a bit and found that the productivity from a sales perspective was just as high if not higher when the employees worked from home.”In addition to your business’ bottom line, flexible working can help the environment too.“I guess you could call it a sustainability or community impact, but we have measured that our employees have saved around $12 million a year in fuel costs and few million round trips to the office,” said Parker. “It adds up.”One Size Does Not Fit AllThere are situations where flexible working doesn’t benefit the business or the employee.“Workers in New York City may not want to work from home,” Sutton said. “Their apartments may be small or filled with family. In those cases, in high-density urban areas, businesses need to provide other options.”Other issues with flexible working are the added logistical and security risks.“Nintey-five percent of breaches happen at the endpoint,” Parker said. “Offering your employees the ability to log in from home or anywhere increases the opportunity for data leaks.” This is why we were meticulous in developing technologies that minimize risk at endpoint to ensure our customers are as secure as possible while working remotely.Regardless of what works for your business, the experts agree that it’s important to connect and form bonds with your team in real life.“In the office, socializing and brainstorming just kind of happen,” Parker said. “When you’re remote, you have to think about it. You have to be purposeful. Invest up front in more face to face interactions, that way it will be easier to be remote later on.”Making the Call To discover if flexible working is right for your organization, read our Realizing 2030 report and get the data you need to make an informed decision. It’s important to think about many factors – the size of your company, security needs, cost and location are all components that need to be weighed. We’re entering a new dawn, with immense possibility on the horizon. The way we work is changing, so make the transformation work in your favor.last_img read more

PowerMax, the Modern Storage Array that Does NVMe Right, Introduces Cloud-based Analytics and CI support

first_imgThis year at  Dell Technologies World, Dell EMC changed the game in storage with the introduction of PowerMax.  This end-to-end NVMe array transforms IT infrastructure for the most critical and demanding applications of today and tomorrow.  PowerMax is unmatched in the industry offering a unique combination of powerful architecture, simple operation, and trusted innovation.For starters, PowerMax has NVMe done right – It is end-to-end, ready for NVMeoF and SCM and is built with cutting edge, industry standard technology.  With a multi-controller architecture, PowerMax can scale up and out providing flexibility to expand capacity and performance on demand.  It is fully active/active and component level fault isolation ensures applications keep running without compromise.  Plus, the inline, global deduplication and compression offer extreme efficiency, even at scale.The real-time machine learning engine built into PowerMaxOS leverages predictive analytics to optimize performance with no overhead.  Additionally, PowerMax achieves the highest levels of resiliency and meets the strictest security standards –  no matter what – with the gold standard in replication technology, over 6 9’s availability and data at rest encryption.And at Dell EMC we are constantly driving innovation in our products, so we are excited to share some recent enhancements to the PowerMax family. Simple operation is core to PowerMax.  Businesses are able to truly consolidate everything – block, file, mainframe, IBM i and next gen applications that leverage real-time analytics – all on a single PowerMax array.  And now with CloudIQ for PowerMax, storage admins can proactively monitor, analyze and troubleshoot everything from anywhere – including any browser or mobile device.  CloudIQ is like a fitness tracker for your storage.  It is a cloud-based application, powered by machine learning to provide a single, simple display for tracking storage health, reporting on historical trends and planning for future growth.  Businesses can leverage cloud capabilities and consumption of PowerMax thanks to the addition of two new pillars to the Future Proof Loyalty program: Cloud-Enabled and Cloud Consumption.PowerMax is also now available as part of a VxBlock System 1000.  For a converged solution, VxBlock 1000 is a new generation of converged infrastructure, with support for mixed technologies all in one full integrated system, including PowerMax 2000 and PowerMax 8000.The addition of CloudIQ and VxBlock 1000 support and expansion of the Future Proof Loyalty Program further enrich PowerMax’s many differentiated features such as end-to-end NVMe, leading performance and advanced data services.Customers trust PowerMax as the platform to transform IT and modernize their data center.  As Rob Koper, Senior Storage Consultant at Open Line B.V. explains “PowerMax is future-proof.  With these arrays, we’ll be able to take advantage of NVMe and next-generation SCM drives, so we are set for years to come.”All of these updates are available today and Dell EMC PowerMax arrays start at under $150K with CloudIQ included at no additional cost. For more information, visit: dellemc.com/powermax.last_img read more

Ex-Trump spokeswoman Sanders running for Arkansas governor

first_imgLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has launched her bid to be the next governor of Arkansas.,Sanders said Monday she’s seeking the Republican nomination for the top office in her home state.,Sanders had been widely expected to run after leaving the White House in 2019 to return to Arkansas.,She was one of now-former President Donald Trump’s closest aides, and she launches her bid after the U.S. House impeached Trump for inciting the deadly siege this month at the U.S. Capitol.,Sanders joins a GOP race that already includes Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.last_img read more

UN envoy: Key military commander backs bid to unify Libya

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — The head of the United Nations mission in Libya says the main military commander from the divided country’s east has given his backing to an ongoing U.N. effort to choose an interim government before an election can be held this year. Deputy Special Representative Stephanie Williams expressed hope that a 5-day meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum near Geneva this week would culminate Friday with the selection of an interim prime minister and three-person Presidency Council for Libya. The selections are seen as a key step for the devastated and lawless North African country nearly a decade after the death of leader Moammar Gadhafi.last_img read more