Help Starting on Your Big Data Journey

first_imgOrganizations are struggling with where and how to start their Big Data Journeys.  There are opportunities to help companies analyze the “dark” data that they already have and identify and prioritize other internal and external data sources that they could leverage.Bill Schmarzo responds to findings from a recent KPMG survey in this recent post on InFocus, a sister blog within the EMC community.last_img

The Real Deal with Wearables, Millennials & Consumers ‘Caught in the Act’

first_imgMany years ago when being quizzed as to whether ‘Web Services’ were the next big thing, Larry Ellison commented “I’ve spent too much time in Italy to know that you shouldn’t ignore fashion”.  In tech, we like nothing better than a new trend – and we all know that fashion matters, so we get on board with it. As an industry we’ve proven to be masters at hyping new trends, setting unrealistically high expectations for them and then, when dust settles, sometimes making money.So what are the big tech trends for 2015?  Here’s my take…Wearable-SchmearableApple fanatics worldwide expect wearables will go mainstream following the emergence of iWatch, but I’m not so sure. Let’s face it, nobody under 35 wears a watch anymore – they rely on their smartphones for everything. A lot of wearables will fail … with the guys wearing their Bluetooth ear piece all day propping up the market.   Now, that said, not all wearable technology will end in abject failure. Standalone, niche wearables that shake up industries for the better – such as FitBits or Jawbones that monitor vitals or health activity – will continue to flourish and be incorporated into sports clothing, shoes and equipment.Consumers “Caught In The ‘Act’Mobile devices are a driving force of disruption in almost every industry. Businesses that adapt and take their services onto the mobile device can create a direct relationship with the consumer.   This creates a nirvana moment for marketers – they have the potential to intercept consumers “in the act” and direct their attention to relevant products and services.   Think about the retailer who is savvy about the consumer location in the store, or the sports clothing company who understand exercise routines and state of health of their customers – it’s a gold mine!  But consumers are fickle and impatient.  Many companies have been working on this for years, but I expect it will become more widely adopted.  That means vast streams of data will need to be processed in real time … driving a massive increase in the adoption of technologies such as in-memory databases and flash storage.It’s About The Software, StupidIn the last decade or so, most companies have quit the business of writing software. IT departments have become experts at managing data center infrastructure and implementing ERP systems.   In the next decade, almost every industry will be re-defined by software – and much of that software being surfaced on mobile devices – on smartphones and tablets for sure, but also in cars, aircraft engines, running shoes and human beings!  Think about Tesla – an electric car, right? Yes, but more than that, it’s a software-defined car.  Tesla has done to the driving experience what Apple did to the cellular phone experience – your car is now a software platform to innovate on top of.   Companies that don’t innovate in this way won’t last long. This trend also hits close to home – I’m not excusing the data center infrastructure (that EMC plays in) from this.  Storage arrays, servers, networks and entire data centers will be run and managed by smart software in the future.Agile Software Development + Millennials = New ITIn the next decade business transformation will be driven by new, differentiated, software running on mobile devices.  But it won’t be written the way it was 20 years ago.  At school most of us forty-something’s learned that making changes late in the software development lifecycle was expensive.  So we had to lock in requirements early, up front and fight change.  Change was bad.  So many of us have spent our careers working on projects that lasted years and ultimately delivered the wrong thing – the magic of ‘waterfall’ development.If business transformation is to happen it will be driven by the business – often with “IT” (the guys writing the software) embedded in the business.   Development will be iterative, employing agile techniques – prioritizing work and then re-prioritizing every couple of weeks based on a tight feedback loop with the business. We’re talking here about a new model for IT, and one that provides almost instant gratification – a perfect fit for the millennial generation coming into the workplace.  2015 could represent the beginning of the decentralization of IT – IT operations staying centralized, but software development heading off into the respective business units.Lecture This2015 will be the dawn of a new era in education. We’ll see the beginning of the end of lectures.  Yes, as a form of learning, the professorial lecture is dead.  Trials at leading universities have shown that the average student pays attention for about 7 minutes in a 40 minute lecture.  If the lecture is 60 minutes the attention span actually drops!  At colleges where lectures have moved online exam re-take rates have tumbled from almost 50% to single digits.  And, that’s not the only good news, moving content online gives educational content global reach.  Imagine a world where everyone has access to the same materials our Ivy League schools teach!  Next time your kids are on Khan Academy, pay attention – you are seeing the future of education at work.last_img read more

Lifting Healthcare Out Of Its Digital Malaise

first_imgThe power of data in healthcare is nothing new. In 1846, a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis collected data to uncover why so many women in maternity wards were dying from childbed fever. After several outlandish theories, he discovered that medical students were transferring cadaverous particles from autopsies and thus one of the first infection-control hand-washing protocols was born. As a result, the rate of childbed fever fell dramatically. By using data to reach his conclusion, Dr. Semmelweis was a data scientist before his time.Fast-forward 170 odd yearsThankfully, we now have sophisticated data crunching and analysis tools. For instance, data lakes store information in a central repository, where data can be indexed and shared at a moment’s notice. These lakes manage and visualize data from multiple sources and create metaphorical workbenches from which companies can do deep analytics. Why do we need this? New healthcare data is growing at the rate of 48 percent per year. The Internet of Things is creating a lot of this information. In a short space of time, a vast network of sensors will automatically capture real-time biometric data. This information will shed light on the impact of lifestyle on chronic diseases and wellness, and ultimately change behavior.The Cardiac Risk Score visual design, based on the stellar work of David McCandless, is a case in point. From this design an app was developed around clinically derived specifications from Boston Children’s Hospital and was featured on SMART Health IT. Apps like this are designed to empower patients to make sense of their medical records by visually presenting their lab results to show that if they stopped smoking or lowered their blood pressure within normal range for instance, they could reduce their risk of a heart attack or stroke by a certain percentage. The app’s dynamic visualizations resonated with patients and provided important insights at the point of care.However, such examples are exceptions rather than the norm. Dr. Joseph Kvedar, author of the Internet of Healthy Things, believes the healthcare industry is at a loss as to what to do with this immense opportunity. A broad list of obstacles is curtailing innovation, from liability concerns and overregulation to complex and long sales cycles. He refers to “chaos” within the ranks.Recent Dell Technologies research certainly bears this out. Some 4,000 senior decision-makers from 16 countries and 12 major industries judged their businesses’ digital capabilities. The findings suggest public and private healthcare organizations are struggling the most. Public healthcare, for example, is the least digitally mature industry on the Digital Transformation Index: only 19 percent of organizations claim to be innovating in an agile way. In fact, the sector is least likely to perform any of the attributes of a digital business well and companywide.These findings are symptoms of a larger malaise, including an aging population, shrinking budgets, staffing pressures, and more. It’s somewhat alarming that only 34 percent credit the C-suite for driving their organization’s digital strategy forward. Leadership is a must because in some respects, the lack of competitive pressure places the public sector at a disadvantage, as it removes the incentive for constant reinvention and improvement.Private healthcare maintains only a slight edge over its public cousin. It’s the second least mature industry on the benchmark. In the same way that public healthcare organizations lack market pressures to compete, evidence suggests private healthcare has taken a laissez faire approach to rising customer expectations, insulated by the knowledge there will always be a stable need for healthcare. 72 percent of respondents in private healthcare admit to not acting on intelligence in real-time, and just half of respondents cite customers as a key influencer driving their digital strategies forward. This is markedly lower than the global average – despite the fact they exist to provide a patient-focused service.Security concernsWhile there are pockets of excellence, the industry faces significant security risks. According to the research, only 31 percent of respondents in public healthcare believe their organization can meet customer demands for better security. Medical equipment, of which there are legion – from diagnostic imaging machines, monitoring devices, etc. – operate as “black boxes,” using their own specialized software and hardware. These devices are typically overlooked when it comes to routine security testing and simulation.The fact that implantables, such as pacemakers and infusion pumps, can be breached and tampered with raises the spectre of serious threats to patient safety. To combat these risks, healthcare organizations need to move well beyond traditional anti-virus software and harden devices with regular patching and configuration management, as well as using robust data encryption and advanced malware protection at all endpoints. In short, what is needed are mature process and platforms to protect this ‘internet of diagnostic things’ from destructive cyber-attacks.Impacting lives with data enabled digital transformationReturning to Dell Technologies’ study, the evidence suggests disruption often motivates a company to innovate and be the best it can be. We can see this in commercial industries. For instance, well over a hundred years ago, ADT Security used to provide armed security guards. It’s now the largest professional installer of home automation solutions in the U.S. It transformed because it had to respond to market disruptors. The adapt-or-die dynamic made the company what it is today.Most industries have witnessed an influx of new competitors, in the form of digital start-ups and industry disruptors, thanks to digital technologies and initiatives. Healthcare recorded the least. But this doesn’t mean the healthcare industry isn’t and shouldn’t be under pressure to transform. We’ve seen several of our data-empowered customers such as Partners Healthcare leaping ahead. This all starts with transparent access to, and elegant visualization of, relevant data. Patients need a healthcare system that can prevent illness, cure cancer and save lives. Their needs are acute and their voices, if heeded, could change the world.We at Dell EMC are committed to delivering technology to healthcare organizations of all types and sizes so they can transform and thrive in the digital economy – in fact, we’ll be discussing how at HIMSS17. Stop by booth #3161, where our team will be discussing the opportunity at hand for all healthcare organizations.Please don’t hesitate to offer any comments below, and I look forward to seeing you at HIMSS17.last_img read more

Making the Complex Simple With Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud Platforms

first_imgIt’s no secret that today’s most innovative organizations are embracing hybrid cloud strategies to accomplish their digital initiatives. Research backed by Dell EMC customer results affirms that hybrid cloud not only enables IT transformation, but also paves new avenues of innovation and competitive advantages for those seeking to deliver differentiated and completely self-service IT. With proven results, companies of all sizes are shifting from viewing this operating model as a “nice to have” to a must have to meet the increasing demands of the market.We’ve seen this first-hand with Dell EMC customers. Over the past few years, our conversations have evolved from general education of cloud operating models to customers’ realization that hybrid cloud is the way forward. They tell us, “We know hybrid cloud is critical and need to deliver faster than our competition. How can you help us?”Enter Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud Platforms. Our industry-leading portfolio includes turnkey hybrid cloud platforms that are easy to deploy, lifecycle managed, and backed by a single-contact support experience. By leveraging Dell EMC’s engineering and software development expertise, customers can focus on the critical differentiators of their businesses, instead of managing the underlying components.Think of these as the next evolution of hyper-converged infrastructure, as those systems advance from virtualized workloads to fully-engineered, self-service hybrid cloud platforms for Application Owners and Developers. Furthering our commitment to infrastructure flexibility and customer choice, these can now be delivered on Dell EMC VxRail appliances.Automated Deployment of Enterprise Hybrid CloudMaking the complex simple for customers is our charter, and we continue to invest and improve our offerings to this end. Earlier this year, we launched an exciting new innovation for deploying Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) with ease: the Automated Installation Tool for Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail.Enterprise Hybrid Cloud enables organizations to deliver IT-as-a-Service by automating the delivery of traditional enterprise applications through a self-service catalog. It brokers services from the public cloud, allowing customers to balance public and private cloud consumption and appropriately place their workloads based on requirements. Prior to automation, installing the platform required thousands of manual steps and five or more days to deploy all of the Dell EMC, VMware, and supporting technologies. With the Automated Installation Tool, this is reduced to less than 10 hours in a typical customer environment— yielding a faster EHC deployment with greater cost-efficiency and minimized risk.This fully operational, powerful tool is the culmination of engineering effort and collaboration. Standardizing the overall installation of the EHC platform, it is truly an “easy button” to achieve a turnkey hybrid cloud!See Enterprise Hybrid Cloud in ActionLearn more about the functionality of the Automated Installation Tool, and watch this brief video demonstration to see just how simple it is to deploy Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail (with more platforms to come!) In addition, a second video provides an overview of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud end user experience and key features, including cost transparency, automated service provisioning, and automated lifecycle management. Innovation to Come!Our team is hard at work to extend and enhance automation across the entire Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud Platforms portfolio. Stay tuned for even more innovation in this area, aimed at simplifying the user experience and accelerating time to value for customers. Look for an upcoming video and blog on Native Hybrid Cloud, where we show the delivery of our Digital Transformation platform with automation and simplicity.Thanks and keep following!last_img read more

It’s Time for 2018 CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs!

first_imgIn the channel industry, CRN’s Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs begins with 32 of the industry’s most influential Channel Chiefs. It ends with one. Following the same format and schedule as the much-anticipated collegiate tournament, each channel chief will compete for bragging rights during CRN’s Channel Madness.CRN’s fourth annual Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs pits some of the channel’s best-known executives against each other in head-to-head battles where CRN readers vote to determine the victors. 32 of the channel industry’s most influential channel executives compete for the single title of favorite channel chief. The winners will make their way, round by round, through a bracket, moving closer and closer to the championship match, where bragging rights are at stake.Voting in Round 1 Is Live Now!Please take a moment to vote for your favorite channel chiefs. Dell EMC’s Joyce Mullen, President, Global Channel, OEM and IoT is among the 32 Channel Chiefs chosen to participate in the 2018 CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs. She is joined by Dell Technologies executives Frank Rauch of VMware and Faraz Siraj of RSA.HOW TO VOTE:Visit and click the “Vote Now” buttonBe sure to vote before Round 1 voting closes on March 21 at Noon ESTSPREAD THE WORD:Tweet out your thoughts using #CRNChannelMadness and #DellEMC—make sure to @DellEMCPartnersOr download the bracket, choose your favorite chiefs, snap a picture and share it on social media using the hashtags aboveThe winners of Round 1 will be announced on March 22 when Round 2 voting begins.Good luck to all of the Channel Chiefs, and may the best chief win!last_img read more

Merck ends development of two potential COVID-19 vaccines

first_imgMerck is giving up on two potential COVID-19 vaccines following poor results in early-stage studies. The drugmaker said Monday that it will focus instead on studying two possible treatments for the virus that also have yet to be approved by regulators. The company said its potential vaccines were well tolerated by patients, but they generated an inferior immune system response compared with other vaccines. Merck entered the race to fight COVID-19 later than other top drugmakers.last_img

Biden aims for most ambitious US effort on climate change

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands and waters, reversing Trump administration policies on energy and the environment.,The move follows a 60-day suspension of new drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters announced last week.,Biden is also expected to direct officials to conserve 30% of the country’s lands and ocean waters in the next 10 years and elevate climate change to a national security priority.,He will direct all U.S. agencies to use science and evidence-based decision-making in federal rule-making.,That’s according to two people familiar with Biden’s plan who spoke on condition of anonymity before the announcement.last_img

UW-Madison police chief bans ‘Thin Blue Line’ imagery

first_imgMADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison’s police chief has banned officers from using “Thin Blue Line” imagery while on duty. The move by Chief Kristen Roman follows criticism on social media of a “Thin Blue Line” flag displayed at the police department’s office. The flag, which resembles a U.S. flag but has a blue stripe, is considered a sign of police solidarity, but has also been criticized as a symbol of white supremacy. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Roman says the flag has been “co-opted” by extremists with “hateful ideologies” and that her department needs to distance itself from the imagery to build trust with the community.last_img