ISTE 2018 kicks off in Chicago today gathering educators, strategists, policy and decision makers, and technology providers to discuss, showcase and converse on topics related to advancing digital learning in the classroom.Technology and with it, the ability to access a world of resources and possibilities, is a catalyst for innovation in the education space and we’re dedicated to providing the tools and resources to enable this seamless transformation. At Dell EMC, we’re eager to continue the conversation on-site at ISTE to discuss trends, strategies and solutions to advance learning through purposeful use of technology.We’ll be hosting a robust series of programming at ISTE focused on the theme of accelerating student-centered transformation in the digital era. At the Dell EMC Learning Lounge, we’ll lead multiple interactive workshops, sessions and talks with our own education strategists alongside school administrators and IT professionals focused on how to enable this transition in education. In partnership with Meteor Education and Paragon Furniture, we’ll be hosting a model learning environment to showcase how practice, space and technology come together to support a student-centered learning model.The Dell EMC Learning Lounge is located at McCormick Place West, room W195.The lounge will be open:June 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.June 26 from 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.June 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Stop in to attend one of our interactive workshops or hands-on demonstrations. The full schedule can be found here.Digital content opens a world of information to studentsAdditionally, our spotlight session, “The textbook is extinct! Now what?” takes place today, Monday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Room W183b at McCormick Place West. Speakers will discuss new challenges in education stemming from the growth and advancement of several digital tools and resources, and strategies on how to tackle these changes. The panel will feature Karen Greenleaf, Head of Content, Google Education; Ann-Marie Mapes, Educational Technology Consultant, Michigan Department of Education; Jon Gregori, Instructional Technology Specialist, Henrico County Public Schools and Matt Dascoli, Dell EMC Education Strategist.Reliable tools to enable students and teachersOur commitment to education is founded upon choice. We offer several form factors and operating systems that enable flexibility and function in various environments. In line with ISTE, we are launching two new student devices – the Latitude 3190 and Latitude 3190 2-in-1 Education series – to expand our robust education PC portfolio. The 11-inch laptop and 2-in-1 provide cost-effective learning devices built with enhanced durability and power to withstand the school environment. Both devices enable a versatile PC experience with Windows 10 Pro and a dynamic learning suite of Microsoft Office programs; while the 2-in-1 offers the added benefit of multiple modes to adjust to every learning need. Additionally, students can rely on 10+ hours battery life for the longest school days, and a tamper and spill resistant keyboard to survive the ups and downs of a demanding classroom. The Latitude 3190 and Latitude 3190 2-in-1 Education series will be available on August 2 in the U.S. Visitors can demo these new devices and many other innovative tools within our education portfolio at the Dell EMC Learning Lounge.To learn more about all our sessions and solutions designed for the education industry, visit our ISTE page here for all our activity at the conference. You can also follow our presence at the show at @DellEMCEdu.
During the holiday break, and as we enter into a new year, I always like to reflect on the world of technology–where we have been and where we are heading. Not sure my wife Julie, 25 years on Jan 8th, I might add, shares the same enthusiasm on the technology front. However, I figured I could give her a shout out in a blog for a 25th anniversary; I’ll let you know how that goes.Thinking about compute on the enterprise side, there is so much going on I thought it best to write them down and share a few thoughts. These are the things I’m thinking about as we end the year—a moment in time as our CTO team and I are continually looking to the future.Right now, we are in the midst of a 50-year perfect storm on both the technology and business front. Businesses must transform and embrace the digital world or get run over by a new and more agile competitor with a new business model benefiting from advanced technologies like data analytics, AI, ML and DL. No business is safe from the wave of digital disruption. In this case, disruption is a GOOD thing. Options for mining data are opening new opportunities that are making businesses smarter and bringing customers and businesses closer together.It is all about the data – “computing on” and the “science of.” Those that harness the power of data will win; there is no doubt. On the technology front, we are in a silicon renaissance due to many factors – impact of Moore’s low slowing, parity on silicon fabrication processes, new and real competition on the CPU front, shared wafer economics, etc. Seems like all of the laws are against us – Moore, Amdahl, Wirth, Gustafson, Brooke – couple that with the fact we are moving from an era where we used compute to create data (“compute centric” era) to the new era where we use compute to consume data (“memory centric” era). We are finding our systems and architectures can be better optimized for this new era of data consumption.Hence, you see the rise of all these “Domain Specific Architectures” – GPUs, IPUs, FPGA, ASICs… Businesses that fail to embrace or choose poorly can be disrupted by a rival they were not even tracking, a poor technology choice could lead to 100, 1000, 50k performance disadvantage vs. the competition. The stakes could not be any higher. We are seeing some of our beloved software abstractions starting to fail – not surprising when you consider we have spent last 30+ years trying to get out of the weeds – but at what cost? I never have had more discussion in my life or seen the interest in bare metal and performance optimization with Domain Specific Architectures.To top it all off, the data we care about is not conveniently located in the same spot or has real-time aspects. And, as we have done since the dawn of computing, the compute follows the data, leading to the rise of edge computing. We have seen this before; terminal-mainframe gave way to client-server to mobile-cloud and now IoT-Edge. Every swing of the pendulum has simply created a new and even bigger market. Finally, we have a new exponential; security threats and data growth are the new exponentials and these may be the exponentials that do indeed last forever.Given the state of business and technology disruption, what should businesses do to take advantage of innovation available to them to remain competitive? What do they need to do keep pace with the rapid change of IT? Move fast and pick the right tool for the job, focus on being the disruptor to avoid becoming the disruptee – leading is easier from the front. Along the way, pick a trusted partner for the journey – everyone needs a friend.
The latest Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum suggests that the rapid evolution of machines and algorithms in the workplace could create 133 million new roles between now and 2022.That’s a heck of a lot of jobs to fill.This is a great problem to have, but a problem none the less if we are not in a position to take advantage of the opportunity. According to the quarterly Gartner Emerging Risks Survey, talent shortage rated as one of the top three emerging risks that organizations face globally. In 2018, the ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Survey noted that employers are struggling to fill open jobs, with 45% globally reporting that they can’t find the skills they need.While I believe the data and have seen this challenge play out firsthand, I’m also a firm believer that in a world with 7.5+ billion people, there are plenty of talented individuals with the will to succeed in these emerging jobs.As business leaders, it’s our responsibility, and a business necessity, to prepare our workforce – those here today and those coming tomorrow. And we can’t afford to leave anyone out. We must arm those with the will to succeed with the skills to succeed.Here are five approaches we’re taking to prepare our future workforce.Engage students early and often. Dell Technologies has invested nearly $70 million in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs over the last five years. The programs provide students access to technology and educational programming. Many students around the world just require ongoing exposure and encouragement to enter into STEM fields. There’s an expression that says, “if you can see it, you can be it.” By sponsoring programs like Girls Who Code, FIRST Robotics and Computer Aid International, we provide both monetary and team member support to initiatives that empower kids to see themselves succeeding in the workforce of the future regardless of their gender, background or socioeconomic status.Tap into “non-traditional” talent pools that could get overlooked.People on the autism spectrum often have key skills required for success in the tech industry – attention to detail and strong math skills for example. However, sources estimate that as many as 90% of adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed. Given this fact, in partnership with HMEA, The Arc of the Capital Area and Neurodiverisity in the Workplace, we’ve established a neurodiversity hiring initiative in Massachusetts. Due to the positive experience, we recently expanded the program to Texas. Our Neurodiversity Hiring Program provides career readiness training for individuals on the autism spectrum, with the potential for full-time career opportunities in critical areas such as cyber-security, data analytics, software engineering, artificial intelligence and more.We also recognize the incredible talents and skills of military veterans and their spouses and actively work to recruit, train, and hire from this often-overlooked talent pool. Military veterans and spouses too often struggle to convey the many transferrable skills they possess. With characteristics like discipline, commitment and loyalty, we know the veteran community is a highly skilled talent pool and we are fortunate to have them as part of our Dell Technologies family.Skill and reskill the workforce to help eager non-techies and techies alike The World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report notes that the skills required to perform most jobs will shift by 42% leading up to 2022. We actively look for ways to skill and reskill not just our current employees, but the future talent pool as well. We joined Northeastern University’s Align program, which is designed to serve women and underrepresented minorities from non-IT fields who are pursuing master’s degrees in computer science. We also committed to the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Partnership Challenge and launched Project Immersion, a program where we work with minority serving institutions and other universities to establish curriculum and provide our employees as guest instructors. This college/corporate partnership ensures students have relevant and valuable skills upon graduation and universities accomplish high placement rates – a win for all parties.Recent research from McKinsey shows that between 40 million and 160 million women globally may need to transition between occupations by 2030, often into higher-skilled roles. We’ve partnered with the Society of Women Engineers and iRelaunch to provide job coaching and training for new and potential hires to ensure they are up to speed on the latest and greatest trends and information related to their fields and industries. We call the program Dell Career ReStart. Once hired, we offer 1:1 role and career mentoring and additional coaching and support to ensure that our employees have the best chance for accelerated success.Solve big problems together.Not one company is immune from the talent shortage so it’s critical we work together to share best practices, resources and solutions for meaningful change.Dell Technologies was recently invited to join the Autism @ Work Employer Roundtable, a way to share best practices and resources with other organizations and corporations who have autism hiring initiatives. As an organization committed to bringing diverse perspectives to the table, investing in hiring and training adults with autism is not only the right thing to do, it makes clear business sense.We were also a founding member of the Veteran Jobs Mission, which brings together companies committed to hiring, training, and providing career success opportunities to U.S. military veterans and military spouses.We’re also involved with the Reboot Representation Tech Coalition, which seeks to double the number of women of color graduating with computing degrees by 2025. We are proud to be one of the twelve founding companies which committed more than $12 million to this goal, which represents a 30X increase in funding. Membership in Reboot continues to grow.We also joined the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Coalition to work across our industry and more broadly on cultural and gender issues in the workplace.Culture matters.Our goal has always been to build an environment where team members can be themselves and where different perspectives, ideas and backgrounds are valued. Our team members have told us we’re on the right track. We were recently recognized by LinkedIn as a 2019 Top Company and by FairyGodBoss as a Top 10 Tech Company according to women working at Dell Technologies. But there is still much work to do and there is no quick fix.Progress requires a long-term view, systemic changes across the entire talent continuum, and new partnerships that bring peers together to create impact with scale. This is a journey, but our mission is very clear, and this will continue to be a key focus as we look toward 2030.
Innovation will take its own pathI believe that the future for the telecom industry is brighter than ever. No doubt, there are some developers sitting in a garage somewhere right now saying, “I wish I could make this thing work…if I could only get ubiquitous, cost-effective, latency-free bandwidth!”As 5G starts to become more mainstream, I believe that we’ll experience tons of new innovation, new capabilities, new ways for people to connect with one other, new ways for businesses to connect. As a result, we’ll see new revenue streams, new business models and new markets emerging. Change is going to open brand new opportunities that none of us have even dreamed of yet. That’s the bit I’m most excited about, as innovation takes its own path.Let us help you build the network of tomorrow, today. Take the first step and contact us. And of course I’d love to hear your take on 5G, Edge computing and the modern telecom network. Join the conversation!Learn more about Telecom Solutions from Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions.Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem. Join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page here. This time last year, there were a slew of predictions around the launch of 5G and its potential impact on the world. I personally forecast that Dell Technologies would help define the underlying infrastructure technology, serving as the rocket fuel to power the “connected everything” revolution.One year later, have the predictions come to pass? Has reality met our expectations? All signs indicate a resounding yes. More importantly, the story of transformation continues to unfold.Torrents of data We’ve already seen the pace of innovation accelerate dramatically with the combination of 5G, Edge and IoT applications driving literally torrents of data from the Edge to the Core to the Cloud. According to estimates for this year, every person on earth is generating 1.7MB of data every second. Incredibly, this will result in 40 times more bytes of data than there are stars in the observable universe. That’s a pretty mind-blowing statistic.In a way, it’s not surprising since we’re increasingly surrounded by always-on, always-connected smart devices. However, as you can imagine, the speed and efficiency of processing this growing workload is only as good as the network and infrastructure it runs on. Therein lies the challenge. Implications for network builders & service providersFor network builders and service providers, the immediate priority is to meet the current demand for more data. However, you have to think long-term and position your network for the future. To capitalize on the 5G opportunity, you need to deliver massive speed, scale and innovation. You have to automate and cut costs in order to compete and speed your time to market. In short, you have to design the telecom network of tomorrow, today.A modern network for the futureSo, what does this modern network look like? In my view, you need built-in intelligence coupled with a reliable and yet simple infrastructure that can scale to meet future demand. Must-haves include carrier-grade platforms, based on open standards and commercial off-the-shelf compute, industry-certified solutions, best-of-breed switching and storage solutions, all fully optimized and designed to deliver a richer, more intuitive user experience. Think software-defined, flexible, multi-cloud and virtualized solutions.5G and edge computing – a symbiotic relationshipIn this new world, 5G and Edge computing—working together in tandem—allow network operators to deliver new business insights, reduce the costs associated with backhauling data to the cloud, and avoid network congestion. Most importantly, this combination is allowing network operators to intersect with other vertical industries—like video surveillance and industrial automation—to support applications that rely on low-latency connections, such as autonomous vehicles, smart factories and automated warehousing.For example, one of our OEM customers that builds global networks is currently using Dell Edge gateways, Virtual Edge Platform 4600 and VMware Pulse to deliver a turnkey solution that solves connectivity for the smart factory or warehouse, relying on LTE technology. My colleague Ron Pugh recently touched on some other exciting Edge opportunities for the telecom industry. I believe that this is just the beginning; we’re merely scratching the surface of what’s to come. A track record of deliveryIn this fast-changing environment, Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions has delivered these solutions successfully in the IT market for years, making us uniquely qualified to help network builders and service providers in this fast-changing environment. With expert knowledge of the telecom market, we can deliver industry certifications, ruggedized products, branding, customization, BIOS modifications plus a tremendous amount of engineering capability to help you to build the right solution that can deliver a software-defined, flexible set of capabilities.Customer examples always tell the story best. With its telecom customers wanting to deploy a virtual session border controller in their networks, Ribbon decided to source a turnkey NFV platform from Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions to serve as a high-performance, hosting infrastructure, capable of high packet throughput, low latency and scalable audio transcoding. You can read the full Ribbon story here.Meanwhile, Mavenir offers a 5G core solution based on our infrastructure and VMware container platforms. And in the world of telecom network testing, VIAVI Solutions integrates our XL servers with its custom FPGA cards and Linux-based application suite. Watch the full VIAVI story below: Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:59Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:59 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Diversity matters to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the first team to reach the Super Bowl with a trio of Black assistant coaches serving as coordinators. Byron Leftwich calls plays for a potent offense led by Tom Brady, Todd Bowles orchestrates a stingy defense that’s helped the team to the NFL title game, and Keith Armstrong directs the club’s special teams. Coach Bruce Arians didn’t stop there in forming a staff to help him transforming a perennial last-place franchise into championship contenders two years ago. He also hired Harold Goodwin, who is Black, as assistant head coach/run coordinator. In addition, the NFC champions have two women on the coaching staff.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Media coverage and social media chatter around the tens of thousands of protesting farmers at the edges of the Indian capital have prompted a furious reaction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Critics say it has used the massive demonstrations to escalate a crackdown on the media and free speech by detaining journalists and freezing Twitter accounts. While some of the accounts have been restored this week, nine journalists and an opposition lawmaker are facing sedition charges for their reporting on the protests. Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders condemned the government’s action as censorship. The Editors Guild of India says the cases against journalists are an attempt to intimidate, harass, browbeat and stifle the media.