Somewhere, a teenage kid in his pajamas is writing code that will do what your company does for half the cost. Don’t believe me? Ask Blockbuster about Netflix. Ask Kodak about Facebook. Or ask any independent bookseller about Amazon.com. In each of these cases, iconic brands with impressive histories were humbled by digital upstarts seemingly armed with only their Silicon Valley swagger and their venture capital fueled dreams.Actually, they were armed with something else. These darlings of the early internet harnessed the power of the internet in new ways, but their true ingenuity (and one that should serve as a model to us all today) was their understanding of three things:Intuitive Application DesignBig Data ManagementAdvanced AnalyticsMy call to action today is to learn these capabilities too or face the inevitable Digital Darwinism that awaits laggards.Train the app to the userThere was a time when people attended weeks of training to understand how to use an application. Think of the CRM or ERP applications of the past decade. Now think about that app you downloaded from the Apple or Google store this morning. Think about how you can transfer balances and deposit checks with your phone. No training required because the app was intuitive, useful, and targeted.My colleague Mike Armentano likes to remind me that the Italians have an expression to describe the best form of cooking: semplicità. Simplicity. This should be the hallmark of Third Platform applications, built quickly in the mobile age, simple in their design, and targeted rather than exhaustive in features. In this application development world, ease of use trumps feature richness. Think the iPod over the Blackberry. Think Dropbox over your corporate file share. Semplicità.In the time before Big Data was coolThink for one moment about Netflix, about the physical storage required for one movie and about the ability to stream that data in real-time. Then think about the 64MB thumb drive that you carry around with you. These technologies were impossible. Until they weren’t.The common thread for the most innovative companies is their embracing of massive data stores as the price of data storage plummeted with the onset of Big Data technologies. For example, according to the National Human Genome Institute, the cost of sequencing a gene has shrunk from roughly $100M in 2001 to roughly $7,000 in 2015. This represents a price reduction of approximately 10,000x. With this kind of cost reduction, companies can create innovative data products delivered through new channels.That’s right. I said data products. Don’t think that you need to be in the data business? Think again.What does Netflix deliver? Data…in the form of a movie. What does Facebook deliver? Data…in the form of pictures and comments. Twitter? Your bank app? That game of Candy Crush? Data, data, data.And here is the real pickle for traditional companies: upstart competitors that sell data products are getting between traditional companies and their customers. First there were organizations like Angie’s List, Kayak, and Orbitz, which could be incented to funnel customers to your door. But this has given way to data products that steal those customers from you. Consider Über’s impact on the taxi establishment or Esurance’s impact on the insurance market. These are examples of how data products attract customers to traditional products. The recipe for continued growth hinges upon the right data product to bring customers to your doorstep. Marriott’s new electronic concierge is a smart move to fend off Airbnb.Who says elephants can’t dance?Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM, famously asked this question in his 2004 book, challenging the widely held notion that big companies could not be innovative. Established companies have an interesting advantage – decades of information assets waiting to be combined with new internet of things data, social media data, and other exotic data. Companies have some of the best assets in the world to fuel their innovation – a long history of sales, manufacturing, service, and financial information.In today’s competitive landscape, it is imperative to leverage predictive analytics to create competitive differentiation. Target can famously (or notoriously) predict a woman’s due date within two weeks. Amazon knows what you want to buy next. Your company needs to think strategically about where analytic insights will drive the biggest ROI return. Companies have use cases as varied as prediction of ATM theft, elementary school curriculum development, eLearning planning, and utilities grid analytics for loss. The right answer for your company is one that makes you different from everyone else. We have arrived at the age of innovation, where the only answer is one that is strategically aligned to your corporate goals and helps you recognize and react to market demand faster than your competition.Call to actionIn summary, the opportunities have never been as great as they are right now to drive innovation, bringing exciting products and capabilities to customers. The key will be thinking creatively about your data assets, analytics, and application development. Each requires careful inspection to make sure that you have the capabilities to drive strategic, meaningful change. Focus on these areas will drive growth in new and exciting ways and help you recognize signals from customers, vendors, and employees, as well as machinery, equipment, transportation routes, and distribution grids.And for those struggling to make the connection between technological capabilities and business strategy, allow me to make a shameless plug for EMC’s Big Data Vision Workshop. This process has helped dozens of companies align business and IT stakeholders to identify their killer use case, driving massive value in a way that is aligned with strategy, values, and capabilities.The world is talking. Are you listening?
We recently had the pleasure of hosting another “Dell Enterprise Innovation Days” across different Dell locations in Round Rock and Austin. These events are an opportunity for small groups of journalists, analysts and bloggers to meet with Dell subject matter experts, executives and customers, as well as to visit select Dell labs to learn about the company’s technology investments and innovations.This year, we kicked things off at TopGolf with a welcome reception and discussion on the pending merger with EMC and a preview of Dell’s 2016 Annual Report to Customers. Attendees were then provided an overview of Dell’s Digital Transformation strategy along with a customer video highlighting “the future of golf.”The following morning, we treated guests to a tour of the Thermal and Futuresville labs at Parmer South for a glimpse into technology futures which included a briefing on ‘Triton,’ a liquid cooling solution for hyperscale, and a lively CTO panel discussion on new ways to innovate. The day also included pre-briefings of Dell’s four-socket server leadership and high performance computing (HPC) news that will be announced at the International Supercomputing show this week, as well as a visit to Dell customer Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), home of the very impressive Stampede cluster.On day two, attendees visited the Dell Global Support & Deployment (GSD) Command Center and the Design Lab in Round Rock. Discussions addressed solving customer problems with solutions including perspectives on Dell Blueprints, cloud, hyperconverged, GSD and Dell Financial Services. It also included new ways to look at innovation regarding our ESG product teams’ work with the Design Lab to bring conceptual data center futures to product roadmaps.As always, it was great having all of our guests here to tour the campus and meet with Dell engineers and executives, and we’re already talking about future events.
The power of personal connection matters now more than ever.If there is anything that this new world has reinforced, it’s the value of personal connections. Humans are social creatures. It’s the little things.While you may know VxRail as an amazing piece of infrastructure that makes life easier, we wanted to make a different connection for you…one that gives you a sense of the team working every day to make your life easier. So we created a video, featuring Dell Technologies team members:It truly does capture the essence of the people behind VxRail – those who have contributed to VxRail’s success by keeping our customers top of mind – and we wanted to share some of these people, and their functions, with you, our customers. Over 30 team members from around the world are featured within the video. You will see the faces of:the executive team that built this business from the ground upproduct managers whose vision translates customer needs into product featuresengineers who take this vision and make it real, ensuring quality along the wayproduct marketers who make it easy to understand how VxRail makes IT simpletechnical marketers who describe and demonstrate VxRail’s capabilitiesprofessional service professionals who ensure customer deployments go smoothlyVxSeals who help customers with nuanced use cases get up and runningThe PowerEdge team who worked with us to make VxRail one of the first products built on our own servers, and continues to work to deliver HCI focused capabilities within the platformmanufacturing team members who build your VxRail just the way you ordered itsimulation lab staff who ensure quality by running tests and squashing bugs before they become an issuesupport staff who answer the phones and solve problems around the clockThese are normal people doing extraordinary things.And with that, I invite you to come take a look behind the VxRail bezel.I hope you will see what I do. I see problem solvers. And I see the passion – and sense of humor – that I have come to know and love about these people. These are the people behind VxRail. And as a VxRail customer, you too are a part of this community and its story. Join us on social media where the story continues… #WeAreVxRail
According to the World Health Organization, 22% of the world’s population will be 60 years or older by 2050, up from 13% in 2017 with an associated increase in the incidence of chronic diseases. Healthcare expenditure is projected to increase at an annual rate of 5.4% between 2017 and 2022 up from 2.9%. The reality is that our current systems are at tipping point. It’s not just about finance. There’s huge shortage of expertise. The world needs 18 million more healthcare professionals.There’s also the whole issue of access and inequity. By 2020, healthcare expenditure per person is predicted to reach over $11,000 in the US, compared to just $54 in Pakistan. Meanwhile, patient expectations are increasing. Around 60 percent of US consumers expect their digital healthcare experience to closely align with their retail experience. What’s the solution? How do you scale to meet increased demand? How do you deliver more cost effective care without compromising on the patient experience? How do you deal with a shortage in medical expertise?“60% of US consumers expect their digital healthcare experience to closely align with their retail experience. What’s the solution?ShareImaging & PathologyMany of our customers are already addressing these questions – and we’re helping to bring their vision to life. Take imaging and pathology. The number of pathologists continues to decline with a decreasing percentage of medical graduates choosing to specialize in that area. This means that pathologists are under constant pressure and patients often experience delays receiving diagnoses and starting treatment.Additionally, the traditional process of analyzing blood and tissue samples is labor intensive. If you want to consult with another doctor, the slide has to be transported with all the associated delays and risks. In contrast, digital pathology provides a fast, efficient way to preserve, share duplicates, and study a specimen, which enables real-time consultation and research. Increasingly, we are also seeing the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI). For example, when a clinician detects a tumor, the database can be interrogated to find all similar tumors and treatment pathways. This allows healthcare professionals to assess outcomes and design personalized treatment plans for each patient. I visualize AI as a trusted advisor to practitioners who are busy and over-stretched.Innovative SolutionsOur OEM customers are at the very forefront in developing innovative healthcare solutions to address these challenges. For example, Konica Minolta has designed Dynamic Digital Radiography (DDR), which will enable doctors to diagnose conditions such as lung disease earlier. To make its vision a reality, Konica Minolta needed a powerful hardware platform that could process up to 300 images in a single scan and animate those images in mere minutes. By combining the widespread availability of X-ray machines with advanced hardware and AI, we hope, together, to give doctors new tools to save lives. Our partnership story is told here.Genomic Sequencing & AnalysisAnother example is genome sequencing, which has traditionally been slow and expensive. Faster and cheaper DNA sequencing is now helping scientists discover the genetic markers that set different groups of people apart, which could prove vital for developing new medicines and understanding why different groups are more susceptible to certain conditions. Globally, we are working with a number of specialist companies in this field, sharing our expertise on the underlying compute and storage technology required. Read the story here.TelemedicineLet’s not forget day-to-day healthcare. Personalized data, generated from wearable IoT medical devices, allows healthcare professionals to monitor patients with chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes from afar over long periods of time. During the current global challenge, this has become even more valuable as many patients are reluctant to visit for routine check-ups. We’re also seeing increased delivery of personal care, for example, smart devices that can administer treatment for cancer patients in the comfort of their own homes.Apart from being more time efficient, these developments will help deliver better healthcare access to underserved and remote communities. In terms of training, virtual reality (VR) technology is helping address the shortage of experienced surgeons, providing immersive, hands-on training to students and simulating an operating theater environment.Accessing New DataAnd of course, in a hospital campus environment, edge computing makes it easier to manage and label data in a more uniform and efficient way, allowing researchers to mine data that was previously unavailable. For example, Beijing Physicare Science and Technology wanted to create a platform for its digitalized traditional Chinese medicine project. The goal was to support analysis of the meridian system, the pathway in our bodies through which our life-energy flows, look at internal organs, identify which of the nine constitution types in Chinese medicine the patient has, raise any disease alerts and make a chronic-disease assessment.The results speak for themselves – patients’ constitution types are now delivered within 80 seconds while clinical assessments validate up to 97.8% of the diagnoses. Built on Dell technology, the system uses cloud computing with a traditional Chinese medical library connected to report clinical diagnoses and recommend treatments. Learn more about our collaboration here. The FutureLooking ahead, I believe that technologies such as digital pathology, next-gen imaging, AI, machine learning, genomics, telemedicine, AR/VR and robotics will help address today’s healthcare challenges. Advances will allow us to move from reactionary to preventative care, from depending on individual expertise to applying AI-assisted diagnostics, and from homogenized to differentiated patient treatments. In fact, the transformation is already underway. According to IDC, 60 percent of healthcare providers say that the digital experience is a current strategic imperative, while 40 percent of life science organizations believe they will achieve 20% of productivity gains with AI solutions by 2021.Dell Technologies OEM Solutions has the technology and expertise to help you design and deliver innovative healthcare solutions from any edge to any cloud, built on Tier 1 infrastructure and supported by world-class services. Our broad portfolio of hardware, software, solutions, and services, surrounded by security and data protection and with the backup of our partner ecosystem, including Intel, is already helping over 8,000 hospitals around the world deliver on their promise. Stay in touch. Follow us on Twitter @DellTechOEM and join our LinkedIn Design Solutions Showcase page. Learn more about what we do in healthcare at Dell Technologies OEM Solutions. Register now to join our upcoming Virtual Design Experience Event, featuring simulcast, customer interviews, and live chat with engineers and industry experts. US & EMEA registration here. APJ registration here.
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — A teen wanted in connection with the fatal shooting at a mall in eastern Wisconsin has been arrested in Iowa. The Grand Chute Police Department announced U.S. Marshals arrested 17-year-old Dezman Ellis on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. Ellis’ arrest comes days after authorities say he fatally shot 19-year-old Jovanni Frausto, of Neenah, and wounded another person inside the Fox River Mall outside Appleton. Outagamie County prosecutors say the shooting Sunday came after the two began arguing over a girl who was with Ellis. The shooting forced crowds of people to shelter in place inside the mall. Outagamie County prosecutors filed charges of first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety against Ellis on Tuesday.