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Dell Technologies Says 2019 Will Be The Year Of The Data-Driven Digital Ecosystem

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 6, 2018 by itnerd

Society is fascinated by what’s in store for the future of technology, and Dell Technologies predicts that this will be the year of the data-driven ecosystem, bringing us one step closer to where we’ll be in the year 2030, the next era of Human-Machine Partnerships, and a society where we will be immersed in smart living, intelligent work, and a frictionless economy.

This means virtual assistance and virtual intelligence will be more immersed in our work and life than ever before; 5G paving the way for micro-hubs to line our streets, and the opportunity for real-time insights; and multi-cloud environments driving automation, AI and ML processing into high gear to name a few.

2019 Tech Predictions:

  1. Virtual assistance and virtual intelligence will be more immersed in our work and life than ever before
  2. The spark of the next gold rush in tech investments, spurred by the greater value to be derived from data
  3. 5G will pave the way for micro-hubs to line our streets, and the opportunity for real-time insights
  4. Multi-cloud environments will drive automation, AI and ML processing into high gear
  5. Move over Millennials: Make room in the workforce for Gen Z
  6. Greater investments in intelligent cybersecurity that spans edge to core to cloud
  7. Stronger, smarter and greener supply chains

What are your thoughts on Dell’s predictions? Please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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Only 6% of Canadian Businesses are Digital Leaders: Dell

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 1, 2018 by itnerd

Just 6% of Canadian businesses are Digital Leaders, according to the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index (the DT Index). The DT Index, which was completed in collaboration with Intel, maps digital transformation progress of mid to large-sized companies and examines the digital hopes and fears of business leaders. While Canadian businesses have a ways to go before the majority are Digital Leaders, they are hopeful that they can get there with the study revealing that 31% of them believe they’ll disrupt rather than be disrupted.

The DT Index’s calculations are based on companies’ perceived performance in the following areas: delivering against the core attributes of a digital business**, their existing IT strategy, workforce transformation strategy and planned investments.

Two years after the DT Index’s initial launch in 2016, Dell Technologies and Intel have more than doubled the scope of the research, from 16 countries to 42 and benchmarked 4,600 businesses using the below groupings. Here’s how Canada ranks this year compared to 2016:

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While there is minimal growth in the Digital Leaders group, the Digital Transformation Index has tracked dynamic movement across other groups. For instance, 29% of businesses now are categorized as Digital Adopters (up 17% from 2016). These companies have advanced digital plans and innovations in place to power their transformation.

However, the Digital Transformation Index also reveals that too many Canadian companies are still coasting in the middle group or stuck in the bottom two groups meaning they’re either moving too slowly or don’t even have a digital plan in place.

Barriers to digital transformation

According to the research, 89% of Canadian businesses are facing major impediments to digital transformation today.

The top five barriers to digital transformation are:

  1. Lack of budget and resources
  2. Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns
  3. Information overload
  4. Lack of the right in-house skill sets and expertise
  5. Lack of the right technologies to work at the speed of business

These barriers are hampering digital transformation efforts. Regardless, there is a sense of urgency among business leaders and right now 83% of them believe that digital transformation should be more widespread throughout the organization. This figure has jumped 15% since 2016.  

Conquering their challenges

The research indicates that businesses are taking steps to overcome their barriers and combat the threat of being outmaneuvered from more nimble, innovative players. Progress is definitively being made and the below statistics explain the spike in Digital Adopters this year:

  • 28% of Canadian businesses have embraced agile software development allowing them to code and securely launch new applications within much shorter cycles (up 6% from 2016).
  • 50% are building security and privacy into all devices, applications and algorithms, up from 45% in 2016.
  • More companies are taking action to resolve the workforce skills gap by developing the right skills sets and expertise in-house, such as teaching staff how to code (42%; up 18% from 2016).
  • 45% of businesses are sharing knowledge across functions, by equipping IT leaders with business skills and business leaders with IT skills (up 25% from two years ago).

Investments in initiatives which enable digital transformation to occur is also up and is expected to continue rising. Below are the top five planned investments in the next one to three years, as indicated by Canadian business leaders:

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Multi-cloud environment
  3. Artificial Intelligence
  4. Internet of Things technology
  5. A compute-centric approach to data centre design and workload enablement/optimization

Research methodology

This summer, independent research company, Vanson Bourne surveyed 100 business leaders in Canada from mid to large-size companies to gauge their organizations’ place on the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index. Vanson Bourne classified businesses’ digital business efforts by examining their IT strategy, workforce transformation initiatives and perceived performance against a core set of digital business attributes. The global results (based on 4,600 respondents from 42 countries) will be released in early 2019.

Additional resources

Attributes of a digital business

In 2015, business leaders defined a core set of digital attributes businesses must embrace to succeed over the next decade. These are:

  • Innovate in agile ways
  • Predictively spot new opportunities
  • Demonstrate transparency and trust
  • Deliver unique and personalized experiences
  • Always on, operate in real time

 

 

OpenText joins Dell EMC Select Partner Program

Posted in Commentary with tags , on November 17, 2017 by itnerd

OpenText has announced that it has signed a definitive reseller agreement with Dell EMC establishing OpenText as a reseller partner within Dell EMC’s Select Partner Program. The agreement initially includes OpenText InfoArchive to help enhance Dell EMC offerings focused on IT transformation. This combination paves the way to help enterprise customers modernize and transform IT infrastructures. InfoArchive will be immediately available through Dell EMC’s sales channels.

OpenText InfoArchive and Dell EMC’s services and storage solutions enable enterprises to securely manage legacy information from multiple applications and sources, without the requirement to maintain expensive legacy applications.

OpenText InfoArchive enables enterprises to target applications suitable for archiving and retirement, and manage all associated structured and unstructured information. InfoArchive can assist enterprises in the requirement to retain legacy and past-era applications, while providing continuous access to valuable data and information, and ensure compliance with governance and retention policies. InfoArchive works with Dell EMC’s storage platforms such as Isilon and ECS, and Dell EMC’s Application Archiving and Retirement Service, to enhance customer compliance, accessibility and information analytics capabilities.
OpenText enables organizations to gain insight through market leading information management solutions, on-premises or in the cloud. For more information about OpenText visit opentext.com.

#Fail: Dell Forgets To Renew A Domain And It Gets Hijacked

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 26, 2017 by itnerd

Security expert Brian Krebs has a report which shows that #fails come in all forms. I’ll let him give you the details:

There is a program installed on virtually all Dell computers called “Dell Backup and Recovery Application.” It’s designed to help customers restore their data and computers to their pristine, factory default state should a problem occur with the device. That backup and recovery program periodically checks a rather catchy domain name — DellBackupandRecoveryCloudStorage.com — which until recently was central to PC maker Dell’s customer data backup, recovery and cloud storage solutions.

Sometime this summer, DellBackupandRecoveryCloudStorage.com was suddenly snatched away from a longtime Dell contractor for a month and exposed to some questionable content. More worryingly, there are signs the domain may have been pushing malware before Dell’s contractor regained control over it.

That’s a #Fail. You have to wonder if the person who keeps track of when domains expire still works for Dell as this had the potential of going horribly sideways for them. Here’s why:

This program comes in two versions: Basic and Premium, explains “Jesse L,” a Dell customer liaison and a blogger on the company’s site.

“The Basic version comes pre-installed on all systems and allows the user to create the system recovery media and take a backup of the factory installed applications and drivers,”Jesse L writes. “It also helps the user to restore the computer to the factory image in case of an OS issue.”

In other words: If DellBackupandRecoveryCloudStorage.com were to fall into the wrong hands it could be used to foist malicious software on Dell users seeking solace and refuge from just such nonsense!

While this situation isn’t as bad as say Equifax, it could have been. Hopefully Dell learns its lesson and keeps tighter control of their domains going forward.

 

#Fail: Dell BIOS Update Bricks Computers

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 18, 2017 by itnerd

It seems that Dell has some pissed of customers on its hands due to a BIOS update that is apparently bricking computers. Apart from a power light, nothing much happens. The main model affected by this is the Inspiron 20 3052, although a few users reported similar problems with Inspiron 3252s.

If you want to see how frustrated users are, the thread on the Dell Support Forum that has the outrage in progress is here. Let’s hope that Dell has a fix for this that they can roll out quickly to mitigate this disaster.

Dell Engineering Director Appears To Trash AirWatch On Twitter… Say What?

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 12, 2016 by itnerd

Last month Dell and VMware became one in the same as they merged into a single company. As part of the deal, VMware’s AirWatch enterprise mobility management product was brought into the fold. But I have to guess that not all Dell employees are thrilled with the fact that they now have to fly the flag for AirWatch. Case in point is this fellow:

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This is Luke Woydziak and according to his LinkedIn profile, he just took on the role of Director of Engineering at Dell Technologies which has the following mission statement according to this

Dell Technologies is Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware. We’re a collective force of innovative capabilities trusted all over the world to provide technology solutions and services that accelerate digital transformation.

Now you’ll note that VMware is part of that list. And as I mentioned above, VMware has AirWatch as part of its portfolio. Which would make it really strange to see this comment on Mr. Woydziak’s Twitter feed:

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Yes that’s a screen shot. I’ve done that just in case the tweet gets deleted. That sometimes happens when potentially embarrassing tweets are brought to light. Here’s the original tweet:

I don’t get it. Someone who works for an organization that provides technologies to businesses is appearing to disparage one of the technologies that helps to provide his pay packet. Keep in mind that this fellow has over 7000 followers on Twitter. Even if he didn’t, this is the age of apps like Radian6 which troll social media for this sort of thing. In short, he must have known that someone further up the food chain in Dell would see this tweet. Or worse, competitors might see this tweet and pounce on it. Never mind the possibility that someone like me who has several thousand people visiting this blog every day might see this and say “hmmmmmm” and quickly post a story on it. The only thing that I can conclude is that he isn’t happy about AirWatch being part of Dell for whatever reason, and he isn’t shy to say so in public. I also suspect that there are others within the Dell organization who feel this way, but haven’t made their feelings known by tweeting or by other means.

I for one will be keeping an eye on this story as it could get very interesting.

 

3000 Dell Employees May Get The Axe

Posted in Commentary with tags , on September 12, 2016 by itnerd

As part of Dell’s efforts to buy EMC, which closed on September 7th by the way, as many as 3000 people may no longer work for Dell when it is all said and done according to a  Bloomberg report. The report claims that Dell will seek out $1.7bn in cost savings in the next eighteen months. However, it also claims that it will seek to beef up sales by several times that amount, minimizing the need to thin the herd. If they have to thin the herd, it will likely come from the US and in roles including supply chain, marketing and general and administrative functions.

It will be interesting to see what this new Dell/EMC combo does to make this deal work over next year or two. My guess is that they will be doing anything possible to prove that this merger was a good idea. Even if that means that this merger isn’t as good for others. Employees for example.