How big is Big Data?Business users are increasingly turning to data management and advanced analytic technologies that enable organizations to uncover business insights. These insights can help them operate with more efficiency, build improved products, and provide more relevant services to their customers. However, to get the most benefit from these next-generation technologies, organizations must determine where and how they can best leverage Big Data to obtain the greatest value. This premise is the foundation of my recently published book Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business.The book’s working title was the ”Big Data MBA.“ It’s a hands-on, pragmatic handbook chock-full of practical advice for IT and business stakeholders alike as they progress in their journeys toward leveraging Big Data to drive business value. It’s designed to help business users who have already grasped the organization’s value creation processes, but lack a clear understanding of how to utilize the technologies that are going to allow them to harvest the greatest business benefits.The concept behind the Big Data MBA is to seize and explore businesses opportunities that will lead to improved value creation processes, optimized key business processes, and the discovery of new monetization opportunities to drive all data, data management, and analytics-related technology decisions.Sounds simple, right? While this concept may appear straightforward, the behind-the-scenes work required to strategize and execute a plan to derive value from Big Data is inherently complex. It requires laser focus, commitment, and a complete understanding of targeted business initiatives. In my new book, I outline how to go about creating and fine-tuning innovative strategies to better understand how to implement analytics in a way that will make the business users most effective.Follow the link to my recent InFocus blog post where I have published a Readers Guide to highlight the most relevant chapters based on the most popular areas of interest. Although most of the chapters are valuable regardless of the reader’s position in the organization, some chapters may be more interesting to those who are really looking to delve into the how-to details. I hope you enjoy it!
Dell EMC The Source Podcast #86 – SAPphire with full Michel Dell Keynote CommentsDell Technologies and SAP have a history of building innovative, best-in-class technologies that support customers’ growing businesses. The digital economy offers incredible opportunities for businesses, but it also brings formidable challenges. IT departments struggle to derive fresh insights from complex, isolated systems. SAP and Dell Technologies together address those concerns by replacing and transforming complex systems to help reimagine business processes and deliver real-time insights from data that’s always fresh.Sharing a tightly aligned cloud vision, Dell EMC and SAP share a joint go-to-market approach; SAPphire 2017 was the perfect opportunity to showcase Digital Transformation and our multi decade partnership.Dell EMC The Source Podcast 86 – Michael Dell SAPphire Keynote Michael DellI was able to catchup with Jim Franklin (@Jim_Franklin) during the Dell EMC / Virtustream customer appreciation event in Orlando. We talked partnership across all Dell Technologies brands, accelerating digital transformation, disruption and a special appearance during the SAPphire 2017 opening keynote.If you think about the past 9 months, no one understands transformation more than Michael Dell. He shared some of the insight as a special guest of SAP CEO Bill McDermott during the opening keynote, that audio is included in this episode of #DellEMCTheSource podcast.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)The Source Podcast: Episode #86: SAPphire 2017 with bonus Michael Dell Keynote CoverageAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/DellEMC_The_Source_Episode_86_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Ransomware can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be.Last May, some 200,000 PC owners worldwide suffered a costly wake-up call from the aptly named WannaCry cryptoworm that encrypted their data. The attackers demanded $300 in bitcoin payments to unlock the data. Hospitals, universities, automakers and logistics firms were among those reported hit, but the worst affected were small and medium-size businesses.Why those businesses? Because their data wasn’t sufficiently protected with complete backups like larger enterprises. And that’s the whole reason ransomware works: Victims can’t afford to lose their data, so they pay up, even if payment is no guarantee they’ll get their data back.With WannaCry, hundreds paid the ransom but got nothing in return. And if Dell EMC’s 2016 Global Data Protection Index is any indication, ransomware can still find lots of targets: 90 percent of the survey’s respondents are behind the curve in the maturity of their data protection strategies.Dell EMC aims to help them change that with practical, cost-effective and greatly simplified data protection (DP) that works 24×7 across all kinds of data workloads, no matter where they reside — on-premise, in the cloud or some hybrid of the two.Growing Needs for Comprehensive Data ProtectionOrganizations of all sizes need DP. While malware and anti-virus safeguards are necessary to safeguard data from threat actors, they are not sufficient to guard against phishing attacks, which are how ransomware and advanced persistent threats can circumvent defense-in-depth strategies. Also, organizations need DP’s backup and recovery capabilities to provide business continuity in the case of system failures or disasters.So why do the DP strategies and practices of so many organizations fall short? Here are some important reasons:Data growth: Keeping up with the growth of both structured and unstructured data from various sources is one of IT’s biggest challenges affecting DP practices.Complexity: Managing DP for complex IT environments — especially diverse platforms and applications — can be complicated, often requiring time-consuming management of many legacy point solutions already in place.Inconsistency: Inconsistent backup processes can arise from trying to protect applications and data in varied places — from on-premises infrastructures to virtualized environments to private, public and hybrid clouds.Cloud migrations: More and more enterprises are migrating workloads to the cloud, but they lack the tools to protect their data residing there, or they mistakenly believe their cloud provider will provide that protection.Copy data sprawl: By some estimates, 60 percent of all data storage is a copy of some kind, whether for disaster recovery, development and testing, or application maintenance — just to name a few. And a typical database environment can have 5–12 copies for each production instance.As a result, IT groups, especially their DP specialists, can have trouble meeting backup windows and SLAs governing goals for recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). Regulatory compliance and audits can be issues, too.Dell EMC Streamlines the Data Protection ProcessTo simplify and streamline the DP process, Dell EMC has introduced its updated Data Protection Software Enterprise Edition. This set of 11 powerful DP tools covers the entire DP continuum of availability, replication, snapshots, backup and archiving.For more specific use cases — such as heavily virtualized environments, mission-critical apps and archive-only solutions — specific tool sets are available in four packages: Data Protection Software for Backup; Data Protection Software for VMware; Data Protection Software for Applications; and Data Protection Software for Archive.Data Protection Software Enterprise Edition can protect everything from user laptops to the largest data centers. It enables long-term retention of data to private, public or hybrid clouds, too. With deduplication rates of up to 99 percent plus a tight integration with Dell EMC Data Domain infrastructure, the Dell EMC Data Protection software can help lower DP’s overall TCO dramatically by reducing:Storage capacity requirements for backups by up to 97 percentNetwork traffic by up to 99 percentBackup times by 50 percentWhat’s more, the Dell EMC Data Protection Software Enterprise Edition delivers a consistent user experience for DP administrators across all its different tools to minimize learning and maximize productivity. At the same time, organizations can gain global data protection and copy oversight without compromising self-service workflows of their lines of business.Dell EMC Data Domain Solutions Enhance the DP BenefitsDell EMC also offers a broad portfolio of Data Domain storage infrastructure solutions for enterprises of all sizes. This includes the recently introduced all-in-one Integrated Data Protection Appliance and the software-defined Data Domain Virtual Edition.The different Data Domain solutions can scale up to 150 PB of logical capacity managed by a single system. They can also achieve backup speeds of up to 68 TB/hour, making it possible to complete more backups in less time and provide faster, more reliable restores.Check out Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions and see Dell EMC’s leading position among all DP offerings. Then get more information on the full line of Dell EMC Data Protection software and Data Domain options, to discover which DP solution can meet your organization’s requirements.
The digital transformation has been firmly entrenched in our lives for seemingly a decade now. It is all-encompassing and everywhere to be seen. The whole thing got started with IT-specific topics like cloud computing and big data; it has gone on to change practically every business process, and entire business models, too.Business is ChangingWhat makes a company a digital company is not that it is heavily focused on networking and computerization – it is much more than that. These topics instead serve as the foundation for new types of business. There are now a vast number of companies whose business models could not function were it not for software and networking. They include the likes of eBay and Facebook. Digitalization is further spawning new and novel types of business models like sharing, crowdworking, and co-creation, which in turn are producing companies such as Uber and Airbnb. That is having an impact on conventional business models that need to change and adapt to the new circumstances. Some of these will even become obsolete and vanish from the market altogether. Topics like the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 clearly show that the digital transformation is not limited to a few individual cases or cutting-edge companies. Rather, they demonstrate that the economy and society as a whole are affected by the digitalization.This is changing the role played by IT, which does more than simply deliver services. It is now essential for modern business to function, be that ERP, e-mail, telephony, and even venerable Excel. Where the digital transformation defines the business itself, IT is the main driver and must serve in this role for this transformation to succeed.Jobs are ChangingThis has fundamentally altered the role of the CIO as a company’s senior IT official. While a CIO’s responsibilities in past years had nothing to do with cables or keyboards, their duties were primarily technical in nature. They were in charge of organizing their company’s data center, made decisions on what servers or ERP software to purchase, and served the primary goal of meeting their employer’s business needs.As fate would have it, they are now placed in a pioneering role in the digital transformation process. Where business models are software-defined, it is essential to have someone with a firm grasp of how to responsibly utilize software. This person should also know how to successfully develop business processes and models in an increasingly digital world and recognize what opportunities await a business in this field. This means CIOs will more and more be forced to grow into a hybrid role. This requires new skills. As such, many CIOs who started their careers in the IT department have expanded on their technical expertise to develop business skills and an entrepreneurial approach as well.This has not made the job of being CIO any easier, especially considering they still need to focus on tasks in and around big data, analytics, the Internet of Things, information management, budget and resource planning, and the age-old issue of security. These all continue to remain pertinent. The digital transformation has not changed this fact. Now more than ever, a company’s future is determined by whether this process proceeds smoothly.Become a Connected CIOBy taking on this hybrid role at the key interface at every company, the CIO is becoming one of the senior decision-makers at a management level. They have to provide support in helping the company achieve its business objectives as well as in defining these very goals. The connected CIO in the digital era needs to work hand in hand with customers and with everyone at the company, including management, the IT team, and the rest of staff. To recap, the position has not become easier, but it has certainly become more exciting.To learn more about the new job profile of a CIO and how they can prepare for this role and the key challenges that await them, please refer to our new Connected CIO booklet available for download now.
Technology is advancing at an exponential rate, changing how we live and work. Customers in every industry are fundamentally rethinking their business models. IT is the heart of this transformation; the Dell EMC Forum event series allows us to continue that conversation.I sat down with Bryan Jones (@BryanEJones), Sr Vice President North American Marketing at the Dell EMC Forum Vancouver right after his morning keynote. We talked Dell Technologies and bringing the best of the best to our customers with the Dell EMC Forum. Bryan talks transformation and some big news regarding the Dell EMC Forum series in 2018 and beyond.Couldn’t make the Dell EMC Fourm in your city? Don’t miss the Virtual Dell EMC Forum!Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Don’t miss the blog, now part of Direct2DellEMCDell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for lying to federal investigators about his dealings with a businessman who provided him $15,000 in secret cash payments. The judge said Englander “totally lost his moral compass.” Englander was fined $15,000 — the amount contained in envelopes Englander accepted in Las Vegas casino restrooms. Englander, is the first person to be sentenced in a wide-ranging federal investigation into corruption at Los Angeles City Hall. He pleaded guilty last year to scheming to falsify material facts, a felony.
PARIS (AP) — Rivers across France broke their banks this week amid heavy flooding. The prime minister promised support Friday for farmers and residents whose land was devastated. In Paris, several embankments were submerged under the Seine River for a fourth straight day, and the national weather service forecast that waters would stay high through the weekend. In southern France, waters are starting to recede after the worst flooding in 40 years swelled the Garonne River between Bordeaux and Toulouse. Vineyards and orchards turned into lakes, and rescue boats floated along small-town streets.