From Village to Big Town – My Road to Austin

first_img“I’m excited to let you know relocations for next year have been approved.” An email I’ve been waiting for months arrived December 2, 2015 and suddenly a dream was about to become reality. Deep breath! It is really happening.I grew up in a very small town, nay village, in former East Germany and first explored the world in 2002/2003 as a high school exchange student near Salt Lake City, Utah. It was an adventurous year with ups and downs that showed me that there are people, yes sometimes strangers, who are willing to help in difficult situations. This is a character trait I’ve been trying to practice ever since. It was clear to me that at some point I’d like to go back and live in the States again.To explore the world a bit more, I studied international business and management living in multiple countries: South Africa, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. I moved back to my home town to write my Master’s thesis before moving to Dublin, Ireland for a full-time job. Through LinkedIn, a talent agency convinced me to stay near my home town for role as a Social Media and Online Marketing Manager at Dell.So I stayed for almost four years and was fortunate to work at Dell in a variety of roles: from launching the first ever global brand campaign around empowering our customers to do more and leading the social and digital strategy in country and region; to teaching executives and hundreds of employees on the use of social media with our award-winning trainings.&nbsp;</p><p>Next to providing me such great opportunities, Dell is also a great employer for flexible workstyle and always keen to develop its employees. To be clear, nothing is delivered to you on a silver plate, but you do have many options to get engaged and to develop your skills. The Global Marketing Rotation Program is one of the programs available to advanced marketing professionals and has been recognized for its excellence, earning the LEAD 2016 award. Members are hand-picked by Dell executives to develop leadership skills while completing multiple job rotations in global marketing functions and to collect executive and industry-wide exposure and organizational agility while completing stretch assignments. It is a marvelous program with a unique community of smart, driven marketers. Next to being exposed to different roles, you (and your family, if you have one) also have the opportunity to relocate to different Dell locations worldwide.I raised my hand and expressed my wishes to relocate to the headquarters in Austin, Texas–my chance to move back to the United States. And so it happened starting with that email on December 2nd, 2015.I have been living in Austin for six months now and it has been a great experience so far. The move was relatively easy thanks to a great relocation service from Dell. The team provided me with access to various service providers and agencies that helped me to settle in and set up my new life in Austin. I found a great place within a day with my *** agent – a perfect combination of high standard apartment complex with pool, lounge, business center and gym and an unbeatable offering for a great apartment with built-in kitchen and appliances. Within an hour I signed the contract and also met my new neighbor who just recently moved from Brazil and was working for Dell as well. She took on a role I initially turned down. The world is a small place.Luckily, I did not suffer a “culture shock” when moving here. My experience living in the States before and previously moving from country-to-country helped with getting a routine and settling in a new place fairly quickly. Usually it starts with buying a decorative home item or two before actual real furniture. J Don’t judge!The first week in Austin, I took off some days from work.Day one: Unintentionally, I bought most of my furniture in one store. Sometimes it just fits. Downside was the delivery time was two to three weeks. An air mattress had to do for that time.Day two: buying a car. That was the plan but it didn’t work out. I didn’t like what I saw so I decided to give it a rest for the day and moved on to getting organized on smaller things: kitchen utensils, office desk, and coffee machine. IKEA was my friend for the rest of the day.Day three: Car. I gave it another try because, well, I needed a car. And with a little help of friends, I scored a great deal. Having crossed of the big items from my list, the following days were occupied by unpacking the boxes that arrived day after day and making myself comfortable in my new home.The relocation agent checked in every other day if I needed anything. Any question or concern I had I could address with them, almost like a concierge service. Thank you Dell and the agencies.Stay tuned for Janine’s key takeaways during her international adventure in Dell’s Marketing Rotation Program!last_img read more

21st century computing: Dell EMC, Intel and SAP power better patient outcomes

first_imgAcross the globe, the value of unlocking data is top of mind and progressing rapidly. However, for a variety of reasons, most health data continues to reside in silos, and remains untapped. Creating a truly interrelated health ecosystem, with the patient’s interests and patient outcomes at the center, can only be achieved if health data is securely connected, and minable by high speed analytics. This requires 21st century IT solutions that enable efficient and selective brokerage of data – serving the patient, physician and researcher in a highly user-friendly way.SAP, Dell EMC and Intel provide a unique software-, hardware- and services-combination that can help our customers drive their business. At the end of this journey is a fully interconnected health network, where data is efficiently brokered and rapidly analyzed. Learn more about the Dell EMC, Intel and SAP cooperation and the special use cases in health leveraging the Dell EMC Reference Architecture for SAP Connected Health powered by SAP HANA and Intel Xeon processor technology and how this solution can help creating opportunities for faster diagnosis and treatment, such as fighting against cancer. Video SAP TV: The Pulse – Precision Medicine.In addition, we are pleased to share more information in our presence at HIMSS Annual Conference 2017 (Orlando, February 19-23). We invite you to register for the Dell EMC, Intel, and SAP HEALTH Lunch & Learn session “Real-Time Insights for Better Patient Outcomes”. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Room 202B. In this session, our networked health vision will be illustrated through fully integrated hardware and software solutions, and tangible use cases and customer examples. Register today.Stay tuned for more information – and see you on site, whether in the Dell EMC (#3161) booth, or the Intel (#2661) or SAP (#543) booths.last_img read more

Micro Modular Data Centers: Taking Computing to the Edge

first_imgI remember the times when fragmented data centers were consolidated into gigantic central locations to facilitate management and reduce cost. The good old times. During the last 20 years, data center consolidation has been the norm for governing and controlling applications, security and infrastructure.By 2022, analysts predict that 75 percent or more of enterprise data will be created and processed outside traditional data centers, which is a big jump from today’s 10 percent. What changes are driving this shift? The immense explosion of data generated by machines and people, and the demand for immediate access and insights into this data. This burst of data is often created in remote locations far from centralized data centers, creating increased latency and conflicting with the need for real-time content and insights.As noted in our blog last week, the solution is to bring computing closer to where the data is generated, and to process information immediately when real-time decision making is necessary. This is called edge computing. Edge computing ranges from simple processes like filtering data before sending it to the main data center via gateways, to more complex low latency event/content data processing that requires sophisticated computing, storage and networking.This blog focuses on edge-clusters, which are mini data centers with sufficient computing power to aggregate and process data separately from centralized data centers. Let’s call them “micro modular data centers” (micro MDCs).The Dell EMC micro MDCs coming from the Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) team are self-contained units that can feature power, cooling, gateways and can host up to several racks of IT. They are designed with the security, environmental and performance capabilities to be placed in remote locations where real estate space is limited, like at the base of cell towers or in remote unmanned locations. Many of our micro MDC customers want consistency in the infrastructure – whether in their centralized data center or at the edge – so we developed micro MDCs to be flexible enough to host a variety of servers, including PowerEdge servers and our DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure.Dell EMC micro MDCs are also designed to withstand demanding environmental and security challenges and include both AC and DC power as well as different power configurations. Cooling options include DX (direct expansion) with economization or chilled water. Many micro MDCs can be part of an extensive edge deployment that include several modules. With these broad environments in mind, we designed our micro MDCs with a command center platform option, MDCi, where users can monitor the performance of each module and set alarms if a parameter is outside the norm.As the transition from centralized to distributed computing takes place, ESI is leveraging its hyperscale expertise and applying to edge deployments via fully functional micro MDCs. If you’re wanting to discuss your edge initiatives, learn more here or contact us at [email protected]last_img read more

Technology, Globalization, and Disruptors Shape Hyper-digitalization in our Society

first_imgNever before in economic history have markets been transformed so quickly as they have now.This is due to three factors that we have analyzed individually and know well. But it is their interaction that has ensured the high speed of the upheavals that we are currently experiencing. If one component is missing, the dynamic subsides. I am referring to technology, globalization, and disruptors.The intervals at which new methods and technologies emerge are ever shortening. For example, the Internet of Things is navigating a challenging roadmap; it forms the basis for smart cities and the factory of the future. Artificial intelligence is becoming ever more powerful, even if it is still in its infancy and causes people to smirk along the way. In any case, it is already being used successfully today: for Siri and Alexa, cancer diagnostics, and empathic chatbots. The quantum computer, which is now causing a great stir, is on its way and will completely revolutionize IT as we know it today. The new 5G mobile communications standard will be the foundation technology for all other developments, mainly because of its low latency. The fusion of all these developments will enable further innovations, such as self-driving vehicles and intelligent agriculture solutions.Second, globalization is a fundamental breeding ground for technological development: partnerships between universities, research institutions, and companies from around the world are becoming ever closer, enabling them to share their knowledge; within various organizations, more people from different backgrounds – and cultures – are working together. This diversity leads to considerable impulses for creativity. At the same time, new product genres, such as the smartphone, are making it a breeze to sell apps, products, and services globally. Market boundaries break down as a result: suppliers no longer come from just Augsburg or Bottrop, but they now also come from Rio and Bangalore. Even startups without significant amounts of capital are in a position to make their innovations available to a global market.Startups are an essential part of the third component that helps transform markets: disruptors. Both startups and even companies from outside the industry are increasingly turning around established industries with their high levels of creativity and great perseverance. For example, Amazon has come out of nowhere and changed the rules of the game in retail; financial tech sector startups are threatening the banking landscape with new services; Facebook wants to introduce Libra, a digital cryptocurrency; Google and its subsidiary Waymo are pioneers in self-driving cars. And these are just a few examples.These factors – technologies and methods, globalization, disruptors – may be familiar when viewed individually, but in their interaction they shape the society of the future: a hyper-digitalized society in which IT plays an essential role and in which, of course, the world of work will also look different. In just a few years, the close partnership between man and machine will become a reality and will ensure, for example, that employees work together in a completely new, immersive way or that more equal opportunities in the workplace will emerge as people lose their prejudices of others.The fact is, with every economic upheaval, entire professions have disappeared, so I expect that the use of automation and AI will eliminate entire professions. But it is also a fact that new professions have always compensated for the loss of jobs. And I am sure that this transformation will also create new forms of economic activity and ways of work that will ensure prosperity.But on the way to this society of the future, there are other serious challenges to overcome, such as burgeoning population growth, the scarcity of raw materials, and climate change. In addition, there is an IT-inherent challenge, namely a growing attack surface for cyberattacks. For society, hyper-digitalized also means hyper-attackable. And this applies not only to production lines and server landscapes but also to each citizen: will he or she become a transparent citizen in the process? No matter what, technology is already making it possible today. The GDPR does put a stop to this, but it will require a huge rethink in this regard in order for data privacy and self-determination of data and information to endure in the future. The greed of companies and countries for our data is not diminishing, and these entities have strong allies in technology: AI, for example.Change management is key to successAgainst the backdrop of the many layers of complexity here, success in the future will largely depend on the desire to transform: the digital transformation, of course, but also a personal, economic, and political transformation. When we talk about the smart cities of the future, for example, we are automatically referring to the “smart citizen” and the “smart government.” But companies must also learn to think smart, especially the former “top dogs” – the companies that often seem overwhelmed by the rapid changes in the markets. They have no choice but to question everything they found good in the past and reinvent themselves today, so they can be prepared for the future. Change management is the key to success in a hyper-digitalized society.last_img read more

Kansas to shut down unemployment system to deal with fraud

first_imgTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims are prompting Kansas to shut down its processing system this weekend, meaning some jobless workers will have payments delayed as the state installs new anti-fraud protections. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly made the announcement Wednesday shortly after Republican lawmakers said they will push to protect employers from being on the hook for fraudulent claims. GOP lawmakers said a surge in claims is a signal that the state is potentially seeing thousands more fraudulent claims. Kelly said they might be right and that the unemployment system will go down from 2 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Tuesday. No benefits will be paid during that time but Kelly said the state will try to catch up afterward.last_img

Navalny defiant as Russian court rejects his bid for freedom

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court has rejected an appeal by opposition leader Alexei Navalny for his release from jail for allegedly violating the terms of his probation while he was recuperating in Germany from a nerve-agent poisoning. Appearing in court by video link from jail, Navalny alleged that criminal proceedings against him are part of government efforts to intimidate the opposition. Authorities detained several of his allies and warned social media companies about promoting more pro-Navalny demonstrations after tens of thousands rallied across the country last weekend demanding his freedom. His supporters are organizing more rallies for Sunday. The 44-year-old anti-corruption investigator is the most well-known critic of President Vladimir Putin’s government.last_img

Ex-Atlantic City mayor gets 30 days in charity theft case

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former mayor of Atlantic City has avoided a lengthy prison term for stealing $87,000 from a youth basketball program he established. Frank Gilliam was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and 11 months of house arrest. He could have gotten nearly two years in federal prison. Gilliam, a Democrat, sobbed as he asked the judge to let him stay at home to care for family members. But Judge Joseph Rodriguez said Gilliam’s theft hurt poor children in Atlantic City in whose name the former mayor solicited money, only to spend it on clothing, meals and vacations for himself. Gilliam pleaded guilty to wire fraud in October 2019.last_img