Yet another championship is on its way to New England! This summer, Dell Technologies is proud to be the new title sponsor of its second event on the PGA TOUR.Formerly known as the Deutsche Bank Championship, the 2nd of four FedExCup Playoff events, the Dell Technologies Championship will be played September 1st through the 4th at the TPC Boston course continuing a 15-year Labor Day tradition.This isn’t our first rodeo in terms of golf tournaments. Dell acquired a flagship PGA TOUR event in 2016: The World Golf Championships—Dell Technologies Match Play which has been held in Austin, Texas in late March the last two years. The company provided fans with a Future Ready perspective to a traditional sport. Using the event’s mobile app, fans transformed the city streets into a real-time, data driven golf course!We’re planning to bring this same level of excitement to Boston. Not only does the event put a smile on faces, but it also has a substantial impact on the community, economy and charities. Dell EMC has been a long-time tournament supporter, sponsor and Founder Club partner. The Championship has been a Labor Day tradition for many, bringing together employees, families, partners and customers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOfKsJ5–lc&feature=youtu.beThis event was originally introduced in 2003 as the Deutsche Bank Championship. It was the first time the PGA TOUR returned to Boston since the New England Classic was last held in 1998. With the introduction of the FedExCup in 2007, the tournament was elevated to its current position as the second FedExCup Playoffs event. Just last year Rory McIlroy began his final push toward the 2016 FedExCup title by winning at TPC Boston. He then closed the FedExCup Playoffs by winning the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.We can’t wait to see what happens at our event this summer! Will we see you there?To follow along with the event happenings, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
I’ve never really thought about the benefit of black as a computer keyboard color choice. But, for Patrice Banks, it makes absolute sense when she’s typing with grease and dirt on her hands.Banks is the hands-on founder of her own mechanic shop in Philadelphia, The Girls Auto Clinic. She is not what most people envision for a typical auto mechanic. And Girls Auto Clinic is not your typical auto repair shop.“I was the first person [in her family] to have a car growing up,” Banks told ESPNW. “When I turned 16, I bought a 1998 Chevy Cavalier that was brown on the inside and brown on the outside, and my grandpa taught me how to drive.”Flash forward a few years and Banks was a failure analyst at Dupont using her engineering background to collect and analyze data to determine the cause of a failure. That’s when, as she tells Marketplace, she noticed a particular failure in the auto repair business. Banks went looking specifically for a female mechanic and couldn’t find one.So, she went back to school and became one herself.Her story reminds me of the advice I once heard our own founder Michael Dell give to an 11-year-old entrepreneur – find an unmet need or problem that exists and then find a way to solve it.Banks didn’t stop at simply filling the need by becoming a mechanic herself, though. She knew that many women feel mistreated, or taken advantage of, when they take their cars in for repair.So when she launched Girls Auto Clinic she not only opened the Repair Center with a predominantly female team of mechanics, she also started putting on workshops to teach women how to care for their cars. The aim is to take women “from auto airhead to #sheCANic.”That can seem a daunting task when you look at the technology in the auto industry today. Digital transformation has not passed it by. I mean, the Ford GT has more lines of code than a Boeing jet airliner! And our customer OTTO Motors is creating self-driving vehicles that help repair centers improve material flow and do heavy lifting.But Banks, who initially became a Dell customer when she bought her first laptop for college, needed the technology that powers her business to be easy because she’s got a lot on her hands as an entrepreneur. And not just grease and dirt.“Starting a business in an industry that was new to me was challenging and tough financially,” Banks recalls in the video below. “Dell Financial Services made the process seamless because I was able to finance the computers instead of having to pay for them cash up front.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmfRUi8DqgA&t=21sThough Girls Auto Clinic has been open near Philadelphia since 2013, the shop’s latest addition, Clutch Beauty Bar, is bringing it a whole new wave of fame. Clutch offers customers manicures, pedicures, and blowouts while they wait for the mechanics to finish with their car.And Banks has published a do-it-herself book titled “The Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide” to remove the mystery from auto maintenance and repair for those who can’t make it to her clinics.I look forward to watching how she continues to grow her business, and I’m proud to know that her Dell Small Business Technology Advisor will be there to help see that she has the technology she needs to do it.
2 million students in Ethiopia will now have access to technology thanks to a partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry for Education and Camara Education. Between 2016 and 2019, Dell will deliver over 30,000 PCs to more than 1,250 schools and more than 16 million hours of ICT education training to over 3,000 teachers and school leaders.$3 billion was spent annually with women- and minority-owned suppliers and small businesses. Additionally, 100 of our key suppliers spent more than $350 million with diverse suppliers in their own supply chains.6 million dollars in value returned to commercial customers through Dell’s Asset Resale and Recycling Services. Dell’s US recycling programs recycled more than 21 million pounds of plastics and gold to make new computer parts through our closed-loop recycling process.73 million pounds of recycled materials – sourced from water bottles, used electronics, aerospace scrap carbon fiber- were used in new Dell products since 2013. We also reduced the energy intensity of products 60 percent since 2012 and designed out 1.2 million pounds of packaging to reduce waste for our customers.99 percent of our manufacturing waste was diverted from landfills – this is across all 9 of our manufacturing sites, and to celebrate World Ocean Day, Dell went strawless at global facilities.Dell team members have logged 3 million volunteered hours since 2013 on track to meet our goal of 5 million service hours by 2020.My report letter highlights some of my favorite stories from the past year, and you’ll see a reoccurring theme: collaborative innovation. Because it takes all of us to create the positive change our world needs.As we march toward 2030 we will continue to seek innovative ways to deploy our resources, design out waste, celebrate inclusion and address the greatest need. Our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan captures our commitment of putting our technology and expertise to work for the good of our people and planet, a founding principle of Dell’s purpose: to drive human progress.Stepping into the Chief Responsibility Officer role this year, I’m truly honored to represent this commitment and an impressive body of work that reflects the integrity, passion and entrepreneurial spirit of the global Dell team. Together we remain committed to putting our solutions and expertise to work in innovative and meaningful ways that will have a lasting impact on the communities we serve.Today we’ve launched our FY18 Annual Update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan and we invite you to explore this report and its stories at legacyofgood.dell.com.Here are some of the highlights of our FY18 successes:37 million people in rural India will receive improved health screenings thanks to cloud-based analytics solution Digital LifeCare launched by Dell in partnership with Government of India and Tata Trusts.
We are excited to close H1 here in EMEA with record numbers of partners attending Heroes Exchange events all over the region! Our Partner SEs have had the chance to expand their technical knowledge of Dell EMC products and solutions with a particular focus on Primary Storage, HyperConverged & Data Protection.Most attendees return to consecutive sessions in their respective cities because this helps them to keep up with the never-ending pace of technology evolution quarter over quarter and to enhance their understanding of our product portfolio. Jean Gedeon, a Pre-sales Engineer from BMB based out of Lebanon said, “Because there is a continuity in information from one event to another, I feel that my knowledge is evolving.”The purpose of the Heroes Exchanges is to give our partners the most up-to-date information on our products and this model has been successful in EMEA. Our partner feedback from the region show that they appreciate the program concept and are able to succeed in their role because of these regular events. The application of the learned technologies has a direct impact on their companies’ as well as on Dell EMC revenue. We treat our Heroes community members as if they are Dell EMC employees.“I attend Heroes events to get an update on the latest technologies released from Dell EMC and understand the benefits this gives to our customers and how we can use them to beat our competitors. Also the chance to question Dell EMC SMEs is valuable in helping us further understand Dell EMC solutions.” –Imran Arshad -Block SolutionsIn addition, to the technical sessions, partners are also able to network with other partners and gain real world knowledge about Dell EMC products and solutions from their experiences while sharing their own. Our recent growth numbers are a great proof that the focus on Storage Technologies is paying off!Looking ahead to H2, EMEA will be hosting more events throughout the region adding new cities in Q3 and Q4. We are expecting to have more than 5,000 attendees in FY19 increasing from 4,000 in FY18. Heroes Events are essential to our partners’ success and our partner community is essential to our success. This program has the ability to touch all our partners in a way that no other partner program has ever done before.Learn more about the Heroes Program here.For more information about the program and upcoming schedules, please email us.To stay updated on all Heroes Events, please join our LinkedIn Group here.
When I was invited to speak at the ‘Night of the Entrepreneurs’, mid-March in Montpellier, France, I thought it would be a good moment to share with the 500 people there, my views on how a company like Dell can engage with the local ecosystem. After all, it’s not because you’re part of a big multinational, that you don’t have a responsibility to the local community. I took this speaking opportunity to look back on the initiatives we developed over the years and what this taught me about being a good leader. Below are some of the highlights of my keynote speech.When I was appointed Site Leader for our Montpellier offices, I wondered: ‘What do people outside of Dell think about our company? How do they view us?’ To figure that out, I ran a short assessment of our engagement as a company within the local community. It quickly became clear that there were two types of people: 1) those who didn’t know Dell and 2) those who didn’t know Dell but, because we’re a big multinational, automatically smeared us with the cliché of the foreign company obsessed only with profits and not really caring about employment rules, people and the community. In short, we were a mystery, and nobody really liked us.But because that was so different from my own experience within the company, I wanted to convince the rest of the world that the clichés aren’t always right, and that ‘being big’ doesn’t equal ‘being mean.’What a successful site looks likeOur site’s leadership team determined what a successful site would look like and what it could deliver locally. From this, we developed a vision, which we shared with all of our colleagues and team members. As such, we wanted to generate buy-in and create a sense of engagement among all.To spur the motivation, we decided to leverage two core components of the Dell Corporate HR policy:Dell encourages team members to volunteer (during working hours) themselves to a local association or cause. For every 10 hours per quarter spent, team members receice a $150 voucher which they can allocate to any association they wish to support.Dell invites employees to set up local Employees Resource Groups (ERGs) on various topics that reflect the diversity of our workforce.Diversity in actionWe leveraged an existing Employees Resource Group, Women in Action, to activate a series of new ERGs. For example, at the time single sex marriage was introduced in France, some colleagues launched an ERG called PRIDE. More recently, the ERG Conexus was created for those working remotely. The goals? Help colleagues handle remote working better and consider how management styles should be adapted to better meet this new way of working.As such, each ERG has become a meeting place for employees, where aspects of our daily life can be discussed that otherwise may not have found an outlet in the workplace.Many colleagues realized the power of coming together and, little by little, new suggestions arose on ways volunteers from Dell could engage in local initiatives, such as:Les Restos du Coeur (collecting food and raising funds for people in need)FACE – Foundation to act against Exclusion (including formal engagement at board level and various activities sponsored by Dell, like the free digital school ‘UpTo’)Time and time again, initiatives like this prove to be a great boost: it makes us feel proud to be a Dell employee, and, we also realize that this type of support can make a real difference to people’s lives. By now, 50%+ of Dell employees at the Montpellier site are engaged in a give-back initiative at least once a year, and Dell has become a key player within the local social ecosystem.Lessons in leadershipSome of you may think this is easy given the size of Dell in Montpellier (950 employees) and the big pockets of a large company, but I honestly believe that we succeed in our endeavors because we apply several key management principles:There’s a lot of hidden talent within your organization that you can activate and harness, but if you don’t look beyond a person’s job title, it’s easy to miss. It’s worthwhile to enable this talent-take the time to find it and challenge yourself to think differently.When you build teams, reshape organizations and recruit new talents, use these opportunities to diversify your organization. Go for a mix. Blend your team and enrich it with skills, varied points of view, expertise, and experiences that you don’t already have. Be open to hiring outside of where you usually recruit.After you recruit new talent, don’t fall into the trap of telling them what to do and how to do it. Take the time to set the general framework; explain the ambition and vision, give context, show people what good looks like and then, let them play. Talented team members will bring things you never expected or anticipated.Your role as a leader is that of the conductor of an orchestra. You are in charge, but you also accept that you do not play any of the instruments during the performance. You rely on your team 100%, and you are aware that they watch you, your gestures, your behavior, and what you do and say. You set the pace, you set the tone, you create the harmony and the unique style of the orchestra. But every musician is given the freedom to play her or his best part.At your very best, you, as a leader, can become a reference beacon for the group. If you are, it’s probably because you’ve found a balance between excellence, commitment, motivation and discipline. And because you create a sense of belonging that delivers outstanding results.This is where you make the magic happen…
Dell Technologies and Cisco Reaffirm Joint Commitment to Converged Infrastructure with Multi-Year Agreement
There’s industry chatter about what the growing adoption of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) might mean for the converged infrastructure (CI) space. As a company that retains its top spot in IDC’s Certified Reference Systems & Integrated Infrastructure Tracker with a 48% share — nearly 1.5X that of any other vendor — and serves thousands of customers who rely on CI, Dell EMC thinks it’s clear CI will remain a popular choice for years to come.We continue to invest in energizing the CI space, helping customers to modernize and automate for the cloud era on our VxBlock 1000 platform. With this legacy of leadership and innovation, it’s no wonder IDC reports that Dell EMC is the #1 provider of converged systems for the past six years.Today, we’re announcing the next key milestone in our commitment to CI innovation: the multi-year extension of our longstanding systems integrator agreement with Cisco.“It’s difficult to overstate Dell EMC’s decade-long commitment to the converged infrastructure market,” said Eric Sheppard, Research Vice President, IDC. “The enormous resources Dell EMC has invested into this market have been directly responsible for driving down data center costs, complexity and risk for the many organizations running the company’s converged infrastructure all around the world. Dell EMC’s continued investments also stand as proof of the company’s commitment to the market and a deep belief in the benefits convergence brings to the datacenter.”Working Together to Drive CI Innovation and ValueAs you may know, Dell EMC (then EMC) and Cisco were the first to market with a CI system when we formed a joint venture with VMware in 2009.Since then, Cisco has provided networking (Nexus) and compute (UCS) technology for Dell EMC through multiple iterations of VxBlock, while Dell EMC has continued to be a top-tier reseller of Cisco technology. Cisco rounds out the all-in-one VxBlock 1000 technology stack that’s built on powerful Dell EMC storage and data protection, giving businesses a reliable and highly performant platform for VMware cloud operations.The newly inked agreement entails continued company alignment across multiple organizations: executive, product development, marketing and sales. This means we’ll continue to share product roadmaps and collaborate on strategic development activities, with Cisco investing in a range of Dell EMC sales, marketing and training initiatives to support VxBlock 1000.Most recently, this joint development introduced Cisco UCS 6454 fabric interconnect support for higher scale, performance and throughput in VxBlock 1000, as well as a broader range of Cisco M5 server options, including the new Performance Optimized UCS C480 M5.With so many cloud-ready capabilities in VxBlock 1000, we are seamlessly bridging our CI customers to the new multi-cloud landscape.Customer Benefits from this Powerhouse CI PartnershipThe primary factor driving Dell EMC and Cisco’s commitment to working together on CI is the enormous range of benefits it provides each of our customers.VxBlock 1000 users experience improved assurance and lower operational risk through Dell EMC’s lifecycle management of the included Cisco technologies, which are fully integrated into a single infrastructure stack along with Dell EMC storage and data protection. They also enjoy faster support and time to resolution thanks to Dell EMC’s specialized support staff, who are highly trained and experienced in working with Cisco technologies.The joint commitment also delivers ongoing, rapid access to fully tested Cisco technology options that are incorporated into VxBlock 1000. Of course, none of these benefits would be worthwhile if our joint projects didn’t also deliver on the promise of CI — with consistently simpler, faster ways to support mission-critical workloads and cloud initiatives.I know I speak on behalf of Dell Technologies in expressing excitement and appreciation for our continued alliance with Cisco around this highly successful CI business. Our collective investments of engineering, technology and support has resulted in a decade-long leadership position of the CI category bolstered by a long list of innovations built into the VxBlock 1000 platform. It’s a sentiment that we don’t take lightly and is something we’re grateful is also shared by our partners at Cisco.“Cisco is committed to the partnership with Dell EMC and to jointly delivering innovative solutions for our VxBlock customers. By extending this agreement, we are continuing to provide powerful and integrated technologies with Cisco UCS, Nexus and MDS and delivering on our commitment to innovation for VxBlock.” – Frank Palumbo, SVP, Global Data Center Sales, CiscoWatch for More VxBlock 1000 NewsWe’re eager to continue building on our 10-year history of CI system innovation with Cisco and look forward to sharing more milestones with you. Watch for additional joint innovation announcements regarding VxBlock 1000 later this year.If you’re attending Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas, April 29-May 2, or Cisco Live US in San Diego, June 6-9, stop by to talk with Dell EMC and Cisco reps and see what’s new. You can also learn more about VxBlock 1000 here.
Technology can help law firms do more with lower risk and higher certainty in less time. The question is: how do you create the right environment to let it flourish?The UK is the second largest legal services market in the world. Two years ago, the annual value of the UK legal system was over £26 billion (equivalent to 1.5% of UK GDP). It employed over 380,000 people. Also two years ago JPMorgan Chase replaced 360,000 billable hours of legal work with AI. If the business of law is being reinvented, what are law firms doing about it?“From where I sit the market is stratified,” says Patrick Sarch, a Partner with White & Case. “The more commoditised end is being disrupted by technology. The big law firms are evolving technology to suit what they’re doing [which is] providing more value-added services.”Do not underestimate technology…In 2018, in her inaugural speech as President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Christina Blacklaws addressed this hard choice – ‘disrupt or evolve’ – head on: “We should not underestimate the significance of the role that technology will play in the delivery of modern legal services. It is essential that we stay ahead of the game.”Sarch, for one, is keen to stay ahead: “I used to have, outside my office in a former firm, 30 to 40 graduates and paralegals listening to the tapes of FX traders, LIBOR traders. Ninety percent of that has now been done by technology.“We are planning minute-by-minute what is the quickest way from A to B? How many billable hours can I fit it in my day? How many clients can I satisfy? So being able to do more things with lower risk, higher certainty in less time is absolutely what we do. And any technological tool that will help us with that, we will buy.”…Or traditionBut things are never straightforward. Ma Jnana Settle, a US-based lawyer and self-proclaimed legal-tech nerd, says: “Lawyers and law firms have traditionally had powerful incentives to resist new technology. As just one example, the entire notion of the billable hour means that efficiency for a lawyer is not always a lucrative proposition.”Tony McKenna is Director of IT with Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. He says lawyers absolutely prioritise delivering the best service and advice to the client over efficiency: “They don’t think ‘let’s be inefficient.’ Let’s be clear, lawyers don’t think like that. However, do they sit down and think, ‘let’s be efficient?’ Probably not.”What must change to drive change?My view is that law firms need to challenge themselves and their IT providers to be better for every customer. As McKenna states, “A lot of it is about innovation in terms of what they offer internal and external users. How are you automating the way you do things to benefit the end user? How are you providing access to the data they need when they need it in a better, quicker, smarter way that feels like the sort of experience they get at home?”“The whole industry is changing and adapting every day,” says McKenna. “The appetite is in the business, there is no doubt about it. Getting face time with the lawyers is much better now than it was five years ago – and that natural level of curiosity in the legal teams to think about innovative solutions for their clients is definitely there. The biggest challenge we’ve got is the talent.”For firms at the high end, today’s clients want more than the law explained, they want risk management solutions and strategic advice. They want the answer, immediately, and on one screen. For firms at the commoditised end, technology is completely reshaping the provision and cost of legal services. Any way you look at it, the business of law is being disrupted. This sector may have been slow to embrace it, but the race to change is now very much on.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have announced that two pension funds for city workers will pull an estimated $4 billion in investments from fossil fuel companies. City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Tuesday that smart investment policy and smart climate solutions go hand in hand. Stringer and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that the boards of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System and the New York City Teachers’ Retirement System had voted to approve fossil fuel divestment. A third pension fund, the New York City Board of Education Retirement System, is expected to vote for divestment soon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers barely added jobs last month, underscoring the viral pandemic’s ongoing grip on the economy and likely adding momentum to the Biden administration’s push for a bold rescue aid package. The increase of just 49,000 positions in January made scarcely any dent in the nearly 10 million jobs that remain lost since the virus intensified nearly a year ago. The tepid increase followed a decline of 227,000 jobs in December, the first loss since April.