Several years ago the industry coined the phrase “big data” and we discussed what this new term meant for Dell EMC. We framed our thought process using the three Vs: velocity, volume, and variety. Taming the three Vs meant significant business insights and dramatically improved financial results for our customers.But looking back, it hasn’t worked out quite that way. We are now living in a post-big data era where we are dealing with an increased compute capacity and massive data sets.Over the years data took the steering wheel while compute sat in the back seat. What has been missing over the last few years (as John Roese points out in his 2018 predictions blog) is the reality of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Our massive data sets are being processed by new systems that not only need to learn and reason with huge data sets, but also need to do that in a quick and reliable way at the speed of business.Extracting the expected insights and business value from all of that data is a challenge – and an opportunity – for organizations. John Roese mentions that Big Data will become Big Intelligence; we need to embrace “Data Valuation with Big Intelligence”. We’ve moved beyond simply Big Data.Why Data Valuation?“Data”: the Dell EMC journey continues to feature the handling of mission-critical data in all its forms, from mission-critical databases to unstructured data stores.“Valuation”: the process of calculating or reasoning about data’s value is a matter of computing intensity.To process this critical business information in the age of data valuation we are going to need to process data differently. This requires the combination of storage and compute innovation. It’s a good thing we’ve already been at this for a few years!In 2014, Dell EMC launched a data valuation research partnership with Dr. Jim Short of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Our research findings, published last year in MIT’s Sloan Management Review, highlight billion-dollar data valuation examples:The most valuable asset in Caesar’s Palace bankruptcy filing is the Total Rewards Customer Loyalty database. It has been valued at one billion dollars by creditors.LinkedIn’s acquisition of Lynda.com was mainly a data valuation exercise that also exceeded one billion dollars.Tesco placed an internal valuation of over one billion dollars on their Dunnhumby data asset, which contained the shopping habits of some 770 million shoppers (Kroger purchased the data for less than one billion).The key to performing this type of data valuation will be to continually reason and value data at speed.The “brains” of the IT infrastructure will evolve to quickly and efficiently recognize, analyze and label data, know what data goes where, identify how it needs to be stored and accessed in the future, and decide where it needs to live specifically. – John RoeseData valuation will require the combination of multiple forms of data: legacy mission-critical data, recently-collected Big Data, and emerging forms of IoT data. Combining all three types of data together is crucial: they each represent evolving patterns of business activity over time. John Roese explains the transition from mission critical to Big Data (second wave) to IoT:Audio Playerhttps://www.delltechnologies.com/uploads/2018/02/Seve-Todd-1.m4a00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.All three types of data must exist in a way that enables compute-intensive valuation. This valuation must extend from the cloud to the edge, and in future years to gateway devices.The “Age of Data Valuation” will also require additional innovations in the areas of data trust (e.g., blockchain) and data visualization (e.g., AR/VR).In future posts, I will expand on these technologies and their relation to data valuation.
Aongus Hegarty, President, Dell EMC EMEA“Achieving balance with work and life is not something that happens overnight, but something that gets honed over time. I try to keep it simple. When I’m at work, that’s where my focus is, but when I’m at home, I try to be 100% present. This means no calls after business hours, delegating responsibility and trust to members of my team when I’m on holiday, and actually putting on my out of office and turning off my phone (providing a way to reach me in case of emergencies, of course!) It takes discipline, but not only do my family benefit from me switching off, but it sends the right message to my team – that I trust them to lead when I’m away.” August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in the U.S. Nearly 100 years later, this day has come to mean even more as both women and men make concerted efforts to achieve full gender equality, especially in the workplace.As a working mother and senior executive, I’m often asked, “how do you do it all? How do you manage both work and family?” I’m always willing to share what seems to work best for me, as I think it is important for everyone to exchange stories, ideas and tips as we go through a collective journey to balance career with life.However, as we continue to push for equality, it’s important that we’re not just asking women this question. Asking male coworkers how they “do it all” not only reinforces equality for everyone at work but also at home, helping to eliminate any preconceived notions that it’s only women who need to learn how to juggle between the two.With equality in mind, I asked some of my male colleagues from around the world, “how do you manage both work and life?” Here’s what they said:Tian Beng Ng, Senior Vice President, Dell EMC APJ Channel“It is all about priorities. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one area I prioritize. I make it a point to hit the gym in the mornings and to also eat healthily. This keeps me energized and allows me to remain focused at work. I travel for work on an almost-weekly basis, so I make it a point to be home for the weekend with my family. As a father of three, I try to attend my children’s important activities and have regular family holidays. While at work, I am fully focused on work… focusing on the right priorities at the right time has allowed me to gain the trust of my family and my team, making life a lot more fun!” John Byrne, President, North America Commercial Sales, Dell EMC “The key to work/life balance is to know what matters to you. Both professionally and personally, we have to make trade-offs to accomplish our goals. Those choices can be really hard to make, but if you’re clear on your priorities, they become a lot easier. I want to be a very present father and husband. So my family comes first, always. Health matters greatly as well, so exercise is a non-negotiable. In my career, I prioritize maintaining a world-class team, because I thrive on working with people who are collaborative and share my passion for winning. Those three pillars — family, health and team — form my tripod. If one of those three pillars is off, I’ll do what it takes to fix it. That’s how I maintain stability.” Diego Majdalani, President, Dell EMC LatAM“In our lives we are jugglers with a number of balls in the air. We need to keep an eye on all of them and not just one, making sure we keep the right balance between work, family, health and personal activities. It is the only formula I know that I will not regret when I look back at my life. I am fortunate to have my loved ones who are not shy to let me know when I start to lose this balance. As I usually travel a lot for work, I block time in my agenda for my children’s important activities and try to be present in most (if not all) of those activities. I also reserve some time to recharge my energy with friends and reading a non-business book to refresh my mind.” Bask Iyer, General Manager of Edge/IoT, Dell Technologies and CIO, VMware“It goes without saying that I wouldn’t be where I am today without my wife and family’s support and understanding. However, regardless of your role and position, you have to prioritize your family and a healthy work-life balance, and depend on your team at work and home to not only help you succeed, but to call you out when you could use a little more life balance.” Steve Price, Chief Human Resource Officer, Dell“Finding a balance between work and life comes down to boundaries, batteries and believing. You first need to believe that a healthy work-life balance will actually enable you to be your best and do your best work. You also have to set clear boundaries for your personal and family time and hold to them. And, finally, you have to prioritize recharging your batteries. It’s not a badge of honor to work day and night. Rather, by taking the time necessary to truly refresh my batteries – like fishing – I can thrive at work and be more effective in delivering value for our customers.” Chris Riley, President, North America Enterprise and Customer Operations“In sales, we all share a commitment to our customers and a strong focus on the business. We carry a lot of responsibility in knowing that our performance directly impacts the success of the company. While we are focused on delivering results, we should also prioritize our families and never miss the opportunity to spend time with them. I arrange my calendar around important family moments like sporting events, anniversaries, and birthdays. I am a proud father of six and I always look forward to the opportunities when I get to spend quality time with my wife, sons and daughter. I greatly value my family and being appreciative of that helps me to ensure that I’m balancing my time. As leaders, we need to openly talk about the importance of achieving a work/life balance with our teams – especially with high performance teams like sales focused on delivering a world-class customer experience.”As you can see, managing work and life isn’t just a challenge or a goal for women. We’re all in this together.As we continue to push for a more inclusive society, it’s important that we continue to ask these questions to everyone so we can all learn, growth and thrive – at work and at home. So I ask you, both men and women, “how do you best manage both work and life?”
Discovery and innovation have always started with great minds dreaming big, and this is very much the case today. As data analytics, high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) continue to converge and evolve, they are fueling the next industrial revolution and the next quantum leap in human progress. And with the help of increasingly powerful technology, we can all dream even bigger.Lightning-fast networks are a key enabler of this ongoing push to take things to a higher level. Whether it’s a quest to find new galaxies, discover new forms of energy or design vehicles that drive themselves, we need low-latency, high-bandwidth interconnects that can keep pace with the speed of today’s ever-growing data processing and storage needs. Anything less can impede system performance and slow the path to discovery and innovation.The quest for faster networking performance drove the rise of InfiniBand technology for server-side connectivity in HPC shops, hyperscale data centers and AI environments. The unique characteristics of InfiniBand break through the networking roadblocks in system architectures to deliver a better balance of processor performance, memory bandwidth and I/O performance. And in a parallel trend, Dell Technologies and other networking providers are delivering solutions that put more processing power in smart network interface controllers (NICs), switches and routers to automate network functions and accelerate system performance.And this brings us to the news of the day — the announcement of the 7th generation of the NVIDIA Mellanox InfiniBand architecture. This high-speed, extreme low-latency and high-density InfiniBand interconnect delivers the scalability and feature-rich technology needed for today’s supercomputers, AI applications and hyperscale cloud data centers.NVIDIA reports that this new generation of Mellanox InfiniBand sets world records for high performance networking, delivering 2X higher bandwidth per port (400Gb/s), 3X higher switch silicon port density, 5X higher switch system capacity and 32X higher AI acceleration power.The Mellanox InfiniBand architecture continues to enhance and extend NVIDIA In-Network Computing technologies, including pre-configured and programmable compute engines such as NVIDIA Mellanox Scalable Hierarchical Aggregation and Reduction Protocol (SHARP)™, MPI tag matching and MPI All-to-All and programmable cores. NVIDIA says it adds up to the best cost per node and the best return on investment.We look forward to incorporating these latest InfiniBand capabilities into our HPC/AI systems. Advances like these that enable our customers to detect cancer in MRI images using AI models, make billions of AI-driven content recommendations without human involvement, and unlock the secrets of dark matter and other mysteries of our universe.This is all keeping in spirit with the Dell Technologies commitment to developing technologies that power human progress and transform lives. And that’s just what is happening today, as we at Dell Technologies work with our partners to bring the latest innovations to data-driven organizations.For a look at some of the ways in which organizations are putting HPC and AI technologies to work to drive better outcomes, visit DellTechnologies.com/HPC and DellTechnologies.com/AI.