Today, information technology is being transformed by four powerful trends—namely, mobile, cloud computing, Big Data and social networking. This transformation of IT is accelerating, and for players in the IT industry, the future will be both extremely disruptive and incredibly rich in opportunity. Collectively, these four trends comprise what research firm IDC calls the “third platform” of IT (the first being mainframe, and the second being PC client/server) and critical to its success will be an underlying foundation of security, privacy and trust.We are in the early days of the third platform and as such we believe second platform architectures will continue to be the foundation of the enterprise data center for many years to come. Our strategy is to continue to take market share here and lead our customers on their journey to the third platform. We see enormous opportunity to help enterprises transform both IT and their business. We will pursue this strategy through our unique federated business model that includes EMC Information Infrastructure (EMCii), VMware and Pivotal. Our businesses are strategically aligned yet each is focused on its core mission—developing the best technology and building the right partner ecosystem to best serve customers. This federated model allows us to offer best-of-breed, integrated, technology while preserving customers’ ability to choose and deploy products from other IT companies.Continue reading Joe Tucci’s letter to shareholders
Building relationships is crucial to every successful business. I have the privilege of meeting with an average of 35 companies each month; some are longtime EMC customers and others are looking to strengthen their partnership. Along the way, we sometimes lose sight of why they choose us. The reality is that EMC has the most relevant products and the broadest portfolio of services capabilities in its history. We have the most robust solutions in the marketplace, as well as strong technology alliances and partnerships. We possess substantial financial resources for pursuing R&D and acquisitions while maintaining solid financial stability. We have the ability to help companies effectively save money on legacy IT so they can strategically invest in the future.The breadth of these factors is why companies choose to work with established players in the industry. We ease the workload placed on their shoulders. The ability to significantly impact our customer’s business success is the main reason I have stayed a part of the EMC Federation for almost 25 years.A healthcare company I recently met with had been frustrated that it was taking nine months for their developers to get the resources they needed to do the job. After partnering with EMC, VCE and VMware, it now takes nine seconds or less to deploy the equivalent new infrastructure elements, allowing them to focus on improving the healthcare experience and understanding better and faster ways to get and keep customers healthy.Financial service companies are frequently focused on the need for speed and agility. One such company is world-renowned for stable insurance and mutual fund investments. However, with the internet now posting insurance premiums and fund returns online, their customers are able to see minute-to-minute changes in performance, increasing the traffic level on their trading systems exponentially. Their most profitable offerings are being disrupted at the core of their business model. We are actively engaged in educating the leadership team on technology that ensures they can do business faster by immediately responding to changes in the marketplace, as well as identifying specialty data that can be commercialized. They’re looking at all EMC’s offerings to help them get there.A $15B company in the highly competitive food services industry provides thousands of small restaurants with the food, beverage, and serving supplies they need to open each day. Their competitive edge is the ability to deliver a great customer experience with their electronic ordering and delivery processes. Their IT system’s performance and stability are critical to ensure that their customers continue relying on them each day. Again, EMC is the core element to their environment.This track record of executing for our customers opens the door for much deeper engagement. All three companies asked EMC to challenge their way of thinking about IT. With our strong field teams and our world class product and services, EMC has been able to move from being a vendor, to a supplier, to being a business partner, to the ultimate goal of being a strategic business partner.Great business relationships take time; they’re built on trust. It’s only when you earn trust that customers feel comfortable enough to open up a dialogue around discussing what’s possible with their business.Everyone at the table knows that not every idea is going to stick, but it’s the ability to sit with a customer to strategize on how we can help them that is refreshing and exciting.Companies are looking for strong business partners now more than ever. I’m convinced EMC is in the right place at the right time with the right offerings to enable our customers to transform their business.
While one very visible venture capitalist may have recently hung up his spurs, the world’s largest privately-controlled technology company today brought out of stealth its venture practice, Dell Technologies Capital.Early on, Dell recognized the value of venture investing as a key tool for innovation, in addition to organic research and development, partnerships and acquisitions. But it was always about more than just investing money.“Capital is merely table stakes to set a startup company on the path to success. New companies are looking for active investment partners who provide breadth and depth of expertise and access to resources and scale,” said Scott Darling, president of Dell Technologies Capital.That why Dell Technologies Capital offers experienced board members, deep technical expertise as well as access to the global scale, channel, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and go-to-market relationships that are unique to the Dell Technologies’ family of businesses. In addition, we provide access to industry-leading technologists, investors and company executives.And while you may not have heard much from the team of highly experienced investors at Dell Technologies Capital, you might have heard of some of their portfolio companies.“…we were able to utilize Dell Technologies’ ecosystem to collaborate and combine the powerful Dell EMC and Virtustream portfolio…ShareFor instance, Edico Genome announced earlier this year an agreement with Dell EMC to offer a bundled compute and storage solution that increases the maximum rate at which data can be processed.“Accelerating time to answers can lead to faster diagnoses for critically ill newborns, cancer patients and expecting parents waiting on prenatal tests, and allows scientists and drug developers to spend less time waiting for data and more time interpreting results,” Edico Genome CEO Pieter van Rooyen said.Edico Genome’s Dragen bioinformatics processor is now integrated into a 1U Dell PowerEdge 4130 server for genome analysis, as well as Dell EMC’s Isilon scale-out networked attached storage for genomic data storage across all levels of throughput capacity.“As a Dell Technologies Capital portfolio company, we were able to utilize Dell Technologies’ ecosystem to collaborate and combine the powerful Dell EMC and Virtustream portfolio with the speed and accuracy of the DRAGEN processor to offer a complete, cost-effective solution for rapid genomic analysis for new and existing customers,” he recently added.Dell Technologies Capital Capital has been an active investor in more than 70 other early-stage startups, and will continue to invest globally for Dell Technologies’ unique family of businesses including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware.For more information about Dell Technologies Capital, including its current portfolio and previous investments, visit delltechnologies.com/capital.
Over the last year, I’ve shared my thoughts on what I believe is part of a winning strategy. Staying focused, committed, determined and working as a team to deliver on your plan – these attributes and a bias to action set up any organization for the win. How you jump and clear hurdles running full speed ahead — that makes all the difference. It’s what keeps your strategy on track.We at Dell Technologies play an important role in ensuring our customers have what they need to be resilient through the dramatic technology shifts under way – and take on Digital Transformation notably as their biggest asset, data, holds the keys to their ability to derive a competitive advantage through unlocking the power of that data.Today, I reflect once again on the power of a winning strategy and the power of a team that works with speed, resilience and determination to deliver nothing less than the best. Our Storage business has yet again, delivered its third consecutive quarter of revenue gains as reported for Q3 FY19. And now, as reported by IDC’s latest 2018 Worldwide Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, our Storage business has delivered its third consecutive quarter of year-over-year share growth. IDC reported a 31.3% revenue share in external storage for Dell, Inc. – representing +23% year-over-year revenue growth and +2.6 points of year-over-year share gain.I have a favorite saying…two dots make a line – three dots make a trend. The trending growth in our Storage business demonstrates that Dell EMC is delivering innovation that best meets our customers’ needs in a world awash in vast amounts of structured and unstructured data – driving new requirements in data storage, protection and analytics – at the edge, in the distributed core and cloud. And that innovation is being broadly lauded across the ecosystem – with PowerMax 8000 and Dell EMC Unity 650F both taking home CRN 2018 Product of the Year awards; and Gartner recognizing Dell EMC as a “Leader” in its 2018 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for our Dell EMC Isilon and Dell EMC ECS platforms. AND, our SC Series 5020 midrange array secured further recognition for Dell EMC Storage with the 2018 Editor’s Choice from Storage Review.There’s way more to celebrate here and Dell EMC’s Storage President Jeff Boudreau does so in his latest blog. Amazing work from the best Storage team in the industry.Also trending is our growth in Servers and Networking – where again, we saw our eighth consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth in Q3 FY19. Our Data Protection team’s Purpose-Built Backup Appliances (PBBA) gained share year-over-year for its second consecutive quarter in Q2 according to IDC, and our HCI business hit 14 consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth in Q2 CY18.Further, our PC business continues to emphasize that the PC is very much alive and well — 23 consecutive quarters of year-over-year unit growth according to IDC[i] – talk about a trend! Through the first three quarters of 2018 we saw 7.1% growth, which is way higher than the paltry 0.8% growth of the industry as a whole.These accolades and innovation are proof positive that we know what our customers need to be game-changers in their own rite.So as I look ahead to the next year, I’m more optimistic than ever about our opportunity and more importantly – the opportunity for our customers to take advantage of what’s possible through Digital Transformation – arming their workforce with incredible innovation and services that keep them engaged, productive and resilient, and ensuring their IT strategy has them set up for nothing short of success and a strong competitive advantage. We do this through our commitment to deliver innovation at the edge, notably as our customers prepare for 5G; leadership in Multi-Cloud flexibility as part of our continued and deep collaboration with VMware – enabling customers to achieve the right on- or off-prem, public AND private cloud strategy that works for them; and, by advancing the capabilities throughout our entire IT portfolio with AI and Machine Learning for intelligence and automation.Our strategy is working and that’s a trend worth paying attention to.i Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage, Julia Palmer, Raj Bala, John McArthur, 18 October 2018ii IDC Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker, CYQ218iii IDC Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, CYQ218iv Worldwide Client Share Summary based on IDC CY18Q3 data
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A pharaonic landmark in central Tirana built as a posthumous museum for Albania’s communist-era strongman, Enver Hoxha, is being transformed into a youth training and art center. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama attended Thursday’s symbolic start of work to radically transform the largely abandoned, 17,000-square-meter (180,000-square-foot) structure. It was designed by Hoxha’s daughter and her husband, both architects. Long viewed with mixed feelings by Albanians due to its link with the hated communist regime, the building narrowly escaped destruction a few years ago under a former center-right government. Other proposals had included turning it into a national library, a theater or even the country’s parliament.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York judge rules that Republican Claudia Tenney has defeated US Rep. Anthony Brindisi by 109 votes in last open race.
Saint Mary’s students will have the opportunity to add to their financial aid package with a new scholarship funded by the Hearst Foundation. The Hearst Foundation, founded by William Randolph Hearst, has donated $60,000 to Saint Mary’s College to benefit students who are academically talented, but also economically disadvantaged. Students who are members of an underrepresented minority will have priority, according to a College press release. “We anticipate the average award per student to be $2,500 each year, which will be added on top of their current financial aid package,” director of financial aid Kathleen Brown said. The Class of 2014 is the first class of students to receive the Hearst scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. “We anticipate that 12 students overall will receive this award,” Brown said Scholarships will be given the student’s junior year and renewed for senior year. Students must be US citizens, eligible for the Federal Pell Grant Program and ideally majoring in science, math or engineering, according to Brown said. The process of determining this year’s Hearst Scholars is currently being finalized, she said. “The hope is that this scholarship will help students to graduate with less debt,” Brown said. Brown said this scholarship is part of an ongoing goal of providing more aid to eligible students. “Part of [President Carol Ann Mooney’s] last strategic plan was that we provide aid to 100 percent of Pell-eligible students,” Brown said. Emphasis for Hearst Scholar candidates is also put on students of an underrepresented minority, the press release stated. Minorities represented 13.5 percent of total students at Saint Mary’s during the 2011-12 school year, according to Saint Mary’s Institutional Research. Underrepresented minorities currently present at Saint Mary’s include African American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic and Native Hawaiian. The Hearst Foundation has a strong tie to students with culturally diverse backgrounds. Their mission is to identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives, according to the Hearst Foundation. Making a Saint Mary’s education affordable to girls with different educational and ethnic backgrounds has also long been a mission of Saint Mary’s, according to the College website. Contact Caroline Rech at email@example.com
Saint Mary’s received the No. 8 ranking on New York Times’ list of Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges in the nation, published Tuesday.Sam Coughlin | The Observer According to the article, the colleges in the ranking have all made significant changes in recruiting policies and have made compromises elsewhere to ensure that a diverse student body is a top priority. Oftentimes, talented poor students who have traditionally excelled in high school, do not go onto top colleges, nor graduate from any college.Saint Mary’s College President Carol Mooney said it is the College’s goal to meet the financial needs of every student and ensure all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, have the chance to receive a Saint Mary’s education.“We do not want any student to be unable to attend Saint Mary’s because she lacks the financial means to do so.“As part of our Catholic mission to reach out to those with the greatest need, the College must find ways to allow these students to pursue a Saint Mary’s education,” Mooney said.President Mooney said the College is dedicated to educating all qualified students. In the College’s ongoing campaign, “Faith Always, Action Now,” the College has raised more than $23 million for such scholarships.Compared to the other colleges in the New York Times’ ranking, Saint Mary’s has a noticeably smaller endowment per student, at $80,000. As stated in the article, Vassar’s (no. 1) endowment per student is $340,000, Grinnell’s (no. 2) endowment per student is $880,000 and Harvard’s (no. 6) endowment per student is $1.52 million.Vice president for enrollment management Mona Bowe said the ranking accords with Saint Mary’s mission to enroll qualified students who are ready to learn, work hard and make a difference in the world.“We first look for students with the academic background we feel will result in a successful academic performance at Saint Mary’s,” Bowe said. “But beyond the academics, we look for students who are well rounded: aware of the needs of others, strong in their faith, willing to go the extra mile, athletes, performers and artists.“A wide variety of backgrounds and interests makes for a rich community where learning happens outside of the classroom as much as it happens in the classroom.”Director of the office for institutional research Daniel Flowers said the article reflects the College’s ongoing efforts to provide education to students from all economic backgrounds, which began nearly 20 years ago.“[NY Times] calculated a ‘College Access Index’ that looks at the percentage of students receiving Pell and the net-price for low and middle-income families while taking into account our financial resources as measured by the endowment size,” Flowers said. “They found that out of the universe of top colleges with a four-year graduation rate above 75% (about 100 institutions) we were near the top of the list in terms of this access index.“We’ve also experienced one of the largest increases in students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds from 2007-08 to 2012-2014, from 14% to 24%,” Flowers said. “Only Vassar and American saw larger increases.”Bowe said the admissions team does not consider the ability for students to pay a requirement for admission.“After acceptance, the financial aid team works very hard to make Saint Mary’s a reality for as many students as possible,” Bowe said.As a member of the enrollment team for almost 20 years, Bowe said she is proud of the mission-driven, ethical approach to recruiting the next generation of Belles.“It is a team effort, from our colleagues that raise the funds for scholarships, to our professors and student life professionals, who tend to the needs of our students,” Bowe said. “And not only do we make it possible for students with less financial means to choose Saint Mary’s, we make it possible for them to stay and graduate on time.“We will continue to be good stewards of the resources that our amazing donors have made possible. We hope to continue to provide access to students who find Saint Mary’s to be a great fit for them.”Flowers said the ranking proves that Saint Mary’s is true to their mission of pioneering education.“In sum, we’re living our mission as there aren’t many other top-quality institutions out there doing more for low and middle-income students than Saint Mary’s College,” Flowers said.Senior Amanda Gilbert said she and many of her fellow Belles felt honored to discover the news of the ranking.“It’s just another great accomplishment for Saint Mary’s in our ongoing mission to be a well-rounded campus full of inspirational and confident women,” Gilbert said. “One of the things we students always say we love about Saint Mary’s is our sense of community.“This ranking came as no surprise to us, for we are constantly aware of our opportunities here to engage with a diverse student body and community.”Tags: Economic Diversity
The white and blue banner that hangs from the double arches of the Knights of Columbus building at the intersection of South and God quads reads, “Home of Football Game Day Steak Sales $1,000,000 Since 1973.” Talk to any member of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, though, and they will tell you it’s about much more than the steak.Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Knights of Columbus “Notre Dame Knights are proud of their steak sale program, but more than the time spent on game days raising funds, the council enjoys working with some of the charities we support,” Robert Rauch, Notre Dame class of 2012 and former president of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, said.“For instance, we annually conduct several events with the Corvilla Home, one of our first charities,” Rauch, who now works as the College Council Coordinator for the Knights of Columbus Supreme Office, said. “We have annually prepared and consumed a Thanksgiving dinner with residents, we have participated in bingo and bowling events, and we have sponsored a team in their Snowball Softball tournament. The best part of steak sales is being able to have a relationship with the people we support.”According to the Notre Dame Knight of Columbus website, the steak sale began in 1973, but members of the Knights had been grilling steak sandwiches as part of their own tailgate since the late 1950s. Dennis Malloy, a third-year law student, said the location of the sale helped it take hold as a game day tradition.“The location of the Council Home next to the old bookstore was a prime location with thousands of potential consumers,” Malloy said. “We decided to sell only steak sandwiches to provide a distinct treat to our customers and reap the benefits of economies of scale.“Even though the bookstore moved and the glamour of Irish Green is far away, we are an essential part of the game day experience for many who make a special trip to the corner of God Quad and South Quad to visit us.”Malloy, who is a former grand knight of Notre Dame’s branch of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1477, said the Notre Dame Knights have about 100 active members. Each football Saturday, Malloy said at least 15 people work the steak sale at any given time, and about 40 people, including Knights, their friends and family and members of other campus organizations, work the sale throughout the day.Rauch said poor weather can lessen proceeds from the steak sale, but on a typical game day, the Knights will serve about 3,000 sandwiches and raise $10,000. As the sign outside the Knights of Columbus building highlights, the steak sales have raised over $1 million since 1973, a figure which Rauch said is not adjusted for inflation.Sophomore Henry Dickman, who oversees the steak sale this year, said he hopes to involve more student groups in the unique fundraiser.“Steak sales are not only significant in terms of the funds raised, but the event also provides a great way for council members to get to know each other and serve the Notre Dame community,” Dickman said. “Going forward, we’d like to find ways to get other campus groups involved with helping at the sales as well as attracting more students to buy sandwiches.”Rauch said the tradition of the Knights of Columbus at Notre Dame extends much further than the steak sales. The Notre Dame Knights were founded in 1910 and were the first student group on campus aside from athletic teams, the marching band and student government.“Like many things related to Notre Dame football, Knights of Columbus steak sales are rooted in tradition,” Rauch said. “The large stream of fans to the bookstore would smell the steak next door and would buy one on their way in or out. Plus, the steak sale program is all about charity and giving back — both themes that members of the Notre Dame family identify with.“When Fr. Sorin said that Notre Dame would one day be an enormous force for good in this country, he was speaking of people like the Notre Dame Knights who through their steak sale program and all their other activities serves as this force by being a charity that evangelizes.”Rauch said the sale can be taxing at times, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges.“College students typically don’t enjoy waking up before 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning, much less multiple Saturdays in a row, but that’s what the men of this council do every game day,” he said. “But when you have a good cause to support, you keep that in site and you keep going.”Jeff Gerlomes, Notre Dame class of 2014 and former president of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, said while the steak sale serves as a favorite game day tradition, it also goes beyond the bounds of Notre Dame football to make a tangible impact on peoples’ lives.“When we see that line down the quad, it’s humbling to think that this sandwich is as important to some of these people as a tartan cape or a golden helmet,” Gerlomes said. “Even more important, though, is that this fundraiser is our biggest opportunity to make a direct impact on some of the most serious social injustices around us. Instead of just campaigning for the poor and marginalized, we can aid programs that really help them on a lasting and personal level.”Tags: Game Day Tradition, Knights of Columbus, Steak Sandwich Sale
Margaret Hynds | The Observer Just days after Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S. and address to the nation’s leaders, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy spoke on campus Friday afternoon to both students and the press, discussing climate change and Notre Dame’s recently announced efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and integrate a variety of sustainable energy sources.In the next five years, the University will cease burning coal in its campus power plant, and by 2030 it plans to halve its carbon emissions, University president Fr. John Jenkins said last week.At Friday’s press conference, McCarthy quoted Francis’s words earlier in the week and stressed the importance of the nation getting behind efforts to prevent further climate change.“On Wednesday, during remarks at the White House, the Holy Father Pope Francis said, ‘When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment in history,’” she said. “Indeed the Pope, President Obama and countless other world leaders have made it clear that the time to action climate change is now, and that all of us — whether in the public, private, academic or faith-based communities — have a role to play in addressing this global challenge for the sake of our kids and especially for those most vulnerable. That’s why we must act today.“And I have to say, the pope’s time in Washington was indeed personal for me, not just as a Catholic but as someone who has been in the fight against climate change for many years.“His trip reaffirmed the tide really has turned … that we’re past the old days of debating the science and making incremental progress, and right now we do have solutions available to us so that we can take actions now that are not just good at addressing climate but that are also good for our economy and those most vulnerable,” she said.McCarthy described Notre Dame’s plans for the integration of sustainable energy and reduction of carbon emissions as “an opportunity to demonstrate what the pope’s moral responsibility actually looks like.”“The steps we are taking here today at ND are something that I want to make sure everybody knows and is celebrating, because they are a tremendous example of bringing life to the pope’s challenge; of recognizing that we have a moral responsibility and we do have actions that we can and must take today,” she said. “I want to explain to everybody just how excited I am to be on this campus, under this president’s leadership and actually tackling this issue in a way that’s going to add value to the campus, but perhaps more importantly bring life to the intersect of faith and values that the challenge of climate change demands.“That is really so well aligned with the message of this pope. And I commend the University of ND for setting ambitious goals and efforts in taking action already to reduce their carbon footprint, which they expect to halve by 2030. That is what leadership and that is what stewardship actually looks like,” she said.Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves also spoke, detailing further what the University hopes and plans to do in the coming years in regards to renewable energy.As the University works through its coal cessation plan, he said, it has explored and is currently working on a number of other energy strategies.“At the moment, we’re using a lot of natural gas, we’re looking at creating our first geothermal field set to go in after next June as we complete the research building on the east side of campus,” he said. “We’re going to have a geothermal field under the parking area there, and we’re looking at other geothermal fields in several places on campus.”In addition to geothermal energy, Affleck-Graves said Notre Dame is investigating other avenues to create a more “diversified strategy.”“[We’re] moving more and more towards renewable energy, so we arrive at a situation where most of our energy will come from renewable sources,” he said. “ … We’re looking at a hydroelectric plant on the river. We’re working with the city of South Bend, and that’s in the planning and approval stages. There’s a lot of regulation that goes around that.“We’re also looking at solar, particularly in some of the parking fields that we have, where we have large open areas that we can maybe put solar on top of parking structures, and maybe a little bit of solar on top of roofs.”When asked about the cost of moving from traditional sources of energy to renewable sources, Affleck-Graves said he did not foresee that being a large issue for the University. The cost of investing in things like a geothermal field would be high, he said, but after the field goes in there would no longer be installation costs associated with it.“I wouldn’t say it’s new money, it’s an element of new money but also the redirection of money. … Instead of a new coal fire burner, we’ll invest in another alternative source,” he said.McCarthy said because climate change is a reality now, action needs to be taken immediately to protect the disadvantaged and future generations.“It’s not just about the challenge of keeping our children safe in the future, but it is all about protecting them today, protecting the most vulnerable and making sure we meet the president’s call for us to take action and meet that moral responsibility,” she said.Tags: EPA, Notre Dame, Pope Francis, renewable energy