Today, EMC published our ninth annual sustainability Report: Connections. Sustainability programs are now fairly commonplace at most large, global companies. People expect corporations to be mindful of environmental impacts, support communities, and contribute towards a healthier world. For consumer businesses, it can be easy to see the impacts—packaging from recycled materials, locally-sourced ingredients, chemical-free products—but for B2B companies, the connection between business and sustainability can be less obvious.This year’s report is all about bringing those connections to the forefront.EMC is a technology company. Our products and solutions modernize the data centers of our customers. And our customers are changing the world—healthcare solutions, public education services, precision agriculture, and cultural preservation. For example, in 2015, we collaborated with IDEA Public Schools, a network of public schools in Texas servicing low-income families, to identify ways Big Data could add value to the schools. After a successful Big Data Vision workshop, the EMC team was able to launch a set of dashboard tools to help teachers and administrators better forecast student performance, assess risk and provide recommendations.EMC is also a people company. We understand that our company has an impact on the lives of our employees, the people within our supply chain, our customers, and those living in the communities in which we do business. Our people are also our greatest asset, and allow us to create positive impact. For example, Global Impact Corp, EMC’s skill-based volunteer program, is designed to enable EMC employees to leverage their professional skills and expertise to build capacity in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) around the world.This year’s report not only features examples of these customer and employee impacts, but also highlights the interdependence between sustainability and EMC’s business. To prepare, we spoke to executives from different corners of EMC about our business, assessed the risks and opportunities for the IT industry writ large, examined the broader trends in the world around us, and identified where EMC has the greatest potential to make a difference. We have restructured our report to shed light on the connections between our programs and our value chain, our sustainability priorities and our business strategy, and our company and our world.The ability to create a positive impact does not have to be contained within the four walls of a company. By understanding our commonalities, and mapping our priorities with a world view, we all have the opportunity to change the world.
Successful businesses are differentiating from their competition through the deployment of application software that collects valuable data that is analyzed resulting in action that influences successful outcomes in near real time. These applications need to be developed and deployed on flexible, scalable, automated cloud infrastructures. Cloud is not a place but an operational model. Enterprise IT organizations will be managing a portfolio of cloud service provided by public cloud providers as well as clouds they design and deploy. Today we are seeing many enterprises building modern cloud native applications using a combination of on premises and off premises cloud services. These include re-factored applications such as Cisco WebEx and new platforms such as GE’s Predix, and new applications like EMC Leap that are leveraging enterprise IT designed and deployed cloud services in combination with public cloud service providers for the software development and operation. All of these new applications are built and operated using the preeminent cloud native platform Cloud Foundry.Below is a short video discussing the importance of building applications optimized for multi-cloud infrastructure.
Use our free ESG online assessment tool to help customers to assess their IT Transformation maturityOrganizations of all sizes need to transform their IT to remain competitive, but many haven’t yet taken any action to do so. You can become the go-to partner for IT Transformation, helping them to get to grips with the issues and acting as a trusted advisor to guide them through every stage of the process.To help you convince your customers and prospects of the benefits of modernizing and automating their IT, we’ve developed a dedicated low-cost campaign strategy that you can use to drive engagement and demonstrate the value of IT Transformation.Tap into a massive market opportunityIT Transformation represents a huge business opportunity for Dell EMC partners – and we’re committed to supporting and helping you to stake your claim to a share of the market.When influential industry analyst ESG surveyed more than 4,000 companies in 16 countries worldwide to ask about their approach to and progress with IT Transformation, it found that 81% of the survey respondents agreed that if they fail to embrace IT transformation, their company will not be able to remain competitive.1While many organizations reported having IT Transformation initiatives underway, only 6% had already achieved fully transformed status1 – leaving a massive market opportunity open to you.Whatever their current awareness of the need for change, you’re uniquely positioned to support and guide customers on their journey as they start to make the fundamental move of modernizing and automating their IT.Connected content to drive engagementOur over-arching IT Transformation campaign comes with a full range of supporting resources and marketing materials for you to use with your customers and prospects. Each asset is aligned to a specific stage of the buyer’s journey – from explore to decision – to deliver connected content at every step. These are all available on your Digital Marketing Platform.Campaign strategy 3 within our IT Transformation campaign enables you to adopt a low-cost, consultative approach to promoting the business benefits of IT Transformation. You can leverage our free ESG assessment tool to drive engagement – in a 1-2-1 environment, via a digital marketing campaign or perhaps by running a dedicated customer event.Help customers to assess their IT Transformation maturity Thanks for significant upfront investment by Dell EMC, you’re able to take advantage of free access to an ESG online assessment tool that shows where an organization ranks along the IT Transformation Maturity Curve.The free ESG online assessment tool is based on the quantitative data gleaned from the aforementioned ESG research and this can be filtered by specific region or industry to show a customer their company’s IT Transformation maturity level based on that benchmark study.Customers and prospects alike will be able to compare their score to industry peers and get a customized analysis with the results identifying recommended next steps to accelerate IT Transformation – all in about 5 minutes.You can also offer access to the tool to any organizations that have already embarked on their IT Transformation journey – use it to confirm their transformation status against recognized ESG benchmarks, provide ideas for how they could transform further and help them position their company ahead of key competitors.Demonstrate the value of IT Transformation While the act of modernizing and automating IT systems and software holistically to improve operations and processes is a major endeavor, ESG’s research shows that IT Transformation delivers real business benefits. The full findings are detailed in an ESG Research Insights Paper2 that’s also available for you to download and share with your customers.> Watch the short summary video hereIt’s easy to leverage the online assessment tool to demonstrate the value of IT Transformation to customers at all stages of their exploratory and decision-making journey.5 steps to access and activate the ESG assessment tool:Log into the Digital Marketing Platform, click ‘Build a Campaign/Get Started’ and go to the IT Transformation campaign – you’ll find all the assets that can be activated through the platform.Under Web Plugins you will see ESG Maturity Tool. Highlight this and de-select all other assets, then select Continue at the top of the page.Review all the components of the assessment tool and co-brand it to make it your own.Follow the step-by-step wizard in the yellow box at the top of the page and it will show you to how to either copy the link to share it or embed the tool into your own website, social or emails.You can find further guidance on how to activate a web plugin in this quick step-by-step video> Start exploring the ESG online assessment tool today> Read and share the full report: download the ESG Research Insights Paper1 ESG IT Transformation maturity research survey of 4,000 ITDMs in 16 countries, April 2018.2 ESG Research Insights Paper, ‘Research Proves IT Transformations’ Persistent Link to Agility, Innovation, and Business Value, March 2018.
As we kick off 2019, I’m incredibly excited for what the future holds. Our devices will continue to fit seamlessly into our lives, making it easier to work, play and communicate, no matter where we are, in a way that feels more natural than ever before. The computer no longer just sits on a desk. It’s all around us, thoughtfully designed to make our lives easier, while inspiring us to collaborate more naturally and predicting things we need, before we know we need them.At Dell, our goal is to deliver the most powerful experiences that can transform lives – whether it’s making things simpler, more productive, or more enjoyable. Dell looks at innovation broadly to create amazing experiences for every place we use our devices at home, at work and at play.Over the last 34 years, the company that was born in a dorm room is now among the largest technology companies in the world. Dell is pushing the boundaries on how technology can change the world and advance human progress.This year at CES, Dell will announce products, partnerships, and experiences that reflect our commitment to innovation in every facet of what we deliver to you. We’re proud to share that we have already received nine CES 2019 Award Honorees for our product innovations, prior to the event kickoff. On the sustainability front, Dell has received two EPA awards for our global recycling efforts and circular gold initiatives, and we’ve already reached our 2020 goal of recovering 2 billion pounds of used electronics.You won’t want to miss our exciting announcements. If you’re attending CES stop by the Dell Experience, held at the Sugarcane in The Venetian from Tuesday, January 8th – Thursday January 10th to see our for yourself. If you won’t be joining us in Las Vegas, tune in to our Launch Event Livestream on our Press Site on January 8 at 10:00 am PT to learn more.Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @dell and the hashtags #DellExperience and #CES2019
TORONTO (AP) — Canada most populous province is reporting its first case of a coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa that is believed to be more contagious than the original. Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said Monday that the case was found in the Peel region west Toronto and the person does not have a known history of travel or any known contact with someone who has travelled. British Columbia has also reported cases of the South African variant. Viruses constantly mutate but scientists are concerned with the emergence of three that researchers believe may spread more easily. One first reported in the United Kingdom was previously confirmed in Canada, and Ontario has dozens of cases now.
LE PECQ, France (AP) — Another quarrel over sexism has erupted in France’s parliament. A female lawmaker slighted as “the fishwife” by a yelling male colleague has called for him to be sanctioned. National Assembly member Mathilde Panot said Thursday that the incident typifies the sexism faced by millions of women in France. Male lawmaker Pierre Henriet sought to justify the comment without acknowledging that it was he who called Panot “the fishwife.” Panot also was subjected to cries of “It’s the mad woman” in the National Assembly on Tuesday. The chamber’s president condemned the language used against Panot in a statement that said “sexism has no place in our society” but which made no mention of punishments.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says America has some “tough months ahead” in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and for that reason it is critical that Congress pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package. In her first public interview since becoming Treasury secretary last week, Yellen said that President Biden was would willing to cooperate with Republicans to pass the measure on a bipartisan basis. However, Democrats in Congress have signaled that if they do not line up GOP support, they are prepared to pass the measure with only Democratic support.