Cloud computing is undoubtedly gaining momentum across businesses of all sizes due to its compelling promise to deliver business agility and cost savings. You might ask, “How much and where will I see those savings?”What, and where are those savings, you might ask? Well, we collaborated with Principled Technologies on a study that answers just those questions. The intention of the study is to provide considerations for assessing the impact of hybrid cloud on your business. It focuses on two areas: the business value delivered by hybrid cloud computing and a side by side comparison of two possible paths to hybrid cloud, build your own or buy a fully engineered solution.The first part of the study focuses on the business values organizations can expect to realize, specifically the cost savings and benefits of hybrid cloud computing. For a theoretical enterprise of 29,550 employees and a virtualized infrastructure of 5,000 virtual machines (VMs), Principled Technologies used industry available research and their own analysis to calculate that business benefits they could realize. For example, their findings revealed significant savings around resource optimization with up to – as much as 50% in CapEX savings , 10% associated with reclaiming inactive VMs and 2% more efficient use of software licenses as well as greater efficiencies in service delivery.Reduced complexity and increased efficiencies from automation and operational management can save IT staff time – as much as 56%, giving them the time to focus on other, more impactful business initiatives and projects. With ever increasing demands on already overtaxed resources, these savings can have a big impact on any organization.The second part of the study explores a side by side comparison of the two paths you can take to get to a hybrid cloud – build your own vs. buy an engineered solution. It includes Principle Technologies first-hand experience and analysis for both approaches. Their results revealed that the EMC engineered solution, Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, provides a 92% faster time value through an accelerated cloud implementation of infrastructure-as-a-service. Most of our customers start with infrastructure-as-a-service but to really deliver IT-as-a-service they want additional features such as data protection across multiple sites, database services, encryption and integration with their operational processes. Even though the study didn’t build a solution to deliver ITaaS, it validated much of what our customers have been telling us all along as well as our own experience. We can deliver IT-as-a-Service>50% faster than our customers can do it themselves, allowing them accelerate value to the business. Taking into account the time, effort and resources involved to design, implement, support and upgrade, the engineered solution can save as much as 67% over 3 years compared to a build your own approach.Read the full report to understand the benefits hybrid cloud can deliver to your business as well as the considerations for assessing whether to buy or build your own.
XPS 13 Laptop: I was fortunate enough to attend SXSW in Austin, TX a few months ago, and my jaw dropped when I saw the debut of the XPS 13. With up to 19.5 hours of battery life and one of the thinnest & lightest computers on the market, the XPS 13 is the computer you’ll get the most from. People like me who are hunting for jobs, collaborating on group projects, or spending too much time on social media will appreciate the endurance and durability of the XPS 13.Alienware Aurora Desktop: While I wouldn’t consider myself to be a “gamer,” you can bet on Gen Z’s being more invested into the gaming market than any generation ever to walk this planet. The eSports world is on track to grow by almost 50% and reach $1.65 billion in market value by 2021 (https://www.statista.com/statistics/490522/global-esports-market-revenue/), and open-sourced “battle royale” games like Fortnite are taking the demographic by storm. And with capabilities for virtual reality (VR), who wouldn’t want to explore a bit?! Not to mention, the Aurora’s price will be slashed by $490 on Black Friday!Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker: I’ve had great experiences with UE products, but in my opinion, you can’t come close to the innovation in sound systems that UE BOOM 2 has given us. It has 360-degree sound, waterproof, and it’s got an app (check, check, check…or “boom,” if you will). Have a friend (or, actually, up to 150 friends) with UE speakers? Connect each speaker to each other over Bluetooth, spread them out over the room, and you’ve got yourself the most full-sounding party you could ask for. We’ve heard time and time again (Gen Z’s, especially) that we live in a “connected” world, and there’s no better example of that than the UE BOOM 2.When buying a gift for your Gen Z friend (or your Gen Z self), keep in mind that our generation appreciates every opportunity to “keep up” with the best technology on the market.Check out a complete list of Dell Technologies’ Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals here. As a member of Generation Z, I know that having access to the newest and most cutting-edge technology on the market is going to put me ahead. I’m certainly part of the 80% of my demographic who want to work with the best tech products on the market.This Friday, millions of Gen Z’s will head to the Web to find the tech products that are going to help put us ahead – and to take advantage of the fantastic deals while doing so. As a self-proclaimed tech nerd, I’ll definitely be part of this group – I’m always hunting for a tech product that I’m not only going to get a ton of use from, but that will help me understand what the world might be like once Gen Z’s are in established roles in the workplace.That being said, here are my top 3 picks for my Gen Z counterparts from Dell’s 2018 Black Friday deals.
Technology and innovation are constantly creating new opportunities and challenges that will impact how we work in 2020 and in the years to come. With that in mind, Dell Technologies recently invited an eclectic group of colleagues, partners, media, analysts and industry experts to help us explore the transformative trends reshaping the workplace. We explored the future: one year out, five years out, and 10 years out. Here’s where we arrived:One Year: The Duality of the Mobile WorkforceWhile the introduction of mobile technology and cloud-based solutions have certainly helped make the idea of working anytime, anywhere a reality, the mix of Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and now, Gen-Z, creates a complicated dynamic of working styles and productivity drivers that are hard to ignore.As work becomes less of a place you go, and more of a task you perform, employees expect to be able to work whenever they want, wherever they want. But are businesses truly ready to evolve the traditional 9-to-5 desk job to meet the needs and expectations of employees?In the next year, businesses will need to strike a balance between empowering employees to work virtual through advanced technology solutions and retaining a workplace environment that allows their employees to work onsite in the office; maintaining company culture and productivity.Five Years: Understanding and Satisfying the Expectations of Gen Z They’re coming! The first wave of Gen Z employees started infiltrating workforces in 2019 and they’re very different from their millennial counterparts. They’ve grown up with cutting-edge technology and are a hyperconnected, collaborative cohort that is accustomed to learning and working in groups.So, will organizations be ready to meet the needs of these digital natives? They’d better be. Gen Z employees want to focus their skills at companies that provide the flexibility and freedom to be entrepreneurial through personalized roles. What’s more, they see the tech industry as the sweet spot to pursue these career goals.Providing intuitive technology and solutions is just one piece of the puzzle for organizations looking to attract this next wave of talent. In the next five years, organizations will need to challenge the hierarchical power dynamic between employees and employers, and provide Gen Z employees with career paths that develop and bolster their skills in new and exciting ways.Ten Years: People and Technology Form the Fabric of the OrganizationIn 10 years, the workplace will be completely redefined as the what we call the fourth industrial revolution has fully taken hold. Technology and IT solutions will more seamlessly support and offload and workplace tasks, and this in turn will reshape the responsibilities and roles of employers and employees. A recent workplace study by McKinsey reported that 60 percent of jobs will be transformed through the automation of a component tasks by 2030.While that may sound like a scary prospect for some, the experts don’t expect machines to fully replace us any time soon. Over the next decade, workers and organizations will adapt as machines take over mundane tasks, and new work opportunities will emerge, involving qualities and skills that are fundamentally human.Employers — specifically the C-Suite — can expect IT to hold an integral role among all functions of the organization. Information and technology will be the invisible threads that drive and connect everything.Ten years out, organizations that successfully achieve digital workplace transformations will be at an advantage over businesses struggling with legacy systems, massive amounts of data and workforces unprepared for change. Some companies will run the race quicker than others, which could widen the gulf between businesses that are future-ready and able to benefit from emerging technologies, and those that are not. But one thing is for certain: the steps organizations take today — including modernizing infrastructure, inspiring employees, and deploying next-generation technologies — will lay the groundwork for their digital-future and help to bring to fruition the next wave of human led, technology-underpinned progress.