Industries like media and entertainment, engineering and manufacturing, oil and gas, finance, and healthcare are rapidly evolving; and so are the needs of professionals in these industries as they seek more immersive entertainment experiences, design cars that drive themselves, design buildings that stand the test of time, drive the economic engines of our society, or even discover cures for disease. That’s why they need the best tools for the job, and for professionals, there are few things more critical than their workstations.Today, Analyst Firm International Data Corporation (IDC) reported Dell Precision as the No. 1 workstation worldwide in their Quarterly Workstation Tracker Q3-2016, statistically tying HP. This milestone is a huge source of pride for us and a reflection of our commitment to our customers.Furthermore, Dell Precision continues to grow and lead globally in the Mobile Workstation Market with award winning products such as the beautifully designed, thinnest & lightest workstation, the Precision 5510 or the world’s most powerful mobile workstation – Precision 7710.Dell has been a leader in the workstation business for nearly 20 years and we’ve continued to lead with our innovation along the way – most recently with our first VR-ready workstations.In addition to our product leadership, we continue to invest in solutions by enabling innovations such as Dell Precision Optimizer and Dell Reliable Memory Technology Pro. Rounding out our portfolio is market leading ecosystem of docks and accessories, and leading support with ProSupport Plus. We also work to test, optimize and certify our solutions so they perform reliably with today’s key professional applications from leaders such as Adobe, Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, AVID and many more. We’ve worked to make Dell Precision the industry’s most powerful and versatile portfolio with options from mobile users to datacenters – all purpose built to allow professionals to bring their creative ideas and products to market faster.We want to thank and congratulate all our team members, partners and customers that have helped us bring leadership into this important space. But now is not the time to rest. As we embark on the next 20 years of leadership in this market, the challenge to innovate and develop solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations is more important than ever. Our mission remains unchanged — create the best products to empower our customers to do their best work.We have an exciting year ahead. Stay tuned for some of our announcements at CES 2017.Onward and Upward.
Dell Technologies IoT Connected Bundles may be just what you are looking for.Early on in my new role as Head of Global OEM and IoT Partnerships at Dell Technologies, I took it upon myself to visit our major channel partners and learn more about their business. At all these meetings, I heard a common theme, which was that channel partners recognize the IoT revolution is upon them and want to get involved but don’t necessarily know how.Upon hearing this commentary, I knew that Dell Technologies could do something to alleviate this challenge. We care about our customer’s digital future and are committed to making it real.Dell Technologies is uniquely positioned to drive the changes necessary to bring IoT to organizations of all sizes. Through our breadth of experience, we’ve acquired an extensive body of knowledge deploying IoT at scale, which enables us to reduce the risks associated with IoT.Case in point, this past August we launched the IoT Connected Bundles exclusively for the channel at VMworld. These bundles were born from our OEM business, where IoT solutions targeted at specific use cases were developed and honed. As a result, the IoT Connected Bundles are turnkey IoT solutions that are market validated, repeatable, and easy to deploy. Each IoT Connected Bundles contains hardware, software and peripherals – essentially, all that is needed for a complete solution is in a single box.At Dell Technologies, we know that constructing a comprehensive IoT solution – with sensors, gateways, software applications and network connections – can be complicated. The main mission behind the IoT Connected Bundles is to remove much of the guesswork. The bundles provide all necessary components for a successful IoT deployment in a single box targeted to a specific use case.Currently, we have four available IoT Connected Bundles that focus on the following use cases. These bundles can be purchased from TechData.Compliance-as-a-Service for HVAC, refrigeration and power systemPredictive maintenance in midmarket manufacturingAdvanced Data Center Infrastructure ManagementSelf-contained and powered surveillance for safety and security in outdoor spacesI am excited about the IoT Connected Bundles and believe that they can help partners and customers successfully participate in IoT.As we head into the holiday season, I can’t help but think of the IoT Connected Bundles as belonging on wish-lists when it comes to IoT and delivering value to the channel. Below are some highlights:Access to New Buyers: In this new age of digital transformation, conversations are increasingly taking place with the c-suite executives rather than traditional IT professionals. IoT Connected Bundles help drive these conversations with their use case specific focus.Business Solutions: Customers are increasingly looking for more than just products – they want business solutions. IoT Connected Bundles meet this request by providing infrastructure for quick and reliable deployment.Access to Services: IoT Connected Bundles position your business to provide long term services to the customer, including backend infrastructure, maintenance and support, monitoring, analytics, integration and deployment planning.We encourage you to find out more about the IoT Connected Bundles and to reach out to us for more detailed information.To hear more commentary from me on the IoT Connected Bundles, please watch this video from an interview I did at the EMEA Partner Conference last month.Our goal is to make your digital future a reality and if IoT is on your wish-list, IoT Connected Bundles may be worth exploring this holiday season.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. In my previous blog, I talked about the “reality of virtuality” with artificial intelligence (AI). Today’s focus is the role of AI in automation and beyond.A great deal of the focus of artificial intelligence (AI) is on automating tasks so a person doesn’t have to do them. At its simplest level, AI enables users to program systems to perform tasks. For example, a coffee pot can be programmed to automatically start early in the morning so coffee is ready when the alarm goes off. The AI is performing limited thinking along the lines of, “Is it 5:45 a.m. yet?” The more connected the system is, the more capabilities it can perform. Consider a coffee pot that can communicate with the alarm on a user’s phone. Instead of always turning the pot on at 5:45 a.m., the AI can adjust to whatever time the user has set the alarm for (and subtract ten minutes so the coffee is ready when the alarm goes off). An even smarter system could turn on the pot when the phone is first picked up by the user, just in case they’ve woken before the alarm. Similarly, the more complex the data set the AI has to evaluate, the “smarter” the system can be. A smart sprinkler system, for example, could access the internet to check the local weather and conserve water if rain is predicted. A smart house could turn off lights as you leave a room so you don’t have to. Beyond AutomationAI gets really interesting when it goes beyond mere automation to the next level of capability: augmentation. Instead of doing things for us, AI helps us do things beyond our human limitations. “AI gets really interesting when it goes beyond mere automation to the next level of capability: augmentation. Instead of doing things for us, AI helps us do things beyond our human limitations.ShareAI helps us be more efficient: Many complex tasks cannot (yet) be performed by a computer. Consider a radiologist. It takes an experienced eye to read an X-ray. It also takes time to scan the image to locate potential areas that need in-depth analysis. AI-based systems aid radiologists by learning what these experts are looking for. AI may not be able to discern what a certain kind of mark is an indication of, but it can identify areas where a radiologist is going to need to take a closer look. The radiologist still makes the diagnosis, but AI helps reduce the scanning time required by human eyes. The result is shorter scanning times, leading to a single radiologist being able to evaluate more images. AI helps us be safer: There’s a lot for a person to track when driving a vehicle. Humans deal with all of this data by cycling through the data – view through the windshield, speedometer, rearview mirror, check instrument panel, repeat. With limited time and attention on the road, it can take drivers significant time to identify a potential problem, such as the car ahead putting on its brakes. Today’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) utilize AI to track all of the relevant data from multiple views and sensors simultaneously. AI can also extend a person’s senses by identifying cars in the blind spots or beeping an alert when a person is about to walk behind the car in a parking lot. Many ADAS systems are now able to highlight road signs and potential hazards on the windshield. With AI, drivers can be more informed, more alert, and, as a consequence, safer. AI helps us keep our autonomy longer: Getting old can be challenging. At some point, most of us can expect to lose our autonomy and require regular care and assistance just to perform everyday tasks. AI is at the core of modern senior care technology. These systems are tracking and learning the behaviors of seniors so that they can automatically verify their health and well-being. With AI’s tireless eyes and ears watching over our elders, they can extend the time where they can live on their own. Beyond AugmentationAnd then there are kinds of the tasks that people simply cannot do, either because we don’t have the patience, the attention to detail, or the million years it would take for us to complete them. Currently, this is the realm of science fiction, but only just for a short while longer. AI technology is advancing at a dizzying pace. And as the Internet of Things (IoT) expands our connectedness and increases the amount of data we have access to, things are only going to get more interesting. With more data, however, comes the need for accelerated compute and scale-out storage resources, all the way from the cloud out to the edge. The journey to AI can take many paths, and choosing the right one begins with a thorough understanding of the relevant use cases combined with a well-thought-out plan. For many companies, the best route to success is to begin with an affordable yet scalable AI prototype. For example, Dell Technologies can help you navigate the challenges ahead with its Dell Precision Data Science Workstation with Dell EMC PowerScale Starter Bundle. For organizations who have already begun their AI journey, Dell Technologies offer a range of production-ready AI solutions like Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI. These solutions offer reference architectures complete with reproducible benchmark methodology, hardware and software configurations, sizing guidance, and performance measurement tools. AI promises to take us far beyond our human limits. With AI, you won’t have to think as much to do more and be more efficient. In turn, with Dell you won’t have to think about AI as much to build intelligent systems. Dell Technologies is at the forefront of AI innovation to help you make tomorrow possible. Learn more about how AI is changing the world here as well as from my NVIDIA GTC 2020 session on Platform considerations from Proof-of-Concepts to Large Scale Deployments.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Two people who used megaphones during a protest outside a Cleveland restaurant are accused of causing permanent hearing loss to an employee and have been charged with felony assault. Cleveland.com reports 25-year-old Josiah Douglas and 21-year-old Sydney Yahner were indicted last week on charges related to a protest in July about lax pandemic safety practices at the restaurant and others under the same ownership. Both have pleaded not guilty. Their attorney has called the charges an “outrageous attack” on their First Amendment right to engage in peaceful protest.
President Joe Biden says he’s ending U.S. support for a Saudi-led military offensive in Yemen. Biden made the announcement Thursday in his first visit to the State Department as president, calling the Yemen war a “humanitarian and strategic catastrophe.” The grinding five-year Saudi-led air campaign has killed numerous civilians and deepened suffering in the Arabian Peninsula’s poorest country. Biden’s move comes as a rebuff to Saudi Arabia, a global oil giant and U.S. strategic partner. Biden says ending involvement in the Saudi military offensive in Yemen is part of restoring U.S. emphasis on democracy and human rights.