Dell EMC SAP Week – Heloing our Customers on their Sap JourneyDell EMC SAP Week is a one-day executive briefing where SAP subject matter experts deliver the latest technology advancements impacting our joint SAP customer initiatives and common technology requirements and pain points. Experts from SAP, Dell EMC, VMWare, Cisco, Virtustream and Dell EMC Converged Systems Group deliver a variety of General Sessions and Breakouts designed specifically to address SAP deployments.I sat down with Jim Franklin (@Jim_Franklin), Dell EMC SAP Workload Solutions and Dom Coppola (@KissMeImGeek), Dell EMC SAP Specialist NE/Canada to get the latest.The Source Podcast: Episode #70: Dell EMC SAP Week Helping our Customers on their SAP Journey Audio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_70_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
This is the seventh post in our Meet the Women of the Dell EMC Partner Program series, which provides insight into what drives the inspiring women of the Dell EMC channel. Missed the first posts? Get to know Joyce Mullen (President, Global Channel, OEM & IoT, Dell EMC), Cheryl Cook (Senior Vice President of Global Channel Marketing, Dell EMC), Julie Christiansen (Vice President, Global Channel Marketing, Dell EMC), Sheri Hedlund (Vice President, US Channel Sales, Dell EMC) and Kim Lasseter (Senior Director, Global Partner Marketing Enablement & Tools, Dell EMC) now.Meet Diane Brode – Director, Global Partner Marketing What is your current role/area of responsibility, and how long have you worked with the channel partner community?I currently lead a fantastic, dedicated team responsible for designing and executing our global partner marketing investments. This includes overseeing the strategy, program and operations for Partner MDF and BDF (Market/Business Development Funds) and our MyRewards partner SPIF programs. Our team is laser focused on driving the best partner experience that fosters partner growth, pipeline and revenue. We have been instrumental in building data driven results for optimized decision making. I have been with the channel partner community for 18 years here at Dell EMC in Global Partner Marketing, holding numerous leadership positions across channel communications, partner campaigns, infrastructure, enablement and experience.What are your goals for your company’s channel business over the next year?Dell Technologies is all about transformation of business and advancing human progress – and our partners are in a prime position to deliver this transformation and make it real for our customers. We want to ensure they have an unstoppable advantage by understanding and leveraging the breadth of Dell Technologies and the scope of customer solutions they can bring. We remain consistent and committed to delivering a simple, predictable and profitable partner experience. From my own functional area – driving a strong ROI and being data driven about the success of our marketing investments is key to our joint success with our partners.Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why?I admire one of my lifelong friends, Mindy Gabler. When seven months pregnant, her husband (who she met at summer camp) was tragically lost in 9-11; a few years later she lost her younger sister unexpectedly. Finding herself after two horrific tragedies was clearly difficult. Today, she finds strength in being a great mother, leading by example as a single, working Mom – who in her spare time founded and leads multiple charities for under-privileged children who otherwise would never have been able to experience summer camps. She took her unfortunate experiences and turned them into beneficial positive life experiences for many others.What advice would you give to other women in the industry? Or men?Opportunities are endless – you’ll always have new areas to learn and achieve! Invest in learning new technologies and always making new connections. In this highly dynamic industry – it’s important to not just keep up with but drive change that progresses the business in new ways. Striking the balance between collaboration and being a change agent can sometimes be difficult. It’s okay to challenge the norm and think outside of the box to get even better. Key to this is being a good listener, empowering trust and leaning in with the multiple cross-functional teams we engage with every day.Please share some words to live by that have helped you throughout your career.Ethics and the right thing to do are foundational to great decision making!What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC? When not working, I spend as much time as possible with my children Tyler (15), Carter (12), and Natalie (9). Weeknights and weekends, you’ll find me being active with these kids who keep me quite busy with swimming, basketball and soccer. I love to cook, garden, entertain, golf, shop, and travel when there’s any time to do so!Diane enjoys traveling with her children Tyler, Carter, and Natalie – most recently they ventured to Bryce, Grand & Zion Canyons.
Introductions first! I work as a Technologist within OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions, a global sales and engineering division that helps customers integrate the extensive Dell Technologies portfolio with their own Intellectual Property, products and services.Movement towards the edgeIn my role, I frequently get asked about current trends in the marketplace. While many of our customers continue to be focussed on traditional IT targeted appliances and solutions, I’m seeing increasing deployment of IT into the Operational Technology (OT) world with the two combining to deliver the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).If we go back five to ten years, the momentum was all about moving applications to the cloud. However, while many environments and associated applications continue to move to the cloud, the growing trend in OT environments, like factories and transport infrastructure, is now being reversed with compute infrastructure moving towards the edge.What is driving this dynamic?Why? Edge solutions such as pre-emptive maintenance, autonomous or automated systems, AI, command and control systems are all driving the need for lower latency for communications and data access. We’re also seeing higher performance requirements from edge applications and demand for higher edge availability with uptime maintained with or without access to the core or cloud. Meeting these requirements is a big challenge from a far-off cloud or core data centre. Bringing IT infrastructure to the edge is the obvious solution.Connected enterprise edgeWhat constitutes the edge? A typical connected edge environment consists of sensors, IT Infrastructure (compute, networking, storage, data protection) and security, both physical and cyber-security. In this blog, I’ll discuss sensors and IT infrastructure and will separately focus in a follow-on blog on the important topic of security.SensorsThere is a vast range of sensors available today, offering many capabilities, such as component tracking, vibration, humidity, temperature, liquid detection, air quality and many more. From a Dell OEM perspective, in addition to sensors integrated into our own systems, we also use our partner network to source sensors for the solutions we design.Today, many industrial machines and systems already include the full array of sensors with a growing number of manufacturers making the sensor data freely accessible. While there are still a number of manufacturers who continue to keep their sensor data private, end-customer pressure to enjoy open integration is significantly reducing this trend.With the ever-increasing number of sensors now being deployed, customers need to aggregate the associated data in a managed way with only the relevant data being transmitted back to the core or cloud infrastructure for retention and analytics. As a result, we’re seeing Artificial Intelligence capabilities being implemented at the edge, core and cloud. Indeed, we already have a number of customers and partners working in this area, such as Software AG and Noodle AI.Rugged IT infrastructure – our range of optionsMoving onto IT infrastructure, our edge to the core and cloud portfolio, augmented by selected third-party partner solutions, provides customers with a complete and secure platform to deploy applications in any location.For example, the Dell Edge Gateway 3000 and 5000 series offers an extremely rugged platform, extended environmental support from -30c to +70C in operation, extensive wired and wireless connectivity, industry certifications such as marine, military, aviation and transport plus various mounting capabilities and enclosures for enhanced protection up to IP69k. This means that our gateways can be mounted almost anywhere, allowing our customers to deploy software at the edge for data aggregation, edge analytics, control functions and device management. The Dell Edge Gateway also includes multiple options for connectivity, including LTE, WiFi, Zigbee and Bluetooth.For less extreme environmental conditions or where greater performance or configuration flexibility is required, the Dell Embedded PC 3000 and 5000 series provides rugged features with 0C to 60C in operation, greater compute power with up to Intel Core i7 plus greater storage plus PCI slots for expansion.To meet increasing requirements for a high-performance rugged desktop, we also offer the OptiPlex XE3 industrial grade PC, offering 24×7 duty cycle, integrated wireless, dust filters and secure chassis plus added support for GPUs. For rack mount deployments, the Precision 3930 1U workstation delivers a rugged GPU enabled 1U rack mount chassis, with PCoIP integration with Dell zero client endpoints.Rounding out the rugged portfolio, we have the PowerEdge XR2 Rugged and the carrier-grade R740 and R640. The XR2 is designed for extreme operational environments, supporting 40G operational shock, up to 55c inlet temperature and dust filters. In addition to including certification for industrial, military and marine environment, this little beauty is also a VSAN-ready node, offering deployment high availability clustering and HCI deployments at the edge.The carrier grade systems offer other rugged and edge features, including AC & DC power options, dust filters and fire-retardant components. As part of the OEM Embedded and Edge XL programme, we also offer up to 18-months’ extended platform operational life on the PowerEdge XL systems, compared to standard servers.Distributed edge data centre solutions and trendsWe’re currently working with many customers to create edge data centre solutions, offering various levels of performance and ruggedness, enabling our customers to stand up micro datacentres in almost any location.Integration with VMware’s virtualisation and management solutions is also enabling the creation of hyper-converged edge platforms. For example, with edge licensing solutions like VMware ROBO, we can create high availability two node clusters that can be deployed with rugged racks harsh in environmental conditions or even wall-mounted in places like train or bus stations, airports, petrol garages and communications hubs.For deployments with greater processing or storage requirements, we also provide modular datacentre solutions via own ESI team or via partners like Schneider, enabling the deployment of our standard non ruggedised datacentre infrastructure, such as the comprehensive PowerEdge server ranges, VxRail hyper converged platform, the range of Analytics Ready Solutions, maximum storage performance with the PowerMax NVMe platform, the Isilon Scale-out NAS Storage and many more.The futureWhere to next? I believe that this relentless movement of compute, analytics and storage to the edge will continue to accelerate. In this blog, I’ve described some of the technologies and initiatives that we are providing to enable customers to innovate faster, build industry-leading solutions and scale. Watch out for my follow-on blog on security at the edge.What are your thoughts on the Edge? I’d love to hear from you. Do share your viewpoints and questions.Learn more about Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge SolutionsJoin our LinkedIn OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page here. Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter at @delltechoem.
GameStop shares have fallen 60% in a further reversal of the recent blockbuster gains that grabbed people’s attention far beyond Wall Street. The stock’s drop Tuesday was the worst yet for the stock and follows a 31% decline a day earlier. The video game retailer’s stock shot up an eye-popping 1,600% in January following a social-media led campaign to boost the price at the expense of big Wall Street funds who were betting on a decline. The sudden swoon this week could dash some investors’ hopes of cashing in big.
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stood by her backing for a German-Russian gas pipeline project despite the Navalny case and the threat of U.S. sanctions. She also appeared to smooth over differences on the issue with fellow European heavyweight France on Friday. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would bring Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea, faces bipartisan opposition in the United States. Washington has said that the project would make Europe more dependent on Russian gas and hurt European energy security. The Kremlin has responded by accusing the U.S. government of trying to promote sales of its own liquefied natural gas.
Empty seats at lectures and a lack of academic conversation in residence halls spurred discussion in Campus Life Council (CLC) Monday.The Council discussed possibilities for greater engagement outside the classroom and the intellectual environment on campus. “We are an extremely intelligent campus,” former student body president Grant Schmidt said. “We are very passionate about our studies. How do we expand on that?”Members of CLC debated how to bring a more intellectual environment to campus life outside of the classroom that would still preserve Notre Dame’s distinct identity. “We are getting a sense from juniors and seniors that they are just now realizing that they should be having friendships with their professors,” former student body vice president Cynthia Weber said. Creating more peer academic involvement during freshmen orientation would be a method to introduce this intellectual environment to students immediately, she said.Weber suggested that these conversations should could build an “opportunity to pursue service through scholarship” for students at Notre Dame who are looking towards graduate education. Council members steered away from specifically incorporating academic life in the residence halls around campus by holding more classes in dorm settings. “Looking at the residential system as a major piece of the puzzle in stimulating the intellectual life on campus is like trying to put out a fire with a water gun,” Sorin Hall rector Fr. Jim King said. The challenge is making the connection between the residence life and the culture of academia on campus, he said. Making academic events appealing to students is critical to developing an intellectual environment, members said. The Council identified a lack of interest as a problem rather than a lack of opportunities.“The value of a forum or of an event like the God Debate is that those stimulate discussion and are not just lectures,” Judicial Council president Ian Secviar said. Broadcasting important events through television and scheduling programs at more convenient times for students were proposed to engage more of the campus community. Council members targeted a combination of over-programming and a lack of advertising as the source of low attendance for lectures on campus. “It is a shame that we have so much at hand and so little being taken advantage of,” student representative John DeLacio said. “It’s frustrating.”
As the members of the Class of 2011 settle into their final year at Notre Dame, the senior class officers and the Career Center have collaborated to present this year’s Senior Class Kickoff. The event, which will be held today in Stepan Center, features a free barbecue, that includes a vegetarian option on request, a cash bar with beer and wine, a special appearance by Notre Dame athletics and numerous outdoor games including beach volleyball, horseshoes and cornhole. Cath Flynn, senior class vice president, said the main goal of the event is to reunite members of the senior class before the school year gets into full swing. While the most obvious purpose of the event is socializing with classmates, the Kickoff also provides seniors with an opportunity to meet advisors from the Career Center and begin networking for all postgraduate opportunities, including careers, graduate school and service opportunities. Seniors will have several networking opportunities available to them at the Kickoff, including meeting representatives from the event’s six corporate sponsors: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, General Mills, Ernst & Young and Raytheon. In addition, seniors who attend the event and register with the Career Center will be able to enter their name into a prize drawing for a chance to win a 32-inch Samsung LCD TV, assorted Notre Dame apparel and Notre Dame football tickets, among other prizes. “We want to give seniors a heads up about things that are happening this fall related to career planning,” Anita Rees, an associate director of the Career Center, said. “We are also excited about this year because there are small signs that the postgraduate opportunity search may be a little easier this year.” “We hope the event will bring friends together and pump everyone up for a great year as we grace campus for our last year together,” Flynn said. In addition to corporate networking opportunities, Mike Hebbeler of the Center for Social Concerns will have information for seniors about postgraduate service opportunities. According to Flynn and Rees, both the senior class and the Career Center are looking forward to the event because it would not have been possible without the help of each group. Both groups also anticipate working together in the future. “The Career Center looks forward to working with the Class of 2011 wherever their careers take them,” Rees said.
Courtesy of Gwen O’Brien In sixth grade, Kaitlyn Rabach decided she wanted to attend Saint Mary’s. Since then, Rabach has remained devoted to the College, and the Alumnae Association Board of Directors named her this year’s Outstanding Senior. (Editor’s note: Rabach served as Saint Mary’s Editor for The Observer from 2013-2014.)Recipients of this award display values of scholarship and leadership, according to Director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien.“As the valedictorian represents the mind, and the Lumen Christi Award recipient reflects the soul, the Outstanding Senior embodies the heart of the graduating class at Saint Mary’s,” O’Brien said.Rabach, a political science major with minors in global studies as well as gender and women’s studies, said Saint Mary’s granted her unique opportunities such as working with women from around the world to implement change in their communities.“Saint Mary’s has taught me that helping women is really important and that raising up women is really important,” Rabach said. “The president of my college is a woman. That doesn’t happen everywhere.”Rabach’s devotion to women’s leadership is evident through her social justice work, according to her political science professor Sonalini Sapra, who nominated her for the honor. She said Rabach worked well with 20 college students from five countries during the study of the United States Institute (SUSI) on Global Women’s Leadership in 2012 and 2013.“I was the lead faculty for that institute and got to see firsthand the great intercultural leadership and sensitivity demonstrated by Kaitlyn,” Sapra said. “She showed maturity well beyond her years.”Rabach has also raised awareness about contemporary slavery by founding Saint Mary’s College New Abolitionists, Sapra said. Her passion for seeking justice and promoting women’s education make Rabach the best choice for Outstanding Senior, Sapra said.“She challenges everyone around her to always think carefully about what they read and say and pushes others to do their best work,” Sapra said. “She’s a truly gifted, deeply serious and morally decent human being whom I’m proud to have as a student. I can’t think of anyone I know who deserves this award more than she does.”Rabach said she plans to move to London in May to pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology. She credited her Saint Mary’s education with giving her the ability to pursue the move.“Saint Mary’s has given me the confidence to feel like I can tackle anything that comes my way,” she said. “Saint Mary’s gave me the tools to tackle all the barriers and obstacles in my way with a positive attitude, and that’s something I’m really thankful for.”Rabach said she appreciates fellow leaders within the Saint Mary’s community.“I think that the heart of Saint Mary’s is centered on social justice and advocacy, and every day I am surrounded by so many of my peers doing such great work in the Saint Mary’s community and the South Bend community and really at the world at large,” Rabach said. “To be recognized for the social justice work that I’ve been doing here on campus is truly honoring and humbling.”Tags: Commencement 2015, Kaitlyn Rabach, Outstanding senior award
Student Senate voted on Wednesday night to draft a resolution to request more information from the University about Notre Dame’s partnership with Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China to create a joint residential liberal arts college.According to a white paper authored by J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, and Jonathan Noble, assistant provost for Asia, the school “will be composed of six colleges and institutes, each developed in joint partnership with North American and European university partners. … This past summer, Notre Dame and ZJU signed an agreement to hold bilateral discussions about the feasibility of this joint venture.”This proposal was spearheaded by Dillon Hall Senator sophomore Michael Finan, who voiced his concerns about the situation to the Senate.“I was thinking about drafting a resolution to send to the administration, expressing that students feel left out of the conversation,” he said.“The university that they are forming is a partnership with Zhejiang in China, but also six total schools. They are going to [include] the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Imperial College London, the University of Edinburgh,” Bryan Ricketts, student body president, said.“The idea would be that everybody involved in this is contributing something to this joint school, but it would be a school that awards a degree in part sponsored by Notre Dame, and Notre Dame would be responsible for providing a liberal arts curriculum to this school,” Ricketts said.Additionally, Ricketts said the other schools would be providing curriculums in science, engineering and other fields.Senators expressed concern over the lack of information available to students on this initiative, in addition to concerns about the religious atmosphere this joint school would have, due to its location in an area known for its religious persecution.Tags: China, nd international, Senate, student senate, zhejiang University, ZJU
The Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (OMVA) established a scholarship this year that will help cover the cost of room and board for Notre Dame ROTC students.Titled the Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellence scholarship, the first award will likely be gifted in the next two or three years, Regan Jones, director of the OMVA, said. “This is one of the many pieces to the overall comprehensive military veteran strategy at the University,” Jones said. “[The OMVA has] been in business a year but we’re making great progress and really excited about the opportunities to support these students and to grow these populations on campus.”Jones said the scholarship, which was created with the help of a number of benefactors, represents an investment in ROTC students and ensures Notre Dame is attracting the nation’s top ROTC talent. “It’s not large enough to cover the cost of room and board for all ROTC students, so that’s the goal,” Jones said. “But it was an intermediate and an initial and an important first step to rally support from our alumni, families, students and friends to also give in support of this particular endowment to ensure the future of our ROTC program and students.”The scholarship will be awarded to ROTC participants who demonstrate exceptional performance in academic achievement, financial need, character and leadership qualities, Jones said. Incoming students will be eligible to apply for it through the normal financial aid process.“There may be incremental steps that include getting scholarships out to a small number of students initially based on the criteria I listed [or] it may include giving a percentage of the room and board cost to all students,” Jones said. “Eventually, absolutely it’d be our goal to have room and board covered for [all of] our ROTC students.”The federal government allots a number of ROTC scholarships to Notre Dame annually, but those only cover the cost of tuition and fees and not all of the allotted scholarships are utilized, Jones said.“What we’ve seen happen in recent years is that we’re not as a University maximizing the number of ROTC scholarships at Notre Dame,” Jones said. “And so as a result of that, we work closely with a number of campus partners and we’ve had great success with University donors that are rallying to support a scholarship for room and board for our ROTC students.”At Notre Dame, room and board costs an average of $15,410 per year, according to the Office of Financial Aid website. Junior Sammie Escamilla, an operations assistant at the OMVA, said the goal of the scholarship is to ease the financial burden of many ROTC students who acquire an average of up to $30,000 in student debt due to room and board expenses.“The cost of room and board here at Notre Dame is over $14,000 dollars which is not a little amount at all,” Escamilla said. “So if we’re able to help even one person who wants to come to Notre Dame to fulfill their Notre Dame education with this scholarship while they’re doing ROTC, I think it’s great because we’re setting up the service members … with a great future.”The Notre Dame Trident Naval Society (TNS) was one of the donors that made the endowment possible, Escamilla said, by donating over $3,000. Junior and president of TNS Michael Terranova said in an email that $2,000 of the $3,430 donated from TNS came from the organization’s own funds, while the rest came from money raised on Notre Dame Day. The donations were meant to help “as many cadets and midshipmen as possible,” Terranova said.“This is extremely important to many members of ROTC, because even though some of us are on scholarship from our respective military branches, room and board still presents a sizable financial burden,” he said. “As the endowment grows over the next couple of years, the scholarship will have a very positive impact on many cadets and midshipmen as it will lift some of this burden.”Jones said donors like TNS who contributed to the endowment are helping prolong the legacy of former University President Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, who was a “champion of supporting ROTC and the military.” The scholarship, named after Fr. Hesburgh, will be built to last and ensure the future of the ROTC program forever, Jones said.“It was that generous donor and the creation of this endowment that inspired our ROTC students who decided to donate their money they raised around ND Day to actually go toward this endowment,” Jones said. “… They know this is a gift that won’t support them, but what they’re investing in is the future of the ROTC program at Notre Dame.”Tags: Military, OMVA, Room and Board, ROTC, scholarship, Theodore M. Hesburgh ROTC Endowment of Excellence