CRN says “If You Don’t Know Mario Forziati, You Probably Should” – We Agree

first_imgCongratulations to VCE’s Mario Forziati, who was recently named to CRN’s “100 People You Don’t Know, But Should” List. Mario began working with VCE in July 2013 as part of the investor alliances team and moved into a new role in January 2014 as a director of channels covering the U.S. east coast and Canada. He brings with him many years of industry experience, including 15 years in Cisco’s channels organization where he was one of the first channel account managers.“Click to Tweet: Mario Forziati represents @VCE on @CRN 100 People You Don’t Know But Should list. Read more on the Vblog @MarioForzShareMany VCE partners who regularly interact with Mario can attest to his extensive experience and expertise in his position. He has strengthened these partnerships and helped lead VCE to become a major channel player in the United States and  Canada.  He has earned the respect of colleagues and peers  and has a reputation as the “Mayor of the North End”– being a go-to guy for anyone who needs a restaurant recommendation in Boston.Forziati was selected by the CRN editorial team based on feedback throughout the year from solution providers and industry executives. CRN believes that while the IT industry tends to illuminate its top executives, it is important to recognize those who are working hard in the channel and contributing to the success of the industry.According to a statement from CRN CEO Robert Faletra, this list is CRN’s way of recognizing “some of the people that are in the trenches, working hard on behalf of the IT channel every day and making decisions that help tip the scales toward channel success.”This award is well deserved and goes to show that hard work does not go unnoticed.last_img read more

Empowering the Next Generation of Global Talent

first_imgThe Long-Term Impact of Investing in the Middle East and Africa’s Young and Innovative WorkforceWith the rapid pace of technological progress, companies are struggling to find skilled employees and academic institutions are challenged to provide the necessary training to equip students to succeed in the job market. To survive and thrive, companies must focus on young talent, who will be the engine of technological and business transformation, and consider the worldwide talent pool. In Africa, the workforce is expected to reach 1.1 billion by 2034 (outpacing China and India combined); the region is expected to be the second-fastest growing economy by 2020 and there is $5.6 trillion of business opportunity expected by 2025 (Source: McKinsey Global Institute, 2016).The Dell EMC Egypt Center of Excellence (COE) has implemented a robust strategy to inspire, attract, empower and retain the region’s most promising talent:Real-world training through university partnershipsFostering innovation through technology competitionCreating a diverse workforce through a rotational development programSuch a strategy has led to the center’s growth to 900 energetic team members since 2009, with an average age of twenty-eight, 43 percent women, and 50percent of full-time members joining as college hires. The Egypt team’s journey is one that global companies can learn from as they evaluate their talent landscape.Real-World Training Through University PartnershipsDell EMC Summer Academy Closing CeremonyThrough the External Research and Academic Alliance Program, the Egypt COE partners with 52 academic institutions and reaches more than 5,000 students per year. We offer an “open” curriculum-based education to bridge the technology skills gap. In the past academic year, more than 750 students completed their Data Science and Analytics Certification. To complement these university courses, the Egypt COE also provides hands-on experience and soft skills training through its internship and Summer Academy programs.Fostering Innovation Through Technology Competition“Envision the Future” is the first technology-based regional competition for college students. Since the Egypt COE launched the competition in 2015, it has engaged 170 leading universities; enlisted 300+ projects from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt and more; and underscores women’s contribution to technological advancement—in 2016, 40 percent of the entries were submitted by women and the first and third place winners were both women-led teams. The 2017 competition concluded in September, with winning projects from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, which will be recognized at the GITEX 2017 consumer computer and electronics conference in Dubai.Envision the Future: 2016 WinnersInternally, the Egypt COE also sparks and rewards innovation, launching the “Innovation League” in 2016 (which draws from the best practices of Adobe’s Kickbox model) and provides a platform for employees to enhance their business units. The League has engaged 480 team members (more than 50 percent of the Egypt COE workforce) and led to incubation for a wide range of ideas, from process improvements to self-healing data centers.“The Innovation League has had a real impact—with 330 idea submissions and seven approved patents in its first year. By ‘gamifying’ innovation, we are able to drive deeper engagement and cross-functional collaboration. Since the League was established, we have seen a notable increase in team member excitement and a great sense of community with employees reaching out to help their colleagues succeed”.– Ahmed Osama, Sr. Program Manager, Innovation, Dell EMC Egypt COECreating a Diverse Workforce Through a Rotational Development ProgramStudents at Kenya’s Strathmore University who completed VMWare and Academic Associate certificationsTo tap into Africa’s business potential, the Egypt COE launched an “Africanization” program in 2015 to develop relationships with the region’s universities and build out a trained workforce. This program provides technical courses to students in African countries and then invites high potential recent graduates to participate in a two-year bootcamp program at the Egypt COE, where they gain international exposure and work with cross-functional teams. Following the program, participants are anticipated to return to their home countries and apply their training to support development and execution of large IT projects for Dell EMC customers.“Members of the Dell EMC Egypt COE visited my university in Morocco. I was so excited to attend to the presentation and to know about what they do. Today, I am part of this amazing company and learning new things every single day. I have developed technically and professionally since joining Dell EMC”.– Imane Rehioui, Support & Deploy Services, Dell EMC Egypt COEFinal ThoughtsThe talent that we develop and hire through the Egypt Center of Excellence is the driving force behind our outstanding innovation, automation and process improvement achievements. This millennial workforce has improved the Center’s culture with its optimism, strong communication and collaboration skills and relentless drive to make an impact by challenging the status quo.I truly believe the future is promising. However, we must make a commitment to nurture our young, global talent to prepare and empower the next generation of IT leaders. I welcome your perspectives on how you are investing in young talent – please leave a comment below.last_img read more

Professional Creativity on the Go With the World’s Smallest 15” 2-in-1 Mobile Workstation

first_imgWork is no longer a destination; workspaces have become the backseat of a van, an airport, or if you’re lucky, possibly even the luxury of a coffee shop. We recognize that you need your device to adapt to your lifestyle and technology should never hinder creativity or productivity, especially for customers in compute-intensive fields such as film, architecture, engineering, the sciences or photography where mobility is just part of the job. That is why we developed the new Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 mobile workstation. It’s flexibility at its finest and it fits around your creation needs, without compromising power, performance or battery life (up to 16 hours).With the Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1, you have everything you need at your fingertips – it can handle the creative tasks you throw its way, allowing you to stay productive on the go. With support for up to two 4K displays, the workstation allows creators to get immersed in how they use technology at their desk or wherever.If you’re a busy film director or producer in press junkets, hosting screenings or meeting with investors, we know you likely don’t have time to head back to the editing suite or physical office to check content and new scripts. In-between takes and meetings, you can pop open the stylish 15.6” 2-in-1 device to review footage on a stunning InfinityEdge display. With up to 4K Ultra HD display options available, packing 8 million pixels and 100% Adobe RGB, you can review your work in precise clarity and color accuracy. For those who prefer to make notes, the flexible 360-degree hinge enables you to treat your workstation like a sketchbook, complete with precise pressure sensitivity (with a pen or touch) so you can hit your mark the first time, while tent mode allows for easy collaboration and presentations. With these features, the 5530 2-in-1 supports your creative flow from ideation to collaborated editing to the finished creation.What’s more, we’ve teamed up with software partners to optimize your experience while using the most demanding professional creative and design software applications and the 2-in-1 workstation has a range of Independent Software Vendors (ISV) certifications ranging from Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk Maya to AutoCAD, and Solidworks Industrial Design.As with all Dell Precision workstations, you also benefit from our exclusive Dell Precision Optimizer software which automatically tunes your workstation to run ISV applications at the fastest speeds possible.Dell Precision is proud to push the innovation barriers and continue to create technology that meets the most pressing needs of our customers and we have designed the Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 so you can more precisely bring your vision to life. We’re looking forward to seeing your creations!The Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is available worldwide from today, starting at $1679.last_img read more

Dell Technologies and Ververica: Analyzing Continuous Data Streams Across Industries

first_imgEvery single entity in the digital world, be it an end user or a sensor device, continuously produces activity updates. People leave traces of their activity when they shop online or use any other online application. Machines then report on actions and statuses. Capturing such traces and reports in the form of data streams enables software applications that  digitally reconstruct the history of these entities to allow queries against the data and actionable insights. The same is true for applications that represent these streams in different formats.To satisfy the demanding requirements of such applications, we developed the Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform (SDP). The solution ingests, stores and processes data continuously, mapping the software abstractions more naturally to those types of applications. The centerpiece of our SDP platform is the open source storage system called Pravega. While ingesting and storing are critical functions of any data pipeline, a streaming data solution needs a stream processor that can benefit from the features that Pravega offers. Pravega exposes streams as storage primitive, enabling applications to ingest and consume data in a stream form. Pravega streams accommodate an unbounded amount of data while being both elastic and consistent.Apache Flink, a unique framework in the space of data analytics, offers powerful functionality for processing both unbounded and bounded data sets. When used in conjunction with Pravega, Apache Flink can tail, or historically process, data using the same source, while providing end-to-end, exactly once semantics, and dynamically adapt to resource demands. The combination of Pravega and Apache Flink in the Streaming Data Platform raises the bar for stream processing platforms. It brings an unprecedented level of features that have long been needed to fulfill the requirements of existing and future applications.Figure 1: Data pipelines with Pravega and Flink in SDPThe FutureDell Technologies envisions a world in which data streams are ubiquitous and stream processing is the new norm for modern application development. Stream applications are already prevalent, but there’s a clear increase in demand and scale for systems that process stream data. We are excited about this future and the opportunity to build the systems that can help our customers’ applications process stream data efficiently and effectively.The combination of Pravega and Flink in the Streaming Data Platform to compose data pipelines already provides unique possibilities. The partnership between Dell Technologies and Ververica will further enable us to build features for data pipelines that will help organizations simplify storage needs, create a foundation of unified data and innovate using an endless array of applications. We look forward to working together to deliver streaming data technology that continues to provide meaningful outcomes for our customers.To learn more about Pravega and Flink, explore the two sessions from the Flink Forward Virtual Conference 2020 by visiting the Flink Forward YouTube Channel. There, you can see the keynote, “Stream analytics made real with Pravega and Apache Flink” with Srikanth Satya, VP of Engineering at Dell Technologies, and “Everything is connected: How watermarking, scaling, and exactly once impact one another in Pravega,” presented by myself, Flavio Junqueira, Senior Distinguished Engineer at Dell Technologies.last_img read more

China asks Indonesia to treat detained sailors fairly

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China’s government has called on Indonesia to treat a group of detained Chinese sailors fairly but gave no indication what their oil tanker was doing when it was found at sea transferring fuel from an Iranian ship. The Iranian-flagged MT Horse and Panamanian-flagged MT Freya are suspected of illegally transferring fuel at sea, shutting off their identification systems and other offenses. Indonesia says 36 Iranian and 25 Chinese crew members were detained. Iran has sold oil on the black market since then-President Donald Trump imposed sanctions in 2018 and threatened to penalize countries that bought Iranian crude. Iranian oil tankers turn off tracking equipment to conceal their destinations. China says Indonesian authorities confirmed the crew members are in good condition.last_img read more