The Secret to Success in a Digital World


Henry Ford once said, ‘before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.’  Most, if not all business leaders will agree that getting ready; having a plan; being on offense vs. defense; all these things will help your business survive and thrive in today’s digital world.

Dell Technologies’ recent Digital Transformation Index Study shows that businesses around the globe are thinking about digital transformation, and they’re getting ready to seize the opportunities their data holds.  Leveraging the insights from this study, my last blog, Hindsight to Insight: Why Digital Transformation is Not an Option, discussed the barriers most companies are facing when it comes to digitally transforming their business. Security and data concerns ranked as the top barrier to transform; the very reason businesses should transform, is the number one reason why they are struggling to do so.

To compound this, data is growing at unprecedented rates.  5G technology is being rolled out to mobile devices this year.  This technology is set to completely disrupt the market, paving the way for emerging technologies such as AI and ML.  5G is a complete infrastructure change and will realize the convergence of computing, cloud and IoT.  Think of it as the era of hyper connectivity.  The implications are huge.

Following the Digital Transformation Index study, Dell Technologies published the Global Data Protection Index Study.  From this study we learned that on average businesses managed 9.70PB of data in 2018, compared to the 1.45PB managed in 2016.  This represents an explosive growth of 569% in just two years!  With this enormous growth in data, what will you do to prepare for continued advancements in disruptive technology and the data it creates?

If you plan to attend Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas this month, I encourage you to attend the general sessions as they are insightful, thought leadership discussions around current industry trends.  If your schedule is tight I recommend you focus on the IT Technology Track.  Below is a list of break-out session recommendations for you to prioritize.  These sessions will help you gain a better understanding of why you should digitally transform your business, what steps you need to take to make that happen, and you’ll hear from customers who will share their own digital transformation experiences.

While Henry Ford is not here today to see our world of big data and human-machine partnerships, his legacy endures because he knew that being ready and getting ahead of industry trends was the best way to position his company for success.  Regardless of where your digital transformation journey will take you, the secret to success in a digital world is to be ready, data is coming!

Monday, April 29th:

Tuesday, April 30th:

  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Customer Case Study: How Aon Corporation Saved $25m A Year Through Application Transformation – Nothing is better than hearing from industry leaders who have embarked on a transformation journey and are now reaping the rewards.  In this session, Aon Corporation will share their own story of Application transformation including their approach, pitfalls and lessons they learned along the way.
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Get Your Strategy & Transformation Programs On Track – In 2018 lack of senior support and sponsorship still ranked as one of the top ten barriers to Digital Transformation.  In this session you’ll learn how to create a visionary strategy to help gain the support you need to move your transformation forward.

Wednesday, May 1st:

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Cloud usage in the enterprise continues to grow rapidly, and with good reason—cloud operating models increase agility, accelerate innovation and help create a competitive edge in today’s world. As the number of cloud solutions has grown, organizations have found it easier to increasingly deploy workloads across multiple clouds. In fact, 93% of organizations are deploying workloads across two or more clouds.[1] Although usage across multiple clouds provides flexibility, it also creates operational silos due to differences in the underlying infrastructure, management tools and APIs. This leads to organizational complexity, which paradoxically reduces agility—one of the main reasons why organizations adopt cloud solutions in the first place!

We believe organizations should have the flexibility to choose whichever cloud environment is best for their workloads and data—without the byproduct of additional complexity. To help organizations address this complexity, we unveiled Dell Technologies Cloud today at Dell Technologies World. Dell Technologies Cloud consists of joint solutions from VMware and Dell EMC that remove cloud complexity by providing a consistent cloud operating model across public cloud, private cloud and edge locations.

Who says it must be out with the old to be in with the new?

There have been massive changes in IT from both a development and operations perspective since cloud computing became popular. Vendors sometimes portray these new models as a panacea for existing IT concerns, yet they are often incongruent with the applications, skillsets, and operational models established over many years in organizations.

Because more workloads are virtualized on VMware than any other hypervisor, organizations deploying Dell Technologies Cloud solutions can apply cloud benefits to their traditional workloads without being forced to refactor first. For instance, with VMware Cloud Foundation, VMs and containers can be moved effortlessly from on-premises to VMware Cloud on AWS without the need for expensive re-platforming. This is just one of the ways organizations can achieve the scale, coverage, speed, and cost structures they want in the public cloud faster with Dell Technologies Cloud. They can also achieve the same benefits in their data center, thanks to the automation capabilities of VMware Cloud Foundation and the tight HW/SW integration between VMware and Dell EMC.

A better cloud, with options

Dell Technologies Cloud can be consumed as Platforms or as a fully managed Data Center-as-a-Service (DCaaS) offering:

Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms: With Dell Technologies Cloud Platforms, customers have the flexibility to tailor their cloud infrastructure to their specific workload needs. These are built using tight integration between VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and a variety of Dell EMC infrastructure – hyperconverged (VxRail) and converged infrastructure, as well as Dell Technologies validated storage, compute, and networking platforms. VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRaildelivers full stack integration, where both the physical infrastructure and VMware cloud software stack are managed as one complete on-premises hybrid cloud experience. Not only does this Dell EMC and VMware jointly engineered integration greatly reduce risk and increase IT efficiency, it also simplifies, streamlines, and automates the operations of the entire SDDC because it creates a single unified experience.

Additionally, with VMware Cloud on AWS available as an add-on to the Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, organizations can also extend their on-premises cloud environment seamlessly into the public cloud, without having to refactor workloads for migration. The consistent operating experience across public and private clouds reduces complexity. In fact, IDC found that Dell Technologies Cloud reduces total cost of ownership by up to 47% compared to native public cloud.

Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service: VMware Cloud on Dell EMC is cloud infrastructure installed on-premises in your core and edge data centers and consumed as a cloud service.  This new, fully-managed DCaaS offering combines the speed and flexibility of the public cloud with the security and control of on-premises infrastructure.  Additionally, the familiarity of VMware Cloud tools on trusted Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure provides peace of mind through a best-of-breed enterprise solution.

VMware Cloud on Dell EMC delivers cloud-like simplicity to your data centers and unparalleled consistency between your public cloud and on-premises environments. This new construct empowers your entire organization to focus on business innovation and differentiation.  For instance:

  • IT Operations can offload maintenance and refocus on value-added services;
  • IT Architects can utilize VMware’s hybrid cloud control plane to simplify workload management;
  • IT Security can uniformly apply security policies, eliminating the need to track and secure workloads that span multiple environments;
  • Developers can accelerate application development by building for just one environment; and
  • IT decision makers can negotiate one contract with one vendor for all core and edge data center needs.

In short, the Dell Technologies Cloud Data Center-as-a-Service lays the foundation for savvy CIOs/CTOs to move their organization one step closer to IT-as-a-Service, delivering on the promise of utilizing technology to drive business strategy.

Services to eliminate cloud friction

As part of Dell Technologies Cloud, organizations can take advantage of professional services, support and financial services to help remove barriers to cloud adoption. From helping you determine where your workloads are best placed, to ensuring service levels are delivered, our cloud experts can reduce risk along your cloud journey. Meanwhile, Dell Financial Services makes it possible to achieve cloud economics in your own data center with flexible consumption models.

Cloud without chaos

With Dell Technologies Cloud, it’s possible to bring the best of public cloud to your data center, transfer your best practices for management and security to all your clouds and easily extend the best of both to your edge locations. Welcome to a better cloud.

For more information on this announcement, please see the below materials

Dell Technologies Cloud Press Release

Dell Technologies Cloud website

[1] IDC White Paper, sponsored by Cisco, Adopting Multicloud — A Fact-Based Blueprint for Reducing Enterprise Business Risks, June 2018.

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