Talk to Me: Better Communication Boosts Boardroom Confidence in IT

first_imgIn today’s volatile risk environment, cyber security is a top-of-mind issue for boards of directors. Like all leaders, they want to understand what the chances are that their organizations will experience security breaches and also what IT is doing to prevent them. Yet, according to findings from a global IT Trust Curve Survey, there is a major gap in confidence between Boards of Directors, business leaders, and IT organizations. Much of this is due to ineffective communication between IT leadership and the board. While establishing board-level communication may be unfamiliar terrain for many IT leaders, there are five essential steps that can bridge this important gap and start restoring confidence among board members.Learn what the five steps are by reading the full article on Forbes.com.last_img read more

Walking with Millennials: 10 Things I’ve Learned that Your Business Can’t Ignore

first_imgThey bond easily with people who exhibit ‘like’ values – They bond and communicate with both brigade members and competitors who exhibit a relative skill they respect.Business Tip: This means Millennials will likely not “fall in line” based on a hierarchical structure; the age-old adage of “A” players attract “A” players holds true for them. They will challenge the system and also see open communications and dialogue both in the company and with their competitors as natural. They have no fear of sharing personal information– They value camaraderie and “the unit” over individual privacy. It is common for them to send things to each other’s houses and celebrate birthdays with their teammates, and without hesitation or concern of sharing what you and I may consider private.Business Tip: “Mushroom” management is a super turnoff to Millennials; open and candid communications is the only way to go. This generation expects full-disclosure and sees being shut out of the information flow as a sign that their input or values aren’t respected. They have no fear in making decisive decisions–Part of building a brigade is attracting good players. Generally, people request to join and they are vetted based on their skill and temperament. Also, quitters are not tolerated. In fact, during one battle, I witnessed an interesting episode in which the chatter around a really solid player, who was being recruited by the losing team, immediately turned sour when that player bailed early when his team didn’t look like they would win. Losing gloriously is important and bailing is unacceptable.Business Tip: Millennials are all about democratic decision-making and respecting strong team players; they have very little tolerance (or time) for poor judgment. Watch out for the “This is how it’s always been done’ types.” Gen-Xers/Baby Boomers: Millennials, are like fire and ice. They research and practice a lot – The idea to “wing it” isn’t in their vocabulary. They arrange practice sessions, share best practices, open dialogue on maps and locations, and even send PDFs, videos, or links to help others with strategy.Business Tip: This generation is certainly born in the information age, they research absolutely everything; command and control or instructions without input do not sit well. They offer opinions and then discuss the options; they are very chatty on topics so a back-and-forth dialogue is important to cement their buy-in. If you like the idea of “say and do” you will be in for a rude awakening. They expect a seat at the table – They believe they were recruited for a reason and, therefore, expect their voice to be heard and valued with equal “weight.”Business Tip: Outdated management styles that practice command and control or time-based promotions will be a total turnoff to this generation and will have immediate, negative consequences. They have compassion for relative strangers – During the game, one of the gamers broke their iPad and didn’t have the funds to replace it. Rather amazingly, while the people in the brigade didn’t know each other or even know the members’ real names, they instituted a PayPal whip round to help pay for a replacement.Business Tip: Imagine what Millennials will expect from your company from a philanthropic perspective. They are strong willed but also want to be part of something larger and want to help; they have a self-less nature.No, Millennials are not the three-headed monsters some Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers have imagined them to be. Their values are not foreign. In fact, they’re commendable. Their desire for instant feedback and to keep moving forward will challenge organizations to tackle some of today’s bloated best practices. And that’s a good – and very necessary – thing.Good luck to all who wish to transform your businesses, both your technology and your business need to be transparent, collaborative and agile.Bulldog out!center_img They have an innate ability to multi-task – The game involved driving a tank, directing guns, and required brigade members to “chat” on screen as a means of being respectful to the opposing team and playful with fellow comrades. They also had to use Skype to coordinate movement and strategy. Suffice it to say; beyond driving and chatting, I was all fat fingers and apologies.Business Tip: The use of all available technology to get an advantage, and a seemingly unbounded ability to multi-task, suggests their very high “time-to-boredom” rates. This means you need to make sure internal tools are up to snuff and there’s not too much “Well, that’s how we do it here” with legacy apps and interfaces. You’ll want to consider assigning Millennials smaller projects with fast results versus multi-year slogs. They will quickly assume the “alpha” role – If there doesn’t appear to be a clear leader, be assured a Millennial will assume the alpha role and start issuing instructions. For instance, if the strategy that was suggested at the beginning of a brigade activity isn’t followed immediately, someone will invariably step up and lead.Business Tip: Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers, years of tenure won’t buy you support. Millennials need to feel their management teams are listening actively and are competent. If not, they will either leave or chart their own course. Remember, they are all about adjusting and re-adjusting. They are respectful and give instant praise and feedback – They are quick to praise someone who ‘frags’ (Brigade term for “blow up”) their tanks. They also sent pointers to their teammates during the game and provided constructive comments in the holding room before heading back into the thick of it.Business Tip: A transparent review process is critical, so performance goals have to be discussed and agreed to, and then measured and commented on throughout the quarter. Millennials need “in time” feedback and course correction and want to know where they do well and where they fall over. I feel like I was born with a computer in my hand; I embrace them both from a business and personal perspective.But I am a Gen-Xer, so certain realities are true. I was not born with a computer in my hand, but rather a typewriter, record player, and an Atari game console. According to the folks who define the characteristics of each generation, I have different priorities, perspectives, and drivers than Millennials (a.k.a. Gen-Yers). But how different?Understanding the DifferencesA couple of months ago, EMC shared the results of its 2014 Privacy Index survey, which took a look at data and information trends from a macro perspective. The research suggests that the younger and more connected you are, the more likely you would be to exchange your privacy for data and information.Additionally, there has been no shortage of articles pointing to the many other big differences between Gen-Xers and Gen-Yers. For example, my wife and I are serial house hunters. Since the growing trend among the younger generation seems to be smaller homes, not McMansions, it makes us wonder what will happen to the home values of McMansions? Who will pay for a 10,000 square-foot house in Saratoga and will these areas become ghost towns as the new generations step into the center of the bell curve?Basically, the wealth trappings that captivate (and, in many cases, motivate) Gen-Xers or Baby Boomers, such as flashy cars, large houses, swimming pools, senior jobs managing scores of people, etc., do not resonate with the up-and-comers.Compound this with the fact that I run a rather healthy-sized operation and I am left puzzled as to “how ready are we, really?” and “do the Google-like campus trappings really matter now?”The Experiment: Project BrigadeGiven these facts, how do organizations prepare to pass the proverbial baton to the next-generation of leaders?The answer lies in understanding what makes that generation tick. It’s not enough to say we’re different; we need to understand how Millennials think, why they do what they do, and most importantly, what motivates them to do what they do.To get these answers, I decided to do a little research of my own. I used my love of computers, obsession for gaming, and my trusty iPad and “camped out”with a team of Millennials and a few odd old guards for the past couples of months.Purely by chance, I found myself being invited to join a brigade in a strategy tank game and it turned out to be a perfect observation post.Here’s what I learned about Millennials:They’re all about agility – Nothing stays constant; Millennials continually test, adjust, re-adjust, and improve. In fact, the speed of change is mind-boggling, as are the discussions they generate. They are the antithesis of risk-averse; they challenge the status quo and are driven to innovate.Business Tip: For Millennials, there is no such thing as linear thinking; everything is up for grabs. They expect constant change, constant testing of new mechanics in an almost consumer product-like fashion.last_img read more

XPS Notebook Updates (XPS 12, XPS 13 and XPS 15)

first_imgAt Dell, our customers drive our innovation, and your feedback is integral in this process. It’s also integral to giving you the very best service and support experience we can.Recently, some XPS 15 customers brought to our attention that you were experiencing difficulties with the machine after installing the latest BIOS and drivers update. We are aware and apologize that this has caused undue time and frustration.We’re pleased to inform all XPS 15 customers that we’ve identified solutions for many of these reported issues. Updating the BIOS and drivers will resolve most of the reported issues.We posted the updated drivers and BIOS to Dell.com/Support and are adding these updates to the factory installed image for all new shipments from Dell’s factories. BIOS and driver updates can be performed by clicking on the “Download File” links on Dell.com/Support, then clicking on the button to run the file once it has finished downloading. We’ve highlighted some of the more significant updates below.XPS 12 Drivers & DownloadsXPS 13 Drivers & DownloadsXPS 15 Drivers & DownloadsWe genuinely appreciate your feedback and thank you for speaking up. We are constantly making improvements to our products by refining the BIOS and drivers, so be sure to regularly check for the latest updates to BIOS, drivers and more on Dell.com/Support.As always, we ask that any customers still experiencing trouble to please reach out to our renowned customer support team at Dell.com/Support, or if you’re on Twitter, @DellCares. Because those teams are available 24/7, both of will result in a faster response than commenting here on Direct2Dell. Enhancements to XPS 15 BIOS:There are several enhancements to BIOS since we first launched XPS 15, including:Battery Life improvement – By allowing the SSD to go to a lower power mode in light to moderate workload situations, significant battery life improvements can be seenNo Boot Device found – addresses an issue where the Solid State Drive may not be recognized when booting up the systemBSOD – addresses an issue with the Intel 6th Generation processors that can result in a BSODSlow Processor performance – addresses an issue where the processor becomes throttled and doesn’t return to full speedEnhancements to XPS 15 Drivers and Software:Audio Driver – addresses an issue where some audio distortion may occur in some situationsVideo Driver – addresses a graphics driver issue which can result in the screen briefly going blank and a message that the driver crashedWireless LAN – an update improves the wireless throughput performanceDell Premier Color Application – an update eliminates an issue where the application may take an excessive amount of time to finish loadinglast_img read more

Women of World Embrace Risk and Dream Bigger

first_imgI’ve had the privilege of hosting Women of World at EMC World for the past three years. The event is always a highlight of the year for me because it serves as a unique opportunity for attendees to come together, network and share ideas while hearing from inspirational women from all walks of life.Speakers in past years have come from fields spanning biotechnology, sports, politics, neuroscience and software engineering. We’ve met women who were trail blazers in their fields in male dominated industries, and even delved into the science behind male and female brains.This year, due to the amount of unprecedented change taking place in the IT industry (including major changes coming here at EMC) we focused on how to own, modernize and direct our careers in the context of change. It’s also worth noting that in 2015 out of 359 incoming CEOs at the world’s 2500 largest companies, only 10 were women. This is astounding to me and shows that women need to take ownership of their careers today, if we want to make more of an impact tomorrow.To explore how we can encourage women to dream bigger, step up and get noticed, we enlisted the help of two esteemed guests: Susan Tardanico (@SusanTardanico), career consultant and founder and CEO of the Authentic Leadership Alliance and Reshma Saujani (@reshmasaujani), Founder & CEO of Girls Who Code and author of Women Who Don’t Wait in Line.Addressing an audience of more than 300, both women shared their thoughts on successful career management when uncertainty is high, dealing with fear of the unknown, the importance of embracing risk and failure and how fear can be reframed as a catalyst for positive change.Susan was first to share insights from her experience as a career consultant, and as someone who has reinvented her own career many times over. When things are changing rapidly, Susan acknowledged that change is scary and it’s common for individuals to ignore their fears or refrain from speaking up.However, rather than shy away, Susan believes a much more effective method is to face into anxiety head on, think strategically and find a solution like we would with a business problem.“Confront reality. What’s the worst that could happen? What’s the best? What’s the most likely scenario? Then, act accordingly….”Rather than viewing change as scary and unwelcome, Susan suggests that we view it as an opportunity to take stock of what we really want and define our skill sets. Change can be a catalyst for reinvention and career advancement if framed properly. Let your response to change define you.Susan also addressed a common issue that many women (and men) face called “the imposter syndrome.” The imposter syndrome is a persistent feeling of self-doubt despite having achieved true success. One concrete example of this can be seen in the way that men and women handle a job search. When women are reviewing career opportunities, an alarmingly high percentage will think “Why do I have the right?” or “Can I do this?” while men will say “why not?” and “Of course I can do it”.To combat these feelings of self-doubt, Susan recommends that we take time to understand and embrace our strengths, know our value and “lean into” new possibilities. One practical way to do this is to define our transferrable and highly sought after skills (such as managing and motivating a team) and personal attributes (such as keeping calm under pressure) to help expand our “universe” of possible opportunities.Next, Reshma Saujani joined the discussion to share what she’s learned along her personal journey from attorney and activist to Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code.Reshma shared that early on in her career she became obsessed with figuring out why the female leadership gap exists. She suggests that a “bravery deficit” in women may be the root cause. From an early age, girls and boys are conditioned differently, with girls taught to act perfectly and boys taught to be brave (climbing trees, jumping from high branches, etc.) As a result, women gravitate towards things that they’re good at, while men tend to be okay with failure and risk-taking. This has serious implications for how women approach job opportunities later in life because we often shy away from anything new, different or seemingly difficult. No wonder we don’t get the jobs we strive for – we don’t apply for them!Currently, Reshma spends her time leading an organization that directly addresses the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields by teaching young women the computing skills necessary for opportunities that have typically gone to men. By the end of 2016, the organization will reach more than 40,000 girls in every state and 90 percent of alumnae have declared or intend to declare a major or minor in computer science. Through this experience, Reshma has seen first-hand evidence of a bravery deficit and fear of failure in girls. She commented:“When girls learn to code and find it difficult, they don’t ask if there is something wrong with their code like the boys do. They ask if there is something wrong with themselves!”In her personal life, Reshma has learned from this experience and prefers to take risks by going for the things that she has no chance of getting. Her willingness to step up even when failure is far more likely serves as an inspiration to all of us.However, Reshma was quick to remind everyone that the path to success was not an easy one. It was filled with heartache and disappointment. For example, when she ran to become the first Indian American woman elected to Congress, she lost. Big. But despite it all, she threw caution to the wind, stood up for the causes that were important to her, met outstanding people along the way and set herself up for later success as the current CEO and Founder of Girls Who Code. So, maybe she didn’t lose after all…Susan and Reshma’s guidance served as an invaluable reminder of how to navigate a world of unprecedented transformation. 2015 may not have been the year of the female CEO, but it’s not too late to reverse this trend by being more strategic in how we to prepare for impending change, by understanding our worth and by learning to be comfortable with our imperfections. Only then can we start to dream bigger and be resilient through failure. Then we will succeed…even if we doubt how we did it later.last_img read more

Are Windows 10 Updates Optional?

first_imgWith Windows 10, Microsoft Has Changed the PC Operating System Model – What You Need to Know Is your organization still not fully migrated to Windows 10? You’re not alone. Chances are you have questions (and plenty of them) around Windows 10. As Microsoft’s Windows 10 Deployment Partner of the Year in 2016 and Windows and Devices Deployment Partner of the Year in 2017, we’re proven experts and here to help.We have found that Windows as a Service (WaaS) is one of the areas where IT departments have the most questions including:Is it optional?How disruptive is it and will my employees have downtime?Will my applications still work?First, it’s helpful to understand how Microsoft rebooted Windows adoption. For decades Microsoft used a waterfall and major product release approach to Windows.  Every three or four years Microsoft would release a new version of Windows, and IT departments around the world would spin up massive migration projects.That needed to change. In a market that is becoming highly agile, waiting years for updates just isn’t fast enough.  So with Windows 10, Microsoft flipped the model on its head.  New releases and features update a couple of times per year. That means IT departments need to prepare to continuously deploy Windows updates. It’s not a foreign concept to regular off-the-shelf software or mobile devices, but it’s a big change for Windows PCs.What’s the upside?  No more expensive and disruptive mass Windows migrations every few years. It turns migration into a predictable and continual process. It also means users and IT get important new features faster, and change happens incrementally without the major disruption that big changes like previous Windows versions created.Finding the Way ForwardThis approach also introduces new issues that organizations need to plan for, and means that OS migration will be an ongoing maintenance activity.  Every organization needs to plan for WaaS, otherwise your versions of Windows will get hopelessly out of date.We recommend implementing a change management program that includes:Identifying critical applications that need additional testingCreating rollout ringsDesigning User Access Testing (UAT) plansEstablishing Change Management (CM) workflowsSchedule the activities to coincide with Microsoft branch releases to Insider Preview, Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted), and Semi-Annual Channel.We have collaborated with Microsoft to introduce a new service to design and manage these processes and alleviate pressure on an organization’s IT team.  Our phased approach begins by assessing and creating all of the policies and procedures that will be used to manage WaaS. Then we can help you manage ongoing testing, pilot release and production rollouts.“We’re excited to work closely with Dell to help deliver a truly modern desktop and laptop computing experience,” said Bernardo Caldas, General Manager, Windows Commercial Marketing. “With this service, Dell is leading the way to help our joint customers deploy their upgrades quickly and seamlessly to minimize any disruption.”The service is built on Microsoft’s Windows as a Service framework and leverages Dell’s team of global Windows experts. You get a team of consultants that help assess, identify and manage key infrastructure, policy and application processes for managing WaaS. This helps reduce the complexity of application testing for an OS upgrade and establishes a programmatic approach to consume quality and feature updates.So back to our original questions.  Is it optional? (not really)  How disruptive is it and will my employees have downtime? (not if you manage it well). Will my applications still work?  (yes, with the right preparation).  Dell WaaS services can help organizations reduce IT utilization, allowing IT staff to focus on driving core business results. Click here for more information.This service is one of two new Windows 10 managed service offerings we are debuting this week at Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft’s annual partner conference.  The Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Managed Service help customers know if they are under attack, by whom, as well as the severity of the attack. Cyber threats are analyzed by our security professionals to detect and investigate a range of attacks, malicious behavior, and provide specific guidance to take action. Learn more from this blog.last_img read more

How to Manage Rapidly-Expanding Data and Infrastructure

first_imgSince Hadoop’s inception, both data analytics and analytics infrastructures have grown and evolved tremendously. There is currently a paradigm shift underway poised to further transform the way that enterprises manage their rapidly-expanding data and supporting infrastructure.The paradigm shift is taking place around analytics architectures – specifically Hadoop-based architectures – with respect to deployment. Let’s begin by looking at how many analytics projects get started within an enterprise.How Analytics Projects StartMost projects start with some type of discovery process. Take, for example, a team of scientists looking to find that “golden nugget” within their data which might offer a significant value-add to their business. These scientists might work with their IT department to set up a small Hadoop cluster, to load the data and begin the iterative process of data visualization, cleansing and testing until the hypothesis is either validated or disproven. If the hypothesis is proven, the ideas are implemented and eventually go live – success!What happens next – continuing with the example of our successful scientists – is that other departments take notice of that success, and want to utilize the data platform so they too can benefit. In most cases, they’ll not only use the existing data in the cluster, but also bring in new external or internal data and new applications for their projects. This starts to increase the physical size of the infrastructure.The issue we hear most from customers at this point is how to effectively grow and manage that ever-expanding cluster as more data and applications continue to go into it. The inherent problem with such expanding architectures is that they become complex very quickly and too complicated to maintain. There are a lot of spinning discs, the unavoidable 3x data replication to maintain and these clusters will very quickly grow to be very cost inefficient.How to Manage Their GrowthThere are three potential approaches to consider:Add more nodes, through direct attached storage (DAS), adding both compute and storageDe-couple compute and storage, through network attached scale out storage (NAS)A hybrid architecture (i.e., a tiered storage Hadoop architecture)With traditional Hadoop deployments, the primary way to expand the infrastructure is through direct attached storage (DAS), or by adding more nodes. This incorporates more storage and compute power at the same time. The challenge here is that as the number of applications grows, and the amount of data grows, data access patterns change. Different applications require different performance environments – some need more compute power, others are more storage dependent.Adding more nodes can be inefficient if you only need more storage – you’ll overspend on compute power you might not need. Likewise, if you only need compute power, you’re also potentially purchasing storage that will go unused.Which brings us to the second approach. As the number of clusters grows in an enterprise, the inherent complexity of maintaining them grows as well, and that complexity doesn’t always grow linearly. By separating compute and storage, and incorporating an enterprise-grade storage solution that can perform data-level functions such as governance, security, encryption, user management, data access patterns, multitenancy, much of the inherent complexity associated with growing data volumes can be mitigated.This approach allows users to adjust to shifting application performance requirements as necessary. For example, if more compute power is needed, add more servers. In a virtualized environment, you can simply spin up more compute nodes to address compute challenges. This elastic type virtualized environment can be implemented far more quickly than deploying physical hardware.The same is true for storage-dependent applications. For those apps, moving away from traditional DAS infrastructures and leveraging network-attached storage (NAS) allows you to leave compute power as is and focus on increasing storage. This is cost effective since you don’t have to pay for compute resources – it also reduces the data footprint in the data center, including costs and resources associated with cooling and maintenance of server hardware.The third option is a hybrid tiered storage environment, which addresses many of the challenges brought about by the paradigm shift mentioned earlier – it also embodies the idea of separating storage from compute. However, it also allows enterprises to tier their data based on its temperate. For example, “hot” (frequently accessed) data or “cold” (archived, less accessed) data. The longer that data exists, the more it cools in temperature – what makes sense in this type of an environment is to have a cheaper, deeper NAS solution extending your Hadoop mainspace. Enterprises can increase their storage footprint by adding less expensive NAS environments that don’t require data replication, essentially providing cheaper archives, without adding compute.’How to Take Advantage of Data LakesBringing in a true, multiprotocol NAS product into the Hadoop environment enables enterprises to take advantage of that magic “DL” word: data lakes.Quickly, I am defining a data lake as a means to store data that will allow an organization to have full, multi-tenant, secure and scalable access to all of its data, all the time throughout the organization’s requirements. In other words, a data lake allows access to any and all applications, regardless of the connectivity requirements for that data, all the while maintaining the data in one central location.Data lakes provide access to the “Three V’s of Big Data”:Velocity – You can grow and manage your compute size based on application demandVolume – You can handle the data volumes coming inVariety – You can manage different data sources providing different types of data, which require a variety of gateways to applications to connect and access that data securelyAs data volumes continue to expand exponentially, and Hadoop analytics architectures also continue to grow within the enterprise, the demand for enterprise-grade, highly available, highly secure, extremely scalable storage architecture will only continue as well. My recommendation is to consider either decoupling your storage and compute, or looking at a tiered Hadoop storage architecture.last_img read more

Enhancing Public Safety and Security with AI

first_imgArtificial intelligence enables public sector organizations to approach public safety and security concerns with innovative solutions.From strengthening airport security and fighting crime to predicting natural disasters and tracking dangerous viruses, artificial intelligence is now one of the keys to enhancing public safety and security. Moreover, the public sector’s adoption of AI is accelerating as all the pieces of the technology puzzle are falling into place — from an abundance of data to more affordable high-performance computing systems.“The Journey to AI in the Public Sector” report highlights some of the innovative ways that public sector organizations are using AI give us a safer, more secure world.The U.S. Border Patrol is using a combination of satellite imaging, geospatial analytics, sensor devices, and AI computer vision to automatically detect whether people have weapons, are hauling oversized backpacks or drug bundles, or transporting dangerous animals or endangered species.Governmental agencies are using machine learning to better predict disasters caused by extreme weather, fires, earthquakes and disease, while emergency responders are using AI with image and data processing to pinpoint danger zones and more effectively target their responses.Public health agencies are using AI-driven capabilities to track health problems. In one case highlighted in the report, officials applied natural language processing to social media posts to identify the likely sources of food poisoning.The systems that make it happenThese applications require high-powered computing technologies, from the network edge to the core of the cloud data center. Here’s a look at a few solutions that help organizations make AI real in the realm of public safety and security.Dell Edge Gateway servers can be incorporated in portable security units that apply deep learning techniques to identify the sound signature of a gunshot and determine where it came from — a use case that is happening today at San Jose State University.The Dell Technologies IoT Solution for Surveillance combines hardware and software optimized for surveillance needs, along with management and orchestration.Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with Intel® Arria® 10 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) bring faster, more powerful computing to the edge.Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC bring together software, servers, networking, storage and services optimized for HPC and AI workloads.This is just a small sample of options from Dell EMC and Intel that are helping public sector organizations accelerate the deployment of AI-driven applications for public safety and security. The big takeaway here is that AI is ready for prime time in public safety and security applications.To learn moreRead the Prowess white paper “The Journey to AI in the Public Sector.”See what’s under the hood of the new PowerEdge R740xd2 for Video SurveillanceLearn how Dell EMC transforms federal missions.Join the conversation @DellEMCserverslast_img read more

A Designer’s Vision for Circularity

first_imgWe have a waste problem. The linear design model of creating products with new materials, using it for its intended purpose and then throwing it away has prevailed as long as humans have been making products. Even with the monumental efforts to encourage recycling, our world is still coping with the huge impact of this model – in landfills, oceans, and waterways. To put it in perspective for my industry, in 2019, only 17.4% of the 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste generated was recycled properly. There is a better way – it’s called circularity. And put simply, it means turning what would be trash into treasure – reusing these materials to create new products.As a company that creates technology used by millions of people around the world, we are taking responsibility, playing a role in advancing circular design. We’ve been working on this for over a decade, with our first OptiPlex desktop made with recycled plastics in 2007. But as an industry, we need to move faster. We need to move together. Which is why we set this moonshot goal for the future: By 2030, for every product a customer buys, we will reuse or recycle an equivalent product, and 100% of our packaging and more than half of our product content will be made from recycled or renewable material.The drive to meet this goal is embedded across our entire organization. Our pioneering work with closed-loop plastics means the display you have today, could contain recycled plastics from an display returned five years ago. New reclaimed carbon fiber technology means your Latitude could be made in part from waste from the aerospace industry. And plastic water bottles that once littered a beach are now packaging, protecting your XPS through our partnership with NextWave Plastics.  Early next year you will be able to buy the first PCs in the industry to use bioplastics derived from tree waste from the pulp and paper industry in their design. And our new as-a-Service “Project APEX” solution will extend the life of technology and increase the volume at which we can take back our technology to be refurbished or recycled.To get where we want to be, we need to accelerate across our entire portfolio beyond anything we’ve ever done before. We need to try new materials, reinvent processes and push product design to the absolute limits of what is possible.Driving Bold Design Concepts ForwardA typical laptop includes more than 200 parts and components made using plastics and metals. That adds a ton of complexity when considering reuse and responsible recycling. And we have learned this first-hand. Visiting recycling facilities and taking apart old technology ourselves, inspires us to make improvements – removing adhesives, limiting the use of screws and allowing common tools to be used. And last year, following one of these visits I just couldn’t shake the feeling that there had to be a better way.The reality is that the countdown to 2030 is on. When we set our ambitious circular goal, we didn’t know how we were going to achieve it. What we did know is we were sending a strong signal across our industry for a call-to-action to drive new innovations broadly across our product eco-system. With only nine years left, now is the time to accelerate our expansive thinking, leaving no design avenue not explored, no boundary not pushed to help us test new concepts, materials and technology. Through exploring what’s possible tomorrow, we can gain deeper understanding of possible solutions we can implement today.This is the challenge I brought to my team of industrial and user experience professionals. What came out of the exercise was the start of a new future circular design vision across all our product lines covering:Reincarnation and longer lives: We will strive to design products that can be ‘reincarnated’ having multiple lives by enabling repeated lifecycles of reuse or upcycling. Supporting this will be pushing the boundaries of easy assembly and fast disassembly. Imagine a design that could allow an entire product to break down into component level with the removal of a single pin – that’s what we are striving for. Further out in our planning stages, we will focus on how future as-a-Service models could allow us to augment and design equipment that improves over time. Using 5G and strong cloud connectivity, regular, automatic updates we can make products that don’t degrade, they get better. The power of artificial intelligence and data: We’re exploring how to use artificial intelligence to design for behavior change, predict failures, and energy efficiency. We’re working on “self-healing” devices that reconstitute or repair themselves through AI and machine learning. We’re building dashboards for IT admins to analyze the performance of their “fleet” and the impact on the company’s carbon footprint. For consumers, we’re planning apps to guide them on sustainable use and aid in recycling when a product is approaching the end of its usefulness.Our objective is simple. The more we take back to reuse or recycle, the less waste there is on our planet. We will continue to drive and promote our global recycling and takeback programs at scale in service of our moonshot goal.But it’s not enough to create change for ourselves and reach our 2030 goal. We want to inspire transformation for the entire technology industry in how we  approach design and use resources. It will take industry-wide action to rethink existing approaches and move to designing an entire product for circularity. This is why we’ll engage designers and engineers both in the IT industry and other industries along the way.This new circular design vision accelerates our leadership position and works towards creating solutions that will reduce waste, extend the life of technology, and bring everlasting positive environmental impact. I invite you to learn more about our 2030 goals and how we are advancing the future of circular design, today for tomorrow. A focus on the sustainable core: Our biggest impact on PCs will come from shifting our components inside the box to be more sustainable. Internal components and motherboards are some of the most carbon-intensive components to manufacture. We’re evaluating ways to reduce how much we use, use recycled and renewable materials to make them, and shift to reuse of whole components, building a ‘new’ product around these valuable resources and giving them a second life (which is what you can see in the video above!)last_img read more

China: ‘New historical starting point’ with US military

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — Putting frictions aside for now, China says relations between the Chinese and U.S. militaries are at a “new historical starting point” and should focus on cooperation and avoiding confrontations. A Defense Ministry spokesperson says that under former President Donald Trump, military-to-military relations “faced many risks and challenges” but the sides now have an opportunity to reset ties. The positive-sounding language suggests that China’s leaders are hoping for a fresh start in relations and a more civil discourse with Washington after years of rancor, even while deep divisions remain. China resents U.S. support for Taiwan, the U.S. military presence in the South China Sea, and what it sees as a U.S. campaign to restrain its growth.last_img read more

CBS’ Brown to host record 10th Super Bowl pregame show

first_imgCBS’ James Brown knows what it is like to host Super Bowl pregame shows when the day transcended beyond the teams competing for a championship. Brown hosted Fox’s pregame for the 2002 Super Bowl, which occurred nearly five months after 9/11. With the coronavirus pandemic still at the forefront, Brown realizes Sunday’s “Super Bowl Today” show could offer the same opportunities, but in a different manner.last_img