Leaders aspire to build ever more nimble and responsive businesses while seeking a competitive advantage in a global economy. Today’s successful leaders must not only be strategic thinkers, but innovators as well. And the successful leaders of tomorrow must be able to drive organizational innovation by tapping into the knowledge and creativity of their teams. Innovation is often the key driver of an organization’s growth and performance. It can be the single best way for a company to differentiate itself from competitors. How can we help foster a culture of collaboration and creativity to help drive growth and success? Fostering connectivity, first and foremost amongst other things, promotes creativity and spurs innovation.More than ever before, we have the ability to share our ideas and encourage a discussion around them, unconstrained by time, physical borders or distance. We live in a connected world. Connectivity is about having the practical means to connect with others; but it is also about having the connections we need to enable and encourage innovation. Connectivity increases exposure to new opportunities, new ideas, and to feedback. Communities of corporate innovation are connected to every facet of business from product development, customer engagement, marketing programs, to employee development. Empowered workers care more about developing high-performing cultures that drive customer value over time.As the founder of EMC’s West Coast Women’s Leadership Forum (WCWLF), my vision was to make EMC the center of Leadership and Innovation through the eyes of women. Our programs follow this theme and are delivered to internal and external audiences of men and women often in partnership with nonprofits, universities and other corporations. In 2012, we delivered more than 50 programs, making EMC’s WCWLF one of the most diverse and interesting venues with a rich community of attendees. Looking to further our influence and reach, we developed a new Leadership and Innovation in the Executive Suite speaker series. The program brings leaders and innovators with different points of view to EMC and creates a community to inspire leadership through the voice of innovators, showcase thought leadership, and establish new partnerships while building connective behaviors that spur innovation. To increase our impact, we partnered with digital book publisher Vook to create an eBook, commemorating the program while expanding our reach. “Connective Behaviors That Spur Innovation” was released in March and has since inspired a global community of thought leaders to share their perspectives. Jeremy Burton, Executive Vice President, Product Operations and Marketing was the program’s host and keynote speaker.At EMC World I will once again be working with Vook to commemorate EMC Women in Technology through the Women of the World program called “Boost Your Credibility – Hidden Behavioral Cues,” scheduled for May 8th, 2013. More than 50 largely hidden behavioral and contextual cues have been discovered that deeply affect how others respond to you. Cues cover situations as diverse as setting, female/male differences, sounds, and the sequence of “scenes” we experience. Keynote speaker Kare Anderson, a Forbes Columnist and expert on quoteability and connective behaviors will be joined by Helene Barnekow, EMC Senior Vice President, Worldwide Field & Channel Marketing and Bill Teuber, EMC Vice Chairman. The eBook planned release date is scheduled for July 2013.
About Marek Omilian, crew member, Visit SeattleMarek Omilian, 53 from Seattle, USA, is undertaking the full 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation on board Visit Seattle. The father of two grew up sailing centre-board boats in the Sea Scouts in his native Poland, and after immigrating to the USA in his twenties, he began sailing keelboats and has been racing in the Puget Sound since 2015. Being a Dell Ambassador was a natural fit for Omilian, who has a computing and analyst background and runs his own valuation and management consultant firm. Other than the pride of arriving in his home port of Seattle, Omilian is hoping his Clipper Race experience will challenge him both physically and mentally, and create life-long friendships with his teammates. And, of course, result in winning the coveted Clipper Race Trophy. This is the fourth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. You can find the most recent post from Samantha Harper, and the previous post from Marek Omilian, here on Direct2Dell. For more background on Dell’s involvement, read our initial blog about this exciting race here.The South Atlantic Challenge Leg 2: Punta del Este, Uruguay to Cape Town, South Africa: 3,560 nautical miles: 14 daysTwo weeks, 7 hours, 39 minutes, and 10 seconds. What an exhilarating Leg 2 race! It was so different than the marathon of the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1. It was like a two-week sprint. We had no time for anything: just eat, sleep, sail, repeat.Well, we had time for some stats, strategising, and emailing our families and friends. For the last three to five days, we shared a detailed update on the position of the various boats within the fleet during our happy hour at lunchtime. We flipped the screen to use the Dell Rugged as a tablet in order to draw in the positions of the different boat. We also kept stats on speeds in order to compare them to our speed. This resulted in either a celebration or trying to figure out how to match our competitor’s speed.The last 24 hours was epic – the best sailing and ocean racing experience I have experienced so far. We were in a pack with Liverpool 2018 and Qingdao for most of the race, ever since the three of us went for the Scoring Gate in the first thousand nautical miles.“The last 24 hours was epic – the best sailing and ocean racing experience I have experienced so far.ShareFor much of the race, Liverpool 2018 was consistently in front of us. We sailed hard in the final days, steadily closing the gap, and we did it all in very strong winds of well over 30 knots. The wind started backing slowly with about 100 nautical miles to go, and our gap to Liverpool 2018 shrunk to just 3 nautical miles. We were so close we saw the boat on AIS (Automatic Identification System) and monitored its speed and direction.Suddenly, we noticed Liverpool 2018 had pulled away, and increased the lead to 6 nautical miles! We knew the team had put up the spinnaker, so we instantly matched the sail plan. I was Off-Watch but couldn’t sleep as the adrenaline was still very high.I sat in the Navigation Station and relayed information back to the helm. At some point, we thought the intercom stopped working so I started using a small poster sign to show the distance we were behind Liverpool 2018; 5.7 nautical miles, 5.6, 5.5, 5.4… then things stagnated at around 5.4 nautical miles as both boats were sailing at the same speed.I decided to take a nap. Now, my top bunk was right below (5 inches or so) the active spinnaker sheet winch. Even noise cancellation headphones would not cancel the grinding and easing noises. Even so, I managed to dose off for few minutes. The alarm clock woke me up at 17:45 UTC, and I climbed down from the bunk and went back to the Nav station. I noticed the distance to Liverpool 2018 remained the same at 5.5 nautical miles with just 30 nautical miles to go to the finish line. Suddenly, Liverpool 2018 changed direction and its speed dropped dramatically. I immediately relayed the message to the helm via intercom. We all suspected the team must have lost a spinnaker. I kept watching on AIS and we rapidly started closing. Thirty minutes later, we had passed the pink boat and pulled ahead by about 2 nautical miles.Liverpool 2018 must have righted the ship then as its speed went up. It was most certainly not flying the spinnaker, but the boat was still going fast. This meant the last 15 to 20 nautical miles were very tactical. We had to cross the TSS (Traffic Separation Area) at the right angle or radio Cape Town Port Control to get permission to cross any other way. The wind kept easing, and we dropped the spinnaker and hoisted yankee and staysail. Liverpool 2018 was on our heels, but we kept the same distance till the finish line. In the end, we crossed the South Atlantic Ocean in 14 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, and 10 seconds. Liverpool 2018 crossed the finish line only 27 minutes later.
Dell Technologies and Altiostar partner to accelerate adoption of open and virtualized RAN Over the last several years, 5G has been a cornerstone of the telecommunications industry technology development – defining a radio air interface and technology architecture for the core network. Now that the promise of 5G is becoming a reality, industries looking to transform are implementing new use cases for 5G that are defining new network “edges” that foundationally change traffic flows and data analytics pipelines in Telecom networks.The snowball effect of the NFV transition started in 2012 with a focus on 4G core networks. There is now growing interest in the containerization of virtual functions led by Kubernetes. There is also significant focus on the separation of control and user plane functions with user planes utilizing various forms of accelerators, such as FPGAs, SmartNICs and GPUs, to reduce latency and improve bandwidth.NFV is also being extended to the Radio Access Network (RAN). RAN implementations have traditionally been proprietary bundles of hardware that are expensive to build and maintain. A recent paper by ACG Research entitled, “Economic Advantages of Virtualizing the RAN in Mobile Operators’ Infrastructures” shows that centralized vRAN architectures enable up to 44 percent lower TCO than conventional distributed RANs in 4G networks. The use of vRANs in 5G networks will provide the operational and capital efficiencies required to support smaller deployment models required for private and enterprise networks as well as the increased radio density to support higher bandwidth.Dell Technologies is focused on extending its leadership in providing the essential infrastructure for network virtualization to the furthest of telecom edges – the radio access network. Dell Technologies is partnering with Altiostar to help accelerate industry adoption of virtualized and open RAN architectures, built on a combination of Intel® Xeon® servers with Intel FPGA technology. This month, we introduced the PowerEdge XE2420, an innovative short-depth edge server, that is designed to support far edge applications like vRAN that operate in space constrained, harsh environments. The PowerEdge XE2420 is a dense compute server and with its support of up to 4 FGPA or GPU accelerators can meet any other demanding use cases at the edge.Altiostar pioneered open vRAN solutions and is working with some of the largest and most innovative mobile network operators to deploy these solutions in their networks. Altiostar offers an open vRAN solution where service providers deploy a radio access network using best-of-breed solutions. Its vRAN solution disaggregates the hardware and software across the entire protocol stack allowing for different deployment architectures. This allows Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to optimize their vRAN based on their individual network requirements and to choose best of breed options that enable deployment of micro services, automation, applications and services.Dell Technologies and Altiostar have a common vision that vRAN will change the economics and operations of 5G networks and that Open RAN technologies will enable a broader ecosystem of vendors to bring innovation to the telco industry. Initially, Dell Technologies and Altiostar are focusing on developing and validating solutions that provide MNOs blueprints for the deployment of virtual RAN in both 4G and 5G networks. Our engineering teams will collaborate to ensure interoperability, deployment-readiness, and define areas of joint innovation where we can partner to improve efficiency, economics, and performance of Altiostar vRAN software on Dell Technologies infrastructure. This will help our customers improve both their bottom line and their technology as we enable them to become #5GReadyNow.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Investigators say they have found no evidence that terrorism, politics or any bias motivated a driver who repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, killing a 77-year-old woman. The Portland Police Bureau said Tuesday the driver is hospitalized and expected to be booked into jail afterward. The man is accused of driving into people and cars over a 15-block span Monday. The woman who died was dragged beneath the wheels of a small SUV and nine other people were injured. Police say that after the driver fled on foot, neighbors surrounded him until police arrived and took him into custody. His name has not been released.
NEW YORK (AP) — SpaceX’s first all-civilian space flight set for late this year will provide an out-of-this-world fundraising opportunity for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which says it expects to generate $200 million for cancer research and other causes. It’s off to a fast start: $1 million in donations in the first day since the flight’s announcement. Jared Isaacman, the billionaire businessman who will finance and pilot the multi-day mission for himself and three others, will drive the publicity push. Of the $200 million that St. Jude hopes to raise this year, $100 million is to come from Isaacman, with the rest from donations generated by raffling off one seat on the flight.