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Talking Third Platform in Silicon Valley

first_imgThis month, I spoke at The Churchill Club, which convenes gatherings of technology leaders and entrepreneurs from around Silicon Valley to talk about the future of our industry. Over the last 10 years, the size of EMC’s workforce in the Bay Area has mushroomed to more than 7,000 employees. And for the last two years in a row, people surveyed by the San Francisco Business Times/San Jose Business Journal have named EMC one of the top two Best Places to Work in the region. So, the fact that so many people joined us at The Churchill Club to hear our view of the future was another sign of EMC’s growing presence on the West Coast and in the IT industry.A big topic on everyone’s mind is the rise of the so called “third platform” of IT and the disruptive impact of cloud computing on the IT marketplace. We spend a lot of our time thinking about this at EMC.As our friends at IDC explain it, if the first platform of IT was mainframe and minicomputers, and the second platform was the client-server era, the key underlying technologies of the third platform are cloud, mobile, social, and Big Data. This new platform will transform the way the IT industry works, connecting billions of users and millions of applications. The data sets will dwarf traditional, structured data sets. Our customers see the disruptive trend coming, and every one of them wants our help in preparing their business for it—and in squeezing costs out of their second platform infrastructure more efficiently.The new platform introduces a level of mobility that didn’t exist before, thanks to the advent of cloud providers and SaaS providers and the like. Many of these new platform apps run on an infrastructure that looks more like a public cloud infrastructure than a second platform infrastructure inside a conventional data center (although we expect enterprise customers will build these new platform infrastructures inside their data centers as well). So, we see a technology shift to the new platform and a delivery shift in terms of where people can run their applications. We’re only in the first few innings of a nine-inning game that will probably play out over the next 20 years.What we’ve been doing at EMC, in setting up our federated business model the way we have, is to have as many assets addressing this new platform as we can. For example, Pivotal is not dealing with any second platform apps; it is focused on apps in the new platform only. VMware is helping people improve their client-server infrastructure while addressing their mobile/cloud side of the IT fence. And inside EMC Information Infrastructure, in our storage business, an enormous amount of investment is going towards new object storage, software-defined storage, flash—all of which are really important for winning in the third platform infrastructure.This is certainly an exciting time to be in IT—and at EMC.Check out the rest of the talk if you want to hear more.last_img read more

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ADHD at Work: Tips and Trips from Dell Team Members

first_imgHighly energetic.A problem-solver.Quick-witted.Collaborative.Creative.Honest.Sound like someone you would like to have on your team?These are the valuable attributes an employee with ADHD can bring to your workplace.ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that affects the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors – attention span, hyperactivity and impulsivity.  You may relate ADHD to a childhood syndrome, but since it is a neuro-behavioral condition, most children don’t outgrow it; they simply learn to accommodate in their adult life. Data shows that approximately 3.4 percent1 of the global adult population functions with some level of ADHD.So it is vital that adults with ADHD learn coping mechanisms to succeed in their personal and professional lives.  It is equally important for employers to recognize the accommodations they can take for their valuable ADHD team members.Since coping with ADHD in the workplace is not one size fits all, I spoke with a few of my fellow Dell team members to learn tips that have been effective for them, as well as some trips (those tools that did not work so well). Tips for Coping with ADHD at work: Take a breakStart each day with intent. I spend 5 or so minutes each day on self-awareness and the intent I plan to use it.  – Miranda Caenepeel, Sales Operations ManagerExercise. I find taking an hour walk early in the morning prior to starting my workday enables me to offset my hyperactivity and stay better focused!– David Ford, Senior Education Account Manager and North America Communication Lead for True Ability ERGBe honestI used to be ashamed or afraid to tell my teams, co-workers or bosses about my ADHD, but I have learned that it is crucial to make sure they are all aware so that my:Boss knows that I may not be the best to be point on a project, but that I can help in many areas.Co-Workers & Team know that they need to always follow-up on conversations and/or make sure that I follow-up so that I don’t forget.– Mike Cook, Manager Enterprise ServicesUse the technology that’s at your fingertipsUtilize resources to the upmost extent. I understand that I may forget things such as meeting times, deadlines, etc. I have made great efforts to utilize my Outlook calendar to remind me of these.– Nick Turner, Customer Experience Advisor and North America True Ability ERG LeadWrite it downWrite ideas down – Like most with ADHD I have more thoughts before 8AM than others do throughout their day. With that, I’ve learned that if I want to discuss something or have an idea, I put it on my calendar right then so that I don’t forget and I can go back to it.  – CookLimit known distractionsTry to keep your workspace clean so that little things don’t distract you (i.e. what’s that paper, did I finish that, etc.). My phone is on silent while I’m at work. I have alerts if family needs to reach me for an emergency.  – CookTurn off the chime on your phone and other notifications that you know will distract you and simply drive you crazy. A great example is Outlook – do you really need the chime and pop up every time you get a new email? Turn it off. Do you really need Facebook letting you know when another notification has surfaced? Turn it off. By reducing these distractions, you take back control of your focus and how you spend your time. You also don’t run the risk of being distracted from something more important – like a conversation with a colleague or teammate. – Jennifer Newbill, Director Global Employment BrandDon’t start down a YouTube rabbit hole!  – TurnerRealize your strengths and weaknessesI know my limitations surrounding my ADHD and seek to enhance my strengths derived from my diagnoses looking to improve at every opportunity.  – FordAsk for resources to study. I often lose attention in long meetings and miss some key points due to my mind wandering for a few minutes or due to the fact that I am still pondering the previous slide. There is no harm in following up with the person speaking and asking for material to go over on your own.   – TurnerSet your yourself up for successI take my medication regularly. In the past I would not take my medication to try and “overcome” ADHD on my own. However, I have found keeping up with my medication as I am supposed to have greater benefits than not taking it.  – TurnerJoin an Employee Resource Group (ERG) and invest your time and talent educating yourself and others on ADHD.  – FordFind a career that mimics your energy level and the ADHD traits that you personally carry. In the 5 years at Dell, I have never once dreaded coming to work. As a company it matches many of the traits I carry. It is high energy, ever changing, creates break through innovations and is hyper focused on customers. It is like a match made in ADHD heaven!  – CaenepeelTrips when Coping with ADHD at work:When I forget my calendar! I have now added Outlook on my personal cell phone as well. Technology is great, I can now just push a button, speak my reminder and my phone sets it for me!  – CaenepeelRoutine – The most important thing that all physicians, psychologist or ADHD specialists stress is “ROUTINE.” However, I find that a routine makes me lose focus or become very bored so I don’t stick to the same routine as most ADHD individuals do.  – CookLack of educating others about my ADHD thereby not fully taking advantage of mutual beneficial learning opportunities for self-growth as well as others.  – FordActing with impulse – I constantly remind myself to not impulsively blurt out my ideas the moment I have them. Instead, write them down, analyze the validity of the idea, and present them in the proper fashion.  – TurnerLastly, what is the one thing that all adults with ADHD can relate to?Thinking every thought you have needs to be broadcasted immediately and is the most important thing in the world.  – TurnerThat moment when you’ve been waiting, trying not to impulsively interrupt so that you can share a story/idea. Then you get ready to share but you forgot what it was you wanted to say.  – Cook1http://adhd-institute.com/burden-of-adhd/epidemiology/last_img read more

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2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

first_imgU.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients. These hospital units take care of the sickest of the sick. Some are running out of space and supplies, while scrambling to pay the soaring rates of temporary traveling nurses. Hundreds of ICUs are struggling at the same time, with many clustered in the South and West. An Associated Press analysis shows that since November, the share of U.S. hospitals nearing the breaking point has doubled. More than 40% of Americans live in areas running out of ICU beds. Experts say sustained surges can jeopardize the quality of care in ICUs.last_img read more

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Judge OKs Weinstein bankruptcy plan with $17M for victims

first_imgDOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has approved a revised Weinstein Co. bankruptcy plan that provides about $35 million for creditors, with roughly half that amount going to women who’ve accused disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. The judge approved the plan following a hearing Monday and overruled objections by attorneys representing four women. The settlement amount is $11.5 million less than under a previous bankruptcy plan. That plan was scrapped after a federal judge in New York refused to approve a proposed $19 million settlement between Weinstein and some of his accusers.last_img read more

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Protesters in Lebanon clash with police over virus lockdown

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces have opened fire in violent clashes with dozens of protesters who took to the street in the country’s north for a third consecutive day. The protesters in the city of Tripoli are denouncing deteriorating living conditions amid a strict lockdown aimed at curbing a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 fatalities in the small, crisis-hit country.  Police say they were responding to hand grenades thrown by the protesters at security forces, injuring nine policemen.  Dozens of protesters were injured in the confrontations. The violence marks a sharp escalation in the confrontations that began Monday. Tripoli is the second largest in Lebanon and the most impoverished.last_img read more

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