It All Starts With Engaging Girls

first_imgDid you know that women hold only 24 percent of ICT jobs worldwide, and make up only 32 percent of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates at universities? The technology gender gap stunts women’s earning opportunities, industry’s productivity and creativity, and society’s overall well-being.(Left to right) Dell Chief Responsibility Officer Trisa Thompson, Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani, and STEM advocate, author and student Quinn Langford.Last month, Dell’s Employee Resource Group for Young Professionals, GenNext, hosted a dialogue with Dell Youth Learning partner, Girls Who Code, to discuss challenges within STEM education, the power of mentorship and how we can engage more girls and underserved in technology education.“The future belongs to those who can build digital technologies…Share“The future belongs to those who can build digital technologies — and those who can use them to solve problems,” said Marius Haas, president and chief commercial officer of Dell EMC.Powerful words spoken by Marius Haas as he welcomed over 60 attendees in the Dell Experience Lounge in Round Rock, Texas. At Dell, we spend our days thinking about the future of technology and how digital transformation is radically transforming every aspect of the global economy. However, to fully realize this future, we also need to ensure the next generation is prepared and engaged with technology and STEM fields from an early age.Myth: girls are not good at mathImage: Girls Who CodeIn fact, K-12 female students’ achievements in math and science are on par with those of their male peers. But girls’ interest and participation in STEM education—especially computer science and engineering—ebbs over time, with the biggest decline happening between the ages of 13 and 17. According to Girls Who Code, 66 percent of 6- to 12-year-old girls are enrolled or interested in computing programs, but interest levels drop to 32 percent among 13- to 17-year-olds.The pipeline of female STEM talent continues to “leak” over time, shrinking between high school and college, college and the workforce, and between all levels of the corporate ladder. Only 1 in 7 women with a STEM degree actually works in that area.“Efforts of Employee Resource Groups like GenNext are so critical to ensure we inspire the potential of the next generation to develop and advance their careers at Dell,” said Haas, highlighting one of multiple efforts Dell does in this regards. He invited Dell’s Chief Responsibility Officer, Trisa Thompson, to the stage who led a panel discussion with Girls Who Code founder and CEO, Reshma Saujani, and 15-year old STEM advocate, author and student, Quinn Langford. The three discussed the issues facing girls in STEM, how Dell empowers girls, and ways Dell team members can participate in their advancement.Where are the girls?All of us working in the technology industry have the power to encourage one child to engage in STEM. “Mentorship is so important,” highlighted Thompson as she opens the panel. “Just one conversation can have a lasting impact and set them on the course to change the world.”Saujani began her career as an attorney and activist before she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress in 2010. During the race, Saujani visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand. She kept asking herself “Where are the girls?” which led her to start Girls Who Code.“Innovation is left on sidelines when we don’t teach girls,” Saujani stated passionately. What started as an experiment has grown into a national movement. Girls Who Code has gone from 20 girls in New York to 40,000 girls in 50 states. That’s the same number of girls who graduate each year with a degree in computer science. They achieved this success by two program components: After School Clubs for 6-12th grade girls and a 7-week Summer Immersion Program for 10-11th grade girls. Dell is a national sponsor of the after school Clubs, which are located at a variety of places – from homeless shelters to Indian reservations to the best public and private schools. Girls who have gone through either program are more likely to consider studying Computer Science in college.Thompson and Saujani were also joined on stage by 15-year old Quinn Langford. One could say ‘a superstar in the making’ but she already is a superstar. Next to being a student, Langford is a STEM advocate, author of the book, a member of the Girl Scout’s all-girls Lady Cans Robotics Team, and potentially a future nanotechnologist, an area she’s particularly interested in.In 6th grade, she became a member of the Lady Cans and later she co-wrote a book “Embracing STEM Smarts” to encourage young girls to follow their passion. Talk about a role model! Langford seconded the need for more corporations to sponsor programs and offer mentorship for girls to feel comfortable and have means to get in touch with role models.Speaking of books – while being pregnant, Saujani worked on a non-fiction book for girls highlighting real-life stories of girls and women in STEM. On the cover it says “Learn to code and change the world”.Girls need more women in techThe more women we have working in tech, the more role models and mentors we’ll have for the next generation. With this in mind, Saujani has published a series of 13 books – the first two of which were instant New York Times best sellers – featuring girls and women from different backgrounds and their journeys and novels of success. “Every girl in this country can find herself in one of the girls in the books,” says Saujani. She hopes to change the stereotype of what an engineer or computer scientist ‘should’ look like.But what are the things that are keeping girls from STEM? A question directed to Langford and she wasn’t shy to answer: “Girls are scared to fail. They need a safe space to fail and learn. It’s important to have programs just for girls so they don’t get pushed aside.”Although she is in an all-girls robotics team, some others are co-led between girls and boys and she noticed differences in what the girls are tasked to do, e.g. they don’t drive the robots or speak up as frequently. On another occasion she recalled that some members of her team wanted to help out at an event and got turned away as the job “is heavy lifting and this isn’t something for girls.” Omph.Unconscious bias – we all have it“As parents we sometimes do not appreciate or realize how small things impact our kids,” said Saujani. She encourages parents to give their children the freedom to just be – in their own ways, not ours. Everyone is different and has unique traits and characteristics. “Parents often pick and fix toddlers hair, clothes, attitude etc. By the age of 15, they then often cannot handle critical feedback.”Saujani encourages parents to let girls do STEM-related tasks around the house and outside of school so they get experience: “Put a drill in their hands when they are 12 years old, show your daughters – not just your sons – how to fix something around the house. Show them. Involve them.”It’s clear that there also needs to be a change in the education system. In the meantime programs like Girls Who Code or Girl Scouts robotics teams are needed to intentionally give girls the opportunity to experience coding, timbering, fixing things, and most importantly a safe place to learn how to fail.Adding to this, she shared: “I used to hand over difficult tasks to my husband to fix. And that’s not okay. I’m not a good role model for my child. Now I ask for instructions and help but do it myself.” Children mirror what they see.Another conversation especially struck her core: “A mother came up to me raving how much she liked what I do. She then said that she wants her girls to get involved but they are cheerleaders and she wasn’t sure if they should start a local club as she was concerned it would affect their popularity. As if cheerleading and coding are mutually exclusive?”Saujani and Langford stress the importance of corporate programs and outreach to all, men and women. Saujani asserted: “Creating sisterhood in companies is important. For instance, keep women in engineering teams together so that they can support each other. Equally important is the involvement and support from men. But often they don’t know how. We need to train men how to be advocates, how to become a voice for change. They are often supportive but hold back as they don’t know what to say or how to behave. They are very conscious.” Langford nodded in agreement and said: “We lose perspectives if we don’t include women.”Storytelling is a powerful force for empowering young people to study STEM. On International Day of the Girl (October 11), Dell is calling on technology leaders, its own team members and others in the industry to support the Power of One Mentor initiative –  talk to one child about what you do every day, why you love it, and how it makes a difference. Just one conversation can have a lasting impact and set a child on the course to change the world.Learn more about the Power Of One Mentor initiative. Join the conversation and share your stories using #PowerofOne.https://youtu.be/rPEAjTrhniwI don’t know about you but I feel energized to support girls far and wide to become whatever they dream of. There is a little trailblazer in all of us. Let’s support each other and change the world!You can also read more on Direct2DellEMC about how Dell is “Cracking the Code” to make a difference for the next generation of women in STEM.last_img read more

2018 was the Year of the Server

first_imgA year of server stories you can read in 10 minutes. Includes key stats and a list of additional writing, audio, and video from the 72 blogs we published in 2018.Some hate to look back,but they are the few.For those who are battle-scarred,or those who are new,this blog’s for you.Before I start writing my new year’s resolutions, I like to reflect on where I’ve been. It helps me assess if I am on the right path as I prepare for a new beginning. So let’s look back on 2018. A year that IT historians are sure to refer to as the year of the server.The server industry was on fire in 2018.Through the first 3 quarters of 2018, the x86 server market grew about 40% year-over-year.[1] That’s unbelievable growth in a relatively mature market. In January, we reported that we captured the #1 position in server units sold to make PowerEdge the world’s bestselling server brand. Later in the year, we solidified our leadership in the server industry, grabbing the top spot in server units and revenue. These were huge milestones, more than 20 years in the making.We attribute our success to innovative technologies, emerging workloads, and listening to our customers. Customers like Epsilon, a giant in the loyalty marketing space that built a multi-channel messaging platform with PowerEdge R740xd servers – sending a billion customized emails a day. Or Société Générale, who uses PowerEdge servers as part of the global bank’s infrastructure to modernize and automate, while staying in compliance with rapidly changing government regulations.Thankfully, the server industry wasn’t literally on fire. A zombie apocalypse didn’t happen either. But metaphorically, your server infrastructure should be prepared for both. We’ve got some survival tips for your servers if the world does come to an end…figuratively.PowerEdge is the bedrock of the modern data center.The year began with an announcement that the 14th generation of PowerEdge servers would now be the bedrock platform for our leading HCI offerings, including VxRail. Gartner confirmed our leadership in the Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) for Hyper-converged Infrastructure.Edge computing is exploding and the driving force in new architecture innovation. We added two new one-socket AMD-based servers perfectly suited for the edge. We also released a new two-socket AMD-based server (R7425) with up to 64 cores, ideal for HPC workloads. Got a rough and tough environment where you need compute? The rugged PowerEdge XR2 is marine-certified and can operate in a wide-range of harsh conditions.Getting to a software-defined data center (SDDC) and becoming more cloud-like just got a lot easier with VMware vSAN and Dell EMC PowerEdge. We released our latest AMD-based servers as vSAN Ready Nodes. We also have vSAN Ready Nodes available for the PowerEdge MX. The cloud is vital to an organization’s strategy. Every company must have the capability to rapidly scale workloads across the private cloud. Rackspace is one of our customers that is helping many on their cloud journey with VMware Private Cloud Everywhere as a Service. This Rackspace solution is built on PowerEdge servers.We build servers for all sorts of workloads, use cases, and environments, with a dedication to caring for our environment and a commitment to sustainably produced electronics. This commitment benefits our OEM partners, too. Many tech companies use PowerEdge server technology with their own brand. Check out what you can do with your brand on our platforms.We ended a busy year with the launch of 5 new server platforms. The R740xd2 is built for data-intensive workloads with up to 364TB. That’s up to 500,000 high-definition hours of video. The new R240 and R340 one-socket rack servers can help IT sleep better knowing the office basics like file, print, mail, and collaboration are rock solid. The new T140 and T340 tower servers are quiet and built for small business because they make IT easy.Workloads are driving infrastructure decisions.In 2018, data became the new business currency. As companies upgrade their analytics capabilities, we learned why running new applications on old servers is a recipe for trouble. We outlined the top 3 reasons that make the combination of PowerEdge and Windows Server 2016 a powerful force. If you are an early Microsoft adopter, we are ready for you. You can get Windows Server 2019 factory installed on a PowerEdge server and when you do, you can get server OS support through your ProSupport for Software agreement.New AMD EPYC-based servers offer edge and ROBO customers with fresh new choices for HCI. Combined with the VMware HCI Acceleration Kit, there’s a lower-cost HCI entry point for ROBO and Edge use cases.Blockchain, Machine Learning, Cryptocurrencies – we covered them all at Dell Technologies World 2018 with practical demonstrations using our PowerEdge servers. We also launched two new 4-socket PowerEdge servers: the R840 and the R940xa – built for data analytics and high computations.AI is everywhere from healthcare and manufacturing to hospitality. We discovered that most companies are not completely ready for AI. But, there is good news. With some help from Forrester, we put together steps IT leaders can take to prepare for the AI tsunami. Ultimately, CIOs need to take the lead on AI to transform their companies. The advice is to take the time to research, analyze, and develop a strategic plan before deploying AI initiatives. When IT teams lead AI initiatives, the company deploys twice as many AI building blocks, compared with companies where the lines of business lead.11Intelligent server automation expands.Automation is a key component to freeing up IT staff time, reducing outages, and speeding time to delivery for new apps and services. We’ve long developed systems management software under the OpenManage brand to deliver more automation. OpenManage Enterprise and iDRAC can automate server management tasks and ultimately enable customers to free up IT resources and increase system uptime. As we like to say…don’t wait, automate.We gave the OpenManage Essentials console a huge upgrade and renamed it OpenManage Enterprise in 2017. But, we marked the occasion with an OpenManage Enterprise Tech Release download early in 2018. We followed it up with a release of OpenManage Enterprise v3.0 in September with a host of new features including scalability of up to 8,000 devices.We shared our OpenManage portfolio and strategy with 12 IT Bloggers as part of Tech Field Day 16. After Meltdown, updating the server BIOS became urgent. We walked through how to intelligently automate updates to one or hundreds of servers. We outlined how to combat data center sprawl with OpenManage Enterprise-Modular, the systems management software for the PowerEdge MX.DTK is going away and being replaced by RACADM. This expands our commitment to intelligent automation with a newer command-line tool that’s more robust. If your into DevOps, the OpenManage Ansible Modules automates provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment. It’s open-source and available on the Dell EMC Github repository. We are active in the Redfish forum working on the Redfish standard. Redfish allows customers to enhance manageability through automation, and interface consistency across products, generations, and vendors, while reducing operational complexity. So many options with PowerEdge and OpenManage to automate and control your server infrastructure.Security is a now a hardware imperative.Security is not just a problem for networks and software. It’s an issue for hardware. But not every hardware vendor is equal. Some server vendors are security leaders and some are security laggards. Which led us to ask, how important is server security to the purchase of a server? It’s very important! Throughout all the research we did in 2018, security was the one topic that showed up everywhere in the survey data. The big takeaway is this: integrate security deep into the infrastructure and automate as much of this robust security as possible.It’s solved. Kinetic infrastructure is how you get to full composability.We introduced the world to PowerEdge MX and the first server platform built on a kinetic infrastructure. The history of how the PowerEdge MX came to be sheds light on the long-term commitment we have when we build modular infrastructure platforms. PowerEdge MX brings the benefits of a modular design but extends the flexibility of configuration down to the individual storage device and, in the future, all the way to memory centric devices (e.g., DRAM, storage-class memory, GPUs, FPGAs). Part of the future path to kinetic goes through Gen-Z, a moniker to describe removing memory from the motherboard, putting it somewhere else, and connecting the CPU to it via wire. Building a device now that can handle future advancements is a huge challenge. But, we are so confident about the design that PowerEdge MX comes with our multi-generational assurance to support 3 generations of compute nodes.We have moved from the pre-virtualization era, to the virtualization era, and now into the disaggregated era. These changes are key for organizations to fuel explosive growth. The PowerEdge MX can help take your company to the next level. In fact, the most advanced IT departments utilize modular infrastructure for 20% of their compute to run both traditional workloads and transformational workloads. Workloads that run on cloud services, containers, or traditional VMs. If your environment is built on VMware, PowerEdge MX can help simplify it.Want more?Our CTO office identified 17 server trends and observations.Did you know? Key stats embedded in our blogs87% of businesses who have adopted HCI say that it has made them more agile.[2]IDC predicts that the total amount of data in the “digital universe” will grow to nearly 50 zettabytes (50 trillion gigabytes) by 2020. It’s estimated to more than triple by 2025, growing to 180 zettabytes.[3]Gartner believes that by 2020, an astonishing ~50% of all enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside of a traditional centralized data center or cloud environment – up from just 10% today.[4]With analysts forecasting up to 66% annual growth, the world-wide HCI market will exceed $10B in 2021.[5]71% of companies said they had already implemented AI or were planning to implement AI in the next 12 months.[6]PowerEdge FX using the FC640 server sled easily delivered almost 9.5x higher performance running database workloads in a private cloud. [7]Big data processing tasks in a private cloud showed great benefits, including 36 percent more throughput and 26 percent reduction in time versus a public cloud setup.[8]Managing a private cloud provides savings of up to 34% faster management, enabling IT to configure and deploy faster.[9]Lines of business completely bypass IT departments 15 percent to 20 percent of the time on their AI initiatives. [10]Over half of the companies surveyed expect an ROI up to five times their investment in AI.1071% of organizations lack server automation, and 61% lack servers with GPUs/FPGAs/purpose-built processors.[11]Almost half of the companies surveyed use a dedicated team responsible for providing server infrastructure security. Nearly 90% of firms have a documented recovery plan.[12]76% of modernized IT organizations using modular server infrastructures believe those servers are improving ease of management. They also report reducing server administration time by a third, on average.[13]Modernized IT organizations are adopting modular infrastructure at a rate 4x greater than their aging IT counterparts.1357% of modular server users reported increased scalability benefits to the organization.13Modular servers improved manageability for 50% of surveyed IT organizations.13PowerEdge R740xd running Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2017 processed 6.7 times as many orders per minute and lowered average application latencies by 88 percent.[14]71% of IT organizations surveyed report that a lack of server automation is a key barrier to implementing AI initiatives.1550% or less of survey respondents say any one of nine server management tasks are more automated than manual.[15] More reading, watching, and listening extracted from our blogsIT strategy to support the modern analytics-driven business – Optimizing the deployment of “analytics-ready” infrastructure (Tech Target)Top 10 Reasons to Partner with Dell EMC for Windows Server 2016 (Tech Target)Podcast: The Power of Compute… At the Edge (Luminaries)End-to-end Server Security: The IT Leader’s Guide (Dell EMC Business White Paper)Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers: Investing in a Cyber-Resilient Architecture (Enterprise Management Associates White Paper)Cyber Resilient Security in 14th generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers (Dell EMC Technical White Paper)Accelerate Business Agility with Faster Server Refresh Cycles (IDC White Paper)CIOs Need To Take The Lead On AI For Transformational Outcomes Across The Company (Forrester)8 Steps CIOs Must Take To Transform With Artificial Intelligence (Forrester)The Artificial Intelligence Starter Guide for IT Leaders (Moor Insights & Strategy)The Value of a Secure Server Infrastructure (IDC White Paper)Dell EMC PowerEdge MX (YouTube Playlist)The Role of Modular Infrastructure in IT Transformation (Dell EMC eBook)Migrate VMs faster with a new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX solution (Principled Technologies Paper)Insights from Modernized IT: Modular Compute Can Have a Big Impact (ESG White Paper)How Dell EMC Kinetic Infrastructure Solutions Accelerate Business Innovation (Hurwitz & Associates Paper)Edge Computing: The Fourth Wave Rises (Moor Insights & Strategy)Introduction to the Fourth Wave of Computing (Video Conversation with Ravi Pendekanti and Patrick Moorhead)Rackspace embraces data for AI and ML with vSAN Ready Nodes and PowerEdge (Dell EMC Case Study Video)Introducing the Dell EMC PowerEdge Redfish API (Dell EMC Technical White Paper)Insights From Modernized IT: How To Achieve The Greatest Success As You Automate (Forrester Consulting)Automate IT Infrastructure for Speed, Security, and Efficiency (Enterprise Management Associates White Paper)PowerEdge Customer Profile: Société Générale (Dell EMC Case Study Video) [1] According to the IDC tracker, x86 server revenue grew double digits through the first 3 quarters of 2018: Q1: 39% YoY, Q2: 44% YoY, Q3: 41%.[2] Based on Transform your Business with HCI – a 451 Research Advisory Pathfinder Report[3] https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21721634-how-it-shaping-up-data-giving-rise-new-economy[4] Forecast Analysis: Internet of Things — Endpoints, Worldwide, 2017 Update, Dec 2017, Gartner[5] Gartner Forecast Analysis: Integrated Systems Worldwide, 1Q17 Update[6] Forrester Data Global Technographics Data & Analytics Survey, 2017.[7] Principled Technologies report, Update your private cloud and do more work in less space, November 2017, comparison over rack server, http://dellemc.com/FC640[8] Principled Technologies report, Run big data analytics on-premises and save money, February 2018; http://facts.pt/s4696b[9] Principled Technologies report, Get advantages of on-premises cloud and use familiar tools, February 2018, http://facts.pt/UpcZP4[10] A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell EMC, January 2018.[11] Source: CIOs Need to Take The Lead on AI For Transformational Outcomes Across The Company[12] Source: An IDC White Paper, Sponsored by Dell EMC; Nadkarni, Ashish; The Value of a Secure Server Infrastructure.[13] Source: ESG Research White Paper commissioned by Dell EMC, Insights from Modernized IT: Modular Compute can Have a Big Impact, August 2018[14] Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Serve more online customers with new Dell EMC servers and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Software”, May 2018, comparing Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft Server 2016 with SQL 2017 standard edition to a R720xd running Microsoft Server 2012 R2 with SQL 2008 R2. Full Report facts.pt/ctNcYN.[15] Source: Insights From Modernized IT: How To Achieve The Greatest Success As You Automate, Forrester Consulting.last_img read more

NetWorker Enhancements and Additions

first_imgIn Dell EMC’s most recent NetWorker release, valuable enhancements and additions are now available to our global customers, and a host of resources are ready to help you get started on your upgrade plan. Why upgrade now? Don’t miss out on the latest new features and functionalities. Start benefiting now from recent fixes and patches, protect your system from cyber threats, enjoy improved performance, get cloud-ready, and protect your data. These comprehensive upgrades encompass:Improved Functionality and Ease of UseReliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS)Security and AuthenticationUse Case ExpansionAre You Code Current?Being code current is defined as running code that is less than 12 months old. If you are not sure how to check your currency, a good indicator is if your code version number is greater than 18.2.If you are running old code (18.2 or lower), not only are you missing out on new features, functionality and fixes, but you are also not taking advantage of current security enhancements. Being code current is important. Customers on newer code enjoy greater functionality and fewer outages/service requests. Learn more here.If you are ready to upgrade, Service Engineers and Support Account Managers are ready to assist you, through Live Chat, Online Support, the NetWorker Community, and MyService360. Every month, we also publish a NetWorker Monthly Support Highlights Newsletter. Read the latest issue for product support highlights on the latest NetWorker release, where we encourage you to pursue upgrading to the latest NetWorker release, 19.2.Learn more about the latest in NetWorker Innovation and important information you need to know before you get started with your upgrade downloads in the NetWorker 19.x Recommendations, Cumulative Training and Downloads reference sheet.last_img read more

Biden administration suspends some sanctions on Yemen rebels

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is suspending some of the terrorism sanctions that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed on Yemen’s Houthi rebels in his waning days in office. The Treasury Department said Monday that it would exempt certain transactions involving the Houthis from those sanctions until the end of February. The move follows harsh criticism of Pompeo’s designation of the Iran-backed Houthis as a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.N. and relief organizations. Critics said Pompeo’s January 10 designation would bar aid deliveries to civilians in the war-torn nation. Treasury’s action Monday allows aid groups and others to do business temporarily with entities owned by the Houthis.last_img read more

Far-right influencer charged in 2016 Clinton voter scheme

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a self-styled far-right propagandist is facing charges he used social media to try to suppress votes for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Douglass Mackey was expected to be released on $50,000 bond following an initial court appearance Wednesday in Florida, prosecutors said. A message was left with his defense attorney. A criminal complaint in New York City says that the 31-year-old Mackey conspired in late 2016 to use Twitter and other social media to try to trick Clinton supporters to vote via text instead of casting an actual ballot.last_img read more

Facebook panel overturns 4 content takedowns in first ruling

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Facebook’s quasi-independent oversight board issued its first rulings on Thursday, overturning four of five decisions by the social network to take down questionable content. The social media giant set up the panel to rule on the thorniest issues about content on its platforms. In its initial batch of rulings, the board ordered Facebook to restore posts by users that the company said broke standards on adult nudity, hate speech, dangerous individuals and misinformation. The board agreed with only one of Facebook’s decisions, involving its takedown of a post with an ethnic slur.last_img read more