Cloud Goes Mainstream in Brazil Financial Market

first_imgBrazil, the B in BRIC, is regularly in the media. An emerging economy going through deep social transformations, Brazil is facing serious infrastructure challenges. With millions rising from the lower to middle classes, urban mobility and transport are under discussion. Roads, ports, airports, communication, and energy management are also challenged. In the middle of this revolution, the finance industry organized CIAB, the largest financial and technology sector event in Latin America.The finance industry in Brazil has always been a leader in technology adoption. Brazil’s unified compensation system was among the first in the world to interconnect multiple banks in real time, under modern and innovative regulation. With this spirit still in mind, the theme of the show was very appropriate: New Challenges of the Financial Sector.New consumers, modern banking models, mobile payment, social interaction, and advanced security threats are all trends driving the need to change and achieve more efficiency with technology so it was no surprise that the biggest message at the event was the financial industry’s dependence on IT. Now, more than ever, financial services organizations need technology to succeed.EMC was a Diamond Sponsor at this year’s event, with former CIO Sanjay Mirchandani on stage discussing IT Transformation and IT Efficiency. EMC’s positioning on Cloud, Big Data, and Trusted IT was perfectly aligned to the event.While there, I had the opportunity to meet with customers and partners at EMC’s booth, speak with journalists who wanted to better understand EMC’s cloud solutions for the finance sector, and present on the Cloud Computing industry panel.The panel was very interesting. With representatives from IBM, Capgemini, and Brasilcap (a national credit operations company), we discussed the vision, roadmap, evolution, and state of IT around Cloud Computing in the finance industry.There are three important aspects that I would like to call out.First, we are on the verge of a new digital platform called “the third platform” as coined by IDC. The scale of users and new applications puts pressure on existing infrastructure, and the old ways just won’t work anymore. In order to remain relevant, IT organizations will need to be prepared to be elastic and flexible like never before.Second, Cloud transforms IT, and the early adopters are already taking advantage. Organizations need to accelerate Cloud adoption and stop asking “when” and start asking “how.”Lastly, the Software Defined Data Center will be the new way to deploy infrastructure that is elastic and flexible, and can meet efficiency demands through built-in automation and virtualization. EMC’s Converged Infrastructure Vblock offering with VCE and new Software Defined Storage platform, ViPR, demonstrate how we’re helping transform infrastructure management for the Cloud Data Center.These three messages were reinforced during the Q&A session that took place after the presentations. It was a great interactive discussion that called for specific industry examples. Fortunately, I came prepared with the NYSE Euronext Capital Markets Community Platform story.This example shows how a finance organization not only took advantage of its own IT efficiency for enabling the business, but also leveraged these new strengths to seize opportunities that were born from a new world of interconnected financial services.CIAB started many conversations on the linkages between the finance sector and IT, and I hope EMC can continue to make strides in helping these companies lead their own IT transformations.last_img read more

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Accelerate and simplify with management tools designed for virtualization

first_imgThe good and the bad on server virtualizationFew technologies have had as profound an effect in the evolution of the data center as virtualization.  The increased flexibility and reduced cost that a virtualized environment offers are well documented.  Server provisioning times, for example, have been significantly reduced with the ability to roll out a new virtual server as compared to a full bare metal deployment. And as more data centers are moving to cloud, virtualization lays the foundation and gives businesses even more flexibility to get new servers up and running when needed.However, with all the benefits that come from virtualization and cloud, there’s also increasing complexity.  To deal with this complexity, IT teams are using a combination of non-integrated tools to manage their physical and virtual resources. Routine tasks like configuring and deploying a virtual server can involve using multiple tools that don’t talk to each other and often times require administrators to do things manually.  All this can result in an increased risk of errors and IT teams that are strapped trying to keep up with all of the different tools.The skills required to be proficient in all the tools that are needed to manage complex virtualized environments, along with the lack of integration amongst tools, puts increasing pressure on IT teams and makes it even more difficult to maintain clear visibility across physical and virtual resources.For example, in VMware environments, administrators have already spent considerable time in training and practice to become skilled users of VMware vCenter.  Why should they need to spend time learning how to use yet another new tool to get the critical information required to keep their virtualized servers up and running?There’s light at the end of the tunnelDell offers systems management solutions designed for use with all of the leading virtualization platforms with one goal in mind….making the IT administrator’s job easier. These tools are fully integrated, allowing IT administrators to manage their servers directly from the virtualization console that they are already familiar with.  This helps reduce the need for learning a new tool. Dell also provides administrators with detailed, actionable intelligence on the status of their Dell servers so they can focus on meeting SLAs and be proactive in avoiding downtime.At the heart of the Dell PowerEdge server brand beats the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller. This 100% agent-free server management technology is the core of Dell’s enterprise infrastructure management solutions. This technology enables management at the server and remotely via a traditional console or mobile device as well as integrating with leading virtualization platforms like VMware vCenter.Leveraging the inherent benefits of iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller technology, Dell’s OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter is a native VMware vCenter plug-in that enables administrators to monitor, manage, configure and deploy Dell PowerEdge servers — all from within their vCenter console. This gives administrators easy access to hardware-level monitoring and alerting.  Tasks like bare-metal discovery and deployment can be automated, allowing admins to do 80% of their physical server administration from within their virtualization management platform.Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter delivers streamlined platform management with seamless integration into the VMware vCenter Server console, providing a single pane of glass to manage both virtual and physical environments. Alert integration is also available with custom alarm definitions that enable administrators to remediate failures in an automated fashion.With OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter, IT teams can dramatically reduce complexity, speed deployment and minimize risk in IT operations.  By providing cluster-level hardware views directly within vCenter, the OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter plug-in enables easy scaling and a streamlined process for applying updates to multiple Dell hosts in a single, cluster-aware workflow. Administrators can use the six-step wizard tool to automate and schedule updates for all Dell PowerEdge servers in a cluster without losing any workload productivity.Watch the video below and visit http://www.Dell.com/OMIVV to see how you can bridge the physical and virtual gap and simplify IT operations in your datacenter with Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter.If you are attending VMworld, stop by the Enterprise Systems Management area in the Dell booth (booth #1431) to discuss your needs and see how we can help!last_img read more

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Your Sensitive Data Will Be Shared, So Make Sure It’s Secure

first_imgWhen you think of data breaches, you probably think of anonymous attackers tapping into your secure network via malware and accessing confidential data from afar. But a new Dell survey shows that an equally concerning threat may exist right within your walls.The Dell End-User Security Survey recently found that 72 percent of employees are willing to share confidential, regulated or sensitive data under certain circumstances. It’s not always because they’re careless, and it’s typically not because they’ve gone rogue. Rather, there are simply a number of scenarios in which it makes good business sense to share sensitive data.What’s troubling is not so much that employees are sharing data, it’s how they’re going about it. Today’s workforce is more mobile and collaborative than ever, and employees are engaging in risky behaviors simply to stay productive. More than half of employees (56 percent) use public cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud and others for sharing or backing up their work. When sharing confidential files with third-party vendors or consultants, nearly half (45 percent) use email, while one-third (31 percent) say these outside parties have access to their company’s intranet or other internal information system. Target learned the riskiness of the latter approach firsthand when the company was breached thanks to a gap in its HVAC vendor’s security.Many companies understand the need to protect their information where it’s stored, but if you’re not also protecting it when it is being shared or used, you’re still opening yourself up to the risk of disastrous and expensive breaches.That’s why we created Dell Data Guardian. Data Guardian protects, controls and monitors data wherever they go. This is a solution that we developed in-house to solve a big problem in the market today. It provides file-level encryption and enterprise digital rights management to protect data when they’re in motion or in use without hindering workers’ ability to collaborate and be productive. Further, it also provides IT with the ability to control who gets access to the data, apply policies, and monitor the data activity and location even when they are outside of the corporate network.Want to see how this works in practice? This video will walk you through it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP85wH2jIEwWe launched Dell Data Guardian in December 2016, and we’re continuing to innovate and strengthen the solution. We look forward to sharing those developments with you as we release new updates. Today, we’re pleased to introduce two usability improvements that make secure sharing of information easier for file creators and recipients.Data Guardian now makes it easy to authorize new recipients when emailing files, keeping your data secure no matter where they go. Through an Outlook plug-in, Data Guardian enables senders to grant access to addressees in an email. Before access is granted, the file sender sees a pop-up to verify the action, protecting against unwarranted file access.With Data Guardian, users can painlessly extend the reach of their secure collaboration, while staying in control. External users who receive a file protected with Data Guardian but do not have authorization rights will receive an automatically-generated link to request access. This request will go back to the original file creator – not necessarily the person who may have forwarded the file – ensuring that only those who should receive access are quickly granted it. All this activity is logged in the Dell Data Security Management Server, giving the file owner continuous visibility as the file is shared onwards.We’re excited about what these updates mean for our customers and their need to protect critical data wherever they go. To learn more about Dell’s full portfolio of security solutions, including Dell Data Guardian, please visit our Data Security web site.last_img read more

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Resurrecting Your Career? Just Keep Talking

first_imgI’ve been there – moving from corporate life to the life of a stay at home parent. Spending my days reveling in every second of my kids’ lives, decorating my home floor to ceiling for holidays, over-volunteering my time. And then my life’s path took a very sharp turn. I found myself reentering the working world years before I had planned to do so.My experience as a photographer taught me the power of networking; my entire client base was based off of referrals. In fact, I can thank the power of networking for every job I have ever had throughout my career.So I brushed off the dust on my resume. Got to work on my LinkedIn profile. Set up job alerts on Indeed and FlexJobs.  Joined key Facebook groups. And then I started talking. I told anyone who would listen that I was on the job search. It didn’t matter if they were friends, family or the local coffee barista; they all were keenly aware of my search and keeping their ears and eyes open for me.So my advice, after being in your shoes and successfully finding my way back into the corporate world – talk, network, reach out.  It is so easy these days given all the means we have to communicate with each other.  In fact, I stumbled upon my current position, my dream job, by networking through an old friend.  And through the power of social media, I was able to find out that the hiring manager’s husband and I went to the same university.  Not only did knowing that make the first interview easier on both of us, but it made me a bit more memorable in her eyes.Now, after my 10 year hiatus, I have resurrected my career at Dell and my life’s path is much brighter.  I have a rewarding job and a flexible working environment that helps me balance work with my home life.The added bonus?  My network continues to grow.  I have met a number of women like me, who took time away from their careers for one selfless reason or another.  And, like me, they found a place at Dell and a perspective to share.  These inspirational women were more than willing to share their wise words with others who find themselves facing the uncertainty of reentering an ever-progressing workforce.Vice President in Dell Legal, Mary Hamaker, took 2 years off during her son’s early years.Be confident and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re somehow “damaged goods” because you’ve taken a break (that happened to me).  Maintain, and if possible, extend your network while on leave, even if only via social media.  Let people know when you’re planning to return, what you’re looking for and ask them to keep you in mind.  Have a few in-person meetings with people in your network who may be well-connected in an industry where you want to land. Stacey Moore (below), IT Product Owner: Customer Master Data Management, left her career to support her husband’s, which moved them from Texas to Copenhagen, Denmark for 3.5 years.I was anxious that I was not going to be able to find the right balance upon returning back to work full time. Don’t be worried though, you can and will find a good balance. Dell, from the very top level, supports work/life balance and a flexible work schedule. In my team, this is further supported at a management level. As long as you work hard and focus at work to keep up with your job responsibilities, you can do your job around the things that are most important to you at home. It does require a lot of organization and discipline, but it is very possible and fulfilling.Dell Human Resources Business Partner, Kristen Tuohey, took 5 somewhat loud years off from her career to stay at home with her two young sons.Don’t let your self-doubt take over. Don’t look at your time away as a time when you’re “losing skills”. You are learning/gaining new skills that are completely transferable. And if you’ve ever spent your days caring for two rambunctious kids, you should know that you’re really ready for anything the workforce has to throw at you.Rebecca Bales, Dell Sales Strategy and Planning, left her career at Dell to tend to her ailing father for 3 years.  Do not under value the time you have spent away.  Look to create a list of the experiences you had during your time away and leverage those when determining your special set of skills.  This effort will help you in positioning your capabilities for your new role or when interviewing.   Do not apologize for this time.  Be proud of your accomplishments, the impact this has had on your family and leverage your inner strength.  It is tough to make the decision to leave the safety and security of what we know.  I encourage you to venture into the unknown with a passionate approach to whatever life brings.Laura Schmuelgen, Regional Product Manager Support & Deployment Product Group, took 8 years from her full time career to be a stay-at-home mom.Somewhere along the way – I learned how to take a step back and see the big picture.  I’ve come to the conclusion that the right choice is very individual and the worst critics of your choices are often because they are grappling with their own conflicting decisions. I felt criticized when I worked – when I stayed home – and when I chose to return to work. It’s given me a perspective about life in general, empathy and respect for different choices others make. It did take time for me to build back the confidence that I was as good – if not better than when I left the workforce. The key takeaways from these women that have walked in your shoes – don’t discount your network as a source for opportunities, and believe in your skills and what you have to offer.  All our life’s paths take different turns, some expected, some unexpected.  Taking the first step on your new path is the only way to see where it leads.last_img read more

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