3 Secrets to Fast Tracking Your IT Priorities

first_imgSmall and medium businesses know that the road to success is filled with distractions and roadblocks. According to IDC, the three major IT priorities for small and medium businesses are improving efficiency, improving revenue growth, and reducing expenses.1 Most small to medium businesses don’t have dedicated IT personnel on hand to tackle these priorities.You are a business owner and already wear too many hats. And when it comes to IT, that hat is often worn by either you or the most technical individual on your team.Luckily, you can put your IT hat back on the shelf with the entry-level PowerEdge T140 and PowerEdge T340 tower servers. These servers are specifically built for your small and medium businesses’ everyday needs. Here’s how they help you accomplish your three major IT priorities. Easy efficiencyPowerEdge tower servers are built to process and transmit data quickly. This will enable your everyday business applications to run faster and reduce the amount of interruptions. They simplify team collaboration, giving you peace of mind that you are working on the latest revision. They also save data automatically, reducing the threat of re-work.PowerEdge towers are ideal for on-site, remote, and branch office use. By managing multiple remote servers via one intuitive platform, you can save a trip across town, states, or even countries, depending on your office locations. Additionally, you can choose to conveniently receive alerts and access hardware remotely anytime and anywhere, saving you time and money.With the ProDeploy suite of services, you can let Dell EMC do the heavy lifting while you focus on your business. Simply tell Dell EMC what applications you’d like to run, and we’ll configure and deploy the server in your office. Set up as much as 66% faster with our ProDeploy suite of services.2 Our team is here to answer any questions and help you plan for your future growth.PowerEdge towers offer automated proactive and predictive support technology. Resolve potential issues with up to 72% less IT effort using ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist.3 This technology can automatically notify Dell EMC of a potential threat to get a jump start on a solution. Revenue growth made easierYou run critical business applications that enable you to connect with your customers, prospective customers, and your team. The PowerEdge towers are ideal for most business applications such as file and print, point of sale, collaboration/sharing, databases, mail, and messaging.PowerEdge towers enable business applications to run quickly with powerful computing capability. These tower servers enable multiple team members to work on the same file and print multiple documents efficiently. The servers also enable faster and reliable payment processing with a secure infrastructure. It allows you to collaborate and connect quickly and efficiently with customers and colleagues around the world.Time is money. As a business, you never want any of your business applications to stop working. PowerEdge servers are reliable and can reduce the risk of downtime with a hot plug drive option. This would enable your server to work while being serviced. This will keep your business operating around the clock, allowing you additional opportunity to drive your business. The easy choice for expense reductionOne of the key IT business priorities is to reduce expenses. Among many important things to consider while reducing expense, IT security is imperative. It’s important to not take IT security for granted given all the recent data breaches. One of the best ways to keep expenses down and customer loyalty up is to avoid a security breach.The average total cost of a data breach in the United States is $7.9 million. The global average total cost of a data breach increased 6.4% from the previous year to $3.86 million.4 With the purpose of protecting our customers, every PowerEdge server come with built-in security. Simply bolting security on after the fact doesn’t work. PowerEdge towers can protect your server from malicious changes with iDRAC9 Enterprise Server Lockdown mode. You can also have peace of mind that your data is backed up automatically.PowerEdge tower servers can be safer and cheaper than public cloud alternatives. As a matter of fact, Independent research commissioned by Dell EMC uncovered that over 50% of midmarket organizations that have moved a workload from a public cloud service back to on-premise infrastructure cited security and/or cost as a reason for this decision.5Additionally, PowerEdge tower servers help with future expense reduction because they are made to grow with your business over time. As you continue to scale your business with more demanding business applications, more customers, and more employees, your servers’ will also be able to scale with you.If you are a small business that requires an easy to use and affordable server for everyday business applications like file and print and point of sale, explore the PowerEdge T140 tower server and associated services. If you are a growing business or have remote/branch offices that require reliability and scalability for your everyday business applications like collaboration/sharing and databases, take a look at the PowerEdge T340 tower server and associated services.Focus on your business. We’ll handle IT.1 IDC, SMB Digital Transformation: Attitudes, Priorities, and Assessment in Seven Countries, 2018.2 Based on a November 2017 Principled Technologies Test Report commissioned by Dell EMC comparing in-house deployment vs. Dell EMC ProDeploy for Enterprise deployment service for Dell PowerEdge R730 servers, Dell Storage SC9000 and SC420 and networking components. Actual results will vary.3 Based on June 2018 Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Save time and IT effort resolving server hardware issues with ProSupport Plus and SupportAssist”, compared to Basic Warranty without SupportAssist. Actual results will vary. Full report: http://facts.pt/olccpk.4  Independently conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC, 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview, July 2018.5 ESG Master Survey Results, Tipping Point: Striking the Hybrid Cloud Balance, September 2018.last_img read more

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Re-imagining Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom – Welcome to Weir’s Digital Mine

first_imgHands up – who enjoyed “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom” movie? I don’t know about you, but my favorite scene was the cart chase down the mine tunnel with the baddies in hot pursuit! When we picture a working mine, we see images like those depicted in the movie – deep caverns, tough conditions, workers wearing mining hats with head lamps, tram tracks and heavy machinery.Of course, some of those stereotypical images are based on reality but did you know that technology is now being used to monitor remote mining equipment in some of the world’s most challenging industrial environments, allowing experts to make more informed decisions, based on data?Leveraging technology down the minesTake one of the world’s largest engineering companies, The Weir Group. A global market leader, Weir provided trusted technology and services to help make mining operations more productive and profitable. For example, the company designs and manufactures sophisticated machinery involved in dewatering the mines, crushing and grinding rock as well as classifying, separating and transporting materials. As you can imagine, this is high-value, mission-critical equipment – if anything goes down for whatever reason, the mine may have to stop operations, which has obvious significant cost implications for customers.Predictive maintenanceThe good news is that by using the Internet of Things and Dell Gateways, Weir can now monitor the condition of the equipment second by second and help operators predict when maintenance should take place. The end-customer gains better insights about the likely timing of machinery servicing and the need for replacement parts, which results in increased uptime plus more informed capital expenditure planning. Win-win all round!Excited about the potential of IoTHow did this heavy engineering and technology partnership begin? Established over 150 years ago, Weir places a huge focus on innovation and is constantly looking to develop new and more efficient ways of working. Back in 2013, the company was already exploring the potential of the IoT and had designed and produced a prototype platform with sensors to digitally connect its field assets.A global partnershipWeir was so impressed with the initial test results that it wanted to move to mass production. However, the company was aware that gaining worldwide regulatory and safety certification in 120 countries would take time and knew that it would benefit from identifying a world class IT partner. Weir enlisted Dell Technologies OEM & IoT as its global partner to manufacture the units, simplify the development process, handle logistics and provide support.A modular, cost-effective solutionOur solution for Weir is designed, customized and built in a modular fashion. A relatively small number of blocks can be configured into many different solutions – all fully tested and certified for every country of operation. The customer gets consistency, a scalable, modular platform, built on open standards, using cost-effective, off-the-shelf compute blocks that can be used across all its business divisions. We manage the entire program from initial order and sourcing of third-party components through manufacturing, customization, delivery and post-sales support.Digitizing heavy mechanical machineryWhile I can’t promise you a cart chase through the mines like the movie, I believe that Weir’s technology solution – built on Dell Technologies OEM & IoT, Intel and Microsoft infrastructure – is just as exciting. The solution changes how Weir interacts with assets in the field, delivers increased efficiencies and opens the potential for even more innovative products and services. It’s part of Weir’s digital journey and is transforming how the company serves its mining, oil, gas, infrastructure and industrial customers.According to Weir, the internet of things offers a powerful competitive advantage, which will help drive its future growth. And, there’s more to come. Read what my colleague Bryan Jones has to say about the merging of IoT and Artificial Intelligence. Are you using IoT to transform your business? Please join the conversation. I’d love to hear your comments and questions. If you’re attending Hannover Messe, please stop by to say hi to our team from Dell Technologies and VMware plus partners from IOTech, SAS, Bormann, Teamviewer, ActionPoint,Tridium and Alleantia. We’ll be at Hall 6, Booth C40, April 1-5.Experience our amazing, interactive demo to learn how Dell Technologies infrastructure can help you harness the power of IoT and AI in your operations at scale.Learn more about Dell TechnologiesLearn more about next gen solutions from Dell Technologies OEM & IoTJoin our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase pageLearn more about The Weir Group’s innovative engineering solutionsFollow us on Twitter @DellEMCOEM and follow Dermot @DermotAtDelllast_img read more

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Britain’s Boris Johnson presses Biden for new trade deal

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is telling President Joe Biden that he’s eager to forge a new U.S.-U.K. trade deal. The prime minister’s office says the push for a new deal came Saturday in a broad-ranging phone call that touched on the global response to the coronavirus pandemic. Two other points of discussion were Biden’s plans to rejoin the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization. A new trade agreement between the allies is a higher priority for Johnson than it is for Biden. A White House statement on the call made no mention of discussion on trade.last_img read more

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Biden pick for transportation, Buttigieg, advances in Senate

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced President Joe Biden’s nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, setting up a final confirmation vote for a key role in Biden’s administration. The Commerce Committee approved the nomination of the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor on a 21-3 vote. Buttigieg’s nomination heads to the full Senate, where a vote could happen this week. Buttigieg would be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post. At his hearing last week, Buttigieg received bipartisan praise as he pledged an immediate focus on transportation safety while pointing to a “generational” opportunity to remake how people travel.last_img read more

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No income, 2,000 mouths to feed: Lockdown squeezes Greek zoo

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — After almost three months of closure due to COVID-19, Greece’s only zoo could be on the road to extinction: With no paying visitors or — unlike other European zoos — enough government aid to cover its very particular needs, it faces huge bills to keep 2,000 animals fed and healthy. So far, suppliers have shown understanding and are accepting credit. The founder of the Attica Zoological Park near Athens says that as things are the business can keep going for at least a month. “After that, we don’t know,” he said.last_img read more

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