Tag Archives: CIO

Jeff Clarke : Tech Predictions For 2020 + Next Data Decade!

Dell Technologies COO and Vice Chairman, Jeff Clarke, reveals his tech predictions for 2020, the start of what Dell Technologies considers as the Next Data Decade!


Jeff Clarke : Tech Predictions For 2020 + Next Data Decade!

It’s hard to believe that we’re heading into the year 2020 – a year that many have marked as a milestone in technology. Autonomous cars lining our streets, virtual assistants predicting our needs and taking our requests, connected and intelligent everything across every industry.

When I stop to think about what has been accomplished over the last decade – it’s quite remarkable.  While we don’t have fully autonomous cars zipping back and forth across major freeways with ease, automakers are getting closer to deploying autonomous fleets in the next few years.

Many of the every-day devices, systems and applications we use are connected and intelligent – including healthcare applications, industrial machines and financial systems – forming what is now deemed as “the edge.”

At the root of all that innovation and advancement are massive amounts of data and compute power, and the capacity across edge, cloud and core data center infrastructure to put data through its paces. And with the amount of data coming our way in the next 10 years – we can only imagine what the world around us will look like in 2030, with apps and services we haven’t even thought of yet.

2020 marks the beginning of what we at Dell Technologies are calling the Next Data Decade, and we are no doubt entering this era with new – and rather high – expectations of what technology can make possible for how we live, work and play. So what new breakthroughs and technology trends will set the tone for what’s to come over the next 10 years? Here are my top predictions for the year ahead.

2020 proves it’s time to keep IT simple

We’ve got a lot of data on our hands…big data, meta data, structured and unstructured data – data living in clouds, in devices at the edge, in core data centers…it’s everywhere. But organisations are struggling to ensure the right data is moving to the right place at the right time. They lack data visibility – the ability for IT teams to quickly access and analyse the right data – because there are too many systems and services woven throughout their IT infrastructure. As we kick off 2020, CIOs will make data visibility a top IT imperative because after all, data is what makes the flywheel of innovation spin.

We’ll see organisations accelerate their digital transformation by simplifying and automating their IT infrastructure and consolidating systems and services into holistic solutions that enable more control and clarity. Consistency in architectures, orchestration and service agreements will open new doors for data management – and that ultimately gives data the ability be used as part of AI and Machine Learning to fuel IT automation.  And all of that enables better, faster business outcomes that the innovation of the next decade will thrive on.

Cloud co-existence sees rolling thunder

The idea that public and private clouds can and will co-exist becomes a clear reality in 2020. Multi-cloud IT strategies supported by hybrid cloud architectures will play a key role in ensuing organisations have better data management and visibility, while also ensuring that their data remains accessible and secure.  In fact, IDC predicted that by 2021, over 90% of enterprises worldwide will rely on a mix of on-premises/dedicated private clouds, several public clouds, and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs.

But private clouds won’t simply exist within the heart of the data center. As 5G and edge deployments continue to rollout, private hybrid clouds will exist at the edge to ensure the real-time visibility and management of data everywhere it lives.

That means organisations will expect more of their cloud and service providers to ensure they can support their hybrid cloud demands across all environments. Further, we’ll see security and data protection become deeply integrated as part of hybrid cloud environments, notably where containers and Kubernetes continue to gain momentum for app development. Bolting security measures onto cloud infrastructure will be a non-starter…it’s got to be inherently built into the fiber of the overall data management strategy edge to core to cloud.

What you get is what you pay

One of the biggest hurdles for IT decision makers driving transformation is resources. CapEx and OpEx can often be limiting factors when trying to plan and predict for compute and consumption needs for the year ahead…never mind the next three-five years. SaaS and cloud consumption models have increased in adoption and popularity, providing organisations with the flexibility to pay for what they use, as they go.

In 2020, flexible consumption and as-a-service options will accelerate rapidly as organisations seize the opportunity to transform into software-defined and cloud-enabled IT. As a result – they’ll be able to choose the right economic model for their business to take advantage of end-to-end IT solutions that enable data mobility and visibility, and crunch even the most intensive AI and Machine Learning workloads when needed.

“The Edge” rapidly expands into the enterprise

The “Edge” continues to evolve – with many working hard to define exactly what it is and where it exists.   Once limited to the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s hard to find any systems, applications, services – people and places – that aren’t connected. The edge is emerging in many places and it’s going to expand with enterprise organisations leading the way, delivering the IT infrastructure to support it.

5G connectivity is creating new use cases and possibilities for healthcare, financial services, education and industrial manufacturing. As a result, SD-WAN and software-defined networking solutions become a core thread of a holistic IT infrastructure solution – ensuring massive data workloads can travel at speed – securely – between edge, core and cloud environments. Open networking solutions will prevail over proprietary as organisations recognise the only way to successfully manage and secure data for the long haul requires the flexibility and agility that only open software defined networking can deliver.

Intelligent devices change the way you work and collaborate

PC innovation continues to push new boundaries every year – screens are more immersive and bigger than ever, yet the form factor becomes smaller and thinner. But more and more, it’s what is running at the heart of that PC that is more transformational than ever. Software applications that use AI and machine learning create systems that now know where and when to optimise power and compute based on your usage patterns. With biometrics, PCs know it’s you from the moment you gaze at the screen. And now, AI and machine learning applications are smart enough to give your system the ability to dial up the sound and colour based on the content you’re watching or the game you’re playing.

Over the next year, these advancements in AI and machine learning will turn our PCs into even smarter and more collaborative companions. They’ll have the ability to optimise power and battery life for our most productive moments – and even become self-sufficient machines that can self-heal and self-advocate for repair – reducing the burden on the user and of course, reducing the number of IT incidents filed. That’s a huge increase in happiness and productivity for both the end users and the IT groups that support them.

Innovating with integrity, sourcing sustainably

Sustainable innovation will continue to take center stage, as organisations like ours want to ensure the impact they have in the world doesn’t come with a dangerous one on the planet. Greater investments in reuse and recycling for closed-loop innovation will accelerate – hardware becomes smaller and more efficient and built with recycled and reclaimed goods – minimising eWaste and maximising already existing materials. At Dell Technologies, we met our Legacy of Good 2020 goals ahead of schedule – so we’ve retired them and set new goals for 2030 to recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys, lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material, and use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging.

As we enter the Next Data Decade, I’m optimistic and excited about what the future holds. The steps our customers will take in the next year to get the most out of their data will set forth new breakthroughs in technology that everyone will experience in some way – whether it’s a more powerful device, faster medical treatment, more accessible education, less waste and cleaner air. And before we know it, we’ll be looking forward to what the following 10 years will have in store.


Recommended Reading

Go Back To > Business + Enterprise | Home


Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

The Power Of Participation At Red Hat Forum 2016

Red Hat just held their 6th Red Hat Forum here in Kuala Lumpur on the 6th of October 2016. The theme at Red Hat Forum 2016 was “Power of Participation“, building on Red Hat’s vision of enterprises transforming themselves and/or creating new innovations by participating in and collaborating on open source software.

At an exclusive media event, Chris Wright and Damien Wong from Red Hat, as well as Frederic Giron of Forrester, gave us an overview of what was covered during Red Hat Forum 2016. Check it out!

Left to right : Frederic Giron (Forrester), Chris Wright (Red Hat) and Damien Wong (Red Hat)


The Red Hat Forum 2016 Media Briefing

Damien Wong, Vice President and General Manager of Red Hat ASEAN, kicked off the media briefing session with an overview of the Red Hat Forum, and the Red Hat Forum 2016 theme of the “Power of Participation“. He also announced the winners of the 2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards in the Asia Pacific region.

Next, Red Hat Vice President and Chief Technologist, Chris Wright, dove into how open source collaboration will help enterprises transform themselves to adapt to a fast, flexible future. A future where more services will be processed in the cloud, served on the Internet, and consumed on mobile devices.

Finally, Frederic Giron, Forrester Vice President and Research Director Serving CIOs, gave an overview of the Red Hat-commissioned ‘Open Source Drives Digital Innovation‘ survey of 450 CIOs in Asia Pacific.


Red Hat Q2 FY2017

Two weeks ago, Red Hat announced their financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2017. Here are some key points :

[adrotate group=”2″]

Revenue : Total revenue for the quarter was $600 million, up 19% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 18% measured in constant currency.

Operating Income : GAAP operating income for the quarter was $82 million, up 7% year-over-year. After adjusting for non-cash share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, and transaction costs related to business combinations, non-GAAP operating income for the second quarter was $137 million, up 11% year-over-year.

Net Income : GAAP net income for the quarter was $59 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared with $51 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. After adjusting for non-cash share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, transaction costs related to business combinations, and non-cash interest expense related to the debt discount, non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $101 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, as compared to $88 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

Cash : Operating cash flow was $97 million for the second quarter, a decrease of 21% on a year-over-year basis. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of August 31, 2016 was $2.0 billion after repurchasing approximately $127 million, or approximately 1.8 million shares, of common stock in the second quarter.

You can check out more details in the Red Hat Quarterly Fact Sheet for Q2 FY2017.


Red Hat Outlook Guidance

For the full FY2017 :

  • Revenue guidance is expected to be $2.415 billion to $2.435 billion in U.S. dollars.
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 13.8% and non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 23.0%.
  • Fully-diluted GAAP earnings per share (EPS) is expected to be approximately $1.35 to $1.37 per share. Fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $2.23 to $2.25 per share. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS assume a $1 million to $2 million per quarter forecast for other income. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS also assume an estimated annual effective tax rate of 27% before discrete tax items and 184 million fully-diluted shares outstanding.
  • Operating cash flow guidance range is expected to be approximately $800 million to $820 million.

For Q3 FY2017 :

  • Revenue guidance is $613 million to $623 million.
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 13.4% and non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 23.3%.
  • Fully-diluted GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $0.34 per share. Fully-diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $0.58 per share. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS assume a $1 million to $2 million forecast for other income. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS also assume an estimated annual effective tax rate of 27% before discrete tax items and 184 million fully-diluted shares outstanding.

Go Back To > Enterprise | Home


Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participate in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donate to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!

Trend Micro : What CIOs Must NOT Do In 2016

Kuala Lumpur, 4 February 2016 – Last year was a big year for cyber security – and not necessarily in a good way. A few high-profile data breaches made the news, according to Network World, including several that involved health insurance companies (e.g., Anthem and Premera) and one huge breach on an important federal government office (the Office of Personnel Management).

The latter especially was cause for concern, as the confidential information of almost 22 million current and former federal employees was stolen, along with the biometric data of 5 million people.

Data breaches isn’t something that CIOs can ignore or think will never happen to them. According to IBM and the Ponemon Institute, the average consolidated cost of a data breach is now nearly $3.8 million – representing an increase of 23 percent over 2013. As CIOs make their to-do lists for the coming year, they should also consider the list of what they shouldn’t do when it comes to their cyber security strategies.


Trend Micro : What CIOs Must NOT Do In 2016

Here are the top five things executives shouldn’t do when they are looking at their security for the coming year:

1. Don’t confuse cyber insurance with security

It’s a good thing to have a financial backup plan when it comes to a business’s most important assets. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the market for cyber insurance is just starting to take off as more companies realize its usefulness. However, being insured only helps after the fact – and cyber liability policies can’t actually protect mission-critical data. Thus, it’s important to make sure that cyber insurance makes up only one part of the complete security strategy of an organization.

2. Don’t forget to educate employees about cyber security best practices

Employees are often the weakest link in the cyber security chain. As such, it’s crucial for businesses to make sure to tell workers how best to utilize email and the Internet in a way that isn’t going to compromise office networks. For instance, setting up training sessions wherein employees discuss when it’s okay to click on links in emails and what websites they can and can’t visit. This will help curb the amount of phishing scams and malware infiltrating company networks, which saves money and time in the long term.

3. Don’t get complacent

Just because a data breach hasn’t yet occurred for a certain organization doesn’t mean it won’t eventually happen. There are certain industries that are practically guaranteed at least one data breach. For instance, the Ponemon Institute found in 2015 that 91 percent organizations within the health care sector had experienced at least one data breach during a five-year period.

According to Trend Micro, one of the major problems with the proliferation of data breaches in today’s security landscape is that these events are incredibly common. Enterprises and individuals alike are subjected to near-daily news about the latest security incidents, and that has led to people becoming desensitized about having protected information stolen. It’s important, however, that CIOs don’t take their security for granted and make sure they aren’t growing desensitized to the very real threat of cyber attacks.

4. Don’t neglect the company’s disaster response plan

According to CSO contributor Brian Contos, having a disaster response strategy is crucial, yet some businesses don’t have one or don’t believe the ones they have are effective. This can create serious problems down the line, especially considering when businesses go offline for any amount of time, it costs a serious amount of money that could cripple entire companies.

“[H]ow organizations that were victimized handled the breaches [of 2015] is a direct reflection of the plans they had in place,” Contos wrote. “Breach response is more than just a reaction to an infiltration; it needs to be a legitimate course of action that an organization had developed and tested in times of crisis.”

In 2016, CIOs should make sure their companies have effective disaster response plans. This includes creating a strategy and testing it out before a network breach occurs. By making sure both employees and IT equipment are prepared for the inevitability of an intrusion, companies can minimize the impact it has on day-to-day activity.

5. Don’t settle for less than the best cyber security solutions

[adrotate group=”2″]

It doesn’t pay to invest in something that isn’t going to do the job, especially when so much important data is on the line. The realization that a security solution is ineffective has a steep price, especially when it comes after a cyber attack has already been perpetrated against an organization’s systems. Companies can’t afford to install the wrong security software the first time, or any time after that.

Solutions from Trend Micro, like Trend Micro Deep Security, should be at the top of any CIO’s wish list for 2016. By investing in the right cyber security products now, companies won’t have to backpedal in the future, and their security strategies can experience a clear boost.

CIOs should keep these tips in mind for their cyber security strategies in 2016.

Go Back To > Cybersecurity | Home


Support Tech ARP!

If you like our work, you can help support our work by visiting our sponsors, participating in the Tech ARP Forums, or even donating to our fund. Any help you can render is greatly appreciated!