Congratulations to Joyce Mullen for her win in the first round of CRN’s 2018 Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs! Thank you to all who participated … Your votes helped Joyce Mullen claim an early lead over Xerox’s Darren Cassidy; and helped secure her a spot in the Sweet 16, winning with 57 percent of the votes.
Voting in round 2—the Sweet 16—is already open … And, we need your help defending Joyce’s win so she can move on to Round 3, or the Enterprise 8.
In this round, Joyce Mullen faces off against Donna Grothjan of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. In the previous round, Aruba’s Donna Grothjan cruised to victory over Samsung’s Mike Coleman, winning 63 percent to 37 percent.
Please take a moment to vote for your favorite channel chiefs. Dell EMC’s Joyce Mullen, President, Global Channel, OEM and IoT is among the 16 remaining Channel Chiefs battling it out in the 2018 CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs. In this round, she is also joined by Dell Technologies executive Frank Rauch of VMware.
Like Dell EMC and Dell Technologies, Intel is transforming as a company. According to Ricardo Moreno, VP and GM of Global Partner Sales, “Intel is going through the biggest transformation in our history”. Intel Partner Connect provided the perfect opportunity to connect with Rachel Mushahwar (@RachelMushahwar) General Manager, Americas Industry at Intel.
We talked IoT, Data Center, Flash technologies and client solutions, but more importantly, we talked solutions. From reducing the time it takes for an MRI to performing financial transactions 10x faster. From Intel’s 50th birthday, Moore’s Law, Intel IoT Market Ready Solutions, Drones and helping our customers transform the way they interact with their customers.
Of all the emerging technologies that are set to impact the way we work and the way we live, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is, without doubt, the most challenging. Coupled with Machine Learning (ML), AI will not only make objects smarter or allow machines to recognize patterns and interpret data, it has the potential to change the face of the earth. Some see AI as a blessing, many others focus on the threat it poses to human dominance over machines.
When talking about AI and smart machines, examples spring to mind of a computer beating the world chess champion Gary Kasparov in 1997, Google Assistant helping us in our day to day tasks, or – more recently – an AI program beating the world’s best professional poker players because it made better use of information that poker players do not share with each other. But the effects of AI will go much deeper. Just imagine what tasks computers can take over from us when they can be programmed to think like us, and how much faster they can be at performing repetitive tasks. What machines are already doing on the production line, may well happen in our offices too.
Let AI Do the Work for Us
Some recent surveys have shown that business leaders are divided over what the human-machine partnership will bring in terms of productivity. Research conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Dell Technologies shows that 82 per cent of business executives expect their employees and machines to work as ‘integrated teams’ within the next few years. Yet only 49% believe that employees will be more productive as more tasks get automated. And only 42% think we will have more job satisfaction by offloading tasks that we don’t want to do to intelligent machines. Employees too have their doubts, as research from The Workforce Institute reveals: although 64 per cent would welcome AI if it simplified or automated time-consuming internal processes or helped balance their workload, six out of ten employees find their employers are not very transparent about what AI will mean to the way they do their jobs – if they will still have them, that is, after this next automation wave.
We are only in the first chapters of the book that we are writing for our future, but already, the AI/ML is having a profound influence on all aspects of human life, and we need to ensure that AI is not writing the ending for us. Consider just these examples:
In healthcare, deep learning systems can read images and diagnose pneumonia as accurately as radiologists.
At CES in Las Vegas, AT&T announced that it’s testing a new ‘structure monitoring solution’, a system to help cities and transportation companies monitor the stability of bridges, alerting them if their stability is compromised.
At Georgia Tech, a chatbot is mailing assignments and answering questions from students.
Intelligent systems are helping HR departments analyze employee sentiment in real time, thus helping reduce employee attrition.
The list of applications of AI is endless and you will find examples like these in any industry. The big question that everyone is asking is whether AI will help us, or if AI systems will replace human beings in the workplace, making us completely redundant. The answer to this million dollar question is not so simple. On the one hand, it is clear that a number of jobs are on the line. Just think of truck drivers losing their job if we will get convoys of driverless trucks on the road, call center operators being replaced by conversational AI systems, or financial analysts getting the boot from robo-advisors.
Humans in the Loop
On the other hand, AI will also create new jobs. If you have learning systems, someone will need to supervise those learning efforts, programmers will have to find the right algorithms and embed them in systems, and so on. In fact, some analysts see AI as what is called ‘an invention that makes inventions’, creating endless new possibilities. AI will definitely have a direct impact, but it will also spur on new developments that will, in turn, create new applications and new jobs. Enough new jobs for Gartner’s Peter Sondergaard to claim – during last year’s Gartner IT Symposium – that AI will be a net job contributor from 2020 onwards, eliminating 1.8 million jobs while creating 2.3 million new ones.
I also tend to think AI will bring more benefits than troubles and I strongly believe that humans will be augmented by AI rather than replaced. We need to consider that self-taught AI has trouble with the real world. Emotions are key, multiple options and complex real life situations hard to handle for AI. As Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable, says: “the chief benefit of AI is that it does NOT think like humans. We’re going to invent many new types of thinking that don’t exist biologically and that are not like human thinking. Therefore, this type of intelligence does not replace human thinking, but augments it.” In fact, AI cannot do without human intervention and there will always be ‘humans in the loop’ as AI-specialist J.J. Kardwell comments: “humans should be focused on teaching machines so that machines can focus on performing jobs that are too big for humans to process.” According to this school of thinking, humans and robots working in harmony will yield the best results.
For Marvin Minsky, what counts in humans, is our mind, our spirit, the brain being a machine like any other, besides the fact that modeling the plasticity and dynamism of the brain is not easy. We have a “mechanistic” vision of the Human, but, like Jean-François Mattei highlights, the fact is that the brain is first of all a social and cultural organ, which adapts to human relations and with our environment, for a fine and adapted decision, linked to our conscience, to our freedom to think and to create in an innovative way. Our liberty is unique, how we undertake and adapt it is precious, and as Lucretius says, “If the chain of causes is governed solely by laws, what meaning can you give to the freedom of the will and human action”?
Does this mean we should stick our heads in the sand and carry on as if nothing will change? Of course not. The future will be different and we need to prepare for it. The educational world has the huge task of preparing the workers of tomorrow. The human race has always excelled in creativity, from the paintings in the caves of Lascaux through architecture to modern music. What education should focus on, is stimulating that creativity and teaching people to combine that creativity with the power of AI to make our dreams come true. After all, machines cannot replace our feelings. I am convinced human beings will not turn into emotionless cyborgs. In that sense, I agree with the French philosopher Jean-François Mattei (‘Question de conscience’) that transhumanism should not lead to technology totalitarianism. Instead, AI will help us become less like the machines we are right now, toiling for ten hours a day to get through our ‘to do’-lists. This is our job to invent new lifestyles, imagine new societies, with the potential, through AI, to help us reorganize the way we live, the way we work and provide us with more time to connect with and take care of other humans or living species, making our world a better place for everyone.
All in all, I think we should be hopeful of the prospect that AI and ML are going to help us weather the changes that are ahead of us and we should not fear the machine. I share this belief with Dell Technologies CEO and Chairman Michael Dell: ““Computers are machines. The human brain is an organism. Those are different things. Maybe in 15 to 20 years from now, we’ll have computers that have more power than 10 million brains in terms of computational power, but it’s still not an organism.” We then must take an intuitive approach to imagine how future is formed, with artificial intelligence, as Bergson would stage, to work intelligently on joining forces, not on one taking over the other. As a closing, the notion of ethical conviction should not ignore the alterity dimension, emphasized by Kant.
I love learning about all our customers, but it’s not all that common I hear a customer story that includes something my three-year-old son would also love. So it was exciting to learn that creative animation producer Jam Filled uses Dell EMC Isilon storage to bring some of our favorite cartoons to life.
I also learned that one of the unique challenges to doing that is that their business doesn’t run on a fixed schedule. Different shows start and end at different times and there are gaps between seasons. So, the ease with which they can expand and reduce their infrastructure becomes very important.
“[Dell EMC Isilon] configuration is very simple and straight forward,” notes John Hickson, director of technology, Jam Filled Entertainment in the video below. “You can have a system up and running in less than a day and have it in production”
Jam Filled Brings Cartoons to Life on the Fly with Dell EMC - YouTube
Q&A With ‘Thomas & Friends’ Super-Fan Parker Luden
I showed my son the video, and he actually let me ask him seven full questions about his thoughts. Here’s the quick Q&A with the cartoon expert:
Sarah: Why did you like the video?
Sarah: What do you think about technology making your favorite cartoon?
Parker: THOMAS! I want to watch it again.
Sarah: Who’s your favorite character on Thomas?
Parker: Because, I like James.
Sarah: What’s a server?
Parker: Yeah! I don’t want to tell.
Sarah: Are you going to be an engineer when you grow up?
Parker: Because I drink a lot of orange juice.
OK, my three-year-old may not be ready yet to learn about storage. But if you’re interested in hearing more about how this creative animation studio depends on it to keep up with fluctuating project flows and increasingly larger video formats, take a moment to watch here.
Dell EMC is a strong proponent of open industry standards because we believe customers win with non-proprietary solutions based on open solutions. As part of this commitment, we have participated in the Open Compute Project (OCP) since its inception. The annual OCP Summit, happening this week (March 20-21) at the San Jose Convention Center, brings together more than 3,000 key decision makers that help grow, drive and support the open hardware ecosystem in the data center and beyond. To help drive the adoption of an open ecosystem, our Extreme Scale Infrastructure group will be showcasing two demos at this week’s OCP Summit that highlight our open solutions. Join us in booth B24 in the exposition area to get hands-on with our experts.
Open Source RedDrum Redfish Demo
Our latest contribution to the open source community, RedDrum, is a python-based implementation of a Redfish service that includes a recipe for backend integration with OpenBMC. RedDrum allows client system management software to use standard Redfish APIs to access the capabilities provided by OpenBMC.
OpenBMC is an open software framework for a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) that connects to sensors in a system to read and control environmental conditions (i.e., temperature) and provide other system management functions (i.e., power control, monitoring and logging of CPU and memory).
We will be demonstrating RedDrum working with both a live OpenBMC-based server as well as a backend simulator that is included in our contribution. The simulator will be a valuable tool for developers who need to work on software even when they have limited access to hardware.
The RedDrum contribution shows our continued leadership and commitment to improve developer and interoperability tools to enable the Redfish ecosystem. Read more about RedDrum in our recent Tech Center blog.
Virtual Reality: Modular Data Centers and the DSS 9000 Rack Scale Infrastructure
We will also be running a great VR demo that we just debuted at Mobile World Congress.
This experience allows attendees to explore a typical modular data center installation in a virtual space, giving them a realistic sense of how an MDC can fit to their particular IT environment.
The demo features a fully equipped DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure solution, and attendees will be able to pull out and closely examine each of the DSS 9000’s three sled types.
Customers at Mobile World Congress found this demo to be tremendously informative – and fun!
How to Find Dell at OCP Summit
Dell EMC will be in Booth B24 in the exposition area. Come by to learn more about open management with RedDrum and to fully experience the latest in Modular Data Center and Rack Scale technology.
Founded in 1891, Ontario’s 319-bed Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) sees 435,000 patients a year, including 84,000 emergency visits. These patients incur 1.3 million laboratory tests and 176,000 imaging tests. More than 2,100 babies are delivered and 13,000 surgeries performed. With this volume of patients, RVH generates massive amounts of patient data that needs both management and, importantly, comprehensive protection.
In 2015, RVH decided that to realize its strategic plan and prepare for continued data growth in years to come, it needed to upgrade its IT infrastructure. For help, it called in its long-time electronic health records (EHR) partner Teknicor, a full-service international IT solutions provider with offices in Toronto, Boston, London, Dublin and San Juan. Teknicor has a reputation for unmatched end-to-end execution and has been recognized with numerous Dell EMC partner of the year awards (2014–2017).
Teknicor knew RVH’s IT infrastructure well, from the data centre to nurses’ stations to patient bedsides. That’s because, several years before, it helped RVH deploy its MEDITECH EHR software system — one of the hospital’s biggest sources of data along with imaging.
Moving to a Modern SDDC Model
But Teknicor also knew that incremental improvements in the data centre would fall short of the future flexibility and, especially, scalability it would need, so RVH agreed to implement a recommended software-defined data center (SDDC).
As part of the SDDC deployment, Teknicor also recommended comprehensive, fully automated Dell EMC data protection using the “better together” Data Domain storage with Data Domain Boost software, plus the Data Protection for VMware software suite. This SDDC-oriented approach to data protection was especially critical because RVH’s virtual infrastructure consisted of as many as 1,000 virtual machines.
With the integrations of Data Domain and DD Boost, RVH was able to accelerate its backup speeds. So, combined with deduplication that the hospital previously lacked,
Reducing Backup Windows
RVH’s new Dell EMC data protection has also helped reduce its backup window to where multiple full backups are performed on the same day. This enables RVH administrators to achieve shorter recovery-time objectives (RTOs) and recovery-point objectives (RPOs) — both important criteria for critical applications, especially its MEDITECH EHR solution.
In addition, RVH is conserving storage space on its Dell EMC Data Domain space. This gives the hospital a much lower cost per terabyte in terms of storage of its virtual machines on backup disks than before.
Agility and flexibility are important benefits, too. With the tight integration of both the Dell EMC Data Domain hardware and the Data Protection for VMware software suite, RVH administrators can invoke the “instant access” feature in this solution should a virtual machine in the production environment be corrupted. This allows them to access and use the backup virtual machines stored in Data Domain in a degraded fashion until they can restore the production versions.
Big Savings in Money and Time
At this point, RVH has saved money that was previously being spent on continually adding storage because they couldn’t deduplicate. Now those cost savings allow the hospital to redirect dollars into other IT areas and give time back to administrators to take on other challenges.
At RVH and other healthcare providers Teknicor supports, data availability translates into giving them greater confidence in treating patients. In the event of a ransomware or other malicious attack, being able to reproduce data that ultimately belongs to patients directly translates into being able to provide them with better access and better care. It’s extremely important for healthcare IT staffs to understand that.
Check out a short video about the Dell EMC data protection solution that Teknicor developed for RVH.
One of the top concerns for IT operations today is ensuring the proper security measures are in place for storage systems. At Dell EMC, we take these requirements seriously, and have invested in industry certifications, dedicated security engineering resources and labs to address security compliance across a variety of government and private sector entities. We know your business depends on protecting your data, and it’s important for our customers to know that their investments in Dell EMC storage systems can help them address their own security requirements. Research firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) validates the importance of cybersecurity, as shown in the following technology spending report:
Source: ESG Research Report, 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey, Dec 2018We are proud to announce our security achievements to date for the Dell EMC Unity midrange storage platform, including the completion of the Authorized Products List (APL) listing from DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency). Dell EMC Unity is one of just a handful of midrange storage systems that has been engineered to meet 10 major security compliance requirements, thereby helping to secure sensitive data.
Now Available on the DISA Authorized Product List
Many of these security compliance objectives are driven by the United States Federal Government and these strict security requirements apply to a variety of public sector environments.
Other industries, including but not limited to, banking and retail directly benefit from these security capabilities designed to meet the highly secure Payment Card Industry (PCI) requirements for securing financial transactions. These security features can offer added peace of mind when deploying the full Dell EMC Unity portfolio. In addition, all of our security features are provided at no charge and with no additional costs or licenses. The following is a list of Dell EMC Unity security capabilities available in the product family today, some of which have achieved specific industry or government security compliance certification for data storage systems.
Dell EMC Unity Security Compliance Features
United States of America DoD Approved Products List (APL) Certification – This is a major certification milestone for the Dell EMC Unity storage platform that demonstrates the portfolio’s compliance with the DoD interoperability and Cybersecurity requirements.
STIG Compliance CAT 1, CAT2 – The Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) standardizes security protocols within networks, servers, computers and logical designs to enhance overall security.
Controller-based Data at-Rest Encryption or D@RE – D@RE Protects against unauthorized access to user data on lost or stolen drives or systems. This is a required capability for meeting multiple industry and government security compliance objectives.
FIPS 140-2 Level 1 Certification – Specifies security requirements for the D@RE cryptographic module.
KMIP – OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) – Dell EMC Unity supports KMIP Specification v1.3 and v1.4 compliant external key managers designed to facilitate data encryption by simplifying encryption key management.
HIPAA – The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. Dell EMC Unity includes the necessary security features that can help organizations meet HIPAA privacy requirements for data storage systems.
Common Criteria Certification Developed for evaluating information security products, specifically to ensure they meet an agreed-upon security standard for government deployments.
Native SHA-2 certificate support – This 256 bit cryptographic hashing standard is used to ensure that data has not been modified.
TLS 1.2 support and TLS 1.0 disablement – Cipher suites that provide enhanced security and ability to disable prior generation.
USGv6 Device IPv6/IPv4 dual stack certification – Dual stack technology allows ISPs to process IPv4 and IPv6 data traffic simultaneously.
Customer Spotlight – Defense Health Agency
Meeting the needs of government and federal customers that require compliance to regulations is very important to Dell EMC. One of our federal customers includes the Defense Health Agency (DHA) which provides the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers global visibility and access to artifacts and images generated during the health care delivery process.
When a vendor changes or upgrades their hardware or software, DHA undergoes intense security vulnerability hardening, systems testing, scanning, and remediation to determine its IA (Information Assurance) compliance with the Department of Defense (DoD) Risk Management Framework (RMF) security controls and security requirements. Currently, DHA is pursuing STIG (Security Technical Implementation Guide) compliance for the new Dell EMC hardware it purchased as part of an overall refresh of its enterprise-wide storage footprint.
“With some vendors, the deployment, installation, and hardening of a SAN can be a complex project,” said Brian Reese, DHA Project Lead, SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic. “We value our partnership with Dell EMC as we deploy the Dell EMC hardware together. Dell EMC has been critical in supporting the IA compliancy efforts required to get the systems and hardware ready. With the Common Criteria Certification, user-enabled STIG mode now available on the Dell EMC Unity series and many other product improvements that are ideal for federal customers, the deployment process is much shorter and easier.”
Quite simply, Dell EMC has done the hard work for our customers to help them better protect their most critical data assets that reside on Dell EMC Unity storage systems. This work helps facilitate compliance with strict IA requirements while ensuring data and the applications that depend on that data can operate seamlessly with world-class security in place.
For additional security details in Dell EMC Unity, please visit the following links:
From enabling precision medicine to accelerating the development of new pharmaceuticals, high-performance computing is helping us take healthcare and life sciences to a new level.
In today’s digitally driven world, healthcare and life sciences are increasingly dependent on advanced technology. And in this new era, the business of saving lives can require an enormous amount of computational power.
In clinical settings, for example, high-performance computing (HPC) clusters are enabling precision medicine that allows physicians to tailor treatments to the unique needs of individual patients. Whether the caregiver is using genetic sequencing to discover gene mutations or running complex algorithms to enable narrowly targeted cancer treatments based on the patient’s genome, HPC is essential. None of this would be possible without the computational power of HPC systems, working in tandem with software applications, algorithms and lightning-fast storage and networking.
Consider this finding: It took 13 years and $3 billion to complete the first human whole genomic sequence (WGS) in 2000. Today, a whole genome can be sequenced for about $1,000 in as little as 22 minutes., The credit for much of this leap forward goes to advent of faster and more affordable HPC clusters.
As industry veterans Mahni Ghorashi and Gaurav Garg note in a Tech Crunch article, “Converting the raw data of the human genome into medically useful and understandable information has historically been a huge technical bottleneck, but over the course of the last decade, advances in compute, rather than laboratory processes, have driven the most dramatic time and cost reductions associated with WGS.”
Now consider the work being done by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders is helping researchers discover gene mutations with a fast, powerful HPC cluster based on the Dell EMC Genomic Data Analysis Platform, the predecessor of today’s Dell EMC Ready Bundle for HPC Life Sciences. This cluster, powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with Intel® Xeon® processors, runs extremely complex algorithms that analyze terabytes of genetic and molecular data at speeds unimaginable in the past.
TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders is confident that it can use its HPC cluster to facilitate new research going forward — and give new hope to patients and their families.
“We have the ability to more quickly perform genetic sequencing and meet the demand for processing increasing data volumes, because of the Dell EMC HPC cluster,” says James Lowey, TGen’s chief information officer. “And this technology also helps us ask harder questions of the data, and hopefully answer those questions. We are committed to helping children with rare disorders, and we are better equipped to do that with this solution.”
It’s not just precision medicine that is getting a lift from HPC. Pharmaceutical companies now use HPC systems routinely to develop new drugs and therapies designed to prevent and treat disease. HPC systems make it possible to analyze massive amounts of data and ask and answer ever-harder questions, all in the interest of bringing life-saving advances to market in less time.
On another life sciences front, the Beijing Genome Institute (BGI), a leading company in biological research, is working to bring down the cost of sequencing to make it more widely accessible, all while enhancing its own biological research capability. To do this, BGI’s strategic objective has been to continuously enhance the computing power of the HPC platform behind its sequencing activities.
To drive toward this objective, the institute brought in a Dell EMC PowerEdge FX modular infrastructure solution to increase the platform’s capacity. Since deployment of the Intel® Xeon® processor-powered Dell EMC PowerEdge FX unit, BGI has taken a leading position domestically. This has allowed BGI to develop the gene sequencing system BGISEQ-500, a one-button sequencing technology that supports DNA sampling and delivers analysis results in just 24 hours.
Ultimately, precision medicine helps physicians gain a closer understanding of each patient’s genetic makeup and specific requirements for treatment. These insights open the door to customized healthcare and new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.
And it’s all powered by high-performance computing systems — which is another reason why HPC matters.
As workplaces have evolved, so have the workforces that use them. Several distinct worker personas have emerged, each with its own demands for specific hardware, software and services. We think it’s time your customers knew more about them.
By understanding these personas, your sales team can quickly identify the types of people your customers employ, what their needs are, and what technology is right for them. Dell EMC has identified two personas in the office: desk-centric workers and “corridor warriors”. Let’s check out what offerings from the Dell Technologies portfolio suit their working needs.
Desk-centric employees predominantly use a desktop PC because they perform specific roles and need a fixed environment for functional, security, or compliance reasons.
Our technologies provide a comprehensive desk-centric user experience. Take the Dell OptiPlex, for example. It’s a desk-based system using Microsoft Windows 10 Pro with a choice of form factors and mounting options to personalise a workspace. Alternatively, Dell Wyse terminals can provide the end-point for a complete thin client solution. Along with, Dell VDI Complete, which brings together the front- and back-end infrastructure to create a fully validated desktop-virtualization bundle, organizations can rapidly deploy desktop virtualization much quicker than ever before.
For a real-world example of how one of our customers supports its desk-centric users, read Meituan-Dianping’s case study. This Shanghai group-buying deals company turned to Dell EMC for hardware provisioning and saw a boost in IT productivity
Client devices are critical in helping corridor warriors receive the best possible experience. They’re rarely in one place for long. They pound the office floors, flitting from meetings to brainstorming sessions and using every available collaboration space.
To meet their needs, we recommend the Dell Latitude 7000 Series 2-in-1, a Windows 10 Pro notebook that doubles as a tablet – perfect for those who are on the move. In addition, ProDeploy Plus enables fast deployment with preconfigured collaboration software —such as Microsoft SharePoint and the cloud-based Office 365.
The widespread move of IT services to the cloud suits this persona perfectly. Our servers are built to work seamlessly with the Microsoft Azure stack so when these mobile users are working, they receive the same secure software environment continuously.
A real-life story of corridor warriors in action is The Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), which employs over 1,100 researchers working across eight sites, and each with two workspaces on average. Read our case study to understand how the largest non-university research institute in Austria matched its workers with the right Dell EMC technology.
Technology has a huge potential to help organizations transform their workplaces, and by extension, transform their people’s working lives. We believe that approaching workers as personas is a critical part of workplace transformation, providing personalized products for how employees work today and in the future.
We’ll take care of the solutions, so you can take care of your customers.
Read the Desk-Centric Users and Corridor Warriors guides, as well as others, here.
We’ve also created related emails here, on our new Digital Marketing Platform so that your marketing teams can quickly get these guides into the hands of your customers. The guides explain how to maximize the productivity of their employees through the right choices from our end-to-end portfolio.
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In the channel industry, CRN’s Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs begins with 32 of the industry’s most influential Channel Chiefs. It ends with one. Following the same format and schedule as the much-anticipated collegiate tournament, each channel chief will compete for bragging rights during CRN’s Channel Madness.
CRN’s fourth annual Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs pits some of the channel’s best-known executives against each other in head-to-head battles where CRN readers vote to determine the victors. 32 of the channel industry’s most influential channel executives compete for the single title of favorite channel chief. The winners will make their way, round by round, through a bracket, moving closer and closer to the championship match, where bragging rights are at stake.
Voting in Round 1 Is Live Now!
Please take a moment to vote for your favorite channel chiefs. Dell EMC’s Joyce Mullen, President, Global Channel, OEM and IoT is among the 32 Channel Chiefs chosen to participate in the 2018 CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs. She is joined by Dell Technologies executives Frank Rauch of VMware and Faraz Siraj of RSA.
HOW TO VOTE:
Visit CRN.com/madness and click the “Vote Now” button
Be sure to vote before Round 1 voting closes on March 21 at Noon EST