In a few days’ time thousands of IT practitioners, IT professionals, subject matter experts and technology enthusiasts will descend upon the Venetian in Las Vegas to learn about the latest in converged platforms, software defined, all flash technologies, and hybrid cloud at EMC World 2016. The Converged Platforms Division will be out in full force with the intention of demonstrating how converged solutions can reduce IT complexity and drive business value.We pride ourselves on the constant evolution and development of our portfolio to better meet our customers’ current and future technology needs. With every product, solution or platform announced we have accelerated our customers’ journey towards a simplified and faster IT environment, whilst also offering more choice than ever before to meet a diverse range of workloads, applications and use cases.At EMC World 2016 we will reveal how the journey towards a modern data center supported by a scalable and robust infrastructure can be expedited with two significant announcements to our converged platforms portfolio. Chad Sakac, President, Converged Platforms Division, will be unveiling the details in a keynote session on Tuesday, 3 May, 10-00 – 11:30am. In another general session on Wednesday, 4 May, 10:00 – 11:30am, Chad Sakac will do product demonstration, showcasing the latest additions to our portfolio.Another not-to-be-missed highlight of the event will be Chad Sakac’s IT Leadership Session on “Platforms Are the New End Game” on Tuesday, 3 May, 12:00 – 1:00pm. In his inimitable style, Chad will reveal why customers should shift from a build to a buy consumption model and how they can benefit from flexibility in infrastructure. He’ll also elaborate on the impact of the software defined data center and cloud native applications on the ability of businesses to innovate and deliver unique and new opportunities. De-mystifying hyper-converged as never before, Chad will answer any questions you might have on converged platforms.Satisfied customers are the best proof that our products and solutions are delivering what we are promising they will. With this in mind, we will host several “Customer Experiences with VCE Converged Infrastructure” sessions where VCE customers will discuss how they’ve used Vblock and VxRack Systems to modernize their data centers and become more agile and flexible. Customers that have partnered with VCE such as Fujifilm Medical Systems and University of San Diego will explain how they have driven IT transformation strategies that simplified IT operations while lowering operational costs and reducing risk. A must see session for anyone considering embarking on their own IT and business transformational journey.A technology enthusiasts’ delight, the Converged Platforms Division booth (#739) will feature the full range of our converged platforms portfolio spanning Blocks, Rack and Appliances, and key platforms and solutions. Our booth will be a hive of activity where we will be hosting in-theatre demos, presentations, and most importantly hands-on labs where you can experience and explore VCE Vision Intelligent Operations for VCE Systems, VCE VxRack Manager and VxRail Manager either in a guided or self-paced environment.If you are attending the show be sure to wear your VCE goodies (stickers, bag tags, hats), as you may be spotted by our prize patrol for a chance to win prizes. Don’t forget to drop by our booth where we will be handing out personalized IT Action Hero picture frames to go along with your photo. Pictures can be taken at the VCE booth and tweeted with #ITActionHero for a chance to win a 3D Printer!For those who are not attending the event – you can catch the keynotes and highlight session via the virtual event. You can also get involved with our Ask the Experts session in the Converged Platforms Community and join our day 2 CrowdChat. Join the community and follow along with @EMCworld and @VCE for more details on these events.Plus our roving ambassadors will be blogging important takeaways and summaries from the key sessions on the Vblog. Be sure to actively follow it. Our social media team will live tweet from the Converged Platforms keynote, main booth sessions and breakout sessions. Get real time updates with our designated live tweeters including @JayCuthrell, @YoungP2, @dresnic, and @H2Ohs.The glittering lights of Las Vegas beckon. Tighten your seatbelts as it promises to be a superb event.
When you walk into a Société Générale banking center, you enter a bright, open space, furnished with modern designs and an abundance of natural light. Customers sip coffee and enjoy beautiful views while meeting with their private or corporate bankers. Employees enjoy a modern work environment with accessible meeting spaces, interior offices and shared amenities.Société Générale is a global bank supporting 31 million clients doing business in 67 countries. Imagine the complexity of managing such a large institution. What happens behind the scenes, when a customer requests an account statement, completes a trade or a new regulation is passed requiring compliance in a short time? How do they stay competitive?Nicolas Verdier is the head of Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) for the Americas at Société Générale. Mr. Verdier discussed tough challenges the bank is facing in today’s digital, fast-changing economy. Société Générale must perform a daily balancing act to deliver exceptional customer service while also staying in compliance with rapidly changing government regulations.Société Générale took on an IT modernization effort to meet these challenges. One of the hurdles faced by the IT department was that the business relied on manual processes, that addressed each request for a system changes on an individual project basis. Each request required a scheduled time slot on a server or even the deployment of a new server, which could take months. This impacted both internal and external services throughout the bank, potentially limiting the bank’s ability to compete in the global marketplace, to deliver high quality customer service or adhere to new regulations. Société Générale called on Dell EMC to help them use technology to tackle these back-office challenges.With help from Dell EMC, Société Générale introduced a “self-service” model allowing users to self-provision virtual machines using Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. The shift from the more complicated legacy processes to an automated IAAS model was easily achieved. Mr. Verdier praised the new model and the benefits to the company: “It’s about self-service, flexibility and customer experience.” He stressed the need to move quickly, rather than taking months to begin a project.With the new “self-service” model, Societe Générale was able to impact the time to value in many of their departments. Let’s look at three examples:One of the bank’s top challenges is regulatory compliance. The internal development teams can meet regulation deadlines with the capability to build and deploy new applications within the time frame set by the regulatory bodies. Furthermore, the PowerEdge cyber-resilient architecture meets the strict security requirements that are part of the new regulations.Within the IT department, the flexibility and scalability of the servers allow stakeholders to rapidly develop APIs to patch, upgrade and backup workloads.In the high stakes world of high-frequency trading, milliseconds count, and the IT infrastructure has a direct impact on the business. Speed, scalability and low latency are critical to executing successful transactions. With PowerEdge servers, the Internal IT Development team can deliver new applications for market platforms in a few weeks, rather than six months.Thanks to the automation of Société Générale’s infrastructure based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, employees can rapidly design new programs or services to meet customer demands or regulatory requirements.Read the case study to learn more about Société Générale’s Infrastructure as a Service and how the Dell EMC PowerEdge team helps this international banking leader stay on top of the latest technologies.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Kingdom of Wakanda is staking out turf on TV. The Walt Disney Company says a series set in the “Black Panther” kingdom will be developed for the Disney + streaming service. The planned series is part of a five-year, exclusive TV deal that Disney announced with filmmaker Ryan Coogler’s Proximity Media company. Coogler wrote and directed 2018’s “Black Panther,” a box-office hit that turned Chadwick Boseman into a superstar. The actor died in August of cancer. The Black Panther character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics, which became part of Disney in 2009 when the media giant acquired Marvel Entertainment.
STANTON , Neb. (AP) — A former northeastern Nebraska village clerk who was praised for her work in helping rebuild her community following a 2014 tornado strike has been sentenced to prison for stealing from the village. The Norfolk Daily News reports that 58-year-old Kimberly Neiman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison. The former Pilger clerk was arrested last year on multiple felony counts. In a deal with prosecutors, she pleaded guilty in November to one count of attempted theft in exchange for all other counts being dropped. Neiman was fired by the village board in February 2019, following a state audit that found more than $562,000 in questionable transactions and more than $156,000 in suspicious charges on the village’s credit card.