Dell EMC World 2017: 4 Things You Should Know

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The key message at Dell EMC World 2017 was blunt …

Companies must quickly transform their businesses for the digital economy. Otherwise, they will meet extinction.

In today’s fast-paced market, new disruptors can come from out of nowhere and steal your customers.

According to Dell’s Digital Transformation Index, 53 percent of business leaders are experiencing digital disruption, 78 percent consider digital start-ups a threat, and 45 percent fear that they will be obsolete in three-five years.

4 ways to stay ahead in the game

Dell EMC World 2017 offered plenty of actionable insights on how to transform your IT and remain competitive.

About 16,000 customer and partner attendees headed to Las Vegas to learn how to succeed in today’s digital market. In fact, attendance doubled from last year, as both consumers and enterprise users wanted to see the latest technologies and learn how Dell EMC can help them innovate.

Here are our top takeaways from the event:

1. It's cloud or bust

Dell EMC President David Goulden encouraged enterprises to “envision all their storage as a cloud, regardless of whether it resides in an on-premises array or is shipped off site.”

In particular, Dell EMC promotes Virtustream Enterprise Cloud as a public cloud offering for mission-critical enterprise applications, such as SAP and EPIC.

Although Dell EMC encourages a transition to the cloud, not everyone can move all of their IT environment all at once. Many enterprises still rely on legacy technologies or a hybrid mix of legacy and cloud services. They can’t just throw out their existing assets and workflows to start fresh.   

These enterprises may benefit from taking an evolutionary path to the cloud. They can optimize their current services and applications to boost efficiencies—only moving items to the cloud when it makes sense.

2. Hyperconvergence is the core of the next generation data center

The future of IT is software-defined everything.

For example, the IT industry is moving back towards server-based storage due to the availability of high-capacity and low-cost flash. In fact, flash storage is now cheaper, faster, and easier to automate than array-based storage.

Hyperconverged solutions also make it easier for you to move to the cloud, as they dramatically decrease the time it takes to deploy a virtualized environment. In the past, you would need four teams to set up the required servers, networks, virtualization, and storage. Coordinating an installation often took more than 30 days. 

During this time, your environment would depreciate. The average 30-day installation could drain 8 percent of your environment’s lifetime value.

Now, with hyperconvergence, you can deploy a virtualized environment in under four hours and achieve instant time-to-value.

3. Customers want a consumption-based IT model

By 2030, Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce.

This generation uses technology to collaborate with others and instantly find information.

However, most legacy technologies do not allow for flexible and open collaboration.

As Millennials take over IT purchasing, they will naturally move from a legacy to a consumption-based, cloud model. To meet their needs, you must modernize your applications and make them cloud-ready. 

Moving to a consumption-based model also allows you to reduce your capital expenditures (CAPEX). When you manage your workloads across public, private, or hybrid clouds, you can take advantage of predictable, operating expenditures (OPEX)-based spending.

4. The next wave of technology will provide insights through analytics

Today’s enterprises produce massive volumes of data.

The rise of cloud and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) has exponentially increased the amount of data that companies must collect and manage.

It’s not surprising that every technology solution highlighted at Dell EMC World had some component of built-in analytics.

But this level of data can be overwhelming, as many enterprises don’t know how to gain relevant business insights from it yet. They often don’t have the resources to sift through vast amounts of data and find the golden nuggets.

If you’re overwhelmed with data, it’s best to work with a partner who understands your technology and can extract your most critical data. 

Transforming your IT isn’t all or nothing

In today’s digital marketplace, the companies that provide the most innovative services win.

It’s critical to modernize your IT environment, so you can meet customer demands and stay ahead of your competitors.

However, you don’t need to overhaul everything at once.

You can start by moving one workload to the cloud. Then, you can test it and transfer other workloads after you’ve achieved initial success. 

It’s just important that you get started now.   

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