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Mike Wing

Senior Vice President, Modern Infrastructure Team
Mike Wing

IT Transformation: The Rocket Fuel for Digital Transformation

“Digital transformation is destroying my business!” This is what I imagine New York taxi medallion owners saying right now.  In just three years, ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft have overturned an entire industry. In 2014, taxi medallions were worth $1 million each; today they are worth half that. According to a recent presentation prepared for Capital One Financial Corp. investors*, more than 80 percent of its $690 million in loans for taxi medallions are at risk of default. Taxi medallion owners are not alone in their fears of the new digital economy. 

For every company that takes advantage of the opportunity digital transformation presents, there is likely another company that was disrupted dramatically. So the philosophical question that needs to be asked is this:

Is Digital Transformation a Risk or an Opportunity?

Last month, Dell EMC announced the results of a new study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), which revealed that a majority of senior IT leaders and decision-making managers of large companies surveyed around the world indicate their organizations have yet to fully embrace the aspects of IT Transformation needed to remain competitive. We were amazed to find that only 5% of large companies are prepared to meet the IT requirements of the new digital business

Likewise, our Digital Transformation Index sponsored by Dell Technologies found that almost half the 4,000 respondents had no idea what their industry would look like in three years. Others feared their company would be obsolete in 3-5 years.

How Dell EMC and Our Partner Community Can Help Enable IT Transformation

Together, Dell EMC and our partner community are in a unique position to help established companies and startups develop strategies that will allow them to be successful as their industries undergo rapid change.

We believe IT Transformation is the Rocket Fuel for Digital Transformation and we are doubling down on the future.

We are #1 in Everything All in One Place with the most innovative technology portfolio in the industry, but we aren’t stopping here. We’ve also built an impressive set of storage assessment tools you can use in customer conversations in conjunction with the recently published IT Transformation Maturity Curve Study.  Use these tools—along with the IT Transformation Maturity Self-Assessment—to help customers measure where they are in their own IT Transformation journey.

This research provides new data and language to help you drive meaningful conversations and partnerships with your current and soon-to-be customers.  When they know how they stack up against their peers, customers are in a better position to build long-term strategies and you are in a better position to help drive this activity.

This study is the foundation of our refreshed Modern Infrastructure story and lends even greater support to the IT transformation message driving our customers to Modernize, Automate and Transform their infrastructure.

As an example of how well this message resonates with customers, just last week I shared the study results in a presentation to a large financial institution.

After reviewing the four stages of IT Maturity, the head of infrastructure graded his company as a stage 1.5 organization, adding “If there is a way to get to stage 4 by skipping stages 2 and 3, I am very interested!” This was liberating!

Now we can partner with them to build a roadmap to becoming a stage 4 organization. The ideas began bouncing around the room on how to get started. This is exactly what we hope for with our message.

Inspire Your Customers on Their IT Transformation Journeys

We have geared up to help you inspire your own customers on their IT transformation journeys:

STEP 1: Become familiar with the ESG study and use it to initiate IT transformation conversations with your customers.    Download the full report here and share it.  If your customer is not as quick to grade their organization as my financial services infrastructure boss was, have them take this quick, 10 question assessment.  If you have an internet connection when you meet with them you can fire it up on your laptop and walk through it together.

STEP 2: Learn the Modern Infrastructure pitch and how to utilize the new assessment and proposal tools. My team of Modern Infrastructure channel specialists is singularly focused on helping you become proficient at having these conversations with your customers.  We’re kicking off a #GetModern Factory roadshow right after Dell EMC World—we’ll be visiting more than 40 cities in the US and expanding globally very soon.  Alternatively, our innovative #GetModern Live Virtual Workshops will help you get up to speed from the comfort of your office. Contact your Partner Account Manager or MIT Specialist for a #GetModern Factory invitation or details on the Live Virtual Workshops.

STEP 3: Take advantage of all of the product training, hands-on labs, demos, and opportunities to meet with subject matter experts at Dell EMC World.  It’s not too late to register and join us (be sure to select “Partner” during the registration process). If you’ve already booked your trip, be sure to reference our Partner Guide to Dell EMC World before you go; we’ve identified the most helpful Modern Infrastructure activities for you.

If you leverage your training and the power of this messaging, you are guaranteed to deliver strong results for your customer, for Dell EMC, and for yourself.  Together we will continue to inspire our customers on their IT transformation journeys!

*Source: Bloomberg.com Taxi Medallion Prices Are Plummeting, Endangering Loans January 30, 2017   

Modernizing the Data Center with Flash and High Performance Networking

YOAFIn January, EMC (now Dell EMC) pronounced 2016 the “Year of All Flash” (YOAF). We’re already observing customers putting more and more workloads on flash storage, and our mission is to help every customer modernize their data center with flash. We introduced VMAX All Flash in February and Unity in Maycompleting our portfolio of all-flash arrays.  This broad all-flash portfolio provides customers of every size an all-flash solution for every type of workload.

Customers are embracing the YOAF strategy, and Dell EMC has already achieved 40% share of the all-flash array market—more than double that of the next closest vendor.

In the YOAF, help your customers create a modern data center with a holistic solution of best-in-class data technologies.

While all-flash storage provides tremendous performance benefits, its advantages cannot be fully realized with legacy networking technology.  The storage networking performance that was adequate for spinning disk is insufficient to fully exploit the potential of flash.

That’s why helping your customer modernize their data center is more than just putting a fast array in place … It means providing a holistic solution of best-in-class technologies.

Designed to maximize flash storage, Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel technology:

  • Helps eliminate performance bottlenecks with highly deterministic data delivery and low-latency switching
  • Shatters application IOPS performance barriers with 566 million frames-per-second speed
  • Delivers unprecedented performance for bandwidth-intensive applications across 32 Gbps links
  • Proactively monitors IO performance and behavior through integrated network sensors to quickly identify degraded application performance at host and storage tiers, and reducing time to resolution

Dell EMC and Brocade: Industry leaders and partners working together to set a new standard for the Modern Data Center built on the power and simplicity of flash.

Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel is a purpose-built networking solution for flash storage that enables breakthrough application performance, scalability and availability. The combination of Dell EMC all-flash storage and Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel allows customers to deploy more servers, desktops and OLTP workloads—while at the same time eliminating bottlenecks and minimizing the risks and business impact of downtime in highly virtualized and mission-critical environments.

Recently, I sat down with Jack Rondoni, Vice President of Storage Networking, Brocade to discuss the importance of the network when investing in All Flash.

Don’t sell an incomplete solution!

When you sell modern storage without modern networking, you’re doing a disservice to your customers and you’re leaving money on the table.

Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Learn how to deliver the Modernize without Compromise message
  2. Visit the Connectrix Enablement Center for marketing and enablement materials; in particular be sure to view:
  3. Take advantage of the EMC plus Brocade Modernize the Network incentive program designed specifically for partners

Dell EMC is #1 in storage and Brocade is #1 in Fibre Channel SAN.  To give your customers the best, you need to partner with the best. 

Modernize Without Compromise #ModernDataCenter

Modern Data Center All Flash Modernize

Help Build Your Customers’ Modern Data Centers

During EMC’s Quantum Leap launch, we declared 2016 the Year of All Flash for Primary Storage.

We are laser focused on helping customers build the Modern Data Center with EMC’s industry leading All Flash portfolio.

This is truly an exciting time for EMC, our Partners, and our mutual customers as we work together to help transform businesses. It also sets us up to impact all areas of our customers’ and prospects’ businesses in a highly competitive way.

Why does this matter to you? It’s simple.

EMC helps enable your customers to “Modernize Without Compromise” with a broad portfolio of products and solutions that reach beyond traditional storage into real application transformation solutions, and that deliver customer friendly TCO at multiple levels.

But don’t take our word for it …

Partners say the two new all-flash solutions introduced by EMC on Monday, will help boost business with existing customers, start conversations with new customers and accelerate business after EMC merges with Dell. (Partners See Big Enterprise Opportunity With New EMC All-Flash VMAX And DSSD, CRN, 2/29/16.)

 

The one-two punch of XtremIO and VMAX All Flash is going to be a winning combination to get our market share from where it is today – 39 percent – to well over 50 in the next few years. (EMC: Flash to Hit Inflection Point in 2016Channelnomics, 2/29/16.)

 

In the same article, EMC Partner and Computacenter’s chief technologist, Bill McGloin was quoted from CRN UK, “We are still heading towards the all-flash datacenter … The announcements today are what we’ve been waiting for two years now. It has been a really competitive market, but the good thing for me as a partner is that we see EMC is maintaining its lead in the space.” (EMC: Flash to Hit Inflection Point in 2016Channelnomics, 2/29/16.)

 

Modernize without Compromise supports the pillars of the Modern Data Center
… And focuses on the key tenets of Agility, Speed, and Efficiency

 

Agility leads to:

  • 90% reduction in task provisioning
  • 10-100X reduction in planning & architecture

Speed allows for:

  • 10-20X improvement in application performance
  • 75% reduction in batch processing

Efficiency provides:

  • 83%+ (average) reduction in floor space
  • 71% (average) reduction in power and cooling
  • 2-10x reduction in physical storage capacity

To support this, EMC is making some significant changes to how we support our internal sales and Partner communities, including:

  • The consolidation of our primary storage Sales and Marketing teams (XtremIO, VMAX and VNX) to ensure consistency across these offerings
  • The development of a number of tools and positioning guides to help you understand where and when to best position each primary storage offering

I am honored to have been named Senior Vice President of EMC’s Primary Storage division, and look forward to working closely with you, our EMC Business Partner community.

And, if that is not exciting enough, I am thrilled to announce the #EMCModernDataCenter contest.

Create and submit showcasing your knowledge and understanding of EMC’s Modern Data Center pitch for a chance to win prizes from Brocade. Winners will be announced during Global Partner Summit (GPS), May 2-4, 2016.

Click here for full details and rules.

Please join me—and the Modern Data Center conversation—at GPS 2016

Modernize without Compromise: Tap into the EMC All Flash Portfolio

GPS 2016 Breakout Session with Mike Wing

Tuesday, May 3rd | 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Palazzo E – 5th Floor

Throughout both EMC World 2016 and Global Partner Summit, you’ll learn so much about the Modern Data Center, and how EMC can help you transform your customers’ businesses and win more opportunities with EMC primary storage products and solutions.

There’s still time to register for GPS 2016—hope to see you there!

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