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IT Transformation: The Rocket Fuel for Digital Transformation

Mike Wing

Mike Wing

Senior Vice President, Modern Infrastructure Team
Mike Wing

“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   

Meet the Dell EMC Partner Program Leaders: Álvaro Camarena

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Meet the Program Leaders

This series provides insight into what drives Dell EMC channel executives. Missed the other posts in the series? Get to know them now: John Byrne (Dell EMC President of Global Channels);  Michael Collins (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Channel, EMEA); Ng Tian Beng (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, APJ Channels); Joyce Mullen (Dell EMC Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM and IoT Solutions); Jim DeFoe (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Distribution); Gregg Ambulos (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, North American Channels); Jay Snyder (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Service Providers and Industries); Cheryl Cook (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Channel Marketing).

Meet Álvaro Camarena – Vice President, Latin America Channel Sales

What is your current role/area of responsibility?

I have the privilege of leading the Dell EMC channel business in Latin America. I love interacting with the partner ecosystem—from VARs to Distributors, to Systems Integrators, etc.

How long have you worked with the channel partner community?

I’ve worked with the channel partner community at Dell EMC for eight years. I joined Dell in 1998; but in my previous role, I was also responsible for leading Sales & Marketing in a software start-up—in which 100% of the business was driven by channel partners.

What most excites you about the Dell EMC opportunity?

That we will make history. Michael Dell has broken paradigms several times, and the combination of Dell EMC is one more. This is a unique opportunity and therefore a unique experience. The Dell EMC portfolio offers everything our partners and customers need in order to achieve digital transformation—in one company. To think about the growth we can drive is exciting.

What most excites you about the Dell EMC Partner Program?

Several things: The global team, led by John Byrne, is outstanding. We have come together as a true team in a few months. We worked in creating the new Program and I love the result. I believe that the Dell EMC Partner Program is the best in the industry, and it is designed to be Simple. Predictable. Profitable.TM Feedback from partners has been very encouraging; and we will keep listening to them. I love the Program—from the look of the logo, materials and tier names, to the way incentives and requirements are structured.

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Dell EMC partners in 2017?

I think that this is a great time to be a Dell EMC channel partner. At least in the last 10-15 years, I had not seen so many opportunities for a channel partner. Customers need to embrace the digital transformation, and they need a trusted adviser. Technology has become the competitive advantage, and enables big opportunity. With the Dell EMC Partner Program, partners have all they need in one single company. Our portfolio is the broadest in the industry. Its breadth requires the best partners in the industry as well … And, we have them..

Do you have a favorite country, place or city to visit; and why?

I love traveling and appreciate different places, from small towns, nature, to large cities. London is one of my favorites. And I love Latin American small towns and their people, food, landscapes …

What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC?

I love sports … Golf has become a recent passion; but I truly enjoy participating in all types of sports activities. I also attend professional sports whenever possible.

Spending time with friends is also important to me—I try to stay in touch with them as much as possible, and I am active in organizing activities with friends.

And, the activity that I enjoy the most is spending time with my wife Selene and our four children (Pablo, Diego, Alvaro and Sofia). Whether it’s just being together at dinner, traveling as a family, or enjoying activities like water skiing … Seeing our kids grow is simply amazing.

Leader Alvaro Camarena

Álvaro, his wife Selene and their 4 children’s Pablo, Álvaro, Diego and Sofia practicing archery and enjoying and an afternoon at Tapalpa, place of mountains near Guadalajara, México.

Meet the Dell EMC Partner Program Leaders: Cheryl Cook

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Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Meet the Program Leaders

This series provides insight into what drives Dell EMC channel executives. Missed the other posts in the series? Get to know them now: John Byrne (Dell EMC President of Global Channels);  Michael Collins (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Channel, EMEA); Ng Tian Beng (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, APJ Channels); Joyce Mullen (Dell EMC Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM and IoT Solutions); Jim DeFoe (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Distribution); Gregg Ambulos (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, North American Channels); Jay Snyder (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Service Providers and Industries).

Meet Cheryl Cook – Senior Vice President, Global Channel Marketing

What is your current role/area of responsibility?

As Senior Vice President, Global Channel Marketing, I am responsible for Dell/EMC global partner marketing programs and engagement, including:

  • Channel events and promotions
  • Branding and communications
  • Partner marketing tools and enablement
  • MDF program strategy and execution

In addition, I am responsible for collaborating with regional Commercial and Enterprise sales teams on partner planning and partner experience.

How long have you worked with the channel partner community?

I have been working in the channel for 20+ years, holding various sales and marketing leadership positions that covered nearly all partner typessolution providers, distributors, global systems integratorsacross multiple companies in the industry.

What most excites you about the Dell EMC opportunity?

We have the right team, the right products, the right partners, and excellent timing- we’re in a great place! We have a bold vision, a clear strategy, the industry’s broadest portfolio of essential infrastructure solutions, with an incredibly talented and strong leadership team, focused on delighting our customers and partners, and winning in the market place.  The entire industry is in a transition, and transforming.  We’re a part of history in the making, and I believe, a once-in-a-career opportunity to significantly deliver unique value to our customers, and a growth opportunity for our partners.

As the industry consolidates, and customers and partners look to narrow the number of vendors they do business with, we’re in an enviable position.  We have great positive momentum in our business right now, with huge upside opportunity.  Our partners are energized about our new partner program, and the growth opportunity with Dell EMC.

We have to stay focused on our customers and partners, and delight them.  We’re winning!  People like playing and cheering for winning teams!

What most excites you about the Dell EMC Partner Program?

We tried to bring the best of both programs together in our new unified partner program.  Our commitment is Simple, Predictable, and Profitable.TM

  • It is simple in that it takes the best of both the Dell and EMC Partner Programs and provides all partner tracks with simplified, common structure and tiers.
  • It’s predictable in the clarity of the programs, transparency in sales engagement and enhanced visibility into the business, in terms of the scorecard, for example.
  • And with the incremental investments we’ve made in the industry’s most lucrative program, the Dell EMC Partner Program is profitable—with rewards that are focused on growth, new business and services and incentives to partners that actively sell the full Dell EMC portfolio.

We’ve also created excitement and tier envy, with innovations in partner tiering with Titanium Black.  It’s an exciting time to be a Dell EMC Partner.

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Dell EMC partners in 2017?

We’re a market leader in the essential infrastructure categories, and we have great growth opportunity in channel share.  We have the broadest end-to-end product portfolio in the industry, and a significant R&D investment at $4.5B per year, to ensure we drive innovation to bring advances and technology to help our partners and customers navigate this digital transformation.

Our partners have choices, and they need to bet on vendors they can win with.  We’re a company to bet on! Lean in!

We’re growing faster in the channel than others, gaining market share. We’ve just launched an extraordinary partner program, and we’re still listening.  We will continue to be transparent, and collaborate, and deliver on our promise of Simple, Predictable, and Profitable.  The market is moving fast, and we’re all on an extraordinary journey.

No one vendor can do what we can do, and partners can make a lot of money with Dell EMC. We’re having fun!  Come join the team, and have fun, and make money.

Do you have a favorite country, place or city to visit; and why?

Of all the places I have traveled in this world, one of my favorite places is Rome.  I love the history, the culture, the food, the weather, the fashion and shopping- the shoes, and handbags.  Did I mention shoes?

I have been many times, but my fondest memories are spending the Millennium, the turn of the century on New Year’s Eve in Rome, one of the most ancient places, and the first trip with both of my sons, Garrett and Logan.  It was wonderful to experience it all through their eyes.  They really appreciated the history, and the food, and the language.   I think their favorite stop along the tour was the Colosseum, typical boysthey had swords and were reciting lines from the movie, Gladiator. It was amazing to see them soak all the sights and experiences in.  They still say it’s one of their favorite places, too.

What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC?

When I’m not running from airport to Dell EMC office or partner sites, I enjoy working out, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.  Although I live in Texas, I do enjoy the water and being outdoors.  I’m a Florida girl who is very happy in Texas, but am an avid Florida Gator fan (there’s nothing passive about being a Gator).  I am also a University of Florida alumna and a board member of the University of Florida Foundation.

Partner Leader Cheryl Cook

(From L to R) Logan, Cheryl and Garret Cook at recent family reunion in Southern Florida, December, 2016.

Follow Cheryl Cook on Twitter: @CookCherylS

Meet the Dell EMC Partner Program Leaders: Jay Snyder

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Dell EMC Partner Post Blog

Meet the Program Leaders

This series provides insight into what drives Dell EMC channel executives. Missed the other posts in the series? Get to know them now: John Byrne (Dell EMC President of Global Channels);  Michael Collins (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Channel, EMEA); Ng Tian Beng (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, APJ Channels); Joyce Mullen (Dell EMC Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global OEM and IoT Solutions); Jim DeFoe (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, Global Distribution); Gregg Ambulos (Dell EMC Senior Vice President, North American Channels).

Meet Jay Snyder – Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, Service Providers and Industries

What is your current role/area of responsibility?

I have the pleasure to lead more than 400 women and men in the Global Alliances, Service Provider and Industries organization here at Dell EMC.

Our Global Alliance partners include Systems Integrators (SI), Strategic Outsourcers (SO) and Cloud Service Providers (CSP). These partners help us reach customers that we might not otherwise engage thanks to their deep expertise in a particular topic or industry and deliver enhanced value to our customers as they progress on their transformational journeys.

For industries, our focus is to provide subject matter expertise; both functional and technical, that marry our platforms with unique use cases within specific industries. We made our name in Healthcare, State and Local and Energy and are currently expanding into Manufacturing, Financial Services and beyond. We bring all this together in a structured set of offers, often by industry, that are taken to market by our SI, SO and CSPs.

What most excites you about the Dell EMC Partner Program?

What’s most exciting to me is that we created the Dell EMC Partner Program from scratch.

Our leadership team has decades upon decades of experience in the channel, and we leveraged that to create a brand new program that I think is phenomenal. We met with dozens of partners, from both the EMC and Dell side, as well as from the reseller, SI, SO, CSP, OEM and distributor spaces to understand what would work best.

As it turned out, different partner types had different requirements, so we created different tracks for those types to deliver a great experience.  But, we are all under one umbrella that has a similar look and feel, and most importantly set of opportunities for partners to accelerate with us in the market.

For me, each year I’m most proud of the organization when I get to step on stage at Global Partner Summit at Dell EMC World. This year is no exception. I’m extremely excited to talk to our partners in just a few short weeks and talk to them about how the new program is working for them. At the same time, I will be seeking feedback on ways to continually improve the program because this really is just the beginning, which is very … exciting!

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for Dell EMC partners in 2017?

Our Alliance partners are truly an extension of the Dell EMC family. They each bring a unique area of expertise to the table that enables us to reach customers and solve problems together. In other words, our partners enable us to provide business context and thus deliver business outcomes.

Just think about the major focus of Dell EMC in FY‘18. It’s centered around the four major transformation plays that we’re seeing in the industry: workforce, security, IT and digital. We simply cannot deliver true transformation without the capabilities of our partner ecosystem. They make our platforms come alive through this business context, and for me, this aligns with the massive opportunity like never before. Combine this with the broadened portfolio, with offers from the edge to the core, and you might say the opportunity is almost limitless.

Do you have a favorite country, place or city to visit; and why?

I travel often, several hundred thousand miles a year for work, so there are really two parts to this answer.

To avoid planes and trains, and simply get away to one of the most beautiful and fun filled place on the planet, it’s Lake Tahoe. Only a 2-1/2 hour drive from where I live, to me Tahoe is heaven on earth. The air, the scenery, the ability to hike, kayak, bike, fish, horseback and so on … Not to mention, the cell coverage is terrible.

The second part of the answer is anywhere in EMEA.

Our family loves to travel; we really enjoy architecture, history, food and wine. The uniqueness from country to country in EMEA is truly special, and we still have so much to ground to cover. But if you pushed me, what I’d really have to say is Antibes, France on the southeastern coast. One day, I’d love to rent a flat, walk to the market each day for fresh breads, meats and cheese, and run along the ocean. And, no cell phone coverage.

What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC?

Like everyone at Dell EMC, my work is demanding and requires lots of hours. My time outside the office is focused on family. I experience great pleasure in attending sporting events for my three kids, who participate in track, tennis, lacrosse, baseball and soccer. When we have free time, we love to be outdoors. Hiking, biking and taking our Labradoodle puppy, Murphy, to exciting new places and watch him run. As a family, we also like to give back to community, and look for opportunities as a family such as participating in urban farming and helping out at food kitchens.

My wife and I love to enjoy great food and wine. Living in the Bay Area, we are blessed with no shortage of phenomenal restaurants and wineries, which we try to take advantage of regularly. We also have a large garden; and it doesn’t hurt that my wife is loves to cook, and is always wowing us. (I’m in charge of the wine pairing.)

And finally, I’m a concert junkie. I love to go to live shows, especially in unique venues, which we have plenty of in the Bay. Coming up in the next three months I’ll be seeing Bishop Briggs, Kaleo, U2, Mumford Sons, OneRepublic, Midnight Oil, Judah and the Lion, BottleRock music festival and I’m working on Bastille.

Jay Snyder alliances

Jay Snyder and his wife Stephanie hiking the Marin Headlands

Follow Jay Snyder on Twitter: @JayBOD3.

Leading IT Transformation, Opening New Markets

Chad Sakac

Chad Sakac

President, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division
Chad Sakac
Chad Sakac

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IT Transformation

It is an exciting time to be a Dell EMC partner. Thank you for your continued partnership! We’ve launched our new Dell EMC Partner Program and kicked off what will be a profitable year for all of us. Together we’ll build momentum and capture significant market opportunities.

One of those opportunities—on the minds of all of our customers—is IT transformation.

Organizations still spend more than 75% of their IT budgets just keeping the lights on, leaving very little for the innovation that will drive the future of the business. They are challenged to reduce this imbalance without sacrificing day-to-day operations, security or compliance.

Our Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud platform can help by:

  • Automating delivery of traditional applications through an on-demand self-service catalog
  • Enabling Infrastructure-as-a-Service, helping customers move toward delivering IT-as-a-Service

… That will free up budget for innovation and truly transform IT.  And it’s a unique, proven approach that only Dell EMC and our partners can offer.

Now, on the first anniversary of our incredibly successful VxRail hyper-converged appliance, we announced the availability of Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail

Why is this significant?

  • Enterprise Hybrid Cloud now available on VxRail starts at 3x lower price-points, and is built on vSAN. This means new customers start with a smaller investment and footprint while enjoying the same benefits of automation and self-service as larger businesses. This opens a new market opportunity, enabling you to reach small enterprises and midsize businesses, (a nearly $8 billion global market opportunity) that previously couldn’t afford a hybrid cloud platform.
  • Not just that, the new Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is now highly automated for deployment and for updates – a 3x reduction in complexity. This means customers can very simply and easily, think turnkey, set up their hybrid cloud environment with very little to no additional support and provisioning requirements. This gives you more opportunity to provide additional value-added services, and not get bogged down in low-value commoditized software/hardware installation
  • The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud adds rich capabilities for backup, DR, Database as a service, and encryption workflows “out of the box”.   Furthermore, there is support for a broad ecosystem that include VMware stack, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, ServiceNow and Puppet Enterprise to name a few.

Net – with EHC on VxRail, you are now armed with a great new offer that makes offering a complete IaaS hybrid cloud solution focused on IT something that is simple, easy, and profitable.  

Together with the Native Hybrid Cloud (also deployed on VxRail) – a sibling offer to EHC on VxRail that is a complete PaaS solution built around Pivotal Cloud Foundry and focused at the developer – our Dell EMC partners have something that no one else can deliver, and are more relevant than any product-level discussion.

Prepare your sales teams for these new opportunities:

  1. Read the full Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail announcement
  2. Become enabled with new IT Transformation and Digital Transformation credentials
  3. If you want to see where we are going next with Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRack SDDC and VMware Cloud Foundation and even hints at what’s coming next – read the blog post on Virtual Geek here
  4. Access our Enterprise Hybrid Cloud playbook here
  5. Ask questions via the AskEHC@Dell.com distribution list.

Start qualifying opportunities in your customer base today and take advantage of this significant new market opportunity. The Enterprise Hybrid Cloud on VxRail platform will be orderable in MyQuotes on March 11.

Thank you so much for being our Dell EMC Partners!

VMworld Europe 2016: Let the Transformation Begin

Claire Vyvyan

Claire Vyvyan

Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Solutions Group, EMEA
Claire Vyvyan

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vmworld-europe

For the first time ever, Dell EMC had a combined presence as Global Diamond Sponsor at VMworld Europe. Held over four days last week in Barcelona, Spain, the VMworld Europe theme was be_TOMORROW. This event attracted an audience of industry thought leaders, subject matter experts and IT professionals—all of whom enthusiastically immersed themselves in the latest in Cloud infrastructure and business mobility technology.

Dell EMC: Let the Transformation Begin

Our Dell EMC event theme was Let the Transformation Begin, and we showcased our strong combined portfolio across these key areas:

  • Modern Infrastructure
  • End User Compute
  • Converged Systems
  • Data Protection
  • Modern Analytics
  • Cloud.

I was joined by Maurizio Carli, EVP Worldwide Sales VMware, and Jean-Pierre Brulard, SVP & GM EMEA VMware, in welcoming 200+ customers and partners at the Dell EMC welcome reception on Monday evening, at Eclipse bar, Hotel W. Such a great start to a busy and productive week! This was followed by two equally successful events through the week—our Virtustream Cocktail reception and the VCE User Group Meeting.

vmworld-welcome-reception

We certainly know how to draw a crowd! The Dell EMC booth was always packed, which was understandable given the extent of our combined portfolio, featuring: a VxRack, VxBlock 540 with XtremIO, VxRail, Dell EMC Virtual Rack, and a Client Solutions ‘Petting Zoo’ with Wyse products and our latest Latitudes. Additionally, we had a Dell Edge Gateway in the VMware Internet of Things Pavilion supporting a smart factory demo.

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Dell EMC at VMworld Europe: From High Energy to High Engagement

The incredible dynamism of the event gave way to some great discussions, including:

  • 80+ meetings with customers, partners and press to talk about our strategy and the importance of our VMware partnership
  • 60+ theatre sessions including some on VxRail and All Flash
  • Eight Dell EMC sessions, which attracted large audiences
  • 2,100+ social mentions

Thanks to everyone involved in making our first combined presence such a success—we truly are better together!  Let’s make sure we leverage all the great opportunities that result from this event to WIN BIG!

You can still tune in and join the conversation on social media using #vmworld.

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An Interview with Gregg Ambulos: Digital Transformation and the Power of the Portfolio

Jen Hoye

Jen Hoye

Senior Communications Specialist

These days global digital transformation is not only a hot topic—it’s THE topic— for businesses and organizations. And, as we head toward the third platform, the need for businesses to evolve and transform themselves becomes increasingly apparent and critical.


I recently sat down with Gregg Ambulos, EMC’s Senior Vice President of Global Channel Sales. He offered insight into this digital transformation, the significant market opportunities it presents across all market segments … and what this means for you, our valued EMC Business Partners.


Below, I’ve captured highlights from this discussion.

 

Q:     What are you hearing in meetings today with EMC Business Partner executives?


GA:   Cloud everything, and the whole digital transformation and experience. It’s all moving at the speed of light; and organizations need to transform with it, or they just won’t survive.


Organizations have to start placing bets. They’ve got to say:


Who are the players that will do more than just take advantage of market opportunities today? Who are the folks that I can place a bet with that are going to help me capture the opportunity in the 2nd and 3rd platforms?


And, they need to transform their businesses, their whole business models—and quickly—or they could be in trouble. This convergence is happening and executives know that if they are slow to react, then they’re placing their businesses in jeopardy.

Executives are looking to place a bet—and their money—where they’ll receive the greatest return. And, only EMC delivers a complete solution; and is positioned to help customers transform their businesses for the future.

Q:     Can you talk a little bit about the EMC portfolio? You recently referred to it as having “no gaps.”


GA:  That’s right. As that pertains to flash, we’re in a really good position because we have the industry’s broadest portfolio and have both all flash array (AFA) and hybrid flash array (HFA) offerings. We’ve got the VNX and VMAX lines, and we have XtremIO. EMC offers best-in-class flash solutions to meet all customer needs—regardless of size, budget, or IT requirements. Simply put, our portfolio leaves NO GAPS.


There’s an enormous total addressable market (TAM) for flash today. In fact, the HFA market is FOUR times the size of the AFA market. HFA presents an $18.9B market opportunity.


And, this is the way it’ll be over the next four to five years. The transformation is happening … But, this is exactly why it is important for a company to offer a portfolio without gaps.


XtremIO is hands down, the industry’s best AFA. Yet, XtremIO doesn’t cover every use case—and VNX is a really solid offering, as is VNXe. And, depending upon the use case, we have to make sure we position the right offering—whether HFA or AFA—for that particular customer based upon their use, requirements, and the applications they are running.


Q:     Would you say that a use-case strategy will be an important focus in the near future?


GA:   Use cases are absolutely critical. And performance requirements. And price point. There are advantages to both [AFA and HFA] technologies based upon what the customer is looking for.


For example, it might clearly be an XtremIO opportunity … Maybe a tier-1 app, a big database. In this case, you’re going to be looking at potentially XtremIO as the answer. But, if the customer is running a tier-2 app, or an application that’s tied to high transactional rates, then you’re probably looking at VNX as the potential solution.


You’ve got to make the right call for the customer. And, that means you need to learn and understand customer/prospect requirements before initiating ANY customer or prospect discussion. This can make all the difference, particularly in the entry-level and midrange.


Q:     What are some of the things EMC is doing to make it easier for our partners to sell EMC flash offerings and to grab a piece of this huge market opportunity?


GA:   Right now, we’re providing training and enablement to help both EMC Field Sales and our EMC Business Partners take advantage of the significant market opportunity.


We’re particularly focused on making sure that channel partners are aligned to how EMC Field Sales is going to market All of our communications and training is in concert, and designed to help our partners build out their skills set and capabilities … And, to ultimately, be more successful.

Continue to invest in EMC, and we will continue to invest back.


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EMC will help our business partners, and their customers, keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital world. Talk with your prospects and customers, understand their requirements, and then position the best EMC offering for their needs. The $18.9B HFA market opportunity is real. Grab your piece. emcturnupthevolume

 

Watch this brief video to hear more from Gregg Ambulos on EMC’s commitment to helping you win with the industry’s broadest portfolio.


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