BrandPost: Insights from a Leader: The Future is All About Speed and Agility

To say that Cummins Inc. is a global leader in high performance engines is a bit of an understatement. The company’s engines are found in nearly every type of vehicle and equipment that rolls over pavement or dirt, from pickup trucks to 18-wheelers,…

To say that Cummins Inc. is a global leader in high performance engines is a bit of an understatement. The company’s engines are found in nearly every type of vehicle and equipment that rolls over pavement or dirt, from pickup trucks to 18-wheelers, from berry pickers to 360-ton mining haul trucks. You’ll also find Cummins engines on the water, in everything from recreational boats to commercial ships.

All in all, we’re talking about a company with an amazing track record for success. But don’t think for a second that Cummins is resting on its laurels. As a company executive notes in a new Dell Technologies video, Cummins is sharply focused on putting the latest technologies to work in its products.

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BrandPost: Streamlining Software Development and Distribution with Containers

For many years now, IT organizations have been virtualizing servers to gain greater value from their hardware investments. With tools from VMware, Microsoft and other vendors, IT managers could abstract the resources from a single host server and ma…

For many years now, IT organizations have been virtualizing servers to gain greater value from their hardware investments. With tools from VMware, Microsoft and other vendors, IT managers could abstract the resources from a single host server and make them available to multiple users via virtual machines. This move to virtualized servers greatly increased asset utilization while making it easier to provision, deploy, manage and protect end-user systems.

Server virtualization was clearly a big leap forward in our approach to the hardware layer of the data center stack. Yet for all its benefits, this hardware virtualization didn’t help us solve the problem of how we simplify the provisioning, distribution and management of the software environments that run on top of the virtualized hardware layer.

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BrandPost: Smart IT: Manage your IT infrastructure with ease and confidence

Today’s smart home technology makes managing life much simpler. With the ease of a cell phone, anyone can monitor and control many electronics in the home. From hundreds of miles away, you can easily turn on and off lights, appliances, air condition…

Today’s smart home technology makes managing life much simpler. With the ease of a cell phone, anyone can monitor and control many electronics in the home. From hundreds of miles away, you can easily turn on and off lights, appliances, air conditioning, sprinkler systems – and even an outdoor fountain.

While remote monitoring and control is nice to have in the home, it is essential for today’s digitally transformed data center. To help streamline IT processes and improve operations, businesses are constantly on the lookout for solutions that help monitor and control IT – providing higher efficiencies at a lower cost. Whether on site or hundreds to thousands of miles away, organizations worldwide are seeking solutions that provide an improved IT management experience.

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BrandPost: Save money on multi-cloud deployments. AKA: Take back Monday.

It’s Monday morning. For one unfortunate CIO, that means a tedious, time-consuming meeting with the CFO to review expenditures on each of the organization’s cloud accounts. After migrating many workloads to the cloud, their usage for these services …

It’s Monday morning. For one unfortunate CIO, that means a tedious, time-consuming meeting with the CFO to review expenditures on each of the organization’s cloud accounts. After migrating many workloads to the cloud, their usage for these services is out of control. With multiple cloud providers, it’s difficult and time consuming to keep on top of who’s spending what.

The dreaded Monday morning meetings

I asked this CIO how they got to this point. He explained that their business units were going straight to the cloud because they needed access to resources faster. They started cautiously, but very quickly their public cloud usage got out of control.

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BrandPost: From Traditional to Agile Software Development – Changing Culture, Processes, and Architecture

Delivering working, tested, and deployable software on a continuous basis delights customers and gives organizations more visibility and adaptability throughout project lifecycles. But making this transition from traditional to agile development mea…

Delivering working, tested, and deployable software on a continuous basis delights customers and gives organizations more visibility and adaptability throughout project lifecycles. But making this transition from traditional to agile development means adjustments for the entire organization – from management and collaboration to software development and testing.

As a recent product group leader within Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)1, I was part of a team that successfully worked through this transformation. To ensure overall success, my team focused on three key pillars: culture, processes, and architecture.

Promote a new culture

Because HPE is a company originally built on producing hardware, a waterfall mentality drove the culture. Manufacturing hardware, delivering that hardware to customers, deploying hardware, and following roadmaps driven by the evolution of chipsets conspired to drive a sequential set of interdependent steps. In contrast, today’s agile software development culture is a more organic, creative, and flexible process. As HPE began to promote a new culture within the company – one with more collaboration and agility – the team needed a completely new mindset.

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BrandPost: How composability helps drive innovation and automation across the datacenter

Almost every business is going throughsome sort of digital transformation. And that digital transformation is really about how they can leverage IT to connect with their customers faster and more effectively. The whole idea of digital transformation…

Almost every business is going throughsome sort of digital transformation. And that digital transformation is really about how they can leverage IT to connect with their customers faster and more effectively. The whole idea of digital transformation and becoming a digital business is driving a new set of behaviors in the way enterprises run – and as a result – in the way IT needs to support them.

With that, there’s a desire to go very fast, of rapidly getting connections to customers much faster and for adding features via software. But at the same time, there’s the constant goal to keep IT costs in line – which requires higher levels of automation. That automation – along with a desire to align with the needs of the business – drives composability in the datacenter.

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BrandPost: Conflicting viewpoints disrupting your cloud adoption? How to bring everyone together.

When conflicting viewpoints threaten to disrupt your cloud program, effective leaders know they must build consensus. Healthy debate is good, but not at the price of progress. Far too many times, great programs start out well, only to stall because …

When conflicting viewpoints threaten to disrupt your cloud program, effective leaders know they must build consensus. Healthy debate is good, but not at the price of progress. Far too many times, great programs start out well, only to stall because of in-fighting and conflict. One way to get back on track is through a leadership forum – a workshop that facilitates communication breakthroughs and aligns leaders.

Why you need a leadership forum

Many people think conflicting viewpoints on cloud adoption are all about technology. That’s actually not the case; it’s more about communication – or lack thereof. As leaders try to implement the right technology solutions for their organization, they are bombarded with marketing materials for solutions promising to solve all their problems. This results in tech fatigue, which slows the process. In addition, personal preferences also come into play, distracting leaders with too many options. When people are confused by too much choice, they fall back to what they know and dig in – often at the expense of the team’s progress.

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BrandPost: Cloud Transition – 5 Best Practices to Follow

Is your business transitioning from on-premises infrastructure to multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, or both? If you answered yes to any of these, you are embarking on the single most significant technology shift your company will face over the next decade….

Is your business transitioning from on-premises infrastructure to multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, or both? If you answered yes to any of these, you are embarking on the single most significant technology shift your company will face over the next decade.

Whether you are looking to move one workload or shutdown an entire data center, the transformation is complex and full of difficulty. Successful cloud adoption dictates a razor-sharp focus and a detailed blueprint, as a single misstep can become costly and time consuming.

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BrandPost: How Hybrid Cloud Simplifies Data Sovereignty Challenges

Many organizations are turning to the public cloud, taking advantage of the speed it enables developers to deploy applications in their organizations.  According to IDG in their 2018 Cloud Computing Survey, 73% of organizations have at least one app…

Many organizations are turning to the public cloud, taking advantage of the speed it enables developers to deploy applications in their organizations.  According to IDG in their 2018 Cloud Computing Survey, 73% of organizations have at least one application, or a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud.[1] But in some cases, certain data and applications cannot run in the public cloud due to data sovereignty and compliance policies. 

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BrandPost: Prepping for the Data Deluge

Data is infiltrating many organizations at an astounding rate, whether the industry is healthcare or entertainment, and regardless of whether the company is a Fortune 500 behemoth or a small- to mid-sized business. As companies consume terabytes of …

Data is infiltrating many organizations at an astounding rate, whether the industry is healthcare or entertainment, and regardless of whether the company is a Fortune 500 behemoth or a small- to mid-sized business. As companies consume terabytes of data culled from Internet behavior, social media, and Internet of Things (IoT)-connected assets (among other things), they run the risk of drowning in a deluge. If that data volume is properly managed and leveraged, however, it can be the leg up on competition—and business success.

According to a survey of 2,300 global business and IT leaders by MIT Technology Review Insights in association with Pure Storage, nearly 90% of respondents believe data is the key to delivering better results and future growth, especially for shaping a more personalized customer experience.

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