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If you haven’t followed Dell’s growth in enterprise software, you’ll be surprised to learn that it’s making enough small, medium and large companies happy to become a $2 billion-per-year business.
Dell Software is gaining momentum as a complementary offering to Dell’s computing hardware. Through a strategy of steady development and acquisition, software has become a huge business for Dell, with the Information Management Group a strong contributor.
In an interview at Dell World early this month, Matt Wolken, vice president and general manager of Dell’s Information Management Group, described how the group has grown and changed over the last few years. Its strategy and approach have been to keep up with its customers’ ever-increasing need for tools for databases, analytics, integration and development, while supporting environments as varied as Oracle, DB2, SQL Server and Sybase, plus dozens of different data sources.
You can see the entire interview in this video, which includes these highlights:
The interview offers insight into the role of the Information Management Group and some of the upcoming moves you can expect from us in database tools and analytics.
From our Product Manager, Robert Crosley:
Dell Desktop Authority 9.2 was released in May, 2014! This is the first release of Desktop Authority with an all new, Dell-branded look-and-feel.
This new release features:
This release is available now from the following locations:
New customers can learn more and download Desktop Authority 9.2 from: http://software.dell.com/products/desktop-authority-management-suite/.
Existing customers, with active maintenance, can download it from: https://support.software.dell.com/desktop-authority/9.2/download-new-releases
When troubleshooting logon scripts we are often reminded that it is important to get back to the basics. We can literally spend hours, days or weeks troubleshooting what in retrospect can ultimately be discovered to be a relatively simple, straightforward problem. But then, retrospection is always accorded the benefits of hindsight. It is fairly easy to look at the components pieces of a completed puzzle to understand why those pieces ultimately fit where they do. But it can be very difficult to begin with the pieces of that same puzzle in a jumbled mess and have to fit them together in order to resolve a given problem.
Resolving any technical problem can be difficult if there are many component pieces involved but it can be a significantly more challenging task where scripting is involved due to the numerous variables that can be introduced and the inherent nature of scripting; some of the pieces of the puzzle may be missing. There might be multiple pieces that could fit if only certain other variables were in play. There may even be pieces to the puzzle that never get added to the completed puzzle even after it is resolved and deemed a satisfactory resolution.
The best method to find out what pieces form the complete picture when troubleshooting is to simply ask questions and then to see which pieces fit and which do not. Procedurally, there are three main points that I find helpful to employ when getting back to basic effective troubleshooting as it relates to Desktop Authority and logon scripting:
Firstly, it would be wise to ensure that you can manually create the settings that you are instructing the script to automate before attempting to automate them through the script. If one cannot create settings manually, then attempting to automate them through a logon script is an exercise in futility.
Secondly, ask for a recreation or a restatement of the problem as it currently exists in order to narrow the issues and variables. If the problem can be summarized in a sentence, then it is probably distilled and defined enough to be addressed properly.
Thirdly, employ the “5 Ws”; Who, What, When, Where, Why (and How). This line of questioning will typically result in eliciting at least the required parameters and will more often than not stimulate additional questions or considerations that will be useful in narrowing the issues considerably during a troubleshooting session:
Who is the target of the desired setting?
What is the desired result of the setting?
When is the setting being applied?
Where on the target does the setting manifest itself?
Why is the setting being set?
How is the setting being set?
More often than not, the source of the problem becomes evident when the most basic questions are answered. Just consider what happens if we change the answer on only the first parameter above. It should be readily apparent to all that if the target is a machine, as opposed to a user, that this one variable will drastically alter the other parameters involved, as well as the effectiveness or the viability of the proposed setting.
So, don’t be reluctant to ask those basic questions and ensure that the pieces of the puzzle all fit together logically as you proceed. You will probably find that your problems are often solved well before the supply of questions and answers have been exhausted. But even if you run out of questions, at minimum, the issue will then have been defined enough to indicate if the pieces fit the puzzle or if they just look similar to the ones that are the correct fit.
How do big data and analytics affect your life? Let me count a few ways:
Big data and analytics are part of the decision-making process that goes into each of those scenarios and hundreds more, as we describe in our white paper, “Big Data Analytics in Action.”
The paper covers real-world use cases from five different verticals:
The white paper also contains details about analytical producers and analytical consumers, and a series of tips to ensure success in your next analytics project.
Get your copy of “Big Data Analytics in Action” and keep an eye out for more content on our Information Management blog in Dell TechCenter.
Here’s what’s on tap at the two theaters in the Dell Booth (# 1739) on Thursday, November 20:
We kicked off November with a bang by announcing the Public Beta for Dell Cloud Marketplace at Dell World. Enrollment is simple, and in fact, register now to enjoy a $500 credit for all cloud services for three months! To learn more, check out the video blog by Barton George where he interviews our Chief Architect for Marketplace Campbell McNeil.
The week after the beta launch, Dell Cloud Marketplace team was also at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent in Las Vegas. With 9,000 participants and 200 partners in attendance, it was a great opportunity for us to showcase our product to the folks who are driving the cloud ecosystem forward.
We’ve received some powerful endorsements from industry analysts and press, including:
Below are some pictures from Dell World and finally don’t forget to register now and enjoy $500 credit for all cloud services for 3 months!
Here’s what’s on tap at the two theaters in the Dell Booth (# 1739) on Wednesday, November 19:
You may already be a happy Statistica user looking to upgrade, or you may know a fellow analyst or CIO who needs a little push. Share this article to spread the love.
As the saying goes, "With great power comes great responsibility." In her article posted at CMSWire, Schloss takes a look at big data scenarios that are best avoided.
Based on the recent Hurwitz Report, Sweenor defines advanced analytics and comments on three of the 11 trends identified by the consultancy.
It’s been a couple of weeks since Dell World and one theme continues to resonate in my mind: Dell is serious about Big Data. As part of Michael Dell’s opening keynote, Dell Software’s own Dr. Thomas Hill, Executive Director, Analytics shared the stage with fellow panelists Michael Chui (Partner, McKinsey Global Institute), Shyam Sankar (President, Palantir) and Tom Reilly (CEO, Cloudera) to share their perspectives on the power and promise of the Data Economy.
I had the pleasure of hearing Philadelphia Youth Network also share their Big Data story at Dell World. Many industries have invested in Big Data – in fact, Gartner says that 73 percent of all organizations will by 2016 - but it’s particularly inspiring to see its adoption in the non-profit sector. Philadelphia Youth Network is one of the city’s main sources of jobs for youth — more than 126,000 of them since its founding 15 years ago. The organization serves youth in diverse communities and connects and aligns all the different organizations and funding partners that can help a young person find a job — school districts, social services and hundreds of businesses. This creates a very complex data environment for its employees to manage.
Using Toad Data Point, Philadelphia Youth Network has been able to improve its forecasting enrollment and recruitment, as well as financial planning and invoicing. They can pinpoint under-served areas in the city more quickly, target low-income teens and give more of them their first break in the job market. Michael Pompey, CIO notes, “This tool has been instrumental in giving our leaders, our executives, the information they need so they can see and act differently. It has helped us become a data-driven organization.”
In case you didn’t get a chance to attend Dell World, check out Philadelphia Youth Network’s success story here!
Welcome to SC14! Join us in Booth #1739 on Tuesday, November 18 for these exciting presentations in our two theaters.