If you keep up with products in the blogosphere, you might already be familiar with the Studio One 19, which is our new all-in-one computer. Darren Gladstone’s article kicked off some discussions when we introduced it in Japan last month. Today, we’re now offering it to customers in the United States and Europe.Over the weekend, Gizmodo and others reacted to a design-focused video that Lionel featured in a blog post late last week. The Studio One 19 is an all-in-one computer that provides a great shared computing experience for families. As mentioned in an earlier post, the Studio One 19 features a simple and approachable design, with five different color options to easily match any home décor.The Studio One 19 is no slouch when it comes to performance either. Because it’s built on a desktop chipset and features some desktop hardware like Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors and desktop hard drives. Video performance is solid too with NVIDIA GeForce 9200 graphics and 9400 performance graphics upgrade options.For more on both the hardware and software behind the Studio One 19, take a look at this video that features Josh Duncan and Angela Blair from Dell’s product team: </p><p>Besides design and performance, the optional touch capability is something that stands out. The Studio One 19 is our first desktop to feature a multi-touch option. In case you missed it, here’s the preview of the touch capabilities we shared recently. Now that it’s here, I wanted to share more details about the touch features that the Studio One 19 offers:Easy multi-touch photo editing, slideshow creation, playlist compilation, notes, and even web browsing.Use Touch Zone to quickly locate touch applications and access media content including photos. Listen to music and create playlist.Unleash creativity with You Paint finger painting software.Record videos and upload directly to YouTube with the touch of a finger with TouchCamFlick to Flickr – Upload photos to Flickr to share with family and friends.More cowbell – Use Drum Kit to bang on the drums with the multi-touch percussion center. Lionel said this was a blast.You can see photos of the Studio One 19 on Dell’s official Flickr page.Update: Dell has also teamed with Cozi to feature the Cozi Family Organizer on the Studio One 19 (both touch and non-touch). Families use Cozi to schedule appointments and activities in the shared family calendar, to track shopping and to do lists, to keep a family journal and to send quick messages and reminders. For example how many times have you asked your teen to stop by the store and pick up a few items on the way home – and they remember half of what you needed? Well, with Cozi you speak their language by sending the grocery list via text directly to their cell phone. Really – Cozi is a simple and intuitive experience that any family member can easily use.Cozi also offers a couple of extras on the Dell Studio One 19 including:Cozi Express – Launches Cozi right from the desktop for immediate access to the family’s calendar, shopping and to do list and other information.Cozi Photo Collage Screensaver -Automatically creates and rotates stunning collages from photos stored on the PC, organizes the photos by family events and activities, and displays upcoming appointments from the family calendar.
Thousands of business and technology professionals will gather in Barcelona next week at VMworld 2014 Europe. As a Platinum sponsor, VCE will once again be at the forefront of discussions on how to realise even greater achievements in virtualization to help dramatically reduce IT complexity and drive business value.Come along to booth P201 in the Solutions Exchange to discover how to leverage true converged infrastructure solutions for VDI, SAP, Big Data and Oracle as part of the series of in-booth theater presentations from VCE experts. There will also be guest presentations from VCE’s investor partners Cisco, EMC, and VMware, as well as customer Michael Somerville of the University of San Diego, who will discuss the university’s Vblock System implementation.The booth conversation station and demonstration areas will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss specific questions and challenges and how the latest innovations in VCE Vblock Systems and Vision Intelligent Operations software will support IT transformation.Sessions not to miss include a 60-minute breakout on Tuesday 14 October at 15:30 titled ‘Virtualizing SAP: Real Enterprise Experiences on VCE Vblock™ Systems’, where Nigel Moulton from the VCE office of the CTO and Nick Morgan, SAP solutions specialist at VCE, will discuss how leveraging converged infrastructure enables customers to virtualize and modernize SAP landscapes and accelerate ROI. Then on Thursday 16 October at 10:15, Spencer Critchlow, Chief Strategist at VCE will examine how IT can transform their user environments in a world where providing anytime, anywhere access at a low cost is becoming the de facto standard for organizations, in a presentation entitled ‘The Golden Lessons for Scalable Desktop Virtualization with Unparalleled User Experience’.Keep a close eye on our Twitter feed and the VCE Vblog for live updates and new blogs during the show. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Nothing is changing business as rapidly and with as much impact as the changing expectations of the Information Generation, a growing community of digital citizens connected to a global network that puts the world’s information at their fingertips. More than a discrete demographic like the Baby Boomers or the Millennials, the Information Generation represents the larger group of people who are resetting expectations of business, demanding faster, round-the-clock access to services and want more personalized digitized experiences tailored for any smart device.To better understand the impact of the Information Generation on the enterprise customers we serve, EMC partnered with the Institute For The Future and research firm Vanson Bourne to engage experts at think tanks and in industry and academia, along with more than 3,600 business managers and executives around the world. More than nine out of 10 of them agree that technology has transformed customer expectations and that leading companies are redefining the way we buy, work, learn, play and socialize online.To avoid disruption and obsolescence amidst so much change, businesses in every industry agree they need to adopt a digital mindset and do five things exceptionally well:Predictively spot new opportunities (60% agree)Demonstrate transparency and trust (56%)Innovate in an agile way (55%)Deliver a unique and personalized experience (45%)Operate in an always-on, real time manner (38%)While the companies we spoke with acknowledge these five attributes as high priorities for their transformation, very few of them claim they do these extremely well or pervasively across their enterprise today. Most admit to struggling with the ability to capitalize on data. Half say they are experiencing data overload and don’t know how, while only 24 percent claim to be good at turning data into useful information and only 30 percent say they can act on data in real-time.These same companies see digital competition intensifying in the years ahead. By 2020, the Internet will connect seven billion people on the planet, 30 billion devices and 10 million businesses. As the Institute For The Future explains in a new report that EMC is releasing today, all of this points to an even more data-driven future, marked by five fundamental shifts:The Information Economy: people will sell, donate and trade their informationNetworked Systems: inanimate objects will be more responsive and connectedAugmented Decision Making: enhanced by artificial intelligenceMulti-Sensory Communication: more data will be communicated through the sensesPrivacy-Enhancing Technology: individuals will regain more control over their privacyThe release of The Information Generation: Transforming the Future, Today is just the start of what we expect will become an ongoing conversation with our customers and partners in the months ahead. Transforming to a truly information-savvy organization will be critical for every business, and every digital business strategy will require a more robust technology strategy.The race is on. Are you ready for the Information Generation?
America Recycles Day is this Friday, and each year we celebrate by hosting recycling drives on our campuses around the country. Each year I’m amazed at what we collect to repurpose: used computers, cell phones, eyeglasses, pet items, tennis shoes. Whether reused in current form or broken down into component parts, the materials get a second life.And it seems simple to us as consumers. We drop off a product and someone else handles the rest. We don’t always see the complexity behind the scenes. The truth is recycling and reusing materials is hard, and it’s especially hard for technology, which contains a surprising number of elements from the periodic table. With electronics becoming the fastest growing waste stream in the world, it’s precisely this challenge that will define our opportunity to lead the industry over the next decade.Today Dell Technologies announced our 2030 social impact goals, and we shared how advancing sustainability is a critical element of how Dell will have the greatest impact on society. More specifically, we shared moonshot goals extending a commitment to the circular economy. By 2030:We will recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buysMore than half of all product content will be made from recycled or renewable materialWe will use 100% recycled or renewable material in all our packagingWe’ve been working toward this concept of circularity for a while — providing recycling services to our global customers for over 20 years, and even achieving our 2020 goal of using 100 million pounds of recycled content early. Sure, Dell Technologies is a software producer. One of the world’s largest. But the issue is rooted in material goods. Our 2030 goal takes on the expansive Dell Technologies hardware portfolio and the breadth and depth of materials in our products and packaging.To put this in perspective, technology can contain up to half the elements on a periodic table and many of them are technically recoverable. A typical computer contains plastics, metals, metalloids, ceramics, copper, carbon fiber, silicon, glass, steel, aluminum and countless other obscure materials we’ve probably never heard of. Each material comes with complexity when it comes to reuse.Water bottles, for example, are typically made out of PET. We generally do not use PET to make our products (the chassis for many Latitude laptops, for example, is ABS plastic with polycarbonate). Mechanical recycling forces you to stay with the same kind of plastic. So PET can come back as PET. This greatly limits the number of available recycling streams.What’s more, mechanical recycling slightly degrades the plastics. They pick up impurities and the process of re-melting them can potentially weaken the structure. They can’t always return to their original state and can only be recycled so many times before compromising the quality. That’s why recycled content typically gets mixed with virgin plastics. Our closed-loop plastics program – which takes ABS plastic from e-waste and recycles it back into new product components – is a 35% blend. Across our product lines, you will find some that have no recycled content while some have as much as 50%.What gets exciting, is when you can find the perfect material match in someone else’s waste. Carbon fiber is a great example. Turns out computers use a similar grade carbon fiber as airplanes. So we reclaim aerospace material for Latitude, our commercial notebook line. To date, Dell has prevented more than 2 million pounds of carbon fiber from ending up in landfills.And in this case, the benefits go far beyond the environment. We’ve partnered with Carbon Conversions, a start-up based in South Carolina with a mission to reclaim and recycle carbon fiber. Carbon Conversions has redesigned and reengineered the papermaking process to produce carbon fiber non-woven fabrics, bringing new growth to an area historically impacted by overseas manufacturing.Finding more partners like Carbon Conversions will be important. It will also be important to increase our own recycling streams dramatically (i.e. you all have a role to play too). We must make it as easy as possible for you to recycle.The future will take collaboration, diligence, and creativity. It will take constant experimentation, failing in some cases, but nevertheless pushing the industry forward. We don’t have all the answers today for how we’re going to achieve our sustainability goals, but from closed loop plastics to carbon fiber to ocean bound plastics to rare earth metals– we’ve laid the foundation, and we are committed to the circular road ahead.