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BrandPost: The digital future is here in new Singapore innovation hub

Over the past two decades, Dell Technologies has worked proactively to enable businesses and communities in Singapore. Today, this commitment continues with the recent launch of a Global Innovation Hub (GIH) in the Southeast Asia city-state. In a corporate news release, Dell Technologies said it expects to invest $50 million in the Singapore innovation hub over three years, including $23 million invested this year.The GIH was launched under the Dell Technologies Digital Future – Made in Singapore initiative, which aims to fast track the adoption of digital solutions and drive digital innovations developed in Singapore for partners and customers globally to be future-ready.To read this article in full, please click here

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BrandPost: IT Leaders Must Look to Network Modernization to Meet Shifting Business Needs. Here’s Why.

By Adi MukadamDigital transformations have been accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, the role of the CIO has gone into hyperdrive with no signs of slowing down. But this isn’t the first time IT leadership has been called on to exceed expectations. It’s a bit of a cycle. When a crisis hits, when technology adoption shifts, when customer needs change, the CIO has always been asked to step in and save the day. And this time is no different – well ok there is one difference. This time, CIOs must do more without an increase in resources, if not fewer resources altogether. They must implement new IT strategies, develop better customer experiences, deliver more IT innovation – and all with a growing skills gap, tighter timeframes, constrained budgets AND a distributed workforce.To read this article in full, please click here

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Digital Transformation: Hype or a Strategic Necessity?

While the term digital transformation has become slippery and overused, it nevertheless remains a priority of many business and technology executives. In this blog post, Dr. Saša Baškarada, a senior transformation architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS) Professional Services, explains the drivers of digital transformation as well as its three interdependent stages. The resulting conceptual model may facilitate the construction of more effective transformation strategies. ―Mark Guest post by Dr. Saša Baškarada, Senior Transformation Architect, AWS Professional Services The only constant in life is change. ―Heraclitus Like agility, digital transformation is one of those overused terms that mean different things to different people and are at risk of becoming meaningless. That is rather unfortunate, since, like agility, digital transformation is a fundamentally important concept that is critical for continuing success in today’s dynamic business environments. For that reason, please allow me to indulge in a little conceptual clarification. The need for digital transformation is driven by increasing competitive pressures due to the accelerated emergence and proliferation of new digital technologies. While digital technologies may help you create new value, reduce risk, and optimize operations, they also increase the threat of new competitors (by lowering the barriers to entry) and substitute products or services. At the same time, technology-savvy customers are changing their expectations and behaviors. No industry is seemingly immune, as evidenced by the disruption to the hotel industry caused by Airbnb and the disruption to the financial services industry caused by various buy-now, pay-later platforms, just

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BrandPost: EPISODE 5: Edge Network

Organizations are moving network resources closer to the customer  to deliver low latency, and intrinsically secure applications. In this podcast episode, we’ll explore the challenges and benefits of edge networking, and discuss key components, strategies and tactics for edge networking. To read this article in full, please click here

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BrandPost: What Will Work Experiences Look Like Outside of the Office?

Pandemic or not, a massive shift has been long overdue for how work gets done. Think about your job before the disruption of 2020. Were you going from meeting to meeting underprepared? Couldn’t keep track of emails or respond to phone calls because your schedule was so packed? COVID-19 has only added to these existing stressors. A Nulab survey found that 72% of remote workers are no longer working from a dedicated office space, and 40% aren’t even working from a dedicated desk. Flexjobs and Mental Health America reported during the height of the pandemic that 75% of people feel burnout working from home.To read this article in full, please click here

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Why Privacy is More Than Mere PII

If I were to give you the number 100001… Is that relevant for privacy?Well, as every analyst’s answer seems to start nowadays, ‘it depends’. It might as well be binary code and mean nothing. Unless that relates to an indication of my age, but that was certainly almost a decade ago. But if I give you that same set of digits in the CONTEXT of our conversation about how many Euros I make each month, working for Gartner…Obviously that is wishful thinking, don’t worry. However, if you’re looking at a million records in one database and you pick out this particular one with the unique attribute, that is often pseudonymous information at best. You may not know for sure whom that info is about, but you could likely with relative certainty deduce that it’s about a single individual amidst the other records.A 2019 study demonstrated today’s ease of reidentification, essentially based on metadata. Metadata matters, more than we seem to acknowledge in generic privacy programs. This has a LOT of implications, but let me point out at least the obvious ‘step 1’: When you deploy (personal) data discovery tooling that only looks through regular expression comparison or fixed combination recognition tests, you’ll find names, SSNs, addresses etc. Sure. But you won’t find all that matters, and may actually overlook incredibly large datasets with privacy risk that subsequently remains untreated. Which adds to your business risk. Instead, go one extra mile and see if there’s reason to invest in more detailed discovery options, increasingly AI-based, where context and semantic relations are understood so ‘personal data’ can get treated correct, instead of mere ‘PII’.

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NASA inches closer to printing artificial organs in space

In America, at least 17 people a day die waiting for an organ transplant. But instead of waiting for a donor to die, what if we could someday grow our own organs? Last week, six years after NASA announced its Vascular Tissue Challenge, a competition designed to accelerate research that could someday lead to artificial organs, the agency named two winning teams. The challenge required teams to create thick, vascularized human organ tissue that could survive for 30 days.  The two teams, named Winston and WFIRM, both from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, used different 3D-printing techniques to create lab-grown liver tissue that would satisfy all of NASA’s requirements and maintain their function. “We did take two different approaches because when you look at tissues and vascularity, you look at the body doing two main things,” says Anthony Atala, team leader for WFIRM and director of the institute.  The two approaches differ in the way vascularization—how blood vessels form inside the body—is achieved. One used tubular structures and the other spongy tissue structures to help deliver cell nutrients and remove waste. According to Atala, the challenge represented a hallmark for bioengineering because the liver, the largest internal organ in the body, is one of the most complex tissues to replicate due to the high number of functions it performs. Liver tissue created by team Winston for NASA’s Vascular Tissue Challenge.WAKE FOREST INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE “When the competition came out six years ago, we knew we

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