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Clipper Race Update: Through the Panama Canal and on to New York

July 19, 2018

This is the ninth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. If you haven’t read the previous blog entries from Samantha Harper and Marek Omilian detailing their adventures thus far, you may want to start from the beginning. Those entries are all in the “Sport & Recreation” section of Direct2Dell. For background on Dell’s involvement in this incredible event, read our initial…

Boston – Dell Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Forum

July 18, 2018

In 2018, Dell commissioned blueprints for 10 cities, including Boston, to arm leaders and policymakers with the data and insights they need to improve conditions for high-potential women entrepreneurs. Boston ranked 4th on the 2017 Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index and the 2018 recommendations were unveiled at this event. Understanding that women entrepreneurs still struggle to access capital, networks and resources needed to scale, this interactive two-part forum brought together policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and advocates to discuss…

Connecting the Orphans of Jhamtse Gatsal to the World

July 17, 2018

“Seeing right there in the moment we changed their lives.” I can only hope that my words above capture the trip of a lifetime. My team and I set out on a journey with Mike Libecki of National Geographic. Mike is a long-time partner of Dell. He has used Dell’s Latitude Rugged Laptops and Precision Workstations on his journeys to remote areas of the world. Mike’s passion for exploring the unknown has carried down to his daughter Lillianna. With this passion,…

Dell Recognized as “2018 DEI Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”

July 16, 2018

According to the World Bank Group, 15 percent of the world’s population – one billion people – have a disability and between 110 million and 190 million people experience significant disabilities.  In the last U.S. census in 2010, over 56 million people were counted as having a disability yet the employment ratios for people without a disability (65 percent) are more than three times more than those with a disability (18 percent).* The World Bank Group goes on to note…

Seven Life Lessons Learned as Dell Interns

July 9, 2018

The following is a guest post from Amulya V. Dhupad and Ashwini Madivalara. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit Every year Dell opens its doors to interns around the world. In 2017, they had just shy of 2,000 interns join their offices and our 2018 class of interns is still growing. As interns, we come to Dell EMC from campus eager to learn and willing to grow in our field of choice….

But Who Will Do the Work Then?

July 5, 2018

Artificial intelligence is transforming knowledge work “Machines that can change society, and have been much dreamed of, are now here in the shape of networked computers and robots, fed by data whose figures far exceed the human imagination, and increasingly autonomous artificial intelligence.” — Richard David Precht, in ‘Jäger, Hirten, Kritiker: Eine Utopie für die digitale Gesellschaft’ [Hunter, Shepherd, Critic: A Utopia for the Digital Society] Artificial intelligence (AI) has little to do with human intelligence, even if it may seem…

Hurricane Prep Tips From Dell Disaster Response Volunteers

June 28, 2018

The 2018 hurricane season – which kicked off June 1 – is expected to be “near-or above-normal,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As those who have been in a hurricane will tell you, nobody affected by Harvey or Irma or any other event will look at an approaching storm without profound anxiety. Safety professionals and our Dell disaster relief volunteers agree on this recurring advice: Prepare ahead of time. A well-prepared plan for your family can help…

Building Cities of Tomorrow with Ford

The promise of continued advancement of technology is a massive opportunity for our world’s cities. As we sit in traffic, circle a block for parking, or brake for a pedestrian, we long for new and smarter ways for mobility in cities to become more livable and sustainable. We at Dell Technologies believe that the scale and complexity of mobility in cities – where over half the world’s population now lives – is matched only by its absolute importance to everyday…

5 Easy Tips to Becoming an Ally

June 26, 2018

Every June for as long as I can remember I have participated in Pride Festivals across the United States. From Minneapolis, to Nashville, to San Francisco, to Winston Salem, the message is ALWAYS the same: LOVE is LOVE. It’s really a simple thought. Love is Love. A man and a woman, and man and a man, a woman and a woman. Sometimes the turnout varies in size at these events, but the message is always the same: Love is Love….

Dell Technology Plays Role in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp”

June 25, 2018

We showcased a lot of great products at CES 2018, but one display at the Dell Experience that especially caught the eye of Super Hero fans in attendance were the new costumes from Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” “One of the biggest additions in Ant-Man and The Wasp will be the world’s introduction to Hope van Dyne in her Wasp costume, especially with her now sharing the film’s title,” noted Joseph Aberl of MCU Exchange, a blog focused exclusively…

Glasgow STEMAspire Experience

June 22, 2018

In my 18+ years in the IT Industry, I have seen many changes. The most impactful change is the focus on Women in IT and the inspiring women who drive this diverse and inclusive agenda, so needless to say, it was without thought I wanted to be involved in the Dell EMC Glasgow STEMAspire program. It is indeed a real privilege being a Mentor and I am lucky to be aligned with a great mentee, Vardah Malik, who is keen…

The Workplace is Changing

June 21, 2018

The workplace is changing. How people work is changing.  And as Sara Sutton Fell, the Founder and CEO of FlexJobs, knows all too well, “what people want from work is changing and flexible work is a really critical part of that transformation.” With our mutual support of flexible work, it comes as no surprise that Dell and FlexJobs have come together to showcase the viability of flex work in today’s workplace. FlexJobs has continuously recognized Dell in their Top 100…

Annual Update on Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan

June 19, 2018

Our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan captures our commitment of putting our technology and expertise to work for the good of our people and planet, a founding principle of Dell’s purpose: to drive human progress. Stepping into the Chief Responsibility Officer role this year, I’m truly honored to represent this commitment and an impressive body of work that reflects the integrity, passion and entrepreneurial spirit of the global Dell team. Together we remain committed to putting our solutions and expertise…

Dell Team Members Reflect on Pride Beyond Borders

June 18, 2018

As a member of the LGBTQ community and a proud 19-year tenure at Dell, I am excited to take a few moments to reflect on what this year’s Dell Pride month theme, “Pride Beyond Borders,” means. Personally, I have had the honor of being on the leadership team of Dell Pride Employee Resource Group (ERGs) for the last six years and being a Global Lead for the ERG for last four years. Over that time, I have seen the growth…

Go Inside the Mind Behind Alienware Design

June 13, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Joe Olmstead here on Direct2Dell, but Tom’s Guide was recently able to grab the Alienware product development director for a special Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on their forum. The questions he received were wide-ranging from how to order an Alienware 17 R5 online without Tobii eye-tracking, to why someone would chose to purchase an Alienware 17 R4 that weighs more than some smaller, more portable systems that are available. Reading it…

Trade Instability is Bad News for Everyone

June 12, 2018

By Michael Young This week Business Roundtable, a group of CEO’s from America’s top companies, released its second quarter CEO Economic Outlook Survey, which provides a glimpse into the direction of the U.S. economy based on CEO reports of their company’s future plans. The good news coming out of the report is that the leaders of these major organizations have solid plans for the coming months. However, the bad news is that there is a slight decline in the overall…

Who Needs an All-In-One Computer, Anyway?

Sleek, simple to set up, energy and space-efficient — even with all the benefits all-in-one computers (AIOs) offer, they haven’t quite reached the ubiquity of their traditional desktop or laptop brethren. That’s partly because an AIO makes the most sense in a few specific use cases, not necessarily as the choice to outfit an entire workforce or family. Four common AIO use cases Desk-centric workers who want the best of both worlds – When you spend your time at a…

Dell Pledges to Eliminate Plastic Straws This World Oceans Day

June 8, 2018

It’s hot here in Central Texas. Like 100°F hot (about 38°C). And while we sweat our way between air-conditioned locations, we’ll probably grab an ice cold beverage. You have to stay hydrated after all. And it’s a pretty good bet that drink will arrive with a plastic straw. Straws with your iced coffee. Straws next to the drink machine. Straws with a glass of water at a restaurant. Straws straws straws. Every day in the United States we use an…

Alienware and Dell Bring New Gaming Data and Hardware to E3

June 6, 2018

The image that often comes to mind when people think of a gamer is a male loner playing in his parents’ basement, but as the world’s premier event for computer and video games, E3, kicks off it’s time to dispel that stereotype with new data. An extensive survey of 5,763 video game players in 11 countries, commissioned by Dell, has revealed that today’s gamers are quite diverse — from your coworker with two kids, to the woman next to you…

STEMAspire Connects Glasgow Students to Role Models

June 5, 2018

Dell EMC Glasgow launched our STEMAspire Program on the 1st November 2017, working with 26 students from City of Glasgow College, University West of Scotland and Glasgow University. The purpose of this 12-month initiative is to connect female STEM students to role-models within Dell EMC. Our objective is to encourage and empower these students to graduate and to have successful and rewarding careers in the Technology sector. “The genesis of the program rose from a discussion last year between myself,…

Chickens, Cats and the Need for Technology

June 4, 2018

The question of whether the chicken or the egg came first has vexed humanity for thousands of years. Even Aristotle and Goethe had a rough time working out this causality dilemma. And the philosophical aspect of the question pervaded even after Darwin proved the entire issue to be false – that there is no ‘first’ chicken or ‘first’ egg. It could be that we are faced with the question again when it comes to technology for this reason. Which came first:…

Pride Beyond Borders

It seems like only yesterday, I was sitting in a Consumer Sales training class as a 24 year old temporary hire. In less than a month, I will celebrate 19 years at Dell Inc., and I have never been prouder than I am today to work for this incredible organization. One of the many reasons for that is since my very first day I felt I could be myself. One of the best compliments I received from a colleague went…

Graduate Program Participant Learns How a Company Becomes the Best

June 1, 2018

Challenging. That’s how I’d summarize my first year after the Dell EMEA Graduate Program. I’d add to this first word these two as well though: innovation and diversity. I remember like it was yesterday what my dreams were on the last training that took place in Frankfurt: achieve my goals, learn something new every single day and create projects from scratch. During this year, I’ve learned awesome things as an account manager, like how to manage with different people in…

Women Funding Women 2018 Wraps – See You at DWEN in Toronto

May 31, 2018

Globally, it is estimated that there are more than 274 million women entrepreneurs! Yet despite this massive influence and spending power of women entrepreneurs, Dell’s Women Entrepreneur #WECities research and the US Senate report on What Women Entrepreneurs Need to Thrive found that women entrepreneurs around the world receive disproportionate access to the resources needed to thrive, including capital, mentorship and technology. As a global leader Dell is committed to helping women-owned businesses scale with the help of technology and…

High School Seniors Detour in Virtual Reality Before Graduation

High school students make an impression during virtual reality internship Graduation season is in full swing and soon the class of 2018 will be venturing into the real world. But a select group of high school seniors recently took a detour into the world of virtual reality as part of a unique internship program with Dell’s product engineering team, and I had the honor of joining them for part of the journey. My interest in this program is twofold. First,…

The Benefits of Blockchain

May 30, 2018

A New Foundation for Cultivating Customer Trust Imagine if you could rent a house, buy a car, be admitted to a hospital, get a driver’s license, apply to college or seek employment – all with just a few clicks of your smart phone. Just think if you could track the progress of a product you were interested in along every step of its life cycle, ensuring that the companies you transact with adhere to best practices within the workplace, promote…

How Supporting Diverse Suppliers Supports Local Economies and More

May 29, 2018

For entrepreneurs, having a great product or service is only the first step toward success. The next steps include finding capital, connections, contracts and customers. For many woman-owned and minority-owned firms, gaining access to these vital resources can be a challenge. According to the Minority Business Development Agency, minority-owned firms are nearly three times more likely to be denied a loan than non-minority firms. And minority firms secure a lower number and dollar amount of contracts in proportion to the…

Investing in Women Is the Smartest Economic Venture of Today

May 24, 2018

The following is a guest post from Sadaffe Abid, the founder of CIRCLE, a social enterprise focused on women’s economic empowerment and advancement. She is also the first member of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) from Pakistan. Through DWEN, Dell is connecting female entrepreneurs across the globe with networks, sources of capital, knowledge and technology, giving them the power to do more. At the 2017 DWEN Summit in San Francisco, Sadaffe hosted an UnConference session exploring ways to help women in Pakistan and…

Come Take a Look via Dell’s Supply Chain Virtual Reality Customer Tours

May 22, 2018

Championing Transparency – Leadership That Everyone Can See Transparency is an increasing and transformational trend, with vehicles such as social media and virtual reality now providing unprecedented abilities and responsibilities in sharing thoughts and experiences with others. Businesses face the same trends – and challenges – in demonstrating transparency with a growing number of stakeholders. Customers increasingly want to know more about their products, and we’ve seen this first hand at Dell: the number and range of the customer requests…

Clipper Race Update: Crossing the Pacific

May 21, 2018

This is the eighth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. If you haven’t read the previous blog entries from Samantha Harper and Marek Omilian detailing their adventures thus far, you may want to go read those first. They’re all in the “Sport & Recreation” section of Direct2Dell. For background on Dell’s involvement in this incredible event, read our initial blog here….