Contemporizing IT

first_imgI left EMC’s recent CIO Summit in Singapore thinking about Big Data and race cars.During the Summit, Michael Taylor, CIO of Lotus F1 Racing, referenced that their car has more than 150 sensors that capture 25MBs per lap and 50GBs of data per race that can be analyzed to fine tune the car for the next race. It’s absolutely incredible and is turning race cars into mobile R&D centers.While I may not drive a race car, I am excited about how the proliferation of sensors and Internet of Everything will benefit us personally and professionally in the future. And, as a CIO, it is also a reminder that we must take a more contemporary approach to IT to unlock the potential of this information.We need to devise a way to capture and manage this big, fast data and provide a platform for our users to analyze this information in real-time. At EMC, we are creating a ubiquitous data lake where we could ingest a large amount of data, and then put the intelligence on top of it. This goes beyond just visualizing the data to provide our business users with the ability to play with the data and change the variables to drive different outcomes and different behaviors.However, as CIOs of contemporary IT organizations, we cannot focus just on the technology. To paraphrase one CIO’s comment at the Summit, a technology approach like this enables us to stop thinking about delivering products and solutions, and begin to focus on how we can help our business users achieve value-driven outcomes. While technology is critical, contemporary IT requires that we take a long, hard look at our people and processes and evolve to organization to be business-facing, service-oriented, consumption-funded and, most importantly, value-driven.Which brings me back to Michael’s session at our Summit. Capturing all that data is important, but only if it helps Lotus F1 get faster, more agile and more competitive after each and every race. How are you contemporizing IT to supercharge your business?last_img read more

Additional States Added To New York Mandatory Quarantine List

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wearing a mask. File image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Photo date: 06/24/20.ALBANY – During a Coronavirus conference call update on Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Illinois, Kentucky, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Minnesota are now on the state’s mandatory quarantine list.That brings the total number of states on that list to 34.In terms of quarantining when returning to New York, Governor Cuomo says, “If you refuse to fill out the form in the airport, it is illegal for you to leave the airport.”He says police give you the option to fill out the form, and if you don’t, they give you a summons to fill out when you get off the plane. Cuomo also says an additional 26 violations were handed out on Monday to businesses not complying with the COVID rules, 17 of which were in Manhattan.As of yesterday, there was an infection rate of .93% and 81 people were intubated, the lowest number of intubations since March 15, according to the governor.He also addressed the issues surrounding Major League Baseball.“If you’re having problems playing elsewhere, come play here,” Cuomo said.The governor says New York State could host any game that any team wants to play, citing the availability of testing and resources along with a low infection rate as the reasons.Cuomo mentioned the Blue Jays playing here in the Queen City as well, saying it’s “great for Buffalo, great for New York.”As part of his baseball proposal, players would have to fly private, then go right to a ‘quarantine hotel’ to be tested, and would have to submit to a mandatory quarantine in the hotel when not playing ball.last_img read more

Lindsey Graham Wins a Fourth Term in South Carolina, Beating Jaime Harrison

first_imgBut the close results suggested Mr. Graham’s standing had also taken a significant hit in the state since he last ran in 2014. Before his re-election this time, the senator had undertaken a considerable political makeover, casting aside a reputation as a dealmaking moderate who once called Mr. Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot” to present himself as a conservative warrior standing at the president’s right hand. The transformation appeared to have alienated some moderate Republicans turned off by the president, even as it failed to persuade some of his staunchest conservative supporters.Mr. Harrison tried to exploit those fissures, portraying Mr. Graham as a morally compromised politician willing to do whatever it took to win. Flush with more than $86 million in contributions — a record haul for a Senate race fueled by out-of-state liberals who loathed Mr. Graham — Mr. Harrison blanketed the state with advertising that not only reinforced his own candidacy, but also bolstered Bill Bledsoe, a Constitution Party candidate who he hoped might siphon conservative votes away from Mr. Graham. “To those who have been following this race from afar, I hope you got the message,” a triumphant Mr. Graham declared Tuesday night in Columbia. “Here’s the message I got: People like what I’m doing, and I’m going to keep doing it.”- Advertisement – Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, fended off the most difficult challenge of his career on Tuesday, turning back a Democrat backed by a record-setting onslaught of campaign cash to win a fourth term, according to The Associated Press.The victory reassured jittery Republicans, who were forced this fall to divert tens of millions of dollars from key battlegrounds to a deeply conservative state to save Mr. Graham. It also dashed the hopes of Democrats who believed a victory by their candidate, Jaime Harrison, would improve their chances of seizing the Senate majority.- Advertisement – He added, “When it comes to Lindsey Graham, and team Graham, the best is yet to come.”Mr. Graham, 65, has been a fixture in Washington since the 1990s, when he was first elected to the House, and is known as a wily and effective political messenger.He avoided making his fight against Mr. Harrison personal. Instead, he attacked his Democratic opponent as a generic liberal whose policy preferences on health care, spending and judges were simply out of line with a solidly conservative state.- Advertisement – Mr. Harrison, a Black Democrat whose upstart campaign electrified progressives across the country, would have been only the second African-American from the South elected to the Senate since Reconstruction.In the end, though, Mr. Graham, the chairman of the influential Judiciary Committee, leaned heavily on his stature in Washington to pull through. Just days before the election, he helped deliver a singular conservative victory, the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, using the highly partisan fight in the Senate to bolster his campaign. He also benefited from a close relationship with President Trump, who easily carried the state on Tuesday. That did not prove to be enough. Mr. Harrison simply could not find enough South Carolinians willing to vote for a Democrat.“Tonight only slowed us down, but a New South with leaders who reflect the community and serve the interests of everyone will be here soon enough,” Mr. Harrison said Tuesday night in a concession speech. He urged Mr. Graham to cultivate his independent streak.If he had a chance of doing so, it almost certainly ended in the weeks after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in mid-September. In 2018, Mr. Graham’s fiery defense of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in the face of accusations of sexual assault briefly made him a conservative rock star.This time around, as chairman of the judiciary panel, he had a microphone and a spotlight in nationally televised hearings to present himself as an ally of conservative women and remind the party’s voters what was at stake. He could credibly claim to be a crucial force in cementing a conservative majority on the court that Republicans have long made a priority.Now, Mr. Graham will have six more years in Washington. In the weeks before Election Day, Mr. Graham had hinted that he might try to reclaim his independent streak if re-elected. And with the potential of Mr. Trump’s defeat, he would be positioned to have a major role in determining his party’s path forward. – Advertisement –last_img read more