It’s been a busy week for the Dell EMC Ready Solutions team here at Dell Technologies World! As you’ve seen, there’s lots of news to discuss, from the update to our VDI Complete program to the work we’re doing to advance artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. In fact, it’s the latter topic that I want to focus on today.In my discussions with customers this week, I hear a common theme: our enterprise customers know they want to take advantage of these new technologies, but they don’t know where to start. And they’re not alone. In a recent survey conducted by IT Pro Today and sponsored by Dell EMC, almost one-third of respondents said that their organization was either testing or considering a machine learning solution, which means that the vast majority have not yet figured out where and how to start.With so many vendors claiming to have the ‘latest and greatest’ machine learning solutions, it becomes difficult for customers to know which solutions they need, never mind which ones they can practically implement. Beyond that, they’re looking for a solution that won’t require substantial time and resources to deploy and manage or require them to move away from infrastructure in which they’ve already heavily invested. How do they choose? How do they get started without wasting time, money, and other resources while moving toward their goals?It’s all about the dataAt its core, machine learning-based AI solutions are about one thing: insights from data. For many enterprises, this fact makes them bristle, as more often than not they’ve already heavily invested in trusted data analytics solutions and but don’t know how to use new analytics techniques such as machine learning. In fact, our survey revealed that 46 percent of respondents are using big data or data analytics solutions, and more than half of those believe those programs would benefit from machine learning. An additional third indicated their belief that machine learning could possibly enhance their use of data analytics.Thankfully, there’s good news – implementing a successful AI strategy is about taking advantage of more of the data coming into an organization, and using that data to increase understanding about how things are working, what is likely to happen next, and what can be done to achieve desired future outcomes. Increasingly, enterprises are starting to make this realization, with a clear majority of our survey respondents indicating they believed their existing data analytics programs would benefit from adding machine learning capabilities, with an additional third of respondents telling us they believe machine learning could possibly enhance their use of data analytics.A recent Dell Technologies Award winner, AeroFarms, is just such an enterprise, looking to work with the Dell EMC team to help them implement the right artificial intelligence solution that will deal with the constant barrage of data streaming into their infrastructure, enabling them to focus on what they do best: addressing the global food crisis by growing flavorful, healthy, leafy greens in a highly sustainable and socially responsible way. Our team is partnering closely with AeroFarms to provide them with a solution and strategy that not only addresses their current needs, but will also scale as they need it to, because let’s face it – the amount of data flowing into organizations will only increase, requiring a solution that will scale with that growth.A complex marketplace requires expertiseWhile technology itself is great, like every major innovation we’ve encountered in the last two decades, a successful implementation of new technology requires another, critical element: partnering with people who have a solid understanding of both the technology and the marketplace. As demonstrated in yesterday’s announcement, Dell EMC is uniquely positioned to provide customers with this expertise, based not only on our own innovation, but also on our ability to partner with other industry leaders including Intel and NVIDIA to bring the very best expertise to our customers while advancing the AI and machine learning community as a whole. In short, we’re committed to leveraging enterprise expertise as well as mathematical and intellectual expertise to design and deliver the right solution for our customers.Continuing to learn and growThe more I talk to our amazing customers and partners, the clearer it is to me that we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of how enterprises can leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to derive greater value from their data to increase innovation and efficiency, and thus advance their industry and gain a competitive advantage. I look forward to continuing my discussions with customers and partners around the world.To learn more about the IT Pro Today survey, please visit https://insidebigdata.com/white-paper/data-analytics-algorithms-machine-learning-online-survey/.To learn more about our work with AeroFarms, visit https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-us/customer-stories/aerofarms.htm.
Administrators for Virgin Australia said Friday they had accepted a bid from US private equity giant Bain Capital to buy the pandemic-felled airline.Officials at Deloitte said they had reached a deal with the Boston-based fund that “will result in the sale and recapitalization of Virgin Australia Holdings and its subsidiary businesses”.The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and is due to be completed by August. Topics : “Bain Capital has presented a strong and compelling bid for the business that will secure the future of Australia’s second airline, thousands of employees and their families and ensure Australia continues to enjoy the benefits of a competitive aviation sector.”The Transport Workers Union said it was “happy to work” with Bain “on the plan for getting the airline back on its feet”.Australian airlines — like their global peers — have ceased the vast majority of operations amid coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.Australians returning to the country face mandatory a 14-day quarantine and almost all non-residents are barred, under measures that also see many Australian states effectively closed to domestic travel.Virgin made around 1,000 staff redundant before the carrier went into voluntary administration in April while 8,000 others were furloughed, leaving just 1,000 still working.Qantas this week announced it would be cutting 6,000 jobs and grounding 100 planes for up to a year as it aims for US$10 billion in savings.Bain had faced competition from Cyrus Capital Partners, who reportedly withdrew their bid early Friday. The Richard Branson-backed airline has struggled for years against larger carrier Qantas, which would have enjoyed a virtual monopoly if Virgin went out of business.The terms of the deal were not spelled out in full, but Bain had committed to “the retention of thousands of jobs”.The airline was more than Aus$5 billion (US$3.2 billion) in debt and had appealed for an Aus$1.4 billion loan to stay afloat, but the government refused to bail out the majority foreign-owned company.”This is an important milestone and a significant achievement,” said Joint Administrator Vaughan Strawbridge.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is trying not to let emotions get the better of him as he prepares for his Anfield farewell. The Champions League-winner told the club’s website, www.liverpoolfc.com: “I think at the moment where I am, with a couple of games left to go, I don’t really want to think about it too much. “Everyone’s talking about it but for me I just want to stay focused on the remaining games and the training and sessions ahead. “There’s plenty of time to be sentimental and emotional after the games are done but I don’t really want to listen to supporters being emotional face to face because I’m a little bit afraid of breaking down and showing too much.” With Liverpool’s bid for a top-four place in the Barclays Premier League now over – barring an unlikely mathematical swing – Gerrard’s appearance will completely dominate the occasion. Some tickets for the sell-out clash are being sold for more than £2,500 on the internet. The game is classed as a ‘Category C’ fixture with adult tickets normally costing between £37 and £49, but on Wednesday prices on www.ticketbis.net ranged from £161.64 to £2,646.24. Gerrard wants to enjoy the occasion and ensure he signs off by helping his team to a win. He said: “It’ll be strange, I’m sure it will. It’ll be an emotional day for me and my family and friends that have followed me throughout my career. And also for a lot of supporters that have watched me for many, many years, not just at the stadium but around the world as well. “I’m going to get the attention at the weekend, it’s not something I really like, but hopefully I can put in a good performance for the supporters so we can get a win and I can enjoy the send-off that I’m going to get.” The Reds’ inspirational leader will make his final competitive appearance at his home ground as Crystal Palace visit Merseyside on Saturday. Gerrard, 34, who has made 708 appearances in a glittering 17-year career with his hometown club, is moving to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season. Press Association