Talking Energy in Barcelona

Sean Baird

Leads Energy and Engineering Industry solution marketing and market development for Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division. Follow @sean_baird

Barcelona, Spain is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its jewels include the extraordinary architecture of Atoni Gaudi, some of the world’s most interesting cuisine, and a perfect climate from which to enjoy its treasures. But during the first week of November, the focus for this city changes, as Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) and its many European customers will descend on this great city for a wonderful conference. This year’s Momentum conference in Europe will provide the perfect opportunity to learn alongside peers in a variety of industry and
technical tracks, gain practical experience in hands-on labs, experience the Spanish culture in our social events, and network with colleagues, partners, executives and product managers oil-and-gas-4throughout the week.

For our Energy & Engineering industry customers, we are providing a dedicated agenda for customers to explore industry challenges, customer successes, information management solutions, and networking with your industry colleagues. This is actionable information that you can use to better understand how content management can make an impact in your organization, as well as to learn how Dell EMC is helping our customers take advantage of private and public cloud deployment, mobile solutions, and more.

But don’t take our word for it. Listen to your colleagues: 98% of our attendees recommend attending Momentum to their colleagues. Let’s take a closer look at what we have in store for everyone in Barcelona.

Industry Challenges & Solutions

We have put together a full week of sessions, including customer-led sessions from industry leaders. We’ve included sessions to explore industry solutions, with a spotlight on ECD’s Energy & Engineering solutions – Documentum Asset Operations, Documentum Capital Projects, Documentum Capital Projects Express, and Dell EMC Supplier Exchange – as well as (more…)

Three Pillars of Digital Transformation – Efficiency, Usability and Insight

In my previous blog, It’s Not About the Pill. It’s About the Patient, I asked if digital transformation was just a buzzword and if not, what did it mean? I talked about leveraging both existing and real-time information to gain insight, make better decisions, unify and speed key business processes and to engage with customers in a way that drives business value and customer loyalty.

At our recent Customer.Next event (which are great events that you shouldn’t miss!), I gave customers a quick peek at the newest release of the EMC Documentum for Life Sciences solution suite, which is now available. In this release, the four major areas of enhancements were all focused on three things – efficiency, usability and insight. 3-pillarsWhy? Because to transform, companies need to set a solid foundation for driving process efficiency, ensure that workers can easily get their jobs done and derive actionable insight to help make informed decisions, allocate resources and continuously improve. These three things are foundational “pillars” of digital transformation. Let’s take a closer look….

Pillar #1 – Driving Process Efficiency

Life Sciences organizations are tasked with maximizing efficiency across the full drug lifecycle. Bringing safe, high-quality drugs to market faster at a lower cost requires unifying processes that extend across domains, divisions and external partners. It requires the ability to link and seamlessly share documentation—the critical element inherent throughout the drug lifecycle.

Unfortunately, what we often see is organizations who are managing a myriad of disjointed systems, often gained as a result of mergers and acquisitions. Many are custom applications designed for specific departmental needs. In this situation, companies can benefit from asking themselves a couple of questions:

  • Why introduce unnecessary complexity, inaccuracies and risk to business processes by exporting and importing content from one system to another?
  • How to you rationalize the data models of each system to help unify processes across systems, eliminate duplicate data entry and ensure overall data accuracy and completeness?

In our newest release, we are driving process efficiency in a new segment of life sciences. Many of our pharmaceutical customers also market medical devices as part of their portfolio. Yet, because (more…)

User Experience is About The Swipe of a Finger

Mario Montesinos

EMEA Presales Director of the Strategic Pursuit Team, helping companies to transform the way they manage their information to support their business and accelerate their innovation during these cloudy times.

If there’s a word I use frequently on top of “commitment” that is “expectations.” What a nice word, isn’t it? From all the different definitions I could find for expectations, the one I like the most is this: “a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen.”mobile swipe-2

All of us who have small kids know what children do every time they see a device screen, no matter where; they swipe their fingers across it and believe something special is going to happen. If nothing happens, we hear the already popular “Oh, Daddy, it’s broken!.” This is the first time they face the reality of what user experience is about.

In the enterprise world something similar is already happening. We are all used to accessing technology in our spare time, to make our life easier and better. But at the office we often swipe our fingers, nothing happens and it seems that something is broken.

During the last two decades we have been using Information Systems designed by engineers and limited to well-trained employees. This approach has a clear impact on how the information flows through the organization and also across organizations. It prevents business from taking full advantage of every piece of data to become more efficient, a critical limitation in this transformation period where the strategy is key.

When we take a deeper look into many business processes today, we discover that different participants suffer to get things done due to the isolation of each of the participants in different (more…)

5 Reasons You Should Consider Decommissioning Your Legacy ERP System

Jan Vala

Staff Systems Engineer, Dell EMC ECD

What attracted your attention more in the heading? The “5 reasons” or the fact that somebody would even want to decommission an ERP system? Look around – this world runs on ERP systems. Why would somebody want to decommission an ERP system?5

Believe it or not there are companies actually doing it. Be it a merger/acquisition, migration to platform stack or simply migration to other ERP system (even if it would be only a new version of
the same ERP).

The “do nothing” option

Not long after the go-live of the new ERP system your (previously highly valued) old ERP instance will not be used at all. What now? Here are your options:

  • Do nothing, keep the monstrous server running somewhere in your data center and keep paying. The list of what you pay for is actually pretty long. It starts from DC floor space down to the slice of the employee time that takes care of the “skeleton in your closet”.
  • Virtualize the old environment, shut it down and hope and pray that you’ll never ever need to boot it again
  • Decommission the system and move on – for example to make your IT more agile

I don’t want to go into too many details about the first two options. I don’t want to summarize how much it actually costs you to do nothing and how expensive could be the risk of not (more…)

Timeless Opportunity – Is There Such a Thing in Our Ever-Changing World?

Rohit Ghai

President of the Enterprise Content Division at Dell EMC. Follow @rohit_ghai


“What do you do with The Huggers? I have many of those!”

“You hug them back! It’s simple, don’t fight them.”

When I heard this conversation, I wasn’t very sure I was in the right meeting room. I took a chance and joined the conversation. Little did I know that I would pick up three key insights about timeless customer needs.

It was a complete pleasure to host several valued InfoArchive customers in Boston for the very first InfoArchive Product Forum.

Timeless Opportunity #1: The need to manage obsolescence will never be obsolete

“Huggers hold on to their dated applications like their firstborn and won’t let go,” he told us. “They add huge overhead to IT and compliance teams, and they are in virtually every organization!

“When you fight them, they hold on tighter,” he continued. “So instead, you just assure them their baby will be in good hands.”

As this conversation about decommissioning applications progressed, it dawned on me that in a world where technology and business are changing at an ever increasing pace, obsolescence will always be a constant. This is a technology, people and process opportunity. On the technology side, you need to have a solution that can decouple data from applications, handle unprecedented (more…)

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