Continuing the Momentum

Chris McLaughlin

Chris McLaughlin

Chief Marketing Officer, Enterprise Content Division. Follow @cc_mclaughlin

Now that the dust has settled after EMC World, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the 1,335 customers and partners who attended our Momentum Conference in Las Vegas. Momentum really is all about you. It’s about sharing information and learning from one another. It’s about open, two-way dialog and working together to achieve meaningful business results. And, of course, we do have a little fun along the way. It is Vegas, after all.

This year, we focused on digital transformation and the very real impact it’s having on so many of our customers. We launched exciting new products, like LEAP and InfoArchive 4.0, while also making great strides forward with our Documentum products to make them easier than ever before to deploy, upgrade and manage. We offered numerous opportunities to learn more about all of our products – in fact, of the total 400 hours of breakout content offered at EMC World, 100 of those hours were dedicated to Momentum. That’s right, literally one out of every four breakout sessions at EMC World focused on ECD products, customers, or partners.

Our attendance was up more than 20% year over year, which is fantastic, and we are so pleased that so many of you were able to join us in Las Vegas, particularly in a year when we will also host Momentum in Europe (more on that later). And, based on the Continue reading

Does Your IT Department Suffer from “Cluttered Garage Syndrome”? Now There’s Hope!

Jim Earley

Jim Earley

Director of Engineering @ Flatirons Solutions
Responsible for all R&D on the InfoArchive platform, including the Flatirons ETL Acceleration Suite, Hosted Application Retirement for InfoArchive, and other value-added solutions that leverage InfoArchive. Photo attached, please feel free to edit down into more of a headshot.

If you’ve ever tripped over your child’s skateboard or stepped on a rake in your garage, you might have a condition I call, “cluttered garage syndrome.”

It begins innocently enough. When you moved into your house many years ago, you had a clear path from your car door to your house with ample room all around. But as the years go by, the clutter builds up. It’s now a challenge to find room for your car, and it’s even garage clutterharder to locate that screwdriver you used six months ago. Despite the frustration, cleaning your garage is the last thing you want to do, though you know it needs to be done.

Sadly, this same condition afflicts IT.

At Flatirons Solutions, we’ve found that many IT departments have application portfolios that exhibit the symptoms of “cluttered garage syndrome.” Applications have built up over time, and some are so old that the people knowledgeable about them are now enjoying retirement and sipping margaritas on a beach in Cancún.

Despite the inconvenience and cost, you maintain the applications because regulations require you to keep the data, or because they’re still being used by core parts of the business. Decluttering your IT “garage” and restoring its orderliness requires an Continue reading

Extreme Archiving

Jeroen van Rotterdam

Jeroen van Rotterdam

CTO and VP of Engineering in the Enterprise Content Division at EMC. Follow @jvanrotterdam

Yesterday we announced InfoArchive 4.0, and as you might have seen in Rohit Ghai’s keynote at Momentum at EMC World, we introduced the term Extreme Archiving. With Extreme Archiving we mean the following important aspects and design criteria for an enterprise information archive for both structured and unstructured data:

Extreme Scale

Data volumes within in the enterprise are exploding, and managing this type of volume leads to many challenges. Large enterprises can easily have tens of petabytes of InfoArchive 4.0 Blogunstructured data and hundreds of billions of transactions that they need to retain for long periods of time due to increasingly strict regulations. In Financial Services, retention periods vary between seven and twelve years, depending on the country and data type, while in industries such as healthcare and the defense industry, this can easily go up to 100 years.  

Extremely Small

Although somewhat counter intuitive due to the previous point, the (cost) footprint of an archive solution is important. As you may have seen in the keynote, InfoArchive can scale up but it can also scale down and can even runs on a 35 USD Raspberry Pi with 1 GB of memory. The lightweight architecture is becoming increasingly important as new privacy laws force global enterprises to setup highly distributed archiving with geo-fencing of the data in specific countries. Where you could have a global archive in the past with only three server locations (e.g. Americas, EMEA and APJ) customers are now faced with the Continue reading

InfoArchive – It’s as easy as Pie!

Katie Masters

Katie Masters

Manages the Online Marketing strategy for the Enterprise Content Division at EMC
Manages the Online Marketing strategy for the Enterprise Content Division at EMC

Mo & Tim’s excellent adventure is well underway on their road to #MMTM16. In addition to all the great things happening at this year’s conference, we’re going beyond expectations with InfoArchive. When modernizing your application portfolio – maintaining regulatory compliance and access for all your data is as easy as pie! Did you know that InfoArchive is so lightweight that it can fit on a Raspberry Pi computer?raspberry pie

So, in the theme of “pi” we will be demonstrating the ease of use through hands-on labs, a Twitter Chat, an EMC World vLab and 10 dedicated InfoArchive Sessions.

It is critical that organizations learn how to remove data silos and compliantly manage all data types while providing access to next generation applications and analytics. InfoArchive should be a piece of your modernization pie and to drive that point home, the Momentum sessions will include conversations around:

  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Archiving and Transitioning SAP enterprise applications
  • Legacy Application Retirement
  • Clinical Archiving
  • Developer Architecture, Deployment and best practices
  • Business Transformation with Partners
  • Compliance in the Data Lake
  • Customer Success Stories

Get the full list here and build out your agenda with InfoArchive Sessions

You might think, isn’t pie better a la mode? Why yes, it is! So, if you’re onsite keep your eyes peeled for Raspberry Pi with a little something extra added to it!

If you’re joining us online have no fear, we want you to have a slice of the pie as well, so take a look at how you can follow the conversation throughout the week:

Register for Momentum 2016 at EMC World and attend InfoArchive Sessions. Remember: Leave no application data behind – InfoArchive by EMC

Subscribe to the blog and stay tuned to the next #MMTM16 blog tomorrow!

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s a Bank?

Suren Naidoo

Suren Naidoo

Presales Director of Worldwide Functional Programs. Follow @Suren_Naidoo

Last blog we opened our eyes to exciting possibilities transforming industries like financial services, and now we’ll go “beyond,” in honor of this month’s Spark blog theme. Every time we get closer to customer passions and expectations, we realize the very nature of a business can go beyond anything ever seen before. What once looked and acted like a bank, today might appear in an entirely different form.

As Superman bystanders once remarked, eyes up to the sky: “Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Superman!” Here are two examples of banking companies going beyond their traditional forms to service vastly different customer needs.superman banking

“Banking with Friends”

As Accenture highlights on how banking is now agile, Imagine playing online games — trading virtual currency, for example. Or helping crowd-fund your pet projects. Now imagine doing both while checking the status of your bank account. What about logging into your bank through Facebook Connect and letting Facebook “likes” determine the interest rate on your accounts? The more different customers who “like” the rate, the higher it goes.

Germany’s Fidor Bank embraces technology to deliver all of this, and plenty of practical financial services besides. Its customers can discuss their requirements and share ideas via chat rooms, for instance, with the bank’s specialist advisors, who are always on hand to help. Fidor has no sales staff. It relies on its online community to recommend it to others and also propose product innovations — hence Fidor’s description of its clients’ experience as “banking with friends.”

There’s a lot more to Fidor than friends having fun, however. The Munich-based, online-only institution has attracted people who lost confidence in mainstream finance during the downturn and now demand a different banking experience. They want more personalized, engaging and responsive engagement that is connected to their everyday interests. Fidor is fulfilling those needs by leveraging new digital technologies — social media, in particular —that define its customers’ lives.

Tapping the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Halfway around the globe, Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), meanwhile, has developed a range of mobile and online services to satisfy a diversity of its customers’ everyday needs. A guide to real estate taps into a core area of investment interest among the bank’s community. An app lets customers make peer and commercial payments via email addresses, mobile phone numbers and Facebook IDs.

For the savvy entrepreneurs in its prospect base, CBA is partnered with startup Kounta to deliver a Point of Sale app for its Albert tablet. The app helps customers reduce how many different systems and steps are involved in simply running their daily business, while greatly expanding their metrics and analytics capabilities.

All of these experiences and technology investments fit the lifestyle of CBA’s customer base. They leverage new digital methods, platforms, and social media to bring new services to life.

What I also find exciting about both of these customer examples is that they have already looked at their value chain and applied solid data analytics (which we prescribed in our last blog). Now they are going beyond traditional business and instituting their superpowers — acting on their discovered insights. The new shapes and forms of their services have engaged different segments of customers. At the same time, the essence of each bank’s brand and trust has been carried forward.

As we will see in our next blog, the innovation does not stop there, as industries become “tech-mixologists.” More on that in May. But meanwhile, what do you think about banks taking on new shapes and forms in our digital world? Think about your different roles, perhaps as enterprise IT leaders and banking consumers — where do you see opportunities or great examples of banking’s evolution?