Client Solutions’ Role in the Dell EMC Combination

first_imgI don’t know about you, but we’ve been looking forward to this day since last October when the EMC deal was announced. Well, the opportunity to better meet your overall IT needs, offer better solutions to your problems and do more for your organization – it all starts right now.I’ve been fortunate to have a front-row seat for the massive transformation the technology industry has experienced over the past 30 years. It’s transforming even faster now, and with Dell and EMC coming together, I think you’ll see the speed of innovation only increase. Those innovations won’t be one-offs. Together, we can work across the entire infrastructure – from the device to the datacenter to the cloud and everywhere in between – and assemble complete solutions to your business challenges.That’s why I balk when people assume this combination doesn’t really impact Dell’s Client Solutions business. It absolutely does.Think about the way people work today. They’re creating content on primary devices. They’re collaborating and consuming on companion devices. They’re accessing and sharing data in the cloud. Employees expect companies to give them the flexibility to work when, where and how they want on devices as good as what they have at home.That’s what my team wakes up thinking about every day. We are here to help you offer your employees devices they’ll love that have security and management built in so IT can meet business requirements. The PC is the primary productivity device where work gets done, and we’ve invested in the best end-user computing line-up in our history, spanning thin clients, stylish 2-in-1s, laptops, workstations, desktops and (absolutely stunning) monitors. We’re the only Tier 1 vendor offering a rugged line; we apply learnings from those products to make the rest more durable. And because our devices are built for business, IT can maintain the level of control they need to manage the device and protect sensitive data no matter where may sit, on the device or in the cloud.Beyond the device, workforce transformation requires a cloud-based infrastructure to support people’s new behaviors, new devices and new expectations. EMC is a leader in the cloud technologies required to pull this off.I mentioned companion devices. Airwatch, the industry’s strongest EMM solution for managing phones and tablets, is now part of the Dell portfolio. And with cloud client-computing VDI solutions from VMWare, we’re the only true end-to-end VDI provider in the industry, from planning to deployment, datacenter to the endpoint, on- and off-premise.Bottom line: Combining EMC’s cloud capabilities with our award-winning PCs, we’ve just created a very powerful solution.On top of that, our ProSupport services cover the enterprise and the device. We offer the industry’s only proactive and predictive support technology that tells us (and you) something is going to break before it happens.That’s the kind of practical innovation I’m excited to be driving and building on.Ahead, I see only opportunity. Things that once only existed in science fiction are now alive in our labs and customers’ businesses – virtual reality, augmented reality, the Internet of Things. We’ve just given those innovations a huge shot in the arm with a ton of amazing IP from EMC and the entire Dell Technologies family.And by combining the purchasing power, supplier relationships and operational excellence of two leading companies, we’re going to make cutting-edge innovation accessible to more customers at a better value than ever before. I think that’s really powerful.If you’re a Dell client solutions customer today, thank you. More great things are coming. If you’re not, I hope we can talk about your business needs. I think we might surprise you.What a day.last_img read more

Ilmarinen urges preparation for long-term future of pension system

first_imgJouko Pölönen, Ilmarinen’s chief executive, said the outlook for pension financing in Finland would be stable in upcoming decades, according to a long-term calculation concerning the sustainability of the pension system. The Finnish Centre for Pensions published its latest figures on pension sustainability last month.“The pension contribution can be kept below 25% up until the 2050s,” he said. “However, in the long term, a decline in the birth rate will cause significant pressure to raise the contribution, which we need to prepare for well in advance.”First-quarter gains hit 4.6%Ilmarinen’s investment assets grew to €47.4bn at the end of March, from €46bn at the end of December.The fund’s first-quarter return amounted to 4.6%, compared with a loss of 0.1% in Q1 2018.Equity investments generated a return of 8.8%, while fixed-income investments returned 2%. The long-term average nominal return was 5.7%, corresponding to a real annual return of 4.2%, Ilmarinen reported.The pension insurer’s solvency ratio strengthened by 1.1 percentage points to 124.8%, with solvency capital at €9.6m, compared with €8.9m at the end of 2018. Rising employment in Finland will support pension contribution volumes this year despite economic weakness, according to the country’s largest pension fund.However, Helsinki-based Ilmarinen warned that the country’s low birth rate meant preparations must be made for the long-term future for Finland’s pension system.Despite expected slower economic growth both in Finland and other industrialised countries compared to 2018, domestic employment and payroll were expected to continue to develop favourably, Ilmarinen said in its first-quarter report.“This will have a positive impact on pension providers’ premiums written in 2019,” the pension insurance firm said.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw back on the beam in win over Rockies

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Clayton Kershaw was halfway between the mound at Dodger Stadium and the home dugout when he tilted his head up, raised his left arm and shook a closed fist. There was relief. In the top of the first inning, Kershaw threw 33 pitches, nearly a third of his total workload Saturday night, loading the bases with one out. Then, the simmering drama between the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies faded. The left-hander dropped an 89 mph slider to strike out Ian Desmond and fanned Trevor Story on three pitches. “You have to have that mindset where you can’t give in,” Kershaw said. “That’s the biggest thing. Old cliché, one pitch at a time, really holds true. You kind of forget about what happened, try to make that next pitch and just keep doing that until they take you out.” Kershaw ultimately looked in prime form in the Dodgers’ 4-0 victory over Colorado, as they pushed their winning streak to a season-high nine games. It is also their longest since 2013. Over six scoreless innings, Kershaw struck out eight batters, walked one and gave up four hits. And after loading the bases in the top of the first, he went on to retire 13 consecutive Rockies. The run ended with two outs in the top of the fifth when Chris Rusin knocked a two-strike curveball into right field. “Clayton obviously has a way of finding another gear, another level,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. His turnaround was quick. Roberts said he never seriously considered asking a relief pitcher to warm up in the bullpen during the top of the first. But after Kershaw walked Mark Reynolds to load the bases with one out, his pitch count had reached 26 pitches and Roberts admitted, “it starts to get a little dicey there.” It ended as an encouraging performance for the Dodgers’ ace. Five days earlier in the same ballpark, Kershaw surrendered six runs, including a career-high four home runs, in a 10-6 win against the New York Mets, underscoring a suddenly nagging issue. Less than halfway through this regular season, he had seen 17 of his pitches clear the outfield walls — already the most homers he had given up in any season since he debuted in 2008. Roberts sensed Kershaw was eager to rebound. “Every time he takes the mound he’s on edge,” Roberts said. “Tonight, I think there was even more, if that’s even possible.” Presented with Roberts’ comments, Kershaw said, “Obviously, I didn’t want to pitch bad again. That’s about it.” With a win Saturday, the Dodgers added to their lead atop the National League West standings. When the weekend began, the Dodgers led the Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks by 1.5 games. After Saturday night, they were ahead of Arizona by 2.5 games and Colorado by 3.5 games. The Dodgers were positioned for the series sweep Sunday. The upstart Rockies split two of their previous series this season and took two out of three games in early April. Along with their nine-game winning streak, they have also won 15 of their last 16 games. “Seems like every night you find a different way to win, the confidence that you have coming to the field, like there’s no way you’re gonna lose,” Kershaw said. “That’s what it feels like. We come to the field pretty confident that we’re going to win the game.” A three-run third inning bolstered Kershaw’s effort Saturday, beginning with a leadoff home to straightaway center field by Joc Pederson, who turned on a first-pitch fastball. It continued a recent power surge. After Pederson’s solo blast, the Dodgers had homered in 16 consecutive games, the longest such streak in club history. A pair of runs followed. Yasmani Grandal singled on a hard-hit line drive to right field with one out, scoring Justin Turner from first base. Kershaw was walked with the bases loaded. He was the third straight batter Tyler Chatwood, the Rockies’ right-hander, walked. Chatwood, a Redlands native, struggled Saturday. In three and one-third innings, he allowed four earned runs and saw 11 batters reach base, eight of them by walks. It had been at least a decade since the Dodgers had been walked so many times in one game. Chatwood exited the game in the top of the fourth after Turner popped out. In the previous at-bat, he had walked Pederson The Dodgers scored their first run in the bottom of the second after an RBI single by Kike’ Herndandez brought in Logan Forsythe, who along with Yasiel Puig, had reached base by a walk. Hernandez was in the lineup at shortstop, replacing Corey Seager who remains day-to-day with a mild strain of his right hamstring. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more