Virtual Reality in the Workplace

first_imgThe following is a guest post from Eric Vanderburg, who serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is a security and technology leader, author, speaker and member of Dell’s influencer program.For decades Virtual Reality (VR) has tantalized our minds. We have an acute fascination for it since virtual reality offers us experiences no other technology can match. The implications for gaming and entertainment are quite obvious and have consumed much of the recent conversation on the subject.  However, virtual reality goes far beyond gaming and media. VR is currently entering many homes but soon headsets like this one that appeared at CES 2017 will make its debut into workplaces, and already has in some instances. In fact, VR adoption in the workplace is expected to increase rapidly as the technology becomes more democratized. But what will this look like?The End of the Conference RoomWorkplaces can expand beyond physical boundaries to connect employees and customers with virtual reality. Employees may connect with each other in a virtual meeting space rather than over a conference call, eventually allowing for non-verbal communication interactive presentations or virtual collaboration from remote employees as if they were in the office together. This use case for VR is anticipated and highly valued. According to Dell’s Future Workforce study data, 67 percent of millennials believe it is important to use virtual reality in meetings and product development.Virtual WorkspacesVirtual reality allows employees to take their workspace with them much like they carry their applications and user interface customizations or virtual desktops with them now.  A headset replaces the monitor and the surrounding workspace such as family photos, wall art, books and other items you would find in an office.  This virtual office can be accessed just like a virtual desktop.Virtual PrototypingWith VR, prototypes can be experienced, rather than just viewed. Employees can step inside a machine or walk through a building plan before a single part has been ordered.  This helps companies create better products and avoid costly rework.Virtual TrainingVR can also be used for to create realistic virtual environments where skills can be put into practice. Training in VR allows people learning new tasks (students made me think of schools) to make mistakes without actually breaking something and the virtual environment can be reset quickly and easily so trainees can practice until skills are second nature. The immersive environment of VR allows for a deeper imprint on memory and caters to a different learning style that can better reinforce knowledge and improve recall.VR and the Customer ExperienceVirtual reality is also has tremendous opportunity for consumers to virtually try out goods before making a purchase. Currently, some real estate firms allow customers to virtual walk through a space.  Construction is similarly undergoing changes with VR. Imagine walking through an office or home while it is still in the design stages, checking out the view from your next vacation rental, sitting behind the wheel of that new car, or virtually trying on clothing from an online retailer. The sports industry uses virtual reality to replay events in previous games or train on certain maneuvers. This is some of what VR is offering the enterprise.Roadmap to VR successDell’s workforce study showed that employees, especially millennials, expect to be working in a smart office in the near future and many do not consider their current office smart enough. Virtual reality in the enterprise is a way to attract the best talent and to make them more productive. VR also enables companies to establish better relationships with their customers. So how do companies prepare now to utilize this technology?Businesses need to be able to create VR content for their employees and customers, so they must have the equipment and training to make their ideas a reality. Dell is one company that has stepped in to meet this challenge by providing the tools for VR content creation and an environment where innovation and collaboration can take place. In an interview with Liam Quinn, CTO at Dell, he explained how Dell has established a VR center for excellence where companies work with VR technologies, collaborate and innovate solutions. Dell also provides VR content creation tools with its Precision workstation series that is equipped with hardware capable of creating VR applications.It is not too early to start thinking about how VR will fit into your enterprise. Connect with the VR community, exchange ideas, and equip your workforce with the tools to seize these opportunities.  Are you ready to take your company into VR?This post was sponsored by Dell, but the opinions are my own and don’t necessarily represent Dell Technologies’ positions or strategies.Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.last_img read more

Productivity Plus with New Dell P Series Monitors

first_imgJust when you thought you’ve seen it all: The World’s favorite computer monitor brand1 is back with a range of new and innovative features aimed at revolutionizing productivity. Introducing the new Dell P Series Monitors.Boasting multiple productivity-boosting features, including a compact design that frees up desk space, simplified USB-C connectivity, great usability and trusted reliability, now your customers’ workforce can experience and accomplish more faster on powerful monitors specifically designed to let them work the way they like in a clutter-free environment.Seeing is achieving – more When considering the needs of the transforming workforce, a dual-monitor setup with a large screen estate and minimized clutter are key to maximized productivity. With an upgraded design that’s perfect for evolving workspaces requiring more compact desks and components on the desk, the new P Series Monitors offer a slimmer profile and reduced base that’s ~23% smaller than its predecessor.2 Advance your customers’ workforce experience with 3-sided, ultra-thin bezels for seamless viewing, then move them to a dual-monitor setup. Dual monitors, together with Dell’s MDS19 Dual Monitor Stands, deliver maximum viewing comfort and productivity – up to 18% greater productivity than with a single monitor3 – perfect for those workers who spend most of their working day at their desk.Users can also multi-task with ease with Dell Display Manager’s Easy Arrange feature. They’ll be able to quickly tile and view multiple applications across screens, selecting from up to 38 predefined templates.Single cable solution Let’s face it: Excessive cable clutter and lack of desk space are major setbacks in the workplace. As the need for more efficient workspace steadily increases, the demand for versatile, seamless monitors and viewing experiences has never been greater.With USB-C connectivity, offered on select new Dell P Series Monitors, users will enjoy reduced cable clutter and simple, easy connectivity. The single cable connection from the monitor to the laptop not only transmits data and video, but also delivers up to 65 watts of power to the laptop.4 It’s the ideal solution for hoteling or hot desk environments, where users need to transition from desk to meeting and back quickly. Plus, thanks to DisplayPort 1.2, your customers can easily and efficiently connect multiple monitors – minus the inconvenience of excessive cables.Great usability, trusted reliability Boasting outstanding built-in cable management design, the new P Series Monitors allow users to swivel, pivot, tilt and height adjust the screen to work the way they want. In addition, ComfortView and a flicker-free screen optimize eye comfort for long hours at work. You can further assure your customers that they are in good hands by letting them know our monitors are backed by Advanced Exchange Service5 and Premium Panel Guarantee.6 Upgrade them to optional ProSupport7 for added peace of mind knowing they have 24×7 access to tech support from highly qualified in-region8 ProSupport engineers.Accessories for every work style If that’s not enough, your customers will love our tailored range of accessories designed to help them and their end users get the most out of their Dell Monitors. Those working remotely will benefit from the Dell Pro Stereo Soundbar – an innovative sound system that optimizes conference calls and multimedia streaming with exceptional audio clarity. For those who spend the majority of their time at their office desk, they can turn their cubicle into a multi-tasking, performance-enhancing idea factory thanks to the Dell Dual Monitor Stand and the OptiPlex Micro PC.Spread the word We’ve built a set of marketing assets that will help expand your revenue potential by putting you at the forefront of your customer communications when explaining the benefits of the new P Series Monitor portfolio.You can add your own personal touch to these marcom assets for deeper engagement, while the quick-reference call scripts provided will equip your sales force with the right answers when engaging customers.Find out how you can cross sell these amazing new monitors by reading up on all the benefits our new line of OptiPlex and Latitude products offer.1 Based on publicly available market data, 2013-20172 Based on Dell internal analysis comparing the area of the monitor base on P2719H/P2719HC vs. P2717H.3 Source: “Dell Displays, Productivity and Satisfaction Single vs. Dual Monitors,” conducted by SURL, Wichita State University and commissioned by Dell, October 2015.4 Dell adheres to standard USB-C specifications and protocols and the P-series USB-C monitors deliver up to 65W of power. Functionality with non-Dell USB-C systems may vary.5 Advanced Exchange Service replacement part/unit ships, if needed, after phone/online diagnosis. Fee charged for failure to return defective unit. See Dell.com/servicecontracts.6 Dell Premium Panel Guarantee – Even if only one bright pixel is found on our select range of monitors, a free panel exchange is guaranteed during the Limited Hardware Warranty period.    For a copy of Limited Hardware Warranty, write to Dell USA LP, Attn: Warranties, One Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682 or see Dell.com/warranty.7 Advanced Exchange Service replacement part/unit ships, if needed, after phone/online diagnosis. Fee charged for failure to return defective unit.  See dell.com/servicecontracts.8 In some countries, hours for in-region support may vary. Support after local business hours may be provided in a language other than the local language.last_img read more

Discover All the Benefits of a Dynamic IT Infrastructure

first_imgInfrastructure architecture is increasingly important in today’s digital economy. As transformational workloads drive demand for new technologies, an organization’s IT infrastructure needs to be able to adapt to accommodate evolving workloads, technologies, ecosystems and value propositions.Traditional IT architectures simply weren’t designed for modern business and service delivery needs—so Dell EMC has introduced the concept of kinetic infrastructureIntroducing kinetic infrastructureWe know that you can’t predict the future, but you can plan for it. It’s why we’ve created a dynamic IT infrastructure that instantly responds, adapts and evolves with shifting IT needs.Dell EMC kinetic infrastructure disaggregates compute, storage and networking resources into shared resource pools that are then available for on-demand allocation and re-allocation. High-speed, low-latency fabric connects the pools and intelligent management software configures the network to connect components and assign resources to where they are needed, when they are needed.Using kinetic infrastructure, your customers can dynamically adjust their IT resources as their business needs fluctuate—assigning the right resources for the right workload at the right time. Creating ‘on the fly’ hardware capacity in this way reduces over-provisioning and stranded resources while also optimizing performance and efficiency.> View these short-animated videos to see how it worksDell EMC PowerEdge MX: Agile ManagementDell EMC PowerEdge MX: Next-Gen NetworkingPowerEdge MX: IT unboundKinetic infrastructure is available with the new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX modular infrastructure.PowerEdge MX introduces the idea of ‘IT unbound’. A modular solution designed to grow and evolve with the modern software-defined data center, it allows organizations of all sizes to flexibly configure and optimize their IT infrastructure to run both traditional and transformational workloads for years to come.PowerEdge MX offers customers the benefits of modular design and then extends the flexibility of configuration down to the individual storage device. With its future-forward design, PowerEdge MX is prepared to one day support fully disaggregated components—down to memory-centric devices, such as storage class memory, GPUs and FPGAs – for true composability.The new components comprising the PowerEdge MX include the PowerEdge MX7000 chassis, two- and four-socket server sleds (the MX740c and MX840c) and the PowerEdge MX5016s storage sled.  The PowerEdge MX also provides next-generation 25GbE and 32G FC high-performance switching modules and a cost-effective scalable fabric architecture. The new MX9116n Fabric Switching Engine provides up to 500% more switch fabric capacity and up to 55% reduction in fabric switching latency versus legacy modular switches1. Comprehensive embedded systems management, Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise – Modular Edition, provides a single management point for compute, storage and networking.Flexible, agile, responsivePowerEdge MX kinetic infrastructure gives customers the tools to be able to allocate the stranded resources that they experience even with virtualization, while also enabling them to grow and expand over the next decade.As a Dell EMC partner, this is a fantastic selling point for you. Dell EMC kinetic infrastructure uses open source technology based on the Restful API, so you can help your customers to grow seamlessly, with fewer steps and easier deployments—while nurturing a trusted, long-term relationship. You can also add value via the provision of an ongoing consulting and services offer, either through Dell EMC or by deploying your own expertise.The final tick in the box is the fact that customers can now also capitalize on the promise of a ‘pay as you go’ model of IT. With Dell Financial Service’s Pay As You Grow offer organizations can reduce the required capital expenditure at the start of a project, while still taking advantage of the full solution from the outset. Meanwhile, you get the benefit of residual value and ongoing customer loyalty. It’s a win:win and it’s the way forward.> To discover more about how Dell EMC PowerEdge MX with kinetic infrastructure can transform your customers’ IT environments, read our blogs:> Kinetic Infrastructure is the Path to Full Composability> The Gen-Z journey: the road to true composability> What is Composability and Why It Matters to Your IT’s Efficiency Introduce customers to new PowerEdge MX with kinetic infrastructure that will adapt and grow with their business 1Based on Dell EMC internal analysis, November 2017 comparing to previous generation.last_img read more

Peru’s crime worries tainting Venezuelans who want to work

first_imgLIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of Venezuelans in Peru lost jobs as delivery drivers, cooks and casino workers when the coronavirus pandemic began. Many pivoted to other jobs, while others started their own small businesses. But their efforts to make honest livings have increasingly been overshadowed by local attention to the crimes of a few Venezuelans. Activists say that’s fueling xenophobia among Peruvians. With elections coming in April, some politicians have been focusing on migrants who they say are disproportionately involved in crime. But the U.N. says government data belie claims Venezuelans are more involved in wrongdoing.last_img