Dell's Federal CTO Herb Kelsey and my discussion on stage at Dell Technologies World
A Fusion of Innovation, Collaboration, Security and Ideas!
Michael Dell's Keynote on Day One
Dell Technologies World 2023 has unquestionably etched its mark in the upper echelon of global technology events. This year's event was held at The Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, the theme was innovation and ideas. The five technology and learning tracks were multicloud and as-a-service, future of work, modern data Infrastructure, edge and security. These tracks were great at guiding and aligning their offerings, announcements, partners and customers. Below I will touch on just a few of the many exciting announcements and presentations I found interesting from Dell technologies World. If you interested in seeing some of the video presentations from the event you can find them here.
Michael Dell and Jeff Clarke's keynotes led the way on day one and day two casting a focus on a innovation and it's transformative potential. Michael emphasized the pivotal role of technology in our existence, signaling a new era of digital transformation. This compelling narrative set the rhythm for the entire event, a strong call for the pursuit of innovation and progression. Jeff made his way on stage unveiling his latest t-shirt (somewhat of a tradition for Jeff at Dell) to rousing applause. He was focused on embracing new potential and did it with a series of announcements and special guests. One thing is for sure, Dell has strong leadership and a vision.
A very captivating moment for Dell Technologies World was the engaging dialogue between Dell's CMO, Allison Dew and Director/Producer James Cameron, a maverick of entertainment innovation and creative storytelling. The riveting conversation thematically explored the power of problem-solving through human ingenuity and how it impacts and makes use of technological progression. They talked for an hour and had many interesting tidbits. Below is a summary of just a few of interesting ones:
He talked about how he started out as a science fiction writer and how hard it is to write science fiction now, as we live in a world of science fiction.
Many of his movies are the intersection of technical innovation and great storytelling.
He splits his time into thirds, one-third film-making (greening the set), a third exploration (sub seven miles deep in Marianas Trench), and a third Sustainability (plant-based sustenance and climate change).
His dreams are his own private streaming service and that is how he created Avatar as he had a dream of luminescent forests and creatures years before writing the script. His dreams inspired him!
He had to wait several years to do Avatar: Way of the Water as the technology needed to improve significantly before it could be done in water.
He talked about how the previous studio execs before Disney, literally told him the script is good, but can you take out the hippy tree-hugging crap. He said "No".
Dell's CMO, Allison Dew and Director James Cameron on stage at Dell Technologies World
The conversation really captured many of the central themes for the conference and gave the audience insight into innovation and ideas and their impact on millions of people around the globe.
Zero Trust was out front security-wise
Dell's end-to-end security portfolio presentation demonstrated their comprehensive approach to security. This approach, which extends from individual devices to expansive cloud networks, underscores Dell's mission to secure every link in the digital chain, offering a complete solution to our interconnected world's complex security needs. Leading the way was Zero Trust and its ability to enhance an organization's security posture in an increasingly insecure world. Dell's Federal CTO Herb Kelsey and I did our best to demystify zero trust for the audience. It was a great session and covered many important areas of Dell's Zero Trust Strategy.
Note: You can watch Herb and I discussing "Demystifying Zero Trust" here.
One of the things Herb and I covered during our discussion was the Zero Trust Truck. It is a highly customized Ford F350 truck that can be deployed providing secure 5G connectivity utilizing Dell's zero trust principles, along with 30 partners technologies. It left an indelible impression on me. This truck, a tangible symbol of Dell's unwavering commitment to security, is just another example of the company’s robust response to the escalating landscape of cyber threats.
By embracing the Zero Trust model, Dell has reinforced its commitment to fortified digital defenses, striking at the heart of rising cybersecurity concerns.
Jeff Clarke's Keynote on Day Two that included announcements on APEX
Dell makes announcements regarding APEX
APEX, Dell's flagship as-a-Service solution, was in the limelight, embodying the company's stride into the realm of Multicloud. APEX, a game-changer, offers an integrated, seamless cloud experience, enabling organizations to navigate their digital journey with confidence and agility. With this offering, Dell has bridged gaps and smoothed transitions, rendering the promise of cloud technology more accessible and efficient. There were several others announcements regarding APEX, and you can find out more here.
John Rose, Global CTO for Dell discusses Genrative AI
Generative AI makes a strong appearance
Generative AI is all the rage right now and it seems to be part of nearly every conversation. Dell did not disappoint and introduced there AI efforts including Project Helix, which has emerged as a pinnacle of Dell's push into the future of computing. This groundbreaking initiative reflects Dell's dedication to ushering in a new era of AI-driven solutions. Project Helix aims to revolutionize the way businesses operate, enabling them to utilize AI to design systems and processes, achieving an unprecedented level of efficiency and customization.
This seems to be yet another example of Dell's relentless pursuit of innovation and its readiness to be relevant in the AI-dominated future.
Sustainability was mentioned throughout
Dell Technologies World 2023 also emphasized environmental stewardship throughout the event, reflecting Dell’s commitment to sustainable practices in the tech industry. The sustainability and corporate responsibility update signaled Dell's acknowledgment of the pressing need for environmental responsibility and thought leadership in our ever-expanding world.
Dell's Cassandra Gerber discussing sustainability
Dell Technologies World 2023 was a interesting fusion of technological prowess and vision. The Dell executives, speakers, partners and special guests did a strong job of merging innovation, security, and collaboration. I found it interesting how it was not just about discussing technology, but how customers and the world can benefit from their offerings it in real and tangible ways. The event offered a potent reminder that in the era of digital transformation, collaboration is the secret ingredient, security is the bedrock, and innovation is the unstoppable engine propelling us into the future.
The Dell Zero Trust Truck
It was an exciting event and has created anticipation as to what Dell Technologies World 2024 will unveil.