EMC Hosts Third Annual Global Innovation Conference
HOPKINTON, MA. – October 14, 2009 –EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today hosted the third annual EMC Innovation Conference, showcasing the collective power of global community-based innovation. EMC engaged the creative and competitive spirit of thousands of employees across the globe to shape how it helps individuals and organizations transform the way they compete, save money, reduce risk, and create value from their information. With this conference, EMC continues to bring together the power of its more than 40,000 employees through its leading use of the latest social media technologies.
This year’s three top employee submissions will be funded and incubated to determine their ultimate role in EMC’s future portfolio.
“What originated three years ago as a vehicle to draw EMC’s technical community into the innovation discussion has blossomed into something quite viral and central to EMC’s innovation process. Our aim is to bring into the innovation stream the broadest possible collection of perspectives. We’re particularly motivated by ideas that help us move forward in strategic increments: those that deliver value today, as well as positioning EMC for emerging opportunities downstream.”
- Jeff Nick, EMC Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
- The 2009 EMC Innovation Conference “main stage” event was held at EMC’s new Center of Excellence in Bangalore, India.
- Localized events hosting more than 1,000 EMC employees, many including university research and industry speakers, were held at more than a dozen* EMC locations around the world.
- Local events patched into Bangalore via video conference to access keynote addresses and witness the final pronouncement of this year’s “Top 3” winning Innovation Showcase submissions.
- More than 1,400 submissions from 19 countries were judged based on their potential to improve the world of information, breakthrough thinking, potential value created for customers, strategic relevance to EMC, and ease of implementation.
- In addition to a traditional peer review selection team comprising EMC Fellows and Distinguished Engineers, for the first time EMC engaged the entire EMC community in the voting process. Through the use of an online community, employees voted and offered additional comments and recommendations.
- Roughly 23,000 votes were cast by more than 3,000 EMC employees.
The 30 Innovation Showcase finalist submissions for this year’s Innovation Conference covered a broad range of business, process and technology categories. The winners are:
- First Place:An innovative new data storage and accessibility paradigm. The resulting product will be brought to market soon for consumers and small businesses. EMC Innovators: Brian Gruttadauria, Michel Fisher, and Jonathan Huberman.
- Second Place (and co-winner of this year’s Environmental Sustainability award): A system that monitors an enterprise’s carbon footprint by tracking and analyzing energy-related events. EMC Innovators: Dan Bailey, Aldrin D’Souza, Madhu Manjunath, and Rob Masson – a joint proposal from teams in India and the United States
- Third Place:A method for automatically adapting the configuration of a storage system to maintain optimal performance under changing workloads and situations. EMC Innovator: Dave Reiner
Jeff Nick, EMC Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
In addition to the three winners, Innovation Showcase submissions were selected for Honorable Mention and Peoples Choice awards. Separate awards were also presented for the submission that best incorporates environmental sustainability principles and most strongly supports EMC’s Total Customer Experience philosophy.
EMC also recognized its most exemplary technical employees as part of its Corporate EMC Fellow & Distinguished Engineer Program. The program honors those individual technical contributors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and a broad range of technical leadership across EMC. The following individuals were welcomed into the 2009 class of EMC Fellows and Distinguished Engineers:
EMC Distinguished Engineers
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* Local events were held in Beijing and Shanghai, China; Tel Aviv, Israel; St. Petersburg, Russia; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Cork, Ireland; Paris, France; Franklin, Massachusetts; Research triangle Park and APEX, North Carolina; Santa Clara and Pleasanton, California; White Plains, NY; Seattle, Washington, Pleasant Grove, Utah; Montreal, Canada.