Positive Impact of IT
Today, the environmental and social challenges facing the world are of unprecedented scale and scope. Information Technology (IT) can help overcome these challenges by creating new sources of knowledge, facilitating previously unforeseen methods of collaboration and delivering technological efficiencies.
At EMC, we are developing Cloud Computing and Big Data technologies that are transforming entire fields and industries. For example, we are contributing to a more effective health care system by increasing access to patient information through secure and reliable electronic health records. We are also offering technological advancements that help customers reduce resource use and manage climate change impacts.
We believe that harnessing the power of IT will shape the future of business, shift paradigms, and transform our world for the better.
Journey to the Cloud
Cloud Computing is changing the way information is built, stored and consumed. Data centers now are transformed into dynamic, virtualized infrastructure that delivers IT in a more agile and cost-efficient way, while maintaining reliability and security.
In a traditional data center, applications are provisioned to the maximum amount of storage they could potentially require—not to the amount of storage they actually require at the present time. The agile nature of the Cloud reduces the need for such “over-provisioning”. Cloud Computing enables more efficient use of IT assets by consolidating hardware resources and reducing energy consumption. The Cloud also creates a more resilient platform for delivering IT, which helps ensure business continuity in the face of physical, weather, or social disruption.
Cloud infrastructure continues to evolve, but represents a fundamental shift that, over time, will be as impactful as the adoption of personal computers was a generation ago.
The rapid increase of digital information has spawned the Big Data revolution, uncovering opportunities to analyze massive volumes of information and glean insights that drive business and societal change.
Big Data consolidates information from disparate sources to create innovative solutions to some of business and society’s most pressing challenges. Our Big Data solutions enable organizations to realize value from all data sources and gain efficiencies, agility and business breakthroughs. Today, organizations leverage Big Data to discover new medicines, isolate and prevent diseases, identify business trends, improve disaster response, unite children from around the world, and alter how we work and play.
The rise of Big Data has led to the emergence of a new role – the Data Scientist. Data Scientists analyze and interpret data to extract meaningful insights, then explore their potential to change business and society in unprecedented ways. EMC recognizes and celebrates this role in the Big Data era through our Data Scientist Summit and Data Hero Awards, which provide opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing among this new type of scientist.
Data Science Summit
In 2011, EMC hosted the world's first Data Scientist Summit to convene leaders from industry and academia to exchange ideas, explore new perspectives and challenge current theories on how to extract the most value from the world's data. Summit attendees also discussed how the industry can equip current and future data scientists with the tools, education and resources needed to succeed. Following the success of this inaugural event, EMC plans to continue to host the Data Science Summit on an annual basis.
Data Hero Awards
EMC’s Data Hero Awards honor individuals and organizations exploring innovative uses of Big Data technologies and techniques. These often-unsung Data Heroes are at the forefront of pioneering solutions that have a profound impact on the way individuals, organizations, entire industries and societies function. The Data Hero Awards recognize business and IT leaders who have leveraged Big Data for competitive advantage.