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Steve Todd
Steve is an EMC Inventor and author of the high-tech books "Innovate With Influence" and "Innovate With Global Influence"
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Several days each year I use my Dell volunteer days to monitor wilderness trails in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. In recent years I've written about this volunteer opportunity. On July 26 I monitored Stairs Mountain, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Information Playground
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In a previous post, I discussed approaching the topic of Blockchain from a top-down point of view. This approach focuses first on the business logic that interacts with the ledger and not the ledger itself. The business logic simply desires... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Information Playground
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Recently I posted about the growing need for corporations to integrate with distributed ledgers. I view this phenomenon in a top-down way; consider ledger integration from the application first and then use these considerations to drive ledger support in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Information Playground
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Recently a colleague and I shared a Dell Technologies' Blockchain point of view to a group of financial services companies. One of the key pieces of feedback we received was the concerning lack of standards when it comes to building... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Information Playground
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Last week at Dell EMC World I spent a significant amount of my time discussing the value of data with Dell EMC World attendees. I am in my third year researching the topic on behalf of Dell EMC's Office of... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Information Playground
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In a recent post, I proposed an architecture for a digital trust. In that post, I defined applications within a digital trust architecture as the initiators of data deposits and withdrawals. If applications are defined as initiators that create value,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Information Playground
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In a previous post, I presented the challenge of calculating the value of corporate data spread across multiple clouds: A trust is defined as a collection of assets managed by an owner for the benefit of another. In the context... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Information Playground
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In 2014 EMC partnered with Capgemini to conduct an industry survey on Big Data. Buried deep within the Big Data Report was the following quote: “Among our respondents, 63% consider that the monetization of data could eventually become as valuable... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Information Playground
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I spent the month of January pairing with the Dell EMC Dojo team at the Pivotal Labs facility in Cambridge, MA. As I've reflected on the experience there are three things that come to mind. Too Busy To Blog The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Information Playground
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This week I will be attending Data West, the San Diego Super Computer's first-ever winter forum on Data. The conference is being organized in large part by Dr. Jim Short. December marks the beginning of the third year of working... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Information Playground
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Last week I outlined a set of five insights for a CIO to consider when building an IT environment that supports data valuation. These insights included: Insert yourself into the data value conversation. Focus on data workflow and ingest. Combine... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Information Playground
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This post describes the final insight in a series of five data valuation insights shared at Evanta's Global CIO Executive Summit at the Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania last week. The insights have their roots in a research project that EMC... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Information Playground
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This post is the fourth in a series of data valuation insights shared at Evanta's Global CIO Executive Summit at the Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania last week. Each insight was shared during a keynote introducing Data's Economic Value in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Information Playground
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This post is the third in a series of insights shared at Evanta's Global CIO Executive Summit at the Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania last week. The insights were first shared during a keynote introducing Data's Economic Value in the Age... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Information Playground
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This week I began a set of summary blog posts from Evanta's Global CIO Executive Summit at the Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania. During one of the sessions I presented a keynote focused on Data's Economic Value in the Age of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Information Playground
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Last week I spoke at Evanta's Global CIO Executive Summit at the Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania. My keynote focused on Data's Economic Value in the Age of Digital Business. One of the themes of the conference was "Innovate - Execute... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Information Playground
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Earlier this month David Goulden wrote about pushing information technology beyond yesterday's function. One of the key points that he made was that traditional IT systems function as a system of record. Much of the record keeping in a system... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Information Playground
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Over the last few weeks I've been laying out a technical vision for Dell Technologies. The vision is intended to make clear an industry direction for the technology divisions that make up Dell Technologies: Dell Client, Dell EMC, SecureWorks, VMware,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Information Playground
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A few weeks ago I attended an MIT Media Lab discussion on the potential impact of blockchain technology on the health care industry. In preparation for the day I asked around Dell Technologies to determine if there were any pockets... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Information Playground
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After spending the better part of 2016 collaborating with my new colleagues from DELL Technologies, I’ve been blogging my way through a technical vision for the new company. I’ve described the industry benefits of this vision in two ways: Economic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Information Playground
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This afternoon I am speaking at SNIA's Data Storage Security Summit in Santa Clara. My topic will be Data Valuation to Minimize Monetary Loss. Ever since starting the joint Architecting for Value research with Dr. Jim Short of the San... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Information Playground
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In a previous post I used the diagram below to highlight two Dell Technologies organizations: DELL Client, which possesses a set of "endpoint" technologies DELL EMC, which possesses a set of "cloud infrastructure" technologies The interplay between these two technology... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Information Playground
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There's been a significant amount of momentum building for the use of blockchain technology in Life Sciences and Healthcare. For example: A Case Study for Blockchain in Healthcare. "MedRec" prototype for electronic health care records and medical research records. [LINK]... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Information Playground
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In a previous post I introduced two key "things to know" about the formation of DELL Technologies: Decades of experience between EMC and Dell will result in economic benefits to customers. Dell Technologies will enable customers to innovate in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Information Playground
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After spending the majority of 2016 meeting and collaborating with my new DELL Technologies colleagues, two clear customer benefits began to emerge: Decades of experience between EMC and Dell will result in economic benefits to customers. Dell Technologies will enable... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Information Playground