Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Reno, NV) — Bees starter Griffin Canning was chased in the fourth inning as they were clobbered by the Aces 13-2 in Reno.Canning was battered for seven runs in the loss. Nolan Fontana and Dustin Ackley drove in the Salt Lake City runs.The Bees fell to 44-and-34 and continue the series at Reno tonight. Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees June 27, 2018 /Sports News – Local Aces Clobber Bees Robert Lovell
October 26, 2019 /Sports News – National Washington Nationals’ GM on making it to the World Series for the first time in almost 90 years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC(WASHINGTON) — On the eve of the third game of the Fall Classic, the Washington National’s general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo sat down with ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” hosts after securing two World Series wins in Houston.Washington hasn’t seen a World Series for nearly 90 years — since 1933. When asked about what it means to have the Nats break through in a city where politics is its own sport, Rizzo weighed how the politics and power of the nation’s capital have elevated the significance of this series.“It’s an incredible story — we had a 0.1% chance of winning the National League pennant,” Rizzo told ABC News’ Political Director Rick Klein and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathon Karl. “The prognosticators didn’t factor in or analyze the heart of this club.” After having the third-worst record in Major League Baseball in May, the Nationals stunned the baseball world by surging back to secure a wild card spot against the Milwaukee Brewers.“We can’t undersell what this means for the D.C. area. I think the D.C. atmosphere is something special to these players,” he said. “The atmosphere of the city is palatable. They feel it, they sense it and they love it.”Two of the most recognizable names on the Nationals roster are veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and 21-year-old outfielder Juan Soto.Rizzo said Zimmerman, the team’s first draft choice after moving from Montreal to Washington in 2005, brings a calmness to the team that allows him to thrive in the biggest moments.“He excels between the lines and in the dugout, in the clubhouse and in the community. He’s a Washingtonian through and through,” he said. “He’s up there with the greats.”Karl noted to Rizzo that Soto may be the greatest player at the age of 20 he’s ever seen.Rizzo agreed, adding that Soto and Zimmerman are exactly the type of franchise cornerstones every successful team must have.“We’re looking under every rock to find a Juan Soto,” he added.During most games, Rizzo sits in the first few rows with the team’s analytics and operations personnel to discuss the game, but this is the World Series, he said.“Tonight’s game is a little different. We’re going to be fans like everybody else,” Rizzo said Friday. “There’s little we can do to affect the outcome of the game. … I asked them to just let their hair down and enjoy the game.”The winning streak was broken for the Nationals Friday night, however, with the Astros taking home a 4-0 win.The World Series picks back up Saturday night in Washington. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by
Three area high school students took home scholarships, tools, and trophies today following the 3rd Annual Ivy Tech Community College Automotive Skills Competition.Winners were:Dylan Jones, first place, Southridge High SchoolLogan Klueh, second place, Tell City High SchoolErnest Volz, third place, Heritage Hills High SchoolPrizes included one, $1,000 scholarship to Ivy Tech; two, $500 scholarships and tools from Snap-On, NAPA, and AutoZone.The competition among selected students from area high schools with automotive programs consisted of testing through a variety of scenarios one would find in an automotive repair setting such as alignment issues, no start, looking up service information, confirming customer complaint and diagnostic process, investigating check engine light and live data, multi-point inspection, and a 50-question ASE style test.Training sessions for students not participating in the skills challenge were provided by Snap-On, NAPA, and FCA Mopar Cap Fiat Chrysler Corp, AutoZone, and Technician Academy. Lunch was sponsored by Kenny Kent Toyota.Photos attached:FirstPlace.jpg : L-R Chris Satterfield, Southridge Instructor; Dylan Jones, first place, Southridge High School; Chris Kaufman, Ivy Tech Automotive Technology Program ChairSecondPlace.jpg : L-R Chris Kaufman, Ivy Tech Automotive Technology Program Chair; Logan Klueh, second place, Tell City High School; Glenn Goffinet, Tell City InstructorThirdPlace.jpg : L-R Carl Hall, Heritage Hills Instructor; Ernest Volz, third place, Heritage Hills High School; Chris Kaufman, Ivy Tech Automotive Technology Program ChairFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Palm Springs iHub Shines at SBEMP AwardsCVEP CEO Joe Wallace, who also serves as managing director of the Palm Springs iHub, and Hank McCarrick, the owner of SecoSys, one of the innovation incubator’s standout companies, took home two of the four honors bestowed Wednesday night at the second annual SBEMP Awards at the private Colony 29 estates in Palm Springs.Presented by law firm of Slovak, Baron, Empey, Murphy, & Pinkney LLP, the event celebrates local business leaders and the impact they make across the Coachella Valley.The Palm Springs iHub and Accelerator Campus have attracted 48 start-up companies, which in turn created almost 150 jobs, in the areas of clean energy, health and medicine, digital media, and wearable technologies.SecoSys, which is featured in the new edition of Vision Greater Palm Springs,creates intelligent water meters to manage, control, and conserve water in real-time at commercial and residential sites. Joining Wallace (Leadership) and McCarrick (Environment) among the SBEMP honorees were Dr. Sharon Brown-Welty (Impact) of CSUSB Palm Desert Campus and Tyler and Kelly McLean (Entrepreneur) of Splash House.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Belgique is a new bakery-café concept with deep breath a bakery, coffee shop, freshly made sandwiches, patisserie, chocolaterie, celebration cakes and a deli. With eight shops, 500 retail lines, 250 birthday cakes a month and thousands of boxes of chocolates, it’s no wonder Igor Bekaert says he has taken only one day off in 60.With a CV that includes a long stint at Patisserie Valerie before setting up his own bakery wholesaler, Bekaert & Dupont since sold to finance the retail side Bekaert has switched his retailer brain to turning a few modern bakery truisms on their head. Let’s tick them off one by one.Rule 1: Food-to-go is kingWhen he started out in retail, Bekaert was advised by professional shopfitters to focus on sandwiches and take-away. “I said no!” he exclaims. “I’ve always been skeptical. That’s what you see everywhere.” Initially he set out to be retail only no tables, no chairs and it didn’t work. “You just can’t take enough money,” he says.A tweak of the concept to a 50/50 retail/café split means he easily gets sites under A1 retail licence as well as A3 restaurant sites. “Even if the council takes me to court, it takes me 10 minutes to prove I am actually a retailer,” he says.Rule 2: Feature prominent menu boardsBelgique doesn’t. So how does it communicate all those concepts to the customer? “We kind of don’t,” shrugs Bekaert. “You have heavily branded bakeries out there with price boards and meal deals and blah blah blah. We’re the other way round.”I have no problem with people coming in and being confused. It’s up to the staff to notice that and offer help. I’d rather the first impression not be the price but the wow factor.” This seems to work: 80% of customers are estimated to be regulars and, of that figure, 70% come three-to-four times a week. “They find out what we do in their own way, at their own tempo,” he explains. “It’s not pushed in their face like Starbucks.”Rule 3: Coffee is coreTrue, but while Belgique does a decent coffee, the real profit comes from the eat-in food.”You can go to my place, it will be choc-a-bloc and everybody will be having food. You go to Caffè Nero and there will be three people with just a coffee.” At the same time, many cafés suffer home-away-from-home loafer-attracting syndrome. “There are too many doing the cosy corners thing… People will still be there having the same coffee after 45 minutes. Here, they will have coffee, they might have a sandwich, they will be tempted by the patisserie counters.”Instead he follows his own shopfitting rules:Rule 1: Don’t dilly dallyIt’s crucial to get the shops open as fast as possible: number one, money starts rolling in to pay for the fittings; number two, you enjoy more of your free rent period. “It’s not difficult to get six months rent-free, but you see people taking a year to open up,” he shakes his head.Also, recognise and admit mistakes early, he urges. The first error was squeezing the Belgique concept into too small a site a 750sq ft unit in Epping High Street. Not enough table space meant he couldn’t hit the 50/50 retail/on-site turnover split. They bought the next-door shop, knocked through and tripled turnover at a stroke, making the shop profitable.Rule 2: Organise cleverlyWith so many elements to the business, Bekaert manages it through nifty organising. Very few things have a single use, he states, and many elements overlap, making it cost-effective. For example, the deli counter doubles as the stock fridge for sandwich fillings.”From a management point of view, it’s about being organised having one person checking the admin, another checking the management and me basically in charge of the concept. If your staff understand your concept, they live and breathe it for you.”Rule 3: Keep controlHe gets costs down by knowing contractors’ charges before even they do. “I knew I had three shops coming up over six months, so I sat down with everyone and said, ’Look, this is my total budget.’ They don’t even have to give me a price”.For example, he agreed a contract of £50,000 up-front for the electrics for three shops. “I knew the electrician and his colleague’s day tariff was X-amount of money, so if they come every day for 26 weeks, I calculate that amounts to £40,000; I calculate all they need to buy is two fuse boards and cabling. plus materials, which costs £10,000. They nod and that’s it! I’m in control and I tell them how much it will cost.”
The UK is a global hub for tech businesses and remains one of the world’s top destinations for tech investment and foreign investment globally. London Tech Week is a brilliant opportunity to fly the flag for British tech on a global stage, and I’m proud to be leading such a strong delegation of international investors to showcase Britain’s cutting-edge innovation in sectors like AI and drive investment into our world leading industry. The success of the UK’s tech industry will be critical to our economic prosperity now and for years to come, so I am committed to supporting this sector, as we move towards leaving the EU. The Department is seeking to strengthen the UK’s position as the leading destination for tech investment in the EU and firmly establish ‘Silicon UK’. London currently ranks as the number one destination for tech and venture capital investment in Europe, attracting £6.3 billion in venture capital investment in 2018, more than any other European country. Forbes’ 2018 report also named the UK the best place to do business in the world.During Tech Week, DIT will be partnering with a number of organisations including London & Partners, PwC and EY on events including deep dive sessions on ‘scaling up’ in the UK, speed dating events for small businesses with venture capital investors and networking receptions for businesses looking to set up operations in the UK.DIT will also welcome some of the world’s biggest technology companies to Lancaster House on Tuesday (11 June) for speeches on and discussion of the future of the sector. They will be joined by international tech entrepreneurs looking to set up their businesses in the UK and UK firms looking to expand overseas. The Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox MP, will lead major delegations to London Tech Week this week from countries as far afield as Australia, Brazil, China, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, the UAE and the US to showcase Britain’s innovative tech firms and drive investment into the UK at Europe’s largest tech summit. Investors are expected to descend upon the capital city, representing billions of pounds of investment into the UK.Global tech firms including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook will join major international delegations led by the Department for International Trade (DIT) including over 300 delegates from China to participate in Europe’s largest technology gathering. They will join UK firms showcasing British innovation in smart cities technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and fintech, in an effort to attract more international investment and commercial partnerships with global firms.Delegates expected include businesses and government representatives from 5 cities and provinces including Beijing, Shanghai, Shandong, Shanxi and Guizhou. 90 representatives are expected to attend from Australia, including 30 Australian tech start-ups, alongside over 80 delegates from Latin America and 40 delegates from North America including, Denver, Austin, Colorado and Toronto which includes senior representatives from their Boards of Trade. Some of the businesses coming as part of the delegation include LG Innotek and Chunghwa Telecoms.The Prime Minister announced in her speech today (Monday 10 June) that the International Trade Secretary will also be responsible for leading four new regional trade missions, each focused on the Government’s Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges. The first four of these will take place this year and act as a catalyst for sustained international engagement on issues of trade, cutting edge research and the future of public policy with international partners around the world. The missions will be supported by the department’s international network.Speaking at the start of London Tech Week, the Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox MP said:
I am told, and I certainly believe, that we are in the middle of a recession. Money is tight, or so they say. Most salaries within manufacturing have remained static for over six years, but minimum pay has still crept up, wiping out the differential among the pay grades every year. And net profitability has been the lowest in decades. Yet we survive – just – through better management of cost, efficiencies and innovation to meet the demands of the new markets emerging.If we are so short of money, can anyone please tell me why the flights out of Manchester airport which go to the usual hot spots are full? Try going out for a Sunday lunch or evening meal at the local eatery at 6pm and, sorry, they’re full!Why can the customers of all the fashionable coffee houses afford to pay £2.50 for a coffee, and then another £1.80 for a muffin or cupcake, and they pay without batting an eyelid – unbelievable: £2.50 for a coffee, the actual cost price of which would be no more than 20p maximum. That is quite a profit margin. No wonder Mr Whitbread got out of beer and started to sell coffee.It would appear that people are quite adamant about recession as long as it does not affect their luxuries of life, or must-have life essentials, such as Sky TV. They minimise the basics while excelling on the extravagances.But somehow, I feel as though we are being stitched up, and made to pay for somebody else’s crimes – for example, being made to pay bigger wages, which are taxed. This then pays for expensive unnecessary luxuries, which are – you’ve guessed it – taxed.Of course the big four retailers cash in on the recession, by firstly reducing price points to suppliers while maintaining the selling price. Either way, the supplier finances the price drop. One of the majors tries to sell everything for a pound, but when are they going to learn that people in general believe the missive, “You get what you pay for” and, sooner or later, quality will have dropped so low, that suppliers will refuse to supply and their prices will be hiked dramatically, and the cycle starts all over again.Have you noticed their (the major retailers’) latest advert: if they over-charge you for an item that you could have bought more cheaply somewhere else, they will give you the difference next time you are in their store.Do they think we are totally brainless? Let’s examine this for a moment: greatly inflate your selling price knowingly, give you back the price difference of your nearest competitor, and then give you a little piece of paper offering you the difference next time you go back into their store to be over-charged yet again. Maybe we are brainless, as many of my friends think this is an awesome feature and happily go back time and again. And sad as it is, the premise goes straight over their heads, as they don’t actually care, because they have too much money, but they just don’t know it.I was recalling to my youngest daughter some tales of my early youth, including shopping trips with Grandma. She would literally walk from one side of town to the other with her little trolley just to save pennies on her weekly groceries. This was instilled in her; she had to save money to feed her family, especially during the war years when there really was a sense of austerity. Luxuries were none: clothes were recycled around siblings or cousins; jumpers and cardigans were turned into crocheted blankets; nothing at all was wasted. You walked to work if you were lucky enough to have a job. My Dad, like many other people, walked four miles to work and back for his first job; now there is a taxi rank outside our work gates most mornings and afternoons – and they are not cheap.So is there really a recession that’s so bad? Maybe – I’m not that qualified to comment. I do feel we are being played because of somebody else’s crimes. But while we continue to pay £2.50 for a cup of frothy milk and a splash of coloured flavoured water, I’ll reserve my judgement.
Amazon is to acquire grocery business Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at $13.7bn.The two businesses announced a merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market in an all-cash deal valued at $13.7bn, including Whole Foods Market’s net debt.Whole Foods Market operates more than 465 stores throughout the UK, Canada, and in 42 US states. The business, which turned over around $16bn last year, will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods Market brand and source from “trusted vendors and partners around the world”.John Mackey will remain CEO of Whole Foods Market, which will continue to be based in Austin, Texas.“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”Amazon has just expanded its Amazon Fresh delivery service – which includes a range of in-house bakery products – to 42 postcodes in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The service, which launched in the UK over a year ago, enables Amazon Prime members to have a range of fresh goods including fruit and veg, dairy and meat delivered to their homes.Whole Foods operates nine stores in the UK – seven in London, one and Glasgow and one in Cheltenham.Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO John Mackey said the partnership was an opportunity to maximise value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, while at the same time “extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers”.Completion of the deal, expected to close in the second half of this year, is subject to approval by Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, regulatory approvals and other standard closing conditions.’Incredibly difficult’Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at analysts Kantar Worldpanel, said the news was “in some ways a tacit admission from Amazon that food retail is incredibly difficult as a purely online player”. Although online grocery shopping has grown rapidly it is still a fairly niche option for food shopping, with just over a quarter of Brits shopping online for groceries during the past year.“Amazon is committed to cracking the grocery market, and a business like Whole Foods brings with it many of the crucial ingredients the e-commerce giant has been missing in its other forays into food and drink,” he said.“The power of a physical presence on the high street to grow a brand’s reputation and credibility is particularly important in grocery, where consumers want to be able to see the quality of the items they’re buying first hand. Bricks and mortar stores would enable Amazon to expand its options for ordering, pick-up and delivery, added McKevitt.It was a view echoed on Twitter by Dennis K Berman, financial editor of the Wall Street Journal: “Amazon did not just buy Whole Foods grocery stores. It bought 431 upper-income, prime-location distribution nodes for everything it does.”
Young-jun Lee, a fellow at Harvard’s Korea Institute, read from the work of two poets, one from the south and the other from the north. Both felt the sting of a divided country.North Korean poet O Yong-jae is known for “Oh, My Mother,” written in 1990 when he heard his mother was still alive in South Korea — 40 years after leaving her during the Korean War. “A sun suddenly rises in the middle of a black night,” he wrote.In South Korea, the ironic “Long Live Kim Il Sung” could not be published during the lifetime of poet Kim Suyong (1921-1968), a writer so direct about advocating for a free literature that even some of his friends regarded him as dangerous.Former Russian journalist Maria Yulikova provided a reminder that members of the press can face the same dangers as poets and novelists for simply writing truths in another way. “You might want to use your pen name,” she said of journalists in her native Russia, “just to be safe.”Rumbidzai Mushavi ’12 read snippets from Chenjerai Hove’s “Letter to Mother,” a voice that wove through the event three times.Driven from his native Zimbabwe by death threats, Hove, who is a poet, essayist, novelist, and dramatist, has been in exile since 2001.It was a reminder that imprisonment can also mean having to live away from home. He wrote, “Every sunset reminds me: I am in another land.”Mandanipour, who is also a visiting writer at Boston College, spoke of exile’s pain too. “You shut the doors and windows of your house to others,” he said. “You get angry, and anger keeps you on your feet.”Hove cut to the heart of the matter for oppressed writers, struggling in exile or at home. He told his illiterate mother, “You can’t read, and I — oh, the hopelessness — I can’t write.”With hopelessness sometimes comes guilt. Ling recalled a trip to the printer in 2000, on a mission to make two deletions from his magazine: the name of a Tiananmen Square activist and the word “anti-communist.” (He was arrested anyway.) “I was committing an act of self-censorship,” said Ling, “just as all editors and writers in China still do today.”Mandanipour recalled many nights of pacing at his office, wondering which voice to cut out of Thursday Evening.On one hand, he said, there was his personal style as a literary editor: “My role was never to change or delete a single word in a text.”On the other hand, he ended up snipping out some controversial writers. “I sometimes think I should have published that good poem or story,” said Mandanipour, “and not publishing them remains a shame in my life.”Of the writers and editors speaking at “The Living Magazine,” only one worked for a publication still afloat: Burmese writer and Radcliffe Fellow Ma Thida, editor of Teen magazine in Rangoon. None of the contents are explicitly political.“I don’t want to lead the next generation,” said Thida of her audience, who live largely outside the grasp of the Internet. “I just want to deal with them, to hear their voices.”Voices were the point of the session, many of them little-known, all of them strained through pain and guilt. But the dream survives.“Waiting for the daytime sun … I sing and play a deep melody in these bright years,” read Chinese poet Ar Zhong from his “Darkness, the Theme of my Life.” “Morning appears in my dreams.”Ling read from his poem “For Dreams to Linger, and for Time,” a paean to the power that print still has in countries where censors rule.“Wishes,” one line reads, “are pressed into a paper surface.”Providing support for “The Living Magazine” were the Humanities Center at Harvard, the Harvard College Writing Program, the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Office for the Arts at Harvard, and the Undergraduate Council. During the Iran-Iraq War, Shahriar Mandanipour wrote short stories under fire. He would compose one line at a time between exploding mortar rounds.Back in Tehran after the war, Mandanipour started editing Thursday Evening, a literary journal. He came under fire again, this time from his own government. Censors combed through the essays and poems slated for publication. They feared that one might be a mortar round of another kind that scattered new ideas like shrapnel.The journal was banned years ago, after surviving censors for eight-and-a-half years, and Mandanipour, now an acclaimed novelist, is an associate in Harvard’s Department of English.Thursday Evening came briefly to life again last week (April 14) during “The Living Magazine,” a literary event that featured writing from banned or at-risk publications in Iran, China, and Burma.Even Cambridge audiences, like the one 100-strong in the auditorium at Sackler Museum, need reminding: In many countries in the thrall of oppressive regimes, writing is still a dangerous pursuit.Reading their work were writers who had once suffered arrest and imprisonment. One of them, Chinese poet Bei Ling, edited the literary magazine Tendency. In 2000, print copies were seized by the Beijing Office of Public Security, and Ling was arrested.“I was guilty of a crime that no civilized country would count as a criminal act,” he said, “the illegal publication of a literary journal.”Ling paraphrased what writer Susan Sontag wrote about the incident, “that my crime should be called: bringing ideas to China.”Mandanipour avoided arrest but lived in fear for his life, he said, and “fear for my unwritten stories.”During those postwar days, editors, writers, and even translators were being killed for their creative work. “Gloom and fear seeped into our lives,” said Mandanipour, author of the 2009 novel “Censoring an Iranian Love Story.” “No one could guess who the next person would be.”Other glimpses of gloom and fear came up in “The Living Magazine,” which was conceived by Jane Unrue, who teaches in the Harvard College Writing Program and who is a member of the Harvard chapter of the Scholars at Risk Committee. “The Living Magazine” is not bound or numbered or even a virtual publication, she said. It is a “dream space” that imagines worldwide freedom for writers.Avant-garde poet Meng Lang, a veteran of China’s underground scene since the late ’70s, put literary print magazines in the tradition of the “little magazines” of the 1920s and beyond — as well as in the tradition of furtive samizdat literature in the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain.China these days, he said, is no longer the Bamboo Curtain, but a “Silk Curtain … hiding China’s last brazenness, or cowardice, from the powerful winds of freedom.”It is joined now by pressures from the “Gold Curtain,” the race for profits not only in China but around the world.Lang’s own beleaguered publications started with the 60-copy MN01 in 1981. Now he is managing editor of the online literary journal Freedom to Write. “I will not give up,” said Lang. “We are the nurturers and protectors of living magazines.”“The Living Magazine” was the second annual literary event in Harvard’s Visiting Writers Series, inaugurated by Unrue last year. It drew back the curtain on poems and essays that were heartfelt and brilliant, with many of them the work of imprisoned authors.“Help keep these voices heard,” said novelist and editor Nicholas Jose, visiting chair of Australian studies at Harvard. He was one of the readers — many of them Harvard undergraduates — who delivered passages from the imprisoned, the exiled, and the dead.Jose read the words of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese human rights activist in prison for 12 more years. He was a signatory to Charter 08, a 2008 manifesto marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. Xiaobo only twice spoke in a public forum in his native country, said Jose, “and both of those times have been in court.” His crimes, he added, were “both crimes of expression.”Jose read from one of the court statements. “I have no enemies and no hated,” said Xiaobo. “For hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience. The mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit.”Facing prison, the writer remained full of optimism that China would one day embrace human rights and the rule of law. “I hope,” said Xiaobo, “to be the last victim of China’s endless literary inquisition.”There was a reading from the Burmese poet Yekkha, arrested for his participation in the 1988 democracy movement. He spent 20 years in prison. A fragment, read by Ben Biran ’13, says:I hear the bells from the churchesI don’t see thoseThey don’t see me.
One of the best things about working for Dell EMC is our relentless focus on enabling our customers to take advantage of the latest and greatest technology without forcing them to make expensive and proprietary ‘mistakes’. Going all the way back to that dorm room at the University of Texas, Dell EMC has focused on eliminating obstacles and delivering technology to help others reach their potential.In the beginning, it was through a focus on bringing the benefits of the personal computer directly to consumers’ hands. Today, we focus on driving the standards of technology and putting those standards to work for our customers. In other words, Dell EMC is a very practical company. And the solutions we offer to customer challenges are similarly practical.Make it Real will be the theme next week at Dell Technologies World 2018. In that spirit, we will be demonstrating some practical, yet innovative solutions to some very interesting and emerging technologies. I encourage you to come talk to our experts in the Server & Infrastructure Systems (booth #325) as part of the Infrastructure Solutions Group within Dell EMC. New and emerging technical trends seem to pop up every day – figuring out how to leverage them and maximize your investments is as practical as it gets. At Dell Technologies World, we will be demonstrating how PowerEdge servers and industry-leading OpenManage software get the most out of these technologies. Here’s a quick look at what we’ll be showcasing next week:Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: Investments in AI and Machine Learning are expected to deliver an ROI of two to five times. But to get these kinds of results, you’ll need specialized resources. Check out our latest PowerEdge servers built for maximizing AI and Machine Learning.Blockchain: There has been so much in the press about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. But the underlying blockchain technology is enabling more than just a new financial instrument. Come learn more about how to leverage this intriguing capability – and have some fun while you’re at it.Additional Horsepower: As the data center becomes more complex and your workload requirements evolve, plain ‘vanilla’ compute alone may be inadequate. Check out new technologies like FPGAs and GPUs. PowerEdge has increased support for these new capabilities by five times in the past year – come take a look.Intelligent Automation: To be competitive, organizations of all types need to be able to scale – and scale is about people as much as it is about technology. KPMG reports consistently that over 60 percent of CIOs report that skills shortages limit their ability to scale. With Dell EMC OpenManage software, you can radically reduce the time and people needed to manage your infrastructure. Don’t believe the numbers above? Come by our booth and see how quickly you can deploy 500 servers (you will be amazed)!These are just a few of the very practical demonstrations the Server and Infrastructure System team at Dell EMC can show you at Dell Technologies World. We also have some big announcements planned – so don’t miss the keynote on day two (wink).Dell EMC is focused on delivering very practical solutions to some very complex problems. But we can have fun too – we have invited Chef Anton to help us explain our practical solutions in easy terms – and maybe teach you all a few tricks at the same time. Check out this imminently practical solution for winning at eight ball for example.See you in Las Vegas! Source: A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Dell EMC, January 2018. https://home.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/xx/pdf/2017/05/cio-survey-2017-exec-summary-web.pdf