Skye Bank Plc ( HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgPolaris Bank ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Polaris Bank ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Polaris Bank ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Polaris Bank (  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePolaris Bank formerly (Skye Bank Plc) is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services in the retail, commercial, corporate, treasury and investment banking sectors. The Retail Banking division provides a full service offering ranging from transactional accounts, deposits and term savings accounts to consumer loans and mortgages. The Commercial Banking division provides direct debit facilities, current accounts, deposits, overdrafts and loans as well as credit facilities, foreign currency and derivative products. The Treasury, Corporate and Investment Banking divisions offer financial instruments trading, structured financing and corporate leasing products. Other services offered by Skye Bank Plc include money transfer services, insurance brokerage, micro-financing, capital market, registrar and property development services. Skye Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Subsidiaries of Skye Bank Plc include Sky Bank Sierra Leone Limited, Skye Bank Gambia Limited and Skye Bank Guinea Limited. Polaris Bank formerly (Skye Bank Plc) is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

ScanGroup Limited ( 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgScanGroup Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about ScanGroup Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ScanGroup Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ScanGroup Limited (  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileWPP-ScanGroup Limited is the largest marketing and communication group in the Africa sub-region with leading advertising agencies and media houses falling under the holding company name. These include Ogilvy & Mather, SCANAD, JWT, BluePrint Marketing, GroupM, MediaCom Africa, Mindshare and MEC. Public relations companies include Ogilvy PR and H+K Strategies; marketing research agencies include Millward Brown; specialty communication agencies include Roundtrip and Geometry Global; digital companies include OgilvyOne, Squad Digital and SCANAD Digital. WPP-Scangroup has expertise in advertising, media investment management, advertising and marketing research, public relations, digital advertising and communications marketing strategy. WPP-ScanGroup has a presence in 25 countries in sub-Sahara Africa and majority-owned offices in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It has minority-owned operations in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Senegal and Zimbabwe. Scangroup became a subsidiary of WPP in 2013 and the company changed its name to WPP-Scangroup Limited in 2015. WPP-ScanGroup Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Forget the State Pension or a Cash ISA! I’d live off these 10% dividend yields for my retirement

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Andy Ross | Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 | More on: RIO SLA Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! In a time of dividend cuts, I think these shares, with their 10% dividend yields, could provide vital income for those looking to fund retirement. Keeping the dividend and a 10% yieldThere can be no doubt it’s been a tricky few years for FTSE 100 asset manager Standard Life Aberdeen (LSE: SLA). In 2018, the business was loss-making before leaping back into profit last year. Shareholders have been on a rollercoaster ride, which you might not expect from a mature business in a high-margin, stable industry.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…So this isn’t the easiest share to live with. But would you expect it to be when it yields 10%? I’d argue not. The high yield is a sign that many investors are nervous about the business. Yet I’m optimistic.The dividend has been held flat in the last year and is covered by earnings. It looks like management is keen not to cut it. So as long as the business doesn’t worsen from here, then investors should get income.There’s the potential for future growth if the business recovers. But I think the main attraction is the dividend.There are some glimmers of hope that this is happening. In 2019, gross inflows rose, as did earnings per share. The group is also keen to cut costs, which should drive value for shareholders in the long term.Demand from China to keep dividends flowing Shares in miner Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO) look very cheap. They also offer a 10% dividend yield when special dividends are included. I expect the firm will be able to keep providing this high level of income for investors as long as there’s not a deep and prolonged recession following the Covid-19 outbreak.The shares trade on a P/E of less than seven. Indicating that they can be picked up on a low multiple of earnings, which is good for investors.Rio Tinto has experience of coming through difficult times, like when prices collapsed in 2015/16 when demand from key growth markets like China dried up. This led to a deep round of cost-cutting, which is likely to be of benefit to the business today.With the Chinese economy now opening up again, and with lost ground to make up after factories shut down, iron ore demand could shoot up. As Rio’s main product, that could deliver a massive boost for the miner.Before the shutdown, revenues from iron ore were soaring, driven by demand from China. This is why I’m confident in the outlook for the company.Of course Rio is sensitive to commodity prices. But its strict control of costs and world-class mining assets give it better protection against fluctuating prices and the impact of coronavirus.I think the income should be secure. Even if cut, it’s likely to remain at a high level of yield, which would also grow back over the coming years. I’d be inclined to invest now in order to generate income for retirement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Andy Ross “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Andy Ross owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Forget the State Pension or a Cash ISA! 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Limerick grandmother conquers Kilimanjaro

first_img Previous articleAirlines reinstate Shannon-New York ServiceNext articleAbout the Limerick Post Newspaper admin WhatsApp Advertisement Print Twitter Linkedincenter_img A RAHEEN grandmother has achieved a tremendous feat by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Norrie Sherlock, from the Father Russell Road, mother of two and grandmother of two,  wanted a challenge, and made the decision to climb the mountain in aid of The National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght this March, managing to raise almost €6,000 for the charity.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Preparation for the monumental challenge included hill walking with the Limerick climbing club, before heading out on her adventure on March 19.“A friend was supposed to go with me but pulled out, so I was on my own heading over”, Norrie told the Limerick Post.“But I met up with 26  others who were taking part in the walk, that was organised by, in Heathrow. From Heathrow to Nairobi and then on to Kilimanjaro airport, I got to know some of the group. On arrival we met up with a further 12 who had taken a different route”.Norrie explained that the group met with their guides and porters at the gate to the National Park and began the first leg of the journey to reach the summit of Africa’s highest free-standing mountain.“We trekked for eight hours through lush rainforest on Sunday to sleep under the canvas in the Machame camp at 2980 metres.“Porters working in the national park are incredible people carrying everything from tents to cooking equipment on their heads”.The next two days the group also spent walking for eight or nine hours.“We were always trying to acclimatise. Some people got bad headaches, but I’m not sure they were from the malaria tablets, the Diamox tablets to treat altitude sickness, or the altitude itself”.Wednesday was the crunch day for the group, who faced the last stretch to the summit.“Our first task was to scale the famous Barranco Wall, a sheer wall with narrow paths that zig zag to the top. Locals call it breakfast”.After a rest and dinner the group took off again at 11pm in order to reach the summit at daybreak.“We had snow from the base of the mountain and a snow blizzard which made it very very cold, around -21C.“Around 6am, I got to Stella Point, and the views were unbelievable. Another hour got me to The Roof of Africa and the famous sign Uhuru Peak 5895 m. It was one of the most fantastic feelings reaching the top”.Of Norrie’s group of 36, 26 reached the summit, two got frostbite and eight got altitude sickness.“This has been one of the most physically, mentally and emotionally demanding things I have ever done but I am so happy to have achieved it. I couldn’t have done it without my porter Byson, or my husband, Tom, who texted words of encouragement every day”.After taking a rest for the rest of the year, Norrie is planning a new adventure in the near future.Our picture shows Norrie Sherlock and her porter Byson at The Roof of Africa Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick grandmother conquers KilimanjaroBy admin – May 6, 2010 554 Emaillast_img read more

Still time to ‘salvage Donegal summer season’

first_img Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleMan dies in Derry farming accidentNext articlePassenger seriously injured in south Inishowen crash News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications There are urgent calls for a collaborative approach in a bid to save the 2020 Donegal tourism season.Donegal County Council is being encouraged to take the lead and bring the sector together to see how best we can build on what we have and to effectively get back on track.Areas of rural Donegal rely heavily on tourism as their main source of income every year with the livelihoods of many now said to be in jeopardy.But Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen Municipal District Cllr Martin McDermott believes that there is an opportunity to salvage the rest of the summer, but it needs to be done quickly:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Still time to ‘salvage Donegal summer season’ AudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – June 9, 2020 last_img read more

Northrop Grumman builds very lightweight torpedo for US Navy

first_img navaltoday May 22, 2020, by View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Northrop Grumman Back to overview,Home naval-today Northrop Grumman builds, tests very lightweight torpedo for US Navy Northrop Grumman builds, tests very lightweight torpedo for US Navycenter_img Northrop Grumman has successfully manufactured and tested the first industry-built very lightweight torpedo (VLWT) for the US Navy.The prototype torpedo is based on the Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory’s (PSU-ARL) design that was distributed to defense industrial manufacturers in 2016.Northrop Grumman, which independently funded the research and development, will offer the design-for-affordability improvements to this VLWT as the company’s response for the navy’s Compact Rapid Attack Weapon (CRAW) program.As explained, Northrop Grumman improved upon the VLWT baseline design to replace high-cost components and drive overall affordability, reproducibility and reliability. Those altered sections were built and tested using PSU-ARL’s own test equipment for confidence.“The successful testing of the torpedo nose on the first try is a testament to Northrop Grumman’s design-for-affordability approach, which will significantly reduce cost without sacrificing operational performance,” David Portner, lead torpedo program manager, undersea systems, Northrop Grumman, said.Northrop Grumman assembled the prototype VLWT using a Stored Chemical Energy Propulsion System (SCEPS) manufactured by Barber-Nichols, Inc., (BNI) of Denver, Colorado.“The nation needs advanced undersea warfare capabilities now more than ever,” Alan Lytle, vice president, undersea systems, Northrop Grumman, pointed out. “We are ready to support fielding the VLWT which will increase subsea lethality and enable innovative concepts of operations for multiple warfighting platforms.” Northrop Grumman’s manufacturing plan would span the country by building components in California, Utah, Minnesota, Colorado, West Virginia and Maryland. View post tag: very lightweight torpedo Equipment & technology Share this articlelast_img read more

Press release: PM reveals package of measures to promote a more peaceful, prosperous and democratic Western Balkans

first_imgThe new package, which demonstrates the government’s enduring commitment to the region, includes: Prime Minister Theresa May today announces a package of measures to help the Western Balkans prosper by improving the collective security and economic stability of the region.The Prime Minister will welcome the six Western Balkan leaders to London today, alongside other European figures such as German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, for the 5th annual Western Balkans Summit under the Berlin Process.The Berlin Process, established in 2014, has already achieved a great deal in the region – advancing the economic integration, building energy and transport links, and forging connections between civil society and young people.The package announced today will complement this progress, helping build a more peaceful, prosperous and democratic Western Balkans.It will help the region to address complex security challenges, particularly around serious and organised crime and drug smuggling, which in turn will help prevent illicit activity on the streets in the UK.Organised Crime Groups from the Western Balkans have a significant nationwide presence in the UK. UK cooperation with the region and European partners has previously delivered positive results, including bringing down a crime network which was estimated to have imported an average of more than 8,000kg of cocaine a year into the UK, with an estimated street value of £800m.Encouraged by these results and recognising the importance of the Western Balkans, the Prime Minister wants to go further to strengthen the security and economic integrity of the region.Prime Minister, Theresa May said: I am proud to host this year’s Western Balkans Summit, bringing together leaders from across the region with European partners to look at how we can ensure the economic stability and collective security of the Western Balkans. For history shows that a stable and secure Western Balkans region means a more stable and secure Europe. We are leaving the EU next March, but we remain fully committed to improving the prosperity and security of the Western Balkans, and Europe, both now and in the years to come. The package that I have announced today will help the Western Balkans tackle threats to their progress, such as serious and organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, while also having a positive effect in the UK by cutting off criminal activity at the source and helping prevent crime from reaching British streets.center_img increasing UK funding to the region by over 95% from £41 million in 18/19 to £80 million in 20/21 from the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund doubling the number of UK staff working in the region on the security issues affecting the UK and the Western Balkans. These experts will help stop crime reaching UK streets and also help strengthen the region’s own response to serious and organised crime, terrorism and violent extremism, corruption and money laundering launching the Balkans Organised Crime Observatory, jointly with the Austrian and Norwegian governments which will enable civil society to play a more effective role in tackling organised crime and corruption. Led by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, this will serve as a virtual network for key civil society actors to work together to monitor, report on and expose Serious and Organised Crime and corruption, share research and good practice and improve strategic and operational coordination improving the region’s cyber capability through a £1m investment in training and advisory activities. This includes direct support to Computer Emergency Response Teams in Serbia and Montenegro, launching a Security Fellowships course on cyber security, and providing strategic support to Governments across the region, and establishing a UK-Western Balkans Security Discourse on Cyber Security to enhance UK bilateral and regional relationships and information sharing among senior cyber officials agreeing a Joint Declaration on the Principles of Information-Exchange in the Field of Law Enforcement that will help law enforcement agencies in the region share information more easily in the fight against serious and organised crime and terrorism. Countries will also commit to concrete actions to tackle corruption chairing a senior-level Security Commitments Steering Group to push for better exchange of information and best practice, including through establishing regional forums, the first of which for customs officers. These will meet regularly at senior and operational level to discuss strategic approaches and complex transnational financial criminal investigation extending the Pan Balkans Strategic Reserve Force (SRF) for another year which is held at readiness in the UK to move into the Western Balkans if the security situation deteriorates or the UK needs to support stability in the region. The current UK commitment to maintain the SRF ends on 31st December. We are extending this for another year as a demonstration of our commitment to maintain security and stability in the Western Balkans committing £10 million to help build digital skills and employment prospects for young people in the Western Balkans. The British Council will provide training to children in over 4,500 schools, to bolster digital literacy and core skills across the region. By providing access to a digital education, this funding will help foster the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs providing an additional £1million to help the region address difficult legacy issues, including supporting the organisations working to find and identify the 12,000 victims still missing from the conflicts of the 1990slast_img read more

Watch Umphrey’s McGee’s Emotional Take On Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ [Pro-Shot]

first_imgToday marks a sad chapter in music history, as the beloved R&B singer Prince passed away earlier today. As we continue to grieve over the loss of a legend, we turn to the healing power of music and explore a number of tributes performed by artists we love.Of all the bands in the jam scene, no group does covers quite like Umphrey’s McGee. The rock band always pushes the envelope forward, in both their original music, improvisation, and of course, their selection for covers. It’s not easy to cover Prince, as his vocal and compositional styles are truly unique, but UM mastered the powerful Purple performer’s song “When Doves Cry” back in 2015, at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN (the site of the Purple Rain film).Watch the band’s pro-shot “When Doves Cry,” below:Umphrey’s McGee is a band of many tricks. Known for more than just their original songs, the rock band has a reputation of bringing some interesting mash-ups to the table. On Halloween of 2013, Umphrey’s delivered a Prince x Blue Öyster Cult mash-up, combining the eternal sounds of “When Doves Cry” and “Don’t Fear The Reaper” with their original song, “Pay The Snucka.” Dubbed, “Don’t Fear The Doves, Snucka,” here’s how it all went down:RIP Prince. We’ll miss you.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, More Top 2018 Firefly Music Festival

first_imgOver the weekend, the Firefly Music Festival returned to the Woodlands of Dover, DE for their seventh year in a row. The festival was topped by headliners Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, and The Killers, and included performances from ODESZA, Lil Wayne, Logic, Martin Garrix, GZA, Alt-J, Portugal. The Man, Foster The People, MGMT, Mike D (DJ Set), Big Gigantic, Jimmy Eat World, Chromeo, Cold War Kids, Warren G, Royal Blood, Spafford, and so many more.Check out the full photo gallery below, courtesy of photographer Sean DiSerio.Firefly Music Festival | Dover, DE | 6/14-17/2018 | Photos: Sean DiSerio Load remaining imageslast_img

From Big Data to Big Intelligence: Six Key Trends Shaping IT for 2018

first_imgThe turn of the calendar always brings the opportunity to both reflect and look forward. Technology continues to accelerate and the level of digital disruption continues to expand. Now is a good time to consider what’s happened in the last 365 days and contemplate what’s likely to happen next in this digital technology ecosystem that continues to be core to almost every business with new technical capabilities that bring us both unexpected opportunities and threats.Dell Technologies recently issued its predictions for 2018 – and in looking back, many of Dell Technologies’ 2017 predictions are coming to fruition and evolving rapidly – from the New Media Evolution to Deep Learning and finally IoT sparking demand for a new level of accountability.  We at Dell Technologies even announced our own IoT division with VMware CTO, and now Dell Technologies’ IoT GM, Ray O’Farrell at the helm to drive a comprehensive and coordinated strategy – in close partnership with leading edge customers and solutions providers.Some of the most exciting emerging technologies of 2017 were in the general use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning – rapidly transforming data into actionable insights for many leading edge organizations.  Approximately 1,500 companies in North America alone have initiated projects related to AI – with an estimated 71% of enterprise applications expected to leverage AI by the year 2021 (IDC).  AI projects tend to be at the core of business systems and processes. All of that AI is powered by data, delivered via compute, and connected with networks that drive a new need for enhanced data protection and end-point security strategies.There are a number of important trends that are being shaped by the convergence of data, advances in processing and economies of scale in the data center that we’ll see this year – below are my top six to watch.Big Data Becomes Big Intelligence and Big BusinessExtracting business value from large data sets is certainly not a new trend this year, but the sources of that data are both growing and diversifying significantly. Collecting, consolidating and analyzing data from the “edge” is critical, stemming from billions (and eventually trillions) of devices, apps and systems.  Figuring how to make use of the flood of this data will be a key focus for many enterprises this year.Relatedly, we’ll see data unleash new possibilities in AI for business intelligence – and revenues.  IDC is predicting that by 2020, 90% of large enterprises will generate revenue from data as a service – where raw data, metrics, insights and recommendations emerge as a revenue stream and business opportunity – and subsequently fuel even greater predictability of business trends, enhance product cycles and innovation, and much more.However, the major difference between these new AI driven systems and the past few years of big data and analytics is that more and more of the AI systems are being used in core real time business systems so they not only need to process and reason over huge data sets but they need to do that at a speed of outcome that can influence the real time flow of business. To achieve this will require the combination of storage and compute innovation.The Data Center Is No Longer “The Center” for Data – We Need a Mega-CloudThe explosion of data has created a highly-distributed ecosystem across increasingly decentralized data sources.  While most of the existing data processing is done in the core of the IT data centers today, as we look forward the ability to gain insights from data will spread throughout the enterprise IT topology – from the device, to the edge to the core to the public clouds. The key will be to develop architectures that allow the combined insight of the dispersed data to be used in the place where it can have the most impact and that may not always be the same area of the enterprise.One emerging concept to better coordinate this multi-cloud world is the intelligent ‘mega cloud’ that we discussed in our 2018 prediction #1.  Many customers are finding – or will soon find – themselves struggling with silos of data that are a result of a multi-cloud environment. Data gravity – the larger the amount of data, the more applications, services and other data will be attracted to it and the more quickly those will be drawn to the data body – partitioning can be a significant impediment to gaining the in-depth insight and impact organizations seek as more and more information is captured. Additionally, issues like compliance and regulatory requirements, IP protection, and data leakage only compound the problem.A mega cloud solves the issue of cloud silos by taking a holistic view to the collection of clouds that the enterprise interacts with to ensure that the right data is housed in the right place. It brings together multiple public and private clouds, as well as leverages data coming in from the edge and at the core. By evolving to have a single view into the multi cloud environment and creating consistency between clouds at the software, hardware, and services layers, enterprises are far more likely to be able to connect the right data sets to the best processing capability in the correct place to impact their business and make visions such as AI a reality.The Maturation of New Media / Persistent MediaNew forms of persistent media are emerging, blurring the distinction between large memory and fast storage, to tackle a new set of high-value workload requirements. These media will change the way that we view the intersection of application performance, storage density, and data placement. New media cost, capacity, and performance attributes will deliver new benefits for the most demanding workloads. New media technologies will be used as new tiers of data center storage, delivering more IOPs, lower latency and higher density. They will be used to deliver larger, more cost effective infrastructure for in memory workloads. As these technologies mature, they will enable an entire new class of workload-enhanced ‘collapsed servers’, containing fast and dense new media, SDN and virtual security tools, and new types of specialized processors, all tuned to host high performance applications. These “Decision Servers” will enable more rapid, relevant, and impactful business insights than ever before.2017 brought with it the rapid adoption of a new host-storage interface: NVMe. Anticipating the capabilities and performance of new media, NVMe is architected to bring storage media directly onto the PCIe bus, closer to the processor, to reduce SW overhead and to exploit the advances of multi-core processors for server and storage system applications. While initially used with flash storage today, NVMe is expected to be the preferred SSD interface for low latency storage class memory (SCM) technologies. Finally, with the emergence of NVMe-OverFabrics, the benefits of NVMe will be extended to seamlessly operate across lossless, low-latency data center fabrics such as Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand.IT Infrastructure Accelerates Its IQ for AI and IoTWith enterprise business requirements quickly evolving to deliver the benefits of data and AI, new requirements for IT infrastructure are emerging to ensure that this new distributed data environment is effectively monitored, managed, stored, secured and protected. It must be delivered cost effectively, within already tight IT budgets – and it must achieve demanding, sub-millisecond response times. This means that intelligence and efficiency must co-exist at the edge, core and cloud, driving server, storage and data protection design requirements that fully embrace new interconnect models like NVMe, diverse processing capabilities like FPGAs and GPUs and the growth of high speed in-memory data management workloads.Embedded analytics and automation, enabled by machine learning, will become a default requirement for dynamic, consumption-based application and IT infrastructure provisioning. As I put it in our 2018 predictions, AI will do the “thinking tasks” at speed.  The “brains” of the IT infrastructure will evolve to quickly and efficiently recognize, analyze and label data, know what data goes where, identify how it needs to be stored and accessed in the future, and decide where it needs to live specifically. The payoff? Optimal costs, speed and efficiency for tactical IT functions, freeing up time, talent, and budget for more strategic projects that maximize an organization’s ability to take advantage of all that data.Organizations Adopt a Security CultureAs a colleague recently stated, there are an average of 4,000 ransomware attacks per day with hackers gaining intelligence and skill with every attack. Protecting and securing our most valuable data is becoming increasingly complex as the way we capture, store and draw insight from that data becomes increasingly sophisticated. It’s not sufficient to just have multiple copies of data in different places. You must assure that the copies are uncompromised, protected and can endure even in the most catastrophic of events. This has led to new technologies such as the Dell EMC Isolated Recovery Solution (IRS) that blends data protection and content security in a way that has now been shown to survive some of the most destructive attacks ever seen.Additionally, the continued and expanding deperimeterization has changed the ways in which we need to view security. We expect to see the complexity of application placement become a foundational focus. Applications generate data that enterprises must be able to intelligently place and intelligently protect. Employing ‘security chains’ via Software Defined Networking technologies, such as NSX, associate application components as they are deployed with security capabilities logically and dynamically. This is rapidly becoming the primary way to lower risks while increasing visibility, creating a truly a new world of data security.Organizations can’t simply make security a solution – they’ll need to deeply integrate it as part of their corporate culture where everyone, CEOs included, need to be invested in protecting the crown jewels. Further, consumers and customers are becoming increasingly vigilant, putting their trust and ultimately their business and loyalty with the organizations that prove they’re able to stay one step ahead of cyber attackers and malware. As a result, we’ll see progress in security transformation this year that shores up end-point security across a diverse and distributed mobile workforce and IT infrastructure.IoT Takes Enterprise IT and Digital Strategy to the Mat: Transform or It’s a TKOIn 2015, the IoT market reached $900 million, and it’s predicted to grow to $3.7 billion by 2020 – only a little over two years away.  IoT forms the basis for new decision making and directional shifts within the business, and allows companies to remain competitive in nearly every market – healthcare, agriculture, automotive, banking, education, manufacturing, and many other industries. It will require new investments across the board but particularly in the evolution (or potentially revolution) of IT infrastructure.The data generated by IoT will quickly exceed the capacity of traditional data centers.  To digitally transform, customers will rely on edge, core, and cloud components, from hyperscale data centers to optimized servers that can handle large and dynamic workloads at the edge. Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, my colleague and head of the Dell EMC Server Division, recently discussed the notion that customers are looking to deploy accelerator-optimized server architectures, with GPU and FPGA processing at the edge in order to handle the demands of an IoT-centric environment.IoT clearly changes the storage game as well. The 451Group recently conducted a survey where respondents said they expect to increase storage capacity by an average of 35.9 percent over the next year due to IoT activity, with security concerns being central to IoT strategies and deployment plans. As discussed in #4 above, innovation in the data center plays a critical role in developing a holistic, intelligent IT infrastructure that maximizes the power of the IoT information captured.Last but never least, IoT is driving the need for mission-critical services at the network edge for emergency services, real-time communications for autonomous vehicles (Vehicle-to-Vehicle, and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure), and the tactile Internet (drones, robotics, etc.) – they all require a level of real-time, two-way communication.  A new battle for the network edge among cloud and service providers will commence with a focus on “fog” computing that exists between the edge and the cloud.2018 is going to be yet another disruptive year in the world of emerging technologies. These six predictions tell a story driven by data – how it’s managed, stored, processed, protected and exploited – to reduce risk, derive value, and create new, meaningful opportunities. Data is the key.To read more of what the innovative minds here at Dell Technologies are anticipating for 2018 – check out our 2018 Predictions at our Perspectives blog.last_img read more