Driving Business Value Through IT Transformation Master Class

first_imgWith the global economy seeing early signs of recovery, businesses are now looking at IT to create value and become more agile to create differentiation in a highly competitive marketplace.For IT organizations, this creates a real challenge. We are dealing with the perpetual necessity to cut costs whilst balancing the need to invest in emerging technologies and innovative ways to augment the IT value chain. It seems, however, there is a simple answer: ‘Software-Defined’ with ‘No Limits’!With VMworld Europe concluding today, you can expect a catalyst of momentum around how software is empowering IT to break down walls, demolish barriers and reveal the opportunities ahead.To celebrate and examine this concept in more detail, the Financial Times asked EMC and VMware to record a short video series on the key elements of how to drive business value through IT Transformation. Over the next few weeks we will release a total of five videos, each addressing an area to cover when considering a transformation.  To follow the series, bookmark this blog!Chapter One – Drivers for IT Transformation In the first of this series of master-class videos, we explore how the convergence of cloud, big data and mobile technology is driving IT transformation across businesses.With traditional business models being disrupted by these new technologies, senior technologists from EMC and VMware discuss why, despite pressures from the business for IT organizations to cut operational costs and address the burden of legacy IT applications and infrastructure, changing business expectations in a recovering economy are creating a phenomenal opportunity for organizations to create first mover advantage – if IT can keep pace with the business.Coming soon:Chapter 2: Transforming Your Infrastructure and Delivering a Well Run Hybrid CloudChapter 3: Transforming the Operating Model and enabling the Software Defined EnterpriseChapter 4: Transforming Applications and preparing for the Third PlatformChapter 5: Partnering to Enable Successful Transformationslast_img read more

Ben Williams maintains success at faceoff X, but SU still falls to Fighting Irish

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Blood dripped off the left side of Ben Williams’ chin as he stood next to the field where Syracuse’s spotless record had been ruined just moments before.He was not unwilling to talk about the play that severely shifted the momentum in Notre Dame’s favor, but had no intention of dwelling on it.Syracuse took its first lead with 1:06 to play on Dylan Donahue’s seventh goal of the afternoon. The script was ready to write itself before UND’s P.J. Finley picked up the faceoff from Williams untouched and scored undefended to tie the game seven seconds later.“He got the whistle a little bit, and put it out the front and he put it away,” Williams said. “Not too much rocket science in that. … He saved the game for his team.”Williams lived up to the reputation that he’s developed for himself throughout the season’s first seven games on Saturday. He finished 18-of-29 at the X and was at the center of a 9-2 run that turned a six-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. But his effort wasn’t enough as the No. 1 Orange (7-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) fell 13-12 in double overtime to No. 2 Notre Dame (6-1, 2-0) at Arlotta Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBecause of him, Syracuse had 37 ground balls to UND’s 27. Because of him, it had 44 shots, while the Fighting Irish had only 35. Because of him, his performance all season had been enough for Syracuse to find a way to win.But on Saturday, SU could not.“They play great defense, and we were going to have to work for everything we got,” SU head coach John Desko said, describing how Notre Dame won despite Williams’ play. “We had some opportunities, I think we were even out-shooting them at halftime. The ball wasn’t dropping.”Notre Dame threw five different faceoff specialists — including Trevor Brosco, who hasn’t taken a faceoff in two seasons — to try and disrupt Williams. But after Nick Ossello won the first, Williams captured eight out of nine to end the first half.And even though the Fighting Irish couldn’t prevent Williams from getting the ball, it stagnated the offense once it got in his stick. It pressured him to make it difficult to attack or pass into the offensive zone after his wins. It forced him to pass behind to his defense and for SU to clear the ball after that.“You can’t get used to anybody,” Williams said. “We knew that was their plan coming in.”When Syracuse gave up its lead on Finley’s goal, Desko said it “shocked” SU. Defender Brandon Mullins said Finley was the “last person” he expected to make the play. Williams said the moment was a “learning experience.”Saturday marked the first taste of defeat in a season that has revolved around Williams’ dominance. As he goes, so too has Syracuse. He had won 11 consecutive in the first half against Duke six days prior to help open up a 12-goal halftime lead. That came just a week after a 7-of-11 performance in the second half to help the Orange pull away from Johns Hopkins.“Ben’s great every game. Compared to what we’ve had in the past, you know,” Mullins said. “Ben’s the MVP of every game.”On Saturday, there was no question that Williams did his job well enough to help get Syracuse a win.In the end, though, he just wasn’t able to do everything. Comments Published on March 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more