Across the globe, CIOs are facing common challenges heading into 2016. The list includes shrinking IT budgets; countless new technologies and platforms; finding the right talent and leadership; and creating a culture that breeds rapid innovation, to name a few. CIOs everywhere are coming together to exchange ideas around these issues and brainstorm ways to tackle them.EMC Forums, one-day technology events for our customers and partners, facilitate many of these collaborative conversations. At the Forums I traveled to this year, I learned about some of the more unique and local challenges for IT organizations. In cities like Cairo, Egypt and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where we hosted EMC Forums for the first time, barriers to innovation are often geopolitical. The oil industry in Saudi Arabia affects how IT departments spend on technology, forcing many IT leaders to think creatively about capital and resources. And in cities like Moscow, Russia, IT budgets are being squeezed. On top of all this, relevant IT talent can be hard to find in some of these regions.Among IT leaders, I also noticed new attitudes around cloud computing. A few years ago, most businesses were just considering a cloud strategy. Now everyone is racing to execute on those strategies to avoid disruption, lower cost, and increase competitiveness. But the big question for many is “how;” how to innovate with a cloud strategy, how to lead organizational change, and how to integrate software, infrastructure and systems.To address the “how,” some IT departments are experimenting with innovation sandboxes. With this approach, they work with emerging technologies and DevOps models without worrying about traditional IT processes. This helps jump start agile methods and open source within their company culture. But many CIOs still aren’t sure how to connect and transfer this new way of working to the mothership of IT. Also, questions arise around how to build a technical community to foster lean processes versus using traditional IT project management.EMC has made strides in this area with the creation of our Cloud Foundry Dojo. Starting in January 2016, customers can come to the Dojo to work with EMC and Pivotal experts. They will learn about Platform-as-a-Service and how to integrate DevOps into their IT departments. This combination allows them to unite their PaaS and IaaS strategies. Customers not only gain new software coding skills, but also a new understanding of how to foster lean development within their own companies. By visiting the Dojo, customers can develop new thinking and ‘learn by doing’.Above all else, what stood out from this year’s EMC Forums was the appreciation I’ve felt from all who attended. In times of great change, people look to EMC as a trusted advisor to help them with their IT transformation. The ability to help plan out courses of action, no matter the geopolitical obstacles, is something we take very seriously. I look forward to next year’s discussions with many of you and the opportunity to help address your IT challenges.What are the most pressing IT issues you need to tackle in 2016? Which technology trends do you think will be most central to the future of your IT organization? Let us know when our EMC Forum roadshow continues in 2016.Originally published on EMC CIO Connect on 12/30/2015
The power is then converted into direct current electricity by converters on the hub islands before being exported by a series of interconnectors (the spokes) to connecting North Sea countries. This is due to the scale of the offshore wind roll-out required to meet the Paris Agreement climate targets (~150-450 GW), the short time window for realisation (30 years) and the unfolding energy transition as a whole (form fossil to net-zero emission). Through this tender, the consortium intends to procure support services to assist in structuring, initiation, and management of structured discussions with policymakers to realise the first hub-and-spoke project in the early 2030s. Source: TenneT The successful candidate will also manage a transparent process of discussion preparation, collection, and integration of feedback and preparation for decision making; as well as develop or manage the procurement of external services for the development of discussion papers on key topics. The overall goal of the services requested is to support the consortium in delivering on the topical agenda, and maximise the success of it, through the development and execution of a structured process to establish political consensus and prepare timely decision making on key issues to facilitate international agreements to support cross-border, cross-sector offshore wind projects after 2030. The North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) consortium is seeking assistance in structured discussions with policymakers to realise the first large scale European electricity system for offshore wind. All activities aim to facilitate public commitment in the form of a project-specific Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) or intergovernmental agreements between countries. TenneT Netherlands, TenneT Germany, Energinet, Gasunie, and the Port of Rotterdam joined forces to develop a ”hub-and-spoke” concept, where offshore wind farms will connect to one or several hub islands via alternating current cables. A new approach to offshore wind connection and grid integration is required, both from a techno-economical as well as from a market and regulatory perspective, the consortium said.
Brackley, July 19: British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes signed a two-year contract extension with Mercedes, the racing team announced Thursday.When he completes this new contract extension in 2020, the four-time world champion Hamilton will have completed eight seasons with Mercedes, the longest he has stayed with a racing team, reports Efe.”This contract extension has basically been a formality since Toto (Wolff) and I sat down during the winter, so it’s good to put pen to paper, announce it and then get on with business as usual,” Hamilton said in a statement published on the club’s official website.”I’m very confident that Mercedes is the right place to be over the coming years,” Hamilton added.Meanwhile, Mercedes F1 racing team boss and former racing driver Toto Wolff praised Hamilton saying: “There is not much about Lewis as a Formula One driver that hasn’t been said already – he is one of the all-time greats and his track record speaks for itself.””But what I enjoy most about working with him is getting to know the man inside the racing helmet, his relentless drive for self-improvement, his emotional intelligence as a team member and his loyalty to those around him” Wolff added.Hamilton, 33, also stressed that he has never been happier with any other team like he is with Mercedes and that both he and Mercedes have always been, “on the same wavelength both on and off track – and I am looking forward to winning more in the future.”On Jul 8, Germany’s Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) took advantage of a bad start by Hamilton from pole position to lead the early stages of the 52-lap race at the Silverstone circuit, preventing the latter from a record sixth win at the British Grand Prix.Mercedes said in a statement that since Hamilton joined the team in 2013 he had won three world championships and 44 Grands Prix.The team added that since making his F1 debut in 2007, every single Grand Prix Hamilton had driven in had been powered by Mercedes-Benz engines.Hamilton’s career total of 65 F1 wins placed him second on the all-time list behind Michael Schumacher, the team said. IANS