I’ve worked at Dell Technologies for over 17 years, half of which I’ve spent in Design Solutions, and I love what I do. I’m especially inspired by the amazing work of our customers on the front lines responding to some of the world’s most complex problems; everything from diagnosing and curing diseases to reducing the cost of energy or decreasing factory downtime. As we help our customers troubleshoot and solve challenges, our IP becomes embedded with theirs and we become part of their solution. However, the technology is only half the story – behind the scenes, our program management services also play an important role in bringing many of these innovative solutions to market.For example, say you’ve developed new software that will automate drone delivery services. Knowing that this will revolutionize the industry, you want to market and sell the solution globally as quickly as possible. While you know it would make sense to package your IP with hardware in order to deliver an integrated turnkey solution, the problem is you’re not in the hardware business. And there are other challenges. How can you scale to meet demand? How can you ensure your product is tested and certified to work in different markets? How do you manage support globally? What about supply chain and logistics? How do you manage the entire end-to-end process?The burning questionThat’s when most people realize that turning a great idea into a market-ready solution is easier said than done. The reality is that these projects are complex and need expert, multi-disciplinary teams that are hard to hire, expensive to retain and take time to manage. You’re not alone. Did you know that according to Accenture, only 30 percent of executives are very satisfied with their ability to convert ideas into market-ready products or services?Now, here’s the burning question – do you want to hire ten operations people, or would you rather invest in developers for your own unique IP? I think I know the answer! To solve these pain points and accelerate your route to market and revenue, we provide a range of dedicated program management services.We’ve got your backAn expert project team is dedicated to bringing your vision to life, ironing out any issues you encounter and simplifying the complex. An experienced Project Manager – your key liaison – meets with you to get under the hood of your business, understand your goals, the full breadth of requirements, and where you need help. This is your champion and your go-to person, responsible for bringing your innovative design to market as quickly and cost effectively as possible. At the outset, the Project Manager assembles the right team for your project and sets up an initial meeting to scope the parameters of the work. Once the project is defined and approved, he/she is responsible for driving progress, reviewing timelines, ensuring milestones are met, removing any obstacles to success, avoiding scope creep, and evaluating costs, effectively representing your interests on the go-to-market team.Your Project Manager has extensive knowledge of and access to wide-ranging Dell Technologies’ resources, including hundreds of facilities, global laboratories, thousands of human resources with expertise in marketing, sales, engineering, customization, design, export and compliance, validation, inventory holdings, shipping logistics, award-winning support, and importantly, a support global supply chain with a multi-billion dollar procurement engine, which includes insulation from memory or SDD shortages as well as economies of scale.Your reputation is everythingWe’re with you every step of the way from design to product development right until the moment your solution is delivered into your hands. Once your solution is shipping in volume, the Project Manager stays in touch, in case your requirements change at any stage. When you transition to a new product or next generation solution, we’re by your side to ensure that what is being built is tried, tested and true, and your quality standards are fully maintained. After all, we know that the quality of the solution reflects on your company’s reputation and bottom line. Let’s look at some real-life customer examples.Faster delivery timesAccording to Vectra, our program management services reduced solution delivery time from six weeks to one. In the words of Greg Roche, Vectra Director of Operations, “We receive our components faster, so we can start building appliances and get them to customers sooner. We can standardize three different versions on one system without needing to keep all that inventory ourselves. That gives us flexibility and helps us keep costs down.”Accelerating deploymentGE Healthcare was migrating a system for medical images to a modular infrastructure, thereby increasing order fulfillment speed by 50 percent. According to Katsuji Nakanishi, Commercial Solution Lead, Radiology and Healthcare IT Departments, GE Healthcare Japan, “We had a close working relationship with a single team for the duration of this whole project. I believe this was key to making the project a success…Quotes were delivered on time and the team gave us detailed information on shipping and delivery schedules that other vendors just could not give us.”Design is part of the overall experienceThe moral of the story is that design is not just about the technology solution; instead, it’s part of the entire end-to-end experience. Our customer mindset is, how can we help you solve problems? How can we design a process to help you scale and grow your revenue? 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Share Sept. 22, 2007 Box Score CARROLLTON, Ga. – In a match up of two hot teams, the fans at the HPE building on the West Georgia campus were treated to some exciting powerful volleyball. The Wolves of West Georgia (17-2) were riding a 17 match win streak, while the Argos had won the last six matches and were 15-2 overall. Something had to give and the Argos were determined not to be the ones to give in Saturday, as they pulled out a 30-20, 32-34, 27-30, 30-22, 15-9 victory.West Florida dominated game one, winning 30-20, and took a 26-20 lead in game two, only to have West Georgia step up the play and come back to take game two at 34-32. The Wolves carried the momentum into game three and squeaked out a 30-27 win. Game four was the Danielle Spitzer (Sr. / Birmingham, Ala.) and Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) show. The two combined for blocks of West Georgia’s big hitter’s on two occasions to start game four, and then Clark finsihed game four with one of her nine kills on her way to 22 for the match. Spitzer had back to back kills which put the Argos up to stay midway thru game four, to help the Argos win at 30-22. Game five went to the Argos at 15-9.The match started slowly, but developed into a classic five set match with great plays from both sides, and different players stepping up at different times. Jamie Nichols (So. / Crawfordville, Fla.) had the hot hand from the start with 4 kills early in game one to get the Argos out strong. Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) had her attacks going early in game two and helped the Argos to a 26-20 lead. Then it was West Georgia’s turn with Andressa Martins and Caroline Schoeneck controlling the end of game two and much of game three.West Georgia then took a 2-1 lead into game four, but Spitzer and Clark put on a clinic to steal back the momentum. Coach Melissa Wolter was very happy with the win and proud of her players. “We stayed patient and worked our sets very well when we needed to. This (five game match) might be real good for us, to have to make adjustments to a strong opponent. Their number 8 (Martins) and 33 (Schoeneck) are among the best big hitters we will face, and Danielle (Spitzer) and Kim (Clark) did a great job stopping them on their attacks.”Clark ended the match with some impressive numbers in what was one of her best performances of the year. The 5 ft 7 inch leaper tallied a game high 22 kills, along with 18 digs, and 8 blocks. Even Coach Wolter was impressed, “Kim had a great match and she had some very important blocks at key times.” Defensive Specialists Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) had 14 digs for the Argos, with a couple of spectacular airborne digs in the backcourt, but it was a couple service aces for Carter at the start of game five that set the tone for the final frame.Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.) in only her second game back from an ankle injury that kept her out of five straight matches, also contributed in game four with a couple of timely kills and important digs. The Argos had the upper hand later in the match because several players stepped up with big performances.The match had a surprisingly high amount of illegal hits called by the officiating crew, and it appeared to be called much tighter than normal; however it did not appear to favor one team or another. Coach Wolter explained, “I have never seen that many ball-handling errors called in one match, but I was real proud that our kids played through it. We just made the adjustment and got away from the type of sets that were being called errors. That was another great lesson from this game for our kids, to not let what you think might be a bad call to bother you.”Overall, the Argos handled everything that was thrown at them in this contest and prevailed. The win helps the Argos (2-0) keep pace with West Alabama (3-0) for the conference East Division lead, while West Georgia dropped to 1-1 in the conference. The Argos will travel to Spring Hill on Thursday for a non-conference match and then return home to host North Alabama and Alabama Huntsville next weekend. North Alabama tangles with the Argos at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 29th in the UWF Fieldhouse, while Alabama Huntsville visits on Sunday, September 30th at 1:00 pm. Print Friendly Version West Florida Volleyball Wins Thrilling Five Set Match over West Georgia read more
The Magpies belatedly demonstrated what they are capable of last weekend when they came within four minutes of victory over Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea before having to settle for a 2-2 draw. McClaren’s men ended a run of four successive defeats in the process and quietened some of the criticism which had been coming their way after a distinctly ordinary start to the new head coach’s reign. Press Association However, he insists the pressure is still on as he prepares for a perhaps even more difficult trip to Manchester City on Saturday. McClaren said: “The pressure will always be there. There is pressure to perform at the standard we want. “You should have that pressure and fear. That makes you concentrated. We will need that to get anything at the Etihad. “Consistency is now what we are after from that level of performance against Chelsea. That is how we want to play, the first half. We fought all the way and defended well in the second half. “We have been inconsistent from the start of the season, some good, some bad. Seven games in we are getting closer to our style and level of play. “We have always said it can happen quickly, sometimes it is smooth. But this has not been a smooth one. It has been up and down. We are getting closer.” McClaren has a doubt over midfielder Jack Colback, who started against Chelsea after shaking off a calf problem, but lasted only 54 minutes before succumbing to a hamstring strain which is threatening his participation at the Etihad Stadium. That could open the door for the fit-again Cheick Tiote to make his first appearance since New Year’s Day, although there are other options. McClaren accepts his side will have to work even harder this weekend to emerge with anything to show for their efforts, but having established the benchmark against Jose Mourinho’s men, he is expecting them to do just that. He said: “We start with attitude. That has to be right every game or you don’t win. That is where consistency comes from, willingness to work, courage to play and to be organised with discipline.” Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is refusing to sit back and admire his team after one good performance. read more
For a man who has seen so much in this sport, not even Leyland could have envisioned what he’d witness next.Just a few hours later, Marcus Stroman no-hit Puerto Rico into the seventh inning of what turned into a kick-back, no-worries 8-0 U.S. victory in the World Baseball Classic final.All that stress squeezed into nothing by the right hand of a 5-foot-8 pitcher who normally works for the Toronto Blue Jays, a pitcher who Friday gave up six consecutive hits to this same Puerto Rican team, an American who, because his mother is from Puerto Rico, could have pitched for the other finalist in this tournament.So, America, do you care about the WBC now? With all these juicy storylines? At least a little bit?Add in the fact Stroman told Fox Sports that his mom has been harassed on social media because of his decision to pitch for the U.S., and this was a performance truly from the heart, for both Stroman’s homeland and his home. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> He managed more than 3,500 games in the big leagues over 22 seasons, winning three pennants and a World Series.But now Jim Leyland was readying, at age 72 and on hiatus from his retirement job as a special assistant with the Detroit Tigers, to manage an exhibition.A well-dressed, noisy, partying, flag-waving, face-painted internationally televised exhibition, sure. But an exhibition just the same.“I’m stressed, I’ll be honest with you,” Leyland said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m stressed.” Yeah, even for casual sports fans, this WBC finale was impossible to ignore.I had the opportunity to cover Leyland when he managed the then-Florida Marlins, and, I’ll be honest with you, too: I truly believe the man could chain smoke cups of coffee.Leyland, when on the job, appears just slightly more rigid than a foul pole, only the baseball itself wound tighter.So I believed him when he called the tension of competing in the WBC “unbelievable” and “right up there” with any other event in this sport, including the World Series.I also believed him when he added, “It probably sounds crazy.”It does sound crazy, at the very least, suggesting that a monumental game at Dodger Stadium in 2017 could feature any starting pitcher for the local team other than Clayton Kershaw.But that was Stroman out there Wednesday, firing up a Kershaw-like string of zeroes as the U.S. found one way to finally make Americans acknowledge the WBC in the middle of March Madness.Yes, this exhibition didn’t count, but it certainly didn’t lack meaning, the victory as real as the American high-fives and chest bumps that punctuated it, as sincere as the hugs Stroman received in the dugout after he was replaced.The country that calls baseball its national pastime had been no better than 10-10 all-time in the WBC, playing .500 no way to excite the fans or sell the experience to fellow players.Now, the U.S. has the title and the momentum that carries all defending champions.“I’m hoping in the future that a lot of the players have seen what’s happened here,” Leyland explained, “and will be a little bit more excited about playing in this event.”He said this before the game, the words only gaining significance with each out Stroman collected.Still, champs or not, the riddle remains unsolved, the WBC a tremendous concept that has every element necessary to succeed in this country – except for an ideal time to play it.Or, to be more precise, any time to play it.Cramming a 17-day tournament into a calendar year that already includes a 162-game regular season, a month of playoffs and six weeks of spring training is about as logical as trying to fit a Buick inside a batter’s box.Staging the event now means selling as authentically important games that feature something as artificial as pitch limits.Staging the event after the big league season would mean convincing exhausted players to ramp up things again — but this time with more feeling.Staging the event at midseason would mean asking a pitcher like Kershaw to expend some of his precious second-half bullets for a team other than the Dodgers.Timing, though, is only part of the quandary for the U.S. team, which won this title with — just as an example — Mychal Givens in the bullpen and Mike Trout in Arizona.There’s still the matter of trying to persuade our best players to participate in an event of supposedly profound international standing, knowing baseball’s global status is such that the sport can’t even consistently remain in the Olympics.But what happened here Wednesday night certainly won’t hurt the WBC movement for the U.S., Stroman giving up next to nothing, a starter so dominant that he was a reliever of stress, as well. read more
Kyler Castaneda, age 3, is standing with a snowman on his head!Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Robin Norris and Kylea Castaneda sent us these pictures of a snowman built. The top snowman was built by Norris sister Stacy Hamilton and her 6-year-old son Kaleb Hamilton, who is a Kindergartener at Eisenhower in Wellington. Â If you have a great snowman or a cool picture send it our way at [email protected] and we’ll show the world. The Awesome Snowman