Propelling Human Progress: Sensors, Processors Are Jet Engines, Data Is Fuel

Yesterday in New York City, Dell celebrated IQT Day, exploring how the Internet of Things (IoT) is making things smarter (IQ – get it?), and Dell’s role in the digitization of everything. If you weren’t able to tune in (replay), here’s my big takeaways from the day.

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You really can’t overstate the impact IoT will have on our world, starting now.

Michael Dell reinforced that absolutely every object will soon be streamlining data, creating a second version of our physical world that is virtual, connected and can be analyzed, manipulated and managed… but only if we turn that data into actionable information, into intelligence. Organizations that do that are the ones who’ll disrupt their markets, best serve their customers and edge out their competition.

Michael said sensors and processors are the jet engines propelling human potential, and data is the jet fuel. He’s right. Take AeroFarms. They’re using the Internet of Things to transform crop productivity, using less water, reducing waste in the supply chain and ultimately getting more fresh food onto our plates. Taken more broadly, think of the impact this kind of innovation can have on hunger, nutrition, food deserts, water use… the ripple effect goes on and on.

So how do we make all this happen? For Dell’s part, we announced our new IoT division. This division is the best example, to date, of the Dell Technologies value proposition to customers. It spans Dell Technologies to create complete IoT solutions – from the edge to the core to the cloud – that just work for customers. We’ve asked Ray O’Farrell to lead it, and I’m happy to be serving as the executive sponsor.

Ray O'Farrell speaking at Dell IQT Day event

We also talked about the hardware (from PowerEdge servers to Edge Gateways), software (including VMWare IoT Pulse for securing and managing the edge) and partner programs we’ve established to help customers implement and make IoT real. It was a busy day and this is just the beginning.

All in, we’re making a $1 billion investment into IoT; we believe the opportunity it presents for organizations of all sizes is far bigger than that. You’ll be hearing more from us in this space. Stay tuned.

Jeff Clarke

About the Author: Jeff Clarke

In partnership with CEO and Chairman Michael Dell, Jeff is responsible for running day-to-day business operations, shaping the company’s strategic agenda and aligning priorities across the Dell Technologies executive leadership team. Jeff oversees the company’s operations, including its global manufacturing, procurement and supply chain activities. In fact, Dell Technologies’ supply chain is recognized among the world’s most innovative and continues to receive accolades for its achievements in closed-loop recycling and sustainable product development. Additionally, Jeff oversees the engineering, design, development and sales of the Infrastructure Solutions Group across servers, storage, data protection and networking products. He also oversees the engineering, design, development and sales of the Client Solutions Group, including computer desktops, notebooks, workstations, cloud client computing and end-user computing software solutions. Jeff joined Dell Technologies in 1987 as a quality engineer, moved into a product development role in 1989 and since has served in a variety of engineering and leadership roles. Jeff founded and launched Dell Technologies Precision workstation product line, and subsequently oversaw Dell Technologies OptiPlex, Latitude and Precision commercial PC lines of business. Under his leadership, all three businesses achieved No. 1 worldwide share positions. Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Jeff served as a reliability and product engineer at Motorola, Inc. He serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Council for his alma mater, the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1986.