Dell salutes all our engineers as we celebrate Engineers Week February 19-25. We’re accepting applications for our 2017 internship program now. We succeed or fail together. And at Dell, a supportive environment rich with tools accelerates innovation, and that starts with the engineering internship program.Presenting the BestWhen Kanrong Yu (above), a Master’s student majoring in data science, found out she would be presenting her visualization model about the prediction of product error rates to the vice president of her division, she was excited for the challenge.Her manager asked if she was comfortable presenting, offering to help her with some practice runs. When word of her presentation spread, colleagues who weren’t even involved with her project sat in on her practice presentations to offer tips and suggestions.“They gave advice on how I could better present my ideas. They asked questions to challenge me,” Yu said. “Everything they did helped me better prepare to be more confident during the presentation.”In addition to presenting her research to the vice president, Yu also worked on natural language processing, a very cutting-edge text analyzing technique to help analyze consumer problem summaries. The analysis enables Dell’s development teams to better modify products.From Software to SystemsBritney Pierce enjoyed her second internship with Dell in summer 2016.“I had the same manager this year as last year and I really enjoyed his leadership and the team that I worked on,” Pierce said. “Returning for the second time, my manager actually gave me an opportunity to work as a systems engineer instead of a software engineer, even though I’m majoring in software engineering.”She was grateful that her managers enabled her to explore an area of engineering outside her academic studies, gaining valuable industry experience.Experience Guides Career PathDerek Nalodka, an industrial engineering major, was hired on the IT team.“I was pretty unsure of the work I’d be doing because I don’t come from an IT background,” he said. “But, my project aligns very well with my background and through this experience I’ve learned that I love working with people, I’m a strong communicator, and it’s pushed me into the direction of trying to eventually become a project manager.”Nalodka really appreciated how responsive his coworkers were, remarking he’d typically get responses to emails within the hour.“It’s extremely impressive given Dell’s size, to be continually pushing forward at the speed they do and to be constantly getting work done and moving on to the next thing,” he said. “I think Dell’s culture stands alone, it should be something that other companies want to model.” </p><p>
On a cold January morning, our Media Agents video crew and I arrived at a modern Dallas office building housing Epsilon’s headquarters. You may be asking, “who is Epsilon?” They’re the quiet marketing powerhouse behind many Fortune 500 loyalty programs. According to Epsilon’s Chief Information Officer Robert Walden, Epsilon is happy to stay in the background servicing their Fortune 500 customers.As I sat down in the lobby, a promotional video was running that really brought to light the work Epsilon is doing for industry giants such as Dunkin’ Donuts, AMEX, FEDEX, and Walgreens. Have you ever considered who is behind the personalized email marketing communications and great offers you receive from loyalty programs, or how you can seamlessly redeem your loyalty points? That’s Epsilon.During this visit, we took a look into the intricacies of the complex world of data analytics and building multi-channel relationships with today’s customers.Our first video interview was with Robert. Robert articulated that Epsilon’s business is all about data, with a goal to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time through the right medium. Epsilon’s success depends on crafting and customizing messages to have the most value to their client’s customers. With a position as a Leader in the report: The Forrester WaveTM: Customer Loyalty Solutions, Q3 2017 and, as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Email Marketing Service Providers, Q3 2016, Epsilon is definitely at the top of their game. They single-handedly often deliver and handle a billion emails every day and manage more than 600 million memberships.To handle this volume of data, Epsilon built a multi-channel messaging platform called Agility HarmonyTM based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. This purpose-built platform provides the flexibility, scalability, and performance to meet the requirements of their customers and internal stakeholders. When it comes to one of my favorite new technologies, machine learning, Epsilon is using these methods to better understand their customers at a faster rate.Our second interview was with Jun Chen, the SVP of Operations for Epsilon. Jun is responsible for infrastructure technologies and operations, whether based in the cloud or on-site. She explained how, in the fast paced world of data analytics, the greatest challenge is keeping up with rapidly evolving technology, as well as ensuring her people have the necessary skill sets. One of the key differentiators for Epsilon is speed to delivery, whether they are delivering a solution or new feature to their customers. She explained that by working with Dell EMC, Harmony’s platform capacity can be expanded in a matter of a few short weeks vs. a previous timeline that took months.Next, we spoke to Prashanth Athota, SVP of Platform Engineering. He talked about Epsilon’s goal of making lifetime connections with their customers. The Harmony multi-channel messaging platform isn’t about sending bulk email, but building a story and intelligently creating connections based on individual preferences, interest, transactional history, off line activity, and cross channel activity to deliver the right message to the right person at the right time and on the right device. The Harmony platform using advanced data analytics, allows Epsilon to meet their client’s challenges and aggressive requirements.Prashanth discussed the details of how Harmony big data clusters run on the Dell EMC R740XD. It was captivating to learn about the different big data technology stacks running on Harmony, including Hadoop, Cassandra, and memcached big data clusters. Epsilon chose to partner with Dell EMC because our technology allows them to support multiple types of workloads and horizontally scale on- demand. The flexible and scalable architecture of the Dell EMC PowerEdge servers allows Epsilon to support different types of workloads based on rapidly changing requirements, whether they need more CPU power, memory or storage data clusters.Whew, what a fascinating journey. And these were only our morning interviews! Follow us at @DellEMCservers for the upcoming Epsilon video, and to learn more about this global marketing solutions team and the Dell EMC solutions that power its success. read more
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A lawyer for the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl says the Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the 2002 beheading has admitted to having a “minor” role in Pearl’s death. The dramatic confession has upended 18 years of denials by the suspect, Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh, who had initially been sentenced to death. The lawyer says this is a “dramatic” twist in the case. Pearl’s family and Pakistan’s government have appealed a lower court’s acquittal of Sheikh. The court was told on Wednesday that Sheikh admitted to writing the 2019 letter. He didn’t elaborate on his role in Pearl’s killing but asked that his sentence be reduced.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court has ordered energy giant Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary to compensate farmers in two villages for damage to their land caused by a pair of oil leaks more than 15 years ago. The decision on Friday was a victory for environmentalists and Nigerians whose land was polluted by oil. The amount of compensation will be established at a later date. The Hague Court of Appeal held Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary liable for the leaks after finding it could not be established “beyond a reasonable doubt” that saboteurs were to blame. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria expressed disappointment, saying it continued to believe that sabotage caused the spills in the villages of Oruma and Goi.
Rebecca Hall came across Nella Larsen’s novel “Passing” at a time when she was grappling with her own family history. She’d become aware that her maternal grandfather was “white passing,” and it might have gone back even further. Then someone handed her this book, from 1929, about two childhood friends who meet again as adults. Both Clare and Irene are light-skinned Black women and Clare has been living as white. And it was the beginning of a lengthy journey to making her first film, “Passing,” starring Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson, which premiered this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival to wide acclaim.