Published annually by CRN, the Women of the Channel and Power 100 lists highlight “women whose channel expertise and vision are deserving of recognition.” CRN recently named twenty-seven Dell EMC channel leaders to its Women of the Channel 2018 list. In addition, five Dell EMC executives—Joyce Mullen, Cheryl Cook, Julie Christiansen, Sheri Hedlund and Mary Catherine Wilson—were also selected for CRN’s Power 100 list. Through this blog series, we hope to give you a chance to get to know the inspiring women of the Dell EMC Partner Program.Meet Joyce Mullen – President, Global Channel, OEM & IoT, Dell EMCWhat is your current role/area of responsibility, and how long have you worked with the channel partner community?I have the incredible honor of leading the highly talented Global Channel, OEM and Internet of Things (IoT) team. I’ve been in this role for approximately eight months, but have been working closely with channel partners for seven years.What are your goals for your company’s channel business over the next year?We’ve set a number of goals around financial performance, partner satisfaction and growth, but they all boil down to three things:Further deliver on our promise of Simple. Predictable. Profitable.TM Make it easier for partners to do more business with us.Drive profitable growth. Fast-track partners’ ability to deliver transformational solutions. Expand storage and services. Capitalize on emerging trends like IoT, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).Be the world’s best channel team in the eyes of our partners.Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why?I admire Angela Merkel for her amazing leadership during social and economic challenges. Merkel has been a longtime leader of German economic expansion and has guided her country out of a recession in her time as Chancellor. The way she has steered the highly contentious, but humane treatment of refugees is truly commendable. While recent months have been difficult, Merkel continues to collaborate and compromise in the interest of her citizens.What advice would you give to other women in the industry? Or men?Every single person you meet teaches you something. Be a sponge. Learn from everyone. Leverage the knowledge and talents of those around you. It’s been almost 20 years since I managed a Cummins Engineering manufacturing plant, but there is still one person who really stands out to me. This team member couldn’t read or write, but he was the smartest person in the plant. Capability isn’t all based on education or title, it’s about what you’ve learned from the people around you.Please share some words to live by that have helped you throughout your career.Early in my career, someone told me to “hire people that are smarter than you.” It was valuable advice. I’ve learned to hire great talent and tap my resources.What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC? I love to travel, hike, ski, cook, and find new wines to taste with my husband and four kids, who are now grown and dispersed across the country.Joyce, her husband Todd, and their four children enjoy hiking along the Greenbelt in Austin.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Creative processes could be considered the next frontier for AI. Acting out a script. Playing music. Reciting poetry. And then the next level of creativity: Writing a script. Writing music. Writing poetry. While there has been progress in teaching computers how to perform creative endeavors such as composing poetry, there’s still quite a ways to go before they can guarantee high marks on a Turing Test. It’s clear AI is fundamentally changing the way we generate entertainment content. And with any major change in processes, there’s a shift in the tools we need to complete them. AI requires a different mix of processing and storage resources compared to traditional programming models.At Dell Technologies, we understand the challenges of AI. After all, we just don’t design and build the infrastructure that underlies artificial intelligence: we use it ourselves. Working with NVIDIA, we have solutions that combine best of breed NVIDIA GPU accelerated compute with high-performance scale-out PowerScale storage. Our approach offers flexibility and informed choice including build your own options with PowerScale and the ultra-dense GPU accelerated PowerEdge C-series as well as prepackaged Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI: Deep Learning with NVIDIA for organizations that prefer to buy solutions. We also offer advanced reference architectures such as the Isilon All-Flash F800 and NVIDIA DGX-1 servers AI reference architecture that reduce risk and compress the time needed for training and testing analytical models for multi-petabyte data sets.Dell Technologies is at the forefront of AI innovation to help you make tomorrow possible. Learn more about your AI infrastructures needs from proof-of-concept to large scale production deployments from my NVIDIA GTC 2020 session here. And you can learn even more about how AI is changing the world, through our sessions at Dell Technologies World on October 21-22. One area where we are going to see tremendous innovation through artificial intelligence (AI) is in entertainment. Video games, for example, already employ AI in numerous ways, from creating armies of opponents who act like real people to building out realistic open worlds faster than a person could possibly create them. AI manages the laws of physics, moving everything in the environment like it’s in the real world. Rather than having to spend the majority of design time describing interactions between objects, programmers are now free to focus on building out a compelling reality. Programmers can set the initial conditions and then allow the AI to take of care of running the world.AI is also disrupting existing technologies. For example green screen technology, which underlies many movie special effects, is currently undergoing dramatic changes through applications like Zoom in response to COVID-19. Zoom doesn’t require a green screen behind a person to screen out the background. AI determines what is presenter, background, and objects of interest that should be visible. Now workers at home can appear to be in front of the Eiffel Tower or on the moon. It won’t be surprising to see future enhancements like pajama-to-suit transforms so you don’t have to change clothes for a meeting.The money behind blockbuster movies has also helped drive significant innovation, and AI is seeing the benefits as well. Consider leading-edge deepfake face swapping technology being developed by Disney. Deepfakes were the subject of the movie Looker back in 1981, where models were scanned by computers and their digital models used in commercials. Today, deepfakes are on the verge of transforming how movies might be filmed. For example, a stunt person or stand-in could film a scene and the star’s face could be transferred in later. Or consider films containing scenes with a deceased actor. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) is the classic of this genre, using old footage from other films. With deepfakes, however, directors won’t be limited to existing footage; they will be able to create wholly new scenes starring actors long since departed. One intriguing application for deepfakes will be in inserting the viewer into the film. Imaging starring as the hero in your favorite action movie and having your significant other be the movie’s love interest. How about that for feeling like you’re part of the story?And that’s just the beginning of what’s possible. Combine all of these technologies and you’re just a few steps away from achieving completely interactive entertainment with massive immersion and realistic world interactions, all in real-time. High-end video games are already very much like movies and have similar budgets and gross revenues – Call of Duty grossed $1.132 billion in 2019. It’s not unreasonable to expect to see a whole new breed of interactive game/movie – virtuality – in the coming decade.As illustrated, AI can be implemented in many layers. The above examples are all what could be considered mechanical or procedural processes. For example, deepfakes still need a reference actor upon which to transfer facial expressions and manage body movement. The creative aspect of acting – the decision of what expression to show and when to show it – still depends upon a person.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov Tim Walz has authorized the Minnesota National Guard to deploy in preparation for potential civil unrest during the upcoming trials of four ex-Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd last summer. The Democratic governor’s executive order authorizes the deployment of an unspecified number of troops in Minneapolis and St. Paul. They would serve during both the trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin, which is scheduled to begin March 8, and three other former officers scheduled for trial in August. Authorities have been preparing for months, fearing a repeat of violence that erupted after Floyd’s death last May.