How can employers mitigate the escalating costs of health care while providing a benefits program that meets the needs of their employees? By becoming data rich and making data analytics meaningful to their workforce.Meaningful and Actionable DataOver the past decade at EMC we have created a center of knowledge through the use of aggregate healthcare data analytics. This holistic approach provides us with business intelligence, insights into the overall health of the population, as well as the ability to measure ongoing results.Today, through the use of a central data repository (a third party data warehouse) we are data rich and have clarity on the health of the population, consumption of healthcare services, and EMC’s overall healthcare spend. This knowledge enables us to focus on targeted health programs relevant to our population, which drives engagement and health literacy.Data provides insight into our collective Medical, Behavioral Health, Prescription, Disability, Workers Compensation, Vision, and Dental claims. On a quarterly basis, aggregate data is analyzed to indicate the prevalence of chronic conditions and areas of risk. From this analysis, health management programs are developed and delivered to our 25,000+ U.S.-based employees and their dependents.A quarterly scorecard with aggregate information provides the Benefits team and senior management with a dashboard style view of:Total healthcare cost with two previous years of historical cost dataAverage cost per capita and per capita cost percentage increaseOverall cost broken down by type – medical, pharmacy, behavioral and vision, and disabilityEmployees overall out of pocket cost by claim categoryDemographicsOut of pocket costs which includes co-pays, deductibles, and employee contributionsTop 10 Hospitals/providers and diagnostic categoriesTop 10 Drugs and Therapeutic ClassesPrescription Drug Formulary DistributionShort Term and Long Term Disability utilizationShort Term Disability Medical DiagnosisHealth management programs utilizationThe Proof is in the DataThe foundation of future business success is good data and data analytics. Data has a positive impact on population health in all aspects of care, utilization, health outcomes, provider, and health plan performance. Data drives business results fueling the business case for future funding of health initiatives and overall investments in future health management strategies, tools, and resources. Employees and family members continue to enjoy rich plan designs, broad networks, and access to quality care, affordable out of pocket costs, and employee contributions. The “nugget” is cost containment, which contributes to shareholder value. Over the past decade, this approach has resulted in over $300M of cost containment for EMC, its employees, and its shareholders.
Making a debut appearance at KubeCon in San Diego, Dell Technologies continues its’ momentum from VMworld, engaging the Cloud Native community with groundbreaking Data Protection for Kubernetes. At VMWorld San Francisco, Dell Technologies unveiled a preview into the capabilities of backup, recovery and orchestration of Kubernetes managed containers with Dell Technologies PowerProtect Software and Project Velero (@projectvelero), an open source project backed by VMware.The Dell Technologies team will be demonstrating how Dell Technologies PowerProtect Software accelerates DevOps deployment of applications into a mission-critical production environment via efficient and automated protection of containers running on cloud native stacks. PowerProtect Software has developed these new capabilities leveraging a native architecture developed for Kubernetes. Through this delivery model, data protection capabilities can be delivered with “ease of” in mind for today’s DevOps centric workflow. PowerProtect Software also offers the insight, automation, multi-cloud options including advanced VMware integration, which is required for protection across your traditional and cloud native IT operations.Dell Technologies will also be detailing its cloud native capabilities and strategies to the Cloud Native community through podcasts! So even if you will not be heading to KubeCon personally, you can join us remotely via New Stack.io for a Day of Podcasting on Wednesday, November 20th, starting at 11:00am PST. Don’t miss Dell Technologies subject matter experts in the Cloud Native/DevOps space, along with our executives and special guests speak about our community and open source contributions into the cloud native ecosystem. Podcasts will cover everything from cloud, HCI and storage illustrate how Dell Technologies is transforming the deployment of Kubernetes workloads to mission critical levels by making data both secure and available.So, if you are heading to San Diego next week, stop by and join us in booth P30 to learn how we’re working to enable enterprises with the tools to apply critical protection policies to newly deployed DevOps workloads and cloud native stacks for mission-critical containerized and virtualized applications.See you there!Additional ResourcesCome check out Dell Technologies Booth P30See PowerProtect SoftwareSee Tech Preview for Data Protection for KubernetesSee Kubernetes WebinarSee https://thenewstack.io/Day of Podcasting ScheduleWednesday, November 20th 11:00am – 11:45am: Dell Technologies Cloud & VMware12:15pm – 1:00pm: Cloud Native Data Protection1:30pm – 2:15pm: Project Velero Update2:45pm – 3:30pm: Storage and Kubernetes Infrastructure4:00pm – 4:45pm: Dell Technologies Hyper Converged Infrastructure & Kubernetes
From AI and multi-cloud to business transformation and diversity, Dell Technologies’ channel leaders dish on their expectations for the first year of the data decade.As we finalize plans for our upcoming financial year in February, my channel leadership team and fellow partner colleagues are talking a lot about our expectations for the new year.This isn’t the first new decade I’ve embarked upon here at Dell. As we planned for 2010, I led Global Strategy and Planning for our Large Enterprise Business Unit, and as we prepared for Y2K, I was the director of Service Parts Planning in Dell’s America’s Service Delivery organization. I vividly remember the teams who worked alongside me, and the trends we explored as we entered the last two decades.While the trends have obviously changed a lot over the past 20 years, one thing that hasn’t changed is the need to have the right partners by our side, all aligned to the same goals and strategy. With that in mind, my channel leadership team and I have put together our top eight channel trends of 2020, as informed by our partner community.1. We Evolve as Partners Adopt New Business ModelsGregg Ambulos, Senior Vice President, North America Channel SalesThe rapid introduction of new, sophisticated infrastructure and application solutions is upon us as emerging technologies hit their stride. Information technology is becoming more specialized, not standardized, requiring both Partners and OEMs alike to build expertise. Because of this, there is a shift is happening across the partner ecosystem, blurring the lines between partner types. For example, solution providers are now beginning to put together their own solutions, breaking into the OEM space, and systems integrators are focusing more on cloud. As partners continue to break into new spaces and realize the profound impact that AI, IOT and security technologies will have on business, we will continue to evolve how we provide opportunities for meaningful top and bottom line growth.2. The Channel Embraces Social ImpactCheryl Cook, Senior Vice President, Global Partner MarketingHaving a Corporate Social Responsibility program and doing good is becoming increasingly important to our customers. I think we’ll see an explosion of partners both embracing our program, and creating their own, and it will help drive sales. Our partners are looking to do more, and we have an amazing opportunity to work together on social impact projects. Our leadership in this area is a huge differentiator with our recently announced 2030 Progress Made Real goals. We have resources our partners can leverage today to tell our story, and I have personally had partners ask me about how to start their own women’s initiatives, like our Women’s Partner Network.Jim DeFoe, Senior Vice President, Global DistributionI expect to see diversity & inclusion initiatives become more mainstream in 2020. More and more, channel partners are recognizing that diversity and inclusion initiatives will not only help solve some of our society’s deepest challenges, but also help build and empower a stronger, more productive workforce for the future.3. Multi-Cloud Becomes Table StakesScott Millard, Senior Vice President, Specialty Sales, Global Channels, Alliance and OEMThe partner ecosystem is seeing more frequent partnerships with hyperscalers rather than direct competition. Leveraging different clouds for different applications can have enormous upside, but it can also create massive complexity and slow the decision-making process. Whether just beginning the multi-cloud journey or seeking to optimize it, partners are becoming an ever more important part of customers’ multi-cloud plans. At Dell Technologies, we are helping partners provide solutions that span all locations through Dell Technologies Cloud with VMware Cloud Foundation.Anwar Dahab, Senior Vice President, EMEA Channel SalesIn 2020, the infrastructure for digital transformation will continue to be multi-cloud and hybrid cloud. No customer is considering a 100% public cloud strategy. Instead we see a repatriation of certain workloads and applications running on multiple clouds for cost, performance, scalability, regulatory and security reasons. Partners who have the skills to migrate applications and design, implement and maintain multi-cloud environments will continue to win. Partners who can make multi-cloud consumable on demand will win even more.4. Multi-Cloud Becomes Go-To GTM ModelJay Snyder, Senior Vice President, Global AlliancesIt will be a Multi-Cloud world for customers as they look to unlock the power and flexibility of technology to drive their digital and strategic agendas. Determining workload placement and how to design an IT environment for business success will be critical for customer success, and nobody is better equipped to deliver on this vision than System Integrators. Once defined, Service Providers will be key by offering both managed on-premise and off-premise private clouds as well as serving as a broker to the public cloud when the workload warrants it. What used to be accidental due to multiple teams leveraging many clouds, multi-cloud will become an intentional strategy driven by workloads and cloud-native applications. This will be the go-to-market approach customers want, and our partners are primed and ready to enable customers on this journey.5. Demand for Flexible Consumption Models AcceleratesTian Beng Ng, Senior Vice President, APJ Channel SalesWe can expect to see accelerating demand for new, more flexible consumption models in 2020. With the rise of multi-cloud, the IT industry is experiencing massive change, disruption and transformation, and that is putting closer scrutiny on customer and partner finances. This impacts how partners are selling and delivering solutions to their customers and how we support them. With Dell Technologies Cloud, we can help our customers achieve their cloud ambitions. Combined with flexible consumption offerings enabled by Dell Financial Services, this represents significant opportunities for our channel partners.6. Artificial Intelligence, Analytics Spending Grows SignificantlyAlvaro Camarena, Senior Vice President, Latin America Channel SalesAnalytics spending is forecasted to grow significantly in the coming years. We can attest to that growth not only in the behaviors we’re seeing with partners and customers, but also with the processes and improvements we’re making here within the Dell Technologies Partner Program. As we continue on this journey, our partners can count on us to continue investing in AI to empower their customers’ digital transformations and to simplify the way we work together.7. Generic Offerings No Longer Cut ItHayley Tabor, Vice President, Global IndustriesAs customers look to differentiate themselves, they’re looking for real solutions that allow them to use their IT capabilities to innovate their business within their specific industry. They want trusted expertise and deep knowledge of how their industry works. Generic offerings no longer cut it for customers in highly-specialized sectors like healthcare, energy, retail and surveillance. It takes dedication to industry-specific demands with a focus on innovation to win the trust of customers and ultimately drive innovation across a multitude of industries.8. The Journey To 5G ContinuesBryan Jones, Senior Vice President & General Manager, OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions5G will spawn new business models that will see billions of devices consuming and generating data like never before. This transformation will not happen overnight. Instead, it will be a gradual journey toward a complete architectural evolution. Now as the network architecture evolves, it will be critical for service providers and equipment manufacturers to rethink their partnerships and procurement models. And, as the essential infrastructure provider, Dell Technologies is set to drive the 5G transformation.Partners: We want to hear from you! Tweet us your 2020 predictions.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Thousands of students and teachers in Greece have held demonstrations in Athens and second-largest city Thessaloniki against proposed education reforms, defying a weeklong ban on protests imposed as part of measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. About 4,000 people, wearing masks to protect against the virus, marched through the streets of Athens on Thursday. Another roughly 1,500 protesters demonstrated in Thessaloniki. Students and teachers oppose education reforms that include plans to set up a state security division at university campuses.