The Next Data Decade

In his keynote at the Dell Technologies Summit in Austin, Texas, Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Technologies, spoke about how 2020 will mark the beginning of the next data decade. He said, “In the next data decade, we can do more now than we ever imagine. Everything is being connected and digitised. It’s everywhere and in everything. In 2007, 86 petabytes of data were produced in cellular networks. Today, 86 petabytes of data is produced in 18 hours. In future, 86 petabytes of data would be produced in minutes.”

Michael highlighted that the data decade will be about putting data to work to help most people. Dell wants to unlock the power of data to solve challenges. AI industries bring digital transformation, yet heterogeneous environments in the background is still an issue. Data is pretty much still in silo.  

“Demands of performance, latency cost and such requires more data and processing power in the Edge than all the clouds combined. Without data integration, it’s just noise. Integration and security of data is the biggest challenge going forward. The promise of progress is just a promise unless we can bring it together and do something useful with it.”

Dell wants to open simplifiers in preserving and moving data across the increasingly fragmented environment and hard at work in integrating innovation across Dell Technologies.  Dell intends to automate to abstract to innovate. They want to move data in silo to get more actions.

By being able to learn and get insights from data, the actions taken from there will create the generational opportunity. And this is where Michael talks about the progress made real for 2030, the next data decade.
Over the next decade, Dell Technologies will use its global scale, broad technology portfolio and expertise to yield meaningful and measurable impact on society and the planet. By 2030, the company will:
Advance sustainability

  • Recycle an equivalent product for every product a customer buys

  • Lead the circular economy with more than half of all product content being made from recycled or renewable material

  • Use 100% recycled or renewable material in all packaging

  • Deliver future-ready skills development for workers in their supply chain

  • Drive a comprehensive science-based climate program, setting emissions goals across facilities, supply chain and operations to customer use of our products including partnering with suppliers to meet a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 60% per unit revenue by 2030

Cultivate Inclusion

  • Hire, develop and retain women, so they account for 50% of the company’s global workforce and 40% of global people managers

  • Hire, develop and retain black/African American and Hispanic team members, so they account for 25% of the company’s U.S. workforce and 15% of U.S. people managers

  • Educate 95% of all team members on an annual basis about unconscious bias, harassment, micro-aggressions and privilege

Transform lives

  • Advance the health, education and economic opportunity of 1 billion people

  • Digitally transform 1,000 nonprofit organisations

  • Achieve 75% team member participation in charitable giving and volunteerism in communities

Ethics and privacy are foundational to Dell Technologies’ corporate and social impact strategies and are essential to executing against the 2030 goals. Dell is setting the pace in privacy and transparency by fully automating data control processes making it easier for customers to access, delete or share their personal data. To amplify team members’ and partners’ passion for ethics and integrity, the company will use digital tools to make it easier to get insights from, measure and monitor compliance issues using digital data.
Dell in Southeast Asia
Also, while China and India continue to be emerging economies and are embracing technology slowly, the ASEAN region still is a major player and has a substantial contribution to technology growth.
Speaking to Data Storage ASEAN, Michael said the ASEAN region continues to be an essential market for Dell.

“If you look at Asia broadly, you have 2/3 of the world’s population. In 1994, we set up a big manufacturing centre in Malaysia. We’ve set up offices in Singapore. We have a big presence in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and we continue to see opportunity across the whole Asia Pacific region. I believe over half the people in Dell Technologies work in ASEAN. It’s definitely an important region for us.”

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