Technology continues to change how we work and play. As consumers, we are living in an Information Generation that is more digitally connected to each other through the things we use and the experiences they enable. For businesses, all this data creates a clearer picture of our customers and what they both need and want. And, for healthcare organizations, gaining that clear picture on a particular patient in real-time can be critical at the point of care.The challenge for many organizations, whether healthcare or not, is how to best pool all of their disparate data in a navigable way so they can take action on it. If the information remains siloed, we will miss out on some of the greatest opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives.But with healthcare data growing 48% a year through 2020, healthcare providers need to find more efficient approaches to storing, managing, sharing, and analyzing all of the data being collected across the care continuum. One approach is a data lake — a technology infrastructure that incorporates any information generated across the health system, including data imported from outside sources and services. This enterprise-wide approach reveals insight on performance indicators and the impacts of patient care interventions, improving risk management and allowing the organization to deliver affordable, higher quality care.Leading organizations are building data lake infrastructure to gain that holistic perspective and to reduce time to insight — as they now have the ability to analyze multiple variables and quickly identify trends, patterns, and correlations.Let me give you a specific example of an organization that is helping customers both identify gaps in care, quality, data integrity, and financial performance as well as using their own unique capabilities to find resolutions: Inovalon.Yes, Inovalon is an EMC customer with an IaaS cloud automated by the vRealize Suite, powered by vSphere, and built on a foundation of VNX and XtremIO. They also protect their environment with Avamar, Data Domain, and RecoverPoint and secure their environment with RSA. But, perhaps most compelling is that they have built a data lake on an EMC Isilon cluster and powered by Pivotal HD.What I think is most significant about Inovalon’s story is how fast they have arrived at an outcome. They are applying advanced, big data analytics and a data-driven intervention platform to achieve meaningful improvement. With healthcare data on more than half of the U.S. population and more than 9.7 billion healthcare events around the country, Inovalon helps physicians, accountable care organizations, health plans, researchers, pharma and life sciences companies turn their data into insight and that insight into action. And that means people’s lives will be better.As technology advances, the healthcare industry needs to stay at the forefront of using innovations like data lakes to tie together our data into that complete picture. By doing so, we can achieve milestones like improved diagnoses and treatment options at the individual level, ultimately continuing to enable healthier lives.That is what it truly means to put our data to work.
This post is co-authored by Anand Johnson, Senior Advisor, Technical Marketing, Dell EMC VDI Ready Solutions.Ensuring a good user experience is a challenge for businesses interested in moving toward a digital workplace. While it seems intuitive that user experience improvement leads to increased productivity, that’s not the primary goal. “Increasingly, the success of digital workplace programs is being defined by how well business goals align with user needs, rather than just by productivity and costs savings,” said Esteban Herrera, partner and global head of ISG Research, in a news release about ISG’s recent Digital Workplace of the Future report.In the digital environment, the user’s emotions and attitudes define the user experience. Aligning with user needs includes providing an experience that enhances how a person perceives and feels about the digital workplace. In fact, the ISG report identifies a shift away from traditional service level agreements (SLAs) in favor of end-user experience agreements (XLAs). The goal of an XLA is to monitor the user’s experience, identify gaps affecting the user, and then take corrective action. Ultimately, if the user enjoys working in the digital workplace, the benefits can include embracing new digital tools that improve productivity and collaboration with the business to further improve the digital transformation.Operating systems and digital workplace applications are also designed to enhance the user experience, as software companies realize the important role that the application experience plays in the selection process. For example, each version of the Windows operating system has made advances in improving the user experience. In my own experience, it was an adjustment moving away from using shortcut keys, to the more visual experience provided by the Quick Access Toolbar in Office programs. However, in exchange, we receive a visually rich and intuitive user experience that created a demand for improved graphics virtualization.It’s interesting how the presentation of color can play a significant role in the user interface of a program. “Research reveals people make subconscious judgments about a person, environment, or product within 90 seconds of initial viewing and that between 62% and 90% of that assessment is based on color alone,” according to CCI Color Institute for Color Research. This research highlights the importance of the presentation layer in the digital workplace. While a graphics processing unit does not affect the selection of color used in a user interface, it does affect color depth. In general, the greater the color depth the broader the spectrum of colors available.The new NVIDIA T4 data center GPU with NVIDIA GRID software is designed to provide a native-PC user experience in a digital workplace. Users can use multiple screens and watch 4K video. The T4 also supports VP9 video decode and H.265 (HVEC) encode/decode and provides support for more than 1 TB of system memory.Dell EMC now offers an integrated, validated, and tested solution for the digital workplace. The virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution combines PowerEdge servers with the NVIDIA T4 and GRID software and provides a comprehensive pathway to improving the user experience. After component integration, the solution is performance-tested to ensure its validity. As part of the testing process, engineers tune the system to maximize performance and efficiency, and document best practices. Finally, a separate team of experts evaluate the test results to ensure that the systems can be properly configured and sized for customers.Monitoring the Dell EMC VDI solution is free and easy with Live Optics. Live Optics is a remote and agentless software for collecting data about your PowerEdge environment. It streams workload data from your system to an online analytics engine that measures, analyzes, and reports workload characteristics. Live Optics saves time by automating data collection and drives transparency by enabling system monitoring.The goal of the new Dell EMC solution is to accelerate the time-to-value for the business in achieving an enhanced user experience for digital workplace users. Every digital workplace solution is different, requiring the design and size of the solution to match a customer’s requirements. This solution offers a great deal of flexibly in how it can be configured and sized for digital workplaces. Thus, customers have the capability to start with a foundation that matches their current requirements and incrementally grow as the business grows.The user experience in the digital workplace doesn’t have to be a challenge. Companies can quickly enhance the digital workplace with a powerful combination of NVIDIA T4 cards, GRID software, and PowerEdge servers. This VDI solution was developed by a team of experts who have used digital workplaces, designed solutions, and been customers themselves. They understand the value of solutions that are easy to use and enable your business to quickly achieve its goals.______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________About the co-authorAnand is working as a Tech Marketing Engineer in Dell EMC VDI ready Solutions. He is specialized in VDI technologies, primarily based on VMware and Citrix Suites. In his role as Tech Marketing Engineer, he analyzes VDI solutions and build collaterals, which enable customers to understand technology better. Prior to joining Dell EMC, Anand worked on projects related to VDI solutions and managed all aspects of design and implementation of desktop virtualization projects.
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