First channel development manager for Scotland appointed

At the end of last week, it was announced that Mark Baur has been appointed the first Channel Development Manager for Scotland. The hire reinforces EMC’s commitment to helping regional partners to better address the needs of small and medium sized businesses. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and contacts to EMC’s Scottish headquarters in Livingston, where he will be focusing on securing new partners across Scotland as well as supporting their existing partner base. Mark has over 28 years’ experience in the Scottish IT sector, having previously held positions at Dell, CommVault, Hitachi and NetApp.Mark Baur EMC Scotland - 283-412

Mark says: “There is an immense amount of expertise across the channel landscape in Scotland. Their knowledge of the needs of both local businesses and the major markets such as oil and gas make them key to the success of EMC in the region. My aim is to provide our partners with the support they need to make working with EMC as easy and profitable as possible.”

EMC is looking forward to Mark’s success continuing over the coming months and years, and wishes him best of luck in his new role!

EMC and CoderDojo inspire the next generation of coders

Once a month Martin Brown, EMC Country Manager in Scotland, makes his way into the Livingston office – but he isn’t opening up the premises to catch up on emails or write reports. He is getting ready for 20 school children to arrive and spend a couple of hours gearing up to become IT professionals of the future.

These monthly sessions are run with CoderDojo Scotland – part of a global collaboration providing free coding clubs for young people – with volunteer mentors providing advice and support. Attendees can learn how to code, develop websites, build apps and games and more, and it’s all carried out in an environment which makes learning a fun and sociable experience. No previous experience is necessary; the only thing the participants need to bring with them is enthusiasm and a laptop.

EMC Scotland has been part of the CoderDojo initiative for six months and regularly sees up to 20 young people take part in their events. They provide the office space free of charge with Martin and members of his team at EMC taking part as mentors, offering guidance and support as they share their knowledge and experience with this next generation of coders.

Martin Brown explains: “I’d been keen to get EMC involved with CoderDojo for quite a while because it’s such a great way for school kids to get involved in IT in a format that’s may be less structured and rigid than their IT subjects in school, but is no less beneficial as it lets them see careers in this sector can offer so much satisfaction, creative input and reward.

“It’s been said many times before that IT is truly a global industry and with projections around the world showing more and more IT-related jobs will need to be filled in the future, starting to get children interested now is vital.

“Here in Scotland, and in the UK generally, we have a shortage of skilled workers in certain areas of our industry and one of the ways to address this is by encouraging kids of this age to look at coding and building websites, to name just two, as future career choices.

“I have been delighted with the response we have had to our sessions here in Livingston and EMC will continue to support CoderDojo in this on a regular basis.”
One youngster, James Wilson, who regularly attends the EMC sessions said “Coderdojo helps me to meet new friends who have the same interests as me, and it’s great fun! I wish I could go more!”

His mum, Lynnette Wilson, adds “Coderdojo is an excellent class run by enthusiastic volunteers. James has a great time and is always bursting to show us what he has been learning. The EMC buildings provide a very high standard environment to introduce and develop IT skills.”

Inga Jack, whose son Robbie also attends Coderdojo, has been equally impressed: “Robbie has been attending CoderDojo Livingston since it started and really enjoys it. He finds it interesting and the people who run the course are very friendly and helpful. He is delighted to be learning about coding, especially as this is the career he wishes to follow when he leaves school.

“As a parent I am very impressed with the organisation and I think that CoderDojo is a fantastic opportunity for young people – I really appreciate the time and patience given by the mentors in helping them develop their coding skills.”

Not just parents and children seem to gain something from the sessions: CoderDojo mentor Lawrence Rabbets says: “Helping as a mentor at the CoderDojo and sharing your passion with the next generation is extremely satisfying, seeing how the young people react when they achieve and learn new things just puts a smile on everyone’s face. It is definitely a highlight every month and I always look forward to our Livingston CoderDojo.”

If you’ve enjoyed reading about CoderDojo and know somebody who you think ought to get involved, you can find out more on their website.

EMC World 2014

1501308_10152376822209817_1981296049980736748_oEMC World, our educational conference for EMC customers, partners and IT professionals, was hosted over four days in Las Vegas earlier this month. The event was an opportunity for hands on product demonstrations and hundreds of technical sessions on every aspect of IT.

Keynote speakers at the event included EMC’s top executives; CEO, Joe Tucci, David Goulden (CEO of EMC’s Information Infrastructure division), Jeremy Burton (Executive Vice President) and Amitabh Srivastava (President of EMC Advanced Software Division). VMware’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger and Pivotal’s CEO, Paul Maritz also spoke about the importance of the EMC Federation in 2014 which allows us to get our pre-packaged solutions to our customers more effectively.

In case you missed them, some of our most important announcements included a new version of our software-defined storage platform, ViPR 2.0; the expansion of our range of cloud services including Hybrid Cloud (which can be deployed in just under 48 hours!); our acquisition of DDSD, a developer of innovative flash storage; and an announcement that unveiled our new global Business Partner Program bringing together all previous EMC partner programs to create a simple and profitable experience for our partners. The event reiterated the message of our changing dynamics and progress within EMC towards the Federation.

One of the largest specialist hospitals in the UK, Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Hospital Trust also spoke at the event on the roll out of their new and reliable ERP system, whilst Lotus F1 spoke about changes to their IT infrastructure to align with new sporting regulations. Cancer Research UK, one of our long-term customers of EMC, also discussed the importance of stability that software-defined storage brings and how, in a few years’ time, it will be the norm.

If the event couldn’t get any better, we even got Britney spears to put on a private show for our 300 partners. If you would like to see any photos and further announcements from EMC World 2014, please feel free to visit our Facebook page here. All in the all, the event was a huge success – oops we did it again!

Introducing…the Bigger Game

the bigger gameOur latest resource for all things EMC is The Bigger Game blog. Currently there are four contributors from the EMC EMEA team; Adrian McDonald, Steve O’Neill, Jacques Boschung and our UK and Ireland MD, James Petter.

The blog will provide insight from our leading figures on business related issues ranging from cyber security, leadership and the principles of the third platform to sector specific thoughts including service provider and defence, to name but a couple.

Be sure to visit the blog regularly to stay informed on the latest industry issues – http://thebiggameblog.emc.com/.