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Making Progress Together

Leadership blog written by Dayne Turbitt, SVP & General Manager at Dell Technologies

As the world responds to the pandemic, a change is taking place. The past two decades of tech disruption are culminating in the fastest period of digital transformation in history, as people and organisations around the world have had to adapt to new ways of working and unprecedented physical disconnection.

But while tech has always played a vital role in our lives and has transformed society, there is a clear difference needed today from the approach of the early 21st century tech boom. This is no longer about ‘move fast and break things’, but move fast and fix things: to ensure that people have access to the technology and the services they need to thrive in a digital world.

Progress is possible. Tech now has to be used not to disrupt business as usual, but to help us adapt to a changed world; to answer unprecedented questions, and to work together in new and exciting partnerships that will change the world.

Powering progress

For 30 years, Dell Technologies has made clear the role of tech as a force for good – in solving our greatest challenges. Our ‘north star’ as an organisation as we entered this new decade, was to achieve four main goals for powering human progress through tech up to 2030: advancing sustainability, cultivating inclusion, transforming lives in education and healthcare, and protecting customer data and privacy.

The pandemic could well have put these plans on hold, but instead we saw it as an opportunity to double-down on our mission and use our technology solutions and innovations to build resilience, recovery and renewal for the UK.

Progress can enable communities to work together, create sustainable solutions and build a more inclusive society. But this is not something we can do alone. Working with some of the UK’s most innovative organisations – those who are using technology to make a difference and take us forward, we are making progress together.

The power of partnership

Progress is not always about finding a single solution, but making strides to improve lives. Take our work with Rolls-Royce and the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA); providing laptops to MNDA members to ‘bank’ their voice for the future using Acapela’s text-to-speech software. We can’t cure the disease, but we are proud to contribute ideas, skillsets, and knowledge around engineering to help find ideas that will make people’s lives better.

We took a partnership approach when we joined with other leading businesses to form the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium. Created to answer the Government’s call for increased ventilator manufacturing, the consortium produced in 10 weeks the number of ventilators that would usually be produced in 10 years. And we are proud to have provided equipment for assembly sites as well as help with remote working and production monitoring.

We also supported the Welsh COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium sequencing centre in its research to sequence patient DNA, which can effectively be used to track and respond to the virus. The large-scale nature of this analysis requires computer power that we were able to provide through our servers, to help increase capacity to analyse large volumes of data.

A partnership approach has also been vital in our work with NatWest’s Entrepreneur Accelerator, supporting new diverse talent and growth, and with the London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement (LORCA) as we work to maximise the commercial potential of cyber solutions in the UK. The innovative ideas we see today working with these partners inspire us, knowing that they will become the progressive solutions of tomorrow.

The opportunity for renewal

The pandemic has been an opportunity for many of us to pause and reflect on what we can do to create a better world, or make our lives better for ourselves. For us, this is no different; 2020 has been challenging, but it has also provided the technology industry with an opportunity for renewal – to prove it is the driving force behind making our lives better.

Whether it is proofing the UK’s vital infrastructure, powering the frontline of emergency healthcare, or protecting financial institutions from global cyber threats, Dell Technologies is committed to delivering for people no matter the circumstances.

 

June 2020

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June 2021

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