John Roese, Chief Technology Officer, and Vic Bhagat, Chief Information Officer, sit down with Calvin Smith, Principal Manager, Global Innovation & Marketing, to talk about the current state of organic innovation at EMC.Innovation at the EMC Centers of ExcellenceThe EMC Centers of Excellence are an “incredible fabric of global brains” – a network of offices around the world focused on expanding EMC’s innovation footprint. John posits how innovative ideas coming out of the developing world are ultimately translating into solutions that address problems in the developed market in different ways and at a different scale than we ever thought possible.(If video clip above does not display, click here.)Internal Innovation vs. External InnovationThe global innovation ecosystem involves both internal innovation and external innovation. One example of a nontraditional model is the EMC Open Innovation Lab, which engages customers and partners in prototyping solutions. Vic asks rhetorically, “why should we have to helicopter in talent when we have local talent that understands the local market?” and goes on to passionately express how service model innovation offers a huge benefit.(If video clip above does not display, click here.)Redefining Enterprise ITThe IT paradigm is changing from one defined by individual platform performance to one defined by the end user experience. The consumerization of IT will lead to embracing technology that you don’t see, but that just enables you to be productive and effective as a business user. In this clip, John lays out the consequences of this shift.(If video clip above does not display, click here.)To watch the full video discussion including a conversation around Big Data, visit the Innovation Network, one of several EMC online communities.
The Undergraduate Student Government Elections Commission found that “no infraction occurred” with the Mai & Brianna presidential ticket after holding a hearing Monday evening, according to an official election verdict published Wednesday.According to the verdict, an individual alleged that someone was involved with presidential candidate Mai Mizuno and vice presidential candidate Brianna Bozek’s election campaign before the official start of campaigning on Jan. 25.“The Commission found, based on presented evidence, that the petitioners could not prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the respondent’s had violated Elections Code,” the verdict said. “The Mai & Brianna ticket bears no accountability for the evidence presented during this hearing.”A source within USG explained to the Daily Trojan that the reporting party alleged Mizuno’s campaign team had reached out to someone who was not a member of their five-person team to help create multimedia before campaign season officially began.USG Senior Director of Communications Daniel Zhu confirmed that the verdict had to do with a “graphic-related” issue. Earlier in the day, Zhu, in a statement to the Daily Trojan, had said that the verdict had been in regards to “suspicion that a candidate’s website was posted early.” He later retracted that statement.According to the Elections Code XIII.D, “a written copy of the transcript will be released to both the general public and the press. An official copy of the transcript shall be available in the USG office for public consumption as soon as a verdict is reached.”The Daily Trojan requested an official transcript copy of Monday’s hearing on Wednesday afternoon, but was denied.Emily Quirke, the associate director of elections and recruitment, said the Monday hearing had not yet been transcribed. Quirke and Zhu both said USG would try to make the transcript available to the public within 24 hours. Zhu attributed the delay to technical difficulties.Zhu added that USG is “thinking of ways to speed up the process” of sharing hearing transcripts in the future. He did not specify what sanctions, if any, would be imposed on the commission for violating Elections Code XIII.D.The Mai & Brianna ticket declined to comment on the outcome of the hearing, citing Elections Code XIII.C.2, which says that speaking to the press regarding hearings can result in a sanction for involved parties.The Debbie & Blake presidential ticket said in a statement to the Daily Trojan: “Our team respects the decision of the Elections Committee regarding the hearing and we wish to stay neutral as we proceed into our campaign.”CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misspelled Emily Quirke’s name. It has since been updated with the correct spelling. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.