The New Disruptors: Edge, Cloud and 5G

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Dell Technologies

We’re living in an era of constant innovation and technological disruption, and that is having a dramatic effect on the business of doing business. Half the companies in the year 2000’s Fortune 500 have fallen off the list. And while it used to take Fortune 500 companies 20 years to reach a billion-dollar valuation, today’s digital start-ups do it in four. Tomorrow … who knows?

The moral of the story is clear: If you’re not disrupting, you risk being disrupted. In retail, in smart cities, in telco, in healthcare, in manufacturing the key to success in today’s business landscape is to leverage the power of innovation enabled with adoption of emerging technologies to ensure that the pace of change works for you, not against you.

This brings us to perhaps the two most significant technological innovations of the last few years: Edge computing and 5G networks.

The rise of connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) has created an ever-growing deluge of data. To gain value from that data — and resolve a host of practical challenges — organizations are increasingly bringing analytics to the data, rather than sending the data to the analytics. This is the logic behind the drive to Edge computing and real-time analytics that allow us to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to events all around us in the real world, in real time.

At the same time, 5G promises a revolution in ultra-reliable, high-speed, low-latency, power-efficient, high-density wireless connectivity. It promises to transform productivity and disrupt business models by — among many, many other things — allowing for large-scale machine-to-machine communication and massive IoT sensor deployments. So does this revolution in low-latency, high-capacity connectivity signal a counter trend toward sending data back to the analytics? And what does this mean to all of the enterprises and other organizations living in a digitally driven world?

These are questions that I had the pleasure of exploring recently in the course of moderating a panel discussion with three people who have unique insights into the topic at hand. This live event, which will be open to the public via an upcoming webinar, featured panelists Martin Bäckström, Vice President and Head of Industry Datacom, Ericsson; Flavio Devide, CTO, Field Edge and IoT, Dell Technologies; and Christian Renaud, Vice President, Research IOT Practice, S&P Global.

We’re talking about three extremely insightful people with an inside perspective on Edge, cloud and 5G, and what these technologies mean to today’s enterprises and public institutions. It was a tremendous opportunity to have the time with them for deep discussions.

Here are just a few of the questions addressed:

  • How is the shift to the Edge impacting mobile networks?
  • Where do you think we will see the greatest growth in Edge computing?
  • How will the impact of 5G and Edge compare to the impact of the cloud on traditional business models?
  • What is driving 5G investment?
  • What will the Edge look like in five years?

All in all, it was a tremendous discussion, with much shared along the way. If you would like to hear more, register to join us on Tuesday, July 14, at 11:00 AM ET or later on-demand.

Kirsten Billhardt is the Marketing Director of Edge and IoT at Dell Technologies.

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