The digital era is upon us. IT leaders are confronted by soaring expectations for digital transformations. The ability to innovate faster through agile, flexible resources and satisfy business demands is expected. Simultaneously, IT must maintain a reliable environment to keep core business processes rolling smoothly. Although microservices and DevOps are hot topics today, traditional IT applications and systems of record are equally as important to maintain.How can companies transform IT to provide the speed and flexibility necessary for rapid development while keeping costs and risks low? Staff must optimize existing infrastructure and processes to reduce costs and accelerate IT service delivery without sacrificing reliability. IT transformations aren’t executed overnight. Like learning how to ride a bike, you start with training wheels and as you become more experienced keeping your balance becomes subconscious allowing you to focus on more advanced actions. IT leaders must design a plan to optimize traditional, plan-driven functions. Predictable, well understood processes should be automated to ensure consistencies so time, dollars and staff can be reallocated into next-generation operations. Time consuming, error-prone, manual tasks will be eliminated, ultimately speeding time to market and driving down costs by leveraging automation and application blueprints that have been proven to work and can be life cycled without constant human touch.Now what about the aspect of exploration? Along with the rewards reaped from rapid innovation and iterative, outcome-focused developments come uncertainties and risks. Cloud-native application development is uncharted territory for most Enterprises and thus many IT organizations shy away from investing aggressively in new trends. To gain experience in the cloud-native realm, you start small and rapidly scale as demand for new applications grows and a solidified strategy evolves.Like learning to ride a bike, start with some guidance and eventually you can take off the training wheels and pedal fast. EMC and Pivotal are prepared to help you gain momentum with your DevOps strategy. Organizations that are just beginning to experiment with cloud native applications now have a quick, low risk way to get started.The struggle to pertain to two competing pressures is not a simple battle. Designing, integrating and testing a platform has taken some companies years and millions of dollars. Studies have proven investing in a fully engineered platform could have you running 92% faster and saving up to 67%.Today, we’re announcing the latest releases of our hybrid cloud platforms:EMC engineers have completed the necessary engineering work to instill users with the confidence that the solution will run reliably with one contact support. The frequent advancements extend IT’s ability to update legacy application infrastructure to meet the demands of the digital world.Our hybrid clouds platforms help to close the gap between developers’ goals and IT operations by providing control, reporting and chargeback features that are needed to create an efficient strategy. Adjustments can be made in just minutes breaking down the IT infrastructure silos that now exist enabling IT to rapidly adapt to changing business needs.So, if you’re ready to start your transformation, we’re ready to ensure a smooth ride.Learn more about Enterprise Hybrid Cloud: https://www.emc.com/en-us/solutions/cloud/enterprise-hybrid-cloud.htmLearn more about Native Hybrid Cloud: https://www.emc.com/en-us/solutions/cloud/native-hybrid-
Redington – Dan Mikulskis, Pete Drewienkiewicz and Mitesh Sheth have been promoted at consultancy Redington to become managing directors of their respective business areas: asset liability management, manager research and business development and communications, respectively. Neha Bhargava and Rachel Johnson have been made directors within client consulting and operations. Redington said all of these promotions were part of its new push for business growth.Morningstar – Dan Kemp has been appointed CIO at Morningstar’s Investment Management Group for the EMEA region. He is replacing Daniel Needham, CFA, who became president and CIO for the Morningstar Investment Management Group in January 2015. Robin Johnson, CFA, has also been hired as head of portfolio management, EMEA. Kemp joined Morningstar in 2014 as co-head of investment consulting and portfolio management for Morningstar Investment Management in the EMEA region, having previously worked at investment consultancy Albemarle Street Partners, which he co-founded. In his new role, he will report to Needham. Johnson came to Morningstar in 2007, after working at Mellon Global Investors and Bestinvest. He will report to Kemp.SYZ Asset Management – Katia Coudray has been appointed chief executive of SYZ Asset Management and head of OYSTER Funds. She was previously at Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) in Geneva, where she was a member of the asset management executive committee. Florent Guy-Ducrot has been hired by the firm, which is a division of the SYZ Group, as head of business development, replacing Xavier Guillon. Guy-Ducrot has previously been head of sales and distribution in various asset management companies including HSBC and Crédit Agricole (now Amundi).Schroders – Owen Scarrott is joining Schroders early next month in the newly created role of materials and energy global sector specialist. He most recently worked as an equity analyst at Morgan Stanley and had similar jobs at Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. Scarrott will be based in London and report to Simon Webber, who is responsible for the global sector specialist team.Pioneer Investments – Michael Dirstine has been hired by Pioneer Investments and will take on the newly created role of institutional business development officer. He will be based in Boston. Before joining the firm, Dirstine was vice-president of institutional sales at Eaton Vance.Russell Investments – Van Luu has been appointed head of currency and fixed income strategy at Russell Investments, to be based in London. He will report to Andrew Pease, global head of investment strategy. He comes to the firm from Norges Bank Investment Management, where he was a senior analyst for investment policy and allocation strategies. NAPF, Whitbread, comPlan, Sulzer, Swisscom, RobecoSAM, Redington, Morningstar, SYZ Asset Management, Schroders, Pioneer Investments, Russell InvestmentsUK National Association of Pension Funds – Lesley Williams, group pensions director at Whitbread, has been appointed chair of the NAPF, succeeding Ruston Smith, whose two-year tenure will end at the NAPF annual general meeting on 16 October. Williams has been a non-executive director of the NAPF since 2011 and is currently chair of its defined contribution council.comPlan/Sulzer – Urs Schaffner will leave his position as managing director of the CHF4bn (€3.8bn) pensionskasse for the machinery maker Sulzer (SVE) to become head of the CHF9.5bn pension plan for telecommunications company Swisscom (comPlan) from October. He will replace André-Pierre Schmidt, who is leaving after five years. At SVE, the search for a replacement for Schaffner is ongoing. It has now also been confirmed that Edouard Stucki, formerly at Towers Watson Switzerland, has joined the asset management team at comPlan at the beginning of the year. RobecoSAM – Bas Knol has been appointed active ownership specialist in RobecoSAM’s governance and active ownership team, taking up the role on 1 June. Before this, he was at ABN AMRO Private Banking, where he was responsible for integrating environmental, social and governance factors into the investment process.
You are told to appreciate life’s great moments because you never know how long they will last. Faster than an unnecessarily rushed 3-pointer while trailing late in the game or the Izzone flowing onto the floor like tears from Izzo’s own eyes, the luster of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team owning the No. 1 spot in the national rankings faded away. The Badgers just didn’t execute down the stretch when they needed to most, something that has become characteristic (even after only three episodes) of this team when losing. But enough of the sour grapes. The Wisconsin Badgers are the No. 1 team in the country. Now there’s a sentence I never really believed I would type. Despite the loss, Wisconsin can lay claim to the top spot in the Associated Press poll until sometime next Monday afternoon. Although some of the excitement of Sunday’s first-ever game between two No. 1 teams may be gone, the game will still be played as such — Wisconsin will have a No. 1 next to its name (CBS uses the AP rankings). And when you stop to think about it, being No. 1 is really something special. Growing up in the Milwaukee area, I remember Badgers sports always being a big topic of conversation. I spent every Saturday in the fall playing youth-league soccer games before coming back home to watch Brent Moss, Terrell Fletcher, Lee Deramis, Ron Dayne and company play. In fact, I still own my 1999 Ron Dayne jersey and wear it to every game. My first real sports memory is of Wisconsin winning the ’94 Rose Bowl. I didn’t really know a whole lot back then, but I figured it had to be pretty good. Not No. 1, though. During basketball season, I would make the trip up to Madison a couple times every year, to go to the Plaza for dinner and bubble hockey, and then the Field House (later the Kohl Center) for basketball games with my uncle. In 2000, UW hoops made an improbable run — actually, it was more like a walk — to the Final Four under Dick Bennett. While that team was leagues better than many that came before it, and fans were genuinely excited about the team, there was really no sense that the team was anything more than an annual good-story tournament team. The point is, between football and basketball, Wisconsin never really stood out as being the best at either. The sports have always been just good enough for fans to get excited but not dominant enough to rise to the top nationally. As a lifelong Wisconsin fan, I was comfortable with it. The times are changing, though. Bret Bielema has openly discussed his desire to take the football program to the “next level” — something Barry Alvarez never did — and seems intent on following through. And Bo Ryan has put the basketball team in a position of national prominence for years to come. We are entering what should be a revival for UW athletics, and fans attitudes need to change right along with the expectations. So there I sat Monday afternoon, refreshing my browser every couple minutes and still staring at last week’s rankings. For the first time in my life the Badgers legitimately had a chance to be the No. 1 team in the country. Did I expect it to happen? No. I fully expected for Ohio State to grab the top spot, followed by a week of “We’ll show them; we get no respect” talk from Badgers fans. I even jokingly told my roommate Wisconsin was the No. 1 team in the country. Apparently I wasn’t too convincing, because he didn’t buy it. Then it happened. This time the browser refreshed and the following was printed at the top of the page: 1. Wisconsin (35) 26-2 1,747. This time, I convinced him. My roommates and I spontaneously broke out into “Hail! To the Victors” — a bad habit we acquired on a road trip to the Big House not because we like Michigan (we don’t), but because it’s catchier than the “Macarena” — before eventually settling back into the more true-to-our-roots “On Wisconsin.” We were excited, to say the least. But what happens now after Tuesday’s loss? I think that is a question that few really know how to answer. Still, after never holding a No. 1 ranking in the basketball program’s history, Wisconsin finally does. Make sure you appreciate this week: Cherish every graphic showing Wisconsin at No. 1, read every story and celebrate it like a true No. 1 team. Ben is a sophomore majoring in political science. You won’t find him crying like Izzo and he’s still excited for the Ohio State-Wisconsin game. He can be reached at [email protected]