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Intel’s Lisa Davis On How Xeon 'Cascade Lake' Will Drive A New Wave Of Digital Transformation

Intel data center executive and three-time CIO Lisa Davis outlines the chipmaker's digital transformation strategy, explains the importance of partners and makes the enterprise pitch for its new second-generation Xeon Scalable processors in an extended interview with CRN.

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As a Three-Time CIO, She Has The Inside View

Lisa Davis knows a thing or two about digital transformation.

As a three-time CIO, Davis has had an inside view of the challenges that organizations face as they go through technology modernization projects. Now as general manager of Intel's digital transformation business within the Data Center Group, she's using her 30-year career in tech to help enterprises and governments understand how the chipmaker can guide them through their digital transformations.

"Digital transformation is about leveraging technology to build digital services and technologies for customers to improve their customer experience, right?" Davis said in a recent interview with CRN at the Intel Partner Connect conference in Denver. "So it's never about technology for technology's sake."

[Related: New AI-Friendly Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Packs 30 Percent Price-Performance Punch]

With Intel launching its largest portfolio yet of data center products this week, Davis' role is critical: She must communicate to organizations the business value of Intel's new products, including the second-generation Xeon Scalable processors, and how they fit within their digital transformation strategies.

For the new Xeon Scalable (previously known as Cascade Lake) processors, she makes it sound like a piece of cake.

"Cascade Lake is all about our new memory technology always like to simplify it for our customers: the bigger the data set I can put next to the CPU, the bigger the problems I can solve," she said. "And to me, that, from an analytics and AI perspective, of driving those workloads and driving insights from those data sets for our customers, is a huge value point to me."

What follows is an interview with Davis, in which the Intel executive discusses the chipmaker's approach to digital transformation, how that plays out in the real world with customers and how the company incorporates new products like Optane DC persistent memory into IT modernization projects.

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