Candy manufacturer moves from technology chaos to data-driven operations thanks to integrated appliance

Two years ago, 50-year-old confectionary manufacturer Warrell Creations was in a legacy mess. Outdated equipment and cobbled-together processes had created an information technology nightmare, with employees unable to complete even the simplest tasks.

“When I first got here our users were complaining about not being able to print a Word document. I mean, not being able to print a document? That’s fundamental stuff,” said Clifton Dorsey (pictured), vice president of The Warrell Corp.

Dorsey spoke with Lisa Martin, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, for a digital CUBE Conversation about how Dell Technology Inc.’s integrative approach to data protection helped Warrell leave behind the dark ages of tech and take a data-driven approach to candy manufacturing. (* Disclosure below.)

Paving the way to technological confidence

Accurate data is critical for smooth operations at Warrell. Without clear lines of communication, purchasing, shipping, and the manufacturing floor are liable to

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Nana nabs $6M for an online academy and marketplace dedicated to appliance repair

A lot of the focus in online education — and, let’s face it, education overall — has been about professional development for knowledge workers, education for K-12 and how best to deliver cost-effective, engaging higher learning to those in college and beyond. But in what might be a sign of the times, today a startup that’s focused on e-learning and the subsequent job market for a completely different end of the spectrum — home services — is announcing some funding to continue building out its business in earnest.

Nana, which runs a free academy to teach people how to fix appliances, and then gives students the option of becoming a part of its own marketplace to connect them to people needing repairs — has picked up $6 million.

The seed round is being led by Shripriya Mahesh of Spero Ventures, and Next Play Ventures (ex-LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner’s new fund),

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