|BPCL awards its prestigious microsites design & implementation contract to Octaware Technologies|
by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai, August 10, 2017: Octaware Technologies Limited (BSE â 540416), a leading software and business solutions development company, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the prestigious contract from BPCL for the design and implementation of their loyalty and brand microsites. Octaware was one of the bidders and was awarded the contract, post evaluation and presentation of efficient solutions and capabilities to the evaluation committee.
The scope of work under the contract includes design and implementation of microsites for BPCLâs loyalty programs â SmartFleet & PetroBonus and other brands - Speed and In & Out. The engagement includes a period of 3 months for implementation of microsites and an additional three years of support and maintenance. Octaware Technology Limitedâs expertise in the areas of online portals & enterprise systems helped them win the contract.
Commenting on the development, Mr. Aslam Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Octaware Technologies Limited, said, âWe are extremely delighted to have won the prestigious contract from BPCL, our first major win in the Indian PSU sector, post our IPO in April 2017. The fact that it falls under one of Octawareâs key focus verticals of governance, demonstrates our consistent and steady inroads in the Indian market, surpassing some of the strong players in the region. We look forward to a long-term business association with BPCLâ.
About Octaware Technologies Limited:
Incorporated in 2005, Octaware Technologies Ltd is a software development company providing a range of information technology solutions. The company designs, develops, and maintains software systems and solutions. Company's services include custom software development, ECM/portal solution, ERP and CRM implementation, mobile platform solution, RFID solution, cloud and IT infrastructure services, consulting services and geospatial services.
Octaware provides specialized software application and product development services and solutions in the areas of healthcare, finance, and e-government industry. The company has proprietary products for domestic, as well as international markets, such as PowerERM â Human Capital Relationship Management, Hospice â Healthcare and Citizen Services solution, and iOnAsset â Inventory management and tracking System etc. These products are available as packaged products as well as software-as-a-service model integrated with legacy system.
Octaware Technologies Limited (BSE â 540416), got listed on the BSE âSME platform on April 3, 2017 and was oversubscribed by 148%, providing testimony to the faith, the investors have reposed in the company.
|Skillsoft and MIT Sloan Management Review Partner To Train Next Generation Business Leaders|
Superior content and Percipio platform help organizations develop the next wave of leaders
by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai August 08, 2017âSkillsoft, the global leader in corporate learning, has partnered with MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) to curate the journalâs best leadership assets and deliver them to its 40 million users. This key collaboration kicks off a series of new, innovative content partnerships that will empower Skillsoftâs Leadership and Business Skills learners with professional training from the industryâs top experts.
Organizations and their employees can now access this elite catalog of content to enhance professional development, upskill their workforce, and hone individual career paths. Presented through the highly engaging and intuitive Percipio platform, users will be able to access everything from MIT SMRâs general leadership articles, to Frontier articles that focus on the intersection of business management practice with technology, collaborative research reports, as well as webinars and videos. Content will be optimized for all devices and operating systems, and will be accessible via video, audio and written content for varied learner styles and needs.
âOur Leadership content sets us apart from other corporate learning content providers. We provide the most diverse content catalog with an array of learning modalities. More importantly and unique to Skillsoft, we craft thoughtful learning paths and courses for users to follow,â said Bill Donoghue, Executive Chairman of the Skillsoft group. âOur partnership with MIT Sloan Management Review will supplement our own assets and underscore our commitment to building the most respected and up-to-date portfolio of Leadership training available.â
Skillsoft will embed MIT SMR content within its core Business and video collections, and integrate content within its existing Leadership offerings, like Skillsoft Leadership Advantage, Continuous Leadership Journey and Women-in-Action. The partnership between Skillsoft and MIT SMR will provide organizations with engaging, on-demand corporate learning content that will groom, train and inspire management teams through a consumer-like interface (think Netflix or Amazon) that is designed to engage the learner.
âWe see a growing need for effective leadership training to address critical skill gaps in todayâs organizations and help increase an organizationâs ability to develop talent from within,â said Paul Michelman at MIT SMR. âThis partnership gives our content a new vehicle for delivery within those organizations that believe training their internal talent is paramount to creating a competitive edge.â
MIT Sloan Management Review is a pre-eminent platform and content leader that bridges the gap between academic research and daily practice. The Review keeps readers in tune with management trends and innovations. MIT SMR articles cover a wide range of topics relevant to management with a focus on areas such as Data & Analytics, Digital, Global, Innovation, Leadership, Marketing, Operations, Social Business, Strategies and Sustainability. For decades, MIT SMR has been a forum for business-management innovators from around the world to present their ideas and research.
About Skillsoft : Skillsoft is the global leader in corporate learning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content. We are trusted by the world's leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for todayâs modern enterprise. Our 150,000+ multi-modal courses, videos, books and micro-learning modules are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100% secure cloud access, from any device, whenever, wherever. www.skillsoft.com
|SSB Retail India launches two more Specialty Malls|
by Shrutee K/DNS
Hyderabad, 4th August 2017: SSB Group is a leading structural galvanizing company which is in a retail sector mall in Hyderabad.
The SSB World Shopping Mall has come up with a two brand âAlpineâ- the supermarket and âCasabeneâ- the furniture mall. Casabene has its branches in Kolkata, Hyderabad and is now launching 2 more new branches in Hyderabad.
The company has diversified into retailing. The 3rd retailing space at Chakripuram is 7000 sq. ft which has a combination of Alpine Super Market & Casabene Furnitures. The 4th retailing space at North Kamalanager ECIL is 2000 sq. ft which also has a combination of Alpine Super Market & Casabene Furnitures.
The retail industry is very competitive; in order to give extra mileage SSB is having its own manufacturing facilities. They believe in delivering excellent quality products with customer satisfaction. The Chief Guest for the event will be honourable Smt. Pajjuri Pavani Manipal Reddy (Corporator) for A S Rao Nagar Division, SSB Directors - Y Sharath Babu & Ajay Kumar Singh and Chairman - Ramakanth Singh. Mr Ajay Kumar Singh & Mr Sarath Babu - Directors, of SSB believes in giving good lifestyle supplies at competitive prices.
The retailing product will be: Supermarket/Furniture/Home DÃ©cor/Home Accessories/Home related products
USP: Exclusively designed/Concept selling/Manufacturing Quality Products/Craftsman and Finishing/Free interior advice/Large collection under one roof
The business plan is to diversify and open 10 Branches of Alpine Super Market & Casabene Furniture in the twin cities.
About SSB: SSB is a Turkey service provider, established in August 2013, SSB Structural and Galvanizing Pvt Ltd is an enterprise by two pragmatic visionaries. As an emerging sector, it is present in telecom, power, heavy and general fabrication and infrastructure. It was able to export structural material in the second year of inception. The company has a turnover of 50 crores and it will have 100 crores of turn over year.
|'..committed to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050.' (no replies)|| |
'Leaders from the City of Portland and Multnomah County have committed to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050.
(Fusion Power) - LPP Focus Fusion 1; '..FF-1 results are right now far ahead..'
|Vision of Humanity - Global Peace (no replies)|| |
'Economists on Peace aims to stimulate global discussion and shared learning on economic aspects of peace and conflict leading to appropriate action for peace, security and the world economy.'
'The need to understand what works in peacebuilding, how to measure its impact and cost-effectiveness is essential to long-term efforts to prevent violence and build peace. Yet, there is much we collectively do not know about peacebuilding, what works and doesnât work, let alone what activities broadly define it. At a time when the international communityâs resources to international development and aid are under strain due to tightened national budgets and stress from humanitarian action, the need to understand and invest in the most cost-effective ways to build long term peace is more crucial than ever.'
Context (Haptopraxeology) - '..We have lost three centuries as a result of ignoring our scholars!'
Global Peace Index
|'Open source is now mainstream..' (no replies)|| |
'Open source is now mainstream. More and more developers, organizations, and enterprises are are understanding the benefits of an open source strategy and getting involved. In fact, The Linux Foundation is on track to reach 1,000 participating organizations in 2017 and aims to bring even more voices into open source technology projects ranging from embedded and automotive to blockchain and cloud.'
(Open Source) - '..âopen innovation.â Companies such as AstraZeneca, Lilly, GSK, Janssen, Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi, TransCelerate, and others..'
|'..another Cold War that may last even longer than the war with world communism.' (no replies)|| '..until Muslim scholars find a Koran key to the free world and lead their followers to an entrance.'|
'Economists pondering about human action distinguish between four types of individual incomes; the Koran permits only two, which explains much poverty in the Muslim world. Economists speak of labor income which flows from services rendered either in self-employment or working for an employer; the Koran smiles upon this basic kind of income. Economists also discern interest income which, reflecting human frailty and mortality, flows from the differences between manâs valuation of present economic goods and future goods; the Koran condemns âribaâ, that is, interest income, and threatens all creditors who may be tempted to demand âribaâ with âthe fire prepared for unbelievers.â Economists also like to wax eloquent about entrepreneurial income, commonly called profits, which may be earned through correct anticipation of economic changes; failure to anticipate changes correctly may inflict entrepreneurial losses. The Koran simply prohibits economic activity that involves uncertainty, risk, or speculation and may earn âghara.â The prohibition obviously discourages and hampers economic changes, adjustments, modernizations, and improvements that are uncertain and risky.
'..the battle of ideas taking place in the Muslim world..'
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|Comment on Everything about SaaS Helpdesk Solutions by Prakash Raj||SaaS has become very important these days. Every other client needs Saas. Here is a blog regarding <a href="http://www.wolkensoftware.com/5-benefits-cloud-based-enterprise-service-desk-business/" rel="nofollow">5 Benefits of a Cloud-Based Enterprise Service Desk for Your Business</a>. You'll like it.|
|Carrick's one entity enterprise earns BT Club award|
Carrick are Septemberâs BT Club of the Month winners, for their vision and ambition to develop the club both in the present and for future generations.
The Ayrshire club faced stern competition, as nominations flooded in for the September winner, yet their focus on sitting themselves at the crux of the local community put them above of the rest.
|[Hands-on] Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a AAA game in name only|
Warner Bros. International Enterprises has a mobile version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War that is currently available on the Play Store for pre-registration. Luckily I have gotten my hands on an APK and have sideloaded the game in order to let all of you know how it plays in advance of the title's release.
I would like to briefly mention that Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a soft-launch title that is currently only available in the US for pre-registration.
[Hands-on] Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a AAA game in name only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
|3 Major Enterprise App Improvements to Watch For||Design for the customers.|
|For Small Fabricators, More Insight Is More Upside||
Rodney Jenkins explains that a small business requires management that is just as well informed as global enterprises achieve.
|[Article] Why Proof Will Be the New Normal // Part 4: A Hook for Home Performance||Corbett and Grace have their work cut out for them. In a decade that has seen employment in the solar-energy sector surge to over 260,000 jobs, home performance enterprises have struggled to find similar traction. SolarCity pulled the plug on its home efficiency services in June 2013, six months after the company went public. Last year, Next Step Living, a venture-backed home energy firm based in Boston, closed its doors and laid off 200 people. Powersmith Home Energy Solutions upgraded over 1,000 homes in the Long Island area before ceasing operations around the same time.|
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|Re: SSIS Frustration? Enter Pentaho|
Advanced ETL Processor Enterprise is also a good alternative to SSIS
|Re: Colorado Springs Council poised to resurrect Stormwater Enterprise||
we the people will vote it down in current form, 1 PRICE does not fit all !
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|Wake Forest Baptist Fiscal Year 2017 Third Quarter Performance|| Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released its third quarter
report on operating performance and operating statistics for fiscal year 2017
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|Wake Forest Baptist Fiscal Year 2017 Second Quarter Financial Performance||Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released its second quarter report on operating performance and operating statistics for fiscal year 2017 (FY17) today and reported improvements in key areas primarily driven by volume growth in the clinical enterprise.|
|Wake Forest Baptist Fiscal Year 2017 First Quarter Financial Performance||Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released its first quarter report on operating performance and operating statistics for fiscal year 2017 (FY17) today and reported improvements in key areas driven primarily by volume growth in the clinical enterprise.|
|New Windows 8.1 Activator All Edition|
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This is the latets new Windows 8 100% Working Activator, try it now and activate your Windows 8 Pro, Enterprise, and Core Final Edition and more.
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The function of the program to those who heard him the first time: the program and his job are keeping the device as it is after you install the program
In other words, when you run this software, you can install programs as you like and delete what you want and change whatever you want, but after you restart the device will return the device as it was, and will delete what you added and retrieval what ..
So it is important for owners of cafes and computer teachers to protect their devices, as well as matter owners Alajhazh to the their children are using their devices
Deep Freeze instantly protects and preserves baseline computer configurations. No matter what changes a user makes to a workstation, simply restart to eradicate all changes and reset the computer to its original state - right down to the last byte. Expensive computer assets are kept running at 100% capacity and technical support time is reduced or eliminated completely. The result is consistent trouble-free computing on a truly protected and parallel network, completely free of harmful viruses and unwanted programs. While Deep Freeze provides bulletproof protection, its non-restrictive approach also improves user productivity and satisfaction. Placing no restrictions on a user's ability to access all system resources, users avoid the frustration of downtime due to software conflicts, operating system corruption, virus attacks, and many other problems. Users are always assured of computers that are consistently operable and available
Explain the work of Enable and Disable the program:
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NOTE Please Disable Your Anti Virus For 10-20 Minutes And Use The KeyGen For Activation.
1) Install the Application
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|Windows 8 Genuine Permanent Activator 2013 v15.2.1|
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|Here's how many people in Oxfordshire have started a business while backed by jobseekers' fund||
SOME 250 people in Oxfordshire have started a business while backed by the New Enterprise Allowance fund for jobseekers.
|Top 5 âLeading Womenâ in Technology||âRight now is a great time to be a woman in tech â but thereâs not enough women in tech.â –Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, on CNET Whether itâs in the design or manufacture of new technologies, or providing solutions and services around the application of those technologies in the enterprise or consumer market, Marissa […]|
|Migration (almost) complete|
This weekend has seen a complete migration of An Architect's View from a very old version of BlogCFC (3.5.2) with a custom Fusebox 4.1 skin to the latest Mango Blog (1.4.3) as well as a complete migration of all of the content of the non-blog portion of corfield.org (my personal stuff, my C++ stuff and a bunch of stuff about CFML, Fusebox and Mach-II) from Fusebox to FW/1. I've moved from a VPS on HostMySite to an "enterprise cloud server" at EdgeWebHosting and I think it's all gone pretty smoothly although it's been a lot of work.
Hopefully I haven't broken too many URLs - I spent quite a bit of time working on Apache RewriteRules to try to make sure old URLs still work - but it has given me the opportunity to streamline a lot of the files on the site (can you imagine how much cruft can build up in eight years of running a site?).
What's left? Just the "recommended reading" bookstore portion of my old site. I store the book details in an XML file and process them in a CFC as part of the old Fusebox app (converted from Mach-II before that and from PHP before that). It's late and I can't face it tonight. Then I need to build out a Mango skin that looks like my old site (and eventually re-skin the non-blog portion of the site).
The underpinnings of the site are Apache, Railo (3.1.2.010 at the time of writing), Tomcat (6.0.26 at the time of writing), Red Hat Linux, MySQL. I still have some fine-tuning to do but this is pretty much an out-of-the-box WAR-based install of Railo on Tomcat for this one site on the server. Over time I'll probably build out a home for FW/1 here under another domain, with examples and more documentation than is currently maintained on the RIAForge wiki. That's the plan anyway.
If you find any broken links, let me know (the Contact Me! link is in the right hand column, near the bottom).
|Key Votes on Amendments to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, H.R. 3219|
On behalf of FreedomWorksâ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to vote on amendments offered to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, H.R. 3219, in the manner prescribed on each amendment below. As is always the case, FreedomWorks reserves the right to key vote any amendment brought to the floor for a vote.
NO â Amendment #2: Sponsored by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), this amendment would prohibit funds provided by H.R. 3219 from being used to âpropose, plan for, or executeâ another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). A 2013 report by the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) estimated that the first four rounds of BRAC save approximately $8 billion annually. The 2005 BRAC is saving nearly $4 billion annually. This amendment against a new round of BRAC would prevent further cost-savings from becoming a reality.
YES â Amendment #19: Sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), this amendment would eliminate the CBOâs Budget Analysis Division. The amendment transfers the authority of the division to the Director of the CBO.
YES â Amendment #20: Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), this amendment would make a 1 percent across the board rescission to the spending levels provided by H.R. 3219, with exemptions for Capitol Police and other security-related accounts.
YES â Amendment #26: Sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), this amendment would reduce the appropriation to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) by more than $25.4 million.
YES â Amendment #39: Sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), this amendment would make a 1 percent across the board rescission to Division D of H.R. 3219 â the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
YES â Amendment #40: Sponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), this amendment would save taxpayers money by prohibiting inflated prevailing wage requirements established by the Davis-Bacon Act.
FreedomWorks will count the vote on these amendments to the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, H.R. 3219, on our 2017 Congressional Scorecard and reserves the right to score votes for amendments not listed above. The scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the FreedomFighter Award, which recognizes Members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty.
Adam Brandon, President, FreedomWorks
|Itâs Official!! BlackBerry has announced the BBM Enterprise SDK! #BBMEnterpriseSDK||With all of the great things coming from BlackBerry in regards to their software offerings, this is huge news for enterprise customers! BlackBerry has just issued a formal press release letting the world know that they are releasing the BBM Enterprise SDK worldwide this month! One of the best things for me about this announcement […]|
|NEWS: Gartner places Microsoft OneDrive in the Leaders Quadrant for Content Collaboration Platforms||Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a Leader in the new CCP Magic Quadrant Report for 2017. In addition to being positioned as a Leader, Microsoft was placed highest for Ability to Execute. Each year, Gartner evaluates vendors in the enterprise file sync and share market (now Content Collaboration Platforms). It then looks at a variety […]|
|INFO: Microsoft Workplace Analytics Resources & Licensing||Itâs been a little sketchy on the details on how Workplace Analytics is licensed so I thought Iâd share what our PM has said is the general costs (sans Volume Discount) of the new technology. Workplace Analytics is available for enterprise level organizations (5,000+ seats) and costs $6/license/mo for enterprise SKUs (with the exception of […]|
|RELEASE: Microsoft Workplace Analytics for Office 365 Enterprise||Microsoft Workplace Analyticsâa powerful new organizational analytics solutionâis now generally available. Workplace Analytics uses a variety of techniques to learn about a workgroupâs productivity through *anonymous* examination of emails, calendars, & potentially information pulled from HR databases. Microsoft Workplace Analytics is available as an add-on to any Office 365 enterprise plan. The add-on costs depend […]|
|NEWS: Windows 10 Enterprise VMs coming soon to Microsoft Azure||Yesterday, we made a big announcement, essentially making it possible for customers to license & run âWindows 10 Enterpriseâ within a VM in Microsoft Azure cloud. (or other IaaS services) Today, weâre making two announcements that provide our business customers with greater choice. The first is that virtualization use rights will be coming to Windows […]|
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|Solar irrigation cooperative to solve groundwater crisis|
India's groundwater crisis: Gujarat's solar irrigation cooperative embarks on a solution
The world's first Solar Pump Irrigatorsâ Cooperative Enterprise (SPICE) has been formed in Dhundi village in Gujarat's Kheda district. Members of the enterprise have not only made a switch from diesel to solar pumps but are also selling power to the local electricity utility, thereby creating a parallel revenue stream. The project has been initiated and partly funded by IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program. By December 2016, the six members had together earned more than Rs 1,60,000 from the sale of surplus energy to the local power utility.
Storage capacity of Karnataka reservoirs lost to siltation
With the accumulation of silt in Karnataka's 11 major reservoirs, nearly 10 percent of the storage capacity, that can annually cater to at least five cities as large as Bengaluru, is being lost. The loss of storage is primarily in the reservoirs of north Karnataka. The worst affected is the Tungabhadra dam which witnesses nearly 17 days of overflow due to high siltation levels. To tackle the issue, a proposal to construct a dam that will hold 30 tmcft of Tungabhadra water is made.Â
Wetland panel formed in Gujarat
The Gujarat government has finally formed a 23-member state wetlands conservation authorityÂ under the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules. Apart from government officials, the committee has representatives of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bhaskaracharya Institute For Space Applications and Geo-Informatics (BISAG) among others. The aim of the committee is to examine wetlands, review conservation activities and make suggestions to the central government and financial agencies for various conservation projects.
Centre adopts two villages along the Ganga river
The Ministry of Drinking Water And Sanitation, in collaboration with Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), has adopted two villages along the bank of Ganga river to make them model Ganga villages. The two villages are Veerpur Khurd in Dehradun and Mala in Pauri Garhwal. With the help of various stakeholders and ministries involved, these two villages will be provided with solid and liquid waste management facilities, drainage systems and groundwater recharge.Â
Odisha blames Chhattisgarh for providing wrong information on water
The Odisha government has blamed the neighbouring Chhattisgarh governmentÂ for giving wrong information on the flow of water to Hirakud reservoir in the downstream of the Mahanadi river. As per the claims, the latter is operating the gates at Kalma barrage in an improper manner to intentionally restrict the water flow to Hirakud. The matter will be taken up with the Central Water Commission to ensure the free flow of water in Mahanadi river through Odisha. Â
This is a roundup of important news from May 29 - June 5, 2017. Also read the policy matters this week.Â
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|Book: Devil's Gate||Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy by David Roberts is one of the most absorbing and thought provoking works of history that I have read recently, and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of the American West or Mormonism. Roberts delves into the greatest tragedy of the migration westward in Nineteenth Century America (I'd like to elucidate that I am referring to the greatest tragedy in the migration itself, not the tragedies that occurred as a consequence of the migration)âthe loss of more than 200 immigrants due to a decision, sanctioned by Brigham Young, for the last two companies of pioneers to start out late in the year. The book argues that the handcart "experiment" was an ill-thought out expedition that valued monetary efficiency and expediency over human lives, and that, despite Young's protestations of ignorance after the fact, he was knowledgeable of the late starts and therefore culpable for the disaster.|
Scared that the US government was going to march on the State of Deseret (a huge swath of land that encapsulated all of present-day Utah and Nevada as well as parts of Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona), Young decided that he needed an army of Mormons. Recruiting poor Northern Europeans was easy, but transporting them from the East Coast to Deseret was a costly enterprise. In light of these costs, Young decided that the pioneers ought to embark from Iowa City, Iowa (where the railway lines stopped) to Salt Lake City on foot, pulling their belongings and sustenance on handcarts. With a 17 lb limit to each immigrant's load, Young calculated that "fifeen miles a day will bring [the handcart companies] through in 70 days, and after they get accustomed to it they will travel 20, 25, and even 30 with all ease." (pg. 91) His estimation was optimistic to the point of delusion.
The handcart pioneers were plagued with bad luck, starting as early in the journey as Iowa City. There, the first two companies disembarked from the train in early May to find that there had been no handcarts made for them. Such an oversight on the part of the Mormon who was posted in Iowa City to negotiate the purchase and construction of the handcarts forced the immigrants, many of whom had no knowledge of carpentry, to construct their own carts out of green wood. This same fate awaited all five of the companies in 1856; each company set out with shoddily-made handcarts that were ill-constructed for the 1,300 mile journey across Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah ahead of them. While the first three companies suffered immense hardship, the final two were pushed to the edge, with many of their parties falling into the deathly chasm.
The final two companies of 1956âthe Willie and Martin companies (named after their leaders, James G. Willie and Edward Martin)â did not arrive in Iowa City until August, far too late in the year for set out for Salt Lake without concern for the weather. But the leaders and other high church officials urged that the two parties soldier on westward, and so they did, soon to shoulder the high cost of their decision.
Roberts uses journals of the pioneers to illustrate much of his tale. Readers are encouraged to empathize with the poor souls who ventured out onto the cold and unforgiving plain to find Zion. His points are furthered by a narrative of High Church Mormon history, as well as a contemporary attempt to understand the mythologizing of the handcart pioneersâa myth he likens to the Mayflower. It is a fascinating experience.
|Obama Secures Youth Vote||Obama and Biden appeared on MTV today in a very refreshing interview with Sway about Thursday's debate and what the Obama policies mean to the younger generation. Obama addressed his treatment of American voters, the problems facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and the effect of the economic bailout on our generation. It's not often that you see a politician target an audience with such success.|
Obama reigns when it comes to character. He obviously went the diplomatic route when Sway steered the questioning towards who won the debate, explaining the point wasn't to win, but rather to inform the American people of the differences between the two candidates. But even though Obama is still rowing a political boat, I believe that he's trying to arrive at a humane and decent destination.
"I think the pundits and the press, you guys are looking at tactics. What the American people are looking at is they might lose their job ... they might lose their house...What's relevant is the substance of this thing, which is people out there are hurting, and John McCain has promoted the same policies of George Bush, and people know they're not working. They understand we can't continue four more years of doing the same thing."
But the instance that I was most excited about (and I hope it excited any other half-interested person under the age of 25) was Obama's explanation of the $700 billion bailout and what is happening in the economy. My happiness came partly because I've spent most of my morning on the internet, trying desperately to figure out what exactly is going on in the economy and how it got this way. I've been reading The Guardian, a short history of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, an Economic Times article on the recent re-structuring of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Wikipedia pages for "bailout," the SEC, and GSEs, and I even called my father to try and understand what the fuck is happening and whether it will affect me. And after reading all of that and slowly coming to grasp just the smallest crumb of understanding, it was lovely to hear Obama's rationalization of the economic crisis:
"If the credit markets collapse, what it means is banks aren't lending businesses money. Businesses then can't invest in plants and equipment and make payroll, so they shut down. And that means the suppliers of those companies, they shut down. Over time what happens is you get the whole economy coming to a standstill. That's what happened during the Great Depression," he explained. "And at that time, it was just banks that were in charge of capital. Now you've got all different ways that money flows ... but the bottom line is, that if money freezes up, businesses can't do business, and you get an enormous contraction of an economy. And that, ultimately, will affect that 20-year-old, because that 20-year-old is going to be looking for a better job after he gets out of school. ... If our businesses aren't creating jobs, they're not creating tax revenues â now it's harder for government to finance that college education or to build that new university. So it has a ripple effect."
His explanation is a little basic, but that's actually what our generation needs. We're the ones who grew up inside a nearly virtual system of currency. Most young people have no idea how to balance a check book, let alone have a detailed understanding of how banks work or how to invest in the stock market! Obama understands this, and I think that he's being honest and straightforward about the effects of the economic crisis on our future.
The bottom line is, I trust Obama. I trust that he will bring a good change to this country. I trust that he will make decisions with his electorate's best needs at heart. I trust that he is in this presidential race to spur forth America's progress, not to make himself a powerful figure in history. I trust his judgement, I trust his humanity, I trust him.
|Getting started with Postgres and MVC3||DataChomp: Getting started with Postgres and MVC3|
"It's true, I am a SQL Server DBA but even I have to admit that the Postgres team is doing some wildy exciting stuff. With that in mind, lets take a quick look at just how quickly we can replace SQL Server with a free/open full bore Enterprise database system like Postgres."
|Small Business Free Important Article For Small Business||Finding specific information about small business might not be easy but we have gathered very helpful and relevant information about the general subject matter, with the ultimate aim of helping you out. Even if your search is about other small business information, such as sba 504, cnn money, small business ownership or even small business marketing help, this article will prove very helpful, to say the least.|
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|Menyediakan Resipi Kari Kepala Ikan Yang Power Dengan Serbuk Rempah Kari Ikan Mak Siti|
Salam sejahtera kepada semua pembaca setia blog makan Mahamahu dan juga rakan-rakan sekalian. Ok sempena dengan Ramadhan ni mesti ramai yang mencari resipi untuk masak buka puasa betul tak. Maha ada satu resipi mudah menggunakan Serbuk Rempah Kari Ikan Mak Siti. Kalau dah kari tu mestilah Kari Kepala Ikan baru lah terangkat hehehe.
Resipi ni jarang buat tapi bulan puasa ni tiba-tiba lak datang mood nak makan kepala ikan. Kalau kepala ikan selalu korang guna ikan apa? Kebiasaan orang selalu guna kepala Ikan Jenahak atau kepala Ikan Tenggiri tapi kali ni Maha gunakan kepala Ikan Merah lembut sikit. Tapi yang uniknya Maha pernah tengok orang buat kari guna kepala Ikan Salmon ada tau jangan tak caya.
Bahan-bahan membuat Kari Kepala Ikan
1 bahagian Kepala Ikan Merah
1 pek Serbuk Rempah Kari Ikan Mak Siti
1 biji Bawang Besar
6 ulas Bawang Putih
2 inchi Halia
5 batang Kacang Bendi
1 cawan Santan Kelapa
1 biiji Tomato
1 batang Daun Kari
1 mangkuk kecil Air Asam Jawa
4 sudu Minyak Masak
2 biji Cili Merah
Garam secukup rasa
Cara-cara memasak Kari Kepala Ikan
1) Kisar hancur bawang besar, bawang putih dan halia.
2) Masuk minyak masak dalam periuk dan tumiskan bahan yang dikisar tadi sehingga naik baunya.
3) Kemudian masukan Serbuk Rempah Kari Ikan Mak Siti bersama air asam jawa dan daun kari kemudian masak sekejap.
4) Baru masukan santan kelapa dan masak dengan api perlahan. Tunggu sehingga santan mendidih.
5) Masukan kepala ikan, kacang bendi dan cili merah jangan selalu kacau nanti kepala ikan hancur. Biar sehingga mendidih dan ikan masak.
6) Akhir sekali baru masukan tomato dan garam secukup rasa.
Akhirnya siap sudah resipi mudah membuat kari kepala ikan yang power dan menyengat. Makan pula dengan nasi putih dan juga sambal belacan memang terbaik. Selalu orang makan kari ni dengan Nasi Kandar cukup popular kat Penang. Maha juga ada membuat resipi Resepi Masak Kari Makanan Laut menggunakan Serbuk Rempah Kari Makanan Laut Mak Siti juga.
Serbuk rempah Mak Siti ini sangat memudahkan kerja di dapur. Hanya masukan sahaja rempah tu bersama bahan lain dah siap. Produk mereka juga dijamin HALAL Jakim dan menggunakan bahan semulajadi. Orang kita sekarang mengutamakan kesihatan dan produk Mak Siti juga tidak mengandungi pewarna dan perasa tiruan yang terjamin selamat.
Selain dari rempah kari Mak Siti juga ada mengeluarkan rempah lain seperti Serbuk Rempah Sup, Serbuk Rempah Rendang, Serbuk Rempah Kurma, Serbuk Rempah Sup Soto dan banyak lagi.
Korang boleh tengok Resipi Sup Ayam yang disediakan oleh blogger Mawardi seorang blogger travel popular, boleh tahan sedap juga dia masak. Mana nak dapat semua produk ni korang dah boleh pergi kedai runcit, pasaraya dan hypermaket seperti TESCO, Giant, Aeon Big, Aeon dan Mydin.
Ingat Masakan Mak Ingat Mak Siti
Kata-kata hikmah tu lah yang membuat kenapa rempah Mak Siti ini begitu dekat dengan hati rakyat Malaysia. Bagi memenuhi dan memberikan kepelbagaian dalam memasak untuk ibu-ibu di dapur mereka juga telah mengeluarkan produk baru dengan packaging yang terbaru.
Baru-baru ini bertempat di Restoran Rempah Kari Mak Siti di Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras telah diadakan majlis berbuka puasa bersama media dan anak yatim serta pada majlis tersebut turut diperkenalkan produk baru dari syarikat mereka.
Kali ini syarikat mereka telah mengeluarkan rempah dalam bekas berupa botol untuk lebih mudah dan lebih menarik. Diantara rempah baru dalam botol kali ini adalah Emping Cili, Serbuk Cili, Daun Limau Purut, Serbuk Daun Limau Purut, Serbuk Kayu Manis, Serbuk Halia, Serbuk Lada Putih, Serbuk Lada Hitam dan Serbuk Kunyit.
Maha suka sebab botol-botol ni nampak lebih cantik dan mudah untuk disusun di atas para dapur. Rempah ratus Mak Siti merupakan produk yang diusahakan oleh bumiputera yang mempunyai ladang sendiri dan telah mendapat pengiktirafan sebagai âThe Largest Herbs & Spices Plantationâ oleh The Malaysia Book of Records ok. Ladang mereka seluas 3,200 ekar yang terletak di Muar Johor kalau nak pergi melawat boleh lah.
Korang nak info lebih lanjut tentang produk rempah Mak Siti ini atau nak resipi lain menggunakan produk mereka boleh layari laman web dan facebook mereka seperti di bawah:
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Laman Facebook rasmi : https://www.facebook.com/rempahratusmaksiti
Laman Instagram rasmi : https://www.instagram.com/rempahratusmaksiti
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|DR Congo launches its National Investment Plan for Agriculture. Is anyone listening?|
At around 2.5 per cent of the national budget, DR Congo spends the least on agriculture of all its neighbors, a figure made more minuscule given the great untapped potential of its vast arable lands. For comparison, the Republic of Congo spends close to 14%, Zambia 10% and Ethiopia over 20%.
Following the 2009 Maputo Accords, NEPAD initiated the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (or CAADP), a continent-wide compact to reduce poverty and hunger by increasing state investment in agriculture over a ten-year period, with two basic metrics: raise public ag spending to 10% of GDP and raise ag growth rates to 6% by 2020. Participating countries were encouraged to tailor their growth strategies and investment plans accordingly, and solicit the views of farmers' associations, civil society and the private sector for an inclusive national approach with popular support.
DR Congo announced its National Investment Plan for Agriculture (PNIA) last month in Kinshasa, with great fanfare and expense. A total of $5,730m is budgeted, but only $857m had been committed (93% from donors, 7% from GDRC) by the closing ceremony. So where were the investors? In interviews and public pronouncements, government officials are confident that their chosen path, the PNIA, will attract foreign investment and will modernize and monetize Congoâs vast agricultural potential, thus transforming the lives of the country's rural poor, nearly all of whom are isolated, subsistence farmers.
Outside of government, skepticism regarding the PNIA is high. The primary criticism from donors and the Congolese private sector accuses the GDRC of failing to commit to sweeping infrastructural renovation (communications, transport, electricity, etc) as the foundation of national economic growth, and instead shifting that burden onto the international firms it assumes are lining up to invest. Yet no foreign firm would consent to such a capital outlay given the countryâs dismal business environment. Serious investors would expect to see government planning and budgets to this end, yet beyond the PNIA the GDRC has no comprehensive plan to address the countryâs deeply eroded infrastructure (piecemeal donor projects are the norm), or resolve its regulatory morass and lack of legal protection for private enterprise.
An even greater deterrent, the current Code Agricole stipulates that any private enterprise would require a 51% ownership stake by the GDRC. These terms are currently being revisited, but the compromise under discussion is 20% national ownership -- still untenable for obvious reasons, particularly given the country's long history of nationalization (viz., Zairianisation), expropriating private businesses, stripping assets and triggering massive capital flight. This legacy is still felt today among potential investors who see Congo as too risky (unpredictable and unstable), and in the Kabila administration's patrimonial, anti-entrepreneurial policies.
The other main deterrent for foreign investors is the cost of commerce itself which, after the endless hoops and ladders of business registration, is so high that local produce cannot compete with cheap imports. In the countryâs urban centers, imported versions of Congoâs basic foodstuffs (palm oil, maize, beans, sugar, rice, and wheat flour) outnumber local varieties, except for cassava.
This wave of imported commodities began with a policy enacted in Mobutu's final years (1992-96, known as âPlan Mobutuâ) as colonial infrastructure finally and irretrievably collapsed, interrupting the regular flow of local produce into Kinshasa and causing food prices to soar. Allowing cheap foodstuffs from outside to saturate the market was initially intended as a stopgap measure, but the challenge of infrastructure rehabilitation proved overwhelming and was postponed indefinitely. Now as then, local produce is uncompetitive because high transport costs and extortion rackets deter trade, production and investment. Specific to local farming, the impact of systematic rent-seeking on agricultural production and trade is another crippling deterrent to rural agricultural production and commerce. Detailed studies of these organized rackets abound, but have had no policy impact.
Ambitious in vision and consistent with COMESA and AU policy frameworks, operationally the PNIA is unlikely to succeed. It is hostage to the government's general inability to address the countryâs primary obstacles to economic growthâa chaotic business environment (legal protection, banking systems, transparent procedures/absence of corruption, and credit) and a very thin, highly unreliable infrastructure (power, transport, communications, etc). If in fact l'argent n'aime pas le bruit, then Congo's leaders need to concentrate on creating a law-abiding and responsive administration capable of reassuring investors that their entrepreneurism is welcome and respected.
|Introducing FIU Masterâs in Enterprise Logistics|
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|Cisco to upgrade Mobily networks||Mobily has selected Cisco to upgrade its enterprise and data centre networks in Saudi Arabia|
|Back by Popular Demand: Shyp Partners with SF Goodwill for a Summer of Complimentary Donation Pickup|| |
Local startup teams up with cityâs oldest social enterprise for convenient textile donations, diversion from local landfills.
(PRWeb July 06, 2015)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/07/prweb12824270.htm
|Shyp Partners with SF Goodwill for Complimentary Donation Pickup|| |
Local startup joins forces with cityâs oldest social enterprise to simplify textile donations, save local landfill
(PRWeb April 01, 2015)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/04/prweb12622493.htm
|Berkeley, CA Deputy City Manager William Rogers Joins Goodwill as Chief Operating Officer Accelerating Operational Efficiency and Innovation @ SF-based Social Enterprise|| |
Leveraging his extensive experience driving service efficiencies in the public sector, William Rogers has joined Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties (SFGoodwill) as Chief Operating Officer. Rogers is responsible for streamlining the complex supply chain of the growing social enterprise, which includes 33 donation sites, 21 stores, 110k sq. ft of warehousing, and a burgeoning aftermarket salvage business.
(PRWeb December 03, 2014)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12364572.htm
|The City of San Francisco and Goodwill San Francisco Announce âRags to Revenueâ Contest Winner Sustainability Innovator Paula Luu Plans to Launch Social Enterprise|| |
San Francisco's Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation and Goodwill San Francisco, today announced the winner of the "Rags to Revenue" challenge issued on the City platform, ImproveSF.com. The winning submission, Paula Luu's "Coming Home Goods," addresses both textile waste and re-entry work challenges for formerly incarcerated residents of San Francisco.
(PRWeb February 26, 2014)
Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/02/prweb11599087.htm
|As Students Struggle to Pay Tuition, Schools Scramble to Trim Budgets|
HOLLY SNIFF, who is the first person in her family to attend college, found out about making hard choices early on. "I really wanted to go out of state for school, but because of financial reasons I couldn't," says Ms. Sniff, who is now a sophomore at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
For as long as she can remember, Sniff has been putting away money for her education. "I saved every dollar I was given as birthday presents or special treats as a child," she says.
Those childhood savings along with summer earnings and additional financial help from relatives got Sniff through her first year of college. But tuition continues to rise, and Sniff, along with millions of other students, is struggling to keep up.
At the same time, both private and public colleges and universities are moving beyond trimming at the margins to control costs.
Many schools are freezing faculty salaries, suspending hiring, delaying building maintenance, limiting course offerings, and even cutting academic departments.
Administrators are finding that they can no longer fund every project, department, or program. In the 1991-92 academic year, 57 percent of all colleges and universities were forced to reduce their operating budgets, according to an annual survey by the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.
At the University of Vermont, a budget committee's proposal to eliminate the School of Engineering led to an uproar and the eventual resignation of the university's president.
AS state funding shrinks, public universities are being forced to increase class sizes and cut back on student services. Students at California's public universities have staged massive student protests against overcrowded classes and eye-popping tuition increases.
Nationwide, public colleges raised their tuition and fees an average of 10 percent and private-college increases averaged 7 percent this year, according to the College Board's annual survey released last month.
"Given the state of the economy and its impact on state budgets, many people expected much larger [tuition] increases this year, particularly in the public sector," says Donald Stewart, president of the College Board.
The rate of increase for public-college tuition is actually down this year compared with last year's 13 percent rise. And private colleges held their increases to last year's rate.
Yet that doesn't mean tuitions are gravitating back to earthly levels, warns Arthur Hauptman, a college tuition consultant.
"What the public tuition number says is that the recession has eased a little bit," he says. "If things get better [in terms of the economy], you would expect to see some additional reduction in those numbers."
In the '90s, Mr. Hauptman points out, there is much more competition for state funds than there was in the 1980s. Health care, prisons, and elementary and secondary education are all clamoring for funding.
"Despite predictions at the beginning of the '80s that it would be a tough decade, it turned out to be a very good decade for higher education in terms of revenue growth," Hauptman says. "Every major revenue source for colleges grew in real terms during that time - federal, state, tuitions, endowments, sales, and services."
And how were those revenues spent? Some faculty critics argue that the funds were spent on administrative bloat. "The fact is that in the '80s administrative staff at both private and public colleges grew much faster than the faculty," Hauptman says. "It is also true, however, that in the 1980s faculty salaries increased in real terms."
Last year, Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D) of Colorado launched a congressional investigation into the skyrocketing cost of tuition at public colleges.
"When it comes to college education, American families are paying more and getting less," she said. "Since 1980, the cost of sending our kids to college, a key part of the American dream, has doubled or tripled the rate of inflation every single year."
The investigation found that the growing research orientation of public higher education has fed the spiraling tuition costs. The teaching load of professors dropped from the traditional 15 hours per semester to as low as six hours per semester at some institutions, according to the study.
Pinning down the cause of increased tuition at either public or private universities isn't easy. Education is a labor-intensive enterprise that does not lend itself to productivity gains, administrators argue.
"Because faculty salaries have lagged in the past and because of competition for faculty among universities and industry, faculty compensation [increases] now exceed inflation," points out Paul Locatelli, president of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif.
Yet it is possible to increase teaching loads, reexamine the length of the academic year, and de-emphasize research in an effort to gain productivity, argues Hauptman.
"Colleges want to increase their resources; it's a natural inclination," he says. "If you read the college presidents' letters to the parents, you would assume costs are pushing tuition increases. But I think it's more that the revenues provided by the tuition hikes allow the schools to increase costs."
Meanwhile, students like Holly Sniff are willing to work harder or borrow more in order to get a college degree. Sniff expects to have accumulated about $10,000 in loans before she graduates. "I think I'm better off taking out loans now and using my life savings so that hopefully in the future I can find a better-paying job," she says.
Increased indebtedness raises the stakes for many students. "I'm not really concerned with it now," Sniff says, "but as soon as I graduate I'm going to have to get a good-paying job to pay off all of these loans."
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|By: Jeff Nolan||I have mixed feelings after reading the stuff on the site, the blog posts, and lastly, the comments.
It's all well and good to talk about "conversations" (a word that, seriously, needs to fall on it's sword at this point), and grassroots, and the value of listening, and really, I drink that koolaid. But having said that, blogging has been mainstream for at least a couple or 3 years now and for the most part it really isn't dramatically changing these companies.
They are adopting the technologies and the networked approach to messaging a group of constituents but it's not going to completely change the way they interact with their markets.
Dave, with all due respect, these companies weren't at Blogworld Expo because the bloggers that are there, for the most part, don't give a shit about enterprise software, healthcare, or banking... and that's exactly what at least 3 of these companies do. The problem with the blogosphere is discovery and targeting, not engagement itself. Companies can identify the top 25 blogs they want to work with but beyond that they are clueless and the blogosphere itself does little to help them.
Lastly, several people have commented that these companies just want to have customers but not have them talk, or that they don't have a clue about how to engage them. That's pure bullshit and reflects a shoot from the hip attitude than any real reflection on what these companies do.
Does anyone really think Microsoft doesn't understand how to engage it's customers? I can speak for SAP given that I spent a lot of years there, they have an online community called SDN that generates around a million unique visitors a month to the blogs, wikis, forums, and a really innovative rating and ranking system. This is a company that understands better than most how to engage it's customer base.
I looked at the site this morning and wasn't impressed, but I also understand that putting a pillow over it to smother it won't be productive either. Ultimate success or failure with be less about bold strokes and more about incremental moves.
Lastly, yeah a press release... but that's how most of the world still works and if you want to get attention inside other large companies, which I would imagine these guys do, then a PR is the way to do it.
|ESME Team Member Meetups - Accidentally on Purpose||I feel a bit like Woody Allen's Zelig|
with the uncanny ability to insert oneself into some exceedingly interesting (historic) social environments as a famous nobody. It's like having a passport to be an official "fly on the wall" of some fascinating conversations. You get to be present, observe and on occasion document and record. That's the way I'll approach Office 2.0 this week and that seems to be my experience heretofore with the ESME folks.
âEnterprise Social Media Experiment (ESME) is a Web 2.0 application that permits social network-based communication among, between, and outside organizational boundaries. ESME draws its development team from the SAP Community and includes both BPX'ers and business people with an interest in learning how social networks, the media they generate and business processes can be usefully co-mingled to deliver innovative solutions to old world problems.â (Darren Hague, Richard Hirsch and others in the SAP Community Contributor Corner wiki)
When Dick Hirsch began to flesh out and realize the original BPX community project, it was obvious that he was a quintessential or model SAP business process expert: a professional with deep SAP technical acumen, experience of business modeling tools and process improvement methodologies, as well as an adept story teller with a keen journalistic eye and language.
The ESME conversationalists list (those engaged in the collaborative conversation about ESME) looks like a âwhose whoâ of some top SAP Community Network members.
So being the declared online yenta I am (which is a grandmotherly busybody), I wanted to know more about those virtual members I havenât yet had the pleasure to meet.
Iâm fortunate to go around the world these next few weeks and Iâll be rubbing shoulders with almost all of the ESME folks, some by purpose and design and a few, quite serendipitously (like in the case of David Pollack who happens to be with me this week at Office 2.0). There are even a few folks I got to meet-up with recently at their invitation, having nothing to do with ESME whatsoever. Such is the case with Jen Robinson and Kirsten Gay who I met with 2 weeks ago in the US SAP headquarters in
Kirsten and Jen happen to be members of the ESME team.I was interested in the skills they bring to the table and their internal portal work and particularly in their focus on the very human side of technology.
Here's their brief bios:
S Kirsten Gay is the Manager of User Experience at SAP
|Attending Office 2.0|
Here I am in San Francisco attempting to live into the concepts I'll be hearing more about tomorrow at Office 2.0. That means using Google Calendar and scheduling my sessions by looking into the wiki agenda and working with everything via my browser. For someone (me) complaining endlessly about email overload and struggling to make sure I at least know of and attempt to understand and use the latest and greatest enterprise collaboration tools, the next few days should be very interesting, to say the least. I'm hoping I can tweet some of my impressions and I'll be using my colleague, Craig Cmehil's Eventtrack to organize my contents around the event and tag them with #o208 (thanks Craig) .
I do feel a little out of my element. Granni isn't the fastest wiki markup maven in the west (and I'm in the west now having arrived here this evening from NYC) and I really will be itching to see how others tame the beast with Office productivity untools. One of my goals: to look over shoulders and see how others are getting their collaboration work done. I think the case studies will be enlightening.
Oh, and I hope to finally meet a number of twitter pals and see how face-to-face corresponds to online interactions. Was really hoping to meet Gia Lyons, my heroine of "collaboration made easy" assets, but I don't see her on the roster. Her new colleague, Sam Lawerence will be there though and I will finally get to meet Oliver Marks as well.
My biggest goal will actually be to invigorate my understanding of how to facilitate adoption for folks like myself, perhaps a slightly different demography from the 30's something, hard-core geeks I engage with in my SDN world for whom every technological gizmo is perfectly intuitive and if you don't "get it" immediately, you are some dumb **s n00b.
Wish me well. Want to bring some fresh energy to the BPX tables of SAP TechEd the following week in Vegas and recharge my batteries that have run low from working in my isolated cell of a home office. Having put the accident, summer and Teched prepping behind me, I'm raring to go.
|A Twittervite to a Blogger Diner||Yesterday, I noticed a quick "tweet" from Jeremiah Owyang in which he invites locals to a blogger dinner in New York, then uninvites them, then kind of re-invites them to a meeting with Charlene Li.|
After a rather cryptic plea to Sam Lawrence to argue my case before Jeremiah, I decided to take my chances and hopped over the George Washington bridge into midtown Manhattan to see if I would be a persona non Grata if I showed up for the event without being formally registered (as registration had already closed).
On the subway I was busy musing about whether I would appear to others as a Zelig character, crashing the party and behaving in a "chameleon like way" as one of the pseudo-blogerati. I started wondering if indeed I had any business calling myself blogger, let alone going to the meet-up, when suddenly a poster caught my eye: "Working for the radical notion of fairness". This is the tag line of freelancers.com an online community for "independent workers, mutual support, advocacy and the spirit of friendship".
I thought about how blogging is a very personal form of expression and decided that working for fairness was exactly who I am and want to be. The radical part was a bit strident but heck, having passions around causes is part of my DNA. Regardless of credentials I felt armed with a real persona even though I see my blogging experience as a modest one.
I got to NYC, attended the meet up, found Charlene Li to be gracious and welcoming, received a copy of her excellent book, Groundswell, which she authored with Josh Bernoff and considered the evening a success. In addition I met with a number of folks who I had hoped to be introduced to for a long while now such as Robin Carey and Jerry Bowles, being a visitor of their Social Media Today and their Energy Collective blogs. Then too, I encountered a number of others who I'd like to add to my twitter buddies and who engage in activities regarding the tracking, creation, and promoting of social media. I'll need to check my "dance cards" for exact names but companies like Razorfish and Monster and Clickster come to mind.
Upon returning home, I went to further reference the event, the hostess, and some of the folks I'd met and found this post in Charlene's blog: Turning radicals into revolutionaries: the key to kick-starting your social strategy Really resonates. I think I'll change that poster tag line for me to read: "Working for the revolutionary notion of fairness".
|Microsoftâs new 365 is an all-in-one software bundle â but thereâs a catch||Microsoft on Monday introduced a new product that combines its best software products in to one. It's called Microsoft 365, but don't rush to get your wallets just yet.
Microsoft 365 targets businesses, so you wonât find it in consumer electronics stores. The bundle includes Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, and will come in two versions including Microsoft 365 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Business.
Microsoft 365 Enterprises targets large organizations, and it has two options, including E3 and E5, that will be available for preorder on August 1st.
If you own a small-to-medium size business, then Microsoft 365 Business is for you. The bundle supports up to 300 users and integrates Office 365 Business Premium â Office 365 Enterprise is paired with the Enterprise offers.
Microsoft 365 Business debuts in public preview on August 2nd, and will launch worldwide this fall for $20 per user per month.
Small-to-medium customers will also get three new apps in their Office 365 Business Premium pack, including Microsoft Listings (email marketing service), Microsoft Connections (publish information on top sites), and Microsoft Invoicing (professional invoices). Microsoftâs mileage tracking app MileIQ will also be included in this plan.
Microsoft will talk about all these software products during its Inspire partner conference on Monday. Additionally, Microsoft will also launch a cloud product called Azure Stack at the event, with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella taking the stage to present updates on Microsoftâs plans for the future.|
|Taking a Break from Albany; Assembly Speaker Takes Life Lessons From Star Trek||The often reticent New York Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, showed a different side of himself when the lifelong Star Trek fan visited a museum in New Yorkâs North Country that replicates the fictional Starship Enterprise. Itâs a Trekkieâs dream- to sit in Captain Kirkâs chair, stand on a transporter pod, hold an actual communicator prop from the television show. New Yorkâs Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie got to do all of that when he visited the Star Trek Set Tour museum in Ticonderoga, as part of a tour of New Yorkâs North Country. âI feel like Iâm 10 years old again,â said Heastie. â This is amazing.â Heastie, who is 49, wasnât yet born when the original version of the series premiered in 1966. But the reruns in the late 1970âs certainly captured his imagination. â I was always into science and technology,â said Heastie, who said many of the gadgets on the show were precursors of modern devices, including Lieutenant Uhuraâs early âBluetoothâ, and Captain Jean Luc Picardâs âI-Padâ.|
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|Brand It!|| With all that has been happening in our lives lately, you may wonder why I am posting on something seemingly so silly. But, I think Marc Ecko is quite a genius when it comes to business and when I saw that Barry Bonds, when referring to Ecko's plans after purchasing his 756th home run ball, stated, "He's stupid...He's an idiot" I couldn't resist giving Ecko a little time on my blog (at least for the 3-4 readers who still check it out).|
Marc Ecko is of course the very successful founder and president of Marc Ecko Enterprises. He started out as a t-shirt designer and turned his business into what is now hailed as the most succesful urban clothing line. What is most unique about Ecko is that his background is far from that of his current customer base. While his clothing tends to be worn by those most affiliated with the "Hip-Hop" culture, Marc grew up as a Jewish kid in a New Jersey town outside of Manhatten. His parents were real estate agents and his life was far more suburban than that of most of his customers. But, through hard work and uncanny "street smarts", Ecko went from nearly bankrupt to the No. 1 designer in his field.
So what does all this have to do with Barry Bonds? Well, Ecko was the winner of the auction just recently held by Sotheby's for Bonds' record-breaking, 756th home run baseball. And he has decided to let the fans vote on what should be done with the ball. He set up a website, http://www.vote756.com/, where fans can vote to either "Bestow It" to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, OH, "Brand It" with an asterick and then send it to Cooperstown, or "Banish It" by reportedly shooting it into outer space. And yesterday, The San Francisco Chronicle (which you may recognize as the newspaper whose reporters wrote the book on Barry Bonds' alleged steriod use - you can read my review of the book, Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports, by clicking here), reported that when asked about Ecko's intentions Bonds replied, "He spent $750,000 on the ball and that's what he's doing with it? What he's doing is stupid."
What I find most entertaining about this story is that Bonds just seems to not get it. He doesn't get it that people believe he cheated and should be punished, not celebrated for such an act. He doesn't understand marketing either. Heck, it's clear from his well-known brushes with the media that he doesn't understand the power of the media and the sway of the court of public opinion.
Barry Bonds is wrong - Marc Ecko is a genius. He has just created friends in the baseball culture he never had before by doing this. And those who hate what he is doing? They can simply dismiss him as another crazed fashion designer. But the genius of this act shines brightest in the numbers. As of my visit, there were 3,611,765 votes cast. And how did I vote? See below.
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|The social enterprise behind the Olympics|
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|Inaugural Podcast - Part 2 of 2 - Commentary||Welcome to the inaugural podcast of David on Enterprise Software.|
In this edition there's coverage of utility computing (both from a virtualization and a software-as-a-service perspective), knowledge management and IBM's Rational Unified Process.
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|Inaugural Podcast - Part 1 of 2 - Background & Mission||Welcome to the inaugural podcast of David on Enterprise Software.|
For commentary on utility computing (both from a virtualization and software-as-a-service perspective), knowledge management and IBM's Rational Unified Process see the second part of this podcast.
To directly download part one, click here.
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IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Qingdao, China & Menlo Park, California
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|[urls/news] The Global Grid: China's HPC Opportunity|
Thursday, November 11, 2004
For this posting, I'm using an annotated urls format. Let's begin.
The Global Grid
Grid computing. HPC (high-performance computing). Lots of trade press coverage. Lots of academic papers. Generally, this is a GREAT convergence. Didn't hold with AI (artificial intelligence), but the coverage of grid computing is much more pervasive. Also, it's an area where I believe that systems integrators (SIs) in China can play with the globals. It's new enough that there are no clear leaders. Okay, maybe IBM is a clear leader, but it's certainly not an established market.
It's also a market where Chinese SIs can leverage work done for domestic applications for Western clients. This is NOT true in areas such as banking applications; the apps used in China are very different from the apps used in the States. Fundamentally different systems. But a lot of grid work is more about infrastructure and custom development. There's also a lot of open source in the grid sphere.
I've selected some of the best papers and sites for review. This is certainly not meant to be comprehensive, but simply follow the links for more info.
One last note: Clicking on any of the following links will likely lead you to an abstract and possibly to some personal commentary not included in this posting. You may also find related links found by other Furl users.
The "Bible" of the grid world. The home page will lead to many other relevant papers and reports. See also The Anatomy of the Grid (PDF).
Hottest journal issue in town!! Papers may be downloaded for free. See also Grid computing: Conceptual flyover for developers.
One of the better conferences; covers applications and provides links to several excellent papers and presentations.
Well, the link has been replaced. Try to get a hold of this paper. It WAS available for free. SOA meets the grid. The lead author, Liang-Jie Zhang, is a researcher at IBM T.J.Watson Research Center and chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Steering Committee (technical community) for Services Computing. Contact him at email@example.com . Ask for his related papers, too.
Several excellent papers; recent conference. Middleware: Yes, middleware is the key to SI opportunities.
Conference held earlier this month!! See who is doing what in China.
Want a competitive edge in the grid space? This is it!!
NOTE: A search for "grid computing" in my Furl archive yields 164 hits (and most are publicly searchable). See http://www.furl.net/members/goldentriangle .
Outsourcing & Offshoring:
I don't agree with this, but it's worth reading, especially considering the source. I agree that China shouldn't try to be a clone of India, but the arguments in support of the domestic market don't consider margins.
I'll be writing a column for the AlwaysOn Network about the disconnect between China's foreign policy initiatives and the realities of the IT sector. Suffice it to say that SIs in China should NOT chase after the EU. Again, do NOT confuse foreign policy with corporate policy!!
More of the same. Read my comments about Romania by clicking the link ...
Google is coming to China, too. Think MS Research in Beijing.
Another great move by IBM; they're clearly leading the pack.
This article is a bit confusing. I suspect that TCS is simply copying the IGS China strategy. But it's worth noting that they're moving beyond servicing their American clients with a presence in China.
Yes, yes and yes. Expect a lot more of this. I wouldn't be surprised to see China's SIs forced to move a bit lower on the U.S. SI food chain for partnerships. Move up the chain by thinking verticals!!
No need to click; it's all about security.
No, not really a new model; more about a new certification!! Just what the world needs ...
The title says it all.
Maybe the "P" in "LAMP" should stand for "Plone"?
A strategy for USERS, i.e., SIs in China.
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Product Management 101, courtesy of the Harvard Business School.
Spread this throughout your organization ... and then ramp up with some paid tools.
SCM (supply chain management) meets marketing, but with a general management and strategy slant.
G2 planning strategies. A wee bit mathematical, but still fairly easy to follow.
Expect the next original posting in two or three weeks; my next column for the AlwaysOn Network will be sent to this list. Off to HK/SZ/ZH/GZ next week.
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
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|[news/commentary] Building ISV Relationships: Targeting SMEs - Part I|
Thursday, September 16, 2004
New column on the AlwaysOn Network. It's on the potential downside of offshoring (the downside for the States, that is). For the next five days, see http://www.alwayson-network.com ; the permanent link is at http://tinyurl.com/4e4q4 . It got the ire of a lot of readers and a lot of views (I'm projecting nearly 500 in less than one day). The article which was the basis for my column is getting a lot of attention in the States. Worth reading.
Building ISV Relationships: Targeting SMEs -- Part I
First, a bit of commentary. One thing all smart SIs (systems integrators) do is develop partnerships and alliances with ISVs (independent software vendors, i.e., software publishers/software companies in a broad sense). Of course, it's difficult to be the 1,000th entrant in the game and expect to get any traction/assistance from your ISV partner.
SIs in China ALWAYS use the approach of offering localization services and OFTEN offer to help push an ISV's product within the domestic market in China. Frankly, this is what the (usually American) ISV wants, too. Does this strategy work? Well, sometimes. However, even in the case of high profile alliances such as some of those Microsoft has in China (and I won't name names to protect the innocent), it's really nothing more than window dressing. Everything looks good on paper, but the reality is something quite different.
Regardless, this does NOT address the need and desire for SIs in China to build their market in the States. And when this issue becomes center stage, ISVs frequently respond with something bordering on contempt. Some ISVs are getting clued that their American channel partners absolutely need partners in China and other low(er)-cost development areas in order to win bids. Let's face it, it's all about closing deals. And if an ISV's competitors have channel partners which can put together winning bids, perhaps in part (and perhaps in LARGE part) due to an offshoring component with their channel partner's SI partner(s) in China, then the ISV with an indirect link to China has a competitive advantage. I don't view this as a sufficient condition to winning bids, but it's increasingly a necessary condition.
Clued ISVs want their American channel partners to have an offshoring option, but this requires that their channel partners have relationships with SIs in a country such as China. But ISVs tend to focus their channel development efforts on their American partners and might develop a couple/few relationships in China, but usually NOT tied to their channel development efforts in the States. Goofy and shortsighted, to say the least.
But how can SIs in China get traction with American ISVs, especially since they're almost always late to the game (in other words, the American ISV already has a well-developed channel)? The answer (or, at least one answer): Focus on servicing the needs of SMEs (small and medium enterprises, which is also referred to as "SMBs" -- small and medium businesses).
There's another reason this makes sense: Most of the SIs in China are already focused on servicing SMEs/SMBs in China. It might be nice to bag a large SOE (state-owned enterprise), but the reality is that most firms in China, especially the burgeoning number of privately-held firms, are SMEs by definition. Hence, the experiences gained by SIs in China is already within the same market, although I'd be the first person to warn than company size and even similar domains does not necessarily equate to directly transferable skills. Fact is, things in China are often quite different from the way they are in the States, especially in a "hot" ITO (IT outsourcing) market like financial services. More about this in a forthcoming posting. Bottom line: Give serious thought to targeting the SMB/SME market in the States. (Part II of this commentary might be a while in coming.)
Lots of tidbits this week.
Controlling project costs. My favorites: Scope creep, not understanding project financing, "big-bang" projects, overtesting (although I'm not sure I agree with this one), poor estimating. Good stuff, with recommended solutions. See http://tinyurl.com/6rfkg .
Challenges for China's SIs. Adapted from a Forrester report. For starters, how about: Improving account management (are there really any account managers in China, or at least any who can manage accounts with U.S. clients? ), moving away from technology-centric messages that often alienate business buyers (better yet, moving away from messages in Chinglish), investing in vertical-specific skills (how many times have I said this?) and becoming more multicultural organizations (yes, and let's start with learning English!). See http://tinyurl.com/4avfo .
"Yee Haw" as an outsourcing option. Forget India. Forget China. Forget the Philippines. Let's go to Arkansas!! See http://tinyurl.com/7ya9p .
American start-ups go offshore. Try Corio (is Corio really a start-up?), CollabNet, Aarohl, Infinera, and many others. See http://tinyurl.com/3wm3o . Another good article with a BPO spin in Venture Capital Journal, http://tinyurl.com/4rfsa .
Offshorings mixed results. "Vietnam and Myanmar were also in demand ..." Really? See http://tinyurl.com/647ap .
Looking for SI partners? Kennedy ranks the largest firms. As I've said in the past, I like their reports. (No, I don't get a cut.) Satyam and TCS didn't make the grade, though. See http://tinyurl.com/4s965 .
Another challenge to conventional outsourcing and offshoring "wisdom." "Services-driven development models, such as the one at work in India, broaden the global competitive playing field. As a result, new pressures are brought to bear on hiring and real wages in the developed world - pressures that are not inconsequential in shaping the jobless recoveries unfolding in high-cost wealthy nations. For those in the developed world, successful services- and manufacturing-based development models in heavily populated countries such as India and China - pose the toughest question of all: what about us?" For more, see http://tinyurl.com/4acm4 .
Forget the Golden Triangle. How about China + India vs. the world (or, sans the world)? "Newspaper headlines portray China as the world's manufacturing base for low-cost goods, like clothing and shoes, and India as the global IT monopoly-to-be. Unfortunately, media outside Asia have failed to acknowledge the growing partnership between the two giants." "Given the complementary nature of their economies and the size of their markets (nearly 2.2 billion people in total), the nascent cooperation between the two holds the potential to dramatically alter the world trade balance. A perusal of the Shanghai technology corridor reveals a hint of the countries' industrial interconnectedness. Walk through one of the main complexes in Shanghai's Pudong Software Park, and you will see a prominently displayed sign for Infosys, one of India's most respected IT firms. The same complex also holds Satyam, the first of India's software service companies to set up offices in Shanghai. Nearby are the headquarters of the largest software services company in Asia, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which currently runs an outsourcing center for GE in the town of Hangzhou. TCS is owned by the Tatas, one of India's most prominent business families. Across the river is NIIT, the principal software training center in India's private sector. NIIT, operating in China since 1998, now runs an extensive two-year course in 25 provinces, training around 20,000 students to be software professionals. There is widespread speculation that Wipro, India's only giant IT firm without a presence in the city, will establish a Shanghai office very soon. It is no surprise that Indian software companies are setting up in China. They, like everyone else, sense great opportunity in one of the largest, fastest-growing economies in the world." (Bold is my emphasis.) All true, and they even forget MphasiS. See one of my must-read sources, YaleGlobal: http://tinyurl.com/6ltaz .
The partnering wave of the future. I've talked about this many times in previous postings. This time CTG dances with Polaris Software. See http://tinyurl.com/5tbqd .
CMMi: The key to success. A little simplistic and uses incorrect definitions, but still worth reading. See http://tinyurl.com/4gp9u .
Cognizant sees growth in entertainment, media. The title says it all. See http://tinyurl.com/4kdlq .
How about Microsoft vs. China in an AO "Grudge Match"? See a lengthy article in CFO titled, "Does Microsoft need China?"; link at http://tinyurl.com/476bo . China: The champion of open source!!
Business creativity 101. "A new book from Wharton School Publishing, The Power of Impossible Thinking by Jerry Wind and Colin Crook prompts you to rethink your mental models and transform them to help you achieve new levels of creativity. In this book, the authors give a set of guidelines on how to see differently." Examples: Listen to the radicals; embark on journeys of discovery; look across disciplines. See http://tinyurl.com/6fvo8 .
The innovator's battle plan. "Great firms can be undone by disruptors who analyze and exploit an incumbent's strengths and motivations. From Clayton Christensen's new book Seeing What's Next." GREAT stuff (although John Dvorak won't like it). What about asymmetric warfare theories applied to the realm of corporate innovation and creativity? Just a thought ... See http://tinyurl.com/6mbcy .
Your next competitors? Have you thought about Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, especially in the BPO space? See http://tinyurl.com/5h93z .
Message to product companies: go sell services!! Interesting take from a VMI perspective. See http://tinyurl.com/5tqrt .
Don't know much about bloggin'? Good take on the various types of corporate blogs. See http://tinyurl.com/6my29 .
Urls as web services? You have to read it to get it. Might be a bit too much for the uninitiated ... See http://tinyurl.com/563gm .
Joel is back and blogging!! Joel takes on Jakob Nielsen in "it's not just usability." See http://tinyurl.com/6msmm .
How about open source software for HPC? See http://tinyurl.com/5qzle . WARNING: Geek alert, geek alert!!
TTFN. Expect a urls update before I go back to the States.
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
http://tinyurl.com/2azkh (current blog postings for viewing in other browsers and for access to blog content archives in the US & ROW)
|[news] "2004 State of Application Development"|
Friday, August 13, 2004
Special issues of journals and magazines are often quite good -- if you're into the subject matter. But the current issue of VARBusiness is absolutely SUPERB!! EVERY SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR SHOULD READ IT ASAP -- STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND READ THIS ISSUE!! (Or, at the very least, read the excerpts which follow.) See http://tinyurl.com/6smzu . They even have the survey results to 36 questions ranging from change in project scope to preferred verticals. In this posting, I'm going to comment on excerpts from this issue. My comments are in blue. Bolded excerpted items are MY emphasis.
The lead article and cover story is titled, "The App-Dev Revolution." "Of the solution providers we surveyed, 72 percent say they currently develop custom applications or tailor packaged software for their customers. Nearly half (45 percent) of their 2003 revenues came from these app-dev projects, and nearly two-thirds of them expect the app-dev portion of total revenue to increase during the next 12 months." I view this as good news for China's SIs; from what I've observed, many SIs in China would be a good fit for SIs in the U.S. looking for partners to help lower their development costs. "By necessity, today's solution providers are becoming nimbler in the software work they do, designing and developing targeted projects like those that solve regulatory compliance demands, such as HIPAA, or crafting wireless applications that let doctors and nurses stay connected while they roam hospital halls." Have a niche; don't try to be everything to everyone. "Nine in 10 of survey respondents said their average app-dev projects are completed in less than a year now, with the smallest companies (those with less than $1 million in revenue) finishing up in the quickest time, three months, on average." Need for speed. "The need to get the job done faster for quick ROI might explain the growing popularity of Microsoft's .Net framework and tools. In our survey, 53 percent of VARs said they had developed a .Net application in the past 12 months, and 66 percent of them expect to do so in the coming 12 months." My Microsoft build-to-their-stack strategy. "Some of the hottest project areas they report this year include application integration, which 69 percent of VARs with between $10 million or more in revenue pinned as their busiest area. Other top development projects center around e-commerce applications, CRM, business-intelligence solutions, enterprisewide portals and ERP, ..." How many times have I said this? "At the same time, VARs in significant numbers are tapping open-source tools and exploiting Web services and XML to help cut down on expensive software-integration work; in effect, acknowledging that application development needs to be more cost-conscious and, thus, take advantage of open standards and reusable components. Our survey found that 32 percent of VARs had developed applications on Linux in the past six months, while 46 percent of them said they plan to do so in the next six months. The other open-source technologies they are using today run the gamut from databases and development tools to application servers." I guess there's really an open source strategy. I come down hard on open source for one simple reason: I believe that SIs in China could get more sub-contracting business from a build-to-a-stack strategy. And building to the open source stack isn't building to a stack at all!! "As a business, it has many points of entry and areas of specialization. Our survey participants first arrived in the world of app dev in a variety of ways, from bidding on app-dev projects (45 percent) to partnering with more experienced developers and VARs (28 percent) to hiring more development personnel (31 percent)." For SIs in China, simply responding to end-user RFQs is kind of silly. Better to partner on a sub-contracting basis. "According to our State of Application Development survey, health care (36 percent), retail (31 percent) and manufacturing (30 percent) ranked as the most popular vertical industries for which respondents are building custom applications. Broken down further, among VARs with less than $1 million in total sales, retail scored highest, while health care topped the list of midrange to large solution providers." Because of regulatory issues, I'm not so keen on health care. I'd go with manufacturing followed by retail. My $ .02. "When it comes to partnering with the major platform vendors, Microsoft comes out the hands-on winner among ISVs and other development shops. A whopping 76 percent of developers in our survey favored the Microsoft camp. Their level of devotion was evenly divided among small, midsize and large VARs who partner with Microsoft to develop and deliver their application solutions. By contrast, the next closest vendor is IBM, with whom one in four VARs said they partner. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the IBM percentages were higher among the large VAR category (those with sales of $10 million or more), with 42 percent of their partners coming from that corporate demographic. Only 16 percent of smaller VARs partner with IBM, according to the survey. The same goes for Oracle: One-quarter of survey respondents reported partnering with the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company, with 47 percent of them falling in the large VAR category. On the deployment side, half of the developers surveyed picked Windows Server 2003/.Net as the primary platform to deliver their applications, while IBM's WebSphere application server was the choice for 7 percent of respondents. BEA's WebLogic grabbed 4 percent, and Oracle's 9i application server 3 percent of those VARs who said they use these app servers as their primary deployment vehicle." Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft. Need I say more? See http://tinyurl.com/45z94 .
The next article is on open source. "Want a world-class database with all the bells and whistles for a fraction of what IBM or Oracle want? There's MySQL. How about a compelling alternative to WebSphere or WebLogic? Think JBoss. These are, obviously, the best-known examples of the second generation of open-source software companies following in the footsteps of Apache, Linux and other software initiatives, but there are far more alternatives than these. Consider Zope, a content-management system downloaded tens of thousands of times per month free of charge, according to Zope CEO Rob Page. Some believe Zope and applications built with Zope are better than the commercial alternative they threaten to put out of business, Documentum. Zope is also often used to help build additional open-source applications. One such example is Plone, an open-source information-management system. What began as a fledgling movement at the end of the past decade and later became known as building around the "LAMP stack" (LAMP is an acronym that stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP or Perl) has exploded to virtually all categories of software. That includes security, where SpamAssassin is battling spam and Symantec, too. Popular? Well, it has now become an Apache Software Foundation official project. The use of open source is so widespread that the percentage of solution providers who say they partner with MySQL nearly equals the percentage who say they partner with Oracle"23 percent to 25 percent, respectively." There are plenty of choices for those SIs willing to play the open source game. See http://tinyurl.com/4e3c7 .
"It's all about integration" follows. "There are many reasons for the surge in application-development projects (the recent slowdown in software spending notwithstanding). For one, many projects that were put on hold when the downturn hit a few years ago are now back in play. That includes enterprise-portal projects, supply-chain automation efforts, various e-commerce endeavors and the integration of disparate business systems." Choose carefully, however. Balance this data with other data. Right now, I see a lot more play with portals and EAI. "Indeed, the need for quality and timely information is a key driver of investments in application-integration initiatives and the implementation of database and business-intelligence software and portals. A healthy majority of solution providers say application integration is a key component of the IT solutions they are deploying for customers. According to our application-development survey, 60 percent say their projects involved integrating disparate applications and systems during the past 12 months." "Some customers are moving beyond enterprise-application integration to more standards-based services-oriented architectures (SOAs). SOAs are a key building block that CIOs are looking to build across their enterprises." Anyone who regularly reads any one of my three IT-related blogs knows that I'm gung-ho on SOAs. "Even if your customers are not looking for an SOA, integrating different systems is clearly the order of the day. To wit, even those partners that say enterprise portals or e-business applications account for the bulk of their business note that the integration component is key." Yes, integration, integration, integration. I'll be saying this next year, too. And the year after ... "Another way to stay on top of the competition is to participate in beta programs." Absolutely true -- and a good strategy, too. See http://tinyurl.com/6x2gg .
The next article is on utility computing versus packaged software. Again, if you read what I write, you know that I'm also gung-ho on utility computing. "According to VARBusiness' survey of application developers, more than 66 percent of the applications created currently reside with the customer, while 22 percent of applications deployed are hosted by the VAR. And a little more than 12 percent of applications developed are being hosted by a third party. Where services have made their biggest inroads as an alternative to software is in applications that help companies manage their customer and sales information." The article goes on to state that apps that are not mission-critical have the best chance in the utility computing space. Time will tell. Take note, however, that these are often the apps that will most likely be outsourced to partners in China. "Simply creating services from scratch and then shopping them around isn't the only way to break into this area. NewView Consulting is expanding its services business by starting with the client and working backward. The Porter, Ind.-based security consultant takes whatever technology clients have and develops services for them based on need." And focus on services businesses and .NET, too. "Most application developers agree that services revenue will continue to climb for the next year or two before they plateau, resulting in a 50-50 or 60-40 services-to-software mix for the typical developer. The reason for this is that while applications such as CRM are ideally suited to services-based delivery, there are still plenty of other applications that companies would prefer to keep in-house and that are often dependent on the whims of a particular company." Still, such a split shows a phenomenal rise in the importance of utility computing offerings. See http://tinyurl.com/54blv .
Next up: Microsoft wants you!! (Replace the image of Uncle Sam with the image of Bill Gates!!) Actually, the article isn't specifically about Microsoft. "Microsoft is rounding up as many partners as it can and is bolstering them with support to increase software sales. The attitude is: Here's our platform; go write and prosper. IBM's strategy, meanwhile, is strikingly different. While it, too, has created relationships with tens of thousands of ISVs over recent years, IBM prefers to handpick a relatively select group, numbering approximately 1,000, and develop a hand-holding sales and marketing approach with them in a follow-through, go-to-market strategy." Both are viable strategies, but NOT both at the same time!! "To be sure, the results of VARBusiness' 2004 State of Application Development survey indicates that Microsoft's strategy makes it the No. 1 go-to platform vendor among the 472 application developers participating in the survey. In fact, more than seven out of 10 (76 percent) said they were partnering with Microsoft to deliver custom applications for their clients. That number is nearly three times the percentage of application developers (26 percent) who said they were working with IBM ..." Percentages as follows: Microsoft, 76%; IBM, 26%; Oracle, 25%; MySQL, 23%; Red Hat, 17%; Sun, 16%; Novell, 11%; BEA, 9%. I said BOTH, NOT ALL. Think Microsoft and IBM. However, a Java strategy could be BOTH a Sun AND IBM strategy (and even a BEA strategy). See http://tinyurl.com/68grf .
There was another article I liked called, "How to Team With A Vendor," although it's not part of the app-dev special section per se. This posting is too long, so I'll either save it for later or now note that it has been urled. See http://www.furl.net/item.jsp?id=680282 . Also a kind of funny article on turning an Xbox into a Linux PC. See http://tinyurl.com/4mhn6 . See also http://www.xbox-linux.org .
Quick note: I'll be in SH and HZ most of next week, so I may not publish again until the week of the 23rd.
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
http://tinyurl.com/2azkh (current blog postings for viewing in other browsers and for access to blog content archives in the US & ROW)
|[urls] Build a Better Enterprise Application|
Thursday, August 12, 2004
The following is a sampling of my top ten "urls" for the past week or so. By signing up with Furl (it's free), anyone can subscribe to an e-mail feed of ALL my urls (about 100-250 per week) -- AND limit by subject (e.g., ITO) and/or rating (e.g., articles rated "Very Good" or "Excellent"). It's also possible to receive new urls as an RSS feed. However, if you'd like to receive a daily feed of my urls but do NOT want to sign up with Furl, I can manually add your name to my daily Furl distribution list. (And if you want off, I'll promptly remove your e-mail address.)
* Build a Better Enterprise Application (on Web services and SOA; great review of all the pertinent issues)
Other best new selections (in no particular order):
* Adaptive Document Layout via Manifold Content (PDF) (another hit for Microsoft, this article proposes a user interface for authoring and editing Web content for different form factors; think formatting for ubiquitous devices and pervasive computing)
* A New View on Intelligence (on XML & EII, et al) (thoroughly enjoyable -- so good, I almost blogged it; insightful perspective)
* InfoWorld Special Report: Has desktop Linux come of age? (IMHO, a resounding "No!!" But there are other perspectives worth considering. I still think it's a lot of wishful thinking.)
* Negotiating in Service-Oriented Environments (PDF) (A slightly annotated excerpt: "The concept of delivering software as a service is relatively simply: 'do not buy software, simply use it as and when you need it'. Putting such a concept into practice, however, is far more complex and involves many issues. In this article, we address the question: What are the characteristics of a market for software services?" Hot topic, good paper.)
* Real Time Means Real Change (so much talk about the so-called "Real Time Enterprise"; this article takes a look at the realities behind the hype of the "RTE")
* Information Scent on the Web (PDF) (Courtesy of PARC, you need to read this for yourself; Google as The Matrix idea -- worse yet, The Time Machine Reloaded In reality, useful perspectives for Web designers.)
* Offshoring/Outsourcing: Fragile - Handle With Care (a brief but rather comprehensive overview; points to the various aspects of ITO and BPO along the IT value chain)
* IT Spending For Comprehensive Compliance (original article linked; good review of the various opportunities "thanks" mostly to SOX)
* The Executive's Guide to Utility Computing - ROI of Utility Computing (a broad perspective on utility computing, different from what is usually published)
Examples of urls that didn't make my "Top Ten List":
> Benchmarking Study Shows 75 Percent of Enterprises Deploying Web Services (need I say more?; includes stats on ebXML and grid computing, too)
> Probabilistic Model for Contextual Retrieval (PDF) (a sneak peek at Microsoft's emerging search technology?) See also Block-based Web Search, courtesy of Microsoft Research Asia (Beijing) and Tsinghua University, arguably China's best (the latter article is not urled; from the recent SIGIR conference). If you think Google is the last word in search, think again.
> Where To Find New Growth Prospects And What Challenges Need To Be Overcome (necessary action items and preferred geographic regions; China <not Russia, Brazil or the Czech Republic> comes in the number two slot after North America)
> CIO Magazine: Are We Happy Yet? (on ITO and BPO) (dumb article title, but smart content; good metrics to consider, including a take on SLAs)
> Developing Killer Apps for Industrial Augmented Reality (restricted access) (this page provides some complimentary information to the restricted access selection, although it's not urled). I just noticed something: The apps section of IEEE CG&A is edited by two mil guys, one from the (U.S.) Office of Naval Research and the other from the U.S. Army simulation and training office. Hey, who says all the good engineering jobs are outsourced!? Frankly, I believe that the best American engineers can always find jobs within DoD or the intelligence community. Besides, they do all the truly fun computing stuff!! Trust me, there isn't so much fun stuff done at Oracle.
and many, many more ...
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
|[news] Excerpt from a McKinsey Paper on IT Spending Trends|
Monday, August 9, 2004
I recently urled the abstract for this paper, but CNET and McKinsey were kind enough to post the full-text of the paper on the CNET news site (which downloads at glacial speed, at least from China). Now that the article from the current issue of The McKinsey Quarterly is in the public domain, I'd like to include an excerpt in this posting. (Bolded and colored notations are MY emphasis.)
"Although IT customers also want to improve their software, they are wary of big-bang packaged applications--purchases that are just now rolling off accrual budgets. This time around, CIOs are shunning expensive panaceas, especially large-scale customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Many tech executives lost face (or jobs) when the promised benefits didn't materialize, often because the technology demanded difficult-to-realize changes in processes and in employee behavior. Even worse than buying packaged applications, CIOs told us, was buying applications and then customizing them, for this strategy made it necessary to reinvest in customization with each subsequent upgrade. CIOs now favor narrower, more-targeted, less-ambitious improvements that mitigate the risk of organizational rejection. Custom software that closely adheres to a company's existing processes (and therefore requires little or no process change) is popular, and so is software developed for a specific industry. Meanwhile, integration--a higher priority now than it was during the boom--is generating demand for enterprise application integration (EAI) technologies. Web services are gaining traction faster than anticipated, especially in small telecom and other companies at the forefront of IT innovation. Of the CIOs we interviewed, 8 percent said that Web services were their primary integration strategy. Despite these inroads, most companies are still at the experimental stage with this technology, which demands advanced skills and a high degree of commitment from the IT organization. Others are choosing a different path: Roughly half of the CIOs we spoke with have been (or are thinking about) investing in integration broker software, often combined with Web services. Adoption is strongest among telecommunications and financial-services companies, whose technical complexity makes the software especially attractive. The third-party services market could feel the pinch, however. Many companies, spurred by lower IT salaries after the economic slowdown, hired talent and brought IT development in-house. These new hires often support and develop the more-customized applications that today's IT budgets favor. But this move could boomerang on companies in the future: The absence of vendor support could reduce economies of scale and push up costs. Offshoring in less-expensive labor markets could, of course, offset them."
ADDENDUM: Seeing Beyond "Traditional" Market Research ...
I've already received a few messages regarding my "Seeing Beyond" posting.
One of the questions was very simple to answer. The question: Can you name a few ISVs in China which could develop a hosted version of their packaged software? Certainly. Simple answer: Bamboo, Kingdee, UFSoft (all three are in the ERP space).
A reader also asked me about Fisher-Pry, having heard of this technique but not really familiar with it. In simple terms, Fisher-Pry functions best as a substitution model. I'm not thrilled about using it to predict end of life and market size issues per se. Where I find it useful -- EXTREMELY USEFUL -- is in determining when a NEW technology is likely to EMERGE. I then put on my Geoffrey Moore glasses to look at the technology from a chasm crossing perspective. And, if I'm really interested, I'll put on my Ed Roberts and Gordon Bell glasses -- and will evaluate the technology using other techniques as well. But Fisher-Pry itself is extremely simple to use and a Geoffrey Moore analysis is also a no-brainer. (Ed Roberts' -- and I'm the unofficial president of the Ed Roberts fan club -- various approaches to evaluating new markets and technologies requires me to fire a lot more neurons than Moore's approach.) To me, Fisher-Pry is all about inflection points and EMERGING markets. To see an application of Fisher-Pry, read an A.T. Kearney report on wireless futures at http://tinyurl.com/4zcas (and it's an excellent report, too). See also a recent evaluation of the remote sensing market at http://tinyurl.com/6zxqm . For a brief review of Fisher-Pry and a couple of related techniques for technology trend analysis, see http://tinyurl.com/4hf7t .
Finally, another reader questioned whether MIT's Innovation Futures market was doomed to focus on short(er)-term "bets." My answer is that MIT may need to repackage Innovation Futures for addressing long(er)-term issues. Many of us in America can remember playing the stock market in one of our classes. For me, it was in my eighth grade government class. We had to pick stocks and trade them through the course of the year. Unfortunately, the very nature of this learning experience put a premium on trading versus investing. In other words, picking stocks which might be solid over a three-plus year time horizon simply wouldn't work; it was much better to "gamble" on high Beta (i.e., higher volatility) issues. Innovation Futures suffers from the same "need" to determine winners and losers on a relatively timely basis. Probably time horizons of three or more years won't suffice, at least not from a "gamblers" perspective (sans venture capitalists).
I'd like to see their system changed to allow different types of "players" and "traders," namely the crop I had suggested in my last posting, but also another class of "all others." Think of this as an experiment in social computing among technophiles, not online gambling. In some ways, it could reveal the type of knowledge that is found in the blogosphere.
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
|[urls] Top 10 Urls: 25 July-1 August 2004|
Monday, August 2, 2004
The following is a sampling of my "urls" for the past eight days. By signing up with Furl (it's free), anyone can subscribe to an e-mail feed of ALL my urls (about 150-350 per week) -- AND limit by subject (e.g., ITO) and/or rating (e.g., articles rated "Very Good" or "Excellent"). It's also possible to receive new urls as an RSS feed. However, if you'd like to receive a daily feed of my urls but do NOT want to sign up with Furl, I can manually add your name to my daily Furl distribution list. (And if you want off, I'll promptly remove your e-mail address.)
Best new selections (in no particular order):
* A Web Services Choreography Scenario for Interoperating Bioinformatics Applications (SUPERB, covering all the bases; might serve as the foundation for a blog posting)
* ICC Report: Software Focus, June 2004 issue (if you're not familiar with this monthly newsletter from Red Herring, it's worth scanning; this particular issue is their "annual" on enterprise software)
* Northeast Asia: Cultural Influences on the U.S. National Security Strategy (this might serve as the basis for a blog posting; EXCELLENT, broad-based review of cultural issues)
* Economics of an Information Intermediary with Aggregation Benefits (think B2B and e-markets, although the implications are wide-ranging)
* How to Increase Your Return on Your Innovation Investment (provides a link to an article published in the current issue of Harvard Business Review; good food for thought)
* From Information Retrieval to Information Interaction (ideas for life beyond search)
* Why Mobile Services Fail (insights from Howard Rheingold)
* Anything That Promotes ebXML Is Good (lots of good links; I'm an ebXML advocate, so the tone of this article is one which I fully support)
Examples of urls that didn't make my "Top Ten List":
> Product Lifecycle Management Automation is Vital to Innovation, Yet Only Half of Consumer Firms Effectively Apply It, Says Aberdeen Group Study
> RightNow, Sierra Atlantic Announce Partnership to Deliver Enterprise CRM Integration (a trend in the making; I've talked about this quite a bit, i.e., systems integrators working with utility computing vendors)
and many, many more ...
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
e-mail: click on http://tinyurl.com/3mbzq (temporary, until Gmail resolves their problems; I haven't been able to access my Gmail messages for the past week)
|[news] Cognizant & the "Intelligent Internet" + a Peek at 2005 IT Budgets (Part 2 of 2)|
Sunday, August 1, 2004
Ah, the World Future Society. Much to say about the WFS, but I'll save it for the end of this post. An article which appears in the March-April 2004 issue of The Futurist was reprinted in a recent issue of Government Computer News (see http://tinyurl.com/yrp2w ); the original paper which was the basis for The Futurist article is also available (see http://tinyurl.com/5ymos ). The article focuses heavily on findings from the TechCast Project at George Washington University (see http://www.techcast.org ; BTW, they're seeking beta testers).
The article acknowledges hype during the bubble, but goes on to indicate that 20 commercial aspects of Internet use should reach 30% "take-off" adoption levels over the next several years -- and will rejuvenate the (American) economy. One area of particular interest is a "conversational" human-computer interface, called "TeleLiving," based on advances in speech recognition, AI, hardware/grid computing, virtual environments and flat wall monitors. (Sounds like stuff out of PARC and Microsoft Research.)
Their Project results "portray a striking scenario in which the dominate forms of e-commerce - broadband, business-to-business (B2B), online finance, entertainment-on-demand, wireless, e-training, knowledge-on-demand, electronic public services, online publishing, e-tailing - grow from their present 5%-20% adoption levels to 30% between 2004 and 2010. TechCast considers the 30% penetration level significant because this roughly marks the 'take-off point' when technologies move from their early-adopter phase into the mainstream, where they permeate economic and social life." (Think of chasm crossing. Also think of expeditionary marketing within the context of broadband. BTW, bolded and colored items are MY emphasis.)
The authors discuss the notion that many think that the Internet is already mainstream, yet challenge that notion by stating that this is true only for nonpaying use, citing surfing for free information as one example. "As of 2003, commercial operations involving monetary exchange were limited to about 23% for broadband, 10% for e-tailing, 12% for B2B, 10% for distance learning, and 5% for music. And these are the most popular Internet applications. Others hardly register in adoption levels at all." Bottom line: It's all about e-commerce, I guess. Jerry Maguire said it best.
A Look at 2005 IT Spending
Not as much as I had originally hoped for in the Forrester glimpse at 2005 IT budgets, but some things to note. (See http://tinyurl.com/67pse .) Example: 52% of finance and insurance firms -- led by insurers -- will spend more on IT in 2005. Okay, sounds like an opportunity for SIs (systems integrators) building .NET solutions. (For those who don't know, Microsoft has fairly strong solutions for the insurance vertical.) At the subvertical level, media and nongovernment public sector plays look good, whereas the utilities and transportation sectors look weak. Also, Siebel and PeopleSoft customers are planning to spend more on IT relative to customers of other key vendors, most notably SAP. (I don't see this, but I don't dispute their data. Frankly, I think we'll see a lot of activity for SAP SIs in 2005. P'Soft is too hard to tell, especially with the confusion caused by Oracle. Oracle benefits whether the acquisition goes through or not!! It's the FUD factor.)
Not to be outdone, AMR came out with their peek at 2005 budgets for SMEs (small and medium enterprises). (See http://tinyurl.com/5vlvo . I got a lot more out of the AMR report.) Something that is rather common knowledge among IT analysts, but may not be known by those not involved in the IT budgeting process, is that a typical large U.S. manufacturer spends 2% of its annual revs (i.e., revenues) on IT and a large service firm spends 5%. However, the average for U.S. SMEs is 6.4% of revs, although a good chunk is for basic IT infrastructure.
CRM looks like a hot item for U.S. SMEs and the AMR report makes an interesting comment about the perceived need for other countries to implement a "keeping up with the Joneses" strategy. This being said, then domestic firms in China may follow suit. As far as operating systems are concerned, there is only one: Windows. And U.S. SMEs spend about 20% of their IT budget on software and software maintenance, with discrete manufacturers outspending process manufacturers or retailers. Typical apps are for financial management and customer management, although expensive CRM suites (think Siebel or Oracle) are rare. Sounds like an opportunity for utility computing vendors. Bottom line: If the SMEs market is your key market (by size), then go with Microsoft CRM solutions!
Fast Forward Over Three Decades
At this point, I'm going to get a bit personal. If you're not interested, simply skip the remainder of this message: It briefly covers three decades and my so-called "futurist" origins.
The first "adult" organization I ever joined was the World Future Society. (Remember, the basis for the first section of this posting was an article published in their flagship publication, The Futurist.) The year was 1971. I had been an adolescent "futurist" since March 1968, the month that my father bought me a copy of Sky & Telescope magazine. Although the Vietnam War was on the news each night, I was simply too young for it to really matter. Both the war and protests against the war were merely uninspiring TV images.
But something caught my imagination and that "something" was the space program. I can still recall the liftoff of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969 at 6:32 am PDT. Believe it or not, I can still recite the countdown. I can also recite part of the landing sequence of the Eagle -- the Lunar Excursion Module housing Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin. And, of course, I can remember Neil Armstrong stepping off the foot of the LEM on July 20th, probably around 7 or 7:30 pm. Two movies also inspired me toward a "tech" future: The obvious, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the not-so-obvious, The Andromeda Strain. (My parents didn't let me stay up to watch Star Trek, so Star Trek didn't have any impact on my life during my early adolescence.) Although I have been a member of the L-5 Society and the British Interplanetary Society (anyone remember Project Daedalus?), the World Future Society was the most influential organization in my life during my high school years. Well, a wee bit of personal history. Those were the good 'ol days ...
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
|[emerging tech] "Web Engineering: The Evolution of New Technologies" & the Ultimate Killer App|
Friday, July 23, 2004
Reviews of papers from the current (July/August 2004) issue of Computing in Science & Engineering, special issue on "Web Engineering: The Evolution of New Technologies." To order articles from this issue, first click on http://tinyurl.com/5ktaw .
Earlier this week I posted excerpts from the lead article in the current issue of CiSE. The article was titled, "Managing XML Data: An Abridged Overview," which is a good, accurate title. The excerpts contain useful links, too.
I am going to take a variety of approaches for handling four other papers in this special issue. However, I first want to provide a link to the introduction to this special issue, i.e., http://tinyurl.com/6sbjx . The intro itself provides a few useful references and links.
The second article is titled, "Information Retrieval Techniques for Peer-to-Peer Networks." Fortunately, a full-text PDF copy of this paper can be accessed at either http://dblab.cs.ucr.edu/ or http://tinyurl.com/6v2ru, although the URL for the former looks a little bit too generic and might change at a moment's notice (also, the two papers are slightly different). I have 19 bookmarks on my smartphone for this paper, but I guess I can summarize by saying that IR for P2P networks is hard and very different from "traditional" search. The last statement actually says a lot -- read between the lines. This paper covers all the usual suspects and also includes Skype. This paper is based upon the lead author's Master's thesis which can be accessed from http://tinyurl.com/696ml . Other papers by the lead author can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/43kkh . This is an important issue which needs to be resolved, especially as collaborative grid computing (CGC) comes to life.
Two figures; 20 references (28 references in the preprint).
Less luck with the paper titled, "Web Searching and Information Retrieval," i.e., I couldn't find a free copy on the Web. The author's site is woefully outdated, too. The author does speak favorably of a particular approach to decentralized P2P web crawling called "Apoidea." A copy of a paper describing Apoidea can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/4m2v5 ; accompanying slides can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/4b4sh . As described in the CiSE paper, "Apoidea is both self-managing and uses the resource's geographical proximity to its peers for a better and faster crawl."
Two figures; 21 references.
To request a copy of this article click on: http://tinyurl.com/7yyl2 or http://tinyurl.com/6m6ff (I'm not sure which address works; I already have a copy of this article so I don't need to contact the author!).
"Web Mining: Research and Practice" is not available, either, but a lot of excellent info on the senior author's projects related to this paper is available. First, take a look at the eBiquity research areas at http://tinyurl.com/52p9n . Next, you may want to take a look at the abstracts for papers published as part of the eBiquity Group at http://tinyurl.com/5om58 (current through December 2004 -- it doesn't get more current!!). Move on to their "Semantic Web" page at http://tinyurl.com/4a8fr . I then downloaded a PDF copy of their paper titled, "Mining Domain Specific Texts and Glossaries to Evaluate and Enrich Domain Ontologies" (see http://tinyurl.com/3lg2m ). It looks like a relatively recent paper, newer than the CiSE paper (different authors and different subject matter, though). The PDF is part of their Semantic Web research, whereas the CiSE paper is more "generic." Anyway, the "Web Mining" paper is another call for distributed mining techniques, and covers fuzzy clustering as well as content-based recommender systems -- but doesn't forget good 'ol HITS (Hyperlink-Induced Topic Search), the basis for IBM's Clever and Google (to a certain extent).
No figures; 31 references.
To request a copy of this article click on: http://tinyurl.com/5xv3p .
Finally, "Intelligent Agents on the Web: A Review" was very disappointing. The lead author has impeccable credentials, but his paper is based on yesterday's news: Old, outdated, buried stuff (like Firefly). Matter of fact, the only live link I can recall finding was Recursion Software's "Voyager" home page (see http://tinyurl.com/3wpem ), which states that the "Voyager applications development platform provides the software layer which handles communications across the network for distributed JAVA applications." (Looks interesting.)
I did a little more digging and surfed over to two stand-by sites (both referenced directly or indirectly in the "Intelligent Agents" paper), namely the MIT Media Lab Software Agents page and Oren Etzioni's (oops, I mean the University of Washington, Department of Computer Science) page. At the MIT projects page (see http://tinyurl.com/4ocss ) is a listing of several "commonsense" projects, e.g., "Using Commonsense Reasoning to Enable the Semantic Web" (see http://tinyurl.com/4deq7 ). A draft White Paper on this is available at http://tinyurl.com/4e4bv , as is a presentation at http://tinyurl.com/4le2n along with a couple of video demos. I also downloaded a paper on GOOSE (GOal-Oriented Search Engine) at http://tinyurl.com/4fyeu . At UWash I went to their XML data management page (see http://tinyurl.com/5x98a ) and then grabbed two papers: One on "Probabilistic Methods For Querying Global Information Systems" dated 14 July 2004 (see http://tinyurl.com/45uz7 ) and another titled, "Learning Text Patterns for Web Information Extraction and Assessment" dated May 2004 (see http://tinyurl.com/6k5fz ). (To download other unrestricted reports, go to http://tinyurl.com/5z2x7 .) Frankly, I need a bit of time to digest the two recently published UWash papers.
As the chair of the Internet and Web applications session of the First International Conference on Autonomous Agents (1996), I have a soft spot for agent-oriented everything (especially Web apps). I remember an old saying from IJCAI (International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence) in the mid-70's: Artificial intelligence is better than none. (I probably still have a button with this saying somewhere.) I'm keeping the faith, sans the hype and more toward the realities of software agents. BTW, this CiSE paper isn't bad if you don't have any background in this space. It covers the basics, such as ACLs, but with an "updated" perspective.
No figures; 27 references.
To request a copy of this article click on: http://tinyurl.com/6zzqs .
The Ultimate Killer App
BTW, the "Ultimate Killer App" is attached and in some browsers it will automatically download. (See the bottom of this message.) You have to admit, this really is the ultimate killer app!!
I've never sent an attachment this way simultaneously to both my e-newsletter and blogs (and blog variants). Just in case the attachment isn't included, I've uploaded it to the "Photos" section of the e-newsletter (see http://tinyurl.com/2r3pa .)
>> Note to AlwaysOn readers: You'll need to go to the e-newsletter ( http://tinyurl.com/2r3pa ) in order to see the "Ultimate Killer App." You can try the blogs, but no guarantees.
Tidbits on Enterprise Software
.NET wins converts. For the VARBusiness story see http://tinyurl.com/3omd2 . Evans Data reports that .NET usage showed a sharp YoY increase in adoption with 52% saying they use .NET and 68% saying they plan to deploy .NET apps by 2005. In May, Forrester reported that 56% of developers consider .NET their primary development environment contrasted with 44% for J2EE. (It must have been a binary choice!) VARBusiness found in a May survey that 53% have already deployed a .NET app and 66% plan to do so within the next 12 months. In the VARBusiness survey, the most important reasons for going with .NET were ease of use and quicker time to market. A developer goes on to state that .NET development time is to Java what Java is to C++. (Wow, what a claim!)
Python and Perl beat Java? (See http://tinyurl.com/44m5t for the PDF file.) Actually, an indirect "attack" against all "mainstream" programming languages, notably Java, C and C++. The idea is that the "mainstream" languages are ill-suited for many distributed computing and integration apps. Gives a "thumbs up" to Python, Perl and PHP, with a peek at PEAK -- the Python Enterprise Application Kit. (Sorry for the pun.) PEAK's developers claim future superiority over J2EE. They also knock Java for not being suited to rapid application development. PEAK's developers believe a Python-based approach to component-based apps will result in systems that are simpler, faster and easier to install, manage and maintain than variants in J2EE. PEAK, however, is still immature.
Grid computing takes off. Another survey from Evans Data (see http://tinyurl.com/4l2qb ). 37% of database developers are implementing or planning to implement a grid computing architecture. In related data, 34% of companies are focusing their database development work on BI (business intelligence) platforms. See also Oracle's spin on this at http://tinyurl.com/4n2kf .
The spoils of ROI. From IDC's Group VP, Solutions Research, there are several issues which must be addressed in order to maximize IT ROI. (See http://tinyurl.com/228kv .) Four of the key issues are:
(All items in bold are my emphasis.) The article goes on to discuss various ways of evaluating ROI, including one of my favorite ways, ROA (real options analysis).
TTFN. Have a GREAT weekend!
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
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|[news] ERP in China|
Monday, July 12, 2004
In this posting, I'd like to address something that is seemingly a bit mundane: ERP in China.
Two articles in the current issue of the Communications of the ACM (CACM) caught my eye. The first, titled "Why Western Vendors Don't Dominate China's ERP Market" is a good read. (See http://tinyurl.com/27w9d .) After reading this article, it's safe to say that Bamboo Networks (especially with their .NET ERP solution, which is something even Microsoft doesn't have), Kingdee, UFSoft and a few other domestic ERP vendors don't have much to fear from the "globals" -- although SAP and Oracle collectively hold about 25% of the market, which isn't bad. Textbook blunders on the part of (mostly American) software vendors. To request a copy of this article click on http://tinyurl.com/28eat .
The other article is titled, "ERP in China: One Package, Two Profiles." (See http://tinyurl.com/2r45p .) According to this paper, more than 1,000 Chinese sites had an ERP system by the end of 2001, costing billions of dollars. Nearly 300 were on SAP. (The figures differ slightly from the above cited CACM paper.) ERP sales in China are projected to triple in five years from a US$1 billion base in 2002. (Note: I'm not sure if the author meant through 2007 or 2009.) A good quote regarding partnering opportunities: "With China's accession to the World Trade Organization, many multinational enterprises are rushing to establish operations in China and/or interact with Chinese business partners." (My emphasis.) For those on this list attempting to attract foreign direct investment, read the part which says, "establish operations in China."
The paper noted that although ERP projects in China rarely hit even ECO/ECN-adjusted delivery schedules, they rarely exceed the planned budget. (In contrast to the States where ERP is almost always late AND over budget. In the States, taking on an ERP project is akin to playing Russian Roulette.) The article goes on to mention eight differences between ERP projects in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private ventures. The findings demonstrate that when it comes to ERP projects, private ventures in China are very similar to private ventures in the States. SOEs act like, well, SOEs: Bureaucratic nightmares galore. To request a copy of this article click on http://tinyurl.com/2eve2 .
There is another good article in the July issue of CACM: "Demystifying Integration," which includes a listing of and brief take on dozens of domain-independent and -dependent standards and specifications for application integration. Good stuff for a systems integrator. To request a copy of this article click on http://tinyurl.com/3ysvx .
Tidbits on Enterprise Software
What does the CEO of a systems integrator dream about? How about being one of the first companies to partner with a BEA or Siebel? (When I thought about this, all choices seemed rather awful!! )
Need some help finding the next BEA? Turn to the AlwaysOn Network 100. For perspective, see http://tinyurl.com/23p3u . Last year's winners included several companies that IPO'd (including Salesforce.com, Opera), companies in line to IPO (including Google, RightNow) and several other hot companies. Frankly, their record so far is the best I've seen (albeit it's still a bit too early to draw any firm conclusions). For a listing of this year's winners (to be announced this upcoming week at Stanford -- Go Cardinal!), see http://tinyurl.com/25j9s . If I had the time (which I don't), I'd go through this list with a fine-tooth comb. IMHO, it's better than the listing of presenters at Enterprise Outlook or DEMO ... although the DEMO companies are a lot more fun!!.
Another list worth reviewing is Forrester's selection of the best Web design firms. (See http://tinyurl.com/3bq5z .) Critical Mass, AGENCY.COM and SBI.Razorfish take top honors. Everyone tends to look toward the top 500 systems integrators in the States for partnering opportunities. However, don't discount the elite among the U.S. Web design firms. Many compete in an extremely cost conscious environment where much less expensive Java programming from a partner in China could be a win-win for all three parties: The SI in China, the Web design firm in the States, and the U.S. client.
|[news] A Special Report on Business Intelligence|
Thursday, July 8, 2004
One of my favorite industry trades, Computerworld, recently published a special report on business intelligence (BI). (See http://tinyurl.com/2w8j2 .) As regular readers of this blog know, I'm hot, hot and hotter on BI. Not only are BI apps booming in their own right, but BI also provides an open door into other structured data apps (e.g., ERP and SCM). Also, there is a burgeoning number of apps requiring both BI and knowledge management (KM) solutions, providing a host of new opportunities. (For now, think of BI for structured data and KM for unstructured data. But the lines between KM and BI are blurring.)
The Computerworld report includes an introduction to BI titled, "BI for the Masses," an introduction to Web harvesting, and a superb article on text mining; there are several online exclusives as well. In this post, I'm going to focus on an article titled, "Predictions for BI's Future," by providing excerpts with commentary. As usual, items in bold are MY emphasis; items in red are MY commentary.
Embedded BI. "Over the next four to six years, BI systems will become embedded in small, mobile devices, such as manufacturing sensors and PDAs in the field, which in turn will be linked to more centralized systems." -- Erik Thomsen, distinguished scientist, Hyperion Solutions Corp., Sunnyvale, Calif.
PB DM (petabyte data mining). "Within three years, companies and governmental agencies will be able to successfully run analytics within a centralized data warehouse containing 1 petabyte or more of data -- without performance limitations." -- Dave Schrader, technology futurist, Teradata, a division of NCR Corp., El Segundo, Calif.
HPC to the rescue! "Within the next two to three years, high-performance computing technology used by scientific and engineering communities and national R&D labs will make its way into mainstream business for high-performance business analytics. This transition will be driven by the growing volume of complex data and the pressing need for companies to use forecasting and predictive analytics to minimize risk and maximize profit-generating opportunities." -- Phil Fraher, chief operating officer, Visual Numerics Inc., San Ramon, Calif.
BI meets AI. "In the near future, business leaders will manage by exception, and automated systems will handle significant loads of routine tasks." -- Mike Covert, chief operating officer, Infinis Inc., Columbus, Ohio
Visualization. "Over the next two to three years, BI systems will automatically suggest appropriate visualizations, which in turn will dramatically increase the use of visualization and our understanding of complex relationships." -- Erik Thomsen, distinguished scientist, Hyperion Solutions
BI + BPM + BAM. "Businesses need more than a rearview mirror to drive their business forward into the next era. A new category of intelligence tools will emerge over the next two to three years that combines business process management, business activity monitoring (BAM) and business intelligence to enable the "actively managed enterprise." This will combine the scorecards and rearview-analysis capabilities of BI with the real-time, event-driven analysis of BAM and feed that information into automated business processes for on-the-fly steering of the business towards scorecard goals. This will exponentially elevate the speed at which businesses are able to operate, adapt and make critical decisions." -- Tim Wolters, chief architect of business activity monitoring solutions, webMethods Inc., Fairfax, Va.
Bottom line: Go to a BI-related ACM or IEEE CS conference and you'll hear a lot of presentations on all of the apps described above. It's where the rubber meets the road: This stuff is real!! However, it's important to differentiate "real" BI with much more simplistic reporting software (like a good "chunk" of the so-called BI solutions provided by Business Objects, Cognos and even Microsoft -- via their recent acquisition of ActiveViews).
A BI Site to Review
Last week I came across a paper published in the current issue of the Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems. In this paper the project called "Data Mining and Decision Support for Business Competitiveness: A European Virtual Enterprise" (SolEuNet) is used as a case study and "the source of lessons learned." The paper provides a link to the SolEuNet Web site (see http://tinyurl.com/3x5vo ); at the SolEuNet site I found a wealth of case studies with supporting technical documents on leading-edge BI apps (see, for example, Workpackage 7 on "Combining Data Mining and Decision Support with Information Systems" at http://tinyurl.com/yqkqm ). Remember, strategy consulting isn't merely about comparing product specs (regardless what the IT advisory services may say).
The Gartner Conference on BI
I got my hands on three i-banking analyst reviews of the Gartner BI conference. The Morgan Stanley report (dated 27 April) noted that customer activity levels appeared to be strong and "many seem to be taking a more strategic approach to BI, resulting in the emergence of larger transactions." (My emphasis.) Corporate performance management (CPM) is driving some of the larger deals, with Cognos and Hyperion taking the lead. Evidently, systems integrators (SIs) are getting religion and developing collaterals around CPM messaging. RBC Dominion Securities produced a more in-depth report (dated 29 April) and noted the following:
UBS chimed in with their own report (dated 30 April), which in some ways was a bit more technical than the other two reports cited above. UBS noted that heterogeneous environments require independent tools (e.g., it is very difficult to get heterogeneous data into an ERP data warehouse <DW>). Gartner's rule of thumb is that an ERP-derived BI/DW solution should be on the short-list only if more than 60% of an organization's BI data resides within that single app vendor. UBS also noted that the importance of BI is leading to the formation of BI competency centers. They also believe that SAP and Microsoft remain significant long-term threats to the independent software vendors such as Cognos and Business Objects. BTW, all three reports seemed a bit down on Business Objects.
Another Computerworld feature on BI
Sometimes advertorials can be a good thing. A case in point is the 26 April issue of Computerworld which provides a link to a new, six page Computerworld White Paper on BI. The paper is titled, "Charting the Course: A Guide to Evaluating Business Intelligence Products"; it's a good, practical read. Tactical, product spec advice and guidelines, but still a good read. The PDF can be found at http://tinyurl.com/2gt3d .
Recent Tidbits on BI
The New Straits Times (Malaysia) via Asia Africa Intelligence Wire reported on 24 June that SAS "expects the BI market in Asia to register double-digit growth for the next five years. (Don Cooper Williams, director of marketing and alliances for SAS Asia-Pacific) cites a recent report from research house International Data Corp, which predicts that BI software market in the region (excluding Japan) to grow by 12 per cent this year, up from 7.5 per cent in 2003." Note to SIs in China: BI isn't just hot in the States; leverage your skills for serving the U.S. market and the domestic market.
From the channel, India Business Insight (also via Asia Africa Intelligence Wire) on 31 May announced that "Business Objects has entered into a long-standing systems integrator agreement with Wipro Infotech (WI) to provide business intelligence (BI) solutions to customers." Note to SIs in China: Don't be left without a dance partner.
Additional Articles for Review
I did a quick scan of trade lit and found a few articles worth reading. First, the March-April issue of Financial Executive talks about CPM -- Corporate Performance Management -- as it relates to BI. The May issue of Insurance & Technology takes a vertical look at BI (rather basic apps), as does the April issue of Business Credit. Always think verticals.
A Final Wrap (or Should I Say, "Rap"?)
Back to Computerworld. More specifically, see the 29 March issue of Computerworld. According to a survey conducted by IBM Business Consulting Services, BI is a high priority on the plate of C-level execs. In a Computerworld poll, 39% of IT executives listed business intelligence projects as their most critical IT projects. By 2005, market research firm IDC projects that the worldwide market for business intelligence software will total about $6 billion -- up from $2.5 billion in 2003 -- signaling a major increase in business intelligence projects. IT executives say the skills they need on business intelligence projects include systems integration, data modeling, database administration, data standardization and project management.
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
|[news] IT Spending Trends|
Tuesday, July 6, 2004
A quick recap on IT spending trends from three recently published Smith Barney surveys. The three reports are the May and June editions of their CIO Vendor Preference Survey and the 6 June issue of softwareWEEK. Tom Berquist, my favorite i-banking analyst, was the lead for all three reports. I have a backlog of blogs to write, so I'll use as many quotes as possible and add context where necessary. (I'm mostly extracting from my smartphone bookmarks for these reports. Warning: I may have coded the May and June issues incorrectly, but the quotes are correct.) NOTE: Highlighted items (e.g., items in bold, like this sentence) are MY emphasis. Items in red are my commentary.
Starting with the Survey editions, "(t)he strongest areas of spending appear to be software (apps, security, storage, and database) and network equipment/apps (Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, VPNs)" and regarding software, "larger and more well known vendors continue to dominate the list in each category with vendors such as Microsoft, SAP, IBM, Veritas, Symantec and Computer Associates getting significantly more mentions in each of their groups than the remaining vendors did." However, the report admits that their sample group might be biased. Yes, vendors matter -- and so do vendor partnering strategies. However, I'm a bit skeptical about CA and I don't particular care very much for Veritas or Symantec. Not my part of the universe.
"Applications again stand out as a clear area of strength." "Within applications, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business Intelligence (BI) all showed extremely well ..." Well, this is the first sign that a recovery may be in the making for SCM. However, I'd emphasize BI and ERP, followed by CRM; don't count on a lot happening in the SCM space just yet. Some other key surveys do NOT validate that SCM is in recovery. "In terms of specific vendors, Microsoft, Symantec, Veritas, SAP, and Adobe were the top beneficiaries of CIOs intentions to increase spending." The report continues that only SAP showed statistically significant results, both in ERP and SCM. "Results were more mixed for best-of-breed vendors in this area, suggesting that horizontal applications vendors are having a tough time competing with the large ERP vendors even as vertically-focused vendors continue to have some measure of success on this front." For the more adventurous SIs in China, SAP presents a lot of opportunities. Tread carefully, though. And "Adobe's enterprise strategy appears to be gaining momentum. Adobe was a clear standout in content management ..." "Survey results were also positive (though somewhat less so) for other leading content management players, notably Microsoft and IBM." Another "win" for Microsoft. Funny that none of the traditionally leading content management players were mentioned. A take on Linux: "Linux continues to garner mind share, but large enterprises remain the main adopter. Interestingly, nearly 83% of our respondents stated that they were not currently moving any applications to Linux. Of the 17% that said they were moving applications to Linux, only one company under $1.0 billion in revenue was making the transition to Linux confirming our views that Linux is primarily being used by large companies to shift Unix applications to Linux on Intel."
"Among CIOs who indicated a higher level of consulting spend, IBM was the clear winner, followed by Accenture as a distant second. Unisys was also mentioned as a vendor being considered, but it was a distant third. However, we note that Unisys being mentioned ahead of a pure-play consultant like BearingPoint (a low number of mentions, which included mentions of decreased spending) or EDS is positive, given that Unisys chooses to focus in 2 specific verticals, including one-public sector-that was not in the survey." "Over two-thirds of CIOs indicated that they do not use IT outsourcers. Most of the rest said they were unlikely to change the level of outsourcing spend. IBM, ACS and CSC were the only vendors explicitly mentioned as likely to get more outsourcing business." The "two-thirds" figure will likely change in favor of outsourcing. This trend is fairly clear. See a BCG report at http://tinyurl.com/2muy8 , although the report takes a relatively broad perspective.
From softwareWEEK, "(t)he CIOs were also very focused on rapid 'time to market' with purchases. None were interested in starting projects that would take greater than 2 quarters to complete." "This requirement was not a 'payback' requirement, but rather an implementation time frame requirement. The CIOs did recognize that payback times could be longer, though the payback times on IT utility spending were much shorter than on applications or emerging area spending."
"In terms of spending, the CIOs all used a similar methodology for making decisions that essentially divides their IT spending into one of three categories: 1) sustained spending on their 'IT utility' (i.e., infrastructure such as network equipment, servers, storage, databases, etc.); 2) new project spending on applications (business intelligence, portals, CRM, etc.); and 3) investment spending on select emerging areas (grid/utility computing, identity management, collaboration, etc.) It was pretty obvious that the CIOs recognized that business unit managers were more interested in spending on new applications/emerging areas than on the IT utility ..." "(S)ome of the CIOs were experimenting with grid/utility computing initiatives to try to increase their utilization of storage/servers and reduce the amount of new equipment to be purchased. In one example, a CIO showed their storage/server utilization around the world and many regions were in the 50% or worse bucket for average utilization. Their goal was to use grid computing architectures and storage area networks (along with faster communication links) to better share the pool of resources." Yes, this is it!! Take this to heart!! If you think grid and utility computing are Star Trek stuff, think again.
"In terms of new projects, the CIOs mentioned they were spending on business intelligence, portal/self-service applications, CRM, and collaboration. Collaboration was a heated discussion, with all CIOs commenting that this was a big problem for them and there was no clear solution on the market. While it wasn't completely clear to the audience what the CIOs were looking for in a collaboration solution, the elements that were described included: more intelligent email, corporate instant messaging, web conferencing, integrated voice over IP with instant messaging (so that a conversation could quickly shift from typing to talking), and collaborative document editing (spreadsheets, presentations, publications, etc.). Within the business intelligence arena, business activity monitoring was discussed as was building of enterprise data warehouses/data marts. The portal/self-service applications being built or deployed were primarily for customer and employee self-service (remote access to email, applications, and files was a big deal for all of the companies). On the CRM front, the discussion from one CIO was around their need to increase revenues and manage channel conflict better." [I'll be posting to this blog a bit more about collaboration opportunities over the next week.]
"While vendors were not discussed in any detail during the panel, the CIOs did say that they remain open to working with smaller vendors (public and private) as long as they have plenty of relevant references (in their industry, particularly with close competitors) and they offer a compelling value proposition versus larger vendors. One CIO stated that they get called by 20 startups a week to sell products to them, but most of them cannot articulate the value proposition of their product. Nonetheless, the CIO does take 5 meetings a month from startups because some of them are working on things that are interesting to the business."
Whew ... Lots of good materials. To reiterate, all highlighted items are my emphasis. Bottom line: The market is heating up. Get your ISV relationships in place. Pick your verticals (see the "Tidbit on Microsoft" which follows). Pick your apps -- and the apps I like the best are content management and BI, although ERP is looking good, too. Collaboration can be a major source of revenue if the SI can provide a truly effective solution.
Tidbits on Microsoft
A quick update on some happenings in the Redmond universe. (See http://tinyurl.com/36xgu ; the article is titled, "Microsoft focuses on its enterprise-applications business".) First, app areas that are of particular interest to MS include those for manufacturing and life sciences. So, how about a MS build-to-their-stack strategy focused on either of these two verticals? Second, MS is moving beyond purely horizontal offerings to very specific functionality. Their Encore acquisition is an example of MS moving in this direction. Finally, new releases of all four of Microsoft's ERP product lines are due for this year. Not surprisingly, MBS marketing is up 20% from FY04. Hmmm ... ERP spending intentions are strong and MS is a key player in this space -- with several updated offerings scheduled for release this year. Another opportunity?
Tidbits on Infosys
Infosys formally enters the IT strategy consulting biz. (See http://tinyurl.com/2xxlo .) Yes, it was inevitable. In April Infosys Consulting, Inc. was formed and, "(i)t's no secret that the winning model will be high-end business consulting combined with high-quality, low-cost technology delivery done offshore," according to Stephen Pratt, the head of Infosys' consulting unit. The Infosys Consulting unit now has 150 employees in the States and plans to expand to 500 within three years. Note to SIs in China: You need more -- a lot more -- IT strategy types And you need people in the States (at least on an "as needed" basis) in order to capture -- and serve -- new accounts.
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
Friday, July 2, 2004
I'd like to report on what happened at JavaOne, but there are two problems: First, I was in China, not at J1. Second, there are a flood of reports in the press. To get a recap, the best bet is to visit one of my favorite XML "news" feeds: "TheServerSide.com: Your Enterprise Java Community". However, I will highlight several newsworthy items:
Tidbit: There are four million Java developers, up one million over the past year. Not sure if I believe this, but the trend sounds good.
In addition to TheServerSide.com, see http://tinyurl.com/2oegn , http://tinyurl.com/2v95w for further background info.
Bottom line: Yes, I am touting Java.
David Scott Lewis
President & Principal Analyst
IT E-Strategies, Inc.
Menlo Park, CA & Qingdao, China
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Don't think that by writing this article we intend to generate fear, the way that insurance companies normally do. We are here for the opposite reason, to make you informed and confident.
Examples of data breach include scenarios such as posting sensitive data on your website, breach of customer privacy, intellectual property infringement, virus transmission between computers, employees who lose their laptops or flash drives containing sensitive information, computer malfunction/ employee action that distributes customer information by mass e-mail.
If your business uses a computer system, you are exposed to data risk every day. If you have a website, you are also in the publishing business, whether you intend to be or not, and anyone can access your content. If your business collects or handles confidential information (like home addresses, social security numbers, peopleâs names, credit card or bank account details), you are legally responsible for what is done with that info. If you have employees, and you gather their personal information to provide benefits, you are responsible for what happens to that info.
The size of your company does not protect you, especially if you Outsource
Large banks, retailers, and healthcare organizations are known to have this kind of exposure, but so does every other business. Being small or outsourcing to a third party doesnât isolate you from exposure. Smaller enterprises may be more at risk than large ones. Big firms can usually take a hit and absorb some losses if they donât have the right coverage in place. But a smaller company that takes a hit like this can be put out of business.
If you use third party vendors, you are not safe.
Companies that use third party vendors to handle some of their data â whether it is payroll or customer information â still have exposure. If you collect the data from individuals, you may use vendors to do certain things with it, but the law still looks to you to comply with the issues.
Can you afford Cyber Insurance?
The form you fill out for cyber insurance provides a self-assessment for your current risk situation. The best insurance providers in this field give you access to a stable of professionals who specialize in crisis management, law, and front line breach coaching. When losses do occur, people tend to panic. They realize their reputation is now on the line and the customers and competitors will start to pick up on it. Premiums for run from $2,000 to $5,000 for a million dollars of coverage. Policies in that range that will get you an advocate and a response team to help with any incident. As a smaller company, you want to make sure that someone responds because you donât have employees on staff who are able to devote their full time to cyber loss forensics.
|City govât eyes P75-M income from economic enterprise||ILOILO CITY, Dec. 17 (PNA) — Admitting to falling short of their around P70-million target collection for this year, the head of the Local Economic Enterprise Office (LEEO) of the...|
This book is the turkish translation of Rome, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the First Multinational Corporation published by W.W. Norton. From the backcover of the English original:
"A family business prospers through a series of brutal consolidations and rational growth. Then senseless internal conflicts lead to a long line of demented CEOs, monumental expansion, and foolish diversificationâat a high cost in shattered lives. In the end, a series of reverse takeovers leaves the once-proud but now overextended and corrupt parent company at the mercy of less-civilized operations that previously cringed at the grandeur of the corporate brand.
Enron? WorldCom? Try Rome, whose rise and fall carry a moral that lingers to this day for the managers, employees, and students of any global enterprise. Stanley Bingâwhose satirical business books are as savagely funny as they are insightfulâmingles business parable and cautionary tale into an ingenious, often hilarious new telling of the story of the Roman Empire."
EnglishTÃ¼rkÃ§e17313,5 x 20 cm.1st print189786059389198The Rise and Fall of the First Multinational Corporation
|Eating as an agricultural act|
SUBHEAD: The taste of good food comes from the land and it tells you its tale on your tongue.
By Alicia Miller on 6 August 2017 for Sustainable Food Table -
Image above: A rounf of raw milk farmer's cheese. From (http://momsdish.com/recipe/267/farmers-cheese).
Wendell Berryâs astute statement that âeating is an agricultural act,â uncontrovertibly connects food back to the land and back to the soil.
As he reminds us elsewhere, the soil is where we begin in the most fundamental way: it is ââ¦the great connector of lives, the source and destination of allâ¦ Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.â
One of the sessions at the Harmony in Food and Farming conference featured Darina Allen, Bronwen Percival and Illtud Dunsford, and took Berryâs statement as a starting point, going on to explore this most essential relationship between food and the land from which it comes.
Darina Allen, who chaired the session, is one of the early doyennes of the farm to table movement that had its efflorescence in the 70s and 80s.
Having founded Ballymaloe Cookery School in 1983, the school has a long and illustrious history introducing chefs and other students to the ethos of âSlow Foodâ cooking, using the wonderful organic produce of the Ballymaloe farm.
The session focused on the two very personal journeys from farm to table of the sessionâs speakers.
Bronwen Percival has for many years been the cheese buyer for Nealâs Yard Dairy.
Her interest in cheese and dairying more generally has roots in her own family history â her grandfather emigrated from Switzerland to California in 1906, starting up a small mixed farm which grew over decades into an intensive dairy enterprise that finally collapsed when, even with 2300 cows milking, it could not compete with ever larger and more intensive farms.
Percival is a purveyor of farmhouse cheeses and she seeks out those for purchase by Nealâs Yard Dairy which still retain the distinctive specificity of place of the farms where they were made.
She spends her time travelling to farms and working with farmers to encourage best practice and the sharing of knowledge between farmers, breaking down the silos in which many of them live and work, to extend learning.
Percival is concerned about the knowledge and expertise lost as dairying and the tradition of farmhouse cheeses changed âso drasticallyâ with the rise of intensification. The industrialisation of cheese has been a serious threat to quality farmhouse cheese, and Percival is most interested in the microbial communities that are specific to a farm and give cheese a distinctiveness that is like no other farm.
She has been researching this over the past few years and is shortly to be publishing a book on the topic Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes and the Fight for Real Cheese.
The root of this specificity goes straight back to soil and the fields and forage that animals graze on a farm. Percival commented that, âCheesemaking is about ecology and farmingâ¦this involves the soil, the land, the plant biodiversity on each farm and the ecology of that entire system. This is where cheese starts.â
While the milk produced by grazing ruminants on very specific fields may not have much variation in flavour, when this milk is processed into cheese, the very diverse array of microbial life particular to that farm becomes vividly apparent. Farmhouse cheese should taste of the farm it comes from and tell the taster about the farming system which produced it.
Cheesemaking on the level of farmhouse cheese is governed by locality and the importance of this is something that has been lost in industrial cheese production. Allen commented on how eating has changed and people eat fewer and fewer local foods. This decline in local diets may also be having an impact on health.
âEach farm has its own ecosystem and flora and the food that comes from it is uniquely from that place and for local people, itâs local food. But nowadays, the reality of most peopleâs livesâ¦very little of the food that people eat is actually local food.
Years ago, [people] would have had their own milk, their own eggs, their own vegetables; [these] would have come from the local area and would be carrying local antibodies.â
The disappearance of local foods in local diets is notable in British cheese-making. Percival recites a litany of decline among local cheeses â in 1939, there were 333 farmhouse producers of Cheddar, in Somerset, and in 2017 that had declined to 3; similarly, Wensleydale, in the same period went from 176 to 1; and the last farmhouse Stilton ceased production in 1935.
The homogenisation of cheese from industrial production is a threat to farmhouse cheese the world over. Percival commented that, âWe are at the end point of a very long decline in the profitability and sustainability of making cheese on farms.â
We need to return to cheesemaking that reflects the flavour of farming and understands the value of small-scale and the particularity it brings to cheese.
The conversation moved to Illtud Dunsford, who comes from a long line of farmers working the same valley near Llanelli in West Wales for over 300 years. Dunsford was a Nuffield scholar and was interested in the harvest of pigs across the globe, looking at how the whole pig was used.
His story is one steeped in history and tradition â his farm dates back to the 12th century and features in the Mabinogion.
He raises Welsh Pigs and feeds them using âwasteâ co-products â such as brewerâs grains, whey, bread, waste beer â again a very traditional aspect of animal husbandry. Dunsford also sources local feed, mainly barley and wheat as alternatives to soya. âPannageâ â the tradition of taking pigs into the woods to eat acorns and other wind-fall food in the autumn â is also something he does.
Dunsford is raising slow growing pigs in contrast to conventional practice in pig production â he is interested in flavour, not mass.
The Welsh Pig is a rare breed that is coming back from a steep decline and Dunsford has been working with the Pedigree Welsh Pig Society to save the genetic specificity of the breed and also to have these pigs designated as Traditional Speciality Guaranteed, under the European Protected Food Name programme.
This designation is defined not just by the particularity of the pig in a specific place but also by a traditional farm system of raising and harvesting these pigs â it is âTraditionally Reared Pedigree Welsh Porkâ.
It is important to Dunsford that his products come out of a farming system which privileges slow development, high animal welfare and locality. Dunsford is now seeking a further designation from Slow Food as a âPresidia Productâ.
This designation âsustains quality production at risk of extinctionâ and encompasses relationships with the farmers, processors, chefs and all the people linked to that product.
Dunsford and Percival both tell stories that grow out of family history and argue for the importance, and indeed the necessity, of farming systems which make explicit connections with the land and communities they sit within.
That food always links back to its production system â both good and bad â is the essence of the statement âEating is an agricultural actâ. The taste of good food comes from the land and it tells you its tale on your tongue.
|Just wait a little while|
SUBHEAD: Youâll have to earn everything worth having, including self-respect and your next meal.
By James Kunstler on 7 August 2017 for Kunstler.com -
Image above: Aarly 20th century Russian painting of "A Peasant Leaving His Landlord on Yuri's Day" by Sergei V. Ivanov. From (https://www.kp.ru/radio/26511/3430500/).
The trouble, of course, is that even after the Deep State (a.k.a. âThe Swampâ) succeeds in quicksanding President Trump, America will be left with itself â adrift among the cypress stumps, drained of purpose, spirit, hope, credibility, and, worst of all, a collective grasp on reality, lost in the fog of collapse.
Hereâs what you need to know about whatâs going on and where weâre headed.
The United States is comprehensively bankrupt. The government is broke and the citizenry is trapped under inescapable debt burdens. We are never again going to generate the kinds and volumes of âgrowthâ associated with techno-industrial expansion.
That growth came out of energy flows, mainly fossil fuels, that paid for themselves and furnished a surplus for doing other useful things. Itâs over.
Shale oil, for instance, doesnât pay for itself and the companies engaged in it will eventually run out of accounting hocus-pocus for pretending that it does, and they will go out of business.
The self-evident absence of growth means the end of borrowing money at all levels. When you canât pay back old loans, itâs unlikely that you will be able to arrange new loans.
The nation could pretend to be able to borrow more, since it can supposedly âcreateâ money (loan it into existence, print it, add keystrokes to computer records), but eventually those tricks fail, too.
Either the ânon-performingâ loans (loans not being paid off) cause money to disappear, or the authorities âcreateâ so much new money from thin air (money not associated with real things of value like land, food, manufactured goods) that the âmoneyâ loses its mojo as a medium of exchange (for real things), as a store of value (over time), and as a reliable index of pricing â which is to say all the functions of money.
In other words, there are two ways of going broke in this situation: money can become scarce as it disappears so that few people have any; or everybody can have plenty of money that has no value and no credibility.
I mention these monetary matters because the system of finance is the unifying link between all the systems we depend on for modern life, and none of them can run without it.
So thatâs where the real trouble is apt to start. Thatâs why I write about markets and banks on this blog.
The authorities in this nation, including government, business, and academia, routinely lie about our national financial operations for a couple of reasons.
One is that they know the situation is hopeless but the consequences are so awful to contemplate that resorting to accounting fraud and pretense is preferable to facing reality.
Secondarily, they do it to protect their jobs and reputations â which they will lose anyway as collapse proceeds and their record of feckless dishonesty reveals itself naturally.
The underlying issue is the scale of human activity in our time. It has exceeded its limits and we have to tune back a lot of what we do. Anything organized at the giant scale is headed for failure, so it comes down to a choice between outright collapse or severe re-scaling, which you might think of as managed contraction.
That goes for government programs, military adventures, corporate enterprise, education, transportation, health care, agriculture, urban design, basically everything. There is an unfortunate human inclination to not reform, revise, or re-scale familiar activities.
Weâll use every kind of duct tape and baling wire we can find to keep the current systems operating, and we have, but weâre close to the point where that sort of cob-job maintenance wonât work anymore, especially where money is concerned.
Why this is so has been attributed to intrinsic human brain programming that supposedly evolved optimally for short-term planning. But obviously many people and institutions dedicate themselves to long-term thinking.
So there must be a big emotional over-ride represented by the fear of letting go of what used to work that tends to disable long-term thinking. Itâs hard to accept that our set-up is about to stop working â especially something as marvelous as techno-industrial society.
But thatâs exactly whatâs happening. If you want a chance at keeping on keeping on, youâll have to get with realityâs program. Start by choosing a place to live that has some prospect of remaining civilized. This probably doesnât include our big cities.
But there are plenty of small cities and small towns out in America that are scaled for the resource realities of the future, waiting to be reinhabited and reactivated.
A lot of these lie along the countryâs inland waterways â the Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri river system, the Great Lakes, the Hudson and St. Lawrence corridors â and they also exist in regions of the country were food can be grown.
Youâll have to shift your energies into a trade or vocation that makes you useful to other people. This probably precludes jobs like developing phone apps, day-trading, and teaching gender studies.
Think: carpentry, blacksmithing, basic medicine, mule-breeding, simplified small retail, and especially farming, along with the value-added activities entailed in farm production.
The entire digital economy is going to fade away like a drug-induced hallucination, so beware the current narcissistic blandishments of computer technology.
Keep in mind that being in this world actually entitles you to nothing. One way or another, youâll have to earn everything worth having, including self-respect and your next meal.
Now, just wait a little while.
|Is A Capitalist Meltdown Upon Us?||I'll only be 53 on my next birthday in late July, yet it already seems like I've lived a tiring amount of history. Only 20 years ago, the world saw the meltdown of Soviet-style communism -- and many observers, largely neo-conservatives, interpreted that as an ideological culmination, "the end of history." There was even an influential book written with that title. (Does anyone remember that author now? And, does he want to remember that book? Yeah, I know -- Francis Fukuyama.)|
It appears that reversals of fortune can happen quickly. Now it looks like the allegedly venerable ideology of "free-market" capitalism is on the ropes, and in serious danger of going down. Who would have thought it?
Die-hard Marxists did. I've never been one of them, even as a long-ago radical all of 23 years old. I still know three people who have continued to call themselves Marxists in total defiance of dismissal or ridicule, and they are probably gloating a lot now. The economic train wreck they kept dogmatically predicting finally seems to be in front of us.
But even as America sleepwalked through our Second Gilded Age (circa 1981-2005), I grew skeptical of the Marxist vision. "Historical inevitability" always sounded like a religious tenet, without the pure superstition; and Marxism itself, a sort of quasi-religion for embittered atheists.
We should be as cautious about awarding hard-line socialists a victory here, as much as "we" (in the editorial sense) should have checked for our wallets the minute Reagan started talking about trickle-down and Phil Gramm started talking about deregulation. The past century should have taught us that the answer lies in between.
Starting with the excesses of laissez-faire: America has, for the past 30-ish years, seen the roller-coaster ride that happens with that sort of economic policy. An elite grows very rich, a minority near the bottom slips much further down, and most people tend to stagnate in the middle.
There are cycles of boom and bust. The booms are good for most people, but especially good for a few. The latter group inevitably forms a "Why Should I Have To Pay Taxes?" lobby and gets bonanzas from lawmakers eager to please. And since these are the people of ostentation and material success, their influence is great among fashionable "thinkers" of the day.
Now the big bust is upon us. It's a bit like 1933 all over again -- not as grim or total in devastation, but it's likely to get worse. President Barack Obama has warned us that this is so.
But history, with its entire lesson, should be heeded, and it seems like Obama is one who will do so.
There were very good reasons for the meltdown of the Soviet empire 20 years ago. Contrary to right-wing mythology, Reagan and his military buildup had little to do with it. Post-Soviet Russian economists recall the problems as internal, and any intellectually honest person knew what they were. There's no need for me to recite the litany here -- Americans heard it all for decades.
But, let's face it, die-hard socialists out there -- state-run enterprises have a poor track record. The employees seem to lack incentives to produce. Cooperatives tend to degenerate into personal conflict, power struggles and chaos. And as for the concentration of power in the hands of "vanguard revolutionaries" -- the horrors and enormities of that have been abundant just in the past century.
I don't think it's hard to argue for a sense of balance and measure. In America, it seems like the compromising wheeler-dealers -- the FDRs, the Trumans, the LBJs, the Ted Kennedys -- got more done for working Americans than any of our homegrown radicals ever did.
But there is little doubt that there's been a sea change, and it's been back toward socialist thinking. The Nobel Prize committees have not been known for their sympathy toward socialist-leaning economists, yet Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz has more or less come out in favor of the nationalization of U.S. banks. That would be a major step toward socialism of some fashion. Why not? We've just given the bastards $700 billion in taxpayer money to keep them in business. Here's a link to the interview with Stiglitz.
And, it appears that such state power would be the only thing to force the shameless swine who run these enterprises to behave themselves. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., made a speech on the Senate floor about the Wall Street oinkers who had themselves awarded $18.4 billion in bonuses while their enterprises got in on the aforementioned $700 billion, because of reckless and disastrous mismanagement. Here's another link to reports on this issue, and to a video of McCaskill's speech. Be patient, the video seems very rough.
So, what should be the ultimate American destination, in an era of "capitalist" meltdown? The Swedes, with a hybrid socialist-capitalist system, don't seem to do badly, with avowed Socialists predominantly in power since 1929. Their booms are smaller, but so are their busts. Their people don't live in fear of homelessness or inability to afford basic health care. Right-wing humorist P.J. O'Rourke, when asked about the Swedes' seeming happiness with their stable system, said that they are all insane -- but that their insanity is distributed equally among the people.
It's a funny line. But there's nothing funny about facing a mortgage foreclosure, or about the welfare rolls shrinking even as joblessness is rapidly expanding. With a growing U.S. underclass, it may be time to take a second look at the socialist mind-set -- despite the old Marxist baggage. Nobody requires us to go to extremes.
Crossposted at Manifesto Joe.
|Surface Firmware 05/19/2015 available as download package||The new Surface Firmware released on last Tuesday is now available as a download package. The download includes firmware and drivers and a prepacked MSI file for your Enterprise deployment. Link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38826|
|Partial Telecommute Automation Subject Matter Expert in the Walnut Creek Area||A staffing and recruitment firm needs applicants for an opening for a Partial Telecommute Automation Subject Matter Expert in the Walnut Creek Area.
Candidates will be responsible for the following:
Driving Enterprise Change Management and Configuration Management process improvement projects
Applying deep expertise in delivering process automation and ServiceNow
Programming automation of report and scorecard creation via integration of reporting tools, Remedy and ServiceNow
Skills and Requirements Include:
Partial telecommute; must work some of the time at offices in Walnut Creek or Corona, CA
Bachelor's Degree in CIS, Business Administration, or related field, or equivalent experience
Minimum ten (10) years IT experience within a large matrixed organization
Software Developer experience in: HTML, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, PHP, MySql, Ruby, etc
Deep working knowledge of automation and reporting tools such as HPOO, IBM Rational, BluePrism, Tableau and others
All other requirements listed by the company|
|Remote Talent Customer Enablement Consultant||Provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources has an open position for a Remote Talent Customer Enablement Consultant.
Core Responsibilities of this position include:
Conducting discovery activities to understand customer requirements, timeline and scope of the engagement
Delivering a variety of programs and services to our customers ranging from feature demonstrations to full feature deployments
Creating programs and services to help them drive business value from their Workday applications
Qualifications for this position include:
Ability to travel up to 50%
Bachelor's degree required
5+ years of software consulting and deployment experience on large enterprise projects, a leadership role in Talent, Performance and HR systems, and/or applicable experience as an HR practitioner
Capable of leading and influencing large design meetings towards an effective and collaborative outcome
Capable of influencing, interacting and collaborating with senior executives, internally and externally
Excellent verbal and written communication skills|
|Remote Enterprise Account Executive||Cloud computing company has an open position for a Remote Enterprise Account Executive.
Must be able to:
Source new opportunities
Qualify new prospects
Drive the sales process from internal leads
Applicants must meet the following qualifications:
Demonstrated success by exceeding quota on a consistent basis to new customers
Track record of personally selling and closing complex technical solutions to enterprises and software companies in excess of $100K
Experience selling communications to a technical and business audience, building trust and mutual respect with technical customers and peers
Experience with creating pricing proposals, negotiating terms and managing the contract process
World-class interpersonal and communication skills
Passion about what you do and able to think outside of the box|
|Guest Column: Content Marketing- Making the king a humble servant: Neena Dasgupta, Zirca Digital Solutions||The evolution of digital really is the evolution of human ambition and enterprise, says Dasgupta|
|Remote Seasoned Advanced Data and Analytic Solutions Sales Consultant||Leading provider of construction cost data, software and services for all phases of the construction lifecycle has an open position for a Remote Seasoned Advanced Data and Analytic Solutions Sales Consultant.
Candidates will be responsible for the following:
Executing territory/account sales plans for assigned geographic territory
Delivering presentations/demonstrations highlighting the benefits, of RSMeans Data, Consulting and Analytic solutions
Maintaining an understanding of key industry trends and competitive issues and products
Skills and Requirements Include:
Travel to customers and prospects within the territory as needed up to 25% of the time
8-10+ years' experience selling software and exceeding quotas
Demonstrated track record of developing new business and managing sales cycle from generating leads through closing to consistently achieve quota
Experience selling to Fortune 500 and large enterprise customers
Experience selling analytics, data, databases, consulting, or business intelligence software|
|Enterprise Architect (Performance Monitoring)|| |
|Home Sweet Home|
After a hiatus on my travelogue, I decided to share a post on my new house which I have dedicated most of my time during the weekends in 2015.
We have gotten our 4 room built-to-order (BTO) flat keys in July 2015 but I started my renovation research way back in February 2015. Deciding the theme for the house is important and the foremost thing to do before any research is done. It's akin to choosing the travel destination before researching on airfare, accommodation etc. I have research from the below websites before deciding which theme suits us:
We first visited interior designer firm (ID) as ID is able to provide quotation based on the floor plan whereas contractor prefers to quote based on the physical state of the house. We meet up with at least 5 ID which we picked up ideas and knowledge from them. We also have a gauge of how much budget we would need to set aside for our renovation.
Hubby and I decided that we do not require an ID because:
- We intend to do minimal and simple renovation. We can also visualize the outcome of our renovation. Most who engage an ID is because ID provides the 3D images. I have tried few software on the Internet doing up a 3D image for our new house. It's time consuming and of cos it's not as presentable as an ID 3D image but it's sufficient for us.
- We can monitor the renovation progress ourselves. We are lucky that hubby job is flexible and our new house is near my parent's house so we went to our new house almost everyday during the renovation period.
- We want to save cost. ID will charge a premium as they provide 3D image and help to monitor and co-ordinate with the contractors. They can't be doing these for free.
After we have collected our keys, we meet up with at least 10 contractors. We compared their quotations (I did this in MS excel for easy comparison) and visited their client house to look at their workmanship. When comparing the quotations, I have to keep asking them to revise their quotation as it's inevitably that they missed out items here and there. In the end, we engaged Steven who has renovated ~50 houses in our BTO project and his price is very competitive.
- Hacking of kitchen wall
- Dismantle service yard door & lourve windows
- Kitchen cabinet base and cement sink base
- Labour & tiles & skirting for living room, dining area, walkway (750sqf) + 2 in 1 cement
- 5 ft top & 14 ft bottom Kitchen cabinets
- 14 ft Kitchen quartz top
- 6.5ft Master bedroom wardrobe
- L 3.5ft x H 4ft shoe cabinet
- Sliding window at service yard
- Window grills at living room, 3 bedrooms & service yard
- Plumbing works
- Electrical works
- Disposal of debris
- General cleaning
As we did not opt in for HDB flooring, we have to factor the flooring cost in our renovation. There are few types of flooring such as tiles, parquet, laminate, vinyl. We decided with wood grain tiles as tiles are more durable and we do not have to worry about the floor getting too wet. We didn't know that there are different sizes of wood grain tiles i.e. 60cm, 90cm and 120cm until we meet up with one contractor. We went to Hafary, Lian Seng Hin & Soon Bee Huat to take a look at the tiles and we can asked for samples to bring home. The samples given are ~ 8x8cm which is not easy to visualise. We took more than 20 samples and compare it under day light and at night, repeat the process again and again before deciding the final one. As HDB no longer provides prepacked cement, this adds on to our renovation cost too.
The wall between kitchen and dining area is hacked away to create a larger space. As I seldom cook and we bought a good hood, open concept kitchen does not pose a problem to us. The window and door dividing the kitchen and service yard are also removed to create a larger space and easier maintenance.
I don't understand why the HDB did not install windows at the service yard. We have to include window installation as our service yard is prone to get drenched during raining days. We also added the installation of window grills for the whole house.
There is minimal carpentry for our house as I feel that the more cabinets you have, there is a higher tenancy to buy and keep more things. The carpentry in our house only consist of a half height shoe cabinet, kitchen cabinet and MBR wardrobe. We opt for a half height shoe cabinet as I do not have so many shoes and most of the time, the upper level of a full height cabinet is usually made redundant. We did not have a TV feature wall too as we prefer the white wall in the background. In the kitchen, we have a lower cabinet for the stove and sink and a lower and upper cabinet at the opposite. The rationale for not having both lower and upper cabinet on both sides is to prevent the kitchen from being seen as too cramped. I have requested the contractor to build a cement base at the sink area to minimise wood corrosion. We had quartz kitchen top as it is durable and has a range of colours to chose from. We have a simple 8 doors wardrobe instead of walk in wardrobe as I find that over time, clothes become very dusty. I have requested my contractor to split the upper and lower wardrobe into separate doors to minimise opening the upper wardrobe where I kept the winter clothes.
We did not engage our contractor to paint our house as the painting quotation I received from various contractors range from $1,100 to $1,400. We bought our own paints and engaged the Bangladesh painters. The Bangladesh painters are professional painters as they painted the interior and exterior of flats for HDB. We bought our paints and painting tools from Chye Seng Paints & Hardware Co (Add: Blk 452 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-1767 Singapore 560452). It's cheaper here as a tin of Vanilex 5000 cost $47 and a tin of Odouless cost ~$70. The boss from Chye Seng Paints advised us to buy Vanilex paints since we are not moving in immediately and the odour will fade away in few days time. In the end, we bought Vanilex 5000 Sail White for living and dining room and Vanilex 5000 Snow Flakes for bedrooms.
The renovation sequence is usually in this sequence: Dismantling -> Tiling -> Electrical work -> Painting -> Light installation -> Carpentry and there are a few milestones where owner presence are important: electrical wiring, aircon installation, gas piping installation, plumbing, carpentry installation.
After selecting the contractor, we have to source for lighting, furniture and appliances. We decided to be more adventurous and bought lighting from Taobao. We spent about $450 on lighting (inclusive of shipping and GST charges) which is ~50% saving compared to buying locally. All the lighting are received in good condition except the walkway lamp casing which cracked. I have informed the seller and the seller agreed to send a replacement FOC. However I have to arrange my own shipment from China to Singapore which I have consolidated with my 2nd batch of Taobao purchase.
Living room: 1.5ç±³é»è²å¯¼è½¨, 5W æç½ éé»å£³, 5W æ£ç½ éé»å£³
Dining area: æ¨çº¹Bæ¬¾(é3Wæå LED) (we changed the light bulb as the original Taobao bulb is too dim)
Kitchen: 90cm*20cm 26W LEDç½å ï¼é¶è²
Household shelter, MBR bathroom, Common bathroom: æ¹å 18Wç½å
Entrance, Service Yard, MBR entrance: æ¹å 12Wç½å
Walkway: ç»¿è²Cæ¬¾(é3Wæå LED)
Master bedroom: ä¸å·-ç½-æ æè°è²è°äº® (with remote)Bedroom 2 & 3: å°å·-ç½-LED-ç½å -16W (without remote)
Another alternative is to buy from Malaysia. Below are Johor Bahru lighting shops visited by Singaporeans:
-Tampoi Lighting Centre Sdn Bhd
Add: No 2 Jalan Titiwangsa 3/1, Taman Tampoi Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru
At first instance, I feel loss when surfing Taobao website but after I joined several Taobao Facebook page, read a lot and learn from there. I also save the links of those items which the renotalk forumer bought for reference. It's better to buy lights from Tmall which is more expensive but more reputable (Tmall is operating on B2C system (business-to-consumer) whereas Taobao is operating on a C2C system (consumer-to-consumer). I have inform the seller that the purchase are to be ship overseas hence they will usually take extra steps in the packaging. As I'm buying many big items, renotalk forumers recommend shipping agent Peeka or Amcon and I used Amcon for my shipment. The charge is RMB550 for 1st cbm (rounded to nearest 2 decimal places), S$35 shipping document, S$40 local delivery and 7% of the item value purchase. Amcon provided me their Guangzhou warehouse address which I have keyed in when checking out my items. They provide 14 days free storage from the day the 1st item is received. I have to provide Amcon the list of items which I have bought and I will ask for update on the items and the volume received at Guangzhou warehouse. After all the items have reached Guangzhou warehouse, I will ask Amcon to proceed to ship the items to Singapore which takes about 7-10 days. Then Amcon will call me to arrange delivery to my house.
- e Mart
Add: No 23 Jalan Bestari 12/2,Taman Nusa Bestari, 81300 Skudai, Johor Bahru
- Starworld Lighting
Add: 28 Jalan Titiwangsa 3/1, Taman Tampoi Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru
We visited furniture stores almost every weekend and below are the list of Scandinavian theme furniture stores which we have visited:
- Star Living
- Comfort Furniture
Add: 110 Eunos Avenue 7
- Home's Harmony
Ad: 978 Toa Payoh North #01-01
- Nook & Cranny
Add: BLK 514 Chai Chee Lane #02-07
- Tan Boon Liat Building
- Prestige Affairs
Add: 9 Tagore Lane #03-08
- Born In Colours
Add: 1024 Yishun Industrial Park A #02-37
Tel:90093586 (by appointment)
Add: 2 Alexandra Road, #01-03A Delta House
Add: 317 Alexandra Road or 60 Tampines North Drive 2
Add: 9 Raffles Boulevard #02-52 Millenia Walk
- Danish Design
Add: 100E Pasir Panjang Road #08-01
- Teak Avenue
Add: 9 Tagore Lane #02-05
Add: 9 Raffles Boulevard #02-34 Millenia Walk
- We Love Air
Add: 29 Tai Seng Avenue #01-02
- Lush Lush
Add: 134 Joo Seng Road Level 2
- OM Home
Add: 16 Tai Seng Street Level 8
- Scan Teak
- Pickle and Rail
After visiting so many furniture stores, we bought sofa, TV console, dining table and bench from Star Living. Our bed frame is purchased from Prestige Affairs and we also bought the glass cabinet and dining chairs from Ikea. I have read that there are many people who bought furniture from Taobao nowadays but we decide to buy locally as we prefer to see the physical sample before buying. We did purchased smaller items such as coffee table and bedside cabinet from Taobao. It's better to start from the big items follow by the smaller items e.g buy sofa follow by TV console and coffee table as the smaller items can be omitted if there is not enough space.
We did not major haul our bathroom as we do not see the necessity in spending on the bathroom. We only change the basin in the MBR bathroom as we find the basin provided by HDB too small. We went to a sanitary shop in JB which was recommended by hubby friend and bought rain shower, 2 bidets and a kitchen mixer. These only cost us $230 which I don't think we can get such price for Johnson Suisse product in Singapore. Do note that if you travel out of Singapore for less than 48 hours, the GST relief is for goods valued up to $150 per person.
- The Best Sanitaryware Trading
Add: No.37, Jalan Setia 12/3, Taman Setia Indah, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor
Below are 2 sanitaryware shops frequent by Singaporeans. We bought our kitchen hob and hood from Universal Union as we find that Hoe Kee pricing is slightly more expensive. We decided to invest in a better hob and hood and have chosen the Fujioh brand.
- Universal Union
Add: 710 Geylang Road
- Hoe Kee
Add: 8 Genting Lane
We opt for gas heater instead of electric heater because the gas heater has inner storage tank and is able to support the rain shower system. We do not want to install the water tank in our toilet as we find it ugly. In addition, gas is also cheaper than electricity.
We purchased most of our appliances from our neighbour as he's working in LG. We got a good discount for our TV, fridge and washing machine. We purchased Mitsubishi Starmex System 3 from AJ Aircon where we enjoyed bulk BTO purchase price. The aircon specs research are done by hubby. We got our ceiling fan from JB e-mart which is half of the price in Singapore. We bought a Mayer 3.5L air fryer for the price of 2.2L during the SG50 promotion. We also bought discounted food blender, rice cooker, iron and hair dryer during the Philip warehouse sales. We decided to do without a built-in oven and microwave as our kitchen is relatively small and I seldom bake.
Below are list of appliances shops which offer competitive pricing and most accept cash or NETS, there is extra charges for payment by credit card.
- Maximum Credit Co Pte Ltd
Add: BLK 121 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-02
- Aik Leong Enterprise
Add: BLK 121 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-16
- Hong Liang Electrical Enterprise
Add: BLK 121 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-70
- Goh Ah Bee
Add: Blk 210 Hougang St 21 #01-247
I choose curtains over blinds for easier maintenance. Instead of engaging those curtains makers who charge at least $700 for four rooms flat, I decided to DIY which only cost half of it. We bought curtain rods from Ikea and asked our contractor to install for us. For the curtains, I purchased them from Qoo10 and the quality is good.
Living room under day light
Living room with lights switch on
Close up view of living room
Miniature liquor collection
- Coffee table: 80*50*45cm (from Taobao)
- Glass cabinet: FABRIKÃR Glass-door cabinet Dark Grey (from Ikea)
- Display shelf: 4 layers brown shelf (from Taobao)
- Stool beside shoe cabinet: Square dark blue pokka (from Taobao and no longer selling)
- Table stool: Pink stool (from Taobao)
- Sofa throw: Gurli Throw Grey/ Black (from Ikea)
- Curtain rod: Hugad Curtain Rod 210-385cm (from Ikea)
- Curtain bracket: Betydlig (from Ikea)
- Curtain finals: EFTERRÃTT Finials (from Ikea)
- Curtain: Prielle Jade Set M Size Ivory (from Qoo10)
- TV: LG 49LF630T (from neighbour)
- Ceiling fan: Fanco e Trinity DC 3 Black 56" (from Malaysia)
- Clock: 14" Black wall clock (from Taobao)
- Poster: 50*70cm (from Taobao)
- Door sensor camera (from Taobao)
- Dining table: Corn B Dining Table (from Star Living)
- Dining bench: Azumi S-N Long Bench (from Star Living)
- Dining chairs: Nordmyra Chair (from Ikea)Kitchen
- Sink: Monic E-800 (from Universal Union)
- Dish rack holder: ADL S6200 - 22" Dish rack (from Ang Mo Kio Hwa Aik General Store)
- Fridge: LG GT-B4381PZ (from neighbour)
- Gas Hood: Fujioh FJS-900 Black (from Universal Union)
- Gas Hob: Fujioh FG772 SVGL (from Universal Union)
- Air fryer: Mayer MMAF50 3.2L (from Mayer)
- Rice cooker: Philip HD3077/62 (from Philip)
- Food & Juice Blender: Philip HR2118 (from Philip)
- Clock cum timer: Normal orange (from Taobao)
- Washing machine: LG WFT1071DD (from neighbour)
- Gas water heater: Macro MA-10FE (from SP Services)
MBR bathroomCommon bathroom
- Rain shower: (from Malaysia)
- Basin: Johnson Swiss Latina 500 (from Hong Soon Hardware)
- MBR Mirror: SILVERÃ N Mirror cabinet White (from Ikea)
- Common toilet Mirror: (from Ang Mo Kio Hwa Aik General Store)
- Bidet: Johnson Suisse WBFA300643CP (from Malaysia)
- Toiletries shelf: (from Mustafa)
- Toilet paper holder: Black single layer holder (from Taobao)
- Towel rod: FOC from relative
- Shower rod: 140-260cm (from Taobao)
- Shower curtain: 180*180cm (from Taobao)
- Hair dryer hanger: Blue hanger (from Taobao)
- Hair dryer: Philip BHD006 (from Philip)
|Simplifying Transactions in Multi-Enterprise Commerce|
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|Triangle Invests in TK USA Enterprises, Inc.|
$12.5 Million in Subordinated Debt TK USA is a leading manufacturer of decorative hardware for the professional market.
|videos: La Big Vic, Outer Space, Dolphins into the Future||Sik .MOVs|
A few of my favorite videos of the moment. The (above) La Big Vic session at Newtown Radio is really something special. Hi-fi to the max, this is them peaking on a song I've been hearing them jam locally for a long while now. Couldn't be more excited for the LP to drop (Ed note: there is a song called "Bobka Jam" on the Actually Shout out Russ & Daughters!). Also, sick video for "Mr. Broken Bird" by Mr. Luke Wyatt below. Watch out.
Outer Space recently ripped arpeggios throughout the Schoolhouse and Market Hotel. The latter encounter left me with mild brain damage for 26 hours. I woke up the next day with mind ooze all over my pillow, kinda flabbergasted as to how I got home. Shout out Dunkin Donut's Egg & Cheese on Croissants.
Tequilla Rambo homie Lieven Martins brought his Dolphins into the Future enterprise to NYC for the first time in a few years. The result was a cosmo-coral submergence, not unlike the time I went diving in Thailand and this Dutch dude named Remi put a sea urchin in my hand and it stung me and I had to squeeze purple poison out of my hand for, like, 10 minutes while breathing underwater. This video from Sydney is sublte, and awesome.
|Digital transformation in Africa: Real change requires a fundamental shift|
|While Moving Windows XP to Windows 7||Companies areÂ hoping to upgrade toÂ Windows 7 XP, instead of going via Vista, could find Microsoft has it tough and costlier for them to upgrade to the new Windows.
Under Microsoft’s planned enterprise licensing rules, businesses that get PCs before 23 April, 2010, with Windows 7 preinstalled can downgrade them to Windows XP, then later [...]|
|Book on Broomfield 2017||The Book on Broomfield 2017 brought to you by the Broomfield Enterprise with helpful information about Broomfield, Colorado.|
|The Industryâs First GPU-based Enterprise Stream Processing Solution|
Introducing the AMD Stream Processorâ¢ - the first, dedicated, GPU-based solution to address the needs of high-performance computing users. Featuring the AMD R580 GPU, and a 1GB memory buffer, the AMD Stream Processorâ¢ delivers the computing horsepower to handle the most complex compute tasks. The AMD Stream Processorâ¢ delivers this performance in conjunction with AMD's unique compute runtime driver (CTMâ¢), thereby enabling the most direct access to GPU resources in the industry.1
Next Generation Stream ComputingFeaturing full Shader Model 3.0 support and a scalable ultra-threaded architecture with true 32-bit floating point precision, 48 shader processors, and an ultra-efficient 512-bit ring bus memory controller, AMD Stream Processorâ¢ delivers floating point performance which is an order of magnitude above the CPU's of today.2 Scientists, researchers, and analysts will now be able to benefit from this tremendous increase in computing power to process larger, more complex mathematical models and simulations.
World Class Performance, Reliability and SupportAMD Stream Processors are continually tested to ensure optimized performance and compatibility on a wide range of todays platforms. AMD offers free customer access to our technical enterprise support team.
1 AMD Press Release: 13th November 2006: AMD UNLEASHES THE POWER OF STREAM COMPUTING WITH NEW "CLOSE TO METAL" TECHNOLOGY.
|ERP Implementation Consultant - Vision33 - Toronto, ON||Vision33 offers enterprise access to the worldâs largest and most experienced team of SAP Business One consultants and is consistently honored for its customer...|
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|Graceland Hotel Plans Revealed||It's a 450-room hotel that Elvis Presley Enterprises wants to construct on their property. They call it the Guest House of Graceland.|
|using social media v. building online community||I've been working with a large cross-functional team at OCLC that's looking across all of our content management needs and thinking through what we need (functionally and otherwise) to evolve and improve our websites. Perhaps not surprisingly, I've come to the process with a strong desire for seeing systems that support interactive features, anything that shows the personality, the humanity and the voice of our cooperative.|
So far, the process has helped me sort through what, exactly, I mean when I say that. I've already seen one vendor demo where they checked "yep" on a RFI response to "web 2.0 stuff" (don't worry, we were more detailed than that) but in the demo they showed us what they really meant is that a user can click a star rating or share/post this content to their facebook profile. And that's what they mean by 'interactive capabilities.' I'm not disparaging the vendor, because what they did offer in the way of personalized content management and other critical features seemed incredible - and you can't have it all. But I was surprised that their definition of web 2.0 capability was so much different than mine. On reflection, I should not have been so surprised. There is a difference between "building online community" and "using social media" and therein lies the differences between me and Mr. CMS Vendor.
To help me out with the rest of our demos happening later this month, below is a short list of capabilities that I think are useful for facilitating community with your web-audience. * I'll be looking for each of them as we move through the rest of our exploration of the current CMS world.
Site visitors can:
On the other hand, if there's anything that I've learned at WebJunction (an online community for library staff) it's that none of the tools we use make or break the online community. It's the people who spend their time "at WebJunction" (which is now a lot bigger than our website) and their willingness to share and support one another there. So, I remind myself again to not get attached to any one function or space.
Most certainly, these are not all the elements we'll need in an enterprise CMS. In fact, I wouldn't prioritize some of these things over the other things we're looking for. But in terms of interactivity and community building with our web-users, I'm hoping this gives us a good start. And I'm very hopeful that I'm able to check off a few more of these items as we proceed through the rest of our selection process. Even though I know it's not about the tools, I know that some of these features will certainly help us along.
I share this with you because I'm curious if you think there are things that I've missed, or things that I have here that you don't think are important. What have you learned in designing your websites and selecting your content management tools? What have you learned in using other websites that you'd like to see more prominent in library services?
* My list is based on a group process started by Deb Lewis, a group discussion facilitated by Sharon Streams, and a "success criteria for online communities" working document contributed to by a number of my colleagues at OCLC.
|Forrester Forum: BPM pros need to dig into digital disruption||Greetings from not-so-sunny Florida, where I'm attending Forrester's information-packed "Embracing Digital Disruption" conference for BPM professionals and enterprise architects. We've been leading up this event for awhile; don't miss our collection of pre-conference coverage. At this writing, the Forum is...|
|SQLRD SSRS Data Driven Automation 7.3.20170809||Affordable SSRS Data Driven Automation. No Upgrade To SQL Enterprise Needed.|
|No Men Need Apply: Women's Car Service Should Be Welcomed, Not Sued||Safr, a ride-hailing company for women, is planning to open for business in Boston next month. By hiring only female drivers and picking up only female passengers, the new enterprise aims to serve women who don't feel comfortable getting alone into a car with a male stranger. Here's to Safr's success may the company encounter only happy customers. More likely, it will encounter James J. Foster. Or someone just like him.|
|32TB of Windows 10 beta builds, driver source code leaked||
Seeing "Windows 10 source code leaked!" headlines or tweets? Not so fast - while there was a leak, it wasn't anything particularly interesting. The only truly interesting bit is this, as explained by Ars' Peter Bright:
The leak is also described as containing a source code package named the "Shared Source Kit." This is a package of source code for things like the USB, storage, and Wi-Fi stacks, and the Plug-and-Play system. It isn't the core operating system code (part of which leaked in 2004) but rather contains those parts of the driver stack that third parties have to interact most intimately with.
Microsoft routinely gives access to the source code of a wide variety of parts of Windows to academic institutions, certain enterprise customers, and, of course, hardware makers - which is what the above mentioned source code package refers to. While interesting, it seems unlikely this leak is of any significance to anyone.|
|President Barack Obama 2013 Inauguration Speech|
Today President Barack Obama gave what will be known as a historic speech as far as LGBT Americans are concerned. It was the first time the word gay was used in an inaugural speech and it was used to speak about the need for equality. I was happy that my daughter was there in D.C. to hear her President speak so positively about her family. It was an amazing speech that drew on the fact that it was given on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and made comparison to the civil rights struggles, women's rights and rights for gay Americans. It will be exciting to see how this sets up the State of the Union address and this coming session of Congress. While I believe the President will not do the work for us, he may be willing to be a more active advocate for us. But, I do believe that this President likes to see the American people involved in the process. He wants to see us use our voices and do everything we can to be heard and help to move our elected officials to take action. We must continue to lead this fight. However, the President is clearly in our corner.
Watch the President's speech. Full transcript follows the video
Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:
Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional â what makes us American â is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.
For more than two hundred years, we have.
Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.
Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.
Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.
Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune.
Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.
But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.
This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it â so long as we seize it together.
For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.
We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other â through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security â these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries â we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure â our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That's what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.
We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.
We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully â not because we are naÃ¯ve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice â not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths â that all of us are created equal â is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law â for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.
That is our generation's task â to make these words, these rights, these values â of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness â real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time â but it does require us to act in our time.
For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today's victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.
My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction â and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.
They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.
You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country's course.
You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time â not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.
Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.
Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.
|Global Urinary Catheters Market Growth, Drivers, Trends, Demand, Share, Opportunities and Analysis to 2021|
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-Exhibit 02: Types of cardiopulmonary diseases
-Exhibit 03: Peri-operative period and its different stages
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-Exhibit 05: Global Urinary Catheters systems for other surgeries
-Exhibit 06: Process of Global Urinary Catheters
-Exhibit 07: Components of cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters system
-Exhibit 08: Cost analysis of cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters
-Exhibit 09: Cost breakdown of CABG surgery and cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters 2015
-Exhibit 10: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market 2015-2020 ($ millions)
-Exhibit 11: Five forces analysis
-Exhibit 12: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by end-user 2015
-Exhibit 13: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2015
-Exhibit 14: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2020
-Exhibit 15: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020
-Exhibit 16: Global cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market segmentation by geography 2015-2020 ($ millions)
-Exhibit 17: Cardiopulmonary Global Urinary Catheters systems market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ millions)
-Exhibit 18: Comparison of US healthcare system: Before and after reforms
-Exhibit 19: Implements amended in ACA
-Exhibit 20: Number of coronary bypass surgeries per 100,000 people in Europe 2013
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|Comment on LifeCycle of LiveCycle Domain Synchronization by Luigi DAmico (8 BIT PLATOON)||Hi,
Thanks for the great post.
I have a hopefully simple question.
1) I have LCES3 connected & synchronizing to the clients AD. (Enterprise Domain setup in the LC Adminui)
2) I need to periodically query a specific group and do something with each user.
3) The specific group contains 975 users
4) Im using the Find Group & findGroupMembers operations from the UserManagerLookupService to retrieve a list of users.
1) The findGroupMembers operation is only returning 200 users.
What I have tried / Noted:
1) Modifying the offset & resultSize values of the findGroupMembers operation to try get the next "batch" of users - no luck.
2) I opened the GROUP in LC AdminUI and noted that there are only 200 users in the GROUP - I resynchronized
2 a) Then in LC AdminUI, I went to "Edit Enterprise Domain" -> Directory -> Directory Group. I clicked TEST and saw the GROUP. I clicked on the GROUP, and noted in the "member" Attributes Names in the Attribute Value it listed all 975 users.
3) I have resynchronzied the Enteprise domain multiple times, but still no reflection (all users showing in the group).
4) The users that need to be in the group, however are showing in the LC AdminUI as users, however in the user's user groups, it shows that it is not associated with that group.
1) Why does LC AdminUI not reflect the correct number of users in a group in a synchronized Enterprise domain.(it limits it to 200)
Thanking all in advance|
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Now let say you have Enterprise Domain configured and running good with Active Directory X. Now you want to point the same Enterprise to start referring to Active Directory Y.
First of all, make sure that the users of both the Active Directories share some common attribute. Generally, the samAccountName value is the common link between the users from two different Active Directories.
1. First make a canonical name change by editing the Directory Provider Settings and replacing ObjectGUID with samAccountName in Users/Groups Settings page.
2. Save the changes and re-sync the domain.
3. Now replace the server settings of Active Directory X with Active Directory Y in the Directory Provider.(keeping the UniqueId as samAccountName)
4. Now resync the Enterprise Domain.
5 You'll see that all the users still retain their history but now they will start pointing to Active Directory Y instead of X.
6. Now you can change the canonical name back to the original one, e.g. ObjectGUID.
7. Resync the Enterprise Domain.|
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|Why Windows UI Matters: Part 1||This post comes into 2 parts:|
We are lots around waiting and watching for the next Windows. We are not just waiting for the desktop to come back, we are waiting for something that will make us happy and excited! I'm not a UI designer, I'm just a developer using Windows, but I love good visuals and I'm concerned by the OS UI that accompanies me all along more than 12 hours per day!
I won't comment more on the next Windows OS, but I would like to take the opportunity to share some of the unpleasant things I'm feeling about for the past years with the Windows Metro UI era.
I remember reading the old document of the Windows Phone design philosophy when it came out (I have found just one around) and the first two major pillars of the Metro philosophy were :
1) Clean, light, open, and fast: It is visually distinctive, contains ample white space, reduces clutter and elevates typography as a key design elementThat's the original seed and... original sin.
First, considering that a UI OS is like a transit area, a metro or an airport. I barely spend a whole day in a metro/airport and I don't think I would love to. While this design philosophy can be successful for some applications (like news, because this is one place where the content is more important than the chrome), it is questionable to apply it everywhere.
Do you typography?
Let's take one of my favorite example: The settings of Windows Phone and this apply to some extend to the settings of Windows 8.x. Here are the screenshots of all the settings that are scrollable on a windows developer phone I have:
It is composed of 7 different screens (!), 48 individual plain text entries just for the front settings! I have just added the second screen for applications, but some sub-screen-settings are suffering the same syndrome...
I have found this UI to be one of the most unpleasant settings area I have been using for the past years over the three major mobile OS. Every time I have to use this area, I'm struggling to scroll down, scroll up, blinking my eyes to find - and miss the entry I'm looking for. It was even worse with Windows Phone 8, as it didn't have an accessible notification/simplified control center from the home screen, so everyday, I had to deep dive into these settings to find the flight mode (2nd screen, first line!)
This is where typography is abused. It has only content, and absolutely no chrome. Where are the:
Let's just have a look at the Windows 8.1 version.
Not surprising whenever I have to change settings on my PC, I'm still going to the good old control panel. While it is lacking flat designs and refreshed icons, it is still much easier to access all your settings ( and you have much more there), than going around the new Windows 8.1 Metro settings.
Apart for the categories, we feel cold about colors and icons. Why banning them so hard?
Let's just have a look on the settings on my Android device:
Visually, it is a bit more pleasant, even if I'm not a fan of the toggle buttons (not really a flat design), but overall, it is functionally a lot more usable. My grandpa with its weak sight is much more able to handle these settings than the one from Windows.
Perceptually, psychologically, without being an expert, I believe this is wrong. Many people, probably starting by myself, are not comfortable with pure text, language, reading...etc. My kids that are not yet able to read would not be able to navigate in these settings (even if they should not have to!).
Our brain have different ways of deciphering information, based on text, form, colors, spacial placement, sound. Some people can perfectly handle all this text, some can't. Leveraging only on typography, on a single axis of chrome, is making some people confused about this.
This division of content and chrome is hurting more than it sounds, drying the chrome is drying the content! It is essential that the substance and form come together.
For the next part, let's talk about colors and tiles!
|Burnout in Networking : networking|
No one talks about the human consequences of Enterprise IT
|Private Sector and Enterprise Development||Private Sector and Enterprise DevelopmentÂ
By: Lois Stevenson
Before beginning the more detailed discussion of private sector and enterprise development in The MENA-12 countries. Chapter 1 lays out the landscape of private sector development. Covering its many facets, the different view helds by donors and internationals organizations about what it is. The policy areas implicated in creating a|
|Liberalism, secular religion, vulnerability||There is a terrific review of a new book on liberalism over at First Things. The book is by a Polish philosopher named Ryszard Legutko, who was a dissident under the communist government and who believes that communism and liberalism share a similar secular religious framework. |
The review, by Adrian Vermeule, is difficult to improve on, so I will limit myself to some commentary on one of the key points raised and then encourage you to go and read the whole thing yourselves.
What I found most interesting was the discussion of some contradictions within liberalism. For instance, liberalism emphasises both a materialist determinism (i.e. everything we do is predetermined by forces of history, genetics etc.) and a belief in the radically autonomous individual, including the idea that individuals, absent certain social conditions, will use this autonomous freedom to choose the good. How can you have a radically self-determining individual if you believe that everything is materially predetermined? One part of liberal philosophy insists that the individual is radically predetermined, the other that he only has dignity if he is radically self-determined.
The most interesting contradiction discussed, and one that is complained about all the time in alt-right discussions on social media, is why liberals seem uninterested in seriously illiberal policies in places like Saudi Arabia but come down heavily on mildly illiberal policies in places like Hungary. I think the answer given by Legutko, as summarised by Vermeule, is very interesting:
Why do Western liberal academics and EU technocrats object so stridently to the mild illiberalism of the Fidesz parliamentary party in Hungary, while saying little or nothing about Saudi Arabia and other monarchical or authoritarian nations, nominal allies of the West, who routinely control, punish, and dominate women, gays, and religious dissenters? Why are the EU technocrats, whose forte is supposed to be competence, so very bumbling, making policy mistake after policy mistake? How is it possible that while the sitting president of the United States squarely opposed same-sex marriage just a few years ago, the liberal intellectuals who supported him passionately also condemn any opposition to same-sex marriage as bigotry, rooted in cultural backwardness? Why was the triumph of same-sex marriage followed so rapidly by the opening of a new regulatory and juridical frontier, the recognition of transgender identity?
If this is true, then it gives liberalism both a strength and a weakness. The strength is that people hold to liberal beliefs like a religion, and therefore as a source of meaning that is difficult to step away from. The weakness is that the force of the religious belief depends on an "eschatology" in which there is always a progress toward an ever more radical application of liberalism in society. Therefore, once liberalism is forced back it is vulnerable to collapse. In other words, if liberalism is seen to be obviously stopped, and some aspect of traditionalism restored, it is likely to trigger a psychological demoralisation amongst liberalism's adherents.
Liberalism needs opposition, it needs a force of reaction to battle against, but it needs to always win.
So we must not be content with being "house traditionalists" who exist merely to play a role within "the liturgy of liberalism." We need to be serious about building to the point that we are obviously regaining ground. At that point, liberals become vulnerable to psychological confusion and demoralisation. There may not be great depths of resistance once they lose a sense of inevitable progress.
|Adventures with ZFS, Part 1||RAID is scary nowadays. What used to be considered a "must-have" for fast storage with redundancy, is now (with today's ever-larger drive densities) becoming a liability in the form of a ticking MTBF time bomb. Hardware RAID 5 in particular, which was an excellent solution in the days when 73GB enterprise hard drives were considered|
|Think Before You Voicemail||Voicemail is dead. Please tell everyone so they’ll stop using it. When I first started out in the real world in the mid-nineties voicemail was an important productivity tool. I remember people talking about the pros and cons of various enterprise voicemail systems – which had the best forwarding and group messaging, which allowed for archiving, and how many messages could be stored… Read More|
|Re: Ironman renewed, but not everyone is onboard||
You need to calculate the loss of business for those who suffer from this event and work that into the equation. |
A make whole agreement should be in place for those who lose.
This is a private enterprise which profits at the expense of others.
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|CARF Connection - Mission shapes the focus of a social enterprise - 2012 - PDF||
A blend of retail and rehabilitation is a recipe for creating a social enterprise -- a social service organization that operates a revenue-generating business to fund the organizationâs mission. Cornucopia, Inc., has been using the model for decades.
|FirstNet: Putting Lifesaving Technologies into the Hands of Heroes||
In connection with American Heroes Week (July 24â28, 2017),Â the U.S. Department of Commerce is proud to highlight its own American heroes and the important role Commerce agencies play in serving and protecting American communities. Â
Right now, an area the size of New York City is ablaze in western Montana. The Lodgepole Complex fire has grown to encompass more than 250,000 acres. Although it is the largest fire, it is only one of 19 currently burning across the state in what has been a particularly intense fire season.
Pushing hard through intense heat, danger and exhaustion are firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other first responders â brave women and men doing everything in their power to protect citizens, homes, livestock and land. These first responders dedicateÂ their lives to protecting communities across our nation and are true Americaâs heroes. And the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent agency within the Department of Commerce, is working to equip them with the lifesaving, 21st-century communication technology they need to do their jobs.
Today, in emergencies and at large events, heavy public cell phone use can lead to wireless communications networks becoming overloaded and inaccessible. In those instances, public safety users are treated the same as any other commercial or enterprise user â meaning they canât use their cell phones or wireless communication equipment when they need it the most. Thatâs where FirstNet comes in.
When Congress created FirstNet in 2012, it began fulfilling a recommendation of the 9/11 Commission to provide first responders with a secure, dedicated high-speed network that is available to first responders when and where they respond.
A âfast laneâ for public safety communications
With FirstNet, public safety will get a dedicated âfast laneâ that provides highly secure communications every day and for every emergency. FirstNet will deliver specialized features to public safety that are not available on wireless networks today including priority access, more network capacity, and a resilient andÂ hardened connection. With FirstNet, first responders also will have access to devices connecting them to innovative, life-saving technologies.
For those fire fighters in Montana, and for first responders across the nation, FirstNet can provide vital technologies, tools and services during emergencies, such as:
A vital tool for our nationâs heroes
As Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross noted when he announced FirstNetâs selection of AT&T as its network partner: âFirstNet is a critical infrastructure project that will give our first responders the communications tools they need to keep America safe and secure.â
As the network deploys this year, it will provide the American heroes of the public safety community the powerful, dedicated communications network they need to do their jobsâ now and in the future.
|Change of Address for the Enterprise Controller|
To move theEnterprise Controller to a new server, you back it up on the originalsystem and restore it on the new system. Each Proxy Controller has tobe re-introduced to the Enterprise Controller at the new location.Before 12.3.1, the procedure was a little heavy-handed. Starting in12.3.1, a new option for proxyadm streamlines the task. Let's lineup the procedures:Before 12.3.1 Version 12.3.1 As root, log into the Proxy Controller. As root, log into the Proxy Controller.
Stop the ProxyController:
# proxyadm stop -w
Stop the ProxyController:
# proxyadm stop -w
Unconfigure the Proxy Controller:
# proxyadm unconfigure -k
Update the connection.properties file:
proxyadm update -s <new_ip>
Reconfigure the Proxy Controller:
# proxyadm configure -s <newhostname>
Restart the Proxy Controller:
# proxyadm start -w
Restart the Proxy Controller:
# proxyadm start -w
Now, you need toknow only the new IP address and you are only changing a value in aproperty file, not re-configuring the Proxy Controller. Theentire workflow for moving controllers is in the AdministrationGuide in this topic: Backupand Restoring an Enterprise Controller.
|What's In Your Datacenter|
Startingin 12.3.1, Ops Center keeps count of your assets. Despite the name, thenumbers are not a physical inventory of assets; they are the numberof access points to the assets. An access point is the connectionbetween the Enterprise Controller and an asset. Often, it's a 1-to-1relationship, but it is common to have multiple connections betweenan asset and the Enterprise Controller. For example, a server willhave an access point for its service processor and one for itsoperating system. A logical domain will have an access point for itscontrol domain and one for its operating system. So what the assetcounter really shows you is how many connections the EnterpriseController is handling by type and how many connections each ProxyController is handling by type.
If you are onlyinterested in a particular type of asset, use the Asset Counter tabin the Enterprise Controller's dashboard. Go to the Administration section of the navigation pane, then click the Asset Counter tab in the center pane. Let's say you are running ajob that creates logical domains and you only need to check progress.You could always check the Jobs pane to see to see the job complete, but tosee only each logical domain complete, refresh the Asset Counter taband watch the count in the Ldoms column increase.
Toinvestigate the access points, or if you wonder whether it's time torebalance your Proxy Controllers, call the OCDoctor. Two of theOCDoctor's options now show the number of access points on theEnterprise Controller and on each Proxy Controller: the --troubleshootoption and the --collectlogs option. A new script in OCDoctor, AssetCount.sh,when you run it with its standardparameter, gives you the same information as you see in UI's AssetCounter tab.
To drilldown into the count, run the script with each of its otherparameters:machine,agent,and all.
To see eachProxy Controller:
To seeeach Proxy Controller by type of access:
To put the outputtogether in one long listing,use the allparameter:
The resulting output for a smallish datacenter, just 72 access points, looks like this:
By the way, ifyou're wondering at what point the number of assets affectsperformance, don't worry â Ops Center tells you if it's feelingthe strain. When the Enterprise Controller exceeds 2700 accesspoints, you'll get a Warning incident. At 3000 access points,you'll get a Critical incident. For a Proxy Controller, you'll get aWarning when it exceeds 450 access points and a Critical incidentat 500 access points. So there's time and some headroom to makeadjustments.
|What are JMX Credentials and What is Ops Center Doing With Them?|
When you discover a Solaris Cluster, you're asked to provide ssh credentials and JMX credentials. You already know the ssh credentials but what about those JMX credentials? They're for the agent on the cluster's global node. The agent uses JMX so they're called JMX credentials. Think of them as agent credentials.
The only thing these credentials are doing is allowing the agent on the global node to respond to the Enterprise Controller. Without the JMX creds, you can discover and manage the cluster server itself, but nothing else. If you look in the log file, you'll see a message like "JMXMP provider exception java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused." With the JMX creds, Ops Center authenticates the agent, connects to the agent, and acquires all the agent's information about the global node.
JMX credentials can be anything convenient for you, like cluster1 and cluster2, and simple passwords. For all global nodes to use the same credentials, create one set in the discovery profile and run the discovery job. However, if for some reason, you need to use a unique set of credentials for each global node, create each set of credentials in a credential profile and then run a discovery job for each global node. You'll use the same discovery profile but change the credential profile for each job. You can still keep it simple, like cluster1node1 and cluster1node2.
|PayPal Acquires BrainTree for $800 million for mobile payments|
Ebay's PayPal, a leading company for online transaction with 132 million active accounts has acquired Braintree for mobile payments solution since more consumers are now buying on mobile. Chicago-based Braintree provides web and mobile payments processing for companies like OpenTable , Airbnb, Uber and Fab. With Braintree, a customer of Uber or Fab can make repeated purchases on a mobile app with one click without having to keep entering payment information or re-authorizing through PayPal.
âBraintree is a perfect fit with PayPal,â said eBay CEO John Donahoe in a statement. âBill Ready and his team add complementary talent and technology that we believe will help accelerate PayPalâs global leadership in mobile payments.â
Braintree expects to process $12 billion in payments this year. Braintreeâs Venmo unit, which it acquired, powers mobile payments for 40 million people across a number of mobile apps. Braintree also has broad international reach, with merchants in 40 countries accepting payments in 130 currencies.
Braintree had raised about $69 million in venture funding from Accel Partners, Greycroft Partners, New Enterprise Associates and RRE Ventures.
EBay expects the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of this year.
|10 Secrets of becoming a successfl entrepreneur.|
In my one of the post "Top 10 must watch videos for entrepreneurs" i showed videos that make you feel that same spark as those person feel. Now i' telling you 10 secrets of becoming a successful entrepreneur. After a lot of research, expert talks and speech, i came up summing these ideas as follows---
1.You must be passionate about what you are trying to achieve
That means youâre willing to sacrifice a large part of your waking hours to the idea youâve come up with. Passion will ignite the same intensity in others who join you as you build a team to succeed in this endeavor. And with passion, both your team and your customers are more likely to truly believe in what you are trying to do.
2.Great entrepreneurs focus intensely on an opportunity where others see nothing.
This focus and intensity help eliminate wasted effort and distractions. Most companies die from indigestion rather than starvation, i.e., companies suffer from doing too many things at the same time rather than doing too few things very well. Stay focused on the mission.
3.Success comes only from hard work.
We all know that there is no such thing as overnight success. Behind every overnight success lie years of hard work and sweat. People with luck will tell you thereâs no easy way to achieve success--and that luck comes to those who work hard. Successful entrepreneurs always give 100% of their efforts to everything they do. If you know you are giving your best effort, youâll never have any reason for regrets. Focus on things you can control; stay focused on your efforts, and let the results be what they will be.
4.The road to success is going to be long, so remember to enjoy the journey.
Everyone will teach you to focus on goals, but successful people focus on the journey and celebrate the milestones along the way. Is it worth spending a large part of your life trying to reach the destination if you didnât enjoy the journey? Wonât the team you attract to join you on your mission also enjoy the journey more? Wouldnât it be better for all of you to have the time of your life during the journey, even if the destination is never reached?
5.trust your gut instinct more than any spreadsheet.
There are too many variables in the real world that you simply canât put into a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets spit out results from your inexact assumptions and give you a false sense of security. In most cases, your heart and gut are still your best guide. The human brain works as a binary computer and can analyze only the exact information-based zeros and ones (or black and white). Our heart is more like a chemical computer that uses fuzzy logic to analyze information that canât be easily defined in zeros and ones. Weâve all had experiences in business where our heart told us something was wrong while our brain was still trying to use logic to figure it all out. Sometimes a faint voice based on instinct resonates far more strongly than overpowering logic.
6.Be flexible but persistent - every entrepreneur has to be agile to perform.
You have to continuously learn and adapt as new information becomes available. At the same time, you have to remain persistent to the cause and mission of your enterprise. Thatâs where that faint voice becomes so important, especially when it is giving you early warning signals that things are going off track. Successful entrepreneurs find the balance between listening to that voice and staying persistent in driving for success--because sometimes success is waiting right across from the transitional bump thatâs disguised as failure.
7.Rely on your team.It's a simple fact: No individual can be good at everything.
Everyone needs people who have complementary sets of skills. Entrepreneurs are an optimistic bunch, and itâs very hard for them to believe that they are not good at certain things. It takes a lot of soul searching to find your own core skills and strengths. After that, find the smartest people you can who complement your strengths. Itâs easy to get attracted to people who are like you; the trick is to find people who are not like you but who are good at what they do--and what you canât do.
8. Execution, execution, execution
Unless you are the smartest person on earth (and who is), itâs likely that many others have thought about doing the same thing youâre trying to do. Success doesnât necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone wonât win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling. All of us have seen entrepreneurs who waste too much time writing business plans and preparing PowerPoints. I believe that a business plan is too long if itâs more than one page. Besides, things never turn out exactly the way you envisioned them. No matter how much time you spend perfecting the plan, you still have to adapt according to the ground realities. Youâre going to learn a lot more useful information from taking action rather than hypothesizing. Remember: Stay flexible, and adapt as new information becomes available.
9.I can't imagine anyone achieving a long term success without having honesty and integrity.
These two qualities need to be at the core of everything we do. Everybody has a conscience, but too many people stop listening to it. There is always that faint voice that warns you when you are not being completely honest or even slightly off track from the path of integrity. Be sure to listen to that voice.
10.Success is a long journey and much more rewarding if you give back.
By the time you get to success, lots of people will have helped you along the way. Youâll learn, as I have, that you rarely get a chance to help the people who helped you, because in most cases, you donât even know who they were. The only way to pay back the debts we owe is to help people we can help--and hope they will go on to help more people. When we are successful, we draw so much from the community and society that we live in that we should think in terms of how we can help others in return. Sometimes itâs just a matter of being kind to people. Other times, offering a sympathetic ear or a kind word is all thatâs needed. Itâs our responsibility to do âgoodâ with the resources we have available.
|Top 10 Free Hacking Tools.|
If you start working with computer, you soon develop a interest in 'hacking'. So, what is basically 'hacking'? It's not just entering into another system, its a chain of processes that ultimately results in unauthorized access into one's computer or network. Yeah, it is not true. And you need special set of skills to achieve that. And for that special set skills you need a special set of tools. So now, I'm going to tell u here top 10 soft wares that will definitely help you to achieve what you dream as hacker.
Nmap (âNetwork Mapperâ) is a free and open source (license) utility for network discovery and security auditing. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics.
Wireshark is a network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network.
Metasploit Community Edition simplifies network discovery and vulnerability verification for specific exploits, increasing the effectiveness of vulnerability scanners. This helps prioritize remediation and eliminate false positives, providing true security risk intelligence.
Nikto is an Open Source (GPL) web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 6400 potentially dangerous files/CGIs, checks for outdated versions of over 1200 servers, and version specific problems on over 270 servers. It also checks for server configuration items such as the presence of multiple index files, HTTP server options, and will attempt to identify installed web servers and software.
John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix, Windows, DOS, BeOS, and OpenVMS. Its primary purpose is to detect weak Unix passwords. Besides several crypt(3) password hash types most commonly found on various Unix systems, supported out of the box are Windows LM hashes, plus lots of other hashes and ciphers in the community-enhanced version.
Ettercap is a comprehensive suite for man in the middle attacks. It features sniffing of live connections, content filtering on the fly and many other interesting tricks. It supports active and passive dissection of many protocols and includes many features for network and host analysis.
The Nexpose Community Edition is a free, single-user vulnerability management solution. Nexpose Community Edition is powered by the same scan engine as Nexpose Enterprise and offers many of the same features.
Ncat is a feature-packed networking utility which reads and writes data across networks from the command line. Ncat was written for the Nmap Project as a much-improved reimplementation of the venerable Netcat. It uses both TCP and UDP for communication and is designed to be a reliable back-end tool to instantly provide network connectivity to other applications and users. Ncat will not only work with IPv4 and IPv6 but provides the user with a virtually limitless number of potential uses.
Kismet is an 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. Kismet will work with any wireless card which supports raw monitoring (rfmon) mode, and (with appropriate hardware) can sniff 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n traffic. Kismet also supports plugins which allow sniffing other media such as DECT.
w3af is a Web Application Attack and Audit Framework. The projectâs goal is to create a framework to find and exploit web application vulnerabilities that is easy to use and extend.
|Administration Seeks Comments from the U.S. Public by June 12 on the Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)||
The following is a cross-post from Tradeology, the official blog of the International Trade AdministrationÂ
By John Andersen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere
On May 18, the Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As provided by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, this notification triggers a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin. As part of the 90-day process â and in an effort to hear from you â the Administration has published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) soliciting public comments on the renegotiation. Per the FRN, the Administration seeks comments on general and product-specific negotiating objectives, as well as comments on specific provisions.Â Following the comment period, a public hearing will be held at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The FRN seeks comments on a total of seventeen topics that will help inform the direction, focus, and content of the NAFTA negotiations. These include digital trade, intellectual property rights, regulatory practices, state-owned enterprises, services, customs procedures, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, labor, environment, and small and medium-sized enterprises. Â Written comments must be submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative no later than Monday, June 12, 2017. To access the FRN for more detailed information and submission instructions, please clickÂ here.
Stakeholder consultation is crucial to ensuring our trade agreements are reflective of what the U.S. economy needs to thrive and grow. This is a great opportunity for your voice to be heard. I hope your organization will take the time to submit input that provides the U.S. government with actionable recommendations that will generate meaningful outcomes for U.S. businesses, workers, consumers, farmers, and ranchers.
|Bees and Other Bugs: Teaching Natural History with PUPA Education|
Today's podcast is a conversation with Duncan Allen and Tarryn Castle of PUPA Education, a UK-based social enterprise dedicated to educating people about the natural world, especially the myriad tiny creatures that are collectively responsible for the quality of the soil, upon which all land-based life ultimately depends.
About Duncan and Tarryn
Duncan Allen (CRB certified): Has 5 yearâs experience of working with the public at both the University of Plymouth and the Plymouth City Museum.Â He has been, Science Week co-ordinator and involved with summer school activities, seaside safaris, school visits and bug hunts promoting insect awareness and education; and most recently with the BBC âLive ânâ Deadlyâ road show.Â He is the Royal Entomological Societies student representative and is currently employed at Plymouth City Museum Natural History Department where he is the volunteer supervisor.
Tarryn Castle (CRB certified):Â Has great passion and concern for the environment.Â Growing up in New Zealand she assisted childrenâs after school art classes whilst attending Manukau Institute of Technology.Â She has spent a number of years volunteering for the green party and WOOFING (Working On Organic Farms an international volunteer organization) in New Zealand and the Wilderness Society in Australia. Whilst attending University at Aberystwyth she was involved with setting up a local Beach Cleaning Group and helped to organise and co-ordinate student volunteers as well as work with the public and raise general awareness. She is currently working on a number of projects for Buglife: The Invertebrate Conservation Trust.
Both Duncan and Tarryn have completed an MSc in Entomology and have practical experience and knowledge of invertebrate conservation in the U.K.
PUPA Education web site -Â http://www.pupa-education.co.uk
|CARF Connection - Blind consumers learn not only how to use computers but also how to build them - 2012 - PDF||
Bosma Enterprises is removing the fear and mystery of using computers for persons served. Four years ago, the organization launched a Build-A-Computer program designed to help persons who are blind or visually impaired become confident in using computers.
|The Diversity of MOOCs and the Dangers of Over-Generalization|
A lot of academic criticism of MOOCs derives from the fear that small, private online courses (SPOCs) open only to fee paying students, but based on MOOCs offered by âsuperstarâ online professors, will replace local faculty, especially in lower tier institutions. Low-paid contingent faculty and teaching assistants (or worse, software programs and auto-graders) will then handle the heuristic teaching and grading, leaving fee paying students without expert human guidance. This is the "MOOCs will Destroy Higher Education as we Know It" argument.
Here is prominent MOOC critic Jonathan Rees:
If you carry the hierarchical, every-student-for-themselves assumptions inherent in an xMOOC into the future you will never escape the reasons why so many caring educators oppose MOOCs in the first place. . . The problem with MOOCs isnât the name. Itâs not even the components of the acronym. The problem with MOOCs is that theyâre being designed to create low-quality, hierarchical courses that can be championed by unscrupulous administrators to fire caring professors and leave unsuspecting students to fend entirely for themselves.
Rees appears to be arguing here against SPOCs, not MOOCs. But letâs take up that part of his argument directed nominally against MOOCs. Rees says:
Cosmetic changes will not solve (MOOC quality) problems. Only re-thinking the entire xMOOC experience from the ground up will have even the slightest chance of creating something worthwhile.
The initial bother here is Reesâs false choice between merely âcosmeticâ changes vs. ârethinking MOOCs from the ground upâ. Reesâs dualism neglects that middle ground of actual or potential positive developments within the existing x-MOOC framework. Rees would almost certainly know about these if he took a break from general critique to explore particular MOOCs. Iâll turn to this task below.
We can dismiss Reesâ unsupported claim about what MOOC designers intend. Have x-MOOCs been âdesigned to create low quality coursesâ. On the contrary, their designers seek to create high quality courses, as they understand them, with instruction better than they perceive to be todayâs norm. Indeed Anant Agarwal has made it the highest priority of edX to use the huge data sets available in computerized courses with tens or hundreds of thousands of students to improve instruction and learning. MOOCs may nonetheless be low quality courses, of course, but that is another question and would have to be addressed on the basis of relevant criteria of value.
Have MOOCs been âdesigned to suit the needs of unscrupulous administrators?â This ids another unsupported claim. Agarwal, Koller, Ng and the other platform executive have had quite different aims â to scale up instruction and make quality higher education globally available. While this may also result in substitution of technology for labor in the university, it hardly follows that that was the intended result, and in any case is not a critique of MOOC instruction itself. It is no critique of a hammer that an imbecile can use it to bash in someoneâs head. It might nonetheless be a very good hammer.
Evaluating Particular MOOCs
So letâs consider the tasks of instruction in actual MOOCs.
Instruction in courses typically involves three inter-acting dimensions: didactic, discursive and heuristic. The didactic dimension conveys knowledge through lectures and textbook readings; the discursive facilitates understandingthrough discussion and critical feedback; the heuristic shapes skills through drill and practice.
In a geometry unit, for example, the didactic component may present basic concepts such as line, plane, axiom or proof; the discursive component may provide opportunities for discussion of e.g., proof strategies; the heuristic component may provide multiple opportunities to e.g., determine the area or perimeter of figures, to invent proofs, or to construct bi-sections of line segments. In a literature unit, the didactic may convey background knowledge on the author, genre or period, the discursive may provide opportunities for guided interpretive and critical discussions of a selected story, and the heuristic may provide opportunities to use strategies of analysis, e.g., to locate the protagonist, the central conflict, and the dÃ©nouement.
Good instruction, whether in a classroom or a MOOC, provides for the development and integration of knowledge, understanding and skill. It aims to engage students into worthwhile activities and practices by melding âI know,â and âI understand,â with âI can do.â When we think in general terms about the evaluation of particular MOOCs, we want to ask how well these instructional dimensions can be handled through computer software.
Rees and other academic critics have condemned MOOCs as in effect using the best of 21stcentury technology to deliver the worst of 19th century instruction. The lectures, they claim, consist of videotaped talking heads. The discussion boards are useless and riddled with spam and flame wars. The problem sets are repetitive, trivial, and exhausting. In short, MOOCs are poor tools for didactic, discursive, and heuristic dimensions of instruction.
But is this critique justified? I will consider each of the three dimensions of instruction, with specific examples from well-known MOOCs.
(1) Didactic Instruction. While MOOC critics may wish to portray live classroom instruction as akin to Mark Hopkins dialoguing with a few students on a log, the reality is generally quite different: faculty members serving up uninspiring lectures to halls full of disengaged students. If talking heads are the problem, academic critics are in no position to pin the blame on MOOCs.
MOOC presentations, however, are not in general talking heads. On the contrary, MOOC presentations are an entirely new form of pedagogical experience. The large data sets and the rich data trails of computerized instruction have enabled researchers to explore new questions, such as the optimum length for lecture segments, and the most effective way of articulating them with readings and problem sets. Research suggests that 6 minutes is optimal. MOOCs now typically break up brief lecture segments with problem sets and free-response questions. Lecture segments are supplemented with interviews, clips from panels at research conferences, interviews with other scholars, research presentations by graduate students, and on-site videos of knowledge use in âreal-worldâ settings. While a single instructor inevitably gives his course subject matters a personal twist, MOOCs offer unique opportunities for presenting multiple points of view.
JonathanHaber, who constructed a complete college education in the humanitiesâ in asingle year - from MOOCs, and thus knows as much about actual MOOCs as any commentator, states:
MOOCs are often criticized for just transferring a âsage on stageâ pedagogy from the lectern to the computer screen, scaling up the worst aspects of oversized lecture classes. But as my year of MOOCs went on, I saw a new visual language developing, as single talking heads were supplemented (or replaced entirely) with conversations among colleagues (the visual style of one of my favorite courses: HarvardXâs "The Ancient Greek Hero") interviews with experts, on-location shots, and even on-screen performances. Such creativity helped to make lectures one of the most engaging and, ironically, intimate components of massive online courses, while also raising the bar for all other forms of online learning (most of it far duller than your average MOOC).
At their best, MOOC presentations are as engaging as the best television news magazine programs. And this is not surprising, as the universities providing the best MOOCs are investing in cutting-edge production studios and hiring media professionals. The best MOOC presentations are more like segments of â60 minutesâ than talking heads. We may question whether producing âedutainmentâ of this sort is the best use of scarce institutional funds, but that is another question entirely, and one that completely undercuts the âtalking headâ line of attack.
(2) Discussion and Feedback. Letâs acknowledge that the MOOC discussion boards are far from adequate substitutes for live discussion. Even some of the most supportive MOOC commentators have found them to have little value. The good news is that the discursive segments of many MOOCs have moved well beyond the discussion boards to live conversations in physical or virtual spaces.
Coursera has sponsored âmeet-upsâ â where students in their MOOCs can get together for course discussion - in dozens of cities. Coursera has also teamed up with the U. S. State Department to run MOOC camps for college age students in many countries. The city of Boston has teamed up with edX to initiate Boston-x, a project providing Internet computers and meeting places for MOOC learners. Other cities have emulated Boston-x, dedicating space in libraries and other public buildings for MOOC study. These efforts parallel those of the Library 2.0 movement; librarians around the world are now re-thinking optimal uses for their brick and mortar building spaces in the age of web 2.0 technologies and digital books, and one answer is meeting spaces for online learners. C-MOOCs, and now many x-MOOCs well, make extensive use of video-conferencing â e.g., via Skype - to connect group members. MOOCs offering nothing more than discussion boards are simply behind the MOOC curve.
(3) Heuristic Instruction. Academic critics claim that the âcan doâ element of MOOCs is restricted to monitoring auto-or- peer graded problem sets.
Many actual MOOCs, however, have moved way beyond such mechanized problem sets, making project-based authentic learning central to the MOOC experience. Here are two examples:
(1) At the University of Virginiaâs Darden School of Business, Professor Michael Lenox has offered several iterations of his âFoundations of Business Strategyâ MOOC on the Coursera platform. Lenox uses âCoursolve,â a crowdsourcing software program, to connect his course with partner organizations where students work to solve real-life challenges. He says:
âEntrepreneurs donât always have the resources to hire external support to address their needs, but weâve seen firsthand that students are hungry for the chance to apply their knowledge to real-world problems,â Lenox says. âBy collaborating with organizations, students can strengthen their skills development while potentially providing businesses and nonprofits with valuable insights.â
In the final course project, Lenox invited students to undertake complete a strategic analysis of one of the partner organizations. More than 400 students completed analyses in partnership with 100 different organizations, including established businesses, startups, resource-strapped nonprofits and social enterprises. 78% of those students ended up participating directly with senior managers in the strategic decision-making of their organizations. Reporting on the second iteration of the MOOC, Lenox added, âHundreds of in-person study groups formed in over 50 countries. Students included young entrepreneurs and mature small business owners; non-profit organizers; a study group of Mongolia students led by a Peace Corps volunteer; a group of unemployed women in Ohio looking to improve their job prospects; a group of students ijn Bolivia led under a program from the U.S. State Department; and a group of Arab and Israeli students participating through the YaLa Young Leaders program building dÃ©tente through education.â
(2) Cathy Davidson of Duke University is now offering a Coursera MOOC on 'thehistory and future of higher education'. Davidson has been a national leader in pushing the x-MOOC format in creative directions. Because her MOOC has many thousands of students, the student group can take on projects not possible within a classroom context. In one project, her students are collectively creating a rich, multi-media trans-national timeline of higher education since 1800. Each student is contributing reports on significant historical events in higher education in their geographic locations - countries, states, municipalities. The students are learning historical research methods and skills in reporting historical events. Many higher education institutions previously neglected by historians of education, including those long closed, are in this way being entered for the first time in an accessible historical record. The student group is now collaborating on editing and coordinating the information and producing the final online product. 
One does not need to love either of these particular skill development efforts to recognize that they go way beyond auto-graded problem sets.
My point in the above remarks has been to show that academic critics of MOOCs have relied on a stick-figure caricature. Real MOOCs, even x-MOOCs, are diverse, and many MOOC leaders have addressed the didactic, discursive and heuristic dimensions of instruction in creative ways. The best MOOCs replace the âsage on the stageâ stalking head with presentations employing a ânew visual languageâ of instruction; they build in group experiences, whether physical or virtual, with opportunities for interpersonal student dialogue; they make project-based learning the centerpiece of the educational experience.
Of course, not all MOOCs do this. Some do, some donât. And that is precisely the point I am making. If we want to assess the pedagogical value of MOOCs, we will have to turn our attention to particular courses to see how they handle instructional tasks. The most important dimensions of instruction, the didactic, discursive and heuristic, provide useful pegs upon which to hang such particular evaluative judgments.
|The Big 2014 MOOC Re-Boot|
The big MOOCPlatforms are undergoing a large scale re-boot at the beginning of this new year. If 2012 was "the year of the MOOC" and 2013 the "Year of the Deflation of MOOC Hype," then 2014 may well be the "Year of MOOC's Second Chance." Here I focus on new efforts at Udacity and Coursera that are designed both to improve the learning experience and generate revenues.
Udacity, which performed its famous "pivot" in mid 2013, and labeled its first efforts a "a lousy product" turned to revenues from corporate training. Since that time, Sebastian Thrun has continued to offer Udacity MOOCs free to the general public, but has emphasized the need - and availability for a price - of auxiliary services including mentoring and tutoring. The new, re-booted Udacity website puts these coaching services front and center:
Learning is a collaborative process, and we're here to provide you with guidance every step of the way. We'll help you select the right class, navigate challenging content, and improve your projects and code.
Given the major emphasis on mentoring and tutoring in my account of online learning in Education 2.0, this is hardly a surprise. Most learners, at least those with little prior academic experience and success, and lacking well developed self-directed learning habits, are unable to get much value from MOOC-based learning unless aided by mentors and tutors.
The mentors help them focus down on why they are learning, and what they need to be learning to move forward with their lives and achieve their aims - and even how to formulate some basic life goals.
The tutors then help them focus down own on how to learn, on how to overcome misunderstandings, on how to motivate themselves to get through those course segments when the learning curve steepens - in addition to how to solve this or that problem or remember how to define this or that concept.
Both are necessary for most learners - not just those from disadvantaged communities. Kids who take to academic work and thrive without some of this hand holding are out-liers. It will be very interesting to see how the new MOOC on "Preparing for Uni" on the FutureLearn" platform will fare. Can we bootstrap MOOC-based Learning through MOOC-Based Learning? Or will we require some personal interventions with real humans?
A question for another post: Can MOOC platforms - or at least the non-profit ones - figure out a way of providing personal mentoring and coaching through some combination of crowd-sourcing and what Clay Shirky calls the Cognitive Surplus. If Yahoo Answers can elicit dozens of answers to each of thousands of questions daily, and Wikipedia can elicit encyclopedia articles, edits and additions on every conceivable topic, and open source enterprises can call out the collective talent of software engineers, then why can't either the MOOC Platforms or some auxiliary enterprise (like all those wonderful add-ons to Twitter) figure out how to source online (or even offline) mentoring and tutoring for MOOC learners?
Coursera's new front-line product is its Specializations Program. The Platform organizes course sequences which collectively build a skill with current workplace demand. The Specializations Page showcases ten of these programs. Coursera and edX - and other MOOC platforms, have already offered course sequences - most dramatically, entire foundation year MBA course sequences from top business schools like Wharton. What is new with the Specializations is (1) the specific skill- with-workplace-demand promise, and (2) the price tag per each course in the sequence. Specialization courses can still be taken for free, but only those enrolled in the signature verification tracks can complete the final projects and get the certificate for the Specialization.
So for now, Coursera, like Udacity, continues to offer its MOOCs in a cost-free version, but pins its hopes for revenue generation on add-ons.
Like all disruptive technologies, MOOCs start with one set of core images and expectations forged by founders, and gravitate to other images and expectations in the inevitable back and forth of 'social construction'. It took the telephone a few decades to become what we have long since been familiar with. Some of the early adopters thought it would be a device for listening to classical music! The MOOCs will settle in, and as always, public uses and private ventures and their revenue streams will be the key determinate of what they ultimately become for us.
|An open letter to County and City of Miami Commissioners. By Geniusofdespair|
|Cybersecurity: To Be (Empirical), or Not to Be?|
That is the question for cybersecurity risk assessment.
FICO has been in the analytics business since our inception back in 1956.Â Â Our founders, Bill Fair and Earl Isaac, had the novel idea that businesses could make better decisions through data.Â Before anyone thought to call the resulting algorithms âanalytics,â they set off to create game-changing approaches to correlating signals with outcomes to help companies manage risk, reduce expense, and maximize opportunities.
Bill and Earl began looking for problems they could solve through an empirical analysis of data, and credit underwriting was a use case that was well-suited to the technique.Â Most credit-granting organizations had credit applications tucked away in filing cabinets (a source of consistent signal data), and most also had a reasonable handle on outcomes â i.e., who was managing credit to terms and who was in arrears or in default.
The ability to relate data known at the time of the decision (in this case, underwriting) to outcomes experienced in the future is at the heart of predictive analytics.Â Ascertaining the real statistical correlations between these signals and the subsequent outcomes in order to build a model is the definition of âempiricalâ.Â Â No guessing, no value judgements, no subjective opinions, and no bias.
The absence of bias in empirically derived models is key to their success in fields such as credit underwriting, where our common interests have determined that thereâs no room for the prejudicial treatment of applicants.Â They are also successful because of their accuracy and performance.Â There are use cases where expert, or non-empirical, models are useful â especially when the data to train an empirical model isnât available.Â Â But when data is available, or can be collected, an empirical approach is generally preferred.
FICO has pioneered empirically derived algorithms in multiple domain spaces, and for multiple use cases.Â Where data has already existed, weâve used it.Â Where it doesnât exist, weâve set up collaborative frameworks and industry consortia to collect it.
Cybersecurity With and Without Empiricism
Cybersecurity is another great use case for predictive analytics.Â Â Fortunately, it is also one where the data needed to empower an empirical approach actually exists.Â Because of public reporting requirements for breach incidents involving data loss, we actually know quite a bit about cyber outcomes.Â When we couple this with data we collect at internet scale regarding the condition of infrastructure and behavior of organizations, we have a sound basis for the development of empirical models.
The FICO Enterprise Security Score is an empirically derived predictor of cybersecurity risk at the enterprise level.Â The ESS score translates directly to the likelihood of a future, significant breach event.Â The model that generates the score is based on an empirical analysis of the condition of the internet-facing assets of organizations, and the observed behaviors they exhibit in the management of those assets.Â Observations on both breached and un-breached organizations have been compared, and the mathematical correlations between conditions, behaviors, and subsequent cyber breach outcomes have been measured.
The resulting empirical model does a very good job of predicting breach risk.Â In fact, the ability of the model to discern future "goods" (un-breached firms) from "bads" (breached firms) is better than twice as good as the published results of the only competitor brave enough to post a benchmark.
So why is empirical better?Â One critically important reason is the impact of compound error.Â Expert or judgmental models translate opinions into numbers.Â And while these judgments may in fact be expert, if they are not empirical they are likely to be imprecise. This introduces the challenge of imprecision at scale, or compound error. The results can get away from you quickly.
With our Enterprise Security Score, weâre looking at the condition of hundreds or thousands of internet-facing assets, in multiple categories, for each assessed organization. Weâre also looking at organizational behaviors, based on how these assets are managed (or mis-managed) over time.Â Any time you are evaluating multiple factors in combination, the precision of each element becomes more important.Â Basing a model on multiple measured correlations, as we do at FICO, yields a better outcome than basing a model on multiple judgmental assessments - each contributing its imprecision to a watered-down result.
To be (empirical), or not to be?Â Now that we be both understand the answer, I think you know why I asked the question.
|Financial Crime: KYC Across the Whole Customer Lifecycle|
Several top global banks have made it into the press again â for the wrong reasons, reasons to do with international money laundering schemes. From facilitating trading with companies in sanctioned countries, to moving cash for Russian launderers to channeling Mexican drug money, these banks were caught and assessed steep fines by regulators. Even worse is the reputational damage that comes from not .
These banks probably thought they were taking the ârisk-based approachâ that is at the center of most anti-money laundering (AML) regulations and know your customer (KYC) appraoches. But were they doing enough? Did they truly know the customer, their business and the relationship? Did they understand who stood behind the customer â where the funds were coming from?
Over the past years, regulatory pressure on banks has increased and resulted in more sophisticated risk-based approaches that require banks to consider much more information on the customer and implement effective measures to mitigate risks. Still, financial institutions often fear that a customer does not want to open an account if they are asked too many questions. So they only ask a limited set of questions and check third-party data sources to enrich the data with information such as beneficial owner, and to check against:
But still thatâs not enough for an effective customer risk view. Financial institutions also have to classify a customer. Our recommendation is to use both:
But the classification shouldnât stop there. After onboarding, financial institutions have to have a transaction monitoring system in place to track each transaction for suspicious behavior. A mere rules-based monitoring should be complemented by powerful advanced analytics to be able to discover new, so far unknown patterns of crime.
Missing: An Enterprise Risk KYC View
Unfortunately, the important link between KYC actions during onboarding and the ongoing risk classification via transaction monitoring is still missing in many banks today. This causes two problems:
The result will be ineffective and inefficient controls with many false positives, and a heightened risk of missing the real unusual behavior for a client.
This is why we have not only integrated any kind of data into the KYC risk classification process supported by SironÂ® KYC, but also made any of the KYC information available in our transaction monitoring system, SironÂ® AML. This ensures our customers always know about the latest risk of any customer at any time.
Facilitating the entire KYC lifecycle process via modules of SironÂ®Anti-Financial Crime Solutions makes sure that the financial institution uses an audit-secure process at low cost that operates in the background and secures the reputation in an automatic and silent way.
Increased transparency on the customerâs business (especially in high risk areas) will be required soon. Looking at the upcoming 5th EU ML Directive we will see further data sources like central registries for beneficial owners and PEPs that also need to be integrated to track and manage customer risk throughout the life of the relationship effectively. Our job is to make this kind of enterprise-wide, cross-lifecycle view of a customerâs risk not only possible, but easy.
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|Make a Simple Beaded Anklet||When you first start to make your own jewellery more frequently than not it starts out as a pastime, but can instantly grow into a small enterprise. It's important to understand that learning simple projects like beaded anklets are a potential source of revenue. Even if you don't have any intention of starting a business always keep in mind that it is a chance, and thus you want to ask at this point as you are learning your trade, is good customer service important?|
|Addicted Customers: Get 'em Hooked on Your Company|
Why Authenticity and Why Now?
Authenticity. Sure, everyone knows it's the currency of the blogosphere. It's also become legal tender for any business striving to succeed in the 21st century.
So, âWhy authenticity and why now?â Enter Addicted Customers, the
It was my pleasure to see Professor Todor speak to the Northern California Chapter of the Business Marketing Association. He made the concepts in his book real for me in a personal way I explain below. Unintentionally, he converted me to the Mac!
First, a quick overview of this groundbreaking book followed by a closing thought for copywriters.
Addicted Customers Answers Both
With a bevy of research, Addicted Customers answers the âWhy authenticity?â part by pointing out how our higher needs (e.g., friendship, family, self esteem, confidence, achievement, respect, morality, creativity, spontaneity, challenge, and acceptance of the transcendent aspects of life) outweigh the things we presumably have under control (i.e., biological needs like breathing, food, water, sleep, and digestion, plus the security concerns of person, property, health, and employment).
As for, âWhy now,â Professor Todor gives Economics 101 a reality check. Consumers may still seek to âmaximize their utilityâ from every transaction, but today, most physical goods are in abundance, information overload is the norm, and fulfillment of our higher needs is where scarcity hurts. Aggravating this scarcity is the common perception that most businesses are greedy, out to win in a zero sum game.
Value is in the Heart, not the Hands
For companies whose dealings with customers focus on efficiency and the transaction itself, it's time to âthink different.â The new conditions that define value are not locked up in the product itself. Rather, they reside in the positive state of being the product helps the customer to experience.
Companies that âget itâ enjoy loyal customers who will scrimp in other areas to splurge in theirs. These customers will evangelize the company to their family and friends. They'll even take the time to provide you valuable feedback.
Companies that continue business as usual will slip into commodity status in a never ending cycle of discounting and touting of advantages their rivals duplicate ever more quickly.
When I saw Professor Todor speak, unintentionally, he converted me to the Macintosh. Never having owned a Mac, I'd never set foot in an Apple store before. When Todor explained how every Apple store has a âGenius Barâ where an Apple employee will help you do anything you want on your Mac at no charge, I was stunned.
OK, don't laugh or ask, âEric, have you been living under a rock?â Welcome me to the fold insteadâ¦ ;)
In Summer 2004, I went to BestBuy, bought an HP laptop running Windows XP, and purchased a 3 year warranty from the Geek Squad. The warranty was restricted to hardware issues only. You're on your own for software. So, whom do you go to for software matters? Microsoft? HP? BestBuy? GeekSquad?
What does this say to me? Right or wrong, âNo one in this quartet wants to step up to the plate, and help make my life easier â at my convenience, anyway.â Instead of converting me to a religion and future evangelism, I'm thrown into a state of guarded, resentful stinginess, even if no single party is at fault.
The very thought that I could take a short drive, pull up a chair, talk with a human face to face, and get to the heart of a software matter was an epiphany. You can bet my next laptop will be a Mac.
Coming Full Circle
It's not that a Mac will let me do something impossible with a PC. For me, the value is not in the Mac itself. It's in how much further along I can get in my business with smart help and no consulting fee holding me back and how that makes me feel . If I pay a hundred or two hundred dollars more for a Mac upfront, I know I'll make that back in one round at a Genius Bar.
It costs Apple to run the store and staff it with savvy people, but they win down the line. The store is more than a place for transactions. It's somewhere to hang out and learn. And more sales for Apple along the way.
This is relationship marketing above and beyond the transactional focus of ârecency, frequency, and monetary value.â Each side gives up something in the short term to reap higher value in the future.
Beat a Path to Addicted Customers
Addicted Customers lays out a path companies large and small can follow to transform their appeal from product and transaction to experience and life-enhancement. It's packed with examples that range from mom and pop restaurants to enterprise software.
Timeless wisdom. Timely advice. Tap into it.
The Authenticity Economy: People don't Change, Circumstances Do
What's fascinating here is keeping sight of what's eternal and what changes. Human nature is a constant. Our needs may evolve from basic to higher order, but that's just our core adaptation mechanism at work. What drives that adaptation is changing â society and technology.
How this interplay of human nature, society, and Web 2.0 interact in what I term, the âAuthenticity Economy,â is a theme I will explore in future posts and articles.
After drawing an analogy between product and copywriter as that of racehorse and jockey, copywriting legend, Gary Bencivenga writes:
The timeless upshot for copywriters is to align themselves with companies that are champion racehorses in their space. Addicted Customers gives copywriters a modern way to identify the right breed.
Your Turn to Howl
If you have any thoughts on:
To your marketing success,
|John Caples on Layout - for Enterprise Software Brochures?!?!|
When Clayton Makepeace makes a list of books by the old masters and tells his subscribers to read them, I listen. On the list is, "Tested Advertising Methods" by John Caples, as revised in 1995 by Fred E. Hahn with a forward from David Oglivy.
This is pure gold. Be that as it may, so far, it appears to be entirely B2C oriented. Chances are, whatever it recommends is applicable to B2B either as-is or with slight modifications.
Looking for ways to apply this wisdom immediately, I thought about a debate going on at one of my clients regarding the layout of their brochures. This client develops software, which enables immigration attorneys, large corporations, and universities to:
Let's look at Caples' advice:
In choosing illustrations for your ads, you will usually get more sales if you cash in on the experience of mail-order advertisers and department stores whose experience depends on ads that produce direct, traceable sales.
What Caples says about layout was in a B2C context and more specifically, focuses on ads as opposed to brochures. Offhand, I don't think that will matter too much.
What's more important is how to adapt his advice to software. After all, software, enterprise or otherwise, is intangible and abstract by its very nature. This is the challenge.
Screenshots of an application are common in software brochures. This would dovetail with Caples' recommendation of providing "pictures of the product." Often, such images wind up as blurry representations of a complex user interface with little for the viewer to latch onto in terms of benefits - implied or explicit.
So, what do you think? How would you adapt Caples' recommendations for a software brochure?
|How to Score More Impulse Sales with Report Summaries|
For this edition of The Copywriting Tune-ups Blog, we makeover a report summary from The Aberdeen Group . Clients of The Aberdeen Group are vendors of information technology (IT) products and services. With the market research and business strategy services of The Aberdeen Group, they attain leadership status in emerging markets.
While this particular summary of "e-Learning in the Enterprise " is dated, the business points it makes are truer today than ever. Moreover, the need to write clear, crisp literature is timeless.
Previous tune-ups show B2B marketers how to embrace the second person voice while maintaining a respectful corporate tone. Since this is a report summary, second person voice is not an option. Still, the summary acts as a "sample taste" of what purchasers of the report can expect for their money. For this reason, the summary plays a marketing role and must entice readers to buy the report.
Size-up your Audience and the Point of Sale
The audience for Aberdeen Group offerings is most likely to be educated and upwardly mobile. This means it's reasonable to assume purchasers of a report see themselves as rational consumers. Still, since the sale is happening online, impulse plays an important role in the buying decision. Summaries which are easier to read mean more sales of reports for The Aberdeen Group.
The challenges for this copywriting tune-up are:
The makeover is more readable by a ten-fold margin. Note the drastic reduction in length. The After summary has less than Â¾ the number of characters. Several other changes are also likely to boost Aberdeen Group's conversion rate. These include:
Anytime someone views this summary, a sale hangs in the balance. Dense sentence structures hold back sales.
For example, the Before summary opens with an excellent point but dilutes it with an interruption ("â and expense â"). Following the interruption with a complex clause exacerbates the problem. The noun "advantage" is front loaded with a double adjective, "competitive economic." This wordy noun leads into a list of three more nouns to finish the sentence. The After summary breaks these concepts into sentences of their own for easier reading.
Keep Subjects and Verbs Clear and Connected
The second Before sentence begins with, "As a result, there is a heightened focus on developing trainingâ¦" Who is the subject? By leaving the subject vague, we force readers to think in abstract terms. The more "thinking" they have to do, the lower our conversion rate.
We may not be able to use second person voice, but keeping verbs prominent and closely tied to their subject is the next best thing. These verbs should be concrete and action-oriented.
The first verb in the Before summary is "developing" which leaves too much to the imagination. The After summary offers up "hinging" â a visual verb and it clearly ties back to the pronoun, "their." In the same sentence, we have another visceral verb in "committing." This verb belongs to the subject "companies" and covers the all-important ideas of time, money and effort.
Jettison Jargon, Cancel Corporate Speak
One over-used word in B2B marketing literature is "enterprise." What does enterprise really mean? Is it a code word for companies over a certain size? How do we measure size? Is it number of employees, yearly revenue, or something else? Do we implicitly exclude public sector and non-profit organizations when we use the word, "enterprise"?
All of this ambiguity surrounding the word "enterprise" promotes thought not action. "Company", "firm", and "organization" are concrete substitutes for "enterprise."
Another superfluous term in the Before summary is "Information Age economy." By the time this term appears, the phrases "stiff global competition" and "fast-changing technology" have already done a good job of expressing how urgent it is for companies to invest in their employees.
Focus on Flow and Repeat Only When Necessary
The second paragraph of the Before summary opens with another reference to fast-paced changes in technology and how they affect training. Figure the sharp Aberdeen Group audience already digested this fact in the first paragraph. By this time, the After summary moves on to discussing alternatives to classroom training as a nimble way to respond to these challenges.
Define Your Terms Upfront. Stay on Track for the Call-to-Action
The third paragraph of the Before summary gets pretty far along when it introduces the term "technology based training." This introduction uses examples before defining the term. Even if the reader understands the terms based on the examples, defining it afterwards may cause readers to second-guess their understanding. Again, the Before summary prompts thought instead of action.
The After summary begins its second-to-last paragraph with a definition of technology based training and it flows well from the previous paragraph's discussion of the need for alternatives to traditional classroom training. The next sentence reinforces the definition with examples. This keeps the reader engaged and moving on to our call-to-action without breaking the trance.
Don't Bury Your Benefits â Spotlight them
The Before summary should have had a 4 th paragraph starting with, "Of the TBT alternativesâ¦" This section is the only one focused on the benefits a purchaser of the report is looking for in his or her organization. Consider this our last chance to trigger a buying impulse. Keeping it buried as the second half of an overly long paragraph makes a good conversion rate an uphill battle.
The After summary breaks out the benefits of e-learning into a final paragraph with only 3 short, but direct sentences. The benefits are easy-to-understand and free of jargon.
Bonus Tip - Use Simple Adjectives, not Abstract Nouns
The Before summary uses the nouns "flexibility, convenience, cost effectiveness." The After summary avoids the extra thought these nouns require. Instead, it achieves greater impact with their adjective forms â "flexible, convenient, affordable."
It's easy to lose sight of the fact a report summary is marketing collateral as much as it is an abbreviated form of "product."
While using the second person voice is off limits because the report summary surveys a market, it converts prospects into customers when the writer:
Spreading good copy beyond the traditional boundaries of marketing collateral can only yield, as legendary copywriter Clayton Makepeace says, "bigger winners, more often."
To your marketing success,
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|Give Your B2B Marketing Materials a SMOG Test and Find Out if They Read like Newsweek or The IRS Tax Code (Part Two)|
Overview of Findings from Part One
In Part One , we looked at the benefits page of enterprise software company, IQNavigator of Denver. IQNavigator technology helps large organizations manage all of the services they outsource to other companies.
It being a benefits page, I was stunned to find its Flesch Reading Ease index at zero in Microsoft Word. So, Part One was dedicated to giving IQNavigator a completely fair review. This meant we had to accomplish two things:
We found Word's calculation of Flesch Reading Ease to be reliable because:
The Flesch Reading Ease metric proved to be trustworthy. To come to this conclusion, we analyzed the passage using another measure called SMOG (Simple Measure of Gobbledygook).
Whereas Flesch Reading Ease index rates how easy it is to read a passage on a scale of 0 to 100, SMOG gauges how hard it is to read a passage by calculating the proportion of words with 3 or more syllables.
The SMOG Calculator of G. Harry McLaughlin (its founder) rated the passage as more difficult than the Harvard Business Review yet slightly less difficult than The IRS Tax Code. This is a vote of confidence for the Flesch Reading Ease as a metric and for the results shown in Word.
Why Should IQNavigator Care?
The IQNavigator benefits page is very difficult to read. If we can make it easier to read, IQNavigator will attract new business and deepen its position with existing customers.
Copywriting Tune-up (Part Two)
Clearly, IQNavigator has the right idea dedicating a webpage to call-out their benefits. Still, as we've seen with other enterprise software companies, they write in third person voice and use passive sentences. This makes it harder for anyone to read and understand no matter what their IQ.
IQNavigator wisely uses bullet points to enumerate their benefits; however, each bullet makes for long and dense reading.
So, the challenge for this tune-up is to:
In Part One , we promised to use composite results for Flesch Reading Ease and SMOG. We found consistent results across all the different tools. The only real deviation was Aella Lei's Writing Sample Analyzer with a Flesch Reading Ease of 11.05 for the Before snippet.
Averaged across 3 different tools (Word, Flesh, and Writing Sample Analyzer), the Before snippet scores a 3.68. The After snippet, with an average of 36.60, improves the Flesch Reading Ease composite by a factor of 9.95.
The SMOG composite is the average of results from the SMOG Calculator and Writing Sample Analyzer's FOG measure. The Before snippet scored a 20.67 â well into IRS Tax Code territory for difficulty of reading. The After snippet average is 13.06 â just enough to take it out of Time Magazine and into The New York Times.
Finally, the After snippet eliminates all passive sentences for added clarity.
Place Heady Headlines in a Guillotine but Don't be Afraid to Stick Your Neck Out
Nouns are "headier" than verbs. Nouns require us to think, "What is this thing?" whereas verbs prompt us to, "Just do it." As a B2B marketer, you don't want the reader to ponder anything. Instead, with zero friction, you want to answer their most pressing question - "what's in it for me?" If you answer what's in it for them then your headline also serves to summarize the main takeaway of the piece.
The first half of the Before snippet headline, even if it doesn't start with an action verb, has the right idea by focusing on a benefit. Unfortunately, the second half doesn't contain a verb either and its meaning as a noun is cryptic at best. Does it mean an investment paying regular dividends or having to continually shell out precious investment capital to get the full benefit of the software?
So, "Ongoing investment" can sound positive or negative depending on the context. Since the context is not yet clear, this only compounds the confusion and confusion in a headline means the reader will:
The After snippet opens with an action verb. More importantly, it offers a promise â go wth IQNavigator and you'll get your house in order when it comes to managing all of the services you outsource. Frankly, I think I could have written a more powerful promise but this does the job because it clearly states the main takeaway to be gleaned from reading on.
State Your BIG IDEA Clearly and Avoid Weasel Words
The body copy immediately following your headline is "The Lead." The Lead delivers your BIG IDEA and in so doing, emotionally hooks your prospect into reading the rest of the page. To do this, the BIG IDEA must be powerful and compelling.
The Before snippet opens this crucial part of the copy with a passive sentence in 3 rd person voice. In a previous post , we discussed passive sentences at length and how they are harder for readers to understand because they leave out the subject of the sentence. Often, writers will use passive sentences to avoid assigning responsibility for the outcome of an action.
In this case, the first sentence reads as if we're discussing a phenomenon in nature with no readily identifiable cause. The culprit words are "can be" as in, "Sustainable cost savings and process improvements âcan be' achieved through implementationâ¦" The phrase "can be" will register with the reader as "weasel words" and undermine any promise made in the headline.
Some might say it's reasonably clear who the subject in this sentence is â "it's enterprises in diverse industries." Not so. All it says is what these enterprises "have found." For all we know, IQNavigator is relating the findings of research these enterprises undertook and nothing more. Nowhere does it say an enterprise implemented an "end-to-end services procurement and optimization solution."
Several other things dilute the power of this lead. One of them is using the verb "found" in the present perfect tense as in "Enterprises in diverse industries have foundâ¦" You won't find what I'm about to say at English Grammar Online . By placing "have" in front of a non-action verb like "found," we add another layer of indirection between "Enterprises in diverse industries" and the result IQNavigator wishes to communicate.
Yet another layer of indirection kicks in with the word "that" following "have found." "That" is a signal to the reader to get ready and think at a more abstract level. Nothing kills a trance like having to think more conceptually.
Things get even more abstract when you refer to benefits in noun form instead of connecting them with a subject using verbs. "Sustainable cost savings" and "process improvements" are heady ideas when expressed as nouns. The After snippet gets around this with "Join the companies in every sector who have reduced their costs and streamlined their processesâ¦" Using the past perfect tense with tangible verbs works well when placed in an active sentence.
Can You Describe Your Product in Plain English?
It's important to refer to the noun you're selling as concretely as possible. Does an "end-to-end services procurement and optimization solution" seem easy to digest? Remember, this passage is still in overview mode, so an adjective like "end-to-end" is completely opaque. Adding to this sense of mystery are the two abstract nouns embedded in this product definition â "services procurement" and "services optimization."
Again, nouns are heady and verbs go to the gut. This is why the After snippet refers to the product as a "complete solution to manage the services they procure and the quality of the services performed ." Sure, the After snippet takes 15 words to describe the product where the Before snippet needed only 6 but what's more important here â being brief and indecipherable or longer and easy to understand?
Is it About You and Them or What You can Do for Them?
If you're still in The Lead conveying your BIG IDEA, the last thing you want to do is shift the focus from the prospect to yourself. The Before snippet slips into self-centeredness by starting the second sentence with "IQNavigator's market-leading solutionâ¦" This sentence recovers the appropriate focus by ending with "â¦provides several bottom-line benefits." Still, it comes up short for a couple of reasons.
First, it leads into the bullets with a noun ("bottom-line benefits") and it forces each bullet to start with an even headier noun (e.g., "Cost reduction", "Process efficiencies", "Optimization"). The one bullet starting with a verb ("Manage compliance risks") has an awkward flow if read straight from the lead-in.
Second, this sentence is written in the third person at just the moment we're setting up the prospect to picture this benefit in their mind's eye. Third person prompts the prospect to imagine these benefits in a fainter way because they must now try to make sense of them in a context external to their own situation. As such, the Before snippet turns this "picturing process" into an academic exercise.
Thanks to a clear promise in the headline and an unambiguous BIG IDEA in The Lead, the After snippet flows into the "picturing process" with a simple sentence focused on the prospect's interests. This lead-in sentence ties cleanly into 6 short and sweet bullets, each one starting with an action verb and describing a benefit to support the promise.
Ever Get the Feeling Something's Missing?
Ideally, we'd follow these bullets with copy to prove IQNavigator delivers on these benefits. After a promise and a picture, proof helps cement the bond we're trying to establish with the prospect.
An additional section on what makes IQNavigator unique would flesh out this benefits page. Once our prospect has shown an interest in the promise, pictured the benefits in her mind's eye, and agreed with the proof, learning how IQNavigator is unique would bring us dangerously close to what we want â follow-through on our call-to-action.
Oops, we have a problemâ¦. there is no call-to-action.
Obviously, with enterprise software, we're not going to hypnotize anyone into making a purchase on the spot but all kinds of things are possible:
By using action verbs liberally and sprinkling "you" and "your" throughout, we use what I called, in a previous post , "implied second person voice." Implied second person voice helps convert features into benefits with a more immediate feel so prospects can easily see "what's in it for them." If you're a B2B marketer, implied second person voice is your ticket to bypass "sales cheesiness."
As a B2B marketer with complex products, you should use bullets to make your benefits and proof points come across clearly and forcefully. Avoid cramming too much into a single bullet â additional scrolling is worth the added white space and clearer copy. After all, "easier to read means more sales and leads."
To your marketing success,
|Give Your B2B Marketing Materials a SMOG Test and Find Out if They Read like Newsweek or The IRS Tax Code (Part One)|
Sometimes, a piece of B2B marketing literature defies conventional wisdom when it comes to measuring its ease of reading. The one we look at this time scored a zero on the Flesch Reading Ease and for me, alarm bells went off. After all, no piece is completely unreadable, right?
Nevertheless, I want to make it clear I'm doing everything humanly possible to give this piece a fair shake.
To eliminate Microsoft Word's implementation of Flesch Reading Ease as a factor, we look at several alternative tools for calculating Flesch Reading Ease. To eliminate the Flesch Reading Ease as an unreliable metric, we use an additional measure called SMOG (Simple Measure of Gobbledygook).
Loosely speaking, SMOG complements Flesch Reading Ease because it measures how difficult it is to read a passage whereas Flesch Reading Ease calculates how easy it is to read. The SMOG level depends on the proportion of words with 3 or more syllables. The higher the SMOG level, the more difficult it is to read the passage. The SMOG level helps equate a passage with other well-known reading materials of similar complexity. This is how references to The IRS Tax Code and Newsweek made it into the title of this post.
So, this edition of Copywriting Tune-ups is Part One and it focuses on my efforts to arrive at a genuine assessment of how easy or difficult it is to read the B2B marketing piece we discuss below. In Part Two, we'll do the usual deconstruction of how the tune-up transforms the piece into a new and improved sales tool.
Those of you only interested in Part Two may find Part One useful because it relies on the tune-up to tell its story. Originally, I hoped to write a self-contained, one-part tune-up emphasizing the value of using bullet points. Along the way, I discovered how the After snippet readings fluctuated wildly depending on whether periods followed the bullets.
In particular, bullet points without periods greatly influences the results we get with both Flesch Reading Ease and SMOG. For this reason, we'll see the Before and After snippets in Part One and Part Two.
For the balance of Part One, we:
Call Out Your Benefits - Just Don't Lose Them in SMOG
Since converting features to benefits has been a prevalent theme in recent tune-ups, let's review the Challenge and Benefits webpage of an enterprise software company, IQNavigator of Denver . IQNavigator technology helps large organizations manage all of the services they outsource to other companies.
Clearly, IQNavigator has the right idea dedicating a webpage to call-out their benefits. Still, as we've seen with other enterprise software companies, they write in third person voice and use passive sentences. This makes it harder for anyone to read and understand no matter how well-educated.
IQNavigator wisely uses bullet points to enumerate their benefits; however, each bullet makes for long and dense reading.
So, the challenge for this tune-up is to:
Ensuring a Balanced Comparison of Before and After
As mentioned above, we need to adjust for bullet points without periods. To ensure a balanced comparison between the Before and After snippets, the After snippet mimics the Before snippet by placing a period at the end of each of its own bullets.
How Bullet Points without Periods affects the After Snippet
Remove all bullet periods and the Flesch Reading Ease result for the After snippet is 22.6. In my opinion, this dramatically understates the ease of reading we feel intuitively when we read it. Place a period at the end of the last bullet in each group and Flesch Reading Ease rises to 27.1 â still too low - based on my experience with previous tune-ups.
Eliminating Different Implementations of Flesch Reading Ease as Unfair to the Before Snippet
Now, let's look at the Before snippet. At first, I thought the Microsoft Word implementation of the Flesch Reading Ease index may be unduly stern with the Before snippet. After all, it defies common sense to say it's completely unreadable.
I calculated the Flesch Reading Ease myself in a spreadsheet and came out with a slightly negative number. In search of a more satisfying sanity check, I downloaded a free Java application called Flesh and came away with these Before and After results:
Well, Flesch Reading Ease at 0.0 across 3 measuring tools is hard to dismiss.
No doubt, the After snippet grade level looks inflated and its Flesch Ease of Reading, understated. Whether we can accept the grade level figures of Flesh at face value is beyond the scope of this posting.
Eliminating the Flesch Reading Ease Metric as Unfair to the Before Snippet
Still, I felt a nagging sense, Flesch Reading Ease was treating the Before snippet unfairly. Perhaps, something other than Flesch Reading Ease would provide reasonable results. Enter the SMOG Calculator of G. Harry McLaughlin, founder of the SMOG:
With a SMOG reading of 18.49, the Before snippet verges on the same reading level as The IRS Tax Code. Unfortunately, like Flesh and Word, the lack of periods following bullets leads to a highly skewed reading for the After snippet - a higher SMOG level than the Before snippet! When we add in periods as shown in the After snippet above, the SMOG level falls between Newsweek and Sports Illustrated:
One Last Attempt to Second-guess both Flesch Reading Ease and SMOG
If SMOG equates the Before snippet with the IRS Tax Code, I can accept it, but it still seems unfair to give it a Flesch Reading Ease of zero. Enter Aella Lei's Writing Sample Analyzer .
Like Flesh and Word, Writing Sample Analyzer is vulnerable to bullet points without periods but the most interesting thing about Writing Sample Analyzer is its calculation of Flesch Reading Ease:
Instead of zero, Writing Sample Analyzer returns 11.05. Why? I don't know yet but once I hear back from Aella Lei, I'll let you know. While a jump from 0.0 to 11.05 is considerable and raises questions about this implementation of Flesch Reading Ease, 11.05 still makes for difficult reading.
Also note, the Fog Scale really is the exact same thing as SMOG. It looks reasonable for the Before snippet. The Before snippet's grade level also falls in-line with expectations. On the other hand, its results for the After snippet are out-of-whack across-the-board due to periods following only the last bullet point in each bullet point group.
When we add periods to each After snippet bullet, Writing Sample Analyzer responds with:
The Flesch Reading Ease looks about right but the Fog and Grade Level seem too high. Even so, comparing the Before and After snippets for Flesch Reading Ease, SMOG, and Grade Level all seem reasonable on a relative basis.
So, this B2B Marketing Piece Really is Hard to Read
All in all, both Flesch Reading Ease and SMOG support one another. In addition, while various tools for calculating Flesch Reading Ease give slightly different results, we can safely assert none of them are skewing the results to the point of denying this B2B Marketing piece a fair shake.
To be completely even-handed with a B2B marketing piece scoring zero on the Flesch Reading Ease index, we looked at several implementations of the index. This helped eliminate quirks with any given tool as a contributing factor.
To eliminate Flesch Reading Ease itself as an unreliable barometer, we introduced a measure of reading difficulty called SMOG. SMOG gave us the most intuitive sense of how hard this literature is to read because it equates the piece with other well-known publications in the same SMOG range. On this basis, the piece ranks with The Harvard Business Review at the low end and The IRS Tax Code at the high end.
All of the tools used were susceptible to a lack of periods following bullet points because:
Since the After snippet breaks out the 4 long bullets of the Before snippet into 14 shorter ones, the After snippet figures improved most dramatically when we added periods to every bullet. It's reasonable to do this because the mind processes bullets as if they were separate sentences or ideas.
Also, adding bullets to the end of each bullet makes for a fair comparison since the Before snippet ends each bullet with a period as well.
In Part Two, we will:
Finally, in Part Two, we'll deconstruct the Before and After snippets to address the challenges we set forth for this tune-up.
To your marketing success,
|Make Your B2B Marketing 10x More Readableâ¦ and Take off Your Straightjacket||Overview|
For our 4th Copywriting Tune-up this month, we return to the Silicon Valley 150. I wanted to get outside my comfort zone which is the learning domain. There are times when not being the expert is a plus and this is one of them.
Yours truly knows enough relational database theory to be dangerous and writing dynamic web pages is fun once in a while, but Iâm no maven on the enterprise data integration products Informatica offers.
As with many enterprise software companies, the copy on Informaticaâs website is stiff. This article proves you can loosen up a bit and still maintain a very respectful corporate tone. Better still, your prospects will respond because youâre talking to them and not some third person academic (no slight to professors or teachers - Iâm one myself).
Like our last tune-up, weâll look at a corporate overview. I consider corporate overviews important because, for many readers, this is their first exposure to the company. This makes it imperative they "put their best foot forward."
This tune-up consolidates all of the principles weâve addressed this month. The challenges are to:
The Before snippet is weighed down with Â¼ of its sentences in the passive voice. The After snippet switches to active voice and the passage becomes 10 times more readable.
While it may be possible to bring down the grade level some more, given the highly esoteric nature of Informatica products, eliminating jargon could do more harm than good by transforming the piece into training as opposed to selling.
The Headline: Stallion or Statue?
The Before snippet gives us the usual corporate heading and itâs straightforward, for sure. Even in this context, I think the headline should do more than simply label the section it covers. Whatâs the purpose of an overview in the first place? It must whet the readerâs appetite for more.
I admit, the headline in the After snippet could be catchier and it lacks an action verb. If I were working at Informatica, Iâd know who approves this stuff and have an idea of how far to push the limits of "corporate safeness."
Still, this headline performs far more than just labeling. Informatica chose to conclude its overview by referring to itself as "the data integration company." Sounds like an important phrase and maybe itâs a tag line they use elsewhere so, I decided we should get the reader onboard with this notion sooner rather than later.
After all, if your company were branded "the data integration company," you would occupy hallowed ground in the same way Kleenex, Xerox and WebEx do in their niches. Best of all, your competitors would hate you for it.
Treat Readersâ Eyes with Respect
The Before snippet compacts everything into a single paragraph. Itâs already a long page with scrolling. No need to get claustrophobic. In fact, given how many headers follow this paragraph, it might have made sense to provide a sub-menu or some in-page links near the top so readers could go directly to their point of interest.
Unlike dead air on radio which can lose listeners instantly, white space on the page arranges information into manageable chunks and supports the readerâs effort to make sense of it. This is complex material â give the brain a chance to catch up with the eye.
Let Readers Catch their Breath â Write Shorter Sentences
The Before snippet immediately bombards readers with lengthy clauses like "delivers data integration software and services to solve the problem of", "data fragmentation across disparate systems" and "helping organizations gain greater business value fromâ¦"
Notice the After snippet uses more sentences and how theyâre shorter in length. By starting shorter sentences with verbs, we sharpen our focus on a single benefit. Given few reasonably intelligent people can hold on to two or more bullet points in their head at a time, we should avoid packing sentences with lengthy clauses.
Speak from Your Readerâs Point of View Using Action Sentences
Our last tune-up explains how focusing on action forces us to think from the readerâs point of view. In the Before snippet, none of the sentences begin with a verb. The After snippet starts all but one of its sentences with a verb. Doing so forces you, as a writer, to think, "Whatâs in it for me, the reader?"
Even if this is not a sales letter, it is sales literature and it should promote some call to action whether itâs reading more, entering data into a form, or navigating to another part of the site.
True, the After snippet does not prompt an explicit action but it does accomplish two things. First, it makes a concise yet powerful case for the branding its headline calls out. Second, it creates interest so the reader will read on.
Moreover, action sentences from your readerâs point of view give you license to use the second person voice. Addressing readers with "you" and "your" creates a hotline from your pen to their minds and maybe even their hearts.
For some reason, enterprise software companies labor under the pretense they must write in third person and passive voices or risk coming across as wild-eyed hucksters unworthy of further attention.
Thankfully, itâs easy to address your readers directly without losing credibility. The After snippet maintains a corporate tone while using a second person voice throughout.
One little secret to striking this balance â even if you leave out "you" and "your" in a sentence, so long as you start it with an action verb, youâll achieve what I call, "implied second person voice." This allows for sparing use of "you" and "your."
Implied second person voice with occasional use of "you" and "your" will raise your credibility because readers find your literature easier to understand yet free from sales hype.
Write for Both Kinds of Readers â Scanners and Scrutinizers
Scanners skim the headlines and read a little body copy here and there. Scrutinizers read every line with rapt attention. Satisfying both types of readers makes sub-heads vital to your success.
For both types of readers, sub-heads act as "connective tissue." Scanners want to skim the headline and sub-heads and come away with a meaningful insight into your offer or value proposition. Scrutinizers want continuity as they complete a section of body copy and move on to the next sub-head.
On the Informatica overview page, following the opening paragraph is the sub-head, "Market Leaders Rely on Informatica."
From the scannerâs point of view, the page so far reads, "Informatica Corporate Overview" and "Market Leaders Rely on Informatica." Scanners will view this as lifeless because there are no action verbs or second person voice. Worse still, the two headers have no meaningful connection to each other. Theyâre nothing more than labels.
From the scrutinizerâs point of view, the Before snippet fares a little better. The last sentence asserts Informatica is the data integration company and then we have the sub-head, "Market Leaders Rely on Informatica." Not tight but not totally disjointed either.
If the After snippet continued on, I would re-write the next sub-head as "Join the Market Leaders Who Rely on Informatica."
Scanners would read, "Overview: Why Informatica is The Data Integration Company" followed by, "Join the Market Leaders Who Rely on Informatica." One head naturally leads into the next. The sub-head starts with an action verb. This "ratchets up" the intensity as we move along. Chances are better a scanner will think, "Hey, I better get on top of this before our competitors do."
Scrutinizers would read "This is why organizations of all sizes from every sector trust Informatica to be their âdata integration companyâ" followed by, "Join the Market Leaders Who Rely on Informatica." The flow here is tight. For good measure, scrutinizers will read body copy invoking the word "trust" followed by the sub-head using, "rely." Two very emotion-laden verbs without triggering sales hype.
Evoke More Emotion with your Choice of Words
The Before snippet uses the term "platform-neutral" whereas the After snippet opts for "platform-independent." The term "neutral" is, well, neutral. "Independent" evokes feelings of empowerment. The latter has a far more positive connotation and it reflects better on Informatica.
Avoid using your companyâs name in the possessive form. In the Before snippet, we read, "Informatica's open, platform-neutral softwareâ¦" This has the same effect as tilting a movie camera down on its subject â the subject looks diminished because the viewer can "look down" on it.
The After snippet reads, "Use the open, platform-independent solutions of Informatica to make it happen." By placing the item possessed first and following it with "of Informatica," the effect is equivalent to tilting a movie camera up at its subject â the subject looks powerful and important because the viewer must "look up" to it.
Enterprise software companies need to take off their self-imposed straightjackets when presenting themselves. Sure, one could argue, Informatica, like many enterprise software companies, is doing just fine with stiff copy because their success is a combination of technical innovation, strong management leadership and savvy salespeople in the field.
Then again, clear, crisp copy can make everyoneâs job easier with softer landings during lean times and accelerated sales when bull markets run. To me, investing in great copy sounds like buying a call option â you canât lose anymore than you spent to acquire it and the upside is unlimited.To your marketing success,
Eric "Rocket" Rosen
Clear Crisp Communications
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|BANG BANG: Ryland Walker Knight||[BANG BANG is our week-long look back at 20!!, or "Twenty-bang-bang," or 2011, with contributions from all over aiming to cover all sorts of enthusiasms from film to music to words and beyond.]|
My, How Impermanent by Ryland Walker Knight
Earlier this week my Indiewire ballot appeared. I still stand by it, I suppose, but even just a week after publication I itch to change things. In fact, the whole enterprise gives me hives to a certain degree. The whole idea of absolutes in general, in any context. If you take a look at that list, you'll see a collection of films, I'd wager, premised on contingency, or some form of mystery or mess or exuberance. Even the more "straight" narratives (Cronenberg's & Jacobs' portrait-films) exhibit an interest in how things do not fit, or ever fix into reliableâmuch less accepted, normalâforms. Perhaps the best term I can reduce this idea to is a favorite on this blog: navigation. Life's not a maze, but there are hurdles every day, including waking up, not to mention the unexpected tidal wave every so often. We're so used to the narratives we're given or that we give ourselves that eluding the unwanted can wreck a day, a month, a year. (Lucky me: my year saw hiccups and headaches but nothing got wrecked. Truth is, I had a fantastic year. And I'm grateful.) Naturally, I'm attracted to films about finding ways through life.
Finding a way to make movie-going more a part of my movie-watching has been difficult this year, the past couple years. Granted, I got to attend Cannes. But the pleasures of that were certainly "extracurricular" as much as within the salles and theaters. The dinners, the new friends, the jokes over whiskey and rosÃ© with Danny and Adrian after long days. But I still cherish movie-going.
Early last week, in fact, I had the supreme pleasure to take in one of the best double bills in recent memory at the Roxie Theatre (with Brian, yes): the early show was Borzage's Moonrise followed by Renoir's first H'wood venture, the insanely under-seen and apparently under-recognized Swamp Water. Two films about the south made by not-southerners that understand the south and southerners in ways you rarely see anymore. (Of course, I'm not a southerner; I'm a Californian. My Okie roots are roots and my relationship to GA/SC is tertiary at best.) But aside from any obtuse anthropological/ethnological reading I can offer, the films exist and excel simply as films. Borzage's at his Murnau best and Renoir is at his dollies-everywhere (and "people as people") best. And they spoke to one another in delicious ways the way a double bill is supposed to work. Steve Seid usually knows what he's doing but this was a special program. The swamp has different narrative functions in the films, but in both the swamp is a hunting ground, a space of violence, something untamable that few can master or at least negotiate (or inhabit!). Again, this speaks to how I see the world at large. Life takes skills we never anticipate requiring, but nonetheless accrue. True to this optimism I harborâinside an unavoidable but I hope healthy cynicism w/r/t life's obstacles, including people (above all people?)âboth protagonists of these films find ways to join the world by their stories' ends.
Then again, not every path is a success. The film I felt worst about leaving off my "official" top ten was Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day. That movie's all about the disconnect we're forced to confront as we grow through adolescence. It's about a lot more, too, including light, but there's a violence in adolescence that it understands (something Haz and I talk about as he is a teacher). This is true of all the Yang pictures I've seen, but this one is obviously special. Its length affords its narrative the space for us to observe characters rationalize their way through choices good and bad alike (though mostly bad) all the way. This is what critics mean when they call a film novelistic: time affording space for character. Granted, that's a limited view of what "the novel" is or can be, but this film in particular, as with many likewise classified films, is after a Dickensian kind of scope forever grounded in place and details. This, too, is how best to think of something like Breaking Bad, which Jen talked about yesterday.
Television, after all, is serialized much how the early money-making novels were; both are strategized as much as constructed with plot doled out in delimited chunks. But, as Jen noted, one of the pleasures of BB is just how digressive it is, how much air time is given to behavior and go-nowhere episodes of bickering. And it's not like this show's hopeful. It's got a pretty grim take on human desire and nature and intelligence. As I've said before, these characters are idiots. Walter White seems to have figured out a few things watching Gus operate, like the cost of survival in such a dangerous game as the drug racket, but he's still a bald, selfish, myopic stranger to himself and his oh-so-beloved family by the end of this last season. And the person he's closest to has every reason in the world to want to slit his throat.
I've been using my tumblr more than this home base throughout the year. Part of it is simply ease of use. Another is desire. The last is time. I like the scrapbook/notebook feel of the microblog. It feels like a repository of reminders. And it usually takes very little effort. Writing here is more work. (Writing anything is work!) Not sure what the new year will bring, but I'm not quite ready to quit my baby. But I quit making zines to make this blog and I may wind up quitting this blog to wind up making more films. Even if they're just little goofs about the sounds of seagulls or odd poems about light and memory. The future has more answers than me.
One thing I know for sure: though I've made some great friends via emails (cf. this week), there's a lot I'm proud of from this past year outside the walls and tubes of the internet. Thank you to everybody who helped make those realities real. You know who you are.
Ryland Walker Knight is a writer and filmmaker living in San Francisco. He has three names, which you can read above, at left, and all over this blog.
|Tracx Launches Newest Social Business Platform to Empower Companies to Engage at The Speed of Social|| |
Advanced engagement and workflow features help enterprises discover opportunities and engage with prospects and customers more efficiently in real-time
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|Tracx Awarded Two 2015 Best In Biz International Awards|| |
Tracx Inc. has won two awards for âBest New Version of the Yearâ and âMost Innovative Product of the Year for Enterprisesâ in the Best in Biz Awards 2015 International.
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|#ChinaVsJinping : Military Reforms, PLA Trimming and New Operational Head|
Source : NewsBharati Date : 04-Aug-2017
In first two parts of China Vs Jinping, we have analysed fallouts of Jinping’s anti-corruption purge of politico-military leadership and his merciless crackdown on Military Business Empire of People’s Liberation Army including huge human organ trade and transplant industry. Both steps have created much uproar in China as those arrested and prosecuted in the sweeping campaign were powerful in their respective fields. After assuming the office, Jinping had vowed to catch “Tigers and Flies” engulfed in corruption, which was veiled reference to all ranging from “Top to Bottom” irrespective of their position, fame, persona and honour in public and party life.
In this paper (3rd in a series) we will go through Jinping’s ambitious structural reforms in Chinese armed forces on command and organizational level, integration of all services into one, cohesive, tri services integrated theatre command abolishing supremacy of PLA commanders, dominated by infantry officers. These reforms are similar to US reforms of its armed forces which were based on United States’ The Goldwater–Nichols Act-1986, to solve the problems caused by inter-service rivalry and operational failures leading caused by such rivalry. Though these reforms are going to increase the efficiency of Chinese armed forces, it has generated resentment and backlash from mighty commanders of PLA.
One more and probably most significant factor of Chinese military reforms are proposed a sharp cut in PLA strength. The containing PLA strength from 2.4 million to 1 million over a period of time is biggest and boldest step taken by Jinping immediately after taking over as Chinese President. There are many angles to this move and many theories propped up from a Western and American analyst. The most significant and logical conclusion was, fear in Jinping’s mind about PLA’s wealthy and powerful generals! We will try to find out whether the fear has anything to do with reality or not.
PLA Openly Attacked Jinping’s Military Reforms
China is the country governed by a single party. The Chinese media is only state run newspapers and TV channels pouring in information which party wants to disseminate. Every word and case is being strictly monitored and censored. Utmost care is taken not to transmit any information which is detrimental to party’s image. But, the scale of Jinping and PLA is such a high and tensions between two camps are unprecedented that PLA’s mouthpiece daily People’s Daily blatantly attacked Jinping over reforms in armed forces.
In November 2015, when structural reforms were already declared and the majority of the Chinese including PLA, were yet to judge Jinping’s capacities People’s Daily- the mouthpiece of PLA committed a serious offence. The two authors associated with PLA Academy, Mr Sun Kejia and Mr Han Xiao lashed out in clear words at proposed military reforms. They warned of serious consequences if proposed military reforms were pushed through. Later the article was pulled down from the website after much uproar.
Surprisingly, even after taking on practically omnipotent Jinping, no one could harm any one of the two authors, which launched a scathing attack on Jinping. The reason behind the immunity which both authors enjoyed is not known but it is not impossible to judge. Though publicly just two authors were visible attacking Jinping’s policies on military reforms, everyone in China knows that they were voicing the opinion of thousands of PLA ranks against the possible axing of their jobs and stripping them of various privileges which they were enjoying these days.
In China, such direct public expression of opinion was unusual and hard to believe!
The Military Reforms and Trimming PLA
Military reforms envisaged by Jinping would see the slashing of PLA strength from 2.4 million to just 1 million within next few years. It means half of the PLA troops would lose their jobs. Moreover, new theatre command structure will take down army’s supremacy within armed forces. Though these reforms; if actually executed successfully, would convert Chinese armed forces in lethal, formidable and most professional fighting machine in the world. The initial indications and structural, psychological and practical deficiencies in the system suggest that reforms are going to hit hard rock.
The central theme of military reforms is converting military from “quantitative” to “qualitative” force. But what is going actually going to be on the ground is huge cuts in infantry combat troops and a simultaneous increase in naval strength, rocket force and strategic support forces. Obviously, infantry is the biggest loser in this exercise.
The New Joint Theatre Commands consisting Eastern, Southern, Western, Northern, and Central commands will rearrange troops and resources in respective areas and merge it within the single homogeneous structure to boost mobility, pace and proficiency of the troops by integrating all resources into one cohesive unit.
The theme is based on American Goldwater–Nichols Act-1986, which would continue to appoint three services chiefs, but none of the three chiefs would have any operational power. They would cease to be the advisers of Central Military Commission and President. This whole power will be consolidated in the hands of CMC head and Commander-In-Chief.
The Unrest in Demobilized Soldiers
As an ultimate fallout of demobilized Chinese soldiers after the restructuring of PLA, the large scale unrest growing among those who lost the jobs. In October and November 2016 two protest marches were called at powerful Central Military Commission HQ in Beijing to demand compensation and penalties for snatching their jobs in new military reforms. On October 11, 2016, near about 30,000 demobilized troops took part in a protest at CMC headquarters in Beijing. Another protest on November 01, 2016 vanished under media blackout as the government imposed stringent prohibition orders on covering the protests fearing its spread.
Why Jinping Reminded Army of Party Supremacy?
Xi Jinping reviewed military exercise to mark the 90th anniversary of People’s Liberation Army this week. While addressing the troops he reminded the military of “Gutian Congress” Principle of party’s supremacy over the military. He told PLA to ‘uncompromisingly follow Communist party leadership and it shall march wherever Party points too’. Many believed that deep sense of mistrust and insecurity in Jinping’s psyche about PLA has forced the president to speak it up.
Recent aggressive steps taken by Jinping which directly or indirectly hit vested interests of military commanders has placed him at loggerheads with men in uniform.
The balance of power hangs in imbalance as uncertainty looms over Jinping’s career due to his consistent campaign against powerful party leaders and military commanders. It would be interesting to watch the events in China in next one year to wait and see which camp turns the table and whether Jinping tightens the grip or loses the game.
Jinping as Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces
In April 2016 Jinping officially took charge of the chief of newly formed Joint Operations Command Center of Chinese Armed Forces. Though, being president of China, he was chairman of Central Military Commission- CMC, the latest installation of Jinping as Head of JOCC has far reaching implications.
China is economically sharply divided into two distinct parts; wealthy, industrious and rich coastal China and poor, underdeveloped and impoverished hinterlands. The majority population in China is living in poor and underdeveloped rural China. The Great Equality Utopia assured by glossy Communism has already waned away. The wealthy coastal area has economic bonds with Europe and USA and they have nothing to do with Chinese masses. Under such circumstances, it is a difficult task for Jinping to control brewing anger among rural Chinese masses, which were the backbone of the Chinese revolution. Xi Jinping’s biggest concern is to monitor and quell any future turmoil which would come to fore either slowly or in the form of a huge outburst of public anger. Jinping wants Communist Party to control it. But biggest hurdle in quenching the fire is PLA and paramilitary troops.
After ruthless crackdown on so called tainted commanders, former security Czar, two former vice chairmen of Central Military Commission, dismantling lucrative military business empire including PLA controlled medical facilities and dismantling monopoly and dominance of PLA in Chinese Armed Forces; Jinping needs more operational control over its forces, to keep vigilant eye on day to day affairs related to troops movements.
The composition of Chinese Armed Forces is also mattered of concern for Jinping. The majority of the Chinese troops are from Chinese hinterland which is deprived rich dividends of economic boom in the country and wealthy coastal region has a very negligible presence in forces. The huge economic disparity and wealth imbalance within two regions might trigger a chain of reactions in PLA, with the majority of the troops from the largely backwards region.
The sharp reduction in a number of troops would add to Jinping’s woes. As being autocratic country; expectation of fair compensation to troops removed from forces is somewhat unrealistic and it would hardly address in a country like China.
On The Other Hand, wealthy China is a potent threat to the Communist regime for a very strange reason. China watchers believe that real motive behind anti-corruption blitzkrieg is to warn wealthy Chinese and to deliver them subtle message to refrain from indulging in party affairs with enough financial resources in hand. In near future, Jinping might think of taking control of private assets to distribute it in the regions facing financial imbalance. To achieve it, he must have full control over its armed forces for dual purpose; to monitor and thwart unrest within PLA ranks deriving from peasant class and to pressurize affluent class from becoming dominant over party and policy makers.
Jinping hit most dangerous conglomerate of influential people in China
In one more direct bold move, Jinping hit most dangerous conglomerate of influential people in China. In January 2016, he installed Discipline Inspection Commission under the direct control of Central Military Commission specifically for corruption related to PLA ranks. PLA commanders with deep pockets and cross sectional influence across all spheres of industrial, commercial and Chinese elites are real time treat for Party in general and Jinping in particular. Within just a few months of the establishment of DIC, hundreds of PLA officials are purged from top to bottom.
The message was open and out to all PLA bigwigs- “fall in line or get prosecuted”. After years of career in PLA, there would be hardly anyone in the military with Mr Clean image, especially at the time when the military was running thousands of industrial, commercial enterprises all over China.
As a Head of Joint Operations Command Center means Commander-In-Chief of Chinese armed forces; he is in a position to monitor every movement of PLA of any scale, which could threaten his regime. After unleashing terror within Communist Party and military in the name of big bang anti-corruption drive, Jinping has established his most trusted aids at all nodal positions to monitor any movement by party or military which could topple him!
Present military reforms would take years to complete but its magnitude and number of people either losing their jobs or getting sidelined in due course will mount unbelievable pressure on the party and Mr President.
Let’s see how Jinping tackles the issue and whether he softens his stand or ups his ante against his rivals within party and PLA
|CSU Selects Wheless Partners to Coordinate Presidential Search|
University also announces appointees to its Presidential Search Committee
The Cleveland State University Board of Trustees has selected the national consulting and search firm Wheless Partners to manage its search for the next president of Cleveland State. The firm has coordinated multiple successful executive searches in the state of Ohio and has specific expertise leading presidential and chancellor searches for numerous public and private universities nationally. The firm was selected by the Board after a public RFP process.
The search will be managed by Mike JR Wheless, managing partner and division president of Wheless Partners and Lisa Marks, the firmâs managing director and divisional chief operations officer.
âWheless Partners is one of the nationâs leading executive search firms and has broad expertise in the private and public sectors as well as specific experience with the unique requirements of a university presidential search process,â says Bernie Moreno, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees and chair of the CSU Presidential Search Committee. âWe are excited to partner with Wheless to select a leader who can continue the tremendous growth CSU has experienced over the last decade.â
CSU also announced the appointment of members to the Presidential Search Committee. The group, consisting of board members, students, faculty, staff and community members, will lead the presidential search process and will work with Wheless Partners to review potential candidates and make a recommendation on selection to the CSU Board of Trustees. The members of the committee are:
To learn more about Wheless Partners and obtain full biographies of the search committee, visit CSUâs presidential transition website.
CSU President Ronald M. Berkman announced June 20 that he would retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. The next president of CSU is scheduled to take office July 1, 2018.
|LinkedIn Joins CSU, Other Key Northeast Ohio Stakeholders to Analyze Vital Health IT Talent Data|
Project is a tactic within HIT in the CLE Regional Talent Initiative
*Release via the BioEnterprise
LinkedIn, which operates the worldâs largest professional network on the Internet with more than 500 million members in over 200 countries and territories, has teamed up with BioEnterprise, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga County to provide data, analysis, and market research on the talent flows of software developers, data scientists, data analysts and other computer science positions within the Northeast Ohio health IT sector. Supported by the Cleveland Foundation, the analysis will ultimately inform policy, educational curriculum, community programming and other talent alignment strategies within this regional growth sector.
The bioscience cluster is a primary growth engine reviving the Northeast Ohio economy. Within the bioscience cluster, the health IT industry is flourishing, creating hundreds of new jobs each year. However, an acute shortage of qualified local talent is a major barrier to growth.
âOne of the critical limiting factors to growth in Northeast Ohioâs bioscience industry today is the availability of health IT talent,â explained Aram Nerpouni, BioEnterprise President and CEO. âThriving health IT companies are hindered by the dearth of software developers and data scientists. The LinkedIn project should provide meaningful data and analysis to inform how we address this challenge.â
With the support of the Cleveland Foundation, BioEnterprise launched HIT in the CLE in 2015 to address the regional computer science and data science talent gap. The Initiative aims to grow and diversify the Northeast Ohio health IT talent pipeline to support a vibrant health IT industry.
âWe felt it was crucial to partner with BioEnterprise to begin addressing the demand-supply gap in health IT and to deeply engage businesses to expand the talent pipeline,â said Shilpa Kedar, Cleveland Foundation Program Director for Economic Development. âLinkedInâs involvement with HIT in the CLE is a tremendous win for the region and we anticipate that this work will prove to be extraordinarily beneficial.â
The LinkedIn project is an important tactic within the larger HIT in the CLE talent strategy. The effort aspires to provide insights into the education and experience of people currently employed in the regional health IT sector, pathways for securing regional health IT positions, and institutions from which the local sector most successfully attracts qualified talent. The insights discovered through the analysis may surface gaps and barriers in the local health IT talent pipeline and help inform strategy for addressing these important talent issues.
âAt LinkedIn, our vision is to create economic opportunity for every worker,â said LinkedIn U.S. Head of Policy Nicole Isaac. âWeâre excited to use the Economic Graph â a digital map of the global economy that when complete will include every member of the global workforce and their skills, all open jobs, all employers, and all educational institutions â to provide the City of Cleveland with a more holistic view of the computer science and data science skills local employers need, the skills its workers have and the disconnect between the two. The City can use those insights to create a stronger IT talent pipeline, and grow its IT industry.â
âMaking our workforce a competitive advantage, which includes understanding our gaps as well as opportunities is a crucial strategic focus,â said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. âWe know that the strength of our healthcare is a great advantage and we believe that the bioscience cluster will drive a lot of our job growth in the coming years. LinkedInâs contribution to help inform and accelerate that growth is a welcome addition to the HIT in the CLE effort.â
Data provided by BioEnterprise and LinkedIn will be pulled throughout the summer. Ongoing analysis will take place through the summer and findings are expected in the fall.
âCleveland is a City with a growing health research and information technology economy from the unseen power of the 100 gig fiber network along the Health-Tech Corridor and the health care research institutions within our community,â said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. âI welcome the opportunity for the City of Cleveland to collaborate with LinkedIn to provide research and data on the talent that is relocating to Cleveland and drawing talent to join the workforce here.â
|10/27/06 - "The Dragon's Kettle Korn."||There's a tent set up in the strip-mall parking lot by my work, purveying the mind-boggling combination of raver-inspired flashing jewelry and fresh-made "Kettle Korn." Objecting to the unnecessary use of the second "k," I was going to keep on walking by, until I saw the logo for this particular sweet-and-salty snack/flashing jewelry shack: A drawing of a dragon blowing fire under a kettle of popcorn, which looks like it was drawn by an eight-year-old. But it was probably drawn by the middle-aged man running the enterprise. It's great, I wish I could scan it. But it's full of popcorn. And I don't have a scanner.Superfluous k's aside, the kettle corn is delicious. It was a good buy.|
|Clearly Not Allegorical||A huge unexploded bomb, left over from a long dead civilisation and ignored by all town residents, because it is town custom to ignore it, is detonated by one who follows the "How to detonate this bomb and totally destroy the entire town and all its occupants" instructions printed clearly, in big helpful lettering, on the device's side. |
In the devastating blast almost the whole town is torn from the map.
The only survivor, an old woman, found in a storm cellar two miles from the epicentre, says...
"It probably would have been wiser to get rid of such a dangerous item really but it was the tradition to give Ole 'Divine Retribution' a customary little rub or pat as we went into worship. Nobody ever thought anybody would be mad enough to actually follow the instructions written on the side!"Cops take her away in handcuffs on a charge of criminal negligence.
At trial the judge decides...
"While the court accepts your whole town sanctioned, by their individual inaction, this unconscionably irresponsible practise, you are the only remaining former resident and as such are culpable, under the law of Joint Enterprise, for the mass homicide, which ensued. For your part then, in the town's residents utter failure to remove or even make safe such a potentially cataclysmic item and for the incompetence of leaving such potentially devastating commands in clear sight, where any old unstable nutter or curious child could easily obey them on a whim and destroy so much, you are sentenced to death. However, as you're a pretender in the same god as me, I want you to sit and think about what your inaction enabled."So to the question...
Can you see how it's clearly not allegorical?
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|Microsoft announces open source Coco Framework to speed up enterprise blockchain adoption||Microsoft has today announced Coco Framework, a means of simplifying the adoption of blockchain protocol technology. The aim is to speed up the adoption of blockchain-based systems in the enterprise, whilst simultaneously increasing privacy. Coco -- short for Confidential Consortium -- will be available in 2018, and Microsoft will be making the technology open source to help increase uptake. Intel is working with Microsoft as a hardware and software partner, and Coco Framework features Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) to improve transaction speed at scale. The framework is compatible with Ethereum, but Microsoft envisions it being used across financial… [Continue Reading]|
|One in five people put corporate data at risk via unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots||Employees are putting corporate data at risk by using unsecured hotspots and over sharing on cloud services, according to a new report. The study from cloud security specialist Bitglass set up Wi-Fi hotspots in random public spaces for two hour time slots, and captured and analyzed traffic, finding that of the 834 people in the public spaces, 187 unique devices (around 20 percent) connected. Of that 20 percent, 21 people accessed enterprise cloud applications over the unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot, including Office 365, Salesforce, Adobe Marketing Cloud, ADP, Slack, and Asana -- putting corporate data at risk. Two connected devices also… [Continue Reading]|
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|A Pattern of Success|
A host of student-run operations is springing up to supÂport Northeastern startups, offering skills and expertise in fields from accounting to graphic design to software coding. To help these groups forge an alliance, faculty member Dan Gregory made a lead gift last fall, inspiring parents, alumni, and faculty to join in. To date, support for the new initiativeâwhich students named Mosaicâcomes to $425,000. The rise of student-led organizations helping students, faculty, and alumni realize their business dreams is a grass-roots phenomenon, Gregory says. It began six years ago with Northeasternâs student-run venture incubator, IDEA, for which he serves as faculty advisor. Inspired by IDEAâs success with peer-to-peer experiential learning, groups at diverse colleges started offering their know-how to IDEAâs ventures. The trend picked up steam in 2013, when students at the College of Arts, Media, and Design formed a design studio, Scout, to create logos and packaging for fledgling ventures. At about the same time, law stuÂdents at the IP Clinicânow called the IP CO-LABâstarted teaching ventures about intellectual property law. Today, Gregory says, student accountants, prototype manufacturÂers, social enterprise advocates, and other Mosaic members are helpÂing ventures thrive. Instead of seeking specialized skills from outside vendors, entrepreneurs can often find them on campus. MEMBERS UNITE A major goal of Mosaic is to break down silos across campus and give ventures access to the multiple disciplines that entrepreneurship requires. Besides providing adminÂistrative support, Mosaic funds will cover expenses for which IDEA or one of Northeasternâs colleges might have picked up the tabâfrom member services to events, pizza-fueled workÂshops, and meeting space. To obtain Mosaic funding, member organizaÂtions must apply to the Mosaic CounÂcil, whose faculty and administrators set priorities. To understand how Mosaic works, consider its impact on one venture: Wizio. This online platform, a matchÂmaking service for Boston realtors and renters, got its start at the Husky Startup Challenge, an Entrepreneurs Club contest that helps students turn ideas into companies. After taking first place and the Audience Choice award in April 2015, Wizio won fundÂing from IDEA to build a prototype. From there, IDEA linked Wizioâs founders to more Mosaic service proÂviders. A Scout team came up with a logo and designed a website. At the School of Law, students with the IP CO-LAB assessed copyright issues, while others at the Community Law Clinic drew up an employee contract. Meanwhile, accounting students who founded DâAmore-McKimâs AccountÂing Resource Center, known as ARC, outlined the tax advantages of incorÂporation. If Mosaic has a theme, Gregory says, itâs cross-college collaboration: âStudents across disciplines are helpÂing students, alumni, and faculty launch their ventures.â DOMINOS IN MOTION As soon as Gregory kick-started Mosaic, others came forward. They include law and business professor Susan Montgomery, the IP CO-LABâs faculty advisor; the Northeastern University Young Global Leaders, an alumni group convened by PresiÂdent Joseph E. Aoun; Greg Skloot, DMSBâ12, former Entrepreneurs Club president and now, vice president for Growth at Netpulse; and Lea Anne Dunton, PNT, and her husband, Gary, DMSBâ78, a Northeastern corporator. In addition to supporting memÂber groups that are up and running, Mosaic helps new ones get started. Last fall, for example, at the College of Engineering, students formed a hardware-prototyping group they call Generate, housed within the Michael J. and Ann Sherman Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship Education. Beyond his role at IDEA, Gregory co-directs the Northeastern UniÂversity Center for Entrepreneurship Education, Mosaicâs administrative home, helping every college foster entrepreneurship. From this vantage, he calls Mosaicâs peer-to-peer, experiential learning model the âseÂcret sauceâ behind Northeasternâs thriving entrepreneurial culture, one that âsets us apart from every other university.â
|Parents Give a Boost to Family Business Education|
Although family-owned businesses account for 90 percent of the global economy, they are given little attention at most business schools. Northeastern parent Pierre Choueiri wants to change that. He is chairman and CEO of Choueiri Group, the leading media representation house in the Middle East and North Africa. Choueiri has adapted the vision of his late father, Antoineâwho founded the company in 1970âto the current realities of an ever-shifting marketplace. âWhen my father passed the company to me, it was the proudest day of my life,â he says. âBut in todayâs business climate, education is essential to understanding complex issues faced by family-owned businessesâmanagement succession, ownership control, shareholder relationshipsâso that the family is running the company, not just owning it.â Recognizing the DâAmore-McKim School of Business as a leader in family business education and research, Choueiri and his wife, Maya, established the Pierre Choueiri Family Fund for Global Family Enterprise in May. The endowment supports programs in leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation. âStudents from family businesses come to DâAmore-McKim from all over the world,â Choueiri says, âand itâs gratifying to help them develop specialized skills.â Among those students is his son, Antoine, a third-year business administration major. Choueiriâs other son, Alex, plans to major in music industry when he arrives this fall. âThe Choueiri gift will enable our faculty and students to deepen their understanding of the crucial role of family businesses in the global economy,â says DâAmore-McKimâs dean, Hugh Courtney. âIt will generate research that provides the insights necessary to shape successful family enterprises for generations.â
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|Comment on Tutorial 5: How to Configure Goldengate DDL Replication? by tranvhit||Hi,
Thank so much for your share. But, now i config DDL for Og12c on database 11gR184.108.40.206 but still " @ddl_setup.sql" , i have message:
Oracle GoldenGate DDL Replication setup script
Verifying that current user has privileges to install DDL Replication...
You will be prompted for the name of a schema for the Oracle GoldenGate database objects.
NOTE: For an Oracle 10g source, the system recycle bin must be disabled. For Oracle 11g and later, it can be enabled.
NOTE: The schema must be created prior to running this script.
NOTE: Stop all DDL replication before starting this installation.
Enter Oracle GoldenGate schema name:ogg
Working, please wait ...
Spooling to file ddl_setup_spool.txt
Checking for sessions that are holding locks on Oracle Golden Gate metadata tables ...
ERROR at line 1:
Oracle GoldenGate DDL Replication setup:
*** Please move OGG to its own tablespace
ORA-06512: at line 34
Disconnected from Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 220.127.116.11.0 - 64bit Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP, Data Mining and Real Application Testing options
Please help me that.|
|Beter klantcontact en optimaal samenwerken: overal en op elk gewenst moment|| De uitdaging
Ymor wilde sneller en eenvoudiger kunnen inspelen op bestaande en nieuwe marktvragen van klanten. Tevens wilde het bedrijf de kosten van de operationele IT-omgeving terugdringen. Ymor was op de hoogte van de mogelijkheden van nieuwe technologie en wilde graag de interne mail- en samenwerkingsomgeving verplaatsen naar de cloud. Alle medewerkers moesten met één inlognaam en wachtwoord in de nieuwe omgeving kunnen werken.
Het Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise3 platform is als uitgangspunt genomen om de wensen van Ymor te realiseren. Elke medewerker kan nu Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus op in totaal vijf devices gebruiken. Met Office 365 verloopt de communicatie, het delen van kennis en het werken aan documenten stukken soepeler: met klanten en onderling. Iedereen heeft een mailbox van 50Gb en eigen werkruimte van 25Gb, die op elke gewenste plek en elk moment toegankelijk zijn. De Office 365-werkomgeving is goed schaalbaar, eenvoudig in het gebruik en stelt de mensen van Ymor in staat hun werkzaamheden optimaal uit te voeren.
|Transforming the Cleaning Business with Microsoft Technology|| ISS Netherlands wanted to improve its competitiveness in a crowded facilities services market. With the help of Microsoft technology including Windows Azure and Microsoft Office 365, the company has built a solution that automatically notifies workers when facilities need to be maintained, improving client service while reducing customer costs. We recently spoke with Martijn Jansen, Business Technology Manager at ISS Netherlands, to learn how this solution is transforming the facilities services business.
Q: Please tell us about ISS Netherlands.
Martijn Jansen: ISS Netherlands is part of ISS, which is a leading global provider of facility services. In the Netherlands, we offer services to hospitals, factories, government offices, and companies of all sizes. ISS Netherlands has 12,000 employees who work with a broad spectrum of clients ranging from small Dutch companies to large global enterprises.
Q: What challenges were you facing that led you to build a solution using Windows Azure and Office 365?
Jansen: Facilities services is a very competitive market, especially in the area of pricing. In the past few years, the focus has primarily been on pricing, since it’s been hard to differentiate oneself in other areas.
With Windows Azure and Office 365, we can easily scale up and down. This was important to us given the changing nature of our business. In addition, Windows Azure and Office 365 enabled us to innovate without a lot of risk to our company. ISS Netherlands has a relatively small IT department. We didn’t want to make a large investment that would require us to purchase and maintain our own hardware and software. Instead, we wanted to build a cloud-based solution that was both adaptable and flexible. Windows Azure and Office 365 met all of these needs.
Q: What solution did you build?
Jansen: In a traditional cleaning environment, for example an office building, the standard proposition is that you clean each rest room twice a day, five days a week, 52 weeks a year, whether it’s needed or not. So even if no one is there, you’d still clean the toilets twice a day. We wanted to improve our efficiency by only cleaning where it was needed, and doing so right when it was needed.
To do that, we created a simple “on-off” sensor that records every time a toilet, soap dispenser, or towel dispenser has been used, and then sends a message to our SQL Server database, which is run as a virtual machine within the Windows Azure cloud platform. We then created business rules so that after a specified number of visits, Windows Azure sends a message to all of the mobile phones used by the employees responsible for working in the area informing them that a particular toilet or towel dispenser needs to be serviced. Using Microsoft BizTalk Server, we send this information to our Financial Management Information System and to our customer SharePoint portals to keep track of our progress.
We are using the same system to measure whether a plant needs water, whether a door has inadvertently been left opened at night, or whether a mouse trap needs to be reset. The minute the threshold is reached, we know what has to be done in a specific room of a given building. So we're no longer doing a standard routine of cleaning—only when it’s required.
Q: That seems like a lot of information to track. How is the ability to process big data playing into your solution?
Jansen: The ability to cost-effectively process big data has made the solution possible. Each sensor captures multiple messages on an hourly basis, and we have thousands of sensors set up across all the facilities we manage. Our database holds several terabytes of data, and that quantity is growing exponentially with every customer we add. None of this would have been possible five years ago. The amount of processing power that we would have needed and the amount of data that needs to be stored would have made the investment cost-prohibitive.
Q: What role do Office 365 and SharePoint Online play in the solution?
Jansen: We’ve developed a customized portal for each customer using SharePoint Online, which they can view using Office Web Apps. The portal shows when we are coming to service the facility. It incorporates a map with all the inspection points, including mouse traps, toilets, towel dispensers, etcetera. It highlights all current issues as well as those that already have been fixed. And it displays the sensor data as easy-to-read bar charts searchable by topic via drop-down menus. This allows clients to get a high-level overview of what’s happening, while also reviewing the detailed data. So, for example, a manager can get a summary of pest control issues in his building, and then click through the portal to see the status of a specific room or even a specific trap.
We’ve also built a new feature into the SharePoint portal that allows customers to communicate with us. Initially, we’ll be deploying it at one of the hospitals we manage so that our client can inform us when a patient leaves and the bed needs to be made. Most Dutch hospitals have a shortage of beds, so it’s paramount that they be turned around quickly. Once the bed is made, our workers can send a message via their mobile phone back to the SharePoint portal. This will enable the hospital to put its bed space to more efficient use.
Q: How has your automated solution improved customer service?
Jansen: It’s improved our customer service by enabling us to offer a higher-quality service at a lower price. By using the sensors, we’re focusing on the jobs that need to be done at that moment and eliminating unnecessary work. For example, we used to visit one of our pest control contacts every week. But with the sensors, we now know the number of mousetraps going off without actually visiting the site. So we can now simply visit the site when a mouse is caught rather than checking whether or not it’s happened. That’s reduced our hours and thus our cost to the customer. What’s more, customers now feel we are helping them 24/7 rather than just a few days a month.
We’re also providing our customers with better information. With all the sensory data at our disposal, we can tell our clients what’s actually happening rather than using our gut feeling. Customers really like that because they now have precise data that they can present to their managers as well.
Q: What benefits has ISS Netherlands derived from the solution?
Jansen: It’s made us more competitive. By using web portals and other technology we’re on top of the league. With our automated solution, we’ve been able to serve more customers at lower cost with the same number of workers. But we’re not stopping there. Each day we’re examining how we can expand the uses of our solution to further improve our services. Using Microsoft technology, we’ve created a whole different way of managing facilities—one that’s highly efficient and provides top value for our customers. |
|Windows 8 brengt KPN Ã©n zijn klanten tien harde voordelen|| KPN Corporate Market had twee doelstellingen: KPN wilde goed voorbereid zijn om zijn klanten te helpen met hun overstap naar Windows 8; daarnaast wilde KPN het nieuwe besturingssysteem intern benutten om zijn eigen 31.000 medewerkers beter te ondersteunen met nieuwe en verbeterde IT-dienstverlening.
Harald den Houter, Principal Technical Consultant en verantwoordelijk voor het Windows 8 adoptieprogramma binnen KPN: "De combinatie van het brede marktvenster waarin KPN opereert en de lancering van Windows 8 biedt een unieke kans om voor consumenten, bedrijven en instellingen een eenduidige en op elkaar aansluitende propositie in de markt te zetten. Zo kunnen we met Windows 8 de consument een veilige werkplek bieden en tegelijkertijd voldoen aan zakelijke voorwaarden als compliance, 'enterprise class'-beveiliging en kostenbesparing." |
|The Emergence of Private LTE Networks||Designed-for-purpose, private LTE systems are emerging as the preferred wireless platform for enterprises with production-critical automation and mobility needs.|
|Woningcorporatie ontwikkelt innovatieve strategie met nieuw licentiebeleid||Staedion is ruim 10 jaar actief als woningcorporatie en biedt momenteel 35.000 woningen in Den Haag en omgeving. Naast huurwoningen, koopwoningen en bedrijfsonroerendgoed, richt Staedion zich op duurzaamheid, leefbaarheid en innovatie. Om het innovatieve karakter van de organisatie te ondersteunen heeft Staedion het Enterprise Agreement licentiecontract verlengd. Daarbij geniet Staedion dankzij de Software Assurance Benefit Packaged Services uiteenlopende voordelen.|
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|Microsoft's Geoptimaliseerde Werkplek legt basis voor verbetering van IT-services van de Nederlandse rechterlijke instantie|| De Optimized Desktop-oplossing (Geoptimaliseerde Werkplek) van Microsoft legde de basis voor belangrijke ICT-verbeteringen bij een grote Nederlandse overheidsinstantie. Dit heeft tot kwantificeerbare financiële voordelen, operationele efficiency en een verhoogde productiviteit van eindgebruikers geleid. In deze case study wordt onderzocht waarom de instantie voor een geoptimaliseerde werkplekomgeving - waaronder Windows 7 Enterprise, App-V en andere serviceverbeteringen van Microsoft - heeft gekozen. |
|Door professionalisering van haar projectplanning en urenregistratie met EPM krijgt het UMC st Radboud meer inzicht en grip op haar projecten||De ICT-afdeling van het Universitair Medisch Centrum (UMC) St Radboud wil efficiënter omgaan met de inzet van de beschikbare ICT resources. Samen met Capgemini realiseerde het UMC een oplossing op basis van Microsoft Enterprise Project Management 2007 (EPM). |
|Movares vertrouwt haar resourceplanning toe aan Microsoft Enterprise Project Management|| De verschillende applicaties die Movares voor haar resource planning in gebruik had voldeden niet, onder meer omdat deze geen integrale oplossing boden voor de verschillende planningniveaus van managers, teamleiders en adviseurs.
Movares heeft gekeken naar producten van diverse leveranciers, waaronder PlanView, EPM en Microsoft Access. René Dorleijn: "Omdat wij de meeste planningapplicaties wel kennen, meenden we dat wat wij zochten niet bestond. Althans, dat dachten we. De naam ‘Enterprise Project Management’ had mij namelijk in eerste instantie op het verkeerde been gezet, omdat we iets zochten voor capaciteitsplanning en niet voor projectplanning."
Toen Movares haar doelstelling voorlegde aan One Fox, als één van de vier Microsoft EPM implementatiepartners, bleek Microsoft Enterprise Project Management juist zeer geschikt voor capaciteitsplanning en het efficiënter inzetten van resources. René Dorleijn: “Doorslaggevend waren de vele configuratiemogelijkheden van EPM, waardoor we aan de wensen van onze drie gebruikersgroepen tegemoet konden komen. De keuze voor Microsoft EPM & One Fox was toen snel gemaakt."
René Dorleijn beschrijft EPM als een toolbox met configuratiemogelijkheden: "Je kunt er heel veel mee programmeren. Zo kunnen we mensen aan de ‘voorkant’ tegemoet komen door de applicatie te laten aansluiten bij hun manier van plannen, terwijl we aan de 'achterkant' alle informatie laten samenkomen in één centrale database. Daarmee biedt Microsoft Enterprise Project Management de mogelijkheid om tegemoet te komen aan onze verschillende niveaus van plannen.”
|Oad Groep heeft met Microsoft Enterprise Project Management continu totaalinzicht in alle lopende projecten||
Het nieuwe businessmodel van Oad bracht aan de businesskant een grote verandering van de processen met zich mee. Ook de IT moest hierop aangepast worden. De Oad groep startte daarom vijf jaar geleden een programma op, waar 20 miljoen euro mee gemoeid is en dat uit bijna dertig projecten bestaat. "Wil je al die projecten goed managen, dan kun je niet meer toe met Excel-sheets. Niet alleen mis je dan het totaaloverzicht, het is ook veel te kostbaar om alle informatie in spreadsheets up-to-date te houden,” aldus Robert Dorenbusch. Hij is manager ICT binnen de Oad Groep. "Een professionele planning is een eerste vereiste, zeker als er gemiddeld 50 medewerkers aan 30 projecten gelijktijdig werken."
Als oplossing koos de Oad Groep voor Microsoft Enterprise Project Management (EPM), bestaande uit Microsoft Project Server, Project Web Access en Project Professional. Naar producten van andere leveranciers is slechts kort gekeken. Robert Dorenbusch: “De Oad Groep gebruikt al vrij veel Microsoft producten en EPM laat zich daar goed mee integreren. Zoals met de portals van Microsoft SharePoint Server, een perfecte plaats voor de opslag van alle documentatie, die bij de diverse projecten hoort." DBS Project uit Amersfoort is voor Oad de Microsoft Certified Partner. DBS Project heeft de afgelopen vijf jaar bij zo’n zestig bedrijven en organisaties consultancydiensten geleverd voor Project Server.
Al vanaf de uitrol van EPM profiteert de Oad Groep van de vele voordelen die het pakket te bieden heeft. Behalve meer inzicht, betere factuurcontrole en tijdige sturing noemt Robert Dorenbusch nog een vierde voordeel, namelijk de toegankelijkheid: “We werken met een Roemeens bedrijf dat voor ons applicaties ontwikkelt. Voor hen is EPM via een webinterface goed toegankelijk, evenals voor andere externe partijen met wie wij samenwerken. Via de integratie met Active Directory worden zij geautoriseerd en worden ook hun werkzaamheden in EPM geregistreerd. Daarmee is het beheer van de projecten voor onze projectmedewerkers en –managers een stuk eenvoudiger.”
Dat de projectdocumentatie overzichtelijk wordt opgeslagen is volgens Robert Dorenbusch een pré: “Zodra je een nieuw project opstart in EPM wordt een SharePoint projectomgeving aangemaakt, waar automatisch alle bij dat project behorende documenten worden opgeslagen." Als Robert Dorenbusch een ruwe schatting moet maken over de efficiency dan verwacht hij dat die met vijf procent is toegenomen. “Op een totaalbedrag van 20 miljoen euro is dat bijzonder veel."
|Quadraam ervaart verbeterde productiviteit, flexibiliteit Ã©n beveiliging met Windows 7 Enterprise|| Clemens Linderhof, Hoofd ICT van het Liemers College: “Als gevolg van de fusie was het ICT-landschap van Quadraam zeer gevarieerd en gebaseerd op technologieën van verschillende softwarehuizen, waaronder Microsoft. Zo’n grote diversiteit kwam niet ten goede aan de flexibiliteit en het beheer van het ICT-platform, noch aan de productiviteit van onze medewerkers en leerlingen. Ook qua beveiliging loop je een risico, want vandaag of morgen komen onze leerlingen met onbeveiligde laptop’s aan, die wireless met ons schoolnetwerk gaan communiceren.”
Om dergelijke ontwikkelingen in goede banen te leiden en de diverse ICT-omgevingen te verbeteren heeft Quadraam een strategie uitgestippeld om tot één uniforme en goed te beheren werkomgeving te komen voor medewerkers én leerlingen. Clemens Linderhof: “Onderdelen van die strategie zijn onder meer de schoolbrede inzet van Windows Server 2008 als nieuwe serveromgeving, de bouw van een educatieomgeving op basis van Microsoft Live@Edu met SharePoint Server en een maximalisering van de beveiliging met Microsoft Forefront. Na het uitvoeren van een succesvolle pilot is ook de vervanging van de verouderde besturingssystemen op de werkstations door Windows 7 Enterprise onderdeel van de strategie.”
Clemens Linderhof over de verouderde besturingssystemen: “Op de werkstations was Windows XP favoriet. Upgraden naar Windows Vista was geen optie, omdat Vista zúlke hoge eisen aan de hardware stelt, dat een forse investering in nieuwe pc’s nodig zou zijn. Aan de andere kant realiseerden we ons ook, dat we – door niet met de nieuwe technologie mee te gaan – het risico liepen dat applicaties en functionaliteiten op een gegeven moment niet meer te onderhouden zouden zijn.”
Quadraam was in de gelegenheid om mee te doen met het Windows 7 adoptie-programma van Microsoft. Het eerste grote voordeel dat Clemens Linderhof noemt is “dat Windows 7 Enterprise geen buitensporige eisen aan de hardware stelt. Zelfs een oude grafische kaart is voor Windows 7 Enterprise geen probleem, dus een extra investering in nieuwe pc’s was niet nodig.”
Voor de medewerkers ziet Clemens Linderhof als groot voordeel dat de acceptatie van Windows 7 Enterprise heel hoog is. “Je hoeft er niet voor op cursus, het werkt allemaal heel logisch, je kunt er direct mee aan de slag. En doordat Windows 7 Enterprise merkbaar sneller en stabieler is, werkt het voor hen ook prettiger. Tijdens hun werkzaamheden worden ze amper lastig gevallen met onduidelijke meldingen over fouten in de IT-omgeving.”
Voor de leerlingen geldt min of meer hetzelfde. Clemens Linderhof: “Op de leerlingen-pc’s is stabiliteit het belangrijkste. Dat Windows 7 er ook nog mooi uitziet is meegenomen.”
Qua beheer roemt Clemens Linderhof de deploymentfuncties: “Op Symbion hebben we Windows Server 2008 draaien en dat is met Windows 7 Enterprise een ideale combinatie. Vooral beheerfuncties komen dan goed tot hun recht, zoals een heel gemakkelijke deployment van alle werkstations. De strakke integratie met Microsoft Forefront garandeert de stabiliteit en de veiligheid van de ICT-werkomgeving. |
|Getronics bespaart op IT-kosten en bouwt Future Services voor Windows 7|| De medewerkers bij Getronics zijn uiterst mobiel, meer dan 70 procent van de computers bestaat uit laptops en meer dan 40 procent van de werknemers is voortdurend op pad. Windows 7-functionaliteit ondersteunt het Nieuwe Werken van Getronics door de ICT-medewerkers de mogelijkheid te geven diensten te leveren die eenvoudiger zijn uit te rollen, te beheren en te ondersteunen, met minder assistentie van de helpdesk.
De ervaring die tijdens het testprogramma van Windows 7 is opgedaan, deed Getronics besluiten over te gaan op een versnelde migratie naar het Windows 7-besturingssysteem. De implementatie van 630 testgebruikers is voltooid en Getronics heeft inmiddels ongeveer 1000 seats geïmplementeerd. Getronics is zo tevreden met het resultaat van het testprogramma, dat zij als doelstelling heeft om eind van 2011 de implementatie van Windows 7 binnen het volledige bedrijf te hebben voltooid.
Uit de uitkomsten van het testprogramma wordt duidelijk dat Getronics door de mogelijkheden van Windows 7 veiligere, efficiëntere en goedkopere ICT-services kan aanbieden en productiever is bij het ondersteunen van pc-gebruikers.
De financiële opbrengsten waren berekend op basis van een 3 jaar durende uitrol van Windows 7 door de resultaten van het testprogramma te extrapoleren. Op basis van alleen de ICT-voordelen verwacht Getronics, na de voltooiing van de Windows 7-migratie, een sterk positieve ROI (return on investment) te genereren met een netto contante waarde van € 149 per pc en een terugverdienperiode van minder dan 6 maanden.
Verschillende sleutelfactoren verminderden de uitrolkosten voor Getronics waardoor een sterke Windows 7 business case ontstond. Ten eerste had Getronics een Microsoft Enterprise Agreement met Software Assurance afgesloten. Daardoor hoefde Getronics geen oplopende kosten te betalen voor de licenties voor het besturingssysteem. Ten tweede had Getronics al uitgebreide compatibiliteitscontroles voor applicaties uitgevoerd tijdens de uitrol van Windows Vista. Dit had tot gevolg dat er weinig aanvullende tests nodig waren voor Windows 7.
Ten derde bemerkte Getronics dat alle pc-hardware die was aangeschaft voor Windows Vista, even goed of zelfs beter draaide met Windows 7. Het nettoresultaat is dat de ICT-medewerkers van Getronics geen in-place hardware-upgrades hoefden uit te voeren. De cumulatieve cashflow-grafiek toont het verwachtte break-even punt voor het 3-jarige Windows 7-implementatieproject. |
|BlackBerry als ein MarktfÃ¼hrer fÃ¼r Enterprise Mobile Management von unabhÃ¤ngiger Analysten-Firma benannt||BlackBerry gab kÃ¼rzlich eine PresseerkÃ¤rung zur Beurteilung des Unternehmens und seiner Produkte durch Forchester Research heraus. Wir wollen Euch die PresseerklÃ¤rung nicht vorenthalten.
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|Red Hat Enterprise Linux gets cozy with MongoDB||Easing the path for organizations to launch big data-styled services, Red Hat has coupled the 10gen MongoDB data store to its new identity management package for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution.|
|MongoDB refines load balancing||Following the tradition set by recent versions, the new release of the MongoDB NoSQL data store comes with a batch of new features designed to appeal to the enterprise market, including a new built-in search engine, more support for geospatial data and the ability to balance workloads across multiple servers more effectively.|
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|Internet Marketing Services - Find the best today||Suppose you have finally come across a program that you like. But this program is asking you for a membership fee to join or worse still, you are being asked to pay out the cost of the program. You should immediately become warned. You are joining an internet marketing service to make money by selling their products or whatever. Why should you pay them instead of they paying you?|
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For credible information on your internet marketing topic, you can look up articles in reputed article directories. The knowledge that you will gather from these articles will forewarn you.
In short it means, instead of plunging headlong and blindly into the cesspool of internet marketing, you should do your background research thoroughly, arm yourself with knowledge, check out the credibility of a program, see whether the company is affiliated to Better Business Bureau and only then should you proceed. This way, you won't fall into the hands of a crook.
Would you like the best internet marketing services for your business so you can make as much as you can online?
There are plenty of huge companies that have extensive internet marketing ploys that will help your website become recognized. However, there are also plenty of individuals and small outfits that will provide similar services. Finding a great internet marketing person is actually not very difficult.
Of course, the results from internet marketing are varied and never guaranteed. Massive services may have e-mails that get caught in spam filters. Individuals may be able to break through these spam filters because they have a regular e-mail address. These are all things to consider when choosing an internet marketing company.
When it comes to internet marketing it is best to do as much as you can on your own. If you simply do not have time or if you are not skills.A prime factor involved in tilting the fortunes of many big business enterprises in their favour, has been their marketing skills. Marketing has always been one of the most focused upon areas of a business enterprise. Enterprises have been giving away fortunes to marketing executives in the form of salaries and perks and these executives have been often laughing to the bank. Marketing involves inducing the customer to purchase the product, whether he needs it or not. Marketing thus involves the use of different techniques to induce the want in the customers' mind to purchase the product.
The success of internet marketing service providers can be attributed to many factors. The Internet, a vast treasure house of information in itself, sees a very large number of visitors on a daily basis. These visitors often run through web pages or 'surf the internet' looking for information on varied topics. These are the target audience of the internet marketing service providers.
Online marketing services have the highest growth rate as compared to any other industry and the growth rate is showing no signs of slowing down. Internet marketing services have clicked with both, the buyers of the service and the target audience of these internet advertisements. This is due to a combination of major factors such as ease of use, unlimited accessibility, availability of audio-visual tools, interactive format etc.
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|Equity Value, Enterprise Value, and Valuation Multiples â Sample Technical Guide and Excel Files|
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|Secrets to Ensuring Application Performance at the Branch||Ensuring application experience at the branch is a daunting task. IT must look beyond traditional WAN challenges (like bandwidth, transport type, and speed) to applications experience. As time-to-market becomes a pillar of enterpriseâs competitive advantages, application experience is key to ensuring fast service and high customer satisfaction. In todayâs connected world, users demand instant connectivity […]|
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|The Afternoon Sound Alternative 09-15-2016 with DJ Deep Rawk||
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Mort Garson- Music To Soothe The Savage Snake Plant - Mother Earths Plantasia
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Amel Larrieux- Sweet Misery Hit District Remix - 12
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Cal Tjader- America - West Side Story
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ODonel Levy- People Make The World Go Round - Dawn Of A New Day
Soundchief Singers- Princess Blue Moon Part 4 - Soundchiefs Enterprise
Saul Williams- Twice The First Time - Xen Cuts
Johnny Lytle- People Make The World Go Round - People And Love
DJ Spooky- Rekonstruction Rhyme And Reason Mix Feat Prince Poetry And Pharoah Monch Formerly Of Organized Konfusion - Subliminal Minded The EP
Dan The Automator Del The Funky Homosapien- Virus - Deltron 3030 The Instrumentals
CamEra- Comfort To The Moon Moonstomp Mix - 12
Chris Coco And She One- This Is London - 12
DJ Shadow Vs Keane- Might As Well Be Strangers - 10
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Jeremy Steig Eddie Gomez- Autumn Comes Autumn Leaves - Outlaws
Elvis Costello And The Roots- Sugar Wont Work Kareem Riggins Interlude - Wise Up Thought Remixes Reworks 2013
The Zombies- Walking In The Sun - The Original Studio Recordings Vol 1
The Knew- Right Now Undead - Man Monster
Burning Spear- I I Survive - Dubmission 2 The Remixes
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Rock Steady Crew- Shes Fresh Remix Version - 12
Jenson Publications Marching Band 84- Jump For My Love - Marching Band 84
John Davis The Monster Orchestra- I Cant Stop Kenny Dopes Remix - I Cant Stop Hip Hop Remixes EP
Easy Star AllStars- Beat It feat Michael Rose - Easy Stars Thrillah
XTC- Making Plans For Nigel - Drums And Wires
Jerry Goldsmith- The Alien Planet - Alien
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The Aries Project- My Spiritual Advisor - British Ghosts
Ministry- Say Youre Sorry - With Sympathy
Kid Sonic- The Sandman - 12
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Greg Nyce- Set It Off - 12
The Presidents- Its My Thang - Sound Of Champions
Dennis Coffey- Plutonius - Dennis Coffey
Current Event- Lady Jane - Hits Of The Rolling Stones
The New No 2- Looking Beyond - The Fear Of Missing Out
Grimes- Oblivion - Visions
T Power- American Psycho - Long Time Dead
Liquid Liquid- Optimo - Liquid Liquid
The Spy From Cairo- Taksim Square - Arabadub
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Havana- Shine - Life Living In Fearless Emotion
Intelligent Hoodlum- Street Life Return Of The Life Mix - Intelligent Hoodlum Saga Of A Hoodlum
The Herbaliser- The Blend feat What What - The Best Of Herbal Tonic
Human Education Against Lies- Heal Yourself - 12
Gang Starr- Code Of The Streets - Full Clip A Decade Of Gang Starr
Gravediggaz- The Night The Earth Cried - The Pick The Sickle And The Shovel
Public Enemy- Earthizen - Man Plans God Laughs
Dj Rootz- Happy Moods - Muzic Is Bezt
Little Beaver- Concrete Jungle - When Was The Last Time
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|The Angry and Sometimes Grumpy Children of the 1950's||A bunch of us in our late 40's and early 50's got together the other night, and after the evening was over I started thinking that many of us born in the 1950's are in a crisis stage. People can't understand why we are so angry and grumpy sometimes. This article discusses some of the issues we have with society today and might enlighten others (the younger set) as to why we seem so disillusioned, and out of sorts at times.|
The consensus of the group was "is this all there is." We've been working since our teens. A car costs more today than what our parents bought a house for. We work and work and still don't have enough. Food costs have risen astronomically, along with utility costs, insurance costs, and housing costs.
We started laughing at one point and said we sound like our grandparents. However, it is a very sad commentary that what took place for our grandparents over numerous decades, has only taken 20 to 30 years to occur for us. The real scary thing is that salaries for many jobs have not changed over that twenty year period, while our expenses have skyrocketed, and increased one hundred fold.
We all became nostalgic when we talked about the things we used to do to relax. How so many of those things are gone, or we can't afford to do them any longer. Our kids tell us we don't have a clue about school, sex, music, or what's going on in the world. Again, the laughter abounded with the music issues, but became very serious when we talked about the scary things kids do today, that we wouldn't even have thought of when we were growing up. Killing teachers, and other students never entered our minds. We had respect for our teachers and those in charge.
The next thing we ranted about was our health. For some of us, the ravages of time have taken place... eyesight problems, arthritis problems, blood pressure problems, "the barnacles of life". The discussion we had on the cost of health care was a lively and volatile one to say the least. Many of us who have had major illness problems also went ballistic with regards to the social security system, the disability system and Medicare system. The majority of us have worked since our teenage years. We were incredulous when it took over a year to get money from the social security system, especially when we see people playing the system who don't deserve it.
All of us are still working. The majority of our group are either self-employed or independent contractors. Many of us run home-based businesses. While we are still disheartened with the rise in costs, at least our work environment is a happy one, and one we feel in control of. For those in our group still working in corporate America, that's just an additional concern and stress for them. Is their job safe? Will they be downsized? Laid off? We went back and forth on the work issue and found that while running your own business is a risk, we have a lot more control over our destiny than if we worked for someone else, and hence, a lot less stress. Plus we can't fire ourselves.
We all wondered where it will end. So many of us thought we would be retired by now, or at least contemplating it within the next ten to fifteen years. However, with all the medical advances and hundred-fold costs of so many things, that is not an option. Retirement is no longer something people do automatically between 55 and 65. Today, the retirement age is in the 70's.
For many of us, the thought of another twenty or more years of working is a depressing one, in addition to making us very angry and grumpy to say the least.
Hopefully this article will provide some insight to those who wonder why the over 40 generation is so angry and grumpy at times.
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|Scientists on the Margins||
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was convened in Geneva in December of 2003. When the World Summit was announced, many in the scientific community questioned why there was no clear or central role for science and scientists. Scientists at CERN, in particular, expressed their concerns because CERN, one of the premier international collaborative scientific institutions, is regarded by many as the âbirthplaceâ of the Internet.
As a result of the interventions of scientists, the UN and WSIS Secretariat proposed to hold an additional, but separate meeting ahead of the World Summit - the Role of Science in the Information Society (RSIS). The Role of Science meeting was also held in Geneva, at CERN, immediately before the World Summit. Many who attended RSIS also attended the WSIS. (The RSIS website is still active, as of January 2005).
The RSIS was intended to provide a forum whereby scientists and science administrators could contribute to the ongoing discussions on the Information Society. The discussions focussed on information sharing - the mechanisms for such sharing, and the impact on society that information sharing could have, because it became quickly apparent that information sharing is one of the primary elements in what we have come to call the Information Society, which I will abbreviate here as IS. Information technology is abbreviated as IT.
At this point, it should be noted that many of the participants, this author included, wondered what influence we scientists might have on the larger World Summit. Because of its separateness, many attendees doubted, sometimes publicly, that we would have much impact on the main WSIS âeventâ (the term used on the website and in the printed material). Many felt that the meeting was nonetheless useful, but more for the informal networks and contacts that we made, rather than for the formal proceedings. This reflects the nature of the Internet and modern electronic communications, which was nicely and concisely described by Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the browser-based interface, the âWorld Wide Web,â now concomitant with the popular conception of the Internet. He portrayed the âessenceâ of the Web as âdecentralizedâ and âfractal.â It was originally designed to fill a need to share information (âdataâ) that was different in nature, format, and style.
[ For a much different conception of a global informational network, albeit one that has yet to be put into popular practice, see the Home Page of Ted Nelson, eds. ]
At the end of the RSIS was a âVisionary Panel Discussion: Science and Governance.â Most of the panel members who discussed the future of the Internet used outdated and outmoded terminology and paradigms, and I think they missed some of the inherent anarchic and democratic aspects of the Internet. Many of us felt that the panel, with the exception of Berners-Lee, showed a lack of understanding of the Internet and the Web. Indeed, the character of the Internet and the Web in many ways reflect how human progress is made, whether we are discussing science or broader societal aspects. We take steps that wander up many blind alleys and false trails before hitting upon solutions to previously unsolved problems. The solutions are almost always imperfect and almost always later superseded by some better approach. It is necessarily unstructured and chaotic, as any creative activity will be. However, those involved directly, such as scientists, are often excluded from the decision-making processes, which tend to be dominated by politicians and bureaucrats who are in general sadly ignorant of science and its methods. I hope to expand on this theme in the report that follows. The issues raised are no less relevant and important a year on from the meeting. The most exciting and innovative projects described during the meeting emphasised the lack of centralized control over the Internet and the Web, and that such control is nearly impossible. We cannot control what people do with the Internet; instead the main issue should be about showing people how to use the Internet effectively and sceptically.
The structure of this report is simple. It follows the structure of the meeting, which was built around the central RSIS âthemesâ: education; economic development; environment; health; and enabling technologies. I summarise some of the main points and observations from each session, highlighting those talks, presentations and sessions that seem to have best captured the atmosphere of the RSIS and future of the Information Society.
OPENING PLENARY SESSION - âSETTING THE SCENEâ
The opening plenary session comprised a series of presentations that ranged widely across the IS spectrum. Adolf Ogi, Special Advisor on WSIS to the Swiss Federal Council, officially welcomed the RSIS participants on behalf of Switzerland, the host country, and challenged the participants to promote âscience for all, without boundaries.â He touched on the issues of control of technology and the role of infrastructure, and the costs associated with both. When we say âcostsâ, we mean both the cost to society as a whole and the cost to the individual. This becomes, then, a major concern in developing countries where personal monetary wealth is limited, and thus access to modern computing tools is limited.
Two speakers put the Role of Science in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society. Adama SamassÃ©kou, President of the WSIS Preparation Committee, addressed the gulf between the âhavesâ and the âhave-nots,â using the now common phrase âthe digital divide.â However, SamassÃ©kou went beyond these almost clichÃ©d terms and viewpoints to discuss the traditional forms of knowledge, and how in the IS world oral traditions, and the information they transmit, are being lost, largely because we have not had a means to incorporate them into the technology of the IS. He emphasised the goal of a lack of boundaries for the sharing of information, and the need to promote the IS within an ethical framework. In this framework, he included environmental ethics. This theme arose again in the special session on the Environment in the IS.
Yoshia Utsumi, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, emphasised accessibility of IS, but his emphasis was on scientific access. This was perhaps a reflection of the audience, but was then limited in its scope, especially when considered in the light of some of the presentations that came later in the day. He noted the lack of scientific funding in the developing world, and the âproblemsâ in science policy. My opinion is that âgapâ may have been a more appropriate word, because few countries, developing or otherwise, have clear policies for the sharing of information, scientific or otherwise. Many that do have such policies, such as the U.S.A., obstruct information sharing for reasons of âsecurity,â even though open access to data and information is often the best defence. However, as Utsumi noted, this was a beginning of the process of discussion and policy formulation.
After the two RSIS context speakers, we listened to three âkeynoteâ speakers, each of whom gave brief talks: Dr Nitin Desai, Special Advisor to Kofi Annan on WSIS; HRH Princess Maha Chakro Sirindhom of Thailand; and Walter Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences at UNESCO. These talks touched on issues of citizen-to-citizen communication and the âdigital divideâ (Desai), the lack of access to IT and concepts of sustainability in the IS (Sirindhom), and the environment (Erdelen).
Dr Esther Dyson, the Founding Chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), was listed as speaking on âthe promise of the Information Society and the role that science and technology have played.â ICANN is the organisation responsible for mediating domain names. They do not assign names, per se, but monitor the process and the circumstances. They have little power, but unfortunately are often seen, incorrectly, as responsible for the current morass over domain names. Dyson did not speak on the listed topic, but instead talked about the role of scientists themselves, rather than some monolithic âscience,â in the future of the IS. She also emphasised that we cannot solve the problems of the Internet in a question and answer session.
Finally, Ismail Serageldin, the Director-General of the Library of Alexandria, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the state of IT use at the Library. It is impossible to cover all of the material he (rapidly yet effectively) presented. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is making use of IT in many ways, and to a large extent (their website is www.bibalex.org). Some of the problems and issues Serageldin identified for the RSIS were, to name a few:
* effective and accessible publication and dissemination of information, specifically research and the results of research;
He discussed the rise of anti-science movements, particularly in the context of fundamentalist religious groups, and both here and in his talk he noted that these were not only Islamic but also Christian fundamentalist groups. Some approaches they used to try to counter such movements were:
* the establishment of a BA science âsupercourseâ;
This last approach was particularly interesting and revolutionary. The concept is to place a PC secured into a recess in a wall, using a transparent cover to allow visibility and access to the touch screen. Results showed that illiterate people, especially children and young adults, were learning to read by working their way through Internet connections. They would begin by using the symbols to guide their way, but would eventually learn to decipher at least in part the messages that accompanied those symbols.
One unfortunate omission from the programme was the presentation by Tim Berners-Lee, who was delayed by a snowstorm in Boston, and did not arrive until half way through the second day of the symposium.
âTHE FUTURE: What the Scientific Information Society Can Offerâ
The next session was a bit of a misnomer. It was a mix of topics, ranging from GIS to technological access for urban and rural poor people to sociological aspects. The sociological paper was simply a written paper read aloud, with a singular lack of the use of any of the technology we had been discussing. The sociological presentation simply served to emphasise the growing gap between scientists and some social scientists, and made me uncomfortably aware of why the Sokal hoax had worked so well amongst the social science journals; the presentation was unnecessarily rife with jargon that obscures rather than informs.
As an aside, for those unfamiliar with the Sokal hoax, Allan Sokal is a Professor of Physics at New York University who submitted a hoax article, âTransgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravityâ to the journal Social Text. As the Skeptics Dictionary says (http://skepdic.com/sokal.html):
The article was a hoax submitted, according to Sokal, to see âwould a leading journal of cultural studies publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editorsâ ideological preconceptions?â It would. Needless to say, the editors of Social Text were not pleased.
What Sokal was attacking was the view amongst some social scientists that âphysical realityâ is a social construct, whereas the existence of an external âworldâ is an underlying premise in science. There is insufficient space to explore this issue adequately here, but the reader is referred to the many websites dealing with the Sokal âaffairâ (especially, e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_Affair and http://www.drizzle.com/~jwalsh/sokal/), and Sokalâs own site ( http://www.physics.nyu.edu/faculty/sokal/)
[ Amato writes at length of the Sokal Affair in sokal text: another funny thing happened on the way to the forum; and it is discussed in Kilgoreâs review of Technoscience and Cyberculture, and Ciccoriccoâs Contour of a Contour, eds. ]
In that session, nonetheless, were two presentations that stand out in my mind, those by Lida Brito, the Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology for Mozambique, and Onno Purbo, an engineer from Indonesia. Purbo talked about how to âFacilitate Fast and Self-Propelled Internet Access: Return to Society,â a presentation that was shifted from the second day into the first dayâs programme. His presentation was, in many ways, a useful counterpoint to Serageldinâs, in particular the âHole in the Wallâ PC, noted above. Purbo obtains PCâs at low cost, usually sold cheaply or donated by large companies that are upgrading their computing systems. These PCâs are then made available in âclassroomsâ placed in poor urban and rural areas so that the local people can use the computers. They also learn to use the Internet. Purbo provides access by, as he put it, âstealingâ open frequencies. He uses antennas ingeniously constructed from old tin cans; these are sufficient to provide the signal needed. He uses open source software, and emphasised that mass education is the key to providing a basic education to the broad populace.
His presentation also served to emphasise that education is crucial for informed and useful access to the Internet. Too many people, of whatever socio-economic level, âsurfâ the Net without any thought about the âinformationâ they are obtaining. The websites they access are often a source of disinformation and misinformation. However, this also serves to reinforce the democratic nature of the Internet. We cannot control how people use the Web, and the fact that there are hundreds of sites devoted to Elvis may or may not be a sad commentary on our society, but it nonetheless also serves to show us how uncontrollable the Internet is.
I present the Elvis example, one noted at the meeting, not to denigrate the use of the Internet and the Web for such purposes. What it shows is that new technologies have become new instruments of entertainment, when the hope was that they would become self-directed teaching tools. My main point is that during many of the RSIS sessions, a number of our âelder statesmenâ (and they were almost all male) talked about âcontrol.â They seek to control access, information flow, and the development of the Internet. In this way, our âleadersâ show their fundamental ignorance of this creature. I emphasise, again, Berners-Leeâs description of the Internet as a fractal and chaotic thing.
Britoâs presentation was, in contrast, a passionate âwishâ list of what she would like to do and see happen, both in Mozambique and beyond. Her list was focussed around the themes of wider literacy and â relevant â knowledge.
The session ended with a panel discussion, ostensibly âReflections on the Role of Science in the Information Society.â The participants each gave a short presentation, with a very brief period at the end for discussion. Most were much as expected, and a number were largely political in nature. One exception was Juergen Renn, of the Max Planck History of Science Institute and ECHO (European Cultural Heritage On-Line), who was concerned that the âcore of cultural heritage is largely excluded from information technologyâ and noted how ECHO was formed to address this. He also briefly talked about the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. (The full declaration can be found at: www.zim.mpg.de/openaccess-berlin/berlindeclaration.html). While the goals of the declaration are laudable, a number of participants were concerned about the lack of copyright protection, citing cases where work done by researchers in developing countries was plagiarised by researchers in developed countries.
So concluded the first day of the conference. A number of us noted a general lack of self-criticism in most of the presentations. There was a lot of vague language and abundant use of clichÃ©s, much âlooking to the futureâ and long wish lists. The most exciting presentations, for me, were the ones that discussed concrete examples of taking IT to the broader populace, often in quite revolutionary ways, in all of the meanings of that phrase.
I attended the session on âContributions to Environment.â Other sessions were on Education, Economic Development, Health, and Enabling Technologies. All of these sessions had quite active online forums for discussion in the months leading up to the RSIS and WSIS symposiums, and the forums can be reviewed at the RSIS website. Most of us contributed to more than one online discussion group, but attended only one parallel session.
In the Environment session, most of the presentations focussed on technical and management issues. David Williams of EUMETSAT talked about the Global Earth Observation Systems and Strategies, focussing on data management and the move toward an Integrated Global Observation Strategy (IGOS), which seeks a comprehensive integrated effort. Such a move needs a âshared strategy,â and involves the participation of the UN, international scientific and research programmes, space agencies, etc. They seek to develop a common approach to surface and satellite observations. The international weather observation and forecasting network is one successful example where a common strategy and approach has been developed. Williams had many interesting and pithy quotes: âThe world is full of data and short on informationâ is probably my favourite.
Patricio Bernal, of UNESCO and the IOC, talked about the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS). There are regional GOOS âalliances.â New Zealand, where I am based, is a member of one such regional alliance. Bernal noted, however, that there needs to be an adaptation of international norms for data sharing to facilitate the further development of GOOS. This was a common theme that arose a number of times during the Environment parallel session, specifically, and the RSIS more generally. There are often conflicting protocols for sharing data and information and, as Williamsâ quote illustrates, a set of data is not always usable information.
Josef Arbacher of the ESA talked about Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), a programme for monitoring of regional development, management of risk, and the guidance of crisis management and humanitarian aid. The ESA aims to have full capacity by 2012-2015. The EU will be spending 628 million euros in the 2004-2006 fiscal period, rising to 5005 million euros by the 2007-2015 period. Again, the issue of data sharing and accessibility arose, in addition to questions of data verification and transparency of the process.
Stuart Marsh, of the British Geological Survey Remote Sensing Group, talked about Geohazards and the IS. He noted that citizens are the ultimate beneficiaries, and suggested that there are three main user groups of geohazards information: âresponsible authoritiesâ, scientists in monitoring and government agencies, and research scientists. They have different needs, e.g., baseline inventory of hazards, monitoring, rapid dissemination of information during a crisis, etc. He noted, as did the others in the session, the need for an integrated approach from surface to space, and the need for but difficulty in bringing together the different types of data. Again, this raised the issue of data management. Marshâs presentation also highlighted, however, the gap in our knowledge about the scientific literacy of our public âauthorities.â Those responsible may well be local or regional officials who are far removed from those who gather and use the data/information. These officials may have no understanding of the processes involved, and their concerns may in fact run counter to the actions that should be taken to avert a crisis. The current crisis in South Asia in the wake of the tsunami illustrates many of these concerns. An early warning system was not in place because of the cost (both for the infrastructure development and for ongoing support) and because of the lack of technical expertise to staff such an enterprise.
This illustrates a major gap in the entire RSIS - there was little or no consideration of how we get technical information to the public officials and to the wider population. The entire issue of scientific literacy was glossed over, and instead most presenters focussed on those who were trained to use the data, when, as I noted earlier, most people are using the Internet in an undirected and uninformed way, so that they are unable or unwilling to distinguish âgoodâ reliable information from poor quality âinformationâ or even from reports that were consciously devised to misinform the âpublic.â
After Marsh, Stuart Salter, who leads the Species Information Service (SIS) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), gave probably the most thoughtful of the Environmental presentations. He discussed âappropriate technologies.â As an example to start off his talk, he mentioned an emergency in Belize where large volumes of vaccine were required, but which went bad because of a lack of refrigeration. Those providing the vaccine were unaware of such a lack; it never occurred to them that large parts of the world still lack refrigeration. He used this to highlight the problem when a network of scientists (who he described as âfree spirited individualsâ), give âinformationâ that needs to be organised in a common format and then propagated up and out into the community. His premise was that complex ICT systems could allow a simple âfront endâ and often can be configured by users to suit their purposes. He noted the need to change the âparadigmâ whereby scientists visit a country, do their research, then leave and publish the results, leaving no net results in the visited country. He emphasised the need for using scientists in regional networks, working in existing well-functioning scientific and conservation networks. Then the data are vertically integrated in a relational database, using a GIS format. This is the mode of operation used successfully by the SIS for decades. The data are controlled by the scientific community, and the quality of the data is overseen by Specialist Groups, of which there are 128 in the SIS. The data are continuously updated. The SIS has thus grown from existing networks, rather than imposed from outside, which explains why it has worked so well.
Finally, Luigi Fusco of the ESA talked about âEmerging Technologies for Earth Observation and Environmental Applications.â He used as his example the wreck of the tanker âPrestigeâ off the northwest coast of Portugal and Spain. He noted that the satellite data were insufficient to be used alone, and that a wide range of technologies and their associated data, from surface through to satellite observations, needed to be integrated in a complex information management system. This theme of the need for integration of different types of data and information from a range of technologies and scales of observation arose again and again throughout the session.
The closing sessions were in two parts: a series of summaries of the thematic parallel sessions were presented, followed by a âpanel discussion,â closing remarks from the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and then the âKey Messageâ from the RSIS, presented by the Director-General of CERN. Given that the âKey Messageâ did not differ at all from the text circulated before the RSIS meeting, many of us wondered why we had spent two days talking about the various issues. We concluded that the greatest benefit may well arise from the creation of a network of individuals interested in the issues raised by the RSIS symposium.
The session summaries raised some common themes and issues. One of the primary issues is the integration and sharing of data within complex structures, and the desire to get IT into rural and poor urban communities. The goal to fight illiteracy, generally, and scientific illiteracy, more specifically, is a major obstacle in the building of an Information Society, which requires the wider availability and use of IT, from tertiary institutions everywhere, not just in developing countries, to remote communities.
Finally, the panel discussion amounted to little more than prepared statements from âelder statesmenâ (men without exception, all elderly except for Tim Berners-Lee), and was perhaps symbolic of much of the meeting. Berners-Lee spoke for two minutes and encapsulated the essence of the Internet and the Information Society better and more succinctly than any other speaker. It is decentralized and âfractalâ in its nature, and inherently uncontrollable and ungovernable. Yet so many of the politicians on the panel, for most were politicians, used outmoded and outdated paradigms and language in their politically motivated speeches. They kept talking about âgovernanceâ of the Internet and IT. I can only conclude that our political âleadersâ have little or no idea about the Internet tiger they have by the tail. It is fundamentally an anarchic, often revolutionary creature, one that will refuse to be confined and controlled.
|MS Yahoo Live|
Through Mashable: Microsoft May Acquire Yahoo for $50 Billion.
This will be interesting, to say the least.
Will combining the efforts of the somewhat lame Live search engine with the search engine from Yahoo, the company that announced that it has given up being #1 in search create a real competitor for Google's most successful product?
Microsoft has toiled for years to shed off its "home desktop only" positioning and to become an Enterprise player. It wasn't easy, but it worked. Too well maybe. Because now, when Microsoft is trying so hard to join the cool kids playing on the Internet playground, the best it could do so far is the Live suite of services, with its oh-so-integrated but also oh-so-boring services. I hate to pick on stupid details, but did they really think that corporate blue is the best color scheme for Live.com?
Will the Yahoo infusion change this?
Oh boy. I just realized I might end up using Microsoft MSN Live Flickr. Scary thought. Well, in that case I'd like to direct the MS executives reading this post to here : )
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|Column: Why you no longer need a venture capitalist to start a successful business||
Editorâs Note: This is the fourth in a series of excerpts we are publishing from sociologist Jerry Davisâs new book, âThe Vanishing American Corporation: Navigating the Hazards of a New Economy.â For more on the topic, watch last weekâs Making Sen$e report below.
â Kristen Doerer, Making Sen$e Editor
Nike demonstrated that the value of sneakers is in the design and the brand, not in the actual physical production or distribution of the shoes. Design and execution can be entirely separated, and consumers do not seem to be bothered by it. The value is in the intellectual property; goods themselves are fungible. This model spread far beyond the garment industry to include computers and electronics, pharmaceuticals, pet food and almost anything else you can buy in the U.S. Nearly everyone is aware that the iPhone, the leading product of our age, is assembled by employees of Foxconn, not by Apple. Aside from occasional concerns about human rights abuses, however, consumers and investors are untroubled by this.
If I can use a credit card to start a business that will quickly grow to be dominant, why do I need a venture capitalist?
Dell demonstrated that even the design is not always especially important if the price is low enough. Why pay extra for an IBM label when a Dell is just as good, customizable and a lot less expensive? Vizio took the Dell idea a step further. The designs are thoroughly generic, and there is no customization. But they are much, much less expensive than the name brands like Sony. Unlike Sony, Vizio has none of the baggage (and costs) of being a social institution. And when flat-screen TVs are replaced by implantable 3D virtual reality brainpods, Vizio will disappear with a minimum of fuss and tears, to be replaced by a new generic implantable brainpod vendor.
There is something of an irony in the fact that the shareholder-driven outsourcings of the 1990s and 2000s created the infrastructure of generic manufacturing, distribution, business services and computing power to render the shareholder-owned corporation obsolete. The restructurings of the 1990s were almost inevitably accompanied by a nod to shareholder value, as at the food company Sara Lee. The spread of the virtual corporation model was a boon for generic plug-and-play vendors who could assemble products and manage supply chains, ship goods to consumers and provide various business services. But once all of these components were available off-the-shelf — not just the physical components, but all the processes needed to do business — it became much easier for anyone to be the next Michael Dell. The economies of scale that made corporations indispensable in the 20th century had now shifted against them.
Surprisingly enough, this often came at the expense of the investor class who had helped make it happen in the first place. If I can use a credit card to start a business that will quickly grow to be dominant, why do I need a venture capitalist? A 2013 article in The New Yorker described how the cost of starting up a new venture had collapsed due to the ready availability of plug-in resources.
It is not hard to predict that this cost structure will continue to decline, and it is not just for app startups. Capital equipment has also dropped dramatically in cost, due in large part to CNC (computer numerical control) technology, which acts as the brains of machine tools. A Shopbot router, which could cut plans for much of the furniture in the Ikea catalogue, costs far less than a year of tuition at a private college, and a portable version costs not much more than a laptop. Indeed, outfitting a machine shop can cost far less than sending a kid to college these days. But there is no need to actually purchase or rent the equipment because membership in Techshop or other similar makerspaces allows makers to use high-end precision equipment for the cost of a gym membership. With easy access to open-source designs, anyone who can assemble Ikea furniture can make it themselves, using their own materials.
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|Trumpâs ârollercoasterâ of a career marked by self-interest|
JUDY WOODRUFF: Donald Trump’s tax returns aren’t the only way to gain insight into his financial dealings.
Trump’s business record offers another look.
William Brangham has that.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: To understand Trump’s vast and varied business dealings, we’re joined now by two men who’ve spent a good deal of time looking into those businesses, as well as talking with Trump at length about his career.
Marc Fisher is a senior editor at The Washington Post and co-author of the book “Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money and Power.” And Tim O’Brien is executive editor of Bloomberg View. His book is called “Trump nation: The Art of Being the Donald.”
Gentlemen, thank you both very much for being her.
Marc Fisher, I would like to start with you.
The Trump campaign is predicated in large part on the idea that Trump is a magnificent businessman who can bring America back to prosperity. And you have done a long analysis of what his business career is like. Is that a fair characterization of him? Does he deserve that title?
MARC FISHER, The Washington Post: Well, he’s certainly had a good deal of success. He’s also had some terrible failures.
His business career has been a roller coaster. He’s been at great heights. He dominated Atlantic City’s casino gambling business for a time, but then he overextended himself there and actually ended up cannibalizing his own business and ended up with six corporate bankruptcies there.
Similarly, around the world, he’s had a number of successes, but he’s really changed his whole business model in recent years, so that he’s taking on less debt, less risk, because that had not been going well for him. And so he has really retreated and found a new avenue in recent years, where he essentially rents out his name and uses his name to allow others to take the risk, foreign investors and others.
So they take the risk on projects and he merely rents out his name and gets a guaranteed income stream from that.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Tim O’Brien, I would put this same question to thank. And I should say, for the record, you are one of the few journalists in the world who have actually seen some of Trump’s tax returns, but because of a court order of a suit brought that Trump brought against you for libel, you are not allowed to talk about them in too much detail.
But tell us what you can about them and whether or not they shed any light on whether he deserves this reputation for having a tremendous business acumen.
TIM O’BRIEN,Â Bloomberg: Well, I do think that the tax returns are important. I don’t think he will release them.
I think the reason he won’t release them is because I think they would go towards offering substantiation around a bunch of things that Trump has made central to his political campaign, his track record as a business person, how charitable he is as a philanthropist, his operations overseas, and the kinds of business and financial conflicts that would potentially come to bear on him should he end up in the Oval Office.
And I do think it does come back to yet another referendum on his business career. And I think what’s important to remember about him is that the Donald Trump of the ’80s and the ’90s was essentially a creature of debt. And the last time he really operated a large business that involved, you know, complex financial and managerial decisions was when he was running the Atlantic City casinos, which he essentially ended up running into the ground.
He put those through four separate corporate bankruptcies. And, as we all know, he almost went personally bankrupt in the early 1990s. And the Trump who emerged from that is essentially now a human shingle, as Marc said. He oversees a licensing operation where he puts his name on everything from mattresses and men’s underwear to vodka and buildings.
And then he’s got a golf course development operation, and then essentially a self-promotion publicity machine that made itself the most visible during “The Apprentice” years.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Marc, let’s talk a little more specifically about that business, one of those businesses that Tim just mentioned, the casino business.
As you know, the Clinton campaign has been making a lot of hay about Trump’s time as a casino operator. They say he enriched himself, left this trail of bankruptcies and really ruined a lot of small businesses. That’s been a big part of their argument against him. How true are those accusations?
MARC FISHER: They’re quite accurate.
I mean, he did have some early success in Atlantic City, but he had great trouble making the payments on the finance notes that he took out in order to build those casinos. He did have trouble paying and in many cases didn’t pay some of his vendors and contractors. There was a series of lawsuits about that.
We have a number of such vendors and contractors who we quote in the books saying that their small businesses were ruined by Trump’s failure to pay them for work that they did for his casinos. So there’s a huge gap between what Donald Trump was able to do for himself in Atlantic City and what he — the people he ran roughshod over in order to get there.
We asked him about this. And he said: Look, I was looking out for myself and that other people took risks to come along with him and, if they failed, that’s their problem.
We asked him, well, how does that translate into someone who needs to do something for all the people as president of the United States? And he said: Look, it’s just a completely different phase of my life. I was doing this for Donald Trump, and I didn’t likely care what was happening to other people.
So there’s a large trail of destruction coming out of the Atlantic City experience. But he did at various points manage to make sure that he had a guaranteed income stream, and he did manage to negotiate with the banks in such a way that he was able to hold on to those properties or at least some portion of them even after they had essentially failed.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Tim O’Brien, you looked at this career for a long period of time. Are there any examples in Trump’s career that do support his contention that he is a strong, smart, successful businessman that might have some bearing on him being commander in chief?
TIM O’BRIEN: Well, I mean, this all comes back to, how do we want to define success and how do we want to define business?
I think he has not been a successful operator of large enterprises. The Trump Organization now is essentially a boutique operation. At times, when it’s mattered the most, he hasn’t demonstrated strong financial discipline.
On the campaign trail, already, we have seen a number of moments in which he’s actually been financially unsophisticated when he’s spoken about the debt markets, the federal debt, the Federal Reserve and monetary policy, fiscal policy.
There is a large degree of ignorance around someone who is saying that his experience as a businessperson qualifies him for the Oval Office.
And I think what he has been successful as, as a businessman, is self-promotion. He’s a very self-assured self-promoter. But that’s very different from being a great entrepreneur. He is not a John Rockefeller. He’s not a Henry Ford or a Steve Jobs or a Mark Zuckerberg.
He’s essentially a P.T. Barnum. And there’s a real skill and street-smart approach he has around keeping himself in the public eye, keeping a certain perception about who he is front and center with the media, with his political opponents, and with voters.
But the reality is, there is a — there is a very “Wizard of Oz” truth about a lot of the things surrounding Donald Trump, that when you just look at the fact pattern around his track record as a businessperson and pull the curtain back, you know, there’s a guy there busily spinning the wheel and myth-making.
WILLIAM BRANGHAM: All right, Tim O’Brien and Marc Fisher, thank you both very much for being here.
MARC FISHER: Thank you.
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|The business class where high school students are running the company||
As both a business owner and student, 20-year-old entrepreneur Bobby Lenahan thought the idea of starting his ownÂ ventureÂ while helping others sounded really cool.
Lenahanâs invention — IV Hero, a superhero-themed paper sleeve that fits over IV bags to make kids feel less scared — is now used in three hospitals, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and soon two more. He used a McDonald’s french fry container as his earliest prototype.
Lenahan, an alum of William Floyd High School in Mastic, New York, credits a high school business class with givingÂ him theÂ skills and drive to start his own company.
âItâs not just a PowerPoint where teachers are telling you about the income statement. No, you have to go and make the income statement.â Lenahan said of the class that lets students run their own business for a year.
“This class is entirely a hands-on approach — quite different from what weâre used to.â
In Virtual Enterprises International, also known as VE, students write a business plan, buy and sell products online with other high schools (no currency is actually exchanged), maintain personal and company bank accounts, work with mentors and compete in state and international competitions.
Lenahan was vice president of accounting for his VE class, which created a fitness equipment sales company, Forever Fit by Floyd. The students are “very driven,” said Lenahan. “Theyâre the movers and shakers of tomorrow. And you can tell they are going to do it. And VE is what offers them those skills.â
The New York City Department of Education began the VE program in 1996 after the Department of Education sent Iris Blanc, an assistant principal at the time, to Austria in order to study how schools incorporated business simulation classes into their education system. The business programs Blanc observed had grown out of the European apprenticeship model, which relied on the âlearn by doingâ principle.
Although it started as a pilot project in just seven New York City schools, word soon spread to other states. Within five years, 65 high schools had started VE programs. In 2011, VE became a nonprofit organization, and today, VE is in 400 high schools across 19 states and is part of an international network of schools in 42 countries. Just under 50 percent of students are from low-income and minority backgrounds.
Blanc says that the transformation of the kids is the best part of her job. âSome completely unmotivated by school have now identified their own talents and self-confidence,â she said.
âThis class is entirely a hands-on approach — quite different from what weâre used to,â said Cyril Antoney, a current 11th grade VE student at Herndon High School in Virginia. He attributes his entrepreneurial spirit and belief in the American dream to the class, his teacher and his family, who immigrated to the U.S. from India when he was 5.
âI think if you have high expectations of kids, they will achieve that level,â said Antoneyâs teacher Kathy Thomas, whoâs been teaching the class for the past seven years.
Antoneyâs class in Herndon started ScholarME, a software company that helps students find college scholarships. ScholarME took first place in the business plan state competition, which qualified them to compete in the international trade show in New York in April. The competition is similar to Shark Tank, “except,” he said, âthe sharks are a lot nicer.â
Carly Shay, a senior at Lakeland High School in White Lake, Michigan, said VE pushed her into a new career path. Shay had planned to go into the culinary arts, but after taking VE for three years and overcoming her shyness as CFO and then CEO, she decided she wanted to major in accounting when she starts at the University of Akron next fall.
âI think itâs imperative we prepare kids for the business world….Acquiring the knowledge is fine, but if you canât use it, it doesnât do you a whole lot of good.”
Shayâs VE teacher, Wendy Schmitt, recalled another student, whom she had hardly heard say more than a few words all year, yell across the trade floor at a state competition: âMrs. Schmitt, it turns out Iâm an outstanding salesman.â She thought to herself, âI donât care what happens the rest of the year because [this student] is an outstanding salesman.â
While VE continues to grow nationwide, only 20 states require high school students to take an economics class, and just 17 states require courses in personal finance, according to the Council for Economic Education.
âI think itâs imperative we prepare kids for the business world,â said Richard Stacy, who owns a consultancy business with his wife Karen Stacy. Both are professors at Metropolitan School of Professional Studies at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and also mentor the Herndon students. âAcquiring the knowledge is fine, but if you canât use it, it doesnât do you a whole lot of good,â Stacy said.
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Brannon Braga, the co-creator of WGN America's Salem discusses his 15 years in the Star Trek franchise, starting as an intern on The Next Generation, running Voyager, and creating Enterprise, as well as talking candidly about Fox's Terra Nova, getting energized on 24, and lots more.Â
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|The Gastro Gnome on the Road|
I'm venturing out of my gnome-home and taking my superfoods with me.
For those of you based in Victoria or South Australia, come visit me in action at three fantastic events over the next month:
This coming Sunday, November 1, I'll be representing Living Raw Magazine at World Vegan Day at the Abbotsford Convent. I'll also have Raw Life! chocolate bars for sale, made with love (and raw cacao!) by the amazing Paulina. Some of my favorite local raw/vegan enterprises will be there too - Loving Earth, le cru, the Melbourne Raw Food Meet-up Group, Helena's Living Foods, Vegan Revolution, Radical Grocery and more. Oh and make sure you stop by Thoran's Raw Lounge. It's all happening!
The following weekend, November 6-9, I'll be at the Entheogenesis Australis Conference in Swanpool, Victoria. This is a group very close to my heart, and the weekend is guaranteed to be paradigm-shifting. In fact it was at this very conference two years ago that I first discovered the magic of raw and living foods, thanks to Sufiyo, Luke and Stil. There will be an incredibly talented range of speakers and workshops all focused around different ideas of evolving consciousness and the human relationship with plants.
Gastro Gnome Superfoods will be sharing a market stall with the talented artistic folks from Izwoz. There will be lots of cacao consumed, so please excuse us in advance for extreme silliness. Better yet, try some superfood yummies and join in the joy. I've got five fabulous flavours on their way, all packed with super natural goodness: Honey Lucuma Apricot, Green Cacao, Maca Cacao Crunch, Orange Goji Mesquite, and Cacao Spice.
The last weekend in November Gastro Gnome Superfoods will make another appearance at the Circuitree Reconnect Festival in Robertstown, South Australia. Granted, it's in the middle of nowhere, but hey, so is Burning Man! And these guys put on a great party. Not to mention some booty-groovin' music, including an appearance by Bleep (Jayson!).
See ya out there in the universe!
|le cru: Creating a Better Way|
This article appears in Issue 3 Winter 2009 of Living Raw Magazine, on sale now at select stockists and online.
In opening le cru, Melbourne's first raw restaurant, Carolyn Trewin's inspiration didn't come from the exploding raw scene in Australia.
When I pointed out that the interest in raw foods in our corner of the world has grown astronomically over the past few years, she did agree that perhaps the timing of her restaurantâs birth was auspicious. But sheâs not the type of person to be motivated by trends. Rather, she follows her subconscious instincts on her quest to create a healthier society.
At the heart of the le cru project is Carolynâs belief that vibrant health is achievable, but not through the channels that mainstream western medicine have provided us. She is a questioner; she wants to know why doctors receive one semester of nutrition at best while every supermarket in Australia contains multiple aisles of refined, heated products and carbonated water that induce ill health. âThereâs got to be a better way,â she states emphatically.
I know sheâs right, because Iâm sitting in the middle of it. The restaurant, the physical manifestation of Carolyn's vision, occupies a beautiful space. It is lovingly furnished with warm wooden chairs and tables, tapestries and metal objects that create an opulent eastern vibe. Everything seems to have been carefully selected to create an aura of calm, a peaceful oasis from the dizzying Melbourne dining scene. Yet thereâs a buzz in the air that reminds me that Iâm in a restaurant, and Iâm excited. I peruse a menu full of dishes that not only sound appealing, but are created out of nourishing, plant-based, living ingredients. I want to try everything.
But itâs only 10:30 a.m., so I forgo the rest of the menu (for now) for chef Nushâs offering of tiramisu and a cup of lukewarm brazil nut milk coffee and retreat with Carolyn to her upstairs office. As I settle myself into a deep armchair, pondering how to simultaneously take notes and enjoy my generous gourmet breakfast, Carolyn transitions from the flurry of morning preparations â getting change, taking bookings, cleaning, consulting with the kitchen â into a more pensive mode. Sheâs flipping through the first issue of Living Raw curiously.
âTraining tips for raw vegans,â she muses aloud. âWhy doesnât it say anything about humility?â Carolynâs question about vegan morality disarms me, as a vegan inclination is often taken for granted among raw enthusiasts. Turns out, sheâs become more than a little wary of the term. In fact she wonders why some vegans flaunt their veganism like itâs a medal of honour.
âI dislike the word âveganâ,â Carolyn laments, describing a run in with a couple of haughty customers who short changed their account, another who complained that her budget had been blown, and yet another who trashed the restaurant with incorrect facts on an online message board. Itâs a common problem for a young restaurant â attracting a clientele that understands what the establishment is about and embraces it joyfully. The difficulty for le cru is even more pronounced because there is a certain eagerness among the vegan and raw populations to adopt the place as their own, yet expectations for what a raw vegan restaurant ought to be vary widely.
Melbourne has a trend towards vegetarian restaurants that offer large portions at cheap prices but le cru is more on the casual fine dining end of the scale. Dishes are moderately portioned, and prices reflect organic ingredients and the labour intensive preparations that gourmet raw food entails. Furthermore, not all dishes are vegan as the restaurant uses honey in many recipes, which has caused a stir among some potential customers. But le cru stands by their decision to include honey, citing its health benefits and noting that all of the restaurants at which Carolyn and Nush trained in America (including Pure Food and Wine, Quintessence, and CafÃ© Gratitude) also use honey. They strive to keep their prices accessible despite demanding the very best organic and local ingredients.
Le cru certainly strives to be all embracing, and sees itself as a space to include everybody. Theyâre not about labelling people or lifestlyle; rather, the intention is to create a space for healing that brings wellness to the community. For these reasons, they deliberately reject the âveganâ moniker and opt for the all-inclusive âplant-basedâ title instead. Itâs a viewpoint that focuses on the bounty of nourishing ingredients available rather than defining itself by what it excludes â a rather uplifting and liberating way of thinking about a high-raw lifestyle.
Carolyn is sure that embracing such a positive mode of thinking is the basis of health, happiness and success. She draws upon lessons learned from a background in psychology in asserting that the brain is our most powerful tool, and keeping this tool in working order requires clean fuel: âA clean body leads to a clean brain, which provides clear answers.â
This is the basic idea around which Carolyn bases her detox and nutrition programs, and what led her to explore a raw foods path in the first place. Itâs a story that began with her initial diagnosis of breast cancer in 1994 and has been a complete journey since.
A recurring tumor in 1998 followed by extremely painful metastatic cancer in her ribs led her to âhave a chat with her higher being.â At that point she had two young adopted daughters who had already lost their first mother, and Carolyn couldnât see any reason that they ought to lose a second. âI had a job to do,â she explains earnestly, âand I hadnât completed it.â From this experience she learned that she had to take not only her health, but her life, her very existence, into her own hands.
Since then sheâs adamantly insisted against the contemporary inclination to hand over oneâs entire being to a doctor. She doesnât understand why the modern medical profession effectively hands out death sentences, and encourages people to instead decide for themselves whether or not they feel as though they will live or die.
In working with others on healing and detoxification, Carolyn strives to provide another mental picture â the option of choosing life. She has helped several people clear themselves of cancer, and another to lose 30 kilograms and rid himself of diabetes. Her technique? Detoxification through alkaline water, foods and green smoothies, for a start.
She teaches her clients to remove the acidity from their bodies, thereby changing their physical terrain to make it unsupportive of disease. She derides the fact that western doctors are provided with one semester of nutrition at most, yet at the same time echoes the disclaimer that spouts from the lips of so many raw food educators that sheâs not a doctor. She doesnât want her clients placing their lives in her hands any more than theyâd sign themselves over to a doctor. Rather, she insists that each personâs health is up to him or herself, and what she strives to offer is education and support for each journey.
For local Melbournians seeking such support, le cruâs Tuesday night programs offer a great starting point. In May they offered a series of detoxification and nutrition classes, and in June followed up with a number of workshops focusing on raw food preparation. They have also hosted evenings featuring Scott Fryâs Loving Earth chocolate, Jemma Gawnedâs Naked mineral makeup, organic food and wine matching, authors and other local enterprises that they see as being in line with their principles. Setting aside Tuesday evenings to focus on education and community support is telling about the intentions of the le cru team.
One of these intentions is, of course, to share a passion for food. That passion is embodied in the bundle of energy, creativity, generosity and hard work that is chef Nush. In my interactions with her, Iâve gotten the impression that she is so obviously meant to be a chef. She has a way of owning the kitchen, which Iâve rarely seen her leave unless itâs to check on her customers to make sure theyâre enjoying their meal, or to offer a little nourishing treat to hungry visitors.
Carolyn has clearly passed on a nurturing instinct to her daughter, through itâs fascinating to see how differently they express it. With Nush, that innate quality that makes a chef a chef shines through constantly. An appreciation for good food can be traced to her childhood, when she and Carolyn would cook together. But as Carolyn says, this was simply family bonding â she had no idea that she was grooming a young chef. Yet clearly something about food â and even more, about her motherâs experiences with raw food â sparked her attention. She trained in the culinary arts and worked as a pastry chef before embarking on raw food preparation skills. She went to New York to study with Dr. David Jubb, then travelled around the US with Carolyn observing the way that different raw restaurants operate.
The resulting restaurant is a true collaboration between mother and daughter. While Carolyn manages the front of house, accounts and events, Nushâs domain is the kitchen. Carolyn tells me that Nush spends at least twelve hours a day in the kitchen; my impression that she rarely leaves turns out be grounded in reality. Carolyn and Nush work on menu development together, creating daily specials and updating menus to reflect seasonality and ongoing inspiration. Theyâve recently added warming soups, dehydrator-heated items, and heartier dishes such as an apple crumble and an essene bread to reflect the desires of customers through the winter months. They constantly seek out opportunities to further their knowledge and spark their creativity, such as working with chef Felix Schoener during his recent visit to Australia.
Ultimately the message that le cru sends out is that there is an alternative to sickness, and that is vibrant well-being. There is an alternative to food-as-commodity, and that is food as physical and spiritual nourishment. There is an alternative to business as either large commercial enterprise or struggling independent endeavours and that is a community created through a supportive network of like-minded people.
By embracing ideals of gratitude and generosity and placing them at the heart of le cruâs operations, Carolyn, Nush and the rest of the team embody the âbetter sharing and caring wayâ that they envision.
le cru restaurant
137 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park, VIC 3206
|Cool Rawkin' Aussie Stuff||Wanna make your raw life better? Here are few fantastic raw enterprises recently rolled out by a couple of amazing Aussie lasses which I think are worth checking out, supporting, and generally showing some love to. They'll love you right back!|
#1 - Monkey Mike's Raw Food Cookbook: an Un-cookbook Book for Kids. By Melbourne's own Joanne Newell! Those of you who follow the blog at RawMom.com will be familiar with Joanne's work, and let me tell you, she's one passionate, lovely lady. Her book looks really well laid out and easy to follow for kids from about 7-years-old and up. Also a nice reminder that raw food prep needn't be overly complicated to be delicious, and that's it accessible for everybody. Get it for kids in your life that you care about (including your inner child).
#2 - Passionate Gourmet Uncooking School. Just launched in Perth! How I wish I were in Perth right now so I could attend one of these classes offered by the talented, passionate and endlessly inspiring Kate Quinn (also the creator, editor and publisher of Living Raw). She also does catering, coaching and about a million other things. Catch her if you can!
There are so many other amazing things happening on the Australia raw scene now as well. I welcome anyone to post other great Aussie raw stuff in the comments section so we can all benefit from the snowballing creative energy going on here.
|Goji and Blueberry Cheesecake|
When life hands me blueberries, goji berries, and "really raw" cashews, what do I do? Why, make goji and blueberry cheesecake, of course. Silly question.
The colors and textural interplay in this cake are amazing. Bright orange cream filling, violet blueberry sauce, and dark chocolatey crust create a striking image - and we eat with our eyes first. I love using blueberries in the filling because combined with the "really raw" cashews (not steamed to remove the shells), they create an airy cream filling. The combination of brazil nuts, vanilla, cacao and coconut in the crust reminds me of a darker, richer version of oreo cookies. I add some more textural interest by sprinkling a crust layer in the middle of the cake, and drizzling a blueberry syrup over the finished cake. This leads to a cheesecake that is flavorful and light - so you can eat it and feel totally satisfied, not sick.
I got nearly all of the ingredients for this cake from the Melbourne Living Foods Co-op this month. We are so lucky to have this group, because it allows us to buy loads of fantastic organic, raw products each month at a low price, and to support local farmers and enterprises in the bargain. I highly recommend joining a co-op like this if you have one in your area.
Goji and Blueberry Cheesecake
3/4 cup brazil nuts
3/4 cup dried coconut
pinch Himalayan salt
1 heaped Tbsp cacao powder
1-2 Tbsp honey or agave
1 Tbsp cacao nibs or 7 cacao beans
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup goji berries
1 cup cashews
1 1/2 fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup melted cacao butter or coconut oil
1/4 cup honey or agave
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
pinch Himalayan salt
1 cup blueberries
water as needed
a handful of gogi berries
To make the crust, combine brazil nuts, dried coconut, Himalayan salt and cacao powder in a food processor. Whir until ground well. Add honey or agave, cacao nibs or beans, and vanilla extract. Pulse until large crumbs form. If not sticky enough, add a bit more honey or agave.
Press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch cake pan. Refrigerate to set.
For the filling, grind goji berries to a sticky powder in a spice/coffee grinder. In a food processor or high speed blender, combine goji powder, cashews, blueberries, melted cacao butter or coconut oil, honey or agave, lemon juice and salt. Blend/whir until totally smooth. *If you are using frozen blueberries and they are not totally thawed, blend the other ingredients first until really smooth and somewhat warm. Add the berries one at a time to keep the temperature constant so that the melted cacao butter or coconut oil doesn't seize up.
Spread 1/2 of the fillling over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining crust mixture on top and refrigerate for 10 minutes to set. The spread the rest of the filling over the top and refrigerate or freeze until ready to eat - at least an hour.
To make the topping, combine one cup of blueberries with the dates in a food processor or high speed blender. Blend/whir, adding water as needed to achieve a thick syrup. When serving, drizzle the sauce over the cake and top with a few goji berries.
|New release candidates for TurnKey Linux 11.0 (part 1)|
We've pushed out new RC (Release Candidates) builds for part 1 of the upcoming TurnKey Linux 11.0 release and we need your help testing them! See the appliance pages for download links.
The current crop of release candidates only include Ubuntu Lucid based ISO images for now. Debian Lenny based images will follow, as will builds specially optimized for the the full range of supported virtualization and hosting platforms (e.g., VM build, EC2 AMIs, ESX4, Xen, Eucalyptus, etc.).
In part 1 we've updated all the existing appliances except for Zimbra and Openbravo which we haven't got to yet. They'll be in part 2 along with all the fantastic new appliances developed during the community development contest.
We broke up work on the next release into two parts because with all the new appliances the size of the appliance libary is doubling and that was a bit too much to handle in one go.
Also, Alon is flying off to Orlando today for the Ubuntu Developer Summit and we wanted to have something out the door to show off to our friends in the Ubuntu community.
New versioning scheme
Instead of date based versions the new versioning scheme tracks TurnKey Core, regardless of the date or the underlying distribution.
In other words a TurnKey Linux 11.0 appliance based on Ubuntu Lucid and a TurnKey Linux 11.0 appliance based on Debian Lenny are the same version because they have the same Core features.
We're also hoping to get rid of some of the confusion with date based releases. For example, we pushed out the maintenance release 2009.10-2 in April 2010 but the version confused many people into thinking the appliances were obsolete, even though Hardy will be supported for another 3 years and security updates were installed on first boot and daily afterwards.
TKLBAM, which we announced a few weeks back as a separate component, is now tightly integrated with TurnKey out of the box. This includes a spiffy new Webmin module so users who dislike the command line can fully enjoy TKLBAM from the comfort of their web browser. Now you can backup and migrate fully working systems anywhere with literally just a few mouse clicks.
As an old school Unix guy who loves the command line, what I like the most about the new Webmin module is how it facilitates easy discovery of TKLBAM's functionality and ties everything together seamlessly. No need to memorize funny command line flags or decipher manual pages for configuration options. At a glance you can see what can be done. If you don't understand something you just click on the question marks for embedded help pop-ups.
Screenshot #1: backup menu
Screenshot #2: restore menu
New Core features
Besides TKLBAM integration, we've made a broad range of improvements to the Core features shared by all appliances. In fact one could argue more has changed between the last beta and the release candidate than between the previous release and the beta.
Appliance specific changes
Distribution level changes
In the works...
That's all folks! Any questions?
|Walker, Maggie Lena (1864â1934)||
Maggie Lena Walker was an African American
entrepreneur and civic leader who broke traditional gender and discriminatory laws by
becoming the first womanâwhite or blackâto establish and become president of a bank
in the United Statesâthe Saint Luke Penny Savings Bank in Richmond. As of 2010, when it was known as Consolidated Bank and
Trust Company, it was the oldest continually African Americanâoperated bank
in the United States. In her role as grand secretary of the Independent Order of Saint Luke, Walker
also was indispensable in organizing a variety of enterprises that advanced the
African American community while expanding the public role of women. Although as an
African American woman in the postâCivil War South she faced social, economic, and
political barriers in her life and business ventures, Walker, by encouraging
investment and collective action, achieved tangible improvements for African
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