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  • The SECRET of How to Win the Game of Life...Insurance (Part 1)

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    By Byron Udell This post is way overdue.  The message of “how to win the game of life insurance” is too important to just begetting to it now (I talk about it ALL the time; just haven’t blogged about it until now).  But better late than never, especially when it comes to life insurance. I’m going totell you a secret—a secret that I’m sure life insurance companies don’t want you to know. While life insurance is not a game, many companies approach it this way, relying on strategy and statistics. Unfortunately, most people LOSE this game of life insurance …and the life…
  • New Elastic Load Balancer Checks for AWS Trusted Advisor

    AWS Official Blog
    Jeff Barr
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    We’re adding four new checks to AWS Trusted Advisor. As you may know, AWS Trusted Advisor inspects your AWS environment and looks for ways to save money, increase performance & reliability, and to help close security gaps. Today’s checks are for Elastic Load Balancing, with a focus on security and fault tolerance. Security Checks The following new checks are designed to help you to improve the security profile of your Elastic Load Balancers: ELB Listener Security – This check looks for load balancers that do not use recommended security configurations or protocols. It checks to see…
  • Measles & My Sister
    Niki McMillan
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Emmi S. Herman is a writer and children’s book author who lives in Searingtown, New York. She wrote this piece in response to American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern’s Op-Ed, Measles Vaccinations: Saving Millions of Lives.   The measles robbed the landscape of our wonder years, broke in like a burglar and stole a normal sibling relationship right from under our feet. At the end of February 1960, my sister, a precocious, healthy child was halfway through the fourth grade in Rockland County when she contracted measles from one of her classmates who lived right down the…
  • The Bigelow Tea Valentine Sweepstakes Ends TODAY!

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Valentine’s Day has passed, but it’s not too late to enter the Bigelow Tea Valentine Sweepstakes to win a Valentine Tea Duet! Enter by midnight EST TODAY for your chance to be among the 14 winners of these two seasonal favorites … both are decadent, calorie-free and available year-round on the Bigelow Tea website! To enter, head right over to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page, and follow the entry instructions. On a mobile device? Please use this link instead:…
  • The Story of Cisco Virtualized Managed Business Services: How Cisco Evolved its Engineering Teams To Revolutionize Service Provider Service Delivery

    Cisco Blog » The Platform
    Rob Lloyd
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    I’ll be boarding a flight to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress  tomorrow knowing that this year’s event will be like no other for Cisco’s service provider business. Over the past two years we’ve completely transformed our service provider engineering organization. We’ve overhauled our technology and services portfolio and, as you’ll see from a blitz of announcements we’ll make with world-leading telecommunications service providers next week, we continue to innovate, and customers really like the progress they’re seeing. Clearly we’re building what they need, [...]
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • The SECRET of How to Win the Game of Life...Insurance (Part 1)

    Byron Udell
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    By Byron Udell This post is way overdue.  The message of “how to win the game of life insurance” is too important to just begetting to it now (I talk about it ALL the time; just haven’t blogged about it until now).  But better late than never, especially when it comes to life insurance. I’m going totell you a secret—a secret that I’m sure life insurance companies don’t want you to know. While life insurance is not a game, many companies approach it this way, relying on strategy and statistics. Unfortunately, most people LOSE this game of life insurance …and the life…
  • The Health Insurance Problem in this Country is Getting Better, but it’s Still a Problem

    Byron Udell
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    By Byron Udell Open enrollment for health coverage ends on Sunday.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how our country is faring when it comes to health insurance. According to statistics recorded by, 14.6% of American’s didn’t have health insurance back in 2008. Now, 7 years later, the number of Americans who don’t have health insurance has dropped to 12.9%. That means 87.1% of all Americans are now covered by some type of health insurance. Things have improved, that’s obvious.  But there are still plenty without coverage (the percentage isn’t as large as it is…
  • The 3 Words That Can Help Everyone

    Byron Udell
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:02 pm
    By Byron Udell Read.  More.  Books. Simple enough, right? I don’t mention books much in this blog because most of the books I enjoy and think are useful are not about life insurance. But make no mistake, I’m an avid reader.  I usually have at least two books in play at once.  We can learn so much from books—about leadership, business, what works, what doesn’t. If you read the profile on me in theChicago Tribune, you’ll see what I’ve read recently and some of my favorite books. I’ve been passionate about books my whole life.  The following is an excerpt from theJim Rohn…
  • Should Millennials be thinking about Life Insurance?

    Byron Udell
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    By Byron Udell I’m by no means a millennial, but I have three children who are. With #hashtags, smartphones, and social media to go with school and work and everything else, these young adults lead lives that are absolutely jam-packed with things to do.   Among all of the hustle and bustle that defines their generation, do they have time to think about life insurance?  Perhaps a better question is whether, at this point in their lives, they should be even thinking about life insurance.  If you have someone depending on you financially—say a spouse or partner or fiancé or child—you…
  • 3 Strategies to Help You Save Money on Your Taxes

    Byron Udell
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:01 am
    By Byron Udell Tax time (April 15th) is still months away, but it’ll be here before you know it.  And while it might seem early for tax talk, is there ever a bad time to save money? Did you know that smart planning at the beginning of the year (aka NOW!) can lead to you paying Uncle Sam less, come April?  Well, it’s true.  Just follow these tips: Save now by looking ahead Contribute to retirement and savings plans early and often.  Plans such as a 401(k), an IRA, and a 403(b) allow for not just a tax-deferred pot of earnings that multiplies over the years, but these options also…
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    AWS Official Blog

  • New Elastic Load Balancer Checks for AWS Trusted Advisor

    Jeff Barr
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    We’re adding four new checks to AWS Trusted Advisor. As you may know, AWS Trusted Advisor inspects your AWS environment and looks for ways to save money, increase performance & reliability, and to help close security gaps. Today’s checks are for Elastic Load Balancing, with a focus on security and fault tolerance. Security Checks The following new checks are designed to help you to improve the security profile of your Elastic Load Balancers: ELB Listener Security – This check looks for load balancers that do not use recommended security configurations or protocols. It checks to see…
  • Custom ODBC/JDBC Drivers and Query Visualization for Amazon Redshift

    Jeff Barr
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    A few months ago, I discussed 20 new features from Amazon Redshift, our petabyte-scale, fully managed data warehouse service that lets you get started for free and costs as little as $1,000 per TB per year. The Amazon Redshift team has released over 100 new features since the launch, with a focus on price, performance, and ease of use. Customers are continuing to unlock powerful analytics using the service, as you can see from recent posts by IMS Health, Phillips, and GREE. My colleague Tina Adams sent me a guest post to share some more Amazon Redshift updates. I’ll let her take over from…
  • AWS Podcast #100 – Week in Review + Stefano Bellasio of Cloud Academy

    Jeff Barr
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    After some fits and starts, I am now recording and producing the AWS Podcast on a regular basis. I am committed to releasing at least one new episode every week, with a stretch goal of two! Last week I spent some a couple of days at the AWS Pop-up Loft in San Francisco! With my trusty Zoom H5 recorder nearby, I sat down in the (relatively) quiet basement of the Loft and interviewed a total of six startups and AWS partners. I’ll be editing and publishing them as quickly as possible. My first guest was Stefano Bellasio of Cloud Academy: We talked about what Cloud Academy does, and how it…
  • New in the AWS Marketplace – Oracle Linux

    Jeff Barr
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    Version 6.6 of Oracle Linux is now available in AWS Marketplace, with both hourly and annual pricing: The 64-bit Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel was designed to provide scalability, reliability, and performance improvements for demanding enterprise applications, including Enterprise Oracle workloads. This is a fully supported way to run Oracle Linux on AWS. Patches and updates are available from Oracle; 24×7 premium support is available through Orbitera. The AMI (HVM) makes use of EBS volumes for storage and is recommended for use on the c3.large instance type (it can also be run on many…
  • AWS Cost Explorer Update – More Filtering and Grouping Dimensions

    Jeff Barr
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    AWS Cost Explorer is a spend management tool that lets you analyze, visualize and allocate your AWS spend to internal teams or projects. Using Cost Explorer, you can visualize your daily or monthly spend in easy-to-read bar and line charts or simple downloadable data tables. You can also choose to see your spend only for specific service types, linked account and tags and group the spend by both service types and linked accounts. Since the first launch of Cost Explorer in April 2014, thousands of customers have signed up to use Cost Explorer and have provided us with feedback about how easy…
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  • Measles & My Sister

    Niki McMillan
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Emmi S. Herman is a writer and children’s book author who lives in Searingtown, New York. She wrote this piece in response to American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern’s Op-Ed, Measles Vaccinations: Saving Millions of Lives.   The measles robbed the landscape of our wonder years, broke in like a burglar and stole a normal sibling relationship right from under our feet. At the end of February 1960, my sister, a precocious, healthy child was halfway through the fourth grade in Rockland County when she contracted measles from one of her classmates who lived right down the…
  • Five Tips to Avoid Common Winter Injuries

    Sarah Layton
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Tips in this blog post are originally from Andrew MacPherson, MD Member, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council Are you hitting the slopes this weekend? A dedicated runner? An all-around adventure-seeker? Just in case you’re distracted by all the fun winter activities and safety isn’t #1 on your list, here are some top tips for preventing common winter injuries. 1. Runners. You have it extra tough trying to stay warm and dry without getting bogged down. Whether you are a casual jogger or elite marathoner, when you run in winter weather wear layered lightweight clothing;…
  • Our Home Fires Preparedness Campaign is expanding…to Kenya

    Abi Weaver
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    By Abi Weaver, Global Technology Project Director, American Red Cross Last weekend, volunteers in Omaha walked door-to-door, helping families install and test smoke alarms as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign,  which aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years.  More than 8,400 miles away, Kenya Red Cross volunteers may soon be providing a similar lifesaving service in Nairobi’s slums. It’s challenging to estimate how many slum fires Kenya experiences each year because so many go unreported. But just a quick scroll through…
  • Puppy Preparedness: 9 Tips to Keep Your Pets Warm and Safe This Winter

    Beth Pullias
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    A version of this was originally written by Matthew Hurst, the  American Red Cross Greater NY Region blog Raise your hand if you knew last Friday was Love Your Pet Day. Now, raise your hand if it was so cold out you used your cat as a foot warmer and your dog as an extra blanket to celebrate this amazing day? If you’re anywhere in the eastern half of the country, you’ve weathered a winter filled with frigid temps and snow storms. You know how to bundle up and keep your home heated safely, but what can you do to protect and prepare your pets during the winter? Here are a few…
  • Measles Vaccinations: Saving Millions of Lives Worldwide

    Gail J McGovern
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:07 pm
    By Gail McGovern, President and CEO the American Red Cross  The unfolding outbreak of measles across the country has focused attention on whether parents should get their children vaccinated against measles and other diseases. This is a question the Red Cross answers approximately 100 million times a year around the world with life-saving vaccinations. Mothers and children wait in line to be vaccinated in Cotonou, Benin after being informed of the campaign by Red Cross house-to-house mobilizers. American Red Cross/Javier Acebal. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases ever known. When…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • The Bigelow Tea Valentine Sweepstakes Ends TODAY!

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Valentine’s Day has passed, but it’s not too late to enter the Bigelow Tea Valentine Sweepstakes to win a Valentine Tea Duet! Enter by midnight EST TODAY for your chance to be among the 14 winners of these two seasonal favorites … both are decadent, calorie-free and available year-round on the Bigelow Tea website! To enter, head right over to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page, and follow the entry instructions. On a mobile device? Please use this link instead:…
  • It’s Tea Time (Literally!) With Bigelow Tea

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Time moves quickly. But somehow, teatime slows it down. Bigelow Tea introduces a new way to savor and store tea in a charming Teatime Box with an important message: to slow down, take a moment and enjoy. With more than 70 years spanning three generations, and 130 different blends of tea, the passion and purity of Bigelow Tea comes through with every sip. A lovely gift for the tea drinker(s) in your life, or perhaps that hard-to-buy-for someone who has everything, this hinged wooden box features a working, vintage-look clock with 64 individually-wrapped, assorted tea bagstucked neatly…
  • Bigelow Tea Likes That Actress Shailene Woodley Savors Life’s Simple Things (Including Tea!)

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    There’s something special about finding the joy in the little things in life, like family or a hot mug of Organic Chamomile Citrus herbal tea from Bigelow Tea. The aroma, the feeling of holding it in your hands … simple, relaxing and delightful. It turns out that Shailene Woodley shares this same philosophy. In an Interview magazine article, Emma Stone spoke with Shailene about her upcoming films and interests. When asked about her rituals before going to sleep, Shailene said that her ideal evening is “to sit in bed with my journal or a book of poems or a novel and a cup of…
  • Cancer Research Update From Bigelow Tea

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Cancer—how it’s diagnosed, treated and perceived—has come a long way. Decades ago, people barely spoke about the “C word,” while today there’s an open dialogue about cancer prevention and treatment. Unfortunately, the odds are still good that you or someone you’re close to has had to deal with some form of cancer. So, today brew a cup of Bigelow Tea and read here about some of the research that indicates that tea may protect the body from some cancers. A 2010 study of more than 500 people adds to growing evidence suggesting the beverage has anti-cancer powers. In the study,…
  • Bigelow Tea’s American Breakfast Energizes Fashion Week

    18 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Looking for a fashionable way to kick start your day? Bigelow Tea’s American Breakfast Tea will have you bouncing through your morning routine and out the door ready to face the world. With 50 percent more caffeine in every tea bag, there will be no more hazy and lazy morning wardrobe choices. American Breakfast Tea gives you a different lift than a cup of coffee. Tea gets help from Theanine, a naturally occurring compound unique to tea. This, combined with caffeine, not only gives a sustained energy boost, but also a feeling of calm and focus that only tea can provide. Move over coffee…
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    Cisco Blog » The Platform

  • The Story of Cisco Virtualized Managed Business Services: How Cisco Evolved its Engineering Teams To Revolutionize Service Provider Service Delivery

    Rob Lloyd
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    I’ll be boarding a flight to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress  tomorrow knowing that this year’s event will be like no other for Cisco’s service provider business. Over the past two years we’ve completely transformed our service provider engineering organization. We’ve overhauled our technology and services portfolio and, as you’ll see from a blitz of announcements we’ll make with world-leading telecommunications service providers next week, we continue to innovate, and customers really like the progress they’re seeing. Clearly we’re building what they need, [...]
  • How France is Embracing Digitization of Everything

    John Chambers
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    I spent time in France last week, and it’s clear to me that the French tech scene is at an inflection point. The time to invest in France’s future is now. And with more startups than any other European country at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, and a strong infrastructure in place, France is primed to embrace the latest technology transition: digitization of everything. Digitization, which harnesses the power of what we call the Internet of Everything at Cisco [...]
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live Reimagines the Fan Experience with Cisco

    Rowan Trollope
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    When I watched the Grammy’s last month, I wasn’t only rooting for my favorite artists from my couch – I had Twitter open, engaging with my friends, following interesting hash-tags, and engaging in the event in a way that five years ago wasn’t even an option. Industry people call this the 2nd screen and it’s fast become the way many people engage with TV and the thousands or millions of other viewers and fans across the globe. I don’t want [...]
  • In Emerging and Developed Markets Alike, Banking Customers Demand IoE-Driven Services

    Wim Elfrink
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    Around the world, banking customers express similar frustrations: they believe the value they receive from their banks is declining, at a time when their trust in those banks already has eroded. What’s more, according to a Cisco survey of 7,200 banking customers in 12 countries, four out of five customers would trust a non-bank, such as a technology company or retailer, to handle their banking needs. Some of those disruptive competitors are succeeding where banks fail: by engaging customers with convenient [...]
  • IoE Can Help Banks Regain Customer Trust by Delivering Better Advice and Mobile Services

    Joseph Bradley
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    In years past, a visit to the neighborhood bank branch often featured face-to-face meetings with a trusted advisor who would guide customers through their most challenging financial journeys — often over a cup of coffee. Today, many banks have ceded that privileged position of trusted advisor. While banks have made great strides in using technology to cut costs and streamline transactions, customer experience and engagement have suffered. In a Cisco survey of 7,200 bank customers in 12 countries, 43 percent of [...]
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    How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma

  • I just recently by accident spilled bleach on my new black hoodie. Is there any way to get the color back?

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Q: I just recently by accident spilled bleach on my new black hoodie. Is there any way to get the color back? It has a butterfly design on it with different colors too because it's an autism hoodie and my son has autism A: I’m sorry to hear about the bleach spill—unfortunately color loss from contact with undiluted bleach can’t be reversed.  You are lucky, though, that your sweatshirt is black.  That’s because you can sometimes use a black permanent marker to color in the discolored areas of the sweatshirt, camouflaging the bleached area.  This works the best with smaller bleach…
  • How many times do blue jeans shrink, if you continue to wash or dry in hot temperature?

    11 Feb 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Q: How many times do blue jeans shrink, if you continue to wash or dry in hot temperature?  A: This is a great question!  Shrinkage not only varies from fabric to fabric, but also between similar fabrics (like blue jeans, for example) produced by different manufacturers.  So how much a pair of blue jeans will shrink really depends on what steps the manufacturer took to control shrinkage during production.  It may be helpful to understand why fabric shrinks in the first place. During the process of spinning fibers into yarn and weaving or knitting yarn into fabric, the yarns and fabric are…
  • How do I remove lipstick from my sofa?

    9 Feb 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Q: How do I remove lipstick from my sofa? A:   The technique I recommend for removing lipstick from a garment will only work on your sofa as long as the lipstick stain is on a cushion cover that can be removed. It is also necessary that the fabric be machine washable; hopefully there is some information available under the cushion that tells you how to properly care for the sofa.   If that's the case, then start by testing all the products you want to use for colorfastness to the sofa fabric.  Usually a product has instructions for this, but if not, then apply undiluted product to a…
  • How Do I Remove a Black Stain From My Shirt?

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
    Q: I have a black stain on my golf shirt where it touches my belt.  A: The color that rubbed off your belt and onto your shirt can probably be removed by pretreating the stain first before washing.  What you use to pretreat depends on what color the shirt is and what fabric the shirt is made of.  If it’s white, and does not contain any spandex (also called Lycra and Elastane—check the care label to be sure) then you can use Clorox Bleach Pen Gel to pretreat the stain prior to washing it.  This is a great product that contains the same bleach active as Clorox® Regular-Bleach, but at a…
  • How do you get dye out of a white shirt?

    3 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    Q: How do you get dye out of a white shirt? The dye is pink. A: This is such a great question—it sounds like maybe you had dye transfer from one item to another, probably during the wash cycle.  There are a couple of remedies you can try to get the pink color off your shirt.  First, check the care label to confirm that it is 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend.  If it is, then you should be able to restore it using a bleach soaking solution.  Note that you should also make sure the shirt doesn’t include any spandex (also called Lycra or Elastane), even a small percentage, since…
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  • Viewability, Online Video and Social Media

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Viewability Online Video Social Media We can identify three hot topics on digital media on a global level as well.The first one is Viewability. This concept was developed in the United States as an initiative from the MRC (Media Rating Council), the IAB (Interactive Advertisement Bureau), and their associations with advertisers and agencies.Given that digital has surpassed TV, radio and print on investment in countries such as England, Australia and the US, advertisers wanted to highlight what digital always proclaimed: “Internet is the most measured and measurable media”. Once they…
  • comScore and Kantar Partner on Global Cross-Media Audience and Campaign Measurement

    12 Feb 2015 | 4:33 am
    As the data investment management arm of WPP, Kantar is one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy groups. Kantar, whose services are employed by over half of the Fortune 500, has built a tremendous set of assets that are complementary to those that we’ve built at comScore and offers its clients insight at every point of the consumer cycle.Allow me to explain a bit more about our rationale behind forging this alliance.Over the past twelve months we’ve seen an acceleration in the transformation of the video and television audience as consumers access TV and video…
  • Measurement Proves the Effectiveness of Mobile Advertising

    11 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    With fat finger syndrome known to inflate click-through rates on mobile, advertisers are turning to other metrics to gauge the effectiveness of their ads. Brand metrics such as aided awareness, favorability, likelihood to recommend, and purchase intent can help illustrate at which phase of the purchase funnel consumers are being influenced. Comparing these metrics across each platform used in the campaign can also assist in making more optimal allocations.The brand effectiveness norms that comScore has for desktop and mobile shed light on the relative value of ads on each platform. Across a…
  • Good News for Digital Publishers: Most Have Low Levels of Non-Human Traffic

    6 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    So what does NHT look like across publisher sites? The illustration below highlights that there are many high quality publishers who deliver inventory that is virtually free of NHT, while a very small percentage of poor-performing publishers are giving the rest of the ecosystem a bad name. In fact, the Top 50 percent of publisher websites ranked by lowest incidence of NHT have less than 1 percent NHT. The Top 80 percent of publishers have less than 3 percent NHT, and the top 85 percent have less than 5 percent NHT, indicating that the vast majority of sites perform well in limiting this…
  • Ad Fraud and Non-Human Traffic: How Rampant is the Problem?

    4 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    In our analysis of hundreds of digital ad campaigns, we found that levels of NHT can vary greatly and that a small number of the worst performing campaigns generate the lion’s share of all NHT impressions. While it can be very difficult for campaigns to be 100 percent clear of NHT, the positive news is that the vast majority of campaigns had minimal levels of NHT while a smaller percentage had moderate to high levels of NHT: 79% of the campaigns have <5% NHT, accounting for 25% of the total NHT impressions. 14% of the campaigns have 5-20% NHT, accounting for 45% of the total NHT…
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  • Weder „Giga“ noch „Monster“ – einfach “Lang-Lkw”

    Max Splittgerber
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:08 am
    Zum Thema Lang-Lkw haben ja viele eine Meinung und oft auch ein Bild vor Augen: Mächtige Langhauber ziehen wie australische Road-Trains riesige Anhänger mit gewaltigen Lasten über Deutschlands Straßen, am besten noch durch enge Altstadt-Gassen. Kann man ja überall lesen, über „Gigaliner“ oder, noch krasser, „Monster-Trucks“. Und für die Kritiker eh‘ klar: Die Dinger sind gefährlich, zerstören Umwelt und Straßen und gehören nicht in den Verkehr. Oder wie es ein Hörfunk-Redakteur am Telefon etwas spitz ausdrückt: „Möchten Sie vielleicht, dass am Stauende so ein…
  • Von der Schulbank ins Büromanagement

    Anna-Sophie Grotz
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    Schon während meiner Schulzeit war mir klar: Nach dem Abschluss wollte ich zu Mercedes-Benz, denn ich hatte von Anfang an den (bescheidenen) Anspruch: “Das Beste oder nichts”. Nach dem Bewerbungsverfahren mit Online-Test, Vorort-Test und einem Gespräch war ich unglaublich glücklich, als ich endlich meinen Ausbildungsvertrag in den Händen hielt. Ich hatte es tatsächlich geschafft! Zu meiner Freude kam allerdings auch eine gewisse Aufregung. Ich hatte bis jetzt mein ganzes Leben die Schulbank gedrückt und sollte jetzt gleich vom ersten Tag an aktiv in mir völlig neue…
  • twinamic, smartastic und wir

    Marion Thaler
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:05 am
    Ein smarter Freitag im Februar: Kay Neidhardt und ich nahmen an der Fahrveranstaltung für den neuen fortwo mit twinamic, sprich Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, teil. Das versprach (zwar noch keinen Sommer, dafür) Sonne und Schalten in einer neuen Dimension… Doch der Reihe nach…. Ich, also Marion Thaler, trage seit vielen Jahren das smart Virus in mir und fahre selbst ein schwarz/silbernes 450er Cabrio. Da diese Farbkombi nicht unbedingt farbenfroh ist, habe ich die Panels beklebt, so entstand meine „Pusteblume“. Mich haben von Anfang an diese kleinen Autos sehr fasziniert. Auch…
  • Nachts im Museum mit Alfred

    Dan von Appen
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:09 am
    Es ist der 12. September 1926. Stuttgart. Beim Solitude-Rennen steht ein rundlicher Mann mit Mantel und Hut gefährlich dicht an der Strecke. Und jedes Mal, wenn ein Mercedes-Benz mit kreischendem Krompressor in die nächste Runde fährt, fuchtelt er wie wild mit beschriebenen Tafeln und Flaggen. Der Veranstaltungsleiter eilt herbei. „Hören Sie auf mit Ihrem Mumpitz, das irritiert die Fahrer!“ Der Mann mit Mantel und Hut antwortet freundlich, aber bestimmt: „Ich bin der Rennleiter“. Der Sportpräsident tobt: „Sind Sie von Sinnen? Der Rennleiter bin ich!“ „Männer, Frauen und…
  • In 24h ein bisschen die Welt verbessern

    Sascha Pallenberg
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    Bangalore Hackathon 2015. Ich weiß gar nicht mehr, wie viele Hackathons, Startup-Weekends und Startup-Labs ich besucht habe. Als Judge, Mentor oder einfach nur stiller und faszinierter Besucher. In den letzten 10 Jahren kommen da sicherlich einige zusammen und die Dynamik dieser Veranstaltungen fasziniert mich bis zum heutigen Tage. Wer einmal 100 begeisterte und motivierte Entwickler für ein Wochenende oder gar nur 24h in einen Raum „geschlossen“ hat, kann vielleicht meine Begeisterung verstehen. Ihnen dabei zusehen, wie sich aus Ideen  Produkte entwickeln, wie sich Einzelne in…
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • Metadata Lakes and Data Value

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    I've been taking a look at data valuation through the context of a data insurance use case. In my last post I mentioned that as data architects go through the process of moving silo'ed data sets into a Business Data Lake, they should simultaneously build a governance structure known as a Metadata Lake. I like to think of a Metadata Lake as an infrastructure construct that enables partitioning of an overall Data Lake. Indeed, for the data insurance use case, the Metadata Lake becomes a one-stop shop for an insurer to subsequently audit data sets that are insured through premium…
  • Trouble in the Federation re ScaleIO and VSAN?

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Is there fighting in the family?   Actually, that’s just an intentionally inflammatory, eye-ball grabbing headline – everything is actually great, and even getting better :-) I just wanted to try on for size how it would feel to build a “The Register” style headline for a topic which has subtleties (Chris Mellor, I will always love you :-) There’s some speculation in the industry about whether EMC’s embrace of VSAN for the VSPEX Blue vSphere only hyper-converged appliance means something vis a vis ScaleIO.   I’ve had analysts say that the mere existence of VSAN and ScaleIO…
  • Considering The Next Wave Of Storage Automation

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    From the time enterprise data centers sprang into existence, we’ve had this burning desire to automate the heck out of them. From early mainframe roots to today’s hybrid cloud, the compulsion never wanes to progressively automate each every aspect of operations. The motivations have been compelling: use fewer people, faster responses, be more efficient, make outcomes more predictable, and make services resilient. But the obstacles have also been considerable: both technological and operational. With the arrival of vSphere 6.0, a nice chunk of new technology has been introduced to help…
  • Where's The Data (Value)?

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:14 am
    In recent posts I've started to take a look at the process of data valuation and the people, processes, and infrastructure that might be involved. The discussion of data valuation is at an early stage. In order to frame a dialogue I suggested in a recent post that the data insurance underwriting process may be an excellent use case to discuss valuation.  I posted the table below in an effort to stimulate dialogue on data insurance people and processes. In this post I'd like to focus on the first row of the table: data set identification. Consider a corporation that wishes to…
  • Big Moves by Big Players in a Big Week in Big Data

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    This week has seen big moves, big changes in the big data landscape – and that’s big :-) First, the industry took a dramatic turn – led by HortonWorks, Splunk, Pivotal and others with the creation of the Open Data Platform (ODP) intiative. This isn’t a naming or marketing exercise.   It’s a fundamental shift for HortonWorks (see what they say here) and Pivotal – and is joined by many big industry players like IBM, SAS, Splunk and others. Most importantly, it’s a shift where Pivotal is contributing more code materially to open-source.   Specifically 3 big pieces of…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • DIG: Have You Discovered the Truth?

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Congratulations! You have discovered DIG Treasure! Click the image or the link below to see if you are an instant winner.   The time is now. Watch the DIG music video trailer to discover a truth you can’t imagine.   DIG A USA Network event series COMING MARCH 5Read MoreRead Comments
  • 6 Things Thor Wants You to Know About 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Avengers return to the big screen on May 1 in Avengers: Age of Ultron, one of this year's biggest and most anticipated sequels. To get you all caught up on the current status of your favorite Marvel heroes -- like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and the Hulk -- Fandango took a little trip to the film's London set, where we got the skinny straight from the marvelous cast themselves. We've already grilled Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk)...Read MoreRead Comments
  • RIP: Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
      Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83. He died Friday morning in his Los Angeles home, with his wife by his side, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.   Nimoy was best known to fans for his role of Spock in Star Trek-- a role he first played in 1966, and continued to embody over the decades, most recently in the J.J. Abrams' pair of Star Trek movies in a crucial role that bridged the old series with the new. But while Spock was...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: 'Blade Runner 2' Confirms Harrison Ford, Hires Director

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:42 pm
    Blade Runner 2: Harrison Ford now confirms he will star in the sequel to 1982's Blade Runner. Ford will reprise his role as replicant hunter Rick Deckard; the story will take place several decades after the events in the original movie. There were whispers Ridley Scott might direct, but filmmakers are in negotiations with Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) with production set to begin in the summer of 2016. [Heat Vision]   Jurassic World: New photos...Read MoreRead Comments
  • New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Poster Brings Old and New Heroes Together (UPDATED)

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
      UPDATE: Scroll to the bottom for solo posters of the Hulk and Iron Man. We have seen plenty of trailers and TV spots for Avengers: Age of Ultron so far, but only one official poster that was simply the Avengers symbol (the Comic-Con concept art doesn't count). But now Marvel's fixed that with a new poster that brings the entire gang together. So what stands out? Perhaps Black Widow's Tony Stark-ified suit, which looks like it's packing a little...Read MoreRead Comments
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    Garmin Blog

  • Recap of the 2015 Lake Nona Impact Forum

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:55 pm
    This last week, Garmin was an official sponsor at the 2015 Lake Nona Impact Forum in Orlando, Florida. This annual forum is an exclusive experience that connects over 200 business thought leaders that are championing the way for innovating new health and wellness solutions. The forum took place at various locations around the beautiful 7,000 acres that is Lake Nona. With world renowned guest speakers such as Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, and Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, the event was tremendously inspirational. To add to that…
  • Tips for Training on a Treadmill

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    In the cold winter months, many runners are forced inside to train on a treadmill. While treadmill training is difficult, it’s necessary if the elements are dangerous outside and you need to stay on track while training for spring racing season.   We put together a list of tips that should help the next time you are forced inside to run on a treadmill: Adjust the Incline - One of the biggest differences between running outside and inside is the ability to manipulate elevation. Running outside presents different terrain challenges opposed to running on a treadmill. Try adjusting…
  • Gary Kelley To Receive 2015 AEA Lifetime Achievement Award

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Garmin is delighted to announce today that the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) will be presenting Gary Kelley with the 2015 AEA Lifetime Achievement Award. Gary retired after 19 years at Garmin in December 2011 as the vice president of marketing, where he led the aviation, marine, outdoor, fitness and automotive segments. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the AEA’s board of directors.   Gary started his career in the avionics industry in 1972, where he worked for the general aviation avionics division of Allied Signal/BendixKing. He joined…
  • Welcome to the Garmin Fitness Social Media Channels!

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    We are excited to share that we have officially launched new Garmin Fitness social media channels on Twitter, Google+ and Instagram! Facebook is soon to follow. We offer a wide selection of products and understand the importance of providing specific content toward your interests. We’d like to invite you to join us.   These social media channels were started with you in mind. It doesn’t matter if you are focused on getting your steps in with a vívofit, training for a marathon with a Forerunner 620, completing a triathlon with a Forerunner 920XT or anything in between. We created a…
  • Garmin Introduces Helicopter-Specific ADS-B Solutions With Industry-First Features

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    New GDL 84H and GDL 88H Offer On Scene Mode, TerminalTraffic and More Today, we're thrilled to introduce the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink. Helicopter owners and operators are offered added safety benefits with the GDL 84H and GDL 88H, which meet equipage requirements for ADS-B Out while receiving ADS-B In traffic and weather on a mobile device or compatible display in the cockpit.  The GDL 84H and GDL 88H provide state-of-the-art traffic alerting capabilities tailored to these operators and their unique operations.
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    GE Global Research

  • New RFID Sensors are Smaller, Use Less Power to Detect Chemical Threats

    Radislav Potyrailo
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Hello Earth! We have reached a significant milestone with GE’s radio-frequency identification (RFID) sensors! Our GE Global Research team (see Figure 1 below) has developed sensors for detection and quantitation of chemical threats such as explosives and oxidizers and has tested these sensors in collaboration with our partners. The significance of this accomplishment is in accurate quantitation of minute amounts of these chemicals with our individual RFID sensors outside the pristine conditions of GE labs. We have reached a mid-way point in development and commercialization of these sensors…
  • Accurately Analyzing Malaria Tests in Difficult Conditions is a Matter of Life and Death

    Ralf Lenigk
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Having lived for several years in Southeast Asia, I traveled through regions with increased malaria drug resistance and know firsthand what staying in an area with a high risk of malaria infection is like and the intense anxiety it can cause. Even people who have the economic ability to obtain and use anti-malarial drugs have no assurance that they are protected against malaria infections. They grapple with possible side effects of the drugs (e.g. seizures, neuro-psychiatric disorders, eye damage, sunlight sensitivity, nausea and others). And even with the high heat and humidity, people keep…
  • Collaborative Approach Will Improve Malaria Detection Test

    John Nelson
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    As some folks are aware, GE is involved in biotechnology development. Recently, we joined forces with Global Good to help tackle some of the challenges developing countries are facing with malaria treatment. Our goal is to enable identification of infected patients by healthcare providers when they are below the level of detection by current diagnostic tests, so that they can be treated. This will improve outcomes, and help stem the spread and eventual elimination of the malaria parasite. Currently, if someone is suspected of having malaria, a drop of their blood is placed on a small lateral…
  • Diagnosing Malaria in Asymptomatic Patients Could End Infection Cycle

    Matt Misner
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Malaria is a parasite that infects about 200 million people annually, according the World Health Organization.  The disease exists in tropical and sub-tropical climates like much of the developing world, where effective, low-cost healthcare solutions are needed. Recently, GE Global Research and GE Ventures have partnered with Global Good to develop an improved diagnostic platform that will be a step towards the goal of eradicating malaria. The challenge is twofold. First, the test must be accurate, broadly available, low-cost and require minimal user training and infrastructure. Second, the…
  • Materials, Biology, and Systems Engineering Collaborate to Improve Malaria Diagnostic Test

    David Moore
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Tackling a problem as complex as eradicating malaria in the developing world requires collaboration among experts from diverse subject areas. That’s why GE Global Research, where I have the privilege to work with scientists and engineers on projects that span multiple GE businesses — from Healthcare to Oil & Gas to Power & Water —  has partnered with Global Good to develop a malaria diagnostic test platform. Global Good supports new research endeavors – including our project – that will save lives around the world. This project is a great example of what can happen…
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  • When Driving in Wintry Weather, Not Panicking is Key

    GM FastLane
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:21 am
    Our engineers bring their experiences and knowledge with them to every stage of vehicle testing, from the Milford Proving Ground to the climatic wind tunnel. For engineers like Robb Bolio, that means thinking of their experiences with their kids as well. Robb, who has been with GM since 1991, underwent a change in perspective when his daughter, Kaely, received her learner’s permit. Through both his background in chassis development and integrated chassis controls and his years of experience as a driver, Robb felt he had lots of wisdom to pass on to his daughter Kaely. Now that Michigan,…
  • The Best Advice We’ve Ever Received

    GM FastLane
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    Words of wisdom can come from a variety of places: parents, colleagues, coaches or teachers. On LinkedIn earlier this month, GM CEO Mary Barra shared the best career advice she’s ever received. In the post, she credited her parents’ with encouraging her to work hard and pursue her love of math. We asked employees from all levels of the company for the best career advice they’ve received. Steve Hill, North America Vice President: “One of my dad’s favorite sayings was ‘Measure twice, cut once,’ and I often think of it when I’m making a big decision in my life…
  • Next-Gen Volt Dazzles Hollywood at Pre-Oscar Bash

    Greg Melvin I GM Sustainability Communications
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    Even on a night filled with A-list celebrities, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was the star of 12th Annual Global Green Pre-Oscar Party in Hollywood last week. Celebrities like Twilight’sAshley Greene, newly engaged Taken star Maggie Grace, Titanic star Billy Zane, and headlining performer Common were in attendance – many of whom arrived in current-generation Volts. But the real star of the evening arrived wearing four matching black tires and a killer smile. The glittering event underlined how the new Volt personifies many of the Hollywood community’s ideals, among them…
  • Chevrolet Malibu Passes the Competition with Ease

    GM FastLane
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    The word “horsepower” is commonly thrown around inside — and outside — of automotive circles. In oversimplified terms, it translates to the highest speed an engine will be able to achieve. Torque, however, is rarely talked about outside of trucks and towing, but it is the attribute that you use on a daily basis. Generally, higher vehicle torque ratings provide drivers an improved feeling of on-demand power, allowing you to perform everyday maneuvers like overtaking and merging onto highways easier and without lag. The Chevrolet Malibu’s 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine…
  • Yukon’s Mom-Inspired Mirror Watches Over Kids

    GM FastLane
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    Your parents weren’t kidding – mothers and fathers really do know best, especially when it comes to creating family-friendly features on new cars and trucks. For example, the development team for the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL leveraged their own parental experiences, and added a conversation mirror – a secondary rear-view mirror that helps drivers keep an eye on kids seated in the second and third rows. The conversation mirror, standard on all 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL models, lets parents view the rear seats without using their rear-view mirror. This additional mirror is integrated…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Through the Google lens: Search trends February 20-26

    Google Blogs
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    If you’re the kind of person who loves the Internet when it’s at its most Internet-y, you had a good week. From llamas to retro cartoons to that darn dress, here’s a look at the past week in search:Internet gold Is it white and gold? Or blue and black? That’s the question that had everyone searching, tweeting and generally freaking out Thursday after a Tumblr user posted a photo of a dress that seemed to appear different colors to different people. Debate over the true color of the dress raged for hours, while others tried to solve the mystery of its divisiveness. All we know is,…
  • Rethinking office space

    Google Blogs
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Not the sexiest title for a blog post, I know. But as we’ve inhabited a variety of workplaces—including a garage in Menlo Park, a farmhouse in Denmark and an entire New York city block—we’ve learned something about what makes an office space great. And we’re excited to put that into practice, starting here at our home in Mountain View. Today we’re submitting a plan to redevelop four sites—places where we already have offices but hope to significantly increase our square footage—to the Mountain View City Council. It's the first time we'll design and build offices from scratch…
  • Get away with Google Flights

    Google Blogs
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    While winds howl, frost bites and snow falls, people dream of getting away from it all. Every year around this time, we see an uptick in searches for spring and summer travel from people who have had it up to here with winter. And in the middle of one of the coldest, snowiest, iciest winters on record in the U.S., you better believe people are gearing up to grab their suntan lotion and their carry-ons, and hop on a plane. Enter Google Flights, which makes it easy to plan the trip that’s right for you. Here are a few tips to help you book this year’s dream vacation.Flexibility is key when…
  • Expanding opportunities through computer science education

    Google Blogs
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    One student celebrated Martin Luther King Day. Another created a music video with a nod to a Frozen princess. A third invited a cold polar bear in for holiday cheer. All these students are participants in Google CS First, a program that teaches 9- to 14-year-olds how to use computer science (CS) to express themselves and their interests. In the process, they get a window into the world of coding and learn skills that may be useful to them in the future. We launched CS First back in 2013, and since then more than 19,000 students have participated at one of 1,300+ CS First clubs around the…
  • Our first building block in tech for tykes: YouTube Kids

    Google Blogs
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    When we were kids, if we wanted to learn more about gorillas or how to make friendship bracelets, our parents pointed us to an encyclopedia, or took us to the library. When we wanted to watch cartoons, we eagerly awaited Saturday morning. Today’s kids have it even better—they have all of these options, plus a world of knowledge and information at their fingertips via the Internet. That opens up wonderful opportunities, but also can cause some worry for those of us who are parents.So over the past year, teams across Google—including many passionate parents—have been looking at how…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Revolutionary terror or permanent opposition: what a forgotten play can teach the modern left

    Paul Mason
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The problem of balancing power and principles that Syriza is facing in Greece is not a new one – the same issue is central to Defeat, Nordahl Grieg’s 1930s play about revolutionary spirit in the Paris CommuneWhen the Norwegian communist and war reporter Nordahl Grieg died in an air raid in Berlin on 2 December 1943, few could have guessed how his work would live on.For years, Grieg had struggled with the same problems that now confront the modern left: whether to seek power or remain in permanent opposition, determined to avoid the dehumanising effects of violence and the corrupting power…
  • The Guardian view on the killing of Boris Nemtsov: a watershed for Russia | Editorial

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    This brazen assassination under the eyes of the Kremlin’s security cameras shows the true character of the Putin regimeThe bullets that killed Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure in Russia, mark a watershed. There have been political assassinations before in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The list of victims is in fact strikingly long. It includes the journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, gunned down in October 2006, after she had reported far and wide on the war crimes of the Russian army and its local allies in Chechnya. Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian former secret…
  • The Guardian view on food security: if the dreamers lose, we face a nightmare | Editorial

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    Less food for more people on a hotter, drier Earth. How can we work to avoid this future?By the time nations once again get round a table in Paris in December to discuss climate change, hunger should be on the menu. Researchers have just warned that a new and aggressive strain of yellow rust fungus is now a threat to Britain’s wheat harvest. Another team has calculated that average yields of wheat per field, which only two decades ago were rising rapidly, are now down 2.5%, and barley by 3.8%. In each case, the scientists identify climate change as a contributing factor. Global warming…
  • Don’t blame the intelligence agencies for jihadism | Matthew d’Ancona

    Matthew d'Ancona
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Radicalisation is so unpredictable that we should worry less about the state’s power than its weaknessWe have refined our collective critique of Big Brother with the precision of picky consumers rather than principled citizens. Most of the time we don’t want BB around and complain of his intrusions, real or imagined. But when things go wrong – when a young Londoner suddenly becomes a global figurehead of murderous Islamism, for instance – we resent the state even more. To put it plainly: the only thing we object to more strenuously than MI5 taking action is MI5 failing to do so.This…
  • Open door: The readers’ editor on… who has a say in choosing the Guardian’s next editor | Chris Elliott

    Chris Elliott
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    A ballot of staff and freelance journalists will guarantee a place on the shortlist for one candidate. But should readers get a vote next time?As much as the Guardian is an internationalist newspaper, the thoughts of editorial staff have been focused a bit closer to home in recent weeks. The search for a new editor-in-chief to succeed Alan Rusbridger moved to the hustings stage on Wednesday 25 February in preparation for staff to vote on a list of four candidates in an indicative ballot that will guarantee the winner a place on the Scott Trust’s final shortlist of six for the role.Three…
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    Hu's Blog


    Hu Yoshida
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    In the last twelve months we’ve seen some massive data security breaches in the United States.  Here is a list with the largest number of customer records exposed to loss: Anthem (80,000,000), Home Depot (56,000,000), JP Morgan Chase (76,000,000), EBay (145,000,000) Target (70,000,000) Living Social (50,000,000) (Source: The loss of private information on such a massive scale is every executive’s worst nightmare.  In Target’s case, their CEO Gregg Steinhafel was fired in response to their loss of…

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    The System Performance Council SPC-1 tests results for Hitachi VSP G1000 have just been published on the SPC website and the results show that the G1000 is the clear leader in storage performance against the leading all flash storage arrays! VSP G1000 can be configured as an all-flash storage array simply by not adding any spinning disks. The chart above is constructed from data on the SPC-1 website which shows the audited results of the SPC -1 test that was run on different all-flash storage systems. This test consists of a single workload designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage…
  • The Advantages and Benefits of Erasure Coding in the HCP S10

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:43 pm
    We recently announced the HCP S10 Storage node as part of our HCP portfolio of object storage solutions. See my previous post on the changes that the S10 introduced in the way that we access, manage and protect data. S10 introduced a high capacity commodity disk system with higher availability and faster rebuild times than enterprise disk systems with RAID 6 protection.  This was done through the use of erasure coding and a patented approach to rebuild. “Erasure Coding” (EC) is a method of data protection that is well known in the networking world but is relatively new in the…
  • z13 a Mainframe Designed for the 3rd Platform

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
                  On January 13 IBM announced the new z13 Mainframe, that was promised to be the most powerful and secure system ever built. The press release made the following claims: First system able to process 2.5 billion transactions per day, built for mobile economy 
– Makes possible real-time encryption on all mobile transactions at scale 
– First mainframe system with embedded analytics providing real time transaction insights 17X faster than compared competitive systems at a fraction of the cost. This system is clearly focused on the…
  • Enter The Brave New World of Storage with HCP S10

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    One of the new features that was introduced in our January Hitachi Content Portfolio Announcement was an Innovative new storage system, the HCP S10, which is designed for the Brave New World of storage that is required for IoT (Internet of Things) where IT, Information Technology, and OT, Operational Technology, come together. The Brave New World Hitachi Content Platform S10 is a new type of storage system that is designed to support the explosion of data that is being driven by Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the Internet of things. In order to support this new world, storage systems…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Evolving the Intel® Atom™ Processor Brand

    Merlin Kister
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    When it comes to choosing a PC, many of us know that the “brains” inside the PC — the processor — is an important factor in determining what to buy.  The processor’s performance is key to the overall PC experience you receive — impacting what kind of tasks it can handle, how long they will take, ability to multitask and more. A few years back in an effort to simplify our brands, we introduced a new brand construct for our flagship PC Intel® Core™ processor brand.  We are now introducing a similar construct for the Intel® Atom™ processor brand for mobile devices. …
  • Intel’s User Experience Vision

    Jason Hoffman
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    This year’s CES 2015 has come and gone. If you were lucky enough to be there and see the amazing Intel booth, you probably heard a lot about user experience, or “UX” for short. That’s because Intel is searching for ways to improve the user experience. We’ve shown in the past a little Intel technology can go a long way toward taking something from “it kind of works” to it becoming a reliable, consistent, and usable solution. We decided to take a close look at it to find out how to make it the experience everyone wants. After a lot of research what we…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Taipei Wrapup

    Don Bowden
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    Well, so much for my prediction abilities… in my previous post I predicted herO to win over rain in the StarCraft II finals here in Taipei… wasn’t even close, neither one made it to the semi-finals. It was Life taking the win over Maru 4 to 3 in a closely fought battle. Looking back on the outcome of the StarCraft II tournament in San Jose I was sure I called it right when I predicted herO to win. Hopefully I can do better at the World Championships. You can read an in-depth recap of the quarterfinal matches at the Intel Extreme Masters website. Speaking of World Championships, they…
  • Intel Extreme Masters Taipei – LoL is a wrap

    Don Bowden
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:56 pm
    We are into day four of five here at Intel Extreme Masters Taipei, we wrapped up the League of legends tournament on Friday with a raucous final match between Taipei Assassins and yoe Flash Wolves. yoe Flash Wolves won the match with a 3-2 win to take home the $25,000 first prize. In the land of StarCraft II, bracket play has been taking place over the past three days narrowing the field and setting the stage for the eight players in the playoff rounds. With the playoff field set we saw PartinG trounce Classic 3-0 and Live beat HyuN 3-1 setting up the first semi-final match where PartinG will…
  • Intel Extreme Masters is headed to the Taipei Game Show

    Don Bowden
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    We are taking Intel Extreme Masters to the Taipei Game Show January 28th ~ February 1st  where some of the best StarCraft II and League of Legends players will compete for $75,000 in prize money. Will the StarCraft II tournament turn out to be a repeat of San Jose with Rain and her0 battling for the win? This could be another epic matchup, join in and watch the matches streaming live at Intel Extreme Masters  to find out! If you are lucky enough to be attending the Taipei Game Show in person be sure to come by the Intel gaming zone and watch the competition live and try out some of the…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • Johnson & Johnson Celebrates Its Engineers

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    By Kathryn E. Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain This week (Feb 22 – 28) marks National Engineers Week in the United States. Johnson & Johnson is proud to recognize our engineers for their dedication, creativity and passion – all of which are focused on bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people around the world. Today more than 8,000 engineers work in engineering-related roles across J&J. About 6,400 of them are part of the Supply Chain organization, managing hundreds of technologies across the company.
  • Working to Redefine Healthcare: FORTUNE Magazine Names Johnson & Johnson #1 in Pharmaceuticals

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson and Joaquin Duato, Worldwide Chairman, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson We are honored that for the second consecutive year FORTUNE Magazine ranked Johnson & Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies #1 in the Pharmaceuticals category on its annual World’s Most Admired Companies list. It is a reflection of the hard work, passion and dedication of our Janssen team, and a testament to our commitment to improve people’s lives around the world.
  • Welcome to J&J News Center 2.0

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    By Maggie FitzPatrick, Chief Communication Officer, Johnson & Johnson We are pleased today to unveil our redesigned J&J News Center, a digital storytelling hub on that gives you a front-row view of the work that our 130,000 employees do every day to serve more than one billion people throughout the world. The new site will serve as an invaluable content resource, allowing Johnson & Johnson to more fully and immediately engage with our stakeholders about breaking news and our stories of caring, science, public health and innovation. From our new Ebola page, where we…
  • Launching New Research Platforms

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By William N. Hait, Global Head, Research & Development, Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson As a father, physician, scientist and leader of a global R&D organization, I care deeply about the future of health care. Today, we focus much of our effort on treating established disease rather than placing the majority of our resources behind preventing. Someday, the next generations will look back on us and say, “Can you believe it, they actually waited until they had a disease before doing something about it!” In my opinion, the future of health care will…
  • Staying Resolute in New Year’s Resolutions

    10 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    By Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology, Human Performance Institute Division of Wellness and Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company We are just over a month into 2015, so how are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Many of us take a good look at ourselves at the end of each year and decide to embark on an overly optimistic exercise plan for the New Year with good intentions of losing weight and improving our health and fitness. Perhaps we even set goals such as getting in shape for the summer and looking good on the beach. We have all seen how busy the fitness centers…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Achieving Equal Economic Opportunity: LinkedIn Speaker Series with John Hope Bryant

    Troy Cosey
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Doing good and doing well aren’t mutually exclusive.” This was just one of many important messages LinkedIn Influencer John Hope Bryant delivered when he spoke at LinkedIn, but it is the one that really got me thinking. As a young professional in my 20s working in the private sector, I often struggle with this notion. I’ve always considered myself someone who cares deeply about community and youth empowerment. But what a huge contradiction it is to claim this while spending Monday to Friday juxtaposed between catered meals and ping pong tables. Sure, I try to justify it by working…
  • Start Early: Secrets to Success for College Admissions

    Dr. Kat Cohen
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    The college admissions process may be wrapping up for current seniors, but for juniors and underclassmen, college prep is in full swing – or at least it should be. Many students may have the “I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it” attitude about preparing for the admissions process, but that mindset wastes valuable time and resources. The best tip I can give college-bound students and their parents is to start as early as possible. There’s a lot of work that goes into preparing for college. From standardized tests to extracurricular activities to taking the right classes, it’s…
  • Say ‘Marhaba’ to LinkedIn in Arabic [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Ali Matar
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    As an Arabic speaking professional, I know only too well the importance of conducting business in our local language. Language is, after all, essential to every aspect of our lives. We use it to inform the people around us of how we feel, what we want, and it helps us understand the world. At LinkedIn, we understand how important it is for professionals to have a platform to communicate in their own language. And as LinkedIn’s very first employee in the region back in 2012, to be able to announce today that our members can now access LinkedIn in Arabic fills me with utter pride. The launch…
  • LinkedIn Economic Graph Research: Helping New Yorkers Connect With The Jobs Of Tomorrow [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Pablo Chavez
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    New York City has long been considered a global epicenter for business. When one thinks of industry in New York, you’re more than likely drawn to the worlds of finance, media, and advertising. However, New York City has embraced the emerging tech sector. Tech is among the fastest growing sectors in New York City, and according to data from LinkedIn, 21% of NYC businesses employ tech talent. New York City is special to LinkedIn. We’ve had a presence in the Big Apple since 2007, and we now employ hundreds of New Yorkers. Since moving our local operations to the iconic Empire State Building…
  • The New Professional Norm: 10+ Million Professionals on LinkedIn Make Social Impact Part of Their Identity [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Meg Garlinghouse
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Richard Branson and E&Y announced global research illustrating that corporate purpose goes beyond financial results. There is no question that the role of corporations and even more specifically professionals has evolved considerably over the last few decades. A generation ago, most professionals did not begin to think about “making an impact” until the sunset of their careers. Now – at the sunrise of their careers and mostly driven by Millennials – young professionals are insisting that they integrate purpose into the workplace.
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    Lulu Blog

  • UNC MBA’s in the House!

    Brook Terran
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming three MBA students from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to Lulu for a day of hands-on, out of the classroom learning. Elisa Lin, Caspar Xu and Zach Shapiro spent the day with us learning all about Lulu, how we’re structured and how the company is run day in and day out.   At Lulu, we’re passionate about serving the local community and helping to inspire the budding entrepreneurs in the area. So when UNC Kenan-Flagler asked us to participate in their program and open our doors for their students, we were thrilled to join in. UNC…
  • 2015 Writing Resolutions: 7 Tips for Staying on Track

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    By now, most people have realized their 2015 resolutions are in serious danger of falling to the wayside. You are not alone. On average, only 8% of New Year’s resolutionists are successful in reaching their proclaimed goals. But, with resolve and a little encouragement, you may count yourself among the determined 8% at year’s end. Here are seven tips to help get your writing resolutions back on the road to success. #1 – Define your why You say you want to lose weight, quit smoking, start / finish writing your novel, devote more time to marketing your book, or find more…
  • 7 Questions to Ask When Converting Your Blog to a Print Book

    10 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    After writing a technology blog for a UK-based magazine for about three years and notching up hundreds of blog entries, I approached the magazine editor and suggested this interesting collection of articles was worthy of a book. He immediately began asking questions, including, “Why on earth might anyone be interested in a series of blog posts collected together into a book?” He was also concerned about the complexities of publishing, but having already published with Lulu, I knew this was the least of our worries – I published the book in 2009. Can anyone turn his or her blog into a…
  • Thank You for Your Support!

    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Together we’re saying NO MORE to domestic abuse. The recent efforts of the Joyful Heart Foundation’s NO MORE campaign inspired us to help spread the word about domestic abuse and to raise money for a local agency with which we have an existing relationship. Due to our amazing community’s support, we exceeded our fundraising goal by $5,000 – meaning InterAct of Wake County will receive a $25,000 donation from We encourage you to continue to discover brave and powerful voices speaking out about domestic violence and sexual assault. You can find personal stories from our…
  • Help Us Say #NOMORE to Domestic Violence

    Brook Terran
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    We’re joining the effort to make this Sunday’s big game about more than just football. To raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence, we’re donating a portion of all our profits through Monday to InterAct, our local nonprofit agency that provides safety and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. We’re setting out to raise $20,000 and you can help us get there! We’ve been inspired by the recent efforts of the Joyful Heart Foundation’s NO MORE campaign and an existing relationship with InterAct— and we hope to leverage a growing…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Destination Haiti

    Marriott on the Move
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    I’ve worked on a lot of development deals, but none have involved a former U.S. President, celebrities and our associates. It’s an incredible story of an inspired group coming together to build and now open the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel in Haiti. Just five years ago on January 12, 2010, a...
  • A Milestone Worth Celebrating

    Marriott on the Move
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    It’s all about the customer. It was certainly true back in 1984 when we opened our first Courtyard Hotel and it’s true today as we gear up to open our one thousandth Courtyard. I would never have believed it. Back when we had the idea to create a select-service hotel...
  • The Presidents Club

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:21 am
    A Presidents Day Book Review "The Presidents Club" book was a wonderful insight in the behind-the-scenes events that took place during the presidencies of Truman through Obama. When I was young, the only president I knew about was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. When Truman succeeded Roosevelt, I was old enough to...
  • Heart of the House

    Marriott on the Move
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    I do like to talk (and blog) about our associates who serve our guests every day. Some work in the front of the house and some work behind the scenes in what’s called the “back of the house.” No matter where they work, we’re shinning the spotlight on their outstanding...
  • My Guilty Pleasure

    Marriott on the Move
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    I’ve blogged about my favorite books before. Having read almost everything there is about the Great War, I’ve turned to another genre and I’m addicted. I’ll let you in on my literary secret: It’s Lee Child’s Jack Reacher action/thriller novels. Everyone needs a guilty pleasure and this fun read is...
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    The Old New Thing

  • Solving the problem rather than answering the question: How can a non-administrator modify a registry key that requires administrator permission?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    A customer opened with a question, which the customer liaison forwarded to the product group with High Priority. (Because, apparently, their customer is more important than any other customer.) Our program needs to modify a registry key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE even when not running as an administrator. We tried setting an entry in the registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current­Version\App­Compat­Flags\Layers to run our application elevated, but it didn't help. We also tried setting the entry in our application manifest to say that it requires elevation, but that didn't…
  • RegNotifyChangeKeyValue sucks less

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the gotchas of the Reg­Notify­Change­Key­Value function is that the notification registration has thread affinity. This is a problem if you want the notification registration to outlive the thread that generated it. In particular, if you register the notification from a nonpersistent thread pool thread, you get into an infinite loop: Thread pool task calls Reg­Notify­Change­Key­Value, and waits for the associated event via Register­Wait­For­Single­Object. Thread pool thread goes idle. Thread pool destroys the idle thread. Due to thread…
  • Why does the mouse cursor jump a few pixels if you click on the very bottom row of pixels on the taskbar?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    ABCDSchuetze discovered that if you click on the very bottom row of pixels of the taskbar, the mouse cursor jumps up a few pixels. Why is that? In order to take advantage of Fitts's Law, the bottom-most row of pixels on a bottom-docked taskbar are clickable. Even though they are technically on the dead border of the window, the taskbar redirects the click to the button immediately above the border. But then you have this problem: User clicks on the border pixel between the button and the edge of the screen. The taskbar remaps the click to the button, thereby activating the button. The button…
  • Nice job, you got an A minus from Bill

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bill Gates does not praise lightly. Some time ago, a colleague of mine helped to prepared a keynote address for Bill Gates. Afterward, he was informed that Bill rated the presentation an "A minus". My colleague thought, "Wow, an A minus. It would be great to get some feedback from Bill about where I could have done better." Bill's assistant explained, "Don't worry. That's the highest grade he gives."
  • Further adventures in trying to guess what encoding a file is in

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Is­Text­Unicode function tries to guess the encoding of a block of memory purporting to contain text, but it can only say "Looks like Unicode" or "Doesn't look like Unicode", and there some notorious examples of where it guesses wrong. A more flexible alternative is IMulti­Language2::Detect­Code­page­In­IStream and its buffer-based equivalent IMulti­Language2::Detect­Input­Code­page. Not only can these methods detect a much larger range of code pages, they also can report multiple code pages, each with a corresponding confidence level. Here's a…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Why I Am Excited About JDK 8 Update 40

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Doing JavaFX development? Take a look at the very clear performance enhancements in JDK 8 Update 40 ( by looking at a new EPUB plugin that's being worked on:
  • Event Publishing Service – promote your events at!

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:41 am
    Reach new customers and build brand awareness by promoting your events using Oracle’s Partner Event Publishing Service. Qualified partners running live or virtual stand-alone events can publish to both and on Oracle’s internal facing events calendar. This service is available to partners that have achieved at least one Specialization. To find out if your company is eligible for this service, please visit the Solutions Catalog to check your company's achievements. Start to promote your event here. SOA & BPM Partner Community For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite…
  • Custom ADF Application with New ADF 12c Alta UI by Andrejus Baranovskis

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    I was inspired by recently published WorkBetter application with ADF 12c Alta UI demo (you can read more about Alta UI and download WorkBetter application from here - Oracle Alta UI). I have decided to create my own application, using the same guidelines as described by Alta UI. While WorkBetter application is based on EJB, my application is using regular ADF BC model. Right now it displays a list of employees from HR schema and allows to edit selected employee data. In the future, I plan to add CRUD support and more advanced UI features. I would recommend to watch a video from Shay…
  • Even More Oracle Database Health Checks with ORAchk and (Beta)

    Okcan Yasin Saygili-Oracle
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    As we have discussed before, it can be a challenge to quantify how well your database is meeting operational expectations and identify areas to improve performance. Database health checks are always important and the more critical your databases are they become even more important. Oracle health check is now available as ORAchk version, with versioning aligned with and following the same format used by the Oracle 12c Database Patch Set Updates (PSUs), as always aiming in proactively scanning various layers of your stack. In summary, ORAchk investigates and…
  • One image for native zones, kernel zones, ldoms, metal, ...

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    In my previous post, I described how to convert a global zone to a non-global zone using a unified archive.  Since then, I've fielded a few questions about whether this same approach can be used to create a master image that is used to install Solaris regardless of virtualization type (including no virtualization).  The answer is: of course!  That was one of the key goals of the project that invented unified archives. In my earlier example, I was focused on preserving the identity and other aspects of the global zone and knew I had only one place that I planned to deploy it.
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Amelia the Tropicat: A Swell Companion

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    By Liz Clark, captain of Swell I’ve had a few pets on Swell over the last nine years—most of them made their way aboard on their own. I don’t mind the geckos that often show up in a banana stock. They hide, so I rarely get to see them, but they are harmless and make cute coughing noises in the evening. I’ve hosted a wide variety of ants—from teeny fuzzy black ones to enormous shiny red ones. A roving wasp colony lives in my spinnaker pole from time to time, but we tend to give each other our space. Once a cricket turned up out of nowhere. I never saw him, but I adored his evening…
  • In the Land of the Misty Giants – Patagonia Vancouver celebrates grand opening with ‘zine and party

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    By Danielle Egge Until recently, our beautiful northern neighbor has gone underserved by the company. Though we’ve fought countless environmental battles in Canada and funded projects such as Groundswell, our brand brick-and-mortar presence has been minimal at best. Gallantly, Patagonia Toronto has held down the fort for us amidst all of the tuques and the, “ehs?” This is why we are beside ourselves with stoke to announce that Patagonia now has a second store in Canada! The store is located in Vancouver, British Columbia and sits on the corner of West 4th and Maple, in the heart of…
  • Xboundary – Defending Alaska & British Columbia salmon rivers from open-pit mining

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    By Ryan Peterson & Travis Rummel An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines—at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska—has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened with the August 4, 2014 catastrophic tailings dam failure at nearby Mount Polley Mine in B.C.’s Fraser River watershed. Last summer, as part of production for Xboundary, we completed a 100-mile transect of the Unuk…
  • Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: El Avalanchisto

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    By Fitz & Becca Cahall When Matt McKee first heard about the position forecasting avalanches for Minera Pimenton, a gold mine in the Chilean Andes, it sounded like the snow geek’s dream job. But mere hours after his plane touched down in Santiago, Matt started getting hints that maybe he had walked into a situation that more closely resembled a nightmare: a den of avalanche paths, a mine full of workers who didn’t believe in avalanches and a country that looked for someone to blame if things went wrong. Today, we bring you Matt’s story of trying to make it out alive. You can…
  • Announcing the 2015 Copp-Dash Inspire Award Recipients

    13 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Copp-Dash Inspire Award, sponsored by Black Diamond Equipment, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear and Patagonia (with additional in-kind support from Adventure Film Festival, the American Alpine Club, Jonny Copp Foundation and Sender Films), announced the 2015 winners of the climbing grant established in memory of American climbers Jonny Copp and Micah Dash who were killed in an avalanche in China in May 2009, along with filmmaker Wade Johnson. In addition to providing financial support to prospective expedition teams, the goal of the Copp-Dash Inspire Award is to provide mentoring before and…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • About the Roundabout: Increased Neighbourhood Safety and Driving Tips for Roundabouts

    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    I grew up watching Clark Griswold take his family on vacation and inevitably suffer some kind of wacky car problem (safety note: do NOT drive like Clark Griswold). The incident that stuck with me the most, perhaps because I could...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Winter in Canada Means WinterGas

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Spring may be only a month away, but most of Canada is still held tightly in winter's icy, snowy grip. We share a lot of advice here on PumpTalk about winter driving. But it's been awhile since we talked about...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • But Still No Flying Car: The Coolest Cars from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    I don't know about you, but ever since I saw Back to the Future II, I've been looking forward to 2015 with great anticipation. Hoverboards! Food hydrators! And of course, FLYING CARS. While some of the movie's predictions, such as...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • What's the Deal with Diesel Prices?

    5 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    That's a question that we've heard recently on a fairly regular basis: gasoline prices are falling, but what about diesel? In order to answer this question, it's essential to understand about how diesel and gasoline are priced.While gasoline and diesel...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Monthly Poll: Can You Get Around Without Your GPS?

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I've not had the best relationship with in-car GPS systems. As I shared previously, my GPS thought making a U-turn in the middle of a busy freeway as well as driving a mountainous one-lane hairpin turn road instead of the...<img src="//" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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    Open Mike

  • “I Focus on Potential”

    Mike Critelli
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:25 am
    The Golf Channel has just produced a wonderful documentary segment on the real Coach Catana Starks (profiled in our film full-length feature film From the Rough, in which Academy Award nominee and primetime TV star Taraji P. Henson plays Coach Starks) in its Morning Drive program.   That clip captures one of the key themes of the film: To produce a high performance organization or team, we should select all team members based on their future  potential, not their credentials.   Tennessee…
  • Invisibles and Under-appreciated Organizational Contributors

    Mike Critelli
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Recently, I met with David Zweig, the author of a great book entitled Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotiona book I strongly recommend.   The book profiles several highly skilled professionals who delivered great value to others, but who choose not to bring fame to themselves, nor to maximize their earning potential.  I met with David because I thought of Dr. and Coach Catana Starks, whose…
  • Let’s Get on with Solving our Health Crisis the Right Ways

    Mike Critelli
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Although the Obamacare legislation and the regulations issued by the Obama administration are misguided in major respects, including the structure of the health insurance system, the move to accountable care systems and the eventual payment of healthcare providers for delivering better health at lower cost is an extremely welcome development.  We must pay healthcare providers and every other stakeholder for making all Americans as healthy as possible and, even more importantly, providing the wellbeing that enables them to fulfill their human potential as individuals, families and…
  • Sports seem to be our ultimate passion

    Mike Critelli
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The Super Bowl is over, but the intensity of discussion about it and its key participants will continue for a while.  Several things have intrigued me specifically about an event like this and, more generally, about the contrast between our obsession with, and passion for, spectator sports, and the indifference with which many Americans approach their primary jobs and careers, family and community relationships, and vital political issues.   Over the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, the media were able to fill 336 hours with content about the Super Bowl.  Listeners and viewers…
  • What the American Dream is all about

    Mike Critelli
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    I recently watched Senator Chuck Schumer’s speech to the National Press Club about the future of the middle class and the Democrats’ plan for the 2016 elections.   The most revealing comment he made was the one in which he defined the American Dream as “If I work hard, I’ll be doing better 10 years from now than I am doing today.” In another speech, Hillary Clinton modified this description slightly by saying that the American Dream has consisted of “working hard and playing by the rules.”  Both statements are depressing characterizations of the American Dream. The…
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    Progress Newsroom

  • February Partner Podcast: App Modernization, Meet the Ignite Marketing Resource, More

    A.J. Kriete
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    A.J. Kriete, Partner Program Marketing This month we’re launching our second Partner Podcast, now available on the Progress website. Each Podcast brings together Progress® employees, Partners and industry experts to review topics of interest to you. This month, you’ll hear the latest takes on Application Modernization, as well as details about our Ignite Marketing Resources site—a true one stop shop for all things Partner marketing. It’s all designed to help you grow revenue as a Progress Partner! Tap into the Partner Podcast wherever and whenever you want: in the car, on the go, via…
  • Seven Reasons Why Timely Analytics Is So Hard

    Rich Julius
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:05 am
    Rich Julius, Principal Product Manager, Progress Easyl Rich Julius introduces 7 data preparation and data blending challenges that delay timely analytics. The driving force behind business intelligence and analytics is a need for information. Every day, we ask questions such as, “How good are we at converting leads?” Or, “Which of our marketing campaigns is the most successful?” Finding answers to these seemingly simple questions, however, is much easier said than done. The people asking the questions just want answers, and often don’t understand why it takes so long to get them.
  • Amazing Apps are Driven by Data

    Mark Troester
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Mark Troester, Senior Director, Progress Pacific Three out of five new apps don’t have full access to data because dev teams lack planning and infrastructure, says Mark Troester. There once was a time when IT was also known as “data processing.” Yet even now, in a real time, interactive, mobile world, we are still processing data. When you are making an app, figuring out how to get data and keep it coming when needed is crucial to application success. Surprisingly, however, in a recent survey we conducted on PaaS, businesses are not giving data enough attention, despite critical…
  • WEBINAR: The Four Keys to Successful Digital Marketing

    Todd Van Hoosear
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:42 am
    Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my very latest thoughts on the evolution of marketing. If you’re free at 10am ET on Wednesday, February 25, please join me! We’ll start by defining digital marketing and exploring its history, present incarnation and future. Then we’ll describe one popular approach to digital marketing, called the “digital marketing hub,” and compare it with other approaches. Then we’ll talk about POE. Not as in Edgar Allen, but as in Paid, Owned and Earned. Next, we’ll explore all of the various ingredients of successful digital marketing programs. Finally, we’ll…
  • Using the Next Generation Salesforce1 Lightning Platform

    Greg Stasko
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    Progress DataDirect Cloud is a Salesforce-preferred connectivity service for Salesforce Lightning Connect. Last fall at Dreamforce 2014, Salesforce enhanced their developer tooling focused on mobility with the announcement of “Salesforce1 Lightning.” This is a huge deal as it introduces many new features focused on making application development and business automation “lightning fast.” Get to know Lightning Connect Lightning is made up of a number of tools and components. One that we are particularly excited about is Lightning Connect. Lightning Connect allows you to, in…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Making History at Southwest Airlines

    Louis Freeman
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Our final post in celebration of Black History Month comes from Southwest Airlines’ Lou Freeman, the first African American Chief Pilot of a major U.S. carrier. Southwest Airlines is proud to celebrate Black History Month in February and all through the year. I was born in Austin, Texas and my family moved to Dallas when I was ten years old. My childhood was pretty normal for a middle class black family in a mostly segregated society until Dallas integrated its schools in 1967. That’s the year things really changed in my world. After losing our appeal fighting the new school boundary line…
  • Flashback Fridays: The -500

    Richard West
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    One of the smallest subfleets of aircraft within our family of 737s celebrates its silver anniversary this week.  For the second time in our history, Southwest became the launch Customer for a new aircraft series when we took delivery of our first 737-500 on the last day of February, 1990. At just over 97 feet, the -500 was about 10 inches longer than the -200s that were gradually departing the fleet, and incorporated the new CFM-56 engines and other technologies that helped make the -300s more than 20% more efficient.  They were also significantly quieter, which helped comply with some of…
  • More LUV at Love! New Nonstops from Dallas—added Flights—and 180 Weekday Departures!

    Bill Owen
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Our home at Dallas Love Field is growing again. Effective August 9, we’re adding more nonstop destinations, more flights, and more capacity to and from Love than ever before! On August 9, we’ll add one nonstop weekday roundtrip between Dallas/Love Field and: Boston/Logan Charlotte Detroit Omaha Philadelphia Pittsburgh Raleigh/Durham Salt Lake City We’ll also add an additional roundtrip daily flight between Dallas Love Field and eight other airports, including expanding our pattern between DAL and CHS to daily service! Atlanta will have 5 weekday roundtrips Austin will have 11 weekday…
  • SWA Customer Stories: 25 Years of LUV Thanks to Southwest

    Christie Gregory
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Thanks to Customers Matthew and Christie Gregory for sharing the story of how they met on a Southwest Airlines flight to Houston, Texas! Dear Southwest, My husband and I would like to thank you Southwest Airlines. More than twenty five years ago, the weekend of July 4th, 1989 to be exact, we met on a Southwest Airlines plane.  I do believe it was “LUV” at first sight.  The plane departed from Kansas City, Missouri and was headed for Houston, Texas.  If not for that flight, we may never have met, married four months later, and celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  As we celebrated…
  • Frozen, Cinderella, The Jungle Book—Your Disney Favorites Now Available Onboard!

    Michelle Agnew
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Flying with your little LUV bugs just got a whole lot easier. We’re so excited to offer our littlest Customers the biggest and best name in entertainment! Available now, the young (and young-at-heart) will have access to a range of Disney movies. Titles available include classics like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Jungle Book, and even the newest sensations including Frozen, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Muppets Most Wanted, and Monsters University. This content requires a purchase of $5.00 per title, and the content is only accessible of WiFi-enabled…
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    ConnectED | Ellucian Blog | Let's talk higher ed.

  • Mohawk Creates a MAP to Student Success

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    Mohawk Creates a MAP to Student Success 2015-02-18 214 Knee-deep into a sweeping reform movement that vowed to get more students into and through the higher-education system, college administrators have yet to identify a silver-bullet solution for college completion. That colleges find it hard to guaran
  • The 11-Step Mobile-Integration Checklist

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    The 11-Step Mobile-Integration Checklist 2015-01-23 215 You don’t need a crystal ball to tell you that mobile tools and applications will play a huge role in the future of higher education. Students and professors virtually live on handheld devices. You can’t walk across campus without bumping into a stude
  • Mobile Is Here — And It’s Everywhere

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Mobile Is Here — And It’s Everywhere 2015-01-21 215 In recent years, Internet-ready mobile devices have evolved from a fringe curiosity to a staple of everyday life. And it should come as no surprise that college students are among the most voracious users. Today’s students don’t just request access to
  • Want to Be More Accountable? Change Your Thinking

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Want to Be More Accountable? Change Your Thinking 2015-01-15 172 College and university officials tend to bristle at the suggestion that they should “think like a business.” While it’s critical for institutions to be transparent in their operations and to use resources such as data analytics to drive chang
  • Student Success Starts With a Clear Pathway

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:50 am
    Student Success Starts With a Clear Pathway 2015-01-13 164 You know what’s great? The mapping application on your smartphone. Sit down in your car and type in an address; within seconds you’re provided with several routes that promise to get you to your destination. Depending on your app of choice, you mig
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    Tyson Hunger Relief

  • The Food Security Genome

    Matt Pakula
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    By Matt Pakula, Tyson Foods Corporate Social Responsibility As one of the most innovative food companies, we’re always looking at new ideas for our business and our brands. It’s part of who we are. We also know there are opportunities to be innovative as we seek to alleviate hunger in our communities. While we try to reduce food insecurity through several initiatives and partnerships, a new one announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative winter meeting in New York City offers exciting promise to identify the key success factors that lead to improving food security. The Food Security…
  • Party with a Purpose

    Anna Kimble-Roberson
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    ‘Tis the season for numerous holiday celebrations! Regardless of your background or beliefs, you’ve probably received countless invitations and have taken part in a few winter festivities. Urban League Young Professionals of Middle Tennessee and Tyson Foods Team Members from Shelbyville & Goodlettsville, TN locations This past weekend, Santa’s reindeer took me back to Nashville, Tenn. to meet up with a few Team Members from our Shelbyville & Goodlettsville facilities for an evening of mix and mingling with up and coming community leaders–the mission: spread…
  • Waste not. Want not.

    Ed Nicholson
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    I don’t know about you, but I ate pretty well last Thursday. Turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, the works. And the same on Friday. And Saturday. And in spite of all the food we sent home with our kids, we’ll still have Thanksgiving leftovers that will ultimately, unfortunately, not be eaten. It’s a sad fact that we waste a lot of food in America. Some say we could feed all the hungry in the world with what gets thrown away. I’m not sure I believe that, but I do know we can do a heck of a lot better when it comes to making good use of what we have. At Tyson Foods,…
  • Do You KNOW Hunger?

    Ed Nicholson
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Lots of folks don’t know. We have the research to prove it. Three years ago, we embarked on a research project with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in which we measured public knowledge and attitudes about hunger in the U.S., particularly in their own communities. It all began when we heard our own team mates say, “We really don’t have a problem with hunger in our community.” As it turns out, no matter where you live, that’s just not true. Food insecurity is in every single community in the United States. North to South. East to West.  Affluent or at risk. Our 2011…
  • Perfect Excuse To Get Together

    Anna Kimble-Roberson
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    It seems unbelievable that we’ve already passed the Fourth of July, indicating that not too long from now we’ll be waving goodbye to 2014 and saying “HELLO!” to 2015. During the celebration of America’s independence, we take time to reflect on the many sacrifices made for our great country and to appreciate the freedoms and liberties we have. For many, it’s time shared with family and friends, which usually includes a good meal and great conversations under a sky of fireworks. Our friends at the Urban League of Middle Tennessee know all about seizing the…
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    Guided By History

  • Read Across America

    Steve Greenwood
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you remember your favorite children’s book? One of my favorites was Doris Burn’s The Summerfolk, a book I read in my treehouse during summer or nestled up to the fireplace in winter. Monday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and we remember his contributions as a prolific writer and illustrator of children’s books by celebrating reading and the benefits of reading to children. Wells Fargo’s commitment to literacy and education is part of our history. A century ago, Wells Fargo set up libraries for its employees, who could request books shipped free of charge on the company’s…
  • A bowling ball strikes out on its own with Wells Fargo

    Steven Greenstein
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Mandi is the Curator at the Wells Fargo History Museum in Philadelphia, where she has been since being hired as a Museum Assistant in 2013. Mandi received an M.A. in Public History from Rutgers University where she focused on social and gender history, material culture, and improving access to historical information. She is an unrepentant history nerd but it is known that she also spends time reading, baking, traveling and jogging. (SG) Recently, I was browsing the Library of Congress’s Historic Newspapers database for news stories or advertisements relating to Wells Fargo when I found an…
  • Wells Fargo and PPIE

    Charles Riggs
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:18 am
    After a brief closing, the Wells Fargo History Museum at our San Francisco headquarters reopens to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The special exhibit tells the story of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and Wells Fargo’s role in supporting it. The exhibit runs from February 19 to December 4, 2015. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed on bank holidays.) Admission is free. Over 45 organizations are participating in the centennial celebration of the PPIE: Connect with them at…
  • Red Envelopes

    Anna Lucas Mayer
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    2015 will be the Year of the Ram (Sheep) on the lunar calendar, and a blessing of “Happiness, Prosperity and Longevity” accompanies festivities for the Chinese Lunar New Year which begins on February 19. Wells Fargo has a long tradition of participating in Lunar New Year celebrations, including parades and the publication of special calendars, coin banks and red gift envelopes. The red envelopes are a traditional form of gifting money and are especially beautiful as the vibrant color is a symbol of good luck that wards of evil spirits. The Wells Fargo Corporate Archives is home to many…
  • Happy birthday, President Lincoln

    Christy Horton
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    February 12th marks the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. The United States Mint began placing Lincoln’s image on the U.S. penny in 1909. Back then, the coins were 95% copper. Today it costs the U.S Mint about 1.8 cents to produce a one-cent coin, and they are less than 3% copper and almost entirely made of zinc. These coins have held a fascination for Americans. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the World Wildlife Fund and Habitat for Humanity have all held penny drives to raise funds for their organizations. Some of our predecessor banks have used the penny with their mascots, such…
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    DocuSign blogs

  • What’s Next for 2015 and Beyond…

    Farah Ahmed
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Contributed by Jeff Fortin, Director of Product Management for Intelligent Platforms at Wind River  It’s very clear to me that a key emerging trend is the transition from Capex (capital expenditure) to Opex (operational expenditure). A simple way of explaining this is that businesses will offer services instead of building ‘boxes.’ For example, the dot-com revolution, including the emergence of apps, always revolved around services. But for traditional businesses, they built ‘boxes.’ They were great with consistently creating product lines that provided services. But to upgrade…
  • Tips for Real Estate: Top 5 Secret DTR Mobile Features That You Don’t Know About

    Brent Boyens
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    For those of you who are closing deals on the road, which if you aren’t, you should be; here are the top 5 features that Transaction Rooms users don’t know are available with our mobile application.  For those of you who are closing deals on the road, which if you aren’t, you should be; here are the top 5 features that Transaction Rooms users don’t know are available with our mobile application. 5.  Bulk Actions Bulk actions allow you to choose one or more documents, and take an action on those items like email, copy, or delete. To use bulk actions, touch the bulk action icon…
  • The Digital Transformation of Procurement: CRM for Buy-Side

    Sandeep Mangla
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Procurement. As a function, it’s the act of strategically procuring goods and services that add value to a business. As a group, it’s about orchestrating relationships with suppliers, stakeholders and internal channels. You can imagine the sheer number of contracts and documents that require signatures. But if adding value sits atop a Procurement team’s key objectives, paper just doesn’t cut it. Enter Salesforce: A leading CRM (Customer Relationship Management) platform that allows businesses to manage processes and workflows sans paper. In other words, the business world is your…
  • Developers: Here Is A letter To Your Boss!

    Mike Borozdin
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    As many of you already know DocuSign has a Developer Conference coming up. Some of you have asked if you can go, but probably didn’t get a definitive answer or were asked to “provide a justification.” That’s just corporate speak for “buzz off,” but if you are serious about Building the Business Apps of Tomorrow you need to learn and connect with other engineers that are doing the same. We have done the justification writing for you. Go ahead, copy + paste it and change it up to fit your particular style! “Dear <Manager>, It is critical for our products to keep up and…
  • Classic Quick Tip: Check-boxes vs. Radio Buttons

    Tsara Borsting
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Check Boxes vs. Radio Buttons: Which one do I use? Sometimes you might look at radio buttons and check boxes and wonder when they should be used and which option is appropriate for your documents.  Use check boxes in situations where a recipient can select zero or more options from a list. Use radio buttons in situations where a recipient can only select one option from a list. One may place both check boxes and radio buttons in the same document, keep in mind that check boxes can be placed individually or in groups, whereas radio buttons should only be placed in groups so that they…
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • Closing the Books Faster?

    Alan Hart
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    The benefits of a quicker close process… Hyoun Park, founder and principal consultant at DataHive Consulting, recently posted “Five Steps to Closing the Books Faster” on  He listed five steps that an accounting and finance department take in order to close the accounting period quicker.  “Closing” faster has been a popular topic of discussion as it enables management, lenders, shareholders, auditors, etc. to have financial results on which so many crucial decisions are made upon. In recent years, many publically traded companies have…
  • Cash Flow Statement: One of Your Most Trusted Tools!

    Alan Hart
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    And why you need better control over the preparation of this statement… I just read article “SEC Nudges Companies on Cash Flows”, written by Compliance Week author, Tammy Whitehouse.  It refers to a study done by the SEC of cash flow restatements, as conveyed by T. Kirk Crews, Professional Accounting Fellow, Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Findings suggest that the majority of errors were due to poor internal control over financial reporting, as well as too much reliance on end-user computing tools, such as spreadsheets. The article continues…
  • A Physical and Mental Health Predictor? A Budgeting Analogy

    Alan Hart
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    Probably not in the near future but your business can (its financial health that is)… I just left my doctor’s office after completing my annual checkup.  While everything seemed to be in order I had a quick discussion with him on whether or not it would be possible with the new advances in medicine to accurately predict one’s future physical and mental health based on their current health, family history and perhaps other factors. Imagine a system where all your health history, current vital signs and other pertinent information was in a computer database and while performing certain…
  • How Budget Maestro offers Relief on Revenue Volume Forecasting for Wholesale Client Part 2 of 2

    Chris Howard
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    Revenue volume forecasting is often the primary variable for wholesale and retail companies’ annual budgeting process.  As the forecast timelines shorten to weekly updates, the need to adjust sales volumes becomes paramount, and the risk of maintaining and troubleshooting a formula based tool like Excel is inefficient. With helpful options of standard and component costs, inventory and backlog, the Revenue model of Budget Maestro can offer relief and assistance. One of Budget Maestro’s wholesaler clients, Wholesaler, is a master distributor who greatly benefits from the software.
  • Leveraging the Power of Revenue Modeling as part of the Budgeting Process Part 1 of 2

    Chris Howard
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    For many clients, revenue is the most important part of the budget.  Not surprisingly, Budget Maestro’s revenue modeling capability is one of the most elaborate, featuring a similar concept of related costs, just as it offers related expenses in payroll.  For revenue, these activities are the related costs in inventory related costs (IRC) and non-inventory or sales related costs (SRC).  In this two part series, we will take you through different clients and their approaches to revenue. Representing nearly 30 percent of the Budget Maestro install base, discrete and process manufacturing…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • EMEA investment banking revenue drops a quarter

    Brett Cole
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) investment banking revenue is down, way down, this year. EMEA revenue for the investment banks has dropped 25 percent in the year to date to $2.3 billion compared with $3.1 billion for the same period last year. That is the lowest such year to date level since 2003, according […] The post EMEA investment banking revenue drops a quarter appeared first on ansarada.
  • ansarada pledges 1 percent of its equity to Adara

    Brett Cole
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:48 pm
    ansarada, the technology company whose goal is to revolutionize the world of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), is pledging 1 percent of its equity, time and product to the Adara Group, a unique organisation working to improve the lives of women and children in the developing world. The Adara Group was started in 1998 by Audette […] The post ansarada pledges 1 percent of its equity to Adara appeared first on ansarada.
  • Bevan Blackie’s tips to save banks billions

    Brett Cole
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:40 pm
    Deutsche Bank will pay Hewlett-Packard billions of dollars over ten years as the German bank seeks to “modernize” its “global information technology.” “The computer and software systems at Deutsche Bank and at other large banks have often consisted of patchworks of software and hardware acquired piecemeal over many years,” says the New York Times. “The […] The post Bevan Blackie’s tips to save banks billions appeared first on ansarada.
  • Potential M&A revenue at $7.6 billion, says Dealogic

    Brett Cole
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Dealmakers’ coffers do not reflect M&A’s frenzied pace over the last 14 months. A third of the world’s M&A deals over the last two years have yet to close. From January 1, 2013 to February 18, 2015, $7.6 billion worth of M&A revenue has yet to be paid, according to Dealogic. There is a good […] The post Potential M&A revenue at $7.6 billion, says Dealogic appeared first on ansarada.
  • The M&A of investment bankers

    Brett Cole
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Acquiring M&A talent is a tricky thing at an investment bank. Five years ago Greenhill & Co announced it was acquiring the Australian boutique advisory firm Caliburn in a transaction valued at that time at $91 million. The deal was an effort to acquire the rolodexes of Peter Hunt, Simon Mordant and Ron Malek. Unfortunately […] The post The M&A of investment bankers appeared first on ansarada.
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  • How Staples Could Have Avoided The Controversy Over Part Time Employees

    Siddharth Deb
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:33 am
    Staples, the office supplies giant and the third-largest e-commerce retailer in the US, has been in the news recently—and not in a good way. Several of its part-time employees have alleged that they were threatened with dismissal for working more than 25 hours a week. Some in the media have speculated that the company’s actions were part of an effort to avoid having to provide healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to employees on the cusp of working 30 hours a week. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • Work Time Flexibility Need Not Complicate Compliance

    Siddharth Deb
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:43 am
    Working through the holidays isn’t fun. And, we have all had to do it at one time or other. Whether being on duty to keep essential services working, or engaged in the retail, dining, and hospitality industries, a large part of the workforce does not get much of a break during the holidays. Many others need flexibility with their work schedules to accommodate personal lives and family commitments. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • Replicon in EMEA: The Momentum Keeps Building

    Adam Walker - VP Sales EMEA
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    When Replicon announced its expansion into the EMEA market, we knew that we were in for some rapid growth. But even we were pleasantly surprised by how quickly our solutions are being snapped up by companies in the UK and other EMEA countries. Blog tags: Corporate
  • Workforce Management Trends For 2015

    Siddharth Deb
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    What a tumultuous year 2014 was! Across the world, we saw companies slowly emerging from the depths of a widespread recession. Many organizations changed or reworked internal processes to improve their efficiency and productivity. Blog tags: Corporate
  • Increasing the Minimum Wage: What Has Happened So Far and What to Expect in 2015

    Jon Burns
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Let’s go back to the very beginning of last year. The minimum wage debate was not headlining the front-page of the Wall Street Journal. It was a topic more likely to be tucked away in the back of the Journal’s Business Section. Blog tags: Corporate
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • 5 Things We Can Learn from Fitness Expert Laila Ali

    Dawn Jamison
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:47 am
    Earlier this month I had the luxury of attending American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon in downtown Detroit. It was amazing to see more than 600 women decked out in red to show their support in the fight against women’s heart disease. This year’s keynote speaker was Laila Ali, a world-class athlete, fitness expert and author. Perhaps best known as the daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, she invigorated attendees with her health tips, words of wisdom and real-life experiences. Here are five pieces of Laila’s advice well worth sharing and passing along to other…
  • How to Know When It’s Time to Retire

    Heath Stauffer
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    Toes in the sand. Days on end spent at the golf course. Finally catching up on your reading. Spoiling grandkids. Everyone’s vision of retirement is different, but one thing about retirement is universal: Everyone wants to do it eventually. The question remains, when is eventually? How do you choose when to retire? Is it even up to you? The short answer is yes, you have plenty of control over when you retire, but a lot of it depends on the lifestyle you want. When it comes time to bask in post-employment bliss, you want enough set aside to not only make life comfortable, but also enough so…
  • Understanding Mortgage Amortization

    Patrick Chism
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Amortization is a scale that tells you how much of your monthly mortgage payment is being applied to your principal loan amount (the total amount of money you’re borrowing), and how much is being applied to the interest (the percentage of the principal you’re going to pay over the life of the loan). At the beginning of the loan, a greater portion of your monthly payment goes toward paying down the interest. The interest is calculated off the principal balance of your loan, so as the principal goes down during the life of the loan, so will the interest. As you get closer to paying off the…
  • Finance Tips I Wish They’d Taught Me in College

    Kevin Graham
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    College was a great experience for me. I got my journalism degree, honed my skills at the student newspaper and learned the art of finding parking in front of the student center around noon. Once I left college, I realized one thing all my college classes had not given me: a basic finance education. With that in mind, I’ve put together a series of tips I really wish I’d known sooner. Establish Credit In the first days of freshman year, students are often besieged with offers asking them to take out a credit card. This happened to me, but I didn’t want to take risks on unnecessary debt…
  • With Great Landlording Comes Great Responsibility: Pros, Cons and Tips for Success

    Patrick Chism
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    As of 2014, a whopping 35% of U.S. citizens rented their homes, rather than owning them. With so many people leasing properties, now is a great time to consider a part-time career as a landlord. Landlording, which sounds incredible when you make it a verb, can be a profitable venture if you can attract tenants and keep them for long periods of time. But there are plenty of downsides to consider as well. So let’s take a look at the basics of being a landlord in hope that you can make your investment profitable. Why Become a Landlord Rental property can be a fantastic way to obtain wealth in…
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    NACD Blog

  • Diversity in the Boardroom: The Importance of Change

    Henry Stoever
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    For years, boards have discussed diversity but little action has been taken. Demographic shifts and the continuing focus on global competitiveness point to change on the horizon.  While it won’t happen tomorrow, all signs point to increasing diversity within the next few decades — when the current millennials are in their 50s, the boardroom will be much more racially diverse. I recently addressed two highly engaged groups in Washington, D.C., and the attendees reflected very similar attributes and a common aspiration — a desire to gain their first board seat. My advice for gaining…
  • “Full Range” Reading: 25+ NACD Deep Dives for 2015

    Alex Lajoux
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:27 am
    Have you resolved to become even more proactive and knowledgeable as a director in 2015? I commend you!  As Dr. Reatha Clark King says in the annual Chairman’s letter, which appears in the January-February 2015 issue of NACD Directorship, [S]trong boards should work with management to stay abreast of the full range of matters that may affect the success of companies. Today the emergence of significant issues on relatively short notice requires both management and boards to adapt more quickly. To keep you current the first items on your reading list should surely be Directors Daily, NACD…
  • Identifying Black Swans: The Many Facets of Risk Oversight

    Peter Gleason
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel recently interviewed NACD President Peter R. Gleason on how boards are recalibrating their approach to risk oversight and strategy development.  The original interview can be found here.  MCC: Risk oversight is a key responsibility for corporate boards. What are the major areas of risk? Gleason: It’s interesting. When you think about it, everything falls into the risk category. Where we used to have discussions around financial reporting or compensation, the conversation has evolved to financial reporting risk or compensation risk (or the risks in…
  • Ken Daly’s 2015 Letter to NACD Membership

    Ken Daly
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    Dear NACD Members, As I look ahead to the challenges that boards will face in 2015, I am more confident than ever in NACD’s mission to help directors navigate an increasingly complex environment. Our programs and resources remain focused on helping directors improve their performance as strategic assets for their organizations. We achieve this primarily by providing the foresight to anticipate emerging issues, thereby enhancing stakeholder confidence in the board’s ability to provide effective leadership. I’d like to briefly share with you the three critical issues that NACD will focus…
  • Proxy Season Toolkit

    NACD Staff
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    As the 2015 proxy season gets underway, are you looking for the latest information on the priorities of major institutional investors? Are you interested in benchmarking your board’s approaches to proxy statement disclosures and other critical shareholder communications? To help you prepare, we’ve bundled five of our most recent and most relevant publications into the NACD Proxy Season Toolkit, a one-stop shop for public company boards. Investor Perspectives: Critical Issues for Board Focus in 2015 Sample Board Expertise Matrix Preparing the CD&A: Priority Considerations for…
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  • Week’s Top Stories: February 21 — 27, 2015

    GC Editor
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    2014 Insured Losses Hit Lowest Level in Five Years: Guy Carpenter today released its annual Global Catastrophe Review, which reports that insured losses in 2014 were at the lowest level seen since... Continue reading...
  • Cat Bonds: 2015 Trends

    GC Editor
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Pricing levels for first quarter 2015 deals will be influenced by the number of bonds maturing during the period. January alone will see USD2.3 billion of principal returned to investors as ten... Continue reading...
  • CFTC Provides Conditional Relief to Certain ILS/Cat Bond Issuers

    GC Editor
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    On December 18, 2014 the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) provided conditional relief to certain insurance-linked securities (ILS)/cat bond issuers from having to register as... Continue reading...
  • 2014 Insured Losses Hit Lowest Level in Five Years

    GC Editor
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Guy Carpenter today released its annual Global Catastrophe Review, which reports that insured losses in 2014 were at the lowest level seen since 2009. According to the report, significant insured... Continue reading...
  • Growth of Private Cat Bond Placements in 2014

    GC Editor
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In addition to 144A transactions, the fourth quarter was an active one for the private cat bond market (Regulation D, Regulation S and Rule (4(2)) securities offerings). The terms and conditions of... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • New study paints optimistic picture for 2015 & 2016 nonprofit fundraising results

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Trying to make long term predictions about the likely overall growth in nonprofit fundraising donations is a difficult task at best and perhaps impossible at worst. However that’s exactly what a new study has done and even projects how fundraising revenues may change as far forward as 2016. A new report researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy has been presented by fundraising and philanthropy consulting firm Marts & Lundy. While there are of course many variables that can make significant impacts to charitable giving such as severe…
  • 15 Most Sustainable Global Corporations 2015

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We take pride in our CSR business environmental initiatives which includes being a 100% green powered call centre and we also like to feature other like-minded businesses who share our sustainable values. Today we’re highlighting the 15 most sustainable corporations in 2015 according to Corporate Knights (CK) G100 The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations report. CK is a Toronto-based “media, research and financial products company focused on quantifying and animating clean capitalism drivers for decision makers.” The methodology used for this report is extremely detailed; “All…
  • New study shows online fundraising appeals to all age groups equally

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When reviewing the various new nonprofit fundraising studies and reports every once in a while I stumble upon data that immediately makes me sit upright and pay extra attention because it counters what might be my own preconceived thoughts about the sector or contradict earlier analysis. A new study created by Dunham+Company/Campbell Rinker certainly falls into that category and I think it might just surprise many of you reading also. According to the study the percentage of donors aged 66 and above who made a donation online in 2014 has doubled from 29 percent in 2010 to 59 percent last year…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Toasted Mushroom Macaroni

    22 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another flavourful edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. If you are not a full-time vegan, it might seem daunting to make a vegan meal that is satisfying and won’t leave you missing meat and our weekly recipe share aims…
  • The value of adding images to your nonprofit blog part two

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Today is part two of our look at best practices when it comes to selecting and using images for your nonprofit blog. As I explained in part one the very act of adding images to every post can make a significant difference in the views that a post might receive in addition to having some quite significant built-in SEO value attached to every image. The other large concern is how do content creators go about creating or selecting images to add to their posts (or for that matter any social media update). First and foremost it’s worth expressing that while original content in the written…
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    The Allstate Blog

  • Buy, Borrow or Don’t Bother: “Essential” Baby Gear to Rethink

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    It’s true: Caring for a new baby can be expensive, but they don’t have to be bootie-wearing budget-busters, according to parents who’ve been there. It can pay to spend wisely on baby gear and accessories, especially during the infant stage. We talked to a few parenting bloggers to find out how they would have made different spending decisions if given the chance — and they shared their best money-saving advice for new moms and dads. “I think a lot of new parents get caught up in all the stuff you need to raise a baby,” says mommy blogger Ashley Marcin, founder…
  • Safety Tips for Remote Car Starters

    Cristel Mohrman
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Remote car starters can be convenient, especially on really cold or hot days. You can use them to heat up or cool off your car before you get into it so you can have a more pleasant ride. But are there any safety concerns associated with using a remote car starter? Factors like theft, accidental starting and fumes may all be worries if you aren’t familiar with these devices. Most remote car starters have built-in safety features to prevent some of these incidents, but being extra careful is always a good idea. To get more out of your remote ignition system with less risk, follow these…
  • Catalytic Converter Theft: Help Protect Your Vehicle

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Catalytic converters are a mandatory component of all vehicles in the United States and are designed to reduce harmful emissions from exhaust systems, according to Edmunds. Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain precious metals, like platinum, palladium or rhodium, Edmunds says, and they can sell them to scrap yards for about $100-150, according to the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau. But how are catalytic converters removed? Auto Insurance Basics & MoreLearn more about how to protect your ride with auto insurance. Explore Edmunds explains that thieves use a wrench or…
  • Cabin Fever? 3 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

    Nicole Markle
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    Winter usually means cold weather and a lot of time spent inside. Instead of counting the days till spring, why not update your home’s décor to help bring spring indoors? If you’re ready to bring spring into your home a little early, try one of the following creative ideas. They’re so easy, even the kids can help! Get to Know Home Insurance Like a ProProtect what matters most with homeowners insurance. Learn More Grow an Indoor Herb Garden While frost and snow cover the ground outside, you can start an indoor herb garden and enjoy the revitalizing scents and flavors it…
  • 6 Ways to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget

    Andrea Davis, HomeAdvisor
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    If your kitchen is starting to look worn down or outdated, it may be time to think about renovating. Fully remodeling your kitchen can cost thousands of dollars; fortunately, there are many more affordable ways to revitalize it without breaking the bank: 1. Apply a fresh coat of paint Fresh paint is an inexpensive way to renew your kitchen’s appearance. If you have plans to sell your home in the near future, you may want to choose neutral colors like white, beige, tan or brown; bright colors can become dated and are largely a matter of preference. When wallpaper is present, strip it…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • My Experience as a Nominee at the 2015 World HRD Congress Awards

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    It's not exactly easy to type when your hands are sore, but I’ll do my best. For the last few hours I’ve been clasping my fingers tight, anxiously awaiting the results of the 23rd World HRD Congress Awards. Hosted in Mumbai on the 15th and 16th of February, the World HRD Congress Awards honor the efforts of companies that go the extra mile for their employees. HR initiatives are given the royal treatment, and businesses from all over the world compete for the top honors.This year OSSCube was considered for two awards.  First, our CEO, Lavanya Rastogi, was in the running for “CEO of the…
  • Business IT and why Consulting Matters

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    For those with experience running a team or department, it’s easy to identify shortcomings, roadblocks, and process management issues. A manager or executive has the ability to see what works, and what doesn’t from a high-level, but the issue many decision-makers face is figuring out how to make it all work better. This is where a new set of eyes can come in handy.When it comes to meeting challenges within a business environment, a solution provider is at the top of the list. CRM issues? Switch systems. Data overload? Migrate to big data in the cloud. The list goes on. Solution providers…
  • Is Open Source Software About More Than Just Saving Money?

    9 Feb 2015 | 2:14 am
    When the idea of introducing open source technology to a business environment is brought to the table, most see the topic as one pointed toward cost-savings. But in 2015 this notion begs the question- ‘is it fair to tag open source as just a way to save money?’ I find it hard to say yes. While open source software is advantageous for those trying to reduce cost, there is so much more to offer for any size business, with any size budget.Today’s competitive businesses are agile; they demand better flexibility, scalability and security in order to effectively react to changing business…
  • Marketing Automation— Why, When, and How

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    As 2015  begins companies are working hard to begin implementing their marketing strategy. It’s the time to analyze 2014 marketing efforts and introduce new ones, all to make sure the sales pipeline gets a boost in the coming year.With new marketing platforms and tools emerging every day, marketers have more possibilities than ever before when it comes to creating, launching, and measuring campaigns. For marketers, their environment is fresh and exciting, but with all this opportunity comes the added stress of higher expectations from management. Choosing tools, and researching effective…
  • Will Hadoop Reign Supreme in 2015?

    15 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    No longer seen as a “heap” of information, big data has been realized by the masses as a tool for better decision-making. From businesses to individuals, social media aficionados to cyber junkies, everyone can find a benefit in big data. The business audience is aware of the revolution and is aggressively adopting a data-driven approach to making decisions and improving operational efficiency.Throughout the last few years Hadoop has been positioned as the future of big data, and, for the most part this has been true. In a short period of time, Hadoop has grown from a “hyped up” new…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Altamont Wind Farm to Power Google Offices in 2016

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Long time residents of the Bay Area are sure to be quite familiar with that Altamont Pass Wind Farm. The hills along Interstate 580 as you pass Livermore and head towards the Central Valley are dotted with massive wind turbines, erected as a result of the energy crisis of the 1970’s. The wind farm is one of the oldest and earliest examples of wind power, and at one time was the largest in the US. If you are not familiar with the wind farm you might want to Google it, seeing as the Mountian View-based Internet giant is about to fund a massive equipment overhaul. As part of a 20-year power…
  • Food Waste Recycling Drops Dramatically in Alameda County

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    It looks like the green bins in the Bay Area are not getting the love they deserve. In a recent study completed by StopWaste, a public agency tasked with reducing waste, numerous Alameda County cities are showing drastic increases in food scraps being discarded in trash bins in 2014. The data was complied by workers who randomly sampled 3,000 garbage bins, both commercial and residential, in 15 Alameda County cities. The data shows that all 15 cities added to the percentage of food scraps in the trash compared to data collected in 2013. For example, the city of Fremont more then doubled its…
  • E-Waste Recycling: The Next Step In National Defense

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Here at Fast Haul, we are HUGE fans of electronic waste (or e-waste) recycling. The electronics we use and replace on a daily basis are filled with some of the most harmful and toxic chemicals on the planet, and can wreck havoc on the environment. Although recently, another great reason to increase e-waste recycling efforts has come to light. In a recent piece by the National Defense Magazine, e-waste recycling programs benefit the U.S. defense system by curbing the amount of counterfeit parts that can in the electronic components they use. The U.S. military depends heavily on electronic…
  • Safeway to Pay Nearly $10 Million for Waste Disposal Infractions

    12 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    For the second largest supermarket chain in the nation, the New Year is off to a bad start. In a decision levied by the Alameda County Superior Court, Safeway Inc. will have to pay $9.87 million as part of a settlement for improper hazardous waste management. The charges brought against Safeway are a result of a 3-year investigation of nearly 500 stores (including stores of Safeway-owned chains like Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, and Vons) and distribution centers across the state. Ironically, the investigation into Safeway started when district attorneys in Southern California were looking into…
  • Despite Recent Storms, California Still Far From Optimal Water Levels

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Given the recent downpours that northern California has received, many people are left to wonder if they can take this as a sign to resume watering their lawn and taking longer showers. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. According to recent data, the Golden State is still faces a significant deficit in water levels. According to recent satellite data collected by NASA, California needs around 11 trillion gallons of rainwater to end the record-setting drought. That’s enough water to fill an Olympic swimming pool 17 million times! The study to determine the amount of water the state…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • How Immaculate Baking got its start

    Lynne Morioka
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Scott Blackwell always knew his sweet tooth would take him places. In first grade, he sold candy bar kits and, sensing a budding love for food, Scott’s grandmother taught him the art of home baking. So, was it easy to go from his grandmother’s kitchen to become the founder of the Immaculate Baking Company? Hardly. Scott paid his way through college baking and supplying 28 restaurants with pies. After college, he became a distributor for a major ice cream brand. But the freezer wasn’t where Scott wanted to be and the kitchen called to him yet again. He sold his ice cream…
  • A eureka moment for cereal

    Bridget Christenson
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:09 pm
    In 2005, General Mills was making a big move. The company was converting its entire line of Big G cereal to include at least 8 grams of whole grain. General Mills would be the first leading food company to make all of its breakfast cereals with whole grain. This change was single biggest health-driven product improvement in the company’s history. Why the move to whole grains? For the first time, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture began to emphasize consumption of whole grains. For some cereals – like Cheerios or Total – it was going to…
  • A South Beach start to the 2015 Munchies

    Annie Wang
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    This weekend, thousands of people (including us!) lined up to experience the best of the best in food at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. We experienced delicious drinks and tasty eats all weekend, but there was one big event that we were particularly excited about: the festival’s closing night party. It was all about “The Munchies” and kicked off voting for our 4th annual Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards! Once again, led by TV personality and author Andrew Zimmern, we had 43 expert panelists choose 100 food favorites across 20 categories to make up this…
  • Kara went to Ethiopia to teach and learned more in return

    Maerenn Jepsen
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    The most rewarding type of learning happens when people transfer knowledge to each other, learning and teaching at the same time. That’s what Kara Hobart believes – listening, sharing and getting hands-on experience. She had the opportunity of a lifetime to put this passion into practice during a three-week trip to Ethiopia with Partners in Food Solutions (PFS). PFS is a nonprofit founded by General Mills that links the technical and business expertise of volunteer employees from General Mills, Cargill, DSM and Bühler with small and growing food companies in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Guidelines on healthy eating

    Maha Tahiri
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) draft technical report was released to the public today. Recommendations from this scientific document will be the basis for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the federal government’s formal guidance on healthy eating and nutrition policy. It’s also the basis for the government’s “My Plate” icon. The first edition of the Dietary Guidelines was released in 1980 and is reviewed, updated and published every 5 years. Today’s technical report is a prelude to a final policy document, which will be released later this year,…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • 5 Elements of a Great Workplace

    Elissa Tucker
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    That Any Leader Can Bring to LifeIt's that time of year again! No, I am not talking about March Madness or spring break. It’s almost time for the release of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, produced by Great Place to Work® Institute. Each year, I look forward to this publication.
  • The Case for A Great Workplace Starts at the Top

    Hannah Jones
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Learning from Great CEOs at the Great Place to Work® Conference We at Great Place to Work® are often asked to explain why focusing on culture matters. This is because for more than 30 years, we have been studying the relationship between a strong culture and organizational performance. In addition, our research compiling the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List each year has resulted in further insight into these outstanding organizations, allowing us to truly understand the impact a great workplace culture can have on an organization’s overall success.
  • Automated Workforce Planning: Tactical or Strategic?

    China Gorman
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    An organization’s most critical assets are its employees. No one bothers to argue against that point any more. An organization’s workforce is also, however, its most expensive asset, and workforce management (the development of employees, retention of skilled talent, etc.) is consistently cited as one of the top issues facing organizations today. In a recent Aberdeen report, 60% of all organizations reported a need to improve workforce planning capabilities as a driver of their total workforce management efforts.
  • When Leaders “Pay it Forward”

    Jessica Rohman
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Building a Great Workplace through GenerosityAn important lesson we can learn from great workplaces is that employee loyalty, commitment, and productivity are all real byproducts of generosity. Whether that generosity takes the form of transparent communication, increased autonomy, an intense focus on development, or simply the gift of a leader’s attention, all are guaranteed to be wise investments in a successful employer/employee relationship. And, as evidenced year after year by the 100 Best Companies to Work For, the generous spirit that we see at great workplaces only serves to enhance…
  • Why Diverse Organizations Perform Better: Do We Still Need Evidence?

    China Gorman
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    You’ve probably heard that organizations with a focus on diversity have stronger organizational cultures – they have happier and more productive employees, and are more socially ethical than other organizations. You might have also heard that organizations with a focus on diversity perform better financially than organizations that do not invest energy in diversity programs, or in fostering a diverse workplace.
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Weekly Economic Update

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:43 am
    GREECE DEAL, FED MINUTES REASSURE INVESTORS On Friday, Greece reached an agreement with eurozone finance ministers to extend its economic bailout through June. The four extra months of financial aid depend on reforms that the country will present to its creditors this week (they must be approved by April). Stateside, minutes from the Federal Reserve’s January policy meeting noted that most Fed officials favored “keeping the federal funds rate at its effective lower bound for a longer time,” which also pleased the markets.1,2   PRODUCER PRICES FALL BY MOST IN 5 YEARS Labor…
  • A Succession Plan Means Growth for Financial Advisors

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    For independent advisors, succession planning is quickly becoming the cornerstone of a growth strategy.  It is designed to perpetuate an advisor’s business and income streams beyond their lifetime, while providing a multi-generational service platform that attracts and benefits younger advisors. This makes succession planning one of the most, if not the most, important practice management tools in this industry. With 99 percent of independent financial services and advisory practices going out of business when founders retire, firms must increasingly view succession planning as a growth…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Welcomes New Advisor

    17 Feb 2015 | 10:42 am
    Financial advisors William Diener and Andrew Lenner of Diener and Lenner Wealth Management in Boca Raton, FL, have recently joined Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., the #1 Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*.   Previously affiliated with Morgan Stanley, the team manages over $65 million in client assets and has a combined 64 years of experience.   William Diener said, “We joined Summit because of the right balance between size and offerings. Their home office staff to advisor ratio demonstrates the value they place on growing our practice and providing proper technology,…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    RETAIL SALES DECREASE AGAIN Recently, economists have worried about a decline in household spending. The 0.8% fall for retail sales in January affirmed their anxieties. Consumers have certainly been buying less fuel, but even with gas purchases removed, there was still an 0.2% retreat. Headline retail sales have now sunk for consecutive months; earlier Commerce Department data showed an 0.9% falloff in December.1   HOUSEHOLD SENTIMENT INDEX DECLINES Did the rough weather blasting much of the nation affect the reading of the latest University of Michigan consumer sentiment index? Quite…
  • Should Financial Advisors Pay for LinkedIn Premium?

    16 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    LinkedIn is no longer just a tool for recruiters. The site has matured into a powerful marketing platform, and it is changing the way advisors do business in financial services. According to a survey by Putnam Investments, 75 percent of financial advisors, are on social media and of those, nearly 95 percent report LinkedIn as their network of choice.   LinkedIn has clearly become an essential tool for advisors to network, prospect, and establish themselves as industry leaders. Beyond the basics, are you getting the most out of your LinkedIn profile and connections? While many features…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Cultivate Dynamic Employee Engagement to Deliver Distinguished Customer Experiences

    Rhonda Basler
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    It is no secret that your employees are the single most critical element in determining business success. But, let’s pause for a moment and consider why and how this works in the realm of customer experience. When customers interact directly with your employees, they can tell if an employee is engaged with their work and how they feel about you – their boss and the company they work for. That engagement is infectious. Whether positive or negative, your customers’ experiences with your company depend upon the vibe that the employees give out. Three critical components influence the…
  • FCC Recap: Interactive Storytelling and Employee Enrichment

    Heather Teskey
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Rhonda and I had a blast presenting during the 10th anniversary of The Future Contact Center Summit (FCC) on Jan. 29 in Orlando. We were thrilled with the amount of positive feedback we received both in-person and through social media outlets. The audience loved the video and whiteboard elements in the presentation, and we were equally as excited to make so many great connections with those in attendance. We’re all about creating meaningful, measurable and memorable connections at Hallmark Business Connections, and we made many of these with great businesses and fellow industry leaders at…
  • The Customer Loyalty Framework That’s Hard Work – But Works

    Rhonda Basler
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    I began following the work of noted author, speaker and Forbes contributor, Micah Solomon, some time ago. While Micah and I share a similar point of view, his individual style and perspective provide unique structure and clarity around the real issues companies face today. I’m delighted to bring Micah’s wit, wisdom and thought-provoking insight to the Hallmark Business Connections blog. If you want to build customer loyalty, start by making a decision: Are you willing to put the customer at the center of everything you do: at the center of your company or department, your daily routines,…
  • Exploring Our New Customer Shopping Experience at Shop at Hallmark Business Connections

    Hallmark Business Connections
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    At Hallmark Business Connections, our mission is to help our clients’ businesses build and strengthen the relationships that make them thrive. Greeting cards, a signature solution from Hallmark, are an important product offering for helping turn customers into advocates, employees into champions, and companies into healthier environments. As we looked at the new generation of online shopping experiences and technologies available to our audience, we wanted to make sure our own online experience at Hallmark Business Connections would satisfy their needs and business challenges. We…
  • Preview: Future Contact Center Summit Presentation

    Heather Teskey
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    At Hallmark Business Connections, we’re all about creating meaningful, memorable connections. By connecting employees and customers and changing how businesses manage these relationships, we have seen firsthand how we can enhance relationships in order to create a more meaningful business world. Rhonda and I are excited to announce we will be speaking on this topic as we highlight employee enrichment and interactive storytelling on Jan. 29 in Orlando, Fla, at the Future Contact Center Summit. We know call center employees are the key to customer experience. Interestingly enough, 60 percent…
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    Skiddle Event Promotion and Ticket Sales Blog

  • Do you accept credit cards on your event website?

    5 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    Do you sell tickets for your events via your own website? Read on to find out about some complex (and costly) regulations you may not be aware of… If you process or handle customer’s credit card details as part of your business, you need to be PCI/DSS Compliant. This is standard which has been agreed by the major card brands (Visa, Mastercard) to ensure the security of customer’s cards. It applies to you whether you process cards with a chip and pin machine, online via your website or via an external service provider. Many businesses do not realise they have a requirement to…
  • Skiddle Traffic Update: How do we compare with other ticket agents and event sites?

    4 Feb 2015 | 5:14 am
    The number of visitors using Skiddle to plan their weekends is growing and growing. The table below demonstrates traffic rankings for UK websites by Alexa (an independent analytics company), indicating Skiddle’s huge traffic flow. Site Traffic Rank of all UK websites Ticketmaster 343rd 371st Eventbrite 457th Seetickets 817th Residentadvisor 1,080th Ticketweb 2,628th eFestivals 4,323rd Ticketline 4,535th Gigantic 7,161st Fatsoma 10,679th Theticketsellers 35,441st Virtual Festivals 37,760th Ticketarena 52,045th * Figures according to and were correct on 4th…
  • Cocoon in the Park, Standon Calling and The Great Escape now on sale

    Jimmy Coultas
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:59 am
    It’s traditionally always a big one, but the final week of January again lived up to expectations with plenty of promoters capitalising on the first payday of 2015 to push events on sale and announce their line ups. That was reflected in a flurry of activity by ourselves with both existing and new events coming on sale/ We welcomed The Great Escape as a new seller, the Brighton urban sojourn arguably Europe’s finest celebration of new music, as well as Suffolk shindig Standon Calling also utilising our services for the first time. We are happy that once again we will be…
  • How to pitch for news stories on Skiddle

    Jimmy Coultas
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Part of what makes Skiddle so useful is our news and editorial section, and what makes us manage to create such great content is the input of a multitude of promoters, PR agencies, writers and many more who help us find the best information out there. This blog post tries to go some way to explaining what it is exactly we are after for this area of the website, and to help people who want inclusion in it to provide us with the correct information (you can read what works on our social networks here). We’ve tried to get together the answer to the FAQs around this side of Skiddle, but if…
  • Social Media Competitions

    Jimmy Coultas
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    We’ve talked previously about how best to pitch to use our various social networks, but one of the best ways to do so is a competition. We’ve started 2015 with our busiest ever Facebook contest and as more and more people realise our social networks are places to secure fantastic prizes, there’s the chance for you to get thousands and thousands of people’s news feeds showcasing your events. Here’s a quick explanation of how to do so. Facebook and Twitter As we’ve had both these social mediums established for a while they both have massive audiences, and…
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • When 0% Response Means You Nailed It

    Elaine Claussen
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    When was the last time you launched a direct marketing effort with the goal of generating a 0% response? (Nope, that’s not a typo. There is no digit missing in front of the zero. We’re talking zip. Zilch. Nada.) Believe it or not, zero can be the proverbial hero when trying to improve your ROI by reducing costs. It simply depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. Case in point: One of our clients—Company X, for the purposes of this example—is a seasoned purveyor of a high-end commodity. As is standard practice for many businesses, Company X sends a new, full product catalog to…
  • Seven Tips That Can Make Your Marketing Copy Better

    Michael Walton
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Twenty-five years ago it was hard to move words around. If you wanted to publish anything you had to submit your work to a battery of editors, who hemmed and hawed over 1,000 other submissions before deciding whether yours was worthy enough. Now, almost anyone can have their 5,000-word shaggy dog story read by a million people in minutes. Has all that content enriched our collective intelligence? Sure. Has writing quality overall suffered as a result? I’m afraid so. Here are seven simple things you can do to make your next marketing piece better. 1. Organize the heck out of it.Following a…
  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Digital Reporting

    Leah Averre-Smith
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    Digital reporting can give you information overload! How do you sift through all the available data to glean insights for your digital campaigns? Here’s a cheat sheet to assist in measuring your campaign success without getting lost in the data. Campaign Goals: As most digital campaigns are tied to other marketing programs (i.e., direct mail, print, media, SEM, etc.), sit down with all key stakeholders to document the overall campaign goals. It may be helpful to use this checklist to improve campaign reporting performance to assist you with your reporting strategy. Benchmark Data: Seek out…
  • Translating vs Copywriting: Creating Meaningful Multicultural Advertising

    Syra Villarreal
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    As Robin Williams once said, “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” This sentiment is especially true in advertising. As any Creative Director will tell you: Every word matters when there is so little space and time to get a message across. And when advertising to Hispanics, one challenge is: Do you need original copywriting? Or is translating an effective option? What’s the difference? A copywriter writes copy. A translator translates words. Translating just the words may not be enough because it doesn’t always translate (pun intended) into good copy.
  • Four Tips for Effective Internal Communications

    Carolyn Albee
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    It’s easy to see the importance of external communications in creating a potential client’s first impression; however, internal communications are just as important. Consistent and effective internal communication builds a highly organized and driven workforce and creates internal brand champions by connecting your employees to the brand they represent. Here are four ways you can get started perfecting your internal communications. 1. Define Your Purpose and Choose Your Audience Every communication should be well thought out and purposeful. Understanding your audience and defining the…
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    Proforma Blog

  • Spring Cleaning Yourself

    Aaron Stultz
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Keith McDuffee’s photostream When you think of spring, what do you think of? Is it fresh air, warm weather or the sound of birds chirping? What about spring cleaning? What about spring cleaning yourself? After all, that’s where your motivation is – it comes from within! We all know that winter takes its toll on even the strongest of us and that is why it is important to give yourself a good spring cleaning to refresh and recharge. Give yourself a fresh new start and outlook when spring is finally here. Here are some things you can do to get started: Think in a…
  • SEO State of the Union 2015

    Justin Heegan
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of NOGRAN s.r.o.’s photostream It’s a word that every marketing-minded person knows but a concept that can be difficult to master given the ever-changing landscape of technology. 2014 was a huge year for SEO and it will be again in 2015. So what do you need to know as we dive deeper into 2015? Dave Lane of Verve offers a number of trends (17, to be exact) for us to be mindful of as we make our way further into the New Year: •    Increasing need for personalization – the world of searching is evolving to a more personalized experience for each individual user –…
  • Brand Marketing: Be Bold, Take Risks, Evoke Emotion

    Patrick Magyar
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of neiljaxx’s photostream Building and sustaining a brand from the ground up can very difficult and labor intensive. Getting your name out there can feel like an impossible task, especially in an economy crowded by many people selling the same services or goods that you do. So how do you differentiate yourself? What makes you any better than the other businesses in your space? Why should people care about your company? One word can connect and answer these questions… emotion. To many, emotion is the single most important part of your brand marketing efforts.  The…
  • How to Stand Out in the Information Overload Society: Email Marketing Part 1

    Tony Zayas
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of State Farm’s photostream Email has become the bane of modern society’s collective existence, as we’re all overwhelmed with it. It’s hard to believe that there was a time when we got excited to have something, anything in our inbox… So much so, that AOL made an auditory declaration of joy, “You’ve Got Mail!” Think we’re in the Information Age, sorry, you’re wrong. That ship sailed about ten years ago. No one, and I mean no one, in 2015 needs more information. As a matter of fact, we need less. We’re drowning and we need help figuring a…
  • 5 Helpful Tips for Building a Relationship with New Clients

    Christopher Range
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you asked a hundred sales people their best tips on closing a sale, you will invariably get a plethora of different responses. The truth is there are a lot of different sales techniques and styles. Often the inability to get a sale is merely a symptom. The potential client appreciates the presentation and marketing materials, but they are simply not willing to make a change now. The more you push for the sale with certain prospects, the more they will want to shut you down. Instead of focusing on the sale, shift your focus to the front end of the sales cycle. Before you know it, the client…
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  • Want To Be Popular With HR? Here’s How

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    Your HR department is probably under-appreciated and overworked, making the effort to help them do a very difficult job will earn you some new friends. By simply being aware of certain things (and using common sense) you’ll free HR’s time up to be proactively making your office a nicer place to work. Read policies (no one likes them but they’re there for a reason) You may think that internal policies are just there to make everyone’s life more complicated, but they’re not. They’re there to protect you and the business and to ensure that all employees are…
  • How To Do Everything Right In Your Career

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    Knowing about everything is obviously great for your career. Below are some great guides that will get you through your the abstract areas of your career, from tea to public speaking! The post How To Do Everything Right In Your Career appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 5 Reasons Why You Owe Your Personal Brand 100%

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    Whatever path the life of your career takes, giving 100% isn’t just something your manager says to you, it’s something that’s very important to your personal brand. You owe it to not only your employer but also yourself to be able to say that you couldn’t have done a better job at whatever you do. If you put everything you have into the things you do, then not only will your career benefit, but your personal life will too. Here are 6 reasons why you really should give 100%. 1) Because most people don’t give 100% Putting 100% effort into everything we do…
  • 7 Ways Your Phone Can Improve Your Commute

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    For many people, the commute to and from work is ‘grey’ time where nothing much gets done and time is simply wasted. Whether it’s being a more productive employee or self improvement, there’s plenty that can be achieved while we make our way to and from the office or place of work. By spending our time waiting to reach our destination, we forget that we have a mini computer in our pocket that could be put to good use. 1) Read a book The time you spend on the train or bus is perfect for settling back and reading or listening to a book. Reading helps us to relax and…
  • A Quick Guide On How To Focus

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    In a world full of distraction, this is how to simply focus on what you’re doing. No frills or clever ‘hacks’ just ways to get on and get things done. Music. Headphones. Genre Listening to music when working on something that requires total concentration. It’s not being anti social but with a busy office around you it’s easier to concentrate and be productive without it’s distractions. If a colleague needs to interrupt you for something important then that’s fine but it will obvious you’re working on something and giving it your full…
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    Convene » Articles

  • NHF Board Members’ Conference and Exhibition Notes – Waking Up the Board

    Alasdair Mangham
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    As part of our continuing support of the Housing Association Sector, Convene was one of the sponsors of the NHF Board Members’ Conference in London. In what is normally the session where the audience is most prone to sleep following early starts to travel to London and a filling buffet lunch, Alison Christy, chair of Selwood Housing, kept us engaged with her description of how she woke up and then shook up her board. The Challenge of a Sleepy Board Alison started Continue Reading » The post NHF Board Members’ Conference and Exhibition Notes – Waking Up the Board…
  • The Best Boardroom and Meeting Scenes in Movies

    Alexandrea Roman
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    This year’s awards season is about to wrap up this weekend with the biggest awards show of them all — the Oscars. So for this occasion, let’s have a little fun. We asked our staff for their favorite meeting scenes on film, and here’s the list we came up with (in no particular order): Gung Ho (1986) – “We all speak English.” This scene from the 1986 movie Gung Ho is the perfect example of what not to do in a Continue Reading » The post The Best Boardroom and Meeting Scenes in Movies appeared first on Convene.
  • Convene Safe Against GHOST, a Linux Security Threat

    Alexandrea Roman
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:20 am
    January isn’t over yet, but the first major security threat of the year has already reared its head. Just a few days ago, researchers at cloud security company Qualys discovered GHOST, a big vulnerability in the Linux GNU C Library (glibc), which is a core part of the Linux operating system. Without glibc, a Linux system will not work. But what can this GHOST vulnerability do that makes it such a threat? When exploited, GHOST lets hackers remotely control a Continue Reading » The post Convene Safe Against GHOST, a Linux Security Threat appeared first on Convene.
  • 89 Travel Experts Reveal Their Best Travel Apps

    Angel Britanico
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    Ready to hit the road for business or pleasure? The best travel apps will help you save time, money, space and energy. But with hundreds of options available on the market, which ones lead the pack in terms of value and ease-of-use? To find out, we asked dozens of different travel experts worldwide two simple questions: “What are your most frequently used travel apps, and what do you love about them?” Eighty nine professionals who take frequent business trips or make Continue Reading » The post 89 Travel Experts Reveal Their Best Travel Apps appeared first on Convene.
  • What are the Meeting Trends for 2015? Here are Our Predictions.

    Alexandrea Roman
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:44 am
    It’s the start of a new year, and as expected, many predictions on different subjects have appeared all over the Internet. This article is no exception – yes, we’re jumping on the bandwagon with our own fearless forecast. But instead of covering usual topics like love, fortune, and luck, we’re going to focus on meeting trends we think will happen in 2015. Increased popularity of hybrid events Hybrid events mix live, physical components with online, virtual components. These events can be conferences, Continue Reading » The post What are the Meeting Trends for…
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    Blogging Ways

  • How to Use Free 3G Internet in Airtel? Latest Trick 2015

    karan singh chauhan
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Want to Use Free Airtel 3G Internet Speeds for Unlimited at your PC and Mobiles, then this article is for you only. Today I am going to reveal Latest Airtel 3G Proxy Trick and VPN Modded hack for 2015 to enjoy high speed downloading exclusively on Airtel SIMS.  As you all knows that Airtel is [...] The post How to Use Free 3G Internet in Airtel? Latest Trick 2015 appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • Payday Loan Option is Smart for the Smart

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Today’s article is all about Payday Loans and its Smartness. So lets start with the definition first. What are Payday Loans? While payday loans originated as short-term loans that matured when you received your wage, today’s definition of payday loans is simply any short-term, unsecured loan. These loans are best used to cover temporary cash [...] The post Payday Loan Option is Smart for the Smart appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • How to Make 1 Million USD from Blogging?

    karan singh chauhan
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Can you make a million Dollars from blogging? Well, the answer is YES YOU CAN! But what you must understand is the difference between just a blogger and A Good Blogger. Remember there is a careful thought process involved. One needs to choose the niche’ they are comfortable with and have the knowledge to contribute [...] The post How to Make 1 Million USD from Blogging? appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • *Chinese New Year 2015 Wishes Messages for Whatsapp Wechat

    karan singh chauhan
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    Chinese New Year i.e CNY 2015 Images,Quotes,SMS,Messages,Saying,Whatsapp,Facebook Greetings Hello everyone, here in this post we will provide you about latest Advance Chinese New Year Hd Wallpapers Images Wallpapers Fb Covers Whatsapp Dp 2015, which you can share with your near and dear once on this special occasion of Chinese New Year through social networking websites [...] The post *Chinese New Year 2015 Wishes Messages for Whatsapp Wechat appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • How to Book IRCTC Tatkal Tickets Faster- 2015

    karan singh chauhan
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Now a days IRCTC Tatkal Tickets Booking are one of the most difficult things to perform online. Thus it seems really hard to book Easy Tatkal Tickets, either from online or from ticket counters at Railway Stations etc. Although Booking starts from 10 AM IST at the site frequently shows server errors due to [...] The post How to Book IRCTC Tatkal Tickets Faster- 2015 appeared first on Blogging Ways.
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    Export Compliance Journal

  • Blacklisted: 4 Reasons Why Every Exporter Needs Restricted/Denied Party Screening

    Industry Contributor
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Congratulations – you’ve found a new prospective sales deal or you’re ready to ship your product. But there’s a critical step to take before you follow-up on that deal or send those goods out the door and over the high seas. Restricted / denied party screening is a key part of the export process, and here are a few reasons why. Restricted/denied party screening applies to every export, even goods that wouldn’t normally require an export license. Restricted/denied party screening refers to the screening of people, companies and countries that you are sending to – no matter what you…
  • Who Can Play Ball? OFAC Regulations and the National Pastime

    Staff Writer
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    Recent changes in U.S. policy regarding its relationship with Cuba will mean a great many things for both nations. Airlines and travel agents will no longer require a special license from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to book tickets to Cuba for U.S. citizens. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will loosen the reigns on agricultural equipment and building materials for residential construction in Cuba – all of which will change the lives of their citizens for the better. As the details of these new “normalized” relations slowly play out, OFAC…
  • 5 Ways Your Company Can Prevent ITAR Technology Transfer Slips

    Staff Writer
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    When your company gears up to start developing ITAR/USML controlled technology projects, it’s time for your compliance group to hunker down over those internal export compliance procedures— not just restricted/denied party screening and classification—and go through those ITAR compliance checklists, to get the project team members all humming the same ITAR technology transfer compliance tune. With the sincere hope that many of these tips are already in place within your company, here is a short list of 5 major ways that your ITAR compliance group can help prevent technology transfer…
  • FBI Export Violation Prevention Tips: Is Your Visitor Trying to Steal Information?

    Staff Writer
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has produced some excellent literature to help corporations and research institutions avoid the pitfalls of deemed export violations. Their current pamphlet outlines the potential perils of welcoming foreign visitors.   From a deemed export compliance standpoint, preparing for foreign visitors requires significant attention to detail and company-wide understanding of how to protect your technology, research, blueprints and any other sensitive items. And once you’ve taken steps to train staff on visitor protocol, perform Restricted Party…
  • Beyond Restricted/Denied Party Screening: 3 Considerations for I-129 Part 6 Certification

    Staff Export Compliance Specialist
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    When hiring foreign workers most companies and research institutions are diligent about using restricted/denied party screening to find out exactly who is behind that glowing resume. If someone’s on a government watch list, you definitely want to know before you assign him a parking space and show him the lunch room. But there’s more to compliant hiring practices than restricted or denied party screening: proper completion and submission of your I-129 form is critical. With it, you’re stating whether or not a prospective employee requires an export license, and you’re telling the…
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    P1 e-Social

  • Must Watch CNY Ads This Year!

    P1 Buddy
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:42 am
    As we usher in the year of the Goat and welcome lady luck, we are excited for the long weekend of celebration. Every year, during Chinese New Year (CNY), it is also a Chinese tradition to “balik kampung” for the reunion dinner with family members from far and near. During […] The post Must Watch CNY Ads This Year! appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • How Technology Has Improved Relationships

    P1 Buddy
    14 Feb 2015 | 2:33 am
    Technology has evolved with time and introduced to us an array of apps and sites to improve connectivity and strengthen communication despite distance. As cupid start to cast a spell of love this season, relationships no longer have to struggle through the test of time and distance. Keeping in touch […] The post How Technology Has Improved Relationships appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Six Things To Do With An Old Smartphone – Don’t Throw It Away!

    P1 Buddy
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Most of us give away or sell our smartphone as soon as the contract’s up, usually after about 18 to 24 months. It’s usually running slow and with hardly any battery life thanks to in-built obsolescence. Plus, with the way smartphone technology advances, a two-year old device seems ancient compared […] The post Six Things To Do With An Old Smartphone – Don’t Throw It Away! appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 5 Hollywood Films Filmed In Malaysia

    P1 Buddy
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:36 pm
    It’s not every day that Hollywood swings by this part of the world to capture our Asian essence to complement their films, but recently our nation’s modern and traditional background scenery has caught the attention of several Hollywood directors, both in older films and those that will be appearing in […] The post 5 Hollywood Films Filmed In Malaysia appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • The most astounding latte art you’ll ever see on your morning coffee

    P1 Buddy
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:33 pm
    There’s nothing like starting your day with a steaming hot cup of coffee in the morning, with that first heavenly sip that kick starts your day right! And just to make it that little bit more pleasurable wouldn’t it be great to be served a cup of coffee that doubled […] The post The most astounding latte art you’ll ever see on your morning coffee appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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    B2B Inbound Marketer Blog

  • Content Marketing Roundup

    Mila Staneva
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    St. Valentine is approaching and everyone is either thinking of wine, roses and Swiss chocolates or how not to OD on hearts and “50 Shades of Grey” ads. So how about we talk strictly about content marketing? And love. (Come on, just this once. We promise.)   The Content Marketing Funnel of Love                                                              This is a great illustrated guide to content marketing and how to get…
  • ECM Pros to Follow on Twitter

    Mila Staneva
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    As most of you have noticed and most recently Patrick Lujan has complained: Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is not the most popular topic on Twitter. Yes, we all follow the industry leaders like OpenText and EMC, visionaries like Newgen Software and Alfresco. And not to forget we follow closely Gartner so we know who is included in the Magic Quadrant. But what about the personal voice of ECM? Well, here are five distinguished voices that you need to follow to be on top of your ECM game. Cheryl McKinnon Cheryl McKinnon has spent most of her career in ECM. Today she is a principal…
  • Revisiting our 2014 Marketing Predictions

    Mila Staneva
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
                                Before we share with you our predictions for 2015, we would like to go back to 2013. Unfortunately here at Demodia we don’t like crystal balls so we needed other ways to predict the future last year. It’s been one whole trip around the sun, with lots of exciting new products ( yeah, I’m talking about the iPhone6 at your desk because it’s too big to fit in your pocket), events taking us to the future (OpenText is getting ready for the Digital-first world of 2020) and the…
  • Customer-centric content journey

    Bianka Banova
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The concept of customer equality is the business equivalent of communism. The assumption that all customers are equal will bring you a superficial business stability that will ultimately result in a shameful collapse and profit loss of epic proportions.  While it is an imperative for businesses to provide the ultimate value of their products and services to customers, the question remains: are all customers interested in the ultimate value of what you are offering? Let’s address the elephant in the room and talk about Customer Lifetime Value - not all your customers find…
  • Social Media for ECM

    Mila Staneva
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
                                   We all know Shakespeare’s famous quote that the world is a stage. But now with Social Media it seems even more true: Social Media is your stage. You need to put your brand under the luminescent light and give the world a breathtaking show. Social media is not just a tool to share pictures of your lunch and the latest cat video. It is a place for entertainment and knowledge. And just because your area of expertise is ECM that doesn’t mean you cannot make the most of it.
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  • Can-Do Mentality – Who Has It?

    15 Feb 2015 | 8:09 pm
    – willing or determined to take action and achieve results … only for yourself of course, who else? Besides being one of the most over-used words in job ads the ‘Can-Do Mentality’ is still the favorite slogan used by management when they know that what they ask you to do is actually ridiculous. Lets break […]
  • Seth’s Management Consultant Training: ‘The Many Ways’ (TM)

    14 Feb 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Placebo Consultancy Inc. (PCI) presents for the 8th year “The Many Ways” Consultant Training Course (TMWCTC). Suitable for Beginner and Advanced. Modules: 1. Be Laughing All The Way To The Bank vs Cry All The Way To The Bank. – How to keep your emotions under control. 2. Bluff Your Way – How To Use […]
  • The Executive’s Diary: 20 January

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Dear Diary, I want my own toilet at the office!!! Seriously. What do these people eat?!?! Went to see Michael, the Finance Manager and asked for the options I have. He said it’s not in the budget. Well Michael, you better come up with some money somewhere or you can pack a box tomorrow and […]
  • The Executive’s Diary: 19 January

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Dear Diary, A package was wrongly delivered and ended up on my desk. It was for Ramesh. I was curious what he had ordered and opened it. It was a book, by Seth Goldrath, titled ‘What to expect when your boss has read my other book ‘The Secret List’ … That traitor. I stuffed it […]
  • The Executive’s Diary: 18 January

    9 Feb 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Dear Diary, Bought the book ‘The Secret List’ by Seth Goldrath today. Makes my life a lot easier. With this book, anyone can be an Executive, no previous experience required. I went to Ramesh and bombarded him with my newly acquired knowledge from  the book and made my demands. He didn’t look happy. ‘Get on […]
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  • BackupRunner Offers Best Hard Drive Data Recovery Services

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:46 am
    Hard drive data recovery services are the need of the hour. In the data-driven economy, the search for data recovery services companies is in full swing. There are some data recovery companies that offer services but at unexpectedly high prices. There are some that offer specialist services such as external hard drive data recovery or raid hard drive data recovery service. Some even claim of offering free data recovery services. Well, here is what BackupRunner offers. BackupRunner offers customized services to match the needs of home and business fraternity. Experts here can recover files…
  • How To Recover Memory Card Data?

    Backup Runner
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    Memory card – you often lurk on to investigate about its capacity while buying any phone or camera device. Don’t you? Photos, songs, videos, documents, and what’s not that it stores. Yes, everything that you need or create in the digital world. But what if it says “Sorry” or comes with any unexpected and hard to decipher memory failure error code? Absurd that may sound, but after all there is nothing in the world of technology that can be termed as 100% error-free. Now the problem arises how to recover lost, deleted, corrupted or formatted memory card data. Memory cards are…
  • Tips To Create Effective Server Backup Strategy For Small Business

    Backup Runner
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    Today businesses demand more agility and responsiveness, they have more responsibilities to deal with the growing consumers’ expectations, more pressure to endure from regulatory authorities. To cope with all in a data-driven economy, businesses need to adopt proven server backup strategy and create an effective and centralized storage server that can deal with the unlimited and consistent requests of its validated clients or users no matter where they are, and what device they have. Thankfully, online server backup presents a formidable and unswerving solution to help small businesses to…
  • Xbox Password Recovery Tips – Reset Parental Control Password

    Backup Runner
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    Xbox is equipped with a family safety feature, often dubbed as “Parental Control” to help you restrict and monitor the activities of your kid. For instance, if your kid attempts to watch any R-rated movie, the settings would forbid him/her. Setting up a Parental Control password on X-box takes less than 90 seconds, but resetting the password may ask for a bit patience. However, if you have forgotten Xbox password, here are some tips that might be helpful. A word of caution: Take a backup of your games and other data before embarking on password recovery. Restore the device to factory…
  • Discover Best Online Cloud Backup Services For Business

    Backup Runner
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    Whether it’s a natural disaster like Tsunami or an artificial blaze caused by an electric short-circuit, or a device theft, or storage device corruption, or some different misfortunes, their end results in the business perspective can be data loss, business loss and revenue loss, further leading to frustration and blemishing of brand reputation. For years we relied on compact disks, hard-disks, network storage devices, etc. and are still dependent upon them to some extent, if not fully. Undeniably, they were, and are good, but have certain limitations as they can hardly endure the discussed…
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