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  • Ink stain removal

    How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Q: I want to learn more about ink stain removal. A: In general, I recommend a two-step process for dealing with ink stains that I hope will help you.  Before you start, you need to determine the colorfastness of the item if it's not white.  (Note that you should always avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex regardless of their color).  Many colored garments actually can be safely bleached, and you can quickly test your item to be sure.  Add 1 1/2 teaspoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach to 1/4 cup water, and apply a drop to a hidden area (inside herm or cuff) of the item. …
  • How to bleach items with color

    How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Q: If I added a striped white and pink shirt to my all white load would Clorox bleach change the color of the pink? How do I add bleach to my mainly white shirts that have some print on it without changing the color of the colored part? A: Thanks for sending in your question—it’s such a good one.  I’m just back after taking some time off for the Holidays, and so I’m much later with a reply than I like to be.  I apologize for the delay! There are definitely different fabrics with color that won’t be damaged by washing with sodium hypochlorite, the bleach active in Clorox®…
  • Seventy Years Of Bigelow Tea

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    Deb
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The year 2015 is a special one for the Bigelow Tea family. It marks 70 years since the day Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the very first Bigelow Tea, “Constant Comment”® in her home kitchen. For a family-run company to continue for seven decades is no small accomplishment—and Bigelow Tea has not only remained a constant presence on the tea scene, it has thrived and grown to become America’s number one specialty tea company! It’s a true American-dream come true, and it’s a family story that Bigelow Tea is proud to share and savor—much like a nice pot of freshly brewed tea.
  • Should Millennials be thinking about Life Insurance?

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    Byron Udell
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    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 NEED life…
  • Amazon WorkMail – Managed Email and Calendaring in the AWS Cloud

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    Jeff Barr
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Have you ever had to set up, run, and scale an email server? While it has been a long time since I have done this on my own, I do know that it is a lot of work! Users expect to be able to access their email from the application, device, or browser of their choice. They want to be able to send and receive large files (multi-megabyte video attachments and presentations often find their way in to my inbox). Email administrators and CSO’s are looking for robust security measures. Paradoxically, email is both mission-critical and pedestrian. Everyone needs it to work, but hardly anyone truly…
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  • Should Millennials be thinking about Life Insurance?

    Byron Udell
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    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 NEED life…
  • 3 Strategies to Help You Save Money on Your Taxes

    Byron Udell
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:01 am
    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 reduce the amount of…
  • ‘Tis the Season . . . To Buy Life Insurance!

    Byron Udell
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    In January, we see a huge spike in interest and purchasing.  Why?  Well, one reason is because people have just finished a holiday season filled with family and loved ones.  If there’s ever a reminder of what family means to us—how important they are to us—it’s the holiday season.  Plus, everyone wants to start off the new year on the right (financial) foot.   Think about why health clubs are packed in January—it’s for the same reason (everyone wants to start off the year healthy).  When you’re with family, you’re thinking about family.  And when you’re thinking about…
  • If You Had a Nickel for Every Time I was Asked How Much Life Insurance to Buy, You’d Be Rich!

    Byron Udell
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    I get the question all the time.  Sometimes it’s from customers, sometimes it’s on a plane after I say what I do for a living.   I was recently interviewed about this topic by Editor Kim Lankford for Kiplinger’s magazine.  Kiplinger’s is pretty much the first and last word when it comes to personal finance, and Kim always does a great job capturing the importance of life insurance and conveying my passion for the product.  So, what IS life insurance and who needs it?  Life Insurance is a contract with a large financial institution; a contract that promises to pay a bunch of…
  • Long Term Care Insurance: “To buy or not to buy”

    Byron Udell
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    In September, I wrote a post about long term care (LTC) because I was sourced in a USA Today piece on the topic.I barely scratched the surface, though. Now we’re in November, and it’s LTC Awareness Month.But there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need long term care EVERY MONTH when you get older (not just in November).Here are some more details on LTC insurance (pay attention, as the stats say you’ll probably need it!): What is it? Well, let’s start with what long term care is; it’s what you’ll probably need when you’re older (keep reading to learn just HOW LIKELY it is that…
 
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  • Amazon WorkMail – Managed Email and Calendaring in the AWS Cloud

    Jeff Barr
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Have you ever had to set up, run, and scale an email server? While it has been a long time since I have done this on my own, I do know that it is a lot of work! Users expect to be able to access their email from the application, device, or browser of their choice. They want to be able to send and receive large files (multi-megabyte video attachments and presentations often find their way in to my inbox). Email administrators and CSO’s are looking for robust security measures. Paradoxically, email is both mission-critical and pedestrian. Everyone needs it to work, but hardly anyone truly…
  • Amazon DynamoDB Update – Online Indexing & Reserved Capacity Improvements

    Jeff Barr
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Developers all over the world are using Amazon DynamoDB to build applications that take advantage of its ability to provide consistent low-latency performance. The developers that I have talked to enjoy the flexibility provided by DynamoDB’s schemaless model, along with the ability to scale capacity up and down as needed.  They also benefit from the DynamoDB Reserved Capacity model in situations where they are able to forecast their need for read and write throughput ahead of time. A little over a year ago we made DynamoDB more flexible by adding support for Global Secondary Indexes.
  • AWS Week in Review – January 19, 2015

    Jeff Barr
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    Let’s take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, January 19 We announced Auto-Recovery for EC2. We announced that Amazon ElastiCache is now available in the Europe (Germany) region. We announced Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing Support in ClassicLink. We updated the Enterprise Backup and Recovery (On Premises to AWS) Guide. The R Shiny EC2 Bootstrap Guide helps you to install the R environment and the Shiny server on EC2. Some recent posts on the MediaMath Developer Blog talked about Breaking the Logjam (Using Kinesis), VPCs, JumpBoxes, and NATs, and VPNs,…
  • New Action Links for AWS Trusted Advisor

    Jeff Barr
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:54 pm
    AWS Trusted Advisor inspects your AWS environment and looks for opportunities to save money, increase performance & reliability, and to help close security gaps. Today we are enhancing Trusted Advisor with the addition of Action Links. You can now click on an item in a Trusted Advisor alert to navigate to the appropriate part of the AWS Management Console. For example, I ran the Trusted Advisor on my own AWS account and it displayed the following alert: I decided to fix the problem and activated an Action Link to head on over to the RDS section of the Console. From there I right-clicked…
  • Deploy a Hybrid Storage Solution Using Avere’s Edge Filer and Amazon S3

    Jeff Barr
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Enterprise-scale AWS customers often ask me for advice on how to connect their existing on-premises compute and storage infrastructure to the AWS cloud.  They are not interested in all-or-nothing solutions that render their existing IT model obsolete. Instead, they want to enhance the model by taking advantage of the security, scale, performance, and cost-effectiveness of the cloud. One of the most interesting connection points is storage. With enterprise storage requirements growing at a rapacious pace, the seemingly limitless capacity of the cloud, coupled with the pay-as-you-go cost…
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  • Lifesaving Installations: An MLK Day Canvassing Story

    Beth Pullias
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Jenny Baragary is a senior officer with Development Opportunities at National Headquarters in Washington D.C.  My cooking has set off a smoke alarm in more than a few instances. While it may have seemed like an annoyance as I frantically waved a towel by the smoke alarm to stop the beeping, it did provide some reassurance that it would work if a real fire broke out in my apartment. However, after taking part in a smoke alarm installation canvassing event last week, I now know that periodically burning toast is not an effective way to check my smoke alarm. The canvassing event was set up as…
  • The Ultimate Guide for Winter Weather Safety

    Sarah Layton
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    As a winter storm threatens millions of people along the East Coast, the Red Cross has winter storm tips to help you ride out the storm safely. (And if you don’t have an emergency kit together, start with that!) In your house: If there’s a power outage, go to a designated public shelter to stay warm.  Keep your thermostat at the same setting day and night. Bring pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water. Run water, even at a trickle, to help stop pipes from freezing. Keep garage doors…
  • It’s a Small World: Measles Anywhere is Measles Everywhere

    Niki McMillan
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Children visited by Red Cross volunteers during a social mobilization effort for measles in Benin. Photo: American Red Cross/Niki Clark It’s almost become a cliché in the headlines. But in many ways, it’s true. It is a small world. While news of the measles outbreak at California’s Disneyland and information about vaccinations are making headlines this week, the American Red Cross has been focused on the virus—and its elimination—for nearly a decade and a half. Because measles anywhere means measles everywhere. Even though measles was eliminated from the United States in 2000,…
  • Hitting the Pavement: Smoke Alarm Installations Across the Country

    Sarah Layton
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Nothing helps rally Red Cross chapters and communities across the country like a prodigious goal. And in October, that’s what the Red Cross laid out: Over the next five years, we want to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires in the United States by as much as 25 percent. CAMPAIGN The home fire prevention campaign launched this past October and working with fire departments and community groups nationwide, the Red Cross has already installed thousands of smoke alarms in communities across the country. The effort involves educating people about fire safety through…
  • Seven Tips for Preventing the Flu

    Beth Pullias
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Marie Etienne, DNP, ARNP, PLNC is the chair of the International Nursing Committee of the American Red Cross. She is a specialist in family and pediatric nursing and is a professor of nursing at Miami Dade College.  Flu season is upon us, and now is the time to take steps that will help you avoid being sick in bed with body aches, fever and a runny nose.. Here are seven tips to beat back the bug from the Red Cross: If you haven’t already, get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older. Pregnant women, people aged…
 
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • American Traditions of Bigelow Tea and The Big Game!

    David
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea is proud of its American heritage and the family run business that is rooted firmly in the American dream. American-madeinstitutions and home-made pride are also a part of the biggest game of the year (number XLIX, or 49!) which is being played February 1st at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Will you be watching with your family and friends … and maybe sipping the brew known as Bigelow Tea? Bigelow Tea fan Lesa Ann Moats tweeted that while all Bigelow Teas are great, the Green Tea is her favorite!  So here’s to a super day with Bigelow Tea! This…
  • Seventy Years Of Bigelow Tea

    Deb
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The year 2015 is a special one for the Bigelow Tea family. It marks 70 years since the day Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the very first Bigelow Tea, “Constant Comment”® in her home kitchen. For a family-run company to continue for seven decades is no small accomplishment—and Bigelow Tea has not only remained a constant presence on the tea scene, it has thrived and grown to become America’s number one specialty tea company! It’s a true American-dream come true, and it’s a family story that Bigelow Tea is proud to share and savor—much like a nice pot of freshly brewed tea.
  • Is Your Cuppa Bigelow Tea In A Really Cool Mug?

    David
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    There are so many positive elements of our daily Bigelow Tea, and a big part of the enjoyment is the warm feeling a good tea mug gives you, as you wrap your hands around it with an affectionate embrace. That’s why Bigelow Tea thinks you may want to look at some really cool tea mugs that could brace up your morning. We believe that the vessel used to embrace your favorite Bigelow Tea is a personal statement and is almost as important as the tea itself so we would LOVE to see or hear about your favorite teacup.  Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram and tag it…
  • Bigelow Tea Celebrates Oatmeal Month in January

    Cecilia
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea is always awesome in the mornings … and during Oatmeal Month the Bigelow family has cooked up some new ways to enjoy tea beyond the cup as the flavors of Bigelow Tea infuse these two wonderful  and easy to make recipes. In the first, it’s Orange & Spice Herbal Tea making the muffins moist and flavorful. In the second, the zesty taste of Ginger Snappish Herbal Tea With Lemon does the trick!  Give them a try! Tea fan @purpluepassion12 tweeted that a muffin is “the best breakfast item ever to pair with @bigelowtea!”  Do you agree? Share how you’ll get…
  • Bigelow Tea Likes Glenn Close’s ‘A Delicate Balance’ And Her Cup of Tea

    Lori
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    No stranger to challenging roles—from the most unhinged woman ever scorned, Alex Forrest, in Fatal Attraction to the cunning Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons—Glenn Close is one of the finest female actors of this generation. She is also a devoted tea drinker. And given Ms. Close’s impressive range of work, Bigelow Tea can only surmise her palate for tea is equally extensive. Now, this three-time Tony, three-time Emmy award winning actress and six-time Oscar nominee returns to the Broadway stage for what she describes as the “very challenging” role of…
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  • We've Moved

    7 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
      Our blog is now located at http://blog.fcanorthamerica.com Hope you visit us! Thanks a lot. 
  • The Capability, Durability and Power of Numbers

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    There’s a lot riding on numbers. It goes without saying that birthdays and anniversaries, for example, are a ‘must’ to remember, or suffer the consequences. For Ram Truck pickup customers, numbers have always told a story of capability, power and durability. The Ram 2500  and 3500 Heavy Duty truck models offer customers with a big job to do a wide range of choices to get behind the wheel of what works best for even the most extreme jobs. Add to those numbers a trio of best-in-class torque, payload and capacity figures and a heritage of pickup truck excellence emerges…
  • Car shows fuel enthusiasts' passion

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    With the purchase of every car, there’s a story to be told and bonds to be formed. Car shows and events, like the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Spring Festival of LXs, Moparpalooza, MoparFest and the countless other shows that occur every year, are the fuel that continues to strengthen those bonds and provide opportunity to share stories. Last week and this past weekend, we caught up with several people before and during the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Below is video of a few owners we met up with Saturday. For more, visit the Chrysler Group Facebook page. 
  • Meet the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    The cat is out of the bag -- again! The cover is off the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT HEMI® Hellcat, and the performance is just as fierce as the new Dodge Challenger SRT HEMI Hellcat that's been burning up the Internet with all the burnout videos recently. Watch the car being revealed at http://new.livestream.com/chryslerlive/DodgeProductReveal Here's the amazing news: Just like the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the new Charger SRT Hellcat's supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine cranks out 707 horsepower and 650 pounds-feet of torque. That's enough power to propel the Charger SRT Hellcat to a top speed…
  • Come cruising with us Saturday

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
      The annual Woodward Dream Cruise is as much about community and sharing our automotive passion as it is about getting behind the wheel. Stories of cruising and car modifications of yesteryear are repeated. Friendships are rekindled. New connections are fueled. And even a few car titles are transferred. All that and more centers around our collective love of the automobile. As people start lining up along the 16-mile WDC route this week, we want to know where the Chrysler Group-related clubs and our cruising fans will be gathering. We’ll be there this week and in full force…
 
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  • How To Wash Jeans and Help Prevent Fading

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    How To Wash Jeans and Help Prevent Fading Have you been thinking that the New Year is the perfect excuse to shop for a new pair of denim blue jeans?  Sure, you probably love your new jeans, at least until you’ve worn them a few times and need to wash them.  Then it’s the same old problem:  getting them clean without sacrificing the color.  Denim notoriously fades, and while there are those for whom fading denim is somewhere between an art form and an obsession, a lot of us like our blue jeans to retain their blue color.  With that in mind, let’s kick off 2015 with a review of how…
  • Ink stain removal

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Q: I want to learn more about ink stain removal. A: In general, I recommend a two-step process for dealing with ink stains that I hope will help you.  Before you start, you need to determine the colorfastness of the item if it's not white.  (Note that you should always avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex regardless of their color).  Many colored garments actually can be safely bleached, and you can quickly test your item to be sure.  Add 1 1/2 teaspoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach to 1/4 cup water, and apply a drop to a hidden area (inside herm or cuff) of the item. …
  • How do you remove yellow cigarette smoke stains from polyester?

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Q: How do you remove the yellow stain from cigarette smoke in a polyester jersey? A: While I don’t have any personal experience with cigarette or nicotine stains, and they aren’t part of our standard test protocol for developing or improving our products, I do hope I can share some general information about treating combination stains that will help you succeed in restoring your jersey. Because cigarette stains include an oily component, breaking up the oil is a good place to start.  Once you pretreat or presoak to deal with the oil, then you can wash the shirt to further whiten.  I’m…
  • How to bleach items with color

    2 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Q: If I added a striped white and pink shirt to my all white load would Clorox bleach change the color of the pink? How do I add bleach to my mainly white shirts that have some print on it without changing the color of the colored part? A: Thanks for sending in your question—it’s such a good one.  I’m just back after taking some time off for the Holidays, and so I’m much later with a reply than I like to be.  I apologize for the delay! There are definitely different fabrics with color that won’t be damaged by washing with sodium hypochlorite, the bleach active in Clorox®…
  • Removing stains from carpet

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Q: HELP! I caught my youngest son spitting red Gatorade at his brother in our living room the other day. This room has multi toned brown to beige carpeting and we keep it very dark in there. Since I was extremely sick I didn't even notice that he had actually been spitting AND squirting the entire bottle all over. Two days later I'm giving the house a deep cleaning because my landlord is coming over tomorrow to work on the house and I find this! Red/pink stains EVERYWHERE!! Do you think that I could use the Clorox Color Safe Bleach on it? I've tried hydrogen peroxide and a stain remover and…
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  • Solving the Multi-Platform Video Measurement Challenge

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    But, what’s great for the consumer has proven a challenge for the media industry, particularly in terms of measuring digital video audiences across multiple platforms.  Refining existing methodologies to accurately account for person-centric digital video consumption across screens, has proven to be a formidable yet worthy challenge. Because measurement of digital video lagged behind the shift in consumer habits, real marketing dollars have been at stake. The issues have only become more pronounced in the past year – we’ve seen clear evidence of linear TV audiences begin to…
  • comScore in Journal of Advertising Research on Topic of Omni-Channel Retailers and the Consumer Path-to-Purchase

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    In the following article entitled “Omni-Channel Retail Insights and the Consumer’s Path-to-Purchase,” comScore Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus Gian Fulgoni explains the complicated role that digital plays in making purchasing decisions. The article was recently published in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Advertising Research and is reprinted with permission.We invite you to read the full article, which can also be found on the Advertising Research Foundation website.
  • Realizing the Promise of Programmatic through comScore Industry Trust

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    But the current reality of programmatic clouds this dream. What’s holding back the market? It boils down to a lack of trust between buyers and sellers. Clients regularly ask us: “Is there quality in programmatic?” “How can I be sure I’m actually getting the impressions I paid for?” “Is my brand being accurately represented in programmatic, or is it being degraded?” Add in daily headlines about industry issues such as verification, viewability, ad fraud and non-human traffic, and all of this leads to an environment wrought with confusion and distrust. The verification and…
  • Inside A Botnet: Athena and Ad Fraud

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    To share with you some additional insight as to how botnets are used to create invalid traffic and ad impressions, let’s take a deeper look at the Athena botnet. Like other botnet codebases, Athena software was developed to control and manage a collection of hacked machines. The widely used Athena codebase was leaked in September 2013. Security vendors quickly detailed the botnet's inner workings (e.g., see here and here). However, because none of the write-ups discussed the impression fraud modules that were included in the codebase, I wanted to take the opportunity to fill…
  • Domain Laundering Emerges as Significant Threat in Digital Ad Ecosystem

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Identifying domain laundering is a challenge for several reasons. First, security policies of modern browsers often restrict the information accessible to tag-based Javascript, which is commonly used to provide telemetry. Similarly, crawling-based methods may miss specific instances of domain laundering and offer no direct information about the volume of traffic drawn to a site. Next, not all domain obfuscation counts as laundering. A publisher’s domain might be obscured during the course of serving an ad for legitimate reasons such as an ad network using third…
 
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  • Facelift für das Daimler-Blog

    Tilo Hensel
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Relaunch 2015: Heute wurde der Schalter umgelegt und das Daimler-Blog erscheint nun in neuem Gewand und überarbeiteter Funktionalität. Zwei Jahre nach dem Start des Daimler-Blogs gab es im Oktober 2009 einen ersten Relaunch, bei dem das klassische Tagebuchformat auf ein Magazinformat umgestellt wurde. Dieses Design blieb für fünf Jahre unverändert, ein langer Zeitraum im Bereich der Online-Medien. An den Inhalten ändert sich nichts, lediglich Design und Funktionalität sind nun wieder auf der Höhe der Zeit. 1059 Beiträge, verfasst von 687 Autoren können weiterhin chronologisch,…
  • Als Fahrer auf der Fashion Week in Berlin

    Felix Jünger
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin. Es ist einer dieser grauen, unangenehm kalten und leicht feuchten Tage im Januar, an denen man sich eigentlich gerne zu Hause auf dem Sofa verkriechen möchte und auf keinen Fall auf die Idee kommt, auch nur einen Fuß vor die Tür zu setzen. Wenn man allerdings die Gelegenheit bekommt, mit einem der schönsten Autos unserer Zeit eine Woche in Berlin zu verbringen, um einige Medientermine rund um die Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin wahrzunehmen, macht man da doch gern mal eine Ausnahme. Schon alleine die Farbe des Mercedes-AMG GTS, AMG solarbeam und seine…
  • Frau im Blaumann

    Denise Köster
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Mit meiner Bewerbung bei der Mercedes-Benz Niederlassung Rhein-Ruhr habe ich eine sehr gute Wahl getroffen. Es ist einer der wenigen Betriebe mit einer Frauenumkleide inkl. Dusche und einer separaten Damentoilette. All das konnte mir kein anderer Betrieb in der näheren Umgebung bieten, denn Frauen im Blaumann sind eine seltene „Spezies“ – aber auf dem Vormarsch. Ich bin jetzt im zweiten Ausbildungsjahr als Kfz-Mechatronikerin in der Niederlassung Rhein-Ruhr und habe meine Entscheidung, diesen Beruf zu erlernen nicht bereut. Es macht mir sehr viel Spaß, technische Dinge zu erlernen…
  • Kartslalom fahren mit Kindern – Inklusion inklusive!

    Markus Berg
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Ich freue mich, dass es meiner Familie und mir gesundheitlich wirklich gut geht. Mein jüngster Sohn Moritz (14) fährt im RC Böblingen Kartslalom und als wir im Rahmen des Vereinsvorstandes zusammen saßen, schlug ich vor: „Warum binden wir nicht auch andere Kinder in unseren Sport ein? Zum Beispiel Kinder mit einer Behinderung? Sollen die nicht auch mal Kart fahren können?“ Sofort waren alle dabei. Inklusion sollte auch im Rallye Club Böblingen stattfinden. Wir fragten bei verschiedenen Eltern, Schulen und Organisationen nach, zum Beispiel der Bodelschwingh-Schule und bei der…
  • Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup 2015

    Markus Schneider
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:05 am
    Die Mannschaft 2015: Es ist Mitte November in Sindelfingen, kühl und regnerisch. Und doch hat dieser Tag etwas ganz Besonderes für uns Azubis aus dem Werk. Es ist der Startschuss für die Mission Hattrick. Die letzten zwei Jahre ist es uns erfolgreich gelungen das Azubi-Turnier beim Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup zu gewinnen und diese Serie wollten wir im kommenden Januar fortsetzen. Fast 100 Azubis und Studenten haben sich für die Auswahltrainings angemeldet und wollen beim 25. Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup im Glaspalast auf dem Platz zu stehen. Eine große Herausforderung für unsere Trainer Herr…
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  • The Value of Evaluating Data Valuation

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    I am looking forward to visiting Cork next week to present to the IT@Cork community. One of the reasons for my visit is to discuss the topics of "Data Value" and "Data Valuation" for the first time.  For years corporations have been restructuring their people, processes, and infrastructure to extract monetary value out of data. New Big Data and Analytic infrastructures are a result of this restructuring. What I plan to talk about is related to this trend. There are more and more use cases in which corporations are assigning and monitoring the economic value of…
  • XtremIO 4.0 and dont trust people who go negative.

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    [UDPATE: 1/28/2015: 8:13pm PT - Some people have taken some erroneous impressions from this post, so I want to make a couple things clear: Poop flinging is bad whoever does it.  I'm not claiming EMC is innocent (I thought this was clear, but some clearly missed it - see comments - so I'm calling it out right up front) Poop-flinging is different than debating architecture, and when a customer presses you on what you think about someone else, I think it's fair to share your opinion on architectural strengths and weaknesses.  Every solution has pros and cons, and ultimately a customer needs to…
  • 2015 what to expect and This I Believe Part II.

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    To all - welcome to 2015!   Just came back from the Leadership meeting (couple days with leaders across the EMC Federation and then days focused on the EMC Information Infrastructure business specifically). Very inspiring.   While I can't divulge everything publicly here's what I will say: Customers love the Federation - and you can expect to see more. Our hyper-growth portfolio (XtremIO for block use cases, Isilon for scale-out NAS and HDFS) is on FIRE.  I need to be careful here - tune into our Q4/2014 EOY financial results to hear the details. We are the undisputed leader in Converged…
  • The Hesitant Entrant

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    In 2015 I plan on spending a good deal of time working with aspiring bloggers. My main message to them will be:     If you do it well, your career will take off. As a hesitant entrant into the blogosphere in 2007, I am finding today that the people who are considering blogging still have the same concerns that I did: My manager would rather that I didn't Bloggers are not getting their real work done Blogging is the equivalent of bragging I wouldn't know what to write I'm worried I would make a high-profile mistake that would reflect poorly on myself and my company I…
  • Messaging and Careers

    8 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    I work in EMC's Office of the CTO. As part of this team I have visibility into the technology vision of the Corporate CTO (John Roese). Last year I wrote a series of articles that represented his vision publicly. It was a vision that extended from the application bits running on mobile devices right down to the storage bits that live in a data lake. For an overview of last year's vision posts I recommend reviewing the bulleted items found within the Pivotal building block post from last April.  What's the purpose of putting together this messaging and circulating it…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • You Have No Idea How Good 'Batkid Begins' Will Make You Feel

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Back in 2007, a documentary called Dear Zachary premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. Directed by Kurt Kuenne, the film tracked the sickening story of a doomed romance Kurt's best friend Andrew had found himself in, and how things quickly spiraled out of control to the point where multiple people -- including Andrew and the son he never got to meet -- wound up dead. I was at the premiere of this film in 2007, unaware of its story, and that screening will forever go...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Celebrate SpongeBob: Throw a Bikini Bottom Bash

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:34 pm
      Are you ready, kids? The sponge is back! Finally, everyone’s favorite absorbent, yellow, porous friend returns to the big screen February 6 in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. So pull on your square pants and straighten your tie -- it's time to bring Bikini Bottom to your home by hosting your very own SpongeBob party for fans of all ages. Bonus: This DIY party is not just for the super-skilled, even not-so-crafty landlubbers can pull this one off....Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: Liam Hemsworth Touted for 'Independence Day' Sequel

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    ID Forever: Reportedly, Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1) has been offered the lead role in ID Forever, the sequel to Independence Day. Director Roland Emmerich will helm the project, with Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman also expected to return. [The Wrap]   The Lazarus Effect: New photos from The Lazarus Effect reveal an angry-looking, black-eyed Olivia Wilde confronting Donald Glover, with Mark Duplass and Sarah Bolger apparently hiding from her too. All...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Who Are Your Female 'Ghostbusters'? New Cast Is Revealed

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
      The '80s reboot-recasting movie news continues today, and while Chris Pratt as Indiana Jones is heavily just a rumor for now, the all-female Ghostbusters lineup has officially filled out a bit. According to various sources, these are the four lucky ladies who will all be bustin' some ghosts (pictured above, left to right): Kristen Wiig Melissa McCarthy Kate McKinnon Leslie Jones Those first two names were obvious considering...Read MoreRead Comments
  • The 'Fantastic Four' Trailer Is Here: The Thing! Johnny Storm! Watch Now!

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    The first teaser trailer for the Fantastic Four reboot has arrived! The superhero movie stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell as the titular quartet and is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle). Earlier this week Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg spoke about the movie, revealing a few unexpected details to Collider. The most surprising of the bunch? Trank's biggest influence on the way he made Fantastic Four wasn't a comic line or another...Read MoreRead Comments
 
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    Garmin Blog

  • Flying with Garmin Pilot Series, Part 2: Navigating the Moving Map

    Garmin
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
       Last week we kicked off our six-part Garmin Pilot blog series by highlighting features that make flight planning a breeze within Garmin Pilot, including loading airways, selecting preferred routes and graphical flight planning. This week, we’re going to take an in-depth look at using the moving map within Garmin Pilot and all of the capabilities it has to make finding important information easy!  Rich, Interactive Maps Garmin Pilot offers state-of-the-art interactive maps, which provide coverage around the world. Jeppesen and Garmin’s navigation data combine for…
  • Congratulations to Garmin Sponsored Outdoor TV Shows

    Garmin
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    For fans of hunting, shooting, and the outdoors, the recently-concluded SHOT Show is a special week. The industry gathers together to unveil hot new products, write orders, and catch up with old friends. It’s also where outdoor television shows are recognized, and we’re proud to report that a few Garmin-sponsored shows received some kudos from the industry. Garmin provides the VIRB action camera to the Drury’s THIRTEEN show airing on the Outdoor Channel, which won the coveted Golden Moose award for best overall production. On the Sportsman Channel, two Garmin-sponsored shows were…
  • Recap: Week 4 on the #PathToFit

    Garmin
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    With January nearly behind us, now is the time to really buckle down and truly kick your #PathToFit routine into gear. Last week, we discussed the values of eating healthier, which can be a tough challenge in its own right, but finding the time and methods for a workout can be an even greater challenge. This week, our seven bloggers dive into some great fitness tips and talk different ways to earning your steps with Garmin vívofit. We understand the difficulties that come along with making big changes in your life and we would love to help impact your shift towards a better, healthier, you.
  • Flying with Garmin Pilot Series, Part 1: Creating a Flight Plan

    Garmin
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
       Over the holiday, I had the chance to do a lot of flying thanks to the beautiful weather Santa brought our way in Kansas City. In all of that flying, I also had the opportunity to really dive into Garmin Pilot and in this series, I will share a few tips and highlight features within Garmin Pilot that really make it stand out among the rest! Plan a Flight with Ease Flight planning is an essential piece of every flight and taking advantage of all the capabilities Garmin Pilot has, can make planning any flight faster and easier. To start, visit the Flight Plan page from the Home…
  • Garmin sailing products receive high accolades

    Garmin
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    It's been an exciting week for the Garmin marine team! First at the London Boat Show, the Garmin gWind Wireless Transducer won an Innovation Award from Yachts and Yachting Magazine. This wireless wind transducer offers an easy-to-install solution that eliminates running internal cables through a mast. The gWind Wireless includes a WSI connection box and GND 10 black box bridge that allows shared communication of critical NMEA 2000 data between the Nexus Network and compatible Garmin chartplotters. Now Garmin chartplotter owners can enjoy the advantages of Nexus sail equipment…
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    FastLane

  • Video: The Connected Car Revolution

    Greg Melvin I GM Sustainability Communications
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    Connected cars are transforming transportation as we know it. From route optimization to apps that enable off-peak and renewable energy charging to ease grid load.The intersection of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid technologies will help make actual intersections safer and less congested. In this video from GreenBiz’s VERGE 2014 conference, Jon Lauckner, GM’s chief technology officer and vice president of research and development, talks about the future of connected cars and what it means for the industry, drivers and the world of mobility. The post Video: The Connected Car…
  • GM Reducing Environmental Impact in a Variety of Ways

    GM FastLane
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    I was recently given the opportunity to be a part of a group of bloggers invited by General Motors to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Mich. Fresh from an exciting and informative week in Detroit, my mind is racing. With the goal of helping others along their path towards greener, cleaner living, I went in to this experience with plenty of questions. I currently drive a crossover SUV and I’m in the market for something a little more environmentally friendly. As a busy mom with two boys and a wide array of sports gear to lug around, along with all the…
  • Made Across America

    GM FastLane
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    On Jan. 21, at about 12:35 p.m., Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) walked across the Capitol parking lot, dodging snowflakes the size of tennis balls, to a small stage set up on 3rd Street. She joined the CEOs of the auto industry’s two primary lobby groups and Kevin Reilly, chairman of the 2015 Washington Auto Show as part of the show’s “Made Across America” theme and program of the day. There were some 70 vehicles on hand, adorned with special window flags, and about 200 industry VIPs and drive teams who had driven vehicles in from auto plants from several states. Though many questioners…
  • Be a #VIPwithGMC

    GM FastLane
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    I’m so honored and excited to be teaming up with the GMC family to take you to Super Bowl XLIX via social media using #VIPwithGMC. This is all about you, the social media fans. You’ve been cheering for your teams all season, now GMC wants to give you exclusive access to some of the best events surrounding Sunday’s big game. Here’s how to come along for the ride: -       Post your favorite picture of you in your team colors on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #VIPwithGMC. We’ll print out your picture and take you with us or display them in our GMC mobile studio.
  • GM Recognizes Green Dealers

    Greg Melvin I GM Sustainability Communications
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Certain Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealerships across the U.S. are showing customers their environmental credentials. It’s all part of GM’s new “Green Dealer Recognition” program. GM is recognizing dealers with proven track records in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation, recycling, onsite nature habitats and community outreach – all areas we’re committed to across our global operations. Many of them already do these activities because of the solid business case. In fact, we frequently hear from our dealerships that sustainability…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham

    Emily Wood
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and we've started to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities. It can give them new platforms for economic development and new ways of using technology to improve life for their citizens. And, around the country, it seems to be catching on.Check out the Kansas City Startup Village and Provo…
  • Through the Google lens: Search trends January 16-22

    Emily Wood
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Here’s a side of search trends to go along with your Friday. Read on to find out what got people talking–and searching–this week.Deflate-gate and other scandalsSuper Bowl drama is already here, and it’s not even February 1. After the New England Patriots dominated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to win the AFC Championship, news broke out that 11 out of the 12 balls used by New England quarterback Tom Brady were under inflated, which is a no-no in the NFL. The league has strict rules about the air pressure in game day balls since alterations could give one team an advantage. Both Brady…
  • Through the Google lens: Search trends January 9-15

    Emily Wood
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    This time of year may be cold and dark, but there was plenty to brighten our days—and keep us searching—this week. Top of the packEl Capitan is a stunning sight on a normal day—the sheer granite face rising above the valley in Yosemite National Park is hard to miss. But this week, people around the world had an extra reason to keep their eyes on El Cap: two mountain climbers, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, made history on Wednesday when they completed the first ever free climb of the 3,000-foot wall. Searches for [el capitan climb] went up more than 1,000% as people looked to learn…
  • Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community service

    Emily Wood
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    This Monday, January 19, we’re celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and marking the national MLK Day of Service. It’s a holiday that’s especially meaningful this year: 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, and it’s a time when civil rights is at the forefront of our national conversation. Next Monday, Googlers across the country are heeding the call to give back to their communities, and we hope you’ll join us. Take some time to honor Dr. King by volunteering in your community—you can find opportunities at All for Good. In the…
  • YouTube Creators interview President Obama following the State of the Union

    Emily Wood
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Every year since 2010, President Obama has turned to YouTube and Google after his State of the Union speech to answer questions that are top of mind for the American people. Asked through YouTube video submissions or live via Google+ Hangouts, these questions always bring an interesting perspective to the issues the president addresses in his speech. This year we’re doing something we’ve never done before: bringing a handful of YouTube creators directly to the White House to talk with the president in person in a live broadcast on Thursday, January 22.YouTube creators Bethany Mota,…
 
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • Get Inspired in 2015

    Ashley Mowrey
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Fashion starts early with these cute new Graco styles, inspired by adorable, mom-approved trends. Affinia: Inspired by bold design and cool geometry. Azalea: Inspired by airy flowers and pretty prints. Stratus: Inspired by blue skies and puffy, soft clouds. Sunshine: Inspired by bright ideas and sunny dispositions. Whisk: Inspired by delicious bites that bring loved ones together. Zuba: Inspired by the whimsical animals of baby’s dreams.
  • Boost Up for Back to School

    Ashley Mowrey
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It’s that time again – your big kiddos are going back to school! Along with back-to-school shopping for the latest fashions, Sharpie ®markers, Papermate ®pens, Rubbermaid® LunchBlox™ and pencils, you may be gearing up for another back-to-school tradition: carpooling. Of course, whenever cars and kids are involved, safety is the top priority. So, as your little (or big!) one heads back to school this year, we hope you’ll enjoy our helpful tips – based on the respected American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations – to help keep all kids safe on their way to school,…
  • Graco Recalls the Harness Buckles on Select Infant Car Seats: What You Need to Know

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    As some of you may know, we’ve been working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address issues that some consumers were having difficulty opening the harness buckles used on select infant car seats. As a result, we are recalling an older model of harness buckle used on infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. As a solution, Graco will offer a free updated replacement buckle. In reviewing the matter further with NHTSA, we found that an older buckle design used on select infant car seats was difficult to open. Although they might look the…
  • 2014 Baby Bucket List

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    Longer days and warmer weather just beg for exploration – and with your little one in tow, there is so much to experience! This Summer, we’ve created our own #BabyBucketList to get you started thinking about all of the fun, new things you can do with your little one. All Summer long, we’ll reveal one item on our #BabyBucketList each week and offer additional ideas and prizes (hello, #WinItWednesday!) to help get you on your way. Be sure to share your ideas with other moms and dads in the comments below. We hope you will enjoy making memories with your little one this Summer!
  • Relay™ Click Connect™ Stroller: Everything You Need for a Run (Except Running Shoes)

    Ashley Mowrey
    12 May 2014 | 11:01 am
    As a parent, it may seem like there’s always more “stuff” you need: more diapers, an extra pacifier, wipes, a change of clothes… And, if you purchase a lot of popular performance joggers on the market, you’ll have to purchase more accessories to make the stroller work with your child’s infant car seat or to be able to carry all of your necessities (who wants to jog without a bottle of water?). That’s why Graco is proud to introduce our new Relay Click Connect Stroller – it’s the ultimate performance jogger with all accessories included! You’ll love all of these terrific…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • I'm a Catholic feminist, and my church needs me more than ever | Kristina Keneally

    Kristina Keneally
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    The pope’s comments about “breeding like rabbits” highlight the precise reason the Catholic church needs input from feminist agitators like meI recall standing in my grandmother’s kitchen with her yellow Bakelite phone to my ear, waiting on hold for a talkback radio program. I was eight years old, and my family was in another room listening to the Catholic Bishop of Toledo take questions from callers on the local AM station. Finally it was my turn. “Bishop Donovan,” I said, “I’m in third grade. The priest at our school has come to our class to ask for boys to volunteer to be…
  • Any response to family violence must include funding legal services

    Pasanna Mutha-Merennege
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Tony Abbott’s commitment to address violence against women is welcome, but it will cost more than an agreement on enforcing police protection orders across state bordersWith the appointment of Rosie Batty and Ken Lay to a newly-formed advisory panel on violence against women, Tony Abbott now has two exceptional advocates on hand to advise him on what the government needs to do to tackle the national epidemic of family violence. The prime minister has announced that in 2015, addressing violence against women will be a top priority for Coag (Council of Australian governments) and urged it to…
  • Martin Rowson on Apple's record profits – cartoon

    Martin Rowson
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
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  • The Guardian view on Greece’s debt relief: compromise is the way to go | Editorial

    Editorial
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Europe could be torn apart by divergent perspectives on debtIf what counts is what works, then the Greeks did the right thing by rejecting austerity at the ballot box. After years in which the servicing of debts has been pursued to the exclusion of every other objective, it has plainly not worked. A quarter of the economy has disappeared and half of young citizens are workless. To cap it all, the debt burden itself did not fall but instead grew to reach 175% of GDP. If that doesn’t constitute failure, then what would? To have kept doing the same thing, while expecting different…
  • The Guardian view on hung parliament negotiations: time to plan | Editorial

    Editorial
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    If no party has an overall majority in May, there could be a long gap before a government is formed. The parties need to plan for that nowAfter the general election of 2010, five days elapsed before the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. The delay, which seems small now, nevertheless took much of Britain by surprise. During those five days in May, Gordon Brown remained prime minister, as the draft cabinet manual of the time required. Mr Brown had lost the election, but he was constitutionally correct to remain prime minister and continue governing – albeit with…
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    Hu's Blog

  • Extending the Reach of Mobile and Cloud in the Enterprise

    Hu Yoshida
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Most enterprises today, view mobility as a strategic initiative that will increase productivity and efficiency, enrich their business process and enable them to compete in a fast changing world. Mobility is closely tied to cloud. Mobility and cloud have replaced the old, rigid, client server paradigm and opened up a world of new possibilities. Wireless email, calendaring, and contact have become ubiquitous in most enterprises.  While these enterprise applications can be securely managed in a mobile environment, there are a number of other enterprise applications that could benefit from cloud…
  • HCP Raises the Bar for Object storage with Integrated Content Mobility Solutions

    Hu Yoshida
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today, Hitachi Data Systems is announcing major enhancements to our Hitachi Content platform that raises the bar for object storage. The graphic below shows the breadth and scope of the Hitachi Content Platform with the new enhancements that are highlighted in red. Remote Offices Hitachi Data Ingestor, HDI, which is a file-based gateway for file serving needs at remote/branch offices and on-ramping data to an HCP-based cloud, provides even greater elastic scalability of file storage by managing remote site and cloud storage quotas in a consistent manner from a single interface. This helps…
  • The Growth of Object Storage in 2014

    Hu Yoshida
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    2014 was a year in which there was an increased focus on object storage. Our object storage platform, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP),is part of a tightly integrated  portfolio of HCP (object-based cloud storage), HCP Anywhere (enterprise file sync and share), and the Hitachi Data Ingestor (cloud file gateway). This portfolio saw a tremendous amount of growth as we made some major announcements around mobility and cloud connectivity with HCP. In this post I will summarize how the Object storage market was viewed at the beginning of the year with Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for…
  • The Role of “Software Defined” in the Management of Virtual Infrastructures

    Hu Yoshida
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Analysts predict that by 2016, 85% of workloads will be virtualized. Although virtualization results in tremendous enhancements in resource utilization and agility, challenges remain in the management of virtual infrastructures. This is where “Software Defined” can help. In my trends blog for 2015, I identified “Software Defined” as a key step toward simplifying and automating the IT infrastructure through communication between the software and infrastructure via APIs or client/providers. The key to management is communications. The tool from VMware, vCenter Operations…
  • Happy New Year 2015

    Hu Yoshida
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:38 pm
    What could be the better subject than Virtual Volumes (VVol) for my first blog of the year 2015. Sometime back I wrote about VVol and its promise to change the paradigm of storage management through significant enhancement in automation and efficiency throughout the life cycle of a virtual machine (VM).  I identified it in my trends for 2015 as an example of how “Software Defined” can provide the communication between software and infrastructure to enhance the capabilities of both. Arguably, VVol  has been the most talked about subject in VMworld and other industry forums,…
 
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    Inside Scoop

  • Intel’s User Experience Vision

    Jason Hoffman
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    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 found is that…
  • 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…
  • Intel Extreme Masters San Jose, Our First Home Game

    Don Bowden
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    It doesn’t get any better than this, spending the weekend with several thousand of my friends (we are all gamers after all) watching some incredible League of Legend and StarCraft II matches while cheering  for our favorites teams and players to win and advance to the World Championships in Katowice, Poland next March. Local favorites Cloud 9 crushed Unicorns of Love 3-0 in the League of Legends finals with some inspired game play, here are some of the highlights from the final round. Along with claiming the win here in San Jose and an invite to the world Championships, Cloud9 walked away…
  • The Hottest Holiday Deals on Intel-powered Devices

    Jorge Vergara
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Chances are, that when you’re looking at what friends and loved ones want for the holidays this year, tech gifts are at the top of the list. In its 21st Annual Holiday Forecast, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) found that 3 in 5 adults are expected to give a tech gift this holiday season, totaling nearly $34 billion – more than ever before. At the top of the wish list again this year are tablets, laptops and smartphones. Every year on Black Friday, consumers can find some of the best deals on electronics and this year is no different. There are hundreds of options for tablets,…
  • Make it Wearable: The Show is About to Begin!

    Marcia Hansen
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Behind the scenes today at the Make it Wearable Challenge Finals Event. The show is about to begin. The first phase of the Make it Wearable Finalist presentations are about to begin! The stage is being set, lighting is adjusted, the DJ is getting ready to spin tunes, and we have a luminary panel of judges ready to be seated, including Intel’s CEO, Bryan Krzanich, tennis superstar and entrepreneur Venus Williams, fashion and accessories entrepreneur Uri Minkoff, Pauline Brown – Chairman of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy), Hubert Joly – CEO of Best Buy, Stefan Olander from…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • WW Pharmaceuticals Chairman Joaquin Duato Shares His Leadership Perspectives in PwC’s 18th Annual Global CEO Survey

    lwcurator
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Editor’s Note:  Joaquin Duato, Worldwide Chairman of our Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, was asked to participate in the 18th Annual PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLC Global CEO Survey on behalf of Johnson & Johnson and our senior leadership team. Every year, PwC interviews top global leaders about the global economy and their perspectives on business challenges and opportunities. This year’s survey focuses on themes such as strategies for business growth, the emergence of digital technology, and talent diversity and adaptability.  The survey results were shared earlier today in…
  • A new culture in science, a better outcome for public health

    lwcurator
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:33 pm
    By Joanne Waldstreicher, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson Innovation in the interest of public health happens faster when researchers in both the public and private sectors share information and work together. We’ve seen this happening to the greatest extent during the current Ebola epidemic. Imagine if this were the new culture and the new standard in science.  If done responsibly so that we could also maintain a healthy R&D ecosystem, sharing data from clinical studies can help advance the science that is the foundation of all medical care. Our primary…
  • Collaborating to Speed Development of an Ebola Vaccine

    lwcurator
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson Ebola continues to cause suffering among patients, families and health care workers in West Africa.  In response, the world’s scientific, pharmaceutical, regulatory, and public health communities have united in taking action to find new ways to collaborate and drive forward innovations to help prevent Ebola infection.  These collaborative efforts are happening at record pace, and they offer a window into what is possible in the face of a global epidemic. Speed matters.  To…
  • The 10 Most-read Stories of 2014

    lwcurator
    27 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    Compiled by the Johnson & Johnson Social Media Team From paying tribute to our military veterans to the continued fight against HIV and AIDS, Johnson & Johnson had a wealth of stories and news to share on a wide range of topics in 2014. Here’s a list of the top 10 JNJ Blog posts that readers clicked on the most. Visit us here in 2015 when we continue the conversation about J&J news and events. 10. Meet Our U.S. Military Veterans In honor of Veterans Day this year, J&J recognized and thanked all those who served in the military, including our own employees. This post…
  • Caring for our Heroes

    lwcurator
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    by Susan Can, Senior Director of Corporate Equity and Strategic Partnerships, Johnson & Johnson We have a very active employee Veterans Leadership Council at Johnson & Johnson, and in partnership with them, we’ve had an exciting year supporting our servicemen and women, and their families in 2014. Here’s a snapshot of the work we’ve done this year: In February, we were pleased to announce our partnership with American Corporate Partners (ACP), a unique non-profit organization dedicated to assisting U.S. military veterans in their transition from the military to the civilian…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Learning How to Throw Blind: LinkedIn Speaker Series with NFL Hall of Famer, Steve Young

    David White
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    On January 29, 1995, the San Francisco 49ers walked out of the locker room at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida to face the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. It didn’t take long for the 49ers, led by Steve Young, to stake their claim as the better team by scoring two touchdowns within five minutes and going on to win with a final score of 49-26. While the Super Bowl was the sporting event of the year and a continuation of 49er dominance in the NFL, for Steve, it was the culmination of a personal journey that included learning to throw blind, holding himself and the team accountable,…
  • Privacy and Transparency at LinkedIn: What You Can Do

    Sara Harrington
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    Today is Data Privacy Day, an international program aimed at raising privacy awareness and encouraging people to take steps to manage their online presence. In that spirit, we invite you to get to know your LinkedIn privacy settings, and to review the latest installment of our transparency report, published today. The report shows how many times law enforcement or other government officials asked us to provide member data over the last six-month period. It also describes how we support modernizing and reforming government surveillance and data access laws. We also wanted to use Data Privacy…
  • Raising the Bar on Social Impact: Announcing LinkedIn Nonprofit Innovation Grants 2014 [SLIDESHOW]

    Geoff Brooks
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. As Co-Chair of the LinkedIn for Good for Employees Grants Program, I’m inspired everyday by fellow employees who contribute to this vision above and beyond their day jobs. For this reason, two years ago, we created the Employee Grants Program as an opportunity to support employee commitment to social innovation. Employees apply for $10,000 USD to support their favorite nonprofit’s next innovative initiative, and then support them in bringing that innovation to life. I’m proud to share that…
  • Optimism About the Economy On The Decline: Results From 2014 LinkedIn Economic Confidence Outlook

    Sam Gager
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    In 2014, we conducted a quarterly survey of senior business leaders to measure their optimism on the global economy, their country’s economy, and other indicators of economic growth. The LinkedIn Economic Confidence Outlook shed light into various aspects of the global economy by tapping into the minds of business leaders on LinkedIn in countries that represent two-thirds of global economic output. Here’s what we’ve learned about economic confidence in 2014. Optimism about the economy declined The majority of business leaders felt less optimistic about their country economy and the…
  • Brand YOU Year: How to Brand Yourself Without Sounding Like Everyone Else

    Catherine Fisher
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:58 am
    If you’re motivated about your career, passionate about doing your best work, and are highly creative, then I’ve got news for you: so is everyone else.  We’ve just announced our annual list of the words that make you go ‘meh’ – the most overused, underwhelming buzzwords and phrases in LinkedIn profiles of 2014 across the world. The number one offender? ‘Motivated.’ The new year inspires many of us to start thinking about our careers and explore new job opportunities.  Before you begin your search, take some time to think about your professional brand and how…
 
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    Lulu Blog

  • Release Notes: 2015.03

    Glenn_Lulu
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    As part of our 2015 resolutions, we are making it easier than ever for you to keep up with new site features, enhancements and bug fixes by sharing release information in both our community forums and our blog. To start off the new year, we are freshening up a page in the publishing wizard, update iBookstore revenue calculations, enhancing bookstore search, and advising users to upgrade their browsers. Congratulations! Page Redesign The Congratulations page of the publishing wizard previously included lots of text, 10 links, and five buttons. Some of the text was helpful and some was a little…
  • FableVision Learning and Lulu Jr. Announce Partnership to Tackle Writing Challenges for Kids

    Glenn_Lulu
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
            NY Times Best-Selling Author & Creativity Champ Peter H. Reynolds to Host My Awesome Publishing Company! TM Book Creation Platform for Students BOSTON, MA and RALEIGH, NC–(Marketwired – January 12, 2015) – There’s no feeling quite as awesome as holding your very own published book in your hands for the first time. Two companies have joined forces to make this magical moment a reality for kids around the globe. FableVision Learning, award-winning educational media and software publisher, and Lulu Jr., the children’s division of…
  • Facebook CEO resolves to read 26 books in 2015

    Glenn_Lulu
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Could yours be one of them?   Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, is known for his ambitious New Year’s resolutions. Last year he learned to speak Mandarin. In past years he became a vegetarian (except for animals he killed himself), made an effort to meet a new person everyday (who was not a Facebook employee), wrote a thank you note everyday, and wore a tie every day (well, this one isn’t as extraordinary). This year’s resolution, announced on January 2nd, is as equally impressive. “My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on…
  • Our First Reddit AMA

    Brook Terran
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    All right, Reddit, we admit it, we have been lurking you longer than we should have. First you wooed us with memes, viral videos and funny pictures of cats. Then we realized that Reddit has real depth and grit. The front page of the internet has every relevant news article, opinion paper and helpful how-to for whatever your passion is. And you know what? That’s something we can get behind. Since /r/books became one of the default subreddits you are set up with during account creation, we like to think there’s been a resurgence of interest in what we do best: the printed word. Over…
  • Email Marketing 101: Making the Most of Seasonal Sales

    Henry at Lulu
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Let’s try out a few seasonal metaphors for your email marketing efforts… Stuff your readers’ stockings with email! Deck the halls with deals on eBooks! Pass the turkey and mashed potatoes… and… strategically develop an email marketing plan that takes advantage of Lulu.com’s sales and special offers… Okay, so that last one doesn’t really flow. But – it’s good advice all the same. Email marketing that coincides with Lulu’s impressive special offers is the next best thing to having your books carried right down your readers’ chimneys. What’s so great about it? For…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • 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...
  • What I Learned From Coach Urban Meyer

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    In my office I have a few pictures of my family and leaders who I am proud of and seek to emulate. One of these is an autographed picture of Urban Meyer, who The Wall Street Journal recently headlined, “Once and Future King of College Football.” I followed Coach Meyer’s...
  • It All Started with a Ford Model T

    Marriott on the Move
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    It all started with a Ford Model T and a couple who had fallen in love. On the day they married, they left Salt Lake City, Utah and drove east until they hit Washington, D.C. The trip took 11 days. They went over a lot of hills, and the ‘ol...
  • Setting The World on Fire

    Marriott on the Move
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Have you ever met someone who is setting the world on fire – young, passionate, opinionated. I was sitting in a Marriott Family Foundation meeting the other day and was introduced to our newest program manager, Hannah. She shook my hand and it was one of the firmest grips I’ve...
  • My Top 10 of 2014

    Marriott on the Move
    27 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    As 2014 winds down, I’ve noticed a lot of “greatest hits” that are listed for this year. Not to be out done, I’ve compiled my own for my dedicated blog readers. Some on the list are personal and some are business-related. 10. Employing and providing opportunities for an additional 35,000...
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    The Old New Thing

  • The compiler can make up its own calling conventions, within limits

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A customer was confused by what they were seeing when debugging. It is our understanding that the Windows x86-64 calling convention passes the first four parameters in registers rcx, rdx, r8, and r9. But we're seeing the parameters being passed some other way. Given the function prototype int LogFile::Open(wchar_t *path, LogFileInfo *info, bool verbose); we would expect to see the parameters passed as rcx = this rdx = path r8 = info r9 = verbose but instead we're seeing this: rax=0000000001399020 rbx=0000000003baf238 rcx=00000000013c3260 rdx=0000000003baf158 rsi=000000000139abf0…
  • Tip for trying to boost morale: Don't brag about your overseas trips

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Once upon a time, a senior manager held a team meeting to address low team morale. Attempting to highlight how important the project was, he opened by saying, "I just got back from ⟨faraway country⟩, meeting with some of our important clients, and..." This remark had exactly the opposite effect from what the manager intended. Instead of revitalizing the team, the team became even more despondent. "Here we are, working late and coming in on weekends, and this senior manager is telling us about his recent overseas junket." (After he left, I heard that he still pulled this stunt with…
  • Customizing item enumeration with IShellItem

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you are using the original IShell­Folder interface, then you can use SHCONTF values to customize how child items are enumerated. But what if you're using IShell­Item? Let's take it one step at a time. First, the basic program. (Remember, Little Programs do little to no error checking.) #define UNICODE #define _UNICODE #define STRICT #define STRICT_TYPED_ITEMIDS #include <windows.h> #include <shlobj.h> #include <atlbase.h> #include <atlalloc.h> #include <propsys.h> #include <stdio.h> int __cdecl wmain(int argc, wchar_t **argv) { CCoInitialize…
  • Helper functions to make shell bind contexts slightly more manageable

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last time, we learned about the wonderful world of shell bind context strings, and I promised some helper functions to make this slightly more manageable. Here are some helper functions which supplement the Create­Bind­Ctx­With­Opts function we created some time ago. #include <propsys.h> HRESULT EnsureBindCtxPropertyBag( IBindCtx *pbc, REFIID riid, void **ppv) { *ppv = nullptr; CComPtr<IUnknown> spunk; HRESULT hr = pbc->GetObjectParam(STR_PROPERTYBAG_PARAM, &spunk); if (FAILED(hr)) { hr = PSCreateMemoryPropertyStore(IID_PPV_ARGS(&spunk)); if…
  • The wonderful world of shell bind context strings

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Some time ago, we saw how the IBindCtx parameter to IShell­Folder::Parse­Display­Name can be used to modify how the parse takes place. More generally, the IBindCtx parameter to a function is a catch-all miscellaneous options parameter. The interesting part of the bind context is all the stuff that has been added to it via the IBindCtx::Register­Object­Param method. You can attach arbitrary objects to the bind context, using a string to identify each one. Some bind context parameters are like Boolean parameters that simply change some default behavior of the operation. For…
 
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Oracle Cloud Forum - Mapping Security Controls to the Value of Data

    Troy Kitch-Oracle
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Learn how to prioritize your security control deployments by watching Oracle's Cloud Platform Online Forum session, "Applying a Data-Centric Security Strategy in the Cloud." Most organizations are worried about putting sensitive data into the cloud. In fact, industry reports indicate data breaches and data loss are their top two concerns. Case in point, my previous blog article discusses how more than a third (34%) of organizations believe that a data breach is "somewhat likely" to "inevitable" in 2015. Rather than apply a one size fits all approach to…
  • Tracking application resource use

    Darryl Gove
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    One question you might ask is "how much memory is my application consuming?". Obviously you can use prstat (prstat -cp <pid> or prstat -cmLp <pid>) to examine the behaviour of a process. But how about programmatically finding that information. OTN has just published an article where I demonstrate how to find out about the resource use of a process, and incidentally how to put that functionality into a library that reports resource use over time.
  • Partners Announce Support for Oracle Linux

    Zeynep Koch
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Scores of leading technology partners -independent software vendors, hardware vendors, and system integrators- support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Several independent software vendors and SIs recently announced their support for Oracle Linux: SAS for SAS 9.4 TS1M2 (9.4 M2) application platform Symantec for its Endpoint Protection 12.1.5 client for Linux Symantec Storage Foundation and High Availability 6.2 product suite  Capgemini has certified its OCommerce solution on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM To see full list of Partners supporting Oracle Linux, visit our Oracle Linux Partners page.
  • Enterprise Performance Management Error Correction Policy

    Paul Anderson -Oracle
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    (in via Susan) Oracle recently published the Enterprise Performance Management Error Correction Policy.  This document describes how Oracle delivers error correction (fixes) for Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) in the form of Patch Sets, Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Patch Set Exceptions (PSE) for releases under Premier and Extended Support, and the grace periods for which prior Patch Sets and Patch Set Updates are eligible for correction.  The document complements the Lifetime Support and Technical Support Policies.    For information on the Oracle Enterprise…
  • Maximize Lead-to-Contract Performance

    Sylvie MacKenzie, PMP
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Written By Garrett Harley How much does it cost you to find new projects?  The engineering and construction industry wastes millions of dollars just seeking new work. On average, companies only win one out of every four jobs they pursue, squandering resources and limiting growth potential. That means a $10 billion company wastes $75 million annually on failed bids.  In a typical engineering and construction organization, rarely do the teams that prepare the estimates for project bids and the teams that deliver those projects share information. Many geographically distributed…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • President Obama Calls for Wilderness Protection of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    Kasey
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    By Ron Hunter, Patagonia Environmental Activism Manager The Obama administration has finalized a sweeping new management plan for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska that proposes designating millions of acres as Wilderness and off-limits to most oil and gas development. President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell unveiled the Refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP), recommending a Wilderness designation for the Arctic Refuge’s Coastal Plain.  This is big news. This CCP recommendation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) recognizes the value of the…
  • Dave Rosenbarger 1976-2015

    Patagonia
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    We are saddened today to give you the tragic news that Patagonia ski ambassador Dave Rosenbarger—“American Dave” as we knew him—died on Friday, January 23 when he was caught in an avalanche while skiing on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Dave has been a part of the Patagonia family since 2010. Our hearts go out to Dave’s family and friends. He was an inspiration to many and his loss will be felt around the world. Josh Nielsen, Patagonia Global Marketing Director, Outdoor, shares this remembrance:    “He was the epitome of a pure passion skier—someone who didn’t…
  • Freediving the Wreckage of Lelu Harbor

    Kasey
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    By Matt Rott, photos by Matt Shepherd It’s funny how easily we miss out on opportunities lying just under our noses—especially when we’re trapped in the narrow-minded, one-dimensional pursuit of something as fleeting as a wave. I’d been chasing the left-hander breaking into Lelu Harbor for nearly fifteen years, enduring lengthy flat spells and months of inclement weather conditions in hopes of scoring extra large northeast swells and rare west winds. Yet, after a decade-and-a-half’s worth of trips, waiting impatiently for waves that never seemed to arrive on time, I remained…
  • Watch Tommy Caldwell Climb Pitch 15 (5.14c) on The Dawn Wall

    Patagonia
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the first free ascent of The Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s El Capitan. Today we’re happy to share this exclusive video of Tommy climbing pitch 15, rated 5.14c—the first footage released by the film crew on the wall.  “The crux holds of pitch 15 are some of the smallest and sharpest holds I have ever attempted to hold onto,” Tommy wrote on his Facebook page. Four unique camera angles reveal those minuscule holds and the 1,300 feet of exposure under Tommy’s precarious foot placements. While multiple pitches of extremely…
  • Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson Make First Free Ascent of Yosemite’s Dawn Wall!

    Patagonia
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    We’ve been watching the updates with bated breath and now all of us at Patagonia are thrilled to congratulate Tommy Caldwell and his partner Kevin Jorgeson on the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall in Yosemite Valley. Tommy first conceived the idea of the climb in 2007 and, seven years later, summited the route on the afternoon of January 14, 2015 after spending 19 days on the wall—and with much of the climbing world viewing the last pitches via live video stream. Longtime readers will be familiar with our coverage of the Dawn Wall dating back to 2010. It’s been a long haul and we…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Driving Blind Can Get You Fined - Clean the Snow Off Your Car!

    Petro-Canada
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    You're leaving for work. It's dark. It's cold. It snowed last night and your car is blanketed with several inches of powder. Do you: a) Just give the windshield a swipe and hope the rest blows off before you hit...<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/FiThLHroDkQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Get a Grip: When and Where to Use Snow Chains for Winter Driving

    Petro-Canada
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I've lived in Canada my entire life and have never put on snow chains. If you don't drive in the mountains or in extreme winter weather conditions, chances are you've never used snow chains either! But in certain winter weather...<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/cRh6ARR4Fbs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Questions to Ask When Buying a New Car

    Petro-Canada
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    We bought our current car back in 2006, brand new from the dealership. It was largely a purchase driven of necessity ... the old one had finally reached that tipping point where it was more expensive to repair than what...<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/gkUETfW6Tz8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Get Home Safe During the Holiday Season

    Petro-Canada
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock I love the holidays ... the lights, the music, the parties, the cocktails. Ahhh .. the cocktails. OK, time for Real Talk. If you're planning to have a tipple this holiday season when you're out and about, you...<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/fgQmXd-BeS4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • One for the Road - Great Books about Cars and Driving

    Petro-Canada
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Last week we posted some ideas for the car lover on your holiday gift list. But what if your intended recipient is more of the armchair variety? Less about driving experiences and gear, and more about the story...<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/ZvlX19qjkz0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
 
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    Open Mike

  • 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…
  • More on Hollywood and self censorship

    Mike Critelli
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:06 pm
    After I published a blog this morning on The Interview, the following piece appeared in a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/film-expert-sony-surrender-joins-759754?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=hollywoodreporter_breakingnews&utm_campaign=THR%20Breaking%20News_now_2014-12-21%2014%3A54%3A16_RGajewski It is worth reading for several reasons: It gives even more examples of how films have precipitated violent protests. It casts Hollywood’s obsession with “free speech” in a light that suggests a great…
  • Observations about Sony, The Interview, and free speech

    Mike Critelli
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Beyond the news and entertainment value of the leaked emails from what now appears to be a cyber warfare campaign against Sony by the North Korean government for its now aborted release of The Interview, there are more serious issues this incident raises.   Hollywood has had a shameful history of being attuned and responsive to political power. We have allowed a vitally important industry to be highly concentrated in a handful of large public for-profit companies.  Moreover, this is an industry heavily dependent on the good will of both the U.S. and foreign governments.  The…
  • Why health information policymakers should read “Moneyball”

    Mike Critelli
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Recently, I happened to pick up and read a chapter in the middle of Michael Lewis’ great book Moneyball, which I enjoyed even more than the film, although I liked the film as well. In recounting the history of collection and use of baseball statistical data, Lewis described what I consider to be a most interesting parallel between the history of baseball statistical data and the history of healthcare data.  In both cases, the statistics that should have been freely available to the broader public or even to the individuals whose data was being collected were withheld by those who collected…
  • Why government decisions that seem stupid are often rational, although flawed

    Mike Critelli
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Why governments, businesses, educational institutions, and non-profits consistently make certain kinds of bad decisions are quite different from what we understand.  In this blog, I will touch upon a few of them.   Why federal, state and local governments have created horrific retiree medical benefit obligations. We assume that elected officials and those they appoint to head government agencies are mindlessly stupid in agreeing to large, open-ended and permanent retiree medical benefits.  We understandably ask: “What were they thinking?”   They were not stupid or irrational,…
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    Progress Newsroom

  • 3 Best Practices for Delivering Cloud Apps

    Michelle Tackabery
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Richard Stone of Progress Software Richard Stone, Product Marketing Director in our Application Development and Deployment division, guest authored a new post on the HP Grounded in the Cloud blog, titled, “Delivering Applications in the Cloud: Three Emerging Best Practices.” Customer conversations highlighted three areas, which Richard reviews in detail: Reevaluate your application development strategy sooner rather than later Avoid creeping IT complexity and cost Application deployment flexibility is critical for legislative compliance. Give it a look! Author informationMichelle…
  • Making IT into the Enabler of Change

    Mark Troester
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    Mark Troester, Senior Director, Progress Pacific By enabling citizen developers, IT can concentrate on higher value work and engage more effectively with the business. In my previous blog post, I mentioned the priesthood mentality that has sometimes crept into the world of IT. To some extent, it’s what happens to any group of experts, especially when the rest of the world doesn’t have their particular skills or knowledge. For IT, the era of expertise exclusivity is long past. Renegade business types bought PCs and declared independence from central computing, Excel gave them…
  • Why DMSi Abandoned Salesforce for Progress Rollbase

    Michelle Tackabery
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    What does it take for a company to abandon investments of time and money in Salesforce? A better alternative. That’s what DMSi discovered when they decided to give Progress® Rollbase® a try at CRM. A long-time Rollbase customer, DMSi is the leading business management solution for distributors of building materials and forest products. The company was using Salesforce, but it was expensive, and even after five years, lacked the flexibility, agility and ease of use DMSi needed to accommodate its large customer base. The team at DMSi decided to forsake its Salesforce implementation and…
  • Progress Easyl and Tableau: A Match Made in Heaven

    Adam Breakey
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    Though Tableau has revolutionized data analytics, there is still a serious need in the market for data preparation and data blending tools. These days, every aspect of business is heavily reliant on data, and for good reason. It is now incredibly easy to gather data on every aspect of your organization, and tools like Tableau make visualizing and gaining important insights into that data simpler than ever. Companies can now fine-tune their offerings to their customers based on hard evidence from marketing and sales campaigns, usage patterns, and more. Data Preparation 101 The brave new world…
  • The Data Wrangler: Tips for Easy Data Preparation

    Rich Julius
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    Rich Julius, Principal Product Manager, Progress Easyl Product management organizations are often focused on markets and competition, but nothing is more satisfying—and arguably more important—than working with clients to see our products solving real business problems around data analysis. So I take a genuine interest in our customers struggling with data integration challenges, and I often spend hours with a customer making sure that they get the most value they can from Progress® Easyl™. These customer use cases help me and my colleagues learn more about the real-world applications…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • SWA Meteorology: Halos

    Rebecca Miller, SWA Meteorologist
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    It’s a photo that’s been circulating around the interwebs: a spectacular display of halos, arcs and lines all around the sun, taken by Joshua Thomas in Red River, New Mexico on January 9. We’ve all seen halos around the sun and moon, but I bet you’ve never seen anything like this! One of the subjects meteorologists study in college is optical physics in order to explain things like halos, but it took an expert physicist in atmospheric optics to identify the many halos here. Dr. Les Cowley (it’s misspelled on the picture) from Atmospheric Optics (www.aoptics.co.uk) has diagrammed the…
  • Who Moved My Queso? Cancun Changes Time Zone

    Bill Owen
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Some of you may remember the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” that came out in 1998.  It was quite the thing then and it was all about how people deal with change. In the 16 years since, it’s safe to say that Southwest has seen its fair share of changes. From new cities and new airplanes to international service, Southwest’s cheese has moved a lot as we’ve grown in the last decade and a half.  But with all that cheese-movin’, sometimes unexpected things burst through the front door like rowdy guests at a surprise party. This is one of those times!  We found out last week that the…
  • Flashback Fridays: Saying Goodnight to the 737-200s

    Richard West
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    When Southwest’s Founder Herb Kelleher was in search for an aircraft to start an airline with back in 1971, Boeing offered him a deal that was hard to pass up – a handsome discount off the list price along with 90 percent financing on one of their relatively newest aircraft line, the 737-200.  And for the next 34 years, that series of aircraft would go on to not only help Southwest survive, but prosper.  So of course when it came time for the final -200 to retire from service, a proper sendoff was in order.  And that’s exactly what it received ten years ago this month when a…
  • Herb Collects More Hardware: Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award

    Linda Rutherford
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    What do John Travolta, Harrison Ford, and Angelina Jolie have in common with our beloved Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Herb Kelleher? They share a dedication to aviation! On Friday, January 16, Herb accepted the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award at the 12th-annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Hosted by John Travolta, the awards are considered among the most prestigious and important recognition events in aviation. The Legends meet annually to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions in aviation. Herb’s Leadership…
  • Flight Number Trivia: Guess the ‘Big Game’ Significance

    Mark Milligan
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    When it comes to staying in the game, sometimes you have to get creative with your way of thinking. Here at Southwest, our Network Planning and Performance Team is staying on top of their skills by creating some incredible experiences for our Customers. This week, they announced the addition of several new nonstop flights between Seattle and Phoenix and Manchester and Boston and Phoenix for the big game in Phoenix next month. But let’s take a step back. Before the flights were even available for sale, there was another group of football fanatics ready to hit the gridiron. They were the ones…
 
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    Guided By History

  • A look back at 2014

    Joycee Wong
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    Wells Fargo is a global financial services company, serving customers in more than 130 countries, but our corporate heritage remains deeply rooted in our Vision and Values. Each day in the San Francisco History Museum, I have the chance to put those values into practice with every visitor.  One of our Vision and Values states,“ We want our team members to have fun… ‘Fun’ for us means enjoying our work, enjoying the people we work with, enjoying the difference we make in the lives of our customers and communities..” Looking back in 2014, teams from all 11 of our history…
  • Second of Exchange: When Business is History

    Amanda Walters
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    John Sipple holding the original documents (Image courtesy of John Sipple) Recently Historical Services received a research request from team member John Sipple with Wells Fargo Wealth Management, who was interested in knowing more about a set of documents he owns, including an 1862 Second of Exchange and a personal letter.  As someone who sees transcribing old letters as a personal challenge that must be conquered, I was more than willing to take on the task.  The following is the transcribed letter. San Francisco December 20-1862 Dear Brother Luther I shall send you with this a draft…
  • University of Oregon College Football

    Steve Greenwood
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tonight is all about college football as the Ohio State Buckeyes and the University of Oregon Ducks faceoff for the NCAA championship. Before college bowls, national rankings, and now playoffs, college football was a regional contest. College football in Oregon and the rest of the United States started gathering public interest by the end of the 19th century. (University of Oregon’s first college football gameImage from Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries) In 1894, the University of Oregon won its first college football game by defeating Albany…
  • Order in the Chaos of World War One: Wells Fargo in Europe

    Steven Greenstein
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    On June 28, 1914, the archduke of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Ferdinand, is killed in Sarajevo by a terrorist. This however is seen as an act of war, and within quick succession, battle lines are drawn. France, Great Britain and Russia, declare war on Germany, and Austria- Hungary (for more on “The Great War, check out this website from PBS). Stuck in the middle are Wells Fargo business operations, and an untold number of Americans. From the Wells Fargo Archives World War One began quickly—although the underlying tensions had been simmering for years. There was not much time to…
  • On to the next year

    Danielle Anderson
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    We had a fabulous year, but today 2014 comes to a close and tomorrow starts a new year full of possibilities. We are excited to kick off the New Year in the annual Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, California. It is one of the biggest and most exciting events of the year so come on down and see the stagecoaches decorated with beautiful flowers… we may even have a surprise! Wells Fargo Stagecoaches in Tournament of Roses parade 2014 up close view of the flower decorations on the Wells Fargo Stagecoach Our new year’s resolution for the stagecoach is to see a few more cities this year,…
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    DocuSign blogs

  • Behind a REALTORS® Digital Life: Musings from my Mobile

    Melissa McHone
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Contributed by Chadney Barcus, Regional Marketing Manager at Coldwell Banker  What REALTOR wouldn’t want to do away with paper? The beauty of being a Real Estate professional is engaging with clients. It’s personal: you’re making their dreams into a reality. Part of that reality is making sure the process leading up to home ownership is as streamlined as possible. That’s where digital platforms come into play. Just as caffeine unleashes energy, digital platforms, like DocuSign’s Digital Transaction Management (DTM), unleashes pure simplicity. It’s only natural: when you dump…
  • Learning to Love the End User: Digital Transformation and the Path of Least Resistance

    Kevin Boyle
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:34 am
    When planning your digital transformation, make sure to design your solutions in a way that makes your users’ lives easier. Otherwise, they will find the path of least resistance, regardless of your best laid risk and compliance plans.   Most organisations are now looking for digital alternatives to painful, paper based processes. Out of pragmatism, many accept fax or scan-and-email as substitutes for paper contracts. None of these methods, however, allow the authentication and assurance of document integrity that a dedicated Digital Transaction Management system provides, and that ensure…
  • How REALTORS® Can Raise Their Bar with Digital Tools

    Farah Ahmed
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Contributed by Raj Qsar, Owner and Principal at The Boutique Real Estate Group  Now that the days of paper trenches are (nearly) long gone and you’re swimming in digital options galore, how do you know what works and what might not equal the ROI you had in mind? Your schedule probably redefines busy, so why sleuth around for the answers? Just come to me for the digital dirt and I’ll set you up with the wisdom and guide you to the tools that actually ramp your business Cloud-bound (i.e. skyrocketing success in all matters ROI and keeping your clients and employees delighted). For my team…
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Make that template look GREAT! - Best practices for adding fields to a document.

    Michael Palmer
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Tired of your documents looking like this? When you're adding fields to a document, you want to be sure that they look great for your signers. Properly align, resize, and select the font and font size you want to make your documents shine. Whether you're tagging a template or just a single document, these tips will help you keep your fields looking sharp. To get started, upload a document and add any signers you want, then click ADD FIELDS to get started. To add your fields with precision: From the tagging screen, click and drag the field you want to the document. Click to select the field…
  • Inertia: Biggest Barrier to Adoption

    Anu Gardiner
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The role of inertia as a barrier to adoption of new technologies in Medicine and Law has been widely documented. In a 2013 study titled "Public Sector Transformation Processes and Internet Public Procurement", the authors cite organizational inertia and resistance to change as one of the five most important barriers to eProcurement adoption. In a paper titled “Organizational Inertia as Barrier to Firms’ IT Adoption”, author Steffi Haag reports on an in-depth study of organization inertia using 100+ companies and digs deeper into types of inertia, namely cognitive, behavioral,…
 
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • Collaboration calls for teamwork

    Lisanne Powers
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Ask decision makers what they consider to be critical to achieving their key business objectives, and many will say collaboration. In a recent study by IDG Global Research commissioned by AT&T, 79 percent of respondents considered internal collaboration to be highly important, and 60 percent considered external collaboration to be highly important. Yet the same research shows more than half do not consider their organizations highly effective in using technology to enable collaboration. Clearly, there’s much room for improvement. Challenges for decision makers While many leaders…
  • Collaboration calls for teamwork

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    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
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  • Are your employees your best defense against cyber hackers?

    John Savarese
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Cyber threats are ever present, and hackers are getting smarter and more creative. As these threats become more frequent and sophisticated, it’s not a matter of if, but when, an organization will experience a breach. Per Dave DeWalt, Fire Eye CEO, “97 percent — literally 97 percent of all companies — are getting breached.” Delivering malware, for example, into a corporate enterprise is often facilitated by accessing a website, opening an email/attachment, or perhaps inserting a USB device that can introduce viruses capable of corrupting the system or stealing information.
  • Harness the power of UC in the adaptive supply chain

    Lisanne Powers
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Does anyone remember when just in time (JIT) manufacturing came to prominence? In the JIT production model, items are created to meet demand, not in surplus or in advance of need. The purpose is to avoid the waste associated with overproduction, waiting, and excess inventory. For the early JIT practitioners, the objectives were simple: reduce stockpiling, waste, and costs. While the same supply challenges still exist, today there are advanced information and communications technology (ICT) solutions, like unified communications (UC), which not only support adaptive supply chains, but also…
  • Sandy Verma, Senior Director of Asia Pacific for Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T

    Sandy Verma
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    Sandy Verma leads AT&T’s Internet of Things Solutions in Asia Pacific. The global practice provides an industry leading suite of machine-to-machine (M2M) services with global connectivity, application delivery platforms and Vertical Strategies – supported by professional services and a consulting practice instituting world-class organizational transformation. Now based in Hong Kong, Sandy has a dynamic track record of more than a decade in the wireless industry. He has been at the forefront of mobility solutions developments that include the transition to digital, the launch of 3G and…
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • 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, not payroll is the most important part of the budget.  Not surprisingly Budget Maestro’s revenue modeling capability is also one of the most elaborate featuring a similar concept of related costs, just as we offer 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 three part series we will take you through different clients and their approaches to revenue. Together representing nearly 30 percent of the Budget Maestro install base, discrete and…
  • Are you Ready for the New Revenue Recognition Rules?

    Alan Hart
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The deadline may seem far away but in reality it’s right around the corner A popular and hot topic these days is the newly issued revenue recognition rules, a result of a decade long effort by a collaboration of FASB and IASB.  These rules are being phased in in the near future and will affect a variety of business enterprises, primarily those who have contracts and special delivery arrangements with their customers. Revenue recognition is an accounting topic familiar to many companies who are engaged in providing goods and services to their customers.  It deals with the rules on when to…
  • The Power of Self-Serve Analytics and Reporting

    Ram Hasson
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I recently visited a company and the CFO complained about how long it takes his department to close the books each month. The problem was not due to his staff’s inability to book closing entries on time. It was due to his department’s inability to generate the reports required to validate and explain the results. ERP systems are great at collecting data but weak at pushing the information to business users for analysis. The CFO then described his dream scenario, where his department is able to dynamically generate a variety of visually appealing reports, during the close cycle, to…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • China drives BRIC M&A

    Brett Cole
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    BRIC, the acronym that designates Brazil, Russia, India and China, feels like an anachronism. It was coined in 2001, the year Lifehouse’s “Hanging by a Moment” was Billboard’s hot single of the year and George W. Bush occupied the White House. But in M&A BRIC matters. Last year, $448 billion worth of M&A or 7,456 […] The post China drives BRIC M&A appeared first on ansarada.
  • Moelis, Lazard demand the most hours: Wall Street Oasis

    Brett Cole
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    Wall Street Oasis, the widely followed finance website that mixes the serious with the profane, has ranked the top 10 firms that demand the most hours from their employees. “If you are an investment banking analyst or associate, you can expect to be well paid, but also married to your job 24/7,” says Wall Street […] The post Moelis, Lazard demand the most hours: Wall Street Oasis appeared first on ansarada.
  • Buy oil: Steve Schwarzman

    Brett Cole
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Time to do an oil deal? Just listen to one of Wall Street’s premier dealmakers, Steve Schwarzman. “Oil is the biggest investment opportunity in the world,” the Blackstone chief executive told the Wall Street Journal. Oil is down more than 50 percent since June. Houston, epicenter of oil and gas transactions, is eerily quiet. Total […] The post Buy oil: Steve Schwarzman appeared first on ansarada.
  • “Alternatives” M&A war chest

    Brett Cole
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:37 pm
    The numbers are simply astounding. So-called alternative asset managers have $6.91 trillion under management, says Preqin. The breakdown in assets managed by these alternative asset managers is as follows: $3.02 trillion in hedge fund assets $3.79 trillion in private equity assets including $742 billion in real estate assets, $296 billion in infrastructure assets and $387 billion […] The post “Alternatives” M&A war chest appeared first on ansarada.
  • Davos & Deals

    Brett Cole
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:37 pm
    If there was ever a time and place where the old adage, it is not what but who you know, is true, it is Davos. Felix Salmon, finance’s famed blogger, once called an event at Davos “a drunken mess.” But Davos is the El Capitan for the M&A banker. Conquer it and you can conquer […] The post Davos & Deals appeared first on ansarada.
 
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    Replicon

  • 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
  • Replicon named regional finalist for the 2014 Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award

    Siddharth Deb
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    The Canada's Best Managed Companies award was established in 1993. This award is Canada’s leading business awards program, designed to recognize management excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year, hundreds of companies compete for this coveted award and are selected via an independent judging process. Blog tags: Company News
  • Predictability Pay: A New Wage Premium Coming to a Workplace Near You

    Jon Burns
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Life is about to get a little better for nearly 100,000 part-time workers in San Francisco. The city’s Board of Supervisors recently voted in favor of two new ordinances known collectively as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights (“Bill of Rights”) and it’s a game changer. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • Bay Area Repliconians Support the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

    Maya Desai
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    In January of this year, one of our co-workers learned that her 16-month-old daughter had leukemia. After the initial shock, her Repliconian co-workers stepped into action to show support. Blog tags: Corporate
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • The Trendiest Diets of 2015: What’s the Best Option for You?

    Bethany Dickerson
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Notice more people than normal at the gym or in the salad line? Soon that will change. The end of January is almost here, and that means only 65% of those who made New Year’s resolutions are still sticking to them. Not much to anyone’s surprise, the most common resolution is to get in better shape. Generally, this means either to lose weight, exercise more or eat an overall healthier diet. Sometimes, it’s a combination of all three. Whether your plan is to hit the gym twice a day or just eat less red meat, this year you can change your ways! Here are some of the trendiest diets you can…
  • Announcing the Quicken Loans Get in the Q Sweepstakes

    Kevin Graham
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The fans in the stadium-style seating of the 16th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open are considered some of the wildest, most enthusiastic spectators in all of golf. This year, they’ll have even more reason to be excited when someone hits one close to the pin: the Quicken Loans Get in the Q Sweepstakes. Each time a player gets a ball within seven feet of the 16th hole, a lucky fan will win one monthly mortgage payment from Quicken Loans. To enter, you can sign up at the tournament or through the Waste Management Phoenix Open app available on the App Store or Google Play. Entrants in…
  • Follow These Tips to Stay in Shape During the Winter!

    Anthony Fontana
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    A much younger me used to enjoy the winter. Between snowball fights, sledding and snow days, winter was among my favorite seasons. Jump ahead to today, actually even going back a few years, and my feelings for winter aren’t the same. In fact, I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum now. Snow makes driving a hassle. The cold makes me think twice about anything requiring a walk outside. Snow days aren’t really recognized in the world outside of school. While feelings about seasons can change over time, there’s one thing that remains the same: the importance of staying physically active.
  • Five Pop Songs that Offer Terrible Financial Advice

    Travis Pelto
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Falling in love, partying, falling out of love, drinking, being drunk in love – pop music covers such a wide variety of topics these days, it’s hard to find a common thread between it all. A disturbing trend has emerged, though: pop songs with horrible financial advice. To be fair, we can’t blame top-40 artists for not having a realistic grasp of finances. They make gigantic salaries, people buy magazines to read about their lavish lifestyles (perpetuating said lavish lifestyles) and they live in a dream world where money isn’t a finite resource. Considering these factors, you can’t…
  • Announcing the Quicken Loans Hole-in-One Sweepstakes

    Kevin Graham
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The TPC Scottsdale golf course is home to the Stadium course, which features the Coliseum: a par-3 hole that’s surrounded on three sides by grandstands that routinely fill with the wildest fans in golf during the Waste Management Phoenix Open. If a player hits a hole-in-one, the crowd erupts. Quicken Loans wants to give you a reason to erupt when you’re watching at home. Last year, we gave away a year’s worth of mortgage payments to one lucky contestant for every hole-in-one made, beginning with the Quicken Loans National. We really like the words “bigger and better” around here, so…
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    NACD Blog

  • 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…
  • NACD BLC 2014 Breakout Session – Balancing Shareholders and Capital Markets

    NACD Staff
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    On the morning of Tuesday, October 14, 2014, a group of Board Leadership Conference attendees  joined Alan M. Klein, Partner, Simpson Thacher; Jamie S. Moser, Partner, Joele Frank; and moderator Chris Ruggeri Principal, Deloitte for a power breakfast session entitled “Balancing Shareholders and Capital Markets”. The Landscape It is well known that there has been a rise in shareholder activism over the last few years. There are more than 400 activist funds today with more than $100 billion under management. If viewed as an asset class, activist funds are a top performer. Money flows to…
  • Boards Beyond Borders: Global Panels at NACD’s Board Leadership Conference

    Alex Lajoux
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world—to echo a movie title from a half century ago—but it’s also a good one when nations cooperate. This is the big takeaway from the global track at NACD’s 2014 Board Leadership Conference, where representatives of nine nations convened to create a global village and to host a series of three staged programs. The village itself featured colorful, information-rich booths where representatives from the embassies and consulates of Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, and the Russian Federation greeted trade-minded directors seeking to…
 
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    The Whitepages blog

  • Sticky Situation? Whitepages Caller ID to the Rescue!

    Rebecca Carroll
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Whitepages Caller ID gives you control of your communication, a gentle way to give someone you’ve just met the hint that you're not interested after all. The post Sticky Situation? Whitepages Caller ID to the Rescue! appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Whitepagers in Bend: Lessons From Our Company Trip

    Molly Phillips
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    One of the main things that jumped out at me when I first started working at Whitepages was their annual company trip. I’d never heard of a company putting so much value on their culture. This year I got to see it firsthand when we travelled to Bend, OR. Find out more about the fun we had and the lessons we learned. The post Whitepagers in Bend: Lessons From Our Company Trip appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Who? What? Where? Get to Know Whitepages Identity Data

    Philip Nagle
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:04 pm
    We are Whitepages.com, the largest platform for people and business identities in the United States. Our mission is to establish, manage and provide access to real online identities for every person in the digital world. We know that that’s a lot to understand in one go, so we’re here to tell you a bit more about who we are, what we do and where our information comes from. The post Who? What? Where? Get to Know Whitepages Identity Data appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Parents Know Who’s Calling With Whitepages Caller ID

    Molly Phillips
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    There are a lot of reasons why having caller ID on your mobile phone is simply a must. But I can’t think of any more important than getting calls about your kids. We’ll walk you through a situation where you as a parent would absolutely want Whitepages Caller ID on your Android. The post Parents Know Who’s Calling With Whitepages Caller ID appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • 4 Personal Facts to Edit in Your Information

    Riley Byrne
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Having a Whitepages profile can do a lot for you, such as keep you in touch with friends and family. Make your profile work for you by updating your info. With your Whitepages account, you can update useful contact information such as name, age, phone number and address, and be sure that your details are correct for the people you care about. The post 4 Personal Facts to Edit in Your Information appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
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    GCCapitalIdeas.com

  • Winter Storm – January 26 – 28, 2015 - Update

    GC Editor
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    The intense coastal storm is now clearing Atlantic Canada and steadily weakening. Blizzard and winter storm warnings have been discontinued, although winter weather advisories remain for select areas... Continue reading...
  • GC Videocast - Linking Risk Appetite to Strategy

    GC Editor
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In the second video in the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series, Andrew Cox, Capital Optimization, Guy Carpenter and Niall Clifford, Financial Strategy Group, Mercer, explore how companies should... Continue reading...
  • Winter Storm – January 26-27, 2015

    GC Editor
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    A deep coastal storm formed off the Outer Banks on January 26, 2015 and moved northward to impact many areas of the U.S. Northeast and Atlantic Canada. Blizzard warnings remain active from Rhode... Continue reading...
  • GC Videocast - Introduction to Holistic Balance Sheet Management

    GC Editor
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A holistic approach that optimizes the use of the two traditionally separate areas of balance sheet management within the current market environment has proven to be extremely challenging for... Continue reading...
  • Holistic Balance Sheet Management: Ensuring Added Value; Introduction to Videocast Series

    GC Editor
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A holistic approach that optimizes the use of the two traditionally separate areas of balance sheet management (reinsurance and investment strategy) can make a significant difference to... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • 10 Best Countries for Women on Corporate Boards 2015

    Elyse
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    As a female-owned Canadian call centre I was particularly interested when I stumbled on this study on the female representation on corporate boards by country to see how the true North ranked. I regularly feature world rankings like  best country to live, the smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the best countries for quality of life, the best countries for business, the top countries for life expectancy, the best countries for working women, the best country for child well-being,…
  • Giving Tuesday was a rousing success for nonprofits once again

    Tim
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    #GivingTuesday has quickly become one of the more remarkable nonprofit fundraising days on the calendar even though last month’s event marked just the third anniversary of the occasion. Giving Tuesday was launched and I believe originally conceived back in 2012 as an organized philanthropic alternative/response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday and falls on the first Tuesday following the celebration of *Thanksgiving Day (*US version). We’ve written about the GivingTuesday event previously on the blog and although it’s just over ten months in advance of the 2015 event I…
  • 10 Vegan Super Bowl Recipes for Meatless Monday

    Elyse
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Miratel blog for a very special Super Bowl edition of our vegan Meatless Monday recipe series. The Meatless Monday pledge aims to reduce meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve personal and planetary health. You may well be aware that Miratel has taken the pledge to support this great initiative, which we have included as part of our CSR business strategies to spread awareness of the impact of food choices on our environment. A meat-free Super Bowl get together may seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be. To prove that, we have dipped into our…
  • #BellLetsTalk Continues to Breakdown Mental Health Stigmas on January 28th 2015

    Elyse
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    As a Canadian call centre, the CSR business policies that govern our business are reflective of the diversity and inclusion that forms the foundation of our country. We take great pride in these values and we also like to feature other like-minded businesses like Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) – Canada’s largest communications company and trusted business partner of Miratel – and their Bell Let’s Talk Day in support of mental health awareness. We have covered this CSR business initiative of theirs in 2012, 2013 and 2014. This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day takes place on…
  • New nonprofit study by GiveCentral reveals valuable information about technology and donation processing

    Tim
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome back to the blog and today I’ll take a look at our first nonprofit fundraising study of 2015. Today’s report is the ‘Give Central Survey Report | 2015 Predictions for Nonprofit Giving’ and is compiled by GiveCentral.org out of Chicago, Illinois. It’s a very interesting report as it focuses on feedback from senior leaders and executives within the sector and examines how the changing environment for giving is creating challenges for some, not least due to technology. As mentioned the surveyed audience is dominated by nonprofit senior industry leaders with…
 
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    The Allstate Blog

  • History of the Car Horn

    Melissa
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s a distinctive sound that provides a constant backdrop to cities around the world: the car horn. Ever wonder where this quintessential caution device come from? Or how have car horns changed through the years? The Pedestrian-Operated Horn Can you imagine having a man walk in front of your car who blows a horn and waves a red flag, everywhere you drive? In a time when there were far fewer cars on the roads, it was a requirement in Britain. Long before the days of interstates, backup cameras and drive-throughs, drivers made use of warning signals to alert other road users to their…
  • I Want to Make a Business Preparedness Plan: Now What?

    Nicole Markle
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    Crossing your fingers and hoping for the best aren’t enough when it comes to business preparedness. Developing a sound plan to sustain your business in the event of an emergency is vital to keeping your doors open. Nobody can predict the future; but with some advance planning, you can improve your company’s chances of surviving a major disruption. Step 1: Program Management Form a committee or department charged with developing and maintaining your business preparedness plan. Provide a funding source or mechanism for whatever contingency plans the committee develops. (This will…
  • 7 Ways to Save Money on Small Business Travel

    Nicole Markle
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:06 am
    If you consider a business trip an inconvenience, an interruption from “real work” or an unnecessary expense, you’re not alone. With email, texting and videoconferencing available today, why would you actually pay to go see clients and vendors, right? Not so fast, says small business expert Rhonda Abrams. “You should consider travel an invaluable investment in your small business and one of the smartest ways to build your business,” says Abrams, a business columnist for USA Today and CEO of The Planning Shop, a publisher of entrepreneurship and small business resources. “Even…
  • 6 Affordable Ways to Update and Improve Your Car

    Brendan
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    You might think of your car as simply a conveyance that gets you from point A to point B, but maybe it’s a few years old and you are ready for an upgrade. Buying a new car may be an option, but it’s no small expense and may not be practical for you to add new or potentially higher car payments to your monthly bills. Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can upgrade your car’s appearance and features without spending a ton. Check out the six low-cost or do-it-yourself car upgrades below to learn how to make your car feel newer, inside and out. Auto Insurance Basics &…
  • The Top 4 Reasons to Make a Will

    Nicole Markle
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
    More than half of American adults don’t have a will, says a survey by legal website RocketLawyer.com. Are you among them? Although creating a will can raise sensitive end-of-life questions, it can also help you and your family protect what matters most. Consider these four important reasons for making a will. You Decide Who Executes Your Estate Who will manage your estate when you pass? If you die without a will (i.e., dying “intestate”), a court will appoint an executor to manage and direct your estate, including distributing your possessions and appointing guardians for minor…
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  • Marketing Automation— Why, When, and How

    lauren
    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?

    rakesh
    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…
  • Cloud Adoption: Why Now?

    vippan
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:38 am
    Right now, CIOs and CTOs across the world are asking the same question: Is it time to move to the cloud? The answer? Almost universally, yes. Cloud has evolved from a personal storage solution to a full-blown infrastructure for enterprise architecture development.What makes cloud infrastructure as liberating as it is impressive, is the full access businesses have to their customers and—perhaps more importantly—customer data. The addition of data collection in ways never before imagined has eliminated the need for traditional sales and marketing approaches. With increased agility, cloud…
  • Zend Studio 12: An Optimized Environment for Better, Faster PHP Web and Mobile Apps

    vippan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    Zend Studio 12, The PHP Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Smarter Development, has been released, and brings with it extended power and speed. This latest version gives new capabilities to developers through newly added mobile development technologies, better user experience, PHP 5.6 support, and support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and utilization of the Eclipse 4 Luna development platform. Beyond the new capabilities, what makes Zend Studio12 truly unique is the features—like mobile development with PHP and a sample mobile application with source code—that provide…
  • How a CRM Migration Modernized a Popular Newspaper’s Customer Service

    vippan
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    For media companies operating in the age of the internet, customers demand better services, better quality, and above all, instant access. When a customer base is in the millions, keeping every individual need and preference can be a complex and time consuming task.In the media industry, examples of these demands can include: a new service subscription, unsubscribe request, or change of delivery address. When dealing with these tasks, keeping customer information accessible in a structured way is vital so that customer requests can be easily processed.Two of our team members just returned…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • E-Waste Recycling: The Next Step In National Defense

    David
    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

    David
    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

    David
    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…
  • Reducing Waste During the Holidays

    David
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    With Christmas right around the corner, chances are you are pretty busy getting ready for the big day: buying gifts for the family, picking out a tree, getting all the ornaments and decorations ready to hang, and drawing up plans for the perfect Christmas dinner. Although it might be the furthest thing from your mind at the moment, but the US sees a substantial rise in household waste production. According to the EPA, the waste generated by Americans between thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by 25 percent (almost 1 million extra tons). In preparing for the holidays, we hope you take…
  • Recycling Costs On The Rise for San Francisco

    David
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    With the holiday season in full swing, people all across the Bay Area are gearing up to start shopping: hunting for deals, mapping out stores to hit on Black Friday, and getting gift lists together. Unfortunately for the city of San Francisco, they will be getting a rather unwelcomed gift this year: higher recycling rates. In a new contract proposed between the city and long-time service provider Recology, the bill for city departments will increase by 11% over the first four years of a six-year contract worth $44 million. This means that on average, the city would see a 2.85% rate increase…
 
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • What did this scientist mom learn about going gluten-free?

    Maerenn Jepsen
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shopping for and preparing gluten-free food can be a big challenge. It’s one that General Mills food scientist Colleen Kargel truly understands. When her son was five, his doctor recommended that he avoid all gluten in his diet, along with dairy and eggs. Colleen recalls how suddenly difficult it was to shop for foods that everyone in her family would enjoy – especially when celebrating special occasions such as birthdays. Her first trip to the grocery store after receiving the advice about her son took three hours and overwhelmed her reading labels and coming up with solutions…
  • Yoplait adds style to the yogurt aisle

    Kevin Hunt
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    The next cup of Yoplait you pick up might just inspire you to strut like a fashion model while you shop. Today, the brand is excited to reveal the Yoplait Signature Collection – six limited-edition cups with designs inspired by dresses from designer Christopher Straub, a past contestant on Project Runway. “This could be the biggest thing that I’ve done so far in my life,” Straub says. “I’ve created these pieces in my studio, for myself. And now everyone can view them and everyone can have a little piece of that experience. And that’s the coolest thing.” The six cups in the…
  • General Mills receives high marks among the world’s most sustainable businesses

    Shannon Heine
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    As a global food company, we are positioned to not only create economic value in the 100+ countries in which we operate, but also to create social and environmental value. Today, we are honored to be recognized among the world’s most sustainable companies by the 2015 Corporate Knights Global 100 Index. General Mills ranked in the top half of the global list and notably, No. 7 of the 20 U.S. companies to make the list. Just four food and beverage companies were recognized on this year’s Global 100 Index, including Unilever, Coca-Cola, General Mills and Campbell’s Soup. What do these…
  • 5 foods from the ’90s we miss today

    Lynne Morioka
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you were a child of the 1990s, you’re undoubtedly delighted by the recent return of French Toast Crunch. But seeing those bright red boxes reappearing on the shelves got us thinking about the five foods from the good ol’ days of the ’90s that we miss today. Squeezit Squeezit drinks were introduced in 1988, but really hit their stride in the 1990s with seven flavors including Silly Billy Strawberry, Mean Green Puncher, Berry B. Wild, Chucklin’ Cherry, Grumpy Grape, Smarty Arty Orange and Rockin’ Red Puncher. But Squeezit really took it to the next level in 1996…
  • Cheerios a top brand in 2014

    Mike Siemienas
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    What does Cheerios have in common with Amazon, Apple and Google? It was named one of the top brands on YouGov’s BrandIndex 2014 Best Brand Rankings, which tracks the best-perceived brands of the year. Cheerios ranked No. 10. The other brands that appeared on the list included YouTube, Netflix, Subway, Samsung, Lowe’s and Ford. This recognition continues a year of many accolades Cheerios received over the past year. Cheerios’ successful 2014 campaign began with its “Big Game” ad – “Gracie” – last February. The ad was ranked as one of the top Big Game ads by nearly…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • The Global Workplace of 2030

    China Gorman
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    CBRE and Genesis recently released a report “Fast Forward 2030: The Future of Work and the Workplace,” which provides meaningful insight on the behaviors, ideas, and trends, that will shape work and the workplace in 2030. Their report analyzes responses from 220 experts, business leaders and young people from Asia Pacific, Europe and North America who shared their views on how the current workplace is evolving.
  • Which Comes First, Economic Performance or Best in Class HR?

    China Gorman
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Boston Consulting Group recently released the eighth report in their Creating People Advantage series. This year’s survey report, “Creating People Advantage 2014-2015: How To Set Up Great HR Functions: Connect, Prioritize, Impact” included responses from 3,507 people in 101 countries across industries such as industrial goods, consumer goods, and the public sector.
  • Why Aren’t We Developing More Global Leaders?

    China Gorman
    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) recently released its 5th iteration of their GLD (Global Leadership Development) study. The report, “Global Leadership Development: Preparing Leaders for a Globalized Market”, examines opportunities and challenges for organizations working to develop “global leaders,” or leaders who have global expertise and can perform in an international environment.
  • Use of Technology at Work: Counter-intuitive Findings

    China Gorman
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    A recent Pew Research Center report examines the impact that technology has on workers and provides some counter-intuitive data. “Digital Life in 2025: Technology’s Impact on Workers” looks at a representative sample of adult Internet users and the role or impact of digital technology on their work lives.
  • Social Recruiting: It’s All About the Mobile

    China Gorman
    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    69% of recruiters expect competition to increase in 2015. The demand for highly skilled workers is on the rise, with no indication of plateauing anytime soon. With the fiercely competitive nature of talent acquisition, what can organizations do to make sure their recruiting and organizational talent management functions are up to speed?
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Do Financial Advisors Know How to Leverage Email in Their Marketing Plans?

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    How can financial advisors break through the noise, get noticed ahead of competitors, and cost-effectively generate and nurture sales leads from their marketing tactics? One solution may be email marketing. Email marketing is a growing and effective trend among financial advisors who want to increase their revenue by taking advantage of the time people spend online. It is a simple and cost-effective way to contact prospects and clients and engage them with useful, timely information. We are checking email just about anywhere/ anytime. According to ExactTarget.com, 91 percent of consumers…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    A RISE IN HOME BUYING Existing home sales were up 2.4% in December and 3.5% for 2014. In its latest report, the National Association of Realtors noted a median sale price of $208,500, 5.8% above a year before. The sales pace in the last half of 2014 was 8% better than in the first half, with cheaper mortgages certainly a factor. (Last week, a 30-year FRM averaged just 3.66% interest.) December saw a 1.9% dip in building permits, but the Census Bureau also noted a 4.4% boost for housing starts. Starts for 2014 totaled 1.01 million, a 9-year high. Last year, groundbreaking increased 8.8%.1,2…
  • Financial Advisors – It’s Time for You to Hire an Administrative Assistant

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Business experts and authors commonly advise entrepreneurs and business owners to delegate tasks which do not directly generate revenue or contribute to the business. Administrative work is the first and biggest thing which should be delegated. Is it time for you to hire an administrative assistant? If business is booming and important contacts are slipping through the cracks, or that networking function you’ve been wanting to host just doesn’t seem to materialize, it’s time to think about hiring an administrative assistant. An assistant can be one of the most important people in your…
  • Financial Advisors Is Your Practice Upside Down?

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    A recently released industry white paper authored by Fox Financial Planning Network entitled The Rise of Automated Workflows in Financial Advisory Practices: Why Developing a “Starbucks” Client Experience is the Key to Sustainability, Profitability and Growth urges independent financial advisors to systematize their practices through automated workflows to create a consistent and outstanding client experience. The report concludes that many independent advisory firms have been developed “upside down”, meaning independent advisors started with a reactive business model and were not…
  • Summit Brokerage Services Announces Record Number of Top Producers

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Summit Brokerage Services, the #1 independent broker dealer in the country*, is pleased to announce that a record number of financial advisors have qualified for Summit’s 2014 Leader’s, Chairman’s and President’s Club. Membership in these exclusive clubs is awarded to the Firm’s top financial advisors based on their previous calendar year production. Overall, the total number of financial advisor members among all three clubs increased by 25% over the previous year. All Club members will receive a trip to the legendary Casa de Campo resort located in the Dominican Republic in May…
 
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • 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…
  • Create Timely Opportunities to Spark Customer Appreciation, Try Valentine’s Day

    Rhonda Basler
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Creating meaningful and authentic opportunities for businesses to express appreciation for their customers is something many struggle with. Naturally occurring occasions do exist for this sentiment, but they are so few and far between that customers may feel overrun by receiving simultaneous messages of appreciation from many businesses, causing those messages to be tuned out. One opportunity many businesses fail to utilize to their advantage is the perfect timing of mid-February and Valentine’s Day to show customers they truly care, not in an “I love you with deep affection” sort of…
  • 9 of the Best Ways for Employers to Encourage Workplace Wellness

    Jennifer Patel
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In 2014, changes in legislation under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had an impact on the types of health benefits that companies can offer to employees. As noted in Forbes, there are now close to a dozen federal and numerous state laws that employers need to be aware of relative to any company-sponsored wellness program. Despite this, Fidelity Investment’s fifth annual wellness survey shows nearly all (95%) of companies offer some kind of health improvement program for employees. Another 93% plan to expand or maintain funding for wellness programs over the next three to five years. So what…
  • Foundational Elements For an Omni-Channel Customer Experience Strategy

    Rhonda Basler
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    In today’s business landscape, the explosion of social media and digital technologies has changed the game for companies looking to connect and build relationships with customers. Armed with a goldmine of customer data (shopping and purchase behavior, likes, tweets, posts, shares, etc.), brands can leverage these insights to develop an understanding of when, what, why, and how customers want to make purchases. But what does all of this mean for companies? With customers expecting personalized and consistent experiences across channels, creating a powerful customer experience strategy…
  • 7 Ways Leading Organizations Showed Recognition to Employees in 2014

    Jonathan McClellan
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Regardless of the industry or size of the organization, the most successful business leaders understand that it makes good business sense to recognize employees for a job well done. In fact, Aberdeen Group research shows 67% of best-in-class organizations have a formal recognition program in place. But, as Forbes contributor Victor Lipman notes in a recent blog, even the most successful recognition programs face certain challenges. “During my decades in management I was in involved in many employee surveys,” says Lipman. “The one issue that recurred in literally every survey I was…
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    Skiddle Event Promotion and Ticket Sales Blog

  • 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…
  • How booking fees work

    Ben
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    Guest post by Richard Howle People just don’t get booking fees. They don’t understand why, having paid for their tickets, they then have to pay extra just for the privilege of buying them. No one likes them, no one wants to pay for them (me included) and the ticketing industry is really poor at explaining them. So why are they important? Firstly, let’s talk about why they exist. When you buy a ticket to an event, the value of that ticket goes to the event organiser in order to pay for that event (venue hire, equipment hire, artist fees, advertising etc etc).The company that you are…
  • Your new event pages coming soon!

    Ben
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Another exciting new development from us here at Skiddle – this week we’ve started the roll-out of new style event pages. Incorporating a fresh new cleaner look, these pages will be the first to carry the new design which will be later rolled out across the entire website. Cleaner layout, easier to use We’ve tidied up the page, removing elements that were distractions to ensure the key information is presented to the visitor quickly, without them having to search through the page. It’s easier to read and much more visual. Colour matched to your event branding Your…
  • Introducing automated ticket pricing tiers

    Ben
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    Most promoters now are utilising tiered ticket pricing/dynamic pricing to maximise their income from sales. An example of this might be offering earlybird tickets at £15 when the event is first announced, then pushing ticket prices up by say £5 every month until you hit close to the event date, when you are selling tickets at a higher price. This rewards loyal customers who buy earlier (and encourages early sales) but also maximises profit from late buyers. Until now, managing the ticketing process for this required you to be on the ball, ensuring that the next tier of tickets is placed…
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • 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…
  • SEO: Three Things That Will Never Change

    Leah Averre-Smith
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    It seems like every month there’s a new story about Google releasing yet another algorithm update that alters search engine rankings. If you don’t follow Search Engine Optimization (SEO) closely, it can be especially confusing when you hear code words like Penguin and Panda, Pirate and Payday thrown out to describe any of these changes. It may also make you wonder how your company can possibly even begin to capture rankings when the very foundation of the search engines seems to be in constant flux. The good news is that even though search engines have come a long way in the past decade,…
  • Ten Reasons Why Your Business Should Care About Pinterest

    Meghan Ervin
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    1. Be a trendsetter, not a follower. Social media is continuously evolving and staying up-to-date is how your business can demonstrate that it is on the cutting edge. Not only is it important to stay at the forefront of social media, it is also very important to maintain your brand in the marketplace. Maintaining your brand shows your audience how your brand has evolved over time. By updating your content, and showing your evolution as a brand does not necessarily mean you need to change your brand, or your business’s positioning. For example, if your business sells cell phone covers, you…
  • Improve Your Campaign Reporting—and Performance

    Danielle Contreras
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    As direct marketers, we’re on a constant quest for reliable intel to help make each new campaign more effective than the last.  Response rates.  Offer.   Mailer format.  Contact frequency.   These are just a few of the many reporting elements we slice, dice and obsess over to try and move the proverbial needle. In search of better results. All that obsession is worth the effort, though.  Solid reporting can prove or disprove a hypothesis, and can actually help predict campaign performanceSolid reporting eliminates guesswork and lets us proceed from a position of confidence.  In…
  • How to Write an Effective Creative Brief

    Linda Frost
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Even the best marketing creative geniuses need a roadmap to point them in the right direction. In order to develop the most effective marketing materials that are spot on for your audience, your creative team needs the proper direction. The starting point is providing them with a solid creative brief. Even when you think you are too busy, or your project timeline seems too short, resist the tendency to forego this important step. It’s the foundation of on-target creative. Having one can save time, money and frustration on needless rounds of revisions by establishing clear expectations for…
 
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    USArchive & Imaging

  • Speeding Public Records Requests – A digital solution

    Mick
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:37 pm
    Liquor Board pays $192,000 to public records gadfly Here’s another example of huge penalties being paid by a government.  Could some of this have been minimized if they were able to quickly respond to Public Records requests.  Although this is a unique case, the costs to all local government entities, and taxpayers to respond to increasing volumes of PR requests is staggering.  It’s increasingly important to digitized records for instant retrieval of information and quick access to information during daily business activities.  The return can be large while at the same…
  • Happy Father’s day – One daughter’s touching Father’s Day memories.

    Mick
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Me, My Dad & Nature (The profound, the ridiculous and the delicious.)  One daughter’s touching Father’s Day memories….thank you Meghan. My dad can MacGyver any situation. Camping in the rain – no problem. He’ll climb a tree to hang a tarp. Without a trekking pole? He will fashion a new one for you in a hurry. His pack is always the heaviest because he takes great delight in helping out fellow hikers on the trail with any supplies they may need. My dad’s ability to improvise and enjoy the unexpected is one of many reasons why my childhood spent in nature was such a…
  • The Many Benefits of Scanning – Ideas Worth Considering

    Mick
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:19 pm
              Document Scanning Saves Time and Money Document Scanning can reduce your overall costs of document management in the following areas: Document Retrieval Cost Associated with Lost Files Occupancy Costs What Does It Cost to Retrieve a File? The University of Mass Medical Center published a study about various costs associated with storing and retrieving a file.  In the study, they identified five areas where the manual system affected costs. 1. The time it takes to retrieve a file takes too long. The slow retrieval time is reflected in delayed or lost income.
  • SpringCM and Facebook to Present Case Study on Harnessing Content Cloud Services to Transform Employee Onboarding

    Mick
    10 May 2013 | 10:00 am
    Another example of the power of our SpringCM “Cloud” solution: Facebook and SpringCM to Present Case Study on Harnessing Content Cloud Services to Transform Employee Onboarding Facebook’s Manager of “Peeps” to Share How SpringCM Is Taking the Paper out of New Hire Paperwork CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – May 9, 2013) – SpringCM(R), the leader in Content Cloud Services for the enterprise, announced that Facebook will be presenting its use of SpringCM for employee onboarding at the HR Shared Services and Outsourcing Summit. Vijay Rao, manager of…
  • Community Outreach & Service – Al Ramsay

    Mick
    9 May 2013 | 5:32 pm
    USArchive’s Culture & Marketing Approach Community outreach and service are important components of the USArchive culture and market approach.   USArchive encourages this approach within the organization and with our business partners and clients. Creating A Significant Service Levels to the Community Al Ramsay, Business Analyst at USArchive & Imaging Services, adopts this approach and has created significant service levels to the community, in terms of training, education, and technology transfer.   Al is a Merit Badge Counselor with the Boy Scouts of America and has driven…
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    Proforma Blog

  • Cooling Down to Avoid Job Burnout Part 1: Acknowledging the Warning Signs

    Justin Heegan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of John Lambert Pearson’s photostream Let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter how much you love what you do – work will always have deadlines that need to be met and unforeseen challenges that will inevitably pop up to go with any other regular stressors that you can expect in your day-to-day activities. Over time, if you’re focusing too much on work, you’ll burn out – and burning out with your job could have costly consequences if left unchecked. Here are a few signs to look for in your own behavior to determine if you are or are becoming burnt out: •  …
  • Grammar Tips and Tricks: Great Writing Can Go a Long Way

    Aaron Stultz
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Generation Bass photostream I graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. I had learned everything from a subordinating conjunction to future perfect progressive tense (that’s a real thing). Even though I learned the Associated Press Stylebook beginning to end, that doesn’t mean I never make a grammar or punctuation errors. You might even find one in this blog. Proper grammar and punctuation can make the difference between a sale or not. What if you have a major error in your first email with a client? Could it reflect badly on you or the business you are…
  • 5 Tips for ‘SMART’ Goal Setting

    Christopher Range
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Have you recently thought about setting goals for the future?  Goal setting is something we often hear or think about, but actually very few people sit down and articulate the things they want to achieve.  If you want to succeed, you need to set goals.  In addition to providing focus and direction, this will provide a measuring stick for determining whether you are actually succeeding.  Research show that actually setting specific goals makes us more likely to achieve the things we want, and is important especially when we want to make a change.  Even if you don’t achieve all the goals…
  • There’s Nothing Fun About Comic Sans

    Patrick Magyar
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Unlike most blogs I’ve written, I’m going to get straight to the point because as a graphic designer, this may be my biggest pet peeve. The excessive use of Comic Sans needs to end! This is an epidemic and we must take a stand! Sure, I get it. You want your resume to stand out amongst your competition or you want your print ad to make your business appear to be a place where you can have fun and have fantastic experiences. However, you may not realize the message that you are subliminally sending. Image courtesy of Cavs.com Comic Sans is not a font that can really be taken seriously. An…
  • New Year Resolutions for your Business

    Natalie Darr
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of r. nial bradshaw’s photostream The champagne was poured, confetti fell, hugs were given and resolutions were made. Now… it’s back to work. The opportunity that the New Year brings for a fresh start is both exciting and daunting. If you haven’t already declared your resolution professionally, think on these ideas when making and keeping your resolutions for your business: Education: The more you know, the more you grow. Now is the perfect time to continue your education. Whether it is a brush-up on your Excel skills or a class to certify you in relation to your…
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    CIPHR

  • The Case For A Cook Off

    Barry
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Running a fun event such as a cook-off within the company has many benefits both for the business and employees. For little to no expense, business leaders can reap the rewards of such an initiative. I’ve recently arranged a chilli competition here at CIPHR, here’s why: It’s ‘National Chili Day’ in the US on 26th Feb It’s great for the several business reasons I’ve detailed in the following article Everyone likes chilli Collaboration Invitations to enter the competition were open to individuals, but also teams. This encouraged collaboration between…
  • What Top Talent Wants And Why Your Brand Needs To Provide It

    Barry
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Offering an ‘competitive’ salary is no longer enough to attracting top talent. Here’s what top talent wants and why your brand needs to provide it. Brands must prove that they can provide the environment and have the values that applicants are looking for. If business leaders wish to employ and retain the best people then they’ll need to add value to their employment proposition. To be treated as a person, not a resource Employers need to stop seeing their employees as a resource. Each person that’s on the payroll has their own contacts, skills and potential to be a…
  • Which Animal Style Are You In The Office?

    Barry
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    In the Chinese martial arts, imagery of the Five Animals: Tiger, Crane, Leopard, Snake and Dragon appears prominently. Each has its own characteristics and strategy, but which animal style are you in the office? Tiger Characteristics: Strength, agility; considered one of the two most powerful animals in Chinese astrology Strategy: Tends to charge and attack directly with brute force, overwhelming the enemy At work, these characteristics could be translated into a confident employee who likes to lead from the front, rather than follow. Quick to take charge and delegate, they will be the…
  • Attract Passive Candidates Or Lose The War On Talent

    Barry
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Finding talent has become an increasing challenge for brands. Your brand needs to attract passive candidates or lose the war on talent. With so many companies trying to hire the best talent, the competition is high and some say it’s become a ‘buyers market’, with candidates in a position of power. According to HRReview, “the best candidates are now receiving multiple offers and counter-offers, as businesses recognise that the talent pool is shrinking.” Passive candidates (those who are not actively looking for a new job, but are open to talking to recruiters) are…
  • What Your Home Office Needs In 2015

    Barry
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Planning to work from home more this year? Here’s what your home office needs in 2015. Wireless phone charger You’re going to be using your phone a lot in 2015. With an app for everything your mobile device really will become your personal assistant, but just with a poor battery. It’s not just productivity apps, most tech savvy brands now use mobile heavily in their marketing and recruiting efforts. Remember when you used your mobile phone to actually call people? Nowadays its all about communication tools that empower teams or groups of people to communicate at once. Apps…
 
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  • 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…
  • Anywhere Pad is Now Azeus Convene

    Convene Team
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Our board portal solution has undergone many enhancements through the past few years, so we believe it needs a new identity that best represents what it originally stands for while reflecting the direction it is heading. Thus, we are pleased to announce that we have changed our board portal solution’s name from Anywhere Pad to Azeus Convene. We have also updated our logo to reflect the name change. In light of this significant transformation, we would like to take this opportunity to Continue Reading » The post Anywhere Pad is Now Azeus Convene appeared first on Convene.
  • Convene Gears Up Against POODLE

    Convene Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    After Heartbleed and Shellshock comes the latest security threat, POODLE. It sounds harmless and cute, but the innocuous name belies the danger this bug presents. POODLE, an acronym for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption, is a bug that exploits a weakness in version 3 of the Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSLv3), which is a protocol that encrypts the traffic between a website and a browser, or between a web server and an email client. POODLE wreaks havoc by allowing Continue Reading » The post Convene Gears Up Against POODLE appeared first on Convene.
  • Expert Business Travelers Reveal Their 15 Best Travel Tips and Must Haves

    Angel Britanico
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    For many, a job that requires regular travel is a dream come true. But frequent fliers know that without enough discipline and preparation, jetsetting could very well turn into a nightmare. From booking flights to preparing luggage, adjusting to new cultures and mixing business with pleasure, seasoned business travelers share their best travel tips for making work travel a little less stressful and a lot more productive. Preparing for your Flight 1. Read up on political and weather conditions. Before booking your flight, browse Continue Reading » The post Expert Business Travelers Reveal…
  • The 5 Most Common Virtual Boardroom Mistakes (And How To Address Them)

    Angel Britanico
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    It’s often been said that experience is a difficult teacher, giving the test first and the lesson only after. But even minor mistakes can be costly in fields as dynamic – if not volatile – as business and corporate governance, leading to wasted time, resources, productivity and opportunities. To maximise operations and results, more and more companies are exploring the benefits of adopting new technology like virtual boardrooms. But as with most digital solutions, it may take others more time Continue Reading » The post The 5 Most Common Virtual Boardroom Mistakes (And How To…
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  • {Happy*} Republic Day 2015 Messages, Wallpapers, Quotes, Wishes, SMS

    karan singh chauhan
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    First of all wish you a very happy republic day for 26 January 2015 to all of you. Today with the help of this post, I would like to present some innovative Messages, SMS, Wallpapers, Wishes, Quotes etc. As we all know that every 26th January Prime Minister of India give one long speech on Red [...]{Happy*} Republic Day 2015 Messages, Wallpapers, Quotes, Wishes, SMS is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • {Happy*} Australia Day 2015 Messages, Wallpapers, Wishes & Quotes

    karan singh chauhan
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    26 January Happy Australia day 2015 to all of you. Here you will find Australia Day 2015 Wishes, Wallpapers, Messages, Quotes and SMS etc. May this year brings lots of happiness in your life. May you get what you want in your life. This day is celebrated every year with full of dedication and happiness. Every Australian [...]{Happy*} Australia Day 2015 Messages, Wallpapers, Wishes & Quotes is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • Download and Use Free Whatsapp Web Browser for PC

    karan singh chauhan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    Wow! Its Official, Finally WhatsApp has arrived on the web, but unfortunately not everyone will be able to use the service such as iOS Users. Now “WhatsApp Web” allows its users to respond and text to their dear ones right from their web browsers and many more etc. In short, WhatsApp Web is just an Chrome Extension of the smartphone [...]Download and Use Free Whatsapp Web Browser for PC is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • {Happy*} Basant Panchami 2015 HD Wallpapers, SMS, Wishes & Quotes

    karan singh chauhan
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    First of all A Very-2 Happy Basant/Vasant Panchami 2015 of all of you, So today i.e 24 January 2015…I am going to present the Collection of Top Basant Panchami HD Wallpapers, SMS, Wishes & Quotes of 2015. Well Basant Panchmi is celebrated on 5th day of Basant Ritu. In 2015, It is at Saturday, January 24. The importance from the evening is [...]{Happy*} Basant Panchami 2015 HD Wallpapers, SMS, Wishes & Quotes is a post from: Blogging Ways
  • How to Build Private Blog Networks for SEO: PBN Links

    karan singh chauhan
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:21 am
    Hello Everyone! Today’s post is all about Building PBN Links i.e Private Blog Networks. Now Gone are the days when we create 1000’s of backlinks, Directory Submission etc to rank for any keyword, According to the Latest SEO Strategy, only Quality Links and PBN’s are taken into consideration. After Panda and Penguin, its an fact [...]How to Build Private Blog Networks for SEO: PBN Links is a post from: Blogging Ways
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  • Soccer Team Added to OFAC SDN List in Extreme Case of Poor Sportsmanship

    Lori Padley-Lee
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Soccer (or “football” if you’re European) is the most popular sport in the world, known to many as “The Beautiful Game.” Revered on multiple continents and gathering momentum in North America, it’s universally admired for its exemplary displays of teamwork, skill and endurance. But there’s a side to soccer that’s not so beautiful. The Treasury Department has added a Colombian soccer club to the OFAC SDN (Specially Designated National) list for something that may surprise you: money laundering. The owner of the Envigado Futbol Club has had way more on his mind lately than his…
  • Three Ways to Boost Your Export Compliance Knowledge through Training

    Tristan Steiner
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    Export compliance is a tricky subject do well in. The tests are highly specialized and the rules to follow are constantly changing because of shifting trends in science and technology. Many professionals follow a clear path through school, but the path of the export compliance professional is often quite varied. Many professionals get into the export compliance field through other professions, or because there’s a demand for compliance professionals in their area. Sometimes they simply perform the tasks associated with restricted and denied party screening, or they find themselves…
  • BIS Expands Military End Use/End User Controls

    Lori Padley-Lee
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Not long ago we talked about the importance of end use awareness and best practices for evaluating end users. For exporters to Venezuela and Russia, a recent announcement from the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) means there’s an even greater obligation to understand and document intended end use and end users. Towards the end of 2014, the BIS revised its Export Control Regulations (EAR) to impose new controls on certain exports to Venezuela and Russia. Items that previously didn’t need licenses are now restricted when intended for “military end use” or a “military end user.”…
  • 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Export Compliance Program

    Lori Padley-Lee
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    With 2015 on the horizon, it’s a great time to reflect on the past year and evaluate your organization’s export compliance highs and lows. How satisfied are you with your export compliance program? Is there room for change in the New Year? Here are 5 resolutions that could make life easier (and more compliant) in 2015: Resolution #1: Commit to Export Compliance Efficiency Nobody sets out to be inefficient, but your current export compliance processes may be just that. Are you doing things because “that’s how they’ve always been done”? Does your staff complain that their work takes…
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Audit: An Export Compliance Holiday Poem

    Lori Padley-Lee
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    Twas the night before audit, at a busy workplace But surprisingly, smiles were on everyone’s face Restricted and denied party screening all done, ECCN/USML codes were correct, every one; Travelling staff’s documents were fully filled out The Technology Control Plan left no compliance doubts; Deemed export violations kept confidently at bay, And ITAR license applications all underway; The company’s records were painstakingly kept Five years, as export compliance authorities expect; No confusion about where all the records were stored For since the company automated, order was completely…
 
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  • 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.
  • How Does My Modem Work?

    P1 Buddy
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:31 pm
    What’s happening when the light flashes on my modem? You can’t do anything online without a modem. It lets your computer send signals back and forth along a telephone line, converts digital signals to analog signals for transmission and then converts analog signals back to digital again. When those little […] The post How Does My Modem Work? appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Coolest Future Concepts Of 2015

    P1 Buddy
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    In the 21st century we live our lives at a quicker pace than ever, where every innovation is about speeding up what we do or solving offline problems with an online solution. Let’s take a look at five tech possibilities that 2015 may deliver to us, and how they might […] The post Coolest Future Concepts Of 2015 appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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  • Top ECM pros to follow on Twitter

    Mila Staneva
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
                        ​   As most of you has 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 and 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…
  • 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.
  • Last Week Today on Social Media

    Mila Staneva
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Curiosity might kill the cat, but it keeps the marketer on top of the game. Here is what you might have missed last week, but you should be curious to read... 29 Charts & Stats on What Matters Most to Marketers Right Now The 29 charts below will give you a basic understanding of what your peers are up to: who's practicing inbound, what kind of tactics they're focusing, how they're performing, and how they're convincing their boss for more budget.                                      …
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  • Tips To Create Effective Server Backup Strategy For Your 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…
  • Online Cloud Storage Services Vs Offline Data Storage Solutions

    Backup Runner
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:44 am
    Businesses need to store, share and access any amount of data at any time. Their dependency on cloud storage services has increased in last few years. But, is it right for a business to depend on cloud storage companies? Or should they stay clung with offline storage options? Here is a small comparison of cloud backup solutions vs offline data storage solutions based on certain key parameters. Cost At initial level, secondary storage devices like tapes, compact discs, USB sticks, USB hard drives, solid-state drives, network storage servers, etc. may sound cheaper and hence appealing but with…
  • How To Back Up Android Phone Or Android Tablet Data

    webadmin123
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    How to back up Android phone data? What are the best free apps for android backup? Can we back up android data to PC? We hope the following shared solution will offer the answers that you are looking for. [I] Back up Android SD Card using your PC As a computer easily recognizes an Android SD Card, there can’t be any easier method than this. You can back up and restore document, music, videos and photos to computer via copy-paste. Follow the below steps: Step 1. Use a USB cable to connect your Android to computer. Step 2. Wait your system to respond. Find the Android external hard drive in…
 
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