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  • For Lessons in Business and Life, Read This Book (and others I’ll suggest)

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:07 am
    By Byron Udell It’s not that I don’t believe in education—I have a law degree and all three of my kids are college educated. It’s just that I feel strongly that you can absorb the same information – and more – by reading the right books. Hey, it’s worked for me. I’m always reading (usually two or three books at a time), and much of what I read is with the intention of bettering myself, my company, and my ability to do business and make a profit. With that in mind, I want to start sharing book recommendations with my blog readers. I’m not sure how often I’ll post about…
  • Welcome the Newest AWS Community Heroes (Summer 2015)

    AWS Official Blog
    Jeff Barr
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    I would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest AWS Community Heroes: Adam Smolnik Kai Henry Onur Salk Paolo Latella Raphael Francis Rob Linton The Heroes share their enthusiasm for AWS  via social media, blogs, events, user groups, and workshops. Let’s take a look at their bios to learn more. Adam Smolnik Adam is a Principal Software Engineer at Pitney Bowes, a global technology company offering products and solutions that enable commerce in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping and mailing, and global ecommerce. Prior…
  • Calling All Babysitters!
    Erin Ferris
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My first American Red Cross experience came at 11 years old when I enrolled in a Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course. Eager to earn a little extra spending money, I had plans to start caring for children in my neighborhood and knew I needed to prepare myself for whatever my charges might literally and figuratively throw at me. The decision to become a babysitter ended up a great one, as it led to years of gainful summer and weekend employment and began me on my journey to a life-long partnership with the Red Cross. 25 years later, the Red Cross continues to offer babysitting courses to…
  • How Open Are You to Open Platforms?

    Avaya Connected Blog
    Gary Barnett
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Poll question: How many cloud-based applications does the average organization use? Fewer than 200 200-500 500-700 More than 700 Answer: D. Organizations now use an average of 730 cloud-based applications, and a large percentage of those apps are unsanctioned by the IT team, according to an April 2015 Netskope Cloud Report. Companies can’t prevent employees from using their own devices and apps at work, but they can maintain a higher level of control by embracing an open environment for their communication technology. For decades, employers and IT departments relied on a single vendor to…
  • Bigelow Tea And Conservation

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    For Bigelow Tea, conserving land and caring for the environment is a top priority. That’s why the Charleston Tea Plantation is far more than just a place to grow the tea leaves that are harvested for Bigelow’s American Classic Teas. The tea garden on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island is a thriving example of the Bigelow family’s commitment to conservation. Here’s the story. In the book “My Mother Loved Tea,” David Bigelow explains that his family got a phone call from one of the plantation’s original owners asking for help to save it from being shut down. It hadn’t…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • For Lessons in Business and Life, Read This Book (and others I’ll suggest)

    Byron Udell
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:07 am
    By Byron Udell It’s not that I don’t believe in education—I have a law degree and all three of my kids are college educated. It’s just that I feel strongly that you can absorb the same information – and more – by reading the right books. Hey, it’s worked for me. I’m always reading (usually two or three books at a time), and much of what I read is with the intention of bettering myself, my company, and my ability to do business and make a profit. With that in mind, I want to start sharing book recommendations with my blog readers. I’m not sure how often I’ll post about…
  • How does marijuana use affect your life insurance rates?

    Byron Udell
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    By Byron Udell If you’re a regular reader of this blog—and if you’re not, you should be!—then you know I’ve written about marijuana and life insurance before. Well, as more states make recreational use legal, how life insurance carriers view the drug is becoming more and more important and relevant.  Media is covering this as well, as evidenced here.  AccuQuote was quoted in this article, which is informative and helpful. Specifically, the story emphasizes how some carriers classify marijuana users as non-smokers.  That means you might not face a smoker penalty if you smoke pot.
  • What Are My Insurance Agent’s Motives?

    Byron Udell
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:06 pm
    By Byron Udell At AccuQuote, our motives are clear and our mission is simple. We are dedicated to communicating the importance of life insurance to as many people as possible. We strive to be the best source of advice and helpful information on life insurance you can find. That’s why a Gallup poll I recently saw really bugged me. In a survey about honesty and ethical standards, 36% of people scored insurance agents as “low or very low” in this area. Only 15% of respondents gave agents a “high or very high” score. (As a point of reference, 10% gave members of Congress a “high or…
  • 3 SIMPLE Health Tips the Media Isn’t Telling You

    Byron Udell
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:06 am
    By Sami Udell Do you ever feel inundated with new information about what is healthy and what is not? There are plenty of new diets claiming to be the best along with proven studies to show how and why they work.  For example, you might read an article about how a girl who gained 50 pounds attributes the weight gain to peanut butter, and then later that same day read a headline saying, “Peanut Butter is the Miracle Fat Burner.”  The truth is you can find evidence for whatever you choose to believe. So how do you know what to eat? Many people complain that they have no time to cook…
  • Prevent Your Life Insurance Company from “Dining and Dashing” with Your Premiums

    Byron Udell
    22 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    By Byron Udell It’s perfectly legal for life insurance companies to take years or even decades of premiums from their customers and NEVER pay on a death claim. In fact, insurers depend on this happening more often than not.Remember:Fact #1:  When it comes to life insurance, there’s ALWAYS a loser.  It’s either the customer or the insurance company.   Fact #2: If the insurer pays the death benefit, it’s virtually impossible for them to make a profit from your policy. Fact #3:  A shockingly high percentage of policies NEVER HAVE TO PAY the death benefit.There is a surefire way to…
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    AWS Official Blog

  • Welcome the Newest AWS Community Heroes (Summer 2015)

    Jeff Barr
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    I would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest AWS Community Heroes: Adam Smolnik Kai Henry Onur Salk Paolo Latella Raphael Francis Rob Linton The Heroes share their enthusiasm for AWS  via social media, blogs, events, user groups, and workshops. Let’s take a look at their bios to learn more. Adam Smolnik Adam is a Principal Software Engineer at Pitney Bowes, a global technology company offering products and solutions that enable commerce in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping and mailing, and global ecommerce. Prior…
  • AWS OpsWorks Update – Provision & Manage ECS Container Instances; Run RHEL 7

    Jeff Barr
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    AWS OpsWorks makes it easy for you to deploy applications of all shapes and sizes. It provides you with an integrated management experience that spans the entire application lifecycle including resource provisioning, EBS volume setup, configuration management, application deployment, monitoring, and access control (read my introductory post, AWS OpsWorks – Flexible Application Management in the Cloud Using Chef for more information). Amazon EC2 Container Service is a highly scalable container management service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run applications on a…
  • Coming Soon – AWS Device Farm Support for iOS Apps

    Jeff Barr
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    We launched AWS Device Farm earlier this month with support for testing apps on Android and Fire OS devices. I am happy to give you a heads-up that you will soon be able to test your apps on Apple phones and tablets! We plan to launch support for iOS on August 4, 2015 with support for the following test automation frameworks: Appium (Java JUnit and Java TestNG). Calabash. UI Automation. XCTest. You can also use the fuzz test that is built in to Device Farm. This test randomly sends user interface events to devices and reports on the results. Here are some preliminary screen shots of the new…
  • New – AWS Mobile SDK for Xamarin

    Jeff Barr
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:32 pm
    We want to make sure that developers can use the programming language of their choice to build AWS-powered applications that run on many different types of devices and in a wide variety of environments. As you can see from the AWS Tools page, we already support multiple mobile (iOS, Android, and Unity) and counter-top (Alexa / Echo) devices with SDKs for JavaScript, Java, .Net, Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Go, along with IDE toolkits for Eclipse and Visual Studio. Today we are adding a developer preview of support for Xamarin to the existing AWS SDK for .NET. Xamarin allows you to build…
  • Amazon S3 Update – Notification Enhancements & Bucket Metrics

    Jeff Barr
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    We launched Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) in the spring of 2006 with a simple blog post.  Over the years we have kept the model simple and powerful while reducing prices, and adding features such as the reduced redundancy storage model, VPC endpoints, cross-region replication, and event notifications. We launched the event notification model last year, with support for notification when objects are created via PUT, POST, Copy, or Multipart Upload. At that time the notifications applied to all of the objects in the bucket, with the promise of more control over time. Today we are…
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  • Calling All Babysitters!

    Erin Ferris
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    My first American Red Cross experience came at 11 years old when I enrolled in a Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course. Eager to earn a little extra spending money, I had plans to start caring for children in my neighborhood and knew I needed to prepare myself for whatever my charges might literally and figuratively throw at me. The decision to become a babysitter ended up a great one, as it led to years of gainful summer and weekend employment and began me on my journey to a life-long partnership with the Red Cross. 25 years later, the Red Cross continues to offer babysitting courses to…
  • Summer Safety Myths, Busted! (New Podcast)

    Sarah Layton
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
      Check Out Education Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Barton Report on BlogTalkRadio   The Barton Report from the American Red Cross has summer safety on our minds. In this episode, don’t miss: Quiz with our intern, Sam, on heat and severe weather safety. Stories from Meghan, a Red Cross volunteer, on her personal Red Cross experience and deploying to wildfires. Interview with a Scientific Advisory Council expert on first aid and swimming myths vs. facts. If you’ve ever wondered if children’s arm floaties are safe, or what safe havens aren’t really…
  • Pizza Guy Delivers! Recognized for Saving Stranger’s Life

    Sarah Layton
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Post by Patricia Billinger, originally published on Colorado Stories. Google “pizza delivery guy CPR” and you’ll come across dozens of news articles from all over the country about Anson Lemmer, a 19-year-old who saved a stranger’s life using the CPR skills he first learned through Red Cross babysitter training when he was just turning into a teenager. His all-American look, humble hero’s mien and unforgettable quote – “I left a pizza boy and returned a pizza man” – have endeared him to the world and thrust him into the spotlight. He’s a fantastic kid with a unique…
  • “Life Changing” Work in Nepal

    Niki McMillan
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    by Anne Reynolds Anne was deployed as part of a joint American Red Cross/Danish Emergency Relief Unit to help support distribution of cash and relief items following the earthquake in Nepal.  Nepal has always been a place that I wanted to visit, but until now I had never made the trip. Like most Red Crossers, when I saw the devastation following the earthquakes, I felt the strong desire to help. Thankfully, I have the great privilege to make that desire reality as an American Red Cross International Disaster Services Roster Member. (Pictured: Anne with some of the recipients of Red Cross…
  • Jumping the Shark – A Sharknado-Inspired Blog Post

    American Red Cross
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    Note: These are fictional rules about a real movie, with some real Red Cross tips snuck in. We hope you never encounter a sharknado, but that you ARE prepared for emergencies. The thought of a sharknado, either real or imagined, is terrifying. Having survived two movies with a third on the way, we’ve had a lot of time to consider how we might handle a Sharknadopacalypse! So dip your toes into the waters of sharktastic silliness with us. But stay alert, as you may just learn something you can use! Sharknado Rule #1: Protect yourself with whatever tools you can find. Shotguns, baseball bats,…
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    Avaya Connected Blog

  • How Open Are You to Open Platforms?

    Gary Barnett
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Poll question: How many cloud-based applications does the average organization use? Fewer than 200 200-500 500-700 More than 700 Answer: D. Organizations now use an average of 730 cloud-based applications, and a large percentage of those apps are unsanctioned by the IT team, according to an April 2015 Netskope Cloud Report. Companies can’t prevent employees from using their own devices and apps at work, but they can maintain a higher level of control by embracing an open environment for their communication technology. For decades, employers and IT departments relied on a single vendor to…
  • Building the Network of Tomorrow, Today

    Jean Turgeon
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Imagine you want to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco. You can either get in a car and drive there, moving from city to city, waiting at red lights, traffic jams and bottlenecks … or, you can hop on a plane and fly over the traffic, going from Point A, straight to Point B. Now translate that to your network. The majority of business leaders I talk to today have legacy networks, which use a hop-by-hop configuration – similar to the slow and traffic-riddled, city-to-city drive. Legacy networking technology was designed decades ago and is saddled with unnecessary complexity and…
  • Is There Any Life Left in the Office?

    Aaron Miller
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Is there any life left in the office? No, I’m not talking about a scene from a zombie film, with mobs of mutant creatures shuffling past banks of empty desks on the hunt for smartly-dressed executives. Scrub that image from your mind: I’m talking instead about the future of the office—does a physical office make sense anymore, in a world where remote work keeps getting better? There’s been much discussion of late around how “work is something we do, not somewhere we go.” Many companies, including some of the world’s hippest brands, have begun to follow this precept. I do agree…
  • Forrester Research: How Engagement is Writing Collaboration’s Eulogy

    Henry Dewing
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Anyone who knows me, knows that I think there are two types of collaboration – collaboration, the verb, and Collaboration, the noun. For years, I’ve made a clear distinction between collaboration– the way humans meet to solve problems and innovate — and Collaboration Software (UC&C), something that business productivity software salespeople sell to IT buyers. Nearly five years ago, while still an analyst at Forrester Research, I began to postulate that what we knew as the UC or UC&C market would go the way of VoIP solutions (see “Social Enterprise Apps Redefine…
  • The Truth about 911: How Outdated Technology is Putting Your Life at Risk

    Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    When tragedy strikes, we’re told to dial 911. Unfortunately, tragedy does strike … and often—millions of people call 911 each year. But what happens when the technology meant to save us, fails us? Four hundred times each minute, people across the country will dial 911 on sophisticated handheld devices and lose precious seconds trying to describe where they are and what they’re seeing over the phone, rather than sharing precise coordinates or a live video stream. What these several hundred million callers don’t realize is that they’re dialing an antiquated emergency telephone…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Bigelow Tea And Conservation

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    For Bigelow Tea, conserving land and caring for the environment is a top priority. That’s why the Charleston Tea Plantation is far more than just a place to grow the tea leaves that are harvested for Bigelow’s American Classic Teas. The tea garden on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island is a thriving example of the Bigelow family’s commitment to conservation. Here’s the story. In the book “My Mother Loved Tea,” David Bigelow explains that his family got a phone call from one of the plantation’s original owners asking for help to save it from being shut down. It hadn’t…
  • Treat Your Taste Buds With Bigelow’s New Liquid Water Enhancers

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    In a hurry? On the go? Bigelow Tea is making sure you always have your favorite flavors on hand with the line of All Natural Liquid Water Enhancers which are a great substitute for sugary drinks. Savor the delicious taste of Bigelow Tea’s most popular varieties, and customize your drink with ease. Craving a specific blend? Liquid Water Enhancers come in four distinct flavors: Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade, Peach Tea, Pomegranate Green Tea, and Raspberry Hibiscus Herbal Tea. Bigelow Tea Liquid Water Enhancers are made with one simple philosophy: No Artificial Anything.
  • Bigelow Tea Rallies Behind The USO

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Reaching out to a high school friend, Bigelow Tea’s third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow cemented the company’s relationship with the United Service Organizations (USO), making it an official sponsor of the non-profit organization that supports the U.S. military community. Bigelow Tea first partnered with the USO when Cindi reached out to high school friend Jeff Hill, now the USO’s Regional Vice President for the U.S., to develop a path for distributing 100% American grown tea, grown at the company’s Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina, to troops as a…
  • Bigelow Tea Pours Out Tea Wisdom From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow tea recognizes the deep impact that tea has played in American history as well as world history. And as Bigelow Tea is celebrating its 70th year in 2015 (Bigelow Tea fan Jackie Lee tweets that she loves the 70th Anniversary packaging!) history is deep in the values of this family-run company. But let’s go back further… like 2,500 years, when tea was considered a medicinal brew including herbs, seeds and leaves found in Southwest China. Over the next 1,000 years, tea’s popularity spread throughout Asia, becoming imbedded in religious and social culture. By the Tang…
  • Chill Out With Bigelow’s New Certified Organic Home Blend Iced Teas

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Looking for a cool new way to enjoy Bigelow Tea? Try our new line of certified organic, brewed and bottled iced teas. Bigelow® Home Blend Iced Teas are an easy option for enjoying the refreshing, made-at-home taste of iced tea. And the Bigelow family does the brewing, chilling and bottling for you—all right here in the USA! Spoil yourself with one or all of these flavors:  Half and Half Tea and Lemonade, Citrus Pomegranate Green Tea, Mango Lychee Green Tea, Sweet Orchard Peach and Simply Unsweetened. All five flavor varieties of Bigelow Home Blend Iced Tea are certified USDA…
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  • Cisco’s Next Chapter Starts Today

    Chuck Robbins
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is a new day for all of us at Cisco, and I could not be more excited for our future. Under John’s leadership over the past 20 years, we have changed the way the world works, lives, plays and learns. We’re so well positioned in the market because of the vision, strategy and culture that John built, and we are all thankful for this. As I officially step into the CEO role today, I’m honored to lead what I [...]
  • Preparing for Cisco’s Next Chapter

    Chuck Robbins
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Next week, I start my new role as Cisco’s CEO. The past 90 days of my transition period have been as intense and inspiring as I expected, and I am even more excited about our next chapter. As I said I would, I have spent most of the last few months listening to our employees, customers, partners and shareholders around the world. It is clear to me that we have the right vision, strategy and assets to lead our customers [...]
  • Technicolor Acquires Cisco’s Connected Devices Division

    Hilton Romanski
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Today, Technicolor announced it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Cisco to acquire our service provider video customer premises equipment (CPE) business for $600 million (or €550 million equivalent) in cash and stock. The companies also signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deliver next generation video and broadband solutions and services. More on this announcement can be read in the Technicolor press release . This transaction will bring together global leaders in networking, cloud, and the connected home to drive [...]
  • Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire MaintenanceNet

    Debbie Dunnam
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    As more of the business models in IT shift to a recurring revenue model for products, software, solutions and services, the ability to easily implement, track, manage and renew contracts is critical to maximizing revenue potential. These transitions create opportunities and change for our customers, our partners, and for Cisco. That is why I am pleased to announce Cisco’s intent to acquire MaintenanceNet, a privately held company providing a cloud-based software platform that uses data analytics and automation to manage [...]
  • Oracle v Google: Implications of the SCOTUS decision

    Mark Chandler
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    We’ve promised to provide regular updates about important events related to our litigation to stop Arista’s wrongful copying of Cisco’s copyrighted and patented intellectual property. An action by the Supreme Court of the United States this week has the potential to change the landscape for our US District Court action related to our CLI technology. In December 2014, we took action against Arista’s verbatim copying of portions of our user manuals and over 500 of our multi-word commands in our command line interface (CLI). At the [...]
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  • Are Smartphones the Swiss Army Knife of the Millennial Generation?

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Think about your daily life for a minute: When was the last time you wrote down your plans in a paper calendar? Do you still use that radio alarm clock sitting by your bed? Do you still rely on that old MP3 player to listen to your music? Do you print out directions or refer to a paper map when traveling to an unfamiliar destination? Chances are that you used to practice most of these behaviors regularly, but have since gradually consolidated them into your smartphone. Old habits certainly die hard, but perhaps the exception to this rule is when something unmistakably more convenient comes…
  • AOL Proves Audience is 3x Larger After Accounting for International and Mobile Traffic

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The task isn’t easy, but comScore is helping publishers solve for this issue, as showcased in our recently released Global Mobile Report, where we examined the total global audience of leading digital media publisher AOL. In our analysis, we broke out AOL’s traffic by geographical market and platform. Each additional layer of measurement that comScore applied to its audience unveils a previously unseen segment of unique visitors which incrementally boosts the media property’s total reach. The first layer of measurement is for US desktop traffic only (AOL is a US-based media company),…
  • Why Mobile-Only Audiences Are Key to Digital Publishers’ Monetization

    14 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    More than two years later, we now have comprehensive multi-platform reporting in the US, Canada and the UK and can see just how important these mobile-only audiences have become in each market. We have shared many of these cross-market comparisons and insights in our recently released Global Mobile Report, which is now available for complimentary download.In the US and UK, just a shade under half of the average Top 100 property’s audience is mobile-only (up about 20 percentage points in the US in a relatively short period of time). While Canada trails the other two countries in mobile-only…
  • comScore in Journal of Advertising Research on the Rise of the Digital Omnivore

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    In the following article entitled “The Rise of the Digital Omnivore: What It Means for Advertisers, Publishers, and App Developers,” comScore Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus Gian Fulgoni explains the fragmented ecosystem in today’s digital world and how marketers can reach consumers across the multitude of devices. The article was recently published in the June 2015 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.
  • comScore Named to Online Trust Alliance Honor Roll for Third Consecutive Year

    19 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    Each year, the OTA evaluates companies in three major categories: 1) Domain, Brand and Consumer Protection 2) Site, Server, and Infrastructure Security and 3) Data Protection, Privacy and Transparency. The weighting of areas within this categories changes each year in response to developments in the privacy world. Companies that react to evolving best practices throughout the year see a corresponding effect on their scores; companies that are not responsive to changes may, as a result, drop off the Honor Roll.According to the OTA’s website, “The Honor Roll recognizes leadership while…
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  • Mangroven für ein gesundes Klima

    Gabriele Ballmer
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:09 am
    Mangroven? Ich arbeite in der Spendenabteilung der Daimler AG und wir hatten eine Förderanfrage zum Thema Mangrovenschutz in Südasien des Global Nature Fund erhalten. Ich lese mich ein. Was hat das mit den Mangroven auf sich? Mir wird bewusst – je weiter ich die Projektbeschreibung lese – welche enorme Bedeutung Mangroven für die Biodiversität, das Klima und die lokale Bevölkerung haben. Darüber hinaus schützen Mangroven auch vor den Folgen von Naturkatastrophen. Ich stelle fest, dass die Mangroven zu den am meisten bedrohten Ökosystemen weltweit gehören. Die Bäume werden als…
  • Akzeptanz: Auch auf Position 66 an erster Stelle!

    Björn Grözinger
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Die Lautsprecher haben das Wort „Atemlos“ noch nicht einmal ansatzweise angehaucht, da dreht der DJ ein weiteres Mal am Regler. Die Richtung seiner kurzen Handbewegung ist eindeutig. Was die rund 70 Mitfahrerinnen und Mitfahrer auf dem Daimler-Paradewagen beim Christopher Street Day in Stuttgart von der steigenden Lautstärke halten, auch. Kurz frage ich mich, ob Helene Fischer gemeinsam mit den freudig-lauthalsen Kehlen meiner Kollegen auf der Dezibel-Skala zu einer neuen Kategorie oberhalb des Düsenjets ernannt werden sollten. Bremer wie Böblinger, Ingenieurin wie Personaler,…
  • Reifeprüfung für den Mercedes-AMG GT3

    Stefan Wendl
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:28 am
    Es wird ernst! Nach mehr als 12.000 zurückgelegten Testkilometern im Vorfeld absolvierte der neuentwickelte Mercedes-AMG GT3 am 4. Juli endlich das erste Rennen auf dem Nürburgring. Ein unbeschreiblicher Moment für uns alle. Bevor es zu diesem Rennen kam, stand natürlich eine Menge Entwicklungsarbeit auf dem Programm. Aber ich fange mal ganz vorne an: Mein Name ist Stefan Wendl und ich bin bei Mercedes-AMG als Projektleiter für die Entwicklung des neuen Mercedes-AMG GT3 zuständig. Für mich ein absoluter Traumjob – denn schnelle Autos faszinieren mich schon seit meiner Kindheit, und…
  • LKW-Reifen, nicht nur groß, rund und schwarz

    Guido Francke
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    Chassisentwicklung bei Daimler-Trucks. In diesen Bereich gehören viele Baugruppen. Der Rahmen, die Kühlung, die Achsen, die Luft- und Stahlfedern, die Tanks, die Luftansaugung und die Lenkung, um die wichtigsten zu nennen. Aber was wäre das Chassis ohne die Räder und Reifen? Der Truck könnte gar nicht fahren und im Gegensatz zum Pkw hat ein Truck mindestens 6 Reifen. Auf der Hinterachse wird in der Regel ein Zwillingsreifen gefahren. Als Leiter dieses Bereichs möchte ich hier einen kleinen Einblick geben. Reifen von 17,5“ bis 22,5“ Was stellt man sich gemeinläufig unter…
  • Achtung Lebenserfahrung!

    Peter Wilde
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    Allgäu-Orient Rallye – Unbeding nachmachen! Ein leerer Koffer der in Frankfurt einen Bombenalarm ausgelöst hat, worauf das Gepäckband gesperrt wurde und die Erkenntnis, dass die Alubox mit der technischen Ausrüstung nicht aufzufinden war – so ging das automobile Abenteuer unseres Lebens am 30.05.2015 zu Ende. Begonnen hat alles im Mai 2014 mit dem Aufbau von drei S124, über die ich im ersten Teil der Geschichte berichtete (Vom Allgäu in den Orient? – Mit drei T!). Start im Wurfzelt Am 09.05.2015 um 08:00h war es endlich soweit. Claudia, Ivanka, Maik, Lars, Sebastian und ich…
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  • Something to listen to...

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Note - I’m behind on posts - and know it.  Lots going on that’s keeping me super busy! With everything going on - how to keep up with it all and keep learning in real-time is half the fun :-)      In my travels – I’m often asked “what do you do to keep learning?” and for recommendations on books, podcasts, and other sources of information.   We are all sponges, and being an SE (trying to live the manifesto principles), technologists can’t be stopped from learning.   How people learn wildly varies.  My persona “3 part formula” for learning is: 1) lots and lots of…
  • Valuation and the Sale of Data Assets

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    In a recent post I highlighted five recommendations that enable a corporation to transition their business into an environment where the economic value of data is monitored systematically. These recommendations have emerged from the Architecting for Value research being conducted by Dr. Jim Short of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. One of the key recommendations by Dr. Short is to make data valuation part of your business strategy, and he proposes developing expertise in several areas: Formally evaluate (or build) and deploy tools that support data valuation Create new valuation…
  • The Trivialization Of Enterprise IT

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Scan any half-dozen vendor pitches, and you come away with the impression that doing enterprise IT isn’t all that difficult.   After all, all you have to do is buy/use/implement a few simple things, and the rest is easy, right? Just consider the marketing phrases we’re using: single pane of glass, pushbutton automation, cloud, one click to upgrade, etc. It conjures up the naive picture that in some strange alternate reality, IT admins sit comfy chairs -- idly monitoring a bunch of green lights and occasionally clicking on an icon when needed. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  • Valuation and Data Monetization

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Over the last few weeks I have been documenting some of the work EMC has been doing with Dr. Jim Short of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (our Architecting for Value research). The research has allowed us to explore the topic of data valuation processes within the enterprise. Previously I highlighted five different use cases where we are looking at how valuation occurs. These use cases include M&A, asset valuation, data monetization, the sale of data assets, and data insurance. I have also discussed an example of valuation that is occurring as part of bankruptcy…
  • A tactical, but awesome update - RecoverPoint for VMs 4.3

    14 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    At VMworld 2014 - we announced and then released RecoverPoint for VMs - a simple, easy, purely software-based replication tool for VMware customers that need to start small but be ready to scale up. RecoverPoint for VMs (RP4VM) = enterprise-class remote replication and DR that is software only + hyper-integrated with vSphere + can protect at a VM-granular level.   It can do it with huge replication rates, and with RPOs that are as tight as almost anyone would need. Then, in January, our first “present of 2015” was making RecoverPoint for VMs freely available to use.   BTW - later in…
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    Facebook Newsroom

  • News Feed FYI: A Better Understanding of “Hide”

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    By Sami Tas, Software Engineer & Meihong Wang, Engineering Manager The goal of News Feed is to show you the content that matters to you. The actions people take on Facebook—liking, commenting or sharing a post—are some of the main factors we consider to determine what to show at the top of your News Feed. We also offer the option to hide stories that you don’t want to see in News Feed. This helps us learn the kinds of stories you don’t enjoy, so we can do a better job in the future. Many people choose to hide stories they don’t like, but most people do this only occasionally.
  • New Milestones in Connectivity Lab’s Aircraft and Laser Programs

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    By Jay Parikh, VP of Global Engineering and Infrastructure Since we launched, it’s been our mission to find ways to provide internet connectivity to the more than 4 billion people who are not yet online. Many of these people live within range of at least a 3G wireless signal, and our work in the last year with mobile operators across 17 countries has provided more than a billion people with access to relevant basic internet services. But 10 percent of the world’s population lives in remote locations with no internet infrastructure, and the kinds of infrastructure…
  • Enhancing Security with a Quick Checkup

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    By Melissa Luu-Van, Product Manager We want everyone to have a safe experience on Facebook. That’s why we have dedicated teams and intelligent security systems working around the clock to help keep your account secure. We also provide optional security controls that you can turn on for added protection—you get to decide which features you want to use. Starting today, you can try a new tool called Security Checkup that makes it easier to find and use the security controls for your account. Sometime over the next few weeks, you’ll see a reminder at the top of your News Feed. Click…
  • Facebook Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Click here for details on Facebook’s financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.
  • Managing Unconscious Bias

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer Diversity is central to Facebook’s mission of creating a more open and connected world. To reflect the diversity of the 1.4 billion people using our products, we need to have people with different backgrounds, races, genders and points of view working at Facebook. Diverse teams have better results, so this is not only the right thing to do – it’s also good for our business. One of the most important things we can do to promote diversity in the workplace is to correct for the unconscious bias that all of us have. Studies show that job…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • The Hottest Trailers of the Week: July 31 Edition

    31 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    There’s something for everyone this week in our roundup, from epic Christmas Eve parties to epic Michael Bay action scenes -- and even a whiff of that awards-season flavor that's quickly approaching. Watch them below and give us your comments. Click on the image below to watch the newest trailers   1. The Night Before Red-Band Trailer 1 (November 25) Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt play three dudes in search of one last, epic...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: First Look at Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Demolition'; All-Male 'Ghostbusters' Sequel Rumor Clarified

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Demolition: Our first look at Demolition reveals Jake Gyllenhaal as a very fit investment banker who struggles to deal with the death of his wife, deciding eventually to demolish his former life. Naomi Watts also stars; the movie will open the Toronto International Film Festival in September before opening in theaters on April 8, 2016. [Coming Soon]   Ghostbusters: In response to recent rumors, Ghostbusters producer Ivan Reitman says: "There is only one new Ghostbusters...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Infographic: The Many Characters of Tom Cruise

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    What's your favorite Tom Cruise character? You know you have one. We all do. Is it Brian Flanagan, the cocky bottle-juggling bartender from Cocktail? Maybe you have a need for speed - and shirtless volleyball players - so Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell from Top Gun is more your style. From adrenaline-pumping action hero to innocent high school student to obnoxious talent agent, Tom Cruise has played it all in his spectacular career that has spanned over 30 years. Check out this...Read MoreRead Comments
  • EXCLUSIVE CLIP: 'Dark Places'

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    When Libby Day (Charlize Theron) was seven years old her family was brutally murdered and her older brother was found guilty of the heinous crime based on her testimony. Twenty-five years later, Lyle (Nicholas Hoult) invites Libby to be the guest of honor at the "Kill Club," a group of crime aficionados who attempt to find the truth behind what really happened to her family. Watch this clip from Dark Places exclusively on Fandango Movieclips. Dark Places is in theaters...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Tom Cruise Teases 'Edge of Tomorrow 2' and 'Mission: Impossible 6'

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which we can attest is a heck of a good time at the movies, hits theaters on Friday (July 31, 2015 to be precise), and that means star Tom Cruise has been popping up everywhere to promote it. In doing so, he's already begun dropping some teases about a few sequels to movies of his that we might see.   Mission: Impossible 6 could go next summer. While stopping by The Daily Show, Jon Stewart asked Cruise if he had plans on making any...Read MoreRead Comments
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    Garmin Blog

  • Build a Better Dog: Garmin Adds to Sporting Dog Lineup

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Last week, we added the Sport PRO, T 5 mini and TT 15 mini to its best-selling line of dog tracking and training systems. Let’s take a quick look over some of the features and benefits of the new products. Sport PRO Sporting dog owners should be celebrating the release of Sport PRO, as its feature-rich design makes dog training easier than ever before.  Easily change between 10 stimulation levels and control auxiliary functions with a quick-turn dial Simple, intuitive, “no look” 1-hand operation Separate buttons for continuous and momentary stimulation, vibration, and tone…
  • Rino: Adventure with Confidence

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Venturing outdoors can be a daunting ordeal at times with great risks and many challenges. There is often apprehension of getting hurt or losing your bearings while alone in the wilderness. To battle those uncertainties and help make every outdoor experience more safe and enjoyable, we created the ultimate tool for outdoor survival and exploration with the Rino GPS two-way radio. The Rino is a GPS enabled two-way radio with a glove-friendly touchscreen, barometric altimeter, 3-axis compass, and more. With its high-sensitivity GPS receiver and quad helix antenna, Rino quickly finds your…
  • Terremoto wins VanIsle 360° International Yacht Race

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Congratulations to Terremoto for winning the 2015 VanIsle 360° International Yacht Race, a two-week long sail race held out of Nanaimo, British Columbia, which circumnavigates Vancouver Island. It is a 370-mile race that has 9 stops over a 14 day span, and provides very challenging inshore and offshore navigation opportunities like no other race in North America. Terremoto just made the switch to using Garmin electronics this season, and it seems to be paying off. We spoke with Terremoto owner Bill Weinstein to ask him which features of his electronics helped him and his crew win the race by…
  • Oshkosh 2015, One For the Record Books

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Oshkosh AirVenture 2015 is in the books. It’s always a bittersweet feeling when the week comes to an end – our airplanes are packed with camping equipment, goodbyes are said, and the Wittman Regional Airport grounds clear for 51 weeks, until the early birds begin arriving next year. 2015 proved to be a fantastic year at Oshkosh. Attendance was up, aircraft arrivals were at an all time high and new and exciting airshow demonstrations wowed the crowds. It was a great year for us at the Garmin exhibit too! We had a chance to show off more of our products in our new location, and the booth…
  • 2015 Off-Season with Mark McMorris

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Mark’s summer has been rather action-packed so far with lots of travel, appearances, movie shoots, and don’t forget his nomination at the ESPY awards for best male action sports athlete. When he’s not being pulled in every direction, Mark’s focuses on skating, surfing, practicing yoga, and working out rigorously with his trainer. As mark puts it, “It’s hard for me to sit still so I’m always on the go!” When asked how surfing and snowboarding are similar, Mark said, “There are a lot of similarities in both sports, but there are also a lot of differences.  Surfing takes…
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    GE Global Research

  • GE continues leading role in photonics industry — from LED to digital x-ray

    Danielle Merfeld, Ph.D.
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    Vice President Joseph Biden joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Rochester, New York today to announce a new Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation. GE Global Research joins SUNY Polytechnic Institute and the Air Force Research Lab as a partner in this initiative. From a press release issued by Biden’s office: “The Department of Defense is awarding the new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Integrated Photonics to a consortium of 124 companies, nonprofits, and universities led by RF SUNY. With a total investment of over $610 million—$110 million in…
  • What the Hack! Leveraging the crowd to solve some of the world’s toughest healthcare challenges

    Vikram Damodaran
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    Healthcare is a niche sector and therefore innovation has often been restricted to those people who are already a part of the field. It can be difficult for people from outside the sector to participate because the healthcare field is highly regulated, requires deep pockets for extended investments and strong domain knowledge of clinical workflows. Combine this with the ever-changing dynamics of healthcare services across the world. In the “mature” economies, you have roughly 1.2 billion people being serviced by a $5 trillion healthcare industry. Contrast this with “emerging”…
  • ECO ROTR (Energy Capture Optimization by Revolutionary Onboard Turbine Reshape) – Making it Real

    Norman Turnquist
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    Hopefully you’ve seen the recent blog post by my colleague Seyed Saddoughi on the ECO ROTR, explaining the concept’s origins and 1:50 scale testing. Given the potential of the technology, GE wanted to move quickly to prove that it works at full scale. Starting in 2013, I was called upon to lead the development of a full-scale prototype. This project was my first exposure to working on wind turbines, and it made me appreciate the level of engineering that goes into these seemingly simple machines. Unlike gas or steam turbines that are designed to operate under a relatively limited number…
  • ECO ROTR (Energy Capture Optimization by Revolutionary Onboard Turbine Reshape) – How did it all begin?

    Seyed Saddoughi
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:11 am
    For more than a decade now, I have been fortunate to get a chance every couple of months to meet with VP for Advanced Technology Programs Michael Idelchik one-on-one to brainstorm new ideas.  Early in 2011 during one of our meetings, Michael posed this question to me: Since we know that the inner parts of wind turbines don’t do much for energy capture, why don’t we change the design? This focused our minds to a path to answer GE SVP and Chief Technology Officer Mark Little’s challenge “to build a rotor that could harvest more wind.” That day when I got back to my office, I called…
  • Robotics Key to Subsea Exploration

    Bruno Betoni Parodi
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    In my previous Edison’s Desk blog entry I spoke about the challenges of going into deep sea exploration and the implications of working at 4,000 meters depth for technology. All subsea operations after the human diving limit depth (a few hundred meters) are achieved remotely. It is very expensive to send manned probes or submarines to those depths, put them in the right place, plug and unplug cables, switch valves on and off, or even just be there as observer, while all commands come from the surface, from a drilling rig or an exploration platform. Not to mention all risks involved in…
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    Official Google Blog

  • See the world in your language with Google Translate

    Google Blogs
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    The Google Translate app already lets you instantly visually translate printed text in seven languages. Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate—a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You'll see the text transform live on your screen into the other language. No Internet connection or cell phone data needed. Today, we’re updating the Google Translate app again—expanding instant visual translation to 20 more languages (for a total of 27!), and making real-time voice translations a lot faster and…
  • Everything in its right place

    Google Blogs
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life. While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink. So over the next few months, we’re going to be making some important changes. Here’s more about what you can expect:A more focused Google+ experienceGoogle+ is quickly becoming a place where people engage around their shared interests, with the content and people who inspire them. In line with that focus, we’re continuing to add new features like Google+…
  • Rising to the climate challenge

    Google Blogs
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    In less than five months, policymakers from around the world will gather in Paris to finalize a new global agreement on combating climate change. Already, many governments are putting forth ambitious emissions reduction goals. And companies are taking action, too, by reducing their own footprints and investing in clean energy.Reaching a strong deal in Paris is an absolute and urgent necessity. The data is clear and the science is beyond dispute: a warming planet poses enormous threats to society. Public health experts recently warned that climate change threatens to “undermine the last half…
  • Through the Google lens: Search trends July 17-24

    Google Blogs
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Anyone up for a look back at the last week on Google Search? We are! Read on to find out what the world was looking for this week. Bad BloodPhew, where to start with this one. Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj had a spat over VMA nominations (Taylor was nominated for Video of the Year; Nicki was not), worked through it and made up -- all on Twitter. It was a good lesson in the art of the subtweet, as well as the “sincere apology after responding to a subtweet that wasn’t directly about you” tweet. Searches about the incident topped 500,000.But Minaj v. Swift wasn’t the only music-related…
  • Five ways we’re celebrating the Special Olympics and #ADA25

    Google Blogs
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." -Special Olympics Athlete OathStanding in Soldier Field in Chicago, 47 years ago, Eunice Shriver kicked off the first Special Olympics in history--1,000 people with intellectual disabilities from the U.S. and Canada competed in track & field, swimming and diving. Even though it was a small inaugural event, its historical impact--giving a platform to the civil rights struggles of people with disabilities that were so often overlooked-- was massive. The Games were meant to give children with cognitive disabilities, in…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • There can be no amnesty for those who buy sex – not even if women ‘consent’ | Esohe Aghatise

    Esohe Aghatise
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:09 pm
    As an organisation that seeks to ‘respect international law’, why is Amnesty International ignoring the law as it relates to prostitution and sex trafficking?This week, in Dublin, about 500 Amnesty International delegates from more than 80 countries will vote on a proposal on prostitution that would recommend decriminalising both the selling and buying of sex, as well as pimping and brothel-keeping. The supposed logic is that gender equality exists to the extent that prostitution is a consensual act, but also that buying sex from women in prostitution is an important human right for some…
  • Why Jeremy Corbyn seems like the real deal | Sonia Sodha

    Sonia Sodha
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The leader in Labour’s leadership exudes authenticity, unlike his opponentsWe are perhaps getting used to political phenomena that defy expectations and demand we re-examine the world afresh: the SNP’s rapid rise that seemed to so many to come out of nowhere; the surprise election result that so few predicted. But the latest shock to flout the rules – Jeremy Corbyn, the far-left candidate in Labour’s leadership election, is now the one to beat – is perhaps the greatest yet.Superficially, Labour looks like a party rehashing a debate it had in the 1980s: to be a party of pure…
  • Why Obama doesn’t understand the lust for power of our African leaders | Patience Akumu

    Patience Akumu
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    These ‘big men’ argue that human rights is a western concept, writes an award-winning east African journalistEven before the dust could settle on President Barack Obama’s candid criticism of African presidents who manipulate their constitutions so that they can stay longer in power, Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni – once the west’s model of a truly democratic leader – was on his way again to contest the presidential seat he has held for 30 years. From Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi to Zimbabwe, Africa’s big men replied to Obama: this oppression – the…
  • A new political lexicon

    Chris Riddell
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Chris Riddell’s handy primer on modern expressions Continue reading...
  • The Observer view on global mining regulation

    Guardian Staff
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    The suffering of communities in Zambia’s copper mining region highlights the need to create a global regulatory regimeThe appalling suffering of villagers living close to the mining town of Chingola, in Zambia’s copperbelt region, whose water supplies have been dangerously polluted by leaks of sulphuric acid and other toxic chemicals, is both avoidable and unacceptable. As we report today, the Chingola pollution and associated environmental damage has led to serious health problems for those affected, such as potential organ failure, cancers and permanent disabilities, as well as failed…
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    Hitachi Data Systems : Blog List - Hu's Place

  • Hypervisors, LPARs, Containers, and UCP

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Server virtualization has made a dramatic impact on the efficiency and scalability of the data center. Hypervisors have been the primary tool for server virtualization since VMware commercialized the technology more than 10 years ago. Today, there are additional forms of server virtualization, which can provide more robustness, integrity, agility, scalability, and portability. These come in the form of hardware virtualization through the use of LPARs (logical partitions) and application containers with Google Kubernetes and Docker. LPARs originated with the mainframe and were carried…
  • Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Live Insight for IT Operations

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    The data center has evolved into complex, virtualized, containerized, and distributed systems which span traditional and cloud based implementations. In addition to the data and information that is generated for business purposes, there is a large amount of data that originates in systems, applications, servers, storage, networks, sensors, and meters to monitor and log the health and usage of data center objects. The amount of this data is so massive that most data centers are only able to use a small amount of this data to manage IT operations. With millions of different data points it…
  • Flash Devices Make the Difference in Enterprise Flash Performance

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    While flash arrays are a better fit for the highly random access demands of consolidated infrastructure and high performance analytics than spinning disk, flash technology requires more management in order to realize consistent high performance and durability.  There are clear distinctions between the vendors in how they leverage the advantages of flash (random access and low latency) and compensate for the weaknesses of flash (durability and write magnification).  Flash arrays have two basic components, the flash array controller, and the flash media. Both the controller and the…
  • I’ve Been Hacked!

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Yesterday, you may have seen a strange post from me on the HDS blog site. I want to assure you that the post was not mine. Someone had obtained my ID and password and posted it without my knowledge. It was brought to my attention by one of my readers. I had the post deleted, changed my password, and am having our web team investigate to see how this happened. My ID and password is unique to this blog account so hopefully this hack was iimited to my blog. However, I am changing all my other passwords. Since nothing ever gets deleted on the internet, you may see an odd post entitled…
  • How Do You Explain Prime Numbers to a Three-Year-Old?

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Yesterday, Sharon Crost, the head of our social media team, and I took our former intern, Chloe Bertao to lunch to thank her for her contributions to our social media team, celebrate her graduation from UC Santa Barbara, and her new job with one of our customers up the street from us.  We had tried to hire her, but we could not close on it in time. However, we were delighted to see her being hired by one of the most innovative companies in the world.  During lunch, I asked her what were some of the most interesting interview questions that she experienced during her hiring…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • What Sustains Us, We Sustain

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Editor’s Note: Our Chairman and CEO, Alex Gorsky, recently shared some thoughts with our employees about why exercise is important to him and what gets him out of bed for a workout every day.  Below is his message. By Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson In a recent New York Times Well blog post, health columnist Jane Brody talks about her personal motivation for getting in daily workouts. You might be surprised to hear she isn’t driven by weight loss or even overall health goals. Jane focuses on the immediate benefits of…
  • J&J Launches the Consumer Experience Center

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    By Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies I often remind my team to keep our consumer purpose at the center of everything that we do. To me, our purpose centers on caring for people around the world by anticipating their needs, creating solutions and experiences that help them and those they care for live healthy, vibrant lives. Today’s launch of the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Experience Center is all about that consumer purpose. The center is a state-of-the art research & development (R&D) hub focused on gaining holistic…
  • We can and We Must #MakeHIVstory

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    By Brian Woodfall, M.D., Head of Development and Global Medical Affairs, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson As I arrived at the International AIDS Society conference this weekend, my mind wandered to the last time the IAS conference was in Vancouver in 1996. Back then, HIV was still a mysterious and invariably fatal disease. It was also a divisive one, with patients frequently marginalized and the event itself scathingly labelled an “AIDS Circus Comes to Town” by some in the Canadian media. Yet that 1996 conference provided a…
  • Relentless. Forward. Motion.

    9 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Editor’s Note: Starting on July 14, ultra-endurance brothers Scott and Rhys Jenkins from Wales, United Kingdom, hope to set the World Record for the ‘Fastest Double Crossing of Death Valley on Foot’ by attempting to run 10 marathons in four days. The pair is also hoping to raise £10,000 or $14,000 for Save the Children and Operation Smile – two signature partners of Johnson & Johnson. In addition to raising funds on their own, the brothers are supporting the charities by raising funds through the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app and the Charity Miles app. Scott, who…
  • Using Technology to Take The Guesswork Out of Upper Respiratory Symptoms

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Sumeet Narula,  Digital Brand Manager, McNeil Consumer Healthcare Many of us tap into the knowledge of our communities for restaurant recommendations, parenting advice, checking the weather, and staying on top of the most talked-about stories of the day. But what if we could also utilize our communities to stay better informed about our health? That’s what our team at McNeil Consumer Healthcare asked as we considered how to better serve people who suffer from upper respiratory illnesses – symptoms such as cough, runny nose, or itchy eyes. We know is that it’s confusing for…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • LinkedIn’s Q2 2015 Earnings

    Steve Sordello
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: We’d like to share with you the announcement related to our 2015 second quarter earnings. We’ll also be providing updates from the earnings call on StockTwits starting at 2pm Pacific Time today. Today, we reported our financial results for the second quarter 2015. We saw good progress in executing on transitions across our business. Revenue for Q2’15 was $712 million, an increase of 33% compared to the same quarter last year; and on a constant currency basis an increase of 38% compared to the same quarter last year. GAAP net loss attributable to common stockholders…
  • Bring In Your Parents Day is Back on November 5, 2015

    Jill Jones
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Tell your managers and invite your parents; LinkedIn’s 3rd annual Bring In Your Parents Day is on November 5, 2015. Find all the information you need at When my dad, a retired auto mechanic, first visited me at work at the LinkedIn office in 2013, one of the first things he asked me was, “Why do you need so many people to run a website?” For a recently retired, 47-year veteran of the automotive industry, you could say that walking into a high-tech workplace was just a little overwhelming. But once he got comfortable with all of the people, learned more…
  • InDay: Investing In Our Employees So They Can Invest In Themselves

    Nina McQueen
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Each month, LinkedIn gives employees a day to focus on themselves, the company, and the world. A day to invest, inspire and innovate. That day is called Investment Day, or “InDay” for short, and it is one of our most treasured traditions at LinkedIn. At LinkedIn, Talent is our number one operating priority, and investing in our employees by dedicating one day a month to invest in themselves goes a long way in fostering the culture that was created when we were a much smaller company. In fact, InDay started in 2010 when LinkedIn had less than 1,000 employees. Today, we’re north of 8,000…
  • Less is more: You’re about to receive less email from LinkedIn

    Aatif Awan
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Many of you have told us that you receive too many emails from LinkedIn. We’re also not immune to the late night talk show host jokes. We get it. And we’ve recently begun to make changes so that the emails you receive are more infrequent and more relevant. Here are two of the most recent examples: If you are getting too many invitations to connect, we have begun to send you a single weekly digest in place of individual emails. If you subscribe to several LinkedIn Groups, we are aggregating the updates from those groups into a single email. The results so far have been very…
  • More than 1 Million Members are now Publishing on LinkedIn

    Daniel Roth
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    We just crossed 1 million publishers on LinkedIn. Here’s what we’ve learned about why you keep posting. We just reached an incredible milestone for the LinkedIn publishing platform: 1 million professionals have now written a post on LinkedIn. They’ve used the platform to discuss the future of work, the state of their industries, what companies are getting it right and which aren’t and how the professional world can be a better place. Since our earliest prototype, our goal was always to find a way to unlock the incredible insights stuck in the brains and cubicles of professionals…
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  • Why Authors Need Their Own Website

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    You’ve written your book. You’ve published it. Congratulations! So…what’s next? If you’re like many authors, you want to start selling it. But it’s not enough to just make it available for sale and cross your fingers. After all, you have a lot of competition out there. And while you have a lot of control when you independently publish, that comes with a lot of responsibilities, too. You have to do a lot of the heavy lifting for marketing on your own. It may seem daunting, and you might not even know where to begin. Why not start with a website? While selling your book in…
  • 5 Famous Authors Who Were Rejected by Publishers

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil—but there is no way around them. – Isaac Asimov We’ve all gotten rejected once or twice in our lives. This is especially true when it comes to authors: it’s all about putting yourself out there, and you’re bound to come across someone who isn’t a fan. Of course, one of the benefits of publishing independently is that you don’t have to worry about rejection. There aren’t any gatekeepers trying to stop your work from seeing the…
  • Let’s Go Viral: Five Tactics for Boosting Your Clicks, Likes, and Shares

    16 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    A few years ago, every indie-writer’s conference I attended focused on developing an author platform. This was a fancy, buzz wordy way of saying that independent authors who want to sell books also must create and maintain an internet presence consisting of a website, a blog, and social media pages. Today the buzzwords have changed and conference sessions are still being conducted about why an internet presence is necessary, but many of them fail to provide specific tactics for marketing your book once your platform is in place. For the sake of this article, we will assume your platform is…
  • Advice from the Literary Stars: Overcoming Writer’s Block

    9 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    We’ve all been there. Sitting at our desk struggling to move our story forward. Sometimes it’s a word that’s just out of reach, a scene you can’t adequately describe, or a transition that is a bit awkward. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t move forward. You are blocked. Fortunately, writer’s block is almost always temporary and all writers experience it at one time or another. So don’t despair. You are in good company. If that is not enough encouragement to help you through your crisis, perhaps the following words of advice from these literary stars will help.
  • Easy Ways to Sell Books at Events

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    Most independent authors are used to selling their books online. Sites like, Amazon, and other retailers are typically the place where you’ll get most of your sales. If you put in a little hustle, you can also get your books on the shelves of brick-and-mortar stores. But what if you want to sell your books yourself? It takes some work, but that’s something you’re used to if you’re publishing on your own, right? Especially if you’re writing and publishing as a business rather than a hobby, selling your own books can open up a lot of networking and sales avenues; just…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • Don't Rely on Data Alone. Trust Your Gut.

    Marriott on the Move
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Anyone in business today is swamped with data. This chart shows you one thing while another can totally contradict it. When I stepped down as President and CEO, I said the hotel business was getting too complicated, to which my long-time assistant Phyllis said, “It’s your own fault. You made...
  • Thomas Jefferson

    Marriott on the Move
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    I recently read a book called Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. To me, this book is a wonderful insight into the life and person of Thomas Jefferson. I’ve always known him to be brilliant and wide-ranging in his interests. I knew he wrote the Declaration of...
  • People of Marriott International

    Marriott on the Move
    31 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Few things are more satisfying to me than the terrific blend of people we have at Marriott. The first great team at Marriott was my dad and mom, and over the years they have been followed by many passionate teams that worked wonderfully across generations, gender, race, ethnicity, and many...
  • My Early Memorial Day

    Marriott on the Move
    25 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    As we completed our annual shareholders meeting and I joined our senior leadership on the 12th floor patio of our JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington, 16 flights of WWII war birds flew by. They included P51’s, B24’s, B17’s, a B29, a Catalina Flying Boat and several navy fighters. It...
  • Finding New Ways to Serve

    Marriott on the Move
    18 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Volunteering at the Atlanta Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity I have always enjoyed giving back whether it’s hammering at Habitat for Humanity or bagging groceries at the Atlanta Food Bank. Ever since the beginning of our company, our associates have been putting people first, and this includes the communities...
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    The Old New Thing

  • The Itanium processor, part 5: The GP register, calling functions, and function pointers

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    We saw a brief mention of the gp register last time, where we saw it used when we calculated the address of a global variable. The only addressing mode supported by the Itanium processor is register indirect (possibly with post-increment). There is no absolute addressing mode. If you want to access a global variable, you need to calculate its address, and the convention for this is that the gp register points to the module's global variables. If you want to access a global variable stored at offset n in the global data segment, you do it in two steps: addl r30 = n, gp ;; // r30 -> global…
  • The Itanium processor, part 3b: How does spilling actually work?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Answering some interesting questions that arose yesterday. I didn't know the answers either, so I went and read the manual, specifically Volume 2 (IA-64 System Architecture), chapter 6 (IA-64 Register Stack Engine). Evan asks, "Is the spilling to the stack done by the hardware, or does it trap into the OS?" According to the manual: The RSE operates concurrently and asynchronously with respect to instruction execution by taking advantage of unused memory bandwidth to dynamically perform register spill and fill operations. So yeah, it's done in hardware. Let's look at our register allocation…
  • The Itanium processor, part 4: The Windows calling convention, leaf functions

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last time, we looked at the general rules for parameter passing on the Itanium. But those rules are relaxed for leaf functions (functions which call no other functions). Before we start, I need to correct some of the explanation I had given when introducing the calling convention. I used that explanation because it makes for an easier conceptual model, but the reality is slightly different. First of all, I said that the alloc function shuffles the registers around and lays out the new local region and output registers. In reality, it is the instruction that moves the registers and the…
  • The Itanium processor, part 3: The Windows calling convention, how parameters are passed

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The calling convention on Itanium uses a variable-sized register window. The mechanism by which this is done is rather complicated, so I'm first going to present a conceptual version, and then I'll come back and fix up some of the implementation details. For today, I'm just going to talk about how parameters are passed. There are other aspects of the calling convention that I will cover in separate articles. Recall that the first 32 registers r0 through r31 are static (do not change), and the remaining registers r32 through r127 are stacked. These stacked registers fall into three categories:…
  • The Itanium processor, part 2: Instruction encoding, templates, and stops

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Instructions on Itanium are grouped into chunks of three, known as bundles, and each of the three positions in a bundle is known as a slot. A bundle is 128 bits long (16 bytes) and always resides on a 16-byte boundary, so that the last digit of the address is always zero. The Windows debugging engine disassembler shows the three slots as if they were at offsets 0, 4, and 8 in the bundle, but in reality they are all crammed together into one bundle. You cannot jump into the middle of a bundle. Now, you can't just put any old instruction into any old slot. There are 32 bundle templates, and…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • New NetBeans Books in 2015

    1 Aug 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Each year brings new books about NetBeans. That's a given, at this point in time. This year's crop is particularly fine, with Apress, Packt, and Murach all bringing out completely new titles around NetBeans. Jump in, the water's fine, there's something for everyone: And maybe there are others that I've left out here? Let me know! We'd love to promote any new book that is either about NetBeans or that uses or refers to NetBeans in one way or another. 
  • Upgrade workshop this week in Denver

    1 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    I am looking forward to my trip to the Denver area this week, including an upgrade workshop at the Oracle office in the tech center area. We have a good registration list so far but there is still room! If you would like to attend, just register at! 
  • Invoking REST Service from Oracle ACM Java Activity by Andrejus Baranovskis

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    In this post I will show you, how to call REST service from ACM Java activity class method. This could be useful in the situations, when you would like to have programmatic ACM activity integrated with REST service data. We could access ACM payload data from within the method overriden in the class implementing Case Activity Callback. ACM activity implemented on top of Java class, contains the same properties and configuration as the regular one. You could define input/output data, execution properties, etc.: Here is the Java code to invoke REST service from the Java class implementing ACM…
  • Load More Scroll Policy for ADF 12c Table and Range Paging by Andrejus Baranovskis

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    There is a new scroll policy for the table component in ADF 12c. This new policy is called - load more. I think it gives good potential, it allows to reduce access load on heavy tables. In ADF 11g we are implementing similar approach with RowCountThreshold = -1 setting, this is preventing full scroll at once (How To Disable SELECT COUNT Execution for ADF Table Rendering). Load more is better, it integrates with VO Range Paging and allows to configure maximum number of rows present on the client. New scroll policy is configurable directly on the ADF UI table component, as a property: Load more…
  • Internet of Things (IoT) - What is your plan?

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Proliferation of connected devices and ever-growing data is driving some very interesting Internet of Things (IoT) use cases and challenges. Check out some very interesting facts. What is your plan? Click on the interactive image below... What is your Plan? 
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    The Cleanest Line

  • The Rescue Box

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    By Tom Doidge-Harrison In its deep summer slumber, it is hard to gauge the latent fury this place can serve up to the unsuspecting. There are, however, clues to the power of this landscape that can both give and take in equal measure. The weathered faces of naked shale give evidence to deadly drops of tonnage. The natural order of the rounded boulders, hewn from the limestone shelf that extends at sea level, hints at unseen forces liberally applying Newton’s first law of motion to provide a natural floor, devoid of scale from most vantage points. But much of this runs in the background, as…
  • For the Love of Honey

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    By Hank Gaskell His hands were unlike other farmers. Not calloused, hard, cracked and stiff, but broad, flexible and quick. He seemed not to mind the thick white suit we were both wearing or the suffocating screen helmet. I felt like I was going to melt away. The deeply forested Waiho‘i Valley on Maui has countless wild bee hives that are vital to the flowering ecosystem. Avocado, mango, guava, ohia, rainbow eucalyptus and wild ginger thrive in fertile soil that’s fragmented by dark lava veins. The Kapia stream ribbons down through it all towards the ocean. At the base of the valley,…
  • The Chase: a tiny film

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    By RC Cone Honestly, we went to Iceland to catch big fish. It was that simple. We wanted to bask in the late Arctic sun while bringing dreamy meter-long Atlantic salmon to hand. We wanted to drink whiskey afterwards, go to bed and do it again every day we could. What surprised us wasn’t our ability to check that mission off the list it was the insignificance that those goals held compared to what we actually discovered. The Chase: a tiny film is an ode to the friendships and experiences that were shared while chasing our passions. Above: The Chase: a tiny film. Video: Tributaries…
  • Wild Fish Don’t Ride in Trucks

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    By Yvon Chouinard and Matt Stoecker This op-ed was originally published in the Sacramento Bee on July 23, 2015. On May 7, the Yuba Salmon Partnership Initiative (YSPI) shared a plan that would create the first “trap and haul” program of its kind in California. Trap and haul involves capturing fish, putting them in trucks, and moving them up or down rivers around obstacles such as dams. The initiative is proposing a 50-year, $700 million project that involves moving spring-run chinook salmon around two dams, Englebright and New Bullards Bar Dam, into the North Fork of the Yuba River. We…
  • Respect for the Past . . . and Rules to Protect a Sacred Place

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:03 pm
    By Josh Ewing Fifteen years ago, I was drawn to southeastern Utah by the vast tracts of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Forest lands where I could find the freedom to explore and climb and have an adventure—rarely seeing another human other than my climbing partners or an intrepid hiker. I loved the feeling that my every move wasn’t being scripted by a ranger or a regulation, a sense I sometimes get when visiting National Parks. Now, years later, these remarkable lands are no longer a place I visit on a quick weekend trip. Literally in my backyard, I work every day to protect…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Gas Prices and Long Weekend Prices Refresher

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We've been getting a lot of questions this summer about fluctuating gas prices - and with the long weekend coming up, we're fielding the usual "Why do gas prices seem to go up right before a long weekend?" questions as...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Monthly Poll: What's the biggest vehicle you've ever driven?

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the key questions in our post about Choosing the Right RV for your Summer Road Trip last week was: How comfortable are you driving large vehicles? I am personally in awe of bus drivers and other folks who...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Choosing the Right RV for Your Summer Road Trip

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    One of my favourite memories as a kid was when my parents rented a RV and took us kids "camping" at Elk Island Park. We looked at buffalo, we swam, we got covered in leeches, we had our leeches removed,...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • The Race is on to Win Free Gas for 50 Years!

    9 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The Amazing Race Canada, Season 3, kicked off last night and Petro-Canada is a sponsor again this year! I'm an Amazing Race nerd from way back, so I can't wait to see where this season takes the teams. Last season...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Summer Road Trips: Car Seat Regulations Refresher

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend of mine with a young toddler was giving me and another friend a ride to a party. A couple of days before, she and I had the following exchange via text. Me: Oh, hey!...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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    Open Mike

  • Why we should all care about the Uber and Lyft businesses

    Mike Critelli
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    In the Wednesday, July 8, 2015, issue of USA Today, there was a lengthy article about the ferocious opposition arrayed by taxi companies and drivers against Uber all over the world.   As a consumer, I believe that government-ordered monopolies are anti-consumer, and that taxi companies around the world inadequately serve the public.   There are three major issues with taxi service in virtually every metropolitan area:   There are too few of them relative to the…
  • Allowing Federal Health Exchange subsidies does not make healthcare available or more affordable

    Mike Critelli
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, upholding federal health exchange insurance subsidies, does not address the Affordable Care Act’s fundamental issue: absent unsustainable subsidies, health insurance coverage under its present rules will become progressively more unaffordable. Patient accountability must be far more greater than it is today.  This conclusion comes from two fundamental issues: Universal health insurance is for more expensive than the selective health insurance it replaced. Health insurers have ineffective tools for controlling costs without adding…
  • What do overzealous roof repairmen, car repairmen and doctors have in common?

    Mike Critelli
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:27 am
    As Dossia, my company, increasingly offers valuable navigation tools for plan members to help them get the best value and quality from the healthcare system, I often reflect on the similarities among overzealous tradespeople and overzealous healthcare providers.   My two stories with tradespeople go back to 1980 and 1981, when my wife and I had considerably fewer resources than we have today.  In 1980, we appeared to have a leaky roof that caused a flood of water to gush into our living room via an archway. Two roofers told us that we had cracked tiles and needed varying degrees of roof…
  • Persuade, don’t demonize, opponents

    Mike Critelli
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    One of my favorite films is Twelve Angry Men, a 1957 drama which starred Henry Fonda, but which also featured so many other great actors like Jack Klugman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, and Lee J. Cobb. The film’s subject matter is a jury deliberation on a murder case.   At the beginning, the jurors vote 11-1 to convict the defendant.  Henry Fonda’s character is the lone juror holdout, and the other jurors are angry at him.   He uses a combination of arguments that persuade them individually to acquit the defendant.  The film’s strongest message is that one committed person…
  • GE’s Decision to Divest GE Capital

    Mike Critelli
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    On Friday, April 10, 2015, GE announced that it would be divesting most of the assets of GE Capital.  The investment community reacted extremely positively, since GE’s stock price increased by 11% in one day.   I made a similar decision for Pitney Bowes, thanks to the strong recommendation of my Chief Financial Officer Bruce Nolop in early 2003.  It took me three years to complete the sale of Pitney Bowes’ Capital Services business to Cerberus Capital, but we completed the sale in July 2006, well in advance of the financial crisis. At the time I made this decision, we had several…
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    Progress Newsroom

  • Python Connectivity to Salesforce, Eloqua or Google

    Sumit Sarkar
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Sumit Sarkar,Chief Data Evangelist, Progress DataDirect DataDirect Cloud® provides freedom of choice for developers to access a wide range of data sources from their favorite programming language, such as Python. It’s exciting to see developers instantly connect to data sources and deliver unique innovation to these business applications. In response, a developer evangelist on my team, Saikrishna Teja Bobba, created the following tutorial to help get more data flowing through open standards and into the developer’s code. This connectivity is available on both Windows and Linux, but…
  • Get Better Access to Analytics with a Sound Data Replication Strategy

    Barbara Ware
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Barbara Ware, Senior Marketing Manager, Global Professional Services Learn how Electrical Equipment Company used data replication to dramatically improve access to analytics data. With an antiquated data warehouse EECO (Electrical Equipment Company) was having a difficult time accessing analytics data, to the point where the ability to make timely business decisions based on the latest data was becoming a problem. Data replication was incomplete and the entire ERP system was becoming more and more difficult to manage. But when the ERP system loses its ability to get decision making data into…
  • How the CAR Cut Legal Hotline Inquiries by 30% with Corticon

    Kevin Foster
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Kevin Foster, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Progress Corticon Real estate transactions in California continue to become more and more complex. Worse yet, the corresponding regulations are ever-changing. This makes updating the multitude of forms needed to close a real estate transaction difficult, if not impossible. The California Association of Realtors (CAR) recently looked to Progress® Corticon® for a solution. “We have a set more than 220 standard forms in our library that are constantly changing,” said Josh Sharfman, Chief Technology Officer at CAR. “Additionally, it’s…
  • The Common Component Specifications Project

    Sunil Belgaonkar
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    The Progress® OpenEdge® community has many frameworks for modernizing OpenEdge business applications. Some of these frameworks–such as ADM1 and ADM2–were created by Progress. Others were created by the OpenEdge community. When done right, frameworks help improve productivity by providing common functionality such as security, configuration, session management and more. But many times, our partners and customers feel locked in by a framework—as if it is an all-or-nothing proposition. There are many communities that have come together as a group to successfully create standard…
  • A Java Developer’s Guide to Using Progress Corticon

    Eric Moore
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    Eric Moore, Software Architect and co-founder of Progress Corticon Eric Moore provides some tips for Java and JavaScript developers working with the Corticon BRMS. Ease frustration with this quick start guide. When I created the Corticon business rules engine, my goal was to ease the pressure on business application developers who are tasked with almost continuous code changes related to business rules. Not to mention the business analysts and operational departments who are anxious to put updated policies, regulations and guidelines in place to automate critical decision-making processes.
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Flashback Fridays: The Sue (Pratt) Schaulin Collection

    Rachel Motes
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Working as an Intern in the Southwest Airlines Corporate Archive has offered me a rather interesting experience.  Within those walls I can learn the fine details to Southwest Airlines stories, I can see the negatives that first caught the Company’s history, and I can be a part of the acquisitions of new archival donations into our ever-growing collection. In fact, my first acquisition project was the Sue (Pratt) Schaulin Collection. In the Corporate Archives, we have several boxes, display case, and drawers dedicated to this collection. Susan “Sue” (Pratt) Schaulin was one of the…
  • Southwest Employees Off the Clock: Becoming an Ironman

    Millie Richter Tidwell
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    At Southwest Airlines, we are known for our unique Culture and Fun-LUVing Employees.  And believe me when I say that they are as interesting off the clock as they are when they are working.  Meet Mike!    Michael Nutting Multi Media Specialist   Ever since watching my cousin compete in the Ironman Lake Placid, I have dreamed of being an Ironman.  When I finished my first triathlon at the Playtri Festival last year, I knew it was now or never.  I immediately began training to prepare for the Ironman race that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run. In…
  • Wide Urban Spaces: Southwest Airlines brings Placemaking to Baltimore

    Mike Evitts
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    This guest post from Mike Evitts originally appeared in the July 2015 edition of Southwest: The Magazine.  If you’ve ever been to the Inner Harbor in Downtown Baltimore, you’ve likely walked down Pratt Street. With shops, stores, restaurants, and apartments along the water’s edge, this thoroughfare functions as Baltimore’s Main Street. But it was designed before the downtown area was a major tourist destination and doesn’t always feel accessible to pedestrian traffic. The area is now the city’s fastest growing neighborhood. Part of my job as vice president of…
  • Big Heart in the Big Apple: Southwest Porch at Bryant Park Now Open!

    Stephanie Etzel
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Southwest Airlines Employees show love to our Customers throughout their entire travel experience—whether they’re booking a flight at home, in transit at an airport, or flying on one of our planes. But our Hospitality doesn’t stop there. We’re dedicated to the cities we serve and strive to be an integral part of those communities. One of the ways we have done so is by partnering with local spaces in various cities to create what we call the Southwest Porch—an inviting gathering place in the community. In 2009, we first opened the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park in the heart of…
  • Flashback Fridays: SWA Belt Buckles

    Richard West
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    We recently noticed a neat piece of our Southwest history being discussed on the SWA Culture Facebook page—unique belt buckles celebrating past events!  In particular, an Employee shared a buckle that recognized our 10th anniversary in 1981. Within our archive, we have several of these commemorative pieces, and I recently had the opportunity to learn a little more about them.  Thankfully we are fortunate enough to have some great People here today to help tell the story of how they came about. The first buckle we have within our collection is from 1979—the same year the Wright Amendment…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Our final National Ice Cream Month prize: You pick the prize!

    Turkey Hill Team
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    Say it ain’t so! Is July really almost over? That means it’s the end of National Ice Cream Month, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying ice cream in August, September and beyond. In fact, let’s make it official: Turkey Hill is officially extending National Ice Cream Month for another six weeks! That declaration just means you can eat a bunch of ice cream for the rest of the summer, but you really didn’t need us to tell you to do that, right? Speaking of ice cream and the end of National Ice Cream Month, today’s post represents the last of our weekly…
  • The history of ice (part two): How one inventor helped the ice business heat up

    Turkey Hill Team
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last month, we told the story of the history of an ingredient that’s very important in the creation of iced tea, but it’s equally important (if not more so) in the creation of ice cream. Of course, we’re talking about ice. Of course, ice has been around since the beginning of time, but the harvesting of ice and the shipment of it so that folks in warm regions can enjoy it in the summertime is a relatively new development. Like we mentioned in our June blog entry, it started with a man named Frederic Tudor, who began harvesting ice from frozen lakes in Massachusetts and shipping it…
  • Stay cool, folks! Which flavors are in your freezer RIGHT NOW?

    Turkey Hill Team
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Today’s post will be short and sweet, mainly because it’s hot out there and we want to make sure everyone has time to get to the store before all the ice cream is gone. Seriously, you know how folks empty the shelves of bread and milk in preparation for a snow storm? It’s like that for ice cream in the summer! Leave a comment with which flavors are in your freezer RIGHT NOW to help you get through this scorching hot weather and we’ll choose one comment at random to win some FREE ice cream to help to replenish your supply! The post Stay cool, folks! Which flavors are in…
  • UPDATE: Can the cookie dough in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream be used to make cookies?

    Turkey Hill Team
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    UPDATE: We posted this entry earlier this year, but we’re posting it again with a special update at the end. Enjoy! And remember, we’re giving away ice cream EVERY DAY in July, so leave a comment to be entered to win today’s prize! ————- Can you use the delicious nuggets in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to make actual cookies? What would happen if you just popped the dough balls in the oven for a few minutes? We needed answers and we needed them fast, so we grabbed a few containers of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and made a bee-line for the Turkey Hill…
  • Meet Beau: A boy with big ice cream dreams

    Turkey Hill Team
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    Beau Shell always wanted to be an ice cream man. Then again, what 11-year-old doesn’t dream about that every now and then. So when the young Athens, Georgia entrepreneur asked his parents for an ice cream truck for his NINTH birthday, they were tickled. The only problem was, the family couldn’t afford an ice cream truck — so they bought him a freezer and welded it to a frame on wheels. And Beau’s dream of becoming an ice cream man had come true. He made $300 in his first year. Not bad for a nine-year-0ld, but he raked in a whopping $19,000 in his second year. According…
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    Guided By History

  • How do we store information?

    Steven Greenstein
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the most trying times in Wells Fargo Bank’s history was perhaps just after Isaias Hellman took over, when the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire leveled thousands of San Francisco buildings. In the era before electronic records, paper records kept track of how much money was in your bank account, how much you owed on a loan, and any other financial information your bank might need. Luckily the vault survived with minimal damage, and most records were saved. Massive iron gate manned by armed guards 24 hours a day protects vital bank records from theft and damage. It is opened…
  • Maurice and Ida

    Steven Greenstein
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Here is another post from Nelson Baltazar. Maurice Peairs and Ida: The Boy Who Used Wells Fargo’s Express Service Wells Fargo’s legendary express service was known for its rapid and reliable mail and package delivery, however, Wells Fargo also shipped unique and lesser known items during its heyday and live animals was one of them. I recently stumbled upon an old company novelty-a book marker that featured a black and white picture of a 9-year-old mid-western boy who used the company’s express service to ship his calf, Ida, as a donation to the Red Cross. Here’s what young Maurice…
  • Knocking, and Rapping, and Tapping… Oh My!

    Steven Greenstein
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Kenia Galaviz (Wells Fargo History Museum) Kenia Galaviz is a Museum Assistant in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelors in History and Creative Writing from UCR, where she helped found an organization dedicated to assisting foster youth. She speaks Spanish fluently and is currently tackling a new language: Japanese. “Hajimemashite!” (CR) Many years ago, Henry Wells & William Fargo embarked on a risky venture in creating Wells Fargo & Co in Gold Rush California. And like these hopeful individuals so too did the prospectors of old arrive with their tenacious optimism coupled with…
  • Wells Fargo in France

    Steve Greenwood
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    (Image from Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Today, citizens of France commemorate the beginning of the French Revolution. Although Wells Fargo’s business in France did not date back to the storming of the Bastille in 1789, Wells Fargo had a presence in France as early as 1853. One year after opening for business, Wells Fargo purchased the business of Livingston, Wells & Company and opened an office at 8 Place de La Bourse in Paris. Henry Wells and Crawford Livingston started the company a decade earlier to carry on a business forwarding gold dust and bullion and packages by steamship…
  • Opening Day! 163 years ago.

    Amanda Walters
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    Henry Wells and William Fargo signed the Articles of Association, establishing Wells Fargo & Co Express, on March 18th 1852 in New York City.  Four months later they were ready to open for business in California. In the 1856 San Francisco directory, Wells Fargo is listed as having “Established business in California, July 13, 1852. At 9 o’clock, banker Reuben W. Washburn and expressman Samuel W. Carter threw open the iron fire shutters at 424 Montgomery Street and waited on customers. From the inside of this 20 by 65 foot “fine fire proof store (new), in just the right…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • Field force management hints at the future

    Jason Compton
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Field force management is a mature discipline, but it has not stopped growing or changing. As such, it’s always worth watching trends in field services as a sign of things to come. Field services were an early and avid adopter of mobile technology in the 1990s, and many of our current handheld and tablet computing customs started in those experimental days. The following five trends will continue to shape field force management in coming years and gain acceptance in the mainstream. 1. Cloud delivery The mobile nature of the business makes the cloud ideal for field force management.
  • Define the customer experience, then fix it

    Scott Koegler
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Delivering the right customer experience is essential if you want customers to keep coming back. Increasingly, technology plays a major role in this by facilitating efficient customer interaction and quick issue resolution. But even great technology in the hands of skilled and dedicated employees doesn’t guarantee happy customers. The customer experience today takes into account multiple interactions through several channels over a period of time. And while every interaction may be successful, overall customer satisfaction can be difficult to maintain long term. Customers often become…
  • Eliminating mobile inefficiencies in business

    Jason Compton
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Long before consumers had even heard of a mobile app, enterprise pioneered the mobile technology field. That early-adopter mentality led to tremendous productivity gains early on, but time and progress continues as companies adjust. Today, many organizations can reap significant benefits by keeping a critical eye on the state and health of their mobile solutions. Here are three ways your enterprise may be harboring inefficient mobile devices and applications: 1. Not enough rich data High-speed cellular and Wi-Fi networks now blanket areas that were once considered connectivity deserts. A…
  • Get your business into the hands of mobile users

    Scott Koegler
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Mobile app usage is growing. And if your business hasn’t made its mobile presence a priority yet, it’s time to move your mobile plans to the top of the stack. According to an article in TechCrunch, the average American now spends more time online via mobile devices than their PCs. Mobile use has increased from 12 percent of time spent online in 2008 to 51 percent in 2015. The length of time spent online is also shifting, from fewer, longer sessions to short sessions where users consume bite-sized content quickly many times per day.  Savvy application providers have adapted to…
  • Do you have what it takes to win the IoT Fast Pitch competition?

    The Networking Exchange Blog Team
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Last year at the Internet of Things (IoT) Evolution conference in Las Vegas, 13 year old Kyle Smith stepped up to the plate to pitch his Internet of Things idea. He was the youngest participant by 17 years in AT&T’s IoT Fast Pitch competition, but he was well prepared to sell his idea to the judges. We recently spent time with Kyle to get his thoughts on the competition and his advice for anyone thinking about sharing their IoT idea at Fast Pitch 2015.     NEB Team: What made you decide to enter AT&T’s Fast Pitch 2014? Kyle Smith: My Dad had entered a competition in Las…
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    Centage Blog

  • Forecast and Monitor your Loan Covenants Compliance

    Alan Hart
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    How loan covenant compliance can be forecasted with Budget Maestro and Displayed by Analytics Maestro There has been a recent series of blog posts on this site of why companies must regularly forecast their balance sheets Why you Must Forecast your Balance Sheet Part 2. There is also an older blog post on one of the benefits of doing that: Knowing whether or not the company will be able to meet its loan covenants imposed by their lender Will you breach your loan covenants?. In this post I would like to present a simple example demonstrating how Budget Maestro with Analytics can monitor…
  • Forecast and Monitor your Key Financial Ratios

    Alan Hart
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    How key financial ratios can be forecasted with Budget Maestro and Displayed in Analytics Maestro I recently posted a series of articles on this blog on the importance of forecasting a company’s balance sheet and how the financial health of the organization can be predicted using data available from the actual accounting system and from budget data, Why you Must Forecast Your Balance Sheet Part 1 and Part 2, Forecast and Monitor your Loan Covenants Compliance and A New Way to Look at Accounting Data. One of the posts was focused on how users of Budget…
  • Why you Must Forecast your Balance Sheet – Part 2

    Alan Hart
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    It is not as hard as you think and the results will greatly justify the effort In the first part of this series we saw why we need to be able to forecast our company’s balance sheet. In this installment we will see examples of how a forecasted balance sheet is constructed and a software solution that allows its users to produce a forecasted Balance Sheet and a Statement of Cash Flows automatically from their budget data. Here are a few examples: Your sales on credit generate accounts receivable in the period products were shipped or services were provided.  The forecasted balance sheet…
  • Why you Must Forecast your Balance Sheet – Part 1

    Alan Hart
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    It is not as hard as you think and the results will greatly justify the effort I have written several times on this blog about forecasting a company’s balance sheet and the many benefits one gets from it. If this is so beneficial, then why is this so hard if not impossible to do using conventional methods and tools? Firstly, if you are still working with a spreadsheet to create your budget and periodic re-forecast, then arriving at a reasonably accurate and complete balance sheet is an unrealistic expectation; there are just too many details that have to be passed to the balance sheet…
  • Make a Covenant to Properly Plan your Company’s Financial Future

    Alan Hart
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    How not having the right tools can be disastrous A while back I wrote on this blog about forecasting the likelihood of a company meeting its loan covenants with its lenders Will you Breach your Loan Covenants?.  I normally wouldn’t repeat this or be redundant unless I thought it was of great importance to the readers of this blog. I recently visited a high mid-market company on the West Coast where I have done internal control work in the past. During my engagement I was made aware of the fact that the company had failed meeting one of its loan covenants with its primary lender for…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • Google’s Ruth Porat’s $70 billion M&A war chest

    Brett Cole
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    Morgan Stanley may have never been this much fun for Ruth Porat. Google’s chief financial officer sits atop a merger and acquisition machine that rivals anything her former Wall Street firm would have dreamed of as an ideal client. As of June 30 Google had $69.8 billion of cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities, according to […] The post Google’s Ruth Porat’s $70 billion M&A war chest appeared first on ansarada.
  • Technology news, deals, people of the week

    Brett Cole
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    DEALS Venture capital investments in Asia soared in the second quarter of this year, reaching more than half the level of the U.S., thanks to a series of huge deals aimed at building new digital champions in China, South Korea and India, reports the Financial Times. In all, investment in Asia reached $10.5 billion, compared […] The post Technology news, deals, people of the week appeared first on ansarada.
  • Mergers and acquisitions deals and people moves of the week

    Brett Cole
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    DEALS The health insurer Anthem said it had agreed to acquire its rival Cigna for $48.3 billion in a deal that would further concentrate the United States market to just a few major players, reports the New York Times Dealbook. The combined company would have estimated revenue of about $115 billion and serve more than […] The post Mergers and acquisitions deals and people moves of the week appeared first on ansarada.
  • UBS expects global M&A boom to accelerate

    Brett Cole
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Good news for mergers and acquisitions dealmakers. UBS forecasts global M&A volume to rise more than 20 percent in 2015 to about $4.25 trillion from $3.5 trillion last year. Healthy balance sheets and low interest rates have provided companies opportunities to do deals. So who will be buying whom, according to UBS? In the U.S., […] The post UBS expects global M&A boom to accelerate appeared first on ansarada.
  • women investment bankers say success is being yourself

    Brett Cole
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:16 pm
    “Be interesting, be relevant, be insightful, be yourself,” advises one senior woman investment banker to her junior peers as they gathered to swap thoughts and anecdotes with each other about working in investment banking. Women make up 19 percent of the front-office jobs in investment banking, according to research by think tank New Financial. In […] The post women investment bankers say success is being yourself appeared first on ansarada.
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  • No (Home) joy for the on-demand economy

    Raj Narayanaswamy
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:40 pm
    The on-demand economy has just had its first employee classification casualty. On-demand cleaning services company Homejoy will shut its doors for good at the end of this month. And the media were quick to swoop on the fact that a deciding factor was Homejoy’s pending lawsuits over its classification of workers as independent contractors.
  • Preparing for Mandated Paid Sick Leave – And How to Embrace #LeadOnLeave

    Jon Burns
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:08 pm
    The Secretary at the US Department of Labor, Tom Perez, has said that the US is “distressingly behind the curve” on paid sick leave, vacation leave and parental leave. It’s certainly been no secret that the US is the world’s only wealthy nation that does not mandate a minimum for taking time off - almost four out of 10 private sector workers (or 43.5 million workers) across the country have no sick leave at all.
  • Ten Tips for Establishing an Effective Paid Internship Program

    Jon Burns
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:16 pm
    With summer at our doorstep, graduates are actively seeking to get their foot in the door in the corporate world, and businesses are looking to recruit interns to support their learning and career development, as well as possibly hire employees longer term.Blog tags: Corporate
  • Tracking Labor Laws in the Evolving Mobile-First Workplace

    Jon Burns
    18 May 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Most organizations have recognized that we have been in the midst of an accelerating – and evolving – mobile transformation in the workplace for some time. While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs were all the rage a few years ago, analyst firm Gartner predicts that by 2016, 38 percent of companies will stop providing devices to workers and by 2017, half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • Thank you, David Goldberg

    Raj Narayanaswamy
    5 May 2015 | 12:50 am
    We are stunned and deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Dave Goldberg. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sheryl and the Goldberg family in this difficult time. We wish them peace. We feel so privileged to have known Dave. He was an amazing person and a great human being.
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • Five Ways Trays Can Provide Function and Flair at Home

    Victoria Araj
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Whether living in a house or an apartment, there’s no denying, we tend to hold onto a lot of stuff. Some of it gets put to regular use. Some of it stays in storage boxes. But what if you could corral some of what you own in a way that adds function and flair to your space? Enter the all-purpose, all-shapes, all-sizes holder of everything – the tray. From placing a tray with rocks in the mudroom to keep wet shoes from touching the floor, to an aesthetically pleasing way to present breakfast in bed, there are plenty of uses for trays in virtually every room of the house. Let’s explore a…
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go: Renovate or Move

    Kevin Graham
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    You’re looking for a change in your house. Maybe you’d like to redo the kitchen and the bathrooms. The question then becomes whether it’s better to sell the house and look for a new one or save it through a remodel. We’ve got to let you know: Should you stay or should you go? Here’s the bad news: Every situation is different. It becomes a math problem. The good news is there’s no algebra involved, so we’ve got that going for us. Let’s take a look at whether it makes sense to renovate or go out and look for a new home. Determine the Scope The first and perhaps most important…
  • Federal Reserve Release in Plain English 22.0

    Bob Walters
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I won’t leave you in suspense: The Federal Reserve decided to keep rates low – for now, anyway. They’re also buying plenty of mortgage bonds, which keeps rates down. They keep hammering home the point, though, that they’d like to see inflation rise to 2%. One of the ways they’ll get there is by raising interest rates. Below is this month’s Fed press release. My comments are in bold. Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that economic activity has been expanding moderately in recent months. Growth in household spending has been moderate…
  • Quicken Loans Wins Back-To-Back J.D. Power Awards for Mortgage Servicing

    Kevin Graham
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Quicken Loans has won the J.D. Power award for mortgage servicing for the second consecutive year. We have received the top rank in each of its first two years being eligible in the category. While that’s a feat in itself, we also earned the number one ranking in each of the six categories being judged. The J.D. Power study also said Quicken Loans clients rated the company 29% higher for innovation and 26% higher than the industry average for being customer driven. Additionally, every client surveyed said our call center representatives are easy to understand. The 2015 servicing survey…
  • Steps to Take After Filing for Bankruptcy

    Dawn Jamison
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Filing for bankruptcy can be a complex and stressful process. If you’ve filed for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 recently, I’m sure you want to get on with a fresh start. If it took a lot of time and energy to get through the bankruptcy, you probably don’t even want to think about your next steps right now. But, in fact, this is a great time to put together your financial strategy. Keep Your Docs Be sure that you hold on to all of your bankruptcy documents for your records. If you lose them (as much as you may want to), it may be a long road to get copies. Creditors have been known to attempt…
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    NACD Blog

  • Raising the Bar on Director Performance – New NACD Program Outlines 5 Keys to Success

    Friso van der Oord
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The bar for director performance has been raised. A volatile economic environment, increased regulatory scrutiny, impending cybersecurity threats, and shareholder activism have all shifted the expectations for what should happen in the boardroom. Responding to those growing expectations for directors, The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has developed a new program—called Advanced Director Professionalism®—that focuses on understanding the market forces and “next practices” that will shape the boardroom in coming years. At the inaugural Advanced Director…
  • D&O Liability: A Downside of Being a Corporate Director

    Alex Lajoux
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:16 pm
    One of the few downsides to board service is the exposure to liability that directors of all corporations potentially face, day in and day out, as they perform their fiduciary duties. The chance of being sued for a major merger decision is now 90 percent; but that well known statistic is just the tip of an even larger iceberg. The Court of Chancery for the state of Delaware, where some one million corporations are incorporated (among them most major public companies), hears more than 200 cases per year, most of them involving director and officer liability. And given the high esteem in which…
  • Cyber Savvy: Five Imperatives for a Technology Executive Whose Time Has Come

    Alex Lajoux
    7 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    Last month when NACD joined the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI) to convene a “cyber summit,” the 200-seat event filled quickly with the key to the future: people—namely directors, chief executives, and information executives empowered to build corporate value and form a powerful bulwark against information destruction. As information technology – including especially cyber security – rises as a board-level priority, the solution for addressing it is talent. Not every board can have a cyber expert, but today directors are all the more eager to hear from IT executives,…
  • Global Cyber Summit Sends Message to Boardrooms

    NACD Staff
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Corporate directors’ mindsets regarding cybersecurity fundamentally need to change. As one participant at April’s inaugural Global Cyber Summit hosted by the Global Network of Director Institutes (GNDI) noted, “We have to go from ‘is it possible we’ll be attacked?’ to ‘it’s probable;’ from ‘how much does it cost?’ to ‘how much should we invest?’; and from ‘can we control cyber threats?’ to ‘how can we keep pace?’” In the words of another participant, “Yesterday’s approach to cyber at many companies was compliance. Today, the approach is risk management,…
  • Leveraging Social and Demographic Trends

    Jesse Rhodes
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Understanding the behavior of investors, employees, and consumers is a critical success factor for all companies. This can be difficult for corporate directors, however, as America’s demographics are constantly evolving. At this year’s second Directorship 2020 event, NACD partnered with Broadridge Financial Solutions, KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute (ACI), Marsh & McClennan Cos., and PwC to provide an in-depth look at today’s social and demographic trends and how boards can harness the opportunities these often-disruptive forces create. In his keynote address, Scott Steinberg,…
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    Whitepages blog

  • What’s the Difference Between Spam & Scam Calls?

    Molly Phillips
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Not everyone knows where to draw the line between a phone call that’s spam versus one that’s from a scammer. So we’re taking a moment to set the record straight. Find out what the real difference is between a spam and scam call and get tips to protect your mobile phone. The post What’s the Difference Between Spam & Scam Calls? appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • The Only iOS Phone Protection You’ll Ever Need

    Suja Vaidyanathan
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    We are happy to announce the launch of Whitepages ID for iOS devices. Now, when you receive calls from unknown numbers, you can detect whether the calls are spam, or maybe just a friend with a new number. Try it today! The post The Only iOS Phone Protection You’ll Ever Need appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • What it Means to be a Seattle Business “Best Companies to Work for” Winner

    Sarah Andrews
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    We are proud to announce that we fall in the top 20 of Seattle Business' "100 Best Companies to Work for." Read on to find out why this nomination is so important to us. The post What it Means to be a Seattle Business “Best Companies to Work for” Winner appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • When the Grandparent Scam Hits Home

    Molly Phillips
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Once a phone scam proves to be successful, it doesn’t go away. That’s the case with the Grandparent Scam. But this scam is doing emotional as well as monetary damage. Let’s take a look at the scam and discuss how to save our loved ones from falling victim to it. The post When the Grandparent Scam Hits Home appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • Movie Names Spotlight: Mining for Minions

    Lauren Boriotti
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    As a prequel to the Despicable Me movies, you can't help but be curious about the new minion movie. Find out how many people share names with the leading characters. You just might be surprised to find out how many people have the name "Minion" in this week's Movie Names Spotlight. The post Movie Names Spotlight: Mining for Minions appeared first on Whitepages blog.
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    Miratel Solutions

  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Zucchini Chickpea Burger

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another delicious summer edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. If you are a full-time vegan, summer BBQ’s might seem daunting but our weekly recipe share aims to simplify that with a new vegan summer dish each…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Spicy Buffalo Quinoa Burgers

    19 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another delicious summer edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. There is no food more synonymous with summer than burgers, and just because you want to eat a vegan meal doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this treat.
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Edamame Burger with Cilantro Wasabi Aioli

    12 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another delicious burger edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. The abundance of fresh produce during the summer months makes a vegan meal even easier than usual. However, finding new and interesting recipes might…
  • Meatless Monday with Simple Vegan Korean Kimchi BBQ Burgers

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another delicious summer edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. Just because you want to make a vegan meal doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy summer favourites like burgers. That is why we’re continuing out summer…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Hoisin Black Bean Burger with Spicy Sesame Sauce

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another delicious edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. Today we’ll be the continuing our summer burger series by sharing with you a chinese inspired gluten free hoisin vegan black bean burger with spicy sesame…
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    The Allstate Blog

  • Keys to Homeownership: Closing

    Alexandra Kozinski, Coldwell Banker
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Congratulations, your offer has been accepted, the home passed inspection and you are finally ready for the closing. This is the last contractual hurdle you’ll face, but until the closing is behind you, you can’t call yourself a homeowner quite yet. Your real estate agent is an expert in many things related to buying a home, so make sure you ask him or her as many questions as you need to in order to be 100 percent clear on what the closing process entails. Before you finalize your purchase, you may want to consider the following tips. Complete the Final Walk-Through Before you close,…
  • Keys to Homeownership: Getting a Home Inspection

    Alexandra Kozinski, Coldwell Banker
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Before signing on the dotted line, it’s important to know what exactly comes with the new house you’re about to buy. In addition to that amazing kitchen, fabulous master bath and lush green backyard, could there be foundation issues? Or maybe a rotting roof in need of replacing? You may not be required to have a home inspection, but it is highly recommended and almost always worth the money. Help reduce your stress and take the guesswork out of potential issues by working with a qualified home inspector. First and foremost, let’s discuss what exactly happens at a home…
  • Keys to Homeownership: Negotiating a Purchase Price

    Alexandra Kozinski, Coldwell Banker
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Congratulations, you found it …your dream home! Before you celebrate, though, you first have to put in an offer and come to an agreed-upon price between you and the seller. Negotiating a purchase price on your new home can be a stressful part of the home buying process. Here are a few tips that will help you and your real estate professional strategize the best way to win the deal. One situation that homebuyers may run into is finding out a seller has received multiple offers on a property they’re interested in. Cara Ameer, an agent with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, advises…
  • Transform Your Car Into a Show Car

    24 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    Many car lovers, gear heads and weekend tinkerers spend their free evenings and weekends fixing, improving and tinkering with their cars. Whether you’re restoring a classic car or truck from the 1950s or dressing up your favorite contemporary vehicle, in order to bring it up to show-car level, you’ve got to have plenty of elbow grease and an eye for detail. Martin Sanchez, a senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book and classic car enthusiast and veteran of car shows, shares what it really takes to make your ride show-worthy. Help Us Help You!Want to submit a story idea, suggestion or…
  • How to Properly Stock Your Motorcycle Tool Kit

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    The warm days of summer bring more opportunities for long motorcycle rides. And when you’re out on the open road, you want to feel prepared for whatever comes your way. Having the right set of tools on hand can help ensure that your bike trip goes as smoothly as possible. So, we’ve compiled a list of essential repair items for any motorcyclist. Of course, there is’t much room for tools on a motorcycle (many modern bikes have a small storage area under the seat) so space is at a premium. Though this list may not be comprehensive, it covers many of the basic tools you’ll need to…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Going Green outside Your Home

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Most of us are environmentally conscious and take pains to segregate our garbage and do whatever else we can do to protect our planet. Having a green home is great, but is it really enough? Does our responsibility end when we put the trash out for collection?It’s our trash and we have a duty to ensure that it is disposed of properly, not just removed from our homes. There are a number of Illegal and non-licensed trash haulers, not just in the Bay Area, but all over the country. All they want to do is get the trash away from your home so they can bill you. What happens to the trash is a big…
  • Tesla Taking Next Step In Green Living

    29 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    At Fast Haul, we are passionate when it comes to making our planet a better, cleaner place to live, which is why we dedicate our time to hauling off junk and making sure that it’s disposed of or recycled properly.  We’re not alone when it comes to having this passion for caring for Earth.  Tesla is one of the big names in the eco-friendly game nowadays; with their completely electric car taking the world by storm and revolutionizing the way people travel.  Just recently, they’ve decided to take the next step in eco-friendly lifestyle, shifting focus from your garage into the rest of…
  • Sustainability Tips for the Workplace

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    One of the main tenets of the movement towards creating a better environment is sustainability. As a society, we rely mainly on non-renewable resources like fossil fuels, earth mineral and metal ores for power. Extracting and using resources like these causes significant greenhouse gas pollution, which happens to be the biggest contributor to global warming. Reducing your impact on the environment requires some significant changes in your home and personal life, but you can also change habits at the workplace to facilitate change. Here are a few things you can do at work to cut your carbon…
  • What To Do: Recycling Mattresses

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Easily one of the biggest eyesores you can come across in public, illegally discarded mattresses are seen far too often today. Whether it be in alleyways, vacant lots, or along the sides of the freeway, dumped mattresses have long been a thorn in the sides of public utility departments and pose some serious hazards to the general public. While it’s far from okay to dispose of a mattress by leaving it on the side of the road, it’s easy to understand given the limited options available for resale and recycling. Lets face it, there is not much of a market for used mattresses, and in fact, a…
  • Altamont Wind Farm to Power Google Offices in 2016

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

  • Win cheesecake for a year

    Ashley Halladay
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    National Cheesecake Day may have been yesterday, but Fiber One isn’t ready to stop celebrating the tasty treat. The brand has coined August its “Cheesecake Appreciation Month.” Why cheesecake? Because Fiber One now has guilt-free Cheesecake Bars. And throughout August you can enter a sweepstakes to win free cheesecake bars for a year. To kick off the month-long celebration and introduce the new bars, Fiber One ran a pop-up Cheesecake Café sampling event at Grand Central Station in New York City yesterday. Thousands of commuters received samples of the new bars from brand…
  • Play with BuzzBee in Angry Birds 2

    Kevin Hunt
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    Today is a big day in the mobile gaming world – Angry Birds 2 is available. And we’re excited to let you know that you’ll notice a General Mills connection when you play it, beginning August 6. BuzzBee – with his special “Honey Blaster Spell” – will appear in the game for a limited time, to help you out by raining Honey Nut Cheerios down on the piggies. “Rather than interrupting your experience in the game to serve you up an ad, we’ll be giving you the opportunity to have Buzz help you clear that level that you just can’t seem to get past,” says Jared Pippin,…
  • How did we make Cheerios gluten free?

    Monte Olmsted
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    Five varieties of Cheerios labeled gluten free are now in the process of being shipped across the U.S. to a store near you. And we’re excited to see that some consumers have already shared photos of the boxes on a grocery shelf or in their homes. She’s so happy she can finally eat them! @cheerios — Cam (@camctsv) July 24, 2015 The boxes of gluten-free Cheerios (Apple Cinnamon, Frosted, Original, Honey Nut, Multi Grain) should be available nationwide by September. Production in our cereal plants started earlier this month. It’s the culmination of several…
  • Fiber One: 30 years of regular customers

    Monte Olmsted
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
    It’s been 30 years since original Fiber One cereal debuted. Today, the brand is thriving, with more than 50 products in several food categories, thanks to a devoted and steady stream of – pardon the pun – regular customers. When brainstorming began on the brand in 1983, America was in the midst of a trend where more people wanted foods with higher fiber content. General Mills didn’t have a bran-based cereal that appealed to adults. But company leadership didn’t want just any bran cereal. It wanted a high fiber cereal with less sugar Jim Klande, a retired General Mills…
  • Success in school starts with school meals

    Matt Rittenhouse
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    General Mills Foodservice takes pride in leading our industry when it comes to serving solutions that help our K-12 school customers succeed. We do so only with a deep understanding of their aspirations and needs. The School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference (ANC) is the perfect forum to gain that insight. So last week, I attended the ANC with a variety of colleagues from General Mills, to better understand what these K-12 operators need to accomplish and what they are trying to achieve. The ANC conference, among many things, is an incredible opportunity to meet and…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • What Startups Can Learn from Great Place to Work® Companies

    Scott Thompson
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Five Tips for Launching a Great Company Culture A startup founder might glance at the practices of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For and assume there's not much that applies to his or her startup. After all, these best companies often have tens of thousands of people, and big budgets allocated for culture and engagement. (Disclosure: I too was a little skeptical as I walked into the Great Place to Work® Conference for the first time.)
  • 15 Practice Areas Critical to Achieving a Great Workplace

    Jessica Rohman
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Are You Focusing Cultural Efforts for the Most Impact?There are certain areas where, practically speaking, great workplaces stand out head and shoulders above the rest. What are these areas, and why is it important that your organization focus on them?
  • Leaders: Get Ready to Get Your Hands Dirty

    Hannah Jones
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Individual Change as a Part of Culture ChangeLeaders at your company may be looking for the one magic trick that will make your company look great: that one thing that will impact everything and can start right away. However, the truth is that authentic culture change is not possible if the only action an organization takes is to bolt new policies onto its existing culture. While we seek to inspire and motivate our clients by helping them leverage their strengths, providing compelling data to inform action, and using examples from the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, we know that in…
  • A Strategy for Culture Requires a Culture Strategy

    Jason Slusher
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Organizations focus on culture and/or come to experts for support for different reasons. Some enjoy the competition of getting on a 100 Best Companies to Work For type of list; others desire the notoriety of being recognized as a great workplace in order to aid with recruitment; others simply believe focusing on culture is the right thing to do.
  • Storytelling for Ultimate Engagement

    Lauryn Sargent
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Storytelling is ProofStorytelling has become a big trend over the last few years. As the company that coined the term Culturography, which is creating media from stories to illustrate culture, we love the rise of its popularity. However, for all the storytelling talk, we've found organizations are missing a real opportunity to use their true stories for external (recruiting candidates, employer branding) and internal (onboarding new team members, recognizing tenured ones) engagement. It's even more surprising since we know engagement is a huge problem, and especially important in the first…
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Protecting Your Clients against Cyber-Attacks

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    Recent news that Internet hackers compromised U.S. government data on 4 million current and former federal workers earlier this year is just the latest in online security breaches making headlines. Some consumers wonder if they can trust digital gatekeepers at both public and private institutions with their personal and financial data. “There have been so many high-profile cybersecurity breaches in the news, not just in the financial services sector, but more broadly, such as with Target,” said Laura Grossman, assistant general counsel of the Investment Advisor Association (IAA).
  • How to Create an Employee Performance Management System

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    Despite the understanding that talent is a source of competitive advantage, establishing an effective performance management program remains a challenge for most organizations. According to Mercer’s 2013 Global Performance Management Survey, only 3 percent of organizations worldwide said their performance management system delivered exceptional value, while almost half (48 percent) said their overall approach to performance management needed work. The profile of pay-for-performance has never been higher than it is now, with everyone from academia to mass media weighing in. Most…
  • When Should Financial Advisors Use a PR Firm?

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Public Relations (PR) involves shaping and maintaining the image of a company, organization or individual in the eyes of the client’s various “publics.” PR can be a powerful tool for independent investment advisors or, worst case, damage your practice if it is not process-driven and taken seriously. PR is not for every financial advisor; ask any PR professional and they will tell you it is not a direct path to new business. They will also tell you there is a definite distinction between public relations and marketing. If your objective is to increase short-term production, a PR campaign…
  • Leveraging Social Media to Fill Your Events

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    As social media continues to outpace traditional methods of client interaction, it’s important that independent financial advisors recognize what social media platforms offer in offline business, such as events, workshops, etc. Many, if not most, independent investment advisors agree the top two ways to grow business is through referrals – passive and active referrals from clients, as well as those from industry associates – and events.’s 2014 Advisor Benchmarking Trend Report, “Marketing and Client Relations: Practice Management Trends,” shows referrals were…
  • Implementing Education Workshops into Your Practice

    21 Jul 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The financial services industry is a relationship business, but it’s also a business of providing a service. Implementing education workshops can be one of the most effective marketing strategies that independent investment advisors can utilize for business development. Take Dan Fisher of Northbrook, IL-based Fisher Financial Group, for example. Fisher recently launched a new division of his company called Financially Fit Women, which specializes in coaching, educating and empowering women to understand their investments and long-term goals. “I took a look at my practice and found out…
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    Hilton Global Media Center > Community Programs / Philanthropy News

  • South Wales Children's Charities Invited To Bid For £16,000 Fund

    9 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hilton Cardiff is giving away £16,000 to support young people across South Wales and is inviting charities to bid for a share of the donation. The hotel is giving away the lump sum to registered charities, benefiting people under the age of 25 for projects they would otherwise be unable to afford.
  • Hilton Worldwide Awards Travel With Purpose® Action Grant To Hilton Warwick/Stratford Upon Avon

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hilton Worldwide has awarded Hilton Warwick/Stratford Upon Avon a $1,000 Travel with Purpose® Action Grant. The funds will be used to revamp a small courtyard where the hotel plans to grow its own fruit and vegetables and plant a herb garden. The hotel's Blue Energy team will be involved in maintaining this area year-round. This project aims to sustainably impact the cost of the hotel's waste whilst also positively motivating team members.
  • Hilton Madrid Airport y Pinardi recogen fondos para abrir la puerta del mercado laboral a jóvenes en peligro de exclusión social

    14 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hilton Madrid Airport organiza junto con la Federación de Plataformas Sociales Pinardi una cena benéfica el próximo lunes 29 de junio, con el fin de recaudar fondos para ayudar a jóvenes desfavorecidos que quieran formarse y desarrollar su carrera en la industria turística, en el marco del Programa Primera Experiencia Profesional, sostenido por Pinardi y JP Morgan.
  • Suburban Hotel Provides Linens To Gorillas At Chicago Zoo

    18 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is going above and beyond in its effort to give back to the community and help the environment. In addition to local homeless shelters, the multi-faceted west suburban resort recently donated its premium linens to Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, where the 250-thread count bedding is being used as additional nesting material for the western lowland gorillas at Regenstein Center for African Apes.
  • Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest Joins Hilton Worldwide’s Largest Global Career Event

    17 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Athénée Palace Hilton Bucharest has taken part in Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, Hilton Worldwide’s largest ever global career event. Throughout the month of May, Hilton Worldwide hotels around the globe are hosting hundreds of events with the purpose of informing those looking for employment, including young people, about the exciting opportunities available to all in the hospitality industry.
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • 10 Ways to Support Healthy, Engaged Employees

    Hallmark Business Connections
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    If you look at workplace wellness statistics by the numbers, they can appear pretty dismal: 50 million Americans report being actively disengaged at work. 92% of workers report their workplace is more stressful now than it’s been in the last five years. 79% of employees identified as at high risk of “job burnout” are also at risk of coronary heart disease. Surely we, as business leaders tasked with promoting health and wellness at work, can do better than this! From employee engagement and healthy lifestyles to enhanced communication and education, wellness programs can have a deep,…
  • The Value of Look and Feel

    Jennifer Patel
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    Technology plays a key role in modern wellness programs, and it enables us to gather a wealth of data about what employees really want from a corporate wellness program. By utilizing this information, we are able to develop personas and create personal, engaging stories to help generate interest in the programs we offer. As part of this approach, a well designed and visually appealing letter, email, update or website goes a long way to draw in and excite wellness program participants. Photographs, illustrations and colors catch the eye and act as key components in evoking an emotional…
  • Make Employee Feedback a Gift

    Jonathan McClellan
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    Bill Gates wisely said, “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” Our exposure to feedback often starts when we’re young. From hopping on a bike or wielding a pencil for the first time to mastering fractions, feedback guides almost everything we do. Whether we realize it or not, feedback is a crucial element to our ongoing development, particularly within the workplace. After all, how can you improve, learn and grow if you don’t measure how you are doing? And, if you aren’t growing in your career, how engaged can you possibly be? According to a Gallup…
  • Congratulations to Hallmark Gold Crown – Forrester’s Top Traditional Retailer For Customer Experience

    Rhonda Basler
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    Forrester scored Hallmark as the top traditional retailer in providing the ultimate customer experience. Congratulations to our friends and business partners at Hallmark Gold Crown! Forrester Research named them the highest scoring traditional retailer for customer experience in its 2014 North America Customer Experience online survey. This is quite an honor and an even bigger accomplishment. Out of 229 brands across 18 industries, Forrester-one of the most influential research firms in the world-scored Hallmark as the top traditional retailer (now defined as both physical and online stores)…
  • 5 Ways to Show Care & Concern to Staff During Difficult Times

    Hallmark Business Connections
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    It’s not uncommon to feel at a loss of what to say when an employee experiences a death in the family or other such tragedy.  You may feel that no amount of words will help your colleague cope with the loss of a loved one – and, in many ways, you’re right. But, in times such as these, it can often be the smallest gestures that make the biggest impact.  Expressing concern, whether verbally or in writing, can show the staff member that your thoughts are with them and their family, making the individual feel supported and cared for by the entire office. Let’s take a look at 5 tactful…
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    Skiddle Event Promotion and Ticket Sales Blog

  • Apple Pay UK Launch – accept Apple Pay at your event

    5 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Apple Pay has received a lot of coverage over the past few months, since its launch in the US. Whilst there is no officially announced launch date for the UK yet, some websites are speculating that 14th July is the live date over here. Accept Apple Pay at your event With the uptake of new payment methods such as Apple Pay expected to be huge, it won’t be long before paying with your phone or watch will be the fashionable, and fun, way to pay. Why not accept Apple Pay at the door of your next event, leaving customers with more cash in their pockets to spend behind the bar? Contactless…
  • Skiddle launch Stripe integration

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    One of the big challenges which faces event promoters, is cashflow. Advance ticket sales are an absolute necessary in order to guarantee attendance and monitor how well your event is performing, but it can tie up valuable income until after the event. This can lead to cashflow frustrations – you have a successful event, which has sold lots of tickets and you need the cash to pay for artists, venue hire and staffing. However, most ticket agents won’t release funds until the event has taken place. Skiddle have been working closely with Stripe and can now bring you…
  • New Editors in the Editorial Department

    Jimmy Coultas
    18 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
    In 2015 our primary goal has been aligning our focus on three core areas of events, namely festivals, live music and clubs and electronic music. It’s been the role of the editorial team to spotlight these spheres but ahead of even more changes to the way the Skiddle website looks we’ve now given each section their own editor, all of whom will be primarily responsible for the content for each of those three components. Mike Warburton will now be focusing on Festivals, with Becca Frankland taking over an expanded version of Mike’s previous role to become the Clubs &…
  • Collect event reviews

    18 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Had a great event? Did it go well or could there be some improvements? Skiddle have been collecting reviews from event-goers for a while now, helping you to collect feedback from the most important people – your ticket buyers! These reviews ask for a quick opinion, then ask the customer to score important factors, such as the music, prices, atmosphere and venue. You can now easily see your event reviews within the Promotion Centre – once an event has passed you’ll see a quick summary of the reviews left so far, which give a breakdown of the scores and a link to read them.
  • Introducing Guestlist Manager

    18 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    If you’re running an event with a guestlist or accreditation for artists, press or staff, our new Guestlist Manager could save you lots of time… Suitable for any event where you need to issue free tickets/passes directly to recipients, the Guestlist Manager (GM) helps you keep track of all your allocated tickets in one place. Here’s some example uses: Manage a club guestlist, send out free guestlist tickets to friends or staff Issue artist passes for your festival Coordinate staff tickets for an exhibition Issue competition winners with free tickets Every time you issue a…
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • The Play’s the Thing: Gamification as Direct Marketing’s Latest and Greatest Involvement Device

    Michael Walton
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    Back in the day, when direct marketing was new and giants like Les Wunderman and “Rocket” Ray Jutkins roamed the earth, you engaged audiences with proven performers like stickers, written checklists, tear-off coupons, membership cards and so forth. But today’s audiences have become much more sophisticated in the nearly fifty years since the inception of modern direct marketing. Plus, the advent of mobile and digital marketing has truly raised the bar on what can and should be done to grab people’s attention. Gamification has become one very compelling way.  Calling it an app’s…
  • Someone’s Following You: Retargeting Tips For Converting Website Traffic

    Linda Frost
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    You spend a lot of money and effort to drive prospects to your website. But the reality is that perhaps only 2% – 5% of your website traffic will convert on the first visit, regardless of whether your definition of conversion is a product purchase, registration for a service or an event, completion of a lead form, or other action. But what about the other 90%+ who had at least some interest in what you’re offering? Retargeting (aka remarketing) is a powerful way to keep your brand in front of bounced traffic after visitors leave your website, and to increase conversions. While…
  • Responsive Design: The State of the Art of Web Design

    Leah Averre-Smith
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    “The future of mobile is now.” -Jerry Dischler, Google VP Learn the basics of responsive design in non-“techy” language. We’ll talk about the state of the art of web design and why it’s important to implement mobile-friendly web creative. In this presentation you will learn: What is responsive design? Why do we need web design? Why does responsive design exist? How does responsive design work? The post Responsive Design: The State of the Art of Web Design appeared first on Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog.
  • You Had Me at the First Paragraph: How to Make Your Opening Copy Irresistible

    Michael Walton
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    “So much which is a pleasure to write is a pain in the neck to read.”-Michael Frayn, playwright Almost everyone appreciates good writing. Who hasn’t yearned to lay in a hammock and be transported by a good novel full of soaring prose, or led down the path of enlightenment by a great piece of investigative journalism? Yet not everyone has or wants to take the time to read. This is especially true in the world of marketing where, unlike a book, we try to shimmy our way into peoples’ lives amid a tornado of distractions. This makes an effective introduction doubly important in capturing…
  • Stock Photography Could Be Meeting Your Needs but Killing Your Brand

    Michael Walton
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    With free tools available online, almost anyone can publish decent compositions of text and images seen by millions in minutes. But just as having a driver’s license doesn’t make you a Formula One racer, access to stock photography doesn’t always beget great creative. Offering inexpensive images for virtually any marketing occasion, these assets do serve a valuable purpose. Yet for brands hoping to elevate themselves above the fray, they can also give the impression that you’re much like everyone else. Custom photography can be a good alternative—one more economical than it may…
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    Proforma Blog

  • What it Takes to Get Your Content Noticed

    Elizabeth Toth
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    You’ve just written an awesome article that is loaded with interesting information that you know will be useful to your audience. But once you post it, you hardly get any traffic to look at your work. What gives? Just because you have great content to share, it doesn’t mean that people will give you the time of day to read it. You have to draw them in. Here are some simple things you can do during the writing process and once you post to help gain the traffic your writing deserves. 1.    Utilize the magic of lists: Lists can do some amazing things.  Whether bullet point or numbered,…
  • Online Company Store Program Considerations

    Glenda McCarthy-Gaspar
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    PLANNING AN ON-LINE COMPANY STORE? Brand awareness is a customers’ ability to recall and recognize the brand, the logo and the advertisements. It is of critical importance in competitive situations.  In most cases, consumers do not want to go with an unknown brand. For most companies the goal is to have “Top-of-Mind” awareness. Think of top-of-mind awareness as; when a brand pops into your mind when asked to name brands in a product category. For example if you are asked to name a bandage, the common response is Band-Aid. At the heart of every brand identity are visual elements to…
  • The Case for (and Against) the 32 Hour Work Week

    Justin Heegan
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Time. It’s something we never have enough of, the next great boundary for human-kind to conquer. For now though, we have to face facts: our time is limited in everything we do. Throw in a 40-50 hour work week, and you find yourself with even less. The average person spends anywhere from 44 to 49 hours working each week. When you consider that you have a total of 120 hours in a week, you’re already down to around 71 hours left for personal time. Do you sleep 7+ hours a night like most other individuals? There goes another 35 hours from your week. You’re now down to 36 hours to do…
  • Hashtag Trends to Avoid

    Tom Zobel
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Photo courtesy of In a constant struggle to get likes, plus 1’s, retweets and favorites, more and more companies are turning to social media to vie for your attention. This opens up a can of worms for you or your company if you don’t know how to navigate the social landscape. One important facet of that landscape is hashtags (you may know it as the pound sign or number sign, but I digress). Hashtags are a great way to group your content on social platforms. They’re also a ticking time bomb, ready to blow up your reputation, if you use them incorrectly. We all know Social…
  • Importance of Customer Appreciation

    Kimble Bosworth
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The most enjoyable part of any business should be interacting with your customers. They are your bread and butter, the reason you do what you do and hopefully do it successfully. I figured this out when our business faced a challenge. We found ourselves short-handed; our bandwidth to reach out to customers, gone. We needed to focus on keeping the customers we had at the moment and put prospecting on the back burner. By developing a strong bond with our key clients, we not only tripled our business but found out it was pretty fun in doing so. Here’s how: Communication – We called every…
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  • Why Business Success And SaaS Go Hand In Hand

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many reasons why successful brands now choose SaaS as the default technique for implementing new solutions, and it’s not all about the software. Flexible working demands SaaS In a world where flexible and remote working are no longer a luxury, but an expected part of any role, on premise solutions are no longer a viable option if businesses are to remain productive. Remote teams are ever-increasingly the norm and require cloud-based solutions to allow them to function at optimal levels. From employee self-service to collaboration and communication, tools to enable your…
  • 14 Ways To Squeeze Exercise Into Your Working Day

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    We all know that movement and exercise during the day is what we ‘should’ be doing, but how can we achieve this when we’re in an office for 8+ hours? Luckily there are ways that we can get active when at a desk, during a quick break or even in a meeting. Research conducted by the British Chiropractic Association found that 32 per cent of workers spend 10 hours+ sitting every day and that half of us don’t even take a break to leave our desks during our lunch break. Increasing our movement and activity during the working day will helps to maintain fitness and fight…
  • 7 Ways HR Can Create A Culture Of Engagement

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many ways HR can help to improve employee engagement within a business. Many of the strategies are low cost or free and will also improve productivity and employee happiness. 1) Internal networking With so many social networks and tools available for free, there’s really no excuse for any business not to be utilising them. Enabling better communication and collaboration will allow all employees to interact and work together as one team, rather than disparate groups of employees working towards their own goals. A cohesive workforce will be more engaged with each other and…
  • The Judicial Office Chooses CIPHR As Their HR SaaS Provider

    Emma Kettley
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    With heavy reliance on spreadsheets and four independent databases, the Judicial Office were looking for a user-friendly and responsive HR system to automate processes and improve the extraction of management information. CIPHR, an end to end HR Software as a Service solution, was purchased using the G-Cloud framework via Bramblehub. With approximately 31,000 Judicial Office-holders to support, the Judicial Office chose the CIPHR system to enhance efficiency by managing the entire judicial lifecycle, from a judge’s initial appointment through to retirement. In addition, the Judicial Office…
  • Why Social Recruiting Must Be Part Of Your Strategy

    15 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    With the rise of technology, the boom of the Internet age and the rampant growth of social media and online networking, companies are quickly beginning to understand the importance of using online communities for recruiting new people to the workplace. Many websites, like LinkedIn, Monster, Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest, are fast becoming a regular hotspot for employers to target talent and appeal to highly skilled employees. Utilising these platforms to create new job connections and form genuine relationships can be the most successful recruiting tool, and the most effective hiring…
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    Blogging Ways

  • 10+ Best Blogs that Pay $100+ for Guest Posts

    karan singh chauhan
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    How would you like to earn $100 per blog post? Now a Days there are plenty of websites and blogs that are agreed to pay upto $100 as post published! According to me, I think $100 per article is something to consider very seriously especially Content Creator and Freelancer. Also Guest Posting proved to be [...] The post 10+ Best Blogs that Pay $100+ for Guest Posts appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • Most Popular WordPress Plugins for Website 2015

    karan singh chauhan
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    WordPress is one of the most popular tools used for publishing websites in an easy and effective manner. Over 50 million websites have been published through WordPress and the number is on the rise day by day. Whether you’re a large enterprise, a start-up, a blogger or a content writer, it’s important to make your [...] The post Most Popular WordPress Plugins for Website 2015 appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • Get High Scoring Essays Through Pro Essay Writing Services

    karan singh chauhan
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    Get High Scoring Essays Through Pro Essay Writing Services Essay assignments are often synonymous with nightmares for most of the college students. Such an assignment carry grades and any problem could leave a bad patch in the report cards. Besides, an essay is a highly time consuming job that leave little time for the students [...] The post Get High Scoring Essays Through Pro Essay Writing Services appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • Expert Tips On Writing High-Scoring Essays

    karan singh chauhan
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Expert Tips On Writing High-Scoring Essays Professional essay writers are in high demand today. A lot of college students struggle with their essay assignments and are on the lookout of professional help from seasoned writers. If you are confident about your pen power, you can take to writing essays for these college students. The digital [...] The post Expert Tips On Writing High-Scoring Essays appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • Why Are Online Writing Job So Popular These Days

    karan singh chauhan
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Why Are Online Writing Job So Popular These Days Writing jobs have always been a respectable way earning a living and the integration of internet here has only made the route more convenient for aspiring professional writers. A lot of people, with a flair for writing, are increasingly taking to online writing jobs. The good [...] The post Why Are Online Writing Job So Popular These Days appeared first on Blogging Ways.
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    Export Compliance Journal

  • Export Controls Compliance When Academic Research Collides With Commercial Interests

    Jennifer Saak, Ph.D., Founder and Managing Director of Traliance
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    University and Industry Intersections Academic researchers increasingly seek funding through industrial partners as government funding becomes more challenging to secure.  While industry-sponsored research and industrial collaborations bring about meaningful scientific and technological advancements, they can also bring new compliance requirements for universities. The line between “fundamental research” and “non-fundamental research” becomes increasingly blurry in practice and greater due diligence is required to ensure the delineation is clear to all involved parties.  Data can…
  • Things to Consider when Hosting a J-1 Visiting Research Scholar

    Susan Gasparo, Assistant Director for Export Control Compliance, Stony Brook University
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    Disclaimer: This article is not legal advice but is intended for educational purposes only. A faculty member receives a request from an international scholar (“potential visitor”) wanting to visit your organization and partake in your J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.   What a wonderful opportunity this could be for both the faculty member and the organization, as this visiting scholar would be self-funded, wants to collaborate on research projects, and may bring prestige to the organization.   Nevertheless, there could be potential export compliance issues with hosting the potential…
  • The New “Specially Designed” Definition: Speed Dating for Export Classification

    Gary D. Hagen, Senior Specialist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    There are several problems with the title to this article.  For one thing, the definition of “specially designed” is not all that new anymore. As it turns out, this definition first became effective in October 2013, and it had been published in the Federal Register for everyone’s reading pleasure some six months earlier.  So after nearly two years, maybe the novelty has worn off this particular facet of export controls reform.  However, an ITAR streamline final rule in October 2014 revised the specially designed definition to clarify certain catch-all controls.  So, in that sense,…
  • Microsoft’s HoloLens: The Export Compliance Issue You Wear on your Head

    Staff Classification Specialist
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Export Compliance professionals haven’t had to solve an ECCN classification and deemed export conundrum this profound since the PlayStation2 was blocked from shipping to China (its American-made chip was powerful enough to control real missiles – not exactly child’s play). The new riddle concerns Microsoft’s new HoloLens, which integrates virtual reality with the real world. This will allow people to use holographic imagery to do the unimaginable – from designing advanced machinery to seeing how the living room walls would look in taupe. You could compare it to the Holodeck in Start…
  • Blacklisted: 4 Reasons Why Every Exporter Needs Restricted/Denied Party Screening

    Industry Contributor
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Congratulations – you’ve found a new prospective sales deal or you’re ready to ship your product. But there’s a critical step to take before you follow-up on that deal or send those goods out the door and over the high seas. Restricted / denied party screening is a key part of the export process, and here are a few reasons why. Restricted/denied party screening applies to every export, even goods that wouldn’t normally require an export license. Restricted/denied party screening refers to the screening of people, companies and countries that you are sending to – no matter what you…
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    The P1 Blog

  • Five Essential Tips To Maintaining Your Computer

    P1 Buddy
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    We’re all guilty of it. When our computers slow down, we blame the manufacturers. However, a computer is just another machine; and like any other machine, maintaining it is essential. Every family gathering, someone will say “Ask Steve to remove the virus, he does his work with computers.” More often […] The post Five Essential Tips To Maintaining Your Computer appeared first on The P1 Blog.
  • Take Charge of YOUR P1 account

    P1 Buddy
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:16 am
    Ever wonder what you use your precious Internet data for on a monthly basis? What websites have you been spending most of that monthly quota on? Well now as a P1 subscriber, you can take charge of your P1 account through P1’s Self Care app available on both Android and […] The post Take Charge of YOUR P1 account appeared first on The P1 Blog.
  • Top 6 Klang Valley Food Trucks

    P1 Buddy
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In the past few years, the gourmet food trucks appear to have exploded onto the culinary scene in and around Klang Valley. While these food truck operators are not as familiar as the uncles and aunties selling cendol, nasi lemak, Ramli burgers, and tau fu fah, they have relatively large food trucks (compared […] The post Top 6 Klang Valley Food Trucks appeared first on The P1 Blog.
  • OMANite IFTAR 2015

    P1 Buddy
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    It was a night of food, fun, and festivity as P1 staff welcomed guests, media personnel, Online Media Associates (OMAs) and children from Pusat Jagaan Darul Sakinah Petaling Jaya to a buka puasa session at Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie on 8 July 2015. The Cenderawasih ballroom was beautifully decorated […] The post OMANite IFTAR 2015 appeared first on The P1 Blog.
  • Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

    P1 Buddy
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:06 am
    Ramadhan is a month where Muslims would go on a strict fast from sunrise to sunset without consuming any foods and drinks. It is also a time where Muslims will do many charitable deeds and peace-making initiatives, and self-evaluation. The completion of the Ramadhan month on the Muslim calendar would […] The post Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri appeared first on The P1 Blog.
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  • Why Are Millennials Killing Their Bosses?

    Seth N. Goldrath
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
    The ABC of corporate life Millennials in the workforce have routinely been accused of being everything from narcissistic to socially inept, hard to manage and most recently, of killing the middle manager. Whether any of these allegations are true is up for debate, but what is clear is that Millennials… Read More The post Why Are Millennials Killing Their Bosses? appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • Diary of an Executive (Sneak Peak)

    Seth N. Goldrath
    18 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    The ABC of corporate life 12 January Dear Diary, When I woke up this morning, I knew it was going to be a bad day. Seriously. Aurelia, the Au pair forgot my breakfast order and made two boiled eggs instead of the two scrambled eggs I ordered last night. Does… Read More The post Diary of an Executive (Sneak Peak) appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • Management and Leadership Bullshit Words … Episode 3

    Seth N. Goldrath
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:48 pm
    The ABC of corporate life Ambitious: Having ambition is seen as something positive. One wants to accomplish something in live, whatever it is. That’s fine if this can be done without having to exploit others to get what you want, but unfortunately this is hardly ever the case. At least… Read More The post Management and Leadership Bullshit Words … Episode 3 appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • Management and Leadership Bullshit Words… Episode 2

    Seth N. Goldrath
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    The ABC of corporate life Dashboards: With so much to monitor, your screen looks like a 747 cockpit. Flashing colors, information overload. You have it all under control… you have three screens even. There is a reason why a 747 has an auto-pilot. You don’t have one, so either stop… Read More The post Management and Leadership Bullshit Words… Episode 2 appeared first on iCorpLife.
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