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  • Can I Still Get Life Insurance If I Use Marijuana?

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    By Byron Udell I never thought I’d be writing a blog post like this, but with the “holiday” (April 20th, or 4/20) approaching, it makes sense to talk about how smoking marijuana can and will affect your life insurance rates. VIDEO: Can I Still Get Life Insurance If I Use Marijuana? Fact is, most companies will still consider you insurable if you like to indulge, whether it be recreationally or medically.  However, those companies will most likely put you in the “smoker” or “tobacco” classes, which have rates as much as 4x those assigned to otherwise healthy non-smokers.  Of…
  • AWS CloudFormation Update – Lambda-Backed Custom Resources & More

    AWS Official Blog
    Jeff Barr
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    I’m playing catch-up today in order to make sure that you know about some AWS CloudFormation releases that have gone out over the last couple of weeks.  You can now create custom CloudFormation resources by calling AWS Lambda functions. We added support for some additional Auto Scaling and RDS resources. We also updated our support for some existing CloudFront, ElastiCache, EC2, OpsWorks, RDS, and Route 53 resources. Lambda-Backed Custom Resources You can now write AWS Lambda functions that are invoked whenever you create, update, or delete a CloudFormation stack. This allows you to…
  • The “Tail” of Red Cross Pet Adventures

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    Sarah Layton
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Pets come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their adventures. Red Crossers share some lessons from their furry family members and tips to keep your pets safe. AUDIE, THE ADVENTURER “Audie blew out his knee on our beach vacation. I used my pet first aid training to make sure he was comfortable and safe until we were able to get him home and to the orthopedic vet. The training also came in handy during his very long recovery from knee surgery.” DOVER, THE AMBITIOUS “Dover can get a little ambitious with his raw hides and tends to eat them until they are in super small pieces. We try to…
  • Bigelow Tea Appreciates Christian Louboutin’s Fashionable Tea Attitude! 

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    David
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea and millions of tea lovers know that a great cup of tea is an important part of the morning … not to mention the afternoon, evening and all day long! Bigelow Tea fan @ohionmommy14 tweeted those exact sentiments: “Love drinking Bigelow Tea any time of day!” Bigelow Tea never tires hearing from tea devotees who enjoy their daily cup(s). Of course there are many celebrities around the world who report that tea is a big part of their day. One is the renowned French fashion designer Christian Louboutin, who has infused his shiny, red-lacquered shoe-sole designs across the…
  • Myth-busting: Is Cisco’s Approach to SDN Open?

    Cisco Blog » The Platform
    Rob Lloyd
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    In our continuing myth-busting series, Cisco SDN expert Frank D’Agostino and I are debunking trendy technology myths around SDN. The more I speak to customers these days, the more I hear them talk about open. Customers want an infrastructure that is programmable and based on open standards. They want rapid feature integration and network automation. And they’re looking to take advantage of third-party tools and existing assets, and integrate them efficiently and cost-effectively into a modern network. To address these [...]
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  • Can I Still Get Life Insurance If I Use Marijuana?

    Byron Udell
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    By Byron Udell I never thought I’d be writing a blog post like this, but with the “holiday” (April 20th, or 4/20) approaching, it makes sense to talk about how smoking marijuana can and will affect your life insurance rates. VIDEO: Can I Still Get Life Insurance If I Use Marijuana? Fact is, most companies will still consider you insurable if you like to indulge, whether it be recreationally or medically.  However, those companies will most likely put you in the “smoker” or “tobacco” classes, which have rates as much as 4x those assigned to otherwise healthy non-smokers.  Of…
  • “Hmm…How Should I Spend My Tax Refund?”

    Byron Udell
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:04 pm
    By Byron Udell For many people, tax time is kind of like Christmas in the spring – only you don’t have to hang all the decorations! When you get an extra check in the mail, it’s natural to start thinking about all the cool stuff you can buy. According to the IRS, the averagetax refund this year is $2,815. What are you planning to do with all that money? I have to tell you, there’s no better time thanright now to FINALLY get life insurance.Of course, I’m a life insurance guy, so that’s what I would say.But hear me out. There are 4 really good reasons you should at least think about…
  • Read The Motley Fool Before You Retire

    Byron Udell
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    By Byron Udell If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I think The Motley Fool really gets it right when it comes to doling out personal finance advice and providing educational and informative content. Well, my man Jason Hall is at again, this time giving us a thorough and comprehensive guide to what we should be thinking about as we head into retirement.The title of the piece, “Read This Before You Retire,” is direct and to the point (like me!).The headline tells you how important the information contained in the article really is. Jason goes as deep as any journalist I…
  • The SECRET of How to Win the Game of Life Insurance (Part 3)

    Byron Udell
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    By Byron Udell Now that you know the SECRET to winning the game of life insurance (DIE WITH YOUR POLICY IN FORCE!), it’s time for some real world examples. I told you earlier that The Secret can work with term insurance, universal life, or any other kind of life insurance.  Now I’m going to show you exactly what I mean. Winning the Game with Term Life Insurance On the surface, the only way to win the game with term life insurance is to do something you don’t want to do—die before you’re supposed to (dying young is not exactly ideal, at least not in my mind).  But even if you…
  • The SECRET of How to Win the Game of Life Insurance (Part 2)

    Byron Udell
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    By Byron Udell We left off at the end of Part 1, where I had already shared the secret to winning the game of life insurance (DIE WITH YOUR POLICY IN FORCE!).  But even though the secret sounds so simple and obvious, we learned that so many people disregard it and lose the game.  Why and how does that happen? Well, we all die, so obviously these people don’t lose the game of life insurance because they live forever.  They lose because their policies LAPSE BEFORE THEY DIE! This can happen for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes, it’s because they no longer want the policy… maybe…
 
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    AWS Official Blog

  • AWS CloudFormation Update – Lambda-Backed Custom Resources & More

    Jeff Barr
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    I’m playing catch-up today in order to make sure that you know about some AWS CloudFormation releases that have gone out over the last couple of weeks.  You can now create custom CloudFormation resources by calling AWS Lambda functions. We added support for some additional Auto Scaling and RDS resources. We also updated our support for some existing CloudFront, ElastiCache, EC2, OpsWorks, RDS, and Route 53 resources. Lambda-Backed Custom Resources You can now write AWS Lambda functions that are invoked whenever you create, update, or delete a CloudFormation stack. This allows you to…
  • AWS Week in Review – April 13, 2015

    Jeff Barr
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    Let’s take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, April 13 We announced that the Amazon WorkSpaces API and CLI is Now Available. The AWS Java Blog blog showed you how to Store JSON Documents in Amazon DynamoDB Tables. Larry Gadea showed you how to Run Your Own High-end Cloud Gaming Service on EC2 (further discussion in this Metafilter thread). The Cloudyn Blog said Get Your Cloud Cost Allocation Reports on Time: 3 Scenarios. The Cloud Endure Blog published Six Things You Should Know About Amazon S3 Replication. Tuesday, April 14 We posted a new AWS Mobile Services…
  • New G2 Instance Type with 4x More GPU Power

    Jeff Barr
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:18 am
    The GPU-powered G2 instance family is home to molecular modeling,  rendering, machine learning, game streaming, and transcoding jobs that require massive amounts of parallel processing power. The NVIDIA GRID GPU includes dedicated, hardware-accelerated video encoding; it generates an H.264 video stream that can be displayed on any client device that has a compatible video codec. Here’s the block diagram from my original post: Today we are adding a second member to the G2 family. The new g2.8xlarge instance has the following specifications: Four NVIDIA GRID GPUs, each with 1,536 CUDA…
  • Welcome the Newest AWS Community Heroes

    Jeff Barr
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest AWS Community Heroes: Genki Sugawara (Cookpad) Minyoung Jeong (The Beatpacking Company) Brandon Burton (AWS Advent) 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. Genki Sugawara Genki is an Operations Engineer at Cookpad, the largest recipe sharing service in Japan. At Cookpad, he’s developed many tools for managing AWS services to support operations. Currently, he manages more than 800 EC2 servers. Cookpad migrated to AWS in…
  • MongoDB on the AWS Cloud – New Quick Start Reference Deployment

    Jeff Barr
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    We have added a new AWS Quick Start Reference Deployment. The new MongoDB on the AWS Cloud document will show you how to design and configure a MongoDB (an open source NoSQL database) cluster that runs on AWS. The MongoDB cluster (version 2.6 or 3.0) makes use of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, and is launched via a AWS CloudFormation template. You can use the template directly or you can copy and then customize it as needed.  The template creates the following resources: VPC with private and public subnets (you can also launch the cluster into an…
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  • The “Tail” of Red Cross Pet Adventures

    Sarah Layton
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Pets come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their adventures. Red Crossers share some lessons from their furry family members and tips to keep your pets safe. AUDIE, THE ADVENTURER “Audie blew out his knee on our beach vacation. I used my pet first aid training to make sure he was comfortable and safe until we were able to get him home and to the orthopedic vet. The training also came in handy during his very long recovery from knee surgery.” DOVER, THE AMBITIOUS “Dover can get a little ambitious with his raw hides and tends to eat them until they are in super small pieces. We try to…
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day: Lives, Legacies, and Reflections

    Niki McMillan
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    The American Red Cross is dedicated to supporting Holocaust survivors reconnect with and learn the fate of their loved ones through the Restoring Family Links program. We also want to ensure that their legacies continue to be known by future generations. To accomplish this goal, Restoring Family Links is hosting Yom HasHoah, the Day of Remembrance, to encourage interaction between the Holocaust survivor community and youth. Leading up to the event, youth were encouraged to interact with the survivor community through interviews and group discussions focused on legacy issues. Through these…
  • National Volunteer Week – Share Your Story!

    Jordan Scott
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:25 pm
    April 12 – 18 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize and celebrate the selfless efforts of those who give so much in support of others. For well over a century, the American Red Cross has relied on volunteers to deliver care and compassion to those in need across the country and around the world. From providing disaster relief, to keeping military families connected, providing lifesaving training, to assisting with local blood drives, volunteers are an integral part of everything the Red Cross does! It’s our volunteers that enable the Red Cross to respond to nearly 70,000…
  • Students Become Teachers with the Pillowcase Project

    Jordan Scott
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    According to a recent poll conducted informally among several adult friends, approximately zero percent had their act together and knew what they would do in the event of an emergency. Granted, this survey was conducted at a social gathering where the priorities were eating and avoiding conversation with that boring preparedness guy. Fair enough. However, my daughter – always seizing any opportunity to teach us old people a thing or two – quickly offered her two cents on the subject. “Grab your emergency kit, follow your escape plan to safely get out of the house, and call for help,”…
  • Satirical Fodder, Yet Again (Hi ClickHole!)

    Sarah Layton
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    You have just one day to meet our goal to fill the Grand Canyon with blood! At least, that’s what ClickHole wants you to think. A satirical website (count it in the same vein as our beloved The Onion) has yet again focused on the American Red Cross, and what a worthy cause they chose! Oh yes, we see you ClickHole. We see you. Our biomed messaging isn’t typically clickbait material, but we’re happy to play along! While we haven’t made the call for blood donors to donate “5.45 trillion cubic yards of bodily fluid,” we do say that the need is constant and…
 
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Bigelow Tea Appreciates Christian Louboutin’s Fashionable Tea Attitude! 

    David
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea and millions of tea lovers know that a great cup of tea is an important part of the morning … not to mention the afternoon, evening and all day long! Bigelow Tea fan @ohionmommy14 tweeted those exact sentiments: “Love drinking Bigelow Tea any time of day!” Bigelow Tea never tires hearing from tea devotees who enjoy their daily cup(s). Of course there are many celebrities around the world who report that tea is a big part of their day. One is the renowned French fashion designer Christian Louboutin, who has infused his shiny, red-lacquered shoe-sole designs across the…
  • Bigelow Tea’s Proposal For A Wonderful Wedding

    Cecilia
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea loves a good wedding! Even in 2015, brides and grooms still follow the tradition of “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.” Bigelow Tea is excited to share some thoughts as you plan your fairytale wedding. Something Old Three generations of the Bigelow family have been creating tea for 70 years, and tea itself has a storied past. Celebrate the bride-to-be with a whimsical afternoon tea for a bridal shower or bachelorette party. Something New Deciding on thank-you gifts for your bridesmaids? Or looking for a personalized present for the…
  • Tackling Taxes and Tension With Bigelow Tea!

    Cecilia
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Keep calm and file on, tea drinkers. It’s April 15, which means it’s time to submit those taxes. And what better way to celebrate filing on-time than taking a moment to relax with a mug of Bigelow Tea? Understandably, April is National Stress Awareness Month and we’d recommend keeping that tension at bay with one of our soothing herbal blends like Chamomile Mint, Chamomile Vanilla, or Sweet Dreams. If you’re burning the midnight oil to get your taxes finished, recharge with one of Bigelow Tea’s aromatic black teas—like American Breakfast tea which has 50% more caffeine…
  • Bigelow Tea Supports ‘Cups Of Care’ Tea Parties For Breast Cancer Awareness

    Maureen
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Meet the awesome girls and their moms who have teamed up to create the Cups of Care Program with the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. These creative mother-daughter duos host in-home springtime tea parties to raise money for breast cancer treatment and build awareness about breast health. Bigelow Tea is incredibly proud to support this great cause by providing tea for the parties and encouraging others to join the effort! If you know the story of “Constant Comment,”® you also know that the company began 70 years ago with one woman’s…
  • Bigelow Tea Reports On Time Magazine Article About Why You Should Drink Green Tea

    Deb
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The taste, aroma and warmth of a mug of Bigelow Tea Green Tea are so enticing that people all over the world brew a daily cup! But if you need additional reasons to feel good about your tea, Time magazine recently wroteabout seven ways green tea gives you a boost. Here are the first three! Green tea is good for your bones. According to a study published in the journal Nutrition Research, women who drank up to three cups of tea per day had a 30% lower risk of osteoporosis-related hip fractures. Green tea may help prevent cancer. Cancer rates are lower in countries, like Japan, where…
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  • Myth-busting: Is Cisco’s Approach to SDN Open?

    Rob Lloyd
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    In our continuing myth-busting series, Cisco SDN expert Frank D’Agostino and I are debunking trendy technology myths around SDN. The more I speak to customers these days, the more I hear them talk about open. Customers want an infrastructure that is programmable and based on open standards. They want rapid feature integration and network automation. And they’re looking to take advantage of third-party tools and existing assets, and integrate them efficiently and cost-effectively into a modern network. To address these [...]
  • New Oil & Gas Study Reveals a Disrupted Industry Primed for Digital Transformation, Fueled by the Internet of Everything

    Joseph Bradley
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    If ever there was an industry and a time that epitomize “disruption,” it is the oil and gas industry today. Price declines of more than 50 percent since June 2014 have upended the sector, and dominate the agendas of industry executives. In fact, a new Cisco study identified “energy price volatility” as the external market force causing greatest concern for the industry today. The study, “ A New Reality for Oil & Gas: Complex Market Dynamics Create Urgent Need for Digital Transformation ,” shows an industry ripe for transformation by the Internet of Everything (IoE) . In…
  • Myth-busting: ACI or NSX, which is the Real SDN Leader?

    Rob Lloyd
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I speak with customers every day and often hear they are confused by conflicting vendor claims, marketing hype and embellishments. This is especially true when discussing SDN, where both the technology and the market have evolved significantly over the past few years. I’ve invited Frank D’Agostino, one of Cisco’s top technical experts on SDN, to join me in separating fact from fiction. Frank and I are on a mission to debunk trendy technology myths, and this is the first in [...]
  • Embracing Data & Analytics in the IoT with Our Partners

    Mike Flannagan
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Massive amounts of data are being created in new places. A Boeing 787 creates half a terabyte of data per flight. An offshore oil well can create up to 10 terabytes in just 24 hours. These are examples of the Internet of Things (IoT). Within the IoT, a huge volume of these non-traditional devices (i.e. things) are being connected by the network. Imagine if these ‘things’ could talk. What could they tell us about safety, operational efficiency, and interactions with [...]
  • What’s Beyond IoT?

    Wim Elfrink
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    My travels last week took me to Tokyo for a presentation at the New Economy Summit, a gathering of several thousand entrepreneurs, industry professionals and students, organized by the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE). Cisco leads JANE’s Internet of Things (IoT) Value Creation Working Group, which involves 27 member companies seeking to define new business models enabled by IoT and to identify challenges which might stall deployment in Japan. Our estimate of the potential value at stake for the [...]
 
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  • In-View and In-Target: Campaign Benchmarks Reveal Variability in Delivery across Europe

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    For advertisers, knowing your ads had the opportunity to be seen by the right target audience, in the right geography, in a brand safe environment and free of non-human traffic is critical to ensure your digital investment is well spent. For agencies, ensuring your media planning and execution delivers on client objectives is an absolute must to retain and grow business. For publishers, validating the quality and value of your inventory helps ensure you attract greater investment from media buyers.   To help guide the industry to better understand campaign delivery on the whole,…
  • Non-Human Traffic: Why it Matters and Why You Should Care

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    If your audience and viewability measurement has non-human traffic, you’re getting skewed. Unduplicated measurement can help.Chances are you already know that ad fraud and non-human traffic (NHT) are big issues. But you may not know just how much NHT impacts every other performance and effectiveness metric you use to demonstrate success. If you aren’t taking NHT out of your measurement – including viewability and in-target numbers – your KPIs are infected and your results are probably wrong.Measuring metrics such as audience, viewability and NHT in silos can wreak havoc on all aspects…
  • The Effect of Non-Human Traffic on Your Ad Campaign’s ROI

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:23 am
    One of the most frequent topics of discussion among the advertising industry these days is non-human traffic (NHT). And with good reason: Millions of dollars are lost each month due to one form or another of invalid traffic.This is why, at comScore, we take NHT very seriously. From the early days of Media Metrix, we have used state-of-the-art techniques to filter NHT from our reporting, and have evolved our techniques over the last 13 years to detect the most sophisticated NHT as it emerges. Our acquisition of MdotLabs last year was the next step in advancing the NHT filtration in our…
  • Mobile Internet Usage Skyrockets in Past 4 Years to Overtake Desktop as Most Used Digital Platform

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    Mobile devices have quickly become our go-to for a whole range of digital services that we rely on every day. This might include booking a ride with Uber, listening to a favorite Pandora station, or even perusing potential romantic interests on dating app Tinder. Mobile has quickly moved from being just another way to consume content to a platform that helps us accomplish more all day, every day.While the desktop computer is of course still relevant, digital media consumption on mobile devices has truly skyrocketed in the past several years. Take a look:  Smartphone usage is up 394…
  • Unlocking App Audiences: The role of content and demographics in platform selection

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    Within this space, apps have thrived as an integrated means of accessing content on these platforms: in both the UK and US, apps account for around 80 percent of all mobile internet minutes.Recruiting app audiences, however, can be particularly difficult: of all those who download any apps in a month (roughly a quarter of mobile subscribers): Half download 2 apps or fewer each month 1 in 4 download just one app in a month But once this hurdle has been overcome, it is abundantly clear that users are comfortable performing multiple types of active and passive activities on their mobile devices.
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  • Ausbildung zum Zerspanungsmechaniker

    Florian Jendrny
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Hallo, ich heiße Florian und bin Auszubildender zum Zerspanungsmechaniker im Werk Berlin, welches übrigens das älteste Werk der Daimler AG ist. Unser Werk mit rund 2600 Mitarbeitern baut keine Autos, sondern fertigt Komponenten und Motoren. Im Werk Berlin werden Kurbelgehäuse und Zylinderköpfe des V6-Dieselmotors gefertigt, die im Anschluss gleich in unsere Motorenmontage gelangen. Die Camtronic (Ventilhubumschaltung an der Nockenwelle), die in Berlin entwickelt wurde, wird ebenso wie verschiedene Nockenwellen, Getriebeteile, Pumpen und Rails hier gefertigt. Warum Zerspanungsmechaniker…
  • Gut gebrüllt, Löwe

    Björn Grözinger
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Ehe ich zum „Aber“ komme, möchte ich festhalten, welch überaus sehenswertes Städtchen Königslutter am Elm ist. Man sollte es sich auf der Fahrt von Braunschweig nach Wolfsburg keinesfalls entgehen lassen. Immerhin Grabstätte des Kaisers Lothar III., warten der niedersächsische Ort und seine rund 16.000 Einwohner mit Dom, malerischer Altstadt und mittelalterlichen Fachwerkfassaden auf Besucher aus aller Welt. Nähe zum Elm (mitnichten ein Fluss, wie manch Ortsunkundiger vermuten könnte, sondern Norddeutschlands größter geschlossener Buchenwald), das lokal gebraute Ducksteinbier…
  • Die Antwort kennt ganz allein der Wind

    Sarah Albrecht
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:34 am
    „Eigentlich wollte ich nur …“. Ihre Sätze fangen sicherlich auch manchmal so an. Ich wollte eigentlich auch nur … Fotos machen und ein paar Antworten auf meine Fragen einholen. Aber erstens kommt es anders, und zweitens als man denkt. Ist Ihnen schonmal Wind mit 130 Sachen die Stunde frontal ins Gesicht geblasen? Nein? Also ich kann Ihnen sagen: Mit der Zeit wird das ziemlich frisch. Donnerstag 16.00 Uhr. Ich verlasse mein Büro in der Internen Kommunikation und mache mich auf den Weg zum Windkanal hier in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim. Dort wartet eine historische Rarität auf mich –…
  • Vier Dinge zur Zukunft der Mobilität

    Carsten Kaefert
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    Man könnte meinen, die Zukunft der Mobilität wäre schon heute. Und so ganz falsch ist das ja auch nicht: Die aufsehenerregende Überlandfahrt von Bertha, der autonom fahrenden S-Klasse, ist jetzt schon fast zwei Jahre her, der Future Truck fuhr auch schon im letzten Jahr selbstständig über ein Autobahnstück bei Magdeburg und über eine Million Menschen benutzen car2go. Dabei stehen wir erst am Anfang der Revolution der Mobilität, die digitale Technologien uns bringen werden. Um diesen Wandel zu begleiten und zu erklären, treffen sich jedes Jahr Experten und Insider aus der…
  • Post aus Peking

    Joseph Scholten
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    Seit sieben Monaten bin ich nun als Expat für Daimler in Peking im Bereich Produktionsplanung und nach dem euphorischen Beginn meines Einsatzes ist es an der Zeit für einen Blogbeitrag. Er wird vielleicht etwas nachdenklich. Aber nicht minder euphorisch. Eigentlich hatte ich ja erwartet, dass sich alles sehr schnell einspielt und die anfängliche (An-)Spannung schnell einer Gewohnheit weichen wird. Naja, das ist nur teilweise eingetreten und es hat eine Weile gedauert, bis ich auf den Gedanken gekommen bin, dass es vielleicht gar keine abschließende Eingewöhnungsphase in Peking gibt.
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • Cloudlink: Story behind the acquisition

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Today, EMC closed on the acquisition of a small Ottawa-based company called Cloudlink.   Cloudlink does something simple – and does it well.   They deliver a product called SecureVM that encypts (and attests to, and otherwise controls and manages) compute instances in clouds: They do it for Windows and Linux OS images.  They do it in a way that is lightweight, and leverages native encryption capabilities like BitLocker. They do it for Azure.  They do it for vCloud Air.  They do it for the Federation Enterprise Hybrid clouds. In our view, certain underlying services are critical…
  • Second Phase Value

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    I've been writing a series of posts outlining an architecture that supports data valuation (assigning business/economic value to data).  I started with a description of the ideal architecture. In order to implement this architecture it would require making modifications to multiple layers within an existing data center (e.g. the PaaS, SDDC, and storage layers).  Instead of changing all of these layers at the same time I have been recommending a multi-step journey to data valuation that begins with application decommissioning. The key activity in this first phase is the…
  • Journey to Valuation: Start with a Sunset

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    I've been thinking about the steps required to build an architecture that supports data valuation (assigning economic or business value to data). In my last post I introduced a greenfield approach for building this architecture from scratch. In this post I'd like to begin exploring some ideas for transforming a data center towards an architecture where application data is automatically placed and managed based on business value. As I suggested previously, I think application decommissioning is a great place to start. I'd summarize it this way: Discover which applications are…
  • Should IBM drop the “Mainframe” Moniker?

    11 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    IBM announced its latest Mainframe system yesterday which includes even more support for Linux and Cloud. This morning, I came across this article in which Quocirca's founder Clive Longbottom suggests that companies are put off from considering System z as a valid Cloud platform because they associate the mainframe with a monolithic, outdated technology. "Call it anything – call it Jennifer if you want – just get away from 'mainframe'. IBM has got to change the way it is messaging these items," Longbottom concluded. So, I kind of agree…but with concerns. I’d love companies to see…
  • Are all fingers thumbs? SaaS vs. Cloud as a delivery model.

    11 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    I was reading a great Gartner article today about delivery of IT operations management tools and it has some very interesting observations related to the perception of SaaS vs. the Cloud. The question that got my attention related to whether SaaS and Cloud were the same thing. Of the respondents almost exactly one third selected yes, one third selected no and the remaining third went for “sometimes”. It’s rare that you see quite such an even distribution in any survey and it got me to wondering why it’s so ambiguous. The answer, it turns out, is actually found within the...
 
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    Fandango Movie News

  • Exclusive Movie Poster Debut: 'The Peanuts Movie' - Peppermint Patty & Marcie

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Peppermint Patty and Marcie may not have a lot in common, but that’s not important when you’re best friends. Be sure to see Peppermint Patty, Marcie and the rest of the gang in The Peanuts Movie in theaters November 6.Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch: The Latest 'Jurassic World' Trailer Is Chaotic and Awesome

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    A new Jurassic World trailer has arrived online, and it is both chaotic and awesome. Check it out. In Jurassic Park, a genius billionaire finds a way to bring dinosaurs back to life and builds a tourist attraction to house them. He invites a handful of people to come preview the attraction, and they quickly come to the conclusion that bringing back dinosaurs for the purposes of entertainment is a fundamentally bad idea. In Jurassic World, however, everyone has gotten past the...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch: New 'Fantastic Four' Trailer Shows Off All Its Heroes

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    Fox has been working fans of the Fantastic Four into a tizzy for a while now; always the teaser but never the trailer. That changes today with a sweet full trailer that completely puts its newly transformed heroes in the spotlight. The Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) turns invisible, the Thing (Jamie Bell) emerges, the Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan) is on fire, and Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller) stretches a bit. But wait, that's not all! Not only does this new trailer give us a...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: See the First Two 'Batman v Superman' Posters; Watch 'Star Wars Rebels' Season 2 Trailer

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:34 am
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: The first two Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice posters have been revealed by director Zack Snyder. They come on the heels of the release of the first trailer, and also serve as a teaser for a special IMAX event that will be held today in New York. The movie opens on March 25, 2016. [Twitter]   Tron 3: Olivia Wilde has confirmed that Tron 3 will take place in the real world. The actress first talked about the sequel's possible setting...Read MoreRead Comments
  • 'Star Wars: Rogue One' News: The Story, a Teaser Trailer, Concept Art and More

    19 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    In between the next big-screen Star Wars triology (which kicks off with this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens), there will be standalone movies, beginning with 2016's Star Wars: Rogue One, which just confirmed its story, a new title and additional details during a panel at Star Wars Celebration.   Here's the story Above: Concept art shown during the panel First, from the official Star Wars Twitter comes our first plot synopsis for the film, arriving...Read MoreRead Comments
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    Garmin Blog

  • Tips on Accomplishing your Daily Step Goal

    Garmin
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    The magic number for steps in a day seems to be 10,000 steps. But the big question is: how do I get there? With vívoactive you can track your activity on a day-to-day basis and eventually reach and push through your step goals. Here’s a few ways to work towards those goals. What am I trying to accomplish? This might be the biggest question to ask yourself as you start to set walking or running goals. Are you doing this for weight loss, improved cardio, general conditioning, or all of these things? The importance of having a stated goal, even with walking, can help you get more out of…
  • Flying to Lakeland, Florida for Sun 'n Fun 2015? We’ll see you there!

    Garmin
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    We’ve set out on a cross-country flight today, destination KLAL for the 2015 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, in Lakeland, Florida! We’re hopeful for sunny weather this week and thrilled to show our customers all that Garmin has to offer. What might we have up our sleeve? Well, I can’t disclose everything but I can give you a sneak peek into what we’ll be highlighting! Swing by Hangar D while you’re at the show this week and we’ll be happy to demo any one of our feature-rich products for you, including the GTN 650/750, G500/G600 or even G3X Touch - we have avionics solutions for all types of…
  • Timothy O’Donnell Talks Triathlons

    Garmin
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    World-class triathlete Timothy O’Donnell is in Kansas City to kick off the Garmin Marathon tomorrow morning. Before the race begins, Tim took time to answer questions about his journey to the top of his sport and inspired many at Garmin Headquarters before the big race tomorrow.  Which sport to you enjoy the most out of the three disciplines? I love running. I was a swimmer growing up. Now I do the minimum amount of swimming to stay in that front pack of racers. I used to hate running when I started and I didn’t start running until college. It’s therapeutic for me…
  • AERO Day 3: Attend a Garmin Seminar at AERO 2015

    Garmin
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
      We’re already on Day 3 of AERO here in Friedrichshafen, Germany but it feels like we just got started! As promised, Europe’s largest general aviation show has been full of exciting announcements, beautiful airplanes and of course, innovative and intuitive avionics from Garmin!   We’ve received a number of great questions and demonstrated how flying with any one of our products, brings added situational awareness and enhances in-flight safety. Because we are committed to ensuring that you are equipped with the latest technology and want to ensure you are getting the most…
  • Garmin’s Picks For Summer Camping Destinations

    Garmin
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    Camping will always be a summer favorite. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of loading up your car with outdoor gear and hitting the road to go camping into the unknown.  To help you with the hard decision of choosing a destination, we wanted to supply you with three of the most popular and breathtaking destinations that North America has to offer. Grab your Garmin outdoor handheld or wearable and let’s go exploring.  Yosemite National Park, California Around four million people visit Yosemite each year to observe its enormous secluded wilderness, steep granite cliffs,…
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    GE Global Research

  • Robots and Predix make Beijing’s CT factory brilliant

    Guoshuang Cai
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    GE Healthcare’s Beijing plant is one of the largest factories producing computed tomography (CT) systems in the world. More than 1,000 CT systems, from legacy 8 slices to latest 64 slices, are assembled and tested there every year. Recently, the plant has been looking for ways to harness the Industrial Internet to increase productivity, image quality, and manufacturing flexibility. Using robotic system in staging process CT Staging is the last step of production during which subsystems and accessories are collected and system-level installations and tests are performed.  Each CT system’s…
  • Neural probe design accelerated with use of MEMS Technology

    Craig Galligan
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    In 2014, the bioelectrics team was tasked with exploring the neural probe technical space and identifying paths of interest. A neural probe is a microelectrode (a small, electrically conductive structure) used either for sensing (to record changing voltage potentials created by neurons firing), or for stimulation (to trigger neural activity). We wanted to understand the direction(s) this technology could take in the next five to 10 years, and we also wanted to identify potential synergistic couplings with existing GE businesses or GE Global Research technological capabilities. In this…
  • Pit Boss Reflects on Bot Challenge

    Lynn DeRose
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Hi everyone, from BBQ to robots all in the same week! This past weekend I had the privilege to volunteer at the FIRST™ Robotics Competition (FRC) NY Tech Valley Regional at RPI.  And, I mean it was a privilege. It is amazing and inspirational watching and talking with all of the teams. Seeing them work together, competing against each other and at the same time cheering each other on. Seeing examples of gracious professionalism as teams helped each other with programming, robot repairs, sharing parts and equipment — it is awe-inspiring! FIRST™ stands for “For Inspiration and…
  • Using process modeling tools to attain cost-effective results for GE customers

    Jimmy Lopez
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Sometimes, we need to look outside the box to realize the powerful tools we have inside. Such is the case with chemical process simulator software. This extensive collection of mathematical models addresses different physical and chemical phenomena and can be extremely valuable for chemical process optimization. Additionally, this software can help transform a simple technology or solution into a significant global process improvement for productivity and economics. Taking a higher perspective From a chemical process perspective, we commonly tend to optimize, or just improve, the performance…
  • Science and BBQ: GE makes its mark … and bark!

    Lynn DeRose
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    This is the fifth in a five-part series of dispatches fromGE’s Science of Barbecue Experience at South by Southwest. Ourstate-of-the-art Brilliant Super-Smokeris outfitted with sensors to collect data as our barbecue cooks and two GE Global Research scientists are on hand to serve as pitmasters and interpret the data.Click here to read the first installment, the second installment, the third installment, and the fourth installment.  One last hello from Austin, Texas!  Todd and I are sitting in the Austin airport waiting for our flight home to Albany.  It is a great airport too, easy…
 
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    FastLane

  • Attracting Millennials by Reclaiming Detroit

    Greg Melvin I GM Sustainability Communications
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Nestled in the basement of one of downtown Detroit’s reinvigorated office buildings, is a quirky, vibrant place that’s bursting with creativity. Visitors are greeted by a buzzing neon sign and an un-manned astronaut spacesuit as they enter dPoP! inside Bedrock’s 23-story Chrysler House. The ‘out of this world’ design mecca (where designers, artists and others plan the creation of amazing, functional spaces) is a study in the use of reclaimed materials. Old bank vaults are transformed into some of the coolest conference rooms you’ve ever seen, book shelves are made from black iron…
  • Detroit Techies Talk Connected Car Innovation

    GM FastLane
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    To hear key stakeholders in the auto industry say “the car is not a finished product” may be somewhat alarming. However, these executives were talking specifically about the connected car, and how much potential remains for innovation. While the industry has made great strides in developing connected vehicles, it’s widely acknowledged there is unfulfilled customer demand and still a long way to go. After hearing the conversations coming out of the TechWeek Detroit conference, it’s clear many of those changes will be imagined, developed, tested and implemented in the Motor City. Greg…
  • GM Employees Put Pedal to the Metal

    Greg Melvin I GM Sustainability Communications
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:47 am
    At GM, we’re continually looking for ways to make transportation more efficient – from connected vehicle technology that alleviates congestion to a growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. As we innovate new advanced technologies to make autos greener, we’re also looking at alternative solutions to today’s mobility challenges. Case in point: the bike share program we introduced at our Warren Technical Center in August. We partnered with Zagster to give our 19,000 employees who work there new options for getting to and from the 61 buildings covering the 330-acre campus. The program…
  • Hai-Cruze Celebrates National Poetry Month

    GM FastLane
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    A Haiku is a lot like a Chevrolet Cruze, and in honor of National Haiku day we tried to explain how with one of the three lined poems: Timeless and graceful Haiku’s like a simile For Chevrolet Cruze Literary geeks rejoice: That’s a simile in a haiku. April is National Poetry Month and Haiku Day is celebrated on the 17th – due to the amount of syllables found in a haiku. Sure, Hai-Cruze sounds like just a convenient pun, but both the car and the poem pack a lot into a small package. But don’t let us try to convince you. Chevrolet took the opportunity to team up with the Japanese…
  • April Showers No Match for Buick’s New Convertible

    GM FastLane
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:16 am
    How does Buick ensure the 2016 Cascada convertible will stay dry when April showers come calling? By making it rain on the assembly line, assuring cloudbursts will be no match for Cascada when it hits dealerships in early 2016. “Convertibles are best enjoyed when it’s warm and sunny, but Cascada has been designed and engineered to be used year-round, regardless of the weather,” said John Dolch, program quality manager for Cascada. “Not only is Cascada’s top engineered to be weatherproof in extreme conditions, but each and every Cascada built will also be put through a rigorous water…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Myth or monster? Explore Loch Ness with Street View

    Google Blogs
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Like the world’s best legends, the Loch Ness Monster transcends the everyday and exists at the edges of possibility. It rises above the sightings and the hoaxes; the claims and counter-claims; the tourism, the nationalism—and even the assassination plots. It lives in the telling of stories. Whether or not you believe, most people hold a romanticized vision of the creature that, legend has it, plumbs the depths of the Loch. Affectionately known as “Nessie,” she exists in folklore, dances in childrens’ imaginations, and seeps into our society and teachings, inspiring everything from…
  • Android Wear: wear what you want, get what you need

    Google Blogs
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Architect and artist William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Turns out that’s also good advice for deciding what to wear. So Android Wear offers a range of watches and apps that are fashionable as well as functional.Over the past few months we’ve added lots of ways to express your style—from custom watch faces to a rainbow of bands. Today we’re making Android Wear more helpful as well—getting you what you need, right on your wrist.Always-on screen, always-on appsWhen you buy a…
  • Through the Google lens: Search trends April 10-16

    Google Blogs
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
    To kiss Madonna or not...that was the big question on search this week. Read on to find out more.Best I ever had?In the land of music festivals, Coachella is the biggest of them all. With thousands of fans and celebrities swarming to the California desert to party, there’s bound to be a couple of surprises throughout the weekend’s shenanigans. This year, rapper Drake got a little more than he expected when he brought Madonna on stage as a guest performer. The pop singer, never one to shy away from scandal, decided it was entirely appropriate to make out with Drake–on stage, in front of…
  • The Search for Harm

    European Public Policy Blog
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:23 am
    In the summer of 2010, Google announced plans to acquire the flight search provider, ITA. As we said at the time, while many people buy their airline tickets online, finding the right flight at the best price can be a real hassle. Today Google Flight Search has made that much easier. Search for "Flight CDG to SFO" and you get the different options right there on the results page. It’s a great example of Google’s increasing ability to answer queries directly, saving people a lot of time and effort—because as Larry Page said over a decade ago “the perfect search engine should understand…
  • Android has helped create more choice and innovation on mobile than ever before

    European Public Policy Blog
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:22 am
    It's hard to believe, but smartphones barely existed ten years ago. People used feature phones, which had very basic functionality, and were a nightmare for developers. The only way to build apps was device by device and platform by platform—Google had a closet full of hundreds of phones that we tested one by one each time we wanted to launch new software. Android was born from this frustration. We hoped that by offering a great, free open-source operating system, we could turbocharge innovation by allowing manufacturers and developers to focus on what they do best. At the time, most people…
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • 5 Tips for Securing Your Child in a 5-Point Harness

    Ashley Mowrey
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    As many as 7 out of 10 children are not properly buckled in child safety seats (According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Follow these easy tips to help your child ride safe!
  • Precious Cargo

    Ashley Mowrey
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1 to 12. Greatly reduce the likelihood of injuries while your little one is in a vehicle by following these American Academy of Pediatrics’ Best Practices.
  • Get Inspired in 2015

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

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

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

  • Women's war stories are finally being told. But let's not pretend war is romantic | Clem Bastow

    Clem Bastow
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:08 pm
    We should question whether the increasing presence of ‘women’s stories’ in tales of the first world war correct the imbalance of history or whether they exist to provide a romantic glow to a hopeless catastrophe If you accept, as I do, the notion that feminism is by nature anti-war, then the increased presence of women in warmongering action blockbusters like Man Of Steel (which was used by the National Guard as a recruitment drive) and Battleship should not be applauded. This “feminising” of traditionally boys-own pop culture ties into the ongoing debate about whether or not it is…
  • The Cornel West-Michael Eric Dyson feud is petty. Black people are dying in the streets

    Gary Younge
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The circular confrontation is of such an insular nature there are no sides to take, just disappointment that the two academics are fighting one anotherShortly before the last presidential election, Columbia political science professor, Fred Harris, bemoaned in an essay: “Were Harold Cruse, the author of the unsparing 1967 book The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, still alive, he would despair at the state of black intellectual life.” Or as Princeton professor Eddie Glaude told him: “Too many black intellectuals have given up the hard work of thinking carefully in public about the…
  • Steve Bell on the Scottish National party – cartoon

    Steve Bell
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    A bit like a new volcanic island whose molten rock can still be reshaped, the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon has adapted faster than others to the strange new environment of minority government Continue reading...
  • Could Nick Clegg really back the Tories and risk an EU exit? | Polly Toynbee

    Polly Toynbee
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Whatever the election result, the Lib Dems should put Britain first and resist the anti-EuropeansAll leaders are tested for strength and courage. Nowhere has that trial of mettle mattered more than over Europe, with its toxic twin, immigration. Ed Miliband stands firm, resisting nervous colleagues who feared refusing an in/out referendum would be punished at the polls: doesn’t he trust the voters? But he has stuck by his personal conviction that Britain’s future must be in the European Union.Who is the weak one? Compare Miliband’s stand with David Cameron’s slippery appeasement of his…
  • The Guardian view on Britain’s 2015 choice: the union | Editorial

    Editorial
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Nationalism is not the answer to Britain’s social and economic problems. But pro-union parties must raise their game in response to the threat from the SNPThis is the first general election in nearly a century where the internal cohesion and even the viability of the United Kingdom itself have been seriously on the agenda. Small groups of Scottish, Welsh and Irish nationalists have sat at Westminster for more than 40 years. But the prospect of the election of a large number of Scottish nationalist MPs dedicated to independence, with real leverage, would be a new situation, albeit with some…
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    Hu's Blog

  • Joint Webinar with VMware and HDS – Delivering Simplified Scalable IT with VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes and Hitachi Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    I began 2015 with blog on Hitachi Storage for Virtual Volumes, arguably the most discussed storage technology in recent years. In February of this year Hitachi Data Systems announced the early support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), simplifying customers’ cloud journey and extending the value of Hitachi’s rich infrastructure solutions. VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes is a major technological advancement in the storage ecosystem that can solve several key issues for customers: overprovisioning of storage, inflexibility to perform granular data services, complex…
  • Hitachi Partners To Build A Big Data Marketplace for Copenhagen’s Green Initiative

    Hu Yoshida
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    On March 2, 2015 Hitachi Consulting was chosen to build an innovative Big Data Platform for Denmark’s capitol, Copenhagen, to improve the quality of life in the Copenhagen area, to stimulate business activity, and to help achieve its ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. What is unique about this Big Data platform is that it is being built in partnership with the City of Copenhagen, Capital Region (the administrative region within and around Copenhagen), the Danish cluster organization, CLEAN and a consortium of partners to establish a city-wide big data marketplace for the sale…
  • Transforming the IT Culture: Going Beyond Collaboration to Innovation

    Hu Yoshida
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Today all CIO’s are adjusting to the world of SMAC, Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud. IDC refers to this as the third platform, which is changing the focus of IT as mainframes and client/server models have done in the past. Crawford Del Prete, the Chief Research Officer of IDC, has been quoted as saying that CIOs must embrace the 3rd platform. He believes that the third platform will drive sustainable growth, but will require stronger IT and business collaboration and CIOs will play a pivotal role in driving digital business transformation. Otherwise CIOs will only exist as procurers…
  • ENIGMA: Cracking an Encryption Engine

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    On the way home from New York last week I saw the movie “Imitation Game”, which is the story of Alan Turing who led the effort to break the Enigma code with fellow mathematicians at Bletchley Park in the UK during World War II. Although, I rarely watch movies on long plane rides, I was fascinated by this movie, since I had just blogged about data encryption. I am certainly not an expert on the subject of encryption or the history of Enigma, so most of what I am posting here comes from this movie and Wikipedia. Please send me comments if you find anything that is incorrect or would…
  • SAP HANA GOES OHANA

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    My father was born in Hawaii, where Ohana means family. In the Hawaiian culture ohana binds family and friends, to work together and remember one another.   So when I think about HDS and SAP the word OHANA comes to mind.  Why you ask?  Because Hitachi and SAP’s partnership is entering its 21st year and we are currently an SAP global service and global technology partner as well as an OEM partner. Our blade technology and UCP solutions with SAP HANA have earned us a leading position among SAP partners.  At the end of this month we expect to finish the acquisition of oXya, an SAP…
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    Inside Scoop

  • The Intel Developer Forum comes to Shenzhen!

    Jason Hoffman
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
      This week the Intel Developer’s Forum (IDF) comes to Shenzhen!  As its name suggests, IDF is an event focused on product development based on Intel technology.  Technical sessions, press events, demonstration kiosks, and the UX Zone give developers plenty of opportunity to learn everything they need to know about Intel’s latest and greatest innovations. Intel holds two or three IDF events each year in order to allow developers from all over the world to come together.  Holding IDF in Shenzhen demonstrates the importance Intel places on the product developers based in and…
  • IEM Day 2 In Pictures

    Don Bowden
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    We are into day 2 here at the IEM World Championships and  the opening ceremonies have just taken place on the main stage. The first LoL match between Korea’s CE Tigers and San Jose’s own Cloud 9 is getting ready to start. Not many words today just some pictures from the opening ceremony. The countdown to opening Opening Ceremonies The first match Our LoL analyst team The crowd CE Tigers Cloud 9, the winners of San Jose IEM Focus More of the crowd The post IEM Day 2 In Pictures appeared first on Inside Scoop.
  • An Intel Extreme Masters Like No Other

    Don Bowden
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    Intel Extreme Masters World Championships kick off today here in Katowice Poland at the Spodek Arena and Katowice International Congress Center. StarCraft II and League Of Legends players will be battling it out over the next four days to earn a share of the $183,414 prize pool and the coveted Intel Extreme Masters trophy. At last year’s World Championships the main gaming stage and the free gaming zone shared the floor of the Spodek Arena, this year the free gaming zone is in the IEM Expo located in the brand spankin new Katowice International Congress Center adjacent to the Spodek Arena.
  • Evolving the Intel® Atom™ Processor Brand

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

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

  • Raising Brain Injury Awareness

    lwcurator
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    By Dr. Husseini Manji, Global Head, Neuroscience, Janssen Research & Development Editor’s Note: This weekend the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area at Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company, is hosting the 32nd Annual  Johnson & Johnson International Hockey Tournament, an event that supports education, awareness and research efforts into traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Photo Credit: Mark Krajnak When we hear the word “concussion,” hockey clashes and car crashes often spring to mind.  Rightly so, but concussions and traumatic…
  • Being the Spark that Ignites Innovation

    lwcurator
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Editor’s Note: At Johnson & Johnson, we occasionally like to share an ‘inside out’ perspective about our company and our employees. Recently, Martin Madden, Vice President of Research & Development and Innovation for Global Surgery, spoke at the Johnson & Johnson Global Surgery Research & Development Conference, an annual meeting of hundreds of colleagues who work in Global Surgery around the world. With the theme ‘Ignite Innovation,’ this meeting maintains a tradition that had taken place for nearly 70 years. We invite you to read excerpts of Martin’s remarks…
  • Five Questions for Know Your Value Creator Mika Brezezinski

    lwcurator
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Editor’s Note: Johnson & Johnson is a proud sponsor of the Know Your Value tour, a nationwide effort focused on empowering women to express their worth in business and in life, based on the book, Knowing Your Value by best-selling author and Co-host of Morning Joe, Mika Brezezinski. J&J recently spoke with Mika to find out more about her book, her tour, and the Know Your Value movement. Q: What led you to start the Know Your Value movement?  A: This message is personal for me. It took me 25 years to understand that I played a role in quantifying my success. For too many…
  • The First Tee Helps Lead Youth to a Brighter Future

    lwcurator
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Editor’s Note: As part of its longstanding commitment to children, Johnson & Johnson is the first Legacy Partner of The First Tee. The First Tee provides educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Today, we shine a spotlight on several current and former Johnson & Johnson employees who have volunteered their time with The First Tee and have seen firsthand how its programs positively impact children. It’s tee time and Johnson & Johnson retiree Alfred Mays is set to enjoy the hobby he’s picked…
  • In Motion at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting

    lwcurator
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    By Michel Orsinger, Worldwide Chairman, Global Orthopaedics Group I often say that the human body is meant to be in motion. This week, the amazing technologies that make that possible, and the dedicated men and women who apply those technologies in orthopaedic surgery, were out in force at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). DePuy Synthes was proud to be there as the world’s largest and most comprehensive orthopaedics company. Three essential components work to keep bodies in motion: innovative solutions, dedicated surgeons, and supportive healthcare…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Bringing the Power of LinkedIn Into Your Yahoo Mail Experience

    Bob Rosin
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Wouldn’t it be great to learn a bit more about the people you’re emailing with every day so you can be more productive? Starting today, you can. When you sync your LinkedIn and Yahoo Mail accounts, you’ll have direct access to helpful information about your colleagues or new partners and customers who are emailing you – you’ll see their LinkedIn profile photo, company and job title – all from right within Yahoo Mail. Through our partnership and collaboration with Yahoo, we’re excited to bring the power of LinkedIn right where you need it, when you need it, without ever leaving…
  • Why I Publish on LinkedIn: The Power of Storytelling

    Robbie Abed
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    In the second post of a three-part series, LinkedIn asks members to share why they publish on LinkedIn. Robbie Abed is the Director of Marketing at Y Media Labs – a mobile interactive agency for leading brands and emerging startups. Why do you feel it’s important to share your professional perspectives with the world? Career advice always sounds the same: meet the right people, don’t play office politics, work hard, and do good work. It all means nothing in the end unless you can relate it to your specific situation. Telling someone to always negotiate their salary is different than…
  • Introducing LinkedIn Elevate: Helping Companies Empower Their Employees To Share Content

    Will Sun
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Lots of professionals share content – like articles, blog posts, and presentations – on social and professional networks to strengthen their professional brands. And lots of companies share content on social and professional networks to attract talent, and market and sell their products and services. But relatively few companies recognize that when they empower their employees to be social professionals, they not only change the trajectory of their employees’ careers, they change the trajectory of their businesses as well. For example, when a LinkedIn member shares six pieces of…
  • Why the Simple Act of Sharing Pays Dividends

    Kevin Simon
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Social media makes it easy to share. We dash off breezy updates about our vacations, post photos of cocktails, share the latest Jimmy Kimmel “Mean Tweets” segment – almost without a second thought. But when it comes to sharing professional content, people pause. Why is that? Perhaps it’s because we all want to be seen as smart, as an expert in our field. We want to come across as being on top of our game. And we’re not quite sure whether the thing we’re about to share meets that bar. Here’s my advice: get over it! If you feel the comment, article, or post you’re about to…
  • Welcome to the LinkedIn Family, lynda.com!

    Ryan Roslansky
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Many people don’t know that I started my first company when I was a freshman in college. I didn’t know the first thing about designing a website and relied on a Lynda Weinman web graphics book to get my site up and running. What I didn’t know at the time was that my experience would come full circle on both a professional and personal level today. As the head of content products at LinkedIn, I spend a lot of time thinking about how the access to information and knowledge can be used to make professionals more productive and successful. The fact that I had to take a crash course to…
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    Lulu Blog

  • 10 Things You Want to Know About Self-Publishing

    Glenn@Lulu
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    The author of this article, Laura Shabott, and I were panelists at last year’s Self-Publishing Book Expo in New York City where we discussed and answered questions about book formats and formatting. Her advice is thoughtful and her tell-it-like-it-is approach is both refreshing and informative. We all know this is a golden age for writing and publishing. Counterpoint?  The competition has never been more ferocious. With over 5,000 new book releases everyday on Amazon, today’s self-publishing author needs to be shrewd, savvy and prepared. Here are ten empowering things you need to know…
  • The Business of Self-Publishing: ISBNs

    Glenn@Lulu
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    With publishing open to everyone, authors are now the CEOs of their own publishing companies. Self-publishing requires authors to make all product decisions including paper color, font, book layout, cover design, distribution and marketing strategy. As such, you must be not only a creative genius, but also a savvy business person. Otherwise, the siren song of literary success will cloud your business judgment. After all, who isn’t tempted by the prospect of seeing their book listed for sale in every online bookstore? Publishing with an ISBN* An International Standard Book Number (ISBN)…
  • How Self-Published Textbooks Bring Down the Cost of College Education

    Glenn@Lulu
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    At Lulu.com, we’ve noticed a trend in publications from educational field leaders. In fact, 9 out of our top 20 authors for the past year published textbooks. This movement to self-publishing isn’t necessarily a big surprise when you consider the exorbitant prices of textbooks that continue to rise. USA Today reports an 82% increase in textbook prices between 2002 and 2013. The Economist also recently reported the nominal price of textbooks has risen more than fifteen-fold since 1970, three times the rate of inflation. Based on a survey of more than 2,000 students from more than 150…
  • E-book or “Real” Book – Which Should You Publish First?

    Glenn@Lulu
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    In the past, traditional publishing followed a well-defined path of first releasing a “real” book in the most expensive format possible, followed by a less expensive paperback and an eBook. Today, with self-published authors determining the formats and release order for their work, is the traditional path still relevant? Should a print book be released prior to an electronic book? Most of the books I have published are available in both print and electronic formats, but when I published Reality Check, I only published it as an eBook. The reason was that I wanted the book to be available…
  • Infographic: The Value of a Book

    Brook Terran
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    In honor of World Book Day, we have created an infographic that shows the value of a book when you go through the traditional publishing process vs. the self-publishing route.
 
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    Marriott on the Move

  • FAMILY FIRST

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    New Year's Day 1970, brother Dick and our families with our parents Family has always been number one in my life. As a father, I made it a point to be home for dinner every night I was in town. Over my career, I arrived at the office at 8:00...
  • The Hubble Travels Brilliantly

    Marriott on the Move
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:57 pm
    JW Marriott, Alice Marriott , Bill Marriott, and Debbie Marriott Harrison with John Glenn and his parents at the Key Bridge Marriott (March 1, 1962) Last week I received an invitation from an associate at Marriott’s headquarters to the 25th Anniversary of the Hubble Telescope. I was really interested in...
  • Where's the Color?

    Marriott on the Move
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    There’s a famous 1980s hamburger TV commercial where a little old lady opens the bun of a hamburger only to find a dime-sized paddy and says, “Where’s the beef?” I recently opened the door to our test room and asked, “Where’s the color?” It’s no secret. I like red. Each...
  • Interviewed by a Millennial (Part 2)

    Marriott on the Move
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Cornell University School of Hotel Administration students My Favorite Things, Career Advice & Online Dating My blog assistant, Ayanna, was so probing with her questions last week that we had plenty of good material left over. (If you missed it, here's Part 1.) As with all good interviewers, Ayanna waited...
  • Interviewed by a Millennial (Part 1)

    Marriott on the Move
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    This week, I’m doing something different. Ayanna Alleyne, our social media maven at Marriott and my blog assistant, wants to ask me some questions. She’s a bonafide Millennial, 60 years younger than me. I’m sure this will be like no other interview. So, here we go: Ayanna: Mr. Marriott, I’ve...
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    The Old New Thing

  • How to find the IP address of a hacker, according to CSI: Cyber

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The episode of the television documentary CSI: Cyber which aired on CBS last Wednesday demonstrated an elite trick to obtaining a hacker's IP address: Extract it from the email header. Here's a screen shot from time code 14:35 that demonstrates the technique. <meta idviewport content nameviewport></m <link hrefy/images/favicon.ico relshortcut ic <link hrefy/styles.css?s=1382384360 typetext/ <link hrefy/mail.css?s=1382384360 typetext/cs <hidden: ip: 951.27.9.840 > < echo;off;>           <!--if lte IE…
  • Why are there both TMP and TEMP environment variables, and which one is right?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you snoop around your environment variables, you may notice that there are two variables that propose to specify the location of temporary files. There is one called TMP and another called TEMP. Why two? And if they disagree, then who's right? Rewind to 1973. The operating system common on microcomputers was CP/M. The CP/M operating system had no environment variables. That sounds like a strange place to start a discussion of environment variables, but it's actually important. Since it had no environment variables, there was consequently neither a TMP nor a TEMP environment variable. If…
  • Why did the original code for FIND.COM use lop as a label instead of loop?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    A few years ago, I left you with an exercise: Given the code mov dx,st_length ;length of the string arg. dec dx ;adjust for later use mov di, line_buffer lop: inc dx mov si,offset st_buffer ;pointer to beg. of string argument comp_next_char: lodsb cmp al,byte ptr [di] jnz no_match dec dx jz a_matchk ; no chars left: a match! call next_char ; updates di jc no_match ; end of line reached jmp comp_next_char ; loop if chars left in arg. why is the loop label called lop instead of loop? The answer is that calling it loop would create ambiguity with the 8086 instruction loop. Now, you might say (if…
  • When I set the "force X off" policy to Disabled, why doesn't it force X on?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    A customer was using one of the many "force X off" policies, but instead of using it to force X off, they were trying to use it to force X on by setting the policy to Disabled. For example, there is a "Hide and disable all items on the desktop". The customer was setting this policy to Disabled, expecting it to force all icons visible on the desktop, removing the option on the desktop View menu to hide the icons. As we discussed some time ago, group policy is for modifying default behavior, and interpreting them requires you to have a degree in philosophy. In particular, a policy which forces…
  • In the Seattle area, people treat you nicer once they learn your last name is Gates

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the team members during the days of Windows 95 happens to have the last name Gates, no relation. She says that it's surprising how nice salespeople are to you once they learn what your last name is. Go figure.
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • #apexsummer15 - Das wird ein Sommer!

    Carsten Czarski-Oracle
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    APEX 5.0 ist freigegeben und steht zum Download bereit - und im Sommer 2015 haben wir eine Menge damit vor. Im Juni und Juli gibt es nicht nur die DOAG-Konferenz APEX Connect, sondern, zusätzlich noch, zwei besondere Leckerbissen: Im Workshop APEX Design 2015 mit Marc Sewtz und Shakeeb Rahman erfahrt Ihr alles, was man zum Universal Theme wissen muss. APEX Design findet, nach der DOAG APEX Connect, in Düsseldorf und München statt und ist eine der wenigen Gelegenheiten, direkten Kontakt zu den APEX-Entwicklern zu bekommen. Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos - die Anzahl der Plätze begrenzt.
  • April 2015 Fusion Middleware (FMW) Proactive Patches released

    Robert Schweighardt-Oracle
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:31 am
    We are pleased to announce that the following Fusion Middleware (FMW) Proactive patches were released on April 14, 2015. Bundle Patches : Bundle patches are collections of controlled, well tested critical bug fixes for a specific product  which may include security contents and occasionally minor enhancements. These are cumulative in nature meaning the latest bundle patch in a particular series includes the contents of the previous bundle patches released.  A suite bundle patch is an aggregation of multiple product  bundle patches that are part of a product suite. Oracle Access…
  • What a MySQL Developer Needs to Know

    Antoinette O'Sullivan-Oracle
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:48 pm
    To perfect your skills as a MySQL developer, consider taking the MySQL for Developers training course. In this 5-day course, you learn to: Describe the MySQL client/server architecture Use MySQL client programs and common options Program MySQL applications with Java and PHP connectors Use a 'NoSQL' approach to store and retrieve data Design efficient tables Create and delete database objects Use expressions in SQL statements Examine database metadata Use SQL statements to modify table data Maintain database integrity with transactions Write multiple table queries Create 'virtual tables'…
  • Mobile Cloud Service - Avoiding Apphazard Mobile Delivery

    Carlos Chang-Oracle
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:09 pm
    By Ian Wallis, Moble Technical Director, Oracle EMEA IT organizations are reporting that their traditional three tier architectures are straining to support the needs of mobile users both forcustomers and employees.And whyis this you ask? Well I believe there are many factors causing mobile tostretch and stress traditional IT,a few are listed below: Change – the rate of change in mobile is high with acontinuous stream of new devices, features, form factors, operating systemsandupdates. Innovation – mobile devices can do unique activities such as measure, hear,smell, respond…
  • Nuevo estudio de Oracle Retail demuestra que los consumidores de todo el mundo están buscando de los retailers

    Glaucia Maurano-Oracle
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Impulsados por los avances tecnológicos, los consumidores de hoy en día buscan más allá de las fronteras y los canales para obtener las experiencias de compra que desean, permitiéndoles conveniencia y poder de elección sin precedentes. El nuevo estudio Retail Sin Límites - Sociedad Comercial ModernaRetail Without Limits - A Modern Commercial Society), explora cómo la tecnología de la "mano invisible" ha transformado el mercado de retail y ofrece datos para ayudar los retailers a adaptarse a este realidad nueva y casi ilimitada. Publicado…
 
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Protect Bears Ears – Mutton Stew, Fry Bread and the Anatomy of a Public Lands Movement

    Kasey
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    By Willie Grayeyes My friend Leonard Lee works in the oil industry across San Juan County, Utah, both on and off the Navajo Nation. He oversees oil and gas wells and the crews who work them. So it may surprise you that Leonard is also the Vice-Chairman of a Native American organization that intends to protect 1.9 million acres of land as a national conservation area or national monument in San Juan County, Utah. The Bears Ears proposal was developed by Diné leaders like Leonard who were asked by U.S. Senator Bennett in 2010 if they had an opinion on public lands management. Never having been…
  • Kids: Our Best Product – Participating in the Champions of Change for Working Families event at the White House

    Kasey
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    By Rose Marcario, Patagonia, CEO It’s an honor to be recognized by President Obama for our commitments to working families. I share this gratitude with Malinda Chouinard, who has always made Patagonia a great place for families, and with Anita Furtaw, who developed an award-winning on-site child development program for our Ventura headquarters 30 years ago, and has run it ever since. We’re happy to serve as a model for other companies who want to do the right thing by their employees. It’s a necessary element of doing business in our time. To support our families, Patagonia provides…
  • Worn Wear Spring 2015 Tour – Free clothing repairs and more in 15 cities across the country [Updated]

    Patagonia
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    One of the most responsible things we can do as a company is to make high-quality stuff that lasts for years and can be repaired, so you don’t have to buy more of it. The Worn Wear® program celebrates the stories we wear and keeps your gear in action longer to take some of the pressure off the planet. This spring—beginning April 4th in San Francisco—our biodiesel repair truck will travel coast-to-coast doing free clothing repairs, teaching you how to fix your own gear and selling used Patagonia clothing. Bring us your tired, well-loved clothing for repair. If you don’t have any,…
  • The Release – Fundamentals of fish and the path to responsible angling

    Kasey
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    By Andy J. Danylchuk, PhD   Recreational angling is an incredibly popular leisure activity in North America, spanning a wide demographic of our society and occurring almost every place fish can be found. Tools and techniques for recreational angling are also vast and selecting the right gear often consumes a lot of our leisure time, basements, and wallets. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ sport and, for the most part, I think we like it that way. Given recreational angling’s popularity, breadth and depth, this also means that many different kinds of fish are caught in many different…
  • Effervescent Lunacy in Las Vegas

    Kasey
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Words and photos by Greta Hyland The irony was not lost on me as I sat crossed legged in Las Vegas at a youth soccer tournament reading, The Solace of Open Spaces, by Gretel Ehrlich. The sound of traffic from the freeway merged with referees’ whistles and yelling coaches. I looked through the mountain of casinos hovering just beyond the concrete straps stretched in front of me at the expansive landscape beyond. Even with all the noise and obstacles it was still hauntingly alluring and drew my sight through the cityscape as though it were a ghost. I marveled at how even a city like Las Vegas…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • When is it Time to Get New Tires?

    Petro-Canada
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Now that winter is (hopefully) behind us, it's time to switch out the winter tires! So now seems like a good time to ask - how do you know when it's time to buy new tires? In general, you should...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/TBqIsfFI_vw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Monthly Poll: Which driving sins are you guilty of?

    Petro-Canada
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last fall, we were on our way to drop my visiting mother-in-law off at the airport. We left with plenty of time but someone in the car is a nervous traveler and we were all keen to make sure that...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/Nb9CDnBYSk0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Vote for Canada's Worst Roads with CAA

    Petro-Canada
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Endless traffic jams, thrashed and potholed pavement, missing road lines, sink holes - we all have a road near us that needs some TLC. And thanks to the CAA's Canada's Worst Roads campaign, you get to cast your vote for...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/HGgycObMWug" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Fossil in the Fuel: Suncor's Rare Dinosaur Find

    Petro-Canada
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    This week, I thought we could do the ultimate #ThrowbackThursday here on PumpTalk by going back a few million years, to when dinosaurs roamed the earth! When I was a kid, I was told that oil was made from the...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/hCZrzC8dIi4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Keeping Your Car Interior Clean Can Help Keep You Healthy

    Petro-Canada
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I climbed into our vehicle last weekend and caught a whiff of something musty. After some intense investigative sniffing, I still had no idea where the smell was coming from. Then I noticed some green gunge around the window seals...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Petro-Canada/PumpTalk/~4/rRDAlKkvKeY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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    Open Mike

  • 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…
  • The Easier Way to Attack Obesity

    Mike Critelli
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    I frequently give speeches to audiences in which I talk about using Dossia to improve the health of the populations we serve.  Inevitably, I get a question about the challenge of addressing the obesity crisis, since more Americans are overweight than ever.  The questioner usually refers to a weight reduction initiative that has completely failed to make a dent in this problem.   Fortunately, there are scientifically proven ways to get a population to eat and drink less, and to do so quite painlessly.  Scientific studies have found that Americans have much of their food and beverage…
  • “I Focus on Potential”

    Mike Critelli
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:25 am
    The Golf Channel has just produced a wonderful documentary segment on the real Coach Catana Starks (profiled in our film full-length feature film From the Rough, in which Academy Award nominee and primetime TV star Taraji P. Henson plays Coach Starks) in its Morning Drive program.   http://www.golfchannel.com/media/catana-starks-first-female-coach-mens-d1-golf-team/ That clip captures one of the key themes of the film: To produce a high performance organization or team, we should select all team members based on their future  potential, not their credentials.   Tennessee State…
  • Invisibles and Under-appreciated Organizational Contributors

    Mike Critelli
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Recently, I met with David Zweig, the author of a great book entitled Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotiona book I strongly recommend.  http://www.amazon.com/Invisibles-Power-Work-Relentless-Self-Promotion/dp/159184634X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423931196&sr=8-1&keywords=Invisibles   The book profiles several highly skilled professionals who delivered great value to others, but who choose not to bring fame to themselves, nor to maximize their earning potential.  I met with David because I thought of Dr. and Coach Catana Starks, whose…
 
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    Progress Newsroom

  • 5 Signs You Should Invest In Data Connectivity

    Jeff Reser
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    Jeff Reser, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Progress DataDirect Cloud Jeff Reser gives his top 5 reasons you should make data connectivity a priority. Companies and consumers are finding new ways to integrate data into their daily lives, and it’s changing how we do business. Many of you have likely experienced some of these technologies, and while some may excite you others may creep you out. Be that as it may, the data movement is here and brings with it significant reasons for you and your business to invest more in data and high-performance data integration. Here are my top 5, but I am…
  • Next Generation Data Preparation

    Chris Doran
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Chris Doran, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Progress Easyl Bloor argues in their Self-Service Data Preparation Spotlight that the market is ripe for self-service data preparation solutions. I want to let you in on a little secret. Despite all the buzz that seems to imply it is a new trend, data preparation has been around for almost as long as people have been collecting and using data to gain insights. As Bloor defines it, data preparation is simply “the art, or science, of combining data from multiple sources and preparing it for analysis.” When it is put that way, data preparation…
  • Spring Cleaning 2015: Lessons for Data Connectivity

    Suzanne Rose
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    Suzanne Rose, Media Futurist, Progress DataDirect Suzanne Rose invites you to check out popular posts you may have missed during the cold winter months. Winter’s chill is out of the air and it’s beginning to feel a lot like spring. Along with warmer temperatures and a lot of pollen—at least here in the Southeast!—spring brings an opportunity for new beginnings and reaffirmation of old goals. For a lot of people, this takes the form of spring cleaning. While most people might look forward to the opportunity to unburden themselves from the past, it can be equally exciting to rediscover…
  • Taking Advantage of Node.js in the Enterprise

    Paul Nashawaty
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Paul Nashawaty, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Application Development and Deployment For every action you might take in a web application, such as creating an appointment, answering an email or just clicking a button marked “next,” a request is built and sent to a server that generates a response. The server response, which may include interacting with databases, file systems and other resources, goes back to the application to have the result rendered to you. Multiply your action by a thousand user actions—or millions—and it becomes obvious why enterprises like Google, Amazon and…
  • Marketers Still Unable to Harness Big Data

    Chris Doran
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Chris Doran, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Progress Easyl Marketers still feel like they are unable to harness Big Data, but self-service data preparation might make that change. Big Data has always been a promise seems out of reach to marketers. For years we have heard how Big Data will change marketing by enabling marketers to be better at their jobs, but I rarely (if ever) hear examples of that actually happening. I am a firm believer in the power of Big Data, so I was curious—do marketers really care? Are they using their data, and if so, how? A Chasm Exists Between Big Data and…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Southwest: The Magazine’s April Star … Cecil Medina

    Monica Van Slate
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    Although raking leaves with your dad doesn’t typically fall into the category of life-changing events, First Officer Cecil Medina was in the middle of yard work when his dad first asked where he wanted to go to college. His father’s next question was: “How are you going to pay for it?” The unexpected reality check was the start of a journey that would lead Cecil to the Air Force Academy and eventually to Southwest Airlines. Cecil grew up in a military family. His father served in the Army, and both parents instilled strong patriotic values in him. A career in the armed forces wasn’t…
  • Flashback Fridays: Signals of Success

    Richard West
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    The aviation industry has “borrowed” many terms and practices from the maritime world, such as how we refer to the right side of the plane as the starboard side, or even the Pilot in Command being known as the Captain, just as he or she would on a boat. And in 1990, Southwest Airlines paid tribute aviation’s maritime heritage with our International Collection of uniform pieces. “Signal Uniforms are friendly reminders that Southwest Airlines was founded on a simple strategy: low fares, lots of flights and loads of fun” was a quote from Herb to describe the new Signal DressWear. A key…
  • Celebrating our Servants’ Hearts at Volunteers of LUV

    Whitney Bartels
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    At Southwest, we have a passion for people- a passion that comes from the heart and motivates us to not only make a positive difference, but change lives. Each year at our annual Volunteers of LUV event, we celebrate Employee volunteers who embody the Southwest Airlines Servant’s Heart. Southwest is committed to being a good neighbor in the cities we serve, but we couldn’t do it without the help of our Employees. In 2014, Southwest and AirTran Employees volunteered nearly 145,000 hours which is equivalent to $3.3 million in time to nonprofit organizations! This year, we honored 22…
  • Flashback Fridays: 42 Years of “The Last” Chili Cookoff

    Allison Osborne
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Chili is not taken lightly in Texas—and it’s pretty serious business at Southwest Airlines, too.  Everyone  has their own taste preference—whether mild or hot, beans or no beans!  Luckily, at Southwest’s Annual Chili Cookoff there are plentiful chili varieties to please everyone’s taste buds! So, a frequently asked question is why this terrific annual event has the words “and Last” stuck right in the middle of it…almost like finding a rock in your chili!  Well, during the planning of the first event 42 years ago, the expectation was that it would be a “one time event”…
  • Happy National Siblings Day!

    Alyssa Kaplan
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today, April 10, is National Sibling Day! To celebrate, we spoke to some of our awesome Southwest siblings about why they love working with their family at Southwest Airlines: Mallory Pyles & Chelsea Ridley Older sister Chelsea began working at Southwest Airlines as a Customer Relations Representative in October 2009, and her younger sister Mallory joined her in the department in June 2010. Six years later, they now work in different departments, but they still love working together at Southwest Airlines! “We are very close, and although we work in different areas, we see each other…
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    ConnectED | Ellucian Blog | Let's talk higher ed.

  • Highlights from #ELive15 on Wednesday

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Highlights from #ELive15 on Wednesday: Girls Who Code, New Ellucian Board Member, and Educational Justice 2015-04-16 222 The days passed by quickly, as they were filled with exciting new updates, networking, and information exchanges. Take a social look at the last day of #elive15: #3: Diana Obling
  • Top 4 Highlights from #ELive15 on Tuesday

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Top 4 Highlights from #ELive15 on Tuesday 2015-04-16 222 Tuesday’s keynote speaker, Sal Khan, left attendees inspired and energized for a day of back-to-back sessions, covering everything from an enhanced Ellucian Perform to our new competency-based education LMS.   Attendees kept the Exhibit Hall vendo
  • Top 3 Highlights from #ELive15 on Monday

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Top 3 Highlights from #ELive15 on Monday: Jack Kramer’s Science Lesson, Ellucian XE, and Ellucian Integration Hub 2015-04-15 222 Monday was an action-packed day of back-to-back sessions, covering everything from Ellucian’s recently announced cloud strategy, talks of Ellucian’s Integration Hub, and the intr
  • Top 3 Highlights from #ELive15 on Sunday

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Top 3 Highlights from #ELive15 on Sunday 2015-04-13 222 Steve Wozniak. CEO Demo’s Ellucian Mobile. New Technology Acquisition…And We’re Just Getting Started. This year, more than 8,800 higher education technology professionals have journeyed to the city of New Orleans to attend Ellucian Live 2015, the
  • Building a Culture of High Performance on Campus. How Ellucian Perform Can Help

    5 Apr 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Building a Culture of High Performance on Campus. How Ellucian Perform Can Help 2015-04-06 172 The path to a culture of high-performance at your institution is rooted in three basic elements: people, process, and strategy. Tackling all three of these pillars simultaneously often proves challenging. Pour
 
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Facebook highlights: Can you name any great flavor duos?

    Turkey Hill Team
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    The reasons should be obvious, but spring and summer are, by far, our favorite seasons of the year. That excitement is especially clear on our Facebook page, where were have been celebrating the arrival of warmer weather over the past month. Below is a look at what we’ve been up to over the past few weeks. Feel free to Like us on Facebook (if you haven’t already!) to follow along with more fun that we have planned for the rest of the spring and summer! No doubt about it: chocolate and peanut butter are a great flavor combination. This All Natural Chocolate Peanut Butter Gelato is…
  • And the 2015 Ultimate Flavor Tournament winner is…

    Turkey Hill Team
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
  • The stages of eating ice cream (as told by babies)

    Turkey Hill Team
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The video below might be the funniest and most adorable video you’ve seen in a long time. That’s right, funniest AND most adorable. Using clips provided by America’s Funniest Home Videos, this compilation is about the stages of eating ice cream, as told by babies. You’ve got the “gotta have it” excitement that takes place when someone first mentions ice cream. Then you’ve got the excitement when you finally SEE the ice cream. The video also showcases the “it’s so good, you could bathe in it” stage (that’s probably only…
  • Ultimate Flavor Tournament (Round 5): The Final Two!

    Turkey Hill Team
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    And then there were two. The Ultimate Flavor Tournament started five weeks ago with 32 flavors and now your votes have narrowed that field of fantastic flavors down to just two: Double Dunker and All Natural Salted Caramel. The voting during this year’s Ultimate Flavor Tournament has been a combination of the polls here on the blog AND the voting on Facebook. In other words, the vote totals are added together to determine the winner. So far, in this year’s tournament, the winners of the polls on the blog were the same winners even after the Facebook voting was added. In almost…
  • April prize: Which flavor of ice cream would you use with your ice cream sandwich maker?

    Turkey Hill Team
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    How great is the ice cream sandwich? (Answer: Pretty great!) Better yet, which part of the ice cream sandwich is your favorite: the cookie part or the ice cream? Okay, that’s an easy question, too. The ice cream is probably the best part, but it’s definitely better when its sandwiched between two chocolate cookie rectangles. Of course, that awesomeness is why Turkey Hill makes a variety of ice cream sandwiches (check ‘em out here), including a Vanilla Bean Light sandwich and our famous Double Decker sandwich (vanilla AND chocolate ice cream between vanilla AND chocolate…
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    Tyson Hunger Relief

  • Blogging for good

    Ed Nicholson
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Getting advice from experts on breakfast in the classroom When we started getting involved in hunger relief almost fifteen years ago, our first partner was Share Our Strength. There we encountered a large, vibrant community of folks who were passionate about ending hunger. When social media began emerging in the mid 2000’s, we saw other communities come together online, and thought, “Wouldn’t it be tremendous if these digital tools could bring the hunger community together?” We started this blog in September 2007 for that very reason. Today, we’re proud to say…
  • The Food Security Genome

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

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

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

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

  • Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

    Steve Greenwood
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Has your child ever asked you what you do? On Thursday, April 23rd is a day to share what you do with your children through Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Started by the Ms. Foundation in 1993, it is an opportunity for children ages 9 to 15 to share and communicate their expectations for the future. The event can become a teachable moment for parents to start a conversation with their children about what they want to do when they become adults. Activity guides and resources are available on the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day website to assist parents in making the day an…
  • Kicking baseball season off in Cincinnati

    Danielle Anderson
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    April 6 kicked off baseball season and over the past week and a half baseball fans have flocked to stadiums across America for Opening Day games. Wells Fargo was feeling the spirit and once again we took our stagecoach to the Findlay Market parade to celebrate Opening Day in Cincinnati. We have participated in this parade for many years and it’s always so red, spirited and fun. Wells Fargo Advisors and their families getting ready to ride the stagecoach down the parade route I’d say in a sea of red, we fit right in. Our red stagecoach fitting right in with the fans Our team always has a…
  • Library Workers Day

    Charles Riggs
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    Tuesday April 14th is National Library Workers Day. Because, as they say, “Libraries work because we do!” They sure do. Wells Fargo Corporate Library, 1976 (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) I wrote about Wells Fargo’s Corporate Library a few weeks ago. That story of our library system goes back to the 19th century, but there were many people who worked the library over the years. Irene A. Kennedy was Librarian in New York, where Corporate Library began in 1897, and she continued as of 1918. In San Francisco, Mary B. Paige was Librarian when it began there in the 1910s. 10¢ a month In…
  • Ohlone cultural revival

    Charles Riggs
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    Nelson Baltazar (Wells Fargo History Museum) Nelson Baltazar is a Museum Assistant in San Francisco since 2008. Before joining the museum, he was employed as a teller and personal banker. He received his undergraduate degree in the Humanities from San Francisco State University. (CR) I recently visited a local exhibit showcasing the Ohlone, people indigenous to California’s central and northern coast. For thousands of years, the Ohlone people peacefully inhabited the region between San Francisco and Big Sur. But major events in California history, like the Gold Rush, had troubling effects…
  • Cultivating relationships

    Charles Riggs
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Amy Hughes (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Amy Hughes is an Archivist at the Wells Fargo Corporate Archives in San Francisco. One of her primary responsibilities is arranging and describing historic material from Wells Fargo and its subsidiaries, affiliates, and merger partners. She holds BA’s in Art History and Psychology, and an MLIS with a specialization in Archival Studies. Amy loves researching, mystery stories, crafting and DIY projects, and puns. (CR) I am the newest member of the Archives team and started here a little over a year ago. One of the main things I do is arrange and…
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    DocuSign blogs

  • Tips for Real Estate: What I Don’t Know About the Transaction Room’s Header

    Brent Boyens
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    DocuSign Transaction Rooms users today spend more than 80 percent of their time in the Transactions section. Nearly all available DTR features can be found in this section. One item that many users find confusing in the Transactions section is each Transaction Room’s header. This header is broken into two panels. Let’s take a look at what information you can see in the header panels and explain who appears in the right panel (it may surprise you). Left Panel: The left panel displays all of the high level Transaction Room details. This includes the property image, address, Transaction Room…
  • Is paper the root of all evil? No. But it sure costs businesses a wicked amount. [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Jonathan Riemer
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:46 am
    Earth Day is this week and there are plenty of blogs, social posts, and news features on the benefits of conserving paper and other resources. Make no mistake, I’m all for the noble motivation of helping save the planet. I do my part. But in business, it doesn’t hurt to save some money, as  well. Take a look at this Infographic “PAY-PER: Money doesn’t grow on trees. (No wonder it costs so much to keep using paper.” PAY-PER from DocuSign The sinful costs of paper. They say the devil’s in the details. Just look at the costs of staying paper-addicted, according to ForestEthics::…
  • New Report by Forrester Consulting Uncovers the Value of Digital Transaction Management Across the Enterprise

    Gregor Perotto
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Forrester Consulting has just released the first-ever Digital Transaction Management DTM) study that quantifies the value of the new category of cloud services for the enterprise from the perspective of Line of Business and IT decision makers. Digital Transforms the Game of Business shows how DTM is emerging as a key enabler of operational excellence, with digital signatures as a key part of the overall solution. The importance of digital signatures in the DTM world is underscored by the fact that more than 80% of respondents to the survey said that their top concern when selecting a DTM…
  • A boy. A tree. And how paper is threatening them both. [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Jonathan Riemer
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    When I was a kid, around nine or ten years old, I loved climbing to the very top of any high tree I could find. Thankfully, my mother never witnessed me clinging joyfully to the crown of an 80-foot cottonwood, swaying broadly on branches no thicker than my arms. Yikes. I was lucky. It’s those awesome memories that made me even more troubled when doing research for this blog and infographic. How many majestic trees like I perched in are cut down to support our bad paper habits? And what can we do? Check out the Infographic “DOCU-MENTAL: It’s crazy how much paper businesses still use.”…
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Last Minute Taxes

    Tsara Borsting
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    To all of the procrastinators: Never fear, DocuSign is here. Previously, we showed you how to upload tax documents. Let’s now look at adding tags and ancillary documents. If you are sending your document to your tax preparer, click Send a Document If you are simply singing and mailing a document click Sign a Document. Once completed, click the Print button in order to send your forms via mail.  After uploading your tax form select Next on the document screen. The standard IRS forms have Adobe Form Fields applied, which means you will be prompted to apply Adobe form fields or…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • Is your car smarter than you?

    AT&T
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    You may have noticed lately that cars are getting smarter. Get used to it, because we’ve only just begun. Many new cars today can park themselves, warn you when you get too close to other objects, help you back up, and apply the brakes if you are about to hit something. Some vehicles can automatically connect to emergency services if you have an accident, and link with smartphones for diagnostics, driving patterns, weather, traffic, and road condition reports. If you have an electric vehicle, you might even be able to power your house with it in the event of a blackout. Companies are…
  • Mobilizing Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC)

    William Harvey
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    As more workers become untethered from their desks and work places, collaborating with their ecosystem of customers, partners, and suppliers on the fly becomes increasingly important. Enter mobilization of the UCC experience. UCC is growing more pervasive as users are going more mobile while crossing platforms, devices, and UC applications. Today’s new mobile-enabling technology and applications give your employees and coworkers: The ability to access and collaborate on documents over encrypted channels from mobile devices. Mobile work space options that allow them to collaborate from…
  • How IoT is revolutionizing vending machine capabilities

    Meredith Powers
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Imagine that you’ve just landed in Las Vegas on a business trip from the U.K. The first thing you head for are the vending machines, where you plan to purchase a pre-loaded mobile device and an accompanying SIM card: one that will give you affordable network coverage during your stay, without heavy international fees. Sound wacky? You may initially balk at the concept of buying a mobile device from a vending machine, but vending machines today are beginning to offer more than just candy bars and soda cans. What’s driving the dramatic evolution of vending machines? The burgeoning Internet…
  • Tear down office walls with next-generation solutions

    Sybil Fitzpatrick
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Perhaps you once considered VoIP when it first came on the market, but were turned off by the scratchy Internet calls and the unreliability of the technology. If so, you may want to take another look, because VoIP has come a long way since its early beginnings. Today’s work environment is a flexible one that no longer exists strictly from 9 to 5, or even confined solely in an office. VoIP is one of the technologies that makes workplace flexibility possible, since IP integrates with mobility and VPN, giving you access to your work tools from home or while traveling. Today’s VoIP solutions…
  • Learn to love change with the help of UC

    Sandra Weinstein
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    It’s clear from the IDG Global Research report, Unified Communications and Collaboration Survey 2014, that Unified Communications (UC) presents a particularly compelling argument when organizational change is on the agenda. Using a five-point scale, with one being “not at all important” and five being “critical,” participants were asked to rate the importance of collaboration as an enabler of organizational change. A full 61 percent of respondents stated collaboration was critical. Change can be driven by a merger, a growth spurt, a relocation, or even an efficiency…
 
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • Are Financial Planning and Cash Processes High Priorities on Your List?

    Alan Hart
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    See what industry experts and companies’ finance executives think I recently read the results of the 2015 Finance Priorities  survey conducted by the global business consulting and internal audit firm Protiviti which confirmed my observations and experience working with clients in a variety of industries. To quote the first three most important findings, which also represent the top priorities of finance executives: 1.       Finance functions are striving to gain greater visibility toward the “cash” horizon. 2.       Finance executives are placing more importance on…
  • The Candid Customer: A New Q&A Series

    Dave Winterhalter
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Welcome to a new series on the “Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog” – The Candid Customer! We are committed to sharing the best budgeting and forecasting best practices, so who better than our very own customers to give you an inside look at their budgeting and forecasting journey? Each month you’ll hear from financial professionals just like you who are working hard to empower their organizations with the most accurate, relevant financial insight. This week Controller Mark Howard from Pumps, Parts & Service, Inc., shares his thoughts on how Budget Maestro has changed his…
  • Replace Excel with a Dedicated Planning, Budgeting and Analysis Solution

    Alan Hart
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    But make sure that moving away from spreadsheets doesn’t land you back in the same spot. I read a recent article on TechTarget.com titled “How to know when it’s time to dump Excel for BP&F software”, authored by Linda Rosencrance. It lists and explains seven distinct signs showing that it is a good idea to move away from spreadsheets to a more robust and dedicated planning, budgeting and analysis solution. The seven compelling points mentioned in this article should be enough to convince any person who is responsible for developing and maintaining a corporate budget that other,…
  • Become Your Company’s Chief Future Officer

    Alan Hart
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Why CFOs must be able to predict their companies’ future and how they can do it Proformative.com, a premier website for accounting and finance professionals recently announced their annual CFO Dimension conference to be held this year in New York City on the 19th and 20th of October, 2015. This year’s conference theme is “The CFO as Chief Future OfficerTM – Driving strategy, Leadership and Innovation”. This year, 300 senior level finance, accounting and treasury professionals are expected to attend. As we’ve seen in several of the blog entries on this site, the CFO’s position…
  • Analysis of Everything

    Alan Hart
    6 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Use past, present and future data to get a complete view of your business I have always had a keen interest in physics and while I was an engineering student I took a great number of physics courses, ranging from classical physics to contemporary subjects of quantum mechanics and other theories.  I remember that the greatest challenge of the time (and still is) for physicists was to find the “Theory of Everything”. According to a definition in Wikipedia The Theory of Everything is a hypothetical, single all-encompassing, coherent theoretical framework of physics that fully explains and…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • Data Room use by Australian-based investment bankers

    Brett Cole
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Investment banking analysts down under are by far using ansarada data rooms much more than their peers, according to ansarada data. Australian-based analysts log into a data room on average 10 times more than a vice president or managing director regardless of the day of the week or time of day. Between 6 p.m. and […] The post Data Room use by Australian-based investment bankers appeared first on ansarada.
  • Zaoui & other merger and acquisition boutiques to face more scrutiny

    Brett Cole
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Another mega deal, another boutique. Alcatel-Lucent decided to rely on just one firm, Zaoui & Co, for advice during negotiations that ultimately led to Nokia’s $16.6 billion takeover. Zaoui, according to its web site, has just seven bankers. Nokia’s advisor JPMorgan has thousands. The Zaoui brothers, one worked at Morgan Stanley and the other at […] The post Zaoui & other merger and acquisition boutiques to face more scrutiny appeared first on ansarada.
  • Australia is part of the global bull market for mergers and acquisitions

    Brett Cole
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:21 pm
    It’s a good time to be a mergers and acquisitions advisor in Australia. M&A down under in the first quarter this year jumped 88 percent from the same period last year to $37.1 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data. The jump in the value of announced Australian deals is part of a global bull market […] The post Australia is part of the global bull market for mergers and acquisitions appeared first on ansarada.
  • Activist funds block tech M&A: Andreessen Horowitz

    Brett Cole
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:13 pm
    It’s not often the right and left coasts agree. But on the issue of so-called activist funds Silicon Valley’s Andreessen Horowitz’s Scott Kupor agrees with Wall Street’s M&A doyen Marty Lipton, the founding partner of law firm Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz. Mr Kupor in a blog post says: “activist funds demand from their targets […] The post Activist funds block tech M&A: Andreessen Horowitz appeared first on ansarada.
  • Who ya gonna call for big M&A? Centerview Partners

    Brett Cole
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:42 pm
    If you are a CEO and want to close a multi-billion dollar M&A deal, chances are that you have Blair Effron and Robert Pruzan on speed dial. Mr Effron and Mr Pruzan are the two founders of boutique M&A advisors Centerview Partners. Centerview was the exclusive advisor to H.J. Heinz on its $55.42 billion merger with […] The post Who ya gonna call for big M&A? Centerview Partners appeared first on ansarada.
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    Replicon

  • How to Select Time Tracking Software

    Siddharth Deb
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    Business software goes from on-premise to the Cloud In the last two or three decades, business practices and processes have gone through a sea change due to the widespread use of software to perform financial, payroll, marketing and administrative tasks. On the other hand, certain processes haven’t changed a whole lot at many companies, such as time and attendance tracking, for example. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • Replicon’s First HR Tech Europe

    Pamela Oldfield
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    HR Tech Europe looked like a good event to go to this year for a number of reasons. What piqued our interest was: 1. That HR Tech is an up and coming event (this year being the 3rd held in London). Why is this interesting? It is indicative of HR practitioners becoming more confident with identifying their technology requirements and the sourcing of. And they’re not always doing it in conjunction with the IT department... Blog tags: Corporate
  • Holiday Pay Ruling in UK Will Make Time Off Calculations Critical For Employers

    Siddharth Deb
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    In December 2014, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) made a significant ruling on how holiday pay should be calculated for employees who work overtime. The ruling came out of the dispute between Bear Scotland v. Fulton, in which the plaintiffs contended that their non-guaranteed overtime should be included in their holiday pay. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • How Schools and Colleges Benefit From Automated Time & Attendance Tracking

    Siddharth Deb
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    When we went to school, our teachers kept track of our attendance on a daily basis, just as their own work hours were tracked by school administrators. Class times, breaks, gym, and sports activities were set at predetermined times, and our academic lives revolved around those schedules. As we graduated from college and moved on to workplaces as new employees, our hours and attendance continued to be tracked. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • How Staples Could Have Avoided The Controversy Over Part Time Employees

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

  • Changes Coming for Reverse Mortgage Applicants

    Kevin Graham
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Reverse mortgages help provide financial stability for seniors age 62 and over. Beginning April 27, applicants can expect some changes in the process. While these changes are ultimately for the protection of clients, there will be some additional steps along your path to a reverse mortgage. What’s Changing? When you get a reverse mortgage, you still own your home despite receiving payments from the lender. This means that although you may not have a monthly mortgage payment, you’re still responsible for things like property taxes and hazard insurance. Because the Federal Housing…
  • Retail Sales, Housing Starts Show Meager Gains – Market Update

    Kevin Graham
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Headline News Producer Price Index (PPI): Final demand was up 0.2% in March after being down 0.5% in February. Energy prices were up 1.5%. Food prices were down 0.8% on the month. Excluding food and energy, PPI was up 0.2% for the month. On the year, producer prices were down 0.8%. Retail Sales: Retail sales were up 0.9% in March. A big portion of the gains were in motor vehicles, which gained 2.7% last month. There were also gains in furniture, clothing and department stores. Retail and food service sales were up 1.3% compared to last year. Retail sales excluding vehicles and gas were up…
  • Zing Podcast Episode 10: Home Energy Saving Tips, Financial Literacy Quiz, Spring Severe Weather Preparedness

    Sean T. Johnston
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    Spring is in the air for the 10th installment of the Quicken Loans Zing Podcast. Here’s a rundown of the topics we have in store: Home Energy Saving Tips Earth Day is right around the corner. But who said you can’t get the party started early? In this segment we sit down with Will Samuel, owner of Shades of Green, LLC, a sustainable construction and renovation company based here in Detroit. We talk about the various ways you can reduce your electricity usage, along with some tips on how to take your energy efficiency to the next level. According to the Lawrence Livermore National…
  • Five Steps to Transforming Your Garage on a Budget

    Dawn Jamison
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Today, most homeowners use their garage for a lot more than a parking space. It can serve as a storage space, living space and more! Last spring, I decided that I wanted a more beautiful garage. I was fed up with the ugly, dark and boring space. When I suggested sprucing it up, my husband, Mike, thought I was nuts. He told me not to waste my time. So, what did I do? I made over our garage, of course! And he loves it as much as I do. Here are the five steps I used to transform our garage on a budget. Step 1: Plan Your Work My goal was to make our garage more charming and to organize our unused…
  • Fun Touches for Your Patio and Backyard

    Bethany Dickerson
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start planning for your patio updates. Your patio is a central place for friends and family to gather, so it can almost always benefit from spruce-ups, a new piece of furniture and trendy decorations. Let’s start with our patio furniture picks! Photo: Ana White Outdoor Furniture DIY Pick: Patio Table with Built-In Coolers Talk about a unique table! This beer and wine cooler table is perfect for those willing to put the work in. It’s no easy task with an estimated 20+ hours of work, but it will last you for quite some time! Purchase Pick:…
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    NACD Blog

  • Blue Ribbon Impact

    Alex Lajoux
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    If a tree falls in the forest, and no one hears it, does it make a sound? If an NACD Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) makes a recommendation, and no one heeds it, does it have an impact? The answer to both questions may be no, but neither question is realistic. You can’t have a forest without living creatures to hear its noises, and you can’t have a BRC without a community to hear its message. So let’s ask instead: “How much do readers of the BRC reports hear?” and “What do they do about it?” Certainly these matters are worth pondering. After all, what is the point of giving…
  • Debating the Role of TSR in Executive Compensation

    Jesse Rhodes
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Using total shareholder return (TSR) as a compensation program metric emerged as a hot topic for both panelists and attendees during the third annual Leading Minds of Compensation event last week at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Discussing the day’s most pressing compensation issues in a panel selected  by NACD Directorship magazine Publisher Christopher Y. Clark and Editor-in-Chief Judy Warner were: Steven Hall, managing director of Steven Hall & Partners; Dayna Harris, vice president of Farient Advisors; Jeff Joyce, partner of Pay Governance; Rose Marie Orens, senior partner at…
  • Economic and Geopolitical Disruptive Forces: History Favors the Best Prepared

    Jesse Rhodes
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Now in its third year, NACD’s Directorship 2020 takes an investigative look at the trends and disruptors that will shape boardrooms agendas of the future. This initiative is designed to raise directors’ awareness of these complex emerging issues and enable them to provide effective guidance to management teams as they navigate the associated risks and opportunities.  The inaugural 2015 session was held on March 3 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, where subject-matter experts from Broadridge, KPMG, Marsh & McLennan Cos., and PwC and corporate leaders explored the boardroom…
  • Wanted: 50 Exemplary Directors, And More

    Judy Warner
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The NACD Directorship 100 is the preeminent annual list of the most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance and we are calling on all public company directors and NACD members to tell us who you think deserves recognition. Online nominations are being accepted until 5 p.m. EST on March 31, 2015. You don’t have to be a director in order to participate. Sending a nomination takes only a few seconds and you can nominate as many individuals as you think worthy. From its inception in 2007, the objective of the NACD Directorship 100 has been to elevate the directorship…
  • Diversity in the Boardroom: The Importance of Change

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

  • #TeamWP: Meet Data Engineer, Joel Azose

    Whitepages
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    Meet one of our data engineers, Joel. Joel helps to build and maintain the architecture to efficiently and safely process millions of rows of data each month. Throughout this process, Joel is always searching for ways to get increased value out of the data that Whitepages currently has. Let's meet Joel! The post #TeamWP: Meet Data Engineer, Joel Azose appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • Will the Real IRS Please Stand Up? Tips to Avoid the IRS Phone Scam

    Molly Phillips
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Tax day has come and gone, but the IRS phone scam is still alive and well. To help you avoid it, we’ve compiled tips on what to watch for. If you’ve already gotten one of these calls, then we have suggestions on how to file a report with the IRS. The post Will the Real IRS Please Stand Up? Tips to Avoid the IRS Phone Scam appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • Caller ID Gets a Mobile Makeover

    Whitepages
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    You've likely heard us talk about Caller ID, our Android app that detects calls as they are coming in. We are so excited about the data we've seen come through, we decided to make it into an easy-to-read infographic. The post Caller ID Gets a Mobile Makeover appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • Tune in! Listen to Whitepages CEO and Founder Alex Algard on SiriusXM Business Radio

    Whitepages
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Join in as Whitepages CEO and founder, Alex Algard, is featured on SiriusXM Business Radio. Alex discusses how he has helped Whitepages to maintain a startup mentality in a maturing business. The post Tune in! Listen to Whitepages CEO and Founder Alex Algard on SiriusXM Business Radio appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • Whitepages Tech Talk – A Continued Education

    Whitepages
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:18 pm
    At Whitepages, we continue to educate ourselves by exploring the tech community and the strengths and processes of companies within. Join our journey as we host a member from the community in our weekly tech talk series. The post Whitepages Tech Talk – A Continued Education appeared first on Whitepages blog.
 
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    Miratel Solutions

  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Eggplant Hummus Rounds

    Elyse
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Miratel blog for another 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 have always been a fan of eggplant parmesan today’s recipe for vegan eggplant hummus rounds will satisfy that craving but do it healthier than the traditional version and it only…
  • 10 Greenest Cities in Canada and the US

    Elyse
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Being a Toronto call centre that is green powered, we were particularly interested in today’s post. Inspired by Earth Month (although one could argue that every month is Earth Month), we are exploring the greenest cities in Canada and the US. We recently featured the cleanest cities in Canada and the USA and before that a variety of other rankings including best country to live, smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the best countries for quality of life, the best countries for…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Hawaiian Chickpea Teriyaki

    Elyse
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe series. We took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. If you are not a full-time vegan, it might seem daunting to make a vegan meal that is satisfying and won’t leave you missing meat and our weekly recipe share aims to accomplish just…
  • Support #DayofPink on April 8th and Support Inclusion and Tolerance

    Elyse
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Miratel proudly supports diversity and inclusion not just because our Workplace Diversity Policy makes it part of our CSR business program but because it is who we are as people. We stand against bullying and discrimination and we believe no person should have to suffer from its negative impact on lives. Discrimination comes in many forms, including the following: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, colonialism, and antisemitism. These social diseases create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence. Today, we’re writing about the international Day of Pink…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Crab Cakes

    Elyse
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome back to the Miratel blog for another flavour-packed 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. Crab cakes bring about thoughts of water, sun, and warm breezes – not veganism. They are a favourite of many and just because you want to make a vegan meal doesn’t…
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    The Allstate Blog

  • Conflicting Tastes? Tips for Decorating Your Home Together

    Cristel Mohrman
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Buying a home with your significant other can be both exciting and stressful. Moving into a new house is like having a blank canvas you can decorate to your style, but what if that differs from your partner’s style? Maybe he’s into antiques and your taste runs more modern. Or perhaps you differ when it comes to paint colors or artwork. Before getting into an argument because you can’t seem to agree on your decor, check out the following tips for decorating your home together when your tastes clash. Blend Your Styles Relationships often require compromise. Brides magazine says it is…
  • When Should I Plant My Spring Garden?

    Cristel Mohrman
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    With spring in the air, your green thumb might be ready to start working in the dirt. But it may not be a good idea to start digging without a plan. Just because flowers and vegetable plants are available at nurseries doesn’t mean you can plant them all at any time. In addition, some plants require certain preparations so they can thrive when it comes time to put them in the soil. If you’re wondering when to plant your garden, here are some things to consider. Weather Knowing when your location typically experiences its last spring frost can help guide your planting schedule, says…
  • How to Maintain a Seldom-Used Vehicle

    Brendan
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    Performing maintenance is a task that often goes hand-in-hand with owning a vehicle. But what about vehicles you only use once in a while or store part of the year? It may seem like a car that isn’t used frequently wouldn’t require upkeep like your everyday vehicle – but that isn’t always the case. Before storing your your vehicle for a month or more, remember these recommended car maintenance tips: Preparation If you have a vehicle you store at your vacation home or a spare car you only drive every so often, there are some steps you should take before leaving it for an extended…
  • Saving For College? Don’t Wait To Get Schooled

    Brendan
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    Saving for your child’s college education can seem a lot like writing a term paper—putting it off usually doesn’t make it any easier. Parents who’veput their kids through college and financial experts agree: It’s never too early to begin saving.   Do the Math As the graph shows, college tuition and fees are projected to go up significantly between now and the time your child is ready to attend. (Keep in mind, this doesn’t even include room, board and other expenses.) That’s why it’s so important to start saving while your child is young. “With the rising costs of…
  • Distracted Driving: Staying Safe on the Road [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Brendan
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Distracted driving poses a real danger to all drivers, but especially young drivers. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 10 percent of all drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in a vehicle accident resulting in a fatality were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. Hundreds of thousands of people are injured each year in vehicle accidents related to distracted driving; the NHTSA reports that in 2013 alone, 424,000 people were hurt in these types of crashes. For the past two years, Allstate has been educating people about the…
 
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • How to Select a Social Media App Development Partner

    shashin-shah
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:03 am
    Today, it’s almost universally agreed upon that social media is an important platform for creating brand awareness. On top of fostering a pleasant image, social media provides businesses with a way to nurture relationships with existing customers, prospects, and new markets. When an application is built specifically for your target audience, new opportunities for your business will start appearing in no time.What makes this process more than simply designing an application is the idea that every market needs different features to suit their experience. You need to find a technology partners…
  • Act-On Anywhere is Here, and it Changes Everything

    lauren
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:41 pm
    Good Marketing Automation (MA) can change your business for the better. MA can make any email campaign and tracking effort a breeze, but what happens when your database is accessible anywhere your marketing department goes? With Act-On anywhere, that’s exactly what you’ll discover.As an Act-On partner we specialize in custom integrations, and our team of experts knows exactly how your business can use Act-On to power marketing efforts and boost your revenue. Our teams know Act-On from every angle, and we’re using our expertise in the field to break down our favorite features of the new…
  • OSSCube CEO Lavanya Rastogi Speaks at CIOsynergy Dallas

    lauren
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:53 am
    “I remember when big data was a band out of Brooklyn, New York, Twitter was a sound, and cloud was something you see in the sky,” Proclaimed Lavanya Rastogi at a packed Hyatt Regency ballroom in Dallas, Texas. The room, full of CIOs, CTOs, and other high-ranking IT minds laughed along as Lavanya brought them on a quick trip through time, but understood on a deeper level, where this was all going.“One thing you can count on in IT is: Whatever works today, will be gone tomorrow.”The future of information technology, and the future of enterprise business have one thing in common:…
  • My Experience as a Nominee at the 2015 World HRD Congress Awards

    bratin
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:50 am
    It's not exactly easy to type when your hands are sore, but I’ll do my best. For the last few hours I’ve been clasping my fingers tight, anxiously awaiting the results of the 23rd World HRD Congress Awards. Hosted in Mumbai on the 15th and 16th of February, the World HRD Congress Awards honor the efforts of companies that go the extra mile for their employees. HR initiatives are given the royal treatment, and businesses from all over the world compete for the top honors.This year OSSCube was considered for two awards.  First, our CEO, Lavanya Rastogi, was in the running for “CEO of the…
  • Business IT and why Consulting Matters

    John
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:45 am
    For those with experience running a team or department, it’s easy to identify shortcomings, roadblocks, and process management issues. A manager or executive has the ability to see what works, and what doesn’t from a high-level, but the issue many decision-makers face is figuring out how to make it all work better. This is where a new set of eyes can come in handy.When it comes to meeting challenges within a business environment, a solution provider is at the top of the list. CRM issues? Switch systems. Data overload? Migrate to big data in the cloud. The list goes on. Solution providers…
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    Liaison Technologies

  • Winning Lab Information Strategies for Value-Based Care

    Ken Willett
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Introduction Major shifts within the U.S. healthcare system present new challenges and opportunities for clinical labs and other diagnostic service providers. Changes to healthcare ground rules mandated by payers and the federal government are driving a shift towards value-based care, resulting in changes to the business models under which clinical labs and other diagnostic service providers operate. In order to negotiate favorable contracts and participate successfully in value-based healthcare organizations, labs must demonstrate their ability to contribute to the business objectives of…
  • Liaison Technologies Opens Silicon Valley Offices To Accelerate Ecosystem Engagement

    liaison
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    New location Reflects Momentum As Company Continues To Strengthen Market Leadership SAN JOSE, March 19, 2015 – Liaison Technologies, the industry-recognized leader in cloud-enabled data integration and data management offerings, today announced the opening of a new office location in Silicon Valley. The new office is located at 2540 N. First Street, Suite 110, San Jose, CA 95131. In addition to Silicon Valley, Liaison has six other US locations with Alpharetta, Georgia being its current U.S. headquarters. Over the last decade and a half, Liaison Technologies has earned notoriety as one of…
  • Liaison Technologies Raises Additional Capital Bringing its Total Healthcare Informatics Investment to over $90 Million

    liaison
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Investment is Further Validation of Liaison’s Success with Cloud-Enabled Data Solutions for Life Sciences and Healthcare Customers ATLANTA, March 12, 2015 – Liaison Technologies, an industry-recognized leader in cloud-enabled data integration and data management offerings, today announced that the Global Health Innovation Fund has increased its investment in the company, bringing the total investment from all strategic life sciences and healthcare partners to over $90 million. Over the last decade and a half, Liaison Technologies has delivered disruptive solutions to solve complex…
  • Drawing a map on e-invoicing – What paths are there and where do they lead?

    liaison
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If someone came up to you and proposed a project that would cut your costs 80 percent and pay itself back in six months, would you take them up on the offer? While admittedly being on the extreme ends of the scale, these numbers are within reach of the average project of switching from paper-based invoicing processes to electronic invoicing. Thus, it’s no wonder that e-invoicing is growing globally at a double digit growth rate, and many and more organizations – companies and government entities alike – are jumping on the band wagon. However, the overall adoption rates of e-invoicing…
  • In 2015: Doing Right By the Data

    liaison
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    Big data, data aggregation, data integration, data management, data harmonization… The many ways to serve up data for maximum insight and, ultimately, profit, is on everyone’s minds—ours included. And while the very realization that data is one of the most important resources an organization possesses is an ongoing trend in and of itself, I’d like to dive a little deeper into the micro-trends that I believe will come of age in 2015 to further help organizations attain their data’s full potential. 1. Big data meets reality The excitement around the power of big data has reached a…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • Häagen Dazs limited edition vanishes in Japan

    Monte Olmsted
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:24 am
    Japanese ice cream lovers quickly bought out more than 5 million mini-cups of the latest limited edition of Häagen-Dazs ice cream. The dish featured Japanese flavors blended with a popular dessert made from steamed and pounded rice. The two flavors of Häagen-Dazs Hana Mochi ice cream were supposed to be on market from late February until July. Consumer demand, however, led to Japanese supermarkets and convenience stores selling out within a week, says Ryo Morinaka, marketing manager for Häagen-Dazs Japan. “We expected consumers would find the combination of ice cream and mochi – a…
  • Concert helps Reba and friends to Outnumber Hunger

    Kevin Hunt
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Country music fans will want to be sure to catch a special concert that starts airing tonight. It will be hard to miss over the next few days, whether you’re in front of a TV or like to stream radio online or through your mobile devices, thanks to a media partnership we’re proud to be a part of. “Reba & Friends Outnumber Hunger” features Reba McEntire, along with performances by Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Maddie & Tae. Here are the details: -The hour-long concert will be televised on Gannett stations around the U.S., starting tonight.
  • #TBT – Spoon and Bake

    Lynne Morioka
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    In 1975, Betty Crocker introduced prepared, canned cookie dough so families could just “Spoon & Bake” right out of the cupboard – no refrigeration necessary! This was a concept that didn’t stick around for long. Thanks to the recent move of our General Mills Archives, we now know what Spoon & Bake dough looks (and smells) like when it’s left in the can, on the shelf for nearly 40 years! Did you know we feature crazy interesting tidbits from General Mills’ history every day on Tumblr? Check it out!  Editor’s note: Discover more about our past…
  • Is it true that you “eat with your eyes?”

    Monte Olmsted
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    General Mills and other food companies have switched to clear packaging on many products, to better showcase the ingredients inside. “Consumers eat with their eyes,” says JoAnne Garbe, a research and development manager within our Innovation, Technology and Quality (ITQ) division. “If we can show off amazing, luscious-looking ingredients, we help our consumers. And buying something becomes more intuitive for them.” General Mills has been riding the clear packaging wave with several products in recent years. They range from snacks, cereals, energy bars, granola and meals to breakfast…
  • 10 cool spaces at our headquarters

    Kevin Hunt
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    We think our headquarters is pretty cool. So it was fun to see that FORTUNE thought so too. The magazine featured General Mills in “The 25 coolest offices of the 100 Best Companies,” a post they recently published that included a photo of our “Park on Main” employee meeting area, shown below. But we thought you might like to see much more that one space that our employees use every workday. So we put together this slideshow of 10 other areas at our offices here in Golden Valley, Minnesota. It includes our cafeteria, the Betty Crocker Kitchen and the cereal bar on our Big G floor…
 
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • How Analytics Can Empower Your HR Strategy

    Elissa Tucker
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Lessons from SAS, One of the World’s Best WorkplacesBusiness analytics and software provider SAS is well known for using HR analytics to improve its own performance as well as its clients' performance. Jennifer Nenadic, Manager of Enterprise Analytic Services at SAS, will be sharing HR analytics insights at the 2015 Great Place to Work® Conference on April 22-23 in Dallas, TX. Recently, I interviewed Jennifer about her upcoming conference session.
  • Positive Stories About Working in Retail

    Elissa Tucker
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    13 Retailers made the 2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® listTry Googling “working in retail.” You will not only find the top ranked search results are all negative, but also you will see that many of the remaining results contain words like crazy, worst, tough, hardship, problem, and demeaning. There is a lot of negative press about the experience of retail employees. There are even entire websites dedicated to documenting the daily challenges that retail employees face.
  • Creating a Culture of Recognition

    Hannah Jones
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Five Elements Meaningful Programs Have in CommonAll companies face the question of how to recognize and reward their employees. It has always been a cornerstone of effective management, but today, as the competition for talent becomes stronger, the ways in which organizations value their employees becomes increasingly important. But creating a recognition program is not something organizations do once and accept as perfect.
  • Creating a Great Workplace in the Manufacturing Industry

    Elissa Tucker
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    W. L. Gore and General Mills Have What it TakesEight manufacturing organizations are on the 2015 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Great Place to Work® Institute uncovered three strategies that these organizations use to overcome manufacturing industry challenges. Namely, culture, communication, and fair pay practices help these manufacturing companies provide a consistently positive employee experience across locations and job roles
  • 5 Techie Tips for a More Engaging Conference Experience

    Jennifer Johnston
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    When I venture to Dallas this April for the Great Place to Work® Conference, it will be my third rodeo (pun intended!). At Salesforce, we're delivering social and mobile cloud technologies that create a more transparent, collaborative and fun experience for our employees that we think contributes to our being named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the past 7 years running—and in the Top 10 for the last 2 of those years. So, in the spirit of creating a more engaging experience for all conference attendees this year, I wanted to share my top 5 techie tips.
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    BlueGlass Interactive

  • Key Takeaways von der BrightonSEO 2015

    Anna-Lena Müller
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:08 am
    Auch in diesem Frühjahr war BlueGlass an der „grössten und besten“ Brighton SEO seit Bestehen der Konferenz vertreten und hat – mit 1’700 weiteren Besuchern – die Ohren gespitzt, um die neusten Insights der Suchmaschinenmarketing-Szene aufzusaugen. Dabei war es auch dieses Jahr eine Herausforderung, sich jeweils für eine von 3 Sessions zu entscheiden. Wir haben uns jedoch dazu durch gerungen und da man Wissen bekanntlich teilen soll, sind hier die Key Takeaways, die wir davon mitgenommen haben. Mobile, mobile, mobile Da „Mobilegeddon“ direkt um die Ecke lauert (21.
  • So wird deine Seite bei Google gefunden – Digitale Selbsteinschätzung in 15 Minuten

    André Mueller
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    Wir alle nehmen die Welt subjektiv wahr. Es ist schwierig eine echt objektive Perspektive zu erhalten. Dies stimmt im wahren Leben genauso wie auch in der virtuellen Welt. Wie also erhalte ich ein objektives Bild meiner digitalen Präsenz? Wieso sollte ich etwas ändern müssen? Wenn ich meine Firma google, erscheint sie immer an oberster Stelle. BlueGlass Interactive bietet Unterstützung und präsentiert folgende Anleitung für eine digitale Selbsteinschätzung in fünf einfachen Schritten: Definiere 5 relevante Suchbegriffe (Keywords): Um zu schauen, ob und wie deine Website gefunden wird,…
  • SMX München 2015 Recap – welcome to the future

    Nicole Treipl
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Die Konferenz für Suchmaschinenmarketing SMX fand dieses Jahr im Internationalen Congress Center beim Messegelände in München statt. 2015 pilgerten noch mehr nationale und internationale Marketeers nach München als die letzten Jahre. Nach zwei Tagen geballter Ladung Branchenwissen, konnten wir drei grosse Trends identifzieren, die ich Euch nicht vorenthalten möchte: Sei JEMAND – erstelle Content mit Autorität Rand Fishkin eröffnete mit seiner Keynote „Das Signal im Rauschen – so gehen Sie im Lärm nicht unter“ die SMX und führte die Teilnehmer bereits in das erste grosse…
  • Betrunken Gutes Tun 2014 – Zürich

    Jacqueline Suter
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:41 am
    Am 17.12.2014 führte die SEO Community Europas bereits zum siebten Mal den Charity Event “Betrunken Gutes Tun” durch. Man traf sich in Zürich sowie weiteren deutschen und österreichischen Städten am jeweiligen Weihnachtsmarkt der Stadt oder in einem Lokal. Jeder Sponsor spendete pro konsumiertem Glühwein einen Franken (bzw. Euro) an ein Charity Projekt, welches im Voraus ausgewählt wurde. Dieses Jahr freute es uns ganz besonders, dass viele bekannte Schweizer Agenturen ihre Einwilligung zum Sponsoring gegeben haben und gemeinsam mit uns die Schule für Strassenkinder Esmono…
  • SEO Content Optimierung – gute Inhalte schaffen

    Marion Halter
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    “Was ist der Inhalt? Wer ist die Zielgruppe?” Eine der wichtigsten Aufgaben eines Online Marketers ist es, diese Fragen für alle Webseiten bzw. Landingpages einzeln beantworten zu können. Nur so ist es möglich, dass die Seiteninhalte einerseits auf die Bedürfnisse/Interessen der User optimiert und andererseits den Suchmaschinen die nötigen Signale gesendet werden. Letztere können die indexierten Seiten nicht wie wir Menschen aufnehmen. Suchmaschinen orientieren sich aufgrund der Struktur der internen Verlinkung sowie der Inhalte auf den einzelnen Seiten. So entscheiden sie, ob eine…
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Weekly Economic Update

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    MODERATE INFLATION RESUMES The Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% for a second consecutive month in March, as did the Producer Price Index (in a marked departure from its 0.5% February retreat). Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast an 0.3% March advance in both the headline CPI and PPI.1 GROUNDBREAKING UP 2.0% FOR MARCH Housing industry analysts had expected a much greater increase; this put the annual pace of housing starts at 926,000 instead of the desired 1 million mark. The Census Bureau also reported building permits declining 5.7% last month.2 CONSUMER SENTIMENT, RETAIL SALES BOTH…
  • Top Financial Advisor Fails: Living Life in Your Comfort Zone

    admin
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Ed Note: This article is part of an ongoing series focused on the mistakes made by financial advisors. In April 2014, a report by Fidelity Investments suggested complacency rules in the financial advisory industry. In an online survey of 813 advisors across channels, the study found that many advisors overlook important steps to ensure long-term growth. Two-thirds of participants said they think a little personal attention is enough to stand out in the crowd instead of, say, building a niche practice or addressing a particular aspect of wealth planning. Another two-thirds of survey…
  • Top Financial Advisor Fails: Not Managing Daily Stress and Anxiety

    admin
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    Ed Note: This article is part of an ongoing series focused on the mistakes made by financial advisors. No one said managing other people’s money was an easy job. Making investors happy and being “on” day in and day out takes a toll on even the most accomplished financial advisor’s health. Eating healthy and sticking to a regular workout routine keeps the mind and body sharp. If you are not healthy, it impacts the ones you employ, as well as the clients who trust you to stay on top of your game. Dr. Alden Cass, a Manhattan, NY-based clinical psychologist and sales coach who specializes…
  • Top Financial Advisor Fails: Fear of Prospecting

    admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Ed Note: This article is the first in a series focused on mistakes made by financial advisors. Prospecting is the essence of a healthy, growing financial practice, yet many financial advisors – new and seasoned – avoid it due to fear. Fear of rejection, fear of failure and fear of success are real and abundant in the financial industry. Everyone has fears. But if your fears are causing you to perform below your potential, hide out in your office and not prospect avoiding seeking help, this can quickly spiral into failure. So what is it about prospecting that becomes so overwhelming? Sales…
  • Summit Brokerage Services in Financial Advisor Magazine 2015 Top Broker-Dealer Rankings

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    Financial Advisor, one of the industry’s leading publications, recently recognized Summit Brokerage Services in its annual 2015 B-D rankings as one of the top 50 independent broker-dealers as measured by gross revenue. Regarding this recent accomplishment, Marshall Leeds, President and CEO of Summit, commented, “Our recognition by Financial Advisor is reflective of the hard work of our advisors and associates to build one of the nation’s top independent boutique broker-dealers. We are excited about the future as we continue to focus on providing the industry’s finest advisors and…
 
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Maximizing wellness engagement to drive positive outcomes

    Jennifer Patel
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Wellness programs are leaving their mark on the workplace by increasing productivity, impacting healthy behaviors and positive financial ROI. Last spring, I wrote about the five best practices for health & wellness programs. Today, I’m diving into tips to maximize wellness engagement across your company to engage employees long term and drive ultimate returns, positive outcomes and ROI. Choose an engagement strategy, not just a wellness program. Wellness is about so much more than programs. Your company should have a strategic approach to a series of programs and initiatives that make…
  • Read it on Forbes

    Rhonda Basler
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    Work life. We use that term to describe what we do on the job…our tasks, meetings and responsibilities. But that’s only the work part. Think about the other half: life. Now there’s a loaded term. Imagine you’re a customer service representative. You can fix the bill, send out the repair staff or change account information. That’s the work part. Now how about life? Representatives hear plenty of life stories…happy and sad. For customers, it’s often not just the problem but bigger issues at play. As a result, reps want to do something a bit more personal or just let customers know…
  • MMM Experiences

    Rhonda Basler
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    Do companies have to be perfect in order to win in the marketplace? Sure, we aim for flawless execution and high-quality products. But let’s face it. Maybe the shape of snowflakes and warm, sunny spring days consistently hit the mark…but businesses? Afraid not. We all have favorite companies…ones we stick with…even if something goes wrong. Why? According to the AMEX 2012 Global Customer Service Barometer, 75% of customers say they’ve spent more at a company where they’ve had positive customer service encounters. That’s why our mantra at Hallmark Business Connection is…
  • Four customer experience tips that bridge the gap between customers who are satisfied and ones who advocate

    Rhonda Basler
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    Think back to a memorable experience you had with a business. What is it about that unique experience that stands out? Most likely it was not simply what you purchased, but the interaction you had and how it made you feel. Truly memorable experiences depend on the sentiments a customer walks away feeling. Those feelings are vital, because how a customer feels about a business ultimately determines the continued relationship; it either bolsters or undermines your credibility, which has a direct impact on your bottom line. These thoughts are even more powerful when customers share them out…
  • Three Ways Communication Will Impact Wellness in 2015

    Jennifer Patel
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Communication is key to driving employee engagement, and an effective communications program is absolutely critical to the ongoing success of any wellness program. When approaching wellness programs, remember each person thinks about it in her own unique way. Technology allows businesses to acquire substantial data and use it to customize and modify programs in real time, but if that data cannot connect on a human level, then it is all for naught. The success of any wellness program depends on an effective and well-thought-out communication plan that seeks to engage employees beyond…
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    Skiddle Event Promotion and Ticket Sales Blog

  • Contacting Our Editorial Team

    Jimmy Coultas
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    Regular readers of the blog will know this already, but we’ve wrote three posts over the past few months which help explain how best to get in touch with our editorial team about feeding us with ideas for our news page and social networks. In case you missed them here they are once more: How to Pitch for News Stories How we use our Social Networks Social Media Competitions
  • Give it Some Welly

    Jimmy Coultas
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    We’ve got a brilliant new scheme lined up for festival season utilising 3D technology to help festival goers stay dry this summer. We’ll be printing up 10000 wellies for mud soaked music enthusiasts this summer and dishing them out for free – full details here. What’s extremely impressive about it is the fantastic blend of materials we are planning oin using – some recent changes in the dynamics of 3D printing mean we can utilise a mix of Poly-Vinyl-Cassette (PVC) and Amplified-Belt-Driven-Slipmat (ABS). Our director Ben Sebborn enthused the following about…
  • The new RapidScan iPhone App

    Ben
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Fast entry for your guests. No more clipboards or printed lists. Less queuing = more people spending at the bar. Skiddle were one of the first ticket outlets to offer a barcoded entry system back in 2005 – our RapidScan system has been hugely successful and used at events across the country, from club nights through to large capacity festivals. Now with the launch of our iPhone app, you can harness the power of RapidScan on your own iPhone or iPad. Here’s an overview of the features: * Verify customers as they enter your event using your iPhone or iPad * Scan RapidScan barcoded…
  • Do you accept credit cards on your event website?

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

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

    Leah Averre-Smith
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Overwhelmed with all the digital technology out there? Don’t have $50,000 to spend on a digital consultant but want to optimize your website? Website optimization goes beyond simply reaching our audience. It’s all about inspiring them to act, click that button, buy — and come back for more. Whether you’re launching or honing your website, this article and video will explore the art of website optimization and best practices. Self Assessing Have you set up goal tracking? This would be tracking the performance of actions visitors take that earn your business money, drive additional…
  • Brother, Can You Spare a Nanosecond? Digital Content Consumption Changes How Marketers Write

    Michael Walton
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    The digital pie is growing fast as people increasingly consume content from screens instead of more traditional mediums. The ubiquity of smartphones and tablets lets us bring an immense world of communication, information—and distractions—almost anywhere we go. Plus, few would argue that real life is simply more complex and moving faster than it was just five short years ago. All of this poses potentially huge challenges for writers hoping to capture readers’ attention and make points that stick. Attention deficits: the disorder of the dayWhen electronic publishing was still in its…
  • Hispanics & Spanish: Cultural Differences = Language Differences

    Syra Villarreal
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Here’s something you may not have thought about: Spanish is different in different Spanish-speaking countries. Don’t assume that because Hispanics speak Spanish, they all speak the same Spanish. Everyday words can have such different meanings within each Hispanic cultural sub-segment that, in the extreme, one group may respond positively while another may do so negatively to the same word. The majority of the language is the same of course, but it is critical to be sure that the words you use have the intended meaning for your particular Spanish-speaking group. According to the 2010 U.S.
  • Breaking Bad: Why Marketers Can (and Should) Bust the Rules of Grammar

    Michael Walton
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    My former English teacher, Miss Thorne, would kill me if she read this, but the rules of grammar are not etched in stone. At one end of the spectrum lie things like academic treatises, which demand the highest attention to grammar. End a sentence in a preposition and your esteemed scientific chums may throw pi in your face. On the other end we have the spoken word. Pause to ensure every subject, verb and predicate is in place and you’ll sound like a robot. Marketing is what marketing doesSomewhere in the middle is the creative alchemy we call marketing, whose raison d’etre is not to…
  • 5 Tips for Using Campaign-Specific Landing Pages

    Leah Averre-Smith
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    You should be using campaign-specific landing pages if your customers are accessing you online by: Clicking from a paid advertisement Clicking on a link in an email Receiving a direct mail piece with a web address on it Hearing a radio ad with a web address Seeing a TV ad or video asking them to go to a web address By creating campaign-specific landing pages, rather than sending a customer to a general web page (and yes, that could be your home page), you are continuing a conversation with your customer. Landing pages with the following elements can increase your conversion rates by up to…
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  • Can I Get Some Customer Service Here?!?!

    James Higgins
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    At the very core of any business that focuses on providing products and / or services there MUST be a focus on customer service… The old adage “the customer is always right” certainly rings true. If you want to keep a strong customer base… a base of customers who always come back for more product and service offerings over and over again then you have to provide top notch customer service. Here are a few steps to ensure that your client feels comforted throughout the sales process… 1.    Be Honest - Be honest and upfront about your capabilities and what costs…
  • Pros and Cons of Personality Assessments

    Jason Pindzia
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Thomas Galvez’s photostream Over the years, I’ve seen more and more employers using personality assessments as part of their hiring process. I’m a big of fan of using them as a supplement to the interview, but some employers are relying too heavily on the results and are rejecting applicants as a consequence of their assessment. Before deciding to use personality assessments as part of your hiring process, there are some pros and cons to consider. Pros of Personality Assessments: •    Strengthens the Interview: A good personality assessment can help hiring…
  • Corporate Uniforms Boost Brand Awareness

    Glenda McCarthy-Gaspar
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    If your Starbucks barista started wearing pajamas to work instead of a trusty black apron, how would your perception of quality and trustworthiness change? Corporate uniforms are a quick way to put forward a united front for customer-facing personnel that represent your company. Whether you’re looking for coveralls, aprons, shirts, or even athletic wear, professional corporate uniforms can be customized extensively. Incorporate your brand’s colors, logo, and personality in the type of uniform you provide to employees. Think about Molly Maid’s blue polo shirts and pink logo (or even on…
  • Discovering and Developing Your Personal Brand

    Michele Cardello
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of markus spiske’s photostream In today’s business world a personal brand is a very powerful tool that is essential to establishing yourself in a very competitive professional landscape. Rapidly changing technology, the proliferation of digital media and the expanding borders of our world make it imperative for you to brand yourself as leader. Here are a few things to think about when discovering what you want your personal brand to be as you begin this important and exciting journey. Be Authentic: When thinking about how to establish your personal brand and then…
  • Communication at Work Improves Everything

    Michelle McCafferty
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Sebastien Wiertz’s photostream “What are you working on?” It’s a simple question that can have big impact. With jam-packed schedules and dozens of to-do’s, some of us might go days at a time focused on just our own work. But it often pays to be curious about what our colleagues are up to. Here are three recent examples of how communication at work changed our approach to big projects. 1.    The gift that keeps on giving. “What are some current examples of innovation in your product line?” This was one of those questions in a big RFP that we knew would…
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  • How To Answer THOSE Interview Questions

    Barry
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    There’s a certain number of questions that get asked by employers at every interview. These questions may seem cliche, but they are as important as ever when it comes to making or breaking your chances of getting hired – knowing how to answer them can be the key to success. What would your manager and colleagues say about you? This question should be seen as an opportunity to sell your skills and promote yourself through others. One way to answer this is to quote your previous/current managers comments from your last appraisal/performance review. By quoting, you’re not in…
  • 6 Ways To Make A Better Office Today

    Barry
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    If you’ve browsed the various articles online that list, what they consider to be, the ‘best offices in the world’, most will have a number of elements in common. This isn’t due to a quirky designer that’s just gone mad with the budget, it’s to improve office productivity, wellbeing and ultimately revenue. There are a number of steps you can take, today, that will make your office environment a better place for your employees to spend their day. As a result, you’ll likely have happier, healthier and more productive and engaged employees, who are…
  • 10 Things You Should Never Say In An Interview

    Barry
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Interviews are a nerve racking experience for the vast majority of us. Don’t make them even more awkward by saying any of the following. 1) “How much annual leave do I get?” Already thinking of time away from your new job eh? Not good. 2) “What is it that your company does again?” “See yourself out!” 3) “I hate my current/previous manager!” Really? So you’ll probably bad mouth this company if you move on from this job?! 4) “My biggest weakness is that I am a perfectionist” No it’s not, be honest. 5) “I was…
  • The Little Things That Can Influence Your Success

    Barry
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    There are many little behavioural traits that, if we can control or even just be aware of, can be the keys to success. Often subconscious, they include our movements, expressions or ways in which we react in certain situations that can affect how well we do in our careers and professional relationships. Your decision-making skills In the study ‘Thought Calibration: How Thinking Just the Right Amount Increases One’s Influence and Appeal’ it was found that the way in which someone make decisions affects those observing them and their willingness to be influenced by…
  • 10 Grown Up Uses For Lego In The Office

    Barry
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Now one of the most valuable and well-known brands in the world, and for good reason, Lego’s not just for kids anymore. With a little ingenuity it can be used to make our lives easier and more fun at work too! Lego vase for your office plant(s) Lego USB stick Lego device charger stand Lego ideas board Lego phone holder Lego wall calendar Lego cable tidy Lego PC tower Lego desk tidy Lego productivity tool Sources: collegehumor.com viralnova.com californiahomedesign.com sugru.com lifehacker.com hongkiat.com design-milk.com instructables.com techeblog.com The post 10 Grown Up Uses For Lego…
 
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  • Convene v. 4.2: Voting Options, Two-Factor Authentication, and Other Enhancements

    Alexandrea Roman
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:49 am
    It’s always a top priority for us to make Convene a better board portal solution, so we’re happy to announce that we just released version 4.2 on March 24, Tuesday. This release includes enhancements for both directors and administrators. For Directors We now enabled the agenda number to display multiple sub-items. We also improved security by adding a two-step verification process that checks if the device used upon signing in is registered to the right user account. For Administrators For administrators, we improved system Continue Reading » The post Convene v. 4.2: Voting…
  • She Means Business: Inspiring Women CEOs and Leaders Share Their Keys to Success

    Angel Britanico
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Biologist Thomas Huxley once said, “The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” This sentiment rings true in the lives of every present-day working woman, who climbs up the corporate ladder while also looking out for their families and their own well-being. Throughout history, media messages coupled with social, cultural and economic influences popularized the idea of women who waited to be swept off Continue Reading » The post She Means Business: Inspiring Women CEOs and…
  • What HP’s Virtual Annual Shareholder Meeting Means for Remote Meetings

    Alexandrea Roman
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    Remote enterprise meetings have been around for a while now, but the business world still went abuzz when Hewlett Packard (HP) announced on Feb. 4 that its annual shareholder meeting (held on March 18) would be a purely online event. HP is the largest company so far to host a virtual annual shareholder meeting, so people are rightfully wondering if this move will set a trend among other companies. One would think this news would be met with excitement because of Continue Reading » The post What HP’s Virtual Annual Shareholder Meeting Means for Remote Meetings appeared first on…
  • Our Experience at the ICBA Community Banking LIVE in Orlando, Florida

    Alasdair Mangham
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:46 pm
    This week, we attended our first ever conference in the United States, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) Live at the Gaylord Convention Center in Floridas. The exhibition was on a different scale compared to anything that we had attended before, and it’s also one of the best organised events we have been to. Normally, I would approach the first site of an exhibition booth with some trepidation — concerned that half the items we ordered won’t be there Continue Reading » The post Our Experience at the ICBA Community Banking LIVE in Orlando, Florida appeared…
  • NHF Board Members’ Conference and Exhibition Notes – Waking Up the Board

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

  • Risky SEO Techniques to be Avoided

    karan singh chauhan
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Each day, more and more businesses jump into the fold of building a website from scratch because the lure of ecommerce is now too obvious to ignore. SEO or search engine optimization is the process of making a website show up more prominently in people’s queries online. Ideally, you want to achieve do SEO through [...] The post Risky SEO Techniques to be Avoided appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • 10+ Useful Pinterest SEO Tips For Marketers

    karan singh chauhan
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    As you all knows Pinterest is all about sharing and Pinning beautiful images online, now a days this social bookmaking website is growing very fast. So today I came up with Top 10 Useful Pinterest SEO tips for the Marketers to drive traffic and engage online. Although Pinterest is an image based social sharing site [...] The post 10+ Useful Pinterest SEO Tips For Marketers appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • Myths About Project Management Busted By Hard Facts (Infographic)

    karan singh chauhan
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Infographic brought to you by Wrike – Online group collaboration The post Myths About Project Management Busted By Hard Facts (Infographic) appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • 1st April Fool’s Day Pranks, Jokes/Text, SMS

    karan singh chauhan
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Hey friends, today with the help of this post, I would like to share some jokes, pranks, gigs on 1st April. As we all know that 1st April is the day of making fun with friends and family. It is the day when people pranks and jokes and making fool to others. Here we are [...] The post 1st April Fool’s Day Pranks, Jokes/Text, SMS appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • How to Make Money with Video Sharing Sites?

    karan singh chauhan
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    Wanna Make Money Uploading Videos on Video Sharing Websites, If Yes then must read this article. Now a Days many Bloggers are making hell lot of money $$$ with just creating and sharing videos on popular Video Streaming Sites. Since videos and images can get viral any time, all you need is some social, creativity [...] The post How to Make Money with Video Sharing Sites? appeared first on Blogging Ways.
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    Export Compliance Journal

  • The New “Specially Designed” Definition: Speed Dating for Export Classification

    Gary D. Hagen, Export Control Manager, 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…
  • Who Can Play Ball? OFAC Regulations and the National Pastime

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

    Staff Writer
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    When your company gears up to start developing ITAR/USML controlled technology projects, it’s time for your compliance group to hunker down over those internal export compliance procedures— not just restricted/denied party screening and classification—and go through those ITAR compliance checklists, to get the project team members all humming the same ITAR technology transfer compliance tune. With the sincere hope that many of these tips are already in place within your company, here is a short list of 5 major ways that your ITAR compliance group can help prevent technology transfer…
 
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    P1 e-Social

  • Top Seven Technology Needs For First-Time Job Seekers

    P1 Buddy
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    First-time job seekers are usually university graduates who are ready to set sail in search of a career path. For them, the perception of working life may be different compared to the reality. The process may be daunting to those who do not have a clear direction. A polished resume […] The post Top Seven Technology Needs For First-Time Job Seekers appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Top Five Things You Didn’t Know About MiFi

    P1 Buddy
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    MiFi is an abbreviation for Mobile WiFi that was introduced by a company called Novatel Wireless. MiFi functions as a portable modem that provides multiple connections at any one time.   Here are top five things that you didn’t know about MiFi: Connectivity, MiFi, Wireless, Multiple Connections, Technology Connection speed MiFi […] The post Top Five Things You Didn’t Know About MiFi appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Power Your Business With P1

    P1 Buddy
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:47 am
    Power Your Business With P1. Regardless of the size of your business, P1 offers service solutions suited to your needs. Here are a few plans to consider to power your business with p1. Suitable for SOHO, SME, Enterprise, Internet Plans. P1 Business Solutions   Regardless of the size of your […] The post Power Your Business With P1 appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Cool Gadgets Of The Future

    P1 Buddy
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:56 am
    An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process, which includes improvement on an existing machine. Emerging technology has continuously introduced us to new products, trends, and services. Innovation in technology has enabled inventors to entice us with inventions that make our lives more convenient. Some of […] The post Cool Gadgets Of The Future appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • TIME IRONMAN 70.3, Putrajaya

    P1 Buddy
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    Established in 2003, the IRONMAN Foundation has paved the way as a platform to support various athletic communities and non-profit organizations around the world. The IRONMAN Foundation provides an opportunity for athletes to contribute charitable support to a variety of local non-profit organizations that recognize citizens in need and benefit […] The post TIME IRONMAN 70.3, Putrajaya appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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    B2B Inbound Marketer Blog

  • Business Benefits of a Virtual Demand Centre

    Bianka Banova
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The effective balancing of marketing resources within middle sized and enterprise organisations is a daunting task. According to recent research, on average organisations restructure their marketing resources every 2.5 years with often little to no gain from this effort. Such restructuring could cause headaches for entire departments and create more problems than it was meant to solve.  The bigger and more globally dispersed an organisation is, the more you hear the question of whether resources ought to be centralised or decentralised. The major reason restructuring efforts tend to be…
  • Happy Easter

    Mila Staneva
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Now that Easter has passed, you might think all the eggs have been found and the egg hunts are over. We would like to invite you to think again. Here at Demodia, we like to think that egg hunts are fun. Marketing and egg hunts have one thing in common: the search to find a prize before someone else does. Of course, with egg hunts the challenge easier, because you know what you are looking for. Make your marketing as easy as a child's play We cordially invite you to join our post-Easter Egg Hunt. Find the lost eggs around the Demodia website and you will be rewarded. You probably have enough…
  • A Sales Rep And A Marketer Walk Into A Bar...

    Mila Staneva
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    A long time ago we published a blog post hypothesising on a similar situation: a sales representative and a marketer walking into a bar,  but the question we asked was: who pays for the drinks?  Today I want to tell you how to use your professional skills to get a free drink. It's an open secret that sales and marketing are the reason for office parties: getting those to departments to align is a challenge for every organization. Now we even deal with sales enablement: what marketers should do to ease sales' tasks. There is strong link between sales and marketing, just one…
  • Guides 101

    Mila Staneva
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
      Guides For People Who Want To Grow WHY? Information is power. Power to learn, do and grow. Guides.co is a social platform that will give you the chance to share the expertise you have and learn from others. It is a place where people meet to grow and help others to grow. The team behind Guides believes that publishing has been dehumanised and content has become just another item to be consumed by the masses. This hurts both the author and the reader: the author doesn't get feedback, while the reader cannot interact with the author and ask all the questions that need to be asked. Guides…
  • Content Marketing Roundup

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

  • (comic) The Human Boss

    Seth N. Goldrath
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:42 pm
    The ABC of corporate life The post (comic) The Human Boss appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • The Secret List To Success – Is An Ancient Manuscript The Key To Everything We Know In Management?

    Seth N. Goldrath
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    The ABC of corporate life Is a well guarded ancient manuscript the key to everything we know in Management? Does Change Management follow certain rules? Knowing the principles described in this manuscript will make you an instant expert. For managers, it is a blue-print for change. For workers, it describes exactly what to expect when the new round of  changes […] The post The Secret List To Success – Is An Ancient Manuscript The Key To Everything We Know In Management? appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • Conflict Management for Managers and Supervisors

    Seth N. Goldrath
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The ABC of corporate life Conflict Management for Managers and Supervisors All managers and supervisors should be able to recognize and deal with conflicts in the workplace. This includes those that are in progress and it includes knowing how to deal with a conflict before it actually becomes one. As a supervisor you should recognize that you are, in fact, […] The post Conflict Management for Managers and Supervisors appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • How Do You Rate Your Conflict Management Skills?

    Seth N. Goldrath
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    The ABC of corporate life How Do You Rate Your Conflict Management Skills? No matter where you go in life or who you meet conflicts are bound to happen. They are just part of life and there is no point in denying that. A conflict is different to an argument or fight. Having the right skills to deal with a […] The post How Do You Rate Your Conflict Management Skills? appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • 7 Tips For Leadership and Conflict Management Skills

    Seth N. Goldrath
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:26 pm
    The ABC of corporate life 7 Tips For Leadership and Conflict Management Skills Do you take a leadership role at work on in a group setting? If so then you no doubt have experienced the world of conflicts. Having to deal with conflicts is not always an easy task even for experienced leaders. In a work environment you are faced […] The post 7 Tips For Leadership and Conflict Management Skills appeared first on iCorpLife.
 
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