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  • The countdown: Health Care Reform and what it means to America

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    If you take politics out of the equation, and analyze the new healthcare reforms introduced by president Obama, you can see that the idea is positive. Making health insurance affordable is a great step. ObamaCare, as the healthcare reforms have been come to be known, was at the center of much debate and controversy.Here’s a simple explanationof the situation from With the Open Enrollment date approaching for the officially titled Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) drawing near, here’s a look at some key factors of this landmark legislation. The law. The…
  • AWS Public IP Address Ranges Now Available in JSON Form

    Amazon Web Services Blog
    Jeff Barr
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Many of our customers have asked us for a detailed list of the IP address ranges assigned to and used by AWS. While the use cases vary from customer to customer, they generally involve firewalls and other forms of network access controls. In the past we have met this need by posting human-readable information to the EC2, S3, SNS, and CloudFront Forums. IP Ranges in JSON Form I am happy to announce that this information is now available in JSON form at The information in this file is generated from our internal system-of-record and is…
  • An Open Letter to Marcel the Shell with Shoes on
    Sarah Layton
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Note: If you haven’t seen the video gem that is “MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON” (and that’s the full official name), you should watch this before perusing this open letter to Marcel. Here is the recently released part three:   Dear Marcel, We were totally thrilled to see your latest interview posted on YouTube, but we’re a little concerned about some of your lifestyle choices. We are hoping you might benefit from learning about a couple of Red Cross resources, if you’ll give us a minute of your time. When thunder roars, go indoors! Marcel, I’m…
  • Thanksgiving 2014: A perfect time to hit the road

    On the Go with Amy
    Amy Graff
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Getting on a plane and flying across the country to visit relatives can be a nightmare at Thanksgiving. Hollywood did an excellent job of conveying that in the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Why bother dealing with delayed, even cancelled, planes. What's more this year, Turkey Day travel is bound to be hectic with Ebola checks and another Polar Vortex potentially hitting the East Coast. This might be the year to stick around home and explore drivable destinations.Here are five mini road trip ideas from major cities across the United States. The day after Thanksgiving, pack the kids in…
  • Bigelow Tea Celebrates Family Stories Month With Cindi and Eunice Bigelow

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sit back, relax, and brew your favorite Bigelow Tea because it’s Family Stories Month. With the weather growing colder and a mug of Salted Caramel Tea to keep you warm, this is the time to learn more about your family. Who knows, maybe Dad has a crazy story you haven’t heard yet! Here’s a family story from Bigelow Tea employee J. David Silva, Sr., who has turned health and wellness into a family affair. Together, he and his family decided to kick-start their commitment to health. Each person kept track of their workouts in a journal to be discussed as a family on Saturdays,…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • The countdown: Health Care Reform and what it means to America

    Byron Udell
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    If you take politics out of the equation, and analyze the new healthcare reforms introduced by president Obama, you can see that the idea is positive. Making health insurance affordable is a great step. ObamaCare, as the healthcare reforms have been come to be known, was at the center of much debate and controversy.Here’s a simple explanationof the situation from With the Open Enrollment date approaching for the officially titled Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) drawing near, here’s a look at some key factors of this landmark legislation. The law. The…
  • If You Had or Have Breast Cancer, Can You Still Get Life Insurance? (Hint: You'll be Surprised!)

    Byron Udell
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  There’s pink all over—in NFL games; on the streets; in the windows of buildings; and even in our office, where I’ve seen some pink streaks of hair (!).  I’m all for it.  If you read this blog, you know I feel strongly that Life Insurance Awareness Month (September), Long Term Care Awareness Month (right around the corner in November), and Disability Insurance Awareness Month (May) are very worthwhile initiatives, but they should not stop us from promoting and recognizing the importance of these vital products during the rest of the year as…
  • If You Don’t Think You Need Long Term Care Insurance, Think Again

    Byron Udell
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Unless you are really, really broke or really, really rich, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll need some sort of long term care (LTC).If you’re extremely wealthy or dirt poor, go ahead and abandon this blog post (but come back in a week or so for the next one!). But for those who fall in the very large middle of those two categories—that’s almost everyone, by the way—you’ll want to keep reading. Who needs long term care? The short answer to this question is most of us. No one wants to think about getting old, wearing diapers, and not being able to go through life without…
  • In My World, EVERY Month Is Life Insurance Awareness Month

    Byron Udell
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    According to Life Happens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers make smart insurance decisions to safeguard their families’ financial futures and a great resource for information, September is Life Insurance Awareness Month.It’s nice to raise awareness for the most important product mankind ever invented (if you disagree and want to debate this, email me at!), but the fact is if we are only thinking about life insurance one month out of every year, we’re in trouble. I find the best way to explain the value and importance of life insurance is…
  • A Baby Boomer’s Education about Baby Boomers

    Byron Udell
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    In the back to school swirl that we’re in, I thought I’d teach the readers of this blog about a group I’m very familiar with: Baby Boomers.  How familiar?  Well, I am one!  At 56, I’m a full fledge Boomer! Many people don’t even know what defines a Boomer, how large a group we are, or what we’re all about.  Well, let’s change that. Here’s a quick education on my people (stats courtesy of - Baby Boomers are defined as those born between 1946, the end of World War II, and 1964 (I came into this world in 1958!) - There are currently about 77 million Boomers in this…
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • AWS Public IP Address Ranges Now Available in JSON Form

    Jeff Barr
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Many of our customers have asked us for a detailed list of the IP address ranges assigned to and used by AWS. While the use cases vary from customer to customer, they generally involve firewalls and other forms of network access controls. In the past we have met this need by posting human-readable information to the EC2, S3, SNS, and CloudFront Forums. IP Ranges in JSON Form I am happy to announce that this information is now available in JSON form at The information in this file is generated from our internal system-of-record and is…
  • New APN (AWS Partner Network) Blog

    Jeff Barr
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    The AWS Partner Network (APN) is a rapidly growing ecosystem of Consulting and Technology partners. These partners push the boundaries of what can be done with cloud computing by creating and bringing value-added solutions to their customers. Our goal is to continue to support the APN partners as they work to build successful businesses on the AWS platform. As our ecosystem grows, we continue to launch new programs, benefits, and content for APN Partners via the AWS Partner Network (APN). New APN Blog Today we are launching a new AWS Partner Network Blog that will serve as a central source…
  • Amazon AppStream Update - Access Windows Apps on Chromebooks, MacBooks, Kindle Fires, and More

    Jeff Barr
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:37 pm
    AppStream can provide our customers with easier access to the tools they need on a wider range of devices than in the past. Ray MilhemVP of Enterprise Solutions at ANSYS When I first wrote about Amazon AppStream last year, I described the AppStream APIs and showed you how to use them to modify an existing application to give it the ability to stream output to a wide variety of output devices. The AppStream SDK can be used to build customized streaming experiences that integrate local and remote applications in a unified fashion. As an example of what can be done when AppStream is used in this…
  • Amazon Zocalo Update - Mobile Apps + 5 TB Files

    Jeff Barr
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    I have a couple of pieces of good news for current and potential users of Amazon Zocalo. Both items are available now and you can start using them today. Zocalo Mobile Apps You can use our new mobile apps to access Zocalo on your iPhone or Android device using your corporate credentials. You can work offline, make comments, and securely share documents while you are in the air or on the go! The Android app is available on the Kindle and Google Play stores. The iPhone app is in the iOS AppStore. Here's what the Android version of the app looks like: And here's the iPhone version of the app:…
  • CloudSearch Update - Price Reduction, Hebrew & Japanese Support, Partitioning, CloudTrail

    Jeff Barr
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I've got some good news for current and potential users of Amazon CloudSearch. As you may already know, CloudSearch is a a fully-managed service that makes it easy to setup, operate, and scale a search service for your website or application. If you use CloudSearch, you will benefit from a price reduction, additional language support, and control over domain partitioning (we released these features earlier this year but I didn't have a chance to blog about them at that time). You can also take advantage of the recently released support for AWS CloudTrail. Price Reduction An ever-increasing…
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  • An Open Letter to Marcel the Shell with Shoes on

    Sarah Layton
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Note: If you haven’t seen the video gem that is “MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON” (and that’s the full official name), you should watch this before perusing this open letter to Marcel. Here is the recently released part three:   Dear Marcel, We were totally thrilled to see your latest interview posted on YouTube, but we’re a little concerned about some of your lifestyle choices. We are hoping you might benefit from learning about a couple of Red Cross resources, if you’ll give us a minute of your time. When thunder roars, go indoors! Marcel, I’m…
  • A Millennial Gives a Thumbs Up to New Social Giving Survey

    Hillary Stroud
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    I’m just going to come out and say what I sometimes feel I’m generally judged for. I’m a millennial! I text while I walk; I Snapchat a selfie; I express my emotional sorrow in an emoji; and I even shamelessly check the number of hearts I receive on Instagram. But you know what? Today I’m going to be okay with this because a recent American Red Cross poll confirms there’s actually a lot of potential in using social media for good, especially when it comes to giving to charity. Alas, the world in which millennials live is supportive and giving! (Proving we’re not just a bunch of…
  • Fire in the Hole! (erm, Kitchen!)

    Sarah Layton
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Thanks to one free week of Hulu Plus, I spent my Saturday evening doing all sorts of wonderful things. Namely, starting season 1, episode 1 of The Mindy Project. As happens to most Red Crossers, relevant safety lessons jump out of pop culture around every corner. Let’s take a moment to glean some critical fire safety lessons from season 1, episode 6 (yes, I made it that far in one night, no judgement please). In this particular episode, Mindy’s boyfriend makes her a seemingly lovely Thanksgiving meal – tilapia. Prepared on a panini grill (one of 6 he apparently uses to cook…
  • Monsters!!!

    Erin Ferris
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Earlier this month the American Red Cross launched a brand new preparedness app called Monster Guard, the goal of which is to help children between the ages of 7 and 11 learn how to prevent emergencies and respond to natural and manmade disasters. I happen to have an 8-year-old son, so this past weekend I downloaded the app, handed my phone to Will, and asked him to check it out. Here’s what 8-year-old Will and I had to say about Monster Guard! The motto of the Monster Guard Academy is “Learn, Practice, Share”, so under the tutelage of the Academy’s top secret leader, players first…
  • Veterans Day 2014: Then and Now

    Sarah Layton
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The American Red Cross has long had a unique relationship with the military. Today, we provide services like emergency communications and resiliency training. But did you know we pioneered the development of psychiatric nursing programs at veterans hospitals, made artificial limbs and helped rehabilitate amputees and blinded veterans during World War I? How about the recreation workers (“Donut Dollies”) serving in Vietnam? Hop over to to see a side-by-side comparison of how our services have met the changing needs of the military over the years, ever since the…
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    On the Go with Amy

  • Thanksgiving 2014: A perfect time to hit the road

    Amy Graff
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Getting on a plane and flying across the country to visit relatives can be a nightmare at Thanksgiving. Hollywood did an excellent job of conveying that in the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Why bother dealing with delayed, even cancelled, planes. What's more this year, Turkey Day travel is bound to be hectic with Ebola checks and another Polar Vortex potentially hitting the East Coast. This might be the year to stick around home and explore drivable destinations.Here are five mini road trip ideas from major cities across the United States. The day after Thanksgiving, pack the kids in…
  • 3 hotels where you can find sun — even in the winter

    Amy Graff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Anyone looking for some sun? Here are three hotels where you can soak up some rays, lie by the pool and get a tan even in the middle of winter.1) Best Western Fort Walton Beachfront, Fl.Could the decor in the lobby of this hotel be any cuter? The playful colors--flamingo pink, key lime pie green, ocean blue--recall those days in the 1960s when travelers were just discovering Florida's impossibly white beaches, turquoise waters, and fragrant orange groves. Better yet, this stylish property sits on a beach with sand that's like white sugar. 2) Best Western Beachside Inn, Santa Barbara,…
  • The best DIY travel-themed Halloween costume ideas

    Amy Graff
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Are you a traveler at heart? Show off your true passion on Halloween by putting together a travel-themed Halloween costume. We've tracked down some of the most fun and clever ideas for you and they're all costumes that you can put together yourself. Just as you have to plan ahead for your travels, you have to plan ahead for Halloween. Flight Attendant CostumeYou'll be flying high dressed as a flight attendant. (photography by Suzie Reecer)Inspired by the old-school Pan Am flight attendant uniforms, this costume requires a red or blue pencil skirt, white blouse, silk scarf, a smart pair of…
  • Fun and silly way to see San Francisco? Ride the Ducks!

    Amy Graff
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    One of the best — and most entertaining — ways to see San Francisco is on a Ride the Ducks tour, which you can pick up in Fisherman's Wharf.On these wild and raucous tours, a group of tourists load into a World War II amphibious landing craft that whirls around the city past the top sights and then drops into San Francisco Bay, offering breathtaking views of the skyline.Along the way a high-energy tour guide—who either drank eight cups of Starbucks before coming into work or is a close relative of Richard Simmons—shares facts about the city, plays high-energy music and cracks jokes…
  • Summer movie spots: Traveling to the settings of blockbusters

    Amy Graff
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    People from all over the world flock to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.Yes, Los Angeles dazzles with it's Hollywood charm. Everywhere you turn, you see a landmark (or a person) that appeared on the big screen. But across America, many other cities and towns have starred in blockbusters, from Astoria, Ore., where Kindergarten Cop and Goonies were filmed, to Philadelphia that's known for the Rocky movies, all six of them.PhiladelphiaMany of the scenes from the popular series of boxing movies—always a hit with teens—were filmed in Philly. In Rocky 2, Rocky proposes to Adrian at…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Bigelow Tea Celebrates Family Stories Month With Cindi and Eunice Bigelow

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sit back, relax, and brew your favorite Bigelow Tea because it’s Family Stories Month. With the weather growing colder and a mug of Salted Caramel Tea to keep you warm, this is the time to learn more about your family. Who knows, maybe Dad has a crazy story you haven’t heard yet! Here’s a family story from Bigelow Tea employee J. David Silva, Sr., who has turned health and wellness into a family affair. Together, he and his family decided to kick-start their commitment to health. Each person kept track of their workouts in a journal to be discussed as a family on Saturdays,…
  • Bigelow Tea Fall Harvest Sweepstakes Winners Announced

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
      We are so excited to announce the Bigelow Fall Harvest Sweepstakes Winners.  Please allow up to 3 weeks to hear from Bigelow Tea to confirm you are a winner and to get your full mailing address. Thanks so much everyone for participating and please do have a wonderful Fall!   Congrats winners: Eva from Florida Adella from Louisiana Tina from North Carolina Michelle from Ohio Kirsten from Washington Connie from Ohio
  • Bigelow Tea Embraces America Made Matters Day With A Mug Of Bigelow Tea!

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    America Made Matters Day, celebrated on November 19th, is dedicated to highlighting the positive impact that buying American-made products has on local and US economies. Bigelow Tea sees American Made Matters Day as a chance to showcase the power of the American consumer and embrace the positive impact that manufacturing has on jobs, product safety and the environment. These issues are all dear to the hardworking home-team  and community of Bigelow Tea. It’s why Bigelow Tea keeps it real as a 3rd generation family-owned company, producing fantastic tea blends that are all…
  • Bigelow Tea Celebrates Holiday Giving With A Novus Tea Sweepstakes!

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Hey Bigelow Tea fans, ready for some holiday sweepstakes cheer? Twelve lucky winners will take home this Novus Gift Box featuring three popular Novus tea flavors.  Each lovely box with magnetic closure contains 36 pyramid-shaped sachets enveloping full-leaf teas from the finest tea estates. That’s right, enjoy the exquisite flavor of loose tea with the convenience of a tea bag! The uniquely designed tea sachet allows the delicate tea leaves to unfurl completely for full flavor extraction. To give or keep this special tea gift for yourself? Ah, the choice is yours! Here’s the…
  • Bigelow Tea’s Thanksgiving Sweepstakes Is Almost Over!

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Thankfully, there’s still time to enter to win this Fall Harvest basket filled with 152 assorted Bigelow Tea flavors! Just head right to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, “like” the page and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo or on the side of the page, and follow the entry instructions. Easy, right? Just be sure to enter by midnight EST on Nov. 17th, and you could be one of six lucky winners! Your prize features a 21″x 11″ x 11″ wicker cornucopia brimming with a huge variety of black, green and herb tea flavors that are sure to…
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    Cisco Blog » The Platform

  • Creating a More Secure Internet

    Padmasree Warrior
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Trust is a fundamental requirement for people to use the Internet with confidence, and Cisco continues to find opportunities to [...]
  • Cisco Shares Workforce Diversity Data

    Francine Katsoudas
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    In Cisco’s 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report released today, you will find a more complete perspective on the gender, ethnicity, and seniority make up of our [...]
  • Cisco Releases Tenth Annual CSR Report

    Tae Yoo
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I am pleased to announce that Cisco has released its tenth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report . The 2014 Cisco CSR Report outlines our strategy to use our [...]
  • Innovation Can Come From Anywhere

    Padmasree Warrior
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Innovation can be an overused word, but it’s a hot topic for a reason. The pace of change compels businesses, [...]
  • How I Manage a $4B Business from my Phone

    Rowan Trollope
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    I don’t use my laptop to run my business. It’s not that I don’t like my laptop. It’s just that [...]
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    How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma

  • Issues with your washer's bleach dispenser?

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Q:  My washing machine has a bleach dispenser and I washed all of my whites and put in about ½ of a cup. They came out fine, but I had a load of towels to wash afterwards. They came out with bleach stains all over them. So my question is, how do I use bleach for just one cycle and keep the bleach from ruining anything I wash after? And how will I make sure it is all gone for the next load I want to wash so that nothing gets destroyed? A: Having a washer and dryer in your home is such a big life improvement—congratulations!  I’m sorry to hear about what happened to your towels—it…
  • Clorox® Regular-Bleach should be replaced every year and stored as directed for optimum performance.

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Q. How old is my bottle of Clorox Bleach, how should it be stored, and what is the shelf life? A. It’s important to keep track of how old a bottle of bleach is because it doesn’t last forever! The way to identify the age of a bottle (people don’t always remember when they bought it!) is to use the production code stamped on the neck of the bottle. Let’s use A81421321CA3 for an example. To find the date the product was made, you read it from left to right and use the first 7 characters as follows: Plant Number—Last two digits of year made—Day of the year made          A8  …
  • #TBT His Favorite Shirt

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Maybe it starts when they are kids, wearing the same favorite shirt over and over wishing it would last (or at least fit) forever.  My husband has a favorite shirt that he’s been wearing for a while now.  By a while, we are talking over 10 years!  I’ve even got a picture of him with our daughter in 2003 giving two thumbs up to an awesome recycling set up! When we went to the pumpkin patch this last weekend, I realized he was wearing it (again!).  Of course they had recycling bins—what a great opportunity to recreate the original picture.  Considering that he’s had it for over 10…
  • How to remove stains from polyester garments

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Q: My hubby gets food stains on these shirts, and I have been using "De Solv It" spray.  I have now noticed that his two white shirts have picked up all-over shadowy like stains.  How can I get rid of these? A:  To restore shirts if they are dingy, there are a few things you could try.  For 100% polyester white shirts, they actually can be washed with Clorox(r) Regular-Bleach, and you can start with a presoak.  Add 3 Tablespoons Clorox Regular-Bleach to 1 gallon cool water and stir.  Add the shirts, fully submerging them, and let them soak for 5 minutes.  Drain the soaking solution and…
  • Tips on how to remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Q: How do I remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains from a shirt? A: This is a classic combination stain, so it’s best to work on the oily component first, because you need to break up the oil before any bleach product can go after the colored component.  It’s also important to start work on the stain when it is dry, so don’t rinse it!  Start by applying a few drops of a good liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for hand washing dishes) directly to the stain and let it soak in.  Wait 5 minutes, and then rinse the stained area with a little warm water.  Next,…
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  • A Security + Big Data Approach to Non-Human Traffic Removal

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Security Methods and NHT in Online AdvertisingAt a high level, security is based on considering how adversaries might attack and then building defenses to address potential vulnerabilities.  Comprehensive removal of NHT begins by understanding the spectrum of threats in the online ad ecosystem. It is critical to be broad-minded in this effort and to recognize that adversaries are constantly developing new NHT traffic generation capabilities.There has been a good deal of publicity on the threats posed by bots (a bot is a compromised host system under the control of a third party) that are…
  • Setting Campaign Delivery Expectations

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Industry benchmarks can be used to help set delivery expectations and provide a powerful indicator of relative campaign performance.In Europe, comScore vCE Benchmarks revealed overall average in-target rates range from 52% in France to 41% in the UK. This means that across all campaigns in the normative data set, 52% of the impressions reached the intended target audience in France and 41% reached the intended target in the UK. In vCE, target audience is categorized based on the primary target selection, which is self-designated during campaign setup.The most important cause of variation with…
  • As Ad Viewability Gains Importance across the Globe, ABC UK Gives comScore Stamp of Approval on Viewability Measurement

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    It is also gratifying to note that the ABC report validates comScore’s commitment to excellence with respect to measurement and detection technology, across a broad range of browsers and circumstances. As you can see, we think the results speak for themselves: As digital advertising marketplaces around the world migrate to the viewable impression as currency of exchange, the fact that different measurement providers might report differing results has become a pain point for both buyers and sellers. Not all providers are created equal—indeed, not all certified providers are created equal--…
  • Progressing Toward a Human GRP in Digital

    3 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Six years later we are living and breathing the realities of a multi-platform universe, where the need for metrics that are comparable across media has become essential for effective, holistic media planning and evaluation. This argues for the continued use of reach, frequency, and GRP metrics in digital campaign evaluation, but it also means that buyers and sellers require consistency in how these metrics are derived across media platforms.By now we’re all familiar with the implications of incorporating viewability into the currency definition when buying and selling digital impressions;…
  • Facebook Messenger Climbs Mobile App Rankings After Unbundling from the Big Blue App

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Google – aided in part by its ownership of the Android platform -- has perhaps the most expansive and far-reaching constellation of apps, with YouTube, Google Play, Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail all ranking among the top 15  mobile apps and all serving vastly different customer needs. Altogether, app constellations (defined here as a company with at least three apps) account for 13 of the top 15 mobile apps (Google with five, Facebook with three, Apple with two, Yahoo with two, and Amazon with one) and 22 of the top 50. Why are media companies increasingly pursuing the…
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    Daimler-Blog: Einblicke in einen Konzern

  • Ein Praxiseinsatz im „Silicon Valley Indiens“

    Tobias Hascher
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    Es hat sich gelohnt – die vielen E-Mails und Telefonate, Impfungen, Buchungen und der Visumprozess. Der Aufwand war es wert, um beim MBRDI (Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India Pvt. Ltd.) in Bangalore einen Praxiseinsatz von acht Wochen zu absolvieren. Als Ulmer-Modell-Student bei der EvoBus GmbH studiere ich Fahrzeugelektronik an der Hochschule Ulm und arbeite in den Semesterferien in verschiedenen Abteilungen der Entwicklung. Dabei ermöglicht EvoBus seinen dualen Studenten, für einen Praxiseinsatz ins Ausland zu gehen und trägt diesen Aufenthalt auch finanziell. Diese Chance…
  • Mehr als Blechbüchsen – Auf der Spur des „Next Big Thing“

    Ludwig Maul
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    Linus Pauling sagte einmal: „Der beste Weg, eine gute Idee zu haben, ist es, viele Ideen zu haben“: Genau das erleben wir als 30 Teilnehmer am 29. Oktober 2014 im „Business Innovation Workshop for Daimler Talents“ hautnah. Denn an diesem Tag kommen wir als CAReer-Trainees, DHBW-Studenten und eingeladene Gäste auf dem Mobility Campus in Leinfelden-Echterdingen zur Weiterentwicklung neuer Ideen für zukünftige Geschäftsfelder zusammen. Bereits beim Blick auf die Agenda wird mir klar: Heute wird sich keiner nur zurücklehnen können. Raymond Chow, unser Gastgeber, begrüßt und stellt…
  • Vom Autofreak zur Verfahrensmechanikerin

    Nicole Fritsche
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    Während meiner Ausbildung zur Verfahrensmechanikerin für Beschichtungstechnik war ich durch meine Tätigkeit als Jugend- und Auszubildendenvertreterin (JAV) auch vorher schon auf einigen Seminaren. Doch das Jugend-II-Seminar war etwas Besonderes für mich. Hier war ich das erste Mal auf mich allein gestellt. Ich kannte niemanden, bis auf einen Kollegen vom Ortsjugendausschuss der IG Metall Bremen. Außerdem ging kein Seminar zuvor zwölf Tage und war so weit weg von meinem Zuhause und meinen Freunden. Zudem war ich mir in der Zeit nicht sicher, ob ich mein Amt als JAV noch weiter ausüben…
  • ESW-AV 300 – Abschied vom alten Stern

    Bertram Orth
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:09 am
    Bereits zwei Mal konnte man an dieser Stelle etwas über meinen ESW-AV 300 lesen. Dies sind aber nun die allerletzten Zeilen über diesen Stern – zumindest aus meiner Feder. Im Jahre 2000 kreuzte ein Mercedes Typ 124, 300 E, 6 Zylinder und 180 PS meinen Weg. Bereits mehrere Wochen war ich bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt auf sehr erfolgloser Suche, bis ein Hinweis mich erreichte, dass ein Stern, welcher meinem Anforderungsprofil entsprach, in Bamberg zu finden sei. Termin anberaumt und zum Sternen-Händler gefahren  und mir dort mein zukünftiges Fahrzeug vorstellen lassen. Ich sah ihn und wusste…
  • Roller Derby: als Schiedsrichter bei starken Frauen

    Marcus Günter
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    Mein Name ist Marcus Günter, ich arbeite für die Daimler Protics GmbH zusammen mit Daimler Kollegen in vielen interessanten Projektteams, vom Mitarbeiter-Portal bis zur Fahrzeug-Telematik.In meiner Freizeit bin ich Teil eines außergewöhnlichen Sportvereins. Ich bin Schiedsrichter und Trainer für die „Stuttgart Valley Rollergirls“. Der ersten Roller Derby Mannschaft Deutschlands. Wenn man von Roller Derby spricht, schauen die meisten erst einmal verwirrt. Unterhaltungen drehen sich immer um die gleichen Fragen. “Gibt es da einen Ball?” “Ist das wie in dem Film, wie hieß er doch…
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • Life, Death, Tragedy

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    One thing that I DID NOT expect in leading a larger and larger team is that you get really exposed to the full cycle of life much more every day. You get to see things that are inspiringly positive:   I met a whole pile of associates joining EMC for the first time as their first job, and their excitement and energy was inspiring! I met the south-east asia team in Singpore and loved their passion. I just found out on Monday that one of our best SEs (Nga Nguyen) and great friend is pregnant for the first time - and it made me smile and think of when my first daughter was born.   Nga - you…
  • EMC Innovation Conference #8

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    In a previous post I mentioned that EMC has a large number of communities that generate data about the state of innovation at EMC. Perhaps the most active community is the Innovation Roadmap community. Thousands of EMC employees submit ideas into the Roadmap, with a corporate goal of selecting, funding, and incubating promising ideas. The diagram above highlights the different stages of this process. The Innovation Conference is EMC’s annual celebration of Innovation; a single day when thousands of EMC employees gather simultaneously at locations around the globe. Last year I had the…
  • Scaled up VM-Level Protection now GA!

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    [UPDATED - 11/20/14, 7:32AM ET: VSAN notes, VCOPS link] For people who love the idea of replication (local for recovery purposes and remote for DR purposes), but want it as software only (no hardware dependency at all), and with VM-level granularity - a new choice is now here. "Hello World" from Recoverpoint for Virtual Machines. You can get more here. Think: software-only VM-level IO splitter - this works by intercepting IOs in the vSCSI portion of the IO stack of vSphere. software-only Recoverpoint Appliance Rich services - deep device counts, broad replication RPOs (from sync to async,…
  • Know Where You Are: Innovation Governance

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    I’ve been delivering a series of posts that describe the approach that my company (EMC) is taking to guide innovation investment strategies. This approach is called Know Where You Are. In this final post I’d like to touch on the fourth tenet: Invest Accordingly.  The diagram below highlights a data-driven innovation approach that leverages the concepts I have introduced in previous posts. The data gathered from the portfolio intelligence team, the innovation communities, and the visualizations are presented to the highest executives in the company. EMC’s Portfolio Intelligence…
  • Software-Defined Networks and Storage + Your Thoughts

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    There's been an interesting idea percolating around EMC for the last two years - which is the application of SDN approaches to dramatically simplify the storage domain.  This could make at scale, heterogeneous environments (making the ability for persistence stacks - in all their forms, not just "arrays" - connect to each other, move things around) simpler and automated. This could make end-to-end concepts of multi-tenancy in storage (right now so hard that in practice, few do it) work - both in the VVOL domain and the basic VMFS or Nova->Cinder Volume mapping model. Again - there's a…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • News Briefs: Mel Gibson May Direct Andrew Garfield in a War Pic; New 'Fifty Shades of Grey' TV Spot

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Hacksaw Ridge: Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson is in talks to direct his first film since Apocalypto (2006). The new project, titled Hacksaw Ridge, tells the story of a U.S. Army medic during World War II who saved many lives; he became the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield is in talks to play the medic. [Deadline]   Green Room: Patrick Stewart is front and center in the first official photo from Green Room, a...Read MoreRead Comments
  • 'Zoolander 2' Is Happening and Here's What You Need to Know

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    As of today, Dumb and Dumber To -- a sequel to an absurd, 20-year-old comedy -- has been in theaters for less than a week and is already sitting on a box office haul of over $55 million. So when a simple, long-overdue sequel hits big, you can bet that Hollywood is paying attention. Enter Zoolander 2. The first Zoolander isn't quite as old as Dumb and Dumber, nor did it ever gain the same kind of household recognition, but it's had a very healthy life on DVD, cable and Netflix since...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Exclusive: 'Home' Poster Debut

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    What could possibly go wrong when an ordinary Earth girl, an accident-prone alien and a cat named Pig embark on an intergalactic road trip? Find out when Home opens in theaters on March 27. Fasten your seatbelt and check out Fandango’s exclusive debut of the poster for the DreamWorks Animation film Home.  Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch: The 'Pitch Perfect 2' Trailer Is Just Perfect

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    It started out as a small movie about an all-female singing group, but not long after Pitch Perfect hit theaters it became an instant fan favorite, growing in popularity once it arrived on home video, and of course that meant a sequel wouldn't be too far away. Now we have the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, due in theaters on May 15, 2015, and... well, they crushed it. The Bellas are most definitely back, and this time they're going global. Even better... the female-driven...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: 'The Graduate' Director Mike Nichols Dies at 83; Melissa McCarthy Will Be Tinker Bell

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:27 pm
    One of the finest directors of the last half century, Mike Nichols has left and gone away. The end of that sentence should hopefully remind you of his best known movie, The Graduate, for which he won the Oscar for Best Director in 1968. He was also nominated for helming Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Silkwood and Working Girl. The Remains of the Day, which Nichols produced, was a Best Picture nominee.   Going in Style: Dustin Hoffman is...Read MoreRead Comments
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    Garmin Blog

  • GTN Tricks, Tips and Shortcuts Series: Part 2

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last week, in the first part of our GTN Tricks, Tips and Shortcuts series, we discussed a handful of shortcuts to get you to the pages and information you need, quickly. This week, we’ll look at one of the more popular functions of in-flight navigation: flight planning! Flight planning is made easy with the GTN when you take advantage of the graphically edit function. This feature is easily accessible on the moving map page (when you have an active flight plan loaded) by touching and/or swiping your finger across the GTN touchscreen.  As seen above, a ‘Graphically Edit FPL’ button…
  • SUP through the Amsterdam Canals

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Last week we saw Ken surf the river waves in Munich and his European adventure didn’t stop there. After Oktoberfest, Ken and his buddy Ryan grabbed their inflatable Boardworks paddle boards and headed for the canals of Amsterdam. The Canals have been around since the 17th century and they bring a beautiful historical feel to city. Along the canals you can see storybook-esque buildings and in Ken’s words, “It sends you to a different time.” Ken was lucky to have been in Amsterdam in October, right before the end of SUP season. While he was paddling the canal, he and Ryan were the…
  • G3X Touch 7-Inch Display Now Available!

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re excited to announce our new 7-inch G3X Touch display option for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft is shipping and now available! The newest addition to the G3X Touch family features a high-resolution touchscreen display, which complements the existing 10.6-inch G3X Touch system, offering new panel design options and added redundancy.  The 7-inch G3X Touch features a robust, infrared touchscreen display, which demonstrates Garmin’s industry-leading experience in glass cockpit technology. Seamless integration between multiple displays gives pilots a variety of…
  • Garmin on display at the world's largest marine trade show

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The Garmin team is in Amsterdam this week at METS, the world's largest marine equipment trade show. Among the products on display is the full line of newly-introduced Marine 2015 products, including the high-performance GPSMAP 7400/7600 MFDs and echoMAP combo units with built-in sonar; the Reactor Autopilot series with solid-state 9-axis AHRS; the GSD 25 all-in-one black box sonar; new xHD2 open-array radars; and finally, a full array of new thru-hull and transom-mounted transducers. The new 2015 line is easier than ever to use and install, and with products designed for use in saltwater…
  • GTN Tricks, Tips and Shortcuts Series: Part 1

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This past weekend, I climbed into a Grumman Cheetah to do an Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) for a gentleman that flies at a nearby airport. As I stepped in, buckled up and looked at the instrument panel, I was not surprised to see an Apollo GX 50 and GX 55 staring back at me - it was a simple, straightforward panel and the best part? They were going to get (and got) the job done perfectly well. Later in the flight, while he was flying outbound on approach #4, my curiosity got the best of me and I asked, “Do you think you’ll upgrade these at some point?” He chuckled and said, “I…
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    GE Global Research

  • Shale Gas Spreads to the South

    Bernardo Cinelli
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    One of the most relevant developments in the energy sector has been the dramatic increase in the production of natural gas from unconventional resources. The development and improvement of techniques of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”) have allowed the expansion of production capacity of oil and natural gas in geological formations of low permeability, especially in shale formations. The experience in the United States shows that successful shale developments can transform a nation’s economy. Because shale formations exist in almost every region of…
  • Taking Oil and Gas Exploration to New Depths

    Oliver Astley
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    The challenges of offshore, deep sea drilling are, in a word, immense. Imagine a place three miles below the surface of the ocean, where there is almost complete darkness and the pressure exerted on every square inch is equivalent to the weight of three automobiles. That’s the type of incredibly harsh environment that GE researchers are competing with as we design electrification equipment for our customers that will power oil and gas processing functions reliably on the seabed. The environmental challenge is not the only thing that’s immense — so too is the market opportunity.
  • Looking a Decade Ahead: Electrical Power Generation in Brazil

    Ricardo Hernandez Pereira
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    In the Bioenergy Systems Organization at GE Global Research – Rio de Janeiro (GRC-R), we research both new technologies and new applications for existing ones, whenever those have a potential fit to customer’s demands. We have a special eye on the South American market. Brazil plays an important role in the region’s economy. The country has an energy market that is quite different from the U.S., Europe, Asia, and other developing economies. Unique boundary conditions drive solutions tailored to suit local needs. I’d like to share with you how Brazilian electricity production…
  • Staying on Track for a Career in R&D

    Kristen Brosnan
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Last year I had a wonderful opportunity to give an invited talk at MS&T 2013 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on staying on track in a career as a female scientist in an R&D environment. First of all, one of the amazing things about this talk was that the audience was the highest female-to-male ratio I have EVER seen in a technical meeting in materials science.  I was really impressed on how engaging the (mostly female) audience was and how eager they were to know what it is really like to work in R&D. Since then, I have presented on this topic – most recently on a visit to the…
  • PET Imaging: An Emerging Tool in the Fight Against Cancer

    Matt Webster
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    As breast cancer awareness month wraps up, it’s a fitting time to take pause and think about all those whose lives have been affected by this life-threatening disease. And, it’s also a time to look forward. Technology is constantly improving, and with it, breast cancer survival rates. Today, doctors are armed with more weapons than ever before, enabling faster, more accurate diagnosis and improved treatment options. For decades, x-ray mammography has been the standard for breast cancer imaging. In fact, GE Healthcare recently obtained approval to market 3D digital mammography systems in…
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  • Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Pushes Limits of Power and Propulsion in Gran Turismo® 6

    GM FastLane
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    What if your car could be powered by lasers? Not gasoline, but frickin’ laser beams. How fast could a car powered by lasers actually go? How does 0-60 in 1.5 seconds sound? What about a top speed of 240 mph? Is that fast enough? This week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet revealed the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo (VGT) concept – a revolutionary interpretation of the ultimate race car. It functions like a wing-suit, with the prone driver (face down, arms and legs splayed toward the wheels) controlling the vehicles movements as though they were a part of the car. An ode to…
  • Rochester Institute of Technology’s Path to Carbon Neutral

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Guest post by Enid Cardinal, senior sustainability advisor, Rochester Institute of Technology When I was first contacted about participating in Chevy’s Clean Energy Campus Campaign, I was conflicted. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.  As the senior sustainability advisor to the president it is my job to get us there.  As with many universities, however, financial resources are limited and RIT has to make tough decisions when evaluating projects and programs in which to invest. Selling some of the emissions reductions we have…
  • The Choice to Conserve: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Prepares Students for a Diverse, Sustainable World

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    At the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, we believe sustainability is important to our students, our university and our communities. That’s because the choices people make today to conserve our resources and make sustainable decisions will benefit our future quality of life. The choice to conserve is up to all of us. UW-Stevens Point’s strategic plan, A Partnership for Thriving Communities, engages students and local communities by encouraging them to pursue balance, stability and future abundance. We strive to lead by example. We purchase electric vehicles, use natural gas instead…
  • ATS-V: Elevating the art of turning heads

    GM FastLane
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Yesterday in Los Angeles, Cadillac revealed the 2016 ATS-V.  When it hits the road, the ATS-V will introduce twin-turbocharged power that can hit 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and top out at 185 mph. The power and luxury of both the sedan and coupe versions of the ATS-V is another strong representation of Cadillac’s Art & Science philosophy. But what will really turn heads is the 455 hp and 445lb.-ft of torque. Check out the ATS-V in action and head to the GM Media site for full specs. The post ATS-V: Elevating the art of turning heads appeared first on FastLane.
  • Changemakers at sustainability@BU: Interns Help Make BU a Leader in Carbon Reduction

    Brad Marley I GM Sustainability Communications
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    In her keynote speech at the AASHE 2014 opening ceremony, Story of Stuff creator Annie Leonard presented a newer Story, this time about change. Leonard recognizes that change is a slow and difficult process and she suggests that change is most successful through the collaboration of several different kinds of changemakers, namely: builders, networkers, resisters, communicators, nurturers, and investigators. Each of these changemakers has a unique skill set that allows them to push forward important social and political movements. At Boston University, a team of sustainability staff and…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Through the Google lens: search trends November 14-20

    Emily Wood
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Devastating snowstorms, bizarre interviews and addictive podcasts? It was an unusual week on the search charts this time around. A frosty receptionIf you looked on Maps for Buffalo, you wouldn’t find it. OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the city is buried underneath six feet of snow… literally. While people across the country are just getting ready for Turkey Day, Buffalonians are dealing with a snowstorm that’s set to break several records and may keep them trapped in their houses for a while–white Thanksgiving, anyone?In the court of public opinionPeople were searching for…
  • Seven traffic tips to get you to the Thanksgiving table

    Emily Wood
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Thanksgiving means gearing up for a turkey feast, Thanksgiving Day parades, local Turkey Trots and annual football showdowns. It also means braving some of the worst holiday traffic conditions of the year.You’ve got enough on your plate this Thanksgiving without having to worry about traffic, too. So, Google Maps looked at Thanksgiving traffic conditions over the last two years for 21 cities across the U.S.1 to find the most useful information to make your holiday trip a little easier.Whether you’re traveling near or far, Google Maps’ traffic tips will help you navigate the roads like a…
  • Through the Google lens: search trends November 7-13

    Emily Wood
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Taylor, Kim, Kobe—this trio of familiar faces was all over search this week.Oh my God, look at that faceShe may not have broken the Internet, but Kim Kardashian certainly got our collective attention this week with her saucy Paper magazine cover shoot showing off her famous derriere. Millions of searches, memes and (unsuccessful) imitators were not far, um, behind. Even Kim, however, had some company in the trending ranks from Taylor Swift, who has come close to breaking the Internet a few times herself. This week, Swift released a new video (and app) for her song “Blank Space,” putting…
  • The doors are open for veterans at Google

    Emily Wood
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    My father was a Tuskegee Airman, one of the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. military. He got his wings in 1944 and stayed in the Army for 30 years. When I think of him—and all the other veterans I grew up knowing—I’m reminded of the unique characteristics they shared: their innate courage, sense of purpose, and their ability to lead under pressure. Most remarkable to me, though, is their belief in the power of sacrificing and fighting for something bigger than yourself. For everyone who has served our country, I join 1,000+ members of the Google Veterans Network in…
  • With Chromebooks, students find new ways to learn

    Emily Wood
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    Cross-posted on the Google for Education blogStudents and schools have done some amazing things with Chromebooks since we first launched in 2011. At the Urban Promise Academy in Oakland, Calif., students are using the Scratch program to create their own video games on Chromebooks. In Chesterfield County, Virginia, students get access to feedback and support from teachers after school hours using their Chromebooks. And in Fairfield County, South Carolina, schools saw double-digit gains on their state performance tests after they started to offer Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education and other…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Big, bad tech: how America’s digital capitalists are taking us all for a ride | John Naughton

    John Naughton
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:05 pm
    The cab firm Uber is just one of many cynical internet giants in a sector that is now revealing its true natureOne useful side-effect of the revelations that a senior executive of the cyber-minicab outfit Uber was caught musing about the attractions of hiring private investigators to dig up dirt on journalists who are critical of the company is that it has lifted the veil on what we might call digital capitalism.Uber, you may recall, is a lavishly-funded San Francisco startup whose mission is to disrupt taxi services in cities worldwide. It has already sparked protests and demonstrations in…
  • Is it possible the 1950s were more tolerant? | Rachel Cooke

    Rachel Cooke
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    The revival of a fine, humane play from 65 years ago illustrates the dangers of patronising the pastEmlyn Williams’s 1950 play, Accolade, revived last week at the St James theatre to good reviews, begins with the delivery of a newspaper to a book-lined house in a smart part of London. The homeowner leaps up, grabs it and flicks through its pages hungrily. He is, we gather, looking for some important bit of news and when he finds it, we know all about it: back goes his head in boyish delight, one fist tightening into an air punch. Moments later, his wife joins him and the secret is revealed.
  • The world loves our creatives, so let’s back them in Britain | John Kampfner

    John Kampfner
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Leaders in all fields of the arts are launching a fightback to boost a success story that is made in BritainWhen David Cameron visited China a year ago, he went on to the micro-blogging site Sina Weibo for a “chat”. Amid questions about politics and diplomacy, he was asked: “Please urge Sherlock crew to be quick! They have had us waiting for two years for every season!” Wherever he goes, the prime minister hears praise for Britain’s film and television, fashion industry, architects and designers and our extraordinary visual arts.The figures speak for themselves. The creative…
  • Don’t ban sexist idiots from the UK. Ban the real haters | Catherine Bennett

    Catherine Bennett
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Instead of singling out ‘dating expert’ Julien Blanc, Theresa May should go for the truly scary misogynistsFollowing Julien Blanc’s exclusion from the UK, as well as Australia, it remains unclear whether a surge of national outrage, culminating in a ban, confers any lasting professional advantages in the world of seduction gurudom.On the one hand, no question, it can make the dating expert look bad. It also places the excluded expert in the same, socially so-so set that contains, among not very many others, the French anti-semite, Dieudonné, the US shock-jock Michael Savage , and…
  • The Observer view on violence against women | Observer editorial

    Observer editorial
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Better sex education, more understanding and openness are vitalThe United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on Tuesday, initiates 16 days in which the UN invites the world to “Orange Your Neighbourhood” with flags, ribbons and events, ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day. Violence against women and girls – sexual, physical and psychological – is endemic. Female genital mutilation, honour killing, child brides, trafficking, grooming, rape and domestic violence are rampant in societies in which women are classed as second-class citizens.
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    Hu's Blog

  • 2015 Trends: Convergence, Automation, and Integration

    Hu Yoshida
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    This is a continuation of ten 2015 trends which I started in my last post . These three post refer to three key enablers for Business Defined It. 2. New Capabilities Accelerate Adoption of Converged and Hyper-converged Platforms A key enabler for Business Defined IT are converged solutions that are integrated with the systems and the application stack. Converged solutions are the fastest growing segment in Hitachi Data Systems portfolio. Businesses no longer need to wait weeks or months for IT to spin up an Oracle RAC or SAP Hana platform.  The integration of its orchestration software with…
  • Business Defined IT Will Drive the IT Trends in 2015

    Hu Yoshida
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    For the past several years I have published top ten IT trends for the coming year, based up on my observations of the current year. Next year the trends will be an extension of this year’s trends, but with more clarity and urgency. You have already seen disruption in the market place as vendors struggle to align with the changing demands of the business. For 2015 these trends will be driven by the need for IT to embrace the third platform that IDC has identified that is built on the mega trends around mobility, cloud, social and big data. I believe these are business trends that define…
  • Social Innovation with Public Safety Solutions

    Hu Yoshida
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    On Monday, April 15th of last year, two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring hundreds. The FBI immediately set up a command center and began scanning every available video of the target area. They located two suspects in the videos, but could not get a clear, frontal picture that they could match to their terrorist databases. The decision was made on Wednesday to release the video clips on television and enlist the public’s help in identifying the suspects. The public responded and the suspects were identified immediately. Unfortunately the suspects…
  • High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs…

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost…
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    Inside Scoop

  • Make it Wearable: The Show is About to Begin!

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

    Marcia Hansen
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The race to the grand prize of 500,000 USD in the Make it Wearable challenge is in the final stage. The winners will be announced at the finale event on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. PDT. Tune in at noon on Monday to watch all the action unfold from the W Hotel in San Francisco on the live stream of the final event. Over 500 worldwide teams applied and just 10 teams remain. These top 10 teams, with representation from seven countries, underwent a 7-week online incubation and a rigorous hands-on immersion week at the University of California, Berkeley. The week included interaction…
  • Intel Pocket Avatars Just Got Chattier

    Marcia Hansen
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The selfie, animated emoticons, Facebook timelines, Pinterest boards and Tumblrs are just the tip of the self-expression explosion, which is making content creators out of us all. But for those feeling creative but perhaps a little camera shy, Pocket Avatars offers a refreshing over-the-top free messaging alternative. The app enables people to chat with friends using animated 3D avatars, which serve as alter egos for those not in the mood, or right situation, to put their real face on the screen. Launched in the U.S. in June, the free app has expanded to more than 33 countries, added 35 new…
  • Behind the Scenes Video & Pictures From Maker Faire NYC

    Marcia Hansen
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm Today was setup day at the New York Hall of Science in preparation for Maker Faire NYC. Billed  as the biggest show and tell on earth, it’s pure excitement for makers, designers, and tech enthusiasts of all types. I have to say, I feel like a kid in a candy store or that it’s the night before Christmas. I can’t wait for the magic to begin. Check out the behind the scenes photos the crew took this morning as the booth was being setup. Also see additional coverage on iQ: World Maker Faire New York: Intel Edison and…
  • Intel Extreme Masters is Coming to SAP Center in San Jose

    Don Bowden
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Intel Extreme Masters and ESL are bringing the worlds best League of Legends and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm players to San Jose’s SAP Center December 6th and 7th. Never before have we held an IEM Tournament at a venue this large, this is going to be EPIC! This is our ninth season of  IEM and we’ve taken this event all over the world, Europe, South America, China, Singapore and I’m really excited to have this event in my home town and so close to Intel headquarters. This is going to give my family, Intel employees and their families, and the entire San Francisco Bay…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • For the Children’s Future

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:12 pm
    by Joaquin Duato, Worldwide Chairman, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and Sarah Colamarino, Vice President, Corporate Equity Programs, Johnson & Johnson As parents, both of us agree that no investment is more important than our children’s future. Every child-no matter where he or she is born-should survive and thrive. Whether during the early moments of life or through their important developmental years, children around the world can have healthier, happier futures. That’s why this evening was a special night for all of us at Johnson & Johnson. Our…
  • Supporting World COPD Day

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today, November 19th, Janssen proudly supports World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) Day, an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) to raise awareness and improve care for obstructive lung diseases. COPD is a progressive lung disease that interferes with airflow, making it difficult to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are terms often used to describe types of COPD. More than 64 million people worldwide are living with COPD, and while core symptoms include cough, phlegm, and shortness of breath it can be life…
  • Expanding Access for the World’s Most Vulnerable Patients

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    By Dr. Paul Stoffels, Chief Scientific Officer, and Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson Access to essential medical treatment and care remains a significant challenge for patients around the world, particularly in countries where resources are limited, healthcare workers are few, and large populations live in poverty. As a physician, I’ve seen first-hand the sheer unmet medical need, and as a business leader, I feel fortunate to work for a company that is dedicated to delivering access to medicines and care to these countries. Today’s publication of the fourth…
  • Celebrating our Innovation Superstars

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    by Seema Kumar, Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson The 2014 Johnson Medal Recipients pose for a photo with Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Paul Stoffels In today’s day and age, we focus much public attention on pop culture celebrities: actors, musicians, athletes. The unsung superstars are the scientists, technologists, and engineers whose relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation saves and improves lives of people all over the world. This week, Johnson & Johnson turned our scientists into superstars as we celebrated the 37th…
  • Gilda’s Club Corporate Vision Award

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Editor’s Note: Johnson & Johnson Group Worldwide Chairman Sandi Peterson spoke at Gilda’s Club New York City’s 19th Anniversary Benefits Gala on Thursday evening at the Pierre Hotel in New York. Johnson & Johnson was honored by the group with its Corporate Vision Award. Gilda’s Club New York City, named after comedian Gilda Radner, supports cancer patients and their families. Sandi’s remarks from the event are shared below. It is a real pleasure to be here tonight and a true privilege to accept the Gilda’s Club Corporate Vision Award on behalf of Johnson & Johnson.
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    Lenovo Blogs

  • Deploy a Converged Infrastructure-based VDI Solution with FlexPac

    Beth O'Shea
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    GUEST BLOG by David Tareen. David is the Director of Product Marketing for Flex System.  What is one of the top challenges for IT departments? The need to deploy sophisticated and advanced technology that can help meet their needs faster and at lower cost. Many data centers are successfully addressing this challenge with converged infrastructure (CI), which include servers, networking, storage and management designed to work together as a single unit. The unique characteristics of CI enable IT departments to add applications and capabilities quickly, and thus provide their businesses…
  • The x3750 M4 is a Proven Winner in the Financial Industry – New Lenovo case study.

    Randall Lundin
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Financial industry clients and industry benchmarks confirm that the System x3750 M4 is a proven winner for low latency transaction processing applications. Redline Trading Solutions Redline Trading Solutions creates ultra-low latency market data and order execution systems that enable firms to excel in today’s equities, options, futures and FX markets. With a huge amount of money at stake, financial markets firms are in a constant arms race to minimize end-to-end latency and seize fleeting market opportunities ahead of the competition. The Need: With a huge amount of money at stake,…
  • How to Use REACHit—Lenovo’s Newest App—to Manage Your Cloud

    Arik Abel
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    It's a proud day here at Lenovo! After months of research, development and testing, we've released REACHit - the newest member of our DOit Apps family. Like it’s sister app SHAREit, REACHit was conceived as a way to make your digital life a little bit simpler - by giving you a single dashboard that lets you search for files across all of your cloud services (like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Box) and all of your devices (like your home laptop, your work PC, your tablet, your mobile) at once. That's right. No matter what device you're on, you can use REACHit to…
  • System x3550 M5 and x3650 M5 Offerings: What’s New?

    Ilya Krutov
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Recently, Lenovo refreshed its existing mainstream System x dual-socket server offerings (1U rack x3550 M5 and the most popular 2U rack x3650 M5) by expanding support for the latest processor, networking, and storage technologies. In this blog, I'd like to briefly explore these new technologies and their potential benefits for different workload types. Also, I will discuss some industry benchmark results to highlight the key benefits that the x3550 M5 and x3650 M5 systems offer based on actual performance measurements. Processor options The System x M5 servers now support the full range…
  • How to Monitor Your New PC and Find Common Support Solutions

    Caroline Lalla
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    This is part of a weekly series featuring content from the Lenovo Companion App We want to ensure you have everything at your fingertips to monitor your new PC. Hopefully you won't run into any problems with your new Lenovo system, but if you do, continue reading to find out where to go to diagnose the problem and find our recommended solutions. Lenovo Diagnostics Lenovo Diagnostics contains a suite of quick and extended tests that include memory, storage (SSD, SATA and SAS), optical, wireless, mother board, CPU, video and RAID. The diagnostics are available as a bootable, or a…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Showcase Your Professional Certifications on LinkedIn in One Click

    Dan Shapero
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a member, having a certification on your profile can be a beacon for opportunity and a powerful way to showcase expertise. On average, LinkedIn members with certifications receive 6x more views to their profile. Today, we are launching Add to Profile for Certifications, to allow members to add professional certifications to their profile in one-click.  In the last year, our pilot partners such as Microsoft, Coursera,, HubSpot, and Aspiring Minds have seen hundreds of thousands of members leveraging the Add to Profile button to enhance their professional identity.  Add to…
  • The Road Not Taken: What Would You Be Doing If Life Had Taken a Different Turn?

    Amy Chen
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    “What if?” Depending on where you are in your career, those two words have the ability to inspire — or haunt — you. In this latest series on LinkedIn, “The Road Not Taken,” we asked some of the world’s most successful professionals to explain how their career paths might have turned out differently. From Suze Orman and Deepak Chopra to the World Bank’s Jim Kim and General Electric’s Beth Comstock, more than 60 Influencers chimed in with inspiring tales and reflections of what might’ve been. In some cases, as with Randi Zuckerberg, Influencers also…
  • Extend Your Professional Brand to SlideShare with One Click

    John Loof
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    On LinkedIn, you can showcase your unique professional story by posting rich, visual content such as presentations and videos. Starting today, you can share that same content on SlideShare with just one click, extending the visibility and reach of your professional identity. Here’s how Upload a presentation, infographic or video to your LinkedIn profile If you’re brand-new to SlideShare, LinkedIn will ask if you want to publish your content there as well If you already have a SlideShare account, LinkedIn will ask if you want to publish this new content using your existing account If…
  • Exploring the Link Between Professional Connections And Economic Opportunity

    Pablo Chavez
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Earlier this year I joined LinkedIn to lead the company’s public policy and government affairs initiatives and to help LinkedIn achieve its mission of connecting the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. Making a professional connection in some ways is a simple action, but it’s a simple action that can have a profound impact on a person’s education and career. At LinkedIn we’re working on making connections deeper and more meaningful by developing the Economic Graph – a digital map of the global economy. We believe that the Economic Graph will help…
  • Confidence In The Educational System Lacking: Results From The LinkedIn Q3 Economic Confidence Outlook

    Sam Gager
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Executive sentiment about the global economy’s future went from mixed in Q2 to almost universally declining in our Q3 LinkedIn Economic Confidence Outlook. Even Indian executives, who retained the highest level of optimism and who are optimistic about the Indian economy, declined in their optimism about the global economy by 10 percentage points to 61%. This quarter we added a new question on education. Specifically, we asked executives whether they felt confident that their country’s educational system is preparing students for successful careers. Only Switzerland showed high…
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    Lulu Blog

  • Authors: Make your voice heard!

    Brook Terran
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest are doing their third annual Author Survey. The results of the survey help guide the direction of the industry and the survey takes 15 minutes or less to complete. Be sure to make your voice heard and complete the survey here: “Participants in the survey will get a sneak preview of results. The full results will be presented at the Digital Book World Conference and Expo in January 2015 and published as a series of blog posts on the Digital Book World website, offering free analysis and commentary on a…
  • You Find It, We Make It Better

    Brook Terran
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    We love when we get feedback from our customers on how to make their experience with even more awesome! Today we made two important new changes: we’ve made it easier for potential readers to find your book in our bookstore and we have made it easier for you to contact customer support to get answers to your questions. The navigational links in the top right have been improved across the site to make it even easier to find the answers you need. Help is now called Support, and lives at a new URL: Additionally, your customers will now find your book faster if…
  • Self-Publishing Book Expo Recap

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    This past weekend, was proud to once again be a sponsor of the Self-Publishing Book Expo (SPBE), which is now in its sixth year and was held in New York City. Originally created for authors considering self-publishing as an alternative to traditional publishing, the expo has expanded and now features lectures, panels and workshops targeting both novice and experienced independent authors. This year, two members of our team and a author participated in panel discussions throughout the day. Dan Dillon (Product Marketing) led discussions on Team Building, Advanced Marketing and…
  • World Diabetes Day

    Meg @ Lulu
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    Did you know that roughly 10% of the U.S. population has diabetes? It is the seventh leading cause of death in the country, with the total number of deaths from diabetes projected to rise by more than 50% in the next 10 years. Needless to say it is an epidemic that effects more people on a daily basis than we realize. In fact, the medical community projects that by the year 2050, one in three Americans will have some form of diabetes. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the…
  • Distracted and Unmotivated Authors Never Win the Race

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    I freely admit to being a ninja-level procrastinator who can think of 100 reasons not to sit down to write. When I finally get in front of a keyboard, I first check Facebook to see what my friends are doing, which leads to viewing a few YouTube videos, reading some news articles, checking my bank account balance, responding to email, putting together a song playlist for inspiration… then I realize an hour has passed. I have not written a single word and, even worse, my mind is now completely distracted. I don’t think I am alone here, so how do we overcome the daily challenge of simply…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • The Lizard and the Boy

    Marriott on the Move
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    If you’ve ever loved something special, you know how upsetting it can be to have it lost. Over the years, our youngest guests have left behind (or lost) toys, books, balls, you name it… But not until recently has someone lost a lizard. I received a letter from the Marco...
  • Staking Our Reputation on Customer Service

    Marriott on the Move
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    When my father started his business in 1927, he had one original goal: “good food and good service at a fair price.” He staked his reputation on superior customer service. Not much has changed today. Our dedication to the customer is apparent in everything we do… right down to the...
  • Healthy Employees = Healthy Company

    Marriott on the Move
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    My father believed from the day he and my mother opened their first Hot Shoppe in 1927 that you must put your employees first. He treated every employee as an extended family member including making sure they had proper medical care. This was revolutionary. Our country hadn’t established child labor...
  • From Comic Books to Content Studios

    Marriott on the Move
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    1967 comic book featuring instructions on how to make a jello mold. It all began in the late 1960’s when we published comic books for customers to read in our Hot Shoppes restaurants. We had celebrity articles on personalities like Sally Field, who was starring in “The Flying Nun.” You...
  • Thanks for Thank-You Notes

    Marriott on the Move
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Listen to blog Dear Thank-You Note, Reports of your death have been greatly exaggerated. I wrote over 700 hundred thank-you notes last year, but we octogenarians can’t keep carrying the torch of proper etiquette. (Maybe torch is the wrong word when referring to notepaper.) I worry most about the Millennials....
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    The Old New Thing

  • Is it wrong to call SHFileOperation from a service? Revised

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    My initial reaction to this question was to say, "I don't know if I'd call it wrong, but I'd call it highly inadvisable." I'd like to revise my guidance. It's flat-out wrong, at least in the case where you call it while impersonating. The registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER is bound to the current user at the time the key is first accessed by a process: The mapping between HKEY_CURRENT_USER and HKEY_USERS is per process and is established the first time the process references HKEY_CURRENT_USER. The mapping is based on the security context of the first thread to reference HKEY_CURRENT_USER. If this…
  • A library loaded via LOAD_LIBRARY_AS_DATAFILE (or similar flags) doesn't get to play in any reindeer module games

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you load a library with the LOAD_LIBRARY_AS_DATA­FILE flag, then it isn't really loaded in any normal sense. In fact, it's kept completely off the books. If you load a library with the LOAD_LIBRARY_AS_DATA­FILE, LOAD_LIBRARY_AS_DATA­FILE_EXCLUSIVE, or LOAD_LIBRARY_AS_IMAGE_RESOURCE flag (or any similar flag added in the future), then the library gets mapped into the process address space, but it is not a true module. Functions like Get­Module­Handle, Get­Module­File­Name, Enum­Process­Modules and Create­Toolhelp32­Snapshot will not see the…
  • Distinguishing between normative and positive statements to help people answer your question

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Often, we get questions from a customer that use the word should in an ambiguous way: Our program creates a widget whose flux capacitor should have reverse polarity. Attached is a sample program that shows how we create the widget with Create­Widget. However, the resulting widget still has a flux capacitor with standard polarity. Can you help us? The phrase should have reverse polarity is ambiguous. The question could be We would like to create a widget whose flux capacitor has reverse polarity. Attached is a sample program that shows how to create a widget whose flux capacitor has…
  • File version information does not appear in the property sheet for some files

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    A customer reported that file version information does not appear on the Details page of the property sheet which appears when you right-click the file and select Properties. They reported that the problem began in Windows 7. The reason that the file version information was not appearing is that the file's extension was .xyz. Older versions of Windows attempted to extract file version information for all files regardless of type. I believe it was Windows Vista that changed this behavior and extracted version information only for known file types for Win32 modules, specifically .cpl,…
  • How do I enumerate drives the same way that the NET USE command does?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you use the Remote Desktop Connection client to connect to another computer, you have the option of making your local drives available to the remote computer. A customer wanted to know how to enumerate all the drives on the local machine. The were able to get the volumes mapped to drive letters, but they also wanted to get the redirected drives injected by Terminal Services. (Mind you, these aren't volumes that are assigned drive letters, so it's not clear why they are interested in them, but whatever.) With the NET USE command, they see the Terminal Services volumes in Explorer, and they…
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    Molson in the Community

  • En souvenir de Percival Molson

    Melisa Chung
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Né en 1880, Percival Molson, appelé affectueusement Percy, est l’un des athlètes les plus exceptionnels de l’histoire du Canada. À l’âge de 16 ans, il participe au championnat de la coupe Stanley avec l’équipe des Victorias de Montréal. Il fait ses études à l’Université McGill où il s’investit beaucoup au sein des différentes équipes sportives. En plus d’être capitaine de l’équipe de hockey, il est aussi l’un des meilleurs joueurs de soccer et de sports de raquettes de l’université. Il remporte d’ailleurs le titre du meilleur « athlète universel »…
  • In memory of Percival Molson

    Melisa Chung
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Born in 1880, Percival Molson, affectionately called Percy is one of the most outstanding athletes in the history of Canada. At the age of 16, he participated in the Stanley Cup championship with the Montreal Victoria hockey team. He studied at McGill University where he is involved in many different sports teams. In addition to being captain of the hockey team, he was also one of the best players in soccer and racket sports at the university. As a matter of fact, Percy wins the title of best “universal athlete” three years in a row, a feat still unequaled in the history of…
  • It’s a Win-Win with Our Beer Print

    Melisa Chung
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    To me Our Beer Print in Supply Chain is all about doing more with less, we’ve been doing this in Supply Chain for as long as I can remember. Producing more beer whilst using less of the earth’s resources is good for the planet and also produces savings for us! The World Class Supply Chain program sets out the roadmap for how we will continue to optimize our breweries and logistics operations across eight different pillars: Environment, Health & Safety Quality People, Management Team Empowerment Logistics Asset Care ‘Our Beer Print’ The Our Beer Print pillar gives our breweries the…
  • Molson Coors reçoit le Club de la Médaille d’or lors de l’ouverture de leur 47e saison

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Molson Coors était l’hôte de la première activité de la 47e saison du Club de la Médaille d’or à la Salle John-Molson, le mardi 16 septembre dernier. Le Club de la Médaille d’or a remis des bourses à trois athlètes de la relève :  Rosalie Lalonde, joueuse de basketball en fauteuil roulant (Saint-Clet); Samuel Murray, joueur de racquetball (Brossard); et Alexandre Obomsawin, volleyeur (Gatineau). Cet événement était animé par le champion olympique en bosses des Jeux de 1994, Jean-Luc Brassard. Le Club de la Médaille d’or a également honoré les entraîneurs Sylvain…
  • Récipiendaires des Prix d’excellence et du Mérite Guy-Lafleur/Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:36 am
    Le 4 juin dernier, Le Club de hockey Canadien et Molson Coors ont procédé conjointement à la remise des Prix d’excellence Guy-Lafleur et du Mérite Guy-Lafleur pour la saison 2013-2014. Les récipiendaires des Prix d’excellence Guy-Lafleur sont : Cédric McNicoll (McGill Redmen) et Jeremy Grégoire (Drakkar de Baie-Comeau) qui se sont chacun mérité une bourse d’étude de $6,000 répartie sur 3 ans. Le gagnant du Mérite Guy-Lafleur est Philippe-Alexandre Vinette (Le Titan de Princeville) qui s’est mérité une bourse d’étude de $1,000. Les gagnants étaient heureux de…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Siebel CRM Innovation Pack 2014 is Available

    Richard Lefebvre
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Enabling customers to maximize their investment in Oracle’s Siebel CRM applications, hundreds of new features, functions, and enhancements are provided with Siebel CRM IP2014 Siebel CRM IP2014 delivers a new intuitive user experience specially developed for mobile responsive devices; new mobile applications and framework and expanded product functionality while increasing business agility and lowering total cost of ownership for customers. Siebel CRM IP2014 expands industry capabilities with new applications and functionality for Public Sector, Communications, Financial Services and Life…
  • From Coffee Table to Cloud at a Glance: Free Oracle Applications Cloud UX eBook Available

    ultan o'broin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Your free eBook, Oracle Applications Cloud User Experiences: Trends and Strategy, is now available. Go to to register and download the PDF.    This is a colorful, beautifully illustrated, and simply written document that shows and tells you everything you need to know about the Oracle Applications Cloud user experience. From strategy and design philosophy to current innovation and emergent trends, the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has it covered.  Jeremy Ashley (@jrwashley), Oracle Applications User Experience Vice President,…
  • Dynamic parameterize model level validation using message token ADF by Ashish Awasthi

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    This post falls under ADF Basics category (about a little trick in model layer) but about a common development requirement How can we create dynamic ADF BC validation ? means it takes a parameter at run time and append it to validation message Read previous post on model level validation- Conditional Execution of Model (EO) level Validation- Oracle ADF ViewObject Validation rules for transient attributes (Model level validation in ADF) In this post I am using Departments table of oracle HRSchema First step is same , prepare model (EO,VO and AM) using Departments table Creating a business rule…
  • HCM Cloud & UX news

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    ORACLE HCM CLOUD: So, how is the Oracle HCM Cloud User Experience? In a word, smokin’! Misha Vaughan of the Oracle Applications User Experience (UX) team writes about the Oracle HCM Cloud user experience and its light-weight interactions, tailored to the task you are trying to accomplish, on the device you are comfortable working with. NEW PODCASTS FROM ORACLE UNIVERSITY: Oracle Sales Cloud: Release 8 User Experience Highlights. Killian Evers delivers a presentation on the Oracle Sales Cloud UX design strategy and demos Release 8 user experience highlights.
  • Further Customer Recordings

    Todd Bottger-Oracle
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Below are a few more live customer recordings covering both TDE and Data Redaction. Here, in just a few minutes, you can see how real customers with scenarios similar to yours are benefiting from Oracle Advanced Security. Infinity Insurance Uses Encryption and Redaction, Sees Zero Impact on Applications and No Performance Degradation (Video | Success Cast) Epsilon Uses TDE to Encrypt Cardholder Data and Redaction to Protect PII (Video 1 | Video 2 | Success Cast)
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Paddle to DC: A Quest for Clean Water

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    By Dave Freeman, video by Nate Ptacek The plastic sign posted to a tree in our campsite reads: “ALL FISH MUST BE RETURNED TO THE WATER IMMEDIATELY. FISH CONTAMINATED WITH PCBs DO NOT EAT.” Paddling through a superfund site is not typically part of a canoe trip, but on day 73 and 74 of our journey from Ely, Minnesota to Washington D.C., that’s where we find ourselves. My wife Amy and I are about 1,500 miles into a 100-day, 2,000-mile expedition to protect the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the threat of sulfide ore mining. We departed from the Voyageur Outward…
  • Dirtbag Diaires: What You're Handed

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    By Fitz & Becca Cahall Regardless of how you choose to play outside, if someone gets hurt in the mountains, the first step on the checklist remains the same: “scene safety”—you make sure the thing that hurt your buddy isn't going to hurt you too. But there's no checklist for emotional safety when things go wrong. Today we bring you the story of a family, an accident and the repercussions they navigated for years afterwards. Listen to "What You're Handed" by The Dirtbag Diaries on Soundcloud. Visit for links to past episodes, featured music and to pledge your…
  • Family Man, 5.14 – A short story (and video) of a first ascent

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    By Sonnie Trotter It all began five years ago, as many things do these days, with a simple email to a few of us Squamish cracks hounds from a friend in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia. Hey Boys,Check out these roof cracks. I think they’ll go free. Peace out.- Doug Doug and his wife Janet are longtime local climbers, hikers and explorers in the Skaha region, and probably know the lay of the land as good, or better, than any other living beings. But even more than that, they are simply two of the greatest people ever. Of course, this letter from Doug wouldn’t be complete without an…
  • River Surfing on the Saint Lawrence

    11 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    By Juilen Fillion, photos by Vincent Bergeron Montreal might be known for its welcoming French Canadian community, the beautiful women and the famous Poutine—French fries topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce and cheese curds—but it’s also known for a standing river wave called Habitat 67. This endless wave located on the center shore of Montreal Island was informally named for the adjacent Habitat 67 housing complex. It has become a popular destination for whitewater kayakers and river surfers. The wave is created by fast-moving water hitting underwater boulders and can reach a…
  • National Geographic Announces 2015 Adventurers of the Year

    7 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    Yesterday, National Geographic pulled the curtain back on the winners of their 10th annual Adventurers of the Year, “each selected for his or her remarkable achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, and humanitarianism.” Four of the winners are from the Patagonia family and we couldn't be happier for them. Tommy Caldwell for completing the Fitz Roy Travese with partner Alex Honnold--seven summits that define the Fitz Roy massif (and the Patagonia logo). Read the interview. Photo: Mikey Schaefer Ben Knight, Travis Rummel and Matt Stoecker for the creation of their film,…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Ahead of the Curve: Adaptive Headlights

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock This time of year, with the short short days and endless nights, a young lady's thoughts naturally turn to driving safely after dark. Last October, we did a post called Bright Lights, Dark Road: All about Headlights about...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Road Sign Refresher Quiz

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Back in July, we posted a monthly poll called "Could you pass your learner's test today?" More than 60% of you felt that you would pass, with a few missed questions. What were the most commonly missed questions on the...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Monthly Poll: Are You a Handy Mechanic?

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock I have a confession to make. I spend a lot of time researching car-related topics for PumpTalk, so I have a pretty good theoretical knowledge of how my car works. But when it comes to actually looking under...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Safety Tips for Hallowe'en Driving

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Tomorrow night is Hallowe'en and the streets will be full of kids seeking the ultimate score - candy! These kids will be high on sugar. They will be running around excitedly. And even though we all know that...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
  • Monthly Poll: Do you "trick out" your car for Hallowe'en?

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: iStock Hallowe'en is right around the corner but don't worry! There's still time to plan a costume - for your vehicle. With the rise in popularity of Hallowe'en "trunk and treat" family events and with so many great photo-sharing...<img src="" height="1" width="1"/>
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    Open Mike

  • Why government decisions that seem stupid are often rational, although flawed

    Mike Critelli
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Why governments, businesses, educational institutions, and non-profits consistently make certain kinds of bad decisions are quite different from what we understand.  In this blog, I will touch upon a few of them.   Why federal, state and local governments have created horrific retiree medical benefit obligations. We assume that elected officials and those they appoint to head government agencies are mindlessly stupid in agreeing to large, open-ended and permanent retiree medical benefits.  We understandably ask: “What were they thinking?”   They were not stupid or irrational,…
  • Ebola: Lessons from the 2001 Anthrax Crisis

    Mike Critelli
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    In following the stories about the Ebola virus, I am reminded that 13 years ago this month, I was in the middle of helping manage the mailing industry’s response to the anthrax bio-terrorism crisis.  For people whose memories of 2001 anthrax crisis have faded, these were a few of the critical facts:   Five people died from having received letters from unknown sources laced with anthrax, a bacteria that, if “weaponized,” as these letters were, can be fatal if inhaled.  Anthrax bacteria have been around for centuries, but humans are not usually exposed to them in the ways that the…
  • What Consumers and Clinicians Need From Health Record Systems

    Mike Critelli
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In the Friday, September 12, 2014, issue of The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Mark Sklar wrote an Op-Ed piece entitled “Doctoring in the Age of Obamacare.”  His message was depressingly similar to what so many physicians are saying: government-mandated changes in healthcare payment, delivery, and electronic medical requirements are reducing productivity and patient satisfaction and the quality of care.   What has gone wrong?  Although Sklar documents some of the problems, and others appear in other commentaries about these requirements: Governments and insurance plans force doctors to…
  • Innovations in Delivery and Logistics

    Mike Critelli
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    I spent a significant part of my business career at Pitney Bowes.  During that time, as a company leader, I advocated and implemented a great deal of innovation to improve the delivery or mail and packages, but the U.S. Postal Service and its major competitors, UPS and FedEx, did not have the infrastructure in place to lead the market into a new era of same-day delivery of a wide variety of items.   I am pleased to see what has happened in the last few years.  The Postal Service now offers Sunday delivery of packages for  FedEx and UPS both offer same-day delivery, a…
  • The under appreciated problem of everyday violence around the world

    Mike Critelli
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Every once in a while, I am fortunate to read a book that presents a set of insights that I am surprised I did not understand previously.  Moreover, the author describes a problem that is not well-understood or well-appreciated by well-educated, well-meaning Americans.   Such a book, which I have just finished, is called The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence I by Gary A. Haugen, the founder and president of a not-for-profit organization called the International Justice Mission.  Haugen documents a simple, but profound and overlooked point: we will never…
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    Progress Newsroom

  • Farewell to the EMEA PUG Challenge 2014

    Christina Pizzella
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    This week the Progress team had the time of their lives with members of the PUG (Progress User Group) community from across Europe at this year’s annual PUG Challenge event. Everyone shipped off to Düsseldorf, Germany for 3 days packed with workshops, sessions, discussions, hackathons, demos and plenty of entertainment! I’d say it was a raving success with almost 400 Progress users in attendance and lots learned in this short time period! The first day of the event was spent in workshops on everything from Node.js, to enhanced database performance and scalability and advanced OpenEdge…
  • 3 Ways to Build Great Cloud Apps

    Paul Nashawaty
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Paul Nashawaty, Product Marketing Manager, Progress Pacific In hashing out a cloud solution, you have a lot of choices to make. Assuming you are interested in application development in the cloud, you have options when it comes to where your apps will live as well as the way your users will experience them. On the hosting side of things, there are three basic structures you need to consider: public, private, and hybrid. Similarly, you have three choices concerning the apps themselves. You could build a native app that runs directly on the user’s device, a web app that can be accessed from a…
  • IOTA event showcases Progress of IoT

    Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Last month I attended the IOTAconf—the Internet of Things Conference in San Francisco—that piggybacks on HTML5Devconf, a bigger, older, and better-known event. Although the show itself was a no-frills affair, with limited staffing—it still felt very positive; the discussions at IOTA touched on everything from IoT architectures to AI algorithms and Big Data for devices. The IoT scene is still ramping up as people grapple with what it will mean for them and consider how to apply technologies to the opportunities it presents. I was certainly happy with the attendance and interest shown at…
  • Tackling Cassandra Data Integration

    Brad Wright
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    NoSQL databases are all the rage these days. A recent article by Matt Asay at InfoWorld argues that though Hadoop gets all of the credit for big data’s popularity, it’s actually NoSQL databases that are more often deployed. In fact, “while shopping for a Hadoop vendor is relatively straightforward, picking a NoSQL database is anything but. There are, after all, in excess of 100 NoSQL databases.” Matt lists MongoDB, HBase and Cassandra as three NoSQL databases to watch. If you’re a longtime Data Connections blog reader, you know that we’ve developed relationships with a number of…
  • 5 Step Guide to Mobile App Peer Review

    Michelle Tackabery
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    Begin any development project with a peer review. App development competition is fierce, making it more difficult to come out on top. You can give your organization a competitive edge and eliminate your competition by beginning any new development project with a peer review: what are other apps doing well, where are they monetizing effectively, and how are they falling short? The Secret to App Development Success Creating a successful mobile app requires a team of talented developers bringing a great idea to life. With other organizations already using mobile apps to support their business…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Flashback Fridays: Connecting the Coasts

    Richard West
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Based on our original establishment as a shorthaul, high frequency, intrastate airline, most of our flights in our first 25 years of service were usually no more than an hour or two long, which fit perfectly within the capabilities of our 737-200s and -300s.  As the launch Customer for Boeing’s -700 series aircraft, an opportunity presented itself to take our average trip length of 425 miles a little further with the longer range capabilities of the next generation fleet. On Thanksgiving Day of 1998, an experiment took place to see just what a flight might look like that took Customers…
  • Kidd’s Kids Fly Away with Our Hearts

    Teresa Laraba
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    This year was our eighth year supporting Kidd’s Kids, an extraordinary organization that provides chronically or terminally ill children and their families a trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World.  This year, I had the honor to be the official Southwest liaison to Kidd’s Kids.  From kicking off the fundraising telethon manned by Southwest Airlines Employees several months ago to celebrating our partnership at the actual sendoff yesterday, it is definitely one of my favorite and most inspiring Leadership roles to date. It has been a little over a year since the passing of Kidd…
  • The Magic of Live In The Vineyard

    Chris Heuer, Guest Blogger
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    As an entrepreneur, it’s hard for me to get time away.  But for Live in the Vineyard (an event held in Napa Valley that pairs food, music, and wine), I will not only clear my schedule but also volunteer my own time and money for travel. Why?  The food is great. The wine is incredible. The people are awesome. But what’s the most special for me is the music.  There is nothing like it. Raw. Human. Magical. It touches me in ways that are hard to put into words. The organizers of Live in the Vineyard, Bobbii and Claire, put together an event that is nothing short of genius. My wife and I…
  • Travel Tips: Checkin and Boarding on Southwest Airlines

    Shannon Whitney
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    At Southwest Airlines, we know we stand out in the travel industry for a lot of reasons.  We like to boast the friendliest Employees in the business and competitive fares, but we know our boarding procedure is unique too.  It’s not unusual for first-time Passengers to ask what their seat number is.  Weathered Southwest road warriors smile knowingly and help explain how our system works. Let’s start at the beginning:  When you book your flight, you can add your Rapid Rewards number to the reservation.  This way you can earn points and keep track of your travel online.  Our A-List…
  • Bags Fly Free for All!

    Bob Jordan
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Did you hear the news today?  Feeling a bit blue, perhaps, at the thought of yet another bag fee out there?  Don’t fear—Southwest Airlines has your back, and your bag—and you can take great comfort in knowing that bags fly free for all at!*  Today, we stand alone as the only domestic airline that can say that, which is a tremendous source of pride for the nearly 46,000 People of Southwest Airlines. So why hold out as the only carrier to not charge for the first two checked bags?  Simple—our Customers hate those fees.  For us, we think it’s pretty logical that if…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Thanksgiving Recipe: Which ice cream flavor would you use in this pie?

    Turkey Hill Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Thanksgiving is only one week away (can you believe it?). Pumpkin Pie reigns supreme as the dessert-of-choice on Turkey Day, but if you’re looking for another after-dinner option, you might want to give this Mint Chocolate Chip Oreo Pie a try. Like the name suggests, the crust is made with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Second scoop: Do you agree with the results of this ice cream study?

    Turkey Hill Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    We stumbled across this Ice Cream Journal entry from 2009 and thought we’d repost it to see if men’s and women’s ice cream habits have changed dramatically over the past five years. Sound off with a comment if you agree or disagree with the survey’s findings! Food and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ‘Tis the season! Let’s hear it from all the Egg Nog Ice Cream fans!

    Turkey Hill Team
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    While some of you might still be getting your fill of our Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, others have probably noticed its festive cousin — Egg Nog Ice Cream — popping up on shelves near you. Of course, you might also see our Egg Nog drink and Light Vanilla Nog, but it’s the frozen flavor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

    Turkey Hill Team
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Pumpkin spice may be the flavor of fall, colorful foliage, and cable knit sweaters, but egg nog reigns supreme in a season of snowmen, holiday shopping, and knit hats with matching scarves. But, as popular as egg nog may be, many people are unaware of how versatile the festive beverage can be as an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • We’re back…and we brought a prize for November!

    Turkey Hill Team
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Before we get to the fun stuff, you may have noticed that the Ice Cream Journal was out of commission over the past six days or so. Everything should be working normally now, and we’re very happy to be back and blogging after our longest absence since we started the blog back in 2006! And... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Tyson Hunger Relief

  • 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…
  • Perfect Excuse To Get Together

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

    Jeffrey Wood
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:06 pm
    All along in Nashville the KNOW Hunger Nashville team and our partners have rallied around a singular cause, to raise awareness about hunger and nutrition in the Nashville area. On May 29th, we came one step closer to meeting our goals in this area with a total of 25 key leaders from across the community in the areas of faith, hunger awareness, community betterment, politics and agriculture at a SNAP Challenge event held at Tennessee State University. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – it’s what used to be known as the federal food stamp program. SNAP Challenges…
  • Adversity on the Field

    Anna Kimble-Roberson
    1 May 2014 | 11:46 am
    Prior to joining Tyson Foods, I had the privilege of working for a World Champion NFL team, so I have seen excellence on and off the field first-hand, alongside the hard work and preparation it takes to get there as a unit. So when I tell you that I could not be more PROUD to now work with my GREAT teammates at Tyson, it does not begin to explain how I feel about this organization – who we are and what we do to feed families. In light of the recent chain of weather events that have unleashed mass destruction and impacted hundreds of lives across the South, how grateful I am to work for a…
  • It’s the least we could do

    Ed Nicholson
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    I’m with the Tyson Meals that Matter team in Mayflower, Arkansas.  I’ve seen lots of tornado damage in my career with Tyson, going back to the ’96 Moore, Oklahoma storm.  Joplin and Alabama in 2011.  Moore again last year; to name a few. I don’t care how much one might have seen, you never cease to be amazed at the stuff nature can do. I’m grateful for and proud of the people in this company I work for, who are always willing to drop what they’re doing to go help out.  It might get easy to get too proud of what we’re doing, but for the contact…
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    Guided By History

  • What’s yer ‘stache

    Danielle Anderson
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Movember runs the whole month of November involving the growing of moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers. Movember is a campaign and comes with a few short “rules”: 1. Each mo bro must begin the 1st of November with a clean shaven face 2. For the entire month of Movember each mo bro must grow and groom a moustache 3. Don’t fake it. no beards, no goatees, no fake moustaches 4. Use the power of the moustache to create conversations about men’s health and to raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental…
  • The Music Man – The Wells Fargo Wagon

    Heidi Berg
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    On November 18, 1957, “The Music Man” opened its successful tryout run at the Shubert Theater in Philadelphia to rave reviews. This success prompted its move to New York City by mid-December that same year. It ran for an impressive 1,375 performances and won many awards including the “Best Musical” Tony Award in 1958. It also became a highly successful movie in 1962. Written by Meredith Willson, this fun, family friendly musical includes a catchy tune all about “The Wells Fargo Wagon.” Album cover art for the original Broadway cast recording (Wells Fargo Archives) Picture the…
  • Meet El Toro

    Steven Greenstein
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Meet El Toro, the latest addition to the Wells Fargo stable of ponies. The ponies are perhaps one of Wells Fargo’s most popular promotions since King and Billy first appeared in 2003. Each pony is named after a real Wells Fargo horse, and they all have stories. You can see the ponies and read more about their stories here. Image from Wells Fargo Archives El Toro (the bull) worked in Wells Fargo’s Mexico City office. After serving the company for a long time he was retired, but remained the favorite horse of the agents in Mexico City. They brought him out a few hours a week to stretch and…
  • The art of the Stagecoach

    Cris Sanchez
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    It was once referred to as a “Cradle on Wheels.” Some call it a “wagon” (incorrectly!) Either way, the “Concord Coach” is certainly a beautifully hand-crafted, 19th century, formative means of American transportation. In Wells Fargo’s San Francisco History Museum, visitors can view a Concord Coach built in 1865. There is also an Overland Mail Co. stage from 1867 in the San Francisco Main Banking Store. These Wells Fargo Stagecoaches are living symbols of the company’s heritage of service, stability and innovation. I also think of it as classical and elegant, in aesthetic and…
  • Follow up on Wells Fargo Agent Trustrim Connell

    Amanda Walters
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    Bob Cox, accepting the award on behalf of Trustrim Connell (Amanda Walters collection) In May 2012 I wrote a blog about former Wells Fargo agent Trustrim Connell and his Congressional Medal of Honor.   On Friday, October 24th I had the honor of attending The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony which posthumously inducted Trustrim Connell. Accepting the award on behalf of Captain Connell was Bob Cox, Secretary of the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association which operates the Smurthwaite House and the Arizona Pioneer Cemetery. The Smurthwaite House was once lived…
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    DocuSign blogs

  • Your Digital Adoption Playbook: Saving Legal from Paper Hell

    Roshel Van Der Grinten
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post is installment 5 of our 6-part series: “Adoption Playbooks: Providing a deployment framework to maximize results.” Check back each week for the latest blog post authored by a member of our Customer Success Architect (CSA) team where we will share deployment best practices from real-world implementation experiences in the field.  We hope you will find these blog posts and the accompanying white papers insightful.  Your legal team knows better than any other department the importance of a defensible, consistent, and trustworthy process when conducting business digitally. But…
  • Tips for Real Estate: Right-Click Menu

    Brent Boyens
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Don’t know which options are available? Try our right-click menu. The DocuSign Transaction Rooms team continually adds functionality aimed at helping real estate professionals close deals faster while making their lives easier. An ability you may not know about is our right-click menu. A simple right click on an item within Transactions Rooms will display a drop-down menu of what actions you have available to you. Our PC and Mac users can take advantage of the right-click functionality, however, it is not available in our mobile applications.   The right-click menu is accessible wherever…
  • How To Inspire More Creative Thinking From Your Procurement Group

    Anu Gardiner
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    On Nov 11th, 2014, we gathered Procurement executives from Financial Services, and Healthcare in New York City for a discussion on their challenges and priorities and how they are using digital technologies like Digital Transaction Management. In March 2014, DocuSign welcomed Procurement leaders across industries to discuss 100% digital transaction management for their source-to-pay processes. Since that first meeting, we have gathered the Advisory Council several times and our most recent meeting opened up the forum to welcome more points of view. So what happened when Procurement mavens…
  • When Digital Business Saves Lives: A Case for Paperless Non-Profit Organizations

    Kristin Treat
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Walk into any non-profit organization and you’ll collide with passionate people who equate impact with revenue. Their ROI factors the number of people their mission served; and their product is justice and equality. No matter their focus, non-profit organizations around the world advocate for the voiceless and vulnerable. However, their passion alone cannot stand in for the processes that deliver resources and aid. As with any organization, non-profits manage various internal and external operations, all of which are tied together by transactions and workflow; often these are of the…
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Get Organized With Folders in DocuSign

    Michael Palmer
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you've got too many envelopes jamming up your inbox or too many templates to keep track of, you may benefit from using folders. Folders allow you to easily organize and store your sent or received envelopes and templates. To create folders in the Classic DocuSign Experience, follow these steps: From your DocuSign account, click the Manage tab. Click to select the folder you want to add a subfolder to, then click Add Folder.  In this example, we've chosen to add a subfolder to the Inbox. To rename the folder, click to select the new folder, then click the folder name.
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  • My First Four Weeks as an Intern at RB

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    With the fourth week of my internship at RB ending, I can’t help but feel that the time I’ve spent here has passed by in the blink of an eye, yet the experience has surely left a lasting impression.   After having accepted the internship offer, I couldn’t help but question whether I had made the right decision, but, after spending just a few hours at the office getting to know the RB family, all those apprehensions faded away.   Interning in the Marketing department, I’ve begun to appreciate the meaning of the word ‘fast’ in Fast Moving Consumer Goods in an entirely new…
  • Why RB Inspires Me to Look for Something More

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Diversity. Risk. Achievement. Game-changer. Street-smart. Celebrate. These are the words that when coined together, define my experience at RB. Assume if every person at work was exactly alike  – if they talked the same, acted the same, had the same tasks to do and, most significant of all, if they all had the same routine everyday! The workplace would be extremely dull! With no enriched variety, there would almost be no point working.   They are not kidding when they say ‘You’ll be thrown in the deep end’, because that’s what it feels like initially, but this prior…
  • My Learning Experience at RB So Far

    Lauretta P
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Hi, I’m Lauretta! After the completion of my Bsc in Civil & Environmental Engineering in 2012, I joined RB Nigeria as a Management Trainee (MT). I was asked to share my experience as an MT and I thought I could also share it here to encourage anyone seeking to build a career with RB.   What I’ve been doing on my training program As part of my training program in RB Nigeria, I have been exposed to various departments: production, procurement, planning, and operations excellence (OPEX). I also had trade visits to understand the Sales function. Right from my first month, I…
  • Why RB Was the Right Company for My First Internship

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    I am a psychology student with my minor in business studies. I joined RB as an intern in General Management and CSR in Mannheim in summer 2014. Even though this seems like a short period, I can tell so far, that RB is an amazing company to work for. I would like to share some of my experiences with you.   To be honest, I started my internship with mixed feelings since this is my first internship and I haven’t experienced the work in a big company before. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel lost at any moment because everyone tried to help me out to find the right directions and places to go…
  • Which Brand Are You? Find Out with Brand Me!

    14 Jan 2014 | 2:07 am
      Andrej speaks about Brand Me and the importance of having your own personal brand, not only to understand more about yourself but also to be able to find the right job for you Recently RB launched its new  global online platform BrandMe  and I like this idea so much. BrandMe helps you understand the reach and impact of your online presence, and uses your social media profiles and interactive tests and quizzes to show you how to best represent yourself online. I use social media to share with my friends some interesting articles and information.  So I clearly understand the…
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • Workforce mobilization: the mobile mind-shift

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
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  • Workforce mobilization: the mobile mind-shift

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Successful mobile initiatives can empower your workforce to achieve new levels of productivity and purpose. But while first generation mobile apps have enabled organizations a quick entry into the market, mobility isn’t a one-and-done exercise. Join us for a live webinar on December 4 at 3 p.m. EST to get fresh insights from featured leading analysts at Forrester Research, Inc., and Frost and Sullivan, on the impact of second generation mobile initiatives. They’ll provide the blueprint for evolving your mobile strategy, with a focus on workforce retooling and securing mobility deployments…
  • Customer experience is meant to be evocative, not reactive

    Brian Solis
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    We are entering an era of customer-centricity, mostly because we have to. But also, because employing a customer focus is the right thing to do. I guess businesses lost their way at some point. Blame quarterly earnings. Blame technology. Blame politics. But over the years, we overlooked the importance of the “C” and “R” in Customer Relationship Management and instead sought to scale and optimize the “M” in CRM. It didn’t hurt that we found ways to save time and money in the process of promoting management, cost-control, and efficiency over customer experiences. I really don’t…
  • Nemertes reports positive results from cloud services

    Irwin Lazar
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Sixty-three percent of companies are using cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications for at least part of their collaboration services, according to the Nemertes Research 2014-15 Enterprise Technology Benchmark. While Web conferencing is currently the most popular app, others are quickly gaining market share: 33% of users have email/calendar SaaS; 26% have cloud-based IM (often with integrated Web conferencing, voice, and video chat capabilities); 18% use video conferencing services that rely on cloud-based bridges; and 18% use IP telephony in the cloud, up from 13% in 2013. Many…
  • AT&T is core to Rockwell Automation’s connected enterprise

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    AT&T is core to Rockwell Automation’s connected enterprise Read the post Read the post
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    The Budgeting and Forecasting Experts Blog

  • Internal Controls and Your Budget

    Alan Hart
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    Why having internal control over the budget process does not automatically mean it is done correctly. I just finished my portion of work in a recurring, annual audit and certification of internal control over financial reporting in a large, publicly held manufacturing company.  This is an engagement designed to assist management in their assessment of design and effectiveness of various internal controls over financial reporting, mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 for most publicly traded companies. Among the many functions in accounting, finance and operations, this company had a…
  • Cash comes first

    Alan Hart
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    How forecasting cash should not be a difficult chore with the right technology I recently came across an article in Accounting Today titled:  “Art of Accounting: Start with the Cash”, authored by Edward Mendlowitz, CPA, a partner at WithumSmith+Brown, PC, CPAs. In this article the author tells a story of an audit he once performed with an assistant where the author decided to perform the cash accounts audit by himself, a task usually delegated to junior accountants and regarded more of a “chore” than “serious” audit work. As the author of this article points out, cash is one of…
  • Accounting and Business Data Come to Life

    Alan Hart
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    How a simple setup can empower your business decision-making process I recall consulting to a small manufacturing company (about 350 employees) a few years ago where I was tasked with setting up a reporting system and some fundamental internal control and internal audit functions.  The first thing that struck me was the incredible amount of data flowing out of the accounting system.  Just about any data residing in the accounting software database was accessible, either through standard reports or custom database queries.   Typically I see this in larger organizations with more…
  • A new way to look at IT budgeting

    Alan Hart
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Let’s look at both costs and benefits Of the many articles that are published on, one particularly got me to think about a popular topic I’ve had to deal with quite a bit in last 10-15 years, namely, Information Technology Budgeting.  This article, titled “Keep an eye to value in the IT budgeting process”, and is authored by Rob Livingstone, Owner and Principal, Rob Livingstone Advisory. The main point the author is trying to make is that while IT costs can be relatively easily forecasted and formally budgeted, the value that these costs will (and…
  • How Much of Your Credit Line Can You Tap?

    Alan Hart
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Forecast your ability to borrow on your line of credit with accuracy and confidence In a recent blog entry I tried to convey how important it is to be able to accurately and completely forecast a company’s balance sheet and the many benefits associated with it.  For many Budget Maestro customers  who also use Analytics Maestro, this is an everyday reality. We looked at one important benefit, the forecasting of meeting or breaching loan covenants and how properly planning and continuously analyzing (with Analytics Maestro) can show us in advance how the company is going to perform and what…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • London M&A bankers don’t want 2014 to end

    Brett Cole
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    European M&A is in the midst of a bull market. So far in 2014 $801.2 billion worth of M&A has been announced in Europe, or 28 percent of the $2.85 trillion of announced deals worldwide, according to Mergermarket data. M&A activity is at levels not seen since 2008. In Europe, M&A deals have benefited bulge […] The post London M&A bankers don’t want 2014 to end appeared first on ansarada.
  • China to buy the farm down under?

    Brett Cole
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Australia’s free trade agreement with China has provoked much wailing and gnashing of teeth that Australia’s beloved agricultural land will fall into Chinese hands. Pundit Alan Jones repeatedly raised concerns in an interview with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the sale of Australian dairy farms to Chinese entities. But there is not much to […] The post China to buy the farm down under? appeared first on ansarada.
  • Who ya gonna call when M&A goes hostile?

    Brett Cole
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
    When it comes to hostile takeovers, the first number dialed by a chief executive and board of directors under attack is often that of Goldman Sachs. The investment bank has been hired by Baker Hughes, the oilfield services company. Halliburton is seeking to replace the entire Baker Hughes board. Allergan, the health care company that […] The post Who ya gonna call when M&A goes hostile? appeared first on ansarada.
  • 5 tips for M&A professionals: Ben Hobkinson

    Brett Cole
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Ben Hobkinson has met more than 1,000 M&A professionals during his two years at ansarada’s London office. A native of Leicestershire, Ben is a rugby union fan who supports the Leicester Tigers. He loves the Jaguar XK120 and the modern Lyonheart K, E-Type. Before ansarada, Ben worked at Barclays Corporate for 5 years. He gives […] The post 5 tips for M&A professionals: Ben Hobkinson appeared first on ansarada.
  • M&A activity surges down under, ansarada data shows

    Brett Cole
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Demand for data rooms in Australia and New Zealand to do M&A deals is soaring, particularly in property and infrastructure, as corporate confidence is at its highest level post the global financial crises, ansarada data shows. The number of data rooms opened by ansarada for Australian and New Zealand deals leapt to a new record in […] The post M&A activity surges down under, ansarada data shows appeared first on ansarada.
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  • Bay Area Repliconians Support the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

    Maya Desai
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    In January of this year, one of our co-workers learned that her 16-month-old daughter had leukemia. After the initial shock, her Repliconian co-workers stepped into action to show support. Blog tags: Corporate
  • Replicon—now with Worldwide Work Rules support & Adaptive Compliance Library

    Siddharth Deb
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Replicon customers can now rapidly deploy our time and attendance solutions with minimal customization work—which can sometimes involve considerable time and expense. For the first time in a time and attendance tracking system, Replicon has provided support for pre-configured pay rules that cover every state in the U.S., every Canadian province, and most countries in Europe and Asia. Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
  • POODLE does not affect Replicon customers

    Siddharth Deb
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Researchers have discovered a new vulnerability in the SSLv3 (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption standard that has been widely used in the Internet for the past 15 years. Dubbed “POODLE,” which stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption, this flaw could potentially allow unauthorized decryption of encrypted text sent over SSLv3 connections between a server and a web browser. Blog tags: Corporate
  • How organisations in the UK can use time tracking solutions to claim R&D Tax Relief

    Siddharth Deb
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    In the UK, HMRC provides R&D Tax Credits to companies as an incentive to promote research and development. Under this scheme, a company engaged in qualifying R&D activities can either reduce the amount of tax it pays, or get a cash sum upfront. R&D Tax Credits promote investment in innovation, and could be the key to survival for many Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SME) in the UK today. Blog tags: Corporate
  • Lack of compliance costs a restaurant chain dearly in FLSA penalties

    Jon Burns
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Ruby Tuesday Inc., a nationwide chain that operates more than 750 restaurants, recently agreed to pay out a staggering $3 million to settle a class action Blog tags: Time and Attendance Management
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    ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

  • Now You’re Debt Free: What’s Next for Your Money?

    Kassandra Dasent
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Being in consumer debt to the tune of four, five or even six figures is a sobering reality many Americans have to come to terms with. If you decide to take control of your financial destiny by getting rid of your debt, the road to debt freedom can been fiscally challenging and emotionally taxing – but totally rewarding. After months, or years, of making faithful debt payments, you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. But what should you do with the money you’d typically put toward debt payments? Instead of absorbing the surplus cash back into daily, mindless consumption,…
  • Using Peer-to-Peer Loans to Refinance Your Credit Card Debt

    Sean T. Johnston
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Though it may not get the headlines that it used to, credit card debt in the United States is still a problem. According to, over 40% of US households are carrying credit card debt from month to month, to the tune of an average amount of almost $5,000 per adult. That means that well over a third of us are technically living outside our means. Credit cards, especially those with loyalty points or cash back, can be a very useful financial tool. But, if you don’t have the financial discipline to pay off your balances each month, you can soon find yourself on an interest-laden…
  • Renting a Car? Check Out Some Dos and Don’ts

    Anthony Fontana
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The recent drop in temperatures has got me thinking about one thing, and one thing only: my upcoming vacation to Florida. I began counting down the days back in June when I booked the trip. Now, only 14 days stand between me and the beach. Instead of bragging about the warm weather, golf courses and tropical life that I’ll soon be a part of for seven days (oops, I guess it’s too late), I want to discuss a part of my trip that isn’t nearly as exciting: renting a car. Back when I booked the flight, I had a decision to make: Do I rent a car or use public transportation or taxis? I decided…
  • 5 Productivity Hacks to Empower Your Life

    Melanie Lockert
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    It seems that in nearly every moment there’s something vying for your attention and pulling you away from the task at hand. Although technology makes communication easier than ever, our focus has been caught in the aftermath. If you’re feeling the constant pull of distraction, try out these five productivity hacks to empower your life. Work during peak energy times – Working when you have the most energy makes sense. Consider whether you’re a night owl or an early bird. Find times to work on your own stuff when it makes sense, and don’t force it when it just isn’t right.
  • Three Things to Know About Medical Expenses

    Travis Pelto
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Debt is debt. There’s nothing fun about it. Stress surrounds it, and it sits in your conscience (and financial plans) until it’s paid off. Medical debt is a special – and not in a good way. I worked as a medical debt collector for more than a year before I had any sort of medical payments in my life, and after experiencing both sides of it, I’ve learned the real stress behind it: It’s inherently emotional. Medical debt is tied to your health or that of your loved one, and you’re reminded of that with every payment you make – or every time you’re called about it. Follow these…
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    NACD Blog

  • Boards Beyond Borders: Global Panels at NACD’s Board Leadership Conference

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

    NACD Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    It should go without saying that governance in today’s complex business environment is no walk in the park. But are there lessons to be learned from a run in the Sahara? At the recent 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Steinman aimed to provide the answer to that question in a session titled “Going Beyond: Stories of Pushing Past Personal Limits.” In the session, Steinman told the story of the creation of her latest film, “Desert Runners,” which follows people who take on the formidable challenge of competing in the 4 Deserts Race Series (4…
  • NACD BLC 2014 Breakout Session – Inside the SEC: Anatomy of an Agency

    NACD Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is charged with maintaining fair and efficient markets, facilitating capital formation, and, like directors, protecting investor interests. This regulatory arm of the federal government has a significant impact on businesses, but many may not effectively understand the commission’s inner workings. Providing directors with an insider look at the SEC was a panel comprised of: Mark D. Cahn, former general counsel of the SEC’s Office of the General Counsel, and partner at WilmerHale; Thomas J. Kim, partner at Sidley Austin and former chief counsel…
  • NACD BLC 2014 Breakout Session – Mindfulness Revolution

    NACD Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    In Buddhism, mindfulness is a facet of meditation in which an individual focuses their attention on the thoughts, feelings, or sensations happening in the moment. In psychology, studies suggests that mindfulness improves an individual’s quality of life, boosting memory and reducing stress and anxiety, among other benefits. In business, the adoption of these techniques has shown to improve productivity—so much so, that even Fortune 50 companies and the U.S. military are integrating mindfulness practices into the workday. Mindfulness expert Janet Nima Taylor—an American Buddhist nun,…
  • Complexity and the Boardroom

    Adam Lee
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    At the final plenary session of the 2014 NACD Board Leadership Conference, NACD President and CEO Ken Daly spoke with Steven Reinemund, director of Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Marriott, and American Express, and Gen. H. Hugh Shelton (Ret.), chairman of Red Hat and director of L-3 Communications on the issue of business complexity. The current environment is dynamic, fast-paced, and tumultuous, Daly observed. Not only must boards stay vigilant of disruptive forces—including those identified by NACD’s Directorship 2020: economics, geopolitics, competition, technology, demographics, innovation,…
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    The Whitepages blog

  • Priceless: Names That Are Also Precious Gems

    Rebecca Carroll
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    Is there anything more dear than family or friends? The song might say “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”, but in fact, naming people after precious and semi-precious gems started in the 19th century. We took a look at some of these jewels, and discovered that there are some old school treasures and modern gems that [...] The post Priceless: Names That Are Also Precious Gems appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • A Map of the Scams: Top 10 Spam Area Codes

    Jonathan Nelson
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Spam and call scams are two things that are all too familiar to Americans. While we’ve covered some of the more notable ones like the IRS scam, there are many others such as the Grandparent scam or the Medical Alert scam. Since Whitepages believes data should be used for good, we decided to leverage our [...] The post A Map of the Scams: Top 10 Spam Area Codes appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • Make a Name For Yourself: Jobs That Are Also Names

    Rebecca Carroll
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    People say that one’s name is defining, and reflects one’s identity. We looked at a recent trend in names and noticed that some words, which once solely described one’s job or occupation, have moved over into the “Names” category of our culture. Do you think names like these may define a person’s destiny? Do you [...] The post Make a Name For Yourself: Jobs That Are Also Names appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • 3 Reasons for Dual SIM Phones

    Suja Vaidyanathan
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:39 pm
    What’s a SIM and why would anyone ever need more than one? SIM stands for subscriber identity module and is a circuit printed on a card in your smartphone. A SIM card can be swapped into phones, making it easy to port your phone number to different phones. There are different types of SIM cards, [...] The post 3 Reasons for Dual SIM Phones appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
  • And the winner is… Whitepages takes home IIDA’s Design in Mass award

    Molly Phillips
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    We already knew that we worked in an awesome space, but last week brought with it some sweet validation when we learned that the Whitepages office won the International Interior Design Association’s Design in Mass award for the Northern Pacific Chapter. Local architect Patrick Chatfield of IA Interior Architects was named the winner for his work on [...] The post And the winner is… Whitepages takes home IIDA’s Design in Mass award appeared first on The Whitepages blog.
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  • Week’s Top Stories: November 15 — 21, 2014

    GC Editor
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Terror Developments: Overview of TRIPRA: Some may question why terrorism risk has a place in a document dedicated to emerging risk. Terrorism as a form of violence to promote cause or promote change... Continue reading...
  • Change in the Threat of Terrorism

    GC Editor
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the Guy Carpenter Global Terrorism Report Uncertain Future: Evolving Terrorism Risk (1) we provide a comprehensive review and outlook of terrorism risk. Key components of the report are... Continue reading...
  • Terror Developments: Overview of TRIPRA

    GC Editor
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Some may question why terrorism risk has a place in a document dedicated to emerging risk. Terrorism as a form of violence to promote cause or promote change is one of the original human conflicts.... Continue reading...
  • Emerging Risk: Periodic Payment Orders

    GC Editor
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For a number of reasons the United Kingdom represents an extreme example of the impact of annuity compensation structures. For severe bodily injury cases it is now highly likely that the claimant... Continue reading...
  • Compensation “Emerging Risks”

    GC Editor
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    From an “emerging risks” perspective it can be seen that the inadequacies of the “lump sum” method of compensation have been highlighted by a number of systemic... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • 10 Best Cities for Travel 2015

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As a Toronto call centre, we’re very proud of our hometown and like to celebrate its achievements. That is why we’re so interested in how Toronto and Canada rank on the world’s stage and we’ve explored this in posts like best country to live, the smartest countries, the happiest countries, the  most peaceful countries, the friendliest countries, the most charitable countries, the best countries for quality of life, the best countries for business, the top countries for life expectancy, the best countries for working women, the best country for child well-being, the best…
  • Online fundraising requires balance between SEO & Social Media (part 2)

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Last week I wrote the first of a three-part series about how nonprofits need to use Social Media and SEO to help build their online audience and ultimately develop their online fundraising strategies. In the previous blog post we explored the value of social media in assisting with the generation of your online audience and today we’ll begin to look at some SEO concepts that will help to improve the likelihood of your website being found by those who will be interested in your cause and your efforts. How do people find your website? In North America more than 96% of all online searches…
  • 4 Twitter tools to make your #nonprofit #fundraising efforts shine

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m a strong advocate of social media and the value that it can bring to a nonprofit organization particularly in terms of building public awareness, networking and an improved ability to hear what your audience are doing, feeling and thinking. I’ve been working with Twitter for six years and have seen it refined from a very raw tool where most people just focused on celebrities’ tweets to an important networking tool for the sharing of information and in many cases a news ticker that works in real-time. At the heart of finding, building and engaging with an audience via…
  • 4 Key Findings from new UBS nonprofit study

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    While some may tend to automatically define philanthropy as nonprofit fundraising donations, the circle is completed when volunteering is added to the equation. For so many having the opportunity to give time and effort to support a cause is viewed as favourably as being able to donate funds. Last week we took a look at how many of the world’s wealthiest support nonprofits in the Coutts Million Dollar Donors Report and today we wanted to look at a study that is a fitting companion piece to that study. Courtesy of UBS Investor Watch comes a report entitled ‘Doing Well at Doing…
  • Meatless Monday with Slow Cooker Lentil Stew with Polenta

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Miratel blog for another flavour-packed edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. Whether or not you’re a full-time vegan it might seem daunting to make a meat-free meal that is satisfying and won’t leave you missing animal products but our…
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    The Allstate Blog

  • QUIZ: Are You An All-Weather Driver?

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Whether it’s snowing, hailing, raining, or tornadoing (is that even a word?), you have to know how to steer your way out of severe weather. Because Mom is the CEO (Chief Emergency Officer) of her family, she needs to act quickly and make the right decisions. Do you have what it takes to make the right decision in a bad situation? Take our 10-question ‘All-Weather Driver’ quiz to find out how you would perform in an emergency driving situation. Javascript is disabled Javascript is disabled on your browser. Please enable it in order to use this form. Loading All-Weather Driver…
  • Fun Thanksgiving Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

    Nicole Markle
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    When families and friends get together on Thanksgiving, it can often be an all-day and even weekend-long affair. And why not? For some, it may be one of the few times of the year the whole family gets together for a meal. But the big turkey dinner is only a small part of the holiday. Oftentimes people get together earlier while the meal is still cooking and stay later while their food is settling. And if you have out-of-towners come in, they may stay the whole weekend. So what do you do in all of those extra hours to get the most out of that special family time? Entertain with Crafts and…
  • Cats, Dogs and Thanksgiving: How to Keep Pets Calm This Season

    Nicole Markle
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Your pets are part of your family, and you probably want them to be there during your Thanksgiving celebration. But what if your cat or dog isn’t used to having a lot of people around? According to the Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW), dogs and cats can get anxious or stressed over big crowds and extra noise invading their comfort zone. With a little bit of preparation, you can help put your furry friends at ease and bring out their best pet behavior this Thanksgiving. It Starts With Training Before introducing your dog to guests, PAW suggests making sure your pet knows the basic sit…
  • Small Space, Big Spirit: How to Decorate Your Apartment for the Holidays

    Cristel Mohrman
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Living in a small apartment or condo doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the holiday spirit. No room for a 7-foot tree in your living room or no dining room table on which to display a menorah? While you may not have a roof you can trim with holiday lights and it may not be possible to fit a large tree inside your home, there are still ways to decorate a small space. Here are a few ideas for adding seasonal touches to your home, whether you’re hosting the holidays or you just want to decorate your apartment your own enjoyment. Go for the Mini Tree For some, a towering tree with all the…
  • Emergency Funds 201: Where to Stash Your Savings

    Nicole Markle
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Personal finance journalist and Get Rich Slowly blogger Kristin Wong knows a thing or two about emergency funds: She’s researched and written extensively about the topic. Kristin Wong In this two-part series about emergency funds, Wong answers our questions about this important vehicle for financial stability. Part one covered the basics of what an emergency fund is and why everyone should have one. Now, Wong goes more in-depth with specifics on how to set up an emergency fund. What is the difference between a savings account and an emergency fund? An emergency fund covers unexpected…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • Zend Studio 12: An Optimized Environment for Better, Faster PHP Web and Mobile Apps

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

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

    6 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    For any sales-oriented business, presenting the right product to a customer at the right time can make the difference between creating or losing brand loyalty. A simple concept, this can be quite a challenge to execute well, particularly if you have a multi-channel sales strategy and a wide variety of products. No company understands how to meet this challenge quite like Pimcore- an open source Product Information Management (PIM) company that specializes in making catalog management easier than ever before.Pimcore is disrupting the way businesses manage their catalogs by helping them to…
  • Using Social Media to Connect and Manage People— How We Do It

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    For the third time in just a few months, OSSCube has received an award celebrating our internal and external HR and people management practices. These awards are especially important to us because we take pride in our corporate culture, and knowing that our corporate culture is having a positive impact on the community is a wonderful feeling. This latest award, “Excellence in Social Media People Campaign” was presented by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at their annual gala. The award focuses on social media activity that engages outside employment prospects and garners a…
  • Mobile Apps: Can They be Secure Enough?

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    In the last few years—right before our eyes—communication has changed. From intern­et browsing, to text and e-mail messaging, people are going mobile. In fact, upwards of 80% of users are opening their e-mails on mobile devices. It can no longer be denied that the business world must begin to work within the mobile world of customers. In fact, mobile strategy must be a priority when it comes to connecting with current and potential markets. Though mobile security is discussed almost constantly, it recently came under fire when Gartner released a new report on mobile application…
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    Eco Blog: dedication to Green Hauling

  • Water Thieves Adding to CA’s Drought Woes

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    We are all well aware of the adverse effects the drought has brought upon the state and its residents. A few posts ago, I outlined one of the bigger causes for concern regarding our already depleted water levels, but recently news outlets have identified a new offender in the battle for water: Thieves. In some of the state’s worst hit areas water has become a valuable commodity, with some people turning to illegal means as a way of acquiring it. Recent investigations have identified criminals operating illegal marijuana grow sites as some of the most prolific water thieves. According to the…
  • Recycling CD’s & DVD’s: What to Do

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    With the steady decline in CD and DVD use, brought on by services like Netflix, Hulu and Steam, the US is looking at an ever-growing influx of obsolete and soon to be obsoletes discs. Most people think that since they are made from plastic, discs can be mixed in with the rest of the recyclables. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. In 1988, the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) developed a classification system to help consumers and recyclers better understand the different types of plastic, as well as how to recycle them. Compact discs are categorized as a type 7 plastic, the most toxic…
  • Tips for a Waste Free School Year

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The beginning of autumn means the start of a new school year, marking a joyous occasion for parents and a tearful end to summer vacation for kids. In honor of this occasion, we decided to share a few tips that can make this school year your most eco-friendly to date: -  Before shopping for new school supplies, take inventory of what supplies you already have and can use again this year. Should you have to get new materials, look for things you can get the most use out of (i.e., reloadable mechanical pencils). - Aim for packing “waste-free” lunches. This includes implementing reusable…
  • Amid legal strife, Oakland will return garbage contract to Waste Management

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In a surprising turn of events, The City of Oakland has decided to bow out of the legal battle brought on by Waste Management and give back the contract that will keep the company in control of a majority of the waste collection services. While the council’s unanimous vote allows California Waste Solutions (CWS) to still be in charge for collecting recyclables, garbage and compost collection duties will be the responsibility of Waste Management. This means that the hundred plus year relationship between Waste management and Oakland will continue. Some city officials are meeting the decision…
  • Waste Management taking Oakland to Court over Lost Contract

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    In the wake of the recent controversy over the city of Oakland offering a 10-year contract to a rival company, Houston-based Waste Management has decided to take their grievances to court. Waste Management, the nations largest trash and recycling hauler, claims that the Oakland City Council hindered the bidding process in order to stack the odds in favor of the West Oakland-based California Waste Solutions (CWS). Citing the fact that CWS has never held a garbage hauling contract, submitted proposals past the agreed-upon due date, and failed to comply with Oakland’s contracting rules, Waste…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • What happens when history relocates?

    Kevin Hunt
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Flour mill artifacts more than a century old, rare original paintings of Betty Crocker from the 1940s, the Pillsbury Doughboy’s commercial props, Star Wars memorabilia. We’ve got lots of history in the General Mills Corporate Archives and, recently, we relocated to a new space. That means we can spread out, unpack some more boxes and have room to show off some of our best stuff. When history relocates it’s sort of like a time machine, right?! And, it’s appropriate that the new home for all our historical artifacts, publications, products and portraits – among…
  • Gluten-free eating goes mainstream in Europe

    Bridget Christenson
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Cereal Partners Worldwide, General Mills’ joint venture with Nestle, has introduced new Nestle Gluten Free Corn Flakes in the UK. Available in Original and Honey varieties, the launch marks the first time a gluten-free breakfast cereal will sit alongside other well-known brands in the mainstream cereal aisle in the UK. Gluten Free Corn Flakes also will be available in Austria, Spain, and Italy, are made with validated sources of gluten-free corn and are made on a dedicated gluten-free production line. “Gluten Free Corn Flakes is all about giving everyone more choice when it comes to…
  • A 30th birthday party for Cinnamon Toast Crunch

    Lynne Morioka
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    Cinnamon Toast Crunch turned 30 this year – it’s a milestone year and deserves a celebration! There have been fond tributes to the CTC bakers and those Crazy Squares amped it up by adding even more cinnamon to the cereal. Now the chefs and bakers from social food network Tastemade are getting in on the birthday celebration by creating a cinnamon-a-rific menu. And you can cook along at home! Every good party starts with a sweet and salty party mix: And, of course, you need a signature cocktail: You’ll need a main dish: Sweet nibbles are always appreciated: And don’t…
  • Where do Cheerios come from?

    Kevin Hunt
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Cheerios is a simple product, made with care by many dedicated people who take pride in what they do. A video recently produced by the Cheerios team – “From Oats to O’s: The Making of Cheerios” – explains the steps involved. The video begins on the farm of Edgar Scheurer, of Manitoba. “I like growing oats because it’s a healthy product to grow,” says Scheurer. “And I believe in it.” His oats end up in mills, like the one in Minneapolis featured in the video, which grind them into whole grain oat flour. “We pour our heart and soul into this product for all the families…
  • Holiday sweets and sides: Our top picks

    Madison Mayberry
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yes, holidays are made to highlight traditions. Think perfectly browned turkey with crackling skin, a fluffy pile of mashed potatoes. But you can also mix things up and wow your friends and family members during the holidays with sweets and sides that are sure to shine. SIDES  Microwave Risotto with Winter Squash, Maple Syrup and Sage from Short on time but still want to impress guests? Then look no further than this microwave risotto that is ready in just 45 minutes! Gluten-Free Broccoli and Squash Medley from This fresh and simple side will please…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Building a Great Workplace When You “Don’t Have the Time”

    Jennifer Robin
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Three Trust-Building Tips for Time-Crunched Managers All great workplaces are characterized by strong trust-based relationships between employees and their managers. However, relationship building takes time, and many managers see time as an obstacle to building a workplace that is truly great.
  • Peer Recognition, Culture and Going the Extra Mile

    China Gorman
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    What motivates employees? It is money? Feeling valued at work? Connecting with a company’s social mission? All these are good answers, but a new study from TINYpulse that analyzed over 200,000 employee responses relating to organizational culture found that peers and camaraderie are the #1 reason employees go the extra mile.
  • Everybody’s Got Issues

    Jennifer Robin
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ideas for Overcoming Operational Challenges to Building a Great Workplace Every workplace encounters unique challenges when faced with external forces such as globalization, the economy, demographic trends, etc. However, it’s critical to remember that EVERY decision leaders make (regardless of the force driving it) is a PEOPLE decision, and paying attention to how a decision affects people is what makes a workplace great.
  • Using Your PTO: It’s the Patriotic Thing To Do

    China Gorman
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    U.S Employees are taking less vacation time today than at any point in the last four decades. In fact, in 2013 employees with available Paid Time Off (PTO) took an average of 16 days of vacation, compared to an average of 20 days in 2000. This is data from a recent report by the U.S Travel Association, conducted by Oxford Economics, which analyzes the impact of forfeited time off.
  • Six Strategies for Attracting Talent: Strategy #6

    Jessica Rohman
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Attract talent by making your company’s culture a selling point.Never underestimate the power of your company’s culture to attract and retain great people. Think of the culture of your company like the personality of a person—the ones that inspire, engage, motivate and genuinely care will always draw crowds of like-minded people.
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Connecting with Clients during the Holidays

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    The holiday season is a great time for you to show your appreciation and thank your clients for their business. Though you should be thanking clients throughout the year, the holiday season is one where a little more can – and should – be done. To help make the right impression with clients this holiday season, we’ve come up with some traditional and out-of-the-box ideas to spread a little cheer. Host a Holiday Party. Why not invite your clients to the office for a little holiday cheer? This is a great way to socialize and have your clients get to know your employees and start to…
  • What Do Your Clients Expect From You?

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Clients have come to expect a certain level of service, accessibility, and responsiveness in their day-to-day lives. Consumers’ increasingly digital lifestyles are changing traditional customer service models more than ever. Mobile access now offers the opportunity to deliver highly personalized customer service experiences 24/7. That said, you can expect the future client base to be more diverse, as they become more mobile. Investors expect transparency with their advisors and expect to be heavily involved in decisions about their investment strategy. Financial advisors can use technology…
  • The Best Ways to Avoid Identity Theft

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Every two seconds, another American becomes a victim of identity fraud. According to a study by Javelin Strategy & Research, the number of identity fraud victims jumped to 13.1 million in 2013. That’s an increase of 500,000 from 2012 and the second highest number of victims since Javelin began conducting its annual study in 2004. Data breaches continue to be one of the main sources of fraud, with one in three people who received notifications of a data breach discovering their identities were used for fraudulent means, Javelin found. It appears growth in our online shopping habits and a…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    RETAIL SALES REBOUND FROM SEPTEMBER SLUMP The 0.3% October gain announced by the Commerce Department exactly offset the September decline. Below the headline number, core retail sales (minus auto buying) also rose 0.3% last month. Sales increased in 11 of 13 categories; online retailers saw a 1.9% boost to lead the pack. Annually, overall retail sales were up 4.1% from last October.1,2   MOOD OF U.S. HOUSEHOLDS BRIGHTENS November’s initial University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in at 89.4 on Friday – the best reading since July 2007. This represents a return to normal,…
  • Summit Brokerage Recruits Advisor with $60M in AUM

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Financial advisor John Holland in Charleston, West Virginia has recently joined Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., the Highest Rated Independent Broker-Dealer in the Country*. He was previously affiliated with Securities Management & Research, where he managed $60 million in client assets. Holland brings over 20 years of industry experience and specializes in business retirement plans, asset allocation strategies for long term growth and helping individuals achieve their financial goals in retirement. “I chose Summit Brokerage after visiting their home office and meeting the associates…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • Recap: EBN Forum & Expo Presentation

    Jennifer Patel
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Last month I was a featured speaker at the EBN Forum & Expo in Boca Raton. During my presentation I discussed Hallmark Business Connections’ philosophy of enrichment and how it impacts everything we do, including our wellness initiatives. A few things were brought up after my presentation that I would like to share with you. Health Risk Assessments & Biometric Screenings Following my presentation I was asked whether or not we incent participation in our health risk assessments and biometric screenings. The short answer? Yes, we do. One reason is we feel those assessments are key to…
  • Extend the Realm of your Gratitude During Thanksgiving

    Rhonda Basler
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Pumpkin pie, cranberries and turkey characterize the fourth Thursday of November. We spend this day each year with friends, family and loved ones to celebrate our good fortune and everything we have to be thankful for. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, consider how you can extend the realm of your gratitude. This year’s Thanksgiving spirit doesn’t need to be confined to Nov. 27, or to just friends and family. Think of the customers and employees you interact with daily in the workplace. These are the people who define your company culture and who are the face of your success.
  • 25 Effective Employee Recognition Ideas for Business Leaders

    Jonathan McClellan
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Successful business leaders understand that employee recognition is more than just a nice thing to do for people.  In fact, research shows that organizations with the most mature employee recognition approaches are 12 times more likely to have strong business results.  Sixty percent of best-in-class companies (defined as organizations that are rapidly embracing recognition as a way to fuel engagement and drive business success) indicate that recognition programs are extremely valuable in driving individual performance. But the question for businesses is: What are some of the most effective…
  • Understanding the ROI of Wellness Programs

    Jennifer Patel
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Every day businesses have to make financial decisions that best impact both short- and long-term success, and produce easily recognizable and measurable financial benefits. For decades, businesses have seen the correlation between healthcare costs and employee health. But in recent years these programs have become more sophisticated and the ways to foster wellness have grown exponentially, providing businesses with more options for motivating employees, improving overall wellness and tracking results. As many preventable diseases reach epidemic proportions, the need for employee wellness…
  • Snapshot: Upcoming Cerner Health Conference Presentation

    Jennifer Patel
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Wellness programs have come a long way over the years, becoming more incorporated into the general structure of healthcare. As this space continues to evolve and change, businesses need to develop new and creative ways to effectively target their employees. On Nov. 4, I will chime in with other panelists at the 2014 Cerner Health Conference to help companies transform and accelerate their wellness initiatives through creative tools and tips. During this panel, you will learn more about microtargeting and its ability to spark wellness program interest through targeted communications and…
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    Skiddle Blog

  • Customer enquiries form (your chance to opt-out)

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    When you’re advertising an event on Skiddle, we recommend adding as much information about the event as possible. However, your potential customers may have a question that’s not been answered. This could be a barrier to them purchasing tickets. This facility is a great way of communicating with your customers. Answering an enquiry may make the difference between someone buying tickets, or looking elsewhere. Your email address will not be visible to the customer. The enquiry will be submitted to you via an enquiry form which will be going live from 1st December. We will verify…
  • 115% boost for bonfire night events

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    As the UK’s biggest events guide, Skiddle attract 1,000s of visitors wanting to find out about events near them. When special occasions occur, such as Bonfire Night, we help to push events to visitors looking for info. Here’s some quick stats on how our bonfire night marketing helped your events: 2013: 206,000+ pageviews of ‘bonfire night’ content 2014: 445,000+ pageviews of ‘bonfire night’ content Remember, to take advantage of our substancial traffic, ensure your event is listed with Skiddle. For extra exposure, sell tickets with us (at no extra cost…
  • How we use our social networks

    Jimmy Coultas
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    We’ve changed the way we do things on our social networks. As we’ve watched our audiences evolve and also the networks themselves undertake huge changes, we’ve had to react to make sure that we maximise them not only for our own potential, but for the thousands of promoters that use us to sell their tickets. This blog post is to relay exactly how these changes affect you, the people who sell tickets with us, and how you can capitalise on the way we now do things for your own gain. We need fresh content from promoters to push via our networks, so here is a guide to how to feed us info…
  • New advanced ticket options

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    We’ve just added some new features giving you more control when you setup your tickets:     Ticket Category Seelect a category header to group tickets together on your event page Exact availability By default we won’t show visitors how many tickets you have remaining. We’ll show warnings such as “Tickets selling quickly” or “Last few remaining” but these will be generic without revealing your remaining allocation. If you prefer, you can show the exact number of tickets remaining using this option Show Pending onsale tickets By default when…
  • Ticket categorisation

    18 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Running an event with lots of ticket types? Sometimes the choice can be a bit confusing for customers, so you can now categorise your tickets into groups. When adding your tickets, simply select a category from the list (we’ve got loads to pick from) and we’ll group all tickets with the same category together on your event page. You can also move tickets around within the category groups, and rearrange the categories so they appear exactly how you want them to appear. Head over to the tickets overview to get started
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • Winning Data Strategy: Multi-Source

    Mike Campbell
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    As we all know, lists, targeting, segmentation, modeling, etc. are one of the most important components of a direct marketing program.  Through years (OK, decades) of testing, I’ve come to realize that in nearly every client program there is a significant opportunity to improve results through the use of multiple data sources.  The roots of this strategy trace back to the nonprofit industry, where organizations regularly rent multiple third-party lists for donation appeals in addition to their house file of past donors.  These third-party lists are closely analyzed based on number of…
  • To Survey or Not to Survey. Is There Really a Question?

    Russ Machus
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The basic rule in business is that keeping customers is far less expensive than finding and cultivating new ones. While the burden of that isn’t wholly on Sales and Marketing, it is extra important to make sure your marketing communications are as engaging, personal and relevant as possible. Bring on the benefitsSurveys happen to be one of the best ways to learn meaningful, actionable information about your customers, because they     • Make customers feel valued      • Engage customers by soliciting their opinions and preferences      • Offer a chance to learn about…
  • Spinning Up Surf, Sun and Sensational ROI

    Danielle Nelson
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    This year’s DMA is coming up quickly, and will be held right here in San Diego—not far from Anderson HQ in Poway—October 25-30, at the San Diego Convention Center. Although the warmth of California’s summer is fading fast, the west coast venue is sure to be a relief for people flying in from less sunny parts of the country, as well as a beacon for those seeking DM’s best and brightest, people, technologies and ideas. We’ll be there—with ROI on wheels As we have for the past 15 years, Anderson will have a strong presence at this year’s exhibition hall (October 26-28), rocking a…
  • How to Keep Your DM Creative Fresh and Your Results Strong

    Melinda Risolo
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    If you’re lucky enough to have a strong control, in any medium, by all means keep using it. You may be tired of it—but as long as it delivers great results, don’t mess with a winner That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t challenge it. Test, test, test is the holy mantra of direct marketing and the only way to generate continuous improvements in ROI. But what to test? It depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Here are two ways to keep your DM creative fresh and your results strong Tweak your control. Small changes can drive incremental lift in response and/or reduction in cost, and…
  • Understanding the True Power Behind Marketing Success: The Offer

    James Pennington
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    I’ve actively worked in direct marketing for more than 30 years, and never before has it been this easy to be a great marketer. The Internet now provides access to virtually unlimited free information on marketing best practices through blogs, webinars and more. Yet in spite of this pervasive availability of information on how to make marketing work better, there are still many marketers who miss or ignore practices that have been proven to work time and time again. One often misunderstood and misused element in marketing is the offer. Once the audience is properly identified and…
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  • What to Prepare for in 2015

    Merchant Warehouse
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE With six weeks to go in 2014, retailers should start thinking about the impact 2015 will have on their in-store payments strategy. Next year will likely be one of the most pivotal years in the payments industry. New technologies, new players and new guidelines will all shape the way retailers accept electronic payments. Here are three important topics to consider when planning for 2015.  1.   PCI 3.0 The current PCI 2.0 guidelines sunset on Dec 31, 2014 and will be replaced by PCI 3.0. PCI 3.0 isn’t a major overhaul vs the existing 2.0 guidelines, but it does add new…
  • Preparing Your Business for Cyber Monday

    Merchant Warehouse
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Cyber Monday is the most significant marketing event of the holiday season, generating $2.29 billion in online sales during 2013, a 31% increase over online sales during Black Friday. While e-commerce business owners typically enjoy the benefits of Cyber Monday, traditional retailers can also benefit from the increase in traffic. By making some minor updates and optimizing their website, retailers that do not offer e-commerce on their website can in fact increase both foot traffic and in-store sales. Our latest infographic looks at ten tips that retailers can employ to improve their…
  • This Month in Payments News: October 2014

    Merchant Warehouse
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Each month we round up the most interesting news in payments, the stories that have the potential to change the industry in ways big and small.  In our monthly series here on the Resource Center, we round up the biggest stories in the payments industry -- the breaking news and developing trends that stand to change this space and herald innovation. In this edition, we’re covering October. Follow along! October was a big month for the payments industry, with yet another credit card breach, plus MCX’s response to Apple Pay and a somewhat surprising new player in the mobile…
  • 2014 Money 20/20 Takeaways and Themes

    Patrick Turiano
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    SHARE The payments industry has many events and conferences promoting disruptive technologies and business models, but none promote the industry the way Money20/20 does. This past week, November 2-6, the payments industry gathered at the Aria Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, NV to network, learn and promote payments and financial services.  Money20/20 has grown to a major industry conference that connects payments and commerce with mobile, retail, marketing services, data and technology. This year’s show was full of high-profile executives, tremendous exhibiting opportunities, and great…
  • The 2014 Ultimate Holiday Shopping Guide

    Merchant Warehouse
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    SHARE Once the turkey settles, holiday shopping season officially begins. This year, shoppers can expect more than 40,000 deals between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and retailers are expecting November and December sales to top $616.9 billion.The following infographic examines what consumers and retailers can expect during the first few days of the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season, beginning with Thanksgiving and running through #GivingTuesday.  Click Infographic to Enlarge   For easy integration of the full infographic on your website, simply copy and paste the following embed…
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    Proforma Blog

  • Dyslexia: Creating Clarity Between the Lines

    Patrick Magyar
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    Image courtesy of Christian Boer A neurological condition is sweeping across the globe at an alarming rate and according to a UK study, approximately 10% of the world’s population is affected and another 4% is severely affected. There is no immediate cure; however there are therapies and resources that can be used to combat the effects. If you are having a hard time reading this, you too may have a form of dyslexia. You may not have been diagnosed, but you may struggle with verbalizing thoughts, the speed at which you processes information, mental calculation and concentration. These are…
  • The Struggle to Juggle Work and Family

    Natalie Darr
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image courtesy of Callum Mckain’s photostream The struggle is real. The ability to find balance between work and home can feel almost impossible. Whether you are a family of four or it’s just you and your spouse, making time for the loved ones in your life is tricky. These four tips will hopefully help you find that balance, making your day run more smoothly than ever before. 1.    Stay Organized (even just a little bit) Don’t fret that your calendar and morning routine isn’t “Pinterest” worthy because for the most part, no one’s life is. But small things like picking the…
  • Press Release Insights: Right place. Right time.

    Kendra Smith
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of r. nial bradshaw’s photostream Sometimes life is all about being in the right place at the right time, right? The same is true for your press releases. In my last post, we talked about how to write an effective release. I mentioned the importance of sending your announcement to the right person, because even the most well written release won’t make it into the news if it isn’t in the right place at the right time. Here are some tips for sending your press releases: •    First identify the key media outlets you want to target. Is your story best suited for…
  • Change your Mindset, Change your Life

    Barbara Sulik
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image courtesy of Andrew Campbell’s photostream As I’ve mentioned before, I embarked on my #1 Bucket List item this year and participated in a 140.6 mile triathlon this month.  Back in March I started documenting my journey in a private blog for my family and friends. Over the course of my training, I have encountered some negative comments, hate filled drivers, and some general lack of support.  I did not blog about any of those things.  There were far more examples of people going out of their way to help me, encourage me, and support me to focus on the negativity of a small…
  • Identifying the Right Interns for Your Business

    Kate McCall
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image courtesy of Kevin Dooley’s photostream Experience. When recent college graduates leave university life and venture into the working world, experience is what employers are looking for in their new hires. However, how can college students have this experience while still working toward their degrees? The answer is simple: internships. Your business, or a business you are familiar with, has probably had at least one intern. From communications and marketing to business and engineering, many students are either required or encouraged to complete internships (paid or unpaid) before…
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  • Are Your Employees Cut Out To Work Remotely?

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    In an age where there’s an app for everything and telecommuting should be easy, why do workers still not feel it’s beneficial? It begs the question “are your employees cut out to work remotely?”. In a survey of business owners by Virgin Media Business, it was predicted that 60% of office-based employees will regularly work from home by 2022. A separate survey by Office Angels found a third of employees think commuting will be unheard of by 2036. By comparison, large companies such as Yahoo are bucking this predicted trend by announcing all of its staff are required to…
  • Cakes (and Cookies) Under Scrutiny For Children In Need

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    On Friday we held a bakeoff at the CIPHR offices for Children In Need. There were many cakes (and cookies) under scrutiny and the judging (and tasting) were taken VERY seriously. Although there were many exceptional entries from all areas of the business there had to be a winner. Scroll through the gallery below to find out which entry won!   AND THE OVERALL WINNER!   The post Cakes (and Cookies) Under Scrutiny For Children In Need appeared first on CIPHR.
  • A+E air views on CIPHR SaaS

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    A+E Networks UK is a television broadcast company with four channel brands that launched in 1995 as a joint venture company between BSkyB and A+E Networks in the US. Following meetings and a system demonstration, CIPHR was chosen because it delivered all of the functionality required at the time and provided the breadth and depth of features required to grow the system over time. The post A+E air views on CIPHR SaaS appeared first on CIPHR.
  • 14 Ways To Deal With Workplace Stress

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    We all face stressful situations at work, whether in the office, working from home or out on the road. Here are 14 ways to deal with workplace stress. First, a few statistics from Health and Safety Executive regarding stress in the workplace: The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show: The total number of cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 487,000 (39%) out of a total of 1,241,000 cases for all work-related illnesses The number of new cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2013/14 was 244,000 The rates of work-related stress,…
  • How To Turn Your Office Into A Hub Of Collaboration

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    How collaborative is your office? Really? Want to improve how your employees work together? Here’s how to turn your office into a hub of collaboration. Let employees see each other It may sound obvious but, in a world of communication technology, it’s still nice to be able to see and talk to people around us. If employees have sight of one another then they’re more likely to interact and collaborate. Encourage an office environment that allows colleagues to talk to each other without having to pick up a phone or type an email. If you provide your staff their own little…
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    Anywhere Pad » Articles

  • Anywhere Pad Gears Up Against POODLE

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

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

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

    Anywhere Pad Team
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Security will always be one of our top priorities, so we would like to inform our users that Anywhere Pad is protected against Shellshock threats. All Linux servers in Amazon have been patched with the latest bash update, which comes with the corresponding security fix for Shellshock. Our Anywhere Pad servers are now running CentOS patched with the latest batch version including the latest CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) reported. The specific version is bash-4.1.2-15.el6_5.2. Shellshock, also known by its other Continue Reading » The post Anywhere Pad Protected From…
  • Anywhere Pad on Exhibit in London and Toronto

    Alexandrea Roman
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:51 pm
    We’re ending this productive week on a high note by attending two major events in two continents today, the 3rd of October. Catch Anywhere Pad at the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Annual Convention in London, England and the Governance Centre of Excellence’s Conference for Corporate Secretaries in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. If you happen to be anywhere in either city, we’d love to see you drop by our booths. The IoD Annual Convention, one of the biggest events in the British business Continue Reading » The post Anywhere Pad on Exhibit in London and Toronto appeared…
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    Export Compliance Blog

  • More Than Just an End User Statement: Best Practices for Evaluating End Users

    Lori Padley-Lee
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Compliant global exporting requires careful attention to end users This past summer the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released a new presentation, “End-Use Monitoring and Effective Export Compliance”. Their plan is to use comprehensive End-Use checks (EUCs) to hinder the unauthorized export and re-export of items subject to export control. The Departments of Commerce, State and Defense are all involved in stringent end-use monitoring programs. An EUC verifies that an export’s end user is a “reliable recipient” and will use the export item/s in accordance with Export…
  • Happy Birthday, Export Control Reform! Top 4 ECR Growing Pains

    Lori Padley-Lee
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Export Control Reform (ECR) turned a year old on October 15th. It’s been quite a year! While nibbling on the remnants of leftover Halloween candy and looking ahead to Thanksgiving celebrations, take a moment to try to guess the fall event you may not have remembered. It took place on October 15th. A hint: it’s related to export compliance. Anyone? Time’s up. October 15th 2014 marked an important one-year anniversary: the first export regulations revised under Export Control Reform (ECR) went into effect. Don’t worry, ECR isn’t sad that you forgot its birthday (it celebrated with…
  • Three Easy Steps to Resolve Positive Matches to Your Restricted Party Screening

    Tristan Steiner
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Denied / Restricted Party Screening is the fundamental building block of any export compliance program. But how do you go about efficiently vetting potential matches to your screening information? You want to be sure and thorough, and you want to keep a solid record of your vetting process, but you also want to keep it simple and down to as few steps as possible. A workflow solution places each step of your restricted party screening process in a single dashboard, so there’s no need to blend details through outside application exchanges or intermediary translation steps. You can move…
  • Real World Export Compliance Horror Stories – Part Two

    Peter Mollard
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Halloween is upon us and many of us, young and old, take advantage of the opportunity to don a disguise and play the age-old game of ‘trick-or-treat’ with our friends and neighbors. When exporters engage in such tricky behavior however, it can conjure up horrors of a whole other kind. Attempting to disguise illegal exports can have severe ramifications for transgressors. The government is constantly on the watch for such tricks and invests significant resources towards the identification and punishment of violations. It’s hardly fun and games when you step outside the bounds of export…
  • To Russia with Love: Thwarted ITAR Violations Straight out of a Movie

    Lori Padley-Lee
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Our leading man could start a new trend in films based on export compliance crimes. Fifty-three year old Dmitry Ustinov has been sentenced to 1.5 years in prison after violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Export compliance transgressions and slaps on the wrist from ITAR are nothing new – stories of companies that dropped the ball on restricted and denied party screening or inadvertently committed a deemed export violation are a dime a dozen. But Dmitry Ustinov’s failed yet elaborate scheme stands out for stirring up…
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    P1 e-Social

  • 2014 FIA Formula E Putrajaya ePrix

    P1 Buddy
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:23 pm
                      Yes, the future of motorsports has arrived in Malaysia! Come this 22nd November 2014, Putrajaya will be hosting a new FIA championship based on the most advanced electric powered formula cars – known as the Formula E! Malaysia is proud and […] The post 2014 FIA Formula E Putrajaya ePrix appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • CEO Tan Sri Zam welcomes P1 into TM family

    P1 Buddy
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Telekom Malaysia (TM) welcomes Packet One Networks (P1) and its staff of Packeteers into the TM family as part of its "Unifying Game Changers" programme. The post CEO Tan Sri Zam welcomes P1 into TM family appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Everything You Need To Know About The 1 Malaysia Year-End Sale

    P1 Buddy
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
                            Shopaholics alert! This is the time where your dreams come true, because everything you desire is about to get ridiculously discounted across Kuala Lumpur’s shopping centres. Whether you’re interested in fashion, tech or just love window-shopping and getting […] The post Everything You Need To Know About The 1 Malaysia Year-End Sale appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Find Out Which Apps Are Using All Of Your Data, And Stop Them!

    P1 Buddy
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:19 am
                      These smartphone apps are using up all of your data, find out what they are and how to stop them. Are you aware of how much data your smartphone’s apps are using up? Some apps are far worse than others when […] The post Find Out Which Apps Are Using All Of Your Data, And Stop Them! appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 5 Ways To Improve Employee Engagement In Your Company

    P1 Buddy
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
                        We’ve all heard about the importance of having an engaged workforce. Employee satisfaction is a measure of an employee’s happiness with a company, their particular job or their co-workers among other factors. While an employee’s happiness or satisfaction is important […] The post 5 Ways To Improve Employee Engagement In Your Company appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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    B2B Inbound Marketer Blog

  • Last Week Today in Enterprise World

    Mila Staneva
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The topic this week? Why, #OTEW2014, of course. Here is what we have selected for you review. We promise- there are no pictures of us with Mickey or in a swimming pool. OpenText VP Highlights Digital First Agenda #OTEW2014 The only clouds that Orlando is talking about are not in the sky, but at OpenText’s Enterprise World 2014 conference. The 8,200-employee Canadian powerhouse has just announced its best first quarter in the history of the company. Muhi Majzoub, senior vice president of engineering at OpenText, said 2015 will see more innovations around OpenText's core, strategic,…
  • The ROI of Mixing Outbound with Inbound Marketing

    Mila Staneva
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Once upon a time, Outbound was all the marketing around When was the last time you read something on outbound marketing? Yes, you know,  outbound: spending money to make sure your message reaches people. You physically try to get their attention, usually by interrupting (hence the term “interruption marketing”) what they are doing either by a sales call or an advertisement. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Side of Outbound Marketing  The good thing about outbound is that it is easily measurable. The price is fixed: you need this amount of money to reach this amount of…
  • Last Week Today with Social Media

    Mila Staneva
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here is the weekly roundup of what you might have missed in the constantly changing world of Social Media... 8 Social Lessons from @CMIContent’s 2015 B2B Marketing Report Social media is an integral part of content marketing, not just a delivery medium. Thus, for a campaign to be successful, social media marketers and content marketers need to work together on the planning, execution, and measurement process. Read the complete post to see the major Content Marketing findings from the Content Marketing Institute’s report and the Social Media lessons learned. Takeaway! A substantial…
  • Prospecting Tips for Enterprise World 2014

    Simon Harvey
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year's Enterprise World conference is once again almost upon us, and for those of us in the OpenText partner world its time to dust off the tradeshow booth and pull out our finest branded polo shirts ready for a trip down to Orlando. Over the last year OpenText have talked a lot about the Digital-First World - the new enterprise landscape where the technological advances and digitalization of data exchange will rewrite the rules of information management. It will be interesting to see how that vision is developed on the main stage as the show commences. Call me a veteran if you…
  • B2B Viral Campaigns Done Right: 2 Lessons

    Simon Harvey
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    B2B ad campaigns are often run as an afterthought, because a lot of companies think that they can’t be as effective as B2C campaigns. This idea is wrong, but it’s enduring. Even after numerous viral B2B campaign successes, many ask if it’s even possible for this to happen. For B2B companies looking for exposure, there’s good news: it’s possible to get people excited about your B2B firm. It’s not only possible for a B2B ad campaign to go viral, but successful campaigns share recognizable elements. This means that there’s a clear science to…
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  • Why Every Manager Needs A Caddie

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Caddie a person who carries a golfer’s clubs and provides other assistance during a match. Every manager needs a caddie. How else can he or she make the right decisions? The manager is not capable (not allowed!) of making the right decisions, so who does he or she call? The Cost-Busters! The Consultants of course, who else. As stated earlier, managers outsource their competency and it’s a fully accepted practice. Not that the consultant is more competent. He’s a caddie, not having to actually do a day’s work as the manager, but only knows how to talk about doing the job based on…
  • Why Do Organizations Still Need Consultants?

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:43 pm
    If you never trust yourself, disregard advice from your spouse and/or children and solely rely on an outsider, a professional counselor, to advice you on to have a happy family life, then this is not really good practice, would you agree? Then why would the same principle not be valid for the organization? Resorting to professional counseling would be the last option, but for organizations it seems to be the first. And it’s not the first time they do it, it happens every time. The latest fad is ‘Total Transformation’, which implies absolutely nothing is working in the organization. This…
  • Job Burnout – Get The Hell Out Of There

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    physical or mental collapse. In the work environment we are constantly put under some sort of stress. The workload can be too high, management is asking you to work on unrealistic targets and you’re counting the minutes until you go home. There are several stages until we reach the burnout. 1. Stress Stress occurs in the moment. In other words it’s caused the activity or situation that you are currently in. A stressful conversation in a meeting, the workload, anything that occurs now. To make it easier to understand I will take the example of going for a bungee jump and you don’t really…
  • How to Become an Ideal Leader

    2 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Whеn you аrе at work, dо уоu gеt fruѕtrаtеd because thіngѕ dоn’t ѕееm tо be happening thе way thеу’rе ѕuрроѕеd to be? Yоu ѕее реорlе mіllіng аrоund but nothing gеtѕ accomplished. And іn the daily hustle аnd bustle, do you fееl that уоur goals rеmаіn juѕt thаt – gоаlѕ. Then mауbе its tіmе fоr you tо ѕtаnd up аnd dо ѕоmеthіng аbоut іt. Most реорlе аrе соntеnt just tо ѕtаnd around listening for orders. And it isn’t unuѕuаl to аdорt a fоllоw-thе-lеаdеr mеntаlіtу. But mауbе,…
  • Bureaucracy – Successful Ways Not To Save Money

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Exсеѕѕіvеlу соmрlісаtеd аdmіnіѕtrаtіvе рrосеdurеѕ. Gоvеrnmеnt оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ іn раrtісulаr ѕuffеr frоm a рrосеdurе fеtіѕh. Thе excuse thаt thе рrосеѕѕ оf ѕреndіng taxpayers money has tо bе аѕ hard, lоng, complicated аnd “as соnѕсіоuѕ аѕ” роѕѕіblе dоеѕn’t rеаllу make ѕеnѕе. Onе wоuld expect the орроѕіtе. It’ѕ common ѕеnѕе tо thіnk that easy, ѕіmрlе рrосеѕѕеѕ kеер thе соѕtѕ dоwn. Wеll, put уоur Gоvеrnmеnt Thіnkіng Hat оn tо make…
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  • How Businesses Can Perform Data Loss Prevention

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    Data loss prevention (or commonly known as DLP) is a system especially designed for detecting data exfiltration or breaching & prevent these issues by constant monitoring, blocking and detecting sensitive data. In data leakage accidents, sensitive data is stolen by unauthorized people either by unintended faults or with wrong intentions. The sensitive data can be anything including intellectual property, credit card details, financial information or anything else depending upon the business industry. There are so many businesses looking easy escape from data losses. No one can guarantee…
  • Important FAQs Regarding Mobile Data Backup

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    Inclusion of bring your own device (BYOD) policy at workplace is rewarding and challenging both. One the one hand, it showers professionals, board members and clients with flexibility to work from anywhere and significantly contribute in the business bottom line by staying more productive, while on the other, it evokes concerns of data breaching, data availability and device failure. Moreover, management is sceptic about its control over the dispersed workforce and their mobile devices as they are owned, maintained and supported by users themselves. IT admins doubt whether they can manage…
  • Advantages And Disadvantages Of Cloud Storage

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    What is cloud storage? Many cloud service providers offer excellent file storage and syncing services that expands beyond popular offerings, like GoogleDrive & Dropbox. They are not just the data storage medium, but they provide guaranteed data security and integrity to the data owners. In the Internet dependent era, people do not take risks to store confidential data on the physical drives, instead they choose to store important files on the cloud servers to achieve unbreakable security. No doubt, cloud storage has given new dimension to the backup and recovery of data, and thus, it is…
  • Best Data Backup Devices For Small Businesses

    Backup Runner
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    When it comes to security of business data, you cannot rely on anything but the best. There is no need to spend huge capital in hiring or setting up a new data backup system, purchase of reliable & secure data backup devices would be enough to meet your data storage needs. So, here is a list of best data backup devices that are attached locally and network. 1.  USB STICKS These data backup devices are inexpensive and portable, but they can store large amount of data up to 128 GB. There are two types of USBs available, you can pick USB 3.0 which is the standard size with backwards…
  • Prime Reasons To Choose Cloud Backup As A Service

    Backup Runner
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    Since few years, data security concerns have become major headaches for business owners. The consistently increasing data thefts and breaches have made it impossible for business leaders to sleep peacefully, unless they invest in secure data backup solutions. This is where cloud-based data backup services become more significant. There are many service providers that happily serve businesses with end-to-end data backup & recovery solutions, no matter what situations are. The cloud connected technology acts as the savior for small and large businesses that are completely dependent on…
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