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  • Prevent Your Life Insurance Company for “Dining and Dashing” with Your Premiums

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

    AWS Official Blog
    Jeff Barr
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I met with the Amazon Payments developer relations team a couple of weeks ago in order to get an update on Login and Pay with Amazon (see my post, PeachDish – Login, Pay, Cook, and Eat With AWS, to learn more). The team has been working to make it even easier for you to add one-time checkout and recurring payments to your application. They have created new PHP, Python, and Ruby SDKs, coded up some helpful interactive and self-documenting samples, and refreshed the documentation. Let’s review the Login and Pay user experience before we dive in! The Pay with Amazon Simple Checkout Sample…
  • This Memorial Day, Be Their Champion
    Liz Edwards
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Every day, the American Red Cross honors the men and women of the United States Armed Forces as they sacrifice their comforts and freedoms to serve our country. This Memorial Day, we take extra time to remember and dedicate our work to those who have fallen in service to our country. Featured in yesterday’s blog post, we are issuing a call to action to our entire community that no veteran dies alone in America because every veteran matters to all Americans. In honor of those who have fallen, we invite you to join us this Memorial Day in supporting service members, veterans and their…
  • Avaya Wins Global Omnichannel Contact Center Award

    Avaya Connected Blog
    Pat Patterson
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here at Avaya, we’re proud to make the world’s best customer engagement hardware and software, relied on daily by the world’s best-known brands. While we’ve helped guide our customers on their journey toward 21st-century engagement, up until a few years ago, our own customer engagement was stuck in the past. As late as 2011, Avaya’s Global Support Services organization was still inextricably tied to the telephone, with the bulk of our agents busy picking up the phone, answering common questions, picking up the phone, answering common questions, picking up the…
  • Bigelow Tea Wants To Know: What’s Your Tea Frequency?

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea knows that when tea lovers are ready for that perfect cup, nothing else will do. Whether sipping one cup in the morning or relishing your tea all day, Bigelow Tea lovers will not be denied! That’s why since 1945 Bigelow Tea’s family run business has been making America’s best cup, with now more than 120 flavors too good to pass up. That’s 70 years and brewing strong! Bigelow Tea appreciates determined tea lovers like @PammPeterson, who tweeted “I drink Bigelow Tea all Week long!” But what about your daily tea – what category of tea cup tipper are you every…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • Prevent Your Life Insurance Company for “Dining and Dashing” with Your Premiums

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

    Byron Udell
    18 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    By Byron Udell For more than two decades, I’ve been helping personal finance expert and nationally syndicated columnist Terry Savage spread the word about life insurance.  Terry’s a friend, but she’s also one of the people in the media who gets it right when it comes to covering and reporting on life insurance.  She educates her readers, listeners and viewers (yes, she has all three, as she’s now part of the Tribune Content Agency; this means she’ll still be seen on WGN TV, she’ll still be heard on WGN Radio, and now she can be read in the Chicago Tribune and other outlets).
  • Life Insurance Exam Tips that Could Save You Thousands

    Byron Udell
    7 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    By Byron Udell You probably know that your health is an important factor life insurance companies use to decide how much to charge you for coverage.  The healthier you are, the less you pay.  They get a lot of the information they need by performing a medical exam. Sometimes the difference in cost is dramatic. Bad results can even cause your application to be denied.  So there’s a lot riding on those results. What Happens During a Medical Exam? After you’ve appliedfor a life insurance policy, your agent will schedule a time for you to meet with a nurse or medical examiner. In most…
  • What is Time Diversification? (and what does it have to do with life insurance?)

    Byron Udell
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    By Byron Udell There is not a financial advisor on the planet worth his salt that does not recommend diversification.  Diversification among asset classes.  Diversification WITHIN asset classes.  “Never put all your eggs in one basket,” so they say. Why?  Because it minimizes risk and smoothes out bumps in the road by reducing the volatility in the value of a portfolio.  So what’s missing?LIFE insurance.  Life insurance is a financial instrument unlike any of the above.  It’s an asset class that has characteristics that perform infinitely better under certain circumstances than…
  • Can I Still Get Life Insurance If I Use Marijuana?

    Byron Udell
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    By Byron Udell I never thought I’d be writing a blog post like this, but with the “holiday” (April 20th, or 4/20) approaching, it makes sense to talk about how smoking marijuana can and will affect your life insurance rates. Fact is, most companies will still consider you insurable if you like to indulge, whether it be recreationally or medically.  However, those companies will most likely put you in the “smoker” or “tobacco” classes, which have rates as much as 4x those assigned to otherwise healthy non-smokers.  Of course, your rate also depends on other factors like your…
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    AWS Official Blog

  • New SDKs, Code Samples, & Docs for Login and Pay with Amazon

    Jeff Barr
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I met with the Amazon Payments developer relations team a couple of weeks ago in order to get an update on Login and Pay with Amazon (see my post, PeachDish – Login, Pay, Cook, and Eat With AWS, to learn more). The team has been working to make it even easier for you to add one-time checkout and recurring payments to your application. They have created new PHP, Python, and Ruby SDKs, coded up some helpful interactive and self-documenting samples, and refreshed the documentation. Let’s review the Login and Pay user experience before we dive in! The Pay with Amazon Simple Checkout Sample…
  • Announcing the AWS Pop-up Loft in New York

    Jeff Barr
    19 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    We opened up the first AWS Pop-up Loft last year. By virtue of its location (Market Street in San Francisco) it is accessible to entrepreneurs, students, and others interested in learning more about AWS. Our customers have also used it for co-working and for meetings. Personally, I like to use the AWS Loft in San Francisco as my home-away-from-home when I travel. I’m happy to be able to announce that we will be popping up a second loft, this one in New York City. We have created a unique space and assembled a full calendar of events, with some special help from our friends at Intel and…
  • Amazon EC2 Spot Fleet API – Manage Thousands of Spot Instances with one Request

    Jeff Barr
    18 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    It has been really interesting to watch Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) evolve over the last eight or nine years. At first you could launch a single instance type, in one region, at a predetermined (On-Demand) price. Today, you can launch a plethora of instance types, in any one of ten regions (eleven including AWS GovCloud (US)), with your choice of On-Demand, Reserved, or Spot pricing (currently in nine regions). Along the way, we have added many features to EC2 and have also used it as a building block for other services including Amazon EMR, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon WorkSpaces,…
  • Look Before You Leap – The Coming Leap Second and AWS

    Jeff Barr
    18 May 2015 | 6:31 pm
    My colleague Mingxue Zhao sent me a guest post designed to make sure that you are aware of an important time / clock issue. — Jeff; The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems (IERS) recently announced that an extra second will be injected into civil time at the end of June 30th, 2015. This means that the last minute of June 30th, 2015 will have 61 seconds. If a clock is synchronized to the standard civil time, it will show an extra second 23:59:60 on that day between 23:59:59 and 00:00:00. This extra second is called a leap second. There have been 25 such leap seconds since…
  • AWS OpsWorks for Windows

    Jeff Barr
    18 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    AWS OpsWorks gives you an integrated management experience that spans the entire life cycle of your application including resource provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, monitoring, and access control. As I noted in my introductory post (AWS OpsWorks – Flexible Application Management in the Cloud Using Chef), it works with applications of any level of complexity and is independent of any particular architectural pattern. We launched OpsWorks with support for EC2 instances running Linux. Late last  year we added support for on-premises servers, also running…
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  • This Memorial Day, Be Their Champion

    Liz Edwards
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Every day, the American Red Cross honors the men and women of the United States Armed Forces as they sacrifice their comforts and freedoms to serve our country. This Memorial Day, we take extra time to remember and dedicate our work to those who have fallen in service to our country. Featured in yesterday’s blog post, we are issuing a call to action to our entire community that no veteran dies alone in America because every veteran matters to all Americans. In honor of those who have fallen, we invite you to join us this Memorial Day in supporting service members, veterans and their…
  • 5 Safety Tips for Grill Masters Readying to Fire up Their BBQ’s

    Beth Pullias
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Post by Kevin Wilkinson, Communications Intern The beginning of the summer is often filled with numerous ‘firsts’ – the first trip back to the beach, the first cannonball in the pool, the first ice cream truck spotting and the first picnic at the local park. With Memorial Day weekend only days away, Americans are getting ready to honor their veterans and also conquer many of these firsts of the summer season. While families and friends celebrate the unofficial start of summer, it is also one of the first times that people are firing up their barbecues for the season. Nothing says…
  • Memorial Day: A Time to Remember and an Opportunity to Help

    Sarah Layton
    21 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    On the last Monday in May, we take time to honor the men and women who died in military service to the United States. Today we’d like you to introduce you to someone who serves U.S. veterans at the last stage of life, day in and out, with the utmost compassion. Meet Laura, an American Red Cross volunteer with the No Veteran Dies Alone program. Laura serves in a unique volunteer capacity. By providing comfort and relief to veterans and their families at the end of life, Laura feels as though she’s honoring military members for their service, “They were there for us and we need to be…
  • The Barton Report: May Podcast

    Sarah Layton
    20 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    Welcome to The Barton Report, a podcast brought to you by the American Red Cross. Check Out Education Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Barton Report on BlogTalkRadio Listen here if you have issues with the above player. This month we’re covering lots of topics to get you ready for this summer. Tune in to hear: A fun Clara Barton fact. Grill safety tips for your Memorial Day weekend. What our “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign is all about (hint: it includes an opportunity for you to help save lives!). A volunteer’s story from his deployment to Moore,…
  • QUIZ: Test Your Swim Skills Before You Hit the Pool

    Sarah Layton
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    You’ve spent years around the water – at the beach, your local pool, or maybe even a backyard pond. You may love splashing around with your floaties, or maybe just tanning on the sidelines. But if you’re in or around the water this summer, have you thought about the five basic swim safety skills that could save your life in the water? As part of a national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent over the next three to five years, the Red Cross released national survey data that shows that most children and teens cannot perform the sequence of all five basic swimming…
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    Avaya Connected Blog

  • Avaya Wins Global Omnichannel Contact Center Award

    Pat Patterson
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here at Avaya, we’re proud to make the world’s best customer engagement hardware and software, relied on daily by the world’s best-known brands. While we’ve helped guide our customers on their journey toward 21st-century engagement, up until a few years ago, our own customer engagement was stuck in the past. As late as 2011, Avaya’s Global Support Services organization was still inextricably tied to the telephone, with the bulk of our agents busy picking up the phone, answering common questions, picking up the phone, answering common questions, picking up the…
  • 5 Things CIOs Must Do Immediately to Stay Relevant in Today’s Environment

    Usama Nouri
    15 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    In most organizations today, CIOs are being asked to define in plain terms disruptive trends like IoT, Cloud, Big Data, analytics and others. CIOs are also expected to figure out what these trends mean to their organizations and go the last mile of transforming these inevitabilities into real business opportunities. This is a new role for CIOs, who had previously just been in charge of managing IT and day-to-day operations. The CIO and his or her team are no longer the “back office.” Businesses assume a lot more from IT today, and the CIO is expected to add commercial value to…
  • Podcast: I’d Like a Pizza and One Police Officer, Please

    Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
    14 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    You may have seen this recent story circling the Internet: A Florida woman’s quick thinking likely saved herself and her three children, when she added a secret message to her online order of a large, hand-tossed classic pizza with pepperoni. Police say Cheryl Treadway had been arguing with her knife-wielding boyfriend, who held her and her children hostage for several hours last week. At one point, Treadway convinced him to let her use her cell phone to order a pepperoni pizza using the Pizza Hut app. In the comments section, she wrote: “Please help. Get 911 to me” and “911hostage…
  • Avaya’s Cloud Strategy Meeting Buyer Needs with a Robust Ecosystem of Partners

    Henry Dewing
    13 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Now, more than ever, it seems the cloud is baked into every conversation we have with customers and partners. Analysts estimate that 1 in 3 servers, switches and storage arrays are being sold into public and private clouds today. Last year, $16.5 billion was spent on cloud infrastructure in the U.S. The trend is clear—on-premise communications solutions like PBXs and email have stagnated, while cloud-based unified communication is growing 20 percent year-over year. Similarly, the demand for contact center-as-a-service is on the rise. Avaya has invested heavily in this space, developing and…
  • How the Cake Boss Grew His Business Using Avaya’s Recipe for Success

    Craig Lynar
    13 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s our goal that when you work with us, you shouldn’t be focused on the technology. That might seem counterintuitive, but it shouldn’t be. Good technology enables you to do your job; great technology creates opportunities for engagement that let you fully connect with your customers and focus on your business without thinking about it. That’s just what we did with Carlo’s Bakery. From ‘Please Hold’ to ‘Ready to Go’ Carlo’s Bakery of TLC’s “Cake Boss” fame had a problem. The bake shop had delicious cakes and desserts that the public was clamoring for, but it…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • Bigelow Tea Wants To Know: What’s Your Tea Frequency?

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea knows that when tea lovers are ready for that perfect cup, nothing else will do. Whether sipping one cup in the morning or relishing your tea all day, Bigelow Tea lovers will not be denied! That’s why since 1945 Bigelow Tea’s family run business has been making America’s best cup, with now more than 120 flavors too good to pass up. That’s 70 years and brewing strong! Bigelow Tea appreciates determined tea lovers like @PammPeterson, who tweeted “I drink Bigelow Tea all Week long!” But what about your daily tea – what category of tea cup tipper are you every…
  • Bigelow Tea Raises Its Mug Of Chamomile To John Legend

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    At Bigelow Tea, it’s music to our ears when we hear about singers who drink tea before a performance. Bigelow Tea imagines vocalists enjoying a mug of Cozy Chamomile® Herbal Tea to soothe the voice and calm the nerves backstage!  We found out that nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and musician John Legend is known to sip hot chamomile before a big show. And if he loves the taste of chamomile, maybe he would enjoy Novus Citrus Chamomile Herbal Tea at home too—perhaps over conversation with his newlywed wife, actress and model Chrissy Teigen. With its mellow,…
  • Bigelow Tea Spotlights Belle Of The Ball Lily James

    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea loves a good tea party—it’s a delightful way to celebrate most any occasion— even movie premieres! Recently, the cast of Cinderellajoined guests at a tea party before the New York City premiere of the new film, based on the timeless classic fairytale. And, of course, the enchanting princess herself, portrayed by Downton Abbey’s Lily James, was in attendance. Perhaps Lily enjoys a cup of robust Bigelow Earl Grey or rich “Constant Comment”® while hosting tea parties as Cinderella. Or maybe the Britain-born starlet prefers drinking classic English…
  • Bigelow Tea Employees Find Greener Transportation For CT Rides Week

    Bigelow Tea
    15 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
      Bigelow Tea is proud to finish CT Rides Week with a total of 2,040 miles saved from being driven by employees who found greener ways to travel. Governor Dannel Malloy declared May 11 – May 15 CT Rides Week to encourage all solitary drivers to try alternate methods of transportation when traveling or working within the state of Connecticut. As a company dedicated to sustainability, Bigelow Tea was excited to be a part of this important initiative. Several Bigelow Tea team members rose to the challenge by biking, ride sharing or using public transportation to get to and from work,…
  • Bigelow Tea Time With Cindi Bigelow 

    15 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sip your way to serenity and wellbeing with Bigelow Tea! If you love yoga, you’ll be happy to know that drinking tea can create a peaceful, good feeling similar to the one you get from practicing yoga! Yes, the light amount of caffeine and L-Theanine in tea have the effect of both stimulating the mind and relaxing the body! @cici1722 tweeted about starting her day with both: “Hot yoga, green tea, and dressed for work all before 8 am.” Nice! As you sip your mug of Bigelow Tea today, check out this video (above). Third generation CEO Cindi Bigelow shares some great information about…
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    IXIA Recent Articles

  • SCADA Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3)

    Dragos Comaneci
    21 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    SCADA Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3) Date: 5/21/2015, Author: Dragos Comaneci. DNP3 (Distributed Network Protocol) represents a set of communication protocols that are deployed between components in process automation systems. It is mainly used in utilities such as electric and water companies and was developed for communications between different types of data acquisition and control equipment. In SCADA systems, DNP3 is used by SCADA Master Stations (Control Centers), Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs).
  • Ixia and C&S Group Partner to Validate In-Vehicle Networking

    Divya Natarajan
    20 May 2015 | 2:12 am
    Ixia and C&S Group Partner to Validate In-Vehicle Networking Collaboration provides Ethernet validation and conformance testing for automotive industry CALABASAS, CA — May 20, 2015 — Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of application performance and security resilience solutions, and C&S Group have signed a collaboration agreement to address the challenging tasks of safeguarding, validating and optimizing automotive Ethernet communications in emerging Electrical/Electronic architectures.
  • Load Balancing Your Security Solution for Fun and Profit!

    Phil Trainor
    19 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Load Balancing Your Security Solution for Fun and Profit! Date: 5/19/2015, Author: Phil Trainor. Correctly implementing your security solution in the presence of complex, high-volume user traffic has always been a difficult challenge for network architects. The data in transit on your network originates from many places and fluctuates with respect to data rates, complexity, and the occurrence of malicious events. Internal users create vastly different network traffic than external users using your publically available resources. Synthetic network traffic from bots has very recently ousted…
  • Ixia ATI Update 3.4.238281 Released to StrikeCenter

    Frank Gifford
    19 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Ixia ATI Update 3.4.238281 Released to StrikeCenter Date: 5/19/2015, Author: Frank Gifford, Ixia is pleased to announce the latest update (3.4.238281) for Ixia BreakingPoint’s ATI at its Strike Center hub.
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    17 May 2015 | 10:31 pm
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    Cisco Blog » The Platform

  • Announcing Cisco’s Data & Analytics Conference

    Mike Flannagan
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    It is an exciting day for me. Today, we are announcing our first annual Data & Analytics Conference in Chicago, October 20-22. If you’ve previously joined us for Data Virtualization Day, you’ll find this expanded experience responds to your feedback and the changes your business is experiencing as the industry embraces the relevance of analytics. To share our enthusiasm, and in honor of David Lettermen’s Final Late Show broadcast, here are the Top 10 reasons why you should join us at our conference this [...]
  • Internet of Everything Innovation Centers Facilitate Change

    Wim Elfrink
    18 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Innovation – exponential innovation – is needed to capitalize on the $19 trillion in value at stake that the Internet of Everything (IoE) is poised to generate worldwide over the next decade. We’ve entered a time of co-innovation and experimentation via rapid prototyping and an ecosystem of partners to develop new business models and new sources of revenue. To facilitate this process, we’ve established Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centers globally with capabilities to bring together established businesses, incubators, startups, developers and partners. These Centers are…
  • Analytics Opens a Window into Each Shopper’s Journey

    Mala Anand
    11 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    The key to retail today is customer understanding —where each customer stands on his or her personal shopping journey, whether in-store or out. Retailers must “know” each shopper as never before. And they must offer the kinds of contextual, personally relevant experiences that will optimize their merchandise mix, create faster inventory turns, and drive greater customer engagement. After all, the typical customer today is mobile, connected, and has heightened expectations. Many are accustomed to a deeper level of real-time interaction [...]
  • Cisco and the NBA are ready for the Playoffs

    Blair Christie
    8 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Throughout the season, the NBA Replay Center has found itself at the center of some of the game’s most gripping plays. Time stands still as fans, players and coaches all wait with bated breath as the close calls are confirmed. Such was the case on March 30th when the Sacramento Kings played the Memphis Grizzlies and Courtney Lee’s jaw-dropping buzzer beater turned an intense game of basketball on its head. As the ball went in the net, no one in [...]
  • Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Tropo

    Hilton Romanski
    7 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cisco has been on a mission to make collaboration super-simple. From our video devices that require no user’s manual, to our cameras that sense and automatically adjust when the speaker suddenly stands and walks to the white board, we’re paying attention to the details; we’re making collaborating less frustrating and providing a better user experience—so we can all get great work done. With our laser focus on simplicity, it should come as no surprise that we’ve given lots of thought to [...]
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  • 2015 Latin America Digital Future in Focus

    22 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Some of the topics that are covered in these reports are: Behavior of Digital Audience by Country The State of Social Media A Glance at Different Categories Digital Omnivores: The use of different devices and platforms Online Video Mobile Trends in Digital Advertising Reports by RegionView the reports or register for the live webinar. Download About the Brazil Report Register Now Available in July Available in July Available in August Available in September Available in OctoberIf you want more information on the 2015 Digital Future in Focus reports, please contact us here.Be sure to…
  • Mobile Metrix Now Features Reporting of Mobile Ad Network Reach

    20 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    The increasing importance of mobile advertising can’t be overstated. Mobile now accounts for 62 percent of digital media time spent, signaling a massive shift in how digital consumers spend their time. Mobile advertising is also surging, with the IAB recently reporting year-over-year growth of 76 percent to $12.5 billion in 2014. But despite this rapid growth, ad dollars continue to lag consumers’ time and attention now devoted to mobile. This is often the case with the emergence of a new medium with dollars trailing the shift in eyeballs for a variety of reasons, including entrenched…
  • Digital Campaign Benchmarks: How Are Your Campaigns Performing Versus the Canadian Norms?

    18 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    For Advertisers, knowing your ads had the opportunity to be seen by the right target audience, in the right geography, in a brand safe environment and free of non-human traffic is critical to ensure your digital investment is well spent. For Agencies, ensuring your media planning and execution delivers on client objectives is an absolute must to retain and grow business. For Publishers, validating the quality and value of your inventory helps ensure you attract greater investment from media buyers.   To help guide the industry to better understand campaign delivery on…
  • The Vital Role Media Buyers Play in Fighting Ad Fraud

    13 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    The digital media industry has spent the last year trying to get to the bottom of ad fraud and non-human traffic (NHT). As the impacts of NHT became apparent – in not only wasted ad impressions, but also low viewability, skewed audience data and depressed ROI  – the industry has started drawing battle lines to defend its advertising territory. With this motivation, much of the media conversation has focused on how important it is for media sellers in the digital ad ecosystem to clean up the issue.And while it is in media sellers’ best interest to clean up the ecosystem, media…
  • Teens & Older Demos Driving Gains in U.S. Smartphone Penetration

    8 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Millennials continue to be the pace-setters for smartphone adoption, with 18-24 year olds and 25-34 year olds both hovering around 90 percent adoption. While teens have historically had slower adoption rates than their slightly older counterparts, they have been making up ground quickly and are now at 85 percent. In general, the older the age demographic the more likely to be a laggard in smartphone adoption, with those age 65+ currently the only demographic group still below 50 percent.The increased adoption among teens is particularly interesting and worth some additional exploration.
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  • Zurück zum Startup-Spirit

    Erdal Ak
    21 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    Fellbach. Goldbergwerk. Ein internes Daimler-Event: 12 Marktstände, 13 Redner, unter anderem Daimler-CEO Dieter Zetsche, Google-Vertreter Klaus-Peter Fett und Tech-Blogger Sascha Pallenberg, 500 Besucher und 1 zentrales Thema: Digitalisierung! Der erste DigitalLife Day der Daimler AG – organisiert von der Konzernstrategie und gesponsert von Dieter Zetsche himself als Sponsor der Konzerninitiative DigitalLife. Ich lese auf einer Leinwand “Go digital or go home”. Mein innerer Spießer sträubt sich bereits leicht – Imperative sind nie sympathisch. Eine interne Veranstaltung.
  • “When in India, do as the Indians do“

    Jesko Schartel
    20 May 2015 | 1:06 am
    Nach meinen drei Monaten bei Daimler India Commercial Vehicles südindischen Chennai kann ich dieses abgewandelte Sprichwort aus meinem Reiseführer mehr als bestätigen. Aber der Reihe nach. Mein Name ist Jesko Schartel und ich absolviere bei der EvoBus GmbH in Neu-Ulm ein duales Studium „BWL-Spedition, Transport und Logistik“. Mein Unternehmen ermöglicht mir eine dreimonatige Praxisphase an einem ausländischen Standort des Konzerns. Unterstützt wurde ich dabei nicht nur mit vielen Tipps sondern auch finanziell. Die EvoBus GmbH ist Daimler Buses zugehörig jedoch nur in Europa…
  • The Future is now!

    Johannes Leifert
    19 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    „99 Prozent aller Entscheidungen sollten automatisch getroffen werden.“ Das hört sich doch mal nach einer steilen These an, denke ich mir. Gleich streiten sich in meinem Kopf zwei Stimmen. Die eine meint: „Klasse! Alles wird genauer, schneller, effizienter, sicherer“. „Ja schon, nur wirst du dann bald nicht mehr gebraucht“, sagt die andere. Zwei gute Gründe, wieder aufzuschauen und zuzuhören. In den Raum geworfen hat den Satz gerade Michael Feindt. Er ist Professor am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). Jetzt steht er auf der Bühne im Hangar 2 des stillgelegten…
  • Vom Allgäu in den Orient? – Mit drei T!

    Peter Wilde
    18 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    Sommer 2005 und ein Bericht in einer bekannten Automobil-Fachzeitschrift über ein Motorsport-Event der etwas anderen Art, über eine Rallye mit Autos die mindestens 20 Jahre alt sind. Es geht vom Allgäu auf teils abenteuerlichen Pisten in den fernen Orient.  Die Teams sind dabei mehr oder weniger auf sich selbst gestellt. Klarer Vorteil: Motorsport pur und das Abenteuer-Erlebnis einer Rallye Paris-Dakar wird damit bezahlbar. Für einen Motorsport-Fan wie mich eine reizvolle Geschichte. Warum es 10 Jahre gedauert hat bis die Allgäu-Orient -Rallye auch für mich Realität werden sollte,…
  • Engineering IT, und was das Leben sonst noch spannend macht

    Julia Christin Seessle
    15 May 2015 | 12:52 am
    Schnelle Fahrzeuge, Prototypen und digitale Engineering Daten sind meine Welt! Und darum beschäftige ich mich als Ingenieurin im Bereich der Virtuellen Produktentwicklung vor allem mit der Entwicklung und Einführung von Engineering IT Standards. Virtuality ­ Das Unsichtbare sichtbar machen… Die Virtuelle Produktentwicklung bzw. das Virtual Engineering ist ein ingenieurwissenschaftlicher Ansatz: Wir wollen physisch nicht existente Dinge virtuell erlebbar machen. Also intelligente Lösungen schaffen, die es Ingenieuren ermöglichen, komplexe Produkte virtuell zu entwickeln, sie in deren…
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • Unique, Personalized Data Value

    21 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    In recent posts I've been exploring the concept of the economic value of data from an enterprise point of view. I've covered the four principles of data value, taken a look at data insurance, and even proposed about new enterprise architectures that can support automated valuation frameworks. Let's flip the discussion around and consider the concept of consumer valuation of data. I've been browsing through the Outlook Report. This report takes a deep look at the business landscape for targeting what's being called the "Information Generation": …
  • EMC and Mirantis/Canonical, solid joint OpenStack guidance.

    19 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    This crossed my path this morning, and I wanted to share.   A hot-off-the presses reference architecture doc co-authored by EMC, Mirantis and Canonical (Ubuntu of course) detailing HOWTOs for two of the key OpenStack partners and distributions. The Mirantis one covers the most common 3 EMC Openstack Cinder targets (VNX, XtremIO, ScaleIO) and Mirantis Openstack (Juno) including Fuel.    The Ubuntu one likewise covers VNX and XtremIO and Ubuntu JuJu.  Click below to get the Mirantis and Canonical docs.   There’s a lot going on in the OpenStack space, and a lot of internal dialog I see…
  • The Four Principles of Data Value

    19 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Over the last few weeks I've been summarizing some of the preliminary findings from the Data Valuation research being conducted by Dr. Jim Short of UC San Diego. In particular I've written three blog posts describing: Data value can be ephemeral. Instead of holding on to data and attempting to mine it over time (e.g. a "refinery" model), some corporations extract value from data that is temporal or fleeting (e.g. Snapchat data). Data value can be eternal. Examples of data having eternal value would be genealogical records, or documents related to the history of a…
  • Contextual Data Value

    14 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    I've been stepping through some of the "Principles of Data Value" shared by Dr. Jim Short of UC San Diego during his recent visit to an internal EMC Technology Summit. In recent posts I've shared that Some data value can be ephemeral. Instead of holding on to data and attempting to mine it over time (e.g. a "refinery" model), some corporations extract value from data that is temporal or fleeting (e.g. Snapchat data). Some data value can be eternal. Examples of data having eternal value would be genealogical records, or documents related to the history of a nation…
  • Eternal Data Value

    12 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    In my last post I introduced the concept of Ephemeral Data Value. The term, as defined by UC San Diego researcher Jim Short, was recently described to the EMC Technical Community as he highlighted the company known as Snapchat. Dr. Short pointed out that the ephemeral, transient nature of data in the Snapchat environment (it disappears within 1-10 seconds) does not mean that the data is without economic value. The reported Snapchat ad revenue model would be proof of this thesis. On the other end of the spectrum from short-lived data is data with a tremendously long shelf-life. This…
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    Facebook Newsroom

  • Highlights from Q&A with Mark

    14 May 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Today Mark Zuckerberg hosted an in-person townhall Q&A at Facebook in Menlo Park where he answered questions from people around the world. You can watch a replay of the event below, and download photos and video clips at the bottom of this post. Here are some highlights: Q: Has Facebook considered having a news reel for current events? Q: Given declines in organic reach, how should businesses be thinking about their Pages? Q: What will you wear when you get tired of wearing t-shirts and hoodies in the coming years? Q: Can you please do something to prevent content posted in Ukraine…
  • FbStart Distributes $100 Million in Benefits to 3,800 Global Startups

    14 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    At F8 2014, we launched the FbStart program to help early stage mobile developers build, grow and monetize their apps through mentorship and benefits provided by Facebook and its partners. In its first year, the program distributed more than $100 million in benefits to more than 3,800 startups around the world. Last year, FbStart hosted events with thousands of developers in more than 10 countries, including France, Germany, Israel, the U.K. and Brazil. Today we’re kicking off the 2015 FbStart World Tour, a 20-city event series where Facebook executives and FbStart partners meet with…
  • Instant Articles: A Faster Reading Experience on Facebook

    12 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    By Michael Reckhow, Product Manager Today we’re excited to introduce Instant Articles, a fast and interactive experience for reading articles in News Feed. Web articles in the Facebook app take an average of eight seconds to load, by far the slowest single content type on Facebook. Using the same technology that loads photos and videos quickly in our mobile app, Instant Articles load as much as ten times faster than standard mobile web articles, so you get to the stories you want to read instantly. Once there, new features like tilt-to-pan photos, auto-play video, embedded audio…
  • Improved Benefits for Facebook Contractors

    12 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    By Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer Today, I am pleased to announce that we are implementing a new set of standards on benefits for contractors and vendors who support Facebook in the US and do a substantial amount of work with us. These benefits include a $15 minimum wage, minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation, and for those workers who don’t receive paid parental leave, a $4,000 new child benefit for new parents. This will give both women and men the flexibility to take paid parental leave, an important step for stronger families and…
  • News Feed FYI: Exposure to Diverse Information on Facebook

    7 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    People increasingly turn to social networks for news and information. This has led to questions about whether this creates filter bubbles where people only see information from like-minded individuals, and whether algorithms used to rank search results and social media posts contribute to this. Our latest research, released today in Science, quantifies for the first time exactly how much ideologically diverse news and information individuals are exposed to in social media. We found that most people have friends who claim an opposing political ideology, and that the content in peoples’ News…
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    Fandango Movie News

  • Watch: This 'Batkid Begins' Trailer Will Give You All the Feels

    22 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    Forget all those fictional superhero movies for a moment and prepare yourself for a real-life superhero story that's also one of the year's most heartwarming tales. Yes, we're talking about Batkid, aka Miles Scott, a little boy who was battling his way through cancer and only had one wish: to become Batman... for real. What happened next was pretty extraordinary, and you get a sense of that from this first official trailer for the documentary Batkid Begins. We...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Marries a Superfan Couple at the 'San Andreas' Press Junket

    22 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    He can save humanity when the world's biggest earthquake hits, and now he can also marry couples in the state of California.  As part of an elaborate surprise constructed by Screen Junkies and Dwayne Johnson, the San Andreas star married one of his longtime superfans (and Screen Junkies celebrity interviewer) Nick Mundy during the press junket for his upcoming disaster epic, due out May 29. Mundy, who's worked up a bit of an on-camera friendship with Johnson ever since he...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: Reese Witherspoon Will Star As Disney's Tinker Bell; 'World War Z' Sequel Gets Release Date

    21 May 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Tinker: Reese Witherspoon will star in and produce Disney's Tinker, a live-action movie that will focus on Tinker Bell, aka Peter Pan's faithful fairy cohort. The project is still in development, with Victoria Spouse (Finding Dory, Pixar's sequel to Finding Nemo) working on a screenplay. Reportedly, it will focus on "the story you don't know," presenting a "new perspective" on the character, a la Maleficent. [Heat Vision]   World War Z...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch This Week’s Hottest Trailers: 'Maze Runner 2,' 'Pan' and 'Pixels'

    21 May 2015 | 5:18 pm
    From Gladers to gamers to DJs seeking fame, the week’s top trailers are a mishmash of crazy good fun. Watch them below and give us your comments. Click on the image below to watch the newest trailers     1. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Trailer #1 (Sept. 18) This sequel finds the Gladers having escaped the Maze for a desolate land known as the Scorch, where they team up with resistance fighters against the mysterious organization WCKD.  ...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch: The 'Cooties' Trailer Runs from a Horde of Zombie Kids

    21 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Some movies only take a single sentence to pitch and you instantly understand exactly what you're going to get. So here's the simple pitch for a new horror comedy: What if the cooties was an actual virus that turned kids into zombies and a bunch of elementary school teachers had to fight them off? That's a pretty great idea all on its own, but when you throw in Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Nasim Pedrad, Jack McBrayer and Leigh Whannell, Cooties becomes something...Read MoreRead Comments
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    Garmin Blog

  • Murph Challenge Helps Raise Money in Honor of Veterans

    22 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    There are many ways to honor a veteran on Memorial Day, but a unique event could give you a taste of a soldier’s training regimen. The Advanced Movement Studio in Appleton, Wisconsin teamed up with the nationwide “Murph” Challenge, a workout that honors Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan in 2005. “We have clients that are retired veterans of the U.S. military,” Advanced Movement Marketing Director Jayne Lang said. “As we have worked with these clients, we felt inspired to do something to pay tribute to their service and the service of all veterans…
  • Sailors: Get Excited About Garmin’s 2015 Marine Lineup

    22 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    With sailing season in full swing, we at Garmin want to make sure that you have every tool necessary to not only keep you safe on the water, but also to give you the best experience possible. Last winter, we announced a plethora of new products that are sure to make that happen. GPSMAP 7400/7600 Series Chartplotters Designed for the avid sailor or serious racer who demands high performance, ease of operation, and feature integration. The new GPSMAP 7400/7600 series paired with a gWind wind sensor will help you sail more efficiently with special sailing features that include laylines, wind…
  • Where is Jordan Alicandro Now?

    22 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    We caught up with Jordan Alicandro, The Biggest Loser: Glory Days Season 16 Contestant, and learned how he has being doing since the show concluded. Imagine being an elite athlete on your way to the top, loving life and having everything fall into place until you suffer injury after injury and watch your dreams of becoming a professional baseball player ripped away. You fall into depression and the only way you know to cope with it is by eating. Before you know it you are 31 years old weighing in at 323lbs. A shell of your former self. You know the life you’re leading isn't what you had…
  • Connect IQ Watchface of the Week: Scuba

    22 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    Are you looking to transform your Garmin fënix 3 to fit your everyday lifestyle? With the Connect IQ Store you can change the way your smartwatch looks and performs by downloading custom watch faces, apps, data fields, and widgets. This week we are focusing on the popular Scuba Watchface created by P10P. The Scuba Watchface allows you to change it up with vibrant green and blue colors.  This will be perfect the next time you are snorkeling to look at some beautiful, tropical fish in the sea or diving down deep to explore the ocean floor. Included in the watchface display…
  • Pro Tips with Scott Martin: Fishing Submerged Grass for Bass

    22 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Growing up at the big bass factory that Lake Okeechobee is and being the son of the Legendary Roland Martin, Scott Martin has perennially been one of the top anglers on the FLW Tour. We sat down and had a chat with the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup Champion to get some tips on something he knows very well – fishing grass in the springtime. Garmin: Finding bass in expansive submerged grass flats can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack. How do you go about finding them? Scott Martin: The first thing I do is look for bays with more spread out contour lines that go further out into the…
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    GE Global Research

  • The Benefits of 3D vs. 2D Analysis

    Vin Smentkowski
    20 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    I am a research chemist and my field of research is surface characterization using a technique called Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). About a decade ago, we demonstrated the benefits of 3D depth profile analysis over 1D depth profile analysis. We found that 1D depth profile analysis (where the concentrations of the elements/species of interest are monitored as a function of depth into the sample) revealed contaminants.  3D analysis of the same data set (where 2D images are projected through the depth) demonstrated that these contaminants (referred to as deposits in…
  • Getting inspired at the intersection innovation and creativity

    Alice Pinney
    11 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Interning at a place where innovation meets creativity has been a dream come true for me. Being an intern at GE Global Research’s newest facility, the Oil & Gas Technology Center, in Oklahoma City has offered me an unforgettable experience that is rare for a high school senior. I’m a senior at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM), a boarding school dedicated to teaching the brightest young minds from across the state. Unlike other high schools, OSSM offers college-level courses taught by professors. The school also affords students the opportunity to intern in any…
  • Monitoring and Diagnosis of Transformers

    Luiz Felipe Willcox
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    It was a Friday evening in the spring of 1994 and I was going out for a pizza with my old man. I had just received my degree in electrical engineering. As my father is also a power engineer, we had a longer-than-usual list of “which-is-the-best” topics to debate when hanging out: Dizzy vs Miles, Lakers vs Celtics, wine vs beer, Pelé in 1958 vs Pelé in 1970 and, of course, power transformers vs synchronous machines. At the time I was working as a maintenance engineer in a Brazilian utility, dealing with large synchronous machines. I was very impressed with the role they played in bulk…
  • Researchers at OGTC Seek Sustainable Produced Water Management Solutions

    Raymond Murphy
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    Each year the US oil and gas industry generates around one trillion gallons of produced water as a byproduct of oil and gas development. Unfortunately, despite droughts stretching across the arid western United States, much of this produced water is unfit for reuse and must be disposed of in centrally-located underground injection wells. Experts at GE’s newest research center, the Oil & Gas Technology Center in Oklahoma City, are working to develop new cost-effective and sustainable methods for treating and reusing produced water. This entails localizing disposal of some of the poorest…
  • A Journey Inside the Complex and Powerful World of Industrial Circuit Breakers

    Kathleen O'Brien
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Most of us only think about circuit breakers when one trips because we plugged in too many appliances and then tried to also run the vacuum cleaner. A quick trip to the basement to flip a switch allows us to quickly go on with our lives. What you may not have realized, though, is how complex these seemingly simple devices really are. Circuit breakers not only protect people from dangers caused by electrical system faults within their homes, but also protect the people, wiring and machines connected to or using nearly every electrical circuit or system in the world today. One of the most…
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    The Official Google Blog

  • Through the Google lens: Search trends May 15-21

    Google Blogs
    22 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Between finding out what everyone has always wanted to say to Dave Letterman, and singing along to Taylor’s “Bad Blood,” here’s a look at what everyone was searching for this week:Deadly biker brawlA shooting between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas, left nine dead and more than 170 people in jail this week. There were more than 500,000 searches for “Waco shooting” on Sunday as people asked questions like “What biker gangs are in Texas?” and “What county is Waco, Texas in?” to try to understand why the shooting may have happened.An NBA family affairThe NBA playoffs…
  • Tweets take flight in the Google app

    Google Blogs
    19 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Starting today, we’re bringing Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. So now when you’re searching on the Google app or any browser on your phone or tablet, you can find real-time content from Twitter right in the search results. Whether you’re interested in the latest from Taylor Swift, news about the #MadMenFinale, or updates on the NBA playoffs, you’ll have access to it directly from Google. Let’s use NASA as an example—just ask the Google app about “NASA Twitter,” and in the search results, you’ll see Tweets from @NASA:Or if you heard today was Malcolm X’s…
  • Through the Google lens: Search trends May 8-14

    Google Blogs
    15 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    This week people said goodbye to a blues legend, and hello to a (possible) new face of American money. Read on for more on this week in search:Amtrak’s tragic accidentFirst up, we saw a rise in searches for Amtrak after a train that was traveling at more than 100 miles an hour derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia. The accident killed eight people and injured more than 200, and led people to the web to ask questions about the derailment and about train safety in general. There were more than 500,000 searches for Amtrak on Tuesday, and top questions included “How fast do Amtrak trains…
  • Green lights for our self-driving vehicle prototypes

    Google Blogs
    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    When we started designing the world’s first fully self-driving vehicle, our goal was a vehicle that could shoulder the entire burden of driving. Vehicles that can take anyone from A to B at the push of a button could transform mobility for millions of people, whether by reducing the 94 percent of accidents caused by human error (PDF), reclaiming the billions of hours wasted in traffic, or bringing everyday destinations and new opportunities within reach of those who might otherwise be excluded by their inability to drive a car. Now we’re announcing the next step for our project: this…
  • New data, more facts: an update to the Transparency Report

    Google Blogs
    14 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    We first launched the Transparency Report in 2010 to help the public learn about the scope of government requests for user data. With recent revelations about government surveillance, calls for companies to make encryption keys available to police, and a wide range of proposals, both in and out of the U.S., to expand surveillance powers throughout the world, the issues today are more complicated than ever. Some issues, like ECPA reform, are less complex, and we’re encouraged by the broad support in Congress for legislation that would codify a standard requiring warrants for communications…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • I'd prefer to watch Maggie Gyllenhaal in a movie than any 55-year-old man | Rebecca Shaw

    Rebecca Shaw
    21 May 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Isn’t it time we saw more female love interests with lines around their eyes from all the extra years of laughing?Benjamin Franklin wrote: “... in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” If we update this for modern times, it might read, “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and that the female love interest of a male actor in a movie will always be much younger than him.” Obviously this isn’t as pithy as old Ben Frank would like, but the sentiment remains true nonetheless. In an interview with entertainment…
  • Caesarean rates are too high. We should not treat birth as a medical procedure | Kim Lock

    Kim Lock
    21 May 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Unnecessary caesareans can put women and babies at risk. In the ongoing fight for women’s reproductive rights, reducing the rate of c-sections should be an urgent priorityAustralia has one of the highest caesarean rates in the world. And it’s not good for us.Last month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary – no more than about 10%-15% of all births. Above that rate, there is no evidence of improved mortality. Related: Caesarean sections should only be done out of medical necessity, WHO says A lot of issues…
  • If Aboriginal people are forced off their land, who will pass down the stories? | Kelly Briggs

    Kelly Briggs for IndigenousX
    21 May 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Imagine what an unbroken link to the land, thousands of years old, feels like. IndigenousX host Kelly Briggs on keeping the light of culture burning brightWhen Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can’t Go Home Again he of course meant it in an emotional sense. The “home” that he so eloquently wrote about meant the people. And he was right. People grow up, change, move away from home. But some people stay in their homes their entire lives.When I say “home”, I mean hometowns, the familiar, the landscape, the memories, and the people: family, extended family. Added to that, always, is the actual…
  • Joe Hockey is beginning to understand not all taxes are created equal | Warwick Smith

    Warwick Smith
    21 May 2015 | 5:52 pm
    The treasurer’s endorsement of land tax in South Australia is an encouraging move away from his general opposition to taxationJoe Hockey recently said “I don’t like higher taxes; I am philosophically opposed to higher taxes … because if you increase taxes you’re just collecting someone else’s money.”As usual, the reality is not as simple as Hockey makes out. Not all taxes are made equal. The best taxes don’t take other people’s money but instead recoup public money that’s appropriated by rentseekers. Related: Joe Hockey's budget has wrecked the chances of a fair tax review…
  • Steve Bell on Liz Kendall's Labour leadership campaign – cartoon

    Steve Bell
    21 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
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    Hu's Blog

  • What’s Required For 142 Year Data Retention?

    Hu Yoshida
    21 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    I just became a grand father for the second time just as this issue of Time Magazine was published. I now have two grandsons and hope to see them grow up to carry on the family name. When I thought about this article, I was staggered by the records retention requirements for their lifetimes. Not only has my youngest grandson had more pictures taken of him in his first few months than I probably had in my whole life and there must be hundreds of copies of those pictures and videos in the cloud. If he is one of the lucky ones to live to 142 years, all his medical history will be retained for…
  • Software-Defined Is only As Good As The Infrastructure Behind It

    Hu Yoshida
    13 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Software defined infrastructure provides flexibility and business agility, but it can only be as good as the underlying hardware it uses.  One of the key tenets for software-defined infrastructure is abstraction to eliminate complexity and  provide functionality that is dynamic and scalable. Storage is only one part of the infrastructure, but it is the foundation for a software defined infrastructure. The ability to automate and efficiently access the data by upper levels of the infrastructure depends on how we virtualize the storage layer. Last week I talked to a director of storage…

    Hu Yoshida
    7 May 2015 | 9:22 am
     If you look up ‘Social Innovation’ at the fount of all online knowledge – Wikipedia – –you’ll find a description of strategies, concepts and ideas that address different elements of society in which the primary objective is not profit optimization, like working conditions, education, community development, health, etc. This definition is not generally attractive to most businesses. When an executive of Pentaho told his son that he was joining a company whose corporate strategy is ‘Social Innovation,’ his son’s immediate response was “cool.” He was thinking about…
  • Achieving the Dream – One Operating System for Midrange to Enterprise Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    As long as I have been in storage, the dream has been to have a common operating system for midrange and enterprise storage.  This would help to reduce development costs and cycles for vendors, while simplifying management, and providing the right price point without sacrificing functionality for end users. However, since midrange storage is targeted at smaller organizations, with smaller IT budgets, midrange storage systems have always required a different architecture with scaled down functionality and availability. This meant that the operating system for the midrange storage systems had…
  • Software-Defined Infrastructure Enables Greater Innovation in IT

    Hu Yoshida
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    If you google the acronym IT, you will see definitions that look like this one from Wikipedia which has been unchanged over the last 30 to 40 years: “Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.” This generally accepted definition of IT is more about infrastructure technology than it is about information technology. Information technology certainly depends on infrastructure but also includes application technology, the technology that…
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    Johnson & Johnson

  • Janssen Recognizes World IBD Day

    Devon Eyer
    18 May 2015 | 9:45 pm
    By Scott Plevy, M.D., Disease Area Stronghold Leader, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and Sean Larkin, Disease Area Stronghold Commercial Leader, IBD, Janssen Today, May 19th, the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson recognize World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day, an annual event to raise awareness and support the five million people living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC). At Janssen, we work each and every day to improve the lives of people living with Crohn’s disease and UC—a passion that’s inspired us for more than two decades. Guided…
  • Johnson & Johnson Employees Honored by Operation Smile

    Devon Eyer
    15 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Would you ever think that polishing shoes could make a life-changing difference for someone you’ve never met? Or playing chess? Or selling ice cream? Johnson & Johnson employees have changed more than 100,000 children’s lives doing things just like those to raise money to benefit Operation Smile. And last night I had the tremendous privilege of representing our employees to accept the first-ever Global Impact Award from Operation Smile. This honor recognizes the many hours and boundless passion that our employees have brought to fundraising activities, volunteer projects and other…
  • Q&A with J&J Human Performance Institute’s Jennifer Lea

    14 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Editor’s Note: Johnson & Johnson is a proud sponsor of the Know Your Value tour, a nationwide effort focused on empowering women to express their worth in business and in life. Part of the tour includes the Grow Your Value contest hosted by best-selling author and Morning Joe co-anchor Mika Brzezinski. At the Center of the Contest is the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, which works with the finalists to help transform their lives through coaching, networking and support. J&J recently spoke with HPI Performance Coach Jennifer Lea about coaching women to recognize…
  • Leadership Lessons from Mom

    9 May 2015 | 9:48 pm
    By Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson Today is Mother’s Day here in the United States and in many countries around the globe. Since my mom passed away a few years ago, the holiday has become a little bittersweet. But the day has always reminded me how fortunate I am to have had a mom who gave me the tools I needed to succeed in life and also in business. My mom didn’t have an MBA or work in corporate America, but she very well could have given the abundance of leadership lessons she dispensed to my five siblings and me during our upbringing in the Midwest. Though dad…
  • Innovating New Approaches for Compassionate Use Requests

    Devon Eyer
    8 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    By Joanne Waldstreicher, Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Amrit Ray, Chief Medical Officer, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson Patients with serious illnesses and their families who have run out of treatment options and do not qualify for clinical trials need to know that their requests for compassionate access to investigational medicines have been treated in as thoughtful and objective manner as possible. We understand the importance of making medicines available to people in urgent need, and have worked in the past to try to grant pre-approval access…
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    Official LinkedIn Blog

  • Get the Most Out of Your MBA Internship with These LinkedIn Insights

    Andrew Kritzer
    19 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    It’s May and thousands of MBA students are eagerly waiting for their summer internships to kick off. The time between first and second year is the only internship opportunity for most full time MBA students. It’s a critical chance to test out a new company and demonstrate newly developed competencies. It’s a two-way interview for companies to impress students and students to impress prospective employers. For those who complete their summer internships with a full-time offer in hand, the second year is an opportunity to explore and drive passions. For others, the recruiting game starts…
  • Take the Work Out of Networking: Real Member Perspectives

    Mark Hull
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Hello My Name Is…awkward conversation. Hello My Name Is…sweaty and uncomfortable. Hello My Name Is…can I go home now? For many of us, traditional networking is the stuff of nightmares – from the “Hello My Name Is” sticker stuck haphazardly on your suit jacket to the pressure to be as charming as Jimmy Fallon with every new person you meet. Personally, I don’t love these kinds of cold-start networking events – but as part of my professional life, I do love staying in touch with my network, asking them for advice, and helping people out with questions or…
  • It’s Handled: Advice from the Real-Life Olivia Pope, Judy Smith

    Shannon Stubo
    14 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Last week, LinkedIn had the honor of hosting 100+ leading communications executives at Carnegie Hall in New York City for CommsConnect. Who better to inspire a packed house of communications professionals than Judy Smith, Founder and President of crisis communications firm Smith and Company, former White House Press Secretary to President George H. W. Bush and inspiration behind TV character Olivia Pope in the ABC hit show Scandal. Having handled intense situations from the Iran-Contra affair to the recent Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attack, she had incredible advice to share about…
  • LinkedIn Changed My Life So I Could Help Families with Special Needs [VIDEO]

    Meghann Harris
    13 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    When my daughter Eliza was one, she was diagnosed with a genetic neurological disorder. Doctors told us she would never walk or talk. Thankfully, they were wrong. Although delayed and requiring one-on-one assistance for safety, Eliza is now 8 years old and does walk – she even runs and has plenty to say to her mother and anyone else who’ll listen! My marriage, however, didn’t survive, and in June of 2013, I found myself divorced,  with sole custody of my children, contemplating my next move. One night, I woke up with the words “Special Globe” ringing in my head. The next morning, I…
  • How LinkedIn Connects Me to Future Opportunities: Tips for Getting Started on LinkedIn [VIDEO]

    Jess Ratty
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Editor’s Note: We’re inspired every day by how our members use LinkedIn to find and create opportunities for themselves. Today, we get advice from Jess Ratty, a Brand Communications Manager at Crowdfunder, a rewards-based crowdfunding platform in the UK. Why do you feel it’s important to use LinkedIn? I believe that our voice is one of the most important gifts we’ve got. LinkedIn offers a place where we can share our voice – to impart knowledge, help shape opinions, and leave an imprint on the world. Having spent the better part of fifteen years building my career – and my best…
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    Lulu Blog

  • Helpful Hints from Distribution Henry: Making eBook Metadata Match

    Henry at Lulu
    13 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    We’ve spoken before of metadata, but let me refresh. Metadata is, well, meta. It’s self-referential. It’s data about data–so it should match the data to which it refers. If your eBook’s title (the data) is “The Adventures of Meta-Man” then the metadata about your title has to be “The Adventures of Meta-Man.” If the title page of your EPUB says “The Adventures of Meta-Man” and your marketing image says “The Adventures of Meta-Man” then your metadata (those fields you fill out as you create a project on should…
  • YSHS Students Turn Cookbooks into Scholarships

    7 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    Students at Byimana Lycee des Sciences In addition to memorizing vocabulary words, conjugating irregular verbs, and learning the subtle differences in pronouncing è and é, the French students at Yellow Springs High School (YSHS) in Ohio also plan and execute an annual French Café fundraiser. Proceeds from this dining and entertainment experience fund scholarships at the Byimana Lycee des Sciences in Gitarama, Rwanda. The Byimana School of Science houses and educates 900 of the best and brightest Rwandan students in six grade levels (learn more). Each year since 2009, the YSHS French Café…
  • Future Authors Tour Lulu

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    On April 17th we welcomed a group of students who wanted to learn about Lulu and self-publishing. After sharing a snack of donuts and juice in the Pulitzer meeting room, we talked about how books get from computer to publisher to bookstore. We then provided a brief history of, how it was conceived, and how print on demand self-publishing differs from traditional publishing. The students were really well prepared with questions about content, editing, formats, revenue, distribution and top selling categories. With all the questions answered, we began the tour stopping in the…
  • 10 Tips for Creating the Best Photo Book

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Sitges, Spain 2014 In the northern hemisphere, summer travel season is almost upon us. We will soon be packing our sunscreen, bathing suits, hiking boots, reading material, and digital devices for our next big adventure. While on vacation, it is great fun to post pictures of our feet on the beach or group shots taken at arm’s length, but footsies and selfies don’t tell the story of our great adventure in the same way as a photo book.   With today’s technology, your images, and a little know-how, you can create photo books equal to your experiences. 1) Why make a photo book? Online…
  • 10 Things You Want to Know About Self-Publishing

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

  • Finding New Ways to Serve

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

    Marriott on the Move
    8 May 2015 | 4:13 am
    Mom & me, 1936 This Mother's Day, I thought I'd share some memories of my mother who passed away 15 years ago at the age of 92. Alice Sheets Marriott was truly an amazing woman. Her father died in 1919 from the flu epidemic following the First World War. Her...
  • How Culture Lives On

    Marriott on the Move
    3 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    I spent some time in March at our Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was a wonderful stay at the historic hotel, which opened in the early 1930’s making it the oldest J.W. Marriott hotel in our system. We bought it in 1967 and our family has been going there...
  • Selling Underwear to Lumberjacks

    Marriott on the Move
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    It’s not quite the same as selling ice cubes to Eskimos, but selling long, woolen black underwear to lumberjacks in the hot summer comes pretty close. I’ve heard this story since I was a little boy. Let me tell you what my dad did to pull it off. My dad...

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

  • So you decided to call SHFileOperation from a service, at least remember to disable copy hooks

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    I noted some time ago that it is highly inadvisable to call SHFile­Operation from a service, and then I thought about it some more and concluded, it's flat-out wrong, at least in the case where you call it while impersonating. Now, I'm sure that my opinion won't dissuade many of you, but if you decide to do it anyway, at least disable shell copy hooks by passing the FOFX_NO­COPY­HOOKS flag to IFile­Operation::Set­Operation­Flags. (We've met this flag before.) By default, shell copy hooks are active during shell file operations, and this creates a number of problems…
  • If you can set enforcement for a rule, you can set up lack of enforcement

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the things you can do with an internal tool I've been calling Program Q is run a program any time somebody wants to add or modify a record. The program has wide latitude in what it can do. It can inspect the record being added/modified, maybe record side information in another table, and one of the things it can decide to do is to reject the operation. We have set up a validator in our main table to ensure that the widget being added or modified is priced within the approver's limit. But sometimes, there is an urgent widget request and we want to be able to bypass the validation…
  • When you inadvertently become a collector of something you really aren't all that into

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    As I was heading home at the end of the day, I ran into one of my colleagues who was also going home, and he was carrying a Star Wars-themed metal lunchbox similar to this one. For those who didn't grow up in the United States, these metal lunchboxes are the type of things elementary school children use to carry their lunch to school. I remarked, "Nice lunchbox." My colleague explained, "Yeah, I sort of ended up as the lunchbox guy. It started when somebody gave me a lunchbox as a semi-humorous gift, and I kept it on my shelf. Then other people saw that I had a metal lunchbox and concluded,…
  • It rather involved being on the other side of this airtight hatchway: Code injection via QueueUserAPC

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    A security vulnerability report arrived that took the following form: The Queue­User­APC function can be used to effect an elevation of privilege, as follows: Identify a process you wish to attack. Obtain access to a thread with THREAD_SET_­CONTEXT access. Make some educated guesses as to what DLLs are loaded in that process. Start with kernel32.dll, since you're going to need it in step 5. From the attacking process, scan the memory of those DLLs looking for a backslash, followed by something that can pass for a path and file name. Such strings are relatively abundant…
  • Determining programmatically whether a file was built with LAA, ASLR, DEP, or OS-assisted /GS

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today's Little Program parses a module to determine whether or not it was built with the following flags: /LARGE­ADDRESS­AWARE /DYNAMIC­BASE, also known as Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) /HIGH­ENTROPY­VA, or 64-bit ASLR, which I like to call ASLRR (the extra R is for extra random) /NX­COMPAT, also known as Data Execution Prevention (DEP) /GS, which turns on certain runtime buffer overrun checks. Remember, Little Programs do little error checking. In particular, this Little Program does no range checking, so a malformed binary can result in wild pointers.
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Showing the Oracle Applications User Experience Roadmap to Oracle's Asia Partners

    Edith Mireles-Oracle
    22 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    By Misha Vaughan, Oracle Applications User Experience After months of planning, the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team has completed a series of packed events to update Oracle ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) partners on the Applications Cloud user experience strategy in Singapore in May.   We owe a huge thank you to our hosts: Check Yang Ang, Senior Director, Alliances & Channels, Asia Pacific; and Shy Meei Siow, Cloud and Business Analytics, Alliances & Channels, Asia Pacific. It is always a privilege to work with colleagues with such great event…
  • Memory Usage with Oracle Database In-Memory

    Andy Rivenes-Oracle
    22 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    We often get asked the same two questions at conferences and customer presentations. That is  can't I just cache my tables in the buffer cache or put them in the keep pool, and how much memory do I need to allocate to the IM column store? While not directly related, I'm going to try and answer both questions in this post. First let's tackle the issue of "in-memory". If all of my data is "in-memory" in the buffer cache then why do I need Database In-Memory? The problem with this type of reasoning is that it ignores the real key to Database In-Memory and that is the…
  • Browse Content for Oracle OpenWorld 2015

    22 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Oracle OpenWorld is getting closer! Proof? We just launched the Content Catalog for the 2015 event.  No matter your business, Oracle has you covered. We've curated content into targeted programs to help you get the most from your event experience. The programs for 2015 include: Big Data Central @ OpenWorld Cloud Central @ OpenWorld CX Central @ OpenWorld Engineered Systems Central @ OpenWorld ERP Central @ OpenWorld HCM Central @ OpenWorld Mobile Central @ OpenWorld OPN Central @ OpenWorld SCM Central @ OpenWorld If you haven't already, take some time to explore the new interface for the…
  • Alter Table Shrink Space Cascade and SmartScan

    Roger MacNicol-Oracle
    22 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Over the years, updates can cause rows to become highly fragmented sapping performance on Exadata table scans. The offload server and hence SmartScan get data to process 1 MB at a time. Because of this, SmartScan is only able to process row pieces that are available in the current 1 MB chunk that it processes at a time. Unlike RDBMS table scans, SmartScan is not able to initiate disk I/Os to retrieve further row pieces and, even if it could, it in unlikely that they would be present on the same cell.  When SmartScan finds it needs a row for a projected column that is not present in the…
  • 现代最佳实践,成长,及数字化转型

    22 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    Oracle Cloud Go-To-MarketSteve Cox Steve: DemingOracle Steve: Steve: Oracle Steve: (proximity marketing)IT3D Steve: Oracle Jim Lein Oracle
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Earthquake in the Langtang Valley

    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Colin Haley I got on a plane in Vancouver around midday on April 16. I was exhausted. After a four-month season in Patagonia, my six weeks back in North America turned out much less restful than I had imagined. Conditions had been excellent, and I couldn’t keep myself from going out in the mountains a bunch. The downside to my most successful ever season in Patagonia is that I was swamped with requests for photos, requests for writing, and a huge pile of related e-mails. I barely slept my last couple nights in BC, staying up late trying to catch up, and then finally closed my computer to…
  • If GMOs Are Safe, Why Not Label Them?

    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Rose Marcario, Patagonia, CEO When Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, began writing about GMOs in the early 2000s, he started by asking a reasonable question: “What does a clothing company know about genetic engineering?” The answer, he said: “Not enough.” And neither does anyone else. In the proliferation of GMOs, Yvon saw a serious threat to wildness and biodiversity. More than 10 years later, the prevalence of GMOs in everyday food products has risen sharply—but basic consumer awareness remains low. An alarming bill before Congress aims to keep it that way. The Safe and…
  • A Steep Ski Traverse of the Mont Blanc Range from East to West

    8 May 2015 | 3:29 pm
    By Fred Bernard, with Laurent Bibollet The Mont Blanc range is not a very big mountain range, but it is steep. It has become a kind of laboratory for skiers, mountaineers and climbers from around the world. Laurent and I consider ourselves somewhere is the middle as we are ski-mountaineers, IFMGA mountain guides and part of the Peakpowder guide team. The Mont Blanc range sees tons of action because of its fast and easy access, with cable cars reaching higher altitudes in minutes. The idea of doing a steep ski traverse of the Mont Blanc range from its most easterly point to its most westerly…
  • Dirtbag Diaries Podcast: The Modern Dirtbag

    1 May 2015 | 3:21 pm
    By Fitz & Becca Cahall In the golden days, dirtbags lived to climb. They didn’t work, have permanent addresses or sponsors. They ate leftovers off of tourists’ plates and slept in beater cars or in caves. They stayed in one place only as long as the weather allowed for climbing. Now, our modern world of fees, time limits and locked dumpsters has made it nearly impossible to live that way anymore. Dirtbagging is dying—or at least that’s what some people claim. Join Matt Van Biene for a day in Yosemite’s Camp 4 as he talks to climbers of all different ages, nationalities and…
  • The Fisherman’s Son – My vision for Punta de Lobos

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    By Ramón Navarro When I was growing up I wanted to help my dad, and be exactly like him: a fisherman. Then a couple of guys blew into town with surfboards and wetsuits and I said, "Wow, this is amazing," and then I wanted to learn to surf more than anything in the world. So I learned to surf and started to travel the world, but I figured out pretty fast that the best place to surf was right at home. We have big waves, small waves and the traditional fishing culture I love. Nothing could be better. While traveling, I saw many similar coasts around the world that had been polluted or were…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Nice Weather Means New (Distracted) Teen Drivers: Study Shows Sobering Teen Driving Stats

    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The sun in shining, the school year is winding down and teens all over the country are graduating from Driver's Ed. Their plans? To spend the summer on the road! Texting their friends while sliding into your lane! That characterization...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Monthly Poll: Do You Avoid Toll Routes?

    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last fall, we drove from Miami down to Key West, Florida. When we picked up our rental car and asked for a map to get to Key West, the agent asked us if we wanted one that used toll roads...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Street Parking Rules - A Veritable Potpourri Across Canada

    7 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Street parking in our neighbourhood in Vancouver is quite tight. We're near a major intersection and Skytrain hub as well as one of the community colleges, so a lot of commuters and students park there. Consequently, we see a lot...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Stay Safe! May is All About Motorcycle and Road Safety

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tomorrow is the start of May (wow, this year is just flying by!) and also the start of Motorcycle Awareness Month. We all want to shake off the cabin-fever (particularly from this rather harsh winter) and are ready to get...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • What's in a Cup Holder? Designing Vehicles Around Your Coffee

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I spent some time socializing with twenty-somethings recently and my interactions with them really activated my inner crotchety old man. "You don't know how good you have it!" I wanted to yell at them when they complained about the wifi...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
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    Progress Newsroom

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Adopting a Big Data Strategy

    Jared Douglas
    22 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Tony Fisher, Chief Technology Officer, Data Connectivity and Integration, Progress Tony Fisher helps small and mid-sized business get started with their Big Data strategy. Vice President of Data Collaboration and Integration at Progress® DataDirect®, Tony Fisher, has been making rounds on the web recently, talking to writers at Datanami, insideBIGDATA and Forbes. His message? No business is too small to harness Big Data. In fact, effective Big Data strategies need to start small. Don’t Fear Big Data “Big Data” can be a problematic term, especially for small or mid-sized businesses.
  • Stand Out from the Insurance Crowd by Proving Value

    Duncan Orme
    22 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Duncan Orme, Senior Account Executive, Progress Regardless of whether you are a provider of Property and Casualty (P&C) or Life insurance, how do you set yourselves apart in the fierce insurance landscape? Unlike hot high-tech gadgets, insurance coverage is very much viewed as a commodity. One vendor is little different than the next. Vendor A covers auto, home and life, as does Vendor B; the key differentiator being price. Technology has the power to transform how insurance companies interact with customers, tailoring their offerings to better meet the needs and lifestyles of their…
  • How to Blend On-Premise Data with Salesforce

    Chris Doran
    20 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    Chris Doran, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Progress Easyl Progress Easyl easily blends on-premise data with Salesforce for business intelligence and analytics. You probably already know that Salesforce is great. Having a unified platform that lets you track customers throughout the sales journey from lead to closing has been a game-changer for organizations in every industry. Despite the flexibility of the platform, however, there is still a ton of data stored in other systems, including on-premise databases like Oracle, and the host of relational such as SQL Server, PostgreSQL and DB2.
  • Igniting Big Data with Spark SQL in a Galaxy Far Away

    Idaliz Baez
    18 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Idaliz Baez, Sales Engineer, Progress DataDirect Idaliz Baez explains how to get real-time access to Apache Spark with Progress® DataDirect® and Apache Spark SQL. You might need to be a Jedi to wield “the Force,” but luckily you don’t need special powers to harness the forces of Big Data for business intelligence (BI). In a recent webinar, I talked about how the high-performance data connectivity found in DataDirect technology, in conjunction with Spark SQL, allows streamlined access to your Big Data on Hadoop to help you do real-time analytics more easily. If you…
  • Upcoming Business Rules Expert Panel Sessions from Corticon

    Ankur Goyal
    18 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    Ankur Goyal, Principal Product Manager, Progress Corticon Hangout with Progress® Corticon® to learn from key software experts and customers about business rules engine benefits. To keep pace with change, open new revenue opportunities and improve efficiency and productivity, organizations turn to Corticon. Corticon separates business rules from application code to put rules management back into the hands of business analysts and decision makers. Now Corticon offers you the chance to hear directly from a panel of key business software experts and customers about the ways our powerful…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • Flashback Fridays: One of the Originals

    Kim Seale
    22 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    One of the best ways to learn about our history is from People who were directly involved.  Each day, Employees from every department are hard at work creating tomorrow’s “history.”  But how many people can actually say they were there on day one in 1971?  This week we celebrate Original Employee Dan Johnson whoafter a career spanning five decadesstarts the next chapter of his life with his retirement. Prior to our first flight on June 18, 1971, Dan was hired to help start service at the Houston Intercontinental Station before Hobby reopened later that year.  Traditional…
  • Introducing Our New Triple Crown One

    Mike Van de Ven
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’m happy to report aircraft N409WN has emerged from the paint hangar in Spokane as Southwest’s new Triple Crown One specialty plane, featuring both its original #1 heart medallion, along with our new Heart branding on its tail. Originally introduced on June 9, 1997, Triple Crown One was dedicated to the Employees of Southwest Airlines responsible for achieving five annual “Triple Crowns” for number one in ontime performance, baggage handling, and Customer Service (based on DOT reports from 1992-1996).  The names of each of the 24,113 Employees are etched on the overhead bins in…
  • A Historic Day in Houston

    Stephanie Etzel
    20 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Cancún,  Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos, Belize City, Puerto Vallarta, San José, Mexico City, Montego Bay, Liberia… What do these cities have in common?  We announced last week that we will serve all of these destinations out of our brand new international terminal in Houston starting in October.  Tickets to all of these international routes from Houston are now for sale on To celebrate our new routes, Southwest turned Hermann Square in front of Houston City Hall into a beach–complete with straw palapa huts, palm trees, and beach balls.  Entertainment included a steel drum…
  • Southwest: The Magazine’s Freedom Story for May . . . Karla Perez-Larragoite

    Alyssa Eliasen
    19 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    As the national director of gaming for Cintas, Karla Perez-Larragoite oversees a team that designs and implements uniform programs for casinos. Although she frequently works in Las Vegas, she also trains and mentors team members across the country. Thanks to Southwest Airlines’ flight schedule, maintaining those relationships is easy. Even in the air, Karla can keep in touch thanks to free onboard WiFi—a perk of being an A-list Preferred Member of our Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program. Karla became a Southwest Customer 10 years ago. She had no trouble making the airline her carrier of…
  • Gary Kelly on the 2014 Southwest Airlines One Report

    Gary Kelly
    18 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    There are so many reasons that I am proud to work for Southwest Airlines.  As a 29-year Employee, Southwest has become like a second home and an extended Family to me.  And, I know many of our Employees feel the same way.  Of all the 29 years I’ve been at Southwest, I can’t remember a time when I’ve been more proud than right now, on the heels of one of our most monumental and historic years in the Company’s history.  In short, 2014 was Epic! I mention that here and now as we’ve just released our 2014 Southwest Airlines One Report, which captures all of the major milestones that…
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    Ice Cream Journal

  • Which of these ice cream world records should we attempt?

    Turkey Hill Team
    22 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    With summer approaching and National Ice Cream Month just around the corner (July!), we’ve decided to try something fun to celebrate ice cream in July. We’re going to attempt to set a Guinness World Record for SOMETHING ice cream related. The only problem is, we can’t seem to agree on which record to attempt. That’s where you come in. We’ve narrowed the list of potential records down to the NUMBER frosty feats below. Leave a comment with the one you think we should attempt in July! 1. MOST ICE CREAM SCOOPS THROWN AND CAUGHT IN ONE MINUTE BY A TEAM OF TWO –…
  • Facebook highlights: Which of our 1964 ice cream flavors should we bring back?

    Turkey Hill Team
    19 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    Summer is just over four short weeks away. (Feel free to applaud now.) We’ve got some big things planned here on the blog in June for National Iced Tea Month and July for National Ice Cream Month. We’ll also be doing some fun things on the Turkey Hill Facebook page in June and July (including lots of prizes). Go ahead and like us on Facebook to join in the festivities. Speaking of fun, here’s a look at what we’ve been up to on Facebook over the past month. Enjoy! This month’s prize on the Turkey Hill Experience Facebook Page is this retro metal sign. LIKE the…
  • EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Our new All Natural Gelato commercial!

    Turkey Hill Team
    14 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Earlier this month, we provided a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting process for our new All Natural Gelato TV commercial. We promised that we’d give our blog readers and social media fans an exclusive first look at the finished commercial, and we’re excited to announce that the commercial has been finished. The commercial (check it out below) was shot at various locations right here in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Leave a comment if you can recognize any of the locations, including the location of the shot near the end with the couple enjoying some All Natural Gelato. The…
  • Would you eat it? (Pumpkin Mushroom ice cream)

    Turkey Hill Team
    12 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Mushrooms are one of those foods that you either love or hate. Some folks love them on pizza, a burger, or stuffed inside an omelet. Other people won’t even let a mushroom within six feet of their plates. And while it’s hard to argue against some sauteed mushrooms on the aforementioned burger or pizza (if you’re among those who like that sort of thing), how about mushrooms in ice cream? That’s exactly what you see above, which is a creation made by an unknown ice cream shop. The frozen fungus treat uses a pumpkin ice cream base and is made with candy cap mushrooms. The…
  • May prize: Do you share ice cream with your pet?

    Turkey Hill Team
    8 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Ice cream lovers aren’t shy about admitting to sharing the occasional bite of ice cream with their beloved pets. In fact, it’s been estimated that slightly more than 67 percent of pet owners have shared or would share a lick of their ice cream cone with their pet. Dogs are usually on the receiving end of the treat, but cats have been known to indulge now and then, too. With that generosity in mind, our May prize is the chocolate-scented ice cream cone dog treat you see on the right. (Sorry, the adorable pup in the photo isn’t part of the prize.) Let a comment below if you…
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    Guided By History

  • Memorial Day 2015

    Charles Riggs
    21 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Thanks to everyone who has served. But especially, thanks to everyone who serves right now. US Army troops, 1918 (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) Guided by History will be back next week. Have a happy Memorial Day weekend!
  • Wells Fargo: 20 years of internet banking

    Charles Riggs
    18 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    Today marks 20 years of Wells Fargo banking services on the internet. Back in 1995, Wells Fargo was the first bank in the country to offer customers access to their accounts online. home page, 1995. (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives) The story behind this milestone is largely technical. Wells Fargo has been committed to using the latest technology since 1852, to help customers get access to their money and send it over distance. Wells Fargo opened for business in San Francisco to provide financial services to gold rush pioneers—miners, merchants, ranchers. Wells Fargo agents…
  • National Teacher Appreciation Day

    Amanda Walters
    5 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day, which is part of National Teacher Appreciation Week.  Make sure you take the time today, or this week to let a teacher know how much you appreciate them.  In 2013, as part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to the communities, Wells Fargo invested $81.6 million for 8,000 educational programs and schools nationwide and held their annual ATM tribute, which honored “Teachers of the Year” in 16 states. Students on a field trip to the Wells Fargo History Museum-Phoenix (Image courtesy of The Wells Fargo History Museum-Phoenix)
  • Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

    Amanda Walters
    1 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in honor of both the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and  the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Chinese immigrants made up a majority of the workers who laid the tracks. The theme in 2015 for this celebratory month is, “Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion.” I like it. It reads true, as Asian-Pacific does surmise many cultures and it is important to include them all, equally. Wells Fargo has a proud, storied history of providing service…
  • Teach Children to Save Day

    Amanda Walters
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:47 am
    Wells Fargo Stagecoach Coin Bank (Image courtesy Wells Fargo History Museum-Phoenix) I recently started a piggy bank with my three year old son in an effort to teach him early about the importance of saving and budgeting money.  He is very excited about having his own savings and now any time he sees any coins laying around he quickly swoops them up and deposits them away in his bank.  I have been so proud of my efforts with him on this subject and thought I had done a very thorough job of explaining to him how it all worked, until he asked me the other day ”mommy what do we do with the…
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    DocuSign Blog

  • What in the world is DTM? And why you should check it out.

    Jonathan Riemer
    20 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    As a relatively new hire at DocuSign, I still have the advantage of the “outsider’s perspective.” (It’s something I will try to maintain no matter how many years I’ve checked off here.) It’s with that...Read More
  • Quick Tip Tuesday: Pre-filled Form Fields

    Tsara Borsting
    19 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Did you know you can pre-fill form fields before sending a DocuSign document? Simply add then information when you’re completing the field. If you lock the field, users will not be able to update information–such...Read More
  • The xDTM Standard Is Taking Shape

    Heather Petersen
    18 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    In 2014, DocuSign and other industry leaders announced a new global standard for secure, cloud-based Digital Transaction Management (DTM): xDTM. Fast forward a year, and the groundwork laid down by that team is really taking...Read More
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • 15 Signs You Work in #InfoSec

    Tina Hampton
    22 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    As everyone knows, it takes a very special type of person to work in Information Security. In honor of National Geek Pride Day on Monday, May 25, we’ve partnered with IEEE to celebrate our inner geeks and have together compiled a top 15 list of what it means to work in Information Security. 1. You write Proof of Concept code faster than someone can say: “Who would do that?” 2. You hover your mouse over every link sent to you by email or instant message, even from your friends. ESPECIALLY from your friends. 3. When your computer is running slow, you immediately suspect compromise and…
  • 4 reasons to consider a software-defined WAN

    David Strom
    22 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    By now you’ve probably heard the numerous benefits of software-defined networks (SDN). There is much to like about SDN, and many IT shops are checking out the technology and weighing its benefits. But one area that doesn’t get much attention is how IT managers can create a software-defined WAN infrastructure. Why bother? Here are 4 reasons: 1. You need to bring up or tear down a number of connections to your branch offices. If you have dozens or even hundreds of branch office connections, the process can get tedious. Adding or removing connections with software saves time and…
  • 5 tips to creating a winning customer experience initiative

    Lisa Durant
    21 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    In the last few years, contact center experts have conveyed one insistent message: improve customer experience or risk losing business to the competition. So, it’s no surprise that, according to Nemertes’ 2015 Contact Center Operations Benchmark, a full two-thirds of organizations now have a formal customer experience initiative, with another six percent planning to launch one this year. Nemertes’ benchmark data reveals five key ways to improve your experience when creating a customer experience initiative: Make it a formal initiative. Improving the customer experience is neither the…
  • Disney Parks and Resorts embraces safe driving with the help of AT&T

    Greg Hale
    20 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    AT&T has been the official wireless provider for Walt Disney WorldResort and DisneylandResort since 2013. Not only does AT&T help Disney cast members connect with each other, but there’s another aspect of two great companies working together — safety. Safety is core to the Disney culture and at the heart of everything we do. Disney is committed to providing a safe work environment for all of our cast members and guests, and we want to ensure they are practicing safe habits, whether at our parks, on the road, or at home. So it was natural for us to team up with AT&T to help…
  • Navigating the IoT boom

    Brian Solis
    19 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is so much more than a smart refrigerator that tells you when you need to go to the grocery store, wearables that track your steps, or the smart watches you’re thinking about getting. IoT is the nervous system that sends and tracks important information between things, places, and people. From smarter industrial applications to cities to healthcare to home automation to automobiles and everything in between, IoT is changing not only your personal life, but it offers opportunities for innovation in business. By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices around the…
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    Centage Blog

  • A New Way to Look at Accounting Data

    Dave Winterhalter
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    How a software solution changed the way I look at financial data. I usually don’t rush out to purchase the latest and greatest technology products; I hardly ever jump on every software or hardware upgrade that becomes available. I just seem to be happy with the software tools I use in my everyday work, as long as I’m not too far behind. As a long time user of the Budget Maestro software application for small and medium size enterprise budgeting and forecasting, I was quite content with the reporting capabilities of the software and the fact that I was able to quickly, as soon as the…
  • Think you can rely on spreadsheets for financial applications?

    Alan Hart
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Think again. They probably are not as complete, reliable and accurate as they appear to be. Earlier this summer I was on an internal control engagement at a local publically held company that must annually comply with the Sarbanes Oxley act concerning internal control over financial reporting, management disclosure and attestation by an external auditor. This process recurs every year and following the audit the external auditor gives an opinion before the company can file its annual report (FORM 10-K). Since this was not my first year on this engagement I knew the company had certain…
  • The Power of Financial Dashboard Reporting

    Dave Winterhalter
    5 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    Often, companies seek out help because they are either in the process of implementing their first financial dashboard and would like advice on the process or because their dashboard is not working to the level they need it to. In some cases this comes down to having never used a financial dashboard due to its relatively recent addition to the business world, but in other cases this is because many companies are still quietly hesitant about the entire process. Many senior managers have been working since the 70s and 80s, when finance was handled with ticker tape and line after line of…
  • Treat Every Month-End Close as if it Were a Quarter or Year-End Close

    Alan Hart
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Why each monthly close should be as complete as practically possible Recently there was a great question on the site which reminded me of a similar situation I was in when working as a controller in the hi-tech industry. The question was: Do you treat a Month-End close differently than a Quarter-End close, or a Year-End close?  Do you reconcile every single balance sheet account every month or do you only look at certain accounts quarterly or even annually? Most Proformative members who participated in the discussion agreed that all critical and some of the less critical…
  • Are you Comfortable with Your Existing Budget Process?

    Alan Hart
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Why it may be worthwhile to rethink the budget process and look for changes From time to time I realize that certain tasks I perform, mostly personal and some professional, are harder to do and take longer than they should. It is, however, comforting to know that these familiar tasks will get done, albeit not in the most efficient and cost effective way. My logic is that next time, before I have to start working on one of these tasks again, I will first try to find a better solution. This seldom happens, although I’ve gotten better at it over the years. Several years ago I was visiting a…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • Mergers and acquisitions: old-fashioned values help boutiques win

    Brett Cole
    12 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    The latest headline mergers and acquisitions deal, Verizon’s planned $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, has many remarking on how Wall Street’s huge M&A acquisition machines failed to win any role advising on the transaction. It is not for want of trying I’m sure. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan and their peers often try to wedge […] The post Mergers and acquisitions: old-fashioned values help boutiques win appeared first on ansarada.
  • Oil & Gas mergers and acquisitions at record high

    Brett Cole
    11 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Royal Dutch Shell’s planned $70 billion acquisition of BG Group is the headline oil and gas deal that has pushed announced mergers and acquisitions in the sector to record volume in the year to May 7, according to Dealogic. Oil and gas M&A volume for the period between January 1 and May 7 this year […] The post Oil & Gas mergers and acquisitions at record high appeared first on ansarada.
  • ansarada seeks to revolutionize mergers and acquisitions

    Brett Cole
    10 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” accompanies a workout of half a dozen people. Two colleagues eye the pool table and make a date to play during their lunch hour. Another takes a mobile phone call on a swing that provides views of Sydney’s Opera House. Welcome to ansarada, the Australian specialist M&A data room provider […] The post ansarada seeks to revolutionize mergers and acquisitions appeared first on ansarada.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: deals, people May 4-8 2015

    Brett Cole
    7 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    DEALS Alexion Pharmaceuticals plans to pay about $9 billion to acquire Synageva BioPharma, another company specializing in rare diseases, the latest multi-billion dollar merger or acquisition in the healthcare sector, reports the New York Times Dealbook. Blackstone, KKR, Apollo and Ares are among at least five groups expected to make an offer to acquire General Electric’s $16 billion buyout-lending […] The post Mergers and acquisitions: deals, people May 4-8 2015 appeared first on ansarada.
  • Technology deals, people, news May 4-8 2015

    Brett Cole
    7 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    DEALS The British data center provider Telecity Group said it was reviewing a cash-and-stock takeover bid from its much bigger American rival Equinix, reports the New York Times Dealbook. The takeover approach could put in doubt an all-share deal announced in February between Telecity and its European rival Interxion Holding. Delivery Hero, the billion-dollar takeout food […] The post Technology deals, people, news May 4-8 2015 appeared first on ansarada.
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  • Tracking Labor Laws in the Evolving Mobile-First Workplace

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

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

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

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

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

  • What Spouses of Service Members Should Know About VA Loans

    Amanda Pallay
    22 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    There is no question that the VA loan program is an excellent benefit to veterans and service members looking to buy a home or refinance their existing one. It enables them to buy a home with no down payment, much lower interest rates and no mortgage insurance. However, many service members have questions about including their civilian spouses in the process of getting their VA loan. Here are the top three things that all spouses – and service members – should know about VA loan benefits. Qualifying Income More often than not, you’ll find that with most military couples, one partner is…
  • What to Do with Your Tax Documents

    Kevin Graham
    22 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Did you feel that extra strong gust of wind when stepping out on your porch April 16? If you did, know that while scientists have yet to officially confirm the cause, there’s strong suspicion it had something to do with millions of Americans breathing a collective sigh of relief at the end of tax season. Possibly made-up weather phenomenon aside, the act of finishing one’s taxes can feel like the end of a struggle. You’ve finally finished rummaging through all that paperwork, you’ve filled out the forms, and you don’t have to think about your income tax again until February. (My…
  • Flavor of the Month: The Best of Monthly Subscription Boxes

    Chris Alexander
    21 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    You’ve seen the sponsored ads on Facebook. You’ve even screenshot the codes for free or discounted items upon your initial sign up (or written them down, if you’re still not comfortable with that “screenshot stuff” yet). But, what’s the deal with these monthly subscription clubs and which one is right for you? Many people find these recently trending services to be affordable, convenient and educational. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the best monthly subscription boxes, including the pros, cons, prices and, of course, perks! Image: For…
  • Earn Extra Cash by Renting Out Your Home When Events Come to Town

    Anthony Fontana
    21 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    When large events come to town, businesses reap the financial rewards. Think about it – events like the Super Bowl or PGA TOUR tournaments consist of one game and four days of golf. However, tourists typically turn them into weeklong trips, which means more money pumped into the local economy. Everyone wins, right? In the past, that wasn’t always the case. If you procrastinated at all, there’s a good chance you missed out on booking a hotel that was close to your event. Instead of being within walking distance or a short cab ride, you may have had to drive 45 minutes or an hour out of…
  • 8 Critical Financial Moves to Make Before 40

    Dawn Jamison
    20 May 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Every time I find a gray strand of hair in the mirror, it’s a reminder of how I’m closer to my 40th birthday than I’d like to admit. Your 30s are fun, but they’re also a time to buckle down and get serious about your financial future if you haven’t already started. There are a number of steps worth checking off of your financial to-do list before turning 40. Here are eight critical steps. Create an Emergency Savings Fund In your 20s and 30s, you should be saving as much as you possibly can every year! Additionally, it’s essential to create a savings fund that will give you access…
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    NACD Blog

  • Cyber Savvy: Five Imperatives for a Technology Executive Whose Time Has Come

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

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

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

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

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

  • Team WP: Meet Sr. Product Manager, Suja Vaidyanathan

    22 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    From coming up with new feature ideas to feature prioritization, Suja Vaidyanathan handles all aspects of the Caller ID lifecycle. Not only is Suja a passionate manager, but she is also a 80's music genre and fashion blog fan. Let's meet Suja! The post Team WP: Meet Sr. Product Manager, Suja Vaidyanathan appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • Picture This: Your Digital Identity is Worth a Thousand Words

    21 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    A digital identity can cover many bases, from your social profiles to what information you allow to be online. At Whitepages, we believe in the good that data can do when it's used for the benefit of others. When you create your online profile, you should ask yourself, how do you want people to perceive you? The post Picture This: Your Digital Identity is Worth a Thousand Words appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • School’s Out for the Summer (and Camp Is in!)

    Lauren Boriotti
    19 May 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Kids are home for the summer and that means playdates, swim lessons and summer camp. Rather than desperately searching your rolodex, use the Whitepages' business and people search tools to find important contact information before picking a camp. The post School’s Out for the Summer (and Camp Is in!) appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • Meet Engineering Manager, Brent Newman

    14 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Take a moment to meet Brent, an engineering manager at Whitepages. From teaching himself basic programming at a young age (on a computer he bought with his allowance!), to managing a group of engineers working on the Caller ID app, Brent is clearly passionate about his role. The post Meet Engineering Manager, Brent Newman appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • Rise Against the Machines: Fighting Robocalls & SMS Spam

    12 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Scammers aren’t quitters, especially the ones who aren’t human. Thanks to interactive voice response technology, robocallers are an annoying reality. We’ll explore robocalls along with the SMS spam that’s been going around, and tell you what you can do to stop them. The post Rise Against the Machines: Fighting Robocalls & SMS Spam appeared first on Whitepages blog.
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  • Week’s Top Stories: May 16 — 22, 2015

    GC Editor
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Emerging Risk Challenges And Opportunities: A cursory reading of just a few of the publications on the topic of emerging risks quickly resembles a crash-course in risk aversion therapy. We have been... Continue reading...
  • GC Capital Tip: Chart Room

    GC Editor
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why GC Capital Ideas has the Chart Room. If you want to get a quick sense of important industry trends, the Chart Room provides snapshots... Continue reading...
  • Approach of Atlantic Hurricane Season

    GC Editor
    19 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As we approach the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we review CAT-i stories covering the major storms from 2014. Hurricane Arthur: Hurricane Arthur is the first hurricane to make... Continue reading...
  • Emerging Risk Challenges And Opportunities

    GC Editor
    18 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A cursory reading of just a few of the publications on the topic of emerging risks quickly resembles a crash-course in risk aversion therapy. We have been subjected to a bewildering and ever... Continue reading...
  • GC Capital Ideas Videocasts

    GC Editor
    17 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A key feature of GC Capital Ideas is its Videocast series. Here we review recent video posts:  1. GC Videocast - Introduction to Holistic Balance Sheet Management: In the first of the Holistic... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Potato Fritter Sliders with Chipotle Aioli

    17 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another flavourful edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. The weather is warming up and that leads to thoughts of summer gatherings, barbeques and burgers. Sliders can be a smaller version of a burger that are a fun…
  • 10 Top Countries for Social Progress According to 2015 Index

    13 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Miratel is a proudly Canadian call centre and we like to celebrate our nation by illuminating its place on the world’s stage. Seeing how our great nation compares on a global scale is something that I’ve delved in posts like thebest 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,…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan and Gluten-Free Potato Blintzes

    10 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. When entertaining or looking for some delicious comfort food, you don’t need to exclude vegan recipes from your search. That’s why today we’re sharing with you a crowd pleasing,…
  • 10 Happiest Countries in the World 2015

    6 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Happiness is something that we all strive to find in our lives; it is one of the ultimate goals of humanity. As a proudly Canadian call center, we’re always interested in global rankings to see how we compare to the rest of the world and we have explored this interest in posts like the  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…
  • Meatless Monday with Savory Vegan Chickpea Crêpes with Spring Vegetable Ragout

    3 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for a lovely Spring edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. Crepes are a classic French dish normally served with a variety of sweet or savory fillings and/or toppings. They tend to have a bit of a “decadent” reputation – not…
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    The Allstate Blog

  • Planning Maternity Leave: Know Your Options to Make it Work for You

    Nicole Markle
    19 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    For expectant mothers who work, planning maternity leave for the first time can prompt many questions: How much time off can I take? What options do I have for paid leave? When should I tell my employer that I’ll need time off? Every mom’s situation is different, so whether you work full-time, part-time or are self-employed, you might want to start considering your maternity leave options early, so you can plan to spend as much time as possible with your new baby. Paid Leave for In-Office Moms Depending on your employer’s benefits, you may have a few choices when planning…
  • What to Do After an Earthquake: Safety Tips

    Cristel Mohrman
    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    In the aftermath of an earthquake, it’s understandable that you may feel a sense of panic. Buildings may be damaged, people could be hurt and community infrastructure and services could be affected. Or maybe power lines are down, street lights stopped working and your street is full of debris. Such circumstances can be pretty scary, but you can take certain measures to help keep you and your family safe. Try to stay calm and keep the following tips in mind when reacting to an earthquake. Check Your Property Earthquakes may cause structural and utility damage to a home. If you think…
  • Penny-Wise Tips for New Parents: Everyday Expenses

    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Two of the most important, fundamental aspects of having baby can also be two of the most expensive: food and daily care. As your baby grows, your food expenses will grow as well. Whether it’s formula or cereal, or homemade or canned baby food, your baby’s needs will continue to expand. In addition, many families require some form of day care, be it in the form of family members, nannies or structured day care facilities. Creating a plan for the care and feeding of your newborn can be daunting and expensive. In the video below, our experienced parents offer real-world advice on…
  • Penny-Wise Tips for New Parents: College Savings

    13 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Raising an infant requires the parents to focus on the present. The numerous responsibilities regarding health, day care and daily budgeting can fill most of the waking hours of any parent, sleep-deprived or not. That said, saving for college or post-secondary education is a common concern for new parents that shouldn’t be overlooked. While there are many financial vehicles and tools for educational saving, there are just as many opinions and saving strategies. In the video below, our veteran parents offer suggestions based on their real-world experience, helping to reduce the stress…
  • Penny-Wise Tips for New Parents: Baby Gear

    12 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    New parents and expecting parents can be overwhelmed by the additional responsibilities and expenses that go hand-in-hand with infants. A key source of financial stress can be all of the baby gear, and related advice, that’s available from a variety of sources. What should you buy and how do you know what to believe? Just like in other aspects of life, it may be best to listen to those who have experience; who’ve been there and done that. In the video below, our veteran parents provide their first-hand perspectives on baby gear and the related expenses, giving new parents some…
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    OSSCube : Blog

  • 4 Ways to Prepare For Hadoop Training

    22 May 2015 | 2:26 am
    Hadoop skills are in high-demand, and with no end to this pattern in sight, learning Hadoop should be top priority for IT professionals. Now, those who jumped on the bandwagon early are already enjoying the fruits of success, but there’s still hope for the rest! With so many Hadoop training resources available; from classroom sessions, to free resources online, there’s almost no reason to put off learning such a marketable skill any longer. What’s important to remember about learning Hadoop is that it’s not about where you get your knowledge, but more about what…
  • Open Source RDBMS Now Mature Enough to Lower TCO

    20 May 2015 | 3:01 am
    If data is oil for organizations then Database Management System (DBMSs) are the machine it runs; processing data for conscious operational and analytical decisions. This symbiotic relationship is so important one could say the success of modern-day applications and systems— specifically Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMSs)—relies on its success.RDBMSs are universally preferred for both transaction or analytical processing; stemming from  their reliability for data storage, access, and protection. Also a major factor in choosing RDBMSs is the reputation of solid performance…
  • How to Select a Social Media App Development Partner

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

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

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

  • Proud sponsor of NASCAR’s need for speed

    Kevin Hunt
    22 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Let’s be clear. A NASCAR driver’s success is primarily the product of their skill and experience. Think of all of auto racing’s big names who consistently are in the winning circle. The best really know what they’re doing and prove that in every race. Every driver and team owner also knows that all the people behind-the-scenes make a huge difference too, the people who make sure their car is in the best condition to race – before, during and after. But, someone has to pay for the gas, right? You could say that’s where the corporate sponsors come in. The numbers show that one in…
  • Rainbow Chip Frosting is coming back!

    Kevin Hunt
    21 May 2015 | 3:51 pm
    We have big news about Betty Crocker’s Rainbow Chip Frosting – it’s coming back! And no one is happier about that announcement than Ben Johnson. He was the first fan of the frosting to find out, during a visit to General Mills headquarters this afternoon. The Betty Crocker team threw him a surprise birthday party “re-do” complete with treats topped with Rainbow Chip Frosting. Johnson, from Seattle, was invited to meet with the Betty Crocker team, he assumed the brand just wanted to talk with him about the frosting. He had started a petition that…
  • Honoring a hero on the track

    Kevin Hunt
    19 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    The Cheerios Racing team is proud to partner with Richard Childress Racing this Sunday to give a fallen hero a special Memorial Day weekend honor. Instead of driver Austin Dillon’s name, you’ll see the name of Navy SEAL Chief (SOC) Adam Brown on the windshield of the Cheerios No. 3 Chevrolet SS car in the Coca-Cola 600. You can see that in this photo of the Cheerios car. Brown was killed in action in Komar Province in Afghanistan on March 17, 2010, while his Special Ops Assault Team attacked an enemy compound. Brown was hit as he bravely charged the enemy in an effort to draw fire…
  • How Progresso got its start

    Amanda Grayson
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Progresso is now known across the U.S. for its savory soups, but did you know that the business dates back to the late 1800s in Italy? Giuseppe Uddo was just nine years old when he began selling olives and cheeses from a horse-drawn cart in Sicilian villages. Giuseppe immigrated to America in 1907 and quickly discovered there was no way to get the tasty Italian ingredients he grew up with. Within a few years, he started a small business importing tomato paste and olives, bringing some of his favorite flavors to his new home in New Orleans. He grew the business to include a warehouse and a…
  • Frozen pizza “delivery” in Greece

    Monte Olmsted
    13 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Pizza “delivery” courtesy of the Pillsbury Doughboy has arrived in Greece. But in this case, delivery is from the freezer instead of a pizzeria – the way most pizza-loving Greeks choose to eat their pizzas. General Mills Hellas hopes to take a big bite out of the pizza market with the February introduction of two varieties of Pillsbury Home Delivery frozen pizzas. General Mills expects to compete not only with its frozen pizza rivals, but also with delivery chains. In Greece, pizza is the second most popular delivery food in the country after Greek kebabs. “Pizza is for Greeks what…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Corporate Culture and Company Profits Are Not Mutually Exclusive

    Sharlyn Lauby
    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the Great Place to Work conference in Dallas. It’s a terrific event that companies should check out – regardless of whether your organization aspires to be on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. And here’s why:
  • How to Build the Perfect Workplace

    Geoff Colvin
    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The secret to attracting and holding onto the world’s best talent isn’t about the perks—it’s about relationships.We are constantly inundated with content about the Millennial generation, much of which either criticizes or applauds this generation, expresses their potential for success, or asserts the likelihood that they will "fail" (ironically, research shows that the Millennial generation is the most stressed of any generation). Whatever direction the subject may take, though, the bottom line is that there's a huge amount of content being generated and consumed, about this…
  • Is Your CEO Courageous?

    Rich Dec
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Three Common Characteristics of Successful and Courageous CEOs I have the amazing opportunity to see inside the workplace cultures of many organizations, and to work with some high-caliber executives and executive teams. Many people at all levels of these organizations truly want their company to be a great workplace, yet many struggle with achieving real progress. The real secret sauce for improving your organizational culture? Your CEO.
  • Your Employees: An Underutilized Recruiting Team

    Jessica Rohman
    13 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Power of a Strong Employee Referral Program Among recognized Best Companies, robust employee referral programs are the norm. However, a recent small-scale study by Software Advice reminds us that for some organizations, existing employees are an underleveraged resource when it comes to recruiting efforts. Among survey respondents, 45% reported that they do not currently participate in their company’s employee referral program. The majority of these respondents (81%) said the reason for this is because they don’t know anyone who is a good fit for a position, followed up by insufficient…
  • Learning from the Best

    The Great Place to Work® Conference Team
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Conference Speakers Share their Great Workplace Culture StrategiesGreat times were had by all at the 2015 Great Place to Work® Conference in Dallas, Texas! This year, nearly 1,100 professionals representing over 400 companies from across 20 industries converged to share ideas, network, and hear exciting new insights and best practices from leaders at some of the world's greatest workplaces.
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    BlueGlass Interactive

  • Basics of App Store Optimization – Wie du deine App im App Store sichtbar(er) machst

    Anna-Lena Müller
    17 May 2015 | 11:28 pm
    App Store Optimierung (kurz ASO) – von vielen lange eine unterschätzte und missachtete Teildisziplin des App Marketings – gewinnt immer mehr an Popularität. Dabei geht es um die Verbesserung der Sichtbarkeit innerhalb des Stores und die Animation der Nutzer zum tatsächlichen Download der App. Dass ASO immer mehr im Kommen ist, ist bei über 2 Millionen mobilen Apps in den grossen App Stores nicht verwunderlich. Bedenkt man ausserdem, dass etwa 63% der Apps beim Browsen durch den App Store entdeckt und heruntergeladen werden, wird das zunehmende Interesse an ASO klar: Für…
  • Digitale Transformation: Recap des Digital Economic Forums 2015

    Nicole Treipl
    7 May 2015 | 10:44 am
    Das gestrige Digital Economic Forum zog mehr als 200 Besucher aus unterschiedlichen Branchen ins Kameha Grand Hotel nach Zürich, um nationalen wie internationalen Speakern zum Thema Digitale Transformation zu lauschen. Der weibliche Anteil bei den Teilnehmern wie auch den Referenten war leider recht überschaubar. Daher bin ich froh, meinen Beitrag zu leisten und im Folgenden den Event zusammenzufassen. Digital Buzzwords Die Digitalisierung mit all ihren Innovationen schreitet schnell und wirkungsvoll voran. Die in diesem Zusammenhang wohl am meisten gefallenen Schlagwörter des Events waren…
  • European Search Awards 2015

    Raphael Bienz
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    BlueGlass Zürich gewinnt einen European Search Award 2015!!  Wir sind wahnsinnig glücklich und fühlen uns unglaublich geehrt, den European Search Award 2015 in der Kategorie „Best Use of Social Media in a Search Campaign“ gewonnen zu haben. WOW! Verliehen wurde uns das Prachtstück am gestrigen Abend in Berlin im Rahmen der European Search Awards 2015 – ein internationaler Wettbewerb, bei dem die besten Digital Marketing Agenturen Europas in den Bereichen SEO, PPC, Digital und Content Marketing ausgezeichnet werden. Dass wir aus dem Pool an fantastischen Kampagnen und Agenturen…
  • Checkliste SEO Anforderungen für Ihr CMS

    Marion Halter
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Suchmaschinenoptimierung bildet heutzutage eine wichtige Grundlage für den erfolgreichen Internetauftritt einer Unternehmung oder eines Online Shops. Idealerweise erfüllt Ihr CMS (Content Management System) von Haus aus bestimmte Kriterien in Bezug auf SEO und bietet Flexibilität in der technischen sowie redaktionellen Erstellung und Anpassung von Content. Durch die Verwendung eines SEO-freundlichen CMS wird eine solide Basis für nachhaltige und langfristige Rankings bei Suchmaschinen geschaffen. Dies hat zum Vorteil, dass viele OnSite SEO Optimierungsmassnahmen bereits zum Zeitpunkt der…
  • Key Takeaways von der BrightonSEO 2015

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

  • Financial Advisor Wins: Focus on Client Engagement

    22 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    Ed Note: This article is part of an ongoing series focused on the achievements made by financial advisors. Client engagement is a measure of the quality of a client’s relationship with his/her advisor and the impact of that relationship on the advisor’s business growth. Advisors must understand that ongoing, meaningful contact with clients actually drives revenue. According to Advisor Impact’s Client Engagement Index, sponsored by Genworth Financial Wealth Management, engagement is defined by incorporating four main components of the client/advisor relationship: loyalty, satisfaction,…
  • Financial Advisor Wins: Measuring Success for Yourself, Your Clients and Your Team

    20 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    Ed Note: This article is part of an ongoing series focused on the achievements made by financial advisors. What defines success? Is it efficiency (how quickly things get done), productivity (how many clients you bring in or how much work you can complete) or profitability (did you come in under budget or did you generate profit)?   Most financial advisors have little idea how to evaluate their efforts. Sure, healthy revenues and breaking even are great indicators, but they don’t provide the full picture. Entrepreneur and consultant Adelaide Lancaster says the true measure of success is…
  • Financial Advisor Wins: Have Clarity around Business and Personal Goals

    18 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Ed Note: This article is part of an ongoing series focused on the achievements made by financial advisors. Do you know what you really want as a person and as a professional? What’s your vision for your life or your business? Knowing the answer to these questions is having clarity. Unfortunately, the number one reason people fail to achieve their goals is because they lack clarity of vision for the life they want to live. The reason for this lack of clarity is that they have committed little or no time to developing it. Julie Littlechild, founder of If Not Now Research and Advisor Impact,…
  • Weekly Economic Update

    18 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    RETAIL SALES WERE FLAT IN APRIL Analysts surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast only a 0.1% advance, so this news was no shock. Still, it was disappointing after the (revised) 1.1% gain noted by the Commerce Department for March. The year-over-year improvement in the pace of retail sales was just 0.9%; last August, it reached 5.0%. Core retail sales (minus car and truck buying and fuel purchases) only increased 0.1% last month.1,2 CONSUMER SENTIMENT DIPS The decline in the preliminary May University of Michigan consumer sentiment index defied expectations. At 88.6, the index fell 7.3 points…
  • Financial Advisor Wins: Investing in your personal development

    15 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Ed Note: This article is part of an ongoing series focused on the achievements made by financial advisors. “For the best return on your money, pour your purse into your head.” — Benjamin Franklin Successful people know success does not happen by accident. They plan for success by setting goals that inspire and motivate them to achieve more in life. As a financial advisor, you are accountable for your own success, but no matter how successful you are,  or how well things are going in your life, there’s always room for improvement. Investing in you through personal development is a…
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    The Hallmark Business Connections Blog

  • How to Keep a Good Relationship Going with Anniversary Cards

    Hallmark Business Connections
    20 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    When it comes to building lasting relationships with clients and customers, the statistics speak for themselves: A 5% increase in customer retention can increase a company’s profitability by 75% Eighty percent of a company’s future revenue will come from just 20% of its existing customers Attracting a new customer can cost a company five times more than retaining a current customer But, as the saying goes, there is no “I” in teamwork. Developing and maintaining solid business relationships takes time, effort, and support from a hard-working team of employees committed to making those…
  • From Adequate to Outstanding, Rhonda Basler Guest Blogs on

    Rhonda Basler
    19 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    This week I was honored to guest blog on As a longtime fan of Bill’s blog and unique approach to personal delivery of customer service, I was thrilled to share my insights on inspiring customer advocacy through customer care to provide the best customer experience possible. I’d like to invite you to venture over to Bill’s blog and check out my recent contribution as well as his daily tips. I think you’ll enjoy the five tips I contributed to moving from adequate to outstanding customer care, and I know you’ll benefit from following Bill’s insights as well. If…
  • Personalizing Business Greeting Cards Is as Easy as 1, 2, 3

    Hallmark Business Connections
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Let’s face it: We’re all busy. Between work schedules, commuting, family time, exercise, social events, etc. it can be difficult – if not impossible – to find a minute to connect with colleagues and customers in a deep and meaningful way. At Hallmark Business Connections, we believe in the power of the human moment. It’s created when customers or employees feel like they matter to you in ways that go beyond goods and services and into gratitude and appreciation. It’s when the message makes them stop, smile, and tell their friends. Corporate greeting cards are a terrific way to…
  • Customer Experience in Action at Hallmark Business Connections

    Rhonda Basler
    12 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    There is nothing more challenging, and exhilarating, than scrapping an old system and implementing a new one. Upgrading our online shopping experience to provide an easier customization and ordering process for our customers’ business greeting cards has been everything we thought it would be. Take a look at the result for yourself: Nurturing Customers Through a Systems Change Regardless of the months and months of planning, system conversions always present unexpected factors. In prior blog posts, I’ve shown how organizations can move from customer service to customer care. Over the past…
  • Keeping Tabs on 2015 CX Trends at the CXPA Insight Exchange

    Rhonda Basler
    4 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    On May 5-6, the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) holds its annual Insight Exchange. I’m excited to be attending this event as well as presenting during Day 2 of the practitioner “Show & Tell” sessions. Last year, I led several discussion groups and shared a unique Hallmark Business Connections customer experience approach in the “Experience Design, Improvement and Innovation” category. This year, I’m excited to be presenting a session on “Changing Internal Processes to be Customer Centric.” I’ll be discussing how Hallmark Business Connections takes a…
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    Skiddle Event Promotion and Ticket Sales Blog

  • New Editors in the Editorial Department

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

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

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

    12 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    The Happy Mondays fell apart in 1992, leaving most observers to assume that it was the end for Shaun Ryder, as he struggled to recover from his numerous drug addictions. No one could have ever predicted that three years later, a relatively fit and healthy Shaun would return to the top of the charts, with a new band. 2015 sees the 20th anniversary of the release of It’s Great When Your Straight……Yeah The full tour is now available – Skiddle worked with the management to provide a full white label page integrated and styled to suit the…
  • Working with Radio 1

    Jimmy Coultas
    12 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    This week we’ve been working alongside the BBC in Norwich, helping them deliver Radio 1’s Academy. The events are designed to provide young people the opportunity to gain an insight into music and media, a hugely valuable aspect of the corporation’s public service remit. The BBC approached us wanting to exclusively use RapidScan for all their ticketing, so a selection of our staff headed down to help across the week long event. You can see three of our account management team getting in the spirit of the event below. We’re at the #r1academy all week as part of the…
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    Anderson Direct & Digital : Blog

  • Top Digital Quality Best Practices

    Carolyn Albee
    11 May 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Digital projects are also called “interactive” for a reason—they are constantly changing, with varying user environments, endless options, and frequent updates. Ensure you have a good base and mutual understanding with your pre-flight, but also know that testing must continue through the entire life of the site. Follow our tips below to take your digital quality to the next level. Pre-Flight Interactive projects involve many moving parts and pieces that need to fit together to create the finished project, making pre-flight an essential part of the process. Before you begin, ensure you…
  • Google “Mobilegeddon”: Two Weeks Later

    Leah Averre-Smith
    4 May 2015 | 4:14 pm
    As an agency that offers SEO management services to clients, we make it a point to always stay abreast of changes to search engine algorithms and how they can impact the web properties of our clients. When Google announced in February that they would be rolling out a change to include mobile friendliness as a ranking signal, a lot of people in the business of SEO were rightfully concerned. After all, previous Google algorithm changes generally did not come with such a long runway for an announcement, or any announcement at all. Many dubbed the impending changes “mobilegeddon” and…
  • Young Bucks: Smart Millennial Marketing for a Changing Financial Industry

    Mimi Flowers
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    The financial industry is changing—and so is the marketplace. Combined, these trends have created a “perfect storm” of opportunities and challenges, which many companies are not prepared to weather. Those that can navigate these new waters by tailoring their business tactics, products and services are destined to reap the rewards. An industry in flux Over the last five years, we’ve seen a large number of mergers and acquisitions within the financial services industry at every level. In fact, the total number of offices managed by FDIC-insured institutions peaked in 2009, and has…
  • Can BRCs Still Compete in a Brave New Digital World?

    Elaine Claussen
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Business reply cards (BRCs) have deep roots in American marketing, starting as far back as 1928. They’ve been around longer than Medicare. Frozen foods. Scotch tape. Canned beer. Teflon. And even Monopoly. But despite their longevity—or perhaps because of it—some companies may question their effectiveness in today’s highly digital world. If you’re toying with the idea of abandoning this channel in a future marketing effort, take a deep breath. Then consider the following findings before making a decision that just might suppress your results: If your audience includes a segment that…
  • The Art of Website Optimization: Strategy to Implement Immediately to Increase Conversions

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

  • The World of Print Services

    Natalie Darr
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Texas A&M University-Commerce Marketing Communications’ photostream Just a few days ago, I had the opportunity to visit one of our printing facilities. This location specializes in print services including commercial print, digital print, online print, cut sheets and business forms. The print world is a very detailed oriented, spec specific genre of marketing and if you’re not fully engrossed in this stuff on a day to day basis, there is a pretty good chance you have no idea what a saddle stich is. Don’t worry, neither did I… until I toured the facility. To…
  • Handling Criticism Online to Turn Negativity Into Positivity

    Justin Heegan
    20 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of VFS Digital Design’s photostream Life has few guarantees, but one thing you can always count on is that you’ll never be able satisfy 100% of your customer base 100% of the time. Anyone who’s worked in any customer-facing position for a day knows this, yet when it comes to handling negativity and criticism online, not all of us are immediately able to take a negative and turn it into a positive. This is especially prevalent on social media and a small host of websites literally dedicated to complaints. One of the biggest weapons in your customer service arsenal…
  • Adjusting to a New Job

    Elizabeth Toth
    18 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of laura dye’s photostream It’s hard being the new person. Whether you’re coming in as an experienced veteran in your field or if you’re just starting out your career, it’s unnerving to start on a new path with a different company and co-workers. Although this can be a stressful time for anyone, there are some ways to make the transition a little easier on you and your new co-workers. Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re starting fresh at a new job: 1.    Don’t get too overwhelmed: It takes time to adjust. You’re not only starting a new job;…
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Never Accept A Counter Offer

    Jason Pindzia
    15 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of You’ve recently accepted a position with another company and are ready to turn in your notice with your current employer. This wasn’t an easy decision as you’ve probably enjoyed your time with the company, knowing that you made a difference in people’s lives and made a few friends while you were at it. You explain to your boss all of the reasons why you’ve decided to move on, but he asks you to stay…“Things will change. I promise. What will it take to keep you here?” Your current employer makes a lucrative counter offer and now you’re thinking…
  • Design Tips for Advertising: Embrace the White Space

    Patrick Magyar
    13 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Julia Kay’s photostream This may singlehandedly be the most difficult subject for a non-designer to address. Not because it’s complex, but to most, the range of answers tend to be confusing.  It’s assumed that common practice is to fill available space because ‘real estate’ can be quite costly, but that could be the worst mistake when designing anything. Adding unnecessary copy, images or graphics only makes a design more congested and takes away from the visual hierarchy it has. A healthy dose of white space will keep your design clean and organized, and also…
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  • Onboarding: Commitment And Productivity From Day One

    21 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many benefits of implementing onboarding programs to attract, induct, train and retain top talent. Processes can be implemented to help a new employee integrate into the business even before their first day. Did you know that within the first six months after being hired about a third of the employees are already looking for a new job? If you consider the time and manpower costs associated with the hiring process, you should appreciate the importance of avoiding a situation whereby you’re replacing staff relatively new to the business and strategies that can help with this.
  • Employer Branding: A Strategy With Benefits

    19 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Each day the challenge to find the best and most talented employees increases. Employer branding is more important than ever before and the benefits for the customer, employee and employer are huge. Google, Apple, Facebook… these are some of the top ‘favorite companies to work for’. Beyond the prestige and notoriety or the high salaries, these companies have built their employer brand by word of mouth. In the past few years, Human Resources departments have found new technologies and online channels to attract and recruit talent, one crucial element of this talent attraction…
  • 10 Ways To Improve Your Interview Process

    12 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well – the interview process is no exception. If you want to attract and retain top talent, then you need to optimise your interview process. 1) Get the job ad right in the first place A successful job advert will attract the right talent to your brand. In order to control the number of applications you receive, it’s important that you’re clear as to what you expect from the applicants. It’s no good attracting a huge number of applicants if 75% of them aren’t qualified or don’t have sufficient…
  • To Lead, Learn What Makes People Tick

    6 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    In order to Lead, Learn What Makes People Tick. Knowing how to influence and motivate, while being empathetic and aware of individual personalities is key. Motivations No matter what you’re asking of other people, knowing their motivations will make it easier for you to influence their decision to help you. Some people will assist merely for gratitude and recognition, others prefer material rewards. Whichever it is, understanding what makes a person WANT to help you is key if you want them to spend their time and effort helping you. In many cases just having known and worked with…
  • 10 Job Hunting Tactics You Should Know

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Getting ahead of the crowd in your job hunting efforts is what everyone should try to do. There are certain things that you should know and do that most other applicants won’t. 1) Companies still recruit in December (but many applicants assume otherwise) Contrary to popular belief (and the belief of many applicants), brands do still recruit in December. New skill requirements, resignations and retirements don’t simply cease during this part of the year and companies need to fill those gaps. In many cases, managers are under pressure to be prepared and have a full complement of…
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    Convene » Articles

  • E-Signatures and Your Board Portal

    Angel Britanico
    15 May 2015 | 2:49 am
    Does your company use e-signatures? Find out how board portals make electronic signing easy and secure. From conception to recruitment, meeting minutes, day-to-day operations and periodical reports, each development in the lifespan of an organisation is marked and filed in documents. This makes efficient document management indispensable to sustainable business and responsible corporate governance. Improving Productivity with the Digitised Boardroom The paper-based practice of signing and storing hard copies prevailed for centuries due to the lack of viable alternatives. In recent years,…
  • Join Convene at Dubai’s 7th Annual Board Secretary Forum

    Alexandrea Roman
    12 May 2015 | 3:08 am
    After a successful run at the CeBIT Australia in Sydney last week from May 5 to 7, we’re off to another event, the 7th Annual Board Secretary Forum at The Address Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates. If you happen to be in the City of Gold from May 11 to 13, we’d love to see you at our booth and give you a free live demo of Convene. With the theme of the 2015 forum being The Year Ahead: Revolutionising the Continue Reading » The post Join Convene at Dubai’s 7th Annual Board Secretary Forum appeared first on Convene.
  • Recreating the Pen on Paper Experience with a Board Portal and Stylus

    Angel Britanico
    4 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Not ready to let go of pen and paper? Here’s how board portals can help you replicate the pen on paper experience. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy has become an unparalleled development in business leadership, improving flexibility and productivity within and outside the office. Research from Microsoft suggests that as early as 2012, about 7 in 10 employees use their personal devices in the workplace. In 2014, the Information Security group reports that 6 in 10 organisations adapt BYOD Continue Reading » The post Recreating the Pen on Paper Experience with a Board Portal…
  • Catch Convene at CeBIT Australia

    Alexandrea Roman
    4 May 2015 | 1:29 am
    Convene is back in the Land Down Under! From May 5 to 7, you can catch us at CeBIT Australia, the Asia Pacific region’s leading technology and business expo to be held at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush Bay. It’s going to be a big event with an expected turnout of 20,000 visitors and 6,000 business leaders from more than 30 countries, but you can still easily find us at Stand P11 in the BPM and Software section of the CeBIT Continue Reading » The post Catch Convene at CeBIT Australia appeared first on Convene.
  • Convene v. 4.2: Voting Options, Two-Factor Authentication, and Other Enhancements

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

  • MAXCDN Giveaway: Win 5 X 1TB Accounts Free

    karan singh chauhan
    11 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Vola! We are again back with our 7th Big Giveaway on Blogging Ways, but this time it will be on MAXCDN and you can win upto 5 1TB (Terabyte) free accounts very easily. Let me first describe what is a CDN is? A CDN is content delivery network or content distribution network, which is a [...] The post MAXCDN Giveaway: Win 5 X 1TB Accounts Free appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • How to Find Popular & Trending Hashtags Today

    karan singh chauhan
    3 May 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Looking for Popular and Trending Twitter/ Facebook/ Google+ Hashtags to share on your Wall to increase your blog traffic and more clicks, If yes then you are at very right place as today I am going to write on this topic at large. Now a days many people use popular Twitter/Instagram or Facebook hashtags whenever [...] The post How to Find Popular & Trending Hashtags Today appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • uKit- Create Free Websites in Minutes!

    karan singh chauhan
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:58 am
    As we all know that, today’s generation is mostly depend on internet, a browsing world. People surfing on net and search out for some path which leads to make money. If we talking about blogging world, than a website or blog is comes on our mind. Therefore today we will review uKit which is an website builder [...] The post uKit- Create Free Websites in Minutes! appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • Top 100+ High PR Local SEO Citation Sites

    karan singh chauhan
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:33 am
    Hello Friends! Today I came up with an interesting article on List of Local SEO Citation Sites in USA and UK. It consists of places where a citation (which is a mention of your business name and address, phone number or website) can be built for your local business in order to help your current [...] The post Top 100+ High PR Local SEO Citation Sites appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • 18 Top Networking Sites for Startup Founders

    karan singh chauhan
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:08 am
    Infographic brought to you by Wrike – Saas Collaboration Software Incoming search terms:3g hack vodafone kolkataVodafone 3g hack in kolkata The post 18 Top Networking Sites for Startup Founders appeared first on Blogging Ways.
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    Export Compliance Journal

  • Things to Consider when Hosting a J-1 Visiting Research Scholar

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

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

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

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

    Staff Writer
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    Recent changes in U.S. policy regarding its relationship with Cuba will mean a great many things for both nations. Airlines and travel agents will no longer require a special license from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to book tickets to Cuba for U.S. citizens. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will loosen the reigns on agricultural equipment and building materials for residential construction in Cuba – all of which will change the lives of their citizens for the better. As the details of these new “normalized” relations slowly play out, OFAC…
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    P1 e-Social

  • Five Simple Home-Based Business Ideas for Malaysians

    P1 Buddy
    13 May 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Working from home is great for individuals wanting flexibility and breaking away from the boundaries of corporate workplace as an alternative. Home-based businesses may seem interesting and comforting. It is always nice to work at your own pace and jump right out of your bed to start work in your […] The post Five Simple Home-Based Business Ideas for Malaysians appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • 5 Things You Can Do With RM115.60

    P1 Buddy
    12 May 2015 | 1:37 am
    The value of an amount is perceived differently by different groups of people, for example, an amount such as RM115.60 would be a sizeable amount of money to some but at the same time could be considered as “spare change” by others.   No matter how you look at it, […] The post 5 Things You Can Do With RM115.60 appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Quote-Boost! Start your week right

    P1 Buddy
    11 May 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Sometimes, all we need is some mind-boggling quotes to perk our day up and push us a little further and encourage us a little more.   Here are ten quotes to quickly glance through and start your week right:             1. Success consists of going from […] The post Quote-Boost! Start your week right appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • OMA-Nite: Chill. Huddle. Reconnect with P1

    P1 Buddy
    11 May 2015 | 12:58 am
    On 30 April 2015, P1 hosted a night of delicious food, exciting games, and insightful conversations with fellow Online Media Associates (OMA) at TheCo. along the Asian Heritage Row at Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur. Themed “Chill. Huddle. Reconnect with P1”, the quarterly get-together was aimed at fostering closer relationships with […] The post OMA-Nite: Chill. Huddle. Reconnect with P1 appeared first on P1 e-Social.
  • Millennial Minds in Business

    P1 Buddy
    6 May 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Millennial Minds in Business Who are millennials? “Millennials”, also known as Generation Y (Gen Y) are often referred to as the generation who are born between early 1980’s and early 2000’s.   How are they different? Millennials differ from previous generation due to a difference in upbringing and the factors […] The post Millennial Minds in Business appeared first on P1 e-Social.
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  • B2B Marketing Growth Hacking: How to Fail Like a Hero

    Mila Staneva
    21 May 2015 | 12:19 am
    Shake things up! Use that big brain of yours to think your way out! Look for a new angle. This quote didn’t come from a Growth Hacking* talk or a leadership seminar. It comes from Disney’s Big Hero 6, the lovable story of a plus-sized inflatable robot and a gang of teenage prodigy super-heroes with big hearts. Believe it or not, the movie can teach you a lot about growth hacking. Without giving away any spoilers, what else can we learn from this movie? Most importantly, that failing is unavoidable, but instead of letting failure get you down, you need to use it to look for a new…
  • 5 Ways Your Organisation Can Benefit From a Virtual Demand Centre 

    Bianka Banova
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    The effective balancing of marketing resources within middle sized and enterprise organisations is a daunting task. According to recent research, on average organisations restructure their marketing resources every 2.5 years with often little to no gain from this effort. Such restructuring could cause headaches for entire departments and create more problems than it was meant to solve.  The bigger and more globally dispersed an organisation is, the more you hear the question of whether resources ought to be centralised or decentralised. The major reason restructuring efforts tend to be…
  • Happy Easter

    Mila Staneva
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Now that Easter has passed, you might think all the eggs have been found and the egg hunts are over. We would like to invite you to think again. Here at Demodia, we like to think that egg hunts are fun. Marketing and egg hunts have one thing in common: the search to find a prize before someone else does. Of course, with egg hunts the challenge easier, because you know what you are looking for. Make you marketing as easy as a child’s play We cordially invite you to join our post-Easter Egg Hunt. Find the lost eggs around the Demodia website and you will be rewarded. You probably have…
  • A Sales Representative And A Marketer Walk Into A Bar – How Do They Get Free Drinks?

    Mila Staneva
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:27 pm
    A long time ago we published a blog post hypothesising on a similar situation: a sales representative and a marketer walking into a bar,  but the question we asked was: who pays for the drinks?  Today I want to tell you how to use your professional skills to get a free drink. It’s an open secret that sales and marketing are the reason for office parties: getting those to departments to align is a challenge for every organization. Now we even deal with sales enablement: what marketers should do to ease sales’ tasks. There is strong link between sales and marketing, just one…
  • 101: Create Dynamic Content to Engage Your Audience

    Mila Staneva
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    WHY? Information is power. Power to learn, do and grow. is a social platform that will give you the chance to share the expertise you have and learn from others. It is a place where people meet to grow and help others to grow.   The team behind Guides believes that publishing has been dehumanised and content has become just another item to be consumed by the masses. This hurts both the author and the reader: the author doesn’t get feedback, while the reader cannot interact with the author and ask all the questions that need to be asked. Guides are here to start that…
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  • How Leaders Cause Stress

    Seth N. Goldrath
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    The ABC of corporate life For the leaders of organization there are two levels at which workplace stress must be addressed. Firstly at corporate, strategic level, where a degree of stress is inevitable, given the pace and frequency of change that businesses of all kinds are experiencing today. Political, economic, environmental, social, and technological changes combine to make it essential […] The post How Leaders Cause Stress appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • Leadership and Conflict Management Skills

    Seth N. Goldrath
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    The ABC of corporate life Do you take a leadership role at work on in a group setting? If so then you no doubt have experienced the world of conflicts. Having to deal with conflicts is not always an easy task even for experienced leaders. In a work environment you are faced with different personalities, attitudes, work ethics and more. […] The post Leadership and Conflict Management Skills appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • Compliance or Conflict?

    Seth N. Goldrath
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The ABC of corporate life Sometimes a situation you might think is a conflict is not, instead the problem is that you are trying to get someone to comply with your wishes. What is the difference, you might ask? Let’s take a look. When you pressure someone into doing as you want this causes a conflict that really does not […] The post Compliance or Conflict? appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • 5 Tactics To Neutralize Conflicts & Enhance Communication

    Seth N. Goldrath
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:54 pm
    The ABC of corporate life Using active listening through a conflict is the first move you can take to mitigate the situation and crack whatever problems have surfaced. Realize, nonetheless, that when people feel strongly about an issue, their emotions will impact their ability to correspond and listen. It is imperative therefore to utilize a blend of active and reflective […] The post 5 Tactics To Neutralize Conflicts & Enhance Communication appeared first on iCorpLife.
  • Politicians: Lying Through Their Teeth And Getting Away With It

    Seth N. Goldrath
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:44 pm
    The ABC of corporate life Politicians are the masters, they lie, no doubt about it. Why? Because if they told the truth, nobody would vote for them. Most people need this. They need to be lied to otherwise they don’t support it. I don’t know why this is. Is it because we are so used to base our opinions on […] The post Politicians: Lying Through Their Teeth And Getting Away With It appeared first on iCorpLife.
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