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  • Life Insurance Benefits You May Not Know About

    AccuQuote Blog
    Byron Udell
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:08 pm
    by Byron Udell Did you know that there are life insurance benefits you may be able to take advantage of without dying? It’s true! Life insurance is an amazing product, and a feature known as the Accelerated Death Benefit can make it even more valuable than most people realize. The concept behind the Accelerated Death Benefit is simple: under certain circumstances, your life insurance company can give you a cash advance against your death benefit.  You can use the money to cover medical bills, pay for a family vacation or otherwise make the most of the time you have left. Some life…
  • Amazon Underground – New Business Model for Android Apps

    AWS Official Blog
    Jeff Barr
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    My friends and family members who build apps tell me that there’s a huge hurdle to cross on the road to monetization. Users are willing and eager to download new games and tools, but can be reluctant to pay to do so and expect a lot for free. While some apps make good use of In-App Purchasing (IAP) as a monetization vehicle and optimize for the (reported) 2% to 10% of the user base, many developers struggle to build an audience and a sustainable business model. We aim to change things with the new Amazon Underground app for Android phones. This app builds upon the regular Amazon mobile…
  • Katrina Volunteers – 10 Years Later
    Jordan Scott
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, fast becoming one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history and triggering a nationwide disaster relief effort of an unprecedented scale. As this disaster unfolded before the shocked eyes of the country, thousands were driven to get involved and help in whatever capacity they could. For many, Hurricane Katrina served as their first venture into volunteerism with the Red Cross. For others, it was a continuation of a life committed to service. A decade later, many of those who responded to help the Katrina-affected…
  • How Well Do You Understand the Digital Enterprise?

    Avaya Connected Blog
    Aaron Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Most of us think we’re pretty savvy when it comes to knowing what makes today’s innovators and business greats so successful. But do we really? What do you think makes a successful company? When I think about the organizations dominating the market in creative ways—the businesses that most entrepreneurs would like to emulate—they all have one thing in common: they’re “digital enterprises,” companies that use technology in innovative ways to gain a competitive advantage. Have a go at our digital enterprise quiz and see if you can guess the names of these four well-known…
  • View Tea Art While Sipping Your Favorite Bigelow Flavor!

    Bigelow Tea Blog
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea knows that the art of tea is an important part of enjoying a daily cup from brewing the tea to adding just the right amount of lemon, sweetener or milk. And three generations of the Bigelow family know that creating signature blends is artistic as stated by Bigelow Tea fan @GwenTraN tweeted who said, “Bigelow’s Green tea with pomegranate is such an art!” Speaking of tea and art, a recent story on National Public Radio featured artists who create beautiful works of art using tea which was intriguing to us. It turns out that many artists are giving tea a second life…
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    AccuQuote Blog

  • Life Insurance Benefits You May Not Know About

    Byron Udell
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:08 pm
    by Byron Udell Did you know that there are life insurance benefits you may be able to take advantage of without dying? It’s true! Life insurance is an amazing product, and a feature known as the Accelerated Death Benefit can make it even more valuable than most people realize. The concept behind the Accelerated Death Benefit is simple: under certain circumstances, your life insurance company can give you a cash advance against your death benefit.  You can use the money to cover medical bills, pay for a family vacation or otherwise make the most of the time you have left. Some life…
  • Kiplinger’s Trusts AccuQuote. Shouldn’t You?

    Byron Udell
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:08 pm
    By Byron Udell I’ve always said you should buy your life insurance from the person or company that gives you the best advice.  Obviously, I hope you choose to do business with us. If you are a savvy consumer—and if you read this blog, you probably are—then you’re likely familiar with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.  Kiplinger’s is, simply put, a premier personal finance publication and its staff is full of experts. So when it comes to matters of retirement, investing, saving, and insurance, people trust Kiplinger’s. And Kiplinger’s trusts US!  The magazine often…
  • For Lessons in Business and Life, Read This Book (and others I’ll suggest)

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

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

    Byron Udell
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:06 pm
    By Byron Udell At AccuQuote, our motives are clear and our mission is simple. We are dedicated to communicating the importance of life insurance to as many people as possible. We strive to be the best source of advice and helpful information on life insurance you can find. That’s why a Gallup poll I recently saw really bugged me. In a survey about honesty and ethical standards, 36% of people scored insurance agents as “low or very low” in this area. Only 15% of respondents gave agents a “high or very high” score. (As a point of reference, 10% gave members of Congress a “high or…
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    AWS Official Blog

  • Amazon Underground – New Business Model for Android Apps

    Jeff Barr
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    My friends and family members who build apps tell me that there’s a huge hurdle to cross on the road to monetization. Users are willing and eager to download new games and tools, but can be reluctant to pay to do so and expect a lot for free. While some apps make good use of In-App Purchasing (IAP) as a monetization vehicle and optimize for the (reported) 2% to 10% of the user base, many developers struggle to build an audience and a sustainable business model. We aim to change things with the new Amazon Underground app for Android phones. This app builds upon the regular Amazon mobile…
  • Building Price-Aware Applications Using EC2 Spot Instances

    Jeff Barr
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Last month I began writing what I hope to be a continuing series of posts of EC2 Spot Instances by talking about some Spot Instance Best Practices. Today I spoke to two senior members of the EC2 Spot Team to learn how to build price-aware applications using Spot Instances. I met with Dmitry Pushkarev (Head of Tech Development) and Joshua Burgin (General Manager) and would like to recap our conversation in interview form! Me: What does price really mean in the Spot world? Joshua: Price and price history are important considerations when building Spot applications. Using price as a signal about…
  • AWS Week in Review – August 17, 2015

    Jeff Barr
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Let’s take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, August 17 We announced New Metrics for EC2 Container Service – Clusters & Services. We announced a New Logstash Plugin to Search DynamoDB Content Using Elasticsearch. The AWS Security Blog showed you How to Migrate Your Microsoft Active Directory Users to Simple AD. To the Stars discussed The Four Horsemen (aka Considerations for Containers). The CloudCheckr Blog talked about Actionable Cost Reporting for AWS Cloud. R.I. Pienaar wrote about Translating Webhooks with AWS API Gateway and Lambda. The Cloud Health…
  • New – Store and Process Graph Data using the DynamoDB Storage Backend for Titan

    Jeff Barr
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Graph databases elegantly and efficiently represent entities (generally known as vertices or nodes) and relationships (edges) that connect them. Here’s a very simple example of a graph: Bill and Candace have a daughter named Janet, and she has a son named Bob. This makes Candace Bob’s grandmother, and Bill his grandfather. Once a graph has been built, it is processed by traversing the edges between the vertices. In the graph above, we could traverse from Bill to Janet, and from there to Bob. Graphs can be used to model social networks (friends and “likes”), business relationships…
  • Announcing the AWS Pop-up Loft in London

    Jeff Barr
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    The AWS Pop-up Lofts in San Francisco and New York have become hubs and working spaces for developers, entrepreneurs, students, and others who are interested in working with and learning more about AWS. They come to learn, code, meet, collaborate, ask questions, and to hang out with other like-minded folks. I’m happy to be able to announce that we will be popping up a third loft, this one in London. Once again, we have created a unique space and assembled a full calendar of events, with the continued help from our friends at Intel and Chef. We look forward to using the Loft to meet and to…
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  • Katrina Volunteers – 10 Years Later

    Jordan Scott
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, fast becoming one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history and triggering a nationwide disaster relief effort of an unprecedented scale. As this disaster unfolded before the shocked eyes of the country, thousands were driven to get involved and help in whatever capacity they could. For many, Hurricane Katrina served as their first venture into volunteerism with the Red Cross. For others, it was a continuation of a life committed to service. A decade later, many of those who responded to help the Katrina-affected…
  • Digital Art Expo: Kids Weigh in on Swimming and Lifeguarding

    Sam Roth
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    We asked kids in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade why they thought swim lessons and lifeguard training are important. Check out how the kids showed their support and enthusiasm for swim lessons and lifeguard training – we love their drawings! (And don’t miss the latest on our training and certification for extreme shallow water rescue, especially critical for summer waterparks outings.)   Sarah – 2nd Grade   Sophie – 2nd Grade   Sophie – 2nd Grade   Alyssa – 3rd Grade   Hannah – 3rd Grade   Mia – 4th Grade   Noah –…
  • Why Blood Donors Are My Heroes

    Sarah Layton
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Post written by Joey Hoffman, mother of a blood recipient. On February 8, 2003, my daughter, Daisy, received her first blood transfusion immediately after birth. It helped save her life – as did countless other transfusions over the years. At eight weeks in utero, Daisy was diagnosed with gastroschisis, a congenital condition in which her intestines developed outside of her body in the amniotic fluid. My OB-GYN stated that she would be OK. They would place her intestines back inside her abdomen, and she’d recover in the neonatal intensive care unit for two weeks. Daisy lived in the NICU…
  • Moving forward in Carrefour-Feuilles, Haiti

    Jenelle Eli
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This post was written by Michael de Vulpillieres, a member of the communications team at the American Red Cross Greater NY Region chapter. This past June, Michael traveled to Port-au-Prince to learn more about Red Cross programs in Haiti and to support the local Red Cross office. For more photos from Michael’s visit to Carrefour-Feuilles, click here. Building supplies and construction equipment lined a newly-built road as I approached Campeche, one of the eight neighborhoods that comprises the community of Carrefour-Feuilles in western Port-au-Prince. It was about 7 a.m. and I was to…
  • If I can give blood, so can you.

    Beth Pullias
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Originally written by Vivi Engen, American Red Cross Intern, Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can find the original story here.  Help prevent a seasonal blood supply shortage: A seasonal blood donation decline is common during the summer. Currently, the Red Cross has an urgent need for type AB blood to help replenish the plasma supply. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative and platelet donors are also especially needed to maintain sufficient supplies. For information about blood donation, or to schedule an appointment, download the Blood Donor App, visit…
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    Avaya Connected Blog

  • How Well Do You Understand the Digital Enterprise?

    Aaron Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Most of us think we’re pretty savvy when it comes to knowing what makes today’s innovators and business greats so successful. But do we really? What do you think makes a successful company? When I think about the organizations dominating the market in creative ways—the businesses that most entrepreneurs would like to emulate—they all have one thing in common: they’re “digital enterprises,” companies that use technology in innovative ways to gain a competitive advantage. Have a go at our digital enterprise quiz and see if you can guess the names of these four well-known…
  • VMworld 2015 Preview: Avaya Collaboration Pods Take Center Stage

    Camille Campbell
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Next week, nearly 25,000 people will descend on San Francisco for one of the tech industry’s hottest events. You guessed it… VMworld 2015 is upon us. VMworld offers its attendees more than 400 sessions, covering the latest virtualization innovations in the data center for storage, networking, security, management, workforce mobility and hybrid cloud services. As a side note, it also offers a great party! It’s one of the only events I’ve been to with a full-blown carnival–complete with rides, games and live music–filling AT&T Park to capacity. This represents the fourth…
  • The Top 5 Networking Security Lessons from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Kenneth Leung
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Watching a movie generally requires suspension of disbelief, especially with an escapist movie like Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Tom Cruise’s latest summer blockbuster. As I watched the film (it’s excellent, by the way), I couldn’t help but think of the networking-related takeaways we could learn from the movie. (Note: Spoilers ahead; if you haven’t watched the movie, I tried to include scenes covered in the trailers). #5: Always be on the lookout for wireless security risk In the movie’s opening sequence, Ethan Hunt has to enter a cargo plane that…
  • Why the FCC Wants to Block Old Phones from Dialing 911

    Mark J. Fletcher, ENP
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Every day, 911 dispatchers at 6,800 emergency call centers across the U.S. get prank calls, many of which come from disconnected mobile phones. Now, the FCC is thinking about preventing those phones from accessing the 911 network. Today, we’ll dive into this complex and controversial issue, examining it from both sides. It’s nearly impossible to estimate how many deactivated mobile phones exist in the U.S. Most American adults now own a mobile phone, with many people on their second, third, fourth (or more!) generation of the device. Old phones wind up at e-recycling centers, on the…
  • Remote Monitoring: So Good, It Virtually Needs No Human Intervention

    Carl Knerr
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you ever done something so well that others struggle to believe it’s true? On a recent Sunday afternoon, after mowing the lawn and finally sitting down to enjoy a cool beverage, I pulled out my smartphone and was deflated to see an email from Avaya IT that our alarm management solution, EXPERT SystemsSM, was failing to deliver inbound actionable alarms to our support engineering team. This is a rock-solid application for Avaya and so having downtime was surprising and frustrating. When I got in touch with the development team responsible for the solution, I was pleased to learn that…
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    Bigelow Tea Blog

  • View Tea Art While Sipping Your Favorite Bigelow Flavor!

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea knows that the art of tea is an important part of enjoying a daily cup from brewing the tea to adding just the right amount of lemon, sweetener or milk. And three generations of the Bigelow family know that creating signature blends is artistic as stated by Bigelow Tea fan @GwenTraN tweeted who said, “Bigelow’s Green tea with pomegranate is such an art!” Speaking of tea and art, a recent story on National Public Radio featured artists who create beautiful works of art using tea which was intriguing to us. It turns out that many artists are giving tea a second life…
  • Relax with Bigelow Tea’s Cozy Chamomile

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    When you need to take a deep breath and have a bit of “me” time, a cup of Cozy Chamomile is right in the cupboard waiting to be brewed! Bigelow Tea’s soothing and simple chamomile herbal tea is an easy choice for those quieter moments during today’s hectic times. Herbal teas aren’t actually made from camellia sinensis “tea” leaves, so they are naturally caffeine free beverages. The chamomile flower has a mellow and slightly floral character, perfect for relaxation and even for soothing a sore throat.  Bigelow Tea’s Cozy Chamomile is particularly special because the whole…
  • Bigelow Tea is Steeped in Admiration for Judi Dench

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Actress Dame Judi Dench was spotted with a cup of black tea with honey while doing an interview for her film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A star of stage and screen in England for decades, Dame Judi has been known for often playing dignified, strong willed women in positions of authority which we appreciate as Bigelow Tea is a third generation family run business started by Ruth Campbell Bigelow over 70 years ago. A recent quote by Dame Judi Dench, “celebrate the things you can do and also try to do new things” could apply to drinking tea as well…celebrate our English Teatime…
  • Bigelow Tea Taps Into Water Conservation Measures

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bigelow Tea knows that quality water is essential in making a good cup of tea, and that this key ingredient must not go to waste! In giving H20 some TLC, the family-owned company, led by third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow, has installed devices at their Connecticut, Idaho, and Kentucky locations to cut down on any unnecessary water usage. Bigelow Tea’s HQ in Fairfield implemented water-saving techniques that range from putting a rain sensor on an outside irrigation system to placing low flow aerators on every sink. Restrooms have been equipped with automatic shut off faucets…
  • Ethical Tea Is Bigelow Tea’s Topic On World Humanitarian Day

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian acts and philanthropy work around the globe. The Bigelow Tea family is excited about this day because it celebrates the idea of being good to people all over the planet, a concept that Bigelow Tea also embraces. Yes, not only does Bigelow Tea develop delicious tea, but it takes extra steps to make sure its teas are made in an ethical manner. For starters, third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow works with ethical tea gardens in Sri Lanka, India and China. These farmers, who supply the tea and…
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    IXIA Recent Articles

  • Strikes over SSL: Detecting encrypted exploits is hard (but can be made easier)

    Garett Montgomery
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Strikes over SSL: Detecting encrypted exploits is hard (but can be made easier) Date: 8/25/2015, Author: Garett Montgomery. One of the things the Ixia BreakingPoint team takes pride in is the realism of our strikes. We strive to provide the most effective security device testing possible by emulating all the different methods attackers can use to exploit a vulnerability. This includes—but is not limited to—multiple protocols for file delivery, various data encoding schemes, shuffling the order and size of data packets, and randomizing the location of malicious values. All these variations…
  • 베서니 메이어 익시아 CEO, CRN 톱 25 선정

    Divya Natarajan
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm
    베서니 메이어 익시아 CEO, CRN 톱 25 선정
  • Segment Routing- the journey of a packet

    Divya Natarajan
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:13 am
    Segment Routing- the journey of a packet Date: 8/20/2015, Author: Sougato Adhikari, Kingshuk Mandal. Segment Routing (SR) is how a packet knows which path to take. SR uses computer code for this. An SR path, from beginning to end, is broken into smaller parts called segments. These segments use IGP protocols like ISIS or OSPF. The path that a packet should follow is coded as a list of segments in that packet. These segments show sub-paths that combine to form the desired path. The path state doesn’t have to be stored in a router. Instead, the packet’s path is kept in the packet header. So…
  • August 2015 Monthly Malware Available on Strike Center

    Bogdan Danciu
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    August 2015 Monthly Malware Available on Strike Center Author: Bogdan Danciu. Ixia ATI is happy to release our monthly malware package covering August 2015, which can be downloaded from Strike Center here:
  • Ixia ATI Update 3.5.244759 Released to StrikeCenter

    Bogdan Danciu
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    Ixia ATI Update 3.5.244759 Released to StrikeCenter Date: 8/11/2015, Author: Bogdan Danciu. Ixia is pleased to announce the latest update (3.5.244759) for Ixia BreakingPoint’s ATI at its Strike Center hub.
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    Cisco Blog » The Platform

  • A Second Wave of Cloud Adoption is On the Rise. Are You Ready?

    Nick Earle
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Disrupt or be disrupted. That’s the mantra of IT organizations and boardrooms across the globe. At least in the ones that will still be around. A recent report projects that digital disruption will displace approximately 40 percent of incumbent companies in each of the 12 industries studied within the next five years. The winners will be those companies that can innovate faster than their competitors. And they’re relying on the cloud (private, public, or hybrid) to get it done. According to a [...]
  • Protecting Innovation: Update on District Court and ITC Actions

    Mark Chandler
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Our legal action to stop Arista’s copying and use of Cisco’s intellectual property is proceeding according to schedule. With a number of important procedural steps about to take place, we feel now is a good time to provide an update. Last December we brought two actions in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California . All of the related patents cover features that were invented by individuals who worked for Cisco and who are now at Arista, or by individuals at Cisco who worked with executives who are now at [...]
  • IT Competitions Unleash Critical Thinking and Hone Job Skills

    Tae Yoo
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    One year from now more than 10,500 athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees will put their skills and perseverance to the test at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Next year’s medal winners may go on to become professional athletes, role models, and commercial spokespeople – for many, the visibility and success they achieve in front of an international audience launches their careers. Most of us are familiar with the world’s largest international multi-sport event. But it [...]
  • Why the Fortune 500 is Fast Becoming the Digital 500

    Mala Anand
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    As part of its research for this year’s annual Fortune™ 500 issue the magazine polled the CEOs of all the companies on its latest list of industry leaders. When asked, “What is your company’s greatest challenge?” the number one answer among the CEOs was, “The rapid pace of technological change.” Holding second position on their list of challenges was cybersecurity. The magazine remarked on the results, “Today’s CEOs clearly recognize that new technologies are going to radically change the way [...]
  • Cisco’s Liz Centoni Recognized as CloudNOW “Top 10 Women in Cloud”

    Pankaj Patel
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For 30 years, our technology has changed the way the world works, lives, plays and learns.   And though we are a technology innovator, our edge does not come solely from technology. It comes from our people. Today is a proud day for the Cisco family. I am very pleased to announce that CloudNOW, the executive consortium for the leading women in cloud and converging technologies, today named Liz Centoni, Vice President, Strategy and Engineering Chief of Staff at Cisco, as [...]
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  • The Data of it All

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:18 pm
    For our own part, our metered panels of users that number into the millions worldwide, as well as an extensive network of tagged web, video and app entities, generate vast quantities of audience and consumption information that grows in scope and scale with every passing month. To give some sense of perspective, if a megabyte of data were to be represented by a spoonful of sand, comScore would currently store the equivalent of a stretch of beach 25 miles long, 30 metres wide and a foot deep. And we expect this to double in the next year.We translate our own observations, along with census…
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Measurements in Mobile

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Mobile has added further complexity to all of these measures, with many people now accounting for two or more devices. The term ‘mobile’ now encompasses smartphones through to tablets, with phablets sitting somewhere in between, and consumption via browsers and apps. This serves to highlight the added fragmentation that our customers, and therefore we at comScore, must handle when evaluating this burgeoning sector.When measuring any market or platform, a provider must seek to meet three key criteria, creating products that: Are holistic and objective in measurement Deliver outputs and…
  • Vietnam Coming of Digital Age

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Increase in Disposable IncomeA decade ago, the average Vietnamese consumer saved up his/her salary for years in order to buy a scooter. The purchase took the main share of his/her disposable income. According to Euromonitor, the annual disposable income in Vietnam grew by 35 per cent from 2011 to 2014, with consumer expenditure growing at the same rate and consumers are buying new smartphones and gadgets. They are also traveling a lot more, with the Vietnamese language now frequently heard in cities and airports from Singapore and Japan to the US. However, key consumer categories like…
  • Millennials Boast Huge Social Networking Growth and Engagement on Smartphones, But Older Users Surprisingly Outpace Them on Tablets

    12 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    The category has shifted quickly to mobile, with 80% of time spent now coming from smartphones and tablets. Recent comScore Mobile Metrix data shows that preferences between tablets and smartphones for social media usage vary depending on the age of the user.The average 18-44 year-old smartphone social networking user spends in excess of 25 hours per month consuming social content on that device, while the numbers are considerably lower for those age 45+. However the reverse is true on their larger screen mobile counterparts, as tablet social networkers age 35+ spend more than 17 hours per…
  • Are Smartphones the Swiss Army Knife of the Millennial Generation?

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

    Beate Riechers
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:32 am
    35° Grad. Sonne Pur. Keine einzige Wolke am Himmel. Perfektes Wetter um a) entweder im Büro zu schwitzen oder b) sich auf einem Handtuch im Freibad zu wälzen. Heute gibt es aber weder noch. Ich bin im Bereich VAN/VS, also dem Vertriebsbereich der VAN-Sparte, und beschäftige mich normalerweise mit dem internationalen Transporter Gebrauchtfahrzeuggeschäft. Heute geht es aber nicht darum, gebrauchte Sprinter in den Märkten zu drehen, sondern in Teamarbeit etwas für das Gemeinwohl zu tun! Wie auch letztes Jahr schon, engagieren sich die Mitarbeiter im Rahmen der Bereichsveranstaltung des…
  • Von der Rohbauplanung ins Studienförderprogramm

    Helen Springmann
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:04 am
    „Helen, hast du Interesse an einer Werkstudentenstelle bei Daimler in Sindelfingen?“ – „Hmm, muss ich mal darüber nachdenken.“ Was dann folgen sollte: Sindelfingen. Südafrika. Daimler Student Partnership Programm. Nein, ich kann mich wirklich nicht beklagen, ich habe schon schlechtere Entscheidungen in meinem Leben getroffen. Aber zuerst einmal zurück auf Anfang. Nach kurzer Überlegung und einem Vorstellungsgespräch startete ich mit meiner allerersten Werkstudententätigkeit überhaupt im Betriebsmittelbau im Team „Innovation & Steuerung“ in Sindelfingen. War das mein…
  • smart DCT op kölsch

    Carla Bareis
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:32 am
    Es ist unglaublich heiß, voll und laut. Nicht gerade typische Charakteristika von Köln – könnte man meinen. Der Dom, Podolski und Kölsch sind eher Dinge, die man mit dieser Metropole assoziieren könnte. Nicht ich. Smart fortwo und forfour sind die Stichworte: Eine Fahrveranstaltung in der Hitze des Sommers, im Herzen Deutschlands und mit jeder Menge Journalisten aus der ganzen Welt: das verspricht Spaß (und jede Menge schweißtreibende Arbeit). Die Fahrveranstaltung bewegt sich rund um die neuen smarten Zwei- und Viersitzer und ihre Vorzüge im urbanen Raum. Die Journalisten begeben…
  • Mail on Holiday … und schönen Urlaub!

    10 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    Urlaubszeit. Erholungszeit? Zumindest in der Regel. Gut. Manchmal kommt die Partnerin – oder der Partner – auf die „Wahnsinns-Idee“, dass man sich mal wieder grundlegend über die Beziehung unterhalten müsse. Schließlich hat man ja jetzt Zeit. Oder der – ansonsten natürlich liebliche und ausgeglichene – Nachwuchs beschließt, einem das Leben schwer zu machen. Irgendein Grund gibt es immer: von den ersten Zähnen bis zur pubertären Liebe. Wenn man richtig viel Glück hat, beschließt der Körper im Idealfall auch noch, just im Urlaub krank zu werden. Soll gar nicht…
  • Schlips adé

    Tatjana Fichtner
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Es ist Rekordsommer, Temperaturen bis zu 40°C. Der Asphalt in der Daimler-Zentrale in Untertürkheim scheint bereits zu kochen. In den Büroräumen blasen die Ventilatoren auf Hochtouren. So müssen sich also unsere südafrikanischen Kollegen im Sommer fühlen! Mitleid mit den Schlipsträgern ist da vorprogrammiert. – A propos: Wo sind die eigentlich? Schlips adé! – Manschettenknöpfe sind das neue Oma. Chinos, Poloshirts und Sommerkleider so weit das Auge reicht. Hemden in sommerlichem zitronengelb oder mintgrün. Klar, den anzüglichen Minirock sucht man hier (gottseidank) noch…
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    EMC BlogRoll

  • The Importance of Customer Experience

    22 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    It's hard to believe that it's been six years since Watermark Consulting started their Customer Experience ROI study. But as time passes, the case only gets more compelling. Ask yourself - "Is customer experience truly critical to our business?" While everyone is going to answer with an emphatic yes, I suspect many of us have lost sight of what this truly means. Now ask yourself if you believe your brand is a leader in customer experience excellence. This one's a tad tougher, and the answer may serve as a bit of a wake up call. This question is at the core of Watermarks research. They looked…
  • We're Getting The Band Back Together

    22 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    It’s been a long time since Jake and Elwood got the Blues Brothers back together.  Similarly, it’s been a very long time since I’ve worked for Dave Donatelli when I was at EMC.  I really enjoyed the experience, and now I have a chance to do it again. Starting August 24th, I’ll be working for Dave, this time at Oracle’s new converged infrastructure group.  Yes, I’m excited about the new opportunity.   I thought I’d share a few personal thoughts behind my move.  The Lure Of A Great Leader Very early in my career, Dave was my boss, my mentor and my…
  • Opening up the Mainframe for Enterprise Linux Deployments

    18 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    IBM announced yesterday that they are doubling down on their Linux on the Mainframe strategy. They have embraced a more open architecture and announced LinuxONE: a hardware, software and services initiative to make the platform more accessible. Ultimately, this announcement opens the door for IT to deploy Linux on the mainframe in a much more standard way supporting KVM, using more common open source components, OpenStack management tools and removing the need to invest in the exorbitant initial outlay of a mainframe. So, what will this change? There are two things that no one can dispute –…
  • Podcast. The Copy Data Cortex.

    15 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Back in the saddle with a podcast. You can find that over on the EMC Core Technologies CTO blog.
  • VMworld 2015 - 10 things to see and do!

    11 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    Are YOU READY FOR ANY? We are now in the final mad, mad rush to VMworld 2015 in San Francisco!   Along with EMC World in May, this is always a nuts time of year - I can tell by the feeling of constantly being behind schedule, and like I’m dropping balls :-) I think people might be shocked at how much big stuff is always in flight right up to the last minute.   Yeah, content for sure, but even material strategic topics ("do we go ‘left' or go ‘right’ on _________?) need to be finalized over the coming weeks.   If this was the first time I’ve done this - I’d be surprised, but I…
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    Facebook Newsroom

  • Investing in Global Startups: FbStart Distributes Benefits Worth More Than $50 Million to Asia Pacific Developers

    11 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Facebook developer platform relies on the strength of our international community, with more than 70 percent of Facebook developers located outside the U.S. Since we launched FbStart, our program to help early stage mobile developers, we’ve distributed benefits worth more than $50 million to startups in Asia Pacific and held FbStart events around the globe. Developer Opportunities in India More developers are building apps with Facebook in India than any other country outside the U.S. and today, more than 75 percent of top-grossing apps in India are integrated with Facebook. Of the…
  • Connect with Public Figures Through Live

    5 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    By Vadim Lavrusik, Product Manager We’re excited to introduce a new way for you to connect and interact with your favorite public figures on Facebook — through live video. Starting today, public figures can share live video from Facebook Mentions, the app that makes it easy for athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers to talk with their fans and each other. You can discover these live videos from public figures you follow in your News Feed. You can comment on, like or share the video while watching a live broadcast. You can also see when your friends or other public…
  • News Feed FYI: A Better Understanding of “Hide”

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

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

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

  • New 'Captain America: Civil War' Concept Art Reveals Two Badass Superhero Teams

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    What we know about Marvel's next film, Captain America: Civil War (in theaters May 6, 2016), is that it'll feature a divided group of superheroes, with Iron Man and Captain America on opposite sides of a government mandate to have more control over where they go and who they save. Some new concept art has arrived online, and it finally reveals who is on Team Iron Man and who is on Team Captain America. Take a look below, via Jeremy Renner's (Hawkeye) Twitter feed.  ...Read MoreRead Comments
  • News Briefs: 'Doctor Strange' Eyes 'Hannibal' As Villain; 'The Iron Giant' Returns to Theaters

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Doctor Strange: Veteran actor Mads Mikkelsen (TV's Hannibal) is in early talks to play an unspecified role in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star as the good doctor, Earth's protector against "magical and mystical threats," while Tilda Swinton will play the doctor's mentor and Chiwetel Ejiofor will portray the doctor's chief nemesis; Mikkelsen would reportedly play a villainous character. Production is expected to get underway later this...Read MoreRead Comments
  • The Hottest New Trailers of the Week: August 28 Edition

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Whether you're looking to survive the zombie apocalypse or another Christmas with your crazy, dysfunctional family, this week's hottest new movie trailers have you covered. Watch them below and give us your comments.   Click on the image below to watch the newest trailers   1. Love the Coopers Trailer #1 (November 13) Those waiting for that dysfunctional-family Christmas comedy to drop in on the holiday season should look no further than...Read MoreRead Comments
  • Watch: Stop Everything! They Just Dropped a New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    The official Star Wars Instagram account just dropped 15 seconds of what looks like the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. Could this be the beginning of a lead-up to the full-length version, perhaps arriving online to coincide with the launch of the new toy line on September 3? Check out the 15 seconds below. Some of the shots we've seen, but there a couple -- like one of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and BB-8, as well as a big reveal showing us it's Finn (John Boyega) with a...Read MoreRead Comments
  • More 'Star Wars' Images, Toys, Rumors and a Glorious BB-8-Centric Magazine Cover

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    It's a new day, and of course that means there's new Star Wars info to share. Here's the latest. New images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens As part of Empire's behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the magazine has released two new images featuring John Boyega's Finn and a beautiful cover of the film's new droid BB-8. Check 'em out, and click on the images to enlarge.   Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt snag a...Read MoreRead Comments
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    Garmin Blog

  • Meet Garmin Clipper Skipper Ashley Skett

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Garmin is proud to be the exclusive marine electronics and action camera sponsor for the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Race. We spoke with Garmin skipper Ashley Skett to learn more about his passion for sailing and what made him want to become a skipper for the Clipper Race, which takes one year to complete.  Garmin: Which leg of the race are you looking forward to most?  Ashley Skett: Leg three, which traverses the Southern Ocean. It’s starts in Cape Town, South Africa and goes all the way to Western Australia. That leg is notorious for massive seas, large waves and downwind…
  • MNU Cross Country Makes the Forerunner 220 Part of the Team

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    The MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers Cross Country team is on their way to the starting line of their upcoming season. The MNU cross country team consists of nine men and nine women who dedicate their time running between 60-70 miles per week in preparation for a meet. As a team, they run about 1,170 miles combined a week, which is the equivalent of 4,680 laps around an average track. All 18 runners are equipped with a Forerunner 220 to guide them every step and every mile. “I wanted to make sure we included them as part of our team,” said coach Wade Watkins. “The ability for the athletes…
  • 5 Things To Do At The Airport This Weekend

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    Looking for an excuse to head out the airport this weekend? Forget about mowing the lawn or cleaning out the garage, here are 5 airport activities for your Saturday and Sunday: 1.    Fly out for lunch Pick your favorite spot with a famous $100 hamburger, BBQ, or pancake – depending on the time of day - and make a trip out of it. Round up the airport crew, your family, or fly solo if necessary. Flying and food (when combined responsibly) – is the perfect recipe for a great airport day. 2.    Practice the basics Hone your stick and rudder skills by…
  • Changes Coming Soon to Garmin Forums

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    We are making improvements to our forums!  In addition to working to provide better spam solutions to reduce the intrusion that spam causes all of us, we will also be making some adjustments to help you better identify which sub-forums are community-moderated.  Part of these exciting changes is that we will be taking a more active role in moderating select sub-forums to ensure you have the information you need.  To help with this effort, we will be closing some older, less-active sub-forums.  They’ll be archived, so you can still search them for any info you may…
  • State Adventure: New Mexico

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    New Mexico is nicknamed the Land of Enchantment and for good reason.With spectacular weather and an abundance of sunshine almost year round, New Mexico is full of outdoor recreation possibilities. The southwestern state has so much rich history and diverse terrain; it’s the picture-perfect spot for an adventure. Taos Box, Rio Grand River New Mexico is home to some of the best rafting in the US and one of the wildest stretches of wilderness whitewater is in Taos Box. It’s a 17-mile stretch of serious rapids that runs through the Rio Grand River.  Along this wild and scenic waterway…
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    GE Global Research

  • Research in NDE and Additive Manufacturing Provides Life-Changing Experience for GE Intern

    Sean Farrell
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    As an undergraduate student, I never thought I would get the incredible opportunity to become a summer intern at the GE Global Research Center, amongst such brilliant and tenacious individuals. I have been exposed to some of the most cutting edge research in the world, and I feel honored to be a part of General Electric’s endless mission to innovate. I have worked on two completely different areas of research throughout the summer, immersing myself in the research of non-destructive evaluation, specifically infrared pulse thermography, as well as the area of additive manufacturing. Infrared…
  • Exploring Next Generation Avionics Using Dual Cool Jets

    Ankit Kalani
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Heat is a byproduct of operating electronics. If not managed properly, it can severely affect the reliability and performance of the component, and in turn, the system. Thermal management of electronics involves efficiently removing this waste heat and minimizing the temperature rise of the components. Currently, the method of keeping electronics within the operating temperature range involves reducing the convective resistance, that is, increasing the heat rejection from the surface to the ambient air. The Electronics Cooling Laboratory (ECL) at GE Global Research has come up with a…
  • Controls: The Unsung Hero of The Industrial Internet Revolution

    Vince Epperson
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    You’ve probably heard about Big Data, the Industrial Internet and the (Industrial) Internet of Things.  There are many areas within GE working in some capacity to take advantage of these new technologies. Did you know that a fairly old technology, by modern standards, is at the heart of making the GE value story here? I’m talking about control systems. Specifically, I’m talking about a program in GE called Controls Convergence. Haven’t heard of it? Not surprising. It isn’t likely to make the Cnet or ExtremeTech homepage any time soon. Controls convergence programs are combining…
  • GE continues leading role in photonics industry — from LED to digital x-ray

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

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

  • Through the Google lens: Search Trends August 21-27

    Google Blogs
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:37 pm
    The terrible images from the WDBJ shooting in Virginia dominated Google searches over the last few days. Here's a look back at the week in search.WDBJ tragedyA small TV station in Roanoke, Va., is reeling after two of its journalists were shot and killed live on air Wednesday morning. Police identified the gunman as a former reporter for the station, and if his horrible crime was designed for maximum shock and attention, it worked. Searches for Bryce Williams—the on-air name former employee Vester Flanagan went by—ran into the tens of millions as people looked for information and…
  • Improving Public Alerts for hurricane season

    Google Blogs
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:01 am
    Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States, flooding cities, displacing thousands of people, and causing billions of dollars worth of damage. It is the costliest natural disaster, and one of the deadliest hurricanes, in U.S. history.After rescue efforts began in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, some Googlers wondered how they could connect people with useful information and resources related to the storm. With the help of many third-party organizations, small groups of our employees worked to display satellite imagery of affected areas in Google Earth and…
  • New (School) Year resolutions with #GoogleEdu

    Google Blogs
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The tradition of ringing in each New Year with resolutions (whether we stick to them or not) is always an opportunity to reflect and start the year ahead on the right foot. As students and teachers around the world return to campuses and classrooms this fall, we’re embarking on a different kind of fresh start: a New (School) Year. And we want to help you make the most of it. So we’ve put together a few resolution ideas, plus tips to help you stick to them. We’ve also made a resolution of our own: to bring the best of Google technology to education.The best of Google, for educationLike…
  • Through the Google lens: Search Trends August 14-20

    Google Blogs
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Inspirational women. A surreal theme park. And a third-party candidate we can all get behind. This week had a little of everything—read on for a look at the top topics on Google Search.Top tabsLieutenant Shaye Haver and Lieutenant Kristen Griest are the first women to break a major gender barrier and graduate from the rigorous Army Ranger School this week. The course is known for its tough physical challenges and a high dropout rate, and this was the first year women were admitted. Search interest in Haver and Griest has spiked more than 150X since Tuesday; at today’s graduation, they…
  • Meet OnHub: a new router for a new way to Wi-Fi

    Google Blogs
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Ugh...not again. You get home at the end of the day, and sit down to stream a new movie or upload vacation photos — and your Wi-Fi slows to a crawl or just stops working. Instead of relaxing in front of the screen or sharing those photos with friends, you spend it unplugging and re-plugging cords, trying to decipher blinking lights, or contemplating a call to customer support. While we count on Wi-Fi more than ever to be entertained, productive, and stay connected, we’re streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. So today, with our partner TP-LINK,…
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Time to embrace the horrors of your Spotify playlist data

    Stewart Lee
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    ‘A lifetime of meticulous cultural self-grooming has been squandered in a moment of impulsive madness’As Observer-reading ABC1 cultural consumers, our carefully cultivated tastes in film, in literature and in oak-aged cheeses are the exquisite hand-crafted carnival masks that we wear as armour in the awkward middle-class dinner party of life. But the tragic consequences of last week’s Spotify data hack continue to unravel. And we wonder privately what could be more revealing, more socially shaming, than exposure of the aching gulf between the music we claim to like, and the music we…
  • How can we call ourselves civilised while women are victims of barbarity? | John Kerry and Philip Hammond

    John Kerry and Philip Hammond
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    The abhorrent sexual violence waged by groups such as Isis and Boko Haram must be countered by governments and at local levelsIn Syria and Iraq, Isis terrorists have turned kidnapping and the sale of women and girls into recruitment and fundraising tools. Thousands of women have been enslaved and raped. In Somalia and Nigeria, terrorists have abducted scores of young women to force them into sham “marriages” characterised by degradation and abuse.These practices are a stain on the conscience of the world. Sexual abuse is not a legitimate tactic of conflict or war. Women and girls are not…
  • The Observer view on the teaching shortage | Observer editorial

    Observer editorial
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    The government urgently needs to do more to address this growing problemSummer is almost over: parents will be spending the bank holiday weekend sorting through school uniforms as children enjoy their last days of freedom and teachers revisit lesson plans. But figures reported last week suggest that the nation’s teaching shortage is getting worse: growing numbers of children will be returning to the classroom to be taught by non-specialists and supply teachers.Teaching unions have long warned of a brewing crisis, with several factors coinciding to create a perfect storm. The number of…
  • Just what the doctor ordered: Jamie Oliver declares war on sugar

    Lucy Siegle
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    More than a decade after his crusade for better school dinners, the TV chef is now aiming his guns at sugary drinks for children. And a good thing tooJamie Oliver is back on screen this week, waging “absolute war” on sugar in a one-hour Channel 4 documentary, Jamie’s Sugar Rush, and I couldn’t be more delighted. Not only have I missed his campaigning presence; at this precise moment he is just what the doctor, the dentist, the public health professional and the global food expert ordered.It’s hard to believe that it’s a decade since his school dinners campaign. This is partly…
  • The Observer view on green energy | Observer editorial

    Observer editorial
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Government cuts to funding for solar panel installation are short-sightedIn terms of timing, last week’s government decision to slash subsidies that help families and small businesses install solar panels could not have been worse. This year promises to be the hottest on record. At the same time, international negotiations on the establishment of climate change controls are scheduled to reach their peak in Paris in a few months.The world is looking to developed nations to set an example on how to cut the carbon emissions that are triggering global temperature rises and the British…
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    Hitachi Data Systems : Blog List - Hu's Place

  • VMworld Sneak Peek: Nothing Secret About It

    18 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    It’s the third week of August, and like past years, we are gearing up for VMworld San Francisco, where we plan to launch new storage and converged solutions aimed at accelerating our customers’ journey to hybrid cloud, while reducing complexity and improving operational efficiency. Below I've provided a snapshot of what we’ll be demonstrating at the big event! VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol) solutions for block (VSP G1000) and file (Hitachi NAS Platform) storage – We will showcase the HDS implementation of VVols and policy-based management framework on…
  • Hitachi Data Systems Commitment to Mainframe Storage Systems

    13 Aug 2015 | 2:36 pm
    In my recent trips to the different geos, I still find many mainframe systems running core applications. Mainframes are still seen as the most reliable systems for non-stop, bulletproof, computing. While new applications are being developed on RISC and x86 systems, many applications, especially in the financial sector, will continue to run on mainframes for the foreseeable future. As some of you may recall, Hitachi Data Systems began in 1989 as a mainframe company, selling Hitachi developed mainframes that were compatible with IBM mainframes. We had an innovative hybrid CMOS technology…
  • FinTechs: Disruptive Innovation In Financial Services

    7 Aug 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Every meeting I have had with customers in the financial services sector recently has touched on the impact of FinTechs. FinTech stands for Financial Technology and refers to the software companies that provide financial services. These companies are generally startups, which have sprung up since the banking failures of 2008 and are beginning to disrupt incumbent financial corporations. Recently Forbes reported that investments in FinTech startups have quadrupled, growing from just over $3 billion in 2013 to over $12 billions in 2014. Another trend showed that crowdfunding, a form of FinTech,…
  • Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Live Insight for IT Operations

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

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

  • Contact Lens Health Week: Healthy Habits Means Healthy Eyes

    26 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    By Millicent Knight, Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, North America Can you imagine what the world would be like if you couldn’t see? It’s nearly unimaginable. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to use my expertise as an optometrist to help patients who don’t have access to eye care. Every time it’s profoundly moving to witness and share their joyful experience of being able to see clearly – sometimes for the first time in their lives – when their vision is corrected. But for many, sight is easy to take for granted, and practicing healthy eye care…
  • Working on smart solutions to combat nasty bugs

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Hanneke Schuitemaker, PhD, Vice President, Head Viral Vaccine Discovery and Translational Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, Janssen Doing research is wonderful.  And making steps forward, even small ones, is always rewarding.  Rewarding because of the potential impact on thousands, if not millions, of people. When I had to choose what I wanted to be in life, I knew the field of medicine was for me.  At that time I also knew that I was too impatient to be a treating physician yet wanted to have a significant impact on people’s lives.  My biology teacher agreed with…
  • #ILookLikeAnEngineer

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:27 pm
    By Kathryn E. Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain First row, left-right: Annette Russo (peeking out), Jackie Maestri, Patricia Watson, Marion van Werven-Franssen; Second row, left-right: Veronica Smith, Tammie Champlin (partially visible), Heather Rodriguez, Joy Ntombura; Back row, left-right: Jim Breen, Brian Francis Who do you think of when you think of an engineer? I think of the eight thousand engineer colleagues we have here at Johnson & Johnson.  These are the men and women who make it possible for J&J to provide the healthcare products and services that…
  • What Sustains Us, We Sustain

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

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

  • Is the American Dream in Crisis? LinkedIn Speaker Series With Professor Robert D. Putnam

    Andrei Santalo
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Having a home full of books and a mother who was a teacher led me to love reading from an early age. When I was in kindergarten, my hand always shot up when my teachers asked for volunteers to read out loud. I vividly remember feeling confident and wanting to read more, a positive cycle that helped me succeed through school. Fast forward to adulthood, and I realize that I was set up for success at a very young age, an opportunity many kids never have. I recently had the opportunity to hear Professor Robert D. Putnam, author of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” speak with Reid…
  • You Don’t Need to Know How to Code to Make it in Silicon Valley

    Alice Ma
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This month’s Forbes cover story calls attention to the contributions and growing need for liberal arts majors in tech, an industry widely regarded for its engineering talent. The author of the story, George Anders, wrote, “The more that audacious coders dream of changing the world, the more they need to fill their companies with social alchemists who can connect with customers—and make progress seem pleasant.” With this in mind, we looked at LinkedIn data to understand the prevalence of these “social alchemists” with liberal arts degrees joining the tech workforce. We defined…
  • LinkedIn SlideShare Introduces Clipping, Saving Your Favorite Content Just Got Easier

    Caroline Gaffney
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    In 2006, SlideShare was launched with the mission of making knowledge sharing easy. Since joining LinkedIn in 2012, we have continued to build upon the SlideShare experience that professionals rely on to gather and share knowledge. Today, 70 million professionals come to SlideShare monthly, and to date have created and shared over 18M pieces of knowledge, making it one of the top 100 sites on the Internet. With so many professionals sharing so much content, we’ve prioritized helping you discover, save, and organize knowledge to make learning even faster and easier. With that, we’re…
  • We Asked LinkedIn’s Influencers — and Our Own Executives — To Give Advice on Mentoring. Here’s What They Said.

    Catherine Fisher
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:15 pm
    One in three young people in the U.S. have never had a mentor, yet 55% of young people are more likely to enroll in college when they have one, according to a new study by MENTOR. We at LinkedIn feel that mentorship is incredibly important and these relationships can make a real difference in the lives of underserved youth. We’re asking our members to celebrate and acknowledge their mentors. Simply #ThankYourMentor by @mentioning them in a LinkedIn update with the hashtag. Take it a step further by signing up to mentor an underserved youth, or even join the likes of LinkedIn…
  • Introducing LinkedIn Lookup: Easily Find, Learn About, and Contact Your Coworkers

    Ankit Gupta
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I co-founded Pulse back in April 2010 we only had two employees: me and my co-founder Akshay Kothari. We knew each other well, and of course we knew what the other was working on. But as our team grew, I began to worry more about our employees not knowing each other, and not knowing what everyone else was working on. And I was concerned about the impact this could have on our culture and productivity. That’s why I’m excited to introduce you to LinkedIn Lookup — a new LinkedIn app that makes professionals more productive and successful by helping them easily find, learn about,…
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  • Bud Loftus: A Story. A Book. A Legacy.

    Brook Terran
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    At 85, Bud Loftus added one more accomplishment — published author — to a life that has been defined by them. Bud Loftus lived a story that was almost never told. He suffered the sting of poverty as a child. Experienced the pain of war as a young man. And found success in business as an adult. He wanted his children and grandchildren to learn from his journey, to take the lessons of his life with them. But at 85, the goal seemed out of reach for Bud — until he found Lulu. “Dad was able to make something for the family he once thought impossible,” said Cecilia Lahiff, the middle of…
  • Q&A: Where and when is your favorite place to write?

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    Mahdiyah’s Window We asked our author community where they write and what makes that place special. As you can imagine, the responses were as diverse as Lulu authors. Some prefer working at a desk, others in bed. Some prefer music in the background, others prefer silence. Some write by hand while others prefer computers, laptops and tablets. We have selected a few of our favorite responses to share. Where do you write? “Sitting at my window just watching nature and reflecting on life’s synchronicities” – Mahdiyah A. “In my spare bedroom that I redecorated and refurnished as a…
  • 6 More Grammar Mistakes Writers Need to Avoid

    18 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    There have been a lot of great showdowns throughout history: David vs Goliath, Yankees vs Red Sox, and…To vs Too? We’re back with more simple grammar mistakes you should never make in your writing, featuring a whole host of matchups between similar-but-not-quite-the-same words. Take a look at the list – and our previous set of tips – and then give your book an edit to make sure you haven’t made any of these slip-ups! Affect vs Effect Are you one of those people who writes “impact” because you aren’t quite sure whether you should be using “affect” or “effect”? Here’s…
  • The Best Writing and Storytelling Podcasts for Authors

    13 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    We’re all book people here at Lulu. We believe in the power of telling stories and our mission is to give everyone the platform to do so. But technology has been as important to other forms of storytelling as it has been to book publishing. Case in point: podcasts. There are dozens (or hundreds) of podcasts for every subjecg out there, and it’s no different for publishing, storytelling, and writing. If you’re an author with some downtime, you owe it to yourself to download some podcasts and plug in some headphones to make sure you stay at the top of your game. Here are a few of the…
  • How to Write a Killer Author Bio

    11 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    You are a writer. Using your keyboard you can create an entire world, the people who live in it and the circumstances for all sorts of interesting things to occur. At peak production, you are churning out 500 to 1000 words a day. So why is it so difficult to write 100 words about yourself? It is, after all, a topic in which you are intimately familiar. It is likely that you have not even considered your author bio until you are asked for the information from your cover designer. And, as a reader I don’t recall ever not buying a book due to an uninspired “About the Author” blurb. I have,…
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    Marriott on the Move

  • When Honesty Makes You Stand Out

    Marriott on the Move
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Many years ago, a few Marriott International executives waited in our boardroom to update me on a hotel project I was really excited about. The group apparently killed time by talking about what a terrible idea my project was, but when I walked in and enthusiastically asked, “So, how’s my...
  • Don't Rely on Data Alone. Trust Your Gut.

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

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

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

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

  • Debugging walkthrough: Access violation on nonsense instruction, episode 3

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    A colleague of mine asked for help debugging a strange failure. Execution halted on what appeared to be a nonsense instruction. eax=022b13a0 ebx=00000000 ecx=02570df4 edx=769f4544 esi=02570dec edi=05579748 eip=76c49131 esp=05cce038 ebp=05cce07c iopl=0 nv up ei pl nz na po nc cs=0023 ss=002b ds=002b es=002b fs=0053 gs=002b efl=00010202 KERNELBASE!GetFileAttributesExW+0x2: 76c49131 ec in al,dx This is clearly an invalid instruction. But observe that the offset is +2, which is normally the start of the function, because the first two bytes of Windows operating system functions are a mov edi, edi…
  • The Windows 95 I/O system assumed that if it wrote a byte, then it could read it back

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In Windows 95, compressed data was read off the disk in three steps. The raw compressed data was read into a temporary buffer. The compressed data was uncompressed into a second temporary buffer. The uncompressed data was copied to the application-provided I/O buffer. But you could save a step if the I/O buffer was a full cluster: The raw compressed data was read into a temporary buffer. The compressed data was uncompressed directly into the application-provided I/O buffer. A common characteristic of dictionary-based compression is that a compressed stream can contain a code that says…
  • Rules can exist not because there's a problem, but in order to prevent future problems

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    I lost the link, but one commenter noted that the Read­File function documentation says Applications must not read from, write to, reallocate, or free the input buffer that a read operation is using until the read operation completes. The commenter noted, "What is the point of the rule that disallows reading from or writing to the input buffer while the I/O is in progress? If there is no situation today where this actually causes a problem, then why is the rule there?" Not all rules exist to address current problems. They can also exist to prevent future problems. In general, you don't…
  • Microspeak: DRI, the designated response individual

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Someone sent a message to a peer-to-peer discussion group and remarked, "This is critical. I'm a DRI at the moment and have some issues to fix." The term DRI was new to many people on the mailing list (including me), and while others on the mailing list helped to solve the person's problem, I also learned that DRI stands for designated response individual or designated responsible individual, depending on whom you ask. This is the person who is responsible for monitoring and replying to email messages sent to a hot issues mailing list. For online services, it's the person responsible for…
  • Insightful graph: The ship date predictor

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The best graphs are the ones that require no explanation. You are just told what the x- and y-axes represent, and the answer just jumps out at you. One of the greatest graphs I've seen at Microsoft is this one that a colleague of mine put together as Windows 95 was nearing completion. He took each email message from management that changed the Windows 95 RTM date (also known as the ship date) and plotted it on a chart. The x-axis is the date the statement was made and the y-axis is number of days remaining in the project, according to the email. The dotted line is a linear…
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    The Cleanest Line

  • Kiteboarding for a Cause

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
    By Jessica Salcido For the past few years, a small group of kiters here at Patagonia have participated in Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, a spectacularly beautiful kite race in Hood River, Oregon designed to raise money for the survivor-focused nonprofit, Athletes 4 Cancer Cancer has impacted all of our lives—we’ve loved and cared for friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances battling the disease. We know about the treatments, the medications, the prognoses. For survivors, however, life after cancer looks quite a bit different from the lives they put on hold. When treatment concludes survivors…
  • The Trip Continues – Full of Adventure

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    By Kitty Calhoun As my friends and I get older, the threat of slipping into a normal lifestyle becomes more real. I have to mow the lawn, get the oil and filter changed in the car, go to the dentist. These days, given a choice, I would rather do a few sport pitches and get a good workout in, than burn a whole day on a multi-pitch route. My sense of adventure, along with my confidence, is fading with my youth. Yvon Chouinard once said, “When everything goes wrong, that’s when adventure starts.” Did I really want to go through an adventure, including all the accompanying fear, unknowns…
  • Save Money, Save Salmon, Save Mike: Free the Snake

    21 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    By Steve Hawley Meet Mike. He’s 21 years old, 20 feet long, weighs about 10,000 pounds. He speaks a language that was taught to him by his elders: a series of squeaks, clicks and squeals that allow him to coordinate hunting strategies with his clan. His species is the apex predator in the eastern Pacific. He also babysits. Mike is often seen protectively swimming alongside his younger siblings, part of a group of 80 orcas known as the Southern Residents that spend their summers fishing in the vicinity of Puget Sound. But over the past decade the babysitting gigs have been too few and far…
  • Two Big Threats to Yellowstone – Take action now

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    Long before the arrival of Europeans, native peoples referred to Yellowstone as the “land of yellow rock waters” for the distinctive stone forged by volcanic blasts and the boiling waters of the largest geothermal system in the world. By 1872, Congress had dedicated Yellowstone as the nation’s—and the world’s—first national park. Yellowstone thus predates the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana and the Department of Interior—and of course the Park Service itself. The Congress of the day may have specified Yellowstone Park as a “pleasuring-ground,” but a century and a half…
  • Patagonia to Cease Purchasing Wool from Ovis 21

    17 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Dear Friends,  We’ve spent the past several days looking deep into our wool supply chain, shocked by the disturbing footage of animal cruelty that came to light last week. Patagonia’s partnership with Ovis 21 has been a source of pride because of the program’s genuine commitment to regenerating the grassland ecosystem, but this work must come equally with respectful and humane treatment of the animals that contribute to this endeavor. The most shocking portion of PETA’s video shows the killing of animals for human consumption. Like those in the Ovis 21 network, most commercial-scale…
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    PumpTalk - Petro-Canada

  • Monthly Poll: What's Your Biggest Parking Pet Peeve?

    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Probably the worst parking job my better half and I have ever encountered happened the last time we were in Calgary. It was at the end of a loooong drive from Vancouver and for some reason, we couldn't find a...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Road Trip Inspiration: Great Canadian Beaches

    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A few weeks ago, we asked our fans over on our Petro-Points Facebook page about their favourite Canadian beach and why they love it so much. We got so many responses that we felt inspired to do a "best beaches...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Road Trip Interruptus: 10 Indications That You Need to Pull Over Pronto

    13 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    They say that half the fun of road trips is the journey, but you and I both know that sometimes, you just want to GET there. At ANY cost. But there are some situations where pulling over and taking a...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • The Ultimate Road Song?

    6 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Last year, we posted some tips for creating your ultimate road trip playlist and after seeing this video, I think this OK Go song might be at the top of mine. If you're interested in how they did it, here's...<img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
  • Gas Prices and Long Weekend Prices Refresher

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

  • The Disappearance of Business Etiquette and Common Courtesy

    Mike Critelli
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    A few months before my retirement from Pitney Bowes, I talked with one of my older outside Board members who had retired a few years before.  He warned me that I would find a number of contacts that would simply not respond to me because I was no longer a CEO.  Therefore, the disappearance of common courtesy among those individuals did not surprise me, although it was emotionally hurtful to some degree.   However, what I have discovered in the last 6 ½ years is a significant and increasing disappearance of basic human courtesy in business dealings.  At one point, I thought it was the…
  • The Sharing Economy

    Mike Critelli
    9 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    I was quite irritated by a very critical, negative article in the Sunday, August 9, 2015, issue of The New York Times by Natasha Singer relative to what she said about the “sharing economy.”  Her critique was that the term was misleading, because it did not focus on the profit motive of either the companies that orchestrate these services or the individuals who profit from them.   As an Uber and Lyft user, and as someone who has tried AirBnb, I think it is important to…
  • Why we should all care about the Uber and Lyft businesses

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

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

    Mike Critelli
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:27 am
    As Dossia, my company, increasingly offers valuable navigation tools for plan members to help them get the best value and quality from the healthcare system, I often reflect on the similarities among overzealous tradespeople and overzealous healthcare providers.   My two stories with tradespeople go back to 1980 and 1981, when my wife and I had considerably fewer resources than we have today.  In 1980, we appeared to have a leaky roof that caused a flood of water to gush into our living room via an archway. Two roofers told us that we had cracked tiles and needed varying degrees of roof…
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    Progress Newsroom

  • Join Me for SAP BOBJ SaaS Universes at SABOUC

    Sumit Sarkar
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    Sumit Sarkar,Chief Data Evangelist, Progress DataDirect Join Sumit Sarkar at the ASUG SAP Analytics and BusinessObjects Conference next week for his session on real-time cloud connectivity from SAP BusinessObjects SaaS Universes. My job has me on the road a lot, meeting with developers and decision makers about all the great new things happening in the world of data connectivity. Recently, this has meant spreading the word about SAP data connectivity for business intelligence. This year’s tour started with a session at IBIS 2015 in Carlsbad, CA on Cloud Data Sources for Business Objects and…
  • Developers Continue to Struggle with Mobile App Development

    Brandon Satrom
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    3,000 respondents worldwide note development delays due to limited resources, lack of mobile development process, market fluctuation With all the hype surrounding mobility these days, it’s hard to get a clear picture of what’s really going on. To that end, we recently surveyed 3,000 IT professionals to assess the adoption, trends and perceptions around mobile development. Our goal was to cut through the hype to uncover the truth about the current state of mobility. According to our findings, the lack of established best practices for mobile app development, combined with the absence of…
  • Connectivity Challenge Reveals Shortcomings of Open Source

    Dennis Bennett
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Dennis Bennett, Principal Sales Engineer When choosing a data connectivity solution, it’s not always worth going the cheapest route. Progress DataDirect connectors are often more than two orders of magnitude faster than open source alternatives. One of the most common questions that we have to answer about our drivers is, essentially, “who cares?” And it’s a fair question. After all, when free and open source options are readily available, the idea of paying for data connectivity may seem a bit strange. Quite simply, it comes down to three major reasons—security, stability and…
  • Progress Offers the Best Salesforce Connectivity to Outside Data

    Manny Vegara
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    Manny Vegara, Principal Sales Engineer, CALA DataDirect Cloud and Salesforce Lightning Connect ease the woes of Salesforce users looking for visibility into all their data from a single view. Over the past several years, customer relationship management (CRM) software has become commonplace. More recently, Salesforce has caused a paradigm shift in the CRM industry, transforming the way CRM looks and feels by leveraging a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Thanks to their SaaS approach, Salesforce is now the preferred vendor of sales and marketing software for companies all over the world. In…
  • Expand Your OpenEdge Development Skills at BravePoint Boot Camp

    Bruce Thompson
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    Bruce Thompson, Manager, Professional Services OpenEdge BravePoint Boot Camp is a customizable program that gives developers the opportunity to update their OpenEdge skills to the latest  features the OpenEdge platform has to offer. We come across many companies that have Progress® OpenEdge® applications that have evolved over time and would benefit from modernization. A number of those organizations have also asked us to provide some developer training in the latest OpenEdge has to offer–enough, in fact, to compel us to create what we are calling, the “OpenEdge Boot Camp.” The…
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    Nuts About Southwest

  • K10: Resilient New Orleans

    Quinnie Jenkins-Rice
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    I remember the day like it was yesterday – Hurricane Katrina had made landfall in New Orleans and was quickly devastating and destroying everything I knew about home. My house.  My grandparents’ house.  My high school. Favorite neighborhood park. Everything. Although I had moved away from New Orleans a year before the storm, it was absolutely devastating to watch my family and friends weep at the thought of losing all of their possessions.  My immediate family evacuated to my home in Atlanta and I can still remember my parents calling back to New Orleans every day inquiring about…
  • Campus Reach: Family is just a Flight Away

    Brittany Fors
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Campus Reach internships regularly open the doors to learning, friendship, and fulltime jobs. But in my case, it also opened doors to love, healing, and the chance to serve my family in a way I never expected. When I heard the news that I landed an internship in the Diversity & Inclusion Department at Southwest Airlines, I was thrilled. I drove the 1,702 miles from my West Coast home to Dallas to start my new adventure. Being so far from family, I was excited to use my flight privileges to visit them as much as possible. Specifically, I wanted to see my nieces and nephews who lived all…
  • Employee Stories: SWAG Deck

    Millie Richter Tidwell
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    At Southwest Airlines, gratitude is a way of life. We especially love recognizing our Employees for all their hard work and dedication to our Company and Customers. Our Employee recognition program—Southwest Airlines Gratitude (SWAG)—encompasses all the ways we recognize our Employees. It’s the place Employees go to see the recognition they receive, send recognition to others, and spend the SWAG Points they earn. SWAG Points are the common currency for recognition at Southwest. Employees can turn the SWAG Points they earn into meaningful rewards in the SWAG Shop like Guest Passes, Rapid…
  • Flashback Fridays: Bay to Breakers Race

    Richard West
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    For several years in the early ‘90s, our Employees in the San Francisco Bay area and around the system had the chance to participate in the annual Bay to Breakers race, with Southwest serving as the official airline sponsor.  Early on a Sunday morning in May, more than 75,000 runners delighted thousands more spectators with the creative costumes they competed in.  Many participants were more concerned with their results at the costume judges table than they were across the finish line. Quite a few of the photos in our archive from the events might not necessarily be suitable for this…
  • Every Seat has a Story: Grandpa’s Unexpected Visit

    Ross Cuzick
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    I’d like to tell you a story about my dad, whose giant heart and selflessness recently saved the day and allowed my kids to get to Washington, D.C. for a visit. My kids Trenton (11) and Sydney (12) live in Kansas City (MCI) full-time. I am active duty military stationed in Virginia, so I flew the kids to Washington, D.C. (DCA) because it was a direct flight. This was Trenton’s first flight since he was a baby, and was also the first time I was able to have my kids visit for longer than a few days because of my military obligations. The morning of June 23, my fiancée Erika and I were…
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    ConnectED | Ellucian Blog | Let's talk higher ed.

  • The cloud can be a powerful means to an end. But how well defined is your end game?

    13 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    The cloud can be a powerful means to an end but how well defined is your end game? 2015-08-13 230 Cloud technology offers huge potential to help modernize your campus. To meet constituent needs faster, smarter, and better. And to make you more nimble and responsive to change. But migrating to the cloud
  • Three ideas to boost student success with enrollment management software

    1 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    Three ideas to boost student success with enrollment management software 2015-06-01 205 This may be the most counter-intuitive statement you read this year: People often make decisions that are not in their best interest. A significant body of psychological and behavioral economy research underscor
  • Highlights from #ELive15 on Wednesday

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

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

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

  • Pumpkin Pie is arriving sooner than anticipated and we’re giving away a “first taste” shipment!

    Turkey Hill Team
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Good news, folks. One of our most popular Limited Edition flavors — Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream — will be arriving on a grocery store shelf near you a little sooner than originally anticipated. The pumpkin-flavored ice cream with a cinnamon graham cracker swirl was originally scheduled to be produced a little later in September, but our schedule has changed (as it often does) and we’ll be making Pumpkin Pie in just FOUR DAYS on September 1! It’ll be in Turkey Hill Minit Markets very soon after that for a one week exclusive period before arriving in all other stores where…
  • Pure & Simple Recipe Contest inspiration: Peachy Peach & Strawberry Half & Half

    Turkey Hill Team
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    The Pure & Simple Recipe Contest has arrived, and we’re looking for your submissions for a chance to win a ONE YEAR supply of iced tea! To enter, create your best simple recipe using any of our new Pure & Chilled Half & Half Country Club drinks. All recipes are required to use FOUR OR FEWER ingredients, one of which should be Pure & Chilled Country Club Half & Half (in any flavor). To submit your recipe, email your name, address and recipe to before August 31. FIVE finalists will each receive a  one-month supply of iced tea. The winner, as…
  • Ice cream cookie sandwiches and a few annoucements

    Turkey Hill Team
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:02 am
    A couple of announcements today to go along with the tasty image above. The first is a big thanks to everyone for voting in last week’s Special Request Showdown. We asked you to choose from three donation requests and the winner — based on your votes here on the blog and our Facebook page — is the Dress for Success fundraising gala! Congrats to the Dress for Success team, and we hope the ice cream helps make your event just a little bit sweeter. The second announcement is a reminder that our Pure & Simple Recipe Contest deadline is on Monday, August 31. To enter the…
  • Pure & Simple Recipe Contest inspiration: Basil Peppermint Half & Half

    Turkey Hill Team
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Pure & Simple Recipe Contest has arrived, and we’re looking for your submissions for a chance to win a ONE YEAR supply of iced tea! To enter, create your best simple recipe using any of our new Pure & Chilled Half & Half Country Club drinks. All recipes are required to use FOUR OR FEWER ingredients, one of which should be Pure & Chilled Country Club Half & Half (in any flavor). To submit your recipe, email your name, address and recipe to before August 31. FIVE finalists will each receive a  one-month supply of iced tea. The winner, as…
  • Special Request Showdown: Which of these donation requests should we grant?

    Turkey Hill Team
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    Turkey Hill gets hundreds of requests from fans each month for donation of ice cream and iced for various events. Everything from a few containers of ice cream for a birthday party to, well, a whole lot more than that for much bigger events. We wish we could grant all the requests (we really do!) but we receive so many that we can only approve some of them. The three submissions below are a good example of the types of donation requests we receive, and we’d like your help in deciding which one to approve. Vote for your favorite with a comment and by voting in the poll in the sidebar. The…
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    Tyson Hunger Relief

  • Simone & Jake Bernstein

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Simone and her brother Jake Bernstein are truly “Hunger All-Stars.” Simone and Jake, high school students, created a website listing local nonprofit organizations (including food banks) that welcome youth volunteers. As avid volunteers in their community, it was tough for them to find places that were willing to welcome ages 10-17 without a parent. No previous website or resource existed. The website inspired them to organize the first St Louis Youth and Family Volunteer Fair on April 11, 2010. Simone and Jake met with local museum administrators and asked if the Children’s Museum…
  • Jake Bernstein

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Jake utilized social media tools to recruit his peers to volunteer for World Food Day. He recruited over 50 students to help pack food. Jake also organized the first Youth and Family Volunteer Fair in the St Louis community. He created the event and asked for food donations from attendees. Over 550 students attended the event, with over 800 pounds of food donated to local food banks.
  • Oh, SNAP…we’re invading food deserts!

    Anna Kimble-Roberson
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    About two weeks ago, “Music City” was alive and pumping. Fans from around the world were traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, in droves for the Country Music Awards Music Festival. In the midst of fun and excitement, the everyday hustle for locals carried on. Unfortunately, that also meant that hunger too, never missed a beat. According to the USDA Food Research Atlas, 1 in 5 Nashville residents live in a food desert. This type of ‘desert’ is a geographic area where access to affordable, fresh food (such as produce), is not easily accessible. With this knowledge, we were excited to…
  • Blogging for good

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

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

  • Do the Math

    Steven Greenstein
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    August is efficiency month! Efficiency has been a “buzzword” used quite a bit recently, almost too much, but the concept of being more efficient has been around for hundreds of years. Mathematical calculations have definitely been something that inventors have been trying to make more “efficient” for quite some time. Today we use calculator apps, digital spreadsheets, and still some stand alone desk calculators to do this work for us. In the past, this was much more difficult work. Handwritten calculations were time consuming, took a lot of paper, and were prone to error. The slide…
  • National Watermelon Day

    Steve Greenwood
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The dog days of summer are upon us and many parts of the United States are experiencing temperatures in triple digits. Summer is about high heat and finding ways to cool off. 250 Wells Fargo employees cooled off during the summer of 1916 at a “watermelon feast” outside Los Angeles that included athletic games, dancing, and music. Wells Fargo’s express business even transported watermelon. The Express Gazette mentioned that Wells Fargo shipped watermelon and cantaloupe as part of its daily “Melon Special” in 1906. What made it possible for Wells Fargo to ship fresh fruit and…
  • How do we store information?

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

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

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

  • Tricks of the Trade – Simple ways to save time in procurement

    Anu Gardiner
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Procurement professionals are acutely aware of ROI. And yet, they are as susceptible as other professionals to spend time on activities that don’t yield much. A typical sourcing manager carries a big load of RFPs...Read More
  • In Process Document Watermarks

    Tsara Borsting
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    Need to tell your users that a document hasn’t been completed? No problem—if your plan has the option to add a watermark in the Administration section simply select the option for Watermarks. To customize the...Read More
  • Why Paper Hurts So Good – A Conversation with DocuSign and Coupa Software

    Anu Gardiner
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    The inspiration for this conversation occurred at Inspire ’15, Coupa’s annual conference, when Anu Gardiner, head of global procurement at DocuSign, and Sunny Manivannan, director of business operations at Coupa Software, realized that they shared...Read More
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    AT&T Networking Exchange Blog

  • 4 tips for a trouble-free unified communications deployment

    Scott Koegler
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    The path to unified communications (UC) and collaboration is a journey through the typical networking life cycle. The difference is that bringing all the most important communications modes into a single cohesive environment must be absolutely flawless. The stakes are high because failure could interrupt operations, but success means higher efficiency and overall cost savings. To get those benefits, you need to assess and plan these four areas for a trouble-free UC implementation. 1. Assessment and planning. Because unified communications means incorporating all of your messaging systems,…
  • SIP lies at the heart of fixed mobile convergence (FMC)

    Sybil Fitzpatrick
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The idealized vision of fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) has been that no matter what you are doing on a wired network, you could seamlessly wander over to a wireless network while doing it. No hiccups. No interruptions. One application is extending on-net PBX phone calls to mobile phones. Adding mobile extensions to your PBX is now a mainstream capability. The PBX can ring on both your wired and wireless phones, and you can pick up using the handset that’s most convenient. Or it can ring your wired phone, then kick over to your wireless if you don’t answer (“follow-me” services). Or…
  • 6 Degrees of Innovation: Traits that drive business success in Asia

    Bernard Yee
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    What makes a company successful at innovation? To find out, AT&T commissioned a study from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Its author, Stelios Kavadias, professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation & Growth, found six traits successful innovators share. The study suggests that one or all of these “Six Degrees of Innovation” can help any company transform its business model and be more competitive. That’s good news for us in Asia Pacific. In our region, market demand and advances in technology converge. It’s the perfect climate for innovation. Growing demand…
  • Driving a More Efficient Fleet with technology

    Jason Compton
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    It’s time to build a smarter, more automated and more efficient fleet. After the 2008 downturn motivated fleets and carriers to extend asset lifespan, we are finally back in a cycle of strong investment. You now have an opportunity to make your fleet not only newer, but also more efficient and effective. Automate manual tasks Asking drivers and operations personnel to fill out paper logs and delivery reports is tedious and unnecessary. It saps productivity and stands in the way of attaining better insights that can be used to work inefficiency out of routes and driver behaviors.
  • Create the Next Level of Customer Experience

    Scott Koegler
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    While marketing efforts once focused on getting customers to make a purchase, the age of social media has turned the sales process into a continuous series of interactions. The customer experience now extends far beyond the initial purchase and relies on building the brand to attract and retain customers. Your customers may be staying loyal to your brand, but that doesn’t mean they’re having truly great experiences. Consider these four areas to evaluate and upgrade what you deliver—and how you deliver it—to your customers to make them not just loyal, but satisfied. 1. Your…
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    Centage Blog

  • Should Finance Become an Analytics Powerhouse?

    Dave Winterhalter
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    See why Finance finally has the right tools to excel in this function Recently there was a discussion on the site whether finance should take over analytics and own the process, the advantages to the company and the steps required to do so. The following is the link to the discussion: and I encourage all readers of this blog to become members as the site includes free membership and great resources and insight in all areas of accounting, finance,…
  • The Candid Customer – An interview with PEL Supply About Budget Maestro

    Dave Winterhalter
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    Q: Tell us about your business In 1944, Paul E. Leimkuehler lost his leg above the knee during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. While recovering from his wounds, he watched while his own prosthesis was fabricated and decided to change careers from engineer to prosthetics. In the early 1950’s, Paul became one of the first Certified Prosthetists in Ohio.  In 1959, he decided to expand his business and opened  an O&P wholesale distribution company. Using his initials, he called it PEL Supply Company. Today, PEL distributes world-wide and carries over 250,000 products from more…
  • Does the Budget Process Need Changes?

    Alan Hart
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:14 am
    Why the fundamental process is still valid but the outcome can be more useful and meaningful I’ve covered a lot of material in the last 2 years here in this blog. Most of the entries made reference to the planning, budgeting and analysis processes, all of which are key elements in any corporate finance department. We saw why these activities must take place year round and why analytics is critical. We also saw why we have to use a purpose designed software solution to perform these tasks and why spreadsheets and certain software applications that employ spreadsheet-like techniques,…
  • Those Hard to Forecast Numbers

    Alan Hart
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Learn to use readily available data to forecast and display key financial information Readers of this blog have seen several posts focused on the importance of regularly forecasting things such as a company’s Balance Sheet, a Statement of Cash Flows, key financial ratios, loan covenants compliance probability and more. Why is this important? As any finance manager or professional knows, much of the financial future of a company is dependent on correct interpretation of key data and decisions made based on that data.  Unfortunately, that data isn’t always readily available from…
  • Forecast and Monitor your Loan Covenants Compliance

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

    Brett Cole
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Deals The board of directors of Data storage and IT giant EMC is taking a second and closer look at a proposal under which it would be acquired by VMware, the software company of which it is a majority owner, reports Re/code. The Chinese affiliate of Uber is close to securing about $1 billion in new […] The post Tech M&A, venture capital investments, people news of the week appeared first on ansarada.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: the week’s deals from around the world

    Brett Cole
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
      Deals Monsanto said  it was abandoning its $47 billion takeover bid for the Swiss agricultural chemical manufacturer Syngenta after the company rebuffed a newly sweetened offer, reports the New York Times Dealbook. Schlumberger is buying Cameron in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $12.71 billion that would create an oil field equipment and service […] The post Mergers and acquisitions: the week’s deals from around the world appeared first on ansarada.
  • Volatile markets pricking tech valuations

    Brett Cole
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:16 pm
    An acquaintance of mine is off to join Uber. His motivation is simple: garner equity options in the ride hailing app that was valued at $50 billion last month. A month is a very long time in markets. This week’s dramatic sea sawing of equity indices should give pause to my acquaintance’s starry eyed hopes […] The post Volatile markets pricking tech valuations appeared first on ansarada.
  • south east Asian M&A volume slumps: Dealogic

    Brett Cole
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:40 pm
    In a mergers and acquisitions bull market, south east Asia stands out for bucking the global trend. In the year to August 21, targeted south east Asian M&A has fallen 17 percent from the same period last year to $34.58 billion, according to Dealogic data. There have been 1,068 announced merger and acquisition transactions this […] The post south east Asian M&A volume slumps: Dealogic appeared first on ansarada.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: deals, people moves of the week

    Brett Cole
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Deals Brookfield Infrastructure Partners, a global asset manager, said a group it leads had reached an agreement to buy the Australian port and railroad operator Asciano for about $8.8 billion in cash and stock, and that it was shopping for ports farther afield in a push to expand, reports the New York Times Dealbook. Zurich […] The post Mergers and acquisitions: deals, people moves of the week appeared first on ansarada.
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  • Miscalculating wages by a few cents led to this company paying a six-figure lawsuit

    Jon Burns
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:12 am
    West Marine Products, which operates a chain of retail stores across the United States specializing in boating supply and fishing equipment, recently settled a class action lawsuit involving 707 former non-exempt employees. Over a five-year period, the company underpaid employees by a total of $18, 828. The settlement amount: $435,000!  
  • How to encourage and plan around employee vacations

    Jose Gaona
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The United States is notorious for its (lack of) vacation – it’s the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee paid vacation and according to a recent TIME magazine cover story, in 2013 169 million vacation days go unused and do not carry over – and the amount of unused vacation time continues to increase.  
  • No (Home) joy for the on-demand economy

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

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

    Jon Burns
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:16 pm
    With summer at our doorstep, graduates are actively seeking to get their foot in the door in the corporate world, and businesses are looking to recruit interns to support their learning and career development, as well as possibly hire employees longer term.Blog tags: Corporate
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  • Tips for First Time Home Buyers From Real Estate Agents

    Jeremy Conn
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    You’re finally ready. Well, at least you think you’re ready. At the very least, you’re starting to entertain the idea of purchasing your first home. But you have questions, and you’re not sure where to turn to for advice – look no further, because we talked to a couple of real estate agents to get some helpful advice with first time home buyers (FTHB) in mind. Get Preapproved Real estate agents Joe Delia and Rosanna Rivera both agree that the first and most important step a FTHB should take is to get preapproved through a mortgage lender. Once you have a preapproval letter in hand,…
  • Detroit, Meet the Parents

    Kaitlyn Baase
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    We have all seen those movies on TV where the nice girl brings home a motorcycle-driving, leather-wearing bad boy to meet the family before a first date. Dad sits on the couch, grilling the date about how his daughter needs to be home by 11 p.m. as mom tries to awkwardly make small talk and break the tension that’s in the room. Reluctantly, they let their daughter leave with the boy, telling themselves that their daughter is smart and will make the right decisions. This is kind of what happened when I told my family I was moving to Detroit. Don’t get me wrong, my parents were extremely…
  • Top 4 Attractions in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

    Miranda Crace
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Image: Idaho is known as the gem state, and while it has many precious stones, some only found in Idaho, its biggest hidden gem is Lake Coeur d’Alene. Tucked away, 2,152 feet above sea level, Coeur d’Alene is home to many festivals, concerts, unique restaurants and wineries and plenty of great outdoor activities. Within the last 10 years, Coeur d’Alene has been building up up and is now an up and coming lake town. This year, it gained a new feature. The DIY Network Blog Cabin 2015 has placed its stylish, mountain retreat in the city with a beautiful view of the lake and…
  • Investing 101: How to Get Started

    Dawn Jamison
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Did you know that more than half of Americans don’t invest their money? According to a recent survey, 53% of responders have nothing in the stock market. The majority of responders said they can’t afford to, while others say their lack of stock knowledge is holding them back. Here are some investment basics in case you fall into that non-investing majority. Many people don’t realize that investing is like a golden ticket to financial independence. There are benefits to investing, especially at a young age, but the single most important motivation is the potential for…
  • The Benefits of Retirement Rollovers

    Kevin Graham
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    My dog knows very few tricks. Getting him to roll over is absolutely out of the question. Thankfully, retirement funds tend to listen a lot better than my silky terrier. Rolling over your retirement funds into another retirement account when you leave for a new job has some definite advantages to it. You maintain control of your money and funds can stay in the account tax-free until you’re ready to use them. Why Rollover? To understand the benefits of rolling over, we first need to understand something about the 401(k). This is the type of retirement account most people are familiar with,…
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    NACD Blog

  • Nonprofit Boards: Five Reasons to Consider Serving

    Alexandra R. Lajoux
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    It’s August – a month associated with vacations in many parts of the world—and  a good time to contemplate the meaning of life from new viewpoints. As you break away from your everyday routine to view the big picture, be sure to give nonprofit board services some consideration. An educated guess would put the number of registered nonprofits worldwide at about 10 million—and in the United States alone there are 1.5 million charities, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. This includes about one million charitable organizations (501 c 3s), more than 100,000…
  • New Technology and the Director Experience

    Henry Stoever
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Over the past decade, I’ve found that few factors have influenced the evolution of the board’s role more than new technology. From drones to 3-D printing to the latest cybersecurity tools, the transformative force of technological innovation is reshaping the competitive landscape and redefining best practices for corporate boards. As I often discuss with our members, this shift presents both opportunity and risk, leaving many of us wondering how to best forecast—or “futurecast”—potential disruptors and achieve desired outcomes. A great place to learn more about state-of-the-art…
  • Cyber-Risk Oversight Toolkit

    Robyn Bew
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    NACD’s 2014–2015 Public Company Governance Survey revealed that only 10.5% of survey respondents believe their boards have a high level of understanding of the risks associated with inadequate cybersecurity. To help directors enhance their oversight of cyber risk, we’ve bundled our most recent guidance on cyber issues into this NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Toolkit, a one-stop shop for boards. Publications Cyber-Risk Oversight Handbook Emerging Trends in Cyber-Risk Oversight Cyber-Risk Oversight – Three Questions for Boards Tools Assessing the Board’s Cybersecurity Culture…
  • FAQs on the Role of the Board in M&A

    Alexandra R. Lajoux
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    What is the current trend in M&A? Right now, M&A deal value is at its highest since the global financial crisis began, according to Dealogic. In the first half of 2015, deal value rose to $2.28 trillion—approaching the record-setting first half of 2007, when $2.59 trillion changed hands just before the onset of the financial crisis. Global healthcare deal value reached a record $346.7 billion in early 2015, which includes the highest-ever U.S. health M&A activity. And total global deal value for July 2015 alone was $549.7 billion worldwide, entering record books as the second…
  • Forum Covers Managing Risk ‘Before It Manages You’

    Ashley Marchand Orme
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:22 am
    While the Internet initially was a communication tool between the U.S. Department of Defense and multiple academic organizations, it has become the backbone of a global economy and government operations, the Hon. Tom Ridge told a rapt audience of more than 200 directors at the NACD Strategy & Risk Forum in San Diego. The first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Ridge currently serves as president and CEO of the strategic consulting firm Ridge Global and is a director for the Hershey Co. Ridge delivered the opening keynote to directors convened for the two-day forum…
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    Whitepages blog

  • How Many Americans Have [Almost] the Same First & Last Name?

    Molly Phillips
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Have you ever met someone whose first name was either the same or almost the same as their surname—maybe a Michael Michaels for example? We started wondering just how many are out there and looked it up. Our results may surprise you! The post How Many Americans Have [Almost] the Same First & Last Name? appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • Will Digital Wallets Change the Way You Pay?

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Digital wallets are becoming more heavily used as a greater number of consumers begin to adopt them. With the expansion of digital wallets comes a greater risk of electronic breeches which results in the release of personal information. Read on to learn more about the importance of controlling your digital identity. The post Will Digital Wallets Change the Way You Pay? appeared first on Whitepages blog.
  • What’s the Difference Between Spam & Scam Calls?

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

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

    Sarah Andrews
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    We are proud to announce that we fall in the top 20 of Seattle Business' "100 Best Companies to Work for." Read on to find out why this nomination is so important to us. The post What it Means to Be a Seattle Business “Best Companies to Work For” Winner appeared first on Whitepages blog.
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  • Week’s Top Stories: August 22 — 28, 2015

    GC Editor
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Mid-Year Report: Executive Summary: The (re)insurance industry continues to evolve and adapt to a changing market on many fronts. Recent areas of focus include heightened cyber security risk,... Continue reading...
  • Property Price Declines Moderate

    GC Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As Guy Carpenter predicted at the beginning of 2015, buyers continued to purchase more catastrophe limit to take advantage of the lower prices that have already occurred in most business segments and... Continue reading...
  • GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Bosphorus Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes Benefiting the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool

    GC Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal of USD... Continue reading...
  • Mid-Year Report: Executive Summary, Part II

    GC Editor
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The trends outlined in Guy Carpenter’s January 1 renewal report continued through the first six months of 2015. Guy Carpenter’s observation that buyers were purchasing more catastrophe... Continue reading...
  • Mid-Year Report: Executive Summary, Part I

    GC Editor
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The (re)insurance industry continues to evolve and adapt to a changing market on many fronts. Recent areas of focus include heightened cyber security risk, increased regulation, political and... Continue reading...
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    Miratel Solutions

  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Mushroom Lentil Herb Burgers and Crisp Slaw

    23 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another flavour-packed edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. Just because the summer season is coming to an end doesn’t mean you should stop enjoying new and flavourful “summerish” dishes that you can make all year long…
  • Meatless Monday with Sweet Potato Chickpea Burger with Apricot Mustard

    16 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome (back) to the Miratel blog for another summer edition of our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment. We continue our burger series today with a recipe that is both vegan and gluten free – a sweet potato chickpea burger with apricot mustard. This recipe…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Smoky Black Bean Patties with Pineapple Avocado Salsa

    9 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and 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. Burgers are a quintessential part of summer, and just because you want to eat a vegan meal doesn’t mean you have to give up this treat. In fact, finding new vegan…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan and Gluten-Free Pizza Burgers

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and 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. If you are not a full-time vegan, it might seem daunting to make a vegan meal that is satisfying and won’t leave you missing meat and our weekly recipe share aims to…
  • Meatless Monday with Vegan Zucchini Chickpea Burger

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

  • 6 Simple Labor Day Backyard Activities

    Jen Kincaid
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 7 this year, is right around the corner. With no work in sight, it’s a perfect time to bail on your daily commute and have a blast in your backyard instead. But the holiday brings along with it some not-so-sunny news—it marks the traditional end of the summer season. To help observe the occasion, we complied six do-it-yourself backyard games you can play before the season shifts and you’re stuck indoors. Wave goodbye to the commonplace bean bag toss and horseshoes, and say hello to lawn memory matching games and backyard bowling. Here are a few games and…
  • 3 Ways to Prioritize Debt and Save Money in Your 20s

    Nicole Markle
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    In the early years of your adult life, debt can add up quickly. From paying back student loans to buying a car to purchasing a home, expenses may add up to more than you have in your checking or savings account. For this reason, some people turn to credit cards. Credit card debt is a common and often harsh reality for people in their 20s. No one wants to be in the hole, but does that mean you should put most of your money toward paying off debt or should you try to save some for your future? According to Allstate’s 2015 Heartland Monitor poll, young people who are just starting out on…
  • Ways to ‘Flex’ Your Company’s Business Hours

    Nicole Markle
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:58 am
    If your small business keeps traditional business hours, it might be time to rethink your approach. Customers — particularly younger Millennial clients — increasingly expect to be able to engage with you on their schedule. “For that, you can thank the Internet and the proliferation of the ‘always-on economy,’” says Andy Birol, who coaches private and family businesses through Birol Growth Consulting. What this means for you: If your small business is going to hold its own or grow, you may need to tweak your work schedule, says Birol. For instance, plumbers might want to offer…
  • How to Buy a Car with Resale in Mind

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Imagine you’re in the market for a car, but perhaps not one that you’ll keep long-term. No worries. It’s possible to get a great deal now and sell for maximum value later — if you plan accordingly. The first question to sort out: Should you buy a new car or a used one? That answer depends on how long you plan to own the vehicle, says Oren Weintraub, founder and CEO of Authority Auto, a Sherman Oaks, California,-based car-buying consulting agency. The simple formula for deciding between a new and used vehicle, according to Weintraub: If you’re going to hold onto to the car for…
  • Does Living Near The Ocean Affect Your Car?

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Living near the ocean can offer a lot of perks. You get the cool ocean breeze, the calming sound of the waves and beautiful views of the sparkling sea. But, while life along the coast may seem ideal, it may not be easy on your car. In fact, certain environmental factors present in coastal locations may cause or accelerate vehicle corrosion and damage. Rust According to the Automotive Paint Handbook: Paint Technology for Auto Enthusiasts & Body Shop Professionals by John Pfanstiehl, the closer a car is kept to the shore, the quicker rust could form. Pfanstiehl, owner of Pro…
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  • What it Means to Grow a Company. Hint: Numbers Aren’t Everything

    12 Aug 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Venture into the Internet abyss for business advice and you’ll find an abundance of information. Thousands of articles will appear telling you what to measure and how to build a business through processes and management skills; which are all very helpful. Continue on and you’ll encounter a myriad of opinions about brand image, hiring skills, and crafting the right message for your audience; those are helpful too. What you’ll have trouble finding, is a piece of writing that explains what “growth” really means for a business, and how you need to amalgamate those stand-alone ideas of…
  • Shaping Content Management Strategy to Improve Customer Experience

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:53 pm
    In this digital age businesses are serious about leveraging content to improve customer experience. In fact, the ability to do this and do it well can make or break a company’s marketing efforts.  What most marketers are encountering today is a CMS system roadblock caused by mobile, social, and cloud media disruption. The volume and variety of available content is growing like we’ve never seen before; changing the way audiences consume and desire content. Traditional CMS systems just aren’t equipped for this kind of behavior.   To keep up with the changing needs of content…
  • Five Minute Facts: Open Source is a Game Changer

    1 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    OSSCube was founded on the concept of contributing to businesses’ growth through the use of open source technologies. We offer services and integrated solutions by leveraging open source software and technology, and we do this for a reason: a better experience for our customers.Open source is changing the way the world runs—aiding in revolutionizing business across every sector—and if you’re not already using it, you should be. The best part? There’s no need for blind faith— we’ve got facts to prove it!1.Open systems are innovativeWhen you have the best and the brightest minds…
  • 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…
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    A Taste of General Mills

  • Irregular Fiber One ad is not what you’d expect

    Ashley Halladay
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    When you’re feeling irregular and waiting for relief, time seems to pass by slowly – somewhat similar to how expecting mothers feel in their third trimester. Fiber One products are known for satisfying taste buds and well, you know … The Fiber One Chewy Bars team combined the benefits of fiber with the talent of Michael Bolton, who wrote a fitting song for their new commercial. The brand worked with Saatchi & Saatchi to bring the campaign to life. The new spot is a story of expectation, struggle and patience. Bolton’s song is titled, “I Just Can’t Wait To Meet You.”…
  • Star Wars collector searches the galaxy for cereal

    Amanda Grayson
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    When our new Star Wars cereal landed in the cereal aisle this summer, fans of the movie franchise were thrilled. After our original blog post about Star Wars cereal, we heard from a collector who is especially excited about the limited edition package designs. Gus Lopez collects all things Star Wars, including cereal boxes. “I have the largest collection of Star Wars related cereal boxes in the world – over 1,400 different boxes from over 100 countries, including all the vintage General Mills cereals with Star Wars promotions from the 1970s in the U.S. and Canada,” Lopez wrote in an…
  • A wife’s love of ice cream brought Häagen-Dazs to Japan

    Monte Olmsted
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    Romance is a key element of most Häagen-Dazs advertising. So it should come as no surprise to learn that it was the wife of a company executive who helped bring Häagen-Dazs to Japan back in 1984. Whether it was the wife of Keizo Saji, the late chairman of Suntory Holdings, one of our Häagen-Dazs joint venture partners (the other is dairy producer Takanashi Milk), or the wife of his son, Nobutada Saji, the current chairman of Suntory, is lost to history. Whatever the case, it was a wife’s love of Häagen-Dazs – first tasted on a trip to the U.S. – that brought the ice cream to Japan.
  • Holy cow! Yoplait revisits an ad icon

    Monte Olmsted
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Yoplait’s Michonnette is a cow like no udder. When Yoplait USA announced its original yogurt would have 25 percent less sugar, it turned to a beret-wearing cow that spoke with a French accent to promote the change. The idea was to emphasize the brand’s French heritage and authentic roots. But what many may not realize is how close the new ad comes to the original Yoplait branding. The beret-wearing cow is not the first cow to play a leading role in the brand’s advertising. That honor belongs to Michonnette (pronounced “mi-show-net”), who debuted 50 years ago in September 1965…
  • An extraordinary effort to empower girls

    Shannon Heine
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    Women and girls in developing countries around the world typically bear the greatest brunt of poverty. When families struggle to grow enough food to eat, or earn enough money to send all their kids to school, it’s the girls who are often the last to eat and first to be kept home from school. In these same communities, it’s the women who are frequently denied the right to own the land they’ve farmed their entire lives. As a company, we believe women and girls can be a catalyst for overcoming poverty and with the right support and resources, they have the power to ultimately change their…
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    The Great Place to Work Blog

  • Game Changers in Maternity and Paternity Leave

    Elizabeth Stocker
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Is Netflix changing the game when it comes to maternity and paternity leave? On the cusp of Netflix’s announcement that they are offering unlimited paid time off for new parents (both moms and dads), allowing employees to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption, many are left wondering whether this is the new norm. Do the Best Companies to Work For offer something similar? And, is the U.S. finally catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to maternity and paternity leave?
  • The Talent Imperative

    Hannah Elise Jones
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Four Strategies Smaller Companies Can Use to Attract and Retain TalentThe landscape of business is changing. Everyone in an HR or people function knows it. By 2020, the U.S. will have 1.5 million too few workers with college or graduate degrees and fifty-six percent of U.S. employers believe this talent shortage has a medium to high impact on their ability to meet client needs. On top of the already lean pool, more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. are voluntarily quitting their jobs each month, and this number is steadily rising—making the prospect of keeping talent dimmer as well.
  • Employee Engagement Involves Bringing the Whole Self to Work

    Sharlyn Lauby
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    People that bring 100% to work give 100% to their workThe days of leaving your personal life at the company doorstep are over. Frankly, the concept never really worked in the first place. We can't expect to get 100 percent from people if only 50 percent is allowed to show up to work.
  • Build a Foundation for Trust

    David Shanklin
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Defining, Adopting, and Reinforcing Your Organization’s Core ValuesCore values are critically important to creating a great workplace. They act as the baseline contract between all members of the organization: leaders and employees alike. They serve as the shared commitment each employee makes to one another about how they will behave and make decisions, so leader and employee behaviors become predictable. This is the essence of trust. When leaders are committed to modeling the core values and their actions become predictable, fear within an organization disappears. Employees know how…
  • Why Nice Guys Finish First

    Jessica Rohman
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fostering a “Jerk-Free” Culture is Good for BusinessHave you ever been uncivil at work? Have you had someone be uncivil to you? I recently read a New York Times article by an associate professor at Georgetown who has been studying the costs of incivility in the workplace for nearly 20 years, and the data is powerful. Christine Porath's article, No Time to be Nice at Work discusses specific harmful outcomes that can happen from experiencing intermittent stressors like incivility (AKA someone being a jerk), and stresses the importance of what we should all already know: That how we treat…
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    Summit Brokerage

  • Creating a Partnership with Your Clients

    19 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Should the relationship between financial advisors and their clients be any different than the relationships we have with our doctors, lawyers, clergy, and other professional partnerships? It shouldn’t. There should exist, between the two, a mutually beneficial financial partnership which requires both sides to provide input. The advisor shouldn’t be shouldering all the blame for investments which don’t work out. They also shouldn’t be doing all the work, when developing new investment strategies. The financial client partnership should be a symbiotic relationship because both parties…
  • Should Financial Advisors be Free?

    17 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    Perhaps the biggest boom of the Internet Age (from the consumer side) has been increased access to free information and services. From medical diagnosis and legal counsel, to music and movie streaming, the public has grown accustomed to getting things fast and at no charge. In light of this, many industries have struggled to devise a fair pricing model to keep them in business. What about financial planning? Should advisors be giving away their services for free? Is this a business model which can sustain itself in the long-term? Can a software application or a website substitute for real…
  • Financial Planning for Unmarried Couples

    14 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    As Americans wait longer to tie the knot and with many couples opting to not marry at all, the need for sound financial planning for unmarried couples is growing. This provides investment advisors an opportunity to offer products and services cohabitating couples can take advantage of to protect their finances. Financial advisors should inform their clients about the financial downside of choosing not to marry. They should be made aware they cannot take advantage of tax benefits, like filing a joint return. Neither can they avoid tax penalties associated with transferring asset ownership to…
  • Protecting Your Clients against Cyber-Attacks

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

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

  • What’s the Best Way to Reward Employees for Great Work?

    Hallmark Business Connections
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    As any successful business leader knows, retaining top talent requires rewarding employees for great work.  Why?  The answer is simple: Employee recognition shines a spotlight on the attitudes, behaviors, and events that define excellence. There are many ways to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of exemplary staff but the best forms of employee recognition involve making meaningful connections that inspire engagement across the organization. Employee engagement expert David Zinger puts it this way: “[Employers need to] create caring and robust connections between every employee and…
  • How to Create a Wellness Framework For Ongoing Success

    Jennifer Patel
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    If you’re a regular follower of our blog or an office wellness fanatic, you know all about the meaningful results that positively impact employee wellness and thus, the company’s bottom line. Taking measures to launch or enhance your company’s wellness program puts you in line with more than three-quarters of American employers, or more than 100,000 organizations, on the path to improve employee health and well-being. However, not all workplace wellness programs are successful. So, how do you create a truly successful program? The answer is simple; first you must create a framework that…
  • How to Improve Employee Recognition with the New Incentives Offering from Hallmark Business Connections

    Hallmark Business Connections
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    As the saying goes, “a company is only as good at its people.” Successful business leaders understand this and, as a result, make it a priority to recognize the performance and achievements of dedicated staff.  They go out of their way to express genuine feelings of gratitude and encouragement, establishing emotional connections that make a deep, lasting impression on employees across the organization. At Hallmark Business Connections, we believe strongly in the power of employee recognition to build and strengthen motivated, high-performing teams.  By shining a spotlight on the…
  • Employee Engagement: The Domino Effect on Customers

    Rhonda Basler
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    When I reflect on career success, I can measure it in dollars, in terms of salary or in revenue for Hallmark Business Connections. That leaves me feeling proud, but if I stopped there it wouldn’t be enough. Revenue goals are expected to be beaten each quarter, every year. So in that way, it’s never a truly achievable goal. It’s only when I reflect on my job in terms of our company vision that I start feeling accomplished: “We create a more meaningful business world by making a genuine difference in how well businesses manage their relationships.” Instead of thinking about my job in…
  • Why Wellness?

    Jennifer Patel
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Having healthy employees is key to cultivating a healthier and more efficient workplace. Healthier employees equate to less sick time, decreased health care costs and happier workers overall. Part of improving the health of your employees is having an effective and holistic wellness program. I recently published a blog on LinkedIn where I discuss three reasons why wellness plays such an important role in an organization. Here is a sneak peak at the post and one of those reasons: Employee Engagement – Your employee’s time is your most valuable asset, and a successful wellness program helps…
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    Skiddle Event Promotion and Ticket Sales Blog

  • The first Mobile Box Office app for the UK

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:51 am
    The lives of event organisers across the UK will be made easier as of this month thanks to a new box office app that allows users to maximise on-the-door ticket sales. Skiddle’s newly launched RapidScan application is the UK’s first completely mobile box office solution for events. The Electronic Point of Sale (EPoS) app allows promoters to sell countless tickets on the door with ease, in a fast, reliable and secure way. The sophisticated app, which integrates with both Bluetooth printers and iZettle card-readers, allows promoters to select and print tickets and receipts for customers…
  • Apple Pay UK Launch – accept Apple Pay at your event

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

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

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

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

  • Web of Intrigue: The Inside Scoop on Web Crawlers, Indexing and Google’s PageRank

    Melissa Martinez
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    Want to know A-Rod’s 2014 batting average? Miley Cyrus’s birthplace? Today’s temperature record for Hog’s Breath, Arkansas? Thanks to search engines, it’s all a few clicks away on the web. But have you ever wondered how those engines find the most relevant pages out of the trillions that exist? The answer lies in web crawlers, indexing and Google’s PageRank. A closer look at what these terms mean and why they’re important will help you optimize your website to enjoy better search engine results—and more visitors. What’s up with web crawlers and indexingWeb crawlers are…
  • Death of a Marketing Tool: Adobe Flash

    Bethany Farrelly
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    For years, experts across every major industry have been predicting the death of Adobe Flash due to its browser- and desktop-slowing effects and security challenges. Many credit Steve Jobs for starting the movement to end Flash use in 2010 when he published the lengthy open letter titled “Thoughts on Flash,” which detailed six reasons why Apple chose to not allow the player on their devices. This marked the beginning of the end. Although the use of Adobe Flash has been on a significant decline since Jobs stated his case, 2015 has especially seen strides to expel its existence. In January,…
  • The Play’s the Thing: Gamification as Direct Marketing’s Latest and Greatest Involvement Device

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

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

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

  • Employee Engagement and Promotion If Managing Others Isn’t An Option

    Jason Pindzia
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    As employees progress in their career, they’ll want to move up the company ladder. However, moving up the company ladder usually means moving into a management position. But what do you do with employees that deserve to move up the ladder but don’t want to manage people? Not all good employees want to manage people and not all employees are good at managing people. Employee engagement and promotion can be a significant challenge facing many managers and executives. I used to work with a gentleman in a small recruiting company who was a fantastic automotive engineering recruiter. No matter…
  • Proactive Path to Client Relationships

    Bill Petrie
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of The other day I was chatting with a friend who happens to be in the market for a new job. During our discussion, we were discussing strategies on how best to market him with his target companies. As usually happens in cases like this, it got me thinking about the importance of being proactive. Being of similar age (disclosure – I am 45), my friend and I both remembered the “old” way of searching for a job. For those of you unfamiliar, it went something like this: 1. Scour the “Help Wanted” section of your local Sunday newspaper for potential targets 2.
  • Why it’s Important to Check it Out

    Michelle McCafferty
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    I had a journalism professor in college who once said: “If your parents say they love you, check it out.” Not sure if he stole that quote from someone else, but I do know he meant we should question everything – and not just as journalism students, but as students of life. Here are some valuable lessons I’ve recently learned by asking questions and “checking it out.” 1.    You might only think you know the answer. I got on a conference call a couple weeks ago convinced we had to address a specific integration in the technology portion of a presentation. It was in my notes…
  • Perfecting the Work Life Balance

    Elizabeth Toth
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Image courtesy of Achieving the perfect work life balance can be an extraordinarily difficult task. We’re all guilty of checking email at the dinner table, staying late at work, or skipping out on the little league game to rework a project for the tenth time. While most of us claim that we want a better work life balance, how many of us are making the necessary changes to get there? You can hope and hope that something will change or, you can make it happen for yourself. Following these tips can help get you in the right direction. •    Create a schedule and stick to it.
  • 9 Simple Tips to Tighten Up Social Media Channels

    Glenda McCarthy-Gaspar
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Whether you work for a small business or are the community manager for a large corporation executing social media strategy, you are likely managing several social media profiles across multiple channels. With so much activity on the go, here are nine ways that you can squeeze the most juice from Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. These simple tips to tighten up social media channels will help make sure you are putting your most efficient, organized brand image out on display. Facebook Facebook recently surpassed 1 billion monthly users, which means that you have quite the…
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  • 10 Productivity Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    1. Being productive means getting things done quicker Productivity is about completing tasks well, not rushing them, risking mistakes and potentially needing to redo some or all of the tasks. As the tortoise taught us, it’s better to work steadily through our to do list, to the best of our abilities, than race through several tasks with the minimum amount of care. Rushing causes stress; every little thing that doesn’t go our way affects how long it’s going to take to finish and as the goal is to complete it as quickly as possible, that’s a massive issue. By not…
  • 5 Often Overlooked Reasons To Telecommute

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many arguments in favour of ‘working from anywhere’, both from the employee’s and employer’s perspective and, now that SaaS technology is commonplace, telecommuting is no longer a luxury. Here are five often overlooked reasons to telecommute. 1) You’ll benefit from your own company Without the regular distractions of a busy office you are afforded more dedicated time to work through your daily tasks. According to a study carried out by the University of Calgary, simply being able to see a colleague working on something different to you is enough to slow…
  • Rise Above The Rest In The Job Search Battle

    19 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    In today’s world, where everything’s in ‘the cloud’, the recruitment industry has become largely conducted online. With so many qualified people competing in the job search, it’s more and more difficult to make an impression with potential employers and recruiters. The global workforce is steadily increasing, and job roles are rapidly changing with the times, making it more important than ever to find a way to gain an advantage and stand out. This may seem a difficult challenge, considering the huge growth of talent looking for work, but there are some things you can now do to get…
  • Get More From LinkedIn With These 17 Tips

    13 Aug 2015 | 1:28 am
    Optimising your presence on LinkedIn is as important as creating a well written CV. Below are 17 quick tips to get the most from the professional network. 1. Complete Your LinkedIn Profile (obvious but often overlooked) 2. Give (and request) recommendations instead of endorsements 3. Tell Your Story in the first person, not the third 4. Think about your target audience and adjust your content accordingly 5. Highlight key achievements 6. Avoid buzzwords but carefully include keywords 7. Use media to strengthen your brand 8. Don’t let your profile stagnate, update it regularly 9. Stop using…
  • How To Set Your Brand Apart On Twitter

    11 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Twitter’s one of the most popular social channels to engage and attract people, and with good reason; whether you’re using your brand’s social profile to attract more customers, build and nurture passive talent, increase your reputation as an industry expert – or all three – being visible above the rest of your competition is a challenge. The problem is that its popularity also means that Twitter is very crowded, getting yourself heard above the noise requires something a bit more than simply tweeting your latest product update or advert. In the UK, mobile…
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    Azeus Convene » Articles

  • 13 Things Only Executive Assistants Will Understand

    Alexandrea Roman
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    Being an executive assistant is a unique experience. It’s a fast-paced job full of unexpected twists and turns, and you feel that no one can really relate to you unless they’re fellow EAs themselves. There are things only EAs know to be true. How many of these can you relate to? You know you’re an EA when… You thrive on pressure, adrenaline and caffeine at 4:30 in the morning. Via Your boss is at the top of your speed dial – higher than Continue Reading » The post 13 Things Only Executive Assistants Will Understand appeared first on Azeus Convene.
  • The Curious Case of Ashley Madison: Cheating, Cybersecurity, and Crime

    Alexandrea Roman
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Major corporate hacks have been happening a lot, and in each year, there are a few incidents that stand out among the rest. In 2014, Target and JP Morgan Chase were the most prominent businesses to find themselves in hot water after their respective security breaches. In 2015, Ashley Madison looks like it’s in the running to be the biggest scandal of the year post data leakage. Unlike Target and JP Morgan Chase, Ashley Madison is not a Fortune 500 Continue Reading » The post The Curious Case of Ashley Madison: Cheating, Cybersecurity, and Crime appeared first on Azeus Convene.
  • Let’s Convene at the 2015 Technology in Government Summit

    Angel Britanico
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    Catch Convene in the land down under this summer as we join the 2015 Technology in Government Summit, Australia’s top technology event for the public sector. This August 4 to 5, decision-makers in government will gather at the National Convention Centre Canberra to discuss modernising information and communications technology (ICT) on both federal and state levels. Now on its 9th year, the conference goes beyond case studies and peer-to-peer roundtables by letting delegates choose from three lecture “streams” most relevant to their Continue Reading » The post Let’s…
  • Convene Attends Chartered Institute of Housing 2015 Conference

    Convene Team
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    To kick off an eventful summer season in the United Kingdom, we are presenting Convene at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Conference and Exhibition in Manchester Central on June 23 to 25. With over 9,300 participants projected to attend, the CIH is jampacked with learning and networking opportunities for housing professionals. Activities include keynote and masterclass lectures, consultations and case study evaluations through the Think Tank series, and alternative fringe sessions featuring lessons told through drama, music and debates. True to Continue Reading » The post…
  • Convene Partners with Legal Week for 2015 Corporate Counsel Forum HK

    Convene Team
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    After an eventful week at both the Florida Bankers Association Annual Meeting and the New York Credit Union Convention, we look forward to exhibiting Convene from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In line with our corporate governance advocacy, we are excited to join Legal Week as a sponsor for the 2015 Corporate Counsel Forum HK, to be held this June 18 at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel. The forum, now on its third year, gathers hundreds of leading Continue Reading » The post Convene Partners with Legal Week for 2015 Corporate Counsel Forum HK appeared first on Azeus Convene.
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    Blogging Ways

  • Top 5 Best Coupon Sites to Save Money while Shopping!

    karan singh chauhan
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:32 am
    Today’s, we are here to present an wonderful post which is based on Coupon sites to save money when shopping online. Yes! you heard it right people are very much aware on internet that how can they save money. There are more than thousand coupons and coupons site are available on web, you can choose [...] The post Top 5 Best Coupon Sites to Save Money while Shopping! appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • 5 Most Popular Google Fonts for Web Designers- 2015

    karan singh chauhan
    8 Aug 2015 | 2:57 am
    Are you Looking for Some Top Quality Best Fonts List for Web Designing? If Yes, then you are at very right place as today I am going to share Top 5 Most Popular Google Fonts for Web Designers in 2015. One of your main goals as a designer is providing a positive experience for the [...] The post 5 Most Popular Google Fonts for Web Designers- 2015 appeared first on Blogging Ways.
  • 10+ Best Blogs that Pay $100+ for Guest Posts

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

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

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

  • Export Compliance and Personal Liability: Why Individuals are at Risk

    Staff Writer
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    What is your role in your company’s export compliance program? Do you perform the restricted/denied party screening on your corporation’s customers and vendors? Do you handle your research facility’s deemed export procedures?   Once upon a time, regardless of your role, the concept of “personal liability” was pretty much unheard of in terms of export compliance. If unlicensed products were shipped erroneously because of an incorrect ECCN, the penalty was not the responsibility of “Joe Smith” on the compliance team. The government would go after the company, even if Joe was…
  • Export Controls Compliance When Academic Research Collides With Commercial Interests

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

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

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

    Staff Classification Specialist
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Export Compliance professionals haven’t had to solve an ECCN classification and deemed export conundrum this profound since the PlayStation2 was blocked from shipping to China (its American-made chip was powerful enough to control real missiles – not exactly child’s play). The new riddle concerns Microsoft’s new HoloLens, which integrates virtual reality with the real world. This will allow people to use holographic imagery to do the unimaginable – from designing advanced machinery to seeing how the living room walls would look in taupe. You could compare it to the Holodeck in Start…
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    The P1 Blog

  • Hari Kebangsaan Malaysia 2015

    P1 Buddy
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    It has been 58 years now since Malaysia gained its independence from the British colonial rule in 1957 (not to be confused with Malaysia Day on 16 September to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation in 1963.) The effort for independence was led by Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first […] The post Hari Kebangsaan Malaysia 2015 appeared first on The P1 Blog.
  • 8 Instagram-able Malaysian Quotes

    P1 Buddy
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    As we remember the many good things about Malaysia, here are eight quotes you could use to upload onto your Instagram accounts pertaining to our Merdeka Day celebrations! We at P1 are proud to call ourselves Anak Malaysia! P.S. Tag us at @p1networks if you use these! — Tunku Abdul Rahman […] The post 8 Instagram-able Malaysian Quotes appeared first on The P1 Blog.
  • Malaysians in the Arts

    P1 Buddy
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:49 am
    Leading up to our National Day, we are reminded of our country’s achievements and many other good things that we are proud of, for instance, our fellow Malaysians who have played an instrumental role in putting the country in spotlight through the arts and culture industries. Below is a list […] The post Malaysians in the Arts appeared first on The P1 Blog.
  • Merdeka Walkabout

    P1 Buddy
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:50 am
    During the month of August, when Malaysia is at fever pitch with the National Day coming up, many will have this question on their lips: what does it mean to be Malaysians? Many would attribute it to knowing all the foods and cuisines of Malaysia, while others may say it […] The post Merdeka Walkabout appeared first on The P1 Blog.
  • The Future of Public Transportation in Malaysia

    P1 Buddy
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    As a developing country, Malaysia is constantly improving its infrastructure, especially in expanding the road network in and around Klang Valley. While there may be downsides travelling via public transportation in these areas, their denizens are doubtlessly well-connected with highways that afford easy commutes. “A developed country is not a place where the poor […] The post The Future of Public Transportation in Malaysia appeared first on The P1 Blog.
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  • How to Run a Successful Webinar Programme: Online and Offline

    Mila Staneva
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:07 am
    Webinars are becoming one of the favourite weapons in the marketer’s arsenal to reach the selected target. I am sure every marketer knows the 4 Ps of the marketing mix (price, product, promotion and place) , but how many are familiar with the rule of the 3 Ps? Ok, the se 3 Ps are not for marketers only they have a wider appeal and a vast range of opportunities for use. The 3 Ps are : Preparation, Preparation and Preparation. The results from the recent lead generation survey conducted by a LinkedIn B2B marketers group help us to better understand how B2B marketers are adjusting to new…
  • Last Week Today on Social Media

    Mila Staneva
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:23 am
    Did you miss us? No, of course you didn’t. You were probably busy doing something along the lines of what we were doing: enjoying a cold lemonade in the hot weather and wondering what you are missing in the ever-changing world of Social Media. Well, get another lemonade and check out what you’ve missed.   The Unbundling of Google + Google is rethinking the decision it took about Google+. They want to keep the focus on being social, but remove the features that are not essential to an interest-based social experience. Furthermore, features of Google+ Photos have been moved…
  • To Gate, or Not to Gate, That is The Question

    Mila Staneva
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:23 pm
    There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet Every day we are faced with decisions, especially the kind where you find out too late whether you made the right or the wrong one. Every day most of us wish that there was a crystal ball to help us make better business decisions, and give us answers based on real-world data. Well, we don’t have magic balls, but we do have the data. What content and offers do companies gate? Welcome to the 2015 B2B Lead Generation Survey results. The B2B Technology Marketing Community on LinkedIn conducted the…
  • How to Create Multiple Forms in SharpSpring

    Mila Staneva
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Don’t find fault, find a remedy. Henry Ford When Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford roll off the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan, on 26 May 1927, he probably remembered fondly the first Tin Lizzy to come out of the factory in 1908. The look of that last one might have changed, but it was essentially the same world-famous Model T. Today, customers are different. We need the option to customise so that we know the product will satisfy our needs. This is true even when it comes to marketing automation platforms. If you are using SharpSpring, we have…
  • TOP ECM Pros To Follow On Twitter II

    Mila Staneva
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Since we covered the players for the big companies in our previous blog post on ECM pros to follow on Twitter and LinkedIn, we would like to introduce you to a different list of influencers. People who play the ECM game professionally without being part of a big team. Christian Walker Chris has spent more than 25 years in IS/IT primarily as a consultant, business analyst and project manager. His working career cannot be pinned down to one industry: he has worked for major international airlines, Telcos, all levels of government and sole proprietors. Because Chris has dealt with things from…
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    The TaraSpan Blog

  • Form INC-29: Fast- track mode for incorporating companies in India

    Nisha Sharma
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    With the implementation of Companies Act, 2013 in September, 2013, Companies (especially Private Companies) faced difficulties while running business in India with the increased number of compliances to be done in order to keep the Companies law compliant in every aspect. Sections which were previously not applicable to the Private Company were made applicable,thus increasing the burden of compliances on them. In the Financial Year 2014-15, focus of the companies drastically shifted from just running business with a view to earn profit to complying with the corporate laws as the penalty…
  • How can we define L1, L2, L3 support for SaaS companies

    Varun Yadav
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:18 pm
      In my previous blog Why Support is the new Sales for SaaS companies I stressed upon the importance of the post-sales support for SaaS companies. How support can ensure growth, retention and high MRR (monthly recurring revenue). How it can disrupt the growth plan and why it should be the topic of boardroom discussions.    Do you believe in this theory? If you do I’m sure you must have pondered over whether you’ve the right support architecture in place, is there a seamless handshake between different levels ( Level 1, Level 2, Level 3), are SLAs clearly defined (our VP Neil…
  • Mobility, BYOD and beyond

    Narayana Swamy G
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    A few years ago, if someone said you can walk in to your office with your personal laptop and connect to the corporate LAN and access information, we could have just laughed citing the then present network security enforcement and physically separated networks. In the last few years, things have galloped multi-folds and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has taken a proper usage pattern today. Starting from the Network Perimeter security to Endpoint security, the entire scenario has adapted to the new change on the emergence of BYOD.  Users have started taking work along with them to almost…
  • Slack from a CEO’s perspective

    Mike Manson
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:31 am
    Recently I promoted a great guy named Ganesh Samant to Vice President responsible for my India-based Global Services Delivery.   When I met with him I asked “What plans do you have the team?”  He said “The first thing we need to do is implement Slack.”   I had never heard of Slack before. Based on its name I thought it might be a project management tool that identifies slack, critical path, etc. So I asked him “What is Slack?” He smiled and said “You’ll see. It will change how we communicate.” That conversation was two months ago, and I can tell you he was right, it has…
  • My Internet: My Choice

    Ankur Sharma
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:29 am
    I can very precisely recollect, back in 2006, when Airtel launched EDGE (2.5G) network, me & my room-mate (then bachelors) were fanatically trying to access web through our mobile connection. We were thrilled to see Orkut homepage on our laptop screens. Yippee we got that. And, we celebrated that occasion with a couple of beers. We have come a long way after that. Around a decade has passed since then and we are into something really really huge and super productive tool called www or World Wide Web or Internet. Along-with, internet has gone completely mobile with the advent &…
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