Think-tank pondering personal traits

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Think-tank pondering personal traitsOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Integratede-learning solutions provider Click2Learn is the latest to join a think-tankset up to drive research into the next generation of personalised interactivelearning.Theproject aims to pave the way for personalised learning experiences that adaptto the skills, knowledge and learning traits of individuals and groups. Aspart of the Customised Learning Experience Online (CLEO) Lab, Click2Learn willbe exploring the best ways of handling content in different learning modelsbased on the Scorm specification. Scorm – sharable content object referencemodel – is one of the learning models established by the e-learning standardsinitiative Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL). “TheCLEO Lab project is probably the most important research the e-learningindustry has ever undertaken,” said Claude Ostyn, Click2Learn’s senior learningsystems strategist. “It will accelerate the growth of a new generation ofe-learning technologies able to deliver increasingly personalised, interactiveand effective learning experiences,” he said.Othersin the group include Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Head to head

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Head to headOn 6 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week Vernon Everitt, HR director at the Financial Services Authorityand Norman Mitchinson, director of group HR at Lloyds TSB, compare notes ontheir careers1 What are your main responsibilities? VE In short, leadership. The FSA takes a strategic view of its peopleissues, covering everything from recruitment and retention to organisationaldevelopment and reward. We work very closely with the FSA’s business units tounderstand their needs and ensure our services help them to deliver theirbusiness objectives. NM My main responsibility is getting business value from all ourpeople, and giving personal value back. To do that, I take responsibility forthe direction of the bank’s HR strategies, systems and the delivery of HRservices in most parts of the bank. 2 What’s the pay like? VE While it’s true we can never compete with the higher levels of payin the industry, we offer a powerful package comprising competitive pay, aflexible benefits package and a performance-related bonus scheme. NM Our policy is to aim at market rates at all levels. I’mcomfortable with my pay and benefits package, but I’m keeping it to myself,thank you. 3 How flexible are the hours? VE Generally quite flexible, though much depends on the workload we haveon. We can also be flexible with work patterns and we have a number of staff –male and female – work flexibly. We are really interested in people who getthings done, rather than people who simply spend hours in the office. NM I work for an organisation that is committed to work-life balanceand I strive for it myself. I’m an early starter but I try to get away in goodtime, and I can rearrange my time to suit my work or my private life. My workis split between two main cities, which complicates life. 4 What do you like most about the job? VE The sheer scale of the challenge. There is an enormous amount forthe FSA to do, and the HR division has a pivotal role in helping to ensure thatwe deliver successfully. NM I work for an organisation that I’m proud of – that’s partly whyI’ve stayed. But as someone who only came into HR a few years ago, I’m alsodelighted with the quality of the people I work with and the business impactthat HR can have. 5 What are the challenges? VE We need to develop our staff into experts in identifying andmitigating risk. There is also a big communications exercise to be done topromote what an interesting and exciting place this is to work and how valuablea spell at the FSA is for a CV. NM Matching business needs with human needs is critical, and noteasy. Managing change is also a challenge. So is giving better value for money– and developing and retaining talent. 6 What is your biggest headache? VE Keeping a semblance of control over two young daughters. NM I don’t really have a headache of my own. Most of the things thatconcern me are well known to HR practitioners, and well rehearsed in thesepages! 7 What size is your team? VE Around 60. The management team consists of me plus seven others. NM I have 10 direct reports, but there are some 900 people in the HRgroup. 8 Who do you report to? VE Paul Boyle, the FSA’s chief operating officer. NM I report to Mike Fairey, deputy group chief executive, but I alsohave regular contact with the chairman, the group chief executive and otherboard members. 9 What qualifications do you have? VE I left school at 16 to join the Bank of England. It had a verygood training scheme, including a summer school to gain qualifications ineconomics. NM I have two banking qualifications: an FCIB and the FinancialStudies Diploma. I also have an LLB degree, and an MBA. All were gained duringemployment – I’m a believer in life-long learning, and gained my MBA in my 50s.10 What are your career aspirations? VE To be a success in my role as HR director at the FSA. Inparticular, I want to use my experience in regulation to maximise thecontribution of our HR professionals. NM My retirement date is only two years away, but I won’t be rottingafter that. I’ll be starting my second career, but haven’t yet finalised myplans. 11 What training and development opportunities are there? VE There are excellent management and technical trainingopportunities, and we encourage people to undertake a relevant industryqualification. Every member of staff works with their line manager to determinea personal development plan. NM The bank has the biggest corporate university in the UK and iteven has an accredited CIPD centre. Training and development is an integral partof my role, so there is no shortage of opportunities. 12 What is your holiday entitlement? VE A core minimum of 20 days and the opportunity to purchase afurther 15 through our flexible benefits scheme. NM 30 days a year. And I take it all. 13 What’s your work environment like? VE Friendly and supportive. There is a very commercial andprofessional feel to the FSA, not unlike that you would find in anyprofessional services firm. But there is also a clear appreciation that what wedo has a central public policy element to it. NM My time is spent between London and Bristol. I have a good officein London, and borrow a room in Bristol near to a lot of our HR people. 14 What other benefits do you get? VE The core package comprises a non-contributory pension scheme, lifeassurance, private medical insurance, permanent health insurance, a restaurant,a gym, and an interest-free season ticket loan. NM As a senior executive I get a bonus opportunity and share options,plus a car and medical care. Like most staff with the bank, I’m entitled to ouremployee share saving scheme and pension arrangements. 15 What’s the best part? VE Current and prospective staff tell us that they find the flexiblebenefits package particularly attractive. But I’m ashamed to say that I don’teven know where the entrance to the gym is. NM You are working with the most valuable resource a company has (OK,it has become a cliché, but it’s more true than ever); and as the corporatechampion of people issues you have the chance to influence people’s livespositively as well as the organisation itself. 16 How does your firm treat work-life balance? VE Pretty good – feedback from our staff survey indicates a highlevel of satisfaction with the work-life balance available here. We offer afull range of leave packages, including career breaks, and there is a widerange of sports and social activities available. NM We introduced work-life balance policies and practices into LloydsTSB in 1999, and they have proved very popular. Our chief executive, PeterEllwood, is also the chair of Employers for Work-Life Balance, an alliance of22 like-minded organisations. 17 Who do you envy? VE I don’t envy anyone, but my hero is unquestionably Lemmy of Motorhead.NM I admire people who take on difficult tasks and pioneer valuableoutcomes – Senator George Mitchell, for example. Vernon EverittHR director, Financial Services AuthorityJob at a glanceSize of team: 60Qualifications: Internal Bank of England trainingLeave: 20 days and the opportunity to purchase a further 15Best part: The sheer scale of the challengeCurriculum Vitae2002 HR director, FSA2000 Head of Press Office and Events, FSA1998 Head of Communications Infrastructure, FSA1996 Project manager at the Bank of EnglandNorman MitchinsonDirector of group HR, Lloyds TSBJob at a glanceSize of team: 900Qualifications: FCIB, Financial Studies Diploma, an LLB degree and an MBALeave: 30 daysBest part: Being proud of where I workCurriculum Vitae1998 Director of group HR, Lloyds TSB1996 Retail financial services director, Lloyds TSB HR1993 General manager, systems and support, Lloyds Bank1990 General manager, support and development, Lloyds Bank1988 Assistant general manager, Lloyds Bank branch IT projectlast_img read more

Olympic gold medalist dies after contracting COVID-19, family says

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailpinkomelet/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(SAN DIEGO) — Arnie Robinson Jr., an Olympic gold medalist and a track and field Hall of Famer, died after testing positive for COVID-19, his family said. He was 72.Robinson was “one of the greatest long jumpers in history,” USA Track & Field said in a statement on his Dec. 1 passing.The lifelong San Diegan medaled in two Olympics in the long jump, taking silver in 1972 in Munich and gold in 1976 in Montreal. Written by Olympic Champion and Hall of Famer Arnie Robinson passed away Tuesday morning, December 1, at the age of 72.— USATF (@usatf) December 2, 2020He was the top-ranked long jumper in the world from 1976 to 1978, the organization said, with a career-best jump of 27 feet, 4 3/4 inches in 1976.He won the first World Cup long jump championship in 1977, as well as seven national long jump titles.The Olympics were a highlight, his son, Paul Robinson, told San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.“I think that’s one of the big things that drove him — was just wanting to achieve something very, very big, and setting it out there and making it happen,” he told the station this week.A star at Morse High School in San Diego, Robinson attended San Diego Mesa College and San Diego State University, where he won the long jump competition at the 1970 NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships.He won the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships long jump title in 1971 and 1972, representing the U.S. Army in the latter. He also won a gold medal at the 1971 Pan American Games. From 1975 to ’78, he won four straight USA Outdoor Championships in the long jump.After retiring from competition, Robinson returned to San Diego Mesa College as a coach in 1982. During his 25 years as head coach, his teams won 15 conference championships and one state championship. According to Mesa College, he also coached six state champion student-athletes, one of whom competed in the Olympic trials, and another — Felix Sanchez — who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the 400-meter hurdles.He also served as a professor in health and exercise science until his retirement in 2010.In 2013, Mesa College named an invitational meet after the former coach — the Arnie Robinson Invitational is held each April.Robinson also served as USATF San Diego-Imperial Youth Track and Field chair, where he mentored thousands of athletes. He was inducted into the San Diego Breitbard Hall of Fame in 1984, the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2000 and the California Community College Athletic Association Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2007.Robinson overcame several health-related struggles over the years, including a serious car accident in 2000 and a glioblastoma diagnosis in 2005.His son told KGTV he believes Robinson contracted COVID-19 from a caregiver who had tested positive for the virus. He died one week after the diagnosis, his son said.“You’re just in a state of shock and disbelief over how it happened,” Paul Robinson told the station. “Respect COVID for what it is. Once COVID comes, and it closes in, there’s nothing you can do.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 8, 2020 /Sports News – National Olympic gold medalist dies after contracting COVID-19, family says Beau Lundlast_img read more

Nurse Practitioner

first_img Maryland, United States MinimumQualifications:Master’s degree in nursing; Registered Nurse license and Certifiedas a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care. Must be licensed asNP in State of Maryland or other state where practicing.Additional experience may substitute formaster’s degree. Current CPR certification required. Mustmaintain current licensure and certification during duration ofemployment. Completion of the JHH credentialing process is requiredprior to start date.JHU Equivalency Formula:30 undergraduate degree credits(semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute forone year of experience. Additional related experience maysubstitute for required education on the samebasis. Johns Hopkins University Nurse Practitioner Analyzes research findings and currenttrends in the area of specialty and applies the information, asappropriate, to improve the management of patientcare. Maryland, United States Collaborates with the interdisciplinaryteam to assure organizational goals aremet.Supports quality and safetyinitiatives.Supports the institutions CoreValues. Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Share Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University Salary Not Specified You need to sign in or create an account to save The Department of Pediatrics, Acute Cardiac Unitseeks aNursePractitioner.Primary Duties andResponsibilities:Conducts comprehensive and/or episodic healthassessments. Records and documents assessment necessary tomaintain, coordinate, and/or expedite required services. This willinclude:Perform history and physical exams, discriminatingbetween normal and abnormal findings;Identify differentialdiagnosis. Twitter Communicates with healthcare team membersto assure patient and organizational needs are met. This willinclude:Supervise activities of team members asappropriate.Identify areas of weakness in operational systems andmakes recommendations for improvements.Communicate significant information in an organized,logical, and concise manner toco-workers.Provide constructive feedback as it relates toperformance in an appropriate manner.Adheres to the confidentiality policy as outlined inthe interdisciplinary Clinical PracticeManual. Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Similar jobs Save Nurse Practitioner Johns Hopkins Universitycenter_img Nurse Practitioner Establishes a Plan of Careincluding:Order appropriate lab, radiographic and otherstudies.Appropriately interpret results of lab, radiographicand other studies.Performs tests and procedures as indicated withinscope of practice.Establish a plan of care related to patient’sidentified problems, including medication and therapeuticprocedures.Consult with other team members regarding proposedtreatment guidelines as necessary.Implements Plan of Care in safe and effective manner.This will include:Prescribe and regulate medications and performs otherrelated procedures within the Maryland Board of Nursing scope ofpractice for the Nurse Practitioner.Record patient visit/interaction in concise clearlogical and timely manner.Arrange referrals to appropriate specialties whenneeded.Triage patient telephone calls, messages, andinteractions appropriately.Tracks patient compliance with treatmentplan. Organizes workload to meet patient andorganizational needs including:Utilize time management to see patients in anefficient manner as identified by departmentalgoals.Maintain consistent level of productivity. Identifiesproblems that impede overall functioning and initiates appropriateinterventions.Work collaboratively with the health team members tofacilitate smooth operations of the unit. Nurse Practitioner Health & Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Save Nurse Practitioner Save Nurse Practitioner PreferredQualifications:3-5 years Pediatric NP experiencepreferred. Will consider new PNP with previous bedside cardiac careexperience. Pediatric critical care experiencepreferred.PhysicalRequirements:Sitting, standing andwalking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) orarm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulateobjects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s).Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinicalenvironment.WorkingConditions:Four (4) 10 hr shifts per week – 7am-5pmandEvery 3rdweekendClassified Title:Nurse Practitioner ​​​​​Role/Level/Range:ACRP/04/MGStarting Salary Range:Competitive; Commensuratewith experienceEmployee Group:Full TimeSchedule:Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm; Four(4)-10hour shifts, Every 3rd weekendExempt Status: ExemptLocation:School of Medicine, East BaltimoreCampusDepartment Name:Pediatric CardiologyPersonnel Area:Johns HopkinsUniversityThe successful candidate(s)for this position will be subject to a pre-employment backgroundcheck.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employment physicalfor positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working withresearch subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more: More searches like this Specific Duties andResponsibilities:Responsible for:Participating in dailyrounds with the inpatient pediatric cardiologyattending/team.Writing daily notes,procedure notes and other documentation.Writing orders, orderingappropriate labs, tests, and consult requests for pediatric cardiacpatients.Removing chest tubes,temporary pacemaker wires, and central lines after consultationwith the cardiac surgery team.Coordinating consultationswith other teams including SLP/speech therapy, GPS, GI/nutrition,Genetics, Pain Service and other services asneeded.Writing home care orders,comprehensive discharge summaries, and scheduling follow upappointments.Completing pharmacy priorauthorization forms for specialty medications.Following long term patients(medically complex) in the outpatient clinic.Attend cardiac surgerymanagement conference.Participate in nursingeducation activities. LinkedIn Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified Facebook You need to sign in or create an account to save You need to sign in or create an account to save Participates in the development of theinterdisciplinary team.Supports the orientation of newly hired nursepractitioners and nurse practitionerstudents.Supports the education of the interdisciplinaryteam. The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information Nursing Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

Raise money and a smile

first_imgBakeMark UK, sponsor of National Doughnut Week, is urging high street bakers to do their bit for charity – and reap the business benefits – by getting involved with this year’s event.The week, which runs from May 6 to 13, aims to raise money for The Children’s Trust. The charity provides care, education and therapy for children with profound disabilities and complex health needs. Bakeries are encouraged to make and sell doughnuts for the charity and, in the process, entice more customers into their stores. “It’s all about having fun while raising money for a worthy cause,” says Christopher Freeman, owner of Dunn’s Bakery in Crouch End and founder of National Doughnut Week. Mr Freeman also points out that getting involved makes sound business sense for bakeries. Eye-catching point-of-sale material, which draws customers into shops, is provided free of charge from sponsor BakeMark UK. Some of the UK’s most severely disabled children receive care at the Trust. They may be disabled from birth or have become disabled as the result of an accident or serious illness, which has caused brain damage. “National Doughnut Week really helps to make a difference to the children at the Trust,” says the Trust’s corporate relations manager Oonagh Goodman. “Money from the fundraising week has made a significant contribution towards providing the most up-to-date specialist facilities and equipment.”For example, selling just 30 chocolate doughnuts will enable the Trust to buy a specialised fibre-optic lamp for one of the sensory rooms. Last year, the combined efforts of the 700 bakers who took part in the event raised £40,000 and the organisers are hoping that this year will be the best yet.Every baker who registers to take part by March 24, 2006, will receive a free 16kg bag of Craigmillar Doughnut Concentrate from BakeMark UK – enough to make more than 900 doughnuts. Bakers can also take advantage of further money-off promotions from BakeMark UK’s Craigmillar and Readi-Bake ranges to prepare for the week itself.Registration forms should already be on their way, according to Mr Freeman, but if you do not receive one, contact Christopher Freeman at [email protected] or tel: 020 8340 1614 or 07776 480032 to register, or for more information. Rachel (pictured), 14, was left with severe brain injury following a hit-and-run accident. Her courage and determination, with the help of specialist staff at The Children’s Trust, mean she has regained some speech and has started doing things for herself. She has now returned home to her family in Waleslast_img read more

News story: Yellow Label Service moratorium

first_imgA moratorium has been put in place on new technical and applied qualifications entering the performance tables. This will remain until at least 2020 whilst a qualifications review takes place.The review may lead to significant changes in the qualifications offered by awarding bodies to students. It may also be the case that some qualifications continue to be offered, but are no longer funded by the Department for Education, in which case it would not be appropriate for them to be covered by the Yellow Label Service contract.Given the uncertainty about future changes to the system, a moratorium has been imposed on including new technical and applied qualifications in the Yellow Label Service until the moratorium ends.This moratorium does not apply to GCSE, GCE and Functional Skills qualifications, which will still be considered as normal.last_img read more

Hovis receives takeover bid from Italian firm Newlat Food

first_imgSource: HovisItalian firm Newlat Food has launched a bid to buy Hovis for an undisclosed price.In a statement on its website, Newlat said it had made a non-binding offer to the shareholders of Hovis Holdings Ltd.It described Hovis as a brand with great tradition and recognisability in the UK and added that Hovis’ production and distribution structure would offer it the possibility of benefiting from many synergies and to implement a “virtuous cross-selling activity”.“Newlat Food is awaiting a reply from the shareholders of Hovis and, therefore, any other eventual details regarding the transaction will be communicated with the evolution of the negotiation,” the company said.Hovis is currently owned by Premier Foods, which has a 49% stake in the firm, and US investment firm The Gores Group, which has a 51% stake. It employs 2,800 people in eight bakeries, one flour mill and three distribution centres in the UK.Back in 2018, Hovis refocused to prioritise its core baking business, disposing of three mills in the process. The move followed a strategic review undertaken by the company to identify the best way forward in an “economically challenging environment within a highly competitive market”.In its full accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019, published last week (28 September 2020), Hovis said the market for bread and bakery remains highly competitive with sales margins under pressure due to continuing broader changes in the grocery sector.Revenue was down slightly from £336m in 2018 to £333.8m in 2019, although gross profit had improved from £93.1m to £97.1m during this period.It added that Covid-19 had created ‘considerable uncertainty’ for many businesses and, while it was not practicable to measure the result of the crisis, it did not expect to be negatively impacted.“The business has seen an increase in demand for its products, along with unforeseen costs, and is working closely with customers to balance this demand against the available capacity within its supply chain footprint,” it stated.last_img read more

Jay board forms solar committee, approves road project

first_imgJAY – The Board of Selectpersons discussed solar power, the Boston Post cane and approved the construction of an access road at the Livermore Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.The board approved the use of $18,000 to construct a road to access the headworks at the plant, which also treats wastewater from Jay. The funds to build the road will come of the plant’s reserve account; approval from both the Jay and Livermore Falls boards is required to access that money. Construction of that road was originally considered as part of the plant upgrade project, but had to be built separately due to a wetlands impact that wasn’t included in the scope of the larger project.Livermore Falls’ board previously approved the expenditure out of the reserve account, which currently contains roughly $206,000.The board also discussed the formation of a committee to look into the town’s options regarding solar power power projects and purchase agreements in Jay. ReVision Energy previously offered to form a power purchase agreement with Regional School Unit 73 and has extended a similar offer to the town of Jay. The committee would be able to research different options for the town. The board voted to put Selectpersons Gary McGrane and Judy Diaz on the committee, as well as planning board members and Rep. Tina Riley (D – Jay). More members are being sought for that committee.Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere has been collecting some information on solar power and will be attending a meeting later this week in Portland on the subject.The town will also be seeking a new nominee for the Boston Post Cane. Like many New England towns, Jay received a cane from the now-defunct newspaper in 1909. Originally awarded to the oldest resident in each town, the surviving canes – or in many cases, replicas – continue to serve that purpose.The board approved collecting nominations for the cane until Jan. 8, 2020. The cane will be awarded to the oldest member of the town, assuming they wish to receive it. LaFreniere noted that the town had access to a list of registered voters but wanted to ensure that there wasn’t a qualifying resident that wasn’t registered to vote.The town is also addressing issues with the roof-mounted heating units on the municipal building, a space shared by the Jay Police Department and town office. The police side of the building recently lost heat, with the problem eventually traced to a hole in a heat exchanger inside the roof-mounted units. The units are now 11 years old and approaching the end of their useful life.The hole in the exchanger was patched and town officials intend to have an assessment of the building’s heating system conducted prior to sinking more money into the units.last_img read more

London’s ONBlackheath Announces 2019 Lineup: Jamiroquai, The Roots, Grace Jones, More

first_imgU.K. festival ONBlackheath has announced the heavy-hitting lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place in London’s Blackheath district on July 13th and 14th.ONBlackheath 2019 will feature performances from Jamiroquai, The Roots, Grace Jones, Rag’N’Bone Man, UB40 feauring Ali Campbell & Astro, James Morrison, Jacob Collier, SG Lewis, Soul II Soul, Incognito, Swing Out Sister, Morcheeba, Aswad, The Brand New Heavies, and more to be announced. The festival will also include a large and diverse selection of food offerings thanks to Street Feast in addition to a number of family-friendly onsite experiences.Related: Pinkpop Announces 50th-Anniversary Lineup: Jamiroquai, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac, Lenny Kravitz, MoreTickets for ONBlackheath will go on sale this Friday, April 12th, for the very reasonable price of £75 for a 2-day pass. For more information, or to grab your tickets when they go on sale, head to the event website here.last_img read more

Today’s CIO Agenda

first_imgLast week, I attended Evanta’s CIO Executive Summit in New York, where I spent time with CIOs from some of the largest enterprises in business.This is an exciting time to be a CIO, and a risky one, too, because I’d say about a third of the customers I talk to have decided their current IT team is not the team that is going to lead their IT transformation in the coming years. To get around that, these firms are building new teams to address business disruption and opportunity head on.Yesterday’s CIO agenda was about building applications for a client/server model. Almost every new application is being written for mobile devices, smart phones and tablets. Just think of someone filing a property insurance claim, submitting video and images captured by their mobile device. Every single mobile user is generating a thousand times more data than before. And a mobile application can have a thousand times more users than a client/server era application. That means a million times more data than before, and all that data needs a new type of infrastructure to run upon.In the new paradigm upon us, do you have a strategy to enable your apps for mobile devices? Within EMC’s IT, we’re building a mobile environment that is safe and secure and more available to more of our employee base, especially our road warriors in the field. We’re even looking at ways to reduce travel expenses related to internal meetings, freeing up resources that we can invest in a more mobile-enabled workforce.Do you have the software development skills for agile application development and rapid deployment? Many enterprises gave up those talents for leaner organizations years ago and have lost that core DNA. But some, especially in financial services, kept those skills in-house for customized work. That extra cost used to be seen as a liability, but now bespoke applications are coming back into favor. Pivotal Labs has attracted the ninjas of agile app development who are helping organizations relearn those lost skills.Yesterday’s CIO agenda was about building data warehouses that feel static and limited today. Leading edge enterprises are now building data lakes, which can pool a lot more information about the business, in various data formats, that can be analyzed in real time, usually based on Hadoop or HDFS. Data lakes yield better predictive insights than the rear view mirror perspective of a data warehouse. At EMC, we’re using our own big data tools to analyze failure rates in real time, to predict and address potential problems before they occur. Predictive analytics is one area of IT today that really interests a CIO’s ultimate boss, the CEO.Most enterprises still need to run client/server platform applications, but in a way that enables consumption-based ITaaS in the cloud/mobile world. The term “Cloud” can mean all sorts of things to all sorts of people, so planning for cloud-enabled IT raises fundamental questions to answer: Which of these applications will live in your data center’s private cloud? Which ones will live in a public cloud, off-premise? Building a hybrid cloud at enterprise scale is an IT organization’s next ERP project. But few organizations can afford to wait two years for implementation. That’s why we just introduced our Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution that can help customers get their hybrid cloud up and running in 28 days or less.Finally, yesterday’s approach to IT security was all about perimeter defense, putting heavy locks on doors to keep the bad guys out. In a cloud/mobile world, the perimeter is more porous, so the bad guys are sneaking in undetected… but less so under the radar of forward-looking CIOs and CISOs who are deploying advanced security techniques: security analytics that monitor network traffic for anomalies in the flow of information, enabling an enterprise to catch bad actors in the act.For CIOs who lead large organizations and must manage the expectations of a business and its executive team, the change management challenge may be the greatest challenge of them all. There is no question that today’s IT platform is changing dramatically. The question for CIOs is, are you?last_img read more