Disruption Day: An IT Paradox

first_imgIn my last post, I looked into the emergence of ‘Bimodal IT’ as enterprises juggle traditional IT infrastructure with new, exploratory structures for the web-based, hyper-scale IT needed in the digital era.The real challenge for enterprises in this context is not simply in the delivery of these resources – many have managed that. Deploying PaaS or Hadoop is just the delivery of another platform for enterprise IT teams.The real challenge is in developing and delivering a plan that sees a more strategic migration of business applications to the ‘mode’ of IT that best suits its needs.What I mean by this is; if you take, for the sake of argument, a business that has 100 applications used both within the enterprise and directly by its customers. And all 100 of those live in ‘mode 1’ IT at the moment. An organisation embarking on a true transformation programme should look at those 100 applications; prioritise the ones that might be suited for migration to web scale, and within those, determine the features that should be migrated and those that should be deprecated.This challenge sounds enormous; but of course, only needs to be tackled one step at a time. Each application in turn, each function in turn, prioritised by different criteria based on urgency of need, age of the application or infrastructure, customer demands, etc.The key for establishing where to start, though, is the conversation we have with our customers when we embark on transformation programs. In a workshop, we get an understanding of how the customers’ IT is operating today and start building a tactical plan to give the business some control and understanding of its Bimodal IT context, moving the right applications and functions to the platform appropriate for its needs.The alternative? Businesses that don’t embark with a transformation programme here will get caught in the timid middle – neither committing to the new digital world order nor ignoring it. They will likely continue to live on in frustration with ‘mode 1’ IT, even as its staff put organisational data at risk in public cloud resources for their exploratory IT. And those businesses will not remain competitive for long.Do you run a Bimodal IT context? Do you have a strategy for managing it? Would be interested to read your thoughts in the comments.Originally posted on InFocus, the EMC Global Services blog.last_img read more

Crawford addresses College achievements

first_imgDean Gregory Crawford spoke to Student Senate Wednesday about the College of Science’s accomplishments since it set goals for development in 2008. The College aimed to improve its undergraduate program, grow economically and advance its Catholic character, Crawford said. Crawford focused on the College’s success in developing its academic curriculum. “We really put a lot of effort the last three years in biology,” he said. “A lot of the young people that we hired [for that department] we got from incredible schools.” Crawford said the College of Science added a new department called Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, noting the University’s previous lack of a variety of statistics courses. “It was becoming an issue that we didn’t have the expertise to really dig deep into some of these questions that our researchers had,” Crawford said. The College also launched a minor in sustainability last fall, Crawford said. The program, open to all students in all majors and colleges, incorporates elements of science, human health, the environment and energy. “There are different tracks you can take, so you can … find your own niche in what you might be interested in doing,” Crawford said. The College of Science expanded its membership in the Glynn Family Honors Program, which endeavors to bridge the arts, humanities and sciences, Crawford said. Student body president Pat McCormick said he has been in conversation with the staff of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) about creating an arts advisory council. “DPAC has been working to really try to develop this proposal to really advance the arts at Notre Dame,” he said after the meeting. “I think they’re still determining what the membership of the council would be, but essentially it would be a means of providing student input into the arts at Notre Dame and also work to coordinate among students in efforts to advance advocacy for the art community.” McCormick said he also scheduled a meeting with the South Bend Police Department next week to promote community relations between Notre Dame and South Bend. “We’re looking forward to just continuing to try to build up good relations and also a shared commitment to keeping the community safe,” he said.last_img read more

Man Charged With Allegedly Smashing Ex-Girlfriend’s Windows

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown is charged with allegedly smashing out his ex-girlfriend’s van windows following a domestic dispute Thursday morning.Jamestown Police say they responded to an address on West 7th Street just after 2:30 a.m.Through investigation, officers alleged that Andres Benitez-Correa, 30, became upset and smashed his ex-girlfriend’s van windows with a baseball bat.Shortly after the incident, police say Benitez-Correa turned himself in at the Jamestown Police Department. Police say Benitez-Correa is charged with third-degree mischief and was held pending arraignment.last_img

Farm to School month

first_imgWith the majority of American children at least two generations removed from the farm, it is common for them to think their food originates at the grocery store. Or even worse, they may think it comes from a fast food restaurant. The Farm to School program was established to help battle this misperception and to help children connect and appreciate the food they eat. According to the National Farm to School Network, Farm to School is “a program that connects K-12 schools and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in schools, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.” Recently, a Farm to School Kick-off was held in Monroe. Teachers, Master Gardeners, concerned parents and farmers all gathered to share what they are doing to address the issue. Activities occurring in Walton County range from school gardens, nutrition education, Boys and Girls Club programs, farm tours as well as 4-H and FFA activities. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high in our country, and Farm to School programs show an impact by introducing fresh fruits and vegetable to children in a fun and interactive way. When children participate in the actual growing of their food, they are much more likely to eat it. School gardens are becoming a proven method to introduce certain math, social studies, language arts, science and health concepts to students. Rick Huszagh and Crista Carrell of Down to Earth Energy feel so strongly about the initiative, they donated a trailer filled with garden tools to be used by schools and community groups who want to teach others how to grow their own food. Christy Bowman, principal at Harmony Elementary School, has a dream of reconnecting her students back to the earth by developing “Harmony Farms” on the school property. Master Gardener Rosemarie Sells is using pottery and journal writing to introduce children to the world of food production. Local organic vegetable producer Clay Brady of Foster Brady Farms is willing to speak at schools about the life of a farmer or offer field trips to his farm.To bring awareness to these efforts, October has been named National Farm to School month. Think about how you can take part. If you have gardening skills, volunteer to help in your child’s school garden, sign up to read a farm-related book to students at a local school, visit a local farmers market, plant a cool season vegetable garden at home, pledge to pack more fresh fruits and vegetables in your child’s lunch box, or visit a local farm to pick a pumpkin. To learn more ways to celebrate Farm to School month, go to www.farmtoschoolmonth.org.last_img read more

Vermont foresters assist New York State in combating emerald ash borer

first_imgTwo foresters from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation recently participated in an interstate effort to survey for the emerald ash borer in eastern New York. The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect from Asia, which was detected in Ulster and Greene Counties in New York last summer. The State of New York, with assistance from the US Forest Service, is conducting a survey to delineate the extent of this infestation so that management options to slow the spread of the insect can be developed.Emerald ash borer attacks and kills all species of ash, and threatens over 100 million ash trees growing in Vermont. In 2002, this insect was discovered in the vicinity of Detroit and neighboring Ontario. Since then, it has been found in fifteen states and two Canadian provinces, killing tens of millions of ash trees. Emerald ash borer has never been detected in Vermont, but the eastern New York infestation and an infestation near Montreal are within 50 miles of the state.  Outlier populations like these, which are far removed from the primary infested area in the Great Lakes region and close to urban areas, pose the greatest risk in terms of population expansion and economic impact, according to Nate Siegert, US Forest Service entomologist, and technical advisor to the effort in New York.The two foresters joined colleagues from New York and other New England states on the survey crew. They assisted local foresters by inspecting ash trees for woodpecker activity and other evidence of beetle infestation, and collecting ash bolts for closer examination. Team members worked together in a nearby warehouse, debarking the bolts, and dissecting them to look for insect galleries and other signs of emerald ash borer.In addition to providing needed assistance to the State of New York, team participants had the opportunity to learn firsthand how to survey for an insect which may spread to Vermont. ‘I was glad to help’, said Jim Esden, one of the State of Vermont foresters who participated in the week-long assignment. ‘The staff from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the US Forest Service are faced with a daunting task to delineate this infestation and slow its spread.  They were very helpful and professional. Working with them taught us a lot that may help us in Vermont someday.’The Vermont foresters were also able to observe the level of effort that will be required to address an emerald ash borer infestation. ‘When it shows up, you can’t get rid of it. You’ve just got to manage it’, observed Aaron Hurst, who also worked in New York. State of Vermont agencies are working with federal partners to prepare for emerald ash borer. A Vermont Emerald Ash Borer Action Plan is in place. Over one hundred campgrounds have been surveyed for the insect. In the spring, citizen volunteers interested in becoming Forest Pest First Detectors will be trained to assist their communities with emerald ash borer detection and response.Moving infested firewood over long distances has been the primary cause of emerald ash borer’s rapid expansion over the past nine years. Outbreaks are often found near campgrounds or parks.  ‘One of the most important things we can do to protect our forests is to stop moving firewood. It’s really that simple.’ says Jay Lackey, Forestry Specialist with the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Survey team peeling ash logs to inspect them for signs of emerald ash borer.Left to right:Sarah Schoenberg ‘ US Forest Service, Finger Lakes National ForestJim Esden – Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & RecreationNate Siegert ‘ US Forest Service, Northeastern Area State & Private ForestryAaron Hurst – Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreationlast_img read more

Brazil Fighter Jet Bid Results To Come After Easter

first_imgBy Dialogo March 26, 2010 Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said that the winner of a multi-billion-dollar contract to supply the Brazilian air force would not be announced until after Easter, April 4. France’s Dassault with its Rafale fighter, Sweden’s Saab with the Gripen NG aircraft and US-based Boeing with the F/A-18 Super Hornet are competing to supply Brazil’s air force with 36 new fighter jets. The deal has an initial value of an estimated four to 10 billion dollars, with the possibility of many more fighters being added later on. “Work is underway in the legal sector of the Defense Ministry. We are examining the legality of the proceedings, so that I can later submit an explanatory memorandum (on the preferred aircraft model) to the president,” Jobim told reporters on the sidelines of a forum in Rio de Janeiro. “I think I will be able to present a statement of reasons to the president after Easter.” Officials had said a decision was expected by the end of March. Jobim stressed the importance Brazil attaches to technology transfers, as the South American giant seeks to become a supplier of combat aircraft in Latin America. “We’re not buying planes. We are acquiring a technology package, professional training and technology transfers,” he said.last_img read more

Navies from 5 South American Countries Participate in ACRUX VII

first_img“The exercise included the control of river traffic and operations to prevent transnational crimes and the illegal trafficking of merchandise and drugs,” Lt. Cmdr. Salum said. There, the operation sought to “plan and execute joint river operations involving the units of the participating navies to promote interoperability and increase the level of troop training,” the Bolivian Navy stated, noting that Sailors also received training in environmental preservation and humanitarian aid during natural disasters. “This eliminates the nervousness and other anomalous behavior by crew members that would enable detection by the authorities. When the boat arrives at the destination, the traffickers remove the torpedo. If this is happening in the Caribbean, we have no reason to think that it isn’t also happening here in South America.” Above all, ACRUX has served to strengthen the camaraderie between the Armed Forces in the region, as the exercise is “an excellent tool for strengthening the friendly relations and cooperation between the participating countries by promoting mutual security measures,” according to the Uruguayan legislative bill authorizing the country’s Navy to participate in the operation. “When the authorities are firmly in control on land, traffickers invade a boat, take the crew hostage, and carry the drugs on board. They travel by river to pass through the area that is under control, whereupon they unload the drugs and continue by land. That’s why it’s important to have protocols to detect if ships have been hijacked.” Riverine drug trafficking “It’s very important that Bolivia has joined the exercise, given that it is a key player on issues of concern to the region, such as drug trafficking,” Belikow said. “Coastal and river flooding has also intensified in recent years and is affecting all countries along these banks and shores. That’s why it is very important to carry out exercises in this area.” “There is a lot of drug trafficking throughout the waterway area,” said Juan Belikow, professor of international relations at Argentina’s University of Buenos Aires (UBA). “The logistical support provided by the Military to security forces for internal security issues, especially drug trafficking, makes this joint training very important.” It was no accident the various Naval maneuvers were conducted on the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway, a corridor transnational criminal organizations use to transport drugs: the ACRUX VII is a key component in the fight against riverine drug trafficking. The Military and other security forces are training to battle organized crime groups that typically use the region’s rivers to transport large amounts of narcotics, often hiding the drugs within shipments of sand, wood, and fruit, and somtimes by filling a torpedo-type container with drugs and then attaching it to the boat’s hull by welding it in place with a steel cable — a technique that allows traffickers to smuggle drugs without the crew’s knowledge.. In addition to drug interdiction operations, ACRUX also provides training in the best ways for Troops to rescue vessels hijacked by criminal groups. The Navies of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay strengthened their joint operating capacity through the combined river exercise ACRUX VII on the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway from August 31-September 3. “This is one of the largest Naval training exercises that will be conducted in South America in 2015,” said Rear Admiral Flávio Augusto Viana Rocha, director of the Brazilian Navy’s Social Communications Center. “The exercise involved river traffic control, riverine assault, special operations, protection for the advance of the riverine task force, combat base defense, and visual communications.” The recent ACRUX marked the first time the Bolivian Navy participated in the joint river exercise with its South American neighbors: it mobilized a contingent of 38 Soldiers – 18 Marines and 20 Surface Unit crew members, including officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) — and utilized the LP 501 “Santa Cruz de la Sierra” and TM 529 Del Plata vessels. The country’s vessels set sail from the Tamarinero Naval Base in the department of Santa Cruz to join Troops from the other countries on the waterway to the Brazilian port city of Murtinho. By Dialogo October 08, 2015 During the exercise, four ships and one airplane from Brazil, two ships from Argentina, three from Paraguay, one from Uruguay, and two from Bolivia performed maneuvers in the area between the municipalities of Ladário and Porto Murtinho – both in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul – and Asunción, Paraguay. Bolivia debuts at ACRUX “In total, nearly 1,000 Military personnel participated in this seventh edition of ACRUX,” said Lieutenant Commander Miguel Nasser Salum, communications director for the Paraguayan Navy, which organized the exercise. “The main objective was the interaction of all the navies involved in ensuring safe navigation along the waterway, which is of paramount importance for the economic development of the countries that use it.” * Marta Escurra contributed reporting to this article from Asunción, Paraguay.last_img read more

PAF sets annual seminar for June

first_img PAF sets annual seminar for June The Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., will hold its 30th Annual Seminar and Membership Meeting at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Indian Harbor Beach June 16-17. The theme is “Litigation, Probate, and Estate Planning on the Space Coast.”The seminars are held as general and double-track sessions. The general session seminars include “Motivational/Leadership,” presented by Randy Alonso; “Jury System,” presented by Judge A.B. Majeed; “First Amendment Issues,” presented by Michael Kahn and Gary Edinger; and a presentation on “Estate Planning: Alternative Investments.” The litigation track includes “Litigation,” presented by Charles Schillinger; “Evidence,” presented by Louis Jiannine; and “Arbitration Rules,” presented by Ed Kinberg. The probate and estate planning track includes “Elder Care,” presented by Laura Anderson; “Probate and Trust Litigation,” presented by Scott Krasny; and “Homestead,” presented by Steve Heuston.All association members are invited to attend PAF’s 30th Annual Membership Meeting June 17 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a membership forum at 3:30 p.m., during which issues concerning the association and the paralegal profession in Florida will be discussed. May 15, 2006 Regular News PAF sets annual seminar for Junelast_img read more

Coronavirus uncertainty causes ‘major downside risks’: Fed minutes

first_imgWhen growth will resume depends “on the containment measures put in place, as well as the success of those measures, and on the responses of other policies, including fiscal policy.”Since then, Congress has approved three support packages, including a massive US$2.2 trillion rescue measure that puts money into unemployment insurance and emergency lending for small businesses to pay workers.Despite the severity of the current crisis, members of the Fed’s policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee said the US economy and banking system were on solid footing.Read also: Government debt issuance to triple to $62b as Indonesia fights COVID-19Some officials viewed the pandemic as “not directly comparable with the previous decade’s financial crisis and it need not be followed by negative effects on economic activity as long-lasting as those associated with that crisis.”Some committee members were reluctant to cut the interest rate by a full point less than two weeks after lowering it a half point, concerned in part about the negative signal that would send about the economic outlook.But the majority favored a “forceful” response, including the measures the Fed has taken to pump huge amounts of liquidity into the US financial system, to help support businesses facing cash shortages.They worried about low-income households with “less of a savings buffer” making them “more vulnerable to a downturn in the economy.”Topics : The uncertainty around the global coronavirus pandemic’s duration and severity creates “major downside risks” to the US economy, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.The United States is sure to take a hit in the near term as businesses are forced to close and consumers are confined to their homes, the Fed said in the minutes of the March 15 emergency policy meeting, when the central bank slashed the benchmark interest rate to zero.But while the shutdowns imposed to contain the virus create hardship for businesses and households, they should not have the lasting impact that was seen in the wake of the global financial crisis in 2008, Fed officials said. Read also: BI expects rebound in foreign capital flows later this yearThough central bankers worried that the containment efforts would spread to other areas of the country and have a ripple effect on the economy, the meeting was held before the most stringent lockdowns were imposed in most states.In the final two weeks of March, nearly 10 million people filed for unemployment benefits, and economists expect the jobless rate to hit double digits this month.But at the time of that emergency meeting – the second unscheduled meeting last month, which was held on a Sunday – officials said, “The unpredictable effects of the coronavirus outbreak were a source of major downside risks to the economic outlook.”last_img read more

Ramsdale’s positive test for COVID-19 ‘shook’ Bournemouth: Howe

first_img“But as soon as you get that one positive test, that changes the mindset of everybody. Suddenly everyone feels vulnerable, everyone is alerted to the fact that this is serious and real. Then the unknown comes into play, that shook us.”We are now waiting for our next testing times to see if anyone else was in contact with the player. I imagine anxiety is there among the players, I can only imagine they are feeling the same way as I am.”Clubs began training in small groups with social distancing protocols last week and will vote later on Wednesday on whether to move to the second phase of “Project Restart”, which would allow players to resume close-contact training.Howe said the current restrictions on training session times also posed a problem for players used to high-intensity training.”Fifteen minutes is really difficult for them to feel fully prepared because players spend a lot of time getting themselves ready physically for the demands of training,” Howe said.”The most difficult part is the social distancing, where I’m not allowed to get close to the players.” Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s positive test for COVID-19 after his return to training has left everyone at the Premier League club shaken and anxious about their own test results, manager Eddie Howe has said.Ramsdale, who resumed non-contact training last week, confirmed he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the second round of testing, three days after returning a negative result in a first batch of tests.”There was not one positive within our group during the early stages and we were comfortable and felt OK,” Howe told the Daily Mail https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8359321/Eddie-Howe-opens-Aaron-Ramsdales-positive-coronavirus-test-unsettled-Bournemouth.html. Topics :last_img read more