Data… is Everywhere in EMEA!

first_imgFor the past 25 years, I’ve been lucky enough to work in the technology solutions industry and witness some truly exciting business trends. One of the most prominent in recent years has been the rise of data. Just under a third of all internet users come from EMEA, each one contributing to the quintillions of bytes of data created every minute. However, more than half of businesses aren’t making use of that data. With so much raw, untapped potential available to companies, why is so much valuable data left forgotten in data centres?When I speak to our customers, it’s clear they understand the advantages of using data. They know that some of the most promising and profitable business opportunities are driven by data. They read about how valuable data is – after all five of the world’s largest six companies are data companies. And like many organizations all over the world, they start to gather as much as possible. But is data truly valuable if it’s not being utilized?Unlocking the power of data is the next big challenge for CIOs. From my experience with the big data movement in EMEA, I see four key current business trends which are reliant on data.Digital TransformationDigital transformation has been one of the largest areas for investment among businesses in recent times, acting as a key driver to support growth through efficiency and innovation. According to IDG’s digital business study, 89% of organizations have adopted or have plans to adopt a digital-first business strategy. To truly benefit from digital transformation, data is required to help guide strategic IT investment decisions, as well as providing insight into which areas are performing as expected.Artificial IntelligenceAI is huge consideration for our customers. According to Forrester, 70% of enterprises will implement the technology this year. When it comes to AI, a machine can only become as smart as the data you’re plugging into it. Just like with actual people, if you starve an AI of information, it will struggle to become clever. The more data is fed into the algorithms, the faster it can learn and refine its predictive analysis. Successful machine learning depends on large and broad data sets.The relationship between data and AI is very much a two-way street. As AI gets smarter it can reveal patterns in a dataset which we wouldn’t be able to find ourselves. Unlike humans, an AI can simply look at what numbers correlate without any unconscious bias which helps to find relationships in huge datasets.IoTTo say that IoT is a broad subject would be understating it somewhat. The number of opportunities that exists within this technology umbrella encompasses everything from manufacturing to healthcare. As the surge in IoT continues in the B2B space, tens of billions more data gathering devices are brought online, creating increasingly more data. With such large amounts of data comes the challenge of storing it. During a year where data regulations and breaches were rarely out of the news, how and where a business stores and uses data is a major consideration.Smart CarsOne sector we are seeing each of these aspects come together in EMEA is with smart cars, particularly in France and Germany. We are edging closer to the holy grail of connected cars – the fully autonomous vehicle, which requires an on-board system that not only processes incoming data in real-time, but also makes informed decisions. Getting to that point, however, requires the collection of millions of miles’ worth of data in order train the machine. Data will be the ultimate differentiator between the services that manufacturers come up with. In the connected car example, it will require a massive data set – we’re talking in the exabytes – to train the autonomous vehicles before they become a reality.As one of the most promising times for businesses, I’m excited to see how we can help to navigate our customers towards a robust data strategy. The good news is that as technology rapidly rises to the top of the agenda, even more data will be used. During our presentation at the AI Summit, we predicted a 100 fold increase in data that actually goes into analytics come to pass. If this happens, we will likely see a boom of new capabilities and innovations across many industries across EMEA.Ultimately, data remains the linchpin of our customers’ digital growth and strategies, helping to make services and products better around the world. To witness the true potential of current and future technology trends, businesses still have work to do on using the data we are gathering. Unlocking the power of data isn’t just a race to hoard information, it’s requires a holistic approach to data from capture to the data centre and then delivering it to the right systems at the right times.A new dawn of immense possibility truly IS on the horizon!last_img read more

Barca travel to Madrid amid Catalan crisis

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | The biggest game of the La Liga season so far is shrouded in political tension as Barcelona visit Atletico Madrid on Saturday in their first trip to the Spanish capital since a Catalan independence referendum marred by violence.Barca played their last match behind closed doors as the October 1 referendum, deemed illegal by the Spanish government, took place amid chaotic scenes as police seized ballot papers and clashed with voters leaving 92 injured, among nearly 900 who sought medical attention.“It was one of the worst moments we’ve experienced,” Barca captain Andres Iniesta told Catalunya radio this week. “It was a bit surreal.”Training with first team players and Jokin Ezkieta from B squad. Messi, Mascherano, Suárez, Paulinho back— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 13, 2017Iniesta, 33, signed a first ever “contract for life” at Barca last week, a day after calling on both sides of the political spectrum to negotiate.However, deep divisions remain despite Catalonia president Carles Puigdemont’s decision to suspend the effects of a unilateral declaration of independence on Tuesday.“It has reached a point which isn’t good for anyone,” added Iniesta. “Those in charge have to resolve it.”Only 250 tickets have been made available to away fans at Atletico’s new 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano.However, many Atletico fans have taken to social media to encourage supporters not to politicise the match by waving Spanish flags by using the hashtag “our flag is red and white” on Twitter.? Messi? Ciutat Esportiva? #AtletiBarça— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 13, 2017– Pique ‘admirable’ –Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has been outspoken in his call for Catalonia’s right to self-determination, although he has never publicly backed independence for the region.Pique was jeered when playing for Spain in Alicante last week, but he received support for his willingness to speak out from Atletico defender Filipe Luis.“I am a fan of Pique even if at times I don’t agree with what he says,” the Brazilian told El Mundo.“He puts himself out there, he doesn’t hide behind his fame to not say what he thinks.“It is admirable and I wish more footballers were like him.”Despite a series of distractions, including the loss of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and calls for Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu to resign on top of the Catalonia crisis, Barca have started La Liga with a perfect record after seven games.That spectacular form has been thanks to Lionel Messi’s 14 goals in 11 appearances for Barca this season, and the five-time World Player of the Year also rescued Argentina’s floundering World Cup qualifying campaign with a stunning hat-trick against Ecuador on Tuesday to ensure their place in Russia next year. “Messi is so good he can win La Liga himself with a mediocre team, which isn’t the case,” added Luis.“Barca have remained at the top for so many years thanks to him.”Atletico have yet to beat Barca in 11 La Liga meetings since Diego Simeone took charge in 2011.However, Barca are often vulnerable immediately after an international break with the likes of Messi and Luis Suarez only returning to training in Barcelona on Friday.“We are coming from the national team and they are an opponent that demands 200 percent from you,” added Iniesta.“If we are not at the level required, we don’t stand a chance.”Iniesta is, though, expected to be fit after missing Spain’s final World Cup qualifiers with a hamstring strain.New stadiums, new challenges. See you Saturday at the Wanda Metropolitano @Atleti ??— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 13, 2017Real Madrid are seven points adrift of Barca, but can close the gap at the top earlier on Saturday when they travel to Getafe.However, Real coach Zinedine Zidane will have to cope without the injured Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic.Fixtures (all times GMT)FridayEspanyol v Levante (1900)SaturdayAthletic Bilbao v Sevilla (1100), Getafe v Real Madrid (1415), Alaves v Real Sociedad (1630), Atletico Madrid v Barcelona (1845)SundayEibar v Deportivo la Coruna (1000), Girona v Villarreal (1415), Malaga v Leganes (1630), Real Betis v Valencia (1845)MondayLas Palmas v Celta Vigo (1900)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

South Puget Sound Habitat For Humanity’s Cars for Homes Program

first_imgSubmitted by South Puget Sound Habitat for HumanityDid you know that your vehicle, running or not, can help a neighbor in need, right here in Thurston County? This holiday season, every car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle or other vehicle donated to South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, through the Cars for Homes Program, is tax deductible and helps build more homes for families in need.In January of 2014, South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity will start construction on the first homes at Wood’s Glen in Lacey, a five acre development that will eventually include thirty-three affordable homes. Money from the donations of vehicles will go straight toward purchasing building materials for Wood’s Glen.The average monthly rental cost of a 3-bedroom apartment in Thurston County is $1,300. South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity can put families in a home they own for half that amount.Learn more about how you can get involved by visiting our website at Or, visit for more information about how Habitat can help turn your unused vehicle into a home for a family. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Triple Release at Westport Winery

first_imgFacebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery released three exciting new wines this week at their tasting rooms in Aberdeen, Washington and Seaside, Oregon.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryTrue Blue is their first varietal Malbec for this family-owned operation. The fruit, grown at the acclaimed Sugarloaf Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, is what they consider one of their top picks from 2017. Joe Hattrup, owner of both Sugarloaf and Elephant Mountain Vineyards, has become one of the primary grape growers for this coastal winery. The Roberts family who founded Westport Winery in 2008 wanted grapes from these vineyards for years before finally getting the opportunity as the fruit is in such demand among the top wine producers in the state.True Blue is a name that has been in the tasting notes before but with it now being Malbec the family felt it warranted a new label. They reached out to their friend Darryl Easter, one of Blain Roberts’ surf partners, whose watercolors grace a dozen of their other wines. Blain told him the story of how he moved to Maui in 1974 with $400 and a car big enough to sleep in since there was a housing shortage on the island. This new label features the 1967 Ford Fairlane that helped launch Blain’s career to eventually become the owner of Lahaina Divers.A portion of the proceeds from each of Westport’s wines benefits a local charity. True Blue contributes to North Beach PAWS in Ocean Shores. To date, the Roberts have donated over $500,000 to over forty local organizations including two in Seaside, Oregon, plus Mercy Ships, an international hospital ship serving areas in Africa.The winery also released their 2018 vintage of Willapa White a balanced blend of Riesling and Pinot Gris, again with grapes grown at Hattrup Farms. Plus, they released the latest vintage of Night Watch their blend of Mouvedre, Grenache, Petite Sirah with sweet dark chocolate with grapes exclusively from Sugarloaf and Elephant Mountain Vineyards.These three new selections are available in either of their two locations. Additionally, all the wines are listed on their website with the ability to ship to over twenty-five states.Westport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit their website at Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

Residents in call for action over speeding concerns outside Finn Valley College

first_imgThe Donegal County Council are being urged to install traffic calming measures on a busy stretch of road in Drumboe that is causing major concern amongst local residents in the area. The road, which is regularly used as a bypass of Ballybofey and Stranorlar, is also located beside Finn Valley College.They say that they are seriously concerned at the speed and careless driving by some drivers and are demanding action from Donegal County Council road’s management. In addition to traffic calming worries, residents expressed their frustration that a planned pathway that was constructed down the side of the new Finn Valley College boundary has been stalled by the ETB ever since the new school opened seven years ago.The pathway was constructed at the same time as the new college but the ETB has thwarted all attempts by residents, Donegal County Council and local councillors to get the locked gates opened.Cllr Patrick McGowan said he was committed to supporting residents in finding an acceptable solution in both cases.Residents in call for action over speeding concerns outside Finn Valley College was last modified: May 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Social Inclusion Week should be every week – Council CEO

first_imgIt’s Social Inclusion Week and according to Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely “every week should be social inclusion week”.Mr Neely was speaking at the launch of Social Inclusion Week at the Letterkenny Public Services Centre.He said “Social Inclusion Week gives us the opportunity to promote and highlight the positive work that the public and community sectors are doing to reduce discrimination, poverty and social exclusion and to reflect on the challenges faced by vulnerable members of our community”. Social Inclusion Week runs from 4th to 12th October and coincides with World Mental Health week.On Friday 4 October the annual Connecting for Life Donegal Conference will take place in the Central Hotel in Donegal Town supported by the Alcohol Forum, the HSE and Donegal County Council and will focus on “Connecting the Dots” exploring the relationship between alcohol, self-harm and suicide.Other events are organised throughout the county to raise awareness and promote positive mental health initiatives.Donegal Road Safety Officer Brian O Donnell pictured with Shauna Hoey, Mary McBride and Hazel Russell at the Social Inclusion Week Launch in the Public services Offices in Letterkenny on Tuesday. Photo by Gerard McHugh.Digital training for those who are interested in learning more about technology will be hosted by Donegal ETB and events highlighting how best to staying safe while banking will be hosted by Ulster Bank. Ceol le Cheile, Donegal’s Intergenerational Choir will be visiting nursing homes across Donegal during Social Inclusion Week and this is part of the Donegal Age Friendly initiative.The launch also provided an opportunity for Donegal student Rebeccah Prunty from Sligo IT to present her findings from research undertaken into the impact of Ceol le Cheile which was commissioned by the HSE.Research found that Ceol le Chéile has had a huge impact on the members health and wellbeing and Rebeccah Prunty believes that it is important to capture this outcome so as to help shape the future of the choir and the possibility of further studies.Donegal Road Safety Groups annual Road Safe Roadshows in the Aura Leisure Centre targeting 4th year and TY, ETB and Youthreach students will also take place during Social Inclusion Week on the 8th and 9th October.Speaking at the launch Cllr Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council said “social inclusion is all about supporting people and creating opportunities for them to engage in all aspects of life.  The 2019 Social Inclusion Week programme has a huge variety of events and there is something for all abilities and ages. It also highlights the significant and valuable level of work that is on-going at a local level in Donegal and includes many events being hosted by the Councils Social Inclusion Unit, Rannóg na Gaeilge, the Libraries and the County Museum.” For more on what’s on during Social Inclusion Week visit www.donegalcoco.ieFrancis Conaghan and Maire Boyle pictured at the Donegal Age friendly stand at the Social Inclusion Week Launch in the Public Services Offices in Letterkenny on Tuesday. Photo by Gerard McHugh.Social Inclusion Week should be every week – Council CEO was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chinese Puzzle: New Primate Fossil Raises Eyebrows

first_imgA new fossil primate skull from China, alleged to be 55 million years old, provides “much-needed substantial evidence of early primates in Asia,” says Robert Martin (Field Museum, Chicago), reporting in the Jan. 1 issue of Nature.1  But “interpretation of the creature’s eye size and activity pattern,” he says, “will spark debate.”  (This is code for, “This find throws a monkey wrench into previous theories.”)    Martin admits immediately that “The first fossil evidence for ‘primates of modern aspect’ – the euprimates – appears abruptly in the northern continents at the beginning of the Eocene, about 55 million years ago.”  He also points to a chart that depicts “the widely accepted view that there is a basic dichotomy in the primate evolutionary tree – one lineage leading to modern lemurs and lorises (strepsirrhines), the other to tarsiers, monkeys, apes and humans (haplorhines).”    This new fossil, named Teilhardina asiatica, a kind of tarsier on the haplorhine side of the tree, casts into doubt the classification of the American genera with the Belgian and Chinese individuals.  It also creates a biogeography puzzle.  It was formerly assumed that European primates could have only reached Asia by crossing North America and then the Bering Strait, because a transcontinental marine barrier assumed to exist 55 million years ago would have prevented them migrating in the Eastern direction.  But if the American primates are not related, was there a way around the barrier after all?    Martin takes issue with the discoverers’ interpretation that eye socket size relative to skull size indicates the animals were nocturnal.  “Biologically, one cannot assume that early primates (particularly if unusually small in size) showed the same functional patterns as modern primates – which themselves are very variable,” he states.  He gives some examples of features in modern animals that show skull size and eye socket size do not necessarily correlate to behavior habits.  His remarks are summarized on the publicly-available AAAS website EurekAlert.    The primate evolution chart in Martin’s article is striking in its lack of connections.  Six lineages are shown without any obvious family relationships: lemurs and lorises (the strepsirrhines), lemuroids and tarsioids farther back in time, and then tarsiers and higher primates (the haplorhines).  The bottoms of these separate lineages are all dashed lines leading to inferred relationships unsupported by fossil evidence, with question marks at the bottom.1Robert D. Martin, “Palaeontology: Chinese lantern for early primates,” Nature 427, 22 – 23 (01 January 2004); doi:10.1038/427022a.This sounds strikingly similar to the tale about mammal evolution in Africa (12/03/2003).  The criticisms there similarly apply here.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The More You Talk On—Or To—Your Phone, The Worse You Drive

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#auto#Distracted Driving#mobile#texting while driving The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … These results jibe with earlier research at Texas A&M, which also found that speech-to-text programs proved even more distracting than simple texting. This is due in part to drivers spending more time correcting flaws in the transcription. But more fundamentally it comes down to the thought required in communicating. We may be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, but it appears we struggle to communicate and drive at the same time. At least, to people not sitting in the car with us.What To Do?Until Google’s self-driving cars hit the mainstream, we’re going to have to figure out a way to tame our compulsion to text while driving. As with drinking and driving, the easy solution may be to make it a criminal offense to text and drive. Of course, with drunk driving, there’s still a BAC threshold that must be reached. What would be the equivalent in texting and driving? Three?Is there another solution? Peer pressure likely won’t work. Not with half of us sneaking a text in while we drive. Maybe we need more designated drivers, just so everyone else can fiddle with their phones.Image courtesy of Shutterstock Matt Asay Despite significant fines and common sense, we continue to text while driving. Given how much time we spend in our cars—as much as 7% of our lives by some estimates—not to mention our rising dependence on text-based communication, this isn’t surprising. We want to make the most of otherwise dead time. (Though not literally. We hope.)While app developers are flooding the market with speech-to-text products to give drivers a legal alternative to texting, new research suggests that text-to-speech technologies may not help, and could actually make things worse. Which may mean you may have no safe choice but pay attention to the road.A Nation Addicted To Texting … While DrivingI say this as someone prone to sneak in a quick text response while driving. So, no, I’m not judging you. And yes, I really do mean you. According to a study done by AT&T, 49% of adults text while driving, despite 98% of us knowing that it’s unsafe to do so. For 40% of us, it’s more than just an occasional text: it’s a habit.This despite some awesome campaigns that showcase just how bad we are at driving while we text.Why do we do it? Well, we spend anywhere from 100 hours to 600 hours a year in our cars. That’s a long time to spend staring at billboards on 101 or listening to the annual NPR fundraising drive. (Yes, it’s coming.)So we text. Speech-To-Text: Even WorseAndroid comes with built-in speech-to-text capabilities, and I’ve watched a friend use this to “text” back and forth with his wife while driving me up 101 to San Francisco. It’s pretty impressive. It’s also even worse than texting, according to new research from a team at the University of Utah, under sponsorship from the not-for-profit AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. While texting gets the most attention, there are other forms of in-vehicle distractions that keep us from focusing on driving from Point A to Point B. Texting takes our eyes and hands off the road, but even while fully focusing our eyes and hands on the road, the AAA Foundation’s report indicates that cognitive distractions can pose a serious risk to our driving abilities.This is tough to measure, of course, because it’s hard to know what people are (not) thinking while driving. As the report notes, following the lead from aviation psychology, the researchers used an eye tracker in conjunction with an incidental recognition memory paradigm to determine what information in the driving scene participants attended to while operating a vehicle. The researchers also evaluated brain waves, response times when braking and other factors.They tested the following potential distractions: A baseline single-task condition (i.e., no concurrent secondary task);Concurrent listening to a radio;Concurrent listening to a book on tape;Concurrent conversation with a passenger seated next to the participant;Concurrent conversation on a hand-held cell phone;Concurrent conversation on a hands-free cell phone;Concurrent interaction with a speech-to-text interfaced e-mail system; and Concurrent performance with an auditory version of a complex math problem or puzzle.The results? While doing a Google interview brain teaser may be most likely to send you into oncoming traffic, text-to-speech applications aren’t far behind:last_img read more

10 wickets in an innings: Manipur teen Rex Rajkumar Singh achieves rare feat

first_imgRex Rajkumar Singh, a teenage pacer Manipur, has joined an elite list of cricketers who have picked up wickets in an innings.The 18-year-old from Manipur’s capital city, Imphal achieved the rare feat on Tuesday and helped his team beat Arunachal Pradesh by 10 wickets in Cooch Behar Trophy, a four-day tournament for U-19 cricketers, at the Rural Development Trust Stadium in Anantapur.The left-arm pacer was on fire during Arunachal Pradesh’s second innings – he needed just 9.5 overs to pick up 10 wickets. Arunachal managed only 36 and were bowled out inside 19 overs.Rex had the opportunity to pick up a hat-trick thrice in the second innings. He bowled five batsmen, two of his wickets were lbw, two caught behind and one caught in the outfield. Only one Arunachal batsman, Shivender Sharma managed to get to double digits.9.5-6-11-10Incredible figures for an 18-year-old from India in an under-19 match to join a rare group of bowlers to take 10 wickets in an innings! (@ICC) December 12, 2018Rex picked up his first wicket in the seventh over of the innings as he castled opener Md Bilal. The teen conceded just 11 runs and six overs of his 9.5 were maidens.Rex finished the match with 15 wickets as he had picked up a five-for in the first innings wherein Arunachal were bowled out for 138.Manipur though failed to take a lead after a middle-order collapse that saw them losing their last seven wickets for 32 runs. Notably, Rex, who came into to bat at No. 6, was dismissed for naught in the first innings.advertisementHowever, Rex’s fiery second-innings spell made sure Manipur walked away with the win. Openers Shubham Chauhan and Johnson remained unbeaten on 32 and 23, respectively as Manipur gunned down a 55-run target with ease.Rex made his Ranji Trophy debut in the ongoing season and has already played two matches for Manipur. Bowling a total of 45 overs over the two outings, the left-armer managed only three wickets at an average of 53.33.Also Read | Ramesh Powar applies for India women’s cricket team coach after World T20 controversyAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction: Jaydev Unadkat at base price of Rs 1.5 crore, Brendon McCullum at Rs 2 croreAlso See:last_img read more