Dell Technologies Advances Blockchain Research Through BlockLAB

first_imgToday Dell Technologies joins with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), industry companies, and academic partners to launch a new blockchain research lab: BlockLAB. SDSC’s BlockLAB Director and Lead Scientist Dr. Jim Short explains the need for primary research on blockchains, distributed ledgers, and smart contracts.“One of our primary goals is to work closely with industry partners to provide foundational knowledge that helps science-based and industrial companies evaluate the potential benefits and risks of applying these new technologies to critical, large-scale transaction and data-intensive business processes.”This is not the first time that Dell Technologies has sponsored research at SDSC. For the past four years Dell EMC has worked with Dr. Short on groundbreaking research into the topic of data valuation. The partnership resulted in the publication of the article What’s Your Data Worth in the Spring 2017 issue of the MIT Sloan Management Review.Dell EMC CTO John Roese explained the natural progression of the data valuation research to focus on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies:“Our data valuation research showed that our customers needed to better quantify the relative value of their digital assets to focus on the most important areas driving business results. Blockchain and distributed ledgers, as a new and potentially trusted data exchange platform, show promise in better leveraging enterprise data assets in new ways. BlockLAB will serve as a hands-on lab where our customers and partners can develop strategies to explore and implement new approaches to the data monetization process.”Steve Todd, a Dell EMC Fellow, will coordinate the research on behalf of six strategically-aligned sponsors from the Dell Technologies family of companies: Dell EMC, VMware, Virtustream, RSA, Boomi, and Pivotal.  Todd highlighted that the mission of BlockLAB aligns well with the portfolio capabilities of Dell Technologies:“The BlockLAB will focus on two areas: business use cases for ledgers and evaluation of technology stacks. VMware has built an enterprise-class blockchain stack that integrates with multiple offerings from Dell EMC, RSA, Boomi, and Virtustream. We hope to not only demonstrate interoperability with other industry stacks, but also enable developers to quickly write and deploy blockchain applications for various use cases with our Pivotal framework.”The outcome of this research will assist BlockLAB in creating a state of the art, end-to-end solution through the deployment of the VMware blockchain stack in a hybrid cloud environment that will leverage Virtustream Enterprise Cloud.Details of BlockLAB’s research program and events this year can be obtained online at https://www.clds.info/blocklab.html.  BlockLAB’s 2018 summary of research progress will be presented at SDSC’s annual Data West technology conference December 5-6 at SDSC. More information is at www.datawest.org.last_img read more

GCS Marketing: New Marketing Firm with Decades of Experience

first_imgGloria Salvanelli, a 22-year veteran of the marketing business, has opened her own marketing firm, GCS Marketing in Burlington, Vermont, specializing in public relations, advertising, strategic marketing plans, and special events, and servicing the New England/New York area.Salvanelli spent the bulk of her marketing career with small to medium-sized companies, making GCS Marketing a perfect fit to handle the marketing needs of many of the businesses in this region.As a former Marketing Director for Deck House, Communications Manager for Vermont Castings, and Director of Account Services for Evergreen Direct, Salvanelli has planned, budgeted and bought local, regional, and national advertising in TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers.As Public Relations Manager with Serono Pharmaceuticals in Boston, Dow Chemical in Europe, and both Stratton Mountain and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, Salvanelli placed articles with national papers such as The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Burlington Free Press, Newsday and The New York Times. She has also had four segments with the NBC Today Show, along with segments on CNN, ESPN and CBS, to list a few.GCS Marketing opened its doors August 4 as a full-service marketing firm specializing in these four areas of marketing: public relations, advertising, strategic marketing plans, and special events.Salvanelli has also authored articles in national magazines in both Canada and the United States, nominated and included in Who’s Who in American Women, and worked with sports legends such as Bobby Orr and Mike Eruzione for the U.S.O.C.last_img read more

Vermont Electric Power Company Honored with Distinguished Project Award

first_imgVermont Electric Power Company Honoredwith theProject Management Institute’s 2008 Distinguished Project AwardDenver, Colorado, USA (Oct 30, 2008) Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), the nation’s first ever “transmission only” company, has been honored by Project Management Institute (PMI) for earning “The PMI Distinguished Project Award”, in recognition of VELCOs project management approach for the first project executed under VELCOs larger reliability program, the Northwest Vermont Reliability Project (NRP), a coordinated series of initiatives designed to provide reliable electrical transmission service to the state of Vermont and the New England Region. The PMI Distinguished Project Award rewards successful projects that have advanced project management concepts, techniques, practices or theories through the effective application of project management principles.VELCO and its Vermont distribution utility owners had determined that electricity load growth was beginning to overload an aging electrical infrastructure and so sought approval for the NRP as its solution. From the project’s inception, VELCO team members identified that this initiative would require the creation of a project management organization (PMO) to increase the level of project management capability across the organization. The value of this foresight is readily visible: instituting the PMO decreased costs by 35% even as the companys overall project work doubled.The project team collaborated with executive management to create an innovative process to engage stakeholders gain their expertise and inspire their continued participation throughout the project life-cycle. By completing this project, VELCO has created the foundation for efficiently organizing and structuring future projects and challenges.”The Northwest Vermont Reliability Project created an opportunity to apply the project management methodology,” said John Donleavy, president and CEO of VELCO. “This award is a great honor and VELCO thanks all of our Associates and Contractors who earned it by making the NRP’s 370 line project from West Rutland to New Haven a success. Their heartfelt commitment to continuous learning and hard work produces VELCO projects that conserve Vermont’s picturesque landscape, save precious customer dollars and maintain essential electric system reliability.””The success of an organization today depends on the ability of all of its parts to work cohesively to bring a return on investment,” said Mark Langley, executive vice president and chief operating officer of PMI. “VELCO’s PMO employed key project management processes to streamline operations within the company.”The PMI Distinguished Project Award was presented on 18 October during the PMI Awards Ceremony at PMI Global Congress 2008North America in Denver, Colorado.* * *About Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO)Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) was formed in 1956 when local utilities joined together to create the nation’s first statewide, “transmission only” company in order to share access to clean hydro power and maintain the states transmission grid. VELCO’s current system includes 650 miles of transmission lines, 34 substations, equipment that enables interconnected operations with Hydro-Quebec, and fiber optic communication networks that monitor and control the electric system, as well as provide the backbone for most Vermonters’ high-speed data internet access. Today, the company is the country’s fastest growing transmission company with 144 associates that work every day to ensure continued access to reliable, climate friendly power technology. Their commitment allows VELCO to serve as Vermonts transmission reliability resource. VELCO: moving power, moving forward.About Project Management Institute (PMI)Project Management Institute (pmi.org) is the leading advocate for the project management profession globally. Founded in 1969, PMI has more than 400,000 members and credential holders in 174 countries. PMIs Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is recognized as the only globally transferable credential in project management.# # #last_img read more

Bryan Cranston on ‘Breaking Bad’ Return: Never Say Never

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Can’t believe we still have to say this: major spoiler alert.The good folks in Albuquerque, New Mexico may have jumped the gun when they memorialized a cancer-stricken teacher-turned-maniacal-drug-kingpin with a mock funeral when “Breaking Bad” went off the air last year. Apparently, according to Bryan Cranston, Walter White may have survived a bullet that we thought killed him. The last we saw of White, he crumpled to the ground after getting shot by his own contraption in a bloody, revenge-filled massacre at the end of the series. In an interview with CNN, Cranston, who played White, or “Heisenberg,” teased that the famed character may still be breathing. Asked about the final scene, Cranston said: “You never saw bags zip up or anything.” C’mon, yo. Pressed if White did, indeed, die, the actor added: “You never know…never say never.” While many series finales culminate in a slow, painful death, “Breaking Bad” was able to use the momentum it built early on and cap off the series with a suspense-filled, nail-biting final season that didn’t disappoint.So, what’s next? Maybe something, or nothing at all. Thanks, Cranston. “Breaking Bad” fans have been patiently waiting for the debut of “Better Call Saul,” a spinoff starring shady lawyer Saul Goodman. Cranston has taken advantage of his “Breaking Bad” stardom. He starred in “Godzilla,” which has earned $162 million since its May 16 debut. He’s also playing Lyndon B Johnson in the Broadway show, “All the Way.”last_img read more

So who won CFPB case?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Republicans celebrated and consumer advocates have decried an Oct. 11 ruling that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional, but the ruling might actually derail Republican efforts to revamp the regulator.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found the regulator’s single-director leadership structure is unconstitutional.However, rather than suggesting adoption of a commission—something Republicans continue reading »last_img

‘Gray New Deal’ aims to improve quality of life for seniors

first_imgChief among these issues is what the congressman calls an attack on Medicare and Social Security, and he said he planned to fight back for more than just the residents of his district. “Being a representative from a congressional district with many older Americans, it’s important for me to be advancing the needs of older adults across this congressional district, and these issues don’t just apply across NY-22,” Brindisi said. “They apply all over the country.” At the Johnson City Senior Center, Brindisi was joined by local leaders to announce the details of this Gray New Deal. Labeling it as a bipartisan effort to help america’s seniors, Brindisi said it was high time to tackle initiatives aimed at helping the elderly. Titled the Gray New Deal, Congressman Brindisi says these bills would focus on improving quality of life for seniors. The representative said this is a five pronged approach: Limiting prescription drug costs, protecting social security, fighting against age discrimination, empowering family care givers and cracking down on robocalls.center_img JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Congressman Anthony Brindisi was in Johnson City Monday to announce a new series of federal healthcare related legislation. Brindisi said programs such as Medicare and Social Security are not so called entitlement programs, but earned ones, and said fighting to keep them that way is one of his top priorities.last_img read more

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Florida woman charged after falsely filing 119 voter registration forms

first_imgA Florida woman has been charged with filing false voter information after authorities say she altered and/or  turned in several voter applications.The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office says employees flagged 119 voter registration forms after they found that the forms included incorrect information, including birth dates, Social Security numbers or driver’s license numbers.Lake County Sheriff’s officials say that during their investigation, they found that all of the falsified applications were handled by 63-year-old Cheryl A. Hall of the Florida First’s office in Winter Haven.Officials say Florida First assists with registering voters and that Hall who is a registered Republican, was assigned to collect applications and turn them in.  During that process, however, Hall purposely switched the party affiliations of some Democratic and non-party voters to the Republican party and possible forged some signatures without the knowledge of the voter.The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays, told the Orlando Sentinel that some of the victims contacted the office to report that they received new voter registration cards reflecting the changes though they never filled out paperwork to make any changes.The office has since begun contacting other victims in the case. At least 10 people have decided to file formal complaints.Hall turned herself in to police on Thursday. She is now facing 10 felony counts of submission of false voter registration information.last_img read more