Driving Business Value Through IT Transformation Master Class

first_imgWith the global economy seeing early signs of recovery, businesses are now looking at IT to create value and become more agile to create differentiation in a highly competitive marketplace.For IT organizations, this creates a real challenge. We are dealing with the perpetual necessity to cut costs whilst balancing the need to invest in emerging technologies and innovative ways to augment the IT value chain. It seems, however, there is a simple answer: ‘Software-Defined’ with ‘No Limits’!With VMworld Europe concluding today, you can expect a catalyst of momentum around how software is empowering IT to break down walls, demolish barriers and reveal the opportunities ahead.To celebrate and examine this concept in more detail, the Financial Times asked EMC and VMware to record a short video series on the key elements of how to drive business value through IT Transformation. Over the next few weeks we will release a total of five videos, each addressing an area to cover when considering a transformation.  To follow the series, bookmark this blog!Chapter One – Drivers for IT Transformation In the first of this series of master-class videos, we explore how the convergence of cloud, big data and mobile technology is driving IT transformation across businesses.With traditional business models being disrupted by these new technologies, senior technologists from EMC and VMware discuss why, despite pressures from the business for IT organizations to cut operational costs and address the burden of legacy IT applications and infrastructure, changing business expectations in a recovering economy are creating a phenomenal opportunity for organizations to create first mover advantage – if IT can keep pace with the business.Coming soon:Chapter 2: Transforming Your Infrastructure and Delivering a Well Run Hybrid CloudChapter 3: Transforming the Operating Model and enabling the Software Defined EnterpriseChapter 4: Transforming Applications and preparing for the Third PlatformChapter 5: Partnering to Enable Successful Transformationslast_img read more

Wellington High, Onslow College get gender-neutral bathrooms

first_imgStuff co.nz 6 March 2016For a transgender teenager, something as simple as going to the loo at school can be a huge stress.So two Wellington schools are leading a dunny revolution: fitting gender-neutral bathrooms for students who feel uncomfortable using ‘male’ or ‘female’ bathrooms.Wellington High School has transformed its level 4 boys’ bathroom into, well, just a bathroom.And Onslow College is soon to follow suit, spending tens of thousands converting an old block of girls’ toilets into gender-neutral facilities.The schools join a global trend of schools and cities moving towards bathrooms that are not set up specifically for men or women.“Some people don’t identify with male or female fully, so it’s hard for those people not feeling they can go into one of those bathrooms,” said Wellington High School student Rose MacKenzie.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/77457959/wellington-high-onslow-college-get-genderneutral-bathroomsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Burrell content going under radar

first_img In contrast Burrell has been forced to make the hard yards at inside centre while his midfield partner captures imaginations, but it is a role with which the Northampton Saint is comfortable. “Jonathan is an exciting player and is great to watch. We need to give him the ball in space,” Burrell said. “As a pairing we are quite cohesive, we understand what each other’s roles are and it is pretty enjoyable. “I don’t mind going under the radar – it takes the spotlight off me a little bit. It is fantastic Jonathan is getting the attention because he has been in fantastic form – not just for us but for Bath as well. “I’m six foot three and 17 stones so for me it’s about the gain line – that is how the international game goes. “It is about winning that gain line, getting front-foot ball and getting your forwards into the game. “Hopefully I will able to bring that, be solid in defence and make sure Jonathan and I have got that cohesive bond. Hopefully we can start some fireworks.” Burrell knows England will face a partisan crowed in Dublin but believes they should draw confidence from their defeat of Wales at the Millennium Stadium in the Six Nations opener. Press Association The Aviva Stadium will host the showdown between the tournament’s only unbeaten teams on Sunday, with the winner expected to be crowned champions knowing a Grand Slam is also within reach. Joseph has been the star of the tournament to date with his three tries against Wales and Italy earning comparisons with Jeremy Guscott, although the Bath great believes his successor in the number 13 jersey could be even better. “We know the whole Irish country are going to be behind their team and we are going to be up against it, just as we were in Wales,” Burrell said. “If you didn’t relish that you’d be in the wrong game. It’s a huge challenge. We saw it against Wales and it’s the same as when teams come to Twickenham – they want to upset our party just as we want to go away and upset their party. “As a group of players we know we are going to have to be 100 per cent on our game to go there and win because not many players go there and win. “Obviously we have got that belief as a group of players. We are confident in our game plan and what the coaches have implemented. Everybody’s itching now to get started and get stuck in. “It’s obviously a huge game but every game in this tournament is massive for us. Will winning make us champions? No.” Luther Burrell is happy for Jonathan Joseph to continue taking centre stage as England seek to land a telling blow in their pursuit of the RBS 6 Nations title by toppling Ireland. last_img read more

My observations on issues raised in Dr Hinds’ desultory and disjointed attempt at political…

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me to respond to Dr Hinds’ December 15, 2019, column in Kaieteur News captioned, “Rejecting the PPP’s twisted narrative”.First, Dr Hinds’ thesis was the PPP is “the worst Government in post-colonial Guyana and the Anglophone Caribbean”. I was hoping for an analysis grounded in the post-colonial Guyanese history looking at the various Guyanese Governments since 1966.At least a cursory comparison of the Burnham era to Hoyte, Jagan to Jagdeo, Jagdeo to Ramotar, and Ramotar to Granger would have been the starting point of such an analysis. Dr Hinds clearly omitted Anglophone Caribbean any analysis of the Caribbean – no mention of Eric Williams, Errol Barrow, Eric Gary, Maurice Bishop, Michael Manley, Edward Seaga, etc.Instead, he went into intellectual hallucination with ethereal visions of “Germany under Hitler, the USA in the era of slavery and segregation, South Africa under apartheid and Europe as colonial masters…” Once again, the public is treated to another helping of Dr Hinds’ poor writing: mediocrity masquerading as scholarship.Secondly, Dr Hinds, through his writings, is posturing as the logical successor to the incompetent demolition expert Walter Rodney. Hinds with his subliminally racist “ethno-racial” paradigm might actually be the successor to the “Pan-Africanist.” Instead of promulgating a national policy to benefit all Guyanese, Hinds focuses narrowly on his ethnic group.What Guyanese need is a “Guyanese nationalist” – someone who places the nation’s interest above party, racial, and religious interests.Thirdly, Dr Hinds tries assiduously to portray the WPA as some sort of entity that was “post-racial.” In fact, Rodney and WPA’s success was the pure distillate of the toxic Guyanese racial mix. Indians and other ethnic groups did not gravitate to Rodney and the WPA based on an economic platform.Rather, the question facing the disaffected PNC base: Who was the more acceptable alternative to Burnham? Rodney or Jagan? Based on Hinds’ “ethno-racial” paradigm, Rodney was the more racially palatable candidate for the disaffected PNC base. The urban PPP supporters were disappointed by Jagan and the PPP’s inability to advocate for their interest.In an expression of hopelessness – “anybody but Burnham” they cast their lot with Rodney because they believed that the army and political leadership would not permit Jagan/PPP to govern.Rodney’s death and the emergence of Rupert Roopnaraine was an anathema to the “disaffected PNC” support of the WPA. Hence, they returned to the folds of the PNC. Analogously, the “disappointed PPP” supporters viewed Roopnaraine as weak and ineffectual and they returned to the PPP.Fourthly, Dr Hinds humorously reminds me of Donald Trump who sees Obama as the bogeyman for everything wrong. Similarly, Hinds has the same affliction – Jagdeo is the bogeyman. Hinds asserts, “many Indians [give] thanks to Jagdeo and the Phantom groups.” Hinds has no idea of the many Indians he professes to make intelligible to the reading public. Many credit Roger Khan with countering the “criminals, freedom fighters and hustlers”.These are my observations to some of the issues raised in Dr Hinds’ desultory and disjointed attempt at political analysis.Sincerely,Roger Allylast_img read more

Chronic maternal stress tied to dental cavities in kids

first_imgLondon, Sep 20 (PTI) Mothers who suffer from chronic stress are more likely to have children with a higher prevalence of dental cavities, a new study has found. Chronic stress was also found to be linked to lower probabilities of breast feeding and dental visits by children. Researchers analysed data from 716 maternal-child pairs in the US, with children aged two to six years and mothers who were on average 30 six years of age, taken from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988?1994) in the US. Researchers from Kings College London and University of Washington found that dental cavities were more common among children whose mother had two or more biological markers of chronic stress, an incident known as allostatic load (AL), compared to no markers of AL (44.2 per cent vs 27.9 per cent respectively). Additional analysis tested the association between maternal AL and care-taking behaviours, such as breast feeding, dental visits, and eating breakfast daily. They identified that dental cavities were more common among children whose mother did not breastfeed them, than those who did: 62.9 per cent vs 37.1 per cent respectively. Mothers who had one and two or more markers of AL were significantly less likely to breastfeed than those with a normal AL level. The study also considered the role of socioeconomic status in the relationships. Several studies have established a persistent association between socioeconomic status (SES) – and dental cavities, but few have also evaluated one possible pathway – that of maternal stress. When SES was considered in the analysis, the significant relationship between AL and child cavities decreased; as expected considering the established relationships between SES and both maternal AL and child cavities. “Chronic maternal stress as a potential risk factor is something we need to consider, in addition to the wider implications of maternal wellbeing, social, and psychological environment on dental health,” said co-author Wael Sabbah from the Dental Institute at Kings College London. “Our study indicated that mothers with lower income were significantly less likely to breastfeed or to have taken their child to the dentist in the prior year,” Sabbah said. This was not the first study to associate maternal exposure to stress and child cavities, but it is the first study to examine the relationship using biological markers – serum triglycerides; serum HDL cholesterol; plasma glucose; serum C-reactive protein; systolic or diastolic blood pressure; and waist circumference, researchers said. The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health. PTI MHN RCL AKJ RCLadvertisementlast_img read more