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Basics of IoT 3-Part Series: Part 1 Data Analytics Today, it seems like we’re reading about more advanced and intelligent kiosk implementations across every industry. Whether it is in healthcare with the medication disposal kiosks, Walgreens introduced last fall in 14 locations across Indiana, or it’s the new self-service devices at McDonald’s for automating ordering. Even sporting and entertainment venues are getting in the game by introducing kiosks and integrated mobile solutions to bring new levels of play and competition to sports such as golf and bowling. Managing data flowing to and from these devices back to the enterprise can be complicated, but very powerful when harnessed and channeled through an IoT platform. When it comes to data analytics, there are two common ways operators of large networks of smart vending machines traditionally look at data: Histo... (more)

Online Advertising on New Media Platforms

Advertising on New Media The French subsidiary of Condé Nast S.A., one of the world's largest private communications groups (Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.), has selected Ingres, the leading open source database management company and pioneer of The New Economics of IT, to develop a critical application to manage advertising space for its publications. Condé Nast Publications is home to many of the world’s celebrated magazines and websites and is committed to journalistic integrity, influential reporters, and superior design. Just a few of the publication titles within the Condé Nast family published worldwide include Vogue, Glamour, The New Yorker, Details, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, and Golf Digest. Condé Nast France relies on Ingres Database, the leading open source database for business critical applications, for its advertising space management system. The sy... (more)

Roland Garros : l’informatique au “service” de la performance

J’ai accepté avec plaisir une invitation d’IBM à visiter les coulisses informatiques du tournoi de Roland Garros. Alex Loth, DSI de la FFT (Fédération Francaise de Tennis) a pu me consacrer un long moment malgré un agenda qu’il est facile d’imaginer très chargé en cette période ; qu’il en soit remercié. Un projet commun, IBM et FFT IBM est le partenaire informatique de la FFT depuis 24 ans, sans interruption ; le premier site Web a été ouvert en 96, quand “Lotus Notes” est devenu le serveur Web Domino. Le projet Roland Garros 2009 a débuté en septembre 2008, avec des équipes mixtes IBM et FFT. La solution informatique développée par IBM couvre les quatre grands tournois du grand chelem, US Open, Australian Open et Wimbledon en plus de Roland Garros. Alex Loth a des échanges mensuels avec les DSI des trois autres grands tournois, pour partager, échanger et s’apport... (more)

Management Development or How to Make a Soufflé

The Four Pillars of Successful Management Development Pillar 3: Structure You are choosing a management development programme for yourself or others in your organisation. Of all the factors you take into consideration – the cost, the content, whether the course is residential or not, whether you’ll be able to swim and sauna before the gourmet evening meal at the venue –probably the last thing to cross your mind will be the structure of the programme. Of course, you might discount a week-long programme on the basis that you can’t afford the time out of the office (or alternatively you might choose to shortlist it because you’ll do anything to get away for a few days). But beyond the length of the time commitment, what else is there to consider? Management and leadership are activities which are done, not known. It is one thing to know the recipe for a soufflé, for examp... (more)

Blocks to Profitable Behavior

CRM Developer's Journal I recently added 20 yards of distance to every club in my golf bag with no effort whatsoever (and the chipping now is sublime). For the non-golfers out there, this is quite a significant improvement. I have played the game for about 15 years achieved a reasonable standard and plateaued, content in the knowledge that I know enough to be competitive and to enjoy myself. Over the years I have taken, on average, two lessons per year, read copious amounts in magazines, watched my heroes on the TV, dreamed of faultless rounds, practiced my bad habits at the driving-range and, of course, played once a week. I would say that I qualify as a golfer. My discovery was so basic, so fundamental, that I had classified it years ago as something I already did and, therefore, dismissed it from the long list of possibilities for making improvements. This raise... (more)

Social Media is Here to Stay; Embrace It

New Media on Ulitzer The message from The Utah Technology Council’s (UTC) annual PR breakfast is clear: Social media is blurring the lines between PR, branding, advertising, marketing and social media. Don’t resist it. Harness its power. “People need to stop thinking in terms of social media marketing and PR vs. traditional marketing and PR,” said event co-chair and presenter Jack Hadley, CEO of Lava 7. Hadley was one of three social media experts, together with Rachel Herrscher of Today’s Mama and Brian Watkins of Adobe, who presented to PR and marketing executives last week. UTC member Neumont University hosted this year’s annual PR breakfast event which was sponsored by Business Wire. Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter allow public relations and marketing professionals to pull information from customers as opposed to the traditional methods of pus... (more)

Tropicana(R) Launches Tropicana Juicy Rewards(TM) Offering the Goodness of OJ Plus Big Savings on Healthy Pursuits for the Family

CHICAGO, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey(1) shows that given today's economy, most Americans (98%) are looking for more value from the things they buy. At the same time, most (95%) say they value spending time with family and having fun, but 89 percent agree that the current economy makes it more difficult for them to find affordable leisure activities. Tropicana Products, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP), introduces Tropicana Juicy Rewards(TM) - a unique program that will help families get more from their juice with 20,000 ways to save on healthy family activities, experiences and products. The Juicy Rewards program is a first for Tropicana in terms of the sheer scale of value, breadth and ease of use offered. Consumers who purchase Tropicana Pure Premium® or Trop50® can enter codes online at and start saving immediately on thou... (more)

Top 10 Drivers of the Storage Industry in 2011 - Part 1

Most predictions about the storage industry seem to be either in the weeds (”will FCOE take off - and what flavor?”) or driven by the most sensational news possible (”Cisco will buy EMC and Oracle will buy NetApp!”).   This list strives to take a balanced view that takes positions on the key drivers transforming our industry. With that in mind, here are the first 5 of the ten most important trends in storage with predictions about what will change in 2011: 1.  Capacity demands will continue to grow exponentially. It is amazing how little this one is mentioned.  Think about what happened to the bandwidth market when it was realized that internet usage was doubling every year.  OK - that might be a painful reminder for those of us that experienced first hand the telecom bubble.  The point is that one of the world’s largest industrieswas rad... (more)

Procurement for the Naturally Curious: An Interview with Autodesk’s Kevin Dowd

Taking inspiration from "Corner Office: conversations about leadership and management" from the New York Times and Inc. Magazine's "The Way I Work", we look forward to featuring Procurement/Supply Chain leaders on this blog series.    I’m excited to introduce Kevin Dowd, Senior Director of Global Procure to Pay at Autodesk, a prominent Procurement leader in the Bay Area. I have known Kevin for many years as a colleague and a friend and it was a pleasure to trace his professional journey to becoming a Procurement leader.   Vital Stats Location: San Rafael, CA Current Role: Responsible for global purchasing, Accounts Payable, and the Employee Expense program Current mobile devices: iPhone What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Trip Advisor, Golf Shot GPS, Vivino What are you currently reading?  Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em : A Guide to Getting Good People to St... (more)

Golf Connoisseur Reports Strong Growth in Year One; Off to a Great Start, Announces Big Expansion Plans for 2006

TULSA, Okla., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Golf Connoisseur, published by Riggs Heinrich Media, Inc., reports strong growth in its inaugural year. "We are very pleased with the results of our first year," says R. Chris Riggs, Chairman and CEO. "Our advertising revenue showed double-digit growth from our premiere issue. We had nearly a 50% sell-through rate at newsstands with our first three issues. Our circulation averaged more than 260,000 copies -- a 10% bonus over our guaranteed rate base -- through new paid subscriptions and direct requests from the country's top private golf clubs, hotels, resorts, casinos, and spas." Plans for 2006 are to continue building on that success. Says Riggs: "As of May, Golf Connoisseur will go bi-monthly, and we plan to increase our newsstand presence in major airports. Most of all, I am proud of the reader response to our first four iss... (more)

Magna announces first quarter results

AURORA, ON, May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG.A; NYSE: MGA) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- THREE MONTHS ENDED --------------------- March 31, March 31, 2009 2008 ---------- ---------- Sales $ 3,574 $ 6,622 Operating (loss) income $ (230) $ 286 Net (loss) income $ (200) $ 207 Diluted (loss) earnings per share $ (1.79) $ 1.78 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- All results are reported in millions of U.S. dollars, except per share figures, which are in U.S. dollars. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2009 --------------------------------- We posted sales of $3.6 billion for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009,... (more)