first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh has called on the Government to ensure that it fully commits to a broadband network which will attract and sustain businesses across Donegal.Many towns and villages across Donegal do not have adequate broadband.The Fine Gael Deputy was speaking as the ESB and Vodafone announced a €450M fibre broadband network for across the country.But the Carrigart-based politician said there is an urgent need to prioritise an efficient broadband structure for businesses looking to set up here in Donegal. “There is an urgent need to prioritise broadband in the North West region. In order to build on existing success of companies in Letterkenny, companies like United Health Care, Pramerica, Zeus and SITA, a high quality standard of broadband access is essential.“Letterkenny has been identified as one of three towns by the IDA for political investment and we need to respond to this proactively by ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support these opportunities,” he said.He said he was also delighted to confirm that the European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology (ERNACT), will be presenting to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement tomorrow on a cross border project to enhance communications technology in the Northwest.Joe McHugh TDThe organisation works to develop a range of digital projects with the help of EU funding. But Deputy McHugh added that a state-of-the art broadband system was needed for Donegal if businesses and subsequent jobs are to be attracted into the county.“I am calling on both the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, to engage with local business, communities and existing facilities to ensure any potential job opportunities are identified and pursued, while ensuring that the areas with inconsistent coverage or worst affected by slow broadband are included in the plans“The ability to encourage businesses to set up in rural towns and villages is heavily dependent on access to fast, high quality broadband and once this is in place, it will have a knock on effect on local communities, attracting young families from traditional urban cities and towns and leading to positive developments such as increases in school numbers, post offices, local services etc.“It is also important to highlight that this is only phase 1 of the project and while I welcome that Letterkenny is included in the 50 towns, there are obviously areas across the North West that currently receive poor quality, inconsistent and in some places no coverage at all and it is imperative that we address all areas to ensure that access to broadband is rolled out across the whole country.” McHUGH PLEADS WITH GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT MODERN BROADBAND NETWORK FOR DONEGAL was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 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) Tags:broadbanddonegalJoe McHughlast_img read more

Museum that bridges past, future

first_imgThe Red Location Museum of the People’s Struggle in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth – winner of three international awards – was designed to be both a monument to South Africa’s struggle against apartheid and an integral part of community life in a township that acted as a crucible for the struggle.The museum is located in the Red Location shack settlement, New Brighton’s oldest neighbourhood, scene of one of the first public acts of defiance against apartheid when, in 1952, black railway workers refused to show their “passes” to enter railway property.The striking, industrial warehouse-styled complex uses space, oxidised corrugated iron, wood and steel to echo its shanty town surrounds – the Red Location shacks for resettled blacks, orginally constructed out of material recycled from defunct Anglo-Boer War concentration camps.International awardsThe museum, which opened to the public in November 2006, has won three major international awards.In June 2006 it was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ inaugural Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of architecture outside the UK and Europe by a member of the institute – beating stiff competition from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the Terrence Donnelly Centre in Toronto.The museum project also landed the city of Port Elizabeth the 2005 World Leadership Award for architecture and civil engineering, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality the 2005/06 Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building.“To build a museum of the apartheid era in the midst of the township that acted as a crucible for the struggle is an extraordinary achievement,” the Lubetkin Prize judges said in a statement. “The Red Location Museum brilliantly rises to the challenge, using architectural skill of the highest order to produce an unforgettable experience that is both viscerally and intellectually moving.”Part of the surrounding communityThe museum complex, designed not only as a tourist attraction but also as an integral part of the surrounding community, includes an art gallery specialising in the work of Eastern Cape artists and will also house a market, a centre for creative arts, a library and adult literacy centre and a conference centre.Hundreds of new state-subsidised low-cost houses have been built in the surrounding area.The museum integrates into the existing neighborhood of former victims of apartheid as a seamless part of their daily life. “In this way, the horror of apartheid becomes more apparent simply by its calm presence in the museum side by side with a functioning community,” says architect Jo Noero of Cape Town-based Noero Wolff Architects, who designed the complex.‘Memory boxes’The museum’s design draws on notions of memory to show both the horrors of institutionalised racism and the heroic efforts of the anti-apartheid movement in sharp relief.“All museums concern memory and history; it was therefore all the more impressive to encounter one in which particular histories and memories have evoked an extraordinarily powerful architectural idea,” the Lubetkin judges said.The concept of “memory boxes” – in which migrant workers on South Africa’s mines carried artefacts to remind them of their homes in the countryside – forms the basis for a building which is in itself one huge memory box.Designed in industrial form to incorporate the rusted corrugated iron – the Red Location – theme of the surrounding settlement, the museum houses steel containers tipped on end to make individual memory boxes, giving its curators a blank canvas in which to exhibit memories, responses and ideas.The most powerful of these piles of boxes, according to the judges, contain police files on those who were murdered, judicially or otherwise, during the struggle against apartheid. Above the boxes hang three nooses.“The building works as both metaphor and object: deliberately unglamorous, this is an architectural tour de force.”In contrast to the memory boxes, visitors to the L-shaped museum first pass through a hall of columns, designed by artists to resemble totems, honouring those who gave their lives in the struggle against apartheid.Having seen how the apartheid government used architecture and planning as tools of racism and division, Noero hopes to use architecture to heal. The museum, he says, “seeks to build new memories – ones that will not let us forget apartheid’s atrocities, and those that will allow us to begin to hope for an African renaissance.” reporterArticle last updated: March 2007 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Collective Leadership: Getting Everyone Involved

first_imgToday’s companies recognize that every individual on their team is important and that their contributions have an impact on the company as a whole. At the same time, in the age of big data, more information is widely available to all stakeholders, shaking up the traditional, top-down communication style. These changes bring about a state of collective leadership – where individuals can easily collaborate to make decisions that improve performance, at both the personal and business-wide level. Organizations that embrace the idea of collective leadership early on will be more strategic and agile, fostering an open and collaborative environment. Once this happens, the company can benefit from a work culture that enhances employee engagement and is committed to continuous improvements. Consider how greater collaboration and the resulting increase in transparency can drive change and create better results throughout an organization: Individual Development As almost all work activities take place through digital interactions, there is a wealth of data created throughout the day, offering a level of insight and visibility into performance management that wasn’t possible even five years ago. Organizations can collect this data in real-time, analyze it and identify performance issues right away, instead of letting problems fester and get worse. As such, the concept of annual or quarterly performance reviews will soon be a thing of the past. Why wait for arbitrary milestones when improvements can be initiated on an immediate basis? Better Business Performance The case for immediate improvements expands beyond just personal development. For example, consider how traditional account management is typically reactive; the company might not learn until weeks after the fact that a certain account was slipping away. By using new account management software and the wealth of data and analytics they provide, the company can recognize potential problem areas and provide the needed support. Rather than one resource at the company collecting data and sharing it at a later date, real-time information can be accessed by different users, ensuring the team takes a collaborative approach to address client issues before it’s too late. Listen to Everyone With an open source environment, individuals can feel more included with business decisions and be more aware of what is going on in the company. By utilizing any of the ever-growing number of information-sharing tools – like wikis, social media platforms and intranets – all employees across business units, departments and physical locations can contribute more easily. This way, employees at all levels will feel that their ideas are heard, and the company benefits from a range of perspectives that might not be found in the boardroom. Breaking Down Barriers Embracing transparency and the many tools that improve communications enables the company to engage its employees like never before. This is especially important in light of the growing challenges of managing a multigenerational workforce. Gone are the days when senior employees could close the door on information and hoard it for power. With real-time data readily available for anyone in the company, those corporate hierarchies separating individuals, generations and job functions disappear, bringing everyone to the same level. Like it or not, business and internal practices have become more transparent – and any attempts to hide, control or manipulate information will make you lose credibility. Instead, by embracing the level of visibility that new technology provides, organizations can ensure they foster a collaborative environment where all employees share their thoughts and the company benefits from the best ideas, regardless of who came up with them.last_img read more

Cloud Computing: New Standard for Interoperable Storage

first_imgCloud computing offers benefits of cost and convenience, but one problem frequently cited is the difficultly of being able to interoperate with data stored in the cloud among different cloud service providers and storage vendors.  A new specification is now available that tries to solve that problem.  It’s called CDMI (Cloud Data Management Interface) and it was developed by the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association).  Cloud Computing is still in its infancy, and CDMI would be the first industry-developed open standard for cloud computing.  The guidelines are applicable to public, private or hybrid cloud storage.CDMI metadata defines things like how long the data should be retained and whether or not multiple copies of the data are needed or whether it should be distributed geographically.  The metadata will allow the discovery of cloud data information.  The specification does not explicitly address security but it can be used to identify security capabilities of a cloud storage environment.An unfortunate aspect of CDMI is that a vendor does not need to implement the complete specification to be compliant, vendors can pick and choose.  While that may be great for vendors and also is a way to speed up the by-committee agreement of the specification, it can make things confusing for customers.   Customers will need to read their contracts carefully.SNIA said that  “the majority of existing cloud storage offerings today will likely be able to implement the interface,”  but because CDMI is based around the REST standard for Web services,  Amazon’s S3 storage system, for example, which is an example of a cloud storage service using SOAP, would need some work to make it ready for CDMI.CDMI was architected by the SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Working Group (TWG), a group of about 180 individual members representing about 60 organizations.  Discussions around the CDMI standard have been going on for about one year.last_img read more

Weekly White Paper: Curbing Skyrocketing IT Energy Costs

first_imgalex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Switch on a server and you’ve just doubled its cost. According to Gartner, between 2007 and 2012 most U.S. enterprise datacenters will spend as much on power and cooling as on the hardware itself.Gartner predicts that energy costs for IT operations could also double by 2012 due to the volume of data that will flow through organizations and the expected increase in utilities.The answer? Consolidate your servers and optimize them as best as possible.Download White Paper PDFcenter_img Tags:#cloud#RWCloudSponsored Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How to solve the mystery of what your customers really want

first_imgFrom our sponsors: How to solve the mystery of what your customers really want How to solve the mystery of what your customers really wantYou are here: How well do you really know your customers? If your company is like most brands, you already realize that you don’t really know them at all. In fact, a 2015 study from Aberdeen Group found that just 4 percent of organizations are fully satisfied with their ability to ensure data-driven conversations with their customers.That’s a shockingly small number. And it’s also a huge problem, especially in today’s customer-first culture. Data-driven insights are the key to increasing customer satisfaction. If you don’t know your buyers, how can you really help them? That disconnect can very quickly translate into reduced ROI and decreased revenue for your business. That’s why it’s so important to incorporate data and analytics into every activity designed to support the customer experience. It’s simple math: better customer interactions equal superior business results.So, if it’s so simple, why aren’t more companies doing it? What does it take to use analytics effectively, and how can you turn data into the kinds of insights you can use to meet the rapidly changing needs of your customers? Let’s look at three key strategies for success.Start with a unified view of the customer journeyEvery customer travels on a unique path to reach your organization. By understanding the different channels they use, the changing needs they have during various stages of their life cycles and what their behaviors are telling you over time, you can gain a clear view of who they really are — and what they want. Business intelligence and customer journey mapping tools can help you fill in the gaps in the customer picture. But of course, that information is just the beginning.Turn data into insights you can actually useKnowing your customers is only valuable if you actually put that information to work for you. That’s why it’s critical to take the huge volume of data you gather (and it will be huge) and make sure it’s integrated into everything you do around the customer — and across every team that’s involved in shaping your customers’ experience with you. It’s also important to keep that insight current. Buyer needs change quickly, and it takes a steady, ongoing assessment of the data to keep up with them.Make sure the data is really working for youCreating happy customers is only the beginning. It’s also important to make sure those customers are doing what you want them to do and converting in ways that matter to your business. So in addition to using analytics to personalize and customize their interactions, you need to continually track how your customer experiences are performing — and how they’re impacting your key indicators.Putting it all togetherHere’s an example. Let’s say you’ve just released version 2.0 of an exciting new smart watch. The company has set and is pursuing an aggressive target of increasing revenues by 10 percent in a very competitive market. They plan to achieve this business goal by developing and launching a multichannel campaign that targets customers based on preferences. A few days after launch, the marketing team logs into IBM Customer Experience Analytics to check the results. Traffic is up and customers are adding the smart watch to their shopping cart, but conversions are down.Using the same solution and interface, the marketing team quickly identifies which customer segments are not converting. They drill directly into sessions and discover that a promo code entered by customers is not being accepted by the system.The team wants to know where this bad code came from. They examine the entire customer journey and discover a typo in the promo code distributed on Facebook.The team quickly takes action to fix the issue by issuing a correction. They identify the segment of customers who experienced the code denial and follow up with a personalized message apologizing for the error and providing the correct code. Once the code is fixed and the follow-up messages sent out, the team sees their conversion rate return to normal, positioning them to meet the desired 10 percent increase in revenues.Only by using in-depth customer analytics, with a comprehensive view across channels, at a macro and micro level, and over time, can you really get to this degree of insight. Posted on 13th June 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharecenter_img HomeDigital MarketingHow to solve the mystery of what your customers really want Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Virat Kohli outstanding, I wasn’t half of what he is: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgSourav Ganguly said he wasn’t half of what Virat Kohli is on the field as a captain and crowd energiser soon after India’s fantastic come-from-behind victory over Australia in the Bengaluru Test to draw level in the four-match series. (Scorecard)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia had been crushed in Pune by 333 runs and they were mostly lagging behind in the second Test. Kohli has so far only garnered 40 runs from four innings but he led his side admirably as India defended 188 against a power-packed Australian line-up.Kohli often draws comparisons with Ganguly for his sheer aggression and passion on the field. However, the Dada of Indian cricket said the current Indian Test captain has taken it one step further with his brilliant batting, fielding and his ability to marshall the crowd. (Bengaluru Test: Ravichandran Ashwin’s 6/41 seals sensational victory for India)”I was not half of what Kohli is on the field. He has just taken it one step further. I love watching him on the ground,” Ganguly told India Today. “But he has got to be careful. He has got to get the balance in terms of batting and captaincy.”However, Ganguly also had a word of caution for Kohli, who does not shy away from a verbal joust on the field. In Bengaluru, Kohli taunted Matt Renshaw over the toilet incident and gave Steve Smith a send-off after he sought help from the dressing room over a referral. (Virat Kohli furious after Steve Smith tries to cheat)”He (Kohli) has got to stay off the match referee’s radar. Someone is going to pounce on him soon like they used to be with me,” Ganguly said.advertisementGanguly suggested the banter and the sledging should not be taken too far and all animosity be left on the field: “Let’s just enjoy the banter between the players and not take it too far”. (Ravichandran Ashwin concedes he was trying too hard after storming back to form)A few former Australian cricketers have been harsh on Kohli after the sledge-fest that dominated proceedings on Saturday. Ian Healy even said he was losing respect for Kohli while Mark Waugh said the captain’s negativity was rubbing off on the entire team. (Ravichandran Ashwin takes revenge on Mitchell Starc, pockets 6/41)”It does not matter what Healy and Mark said. I played with them and saw how they reacted on the cricket field. I am sure Kohli would not care too much either,” Ganguly said.last_img read more

Womans body found dumped in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Body of an unidentified 25-year-old woman was found inside a sack, dumped in a drain here, police said on Sunday. A call regarding the sack in North East Delhi’s Karawal Nagar area was received at 7.48 a.m. on Sunday by the PCR. Police is trying to establish the identity of the deceased.last_img