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People Like You More Than You Know

first_imgAs a young child, I was painfully shy. I’d watch other children at play in the park, wishing I could join their ranks for a game of tag, hide-and-seek, or jump rope, but too scared to approach them. Eventually, my mother would come to the rescue. She’d get up from the bench where she was sitting with the other moms, take my hand, and ask the other kids if I could play too. The answer was always yes (I’m sure the other children didn’t want to get in trouble with their own moms), and then I’d be all set for the rest of the afternoon… until the pattern repeated itself the next day.I became less awkward and more outgoing as I grew up, thankfully—though I never turned into what you’d call a social butterfly. Today, I feel comfortable giving public lectures in large auditoriums, and having conversations in small groups, but I still tend to dodge situations in which I’m expected to ‘mingle’ with a roomful of strangers (I’m working on it).The reasons for my aversion could be manifold. For one, I might be carrying some residual childhood fear of rejection. But beyond that possibility, one likely element is that I tend to underestimate how much people like me after I meet them. As most of us do.A new research paper, published last week in Psychological Science, reports that the common concern that new people may not like us, or that they may not enjoy our company, is largely unfounded. Read the whole story: Scientific Americanlast_img read more


MLB wrap: Yankees top Athletics with walkoff home run from DJ LeMahieu

first_imgNew York entered Saturday having lost its last four contests against Oakland, but prevailed in its latest.The Yankees topped the Athletics in dramatic fashion, as infielder DJ LeMahieu blasted a walkoff home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, vaulting his team to a 4-3 victory at Yankee Stadium.  Matt Olson notched three hits in his four at-bats and was instrumental to the success of the Athletics’ offense.The Yankees lead the American League East at 89-48 while Oakland is second in the American League West at 78-57.Studs of the NightMitch Garver hit two home runs in the Twins’ 10-7 loss to the Tigers.Stephen Strasburg recorded 14 strikeouts in Washington’s 7-0 victory against the Marlins.Anthony Santander hit two home runs in Baltimore’s 7-5 loss to Kansas City.Duds of the NightMarcell Ozuna went 0 for 4 in St. Louis’ 10-6 win over the Reds.Milwaukee’s Orlando Arcia went 0 for 4 as the Brewers topped the Cubs 2-0.HighlightThis clutch hit by Matt Carpenter secured a win for the Cardinals. CC Sabathia injury update: Yankees place pitcher on 10-day injured list Indians’ Tyler Naquin out for season with torn ACLcenter_img DJ played Closing Time. pic.twitter.com/ia7fET49LQ— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 31, 2019While LeMahieu went 1 for 5 on the day, he came up big when his team needed him most. Gary Sanchez was 2 for 3 at the plate and hit two home runs.New York only tallied six hits but four of them cleared the outfield wall. Related News A win was in the Cards. #walkoff pic.twitter.com/V0fy1zHv89— MLB (@MLB) September 1, 2019What’s Next?Indians (79-57) at Rays (79-58) 1:10 p.m. ET — Cleveland has dropped two straight games to Tampa Bay, which is just a half-game back in the American League wild-card race. The Athletics are also a half-game back from the Indians.last_img read more


Cleaver carves out a double

first_imgTravellers Rest Golf GroupA friend of mine emailed me the story this week about the 59-year old American amateur golfer who had three holes in one in the same round and carded a 57 to win a club tournament.  Yes he plays off plus 4 and is therefore not your average amateur golfer, but nevertheless that is some feat to tell your grandchildren about.  My grandchildren are lucky to hear when I have achieved three pars in a round never mind three holes in one.  There were no holes in one this week at the TRGG competitions but there was some good golf played by a few of the competitors to tell you about.Monday, July 27, Phoenix – StablefordWe had to make a last minute change on Monday because the course we were planning to play was having trouble with the greens, so we all headed over to Phoenix to play (Mountain and Ocean courses).  Billy Allan ended up being very pleased we had changed venues by carding 42 points and ending a mountain and an ocean in front of the rest of the field.Jim Cleaver, Roger Wilkinson and Billy Allan. Derek Thorogood was miles and miles behind finishing on 35 points and regular podium dweller Neil Bramley came third on 34.1st Billy Allan (16) 42pts2nd Derek Thorogood (13) 35pts3rd Neil Bramley (8) 34ptsTuesday, July 28, Green Valley – StablefordOn Tuesday I headed off for a few days to Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai and left the rest of the guys to do battle at Green Valley.Old buddy Roger Wilkinson, who always does well at Green Valley, did it again and this time found that 33 points was enough to beat the rest.  Billy Allan, who had been docked two shots off his handicap from his previous days exploits (and quite right too), took it all in his stride and finished in second place, this time carding 32 points.  Jim Cooper also found that 31 was good enough for third place.1st Roger Wilkinson (13) 33pts2nd Billy Allan (14) 32pts3rd Jim Cooper (15) 31ptsWednesday, July 29, Khao Kheow – StablefordOn Wednesday the best field of the week set off to play Khao Kheow (A and C courses) and there was a change of personnel at the top of the leaderboard, which was good to see.Jim Cleaver obviously had an early night for once and arrived with both eyes open rather than both half closed.  He played to just better than his handicap which meant that his 37 points was good enough for first place.  He was closely followed home by Rod Ewan who took second, with marathon man Richard Talbot in third.1st Jim Cleaver (7) 37pts2nd Rod Ewan (14) 36pts3rd Richard Talbot (6) 34ptsFriday, July 31, Eastern Star – StablefordThe TRGG rounded off the week on Friday at Eastern Star and the leaderboard returned to a more familiar look with two of the week’s leaders fighting it out for top spot.  In the end it was Jim Cleaver who just got the better of Billy Allan but only after a count back.Big Lasse Petterson would have won hands down if the competition had been arm wrestling but in the end had to settle for third place as it was a golf competition.1st Jim Cleaver (7) 32pts2nd Billy Allan (13) 32pts3rd Lasse Petterson (22) 31ptsGood luck to all you golfers for the coming week and if you would like to play a round of golf with the TRGG, please phone Derek Thorogood on 080 673 3118 or pop into the Ned Kelly Bar in Soi Lengkee and add your name to the weekly lists which are posted on the notice board.last_img read more


Do or die for manager against Barcelona says inside source in Real Madrid

first_imgAdvertisement aduzkeNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vspa4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9g( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dyWould you ever consider trying this?😱y3Can your students do this? 🌚6zgRoller skating! Powered by Firework Advertisement According to an insider of Real Madrid, the Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui has to win in their coming match against Barcelona on 28th October.After losing to Deportivo Alaves at Estadio de Mendizorroza, the Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos told in a press conference that the club were only three points off the top position in the table.Advertisement Barcelona themselves, however, are now without a win in four La Liga matches, having drawn at Mestalla, meaning Sevilla were allowed to climb to the top of the table as Madrid slipped down to fourth.Ramos pointed out that the club has a minimal point gap with their rivals but it’s still hard keeping the fans at Santiago Bernabeu fans satisfied.Advertisement Julen Lopetegui is trying to ease the situation too, claiming that Madrid’s ‘objectives remain intact in Spain and Europe’, but an inside source at the club revealed to Goal.com that the mood is far from calm in the Blancos camp.“We are letting La Liga slip away,” the source said, “We have to improve a lot.”Lopetegui’s citing of statistics, injuries and misfortunes that have befallen Madrid does little to explain the goal drought and lack of victories in the last four matches. Indeed, the Spanish capital side has not failed to score in four consecutive games since 1985.Meanwhile, the players have positioned themselves on Lopetegui’s side, publicly giving him their support. Raphael Varane said that they are ‘delighted’ with their coach, and Ramos himself said it would be ‘madness’ to give him the sack.     Advertisementlast_img read more


Incredible Weekend For Galway Handball at 2018 Feile

first_imgAbbeyknockmoy (Galway) are celebrating this morning after almost eleven hours of play they emerged victorious in the Boys 40×20 Div 1 Final when they overcame Breacach (Tyrone) by the slimmest of margins. In fact there was very little between all 5 clubs in the division with only 2 points separating all the teams, so final placing were decided on aces scored. In the main final Breacach had a commanding lead after the first game leading 21-6. Abbey backs were really up against the wall at this stage going into the final game but Mikey Kelly the Boys Div 1 skills winner really turned on the style and with some excellent shots. The large crowed was very excited as the game entered the final stages with both sides encouraging their players. The scores were all level with just a minute left on the clock but Abbey got the final few scores to win 27-24. This is in fact the first time a Féile Handball Boys Div 1 title has been won by a Galway club and it was really nice for it to happen in Moycullen.In the Girls 40×20 Div 1 Final Clogh (Kilkenny) came back from 11-21 down after the first game to overcome Micheál Breathnach (Galway) on a final score-line 32-23. This turn around was partly as a result of the excellent display of the Girls 40×20 Div 1 skills winner Amy Brennan who put in a stela performance in the final game.In the 60×30 event a very enjoyable day was had in Moycullen where Kilfane (Kilkenny) saw off Ballina (Tipperary) to win the Div 1 grade winning 42-10.In the One Wall Féile Boys competition was won by the Clogh Ballacolla (Laois) when they overcame Mountbellew/Moylough (Galway) 48-24 while in the Girls final the Mountbellew/Moylough (Galway) team defeated Oughterard (Galway) 47-21.GAA Handball would like to thank all the Galway venues for their hospitality and especially all the volunteers at each venue who ran everything so smoothly on the day. We also thank all the coaches, parents, the National & Local Féile organising committee’s, but most important of all we would like to congratulate all the players for contributing to such a brilliant day of Handball that will live long in their memories.Team Results – Galway Results In Bold40×20 Boys FinalsDiv 1: Abbeyknockmoy (Galway) dft Breacach (Tyrone) 27-24Div 1 (Plate): Kells (Kilkenny) dft Loughmacrory (Tyrone) 34-12Div 2: Fermoy (Cork) dft Ballydesmond 1 (Cork) 29-27Div 2 (Plate): Monaghan Harps (Monaghan) dft Moycullen 1 (Galway) 41-18Div 3: Kingscourt 1 (Cavan) dft Micheál Breathnach (Galway) 40-17Div 3 (Plate): Windgap (Kilkenny) dft Friary/Abbeyside/Ballinacourty 1 (Waterford) 27-16Div 4: Cullohill 1 (Laois) dft Claregalway (Galway) 28-25Div 4 (Plate): Conna 1 (Cork) dft Clooney-Quin (Clare) 27-24Div 5: Clogh (Kilkenny) dft Kingscourt (Cavan) 42-14Div 5 (Plate): Boherbue (Cork) dft Annaghdown (Galway) 31-22Div 6: Friary/Abbeyside/Ballinacourty 2 (Waterford) dft Coolboy (Wicklow) 32-32, 11-10Div 6 (Plate): Newport (Mayo) dft Inis Mór (Galway) 36-3140×20 Girls FinalsDiv 1: Clogh (Kilkenny) dft Micheál Breathnach 1 (Galway) 32-23Div 1 (Plate): Cullohill (Laois) dft St. Josephs (Wexford) 32-24Div 2: Kilkishen (Clare) dft Windgap (Kilkenny) 37-22Div 2 (Plate): Micheal Breathnach 2 (Galway) dft Inis Mór (Galway) 42-9Div 3: Garryhill (Carlow) dft Friary/Abbeyside/Ballinacourty (Waterford) 42-19Div 3 (Plate): Williamstown (Galway) dft Ballydesmond (Cork) 45-2460×30 Boys Finals Div 1: Kilfane (Kilkenny) dft Ballina (Tipperary) 42-10Div 1 (Plate): Castleconnor (Sligo) dft Castlebridge (Wexford) 42-16One Wall Boys FinalsDiv 1: Clough Ballacolla (Laois) dft Mountbellew/Moylough (Galway) 48-24Div 1 (Plate): Oughterard (Galway) dft Millmount (Louth) 45-18One Wall Girls FinalsDiv 1: Mountbellew/Moylough (Galway) dft Oughterard (Galway) 47-21Skills Results40×20 Boys Div 11st– Mikey Kelly (Abbeyknockmoy)2nd– Harry Delaney (Kells)3rd – Daniel Hanrahan (Galmoy)40×20 Girls Div 11st– Amy Brennan (Clogh)2nd – Éadaoin Nic Dhonnacha (Micheál Breathnach)3rd – Jodie Keeling (St. Josephs)60×30 Boys Div 11st– Sean O’Keeffe (Kilfane)2nd– Darragh Bourke (Castleconnor)3rd– Evan Carey (Ballina)One Wall Boys Div 11st– Joseph Gallagher (Mountbellew/Moylough)2nd– Ture Kleefeld (Oughterard)3rd – Kevin Hyland (Clough Ballacolla)One Wall Girls Div 11st– Emma Ryan (Mountbellew/Moylough)2nd– Aimee McAteer (Mayobridge)3rd – Kyla Sweeney (Oughterard) The John West sponsored national Féile na nGael Handball competition has once again proved to be an exceptional day of Handball as the counties top young Under 14 Handballers displayed great skills for everyone to enjoy. Thanks to all the clubs who travelled in their droves to all the venues across Galway. It was the second largest Féile of all time with almost 70 teams taking part in 40×20, 60×30 and One Wall grades with team numbers well up on the last few years. Whilst the main aim of this weekend is enjoyment and participation Saturday’s evening finals provided a fitting climax to the day.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more



first_img…thoughtsLike the obligatory post-coital smoke, your Eyewitness can’t let this big Jubilee Bash pass without some reflection as to what actually went down. After all, the theme for the entire week of celebrations was “Reflect, Celebrate, Inspire”. This is a reelection on the celebration but frankly, it wasn’t very inspiring! There was a “Jubilee Festival” at the National Stadium then with the Flag Raising Ceremony and the grand finale of the Float Parade on Independence Day itself. Was it as good for the participants and it was for the organisers?Well the Jubilee Festival – paid for by private companies, hustled to give “contributions” – kicked off on May 19 with “A night of Spiritual Upliftment”. But for some reason, not many showed up to be “spiritually uplifted”. Even GINA, the PR arm of the Government, couldn’t “big up” the attendance beyond “hundreds”. Is it that 50 years after Independence, Guyanese are less religious? Is that a mark of our social progress? The social scientists did predict “modernisation” will be accompanied by “secularisation”. Or is it because only “pro-Government” religious groups were invited?The next event was also scheduled for the National Stadium the following day – Everything Guyanese – showcasing our Indigenous Peoples’ Culture folk music. Your Eyewitness scanned every newspaper in hard copy and Internet …nothing…zilch…nada. So what does that mean? Indigenous Peoples are still the “invisible Guyanese”?The 21st had the “Night of Legends” and this came off…but with and even sparser crowd than for the “spirituality”. Either the legends aren’t as well known as they ought to be or else Guyanese aren’t too big on nostalgia. Who remembers Johnny Braff once ruled the airwaves all across the Caribbean around the time of Independence? Well, not the organisers since he was billed but not featured. And he’s in Guyana!But they did plan something for the presumably present-fixated youngsters… A Nexxt Generation concert that was supposed to showcase “young Guyanese talent”. Here again… Nothing. If two concerts occur and no one reported it – did they happen? Turned out the Govt organisers flubbed the media passes!Be as it may, there was for sure the grand Flag Raising at the spanking new wooden Durban Jubilee Park. But unfortunately, the snubbing of the Opposition entourage who didn’t get seats overshadowed the flag on the tallest pole in the country.The Independence Day float parade was almost an anticlimax – saved by the massive show of support for the Guyana Amazon Warriors.It was the only float drawing the full diversity of Guyana. Cricket’s still our unifying force.….J’ouvert?This Government has made a Herculean effort to move the Float Parade from Republic Day on February 23 to Independence Day, May 26. But they didn’t just move the date…they objected to the vulgar degeneration of the ethos of the Republic Day celebrations into a “poor man’s” sexualised imitation of the Trinidad Carnival. Including of late, even their messy J’ouvert. The coalition Government vowed to return “dignity” to the activity.One could understand Guyanese imitating Carnival because of its connection to Lent falling in February, which was also our Republic month. But what was the reason for now holding a “J’ouvert” in May – as one group did on the morning of the 26th? Is it that we Guyanese just can’t commemorate anything without it descending into vulgarity?It should surprise no one the Guyanese “J’ouvert” ended up with the being beaten with bottles when they tried to bring order to one scuffle.What does this mean? The descent into the abyss might be permanent?…excuseJunior Minister Nicolette Henry issued an “explanation” for the snubbing of the Opposition Leader at the Flag Raising ceremony that raises more questions than the “answers” in the explanation.For instance, who were the hundreds of persons who were in what she described as the “Presidential Section”.last_img read more


5th of parents say kids staying on Net too long

first_imgNEW YORK – One American parent in every five believes kids in the home are spending too much time on the Internet, though most parents say the online activities haven’t affected grades either way. In a study to be released today by the University of Southern California, 21 percent of adult Internet users with children believe the kids are online too long, compared with 11 percent who thought so in 2000. Still, the proportion is less than the 49 percent who complain that their kids watch too much TV. About 80 percent of the children say the Internet is important for schoolwork, although three-quarters of the parents say grades haven’t gone up or down since they got Internet access. But more than half the former users – the most ever – have no intention of returning online. Overall, 60 percent of nonusers have no plans to go online within the next year. Cole said the numbers raise the prospect of a permanent subclass of nonusers. “Internet penetration has largely plateaued,” he said. Americans 66 and older remain the most disconnected, with only 38 percent online. For all other age groups, at least 74 percent are online, with penetration hitting 99 percent for those 18 and younger, likely because most U.S. schools now have some form of Internet access. Lack of a computer 14 hours a week On average, users spend 14 hours a week online, compared with 9.4 hours in 2000. Thirty-seven percent of home Net users still have dial-up accounts, compared with 26 percent with high-speed cable modems and 24 percent with DSL. Eleven percent go online through mobile devices – not necessarily exclusively – averaging two hours a week. The study revealed little change in the effect on television. Thirty-six percent of home Internet users say they have spent less time watching TV since they started going online, roughly the same as the 33 percent who said that in 2001. Cole said the increased use of high-speed connections has a lot to do with that. On dial-up accounts, people were accessing the Internet 20 or 30 minutes at a time – “generally time not spent watching television,” Cole said. “Broadband changed all that. They are on 30, 40, 50 times a day for two or three minutes at a time. It’s not a big bucket of time displacing television.” People may be paying less attention to television commercials, however – going online during program breaks, he said. Nevertheless, 41 percent of veteran Internet users – those online for more than nine years – say they have spent less time watching television, while the same is said by only 23 percent of those who have gone online within the year. The study found nearly one-fourth of online users – especially newcomers to the Internet – say they spend less time reading. The telephone survey of 2,269 U.S. households was conducted in English and Spanish from February to April and included follow-up interviews with respondents to previous studies. The study has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Forty-seven percent of the adults say they have withheld use of the Internet as a form of punishment. Banning television is still more popular, reported by 57 percent of the adults. The study also found that only 27 percent of owners use cell phones for text messaging, photo transmitting and other nonvoice functions, but the figure rises to 54 percent among those ages 18 to 24 and to 45 percent among those under 18. The study has been conducted most years since 2000. Over that time, researchers have seen Internet use grow from 67 percent to 78 percent of those surveyed. Access at home increased to 68 percent, from 47 percent. One of the few surveys to look at why people are offline, the study found the reason most often is lack of a working computer. Of the 22 percent of Americans who do not currently use the Internet, more than one-fourth are former users who dropped out. “Almost nobody drops out out of dissatisfaction,” said Jeffrey Cole, director of USC’s Center for the Digital Future. “The reason most people drop off is they change jobs or their computer breaks.” last_img read more


Enterprise Computing: The Vices and Failures of the Enterprise

first_img ‹ Email Archiving: Easing Email HeadAches Technology: Top Technologies for 2010 › Category: Technology Baseline magazine reports on a survey done by NeoChange and summarized the responses from a series of questions that were designed to probe into Enterprise problems and behaviors.  Many of the problems addressed by the survey are from a category of problems that are often considered as universally chronic.For example, the survey found that only 45% of projects undertaken are ever considered successful.  This response was interesting because while this result jives with the numbers reported in other surveys that try to measure project success rates, this survey also asks what metrics should be used to determine success.How should success be measured?– 74% say by the business benefits that are realized, like cost reductions or revenue generation– 62% say by measuring the level of usage within the company (like for a software application)– 44% say if the project was completed on time and within budget– 42% say by simply the fact that the project completed or was deployed Leave a Comment center_img November 30th, 2009 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name *E-mail *Websitelast_img read more


You said no vendor lock-in, but aren’t you always locked in?

first_imgEight key features you may needOnce you know your base strategy, what level of flexibility do you expect from your cloud platform? Here are some points to look at:What level of customization do you need? Can you work with the existing portal or do you need something different for example?What existing identity & access management do you need your cloud to re-use, what authentication mechanism, what approval rules are you familiar with?How do you want your service catalog to be structured? Do you have multiple organizations that each need their own catalog? Are you having different roles each requiring access to different services?Will you deliver all your services from your own cloud platform or are you planning to intermediate and aggregate services provided by external providers.Do you want to use one or more hypervisors? Which features of each hypervisor do you want to be accessible?Do you have a homogeneous resource pool or do you plan to re-use resources already available in a more heterogeneous cloud? Are you planning to allow bursting in case of lack of resource availability?What type of storage and networking are you looking for? How much multi-tenancy do you need? Are you planning to develop a multi-site environment?Are you planning to implement charge-back or billing? If yes, what billing schemas are you requiring? Is it pay-per-use, is it monthly fee? Is it a combination of both? Make sure you understand what you need.Once you have answers to all these questions, you can start identifying whether you go with an integrated cloud platform or develop your own cloud based on best of breed building blocks. You also have a good understanding of the features you need to ensure are available in the platform or the components you choose. Do a thorough analysis of what is available, and do not just take “it can be done” for an answer.What you may want to do is prioritize your requirements as you may have to do some compromises. Maybe an integrated cloud platform addresses 90% of your needs. In that case the question is whether you can live without the last 10%.ConclusionIn this blog post I’ve tried to give you some hints on how you could define what approach to take and what components to use. Regardless of the technology you use, you will have some level of lock-in. So the real question now is how you can immunize the implications. I have five suggestions for you and will highlight those in my next blog entry. I’m privileged to meet with companies and CIO’s on a regular basis. And I don’t know how often I’ve heard people saying they don’t want any vendor lock-in. I clearly understand the fears companies have to hook themselves with a vendor and not be able to take advantage of innovations coming from other sources.But frankly, as soon as we make a choice of technology, we are locked in with that technology. Hear me out.  Whether it’s provided by a commercial company or a not-for-profit organization, the situation is the same. We become dependent of that technology. What makes matters more complex is that most innovations are proprietary by nature in the sense that they have been defined outside the control of standards bodies. So, either companies only choose standards and may feel they do not take full advantage of innovations, or they choose innovations and may be left with difficult to maintain technology if the innovation does not latch on.So, rather than discussing whether a company accepts vendor lock-in or not, the discussion should focus on how a company can protect itself through the use of an open environment where technologies from a variety of sources can be assembled. OK for being locked into a technology choice, but then let’s make sure we have plenty of sourcing options for that technology. This is why the open source movement has been thriving since the initial launch of Linux and other such technologies.An integrated cloud platform or DiYThis leads me to a simple question. Are you choosing for an integrated cloud stack or do you want to build your cloud using a best-of-breed approach? It’s not the first time companies were confronted with such dilemmas. I very well remember the early days of ERP. Many companies started with best of breed, but most have integrated packages today. Why? Because ERP used to be a differentiator while now it’s a must have. I still remember a pharmaceutical company that had developed its own network solution and was frantically looking at someone to support it when they realized the cost of keeping the solution alive.I believe we are going down a similar path with cloud. Large companies in industries where IT is at the core of what they do (such as telco and banking) have a tendency to go for best of breed approaches, often based on open source software. About one year ago I asked the CTO of a larger telco who had implemented its own OpenStack-based cloud environment whether this had been cheaper than using an integrated platform. His answer was very interesting. Yes, the license costs of the software was reduced drastically, but he had hired 160 people to implement, integrate, maintain and evolve his cloud offering. So, he concluded, it had not been cheaper, but “we are not locked in with a vendor.”An integrated cloud platform facilitates the implementation and puts the burden of maintenance and support in the hands of the supplier. So, if you go down that route, make sure you choose a company that can provide you the level of support you expect. What do I mean by that? Let me give you an example. A while ago I talked with the head of network operations for a large manufacturing client. They had decided not to rely on the software assets from the large established vendors, but work with small start-ups that carefully listened to the company prior to developing their software. He expressed his frustrations when he realized that the support was actually delivered by the same three engineers that developed the software. So, in case of urgency, he relied on three people, hoping no other customer had a problem at the same time.Three key things to know before you make a choiceBefore choosing what route to follow, there are three key things you should define very clearly:Define what capabilities you want your cloud to have not only at the start, but also three years down the road. This will allow you to highlight the features and functionalities the chosen/designed cloud platform needs to be capable of delivering.Identify the assets (if any) you already have and want to keep. For example, one of the banks I talked to wanted to keep their user identification/authentication platform, so the users would use the same identifier for all their operations.Think through the whole lifecycle of your cloud platform. What are you willing to do yourself and what do you expect from your partners? Do not just look at the building/installation of the platform, but think about support, upgrade, evolution, etc.last_img read more


25 days agoGuardiola admits Man City fans need to be won over with Champions League ambitions

first_imgGuardiola admits Man City fans need to be won over with Champions League ambitionsby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says fans need to be encouraged to support the Champions League after club polls showed supporters would prefer to win the Premier League than the Champions League.City open their ninth successive home campaign in the competition on Tuesday when they host Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb.”I know for fans the Premier League is most exciting. But this competition is nice too,” said City boss Guardiola.”We are going to try and seduce our fans and say ‘we can do it’.”City have reached the semi-final once, under Manuel Pellegrini in 2016. The best they have managed during Guardiola’s three campaigns is two quarter-finals, which ended in defeats by Liverpool and Tottenham.”We have done polls and people prefer, by far, to win the Premier League rather than the Champions League,” said Guardiola.”I don’t know why but that is the reality of our club and we have to accept it. I think it is because, in the past, they were not in this competition.”We were at home in the bars, drinking beer watching Liverpool and [Manchester] United. That’s the culture of the club.”We want to win it but if we don’t, I am not going to kill myself,” he said.”Barcelona is the club in my heart. They didn’t win it until 1992 but they were born a long time before that.”I have a feeling we are closer but this competition is a high level and I wouldn’t want to arrive once in the final and then disappear for five years. That would not be good.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more