Tell Your Boss What You Really Think On The Web

first_imgRelated Posts adam popescu Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If you could say anything to your boss without fear of reprisal, would you? More to the point, should you? Would it make the world a better place? The founder of an anonymous-email service designed to help employees express themselves to their employers believes the answer is yes.The site is called Tell Your Boss Anything, and it lets you send anonymous messages to your boss. Sounds like a joke, right? Or maybe just a bad idea? Well, Tom Williams, the Canadian founder of the site, is serious. The service is real. And it helps underlings and overlords communicate by removing their identities from the equation, he says. Here’s how it works: The service is free to use for employees. But managers must pay $20 a month to have unlimited communication with their team (the first message is free to reply to). The site filters for vulgarity and other offensive comments. (Less than 20 percent of sent messages have been rejected, he says, an outcome that can get the sender booted.) Your superior can see the message, but not your identity. That way, you can give honest feedback, and the people upstairs can’t punish you for being honest. The service encourages them to respond and (hopefully) address the problem. The site has been live for a month, and while Williams won’t divulge numbers, he says the site is doing exactly what he envisioned. “Given the high number of responses and the number of issues marked ‘resolved’ or ‘improved’ by employees, it appears as though the service has been used primarily as intended,” Williams said.  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#startups#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Technologies We Are Thankful For

first_imgdan rowinski Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#cloud computing#mobile technology#Pause A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The evolution of human society has been closely related to the technology that it has produced. We have gone from the Stone Age, to the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Revolution and now Silicon Era. We have seen technological innovations change the lives of billions, from indoor plumbing to the printing press, the telephone to the personal computer. Assessing the history of the world, we have a lot of technology to be thankful for.So today, on Thanksgiving, the folks at ReadWrite would like to spare a moment to give a shout out to some of the technologies that make life better, from big sweeping innovations that have fundamentally changed how we live our lives, to little items like apps and services that make every day a little more enjoyable. TouchscreensA variety of factors have come together to create the new Mobile Era of computing with smartphones and tablets. There is no doubt that the capacitive multi-touch screen has changed the very nature of human-computer interaction and led us down a new era of computing. Without the evolution of the touchscreen from single touch to multi-touch, we would not have iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, iPads and a variety of other meaningful devices. The touchscreen interface was a spur to the Mobile Revolution and a critical inspiration to the countless applications and companies that thrive off them.  Ubiquitous Cloud ComputingAnother important factor in the spread of the Mobile Era has been the spread and availability of cloud computing. Our smartphones and tablets are powerful little computers, but they the would be a lot less useful if they had to rely on local storage and processing.  Enter cloud computing, where complex calculations, data sorting and storage can be done on some remote server and then connected to the smartphone through a cellular data connection. Cloud computing is the backbone of mobile and some of our favorite services and apps could not exist without it.Cloud computing is also changing the way enterprises and IT departments do business. The need for giant datacenters holding big, dedicated sets of servers has been mitigated by the availability of the cloud – where someone else deals with those datacenters. More than any other industry, cloud computing is changing the way IT operates. The cloud has changed the way people store their own data, such as notes and recordings, videos and music. Evernote would not exist without the cloud. Spotify would not exist without the cloud. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon’s Video On Demand would not exist without cloud computing. Truly, the ubiquitous cloud is a technology to be thankful for. Long Term Evolution (4G)The other big advance in enabling mobile technology was the advent of extremely fast wireless data connections. As such, Long Term Evolution (LTE) is something to be supremely thankful for. LTE is what most of the big global cellular carriers are rolling out for their next-generation wireless plans. Here in the United States, LTE for most smartphone users is nearly a reality. LTE lets us use apps that dd not have run well on 3G (or earlier generations) data services. It streamlines the connection and can creates speeds that often best your home Wi-Fi . The best part? It too will soon be ubiquitous. Once upon a time, people dreamed of blanketing the world with Wi-Fi to keep everybody connected at all times. Instead, we have LTE and it has the potential to be faster and more reliable than anything that came before. But Wait, There’s More!The ReadWrite team is thankful for a lot of other technologies, too, including the little things that may not have changed the world, but that make day-to-day life easier and that much more enjoyable:Cormac Foster, the author of our popular Deathwatch series, is thankful for Wi-Fi. Despite the advent of LTE, Wi-Fi remains surprisingly available and, usually, free! What’s not to be thankful for?Our managing editor Fredric Paul – along with our crack writer Brian Proffitt – are thankful for video conferencing innovations like Skype, FaceTime or Google Video Chat.  “Skype, because I remember a world where long distance calls were luxuries,” Proffitt says. For Paul, the reason was more family oriented: “I’m grateful for video conferencing that really works – so I can at least see my distant loved ones over the holidays.”Taylor Hatmaker, who covers all things social, is thankful for Spotify. I wholeheartedly agree. Spotify is perhaps my most-used app of all time. Hatmaker is also grateful for “the Nexus 4.” Writer Adam Popescu is thankful for notebook computers and laptops. Finallly, senior writer Jon Mitchell – who created our Pause series about how to balance technology with the rest of your life – took a slightly different approch: “I’m thankful for Do Not Disturb mode in iOS 6.”On Thanksgiving, at least, aren’t we all?What technologies are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments.  The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more

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Oh, The Irony: Judge Koh Calls For Apple/Samsung Patent Peace

first_imgThe judge that presided over the Trial Of The Century patent dispute between Apple and Samsung is now calling for global patent peace between the two companies.There is more than a touch of irony in this request.Judge Lucy Koh was the judge that played referee between Apple and Samsung earlier this year, an epic court battle won by Apple with a jury verdict forcing Samsung to pay its biggest rival $1.05 billion for copying Apple’s design and patents in a variety of its smarpthones and tablets. Like any giant court case, though, the end is never really the end. In many ways, the jury verdict was just the beginning.Samsung has asked Koh for a retrial based on alleged misconduct by jury foreman Velvin Hogan, as well as to reduce the overall payment Samsung owes Apple by analyzing the jury’s award line by line. For instance, Samung now owes Apple $58 million for the “tap-and-zoom” infringement on Samsung’s Prevail smartphone. Koh said she might reduce that to $8 million, according to The Associated Press.Visualize Whirled PeasBut forget all that. According to the AP’s report, Koh told lawyers from the two companies, “I think it is time for global peace.”This is not the first time that Koh has called for detente between Apple and Samsung. Right before the jury went to deliberation in August, Koh urged the top executives from Samsung to come to a settlement. No settlement was reached and the jury ultimately awarded Apple $1.05 billion.The irony is that the case has made Koh a highly recognized name in the U.S. courts for her stewardship over Apple patent cases brought in California. She has been involved in 19 Apple-related patent disputes since being raised to the level of District Court judge in 2010. That includes injunctions against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which she later dissolved after the case went to the Federal Court of Appeals) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (also reversed).Koh may have be calling for peace, but she is also one of the biggest perpetuators of the farce that is the patent system in the courts.What Would Posner Do?Koh would do well to look at the example of Richard Posner, a judge of the U.S. Court Of Appeals for the Seventh District in Chicago. When it came down to a patent fight between Apple and Motorola in June 2012, Posner simply would not allow the two sides to battle it out in court. He dismissed the case with prejudice (meaning neither could refile their claims) and that was the end of that. Posner criticized both Apple and Motorola for “wild conjecture,” weakness in their cases and trial preparation and failure to present enough evidence.Sound familiar? Except for the evidence (which can be misleading considering what some companies define as evidence), the Apple and Samsung fight has been filled with wild conjecture and a variety of other issues. Koh not only wasn’t able to stop Apple and Samsung from fighting, but she has become an instigator in their three-ring court circus. Posner would be part of no such thing.In addition, since most of the cases in Koh’s court have gone in Apple’s favor to some degree, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker may think it has found a friend in the legal system. This is likely to bring more cases from Apple to Koh’s court.Granted, it is hard to compare Koh and Posner. Koh has been a District Court judge for two years while Posner is something of an American legal legend (he traded very public barbs with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  earlier this year).Still, Koh’s call for peace between Apple and Samsung rings hollow. She has done nothing to actually force or enforce such a peace. And now her hands are tied, making it more difficult to clean up the mess that she was an integral part of creating. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#Patents#Samsung center_img dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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How Mobile Payments Will Transform The Shopping Experience

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Guest author Michael Della Penna is Senior Vice President of Emerging Channels at Responsys, Inc.We’ve heard it before… this is going to be the year that mobile payments will boom! Both Gartner and Forrester have made strong predictions of mobile growth, with Forrester recently saying that the U.S. mobile payments market will hit $90 billion by 2017, a 48% compound annual growth rate from the $12.8 billion spent in 2012.But how do we know that 2013 is really the year that “mobile wallets” will finally take off? And what will things look like when mobile payments actually fulfill their promise?4 Key Indicators Of Mobile Payment SuccessHere are four indicators from players across the ecosystem that suggest we will see a global shift in mobile payments this year:A survey of 200 mobile industry executives, developers and insiders conducted by Chetan Sharma Consultingvoted mobile payments the top mobile applications and services category for 2013. The survey said mobile payments and commerce will get big in 2013, with Visa, the banks and more established online payment companies like PayPal well positioned to cause disruption in the mobile payments space.Visa Europe claims that in 2013, there will be 40 issuers offering mobile contactless payment services to consumers, and by the end of 2013 around 80 types of smartphones will be certified to carry out contactless payments.A study performed by Shop.org and Forrester research, called the “State of Retailing” found that mobile payments will be essential if retailers wish to remain competitive. 51% of the participating retailers said that their top priority in 2013 had to do with optimization, including mobile payments.Chinais set to follow U.S. and Asia-Pacific countries to embrace a cashless society as it taps a boom in e-commerce and electronic payments, with mobile payments likely to soar 52.7% annually in 2013. Mobile payments are likely to expand to $17 billion in 2013.How Will Mobile Payments Work?So what do all the figures actually mean?If things continue as predicted, people the world over could very soon end up walking out of the house without their cards and cash. Instead, they’ll use their mobile phone to purchase everything from electronics to furniture, from groceries to gas. Sounds pretty cool right?What’s even more fascinating is how the growing use of mobile and the increased popularity of apps, passbook and mobile payments are combining to create a comprehensive mobile experience that is changing the way consumers interact with brands.Consider this scenario for early 2014:As you walk past your favorite electronics retailer, you get a notification offer pushed into your app offering you 10% off an LCD TV purchase.Intrigued, you enter the store, use your phone to do some price comparisons, see a few LCD ads and select the perfect new LCD TV for the Super Bowl.After learning your model is out of stock, the salesperson informs you it can be shipped from the warehouse in time for the game, so you order it.At the checkout counter you use your phone to access your offer code and loyalty number as well as to pay with your phone. The salesperson asks if you would like to receive product and shipping text alerts and you promptly opt-in.You leave the store and quickly confirm your subscription and a short time later receive a text message confirming the purchase and informing you that your order has been received at the warehouse.The next day you get an alert informing you your TV has been shipped and a final message informing you the TV has been sent out for delivery.Upon delivery you receive your final alert confirming delivery, thanking you for the purchase and a final prompt to text back ‘SERVICE’ should you have any questions for customer service.What Will It Take?While all these technologies are available today – SMS, targeted mobile advertising, push notification, passbook and mobile payments – they are rarely coordinated. The whole process never happens as smoothly as laid out in the scenario above. The industry still has a long way to go to create a seamless mobile experience for our customers.Doing so will require combining data and systems that talk to each other. It will also require coordination and orchestration both within a single channel (i.e. Mobile) as well as across multiple channels (email, SMS, Push, Passbook, mobile ads) to create a positive experience for the recipient and a sale for the retailer.It will also require real-time, automated management – so users are contacted only when they’re in the market. Nothing would be worse or more inefficient than to have that same individual receive an offer promoting LCD TVs right after they’ve just bought a new TV.The good news – again – is that the basic capabilities are here today and that brands and their partners are already developing the strategic know-how to build, manage and orchestrate mobile and multi-channel relationship marketing efforts around mobile payments. There are big rewards waiting for the first companies able to put it all together for their customers. Tags:#e-commerce#enterprise#Mobile Payments What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img michael della penna Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts last_img read more

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10 Actionable Trends For Mobile Marketers In 2013

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now dan rowinski It is almost silly to think that in 2013, many enterprises are still struggling with mobile strategies. The fact of the matter is that enterprises can sometimes be just as big, slow and bureaucratic as the Federal government. That can also be true for the enterprise marketing departments that are, ostensibly, supposed to be ahead of the curve of the rest of the organization.Research firm Forrester has identified the top 10 trends that enterprise marketers need to know in 2013, and the actionable responses they should take to prepare a multi-year mobile strategy to push their companies into the future. The key takeaway? It’s time to invest resources in mobile – including time, money and people.Among its points Forrester says that “the role of mobile marketing manager will emerge.” We are beginning see these types of roles crop up in companies across the world. Whether it is the “VP of Mobile” or the mobile-only IT guy, enterprises are starting to fraction certain parts of the workforce to specifically deal with mobile issues. Cost conscious enterprises may not like to see their workforces become even more fragmented and specialized, but the fact of the matter is that mobile is like a weevil, ingraining itself into the infrastructure of enterprise protocols. Ignore it at your peril.“Mobile on the cheap is over. Implementing the complex technology to make the most of mobile opportunities requires a new vision of how to interact with customers, significant changes in culture and competencies across business and IT, and more investment,” wrote Forrester analyst Thomas Husson. What it comes down to is this: enterprises and marketers need to address multi-year use cases for smartphones and tablets, hire and organize their workforce to take advantage of the opportunities and restructure the corporate organization chart to give those people the power to make actionable decisions. Ideally, these types of changes would have started two or three years ago or before. If your enterprise is just starting to figure out how mobile is changing your processes in 2013, you are well behind the ball.See the chart from Forrester below. What is your enterprise doing to take advantage of the Mobile Era? Let us know in the comments. Tags:#marketing#smartphones#tablets Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Your Current Supply Chain Is Toast, But Its Replacement Will Be Awesome

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… paul brody Related Posts 3D printing, intelligent robotics, and open source hardware stand to revolutionize modern-day manufacturing. These disruptive forces will usher in a new manufacturing paradigm that is managed by software and data files — something we call the “software-defined supply chain.”For more than a year, my colleagues and I have been carefully studying the likely impact and implications of these technologies. We wanted to see if these new technologies could alleviate many of the constraints and the fixed costs of a traditional supply chain, and if so, to what extent?What Software-Defined Supply Chains Save YouTo verify this, we built an integrated supply chain model and then tore apart a series of electronics items — including a mobile phone, a hearing aid, a washing machine, and an industrial display.In each case, we wanted to know if we could make that product in a new software-defined supply chain model and, if so, what the economics would look like, in the present, as well as in the coming decade, and see if we could forecast the cost and capability path of these technologies.While we found that a software-defined supply chain model quickly becomes cheaper to operate, that alone was not the most impactful finding. Instead, it was the vast reduction in scale that it enables.On average, by the end of our forecast period, we determined that our products, when made in a software-defined supply chain model, would be 23 percent cheaper, on average, than they are now in traditional manufacturing. Even more importantly, the scale required to achieve a cost-effective result was up to 90 percent lower.Why They’re More EfficientEconomies of scale matter because the fixed costs and lead times associated with manufacturing have traditionally been high. Designs can take months to complete, and then many objects require dedicated capital equipment like molds, casts and machine tools. Companies work hard to drive component standardization and re-use so they can spread those large investments across the highest possible volume of production to keep costs low.By contrast, software-defined supply chains use 3D printers and open source designs to eliminate or dramatically reduce many of those fixed costs and, in so doing, reduce the need for high product volumes to achieve more competitive pricing.Out of the four products we tested to understand the benefits of a software-defined supply chain, the levels of median economic scale were shown to be 75 percent lower over a span of five years and up to 90 percent lower over a decade.Though we did not account for it in our supply chain model, the impact is likely to be understated and open sourcing will also command significant reductions in design cycle-time as companies and consumers increasingly start their projects from proven designs.More Flexibility — And More CompetitionFor enterprises, the implications of significantly reduced economies of scale should be a mixture of an opportunity and a threat. To start with, things that used to be very difficult — making a final buy of spare parts — may no longer be necessary. Need a part? Print one. No need to keep nearly as much inventory on hand, either.There are challenges, however, to be aware of. If the typical volumes required to be efficient today imply that 3-5 major companies are serving a particular market, they will in the future suggest that it is possible that as many as 30-50 smaller companies could serve the same market profitably. Industry leaders will have to contend with the risk of significantly increased competition, much of it driven by local sources.Companies that are well positioned for the future are the ones that are thinking ahead about how they can re-work their supply chains to profitably serve these smaller niches.One IBM client we spoke to currently makes products in volumes of millions of each SKU. In the future, they anticipate that a typical production run may be as little as 5,000 units – and they are restructuring their entire supply chain, product design, and distribution model accordingly. Ultimately, they believe that they must be efficient with a production run of one unit. This defines a snapshot of the future.You can read the full IBM report on the Software Defined Supply Chain here, or on the IBM IBV app available through iTunes and Android.This post originally appeared on IBM’s A Smarter Planet blog. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#3d printing#IBM#Software Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Google Data Centers Use A Lot Of Hot Air

first_imgRelated Posts Google likes a lot of hot air.This is not a sophomoric rejoinder at the speaking proclivities of Google’s marketing staff or its legal team. Rather, its a literal statement.When heated by the Sun, hot air rises, and in its place, cooler air will blow in to fill the void, which is where we get wind. And wind is something with which Google is making a great deal of use to power the needs of its data centers and offices. Nowhere was this more evident than yesterday’s announcement of Google’s commitment to purchase 240 megawatts (MW) of power generated by the Happy Hereford wind farm near Amarillo, TX.The wind farm will feed into the Southwest Power Pool, the grid that serves Google’s Mayes County, OK data center, according to Matt Pfile, Senior Manager, Data Center Energy and Location Strategy.In the announcement, Pfile mentioned that with this agreement, which is expected to start producing energy for Google in 2014, Google consumes “more than 570 MW of wind energy, which is enough energy to power approximately 170,000 U.S. households.”That’s a lot of houses, to be sure. That’s about half of the households in my state capital of Indianapolis, and 0.15% of the total U.S. household number.But out of curiosity, how many servers would that much energy power?Coincidentally, XKCD artist Randall Munroe just happened to do the legwork that could help answer this question in this week’s installment of What If? XKCD. The site takes on the answers to such questions as how long would it take to drain the oceans, what would happen to a Sunless Earth and when the Sun finally set on the British Empire.This week, Munroe answered the question of how many data punchcards would be needed to match the amount of data Google stores. Among his educated guesses, Munroe needed to answer the question of how many servers Google has, and he did so by figuring out Google’s known energy consumption and using a base figure for per-server power consumption: 215 W.Presuming Munroe’s assumptions are correct—and they would seem to be very much in the ball park—then that means that if Google uses all of that wind power for servers in its data center, then it would be powering 2.65 million servers on wind energy alone.Which is a lot of hot air.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Google#wind energy center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … brian proffittlast_img read more

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How to become an omni-channel, data-driven retailer

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… In our next webinar Ian Macdonald, Principal Technologist at Pyramid Analytics will show how a BI platform can help you amalgamate data and get a unified and accurate view of all your customer, competitor, and corporate data.Step 3: Create a data-driven culture Succeeding with data is not just a matter of investing in a BI solution or hiring a data analyst or scientist. Instead, it requires you to develop a data-driven culture that involves people from all the departments of the organization. This is particularly important for retail businesses because every single department of a retail business can add something significant to the data value chain.For example, the finance department can help you determine if the prices are consistent across all channels or if there is a particular store or platform that’s not delivering the desired performance. Similarly, the people responsible for supply chain management can provide you information regarding supply chain issues and how they impact your order fulfillment capabilities. To summarize, from sales to marketing to HR and supplier relationship management, every single department of your organization can provide you answer to an important question. Therefore, establishing a data-driven culture and involving all the functions is imperative to become a data-driven omni-channel retailer.Step 4: Do not be confined by reporting cyclesWhile automated pre-built reports offered by a BI and analytics solution can help you analyze data in a real-time manner in a more efficient manner, the routine reporting capabilities may also limit your ability to extract maximum value from your BI investment.An ad-hoc analysis is a viable solution to this problem. It will allow your employees to adopt an innovative approach towards data analysis and get a deeper, more precise, and comprehensive view of your existing customers. Also, since Ad-hoc analysis solutions are built specifically for users, they ensure a high adoption rate. This, in turn, makes business intelligence accessible to every single person in your organization, allowing them to contribute to the data value chain in their own unique way.Step 5: Look beyond your businessIn order to become a true data-driven omni-channel enterprise, businesses should look beyond the data sources present within the organization. Consider the data sources located externally. The most common yet an important external data source is social media. Customers’ feedback about your business on various social media platforms can offer you a wealth of information, which you can use to optimize your customer journey.Other unconventional external data sources that your business could benefit from include:Search result dataDemographic information collected by different surveysOnline rankings of web pages and TV adsOnce you have collected information from all these channels, integrate it with your existing data and use a BI tool to identify trends and patterns and to predict customer behavior.What have we learned?From the evolution of e-commerce to the increasing use of social media and smartphones, the retail environment has gone through a multitude of changes over the past few years. This has led retailers to adopt an omni-channel approach that can enable customers to interact with and buy a product from a retailer at any time via any platform. However, in order to leverage the profit maximization potential of omni-channel strategy, businesses must utilize the data available to them in the right manner.While the 5-step strategy mentioned above can help a business make progress towards their ultimate objective of becoming a data-driven, omni-channel enterprise, each and every business has its own unique needs, and therefore, a thorough evaluation of these needs and a customized approach to fulfill them is necessary.If you are interested in learning more multi-channel retail analytics, you can register for my upcoming webinar. You can also follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay updated with the latest in BI and journey science. In today’s digital age where customers are as likely to buy a product from an e-commerce website as from a brick and mortar store, delivering a seamless and value-adding shopping experience has become more important than ever before. The multiple shopping channels available to customers and the competition posed by other retailers have made it an absolute necessity for a retail business to integrate data inputs from different channels and use to it define an omni-channel shopping experience.See also: Is Amazon Go the sign of the downfall of the retail workforce?As a Big Data and BI influencer, I have worked with a large number of businesses within and beyond the retail industry. Using this knowledge and expertise, I have developed a 5-step approach that businesses operating in the retail sector can adopt to meet the expectations of their customers and become an omni-channel, data-driven retailer.Step 1: Collect the right type of customer dataIn their journey to becoming a data-driven organization, businesses are required to collect the right type of data — data that can help them improve the customer experience and maximize the profit they gain from their online and offline channels.For example, a business that operates brick and mortar stores would probably like to try different layouts and floor plans to determine which maximizes the chances of a sale. To do this, they will require sales breakdown for each store. On the other hand, since in online context you can personalize customer journeys, a business with an eCommerce website will be required to collect data about their purchasing history, browsing behaviors, and more.Apart from customer data, competitor data is another type of data that you need to collect. Collect data regarding price, customer reviews and ratings, and sizing and use the intelligence gain to optimize your product catalogue and customer journey.Gathering data without analyzing is not only a waste of time, it will also raise doubt and suspicion among your customers. Therefore, it is also important not to collect data that you are not going to use.Step 2: Integrate your data sourcesOnce you have determined the type of data you want to collect, the next step is to identify the channels that can provide you the data. Retail businesses collect massive amounts of information from a wide range of channels. In fact, each successful transaction presents a data collection responsibility to retail businesses. However, the sheer amount of data and the disparate sources from which they are collected may make it quite an impossible task for businesses to organize the data and generate valuable insights from it.Since a large amount of data collected by a retailer is processed through its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, the platform can be used for the purpose of data organization. Alternatively, there are a number of other BI platforms available that businesses can use to improve their data collection, organization, visualization, and analytical capabilities. These platforms can collect data from a large number of sources, including:Point-of-sale dataCustomer feedbackWeb Analytics dataCustomer Relationship Management dataSupply chain data How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Big Data#e-commerce#Internet of Things#IoT#omni channel#retail#retailers Ronald van Loonlast_img read more

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15 Incredible Women in Business to Watch in 2018 and Beyond

first_imgTreseder, the chief marketing officer of business innovations at GE Ventures, previously worked at Apple and Goldman Sachs. After helping to lead global marketing and growth efforts at both companies, she moved over to GE’s ventures arm, helping to identify ideas with the potential to make a global impact and scale them. As an innovator and a leader in developing marketing strategies and campaigns, the CMO looks for growth drivers and focuses on building brands, particularly in the software, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and energy sectors.Named one of Ad Age’s “Women to Watch U.S. 2018,” Treseder was also recognized as one of Inc.’s 2017 “30 Inspirational Women to Watch in Tech.” She serves as a keynote speaker, a member of the board of directors for the Public Health Institute, and an advisor to UN Women initiatives. Alison Gutterman Baker is founder of Provenance, a company that provides businesses with the ability to share information with their customers about where products come from. Her technology platform uses blockchain to provide this valuable information, illustrating her forward-thinking approach and understanding of how to leverage revolutionary technology. Prior to developing and growing this startup, Baker was lead interactive creative for UK company TBWA/Digital Arts Network.Prior to that, she headed up her own company as a technology strategist, developing digital-physical experiences and partnering with other brands and innovators on UX. Her clients included The Philharmonia Orchestra and Will.I.Am, Intel’s director of creative innovation. Baker has participated in the Wayra UnLtd Accelerator and the Open Data Institute Startup program. Additionally, she is an RSA Fellow, a faculty member at The Open Institute, and a member of the Council of the Internet of Things. Kathryn Minshew Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Bova, the global customer growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce, is an expert on business growth and innovation, helping the brand’s customer and partner network imagine how to scale their businesses with different business models and technologies. Focusing on the customer experience, Bova is also a keynote speaker and the host of the “What’s Next with Tiffani Bova” podcast; her book, “Growth IQ: Get Smarter About the Choices That Will Make or Break Your Business,” is set to be released later this summer.She has been recognized as one of the “Powerful and Influential Women in California” by the National Diversity Council, as well as been noted as one of the “Top 50 Marketing Thought Leaders” by Brand Quarterly Magazine. Prior to Salesforce, Bova spent more than 10 years at Gartner, ending her tenure there as a VP, distinguished analyst and research fellow. She also helped strengthen sales programs at Gateway, Interland, Affinity, Vanstar, Sprint, and LANSystems.Truly Incredible BusinesswomenThese 15 women pursued business opportunities in industries heavily reliant on technology. While the cards may have been stacked against them, their talent, commitment, and innovative approaches helped them find success. These 15 women have already had an impact on their fields, and they’re poised to further disrupt the business landscape as we know it. Sahasi, vice president of the Business Innovation Center and managing director of R&D at Konica Minolta, unites the brand’s research division with its innovation efforts. Also an investor and board member for several companies, Sahasi previously worked at both PayPal and eBay, focusing on using research to fuel new products and technologies. Aiming to develop global strategies and partnerships, she pioneers initiatives into new markets and determines which ventures and technologies warrant investment.Named one of Entrepreneur’s “50 Inspirational Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017,” Sahasi also contributes through The Tech Museum of Innovation and the South Asian Heart Center. Lena Requist How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Harbaugh is the CEO and co-founder of LaunchDarkly, a software developer feature management platform used to control the entire lifecycle of product development and launch. Before starting the company in 2014, she was director of product management at TripIt, where she experienced the problem that became the basis for LaunchDarkly. Similar issues arose prior to that when Harbaugh was a senior product manager at PlantSense, as well as a product manager at Monster Worldwide and Vignette. With no other company solving the product development challenges she faced, she decided to create her own.Since its launch, LaunchDarkly has added clients like GoPro and Microsoft and received millions in funding. Beyond her accomplishments with this new venture, Harbaugh also holds two patents, including a method and system for sharing different Web components between different websites in a portal framework. Leslie Feinzaig Minshew is co-founder and CEO of The Muse, an online platform that has helped more than 50 million people discover and change career paths, as well as get personalized job recommendations and insights into great companies to work for. The platform also provides skill-building courses, career advice content, and coaching. She created and launched the company after being dissatisfied with what she found to help fuel her own career aspirations. Minshew is also the author of bestselling book “The New Rules of Work,” where she shares her experiences and insights since starting the platform.Her social causes also make her an incredible businesswoman to watch in 2018 and beyond. Prior to her current startup, she worked on a vaccine introduction team in both Malawi and Rwanda while assisting with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Minshew previously worked for McKinsey & Co., a management consultancy, as a business analyst. Her honors include Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in media and Inc.’s “15 Women to Watch in Tech.” Ashley Crowder Feinzaig is the founder and CEO of Female Founders Alliance, a community of female startup founders and CEOs based in Seattle, with a chapter also based in New York. With hundreds of members and thousands within the organization’s community, there are plans to open local chapters across the U.S. The organization was started to address the shortage of female-led startups and create an organization that could provide resources, knowledge, and networks to help each other succeed.Yet Feinzaig doesn’t remain content with that. In 2016, she founded Venture Kits, games that teach and encourage leadership in kids. This idea has attracted the attention of TODAY Parents, Fox 10 News, and other media outlets. Additionally, Feinzaig is a Techstars mentor, a Startup Week organizer, and an advisory board member for the Washington Technology Industry Association’s Startup Committee. She regularly speaks at industry conferences and is a thought leader, with content published by Forbes and others. Silvina Moschini Fatemi is founder and CEO of Node, described as the first AI-enabled discovery engine that connects people at a much larger scale than ever achieved before. Before developing and launching the company, she was making a name for herself at Google, where she was the youngest employee at 19 years old. Over the past 10 years, Fatemi has focused on helping Google and YouTube with strategic partnerships and global expansion opportunities.When not innovating through her work at Node, Fatemi contributes to Forbes, writing articles about AI’s impact on work and Silicon Valley startups. Her other thought leadership pieces have been featured in Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, and Business Insider. In 2018, Fast Company recognized her as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” The San Francisco Business Times named Fatemi as one of the “40 Under 40 Visionaries.” She was also included in Marie Claire’s 2017 “New Guard List.” Kara Rieben Rieben is senior vice president at dLocal, a technology platform designed to handle mass online payments in growth markets across LATAM, APAC, and EMEA. Innovation in the payments industry has been at the core of Rieben’s professional interests. Zig-zagging between startups and consulting for companies, including American Express, she’s gained different perspectives and expertise on the various aspects of digital commerce. Kara has worked with the world’s most innovative companies, including Google, Facebook, Uber, and Airbnb, to reach their full potential in high-growth markets with minimal operational exposure and maximum reach.Prior to dLocal, Kara led the strategy team for Payoneer. A regular speaker at FinTech conferences around the globe, Rieben’s expertise includes navigating cross-border payments, eliminating financial risk, maximizing subscription revenue, managing checkout conversions, and maintaining compliance with central banks and local regulators. Kimberli Cheung Wright Crowder is co-founder and CEO of VNTANA, which offers engagement tools and an augmented reality computing platform. Prior to that, she was in charge of refinery production planning and execution for BP, where she developed short- and long-term strategies for multiple refinery products.Before that, Crowder worked as a manufacturing engineer intern for Northrop Grumman. Her other work has included research at University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering and serving as a project lead for Gulfstream Aerospace, a production assistant for INCA Productions, and an intern for MTV Networks. Falon Fatemi Gutterman is the president and CEO of Jelmar, manufacturer of a wide range of household cleaning products, including CLR and Tarn-X. Gutterman started at the company in 1993 without so much as a desk to her name; by 2007, she’d become the third-generation owner, CEO, and president. As the first woman president and CEO of the family-owned business, she looked for ways to incorporate technology and data into the company’s business practices while maintaining its mission of making high-quality cleaning products. Her entrepreneurial efforts have led to an expansion in Jelmar’s distribution, now numbering nearly 100,000 outlets.Gutterman was recognized as part of Chicago Business Journal’s 2016 class of Women of Influence, and she led Jelmar to a 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the Midwest Region’s Family Business category. She gives back through ENACTUS, C200, Women Presidents’ Organization, Women Impacting Public Policy, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, which has also certified Jelmar as a Women’s Business Enterprise. Isa Watsoncenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Wright is founder and CEO of TREPIC, a virtual travel designer firm. With inspiring content and storytelling, TREPIC uses AI and user preferences to provide unique travel recommendations. Using VR and 360-degree video, users are transported to desired curated hotels, locations, and activities from the comfort of their phone.She was named as one of “50 Inspirational Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017” by Entrepreneur, as well as one of Inc.’s “15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch Out For in 2017.” She is a mentor at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, an interior designer, a vacation home developer, and a film and VR film director. In 2009, prior to founding TREPIC, she directed and edited a feature-length documentary that won four international film awards and led to the amendment of U.S. federal healthcare law. Tiffani Bova Follow the Puck Tags:#women in tech Watson is the founder and CEO of Envested, an enterprise software company that has developed a next-generation workplace engagement tool. Prior to launching Envested, Watson was a chemist and data scientist at Pfizer before becoming the vice president of digital product and strategy, small business, for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Her background in both pharmacology and business strategy has solidified Watson’s dedication to data; she applies that view to workplace engagement, asking what we know — and don’t know — about the people who are leaving their jobs or choosing to stick with them. As a VC-backed tech founder, Watson looks to innovate the future of work through data and technology.Watson was named one of Inc.’s “30 Under 30” in 2017 and was also a “40 Under 40 in Finance” winner. Triangle Business Journal also recognized her with a 40 Under 40 Leadership Award. Ekta Sahasi Related Posts Much has been written about the tech industry’s sexist undertones. In 2017, Silicon Valley faced a “reckoning” for its gender-driven decision-making and tolerance of sexual harassment. From marginalizing women’s ability to contribute to the field because of their biological makeup to holding them to higher standards in order to earn leadership roles, the business world has not made it easy for women to make a go of it.Despite the inequities women have faced, several have found success and become leaders in their industries. These women have brought their unique viewpoints and varied skill sets to the table to innovate the products and services their companies have offered, disrupting the market in the process.Top 15 Incredible Women in Business to Watch in 2018 and Beyond. Dara Treseder What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Requist is the president of ONTRAPORT, maker of a visual marketing automation and reporting platform. Prior to joining ONTRAPORT as its COO, Requist served as a general manager at a computer software firm, an operations executive, and a certified financial planner with Smith Barney. During her time at ONTRAPORT, the company has grown 5,000 percent and made the 2012 Inc. 500 list. Seeking to build processes and platforms that work efficiently and effectively, Requist also strives to build operations to spotlight how integral teams themselves are to getting work done.Requist supports the women’s entrepreneurial community through the Women in Business Group she started, which earned her a bronze Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year, as well as a nomination as one of Women Leaders in Business’s “20 Women to Watch” in 2013. She also won a Silver Stevie Award in 2017 in the “Executive of the Year – Computer Software – Up to 500 Employees” category. Edith Harbaugh Moschini is co-founder and chairman of TransparentBusiness, a cloud-based management platform for overseeing a remote team. She is also CEO and founder of SheWorks!, which assists companies in finding female talent around the world. It provides solutions for hiring, monitoring, and managing remote workers, using technology similar to that of TransparentBusiness.Since 2012, Moschini has also been an internet and technology contributing expert for CNN. She also regularly contributes to CNN’s show, “Encuentro,” and provides insights and analysis related to Latin entrepreneurs, startups, social media, and innovation. Jessi Baker Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. last_img read more

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Argentina is Stepping-Up as a Country of Web Developers

first_imgTags:#Argentina#Business Oportunities#Web Development Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … As high streets across the world look to streamline, and businesses transform physical shops to online stores, being able to make the digital jump is crucial. As well as providing a platform for businesses to promote their products and services, the internet has lead to the rise of e-commerce, with giants like Amazon becoming household names and frequenting our bank statements.It’s estimated that, by 2021, the e-commerce industry will be worth an incredible US$4.88 trillion dollars worldwide. This figure will continue to rise exponentially as access to affordable broadband and smartphones becomes widely available. As an entrepreneur, the internet simply cannot be ignored as a powerful tool to grow your business. Adequately investing in a web developer to create a powerful platform for your goods and services can set you apart from the competition. Additionally, an effective digital marketing campaign is critical to your business’ growth.IT Expands to Latin AmericaLatin America has established its own ecosystem and become a key destination for startups around the globe.Latin America is currently trending as a tech hub, with capabilities in information technologies. It has established its own ecosystem and become a key destination for startups due to the number of successful businesses emerging throughout the last few years. US firms are looking to Latam hotspots to offshore tech hubs. Those include technology services and the creation of software and hardware. One country that’s fueling the digital movement of e-commerce, marketing, and tech startups is Argentina.Argentina, Latam’s New Tech PlayerArgentina’s IT and software tech industry is expected to rake in by $7.33 billion by 2020. Not bad for a country coming out of a recession. Its economic revival is the source of further business opportunities, given the strength of the dollar against the Argentine peso, making it cheap to do business. Its government has already facilitated the creation of cloud technology centers and encourages the population to uptake these technologies. Government help has resulted in a growing educated population of IT savvy professionals and helped position Argentina as Latam new tech player. Therefore, Argentina seems like an increasingly good option to source web developing services.If you’re looking to find new revenue streams, ways to turn a profit, hire a web designer this article will give you food for thought about your business expansion into the country.What to Look For in a Web DeveloperIf you’ve decided to take your business digital, it’s important you hire the right people for the job. Perhaps you are considering launching a new company website, or maybe you’re growing a digital marketing company and want to offer web development services as part of your operation? It’s essential to understand what you should look for when hiring a web developer. Design ExperienceBusinesses, need to set themselves apart from the competition and, hiring the right candidate can make the difference.The most obvious skill to look out for is design experience. A developer that can code in multiple languages, whether that be HTML, Javascript, CSS or PHP, has an edge over the rest. Businesses, today more than ever, need to set themselves apart from the competition. Relying on themes and templates is not enough – a truly customized website designed by a professional is. Check out the developer’s client portfolio to recent examples of work. Services contract out at $25-50 per hour, with senior developers earning around $1000 monthly. The industry is competitively priced, compared with the US and Europe.  Whatsmore, Argentina is well-endowed with a wealth of professionals specialized in design programming and informatics. BilingualIf you’re planning to launch a digital agency, language should also be a consideration. If you want to hire Argentinian web developers, they must be able to speak English so they can communicate with your customers around the world. Otherwise, you’ll need a middleman who can translate briefs, complaints, and information for your web development team. The good news is that around 6.5 million of Argentina’s 44 million citizens speak English so you should be able to find bilingual employees to work for your business. English is also compulsory all Argentinian schools, so the English-speaking population is constantly growing.Creative FlairSomething else to consider is creativity and imagination. According to Netcraft, there are more than 644 million websites on the internet, and many look similar. Finding web developers that can bring a unique flair to your business will differentiate your offering from competitors and ensure customers keep coming back time and time again. Argentina’s education system offers over 200 IT degrees, creating a tech ecosystem at an educational level. As employment in this sector continues to grow, the quality of human capital will also increase.Argentina’s Tech SceneArgentina may not be the most prosperous nation in Latin America, but it certainly makes up for it in other ways – particularly in its technology sector. With a new government that’s focused on investment and growth, startups in Argentina are on the rise, the next generation of new businesses in the country, bringing in millions of dollars and boosting employment. The sector is supported by software industry chambers, CESSI, which aids collaboration between firms in the industry. Valuable alliances have resulted from active cooperation between public and private firms.Because of the country’s harsh economic past, the population has learned to become self-starters. Many young people with experience in web design have launched their own businesses or offer their services on a freelance basis. Argentinian culture is undeniably entrepreneurial. Talented individuals are coming together to collaborate and build truly world-class businesses that can compete on a global scale. Although a cost-competitive, Argentina is creating high-value products, for domestic and foreign firms alike. Santiago Ceria and Carlos Pallotti term this “ValueShore,” which defines Argentina’s IT industry as a critical destination for foreign investment.Government SupportAs well as massive investments from some of the world’s biggest businesses, city governments have been working to encourage growth and innovation. In 2015, Buenos Aires’ city government launched the Academia Buenos Aires Emprende, which is designed to educate its citizens about business. More recently, the country passed “Ley de Emprendedores,” which is intended to promote entrepreneurship and encourage new businesses to flourish. This new law offers tax incentives and public funds for entrepreneurs to get started, as well as fast-tracked company registration so businesses can begin overnight. Likewise, Argentina’s “Copyright Law” extends to software, giving firms legal protection over their products.The development of initiatives and programs have boosted the industry’s competitiveness. A public fund for R&D, scholarships for IT students, fiscal benefits for firms and industry awards have cemented the software and IT industry into Argentina’s economy. While innovation certainly takes place across the country, 60% of all IT related activity is based in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. Establishing operations in the capital would provide access to a vast talent pool and the ability to connect with other businesses in the area. However, if the big city is not for you, there is also substantial activity happening in Córdoba, San Luis and Santa Fe. These are vital destinations for startups and accelerator schemes and have lower living costs.Setting up an Argentine businessFor those looking to form a company in Argentina’s high value IT industry, there has never been a better time to do so. In 2018, the country’s currency plunged against the US dollar, and as a result, it’s cheaper than ever to invest and get started on a new business venture. Foreign companies are not restricted from participating in Argentina’s IT industry. What’s more, the average monthly salary for an employee in Buenos Aires is US$550, according to Check In Price, which makes recruitment and managing a team relatively inexpensive. When you compare that to the average cost of a customized website design package (US$5,000-US$10,000, according to Website Builder Expert), you can see how profitable a web development firm could be with the right sales strategy.Furthermore, businesses in the United States can also benefit from establishing their company in Argentina. The average developer in the US commands a salary of $76,141 according to Salary.com, demonstrating the enormous potential markup which could be applied. Given the strength of the dollar, the returns are promising. You won’t be short of potential talent to hire. CESSI’s president estimates there will as many 134,000 people working in Argentina’s IT industry by 2020. There are exciting times to come.ConclusionThere’s no denying that establishing a business in a new country can be stressful and hard work, but the numbers speak for themselves in this case. Do your research, calculate your return on investment and opportunity cost, and you could soon build a development empire that sets you apart from businesses around the world. How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturecenter_img Craig Dempsey Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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The National Guard and Reserves: Are their Needs Different from Active Duty?

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD  Unlike active duty members of the military, who tend to be organized by base, the National Guard and Reserve members are widely dispersed across the U.S., away from their assigned military base, and may live in a community that may not be familiar with military culture and the challenges they face. In a recent article published in Clinical Child & Family Psychological Review, authors Murphy and Fairbank (2013) review the challenges that are specific to members of the National Guard and Reserves, and emerging evidence-based programs that are becoming available to better serve military families living in communities located away from military bases. Challenges important to families living away from a military community include a wide range of environmental and individual barriers:Table adapted from Murphy and Fairbank (2013)To address the need for support and improve services for community dwelling military families, a number of programs or interventions have been developed. These programs have either been developed specifically to address the needs of military families or have been adapted from work for civilian families. Three potential solutions listed here are highlighted here:Co-locating health and mental health servicesBy providing mental health services within a health care setting, stigma for seeking treatment is reduced. Furthermore, it allows for health care and mental health care to be better coordinated, leading to better patient care. This is beneficial not only for military members and their families, but also for the community at large.Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS) Resiliency Training (Beardslee, 2013)Today, FOCUS is better designed to serve families that have limited access to clinicians familiar with military families. Two applications, Self-Administered Family Check-in and FOCUS World, are web-based, and available to community dwelling military members (and others). The self-administered check-in offers standardized psychological health and family resilience screening with real-time feedback. FOCUS World is an interactive family narrative. The FOCUS World application allows the user to select a character, i.e. Mom, Dad, provides for individual family members to log significant family events, thoughts and feelings around those events, and even pictures that are displayed on a high-tech timeline. To play in FOCUS World, you can create an account as a clinician.[Flickr, Looking Good for Need by Tina Lawson, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The Military Child Education CoalitionThe Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) (2012) has a number of resources that are available to military families through the Internet. Resources provided include: Child advocacy training materials, peer-to-peer support for children, news, and other education related material.Considerations when working with National Guard and Reserve familiesDo you ask your clients “have you, or anyone in your family ever served in the military?” This not only gathers critical information about the client, but also informs the client that you are culturally sensitive and that your practice is military informed.If this is the case for you, acknowledge to yourself and your client that your knowledge and understanding of the military and military culture is limited.If the client has recently been deployed, don’t assume that a recent deployment is the reason for the current help-seeking situation. While deployment is often a stressor, it may or may not play a role in the problem to be addressed.The National Guard and Reserves play a critical role in today’s U. S. military. Recent developments in care for military members and their families located away from bases offer an opportunity for clinicians to utilize new evidence-based strategies and Internet-based technology for the best care of this important element of the military.References[1] Murphy, R. A., & Fairbank, J. A. (2013). Implementation and dissemination of military informed and evidence-based interventions for community dwelling military families. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 348-364. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0149-8[2] Beardslee, W. R., Klosinski, L. E., Saltzman, W., Mogil, C. Pangelinan, S., McKnight, C. P. & Lester, P. (2013). Dissemination of family-centered prevention for military and veteran families: Adaptations and adoption within community and military systems of care. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 394-409. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0154-yThis post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Video Editing Storage Solutions

first_imgWe examine several popular video editing storage solutions and determine the best for professional use.Before I begin any film project I like to take stock of my data capabilities (I currently run a RAID system). Below I’ll give some quick rundowns on the various video editing storage solutions for filmmakers that I have come across in my experience and research over the years. Remember there are no right or wrong solutions here, it all comes down to what will best fit your workflow.Know Your Format and Space RequirementsFirst things first, you want to determine how much storage you will need based on the format you will be using during the shooting/capture process. Get this info and then head over to Digital Rebellion and use their handy video space calculator, or download Digital Heaven’s useful VideoSpace app. Either one of these options will give you the information you need.Now, make note of the bandwidth of your codec, for instance the bandwidth for a Sony FS700 AVCHD that I use is 3MB/s at 1080 running at the standard 30fps. Another format that I often use, RED Raw, running at 30fps is 162MB/s at 4K. So you can see there is quite a jump in bandwidth. Lastly, remember that when you edit multilayer projects the bandwidth will increase quite a bit, so you need to keep this in mind as well.The Time Tested 3.5 Drive Solution3.5 drives are the gold standard when it comes to desktops, and they are also a decent solution for video editing storage. I’ve used 3.5 drives over the years with a lot of success, and now with some models achieving bandwidth speeds of 150MB/s in sizes as high as 5-6TB these drives provide massive storage at affordable prices.Keep in mind that if you select this storage type you want to make sure they deliver a speed of at least 7200 rpm, which most high-end drives will.Look into the Seagate Barracuda and Western Digital Caviar Black drives as solutions, as both are well reviewed.A Newer Kid on the Block: SSDsSSDs (Solid State Drives) are ideal for internal hard drives to run your OS and video editing apps, but in terms of video editing storage but are they worth the price bump?While SSD’s do operate quickly with tremendous speed, you need a drive that can sustain a continuous transfer rate. To purchase a drive that can effectively do this like the Samsung 1TB SSD, which runs at 540MB/s you’ll need to shell out more than double the money you would for the same sized 3.5 Drive. Now keep in mind with Solid State Drives there are no moving parts inside so the failure rate is substantially lower.The Mobile Route with External Hard DrivesExternal drives are especially useful when your on location and you need to do a quick footage dump. However with external hard drives you need to keep in mind the speed of the drive itself as well as the interface speed. You’ll find that many drive manufacturers will place the interface speed on the front of the box to make it seem as if the drive speed is faster than it really is, which in reality its not. External hard drives utilize several connection types such as USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Firewire 800, eSata, & Thunderbolt (each with varying transfer speeds).The greatest aspect of external hard drives is its mobility. Being able to have a LaCie 500G Rugged Mini has been extremely helpful for me on documentary shoots when I’ve filled all my RED Mags and I needed to offload footage to make room.Remember to pay close attention to the drive speed of the external hard drive.Also refer back to one of our previous articles that gives a good rundown of external hard drive solutions.Bunch it Up and RAID with ArraysThis is the solution that I have used for many years now. I utilize the extra hard drive bays in my Mac Pro and filled those with 4TB 3.5 Hard Drives, which I then RAID together using RAID o. This mashes up my drives into one big drive, where the speed and space of those drives combine to give a large amount of storage, with fast transfer rates.Another RAID system that many fellow filmmakers and editors I know use is RAID 5. This allows you to  have greater speeds and overal storage space, but the key addition is its ability to save you from drive failures. If one drive dies you don’t lose your work. The downside to this is RAID 5 requires at least 3 drives to work.If your working on a small project and you just want a simple backup, then RAID 1 would work for you. Check out Geek Stuff and their diagram on the different RAID configurations.Mix the Network with the RAID and get a NASTake the concepts we just talked about with RAIDs, but now apply network access to it. If your working in an environment where you have several post production members working on various aspects of the film or video to get it ready for editing, and your working within the same location, then a NAS (network attached storage) setup might be the way to go.Look at Drobo and Synology for smaller NAS solutions. If you want something more substantial then you’ll want to check out Dell or IBM, leaders in network storage.The Future is in the CloudCloud storage is becoming cheaper and cheaper with the storage size getting larger and larger. The top four commercial cloud storage providers are Microsoft, Google, Dropbox & Amazon. Each one offers up to 1TB of storage with Microsoft and Onedrive being the cheapest at $6.99/month. Amazon is the most expensive at $500/year, while Dropbox and Google are $9.99/month for 1TB.Microsoft, Google & Dropbox also offer business solutions which provide 1TB of storage for each team member for a fairly low price. While these storage solutions aren’t ideal for housing full projects, they are good for offloading and backing up footage when on location (provided you have a wifi or network connection).LTO for BackupMany professional video environments prefer to use LTO (Linear Tape-Open) to archive and backup their projects. Advocates of LTO claim that the LTO tape drives last longer than ‘traditional’ hard drives and file recovery is easier if the tape malfunctions. The downsides of LTO are many, namely that it is tape based and tape will deteriorate over time and is sensitive to the environment in which it is stored in. LTO drives are pricey, but the cost per tape is significantly less than a harddrive with similar storage capacity.WolfCrow has a solid rundown of LTO and video backup that’s worth checking out.LTO usage appears to be on the downswing, as other storage solutions are becoming cheaper and more reliable. If you’re an LTO user I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.There Is No Right Or WrongRemember there is no right or wrong answer since solutions exist for any type of production workflow you need. Each one of the storage solutions above are viable for video editing, with the exception of possibly cloud storage (at least not in realtime). The key is to look at your upcoming production workflow and the storage requirements you will need, then determine which solution is the best for you before you get into the edit bay. If you are running single drives remember to backup, backup & backup again.This is your work and your career. Protect it every way you can.Do you have other storage solutions that you’ve successfully used that didn’t make the list above? Or have questions about storage? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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The Video Producer’s Secret Weapon: the Shot List

first_imgEvery professional video production relies on a shot list. Here’s why you should too.Cover image via Shutterstock.Years ago, when I first started directing, I remember being annoyed by assistant directors and producers who wanted to see a shot list. I thought, Isn’t what we’re going to shoot obvious from our storyboards? I was so wrong, because it isn’t obvious.Storyboards are visual guides that help everyone plan, in a general way, the work they’re responsible for. In prep, storyboards are very useful for designing expensive action and VFX sequences — the studio wants to see what they’re paying for, after all. And storyboards are useful during preliminary budgeting and scheduling. Storyboards can form the basis for a shot list, but they are not a substitute for one.In live-action production, you can rarely edit a set of storyboards together and tell a compelling — or even cohesive — story. As the director, you have a number of shots in mind that will bridge or expand on a single illustration. It’s these shots that you need to write down and share with your colleagues. Remember, film and video production is collaborative, and your team members are there to help you realize your vision. But they can’t do this if you don’t share it with them.Shot lists help you plan the day. Each shot takes a certain amount of time, and if you have thirty-five of them in your head, you better let the AD know so they can help organize and budget the time to pull everything off. Then the DP deserves a look because there might be something on the list that doesn’t quite fit the photographic plan. When you prioritize your shots, everyone understands what’s most important to you. As you may know, things can and do get crazy on a shoot. Unforeseen weather or equipment issues can derail your train of thought, so keeping a list will remind everyone what remains to be shot — or re-thought, given the remaining daylight.On a TV show, there isn’t enough prep time to draw storyboards. Shot lists become even more important because there are multiple directors in a season, and their shot lists give everyone a sense of their organizational skills and visual appetites.Finally, being the director means that someone has entrusted you with a tremendous amount of responsibility, both creative and financial. Thorough preparation is the hallmark of a successful director. A detailed shot list informs everyone that you have thought a scene through and that this list represents the minimum amount of coverage you require to cut the scene together creatively. Chances are, your knowledge of the coverage will expedite the process and, in the end, buy you extra time for additional shots that will make the day and the scene even better.Production images courtesy of the author.Do shot lists improve your productions? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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How to Add Sound Effects to a Sound Library in DaVinci Resolve 15

first_imgSetting up a PostgreSQL Database in DaVinci Resolve 15(Update: The DaVinci Resolve 15 Beta 2 update includes support for creating sound libraries using DaVinci Resolve disk databases, so the step outlined below is no longer necessary if you’re running the default disk database in Resolve 15 Beta 2 or higher.)If you’re a single user on a standalone system, chances are you’ll be using a Disk database (the default) to save your projects, settings, and grades in DaVinci Resolve. In order to get the Sound Library to work, you’ll need to add a PostgreSQL database to store the sound effects. (You can run both databases on your system.)(If you don’t know the differences between disk databases and PostgreSQL databases, watch this video tutorial by Alex of LearningColorGrading.com.)If, like me, you’ve never used a PostgreSQL database in Resolve, you may not even have PostgreSQL installed on your system — or you might have an old version of it.You can check your version of PostgreSQL on a Mac by going to Mac HD > Library > PostgreSQL. I have 8.4, which is incompatible with Resolve 15, and likely from an old version of Resolve Studio.Unfortunately the readme that ships with DaVinci Resolve says that you’re supposed to update your version of PostgreSQL before you update your OS (which I also recently did):Upgrading Your PostgreSQL Database Server on MacUntil DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2, the Mac installer used to ship with PostgreSQL version 8.4.2. Starting from macOS Sierra 10.12, PostgreSQL version 8.4 is no longer supported.If you intend to upgrade to the latest OS, you will need to upgrade your PostgreSQL database server to version 9.5.4 prior to upgrading macOS. Once your PostgreSQL installation has been upgraded and your data has been ported, you can then proceed with your macOS upgrade.We have provided apps to simplify upgrading your PostgreSQL version on your Mac. The apps along with instructions can be found in the /Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Upgrade PostgreSQL folder.Starting from DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3, new installations will include PostgreSQL version 9.5.4.So, after backing up your existing PostgreSQL database (and assuming no other apps on your system are relying on PostgreSQL), you need to completely uninstall and then reinstall it at version 9.5, which is compatible with DaVinci Resolve 15.After much searching, I found these uninstall instructions from Dwaine Maggart on the Blackmagic Design forum.Installing PostgreSQL 9.5 for DaVinci ResolveYou can choose to install PostgreSQL Server on your Mac during the installation process for Resolve 15. Just click on the Customize button, and then check the box for PostgreSQL Server in the next window.Now, when you open DaVinci Resolve 15, you can create a PostgreSQL database (you would have previously gotten an error message with “no/incompatible version installed.”)When you first launch DaVinci Resolve 15 (or if Resolve is already open), click on the little House icon in the bottom right-hand corner, open the “Databases” sidebar by clicking on the icon in the yellow box (pictured above). Then click on “New Database.”In the dialogue box, select the “Create” tab. Choose PostgreSQL, and then give the new database a name, like “soundfx.”It’s best to leave all the others at their defaults — especially the location (which defaults to the local host, which is your computer) unless you want to store it on a shared server others can access (which is largely the point of PostgreSQL databases!).Now, when you open Resolve and go to the Sound Library, you should see “No Library Connected” rather than “No PostgreSQL database connected.”After all that, we’re finally ready to begin.Using the Sound Library in DaVinci Resolve 15The Sound Library works by scanning a folder (and its sub folders) for sound files and then building a searchable catalogue of those files, stored in the PostgresSQL database of your choice.As each PostgreSQL database can store its own catalogue of scanned files, it seems to make sense to make one library in one PostgresSQL database that stores them all for easy searching. However, if you have thousands of files, it’s possible that the database might get unwieldy.To actually add your sound files to a Library, just click on “Add Library,” and select the folder you want to scan. You’ll then see the dialogue box (pictured above) detailing how many sound effects have been added to the Library.Once you’ve added some files to your library, the only way to find them is to search for the keywords in either the filename or its metadata description. Hopefully, more searchable metadata fields will be available in the future, such as artist, album, duration, etc.As a test, I opened one of the sound effects in VLC media player to see if I could edit the metadata so DaVinci Resolve would recognize the text “Scary Action Riser” in the Description tab. But it didn’t work for me. Hopefully, these improvements might come in later editions of the beta.To add more files to your catalogue or library, click on the three little dots to the right of the Sound Library and press “Add Library…” and then select the target folder.To refresh the library, just reselect the same folder you’ve previously added, and any new items it finds will be added to the library as well.Adding Sound Effects to the TimelineIn both the Edit and Fairlight pages you can add any of the sound effects by dragging and dropping them into the timeline. It’s that easy.You can add In and Out points (shortcuts I and O) to set the range of the clip you want to edit in to your project. Within the Fairlight page, you also have a few more controls (pictured above), including setting a sync point marker, which allows you to set the frame within the clip that will match to the playhead in the timeline when you audition it.To audition a clip, select the track in the timeline that you want to paste the clip into, set the sync point marker (at the top of the riser) and press “Audition.” Resolve will temporarily paste the clip into the timeline with the sync frame at the position of the playhead. If you press “Cancel,” it will remove the clip — or leave it in place if you select “Confirm.”Feature RequestsOther than adding more metadata fields to search and scan, it would be great if you could sort the results by the metadata fields. This way you could sort the results by the number of stars in your rating column or the duration of the file — and so on.I also experimented with taking files in the library offline. (I simply moved a file out of the folder it had been scanned into.) The result was that the entry in the database still existed, but no waveform appeared in the preview thumbnail. As soon as I added the file back into the folder, the waveform reappeared. Next, I’m hoping we see flags for offline files that need to be replaced.Looking for more tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Everything You Need to Know About the LUT Browser in DaVinci Resolve 15Video Tutorial: How to Make 360° Videos Look BetterHow to Set Up a Tethered Shoot with the Panasonic GH5Tips for Creating the All Important Video Thumbnail Cover ImageBest Lenses for Gimbal Cinematography The new Sound Library browser in DaVinci Resolve 15 makes it much easier to find that perfect audio clip. Here’s what you need to know.One of the many new features in DaVinci Resolve 15 is the new Sound Library browser. This gives you a searchable database of all your connected sound libraries, accessible from the Edit and Fairlight pages.This makes finding and adding the perfect sound effect much easier than scrolling through folders, highlighting specific files, or trying to remember which “Whoosh” file is the best one.In this article, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get started with the Sound Library.(When putting this post together, I encountered a problem with PostgreSQL (which we’ll get into). If you see “No Library Connected” when you open the Sound Library browser in DaVinci Resolve 15, you can skip the first section below.)To build my sound effects library, I’ll be working with the 120 free sound effects that you can download from PremiumBeat.com right here.last_img read more

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How to Develop and Shoot Memorable Character Introductions

first_imgScreen DirectionSnowpiercer (The Weinstein Company).Heroes often walk on screen from left to right — and villains from right to left. Because, in the west, we read from left to right, it seems a more natural and easy direction, and it tells us the hero is moving things toward a natural order. Villains, on the other hand, are working against the natural order, going against the flow.Many filmmakers integrate screen direction to keep the audience orientated in the story. In Snowpiercer, directed by Joon-ho Bong, Chris Evans’s hero moves left to right when he’s working toward his goal, but right to left when he’s struggling with temptation or victimhood. Much like the introduction of characters, it’s something we feel more than see, but it still has an effect on how we observe the character and his motivations.Slow MotionSlow motion draws attention to someone and their movements. It stretches out time, making it seem more magical and memorable. The slow motion intro has become a trope for love interests and romantic characters. We see them walk in slow motion, and we’re smitten right along with the lead character. This usually goes hand-in-hand with generous backlighting for a warm glow.Big EntrancesTina Fey and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock (NBCUniversal Television Distribution).In old westerns, double doors opening — or being kicked open — was a classic way to give a character a powerful entrance. It was a way to show the oversized influence and dynamic effects the character has on their environment. This is wonderfully satirized in the pilot episode of 30 Rock, when a door gets kicked down to reveal Jack Donaghy, one of the most lovably bombastic TV characters in recent memory.The Slow Tilt UpPanning up the body of the character is a classic, time-honored way of slowly divulging information about them. We take in the ground they walk on, their choice in footwear, their outfit, and finally their face and expression. Revealing a character in this way unveils to the audience the world they come from and how important they’ll be to the story.Get a LightChristian Bale in Terminator Salvation (Warner Bros. Pictures).Another common trope that nonetheless shows up consistently is introducing the character in shadow, only for them to strike a match or light a cigarette. Since smoking is now more associated with cancer than manliness, filmmakers are finding new ways to achieve this on screen. In Terminator Salvation, Christian Bale is cloaked in shadow until he ignites a flare, revealing himself to the audience.By using these, and other subtle techniques, you can use the camera to establish your characters before your actors utter even a single line.Cover image via The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Line Cinema).Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check these out.Top Equipment Investments for Working FilmmakersLearn Francis Ford Coppola’s Signature Dolly MoveIs Autofocus Finally Ready to Take The Filmmaking Field?FIZ Systems (Focus, Iris, Zoom) and How to Use ThemMaking Cinema Lights and Practicals Work Together Filmmakers use various ways to introduce their heroes (and their villains) by shaping the audience’s subconscious judgment.When it comes to movies, we definitely judge a book by its cover, and first impressions last. The first time we see a character forms our ideas about them. If not done correctly, this introduction is difficult to overcome.Let’s take a look a few things filmmakers keep in mind when introducing powerful characters.last_img read more

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If You Want to Be More Productive Start with Values-Based Decisions

first_imgThe most difficult part of being productive is making values-based decisions. The words “values-based” not only refers to the rules you use to govern yourself but also what it is that you value. An inability or unwillingness to make decisions based on a set of criteria made up of something more than a task list will cause you to get less done than you should, feel stressed or overwhelmed, and procrastinate. Here is how you make values-based decisions to increase your productivity and the quality of your life.The Tyranny of the Task ListIf you are like most people, you have a task list. That task list is made up of all kinds of different and unrelated tasks. You might have “get cat food” sitting under “develop a plan to save client,” directly next to “make a tuition payment,” and one hundred other things all lined up on a task list. These tasks all require your time, your attention, and your energy. Because they are written in a straight line from top to bottom, or captured in a task manager of some kind, they all appear to be of equal importance.Most people sort their task list every day, moving what is urgent to the top of the task list to ensure it gets done before some fast-approaching deadline. The single criteria being used to make that decision is, “what do I need to today to not miss a deadline?” It is important to meet deadlines and keep your commitments. If you feel overwhelmed or struggle to get enough of the right work done, it is because urgency is is only one factor you might should use when deciding what to do. Other factors carry equal or more weight, and by using other factors, you not only get more done, you feel the greater satisfaction of living a life of your design, one of meaning and purpose.Value-Based DecisionsIf you want to be more productive and more effective, deciding what to do and when to do it is a decision based on a hierarchy of value. Because every task requires your attention, one doesn’t appear to be much different from another. Each task creates a sense of obligation. However, some of the tasks on your list are far more critical than others; they weigh more. To escape the tyranny of your task list, you start by acknowledging the difference in the importance of each task when measured against others.To make effective decisions, you have start by deciding this task is more important than that task. It helps to have a framework for making decisions that provides better guidance than urgency or deadlines. What follows is a framework for making values-based decisions.The Long term Value of a TaskThe framework here is how you escape your task list. The work isn’t easy, and it takes time to comprehend. You have to practice it for some time before it sticks. When it holds, it is life-changing.You start by looking at the long term value. What is the value of task or project or goal or initiative in the future? If what you are considering has an extended impact, it weighs more than something that isn’t going to matter two weeks from now. If the consequences or potential gain is immense when compared to other choices you might make, it needs to rise to the top of the list.If you have written down your long term goals and targets, what you need to do to reach them shows up on your task list (or Discipline List, if you follow the work in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need) is now a higher priority than other tasks.Identity, Purpose, and MeaningThe reason people struggle to do work that gives them a sense of purpose and meaning is, in part, because they are not doing the work that would allow them to exercise their resourcefulness and initiative. Instead, they get mired down in trivialities, things that don’t matter much now—or in the future.There are specific categories of life that your tasks, projects, goals into which you can sort your initiatives. Your identity is made up of these categories. It’s also made up of your values systems. Success in any of the classes requires you to invest your time and attention in the goals, projects, initiatives, and tasks necessary to the result you want. The order here is important:Identity: Who you are?Goals: What does the result look like?Projects: What outcomes are required to produce the goal?Initiatives: Inside those projects, what is a priority now?Tasks: What action do you need to take to around your priority?I am not sure how many times I have written these next sentences on this platform or somewhere else, but it is critical to being productive and doing good work: “Everything is important, but not everything can be most important. Productivity requires you to be intentional about your priorities.”If you feel like your work doesn’t provide purpose and meaning, there is more than a good chance you are defining your work incorrectly. Anything with which you bring your whole self to feels like purpose and meaning. When to move what’s most important to the top of the list and spend more time there, your work—and your life—feel very different.Deciding What Not to Do NowIt’s sometimes easier to decide what you are not going to do. When you ask yourself a question like, “What is the longterm value of this project or task,” you start to view it through a lens that is radically different from one that considers urgency only. When you rank things by their value over time, you find that some things are far more important than others.You are deciding is what you are not going to do now. You are intentionally allowing some things to go undone so you can make room for the few things that produce the highest value. You are saying no to small things so you can say yes to something bigger.Making decisions about your priorities allows you to schedule those things, crowding out what you are intentionally ignoring. You prevent yourself from failing at what are your most important priorities by ensuring that what’s most important comes first, rather than letting the lilliputian tasks dominate something much more significant.Trading Now for the FutureThe truth about productivity is that the most substantial part of it is made up of your attention and your results. It turns out that what we want in the short term often comes at the expense of what we wish for longterm. We sometimes trade novelty, distraction, and little urgencies for the results we want from the future.What you do now is shaping your future. You are choosing your future regrets. Future You should be deciding what you do now, not Present You. Present You tends to think short term, what do I want now. Future You takes a much longer view, and when you look back at the present from that vantage point, your perspective about what you should do shifts.Gaining TractionIf you have not made decisions like this before now, you will discover that you have to clean up some of the tasks that you didn’t get done before they became urgent. The process of making value-based decisions will feel like you are sliding on ice, lacking the traction you need to get where you want to go. You are heading in the right direction, and at some point, you’ll find that you have traction.last_img read more

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Will make State beggar-free: CM

first_imgPANAJI: The State government will take steps to make Goa India’s first beggar-free State, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced in his Budget speech on Friday.“We will conceive a full fledged rehabilitation centre for beggars and destitute,” Mr. Parrikar told the State Assembly while speaking on “social welfare, women and child development, and tribal welfare” during the course of his Budget speech.Mr. Parrikar said despite the Goa, Daman and Diu Prevention of Begging Act, 1972, “Number of beggars [are] increasing day-by-day.” He announced the scrapping of State Planning Board, and proposed to come up with an alternative to it.The Chief Minister said in order to tighten and streamline the bureaucracy, he will implement the Goa (Right of Citizens to Time-bound Delivery of Public Services) Act, 2013. Mr. Parrikar said it was his vision to make the State kerosene-free by proposing to provide LPG gas connections to 12,863 non-LPG families. He also announced plans to strengthen the State Vigilance Department, constituting a special squad to investigate all types of vigilance cases, including those related to disproportionate assets. Mr. Parrikar said he is determined to enforce accountability in financial sector through strict measures. He also promised to set up old-age homes, “with niche facilities,” after expressing concern over the increase in the number of senior citizens affected by various diseases and disorders in the State. He also declared to set up a taskforce of “competent people in the field” to come up with a State Geriatric care policy. Children with autism He said more than 5,800 children have been diagnosed with autism in Goa, and announced plans to set up autism complexes with help from NGOs, and Autism Society of India.The budget also proposed to make Goa garbage-free by 2020.last_img read more

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HC blow to Tata housing project near Sukhna Lake

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday dealt a big blow to the Tata Camelot Housing Colony (CAMELOT), touted as a “high performance residential cum retail complex,” as it held that it was within the catchment area of the Sukhna Lake and set aside all environmental clearance and permissions granted to the project.A Bench headed by Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw set aside the environmental clearance granted for the project proposed to be set up by Tata Housing Development Company Ltd. (Tata HDCL) in Kansal village of Mohali district in Punjab.Nineteen towersThe Tata HDCL had proposed to construct 19 towers of 7 to 28 storeys in an area admeasuring 52 acres which is located about 1500 m from the Sukhna Lake and 123 m from the Wild Life Sanctuary.“The area over which the project in question is proposed to be constructed forms part of the catchment area of Sukhna Lake as demarcated in the Survey of India map dated 21.09.2004,” the Bench held.“The permission granted by Nagar Panchayat Naya Gaon to Tata HDCL is invalid and is hereby set aside,” said the Bench while directing the Punjab government to reconsider the matter in the light of its judgement.Category ‘A’ project“The environmental clearance granted by SEIAA Punjab for development of the project is not in conformity with the notification of the Ministry of Environment & Forests,” said the Bench in its 169-page judgement.It also made it clear that if on reconsideration, the matter is decided in favour of Tata HDCL, it may apply to the Central Government for environmental clearance treating the project as a category ‘A’ project.All category ‘A’ projects require mandatory clearance from the Centre.The HC noted that “the contention of Tata HDCL that the project site does not form part of catchment area of Sukhna Lake is liable to be rejected”.The verdict comes on two petitions filed by advocate Aalok Jagga and by Sarin Memorial Legal Aid Foundation, challenging the permissibility of construction of the housing project on various grounds, including that the project is not authorised under the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.The matter was transferred by the Supreme Court to the Delhi High Court after the Punjab & Haryana High Court allowed the construction of the project.last_img read more

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3 Bihar children tied up in Allahabad shelter home

first_imgThree children from Bihar, who were brought here on the pretext of jobs and rescued from the railway station, were kept in a shelter home “with their limbs tied”, apparently to prevent them from fleeing.A video of the children in confinement went viral on the internet and was aired by TV news cahnnels.The children, aged between eight and 10, were promised jobs in Allahabad by a man in their village in Bihar’s Begusarai district. They were rescued from the Allahabad railway station by the Railway Childline and taken to a shelter home, where their limbs were tied after they tried to run away, senior officials said.“The children, in their statement to the magistrate concerned, said Gulab Yadav had promised them jobs that could fetch them up to ₹6,000 a month.The children hit some staff members after they were stopped from fleeing Punit Shukla Additional District Magistrate “On the magistrate’s directions, they were taken to the Kalyan Seva Samiti shelter home in Phaphamau,” Additional District Magistrate (City), Allahabad, Punit Shukla told PTI. “They were ordered to be kept there till their family members arrived to take them back. However, the children got agitated and hit some staff members on being stopped from running away,” Mr. Shukla said.“The staff members have admitted to tying the children with pieces of cloth, but only for a few minutes and as a desperate measure. “Nevertheless, it is an offence and those responsible are likely to face punishment. The district probation officer has also recommended the removal of the shelter home’s superintendent,” the Mr. Shukla said.‘Video prohibited’Mr. Shukla also took exception to an NGO shooting a video of the children, which was shared on social media and aired by a number of television news channels. “As per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, clicking photographs and shooting videos inside a shelter home is strictly prohibited. “Even if the NGO had flouted the rules with a bona fide intention, it should have shared the video only with the officials concerned. The people involved in the exercise, too, may face punishment as per law,” he said.last_img read more

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RSS affiliate launches stir in Rajasthan

first_imgCausing an embarrassment to the BJP government in Rajasthan, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) on Thursday launched an indefinite ‘Mahapadaav’ (sit-in) of farmers in Jaipur and at all divisional headquarters of Rajasthan. The BKS has extended its support to the ongoing farmers’ agitation.The State government sounded a high alert in all districts in view of the agitation. Hundreds of farmers participated in the sit-in at the Veer Tejaji Road grounds here demanding an increase in the minimum support price based on input costs and formulation of “farmer-friendly” policies.The BKS has stopped short of demanding loan waiver for farmers, which is a major issue of confrontation between the farmers’ groups and governments in several States. BKS general secretary Kailash Gandolia said the farmers were expecting the Rajasthan government to procure the crops such as groundnut, mustard and moong at MSP after two years of drought.last_img read more

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