Trading Places – Financial Sector Upgrades to Larger Monitors to Accommodate Shrinking Workspaces

first_imgMany of us spend our workday in front of a monitor, and this couldn’t be truer for employees within the financial sector. In fact, traders typically manage 8 to 12 monitors at a single desk in order to capture all the details that are mission-critical for their work.Over the last few years, the financial sector has moved to larger and higher resolution monitors such as Dell 43 Ultra HD 4K Multi Client Monitor (P4317Q) and Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor (U4919DW), to replace some of the smaller monitors that traders were previously using.  A recent Dell-sponsored IDC research study found that more than 80% of employees1 surveyed believed that monitors with bigger screens help improve productivity at work. Immersive technologies will continue to drive demand for high-performance monitors with higher resolution, larger screen sizes and newer form factors to support rich content and workloads that include a variety of data-centric tasks1.In many workplaces, including the financial sector, workspaces are shrinking as offices modernize and seek to maximize people per square foot. This was the inspiration for Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor– the world’s first 49-inch curved dual QHD monitor2.One of our customers in the financial sector came to us with a desire to redefine their traders’ work desks. They wanted a simplified and clean desk for traders without compromising their visual experience.Focusing on traders’ key needs — large screen space, crisp images and an excellent viewing experience — we developed an ultra-wide monitor at a high resolution that is curved and height adjustable for ease of viewing. Dell specifically created this panel and helped develop critical components along with key technology partners to bring the U4919DW Monitor to market. This monitor offers more screen real estate to view content, dual QHD resolution for striking clarity and delivers a truly immersive experience.  A Dell-commissioned Forrester study concluded there was a 12% productivity gain when traders switched from four 19-inch FHD monitors to two 34-inch WQHD (larger screen size, higher resolution) curved monitors, resulting in nearly 100 hours of annual incremental productivity per trader3.“We don’t do a lot of financial trading here, although we do some killer spreadsheet work and a little media. We publish quarterly reports; Market Watch is our oldest and best known. It was (and still is) an awesome and unforgettable sight to see 14 years of quarterly data uninterrupted with associated charts being displayed on the Dell UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor. The more you can see, the more you can do,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research.That said, larger screen sizes require more efficient management of screen real estate to maximize productivity. The Easy Arrange feature on Dell Display Manager (DDM)4 specifically addresses this need by offering customizable Easy Arrange layouts. This allows users to organize multiple applications on the screen and snap them into a template of their choice, making multi-tasking easy and effortless.  You can even use a hot key to toggle between the layouts.For IT decision-makers, Dell Display Manager enables smarter centralized management of display assets and inventory allowing IT admin to control the monitors remotely. Imagine a typical trading floor where IT admin can remotely switch monitor(s) to standby mode after trading hours and turn them on the following day. IT managers and end-users can both expect to improve their productivity with the newly updated DDM.In finance, we know that time is money and a high-quality display provides traders with a clear view of fast-moving market activity. Make sure you don’t miss critical trading opportunities while changing screens or programming your settings. By optimizing your workspace, you’ll reap the benefits quickly.____________________________________________________________________________[1] Source: Based on IDC Infobrief – Future of Work Embracing New Dynamics, Creating New Experiences, sponsored by Dell, September 2019.  Full report:[2] Based on Dell internal analysis, July 2018.[3] Source: Forrester Total Economic Impact™ Study commissioned by Dell: The Total Economic Impact™ Of Dell UltraSharp Monitors: Productivity Gains, Talent Retention, And Operational Efficiency Enabled By Dell Monitors, July 2018.  Full report:[4] Refer to the list of monitors supported by Dell Display Managerlast_img read more

Development issue spotlight on appropriate technology

first_imgThis is the eighth of a 12-part series on our blog highlighting the 12 major development issues. In case you missed it, last month we discussed women in development, which can be found here. This month we are focusing on appropriate technology.The term appropriate technology has been around since the early 1950’s and was coined to address the most effective technology to be used in developing areas, or to be socially and environmentally acceptable within industrialized nations.Within the credit union movement, access to affordable and appropriate technology varies depending on local infrastructure, financial resources and credit union business plans. Members of Guadalupe Credit Union in rural New Mexico may not have access to internet services, making online banking impossible. Many lack even a cell signal and will drive 45 minutes to an hour to reach a financial institution of any kind. The credit union is considering a mobile branch to reach these remote communities.As credit unions grow, they seek to become more innovative in adopting new technologies to increase efficiency and to give a better member experience.  More than ever before, credit unions are seeking technology to help members manage their money with online applications and mobile devices.  Will brick and mortar become a thing of the past?  Will credit unions that focus heavily on technology lose what being a credit union means?  Will these cease to grow? continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Should a Pro-Abortion Printer be Forced to Print “Abortion is Murder” Signs and Shirts?

first_imgGodfather 25 February 2014The courts have kicked a legal hornet’s nest by redefining marriage and forcing people to agree with their decision under threat of fines and possible imprisonment.Now states are trying to project business owners that do not agree with the redefinition of marriage by passing laws allowing them to refuse service to people of the same sex who want to get married. Consider Arizona’s governor Jan Brewer:“She must decide if she is going to sign into law legislation that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.”These new legal attempts to fix what the courts broke are getting a lot of attention. They are being portrayed as pro-discrimination laws. Some have described them as similar in kind to ‘Jim Crow’ laws. Being black is not a behavior or a belief.Business owners (religious or not) should be able to make their own decisions about who they want to do business with.Sometimes the best way to explain to people the nature of something is to put the shoe on the other foot. Here are some “what ifs.” What if a print-shop owner holds to a “pro-choice” view on abortion and a pro-life group comes in and wants shirts and signs made that read “Babies are Murdered Here” to use in front of an abortion clinic? Should the owner of the shop be forced to make the shirts and signs?What if a print-shop owner who is homosexual gets an order for shirts and signs that are to read “God Hates Fags”? Should the owner be forced to fill the order under penalty of law?Should a supporter of PETA who owns a print shop be forced to make signs and shirts that read “PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals”?Should a baker be forced to supply cakes to a KKK-themed wedding or birthday party?Should an atheist who owns a print shop be forced to print signs and shirts that read “All Atheists are Going to Hell”?Should a printer be forced to print shirts and signs that read “Hitler Was Right”?Should a photographer be forced to film and photograph a wedding that has a “White Power” or KKK theme?I suspect that the vast majority of people in America would sympathize with these business owners who were asked to do something contrary to their beliefs that is an advocacy position against those beliefs.This is quite different from a rabid racist who buys a cake from a baker or wants business cards made for his son’s new business venture. In the majority of cases, people who operate businesses don’t know the personal views or sexual habits of their customers, and in most cases they don’t want to know.But when someone comes in to advocate for a view that has moral meaning for them, that’s a different story.We may not like the advocacy of this group or that group, but what we should like even less is the government saying how we should advocate for our beliefs. read more

His Ball

first_img Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Julian Whigham received a text message from defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough at 5:30 a.m. similar to others he received throughout the summer.“It’s your ball,” the text read.Whigham doesn’t respond with a message of his own, but instead heeds Bullough’s advice on the practice field.“It just kind of gets your mind right when you get up out of bed,” Whigham said.Whigham’s all about football from the moment he wakes up, and the texts justify his overhauled lifestyle this offseason. Everything he’s done has been to change what happened last season and Bullough’s texts serve as the reminder: Last year, it wasn’t his ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhigham structured his routines off the field in order to regain his confidence on it. How Whigham, a cornerback, matches up against the conference’s best receivers will determine if it paid off.Logan Reidsma | Photo Editor“My focus was that much more intense knowing this is my last go-round being a senior,” Whigham said.Last season, Whigham wasn’t physical enough. He was inconsistent with his stance at the line of scrimmage and failed to make enough plays on the ball. Receivers attacked the ball with more power and got to it first.“When there’s no consistency, you end up with games that I had,” Whigham said.By the end of the year, his confidence was shot and he felt like he let the team down. “‘Man, I really need to get my mind right,’” wide receiver Steve Ishmael recalled Whigham telling him at the end of the season.He hid his PlayStation in his closet and stopped watching TV. Whigham hit the weight room instead of sleeping in on Saturday mornings. He put Netflix aside to go to the practice field and work on his technique.“It kind of clicked once the season ended like I need to do more,” Whigham said. “… I finally focused up, put it together and I’ve come out an entirely different person.”Whigham added 15 pounds of muscle, and when he went home to Florida in May and saw his close friend Bobby Puyol for the first time since Winter Break, Puyol said, “Dang Julian, you’ve gotten so much bigger!”If you watch the film, Julian is right there … It’s not like he’s busting (the coverage) and the guy’s 10 yards in front of him. He’s right there. He’s just got to concentrate on making the play.Chuck BulloughPart of the issue for Whigham was becoming comfortable with the shadow technique, a type of stance he said Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer implemented in the spring of his sophomore year.Whigham spent his junior season trying to figure out what was most comfortable for him — feet spread wide or narrow, hips lifted high or knees bent low. It all contributed to the season Whigham had.But he’s decided the stance he will use this upcoming season and said he’s perfectly comfortable with it.Off the field, Whigham completely altered his eating habits. He cut down visits to his favorite restaurants: The Cheesecake Factory and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. He learned how to cook a few meals in his apartment so he didn’t have to go out. Whigham substituted the 20-piece Chicken McNugget meal for a bowl of homemade pasta.In the past couple years, Whigham’s mother, Wanda, talked to him about cutting down on fatty foods. Whigham’s attitude was that he would just burn off the calories when he worked out, but now with his back against the wall, he conceded his favorite delicacies.“It stresses his mom out when she looks at his Twitter and sees pictures of a Cheesecake Factory bag,” Wanda Whigham said of her son’s previous eating habits. “Or I see him tweet out that he’s happily going to Five Guys for burgers because that’s not healthy weight.”Despite all the adjustments Whigham made, Shafer didn’t guarantee him a starting spot at Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day in July. It was another effort to eliminate his complacency and Whigham said it was the best thing Shafer could have done for him.“Last year, it was just kind of handed to me,” Whigham said, “and I just kind of sat around, did what I had to do and I didn’t get as good as I could have been last fall.”Whigham still had an occasional lingering thought about 2014 during the spring and summer, but at the start of training camp, he washed them out. He changed his routines in order to help put it behind him.Syracuse has an annual tradition to kick off training camp called “Burn The Shoe,” in which players toss shoes into a fire pit and seniors give speeches to teammates. Whigham offered advice about “the little things,” since that’s what Whigham focused on himself entering the season.“I made sure that when I threw those shoes in there, everything from last year was gone,” Whigham said.Now Whigham has just one season left to prove it. He’s done everything he says he could in order to make Bullough’s texts ring true.“The ball is mine,” Whigham says before pausing, preparing to finish his sentence like he hopes to do with pass breakups.“At all times.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ cognac 5yr Published on September 3, 2015 at 4:24 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img This is placeholder text Advertisement Senior cornerback Whigham transforms offseason lifestyle to improve play on field for Syracuse another mediocre seasonlast_img read more

Football: Ramczyk, Watt headline Badgers 2017 NFL Draft class

first_imgWith the 2017 NFL Draft fast approaching April 28, ESPN’s foremost NFL draft analyst, Mel Kiper Jr., chimed in on some of the Badgers entering this year’s draft while announcing his latest mock draft last Wednesday.Ryan RamczykJunior offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk has cemented his place as Wisconsin’s top overall prospect in the eyes of many across the country. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound behemoth has been receiving consistent early to mid-first round grades from scouts and analysts across the country. Kiper shared a similar excitement for Ramczyk.“I’m very impressed with him,” Kiper said. “I hold out hope that he can be a starting left tackle in this league, but at the very worst he’ll be a solid right tackle for a long time.”He then went on to suggest Ramczyk would be better off landing with a more competitive team toward the latter half of the first round so he wouldn’t be forced to carry too much pressure during his rookie season.Kiper also mentioned Ramczyk to the Denver Broncos with the 20th pick is an opportunity that could allow Ramczyk to develop, since the Broncos have no high-profile quarterback to protect as well as a veteran, well-established offensive line to surround him.Women’s golf: Ferrell snags third place for UW in Hawkeye El Tigre InvitationalThe University of Wisconsin women’s golf team has senior Brooke Ferrell to thank for a third place finish at the Read…Corey ClementSenior running back Corey Clement is next in a long line of Wisconsin running backs to enter the NFL, following the likes of Montee Ball, Melvin Gordon III and recent Super Bowl LI champion James White. According to Kiper, backs with latter-round draft stock like Clement are being hindered by the incredible depth and talent of the 2017 running back class compared to previous years.“This is one of the deepest running back classes in a while, and still I only see two, maybe three, running backs [maximum] taken in the first round,” Kiper said.Kiper doesn’t see Clement as one of the top three backs, putting him squarely behind guys like former Louisiana State University star Leonard Fournette, Florida State University’s Dalvin Cook, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and even the recent noise made by Joe Mixon of Oklahoma.Suspending Mixon’s intolerable off-the-field troubles, Kiper did give his athletic capability a nod, calling him the most talented running back in this class.For that reason, Kiper gave Clement a late-second or early third round grade. Even with that said, Clement’s career outlook is far from bleak. Kiper discussed the success of running backs selected in the third round who made an immediate impact, such as David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals.Despite increased depth at running back position in this year’s class, Clement’s future remains bright, and he has shown scouts he has flashes of the talent and ability necessary to excel in the league for a long time, should he enter the right NFL situation.T.J. WattKiper gave outside linebacker T.J. Watt an early second round grade and hinted at a slim possibility he could jump to a surprise selection in the late first round. Kiper substantiated his praised evaluation of Watt with an emphasis on his prolific pass-rushing ability.Kiper believes Watt’s greatest asset as his defensive versatility to succeed at multiple positions. Watt can play outside linebacker in a traditional 3-4 defensive scheme, but he also has the proven that — if he puts on a little weight — he can play as bruiser, hand-on-the-ground defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.“It’s obvious that his name and the good character that is known to come with it will only help his stock in this draft,” Kiper said, referencing the fact Watt is the younger brother of two current NFL players.Football: Montee Ball set to finish degree at Wisconsin, turn over a new leafFormer University of Wisconsin football player Montee Ball is finally looking to a new life beyond football. The three-year Badger running Read…Vince BiegelNow to the other member of the Badgers’ dynamic duo at linebacker last season, senior Vince Biegel. Biegel was a steady presence in the linebacking core for all four of his years with Wisconsin, making all Big Ten teams in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.Kiper gave Biegel a late-third to early fourth round grade and attributed that placement to the draft’s depth at the defensive end and outside linebacker positions. He also mentioned if Biegel drops all the way to the fourth round, he would become an absolute steal for whoever grabs him.Biegel could make an immediate impact on special teams while developing his pass rush and coverage abilities enough to transform into a successful starter on any NFL defense.last_img read more