The Importance of Robots, VR and IoT to Channel Partners in 2018

first_imgLast month we celebrated one year of the new and improved Dell EMC channel partner program. And what a year it was! We learned a lot during this time and I’m pleased to say we have listened to the feedback from our channel partners and customers and actioned it.We’ve kicked off 2018 on a high by announcing improvements that will continue to increase the benefits for our valued partners. With a new rebate structure and a competitive MDF strategy, we have shown our intention to always to reflect on our offering and continue to make the program simple, predictable and profitable for our partners. Locally, we hosted our first Partner Advisory Board of the year; it’s a great event where we drive truly meaningful conversations that allow us to continually invest and improve the program. But these ongoing changes are just one part of the strategy that helps our partners remain successful.At the end of 2017, Dell Technologies predicted 2018 to be the year that human-machine relationships reach new levels. So, what does this mean for our channel partners? Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will dominate the conversation. Just this week, an Australian school revealed it was using a robot to teach alongside a teacher. The AI capabilities of the robot provide a two-way experience that goes above and beyond a child using a mobile device. The potential for AI to disrupt all industries is here and we are about to jump in head first. It’s important to ensure that your business is not only aware of what can be achieved using the technology but also have the technical understanding of the infrastructure changes needed to create a modern data centre.Advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing are progressing faster than we anticipated. This extra processing and analytical power is already changing the way we live with more connected homes and cars, and greater consumer expectations in almost every industry.One of my favourite customer stories of last year is about Tassel and our partner Intuit Technologies. Using IoT to farm more data on how their salmon pens were performing seemed like a straightforward solution. By predicting multiple variables, the team was able to produce better outcomes for the business. But to run the IoT, Tassel needed to upgrade its IT systems, which is where Dell EMC came into the mix. We provided the hyper-converged infrastructure required to store, manage and automate all the extra data the IoT element was producing, allowing for a real-time decision-making process. This journey had two parts to success and we encourage our partners to become experts in both.As we continue to see these incredible use-cases and explore new ways of working with technology, our partners need to remain ahead of the curve. Immerse yourself in the possibilities that can be achieved so, when the time comes, you can help to bring these incredible use-cases to life.With Dell Technologies World and our annual Global Partner Summit taking place next month in Las Vegas, we encourage all our partners, resellers and customers to join us. In an action-packed agenda, we’ll explore the latest technology trends with our experts, hold workshops and training on our full product portfolio, and share great stories from our customers. It promises to be an inspiring week with lots of insightful discussions. What are you waiting for? Find out more information and register for the event here.last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Fuerza Bruta Wayra

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 28, 2016 Fuerza Bruta Fuerza Bruta Wayra is an event where worlds collide, where dreams are real and reality takes a back seat. The fast-paced show takes the audience on a thrill ride from beginning to end, with upbeat live music, on-stage musicians and aerial displays. Related Shows View Comments Fuerza Bruta, an Argentinean-founded multi sensory spectacular by artistic director Diqui James, previously played over 2,000 performances at the Daryl Roth Theatre, ending its prior run on January 5. The international sensation Fuerza Bruta is returning to New York and tickets are now on sale! The new Fuerza Bruta Wayra will begin previews off-Broadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre on June 17. Opening night is set for June 24.last_img read more

VTrans Funds Three New or Expanded Public Transit Routes

first_imgVTrans Funds Three New or Expanded Public Transit RoutesMONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has announced that it will grant three public transit providers a total of $350,000 so that they can fund new or expand popular public transit routes.The funding will establish new bus routes along Route 103 as well as Interstate 91. Expansion of an existing bus route will occur along Interstate 89. Many of the routes include stops at Park and Rides so commuters can easily access the service.”Improving Vermont’s public transportation system is one of our priorities,” said VTrans Secretary David Dill “These new routes are an important step in helping Vermonters not only maintain their independence but also save money as they can now use a bus to get to work, the hospital and even one of Vermont’s signature ski areas.”New or expanded routes include:* Expansion of the I-89er through Stagecoach Transportation Services. The increased service will reduce headways (bus wait time) from one hour to 30 minutes. In addition, the expansion will double the seating capacity on this very popular route, which begins in Randolph Center and travels south along Interstate 89 with stops at park & rides in both Randolph and Sharon on its way to Bethel, White River Junction and finally into Lebanon, NH. The service will include stops at the VA Hospital in White River as well as both Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.* New service along Route 103 from Rutland through Ludlow to Bellows Falls and Springfield. This route will serve Okemo Mountain Resort on weekends during ski season. Service will be provided by a joint effort from Marble Valley Regional Transit District and Connecticut River Transit.* New service along I-91 from St. Johnsbury to White River Junction and then onto Lebanon, NH. Stopping at designated park and rides along the way as well as Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Service will be provided by Rural Community Transportation.When new service will begin, as well as exact bus schedules, are still being developed. Travelers should go to connectingcommuters.org for links to each public transit service provider who can provide more detail.last_img read more

Animal Law Committee up for review

first_imgAnimal Law Committee up for review Animal Law Committee up for review The Bar’s new Animal Law Committee is up for review before the Program Evaluation Committee and comments are being sought on whether the ALC should gain standing committee status.Last year, the PEC approved the Animal Law Committee as an interim standing committee for a one year period. The review will begin at the PEC’s October 20 meeting in Palm Coast.The PEC is chaired by Frank C. Walker and any comments or suggestions may be e-mailed to Walker at fcw@bellsouth.net or the Bar’s Mike Garcia at mgarcia@flabar.org. September 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Smithsonian Channel’s Popular Series Aerial America Returns With New Season: Win DVDs of New England Collection

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Smithsonian Channel’s popular series Aerial America takes flight with an all-new season this Sunday at 8 p.m.Plus Smithsonian Channel invites you to Times Square this Thursday and Friday to come see The Grand Canyon in 3-D. Play trivia, enter-to-win the $5,000 sweepstakes and more!Aerial America… Sunday nights at 8PM… Only on Smithsonian Channel.Long Island Press is giving away several copies of Aerial America: New England Collection.Simply send your first and last name in an email to contests@longislandpress.com with AA DVD in the subject line.last_img read more

This credit union’s show must go on

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit unions’ response to the pandemic has showcased their overwhelming dedication to serving their members and communities, providing support and compassion during times of need. However, it also exposed limitations in a significant number of institutions’ disaster recovery and business continuity plans. While most were ready to confidently face such crises as severe weather or prolonged power outages, not enough had proper, comprehensive plans in place for a pandemic and the implications of physical isolation.Despite hopes that the virus would die down in the summer, COVID-19 cases have started spiking again in certain parts of the country, and many states are doubling down on restrictions and beginning to shut back down. Savvy credit unions are taking action now to strengthen their disaster recovery and business continuity plans, incorporating lessons learned from the pandemic’s onset and establishing protocols and best practices for a smoother transition to efficient, secure remote working conditions.A strong first step for enhancing disaster recovery plans is to broaden the scope of situations accounted for. As COVID-19 dramatically demonstrated, crises are not limited to natural disasters and weather events. Conducting tabletop exercises to brainstorm and discuss a wider range of potential scenarios helps credit unions better anticipate and prepare for a greater variety of future situations. These conversations shouldn’t just include executives or a certain group of employees; such exercises are most effective when there is representation and perspective from teams across the institution, including HR, legal, lending, the C-suite and beyond.last_img read more

Ponikve educational trail opened in the hinterland of Bakar

first_imgWhile other destinations in Kvarner were developing as tourists, the city of Bakar, due to industry, has been in tourist isolation for decades. With the departure of Koksara, this city, thanks to the activities of the tourist community, slowly began to revive tourism, primarily through numerous summer events.Wanting to make a step towards the year-round tourist offer, the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar began the spring with the opening of the Ponikve Educational Trail, which is located near the village of Ponikve in the Bakar hinterland. Namely, it is a phenomenon of karst lake that arises and disappears, which has so far intrigued passers-by, but now there will be many more in the Ponikvar valley because all plant, animal, historical and karst features are united in an 8,5 km long educational trail. was realized with the funds of the City of Bakar, the Tourist Board of the City of Bakar and the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.”The Ponikve educational trail was created as an incentive for the local population to recognize Ponikve as an excursion destination throughout the year and as an additional offer for tourists who can get to know the diverse natural heritage of our region in Ponikve. Lake “now it is, now it is not” is a special tourist offer precisely because it is a real magic trick of nature that brings visitors in one moment enjoying the peace and greenery of the rich flora (over 600 plant species and one endemic) which is also the habitat of three large beasts (wolf, bear and lynx) and getting to know the remains of the past by climbing to the Liburnian forts on the slopes with unforgettable views, and at another moment brings a view of the impressive lake and the possibility of diving in it or for a little less brave, a boat ride on its surface. With the first storm, the water recedes and the lake disappears, so Ponikve is an unavoidable destination of the copper hinterland that is always worth visiting because you never know how nature will play and whether you will be greeted by a lake or green valley ideal for a trip and stay in nature., emphasized the director of the Tourist Board Sonja Jelušić Marić and pointed out that the beauty and richness of this landscape can be seen on the website TZ Bakra where there are fascinating photographs taken by diver photographers and a wealth of information about the diversity of Ponikava.In Ponikve, a fascinating and unpredictable game of nature takes place in which the green Ponikvera valley instantly turns into a lake up to 20 m deep when rains and melted snow fill the underground caves with water and it erupts to the surface. Then the forest world becomes underwater and flowering trees in the spring, paths, dry stone walls and hunting lodges become a unique paradise for divers.The lake “now it has it, now it is gone” is a natural phenomenon that is a great basis for various tourist stories, of course the lake itself is a phenomenal story, but it should certainly be enriched with various “spices” ie extensions of tourist stories related to the lake. . One of these is the educational educational trail, and the sequel I hope is yet to come. read more

Retail Agency Team of the Year

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Alecta poaches Skandia CIO for new real assets chief role

first_imgThe appointment of Brändström is part of an organisational change at the Stockholm-based pension fund, involving the creation of a Real Assets department, which will be sub-divided into International Real Assets and Real Estate Sweden.Lena Boberg has now been appointed as Alecta’s new head of Swedish real estate, and is coming to the company from her most recent job of chief executive officer at ICA Fastigheter.Meanwhile, Frans Heijbel will continue to lead International Real Assets.Boberg has been CEO of Västerås-based property firm ICA Fastigheter since 2011, having joined the firm in 2007. Her previous jobs include that of chief financial officer of Skandrenting AB, and one of her current roles is supervisory board member of Ancore Fastigheter, which is jointly owned by ICA and Alecta.Alecta told IPE that the pension fund’s real assets allocation – the vast majority of which is in real estate – had been growing over the last few years to around 10% in 2019 from about 7% in 2016.This development was the main reason for creating the new role of real assets chief, the spokesman said. Sweden’s biggest pension fund Alecta has lured Skandia Investment Management’s chief investment officer to switch sides and head up its rapidly-growing real assets operation, amid indications from the fund that the expansion of its property and infrastructure allocation has much further to go.Axel Brändström is set to join Alecta this month in the newly-created role of head of real assets, having worked at rival Skandia for almost 15 years, according to a spokesman for Alecta.The news follows the departure of Fredrik Palm, Alecta’s former head of real estate, on 25 September last year, and his temporary replacement by Danor Ghersinich, who had previously been responsible for the fund’s directly owned properties.Palm, who headed up the the SEK928bn (€88bn) pension fund’s real estate operation since 2013, left to start his own business.last_img read more

ESG roundup: New tailings management standard to improve mining safety

first_imgFaith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at Brunel Pension PartnershipHe said that as investors, the group has a moral duty to ensure that “we are not profiting from modern slavery in any shape or form”.Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at Brunel Pension Partnership, added: “Whilst investors are increasingly interested in the impact of environmental, social and governance factors on the financial performance of companies we have to make sure that we are also delivering real world, positive, change. I hope that this letter encourages companies to investigate their labour supply chain and provide strong safeguards for migrant workers”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. GTR said in a statement the standard “establishes clear expectations around global transparency and disclosure requirements, helping to improve understanding by interested stakeholders”.The co-conveners have each endorsed it and call for its broad and effective implementation across the industry:UNEP will support governments that wish to incorporate and build upon this Standard into their national or state legislation and policies.PRI, representing $103.4trn (€86.7trn) in assets under management, will develop investor expectations to support all mining companies in implementing the standard.ICMM member companies will implement the standard as a commitment of membership.Bruno Oberle, chair of the GTR, said: “It is my hope that the standard will be supported by an independent body that can maintain the quality and further refine and strengthen the standard over time.”Scottish Widows invests £2bn in BlackRock’s new climate transition fundInsurance and pensions provider Scottish Widows has become the first investor in BlackRock’s newly launched Authorised Contractual Scheme (ACS) Climate Transition World Equity Fund.The investor is initially allocating £2bn (€2.2bn) of its pension portfolios into the fund, which it also helped to design.Climate transition is a new data-driven investment approach developed by BlackRock that measures a company’s exposure and management to transition risks and opportunities.It seeks to provide investors with a broad market approach to invest in the transition to a low carbon economy, the asset manager stated.Philipp Hildebrand, vice chair of BlackRock, said: “The world is undergoing a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy. This transition — driven by climate change, technological innovation, consumer preference and regulatory and policy development — is going to create winners and losers, and investors need to be prepared.”The fund offers portfolio diversification by providing exposure to companies across sectors, regions, and business maturities. “The transition to a low carbon economy won’t just affect oil and gas companies, but rather all sectors – including hospitality, transportation, and healthcare,” BlackRock said.Scottish Widows recently launched a Responsible Investment and Stewardship Framework that outlines how it will make decisions on asset allocation, fund manager selection, fund research, and engagement activity.Its commitment to responsible investment is fully supported by its parent company, Lloyds Banking Group, which in January 2020 set an ambitious goal to accelerate working with customers, government and the market to help reduce the carbon emissions they finance by more than 50% by 2030.Companies operating in Gulf nations urged to protect workers from debt, slaveryA group of institutional investors with more than $3trn (€2.5trn) in assets under management – led by CCLA and supported by investors including Aviva Investors, Schroders and M&G – has written to 54 companies, including those with business operations in Gulf nations, to request details about their approach to safeguarding migrant workers.This follows concerns about workers’ welfare, particularly relating to recruitment practices which may result in debt bondage, as well as the retention of their passports, it said.The investors are responding to recent reports that have identified how migrant workers in Gulf nations, recruited and employed through labour outsourcing agencies, are coerced into paying large fees to agents and third parties as part of the recruitment processes for roles in major international companies.The payment of recruitment fees, often only made possible by taking out excessive loans at high interest rates or by signing over assets and property, can mean that workers are left in a position of ‘debt bondage’, and thus are at high risk of forced labour and modern-day slavery, the group said.“The global Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in many migrant workers’ roles being revoked or in workers losing their jobs. This has left many facing substantial debts that they will likely find impossible to repay and the prospect of rising rates of suicide and other social harms,” the group said in a statement.Focused on high-risk sectors such as hospitality, construction, and oil and gas, the investor letter noted that, due to the complicated nature of migrant worker recruitment supply chains and layers of labour outsourcing, many end-user companies may be unaware of these risks that impact upon the migrant workers who work in their operations.Therefore, the letter asked companies that use any labour outsourcing companies or migrant workers within their operations in the Gulf states for information on how they work with these agencies.The letter also asked for details about the policies and processes in place to identify, reimburse and provide other forms of remedy to migrant workers who have been impacted by recruitment fees and/or passport retention.Peter Hugh Smith, CCLA’s chief executive officer, said: “The International Labour Organisation regards the payment of recruitment fees and costs as a significant indicator of forced labour with debt bondage estimated to be a factor in over half of the 25 million cases of forced labour worldwide.” The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management was launched today to establish the first global standard on tailings management to ensure improved safety in the mining industry.The standard was developed through an independent process – the Global Tailings Review (GTR) –which was co-convened in March 2019 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) following the tragic tailings facility collapse at Brumadinho in Brazil, on 25 January 2019.GTR announced at the end of June its intention to launch the standard, confirming that it would establish “much needed robust requirements for the safer management of both existing and new tailings facilities globally”.Strengthening current practices in the mining industry by integrating social, environmental, local economic and technical considerations, the tailings management standard covers the entire tailings facility lifecycle – from site selection, design and construction, through management and monitoring, to closure and post-closure.last_img read more