“And Craig Sibbald, who has been a superstar for us in the couple of years since I came in, it wasn’t his best night on the ball but he was still brave enough to take it and that’s important.“Luke Leahy takes a quick free-kick, Sibbs still wants it, cutback and Will scores. So I give the players great credit for that.” Peter Houston praised Falkirk’s character but admits his team were “fortunate” to run out 1-0 winners in their Premiership play-off first leg against Kilmarnock.An injury-time goal from Will Vaulks proved enough to give the Championship side the advantage heading into Sunday’s second leg at Rugby Park.The visitors enjoyed the better chances with Craig Sibbald and goalkeeper Danny Rogers called into action to deny Kris Boyd and Tope Obadeyi.And Sibbald played a key part in the winner, cutting the ball back for Vaulks to place through the legs of Jamie MacDonald. Houston said: “I’m happy to get the goal. I think we were fortunate to win though.“Kilmarnock started better and used the ball better. And although we worked very hard, I thought that guys in our team who are comfortable on the ball didn’t use it very well.“We looked nervous, we looked tentative at times and we caused our own problems by giving the ball away and it gave a bit of impetus to Kilmarnock.“But the character was still there in abundance because we kept going. We had to call on our goalkeeper a couple of times, Danny makes a magnificent save.
We all know that workplace flexibility, family-friendly policies, and paid leave are at the forefront of many company and legislative discussions. Numerous articles condemn the lack of family-friendly policies in the US, see here and here. As a reaction, many states have, or are in the process of, passing local legislation requiring various levels of leave. Many cities, such as San Francisco, are also passing legislation on leave. This is putting many US companies in the situation of having to possibly respond to a patchwork of laws resulting that may result in compliance problems or at least inconsistent policies.The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), has helped develop, and is promoting, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. In this post, and in several subsequent posts over the coming weeks, I will try to explain the act for you and let you decide if it’s something you want to support.Federal legislationCurrently, in the US there is only one piece of Federal level legislation that covers leave, that is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and it applies to employers who have 50 or more employees. An Obama era Executive Order requires federal contractors to provide paid sick leave. The Workflex Act would be on the federal level, but it does NOT require compliance. It is an OPT-IN program that provides benefits to the employers and employees who do opt-in.SummaryHere is a summary of the legislation. In ensuing blog posts over the next month, I will provide more detail on the various components.It is a voluntary, opt-in program. Employers could offer an ERISA-qualified plan that includes a federal standard of paid time off and options for flexible work arrangements.This plan would pre-empt state and local paid sick leave laws.Employees of employers participating in the program would receive more paid leave than is currently required by either state or local mandates.Workers are guaranteed flexible workplace options them may not have current access to, the first such arrangement.Employers have a model to follow, providing more predictability in use of the program.It is complementary to current unpaid programs.It reduces compliance issues by eliminating the patchwork of state and local laws that many employers much currently comply with.Not yet passedThis is legislation that SHRM is trying to usher through the legislative process. The bill’s key sponsor in the House of Representatives is Rep. Mimi Walters, [R-CA-45]. Additionally, it has an additional four sponsors from New York, Washington, Michigan, and Alabama. SHRM is helping find a Senate sponsor to introduce this legislation in the Senate.SHRM’s leadership is heavily behind this bill, so you will hear a lot about it at SHRM18 in Chicago. Stay tuned for next week when I cover a component of the bill.I wish to thank Lisa Horn, SHRM’s Director of Congressional Affairs and Leader of SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative, for providing this information and answering my questions.Originally posted on Omega HR Solutions blog.
A group of men in California brazenly stole from a Nike store on Monday — simply walking out with shoes and apparel by the box load.The group of at least five men were at the Nike Factory Store at the Mountain Grove Shopping Center in Redlands around 8:30 PM when they took off, police said.The shameless thieves appeared unfazed as they took armfuls of merchandise and walked straight through the front doors as metal detectors sounded alarms. A customer inside the store who filmed the incident told KTLA the group “knew exactly where they were going.” Once they made it out of the store, the group hauled the merchandise into an SUV and fled the scene, according to KABC… Fox News- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Best practices for qualifying your link opportunitiesJan 10, 2018 by Ryan ShelleySo, you’ve got a list of potential linking partners, but how do you qualify them? Columnist Ryan Shelley shares his process.How independent retailers can thrive in a volatile marketJan 10, 2018 by Evan MaglioccaAs traditional retailers continue to struggle, columnist Evan Magliocca explains why it’s a unique opportunity for smaller brands to prosper amid the wreckage.Clash Royale’s ‘Epic Comeback’ was #1 YouTube ad in December, Apple was top brand overallJan 10, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesApple’s three iPhone X ads owned nearly one-third of the 87.8 million views generated by brands in YouTube’s December ad leaderboard.SteelHouse adds Connected TVJan 10, 2018 by Barry LevineThe ad platform is the latest to bring CTV into the digital ad ecosystem.5 content distribution strategies for 2018Jan 10, 2018 by Sherry BonelliSo, you’ve created tons of content, but you still aren’t gaining any traction. What gives? Columnist Sherry Bonelli explains how doing more with your existing content can help it reach its full potential.The CMO, martech and ‘marchitecture’: Messaging that matters to customersJan 10, 2018 by Jim YuWhat is a “marchitecture,” and why should it be an essential part of your strategy? Columnist Jim Yu explains how it can bridge the gap between your technology infrastructure and your customers’ needs.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:New report: The Internet of Things and blockchain tech are made for each otherJan 10, 2018 by Barry LevineIoT devices are constantly talking about themselves, and shared ledger technologies just love to record it all, permanently.What are you putting on the front burner? B2B marketing predictions and recommendations for 2018Jan 10, 2018 by John SteinertTo help B2B marketers prepare for what the future holds, columnist John Steinert lays out three trends you should keep top of mind in the coming year.InMobi scoops up AerServ for $90 millionJan 10, 2018 by Ginny MarvinThe combination creates the largest programmatic video advertising platform, says InMobi.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:‘We’re marching in the same direction’: Facebook is emphasizing Groups, and publishers are following suit, Digiday6 Ways to Drive Loyalty with Intelligent Content, Movable InkFor Ad Buyers, a Tale of Two Identity Graphs Emerges in 2018, eMarketerGoogle’s VR180 Cameras Are the Future of Point-and-Shoot, WiredHow brands can use innovative ad formats to break through clutter, Mobile MarketerHow to Build an Ecommerce Keyword List, Practical EcommerceMarketers Share Strategies for Twitter’s New 280-Character Limit, CMS WireSegmentation Models: New Segmenting Practices, MarketingProfsThe five Ps of AI strategy for marketers, EconsultancyVideo Storytelling Secrets From an Award-Winning Series, Content Marketing InstituteFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Link opportunities, YouTube’s top ads in December & content distribution Marketing Day: Link opportunities, YouTube’s top ads in December & content distributionYou are here: Posted on 11th January 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Link opportunities, YouTube’s top ads in December & content distribution
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the CIO Forum held in conjunction with the Insight 2009 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. While being held adjacent to Disney’s theme park, the theme of this event was appropriately titled “Vision Voice Value”. I spent two days discussing best practices, sharing lessons learned from Intel IT and comparing notes and strategies with leading CIOs, IT Directors, Managers and Administrators in the Health Care profession. Our focus? ways to deliver and articulate the business value of IT. I had the opportunity to: participate in a roundtable discussion of ~15 Health Care CIOs titled “The value of IT in improving financial performance” present to 50-60 CIOs on the business value of server refresh present to 20-30 IT Directors and Administrators on using the Xeon ROI tool as a way to justify server investment To enable this transformation from cost center to value center, we concluded that the accountability remains with IT, as IT professionals and CIOs must individually and collectively demonstrate business value through our investments and establish are relationship of IT predictability, trust and credibility with our business partners. These are core themes I have seen very visibly inside Intel IT as I began my journey to the center of IT a few short months ago. My second observation from this event reinforces some personal experiences I have had working with many other IT professionals in the past several months. With the global recession and it’s impacts to capital funding, the need to justify IT investment is greater than ever – and the competition internally for capital $ is very high. We may never go back to the way it was. We have seen this inside Intel IT’ organization as well and as a result, created at server refresh savings estimator tool to share what we learned in justifying our investment a proactive server refresh strategy in 2007 and staying committed to that investment in 2009. Thanks, ChrisIf you like this, follow me on twitter I demonstrated the server refresh savings estimator tool at the event to both the CIOs and IT Directors / Administrators and the feedback was very positive (“session was well worth my time”). Prior to the event, I also had the opportunity to work with Deborah Gash (CIO for Saint Luke’s Health Services) and her staff. Debe provided a glowing endorsement of the tool (Thanks Debe !!) after demonstrating the business value from a project already completed and the in intent to use it for several future projects. I invite you to learn more about why we created this tool and how to use it. If you have a question or want to give us feedback on how to enhance it – just let me know with a comment on this blog. My final thought comes from a blog written by Don Sears at eweek. Don discusses about the need for IT to be right, accurate, credible and trustworthy is so important whether you are working inside IT or with IT. Credibility and Trust is something that is hard to gain and easy to lose … so it is easy to understand why being right is key to working with IT. Getting it wrong can have huge consequences. One of the most thought provoking questions at the CIO roundtable that has stuck with me is … “How does your CEO (or your business customers) view IT?” … as a cost center (necessary evil) or as a value center (strategic enabler). While no one directly answered this rhetorical question, it was clear that our collective mission is to migrate IT from cost center to value center. This migration will not be immediate. It happens over time. Join us at IT@Intel and share your insights on our shared journey to transform IT from a cost center to a value center for business. I look forward to hearing from you.
SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and all the other aaS’s seem to have exploded in the last couple of years. In my previous post, The CIO is Dead! Long Live the CIO, I briefly touched on the confluence of changes impacting the CIO and the IT Department. One of those trends is SaaS. Do you have SaaS applications in your environment? Have you embraced the changes SaaS brings? Exactly what are the changes SaaS brings? First, let’s define SaaS. Gartner defines it as: as software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers. The provider delivers software based on one set of common code and data definitions that is consumed in a one-to-many model by all contracted customers at anytime on a pay-for-use basis or as a subscription based on use metrics. I think that states it very well. In short, it is multi-tenant software, that is usually billed on a PUPM basis, per-user-per-month.What is not SaaS is traditional on-premise software that is now provided in a hosted in environment and billed on the PUPM basis. We were recently involved in a software selection process and had narrowed down the applications to three finalists. In the final presentations, I asked about their SaaS offering. “Oh yes, we have a SaaS, in fact, we offer on-prem, hosted and SaaS.” So I asked them to explain the difference, is it a single code base, is it multi-tenant? What it boiled down to was a piece of paper. The only difference in the three offerings was the contract and how much they charged for the usage. In fact, they charged more for their “SaaS” offering than their hosted version, even though they were identical offerings. Sounds like “cloud-washing” to me.The SaaS model brings about many changes, but I would like to focus on just a few: the risk (contract), the financial, and the support. In the various SaaS contracts I have negotiated, I have found some common “issues” to be addressed. Some of these are common to contracts for other delivery methods but are accentuated in a SaaS model. Service Levels – It almost never fails, the first pass of the contract is either silent on SLAs, sometimes to the extent that the provider never has to make the application available, yet you still have to pay, or there is some wording like “we will deliver the application in accordance with the documentation” or they link to some website that defines the SLAs with no version control. In either case, they can be changed at any time without notification. All SLAs must defined and incorporated explicitly in the agreement. Payment and Disputes – This is another common issue, the provider reserves the right to revoke access to the system for non-payment period. You never want to get in a position where the provider can legally hold your data and therefore your business hostage. We like to negotiate in “good faith dispute” language that prevents them from revoking access if we have a dispute. We will include arbitration language to help settle the dispute after a specified time period (typically 120 days or more) of trying to otherwise resolve the dispute. Data – Be careful with this one. Be sure the agreement spells out who owns the data (YOU do), who can use the data (ONLY you), who is responsible for backups, disaster recovery and providing copies of the data (you should always have access to make copies of your data, and they should make backups and have a solid DR plan). Access to the data gets tricky at termination of the agreement as well, or in the event the firm goes under. Be sure to get language in the agreement that spells out how you will get your data in these instances and specifies destruction of the data at termination. Before moving on, another aspect of this that has bitten us, be sure you have language in the agreement that gives you immediate termination rights (and access to your data) in the event the provider gets purchased, especially if they get purchased by a competitor to your firm (yes this DID happen to us). Liability, warranties, and indemnification – Almost all providers that I have dealt with want to absolve themselves of any liability if they get breached and your data gets stolen. Read this language carefully and try to get the firm to assume the risk if they do not adequately protect your data. If they are not willing…walk away. The financial impacts of the SaaS model can be difficult to maneuver. By using a subscription based service you are essentially moving costs from a Capital Item to an Operating Expense. As you go down this path, be sure your CFO and your Board understand this and are comfortable with the change. Some vendors are trying to resolve this through “cloud credits” and other types of agreements. I think the jury is still out whether those will help with this or not.Another aspect of financial impacts could have actually been placed in the contract section as well. Because the SaaS model is typically a subscription based agreement based on some unit of measure (typically users, or employees) one of the advantages of this model is scalability. You, in theory, are only paying for what you use. Be wary, however, that most agreements allow you to scale up, but severely limit your ability to scale down, if they allow it all.The final area we will explore in this post is support of SaaS-based applications. It is probably obvious, but using SaaS applications moves most of the support from your internal IT resources to the vendor. Your team will be limited in the amount of support they can provide. This is a change management effort not only with your end-users, but also with your staff. Your end-users will have to understand the limitations and be satisfied with the service levels negotiated and the amount of flexibility they have in the application. Your end-users should have a seat at the table in the selection and negotiation, so the fully understand the implications of using this delivery model. As much as possible, the support should align with your current support model. For example, if you provide support 24×7, does the vendor provide the same hours of support? Can anyone call support, or does it have to go through named support leads? In our case, our Tier I support is outsourced, so we have to be sure a 3rd party can initiate a support request on our behalf. Do you, Mr. or Ms. CIO have direct access to a senior level person that you can reach out to in an emergency?As with many of the changes in IT, the SaaS model may also threaten your team. This may include your support team who is losing some element of control, but also your systems team who no longer maintains the servers for the application. Again, change management is key. Communicate, communicate, communicate the reason for adopting a SaaS approach to some of your application, reassure them of their role, and let them know, while their responsibilities may be different there may be opportunity to expand their role.These are just a few of the many changes and impacts the introduction of the SaaS delivery model can have on IT. I would love to hear about some of the impacts you have seen or some of your thoughts on those I have shared. In the next post, we will explore how adopting this model impacts the relationship of the CIO to the rest of the business.If anything you read here or in other posts strikes a chord, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment Jeffrey Ton is the SVP of Corporate Connectivity and Chief Information Officer for Goodwill Industries, providing vision and leadership in the continued development and implementation of the enterprise-wide information technology portfolio, including applications, infrastructure, security and telecommunications.Find him on LinkedInOpens in a new window.Follow him on TwitterOpens in a new window (@jtongici)Add him to your circles on Google+Opens in a new windowCheck out his previous posts and discussions
It will soon become a requirement for educators to undergo training by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), for promotion to the position of principals and vice principals.This was stated by Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House, on May 15.“We understand the need for strong trained leadership in our schools,” the Minister emphasised.He further informed that the NCEL will train 300 principals and education officers this year, noting that last financial year the college facilitated the training of three cohorts of school leaders, comprising 217 principals and education officers.In the meantime, the Minister pointed out that a careful assessment of the functioning of the island’s teachers’ colleges will be undertaken, to encourage closer articulation with local universities and to better align offerings to national needs.“Every year, our 10 teacher training institutions and our universities are graduating nearly 2,000 qualified teachers at great public and private cost, the majority of whom cannot find work in the public education system,” he lamented.The Minister noted, however, that some teacher training institutions are already multi-disciplinary, which is especially required in the fields of science, food production, sports and culture training.CONTACT: ALECIA SMITH-EDWARDS
APTN National NewsLiving in Canada’s North can sometimes be a risky business.And when things go bad in the remote wilderness search and rescue teams are called upon to help.But there are no search and rescue bases in the region and, as APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers will tell us, one Yellowknife company wants to change that.