Half-time: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgFrank Lampard almost put Chelsea ahead at the Emirates Stadium, where a win would put them level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool.Lampard volleyed against the underside of the bar after meeting Eden Hazard’s ball into the box with a crisp volley.The England midfielder had earlier miscued when Cesar Azpilicueta pulled the ball back from the left after linking up with the lively Hazard.Boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that his attacking players must improve the defensive side of their game when the team do not have possession if Chelsea are to sustain a title challenge.And with Fernando Torres and Willian constantly looking to stop Arsenal building from the back, and with Ramires dropping deep to join midfielders Lampard and John Mikel Obi when needed, they have looked solid so far.Arsenal finished the half strongly, however, and wanted a penalty when Theo Walcott went down after Willian stepped on his feet, but referee Mike Dean was having none of it.Chelsea (4-2-3-1:) Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard; Willian, Ramiries, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Luiz, Cole, Oscar, Mata, Schurrle, Eto’o.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SaaS: Enterprise Software Vendors Are Still Denying Reality

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#cloud computing#saas Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img As Silicon Valley girds for $1 trillion wealth transfer from the enterprise software incumbents to nimble upstarts, it makes sense to look how the entrenched players are responding the challenge.While some are buying up the competition while they still can or building their own startup-like operations (praying they won’t cannibalize their main businesses), others are hiding their heads in the sand. For them, at least, the results aren’t going to be pretty.The Old GuardThe enterprise software market is big and messy for a reason: The “enterprise” isn’t a thing, precisely. Enterprises are just big businesses – and businesses do everything. Clorox, Facebook and the Department of Defense might all be considered “enterprises,” but they have very different organizational structures, revenue models and supply chains. If you’re selling software to support those differences, you’d better be ready to customize. Enter SAP, Oracle, IBM, EMC and other enterprise “solution providers.” Typically, these vendors sell customers a product for $500K, charge another $1 million to integrate it and make it work, then take even more ongoing fees to keep it running. Enterprise software products scale – which is why companies are willing to invest so much in them – but they’re expensive, slow-moving and complicated.For small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), speed and cost trump scalability, so they tend to focus on separate “point” solutions. An SMB might stitch together Quickbooks, Microsoft Project, Joomla, payroll services from ADP, and a ton of spreadsheets and email to fill in the gaps. These solutions are cheap and quick, but integration between them is often glitchy, crticial data can get lost in the shuffle, and they have an annoying tendency to fall apart as companies grow.The New GuysOver the last 10 years, Software as a Service (SaaS) delivered from the cloud has bridged the gap between the two worlds, offering scalable enterprise-class services that can be up and running in a matter of weeks, rather than months. SaaS applications are generally less customizable than their on-site competitors, but they’re a lot simpler to understand, often provide better performance, and their pricing is much more straightforward. Some of the biggest enterprises in the world are moving chunks of their infrastructure to these SaaS upstarts, and many newer companies are building their entire platforms in the cloud.Salesforce.com is the most successful example of a SaaS vendor, racing from nowhere to a multi-billion dollar valuation in just a few years. Along the way, Salesforce has proved that the cloud can, in fact, support large enterprises. The company currently manages a 25,000-seat contract with Merrill Lynch, for example, and it closed a $140 million deal with State Farm Insurance earlier this year.Deals like that get headlines, and you’d think that traditional enterprise software vendors would be worried enough to do whatever it takes to response to the challenge.You’d think that, but it’s not always true. In many cases, the big dogs don’t seem to be paying attention, and it could end up costing them.Quick ResponseSometimes they get it right. In HR for example, the SaaS threat is well understood, and the response is already in motion. Workday, created by PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield and other PeopleSoft refugees (and powered by an underpublicized but smoking IPO) provides a full suite of hosted Human Capital Management (HCM) and financial management applications that compete directly with SAP and Oracle (the company that bought PeopleSoft). SAP responded by acquiring the cloud HCM provider SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion – a 52% premium. For its part, Oracle spent nearly $2 billion on Taleo.Game on.The LaggardsBut that’s not the whole story. There’s still plenty of head-in-the-sand thinking going on. Take Web Content Management (WCM), for example, the software companies use to store, edit, manage and publish their assets online. It’s an absolutely essential piece of the enterprise puzzle.In a podcast titled “The Big Shift,” Gartner Group’s Mick MacComascaigh declared a sense of urgency “driving attention to SaaS-based Web Content Management (WCM).” His partner on the podcast? CrownPeak CEO Jim Howard, who’s been promoting SaaS as the “new” face of WCM for the past 10 years.SaaS has plenty of benefits for WCM. It’s much more marketer-friendly, for one. Service-based solutions lack some of the infinitely tweakable options you get by running on your own iron, but they make it far easier for Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and their minions to put together something quickly, without IT help.According to Howard, enterprise sales at CrownPeak are heating up. “CrownPeak will experience over 60% growth this year, with about half of the growth coming from expansion in Fortune 1000 accounts like MetLife, Microsoft/Skype and Intercontinental Hotels,” he claims. Howard also notes that the majority of CrownPeak’s clients are companies with more than $1 billion in revenue, and that many of them plan to migrate away from in-house systems. Nothing To Fear?So why isn’t everyone launching an SaaS WCM system? According to Tony Byrne, founder of Real Story Group and one of ReadWrite’s Five Analysts to Watch, market demand hasn’t met the expectations. “Web CMS customers seem to want more platform-oriented systems, rather than highly productized, SaaS solutions.”That kind of conservatism makes a lot of sense. After all, your content – articles, video, contracts, code – is what you do and who you are. Outsourcing that to a service in the sky is a major leap of faith. It’s also the kind of thinking that keeps established software developers entrenched. No matter how clunky a system is now, a “rip-and-replace” will always bring more near-term pain.As a result, Byrne argues, entrenched Content Management vendors like EMC and OpenText are undergoing less of a paradigm shift and more of a hybrid evolution, trying to address demands for easier management without disrupting the current ecosystem. “We’re beginning to see more traditionally on-premise CMS tools begin to become more ‘cloudified,’ with managed hosting offerings, including some cloud-based alternatives. To be sure, this is not the same thing as SaaS, but it does offer a kind of compromise where you can customize and extend the platform in bespoke ways, but can outsource most of the systems administration.” CrownPeak’s Howard, understandably, thinks “cloudification” is nearsighted and misses the point. “What the old guard calls Cloud (or Hosted or SaaS) has the same IT bottleneck that their premise solution has. The only difference is that the ‘IT guy’ works for the vendor, and not the company. To be true SaaS, a company needs to design the application from the ground up to support parallel development of multiple projects, invest millions in scalable and secure infrastructure, and have services that go beyond fixing what’s broken. When you install a traditional application in the cloud, you still have all of the big, expensive headaches and poor outcomes.” In this view, “cloudified” solutions are just in-house software plus a hosting plan. But is that really what’s going on? The established vendors don’t seem to want to clear up the confusion. Many are sure selling cloud solutions like they’re traditional software. OpenText Cloud’s product page, for example, does a horrible job of summarizing what the service actually does and how a knowledge worker might actually use it. The gist seems to be a murky “We do good stuff. Call us and we’ll talk about how we can do good stuff for you.” That might work for existing customers looking for options, but it probably won’t sell well with CMOs – often the new technology customer.Winning The Battle, But…Just because the content management market hasn’t yet fully embraced the SaaS model, established vendors can’t afford to take a break. Their job is to stay ahead of customer demand – not just meet it.CrownPeak and plenty of others are making beachheads in the enterprise, one department at a time. According to Howard, “The SaaS option doesn’t have to be an either/or. In many large and very large organizations, SaaS can initially fit a niche need while the existing solution stays in place.” That approach introduces the enterprise Marketing Department to a new, responsive company that gets the job done. Since Marketing will be signing the checks, those small sales could lead to much bigger ones down the line – threatening the long-term prospects of the traditional vendors.That’s exactly how those $1 trillion wealth transfers gain momentum.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. cormac foster Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Easier Interview Editing With DaVinci Resolve’s Smooth Cut Transition

first_imgDaVinci Resolve 12 debuts the Smooth Cut transition, mimicking Premiere’s Morph Dissolve tool. Interview editing has never been easier.Interview editing can be tricky. But with DaVinci Resolve’s Smooth Cut transition, you’ll have no problem getting around line flubs or seamlessly blending two cuts together.Let’s get into how DaVinci Resolve’s Smooth Cut works. In the Edit page, chop up the audio in your timeline as usual, taking out flubbed audio sections to create a more coherent performance. The video will be choppy since the person moves while talking; we’ll apply Smooth Cut to each of these edit points.I’ve edited out some of the speaker’s flubs, resulting in a timeline with several edits.Activate the Effects Library on the top left of the interface. Smooth Cut is in the Transitions category. Let’s be a little tricky. Hold down the Command key and click each of the edit points you made a moment ago, highlighting each of them. Right-click the Smooth Cut transition and choose Add to Selected Edit Points and Clips. The transition is added to every selection at once. Nice!Open up the Effects Library; Smooth Cut is near the top.If you just have one edit point or don’t feel like being tricky, simply drag the transition onto the edit point. Either way, you’ll have something that looks like the image below.The resulting clips all have the Smooth Cut transition on them with the default transition length set in the Editing preferences.By default, the transition will be one second, much longer than what we need. You can set the default transition length for future work in the Editing preferences.Set the transition duration here to whatever you prefer.Drag the transition to something lower, like 2 or 4 frames. Play the transition through and watch intently to make sure the transition is as seamless as possible.Smooth Cut works best when the transition duration is very small, like 2 or 4 frames.If the image jumps too much, try having the transition start or end on the edit point. To do this, right-click on the transition and select the appropriate option.One way to tweak the transition is to have it start or end on the edit. Right-click to pull up the options.Lastly, you can affect the Transition Curve to customize the transition’s shape. To access this, click on the tiny drop-down triangle on the bottom right of the transition.In DaVinci Resolve 12  you can customize transitions to tweak them for maximum effectiveness.Treat your audio in a similar way, adding short-length dissolves to minimize undesirable sounds created by the edit points.  I usually begin with a two-frame transition and tweak from there to taste.Here’s Alexis Van Hurkman, author of the DaVinci Resolve manual, on Smooth Cut:Neither DaVinci Resolve’s Smooth Cut nor Premiere’s Morph Dissolve will work in every single scenario, but it’s great to have this tool in the back pocket for when there’s no b-roll to cover a subject.How has your experience with the Smooth Cut been? What other features of DaVinci Resolve 12 are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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Why You Must Challenge Negative Beliefs in Public

first_imgYou praise people in public, and you reprimand them in private. By reprimanding them in private, you prevent them from being embarrassed, from having to defend themselves, and you demonstrate to those in your charge that they are going to be treated fairly. This is a good practice, except when it isn’t.You may have someone on your team who is doing well, and who their peers look to as a model, for advice or for help understanding the way things work. Occasionally, one of these high performers will also be negative and cynical. Worse still, they will also be vocal.Even though they are succeeding, they will speak up in meetings about how your products are not right for the market. They will explain out loud why your competitor’s products are better, and they’ll point to lost deals as proof. The people in your charge will hear this and take note, thinking to themselves, “If this top performer loses because our products aren’t right, how can I win?”This top performer will also complain about your pricing model, even when that pricing model has afforded them the luxury of a compensation structure that provides them with an exceptional living. Even though this person is doing well they’ll point out all of the deals that they lost to your irrational competitor as proof that the price is too high, stating out loud that a concession on price was all that would have been necessary to win. The rest of the sales force will hear these words and believe that their deals going to suffer the same fate.And here is the outcome of this negative high performer complaining out loud: The rest of the sales force will believe it is is true, looking to this person for their beliefs about what is necessary to succeed. In this negative person’s words, they will find the rationale for their failure to perform. It won’t be their skills, it will be the product. It won’t be an inability to convey the value of your offering, or the fact that they aren’t prospecting enough to have good prospects, it will be the pricing that they blame for not succeeding. It won’t be mistakes that they made during the sales process that causes losses when the irrational competitor is there to serve as their scape goat.This is why you must deal with this negativity in public. Your team needs to see you stand up to the high performer, pointing to the absurdity of someone who is doing well complaining that sales isn’t easier, and disabusing them of their excuses. Doing this in private deprives them of seeing what you believe strongly enough to fight over.Your team needs to be infected with your beliefs, not the beliefs of someone who would provide them with excuses. You are the spiritual leader of your sales force, and that means building the right mindset in your team. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Why is Maharashtra reeling under drought?

first_imgWhat happened?At the end of October, the Maharashtra government declared drought in 151 taluks in 26 of 36 districts, mostly in the Marathwada region and in the north. Experts said rainfall had been below par in large swathes of the State and faulty water conservation methods had added to the problem.How serious is it?The total number of villages affected by the drought — though the government has not shared figures — is likely to be more than 10,000. With water levels dipping in many areas, the government said this week that it is seeking ₹7,000 crore in Central assistance for drought mitigation, including crop loans for farmers, transport of water and arranging fodder for animals. The first quarter of 2019 will be spent tackling drought, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told The Hindu. The Opposition has said the situation is worse than the 1972 drought, the worst in the history of the State since Independence. It has accused the government of working only from Twitter and losing touch with reality.Which area is worst hit?As of November 16, water storage in all dams stood at 55.25% of the total capacity. On the same day last year, the storage was 73.91%. The Marathwada division is the worst affected region, with the total water storage down to 22.17%, as against 68.34% last year. The Nashik division (in north Maharashtra), too, has witnessed a drop in water levels to 58.56% from 83.23% last year. In the week starting November 12, Maharashtra had deployed 680 water tankers, supplying to 565 villages and 1,113 hamlets. Last year, the number of tankers used was 89, supplying to 114 villages. In its 2018-19 report, the Groundwater Surveys and Development Agency (GSDA) said a comparative study of water levels in October in the last five years had shown that there was a decrease, at some places by more than a metre.Didn’t it get enough rain?Though Maharashtra received 74.3% average rainfall, its scattered nature and concentration in particular areas harmed crops and affected water storage. Solapur and Beed districts received less than 50% rainfall; Nashik, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Ahmadnagar, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Jalna, Latur, Parbhani, Buldhana, Amaravati, Yavatmal, Bhandara and Chandrapur received 50-75%; and Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Pune, Satara, Sangli, Nanded, Hingoli, Akola, Washim, Wardha, Nagpur, Gondiya and Gadchiroli received 75-100%.Aren’t schemes helping?The government’s Jalyukta Shiwar scheme has come under the scanner, with experts alleging that it destroyed watersheds and natural streams. According to H.M. Desarda, former member of the State Planning Commission, the scheme is unscientific; also, its excessive focus on widening and deepening of streams and ‘nullahs’ benefits contractors rather than creating water storage. Ever increasing area under sugarcane cultivation and excessive use of water for this crop is also being blamed for the depleting ground and dam water. As per data, the total area under sugarcane in 2017-18 was 9.02 lakh hectares. As per initial estimates, the area increased to 11.62 lakh hectares in 2018-19. The increase is recorded in the now-drought affected regions of Aurangabad, Nanded and Ahmadnagar. Mr. Fadnavis, despite having talked about making drip irrigation mandatory for sugarcane cultivation, hasn’t moved ahead with any scheme. With over 1.5 lakh hectares kharif area affected by drought and only 13% of the total area under rabi sowing being tilled, the crisis is likely to intensify further.What lies in store?The announcement of drought will bring along some relief measures. For instance, land revenue won’t be collected from farmers; they will get a 33% subsidy on the electricity bill for agriculture pumps, find work under the employment guarantee scheme, and get exemption from payment of school and college fees for children. They will get financial help, with the government likely to give ₹6,800 per hectare to those with non-irrigated farms and ₹13,000 per hectare to those with irrigated farms.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal wins 1st Nations League title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “It’s a great achievement, indisputable,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “These victories will be part of Portuguese soccer forever.”Ronaldo, coming off a hat trick in the semifinals, lifted the winners’ trophy but wasn’t much of a factor in Sunday’s final, with the only goal coming from midfielder Gonçalo Guedes early in the second half at the Estádio do Dragão.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Things have been going well for Portugal in recent years,” Ronaldo said. “The national team has won some important titles.”The hosts’ victory in UEFA’s newest competition, created to give national teams more meaningful matches than just friendlies, denied the Netherlands its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship. The revamped Dutch team was seeking some redemption after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Portugal players celebrate with their trophy after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League final soccer match at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)PORTO, Portugal — Three years after conquering European soccer for the first time, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are celebrating another international title.Portugal won the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament on Sunday, beating the Netherlands 1-0 to lift its first trophy since the 2016 European Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew NBA free agency could make Raptors, Warriors both losers Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After the match, the Portuguese squad went to a public plaza in Porto where several thousand fans celebrated the win. Santos, Ronaldo and other players addressed the fans from a balcony.“We couldn’t have done this without you,” Ronaldo told fans.Ronaldo couldn’t do much against Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk in the matchup of likely contenders for the player of the year award, but Guedes couldn’t be stopped when he hit a powerful right-footed shot from outside the area in the 60th minute.Guedes started the build-up to the goal with a pass to Bernardo Silva, receiving the ball back at the top of the area and firing a firm low shot past Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who touched the ball but couldn’t parry it away.“It was a hard shot,” said Cillessen, who was making his 50th appearance with the Netherlands. “I saw it late.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Some of the loudest chants at the stadium came from English fans who likely had expected their national team to reach the final. England ended third after defeating Switzerland 6-5 in a penalty shootout earlier Sunday in Guimaraes.Portugal defender Ruben Dias earned the man of the match award. Ronaldo ended top scorer in the Final Four with three goals, and teammate Silva was named best player. Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong earned the best young player award for the finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The Dutch had impressed in the group stage of the Nations League by eliminating the last two World Cup champions — France and Germany. It made it to the final after beating England 3-1 in the semifinal on Thursday.“At the start of this tournament I don’t think anyone would have believed us if we’d said we’d reach the final,” said Van Dijk, who hadn’t faced Ronaldo since the 2018 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. “We’ve made a lot of progress. We have to be very proud of ourselves. Now disappointment is in our heads but we have to keep heads up. It’s been a good season.”Portugal, which eliminated Italy and Poland in the group stage and defeated Switzerland in the semifinals, had lost the 2004 European Championship final at home to Greece, but this time it got to celebrate the title in front of its fans after a scrappy match in Porto.The hosts were in control most of the match but struggled to get past the stout Dutch defense led by Van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.Ronaldo’s best chance was a header that went straight to Cillessen’s hands about 30 minutes into the first half.The Dutch improved after halftime but couldn’t create many significant scoring chances, with Memphis Depay coming closest with a 65th-minute header saved by goalkeeper Rui Patricio.The Netherlands kept pressing but Portugal was able to hold on to clinch the first Nations League title.“It was a bit better in the second half, and then the goal was (scored) and it became even more difficult because they are masters in defending when they are ahead,” Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman said. “We were not good enough tonight.”Santos made changes from the team that defeated Switzerland 3-1 in the semifinals, taking out 19-year-old Joao Felix from the starting lineup and adding Guedes to the attack. He also used Danilo in midfield and Jose Fonte to replace the injured Pepe in the middle of the defense.Koeman, a player for the Netherlands at the 1988 European Championship, kept the same squad that defeated England in the semifinals. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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