First Case of Highly Infectious COVID-19 U.K. Variant Detected in Pasadena

first_img Community News Subscribe Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Public health officials in Pasadena reported the first known case of the so-called U.K. variant of COVID-19 in the city on Friday.The strain of novel coronavirus, also known as variant B.1.1.7, is believed to as much as 50% easier to transmit than its predecessor, “and likely causes more severe disease based on hospitalizations and case fatality rates,” the Pasadena Public Health Department said in a written statement.The patient confirmed to have the U.K. variant was described by health officials only as an adult. The infection was identified via genomic testing of lab specimens by the California Department of Public Health.To date, PPHD has linked 10 other laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among Pasadena residents with whom the U.K. variant-infected individual came in contact. While those people have tested positive for COVID-19, it is not yet known if they contracted the variant — but “probable,” an official said.A total of 265 infections involving the B.1.1.7. strain have been detected statewide, officials added.“These cases illustrate why it is so important to limit non-essential travel and mixing households as much as possible during a pandemic. This is also a stark reminder that we cannot let our guard down,” Pasadena Director of Public Health Dr. Ying-Ying Goh said.“We are so thankful that so many Pasadena residents who are currently eligible are receiving the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, and that we are now in the red tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, but we are not out of the woods yet,” she said.Goh urged local residents to continue closely following pandemic protocols.“If you must travel, it is important to watch for symptoms of COVID-19, follow public health guidance on getting tested prior to travel, use careful protective measures during travel, and get tested after travel,” she said. “If you’re traveling out-of-state, Pasadena residents are required to self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival in accordance with local and state travel advisories.”More information regarding COVID-19 virus variants can be found online at cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-Variants.aspx.Public health officials documented 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Pasadena on Friday, but no additional fatalities.In total, the city has seen 11,072 COVID-19 infections and 329 fatalities.During the prior week, health officials recorded an average of 7.7 new cases of the virus each day.At Huntington Hospital, officials reported treating 18 COVID-19 patients on Friday, with five of them being housed in intensive care units.Residents who qualify for a vaccine can get on the city’s vaccine waitlist by filling out an online form on the city’s website or calling the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311. The city has a list of other potential sources you can get a vaccine on its website. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Friday that 3.24 million vaccine doses had been administered throughout the county.“Of those vaccinated, 1,057,794 people received second doses and 25,170 people received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” the agency said in a written statement.Meanwhile, county officials reported 756 new COVID-19 infections and 60 new deaths on Friday, bringing overall totals to 1,213,288 cases of the virus and 22,722 deaths.Just over 860 COVID-19 patients were being treated at county hospitals, with 28% of them in ICUs, according to the county statement.The county’s daily positivity rate dipped to 1.7%.The California Department of Public Health listed 3,287 new infections and 232 additional deaths, bringing the statewide tallies to 3,538,821 cases of COVID-19 and 56,027 fatalities.The statewide average positivity rate over the prior week remained at 2%, where it had held for the prior two days. 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A GAL for every child would cost big bucks

first_img February 15, 2006 Regular News Jan Pudlow Senior Editor What would it cost to finally fund the mandate that every abused and neglected child in dependency courts be given a guardian ad litem, as the law in Chapter 39 requires?For the first time, the statewide Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program has an answer: Another $22.8 million over two years, on top of the nearly $25.7 million current budget, for a total budget request of $48.5 million.Now, of 43,859 children under Department of Children and Families supervision, 17,587, or 40 percent, have no one advocating for the child’s best interest in dependency court.When GAL Executive Director Angela Orkin presented those figures at The Florida Bar’s Legal Needs of Children Committee at the Midyear Meeting in Miami, she was asked what the response had been so far at the legislature.“‘Wow! That’s a lot of money!’” Orkin answered.But, she said she was heartened by strong support from Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, chair of the House Fiscal Council, who has consistently supported growth of the GAL program so that every child can be represented eventually.“Does that mean $22 million? I don’t know what that means. It’s a big increase for a program our size,” Orkin said.The program is utilizing more volunteers than ever, more than 5,000, but additional people are needed.When Orkin later presented those figures to the Senate Justice Appropriations Committee, she emphasized progress made so far.“Last year, when you gave us $3.3 million, we were able to increase representation to about 2,300 kids. Over the last 18 months, we’ve increased children by 5,200, so we’ve almost doubled what you gave us.”But, the problem is the remaining 17,500 children with no one speaking up for their best interest in court.The committee’s chair, Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, said, “This committee understands the importance of your work. We provided as much support as we humanly could. When the service was created, we funded $20 million. Last year, we reached in and pulled out another $3 million, one of the largest increases in this committee. We will support it to the best of our abilities.”Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge David Gooding, who handles juvenile cases in Jacksonville and has increased adoptions by 300 percent, told the senators, “I wish I could appoint a GAL for every child.”Later, in an interview, Judge Gooding said, “I view the failure to provide a GAL for every child as an unfulfilled promise to children. You shouldn’t break promises to anybody, but you especially shouldn’t break promises to children.”One child came to the Senate committee to tell how much her life has changed for the better since she and her sister were adopted by the same family, and she had a GAL helping her along the way.“It’s wonderful to have a family actually care about me,” the 15-year-old girl from Quincy said. “I have somebody to run and talk to when I am not feeling OK. It’s great to have a family instead of moving from home to home, and you have to leave and get used to another family and then move again. Betsy was my GAL, and she was good because she was always there when my caseworker wasn’t there. She was backup when I needed her. She has an open heart, and when I needed something, she would do it right then and there, or keep trying until she got it done.”Crist told the girl: “You coming here and speaking to us helps us better understand what we are trying to do for others. You are a voice for thousands of people.” no one advocating their best interest in dependency court. A GAL for every child would cost big buckscenter_img Of the 43,859 kids under DCF supervision, 40 percent have A GAL for every child would cost big buckslast_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Dauda joins Chippa on two-year deal

first_imgKickOff.com can reveal Chippa United have completed the outright signing of Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda from Orlando Pirates.This website broke the news yesterday that Dauda was on his way to Port Elizabeth to join United.He has since signed a two-year contract with the Chilli Boys, and is expected to train with his new teammates today.”It’s a done deal,” confirms United boss Chippa Mpengesi.”We have finalised the paperwork with Pirates. It’s an outright purchase from Pirates.”Dauda, who competed at the recent World Cup, made just two starts and one substitute appearance for Pirates in his only season with the club last term.last_img

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Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event

first_imgOne of the biggest Relay for Life events in Europe takes place in Letterkenny this weekend with thirty-six teams and a host of top entertainers preparing to take part.And interest in it continues to spread far beyond these shores with a number of Relay for Life organising committees in the United States requesting video footage of the traditional Luminaria service at the LYIT campus to show at their own events which are being staged in the coming weeks.“It represents a real international dynamic to our own Donegal Relay,” chairperson of the local committee, Robert O’Connor points out. Over 1.2 million euro has been raised to date by the Relay initiative in Donegal which now enters its eighth year and continues to boost funding for the Irish Cancer Society in helping to provide care and emotional support for patients and their families in addition to funding research.“We are grateful to all who are taking part including the survivors, the carers, the teams, and the singers and musicians,” chairperson O’Connor acknowledges.“It’s amazing the people who get involved. We had a husband and wife from Glenties, both of them cancer survivors and aged in their mid to late eighties, who came to Relay last year meaning to stay for an hour or so and instead stayed for the whole twenty-four hours.”Leading the ever popular Survivors Choir, Donal Kavanagh, also referred to the sense of solidarity and support that marks Relay for Life and the community response to it. “Donegal is one of the biggest Relay for Life events taking place in Europe. It’s something the county can be really proud of,” he told a special assembly of team captains.Previewing this weekend’s Relay, which runs from 5.p.m. on Saturday through to Sunday evening at the LYIT campus, chairperson O’Connor stresses it’s still not too late for survivors to register for next weekend’s Relay event. They can turn up on the day or contact Donal Kavanagh at 087-6319699.The survivors undertake the opening lap of the track at the L.Y.I.T. on Saturday evening and then, led by the Cloughaneely band, retire to the main building for the traditional banquet.Following the survivors, the carers embark on their lap – an acknowledgement of the unstinting work they do for those enduring the cancer journey.“They do all the dirty jobs that no-one wants to do. And they do it selflessly and out of love,” insists Donal. While the opening ceremony of this year’s Relay is scheduled to be performed at 4.40.p.m. on Saturday, with Charlie Collins acting as M.C., pre-entertainment will be provided by Callum Keaveney and David Craig from 4.p.m.As committee member Ena Barrett reveals, there’s a hugely impressive line-up of entertainers on the Relay programme with top performers such as Jim Devine, Michael English, Anne Biddy, Gary Gamble, Evelyn Gallagher, Eddie Gallagher, Shaun Cuddy, Seamus McGee, and Hugo Duncan to name but a few set to provide the song and the music and countless opportunities for the dancers among the attendance.“We’re very grateful to Paddy Bradley for helping to line up this fantastic array of performers, each of whom gave their time for free to generate the atmosphere and support the Relay initiative.”One of the most emotional segments of the Relay for Life experience is the Luminaria ceremony scheduled for 10.30.p.m. on Saturday during the fading embers of dusk. And as has been the case every year, Moya Brennan and family will be involved in this particular part of the weekend. “We’re honoured to have someone of her musical stature come here every year to perform,” the Relay chairperson indicates.Meanwhile, mass will be celebrated at 7.a.m. on Sunday by Fr. Ciaran Harkin in the An Danlann building while Highland Radio will broadcast live another richly rewarding aspect of Relay, the Gospel Hour at 9.15.a.m. and the Ecumenical Service at 10.10.a.m., both of them featuring an array of outstanding voices and instrumentalists.Among them will be the Survivors Choir who will perform at various stages over the 24 hours and will feature ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ as part of their repertoire.Global Hero of Hope, Suibhan Gillespie, will be overseeing the ponytail cutting segment on Sunday where the donations of hair are subsequently presented to the Little Princess Trust and go to make wigs for cancer patients.Organisers stress that while awareness and fund-raising play a significantpart in the event, the celebration element is a constant feature of the weekend activities.“We want people to come and dress up or whatever – anything to bring in the fun element. There’s always a great atmosphere at Relay and a lot of laughter over the weekend,” insists committee member, Charlie Quinn.Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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Brand South Africa plays its part for Mandela Day

first_img16 July 2015Brand South Africa will take part in observing Nelson Mandela International Day through its flagship programme, Play Your Part.“Its objective is to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing,” Brand South Africa explained. “Because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.”Play Your Part is a nationwide programme that aims to encourage South Africans to actively participate in improving their communities. This is in line with the National Development Plan, South Africa’s blueprint for economic development and social cohesion by eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030.In efforts to improve lives, Brand South Africa will take part in initiatives across the country.Mponegele Ke Itirele Orphanage CentreThe agency will help to refurbish and spruce up the Mponegele Ke Itirele Orphanage Centre in Limpopo.It will also take part in the Mayoral Nelson Mandel Day celebrations on 18 July – Mandela’s birthday – at ZZ2 Farm where farm workers and the children from the orphanage will gather to celebrate.The workers will teach the children about farming, which will give the children the skills needed to grow their very own vegetable garden at the orphanage.Blitz Clean Up DayOn 17 July, Brand South Africa staff will join other citizens in cleaning up London Road and Juskei River in Alexandra, in northern Johannesburg. The initiative is part of the wider Green Economy Sustainable Job Creation Concept under the banner of #GreeningAlex.“Having a cleaner Alexandra will make the area more attractive to investors and business people, which will contribute to economic development and job creation and will therefore improve the lives of the community,” the country’s marketing agency explained.Other projectsThebe Ikalafeng, a Brand South Africa director, has joined South African celebrities in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. They are expected to summit Africa’s highest peak on 18 July.The #Trek4Mandela climbers aim to raise funds to keep 270 000 girls in school.In addition, in partnership with the Gem Project, Brand South Africa has developed a Play Your Part app that contains a number of organisations needing assistance from South Africans.The app is a social development drive that aims to mobilise communities within themselves so that they can help each other rise – including the provision of clothing, assistance with homework, job shadowing and skills development.Watch as former Miss SA Teen, Raelene Rorke, speaks about Mandela Day:Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Preparation of grain storage facilities for grain harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Protecting grain quality and ultimately the economic value of the grain begins long before the first acre is ever harvested. This pre-harvest activity is to prepare grain harvesting, handling and storage equipment and structures for the soon to be harvested corn and soybeans.All pieces of equipment used in harvesting the grain should be cleaned, inspected, and repaired several weeks prior to the beginning of the harvest season. Like in real estate where the mantra is “Location! Location! Location!” the mantra in grain harvesting and handling should be “Sanitation! Sanitation! Sanitation!” Starting with thorough cleaning of every piece of equipment through which or in which grain will be passed or hauled. Remove all traces of old grain from combines, combine heads, truck beds, grain carts, augers, lift buckets, grain pits, grain driers, bins and any other equipment used for harvesting, transporting, and handling grain. Even small amounts of moldy and/or insect-infested grain left in equipment can contaminate a bin of new grain.Since grain is usually in contact with grain bins for the greatest length of time, extra attention should be paid to the sanitation of these structures. Remove any grain or grain dust from inside the bins by sweeping or vacuuming empty bins and brushing down walls. Pay close attention to cracks and crevices, ledges over doors, and hollow tube ladder rungs on or in which grain could have been trapped from the previous storage seasons. Fans, aeration ducts, exhausts, and when possible, beneath slotted floors should be cleared of debris as well. Dispose of all debris in a lawful manner and away from the storage facility.Sanitation outside of bins is as important as inside of the bins. Ideally there should be no vegetation (weeds, shrubs, etc.) growing up against the outside of the bin. Grain pests (insects and rodents) can be harbored in the vegetation. Bare ground covered with gravel or cement is preferred, but short-mown grass is tolerable. Remove any spilled grain from around the outside of the bin and storage facility.Once storage structures have been thoroughly cleaned, carefully inspect them for signs of deterioration, especially for leaks and holes through which insects, birds or rodents can gain easy access to the stored grain or rain and snow can drip or blow in onto the grain to produce wet spots that can lead to mold growth. While inspecting for physical problems, one should also test aeration fans and driers for functionality. Check belts, bearings and gear boxes for wear and proper lubrication.Check electrical systems for corroded connections and frayed wiring before harvest. Mice like to nest inside electrical boxes where they are safe from predators. They will strip insulation from wires for nesting material and their urine causes corrosion. While inspecting control boxes, be sure to seal any openings through which mice could get in. Be sure that guards and safety shields are in place over belts, chains and intakes. Seal all leaks and make repairs to the equipment before you need them to manage the grain.Once all cleaning and repairs have been completed, an empty-bin application of an appropriately labeled insecticide is advisable, especially in bins with difficult to clean areas and/or in bins with a history of insect problems. For empty-bin insecticide treatments that are applied as a liquid, allow a minimum of 24 hours for the sprays to dry before loading grain into the bin. It is preferable to have empty-bin treatments applied at least two weeks prior to harvest.Registered empty-bin insecticides include: Tempo SC Ultra (cyfluthrin), Storcide II (chlorpyrifos-methyl plus deltamethrin) which is primarily used around small grains such as wheat, Centynal or Suspend SC (deltamethrin), Diacon-D IGR (s-methoprene = an insect growth regulator), and several pyrethrin products can be used to apply a surface treatment to the inside of the bin and provide a residual protection. Other products that contain diatomaceous earth and/or silicon dioxide such as Insecto, Protect-It, Perma-Guard and others may be utilized. Refer to the individual product labels for lists of insects controlled and application directions. Note: most if not all malathion products have removed stored grain uses from their labels.If a bin is known to be heavily infested with insects, an empty-bin fumigation may be required to knock down insect populations before applying one of the above insecticides. The most readily available product for this purpose is phosphine gas producing materials such as aluminum phosphide and magnesium phosphide sold under a wide variety of trade names. Phosphine is an extremely toxic material and fumigations should be conducted by trained, experienced, licensed applicators.Another measure one might take to reduce the chance of insect infestation is to apply a perimeter spray around the base and up the outside walls of the bin about 15 feet. This may only be necessary in areas where grain infesting insect movement has been observed on the outsides of the storage bins. There are several synthetic pyrethroids (cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, permethrin, resmethrin, etc.) that can be used for this purpose as long as they do not come in contact with the grain.Grain storage insecticide labels tend to change frequently. As always, check to make sure you are following the instructions on the product label and using the appropriate product for your situation. One also needs to be sure that the end-user of the stored grain does not have restrictions on insecticide uses on or around the grains that they are going to purchase. If growing specialty grains, check with your buyers before using insecticides.A few more words of caution include, new grain should never be stored on top of grain from a previous season’s harvest; remove old grain and clean bins before adding new grain. Grains broken in the harvesting and/or handling process become more susceptible to infestation by insects and mold. Thus, adjust combines according to the manufacturer’s specifications to minimize grain damage and to maximize removal of fines and other foreign material, move grains as little as possible, and limit the number of times and heights from which grains are dropped to reduce breakage.Last but not least, review your safety procedures for working with flowing grain, grain harvesting and handling equipment, and personal protection. Anyone who works around the bins and grain handling equipment should know where to find shut-off switches, fire extinguishers, and emergency phone numbers. Being prepared for harvest will reduce the risk of accidents, and knowing how to react in an emergency can save lives.last_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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9 months agoReal Madrid plan offers for Hazard AND Eriksen

first_imgReal Madrid plan offers for Hazard AND Eriksenby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid plan to raid the Premier League to find a new attacking midfielder.The Sun says they will bid for Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen this summer.The pair are Real’s top targets and having one season left on their deals will lead to approaches at the end of the season.Offers for each player will start at £50million, with the European champions expecting initial bids to be rebuffed.But Chelsea and Spurs risk losing their star men for FREE the following summer and will have to consider offers.Real Madrid travel to Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday with the 13-time European champions ten points behind leaders Barcelona. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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17 days agoBarcelona attacker Lionel Messi: I thought Neymar would join Real Madrid

first_imgBarcelona attacker Lionel Messi: I thought Neymar would join Real Madridby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona attacker Lionel Messi admits he thought Neymar would join Real Madrid this summer.The Brazilian forward made no secret of his desire to leave Paris Saint-Germain and both of Spain’s big two clubs were linked with him.”I really thought Neymar would go to Real Madrid if he didn’t come here,” Messi said in an interview with RAC1.”He really wanted to leave Paris and he’d shown it.”And I thought that Florentino [Perez] and Real Madrid were going to do something to sign him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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5 days agoGuardiola: Why I won’t watch Man Utd vs Liverpool

first_imgGuardiola: Why I won’t watch Man Utd vs Liverpoolby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he won’t be watching Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool today.Having beaten Crystal Palace on Saturday, Guardiola has a free day to take in the game.But the Catalan insists he has better things to do.“I have to watch the replay of the Atalanta game,” said Guardiola.Atalanta are at City this week for the next match of the Champions League group stage. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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