Molson Coors appoints new CEO for its international business

first_imgMolson Coors appoints new CEO for its international businessPosted By: News Deskon: November 29, 2017In: Alcohol, Appointments, Beverage, Business, IndustriesPrintEmailMolson Coors has announced that Sergey Yeskov, currently chief sales and customer excellence officer of its Canada unit, has been promoted to the role of president and CEO of Molson Coors international, effective January 2018.Yeskov led the Molson Coors Croatia and Bosnia business to sustained share and profit growth before transferring to Molson Coors Canada in 2016.Yeskov is succeeded in his role at by Andrew Stordeur, currently vice president of sales in Milson Coors Canada’s west region.Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter said: “As a commercial leader with proven results and an innate understanding of what is required to achieve our first choice ambition, Sergey is a valuable addition to the MCBC Enterprise Leadership Team.”The appointment follows the announcement that CEO of Molson Coors’s international business Stewart Glendinning has been named financial officer of Tyson Foods, joining the company on 11 December 2017.Beginning his career at Molson Coors in 2005 as UK chief financial officer, Glendinning subsequently held the positions of global CFO, UK CEO, and Canada CEO.Molson Coors recently recorded a net sales decrease of 2.1% in the third quarter of the year compared to the same period last year, but saw volumes rise in Europe.Total net sales in the three months to 30 September were $2.88 billion, down from $2.94 billion in 2016. Its global brand volume of 25.5 million hectolitres increased 0.6%, due to growth in Europe (up 9.6%) and the company’s international unit (up 64.7%).Earlier this year, Mark Hunter warned that 2017 would be a transition year following completion of the MillerCoors transaction in 2016.Share with your network: Tags: AlcoholAppointmentCanadaMolson CoorsUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Carrefour sets up new committee to reflect changing food industry

first_imgCarrefour sets up new committee to reflect changing food industryPosted By: Alex Clereon: September 03, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Environment, Financial, Food, Health, Industries, Nutrition, RetailPrintEmailThe Carrefour Group has established a new food advisory committee, whose members include the founder of a food waste app as well as Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber.The French retailer wants to set itself up as a leader in the transformation of food, saying the committee will support Carrefour as it evolves its focus by “participating in concrete projects linked to the food transition, sharing best practices, proposing new ideas, and leading forward-looking discussions about changes in food consumption”.The group will be led by Laurent Vallée, who in January was placed in charge of spearheading the transformation across the Carrefour Group.“This committee is made up of seven people from outside the group, all from different backgrounds, but committed to addressing the food-related challenges we are facing,” Carrefour said in a statement announcing the formation of the committee.They include Emmanuel Faber, the CEO of Danone, who Carrefour described as “a key partner who will help us implement the food transition for all”.Other experts on the committee include Lucie Basch, the founder of a food waste app that puts retailers in touch with consumers, who can then collect unsold stock, preventing it from going to  waste; as well as Caroline Robert, an oncologist at the Gustave Roussy cancer research institute in Paris, whose inclusion reflects the growing association between diet and disease.The group also includes a farmer, a chef, an agricultural expert and the developer of an open-source platform that brings together farmers, restaurant owners and members of the public.Myriam Bouré co-founded Open Food as a means of creating short, independent distribution channels – one of a number of recent food-tech developments that brings the producer closer to the consumer. Her role on the committee suggests that is remit will extend beyond simply nutrition, and follows both an investment from Carrefour of €2.8 billion in its e-commerce capabilities as well as a partnership with Google that will make groceries from Carrefour supermarkets available through Google’s French shopping website from 2019 onwards. Both partnerships were announced since the beginning of this year.The company has also improved the recyclability of its packaging and taken a stake in a French meal kit start-up as it recognises a shift in consumer habits.In July, Carrefour announced a ‘strategic’ three-year alliance with Tesco in an effort to boost profitability.Share with your network: Tags: CarrefourFrancenutritionretailsustainabilitylast_img read more

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CocaCola Amatil takes minority stake in startup TabSquare

first_imgCoca-Cola Amatil takes minority stake in start-up TabSquarePosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 10, 2018In: Business, Food, Foodservice, Industries, Innovation, TechnologyPrintEmailCoca-Cola Amatil has taken a minority stake in Singapore-based restaurant tech start-up TabSquare through its Amatil X accelerator division.TabSquare provides artificial-intelligence-based solutions to restaurants, including the self-learning SmartKiosk self-ordering system, which provides meal recommendations to consumers by using their phone number to determine their eating preferences.The company has also created a range of other AI-based solutions for restaurants, such as the tablet-based SmartTab waiter service, the SmartApp online-ordering platform and more.SmartTab says that its solutions can help optimise the operations of restaurants by reducing labour costs, improving the restaurant experience for diners and improving operational efficiency for restaurant owners.This venture marks the second investment that Amatil X has made since the business accelerator was established by Coca-Cola Amatil earlier this year.Chris Sullivan, Coca-Cola Amatil’s group director, partners & growth said: “This includes investing in restaurant tech companies like TabSquare which has developed a solution to benefit restaurants and their customers by using technology to streamline and personalise the dining experience.“Our employee’s startup idea was very similar to TabSquare, so they decided to explore TabSquare rather than reinvent the wheel.“We were impressed by the solution that TabSquare was promoting which has led us to invest in them.“They have a strong team, a clear business model and ambitious growth plans, which include expanding from their established Singapore base to the whole of the Asia Pacific region.”TabSquare co-founder Chirag Tejuja added: “Our technology can personalise the entire dining experience for each customer, treating them uniquely, at scale.“We have 6000 active terminals in market, serving 12 million diners annually. We are collecting rich customer data at every interaction, allowing the restaurant to provide a unique and personalised dining experience.“There is a huge market opportunity for TabSquare in this region. The addressable market is more than S$1 billion in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand alone.“We already have an existing customer base in most target markets and will rapidly grow our footprint in the region with the current round of investment funding.”Share with your network: Tags: acceleratorsAustraliaCoca-Cola AmatilSingaporeTabSquarelast_img read more

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Atlantic Natural Foods launches Loma Linda plantbased meals

first_imgAtlantic Natural Foods launches Loma Linda plant-based mealsPosted By: Jules Scullyon: October 11, 2018In: Food, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailAtlantic Natural Foods has introduced a line of plant-based, shelf-stable protein meal solutions under its Loma Linda brand.The innovations have been created in response to the growing demand for high-protein, plant-based foods which are also non-GMO and gluten-free.Seven plant-based meal solutions have been launched: spicy pad Thai, Thai green curry, tikka masala, Mediterranean tomato and olive, chipotle bowl, hearty stew and southwest chunky stew.And three plant-based meal starters have been introduced: taco filling, sloppy Joe and chorizo. The starters are designed to be used as protein alternatives to jumpstart a meal. Each is said to add up to 6g of protein per serving.  Atlantic Natural said there has been “tremendous activity” in the plant-based protein sector, with many products marketed primarily in the refrigerated and frozen space.“Although we recognise many of these are good products, we felt the majority are priced at a premium, and, therefore, were not a fit for everyday consumers who seek great-tasting, plant-based foods but also have a value mindset,” said Laura Lapp, innovation brand manager at Atlantic Natural Foods.“We set out to develop a lifestyle brand with Loma Linda, featuring healthful, plant-based products to meet all consumers’ needs.”Doug Hines, Atlantic Natural Foods founder, added: “Health and sustainability are critical components in a world where today’s shoppers are not only well aware of the benefits of plant-based proteins but also embracing them as part of a healthy lifestyle.“As we look to the future of the planet, and the strain on the food system that will dominate the future, it has become imperative that we create products that will make a difference for future generations. We have to gear up to feed nine billion people worldwide in the next few years.”As of this month, Loma Linda plant-based protein meal solutions and plant-based meal starters will go on sale at more than 5,000 US retail locations.Share with your network: Tags: Atlantic Natural Foodsplant-basedproteinUSlast_img read more

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Isis not defeated in Syria despite Trump claim says UK

first_imgDefence policy Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Has Isis been defeated in Syria, as Trump claims? Defence minister warns Islamic State is ‘very much alive’ after US president hints at troop withdrawal The decision underscores the division between Trump and his military advisers, who have said in recent weeks that pockets of Isis militants remain and US policy has been to keep troops in place until the group is eradicated.British special forces are believed to be on the ground in Syria, although the government never comments on their deployment.Tom Tugendhat MP, the chair of the foreign affairs select committee, said Trump’s move was a surprise.“This is an operation the US was conducting, and conducting effectively, not just in Syria but to maintain support for the government in Iraq as well,” he told Channel 4 News.“What we are trying to read here are the internal machinations of the White House and the Pentagon. It’s quite clear that we have got different indications coming from Gen Jim Mattis, the secretary of defence, and President Trump.” Wed 19 Dec 2018 17.57 EST The British government has contradicted Donald Trump’s claim that Islamic State has been defeated in Syria.The US president hinted that American forces could withdraw from the conflict, saying that tackling the militant group was the “only reason” for being in Syria. But a UK government spokesman said the threat posed by Isis still remained and the defence minister Tobias Ellwood said it was “very much alive”.The UK is part of the US-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against Isis in Syria.Trump tweeted on Wednesday: “We have defeated Isis in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” Ellwood responded: “I strongly disagree. It has morphed into other forms of extremism and the threat is very much alive.”A UK government spokesman said Isis, or Daesh, was still a threat. “The global coalition against Daesh has made huge progress,” he said. This article is more than 6 months old Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Isis not defeated in Syria despite Trump claim, says UK Share on Twitter This article is more than 6 months old US foreign policy Read more “Since military operations began, the coalition and its partners in Syria and Iraq have recaptured the vast majority of Daesh territory and important advances have been made in recent days in the last area of eastern Syria which Daesh has occupied.“But much remains to be done and we must not lose sight of the threat they pose. Even without territory, Daesh will remain a threat. As the United States has made clear, these developments in Syria do not signal the end of the global coalition or its campaign. We will continue to work with members of the coalition on achieving this.“We remain committed to the global coalition and the campaign to deny Daesh territory and ensure its enduring defeat, working alongside our critical regional partners in Syria and beyond. As the situation on the ground develops, we will continue to discuss how we achieve these aims with our coalition partners, including the US.”The Trump administration is expected to withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops from Syria. It is understood planning for the pullout has begun and troops will begin leaving as soon as possible. Trump shocks allies and advisers with plan to pull US troops out of Syria Read more Share on Messenger Since you’re here… A US armoured vehicle in Syria. It is understood that planning for a US withdrawal has already begun.Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Shares151151 Support The Guardian Defence policy Middle East and North Africa Syria Last modified on Wed 19 Dec 2018 18.12 EST Topics Islamic State Donald Trump Share on Twitter Press Association Share on Pinterest news Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Trump in Super Bowl selfie with founder of spa in prostitution case

first_imgShares543543 Share on Facebook Records show that since 2017, Yang and close family members have contributed more than $42,000 to Trump Victory, a political action committee, and more than $16,000 to the president’s re-election campaign.Yang started the Tokyo Day Spas chain in 2007. The first to open is still in business and run by her husband, Zubin Gong, in Palm Beach Gardens. The next was Tokyo Day Spa in Jupiter, which later became Orchids of Asia, the Herald reported.Around three years ago, Yang announced she was pursuing a “new life” in a series of Facebook posts. This included an investment consulting business, a travel agency and a charity. Yang told the Herald she did not know the president.“I just come to some events,” she said. “There’s nothing special.”The White House referred requests for comment to Trump’s political campaign. The campaign didn’t immediately respond. Share on LinkedIn A photo published on Friday in the Miami Herald shows that the founder and one-time owner of a spa implicated in a human-trafficking ring attended Donald Trump’s Super Bowl watch party at his West Palm Beach country club in February. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Kraft has denied the charges. An arraignment is set for 28 March in West Palm Beach.Yang, who goes by the name Cindy, was not charged in the multiagency anti-human trafficking operation that resulted in 25 arrests and shut down 10 day spas in South Florida.None of the spas are registered to Yang or her family. She sold the Jupiter spa to Hua Zhang around 2013. Zhang was charged with racketeering and running a house of prostitution and has pleaded not guilty.Yang’s family still owns several South Florida spas. The family’s Tokyo Day Spa branches have attracted the attention of at least two police agencies, the Herald reported.Yang told the Herald she and her family had not broken the law. She said she was out of the business, would soon be relocating to Washington, and does not want any negative media attention.The newspaper reported that Yang did not vote in 10 years before 2016 but has become a fixture at Republican events. Her Facebook page contains photos of her with Trump, his sons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr, the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, Senator Rick Scott, Sarah Palin and other Republicans at charity events and fundraisers. This article is more than 4 months old Support The Guardian Topics Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sat 9 Mar 2019 10.06 EST Donald Trump The Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.Photograph: Hannah Morse/AP Share on Facebookcenter_img Florida This article is more than 4 months old Since you’re here… Trump inauguration took money from shell companies tied to foreigners Reuse this content While the New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams In Atlanta, Li Yang snapped a blurry selfie with a smiling Trump, who turned in his chair to look over his right shoulder. He was seated at a round table decorated with paper-cutout footballs.Nineteen days later, the Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, 77 and a longtime friend of Trump, was charged with soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in nearby Jupiter. Yang founded the spa more than a decade ago.Authorities say Kraft visited the spa on 19 January and again on the morning of 20 January and was caught on camera paying for oral sex. He then flew to Kansas City, where his team was playing in the AFC Championship game. Florida Li Yang pictured with smiling president at Mar-a-LagoYang sold spa now involved in trafficking case in 2013 news Read more Share via Email Will the NFL punish Robert Kraft and the Patriots over prostitution allegations? Caitlin Ostroff (@ceostroff)This article required many trips to Palm Beach, the combing of records and some python analysis of the voter file. Support the @MiamiHerald. Subscribe: https://t.co/k2rrZ5DXmnStory here 👇https://t.co/PqnU47lTtfMarch 8, 2019 Share on Pinterest Trump in Super Bowl selfie with founder of spa in prostitution case Share via Email Associated Press in Jupiter, Floridalast_img read more

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US conservative pundit Ben Shapiro ends interview with BBCs Andrew Neil –

first_imgAndrew Neil Source: BBC Politics Live Shares724724 Shapiro has said he was ‘destroyed’ by Neil during a debate on Politics Live in which he accused the veteran broadcaster of being a ‘lefty’. Neil subjected Shapiro to a robust interrogation about previous controversial remarks and highlighted Shapiro’s support for new hardline abortion laws in the state of Georgia.• Ben Shapiro apologises to Andrew Neil after being ‘destroyed’ in BBC interview Last modified on Tue 14 May 2019 05.41 EDT Share on Facebook Andrew Neil Sat 11 May 2019 09.07 EDTcenter_img Share via Email Share on Twitter BBC Topics US conservative pundit Ben Shapiro ends interview with BBC’s Andrew Neil – video,Play Video 1:43last_img

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Voicepod

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedWit: Natural Language for the Internet of ThingsOctober 28, 2014In “Independent Living”ATU317 – Voiceitt with Sara Smolley & Katie EhlersJune 23, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update”ATU342 – Tecla E with Mauricio MezaDecember 15, 2017In “Assistive Technology Update” Image courtesy of VoicepodHouseLogix has ventured into unchartered territory! This year at the CEDIA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana HouseLogix made public their newest device- VoicePod, an innovative new Zigbee. Through speech recognition and speech output, this device was created to speech enable homes through a simple and easy process.For people with disabilities or people who are unable to properly operate a keypad or remote, the VoicePod’s patent-pending technology offers a completely hands free control for any room. To awaken this single wireless device, users will say “Hello VoicePod.” After the VoicePod is awake, it responds to hundreds of natural questions and commands such as “lock the doors” or “turn off the TV.”  The device can respond to up to 30 speaker-dependent custom commands that the user can train based upon their voice.  In addition to giving commands, users can ask for verbal responses from their homes such as, “What is the temperature?”The VoicePod offers fast speech recognition and speech synthesis that requires no user training. The VoicePod’s language pack includes lighting control, security, AV, temperature control and many more helpful features. For security purposes, a secure speaker-verification feature for customized voice recognition is offered.  In addition to the extensive language pack, the VoicePod doesn’t require Internet access or additional added on technology pieces. The VoicePod is properly equipped with every feature a user would need.As if this wireless device didn’t offer enough, VoicePod also features text-to-speech output that allows it to function as a wireless announcement piece when needed.VoicePod is due to ship in early 2013 and will include full Control4 integration. This new groundbreaking piece of technology is an amazing device and wonderful contribution to the assistive technology market.last_img read more

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SmarterHQ Names Brian Elkins as Chief Technology Officer

first_img Brian ElkinsMarketing TechnologyMichael OsborneNewsR&D organizationSmarterHQTechnology Previous ArticleMicrosoft Introduces New Cloud Experiences and Developer Tools for All Creators at Microsoft BuildNext ArticlePocketmath Serves 80 Billion Ad Impressions SmarterHQ Names Brian Elkins as Chief Technology Officer MTS Staff WriterMay 7, 2019, 5:49 pmMay 7, 2019 We’ve made some changes around here this year, including continuing to develop the SmarterHQ team to bring our clients the very best technology and talent in the martech industry.To scale our R&D department, we recently welcomed Brian Elkins as our new CTO. Brian joins our senior leadership team with over 25 years of engineering and business management experience. His expertise encompasses Agile software development, engineering, product management, and cloud architecture in startup and large companies. He has built, grown, and led global cross-functional teams that have delivered over $400MM in new products and services to market.Marketing Technology News: IntelliMedia bags two Product of the Year Awards at NAB Show 2019“Brian excelled in an extensive hiring process—his experience, skillset, and character quickly set him apart,” said our CEO & President, Michael Osborne. “He has immediately made an impact here and is a true visionary for running a high-performing R&D organization. We’re excited to see how SmarterHQ evolves under his guidance.” “Brian is a complete professional, bringing to our engineering teams his extensive expertise and an innovative mindset that will elevate SmarterHQ to the next level,” said Dean Abbott, our Co-Founder & Chief Data Scientist. “With Brian heading up R&D, I am able to place a deeper focus on data science and the manifestation of predictive analytics in our platform.”Marketing Technology News: STOMP Out Bullying™ Launches Emma, the First AI Platform Designed to Process and Respond to Cyberbullying“We started SmarterHQ in 2010 with the idea to apply machine learning to marketing decisions in ways no one had done before,” Dean added. “I could not be more thrilled for the future of SmarterHQ and the opportunities ahead to strengthen and expand our expertise in the retail, travel and hospitality, and financial services space.”Brian currently lives in Austin, Texas, so naturally, he will be working out of our Austin office. In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, their six kids, and their dog Ruby. He is an avid outdoorsman who has spent the past 30 years fishing, hunting, hiking, and riding the mountains, both with a bike and a board. He loves Texas barbecue, and of course, there is always room for dessert.Marketing Technology News: Entercom and Nielsen Announce Data-driven Comprehensive Agreementlast_img read more

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BigID Introduces New Data Access Lifecycle Features Ahead of CCPA

first_imgAdvanced Data Rights Management Features Help Enterprises Tailor and Scale Responses to Data Access Requests for Global Privacy RegulationsBigID, Inc., the leader in ML-driven personal data discovery and privacy, announced first-of-their-kind data access rights management features to help enterprises automate fulfillment of personal data access requests for privacy regulations like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).BigID Introduces New Data Access Lifecycle Features Ahead of CCPAPersonal data rights around access and deletion of personal information are a cornerstone of more than 130 privacy regulations around the world. The laws grant consumers the right to access and in some instances, delete, correct or port the data organizations hold on them. For companies, this requires a new ability to locate all the personal data they hold on every individual across their entire data and application landscape.BigID pioneered the technology to help organizations find and inventory personal information by identity to fulfill privacy-driven personal data rights. The new advanced capabilities expand the company’s market leadership in enterprise data access lifecycle management.Marketing Technology News: TrustArc Platform Enhancements Simplify Privacy Management for CCPA, GDPR and Other Global RegulationsThe new features include:Enhanced AI for identifying contextual personal dataSmarter classification and correlation for connecting data to a personExpanded data coverage to more than 50 systems in the data center and cloudEnhanced data access management capabilities for analysts and operatorsNew programmatic bulk processing capabilities for high volume requestsDeep customization and summarization templates for tailored responsesEnriched workflows for deletion, correction and portabilityConsent tracking and orchestrationAutomation for validating deleted dataSDK integration with web and mobile data access request portalsMarketing Technology News: SherWeb Introduces UCaaS Integration of Microsoft Office 365 With World-Class Hosted Voice“BigID was first to market with technology that can deliver on the vision of personal data rights enshrined in privacy regulations like the EU’s GDPR and now CCPA,” said Nimrod Vax, co-founder and chief product officer, BigID. “We believe that data access rights are foundational to privacy, however, they require new capabilities for the enterprise to find, resolve and connect even contextual personal data back to a person at petabyte scale. These latest data access features further cement our leadership in this critical privacy segment.”Marketing Technology News: Introducing Pardot Business Units: Powering Personalized Enterprise B2B Marketing at Scale BigIDCalifornia Consumer Privacy Actdata discovery and privacyHiringIAPP Global Privacy SummitMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleNew Study: Streaming Services Rapidly Replacing Traditional TVNext ArticleRiva CRM Integration Achieves SOC 2 Certification BigID Introduces New Data Access Lifecycle Features Ahead of CCPA PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 4:23 pmMay 8, 2019 last_img read more

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Marking GDPR Anniversary nCipher Survey Reveals Americans Data Privacy Attitudes

first_img Cindy Provindata privacyGDPRGDPR AnniversaryMarketing TechnologynCipher SecurityNews Previous ArticleMRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & ViewabilityNext ArticleGDPR Turns One: the Data Ecosystem Has Reached a New Level of Maturity Research Shows Personal Data Privacy Is Hot-Button Issue in America, Where Distrust Runs HighThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in the European Union a year ago this month. GDPR, which gives EU citizens more control over their personal data by mandating how businesses must handle that information, has attracted great interest around the world. In addition, it has inspired government officials elsewhere in the world to develop laws addressing consumer data privacy concerns.1 year on, how has #GDPR influenced American data security sentiments?In recognition of GDPR’s first anniversary, nCipher Security, the provider of trust, integrity and control for business-critical information and applications, conducted a survey to gauge American awareness of and sentiment about data privacy and security laws and issues.The results illustrate that data privacy has become a hot-button issue for Americans. It points to a healthy distrust among Americans about data sharing. And it offers a look at how Americans view data privacy responsibility and what they know about data protection regulations.Many Americans indicate data protection is key to their survivalThe nCipher survey data indicates that protecting personal information has become of paramount importance for many Americans. More than half (52%) of Americans said data privacy is important to them. Forty-one percent said protecting their personal information is their top concern.Thirty-two percent said safeguarding their personal data is as important to them as their own physical protection. Six percent said only protecting their family is more important than protecting their personal data.Marketing Technology News: Verasity Announces Integration with YouTubePeople distrust how organizations handle their dataThere’s a healthy amount of distrust among Americans today about how organizations are using their personal information.Sixty-four percent said they don’t feel organizations are completely transparent with how they use their customers’ personal data. Almost half (49%) said they don’t trust companies to keep their private data secure. That may explain why 44% said they don’t want to share their personal data under any circumstances.The nCipher research also revealed that:Only 4% of the respondents trust organizations to do what they say they’ll do when it comes to not sharing their personal data28% said nothing makes them trust that their personal data will not be shared61% of Americans are not OK with some organizations sharing their private dataNearly half of Americans have no idea what GDPR is aboutAlthough personal data protection is clearly important to many Americans, 41% were unable to discern what GDPR stands for, even when provided with General Data Protection Regulation as one of the answers. That’s despite the fact that GDPR – which is widely considered a step in the right direction in the battle to prevent data misuse – has been in the news recently, with French regulators’ move to fine Google $57 million for GDPR non-compliance grabbing headlines.Many look to the government to address personal data privacyWhen asked whether the U.S. should adopt personal data privacy laws similar to those in Europe, 33% said no. But that’s only a third. And the fact that they don’t want European-style legislation doesn’t mean they’re against data privacy laws entirely.In fact, 44% of Republicans said the U.S. should create laws that fit American needs. Twenty-seven percent of Democrats surveyed said they feel the same way. The largest group (44%) of Americans said the federal government should be in charge of data privacy. About a third (32%) said the states should be in charge of data privacy regulations.Marketing Technology News: Motionloft named a 2019 Gartner “Cool Vendor” in Location Services and ApplicationsBroader data security requirements take hold at the state levelMany states are answering the call. Thirty-one U.S. states have established laws regulating the secure destruction or disposal of personal information, with at least a dozen states imposing broader data security requirements.California is a pioneer on this front. Legislators there have passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which takes effect January 2020. While this major initiative is only months away, there is a great need for education both nationally and within California, as about half (49%) of Americans nationwide admitted they don’t know what CCPA is, based on nCipher’s study. Even among those who have heard of CCPA, there is a lot of confusion. Only 12% correctly said CCPA makes nationwide organizations protect California residents’ personal data.Within California, the results look somewhat better. Forty-nine percent of Californians chose CCPA’s correct definition, although 42% of Californians admitted they don’t know what CCPA is.Cindy Provin, chief executive officer at nCipher Security says:“Government mandates such as GDPR and the CCPA, which are fundamentally designed to discourage the misuse of data, give consumers the reassurances they want. There’s an unprecedented awareness of the importance of data security, with business customers and consumers alike demanding trust, integrity and control when it comes to how companies manage their data. The best defense is a proactive one, and the right mix of data security tools and internal education provides a firm foundation. Encryption, digital signing and key generation are critical components of any data security strategy, as properly encrypted data is useless to hackers even if a breach does occur.”Marketing Technology News: Xignite CEO to Give Keynote on Migrating Market Data to the Cloud at The North American Financial Information Summit – NAFIS 2019 Marking GDPR Anniversary, nCipher Survey Reveals Americans’ Data Privacy Attitudes PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 1:16 pmMay 23, 2019 last_img read more

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Google Might Try to Buy Your Face for 5

first_img Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads 11 Comments Tagged In googleprivacypixel 4face unlock Post a Comment 11 Comments Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads The Biggest ‘Arrow’ Plot Holes No One Ever Talks About By Ryan Whitwam on July 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm J.K. Rowling Confirms a Hermione Theory We Suspected All Along Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Lilly From ‘Princess Diaries’ Is 36 Now and Gorgeous We Now Understand Why Sean Connery Has Disappeared ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Have A Different Version Of Nick Fury Unless you’re a digital hermit, Google probably already has a lot of data about you. Even when you don’t tell Google specific bits of data, it can make educated guesses based on your searches and how you use its services. One thing it doesn’t have is your face, and that’s what Google is after. No, this isn’t some Game of Thrones-style Faceless Men situation — Google reps are offering $5 gift cards to scan people’s faces. Google representatives are approaching people in real life and asking them to contribute data to developing “the next generation of facial recognition phone unlocking,” according to a report from ZDNet. As compensation for helping out, Googlers are offering people a $5 gift card to Amazon or Starbucks. Are people willing to sell their faces to Google for five bucks? It appears they are, yes. After agreeing to help out, participants are handed a phone inside a large case that obscured the shape. It’s common for engineers to use cases like this to hide pre-release phones during testing, which strongly suggests these devices are Google Pixel 4s. It reportedly takes a few minutes for the phone to acquire face data as people move their heads around, and then they’re free to paint the town red with their gift cards. The data is most likely feeding into a machine learning algorithm that will help the Pixel 4 recognize faces with some assortment of sensors and cameras on the phone. While Android has supported face unlock for years, it has always been 2D camera-based recognition. The iPhone, by comparison, uses a 3D sensor to unlock the device securely. Some Android phones like the LG G8 have imitated that, but Google is adding official support for 3D face unlock in the upcoming Android Q release. Leaks of the Pixel 4 also show plenty of sensors on the front of the phone that could contribute to secure face unlock. This is all speculation for now — Google isn’t talking, and it probably won’t say anything until the Pixel 4 is official. The teaser and leaked images don’t show a fingerprint sensor in the traditional place, so Google has either gone to an in-display sensor or it’s ditching that all together in favor of face unlock. That would make the accuracy of its algorithm extremely important. In that eventuality, I hope a lot of people sell their faces to Google.Now read:3D-Printed Head Shows Face Unlock on Most Phones Isn’t SecureAndroid Q May Support Apple-Like 3D Face UnlockFBI Forces Suspect to Unlock Phone Using Face ID You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Google Might Try to Buy Your Face for $5last_img read more

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How Do SSDs Work

first_img The Most Offensive Video Game Characters of All Time By Joel Hruska on July 18, 2019 at 8:29 am How Do SSDs Work? You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like Intel’s non-volatile storage technology, Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive stores data on a series of spinning magnetic disks called platters. There’s an actuator arm with read/write heads attached to it. This arm positions the read-write heads over the correct area of the drive to read or write information.Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there’s a non-zero wait time before data can be accessed. The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low-power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.From the very beginning, it was clear that hard drives couldn’t possibly match the speeds at which CPUs could operate. Latency in HDDs is measured in milliseconds, compared with nanoseconds for your typical CPU. One millisecond is 1,000,000 nanoseconds, and it typically takes a hard drive 10-15 milliseconds to find data on the drive and begin reading it. The hard drive industry introduced smaller platters, on-disk memory caches, and faster spindle speeds to counteract this trend, but there’s only so fast drives can spin. Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor family is the fastest set of drives ever built for the consumer market, while some enterprise drives spun up to 15,000 RPM. The problem is, even the fastest spinning drive with the largest caches and smallest platters are still achingly slow as far as your CPU is concerned.How SSDs Are Different“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry FordSolid-state drives are called that specifically because they don’t rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non-volatile memory.Image by Cyferz at Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged “0” or not-charged “1.” Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell — it’s the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB.One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical storage mediums given in microseconds.Image by CodeCapsuleNAND is nowhere near as fast as main memory, but it’s multiple orders of magnitude faster than a hard drive. While write latencies are significantly slower for NAND flash than read latencies, they still outstrip traditional spinning media.There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory’s performance. It’s worse for writes as opposed to reads — typical triple-level-cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single-level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn’t proportional, either — TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two). This is also true for QLC drives, which store even more bits at varying voltage levels within the same cell.The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values — 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values, and QLC has 16. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged.Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re-written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem.The only way for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven’t been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now-erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age — a mostly-empty drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly-full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.If you’ve used SSDs, you’ve likely heard of something called “garbage collection.” Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process.Image courtesy of WikipediaNote in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A’-D’). It’s also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A-D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out-of-date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now-empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn’t deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it’s possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn’t typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn’t need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.The TRIM command allows the operating system to tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block-level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over-provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren’t written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive’s life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it’s sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven’t actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That’s not to diss magnetic media — I actually think HDDs deserve more respect than they are given. The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read-write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3-5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible.A typical SSD controllerSSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 or DDR4 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single-level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load-balancing work as a high-end storage array — SSDs don’t deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, garbage collection, and SLC cache management all have parallels in the big iron world.Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive’s lifespan. The SSD controller handles error correction, and the algorithms that control for single-bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash’s performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren’t willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage.InterfacesIn the beginning, SSDs used SATA ports, just like hard drives. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift to M.2 drives — very thin drives, several inches long, that slot directly into the motherboard (or, in a few cases, into a mounting bracket on a PCIe riser card. A Samsung 970 EVO Plus drive is shown below.NVMe drives offer higher performance than traditional SATA drivers because they support a faster interface. Conventional SSDs attached via SATA top out at ~550MB/s in terms of practical read/write speeds. M.2 drives are capable of substantially faster performance into the 3.2GB/s range.The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn’t without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities and price-per-gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there’s little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price-per-gigabyte. Shrinking process nodes are a significant challenge for NAND flash — while most hardware improves as the node shrinks, NAND becomes more fragile. Data retention times and write performance are intrinsically lower for 20nm NAND than 40nm NAND, even if data density and total capacity are vastly improved. Thus far, we’ve seen drives with up to 96 layers in-market, and 128 layers seems plausible at this point. Overall, the shift to 3D NAND has helped improve density without shrinking process nodes or relying on planar scaling.Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller — plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it’s assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you’ve upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you’re likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD-to-SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases.Intel’s 3D XPoint (marketed as Intel Optane) has emerged as one potential challenger to NAND flash, and the only current alternative technology in mainstream production. Optane SSDs don’t use NAND — they’re built using non-volatile memory believed to be implemented similarly to phase-change RAM — but they offer similar sequential performance to current NAND flash drives, but with vastly better performance at low drive queues. Drive latency is also roughly half of NAND flash (10 microseconds, versus 20) and vastly higher endurance (30 full drive-writes per day, compared with 10 full drive writes per day for a high-end Intel SSD).Intel Optane performance targetsThe first Optane SSDs have debuted as excellent add-ons for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. Optane is also available in standalone drives, and in a variety of server roles for enterprise computing. At the moment, Optane is still too expensive to match NAND flash, which benefits from substantial economies of scale, but this could change in the future. NAND will stay king of the hill for at least the next 3-4 years. But past that point, we could see Optane starting to replace it in volume, depending on how Intel and Micron scale the technology and how well 3D NAND flash continues to expand its cell layers (96-layer NAND is shipping from multiple players), with roadmaps for 128 layers on the horizon.Check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Now read:The Worst CPUs Ever BuiltHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Tagged In storageextremetech explainsSSDNANDSSDshard drivesNAND flashsolid state storage Post a Comment 0 Comments Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. 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Verint Only Vendor Recognized by Gartner in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for

first_imgVerint Only Vendor Recognized by Gartner in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center and the Magic Quadrant for Workforce Engagement Management Business WireJune 26, 2019, 6:03 pmJune 26, 2019 crmCustomer Engagement CenterGartnerMagic QuadrantMarketing TechnologyNewsVerint Systems Previous ArticlePersonetics Puts the Power of AI in the Hands of Bank Relationship Managers and Agents With Personalized Insights and Advice Available via Salesforce and Microsoft CRMNext ArticleMuleSoft Recognizes Leading Partners for Accelerating Digital Transformation at MuleSoft CONNECT 2019 Verint Systems Inc., The Customer Engagement Company, announced its inclusion in Gartner, Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center (CEC) report, published June 11, 2019, by the research and advisory firm. In addition to being recognized in this report, the firm also named Verint a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for Workforce Engagement Management** (WEM) research earlier this year.“As the customer engagement company, we are pleased to be the only firm to have our solutions recognized in both reports”In the June CEC report, Verint was evaluated on 15 criteria across two key areas—ability to execute and completeness of vision—for its Engagement Management™ solution, part of the company’s broader Customer Engagement™ portfolio.Verint solutions simplify, modernize and automate customer engagement by enabling organizations to strike the right balance between elevating the customer experience and improving operational efficiency across both assisted and self-service channels.Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small BusinessesGartner CEC report analysts, Brian Manusama, Nadine LeBlanc, and Simon Harrison state, “The best of today’s CEC applications have tools for both agents and customers. For this Magic Quadrant, vendors had to have clear views about how to escalate customer support from digital self-service to human agents (and to de-escalate it again), while retaining interactions’ context for the purposes of reporting and improving customer engagements. Additionally, their CEC applications for use by customer service agents must have been designed to operate seamlessly on a common platform by means of common development and integration tools, open APIs and a common graphical user interface.”Marketing Technology News: WebEngage Partners with Kenscio’s Email Management SolutionValidation of company strategy“As the customer engagement company, we are pleased to be the only firm to have our solutions recognized in both reports,” says Verint’s President Elan Moriah. “We believe that Verint is a customer engagement visionary with a proven track record of delivering significant business impact for our customers. Leading organizations across industries and around the world choose Verint to help them elevate customer engagement to a competitive differentiator for their entire company, and trust Verint to power their evolution toward modern customer engagement.”*Source: Garnter, Inc. Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center by Brian Manusama, Nadine LeBlanc and Simon Harrison, June 11, 2019.**Source: Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for Workforce Engagement Management by Simon Harrison and Jim Davies, February 12, 2019.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.Marketing Technology News: Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020?last_img read more

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Cloud for Good is Awarded Salesforceorg 2019 AMER Partner of the Year

first_imgCloud for Good was awarded the Salesforce 2019 AMER Partner of the Year – Nonprofit award at the Salesforce.org Partner Summit on June 24, 2019.Accepting the award on behalf of Cloud for Good was Partner Alliance Manager, Kristin Kiester. “It is amazing to be recognized as the first ever AMER Salesforce.org Nonprofit Partner of the Year,” Kiester said. “The Cloud for Good team works so hard to make sure that we delight our clients and our partners. We do this by participating in community events, unveiling industry best practices and contributing to the betterment of the platform for clients across both the nonprofit and higher education sectors.”In addition to their Partner of the Year Award, the organization received the highest recognition in the Salesforce nonprofit community, the Mastery Designation for the Nonprofit Industry.“I’m so proud of what we have achieved this year,” said Tal Frankfurt, Founder and CEO of Cloud for Good, “From being recognized as the Number 1 Best Places to Work in IT for Small Business by Computerworld, to stellar year-over-year double-digit growth. Our team is continuing to impact the way nonprofits and higher education institutions conduct business.”Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile Commerce“Overall,” Frankfurt continues, “it is our passion for each other, the technology we implement and our clients’ missions that make us a great place to both work and partner with. It is amazing to see Salesforce recognizing our impact and success.”This award follows the announcement of a new Vice President of Sales, Bryan Gould. Gould comes to Cloud for Good from Salesforce.org, where he served as an RVP of Higher Education Field (Enterprise) Sales.“During my time as a leader within Salesforce, what I quickly found is that achieving tremendous impact is only fully realized when coupled with a capable partner, who consistently delivers on the vision and potential the solutions provide. Cloud for Good is the only implementation partner which embodies the spirit of Salesforce.org, with an industry focus and expertise in both education and nonprofits. We have cultivated an environment which always puts customers’ mission and success at the forefront of everything we do. I am honored to be a part of continuing our tremendous growth so that we can help even more organizations achieve their missions,” said Gould.Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking Platforms“I am thrilled to have Bryan join us to further accelerate our growth within both the nonprofit and higher education verticals,” Frankfurt said. “It is important, as an organization focused on culture, that we bring in leadership that share the same values that Cloud for Good has built our practice on. With Bryan leading our sales team, I am confident that we will continue this revenue growth while maintaining the high level of customer and partner support we are known for.”Marketing Technology News: Say It Now and Booxscale win Amazon’s European Alexa Cup AMER PartnerCloud for GoodMarketing TechnologyMarketing Technology NewsNewsPartner Alliance ManagerSalesforceTal Frankfurt Previous ArticleSalesforce and Visa Join Bundle Select Employee Real Estate PlatformNext ArticleSalesforce Joins New Continuous Delivery Foundation As Premier Member Cloud for Good is Awarded Salesforce.org 2019 AMER Partner of the Year – Nonprofit PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 1:57 pmJuly 2, 2019 last_img read more

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Welcome the New Kids on the Block How Millennials and Gen Z

first_img With Millennials making up roughly a quarter of the world’s population, it’s not surprising that they’re shaking up traditional industries. Millennials and Gen Z (people born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s) are finally reaching an age where they have disposable income and few if any, children. Unlike older generations, they’re not tied to large mortgages and are eager to spend their hard-earned cash.While it’s hard to determine whether Millennials earn more than previous generations, research from the World Data Lab reveals the influence of Millennial consumers. As Millennials and Gen Z build their careers and make more money, they’re quickly increasing their spending power to become one of the world’s most influential consumers. So, how exactly will Millennials and Gen Z shape the world economy and organizations working in the financial sector?Millennials Powering the FinTech RevolutionMillennials grew up alongside technology giants like Apple and Google, making them one of the most tech-savvy generations. It also means that they’re not afraid to use technology to help them make complex decisions – even financial ones.Research into Millennial’s financial attitudes show some interesting results:68% of Millennials think that how we access money will change in the next 5 years70% say that how we pay for things will change in the next 5 years73% would be more receptive to financial services from tech companies like Google, Apple, PayPal and Amazon than their own bank33% believe banks will cease to exist over the next five yearsWith such disruptive and encouraging attitudes, Millennials are easily powering the FinTech revolution and making way for start-ups to radically change a rather stuffy and traditional industry.Gen Z Keeps it Traditional While Gen Z shares many attitudes as Millennials, they’re slightly more cautious and wary when it comes to FinTech. After all, this generation was still children during the 2008 financial crash and watched as their parents tried to pick up the pieces. So, it’s not surprising that 48% of Gen Z prefer to conduct their banking transactions face-to-face. However, this personal connection doesn’t align them with traditional banks as 31% believe they won’t need banks in the future and 42% are excited about financial services from tech companies like Google, Apple, PayPal, and Amazon.These attitudes are clearly more conservative than their older siblings, but still encouraging for companies looking to disrupt the financial sector. Understanding each generation’s unique challenges and attitudes are crucial for FinTech companies looking to cater to and build loyalty amongst the next generation of consumers.Read more: How Brands Can Connect with Gen Z through Social Media MarketingMillennials aren’t interested in a life without techMillennials, born between 1980 and 1995, grew up alongside technology like the internet, cell phones, and everyday computing. Most remember old-school computers and poor graphics video games. Cell phones were a teenager right of passage. As early adopters, Millennials are open and receptive to change.They also have high expectations for modern convenience. Long gone are the days of waiting for your Internet dial-up. Millennials want financial services to be as easy as a click-of-a-button. That’s where disruptors like Transferwise come in, offering bank transfers that take less than a minute rather than the standard 3-5 days. Offering more convenient and faster transactions is one clear way to win over the Millennial consumer.Millennials don’t trust banks Most Millennials were entering university or the workplace during the 2008 economic crash. As such, they became adults in a world full of financial instability and were old enough to understand the role bankers played. So, it’s really not surprising that they struggle to trust banks. By moving away from traditional financial organizations, Millennials have paved the way for FinTech start-ups.Research shows that Millennials are extremely receptive to banking with FinTech companies as only 28% would prefer to use a traditional bank, and only 13% don’t trust FinTechs. However, Millennials’ financial needs extend beyond simply wanting to bank with a non-traditional company. Recent research from EY shows that FinTech firms wishing to attract Millennials, need to make a positive contribution to society and have a ‘purpose’ beyond profit while also being mobile-friendly.Online investment platforms like Acorn are popular among Millennials who want to keep track of their investments without a traditional stockbroker while apps like Moven provide personal money coaching to help Millennials learn about and take control of their finances.Millennials are one of the most debt-laden generationsDebt plays a large role in how Millennials view their finances; especially since the average American Millennial has $36,000 in personal debt and 20% doesn’t expect to die in debt. While British Millennials are slightly better off, 37% still carry financial debt with 10% owing at least £14,200.Millennials have enormous debt from student loans, car payments and personal loans as few (less than 10% in the UK) own homes. After entering the workforce in entry-level positions or struggled to find work in a post-recession world, many took on additional loans, maxed out credit cards, or simply defaulted.As a result, they don’t want a lecture on their poor money habits or the fact they’re drowning in debt. Instead, they want straightforward, non-judgmental financial advice so they can control their situation and become more financially savvy.Several FinTech companies cater to debt-laden Millennials, like SoFi, who helps individuals refinance their debts (including personal and student loans) or Planwise who help customers learn about financial planning and set achievable goals.Three Ways FinTech Companies can Market to Millennials1. Don’t judge. Millennials who are struggling with their finances don’t need to be told where they went wrong. They want tools and advice for getting out of debt and investing in their future.2. Responsive and quick services. Websites and mobile platforms need to be optimized with fast load times and easy navigation as this tech-savvy generation won’t tolerate outdated tech.3. Make it easy. Piles of paperwork and unnecessarily lengthy processes are non-starters for millennials. They’re quite receptive to Robo-advisors, online financial advisors that let millennials determine the amount of risk they’re comfortable with and increase or decrease their investments accordingly. So this can be a great way to streamline services and ensure you’re available 24/7.Gen Z are true digital nativesAs Millennials’ younger siblings, Gen Z grew up with the latest technology and younger members were probably using smartphones before they could read. They were also at home during the 2008 financial crash or born just after, so saw first-hand as their parents struggled to come to terms with a financially uncertain world.Generation Z is far more conservative than Millennials, so they are less excited about financial products from technology giants like Amazon and Google. They’re also more likely to use a debit card as they want to avoid the debt Millennials currently face. The oldest members of Gen Z are starting to enter the workplace and have their own money, which means that their spending and saving habits are only now becoming apparent.Gen Z are entrepreneursAs Gen Z starts to enter the workforce, many are choosing to run their own businesses with 46% working as freelancers. They enjoy the freedom of working for themselves, calling the shots and working from almost any location in the world (as long as it has WiFi).Running their own businesses creates a whole different host of financial needs, which creates opportunities for FinTech companies that cater to small businesses. Transferwise makes it easy to send and receive international payments (perfect for freelancers working across borders), while companies like FreeAgent help small companies to handle their accounting needs and file tax returns.How FinTech Companies Can Market to Gen Z. 1. A multi-faceted approach. Like Millennials, Gen Z also expects a frictionless digital experience for pretty much everything, including banking. They want easy-to-use mobile technology as well as in-person customer service when the need arises. So, FinTech companies will need to provide both a fantastic support service as well as an excellent online experience and create a seamless customer journey to win this generation.2. Social savvy. With over 45% of Gen Z using Instagram for brand discovery, it’s important for FinTech companies to market on social media too. This generation spends hours every day exploring social media and uses it to connect and understand brands. As entrepreneurs, they also use social media to promote their businesses so FinTech companies that integrate with social media platforms, for example, by making it easy for customers to pay via Facebook, capture a competitive advantage.3. Keep it real. Growing up with technology and in the age of fake news, means that Gen Z doesn’t blindly trust anything they read online and they’ll quickly bounce off a page that’s filled with fluff instead of facts. To gain their trust and convince them to work with you, you’ll need to provide information that’s accurate and helpful.Read more: Why Online Coupons Connect With the Ultimate Smart Shopper: The Millennial Welcome the New Kids on the Block: How Millennials and Gen Z Are Disrupting FinTech Shameer Sachdev6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 customer servicedigital experienceDigital NativesFinancial SectorFintechGen ZLoyaltyMillennials Previous ArticleSnapLogic Launches AWS Quick Start Solution to Accelerate Big Data InitiativesNext ArticleGartner’s Software Advice Names Bright Pattern FrontRunner for Call Center Softwarelast_img read more

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These are Worst Days for Country Mehbooba Mufti on Sadhvi Pragyas Remarks

first_img​ Srinagar: “These are the worst days for the country”, said former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday, reacting to remarks on former Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare by Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP candidate from Bhopal and an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.”I think these are the worst days for our country that you are giving such a choice of candidates to the people who use such language against a martyr like Hemant Karkare,” Mehbooba told reporters here. Thakur on Friday said Karkare died during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him for treating her badly.Karkare, along with two other senior police officers, was killed while fighting terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.The BJP on Wednesday had fielded Thakur from the Bhopal parliamentary seat, where she is set to have a direct contest with Congress heavyweight and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh.Out on bail, Pragya has been discharged by a court on charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the case, but is still facing trial under other criminal provisions, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.Mehbooba asked the BJP what the party wanted to convey to the people of the country by fielding a candidate like Thakur.”What do you want to convey to the people by fielding in the elections a lady against whom there is a charge sheet and such grave charges and who was in jail? That whatever the lady stands for, the BJP stands for those things?” the PDP president said.She also termed as a “huge setback” the suspension of the cross-LoC trade between India and Pakistan.”This is a huge setback. All the work done by (former PM Atal Bihari) Vajpayee, whatever he has done, it seems that (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi wants to demolish all that. The present NDA government wants to turn upside down and demolish all of Vajpayee’s CBMs and steps whether political or others like the negotiations or dialogue with Pakistan, or dialogue in J-K and opening of routes and trade,” Mehbooba said.The former chief minister said it was ironical that the decision to suspend the cross-LoC trade was taken on the same day when Vajpayee had visited Kashmir in 2003 and extended a hand of friendship to Pakistan.”I think this is very unfortunate, very ironical also, because it was on this day that Vajpayee had come to Kashmir and had extended the hand of friendship with Pakistan and had said he will address the Kashmir issue within the ambit of humanity.”The opening of Muzaffarabad road was initiated by Vajpayee. It seems that we are going backward rather than moving forward because the solution to the Jammu & Kashmir issue is only this that all the routes have to be reopened,” she said.India had on Thursday indefinitely suspended the cross-LoC trade at two points along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, following reports that it was being “misused” by elements from across the border to smuggle weapons, narcotics and fake currency.In an official statement, the Home Ministry had said orders have been issued for halting the trade at Salamabad of Baramulla district in the Kashmir region and Chakkan-da-Bagh of Poonch district in the Jammu region after reports of very large scale “misuse” of the cross-LoC trade.Mehbooba said the BJP wanted to suspend the trade when she was the chief minister, but she had resisted the move.”When I was the chief minister, even then they (BJP) had tried to suspend the cross-LoC trade, but I resisted. I want to tell the government of India that the problem of Jammu and Kashmir is very serious and difficult an instance of which we saw in the unfortunate attack in Pulwama.”If we choke the routes which have been opened and also choke the space further here, then its consequences will be dangerous, because, ultimately, the solution to the J-K issue is that Kargil-Skardu, Jammu-Sialkote, Uri-Muzaffarabad, and all such old routes connecting us with Central Asia or South Asia since 1947 have to be restored,” she said.Mehbooba said, ” I think J&K is being involved in the elections across the country and it is being shown that they are using a muscular, a tough policy and all of it is being done for polarisation.” 26/11 Mumbai terror attacksHemant Karkarejammu & kashmirjammu-and-kashmir-lok-sabha-elections-2019 First Published: April 19, 2019, 5:28 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Rebel MLAs Moved from Mumbai to Goa One Threatens to Join BJP

first_imgBengaluru: As the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka teetered on the brink of collapse, all the ministers quit Monday to give a free hand to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to reshuffle his Cabinet to include rebel MLAs while two Independent legislators also withdrew their support.There was no immediate word from the rebel camp on the move to reshuffle the Cabinet in a bid to save the wobbly 13-month-old government, as the action shifted to Goa from Mumbai after 13 dissident MLAs — 10 of the Congress and 3 of the JD(S) — submitted their resignations to the Assembly Speaker’s office on Saturday triggering a fresh political crisis. Of the 13 MLAs, 10 — seven of them from the Congress — were holed up in a luxury hotel in Mumbai since Saturday and were joined by H Nagesh, one of the two Independent MLAs and a minister who quit, on Monday. All the legislators were headed to Goa by road.Sources in Mumbai said the legislators were being accompanied by Mohit Bhartiya, president of the Mumbai BJP Yuva Morcha. According to JD(S) sources in Bengaluru, the party MLAs were being taken to a resort on the outskirts of the city.The two Independent MLAs–H Nagesh and R Shankar–who were made ministers less than a month ago in a bid to give stability to the government resigned and extended support to the BJP, as resort politics returned to haunt the crisis-hit coalition.Amid an allegation by Congress leader D K Shivakumar that the BJP ‘hijacked’ Nagesh, all eyes were on Speaker Ramesh Kumar, who is expected to examine on Tuesday the resignations by the 13 MLAs submitted to him on Saturday that triggered the latest political crisis in the state.The ruling coalition faces the threat of losing its majority if the resignations of the 13 rebel MLAs are accepted. The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength after Nagesh and Shankar withdrew support is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1) besides the Speaker.With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the 13 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 103. The Speaker also has a vote.Fighting hard to save one of its few state governments, Congress took the lead holding the meeting at the residence of Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, which was attended by senior leaders, including AICC general secretary K C Venugopal.At the end of the meeting, the party said all its 21 ministers resigned “voluntarily” to enable a reshuffle of the Cabinet and make way for the disgruntled legislators, in an apparent fire fighting exercise.JD(S) followed suit later with nine of its Ministers resigning after Kumaraswamy met Congress leaders. “For the larger interest of the party, yesterday and today, we had detailed discussions with senior leaders and ministers,” Venugopal told reporters.The meeting was attended by Congress Legislature Party Leader Siddaramaiah, a former chief minister, among others.Siddaramaiah too said all Congress ministers voluntarily resigned and have given “full freedom” to the party to reshuffle the ministry. “All ministers from #JDS have submitted their resignations just like the 21 ministers from #Congress. Cabinet reshuffle will happen soon,” the Chief Minister’s Office said in a tweet.Kumaraswamy, who returned from his 10-day long US trip Sunday, put up a brave face, saying he was not afraid of the developments. “The government will survive,” he said, alleging that the current situation is the work of the BJP high command.Kumaraswamy told reporters he had “no fear” about the happenings and was concentrating on fulfilling his responsibilities. He evaded a direct answer to a question about the resignation of the 13 MLAs and merely said “Let’s see”.According to Rajeev Gowda, a state Congress leader from Karnataka, UPA Chairperson and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said she is “very very confident” that things will be back to normal in a couple of days.The BJP, on its part, demanded immediate resignation of Kumaraswamy, saying his government was in ‘minority’. “If at all he has dignity, honour and self-esteem, or if he is aware of Karnataka’s culture and traditions, he should immediately resign… Do not try to stick on to the chair. You do not have the numbers,” said former deputy CM R Ashok.The Congress accused the BJP of trying to destabilise the state government. “This is the sixth time the BJP has tried to destabilise the coalition government in the state,” Venugopal said.The Centre denied any role in the political turmoil in Karnataka which echoed in the Lok Sabha where Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took a dig at Rahul Gandhi, saying the resignation drive was started by the Congress President.”Whatever is happening currently in Karnataka, we have no relation with that,” he said, replying to the issue raised by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who alleged conspiracy. “Big leaders of Congress are resigning,” Singh said.Meanwhile, senior Congress MLA Roshan Baig on Monday threatened to quit the party and join BJP. “I’m hurt by the way Congress party treated me, I’ll resign from my MLA post and join BJP,” he said. (With inputs from PTI) BJPBS YeddyurappaCongress-JDS governmentDeputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara First Published: July 8, 2019, 8:27 AM ISTlast_img read more

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7 Fishermen Missing as Kerala on Red Alert After Heavy Rains Shutters

first_img floodsIdukkiIMDKannur First Published: July 20, 2019, 10:21 AM IST Kerala: With monsoon gaining strength, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) declared Red and Orange Alerts for some districts in Kerala till July 22, as heavy rains have led to a flood-like situation in several places.Seven fishermen are missing and relief camps have been opened in two districts as heavy rains lashed the state for the second day under the influence of the southwest monsoon. The missing fishermen had put out to sea from nearby Vizhinjam and Shaktikulnagara in Kollam in separate boats, news agency PTI reported. The IMD has issued a Red Alert in Kasargod district for Saturday and Orange Alert for Idukki, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad, news agency ANI reported. The department has also sounded a Red Alert for Kozhikode and Wayanad and Orange Alert for Malappuram and Kannur for July 21 . The Indian Meteorological Department relies on a four-level, colour-coded warning system to advice on the severity of rainfall. These levels are Green (low to medium rain), Yellow (isolated heavy rain), Orange (isolated heavy to very heavy) and Red. Each of these colour codes advises on level of action to be taken, ranging from No Action to Take Action.The IMD had issued a Red Alert in three districts of Kerala on July 19. The three districts of Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam were expected to record 204 mm of excess rain. A flood-like situation has emerged in Kozhikode district, which recorded 150 mm of rain in a span of 24 hours on Friday.Heavy rains lashed the district of Kannur on Friday, flooding several pockets. In many areas, rafts had to be used for commuting after roads were flooded with rainwater. Trees were uprooted in many places, some of them falling on homes and damaging the dwellings.In Idukki, consecutive Red Alerts have been issued and one shutter of the Kallarkutty Dam has been opened, following heavy rains in the catchment area.Kerala: One shutter of Kallarkutty Dam situated in Idukki district has been opened, following heavy rains in the catchment area. pic.twitter.com/vMVtMrmPmX— ANI (@ANI) July 20, 2019Pilgrims visiting the famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala in Pathanamthitta district, which has been opened for the five-day monthly pooja, were put to difficulties due to incessant rain.”Due to heavy rain since yesterday, the Pamba area was flooded. But now the water is receding,” said a top official in-charge of Disaster Management Authority in Pathanamthita district.Kasargod District Collector has declared a holiday tomorrow for all educational institutions, including professional colleges in the district in the wake of heavy rains and red alert.People living in alerted districts have been advised to keep small emergency kits handy and cooperate with district officials in case a need for evacuation arises. Fishermen living on the coast of Kerala and Lakshadweep area have been cautioned not to venture out to sea due to strong winds from the north-westerly direction reaching speeds of 40-50 kmph.Officials have also been asked to move people living in transient shelters or incompletely constructed homes to camps to ensure their safety.According weather agency Skymet, heavy to extremely heavy rain will be observed in Kerala between July 17 and July 22. The intensity will peak from July 18-20. After last year’s floods, the worst in nearly a century, specific protocols were put in place for 30 government departments. This includes satellite phones that have been distributed to district collectors to guard against communications breakdown.The weathermen are hopeful that the second spell of the monsoon, which started Wednesday, will bring in heavy rains to the state, which had recorded 46 per cent deficiency till July 15. last_img read more

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