Why Social Enterprise and Cloud Computing Go Hand in Hand

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Trends A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img IDC reported today that the majority of business workers use the social Web at least once a week.Social computing and the cloud are becoming equally integral in the enterprise. IDC makes the point that if social computing represents the new business process then cloud computing is the delivery mechanism.Mike Fauscette oversaw the IDC survey. Here is how he sees the connection between social enterprise and cloud computing:“The group I run includes cloud research and most of IDC’s enterprise apps research. From the survey and just my general perspective I’d say cloud and social are very connected concepts. Social business to me is about cultural shift and transformation facilitated thru technology. Cloud is a key component to that. Cloud supports ubiquitous access and is very important in mobile as the new enterprise desktop.”Salesforce.com is a good example of this new breed of enterprise systems that pulls together real-time communication, applications and content. The company’s new product, Salesforce Chatter, is a platform for creating internal social networks. The appplication makes it possible to collaborate in a real-time, secure environment: You can update your own real-time feed. It sees updates from applications. It integrates information from third-party service providers. You can see updates from other people in your network.Salesforce.com makes the argument that the collaborative nature of the cloud makes this possible. Traditional, desktop applications require a user to go through a lengthy process, where, for instance, a document is created in an application like Sharepoint and business applications are separate from the communication processA cloud-based service bring these services together into one environment. In a cloud-based environment, API’s can be used to integrate third-party applications such as Twitter. For most of the world, a desktop system is limiting. The enterprise is fast becoming an extended system that reaches out to partners and customers. Those people may be in distant places. They can’t access your desktop but they can interact with you in a social, collaborative environment that embraces the open Web, as delivered through the cloud. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

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JU students gherao V-C, other officials over admission tests

first_imgThe impasse at Jadavpur University over admissions to undergraduate courses continues with the students on Wednesday laying siege to the main administrative complex and gheraoing the Vice-Chancellor and other university authorities.Earlier in the day, the university announced its decision of doing away with admission tests in six departments of the humanities stream. Last month JU had announced that it will conduct admission tests and later shelved it.Marks obtained“The notification for the admission tests shall be withdrawn as per the university’s Executive Council resolution. This year we will not hold admission tests in all the Arts departments,” said Chiranjib Bhattacharya, officiating Registrar of JU. The university authorities also said that this year admission to the humanities department will be conducted on the basis of marks obtained in the Higher Secondary examination or equivalent examinations.The students kept V-C Suranjan Das gheraoed till late on Wednesday night. The students alleged that the university has retracted from its earlier decision of holding admission tests under pressure from State’s Higher Education Department.last_img read more

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The Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games

first_imgREAD: Athletes hurt most by SEA Games debacleBut the Philippines hasn’t always been in the bottom half of the 11-nation competition, where medals for at least 30 different team and individual sports are being disputed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen the country started sending athletes to the SEA Games in 1977, when this multi-sport event had just changed its name from Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, it immediately finished third in the medal race in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia behind Indonesia and Thailand.It was a golden age for sports for the Filipinos. From that year until 2003, the Philippines only failed to crack the top three in the medal race five out of the next 13 editions of the biggest sporting event in the region. Firework explose over the Quirino Grand Stand during the closing ceremony of the 23rd South East Asian Games in Manila, 05 December 2005. The Philippines won the overall title of the 23rd South East Asian Games with 113 gold medals. AFP PHOTO/PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKULWhen Manila hosted the SEA Games in 2005—a first since 1991—the Philippines got the chance to field in the biggest delegation yet with over 700 athletes and that yielded the country’s best finish ever at no. 1 with a 113-84-94 gold-silver-bronze medal haul.That, though, turned out to be the last the sport-loving Filipinos would taste the podium in the medal standings.READ: No stopping PH sports’ decline in SEA GamesWhat followed was a disheartening stretch in the history of Philippine Sports.Despite sending 620 athletes to Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand in the 2007 edition of the regional games, the Philippines shockingly dropped from first to sixth in a dismal showing with a 41-91-96 medal tally.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LIST: Philippine delegation in 2017 Southeast Asian Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Flag bearers from the 11 ASEAN countries march during the opening ceremony of the biennial Southeast Asian Games in Singapore’s National Stadium on June 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANFor the last decade, the Philippines has been on a steady decline in the Southeast Asian Games.Once a frontrunner in the region’s biennial sporting meet, the Philippines has never finished higher than fifth place since topping the SEA Games in 2001 in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT This year’s Philippine team to Malaysia is hoping to finally change that.There will be 493 Filipino athletes who will be giving it all in the hopes of giving the country an improved standing in Kuala Lumpur, which is hosting the event for the sixth time.A representative for each sport for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERThe Philippines has committed athletes to 37 sports with a target of at least 50 gold medals—which hasn’t been done since 2005. The country’s best medal haul in the last 10 years is at 41 in 2007.READ: PH ‘tired of being at the bottom’ in SEA GamesIt may remain a tall order to find a place at the top, but the Filipinos are fed up of being on the outside looking in in the competition they once dominated and that may be enough motivation to finally end the slump in the SEA Games. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimescenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Since then, the size of the Philippine delegation has fluctuated from as low as 148 to as big as 512 athletes but the results remained disappointing.Athletes from the Philippines parade waving their national flag during the opening ceremony of the 25th Southeast Asian Games at the national stadium in Vientiane on December 9, 2009.  AFP PHOTO/Bay ISMOYOIt didn’t get any better for the country in 2009 in Vientiane, Laos. With just 153 Filipino athletes competing in 25 sports, they only garnered 38 gold, 35 silver and 51 bronze medals to wind up fifth overall.READ: Filipinos bungle SEA Games missionIn contrast, the Filipino delegation ballooned to 512 two years after in Jakarta, Indonesia but botched the goal to fare better and instead settled for sixth place with only 36 golds, 56 silvers and 77 bronzes.Philippines athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, Sumatra province on November 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANAnother lean PH delegation was sent to Naypyitaw, Myanmar in 2013 after Philippine sports officials  were irked by the host country’s cherry-picking of sports to be played–dropping main stream events and including obscure sports.READ: Philippines competes in Myanmar games despite rowUnsurprisingly, the Philippines wound up sixth among 11 nations with 29 gold, 36 silver and 66 bronze medals.The country’s place in the medal standings remained unchanged in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games despite packing a relatively-large group composed of 472 Filipino athletes.The Philippine delegation led by flag bearer Alyssa Valdez parade during the Opening Ceremony of the 28th SEA Games held at the Singapore National Stadium. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAIt was a frustrating showing for the Filipinos, who only managed 29 gold, 36 silver, 66 bronze medals to fall far behind fifth placer Indonesia (47-61-74 G-S-B) in the medal count.READ: 28th SEA Games Singapore 2015 final Medal Tallylast_img read more

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Exclusive: Justice RM Lodha slams Committee of Administrators, says didn’t perform primary task given to them

first_imgA day before the seven-member BCCI committee on Lodha reforms meets in Mumbai Saturday, the former Chief Justice of India and committee’s head slammed the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for failing to implement the recommendations ratified by the Supreme Court.Speaking exclusively to India Today, Justice (Retd.) RM Lodha said that the Vinod Rai-led panel is involved in “incidental matters” and  should have made the Indian cricket board accept the recommendations by now.”It is really disappointing. It is unfortunate that almost an year has passed and the judgment of the highest court passed on July 18, 2016 is yet to be implemented. Once a party has suffered the judgment from the court, that too from the highest court, it is not the chooser. The order has to be implemented. Of course it has been delayed but I hope that the order will be implemented at the earliest,” said Lodha disappointingly.The 68-year-old added: “Surely, the primary task given to them (CoA) was to implement the order of last year. That has not been done. Perhaps, COA has been involved in incidental matters so nothing could be taken forward. I hope it is done now at the earliest.”On Saturday, the new seven-member committee, led by Rajeev Shukla, would have its second meeting to finalise their stand on Lodha recommendations.”There is no question of BCCI getting away with this,” says the former Chief Justice. “BCCI had its full say before the Supreme Court after we submitted our report. They put forth all their objections, submissions which were deliberated and heard fully. Thereafter, the  Supreme Court passed its judgment on July 18 last year, ratifying our report. So, that has now become the judgment of the court. Thereafter, the BCCI also filed the review petition but they were unsuccessful. Then they filed curative petition, there also they failed. It is only bogey if BCCI says that certain implementations are not implementable. Once the SC has approved it, it has become the judgment of the court. Everything can be implemented. Maybe, one or two individuals are affected and therefore they say that they can’t implement these recommendations,” adds Lodha.advertisementThe reason for BCCI getting restless is the next hearing on the matter slated for July 14 in the Supreme Court. If the board remains adamant, there is always a possibility of SC enforcing the recommendations on the richest cricket body of the world.”Of course, that is the last resort (SC enforcing the recommendations) because the judgment of the highest court cannot remain unenforced and unimplemented. So, obviously it will be taken to its logical conclusion. I fail to understand their (BCCI) stance. Report is in black and white, approved by the Supreme Court. It should’ve been implemented. The Memorandum of Associations should’ve been amended, the regulations suggested by us must have been put in place. This is how a judgment is implemented. They (COA) are the in charge of BCCI affairs so I hope they will do it at the earliest,” says Lodha.last_img read more

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10 months agoFiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout interesting Napoli

first_imgFiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout interesting Napoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout is interesting Napoli.The former Aston Villa ace has been outstanding for the Viola this season.“I won’t even talk about the transfer market when it comes to him,” Mario Giuffredi said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“He’ll stay at Fiorentina, then in the summer we’ll see. I think he’s destined for a career at the highest level, but January isn’t the right time for him to move.“He wants to finish the season in Florence, as does [Cristiano] Biraghi. Veretout is liked by Napoli and many other teams, but it’s pointless talking about the transfer market for these lads.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoMauricio Pochettino remains top of Real Madrid shortlist

first_imgMauricio Pochettino remains top of Real Madrid shortlistby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino remains Real Madrid’s number one target, should they part ways with Zinedine Zidane.World Cup winner Zidane is already under pressure to keep his job after re-joining the club towards the end of last season.It is not clear whether Pochettino wants to leave Spurs, considering he signed a five-year contract extension in 2018.But the Mirror says Real will be ready to pounce if the Argentine hints at wanting to leave North London.Los Blancos are convinced of Pochettino’s pedigree after he guided Spurs to the Champions League final last season.Some reports have suggested Pochettino is frustrated with Spurs after last summer’s transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Report: Jalen Hurts Has “Won The Coaches And Team” At Alabama

first_imgAlabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium during a day gameInstagramCould Alabama start a true freshman at quarterback this season? According to Shannon B. Terry, Jalen Hurts has “won the coaches and team” heading into the 2016 season.Terry, the founder of 247Sports.com, took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to discuss Alabama’s quarterback situation heading into this year’s campaign. He notes that junior Cooper Bateman is “trending down”, redshirt freshman Blake Barnett is “improving” and true freshman Jalen Hurts has “won” the team over.Terry implies that even if Hurts isn’t named the starter at the beginning of the season, he expects him to be the quarterback by mid-season. That’s huge news, considering Hurts’ lack of experience.(1 of 2) #Alabama QB Bateman is trending down this fall, Barnett is improving and Hurts has won the coaches and team at this point.— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016(2 of 2) Only real decision 4 UA coaches is what is best way to develop Hurts? unless there’s a sig change, he will be the QB by mid-season— Shannon B. Terry (@sbterry247) August 22, 2016For the past two seasons, Alabama has turned to seniors to lead the team behind center. In 2014, Blake Sims helped the Crimson Tide reach the College Football Playoff. In 2015, it was Jake Coker leading the team to a national championship. Before that, it was AJ McCarron taking snaps for three seasons.Hurts getting the nod would be a surprise, but it’s never wise to doubt Nick Saban. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the call against USC.last_img read more

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NDP turning to First Nations candidates in Northern Ontario

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsIn northern Ontario the federal NDP are turning to First Nations candidates in an effort to harness the Indigenous vote.A number of Indigenous leaders have joined the New Democrats in an effort to unseat the governing Liberals in a riding that’s home to about 60 First Nations and more than 10,000 on-reserve voters.One of the party’s new candidates is Rudy Turtle, chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation in the province’s Kenora riding.Grassy Narrows has suffered from mercury poisoning for decades.Turtle said in recent years the NDP has stood out as the part that cares about the people of Grassy Narrows.“They’ve spoke on our behalf really strongly — like, Charlie Angus has really spoke up and same with Nikki Ashton,” said Turtle.“So, I felt that because they’ve been speaking up for Grassy that it would be the right place, the right combination.”Anna Betty Achneepineskum, a former deputy grand chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, has thrown her name in the hat for the riding of Thunder Bay–Superior North.“The NDP has made a full commitment to ensure that we fulfill, whether it’s safe drinking water, housing, employment — it’s all part of our New Deal,” she said. “It’s very important that First Nations people are part of this process.”In 2015 former NDP candidate Tania Cameron led the grassroots First Nations Rock the Vote campaign — one that helped increase voter turnout in the last federal election.“I originally intended to focus on the Kenora riding because there’s 42 First Nations here and I ran it as a non-partisan project,” she told APTN News. “This time around I’ve committed to work for the NDP and get Rudy Turtle elected in the federal election.”The NDP hired Cameron this election to help the party get Turtle and Achneepineskum elected.In 2015 voter turnout on-reserve across the country increased by about 14 per cent, according to Elections Canada.Cameron said Indigenous voters united to oust the Harper Conservatives.“In this election it’s going to be what matters to the individual Indigenous voter,” she said. “For some of us, like myself personally, it’s about climate change and the climate crisis we are currently in. [For] others, it’s electoral reform, it’s people unhappy the Trudeau Liberals buying the pipeline and not putting in the safety regulations, environmental regulations on our waters and lakes. It’s a variety of issues.”Achneepinekum said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has let down First Nations people.“There was a lot of promises made, and the TRC report and MMIW Inquiry — those were all opportunities for them to ensure that that mandate of reconciliation and ensuring that they acknowledge the first people of this country was fulfilled, and that has not happened,” she said.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

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EC orders removal of 6 Central Force jawans posted as Arjun’s bodyguards

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Sunday ordered the removal of 6 Central Force jawans, who had been deputed as bodyguards of BJP candidate Arjun Singh, who is contesting the elections from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency. The decision comes in the wake of the scuffle at Halishahar between Singh and the police.A TMC party office was ransacked at Halishahar on Sunday. Blaming BJP for the same, Trinamool leaders subsequently alleged that Singh was using the Central Force jawans to impose his will in the area. Meanwhile, on his way to attend a meeting with Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey at the District Magistrate’s office in Barasat, Singh said that he will conduct an ‘operation’ on May 6 when Barrackpore will go to polls. “I conduct various types of operation during every election. Tomorrow I will also conduct a new one as well,” Singh said, in an apparent jab at the Opposition. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that a report has been sought from the district election office on Singh’s statement. The Commission will examine the statement soon. Dinesh Trivedi, who is contesting from Barrackpore on TMC’s ticket, relied on the administration to counter any such ‘operation’ conducted by his rival. Trivedi also attended the meeting convened by the Special Police Observer. “The administration is there to take care of any ‘operation’ he (Singh) was talking about. I don’t want to comment on his statement,” Trivedi said.last_img read more

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Is Tom Brady Finally Getting Old

Brady’s worst five-game stretchesTom Brady’s lowest cumulative expected points added (EPA) in any five-game window, 2007-2017 20149/7/1410/5/1420219.543-2 200911/22/0912/20/0918419.813-2 201010/4/1011/7/1019518.144-1 Neither quarterback gave any indication that anything was different if you look at the full-season statistics. But while we think a decline for a player happens neatly at the start of a season, Manning showed the circus can leave town at any time. For him, that time was his 12th game of the 2014 season. Previously, he was characteristically crushing the NFL with a third-best 109.5 passer rating and fourth-best 8.05 yards per attempt — that’s very similar to Brady’s first 11 games this year, with a 111.7 passer rating (first) and 8.27 yards per attempt (third).But then Manning instantly transformed into an old quarterback: a 78.7 rating (24th) in his final five games with a TD-to-interception rate of 5-to-6, compared with 34-to-9 in the first 11 games.Manning’s 2014 season ended with a home loss in the divisional round because of his poor play against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Indianapolis’s Andrew Luck). Coincidently on Saturday, the Patriots will also take the field as a significant favorite at home against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota).Premature obits have been written for Brady before. There’s little reason to doubt New England based on what they’ve accomplished this century. But if Belichick and Brady are to get that unprecedented sixth ring, they will need Brady to look more like what he’s been and less like what he is: a 40-year-old quarterback.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 20139/29/1310/27/1321618.743-2 On paper, 2017 seems like a very typical Tom Brady season. He is leading the NFL in passing yards and sporting a 102.8 passer rating that’s his second-best since 2011. The Patriots are once again the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Brady is the leading candidate to be named the NFL’s most valuable player.But over the past five weeks, there has been some trouble brewing in Foxboro — at least by New England’s own ridiculous standards. After the Patriots traded away Brady’s heir apparent, Jimmy Garoppolo, an ESPN report of an internal power struggle between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft has clouded the future of the five-time champions. But perhaps more worrisome than this report is that Brady himself has been quietly marred in a slump.Brady’s last five games of the 2017 regular season were uncharacteristically mediocre, despite New England going 4-1 in that span. Beginning in Week 13, Brady has posted a passer rating of 81.6, 17th best in the NFL,1Minimum of 80 pass attempts. and his yards per attempt in that span were 6.95, 15th best in the league. He’s also been far worse in touchdowns to interceptions, going from 26-to-3 in his first 11 games to an unusual-for-him 6-to-5.In the context of his career, Brady’s extended sample of poor play is surprising but not unprecedented. Dating back to 2007, when he turned 30, this is Brady’s sixth worst five-game stretch measured by expected points added2EPA is a measure of offensive productivity that accounts for the value of yards gained, field position and down/distance. based on the quality of his play. Brady accumulated 22.16 EPA in his last five games, for an average of 4.43 per game. His average in Games 1 through 11 was more than 2 points higher (6.76 EPA). 201712/3/1712/31/1720722.164-1 Does not include overlapping periods or playoff games; single-season stretches only. Action plays include pass attempts, QB runs and sacks.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 201510/29/1511/29/1522622.194-1 201512/6/151/3/1620418.592-3 Yes, Brady was without his best weapon, Rob Gronkowski, for the worst game in the stretch, a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins in Miami, when he managed only a 59.5 rating and 4.16 EPA. But he capped the regular season at home against the New York Jets with his lowest yards per attempt of the year (5.14), with an active Gronkowski being held catchless.This could all be random variance. Maybe Brady is still eluding Father Time better than any quarterback in history and will soon erase all doubts, as he has before. He’s certainly fired up about even faint whispers of his decline. And the Patriots last year reportedly were planning as if his commitment to diet and training would allow him to play at an elite level for at least another couple of seasons. Brady, of course, seems to think he can continue pushing defenses around even when he’s pushing 50.But if we were to look at the half-empty glass, we can draw comparisons to the career arc of Brady’s former longtime nemesis, Peyton Manning. No, not the Manning we last saw in 2015, who somehow won a Super Bowl with play so poor that his league-leading defense was forced to overcome it. Brady’s 2017 season is actually eerily similar to the 2014 Manning, who was his typical dominant self for the first 11 games of the year before falling off a cliff that can be seen now only in hindsight. At the time, the poor play was attributed to nagging injuries and not the inevitable end of one of the NFL’s greatest careers. 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