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Jon Seals

From the title of this post, some people might immediately think of intuition: that vague and rather flaky resource used when that’s all you have. However, we’re actually thinking of something a little more structured in this context. In the coming age of Big Data and associated worldwide online resources, analytical techniques like those used in business intelligence can be used to detect trends and tipping points. They can give individuals and organisations meaningful information about how likely certain disasters will be: for example, "there is a 90 percent chance currently that your factory will be flooded out to a depth of eighteen inches of water."

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/when-you-just-know-what-the-next-disaster-will-be/

You got a call from a reporter asking for your comment about an issue you were afraid might see the light of day. So, you know they’re onto it and going to run something.

This is a fairly common situation and unfortunately for PR and crisis comms consultants, this is often when you get the call from the client. No time to lose, but what is the strategy?

My thoughts on this were prompted by PR Daily’s post today on “Five Ways to Respond to Bad Press Before the Story Runs.” I have great regard for Brad Phillips, who wrote the post and the book: “The Media Training Bible.”

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http://ww2.crisisblogger.com/2014/04/a-bad-story-is-coming-out-now-what-do-you-do/

Without doubt, cloud computing is the future of the enterprise. But clouds come in many varieties – some light and fluffy, others dark and ominous – so the question for CIOs today is what kind of cloud is appropriate, and are there ways to ensure that today’s cloud does not become tomorrow’s storm?

According to IHS Technology, cloud spending is on pace to jump by more than a third over the next three years to $235 billion. Key drivers run the gamut from lower operating costs and more flexible data environments to support for advanced business applications like collaboration and Big Data analytics. As the market matures, then, organizations across multiple industries are likely to shed their concerns about security and management as they strive to turn IT infrastructure from a cost center to a competitive advantage.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/building-the-right-cloud-for-the-right-purpose.html

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. AccuWeather, Inc. has accepted an invitation to participate in the Microsoft Corp. Perceptive Pixel Pilot Partner Program. The official agreement allows AccuWeather, as one of a select number of program partners, to bring Microsoft’s latest touchscreen products to its broad range of business partners and customers that span across a variety of industries.

With the addition of Perceptive Pixel devices to its product lines, AccuWeather now provides enhanced touchscreen performance to its StoryTeller® Interactive Touchscreen Solution – a turnkey presentation solution for broadcasters, businesses, and venues, powered by a proprietary suite of specialized applications. StoryTeller allows users to easily build and deliver interactive stories and presentations. With specialized apps for traffic, crime, media, weather, and social media, it’s an invaluable tool for newsrooms, public venues, and corporate meetings. Additional applications for timelines, mapping, 3D modeling, and more provide the flexibility for creating engaging interactive content on virtually any topic.

“We’re extremely pleased to be selected to represent Microsoft’s Perceptive Pixel products,” said Ryan Ayres, vice president of AccuWeather Display Systems and Services. “We believe these new 55” and 82” touchscreen displays will deliver the highest performance and responsiveness to our broadcast clients and business partners who rely on AccuWeather’s StoryTeller platform and software. For anyone looking for ultimate touchscreen performance combined with the ability to easily import or create dynamic interactive content, our StoryTeller system and software, combined with Perceptive Pixel devices, are simply the best combination out there. 

Please join us at NAB 2014 for live demos of our StoryTeller interactive applications. As space will be limited, please plan on arriving 15 minutes early.  You can also contact us to reserve your space or schedule a private demonstration.

For more information contact:

Justin Roberti / 814.235.8756 / roberti@accuweather.com
AccuWeather, Inc. / 385 Science Park Road / State College, PA 16803
Alan Danzis   /  212.373.6022  /  adanzis@golinharris.com
GolinHarris  /  909 Third Avenue, 9th Floor  /  New York, NY 10022


About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com

Every day over a billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ for nearly 3 million locations worldwide, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 72,000 third-party websites. In 2014, the company will launch the AccuWeather Channel, an “All Weather, All the Time™” multi-platform national channel for forecasts with Superior Accuracy.

Cat® 3516C-HD and Cat C32 diesel generator sets configured for prevailing power needs

PEORIA, Ill. – Caterpillar Inc. today introduced two new 50 Hz extensions of the company’s line of field-proven diesel generator sets specifically configured to offer fuel-efficient power nodes that address the growing demand for backup power in emerging markets.

Available now, the Cat® 3516C-HD diesel generator set is rated at 2750 kVA (2200 ekW) for standby and mission critical applications, while the Cat C32 diesel generator set is now available in a 1250 kVA (1000 ekW) power rating for standby and mission critical needs.  Both generator sets are optimized to minimize fuel costs, reduce lube oil consumption and extend the time between overhauls.

“Emerging economies are growing and becoming increasingly complex, but in many cases the power grid is not maturing quickly enough to consistently support the critical operations that are fueling economic growth,” said John Swanson, marketing division manager for Caterpillar Electric Power Division. “These two new power nodes offer reliable sources of backup power in packages specially designed for the rapidly growing needs of emerging markets.” 

The Cat 3516C-HD diesel generator set leverages a proven four-stroke turbocharged-aftercooled engine platform to offer a power density of 150 kVA per square meter.  Ideal for data centers and other applications that require large amounts of power in a standby configuration, the Cat 3516C-HD package features a 25 percent smaller footprint than comparable engines, allowing for easy integration into existing facilities and preserving valuable floor space for future expansion.

Well suited for healthcare, manufacturing and industrial applications, the Cat C32 diesel generator set employs a four-stroke engine built on the ACERT™ platform to offer a market-leading power density of 139 kVA per square meter in a small 8.9 square-meter (96 square-foot) footprint.  ACERT technology enables Cat engines to achieve maximum performance and efficiency through lower combustion temperatures, reducing emissions and prolonging the life of lighter, more power-dense engine platforms.  It also varies the injection timing based on factors such as engine load and speed, allowing the engine to maintain optimum performance under a wide range of operating conditions.

Cat 3516C-HD and Cat C32 diesel generator sets feature the EMCP 4 control panel, which provides flexible options with a user-friendly interface, combining management and diagnostic tools in one package, while the optional, advanced EMCP 4.4 controller provides multi-generator set paralleling capability.  This package is available with a wide range of bolt-on system expansion attachments and flexible packaging options for easy and cost-effective installation.

Both generator sets are configured with the Cat SR5 generator, which is precisely matched to the performance and output characteristics of Cat engines.  Offering single-point access to accessory connections, this high-efficiency generator package supplies industry-leading motor starting capabilities.

Cat 3516C-HD and Cat C32 diesel generator sets have an air-to-air aftercooler (ATAAC) cooling system with a radiator core design that condenses the footprint, improves airflow, increases static restriction capability and lowers transportation costs.  This radiator package delivers an industry-leading ambient capability of 50 °C (122 °F).

These new generator sets are engineered to ISO 8528-5 transient response requirements, accepting 100 percent rated load in one step. 

Caterpillar is a leader in the power generation marketplace with power systems engineered to deliver unmatched durability, reliability and value. The company offers worldwide product support, with parts and service available globally through the Cat authorized service and dealer network. In addition, dealer service technicians are trained to service every aspect of Cat equipment.

For more information, visit www.catelectricpowerinfo.com/pr or e-mail cat_power@cat.com. To interact with other power generation professionals in our online community, register at www.catelectricpowerinfo.com/connect
 

About Caterpillar

For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2013 sales and revenues of $55.656 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Power Systems - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

Free Analysis Application Provides an Accurate View into IT Environments' Pain Points to Eliminate Bottlenecks and Avoid Over-provisioning of Costly Storage Resources

 

NORCROSS, Ga. – American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) today announced the release of the StorTrends iDATA (Intelligent Data Analysis Tracking Application), a free software tool designed to provide an accurate assessment of IT infrastructure performance, capacity and throughput requirements. By measuring all of the necessary components of an IT infrastructure, the can assess pain points in an environment before they become disruptive and provide the details needed to make informed storage decisions.

 

"Our research finds that one of the key reasons storage installations fail is that IT administrators lack the accurate information needed to properly provision the performance, capacity and throughput the environment requires to deliver optimum storage efficiency," said Deni Connor, founding analyst, SSG-NOW. "Are you considering SSDs in an All-Flash or Hybrid Storage Array? How much hot data or active data do you have within your existing environment and how much SSD or Flash space do you need? Don't worry, most IT Directors and IT Admins don't know the answer either. The StorTrends iDATA tool is a free and powerful way to answer this question and many more. It provides the key details organizations need, such as the amount of IOPS a SAN requires, the environment's expected growth rate, and the amount of hot data or active data - to more accurately achieve your storage goals and eliminate the need to overprovision costly storage resources."

 

The StorTrends iDATA software tool runs, non-intrusively, in the background of an existing IT environment for seven days. Once complete, the tool produces an analysis output file to generate a report that provides important metrics including capacity utilization, IOPS usage, reads versus writes for volumes, network bandwidth performance, server statistics and application information. The resulting metrics can be used to accurately develop a short and long-term storage strategy with heightened confidence.

 

StorTrends iData Identifies Customers IT Infrastructure Problems for Proactive Resolution and Planning

 

Restaurant Technology, Inc. (RTI), a technology leader in restaurant food and labor costs savings, StorTrends iDATA provided the valuable insight it needed to optimize its storage capacity and performance planning. "The StorTrends iDATA tool quickly pointed out the IOPS, active data and throughput requirements within our infrastructure to be better prepared to get the most of our storage investment," said Phil Blakely, Network & Systems Administrator at Restaurant Technology, Inc. "As a result we are planning to implement another StorTrends SAN Array knowing that we can maximize its performance and leverage the exact amount of flash capacity we need to optimize our applications and support our customers. It removed the guesswork and gave use the confidence that we needed to select the proper SAN configuration for our requirements today and for the future."

  • Active Data Identification/Hot Data - the StorTrends iDATA tool can identify the active or hot data within a customer's environment. This allows the customer to make an educated purchase of higher performance drives, such as SSD/Flash or SAS. This allows the customer to avoid costly over provisioning (which is what most vendors push to achieve higher revenue marks) and under provisioning (which would starve applications and create bottlenecks in the new environment). The StorTrends iDATA tool allows a customer to be very comfortable in making future purchases and changes to his or her environment by knowing their active or hot data versus their inactive or cold data. This is a main pointer for the customer to determine if their applications require All-Flash, Hybrid (mixture of SSD & HDD) or all Spinning Disk.
  • VDI Requirements/ User and App Performance - many VDI implementations fail due to underestimating the profiles of all the users within the VDI infrastructure. The StorTrends iDATA tool can be ran on users existing setups and will identify the key metrics to identify the user profile as a Light, Medium, Power Standard or Power Heavy user. This allows for the proper selection of server compute and storage (i.e. physical CPU, virtual cores CPU, memory, SSD capacity and quantity) to ensure the required performance. Without accurately measuring the existing user profiles, customers have no real insight and this can create serious issues in performance for the users and applications in the VDI environment. The StorTrends iDATA tool measures the exact usage of existing users and outputs the analysis so exact measurements can be used to pinpoint and provision the exact amount of needed server compute and storage resources - avoiding over provisioning and under provisioning which is often costly and detrimental to VDI setups. 
  • Capacity Growth /Resource Requirements - Customers that are running existing data storage and that are looking to refresh their existing unit are primary candidates to run the StorTrends iDATA tool. The StorTrends iDATA tool can identify the performance in regards to reads versus writes, the total IOPS and the throughput. This allows the customer to identify the type and quantity of disk required for their refresh. The StorTrends iDATA tool monitors the average daily growth of the data while monitoring the customer's environment. This allows for intelligent growth planning to ensure the replacement data storage can scale properly with the company's actual data growth requirements. 

Key metrics evaluated by StorTrends iDATA include, but are not limited to:

  • Capacity Usage & Growth
  • IOPS (Read versus Writes)
  • Network Utilization
  • Hot/Active and Cold/Inactive data
  • System Performance
  • Application Loads
  • Latency (ms)
  • Queue Depth
  • IO Size

"When it comes to storage infrastructure, the unknowns can have a serious impact on your environment's success," said Justin Bagby, Director of at American Megatrends. "With the StorTrends iDATA software tool, we are eliminating those unknown factors that can cause critical storage headaches down the road.  In one week, organizations can have the clear view of their infrastructure demands and make more informed decisions that will deliver long-term value in the areas of operational performance, availability and agility. This allows the organization to make precise purchasing and upgrade decisions for all data storage types such as All-Flash Storage, Hybrid Storage or Spinning Disk Storage."

 

To download the free StorTrends iDATA software tool, please visit:  

http://www.stortrends.com/resources/stortrends-idata-tool/ 

To learn more about StorTrends storage products visit: http://stortrends.com/products/stortrends-overview/ 

 

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About StorTrends
StorTrends® from American Megatrends isPerformance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state & local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from All-Flash Storage, Hybrid Storage to Spinning Disk Solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ Customer Installations, 100+ Storage Patents and nearly 30 Years of IT Leadership from a company that millions or people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc.

PC World — Why should you use open source software? The fact that it's usually free can be an attractive selling point, but that's not the reason most companies choose to use it. Instead, security and quality are the most commonly cited reasons, according to new research.

In fact, a full 72 percent of respondents to the eighth annual Future of Open Source Survey said that they use open source because it provides stronger security than proprietary software does. A full 80 percent reported choosing openA source because of its quality over proprietary alternatives.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents said that open source helped improve efficiency and lower costs, while 55 percent also indicated that the software helped create new products and services. A full 50 percent of respondents reported openly contributing to and adopting open source.

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http://www.cio.com/article/751130/Security_and_Quality_Top_Companies_Reasons_for_Using_Open_Source

Computerworld — A couple of weeks into his job as lead QT developer at software development consultancy Opensoft, Louis Meadows heard a knock on his door sometime after midnight. On his doorstep was a colleague, cellphone and laptop in hand, ready to launch a Web session with the company CEO and a Japan-based technology partner to kick off the next project.

"It was a little bit of a surprise because I had to immediately get into the conversation, but I had no problem with it because midnight here is work time in Tokyo," says Meadows, who adds that after more than three decades as a developer, he has accepted that being available 24/7 goes with the territory of IT. "It doesn't bother me -- it's like living next to the train tracks. After a while, you forget the train is there."

Not every IT professional is as accepting as Meadows of the growing demand for around-the-clock accessibility, whether the commitment is as simple as fielding emails on weekends or as extreme as attending an impromptu meeting in the middle of the night. With smartphones and Web access pretty much standard fare among business professionals, people in a broad range of IT positions -- not just on-call roles like help desk technician or network administrator -- are expected to be an email or text message away, even during nontraditional working hours.

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http://www.cio.com/article/751102/The_Always_On_IT_Culture_Get_Used_to_it

Computerworld — As the economy continues to rebound and the competition for qualified IT professionals reaches new heights, employers seeking to attract or retain staffers are increasingly becoming like anxious suitors, desperate to figure out how to please their dates: "What do you want? What will make you stay? What really matters in our relationship?"

According to Computerworld's 2014 IT Salary Survey, tech workers are looking for many traditional benefits of a good partnership: financial security, stability and reliability -- all represented by salary and benefits. But this year's results confirm a growing trend: IT professionals are placing increasing importance on "softer" factors in the workplace, which have less to do with dollars and cents and more to do with corporate culture, personal growth and affirmation.

Read the full report: Computerworld IT Salary Survey 2014

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http://www.cio.com/article/751101/What_Do_IT_Workers_Want_

It must be the human condition that does it; the certainty with which we approach the issues that may affect us. Risk assessment incorporates a requirement to analyse probability or likelihood; we can attach mathematical process to this and I have attached an example – not to critique it – but to illustrate the concept of what I term ‘buffering’. Buffering is something which protects us from actuality, and allows us to distance ourselves from the realities of issues.  In the example, the mathematics are quite simple but convincing to the layman; I term myself a layman in mathematics and I have colleagues who can do this type of thing to a very significant and complicated level indeed.  However, the problem that I have with this is that buffering allows us to interpret what we see and orientate it to our needs.

Risk and uncertainty are not about rolling dice; of course they are linked aspects and the loss risks associated with the activities of some dice rollers can be extreme.  Maths allow calculation of probability  - but the die will roll a different way every time due to other unmeasured variable such as who is throwing, where and with what degree of energy.  There is therefore uncertainty that is additional even to the study and assessment of random variables.

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http://buckssecurity.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/why-so-certain-about-uncertainties/