17 Sep

Remembering 911 Remembering Conrad Howell

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 9, 2016 – This weekend, we also remember the tragedy of 9-11, 15 years later and our own September 11th tragedy in the mysterious death of pastor, preacher, broadcast show host, husband, father, brother and so much more, but notably the author of the country’s National Song – This land of Ours – Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell.  It was one year ago on September 11 that Howell went missing; a cadaver dog aided in the search where scores of residents turned out to find missing Howell.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:remembering 9/11, remembering Rev. Conrad Howellcenter_img Rev was found on Saturday September 12, his body was in bushes not too far away from his home in the Blue Mountain area.  While Police ruled the death not a homicide, residents rejected the notion of a suicide.last_img read more

14 Sep

Red 7 Media Launches Research and Consulting Practice

first_imgRed 7 Media publishes Event Marketer, EXPO, Best Events and Event Design magazines; as well as the Event Marketing Institute, several industry conferences, and numerous websites. The company also publishes FOLIO: and Audience Development magazines, and the new consulting practice will extend to those brands, as well.”We’ve been providing consulting services to leading companies in our markets for several years on an ad hoc basis,” says Red 7 Media CEO Kerry Smith. “With the addition of Mike to the team, we’ll now be able to build this capability into a core offering at a time when many companies are transforming themselves and are hungry for benchmarking and the perspective of industry experts to support their decisions. More of our customers and readers need custom information and answers to their unique business questions. Red 7’s research and consulting practice will help provide these answers with data, insight and market knowledge.” Red 7 Media, a business media and information company (and publisher of FOLIO: Magazine), has launched a research and consulting practice to help leaders in the global event, trade show and media industries analyze data and information to make more informed business decisions. Red 7’s custom and syndicated research services include benchmark and best practices studies, industry growth and outlook reports, market surveys, marketing consulting and strategic advisory.Heading this new group is Michael Hughes, former VP of Research and Consulting at Tradeshow Week, where for that past 15 years he has managed over 2,500 studies and assignments for organizations in every segment of the industry as well as leaders in the investment and consulting community. “Red 7 Media’s brands and media properties are the content and market access leaders in their markets. Providing custom and syndicated research and consulting is an additional way to help Red 7’s clients and users gain competitive advantage,” said Hughes.last_img read more

5 Sep

Greeces Yanis Varoufakis says talks with euro zone have made progress

first_img Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on 24 April that talks with his eurozone peers had improved over the past few weeks.There was a clear indication that the process of negotiation has converged substantially over the past few weeks, Varoufakis said following a meeting of euro group finance ministers in Riga.Varoufakis criticised some plans put forward, such as a foreclosures law demanded by creditors and cuts to secondary pensions.Issues that concern are for instance the demand of the part of some – if not all of the institutions – that pensions, especially secondary pensions be cut forthwith, a demand that the Greek government is steadfastly opposing on the ground that it is not consistent with the requirements for stabilising the Greek social economy in the short run or in the medium run, Varoufakis said.Varoufakis also blamed the slow progress of negotiations on the unrealistic demands of his eurozone counterparts, especially with regards to budget surpluses.This government does not want to do what previous governments did, which is to sign on pledges regarding the primary surplus that were simply, from a macro-economic perspective, impossible to achieve. This is why these negotiations are dragging, Varoufakis told reporters.The comments came after he had said in his blog that he had agreed to reforms demanded by international lenders in return for new funding before Athens runs out of money.Eurozone finance ministers met in the Latvian capital to assess progress on a reform-for-cash package to ward off a Greek default.The Greek government wants a broad political deal with other eurozone leaders, leaving officials to fill in the details. But partly due to a lack of trust, the eurozone, led by Germany, insists technicians must draft a detailed, comprehensive agreement and only then will governments sign off on it. Closelast_img read more

30 Aug

7 Novice Mistakes to Avoid When Adopting Smart Devices for Your Company

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 7 min read Enroll Now for Free It typically takes careful planning and execution to be successful when adopting any new technology. Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices are no different. The problem is that some of us typically get too enamored with the technology. We often fail to take into account the realities that our respective companies face.Hopping on to the IoT bandwagon without planning is a recipe for disaster. A study by Cisco revealed that only 26 percent of surveyed companies were successful with their IoT initiatives. Whether it is updating firmware, security vulnerabilities or simply not taking user experience into account, it is critical for companies to avoid common stupid mistakes when adopting IoT.Here are seven common pitfalls you should avoid now that IoT devices have infiltrated your office.1. Don’t be cheap.The market is now flooded with cheap IoT devices. On the upside, these low-cost devices lower the barriers to adoption. On the downside, they can also be security risks. These devices typically have few security features and minimal active support. These leave them vulnerable to malware and expose infrastructures to cyberattacks in case potential exploits are found in their software, which means that companies need to implement additional solutions in order to maintain control.“In IoT initiatives, organizations often don’t have control over the source and nature of the software and hardware being utilized by smart connected devices,” notes Ruggero Contu, a research director at Gartner. “We expect to see demand for tools and services aimed at improving discovery and asset management, software and hardware security assessment, and penetration testing.”These solutions can be costly, mind you, which is why Gartner predicts spending on IoT security to reach $3.1 billion in the next three years. Make sure you invest in devices that have essential security features such as user authentication, data protection, and upgradable firmware. Get devices from companies that have active support and development for their products. Take time to identify vendors that could provide you with longer-term support that cover the lifespan of the devices.Related: 25 Innovative IoT Companies and Products You Need to Know2. Overlooking alignment with business goals.You have to know why you’re starting an IoT project. What business goals do you intend to meet? Do you intend to reduce costs, gather more data, or automate processes? Knowing this would make it easier for you to match appropriate IoT solutions for what you seek to improve.Having a goal in mind also lets you avoid the trap of novelty. Are you installing Nest thermostats because it’s the cool thing to do or are you really keen on reducing energy costs? Just because everyone else is installing these devices doesn’t mean that you should also rush to do the same.Try to determine how these devices enhance your ability to deliver value to your internal and external customers. Your strategy should also consider extracting as much value from the effort. For example, the data from IoT devices should fuel business intelligence efforts.3. Overlooking the ongoing need for maintenance.Each device you integrate with your network is an additional endpoint that needs to be managed and secured. By adopting IoT at your company, you’re likely to see a spike in the number of devices connected to your network.“As our ownership of smart technology expands, there will become a moment in time when you will no longer have the instant knowledge of the devices in your home or office which could be used to expose critical vulnerabilities, breach your network or steal your identity,” notes Robert Brown, Cloud Management Suite’s director of services.Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are now the standard for many organizations. These typically increase staff productivity by ensuring that they are connected and productive wherever they are. However, you must anticipate the addition of these devices to your infrastructure and consider them in your strategy.Evaluate how well-equipped your IT team is to manage additional devices. Invest in the proper tools and technologies that would help them be more efficient in maintaining your infrastructure.Related: 3 Biggest Cybersecurity Threats Facing Small Businesses Right Now4. Ignoring security warnings.Many IoT devices claim to be user-friendly but sometimes this simplicity contributes to vulnerabilities. Many devices are left exposed to attacks just because users haven’t bothered properly configuring them.Check if you’ve done basic security checks like changing the default access to administration panels of devices. Most malware bots target devices that are left using default usernames and passwords. Are your devices running on the most up-to-date firmware and software? Patches must also be regularly deployed to ensure that recently-addressed vulnerabilities and bugs are fixed.Staff members’ own devices are also potential security weak points. Make sure you have measures and protocols that ensure that your data and network are secure especially when accessed through these devices.5. No contingencies.IoT devices rely on connectivity to function. But what happens when the Wi-Fi or the internet goes out? If you rely on being online all the time, then you’re inviting trouble. Check if your devices have the options to function offline and temporarily store data locally before resyncing to the cloud at a later time. This way, you will still be able to function without any loss of productivity and data even if you lose internet.“Despite all the advancements in technology, database, hardware, and software downtime are an expected aspect of doing business,” notes Matt Woodward, who serves as VP Digital Transformation at Rand Group. “The only way to mitigate the risk is to prepare and have the right technology in place to monitor, restore and restart.”In addition, you may also want to implement redundancies, backups and failover measures. Cloud backup solutions help not only to prevent data loss but for businesses to recover and become operational quickly in the event of downtime. Downtime is costly to any enterprise. If you’re not prepared to invest in these measures at the moment, then reconsider embarking on IoT altogether.Related: This Cloud-Based Data Service Makes the IoT Less WTF6. Forcing technology on people.Success of IoT projects also relies on how well staff can use the technology to achieve results. However, new technologies sometimes get forced on them. It’s important to have people of all levels buy into the effort.Educate your staff about how these new devices and measures will make them more productive. They must also be involved, or at least consulted, so that you’d be able to create an engaging working environment that truly delivers value for everyone.Users must also be educated on how to use the technology. Among the key reasons why technology adoption efforts fail is when users don’t know how to fully maximize these technologies. If your company has a permissive BYOD policy, staff members should be oriented in best practices for keeping their own devices secure.7. Failing to establish metrics.Performance of any project must be tracked for results. Many tend to complicate matters by considering too many factors when measuring how well their projects fare. Usually it is enough to use simple metrics that focus on the business goals you are aiming for.Metrics could focus on uptime (devices deployed vs. devices operational), deployment speed (how quickly were you able to deploy), cost vs. savings (in the case of energy management), productivity (faster movement of products from warehouse to shipping), and revenue (additional sales).It’s best to focus on small wins. Being too ambitious with your IoT projects could ultimately affect your effort’s chances of delivering value to your company. IoT initiatives often call for significant investments, so it is unwise to burn through your budget keeping your employees tied up just to include IoT devices and initiatives across business processes.Keep in mind that you will be spending resources on something that is as rapidly changing as technology. Being conservative while you test the waters can be a good thing. Consider delivering small wins first before going all-in with the technology. You can always build up on initial successes and integrate more of IoT into your organization. November 29, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

19 Aug

PEOPLE Rocky Mountaineer appoints Anthony Chamy to National Sales Manager Canada

first_img Posted by Share [PEOPLE] Rocky Mountaineer appoints Anthony Chamy to National Sales Manager, Canada Travelweek Group VANCOUVER — Rocky Mountaineer has named Anthony Chamy as National Sales Manager, Canada.Based in Montreal, Chamy will lead Rocky Mountaineer’s Canadian sales team in their business development and growth initiatives across all trade channels.“Since joining Rocky Mountaineer as the Regional Business Development Manager in 2014, Anthony has achieved significant sales growth with his accounts, and embraced the company’s fast-moving culture,” said Jonathan Hope, Managing Director, Sales – North America. “His ability to balance communication, internal and external relationships, analytics, and big picture thinking, continues to prove invaluable to the company.”Prior to joining Rocky Mountaineer, Chamy co-founded Kepri Expeditions, a sustainable and educational group tour company. Chamy drove revenue for the company during his eight-year role with a focus on business development.center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: People, Rocky Mountaineer Thursday, March 16, 2017 last_img read more