Change can be a bumpy road.I’ve had a number of conversations about my previous post, The Disruption Dilemma. As a result of those conversations, in this post I’m going to explore the role process has on technology adoption and share my thoughts on managing change.To be honest, I used to look at process like I would a very large, ugly spider. Stay well away from it, or try to squash it.It is my past few years at VCE that have helped me to fully appreciate and value the benefits of a good process. My team has gone through both evolution of charter and dramatic increased demand for resources. Without good process, we would have had little chance to be successful.The Need for ProcessThe issue is that disruption, by its very nature, breaks process. When faced with breakage we tend to try to piece it back together like a child with a smashed vase and superglue. The result is something that kind of looks like it did before, and kind of works, but eventually the truth is found out and we are forced to start new. If created new from the beginning, we could have realized a level and speed of return greater than ever imagined.So how do we apply that lesson? A lot of parallels remain between what happened with VoIP and what is happening now with CI. Processes like acquisition, chargeback, change management, and security take on whole new dimensions that cannot be accommodated by the current “way we have always done things.”Change ManagementLet us look at an example in change management. In the VoIP days, the process became overly complex and messy since we used to apply the old process to the new, and we tried to align change windows for the network, the application, security, etc. It was painful, to say the least.The better way is to blow up the process and rethink how we affected change. In that situation, redundancy was our savior. If we built the network so we could change or upgrade individual components in an N+1 manner, we were able to step through the change without affecting the uptime of our voice. The same was true for all the application components, redundant signaling, codecs, and voicemail applications allowed us to upgrade quickly with none, or minimal, downtime.The same concept applies to CI. Once you get multiple customers, each running mission critical applications, it is difficult to align change windows. We need to blow up the current processes and rethink how to leverage technology to support the process – not the other way around. At VCE we have spent a tremendous amount of time building change management processes for the Vblock Systems that are non-disruptive to the applications running on it.As technologists, vendors and end-users, we all need to understand that we are the ones equipped to enable our own success. We can learn from the past and accelerate our future.This topic deserves a much broader discussion, and we invite you to join the conversation on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA’s latest legal opinion letter addresses contiguous geographic boundaries, recognizing that several Hawaiian islands can be contiguous for the purposes of the agency’s rural district regulation, despite being separated by a body of water.NCUA General Counsel Michael McKenna points out that the opinion is limited to the “unique factual circumstances” described in the letter.According to McKenna, the proposed geographic area met the criteria required.NCUA’s chartering manual provides that an area of any geographic size qualifies as a rural district if:The area has well-defined, contiguous geographic boundaries;The total population of the district doesn’t exceed 1 million;
First published in the June 15-June 22, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Nikica Jelavic punished some all-too familiar half-hearted QPR defending by volleying Hull ahead in the 16th minute.Rangers failed to deal with Tom Huddlestone’s free-kick and Jelavic pounced after Steven Caulker’s weak header to fire into the bottom corner.Full-back Darnell Furlong, making his senior debut, almost equalised with a header that was tipped away by keeper Allan McGregor.Furlong, son of former QPR striker Paul Furlong, is playing because Nedum Onuoha and Mauricio Isla are both injured.Rangers are also without the likes of Richard Dunne and Leroy Fer, but Charlie Austin was passed fit to return following a foot problem. QPR: Green, Furlong, Ferdinand, Caulker, Yun, Phillips, Barton, Henry, Kranjcar, Zamora, Austin Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Vargas, Zarate, Doughty. Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Brady, Jelavic, N’Doye. Subs: Davies, Hernández, Harper, Aluko, Ramírez, Robertson, Quinn. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
In an earlier post, our French editor, Fabrice Epelboin, detailed his discovery that the crew that had harassed our French edition‘s Facebook page, was in fact a squad of Tunisian Internet cops. These days, official groups and allied militia, frequently attack dissidents. It has now happened in Egypt. The most important Facebook page for the protests is being flooded with abusive comments and criticism. In September, we wrote about the creation and activity of the Egyptian government’s Facebook cops. They were created because Egypt’s young people have frequently used Facebook as an organizing and informational tool. The 6th of April Youth Movement grew on Facebook and the current uprising was organized in part by the We Are Khaled Said Facebook page. As Evgeny Morozov points out in his new book The Net Delusion (review upcoming) tyrannical regimes – well any regime actually – have come to utilize social media as a tool of oppression as much as the oppressed use it as a tool for liberty. Egypt is no exception to this rule. In fact, one wonders if the Egyptian government turned the Internet back on specifically to allow its online security forces to operate. The “Facebook cops” have targeted the We Are Khaled Said page – one of the best resources for information on the protests. It has both an Arabic and an English version, giving it tremendous reach inside and outside the country. Most of the trolling has happened on the Arabic version. It is, I admit, surmise that this special security department is behind the flooding of the page with filth, violent comments and faux hand-wringing. But it seems pretty likely. No doubt the online version of the “militia” types that Tahrir Square has seen beating protesters and journalists are among the commenters. Wired listed these as some of the comments, a lot of which come from accounts with virtually no personal information. “God forgive (the administrator, probably) he spread fitna [division] and wants to burn the country, God is my refuge. We are all against him. Send it to each other so we can rid ourselves of him and his poisons.”“This motherfucking group wants to ruin the country.”“You ruined Egypt you dogs and enemies of Egypt. All your lives you have felt inadequate when compared to us… Egypt is above you all and that is God’s promise. Long live Pharaonic Egypt.”Facebook Should Stand with the Protesters and Against the Facebook CopsDespite the fact that dissidents and concerned citizens in general in a host of countries, many in North Africa, have used Facebook as a way to register their hopes, fears, hurt and anger at their leaders, Facebook itself has remained unmoved. In another life, I suggested that Facebook has a responsibility to its users, those who put that “cool” billion dollars in their pockets, to stand with them. By this I do not mean that Facebook, a private company, should take partisan political stances or that it should even take sides in a conflict like that which happened in Tunisia or is currently working itself out in Egypt. If I owned such a company I would do no such thing. But taking a stand on behalf of its users to say that they should be free to speak to each other, to speak their conscience, to speak their loves and sorrows, without winding up on the wrong end of a hose or a lead pipe or broken broom handle or even just a locked door is not a “political” stance, it is a human one, just as free speech itself is not a cultural or political right, but a human one. Facebook has a tremendously loud voice. It could make a world of difference. Let Mr. Zuckerberg stand up and say, “We stand with our users. We insist that the marketplace of ideas be allowed to work with as little interference as the financial marketplace in which Facebook makes its money.” What would such a stance cost Facebook? Money? I think not. As intelligent as Mr. Zuckerberg is, he is young. When a cadre of severe attorneys who look like your mom and dad tell you to quiet down or you’ll ruin everything, perhaps your knees bend from sheer sense-memory. But Mr. Zuckerberg is a grown-up now; a very wealthy, very influential grown up. Should he get up off his knees it could give a second wind to those who seek merely to speak without paying the ultimate price. Tags:#international#politics#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Left unaddressed, your dream client’s constraints become your failures.Your dream client doesn’t want to invest the money necessary to produce the results they say that they need. Without making the right investments it will be incredibly difficult to execute. When you fail to produce the results you promised to deliver, you will have failed. It won’t be because you had bad intentions. It will be because you made your prospect’s constraints your own.Without gaining the consensus of the stakeholders within your dream client’s company, it will be difficult to stand up your solution so it works as it should. Your contacts within your dream client’s business don’t believe that it is necessary to involve the other people who are going to be impacted by the decision to change, believing that you will be risking your ability to gain approval if you involve them. When these stakeholders resist the change, dig in their heels, and stop just short of sabotaging your solution, it won’t be because your solution wasn’t right. The trouble will be the result of you having allowed your customer’s constraints to become your failures.There are a list of things that you know your prospect needs to change to move from their current state to their desired future state. The thing is, they really have no interest in changing these things. They don’t want to change the way they do things. They don’t want to try anything new. Every suggestion you make is shut down with the answer, “We can’t do that.” You can get ink on paper, but when you fail to deliver, it will be because you have allowed your dream client’s constraints to become your own.If you want to execute, you have to be honest and help your prospective clients deal with their constraints. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
A 20-year-old Dalit man was allegedly burnt alive over his relationship with a woman from another caste, the killing causing his mother to die of shock.According to the police, the suspected case of honour killing occurred at Bhadesa area of Hardoi district on Saturday.Abhishek alias Monu was beaten up, kept hostage in a house and set ablaze, Superintendent of Police Alok Priyadarshi said.Locals rushed to the spot on hearing his cries and took him to a local hospital. He was referred to a Lucknow hospital but succumbed to injuries on the way on Sunday, Mr. Priyadarshi said.A relative said Monu’s mother died of shock after hearing the news.According to the Mr. Priyadarshi, locals said Monu was in a relationship with a girl and had gone to meet her when the incident took place.He was returning after arranging ₹25,000 for the treatment of his ailing mother, Ram Beti (60), his uncle Raju said.Monu was stopped and taken to a house by some people with whom the family had an enmity. They also snatched the money and set him ablaze, according to Raju.An FIR has been filed against five people, including two family members and two neighbours of the girl, the Superintendent of Police said, adding that an investigation is on.
While you may feel like you are constantly being bombarded with new incentives and programs from work places, insurance companies, banks, schools and various sporting organizations, ATA is introducing a new program which needs to be noticed. The Hot Spots program took off in July this year and is already proving it’s worth checking out. It is a package designed to assist regions to attract new affiliates and to win back unaffiliated groups. Queensland have already had 7 new associations take advantage of the Hot Spots program, with new competitions emerging in Brisbane, on the Gold Coast and in other Queensland regions. “We’ve got new competitions springing up all over Brisbane, in some cases we’re running out of suitable venues to play Touch because the growth is so large,” Garry Madders from Brisbane City Touch said. ATA believe that the Hot Spots program will help bring a 3% overall growth in associations affiliated with the ATA and their relevant State and Regional Association during 2004/2005. The package has been introduced to not only assist the new affiliates in getting up and running, but to also have some say in the manner in which their new competition is promoted and administered. ATA realise that Association managers require administration assistance, as well as referee and competition management, and education and development programs. The ATA will help meet these requirements by offering the following package valued at around $2,500: * An Advertising campaign * A starter Kit made up of Administration Polo Shirts, 5 Touch Balls, 5 Referee Shirts * 5 targeted referee training sessions * Targeted Sporting Pulse education (Sporting Pulse is a computer program to manage the association’s databases; players, coaches, referees) * An affiliate marketing CD * Sportsware Competition and Database program It is envisaged that the educational programs will be funded by the ATA and undertaken by the most strategically placed Regional or State qualified person. As a further benefit to new associations, ATA will then build on the Hot Spots program further by offering membership to the ATA affiliate reward program, which is designed to reward growth captured by associations and comes in the form of a capped team total fee. This affiliate membership offer takes effect after two completed years of membership with the ATA and its affiliated organisations. So if you’re keen to be involved with the growth and development of new Touch associations and affiliates, have a think about how the Hot Spots package could help your area. All enquiries on the Hot Spots program can be directed to Rachel Moyle, [email protected]
SAN FRANCISCO – A Canadian young computer hacker who American investigators say unwittingly worked for Russian spies was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in a massive security breach at Yahoo that U.S. federal agents say was directed by a Russian intelligence agency.U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria also fined Karim Baratov $250,000 during a sentencing hearing in San Francisco.Baratov, 23, pleaded guilty in November to nine felony hacking charges. He acknowledged in his plea agreement that he began hacking as a teen seven years ago and charged customers $100 per hack to access web-based emails. U.S. prosecutors allege he was “an international hacker for hire” who indiscriminately hacked for clients he did not know or vet, including dozens of jobs paid for by Russia’s Federal Security Service.Baratov, who was born in Kazakhstan but lived in Hamilton, charged customers to obtain another person’s webmail passwords by tricking them to enter their credentials into a fake password reset page.He was arrested in Hamilton in March 2017 under the Extradition Act after American authorities indicted him for computer hacking, economic espionage and other crimes.After Baratov’s guilty plea, his lawyers told reporters he hacked only eight accounts and did not know that he was working for Russian agents connected to the Yahoo breach.“He’s been transparent and forthright with the government since he got here,” lawyer Andrew Mancilla said at the time.In August 2017, Baratov decided to forgo his extradition hearing to face the charges in California. His Canadian lawyer at the time said that the move was to speed up the legal process.Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors said in court papers that Baratov’s Russian-language website named “webhacker” advertised services for “hacking of email accounts without prepayment.”They said Russian security service hired Baratov to target dozens of email accounts using information obtained from the Yahoo hack. Prosecutors argued that Russia’s Federal Security Service targeted Russian journalists, U.S. and Russian government officials and employees of financial services and other private businesses.Baratov and his lawyers also said his work with the Russia spy agency was unwitting.The court documents allege Baratov claimed he could access webmail accounts maintained by Google and Russian providers such as Mail.Ru and Yandezx. He would provide customers with a screenshot of the hacked account and promised he could change security questions so they could maintain control of the account.The U.S. Justice Department also charged two Russian spies with orchestrating the 2014 security breach at Yahoo to steal data from 500 million users. Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev and Igor Anatolyevich remain at large and prosecutors believe they are living in Russia, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States.He is alleged to have collected more than $1.1 million in fees, which he used to buy a house and expensive cars.“Deterrence is particularly important in a case like this,” the judge said during the hearing. He rejected prosecutors call for a prison sentence of nearly 10 years, noting Baratov’s age and clean criminal record prior to his arrest.Lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo, who represented Baratov while he was in Canada, said in an email that Baratov is satisfied with the court’s decision.“The judge used all criteria possible to assist Karim and, given the time he had already served and the time expected to serve, he will be out in approximately three years,” DiCarlo said. “The justice system worked for a man who took responsibility and I’m sure he learned many lessons.”Baratov has been in custody since his arrest last year. He told the judge Tuesday that his time behind bars has been “a very humbling and eye-opening experience.”He apologized to those he hacked and promised “to be a better man” and obey the law upon his release. The judge said it is likely Baratov will be deported once he is released from prison.– With files from The Canadian Press