There’s no way around it: In the future, IT will have to face things that – as I see it – lie outside of its comfort zone. Engineers and IT specialists are perfectly comfortable with servers, BYOD, bits and bytes, bandwidth, RAID, DLP, networks, APIs, firewalls, UPS, middleware, and infrastructure. Over the next few years, though, they’ll need to move past this familiar territory and shift their focus to creativity. That’s because creativity is the hottest buzzword for the future of IT.It can’t be captured and analyzed, or reviewed using (flow)charts. How do you measure creativity, actually? The futile attempts that neuroscientists have made to do just that haven’t really yielded any insights. Nowadays, we generally explain creativity in a reductive way: as a quality associated with the right hemisphere of the brain. Meanwhile, logic and analysis – standbys in the field of IT – belong to the brain’s left hemisphere. Of course, the brain is a bit more complicated than this simple binary opposition would suggest. That being said, common sense tells us that using analysis and creativity in equal measure can definitely boost the quality of our brainstorming.And that’s extremely helpful, since innovation (in IT and elsewhere) doesn’t come from applying logic alone. As far as that’s concerned, an international team of scientists has carried out some research that yielded promising results. The team found that particular parts of the brains of highly innovative people work differently from other human brains – these parts communicate with each other more closely and therefore yield more creative output. For a more technical description of how this works, take a look here. Who knows – maybe we can train interactions within our brains someday. Perhaps that could even become a part of daily IT tasks: strategy meeting at 11, security meeting at 2, help desk organization at 3, and creativity training at 4.From the very start of the discourse surrounding digital transformation, we have known that the field of IT (and other fields, too) has to radically rethink things: There’s a need to become more creative, communicative, quick, entrepreneurial, and innovative. While fundamental IT activities are crucial, they will no longer suffice in the future. The new business models on the rise are closely intertwined with IT, which will have to adapt accordingly. The more innovative a company and its IT are, the better it can design future business models – and, in turn, the better it can secure its competitive advantages.That’s why I find the upcoming Dell Technologies World, which will be held in Las Vegas, so incredibly exciting: The event won’t just focus on products, technologies, or applications; it will also explore the ways in which all of these are combined with entrepreneurial visions. Dell Technologies World revolves around the true digital transformation, in keeping with the event slogan, ‘Make it Real.’ That’s what we’re all dealing with: the future of business, powered by creativity and innovation.
Lou Diamond Phillips Takes on Lucifer Lou Diamond Phillips’ Burning Desire will be presented as a staged reading at St. Malachy’s Church at The Actors Chapel on January 28. The stage and screen star penned the modern parable on his commute while he performed on Broadway in The King and I. The romantic comedy is told in two acts through the puppeterring antics of Lucifer, played by Phillips. The event will also star Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) and Jacob Tyler Moore (Shameless). Some cast! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Groundhog Day Eyes Old Vic Premiere in 2016 We’re watching this tuner carefully—it has Broadway, eventually, written all over it. Matilda composer Tim Minchin and Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus are aiming to do a second workshop of the previously reported Groundhog Day in March. Acccording to The Daily Mail, if it goes well, the stage adaptation of the Bill Murray-led 1993 cult classic film will run at London’s Old Vic in 2016. Streep, Baranski & Ullman Are (Still) Singing for Marshall No, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Tracey Ullman are not singing in that Follies movie. At least not yet. The divine triumvirate took the 42West stage at the Casting Society of America’s 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 23 to pay tribute to their Into the Woods director Rob Marshall. Check out below their hysterical Sondheim parody as they facetiously lament low budgets, casting flukes and more. Just after the performance, Marshall accepted the Golden Apple Award for his continued collaboration with New York casting directors. The question remains: Did Baranski take the subway to the festival ceremony while looking flawless? Happy weekend! Watch David Hyde Pierce Talk It Shoulda Been You Frasier alum David Hyde Pierce, who is about to make his Broadway directorial debut with the Tyne Daly-led It Shoulda Been You, recently stopped by The View to chat about the musical, discover he’s not being invited to Daly’s (sometimes strip) poker nights and more. Check out the video below; the show begins previews on March 17 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, also starring Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess and David Burtka. View Comments
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a June article I advocated for credit unions to take a “fast follower” approach to payments innovation.I suggested that most credit unions don’t need to be on technology’s bleeding edge, and should instead monitor the market and be prepared with a plan for prompt action when a new solution shows signs of traction.While I continue to endorse this position overall, dialogue at the recent Bank Customer Experience (BCX) Summit reminded me of its limitations.I find the best value of industry conferences often comes from my own brainstorming while absorbing the random nuggets of various presentations. BCX clearly delivered in that regard and, despite its name, I saw several credit union colleagues in attendance as well.BCX’s opening panel addressed the challenge of balancing simplicity and security in electronic transactions. The perspectives of Bud Yanak, head of product for Fujitsu’s biometric identity arm Frontech, were particularly interesting. continue reading »
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The home at 38 Hunter St, Wooloowin.IT was a case of the first home buyer beating the developer for a change when a house in Wooloowin sold under the hammer recently.The two-bedroom home on an elevated 728sq m block at 38 Hunter St had been in the same family for eight decades before selling to a young couple for $890,500.Amanda Butler, of Butler and Co Estate Agents, said the buyers planned to restore the 1936 house and make it their dream family home.“The seller was happy about that,” she said.“It was very emotional for the seller but the time was right to move on.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The auction attracted five registered bidders — a mix of developers and first home buyers.Ms Butler said developers had been keen on buying subject to conditions, but the auction format suited the young first-time buyers the best.The home had been marketed as an opportunity to either renovate or develop, given its zoning and proximity to schools, public transport and local amenities.It comes with all the original features you would expect from a property of that era, including ornate ceilings and dark hardwood floorboards.The large back deck offers views across the suburb and the range.Ms Butler said Wooloowin was a high-demand market given its location, just 6km from the CBD.According to data from CoreLogic, Wooloowin has a median house price of $735,500 and a median unit price of $479,000.
The UK’s Lancashire County Pension Fund has bought an industrial estate in the north of England through Knight Frank Investment Management (KFIM) for £7.8m (€9.7m) from Anglesea Capital and Hudson Advisors.The purchase price of the 142,220ft2 multi-let Walton Summit Industrial Estate in Preston, Lancashire, reflected a 7.3% yield, said KFIM.The estate is occupied by chemicals manufacturer Evans Vanodine, courier company Yodel and brewing equipment firm Three Nations.Lewis Ellis acted for KFIM in the deal, and CBRE represented the seller. Meanwhile, HSBC Life (UK) – a subsidiary of the HSBC Holdings group – is selling its UK pensions manufacturing business to Admin Re Group, part of the Swiss Re Group.A spokesman for HSBC said the sale was part of the bancassurance strategy HSBC Holdings had been following for the last few years, aimed at simplifying the business and deploying capital more effectively.The UK subsidiary will continue to offer pension products, but no longer package them itself, he said.Under the terms of the transaction, HSBC will sell its corporate and individual pensions policies, and an associated annuities book.Around £4.2bn of underlying assets under management formed part of the deal, and about £4bn of this was managed by HSBC Global Asset Management (UK), the group said.HSBC Global Asset Management will continue to be the investment manager of these underlying assets.The deal also included a reinsurance agreement with ReAssure whereby HSBC has transferred certain economic risks and rewards of the business to ReAssure from 1 January 2014 until the deal completes.The transaction is subject to regulatory and law court approvals and is expected to complete in the second half of 2015.
Stuff.co.nz 6 Nov 2011Loan sharks were targeted and anti-competitive behaviour would be criminalised in National’s commerce policy unveiled today. About a third of current lenders may be out of business because of the changes. Leader John Key said National would work to increase people’s financial kills and knowledge. Earlier, finance spokesman Bill English announced plans to crack down on loan sharks, it does not include a cap on interest rates as has been suggested by some. English said the changes were intended to protect unwary consumers who were being preyed on by unscrupulous credit companies. Changes include requiring that borrowers be able to repay a loan without substantial hardship, creating a code of responsible lending, and protecting household and necessary goods from being security against a loan that is not for that item.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5917033/National-unveils-loan-sharks-crack-down
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – With the 2013 racing season at Dodge City Raceway Park coming to a conclusion with the inaugural Jerry Soderberg Memorial on Sept. 28, all that remains is to distribute the hardware and point fund money to the track’s top competitors.The Dodge City Raceway Park awards banquet is set for Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Knights of Columbus building at 800 West Frontview Street in Dodge City, Kan. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. and the awards ceremony to follow.Tickets to the event are $25 per person and must be ordered no later than Oct. 28 to determine an accurate headcount. Tickets may be ordered by calling the Dodge City Raceway Park office at 620 225-3277, Gina Wilson at 620 339-9873 or Tommie Estes Jr. at 405 238-8485.The top 10 in points in all five divisions (IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, United Wireless IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Poor Boy Kustomz Thunder Cars and Hornets) will all receive trophies, with top 10 drivers in the Modifieds, Sport Modifieds, Stock Cars and Thunder Cars receiving point fund money as well. The 2013 season at Dodge City Raceway Park consisted of 17 nights of racing action over 13 different weekends, with Austin Allen (Modifieds), Jeff Kaup (SportMods), Billy Phelps (Stock Cars), Dustin Walker (Thunder Cars) and Jarett Lunow (Hornets) coming away with track championships.
MINISTER of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, via a release yesterday, expressed sincere condolences to the family, relatives, friends and fans of legendary Guyanese and West Indian cricketer, Basil Fitzherbert Butcher, AA.Butcher, 86, passed away on Monday, December 16, in the USA, after a period of illness.During his career, the cricketing star played 44 Test matches for the West Indies from 1958 to 1969. During that period, he scored seven centuries, with a high score of 209 not out.Named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year for 1970, Butcher also played an integral role in organising the first-ever Mashramani celebrations in Linden.At a time when Guyana is gearing up to celebrate its 50th Republic Anniversary, Butcher’s contributions to Guyanese society becomes even more significant.Butcher is survived by his wife, seven children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His legacy, however, will live on for many generations.
(CMC) – WEST Indies all-rounder Andre Russell struck a cameo and grabbed a brace of wickets to help Rajshahi Royals capture the Bangladesh Premier League title, with a 21-run victory over Khulna Tigers here yesterday.Sent in at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Royals tallied 170 for four off their 20 overs with wicketkeeper Irfan Sukkur top-scoring with 52 off 35 deliveries and Mohammad Nawaz hammering a 20-ball unbeaten 41.Russell joined in with an unbeaten 27 from just 16 balls while opener Liton Das gathered a patient 25 from 28 deliveries.In reply, Russell picked up two for 32 from four excellent overs, as Tigers were restricted to 149 for eight off their 20 overs, to come up short in their run chase.Shamsur Rahman stroked 52 from 43 deliveries, South African Rilee Roussouw got 37 and Mushfiqur Rahim, 21, but Russell combined with fellow seamers Mohammed Irfan (2-18) and Kamrul Islam (2-29) to hurt the innings.The victory compensated for Russell’s heartbreak last season when he was part of the Dhaka Dynamites side who lost the 2018-19 final to Comilla Victorians.Yesterday, Royals were set back early when they lost Afif Hossain cheaply for 10 in the third over but Sukkur and Das combined in a 49-run second-wicket stand to settle the innings.The left-handed Sukkur, who blasted half-dozen fours and two sixes, put on a further 31 for the third wicket with Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (9) before he was dismissed in the 15th over.At that stage, Royals were labouring at 99 for four and in need of a boost and got it through fireworks from Russell and Nawaz who added 71 off 34 balls in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership.While Russell clobbered three sixes, Nawaz counted six fours and two sixes as Royals finished strongly.In reply, Tigers were floundering on 11 for two in the second over before Shamsur and Roussouw pulled the run chase around in a 74-run second-wicket stand.Shamsur struck four fours and two sixes while Roussouw notched a four and a six but once their stand was broken, Russell made key strikes to put the contest in Royals’ favour.