The “Yin and Yang” of credit union reporting/analytics software: 3 factors to consider

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Paul AblackAs a veteran of the Business Intelligence (BI) industry, which is now being eclipsed by Big Data and Analytics, I have witnessed many organizations looking for the “perfect BI software”.For at least a decade now, BI software companies have been striving for leadership in the coveted Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence. The Magic Quadrant evaluates BI software vendors on two dimensions: (1) Completeness of Vision and (2) Ability To Execute. While these two dimensions do provide very good insight into the capabilities of each vendor’s product offering, they don’t tell the whole story.Many IT departments over the years that have gone through the process of acquiring expensive BI software because they were led to believe by the BI vendors that the software was a “Silver Bullet”. Rather than making reporting & analytics easy and accessible across the enterprise, the promise of the Silver Bullet never materialized and it was often relegated to the class of “Failed IT Implementations”.If you have been charged with the responsibility for choosing the right Reporting/Analytics (R/A) software for your credit union, here are three key factors that must be considered before making a purchasing decision and setting expectations within your credit union. continue reading »last_img read more

Credit union industry disruption: NACUSO 2015 – Part 1

first_imgby: Paul AblackI had the opportunity to attend NACUSO 2015 in Orlando last week. NACUSO is a great conference to interact with other thought leaders in the credit union industry to make valuable business connections. It is the essence of the “credit union movement”, a group of talented industry leaders looking for ways to collaborate to make the industry stronger.From the perspective of addressing the competitive issues facing the industry, I think last week’s conference will go down as one of the best yet. There were two themes that featured prominently for most of the folks that I had a chance to talk to: Credit Union Industry Disruption and Predictive Analytics (The FICO Score is Dead).  To adequately cover both of these themes, I have created a two part series. This first part will focus on industry disruption.John Lass, Lass Advisory Services ( gave a presentation on Disruption: Are We Next? in which he highlighted “game changers” in history.  These “Innovative Disruptors” overtook or completely eliminated industry leaders in a matter of a few years. Lass stated that we typically see the full effect of game changers, “not when a concept or product is invented, but when it is broadly adopted- that’s when things really change.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nigeria Ready to Host Any FIFA Event, Says Pinnick

first_imgPresident of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has assured world football-governing body, FIFA, that Nigeria is ready, able and willing to host any major football programme, on or off the field.The NFF supremo made this known on Tuesday shortly after the FIFA Executive Football Summit that held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.“We have the capacity and we have demonstrated this on several occasions, and we have a government that is doing everything possible to encourage and enable the blossoming of sport as a key industry. Just as the FIFA President himself said at the AITEO-NFF Awards, football is life in Nigeria. “On behalf of the Nigerian football fraternity, I want to commend FIFA for their strong support for our football and for African football at large. Mr. Gianni Infantino visited Nigeria for the first time in his tenure in July 2016, and after he left, we witnessed a turn-around in the fortunes of our football. I believe that after he leaves this time, our football will soar even higher, with great possibilities of dazzling the world at the FIFA World Cup in Russia,” observed the NFF chief.The Summit, which was one of 12 FIFA Executive Football Summits planned for November 2017 and March 2018 and one of the cardinal programmes of President Infantino, was attended as well by CAF President Ahmad, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, FIFA Council members Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana and Sonia Bien Aime from Turks and Caicos Islands, alongside presidents of 17 member associations of FIFA: Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Turks and Caicos Islands, Denmark, FYR Macedonia, Lithuania, San Marino, Sweden and host country Nigeria.Only two other cities in Africa – Nouakchott in Mauritania and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania – are in the mix of the 12 cities worldwide hosting the FIFA Executive Football Summits. Dar es Salaam will take its turn today while the curtain will be drawn on the meetings in Lima, Peru next week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin needs win or face going home

first_imgAnne Dronen and the Badgers will face the Fighting Sioux for the fifth time this season. Dronen has 10 points and 8 assists on the year.[/media-credit]Before every game, senior defenseman Anne Dronen calls her teammates over into a tight huddle by the net and delivers a spirited pregame speech.Friday afternoon in Minneapolis, however, the pep talk will precede a game unlike any other Dronen and the Badgers have played so far this season, as the semifinal round of the WCHA playoffs is single elimination.It’s win or go home.“As the players realize, if you don’t come out and play well, you could be done,” head coach Mark Johnson said.To keep their WCHA Championship dreams alive, Wisconsin must dispose of North Dakota, a team it swept in the four regular season games they played this year.Even though the Badgers had a lot of success against the Fighting Sioux, the players contend things are always different come playoff time.“Nobody’s got anything to lose anymore,” senior winger Kelly Nash said. “Everybody’s season could end every game, so everybody’s potentially playing their last game.”The two teams met in February at the Kohl Center when the Badgers outscored the Fighting Sioux 13-4 over the two game stretch.Wisconsin was able to keep the Lamoureux twins at bay, an offensive tandem many WCHA teams have failed to stop. So far this season North Dakota has beaten top-ranked teams such as Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth on several occasions.In Wisconsin’s last series against North Dakota, Nash suffered a concussion when she collided with teammate Mallory Deluce on the ice and has remained out of the lineup ever since.The injury bug continued to plague Wisconsin when freshman Brittany Ammerman went down with an injury followed by her older sister, junior Brooke Ammerman, who got hurt in practice as well.Fortunately for Wisconsin, the three returned to practice this week and are all scheduled to play in the Final Face-Off this weekend.“Its awesome, I woke up [Monday] and was like ‘Finally, I feel 100 percent,’” Nash said.Last weekend, St. Cloud State, who earned only one victory during the regular season, surprised Wisconsin in the first game of the series by keeping it close until the third period.Johnson draws on the past for reassurance that his team won’t let down again.“We’ve fallen behind in chunks where we haven’t played well and we usually respond very positively, very aggressively,” Johnson said.North Dakota also comes off of a long three-game series in their first round match-up with Bemidji State, giving the “legs advantage” to Wisconsin who only needed two games to sweep St. Cloud State.Looking ahead, if Wisconsin knocks out North Dakota Friday afternoon, they will take on the winner of host school Minnesota vs. Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday night at 7 p.m.The Badgers won three out of four meetings with each team during the regular season, but if Minnesota comes out of their match-up with Duluth, they will have a slight advantage over Wisconsin.“Their rink, their locker room, their fans, their sheet of ice that [they are] comfortable with – it definitely plays a huge role,” Dronen said.The Golden Gophers have played well at home, only losing three games under their own roof all season. Two losses came in a sweep administered by North Dakota and one was at the hands of Wisconsin back in early November.Minnesota then came to the Kohl Center in January, where the two teams tied in game one of the series and Wisconsin won game two.No matter if Minnesota or Minnesota-Duluth comes out of the other semifinal game, the road to the WCHA championship for Wisconsin first goes through North Dakota on Friday.“People have to realize that it’s hard to win the league championship,” Johnson said. “You look at our men’s program in history and they’ve only won it four times. To be able to win it, it’s a feather to these kids that made that commitment.”last_img read more

2019 English Disability Open is a first for England Golf

first_img 40 golfers from across Europe have signed up to play in the 2019 English Disability Open to be staged on the Gainsborough course at Stoke by Nayland over the weekend of September 7-8.The event, which is supported by the R&A and is on the England Golf tournament schedule for the first time this year, has attracted entries from England, Wales, The Netherlands and France, who will compete using the modified rules of golf for players with a disability in gross, handicap or Stableford competitions, depending on their golf handicap.Among those who have entered are defending champion Mick Horsley (pictured), from Marriott Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire, the current male No 1 on the World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability (WR4GD), George Groves, from Horne Park Golf Club in Surrey and Martin Wiiliams from North Hants Golf Club in Hampshire, the same club where Olympic champion and England Golf Ambassador Justin Rose learned to play the game.2019 also sees four female competitors taking part, including Aimi Bullock, from Woking Golf Club in Surrey and junior golfer Ellie Perks, from Hagley Golf Club in Worcestershire. Recently, Perks received England Golf’s Hero’s Handshake award for the work she does helping other disabled children to play and enjoy the game.Working with the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA), England Golf now provides an easy process for players to register for their ‘Access’ pass which allows anyone with an impairment to register as a golfer with a disability. The access pass can be a stepping stone to participating in the WR4GD, which features players from Australia, South Africa and across Europe, all managed by the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR)Jamie Blair, Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager for England Golf commented: “It feels like this has been a long time in planning and I can’t wait for us to have this showcase of golfing ability as part of our tournament offering.Whilst we know there is more work to be done to improve the opportunities for more people, including disabled people to join golf clubs, this event is about providing for an audience of our customers who have not accessed a national championships before and putting it on a parallel with everything else we run.”“The event will provide points for the WR4GD rankings for those eligible players, whilst also utilising our unique handicap system to allow any player with any disability or impairment to compete and show the quality and character of players we have playing our fantastic game.”The event is free to spectate with full details of tee times being published on the England Golf website after the 18th August.EDGA are the global body supporting the development of the game for golfers with a disability, working in partnership with the R&A, USGA and IGF alongside their member bodies of the national golfing federations.WR4GD was adopted by WAGR from January 2019 following the development and implementation by EDGA since January 2017.Credit Leaderboard Photography. 28 Aug 2019 2019 English Disability Open is a first for England Golf Tags: Disability Championship, Disability Golf, Disability Openlast_img read more