Uber to collect donated items for Save the Children’s refugee crisis appeal

first_imgUber to collect donated items for Save the Children’s refugee crisis appeal Transport service Uber has responded to the European refugee crisis by partnering with Save the Children to support is Child Refugee Crisis Appeal.Today, between the hours of 12pm and 8pm, Uber will collect for free any goods donated by the public, to be sold at one of Save the Children’s nationwide shops. The company is accepting all high quality unwanted clothes, books, homeware, toys, music and films that can be sold by a local Save the Children shop.In this way the company will be using its technology “to help Uber riders and partner-drivers to raise funds to support refugees in Europe”.“Helping to move Europe when Europe is moved”The UBERGIVING campaign is a pan-European response to the refugee crisis. Uber is partnering with charities in 20 European countries.To donate goods via Uber today:1. Open the Uber app during the initiative and swipe the slider to ‘GIVING’2. Request a car – there is no charge – to pick up your donations within minutes3. Donations will be delivered to Save the Children for sale in their network of shopsUber added:“We know our riders are overwhelmingly generous. Therefore, if we receive too many donations for Save the Children to take for their shops, we reserve the right, in conjunction with Save the Children, to agree other appropriate registered charities to receive additional donated items.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 9 September 2015 | News Tagged with: corporate Digital Donated goods Save the Children About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6  54 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 UPDATE 11 September 2015The response to Uber’s campaign was so great that the company extended the campaign to a second day yesterday.last_img read more

Devastation in retail points to deepening crisis in capitalist economy

first_imgEven after stock market prices dropped over 10 percent in three days, many corporate media pundits dismissed concerns over this volatility by pointing to an allegedly strong economy.  The retail sector of that economy, however, is beginning to fracture, indicating a potentially widespread crisis.The ‘Retail Apocalypse’What experts are calling a “tsunami of store closings” is imposing “retail carnage” on the U.S. economy.  More than 12,000 stores are expected to close in 2018 — on top of some 9,000 closed in 2017 — according to commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. (Business Insider, Jan. 1)Retail bankruptcies are snowballing.  Last year was “one of the most brutal in the industry’s history in terms of bankruptcy filings and store closings,” according to the Dec. 25 Fortune magazine. Some business commentators are warning of “a retail Ice Age.” (Fox News, July 11)Dozens of major retailers have filed for bankruptcy in recent months, including Bon Ton, Toys ‘R’ Us, The Limited, Hhgregg, Radio Shack, Payless, True Religion, Vitamin World and Aerosoles.  Other major chains, including Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Sears, The Gap, Banana Republic, Michael Kors and Kmart, have closed many stores.An economic glut of empty retail stores now threatens the economy much like unpayable mortgages did a decade ago.  Mall visits declined 50 percent between 2010 and 2013 and have fallen every year since.  No new major shopping mall has opened in the U.S. during the past three years, and 50 percent of the existing 1,200 malls are expected to be out of business within five years.The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has warned about the exposure of financial institutions to these retail failures. Bonds backed by loans to malls and other retail properties are weakening.  This recent and ongoing crisis even has its own entry in Wikipedia — “Retail Apocalypse.”The Amazon onslaughtThe collapse of so many retail stores, chains and malls is due in large part to the growing dominance of Amazon.  In 2015, Amazon surpassed Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the U.S.  In the last quarter of 2017, Amazon’s profits exceeded $1 billion for the first time.  Daniel Ives, head of technology research at GBH Insights, estimated that 47 percent of all online holiday shopping took place on Amazon’s website. (CNN, Feb. 1)Amazon started as an online bookstore and later expanded to sell a vast array of other products.  It is now the largest seller of clothes online and will soon become the country’s biggest apparel retailer.  It takes a percentage of the price of items sold through its website while also charging companies to advertise and feature their products.Amazon obtained its dominant position by forgoing profits in its early years — aided by favorable bank financing arrangements — and prioritizing growth to establish large-scale sales. It slashed prices to drive out competition and spent billions to expand capacity and become a one-stop shop for consumers.Amazon is not just an online business.  Last year it acquired Whole Foods, a high-end supermarket chain with over 450 stores, for $13.4 billion.  Amazon also owns brick-and-mortar bookstores and, according to some venture capitalists, has its eye on purchasing Target, with its huge chain of discount department stores.  (twice.com, Jan. 2)Amazon also has its own product lines, ranging from clothing to furniture to baby wipes.  It recently announced plans to enter the pharmaceutical market and to launch a package delivery service designed to take business from FedEx and UPS.Amazon’s involvement in multiple related business lines means that many of its rivals are also its customers. Competing retailers often use its delivery services, and many competing companies use its platform or cloud infrastructure. These arrangements enable Amazon to favor its own products over those of competitors.These interactions also capture market data that get fed into algorithms — computer programs that process this raw data involving the customers’ choices and provide Amazon with additional competitive sales advantages that increase its dominance. And with dominance, Amazon has the power to increase prices, reversing its initial position as a discounter.Amazon and Walmart’s domination of retail commerce goes far to explain the devastation they and others like them have wrought in the traditional retail marketplace.Replacing workers with technologyAccording to last June 16’s New York Times, Amazon “is on a collision course with Walmart to try to be the predominant seller of pretty much everything you buy.”  This market domination by retail giants does not simply reflect the shift to online shopping.  As noted above, Amazon’s brick-and-mortar businesses are growing, and Walmart, which increased its online sales 50 percent last year, operates 4,000 stores.This domination also reflects an enormous concentration and centralization of capital in the retail sector.  Vast accumulations of capital in fewer and fewer hands — including those of enormously wealthy capitalists like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — have been a feature of capitalism since Karl Marx described its workings 150 years ago.What is new is that this tendency toward monopoly is no longer limited to the production side but is now taking over the retail sector as well. This development is already having a profound impact on the U.S. economy and U.S. workers. The retail sector lost over 100,000 jobs in 2017.Retail jobs face the axe not just from closing stores but also from the competitive compulsion to replace workers with technology.  Recent studies show that a majority of the eight million retail salespersons and cashiers in the U.S. workforce face job elimination by advanced technology. And high tech is also displacing warehouse and distribution center workers, with Black, Brown and women workers generally the first to lose out.Amazon recently opened its first cashierless convenience store in Seattle.  It uses an array of sensors and cameras to charge shoppers automatically for items taken from shelves.  As Bloomberg News put it last June 16, Amazon “wants fewer employees in each store.”This developing technology, in which only retail giants like Amazon can afford to invest, will lead to enormous job losses.  Movie theater chains, where online ticket sales have significantly reduced staff, already offer a preview.  And employing workers who simply service technology allows employers to reduce wage rates.This job and wage destruction is perhaps the primary product of the quasi-robotic, mostly part-time labor, anti-union Amazon leviathan.  Replacing retail workers with sensors and robots will reduce employment and lower wages for those able to find work. It will ultimately reduce sales as the buying capacity of unemployed and underpaid workers sinks.To be sure, Amazon’s online and retail businesses require giant distribution warehouses that house large concentrations of workers.  But Amazon’s warehouse pay scales are low and declining and tend to cause a reduction in wages at neighboring employers.  A recent study found that ten percent of Amazon employees in Ohio are on food stamps.What’s more, these warehouse jobs are grueling and high-stress and often seasonal or temporary.  A reporter who visited several warehouses found that “Amazon puts an incredible amount of pressure on people to continue to work faster and faster.” (Atlantic, Feb. 1)  It should be no surprise then that Amazon recently patented a wristband that ultrasonically tracks every move made by its workers, perhaps the ultimate in control technology.The other side of massing workers in huge warehouses is that it will enable workers to share and discuss the details of their exploitation, learn how essential their role is to the realization of profit and obtain a sense of their formidable power. They can then plan collective resistance and rebellion.Stock market volatility may continue, or the markets may stabilize for a time.  But the march of the most powerful high-tech companies toward retail dominance will proceed and wreak economic havoc until it is stopped in its tracks by its victims and ultimate victors — the workers and oppressed. As Marx explained in “The Communist Manifesto,” the insatiable pursuit of profits by the boss class inevitably produces “its own gravediggers.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Movement welcomes release of Ant Smith

first_imgPhiladelphiaBeloved community organizer and teacher Anthony (Ant) Smith was finally released from federal custody on Nov. 9.  “For the second time in just a few days, Ant’s defense attorney Paul Hetznecker successfully argued for his release on bail,” stated supporter Jasmine Peake-Miles. “We won the appeal, and Ant will be coming home. Let’s get ready to welcome him back!”Activists, family and friends welcomed Ant Smith as he was released from prison in Allentown, Pa., Nov. 9. Smith is 3rd to left of “Free Ant Now!” sign. WW Photo: Joe PietteSmith was kidnapped by federal forces on Oct. 28. Acting on orders from right-wing U.S. attorney William McSwain, the feds trashed Smith’s house and terrorized his family. He was brought into custody on bogus charges related to vandalism of a cop car during a May 30 protest amid the uprisings protesting George Floyd’s murder by police. Smith has been held in general population in Lehigh County Jail since then, over an hour outside Philadelphia. Despite the fact that a federal judge ordered his release on Nov. 6, Smith remained imprisoned in Allentown, Pa., after McSwain’s team appealed the ruling of the detention hearing in an attempt to keep Smith in custody until his trial. If convicted of arson, he faces a mandatory minimum of 7 years in federal prison.A petition circulated by Black Lives Matter Philly, a constituent of the Black Philly Radical Collective reads, “As we await his second detention hearing, we urge the community to recommit to standing by Anthony as we continue the fight for his release. Anthony has always fought for the equitable treatment of the members of our community, and now it is our duty to stand up and fight for him.”Supporters note that Smith is a key figure in the community, both as an activist and a teacher. Over 70 letters attesting to Smith’s upstanding character and service to the people of Philadelphia were sent to the judge prior to the ruling that ordered his release. As well as being a member of REAL Justice, Ant spends every Friday feeding people in need at 60th and Market Sts. with Food Not Bombs Solidarity. Supporters have circulated a photo of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney giving Smith an award for his distinguished service to the people of the city.William McSwain, the U.S. attorney who brought these politically motivated charges against Smith, is an ambitious and corrupt prosecutor who has been using public funds to plaster his face on billboards across the state, boasting of his “tough on crime” and “law and order” record. He regularly barges into the city to hold press conferences and claim jurisdiction on cases he deems the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office to be “too soft on.” McSwain made the bogus claim at a press conference announcing the charges, that he did not know who Anthony Smith was before targeting this well-known activist in the midst of another uprising against police murder, this time against the murder of West Philly resident Walter Wallace Jr., who was killed by two white cops in front of his mother on Oct. 26, two days before Smith’s arrest.Speaking at a press conference held for Smith on Oct. 30, Deandra Jefferson said, “They messed with the wrong person.”Workers World Party welcomes the release of Anthony Smith and calls for all charges against him to be dropped immediately.Free Ant!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

#winners IMRO Venue of the Year for Dolan’s, UCH takes Munster

first_imgUniversity Concert Hall announce the next series of Awakening, Limerick Concert Series University Concert Hall announces Summer Country with Cliona Hagan, Claudia Buckley & Clodagh Lawlor Limerick Post Show | Ham Sandwich RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Sinead Hope, Paul Boland and Emma Foote (rear) of UCH with Sarah, Valerie, Mick and Neil Dolan celebrating a Munster and All Ireland win at the IMRO Venue awards on Tuesday February 3LIMERICK venue Dolan’s won the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Award at the annual IMRO event held in Dublin on Tuesday. Limerick’s University Concert Hall won the Best Munster Venue award.The awards are presented annually in recognition of music venues that provide the very highest standards in live music entertainment.Neil Dolan of Dolan’s Bar and Warehouse told Limerick Post that the award came as an unexpected surprise. “We didn’t think we were going to win.”Dolan’s had won the Munster Venue award before and was awarded a Hot Press Achievement award at this time last year.Neil puts this year’s unprecedented achievement to the great staff, family atmosphere and regular innovations that the venue undertakes.“We have had a good response to our new sound system and the recent renovations from visiting artists and our customers.”UCH scooped the Munster Venue of the Year award, making it a clean sweep for the Limerick venues. General manager Sinead Hope stated, “We are delighted, and very proud, to be part of Limerick’s great success, with Dolan’s, at this year’s IMRO awards – a Munster and All Ireland win if you like!”Sinead added that UCH’s vibrant music programme in 2014 had many highlights.“James Vincent McMorrow was a sell out at the start of the year, Van Morrison as part of the Limerick Jazz Festival was hugely exciting – and was one of the fastest selling concerts of all time for UCH.” University Concert Hall Presents Rising Stars Concert 2021 TAGSDolansfeaturedfull-imageUniversity Concert Hall Pianist Barry Douglas Steps in to Close Awakening, Limerick Concert Series at University Concert Hall Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Print Linkedin NewsBreaking newsLifestyleEntertainment#winners IMRO Venue of the Year for Dolan’s, UCH takes MunsterBy Eric Fitzgerald – February 5, 2015 1186 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April WhatsApp Previous articleSheehy’s latest play to premier at Friars’ GateNext articleAbbeyfeale rescue group marking its first decade Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. Twitterlast_img read more

600 caught in Derry without a TV licence

first_img Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – July 20, 2011 Previous articleSearch for missing teenager in Lough Swilly to continue this eveningNext articleWoman dies suddenly in West Donegal restuarant News Highland Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Google+ Twitter More than 8,500 people were caught watching TV without a licence in Northern Ireland during the first half of the year.This included more than 2,800 in Belfast, 530 in Craigavon and 600 in Derry.They were among almost 197,000 people caught across the Britain and Northern Ireland during the same period. 600 caught in Derry without a TV licence Newsx Adverts NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Facebooklast_img read more

Brundidge loses ‘town pillar’ Homer Homann

first_img Homann was not a native of the area. He and his wife Barbara moved to Brundidge 16 years ago from Wisconsin and almost immediately became homefolks.“Homer loved Brundidge and all its people,” said Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd. “He and Barb migrated down here but you would have thought Homer was born here. He became a pillar of our town.“There was nothing Homer wouldn’t do to help Brundidge or Pike County. I have seen him riding around at six o’clock in the morning to see what he could do to help somebody.” By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Troy police investigating second fatal shooting over weekend Troy police are investigating a second fatal shooting over the Thanksgiving weekend. Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said officers arrived… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Brundidge loses ‘town pillar’ Homer Homann Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img Published 3:00 am Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Boyd said Homann was always willing to do whatever his community asked of him.“He would do even before he was asked,” she said. “If he saw something that needed doing, he just did it. Homer took care of the sound system for events on the grounds of City Hall and for the music that is played up town during the holidays. You won’t find many like Homer Homann. We were blessed to have had him in Brundidge. He will be missed in many ways.”Homann was involved in many aspects of the Brundidge and Pike County communities. He was a member of the Brundidge Rotary Club, the Brundidge Business Association, the Troy Shrine Club and the Brundidge Masonic Lodge. He had been a volunteer with Pike County Habitat of Humanity and was a member of the Silver Haired Legislature.Homann was a member of Brundidge United Methodist Church and could be always be depended on to represent his church at conference and district meetings and events, said the Rev. Ed Shirley, church pastor. “Do what you can to show you care about other people and you will make our world a better place.” Rosalynn Carter never knew Homer Homann but he was one of those people who, through his caring for other people, made the world a better place.Homann’s sudden death on Sunday left a void in the Brundidge and Pike County communities that will be difficult to fill. “And we could always depend on Homer to take care of church property, anything from changing a light bulb to tackling major issues,” Shirley said. “Let somebody tell Homer that something couldn’t be done and he would do it. Homer worked behind the scenes doing things few people ever knew about.”Shirley said Homann was always looking for ways to help others and for ways he could give back to his church and his community.“We are going to miss Homer at BUMC and all around the community,” Shirley said. Shriner Freddie Turner said Homann was a devoted friend to the community.“Homer was president of the Troy Shrine Club for many years and helped revitalize the Shriners’ Pike County Fair,” Turner said. “He was secretary of the Brundidge Masonic Lodge and helped renovate the old bus station into a fine meeting place for the lodge. Homer was actively involved in the Rotary Club with ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and the roadside trash pickup.”Turner said the extent of the generosity of Homann and his wife is unknown to most.“He was a blessing to this community,” Turner said. “We’re going to miss that good man.”Dixie Shehane and Homann served together in the Brundidge Business Association and the Rotary Club. Shehane said, too, that Homann was a good man.“Homer left a void that will never be filled,” she said. “He was always willing to do whatever needed to be done. Once he committed to something, you never had to look for him. He was where he said he would be and doing what he said he would do.”Shehane said Homann had not been feeling well and the last words she said to him were “take care of yourself.”“I told him we couldn’t do without him and he just laughed,” she said. “Homer was a dear friend and a good man. I really don’t know what Brundidge will do without him.”Editor’s note: At press time, funeral arrangements had not been announced. By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

Oregon governor announces ‘phased withdrawal’ of federal officers from Portland

first_imgPhoto by Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesBy LUKE BARR and ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News(PORTLAND, Ore.) — After unrest and public outcry over clashes between protesters and law enforcement, there will be a “phased withdrawal” of federal officers from Portland, the Oregon governor announced Wednesday.“These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community. Beginning Thursday, all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers will leave downtown Portland, and shortly thereafter will begin going home,” Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement, adding that the withdrawal agreement came after “my repeated requests.”Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said in a statement that a joint plan with the governor “includes a robust presence of Oregon State Police in downtown Portland.”“State and local law enforcement will begin securing properties and streets, especially those surrounding federal properties, that have been under nightly attack for the past two months,” Wolf said.The Department of Homeland Security will keep federal law enforcement personnel present in the city “until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure,” according to Wolf.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sailors Cross-Train Aboard Ticonderoga-Class Guided-Missile Cruiser USS Vicksburg During COMPTUEX

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Vicksburg Sailors Cross-Train Aboard Ticonderoga-Class Guided-Missile Cruiser USS Vicksburg During COMPTUEX View post tag: COMPTUEX View post tag: Aboard Training & Education View post tag: sailors View post tag: Cruiser View post tag: during View post tag: Cross-Train January 27, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ticonderoga-Class The Operations department aboard Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69) took on some additional crew members while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 19.Sailors from other platforms including aircraft carriers and shore commands, are underway with Vicksburg during its composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX) to learn how the many moving parts of a carrier strike group come together to accomplish a larger mission.“It is important to cross-train on various platforms,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class (SW) Andrew M. Jowder, USS Vicksburg Operations department.“A lot of the junior Sailors may not see the big picture, especially if they have only been on the carrier or on shore,” said Jowder.Performing on a variety of platforms is meant to not only help Sailors perform their in-rate skills better, but also give them experience in other areas as well.Junior Sailors are taught, through real-world experience, what the role of the guided-missile cruiser is within the strike group and how it can be accomplished most effectively.“I’ve learned things more completely than I had before,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Seaman Apprentice Brennen O’Brien-Cahill, who is temporarily assigned to the Vicksburg from aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).“I’m learning more about maintenance and getting a lot of good mentorship from the operations community here,” said O’Brien-Cahill.“On a larger platform it’s difficult for someone as junior as I am to get real hands on experience at the strike group level,” said O’Brien-Cahill.Sailors from larger platforms have the potential to learn what it is like to be a Sailor on a smaller ship where the mission is to protect the carrier, and to understand what that really means. “I feel more involved in every aspect and I get to know more people,” said O’Brien-Cahill.The mentorship and experience Sailors get from this exchange is also meant to prepare them for real combat scenarios. “COMPTUEX is as close to major combat operations as we get for training purposes,” said Lt. Cmdr. Noble Hetherington III, USS Vicksburg operations officer.“This is where the rubber meets the road. We need this type of tailored training or we could potentially lose the valuable lessons we learned on our last deployment,” said Hetherington.First-time Sailors can see tactical training in the most basic phases of a ship’s certification.”Mentorship is another aspect of this exchange and provides senior Sailors an opportunity to pass down their years of experience to junior Sailors. “It is imperative that we have this training on ships at the deckplate level,” said Hetherington.Vicksburg and the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group are underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is designed to bring every part of a strike group together to work effectively and efficiently as one cohesive unit, ensuring overall readiness prior to a regular deployment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 27, 2012 Share this article View post tag: USS View post tag: Guided-missile Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors Cross-Train Aboard Ticonderoga-Class Guided-Missile Cruiser USS Vicksburg During COMPTUEX last_img read more

Are Windows 10 Updates Optional?

first_imgWith Windows 10, Microsoft Has Changed the PC Operating System Model – What You Need to Know Is your organization still not fully migrated to Windows 10? You’re not alone. Chances are you have questions (and plenty of them) around Windows 10. As Microsoft’s Windows 10 Deployment Partner of the Year in 2016 and Windows and Devices Deployment Partner of the Year in 2017, we’re proven experts and here to help.We have found that Windows as a Service (WaaS) is one of the areas where IT departments have the most questions including:Is it optional?How disruptive is it and will my employees have downtime?Will my applications still work?First, it’s helpful to understand how Microsoft rebooted Windows adoption. For decades Microsoft used a waterfall and major product release approach to Windows.  Every three or four years Microsoft would release a new version of Windows, and IT departments around the world would spin up massive migration projects.That needed to change. In a market that is becoming highly agile, waiting years for updates just isn’t fast enough.  So with Windows 10, Microsoft flipped the model on its head.  New releases and features update a couple of times per year. That means IT departments need to prepare to continuously deploy Windows updates. It’s not a foreign concept to regular off-the-shelf software or mobile devices, but it’s a big change for Windows PCs.What’s the upside?  No more expensive and disruptive mass Windows migrations every few years. It turns migration into a predictable and continual process. It also means users and IT get important new features faster, and change happens incrementally without the major disruption that big changes like previous Windows versions created.Finding the Way ForwardThis approach also introduces new issues that organizations need to plan for, and means that OS migration will be an ongoing maintenance activity.  Every organization needs to plan for WaaS, otherwise your versions of Windows will get hopelessly out of date.We recommend implementing a change management program that includes:Identifying critical applications that need additional testingCreating rollout ringsDesigning User Access Testing (UAT) plansEstablishing Change Management (CM) workflowsSchedule the activities to coincide with Microsoft branch releases to Insider Preview, Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted), and Semi-Annual Channel.We have collaborated with Microsoft to introduce a new service to design and manage these processes and alleviate pressure on an organization’s IT team.  Our phased approach begins by assessing and creating all of the policies and procedures that will be used to manage WaaS. Then we can help you manage ongoing testing, pilot release and production rollouts.“We’re excited to work closely with Dell to help deliver a truly modern desktop and laptop computing experience,” said Bernardo Caldas, General Manager, Windows Commercial Marketing. “With this service, Dell is leading the way to help our joint customers deploy their upgrades quickly and seamlessly to minimize any disruption.”The service is built on Microsoft’s Windows as a Service framework and leverages Dell’s team of global Windows experts. You get a team of consultants that help assess, identify and manage key infrastructure, policy and application processes for managing WaaS. This helps reduce the complexity of application testing for an OS upgrade and establishes a programmatic approach to consume quality and feature updates.So back to our original questions.  Is it optional? (not really)  How disruptive is it and will my employees have downtime? (not if you manage it well). Will my applications still work?  (yes, with the right preparation).  Dell WaaS services can help organizations reduce IT utilization, allowing IT staff to focus on driving core business results. Click here for more information.This service is one of two new Windows 10 managed service offerings we are debuting this week at Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft’s annual partner conference.  The Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Managed Service help customers know if they are under attack, by whom, as well as the severity of the attack. Cyber threats are analyzed by our security professionals to detect and investigate a range of attacks, malicious behavior, and provide specific guidance to take action. Learn more from this blog.last_img read more

How to Manage Rapidly-Expanding Data and Infrastructure

first_imgSince Hadoop’s inception, both data analytics and analytics infrastructures have grown and evolved tremendously. There is currently a paradigm shift underway poised to further transform the way that enterprises manage their rapidly-expanding data and supporting infrastructure.The paradigm shift is taking place around analytics architectures – specifically Hadoop-based architectures – with respect to deployment. Let’s begin by looking at how many analytics projects get started within an enterprise.How Analytics Projects StartMost projects start with some type of discovery process. Take, for example, a team of scientists looking to find that “golden nugget” within their data which might offer a significant value-add to their business. These scientists might work with their IT department to set up a small Hadoop cluster, to load the data and begin the iterative process of data visualization, cleansing and testing until the hypothesis is either validated or disproven. If the hypothesis is proven, the ideas are implemented and eventually go live – success!What happens next – continuing with the example of our successful scientists – is that other departments take notice of that success, and want to utilize the data platform so they too can benefit. In most cases, they’ll not only use the existing data in the cluster, but also bring in new external or internal data and new applications for their projects. This starts to increase the physical size of the infrastructure.The issue we hear most from customers at this point is how to effectively grow and manage that ever-expanding cluster as more data and applications continue to go into it. The inherent problem with such expanding architectures is that they become complex very quickly and too complicated to maintain. There are a lot of spinning discs, the unavoidable 3x data replication to maintain and these clusters will very quickly grow to be very cost inefficient.How to Manage Their GrowthThere are three potential approaches to consider:Add more nodes, through direct attached storage (DAS), adding both compute and storageDe-couple compute and storage, through network attached scale out storage (NAS)A hybrid architecture (i.e., a tiered storage Hadoop architecture)With traditional Hadoop deployments, the primary way to expand the infrastructure is through direct attached storage (DAS), or by adding more nodes. This incorporates more storage and compute power at the same time. The challenge here is that as the number of applications grows, and the amount of data grows, data access patterns change. Different applications require different performance environments – some need more compute power, others are more storage dependent.Adding more nodes can be inefficient if you only need more storage – you’ll overspend on compute power you might not need. Likewise, if you only need compute power, you’re also potentially purchasing storage that will go unused.Which brings us to the second approach. As the number of clusters grows in an enterprise, the inherent complexity of maintaining them grows as well, and that complexity doesn’t always grow linearly. By separating compute and storage, and incorporating an enterprise-grade storage solution that can perform data-level functions such as governance, security, encryption, user management, data access patterns, multitenancy, much of the inherent complexity associated with growing data volumes can be mitigated.This approach allows users to adjust to shifting application performance requirements as necessary. For example, if more compute power is needed, add more servers. In a virtualized environment, you can simply spin up more compute nodes to address compute challenges. This elastic type virtualized environment can be implemented far more quickly than deploying physical hardware.The same is true for storage-dependent applications. For those apps, moving away from traditional DAS infrastructures and leveraging network-attached storage (NAS) allows you to leave compute power as is and focus on increasing storage. This is cost effective since you don’t have to pay for compute resources – it also reduces the data footprint in the data center, including costs and resources associated with cooling and maintenance of server hardware.The third option is a hybrid tiered storage environment, which addresses many of the challenges brought about by the paradigm shift mentioned earlier – it also embodies the idea of separating storage from compute. However, it also allows enterprises to tier their data based on its temperate. For example, “hot” (frequently accessed) data or “cold” (archived, less accessed) data. The longer that data exists, the more it cools in temperature – what makes sense in this type of an environment is to have a cheaper, deeper NAS solution extending your Hadoop mainspace. Enterprises can increase their storage footprint by adding less expensive NAS environments that don’t require data replication, essentially providing cheaper archives, without adding compute.’How to Take Advantage of Data LakesBringing in a true, multiprotocol NAS product into the Hadoop environment enables enterprises to take advantage of that magic “DL” word: data lakes.Quickly, I am defining a data lake as a means to store data that will allow an organization to have full, multi-tenant, secure and scalable access to all of its data, all the time throughout the organization’s requirements. In other words, a data lake allows access to any and all applications, regardless of the connectivity requirements for that data, all the while maintaining the data in one central location.Data lakes provide access to the “Three V’s of Big Data”:Velocity – You can grow and manage your compute size based on application demandVolume – You can handle the data volumes coming inVariety – You can manage different data sources providing different types of data, which require a variety of gateways to applications to connect and access that data securelyAs data volumes continue to expand exponentially, and Hadoop analytics architectures also continue to grow within the enterprise, the demand for enterprise-grade, highly available, highly secure, extremely scalable storage architecture will only continue as well. My recommendation is to consider either decoupling your storage and compute, or looking at a tiered Hadoop storage architecture.last_img read more