Previous Article Next Article Case round upOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Our resident experts at Pinsent Curtis Biddle bring you a comprehensiveupdate on all the latest decisions that could affect your organisation, andadvice on what to do about themPitney Bowes Management Services Ltd v French (EAT/408/00) EAT Company-specific profit sharing schemes transfer under TUPE * * * * Employees of the transferor, Sainsbury’s, had been contractuallyentitled to participate in a profit sharing scheme receiving benefits paid inSainsbury’s shares. Following a TUPE transfer, Pitney Bowes argued it was notbound to continue the scheme as it had no control over it, could not accesscommercially sensitive information relevant to its operation and could notissue Sainsbury’s shares. Both the employment tribunal and the EAT held thescheme did transfer under TUPE. Key pointsOne of the many areas of uncertainty under TUPE has been the extent to whichbenefits intrinsically linked to the identity of the transferor can transferunder TUPE. Do the obligations transfer at all and, if so, what must thetransferee do about terms that are impossible to replicate precisely? In thiscase, whereas the employment tribunal held the obligation on the transferee wasto replicate the scheme exactly, the EAT at least took account of the practicaldifficulties of doing so. Thus employees are entitled to benefit from a‘substantially equivalent’ scheme. The transferee’s obligation under TUPE is toreplicate the features of the scheme as far as it can and substitute anycompany-specific provisions with terms that leave the transferring employees ina comparable position overall. What you should do – Transferees should undertake careful due diligence to identify alltransferring obligations including those relating to bonus or profit sharingschemes. You will need to identify how ‘transferor specific’ elements can bereplaced.l Also, identify the extent to which the transferor has been able tovary or withdraw the schemes, as you will have the same powers. This mayfacilitate the tailoring of the scheme to your business. – Provide for consultation with unions or employees over replacement schemes– the EAT said it would expect to see this. HM Prison Service v Beart (EAT/650/01) EAT EAT gives further guidance on reasonable adjustments under the DisabilityDiscrimination Act * * * Mrs Beart suffered from clinical depression. Following a conflict withher line manager, she took a long period of sick leave. The prison’soccupational health physician recommended she be relocated or redeployed, asthe conflict was a cause of the depressive illness. The prison failed to follow this advice, and Mrs Beart argued it hadbreached its duty under section 6 of the DDA to make reasonable adjustments.The EAT upheld this complaint, even though the tribunal had found it was only a‘substantial possibility’ that she would be able to return to work had she beenrelocated. Key pointsThis case makes it clear that where a disabled person is disadvantaged bycertain arrangements, an employer should not discount taking a particular stepjust because it is not guaranteed to work. The extent to which the adjustment in question is likely to workwill be relevant in assessing whether it is reasonable to make it, but otherfactors such as its practicability and cost must also be considered. What you should do – Where a person covered by the DDA complains that certain arrangements putthem at a disadvantage, give detailed consideration to the full range of stepsyou could take. – Consult the employee as to what steps he or she feels would beappropriate. – Even if the employee has no suggestions, consultation with his or her GPand with disabled charities or other relevant organisations may be appropriate.– Do not discount adjustments just because they are not guaranteed to work.If there is a chance they may work it might be safer to try them, particularlywhere they would be cheap and easy to implement. Hussain v H M Prison Services(EAT/1250/00) EAT EAT clarifies the liability of employers for the discriminatory acts of thirdparties * * * Hussain, a prison officer of Pakistani origin, was subjected to racistabuse on several occasions by various prisoners. He argued the Prison Servicehad not taken sufficient steps to protect him from abuse and had subjected himto a detriment. The EAT upheld the tribunal’s rejection of the complaint andgave useful clarification on how such liability is established. Key pointsThe principle that employers can be liable for the acts of third partiestowards their employees was established in the notorious case of Burton v deVere Hotel Company, 1997, ICR 1 – the so-called ‘Bernard Manning’ case. Thehotel chain was found to have unlawfully discriminated against two of itswaitresses by failing to take steps to prevent them suffering abuse at thehands of the comedian Bernard Manning during his act at a hotel function. In Hussain, the EAT said in deciding whether the employer has subjected theemployee to a detriment through the acts of third parties, several factors mustbe considered: – Did the employer cause or allow that thing to happen in circumstanceswhere he could control whether it happens or not? The key issue is whether theemployer could, by the application of good employment practice, have preventedthe abuse or reduced the extent of it.l Lack of foreseeability or theunexpected nature of the event complained of could be relevant to whether theevent could be controlled. In this case, the Prison Service had clearly warned the prisoners that abusewould not be tolerated. The tribunal had correctly recognised there were limitsto what could be done. What you should do Undertake risk assessments to identify potential liabilities caused by thediscriminatory acts of third parties. This is particularly important in respectof employees who come into contact with the general public or other thirdparties in the course of their employment. – Analyse what steps could be exercised to reduce this potential and whatmight constitute ‘good employment practice’. – Provide clear guidance to third parties that abusing your staff will notbe tolerated. – Give clear advice to employees that harassment from third parties shouldbe reported to managers and ensure managers are trained to recognise and dealwith harassment. British Bakeries Ltd v M L O’Brien (EAT/1479/00) EAT Offences labelled as ‘gross misconduct’ in a disciplinary code may not alwaysmake summary dismissal lawful * * * O’Brien was summarily dismissed for gross misconduct. When he claimedwrongful dismissal, the employer argued that his conduct fell within thedefinition of ‘gross misconduct’ in the employment contract. Key pointsIt is common for contracts, rules or disciplinary procedures to define thetypes of behaviour that would be regarded as gross misconduct. But will suchoffences always enable a lawful summary dismissal? According to the EAT, evenif a contract defines certain acts as constituting gross misconduct, it willnot normally be sufficient (in the absence of clear contractual wording) merelyfor the employer to prove there has been conduct, however trivial, fallingwithin the definition. The conduct must be sufficiently serious to be arepudiatory breach of contract. What you should do – If it is absolutely fundamental that certain types of misconduct shouldautomatically lead to summary dismissal, make sure this is made crystal clearin the employment contract. – Remember, however, that even if a dismissal is lawful (ie permitted underthe employment contract) it may still be unfair. Tribunals are often wary of a‘tariff’ approach to disciplinary sanctions (ie certain types of misconductautomatically leading to dismissal) and may find no reasonable employer wouldhave dismissed. The Scottish Ministers v Dunlop (EAT/1227/01) EAT Variation to contract was ‘dismissal in disguise’ * * * Following an industrial accident, Dunlop’s employer considered himunfit for his current job. He was offered a different job on a lower grade andmuch lower salary. He accepted this, but claimed unfair dismissal. The firstissue was whether he had been dismissed. Key pointsThe EAT rejected the employer’s argument that there had been a consensualvariation to Dunlop’s contract. The contract had been withdrawn. This was anill-health termination and Dunlop could claim unfair dismissal, even though hehad accepted the alternative job. What you should do Always remember the need for a potentially fair reason and a fair procedure.Take care in the manner in which variations are proposed to employees’contracts, particularly where duties or salary are affected. Remember, termination of a contract is a ‘dismissal’ even if the employmentrelationship continues. Case of the month by Jon Fisher EAT declares ‘rolled-up’ holiday payments unlawfulMPB Structures Limited v Munro(EAT/1257/01) EATAnother controversial EAT decision on holiday pay, with potentiallycostly implications* * * * * MPB Structures added anallowance of eight per cent to each weekly pay packet as holiday pay. The EATheld this fell foul of the Working Time Regulations which prevents workers fromcontracting out of their entitlements. In the EAT’s view, the only way the regulations can be met isfor holiday pay to be paid at the appropriate rate, as and when holiday istaken.Key pointsIn a terse judgment, the EAT said the regulations were meant to ensureworkers got appropriate holiday leave. For this, they must have the necessaryfunds. The EAT felt that the employer placing the onus on the workerto save the holiday pay element of the wage did not accord with this aim. Thiswas particularly so where the worker took leave at the beginning of a holidayyear and so had not built up sufficient holiday allowance to constitute wagesfor the holiday period.This is one of a number of recent EAT decisions on holiday paywhich are difficult to reconcile. Most have concerned Reg 16(5) which statesthat contractual payments made for a period of leave go towards discharging anemployer’s obligations under the regulations in respect of that period ofleave: Gridquest Ltd t/a Select Employment v Blackburn, 2002, IRLR 168 forexample, and The College of North East London v Leather, EAT/0528/00.These cases, which were not referred to in this judgment,proceeded on the basis that rolled-up holiday pay is permissible under theregulations.If the EAT is right in this case, employers who pay rolled-uprates will be deemed not to have paid any holiday pay for the purposes of theregulations. The implications of this are particularly serious when oneconsiders the decision in List Design Group v Catley, EAT/0481/01 (see CaseRound up, April), which permitted employees to recover non-payments forprevious holiday as arrears of wages. Employees who have been paid a rolled-up rate could potentiallyclaim arrears of holiday pay going back to 1 October 1998, when the regulationscame into force.What you should do – Given the uncertain legal position, consider whether there isa practical alternative to paying your workers a rolled-up rate.– Keep an eye out for the Court of Appeal’s decision in Gridquest which itis hoped will clarify the legal status of rolled-up holiday payments. Beprepared to act swiftly in changing your arrangements if the Court of Appealfollows this judgment. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
A detailed record of late Pleistocene deglaciation followed by mid-Holocene ice shelf breakup and late Holocene re-growth iscontained in continental shelf sediments in the northern Larsen area, northeast Antarctic Peninsula. The zero age of core tops isconfirmed by new and published 210Pb profiles, and 70 accelerator mass spectrometer (AMS) 14C dates on bulk organic carbon definesedimentation rates of 7.6–92 cm/ka. The varied geology in the local ice drainage basins facilitates the use of ice-rafted debris (IRD)provenance in determining the presence or absence of ice shelves. All inshore cores contain an interval of non-local IRD in the postglacialsection, demonstrating widespread ice shelf breakup in the mid-Holocene. Both breakup and re-growth may have taken centuriesand there are no widespread debris layers associated with breakup. Cores beyond and up to 30km inside the historical ice shelf limitexhibit a varied IRD provenance throughout the Holocene, suggesting the maximum ice shelf limit may date only from the Little Ice Age.Benthic foraminiferal assemblages are related to water masses and position on the continental shelf and have been modified bytaphonomic processes. Nevertheless we discern a deglaciation signal in Prince Gustav Channel of a calcareous spike in predominantlyagglutinated assemblages, and this is repeated at the time of mid-Holocene ice shelf breakup. The inferred mid-Holocene warm periodoccurred later in the northern Larsen area than on the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Shearwater announces new awards and successful launch of deep-water OBN operations.(Credit: Shearwater GeoServices.) Shearwater GeoServices Holding AS (Shearwater) provided a business update.Award of project from Oil India including 3D scope of 1,5 month starting in Q3Award of 6-month project by CGG in BrazilSuccessful launch of deep-water OBN operationsStrong H1 utilisation and effective COVID-19 managementCompletion of Shearwater’s first CO2 sequestration monitoring projectFlexibility of Shearwater’s business model proven in current market conditionsIn-house consolidation of ship management and renaming of Polar vesselsToday Shearwater announced two project awards. The first, for Oil India Limited, ensuring the company’s return to India following a successful execution of this year’s season. The second, a major Brazil project by CGG under the governing long-term capacity agreement between the companies.In March, Shearwater announced its first deep-water OBN award. The project was launched successfully in the second quarter, breaking the cost curve by implementing an industry leading wide-tow triple string and triple source configuration. Shearwater has through this project further demonstrated its strategic positioning in the deep-water OBN market.The utilisation numbers for the first half of the year have remained strong resulting from a solid backlog at the start of the year and effective COVID-19 management throughout our global operation.Shearwater CEO Irene Waage Basili commented, “I am pleased to announce these achievements for Shearwater particularly given the difficult market backdrop for our industry. Although we have been successful in securing more than our fair share of new business going into the second half of the year, the total market has been drastically reduced in the short term. Securing sensible backlog in the short term while taking strategic positions in forward looking markets is absolutely key in this environment.We will remain a long-term partner to our customers focused on providing better data, safely, more efficiently, at the right cost with minimal impact on the environment while we look ahead to identify the opportunities which will come as markets return to a new normal,” Waage Basili continued.The International Energy Agency (IEA) considers extensive Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) a requirement for reaching the UN’s climate goals by capturing and storing CO2 permanently underground, instead of releasing CO2 to the atmosphere. Marine geophysics is well established as an important monitoring tool for carbon sequestration. In the second quarter Shearwater completed its first CO2 sequestration monitoring survey, at the Sleipner CO2 storage project.The marine geophysical industry has been severely impacted by the combination of the global economic and health crisis. The second quarter was particularly affected by logistical challenges related to crew changes caused by COVID-19 and global travel restrictions, while the third quarter will be impacted by a substantial reduction in customer’s investment levels.Shearwater maintains a close dialogue with its customers, both to manage the safe execution of ongoing projects and with regards to the rapidly evolving economic landscape.Following an initial period of uncertainty in the dual crisis, Shearwater now has line of sight for the period ahead as customers reduce spending.The flexibility inherent in Shearwater’s business model has already given significant savings with limited impact on the permanent workforce.“Our flexible model is by design and I am pleased to see it has passed the test of responding to abrupt change in market conditions. It can equally be applied on short notice when the markets justify a scaling up of the fleet”, says Basili.Additional measures have been taken to reduce costs in line with the reduction of activity in the market, ensuring that Shearwater maintains its cost leading position in the industry.While adjusting to lower market activity, Shearwater will not compromise on delivering high quality services, advancing its technology offering and securing critical competence.In the first half, Shearwater consolidated its ship management in-house to fully realise scale efficiencies. As part of this process, all four “Polar” vessels will be renamed with the prefix “SW”.“We maintain manoeuvrability in a slower market where our presence across all segments from ocean bottom to 4D surveys, from processing and imaging to software, positions us to navigate through the downturn,” said Waage Basili. “Our long-term ambitions are unchanged, and while in the short-term we are buffeted by increased uncertainty, we will take the required actions to emerge on the other side as a stronger company.” Source: Company Press Release The IEA considers extensive Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) a requirement for reaching the UN’s climate goals
A “crab” used to survey beach elevations and contours and sections of pipeline wait on the beach at 43rd Street for the start of an Ocean City beach replenishment project on Thursday, April 16.Check OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the progress of work of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end of Ocean City between 36th and 59th Streets.DATE: Wednesday, April 15PROGRESS: Two feeder pipes are in place, one just south of 42nd Street and one at 55th Street. Equipment and pipeline sections are staged on the beach.WHAT’S NEXT: The Ocean City beach replenishment project is still on schedule to start on Thursday, April 16, but not without the prerequisite handshaking and backslapping. State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin will join U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd), Army Corps of Engineers and City of Ocean City officials on the beach for a 10 a.m. news conference Friday (April 17).READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily Update_____Sign up for free e-mail updates from Ocean City._____A feeder pipe is in place on the beach at 55th Street, but it won’t be used until the project reaches its second phase later this spring.
The pastry chef who invented the Cronut and is best known for his Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, is now bringing the concept to the UK.The internationaly-renowned French pastry chef announced yesterday that he will be opening a bakery in London this year.Legally the word Cronut (a hybrid between a croissant and a donut), has a pending global trademark filed by The Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, so technically you cannot buy them anywhere else – until now.One of Chef Dominique’s famous CronutsAnsel said of the decision to set up in London: “Growing up so close to London [near Paris], I never had a chance to visit until I was much older and immediately fell in love with the blend of cultures and the spirit of the place.“I’m so grateful at the chance to share a little of what I do with you all. We’re looking for new culinary talent to join our team and to learn a great deal on our journey. Stay tuned, and we can’t wait to meet everyone and do our best for you.”
Indie-rock guitarist and singer Mac DeMarco has a new album in the works, and he’ll be spending plenty of time on the road later this year in promotion of the forthcoming studio project. DeMarco took to his Facebook on Tuesday morning to announce a run of upcoming international tour dates, which are scheduled to begin with his appearances at both weekends of Coachella in mid-April. As for his forthcoming studio album, Mac also revealed that the follow up to 2017’s This Old Dog is scheduled to arrive at some point in 2019 on his own record label, although he didn’t go into any further detail on the upcoming project.The first U.S. leg of his 2019 world tour will pick up in early May with shows across the western U.S. in cities including Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Big Sur, to name a few. He’ll then head over to Europe and the U.K. for a brief run of festival appearances in Spain, Netherlands, and London heading into June, before returning Stateside for his scheduled appearance at Bonnaroo on June 16th. He’ll then head back overseas for an additional pair of festival performances in Europe heading into July.The second portion of DeMarco’s U.S. run will pick up on August 6th with an outdoor show at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. The next scheduled show will not be for almost two more months when he returns to the road on September 20th for the final announced leg, which includes performances in select major cities along the eastern and central U.S. The tour will come to an end following a show at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on October 6th.Related: Watch Mac DeMarco’s 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival Paris PerformanceDeMarco also spent much of last fall also touring around the world, both as a solo act and with a full band on select dates. Since the release of This Old Dog back in 2017, Mac has spent his time touring with and sharing recorded covers of psych-rock heroes The Flaming Lips, in addition to spending some quality time with Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard.Tickets for the newly announced shows will begin general on-sale this Friday, January 18th, at 11 a.m. EST. Fans can click here for more info.Mac Demarco 2019 Tour Dates:April 13 – Indio, CA – CoachellaApril 20 – Indio, CA – CoachellaMay 7 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery – Outdoor Amphitheater StageMay 10 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallMay 11 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SodoMay 12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SodoMay 15 – Blue Lake, CA – Blue Lake CasinoMay 16 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of SpadesMay 18 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic AuditoriumMay 20 – Big Sur, CA – The Henry Miller LibraryMay 21 – Big Sur, CA – Fernwood ResortMay 22 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Expo Center at Madonna InnMay 30 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera SoundJune 1 – Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept SecretJune 2 – London, UK – All Points East FestivalJune 16 – Manchester, TN – BonnarooJune 30 – Werchter, BE – Rock WerchterJuly 12 – Trencin, SK – Pohoda FestivalAug. 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park BandshellSept. 20 – Washington, DC – The AnthemSept. 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall (Outdoors)Sept. 22 – Boston, MA – Orpheum TheatreSept. 24 – Toronto, ON – Echo BeachSept. 26 – Cleveland, OH – Agora TheatreSept. 27 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple TheatreSept. 28 – Chicago, IL – Riviera TheatreOct. 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside TheaterOct. 2 – St. Paul, MN – Palace TheatreOct. 6 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks AmphitheatreView All Tour Dates[H/T Spin]
Eleven EMC executives offer their predictions of which technologies and trends will transform cloud computing, Big Data and IT security the most in 2013. Scroll down to view them all.Art Coviello Executive Vice President, EMC Executive Chairman, RSAIn the words of the famous French Philosopher: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Security predictions for 2013 in many ways reflect this quote. Unfortunately, evidence of criminals collaborating with rogue nation states, exchanging methodologies, buying and selling information, and even subcontracting services expands their collective reach and enhances their mutual learning curves.Now a new model of cybersecurity is in order. More than ever, an intelligence-driven security model will be necessary to provide true defense in depth. This new model will require multiple components including: a thorough understanding of risk, the use of agile controls based on pattern recognition and predictive analytics, and the use of big data analytics to give context to vast streams of data from numerous sources to produce timely, actionable information.Security is and will continue to be challenged in the following ways leading into 2013:Hackers are more likely to get even more sophisticated.Our attack surfaces will continue to expand and any remaining semblance of a perimeter will continue to wither.Changes will occur whether security teams are ready or not.National governments will continue to struggle to legislate on rules of evidence, information sharing and reforming privacy laws.It is highly likely that nation states will continue to move well past intrusion and deliberately attempt disruption and destruction.Responsible people in organizations from all verticals, industries and governments will move past awareness to a genuine understanding of the gravity of the situation.Adopting an intelligence-based security model that includes big data and analytics will be the key to a true defense in depth strategy.The bottom line is that we have the technology. Will we have the will to act? I predict we will.Rick DevenutiPresident, Information Intelligence GroupFor many years, content management software providers sold massive platforms for customers and partners to build a solution that satisfied key business requirements. IT had the money and power to make platform decisions under the “build it and they will come” model and all business solutions, as they were prioritized, were to be implemented on these platforms. It’s just the way it was; IT would be the development shop for building these highly customized solutions on their chosen platform. These projects took months or years to develop, and by the time some of them were ready for prime time, the business was already on to the next big thing. Or the project far exceeded budget…or it just didn’t meet the need which had changed during the long delivery cycle.But not today. For CIOs, the common theme is “now.” Rapid time to value is the leading driver. In many cases today, the business unit holds the money and determines the priorities, but they don’t care much about platforms, just the best solution for a specific problem. IT has the difficult task of meeting the time-critical need imposed by the business, while still trying to maintain a rational architecture for the enterprise. And to make matters worse, if IT doesn’t respond fast enough, the business will look to buy a cloud-based solution, cutting IT out until there is a problem.At IIG, we believe this movement to cloud solutions is only going to escalate. Generally, the new trends we see in IT are adopted more slowly than we think, but once the tipping point happens, things accelerate faster than expected. In 2013, cloud-based, content-centric solutions will hit that tipping point.Brian GallagherPresident, Enterprise Storage DivisionMany of 2012’s trends — information growth of both structured and unstructured data, never before seen requirements for data mobility, and new foundations laid for extracting value from Big Data — will expand and drive new levels of enterprise storage requirements in 2013.Dramatic information growth and traditional applications will continue to demand world-class availability, performance and efficiency.The transformation to hybrid cloud environments, and the need to move data between corporate IT data centers and service providers, will accelerate. The concepts of both data and application mobility to enable organizations to move their virtual applications will become the norm.Companies will continue investing in Big Data and seeking new value within information while exploiting the strengths of IT from the present.To meet these demands…Scale-up and scale-out enterprise storage capabilities will leverage and exploit industry standards, off-the-shelf processing components, enterprise flash technologies and leading drive technologies.We will see enterprises invest in software innovation around mission critical, enterprise-wide automated tiering, business continuity, virtualization and security.Enterprises will deploy highly mobile and highly protected active-active data center configurations — enabling them to offload applications to the cloud (or to Service Providers) permanently or temporarily. Zahid HussainSenior Vice President & General Manager, Flash Product DivisionIn 2013, Flash is no longer the future game changer — it’s now the norm, ubiquitous in all storage architectures.The industry will move beyond just exploring and promoting the benefits of Flash technology — and shift to exploring the new opportunities and use cases Flash opens up. In 2013, Flash will be the key enabler to larger IT initiatives such as virtualization and cloud computing, allowing companies of all sizes to use software combined with Flash to exploit maximum efficiency, maximum performance and cost effectiveness in all types of environments — from the world’s largest and most demanding enterprises, to the most demanding social sites, to consumer products. 2013 is about marrying Flash with other tech resources to deliver compute and storage power, turbo charging IT assets for top-shelf performance.As Flash technology matures with innovations such as Lithography shrinks and potential next generation 3D technologies, the industry will begin to turn its eyes to the “next big thing” in technology investment: Phase Change Memory. In 2013, we will see a flurry of investment activity in PCM based architectures. With this non-volatile random-access memory, the industry will begin to augment existing offerings and deliver an alternative extremely fast storage option with even lower latencies than Flash technology, beginning to approach DRAM type of speeds.Leonard IventoschVice President, Channels AmericasChannel players will transform their roles: 2013 will mark the beginning of a transformation that could see the channel completely change from its current form. Already the roles and responsibilities of the different channel entities are blurring. SIs are becoming resellers; resellers are becoming service providers; and even end users are becoming service providers. Over the next three years, it is probable that the traditional mix of end user, channel, alliance and service organizations will change, merge or disappear.Businesses will focus on data management/Big Data services: Big Data is one of the hottest topics in the IT world at the moment. While it will have an impact on the channel in 2013, this will mostly be centered on the provision of scalable storage and data management technologies. The main focus for 2013 will be in helping businesses to manage their data from an infrastructure point of view and in extracting valuable insights from it. The next stage in the evolution of Big Data in the channel – the provision of sector-specific analytical propositions that SIs can build services around – won’t take place until further down the line.The pace of market consolidation will accelerate: 2013 will see the trend for market consolidation continue and accelerate. Those resellers and SIs that have not been able to keep pace with the changes engendered by cloud computing and PS driven business models will find themselves the target for acquisitive companies. The economy will also be a major factor in the increase in such acquisitions. Over the next year, the revenues on offer to the channel will not grow significantly, meaning that only the smartest and fastest players will survive. Such consolidation will take place more quickly in EMEA than in the US, but will continue at a rapid pace in the U.S. This is due to the fact that there are a greater number of smaller players still in action in EMEA, and to the prolonged economic uncertainty hanging over the region.Stephen ManleyChief Technology Officer, Backup & Recovery Systems DivisionBackup will continue to evolve toward “versioned replication” — rapid, incremental-forever backups stored efficiently on disk as full backups (e.g. source-dedupe, virtual synthetics, snapshot & replication and CDP).As hypervisors, applications, and storage arrays expand optimizations for data protection, organizations will deploy backup and recovery solutions that leverage those optimizations.Organizations will continue to rapidly eliminate tape for backup.Organizations that have deployed hypervisor/application/storage-specific solutions will focus on consolidating their backup infrastructures to eliminate silos and look to deepen visibility by a broader group of stakeholders (application, virtualization and storage teams, as well as CIOs) into both the overall backup and recovery process and individual elements of it.The role of the backup team will continue to evolve into a service provider model, delivering SLA-focused services to their users. The backup team will have centralized visibility into all the backups and control over the infrastructure.The backup team will be able to delegate backup visibility and control to the virtualization, application, and storage teams, if desired.Over the next few years, we’ll witness a complete transformation of the backup industry. Deduplication and disk revolutionized backup and recovery, but it did so within backup’s traditional role. Today, there’s a clear link between the state of an organization’s backup and its pace of business acceleration. As IT transformation and delivery of IT as a Service continue to progress in the upcoming year, backup will become more about acceleration of IT transformation and enablement of IT as a Service delivery. The current focus on issues of backup window and recovery timing will expand. Backup teams will begin to consolidate all backup and archive silos into a single storage pool, and using backup and recovery technologies that integrate deeply with the data protection intelligence now being built into applications and servers. Application, hypervisor, and storage managers will expand their visibility and control over their backups. Backup teams will focus on providing SLA-driven services to those customers — ranging from providing infrastructure to delivering the end-to-end solution.Rich NapolitanoPresident, Unified Storage DivisionOne major area of activity for unified storage this year is virtualization and cloud computing. Customers are demanding tight levels of integration between storage and virtualization technology to simplify management and increase virtual machine scalability with array offload. In addition they are looking for a range of solutions from build-your-own to converged infrastructure. Unified storage will play an even larger role in 2013, based on the trend to have Hypervisor access to storage using NAS protocols. VMware over NFS has been a popular choice, and with Windows 8 / Server 2012, Microsoft supports Hyper-V access to unified storage via the CIFS protocol as well as the ODX protocol for array offload.The second key area of activity for Unified Storage is Flash. Flash adoption has been growing steadily and customers are deploying flash drives as a storage tier and to extend the cache on the storage array. Customers demand automated tiering to improve performance and lower costs without adding complexity. As we move into 2013, we predict a “Flash-everywhere” strategy will gain momentum as Flash technology will be deployed in the servers, the network, and unified storage arrays.Bill RichterPresident, Isilon Storage Division2012 has been an exciting year for Scale-Out NAS as the continued shift of applications to unstructured data continues unabated. We’ve seen a rapid increase in organizations recognizing the challenges and opportunities around Big Data.This is led first by early-adopter industries such as media and entertainment, oil and gas and chip design, but continues to expand into more regulated industries such as financial services, healthcare and the public sector. We’ve also seen a continued acceleration of Scale-Out NAS for traditional IT use cases, such as home directories, enterprise content, and archive. There have been new and emerging applications focused on analytics and business intelligence, leveraging open source frameworks such as Hadoop and Cassandra. Finally, we’ve seen a slow but steady shift towards the creation of privateclouds built on Scale-Out NAS using both proprietary and open source technologies.In 2013, these trends will continue to accelerate: the creation and consolidation of large unstructured information (Big Data), the processing, transformation and synthesis of this information (Big Analytics) and the ability for an organization to monetize, innovate and drive business differentiation (Big Leverage), amongst an ever increasing need to be flexible, agile and operationally efficient. These trends are made possible by scale-out – new applications built in a scale-out paradigm, leveraging scalable software architectures and platforms and powered by scalable storage infrastructure. The pace of innovation and change in the IT industry is more exciting than ever.Tom RoloffSenior Vice President, Global ServicesThe advancement of new technology consumption models coupled with the growing adoption of cloud and Big Data in 2013 will underscore the importance of people, process and technology for customers requiring a modernization facelift to satisfy their IT and business demands.Schools, trade organizations and companies will rush to fill the cloud, Big Data analytics and data science training and certification void, e.g. more formalized university and college curricula coupled with more online, remote training.Organizations will start to understand where and how Big Data can power their value creation processes. This will drive dramatically improved tools and integrated Big Data development environments (to query and manipulate data on Hadoop, for example).New automated environmental data collection technology and data analytics will lead support providers to deliver more proactive services specific to customers’ environments and provide expanded communication/language flexibility.Organizations will develop strategies to minimize OS and application upheaval for workers as End User Computing and VDI mobility strategies are rolled out.Future-thinking IT organizations will become brokers of IT services to the business, showing a catalog of services provided internally and by affiliated service providers, showing costs, service levels and policies in an easy-to-use service portal.IT will look to accelerate the software development lifecycle by taking full advantage of cloud computing, automating manual processes, and improving how development and operational teams collaborate.Amitabh SrivastavaPresident, Advanced Storage Division2012 was the year organizations truly began transforming IT infrastructure. But, unlike past IT transformations such as the PC or Web eras, end users and their insatiable appetite for content and applications drive this transformation.IT will continue to see abstractions with more intelligence in the data center moving to a software control plane that uses Web-based technologies to access compute, networking, and storage resources as a whole (e.g. software-defined data center). Cloud model tenets like efficiency and agility will expand to include simplicity as data centers look for easier ways to consume technology. Vendors like EMC will respond with infrastructure management solutions that combine best-of-breed technologies into packages, and open up new possibilities where physical locations no longer matter and central control points manage diverse infrastructures.Object storage will grow rapidly as more organizations look for more effective ways to retain and leverage unstructured data. The ability to scale object storage systems will be important to object use in the enterprise. Similarly, support for open cloud-based interfaces will be critical to developers creating applications with objects.Intelligence in software, cross-domain infrastructure management packages, and the greater acceptance of Web-based technologies like object storage and REST APIs will make hybrid cloud models a reality for many organizations in 2013.Scott YaraSenior Vice President, Products, GreenplumBig Data investments are through the roof. Data from Thomson Reuters indicates that in 2011 venture capitalists invested $2.47 billion in Big Data-related startups, an increase over the $1.53 billion in 2010 and 2009’s $1.1 billion. This does not include the money spent on companies that have been acquired by larger companies, including Greenplum. The goal of these startups is to lower the barrier of entry for companies so that they can take advantage of Big Data, a goal all of us are working to achieve.Big Data is on virtually everyone’s short list. The combined effects of social and mobile technologies, the constant need for driving improved competitive advantage and the pervasiveness of analytics software and services will change the way vendors and end users consume information. The base technology is here. The emergence of the Hadoop data ecosystem has made cost-effective storage and processing of petabytes of data a reality. Innovative organizations are leveraging these technologies to create an entire new class of real-time data-driven applications. As this trend continues we will witness a new set of innovators that develop solutions to problems that we could not imagine solving a decade ago.But we all can’t win.The Big Data start-up world of 2013 will see significant fallout for companies who are providing just point tools and not integrated solutions to the market.Though they may provide value for some, the maturation of the market will make the best players bigger and better, and the remaining players will hold a Big Data yard sale of their wares.
That’s right, folks, we’ve got some fresh meat in the house! You all know Sarah Puckett from JMU who’s written a number of our 48 Hours guides, but we also have four BRO Ambassadors from across the region who are helping us spread the #gooutsideandplay love. Help us welcome Gordon, Jess, Sean, and Jordan to the BRO team!Why so serious, Gord?Gordon KnappUniversity of Virginia, Va.As long as I’m outside, I’m happy. I especially enjoy day hikes, backpacking, mountain/road biking, and the occasional game of pickup basketball. Mount Pleasant is my favorite trail close to home. It’s a fairly easy hike, and the views are absolutely spectacular at the top, especially for sunsets! Currently majoring in Economics and hoping to pursue a second major in Global Sustainability. My dream job would be working in the marketing or business department of a renewable energy company. I would absolutely love to sit down and talk with Yvon Chouinard, I’m sure a guy like that would have plenty of stories. Sean likes fish. We like Sean.Sean ReckertWarren-Wilson College, N.C.My name is Sean Reckert, age 22. I grew up in Needham, Mass., and was draw to Warren Wilson College, in part, by its gorgeous location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For the past four years my fondness for rock climbing and fly-fishing have grown exponentially. I am proud to be part of this friendly and environmentally minded outdoor community. Jordan in her natural element.Jordan BudnikGeorgia College & State University, Ga.If newborn babies are delivered to their families by stork, it is safe to speculate that I was dropped off by a hawk. My name is Jordan Budnik: raptor spazz, nature nut, and self-proclaimed Critter Captain. A suburban childhood in Decatur, Georgia is not rife with endless forests so I sought out every leaf, bucket of mud, or reptile that I could find. With age and the blessing of a supportive family, I expanded my passion for the outdoors through ski trips, fishing, hiking, birding, interning with Zoo Atlanta, and attending animal conferences across the states. Aside from being in the wilderness, I delight in writing, curling up with a book in my bedroom (aka lair), painting, singing, rock climbing, volunteering with a wildlife rehab clinic, and educating my community about nature. Everyone has a place that resonates with them above all other places–some inexplicable relationship forms. The Blue Ridge mountains tug insistently on my heartstrings whenever I leave for too long so I often go running back to them. It seems only fitting that I made my way to write for an innovative outdoor magazine that shares the name of my favorite place in the world. So many people in outdoor pursuits go out in search of adventure, forgetting to look back and share it with others in the process. Through writing with Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine, I hope to join that unique breed of adventurer that reaches out through words to bridge the gap and encourage others to ‘Go Outside and Play’. Enjoying a snowy day at Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest. Photo cred: Sarah HarrisonJess WiegandtBrevard College, [email protected] go outside and play in lots of ways, but mostly by means of whitewater kayaking. I’ve been paddling since the age of 6 and continue to do so as often as possible. I remember when I was too young to paddle on my own, probably around three or four, my family and some friends spent a day on the James River paddling the Balcony Falls section. I used to be terrified of the Balcony Falls rapid and the first time I ran it, I was sitting in the bottom of a canoe, peering over the edge of the gunwhale and I remember screaming both out of fear and happiness as water splashed in and hit my face. After that, there was no going back. The North Fork of the French Broad right now is one of my favorite places to get out and paddle. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s in a beautiful part of the forest, and I can get out there after class and get a couple laps in before dark. My dream job is to work as an outdoor journalist, covering events, people, and places all over the world. This way I get to play outside, take pictures, write, and get paid for it!Follow Jess on Vimeo!
By Dialogo January 19, 2010 1/18/2010 – SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft flew non-stop from Pope Air Force Base, N.C., and delivered 14,500 meals ready to eat and 15,000 liters of water by air into a controlled drop zone of 900 x 1800 yards in Haiti. The drop zone was located five miles north-northeast of the Port au Prince airport. U.S. Southern Command, through its air component Air Force South, directed the mission that was carried out by Airmen at Headquarters Air Mobility Command, 18th Air Force and the 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center. To ensure the safety of the Haitian people, Joint Task Force-Haiti secured an area in which to airdrop the supplies. Once on the ground, supplies were distributed by JTF-Haiti, USAID and other relief personnel. One of the greatest challenges in this relief operation has been lack of infrastructure, which has significantly slowed the delivery of supplies and workers to the greatest points of need in Haiti. Airdrop is one of many options the international community is exploring in order to create alternate distribution points that will enable aid to reach the people more quickly. Since Jan. 13, Air Mobility Command has delivered more than 1,500 tons of supplies to the region as part of Operation Unified Response. AMC aircraft and personnel continue to support the international effort to increase the velocity with which aid is flowing to those in need.
13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When I was first promoted to a leadership role, I had no idea what was in store for me. I thought my job was to give instructions and answer questions. Little did I know that there was a lot more required to be a successful leader. It took some time for me to understand what skills were important to be an exceptional leader. I believe many people have this experience; they are promoted to a leadership role without fully understanding the expectations of what it takes to be successful. Can you relate?Whether you are currently in a leadership role, or you aspire to a leadership position one day, here are four signs that you should not be a leader:You prefer to work alone. The very essence of leadership is about inspiring others to bring out their best and achieve goals. This requires consistent coaching, supporting and recognizing employees. Exceptional leaders don’t see these as duties they somehow have to fit in. They see them as a responsibility to foster the potential in each employee and the team. They realize that spending time with their people is a great investment toward mutual success. It’s OK to prefer to work alone, but that probably means you shouldn’t be a leader. Cultivating relationships is the foundation of inspiring people to make their best contribution.You avoid confrontation. Most people don’t like confrontation, but leaders need to be willing to put those feelings aside and have the necessary difficult conversations. There is a universal truth in leadership: People will not always meet expectations and things will not always go as planned. As a leader, you will often need to approach uncomfortable situations with your employees, your peers, and even your boss. Exceptional leaders don’t avoid these conversations; they see them as a necessary responsibility for working through issues and moving things forward. continue reading »