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Building Inclusivity Through Culture, Community and Commitment

first_imgInclusivity has never been more important to the workplace of today — or tomorrow. It has also never been more important to Dell. We are proud of our culture of inclusion and committed to ensure that our workplace reflects the diversity of all the customers we serve.The millennial generation — already the largest demographic of today’s global workforce — expects to be part of a global team made up of different races, ethnicities, gender identifications and ages. According to a study by Deloitte, they’re now thinking of diversity and inclusion in a cognitive context – focusing on how the workforce encourages collaboration between people with different experiences, ideas and skill sets.Not only is this good business sense — a diverse range of ideas and experience drives innovation — but it is the right thing to do. And it is something that we believe in deeply.I was proud to read an article last week in The Tennessean by Dell team member and co-lead for our North American PRIDE Employee Resource Group, Nikki Gibson, about the importance of an inclusive culture in the workplace. It’s an absolute given that when team members feel valued, engaged and inspired, they do their best work for our customers and communities. That’s why our leadership team is committed to creating an inclusive culture for all team members, all around the world, all year round. Inclusion is a leadership imperative and, as Nikki points out, takes intention and structure.At Dell, we have been focused on three imperatives: Culture, Communities and Commitment.We recognized early on that culture is critical to enabling inclusivity. Dell was the first IT company to participate in an initiative called Men Advocating Real Change (MARC), led by global non-profit organization Catalyst. This training engages leaders in candid conversations about the role of gender and diversity in the workplace as well as topics such as unconscious bias. We are committed to 100 percent executive participation in this initiative.In addition, our global Employee Resource Group (ERG) community provides opportunities for personal and professional development by connecting team members around areas such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and background. Because these groups are so powerful in shaping our culture and positively contributing to our business through increased employee engagement, we actively encourage all of our team members to participate. We currently have 14 ERGs in 60 countries consisting of 32,000 members and 300 chapters, and were recognized last month by DiversityInc for the strength of this program. And we are dedicated to continue to increase our participation levels in the coming years.With regard to community, at Dell, we are committed to being great role models for each other and the industry. After all, you can’t be what you can’t see. Through partnerships with agents of change, like the Human Rights Campaign, the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), the Society for Women Engineers and The Partnership, we reach beyond the borders of our organization to share and gain insight into best practices for cultivating and promoting a culture of equality and inclusion.We are very proud of the supportive and inclusive culture we have built at Dell, but great is never good enough. We must continue to raise the bar and hold ourselves accountable for creating welcoming workplaces for everyone. Our leaders are committed to growing a diverse workforce, starting with our Chairman and CEO, Michael Dell, who chairs our Global Diversity Council.I am a woman, a partner, a mother and a business leader — and I intend to live each facet of what makes me “me” to the fullest. I know I can do that at Dell, a company that believes in harnessing the power of the best and brightest talent – regardless of gender, work style or country of origin.last_img read more

First Turns in Tucker County Giveaway

first_imgEnter our First Turns in Tucker County Giveaway to win one of two Grand Prize packages!Two winners will be chosen for the Tucker County and Canaan Valley Resort grand prize package.Each grand prize winner receives:Two-night stay for two at Canaan Valley ResortSki/Snowboard rentals for two from Ski BarnTubing session for two at Canaan Valley ResortTwo-day Ski the Valley Lift Tickets for twoThis giveaway is now closed! Thanks to all who entered and good luck!DON’T FORGET TO ENTER ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS! Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on December 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Tucker County Tourism, Canaan Valley Resort, and Ski Barn reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before December 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

Mullins hoping Bob is back

first_imgPatrick Mullins is thrilled to have picked up the ride on multiple Grade One winner Boston Bob in Wednesday’s thetote.com Galway Plate. “He has a very impressive run-to-win strike-rate and he ticks all the boxes. “Indevan is not the most consistent of horses, but he wasn’t that far behind Alechi Inois in the race at Cork. “He has a little less weight than Alechi Inois, so he’d have his chance if he runs up to his best. “Unfortunately Perfect Gentleman (owned by Jackie Mullins) has too low a weight for me to ride him, but I think he has a big handicap in him. “He’ll love the ground and the trip with the hill at the end will really suit him. “He’s coming back from two runs at Auteuil, so it will be interesting to see if that has an effect on his jumping. It doesn’t seem to have judged on his schooling at home, but you’d just be hoping he isn’t too slow over his fences. “The Paparrazi Kid has had his problems, but he’s a fair horse on his day and I remember him beating Felix Yonger one day down in Limerick. “I think he’s another one who is probably better than his mark, but you would have preferred to have got a prep run into him.” Leading owner JP McManus is unsurprisingly well represented, with five horses set to carry the famous green and gold silks. Newly-appointed retained rider Barry Geraghty has sided with the Charles Byrnes-trained Shanpallas, Robbie Power rides Jonjo O’Neill’s British challenger It’s A Gimme and Mark Walsh takes the mount on Philip Dempsey’s star mare Jacksonslady. She struck gold at last year’s Galway Festival and her trainer is hopeful of another bold show. “She’s in good form and this has been the plan since Punchestown. She had a little break back at Martinstown after that and we’ve been happy with her since,” said Dempsey. “The ground should suit her and she has good form at the track. “It’s a very competitive race, as you would expect, but we’re hoping for the best.” Gigginstown House Stud have a four-strong team made up of Rule The World, Make A Track, Savello and Rathlin. Other contenders in a maximum field of 22 runners include Jim Culloty’s Spring Heeled and Colin McBratney’s Marito. The three reserves are Art Of Logistics, Conquisto and Gold Bullet. Press Association The 10-year-old won both the Melling Chase at Aintree and the Punchestown Gold Cup in a fantastic end to the season before last, but failed to reach those heights during the last campaign. He will have to concede weight to each of his rivals at Ballybrit and Mullins is hoping he can rediscover his zest. He said: ” It’s a fantastic ride to pick up a ride in a race as prestigious as the Galway Plate and I’m very grateful to Andrea and Graham Wylie (owners) for giving me the opportunity. “Boston Bob is a proper Grade One horse on his day. He has top weight, which makes life difficult, but it is quite a compressed handicap, with just over a stone between top and bottom. “He didn’t really spark last season, but his work at home has been encouraging, so we’ll see what happens. “Races like this tend to go to younger and more progressive horses, but if he can regain that spark, hopefully he’ll give me a nice spin and you never know, maybe the dream could come true.” Boston Bob is one of five runners in the field for Patrick’s father, Willie. The champion trainer’s team is headed by ante-post favourite Alechi Inois, the mount of Ruby Walsh. Assessing the quintet, Patrick said: ” Ruby has gone for Alechi Inois. “He’s won at the course before, so that is a big plus, and his warm-up race at Cork went very well. last_img read more

Another Cat calls it a day.

first_imgKilkenny goalkeeper David Herity has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.A member of the Cats’ panel since 2008, the Dunnamaggin stopper won five All Ireland medals – most recently as an unused sub in September’s replay defeat of Tipperary.Herity is the second Cats star to bow out within a week, following the retirement of Tommy Walsh.last_img

QPR fans on Twitter react to Onuoha verdict

first_imgQPR fans on Twitter have been reacting to the news that skipper Nedum Onuoha will be suspended for the New Year’s Eve game against Wolves after an appeal against his red card at Brighton was rejected.Many supporters were unhappy with the verdict. However, Onuoha has attracted criticism from fans this season – and some were far from unhappy that he will now be unavailable.And some were also unimpressed by manager Ian Holloway’s warning that Rangers “haven’t got a back four” without Onuoha because Joel Lynch and Steven Caulker have also been [email protected] actually not bothered as I think he’s pony, just a shame it’s now with no real backup, harsh decision in the first place..— Lee Reynolds (@miniwren) December 29, 2016Excellent news, his lack of leadership won’t be missed on the pitch, the Loftus Road squirrel has better leadership qualities! https://t.co/KRgfCXYM4x— Lloydy (@TheGarwBoy) December 29, [email protected] You ain’t gotta back four, full stop mate. Bet Caulker will do well again once he leaves ..— Lager Lout (@lagerlout1966) December 29, [email protected] we don’t have a back four full stop Ian. And we’re also in trouble with or without him— Ben Ingram (@BenIngram3) December 29, [email protected] we don’t have a back 4 with Onuoha so nothing new— Steve (@QPRSteve1982) December 29, [email protected] and Sick note Caulker whatever happened to him just stick smithies centre half been covering all season anyway #woeful— David R block (@237tothebush) December 29, [email protected] stop making excuses before the game and just get on with it!— Neil Crawshaw (@NeilCrawshaw) December 30, 2016   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Black, white SA ‘interdependent’

first_img21 February 2005President Thabo Mbeki has spoken out against perceptions that black economic empowerment only benefits a small elite and that his administration’s policies amount to “reverse racism”.The future of black and white South Africans was closely intertwined, he told Parliament during the debate on his State of the Nation Address: the one could not succeed without the other.Several political party leaders argued during the debate that the government was leaning too much towards black South Africans in its policies on poverty alleviation, language, gender parity, land reform, black economic empowerment and the reading of history.Responding to the claims, Mbeki said that the government was operating from the premise that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”, consistent with the Freedom Charter and the country’s Constitution.The government, Mbeki said, was working to create “a developed and prosperous South Africa whose citizens will, through their collective efforts, defeat poverty and underdevelopment as well as create a non-racial and non-sexist society”.There were some, Mbeki said, who believed it impossible to rescue millions of black South Africans from poverty without discriminating against white South Africans. The President described this view as “distorted”, saying that both races needed each other for the country as a whole to succeed.To achieve this, both races had to agree to compromise, agree to fight racism and underdevelopment, and act together to achieve a common goal of national cohesion and “a shared destiny within a common motherland”.South Africa’s collective future, Mbeki said, “depends on the ability of all our people to understand that the success of black South Africa is conditional on the success of white South Africa, and that the success of white South Africa is conditional on the success of black South Africa”.South Africans, both black and white, ought to ask themselves what they needed to do to ensure that both succeeded, thus sharing in the country’s wealth.“In answering this question, we [will] have to make a determination about the price each one of us is ready to pay to contribute to the greater good, without which our better future cannot be guaranteed.”On equality, Mbeki said that Pretoria would draw lessons from the United States, European Union and the United Kingdom to improve its race relations.Regarding black economic empowerment, Mbeki said that government had awarded billions of rands in contract and service procurement to black businesses.“I am confident that if the honourable members checked the names of those who got these contracts, they would not find the names of those that are always given as examples of BEE benefiting the few politically connected individuals.”Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cape Town’s transport system lauded

first_imgDedicated bus lanes have improved thecommuting experience of Cape Townresidents.(Image: City of Cape Town)MEDIA CONTACTS • Councillor Brett HerronMayoral Committee Member+27 21 400 1298Emily van RijswijckCape Town was one of four cities short-listed for the prestigious 2012 Sustainable Transport Awards held in Washington recently, with its non-motorised transport (NMT) and bus rapid transit network MyCiti receiving an honourable mention.One of 16 other cities nominated, Cape Town made it into the finals along with Argentina’s Buenos Aires, San Francisco in the US and Medellin in Colombia. Medellin and San Francisco were chosen as eventual overall winners.The awards were hosted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, an organisation which helps cities to implement transport solutions that cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce poverty and improve the quality of urban life.Longest continuous cycling laneCape Town received the recognition for its 16km bicycle lane, the longest continuous such lane in Africa.It runs parallel to one of the MyCiti lanes, both forming part of the city’s plans to provide a quality integrated transport system to its inhabitants.The two dedicated lanes run along the R27, better known as the West Coast Road. This arrangement has cut travelling time by half for commuters as the rapidly expanding West Coast area of Cape Town has no rail services, the other popular form of public transport for the more than 3-million Capetonians.The judging panel noted that the bus and bicycle lanes in this area are particularly important as no mass transport facilities were previously available.Mayoral committee member for transport, roads and stormwater Brett Herron accepted the award on behalf of the city. He said that while Cape Town is still in its infancy in providing a safe and efficient quality public transport service to everybody, city management remains committed to the process.“This award, which sees us on stage with some of the world’s greatest cities, is a massive vote of confidence in our pursuit of this objective and is enormously encouraging.”The other city nominees were Jaipur, Fazilka and Bihar in India; Singapore; Antalya in Turkey; Cuenca in Ecuador; Chicago and Minneapolis in the US; Lviv in Ukraine; South Korea’s Seoul and Chnagwon; Jerusalem in Israel; and Seville in Spain.Integrating all The MyCiti and cycle/pedestrian lanes form part of Cape Town’s approved integrated rapid transit network (IRT), a business plan for all public transport measures and upgrades.It aims to bring about a more sustainable and balanced integrated transport system, especially linking the poorer, outlying areas of Cape Town to economic and social nodes in the city.Now six years in the making, the first phase of the IRT started in 2007, focussing on the inner city basin and the Blaauwberg-Atlantis corridor first because of the extreme congestion experienced in these areas during peak traffic periods.A MyCiti bus service was also introduced between the Cape Town Civic Centre and the Cape Town International Airport and for the duration of the hugely successful 2010 Fifa World Cup, the city offered a dedicated MyCiti service to spectators and tourists.Included in the IRT portfolio are the metro rail network, the MyCiti network, conventional bus and minibus operations, metered taxis, and bicycle and pedestrian lanes, all of which will eventually be connected to make an integrated whole, says Herron.“Ultimately we want a citywide network, with priority given to projects which links homes with key transport nodes.”During the second phase MyCiTi will expand to the outlying suburbs of Atlantis and Dunoon in the coming months, linking them to the retail, commercial and industrial centres of the city.The network will also be extended to the metro’s south-eastern areas including the poorer Cape Flats suburbs of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. In this way the city will support the economic and social inclusion of these residents.“The City’s objective is to make all these modes work as a seamless and integrated package of options for the travelling public,” confirms Herron.Bike, walk or skateboardAn important part of MyCiti is the network of cycling paths and upgraded pedestrian walkways connected to these bus routes. One of the first, the NMT lane from Table View in the northern suburbs to the city centre is already a favourite with cyclists and pedestrians.“Cape Town is very committed to the non-motorised network. The City is known to be a cycle-friendly city. We want to build on this image and increase the cycle model share across the city.”Cape Town plays host to the Cape Argus Cycle Tour every year, a gruelling 110km race with the spectacular Cape Peninsula as backdrop. Since 1978 it’s been recognised as the world’s largest individually timed cycle race and attracts over 35 000 cyclists from around the world ever year.Cape Town has budgeted for 19 bicycle and pedestrian projects at a cost of R50-million (US$6.5-million) for this year, with the projects in various phases of development, from design to actual construction.As part of the network, secure bicycle storage facilities will be provided at major MyCiti and railway stations. Meanwhile, bicycles may be taken on the buses except during peak periods.The NMT upgrades include street furniture, signage and landscaping, and are creating jobs through the government’s Expanded Public Works Programme which provides poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed.“Our future vision for transport in Cape Town is a cycle- and pedestrian-friendly city with a well-connected network of NMT infrastructure providing the opportunity to walk or cycle or skateboard as far as you like on safe, dedicated lanes.”The entire IRT network is expected to take about 20 years to complete.last_img read more

Dolphin Browser Demonstrates Why Mobile-Only Is A Losing Bet

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts dan rowinski Mobile browser Dolphin is by all accounts a quality third-party application for both iOS and Android. Dolphin was one of the first browsers to come out with gesture and voice controls, allows for excellent personalization and is reasonably fast. It is also fundamentally flawed. A lot has been written in the past few months about “mobile first.” The mobile-first approach is where you develop your product thinking of the smartphone or tablet user first and the Web second. This, by all means, is usually the proper way to do things in a world where most people access the Internet and a variety of important information from their smartphones wherever they go. If it does not look good or work well in mobile, people are not going to come back on any device. First vs. Mostly vs. OnlyThere is a distinct difference between mobile first and mobile only (or even mostly mobile). We have seen, with a couple notable exceptions, that mobile-only companies have trouble achieving extraordinary scale. Path, Foursquare and others have demonstrated this (with exceptions like Instagram proving the rule). They can make a tidy business if they learn how to monetize right, but tend to get stunted by the mostly mobile strategy. For an industry that often espouses open standards and ubiquity, it is surprising to see companies put themselves in a position to be in a fundamentally closed channel by limiting themselves to the mobile experience. Dolphin, and other mobile-only browsers like Skyfire and Boat Browser, have a fundamental problem. They are always going to be one of many choices and relegated to niche status on the devices they are installed on. Most people that use third-party browsers on their smartphones tend to have two or three installed and use different browsers for different purposes.  Dolphin rationalizes its mobile-only position this way:“In short, no, we do not need a desktop browser to compete with the big boys,” the company said in an email through its public relations firm LaunchSquad. “Roughly one in seven searches are happening on mobile. [39%] use the Internet on their smartphones while going to the bathroom, and [89%] of people who search on mobile have taken action within a day. Mobile is our wheelhouse, and we aren’t going to extend ourselves by making a desktop product when we aren’t ready to do so.”When asked if Dolphin has plans to move into the desktop browser space, the company declined to comment. Mobile Searches Still A MinorityApplying reverse logic to Dolphin’s statement, if one-in-seven searches come from a smartphone, would it not be prudent to have a product in the vertical where six-of-seven searches take place? After all, it is not like Dolphin has a monopoly on those one-in-seven searches on mobile. Hence, it is competing for only a fraction of a fraction of the market. In its latest update, Dolphin allows users to share content from the mobile browser with any other device that shares a Wi-Fi connection with the smartphone. While impressive, that is still not exactly a true cross-platform approach. One reason why people gravitate toward cross-platform browsers like Chrome on computer, iOS and Android is the ability to have a single sign-on with the ability to sync bookmarks, login credentials and browser histories between devices. Opera was one of the first browsers to deliver on this trend, but it remains on the fringe of the popular browser wars. Chrome has popularized the concept of a cross-platform browser profile and as such it reaps the benefits of the data generated for a single user on any device they may be using. No Such Thing As True Cross-Platform Browsers?Not everyone agrees, of course. “Sharing bookmarks and possibly open tabs is nice, but it’s not a defining feature that drives people to change their habits,” said appMobi’s CTO Sam Abadir. “The mobile versions of Opera, Chrome and Safari are all optimized for small screen/touch (as they should be) and this makes them pretty different from their big screen/mouse desktop brethren. Dolphin for example, has achieved decent traction without having any desktop presence.”Maybe so. But the fact is that an app like Dolphin, with an extensive feature set, traction among mobile users and gaining popularity, is still leaving money on the table with its mobile-only approach.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#app development#Browsers#iOS#Mobile First What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Industrial IoT all set to turbocharge lean manufacturing

first_imgRelated Posts ReadWrite Sponsors Tags:#Accelerite#IIoT#Industrial IoT#Internet of Things#IoT#lean manufacturing Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D…center_img How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Companies in the manufacturing sector for years have been striving for lean production or processes to create more efficient operations. One of the latest trends in technology, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), could give lean efforts a major boost. Lean manufacturing, a systematic method for eliminating waste within a manufacturing system, is based on the concept of making obvious what adds value by reducing everything else. It’s a management philosophy that stems mainly from the Japanese manufacturing sector, and specifically Toyota Production System, which focuses on the reduction of waste to improve overall customer value.Lean encompasses a set of tools that help in the identification and steady reduction of waste. And as waste is eliminated, quality improves and at the same time production time and cost are reduced. The ultimate goal of lean is to get the right things to the right place at the right time and in the right quantity, in order to achieve perfect workflow while minimizing waste and being flexible. The Internet of Things involves the linking of physical objects such as devices, consumer products, vehicles, corporate assets, buildings and other “things” via the Internet. These “smart” objects are embedded with electronics, sensors, actuators, software and network connectivity that allow them to gather and share a variety of data and respond to control messages. The IoT enables connected objects to be sensed and controlled remotely via an existing network infrastructure. This connectivity creates opportunities for a more direct integration of physical objects with digital systems. The potential benefits include increased efficiency, improved product development and enhanced customer service—to name a few. The potential scope of IoT is enormous. Research firm Gartner Inc. has estimated that 6.4 billion connected things were in use worldwide in 2016, up 30% from 2015, and 5.5 million new things were being connected every day. The firm forecasts that the total number of connected things is forecast to reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In the enterprise, Gartner considers two classes of connected things. One consists of generic or cross-industry devices used in multiple industries, and vertical-specific devices found in particular industries. Cross-industry devices include such items as connected light bulbs and building management systems.The other class includes vertical-specific devices such as specialized equipment used in hospitals and tracking devices in container ships. Connected things for specialized use are the largest category, but this is quickly changing with the increased use of generic devices, Gartner says.Taking lean to the next level Within the context of building IoT-based manufacturing solutions, IoT opens up all kinds of possibilities, such as the ability to monitor the performance of products after they have been purchased to ensure adequate maintenance and customer satisfaction, optimizing supply chain logistics and streamlining the distribution chain. Information about product usage can be fed back to companies so that they can analyze the data to make improvements in design and production. With this constant exchange of data, combined with the new automation technologies that are emerging and advancement in data analytics, manufacturers can achieve the dream of the truly “smart factory”. IoT intersects with lean methodology and has the potential to take lean to the next level. The information gleaned from connected devices, including users’ experiences with a variety of products, can be fed back to instrumented factories to provide unprecedented opportunities to enhance manufacturing processes and reduce waste. As consulting firm Deloitte has stated, “in operating the existing business, IoT and analytics are helping companies to connect a diverse set of assets. This results in efficiency gains throughout the manufacturing process.”The firm describes a number of areas in which efficiencies can be added. One is through the acceleration of planning and pre-manufacturing. The processes of choosing suppliers, considering risk and managing material costs can be fine-tuned through the interconnectivity IoT and analytics bring, Deloitte says.“Analytics can deliver insight to help companies gain a better understanding of customer preferences and desires, potentially resulting in improved predictability and performance in the marketplace,” Deloitte says. “Understanding the products, and the specific features, that are being purchased allows companies to plan production to meet market needs.”Another potential benefit of IoT is streamlining the manufacturing process, which is changing dramatically as more companies incorporate IoT and analytics capabilities. “Predictive tools and machine learning allow potential problems to be identified and corrected before they occur,” the firm says. “The value of lean manufacturing and just-in-time processes like Kaizen and Kanban improves exponentially” when intelligence obtained via IoT and analytics can be applied.And a third area where IoT can add value is in improving post-manufacturing support and service. In the past, Deloitte says, manufacturers often lost track of their products once they were sold. Now, because of new levels of connectedness and the greater insights provided by IoT and analytics, manufacturers can gather information from their customers effectively while improving service and support in the aftermarket. The benefits of IoT for lean manufacturing extend well beyond processes within a single organization. IoT can help optimize the interaction of manufacturers and their business partners, enhancing the flow of materials along the pipeline based on more accurate data on product demand and usage. An IoT service creation and enrichment platform such as Accelerite Concert can go a long way in making such collaborations happen. Manufacturers will be able to fully realize production efficiencies that were extremely difficult and in some cases impossible to achieve through traditional, manual processes.Dean Hamilton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Creation Business Unit, AcceleriteThe vital need for analyticsOrganizations that successfully leverage the Internet, mobile technology, business analytics, digital performance dashboards, and integrate other enabling technology with strategic improvement end up with a much more advanced version of lean and continuous improvement in general, according to Terence Burton, president and CEO of The Center for Excellence in Operations Inc., a management consulting firm. Enterprises “need a higher order paradigm of lean to benefit from these complex emerging technology-enabled innovations in business models, rather than suffer the inevitable waste creep and margin erosion,” Burton says. “The Internet of Things will undoubtedly play a large role in evolving lean to a higher order, enterprise-wide and technology-enabled paradigm of improvement.” The potential benefits IoT can deliver for manufacturers stem from improved availability of timely and precise data. The ability to instrument, at low cost, almost every aspect of the manufacturing process and to deliver that data quickly to business stakeholders via the Internet is already transforming business operations and business models. But the promise of an evolved “higher order paradigm of lean” is entirely dependent on manfacturers’ ability to derive meaningful insight from data.As valuable as IoT data can be for manufacturers’ lean efforts, it’s important for them to keep in mind that having enormous volumes of information will not necessarily be of help if they don’t have a timely and effective way of analyzing the meaning and context of the data. Only advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies (such as machine learning and predictive maintenance), combined with the flexibility, processing and storage capabilities of cloud computing, will give manufacturers the ability to optimize IoT data and leverage it as part of their lean methodologies.The smart factories of tomorrow will need to deploy a next-generation, cloud-based, big-data analytics platform that enables them to use newly acquired information to the fullest. The platform should be capable of analyzing structured as well as unstructured data, both at-rest (in databases) and in-flight (from streaming data sources) and include a single tool for data acquisition, storage, transformation, AI and visualization.Manufacturers need to be able to drill down into IoT data via easy to understand dashboards, so they can find patterns and detect anomalies that can directly contribute to creating more lean operations. They need to be able to quickly identify useful correlations and make inferences that can lead to enhanced processes. While business intelligence (BI) and data visualization tools are nothing new, current technologies often require the use of data analysts, BI developers and ETL developers before insight can be exposed to business users. The next generation of analytics tools, such as Accelerite ShareInsights will place more power in the hands of business owners and subject matter experts who fully understand the factory processes instead of data scientists and programmers. They also will be made accessible to factory operations teams and development teams, who can help provide an integrated flow of data to make products and processes more efficient.Ultimately, the most significant transformation in how lean methodologies will be applied to smart factories will come from the use of AI to perform sophisticated forms of big data analysis that are impossible for human analysts. AI algorithms now drive semi-autonomous vehicles; recommend what we should watch on TV, read or listen to; recognize our speech patterns and faces; diagnose our illnesses and so much more.These algorithms are not just capable of learning; they are also capable of detecting patterns, correlations and anomalies in large data sets that would go undetected by humans. They’re able to predict the behavior of complex, inter-connected systems and recommend the optimal course of action to accomplish a particular goal.This type of capability will be especially important as manufacturers move toward product personalization, where products can be catered to specific users and predictive insight will be needed to configure production lines and supply chains in the most efficient manner.The next generation of IoT analytics will place the power of AI directly in the hands of business stakeholder to drive continuous optimization. And AI-powered lean methodology will not simply be better at eliminating waste that inevitably creeps into complex systems; it will predict that waste before it occurs and take steps to ensure that it never does.Manufacturing in the future will be about building the product the customer wants at just the right time, and together lean processes, IoT, big data analytics and AI will allow the smart factories of tomorrow to operate with unprecedented efficiency.This article was produced in partnership with Accelerite. The author is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Service Creation Business Unit at Accelerite. 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptionlast_img read more

Pro Tip: How to Create After Effects Assets in Adobe Illustrator

first_imgI’ve now separated the towers. I also went ahead and created a few extra icons that I want to animate in After Effects using the same technique. Time to bring this into After Effects. To save your project, simply hit cmd+S on a Mac or ctrl+S on a PC. Now we can begin creating. I will be creating a set of animation icons and want my final animation to take place on a bubble, so I’ll create that first in the bottom (currently the only) layer. Notice that I’ve named the layer — whatever you name the layer in Illustrator is what the layer will be named in After Effects.It’s very important to keep things organized as you create; you don’t want to get forced into a distracting game of Where’s Waldo with your layers. I’ve created a new layer for the person icon I drew at the bottom (aptly named “GuyAtBottom”). This will allow me to animate the “Bubble-BG” and “GuyAtBottom” layers independently when I bring this into After Effects. Designing your own motion graphic assets makes your animation unique. Here’s how to easily create After Effects assets in Adobe Illustrator.We’ll start by creating everything in Adobe Illustrator and then moving it all into After Effects. The beauty of creating in Illustrator is that the elements are vector based, so we can scale them as needed once we bring them into After Effects. The most important thing to keep in mind here is that we will be working in layers. It’s very easy to go straight to creating once you open Illustrator — and that will put everything on a single layer.Drawing the Asset in IllustratorThe reason we are creating different elements on separate layers is because each layer, when imported into After Effects, will become its own layer in the composition and can be animated individually. If all of the elements were made on one layer in Illustrator, they will all merge together in After Effects, essentially being no different than a still image.First, create a new document (File -> New). You’ll want to set the resolution to the same size that your After Effects comp will be. For this example, I’ll go with 1920×1080. Be sure your color mode is set to RGB. Importing the Asset Into After EffectsOnce you have After Effects and your project open, go to File -> Import -> Files.When the dialog box pops up, select your Illustrator project file. At the bottom of the dialog box, be sure you tell it to import as “Composition – Retain Layer Sizes.” This tells After Effects that you want to work with your layers and to keep the bounding box at the edges of the layer and not at the edges of the entire comp.   If you imported it as footage, it would merge all of your layers together.Now that the Illustrator project is successfully imported into After Effects, you can see that a comp has been created for us. When you open that comp, you can see that all of your layers are there from Illustrator. Also, the individual layers can be found in the project tab and used elsewhere within your animation.Pro Tip: If you’re working in After Effects and notice that the shape of one of your icons (or whatever you’re making) is off, you can go back into Illustrator, fix the shape, and save the project like normal. When you alt-tab back to After Effects, the change will take effect without messing up your animation. Just be sure that you don’t MOVE the asset in illustrator; this could throw your animation off.Since I made each asset on its own layer, I can change the color of each.  added a slight drop shadow to the circle, and animated each layer as I saw fit.Next time you have a motion graphic you need to get done quickly, use this technique to see exactly what it’s going to look like on the final frame. You can show the client a near-final looking still frame without losing valuable animating time.If they decide to change one of the icons (or whatever you’re making), you can replace the content in that layer in Illustrator and all of the animation keyframes and attributes you’ve applied to the layer in After Effects will still be there, but with the new icon!Want to learn more about animating in After Effects? Check out our 15 After Effects Tutorials Every Motion Designer Needs to Watch post here on PremiumBeat. For the next icon, I have a chat bubble with four circles in it. I want the chat bubble itself to animate on the screen. Then, after the chat bubble is completely on the screen, I want the little circles inside it to animate on one at a time. In this situation, I need to put the bubble and each circle within it on their own layers.We’ve only got two little icons and a simple circle background, but we’re already at seven layers. This is why it’s important to label as you go and not come back to do that afterwards. Not labeling your layers properly is why we can’t have nice things.For the third icon, I have four buildings that I want to animate individually as if they’re growing out of the ground. But while I was creating them, I got too excited and forgot to put them on their own layers.Easily fixable — just create a new layer for each building so you can separate them. Then select the second building only (the first building will stay on our current layer).Now, hit cmd-x (Mac) or ctrl-x (PC) to cut the building. Select the new layer you created for the second building. With that layer selected, hit cmd-shift-v (Mac) or ctrl-shift-v (PC).This does what’s called a ‘paste in place,’ which pastes whatever you’ve cut or copied in the exact same place that you cut or copied it from. However, since we had the new layer selected, the building was pasted onto the new layer instead. Now we can separate the other buildings as well.last_img read more