The VCE™ Partner Program has seen tremendous success with its expansion in partner development, growth and revenue generation. In 2013 we introduced an enhanced program for solution providers, which offers greater incentives and benefits, as well as partner tiers and specializations. Heading into 2014, we announced two new initiatives that continued to advance the success of our program:Together with Cisco and EMC, VCE rolled out the Cloud Infrastructure Solutions Accelerator to advance cloud opportunities for partners. The initiative helps joint partners accelerate their success in converged infrastructure by focusing on joint field engagement, custom enablement, joint marketing and profitability incentives.VCE introduced the VCE™ Certified Professional Program for partners, customers and employees to prove their expertise in the transformative, technical and operational capabilities of Vblock Systems. Partners can prove their mastery beyond a single domain, which will strengthen customer trust and credibility as well as increase their revenue potential.As another example of our success, I’m pleased to announce that CRN has named Leslee Mesick, Director, Global Channel, VCE, as one of the 2014 Women of the Channel and The Power 100: The Most Powerful Women in the Channel.“Click to Tweet: @CRN recognizes Leslee Mesick, @LesleeM, of @VCE as one of the 2014 Women of the Channel and The Power 100ShareCRN’s Women of the Channel list recognizes female executives for their accomplishments in the channel and the impact that they’ve had on the technology industry. Similarly, the CRN Power 100 spotlights those female executives at vendor and distributor organizations whose insight and influence help drive channel success.Leslee was selected based on her experience, channel involvement and program accomplishments. She was instrumental to enhancing the VCE Partner Program and introducing the Cloud Infrastructure Solutions Accelerator, making her a key contributor in driving our channel investments in converged infrastructure forward.“It is our privilege to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of the women in this year’s Power 100,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We are committed to raising the visibility of the contributions of women in the channel, and we applaud the far-reaching influence of these executives who are defining today’s channel and helping to shape its future.”ShareOur strength and focus on the channel has helped us surpass our $1 billion goal in 2013[footnote]Sales figure is based on 2013 VCE bookings.[/footnote] to reach a $1.8 billion annualized demand run rate.[footnote]Demand run rate is an annualized calculation of orders received in the applicable period by VCE, VMware, EMC and Cisco for the sale of VCE Vblock products and related services.[/footnote] It also helped us enter the first quarter of 2014 with a strong demand for Vblock Systems, growing at well over 50 percent year over year and representing the fourth consecutive quarter of accelerated year-over-year growth.As we head into the second half of 2014, we’re excited to see our momentum grow in the channel as trailblazers like Leslee continue to make strides within our partner community.
Week 7 is now over, which means here is week 8, the final week we will be giving away lift passes to Wintergreen Resort!Each week we will give away 2 weekday lift passes (valid Monday-Thursday) to one lucky individual, so 16 in total over 8 weeks.To sweeten the deal, we are also giving away a pair of Atlas Snowshoes (a $170 value) with the tickets!This giveaway is now closed, but enter the Race Ahead Giveaway for free race entries!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 March 1st, 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, mistranscribed, 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 and Wintergreen Resort 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 March 15th, 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.
The body of missing hiker Susan Clements was found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park late Tuesday afternoon, a week after she went missing while hiking with her daughter near Clingmans Dome.Search crews found the body of Mitzi Sue “Susan” Clements approximately three-fourths of a mile south of the Appalachian Trail and two miles west of the Clingmans Dome parking area, according to a park news release. At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and surrounding terrain is some of the most rugged in all of Appalachia. Weather conditions near Clingmans Dome during the week of her disappearance included fog, wind, rain, and cold weather. Accordint to Park Service maps, her lcoation was near the headwaters of Higgins Creek in the vicinity of Loggy Ridge.Clements, 53, of Cleves, Ohio, had been hiking with her daughter on the afternoon of September 25. She and her daughter had hiked the Forney Ridge Trail from Clingmans Dome parking lot out to Andrews Bald. On their hike back, roughly a quarter-mile from Andrews Bald, her daughter hiked ahead to the Clingmans Dome parking area, hoping to squeeze in a hike to the Clingmans Dome lookout tower while she waited for her mom. Her mother never arrived at the parking area.After waiting in the parking lot and retracing their hike along Forney Ridge Trail, her daughter reported Clements around 5 p.m. that evening. Park officials searched the immediate area that night without success. They next day, a search and rescue team scoured the Appalachian Trail, interviewing hikers and searching for Clements. They spent the night out on the trail.The Park Service closed Clingmans Dome Road and set up a search and rescue command post there. In addition to dozens of search and rescue teams, the Park Service used helicopters, canine teams, and drones to search for Clements.During the search, Clements’ family did not speak to the media during the search except to say she was a “wonderful mother to three children.” She was hiking with her youngest daughter on this trip.Clements worked for the city of Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District as an accounting technician in its administration department. Clements’ brother-in-law, who is a firefighter, and some of his colleagues traveled to the park to assist with the search.The Park Service did not release any additional details about the cause of death or how or where the body was found. Park officials previously said foul play was not suspected in Clements’ disappearance.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ron ShevlinLearned a new term the other day: Data lake.I’ve heard of databases, data warehouses, data stores, but never a data lake. The guy I heard the term from even had a picture of a square body of water to help us visualize the concept. Cool.Although I have no better idea of what a data lake is after hearing the term than I did before hearing it, it may very well have been one of the more comprehensible concepts coming out of an IBM presentation on Transforming Banking With Analytics.Of course, it could be me. Just because I…Have an MBA in Finance and StatisticsWas a teaching assistant for a graduate-level statistics course,Developed a regression model to predict health care demand for my Master’s thesis,Created marketing and financial models back when BI was called DSS (decision support systems), continue reading »
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This weekend I was home visiting family for Easter and I had a nice conversation with my dad about what I actually do for a living. He’s always had a general idea of course, but he didn’t know a lot of details. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise though, as it is a bit complicated. In fact, it’s probably likely that others in your credit union don’t have a clear understanding of all the activities you do on a daily basis to protect the institution. Hopefully, they at least understand how compliance impacts their individual roles, and the procedures they need to follow in order to remain in compliance.My dad asked me how a person develops a skill in compliance (I’m not sure if he meant “a person,” or if he was asking how his own farm-raised, dirt bike racing, goofball of a son developed this skill). I had to think about my response a bit. It’s actually an interesting mix of research and personal experience. The most successful compliance officers have a good mix of each. A thorough understanding of the regulations isn’t necessarily that helpful if there is a lack of operational understanding. And, the ability to assist with an audit only accomplishes so much, if there is an inability to implement corrective action for any findings.But, one of the more complex pieces of this recipe is the amount of change one encounters in the field of compliance. Change is most definitely a constant in our chosen profession. The credit union’s products change, staff turns over, new rules are written and old rules are revised. Change is initiated internally, or externally based upon economic conditions, or even a new government administration. continue reading »
Grateful for support of suicide memorialWe would like to thank the persons who attended and supported the recent tribute to Suicide Awareness Month coordinated by St. Mary’s Healthcare.More than 100 people attended the first viewing of an oak tree specifically planted on the walking path at the Memorial Campus to honor, respect and recognize those who have been lost to suicide.The tree is easily identified by a beautiful stone marker engraved with the words, “Be the Voice – #stopsuicide.” Handwritten tiles remembering the names and memories of those most impacted are placed at the base of the tree, and a bench is located nearby, inviting guests to stop and reflect.This meaningful tribute would not have possible without the following contributors to whom we offer our heartfelt thanks: Bob’s Trees for donating the oak tree; Letter Memorial in Johnstown for donating the stone marker; Best Tile in Schenectady for donating the tiles to be personalized; Timothy Barnes for planting the tree; and our community for offering their support.The loss of a loved one to mental illness is devastating and confusing to survivors. The dedication of this peaceful space is to raise awareness of the struggles many around us are enduring. We would also like to let the community know that a support group, Survivors of a Loved One’s Suicide (SOLOS), meets every other Wednesday at the St. Mary’s Healthcare Memorial Campus. For information call 518-669-8229.Mary GilstonJenn BrundigeBob MartinAmsterdamAbortion is between a woman, her doctorIn her Oct. 30 letter (“Writer has no right to discuss abortion”) Diane Hombach states that Wendell Neugebauer has no right to discuss abortion because he is a man. I disagree with both of them.I think he has every right to his mistaken opinions as anyone else.Even though I am a male, I believe this is a matter between a woman and her physician, and no one else should be involved. Before July 1, 1970, a woman had to be suicidal in New York, and I well remember a case in 1968 when a woman who had visited Israel was raped by an Arab man. It is certainly hoped that we will not go back to the tragic events of 60 years ago when women risked their lives with non-physicians. I would suggest going to YouTube and putting in “Carlin-abortion.” He died recently, but his comments are amusing.Jack L. Underwood, M.D.SchenectadySch’dy shouldn’t do energy choice aloneKudos to Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and the Schenectady City Council for voting last month to enable the creation of a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) energy program in the city.CCA is an energy procurement model endorsed by the state Public Service Commission and NYSERDA, and it enables local control over how our energy is generated.CCA gives us the power to choose to source clean energy that does not contribute to climate change. CCA works because of the power of aggregation – a big aggregation can negotiate favorable energy rates, and we get clean energy at or below what National Grid charges. Win-win.But the size of the aggregation matters. Even a city the size of Schenectady isn’t enough to have much clout in the energy marketplace.So, it is important that Mayor McCarthy and the city join the CCA that has already formed an aggregation with 10 local towns and cities, including Niskayuna, Bethlehem, Guilderland, Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls. This aggregation will be large enough to deliver on the promise to bring cheap, clean power to the whole region.Joining this CCA would make the Electric City part of one of the most exciting energy programs in the state. Striking out alone, Schenectady will be unlikely to offer nearly the same level of benefits.Jeffrey CorbinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionServed honorably with no political agendaI volunteered of my own free will to serve this country and to protect it from all enemy’s foreign and domestic.I endured working and living conditions beyond belief which would be illegal to subject prisoners to, all so you could enjoy the freedoms that you take for granted without even a second thought.I tolerated serving this country trying to spread freedom to oppressed peoples who cared so little about me and what I was doing for them that they spat on my uniform and their women threw their night pots out windows at me when I walked their streets.I enlisted with no promises or expectations of reward from anyone but myself, that my dedication and resolve was enough to carry me through for 21 years of service.I remain steadfast that my service was honorable and just to all that I came into contact with and hold forever the memories of those I served with.I answer to no one but myself, with a clear conscience and not to some twisted religious dogma or self-centered egotistical political agenda.I need no reassurances that I was right or just in what I did for you and this country.But this country and what I believe in is not for sale or to be freely given away for any reason by any political party, to those who have not earned it or to those who have stolen into its borders illegally or under the cloak of darkness.Jason A. BareGloversvilleThe writer is AMC (AW/MTS) U.S. Navy (Retired).How could voters not re-elect Vince Riggi?It’s a sad day for Schenectady when the best member on the City Council fails to be re-elected.How in the name of God did Vince Riggi not win this election?He was a constant voice of reason and the one check to the Democrats on the council. I can only assume that his placement on the ballot was what did him in, since it could not possibly have been his performance in office.And that brings up another question: Are there that many people in the city who just vote for the first four people in the lineup, without giving a thought to who they are? All I can say is that if Vince Riggi can’t get elected in the city of Schenectady, I am glad I no longer live there.Tricia MargasScotia
The home at 152-158 Condamine Drive, Logan Village.This near-new home on acreage is going under the hammer in Logan Village. The four-bedroom home at 152-158 Condamine Drive is on a fenced 1.21ha block close to the Logan Village Pub and the Village Mall. Owners Karen and David Barrett said they built the home back from the road for privacy. “It was an open (block) when we bought the land and we’ve put in a lot of trees,” Mr Barrett said. “The house is only three years old, so it’s all like new. The living area at 152-158 Condamine Drive, Logan Village.“We put in a bore and solar panels, so you get a minimal power bill, and there’s a 9m-by-12m shed with mezzanine floor.“All the hard work has been done, so the next owner won’t have to do a thing.” More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The modern lowset home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening through sliding doors to the outdoor entertaining area. The living area has a fireplace and the kitchen has stone benchtops, a floating island bench, plenty of cupboard space and stainless steel appliances. The home at 152-158 Condamine Drive, Logan Village.The home comes with a CCTV security system, security screens, multiple water tanks, a bore and two 5kW solar systems.Mr Barrett said the home was in a quiet cul-de-sac in a laid-back neighbourhood. “We’re in a very handy location that is central to the Gold Coast and Brisbane,” he said. The property is being marketed by Leith Hudson and Lucas Point, of Ray White Waterford, and will be auctioned on October 21 at 11am. The kitchen at 152-158 Condamine Drive, Logan Village.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite with shower, dual basins and separate toilet. The three remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and there are also a laundry, separate toilet and a family bathroom with separate bath and shower. At the front of the home, there are a media room and a double lockup garage with internal access that has been converted into an extra living space with carpet and sliding glass doors.
Steen Gram-Hanssen is resigning immediatelyBoth PKA, which runs four mainly health and social care pension funds, and Lærernes Pension, the pension fund for teachers, have had recent leadership changes.Jon Johnsen took up the reins at PKA following the retirement of veteran CEO Peter Damgaard Jensen in March, and former Industriens Pension CIO Karsten Kjeldsen has succeeded Lærernes Pension CEO Paul Brüniche-Olsen, who retired in October.Commenting on his future career, Gram-Hanssen said in a post on LinkedIn: “I don’t know yet what I will do and what I want to do – but I’m sure I will have at least one more challenge and that it will be to do with people and leadership.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The Danish pensions administration firm jointly owned by Lærernes Pension, PKA and PBU said it is now on the hunt for a new chief executive officer, after the sudden exit of Steen Gram-Hanssen by mutual agreement.The three labour market pension funds said they wanted a stronger strategy for the firm, which would create better value for pension scheme members and stakeholders, according to Forca’s chair.Peter Falkenham, chair of Forca’s supervisory board, said: “With the more focused owner-customer strategy, the board of directors and Gram-Hanssen agree it is natural to change the management of the company.”Forca said Gram-Hanssen was resigning immediately, but would be available to hand over key tasks to Falkenham and the rest of management. Falkenham said that with the help of consulting firm Egon Zehnder, Forca was now working to replace Gram-Hanssen, who had headed up the firm since 2012 and worked as its chief financial officer prior to this, since 2007.In the meantime, the Copenhagen-based firm said Falkenham would temporarily move closer to the business and alongside the rest of its management, ensure the company was well run.Gram-Hanssen said in the statement from Forca: “It is of course sad to have to leave Forca, but I am also proud of the results we have achieved in my time as CEO.”Falkenham said Gram-Hanssen had made a great effort to develop, streamline and commercialise Forca, which had allowed the owners to benefit from good pension solutions as well as low costs.
There is an open plan kitchen, living and dining area.Ms Roche said the owners had also received five offers before auction, but were happy with their decision to wait, with the home selling over reserve.The agent said there was a mixture of families and investors looking at the home, some of which are still looking to buy in the area. One of the bedrooms at 15 Clarendon St, East Brisbane.“East Brisbane is quite tightly held at the moment,” she said.“There are plenty of buyers around but not enough quality homes on the market … A family home like (15 Clarendon St) without a huge amount of maintenance is hard to come by.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17 The kitchen at 15 Clarendon St, East Brisbane.The auction kicked off with an opening bid of $800,000, with the figure rising until consultation with the owners at $1,275,000 and finally landing on $1,297,000.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“It was active bidding and everyone was getting involved,” Ms Roche said.“Towards the end, there were two bidders slowly but surely fighting it out.” The home at 15 Clarendon St, East Brisbane, sold for $1.297m.THIS East Brisbane home sold under the hammer to a family for $1,297,000.Ray White East Brisbane sales agent Madi Roche said the home at 15 Clarendon St had more than 30 groups at inspections and five registered bidders on auction day.
Toowoomba Firefighter Mike Johnson checking for embers from the second storey of the Mill Street Tavern in Toowoomba. 14th November 2016, pic David MartinelliThe fire was spotted by patrolling police officers, and was fuelled by alcohol onsite.The pub, which was unoccupied at the time, was gutted, but has been made structurally sound and remains fenced off.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago Jason Smith, former Maroons star at his Toowoomba pub Photo Mark Cranitch.It is listed with Raine & Horne Commercial agent Nick Koenig, and is being marketed as an opportunity to renovate or redevelop a “piece of Toowoomba’s history.The sale includes the fire damaged two story building on a 1113sq m block and a liquor licence that is current until June. Also included are the engineers plans and reports. Awning rests on the sidewalk outside the Mill Street Tavern. Fire engulfed the premises around 11:30pm Sunday night. pic 14th November 2016, pic David MartinelliMr Koenig said there are had been “solid” inquiry, mostly from locals.“Most of that interest has been from developer, builder and tradie types,” he said. “It sits in the Railway Parklands Priority Development Area so that location has created a lot of interest.”Mr Koenig said the hotel was over 100 years old and started its life as the Engineers Arms Hotel and was renamed the Country Club Hotel before taking the name Mill Street Tavern in 2005.It will go under the hammer at 11am on May 3. The Mill Street Tavern before the fire Pic Darren England.THE fire damaged pub owned by a former NRL player will go under the hammer in early May. Mill Street Tavern is owned and was operated by Queensland State of Origin representative Jason Smith and his wife Janelle, but it was gutted by fire in November 2016.