first_imgAdoption trends for containers and microservicesIt is clear containers are garnering a lot of attention and are evolving at an incredibly rapid pace. At Dell EMC, we were curious to understand how and where containers are actually being used, why they are being used, for what types of workloads, and what challenges have been encountered.Dell EMC, Intel and Red Hat commissioned  Forrester Consulting to conduct a study surveying IT professionals who are actively working with containers and microservices technologies to document adoption and usage trends and key challenges. We captured online survey responses from 195 senior manager-level and above IT decision-makers at organizations in the US, Canada, UK, and Germany in early 2017.In this post we highlight a few of the surprising findings from the survey research. The survey study available here provides all of the results.All applications are benefiting from container deployments There is a common sentiment that containers are well suited for building and delivering cloud-native apps. While the survey did confirm this sentiment with 44 percent of respondents indicating containers are used to support new cloud-native applications, it was surprising to discover that an even larger percentage of respondents — 52 percent — indicated containers are being used to support traditional enterprise applications. Additionally, 46 percent of respondents told they use containers for IoT or machine to machine environments, and more than 50 percent deploy containers with virtual machines. We believe these results indicate containers are already playing a key role in helping to modernize and streamline delivery of traditional applications – the payoff being more efficient operations and infrastructure utilization for traditional applications.These survey results align with recent data provided by Docker during this year’s DockerCon event. Docker reported that 50 percent of its users start using containers to improve the delivery of traditional applications. View the DockerCon 2017 keynote at the 10:00 mark to learn more. In addition, Docker recently introduced the Modernize Traditional Applications Program to help enterprises make their existing legacy apps more secure, more efficient, and portable, without modifying source code or re-architecting the application.Surprise: Only 48 percent are using microservicesA surprise uncovered by the survey is that microservices adoption lags significantly compared to current use of containers. The survey found that only 48 percent of container users are currently leveraging microservices. We expected microservices adoption to be much higher. In many ways, containers are standards based wrappers that can be used to envelop microservices, making them easier to distribute, deploy, and orchestrate on any platform. While still somewhat nascent, current thinking is that microservices and containers are a match made in heaven and should be deployed together.We interpret the slower adoption rate of microservices is likely related to the fact that many organizations are using containers to deploy traditional applications first, with plans to implement cloud native applications coming later. Also, adopting microservices architectures requires a significant change for code development teams and involves a significant learning curve. With all the forces currently impacting IT, such as DevOps, cloud, and becoming agile, it is easy to see how microservices adoption could be a lesser priority these days.Containers and cloud native platforms go together The research results indicate 78 percent of respondents are provisioning and managing containers with cloud native platforms and PaaS environments. Clearly many organizations are leveraging pre-packaged integrated application systems (examples include Pivotal Cloud Foundry, Red Hat OpenShift, and Scalr) to build, orchestrate and manage containers. While it is possible to leverage a collection open source tools and technologies in a “do-it-yourself” model for orchestration and management of containers. This is a somewhat daunting task for many organizations and is made all the more complex by the rapid evolution of these tools and resulting complicated dependencies that need to be managed.We can expect this trend of leveraging “opinioned” or ready-made cloud native software stacks for supporting containers to accelerate as many organizations are choosing to focus effort and investment on building compelling new applications versus investing time, people talent, and budget in building out and maintaining the multiple tool chains and technology environments required to operationalize containers and microservices.Thanks to containers, a longstanding software development objective of “write once, run anywhere,” is becoming more readily achievable. We think our survey work with Forrester clearly shows that containers are helping with traditional application modernization now and are a key foundation for the creation new cloud native applications. At Dell EMC we believe containers, microservices, and virtual machines will co-exist, as each provides a combination of benefits and trade-offs, and we can expect to see cloud, containers, and microservices all playing significant roles in the future of IT.The survey results reviewed in this post are just a small sample. To learn more and view the entire set of results, please download Forrester’s survey study here. Dell EMC is actively contributing to the development and refinement of containers and microservices technologies.Learn more with these resources:{Code} by Dell EMCDell EMC Native Hybrid CloudPivotal Cloud FoundryDell.com/DevopsCloud FoundryCloud Foundry Foundationlast_img read more

first_imgThey did it! The cast of Peter Pan Live! flew, leapt and swashbuckled their way through three hours of musical theater on primetime TV, and we were there to watch every second. The telecast featured classic numbers and tunes new to the story, so we wanted to know: which song was your favorite? The votes are in, and here’s what you had to say! 3. “Only Pretend”—8% Sure, we were getting strong Phantom vibes during this whole scene, but how great was it to hear a new song sung by Broadway alum Taylor Louderman? The number, adapted from the tune “I Know About Love” from the Jule Styne, Betty Comden and Adolph Green show Do Re Mi, featured mermaids, head voice and a whole lotta fog. View Comments 2. “Tender Shepherd”—10% Remember last year when Audra McDonald, in her habit, dropped the proverbial mic and reduced Carrie Underwood to tears during “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”? Well, this year, the Peter Pan equivalent was every time Kelli O’Hara was on camera. The five-time Tony nominee sounded divine singing with the Darling kids, and we are oh-so-thankful that she was given additional material later on in the show. 1. “I Won’t Grow Up”—30% Now is the time to seize the day! Wait, that’s not right. Peter, the Kings of New York Lost Boys of Neverland and the Darling children knocked the showstopper out of the park, trading in papes for books. And let’s be real: who has a problem with a bunch of cute guys doing flips off of tables? Not me. Not I? Not me. So there!last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Georgia Muscadine Field Day and growers’meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at theGeorgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.Commercial and Backyard GrowersThe field day and meeting will include useful information forboth commercial growers and backyard gardeners.Researchers from the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences will be among the speakers. Others will include researchersfrom Florida, Arkansas and North Carolina State and growers fromGeorgia and North Carolina.The speakers will tell how to grow, package and market muscadines.They will also unveil some processed muscadine products. And PeteAndersen of Florida will introduce “Polyanna,” a self-fertilevariety with purple fruit.Taste Panel and Vineyard TourOf special note to commercial growers will be the Georgia MuscadineAssociation business meeting and a session looking into a regionalassociation and marketing effort.The field day favorites will be back, too. Don’t miss the tastepanel of muscadines or the tour of the Dempsey Farm vineyards.The cost of the field day is $15 if you register before Sept.10 and $20 after that. The fee covers all handouts and refreshments.To learn more, or to sign up, call (770) 229-3477.Create Your Own Home VineyardFor information on how to start and care for your own homemuscadine vineyard, check the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences’ website for the publicationtitled “Home Garden Muscadines” at http://www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/L225-w.html.(Photo by Sharon Omahen, University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

first_imgGood information is the best defense against the unforeseen circumstances — like changing governmental regulations and weather patterns — that can impact agriculture. That’s why the University of Georgia’s team of agricultural economists kicks off each year with the Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series. There, they present valuable insights into what the upcoming year will hold for the state’s largest industry. The 2016 seminar series will be held Jan. 21-29 in Carrollton, Cleveland, Bainbridge, Tifton, Alma and Macon, Georgia. Registration for the series is now open at georgiaagforecast.com. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences hosts the annual seminar series, and its attendance grows every year. Nearly 1,000 producers, agribusiness representatives and community leaders attended the seminars in 2015. “The main objective of the Ag Forecast seminar series is to provide Georgia’s producers and agribusiness leaders with information on where we think the industry is headed in the upcoming year,” said Kent Wolfe, director of the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “It helps producers plan for the next year, but it’s also good for bankers and others who have businesses involved in agriculture or who will be impacted by the farm economy.” Economists from the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and from the college’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics will deliver the economic outlook, which will focus on Georgia’s major commodities and the way that global markets, weather patterns and historical trends will affect those commodities. In addition to the annual economic outlook, Wolfe and fellow UGA agricultural economist Sharon P. Kane will give a briefing on the Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption, often referred to as “GATE,” and how it is reflected in county sales tax revenue. The 2016 Ag Forecast sessions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Carroll County Ag Center in Carrollton; Friday, Jan. 22, at Unicoi State Park in Cleveland; Monday, Jan. 25, at the Cloud Livestock Facility in Bainbridge; Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton; Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Blueberry Warehouse in Alma; and Friday, Jan. 29, at the Georgia Farm Bureau Building in Macon. The Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series is made possible through the Georgia Farm Bureau Land Grant University Lecture Series Endowment and is also supported by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. For more information on the 2016 Ag Forecast series, visit georgiaagforecast.com, follow @UGA_CollegeofAg on Twitter or search for #agforecast on social media.last_img read more

first_imgFor the latest installment in our Instagram Takeover series we caught up with Christin Healey, AKA @christinhealey. A self-taught landscape photographer, Christin grew up in the Florida Keys and now lives at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband and two dogs.She says that the focus of her photography is to capture the true essence of earth’s awe-inspiring beauty, from its backyard wonders to its wild, remote outposts. She works to incorporate elements of light, shadows, and natural contours into each landscape. Some of her favorite places to shoot include Iceland, Patagonia, and, the Pacific Northwest.Check out some of Christin’s amazing as well as our exclusive Q & A with Christin below!IMG_2797   Summer kayaking at Beaver Creek, VAChristin #3Ravens Roost in the fall, Blue Ridge ParkwayChristin #2Winter hikes at Shenandoah National ParkChristin #1Summer storms and sunflowers at a Keswick, VA farm.Christin #4We don’t mind when ponies block the trail at Grayson Highlands, VA 🙂IMG_2702Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland (This is where I ran into the car trouble—see Q & A below)IMG_2931-2Mt. Assiniboine, Wilderness of the Canadian Rockies.♦♦♦BRO: How did you get into photography?CH: I got into photography as a sophomore in high-school, taking a great class with an inspiring teacher.  I shot on a basic film camera that had been my grandfathers and actually developed all my own images in a dark room — imagine that 🙂BRO: How long have you been shooting?CH: About ten years casually, and in the past four years I have been getting more serious about it.  Currently photography is an all out obsession for me and I’m shooting whenever I can.BRO: You have photographed all over the world. What is your favorite place outside the Blue Ridge?CH: Outside the Blue Ridge, it’s a toss up between Iceland and the Canadian Rockies.  I’ll go with Iceland because I have shot there more frequently and it’s a more intimate location for me, and the light and landscape is unreal.  The weather is absolutely crazy, but there is something about it that just makes you feel alive.BRO: What brought you there for the very first time?CH: I first went to Iceland three years ago. I don’t remember how I got the idea in my head, but I’m sure it all started with seeing a great image somewhere out there on the internet.BRO: Aside from your camera, what is the most important piece of photography equipment you own?CH: Tripod!  It’s the only way to really capture that perfect light at sunrise and sunset.  Remote shutter release to reduce shake and for self-portraits when I’m solo traveling is a close second 🙂BRO: What the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on a shoot?CH: Oh jeez, so many crazy things.  One of the scariest was driving back from a shoot in Iceland in the winter and coming down a sketchy road covered in ice (I definitely should *not* have been on that road!). The car started to slide off the road straight into a sheer drop off down a ravine.  I pulled the emergency brake just in time and somehow over the course of a few hours coaxed the car back on the road — I will never forget staring down into that drop-off.  Seeing an enormous grizzly on the trail in Glacier during springtime when I was doing a week of solo travel is right up there too.BRO: What kind of photography do you specialize in?CH: Landscape and adventure photography.  Anything that helps people appreciate the incredible beauty and fragility of the world we live in, and also inspires them to get outside and experience it.  If I can do that through my work, I consider it a success.BRO: When you’re not shooting photos, whats your favorite outdoor activity?CH:  Anything that gets me outside is awesome, but there is something about the simplicity of hiking that I really love.  You don’t need any equipment, and really anyone can do it in so many different places.  Many of the best moments of my life have been on a dirt trail just wandering out in the world.  I also got a collapsable kayak this year and have taken it with me everywhere. There is something pretty magical about paddling on gorgeous bodies of water around the world.last_img read more

first_img“It is a small way to honor the service and sacrifices of the Warriors and their families,” Mather says. Mather and the rest of the WAS team works vigerously and closely with Veterans Administration hospitals and Military Warrior Transition Units to recruit Warriors for their lessons. WAS has expanded to serve any veteran with a combat-related or service-related injury. Most years, about two dozen Wounded Warriors sign up, with their families. This year 20 Warriors made the trip, with another 50 family members. With their advanced training and experience, WAS is able to serve people of all ages with all types of disabilities. For more information on WAS and what they do, visit their website here: https://www.wintergreenadaptivesports.org/what-we-do The event takes place the first weekend in every February. WAS has made it a point to craft their program to fully include the family members of the Warriors who have also made many sacrifices. All the housing, lessons, and meals are taken care of at no charge. “This event is the highlight of our season,” Mather says, “and it is also the biggest event we put on. Every available volunteer is needed to make it work.” “Back then, so many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines were coming home with amputations and other battlefield wounds,” says Mike Mather, a director for WAS, “we wanted to be a small part of helping these Warriors transition back into an active lifestyle.” center_img For nearly twenty years, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports has been providing outdoor sports and recreational adventures for the disabled. “We focus on making sure the Warriors and their families can enjoy the event together, so we work on getting the Warriors on snow with their spouses and kids,” Mather continues. “The most fulfilling part of the weekend is showing a Warrior who might think he or she would be left behind on a ski vacation, that they can bomb the same runs, side-by-side, with family. “ This year, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS) celebrated their 15th Annual Wounded Warrior Weekend. Beginning in 2004, members wanted a way to use their knowledge, skills and equipment they have acquired over the years to give back to veterans wounded in battle. WAS focuses solely on the Warriors during the event, but they also offer any Wounded Warrior the same deal any time of their season. last_img read more

first_imgBy Ricardo Guanipa D’Erizans / Diálogo March 05, 2020 In mid-February, Venezuelan militia members participated in a national military exercise with the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB, in Spanish). The event, which included street patrols, simulated armed combat, and even training with portable air-defense systems, debuted the Bolivarian Militia as an official branch of FANB.On February 4, Nicolás Maduro approved the reform of FANB’s Organic Law as a constitutional law, with the biggest change being incorporating the militia as a FANB component, together with the Army, Navy, Military Aviation, and the Bolivarian National Guard.Venezuelan Army Major General Vicente Narváez-Churrión, in exile in the United States, called the militia’s inclusion a “monstrosity” for FANB and lamented the changes to the military institution.“Militias are not military, they’re civilian, as has been demonstrated with the multiple images showing senior citizens carrying old rifles,” Maj. Gen. Narváez-Churrión told Diálogo. “They have no military training or ethics. Many of them have been deceived by these communists, who take advantage of the humanitarian crisis in the country.”For Venezuelan Army Major General Carlos Julio Peñaloza, also in exile in the United States, the regime seeks to replace the military with an unprofessional paramilitary force and a politicized recruitment process to forcibly take over Venezuela.According to Article 75 of the new law, “the Bolivarian Militia has the mission to register, organize, equip, train, and indoctrinate the people in order to contribute to national security.”In January, Maduro said there were already 3.7 million militia members throughout the country and during an event, asked each one to call upon two more people to reach a militia of 12 million. Meanwhile, FANB’s other components continue to lose personnel due to the growing discontent within Venezuelan cartels. In an interview with El Nuevo Herald newspaper, Venezuelan Army Lieutenant José Antonio Colina, in exile in the United States, estimated that by the end of 2019, some 20,000 service members had abandoned their posts.“The plan is to eliminate the Armed Force,” Maj. Gen. Peñaloza told Diálogo, adding that Cuba had influenced the new law. “That’s part of a plan designed by Fidel Castro based on his experience when he ousted the government in Cuba in 1959 and eliminated the Armed Forces to replace them with a militia.”Rocío San Miguel, president of Venezuelan nongovernmental organization Control Ciudadano (Citizen Control), agreed with Maj. Gen. Peñaloza and on Twitter highlighted the change in ranks that the new law brought to the Venezuelan Navy.“Venezuelan Navy ensigns [alférez de navío] now become corvette lieutenants [teniente de corbeta] like in Cuba,” said San Miguel. “Article 106 of the unconstitutional reform of the National Bolivarian Armed Force’s Organic Law has a Cuban fingerprint.”The unconstitutional nature of the new law was an aspect Juan Manuel Raffalli, a constitutional lawyer and professor at Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, highlighted. According to Raffalli, per the Constitution, service members are at the service of the nation and are not politically biased. However, Article 1 of the new law calls FANB “anti-imperialist” and “anti-oligarchic”.“Militias have a political content and obey partisan interests; that’s a violation of [the Constitution’s] Article 328, not to mention that they don’t have the professional training the Constitution demands,” Raffalli told Diálogo. “The only way of integrating that or another component is by modifying articles 328 and 329 by means of amendments, but according to Article 341, each amendment must be popularly endorsed for approval through a referendum.”In a December 2007 referendum, the Venezuelan people rejected all proposals for Constitutional changes driven by Hugo Chávez¬ — including the Bolivarian Militia’s integration into FANB. In April 2019, Maduro said he wished to give the Bolivarian Militia a constitutional rank.“It has taken them time,” concluded Maj. Gen. Peñaloza. “But that was the plan.”last_img read more

first_imgFinancial illiteracy is more pervasive than we think and education alone isn’t enough, according to Academic Director of the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC), Professor Annamaria Lusardi.While a credit union’s efforts to provide financial education to their members is done with best intentions, many hurdles to the desired outcome stand in the way. The good news is, there are many solutions we (and others) are testing right now that credit unions can offer members to help reach financial success.Research conducted by GFLEC states that, “Americans are increasingly being asked to manage their own financial well-being during their working years as well as in retirement. At the same time, financial markets have become more complex, expanding the set of instruments that households can use to save and invest. The trend toward more individual responsibility means that people’s financial decisions made early in life can have long-term consequences.” continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s a fact that change comes easier to certain people compared to others. While some embrace change as a chance for a new beginning, others look at it as a departure from the norm, extra work and an opportunity for failure. Some want to forge ahead, and others want the status quo to remain.Consider retiring CEOs and department heads as examples; like second-term presidents, they can be reluctant to change. However, incoming CEOs and new department heads more often see the stagnation with “fresh eyes” and breathe new life into an organization. Still, fearful managers don’t take chances and are replaced in short order. Others invest the time to know the options, make educated recommendations and move ahead successfully.A few years ago at a CUES event in Iowa, I presented attendees with a small, inexpensive marketing piece. On the front of the piece in red letters it shouted, “WATCH OUT FOR THE MOOSE!” To go along with this gift, I told the audience a brief story about a credit union executive who was driving down a forested road late in the evening. His seatback was adjusted just right, the temperature inside the car was perfect and he had a relaxing radio station playing. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Požega presented a new visual identity and slogan, ie complete branding and a new creative strategy for the promotion of Požega as a tourist destination.This is the first project of such scope in Slavonia with regard to the scope of complete branding through strategically oriented creative solutions within the creative strategy and a set of principles in design and writing applicable to all future tourist materials of the city, but also the application of strategy to logos and slogans of all city events.One of the first examples of the application of creative strategy could be seen in the logo, slogan and posters of this year’s celebration of St. Gregory – City Day. Although the visual identity and slogan of Požega have been defined, throughout 2018 we will systematically apply the strategy to the logos and slogans of all major city events, says Silivja Podoljak, director of Požega Tourist Board and adds to ensure universality and applicability to the project on all occasions and with all associates. , the first Manual of basic graphic standards of visual identity of Požega as a tourist destination was created.”I must say that I am, indeed, very proud of the whole project that we have presented these days. We know that on the continent, and especially in Slavonia, it is extremely difficult to do branding in tourist boards while we could work financially on some less budget projects. However, with the help of the City of Požega and excellent experts from the Candypepper Studio, we still managed to lay a clear foundation for all tourist entities in our destination. My theory is that tourist boards are there precisely because they set up tourist infrastructure and certain frameworks for all other entities in the destination. We did that with this project and as far as I can see, the whole concept was extremely well accepted. My ideas are often ahead of my time, but I am deeply convinced that this time is right because it includes not only the roof logo and slogan, but also all the city events that we will cover over the next year. ” Podoljak points out and adds that the job is still waiting for them because all of the above needs to be harmonized, adjusted and incorporated into all promotions, tourist entities and our stories.POŽEGA HILLS & VALLEYSPožega is presented in the logo and in the slogan through three simple elements. Its hills, its valleys and the typographic mark “&”, which is the most common component of European languages, and connects all the contents that Požega offers, all its diverse and unique faces. All moods, emotions and experiences. All our values ​​and customs.The branding solution contains the basics of communication strategy and media appearances and design proposals for a range of materials, from printed ads and billboards to book covers and brochures, sets of office supplies and numerous promotional items, and the creative solution is the work of local creative duo from Candypepper studio from Pleternica.Today, Požega offers a modern tourist offer with a focus on three main categories of services:active vacation unique in the regiongastronomic offer to the taste of the new generationa vibrant and rich contemporary cultureThe idea that connects them all: Hills & Valleys, a new slogan.New branding communicates:unique views of Požegarichness & diversity of history, people, customsall three key aspects of Požega as a tourist destinationThe city of Požega invests a lot in cycling and walking routes, and cycling is one of the priorities in the development of tourism with constantly new investments in infrastructure and promotion. What makes an active vacation in Požega special is the unique combination of the Slavonian plain and the mountains that surround the city, with the proximity of the Papučki massif and the Nature Park, Podoljak points out and adds ” With esteemed wines grown in almost ideal geographical conditions, the city has been gripped by a real gastro-revolution in the last decade. In Požega, the concept of the Museum in a Pot was created, which spread throughout Slavonia, and its goal is to preserve and once again offer visitors forgotten Slavonian delicacies. Požega’s “gastro revolution” would not be the same without its beers. And as something sweet for the end, we must not forget that Požega is still a city of chocolate, where there will be no shortage of new creations for lovers of this delicious dessert. Požega is a small town that offers the facilities of a larger city. A traditional place that is increasingly modernized. The present that has retained the best of the past: a broad Slavonian soul, hospitality and the art of living according to man. Slowly, relaxed, Slavonian nski Podoljak concludes.last_img read more