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first_img Throwback Thursday: Winds toppled beams at new … Holiday concert presented by All Seasons Orchestra What if there was no pizza guy? California could allow fully self-driving vehicle deliveries Mobile users click here to view the photo gallery.Practice rounds on Monday at the Pebble Beach Golf Links for the United States Open Championship.Related Articles California considers building new CSU campus last_img

Press Release: Brand South Africa achieves its second consecutive clean audit

first_imgBrand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela and his executive team briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications yesterday about the performance of the organisation in 2016/17.Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela at Brand South Africa’s Nation Brand Forum, held in Johannesburg on 5 October 2017. (Image: SA Government Flickr)Dr Makhubela and his team were once again applauded by the Committee for achieving the organisation’s second consecutive clean audit since its establishment in 2002.Commenting on this achievement, Dr Makhubela said: “This success comes as a result of the commitment and dedication of the collaborative efforts between government, business, civil society and the broaderSouth African public. In reality, Brand South Africa belongs to all citizens of South Africa, they are the true custodians of the Nation Brand, and Brand South Africa’s role is to Coordinate, Articulate, Enable and Inspire, creating a voluntary franchise.”Brand South Africa is mandated to deliver proactive and reactive reputation management, communication and marketing strategies to position the Nation Brand positively. The key deliverable of Brand South Africa is to consistently and coherently position South Africa as a competitive and positive Nation Brand by working with a range of stakeholders.In the year under review and under the leadership of Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo, Brand South Africa has “enhanced its understanding of international investor perceptions of South Africa as a country in which to do business; while also developing and implementing initiatives aimed at promoting Constitutional values and active citizenship among South Africans; through enhancing and strengthening engagements between the public and private sector,” said Dr Makhubela.Through Brand South Africa’s Research Department, the organisation is able to track a wide variety of competitiveness, reputation, and related global studies and indices. The goal is to monitor and evaluate overall country performance in a highly competitive and uncertain global economy.Dr Makhubela said that such empirical evidence about the nation brand’s performance and country reputation, enables Brand South Africa to develop comprehensive and targeted marketing and communication strategies to position South Africa positively in international markets.“In the year ahead, Brand South Africa will create a conducive environment for engagements with stakeholders in government, business and civil society. These insights  assist to profile, address the challenges and provide creative input on how the organisation can best bring the Nation Brand to life. They are critical to the strategy development and programme execution of the organisation”“Most importantly, active citizenship remains a priority with the view of ensuring citizens contribute to alleviating socio-economic challenges of our country. Building nation brands, including brand South Africa, is a long journey which requires a consistent and coordinated effort. We therefor call on all South Africans to continue playing their part in building our Nation,” concluded Dr Makhubela.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Will SAP CEO Shakeup Lead to a Unified Cloud Computing Strategy?

first_imgalex williams The rise of cloud computing looks like it has lead to the fall of SAP CEO Léo Apotheker, who resigned over the weekend.It’s not that cloud computing has been absent at SAP. There are a number of efforts underway. But it’s the lack of any unified strategy that is most notable.“They have been exploring the cloud,” said Ray Wang of the Altimeter Group. “It’s how quickly they have responded is the question of contention.”SAP’s headquarters are in Germany, and Wang says that may have contributed to the company’s scattered approach to cloud computing. Compared to the United States, Europe is more concerned about privacy issues, which leads to questions about the path a company can take: Private cloud? Public cloud? Hybrid? This may reflect somewhat on SAP’s hesitancy.John Wookey, a former Oracle executive, is leading SAP’s cloud computing efforts. At the SAP Influencer Summit in Boston last December, Wookey said that SAP would open its Frictionless Commerce platform to developers. In 2014 the company will release its next generation technology, according to Wang. The idea is to leapfrog what we see today in SaaS offerings.Today, though, customers are speaking out. They were hit last year with higher maintenance fees. They have been pretty vocal about their discontent. For SAP’s part, the company is starting to acknowledge it has made mistakes.What do customers want? Wang said they want to run their operations in a cost efficient manner and augment what they already have with SAP. That means a unified cloud offering, not a scattered approach like what they see now.In contrast, a company like IBM looks unified in its approach to cloud computing. You can build, host and partner with IBM. Its offerings are diverse yet unified. You know that IBM has a focus on the cloud. That’s not so clear as with SAP.Currently it’s the SaaS players in the market that are the most exciting ones to watch. Plex, Workday and NetSuite are targeting the SAP customer base.They are ready competitors even if incoming co-CEO Bill McDermott doesn’t think so.Here’s what he had to say in an interview last January with John Foley:“McDermott contends that now more than ever companies need a full-featured, integrated applications platform for running global business operations — mySAP, for example — not half-baked applications from unproven SaaS upstarts. He points to SAP’s 36 years of experience developing a “stable core” of enterprise software and a service-oriented architecture that makes it easy to add on third-party and custom applications. “It will take another 36 years for software-as-a-service vendors to do the same thing in the cloud,” he says.”Thirty-six years? That has to be an exaggeration.We’ll have to see what happens. But without a unified strategy cloud computing, SAP’s future does not look as exciting as the emerging SaaS players in the market. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#saas 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Milestone in mind

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I really hope to help the country win the gold medal,” Ravena told the Inquirer.If he gets his wish, that will mark the fifth time Ravena will have a shot at winning a gold medal in the biennial meet, making him one of the most successful SEA Games athletes of the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefHe jokes about his motivation now: “[Five SEA Games golds] is the only thing Thirdy can’t chase.”Ravena is referring to brother Thirdy, the current two-time UAAP champion with Ateneo who is matching his basketball success—and more. If there’s one thing Kiefer Ravena misses the most, it’s donning the Philippine jersey. SHERWIN VARDELEONThere are so many things going through Kiefer Ravena’s mind as he continues to serve his Fiba suspension, foremost of which is an event that will take place at around this time next year.The Philippines will be hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games and the NLEX star in the PBA is hoping to make the team that will represent the country and play before an expectedly loud home crowd.ADVERTISEMENT But at the heart of his wish is the eagerness to represent the country again once he finishes his 18-month suspension for taking a workout drink that contained prohibited ingredients.“Playing for the national team? That’s what I miss the most. More than anything,” Ravena said.Ravena, then an 18-year-old who had just won a UAAP title, first won a SEA Games gold medal in 2011 in Jakarta, with a team that included Ray Parks Jr. and Greg Slaughter. His second gold came in 2013 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, alongside the likes of Marcus Douthit, Kevin Alas and Parks.Ravena again won a gold in 2015 in Singapore, with a team featuring Douthit, Scottie Thompson and Baser Amer.Then, with a squad featuring Christian Standhardinger, Kobe Paras and Parks, Ravena won his fourth gold medal in 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Favorite son Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibidcenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Now 25, Ravena would be one of the veterans in the national squad should he earn another call-up for the SEA Games.Ravena is currently working to stay in “the best shape possible” as he serves out his suspension, hoping to be in his strongest form once the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas forms the SEA Games squad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Touch Football Victoria Announces New Director of Referees

first_imgSally brings with her a wealth of knowledge and the ability to work with referees, players and administrators at all levels within the sport. Sally’s appointment is the first in TFV’s plans to redevelop a number of its Technical Panels over the next six months. Sally replaces Leigh Bryant who has been the TFV Director of Referees for the past two years. TFV would like to take this opportunity to thank Leigh and his previous panel members for their dedicated work over this period. Leigh will still remain involved in the sport to referee and help develop new referees at the grassroots level within our competitions.Over the next month, Sally will be working with the State Executive Council (SEC), the TFV office and participants within the sport to develop a Referees Panel for the next two years. This panel will be developed in line with the National Framework, with five key areas to develop the sport. Sally will be working with the National Referees Panel under the guidance of Greg West to improve the quality of our referees and help deliver referee retention and recruitment programs in Victoria.After forming the TFV Referees Panel, Sally will be spending time within the Touch community to canvas information that will help take the sport to the next level within the State. The advisement provided by Sally and the newly formed TFV Referees Panel will be instrumental to the growth and support of Touch in Victoria.last_img read more

2015 NYC Memo – 10.08.2015

first_img38 teams have nominated to participate in the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium from Wednesday, 16 September to Saturday, 19 September 2015. Please find more information in the documents below in relation to the event. NYC UpdateNYC Team CodesNYC Draft Tent MapNYC TFO Tour Leaders OverviewKeep up-to-date with the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com and www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksNYC Memolast_img read more