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Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Northern Arizona University recently received the prestigious 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. “This award is truly an honor and reflects the investment and… Read More →

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool — known as KlebSeq — for potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. HAIs affect hundreds of thousands of patients annually and add nearly $10 billion in associated healthcare costs. The findings,… Read More →

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Shea Homes Arizona will open its newest development, 24 North, a gated community in North Phoenix consisting of 111 two-story single family detached courtyard villas. There will be four progressive exterior architectural designs available Contemporary, Sonoran, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. Modern interior features include large great rooms, versatile lofts… Read More →

Foreign Trade Zones are useful tools for companies to save money. It s an area that, for U.S. Customs purposes, is considered to be international commerce. Any foreign or domestic material can be moved into an FTZ without being subject to U.S. Customs duties. An FTZ is operated as a public venture sponsored by a municipality… Read More →

Three Nussbaum Gillis Dinner, P.C. lawyers, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most respected referral lists of attorneys in practice. Nussbaum was selected in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law,… Read More →

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $9,369,873 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2016 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Dan Mahoney announced Thursday. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s total of $9,060,731, and marks the… Read More →

Small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs in Tempe have a new business resource center and coworking space in the community. Located in the Tempe Public Library, which is at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) will host workshops to help small business owners as well as those considering starting new ones, provide… Read More →

Updated guidelines for treating people infected with Valley Fever, a disease caused by a fungus that is common in the U.S. Southwest, have been produced by a panel of experts led by John N. Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The recommendations include suggested treatment options for… Read More →

Wells Fargo Company (NYSE: WFC) dulled out a total of $500,000 in donations for seven local nonprofits that will help revitalize Maricopa County neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program. The local grant recipients were identified in collaboration with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton. The Wells Fargo Foundation is providing grants to the following… Read More →

Arizona s Most Admired Companies awards program is gearing up for its seventh year of honoring excelling firms that have made a huge impact on the state. The awards program is designed to recognize the contributions and impact all Arizona employers bring in five categories: customer opinion, innovation, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture. As… Read More →

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) has dosed its first three patients as part of the launch of a Phase I clinical trial using a novel antibody to treat patients with advanced solid tumors. CTCA® at Western — located in Goodyear, west of Phoenix — is the first site… Read More →

Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway are opening six new Sonora Quest Laboratories Patient Service Centers (PSCs) located at Safeway stores statewide throughout Arizona. The new locations in Arizona are in addition to the two PSCs opened in November 2015. Customers will enjoy convenient lab testing services, the most accurate diagnostic capabilities and direct access testing at the new… Read More →

Barring any sudden changes, a significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is scheduled to go into effect on December 1, making an estimated 4.2 million additional salaried white collar American workers eligible for overtime pay. In approximately three months, the federal minimum salary level for overtime pay for FLSA-covered workers will increase… Read More →

Last night s Primary races in Arizona ran much smoother than the state s Presidential Primary (unless you were tracking the election on the Arizona Secretary of State website, which crashed much through the night) and the results are in. Some precincts are still reporting, according to the Dorn Policy Group, but the group stated many of the… Read More →

The median in-network deductible on an employer-sponsored PPO health plan increased 50 percent, from $1,000 to $1,500 in 2016, yet employer costs remain steady, according to the newly released 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits. Despite these significant deductible increases, nearly half of all… Read More →





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Bond Market’s Big Illusion Revealed as U.S. Yields Turn Negative

For Kaoru Sekiai, getting steady returns for his pension clients in Japan used to be simple: buy U.S. Treasuries.

Compared with his low-risk options at home, like Japanese government bonds, Treasuries have long offered the highest yields around. And that’s been the case even after accounting for the cost to hedge against the dollar’s ups and downs — a common practice for institutions that invest internationally.

It’s been a “no-brainer since forever,” said Sekiai, a money manager at Tokyo-based DIAM Co. which oversees about $166 billion.

That truism is now a thing of the past. Last month, yields on U.S. 10-year notes turned negative for Japanese buyers who pay to eliminate currency fluctuations from their returns, something that hasn’t happened since the financial crisis. It’s even worse for euro-based investors, who are locking in sub-zero returns on Treasuries for the first time in history.

For a detailed description of how this index was created, click here.

For an analysis of hedging costs for Japanese investors, click here.

That quirk means the longstanding notion of the U.S. as a respite from negative yields in Japan and Europe is little more than an illusion. With everyone from Jeffrey Gundlach to Bill Gross warning of a bubble in bonds, it could ultimately upend the record foreign demand for Treasuries, which has underpinned their seemingly unstoppable gains in recent years.

“People like a simple narrative,” said Jeffrey Rosenberg, the chief investment strategist for fixed income at BlackRock Inc. which oversees $4.6 trillion. “But there isn’t a free lunch. You can’t simply talk about yield differentials without talking about currency differentials.”

DIAM’s Sekiai has been shunning Treasuries since April, a month after foreign holdings of U.S. debt hit a record. Instead, he favors bonds of France and Italy because they “offer some degree of yield and the currency-hedging costs are cheap.” That shift lines up with the latest available Treasury Department data, which showed that demand from non-U.S. investors in April and May was the weakest in a two-month stretch since 2013.

The fact that yields on 10-year Treasuries are still way higher than those in Japan or Germany is part of the reason foreigners are having such a hard time actually profiting from the difference. Negative interest rates outside the U.S. have caused a surge in demand for dollars and dollar assets, pushing up the cost to get into and out of the greenback at the same exchange rate to levels rarely seen in the past.

Ten-year yields in the U.S. are currently about 0.23 percentage point below a basket of bonds from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland on a hedged basis, versus 1.4 percentage points above on an unhedged basis, according to data compiled by BlackRock. At the start of the year, hedged Treasuries yielded over a half-percentage point more.

In Japan, where 10-year government bonds yield less than zero, the advantage for Treasuries has dwindled from a percentage point at the start of the year to less than 0.1 percentage point now. Without much added value for overseas investors, it’s harder to see foreign demand driving Treasuries to new records, especially as the Federal Reserve moves toward gradually raising rates.

Since falling to a record 1.318 percent on July 6, yields on 10-year notes have backed up as a string of economic reports such as last week’s jobs data bolstered the case for higher rates. They were at 1.58 percent today.

For a large swathe of institutional investors, especially those with conservative mandates, hedging is the norm when they go abroad. It eliminates the need to worry about the daily ebbs and flows in exchange rates and how that might affect their returns. When it comes to Treasuries, overseas buyers usually lock in a fixed exchange rate on the interest payments they get in dollars.

Conversion Costs

In that trade, the cost to convert payments from one currency to another is determined by the cross-currency basis swap. Take Japanese insurers as an example. Under normal circumstances, they would swap their yen for dollars and get interest on the yen they loaned out over the course of the contract.

But now, because the rate has turned negative, they’re effectively paying interest to lend the yen, which eats into their bond returns. That’s on top of the Libor rate they’ll need to pay for borrowing the dollars, which currently stands at 0.79 percent over three months.

The basis, as it’s known, was at minus 0.6425 percentage point for yen-based investors, which is close to the most expensive in five years. For those with euros, the basis is minus 0.43 percentage point. That’s more than twice as costly as the average over the past three years.

In a perfectly efficient market, none of this would matter. Differences in interest rates would be perfectly offset by the cost of exchanging two different currencies over time. But in the real world, things are far messier.

As unconventional monetary policies in Japan and Europe pushed yields lower and lower in recent years, demand for dollars has soared in tandem with the currency’s appreciation. Banks responded by demanding stiffer terms to swap into dollars as supply diminished, cutting into profits on the “carry trade” in Treasuries.

Treasuries will remain a better alternative for many overseas investors as long as an advantage exists, no matter how small the hedged yield pickup has become, according to Ralph Axel, a bond analyst at Bank of America Corp.

“They’ll just keep buying,” Axel said. Because of forces like negative rates and quantitative easing outside the U.S. “you clearly have a long-lasting bid.”

Of course, there’s the flip side. The overwhelming demand for U.S. currency is proving to be a boon for American investors and foreign central banks sitting on billions of dollars. Pacific Investment Management Co. also says there’s profit to be made by getting paid to swap dollars into yen.

Interest-Rate Swaps

Overseas money managers, though, have had to turn to more novel solutions to avoid the onerous hedging costs. Jack Loudoun, who helps oversee about $88 billion for Vontobel Asset Management in Zurich, says he prefers interest-rate swaps and futures on Treasuries to get exposure to the U.S. market because lower upfront costs help reduce foreign-exchange risk.

“We’re using derivatives to get access,” he said. “If you’re worried about hedging cost, swaps and futures are the avenues to go down.”

Whatever the strategy, there’s little debate over how important foreign demand is for the $13.4 trillion market for Treasuries.

“We’re at a point now where investors have to start thinking about this,” said Sachin Gupta, a foreign-bond fund manager at Pimco, which oversees $1.51 trillion. “As the cost of hedging rises to such an extent, there’s no extra carry to be had. That itself will slow down the demand — and, at some point, even reverse the demand — for Treasuries.”

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Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale skips the big data #big #data #services


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Chris Sale, pitching star, ignores big data

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

Who needs data? Why not just rely on talent?

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The nerds have taken over baseball.

Every front office is full of those who crunch numbers rather than sunflower seeds. Brad Pitt appears in movies glorifying them .

Why, even in the most lowly professional league, the Pacific Association, the Sonoma Stompers let two stat nerds, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, act as general managers for a season. (The resulting book they wrote about it is painfully charming.)

One of baseball’s greatest pitchers, however, has no time for all that data. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox doesn’t look at opposing batters’ tendencies. as presented in numbers.

He doesn’t care whether they put 25.2 percent of their balls in play in left field. He has no interest in how many fly balls they hit versus grounders, or whether they hit lefties better than righties. He doesn’t watch video. He doesn’t even shake off his catcher when the catcher suggests he throw a certain pitch.

Currently, he’s the third-best pitcher in baseball. At least, that’s what the stat nerds say.

Why, though, does he ignore the numbers? Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis told the Journal, “It just clears his mind.”

There might be a small lesson here for many in the tech industry. Has there ever been a group of people with more cluttered minds? The worship of data in tech has become almost comical. It’s as if the answers must always be buried within the numbers because, if not, how can you build a business?

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Sale didn’t come to his conclusion alone. He was influenced by former Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. a four-time all-star who, among other things, notched a perfect game. Buehrle was fond of pitching quickly, thinking not at all and relying on, well, talent.

The man so many in the tech world most revere, Steve Jobs, also relied on talent rather than numbers. He trusted his instincts far more often than he pored over spreadsheets.

Increasingly, however, we seem to get products whose parents were data and whose sole purpose is the collection of more data.

How often do you look at a tech product, software or hardware, and believe it looks truly inspired, rather than constructed by a group of rationalists?

I’m sure I’m in a minority when I suggest that one reason Apple’s Home Pod will succeed is because someone remembered that it wasn’t just a tech gadget but a piece of furniture. and dedicated some data-free talent to making it look good.

I compare it to whichever robot cobbled together the Google Home saltshaker and I wonder whether the data — Google is passionate about data — said saltshakers were the way to go.

What would happen if all tech companies, and all baseball teams, ignored the data for a year? Would the world be a more uplifting, more entertaining place? Don’t we all need a collective clearing of the mind?

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New Orleans Original Bike Tour Company – Confederacy of Cruisers #new #orleans


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New Orleans Original Bike Tour Company

Welcome to our Family of Cruises

There is no more fun way to explore New Orleans than by bicycle, especially on an easy to ride, fat-tired cruiser that’s as laid back as we are. What we offer is simple; free-flowing tours that are slow paced, like the city itself. We roll with all the time you need to soak up the local color and hear the stories of our history and people that make New Orleans a city like no other.

Confederacy of Cruisers invites you on bike rides where we share what we love best: New Orleans. Our various tours roll through several scenic traditionally Creole neighborhoods including the old Faubourgs; Marigny and Treme and down into the friendly and colorful Bywater. As we ride, taking routes we can customize as we go, we explore the architecture and history of the city, unraveling the mysteries and crazy stories of the past and present, that, when seen as a whole, will give you a glimpse into the heart of our unique local culture. If we can just provide a hint of why we can never envision living anywhere else, we are happy. There really is no place like New Orleans, and sharing it is what we love to do.

We started Confederacy of Cruisers 10 years ago for one reason, no one offered a tour of New Orleans that we would have wanted to take. There were no bike tours back then, and no small group tours either, so we reinvented what we thought a tour of our city should be so you could experience our home the best way possible, and that is still what we do all these years later. Riding with us, we bring you more of the life here, have a little more fun, and cover the usually missed local spots that we find so great. You’ll learn plenty about our New Orleans, because that is our passion, but you ll have a great day out, too. We want you to leave our city filled with great memories and will do everything we can to make sure you do. If you have any doubts check us out in any of the travel review sites – we offer an unparalleled New Orleans experience and the many years of positive comments from our happy customers attest to that. We originate neighborhood bike tours and are still coming up with new ones that will be as popular as our culinary and drinking tours that only we offer.

We have an array of tours, all written by the guides taking you out, that cater to any interest. We ve had our tours lead to marriage proposals, to folks moving to New Orleans, but mostly just to many, many good times and great memories with customers who are now our friends.

Thanks for checking us out. Jeff Shyman (the founder and still full-time guide)

For a taste of our original tour, here s a video a customer made while on a ride with us


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Vintage Chevy Car Doors Car Door Accessories

Authentic vintage Chevy car doors for sale

Chevy Supply of Assonet is your source for affordable, quality, used vintage Chevy car doors and door accessories. We stock a large inventory of classic Chevy car doors for model years 1937-1972 for your vintage Chevrolet auto restoration or repair project. If you are restoring an antique Chevy car and need original Chevrolet car doors accessories, we have what you are looking for.

The right vintage Chevy car door for your classic Chevy restoration project will help return your antique Chevy car to its original, pristine condition. With authentic classic Chevy car doors, you will beautify both the interior and exterior of your vintage Chevrolet automobile at the same time and turn heads every time you pass by.

Vintage Chevy car door parts accessories

When restoring or repairing a classic Chevy car, it’s vital that you use original Chevrolet parts. We have an excellent selection of in-stock vintage Chevy auto doors driver’s side doors, passenger-side doors, rear doors, coupe doors, sedan doors, etc. Call us to find out if we have the right Chevy door that matches the model and year of your vintage Chevy project car.

We also have all of the classic Chevy door parts accessories you’ll need for your Chevy car restoration project, including: Chevy door handles and door handle assemblies, Chevy door lock assemblies, Chevy door glass, Chevy door latches, and other Chevy door accessories.

Chevy auto doors for 1937-1972 vintage Chevy car models

We have Chevrolet auto doors door accessories for most 1937-1972 Chevy car models, including: Bel Air, Biscayne, Camaro, Caprice, Chevelle, Chevy 150 210, Impala, Malibu, Monte Carlo, and Nova.

We also have vintage Chevrolet car doors door accessories for 1978-1987 El Camino and Malibu models.

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Big Data for Financial Services: How to Get Return on Investment –


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Big Data for Financial Services: How to Get Return on Investment

Big data promises to yield substantial returns, but exploiting it in order to see measurable business results can be challenging. For financial companies to prosper, it is vital to understand the implications of the new technologies, and, more importantly, where the source of ROI lies.

In the financial industry, the incentive to invest in big data is very strong. Given the overwhelming amount of data that companies have to deal with, as well as the need to constantly compete with new business models on the market, it makes sense that the financial sector has been among the first to start experimenting with big data initiatives. Too often, however, companies find themselves frustrated by the difficulty of getting measurable business value out of their big data. By wanting to gain insight from it and overemphasising the importance of their data infrastructure, companies often miss out on how big data can be turned into an actual profit driver.

This paper explores the topic of big data from a business management perspective, examining how financial companies should approach big data initiatives, the integral role that machine learning plays, and how to exploit these new technologies to see measurable results in your marketing, operations, and risk management.

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AZ Business Magazine, Author at AZ Big Media #daily #stock #market

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Author Archives: AZ Business Magazine

About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Northern Arizona University recently received the prestigious 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. “This award is truly an honor and reflects the investment and… Read More →

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool — known as KlebSeq — for potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. HAIs affect hundreds of thousands of patients annually and add nearly $10 billion in associated healthcare costs. The findings,… Read More →

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Shea Homes Arizona will open its newest development, 24 North, a gated community in North Phoenix consisting of 111 two-story single family detached courtyard villas. There will be four progressive exterior architectural designs available Contemporary, Sonoran, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. Modern interior features include large great rooms, versatile lofts… Read More →

Foreign Trade Zones are useful tools for companies to save money. It s an area that, for U.S. Customs purposes, is considered to be international commerce. Any foreign or domestic material can be moved into an FTZ without being subject to U.S. Customs duties. An FTZ is operated as a public venture sponsored by a municipality… Read More →

Three Nussbaum Gillis Dinner, P.C. lawyers, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most respected referral lists of attorneys in practice. Nussbaum was selected in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law,… Read More →

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $9,369,873 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2016 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Dan Mahoney announced Thursday. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s total of $9,060,731, and marks the… Read More →

Small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs in Tempe have a new business resource center and coworking space in the community. Located in the Tempe Public Library, which is at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) will host workshops to help small business owners as well as those considering starting new ones, provide… Read More →

Updated guidelines for treating people infected with Valley Fever, a disease caused by a fungus that is common in the U.S. Southwest, have been produced by a panel of experts led by John N. Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The recommendations include suggested treatment options for… Read More →

Wells Fargo Company (NYSE: WFC) dulled out a total of $500,000 in donations for seven local nonprofits that will help revitalize Maricopa County neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program. The local grant recipients were identified in collaboration with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton. The Wells Fargo Foundation is providing grants to the following… Read More →

Arizona s Most Admired Companies awards program is gearing up for its seventh year of honoring excelling firms that have made a huge impact on the state. The awards program is designed to recognize the contributions and impact all Arizona employers bring in five categories: customer opinion, innovation, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture. As… Read More →

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) has dosed its first three patients as part of the launch of a Phase I clinical trial using a novel antibody to treat patients with advanced solid tumors. CTCA® at Western — located in Goodyear, west of Phoenix — is the first site… Read More →

Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway are opening six new Sonora Quest Laboratories Patient Service Centers (PSCs) located at Safeway stores statewide throughout Arizona. The new locations in Arizona are in addition to the two PSCs opened in November 2015. Customers will enjoy convenient lab testing services, the most accurate diagnostic capabilities and direct access testing at the new… Read More →

Barring any sudden changes, a significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is scheduled to go into effect on December 1, making an estimated 4.2 million additional salaried white collar American workers eligible for overtime pay. In approximately three months, the federal minimum salary level for overtime pay for FLSA-covered workers will increase… Read More →

Last night s Primary races in Arizona ran much smoother than the state s Presidential Primary (unless you were tracking the election on the Arizona Secretary of State website, which crashed much through the night) and the results are in. Some precincts are still reporting, according to the Dorn Policy Group, but the group stated many of the… Read More →

The median in-network deductible on an employer-sponsored PPO health plan increased 50 percent, from $1,000 to $1,500 in 2016, yet employer costs remain steady, according to the newly released 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits. Despite these significant deductible increases, nearly half of all… Read More →





Big Data Quality: Talend Hadoop Data Quality – Management #big #data #management


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Big Data Quality

The Open Source Solution for Big Data Quality Management

With the advent of big data, data quality management is both more important and more challenging than ever. Fortunately the combination of Hadoop open source distributed processing technologies and Talend open source data management solutions bring big data quality operations within the reach of any organization.

Putting Hadoop to Work for Big Data Quality

Hadoop makes possible massively parallel processing of enormous datasets spread across a cluster of commodity servers. Organizations wanting to avoid the capital costs of Hadoop setup can now leverage Amazon’s cloud-based Hadoop clusters to perform big data processing operations. However, for many organizations, a technical hurdle remains in the need to load data to Hadoop and transform it there, using unfamiliar Hadoop tools like HiveQL and Pig Latin.

Talend, the leading provider of open source big data integration and big data quality management solutions, makes it easy to work with big data and Hadoop. Talend Big Data Platform enables data analysts and developers to build powerful Hadoop-based big data quality and integration processes in a drag-and-drop graphical development environment that automatically generates the underlying Hadoop code. The Talend tool palette includes components for leading Hadoop technologies like HDFS, HBase, Hive, Pig, and Sqoop, as well as connectors for nearly any type of file format, database, or enterprise application.

Talend Big Data Platform delivers big data quality functions that leverage the massively parallel processing power of Hadoop. For example, with Talend you can design and deploy matching and de-duplication processes across millions of records, with robust capabilities like interval matching, pattern matching, fuzzy matching, and fuzzy de-duplication.

Comprehensive Data Quality Management

Talend’s Hadoop-leveraging big data quality functionality is integrated within a platform for driving data quality management across your entire enterprise. Talend Big Data Platform delivers total data quality features including:

  • Data profiling
  • Data standardization, matching and cleansing
  • Data enrichment
  • Reporting and real-time monitoring
  • Data governance and stewardship

Big Data Quality Within Your Budget

Talend’s open source big data solutions help make the power of Hadoop and big data analytics accessible to any organization. Talend Big Data Platform, the comprehensive big data integration and big data quality solution, is available on a subscription basis at a cost far less than competing commercial products. We also offer Talend Open Studio for Big Data, a big data ETL download that you can use for free under an Apache license, to easily manage big data transfer projects.

Learn more about Talend’s big data solutions from the many resources on this web site, or download Talend Open Studio for Big Data today and start benefiting from the leading open source big data tool.


IEEE BigDataService 2017, The Third IEEE International Conference on Big Data Computing


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Big Data computing and service is becoming a very sought after research and application subject in academic research, industry, and government services. Today, with the fast advance of big data science, analytics and technology, big data researchers and application professionals are able to access to diverse data mining and machine learning algorithms, open-source platforms and tools, and cloud DB technology and big data access technologies.

According to IDC’s prediction in 2014, the market for big data will reach $43.3 billion in 2017, growing 6 times faster than the overall IT market. This kind of business analysis report brings great business opportunities and strong research interests among both academic and industrial communities. Recently, a number of IEEE international conferences are organized focusing on Big Data Computing, Big Data Sciences and Analytics, and Big Data Technology and Engineering. Since emergent big data computing and services can be used in many disciplines and diverse applications, including business management, library science, energy and environment, education, biomedical, healthcare and life science, social media and networking, smart city and travel, and transportation, etc..

Establishing and conducting successful big data projects in different domain applications require the following essential and critical entities:

-Various big data banks and resources with quality data collection, validation, evaluation and certification methods and standards.

-Scalable and efficient big data computing services.

-Well-defined domain-specific big data knowledge engineering and analytic intelligence.

-Well-developed big data infrastructures supported with high-quality big data DB technologies and tools.

Unlike the other venues, this international conference is established to address the above needs for big data computing service and domain-specific researchers, government agencies, and practitioners. The major objective is to provide a big platform for them to exchange innovative ideas and research results, share application experiences and lessons. The major interests include big-data applications in various domains such as healthcare, business and financing, education and learning, social networks and media, smart environment, sensors and Internet of things as well as technology aspects such as computing services and architecture, modeling, data mining and analytics, and databases.

The three major objectives of this conference include:

-Big Data Innovation of big data computing and service models, theories, tools, solutions and technologies.

-Big Data and Service Sharing in big data banks and resources, portals, platforms, and open-sources, technology and tools.

-Big Data Application in real world big data application service projects for major application domains, including energy and environment, medical and healthcare, library, social media and networking, and education.

This conference will include a three-day program with a well-defined track program, and a number of invited keynote speakers from the industry, and concluded by a CLOUD TECH SUMMIT with big data sessions.


AZ Business Magazine, Author at AZ Big Media #best #business #laptop

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Author Archives: AZ Business Magazine

About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Northern Arizona University recently received the prestigious 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. “This award is truly an honor and reflects the investment and… Read More →

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool — known as KlebSeq — for potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. HAIs affect hundreds of thousands of patients annually and add nearly $10 billion in associated healthcare costs. The findings,… Read More →

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Shea Homes Arizona will open its newest development, 24 North, a gated community in North Phoenix consisting of 111 two-story single family detached courtyard villas. There will be four progressive exterior architectural designs available Contemporary, Sonoran, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. Modern interior features include large great rooms, versatile lofts… Read More →

Foreign Trade Zones are useful tools for companies to save money. It s an area that, for U.S. Customs purposes, is considered to be international commerce. Any foreign or domestic material can be moved into an FTZ without being subject to U.S. Customs duties. An FTZ is operated as a public venture sponsored by a municipality… Read More →

Three Nussbaum Gillis Dinner, P.C. lawyers, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most respected referral lists of attorneys in practice. Nussbaum was selected in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law,… Read More →

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $9,369,873 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2016 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Dan Mahoney announced Thursday. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s total of $9,060,731, and marks the… Read More →

Small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs in Tempe have a new business resource center and coworking space in the community. Located in the Tempe Public Library, which is at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) will host workshops to help small business owners as well as those considering starting new ones, provide… Read More →

Updated guidelines for treating people infected with Valley Fever, a disease caused by a fungus that is common in the U.S. Southwest, have been produced by a panel of experts led by John N. Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The recommendations include suggested treatment options for… Read More →

Wells Fargo Company (NYSE: WFC) dulled out a total of $500,000 in donations for seven local nonprofits that will help revitalize Maricopa County neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program. The local grant recipients were identified in collaboration with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton. The Wells Fargo Foundation is providing grants to the following… Read More →

Arizona s Most Admired Companies awards program is gearing up for its seventh year of honoring excelling firms that have made a huge impact on the state. The awards program is designed to recognize the contributions and impact all Arizona employers bring in five categories: customer opinion, innovation, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture. As… Read More →

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) has dosed its first three patients as part of the launch of a Phase I clinical trial using a novel antibody to treat patients with advanced solid tumors. CTCA® at Western — located in Goodyear, west of Phoenix — is the first site… Read More →

Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway are opening six new Sonora Quest Laboratories Patient Service Centers (PSCs) located at Safeway stores statewide throughout Arizona. The new locations in Arizona are in addition to the two PSCs opened in November 2015. Customers will enjoy convenient lab testing services, the most accurate diagnostic capabilities and direct access testing at the new… Read More →

Barring any sudden changes, a significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is scheduled to go into effect on December 1, making an estimated 4.2 million additional salaried white collar American workers eligible for overtime pay. In approximately three months, the federal minimum salary level for overtime pay for FLSA-covered workers will increase… Read More →

Last night s Primary races in Arizona ran much smoother than the state s Presidential Primary (unless you were tracking the election on the Arizona Secretary of State website, which crashed much through the night) and the results are in. Some precincts are still reporting, according to the Dorn Policy Group, but the group stated many of the… Read More →

The median in-network deductible on an employer-sponsored PPO health plan increased 50 percent, from $1,000 to $1,500 in 2016, yet employer costs remain steady, according to the newly released 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits. Despite these significant deductible increases, nearly half of all… Read More →





10 big investment ideas for 2016 #funding #for #business

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It’s time to fire up the interneuronal connections and carve out 10 big ideas for 2016.

Asian nation

My first offering is that Australia will likely become an Asian nation in its ethnic orientation. Apologies to the xenophobes, but it’s happening under your nose. An incredible 28 per cent of Australia’s population (or 6.6 million people) were born overseas – the highest in 120 years. During the last census a remarkable 12 per cent of Australians said they had Asian ancestry.

In Sydney and Melbourne, 19 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively, of residents are Asian. In Sydney regions like Parramatta and Ryde, the Asian share of the population is as high as 34 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively. China and India have overtaken the UK as Australia’s biggest source of new migrants, collectively accounting for 35 per cent of the intake in 2013-14.

The idea of Australia stealthily yet ineluctably becoming an Asian nation is a big deal: it will reinforce our unique antipodal trading position and powerful role as a politically stable economic conduit between east and west; it will help improve our cultural commonalities with major regional actors like China, India and Indonesia (mitigating geopolitical hazards); and it should serve as a source of innovation, productivity and growth, just as the influx of ambitious European migrants did after World War II.

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Bank returns on equity will fall

Idea number two is that the major banks’ returns on equity (RoEs) are inevitably going to fall from around 15 per cent towards their 11 per cent cost of equity as result of the banking system becoming a highly competitive and level playing field. While this process may take five years or more, it should mean that rather than trading at an unusually high two times book value, the majors will price at circa one times. If I’m right, there is much downside to current valuations, which is a proposition reinforced by analysts’ crazy forecasts that bad and doubtful debt charges will stay around 30-year lows.

In five years the majors will have ceded the competitive advantages that fuelled their world-beating RoEs. Rather than carrying 25 per cent more leverage than rivals, they will end up having less leverage and more equity capital in the funding mix. Combined with the fact that smaller banks tend not to source as much funding in the dearer wholesale bond markets – underwriting assets with cheaper deposits that are now a government-guaranteed (and more stable) funding source – I believe the majors will wind up having more expensive funding costs. In short, we will migrate to a system where the majors are much safer banks with reduced risks of failure, with the trade-off of lower returns on equity than competitors that have loftier leverage and lower funding costs. There should, therefore, be an economic role reversal between the big four and their rivals.

Another Macquarie Bank?

If the majors are going to become slow-moving, yet bullet-proof, utilities, a third idea is investors should look for superior returns from more fleet-footed alternatives that are not saddled with the financial baggage of being too-big-to-fail. One day we will eventually see another Nicholas Moore who creates a new Macquarie Bank with a much skinnier 50 per cent dividend payout ratio (compared to the majors’ 80 per cent pay-out policies) that retains earnings to support investments in innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities. Macquarie has done a fabulous job of continuously reinventing itself to maintain growth and studiously avoided allocating too much capital to competing in the majors’ commodity markets.

On this note, the majors will likely lose significant market share in home loans to regional banks that for the first time will be able to compete effectively with them on price without crushing their returns. Rather than being price setters, the majors will become price takers and have to give back the recent rate hikes they have foisted on borrowers to compensate for expanding equity funding costs or suffer market share losses. This will compel them back into the less contested business lending space, which will lubricate credit to companies. Indeed, I think the majors’ balance-sheet splits between residential and business loans will revert back to the 40:60 levels before the 1991 recession.

Our forecasts for double-digit house price growth in 2013 and 2014, and high single-digit growth in 2015, were spot on. My fourth idea is that there will be no imminent housing collapse, and the price of our bricks and mortar will again climb in 2016, albeit at a much slower pace of around 1 to 2 times income growth. I maintain the view that the market is very expensive (15 to 25 per cent above fair value) and recently sold my own home. The interest rate hikes that will be the catalyst for a sustained Aussie housing correction appear to have been shunted into the distant future.

A fifth idea is that as the US and UK jobless rates (5 and 5.3 per cent respectively) fall towards 3 per cent in 2016 and 2017, wage and consumer price inflation will gradually reanimate. While the Fed will hike in December, central banks will get behind the curve because of their desire to “look through” this reflation.

Fixed-rate bond prices to plummet

This prompts another idea, which is that fixed-rate bond prices will melt as long-term yields rise on the back of financial markets resisting the Fed’s dovish view of the world and acknowledging stubbornly strong inflation data. The existential moment for global central banks will arrive when the break-even inflation rates priced by the bond market begin breaching official inflation targets in a sign that investors no longer think that monetary policy (and so-called nominal growth targeting) is compatible with price stability. Asset allocators need to be short interest rate duration or, if you have to be exposed to this risk, hire a smart duration manager – they can be hard to find. Few people can consistently call rate changes right.

If this base case plays out, my seventh thought is that global equities will face tremendous headwinds as long-term risk-free rates (that is, government bond yields) mean-revert back to some semblance of normality, which means yields 50 per cent to 100 per cent higher than current marks. Recall that the 10-year government bond yield is an essential input as the underpinning for the discount rates in the valuation models for all listed and unlisted equity and real estate markets.

Sell ‘beta’ buy ‘alpha’

This insight furnishes an eighth idea, which is sell equity “beta” and buy “alpha”, as I advocated last year. Aussie shares (beta) have declined over the year to date while market-neutral and long-short hedge funds (alpha) have delivered terrific returns (at least the guys that I invest with have). This dynamic is unlikely to change.

In the more immediate term (over the next, say, one to two years), I like “spread” assets as the search for yield will remain a critical influence over investor behaviour as long as deposits do not offer any material “real” returns above inflation and equities continues to get hammered. One example is major bank subordinated bonds, which currently trade very cheaply on a global basis despite the majors being among the best capitalised banks globally, care of $33 billion of equity origination over the last 12 months. The credit ratings on major banks’ subordinated debt are on par with the senior bonds issued by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley or Citigroup, and I think there is a decent chance they will get upgraded to the “A” band next year if Standard & Poor’s lifts the majors’ stand-alone credit profiles from “a” to “a+”, as it has signalled it may do.

A final thought is that if the world is once again forced to choose between elevated interest rates and high and volatile inflation, there is a possibility that the value of paper money will atrophy as a credible medium of exchange. This could precipitate a flight to safety in the form of a resurgence in the demand for gold as a hedge against the debasement of money by governments using the printing press to finance their own deficits.





Cloudera on Why Hadoop Projects Fail #why #hadoop #for #big #data


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Cloudera on Why Hadoop Projects Fail

Eileen McNulty 2014-07-23

Mark Lewis is the Senior Director of Marketing at Cloudera. Cloudera offers a unified platform for big data; its enterprise data hub, built on Apache Hadoop. The Enterprise Data Hub allows companies to execute storage, access, management, analysis, security and search all within one framework. We recently caught up with Mark at Big Data Analytics Day to discuss the Enterprise Data Hub, the evolving discipline of data science and why Hadoop projects fail.

Tell us about the relationship between the Enterprise Data Hub and the data warehouse.

A lot of people think they need to build a big data system as though it’s one entire entity. But it’s not, it’s a number of entities, and there’s a journey in how you get there. Many ask If I adopt an enterprise data hub, does that mean I don’t need my data warehouse anymore? Absolutely not. A great analogy actually is the digital camera—it is the best at its job, it takes great pictures, you’ve got great focus, and the quality of the lenses are absolutely superb. But how many people actually take a photo with a digital camera? Quite a few. But how many people in comparison take a picture with a smartphone? Now, a lot more people would take a picture with a smartphone.

So examine for a moment, why is that? Well, a smartphone has a lot of apps built into it. Apps that enable you to edit the data and share the data as well. That’s what an enterprise data hub is. It’s bringing the compute power to where the data resides. A data warehouse is a bit like the SLR—it’s really good at what it does but you need to do something with the data in order for it to actually operate on it, which is where the ETL process is. A digital camera doesn’t work on its own, you need to take the data from the camera and move it to your computer and then do something with it.

In a recent LinkedIn poll of “Why Hadoop Projects Fail?”, a consistent pain point identified by respondents was “No financially compelling use case”. Do you agree?

Yes. I think what this highlights is that big data is a very recent and evolving discipline. In my talk today “How many people here are actually right at the beginning and have actually no idea about big data?”- about 15% of the room actually raised their hands. When I asked how many people in the room are real experts in this field, 0% put their hand up. When I asked “Who has an element of knowledge but is a bit confused?”, nearly all the room put their hands up. And I’m seeing that from Germany to the UK to Ireland to the US to the Middle East.

What we’ve got here is a new, evolving discipline and I think that people don’t understand it. So if people are looking to get into this, great! But be prepared to actually put the effort in to understand and build your discipline, and gain an overview of the all of the different aspects.There’s data scientists, there’s IT architects, there’s people who understand data warehousing—each of those are quite disciplined and all of that coming together under the enterprise data hub is a relatively new concept.

It s easy to understand why the data scientists just feel like everything is landing on their lap. You have the word “big data” and everyone thinks you know everything about everything. It’s a bit like—another analogy I like to use—being a mediocre violinist and you’ve played with an orchestra once or twice but you’re not that great. To your non-musical friends, you’re a genius! You know everything about the orchestra. You could conduct it, you can compose, you can write great symphonies! But you know that in the grand scheme of things you’ve got a lot to learn and I think if people are honest in big data, there are disciplines where people have a lot to learn.

There are experts out there. But the people skills as well as the technology are still evolving. It s going to be a journey before people fully appreciate and can really use it to its full extent. That s why companies like Cloudera are helping with training.

Another question we re often asked is Why are Cloudera and MongoDB (for instance) marketing themselves as partners- aren’t they doing exactly the same thing? Would you care to clear up the confusion about the specific uses of Hadoop and NoSQL databases, and how they work together?

Very simply put, the Hadoop structure is like an operating system. It s not actually that exciting to look at or do much with. It is a way of just scaling, computing, and storing that data. What you then have are the applications and the modules that then allow you to put data in and extract data out.

The partner companies each have specific uses; some do ETL, some do analytics. These components come together, and each of them is specialist in their own right. But it is one system. That’s why big data means different things to different people. Someone in an analytics company will say, “We’ve been doing big data for years!” and they’re not wrong. Someone in an ETL company will say, “We’ve been doing analytics data for years,” and they’re not wrong. And somebody who’s just simply been running spreadsheets and doing a bit of analysis on a few numbers says they’ve been doing big data and they’re not completely wrong. But to scale, and to have the different volumes of data from different places is the challenge we re facing today. That s where the partner ecosystem comes in.

On the subject of partnerships, would you like to tell us more about the partnership between Intel and Cloudera?

It s something both Cloudera and Intel are really excited about. The whole thing is building together an engagement that’s ultimately going to help the customer. So if you take the way that the systems are operating, 95% of the data sent today is based on Intel. We re working with Intel on helping to improve the Hadoop s performance, and the way that it operates at an engineering level.

You can imagine that that’s going to help a lot of people out there get a lot of performance improvement across a lot of systems. And of course being an open source company—as Cloudera is—with the committers that we have, we’re going to contribute that back to the community as well. So that will benefit a lot of people who are involved in Hadoop, not just Cloudera. So it’s a very exciting partnership.

Cloudera offers a unified platform for big data; its enterprise data hub, built on Apache Hadoop. The Enterprise Data Hub allows companies to execute storage, access, management, analysis, security and search all within one framework.

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Big Brother is watching your network

Big Brother from BB4 technologies is an open-source system and network-monitoring solution that covers a range of devices. From a user’s desktop to the sshd process running on your UNIX server, almost anything that can go wrong on your network falls under Big Brother’s watchful eye.

For this Daily Drill Down, I’ll install the latest UNIX-based version of Big Brother server; BB4 also offers the toolkit for the Windows platform. I’m going to walk through an installation and configuration of Big Brother on a Red Hat Linux 7.1 server and use it to monitor a RH 7.1 server, as well as a Windows 2000 server running the Big Brother client.

It slices, it dices…
What sorts of features does the Big Brother package include? A better question would be what does it not include. The basic Big Brother package includes a lot of functionality, and over the years hundreds of users have tweaked the software or written modules to give it new capabilities. For example, one third-party module adds support for monitoring Netapp RAID arrays and network interfaces, while another module determines the status of an APC UPS unit.

The basic package as downloaded from the Big Brother Web site includes support for network and network services checking, server checks, notification, redundancy, and history logs. And that’s just for starters.

Let’s set things up
You should not run the Big Brother processes as root, so our first step in preparing for an install is to create a user for the processes. For this article, we will create a user called bb and a group called bb. On my Red Hat Linux 7.1 server, I’ll type /usr/sbin/groupadd bb and then /usr/sbin/adduser bb -g bb at the command line to accomplish these two tasks. Of course, I need to be logged in as the root user to do so.

Get it!
To get the Big Brother software, point your favorite Web browser to the BB4 Web site and download the latest release. When I wrote this article, the current UNIX-based release was version 1.8d1. Save this download into the /usr/local directory.

Expand it
You should still be logged in as a root user to expand and install the Big Brother distribution.

First, let’s expand the distribution. Switch to the /usr/local directory with the command cd /usr/local and type gunzip -dc bb-1.8d1.tar.gz | tar xvf –. You will end up with two files: a README.FIRST file and a .tar file. The README.FIRST file contains installation notes and so forth, and the .tar file contains the guts of the Big Brother install. Type tar xvf bb18d1.tar to expand the archive. The extracted files will be located in /usr/local/bb18d1 and /usr/local/bbvar .

At this point, create a symbolic link to the /usr/local/bb18d1 directory. While still in /usr/local. type ln –s bb18d1 bb. Instead of having to type cd /usr/local/bb18d1. you now can type cd /usr/local/bb. This shortcut also will aid in version control when you decide to upgrade Big Brother later on.

Getting the installer up to speed
First, type cd /usr/local/bb/install to switch to the installation directory. Next, type ./bbconfig to begin the installation process. Please note that the bbconfig program can take optional parameters to make some of your installation choices, such as on which OS Big Brother is being installed. However, in our example we are going to let the bbconfig installation program figure it all out.

When you launch the install routine, you’ll be asked to acknowledge a license/information agreement. Once you have complied, the installation program will ask you a series of questions.

Let’s run through the installer setup section by section. We’ll depict the program’s on-screen messages through text in gray boxes.

I am running Red Hat 7.1 on my test system, so I chose redhat (as shown in Figure A ) from the list and pressed Enter.

This is the final section.

On to actually performing the installation
At this point, we’ve told the Big Brother installation program how to set itself up. Now we need to run through a few more steps to actually perform the installation.

Type cd /usr/local/bb/src at the command line to switch to the source file directory. Compile the source files by entering make at the command prompt and then enter make install to place the binary files where they belong.

Now, let’s add a network resource to be monitored and see what happens. Type cd/usr/local/bb/etc and edit the file bb-hosts using your favorite editor (mine is pico). Before you continue, I highly recommend saving a copy of the original bb-hosts file for later reference.

Remove the contents of the bb-hosts file and put in the following entry all on one line. (We’ll talk about the format of the file in a future article). In this entry. I am using my own lab network information. You will want to make sure to change the IP address and machine name to reflect your environment.

Now let’s make sure that your configuration has no errors. To check the bb-hosts file for errors, type /usr/local/bb/etc/bbchkhosts.sh at the command prompt. If errors occur, they will be displayed at the prompt.

Next, we’ll assign ownership of the Big Brother files to the bb user. Switch to the bb directory by typing cd /usr/local and then type chown –R bb bbvar bb18d1.

Now we need to create a link from the bb directory to the path where we told the installer to store our Web pages. In this example, I typed
ln -s /usr/local/bb/www /usr/local/apache/htdocs/bb

to create the symbolic link. The /usr/local/apache/htdocs directory is my docroot for Apache. If yours is different, make the appropriate changes.

Start the software
Everything should be set up at this point. Let’s try to start Big Brother and see what happens. Type /usr/local/bb/runbb.sh start to try it out.

With your favorite browser, navigate to http://192.168.65.129/bb/index.html (or wherever you told BBDISPLAY to present information when we were asked to enter the base URL for the server—during installation), and you’ll find yourself at the Big Brother login screen.

Each of the headings specifies a service that Big Brother is monitoring: connection (a ping check), CPU utilization, disk usage, Web services, processes running, and the sshd daemon. If you click on one of the green dots, you get more information about that particular service. When you click on the disk dot, you are presented with a list of all disks and their current space usage.

Monitoring other servers
You now have a working Big Brother system that monitors the server where Big Brother is installed. But the program would be pretty useless if it were limited to just that. On remote machines, such as another UNIX/Linux machine or a Windows 2000 Server, you can install a Big Brother client that sends its statistics to the Big Brother server’s listener port, port 1984. Yes, 1984. You can add network devices to the bb-hosts file to make sure that they are alive via periodic ping checks. This allows you to monitor your entire infrastructure.

We will go over adding a Windows 2000 machine to the monitor list and watch its CPU utilization to make sure that a particular process is running at all times.

To fully monitor a Windows 2000 machine, you need to download a specific client from the bb4.com Web site. As of this writing, the Windows client filename was bbnt1-08b.exe. Download this file to your Windows 2000 machine, double-click its icon, and follow the defaults for the installation. When the install is done, the client configuration window will open. For this example, I am going to use the parameters shown in Figure J .


AZ Business Magazine, Author at AZ Big Media #business #article

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About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Northern Arizona University recently received the prestigious 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. “This award is truly an honor and reflects the investment and… Read More →

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool — known as KlebSeq — for potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. HAIs affect hundreds of thousands of patients annually and add nearly $10 billion in associated healthcare costs. The findings,… Read More →

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Shea Homes Arizona will open its newest development, 24 North, a gated community in North Phoenix consisting of 111 two-story single family detached courtyard villas. There will be four progressive exterior architectural designs available Contemporary, Sonoran, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. Modern interior features include large great rooms, versatile lofts… Read More →

Foreign Trade Zones are useful tools for companies to save money. It s an area that, for U.S. Customs purposes, is considered to be international commerce. Any foreign or domestic material can be moved into an FTZ without being subject to U.S. Customs duties. An FTZ is operated as a public venture sponsored by a municipality… Read More →

Three Nussbaum Gillis Dinner, P.C. lawyers, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most respected referral lists of attorneys in practice. Nussbaum was selected in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law,… Read More →

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $9,369,873 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2016 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Dan Mahoney announced Thursday. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s total of $9,060,731, and marks the… Read More →

Small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs in Tempe have a new business resource center and coworking space in the community. Located in the Tempe Public Library, which is at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) will host workshops to help small business owners as well as those considering starting new ones, provide… Read More →

Updated guidelines for treating people infected with Valley Fever, a disease caused by a fungus that is common in the U.S. Southwest, have been produced by a panel of experts led by John N. Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The recommendations include suggested treatment options for… Read More →

Wells Fargo Company (NYSE: WFC) dulled out a total of $500,000 in donations for seven local nonprofits that will help revitalize Maricopa County neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program. The local grant recipients were identified in collaboration with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton. The Wells Fargo Foundation is providing grants to the following… Read More →

Arizona s Most Admired Companies awards program is gearing up for its seventh year of honoring excelling firms that have made a huge impact on the state. The awards program is designed to recognize the contributions and impact all Arizona employers bring in five categories: customer opinion, innovation, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture. As… Read More →

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) has dosed its first three patients as part of the launch of a Phase I clinical trial using a novel antibody to treat patients with advanced solid tumors. CTCA® at Western — located in Goodyear, west of Phoenix — is the first site… Read More →

Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway are opening six new Sonora Quest Laboratories Patient Service Centers (PSCs) located at Safeway stores statewide throughout Arizona. The new locations in Arizona are in addition to the two PSCs opened in November 2015. Customers will enjoy convenient lab testing services, the most accurate diagnostic capabilities and direct access testing at the new… Read More →

Barring any sudden changes, a significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is scheduled to go into effect on December 1, making an estimated 4.2 million additional salaried white collar American workers eligible for overtime pay. In approximately three months, the federal minimum salary level for overtime pay for FLSA-covered workers will increase… Read More →

Last night s Primary races in Arizona ran much smoother than the state s Presidential Primary (unless you were tracking the election on the Arizona Secretary of State website, which crashed much through the night) and the results are in. Some precincts are still reporting, according to the Dorn Policy Group, but the group stated many of the… Read More →

The median in-network deductible on an employer-sponsored PPO health plan increased 50 percent, from $1,000 to $1,500 in 2016, yet employer costs remain steady, according to the newly released 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits. Despite these significant deductible increases, nearly half of all… Read More →





30 Can – t miss Harvard Business Review articles on Data Science,

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30 Can t miss Harvard Business Review articles on Data Science, Big Data and Analytics

Here are 30 Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles on big data, data science and analytics that provide insights about the latest technology and happenings in the world of data.

There are dozens of HBR articles that are worth recommending, but here are our picks on big data, data science and analytics collected using most popular and next recommended article filters based on search term.


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On Data Science

  1. Data Scientist: the sexiest job of the 21st centuryby Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil (Oct 2012)
    How the idea of LinkedIn’s People You May Know feature really clicked! The key player involved was a “Data Scientist”, a title coined by the two authors.
  2. The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century is Tedious, and that Needs to Changeby Sean Kandel (Apr 2014)
    Which phase does a data scientist spend more time on? Data Discovery, data structuring and creating context. Should they shift their focus?
  3. What Every Manager Should Know About Machine Learningby Mike Yeomans (July 2015)
    With the right mix of technical skill human judgment, machine learning could be a new tool for decision makers. Learn what mistakes to avoid.
  4. Data Scientists Don’t Scaleby Stuart Frankel (May 2015)
    We are at a new phase of big data. Is Data capture and storage now less relevant than making it more useful impactful?
  5. Get the Right Data Scientists Asking the “Wrong” Questionsby Josh Sullivan (Mar 2014)
    What makes an exceptional data scientist? Data by itself is meaningless. The skill curiosity is what makes the difference.
  6. A Data Scientist’s Real Job: Storytellingby Jeff Bladt and Bob Filbin (Mar 2013)
    How to derive insights intuitions from data? We “humanize” the data by turning raw numbers into a story about our performance.
  7. What Separates a Good Data Scientist from a Great Oneby Thomas C. Redman (Jan 2013)
    Better than the Best! Great data scientists bring four mutually reinforcing traits to bear that even the good ones can’t.
  8. Still the Sexiest Profession Aliveby DJ Patil (Nov 2013)
    Data scientist jobs are very much in demand as companies grapple with the challenge of making valuable discoveries from Big Data. Is a huge crowd just joining the bandwagon?
  9. 10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Databy Tom Davenport (Nov 2013)
    Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people. Explore the 10 types.
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Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Northern Arizona University recently received the prestigious 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. “This award is truly an honor and reflects the investment and… Read More →

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool — known as KlebSeq — for potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. HAIs affect hundreds of thousands of patients annually and add nearly $10 billion in associated healthcare costs. The findings,… Read More →

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Shea Homes Arizona will open its newest development, 24 North, a gated community in North Phoenix consisting of 111 two-story single family detached courtyard villas. There will be four progressive exterior architectural designs available Contemporary, Sonoran, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. Modern interior features include large great rooms, versatile lofts… Read More →

Foreign Trade Zones are useful tools for companies to save money. It s an area that, for U.S. Customs purposes, is considered to be international commerce. Any foreign or domestic material can be moved into an FTZ without being subject to U.S. Customs duties. An FTZ is operated as a public venture sponsored by a municipality… Read More →

Three Nussbaum Gillis Dinner, P.C. lawyers, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most respected referral lists of attorneys in practice. Nussbaum was selected in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law,… Read More →

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $9,369,873 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2016 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Dan Mahoney announced Thursday. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s total of $9,060,731, and marks the… Read More →

Small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs in Tempe have a new business resource center and coworking space in the community. Located in the Tempe Public Library, which is at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) will host workshops to help small business owners as well as those considering starting new ones, provide… Read More →

Updated guidelines for treating people infected with Valley Fever, a disease caused by a fungus that is common in the U.S. Southwest, have been produced by a panel of experts led by John N. Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The recommendations include suggested treatment options for… Read More →

Wells Fargo Company (NYSE: WFC) dulled out a total of $500,000 in donations for seven local nonprofits that will help revitalize Maricopa County neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program. The local grant recipients were identified in collaboration with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton. The Wells Fargo Foundation is providing grants to the following… Read More →

Arizona s Most Admired Companies awards program is gearing up for its seventh year of honoring excelling firms that have made a huge impact on the state. The awards program is designed to recognize the contributions and impact all Arizona employers bring in five categories: customer opinion, innovation, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture. As… Read More →

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) has dosed its first three patients as part of the launch of a Phase I clinical trial using a novel antibody to treat patients with advanced solid tumors. CTCA® at Western — located in Goodyear, west of Phoenix — is the first site… Read More →

Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway are opening six new Sonora Quest Laboratories Patient Service Centers (PSCs) located at Safeway stores statewide throughout Arizona. The new locations in Arizona are in addition to the two PSCs opened in November 2015. Customers will enjoy convenient lab testing services, the most accurate diagnostic capabilities and direct access testing at the new… Read More →

Barring any sudden changes, a significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is scheduled to go into effect on December 1, making an estimated 4.2 million additional salaried white collar American workers eligible for overtime pay. In approximately three months, the federal minimum salary level for overtime pay for FLSA-covered workers will increase… Read More →

Last night s Primary races in Arizona ran much smoother than the state s Presidential Primary (unless you were tracking the election on the Arizona Secretary of State website, which crashed much through the night) and the results are in. Some precincts are still reporting, according to the Dorn Policy Group, but the group stated many of the… Read More →

The median in-network deductible on an employer-sponsored PPO health plan increased 50 percent, from $1,000 to $1,500 in 2016, yet employer costs remain steady, according to the newly released 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits. Despite these significant deductible increases, nearly half of all… Read More →





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Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Northern Arizona University recently received the prestigious 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. “This award is truly an honor and reflects the investment and… Read More →

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool — known as KlebSeq — for potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. HAIs affect hundreds of thousands of patients annually and add nearly $10 billion in associated healthcare costs. The findings,… Read More →

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Shea Homes Arizona will open its newest development, 24 North, a gated community in North Phoenix consisting of 111 two-story single family detached courtyard villas. There will be four progressive exterior architectural designs available Contemporary, Sonoran, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. Modern interior features include large great rooms, versatile lofts… Read More →

Foreign Trade Zones are useful tools for companies to save money. It s an area that, for U.S. Customs purposes, is considered to be international commerce. Any foreign or domestic material can be moved into an FTZ without being subject to U.S. Customs duties. An FTZ is operated as a public venture sponsored by a municipality… Read More →

Three Nussbaum Gillis Dinner, P.C. lawyers, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most respected referral lists of attorneys in practice. Nussbaum was selected in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law,… Read More →

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $9,369,873 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2016 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Dan Mahoney announced Thursday. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s total of $9,060,731, and marks the… Read More →

Small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs in Tempe have a new business resource center and coworking space in the community. Located in the Tempe Public Library, which is at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) will host workshops to help small business owners as well as those considering starting new ones, provide… Read More →

Updated guidelines for treating people infected with Valley Fever, a disease caused by a fungus that is common in the U.S. Southwest, have been produced by a panel of experts led by John N. Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The recommendations include suggested treatment options for… Read More →

Wells Fargo Company (NYSE: WFC) dulled out a total of $500,000 in donations for seven local nonprofits that will help revitalize Maricopa County neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program. The local grant recipients were identified in collaboration with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton. The Wells Fargo Foundation is providing grants to the following… Read More →

Arizona s Most Admired Companies awards program is gearing up for its seventh year of honoring excelling firms that have made a huge impact on the state. The awards program is designed to recognize the contributions and impact all Arizona employers bring in five categories: customer opinion, innovation, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture. As… Read More →

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) has dosed its first three patients as part of the launch of a Phase I clinical trial using a novel antibody to treat patients with advanced solid tumors. CTCA® at Western — located in Goodyear, west of Phoenix — is the first site… Read More →

Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway are opening six new Sonora Quest Laboratories Patient Service Centers (PSCs) located at Safeway stores statewide throughout Arizona. The new locations in Arizona are in addition to the two PSCs opened in November 2015. Customers will enjoy convenient lab testing services, the most accurate diagnostic capabilities and direct access testing at the new… Read More →

Barring any sudden changes, a significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is scheduled to go into effect on December 1, making an estimated 4.2 million additional salaried white collar American workers eligible for overtime pay. In approximately three months, the federal minimum salary level for overtime pay for FLSA-covered workers will increase… Read More →

Last night s Primary races in Arizona ran much smoother than the state s Presidential Primary (unless you were tracking the election on the Arizona Secretary of State website, which crashed much through the night) and the results are in. Some precincts are still reporting, according to the Dorn Policy Group, but the group stated many of the… Read More →

The median in-network deductible on an employer-sponsored PPO health plan increased 50 percent, from $1,000 to $1,500 in 2016, yet employer costs remain steady, according to the newly released 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits. Despite these significant deductible increases, nearly half of all… Read More →





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Twice this week I got asked a similar question, “How do I find good PHP developers to hire?” The first one was a recruiter who had originally tried to hire me because she “read my resume”. (Obviously, she skipped over the part where I’ve not written any serious code in several years) Since she didn’t bother to really read my resume to begin with, I’m pretty sure she won’t bother to read this post.

The second one, however, was a just someone trying to find PHP developers for his team. Since he wrote me a nice email asking advice, I decided to reply in kind. Three pages and one thousand words later, he had my answer. (Honestly, I didn’t expect it to be this long) I share it here with you – slightly edited to remove some geographically specific advice that probably won’t apply to you – in hopes that when you are in the same position you can get a head start in finding good developers.

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That is a very interesting question. I’m happy to share what I know. Let me start with a bit of disclosure. One of my side gigs is helping companies find and screen PHP developers. I’ll try not to make this a self-serving answer though. )

Chris Cornutt runs it and he will post your jobs for free. This is a well respected site in the PHP community and it’s also picked up by a lot of other sites so your posting will have legs.

PUGs

Find your local PHP User Group. (I am always surprised at the people who don’t do this.) First, find out what their policies are about posting job notices on their mailing list. It’s better to ask first than be banned later. Most User Groups are happy to have job postings as long as they are not too frequent. Those that are on the fence can usually be swayed by offering to buy beer/pizza at the next meeting. (Do the math here, major job boards charge $400-$500 for a posting that goes to the entire world. $75 worth of pizza and beer will get your message out to the 20-30 people to whom you really want to talk.) Another tip, offer to host the groups meeting one month. This is a great way to get 20+ developers to drop by your office, drink a beer with you, talk shop and maybe even give you their email address so you can “discuss opportunities” with them.

Community

This one is a bit of a longer play but it will pay off. Get involved in the community. If you are already, great, keep it up; if not, start now. As the great salesman Harvey Mackay said “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty “. Hang out in irc, look for people looking for jobs, figure out who is who and keep a list of people you want to hire. The same applies to mailing lists. Most PUGs have mailing lists. Join, lurk, answer questions when you can, post when appropriate and take notes on who is answering questions and who is asking them.(Both are good things, by the way.) On your who’s who list, make note of the stars and the up and comers. When you need talent fast that can hit the ground running, you go to your stars list. When you have a slot open that isn’t urgent, dip into you ” up and comers” list to fill it.

One word of warning. I’ve seen companies hire from the community and not realize the responsibility they are taking on. Community members are great employees because they have learned to help and where to get help. You have to let them continue with this practice though. This means you will get several requests a year from each member to attend conferences; possibly even speak at them. You have to be prepared to allow and even encourage this behavior. It is part of what you are buying.

Consider Telecommuters

[Again, a bit of disclosure, I speak a lot about telecommuting and help companies figure out how to setup telecommuting programs that work.]
If you can’t find talent or you can’t find talent in your price range, consider hiring someone from another area. I got an email from a guy yesterday that is looking but only for telecommute jobs. This guy is a heavy lifter when it comes to coding but he can’t move though for family reasons. If it weren’t for the location restriction any team would be lucky to have him but so many companies pass him (and others like him) over because of the short-sightedness of “If I can’t see them, how do I know they are working?” Telecommuting opens up your potential talent pool 100 fold.

Telecommuting also does away with the unfunded mandate of commuting to work.

Sure, telecommuting not for everyone but I’ve managed entire teams where no two people lived within 150 miles of each other and with the right program and the right people, it works great. You get the talent you need to get your project out the door. The developers gets the freedom to work where they want…as long as they work.

Attend Conferences

There is a reason that major companies host afterhours events at conferences. They are looking for the same thing you are, access to talent they can hire. You don’t have to be a sponsor though to scout for talent at a conference. Buy a ticket, attend, and hang out. There is usually a “hang out” place where those who don’t want to attend a session park themselves. Park yourself there with a T-Shirt that has “I AM HIRING PHP DEVELOPERS” on the back. (and have a stack of business cards, note pad and pen handy.)

Currently, ZendCon. CodeWorks and php|tek are the conferences that I am personally involved with, we are happy to have you at any of them. If you are unsure which is best for you, contact your local PUG and ask them.

Oh and I am organizing DayCamp4Developers.com an on-line conference, and I encourage you to become a sponsor. )

Get your developers to write about your company/work environment

Have you got a company blog? Are your developers regularly posting on it? Does each of your developers have a “special story” about something cool the company did that touched their lives? Get these stories on a blog somewhere, preferably on the corporate blog. When you approach a potential candidate, the first thing the smart ones are going to do is Google you and your company. Make sure that what they see excites them.

Do things that make your developers want to sing your praises

Find something each month that you can do for your developers that makes them stop and think “Damn, I am glad I work here.” A paycheck is not enough these days. You want to use their talents for your benefit so you’ve got to woo them. Dinner, dancing, chocolates, bling, you know how to woo a mate, put the same effort into attracting developers. Side Note: I am not saying we need to return to the days of Limo Recruiting or Foosball tables. However, if you provide Dual-Screen, quad-core machines with 8GB of RAM and 1TB of HD for every developer, that is a selling point. Tell people. More importantly, actually deploy machines like that for your developers and THEY will tell people.

It boils down to this. There is a talent war going on for PHP developers. Promising a regular paycheck won’t do it anymore. Developers need to feel respected, empowered, and engaged. If you want them to use their talents for you, you have to show them that you and the company respect them, that your project has interesting technical challenges for them to overcome, and that you are willing to let them solve them in their way.

I hope this has helped,
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This News Blog Provides Recent Truck Accident News Reports Worldwide. Updated frequently to bring you the latest news from local sources.

Leading Causes Of Accidents:

Distracted Drivers, Rear End Collisions, Left Turn Violations, Running Red Lights and Stop Signs, Failure to Yield, Big Truck Roll-Overs and Unsafe Lane Changes.

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One or more drivers violated One Safe Driving Rule; Failure to Look Ahead as Far as You Can See When Driving or Failure To Pay Attention To The Road .

Don’t become a statistic by following their example. Use this simple safe driving tip that professional drivers know and trust. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT SAFE DRIVING RULE FOR DRIVERS. When this rule is violated, disastorous consequences may result. You’ll see many of these unfortunate drivers as you look through the Crash Reports. This truck accident news blog is part of the Truckers News Feed Published by FasterTruck.com

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Truck crash spills medical supplies into Wenatchee River | KING5.com
KING5.com
Washington State Patrol is asking the public to report any packages floating in the Wenatchee River after a Postal Express truck crashed near Leavenworth.
Postal Express truck crash sends boxes of medical supplies down. KIRO Seattle
Postal Express truck crash sends boxes of medical supplies into. ActionNewsJax.com

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Five-year-old girl hit by truck in Wyong on way home from school dies
NEWS.com.au
THE family of a five-year-old-girl hit by a truck as she got off her school bus in front of her mother and sister said their little girl was in “a better place”. Mariasusanna Vaafusuaga, known as Sana to her tight-knit Samoan-Australian family, loved .

Postal Express truck crash sends boxes of medical supplies into creek near Levenworth
KIRO Seattle
LEVENWORTH, Wash. – The Washington State Patrol is asking the public to report any shipping packages found along Peshastin Creek from milepost 184 to US 97 downstream to the Wenatchee River. Around 8:30 a.m. Saturday a Postal Express truck was.
Truck crash spills medical supplies into river, creek near Leavenworth KING5.com
Postal Express truck crash sends boxes of medical supplies into creek ActionNewsJax.com

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Postal truck crash sends boxes down creek near Leavenworth
KOMO News
Postal truck crash sends boxes down creek near Leavenworth. by KOMO Staff. Saturday, May 27th 2017. A postal truck ran off U.S. Route 97 on Saturday and into a creek. Boxes of medical supplies and auto parts floated away. (Photo: Washington State.

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Truck crash closes Barkly Hwy for second time in 48 hours
The North West Star
Less than 48 hours after Cloncurry man Keith Hulett was killed in an accident outside Mount Isa, another truck crash has closed the Barkly Hwy, this time 50km west of Cloncurry. A one kilometre exclusion zone is on the site of the crash due to fears of .

Highway 63 closed in both directions after truck crash
CBC.ca
Highway 63 is closed in both directions after the driver of a semi-trailer lost control and rolled the truck into the centre median near Boyle, Alta. Friday night. No injuries have been reported, but Boyle RCMP say the truck spilled natural-gas .

Construction Site Theft, Tow Truck Crash Among Recent Police Activity In Newtown Township
Patch.com
At approximately 1:20 pm police responded to a home on Sequoia Drive to meet with the resident who wanted to report a hit and run incident. The vehicle was legally parked on the street and the owner noticed the damage in the morning. Around 2:45 pm a.

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Reported garbage truck crash in Deansboro
Utica Observer Dispatch
Local law enforcement Friday are investigating reports that a garbage truck crashed into a home in Deansboro. Local law enforcement Friday are investigating reports that a garbage truck crashed into a home in Deansboro. At 11:45 a.m. a caller reported .

One Person Taken to Hospital After Pickup Truck Crash in Troy
WABI
Authorities say weather and poor visibility may be to blame for a crash in Troy that sent one person to the hospital. Crews were called to Detroit Road about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. The Waldo County Sheriff says a pickup truck with a snowmobile in the back .

Semi truck crash spills lumber across eastbound I-90 | KING5.com
KING5.com
A semi truck crash spilled lumber across all lanes of eastbound Interstate 90 at State Route 18 near Snoqualmie Friday, making for a rough start to the Memorial.
Lumber truck crash shuts down eastbound I-90 – seattlepi.com seattlepi.com

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32 Hurt In Bus/Truck Crash. Shuts Down N.J. Turnpike In South Jersey (Video)
Patch.com
32 Hurt In Bus/Truck Crash. N.J. Turnpike Reopened In South Jersey (Video). Thirty-two people were people injured in a bus/truck crash that shut down a part of the New Jersey Turnpike early Friday, police said.

Lumber truck crash shuts down eastbound I-90
seattlepi.com
Would-be vacationers trying to get a jump on holiday traffic got a rude awakening after a collision involving two semi trucks blocked eastbound I-90 for more than two hours early Friday morning. The crash happened about 5 a.m. just west of Snoqualmie .
Semi truck crash spills lumber across eastbound I-90 KING5.com

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Vehicle, trash truck crash into Harrisburg yard with cows
WBTV
A vehicle and trash truck collided in Harrisburg Friday morning, opening a fence to cows. The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. on Stallings Road at Bovine Road. The Harrisburg Fire Department said they were also working to clean up a fluid leak.

Two killed, five injured in truck crash in Trat
The Nation
A speeding pickup truck crashed into a trailer truck late Thursday night, killing two people and injuring five others in Trat province. Police said the accident happened at 11.30 pm on the Khao Saming-Trat Road in Khao Saming district. The pickup .

I-65 lanes slow south of Columbus after truck accident
The Republic
An accident north of the Seymour/Jonesville exit has closed the passing lanes of Interstate 65 both northbound and southbound, police report. The southbound passing lane of Interstate 65 is closed at the 58-mile-marker as crews chip away at removing a.

One dead in Northland after truck crash on notorious stretch of road
Stuff.co.nz
One person has died after a truck crash on Otaika Valley Rd, Maungatapere. (file photo). A person has died after a truck crash. adding to a string of incidents on a notorious stretch of Northland road. The truck and another vehicle crashed near the .

VIDEO: Truck crash on Pacific Highway
Clarence Valley Daily Examiner
CREWS have worked through the night to salvage a truck which ran off the Pacific Highway north of Grafton. At about 1.30am the southbound truck left the road down a steep embankment in a roadworks zone just north of Centenary Drive, Clarenza, about.

Nevada Moonlite Bunny Ranch Damaged After Semi-Truck Crashes Into Brothel
TIME
The entrance of the famous Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Mound House, Nev. was destroyed early Thursday when a semi-truck crashed into the building. Authorities arrested the truck’s driver at the scene, according to the Associated Press, and he faces charges.
Police: Truck crashed on purpose into famed Nevada brothel The Republic

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21 hogs die in Goldsboro truck crash caught on Facebook Live
KTRK-TV
A small businessman captured a crash involving a hog truck while doing a Facebook Live video. WTVD. Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:54PM. GOLDSBORO, North Carolina –. A terrifying crash in Wayne County was caught on Facebook Live on Wednesday.

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About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

Northern Arizona University recently received the prestigious 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. “This award is truly an honor and reflects the investment and… Read More →

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool — known as KlebSeq — for potentially deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), such as Klebsiella pneumoniae. HAIs affect hundreds of thousands of patients annually and add nearly $10 billion in associated healthcare costs. The findings,… Read More →

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Shea Homes Arizona will open its newest development, 24 North, a gated community in North Phoenix consisting of 111 two-story single family detached courtyard villas. There will be four progressive exterior architectural designs available Contemporary, Sonoran, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. Modern interior features include large great rooms, versatile lofts… Read More →

Foreign Trade Zones are useful tools for companies to save money. It s an area that, for U.S. Customs purposes, is considered to be international commerce. Any foreign or domestic material can be moved into an FTZ without being subject to U.S. Customs duties. An FTZ is operated as a public venture sponsored by a municipality… Read More →

Three Nussbaum Gillis Dinner, P.C. lawyers, Randy Nussbaum, Greg Gillis and Dean Dinner, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, one of the most respected referral lists of attorneys in practice. Nussbaum was selected in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law,… Read More →

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $9,369,873 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2016 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Dan Mahoney announced Thursday. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s total of $9,060,731, and marks the… Read More →

Small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs in Tempe have a new business resource center and coworking space in the community. Located in the Tempe Public Library, which is at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) will host workshops to help small business owners as well as those considering starting new ones, provide… Read More →

Updated guidelines for treating people infected with Valley Fever, a disease caused by a fungus that is common in the U.S. Southwest, have been produced by a panel of experts led by John N. Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. The recommendations include suggested treatment options for… Read More →

Wells Fargo Company (NYSE: WFC) dulled out a total of $500,000 in donations for seven local nonprofits that will help revitalize Maricopa County neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program. The local grant recipients were identified in collaboration with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Greg Stanton. The Wells Fargo Foundation is providing grants to the following… Read More →

Arizona s Most Admired Companies awards program is gearing up for its seventh year of honoring excelling firms that have made a huge impact on the state. The awards program is designed to recognize the contributions and impact all Arizona employers bring in five categories: customer opinion, innovation, leadership excellence, social responsibility and workplace culture. As… Read More →

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Major Harris led West Virginia to the doorstep of a national championship in 1989.
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This weekend, Harris joins 23 others being officially enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame. Festivities are already underway with a celebrity golf scramble, block party, parade and pep rally taking place today in South Bend, Ind. The enshrinement dinner and show will air on ESPN Saturday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Harris was the first quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 5,000 during his three-year Mountaineer career. In 1988, he led West Virginia to an 11-0 regular season record and a meeting against No. 1-ranked Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. That year Harris completed 105 of 186 pass attempts for 1,915 yards and 14 touchdowns while also rushing 134 times for 610 yards and six scores. West Virginia had the nation’s No. 2-ranked scoring offense in ’88 averaging 42.9 points per game.

A year later, Harris almost singlehandedly guided WVU to the Gator Bowl, leading the team in passing (2,058 yards) and rushing (936 yards).

“Major Harris went a long way to destroy all of the stereotypes that a black player could not play quarterback,” said ESPN’s Mike Patrick.

“The guy was just a great play-maker who always seemed to find ways to come through in the clutch while making everyone around him better,” noted ESPN college football writer Bruce Feldman, who first joined ESPN The Magazine in 1995.

With the possible exception of Jeff Hostetler, no Mountaineer player before Harris has come close to receiving the extensive media coverage Major did during his playing says. Harris arrived at the same time ESPN was transforming college football into one of America’s most popular sports. Eight times Harris appeared on national television during his WVU career, including five appearances on the Family of Networks.

“I remember seeing Don Nehlen during Major’s redshirt freshman year when I was in Morgantown working a game and he said, ‘Mike, wait until you see the kid I’ve got for quarterback next year. He’s a good one,’” Patrick recalled.

The one Harris moment etched in everyone’s minds came against Penn State in 1988 when he faked out the entire Nittany Lion defense for a 26-yard touchdown. Patrick, who grew up in nearby Clarksburg and has closely followed the Mountaineers during his long and successful broadcasting career, fully understood the meaning of that touchdown run and subsequent victory to Mountaineer Nation.

“For all of the long suffering WVU fans to watch the way he played in that game took 25 years of frustration away,” Patrick said. “The play was an option to the right, he went left – he went in the wrong direction – and it was him against 11 white shirts. Eleven to one wasn’t good odds and he made one of the greatest runs of all-time. The circumstances and who it was against, that is what made it so special.”

There was another Harris play stuck in Patrick’s mind. It came during Major’s freshman year in 1987.

“He took a snap from center, scrambled around the backfield and a receiver was way down the field wide open 55 or 60 yards away and basically quit running because he felt the quarterback wasn’t going to throw the ball to him,” said Patrick. “Well, Major stopped on a dead run and threw it down the field about 10 yards over his head.”

Perhaps no one covering college football today has a better understanding of the history of the sport than Ivan Maisel, who worked for the Dallas Morning News in the late 1980s during Harris’ playing days. Maisel believes Harris was primarily responsible for turning West Virginia into a national football program in the late 1980s.

“Major Harris may not have been the first hybrid quarterback of the modern era – we now expect quarterbacks to have the ability to run and to pass – but in the late 1980s, Harris became a revelation,” Maisel said. “Defenses didn’t know how to handle him. His stewardship of the Mountaineers in those wonderful seasons of 1988-89 turned West Virginia from a regional team into a national team. The Mountaineers have been taken seriously ever since.”

ESPN columnist Mark Schlabach has a similar appreciation for the history of the sport, having graduated from the University of Georgia and spending two years covering college football for the Washington Post. Whenever Schlabach plays Mountaineer football word association, Major Harris is usually the first name that comes to his mind.

“When I think of West Virginia football I think of two players: Sam Huff and Major Harris,” Schlabach said. “Harris was light years ahead of the more mobile quarterbacks we see today. He had a rare combination of passing and running skills and nearly led the Mountaineers to the national championship.”

ESPN’s Pat Forde covered college football for the Louisville Courier-Journal in the late 1980s and was on hand to see Harris perform his magic against the Cardinals in 1989.

“Major Harris was, first and foremost, just a joy to watch,” said Forde. “He played quarterback with nerve and verve and charisma. He conjured big plays out of big trouble. He showcased great athleticism and great leadership and he really helped put West Virginia football on the map, taking the program to the brink of a national championship. When I think of Mountaineer football, he’s still one of the first two or three names that come to mind.”

Major Harris is the 11th person with WVU ties to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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The Sporting News’ Tom Dienhart also covered Harris while he was working in Pittsburgh at the Post-Gazette.

“In many ways, Major Harris was ahead of his time in his ability to control a game with his arm and his legs,” Dienhart said. “He was a true difference-maker, a leader and trend-setter who literally carried West Virginia to the precipice of the national championship. Few players have so dominated the way Harris did for WVU.”

Those influenced solely by Harris’ unsuccessful post-collegiate football career fail to understand his true impact on the game in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Former West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez has said on several different occasions that the genesis of his revolutionary no-huddle spread offense occurred in 1989 when he was a graduate assistant on Don Nehlen’s coaching staff and he saw all of the different ways Nehlen was using his best player.

Back in the 1980s, Major Harris – in Maisel’s words – was a revelation. Today, players like him are merely an expectation if you want to have a winning football program.

“I’m not sure any player made more of an impact for one team during the 1980s,” Schlabach said. “Just as importantly, Harris’ performance with the Mountaineers opened the door for later African-American quarterbacks like Charlie Ward, Michael Vick and Pat White.”

“I’ll ultimately remember Harris as the first dual-threat quarterback who paved the way for the likes of fellow Mountaineer Pat White, his impact on the current game, and what we’ve come to expect from the quarterback position can’t be underscored,” added CNNSI.com college football writer Cory McCartney.

“Major Harris took your breath away with the things he could do on the football field,” Patrick said. “I am so happy for him on this wonderful day.”

Mike Montoro contributed to this story.

1989 West Virginia University promotional video. Produced by MSN.


Big Data: What it Means to IT Managers #big #data #management #tools


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Big Data: What it Means to IT Managers on the Front Lines

Big Data: yet another “game-changer” IT pros must grapple with these days. But not in the usual way.

Companies like Google and Facebook are demonstrating that a solid data management strategy can make a huge difference to a company’s bottom line. Corporations everywhere are paying attention; C-level executives are increasingly using insights gained from analyzing Big Data to make business decisions. As a result, companies are promoting IT from cost center to partner in strategic data management.

The term Big Data refers to the vast amounts of unstructured data that result from people’s interactions with the Internet, social media and mobile apps. It s the kind of data that doesn’t fit neatly into rows and columns with clear relationships on which simple queries and reports can be based.

More and more, IT managers on the front lines are actively participating in efforts to extract meaning from the Big Data companies collect and store. Therefore, IT managers would do well to learn all they can about Big Data and what can be done to help their company mold a solid data management strategy.

Making sense of Big Data

Examples of Big Data are videos, images, transactions, web pages, email, social media content, click-stream data, search indexes, sensor data, etc. – a wide variety of raw, semi-structured and unstructured data that can’t be processed and analyzed using traditional processes and tools, like relational databases.

But the term Big Data also refers to the volume and velocity of the data generated today. IBM, in its e-book, Understanding Big Data: Analytics for Enterprise Class Hadoop and Streaming Data, explains it this way: the interconnectivity of people and things via technology generates data continuously; technology makes it possible to collect a massive amount of data; but, most of this data isn’t relational and can’t be processed by traditional database systems. Moreover, much of it needs to be analyzed in real time. According to this definition, Big Data encompasses data at rest and data in motion.

So it’s no small wonder that Big Data is so unwieldy. The challenge is to formulate the right questions to extract meaning out of terabytes, even petabytes (and some day zettabytes!) of data data organizations feel compelled to collect and store even though its value is not always immediately known. For some companies, putting two and two together may be the only thing standing in the way of greatness.

Except making that connection is really hard. It’s expensive and time consuming to use traditional database tools to analyze Big Data, and it’s not always possible – there might be too much data in too many different formats. Plus, there’s a steep learning curve when it comes to Big Data new tools require a new set of expertise.

For these reasons, Big Data directly impacts IT managers in the following four ways:

  • Traditional relational databases cannot deal effectively with Big Data, making it necessary to search for alternatives. New processes and tools may be required to manage the Big Data flowing back and forth across the enterprise, and to process and analyze it.
  • New storage systems may be needed as well. Data must be collected and stored whether its value is immediately known or not.
  • A business person submitting a written request to IT no longer makes sense when the need for real time analysis of data in motion is factored in. So, new tools must be acquired or developed in-house for end users to get at the information they need on their own.
  • Managers may need to add staff or train the current staff to bring the department up to speed on the hardware and software needed to handle Big Data.

Turning Big Data into something useful

For companies to get a handle on Big Data and use it to boost their productivity, IT must collaborate with the business side of the organization to develop a data management strategy that will deliver measurable results.

The components of an effective data management strategy are: 1) storage, 2) security, 3) data reconciliation, 4) information extraction, and 5) insight distribution throughout organization.

Storage

While it may seem unnecessary to collect and store every piece of information ever generated, the Economist Intelligence Unit recently reported that “many industry experts believe that larger data sets are beneficial for comprehensive analysis and that new technologies are speeding up the results more effectively.”

Given that large amounts of data provide more reliable insights, storage is an integral part of a robust data management solution. Big Data storage refers to types of storage that can handle huge volumes of unstructured data. Disk storage is not well-suited for Big Data because of its cost, lack of scalability and latency issues. Therefore, shared storage in a cloud-based environment is a better option.

Storage platforms designed specifically to organize the many, many server racks necessary to store Big Data are required. The leading platforms include:

NoSQL databases, also called non-relational or cloud databases. are replacing traditional relational databases as the tool of choice for data management. Amazon DynamoDB is an example of a hosted, cloud-based database management solution.

Security

The security architecture needed to secure a company’s Big Data must be considered from the very beginning with access control and encryption built in. Depending on the information collected, individuals and the company could be at risk if it were to leak outside the organization. Each piece of information collected should be encrypted as it is captured and stored with the credentials necessary to access that data, to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the data and to satisfy regulatory requirements.

Data reconciliation

Once the storage and security architectures are planned out, the next step is to introduce standards, validate and verify the data, and find ways to reduce redundancies. The data from various systems across the enterprise housed in information “silos” must be integrated as well. As the Economist Intelligence Unit report points out, “There are as many uses of data as there are types of data. They can inform strategy, increase efficiency, identify markets and enhance customer experiences. None of these can be accomplished, however, unless the data are clean, accurate and reliable.”

Information extraction

As previously mentioned, the real challenge of Big Data is to extract meaning out of the massive volumes of data collected. Sophisticated business intelligence software is needed to accomplish this task. Some Big Data tools that analyze data at rest recently reviewed by CIO.com include:

  • Jaspersoft BI Suite
  • Pentaho Business Analytics
  • Karmasphere Studio and Analyst
  • Talend Open Studio
  • Skytree Server
  • Tableau Desktop and Server
  • Splunk

Analysis of Big Data in motion can be performed with the right technology. Special systems are required to handle a constant flow of data like that generated by social networking websites and sensor data. “Stream computing” refers to a high-performance system that can take in multiple data streams from various sources, process it, and then spit it back out as a single stream of data. IBM is a leader in this area.

Insight distribution

Insight distribution refers to the need for processes and tools to disseminate the information gleaned from Big Data throughout the organization. Leaders need the information at their disposal in order to make better business decisions. This is where new tools for end users to get on-demand, real time analysis on their own become important.

Successfully Navigating Big Data

While analysis of Big Data has the potential to provide actionable insight that can generate financial windfalls for companies, if a compelling business case can’t be made to justify the project, it may be doomed from the start, says Jill Dyche, Vice-President of Thought Leadership at DataFlux Corporation, in a recent blog post. Dyche advises companies to think hard about the answers to these five questions when contemplating an investment in Big Data:

  1. What are the goals of the project and what does the company want Big Data to help it accomplish?
  2. What current resources can the company build on to develop a comprehensive data management strategy?
  3. How will the company avoid scope-creep?
  4. What are the criteria for success and how will progress be measured along the way?
  5. Can the company manage the structural and process changes that will inevitably result?

If the company can answer these questions to its satisfaction, then chances are developing a solid data management strategy to deal with Big Data is worth it.

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Top 10 Java Performance Troubleshooting Tools

Top 10 Java Performance Troubleshooting Tools

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Here are 10 tools useful for Java application performance troubleshooting.

  • jconsole comes together with JDK 1.5 and above. It is a Java Monitoring and Management Console – JMX-compliant graphical tool for monitoring a Java virtual machine. It can monitor both local and remote JVMs.
  • VisualVM is a visual tool that integrates several existing JDK software tools and lightweight memory and CPU profiling capabilities. This tool is designed for both production and development time use and further enhances the capability of monitoring and performance analysis for the Java SE platform.
  • HeapAnalyzer allows the finding of a possible Java™ heap leak area through its heuristic search engine and analysis of the Java TM heap dump in Java applications. It analyzes Java heap dumps by parsing the Java heap dump, creating directional graphs, transforming them into directional trees, and executing the heuristic search engine.
  • PerfAnal is a GUI-based tool for analyzing the performance of applications on the Java 2 Platform. You can use PerfAnal to identify performance problems in your code and locate code that needs tuning.
  • JAMon is a free, simple, high performance, thread safe, Java API that allows developers to easily monitor production applications.
  • Eclipse Memory Analyzer is a fast and feature-rich Java heap analyzer that helps you find memory leaks and reduce memory consumption.
  • GCViewer is a free open source tool to visualize data produced by the Java VM options -verbose:gc and -Xloggc: file . It also calculates garbage collection related performance metrics (throughput, accumulated pauses, longest pause, etc.).

If you are running your application on HP-UX platform, check out:

  • HPjmeter
    • Identify and diagnose performance problems in Java™ applications running on HP-UX
    • Monitor live Java™ applications and analyze profiling data
    • Capture profiling data with zero preparation when using JDK/JRE 5.0.04 or higher
    • Run the HPjmeter console on HP-UX, Linux, and Windows systems
    • Improve garbage collection performance

  • HPjconfig is a Java configuration tool for tuning your HP-UX 11i HP Integrity Itanium and HP 9000 PA-RISC system kernel parameters to match the characteristics of your application. HPjconfig provides kernel parameter recommendations tailored to your HP-UX hardware platform. It offers save and restore functions for easy distribution of tailored recommendations across your customer base. When given specific Java and HP-UX versions, HPjconfig will determine if all of the latest HP-UX patches required for Java performance and functionality are installed on the system, and highlight any missing or superseded patches.
  • Java Out-of-Box Tool is a stand-alone bundle that upon installation will install startup (RC) scripts, modify kernel parameters, rebuild the kernel, and reboot the system. During startup, the startup scripts will modify system tunables, thus providing better “Out of The Box” behavior for Java.

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    How the idea of LinkedIn’s People You May Know feature really clicked! The key player involved was a “Data Scientist”, a title coined by the two authors.
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    Which phase does a data scientist spend more time on? Data Discovery, data structuring and creating context. Should they shift their focus?
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  5. Get the Right Data Scientists Asking the “Wrong” Questionsby Josh Sullivan (Mar 2014)
    What makes an exceptional data scientist? Data by itself is meaningless. The skill curiosity is what makes the difference.
  6. A Data Scientist’s Real Job: Storytellingby Jeff Bladt and Bob Filbin (Mar 2013)
    How to derive insights intuitions from data? We “humanize” the data by turning raw numbers into a story about our performance.
  7. What Separates a Good Data Scientist from a Great Oneby Thomas C. Redman (Jan 2013)
    Better than the Best! Great data scientists bring four mutually reinforcing traits to bear that even the good ones can’t.
  8. Still the Sexiest Profession Aliveby DJ Patil (Nov 2013)
    Data scientist jobs are very much in demand as companies grapple with the challenge of making valuable discoveries from Big Data. Is a huge crowd just joining the bandwagon?
  9. 10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Databy Tom Davenport (Nov 2013)
    Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people. Explore the 10 types.
  10. How to Start Thinking Like a Data Scientistby Thomas C. Redman (Nov 2013)
    You don’t have to be a data scientist or a Bayesian statistician to tease useful insights from data. The author demonstrates how to think with a small exercise.
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Bond Market’s Big Illusion Revealed as U.S. Yields Turn Negative

For Kaoru Sekiai, getting steady returns for his pension clients in Japan used to be simple: buy U.S. Treasuries.

Compared with his low-risk options at home, like Japanese government bonds, Treasuries have long offered the highest yields around. And that’s been the case even after accounting for the cost to hedge against the dollar’s ups and downs — a common practice for institutions that invest internationally.

It’s been a “no-brainer since forever,” said Sekiai, a money manager at Tokyo-based DIAM Co. which oversees about $166 billion.

That truism is now a thing of the past. Last month, yields on U.S. 10-year notes turned negative for Japanese buyers who pay to eliminate currency fluctuations from their returns, something that hasn’t happened since the financial crisis. It’s even worse for euro-based investors, who are locking in sub-zero returns on Treasuries for the first time in history.

For a detailed description of how this index was created, click here.

For an analysis of hedging costs for Japanese investors, click here.

That quirk means the longstanding notion of the U.S. as a respite from negative yields in Japan and Europe is little more than an illusion. With everyone from Jeffrey Gundlach to Bill Gross warning of a bubble in bonds, it could ultimately upend the record foreign demand for Treasuries, which has underpinned their seemingly unstoppable gains in recent years.

“People like a simple narrative,” said Jeffrey Rosenberg, the chief investment strategist for fixed income at BlackRock Inc. which oversees $4.6 trillion. “But there isn’t a free lunch. You can’t simply talk about yield differentials without talking about currency differentials.”

DIAM’s Sekiai has been shunning Treasuries since April, a month after foreign holdings of U.S. debt hit a record. Instead, he favors bonds of France and Italy because they “offer some degree of yield and the currency-hedging costs are cheap.” That shift lines up with the latest available Treasury Department data, which showed that demand from non-U.S. investors in April and May was the weakest in a two-month stretch since 2013.

The fact that yields on 10-year Treasuries are still way higher than those in Japan or Germany is part of the reason foreigners are having such a hard time actually profiting from the difference. Negative interest rates outside the U.S. have caused a surge in demand for dollars and dollar assets, pushing up the cost to get into and out of the greenback at the same exchange rate to levels rarely seen in the past.

Ten-year yields in the U.S. are currently about 0.23 percentage point below a basket of bonds from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland on a hedged basis, versus 1.4 percentage points above on an unhedged basis, according to data compiled by BlackRock. At the start of the year, hedged Treasuries yielded over a half-percentage point more.

In Japan, where 10-year government bonds yield less than zero, the advantage for Treasuries has dwindled from a percentage point at the start of the year to less than 0.1 percentage point now. Without much added value for overseas investors, it’s harder to see foreign demand driving Treasuries to new records, especially as the Federal Reserve moves toward gradually raising rates.

Since falling to a record 1.318 percent on July 6, yields on 10-year notes have backed up as a string of economic reports such as last week’s jobs data bolstered the case for higher rates. They were at 1.58 percent today.

For a large swathe of institutional investors, especially those with conservative mandates, hedging is the norm when they go abroad. It eliminates the need to worry about the daily ebbs and flows in exchange rates and how that might affect their returns. When it comes to Treasuries, overseas buyers usually lock in a fixed exchange rate on the interest payments they get in dollars.

Conversion Costs

In that trade, the cost to convert payments from one currency to another is determined by the cross-currency basis swap. Take Japanese insurers as an example. Under normal circumstances, they would swap their yen for dollars and get interest on the yen they loaned out over the course of the contract.

But now, because the rate has turned negative, they’re effectively paying interest to lend the yen, which eats into their bond returns. That’s on top of the Libor rate they’ll need to pay for borrowing the dollars, which currently stands at 0.79 percent over three months.

The basis, as it’s known, was at minus 0.6425 percentage point for yen-based investors, which is close to the most expensive in five years. For those with euros, the basis is minus 0.43 percentage point. That’s more than twice as costly as the average over the past three years.

In a perfectly efficient market, none of this would matter. Differences in interest rates would be perfectly offset by the cost of exchanging two different currencies over time. But in the real world, things are far messier.

As unconventional monetary policies in Japan and Europe pushed yields lower and lower in recent years, demand for dollars has soared in tandem with the currency’s appreciation. Banks responded by demanding stiffer terms to swap into dollars as supply diminished, cutting into profits on the “carry trade” in Treasuries.

Treasuries will remain a better alternative for many overseas investors as long as an advantage exists, no matter how small the hedged yield pickup has become, according to Ralph Axel, a bond analyst at Bank of America Corp.

“They’ll just keep buying,” Axel said. Because of forces like negative rates and quantitative easing outside the U.S. “you clearly have a long-lasting bid.”

Of course, there’s the flip side. The overwhelming demand for U.S. currency is proving to be a boon for American investors and foreign central banks sitting on billions of dollars. Pacific Investment Management Co. also says there’s profit to be made by getting paid to swap dollars into yen.

Interest-Rate Swaps

Overseas money managers, though, have had to turn to more novel solutions to avoid the onerous hedging costs. Jack Loudoun, who helps oversee about $88 billion for Vontobel Asset Management in Zurich, says he prefers interest-rate swaps and futures on Treasuries to get exposure to the U.S. market because lower upfront costs help reduce foreign-exchange risk.

“We’re using derivatives to get access,” he said. “If you’re worried about hedging cost, swaps and futures are the avenues to go down.”

Whatever the strategy, there’s little debate over how important foreign demand is for the $13.4 trillion market for Treasuries.

“We’re at a point now where investors have to start thinking about this,” said Sachin Gupta, a foreign-bond fund manager at Pimco, which oversees $1.51 trillion. “As the cost of hedging rises to such an extent, there’s no extra carry to be had. That itself will slow down the demand — and, at some point, even reverse the demand — for Treasuries.”

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    Which phase does a data scientist spend more time on? Data Discovery, data structuring and creating context. Should they shift their focus?
  3. What Every Manager Should Know About Machine Learningby Mike Yeomans (July 2015)
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  4. Data Scientists Don’t Scaleby Stuart Frankel (May 2015)
    We are at a new phase of big data. Is Data capture and storage now less relevant than making it more useful impactful?
  5. Get the Right Data Scientists Asking the “Wrong” Questionsby Josh Sullivan (Mar 2014)
    What makes an exceptional data scientist? Data by itself is meaningless. The skill curiosity is what makes the difference.
  6. A Data Scientist’s Real Job: Storytellingby Jeff Bladt and Bob Filbin (Mar 2013)
    How to derive insights intuitions from data? We “humanize” the data by turning raw numbers into a story about our performance.
  7. What Separates a Good Data Scientist from a Great Oneby Thomas C. Redman (Jan 2013)
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BIG RED DOG Named to the Fast 50 by Austin Business Journal

August 31, 2016 by Will Schnier P.E.

BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting was again named one of the 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in central Texas by Austin Business Journal for the 2015 fiscal year. This award is a testament to our amazing clients and team members.

To qualify, companies must have experienced dramatic revenue growth during the past three years. Financial data is submitted by the companies, verified by a third party and then we rank the top 50 according to compounded revenue growth.

We were also honored with the same award in 2013 and 2014 .

Read more on the Austin Business Journal website .

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Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.





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About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

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