first_imgHard to believe that men reached the moon on a tiny fraction of the data available in the laptops we use today.We and our devices, our cities, even our clothes are leaving digital footprints all over the universe of big data.  Businesses really need to transform how we grapple with all this information.  It is still the case that knowledge is power, but the ability to use that knowledge is what will set successful companies apart. Recent research found that 64% of companies already believe big data is changing traditional business models and 24% are already feeling disruption from new competitors moving into their industries.  58% now expect to face increased competition from startups enabled by data. (Research Report from Capgemini and EMC)BAE Systems is a good example of business transformation using big data processing capability to better serve their customers.  BAE Systems is a British defense, security, and aerospace company with operations worldwide and works with EMC, using Isilon storage systems to handle billions of data records in a given day.  Their Applied Intelligence division focuses on cyber security, financial crime and complex data conundrums. In a telecommunications context, this means helping firms comply with data retention and security regulations while using big data analytics on behalf of those customers to evaluate usage patterns.What does that mean?  It means they are able to pinpoint root causes of faults in communication service provider networks and even reduce the overall cost of running those networks.  Making sure that data is available on demand and that integrity is maintained throughout all IT systems is critical in the regulated telecom industry.Data science is also being put to use within EMC Global Services.  Our Data Science team has developed a Population Based Ranking tool that identifies service outliers on a weekly basis to understand how a product is actually performing compared to a population-based statistical expectation.  This is helping us identify likely issues that could arise and fix them ahead of time – resolving things for our customers before they feel any impact to their business.  It is a program that will only keep growing.These are just a couple examples of using big data and data science within the enterprise space.  There are all kinds of efforts underway to put the power of data to good use in the world – such as EMC’s work with Earthwatch and companies like Datakind.With efforts like that already active in our world, as well as within business like at BAE Systems and EMC, who knows what else we can do?last_img read more


first_img“Infrastructure is an increasingly important asset class in portfolios, with its attributes for matching long-term liabilities particularly compelling,” he added.The £45m mandate will see a significant increase in the City of London Corporation Pension Fund’s infrastructure exposure.According to its 2011-12 annual report, it had combined private equity and infrastructure holdings of only £8.6m at the end of March last year, accounting for just over 1% of the fund’s £614m total portfolio.Annabel Wiscarson, executive director for business development at IFM Investors, said the firm would remain focused on European and North American projects.She also said she viewed the establishment of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform, the vehicle under development by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and Pension Protection Fund (PPF), as “complementary” to the approach taken by IFM.“Obviously, we’ve known about the PIP now for a year and a half or so, and all we keep seeing is them having a very similar philosophy to us – long-term ownership of infrastructure, conservative gearing,” she told IPE.“So, if anything, we are very happy to align ourselves with the PIP because it’s exactly how we started and how we continue to invest in infrastructure. We’ll be complementary with them.”PPF chief executive Alan Rubenstein recently said the PIP’s founding investors had shown a “willingness”, and the NAPF’s head Joanne Segars said she expected the fund to launch by the end of the year. The City of London is set to grow its infrastructure exposure, awarding Australia’s IFM a £45m (€53m) mandate to be split between the £720m local authority’s pension fund and a maintenance trust.IFM, jointly owned by 30 Australian Superannuation funds, will invest the mandate in core equity infrastructure holdings on behalf of both the pension fund and the local authority’s £470m Bridge House Estates, used to pay for the maintenance of local bridges.They previously won a £35m mandate from the Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund.Paul Mathews, corporate treasurer at the City of London Corporation, welcomed the ability to invest in a pre-existing portfolio of cash-generating assets based partially in the UK.last_img read more


first_imgThe former Leones Vegetarianos man duly missed out on the club’s 1-0 win over Kano Pillars in Port Harcourt on April 17 but has now been passed fit to return against Plateau United this weekend.“The doctor (Chukwuemeka Agi) asked him to stay away from training for a week and he duly complied.“He is available for selection for the next game against Plateau United in Jos. “Guy is an important player and he will make the attack even stronger,” Eguma told Rivers United media.Kuemian made his debut for Rivers United in the club’s 1-2 defeat to MFM FC in Lagos on February 24 and did not miss a single game until he strained his quadriceps in Owerri.He scored arguably the club’s most important goal in the league this season-an injury time winner in the match day five NPFL clash against Nasarawa United in Port Harcourt on March 6.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rivers United have been handed a massive boost ahead of Sunday’s match day 13 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Plateau United.This follows the news that Ivoirian striker, Kuy Kuemian Venance is fit again.Kuemian has not played for United since April 10 when he suffered a strain of the left quadriceps in the club’s 1-2 defeat to Heartland at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.last_img read more


first_img11 May 2020 England Golf Official Statement Tags: Coronavirus The UK Government has today provided clarification on outdoor recreation and rules on social distancing in England.These will affect how golf can be played from Wednesday 13 May and, in particular, the configuration of groupings on a golf course.Under new government rules released today (11 May), the following groupings will be permitted upon resumption of play:Individuals playing golf on their own.Two-balls comprising of individuals from different householdsAt the discretion of the golf club, members of the same household playing in two, three or four-balls.Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times.Government stipulates: “Government is updating the rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to: not meeting up with any more than one person from outside your household; continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household; good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces; and those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance. People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish. “You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household – this means you should not play team sports, except with members of your own household. People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there, because this does not involve contact with people outside your household.”Further clarification is being sought from government relating to the opening of professional shops and driving ranges as well as the carrying out of club fitting and coaching sessions.The following organisations have come together to help golf in the UK during the COVID-19 crisis and, through the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf, to work with Government to promote safe golf:The Belfry; the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association; the British Golf Industry Association; England Golf; the Golf Club Managers’ Association; Golf Ireland; the Golfing Union of Ireland; the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union; IMG; The Professional Golfers’ Association; PING; The R&A; Scottish Golf; Syngenta; the UK Golf Federation; Wales Golf.last_img read more