Be careful when evaluating for user experience

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Over the weekend I read an interesting discussion online about one organization’s software selection process, i.e., should we select solution ‘A’ or ‘B’. In the end the company went with solution ‘B’, and the decision was largely based on the idea of ‘user experience’ or usability. The specific details don’t matter here, (which is why I am not linking to the source), but it made me think that I should write about UX this week. And that made me think that I have written about UX a dew times before, and it might make sense to re-run a couple of those posts this week. So here goes – more from the archive on UX and usability….Read full article Be careful when evaluating for user experienceShared from Steve Boese on 27 Jun 2016 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.last_img read more

Australia’s AGN to build gas injection facility in Gladstone

first_img The new gas injection facility in Gladstone is estimated to cost $2.7m. (Credit: Pixabay/ Michal Jarmoluk) Australian Gas Networks (AGN), a part of the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), has decided to build A$4.2m ($2.7m) gas injection facility in Gladstone, on the Queensland’s central coast.The project, which aims to 10% renewable hydrogen into the city’s gas distribution networks, has also secured A$1.78m ($1.18m) in funding from the Queensland Government’s $15m ($9.8m) Hydrogen Industry Development Fund (HIDF).It is anticipated that plant construction will commence in November this year, with commissioning by October next year. The plant is expected to become fully operational in December 2021.Australian Gas Network’s CEO Ben Wilson: “The project supports Gladstone’s vision to be a key hub for Queensland’s domestic and hydrogen export industry, just as it is for natural gas today.“Gladstone plant can deliver a citywide proof-of-concept to enable implementation of blended hydrogen gas across regional cities in Australia.”Gladstone will also be home to HyP GladstoneGladstone will also be home to a planned Hydrogen Park Gladstone (HyP Gladstone) on Derby Street.The HyP Gladstone will have capacity to use green power from the local power grid to produce about 20kg of hydrogen per day and blend into the gas network.Featuring modular design, the facility will be equipped with a 175kW polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyser, water demineralisation system and process cooling equipment.The facility allows for expansion in the future to produce volumes beyond Gladstone’s needs.Recently, AGN has secured funding for the construction of Australian Hydrogen Centre, which will support the government’s aim to use hydrogen as a greenhouse gas free fuel in gas distribution networks. The project secures A$1.78m in funding from the Queensland Government’s $15m Hydrogen Industry Development Fund last_img read more

Officer of Royal Canadian Navy Charged of Espionage for Russia

first_img View post tag: Royal View post tag: Russia January 19, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Canadian View post tag: Charged View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Officer of Royal Canadian Navy Charged of Espionage for Russia Officer of Royal Canadian Navy Charged of Espionage for Russia Authorities View post tag: Espionage Officer of Royal Canadian Navy earlier arrested in Halifax is charged of espionage for Russia, reports CTV News.According to Canadian reporters, 40-year old Jeffrey Paul Delisle faced trial on Monday Jan 16 on two charges related to violation of information security acts.In particular, the officer is incriminated in illegal passing on secret documents to a foreign state since July 2007. According to CTV News, this state is Russia. Delisle was caught last week.He was intelligence officer at Canadian Forces Base Halifax in Trinity section responsible for coordination between Canadian Navy’s warships and NATO allies. Since the base has multinational status, Delisle had access to information dealing with ship movements and data about Canada’s allies.According to a source of CTV News, Canada is Russia’s target of active espionage. “Russian espionage in this country is as extensive and aggressive as it was during the Cold War”, said the TV channel’s interviewee.Canadian police commissioner Bob Paulson said that despite the seriousness of the situation, the data leak had no threat to public safety. Nevertheless, there have been no official statements on Delisle’s arrest so far. As for CTV, due to high sensitivity of the case, legal proceedings are under a publication ban. All examinations of witnesses will be held behind closed doors.Russia has not reacted on the CTV report so far.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 19, 2012 View post tag: Officer Share this articlelast_img read more

Jacksons Bakery Hull

first_imgMachinery: Vantage SystemWhy installed: Jacksons wanted to upgrade to a state-of-the-art recipe formulation system, which could guarantee every batch was right first time. So it decided to upgrade its Stevens Recipe Formulation and Average Weight Systems to the latest ’Vantage’ Systems, from Dataprocess Stevens.What it does: Its function allows the daily production requirements to be pulled from their Sage Line 500 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, which are then displayed on the Vantage touchscreen, so operators can select from the list of requirements, eliminating the need for a paper production schedule or a manual transfer of production data to a database.Tech spec: Lot numbers for each of the raw ingredients are recorded on the system, providing a comprehensive audit trail. Information relating to lot number, batch number, ingredient usage and operator productivity is captured and sent to the SAGE line 500. Once the batches have been weighed, mixed and baked, finished loaves are sampled using the Vantage average weight/SPC system. Weights are recorded and a pass or fail scenario is presented to operators.The latest integration with SAGE line 500 means it has one source of information.Problems solved: The system eliminates human error, by prompting operators through the recipe formulation process, one ingredient at a time. This ensures weighing tolerances are met and no over- or under-weighing happens.Supplied by: Stevens Groupwww.dataprocessstevens.comlast_img read more

Several apartment residents displaced after fire in Elkhart Monday

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Several apartment residents displaced after fire in Elkhart Monday Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp (Source: https://goo.gl/4hRlFI License: https://goo.gl/OOAQfn) Several people were evacuated from their homes early Monday morning after an apartment fire broke out in Elkhart.The Elkhart Fire Department was dispatched to the 1200 block of Midtown Court on reports of a structure fire just after 1:45 a.m.Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke throughout the third and fourth floors of the building.All of the occupants were evacuated safely from the building with the assistance of the Elkhart Police Department. One person was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for possible smoke inhalation.An investigation revealed the cause of the fire to be from a tenant falling asleep while smoking in bed. The apartment had no working smoke detectors, and the resident was alerted by another person living in the building.The Red Cross assisted 13 occupants who had been displaced due to smoke and water damage.The fire was under control just before 2:30 a.m. By Brooklyne Beatty – June 1, 2020 0 450 center_img TAGS1200 Midtown CourtapartmentcomplexElkhartelkhart generalfireinjuriesred crosssmoke inhalationsmoking Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleSouth Bend’s Police Chief reflects on the death of George FloydNext articleMore than 100 businesses damaged by rioting in Indianapolis Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest Twitter Google+last_img read more

Press release: Multi-million pound investment for the latest aerospace manufacturing and engine technology

first_img As the home of the first jet engine, the UK has an aerospace heritage that’s revered around the world. Through our modern Industrial Strategy, we will continue this legacy and have already committed to work with industry to invest £3.9 billion to further transform the sector. These 2 projects will see the best talent from the industry come together to help the UK reach even greater heights in aerospace excellence. DE-ICER (Design Excellence – Ice Crystal Engine Research)£7 million, focuses on tackling the formation of ice crystals that can damage an aircraft. The project aims to target current gaps in ice crystal formation research and develop anti-icing systems and technology to protect the engine. This project is led by Rolls-Royce plc. in collaboration with Satavia Ltd, an SME in Cambridge, GKN Aerospace and the University of Oxford.In 2015, the government and industry committed to spend £3.9 billion to further transform aerospace research until 2026 to help this sector build on our unique strengths in the UK through the Industrial Strategy.The Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. It sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure. ProjectsThe projects set to receive funding are: The latest projects, worth over £21 million in total, are supported by ATI and Rolls-Royce with academic industry partners. This will be delivered through Innovate UK – the UK’s innovation agency.Chief Technology Officer for Rolls-Royce Paul Stein said: Funding support for the latest technologies in aerospace engine manufacturing and performance, was announced today by Aerospace Minister Richard Harrington.The 2 projects, jointly funded by Rolls-Royce and the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), will bring together the best talent in the industry from academia and businesses to work on world-renowned research for aero-engine maintenance and manufacturing. The funding will support research to develop new engine cooling systems and cutting-edge technology to stop the formation of ice crystals on engines when cruising at high altitudes.Aerospace Minister Richard Harrington confirmed the £10.7 million government funding towards the Rolls-Royce-led R&D projects on a visit to Rolls-Royce’s engineering and manufacturing facilities in Derby. In June 2017, Rolls-Royce committed to invest £150 million in its UK facilities to support plans of doubling engine production.Aerospace Minister Richard Harrington said:center_img COAST (Critical Oil and Air System Technologies)£3.7 million, focuses on the development of engine systems to support cabin cooling, and advanced sealing solutions for oil systems and bearing chambers. The technologies developed in COAST will support reductions in fuel burn and improve the reliability of oil systems and the integration of engine systems with the airframe. This project is led by Rolls-Royce plc. in collaboration with Bladon Jet Ltd an SME based in Coventry and the Universities of Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield. 2 aerospace projects aimed to maximise engine performance and efficiency set to receive more than £10 million of government funding Aerospace Minister Richard Harrington confirmed the investment on a visit to Rolls-Royce’s Derby facility today the money is part of a £3.9 billion investment from industry and the government as part of the modern Industrial Strategy We welcome the support announced by the UK government today. Rolls-Royce is focused on pioneering new technologies and developing the next generation of highly skilled engineers by working with academia and industry. These research projects will play an important role in developing the innovative technologies needed to enhance performance, improve efficiency and reduce emissions of future aircraft.last_img read more

Second site opens for Bachmanns

first_imgBaking Industry Awards winner Bachmanns Patisserie has opened its second shop in Weybridge.After announcing news of its second outlet to British Baker back in July, the craft bakery business, based in Thames Ditton, Surrey, opened the doors of its latest outlet this month, selling 450 individual pastries during its first weekend.The shop will be selling patisserie goods, gateaux and chocolates, alongside a small selection of hot savouries and speciality breads. The new site also features a café area and a workshop in which customers can see confectionery being made and decorated from scratch.Chris Bachmann, owner of Bachmanns Patisserie, told British Baker: “When I took over the Thames Ditton shop from my father, Ernst, in 2007, we renewed all the equipment so we would have the capacity to supply a second shop until it became self-sufficient. But it was important to wait until the right freehold site came up.“This shop is opposite a bus stop and car park and, at three stories with a flat above, is perfectly situated on Weybridge high street.”Bachmann added that he would like to open a pastry school as part of the new establishment.In 2011, Bachmanns, of which 95% of its business is within the retail sector, won the Asda Innovation Award and Bakels Speciality Bread Award for its rosemary and raisin bread at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA), as well as a Great Taste Gold Award.In this year’s BIA, Ernst Bachmann received a Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Délifrance, alongside Gill Brooks-Lonican from the National Association of Master Bakers, John Bailey of Greggs and Eddie Spence MBE, The British Sugarcraft Guild.last_img read more

The beetles have landed

first_imgOver the span of 90 years, banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller collected beetles from around the world, eventually building a personal collection of more than 150,000 specimens.In 2017, his longstanding support for the Entomology Department of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) culminated in a gift to the museum of this extraordinary collection.The Harvard Museum of Natural History celebrates this monumental gift with “The Rockefeller Beetles,” a new exhibit that features hundreds of the specimens and recounts the story of a man whose childhood pursuit grew into a lifelong passion.A selection from ‘The Rockefeller Beetles’ exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerIt was a summer tutor who encouraged Rockefeller in that area in 1925, and he began collecting a wide variety of insects. He eventually focused on beetles, and spent a lifetime exploring their extraordinary diversity, said MCZ’s entomology curator Brian Farrell, who traced Rockefeller’s collecting career.One out of every four animal species on the planet is a beetle, an abundance likely tied to their association with flowering plants, Farrell said in a 2017 Gazette interview.“The collection is superb, worldwide, and the biggest collection ever donated to Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology as far as we know,” he added.“The Rockefeller Beetles” opens Saturday at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and will be ongoing. See the related 2017 free public lecture by Brian D. Farrell with an introduction by Harvard Professor Emeritus Edward O. Wilson.last_img read more

What’s the Best Predictor of Success with IT Transformation?

first_imgOn the road to IT-as-a-Service, transforming your IT infrastructure and applications is the easy part, comparatively speaking, that is. The really tough part is transforming the people and processes, and it’s also what differentiates the most successful IT transformations.So you’ve virtualized your environment, set up your on-premises private cloud and connected it with a public cloud solution. You have a hybrid cloud up and running and you’re on your way to delivering IT-as-a-Service. Now that you have the hardware and software operating, how do you get your people operating in a new way – with new processes and structure — that allows your business to capitalize on the new IT agenda to deliver more business value than ever before?Chances are your IT department is skilled and organized around delivering component technology, while your lines of business could care less about the technology – they just want IT services and applications to help them get their work done. If they’re not getting that from their IT department, they go outside the company for these services, bypassing IT altogether. A September 2014 Gartner Group report showed that 40% of IT budgets are being spent by business partners outside of IT – marketing, sales, HR and finance, to name a few. They go around traditional IT departments not so much because of cost, but because of the immediacy, convenience and simplicity of the service experience with a 3rd party.IT:  It’s time to carve out part of your organization and retrain, retool, and retitle, as many IT responsibilities move from the back office to the front office. EMC’s Global Services teams have helped accelerate thousands of IT transformations for our customers, and a new operating model has been a critical element in the most successful ones, including our own EMC IT transformation. Jon Peirce, SVP of EMC IT, shares a bit of our own experience in his blog.What does the new IT department look like?The new operational model focuses first on identifying the business needs of your company’s various functions, and then supplying IT services to meet those needs. This demand-and-supply model is what EMC is adopting for its own IT operations. We will have IT business relationship managers aligned to key business functions. Job descriptions will call for people who understand business, have great interpersonal and communications skills, can proactively identify technology solutions for their internal customers’ problems, and then collaborate with others to build or broker the solution.Also, with the silos breaking down on the technology side, we will need our people to have a broader understanding of multiple IT components. There will always be a place for those with deep technical knowledge in one area, but increasingly, we will need people to widen their perspective.So you may have a “demand center” made up business relationship managers who translate the business needs into IT solutions, and a “service center” that supplies these solutions back to the business. But it all starts with business needs – not the technology.Questions to ask yourselfMuch of this sounds simple, but in reality, there are layers of tough questions you’ll need to engage your stakeholders in answering. How do we assess our talent’s current capabilities? Do they have what it takes to transform? Can we retrain our current talent? Who will the business relationship managers report to – the business function or IT? How many will we need for each function? How will they engage with the business functions and with IT? Who pays for what? How do we operate the current IT organization while we are building the new model?  Knowing what questions to ask is just the beginning.The new IT agenda presents a great opportunity for IT leaders to be more relevant to their business than ever before, but it takes some courage to stand up and help your own business leaders understand the new value you can bring to them.If you’ve already gone through this with your business leaders, use the comment box below to tell us how you addressed this and got their attention. If you’re going through it right now, what questions do you have that I, or others reading this blog, might help you with?last_img read more

It’s a Return! Glenn Close Will Star in Sunset Boulevard

first_img Star Files View Comments It’s as if the three-time Tony winner never said goodbye! The rumors were true and Glenn Close will reprise her Tony-winning role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard for a limited engagement at the English National Opera. Directed by Lonny Price, the semi-staged production with the full ENO orchestra is scheduled to run April 1, 2016 through May 7. Opening night is set for April 4 at the London Coliseum. Further casting will be announced shortly.Close was recently seen in A Delicate Balance on Broadway, the first time she had appeared on the Main Stem in 17 years. The six-time Oscar nominee got her start on the Great White Way, and won the Tony for her roles in Sunset Boulevard, The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden. Her film and TV roles include Dangerous Liaisons, Air Force One, Fatal Attraction and Damages.Featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, Sunset Boulevard premiered in the West End in 1993, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Patti LuPone. In a widely publicized upset that resulted in an out-of-court settlement, Close brought the role to Broadway the following year and landed her third Tony.Based on the 1950 film of the same name, Sunset Boulevard tells the story of Norma Desmond, an aging silent film star who recruits young writer Joe Gillis to help relaunch her career in the world of talking films. A reclusive shut-in, Desmond forms an unhealthy obsession with Gillis and soon demands he move in to her lavish Hollywood mansion.center_img Glenn Closelast_img read more