The national media has a funny habit of over-simplifying complicated topics.Most of the time, they do so as to create overarching segment questions — Is Russell Wilson the MVP? Are the Seahawks Super Bowl contenders? Were the 49ers exposed? — but on Tuesday, it seemed that commentators at ESPN, Fox, and NBC decided to play the blame game.They claimed Jimmy Garoppolo lost Monday night’s game for the 49ers. … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device
Johannesburg, 25 September 2013 – Infrastructure in South Africa was foremost on the agenda as a group of African journalists embarked on a media tour, hosted by Brand South Africa. The journalists work for various media organisations based in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.During the tour, journalists will be exposed to South Africa’s infrastructure through the motor industry value chain. Journalists will see the full spectrum of production to shipment and will visit sites in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. The tour is also intended to profile and highlight the opportunities for intra-African trade and how South Africa supports this continental priority.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “South Africa’s infrastructure gained momentum in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and has over the years expanded as the foundation of a national growth and development strategy. Our transport, water, electricity and telecommunications networks are being extended and we are thus strengthening the fabric of South African communities. Recent studies have also indicated that in terms of innovation, our country is performing strongly.”On Wednesday, the delegation travelled via the Gautrain from Johannesburg to Pretoria. There, they toured the Roslyn Nissan site, which is a key vehicle manufacturing and assembly plant. The plant is a leader in sound environmental practice with regards to vehicle manufacturing and has won numerous awards for its environmental efforts. This was followed by a visit to the Automotive Supplier Park in Tshwane, which is a Gauteng Provincial government Initiative aimed at stimulating economic growth and job creation in the automotive industry, through investment in strategic infrastructure.As part of the day’s activities, journalists also visited Freedom Park during which efforts to build the emotional, psychological and social capital of the country’s citizens through reconciliation and healing was showcased.The journalists are this week also scheduled to visit Johannesburg’s City Deep Port, Durban’s New Cargo Port and the Moses Mabhida Stadium, among other sites.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: email@example.comVisitwww.brandsouthafrica.comEnds
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair The IT industry may be embracing the model of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), but there’s just one problem: Up to 20% of attempted SaaS deployments are failing due to serious problems with data integration. And that’s just one of many problems facing the hot but problematic movement.This fact doesn’t make the headlines, as vendor after vendor instead hails the signing of marquee clients for their particular service. But after the media spotlight fades, new SaaS customers are often left with shiny new portals for an online service, and plenty of headaches trying to get their legacy data to work with the new service.That enterprises and other businesses are attracted to SaaS is nothing new: a 2010 Forrester report commissioned by Symantec reported even then that “58% of enterprises use two or more SaaS-based business applications today, and 72% plan to in 12 months. More strikingly, 19% of enterprises report having six or more SaaS-based business applications today, and 30% plan to have that many in 12 months.”There is little evidence that this situation has changed in the past 27 months, according to Mike Hoskins, CTO of Pervasive Software. Indeed, as SaaS technologies have improved, applications have become even more robust and easier to deploy.Integration Is Still An Issue“But integration is still an issue,” Hoskins said. Even in the 2010 report, 39% of SaaS customers reported concerns with data integration – a concern second only to security worries. Today, the outcome of many SaaS deployments paints an even bleaker picture.“49% of our potential customers report difficulties with post-deployment integration,” said Lance Speck, General Manager, Integration Products at Pervasive. And these are not trivial problems, either, Speck emphasized. They are enough to derail the entire deployment operation for around 20% of SaaS migrations.It’s not just the potential for failure. The costs of data integration can be huge, and this potential expense is not typically mentioned by SaaS sales teams knocking on enterprise IT’s door. For every dollar spent on a customer resource management deployment,” Hoskins cautioned, “a customer can spend up to $5 on integration.”These figures punch a big whole in the theory that SaaS is the end of the rainbow for enterprise IT. And data integration is not the only problem facing SaaS deployments.Not Just Data IntegrationSecurity remains the prime concern for SaaS deployments. Actually, it was a huge concern, and now it probably ranks high on the “Something Wicked This Way Comes” scale, as service after service this year have announced hacks that have compromised their security.(See also Evernote Is Latest Hacking Victim and World War III Is Already Here – And We’re Losing for more on SaaS security.) Data portability is another pitfall of SaaS deployment. If you spend all that time and money getting your data to work with a particular service, the last thing you want to hear is that this service is about to shutter its doors. We’ve seen quite a few consumer services roll up their welcome mats, enough to warrant concern for enterprise customers.(See also Sudden Site Shutdowns And The Perils Of Living Our Lives Online.)It’s not just the threat of a SaaS vendor dying, either. Price changes, poor service or a better mousetrap are all valid reasons for wanting to pick up your data and move. With integration so expensive, that makes choosing the right SaaS vendor all the more important.Warning SignsSpeck warns IT customers to be on the lookout for tell-tale signs that may indicate that a SaaS vendor may be trying very hard to get that initial signature on the contract – and not worrying about the all-important follow through.“Whenever the SaaS vendors says, ‘we’ll worry about integration in Phase II’,” it’s a big red flag, Speck said. Another call from the cluephone? “‘Don’t worry about integration, we have an API,’” Speck added.APIs (application programming interfaces), which enable a customer’s applications to talk to the service’s code, are indeed an critical component of data integration, but the mere existence of an API is only a part of what’s needed. Other relevant questions to consider: How open is that API? How well documented? And how easy is the API is to use?Not every SaaS vendor should be greeted with suspicion, of course, but enterprise IT departments should consider the entire process, from deployment to integration, as well as security and data portability, when selecting a SaaS vendor.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. brian proffitt
The creative community needs you to share the best of what you do. Thoughts for video editors, designers, photographers and the like. If being a good creative was just about knowing the tools of your trade better than anyone else, knowing the software inside and out or just about being at the cutting edge of industry trends, then anyone could do it and sharing those insights would be damaging your unique selling proposition. However, the heart of creativity and doing good work is the culmination of years of intuitive experienced decisions – the outcome of thousands of creative thoughts and choices that go into a project, the weaving in of personal style and aesthetic preferences that brings value.It’s personal expression in a given moment in response to a myriad of intangibles. Its not a forumla that can be copied or stolen.In the quote above from Jonah Leher’s excellent book The Decisive Moment he points out that expertise is essentially formed by making tons of mistakes and learning from them. There’s no shortcut to becoming an expert. Those post production houses holding tightly to their colorists are failing to benefit from the customers they could be drawing by putting up free tutorials, behind the scenes showcases and the like.When you share the best of what you do everyone benefits. If you’re got thoughts or experiences to share – hit the comments section and let us have it! Through blogging here on Premiumbeat and also having run a post production blog for the past year on my own site, if I’ve learned one thing in that time, it’s that…There is an incredible community of editors, colorists, DIT’s, DoPs, camera assistants, animators and graphic design artists, dotted around the globe, with a shared vision for opening up what they do and sharing their talents with anyone who cares to listen in and learn from them. This openness is becoming increasingly vital in a world of shrinking budgets and shrinking crews where opportunities to learn through traditional apprentice roles are quickly evaporating.And although it is not exactly the same as being able to stand next to someone day in and day out (observing everything they do, pitching in and asking questions or receiving feedback on your mistakes) the online community of creatives who are willing to share are providing a fantastic apprenticeship for those of us who wish to keep on learning. In essence sharing benefits everyone.This quote from Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography resonates with the idea that sharing does the world good. Franklin designed a better stove and gave the blueprints away for free so that anyone could build it for themselves, especially those who could least afford it otherwise. Today one of the best examples of this kind of thinking is someone like Alex Gollner who invents and gives away awesome plugins like this Time Remap tool for Final Cut Pro X. Seemingly, just because he can.Sharing benefits those who receive and those who give…Sharing benefits everyone involved. It benefits those who give and those who receive and builds community along the way. Here is a small selection from the vast number of talented creative professionals I’ve encountered online who are sharing what they do and teaching others along the way.For some reason cameramen and Directors of Photography seem to be particularly good at sharing their tips, techniques and subjective opinions. For example Director of Photography Roger Deakins runs a very active forum on his site where he personally takes time to answer questions and ‘give something back to the industry’. Others like Philip Bloom, Share Hurlbut and Vincent Laforet have all built thriving websites full of great in depth posts.Editors like Larry Jordan have built a career out of training others (its handy that he’s a great teacher too!) Others like Shane Ross are pretty prolific on the Creative Cow forums.Motion graphics artists like Nick Campbell who runs the excellent Grey Scale Gorilla has spent many years creating tutorials on Cinema 4D, After Effects and Photoshop. Video Copilot’s Andrew Kramer has gone on (as far as I can tell) to pick up major feature film gigs, in part thanks to getting noticed online through sharing a wealth of free training.Color grading is a part of the industry that is gradually emerging into the sharing community. Partly due to revolutions like Blackmagic Design’s decision to give away for free their previously incredibly expensive color grading software (DaVinci Resolve Lite), and smartly, simultaneously creating a broader user base of colorists who will learn to grade on their software. Another reason for the slow start is that many colorists are employed by post houses who guard their creatives closely. ‘Name colorists’ can often draw in work by virtue of their ‘brand recognition’ and help guarantee a post house a bigger slice of the pie by selling in offline or VFX services too. It’s also possible that those post houses that guard their creatives closely fear giving away their trade secrets and therefore losing their edge. But a growing number of colorists are opening up and sharing online. The Coloristo’s podcast features three such colorists. Patrick Inhoffer, Alexis Van Hurkman and Warren Eagles. It is a great video training series that shares both technique and craft insights for experienced and beginner colorists alike. The Lift Gamma Gain forum is also an excellent resource fuelled by a growing community of colorists.Sharing has its benefits and not just to those who are taking in this free education. In the online world the benefits of sharing to the sharer, run a broad spectrum from just the joy of helping people, to gaining industry recognition, selling books or training materials, being invited (and paid) to speak at industry events as well as monetizing their sites through sponsorships, affiliate links or adverts. Andrew Kramer has built a loyal following of industry pros who also buy his software. Someone like web-entrepreneur Pat Flynn makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a year just through sharing how he makes money online helping people make money online.Why Sharing Won’t Hurt
A medium intensity earthquake of 5.8 magnitude hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands on Wednesday morning. The quake, which had its epicentre in the Andaman islands, occurred at 6:09 a.m., the National Centre for Seismology said.The Andaman and Nicobar archipelago is prone to earthquakes.