South Farmington youth league season opens with parade

first_imgSouth Farmington Baseball and Softball officially opens its 2019 season on Saturday, May 4, with a day-long celebration.The youth league’s annual Opening Day festivities start with a parade that steps off at 10 a.m. from Farmington City Hall, Liberty Street and Grand River. The route moves down Oakland Street, then to Farmington Road and ends at Shiawassee Park.The first pitch will be tossed by Mayor Ken Massey and Mayor Pro-Tem Sara Bowman. Post-parade festivities will also include a bounce house, food, softball, baseball, and tee-ball games all day long, a Mom2Mom equipment sale, and MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run competition.To learn more, visit or follow the league on Facebook, Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao fights back at Mayweather’s “reckless” jabs

first_imgManny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, raises his arms after his workout in front of reporters and photographers Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao intends to put on a show when he faces Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2 1/2 weeks.He really hopes Mayweather is also coming to fight, for the fans’ sake — and maybe for his own strategic purposes as well.Pacquiao radiated confidence and excitement Wednesday at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood before his latest workout in preparation for their bout May 2 in Las Vegas.With the most anticipated fight in recent years looming ever closer, both boxers kept their public comments civil and mostly respectful this week. But Pacquiao laughed when told that the defense-minded Mayweather had called him “a very reckless fighter” on Tuesday.“Reckless fighter? That’s how people like me and love me, because they like an exciting fight,” Pacquiao said. “We call this boxing, (and) boxing is more punching. We talk about punching.”Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) has rarely skimped on excitement during his remarkable career as an eight-division champion, but the Filipino congressman realizes he is facing the greatest defensive fighter of their era. Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) has been nearly unhittable for most of his opponents during his perfect career.But Pacquiao hopes Money realizes that the best way to get paid is to put on a fight worth seeing. After all, they’re counting on fans to pay a record $99.95 for the pay-per-view, a figure described by no less than Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum as “ostentatious consumerism” if a fan bought it to watch all by himself.And if Pacquiao is trying a bit of psychological trickery, it isn’t very subtle: He didn’t even try to hide the fact that a brawl would be his best chance to win.“If he (does) that, that’s good for me,” Pacquiao said. “I like that. We’ll see. That’s what I want, and that’s definitely what the fans want — action.”Unlike Mayweather, Pacquiao knows what it’s like to be knocked out and to get back up. Pacquiao lost both of his bouts in 2012 and ended his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez face-down on the canvas in the sixth round.Pacquiao took time off after that bout, but returned to the ring and won three more fights before Mayweather finally agreed to get in the ring with him, five years after fans first called for the matchup.Yet the former knockout machine hasn’t stopped an opponent since November 2009, when he finished Miguel Cotto in arguably the greatest performance of his career.This fight has captured the full attention of Pacquiao, who has found time to actually study film of Mayweather during his chaotic life among his entourage, his large family and his congressional duties.Trainer Freddie Roach hasn’t seen Pacquiao watching film of his opponents in years, yet Pacquiao came to him with ideas and plans for the fight. Pacquiao is clearly a student of Mayweather’s techniques, even doing a serviceable impersonation of Mayweather’s famed shoulder roll to entertain Roach.“I haven’t really seen him have this much speed and power in a long time,” Roach said. “My chest hurts really bad right now. You can see how much it means to him. He lives for these huge moments, and he knows what this fight means. Floyd is in trouble.”Pacquiao confirmed his eagerness to make the fight happen, pointing out that he agreed to every term proposed by Mayweather over the past several years of intermittent negotiations. Pacquiao also agreed to a 60-40 split of the proceeds.“If my concern is myself alone, I don’t (think of) the fans,” Pacquiao said. “Then the fight, it’s hard to make happen. Because of course, I don’t want to take 60-40, a disadvantage and everything. I agreed with that for the sake of the fans. I agreed to make the fight happen.”Pacquiao also said he felt a virtual duty to make a possible nine-figure payday resulting from this bout to further his charitable work in the Philippines, where he plans to give away a significant portion of his cut.“I cannot see them being hungry and not helping them,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not materialistic. … I have to use it for the glory of the Lord, and also for my family and for helping people.”last_img read more

United make shock move on Bakayoko

first_imgImage Courtesy: PAAdvertisement yhbtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6xWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre El4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b5tqWould you ever consider trying this?😱79iCan your students do this? 🌚68peRoller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester United have reportedly considered a direct approach with Chelsea for their midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko, who just returned to London after a loan spell at AC Milan.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PAThe 24-year-old joined the Blues for a deal worth £40 million from AS Monaco in 2017 as a replacement for Nemanja Matić, who moved to Old Trafford that summer.The Rossoneri rejected the option to make the struggling midfielder a permanent signing at San Siro for £31 million, as Bakayoko returned to Stamford Bridge last week.Advertisement According to French radio station RMC, the Red Devils are challenging Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain, who are already on the pursuit of landing the Chelsea midfielder this window.Leonardo Araújo, the sporting director of PSG, has already made a direct approach to bring the 24-year old to Parc des Princes.Advertisement However, RMC claimed that United are already showing interest in the Frenchman and have contacted Chelsea for a possible deal.Solskjær is looking for a replacement of Ander Herrera, and recently said that the club are still “working on a case or two.”In an interview with MUTV, the 46-year old Norwegian said: “I’ve been in touch with Joel [Glazer] and Ed [Woodward] and recruitment over summer.”“There will probably be some more business done, but we are happy with what we have done so far. We want players who can get us off the edge of their seats.”“They are hungry and at the start of their careers. They are here now.”“We don’t expect them to set the world alight in their first day. But they have an ‘X Factor.’“It is about them coming in, being themselves and show they want to take someone’s place.“That should spur others on.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Discussion or bloodletting… we’ll see

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Employee Relations, Tough Conversations, and #SHRM15

first_imgSeveral years ago, long-time friends and family got together over the holidays for a good meal.  Grown children were back in the nest, and we enjoyed the repast reminiscing about days gone by.The conversation, however, drifted into a discussion regarding what we remember as the most upsetting or painful interaction we had with our parent/child.  For example, one son mentioned his father yelling at him across a blackjack table, “If you’re not going to play RIGHT, don’t play at all.”What emerged was that every child had a painful memory that the parent had no recollection of doing.  Similarly, parents held on to a moment of regret that did not even register as important to the child…..An HR manager who has served an organization for a significant period of time has likely had many a difficult conversation with his or her work “family”.It would not be surprising that many of these managers have held on to memories of painful discussions they have had with some of their current employees.However, if the discussion with our friends is any indication, it is likely those employees are not hung up on those past interactions.The theme of the 2015 SHRM Annual Conference was “tHRive”.  If today’s managers want to truly thrive, they’d be wise to let go of those interactions that haunt them.  They are not as important as one would believe.last_img read more

Why You Won’t Be Watching the U.S. Supreme Court’s Healthcare Deliberations on YouTube

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Chief Justice John Roberts swept onto the U.S. Supreme Court as a camera-ready jurist with an air of modernity. But there’s one area where he has shown little willingness to adapt to the information age: allowing cameras that would let the public watch real time what happens inside the country’s highest court. Advocates for open government have been pushing the Supreme Court for decades to reveal its work in progress to the public at large. And they have had successes. The court once squirreled away audio recordings in the National Archives, often long after the cases had been argued. Today, those recordings are posted to the Supreme Court website every Friday during argument sessions. But video has proven a step too far. With the court expected to release this week its decision on the constitutionality of the health care bill, Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee are prodding Roberts to let cameras in.“Their work should be as transparent as any other branch of government,” says Bruce Collins, general counsel of C-SPAN, which along with several dozen organizations also asked Roberts to air the health care decision. The court has not responded. As the Supreme Court’s chief administrator, Roberts is the decider on the court’s operations. In his silence, he seems to be doing something for which he’d tear a lawyer to pieces: resting on assumptions.One of the most frequently heard worries is that putting cameras inside the Supreme Court would turn the courtroom into a stage. But there are strong reasons to believe that the internal dynamics of the court would keep participants from behaving badly. Lyle Denniston has covered the Supreme Court for more than 50 years, lately for the closely watched SCOTUSblog. “A lawyer gets up in the Supreme Court and… knows that they have one task – that is, to persuade five people,” Denniston said in a C-SPAN interview. The audience is the nine folks in robes, and there’s a very good chance that the focus it takes to win over a majority is a more powerful force than the desire to make a flashy public showing.And there’s a similar thing happening on the bench. During oral arguments, the justices are working to win over one another. Ironically, that might help to explain a phenomenon, noted in lower courts, where justices appear to become more conservative on camera. They seem to grow increasingly worried about protecting both collegiality and the court’s authority.Several newer justices, for instance, have testified during their confirmation hearings that live Supreme Court footage seems like a pretty good idea. “I think it would be a great thing for the institution, and more important, I think it would be a great thing for the American people,” Elena Kagan testified during hers. Once on the court, though, by all appearances they refrain from rocking the boat. Stephen Breyer’s evolution sums up the trend. While chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, he volunteered his court for cameras. But after a decade on the Supreme Court, Breyer said that the justices are trustees of a “reputation of great importance so that government will work fairly in America… And not one of us wants to take a step that could undermine the courts as an institution.”Breyer’s framing suggests a failure of imagination. The flourishing open government movement isn’t simply about peeling back the curtain on wrongdoing. Openness can be affirming, too.And that raises the possibility that Roberts and company are actually damaging the court by closing it off. “By being somewhat remote from the popular culture,” C-SPAN’s Collins explains the argument (which he disagrees with, naturally), “they retain the dignity and therefore enhance the authority of the court.” Yet documentary footage provides fodder for dissections that remind us all that these opinions aren’t descended from the heavens. There’s public appetite for it, and in the digital age, there are the tools to do something with it. SCOTUSblog’s in-court live blog, for example, drew a reported 70,000 readers on Friday, when there was a chance that the court was going to issue the health care decision. (That prompted an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter to tweet, “One day we’ll tell our grandkids about how we were using Cover It Live [sic] to figure out what the Supreme Court is doing.”)A less mysterious Supreme Court would be more tightly moored to American life as a whole, in the same way that Americans tend to hate Congress but approve of their congressperson.If there’s something that Chief Justice Roberts has proven skilled at, it’s threading needles. Here, he has a chance to figure out a decision everyone can rally behind. Congress, for its part, lets C-SPAN’s cameras in but doesn’t allow for reaction shots. Roberts could get similarly creative, like stationing a camera behind the bench – good live-blogging material, bad source footage for “The Daily Show.”Behind-the-bench shots might reveal bald spots. But it’s not such a bad thing for the public to be reminded actual humans are up on that bench. 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Google I/O: 1 Million Android Devices Are Activated Every Day

first_imgjon mitchell Tags:#conferences#web Photo by Eliot Weisberg/ReadWriteWeb. Creative Commons licensed.Vic Gundotra took the stage Monday to open the Google I/O Android keynote to excited applause and thumping techno music. “Thank you for betting with Google, and thank you for supporting us,” he told the excited developers in attendance.The first exec to take the stage was Hugo Barra, director of product management for Android. He provided updates on overall Android numbers.Last year at I/O, Google announced that there were 100 million Android devices. This year, Barra revealed that the latest number is more than 400 million. Last year, Google was activating 400,000 devices per day. Today, there are over 1 million daily activations. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Indiana’s Sewers: An Outpost on the Internet of Things

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#enterprise 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now An unlikely place to look for the latest trend for the Internet of Things is inside the sewers of the City of South Bend, Indiana. For the past six years, South Bend’s city managers have been working with a group of consultants from IBM, nearby Notre Dame University and others to instrument the city’s sewers as a means of delivering better service and saving hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements. South Bend was facing more than $600,000 in potential government Superfund fines to bring its system up to par and had also experienced a series of regular overflows. Rather than build expensive new capacity, the city embarked several years ago on a project to do a better job monitoring its sewer conditions in both dry and wet weather. To do this, it needed to invent cheaper and better sensor technology that it could literally insert into the pipes and connect to a real-time monitoring system.“We needed sensors which were more economical and higher-definition than our traditional systems,” said Gary Gilot, a member of South Bend’s Board of Public Works (BPW). The city eventually built a monitoring system of more than 100 sensors, conceptualized by city engineers and developed in Notre Dame’s engineering school, and deployed them throughout South Bend’s 500 miles of sewers.Like many sewer districts, the South Bend BPW had been using 50-year-old mechanical valve technology to operate the system and direct water flows through the city’s pipes. The new technology (pictured above) enables the city managers understand the demands and actual real-time usage and flows. “At a glance, we can see in real time what is happening across our entire system,” Gilot said. “We are also able to examine how our system behaved in previous years when we had an inch of rain, so we can be better prepared now.”Spend $6 Million, Save $120 MillionThe annual sewer operating budget is about $30 million; South Bend invested about $6 million in the monitoring project and estimates it has saved $120 million in infrastructure improvements. Not a bad return on investment! The city is now able to do a better job predicting and responding to basement backups in low-lying areas; using its new residential basement “heat map,” South Bend can now direct utility cleaning crews to areas where they are most likely to be needed. And through the new monitoring capabilities, the city has also been able to reduce the flow of water through its treatment plants by up to 10 million gallons of water per day.The city didn’t just decide to instrument its sewers overnight. “We had to convince the mayor, and it took some time,” Gilot said. “We first set up our sensors in the lab and then next tried in the lakes near Notre Dame.” When these demonstration projects were successful, the sewer department set up a trial at one place in the system that had some overflow problems.The trials allowed South Bend to work out problems before a full deployment. For instance, placing the sensors inside pipes buried in the ground meant that it was hard to get radio signals out of the sewers. “We had to use our manhole covers as transmitters so we could get the sensor data out of our pipes,” Gliot said. The city also needed to work on parsing all of the sensor data and creating visualizations to make the information useful and actionable.The South Bend project represents the next stage of the Internet of Things – individual sewer pipe valves that can be tracked and controlled, with the added layer of data visualization to make it manageable and actionable. The city government is now looking beyond its sewers and seeing what else it can instrument to save money and deliver better services to its residents. That has certainly caught the eye of many other sewer and water districts facing similar circumstances.center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… david strom Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Supercomputers are Still the Need of the Hour

first_imgThe supercomputers with their capabilities, can understand and predict complex natural hazards. Take the instance of earthquakes. It’s critical to understand every minor and significant aspect of earthquake to avoid risking any life. Research teams have been successful most times in predicting and estimating cyclone patterns with the help of supercomputers. This becomes possible with the high-level software specially designed for and handled by supercomputers. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Ability to predict changing weather conditions. As global warming’s impacts became an indisputable issue, the spotlight has been mostly focused on supercomputers for the accurate prediction of ever-changing weather conditions. Due to complex natured massive data as well as climate patterns, researchers are gradually raising investments in more robust systems that are available currently, i.e., supercomputers. Business Intelligence Analyst with Excellent knowledge on Hadoop and Big data development at Supercomputers have often been applied for diagnosing several diseases. The main application of supercomputer is in studying the disease-causing agents’ behavior; only after which appropriate medicines and vaccines can be made. Apart from this, research reports issued by supercomputers have helped doctors in understanding brain injuries, strokes, and other blood flow issues in a better way. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces These days, whenever we think of supercomputers, we assume that these large computer systems are indeed technical artifacts that are just meant for museums. Most of the computers today are remarkably smaller than systems that were used to be at the time when we heard the term “computer” for the first-ever. Supercomputers are still the need of the hour.When we look back around a half-century ago, we can see the world’s smallest computer was a humongous machine that occupied the entire room. At the time, when microchip became significant components of the system framework, the world of computer transformed completely and presently, they even assumed the size of a human fingernail.What happens if we build a standard room-sized computer that is incorporated with a lot of those kinds of chips at present? Indeed, we get what is called a supercomputer – the machine whose power of processing is hugely more significant as compared to the traditional computers and is capable of solving the most complicated problems associated with the scientific field. If so, in what way these supercomputers differ from the conventional machines that we are using presently? Then, let’s have a closer view!Brief Overview – What Is A Supercomputer?Any machine whose performance capability (be it concerning design or default) empowers it to compete effectively in terms of data congregation and functionality can be termed as “supercomputer.” Well, originally designed to process a massive amount of data to assist organizations as well as enterprises, supercomputers work based on architectural as well as operational principles associated with grid and parallel processing. Every single process is executed on a large number of processors at once or is distributed amongst them. Even though supercomputers incorporate millions of processors and demand a considerable amount of floor space, however, they usually comprise of most significant components of a conventional computer system, including an operating system, peripheral devices, connectors, applications, and processor(s).Current Trends In Supercomputer MarketAs per a recent report, the global market size of a supercomputer is estimated to flourish around $1.45 billion by the end of the year 2022. In spite of this projected rapid growth, surviving in the ever-changing technology industry is not that easy, as many prominent supercomputer makers, namely, Dell, Lenovo, Cray, and HPE offer an assorted array of high-performance computing solutions nowadays. When we have a look at a modern supercomputer’s architecture attentively, we will be able to observe that, the entire system is intentionally configured with a sole purpose, i.e., parallel processing. This is entirely different from the multitasking process, in which a scheduling mechanism successfully juggles several tasks leading towards some concurrency.Although, typical multi-core processors meant for personal computers as well as data center servers regarded as essential components of supercomputers, however, at the end of the 20th century, the majority of machines were formed of COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) elements. In fact, in the past, several significant factors owing to a dramatic transformation in the technological world, re-inspired the demand for a purpose-built architecture of the supercomputer systems. Related Posts Biology field. Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img A paradigm shift towards cloud platform.Over recent years, a large number of organizations showed interest in migrating their business processes on the cloud rather than opting services from the traditional vendors, such as Rackspace, GoGrid, and Amazon. As these organizations perceive that their cloud-computing service vendors will manage all their business functions with the assistance of advanced features associated with cloud-platform as opposed to in-house IT department. Favorably, this perception emphasizes more on “computing” that brings back all the significant attention towards supercomputers. Tags:#supercomputers Clear distinguish between hardware and software. In the flourishing era of PCs, the manufacturers used to offer both system hardware and software as bundled products, due to which it was challenging to assess the performance of hardware components against the applications on an individual basis. However, today’s technological advancement made it simpler to distinguish between the functionalities of hardware and software. The Super-sized problems. Serial and Parallel Processing You must be able to differentiate between serial and parallel. In general, computers are designed to do one thing at a time; this means they do the things in a distinct series of operations known as serial processing. It’s like a person waiting at a grocery store billing counter, picking up the products from the conveyor belt, scanning them and passing them for final packing. Regardless the loading time is taken by the person or the packing time, the speed at which he checks out his shopping is determined by the rate of the operator during scanning and processing the products, which is always one at a time. The supercomputer, whereas, is designed to work more quickly. It splits the problems into pieces and works on several pieces at a time; this is parallel processing. It’s like a group of friends arrived with a full trolley of products. Each friend can move to separate checkout with a few numbers of products and pay for it. Once every friend has paid successfully, they can get together, load the cart again, and leave. Parallel processing is similar to things that happen inside the human brain.Why Supercomputers Use Parallel Processing?You hardly use the processing power of our computers as we use them for browsing, sending emails, writing documents, etc. However, if you try to do something complex, like changing the colors of each massive digital photo, our computer can do that. It may take a couple of minutes. When playing a game on PC, you already know that you require fast processor chip and big RAM to avoid slow performance. Faster processor will double the memory and speed of the computer, yet there is a limit – the processor can only do one thing at a time. The best way to make a difference is to apply parallel processing. It can be done by addition of more processors, splitting of the problem into chunks, and using each processor for a different separated problem in parallel. Does Supercomputer require special software?Don’t get surprised if you get to know that supercomputers run a fairly ordinary OS that is similar to the ones running on your personal computer. Modern supercomputers are the clusters of off-the-shelf workstations or computers. Unix was the operating system used by the supercomputers, which has now been superseded by Linux. As supercomputers are intended to work on scientific problems in general, their app programs are written in a traditional scientific programming language, including Fortran, C and C++.Top applications of supercomputers Supercomputers have revolutionized the designing of airplanes. Credit goes to the simulators assisting manufacturers in understanding the airflow dynamics to craft better and safer airplanes. Take AwayToday, the supercomputers might significantly contribute towards digital transformation across the industries, earlier detection of genetic disorders, better weather forecasting, achieve most significant scientific breakthroughs, and of course, making of reliable business decisions. As internet usage will surge dramatically in the near future, the rise in the amount of data brings some complicated issues associated with the processing of massive data and faster computations to the surface. These issues can be adequately addressed by the most powerful computing systems, i.e., by supercomputers. James Warner In the air. The Impact of Moore’ Law Ending.In 1965, soon after the commission of the world’s first-ever supercomputer, one of the Intel’s co-founders Gordon Moore proposed that the number of transistors within processors doubles up for every couple of years which would result in more affordability concerning speed boosters and bigger memory solutions soon.This surge certainly enhances the performance of the system and assists in coping with customer expectations with higher productivity. Even though, Moore’s suggestion proved right over the last few decades; however, most of the technologists strongly claims that it may not hold true any longer in terms of practicability.Recently, Intel adopted “Process.Architecture.Optimization” production model and replaced its traditional “tick-tock” model to achieve competitive advantage over lower power consumption and higher performance. By doing so, Intel tried to capture the attention of the market towards it’s Xeon product range and proclaimed that the firm is highly committed to delivering performance-optimized solutions to meet its customer’s dynamic system requirements best.last_img read more

The Cloud is the Future of Software Delivery

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … On-premises software installation is taking its final breath. In just a short time, the cloud will completely dominate the software delivery market.Why are cloud computing delivery models so definitively poised for domination? They are simply more effective — for the software provider and the customer — than any other delivery method available. The benefits and applications are boundless, and more and more companies are leaning in and pushing their competitors to do the same.This represents a big shift in delivery methodology, and software suppliers will need to jump on board if they want to stay relevant in the modern age.The Future Is NowThis change is occurring as we speak. Salesforce invented the software-as-a-service model in the early 2000s, and there has been a slow rumbling of progress ever since — from Amazon to Microsoft and beyond. While we are still in the initial years of this transformation, SaaS and the cloud are now integral parts of the change.What truly signals the cloud’s approaching dominance is how it has begun to overcome its own significant roadblocks.One of those roadblocks was a matter of security. Not only have cloud providers become more robust in their security implementation, but the majority of data breaches in recent years have not targeted cloud-based systems. Nearly all data leaks have come from enterprise-managed in-house systems.Next, are concerns over cloud infrastructure and geographical coverage. Cloud providers have taken some time to offer a credible cloud prepared for real-time applications. But now, the big cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have solid and credible cloud offerings available everywhere in the developed world.The final hurdle is around the public’s interest. Cloud computing delivery models have not yet reached critical mass, but they’re well on their way. According to 451 Research, 90% of organizations will use cloud computing services within the next couple of years, with 60% saying that most of their IT will be off-premises.Get Ready, Get SetThe adoption of cloud computing has triggered a paradigm shift because it brings economy of scale and professional IT to every company, regardless of size. Software solutions that were once too costly will be completely achievable for small companies — no IT department necessary.Software suppliers need to prepare themselves to take advantage of this impending change. How they do that, however, depends largely on their starting point. As in all moments where the fundamental technology changes, the impact is proportional to the size of the existing software applications, and it always favors the newcomers.But the switch to cloud-based offerings is worth the effort. Here are just a few of the advantages that cloud-based software delivery can bring:1. Allows for more focus on the core business: Companies have long used third-party software to complement proprietary solutions, but doing so in an “on-premises” style requires extensive study and understanding of the third party’s modules in order to keep that software maintained.In a cloud environment, however, the supplier of the third-party module maintains its own software in the cloud. Those using that software are then relieved of the responsibility of maintaining it, freeing up their time to focus on their own offerings instead.2. Automatically updates software: Historically, software providers had no method of encouraging their users to upgrade their software to the latest version, meaning the providers would then have to continue supporting several versions in order to keep customers happy.Cloud offerings, however, allow providers the ability to send automatic updates to all users. This means cloud software users stay up to date, and cloud providers can focus on a much smaller number of software versions.3. Eliminates dependence on customers’ infrastructure sizing: In all “average complexity” software applications, the vendor will set minimum hardware requirements that the purchaser needs to respect. Minimum hardware requirements always have a security margin, allowing for peak usage without performance problems.However, it is common to find situations where purchasers ignore recommendations and incidents occur due to performance issues during peak hours. In cloud environments, the level of safety is set by the vendor, which eliminates the potential for various incidents.4. Simplifies big data optimization: In some cases, companies can make their software better by collating and utilizing the data their users generate. Company leaders can explore a large number of usage patterns and make use of machine learning algorithms to create better solutions. This big data optimization approach is much simpler to implement with cloud infrastructure in place.The future of software delivery is in the cloud. Get ready to join the movement before you are left behind. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud computing#cloud computing delivery models#cloud-based software delivery AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Miguel Vital is CTO of Altitude Software, a global provider of contact center solutions. Related Posts Miguel VitalCTO of Altitude Softwarelast_img read more