SaaS: Best in Class Companies Choose On-Demand

first_imgBest-in-class companies like Citibank and AIG have proved that best decisions aren’t always made by best-in-class companies.  Nonetheless, to become best-in-class, companies do need to make good decisions and get it right a lot of the time.  That’s the premise behind a report on SaaS by the Aberdeen group.  The report identifies best-in-class companies and then researched those companys’ strategies around SaaS.The report found that 75% of those best-in-class companies were using SaaS or planned to migrate to it as a long-term solution.  Some key indicators about the attitudes of those companies toward SaaS include these findings:– 1.4 times more likely to have a CFO who supports SaaS– 1.8 times more likely to have an IT group with support for SaaS– 2 times more likely to have a clear definition and understanding of SaaS and on-premise solutions– 3 times more likely to select vendors with SaaS options and toolkitslast_img read more

Meet The Elite

first_imgIn the lead up to the 2014 Elite Eight Series, we catch up with each of the teams to see how their preparations are going in the lead up to the series. Stay tuned over the next two weeks as we countdown the days until the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League and meet a new player each day. In the first edition of ‘Meet The Elite’, we hear from the New South Wales Scorpions’ Laura Peattie – In the second edition, we catch up with the Alliance’s Tim Glazebrook – the third edition, we talk to the New South Wales Rebels’ Sam Rodgers – In the fourth edition, we hear from the Queensland South Stingrays’ Pete Norman – In the fifth edition, we chat to the New South Wales Country Mavericks’ Jessica McCall – the sixth edition, we hear from the New South Wales Mets’ Dean Springfield – In the seventh edition, we chat to the Queensland Country Outlaws’ Jayden Benbow – In the eighth edition, we hear from the Queensland Chiefs’ Catherine Sargent – the ninth edition, we chat to the New South Wales Scorpions’ Willie Bishop – In the tenth edition, we hear from the Alliance’s Taylor Mason – In the eleventh edition, we hear from the New South Wales Rebels’ Clay Studdon – In the twelfth edition, we chat to the Queensland South Stingrays’ Kate McCarthy – In the thirteenth edition, we hear from the New South Wales Country Mavericks’ Luke Tonegato – In the fourteenth edition, we hear from the New South Wales Mets’ Ash Quinlan – the fifteenth edition, we hear from the Queensland Country Outlaws’ Kelly Kennedy – In the sixteenth edition, we hear from the Queensland Chiefs’ Sebe Rey – To view the ‘Meet the Elite’ series, please visit the National Touch League website – Stay tuned to and in the lead up to the event to hear from each of the Elite Eight teams and their preparations for the series which starts on Wednesday, 12 March in Coffs Harbour. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways: Websites Social Media Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014) Instagram – YouTube – LinksMeet The Elitelast_img read more

10 months agoDeparting Bayern Munich veteran Robben flattered by Inter Milan interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Departing Bayern Munich veteran Robben flattered by Inter Milan interestby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeparting Bayern Munich veteran Arjen Robben is flattered by interest from Inter Milan.Robben has been linked with Inter in recent days.“Really?” joked the Dutchman, who turns 35 later this month, in response to a question about the Nerazzurri.“I’m very proud and happy [to have received offers]. The last few weeks have been quite busy, especially for my father, who’s my agent, but it’s nice to hear that clubs are interested.“For me, the future is still open, I’m still waiting. I want to wait and focus on getting fit, getting back into the team and playing my football.“I don’t know when, but of course I have to make a decision. I won’t wait until the end of the season because I have a family and I have to plan ahead a little bit.“But I repeat, I’m privileged and I feel grateful that clubs are showing interest.” last_img read more

11 days agoBarcelona signing Pedri happy to focus on Las Palmas

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona signing Pedri happy to focus on Las Palmasby Carlos Volcano11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona signing Pedri insists his only focus is with Las Palmas.The 16 year-old first teamer signed for Barca in August, though remains on-loan with Las Palmas.”First I have to think about the Depor match before leaving with the National Team. We have to take out the three points anyway and then I’ll think about the National Team. The (U17) World Cup is a goal,” said Pedri, who is grateful to Pepe Mel for giving him his senior chance.He added: “I know it is not easy to bet on a 16 year old boy and he did it.”My father has always told me that the important thing is humility, if the head is lost, the player is lost. You have to follow that closely.” last_img read more

ExBloc Quebecois leader Michel Gauthier joining Conservative party

first_imgSAINT-HYACINTHE, – The Conservative Party of Canada announced Saturday it had recruited former Bloc Quebecois leader Michel Gauthier, as the party continues its efforts to make inroads in Quebec.Gauthier told a meeting of the federal party’s Quebec wing that he had concluded that “there was never a conflict of jurisdiction with the governments of Quebec,” under the Conservative governments led by Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney.“It’s the political party that’s the closest to Quebec nationalists, the most sensitive to Quebec,” he said as he arrived at the general council meeting in Saint-Hyacinthe, about 60 kilometres east of Montreal.“And it’s also a new party, with a new leader, a new team a new program, and a new government,” he said. “And I want to work for that.”The former MP said he’s no longer a sovereigntist and believes the Conservative party is the best one to serve Quebec’s interests.Gauthier was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and led the Bloc Quebecois from 1996 to 1997 at a time when the party formed the official Opposition.He continued to occupy a prominent role in the party before leaving politics in 2007.He said he won’t run in the next federal election, but will lend a hand to the party’s candidates in Quebec.The announcement follows the resignation of seven of the Bloc Quebecois’ 10 MPs, who quit the sovereigntist party in February over differences with leader Martine Ouellet.It also comes as the Conservative party, which is hosting its first national council in Quebec, has been reaching out to members of other parties as it seeks to grow its presence in the province.In a speech Saturday, former Conservative cabinet minister Lawrence Cannon, who has also served as Canada’s ambassador to France, invited party members to “extend a hand” to NDP sympathizers as well as members of other political formations.“Our party will never be a sovereigntist party or a socialist party, but it should always be an open party,” he told the general council.One of those being courted by the party is the well-known mayor of Trois-Rivieres, Yves Levesque, who said Saturday that he was seriously considering whether to make the leap to federal politics.But Brigitte Sansoucy, the current NDP MP for the Saint-Hyacinthe region, said she wasn’t intimidated by the Conservative troops landing on her doorstep, nor was she convinced that the party had changed under the leadership of Andrew Scheer.“What I see in the House, every day, is the same Conservative party that we saw during the 10 years of Harper, the same positions,” Sansoucy said.“Again this week, it was blatant,” she said, referring to a Conservative Manitoba MP who caused an uproar in the House when he called out that abortion was not a right.Scheer has said he is personally against abortion, but has promised he won’t reopen the debate if he is elected prime minister — similar to the approach taken by Harper.The Conservatives jumped from seven to 12 seats in Quebec in the 2015 election, despite Harper’s unpopularity.To boost that number in 2019, Scheer has made several visits to the province as part of a promotion strategy that included an appearance on the popular French-language TV show “Tout le monde en parle.”last_img read more

SNCLavalin cuts 100 jobs as politicians say it is vulnerable to takeover

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:SNC)Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Inc. is eliminating about 100 positions in Canada at the same time as the Quebec engineering firm is being described by political leaders as being vulnerable to a foreign takeover.The Montreal-based firm says the workforce reduction is attributable to the completion of various projects across the country.“We are hiring employees based on the needs of our current projects and adjusting when they come to an end. This strategy is crucial to remain competitive,” said spokesman Nicolas Ryan.The eliminated positions represent a fraction of the 8,700 Canadian workforce.SNC-Lavalin is preparing to open a new office next year in London, the former headquarters of WS Atkins, acquired in 2017 for $3.5 billion. Ryan said no positions from the Montreal head office would be transferred to the British capital.Quebec Premier Francois Legault told a Montreal radio station Thursday that the government’s investment agency may have to get involved to protect the company from a foreign takeover.“In the future, when it comes time to protect head offices, I would like the leader to be Investissement Quebec,” he said in an interview.Montreal’s La Presse reported this week that the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec — which was already SNC-Lavalin’s largest shareholder — had increased its stake since the spring to about 20 per cent, valued at about $1.6 billion.SNC-Lavalin’s share price has dropped about 10 per cent since October, when federal prosecutors refused to set aside criminal charges against the company by approving a deferred prosecution agreement.The RCMP charged the company in 2015 with fraud and corruption for alleged actions in Libya. It has pleaded not guilty but could be excluded from federal tenders for up to 10 years if convicted.Some analysts have suggested that the current situation could result in the sale of some company assets or make it vulnerable to a takeover offer.“It puts the company in a difficult situation,” said Legault. “There is no controlling shareholder.”He added that other investors could be approached to ensure that any outside offer is blocked.last_img read more

Ayodhya case: Panel seeks extension for mediation process, SC grants time till Aug 15

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday extended till August 15 the time for a panel of mediators, headed by former apex court judge Justice F M I Kalifulla, to explore an amicable solution to the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya. A five judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said they have received the report from Justice Kalifulla in which the panel has sought extension of time till August 15 to complete mediation proceedings. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “If the mediators are optimistic about the result and are seeking time till August 15, what is the harm in granting time? This issue has been pending for years and years. Why should we not grant time,” the bench also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer told the counsel appearing for the parties. The counsel appearing for both the Hindu and Muslim parties expressed confidence over the ongoing mediation proceedings and said they are fully cooperating with the process. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen At the outset the bench said they have received the report on May 7 from the chairman of the panel and they have requested the court to consider extending the time till August 15 to complete the mediation proceedings. “We have perused and considered the report of May 7 of Justice F M I Kalifulla indicating the progress made in the mediation proceeding.” “Chairman of the mediation committee has sought extension of time till August 15 to enable the committee to find an amicable solution. We are inclined to grant time till August 15,” the bench said. One of the advocates appearing in the matter said the apex court had earlier given eight weeks time to the panel of mediators and now nine weeks have gone by. “We had given eight weeks and the report has come. We are not inclined to tell you what is there in the report of the committee,” the bench said. One of the counsel told the bench that there are around 13,990 pages of documents in vernacular languages and said some wrong translations have been made which would be a problem. “Objections, if any, on the translation may be placed on the record by written note by June 30,” the bench said, adding, “Nobody will come in the way of mediation”. The top court had fixed the seat for mediation process in Faizabad of Uttar Pradesh, around 7 km from Ayodhya, and said adequate arrangements including the venue of the mediation, place of stay of the mediators, their security, travel should be forthwith arranged by the state government so that proceedings could commence immediately. It had also directed that the mediation proceedings be held in-camera as per norms applicable to conduct mediation proceedings. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.last_img read more

Indian shuttlers eye elusive medal at Sudirman Cup

first_imgNanning (China): India will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway here Sunday. India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage. The Indians would have to ensure they pull no punches when they face heavyweights China and avoid any early hiccups against 2009 semifinalists Malaysia in Group 1D to qualify from the group. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju India’s chances during the mixed team championship will depend on the quality singles players such as reigning BWF World Tour Finals winner Sindhu, 2019 Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, 2019 India Open finalist Kidambi Srikanth and BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma. India first will look to quell the challenge of Malaysia on Monday before taking on the mighty 10-time champions China the next day. The 13-member Indian team, seeded eighth this time, will look to draw inspiration from their sensational win over Malaysia en route to an unprecedented team gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters With former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei missing in action this time, India will fancy their chances against Malaysia, who are likely to bank on Lee Zii Jia in the men’s singles. In women’s singles, Goh Jin Wei or Soniia Cheah will lead the charge for Malaysia but they are unlikely to pose any threat to Sindhu or Saina. Malaysia will need their doubles to put up a good performance to salvage hopes of making it to the knockout stage. But the return of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy after an injury gap will fuel India’s hopes in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Satwik, who recovered from a shoulder injury to make a title-winning comeback at the Brazil International Challenge recently, will form a formidable men’s doubles pair with Chirag Shetty, while pairing with the experienced Ashwini Ponappa in mixed doubles. At the last edition, India had put up a superb performance to upset 1989 winners Indonesia on their way to the quarter-finals where their run was ended by eventual runners-up China. This time too China boosts of formidable team which comprises Olympic champion Chen Long and 2018 All England Champion Shi Yuqi in men’s singles and reigning All England champion Chen Yufei in women’s singles. Besides, China also possess quality doubles combinations and all three Indian pairs will need to punch above their weights to pose a challenge to the formidable neighbours, who are eyeing their 11th title this time.last_img read more

Gattuso Caldara out for two months

first_imgGennaro Gattuso confirmed AC Milan will be without Mattia Caldara for a couple of months, while he gives updates on other injury problems.The Rossoneri beat Sampdoria 3-2 this evening, but the win was marred by the bad news of the injury crisis that hit the club.“We’re going to lose Caldara for a couple of months. He had a problem with the medial ligament, it’s a cursed season for him, really disappointing for the lad,” Gattuso told Football Italia.Caldara was just about to make his comeback from a different injury when he pulled up in training.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Jack Bonaventura is gritting his teeth, as he has an inflammation in his knee and couldn’t train yesterday. Now we have to evaluate Hakan Calhanoglu, who is trying really hard.“It’s a bad moment, we’ve got to use the players who are in the best shape.”Davide Calabria was carried off the pitch this evening after an apparent ankle sprain.Milan returned to winning ways after two consecutive defeats home and abroad.last_img read more

Didier Deschamps still cant forgive Karim Benzema

first_imgNearly three years after an unfortunate interview Benzema did with Marca, Didier Deschamps is still hurt for being labeled a racist by the striker.Back in 2016 when France celebrated the European Championship at home, Les Bleus’ manager Didier Deschamps decided to not call Karim Benzema for the competition due to his involvement in the scandal that Valbuena was also part of.Karim Benzema was the target of an onslaught of criticism from several parts of France and by members in all corners of society, the French striker felt attacked and he decided to defend himself by offering an interview with Marca in which he stated that the France manager’s decision to leave him out of the squad came after “caving to pressure from the racist part of France”.This statement was the ultimate insult against Deschamps, who has always made his decisions to select the players with a certain level of common sense.It was only natural that he would make the ultimate decision of never calling Karim Benzema to play for France as long as he remained the manager, Les Bleus have gone to win the World Cup since and Karim is still hurt that Deschamps has kept him blacklisted from the team.Now that time has gone by and both men have met success in their careers, one would think that Deschamps could let bygones be bygones.DESCHAMPS carga contra BENZEMA y las acusaciones de racismo— El Bernabéu (@elbernabeucom) January 13, 2019But this Saturday during an interview with Europe 1, the French manager reminded everyone that he doesn’t easily forget and he may take this bitter feeling against Karim Benzema to his grave.When he was asked specifically about the possibility that the striker could be called back to play for his national team, Deschamps didn’t hesitate to call things for what they are.“Some people can give speeches that can have consequences that go beyond any form of understanding, and I can never forget that,” Deschamps said during the interview as quoted by Diario AS.“At that moment I considered that a line had been crossed. I pick French players, all of them are French and it has never occurred to me to not select someone based on their color or religion. And in the same way the other way around, I would never pick someone based on the same criteria, because that would just as bad or worse,” concluded the France manager.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Deschamps no olvida la entrevista de Benzema en MARCA: “Cruzó la línea, nunca lo olvidaré”— Noti Kayak (@NotiKayak) January 13, 2019If the Real Madrid player had any chance of reconciliation with the France manager about what was said, he must really be regretting what he said right now because he will retire from football knowing that he could’ve been a World Cup champion with the second golden generation of players that France has ever produced.Les Bleus do seem like they are going to dominate international football for the upcoming decade under Didier Deschamps guidance, which must feel very frustrating for Karim because of the missed opportunity.After hearing the words from the manager and how visibly hurt he still is, we are not sure that an apology will help in any shape or form to get him back in the manager’s good graces.At the end of the day, Karim Benzema will retire as one of Real Madrid’s most successful players in the modern era but he will always have that stain on his career that could make anyone regret his life choices for the rest of time.As of right now, the player still hasn’t responded to Deschamp’s statements and he may not even feel the urge to do so.The Real Madrid striker is too tired of defending himself from this whole drama. Plus, the forward hasn’t really been missed by anybody after the success France has gotten in recent memory.Ready 💯🔥— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) January 12, 2019How do you think Karim Benzema should react to Didier Deschamps’ latest comments about him? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more