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Belvoir’s first acquisition of 2017

first_imgSteve Slawson of Belvoir Hereford has successfully completed the acquisition of the principal assets of Williams Estate Agents (Hereford) Ltd.“Acquiring an existing portfolio or company is the most efficient way for our franchise owners to grow their businesses,” says Belvoir’s Chief Operating Officer, Dorian Gonsalves. “The portfolio that Steve has purchased contains 41 fully managed properties within the Hereford territory and this will certainly help to support his growth plans.“Due to an uncertain economy, increased regulation and erosion of profits, many independent agents are selling up.“Belvoir is embarking on an Acquisitions Roadshow across the network, encouraging many more of our franchise owners to consider expanding their businesses through partially funded acquisition, which will help to increase turnover and profits, enhance market presence and add capital value to the business.”Belvoir Belvoir acquisition Belvoir Hereford April 21, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Belvoir’s first acquisition of 2017 previous nextAgencies & PeopleBelvoir’s first acquisition of 2017The Negotiator21st April 20170524 Viewslast_img read more

Property transactions down by 12.4% year on year, claims HMRC

first_imgThe volume of residential property transactions has dropped by 12.4% compared to a year ago as they continue their three-year-long decline since the EU referendum, figures from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) purport to show.Its monthly index also reveals that property transactions dropped by a seasonally adjusted 8.4% between June and July, revealing how economic and financial uncertainty continues to bite into home buyer confidence. This is in contrast to May when its figures showed transactions were ‘holding steady’.Paul Smith, CEO of Haart, has blamed the figures on the new government’s stamp duty flip-flopping.“The recent rumours regarding changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax are promising and sorely needed to support transactions, but continued speculation and backtracking by Government isn’t helping general confidence,” he says.But the MD Of a leading mortgage brokers has predicted that the next set of figures could show a pre-Brexit bounce.“It may even be that residential property transactions pick back up in August and September, as a lot of prospective buyers are wary that house prices could rebound if no-deal proves not to be the end-of-days scenario many predict,” says Andrew Montlake of broker Coreco.RevisionBut the figures have also been questioned by a leading economist.Not only do they often contradict the Land Registry’s separate transactions figures but, says economist Ruper Seggins (left), they are sometimes revised afterwards.“As pretty widely suspected – there’s something really off with the most recent data points on HMRC’s property transactions stats,” he said on Twitter, where he also claimed that HMRC last month said that transactions were down by 25% year on year but later revised this to 13.4%.HMRC August 22, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Property transactions down by 12.4% year on year, claims HMRC previous nextHousing MarketProperty transactions down by 12.4% year on year, claims HMRCThe drop has been blamed on flip-flopping by both the Prime Minister and his ministers over mooted plans to reform stamp duty.Nigel Lewis22nd August 20190593 Viewslast_img read more

HMS Brocklesby Clears Libyan Harbour Mine

first_img View post tag: Navy May 6, 2011 HMS Brocklesby, one of the Royal Navy’s mine countermeasures vessels, has destroyed a mine laid by pro-Gaddafi forces in the port of Misurata on the Libyan coast.Forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi have made repeated attempts to close down the port to limit the flow of humanitarian assistance to the population of Misurata.Using her sonar and underwater mine disposal system, Seafox, HMS Brocklesby successfully located and destroyed a buoyant mine just one mile (1.6km) from the entrance to the harbour.The mine, containing more than 100 kilogrammes of high explosives, had been crudely placed by pro-Gaddafi forces using an inflatable dinghy to transport it out to sea.Lieutenant Commander James Byron, Commanding Officer of HMS Brocklesby, said:“I am extremely pleased we have been able to dispose of ordnance in the approaches to Misurata that is now a vital lifeline for the delivery of humanitarian aid into Libya.“Our actions on behalf of NATO are directly contributing to the continued welfare of the Libyan people. In helping to keep the port of Misurata open we are ensuring the continued flow of essential medical assistance and allowing the evacuation of innocent civilians from the country.“This is exactly the kind of operation my crew have trained for, dealing with live mines posing a threat to legitimate shipping within sight and range of shore bombardment. My team have handled themselves superbly in the execution of this mission, reacting stoutly to the very real threat posed by rockets and artillery ashore.”Misurata is a critical port for the continued flow of humanitarian aid into Libya and for the evacuation of displaced persons to safety.The Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said:“HMS Brocklesby is carrying out vital work to secure the waters off Misurata to allow humanitarian aid to reach the civilian population. This specialist capability is helping prevent Gaddafi forces from sealing off the port to deny medical and food supplies to the people of Misurata.”Within 24 hours of the reported laying of mines HMS Brocklesby and an allied ship were deployed to control the flow of traffic in and out of Misurata to protect shipping and conduct mine disposal operations. Both vessels disposed of mines to open the port for normal operations.HMS Brocklesby is operating in support of Operations ELLAMY and UNIFIED PROTECTOR to enforce the arms embargo off Libya and protect Libyan civilians from continued violence.(mod)[mappress]Source: mod, May 6, 2011; View post tag: Libyan View post tag: harbour View post tag: Brocklesby View post tag: HMS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Libya View post tag: Naval View post tag: Mine HMS Brocklesby Clears Libyan Harbour Mine Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Brocklesby Clears Libyan Harbour Mine View post tag: Clears Share this articlelast_img read more

Letters: What is a ’craft baker’?

first_imgLet’s define why we offer valueAll credit to BB for keeping the spotlight on the battered UK craft sector. Is the definition of “craft” or “artisan” the right way to focus the challenge right now?It is a long-running saga, as is the valiant effort of a handful of British bakers to keep up support for our ancient and under-valued craft. We are different to the industrial product and we must find an appropriate way of defining why we offer value.There are two key areas:1. Persuading the UK’s Office of Fair Trading that predatory pricing is a bad thing for consumers.2. Real “fresh” bread was not cooked weeks or months ago and reheated to toast the crust. Fresh bread is baked from flour and water, somewhere local in your community, today.Some might argue that browning a pre-baked baguette in a garage forecourt shop is honestly part of baking. However, the fundamental difference is that the significant baking process cooking the starch happens only once at some point over 90C.In December 2009, new planning policies were issued by the UK Government for England (PPS4) which, in a nutshell, require local planning authorities to take consideration of local town economies and “promote the vitality and viability of town centres as important places for communities”.Out-of-town shopping is important to a modern lifestyle, but I think England has gone too far. UK supermarkets have decimated our industry in half a century. Our French cousins are respected members of their locality and maintain perhaps a 70% market share. The definition of a traditional French bakery is protected in law.Is it time for a fresh look at what we can do through the courts?David Dodge, proprietor and MD, Vienna Bakery, JerseyRobust stance is neededBritish Baker has to take a more robust and brave stance on this issue [definition of craft]. When Sylvia Macdonald tries to justify the use of Vitamin C (Viewpoint, BB, 29 January), there is a disingenuous side to this statement. How many bakers do you really know who literally only add Vitamin C to their flour? It has either already been added at the mill, or, it is added as a prepared mix in a fancy coloured sachet, or from a large sack. It is not just Vitamin C, but a whole load of other “mystery” ingredients besides. Ingredients manufacturers get away with far too much under current legislation. That is why I totally agree with Peter Cook (Letter, BB 29 Jan, pg 16) when he says, “no improvers”. All it does is perpetuate what Tom Herbert expresses in such a colourful way in his column in the same issue.Quite simply, this is a wake-up call to all you big boys dealing in vast quantities of grain and fancy chemicals: it won’t continue for much longer. Tom Herbert’s vision for agriculture will happen. And when it does, there will be a host of independent small high street and community bakeries turning out real craft and artisan bread. How can you possibly describe Greggs as a craft operator?The trouble is that these words really mean something to some people. ’Organic’ is just the same. As soon as the big boys come along, these concepts just get bastardised. Food policy in this country has to change, and it will. There is no place for these organisations in a future world governed by sustainable principles…sorry boys!Andrew Smith, lecturer, Newcastle College, and craft and artisan bakerWhat’s in a name?Craft/artisan are they not the same? The dictionary describes them as a human skill, manual art, and skilled trade. The baking industry is a skilled trade operated by humans! The different names are sometimes used to give a perceived status in the same way that ’cake shop’ and ’patisserie’ are used.The large factory units are not craft bakeries, but some of the larger retail bakeries have high levels of hand-finished products and offer great in-house training to ensure quality is achieved.I’ve not yet found a bakery that doesn’t use at least a mixing machine, so when does a bakery lose its ’craft’ status, because it uses machinery? Sourcing the best raw materials and turning them into top-quality finished products is a craft, at whatever level.Maintaining our traditions of quality and freshness is more important than worrying about what you are called.Colin Lomax, technical sales manager, Rank HovisWe are all in this trade togetherI read with interest the debate kicked off by the BB75 and eloquently tackled by Peter Cook. As the sponsor and judge of the Craft Business Award at the Baking Industry Awards, I thought I’d offer another perspective.It’s a shame Mr Cook feels that craft production at scale, artisanal craftsman and industrial production are discrete and unrelated camps within the baking industry.We need the self-titled Real Bread bakers to inspire us and demonstrate what is possible with fresh, quality ingredients, sheer passion and tremendous skill. We need to have tasty, great-quality sliced bread to fill the breakfast plates, lunchboxes and food-to-go market. We also need family bakers at the heart of their communities. And our retailer in-store bakery colleagues deliver that freshly baked bread (much of it from scratch) to consumers when they want to buy it.As a BIA judge, I’m in the privileged position of being able to see behind the scenes at some of the best businesses in the country. In the past five years, I’ve been surprised at and delighted by the execution of craft that I have seen. These bakers manage the tension between craft and scale so well, that to call their products mass-produced is really to do them a disservice.We’re all in this together, linked by a love of good products and the desire to give our consumers the very best we can at a price they are prepared to pay.Sara Reid, marketing manager, Rank Hovislast_img read more

JRAD Packs Palace Theatre With Phish Teasers [Audio]

first_imgFriday night’s highly anticipated debut performance of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead in the capital city of Albany, New York was nothing short of jaw-dropping. While many Upstate deadheads have taken the 3-hour journey southbound to see the boys in their Brooklyn Bowl home turf, most the crowd in the sold-out Palace Theatre were experiencing the glory for their first time.An appropriately placed “Feel Like A Stranger” assured the room that it would be a long, long, crazy, crazy night. The five strangers on stage introduced themselves to the Palace in an all-too-authentic JRAD way by mixing the distinct sound of the Grateful Dead with the high-energy improvisations that fans have come to love in their almost 150 shows. Seamlessly transitioning into “Help On The Way” was the first of many awe-inspiring and unique transitions in the night. Marco Benevento hopped back and forth from organ to grand piano and provided a gorgeous yet rambunctious solo while transitioning into the classic “Slipknot” section of the one-two Blues for Allah punch.After the calming and celestial board work from Benevento, drummer Joe Russo slammed his foot on the gas for a peel-out transition into “The Wheel.” Guitarist Tom Hamilton sonically connected with Russo to appease the Upstate Phish fanbase with a kid-tested, mother approved “Bathtub Gin” tease. Bassist Dave Dreiwitz came knocking at the door, Lesh-like with bass-bombs that rattled the upper deck of the theatre during the spacier part of the jam. Local Grateful Dead tour veterans thought back to a time almost exactly 25 years ago when Jerry Garcia sang the tune down the street at the Knickerbocker Arena which is featured on the fan-favorite live album, Dozin’ at the Knick.Hamilton tipped his hat to Jerry during an extra special solo in “Uncle John’s Band”, yet another highlight of the first quarter of the show. The version contained elements of a 90’s hip-hop backbeat and for good measure, the quintet threw in a “Poison” sample by Bell Biv DeVoe. Guitarist Scott Metzger shined during the bouncy flow into “Truckin’”, which the band took on an extended test-drive before peppering in another Phish tease with “Chalkdust Torture”. Although the band was technically truckin’ back from Buffalo as they played Syracuse’s Landmark Theatre the night before, the lyrics of the Grateful Dead greatest-hit always induce serious excitement from any New York crowd.A silky “Music Never Stopped” reprise had some members of the capacity audience howling for “The Other One” only to be pleasantly faked out. The 5-piece continued to pull rabbits of the hat with a surprising jam that contained elements of a high energy “Born-Cross Eyed” that could have dropped into “The Other One” (or “Crosseyed and Painless” at this point) but instead took fans into set break.Set two kicked off with a mellow and slow-building “Reuben & Cherise”, which brought forth a flood of teases including yet another Phish nod in “Divided Sky” where Tommy Hamilton channeled Trey Anastasio again. With a Tweezer-esque energy, the band blasted off into the highlight of the second set “Viola Lee Blues”. The rollercoaster jam drifted into an out-of-left-field takeover by Benevento and brought some of us back to the days where there was only The Duo. A funky guitar exchange by Hamilton and Metzger was later combated with a Dreiwitz / Russo collaboration that let everyone in on the fun. The colossal reprise featured elements of “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” and “Lady Madonna” by Hamilton and Benevento which may have been foreshadowed during the all-Beatles set break mix. When the jam finally fizzled out, the crowd once again found themselves falling into a deep “Foam” tease, capping off the unprecedented four-song tease-pack celebrating the quartet from Vermont.Watch the second-set opener below, courtesy of if the show wasn’t hot enough, a “Jack Straw” for the ages reminded JRAD rookies the importance of first impressions, and they surely delivered. Instead of singing the final lyrics “we can share the women we can share the wine”, Hamilton and the crew instead instrumentally faded away into “So Many Roads”. To keep the theme of “roads” present, Joe Russo led his crew into a rowdy “Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” that had even the old timers out of their seats. After an instrumental “We Bid You Goodnight,” Russo tossed one of his drumsticks into the grateful crowd hopeful that they would see him and the band for one more song.“Magnificent Sanctuary Band” may have been recorded by Jerry Garcia, but it never made it to the stage for a live performance. Benevento’s mastery on the grand piano only added to the soulful voice of Hamilton during the well-placed song to leave behind in Albany. In the Donny Hathaway version of the encore tune, there is an introduction spoken by Hathaway that couldn’t be more appropriate for summing up JRAD’s first show at the Palace Theatre: “Well try to imagine with me if you will, that you were the first to see the band coming down the way, growing bigger and bigger, and your heart pounding harder and harder.”You can listen to the full show audio below, courtesy of Brian Goldstein:Joe Russo’s Almost Dead plays their final show of the short and sweet run at The State Theatre in Portland, Maine on Saturday night.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Palace Theatre | Albany, NY | 3/16/18Set One (8:43PM – 10:01PM): Feel Like A Stranger > Help On The Way -> Slipknot! @ -> The Wheel # -> Uncle John’s Band $ -> Truckin’ % -> Music Never Stopped Reprise -> Born Cross-eyed JamSet Two (10:40PM – 12:14AM) Jam -> Ruben & Cerise ^ -> Viola Lee Blues -> 9 to 5 Jam -> Viola Lee Blues Reprise + -> Jam & -> Jack Straw * -> So Many Roads -> Going Down The Road Feeling Bad -> We Bid You Goodnight (Instrumental)E: Magnificent Sanctuary [email protected] – With an MB Solo# – With “Bathtub Gin” (Phish) Teases & Jams$ – With a “Poison” (Bell Biv DeVoe) Tease (JR) & a “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (Ozzy Osbourne) Tease (TH)% – With a “Chalkdust Torture” (Phish) Tease (TH)^ – With a “Divided Sky” (Phish) Tease (TH), a “Let My Love Open the Door” (Pete Townshend) Tease (TH) and a “Paradise City” (Guns N Roses) Tease (Band)+ – With a Unknown Tease (SM) & a “Cavern” (Phish) Tease (JR)& – With “Foam” (Phish) Teases & Jams* – With a “Llama” (Phish) Tease (JR), Ruben & Cerise Teases & GDTRFB Teases (TH)last_img read more

HBS professor nabs lifetime achievement award from NVCA

first_imgFelda Hardymon, M.B.A. ’79, the M.B.A. Class of 1975 Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School (HBS), has received a Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The award recognizes NVCA members who have “dedicated their professional lives to creating and building successful and highly competitive venture firms as well as portfolio companies that have made a significant contribution to economic growth and innovation in the United States.”A member of the HBS faculty since 1998, Hardymon, alongside Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking Josh Lerner, developed the second-year M.B.A. elective “Venture Capital and Private Equity.” He teaches in — and has been course head for — the private equity and venture capital executive education program held each fall. This winter, he will be teaching the first-year required course “The Entrepreneurial Manager.”Since 1981 Hardymon has also been a general partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, where he has led the firm’s investments in numerous start-ups in the software, communications, and retail sectors, including Staples and Sports Authority. Before joining Bessemer, Hardymon worked at Business Development Services Inc., the venture capital subsidiary of General Electric.In addition to a number of private boards, Hardymon is a member of the board of directors of Silicon Valley Bancshares. For several years in the 1990s, he served on the board of directors of the NVCA and was chairman of its tax committee.last_img read more

‘Gathering Historias’ at the Arboretum

first_imgSteven Salido Fisher is doing sacred work simply by listening to people as they share the stories in their hearts. The Harvard Divinity School (HDS) student is building on a mission to give people in the local Hispanic community an elevated voice about the natural environment. His project, “Gathering Historias” is documenting, in their native language, their experiences with nature including the historic green space of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.   “Many people I have talked to really see their time outdoors, in the natural environment, as a time of restoration, in a place of sanctuary, and even talk about people they love through times shared outdoors” Fisher, a former student chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital, said. “‘Gathering Historias’ shares those narratives about the changing social and cultural meaning of an outdoor experience within an increasingly-diverse Boston area.” Fisher has bicultural roots helping him understand social resilience and belonging. Born in Lake Forest, Ill., he grew up in both Chicago and Mexico City, where his parents originate. The integrated experiences from his childhood helped actualize “Gathering Historias.” These virtual stories share, in podcast format, the personal interactions and recreational activities community members have in the environment, utilizing nature as a way to create a spiritual connection to the outdoors, and to others. Telling their stories in Spanish invites people to recognize their own voices being heard and enter into the story in a way that most other content doesn’t allow, Fisher said. “There’s a level of personality that’s accessed when someone speaks in their native language, you can capture the emotions and there is a real impact on listeners,” he said. “If you don’t speak Spanish, you may not be able to understand what they are saying, but the laughing, the gasping, the tone, or even the slowing down during the narrative — you’re really drawn in.”  Wendy Estrada, a contributor to “Gathering Historias,” said speaking with Fisher revived many memories of her roots, her family, her travels, and she hopes the project will inspire her children to do things outdoors.  “I could have spent so many hours talking to Steven about my experiences. When I was younger, without access to technology, we explored more of the woods and lakes, I wanted to pull out all my [photo] albums and look through them,” the Brookline resident said. “With our busy lives, we don’t realize that nature gives us so much peace.” Fisher is also a children’s book illustrator and focuses his drawings on the relationship between children and nature. He chose the Arboretum to do the work through the HDS Field Education Program. This opportunity, allowing students to utilize a setting matching their educational goals, connected his own work illustrating social and botanical life to the Arboretum’s mission of fostering “greater understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Earth’s botanical diversity and its essential value to humankind.” His drawings, which accompany the narratives, will help illustrate the importance of intimacy, growth, nature, and stewardship.,Ana Maria Caballero, the nature education specialist at the Arboretum, said in addition to Fisher’s talent creating fresh and whimsical artwork with hints of Mexican traditions, he is incredibly focused and driven. He immersed himself in the fabric of the Public Programs department to get a better understanding of people and nature.  “He is a great listener, very interested in hearing people’s stories and finding connections between himself, the storyteller and greater humanity,” she said. “This initiative fits in nicely with the Public Program department’s drive to create relevancy for a wider audience, with programming that better reflects the concerns and aspirations of visitors to the Arnold Arboretum.” Fisher’s work at the Arboretum is in line with his work in the Field Education Program at HDS, where he is a master of divinity degree candidate (M.Div.). Every year, the School sends approximately 80 to 100 HDS students out to work as chaplains, instructors, and more in parishes, educational institutions, community-based social justice agencies, hospitals, and prisons. The aim is to help students cultivate their theological imagination within a structured learning experience and use the experience to explore their calls to ministry and develop technical skills. Depending on the job, field education can send students across the country, and in summertime, across the world. M.Div. candidates must complete at least 700 hours of field education work before they graduate, said Emily Click, assistant dean for ministry studies and field education at HDS. “We craft opportunities for our students to engage their gifts in the needs of particular individuals, communities, and organizations. We enable students to discover the ways in which their curiosity, intellect, and kindness can be offered compassionately to people in need,” she said. “In the case of Steven, his field education is a perfect example of the ways in which our students’ imaginations are honored and kindled by the opportunities they see in a field education program that offers not just traditional ministry settings, but places for them to design their own learning.” The setting at the Arboretum also helped Fisher underscore the value of time. Established in 1872 and a National Historic Landmark, the Arboretum occupies 281-acres of naturalized landscape containing a living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines from around the world, consciously preserved for research and cherished by the public. In a similar light, he hopes “Gathering Historias” will live on beyond the moment and the conversations will remain in people’s minds, preserved and cherished from generation to generation.  “I’ve worked in many places — hospitals, universities, the Red Cross, but it’s really astounding and beautiful to see the deep attention to time at the Arboretum, and the beautiful intention to cultivate life within an intergenerational framework,” he said. “It’s not necessarily explicit people can walk by a tree in the Arboretum and sense that it has something beyond their own life span. I hope ‘Gathering Historias’ lives on in the sense that life continues beyond the stories themselves.”,What is it about a story that makes it sacred? Fisher said two specific HDS courses have prompted him to closely examine that question: The Lotus Sutra: Engaging a Buddhist Scripture with Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures Charles Hallisey, and Orthodoxy and Heresy in Ancient Christianity with Hollis Professor of Divinity Karen King. Through studying some unconventional contexts of history and what stories are or are not being told, Fisher learned the importance of people recognizing themselves in a story, and how to interpret the story in a way that is life-giving. “From a Latino, Latina, Latinx perspective, our stories don’t get told very often. And I really want these stories to be on the table when we think about ecological justice, environmentalism, and how we plan for the future,” he said. “This is another key aspect of ministry, essentially having an angle of advocacy and justice in the work that we do, so we ensure that people’s stories got told and we become a conduit for those stories and essentially a megaphone in some ways.” Fisher chose to complete his master’s work at HDS because of its culture that he said feels supportive, freeing and life-giving, something he does not take for granted. “I really get a deep sense of permission from the Divinity School to explore what it means to be a minister in today’s world. Although I’m not working in a church for example, nobody questions that I see a place like the Arboretum as my church,” he said. “I can learn about myself and really learn about the kind of life I want to live.” In a sense, Fisher is gathering his own historias. He chose the word “gathering” in the title for the project associating it with other words such as “nourishment,” and “cultivation” which speaks to the purpose of the project. But its bilingual title was chosen with intention. “The bilingual title speaks to a lot of Latinos here living in the U.S. now, whether they were born here or in other parts of Latin America,” he said. “It reflects that our community is varied and complex for not just Spanish speakers, for not just English speakers, but we often straddle different identities. And our stories can capture that.”For questions or more information about “Gathering Historias” and Fisher’s work, please contact him at [email protected] — Michael Naughton, Harvard Divinity School Communications, contributed to this article.last_img read more

Unlocking Data Insights with PowerEdge and Microsoft SQL Server

first_imgUnderstanding how to uncover insights and drive value from data can give your organization a distinct competitive advantage. This can be complicated since the IT landscape is constantly evolving, especially when it comes to data management and analytics. In a recently published report, ESG surveyed IT decision makers and “nearly two-thirds (64%) said they believe IT is more complex now compared with two years ago; and another 17% said it is significantly more complex.”Organizations can navigate these complexities by focusing on unlocking data insights and bolstering their security posture to protect data.Unlocking Data Insights One of the biggest advancements in database technology came with the introduction of SQL Server 2019 and its new data analytics capabilities. Using R and Python, SQL’s Machine Learning Services can analyze data across multiple disparate data sources, not just the data contained within the SQL database. SQL is no longer just a database, it is the engine that will collect and analyze data – wherever that data lives and in whatever form – structured or unstructured. This eliminates the time and expense associated with data ingestion providing quicker insights to inform business decisions.Also key is SQL 2019’s platform compatibility. For the first time, there is full feature parity with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Kubernetes. A Linux shop can get the full benefit of SQL without having to refactor to Windows.The reporting capabilities of SQL Server Reporting Services, along with the included Power BI Report Server, produce powerful reports that take ones and zeros and provide real information. The translation of data into knowledge gives business an edge.In order to make the most of these cutting-edge capabilities, it is worth taking a look at the hardware that houses the data estate. When time is of the essence, it is important to be able to process this data efficiently, with little to no latency. That is one of the ways PowerEdge servers with Intel® Optane™ persistent memory can add value to the SQL server environment. Optane persistent memory enables transactions to be performed directly on the memory bus, eliminating the extra time needed for data to transfer between the storage module to the processor. In simpler terms, having the option of storage available in a memory slot gives data quick access to the “brains” of the server. Consider this, a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd server using Intel® Optane™ persistent memory delivered 2.2 times the Microsoft SQL Server 2019 performance of a two-NVMe drive configuration and improved performance even more significantly over SATA SSDs—delivering 11.3 times the transactions per minute.¹SQL is Synonymous with SecurityProtecting the data that is the foundation of business is top of mind. In fact, ESG reports that organizations are fighting the battle on two fronts: “40% of respondents identified the need to strengthen their cyber security position, but nearly half (44%) also cite chronic skill shortages in the area of cybersecurity.”Fortunately, SQL is widely recognized as a secure data platform. It is designed with a number of security and compliance features, including the ability to encrypt sensitive data. It is important to know that security patches for SQL 2008 ended in July 2019 and SQL 2012 mainstream service life ended October 2018. Given these recent end of support dates and benefits, now is the optimal time to consider migrating to SQL Server 2019.Protecting data infrastructure starts at the hardware level. PowerEdge servers are built with integrated security features such as the “always-on” iDRAC, which can provide system monitoring and alerts. Security features are built directly into the firmware to help block malicious attacks, detect deviant activity, and restore critical operations when necessary.Additionally, Dell Technologies OpenManage systems management solutions can help simplify, automate, and optimize IT operations. For example, OpenManage Integrations for Microsoft System Center and Windows Admin Center enables visibility and control of hardware infrastructure, operating system, virtual machines, and containers.Simplifying the Data Management LandscapeDell Technologies and Microsoft have partnered for over 35 years. During that time, Dell has received numerous global competencies and over 50 Microsoft “Partner of the Year” awards. This long-standing relationship makes Dell Technologies the ideal infrastructure partner as we offer a broad suite of products to support Microsoft platforms.Choosing to implement new software does not have to be complicated. Eliminate the need to manage multiple purchase orders or vendors with a PowerEdge and SQL 2019 OEM solution. Customers who choose to purchase SQL with their PowerEdge servers will be able to easily install the software on their PowerEdge platform.Learn more about how PowerEdge servers can be the foundation for an all-in-one database solution with SQL 2019. Read the full ESG study, or join the conversation @DellEMCServers._______________________¹Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Watch your transactional database performance climb with Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory. Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd servers with Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory handled more transactions per minute than configurations with NAND flash NVMe drives or SATA SSDs,” November 2019, comparing a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd with Optane™ DC Memory to the same system with SSDs and NVMe drives. Actual result will vary.last_img read more

Kelli Barrett Is Wicked’s Newest Nessarose

first_img View Comments Barrett has previously appeared on Broadway in Baby It’s You! and The Royal Family. She originated the role of Sherrie in the off-Broadway production of Rock of Ages. Fun fact: Barrett is engaged to Beautiful Tony nominee Jarrod Spector, who was full of adorable puns and excitement for her new gig on Twitter. In addition to Barrett, Wicked currently stars Christine Dwyer as Elphaba, Jenni Barber as Glinda, Justin Guarini as Fiyero, PJ Benjamin as The Wizard, Mary Testa as Madame Morrible, Michael Wartella as Boq and K. Todd Freedman as Dr. Dillamond. Directed by Joe Mantello, the hit musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. Related Shows Broadway favorite Kelli Barrett has joined the Great White Way company of Wicked, having begun performances as Nessarose on May 27. Barrett takes over for Catherine Charlebois. Wicked from $95.00last_img read more