Photo of the Week: Happy Easter!

first_imgHappy Easter!If you celebrate the Easter holiday, I hope your Easter is filled with joy and celebration with your family and friends.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Wishing You a Happy Easter!Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates. I hope you enjoy this day with your family and friends. In southeast Michigan, it’s truly a spring-like Easter for us. Warm temperatures, sunny skies, gorgeous red tulips and yellow daffodils, and beautiful flowering trees!In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Easter Flowers at Anna Scripps Whitcomb ConservatoryHappy Easter! If you celebrate Easter, I hope you and your family are enjoying a lovely day together. As my son is older, I miss the fun we had when he was younger looking for Easter eggs hidden in the yard. This year, we’re happy to have family together and…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Celebrating EasterFor my readers who celebrate the Easter holiday, I hope you have a lovely day with your family and friends. Happy Easter!In “Miscellaneous”last_img read more

A Community-Based Framework to Evaluate Cloud Service Providers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When we wrote last week about “4 Tools for Assessing Cloud Performance,” we asked for suggestions about other resources that can help companies monitor and evaluate cloud services. And we asked for suggestions as to what factors, in addition to cost and performance, might be important to weigh when making business decisions.Jeffrey Abbott, Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Cloud Customer Solutions Unit at CA Technologies wrote a blog post in response: “Comparing the Relative Quality of Cloud Services – Is a single metric enough?” In it, he argues that not only are one or two variables insufficient, but that different parameters matter to different people. As such, a more robust index to evaluate cloud services needs to be developed.CA Technologies started work on such a project, which has now been handed over to Carnegie Mellon University so that it can be an independent tool built not by one vendor but by a broader online community.Cloud Commons and the Service Measurement Index The Service Measurement Index (SMI) is a method designed to measure the end-to-end customer experience for any number of cloud services. The SMI will allow organizations to evaluate any number of IT services available to them, regardless of whether those services are provide internally or sourced to outside companies. The index measures services on six metrics, including quality, agility, risk, cost, capability, and security. And it allows users to weight the importance of these different factors, depending on their definitions of what constitutes “good service.” After all, for some companies, cost is no option. For others, cost may be the key. The SMI, hopes Abbott, will allow businesses to compare “apples to apples” when making IT decisions.Launched in May of this year, the SMI and the Cloud Commons that supports it are fairly new projects. The index tracks over 100 services so far, including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS providers. While some of the initial information comprising the SMI was compiled based on research with select businesses, Abbott says an API is in the works so that the index can be integrated into products and so that services can be monitored on a real-time basis. When appropriate, the information captured will be used to populate the database with more details about cloud companies’ performance. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Government Saves $150 Million through ESEEP

first_img He was speaking at the Award of Prizes for the ‘Energy Matters Competition’ on February 2 at the Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) showroom in Kingston. ESEEP aims to promote private-sector investment in the energy sector by updating the regulatory framework, preparing projects for investment decisions and increasing the contribution of renewable energy in electricity. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government realised savings of $150 million last year through the Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project (ESEEP). Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government realised savings of $150 million last year through the Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project (ESEEP).“That frees up money for other social programmes and to offset other expenses of the Government,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the Award of Prizes for the ‘Energy Matters Competition’ on February 2 at the Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) showroom in Kingston.The Minister pointed out that the country is immediately seeing the results of the project, “where we practise more energy-efficiency techniques”.“We want to encourage more Jamaicans to practise energy conservation and efficiency,” Dr. Wheatley implored.ESEEP aims to promote private-sector investment in the energy sector by updating the regulatory framework, preparing projects for investment decisions and increasing the contribution of renewable energy in electricity.Additionally, the project seeks to improve energy efficiency and security in key areas of the economy, including implementation of fuel diversification, as well as strengthen institutional and technical capacities in the Ministry’s energy division for policy and strategy formulation, investment planning, programme implementation and sector regulation.Meanwhile, Managing Director of Appliance Traders Limited, Danville Walker, said the company is pleased to partner with the Government on an initiative that promises to put Jamaica on a path to greater energy sustainability and efficiency.“The Ministry has a thrust to reduce the country’s energy footprint with the use of inverter technology, such as those used in the appliances our winners received today, solar and other forms of renewable energy,” he said.The competition ran from November 17 to January 31, 2018, and is part of the Government’s public education thrust to increase public awareness about ESEEP and other energy-related developments in Jamaica, and to foster an appreciation of the energy conservation and diversification programmes that are being implemented under Jamaica’s Energy Vision 2030 Plan.Winners received weekly prizes of a $10,000 Jamaica Public Service (JPS) gift certificate and monthly prizes of an inverter refrigerator and two inverter microwave ovens donated by ATL.Grand prize winners for the month of January, Albert Chin, who won an inverter refrigerator; and Annmarie Tulloch and Savasha Savage, who won inverter microwaves, were randomly selected from persons providing the correct answer to energy-related questions online.last_img read more