vice president – Disaster Recovery Playbook http://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 20:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-92.png vice president – Disaster Recovery Playbook http://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/ 32 32 New Grand Rapids initiative aims to give ‘with potential’ minority teens a blueprint for success https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/new-grand-rapids-initiative-aims-to-give-with-potential-minority-teens-a-blueprint-for-success/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 22:03:00 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/new-grand-rapids-initiative-aims-to-give-with-potential-minority-teens-a-blueprint-for-success/ GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A group of West Michigan nonprofits are joining forces in a new initiative that aims to close the gap in education, wellness and financial success for young colored men in Grand Rapids. The “We Matter Now” collaboration strives to transform today’s black and brown teens into the leaders of tomorrow by […]]]>

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A group of West Michigan nonprofits are joining forces in a new initiative that aims to close the gap in education, wellness and financial success for young colored men in Grand Rapids.

The “We Matter Now” collaboration strives to transform today’s black and brown teens into the leaders of tomorrow by connecting them with positive black male role models and providing them with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed in life, according to a press release announcing the new initiative.

The initiative aims to help young men of color see their full potential and envision a positive future for themselves, said Dondreá Brown of Young Money Finances, one of three nonprofits that founded the collaboration.

“Recognizing the power of words, We Matter Now seeks to serve ‘at-potential’ boys and young men of color, reversing the narrative that too often begins with ‘at-risk’ youth,” Brown said in a prepared statement.

“Our initiative strives to create a safe space, striving to provide Black and Brown high school students with the tools, skills, resources and connections to deal with challenges within their community.”

The three founding associations of the We Matter Now initiative are Young Money Financesthat teaches students financial literacy; Better, wiser, stronger, which provides training in problem and conflict resolution; and The Delta Projectwhich introduces students to different mediums and strategies to better understand and tell their own story.

The collaboration will open to its first cohort of approximately 60 male students of color in grades 9 through 11 from the greater Grand Rapids area this spring, according to the release. Students can apply to the program, or be referred to the program by someone else, by completing this form.

Program officials will assess applicants and select the 60 members of its first cohort.

Students will participate in a conference this spring, as well as ongoing programs and initiatives over the summer. The inaugural We Matter Now conference will be held Friday, April 22 at the LV Eberhard Center at Grand Valley State University, 301 Fulton St., in downtown Grand Rapids.

The conference theme will be “Our Vision, Our Voice, Our Choice,” according to the statement.

“Sessions will focus on financial education, healthy behaviors and conflict resolution training, providing participants with the support needed to be influential members of the community,” the statement said.

Throughout the summer, the three nonprofits will share programming with cohort members to continue the conversation from the spring conference.

Summer programming will include a boys-and-mens ‘blueprint for success’ program, a program teaching students storytelling and video editing, and resources on managing and investing money, according to the release. .

At the end of the summer, the collaboration will host a celebration in August to celebrate the bonds developed over the spring and summer and promote a successful start to the new school year, officials said.

Cole Williams of the Delta Project said an important part of the initiative is connecting teens with positive black role models who can act as mentors.

“We Matter Now reflects the importance of seeing positive black male leadership that will empower boys and young men of color to create positive change in our community,” Williams said in a statement. “Boys and young men of color don’t believe they have the opportunity to turn their lives around because they don’t see enough successful men of color as role models.”

“By sharing our lived experience, We Matter Now strives to provide examples of what boys and young men of color can become.”

Henry Sapp of Better Wiser Stronger pointed out how important it is for teens to have adults in their lives who support their success.

“Research shows that having adults who believe in and support them is essential for young people to develop a positive sense of their future,” Sapp said in a statement.

“Young people who can see a future for themselves are more likely to display positive behaviors, such as good decision making and goal planning, while avoiding problematic behaviors and poor choices.”

The initiative is supported by Heart of West Michigan United Way, which provides grants for the project. United Way has stepped up to support the We Matter Now initiative after pledging to invest in local organizations founded by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in an effort to close the economic and achievement gap for colored people in the county of Kent.

“United Way is funding the We Matter Now initiative because we’ve seen how intimately these three organizations work to empower young black and brown men who struggle to succeed due to structural racism and other forms of oppression,” said Shannon Blackmon-Gardner, vice president of community impact at the Heart of West Michigan United Way, in a statement.

“We are thrilled to support their work and see the change, growth and impact this collaboration will have on our young men of color.”

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DOST-Supported Mall Exhibit Series Highlights SM Prime’s Sustainability and RRC’s Journey https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/dost-supported-mall-exhibit-series-highlights-sm-primes-sustainability-and-rrcs-journey/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 14:24:27 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/dost-supported-mall-exhibit-series-highlights-sm-primes-sustainability-and-rrcs-journey/ SM PRIME AND DOST ORGANIZE EXHIBITION ON SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE. Sharing the honors at the ribbon cutting were (LR) Mr. Glenn Ang, SVP of SM Prime Holdings, Inc; Mr. Steven Tan, Chairman of SM Supermalls; Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr., Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology and OIC of PHIVOLCS; Mr. Jeffrey Lim, President […]]]>
SM PRIME AND DOST ORGANIZE EXHIBITION ON SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE. Sharing the honors at the ribbon cutting were (LR) Mr. Glenn Ang, SVP of SM Prime Holdings, Inc; Mr. Steven Tan, Chairman of SM Supermalls; Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr., Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology and OIC of PHIVOLCS; Mr. Jeffrey Lim, President of SM Prime Holdings, Inc; and Real. Jose Patalinjug III, Regional Director of DOST-NCR at the launch of the multi-mall exhibition on the sustainability and resilience initiatives of SM Prime Holdings Inc, and DOST on February 24 at the SM Mall of Asia. The series of exhibits launched simultaneously in SM City Baguio, SM City Bacolod and SM City Davao and will be open to the public until March 20, 2022. (SM/Released)

As part of its commitment to the community and the environment, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently launched a series of mall exhibits on sustainability and disaster resilience. The launch event took place on February 24 at SM Mall of Asia.

During the event, SM and DOST highlighted numerous initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability and disaster resilience in the country, including those that are in line with the fight against climate change. Through the exhibit, the promoters aim to reiterate the importance of working together to create solutions to today’s most pressing environmental concerns.

In his message, DOST and PHIVOLCS OIC Undersecretary Dr. Renato Solidum mentioned how Filipinos repeatedly face the risk of natural disasters and the effects of climate change in the country, saying that our story should not just be one of survival, but of becoming winners of disasters. For this, continuous training on disaster resilience and sustainability, he said, is essential.

“This project demonstrates the fusion of science and the arts, with the aim of influencing our kababayans be informed and be prepared against disasters,” said Dr. Solidum.

President SM Supermalls Steven Tan thanked DOST for its continued partnership with SM to promote a more sustainable and disaster resilient Philippines. He also said that amid the country’s collective efforts to revitalize the economy, stakeholders should also not forget about preserving the environment.

“As one of the nation’s leading integrated real estate developers, SM Prime Holdings takes its responsibility to the environment and the community seriously. While we emphasize the importance of ensuring livelihoods, business continuity and economic prosperity, it is equally – if not more important – that efforts to protect the environment are in place,” Tan said.

President of SM Supermalls, Mr. Steven Tan visits the Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology and Dr. Renato Solidum, Jr. of PHIVOLCS OIC around the display panels displayed during the launch of the multi exhibition -malls on SM Prime Holdings Inc’s sustainability and resilience initiatives, and DOST was held on February 24th at SM Mall of Asia. The exhibition launched simultaneously in SM City Baguio, SM City Bacolod and SM City Davao and will be open to the public until March 20, 2022. (SM/Released)

In addition to Tan and Solidum, the event featured SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim, SM Prime Senior Vice President Glenn Ang and DOST-NCR Regional Director Jose Patalinjug.

The event is the first in a series of exhibitions planned over the next few weeks. After the launch event at SM Mall of Asia, the exhibition will travel to several other SM malls across the country.

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Discover the telltale signs of scams during the Professional Women’s Connection program | What to do https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/discover-the-telltale-signs-of-scams-during-the-professional-womens-connection-program-what-to-do/ Sun, 06 Feb 2022 19:38:00 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/discover-the-telltale-signs-of-scams-during-the-professional-womens-connection-program-what-to-do/

Identity theft. Imposter scams. Phishing. Fraud.

You hear these words in the news but do you know the signs and what to do if you are a victim?






Professional Women's Connection

Join Ripon/Green Lake Professional Women’s Connection and Theresa Weckwerth on Thursday, February 17 to learn to understand how common scams are perpetrated, common targets of financial scams, how to identify the telltale signs of a scam, and what to do if you believe you have been scammed.

Weckwerth has worked for Fortifi Bank for over 18 years and is Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management. As Enterprise Risk Manager at Fortifi Bank, his top priorities include monitoring bank-wide risks and implementing controls to help mitigate those risks. She oversees compliance, customer information security, business continuity, physical security, fraud, cybersecurity and BSA.

Weckwerth has a passion for protecting the bank, employees, customers and communities by managing the ever-changing risk environment and holds numerous certifications including Financial Crime Investigation from Utica College, Audit and Security through the Independent Community Bankers of America and a certification. in interviews and interrogations by the Reid Institute. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and attending her children’s sporting events.

This event will take place at 300 Club, W1802 County Road A, Green Lake, WI 54941. Registration and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a presentation at 6 p.m.

Dinner will include a buffet of tomato bisque soup, garden salad and an assortment of mini sandwiches. Drinks can be purchased at a cash bar.

Reservations must be made by Monday, February 14 at noon and can be made by registering at https://www.pwcwi.org. The cost for members and students (with student ID) for the event is $15 and the cost for non-members is $20 – payable at the door or online at registration.

Professional Women’s Connection is a networking group that provides educational opportunities for local business and professional women, focusing on professional growth, personal development and improved leadership skills.

It is not a fundraising organization. Money for the annual scholarship comes from membership dues, allowing members to give back to the next generation of professional women.

Those interested in joining Professional Women’s Connection are encouraged to attend as guests before joining the organization.

Applications to join Professional Women’s Connection are available through Membership Chair Cassie Bornick at pwc.ripon.greenlake@gmail.com and will also be available at the meeting.

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Service Leadership, a ConnectWise and Sea-Level solution https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/service-leadership-a-connectwise-and-sea-level-solution/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/service-leadership-a-connectwise-and-sea-level-solution/ TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 02. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Service Leadership, Inc., the leading data-driven managed service provider (MSP) benchmarking and best practices firm and a ConnectWise solution, today announced an expanded partnership with Sea level operationsa leading education company that provides world-class coaching, education and resources, and a Pax8 business, to provide Service Leadership […]]]>

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 02. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Service Leadership, Inc., the leading data-driven managed service provider (MSP) benchmarking and best practices firm and a ConnectWise solution, today announced an expanded partnership with Sea level operationsa leading education company that provides world-class coaching, education and resources, and a Pax8 business, to provide Service Leadership Certified Business Coaching to help ConnectWise Partners mature and grow their businesses.

As part of this agreement, Sea-Level will provide its clients with an elevated consulting offering called Value Creation Coaching (VCC) to enable clients to achieve their value creation goal faster and with less risk. VCC adds two additional Service Leadership products to Sea-Level’s toolkit: the Service Leadership Index® (SL Index™) Service Executive Quarterly Benchmark Report Book™ (SE QBRB™) and the Operational Acceleration and Diagnostic Tool Maturity Level™, SLIQ™.

With VCC, Sea-Level becomes the industry’s first certified Service Leadership coaching company. Service Leadership strategically chose Sea-Level as their first Certified MSP Industry Consultant because of their long relationship and desire to provide the top of the line VCC service to customers. For Sea-Level, the extended agreement strengthens its ability to deliver value and results to MSP businesses. The partnership also offers Sea-Level’s consulting staff the opportunity to enhance their professional skills to achieve more meaningful results for clients.

This milestone also marks the launch of the Service Leadership certification program for MSP industry peer group consultants, coaches and operators. Already the most widely used set of benchmarking tools and solution provider best practices in the industry, Service Leadership now offers industry experts worldwide the ability to improve and differentiate its value propositions and grow its clientele or membership base more quickly and securely. Interested persons can contact the Service Department at info@service-leadership.com or learn more at www.service-leadership.com/solution-providers/certified-coaching.

“Sea-Level Operations is the largest MSP consultancy in the industry, which has been significantly strengthened by the five-year partnership with Sea-Level which leverages our SL Index Owner Quarterly Benchmark Report Book™ (Owner QBRB™)” , said Paul Dippell. , founder and former CEO of Service Leadership, Inc, and Vice President of Ecosystem Evangelism at ConnectWise. “We are delighted to extend the partnership for another five years, adding the SE QBRB and the SLIQ. Rex Frank and his team have an outstanding track record of helping their MSP clients achieve successful growth, becoming the largest consulting firm in the industry.

“Our partnership with Service Leadership and their innovative tools have helped our clients grow and mature their businesses,” said Rex Frank, Founder of Sea-Level Operations and Vice President of Pax8 Academy. “As the industry evolves, integrating new and advanced solutions into our offerings will increase the value we deliver. We are excited to continue partnering with Service Leadership to deliver our services, including the VCC program, continuing to drive the growth of MSPs.

Sea-Level coaches have been trained, tested and certified in five skill areas: QBRB Owner, SE QBRB, SLIQ OML Assessments, SLIQ Value Creation Planner, and SLIQ OML Diagnosis and Prescription.

To learn more, please visit www.service-leadership.com/solution-providers/certified-coaching.

About Service Leadership, Inc.
Service Leadership, a ConnectWise solution, is dedicated to delivering total-benefit solutions to IT solution and service providers, directly and through industry consultants and global technology providers. The company publishes the leading independent financial and operational benchmark of technology solution providers: Service Leadership Index®. This includes private diagnostic benchmarks for individual technology solution providers and their business coaches and consultants. The company also releases SLIQ™, the exclusive web-based application for owner partners and executives to drive financial improvements by confidentially assessing and driving their Operational Maturity Level™. For more information, visit Service Department.

About ConnectWise
ConnectWise is the world’s leading software company dedicated to helping IT solution providers succeed through our unparalleled software, services and community. ConnectWise’s innovative, integrated, and security-centric platform – Asio™ – delivers unparalleled flexibility, automation, and scalability that fuel long-term profitable growth for our partners. ConnectWise equips TSPs with cybersecurity solutions, unified monitoring and management solutions, and enterprise automation solutions, while providing industry-leading operational maturity offerings to accelerate business transformation. For more information, visit ConnectWise.com.

About Sea Level Operations
Sea-Level Operations’ proprietary operating process is a model of end-to-end operational excellence at every stage of the IT service provider’s business journey. Through the company’s proven process, personalized and one-on-one coaching and operations guide, based on the experiences of more than 400 customers, Sea-Level helps IT companies meet their industry-specific challenges. Learn more about sea level operations here.

About Pax8
Pax8 modernizes the way partners buy, sell and manage the cloud. As a born-in-the-cloud company, Pax8 simplifies the buying journey, enabling partners to do more with cloud technology. The company’s technology replaces traditional distribution by connecting the channel ecosystem to its award-winning transactional cloud marketplace. With billing, provisioning, automation, industry-leading PSA integrations, pre- and post-sales support, and education, Pax8 is a proven market disruptor. Pax8 ranked in the Inc. 5000 for four consecutive years – #68 in 2018, #60 in 2019, #111 in 2020 and #164 in 2021 – as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. If you want to succeed with the cloud, you want to work with Pax8. Start today at www.pax8.com.

PR contacts:
Jeff Tieszen, PR Touchdown
(512) 394-8568
connectwise@touchdownpr.com

Amanda Lee
SVP, Global Communications, Pax8
alee@pax8.com

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Infineon presents the next generation AURIXTM TC4x https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/infineon-presents-the-next-generation-aurixtm-tc4x/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 06:56:04 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/infineon-presents-the-next-generation-aurixtm-tc4x/ First silicon available: Infineon further strengthens its leading position as automotive semiconductor supplier with the new generation “AURIXTM TC4x” As a global leader in the automotive semiconductor market, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) continues its innovation trajectory to shape future mobility. The company today announced the expansion of its AURIXTM family of […]]]>

First silicon available: Infineon further strengthens its leading position as automotive semiconductor supplier with the new generation “AURIXTM TC4x”

As a global leader in the automotive semiconductor market, Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) continues its innovation trajectory to shape future mobility. The company today announced the expansion of its AURIXTM family of microcontrollers and the availability of the first samples of the new AURIX TC4x family of 28nm microcontrollers (MCUs) for next-generation eMobility, ADAS, E-Architectures /E automobiles and affordable artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

The new family provides an upward migration path for the company’s leading AURIX TC3x family of microcontrollers. It includes next-generation TriCoreTM 1.8, as well as scalable performance enhancements from the AURIX accelerator suite. This includes the new Parallel Processing Unit (PPU), a SIMD vector digital signal processor (DSP) that meets the requirements of various AI topologies. This can include use cases as diverse as real-time control and radar post-processing. The scalable family concept enables a common software architecture enabling significant platform software savings.

Targeting a wide range of automotive applications, including the high demand for functional integration into domain and zone-based E/E architectures, the AURIX TC4x supports both eMobility and the advancement of automated driving thanks to safety systems. Infineon’s AURIX TC4x offers enhanced connectivity, including advanced safety and security, to further extend the company’s automotive leadership in reliable electronics.

Additionally, new SOTA (Software Over the Air) features help meet OEM demands for a fast and secure car-to-cloud connection, enabling updates in the field, as well as in-use diagnostics and analysis. of the vehicle. The new family of microcontrollers supports high-speed communication interfaces such as 5 Gbit Ethernet and PCI Express®, as well as new interfaces such as CAN-XL and 10BASE T1S Ethernet. This increased network throughput and connectivity gives customers the performance and flexibility to implement new I/E architectures. “Our new AURIX TC4x family pushes the boundaries of automotive microcontroller usage for safe and secure processing,” said Thomas Boehm, senior vice president of automotive microcontroller at Infineon. “Its optimized architecture based on intelligent accelerators gives customers the real-time performance and network throughput they demand.

The new family of microcontrollers will once again establish themselves as the cornerstone of the automotive industry’s systems of the future. Given the increasing complexity of vehicles and the activation of AI implementations, special attention has been paid to the AURIX TC4x ecosystem to ensure rapid time to market and ease of use. Infineon is collaborating with Synopsys to accelerate software development for the AURIX TC4x family. The Synopsys VirtualizerTM Development Kit (VDK) for TC4x enables software development much earlier in the design cycle. Synopsys DesignWare® ARC® MetaWare Toolkit for AURIX TC4x provides optimal compilers, debuggers and libraries as well as a simulator needed for software development for the PPU.

“Building advanced automotive systems to meet stringent safety features requires the implementation of artificial intelligence technology using both hardware and software,” said John Koeter, senior vice president of marketing and intellectual property strategy at Synopsys. “Our collaboration with Infineon to provide the DesignWare ARC MetaWare Toolkit and VDK for AURIX TC4x helps Infineon customers develop AI-driven features in the AURIX TC4x for applications such as powertrain and ADAS processing that meet safety, performance and energy efficiency requirements.”

More partner offerings will follow, and MATLAB support will be available for automatic code generation to enable rapid prototyping. Customers already implementing existing AURIX microcontrollers will benefit from accelerated time to market thanks to the scalable multi-generation family concept. Extensive hardware and software compatibility enables extensive reuse of customers’ existing TC3x algorithms and ecosystem.

Availablity
The AURIX TC49x is currently being sampled at select customers, with production expected to begin in the second half of 2024. The DesignWare ARC MetaWare Toolkit for AURIX and Virtualizer Development Kit for TC4x are available now from from Synopsys.
More information is available at www.infineon.com/aurixTC4x.

Main features of the AURIXTM TC4x family
• New TriCore 1.8 offering up to 500 MHz with virtualization support
• Up to 25 MB of on-chip Flash memory
• Zero-downtime SOTA support with optimized A/B swap partitioning and
external memory interfaces
• New cybersecurity modules meeting the new ISO 21434 standard
• PPU, powered by a Synopsys DesignWare ARC EV processor, enables AI-
functional safety based up to ASIL-D
• Data routing engine for efficient communication and data management
• Scalable communication interfaces with 5 Gbit/s Ethernet, PCIe and the new
communication standards, Ethernet 10BASE T1S and CAN-XL
• Safety up to ASIL-D according to ISO26262 2018

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iTech Appoints Brunicardi Vice President of Marketing | News, Sports, Jobs https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/itech-appoints-brunicardi-vice-president-of-marketing-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 05:03:52 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/itech-appoints-brunicardi-vice-president-of-marketing-news-sports-jobs/ PARKERSBURG — A new vice president of marketing services has been appointed at iTech, a local technology services provider. Tim Brunicardi will be responsible for developing new marketing services for iTech, which currently offers IT services, security systems and Xerox printers and copiers. Brunicardi was recruited based on his leadership experience and local connections, said […]]]>

PARKERSBURG — A new vice president of marketing services has been appointed at iTech, a local technology services provider.

Tim Brunicardi will be responsible for developing new marketing services for iTech, which currently offers IT services, security systems and Xerox printers and copiers.

Brunicardi was recruited based on his leadership experience and local connections, said iTech President Mike Williams.

“Tim is a proven and accomplished marketing professional,” said Williams. “His leadership and local connections will be an important asset in helping iTech continue to grow as a technology leader in the region.”

Brunicardi brings a wealth of marketing experience to the iTech team. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of Marketing, Public and Community Services for Hocking College.

Prior to that, Brunicardi spent several years in healthcare marketing, serving as regional director of marketing and communications for Providence Health in California and as director of marketing and public affairs for Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg.

iTech’s new marketing services will offer website development and optimization, SEO, social media, strategic planning and public relations.

“I’m proud to be part of the region’s leading technology service provider,” said Brunicardi. “Having led highly successful marketing efforts in healthcare and higher education, I look forward to using my marketing background to make iTech a single source for documentation, IT, security and, now, marketing.”

According to Brunicardi, iTech’s marketing department is indispensable in the region for companies that may not have their own marketing department and need help developing strategies for success.

“iTech’s philosophical goal is to provide services to businesses that need assistance with a range of technology services, including IT, security, documentation and marketing, by a team of trusted professionals and competent”, said Brunicardi. “We can provide peace of mind, so businesses can focus on their bottom line.”

Part of Brunicardi’s interest in joining iTech was the company’s location in downtown Parkersburg.

“iTech President Mike Williams’ commitment to the revitalization of downtown Parkersburg proved to be an added incentive for me to embrace this opportunity,” said Brunicardi. “At a time when many older buildings are disappearing from the local landscape, Mike purchased the former Parkersburg office supply facility at 5th and Avery streets, allowing this historic building to continue to be a vital center of activity. downtown.”

In addition to the Parkersburg location, iTech has offices in Marietta, Athens and Lexington, Ky.

Brunicardi graduated from West Virginia University with a master’s degree in English and graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Originally from Parkersburg, he resides in Washington, W.Va., with his wife, Linda.

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Key Questions Business Leaders Should Consider When Preparing for the Hybrid World – Back End News https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/key-questions-business-leaders-should-consider-when-preparing-for-the-hybrid-world-back-end-news/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/key-questions-business-leaders-should-consider-when-preparing-for-the-hybrid-world-back-end-news/ At the onset of the pandemic, business leaders quickly realized that the digital maturity of their IT infrastructure was a key indicator of business continuity success. The ability of companies to remotely manage infrastructure, tools and processes has become a business imperative. As high-growth companies turn to hybrid working arrangements, employees aren’t the only ones […]]]>

At the onset of the pandemic, business leaders quickly realized that the digital maturity of their IT infrastructure was a key indicator of business continuity success. The ability of companies to remotely manage infrastructure, tools and processes has become a business imperative.

As high-growth companies turn to hybrid working arrangements, employees aren’t the only ones moving away or staying outside of traditional population centers. Customers are migrating out of some major cities, forcing businesses to take advantage of the cloud to deliver applications and services directly to end users.

All of this creates an imperative for business leaders to assess their infrastructure portfolio to ensure they are ready to support the dramatically altered and shifting demands of the next normal workforce.

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“There are several questions business leaders should ask themselves when preparing for a hybrid world,” said Tony Kang, vice president of business, Secure Power, Schneider Electric Philippines. “Are your peripheral sites physically secure? Are you using cloud-based data center infrastructure management software to manage and monitor your data centers and edge sites? Have you assessed the energy efficiency of your new infrastructure? Can you remotely monitor data center sites to detect physical threats and address alarms? Can you increase support, resiliency, and reduce operating expenses by working with a partner to manage IT? “

As CIOs place big bets on a hybrid strategy, IT departments need to assess, manage and optimize the entire infrastructure portfolio, including the central data center, individual edge locations and their connectivity.

Schneider Electric offers discussion starters on how business leaders can begin to prepare for a hybrid world.

Securing peripheral sites. Kang notes that there are many factors to consider when physically securing edge sites. “Business leaders have multiple considerations, from location selection to staff authenticated access to the data center, which must be vigorously monitored and audited,” he said.

Using cloud-based data center infrastructure management software. Kang shares that using a cloud-based data center infrastructure makes it possible to manage and monitor data centers and edge sites. “Cloud technologies enable easy implementation, scalability, analysis and maintenance, as well as event information and prediction,” he said. “In addition, it can use mobile and web technologies and integrate with third-party platforms using open APIs. Other benefits include an optimized user experience to simplify management of distributed sites, as well as compliance tools to identify and eliminate risk.

Energy efficiency assessment. Sustainability is a key priority for the Philippine government, with scaling up green infrastructure crucial for the country to meet its climate commitments – and hyperscalers are taking note. “The hyperscaler segment of the industry is made up of the large global companies that offer cloud and network technologies at scale,” Kang explained. “They are reviewing the green energy market in the country, as well as the Philippines’ data privacy regulatory framework.”

Remote monitoring of data centers. Remote monitoring can increase resiliency and maintenance capabilities. “It’s not always possible for businesses to have staff at every edge processing station or data center,” Kang said. “These locations must always be monitored and maintained, despite their locations or possible staffing issues. Remote monitoring can help deal with physical threats and detect potential alarms.

Partnerships for improved support, resilience and efficiency. “It may be in a company’s best interest to leave energy management and asset optimization to the experts. Service provider partners such as Schneider Electric are equipped with specially designed solutions to keep the infrastructure running, so companies can focus on their core competencies, ”Kang explained.

These are all initial questions and directions for business leaders to consider as the Philippines evolves into a hybrid world. More than ever, businesses need to assess their existing IT infrastructure to ensure it meets the needs of the “next normal” in the workplace.

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More Minnesota employers delay return to office plans https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/more-minnesota-employers-delay-return-to-office-plans/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 23:26:15 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/more-minnesota-employers-delay-return-to-office-plans/ [ad_1] Securian Financial and Xcel Energy are among the Minnesota companies that have pushed back office dates again as COVID-19 variants continue to complicate their plans. The highly contagious variant of the omicron dashed hopes for a downtown revival in January. Securian’s head office is in downtown St. Paul, while Xcel’s head office is in […]]]>


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Securian Financial and Xcel Energy are among the Minnesota companies that have pushed back office dates again as COVID-19 variants continue to complicate their plans.

The highly contagious variant of the omicron dashed hopes for a downtown revival in January. Securian’s head office is in downtown St. Paul, while Xcel’s head office is in downtown Minneapolis. They’ve joined Wells Fargo and other companies in pushing back dates, some indefinitely.

Steve Cramer, chief executive of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, said it was not clear how many other companies would follow suit.

“Omicron is a fast growing wrinkle so a little hard to tell without having almost daily conversations,” he said. Earlier this month, many large employers considered January 10 the most popular return-to-work date.

Securian, the insurance and benefits giant, was initially scheduled to bring back its 3,000 employees, many of whom work in downtown St. Paul, shortly after Labor Day. This has been pushed back to January and now to February 1.

“We are monitoring the situation and will see what happens,” Securian spokesman Jeff Bakken said.

Like many workplaces, Securian allows employees to work in offices if they wish. The plan is now for worker groups to return permanently in phases, he said.

At Xcel Energy, Minnesota’s 4,600 workers have recently been preparing for a “full return to work” date of Jan. 31, three weeks later than expected, spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo said.

Wells Fargo last week delayed plans to bring 7,000 Minneapolis employees back in person by January 10. The bank, following Target’s lead, has not set a new return-to-office date.

Target, based in downtown Minneapolis, said it will not release a new office return date and expects to have a hybrid working model for its office workers.

Other employers say they want the benefits of working in person and will go ahead with plans to demand a return to the office, but will postpone the date.

Architecture and design firm Perkins & Will, for example, postponed returning to work to mid-January from early December due to COVID-19 infection rates and apprehension among workers with unvaccinated children.

The company, with offices in the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis, has a holiday event scheduled for December 9 for all employees. “We unplugged that,” said Lisa Pool, global manager of workplace strategies for the 22-office design firm.

“We were encouraging people to come more frequently starting in December because we saw that people were missing this interaction and we’re a creative organization. But then this omicron variant came along and things heated up,” he said. she declared. “Now the company has issued a directive to work from home if you can until mid-January.”

There is a chance the directive will last longer, Pool said. “We’re just going to watch the situation. Omicron has gone down quickly. And we appreciate that Minnesota is one of the hot spots in the country.”

US Bank, with nearly 5,000 employees in downtown Minneapolis, is sticking to January 10, when employees return to their offices. “We don’t have any changes at this point,” spokesman Jeff Shelman said.

Employment, law and office market experts such as the Society for Human Resource Management, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Mercer, and CBRE have taken to virtual events over the past month to advise employers on how to reopen offices.

Don Davis, vice president of advocacy, codes and standards for BOMA, said at one of these events with members of St. Paul that many employers are concerned about how to handle the emergence of variants of COVID-19 and the evolution of the number of cases.

Many building and business owners are asking when and how to administer mask and vaccine warrants, how to advise on COVID-19 testing, and how to deal with employees who violate the new rules.

Davis insisted on following state law and always having health and safety protocols to guide decision making.

As reported in a Zoom session with Mercer consultants, many companies are awaiting the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Joe Biden’s vaccine tenure.

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New hypersonic missile tracking satellites pass critical design review https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/new-hypersonic-missile-tracking-satellites-pass-critical-design-review/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 21:04:28 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/new-hypersonic-missile-tracking-satellites-pass-critical-design-review/ [ad_1] WASHINGTON – Prototype satellites that will help the U.S. Missile Defense Agency track hypersonic threats have passed a critical design review, which means contractors can move forward with manufacturing. The Missile Defense Agency selected L3Harris Technologies and Northrop Grumman in January to design, build and demonstrate prototype satellites for its hypersonic and ballistic tracking […]]]>


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WASHINGTON – Prototype satellites that will help the U.S. Missile Defense Agency track hypersonic threats have passed a critical design review, which means contractors can move forward with manufacturing.

The Missile Defense Agency selected L3Harris Technologies and Northrop Grumman in January to design, build and demonstrate prototype satellites for its hypersonic and ballistic tracking space sensor. L3Harris received $ 122 million, while Northrop Grumman received $ 155 million.

Unlike the current Space Force missile warning constellation, which is made up of a handful of satellites more than 20,000 miles above the Earth’s surface, HBTSS will operate in low Earth orbit as part of ‘a proliferating constellation of hundreds of satellites.

Satellites built by the Space Development Agency will first detect hypersonic and ballistic threats, passing under the guard of the object as it passes in and out of view of individual satellites on an orbital mesh network of satellites. Guard will eventually be transferred to the Missile Defense Agency’s more sensitive HBTSS sensors, which can create targeting data for interception.

“The combination of the high speed, maneuverability and relatively low altitude of some of the emerging threats from advanced missiles makes them difficult targets for our current missile defense systems,” the agency explained during the handover. contracts. “HBTSS is necessary because we cannot populate the Earth and the oceans with terrestrial radars to meet this need. The “birth-to-death” tracking that HBTSS can provide when integrated with ground-based sensors will help maintain guard against missile threats from launch to interception, regardless of location. “

Northrop Grumman announced that it completed its critical design review in November.

“When it comes to national security, there is no room for error,” said Sarah Willoughby, corporate vice president for OPIR and geospatial systems. “This critical design review puts Northrop Grumman on track to provide an essential component of our missile defense architecture to protect the United States and its allies against hypersonic threats. “

L3Harris announced its completion on December 20, while noting that it had already started construction.

“L3Harris is moving rapidly, working with our customer, to deliver prototype HBTSS satellites that demonstrate the sensitivity and fire control service quality required to support the hypersonic destruction chain,” said Ed Zoiss, president of the company’s space and airborne systems.

Nathan Strout covers space, unmanned and intelligence systems for C4ISRNET.

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Ball State Board of Directors discusses new campus master plan, approves faculty early retirement plan https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/ball-state-board-of-directors-discusses-new-campus-master-plan-approves-faculty-early-retirement-plan/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 22:36:37 +0000 https://disasterrecoveryplaybook.org/ball-state-board-of-directors-discusses-new-campus-master-plan-approves-faculty-early-retirement-plan/ [ad_1] Ball State’s board reviewed plans to launch the university’s participation in the Navigate Student app at its December 17 meeting. Jason Rivera, assistant vice-president of student success and dean of University College, said the app enables communication between students and faculty and gives students the ability to synchronize their schedules with their phone calendars. […]]]>


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Ball State’s board reviewed plans to launch the university’s participation in the Navigate Student app at its December 17 meeting.

Jason Rivera, assistant vice-president of student success and dean of University College, said the app enables communication between students and faculty and gives students the ability to synchronize their schedules with their phone calendars.

Loren Malm, vice president of information technology and chief information officer, said if Ball State used the Navigate app his vision would be to merge with the bConnected app, which he said approximately 70% of students downloaded.

Susana Rivera-Mills, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, said another goal for student success and retention is to hire more academic advisors and encourage advisers to stay at Ball State.

“There has been a lot of turnover because there is really little opportunity for them to be promoted to anything else,” said Rivera-Mills. “So we’re trying to take our flat structure and increase the dimensionality to provide other career paths.”

Ball State President Geoffey Mearns said he will invite Rivera to every board meeting for regular updates on student retention. Mearns said Rivera – who has been in his position for six months – “creates a real passion for this job, and I think we all know how important this job is.”

Advice center

Also at the Academic and Student Affairs Committee meeting, Director of Counseling and Health Services Bill Betts provided an update on Counseling Center services. Betts said that after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Counseling Center increased its available services like the Let’s Talk launch, a one-time session with a staff member to discuss coping strategies for minor stresses. Betts said the Counseling Center is also experimenting with YouTube and TikTok videos.

Due to the increased availability of telehealth and other virtual mental health services, Betts said he believed some students could get mental health care in their hometown and said he was difficult to determine whether or not the need for counseling center services was increasing.

“What’s interesting is that some students told me, ‘I haven’t had COVID, no one in my family has died, so yes, I’m in pain and I’m unhappy, but I don’t want to not take a place from someone else who really needs this service, ”Betts said. “So we had to do a lot of education for the students to say, ‘come here and we are ready to support you. “”

Betts said the counseling center was fully staffed for most of the COVID-19 pandemic and that it will continue its outreach strategies and new programs until 2022.

2021 Campus Master Plan

At the Finance, Facilities and Planning Committee meeting, Board members approved the 2021 Campus Master Plan presented by Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning Jim Lowe , with Michael Johnson and Doug Kozma of SmithGroup.

The campus master plan is still aligned with the goals of engaging the campus layout with the village and seeks to encourage people to visit downtown Muncie and local neighborhoods, Johnson said.

“We start with the first piece of the students,” Kozma said. “Some of the key initiatives culminate around this idea of ​​a one-stop shop and a different perspective of the physical campus around the student cycle when it comes to recruitment and retention.”

Kozma said that over the next 15 to 20 years, student service offices like the Learning Center, Career Center, Counseling Center and Office of Student Life may move closer to each other rather than their current locations. in buildings around campus.

Voluntary early retirement for teachers

The board has approved a unique early retirement incentive plan for faculty over 55 who wish to retire in the spring of 2022. These faculty must have spent at least 10 years working at Ball State and their combined age and their years of college service must be equal to or greater than 70, Rivera-Mills said.

Full-time professors who meet the criteria must agree to retire on May 14, 2022 to receive a one-time payment of 125% of the base salary for the 2022 academic year. health and dental plans after retirement and can also apply for emeritus and honorary status.

“Because we have been good stewards of our resources for many years, we are fortunate to be able to offer this unique opportunity to eligible faculty in the spring of 2022,” said Rivera-Mills. “The pandemic has created enormous challenges and extraordinary demands on our faculty and staff, and because of this, some of our faculty members may prefer to retire earlier than they originally anticipated. . “

Mearns said the application period for the early retirement incentive plan will likely be open from February to March 2022. The four to five week period, Mearns said, will allow college deans to discuss where Additional professors will need to be hired for the following academic year.

“This plan is voluntary, and we, many of our senior and experienced faculty, will want to continue with us on the journey we have talked about of where we are heading as an institution,” Mearns said, “but we also understand that some of them might prefer to speed up their retirement plans.

Mearns said this plan is rooted in Ball State’s dedication to increasing its impact on the community and preserving the university’s culture of gratitude.

Ball State board member Jean Ann Harcourt listens to a presentation during the board meeting at the LA Pittenger Student Center on December 17. Harcourt was appointed to the board of directors in 2016 and her last board meeting was on Friday, December 17. Eli Houser, DN

In its chairman’s report, Mearns expressed gratitude to Sue Hodges Moore, chief strategy officer and interim vice president of marketing and communications, who is retiring this month. Hodges Moore came to Ball State in 2018 and helped create and implement a new strategic plan.

“She provided [students] with the opportunity to receive a quality education, which I know is an opportunity that she still cherishes today, ”Mearns said.

The Board of Trustees also approved the appointment of the Thomas E. and Karen Bumb Lauer Distinguished Professor Chair at the College of Science and Humanities. College of Sciences and Humanities dean Maureen McCarthy said the chair appointment was meant to support faculty retention in honor of two Ball State alumni.

The directors also said goodbye to Jean Ann Harcourt, whose term as director ends on December 31. Harcourt will be replaced by Julie Griffith, who Gov. Eric Holcomb announced he was appointing to the board in November.

Krystiana Brosher also contributed to this article.

Contact Grace McCormick with comments at grmccormick@bsu.edu or on Twitter @ graceMc564.



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