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Half-time: West Ham 3 Fulham 0

first_imgAndy Carroll made an immediate impact for West Ham, who are in complete control at Upton Park.Carroll, signed on loan from Liverpool, played a pivotal role in his new team going ahead after only 54 seconds.Ricardo Vaz Te collected the England striker’s flick and laid the ball across to an unmarked Kevin Nolan, who fired into the corner of the net.Kieran Richardson, making his Fulham debut following a move from Sunderland, brought a save from keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with a long-range effort, before West Ham almost doubled their lead.Again Carroll was in the thick of the action, this time nodding down to Mohamed Diame, who smashed a shot against the bar.Keeper Mark Schwarzer produced a near-post save to deny Vaz Te, but was unable to rescue Fulham when Mahamadou Diarra allowed Winston Reid to get in front of him and head home Matt Taylor’s 29th-minute corner.Taylor then added the third, rifling in the loose ball after Brede Hangeland had partially cleared another high ball towards Carroll.New signing Dimitar Berbatov is among Fulham’s substitutes.Click here for the Fulham v West Ham quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The XaaS Economy is Here: How Well Are You Serving Your Customers?

first_imgWe recently commissioned an independent global study of senior management and C-suite executives that looked at the business model changes services organizations are making in the Everything as a Service (XaaS) economy. The XaaS economy is where products and services are delivered in a continuous relationship with the customer, rather than as a series of discrete individual sales. With XaaS as a catalyst, organizations are modernizing operational and business models to create greater efficiencies and to engage customers, employees, and business partners in new ways. However, while headlines have been touting the XaaS economy as the future of business for years, we wanted to know how many organizations have truly embraced new services models and made substantial changes. What is the reality, and what does the future hold for services industries?Our research found that while only 21 percent of businesses have moved to a fully subscription-model pricing system, about half (52 percent) have partly adopted subscription pricing. However, it is clear to see that change is coming, and coming fast, as the majority of businesses — 61 percent — stated that they have made changes of some sort to their business models as a result of XaaS. Additionally, of those that have made changes, three-quarters believe that XaaS has positively influenced their business model, products and services. And that’s not all. 72 percent have actively extended their services beyond their traditional core markets, 79 percent have expanded services to new international markets and 85 percent have increased their income because of the changes they have made.You’re not alone if you feel that your organization is lagging behind, however, as the survey also found that 47 percent of C-Suite executives believe they are late to implement changes, and 41 percent believe they are behind their competitors.These business model transformations have driven massive change in the enterprise technology market too, representing an interesting shift in the industry – namely, the shift of power from vendors to customers. We’re seeing new prioritization of the customer and the dawn of better times for enterprises shopping for solutions. While we still have a ways to go before full adoption, there’s no denying it: The XaaS economy is here. If you’re not harnessing new technology to deliver new value through your business services — or are not planning to do so soon — your customers will find someone that can.How Things Have ChangedIn the years before vendors began moving to XaaS-based business models, the enterprise software industry didn’t have the best reputation. In short, customers often felt let down. Software was proprietary and difficult to use without expert knowledge, so people couldn’t access its full potential without a significant and ongoing investment of both time and money. This led to vendors launching broad-scale efforts to meet specific customer needs. They created add-on businesses that delivered consulting services, customizing software for customers, and charging for the consultant’s time.Helpdesk services made up of product experts were required to answer customer problems 24/7, for which they paid a recurring fee. Vendors focused on selling — and then fixing — their products after implementation. They weren’t engaging with customers to create rapid value for them. They didn’t support them to optimize the value they derived from technology on an ongoing basis, constantly evolving their products through the learnings derived from how customers used the technology.A Customer Revolution is UnderwayOne of the most immediate and interesting changes we see in today’s digital economy is that world-class technology and platforms are no longer exclusively the domain of large corporations and organizations, as they were in previous generations of computing. The playing field of the software and technology industry has largely been leveled and will continue to become so. This means that an organization’s success will hinge far less on its access to software and technology, and far more on the most effective use and execution of the features that technology provides for the sake of unique customer value creation.This increasingly dramatic shift is also being defined by a revolution in customer knowledge. Due to the availability of online reviews and third-party knowledge bases, customers are now more knowledgeable than ever before about the technologies available and how they can be used in their business and industry. They also have a more complete understanding of what can and can’t be done with that technology. Because of this shift in dynamic, software vendors are beginning to focus less on providing the best possible code, and instead are focusing on meeting their customers’ expectations and demands faster than their competitors.Companies and developers that show the deepest understanding of their customers’ needs and expectations – and subsequently execute on those needs and expectations – will fare the best in the coming years.Turning Technology into Competitive AdvantageThe rapid pace of change in business and technology isn’t going to slow down any time soon. Software companies are competing to meet customers’ expectations in record time. Rapid value creation driven by a deep understanding of the customer’s processes and delivered through standardized offerings – with reusable and customizable components that can be flexibly and granularly delivered – is the focus today.As we move to a XaaS economy, the most successful companies will be those that are able to align their customers’ success with their own. Technology becomes the enabler of a business model – and not the business model itself. Being able to leverage technology as a differentiator isn’t about the technology you have, but how you use the technology, and how it supports your people.In fact, our survey found that those who have embraced the XaaS model have seen significant competitive advantages: 77 percent have increased customer retention, 75 percent have introduced more standardization into their products and services, and 80 percent claim they have introduced more personalization in marketing their services.While this might sound exciting (or daunting, for some), it does beg the question – what should an organization do to truly stand out in this new economy? While the answer is somewhat complex, it can be simplified into a few core concepts.First, all organizations providing services need to have a deep and thorough understanding of their customer’s business, including the critical factors that determine success or failure.Second, organizations that can deploy existing technology in creative and innovative ways will leap ahead of their competition – at least for a while. Can you use technology to help you extend your product or service offering? Can you change the way you package or deliver your product to improve your service and increase sales? What specific services can you offer that stand you apart?Third, your people are the ones with the best ideas for improving their work experience but also the customer experience, and your profitability. They want to be successful and to help you to be successful. Equally, better processes and customer experience will ensure you keep your customers. Do they need to sign as many documents as they do currently? How difficult is it for them to find answers to questions? Can they extend their contract quickly and efficiently? Can they easily access all the data they need to take decisive actions? Listen to ideas and build your technology strategy around them for slick service delivery end to end.While no one can know for sure what the future holds, what we do know is that major change in the enterprise software market is well underway. This is a great time for organizations that are looking to create new revenue streams, and we know from our research that more than two-thirds (69 percent) of senior managers and C-level executives expect to adapt their income model in the next three years. Technology vendors are selling results, and technology holds the power of enabling creativity and differentiation. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Follow the Puck Stephan Sieber is the CEO of leading ERP vendor Unit4, a pioneer in self-driving and intelligent software. Previously, Stephan worked at SAP for 10 years, where he held multiple leadership position. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Stephan Sieber Tags:#business software#enterprise#enterprise apps#ERP#saas#Self-Driving#Survey#XaaS Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

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Allied performance sees the Alliance make their mark

first_img@Eden_RichardsThe Alliance have been the big movers on day two of the National Touch League, putting together a perfect day in the Women’s Elite Eight competition.One-touchdown wins against the New South Wales Country Mavericks and the New South Wales Mets sees them sitting pretty in the competition’s top three ahead of a huge third day of competition.It sets up a pivotal match-up with the top of the table Queensland Broncos on Friday morning, with the winner set to put themselves in prime position ahead of the finals.The highly fancied Broncos suffered their first loss of the competition on Thursday, outplayed by the New South Wales Scorpions who at that stage were unbeaten.But all this good work came undone in Round 5 of the tournament, with the Queensland Cowboys pulling off a huge upset to win 7-5 over the Scorpions.It’s now a hugely open tournament, with no unbeaten teams in the female side of the Elite Eight competition.The Broncos will still fancy their chances of going back-to-back, but the Scorpions have proved that the team from Queensland can be beaten.It means the Broncos, the Scorpions and the Alliance all sit on 16 competition points, with the Queensland Titans and Cowboys just trailing in 4th and 5th position respectively.Both the Titans and the Cowboys sit on 12 competition points and it looks as if this battle for 4th will be one of the main storylines on day three.Neither side can afford to give an inch if they are to sneak into the finals and make their mark in the knockout stage of the competition.  Unfortunately it looks like the Mets’ competition is all but over.Sitting in 6th, they are the hard luck story of the tournament after a disastrous day of play.It was a nightmare day two for the team from New South Wales, with a one-touchdown loss and a costly draw ruining any chances of a finals appearance in 2017.To make things worse, the Mets draw came against the winless New South Wales Rebels.The Rebels sit in 7th and will be playing for pride on day three after a poor showing on the first two days of competition.The Mets will know they should have beaten the Rebels and if they had been victorious they would still be in finals contention – what could have been.It leaves the Mavericks on the bottom of the table – still winless after five matches.The Cowboys’ touchdown machine Mary McLean leads the tournament with a personal tally of 13, but Bronco Katee Maller (10) and Scorpion Yasmin Meakes (10) closely follow her.Round 6 of matches will begin at 9:00AM on Friday morning at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Related LinksElite 8 Women Day 2last_img read more

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10 months agoPochettino insists Walker-Peters important for Tottenham title tilt

first_imgPochettino insists Walker-Peters important for Tottenham title tiltby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino says Kyle Walker-Peters emergence will aid Tottenham Hotspurs’ title tilt.The 21-year-old made a horrendous mistake against Barcelona a few weeks ago, in what was his first start of the season.However, during the hectic festive period, Pochettino has stuck with the Englishman, who rewarded his faith with a fine performance against Bournemouth on Boxing Day.”It’s no surprise to me. I told you after the match in Barcelona that we really believe in him and he has amazing quality and only needs time to mature and show his quality.”I’m so pleased, so happy, because I think his quality is going to help the team this season and for the future he’s going to be a very important player for Tottenham.”Did I have to speak to him after the mistake? Not really, because this type of thing happens in football. The first person who knows that very well is the players, to come in after and try to make sure that that situation meant a lot to you there is no point.” The 5-0 win over the Cherries elevated Tottenham into second place, leapfrogging champions Manchester City by one point. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 18

Africa’s last two hopes take the field Monday, but neither of them have much of a shot. Can one (or both) of them shock a European power?France vs. Nigeria: 12 p.m. EDTGermany vs. Algeria: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHDespite losing its final match of the group phase to Argentina (yielding a pair of goals to the incomparable Lionel Messi), Nigeria was still able to qualify for the World Cup’s knockout round by way of an Iranian defeat against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Now it has to face France, which ranks as the world’s fifth-best national team in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). Do the Super Eagles have a chance?Our current projections give Nigeria only a 24 percent probability of toppling a tough French side that’s as balanced as it is talented (France ranks sixth in SPI offense and fifth in defense). Nigeria will need to keep particular tabs on Karim Benzema, France’s all-universe forward. In the tournament’s round-robin phase, he terrorized Group E with three goals and two assists, and has been one of the best players of the World Cup thus far. He was a big reason why France scored eight total goals in its first two group-stage matches (before being held scoreless by Ecuador in a match France didn’t really need in order to win the group).Nigeria’s best hope to shut down France lies in its defense. Before Messi menaced the Super Eagles in the group-stage finale, they had kept clean sheets in each of their first two matches. According to the metric of individual contribution I computed here, five of Nigeria’s six most instrumental performers during the group stage were defensive-minded players — goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Efe Ambrose, and holding midfielders John Obi Mikel and Ogenyi Onazi. Life won’t be easy for them Monday (our model says there’s a 56 percent chance France scores at least two goals during regulation time), but it will be tough for Nigeria to prevail unless they keep France’s offense in check.In the other matchup of the day, Germany faces Algeria in what looks to be one of the Round of 16’s most lopsided affairs. I wrote about the Germans at length when they faced the United States last Thursday, so I won’t belabor the point. They’re one of the best sides in the world, incredibly dangerous offensively and composed almost entirely of players in their soccer primes. It’s going to be a tall order for the Algerians to stop them, especially since Algeria has (by far) the worst defense of any team to advance to the knockout round, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) numbers.Algerian attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli enjoyed a good start to the tournament, racking up a goal and an assist in his first two group-stage appearances, but the pressure will be on him to perform against Germany as one of the few Algerian players of world-class quality. Then again, Algeria’s defense is so porous (and Germany’s offense so potent), that it may not matter. With just an 17 percent probability of victory according to the FiveThirtyEight model, it would be the upset of the tournament thus far if Algeria somehow manages to topple the German juggernaut.YESTERDAYFor 87 minutes, Mexico looked ready for el quinto partido. It took just seven minutes for crushing defeat to set in.Wesley Sneijder’s goal in the 88th minute and a penalty kick by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the fourth minute of added time brought Mexico’s tournament to an abrupt end.In the first half, El Tri matched the Netherlands touch-for-touch in possessions in the attacking third (50-46 in favor of the Dutch). The Mexicans held the Dutch to one chance created and one shot on goal, both tournament lows for the Oranje.But the Netherlands exploited a Mexican weakness to score the latest equalizer in Dutch World Cup history. Mexico leaves the tournament having allowed opponents eight chances created off set pieces, tied with South Korea and Uruguay for most of any country. Holland’s first goal came off a corner kick, as Huntelaar’s back-post run left him open to head the cross back to the center of the box. As Sneijder struck the ball just inside the penalty area, the closest Mexican defender in front of him was just outside the 6-yard box. That was more than enough room for Sneijder.Miguel Herrera, whose team had been in almost constant attack throughout the tournament, became conservative over the last 90 minutes. Before the 61st minute (when Dos Santos subbed off), the Dutch had a 75-62 lead in attacking-third touches, a respectable margin for Mexico against the Oranje. But after Dos Santos left for midfielder Javier Aquino, the Dutch had a 63-30 advantage in attacking-third touches.More important, they translated that advantage to two goals and extended the drought for that elusive quinto partido. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHTrying and failing to colonize Nigeria in the early 18th century hasn’t stopped France from holding influence in the country. According to AidData, France provided Nigeria with $4.5 billion in aid between 1973 and 2011. The bulk of the aid ($4.2 billion) was distributed for debt alleviation in 2005 and 2006, after Nigeria was overlooked for debt relief in 2004 due to its oil revenues. More recently, France hasn’t provided as much aid, but it’s been allocated more broadly. Six of the 18 projects to which France contributed in 2011 were for building education infrastructure, three were for building technical expertise in education, health and government, and one was for developing agriculture. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWorld Cup Players to Know: Costa Rica’s Keylor NavasWere the Billions Brazil Spent on World Cup Stadiums Worth It? read more

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Size doesnt matter Prahalis outshines pair of tall centers

The spotlight was on the 13 feet and 1 inch of All-American candidate centers in the Ohio State-Michigan State women’s basketball game Saturday, but 5-foot 7-inch Samantha Prahalis stole the show in the Buckeyes’ 65-62 win.Allyssa DeHaan, at 6 feet 9 inches, and Jantel Lavender, at 6 feet 4 inches, didn’t have much of a battle in the paint like anticipated. Prahalis had a huge game, leading the Buckeyes to victory with a career-high 32 points — 16 in each half — and five assists. She never had a cold spell in the game, scoring the team’s first seven points and seven of its last nine.“When I saw that [the shots] were falling, I just kept shooting,” Prahalis said. Although their matchup wasn’t the highlight of the game, Lavender and DeHaan each played a major role.DeHaan’s size allowed her to take away Lavender’s ability to post-up and made every OSU player think twice before attempting a shot in the key. She had three blocks in the game along with 12 points.Lavender had a more profound impact on the stat sheet than DeHaan did. Lavender had 20 points and 13 rebounds — her ninth double-double of the season.She had a slow first half, however, succumbing to MSU’s defensive game plan to keep her out of the paint on both ends, but she came alive in the second half, using her speed to get around DeHaan and not allow her to challenge her shots.“My focus is trying to get to the basket,” Lavender said. “The taller you get, the slower you get, no matter how athletic you are. I just need to get her off her feet and drive her to the basket.”Both Lavender and DeHaan are largely considered All-American candidates this year and have been since before the season began. This game may have vaulted Prahalis into the same arena.Prahalis has been ranked in the top 10 in assists most of the season and is currently ranked second with 8.2 per game, behind only Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot, an All-American Honorable Mention last season.“We have two great players [in Lavender and Prahalis],” coach Jim Foster said. “They are very competitive, they want to win games and they’re going to put their responsibility into the game.”Prahalis has now been the difference for OSU in the last two games. She hit the game-winning shot against Michigan Jan. 3 and Saturday she scored nearly half of OSU’s points against MSU. “I think she’s an amazing player,” Lavender said. “She can shoot, she can drive, she can pass … she can do it all.” read more

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TCI Police officer charged with crime

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIPoliceofficerchargedwithcrime Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – Providenciales – TCI Police have had to arrest and charge one of their own.    A Police officer has been arrested and yesterday was charged with theft and possession of criminal property.   There are no other details at this stage; the matter has not yet made it to formal arraignment Magnetic Media is told.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIPoliceofficerchargedwithcrimelast_img read more

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Burnley star signs new contract

first_imgBurnley youngster McNeil has signed a new contract with the club and has put paid to speculations over his exit from the club.The teenager signed his first professional contract at the club last April and has been in blistering form since he made his debut for the club last season.“A lot has happened in a short space of time and I’m happy to have signed a new deal,” McNeil Lancashiretelegraph.“I hadn’t really thought this far ahead but I’m just happy it’s come so soon.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“The main aim was to sign it so I can focus on my football and I’ve done that now so I can focus and crack on with what I’m doing.“I think I’ve taken my opportunity well and hopefully I can build on that.“Hopefully I can stay in the team and really focus on this season. I think we’re doing well and we’ve got to keep that form going.“It’s a dream staying in the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world and you always want to stay and play in the Premier League.”last_img read more

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