Goodbye Labor-Intensive, Hello Light-Touch Deployment for PCs

first_imgI was struggling with the right way to convey my excitement in this blog when I ran across this quote from the late senator and astronaut, John Glenn:“To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.” That’s exactly the challenge and the thrill I wanted to describe.After decades of working with our customers in every industry you can imagine, we still weren’t satisfied with the way our customers struggled to deploy their PCs, especially in large quantities and for remote and mobile employees. We invested in global research to zero in on the most difficult phases in the process. Sure, the results identified the phases we all know and…well, not love. But the research also helped prioritize the hurdles. Configuration – imaging, BIOS, tagging etc. – was number one, but scratch the surface just a bit more and the research revealed a hidden desire shared across almost all of the respondents: more direct control of and visibility into the whole process.The bottom line: IT managers need to focus on their critical initiatives instead of deployment tasks and employees need a fully configured system that works right out of the box – with the launch of the ProDeploy Client Suite, we’re delivering that experience!By alleviating and/or automating time-consuming, labor-intensive deployment tasks and addressing planning, dashboard visibility, configuration, integration and post-project needs, we’ve enabled our customers’ administrators and service partners to deploy PCs with greater speed, less effort and more control…to empower their doers quickly and easily.Plus, depending on the customer’s needs, the suite has three offers that align to common deployment scenarios:Basic Deployment: We prepare the systems for deployment in the factory. They arrive with the image loaded, BIOS configured, and asset tag applied.ProDeploy: includes all the features of Basic Deployment and coordination of all aspects of installation and configuration of hardware and system software, including up-front planning, 24×7 onsite installation, and post-deployment knowledge transfer. You can also use our ImageAssist tool to quickly create, deploy and maintain a single cross-platform dynamic image.ProDeploy Plus: has all the capabilities in ProDeploy and a distribution point for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager in the factory, data migration with secure data wipe of legacy systems, training credits, 30-day post-deployment support, and a dedicated ProSupport Technical Account Manager.1For customers who want to have control and visibility of the project, there’s TechDirect, a self-service portal that allows customers and partners to easily direct and control their projects with less risk of mistakes, making the entire engagement more efficient and effective.The results? A third-party lab tested ProDeploy Plus and was able to deploy PCs up to 35 percent faster.2 Couple that with IDC’s finding that ProDeploy Plus provides a cost savings of up to $620 per PC3 and you have an absolute winner. How’s that for “influencing” your fate?This is also good news for our channel partners and the customers they serve. Our channel partners have the flexibility to resell or co-deliver these services and are now fully enabled with a framework designed to supplement their capabilities, grow their services revenue and deliver their customers the best possible deployment experience.We are not “sitting back and letting fate play its hand out.” We identified the challenge and went to work. With ProDeploy Client Suite, we are providing the right tools, processes and experts for a powerful deployment “one-two” punch, reducing risk and saving significant time and cost. Want to learn more? There are links below or send me an email.The ProDeploy Client Suite is available for Dell Latitude, OptiPlex and Precision systems in 70 countries across the globe. Check out more details in today’s press release, and for the latest news from Dell EMC Services, follow @DellEMCServices or @DellProSupport on Twitter.1Available for ProSupport Plus customers who qualify for a Technical Account Manager2Based on May 2016 Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell. Testing results extrapolated from a 10-system deployment to project time savings for larger deployment compared to in-house manual deployment. Actual results will vary. Full report: on IDC White Paper commissioned by Dell, “The Business Value of Utilizing Deployment Services,” July 2016. Results derived from a survey of 550 organizations. Savings calculated on a Tier 3 deployment. Cost savings in U.S. Dollars. Actual results will vary. Full report: read more

Polar Vortex: Tri-campus community closes as temperatures near record lows

first_imgTags: Polar Vortex, Snow Day, winter weather Holy Cross students share power-outage experienceNotre Dame alumni discuss 1985 Polar Vortex-like temperatures Christina Interiano Maintenance staff persevere, keep working during Polar Vortex temperaturesSaint Mary’s students, staff, faculty discuss safety measures taken during dangerous winter weatherCold weather causes multiple leaks, pipe bursts at Universitylast_img

Sally Beauty Supply targeted in latest credit card breach as EMV deadline looms

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Danielle HaynesFor the second time in a little more than a year, customer credit card data has been been breached at Sally Beauty Supply, as a deadline looms for all retailers to become EMV compliant.The company, based in Denton, Texas, said Thursday it is investigating reports of unusual credit card activity from customers who have shopped at its 2,800 stores across the nation.“We believe it is in the best interests of our customers to alert them that we now have sufficient evidence to confirm that an illegal intrusion into our payment card systems has indeed occurred. However, we will not speculate on the scope of the intrusion as our forensics investigation is still underway,” said Chris Brickman, president and CEO. “We are working diligently to address the issue and to care for any customers who may have been affected by the incident.”Sally Beauty supply declined to say just how many credit cards have been compromised, but a similar breach in March 2014 affected nearly 25,000 customers. continue reading »last_img read more

NAFCU presses credit union relief ahead of Cordray testimony

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU suggested ways CFPB could provide relief to credit unions, including using greater exemption authority and offering more guidance on the bureau’s TILA-RESPA integrated mortgage disclosure rule, in a letter Wednesday ahead of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s testimony today.Cordray today will deliver his semiannual report on bureau activities to the Senate Banking Committee. He is expected to face questions from the committee about how the bureau’s activities are impacting consumers.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger urged Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to press CFPB to provide greater relief to credit unions.He also noted the association’s opposition to credit unions being under CFPB authority. NAFCU was the only credit union trade association to oppose putting credit unions under the bureau’s authority when the Dodd-Frank Act was considered. continue reading »last_img read more

The pros and cons of automatic bill pay

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details No one likes to think about paying bills, so the idea of automatic bill pay can seem quite appealing. Can you imagine the month going by and all your bills getting paid without you having to lift a finger? Before you settle on this option, make sure you have a real understanding of the actual pros and cons of automatic bill pay. The following are a few pluses and minuses and tips on whether it’s the best choice for your finances.ProsConvenienceAs mentioned above, automatic bill pay allows you to forget the hassle of logging on to various websites or sending in payments to different companies. Instead, this bill-pay option automatically withdraws the funds from your banking account, leaving you with the satisfaction of knowing everything is paid for on time. Additionally, some financial institutions will provide customers (members CU) with an organized monthly list of bills paid so you can view everything all in one place.Improved credit scoreMany people see a hit to their credit score as a result of delinquent payments. With automatic bill pay, you can rest assured that your financial standing will not suffer because you forget to manually make a payment. One of the biggest components of your credit score is your payment history, so automatic bill pay can help you stay in good standing and keep your finances consistent.ConsOverdraftsChances are your bills are not the same exact amount every month. Therefore, if there is a fluctuation and the funds are automatically being withdrawn, your account may be overdrawn if you’re not prepared for the higher cost. Also, you can usually anticipate when your bills will be paid, but in the off chance your spending is higher and money is tight, it may be a wiser decision to manually pay bills when you know the money is there.MistakesWhen your funds are automatically being withdrawn to pay your bills, you’re less likely to pay attention to payments and account activity. Although rare, there is a chance that the company withdrawing the money may unintentionally do so more than once, or may take out an incorrect amount. Although these problems can be fixed, they can put you in a bind and cause headaches.While automatic bill pay is becoming increasing popular, it is not for everyone. The important thing is to understand whether it fits into your financial routine. Use text and email alerts to help keep you in the loop when bills are paid or due. Because if you’re not careful what may seem like a convenient system may wind up causing you unnecessary financial stress.last_img read more

What Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has previously said about Arsenal transfer move and Mesut Ozil

first_img More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked which club he would like to join back in 2017, Ziyech told Ajax TV: ‘Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream.’When asked if he has a footballing idol, Ziyech replied: ‘Yes, I actually do have one. [Mesut] Ozil. Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE / What Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has previously said about Arsenal transfer move and Mesut Ozil Read More Video Settings Manchester United captain Harry Maguire SPONSORED Read More PLAY Justin Kluivert, who was also involved in the Q&A, posed the question: ‘Maybe you are better than Ozil?’Ziyech answered: ‘No, i’m not even close to Ozil’s level.’ Read More Read More Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 May 2019 11:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.2kSharescenter_img Coming Next 1 min. story Skip 1/1 Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Full Screen Ajax star Hakim Ziyech ‘dreams’ of Arsenal and idolises Mesut Ozil (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly preparing a bid to sign Hakim Ziyech after the winger’s outstanding season for Ajax and, if his previous comments are anything to go by, the Gunners have a major advantage over their rivals in what promises to be a fierce transfer race.Ziyech has been central to Ajax’s success this term, notching up 19 goals and 16 assists in all competitions, but the 26-year-old will be be playing his football elsewhere next season.Ajax director of football Marc Overmars put Europe’s elite on red alert last week by confirming that Ziyech has played his last match for the Dutch outfit with the attacker reported to have £25 million release clause in his contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementThough Liverpool and Manchester United have both been credited with an interest, Ziyech previously stated that his ‘ultimate dream’ would be a move to Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Comment by Metro Confirming Ziyech’s imminent departure from Ajax last week, Overmars revealed that the club had ‘promised’ him a move if the right opportunity arises.‘He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League,’ Overmars said.‘Many big clubs are buzzing around him.‘We promised Hakim that we would agree if there is a good transfer.’MORE: Arsenal preparing player-exchange offer to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha Skip Ad Read Morelast_img read more

Tom Tate ups the rent on city unit

first_imgGold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and wife Ruth have made multiple property investments across the coast.GOLD Coast Mayor Tom Tate, who has millions sunk into real estate, has upped ante, raising not just the rent but enlarging his property footprint.Mr Tate has put a 1979 three bedroom unit in Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise, on the rental market, increasing the rent to a tidy $565 a week. The last time it was listed with an agency was 2012 when rent was set at $450/week.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoHe and wife Ruth had bought the unit six years ago paying $450,000 for the property which has breathtaking views of the Gold Coast skyline, Paradise Water, the Nerang river and the broad water.The 11th floor 161sq m unit comes furnished and the facility has an outdoor heated pool, spa and sauna.The Tates have only recently expanded the footprint of their sprawling waterfront home in Bundall, by acquiring an 837sq m vacant block next door. They settled on the deal mid-last month for $1.5m, bringing to five the number of titles linked to their home.Mr Tate, a trained civil engineer, became a developer in his mid 30s, joining his late father Warwick. Among his family’s prominent divestments was the 2015 $26.5m sale of the Islander Resort Hotel in Surfers Paradise to Lou Bickle of Katarzyna – owner of Cloudland and other Fortitude Valley venues.last_img read more

Dutch Philips scheme amends strategic allocation as returns slump

first_imgThe purpose of its new variable allocation is to achieve its target of inflation-proofing pensions, it said.However, Roel Wijmenga, the scheme’s chair, conceded that indexation would be unlikely over the next 3-5 years, as funding stood at just under 110% as of the end of March.The scheme can grant partial inflation compensation only once it has achieved a coverage ratio of at least 116%. The Philips Pensioenfonds reported a total annual return of 0.2%, compared with 19.6% for the previous year.High-yield credit, returning 9.3%, was the best-performing asset class, while global credit returned 5.9%.The scheme incurred a 0.7% loss on its 36% allocation to euro-denominated government bonds.In contrast, global government paper returned 4.9%, benefiting from the euro’s depreciation against the dollar and other currencies.Emerging markets debt returned 0.6%.The Philips scheme cited a new valuation method for a 0.1% loss on its 3% mortgages portfolio.Real estate, accounting for 11% of assets, returned 5.1%, according to the pension fund, which is still in the process of constructing a portfolio of indirect non-listed real estate, following its decision to divest all its direct property holdings.It said it was temporarily investing in a combination of listed real estate and cash to get closer to its target profile.The Philips Pensioenfonds attributed the 8.3% return on its 29% equity holdings to the monetary easing in the euro-zone and Japan.It reported costs of €171 per participant for pensions provision and said the €20 increase was due to the switchover from provider Aon Hewitt to PGGM at the start of 2016.It said it spent no more than 10 basis points on asset management due to its relatively large allocation to fixed income, its predominantly passive investment style and its “minimal” allocation to hedge funds and private equity. The Philips Pensioenfonds has amended its strategic asset allocation, aimed at adjusting the ratio between its matching portfolio and return portfolio as its risk/return profiles change.According to the €18bn fund’s 2015 annual report, the new allocation sets bands of 50-65% for fixed income investments and 35-50% for securities.The pension fund, however, has not yet put its new margins to use, maintaining matching and return portfolios at 60% and 40% of assets, respectively.In 2013, the Philips scheme decided to raise its risk profile for better return opportunities by scaling back its matching portfolio.last_img read more

Deceased estate opens opportunity at Brisbane’s Bellagio

first_img Mansion fit for royalty RELATED: Developer clocks almost $200m His son and executor of the estate Nick Chancellor said Peter was well known as Pete, Pedro and to many PTC.“For a time, dad was also affectionately known as Harry,” Nick said.“His mates gave this nickname cause he looked like Harry Butler and had some very quirkypets including Harry the cockatoo.” The 42sq m balcony has an easterly orientation with stunning views of the river and Story Bridge. There is also a basic outdoor kitchen which could be refurbished to maximise it’s potential. “Bellagio is in one of the best locations in town, just moments to both the Queen Street Mall and Fortitude Valley/New Farm, as well as some of the best schools in Queensland, an array of shopping, dining, transport and lifestyle options including the brand new Howard Smith Wharves development,” Mr Wortley said. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoRay White New Farm agent Brandon Wortley said residences within Bellagio are tightly held and virtually unknown due to it’s inconspicuous location and low transaction volume. With vast indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, this apartment is fit for families seeking a low maintenance lifestyle. “Dad loved entertaining at the unit,” Nick said.“He would always get a gathering together for Riverfire and held what were pretty large birthday parties either in the unit or on the pool deck.“For one party, I think it was his 75th, we covered the spa pool and used it as a stage for my band Roger the Cabin Boy to play to the crowd.”center_img DECEASED ESTATE: Apartment 3, Bellagio, 455 Adelaide St, Brisbane City will go to auction of February 2, 2019. An apartment belonging to the late Peter Chancellor, the second of the three generations to serve at the firm of Chancellors Chartered Accountants over 124 years, has hit the market. Peter died on February 11 at 81 from heart failure.“He had a notoriously strong constitution, however, lifestyle choices including wine consumption would have contributed,” Nick said.The property will be auctioned at The Calile Hotel, 48 James St, New Farm on February 2, 2019 at 2pm. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:48Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralia’s top suburbs to buy for foodies00:48 The property offers outstanding river and bridge views.The apartment is within the CBD’s smallest residential building, Bellagio, and occupies the entire third floor across 320sq m with views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. “He acquired and relocated from the family home El Nido (19 Hillside Cres, Hamilton) to the Bellagio unit following the passing of my mother Patricia from pancreatic cancer in 2007,” Nick said.“The logic was to be close to the action, with our office in Adelaide St and the restaurants in Eagle St that he once frequented.“He had a very close relationship in particular with Pier Nine and Cha Cha Cha and their proprietors Matthew Hill-Smith and John Kilroy. “Dad was a very keen fisherman and oyster grower and Matthew would occasionally run dad’s oysters on the menu and would specially prepare fish he caught on reef trips he often went on.” Neil Balnaves’ mansion hits the market MORE:last_img read more

Update: Woodside to deliver 12 LNG cargoes to RWE

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of Woodside(Article updated on 01.11. with an emailed response from Woodside’s spokesperson)Australian energy company and LNG operator, Woodside has agreed to deliver up to 12 cargoes of the chilled fuel to RWE of Germany.Under the mid-term sales and purchase agreement, the cargoes would be delivered between April 2018 and March 2020, the company initially said in its third-quarter report.Responding to LNG World News email, Woodside spokesperson said the company confirms the deal was signed with a unit of the German utility RWE.Terms of the mid-term deal with RWE Supply & Trading, however, remained undisclosed.Commenting on the deal, Woodside CEO, Peter Coleman said, “this agreement illustrates further diversification of Woodside’s buyer relationships and the increasing interaction between Asia-Pacific and Atlantic LNG participants.”last_img read more