One of the most common questions I hear from Credit Union CEOs is, “How do I know if my IT staff is doing a good job. How do I measure the team’s leadership or the staff’s effectiveness?” I have probably been asked this at least 100 times in the past five years. In general, it is quite difficult to:A) Find good IT talent B) Understand what the IT team is doing C) Align IT with business goals D) Ensure that IT is meeting said goals Why is this so difficult? Well, IT, especially Credit Union IT, is hideously complex. Credit Union technology professionals often spend 85-90% of their time (or more) on basic blocking and tackling and are generally just trying to keep the lights on. The IT team commonly faces many challenges:Managing disparate technologyManaging old technologyManaging cutting edge technology Dealing with perceived vs. real IT Regulatory risk And the IT team must somehow manage all of these challenges and still try and make the technology look like Amazon. Often times, the IT team’s objectives and the Credit Union’s objectives are not aligned. So even if you have confidence and trust in your IT team, the IT team may speak a different language and have very different motivations. In my experience, there are roughly nine or ten different ways to solve every IT problem. This is, of course, a gross generalization, but I do believe it works out to about that many. Three of these ways are good solutions, three are okay solutions, and three are downright bad. The bad solutions are usually the short cuts and Band-Aids that occur when the IT person gets boxed in. Hard short deadlines often result in the IT person sacrificing long term stability, supportability, and/or capabilities to meet a short term objective. I personally like to mitigate this issue by choosing to focus on identifying the three good strategies first, and then allowing the IT Team to pick between those. That way, the IT team has a say in the methodology and process and they are choosing between more ideal solutions at the start.But how do you know if your Credit Union technologist is doing a good job? The answer is actually very simple. If every time the business owners ask your IT professional for something new or a change and the IT professional explains the nine steps that must be done before they can deliver, then you have a problem. If there are more than five steps, then you have a situation where lots of short cuts, skipped procedures, cheap solutions and/or short-sighted choices have been made. If there are one or two steps, then your technology strategy, platform, budget to capability alignment and efficacy are probably pretty good. So, keeping all of the above in mind, go back and ask yourself this: How many things did my IT team have to fix in order to give my members the experience I wanted the last five or ten requests? Did they have to rework a whole host of things or make a few simple tweaks? Answering that simple question will help you gauge the effectiveness of your IT staff. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFeb. 4, 2015Garden City, NY — Morey Publishing proudly announces the promotion of Jaime Franchi to Executive Editor. Franchi had been a staff writer at the Garden City-based website design, corporate communications and creative agency since October 2013. “Jaime’s professionalism and dedication to her craft is inspiring,” says Jed Morey, President of Morey Publishing. “From the moment she joined our team, Jaime made an impact. Her love of writing and enthusiasm for every project, every story is contagious. She’s a force.” An award-winning journalist who has covered a diversity of subjects ranging from local and state politics, immigration and education issues, entertainment trends and human interest topics for Morey Publishing’s Long Island Press and Milieu Magazine, Franchi holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Dowling College and is trained in marketing and copywriting. Her work can also be found in Salon, The Huffington Post, Punchnel’s and The New York Times.Franchi’s talent for storytelling and crafting exceptional content has been recognized by the New York Press Association and the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition to contributing to Morey Publishing’s legacy of award-winning news and feature articles, Franchi has also been the company’s chief content creator for its ever-expanding portfolio of corporate clients. Her work has encompassed the automotive, healthcare, education and manufacturing fields and includes such industry leaders as NY Auto Giant, Five Towns College and Pieper Bar Review, among many others.Franchi possesses a natural enthusiasm for the craft of writing that is both contagious and inspiring. She approaches each and every subject with a genuine curiosity and a devout commitment to excellence evident in her finished pieces, whether issues-oriented blog posts, company profiles and staff biographies or thoroughly researched corporate histories, service summaries and mission statements. Franchi’s background in journalism and marketing results in client content that is informative, comprehensive, impressive, and moving. “I am thrilled to continue providing top-quality content to so many outstanding businesses across Long Island and New York State, and I look forward to making all our clients’ dreams and visions a reality,” said Franchi. ABOUT MOREY PUBLISHINGMorey Publishing is a Long Island, NY-based web design and advertising agency that provides traditional and interactive solutions for its clients. From web design and video production to corporate strategy and brand identity consultation, Morey Publishing takes a holistic approach to our clients advertising, marketing and branding needs.For inquiries, contact:Beverly FortuneChief Operating Officer, Morey [email protected]g.com
Several foreign envoys in Indonesia have taken to social media to extend their condolences over the death of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s mother, Sudjiatmi Notomihardjo, on Wednesday.Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan offered his condolences on his official Twitter account, @DubesAustralia.Deepest condolences from myself and all Australians in Indonesia and at home to President @jokowi and his family on the very sad news of the passing of his mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo. Turut berduka cita.— Gary Quinlan (@DubesAustralia) March 25, 2020“Deepest condolences from myself and all Australians in Indonesia and at home to President Jokowi and his family on the very sad news of the passing of his mother, Sujiatmi Notomihardjo,” Quinlan tweeted. Responding to the news of the Sujiatmi’s passing, South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang Beom also offered his condolences on Twitter.On behalf of the Korean Embassy and the Korean community, I extend my deepest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, mother of President Jokowi. May she Rest In Peace with the Almighty. @jokowi @UmarHad73314840 @korembindonesia @Kemlu_RI @kompascom @jakpost pic.twitter.com/y0g4lrj2Ky— KIM Chang Beom (@changbkim) March 25, 2020“On behalf of the Korean Embassy and the Korean community, I extend my deepest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, mother of President Jokowi. May she rest in peace with the Almighty,” @changbkim tweeted, alongside a picture of Sujiatmi embracing Jokowi.Meanwhile, British Ambassador to Indonesia Owen Jenkins tweeted his condolences in Indonesian on his official Twitter account, @DubesInggris.Turut berduka cita atas meninggalnya Ibunda tercinta dari Presiden RI @jokowi Ibu Sudjiatmi Notomihardjo. Semoga arwah beliau diterima disisiNYA.— Owen Jenkins (@DubesInggris) March 25, 2020“I’m very sorry about the passing of President Jokowi’s beloved mother, Sudjiatmi Notomihardjo. May she rest in peace,” Jenkins wrote.Sujiatmi passed away at age 77 in Surakarta, Central Java on Wednesday, presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman confirmed.President Jokowi departed from Jakarta and arrived in Surakarta at 5:52 p.m. on Wednesday, the Presidential Palace press bureau said in a statement.Jokowi said Sujiatmi had died from an illness she had suffered for the past four years and asked the public to pray for her. Her burial was scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday.Topics :
Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) cited crewmen of the Long Xing 629 claiming they were sometimes forced to work for up to two days without rest, had been subjected to violence and discrimination and faced hunger and dehydration.The Chinese foreign ministry said it was investigating the matter but added that some of the allegations were “inconsistent” with information it had gathered, though it did not elaborate, SCMP reports.The Indonesian crewmen who have returned to Indonesia are reportedly still waiting for thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.The Indonesian government has reported the case to the United Nations Human Rights Council and officially asked the Council to address human rights violations in the fishing industry.The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) has named three suspects from manning agencies in Indonesia and alleged a modus operandi of “promising salary and work placement but with unclear working hours”.Forty-six Indonesian crew members were working for the ship operator, Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., which had landed at Busan, South Korea, aboard the Long Xin 605 and another vessel, Tian Yu 8.On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry facilitated the return of two more Indonesian crew members to Jakarta, Retno said during Thursday’s conference.“This means that all 46 [working for] the company have been brought back to Indonesia,” she said.Retno added that the legal process in Indonesia was moving forward, with the National Police continuing its investigation alongside the Attorney General’s Office. Indonesia has again expressed its concern regarding cases of alleged human rights abuse affecting its citizens onboard Chinese-flagged fishing vessels, calling for a serious investigation.“Indonesia looks forward to receiving the results of a fair and transparent investigation from the Chinese authorities,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said during a press conference on Thursday.The minister said that, based on conversations with fishermen from different Chinese vessels, she had been told “exactly the same stories about mistreatment on board”. Retno said his ministry had summoned Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian to convey the concerns while maintaining communication between Indonesian and Chinese officials in Beijing.The allegations of exploitation emerged recently with the report of four Indonesians registered to Chinese fishing ship Long Xing 629 who died between December 2019 and April this year after allegedly enduring poor working conditions.A video published by South Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) last month showed a group of men throwing an orange body bag, believed to contain the body of an Indonesian crew member, off a fishing vessel.Two unidentified Indonesian sailors told MBC that crew members allegedly were only allowed to take short breaks every six hours, had almost no time to sleep and were made to drink filtered seawater. Topics :
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at old rival Jose Mourinho by saying his team do not get an easy ride over fixtures. “It is depending on objective analysis. A day is 24 hours and you count how many times you have rest between games. “I didn’t make the study, it was made by an independent company. I cannot influence that.” The thorny matter of fixture congestion will raise its head again after Arsenal were drawn against Liverpool in the FA Cup, with the tie likely to be selected for live television coverage. That clash, slated for the weekend of February 15 and 16, will come just days before Arsenal’s Champions League last 16 first-leg clash with Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium and after vital Premier League games against both Liverpool away and Manchester United at home. Such testing periods have broken the Gunners in the past, but Wenger has told his players to absorb the occasion and pressure this time around. “It is an interesting (FA Cup) draw and a difficult one; we have a little advantage by playing at home,” he said. “Overall it’s a great difficulty and we will try and absorb it and come out in a positive way. “(There are) plenty of big games. It means the squad will need to be highly focused, (it is) a massive challenge and we are confident we can do that.” Chelsea boss Mourinho said last week that the Gunners get a certain “influence” when it came to their schedule, something Wenger was eager to refute on Monday morning. “It is simple – look at the fixtures and analyse it. I trust you will give an objective view,” the Arsenal boss said. “You will see Arsenal are behind all the other teams. In the last five years all the objective studies that have been made show Arsenal had less rest than any other team in the top four. “That is fact. It has nothing to do with my opinion. It is an independent company that made (the study) that shows Arsenal had less rest than any other team in the top level.” It is understood the study Wenger was referring to was internal analysis of Arsenal’s fixture programme. Wenger cited his side’s hectic schedule just before Christmas when they played at Manchester City on a Saturday lunchtime following a midweek European trip to Napoli, both of which ended in defeat. Mourinho’s comments about Arsenal fixtures came in response to criticism from Wenger about Chelsea’s decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United. Wenger insisted the war of words was not part of any mind games campaign on his part, with his team one point ahead of Manchester City and two clear of Chelsea going into the midweek Premier League programme. The Gunners travel to Southampton on Tuesday night. “It is not mind games. It is opinions,” Wenger said. “But I don’t live with opinions, I live with facts. and the facts don’t depend on me or Mourinho. Press Association
Crystal Palace have released their brand new kits for the 2020/21 season.The new kits, manufactured by sportswear giants, Puma, have got Palace fans excited, and rightly so, due to its beautiful and distinct design.Palace’s Ghanaian duo, Jordan Ayew and Jeffery Schlupp, in separate videos posted by the club’s official twitter page, modeled the home and away kits respectively.The Famous Red and Blue. Pre-order: https://t.co/Z0GPs6PqOY#CPFC pic.twitter.com/DSjKYNcJJ1— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 7, 2020Jordan Ayew finished the 2019/2020 Premier League season as the top scorer for Palace, with 9 goals.Watching Palace play away. Pre-order: https://t.co/t4BUe1LasW#CPFC pic.twitter.com/dmopEnDmoz— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 7, 2020Schlupp made 17 appearances for Crystal Palace last season, scoring 3 goals and providing 2 assists – both for Jordan Ayew.
Kovac will have to do without in-form midfield maestro Thiago, who tore an ankle ligament against Roedinghausen.– Dortmund’s defensive disaster –Leaders Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, are facing a defensive crisis as they look to keep Bayern at bay with a win in Wolfsburg.With Manuel Akanji, Lukasz Piszczek and Marcel Schmelzer all out injured, things went from bad to worse when Abdou Diallo limped off the field early in Dortmund’s 3-2 cup win over Union Berlin on Wednesday.Raphael Guerreiro is set to take Diallo’s place in defence, while up front, Mario Goetze has also been ruled out with bronchitis.– Bayer all grown up –Julian Brandt has said that he and his Bayer Leverkusen team mates have gone from boys to men in the space of a few days.In full-blown crisis this time last week, Leverkusen look a side transformed as they prepare to host Hoffenheim, having chalked up a 6-2 win over Werder Bremen and a 5-0 thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach in the last few days.“We couldn’t have even dreamed of this a week ago,” said Brandt. “At the beginning of the season, we were playing like children, we were naive. Now, the little kiddies have grown up.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Berlin, Germany | AFP | Arjen Robben has admitted that Bayern Munich are some way from their best form as they head into what he says is a must-win game for the Bundesliga champions at Freiburg on Saturday.The Dutch winger said that he and his team mates needed to be “self-critical” as they bid to return to the top of the Bundesliga this weekend.Bayern are two points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, who have been plunged into an injury crisis ahead of a tricky trip to Wolfsburg, and have the chance ot overtake Dortmund ahead of their face-to-face next week.Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen are looking to continue their explosive return to form against Hoffenheim, while Stuttgart coach Markus Weinzierl is hoping to shake off comparisons with the Bundesliga’s worst ever team.Here are five things to look out for in the Bundesliga this weekend.– Bayern’s bad patch –Bayern Munich may have won their last four games, but both coach Niko Kovac and his players know that they need to improve when they host Freiburg on Saturday.“We’re not playing our best football at the moment,” Arjen Robben told Amazon Music this week, after watching his teammates labour to a 2-1 cup win over fourth tier side SV Roedinghausen.“We need to win against Freiburg, maybe we can take another step forward and gain confidence before we play Dortmund the week after.”
In this April 26, 2014, file photo, fans cheer as Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter stands in the corner after he made the game-winning 3-point basket at the buzzer in the fourth quarter against the San Antonia Spurs in Game 3 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in Dallas. More 3-pointers got shot than ever before in the NBA last season, and everybody, or so it seems, is adding that shot to their repetoire. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)MIAMI (AP) — The offensive concept of pace-and-space was nearly an unbeatable combination for the Miami Heat, the plan of surrounding LeBron James with multiple shooters good enough to net two straight NBA titles.Plenty of teams are having success with the approach.None more than the San Antonio Spurs, who ended Miami’s championship reign with their pace-and-space attack.Shooters might be valued more now by NBA teams than ever, particularly those who can connect from beyond the 3-point line. More than 86 percent of those who played in the league tried at least one 3-pointer last season, and the most attempts in the history of the league were taken from that distance — continuing a trend and smashing the previous mark that was set just one year earlier.And no one seems to believe the fascination with movement, passing and plenty of 3’s will end anytime soon.“The teams that are playing with the pass and shooting seem to be doing really well,” said Atlanta’s Kyle Korver, one of the league’s best shooters. “I think the Spurs are the model that a lot of teams are understanding that not everyone gets to have LeBron James on their team. Not everyone gets to have one of the few super-dominant, all-pro, superstars in this league and so playing with the pass and playing with space and playing quick is a really good backup.”The Spurs led the league in 3-point accuracy last year, making more shots from deep than ever before.In the playoffs, their percentages got even better, and in the NBA Finals against the Heat they shot a wildly good 47 percent from 3-land.“I hate it,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.No, he wasn’t kidding when he said that in June. Popovich detests the 3-pointer, but in this NBA, it’s a prerequisite.“It’s changed the game,” Popovich said. “It makes it tougher to cover that much room defensively on the court, so you do have to pay attention to it defensively. It’s a heck of a weapon. … To me it’s not basketball but you’ve got to use it. If you don’t, you’re in big trouble.”To wit: Of the 14 teams that made 600 attempts or less from 3-point range last season, 10 didn’t make the playoffs. The other four combined to go 14-21 in the postseason.“All the analytics guys have looked at it and they see the value of the 3-point shot, especially the corner 3-point shot,” Heat forward Danny Granger said. “Teams are obviously game-planning to get those shots and to get shooters to space the court.”It’s not accurate to say everybody in the NBA is shooting 3-pointers.It just seems that way.Kevin Love, Kevin Durant and Paul George were all among the 10 most prolific 3-takers last season — and they’re all listed at 6-foot-9 or taller. James made eight straight 3’s in a game against Charlotte, on his way to a 61-point night. Spencer Hawes and Chris Bosh combined to take more than 500 shots from past the arc — and they’re both 7-footers, give or take an inch.Hawes actually shot a smidge better from long range last season than San Antonio’s Danny Green — who just happens to have record for most 3’s in an NBA Finals.Now the Cavaliers are surrounding James with shooters in Cleveland, including Love.“It’s more of a skilled league,” Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Just the way fouls are called, the way the offense and the freedom of movement is, if you’re a skilled basketball player there’s a place for you. And skill is shooting the basketball. I think we’re seeing that across the board in our league now.”When Vaughn played, the game was more physical, defenders allowed to do more things within legal limits. Vaughn said the first time he ever had a pick set against him was by longtime league strongman Charles Oakley, and he laughed at saying that he’s “still recovering” from that hit.Suffice to say, there aren’t many Oakleys in today’s game.Finesse is in, force is out.“The game has definitely changed,” Vaughn said.Preseason numbers show more of the same. The Heat took nearly 50 shots from 3-point range in a team scrimmage earlier this month. Corner 3’s seen to tax teams defensive rotations more than anything else, and offenses aren’t going to take away that weapon anytime soon.In short, 3’s are wild in this NBA.“The game that we play today is a different game that was played 10 years ago, 15 years ago, 20 years ago,” Korver said. “Rules are different, philosophies are different, and shooting is a big part of the game. I think for a while people thought that shooting was a lost art in the NBA and I feel like it’s made a huge comeback recently and the trend is that it’s probably going to keep going.”