Last question, do I have to be a SHRM member or contribute to the SHRM Foundation to use their complimentary resources?[Beth] No, as a public charity, the SHRM Foundation makes all of its resources available free to the public–both SHRM members and non-members– on its website. Hard copies of the most recent products are also available by request from the Foundation.My thanks to Beth for sharing her knowledge with us. While Beth did point out that the SHRM Foundation resources are free to anyone, keep in mind that they would not be able to create these resources without our support. So if you do find the resources useful, consider making a tax-deductible donation at shrmfoundation.org/donate.I’m always looking for well-prepared information about the future of work. I can tell you from personal experience, the SHRM Foundation creates quality research and information that you can use in your strategic planning, operational goal setting and business meetings.Image courtesy of Sharlyn Lauby The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) is my professional association. I support other professional organizations, but my first HR job was as a generalist so SHRM was the first professional association I joined. Every employer I’ve ever worked for supported my membership in SHRM and allowed me to attend SHRM professional development events. They also supported me being a SHRM volunteer leader.It wasn’t until I became a volunteer leader that I learned about the SHRM Foundation. That’s why I think of it as a best kept secret. The SHRM Foundation supports our role as human resources professionals through research, thought-leadership and awards. And frankly, we can all use good information to make our jobs easier. So I reached out to Beth McFarland, CAE to share a little more with you about what the Foundation does to help us in our daily jobs. Beth is the director of foundation programs with the SHRM Foundation and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for years.Beth, can you share with readers some background about the SHRM Foundation (i.e., what it does, how long it’s been around, etc.)[Beth] The SHRM Foundation was created by SHRM in 1966, so we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary next year. Our main mission is really research and education. We support students and professionals in their lifelong learning by awarding more than $150,000 in education and certification scholarships annually.In addition, we develop educational materials for HR professionals and students, and fund original rigorous research to advance the knowledge base of the HR profession. To help educate HR professionals on the trends impacting the workplace, we introduced a major multi-year thought leadership initiative in 2013.As a special expertise panel member, I know a little about the thought leadership initiative you’re talking about. Tell us more about the project.[Beth] We believe that understanding the fundamental changes impacting the world of work is the first step to preparing for them—and ultimately leveraging them for competitive advantage. That’s why we launched a multi-phase initiative to identify and analyze critical trends likely to affect the workplace in the next 5-10 years. Through a rigorous process of surveys, expert-panel discussions and analysis conducted in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), we identified three key themes and have been focusing our program of work on a different theme each year.In 2015, our focus is Engaging and Integrating a Global Workforce. We have released a report, written by the EIU that explains this theme in more detail. Later this year we’ll be releasing infographics and video interviews to help people learn more about this topic. Members of the SHRM expert panels are now working to identify specific ways these trends will impact the workplace and what HR can do now to prepare. Their final report will be released this fall. Visit our Digital Hub to learn more about SHRM Foundation thought leadership. One of my go-to resources is the “Effective Practice Guidelines” series. Relevant information I can use every day. What other types of “thought leadership” are produced by the SHRM Foundation?Thanks for highlighting those. What’s great about the Effective Practice Guidelines (or ‘EPGs’ as we call them) is that they provide a quick overview of each topic along with practical, specific guidelines for success—and it’s all based on solid research. We create these in an easy-to-use format that really works well for busy HR professionals.In addition to our EPGs, we also publish shorter executive briefings— which are great to share with other leaders and line managers in your organization—and a series of educational DVDs that show strategic HR in action. We’re proud to report that, in addition to workplaces, these resources are now used in hundreds of college classrooms as well. And excerpts from the EPGs are often included in HR textbooks.This year, the SHRM Foundation provided awards to individuals who have never attended the annual conference before. And the SHRM Foundation provides other types of scholarships, awards and research grants to professionals. How can someone learn more about these programs?[Beth] Easy! Visit our website at shrmfoundation.org and select ‘Scholarships & Awards’ from the top menu. This provides an overview of the different awards available to each group: SHRM members, students/advisors and researchers. The ‘overview’ page provides a brief description of each award along with the application deadline. Click on any award for more information and to access the online application. For information about research grants, choose the ‘Research’ tab at the top of the page.How is the work of the SHRM Foundation funded?[Beth] The SHRM Foundation funds its work with gifts from individuals, companies, organizations, sponsors, SHRM chapters and SHRM state councils. In 2013 and 2014, the Foundation’s annual campaign raised more than $1 million. Because of the generous financial and in-kind support received from SHRM to cover operating expenses, all other funds raised through the annual campaign go directly into programs, including scholarships, educational products, research and thought leadership. To read more on HR Bartender Blog, please click here.
If you haven’t noticed, cloud computing has been evolving from marketing hype to technology development and solution delivery in 2010. We’ve been talking about cloud for about a year on Chip Chat focusing our discussions on the technologies required for cloud innovation. Last week I chatted with Raejeanne Skillern on the Intel Cloud Builder program, and she packed in more info per second than I can recall in a Chip Chat episode.Today Intel, the industry, and data center customers took the conversation to a new level. The big news is the launch of a new data center customer driven group called the Open Data Center Alliance. The group is garnering a lot of attention with their launch, both from the media and from their peers. I was able to catch up with Alliance chairman Marvin Wheeler, who earns his living as Chief Strategy Officer for Terramark. Marvin filled me in on the Alliance and shared why he’s so excited about what the group brings to data center computing.Today’s announcement also featured a lot of new info from Intel including news that Intel will serve as technical advisor to the Open Data Center Alliance and that we’ve greatly expanded our Cloud Builders program to rally the industry towards open, interoperable cloud solution delivery. I caught up with two Intel execs we’ve had on Chip Chat before, Data Center Group Marketing VP Boyd Davis and Jason Waxman, General Manager, High Density Computing, Data Center Group, to learn more about the Cloud announcements. Boyd provided a unique look on what the development means for the industry and why Intel is the perfect fit as technical advisor to such an Alliance. Jason drilled down into what it will mean to have a cloud requirements roadmap available to the industry and how Intel plans on working with other cloud leaders to meet customer requirements through our Cloud Builders program.The interviews signal a new series of Chip Chat episodes on delivery of the cloud…hope you enjoy the chats, and as always I’d love any feedback on the conversations as well as on topics you’d like to hear in the future.
Are you attending the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this year? If so, I invite you to attend a session that I will be co-presenting along with two of my teammates from the Business Client Platform Division here at Intel.We will be highlighting several different ways you can develop solutions for the Intel vPro and Small Business Advantage platforms. This session is targeted at both IT practitioners and software developers. The class will naturally have slides, but will also include a number of live demos. So, if you are interested in learning how you can create solutions for Intel’s business client platforms, I encourage you to attend and bring any questions you have.Here are the details on the class from the IDF website:Session ID: BCSS001Date/Time: 09/13/12 @ 10:15 amTitle: 2013 Business Client Solutions: Intel® vPro™ Technology and Intel® Small Business AdvantageAbstract:Whether you are an IT practitioner with Intel® vPro™ Technology clients in your enterprise, a medium business wanting to enhance your existing business process automation or a small business looking to improve efficiency and productivity of your PC assets, this is the session for you. Come see a glimpse of the innovative 2013 Business Client platforms, including the Ultrabook™, All-In-One and ultra-small form factors. Experience technical deep dives and demonstrations on how to easily incorporate Intel vPro Technology into your existing environment through a variety of Independent Software Vendors integration points, scripting tools, and developer Software Development Kits. This session will also focus on a rich set of capabilities provided through the Intel® Small Business Advantage platform that delivers out of the box experience for small businesses. Key topics covered include: • Intel Small Business Advantage Overview • Intel vPro Technology Use Cases / Independent Software Vendor integration • Developer and IT Tools providing automation for Intel vPro Technology features including: High Level API (HLAPI), Software Developer Kits (SDKs), Microsoft* Windows* PowerShellIn addition to this class, the we have two additional classes at IDF San Francisco this year:BCSS002 – Security for Intel® Architecture Based Business Clients – 9/13 @ 12pmBCSS003 – Enabling Consumerization Through Client Based Desktop Virtualization – 9/13 @ 1:15pmYou can find further details on these sessions, as well as all the others here:http://intel.activeevents.com/sf12/scheduler/public.jsp
When we began 2016, the Intel® Cloud for All Opens in a new windowinitiative was about six months old and just taking flight toward the lofty goal of unleashing tens of thousands of new clouds. A year later, we can look back on 18 months of solid progress in the effort to close enterprise feature gaps in OpenStack, simplify private cloud deployment, and accelerate time to market for new, private, and hybrid cloud solutions.I’m proud of all that our team and our partners have accomplished. Together, we’ve made tremendous progress. Let’s look at a handful of the notable accomplishments achieved by the broad ecosystem that is driving the Cloud for All initiative forward.What a Difference a Year MakesTogether with Rackspace, Intel formed the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC) last year. The OSICOpens in a new window brings together teams of engineers to accelerate the evolution of the OpenStack platform and help ensure it is ready for enterprise workloads of tomorrow. Today, the OSIC hosts the world’s largest OpenStack developer cloud, composed of 1,000 nodes. More than 220 OSIC cluster users have engaged in more than 60 projects, with resulting contributions to 25 OpenStack projects, including more than 115 completed blueprints and more than 28,000 patch sets submitted. In addition, the OSIC has delivered more than 11,000 hours of training to over 200 individuals. From the beginning, increasing the number of upstream contributions to OpenStack has been a priority for the OSIC. This work helps ensure OpenStack’s long-term vitality among enterprises around the world.We have also expanded the Intel Cloud for All initiative to encompass multiple high-impact programs. These include the Intel® Cloud BuildersOpens in a new window program and the related Intel® Cloud Builders Innovation Fund, which has accelerated more than 20 software-defined infrastructure (SDI) reference architectures and hundreds of proof-of-concept trials. All the while, we roughly doubled the membership of the Intel Cloud Builders program, which brings together hardware and software solution providers to accelerate the progress of cloud, storage, and network solutions.Participants in the Intel Cloud Builders ecosystem and OSIC have closed many major feature gaps in the OpenStack platform, including needs related to high availability, services, rolling upgrades and deployment. For example, we have eliminated six out of nine known VM Live Migration limitations, doubled the number of core OpenStack services supporting rolling upgrades, and reduced deployment time from 26 hours to just six hours. This list could go on and on.Another exciting extension of the Intel Cloud Builders program was the launch of the Intel® Cloud Builders UniversityOpens in a new window. This program offers training on the latest technologies, practices and strategies for implementing or improving cloud infrastructure deployments based on SDI. And, best of all, the educational content is freely available with registration on the Intel Builders University site.Intel and VMware announced a network of Centers of Excellence aimed at accelerating cloud deployments. The centers drive custom optimizations, facilitate proof-of-concept testing and integrate cybersecurity best practices in collaboration with The National Institute of Standards and Technology.Intel worked closely with Microsoft to optimize the Windows Server 2016Opens in a new window operating system to take full advantage of the latest Intel capabilities that enable higher performance, tighter security, and enhanced management. Throughout development, Intel engineers worked closely with their counterparts at Microsoft on configurations designed to help customers and partners accelerate the delivery of market-ready SDI solutions. Launched at Microsoft Ignite last September, Windows Server 2016 is Microsoft’s most cloud-ready server operating system and management solution to date.In August, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCFOpens in a new window) announced the public availability of a 1,000-node community cluster, funded and operated by Intel. This cluster, which opened to a great community response, will empower the work of the CNCF facilitating scale testing of open source contributions. The CNCF cluster will allows the industry to test code and provide guidance, operational patterns, standards, and, eventually, APIs to enable the interoperability and optimization of container-based SDI stacks. With cloud native applications, you can package an application component once and reuse it across public and private clouds in a hybrid environment.Last but not least, we launched the 1.0 version of SnapOpens in a new window, our open telemetry platform that allows cloud administrators to easily collect, process, and publish telemetry data at scale. The Snap framework enables better data center scheduling and workload management by giving system administrators access to underlying telemetry data and platform metrics.Cloud Technology: This Is Only the BeginningAll of this work is advancing the cause of unleashing new cloud solutions. To that end, we’ve seen a substantial increase in adoption of cloud solutions over the past year, among organizations big and small. To name just a few, BMW GroupOpens in a new window, Volkswagen Group, and Tata CommunicationsOpens in a new window all deployed OpenStack clouds based on Intel® architecture.Building on this foundation, we are now putting greater focus on ensuring that our customers have choice in cloud providers with easy to deploy on premises and hybrid functionality. For example, we are focusing on container development and improving orchestration services like Kubernetes to enable workload portability, making it easier for organizations to move workloads across public or hybrid cloud environments. With efforts like these, the goal is to make it easy for organizations to write code once and then place the workloads where they best fit.Ready to get started? If your organization needs to update your IT infrastructure to keep pace with the digital economy, now is the time to investigate a hybrid cloud strategy. You can find many resources on the Intel Cloud BuildersOpens in a new window site, including reference architectures, white papers, solutions blueprints, and solution briefs.
It’s debatable whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s collision with Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman was intentional or not. But the fact that on-field umpires Enamul Haque of Bangladesh and Rod Tucker of Australia didn’t even mention the bowler’s role in the official report submitted to the match referee Andy Pycroft raises eye-brows.It is clear that Rahman had no reason to cross over to the other side of the pitch in his follow through because neither was the ball played towards that side, nor the leftarm pacer was bowling round the wicket that he ran into Dhoni as the latter was completing the single.While it is wrong to think that having a Bangladesh umpire on the field helped the debutant’s case, it is learnt that only after India skipper Dhoni explained his version of the whole episode did the match referee go ahead and ask Rahman to explain his side of the story. And it was the bowler himself who accepted that he was also at fault for standing in the way of Dhoni and the return crease.Initially only Dhoni was summoned by the match referee after his collision with Rahman on Thursday night was reported by the on-field umpires. But Dhoni pleaded innocence and explained the whole situation to the match referee and said that it was a case of either banging into partner Suresh Raina or stopping in his track to see the Bangladesh team run him out because Rahman was clearly in line with him. At that moment, Dhoni tried his best to minimise the impact and that is why he had lifted his elbow and had no wrong intention.advertisementThis is when the referee saw sense in what Dhoni was saying in his defense and checked the video footages and decided to get Rahman’s interpretation of the whole scene. And it was Rahman himself who agreed that he was at fault and walked across in his follow through without being aware of his position. He pleaded guilty. In the end, Dhoni was fined 75 per cent of his match fee and Rahman 50 per cent.Explaining the decision, match referee Pycroft said: “Dhoni defended the charge on the basis that the bowler was on the wrong line and realising that he couldn’t avoid the collision, he used his hand and arm to push him away as he went through to ‘minimise the impact’.”However, my assessment was that Dhoni deliberately pushed and shouldered Mustafizur, which was inappropriate. Even if there was a narrow gap between the runner and the bowler, an experienced Dhoni should have tried to avoid the collision. Mustafizur admitted his guilt and accepted the proposed sanction.”