The Future Looks Bright !!

first_imgTo read more from Steve Browne on Everyday People Blog, please click here. This past week I had a very cool experience !! I was one of the judges for the SHRM Student Case Study competition. I sat with two other great HR pros from the area as we heard graduate students from various schools give their take on an HR scenario. It was very cool to hear their approaches which ranged from a traditional HR viewpoint to some that were extremely creative.I was so geeked to see so many students come in and share. It helped to continue to dispel the stereotype that the most recent generation is so “different” and just doesn’t “get it” like other generations. I wasn’t surprised because this isn’t new. There have always been generations in the workplace. The stigma that has been assigned to younger people is from older generations. We have fallen into the same trap that we said we would never fall into when older generations made broad generalizations about us. We hated it, but it hasn’t stopped us from doing the same thing.I think we need to have a serious change of heart and be the generation that encourages and lifts up the newest folks. Let me ask you a question . . .Do you remember when you got into HR?Most people don’t start in HR, they fall into it. I’m one of those outliers who has been in HR for my entire career (on purpose). When I started though, I was pretty much on my own. I taught myself what I thought was correct, but to be honest, my efforts had to be limited because I didn’t look outside of what was within my reach. I must have missed areas. I did what I had to, but I could have done better.I didn’t know having someone who was also in HR as a mentor was needed. The truth is, I didn’t think someone like that even existed. I was wrong on this account as well. When I finally reached out and connected with other HR pros, I found some great people who are still mentoring me to this day several years later.Now, back to these students.We can be the ones who reach out to them now to be their connections and mentors. They don’t have to “earn their stripes” in order to struggle as they enter HR. We can be the ones to share our experiences with them and make sure that they are not left to try and figure out this industry on their own.We have the chance to help shape not only the future of these great young people, but we can help shape the future of our profession !!Wouldn’t it be great to help these kids who are interested in joining our field have a great experience coming into HR? How would they see our generation, and how would we see theirs, if we did more to build each other up instead of trying to focus on generational differences?The future of HR is bright !! I was able to see this first hand. I plan to reach out to these students and connect with them now and going forward. I’d love to see them succeed now and become the leaders of HR to come. I want to break the cycle and not be the stereotype of my generation. Will you be willing to join me? I hope you will !!last_img read more

New Ways to Do Disaster Recovery Using Virtualization

first_imgTags:#Analysis#cloud Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Remember your father’s disaster recovery (DR) process? Chances are it involved using a bunch of data tapes and rotating them between home and work, or different offices. Tapes were cheap, but notoriously unreliable. And getting them restored on a server took a lot of work. There are better solutions for today’s DR, including using one of a number of newer virtualization technologies that makes it easier and a lot faster to bring up a server from a backup. Let’s look at some of the alternatives. Virtualization can help with speeding up recovery time, because it is easier to start up a virtual machine on a hypervisor such as VMware’s ESX than rebuild a physical server from scratch. With one IT shop, before virtualization, it took 48 hours and 12 staff people to recover systems. After virtualization, the process can be completed in 24 hours with four staffers, and most of the time those workers are just monitoring their systems to make sure that everything is operating properly. But it still isn’t a complete cakewalk. For example, VMware has a collection of tools that can convert physical to virtual machines and orchestrate these VMs to step in for downed servers. The company has published a 200-plus-page paper that describes this process on its website. Given the length of the paper, there has got to be a better way. And several smaller, special-purpose vendors have stepped up to provide some interesting solutions.First is Quorum’s onQ Appliance. This is very useful tool for DR planning. You use two appliances: One sits on your network and the other sits at your offsite location. onQ makes virtual machine copies of all of your Windows server collection, both existing physical servers as well as those VMs that you are running. When disaster strikes, a single click can activate the VM and have it substitute for the downed physical server in a matter of seconds. The nice thing about the onQ solution is that you can avoid creating a duplicate data center where you have a copy of all your gear. These appliances aren’t cheap: Prices start at $10,000 per appliance, and cover three servers. Additional servers and a quickstart installation are extra.Here is onQ’s architecture:But onQ can handle a mix of both physical and virtual servers, as long as they are all Windows machines. It can combine both onsite and offsite recovery, and you can do daily DR testing too. This kind of flexibility is helpful to handle a wide variety of DR situations. A second product is from Zerto called Virtual Replication. It is used to protect just your virtual infrastructure running on VMware. There are plug-ins for vSphere and it is managed using the VMware vCenter tools. Agents need to be installed on each hypervisor and there is also a virtual appliance that has to run on each hypervisor too. Like onQ, you can do quick and frequent tests of the DR plan to ensure that things are protected. It costs $745 per protected VM, with a minimum order of 15 VMs. Zerto recently came out with v2 of the product which supports multi-tenants and multiple site replication. Here is Zerto’s architecture:A third product is one that you have heard of, with some new features. Symantec has been selling its Backup Exec software for many years, and the current version has some new twists, what the company calls “B2V” for backup to virtual. The idea is that you create backup images of your servers, and the Backup Exec software can quickly convert these images into VMs that can run on either VMware or HyperV hypervisors. This way you can bring your downed server back online without having to track down an identical server to restore the image to. Here is a short video screencast that shows you the process:Backup Exec has a SMB edition that starts at $1,163 for a single server. There are other DR products that combine virtualization elements, such as Axcient and Datto. As you can see, this is an active field and you can expect more players soon. N.B. I have done some consulting for both Symantec and Quorum Labs in the past year. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img david strom Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why Sachin Tendulkar is compared to Don Bradman?

first_imgWith his latest study, Australian researcher Dr Nicholas Rohde has reignited an eternal debate who is a better cricketer among two of the world’s top batsmen, Sir Don Bradman or Sachin Tendulkar.As the Griffith University researcher ranked Bradman next only to Tendulkar, Headlines Today decided to take a re-look at their cricket careers and performances in international cricket.Both Bradman and Tendulkar have remained cricket fans’ ultimate fascination leading to the endless debates comparing the two legends’ statistics and their impacts on the sport. The two thespians of cricket are also the ultimate technicians and icons who redefined the game in their respective eras.One is an Indian cricketer globally renowned for his batting abilities and widely considered as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history and the other is an Australian remarkably known as the greatest batsman of all time with a career Test batting average of 99.94, hailed as the top-most statistical achievement in any major sport.Tendulkar is the highest run scorer in Tests as well as ODIs and record holder of the most centuries in both the formats. Bradman’s 20-year playing career records are no less than a benchmark for cricket’s future generations.Both legends, though from two completely different times, have so many similar traits that it is natural to draw comparison. Once watching Tendulkar bat on TV, Bradman suddenly called out to his wife in excitement and told her how the Indian reminded of him of his own batting.Much like Bradman, Tendulkar too is five feet six inches tall and dominates the best of bowling attacks with similar ease. Yet, the best way to truly assess Bradman and Tendulkar is the comparison amid the many factors that made up their style of play.advertisementBradman’s run-scoring speed was unimaginable when he scored a whopping 452 in only 415 minutes. Some might disagree stating that the over rates in the thirties and forties were better than today. Tendulkar on the verge of 100 international centuries is considered to be a monumental achievement. But again, Bradman made 10 Test double hundreds and two triple hundreds with a total six triple and 37 double hundreds in first-class cricket in his time.On a personal front too, Tendulkar is similar to Bradman in many ways. Unfailingly courteous, modest and comfortable with his own company, still unlike Bradman, Tendulkar has maintained his popularity with team-mates as well as opponents.But it is the impact the two have had on society and their country that defines their true value. While Bradman rose to popularity in Australia particularly during the Great Depression and instantly became a symbol of hope, Tendulkar’s heroics have lent confidence and belief that would succeed in a new age India.last_img read more

‘Reinvention is the most credible buzzword today’

first_imgDilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up,Dilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up “supermarket” version practised to the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The “new, improved” yoga is an aggressive, modern avatar of the traditional form that turns it into a competitive sport.Boosted by celebrity endorsements from Sting and Uma Thurman, Jivamukti is as controversial as it is symbolic. We live in a world that is shrink-wrapped. The pace of change is now constantly in fast forward mode.Attention spans are increasingly compressed and anything, from work to sex, exercise and sport needs a new take to keep it interesting. The key agent here is the Yawn Factor, the reason why the most credible buzzword in our times has become “reinvention”. Actors and celebrities, brands and TV programmes, everyone is under pressure to reinvent itself, or themselves, and to hell with the purists. Take one-day cricket. One would imagine it’s a pretty exciting format, fulfilling its primary objective of pulling the crowds and TV revenue. Yoga on SpeedNot so. A new, shorter format is called 20/20 and the buzz it is causing will ensure its international debut pretty soon. The same goes for hockey, now reinvented as the PHL, with American-style team names, music, promos and cheerleaders. It’s not just spectator sports. A new music album features celebrated ragas and semi-classical pieces set to a jazzed up contemporary score. We’ve also just witnessed the truncated version of the ultra traditional Republic Day parade. Life in fast forward mode is today’s live reality show.Technology is the obvious victim of the accelerated need for change. It seems like yesterday when camera cell phones were ultra cool. No longer. Videophones are the must-have gizmo, till the next innovation comes along. In an age when bling is king, beating the yawn factor is becoming all-important. Which is why making a personal statement is like negotiating a minefield.What’s hot and what’s not has become a lottery. The pace of change is so dizzying it’s almost a case of blink and you’ll miss it. Most days, you wake up and look around you, at your music system, your TV, your wardrobe, car, the furniture and furnishings, even the paintings on your wall, and you invariably ask yourself one question: Are these past the Use By date?advertisementlast_img read more