This week’s news in brief: open door at CRBOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Share handcuffsCompanies are offering share packages to non-executivedirectors in a bid to recruit and retain the right people, according to asurvey by 3i. Annual cash fees for directors in the UK, Germany and US rangefrom £25,000 to £40,000. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article From this summer, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) will beable to access police files directly to check the criminal records of potentialstaff. The CRB believes that lawyers, accountants and other firms providingfinancial services will become heavy users of the service. Other professionsthat will be able to check criminal records include social workers, teachersand probation officers. The CRB is yet to announce its pricing structure. www.disclosure.gov.uk Women in buildingA new advertising campaign has been launched to help recruityoung women into the construction industry, to increase workers for thepredicted housing boom. The report, Construction Employment and TrainingForecast 2001-2005, predicts that in London alone over 43,000 new recruits willbe needed in the next five years.www.citb.co.uk Low pay settlementsPay settlements in the engineering sector have remained athistorically low levels from October to December 2000, according to the latestfigures released by the Employers Engineering Federation (EEF). The average paysettlement for the three months ending December was 2.8 per cent. www.eef.org.uk No school todayQualified lecturers are not taking up jobs in furthereducation because they can earn more money working in industry or by teachingin schools, according to a new survey by the Further Education National TrainingOrganisation (Fento). While 38 per cent of colleges indicated that they arehaving problems recruiting lecturers, 60 per cent are having severedifficulties.www.fento.org Met caught outA 3 per cent offer for 30,000police support staff has beenreferred to Acas for binding arbitration. Unison wanted a 6 per cent increase and the removal of the twolowest salary points – currently £8,790 and £9,153. The pay talks broke down inJuly as Unison pushed to bring pay in line with police officers.www.unison.org.uk
West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute andthe Department of Neurology in the WVU School of Medicine areseeking a Neuromuscular specialist qualified for appointment at theAssistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor rank. Theposition involves clinical care, research, and teaching medicalstudents and neurology residents. You’ll join a renowned team ofphysicians and researchers making an extraordinary difference inthe lives of our patients. Ours is a collaborative atmosphere thatallows practicing advanced medicine in a highly satisfyingenvironment. We do so by recruiting some of the finest physiciansfrom across the country – men and women who are often recognizedleaders in their specialty or subspecialty; investing heavily innew technology; practicing – and frequently developing – the latesttechniques and placing the highest emphasis on achieving greatquality outcomes. Candidates will join an active team includingneurologists, neuropathologists, and physical, occupational, andspeech therapists for collaboration in the areas of patient care,research and education. WVU Neurology has an activemultidisciplinary ALS clinic and the only MDA clinic in WestVirginia.Successful candidates must have an MD, MD/PhD or DO degree (theemployer accepts foreign educational equivalent) with fellowshiptraining or experience in neuromuscular disease and be eligible toobtain an unrestricted West Virginia medical license. Forappointment at the Associate Professor or Professor rank, it isexpected that candidates sustain an outstanding, extramurallysupported research program and demonstrate a track-record ofleadership, excellent communication skills, and publications inhigh-impact journals are required. All qualifications must be metby the time of appointment.The West Virginia University Rockefeller NeuroscienceInstitute, led by Dr. Ali Rezai, is expanding to include theclinical, research, and academic missions of Neurosurgery,Neurology, and Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, among others.The Institute will spearhead efforts to develop innovativesolutions for West Virginians and those across the world withneurological and psychiatric conditions ranging fromAlzheimer’s to Parkinson’s; autism to stroke; and paralysis tochronic pain, addictions, and traumatic brain injury. TheDepartment of Neurology offers patients a full spectrum ofinnovative therapies for neurologic disease, including stroke,epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases, headache, immunology, andmovement disorders. WVU is a Joint Commission approvedComprehensive Stroke Center and Level IV Epilepsy Center.Morgantown, West Virginia is located just over an hour south ofPittsburgh, PA and three and one-half hours from Washington, DC andBaltimore, MD. Morgantown is consistently rated as one of the bestsmall metropolitan areas in the country for both lifestyle andbusiness climate. The area offers the cultural diversity andamenities of a large city in a safe, family-friendly environment.There is also an excellent school system and an abundance ofbeautiful homes and recreational activities.Build your legacy as you serve, teach, learn and make a differencefrom day one. To learn more, visithttp://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/neurology and apply online athttp://wvumedicine.org/morgantowncareers.For additional questions, please contact Kelli Piccirillo, SeniorPhysician Recruiter, at [email protected] & UHA are AA/EO employer –Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – and WVU is the recipient of anNSF ADVANCE award for genderequity.Notes To Applicants Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c)
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The ailing organic sector received a boost at the start of July, when the Organic Trade Board (OTB) had an application for £1m match-funding from the EU approved for the UK’s first generic awareness-raising promotional campaign. The cash will be spent over the next three years by the organisation, which was set up to better represent the interests of organic businesses and brands although no individual brands will feature in the campaign.When the OTB formed two years ago, British Baker reported that the organics sector was beginning to fall foul of image problems and accusations of a lack of direction, especially set against the rapid emergence of the popularity of Fairtrade (Sunset for Organics, 13 June, 2008). This was borne out when the Soil Association announced gloomy sales for last year, with bakery hardest hit. In the same week as the OTB’s good news, Patrick Holden, who had been director oaf the Soil Association since 1995, stepped down, announcing it was “the right time to hand over to a successor to take the work of the association forward”. It will now look ahead to Organic Fortnight 2010 (3-17 September), which it hopes will “challenge the perception of elitism”, by positioning organic as accessible, affordable and an everyday choice. See: http://bit.ly/aLY90oMeanwhile, organic manufacturers will have to find a space on their packaging to squeeze in yet another logo. From this month (1 July), all pre-packaged organic goods have to carry the new Euro-leaf logo. However, before you rush all your existing packaging off to landfill, a two-year transition period has been issued to allow businesses to catch up with the change. Next to the new EU organic logo, a code number of the control body is displayed, as well as the place where the agricultural raw materials were farmed. It will be obligatory for all pre-packaged organic products from the 27 Member States to use the logo, which is meant to enhance consumer protection and promote organic farming. Operators will still be able to use national/private logos in addition to the compulsory EU logo, and it will be optional for imported products and non pre-packaged organic food. However, let’s not forget that there are other approved certification bodies in the UK: Organic Farmers & Growers, the Biodynamic Agricultural Associa-tion and the Organic Food Fede-ration, as well as bodies working in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.The Organic Food Federation charges between £375 and £450 and has 25 certified bakers on its books. Director Julian Wade says the cost of ingredients has risen considerably and will have put some people off going organic, and he adds that some are less inclined to get certification because of the cost.But he reckons certification is good value for a “thorough process”. Says Wade: “I don’t think it matters to consumers who has certified a product, as long as it’s organic. We want to keep people certified, not make life tougher for them.”One of its recent converts is Stevie B’s bakery in Crediton, Devon, which had been selling organic loaves for years, but realised it couldn’t tell customers about it, says partner Lynda Bundey. It has just finished the lengthy process of certifying all 72 organic loaves with the Federation, and although Bundey reckons it was “a bit of a silly point we never pretended to be certified and just told the truth”, she acknowledges that, as the business grew, it could have become an issue. But she adds: “I don’t think it matters to people that we are certified; no one has remarked on it since, and they haven’t mentioned what kind of certification we’ve got. It’s the bread that’s important.” Different accreditation It goes against the grain, but some small bakers are effectively being priced out of getting organic certification.To carry the venerated Soil Association stamp, companies must fork out £548 plus VAT each year and a percentage of turnover if sales are more than £180,000 a year but it’s just not viable, according to the small Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire. The company uses organic ingredients and broadcasts this to customers but reckons it is simply too time-consuming and expensive to get certification. “We’ve barely got time to bake bread, let alone fill in all the forms,” owner Dan McTiernan explains.He has been berated by a Soil Association-accredited baker who accuses McTiernan of undermining the concept. But this same baker admits his only annual holiday was taken up by organic certification bureaucracy. McTiernan says: “I believe in certification, as it’s important to safeguard the sector. I also recognise that we could charge more if we had certification, but the extra money we made would probably go to the Soil Association. It costs £75 to register each new recipe, which just stifles creativity.”Back in 2007, the Soil Association revealed to BB it was targeting a shake-up of the organic certification system, so that hundreds of small bakery companies missing out on organic certification could gain access to the scheme. It planned to press Defra and the EU for graded levels of certification, with commercial director Jim Twine announcing: “We would like to see a system developed that is more appropriate to people’s size and scale. This would potentially bring down the cost and include a lot more people within the certification system.” Entry-level option Andrew Whitley, co-founder of the Real Bread Campaign, reckons the Soil Association provides an element of campaigning unlike other certification bodies it’s a promotional cost and isn’t a bad deal but has been calling for an entry-level option. “You could take more in a certification fee from people selling more, like taxation.”However, three years on and the UK’s biggest certification body has quietly parked the idea. “We have always tried, and will continue to try to be more accessible to smaller artisan producers as we appreciate cost is an issue,” explains a spokeswoman. “We have no plans to introduce an entry-level certification, and we believe we have an obligation to consumers not to dilute our standards or certification procedures on the basis of cost.”It insists it is committed to helping the bakery sector during “this difficult period” and it could certainly do with some help. Although organic sales have seen double-digit growth for almost every year since records began in 1993, sales of organic bread and bakery items dropped by 39.8% during 2009 the worst-performing food sector, according to the association’s Organic Market Report. However, comparative figures for the year to February 2010 showed the rate of decline in organic bread had been cut to 9.4%.So what’s the problem? It points to difficult trading conditions along with technical challenges in “making a bread that meets modern expectations of shelf-life while still meeting organic criteria”. “We need to do more to educate consumers about the benefits of organic food, particularly in areas where the benefits might not be so obvious, such as bakery,” she adds.Maybe so, but perhaps education isn’t the only reason for the dip. Whitley, at the Real Bread Campaign, believes it is the larger firms pulling out of the sector when there was an apparent drop in demand and supermarkets misreading the signs, rather than the reluctance of small bakers to get certified, that has caused the sector to stall. “The bread some of the big companies produced was similar to the standard offer there wasn’t a significant point of difference other than the word ’organic’,” he says.And there is criticism in some quarters that the Soil Association is effectively a trade union that growers and manufacturers feel obliged to join. With a modest 74 bakers licensed to display the stamp a figure that has remained fairly steady in the last few years surely there is scope for more to join up?Perhaps organic bakers could be encouraged to join by relaxing the Soil Association’s extremely stringent standards. Unbowed, the Soil Association spokeswoman adds: “It would be difficult to see how we could make certification more accessible without reducing its rigour. I don’t feel that would benefit the consumer and that cost is the only barrier to bakeries choosing organic certification.”So where can we expect to see growth if more bakers don’t jump on the organic bandwagon? Whitley believes organic bread growth will come from grass-roots bakers growth will be slower than in the late 1990s, but more sustainable, he says. But for some small bakers, their contribution won’t be counted if they’re not certified, while others might not even bother moving into organic products because the category’s sales have dipped. A week is a long time in organics
Thank you everyone for being here and thank you to Canada for hosting us.A lot of people have thanked me for coming along today because they know the turmoil that Parliament is in, all the stresses and strains that are going on and it is difficult times that is for sure. And quite a lot of people say to me how do you keep going, why have you stuck with it, why have you stayed there. I say something like it is my duty, the country needs us to find a way through, we need to hold Remainers and Brexiteers together. But the real reason is that I want to stay in post to attend Women Deliver.It is fantastic today to be able to celebrate our partnership on gender equality, announced by our Prime Ministers in 2017.It is wonderful to be amongst so many amazing women who it is my privilege to know a few of you and the amazing work you do. And also some amazing men as well. Dom McVey, a CDC supported entrepreneur who has done fantastic work on women’s economic empowerment and now is launching some new initiatives to help end period poverty worldwide. Thank you to all the fellas who are also doing their bit too.And there is a lot to celebrate. In the UK the female employment rate is at a record high and the gender pay gap is at a record low. We’ve introduced new laws to protect women from domestic abuse, FGM, stalking, and forced marriage.My department, the Government Equalities Office, this month moved into the Cabinet Office, the hub and the heart of Whitehall to really ensure that we are delivering. And the only female mouser the Cabinet Office cat, has received a promotion too.Meanwhile, in Canada you have created a Department for Women and Gender Equality. You have made gender budgeting a mandatory part of the federal budget-making process, and delivering your strategy to prevent gender-based violence, and have recently passed into law protections for pay equality, based on the UK’s gender pay gap reporting, I am delighted at that.But all too often, in too much of the world, women’s rights are actually being rolled back. Britain and Canada has shown real leadership together on this issue and that leadership is needed now more than ever.Millions of girls and women are living in poverty, denied an education, have inadequate healthcare, are routinely assaulted, unable to live full and happy lives. And no country has yet achieved gender equality.The Sustainable Development Goals are a vital way to drive and measure change. This year, the UK will be reporting on our progress towards implementing them, as part of our Voluntary National Review.Global Goal 5, on gender equality, is critical in and of itself, but without it we will never be able to deliver on the other goals. Everyone, whatever their gender, has a stake in gender equality.Domestically and overseas, the UK is championing efforts to better understand the situation of the poorest and most marginalised women. Just last month, I announced vital new work to end period poverty and shame in the UK and overseas. I also announced our upcoming strategy to ensure that every woman in the UK has freedom, choice, capacity, resilience, support, and protection to do whatever she wants to do.Freedom and choice are guiding principles for all our gender equality work. There are people around the world who want to control women, who want to restrict their choices and deny them their rights.That’s why it is so important that we use platforms like Women Deliver continually to renew our commitment to women’s rights and specifically to comprehensive sexual and reproductive rights for all women.Leadership means not shying away from the issues of access to safe abortion, when the evidence shows us that these services save women’s lives.Comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) is an area where the UK and Canada are continuing to deepen our partnership as likeminded leaders in this field.In January this year, we co-hosted a multi sector Safe Abortion dialogue here in London to drive progress and momentum in this absolutely critical area.And at the Commission on the Status of Women last month we held a strong line together, resisting the “pushback” as the Secretary General called it.We are united in our efforts to work with the most complex and challenging issues that threaten women’s health and lives when others are shying away from them and I thank Canada for their leadership in this area.Everyone should have control over their own bodies and their own futures. That means every girl and every woman having access to the information they need, the freedom to choose what’s right for them, and the services and support they need to make their own decisions.I am proud that thanks to UK aid, millions of women in the world’s poorest countries are able access the desperately-needed sexual and reproductive health services they need and want to use. The UK has been a world leader in this area and will proudly continue to be one.My Department is also supporting the deepening of civil society partnerships through our UK aid Connect programme.A new £42 million programme looking at SRHR will support two consortia of NGO partners on this theme, and I am pleased to announce that these will be led by Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.This programme will drive innovation and learning by bringing diverse partners together to work on complex and neglected issues such as increasing access to safe abortion and improving the provision of SRHR in crisis settings.Some of the most marginalised women and girls in the world are those living in conflict and crisis areas. Together we are pushing for a humanitarian system that responds to women and girls’ specific needs, but also sees them as active agents of change.We worked closely with Canada to develop the landmark G7 Whistler Declaration on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Action.We are now teaming up to implement these commitments, including through the Call to Action on Protection from Gender Based Violence in Emergencies.Successful societies are those where women have control over their own bodies, are places where every mother can enjoy a wanted and healthy pregnancy, where every child can live beyond their fifth birthday, where no woman or girl is forced to marry before she is ready.Together with our partners, including Canada, we are supporting the UNICEF and UNFPA global programme, working to end child marriage, reaching millions of adolescent girls across 12 countries, and have co-sponsored every UN resolution on ending child marriage.We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Canada on the international stage to realise the rights of all the world’s women and girls.This was demonstrated recently at a joint side event at the Commission on the Status of Women on LGBT rights. I look forwards to deepening our collaboration through Women Deliver and beyond.We must empower women to make their own decisions. We must give women the freedom to choose what is right for them.We must invest in them so that they can complete their education and fulfil their full potential.And we should recognise gender equality as one of the great human rights issues of our time.Thank you.
British Baker profiles Cornwall-based Warrens Bakery and takes at look at the key areas where it excels.HERITAGE:Established in 1860, Warrens Bakery is the oldest bakery in Cornwall, the oldest Cornish pasty producer in the world and claims to be one of the original artisan bakers in the UK.NEW LOOK:Since 2013 the bakery chain has embarked on an ambitious refurbishment programme to give its estate of stores a new look. New chairman Mark Sullivan says the look is “contemporary heritage” and the aim of the company is to offer “affordable luxuries”. The chain experiences a huge uplift in sales (circa 30%) when it revamps a store.NEW PRODUCTS:Famous for its pasties, Warrens Bakery is not afraid of innovation, however, and is ably assisted in this by Jason Jobling, director and chief operating officer at the company. He recently developed a limited-edition mincemeat pasty for Christmas. The cocktail-sized pasties were filled with mincemeat and custard before being hand-crimped and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. The product was a huge success, with retailer interest and attention from as far away as Australia.BRAND CORNWALL:Quietly, the company has gone about building a portfolio of Cornish-related products thanks to Sullivan. It has links to the Cornish Sea Salt Company and, last year, Simply Cornish, the trade arm of Warrens, acquired the Cornish Crisp Company. A new launch of the crisps is due later this year and, together, the brands have a compelling Cornish provenance brand story.INSPIRATION:You can hear the chairman of Warrens Bakery talk about the journey of the brand in recent years – from store revamps to product development – at an upcoming British Baker online event. Sullivan is the keynote speaker on Insights from the Bakery Market Report. The event is being held on 4 March at 2pm. The event also includes a presentation by Amy Price, team co-ordinator, news and features, at Mintel on the bread and baked goods market. To register see www.bakeryinfo.co.uk/BMR
Israeli livetronica act G-Nome Project just landed in the United States for an early Fall tour that will see the group travel around a good portion of the country. The group announced they will be bringing along guitarist, longtime friend and Chicago native Marcus Rezak for their upcoming show at Subterranean on Saturday, September 17th, which also sees up and coming act Chachuba on as support. (Purchase tickets HERE)G-Nome Project is comprised of keyboardist Eyal Salomon, guitarist Shlomo Langer, bassist Zechariah Reich, and drummer Chemy Soibelman. The Jerusalem-based act have taken their local scene by storm, selling out venues in their hometown, all the way to Tel Aviv with their brand of electro-funk. G-Nome has been making a name for themselves in the U.S. since their first shows on this side of the pond a couple of years back. Coming off a major play at Camp Bisco earlier this summer, and an upcoming performance at the Catskill Chill festival, this current tour sees the band ready to make some serious waves.Chachuba, a four-piece trancefusion/jam act from Chicago, made up of Nate Beitz (bass), Sean DiCosola (keys/production), Paul Feinstein (drums), and Jimmy Klimek (guitar/303), is able to transcend genres with heavy and melodic guitar riffs, synths, and funky beats. If you like to get down, don’t sleep on this show. It’s going to be a hot one!Purchase tickets for G-Nome Project at Subterranean on Saturday, September 17th here.Show Info:Bands: G-Nome Project w/ Chachuba and special guest Marcus RezakVenue: SubterraneanDate: Saturday – September 17th, 2016Time: Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets: $12adv / $15dos (Purchase HERE)Enter To Win Tickets:
It is an existential, uncertain age, one in which the old coping mechanisms no longer apply.That’s the central concern that Philosophy Department Chair Sean Dorrance Kelly and his former teacher, Hubert Dreyfus, professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, discuss in their new book “All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age.”The book, which has garnered significant attention since its publication in January and even landed Kelly on “The Colbert Report,” uses literature as a lens through which to understand how humans have given meaning to their lives from antiquity to the present.It’s only natural, Kelly said, for people to ask themselves questions like “What constitutes human excellence?” and “What is the best way to live a life?” But those questions prove particularly troublesome in this age, he said, because religion no longer provides many people with a shared set of values or justifies their existence the way it did in centuries past. Without God to anchor a reason for being, people are liable to feel plagued by the sense of meaninglessness that author David Foster Wallace called a “stomach-level sadness.”“The current age is different, not because it is the nihilistic age, but because nihilism is the great threat for our age,” Kelly said. “It’s a particular kind of danger that wasn’t around in earlier epochs.”Several philosophers, most notably Charles Taylor, have termed this “a secular age.” Kelly is quick to point out that this isn’t to say that belief in God has disappeared, but rather that belief generally plays a different role in society than in the past. In particular, he said, in more-religious eras, people outside their culture’s dominant faith were deemed lesser. Today, religious pluralism is celebrated in most cultures.“All sorts of ways of life that in earlier epochs were automatically marginalized are now open as possibly admirable ways of life, and that’s a wonderful thing,” Kelly said. “But it’s also a destabilizing thing. If there are lots of religious beliefs that lead to potentially admirable lives, they don’t play the automatically self-justifying role that they did in the past.”Recognizing this challenge, “All Things Shining” offers a model for how to give meaning to a secular life.“The first step is to recognize moments in your existence when you’re absolutely taken over by the utter thrill and wonder and awesomeness of something that’s going on in the moment,” Kelly said. “You have to learn to recognize and cultivate and nurture those moments.”The authors cite large sporting events as potential sources of such moments. When an extraordinary play happens, you get caught up in the mood and recognize that you are sharing that with the people around you.“That kind of thing brings people together,” Kelly said. “That’s one of the moments in which we find it impossible to think that nothing matters more than anything else.”Other occasions, like family meals, concerts, and religious services, can provide similarly meaningful experiences. Yet the pleasure associated with being part of a collective experience can also prove dangerous, as Kelly and Dreyfus acknowledge. People have to be able to distinguish between positive collective experiences, such as a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and negative ones, such as a Nazi Party rally.The ability to make these distinctions of worth, which they call “meta-poiesis,” involves learning to bring out the best in ourselves and others.Their book comes at a time when the humanities have been forced to defend the teaching of the classics. Kelly emphasizes the importance of studying classic works of art, but is careful to distinguish his approach from the “Great Books” movement, which is predicated on the belief that certain books say something universally true across culture and time.“That’s not the way cultures work, and that’s not the way history works,” Kelly said. “Homer had a characterization of us that’s radically different from ours, and if we could get in touch with that, it would expand rather than just reinforce our understanding of human excellence.”For each era, Kelly and Dreyfus chose to discuss authors such as Dante and Herman Melville who characterized the spirit of their age. While they observe that there are many competing characterizations of this secular age, they pay particular attention to the work of Wallace, whose 2008 suicide brought him to the attention of a wider audience. Kelly and Dreyfus discuss Wallace’s suicide in the context of his philosophical and literary struggles against nihilism.The solution, the book suggests, is not to actively resist nihilism. Rather, meaning and purpose will come only if people are open and receptive to those brief transcendent “whooshes” — whether they are experienced while watching a sports match, attending a political rally, or just sipping the perfect cup of coffee.
According to the EMC Global Data Protection Index, which surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries, common data protection practices have left global businesses exposed to data loss and downtime to the tune of $1.7 trillion annually. For the sake of comparison, that’s about the same as the world’s total military spend in a single year. A startling statistic by any account!And this is only a glimpse of what’s to come if attitudes and practices toward data protection are left unchanged.As the world marches to the cloud and business markets become increasingly connected, ensuring that data is protected, always on, and always available becomes absolutely critical. In fact, I’d go so far as to say the business trends underpinning the 3rd Platform – specifically social media, big data, mobile and cloud – don’t just spell the end of business as usual, but also the end of data protection as we know it.Organizations that don’t look to new strategies to ensure availability across their environments – wherever their data resides, whatever the application that generates it – won’t just cut into profits; they’ll put their businesses at significant risk.Data loss and downtime will continue to have a detrimental impact on business profits, but the effects of the disruption will be felt much further than they are today – and will be much farther reaching than many of us could have ever imagined.Yes, disruptions in protection will continue to limit product and service development. Yes, downtime will continue to take a bite out of revenue. And yes, incremental business opportunities, customer acquisition and repeat business will continue to be affected by the way we protect our data. But the bigger issue – the one that global enterprises of all sizes will really want to pay attention to – is how data protection will affect new business opportunities and revenue streams going forward. That’s why we’ll likely see these types of business consequences, along with a loss in market value, move to the top of the disruption list.Similarly, what’s causing these disruptions will also shift as data moves to and between clouds, and data management becomes increasingly important.Lastly, the index shows that businesses are adopting a new mindset about data protection… that they are trading in their multi-decade-held views of data protection as a back office activity for one that sees protection as part of boardroom discussions.While there is little consensus among those surveyed on the technology in place to prevent disruptions and ensure availability, nearly two-thirds of the global enterprises surveyed consider data protection critical to the success of their businesses, and the numbers are even higher in China (90%), Brazil (82%) and the United States (80%). Encouraging signs all around!However, there’s a still a significant gap between what organizations know (i.e., that data protection is critical to the future of their business) and current confidence levels. (If they’re not confident in current practices, what does this say about future plans?)In fact, 71% of those surveyed said they were not fully confident that they could recover systems/data today from all platforms.Now, I’m not sure what “fully confident” means, but I do know that in the business world to which we are headed, confidence along with the ability to adapt and execute to market shifts is paramount, and the only way to achieve this is to think and do things differently.We’re ready to disrupt markets through data protection. What about you? How solid is the ground your enterprise is standing on?* * * * *To see more EMC Global Data Protection Index results, please visit our microsite.
View Comments The holidays are fast approaching, bringing with them a glut of openings across the spectrum, from a seasonal entertainment with an Oscar winner in the lead to new sightings of iconic titles and a fresh glimpse of one of literature’s best-loved characters. For further information on a busy month ahead, read on!NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 5She’s the Greatest Star: Sheridan Smith continues her unstoppable trajectory by stepping into the formidable shoes of Barbra Streisand when she plays Fanny Brice in the first London stage revival of Funny Girl since Streisand herself led the U.K. premiere. Tony winner Michael Mayer is directing the Menier Chocolate Factory revival with the redoubtable Harvey Fierstein on hand to tweak the book. Opening night is December 2 and a West End transfer to the Savoy has already been announced.Also: A busy week at the Royal Court kicks off with the opening December 1 of Noma Dumezweni playing the title role in Linda, a new play from playwright Penelope Skinner of The Village Bike renown. The same night sees the first preview of the commercial transfer to the West End of the Court production of Martin McDonagh’s wonderful Hangmen while Mia Chung’s Royal Court Theatre Upstairs entry You For Me For You starts previews December 3.DECEMBER 6-12Rabbit Hole: Alice in Wonderland has received the musical theater treatment at least once when a young Meryl Streep took the part over 30 years ago, but the National Theatre’s eagerly awaited production of wonder.land promises to be something else again with music by Damon Albarn from Blur and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini. Newcomer Lois Chimimba plays the teenage Aly, the character formerly known as Alice. Opening night is December 10 in the Olivier auditorium.Also: Tom Stoppard’s espionage-themed play Hapgood fared better first time around at Lincoln Center than it did on the West End, but its new Hampstead Theatre revival, directed by Howard Davies and opening December 9, may prove second-time lucky. Lisa Dillon inherits the title role originated by Felicity Kendal in London and Stockard Channing in New York. The same night sees the Apollo Theatre opening of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a further exercise in japery behind the team of The Play That Goes Wrong.DECEMBER 13-19Dangerous Games: Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses was one of the defining plays of the 1980s, but it has fared less well in subsequent revivals both on Broadway and in London. That should change with the director Josie Rourke’s fresh production, which opens December 17 at the Donmar and boasts the leading players of one’s dreams: Dominic West, the stage veteran currently heating up TV’s The Affair, and Tony winner and two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer in the roles originated onstage by Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan.Also: With fast-rising director Max Webster at the helm and Tony-winning designer Rob Howell (Matilda) in charge of the visuals, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax should be that seasonal entertainment suitable for children of all ages. Simon Paisley Day and Simon Lipkin head a large cast at the Old Vic. Opening night is December 16. The previous night finds Mike Bartlett’s short but powerful Bull returning to the Young Vic with a heavyweight cast that includes Nigel Lindsay and Susannah Fielding.DECEMBER 20-26Ho Ho Ho: It’s Christmas week so what better time to welcome the return to the London theater after too long an absence of Oscar winner Jim Broadbent playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward Theatre. Toby Sedgwick (War Horse) is on hand as movement director and the director is Olivier Award-winner Phelim McDermott, who staged Broadbent’s last London stage venture, Theatre of Blood, in 2005.Also: First post-opening week of the U.K. premiere at the new Found111 venue on Charing Cross Road of Richard Greenberg’s off-Broadway play The Dazzle, here starring Andrew Scott, better known as Moriarty on Sherlock. Daggers will be drawn and the wit will be flying when the National Theatre hosts its annual Christmas quiz on December 22. Want to see whether your favorite thesp is also his or her team’s smartest? Now’s your chance!