All-Manning All-daCosta clash at STETHS today

first_imgAn impressive line-up of young stars will parade their skills this afternoon in the 2016 renewal of the All-Manning, All-daCosta XI football match, set for the STETHS Football Complex at 4 p.m.The clash forms part of a double-header that will be preceded by the Jamaican Under-17 versus ISSA Academic XI at 2 p.m.The two matches are expected to rekindle excitement for schoolboy football fans and will also provide an opportunity for scouts, mainly from United States colleges, to have a first-hand look at potential young stars.Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) will have several players in the All-Manning starting eleven, as will St George’s College, who will be represented by golden boot awardee Alex Marshall and Chevon Stewart.Donovan Dawkins, the man whose clinical header was enough to win JC the urban-area title in December, is also among the All-Manning stars on show. JC’s title-winning coach, Miguel Coley, will issue instructions for the All-Manning team, who won it last year by a 3-1 score line.Dinthill Technical’s Rodave Murray will lead the attack for the All-daCosta team, which also features the hard-running Neville Morgan and Shevar McCullugh from rural area champions STETHS.The talented attacking midfielder from Rusea’s Deshane Beckford, is also among the big-name players to turn out for the rural area eleven, which will be guided by STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn.The match will give the daCosta Cup XI another chance at redemption as their urban-area counterparts have set themselves apart in recent years with strong victories, as demonstrated in the newly contested Flow Super Cup, which was won by JC in 2014 and St George’s College in 2015.Entrance fee is $200.last_img read more

SA business gets tech-savvy

first_imgAccording to experts the smartphone revolution has only just begun in South Africa.Smartphones have made a dramatic entry into corporate South Africa, far surpassing general consumer use or small business use.This is a surprise finding from a new research study released today by World Wide Worx. The Mobile Corporation in South Africa 2010 report reveals that three-quarters of South African companies have deployed smartphones in their organisations, compared to almost none two years ago.The study, backed by First National Bank and Research In Motion (RIM), shows that saturation point has almost been reached by large South African companies in the use of fixed landlines (96%) and ordinary cellphones (92%). And, as forecast in 2007, 3G data card penetration has also reached near saturation, with 94% of large companies deploying it. Now the focus has turned to integration of smartphones with business processes.“These results show that enterprise mobility solutions are no longer just nice to have,” says Deon Liebenberg, RIM’s regional director for sub-Saharan Africa. “They’re essential for businesses that want to be competitive, responsive and efficient in a world where a customer won’t wait for a salesperson who is visiting customers and where project flow can’t stop because a manager is at a full-day meeting.“Not only does mobility allow companies to improve internal efficiencies and communications, it also enables them to interact more effectively with their increasingly mobile customers.”The study also showed that corporate South Africa expects to embrace the new world of online services to an extent that was not even anticipated as recently as one year ago.“Until last year, concepts like software as a service (Saas) and cloud computing were regarded as little more than buzzwords,” says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx.Yet, in the next 24 months, 84% of South African corporations expect to have a Saas strategy in place, and 60% expect to have adopted a cloud computing strategy.“These aren’t technologies as such,” says Goldstuck. “They are strategies that make the organisation’s use of new technology more efficient. From storage systems to software deployment, from hardware upgrades to network capacity to bandwidth, the focus is on cost-effectiveness, flexibility and mobility.”Among the technologies expected to take off as a result of the Saas and cloud computing revolution are:• Fixed-mobile convergence, with 72% of companies expecting to adopt systems that allow seamless connectivity between fixed and mobile networks.• Virtualisation, with 65% expected to embrace this flexible and cost-effective approach to network and server technology.• Outsourced storage and archiving systems, with half of large South African companies predicting they will be using it in the next 24 months.The combined effect of these technologies is that, while the organisation’s buildings and infrastructure may still be confined to a specific site, its people, activities, information, documentation and data have been freed from location.“We are literally seeing the foundations being laid for the company of the future,” says Goldstuck.Liebenberg adds: “Smartphones are now mainstream devices within South African businesses, but the smartphone revolution has only just begun. Enterprises should now be looking at what smartphones mean for their businesses in a more strategic and holistic fashion. They need to work towards mobilising their core internal and customer-facing processes so that their employees can use ubiquitous connectivity to be productive and responsive wherever they are.”The Mobile Corporation in South Africa 2010 forms part of the Mobility 2009 project, which included research among 1 000 consumers, 1 000 small and medium enterprisese and 240 large enterprises in South Africa.last_img read more

Weird? Nope. Austin Really Encourages More Diversity in Tech

first_imgFollow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Michael Manning Could a Texas city be poised to show up Silicon Valley when it comes to embracing diversity in so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields?You bet your authentic “Keep Austin Weird” T-shirt.While the West Coast’s biggest Bay Area players continue their sluggish representation of minority voices, the capital of the Lone Star State shines brightly with innovation spurred by open opportunities for all. Unlike corporations such as Google and Amazon, which employ fewer than 3 percent African-American workers in technical positions (10 percent less than counterparts around the nation), Austin’s businesses are actively bucking the trend.The momentum toward diversification of personnel is palpable; it’s also important from a purely profitable perspective. Studies have shown that tech enterprises led by women produce 35 percent greater revenue than those steered by men and that having a powerful female leader at the helm makes a $44 million difference for innovation-based companies.In other words, being pro-Austin is good for the psyche and the pocketbook — and that’s partly why it consistently ranks among the nation’s best places to start a business. Austin’s forward-thinking environment has made it an entrepreneurial oasis for any woman or minority tired of bandaging the cuts that come from shattering glass ceiling after glass ceiling.Broader Views in Austin’s BoardroomsPerhaps it’s a little ironic that conservative-leaning middle America has emerged as the place where girls are encouraged to embrace their possibilities without allowing dusty, trite “ladies don’t have a natural penchant for math or science” mantras to get in their way. Yet the STEM scene is flourishing among Austin’s green spaces and active incubator centers.Girlstart is a terrific example of an Austin organization that’s cultivating curiosity among tomorrow’s female startup leaders. By focusing on teaching girls early that they can (and should) foster a love of challenging themselves, Girlstart is trying to make STEM-based programs cool. As one professor from the University of Oklahoma notes, the secret to highlighting STEM careers is making them relevant to students. With more women teaching STEM to girls, the inevitable consequence will be a heightened realization among all students that anyone can be a disruptor.For Austin’s female students who want an even more immersive STEM experience, there’s always the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Billed as a “public all-girls school of choice,” it’s a place where I’ve personally mentored many young women on their journeys to hopefully become my future collaborators — and maybe even competitors — in the business world. What better way to get a head start and learn how vast their possibilities are than by living STEM day after day?Of course, for women and women-identifying entrepreneurs already in the workforce, Austin’s BossBabes (#bbatx) offers much-needed support. The organization has an ever-evolving carousel of immersive events and professional development platforms to enrich the working and personal lives of women who are set on being changemakers. BossBabes has made national waves from its central Texas home, with one article indicating that Austin City Council’s mostly female leadership team indicates just how powerful focused messaging can be in transforming communities, one election at a time.In the corridors of our own company, we try to echo these sentiments and build on what organizations such as Girlstart, Ann Richards School, BossBabes, and so many others have begun. Our mentality is one of complete inclusion across the spectrum of people we work with — clients, teammates, vendors, and partners. With empathy as a core value, we support one another to reach common goals — namely, altering the future of software innovation.Tightening the Innovation Gap in the HeartlandWith so much good stuff happening in the area of STEM careers for women and minorities in and around Austin, three significant achievements have come to the forefront for businesses that make their home in this ever-evolving pocket of Texas:1.Improved Team DynamicsThe Harvard Business Review doesn’t mince words when it claims that having women within a team increases the group’s intelligence. Anyone who has ever brainstormed in a diverse atmosphere understands why having differing viewpoints makes for smarter, more interesting solutions. Without a set of divergent voices, teams can’t see issues from all perspectives, limiting their abilities to make the wisest decisions.2.Increased Overall InnovationInnovation isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a necessity in a world where women’s buying power projects astronomically higher than the rest of society. Women are a demographic that companies can’t afford to ignore. With women-generated ideas at the table, innovation can become reality.3.Greater Productivity and MultitaskingGender diversity also helps improve hard numbers because the more balanced the genders of a team, the more likely it is to turn in stronger work. Additionally, the sense of collaboration lends itself to pride, which buoys higher performance efforts and ratings.Living and working in Austin isn’t “weird.” It’s downright wonderful, especially for people who believe it’s high time for organizations to throw out anything that smacks of “the way we’ve always done things.” The more press Austin gets, the more likely its tenets will spread through the rest of the nation. As such, everyone — not just women and minorities — will ultimately benefit. Related Posts Tags:#Diversity In Tech Michael Manning, president at Rocksauce Studios, joined the team to contribute her considerable marketing, analytical, and relationship skills. As president, she leads the charge on invigorating the company’s loyalty, happiness, and customer engagement from within. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more