After a month of polling, voting has finally closed in India’s general election. It was predicted that the Prime Minister’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had failed to secure an overall majority. In the world’s largest democracy, over 600 million adults had the right to vote in the election, in which over forty parties were represented. The BJP had been widely expected to win the election relatively easily. Their main threat was the Congress Alliance, which governed India for its first 50 years of independence, led by Sonia Gandhi. Two Communist parties have also polled well. The main issue in the election has been the economy. The BJP had to abandon their ‘India Shining’ slogan in the campaign following harsh criticism. The party needs to gain 272 seats for an overall majority in Parliament. Current polls indicate that it has won between 240 and 280 seats. Turnout was less than 60%.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004
For the last few years, IT has become good at deploying cloud infrastructures. We are successfully standing up clouds on premises, off premises and even creating hybrid models. Congratulations – we now have clouds.The problem is once something exists, expectations shift. Our businesses and our customers assume that the infrastructure is in place, so the emphasis is now on using clouds to add value.Our businesses are looking to IT to deliver business outcomes: predictively spot new business opportunities, deliver hyper personalized experiences to customers, and innovate at a pace that we’ve never done before. It is expected that IT service deployments will be completed in minutes, hours, or days as opposed to months or years. We are expected to have tools operating in real time while remaining trustworthy, secure, transparent, and in compliance. There is another key reason why IT has to shift from simply building clouds to actually exploiting them. Every one of our businesses is threatened by companies who are more adept at using modern IT technologies. Companies like Uber, Tesla, and Amazon are good examples of aggressively adopting a business model where new technologies are used to disrupt an industry.In every industry today, there is an equivalent to one of these companies. Some of you may be that equivalent.The way to compete in an environment where these disruptors are present is to use cloud technology and the new overall IT stack to deliver more complex, intelligent services.We’re starting to see this materialize in an entirely different IT stack often running on the same clouds as the existing mission-critical apps that support existing business processes. However, this new stack is built in the image of the new disruptive web scale companies.This new IT stack based on data lakes uses new data fabrics that fundamentally allow aggregation of all structured and unstructured data from both internal and external sources.On top of these data fabrics, we are seeing new application frameworks materialize. Cloud Foundry is a good example of a modern framework that is designed to efficiently compose a new set of apps with microservices supported by modern agile software development practices.Programming languages are also changing. If you are going to develop a new app to serve your business and you’ve decided to run it in a microservices model with a containerized architecture, the odds are incredibly high that you will be developing it in Go or Node.JS or another new open source language.And most importantly in this stack, the operating model is radically different. Traditional “test/dev” has been replaced by “dev/ops” where developers continuously create, instantiate, deploy, and even scale applications as a self-service operation.To thrive in this new IT environment, we all need to be using clouds in two ways:To keep improving our IT environments as they exist today – eliminating time and cost, andAs a place where we build a new parallel IT stack that enables us to create new software apps, delivering new products and services to disrupt our industry.The exciting news for IT professionals is this transformation is happening. IT will be more important than ever. The bad news? We’re not going to get much sleep for the next 10 years.This post is based on John’s CiscoLive! keynote, “The Evolution of the IT Career.” A recording of the presentation is available here (registration required).
FossielvrijNL, an environmental pressure group, has accused Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW of going back on its original plans to reduce its stake in fossil fuel investments.In 2015, the €238bn pension fund announced it would divest most of its holdings in coal, while reducing its fossil fuel portfolio by 30%, within five years.FossielvrijNL said that participants and pensioners of PFZW had found that the scheme’s combined investments in the fossil fuel sector had nevertheless increased 14%.It noted that the scheme still had €3.7bn worth of investments in fossil fuel companies, predominantly oil and gas firms. Four of them accounted for the highest carbon emissions worldwide, it claimed.The pressure group noted that, whereas the Dutch government closed coal-fired power plants, coal companies in PFZW’s portfolio intended to build new power plants worldwide.FossielvrijNL has asked the fund to exclude fossil fuels from its investment universe, cease investment in coal by 2021 and divest both from oil and gas holdings no later than 2024.It added that a petition with these demands had already been signed by 1,700 workers in the healthcare sector.In a response, PFZW stated that it wanted to encourage the transition to a sustainable energy system by being an active shareholder.It said it had committed to reducing carbon emissions by 50%, rather than halving its financial stake in fossil fuels, adding that it had already achieved a reduction of 40%.The healthcare scheme attributed the 14% rise of its holdings in fossil fuel firms to “high returns” of the investments.Explaining its approach, it said that it aimed to sell its stake in the biggest CO2 emitters in the sectors energy, utility companies and materials, “where we can achieve by far the largest gain”.It said that in the past five years, it had sold 250 of the most polluting fossil fuel companies in favour of investment in frontrunners on sustainable energy, in particular in the sectors materials and electricity firms.
Padres option Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Paddack to minors WALK 👏 IT 👏 OFF!*Emphasis on the walk pic.twitter.com/fgWpjt3Q8g— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 12, 2019“Just try and get a strike,” Betts told NESN after the game. “(Chavez) is tough. You start chasing on the corners and you’ll get out real quick. So, I just tried to get him over the big part of the plate.”Christian Vazquez opened the inning with a double for Boston and Jackie Bradley Jr. singled. Michael Chavis followed with a walk before Betts’ game-winning at-bat. Related News [email protected] launched a 460 ft no-doubter.The @Cubs have now hit 5 HR of 460+ ft this season. They hit 1 HR that far in 2018. pic.twitter.com/lehzaw4MTE— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 12, 2019Christian Yelich with a great diving catch.No hit for you.(MLB x @ScottsLawnCare) pic.twitter.com/zycN9oGcnJ— MLB (@MLB) June 13, 2019What’s nextCardinals (33-32) at Mets (33-34) — New York and St. Louis will begin a four-game series at Citi Field on Thursday. The Mets enter the matchup hot as they’ve won five of their last seven while the Cardinals have dropped four of six. St. Louis will send Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.08 ERA) to the mound and New York will counter with Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.45 ERA). Yankees exploring trade market for ‘impact’ player, Brian Cashman says Nolan Arenado says next Cubs-Rockies series could get ‘spicy’ “It just shows you we can start something anywhere in the lineup,” Betts said. “You’ve got to pitch to all nine guys, because they all can hurt you.”Mooooooook! pic.twitter.com/pKp1bHi9H9— NESN (@NESN) June 12, 2019Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Red Sox in the victory.“(Benintendi) took some great swings,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after the game, via MLB.com. “It started with going the other way. We need him to start driving the ball. … He’s a complete hitter. It was good to see him swing the bat the way he did.”Boston starter Rick Porcello allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings. Reliever Matt Barnes picked up the win.Studs of the nightRamon Laureano belted a grand slam in the Athletics’ 6-2 win over the Rays. He finished 2 for 4 at the plate.Ramón gives the A’s the lead and then some.(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/dC1kncfX41— MLB (@MLB) June 12, 2019Cole Hamels threw seven shutout innings in the Cubs’ 10-1 win over the Rockies. He also drove in two runs.Duds of the nightThe entire Phillies lineup produced just three hits in a 2-0 loss to the Diamondbacks.Cardinals reliever John Brebbia allowed three runs in one inning of work in a 9-0 loss to the Marlins.HighlightsJavier Baez crushed this ball. The Red Sox picked up a walk-off win in unconventional fashion Wednesday.Jesse Chavez walked in Mookie Betts with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to give the Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Rangers at Fenway Park. The victory snapped Boston’s three-game losing streak.