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GlassCubes: Another Solid CRM Player in the Small Business Market

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The small business market is seeing a new crop of customer relationship management and intranet applications designed to provide a basic set of features without overwhelming the user. GlassCubes is an example of the type of companies entering this space, providing tools that the average sales person can begin using with little or no training.GlassCubes is a London-based company that launched last Fall. They now have about 250 customers. A good number of their users are companies that migrated from British Telecom Workspace, which has discontinued its contact management and collaboration product. GlassCubes has teamed up with the telecom provider to help users make the switch.The GlassCubes product has a clean user interface. It provides features that would be considered basic by the advanced user. And that’s the point. Microblogging, for instance, is not a feature you will find in GlassCubes. It is on the road map but to start they want the sales person to feel comfortable with the product and not require training on features they know little or nothing about. This is a trend we are seeing with content management systems for the small businesses and larger enterprise systems like Sharepoint. The new Sharepoint 2010 feels like it has social features designed for the mass market. In GlassCubes’ case, the basic features are deep enough for the average user but not overwhelming to intimidate them into not using the application. More social features are on the road map, including the possibility of integrating Google Wave.GlassCubes has the following core set of features:Contact ManagementCubes (project management spaces)Upload capabilitiesShared CalendarFree Conference Call ServiceFlexible Customization CapabilitiesWe find a need in the market for core contact management features. GlassCubes has a standard feature set but is lacking email integration. Rob Hallums, online marketing manager for GlassCubes says they are in the process of integrating Microsoft Outlook and other email providers. We reviewed OfficeMedium earlier this week. GlassCubes compares well against OfficeMedium. GlassCubes may lack email but it does have a decent tasks feature. Tasks may be assigned to individuals or companies. With email, this feature would be a big hit for GlassCubes users who want to keep track of tasks by sending email from within the application.Cubes is a neat play on an office metaphor. Cubes are designed to be secure spaces where users may collaborate on documents. Cubes have their own calendars. Tasks may be tracked and assigned. Notifications, conference calls, discussions and polls are also Cubes features.Document management is a fundamental aspect of any content management system. GlassCubes users may upload documents up to one gigabyte in size. Version control is baked into the product. Users may share documents. With standard services like Google Docs, users send links to the file they want to share.GlassCubes appears to have core search capabilities. They use Lucene, the open-source search engine.Under the hood, GlassCubes looks robust. It is built on a Java platform that runs on Sun Solaris. The company uses open-source libraries in both Java and C/C++. This looks appealing from the end user perspective as it appears it has the ability to scale.GlassCubes is a pretty rich CRM environment for the small business. It has core collaboration features. It does not have all the bells and whistles of a service like Salesforce.com. Nor does it have the massiveness of a service like Sharepoint. But it also does not have a minimum entry level such as with Jive Sofware. Instead, it fits with the companies who are looking for a productivity suite that users can begin using with little or no training. Pricing is competitive, based on a subscription model.GlassCubes does need some additional features, including email and instant messaging. With the additional features, GlassCubes is a product that should be a consideration for the small business looking for a CRM environment. alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas last_img read more

Architects’ Group Reports Progress on Carbon-Cutting Goals

first_imgArchitects participating in a global campaign to transition to carbon-neutral buildings by 2030 are making progress, but efforts so far are falling well short of current targets. That’s the word from The American Institute of Architects, which recently posted its 2018 report on the AIA 2030 Commitment. Participants have pledged to design new buildings and major renovations to lower greenhouse gas emissions in stages. The ultimate goal is carbon neutrality—buildings will use no fossil fuels to operate—by 2030, with intermediate steps of an 80% reduction in 2020 and 90% in 2025. For the time being, all new buildings, developments and major renovations should be designed to use 70% less greenhouse gas emitting energy than the average/median for the building type, according to Architecture 2030, which issued the challenge in 2006.RELATED ARTICLESWe Need Green People to Make Green Buildings WorkNew York City Gets Its Own Green New DealCarbon Emissions By the Construction IndustryCalifornia’s Push for Carbon-Free ElectricityLos Angeles Updates Its Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions The impetus is global climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The AIA says buildings consume 40% of all energy in the U.S., underscoring the importance that designers have in lowering energy use through more efficient designs. How are they doing? For 2018, the report says, 252 firms reported data to the Design Data Exchange on projects totaling 3 billion square feet in 92 countries. The projects should reduce carbon emissions by 17.7 million metric tons and cut operating costs for buildings by more than $3.3 billion when compared with “baseline-equivalent” buildings. The reductions in carbon dioxide emissions are the equivalent to removing 3.7 million passenger vehicles from the road for a year (the number of private and commercial vehicles registered in Georgia). It’s also the equivalent of 20.8 million acres of forest carbon sequestration, and the energy equal of powering all houses in the state of Maryland for a year. “Nevertheless, it’s clear that we must double down on efforts to meet our 2030 targets,” the report notes. “This year’s average weighted [predicted energy use] reduction — 46% — is the best in 2030 history, but less than the current 70% target.” In order to hit the 2030 target of carbon neutrality in buildings, efforts must “vastly increase” the number of firms that have signed on to the 2030 Commitment. The report outlines a number of steps that would help: Wider adoption of energy modeling. Energy modeling is the use of software to predict energy use based on specific building components, such as insulation and windows, and climate. Modeled projects reported about 25% better energy reductions than projects that weren’t modeled. But only about half the reported projects got this extra design step, “leaving untapped a powerful tool to drive design and improve performance.” Use more renewable energy in design, both on-site and off-site. “Innovative design and passive strategies alone cannot bring every project to zero net carbon emissions,” the report says. Push for more stringent building codes. Encourage more firms that have signed the pact to share data about their projects because “reporting project data is the only way to show accountability and progress toward the 2030 goal.” The report singles out 16 firms that have managed to cut energy consumption by at least 70% across their entire portfolios. They include Kaplan Thompson Architects, based in Portland, Maine, whose work has appeared a number of times at GBA. Green Building Council also weighs in Separately, the U.S. Green Building Council—publisher of the LEED building performance standards—issued the second volume of a report on the impact that buildings have on climate change. It concludes that many people are confused about the issue. The path to wider appreciation of the problem is not throwing more statistics at people or issuing “dire warnings” that urge people to radically change their way of life. “We’ve got to start engaging wider audiences to convince the public of the reality of climate-related threats,” a summary of the report reads. “We’ve got to illustrate the importance of small, everyday actions. And we’ve got to connect the dots between people and the planet they call home.” The authors believe that a heavy reliance on data and numbers isn’t working. “Scientific language and startling statistics have their place,” the report says. “But if we are ever to reverse the dangers of climate change, we’ve got to bring more humanity into our conversations.” That should include encouraging people to make small, gradual changes instead of radical, life-altering moves. The first volume of the report—The Standard Issue 001—found that 40% of survey respondents say the environment is one of their biggest concerns for the future, but less than 25% say it’s one of their biggest concerns now. Issues that outranked the environment for immediate attention included health care, immigration, the economy, gun policy and political polarization (in that order). “Saving the planet is too overwhelming, too abstract, and too distant from peoples’ realities,” the report says. The second volume suggests ways that people can, in the report’s words, turns anxiety about the environment into action. It’s especially aimed at people who believe that environmental problems exist but aren’t actively engaged in fixing them. “We need a revolution in the near term, but it must start by growing gradually in order to bring everyone along and have maximum impact,” the report says. “This means taking baby steps today, even though we know we will need to make big steps in the future.” It also notes that the buildings where people live and work have a big impact on health, but even among the strongest environmental advocates the connection between “living green” and “green buildings” is not understood. Most people think of green buildings in terms of how much energy they use, the report says, adding, “We know that green buildings are so much more.” -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

Practice makes perfect for PH booter Belgira

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “The team worked very hard and it paid off because the match was very, very tough,” said Belgira of the game which saw the Philippines groped for form in the entire first half.READ: PH football squads send strong message to SEA Games foes“I’m very happy we helped each other,” said Belgira who flung the goal—with the versatile Javier Gayoso as decoy—against a five-man wall.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “I do free kick over and over again that when I got the chance to do it I was very happy I executed it well,” said Belgira in halting English.READ: SEA Games: PH booters score first win, deny Cambodians ‘bonus’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBorn to a Japanese mother and Filipino father, Belgira was brought here when he was 18 and went on to become one of the rising stars of the sport.He plays for Japan-Philippines-Voltes Marikina FC in the Philippines Football League. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Kouichi Belgira. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—I made that shot many times in practices.That’s what 20-year-old Filipino-Japanese midfielder Kouichi Belgira said of the Philippines’ second—and more emphatic—goal against Cambodia Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games football.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo ‘Third is better than nothing:’ Creamline salvages bronze in PVLlast_img read more

No Sweep: Jays Beat Yanks, 3-1

first_imgTORONTO — A star at the plate the previous two days, Carlos Beltran’s costly mistake in the outfield denied the New York Yankees their first sweep in Toronto in over a decade.Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, Drew Hutchison won his third straight start and the Blue Jays beat New York 3-1 on Aug. 16.The Blue Jays and the division-leading Yankees, separated by a half-game atop the AL East, will meet seven more times before the end of the season. Toronto swept a three-game series at Yankee Stadium last weekend.“We’re happy,” Beltran said. “We won the series, it’s important. This is the team that we’re basically fighting. Hopefully when we face them again, we can expand our lead a little bit more.”Beltran, who had delivered big homers in the first two games of the series, was not so happy with his fielding in the finale. In the third inning, he helped sparked a Toronto burst after losing Troy Tulowitzki’s flyball to right field in the sun.“I lost it when it was getting close to me and I basically couldn’t do anything,” Beltran said. “Unfortunately, it would have been a different story if I had caught that ball.”Initially ruled an error, Tulowitzki was later credited with a two-out double. Josh Donaldson followed with an RBI single and Bautista piled on with his 28th home run for a 3-0 lead.Manager Joe Girardi said blinding sun is “probably the toughest element a player has to deal with” and didn’t fault Beltran for the miscue. “It’s unfortunate, it happens, but Carlos was pretty big for us this series,” Girardi said.New York hasn’t swept a three-game set in Toronto since the opening series of the 2003 season, but the Yankees weren’t beating themselves up after taking two of three to reclaim the division lead.“I thought we did a good job coming in here and winning a tough series on the road,” Girardi said.On a whiteboard in the New York clubhouse, someone had written a message of encouragement that read “Cheer up everybody. We won the series. Still in first place.”Bautista’s drive was Toronto’s first home run since Ryan Goins’ three-run shot in the second inning of an Aug. 14 4-2 victory over Oakland. The Blue Jays have only had one three-game stretch this season in which they’ve failed to homer.It came off rookie right-hander Luis Severino, who was making his third big league start. “It was supposed to be a slider down,” Severino said through a translator. “It stayed up and I paid for it.”Severino (0-2) struck out a career-best nine in six innings. He allowed three runs and five hits.“It’s pretty impressive to watch what he’s done,” Girardi said. “He has risen to the occasion.”The 21-year-old Severino is the youngest Yankees pitcher to fan nine in more than a century. Ray Keating was 20 when he did it against the St. Louis Browns on May 19, 1914.Hutchison (12-2) improved to 10-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 13 home starts, allowing one run and three hits in 6 2-3 innings.“He’s been great at home and he was again today,” Manager John Gibbons said.Toronto starting pitchers have gone 20 straight games without allowing more than three earned runs, extending the team record set Aug. 15. “It’s been a great stretch,” Gibbons said. “Let’s hope it holds up.”Brett Cecil came on after Brian McCann’s double in the seventh and retired Beltran on a flyball.Aaron Sanchez worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 13th save. Jacoby Ellsbury had two of the three New York hits off Hutchison, including a two-out solo homer in the sixth.(IAN HARRISON) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

5 days agoArsenal defender Holding: Wenger ‘apology’ my motivation

first_imgArsenal defender Holding: Wenger ‘apology’ my motivationby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Rob Holding says he uses Arsene Wenger’s “apology” about him as motivation at Arsenal.Holding moved to north London from Bolton for around £2million in the 2016 summer transfer window – having only previously played in the Championship.”Unfortunately no one speaks about the performance of Rob Holding,” Wenger said at the time. “You should be happy, he is English and 20 years old.”I am sorry he didn’t cost £55 million, so he can’t be good. We don’t speak about the performances anymore and I think that is not right.”In a Reddit AMA, Holding revealed: “I enjoyed his response and I do use it as motivation that I am who I am and hard work will get me where I want to be.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

WestJet plane hit by green laser on approach to airport in Charlottetown

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – RCMP are investigating a report of a green laser being directed into the cockpit of a commercial aircraft as it approached the airport in Charlottetown.Police said the WestJet passenger aircraft encountered the beam of light at around 11 p.m. Sunday as it flew over the Brackley Beach area of P.E.I.The laser, which could temporarily blind pilots, shone in the cockpit for about five to 10 seconds. The pilot landed the plane without incident a few minutes later.RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Leanne Butler said police are appealing to the public for help after they patrolled the area, but did not find anything.“We did not find a person last night,” said Butler. “If anyone knows who did it, was a witness to it or can point us in the right direction we’ll certainly follow up.”Butler said the act of shining a laser at an aircraft is a serious federal offence and could carry fines of up to $100,000 and five years in prison.“We take it as a very serious matter because it could have dire consequences,” she said.A spokesman for WestJet confirmed the incident took place, but said it didn’t interfere with the landing of the plane.“Neither pilot looked at the laser and were not affected,” Robert Palmer said in an email, adding that the matter was reported to air traffic control.last_img read more

The Latest UK police probing reports of Heathrow drone

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on a reported drone sighting at London’s Heathrow Airport (all times local):6:15 p.m.The Metropolitan Police is investigating reports about the sighting of a drone near London’s Heathrow Airport.The force said “officers based at Heathrow are currently investigating the reports with colleagues from (the) airport.”It added it first received the reports at about 5:05 p.m. Tuesday.Heathrow officials said shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday that flight departures have been suspended as a precaution.___5:50 p.m.London’s Heathrow Airport says flight departures have been suspended as a precaution after a reported drone sighting.The suspension of takeoffs from Britain’s busiest airport was announced shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday.Airport officials say they are working closely with police to clarify the situation.The report follows the pre-Christmas shutdown of London’s Gatwick Airport for parts of three consecutive days due to reported drone sightings.The Gatwick closure led to more than 100,000 people being stranded or delayed, the worst ever drone-related disruption at an international airport.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Nicklaus Woods Mickelson headline Skins Game field

Festivities at this year’s Memorial Tournament will start off with a bang this afternoon as tournament host Jack Nicklaus and nine of the world’s best golfers hit the links in the Memorial Skins Game.Playing the back nine holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the skins game will feature two star-studded groupings. The groups will play for skins, different money amounts on each hole, both for themselves and The First Tee, a charity giving youngster’s the opportunity to learn about and play golf. The first group will feature Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Ernie Els and three-time Memorial champion Kenny Perry. Last year’s Memorial winner Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk will be teeing it up in the second group. Paired with the Memorial’s Junior Golf Day, the skins game promotes a fun atmosphere for both players and fans, which includes players being miked and recorded for fan enjoyment. “It’s just fun. There is a lot of bantering going on back there, a lot of needle-sticking in there, and a lot of aggravating,” Perry said. “Basically it’s for the crowd. They’re going to do it live on the Golf Channel so it is kind of the time where people can see another side of us.”At the age of 70, however, Nicklaus says it’s not quite as easy as it used to be for the five-time PGA Player of the Year. “Why I’m playing, I don’t know,” said Nicklaus, the 18-time major champion. “I tried to get it so I could play on the front nine. I can reach some of the par 4s there.” But the guys who get to play next to him don’t care how many shots it takes him to hit the green. They are just thrilled to have the chance to play with one of the sport’s all-time greats.“It’s always great to play with one of my heroes and it’s always fun to be around him,” Perry said. “Anytime we can get him out on the golf course and you can be a part of it and watch it, it’s always a neat feeling.” But even Nicklaus’ son, Jack Nicklaus II, said you can never doubt the Golden Bear.“We played on the weekend and he still plays pretty well, believe me,” Nicklaus II said. “Don’t count him out.” With golf superstars of the past, present and future all going head-to-head, Nicklaus assures it will be a good time. read more

Barcelona president doesnt care about politics on sports

first_imgThe Blaugrana executive Josep Maria Bartomeu also believes the United States La Liga game against Girona is “a great idea”Barcelona and Girona are waiting for the approval to play an official Spanish La Liga match in the United States.And for the Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu, this game is good for football.“To us, it seems a great idea. The game with Girona, for me, is only a football match, a match in La Liga,” he told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.For him, politics should stay out of football.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“There should be no political concern. The match behind closed doors with Las Palmas? The most difficult decision. Things happened in Catalonia which we didn’t agree with. People have the right to vote, the repression was very hard.”“And for us as Barca, it was difficult to choose. The members today support our political line,” he added.“We are in favor of democracy, freedom of expression, the ideas shared by the majority of the Catalans. We are against the imprisonment of the politicians.”“No matter what happens Barca will play in La Liga. Tebas knows and all our members know, I have always said. We will continue to play in La Liga,” he concluded.last_img read more

Special coverage South Americans are not afraid of Europeans Valdano says

first_imgThe former Real Madrid coach believes South American football is closing the gap between them and the sport in EuropeFormer Real Madrid manager Jorge Valdano knows how difficult is for a South American to shine in European football.He started his career in his native Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys as a footballer.But ended up playing for three different teams in the Spanish first division up to 1987.Then he managed Tenerife, Valencia and Real Madrid until he decided to stop coaching altogether in 1997.And for him, South American footballers are closing the quality gap between the continent and Europe.“A long time ago, many countries had their market closed like England, and those who let foreign players in only welcomed two players by team,” he told a Ronaldo.com reporter during his visit at the Mexican Hall of Fame in Pachuca.“Now there are hundreds of South Americans in Europe.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Europeans are more afraid of the South Americans than vice-versa.”“Also, now teams have more information about other clubs.”“When you know your enemy, you are less likely to be afraid of them,” he concluded.This is what Jorge Valdano, former @realmadriden coach said about the relationship between South Americans and European football.Do you agree? pic.twitter.com/xwBLYTkAGZ— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) November 15, 2018last_img read more