Jason Black has reassured his family he is okay.Adventurer Jason Black has reassured his family that he is okay after being caught in a serious storm on his latest mountaineering expedition.The Letterkenny businessman is currently tackling Mt McKinley in Alaska.However yesterday Black was snowed in at 8,986ft in freezing conditions. He revealed “Didn’t move up last night – bad weather. Must wait for clear window. Very cold temperature & snow. Feeling strong & health good. May be here for few days.”Everest conqueror Black reveaed how he had to dig in his tent in and make iceblock walls for protection against storm.He also revealed “Eating powder food & melting snow ice for water . Sitting in middle of Death Valley the next camp is ‘Base of Chicken Couleur’ to get on to West Rib. Difficult to route as first to ascent this year. Bye for now”. ADVENTURER BLACK TELLS FAMILY HE IS SAFE AFTER BEING CAUGHT IN SNOW-STORM was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL MT EVERESTJason BlackMt McKinley
Tags:#enterprise#Microsoft 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… markhachman How well does Microsoft expect Windows 8 to do? Oddly enough, the company doesn’t want to talk about it. And while maybe the company just being careful, this is not an encouraging sign.On a conference call Thursday afternoon, Wall Street analysts pressed Microsoft executives for specifics about expectations for the forthcoming version of Windows. But Microsoft refused to make any predictions.Analysts have reason to be concerned. Windows 8 represents a radical overhaul of the company’s flagship operating system, one that that some fear may be so radical that it will turn customers off.“We’ll see how it goes,” Microsoft CFO Peter Klein said when pushed for specifics on how the company expects Windows 8, Windows RT or its Surface tablet to sell.Microsoft Needs Windows 8 To Be A HitMicrosoft needs a strong launch from Windows 8, given that the current state of the PC market is so weak. IDC and Gartner reported that unit sales fell more than 8% during the third quarter.Whether that is because of consumers moving to alternatives like tablets or just waiting for Windows 8 remains to be seen.Meanwhile, Microsoft is hurting. In the quarter that endeed in September sales and earnings both declined from from last year. Net income dropped 22% to $4.47 billion. Revenue dropped 7.83% to $16.01 billion from $17.37 billion last year.The official revenue figure did not include revenue of $1.36 billion that was deferred as a result of a program to offer a discounted upgrade to Windows 8 for those who purchased PCs early. But even factoring in the deferral, Microsoft’s revenue was essentially flat compared to a year ago.The results fell short of analyst expectations. Wall Street had been looking for earnings of 56 cents a share (versus the 53 cents per share that Microsoft reported) and revenue of $16.42 billion.Klein attributed Microsoft’s poor performance to a “challenging PC market,” a poor macroeconomic environment, as well as a “normal slowdown in advance of Windows 8.”Microsoft’s Windows division was particularly hard hit. The Windows & Windows Live business posted revenue of $3.24 billion, down a whopping 33% from last year.Even accounting for the impact of the Windows Upgrade Offer and pre-sales of Windows 8 to hardware makers prior to general availability, revenue fell by 9%. Microsoft said it expects to recognize $800 million from pre-sales of Windows 8 during the first quarter.The one bright spot? The company said Windows 8 pre-sale revenue was 40% higher than the comparable period for Windows 7. “We’re certainly very excited about Windows 8 and the capabilities that come from that,” Klein said, adding that he was “encouraged” from the Windows sell-in numbers.Hints From The Chip MakersWhat little we know about the expected success of Windows 8 comes from three sources so far: Microsoft itself, and Intel and AMD, who ship chips to PC and tablet makers. None has been particularly effusive.Intel reported that during the third quarter its PC processor business grew at about half the rate that the company expected. Worse still, Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said he expected that trend to continue into the fourth quarter, as OEMs bought half their usual amount of PC processors. That reflects weak demand for PCs, as well as a cautious approach to Microsoft’s Windows 8.Computer makers “are taking a cautious inventory approach in the face of market uncertainty and the timing of the Windows 8 launch,” Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said, according to a transcript of the call.He added, however, that Intel saw an uptick in sales late in the quarter, as its customers started building Windows 8 machines.AMD is struggling too. After reporting a $157 million loss and a 10% revenue decline, the company announced that it would lay off 15% of its employees as part of a restructuring. CEO Rory Read was not optimistic about the state of the PC market.“Broader macroeconomic issues are impacting consumer PC spend,” Read said in prepared remarks on Thursday. “OEMs are also taking a cautious approach to managing inventory in advance of the Windows 8 launch and tablets continue to grow as a consumer device of choice. As a result we faced a very challenging selling environment, especially in the lower-end of the consumer client space.”How Did Other Parts Of Microsoft Do?Microsoft’s other business-focused divisions, usually a reliable engine of growth, fared fairly well. Revenue at Microsoft’s Business Division fell 2%, although that also factored in deferred revenue that would have otherwise reported a 1% boost.The Online Services Division reported revenue of $697 million, a 9% increase, but the division lost money, again. The company’s Server and Tools division grew 8% to $4.55 billion. It was the only Microsoft business division to show an increase in profits.Many of Microsoft’s key Windows customers will be reporting earnings soon, allowing Wall Street analysts to grill executives on their fourth quarter outlooks.There are two ways to interpret Microsoft’s relative silence on Windows 8. Maybe the company is just being cautious. Or maybe Microsoft senses a disappointment – or something even worse – heading its way.Question mark image courtesy of Shutterstock.
Big Data is all the rage. And with good reason, too. There is so much data being created, captured, sorted, sifted through, analyzed, reported, sold, and shared that extraordinary business insights are inevitable. And we’re just getting started.But not so fast! With all this trumpeting of the “new” new thing, let’s not forget about what’s really important: Little Data.Little DataBig Data is the aggregated data from lots of individual consumer transactions (as well as all of the rest of the data in the digital wake now trailing behind each of us). The data is being used to determine how to sell to individuals and businesses. But you already have Little Data, and that Little Data can help you serve your clients and dream clients now.Over time, you’ve captured your client’s communication preferences. You know that they prefer phone calls to email, or in some cases, they prefer a text message. You know that they like a follow up call when they place an order. You know that sometimes they need to see your face, and sometimes they just want you to listen. You’ve got information about your client’s communication preferences in your sales force automation software right now.You’ve also captured information about your client’s ordering patterns. You know the big shifts in their business, their peak season, and their client’s ordering patterns. You’ve got this information in your system now.You have a lot of data about your clients at your fingertips now.Context and InsightIf you’ve done a reasonably good job capturing information from all of the interactions you’ve had with your clients and dream clients, you’ve also got something Big Data doesn’t necessarily give you: context.I bought my son the Hellsing videos on Amazon.com. I think I bought two separate sets of videos. Now, Amazon is recommending I buy all kinds of cartoons and manga. The data collected doesn’t come with context. It doesn’t recognize that I am not my son, that the videos were a reward for good grades, and that they are cluttering my experience with what their data tells them I want to buy. It’s not the perfect analogy, but Amazon’s algorithm says that if I bought Helsing, I am interested the stuff that other Hellsing buyers bought.You, on the other hand, know why your clients ordered what they ordered, when they’ll need to order it again, and how they might do better by doing something different.You are all the time collecting and capturing data about your clients and your dream clients. But to make this Little Data work for you, you have to use it to generate insights, ideas, and value for your clients and your dream clients. Sometimes Little Data is more powerful than Big Data.QuestionsWhat little data do you collect?What do you know about your clients that helps to you serve them better than anyone else could?What ideas and insights does your insight give you?Is your Little Data as important as any Big Data? Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now