Connecticut ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Manufacturing Apprenticeship Credit Expanded to Pass-Through Entity Owners and Other Personal Income Taxpayers

first_imgThe Connecticut General Assembly has overridden Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s veto of legislation that expands the manufacturing apprenticeship tax credit to personal income taxpayers. The credit currently applies only against the corporation business tax. The credit equals $6.00 per hour, up to the lesser of $7,500 or 50% of the actual apprentice wages. The period for claiming the credit depends on the apprenticeship program’s duration. The period is the first year for a two-year program and first three years for a four-year program.If the taxpayer is an S corporation or an entity treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, the legislation allows the owners and partners to claim the credit. Pass-through entities eligible for the credit may no longer sell, assign, or transfer the credit to other taxpayers to corporations, utility companies, or petroleum products distribution companies. The credit may not be claimed against personal income withholding tax liability. The changes to the manufacturing apprenticeship credit are effective July 1, 2017 and applicable to income or taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.Finally, the legislation shifts, from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to the Program Review and Investigation Committee (PRI), the responsibility for preparing the three-year evaluation of the state’s economic development tax incentives, reduces the report’s scope, and requires the General Assembly’s appropriations and finance committees to hold hearings on the report.Act 16-183 (H.B. 5636), Laws 2016, effective June 20, 2016 and as notedlast_img read more

Montana Updates Apportionment Rules

first_imgIncome apportionment rules have been adopted and amended by the Montana Department of Revenue. These rules affect multistate corporate taxpayers.Finnigan RuleThe department has adopted the Finnigan rule to limit the risk of having a unitary combined group’s apportionment factors manipulated. Under this rule, taxpayers must include property, payroll, and receipts from all unitary group members, if one member has nexus.Previously, the department followed the Joyce rule, which included a unitary group member only if that member itself had nexus.Market-Based SourcingThe rules also provide guidance on market-based sourcing, which was enacted earlier in the year. For example, a new rule specifies that service receipts are sourced to Montana if the service is delivered to a location in the state. Among other things, the rules also:explain principles to apply when sourcing receipts from sales other than sales of tangible personal property;address methods of reasonable approximation used when sourcing such receipts;discuss methods used in excluding certain receipts;explain provisions to be used for a change of methodology;explain when receipts from the sale, rental, lease, or license of real property are sourced to Montana;address when receipts from the rental, lease, or license of tangible personal property are sourced to Montana;address when receipts from the sale, license, or lease of intangible property are sourced to Montana; andinclude special receipts factor provisions for software transactions and sales or licenses of digital goods or services.The updated rules are available at https://revenue.mt.gov/rules.MAR Notice No. 42-2-985, Montana Department of Revenue, effective January 1, 2018Want to know more about state income tax apportionment? CCH CPELink has easy to access classes on Multistate-Income Tax Basics and Hot Topics.Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Remote Seller Tax Collection Not Yet Required in Wyoming

first_imgWyoming  does not currently require remote sellers to license with the state and collect sales tax. However, the Department of Revenue will notify taxpayers online when it will enforce collection.For now, remote businesses may voluntarily register with the state.Remote Seller RegistrationRemote sellers may register using:the Wyoming Electronic Filing System (WYIFS); orthe Streamlined Sales Tax Registration system. Licenses are active until cancelled by the taxpayer.Sales tax returns may be electronically filed using WYIFS.Remote Sellers, Wyoming Department of Revenue, August 7, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img

Moberly man arrested after vehicle pursuit in Columbia

first_imgBoone County deputies arrested Joshua Beck, 26, near Old Highway 63 and Stadium Blvd. Thursday night for stealing a car and then driving off when deputies tried to pull him over.According to Detective Tom O’Sullivan, Columbia police got a call about 7:00 p.m. in reference to a stolen car. Imo’s Pizza reported a delivery driver’s car had been stolen out of the parking lot.The 2018 Chevy Spark had a tracking device, and CPD tracked it to a trailer park on Prathersville Road.Deputies in the area found the car and tried to stop it, but the driver took off.They ended up using spike strips around Stadium Blvd. to stop the car.Deputies took Beck into custody around 7:30 p.m.He faces charges of tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, and careless and imprudent driving.last_img

Bid to reduce penalties for pot possession fails in Missouri

first_img(AP) – An attempt to abolish jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana has failed in the Missouri House.Missouri law currently makes possession of 35 grams of marijuana or less a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.Republican Rep. Shamed Dogan, of Ballwin, proposed an amendment Wednesday to a criminal justice bill that would have reduced that to a Class D Misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine with no jail time.Dogan said marijuana is one of the least harmful drugs, some prosecutors already have stopped pursuing possession cases and that black residents are disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession.Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr ruled that the amendment failed on a voice vote.last_img

14-year-old seriously hurt in ATV accident

first_imgA 14-year-old has serious injuries after crashing his ATV southeast of Mexico in Martinsburg.Highway Patrol troopers say the teen drove through a stop sign at First and Jefferson streets at 1:21 p.m. Sunday and crashed into an ag sprayer.The boy was flown to a Columbia hospital. The man driving the ag sprayer was not hurt.last_img

Shildt wins NL Manager of the Year days after mom’s death

first_img(AP) — Mike Shildt began his life in baseball at his mom’s side, tagging along with her to work at a Double-A ballpark and picking up odd jobs around the clubhouse.When Shildt was recognized Tuesday night for the career that has followed, the late Lib Shildt was the first thing on his mind.“My mom was remarkable,” he said.Less than a week after his mother died, Shildt was honored for piloting the St. Louis Cardinals back into the playoffs, narrowly beating Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers to win NL Manager of the Year.Shildt earned the award in his first full season on the job, even though Counsell received more first-place votes (13-10) from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli won the AL prize in a tight finish over Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees. Both received 13 first-place votes, but Baldelli got more second-place nods (13-9). The 38-year-old is the youngest to win the award.Shildt teared up upon learning he’d been chosen. The 51-year-old is the first manager of the year who never played pro ball, but he’s been around the game since he was a child. His mom worked as an administrative assistant for the Charlotte O’s in the Baltimore Orioles’ system, and Shildt was a regular in the clubhouse.“Appreciative of the time and love she and my dad invested in me,” Shildt said.Hospitalized for her final days, Shildt’s mother repeatedly told her nurses how important it was that she live until Tuesday to find out if her son had won.“She was emotional about knowing it was likely she wasn’t going to be here,” Shildt said. “I said, ‘You know what? You’re going to know before I am.’“It still hasn’t sunk in in total and I don’t know if it ever will, ultimately, what that loss is going to feel like,” he added.Shildt replaced Mike Matheny as Cardinals manager during the 2018 season, and under his steady guidance, St. Louis has been among baseball’s best teams since. The club won 91 games and the NL Central crown this year, ending the franchise’s three-year postseason drought. The Cardinals gave Shildt a contract extension through the 2022 season.“I set my sights on being the best coach I could be just like being the best player I could be, and the journey has led me here,” Shildt said.Atlanta’s Brian Snitker finished third after winning the award last year. The Dodgers’ Dave Roberts was fourth and Nationals manager Dave Martinez came in fifth. Washington turned a 19-31 start into a World Series championship, but voting for the award concluded before the postseason began.Baldelli and Shildt are the eighth and ninth managers to win this award in their first full seasons on the job.Baldelli took over a team that won 78 games in 2018 and pushed them to 101 victories and an AL Central title. He worked tightly with Minnesota’s analytics-focused front office — a shift from predecessor Paul Molitor, who won the award in 2017 — and oversaw a turnaround powered by the team’s major league-record 307 home runs.“There’s really no playbook,” Baldelli said. “You certainly take advantage of the resources around you, the people who you trust, you rely on them in a lot of ways. I did that in a lot of different ways.”The self-dubbed Bomba Squad thrived under Baldelli, whose big league playing career was cut short by a rare disorder that led to frequent fatigue and soft tissue injuries.One of Baldelli’s priorities was keeping players rested, a strategy that worked especially well with his catchers. Nobody started more than 73 games behind the plate for Minnesota, yet the trio of Mitch Garver, Jason Castro and Willians Astudillo combined for 48 home runs, most in the majors by any team’s backstops.Young hitters Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler had breakout seasons, Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton began to meet the weighty expectations that followed exceptional minor league careers, Nelson Cruz kept putting up big numbers and a no-name bullpen emerged as one of the most reliable in baseball.“We have a group of young players here in Minnesota, a nucleus of young guys that were really coming into their own in a lot of ways,” Baldelli said. “I think some of those guys were ready to take the next step in their career offensively, and a couple of those guys were doing that at the same time. We also complemented them with some quality, veteran players.”Rays manager Kevin Cash also earned three first-place votes and finished third. Oakland’s Bob Melvin was fourth, followed by Houston’s AJ Hinch and Cleveland’s Terry Francona.last_img read more

Second Missouri vaping death reported

first_img(AP) – Missouri health officials say a woman’s death is the second in the state associated with the use of vaping products.The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Friday that the unidentified woman was in her mid-50s. The department says that it concluded through discussions with the woman’s doctors that vaping contributed to a chronic lung condition.The agency says that since August it has found 35 cases of lung injury from e-cigarettes or vaping.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said the total of confirmed and probable cases nationwide is now at 2,172. More than 40 people have died.last_img

Pro-democracy camp wins Hong Kong elections in landslide

first_img(AP) — Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition won a stunning landslide victory in weekend local elections in a clear rebuke to city leader Carrie Lam over her handling of violent protests that have divided the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.Wu Chi-wai, leader of the city’s biggest pro-democracy party, said Monday that the bloc swept nearly 90% of 452 district council seats, which will help it take unprecedented control of 17 out of 18 district councils. The results were based on official tallies announced by election officials.The result of Sunday’s elections could force the central government in Beijing to rethink how to handle the unrest, which is now in its sixth month. The district councils have little power, but the vote became a referendum on public support for the protests.“It’s nothing short of a revolution,” said Willy Lam, a political expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “It’s a sound repudiation of the Carrie Lam administration and shows the silent majority are behind the demands of the protesters.”The pro-democracy camp hailed its astounding gains as a victory for the people and said Carrie Lam and Beijing must now seriously heed protesters’ demands, which include free elections for the city’s leader and legislature as well as an investigation into alleged police brutality.“We are only vehicles used to reflect the people’s concerns,” said Wu.Beijing, which blames foreign powers for fomenting the unrest in Hong Kong, has showed no signs that it may soften its stance on the former British colony, which was returned to China in 1997.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters during a visit to Tokyo on Monday that Hong Kong will always be part of China, no matter the poll outcome.“Any attempts to destroy Hong Kong or harm Hong Kong’s stability and development cannot possibly succeed,” he said.But the election outcome will add new pressure on Carrie Lam. Some pro-establishment candidates have already pointed fingers at her for their loss, while the pro-democracy camp said she should quit.Lam pledged in a statement Monday to reflect on the outcome that indicated “people’s dissatisfaction with the current situation and the deep-seated problems in society.”“I would say directly to Carrie Lam, do not squander this opportunity. Don’t waste this chance … the window has been opened for you,” said British politician David Alton, who is among the independent election monitors.A record 71% of Hong Kong’s 4.1 million registered voters cast ballots in the city’s only fully democratic elections, well exceeding the 47% turnout in the same poll four years ago.The largest pro-establishment political party suffered the biggest setback, with only 21 of its 182 candidates winning. Its chairwoman, Starry Lee, said the government must review its response to the crisis and do more to heal the divisions in society.Many pro-Beijing political heavyweights were trounced, including controversial lawmaker Junius Ho, who is reviled by protesters for supporting a bloody mob attack on demonstrators in July. Ho was stabbed with a knife during campaigning this month.The winners included many youth activists and a candidate who replaced activist Joshua Wong, the only person barred from running in the election. Protest rally organizer Jimmy Sham, who was beaten by hammer-wielding assailants last month, also triumphed, as did a pro-democracy lawmaker who had part of his ear bitten off by an assailant.Celebrations broke out outside polling stations overnight when results were announced. At lunchtime Monday, dozens of supporters held a victory rally in a business district. A woman popped a champagne bottle and poured drinks for everyone.“This is historic. As our city plummets from being semi-autonomous to semi-authoritarian, we react by showing what’s democracy in action,” Wong tweeted.More than 5,000 people have been arrested in the unrest that has contributed to Hong Kong’s first recession in a decade.Supporters from both sides of the divide hope the election will pave a peaceful way out after months of pitched battles between protesters and police, capped by a university siege this month. An estimated 30 protesters, fearing arrest, are still hiding inside the Polytechnic University.Riot police blocked hundreds of activists from advancing into the campus Monday evening. They want an end to the police siege but police said they will send a team of negotiators into the campus soon to find and coax the holdouts to surrender.“With the mandate from the Hong Kong people, protesters expect concessions from Beijing, but those concessions won’t be coming. Confrontations may intensify,” warned political analyst Lam.The victory will see the pro-democracy camp secure 117 seats in the 1,200-member pro-Beijing panel that elects the city’s leader. It will bolster their influence, as the bloc usually has over 300 supporters on the panel but still falls short of the majority.The turmoil started in June over a now-abandoned extradition bill that many viewed as a sign of creeping Chinese control over Hong Kong, but protesters have since expanded their demands.last_img read more

Top 10: Reasons to Buy in a Recession

first_img Running older hardware longer costs more Consultants more willing to negotiate Productivity becomes paramount Equipment still wears out Competition suffers too Interrupting purchasing cycles is expensive Employee retention remains a considerationcenter_img Ever since Johnny Carson introduced his Top Ten format on the Tonight Show, I have found myself a big fan of this format. (Note: I guess the origin of the top 10 format may not have been new with the Tonight Show but it was my first exposure – I guess I date myself some ). Many times the top 10 format is fun and entertaining, however, my topic today is a little more serious. In January of 2009, I found Tech Republic’s “10 Reasons To Purchase New Hardware During A Recession” on a ZDNet Blog Downtime is expensive Manufacturers offer discounts New applications require greater resources As I spend my days talking IT managers around the world, many of these items resonate with me and whether you are investing to support continued daily business operations (existing hardware is a limiter for you), to improve IT efficiency (reduce operating costs of aging install base) or to business competitiveness (offer new services before your competition does) … many of these Tech Republic Top 10 reasons (see below) were at the heart of their investment strategy.  So before you cut your IT budget in response to economic conditions, consider if purpose driven IT investments might deliver you a competitive advantage by enabling you and your company to do more with less.Tune in next few weeks for a my two part series covering the benefits of IT investments in specific business environments ð      Small – Medium Business: Why Buy for the Small Guy?ð      Large Enterprise: Why Buy for the Big Guy?PS: Do you have a favorite top 10 (personal or business)?Chrislast_img read more

Fall IDF: Is Italian Pasta the Actual Inspiration for Server Virtualization?

A typical virtualized server has 8-10 1Gigabit Ethernet (1GbE) ports, and 2 Fibre Channel ports. This makes for a lot of cabling, and many add-in cards. It translates to a lot of cost, power, and complexity (and thus reliability risk) for an IT shop. As a result, there’s a lot of buzz around high-speed networks, specifically 10GbE. That technology presents the opportunity to consolidate all these 1GbE ports to a significantly smaller number of higher bandwidth, i.e. 10GbE ports. It makes for a much tidier server. I love food! Since I was a kid I’ve loved noodles, especially Italian pasta. I used to think that Spaghetti was the general name for Italian noodles. Learning how to twist Spaghetti on a fork gave a great sense of achievement and joy.Many years later my wife and I travelled to Rome. Naturally – both of us really love food, we spent a lot of time seeking out restaurants and checking out new food. One of the wonderful dishes we had was Pappardelle (on the left) with Duck Ragu. It was my 1st encounter with Pappardelle –a very wide form of pasta. You get only a few Pappardelle on your plate but it’s still the same amount of pasta. I found it not as practical to twist the Pappardelle around my fork, so I cut them up into smaller pieces to eat them. Kind of like substituting Pappardelle for SpaghettiIn that case, iSCSI or FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) could be used for the SAN connection, still using the same high-speed ports. Standards like Data Center Bridging (DCB) could add a lossless character to the 10GbE link to make it friendlier to FCoE.Few new solutions though come without new challenges. The common way for VMs to share I/O devices in a today’s environment in through mediation of the hypervisor, using emulation or para-virtualization. That reduces the effective I/O bandwidth. It also becomes a fairly significant overhead to the server in its own right, reducing the available server capacity for application processing, and it adds latency. With the growing trend in IT to treat virtualization as a default deployment mode for any application, these issues become quite limiting.We at Intel have thought that the best way to overcome these issues is by using “direct assignment”. Using the Intel® VT-d technology (launched in the Xeon 5500 platform), a VM can be assigned a dedicated I/O device. This nearly eliminates the overheard related to the hypervisor mediation I mentioned above. A side benefit is that it increases the VM to VM isolation and security. But assigning an individual I/O device to one VM is not very scalable…This is where the PCI-SIG’s SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) standard comes into play. This standard allows a single I/O device to present itself as multiple virtual devices. With SR-IOV, each virtual device can be assigned to a VM, adding scalability to the direct assignment model, effectively allowing the physical I/O to be shared yet with greater security and reliability.Another challenge with the direct assignment model is related to live migration. Hypervisors have typically assumed the SW mediated IOV model. As a result, hypervisors need to be modified to adapt their live migration solutions to direct assignment.These technologies span many different components of the server platform. Intel® VT-d is necessary, so Xeon 5500 must be used (or later platforms). SR-IOV capable I/O devices – NICs or Storage controllers, are required. BIOS must be modified, as well as hypervisor software. This is pretty heavy lifting.So you can only imagine how excited I am to be able to showcase 4 different SR-IOV demos at IDF next week! The demos involve 2 server vendors, 3 VMM vendors – 3 different vendors implementing 3 different hypervisor architectures, and 3 different IHVs representing 2 different I/O technologies. We show the performance improvements, as well as VM live-migration. It works! Come and see it (Booths 517, 707, 709, and 711 in the IDF showcase)! I’ve thought about it recently when I looked at the back of a virtualized server. Looks similar, no? read more

CERN and IMCCE: Sending Performance to the Stars with Intel® Xeon® Processor 7500 Series

first_imgWhen it comes to scientific research, processing power is everything. And two European research organizations have found the processing power their demanding applications need in the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series.Switzerland’s CERN openlab is a framework for evaluating and integrating cutting-edge IT technologies and services in partnership with industry, focusing on future versions of the World-Wide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid* (WLCG*). Through close collaboration with leading industrial partners, CERN acquires early access to technology before it’s available to the general computing market segment. Recently, CERN openlab tested servers based on  both the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series for use with its Large Hadron Collider* (LHC*) and infrastructure services.The tests showed that Intel Xeon processor 7500 series offered a stunning 3x performance improvement over the Intel® Xeon® processor 7400 series.“We make our decisions based on price, power, and performance against our benchmarks and per server,” explained Olof Barring, head of facility planning and procurement for the CERN IT Department. “The Intel Xeon processor 5600 series met the criteria we look for across these areas.”In France, the Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Ephémérides (IMCCE) researches and charts celestial mechanics and the dynamics and astrometry of solar system objects. It uses an application called TRIP*, an interactive computer algebra system specially adapted to celestial mechanics. To increase the performance of TRIP, IMCCE implemented HP ProLiant* DL980 G7 servers powered by the Intel Xeon processors 7500 series. IMCCE benchmarked the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series against its existing servers and used Intel® C++ Compiler and Intel® vTune™ Performance Analyzer to optimize the TRIP code and trace any potential performance bottlenecks.“The Intel Xeon processor 7500 series clearly made a significant difference to the speed and number of calculations we could carry out,” said Mickaël Gastineau, research engineer at IMCCE. “Furthermore, we gained more computing variables and also moved from batch processing to interactive processing.”To learn more, read our new CERN and IMCCE business success stories. As always, you can find these, and many others, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

Building a Truly Collaborative Enterprise

first_imgOpinions expressed herein are my own and do not reflect that of my employer, Intel Corporation. My other posts can be read here and more about me is available on my website. The benefits of having a highly collaborative enterprise is a given.  It’s not just the positive impact on business results like reduced time to market of products, their quality and improved customer satisfaction; the benefits also translates to better knowledge and people retention, workforce motivation and cohesiveness of the overall organization.  On the other hand, the challenges to ingrain the culture of collaboration within the organization are equally large, if not more.The fundamental level of collaboration does happen in all enterprise.  People share content, files, e-mails, ideas, apps and whatever else is necessary to get the work done.  I call this collaboration by necessity.  This includes demonstration of collaborative behavior when ‘collaboration’ is mandated by the senior management.  Collaboration by choice is when people will proactively start on any task with a collaborative mindset in absence of any mandate, necessity or to fulfill any obligation.  When thinking of creating a collaborative organization start with people centric approach instead of tools and technology.  Don’t be afraid to review and revamp the holy cows of annual performance reviews, rewards & recognitions and career promotions.  Identify the key areas where you would like to see more collaboration and remove any hurdles – process, workflow, budget and tools – that would be a hindrance.  Define a balanced scorecard that would give you an indication of the progress and not just motion.Tools and TechnologyAsk any IT manager or a technologist about how to improve collaboration within the organization, they will come up with a list of tools and technologies that should be deployed that will guarantee improved collaboration.  A fancy looking dashboard will show how many groups have been created, documents and other content shared, comments posted, adoption rate and other indicators that, collectively, are expected to show how much of collaboration is happening within the organization.As someone once said, “Do not confuse motion with progress.  A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make much progress”. The indicators and dashboard have to be developed that reflect the impact on business results.  Have we accelerated the design, development or some other process?  Has the day-1 quality of our product improved?  In order to track return on investment the dashboard has to include hard data that shows a clear and direct impact to business results; e.g. number of support calls dropped by 50% with new product launch compared to previous product launch.Processes and WorkflowIn most cases, when an organization selects tools and technologies for enabling collaboration they compare feature and functions.  In fact, I would go on a limb and say that there never is any mapping done to see if the selected tools will adapt to the processes and workflow of the organization.  It is usually assumed that management mandate, training and change management will encourage users to adapt to the tools instead of the other way around.This assumption works only if the management is also willing to do away with the processes that are a hurdle to frictionless collaboration.  If the processes and workflow are not in sync with the tools, the extra burden of adapting to these tools will erode productivity of the workforce. Yes, there will be some productivity loss during the ramp up phase but in steady state, the collaboration tools and the organization processes should be in sync to be frictionless. People and IncentivesWhile tools, technologies and processes enable or facilitate collaboration it is the people who actually collaborate.  Unfortunately, this fact usually comes as an after-thought to most of the organizational leaders.  On more than one occasion I have read and heard about the typical management chutzpah where they announce restructuring, cutbacks and layoffs on one hand as they ‘encourage’ the organization to become more collaborative and share knowledge on the other!The other irony I see is that in most of the knowledge based industry, where collaboration is of paramount importance and can clearly create a differentiator, the incentives are stacked against it.  Individual performance is rewarded more than the team performance.  Deep expertise is touted more than collaborative results. Teams are scattered around the globe without any globalization strategy in place that is conducive to collaboration. Travel budgets are cut assuming that video conferencing can replace face-to-face highly interactive discussions and team building.  In short, the human and humane aspect is ignored with a faulty assumption that technology can bridge the gap.Increasing collaboration within the organization is about culture shift, management & leadership and people empowerment supplemented with tools and technologies.  The strategy should be thought out at the highest possible level of the organization instead of driving it bottoms up.This shift in mindset and behavior of the organization is complex and requires focused attention from the management.  It cannot happen overnight and, if ignored, will revert back to non-collaborative behavior very rapidly.It can be done and rewards are all worth the effort!last_img read more

If your body could talk, would it say thank you?

first_imgCOVALENCE Analytics Platform: From Big Cloud Analytics Big Data Advances in Healthcare: Intel powers today’s analytic toolsReceive the latest Health & Life Sciences news: Register for Intel newsletter (mathew.h.taylor@intel.com) Obesity, diabetes, heart disease…these are not just headlines – statistically, they’re coming to you or someone you love. Caring about ourselves includes caring for our bodies, but that can be difficult without feedback.  Stop eating or drinking, and your body will soon let you know. But eat something healthy or unhealthy, exercise or don’t exercise, sleep too little or too much, and you may not feel any significant effects for a while.Measuring the InvisibleHow do we measure our health? Our weight? How out of breath we are when we walk up the stairs? Numbers gathered once a year from a blood test? Health doesn’t happen at the doctor’s office. It happens with your every heartbeat and daily decisions of diet and exercise.With our busy days, it’s easy to fall prey to the convenient behaviors over the healthy. What’s for dinner? Do I have the time to walk/run/bike?  Stairs or elevator? Watch that show or go to sleep? We don’t want to become neurotic about this, but how can we instill healthy habits in ourselves with more timely rewards than our natural senses provide?Analyzing Peak DataI’m excited about our new partnership with Big Cloud Analytics. In 2014, Intel acquired Basis Science, which makes the Basis Peak, arguably the most accurate fitness tracker on the market today. It can measure your resting and exercising heart rate, light, REM, and deep sleep, steps, calories burned, something called galvanic skin response which among other things, can deduce your stress level.  And the data from the Peak has been shown to be about 4% within that provided by stress test via halter, and within 2% of that provided by a sleep study. Great, but how does that change my habits to make me healthier?That’s where Big Cloud Analytics comes in. Their COVALENCE Analytics Platform, running on Intel® Xeon® Servers, can analyze the approximately 72,000 data points coming off your Basis Peak watch every day. Add to that data coming from the population, weather data, social media data and whole host of other metrics.With the magic of statistics, the BCA Dashboard gives you a score of your heart health.  We all know our hearts are a muscle. Our heart rate at rest, during sleep, when we exercise, and when we rest after exercise give a pretty clear picture of how that muscle is performing.  Wear the watch regularly (I change wrists for sleeping), and you are being tested every moment of every day.Anonymizing Population DataWhoa – sounds a bit nosy – what about my privacy? Data from our watches goes to secure Basis servers, then when we opt in for the COVALENCE Dashboard, our IDs are mapped to a new random ID and password, and a device. This way, we and our data are no longer associated.  This is called double-blinding. With double-blinding, our data is available anonymously as a member of the population. This lets me see where I fit within the population without sharing my personal numbers.  It also might let my employer (who is interested in me being my healthiest to maximize productivity and minimize corporate health insurance premiums) offer me targeted information without knowing my personal identity.Analytics Influencing Positive ChangeSo now combine our heart rate data with activity, sleep data, stress data, our age, height, local weather then add a connected digital scale and blood pressure cuff, and the BCA Dashboard can identify how we compare to others based on gender, age, location, etc.If we do the same exercise on a regular basis, anything from a walk, run or bike, or even a walk up a couple flights of stairs, we can see performance improve (or get worse). If we can view sleep score every night, maybe we can tie changes to our diet, the thermostat setting, or our activity level. Maybe we don’t want to be athletes, but would we and our loved ones want us to move our heart fitness ages lower?For this work in tying wearable and exogenous (beyond biometrics) data, BCA and Intel recently won the 2015 Leadership in Healthcare IoT Award from the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress – they realize our health impacts productivity at work and our health insurance rates as well as our quality of life. Opportunities abound for gamification and incentives to help make fitness fun.Connecting your HealthAnalytics is at the center of the consumerization of Healthcare (see also US News article: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/08/14/how-big-data-is-driving-the-consumerization-of-health-care ). In the near future, you’ll be seeing additional ways to assess your personal health.Companies are working mobile devices to continuously evaluate the function of our bodies:  blood pressure, non-invasive glucose, lung function and more. When you or your loved ones are sick, the doctor will be able to ‘see’ you via your computer and devices enabling them to remotely hear your heart and lungs, see inside your throat and ears for example. And whether well or sick, analytics will assist in your assessment.We could call it ‘Biofeedback 2.0’ – Adding individual and population analytics to accurate wearables and we’ve got the makings of a personal health revolution.last_img read more

Top Things Developers will Experience at Intel HPC Developer Conference

first_imgIn just a matter of days (November 14 and 15 to be precise) Intel will host its annual Intel® HPC Developer Conference for the builders and creators that hold high performance computing near and dear to their heart. This year the conference will be held in Austin and will be just before SC15, celebrating all things super computer.This year, the Intel developer teams are bringing top notch content and speakers to the event. Here are the top things that developers will experience at the Intel HPC Developer Conference 2015.Representatives from Super Computing Centres across the globe will dive into their projects, provide overviews of their progress and share learnings on topics including: machine learning on cryo-EM data; porting LHC detector simulations on Intel® Xeon® and Xeon Phi™ architectures; the benefits of leveraging software defined visualization; and P-k-d Trees – Massive, low-overhead particle ray tracing.The Intel developer ninjas will be on-site. Ok, it’s really the amazing people that are part of Intel’s elite black belt program, which recognizes people who go above and beyond in contributing to the Intel developer community and to helping our community with their projects. The Black Belts are at the show to help other developers get involved, to help make connections and increase collaboration, and to help answer questions drawing from their own years of expertise and experience. Access to this kind of talent and knowledge cannot be overvalued. Interested in the Black Belt program? More information is available here. https://software.intel.com/en-us/blackbelt.Intel is going to award a student with an amazing prize. The Intel® Modern Code Developer Challenge invited students to improve the runtime performance on code that will be uses in a simulation of the interactive brain cells during the formation of the brain. Winners could receive a nine-week internship at CERNopenlab, a tour of CERNopenlab, or a trip to SC16! Intel, in partnership with CERNopenlab will announce winners on Saturday, November 14 at Intel HPC DevCon. To learn more about Intel’s partnership with CERNopenlab, visit: http://openlab.web.cern.ch/.Hands-on time. Intel is hosting open lab spaces throughout Intel HPC Developer Conference and attendees will have a unique opportunity to access and use a variety of software tools. Conference-goers will also be able to connect their system to a training server with an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. There are special open lab sessions, led by Intel platform experts that will focus on performance issues, tools for optimization and building parallelization into code.We’re looking forward to hearing about attendees’ experiences at the show. Tweet at us @IntelHPC and let us know. For more information about Intel HPC Developer Conference, check out the website: https://hpcdevcon.intel.com.last_img read more

Tablets on Campus: Productive, Secure Tools for Students and Staff

first_imgImagine learning and working alongside hundreds of collaborators with ease in a space where technology is a platform to build great ideas. It sounds like every professional’s dream, and the technology team at Grove City College in Pennsylvania is making it a reality for students and staff.By supplying every student and staff member with a state-of-the-art tablet computer, the IT team at Grove City has enabled amazing productivity and performance while keeping valuable information (and the computers themselves) highly secure. Take a look at the progress the school has made, and imagine what taking the leap to mobile computing could do for your small business.Productivity Gets FlexibleEach fall, Grove City’s IT team selects a new tablet to supply to each incoming freshman student. The most recent selection was an HP EliteBook Revolve 810. These thin, lightweight tablets, equipped with Intel Core i7 vPro processors, combine a touch screen with a full keyboard so users can easily switch from a tablet to a laptop experience. No matter where they are, students and teachers can complete work and collaborate with each other using their tablets. Long battery life, Intel Wireless Display, and fast booting all contribute to powerful productivity.Performance AdvantagesThe Intel Core-based tablets utilize the Intel Solid-State 500 Series Drives to maximize performance, allowing students to multitask and instructors to run large programs simultaneously. “The Intel Core i7 vPro processors and Intel SSDs give students and faculty the performance they need to run complex engineering simulations during class time, provide interactive classroom presentations, conduct video conferencing, and more,” says Vincent DiStasi, chief information officer and associate professor of chemistry at Grove City College.Using Intel processors and SSDs also keeps the tablets relevant for a full four years, so each student can continue using the same machine throughout his or her time at school. “By selecting tablets with these Intel technologies, we gain the headroom for new applications and needs that might emerge,” DiStasi says.Low Maintenance, High SecurityWhen Grove City College’s IT team used traditional hard drives, they spent the summer installing software on new machines. Today, using Intel SSDs, it takes less than a week for the team to prep approximately 800 tablets for the start of each school year. In addition, the Intel Core i7 vPro processors come with Intel security technologies, which lock down a stolen device and pinpoint its location to speed recovery. Intel securities help keep important information secure, and since they have been widely publicized on campus, thieves are no longer trying, says DiStasi. “We have gone from more than 10 tablet thefts in a single year to zero.”For a full look into Grove City College’s use of Intel technologies, read the full case study.How would your business — and your IT team — benefit from a new tablet integration? Explore Intel’s small business resources for details. And be sure to follow us on Twitter for more small business best practices.last_img read more

What’s Now and What’s Next for Innovative Media Experiences at NAB Show

first_imgIt’s good to be back at the NAB ShowOpens in a new window, which is under way this week in Las Vegas. This is one of the largest gathering places for people in the media, entertainment, and broadcast industries. At this week’s show, more than 100,000 attendees will deepen their understanding of what’s now and what’s next for innovative media experiences.From my perspective, there’s revolution in the air. We are in the middle of a technology transformation driven by mobility, broadband and the cloud. Already, the visual cloudOpens in a new window is enabling the creation and delivery of video and graphics applications that deliver more high quality content to more users, faster than ever before. But user demand for new experiences like virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 degree video increases the need for our industry to accelerate the pace of innovation.At Intel, we are investing in innovations that will unleash the power of cloud computing for the media and broadcast industry. For example, we’re collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University on a three-year, $4.125 million research program to develop a range of visual cloud capabilities that advance media creation, data center graphics, immersive media, and media analytics. We’re excited to announce this collaborationOpens in a new window – and showcase more advancements – over the next week at NAB Show.Visual Cloud Experiences: What’s NextIn my Super Session on MondayOpens in a new window, I will be joined by Dave WardOpens in a new window, chief technology officer at Cisco, A. R. RahmanOpens in a new window, two-time Academy and Grammy Award winner, and Dave Andersen,Opens in a new window associate professor at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, to talk about technologies that enable amazing visual cloud experiences.Dave Andersen will highlight the groundbreaking work now under way at the new Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Cloud Systems at CMU.Dave Ward will discuss how Cisco and Intel are working togetherOpens in a new window to develop a flexible, scalable infrastructure that supports network transformation and an explosion in video content.AR Rahman will offer a sneak preview of his upcoming VR movie, “Le Musk” and talk about the importance of technology to his creative process, and will alsoMedia Production: What’s NextOn Tuesday, I will be back on the stage to join Dave Ward for his Super SessionOpens in a new window, titled “The Naked Truth about Media Production in an IT Stack.” In this presentation, Dave will throw down a breakthrough concept: software-defined studios, with distribution pipelines for live broadcasts, buttressed by corresponding and creative use cases around remote production, infrastructure flexibility, and resource optimization. This is all part of the move toward a common IT infrastructure, stretching from content acquisition to distribution. I will join Dave to talk about the importance of virtualized infrastructure for media production and to offer my thoughts on what lies ahead for the media and broadcast industry.Demos: What’s NowThe NAB Show is also providing a forum for showcasing the next generation of amazing visual experiences with the latest media solutions powered by Intel architecture, media accelerators and software. That’s the case with the technology demos in our booth #SU9410, located in the South Hall.These demos include a look at the new Intel® Visual Compute Accelerator 2 (Intel® VCA 2).Opens in a new window Built around the energy efficient Intel® Xeon® Processor E3 v5 family with Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics P580, the Intel VCA 2 PCIe* add-in card enables over-the-top (OTT) content providers, telecommunications service providers, and cloud gaming providers to deliver the rich visual experiences end users seek. In this end-to-end immersive VR demo, stitched streams from a Nokia OZO VR camera are encoded to dual 4K streams by the Haivision KB 4K Encoder powered by Intel® VCA 2, and delivered to VR goggles, enabling the visitor to have a full 360-degree view of the expo floor.In another in-booth demo, show attendees can grab a seat for the first-ever preview in virtual reality of AR Rahman’s Le Musk—another sign that the future of entertainment will be immersive. VR clips from the movie will be shown for the first time on three Cinema VR chairs in the Intel booth. The VR experience doesn’t stop there. We’re also showing how workstations powered by Intel® Xeon® processors can seamlessly stitch together content images captured with a GoPro Omni Rig in 8K into one 360-degree video that is viewed with a VR headset.We’re also giving a close-up look at cloud-based end-to-end video delivery, highlighting the flow of content from creators to end customers. This demo will be showcasing Intel® True VROpens in a new window content captured during the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA 2017 men’s basketball tournament, giving users a courtside seat right in the action.Also in our booth, we will feature a studio video-over-IP networking demo using field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The demo shows how studios can move from broadcast-specific software-defined infrastructure (SDI) video transport to a standard IP network, which lets them take advantage of lower cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment while they prepare to virtualize their studio ecosystemOpens in a new window.The Ecosystem: What’s NowAt Intel, we place a great deal of importance on ecosystem collaboration to advance innovation. To that end, our in-booth demos feature a range of technologies from companies that include Adobe, Artesyn, Beamr, Coveloz, GoPro, HPE, eBrisk, Haivision, Ittiam, Korusys, Nokia, Sony, Spin-Digital, Vantrix, and Voysis. Two of these companies, Beamr and Ittiam, will be demonstrating software-based HDR10 HEVC encoders that leverage the integrated Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics technology in the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1500 v5 to support high quality encoding by service providers and broadcasters without incurring the cost and complexity of platforms with discrete GPUs.Additionally, our Thunderbolt™ technology communityOpens in a new window is showcasing products from Akitio, CalDigit, G-Technology, GWC Technology, Intel, Kensington, LaCie, OWC, OpenDrives and Thunderbolt™ in booth #SL2424 and in an Airstream trailer parked outside the South Hall entrance. Thunderbolt™ technology is a high-speed, dual protocol I/O designed to dramatically increase data transfer rates.Coming AttractionsWe are excited for NAB attendees to discover the next generation of amazing video experiences delivered with the latest media solutions powered by Intel architecture, media accelerators and software. In the days after the NAB Show, you can tune into the Intel Chip Chat channelOpens in a new window to catch podcasts that will highlight some of the innovative ways that our partners are putting Intel technologies to work to capitalize on the revolution driven by mobility, broadband, and the cloud.last_img read more

Object Detection on Intel Architecture Turns Images into Meaningful Information

first_imgAcross a growing range of industries, there’s a need to analyze large amounts of data gathered from various end points to obtain meaningful insights. Artificial intelligence (AI) enables machines to perform tasks with human-like intelligence by interpreting that input data, and deep learning algorithms are able to accelerate these AI capabilities in image, video, audio and text analysis.For example, deep learning can classify objects from a live video stream using Intel’s optimized Caffe* framework, and the Single Shot MultiBox Detector deep learning architecture can detect objects in images. The Single Shot MultiBox Detector uses a single deep neural network with the ability to pool from different scales of the feature maps. As a result, the overall algorithm can detect objects at various scales and sizes with more accuracy.In other words, image classification can tell you that a particular image or video stream contains a dog or a cat, and object detection algorithms can identify exactly where the dog or cat is located in the image.Here are a few examples of how object detection can be used across different industries:In security and surveillance applications, object detection can identify objects people are carrying that could be used as a weapon.In autonomous vehicles, object detection software can recognize a person crossing the street, an animal in the path of the car, or a nearby stop sign. It can also differentiate between a pebble and a rock in a moment’s notice, which is crucial when speed is a factor and accuracy matters.In manufacturing, object detection software can identify defective or incorrect parts on an assembly line.At a technical level, the diverse use cases for live object detection share a common need: processing power, and lots of it. In a deep learning context, training and inferencing processes are computationally intensive tasks, and the power of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family provides this level of processing power.Intel is focused on providing optimized hardware with optimized libraries and frameworks to drive ever-higher performance for AI applications running on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. Object detection capabilities are incorporated in the Intel® Deep Learning SDK, which is a free package of tools that developers and data scientists can use to accelerate the development of deep learning solutions.Object detection software also gets a boost from Intel® Math Kernel LibraryOpens in a new window, which accelerates math processing and neural network routines that increase application performance and reduce development time. With its highly optimized, threaded and vectorized functions, Intel MKL maximizes performance on each processor family.Intel also offers the Intel® Distribution for Caffe*Opens in a new window, a deep learning framework developed by Berkeley Vision and Learning Center (BVLC). Intel has contributed to an optimized fork dedicated to improving Caffe* performance when running on CPUs, in particular Intel Xeon processor-based servers. The Intel Distribution for Caffe* supports Single Shot MultiBox DetectorOpens in a new window to detect objects in images using a single deep neural network.The combination of optimized Intel Xeon processor families and optimized libraries and frameworks yields higher performance for object detection applications running on Intel® architecture. We demonstrated this application at the International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) in Toulon, France this week. The interactive demo showed how an AI application detects objects in a live webcam video stream.Ready to jump into the sandbox? You can download the Intel Deep Learning SDK to try it out on intel.com/ai Opens in a new windowor GitHubOpens in a new window. Or, for a demo of the object recognition software capabilities, similar to the demo shown at ICLR, grab a seat for this YouTube videoOpens in a new window from IDG.tv at the South by Southwest Conference earlier this year.last_img read more

The Healthcare System of Tomorrow: How Advanced Analytics is Evolving Patient Care and Cybersecurity

first_imgDelivering Care Sooner with the Semantic Data LakeOne New York-based healthcare system has deployed an advanced analytics solution, Semantic Data Lake, to automate and accelerate its ability to identify high-risk patients in need of critical, time-sensitive intervention.Semantic Data Lake leverages multiple data formats and sources–including clinician data, behavioral insights, wellness research findings, population demographics, and even medical images—to create realistic, holistic profiles of patients. Advanced analytics algorithms then generate insights on these profiles, and the insights are optimized over time through machine learning capabilities.The solution is built on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2690 v3 with Cloudera’s Hadoop* distribution and Franz’s AllegroGraph*, a high-performance semantic graph database. Through its ability to stream and mine data in near real-time and at scale, the healthcare system can identify patients at risk for respiratory failure 24 to 48 hours in advance, with high levels of sensitivity and specificity3. Physicians are consequently able to better prevent fatal episodes or respiratory failure. At healthcare organizations, data sets are growing fast, both in volume and complexity, as the types and sources of data continue to multiply. Thirty percent of the world’s data is already estimated to be healthcare data1, and in the U.S. many hospitals gather over 100 data points per patient per day2.However, simply creating vast data pools doesn’t automatically translate into better care. That’s where advanced analytics comes in—and its application in healthcare is growing at a rapid rate.Advanced analytics enables healthcare organizations to manage, process, and use their data in new ways for unparalleled insights. Offering capabilities such as predictive models and automated decision support, it enables clinicians to achieve everything from more efficient patient care through real-time monitoring and personalized results, to more effective mitigation of cybersecurity risks.At Intel, we work with a number of healthcare organizations who are using advanced analytics to transform their patient care and protect their patients’ personal information. Here are three best-practice case studies of advanced analytics success. Driving Real-time Clinical Interventions with Predictive AnalyticsBy loading its electronic medical record data into a Cloudera* cluster powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v4 family, one specialized rapid response team at a different healthcare provider has been able to develop a predictive model that can identify patients at risk for requiring clinical intervention within a defined period of time.The solution analyzes a range of data including blood pressure, temperature, and pulse rate, and uses machine learning to train the algorithm over time.When the proof-of-concept model was tested against historical data, it was found to be 80 percent accurate in predicting the likelihood of a rapid response team event within the next hour.4  The model has therefore enabled the team to optimize real-time clinical interventions, improving its resource utilization and bettering its patient care outcomes.center_img Helping to Protect Connected Devices from Cyber-attacks with Artificial IntelligenceFaced with sophisticated unknown malware and zero-day attacks threatening its operations, a large multisite healthcare system wanted to use advanced analytics to improve its cybersecurity capabilities.It chose to deploy the Cybraics nLighten* platform, which combines artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced security analytics to scan for threats, vulnerabilities, infections, and targeted attacks. The platform runs on the Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub* and is powered by the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2650 v4 and Intel® Solid State Drive Data Center S3500 Series with Non-Volatile Memory Express* support.The nLighten analytics solution has enabled the healthcare system’s IT department to detect and resolve dangerous medical device and ransomware infections. This solution has also helped to detect vulnerable systems and employees, enabling proactive remediation. These in turn have helped mitigate risk of disruptive and costly breaches, helping to safeguard patient safety, privacy, and the organization’s reputation.Find out more about how advanced analytics is transforming healthcare and other industries by reading Intel’s new cross-sector eBook on the Business Impact of Advanced Analytics.1 Tech’s Next Big Wave: Big Data Meets Biology, Fortune 2018 http://fortune.com/2018/03/19/big-data-digital-health-tech/2 Montefiore Creates Data Analytics Platform to Advance Patient Care, Intel 2017, p.1 https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/healthcare-it/solutions/documents/montefiore-advance-patient-care-solution-brief.html3 Intel and Partners Come Together to Solve Healthcare, Intel 2018 https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/intel-partners-come-together-solve-healthcare/4 80-percent accuracy indicates the level of accuracy observed when scoring a set of unlabeled test data that was not used in the development of the model. Using Machine Learning and EMR Data to Predict Patient Decline, Intel 2017, p.1 https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/healthcare-it/solutions/documents/using-machine-learning-and-emr-data-to-predict-patient-decline-case-study.htmlIntel® technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at https://www.intel.com.Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information go to http://www.intel.com/benchmarks.Estimated results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as “Spectre” and “Meltdown”. Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system.All information provided here is subject to change without notice. Contact your Intel representative to obtain the latest Intel product specifications and roadmaps.last_img read more

What Underdogs Can Teach Us

first_imgWho doesn’t love a good underdog story?Sports always bring us incredible underdog stories and there have been a couple great ones recently.  The Stanley Cup win by the St Louis Blues delivered on one of the most improbable wins in NHL history and an incredible memory for fans, players and the entire city of St Louis as they won the first championship in franchise history.  At the same time, the city of Toronto is bursting with team pride as their Raptors challenged and defeated the dominant favorite, six-time NBA championship winners – Golden State Warriors. As the only Canadian team in the NBA, the Raptors title drive has ignited, not just the city, but the entire country.I’ve always been a college basketball fan, but no matter what sport is being played, the excitement and fan frenzy of a championship drive brings me back to my childhood. I was in the fifth grade and living in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1983 when the NC State Wolfpack made their NCAA championship run, defeating team after team that no one expected them to beat. To this day, the way the team brought the community and fans together, with everyone getting caught up in the action remains a vivid (and happy) memory.I remember where I was sitting the living room when Lorenzo Charles went up for a dunk in the last seconds to win the game. I remember watching Jimmy V (Coach Jim Valvano) dash out and spin around in the middle of the court when the final the buzzer sounded looking for someone to hug. I remember seeing my parents running around and going crazy in our house when we won. And, I remember my dad taking me down to the celebration on campus to revel in the moment together as fans. It was a big day for Wolfpack fans everywhere.I have no doubt the feeling in Toronto these past weeks is like what me and my family experienced back in 1983. It’s a feeling you never forget.Whether you’re the market leader or a start up, the grit and determination of “underdogs” are ones we should embrace, especially in a business climate that’s changing so rapidly and seeing the finish line can be tough.I may not have realized it at the time, but watching the Wolfpack beat the odds to win in the biggest game of the season made a big impression on me and how I approach leadership and challenges today.Don’t Ever Give UpThis isn’t revolutionary or even surprising but teams like the 1983 Wolfpack didn’t roll over and let heavily-favored teams like Houston rule the court.Business transformation is also hard but if you roll over, you’ll find yourself out of business. I guarantee you’ll have days when you win and you’ll have days when you feel like you’re losing ground. If you give up, you can’t ever win but if you take a deep breath, reset and keep trying to score, you can win the day. I think every team needs to understand that you will face challenges, wins and losses. What makes a champion is getting back to the line and taking another shot.Visualize where you want to be like you’re already thereI remember stories of how Coach Valvano made his team practice cutting down the net so they’d know what it felt like to win the big game.The only constant in life today is change, and as a leader it’s my job to help my team know where we want to be and what success looks like. If people don’t have a clear vision of where they’re going, how can you expect them to get there? Show your team what winning looks like so they know how to get there (and what to do when they arrive).Returning to NC StateIt’s funny how life can bring you full circle. I’ve been watching the Raptors play-off run and remembering the 1983 Wolfpack at the same time as a recent leadership meeting brought me back to North Carolina State (and of course a visit the Wolfpack Hall of Fame where Coach Valvano and his 1983 team are immortalized).Coach Valvano’s impact on the community and the world goes beyond the winning 1983 season that remains etched in my memory, so next time, I’ll share more from his leadership and life lessons. Stay tuned…last_img read more