Gandhi’s South African legacy

first_imgAn unconfident Mahatma Gandhi landed in Durban in 1893. Ten years later a much changed man stepped off a train at Park Station in Joburg, well on his way to developing a philosophy that would touch the world.By the time he left South Africa for his native India in 1914, at the age of 46, Gandhi’s philosophy of Satyagraha was fully realised.Satyagraha is the philosophy of non-violent (or “passive”) resistance famously employed by Gandhi in forcing the end of the British Raj – but first wielded against racial injustice in South Africa.This year marks the centenary of the beginning of the Satyagraha movement, based on a philosophy which originated in September 1906, born out of Gandhi’s experiences while living in Johannesburg with his family from 1903 to 1914.Gandhi’s JohannesburgGandhi left his gentle footprint around Johannesburg: from the house in Albermarle Street in Troyeville, where he and his family stayed in the early 1900s, to Victory House in the CBD, where he was refused entry to the city’s first lift, to the Old Fort prison where he served two terms of several months each in 1908.But perhaps the most significant site was the Empire Theatre – long demolished but originally on the corner of Commissioner and Ferreira streets – where the Satyagraha movement was born.Birth of SatyagrahaOn 11 September 1906, Gandhi chaired a meeting of more than 3 000 people there. The town’s Indians were protesting against the Transvaal Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance, Eric Itzkin writes in Gandhi’s Johannesburg, birthplace of Satyagraha.The ordinance required all Asians to obey three rules: those of eight years or older had to carry passes for which they had to give their fingerprints; they would be segregated as to where they could live and work; new Asian immigration into the Transvaal would be disallowed, even for those who had left the town when the South African War broke out in 1899 and were returning.The meeting produced the Fourth Resolution, in which all Indians resolved to go to prison rather than submit to the ordinance.Itzkin, Johannesburg’s deputy director of immovable heritage, quotes Gandhi as saying: “Up to the year 1906 I simply relied on appeal to reason. I was a very industrious reformer … But I found that reason failed to produce an impression when the critical moment arrived in South Africa.“My people were excited – even a worm can and does turn – and there was talk of wreaking vengeance. I had then to choose between allying myself to violence or finding out some other method of meeting the crisis and stopping the rot, and it came to me that we should refuse to obey legislation that was degrading and let them put us in jail if they liked. Thus came into being the moral equivalent of war.”‘Passive’ resistanceDespite Satyagraha, the ordinance became law in 1907, and non-violent resistance was used by the Transvaal’s Indians to oppose discrimination.In 1913 it spread to Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal), where Indian coal miners downed tools.The African National Congress (ANC), founded in 1912, was also influenced and used the philosophy up until the 1960s, when they switched to a policy of armed struggle to overthrow apartheid.Satyagraha was also used by Martin Luther King in the US who, according to Itzkin, “accepted Satyagraha as the only morally sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom”.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Inventory Shrinkage Costs $123.4 Billion Dollars to Retailers Globally

first_imgInventory Shrinkage: The 2014-2015 Global Retail Theft BarometerNow available on demand by clicking here.Inventory shrinkage costs $123.4 billion dollars to retailers globally, and that, in turn, costs the average U.S. household approximately $335 dollars each year. The 2014 – 2015 Global Retail Theft Barometer, carried out by the Smart Cube and Ernie Deyle, a retail loss prevention analyst in inventory management, sheds light on asset protection and shrink trends around the world and across regions, in addition to individual countries in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. This webinar is now available on demand and will present the key findings from the study, including the cost of retail crime by global region, which are the highest theft items around the globe, (Product that is easy to steal, with wide public appeal, and a ready market for resale) and provide qualitative insights of loss prevention and asset protection best practices from those retailers who reported lower shrink among the twenty-four countries surveyed.- Sponsor – Our speaker, Ernie Deyle, is one of the leading inventory management experts globally in the field of retail loss prevention, business risk assessment and risk mitigation services, asset protection and most notably in the area of performance improvement programs designed to impact the P&L Statement and Earnings Report. During his thirty plus year retail career, Deyle has worked with over one hundred and fifty retailers worldwide across multiple sectors & formats across the globe. He has served in a variety of roles from Chief Operation Officer, Global Leader for Profit Recovery, and Vice President of Loss Prevention for firms such as Cap Gemini and Arthur Andersen in the consulting space, and Kroger and CVS/Caremark for the retail industry. Today Senior Director – Crisis Management, Safety-Risk & Enterprise Resiliency at Sears Holdings Corporation.This is a free webinar sponsored by Checkpoint and the Smart Cube, and presented by Loss Prevention Magazine. Click here to watch this webinar on demand. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

A Megatrend Set to Disrupt the Business World

first_imgHow Data Analytics Can Save Lives AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… Today we navigate our way across cities, pull up electronic tickets, purchase items, monitor our health, and, of course, stay connected with friends and family on our smartphones. The smartphone is one of those innovations that make us think,  “how did I ever function without it?” Smartphones revolutionized our personal lives, but there’s a megatrend set to disrupt the business world; it’s called augmented analytics.Augmented analytics is on the cusp of becoming the business world’s next significant evolution.Gartner identified augmented analytics as to the number 1 top trend for data and analytics technology in 2019, and market leaders are already starting to invest in this burgeoning industry.SAP recently acquired augmented people analytics company Qualtrics for $8 billion, shelling out a price equivalent to over 20x the company’s current revenue. A newcomer to the game, Denver based startup Nodin raised $5 million in funding this past March, a month before even launching its platform.The global market for augmented analytics is forecasted to reach $29.86 billion by 2025. But just what is augmented analytics, and what makes it such a hot new trend?Data or dieAccording to a recent study by Forbes Insights and Treasure Data, only 13% of companies can be considered “leaders” in leveraging the full potential of their customer data. The full potential of the customer data is significant, as 55% of executives think these insights to be valuable in achieving disruptive innovation.Companies must now collect, clean, and translate their raw data into insights they can use to build better products and reach target audiences.In today’s fast-paced business world, data-driven decisions are no longer a nice to have; they’re a necessity to stay competitive and on top of market volatility. To get ahead, significant players from Booking.com to PepsiCo are relying on teams of data analysts to collect, clean, and analyze the surge of data now being generated.SME’s are also leveraging their data to gain a competitive advantage in a sea of new competitors popping up every day. The problem is that data analysts are not only scarce in number; they’re also costly, especially for SMEs.Even for companies that do have data scientists on board, the sheer volume of the data we’re now collecting through various platforms and tools means that they spend more of their time on activities like data preparation and visualization, leaving less time for actual analysis.Augmented analytics harnesses the power of AI and machine learning to automate these tasks and generate insights.Let’s say you’re an ecommerce store that’s seen a sudden decrease in sales on your Shopify account. To find out why you’d have to comb through your company’s data and find insights by:Logging in to Google Analytics to analyze patterns in your website traffic.Checking out the performance of your social media accounts and ad campaigns.Reassessing your keywords on Google Adwords.Investigating new competitors or changes in the market.Instead, augmented analytics tools collect and analyze all your data together to identify potential causes and automatically generate reports with actionable insights.Here are three significant ways augmented analytics will disrupt the business world:We’re in a data race – the winner takes the money.With most businesses adopting artificial decision-making capabilities, we’re now in a race to see who can make the faster, better business decisions. Our businesses are like data-guzzling V12 engines that need data to fuel growth. Automating this process, and using augmented analytics to spot growth opportunities in your data, before your competitors, means you win the race.Gartner believes that by 2020, over 40% of data science tasks will be automated. The automation will allow data scientists to spend less time on repetitive tasks and more time on strategic analysis and decision-making. Not only does it take the manual labor out of their job, but it also does it faster and eliminates the potential for human error.Bring together the whole picture.At the moment, most company’s data lives on several different platforms – isolated. Only 34% of executives agreed they have one aggregated view of all their customer data points. Not only is this inefficient, but it also blocks businesses from making informed decisions. We shouldn’t be looking at how each part of the engine works separately but how it all works together.Having data points integrated into a rapid reporting system, such as Aerialscoop or DataBox, allows you to track the entire customer journey on one platform, all the way from lead generation until earning your first Dollar from the client. It also provides for better cohesion and collaboration across the organization. It’s not just ‘how is my marketing team doing on their KPIs?’ — but how are the marketing team’s results directly impacting my revenue growth and retention rates?Democratize your data analytics.Meanwhile, for smaller companies that don’t have the means to hire a team of data scientists (currently the global average salary is $90k), augmented analytics will make data-driven insights accessible to the masses. The accessibility is expected to be a major wave of development for the next five years.According to Gartner, through 2020, the number of citizen data scientists will grow five times faster than professional data scientists. This means everyone from executives to marketeers will have the power to make data-driven decisions, without having to rely on data science professionals to provide the information they need.Having the information easily accessible to all opens doors for SME’s to accelerate their growth at an exponential rate across departments. If there was ever a time that smaller, more nimble start-ups were able to pose a real threat to major companies, the democratization of data analytics ought to be the catalyst.Much like smartphones have become the tool we can’t imagine our lives without, augmented analytics will set a new standard for business growth.Those who start to leverage this technology early on will reap the benefits that faster, aggregated, and accessible data can bring. Where will your company stand in the data race of the future?center_img Tags:#Augmented Analytics#Machine Learning Natan Pollack A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

ODCA Cloud Adoption Survey: Trends in Public and Private Cloud Usage

first_imgIn addition to the Big Data area, I have done and continue to do work with Cloud Computing.  Intel is a member of the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), an independent consortium of global IT leaders building and recommending a unified customer vision for data center requirements.   Late in 2014, the ODCA sent out a survey to its members on cloud adoption.  I answered that survey, and recently the ODCA has published the survey results.  One finding is there seems to be a strong preference for internal cloud solutions among ODCA members.  Why is that?  Is public cloud adoption really slowing?  What are the key issues with both public and cloud adoption?Overall, cloud adoption for ODCA members is on the increase for both public and private Cloud, although private cloud is increasing at a much faster rate.  The ODCA survey highlighted the following top concerns:  data security, regulatory issues, service reliability, and vendor lock-in.    For the public cloud, the data security and regulatory issues are probably highest in priority.    Intel IT has created a cloud brokering function for deciding whether to land an application externally in the public cloud or in the internal cloud.  This function makes a decision based on factors like security requirements, control, and location. A co-worker pointed out to me that the report seems to be IaaS-centric and that SaaS to the public Cloud is likely to grow.  I would agree, and the report also mentions this.  Opportunistically adopting SaaS Solutions is in Intel IT’s original Cloud Strategy, and today I see that public SaaS adoption continues to move ahead within Intel. The survey also points out key areas of interest to ODCA members, such as Software Defined Networking and hybrid cloud.  SDN is also an area of focus for Intel IT, while moving to hybrid cloud has been a strategic goal.A few other highlights that I didn’t cover:Since 2012, the number of respondents who have greater than 60% of their operations in an internal cloud has increased from 10% to 24%.Organizations project both their internal and public cloud usage to double by 2016.More than 80% of survey respondents are using or are planning to using hybrid cloud solutions at some point in the future.You can see the details by downloading the report.last_img read more