Calisaan scores 36, Stags knock off Knights for 4th spot

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Fil-Indonesian Enguio back in PH for PBA Draft Rey Nambatac bid the Knights goodbye with his 11 markers as he was a minus-19 for his side in the defeat.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 74 – Calisaan 36, Costelo 13, Ilagan 6, Navarro 6, Valdez 4, David 3, Gayosa 3, Bulanadi 2, Baetiong 1, Calma 0, Capobres 0, Mercado 0.LETRAN 69 – Taladua 16, Quinto 15, Calvo 11, Nambatac 11, Vacaro 8, Ambohot 3, Balanza 3, Balagasay 2, Mandreza 0, Gedaria 0.Quarters: 18-16, 32-30, 53-54, 74-69. Calisaan went 14-of-22 from the field while also hauled down 10 rebounds for San Sebastian.Senior playmaker Ryan Costelo also poured nine of his 13 markers in the last 4:20 of the game as the two fired 16 of the Golden Stags’ last 18 points in the do-or-die tiff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“These two are my veterans and they really showed it in the game,” said coach Egay Macaraya, who celebrated his 56th birthday in style.RK Ilagan and Renzo Navarro combined for 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists in the victory. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene San Sebastian’s win also propelled it to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 in 2013, as it sets up a knockout date against third-seed JRU on Friday.“The boys deserve it all, especially with the way they played today. Hopefully, this will be the start of us having a good character in the Final Four,” said Macaraya.Costelo weaved his magic in the clutch as he split the defense and scored on a floater with 44.9 ticks left to put San Sebastian up, 71-69.Letran had a chance to re-take the lead, but Jeo Ambohot botched his three from the right wing, setting the stage for Calisaan’s game-clinching triple.Jeremiah Taladua paced Letran with 16 points and five rebounds, Bong Quinto flirted with a triple-double of 15 markers, 11 boards, and seven assists, and JP Calvo got 11 points, seven rebounds, and six dimes.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMichael Calisaan was blazing all over the court as he anchored San Sebastian to a 74-69 victory over Letran to take the four-seed and move on to the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament stepladder semifinals Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 22-year-old forward unleashed a career-best 36 points, including the dagger three from the top of the arc with 18.3 seconds left to seal the deal for the Golden Stags.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Crooked connections

first_imgThe same day the Levine bill was signed into law in October 2005, the LAUSD announced its contract with SAP. Coincidence? Of course not. Nothing this convoluted and connected could be mere happenstance. But its sheer complexity is perhaps what school officials are counting on for insulation. Who can work up a proper froth when the details are so mind-numbing? Who bears the blame when so many people are involved – school officials, the school board, SAP, Levine and lobbyists at Rose & Kindel. With responsibility for the corruption spread so far and wide, no one has to bear the brunt of it. But that doesn’t help the thousands of employees who have missed mortgage payments and other important bills. And it’s little consolation to taxpayers, who pick up the tab for what the district spends daily to deal with the glitch. School officials say they might seek legal action against the suppliers for the faulty system, which is fine, but doesn’t the district share culpability for allowing politics to dictate contracting decisions? Sadly, this labyrinthine tale of government mismanagement and waste isn’t the first time the school district has failed to serve the public’s interest. And it’s unlikely it will be the last. The onus is now on new Superintendent David Brewer III – a self-described change agent – to clean up the mess caused by years of cronyism. And if he can’t do it, it will be all the more reason to support the mayor’s quest for school control. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That may seem like an odd choice – until one considers the connection factor. The lobbying firm Rose & Kindel represents the LAUSD’s interests in Sacramento. The firm, it turns out, was also representing SAP at the very same time – but never, everyone vows, did it lobby the LAUSD on SAP’s behalf. That would have been wrong. It gets worse. At the same time the two clients of Rose & Kindel were involved in the bidding process for a new district payroll system, the firm was pushing legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, that would allow the LAUSD to waive state rules requiring it to accept the lowest bid for contracts. In other words, a bill that would allow the LAUSD to accept SAP’s payroll bid, even though it wasn’t the lowest one submitted. And heck if it wasn’t timely. WHEN it comes to working up outrage over the LAUSD’s payroll disaster, it’s hard to know where to start or whom to blame first. First, there’s the obvious problem that the Los Angeles Unified School District paid $95 million for a new computerized payroll system that doesn’t work. More than 10,000 employees have been without paychecks for more than two weeks. But this deal was rotten long before the payroll system left employees in financial straits. Indeed, it has more to do with the generally crooked state of affairs called government contracting in Los Angeles. This particular bad deal began in 2005, when the LAUSD went out to bid for a new computerized payroll system. Instead of taking the lowest – or even least problematic – bid, district officials chose one put forth by SAP Public Services, which has a history of problems at other schools in other states. last_img read more

L.A. win brings new low

first_imgIt was not only the best defensive performance of the season, but in franchise history, supplanting the 65 the team held Seattle to on Nov. 18, 1990. “That’s a great record for us, especially at this time in season,” Elton Brand said. “Guys who log in a lot of minutes got to rest. And if we can put that type of intensity and defensive effort into a full game, we’re going to be hard to beat.” The Clippers could have wallowed in their injuries and given up because both of their point guards – Shaun Livingston and Sam Cassell – were out. But instead of folding without an experienced floor leader, the Clippers turned in one of their best defensive performances of the season and blew out the Indiana Pacers 87-64 Saturday night at Staples Center. The Clippers led by 19 points in the third quarter and by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter, and handed the Pacers their fifth consecutive loss. Indiana was held to 35.7 percent shooting, and in a season in which everything seems unpredictable, the Clippers had a surprisingly easy victory with Daniel Ewing and Will Conroy running the offense. “We were fortunate to catch this team on a back-to-back night, coming in from Phoenix (Friday) night,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “But the schedule is what it is, and I won’t take anything from what our guys accomplished. All the way around, our coverages were good. Our double teams and rotations were excellent.” At times the Clippers look destined to go nowhere, but not Saturday. Not only did they have the blowout win, but they moved into the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference, passing Denver by percentage points. Both teams are one game under .500. Corey Maggette scored 20 points with an efficient statistical line – 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. center_img Elton Brand had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Kaman added 16 points and seven rebounds. The Clippers led 43-30 at halftime and held the Pacers to 35.3percent shooting in the half. Whether it was the Clippers’ smothering defense or inept play by the Pacers is up for debate, but either way, the 30 points were a season low in a half for a Clippers’ opponent. Jermaine O’Neal had a horrible shooting night, going 3 of 13 (.231) from the field for nine points. Jamaal Tinsley led the Pacers with 16 points, but hardly exploited the Clippers’ lack of depth at point guard. joe.stevens@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool’s next signing? Three-times Champions League winner assessed

first_imgLiverpool have been linked with a move for Champions League winning goalkeeper and here, football stats experts WhoScored.com analyse whether it would be a good deal for the Redmen. Check out WhoScored.com for lots more Liverpool stats.Back in March, Victor Valdés’ Barcelona career was prematurely cut short. The goalkeeper, who last May confirmed he would depart Camp Nou at the end of the 2013/14 season, slipped after saving a Fábian Orellana free kick, tearing his Anterior cruciate ligament early on in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo.It was a heartbreaking end to a 19-year spell with the club for a goalkeeper who had become synonymous with the Blaugrana. His injury meant a move to Monaco fell through, but the French club’s loss could be Liverpool’s gain. The Reds have long been in the market for a backup for Simon Mignolet after Pepe Reina’s loan move to Napoli last season, and subsequent permanent move to Bayern over the summer, and they could do worse than sign Valdés.Valdés’ WhoScored.com rating (6.93) was bettered only by Keylor Navas (7.27) and Roberto (7.02) of all goalkeepers to feature at least 15 times in La Liga last season. When compared to Mignolet (6.69), Valdés was the stronger performer of the two in their respective leagues last term. Barcelona may have been a more dominant side than Liverpool, but the Spaniard is clearly a reliable goalkeeper when needed, reinforced in his impressive save success rate (76.7%) from the 2013/14 campaign.With that in mind, some may feel he would deserve a starting spot for the Reds rather than playing second fiddle to Mignolet when he returns to fitness, should the Reds firm up their reported interest in the Spain international.With the help of his defence, Valdés has kept 74 clean sheets since the beginning of the 2009/10 season, more than any other goalkeeper in the same time period. Despite being behind a backline that was rarely troubled by the opposition, such is Barcelona’s stature in Spain, Valdés’ goalkeeping exploits are not to be sniffed at. Since establishing himself as their number 1 in 2002, the goalkeeper has become one of the most recognisable names in the game and his acquisition would be a real statement of intent.Valdés would add some much-needed strength in depth to Brendan Rodgers’ side. The Merseysiders will return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2009/10 season next week and it’s possible Liverpool could play upwards of 60 games this term, depending on how they progress in Europe, the FA Cup and Capital One Cup.Brad Jones is far from a sturdy stand in for Mignolet and should the Belgian succumb to suspension or injury, Valdés, upon his return to action, would provide ample competition to the number 1 spot at Anfield. Liverpool already have one very good goalkeeper on their books, but the chance to add a second should not be turned down.In a defence that is prone to lapses in concentration, a commanding presence in the 18-yard box will go a long way to significantly bolstering the back four. Valdés is widely regarded as one of the best shotstoppers in the game and though the former Barcelona star is not expected to be fit until November this year, Liverpool would be wise to move for the free agent.For more stats on Liverpool target Victor Valdés, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page 1last_img read more

‘Can’t believe Liverpool might sign this player!’ Reds fans react to reports

first_imgLiverpool are reportedly in the hunt for Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze’s signature.CLICK HERE TO READ THE LATEST GOTZE TO LIVERPOOL NEWSReds boss Jurgen Klopp is sure to strengthen his team this summer, as he looks to mould a side in his tactical image.Signing World Cup winner Gotze would be a major coup and is certainly a name to excite fans.Here is a selection of reaction from Liverpool supporters to the Gotze reports… Mario Gotze celebrates scoring the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final 1last_img read more

DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY UNVEILS STUNNING CONCERT LINE-UPS

first_imgThe Donegal Chamber Orchestra is part of the Society’s work.PICTURE: With the kind permission of John Soffe (www.johnsoffe.com) Check his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnSoffePhotography),The Donegal Chamber Music Society has unveiled a feast of classical music concerts over the next couple of weeks.The Society been presenting concerts in Donegal since 2009, working with other cultural institutions both locally and nationwide with the aim of fostering an appreciation of Classical Music in the County.The Society collaborates regularly with Donegal County Council, Regional Cultural Centre, Music Network, Donegal Music Education Partnership, the University of Ulster and the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland. Their committee (Chairperson Graham Harrison) would like to acknowledge the inestimable collaboration of Canon Stewart Wright and the Select Vestry for their concerts in Conwal Church. This November they have three highly recommended chamber music concerts in Letterkenny including two concerts in the historical setting of Conwal Parish Church as part of ‘Sundays in Conwal 2014’ and one Music Network concert in the Auditorium of the modern Regional Cultural Centre.RTE Contempo String Quartet. Sunday 16th November, 3pm. Admission €12/€10 concessions.The Regional Cultural Centre is delighted to present the first ever concert in Letterkenny by the RTÉ Contempo Quartet in Conwal Parish Church onSunday, November 16, at 3pm, in association with Donegal Chamber Music Society. The Contempo String Quartet was formed in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania. Recognised as one of the world’s top string quartets, Contempo has won 14 international prizes and performed more that 1,000 concerts all over the world in venues including Carnegie Hall NY, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields London, The Philharmonie Berlin, The Opera House Tel Aviv, The Waterfront Hall Belfast and National Concert Hall Dublin. Contempo recorded the Adagio from Beethoven’s Opus 131 for Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ television drama Band of Brothers and composed and performed the music for the Danish silent film The Abyss. RTÉ announced Contempo Quartet as the new RTÉ string quartet last November replacing the outgoing RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet.Programme:Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”Hamza el Din: Escalay: The Water WheelHaydn: String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 in G minor ‘The Rider’ ******SOLO CELLO in the Regional Cultural Centre. Friday 28th November, 8pm. Admission €12/€10 concessions.Following the tremendous success of The Naked Violin Tour with Tasmin Little, Music Network is delighted to present Leonard Elschenbroich, one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation, in an evening of masterpieces from the solo cello repertoire. Leonard will interweave his intriguing programme with anecdotes and stories of personal connections to the pieces.My cello voice, My Voice with German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich Programme to include:Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007Hindemith: Solo Sonata, Op. 25, No. 3Taverner: ThrenosKevin Volans: A Short Walk in the Gardens of SolitudePiatti:12 Caprices, Op. 25 (No. 7 Maestoso / No.11 Adagio – Allegro)Lucca Lombardi: Essay 3 (Steiner)******DONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble. Sunday 30th November, 3pm. Admission €10/€5 concessions.The last concert of ‘Sundays in Conwal 2014’ takes places on Sunday 30th November with another performance by the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble (2 vlns, cello, double bass), the resident ensemble of the series.The Donegal Camerata (founded in 2007) is an international string ensemble of professional players based in the North West. They have performed at the 400th Anniversary celebrations of Letterkenny, in RTÉ Radio 1’s SundayMiscellany and at the Allingham Arts Festival. The group regularly appears in various venues and festivals across the county as well as offering an established concert series in Letterkenny.ProgrammeRossini: String Sonata No. 2 in A Major for 2 violins, cello and double bassStamitz: Divertimento (Trio) in C Major for Strings Op. 21 No. 3Denise Kelly (b. 1954): Four Sketches of Dublin/ Fragmentations (1988) (CMC)Borodin:Trio in g minor for 2 violins and cello on a Russian song ‘What have I done to hurt you?’Beethoven: 6 Ländler in D Major for Two Violins and Bass, WoO 15Johann Strauss I: Freudengrüsse Walzer Op.105Concert tickets for all those concerts can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 00353 74 91 20777DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY UNVEILS STUNNING CONCERT LINE-UPS was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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 Chamber Music SocietyLine-upNovember concertsRTElast_img read more

BEO GIG TONIGHT TO LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE

first_imgBY MOLLIE MacGINTY: BEO, which was set up in 2009 by three neighbouring schools in Letterkenny, Colaiste Ailigh, Loreto Convent and St Eunan’s, organises and promotes live music events for teenagers is getting ready for a special gig tonight – to launch their own website.For the past few months the BEO committee have been putting together a website. This website is to help other schools run their own BEO project.It contains sections for Students, Teachers and Bands showing what BEO has to offer. It even includes a week by week guide to running your own BEO. The event  will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny this evening, Friday, at 6:30pm. The official launch will take place at 6:45.Bands playing on the night are:Not Squares: A trio from Belfast who describe their music as ‘Disco Beard’. They have played at BEO before and are loved by many of the BEO Network.Hogan : A pop rock band from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, consisting of Mark Hogan (vocals, guitar), Wayne Brereton (guitar), Jonathan Westman (bass), and Ronan Nolan (drums).. Don’t Lean Back : A four piece, all-girl rock band from Buncrana (pictured). The drummer in the band Rachel Nelson is a student of Coláiste Ailigh and was in the first TY Group to run a BEO event.The launch is sure to be a great night of ceol agus craic. Bígí linn chun oíche speisialta, féiltiúla a bheith again.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBEO GIG TONIGHT TO LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE was last modified: December 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:buncranaColaiste AilighletterkennyLoreto Convent and St Eunan’slast_img read more

Women’s Golf Moves Up To Eighth On Final Day Of The Redbird Invitational

first_img Redbird Invitational – Final Results Print Friendly Version NORMAL, Ill. – The Drake University women’s golf team recorded the sixth-best round of the day during the final round of the Redbird Invitational to climb into eighth place on the leaderboard after the third and final round of the tournament.The Bulldogs carded a 308 to finish the three-round event with a total of 934 (321-305-308). Northern Illinois won the event with an 882 (296-288-298).A day after recording her best score as a Bulldog with a 73 during the second round, Sigurlaug Jonsdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) posted a 2-over par 74 (38-36) during the final round to lead the Bulldogs. Jonsdottir’s final round featured an even-par back nine and just two bogeys on the front side. She finished the tournament as Drake’s top scorer with an 11-over par 227 (80-73-74) that tied for 14th individually in the 84 golfer field.”Sigurlaug put together another solid round today,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “After starting with a bogey, she was really patient and made 13 pars in a row.”Haeri Lee (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) continued to shave strokes off her score, finishing the final round with a 76 for a three-day total of 231 (78-77-76). Grace Dunn (Brookfield, Wis.)  also finished under 80 for the second-straight round, shooting a 78 on the final day for a three-day 233 (81-74-78).Aimee Gerschke (South Milwaukee, Wis.) and Sam Paulak (Kansas City, Mo.) completed the scoring for the Bulldogs, shooting 247 (82-81-84) and 248 (83-85-80), respectively. “Overall, it was a solid start to the season,” Pruett added. “I know we can go even lower, and I look forward to getting back to practice before we head to Loyola.”Kristen Giles also competed as an individual for the Bulldogs and finished with a 240 (81-80-79).The Bulldogs return to action next week at the Loyola Fall Invitational in Flossmoor, Ill., Sept. 17-18.center_img Story Linkslast_img read more

Green Building Myth: Green Products Don’t Work as Well as Standard Products

first_imgThe last couple weeks I’ve written about two of the common myths of green building: that it has to cost more to build green and that green building is mostly about materials. This week I’ll cover another myth: that green building products don’t perform as well as conventional products.A lot of people still point to products like early water-saving toilets, compact-fluorescent lamps, and recycled-plastic-lumber decking as evidence that new-fangled green products don’t work very well. Clearly, there were some poorly performing products out there as manufacturers scrambled to respond to consumer demand and new regulations. But, for the most part, we’ve climbed up that learning curve, and current-generation products work very well.Let’s take a look at the history of a few of these product categories.Low-flush toiletsThe Energy Policy Act was signed into law in 1992 with a requirement that all toilets sold in the U.S. had to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) by January, 1994. That wasn’t much time for the plumbing industry to redesign their toilets, and many of those early 1.6-gpf toilets were indeed pretty unsatisfactory, requiring double flushing and frequent cleaning.The problem was that those first low-flush toilets weren’t designed from-the-ground-up to use 1.6 gallons for a flush; they were older toilets with bowls and trapways that had been designed to use 3.5 gallons or more; the only change was a modified flush valve that reduced the flush volume. Industry got the message loud and clear, and later models were designed to flush very well with 1.6 gpf—and some with even less. A new test procedure for toilet performance (Maximum Performance or MaP testing), introduced in 2003, helped manufacturers design better toilets by more accurately measuring flush performance.The bottom line is that complaints about new 1.6 gpf toilets have largely disappeared and, in fact, a new generation of “high-efficiency toilets” (HETs) that use even less water (HETs are defined as using at least 20% less water than the federal standard, or a maximum of 1.28 gpf) often actually outperform those 3.5 gpf toilets that were on the market in 1990. We’re using far less water today and getting better performance.Compact-fluorescent lampsEarly compact-fluorescent lamps (CFLs) used magnetic ballasts causing the lamps to blink as they switched on, then flicker 60 times a second and buzz or hum during operation. New CFLs all use “electronic” ballasts that switch on instantly and eliminate flickering and buzzing. The light quality has also improved. The phosphors (the coatings on the inside of the glass that absorbs the UV light given off by the energized mercury vapor gas and emits white light) used in most CFLs today produce warmer light that makes objects look more realistic. The light quality from the best CFLs today nearly matches that of incandescent light bulbs.Recycled-plastic lumberThe first recycled-plastic decking was made from 100% recycled plastic–usually high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The decking planks were very heavy, usually black, got really hot in the sun, and softened to create undulating deck surfaces. Today, most recycled-plastic decking is made of a composite material, with both waste wood fiber and recycled HDPE. The wood fibers increase the decking strength and reduce thermal expansion, so sagging is less of a problem. It’s a much better product.Low-VOC paintsEarly efforts to reduce the volatile organic compound (VOC) content of paints to improve indoor air quality led to compromises in performance. The solvent-based products performed much better even as they gave painters headaches and likely contributed to health problems among homeowners. Over the past 10- 15 years, though, the vast majority of R&D work going into paint technology has been focused on acrylic-based, low-VOC products, and performance has dramatically improved. Indeed, there are now zero-VOC paints that satisfy the toughest performance standards of the paint and coatings industry. New and improved products continue to appear almost monthly.* * *I’ve reviewed just a snapshot of product categories here. The point is that the manufacturing industry has responded to consumer and regulatory demand for greener, more-efficient, healthier products. While there are still green products whose performance isn’t where we’d like it to be, most green products work very well today. And we can look forward to continued improvement in the years ahead.I invite you to share your comments on this blog. Do you think “green” product performance is improving? Are there examples of continuing performance problems among green products?To keep up with my latest articles and musings, you can sign up for my Twitter feedslast_img read more

For your big data, sometimes there’s no place like home

first_imgAs the IoT becomes more widespread, companies are coming to the realization that although IoT stands for “Internet of Things,” the reality is that these solutions are less about the things and more about using the data generated from these things. As the volume of data that these solutions deliver grows, it is challenging traditional ways of reporting and investigating this data; these methods were never designed with the intent of showing users what’s in the data, but rather to enable self-guided exploration of data.The problem is even more complex in industrial IoT (IIoT), where billions of data points can be generated every second from manufacturing systems and factory floors. This really presents an opportunity — not just to have data, but to generate actionable intelligence and deep insights from this dataflow. This is where machine learning has started to make its presence known. But with all this data and all these new analytical tools, the new question that companies deploying IoT solutions becomes “where do these analytics now live?”Here’s the truth: data no longer lives as a static object. The days of fixed data existing at rest have been replaced with time series-driven data streams that changes its state and is constantly in motion. Think of the “Three Vs”Think of data today across three attributes — Volume, Velocity, and Variety. With these in mind, we can start to look at where it is most appropriate for certain data to be ingested, processed, and delivered to take action on this data.The first place where we see this new approach to data is at the edge with the emergence of edge analytics. For many applications, driving data all the way back to the cloud to be aggregated is neither timely, inexpensive, nor secure. Being able to turn your data around at the edge or on-premises allows for more efficient deployment of solutions to monitor data streams in real time for patterns and anomalies. These can then drive more intelligence business solutions that include such things as automated predictions, efficiency ratings, and time to failure analysis. This reality is the reason behind ThingWorx Analytics, which gives IIoT solution builders key capabilities to tackle the volume, velocity, and variety of industrial data. It positions companies so they can leverage their data and build incremental business models without having to staff up dramatically to support this. Although the idea of data is not new, the role of a data scientist within a company is changing, and quite dramatically as well.The risk of not getting the edge rightIf you poorly deploy your technologies at the edge, it can turn your data scientists into what’s effectively an expensive professional services organization, turning data modeling into a laborious process driven by human performance rather than the timeliness of your data. But in business, the right data delivered at the wrong time is still a suboptimal outcome.The answer to this is a suite of products that can help your team quickly use modeling tools, then take those models and build automation around them to keep your data moving at the same speed as your business. ThingWorx Analytics does this in several steps, designed to automate tasks for data scientists that were previously manual and time-consuming. This accelerates their ability to construct and deploy automated advanced analytical capabilities within solutions. The key to this is context and understanding where your data exists when applied to your internal business processes and use cases.Without this contextual information, you cannot find the actionable data you need to make informed, proactive decisions. If there is a gap between data and action in IIoT, what bridges that gap is context. This is where we can finally have that meaningful discussion about the use of machine learning within industrial applications. It’s important to point out that IIoT analytics look very different than previous generations of business intelligence (BI) tools. Most of the previous BI tools are still more business-assistive, providing better tools for a human to traverse data sets and build dashboards. They rely on humans to discover insights within the data. Machine learning can assist in the investigation of data often resulting in more insights from deeper and wider data sets.New tools allow for pattern watchingThe emergence of these autonomous learning technologies means an own approach. With autonomous learning you can track data streams in real time to watch patterns and anomalies. You can move past basic analysis to drive predictions and optimizations. And you can alter business or operational process in real-time to maximize a benefit or minimize risk.In reality, even teams of humans can never deliver what machine learning can in terms of new models. And as a result, BI is trying to be used in places it wasn’t really developed for. In certain operational areas of a business, there is value still for traditional BI solutions, but they are not built for IoT at their core. And one of the advantages that define solutions such as ThingWorx Analytics is years of IP development in machine learning technologies.If they’re done right, machine learning can improve the impact of your data scientists, decrease the time to market for new analytics, and increase the availability of those analytics to more internal teams beyond just the data team. This represents a unique opportunity for companies to benefit from their data quickly and in a cost-effective way. But in order to do so, efficiency needs to improve. And it turns out that even with new technologies like IoT, BI, and the cloud, when it comes to data sometimes there’s no place like home.This article was produced in partnership with PTC. Learn more about how the Thingworx Analytics platforms works and receive important updates. 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