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a travel guide to mexico city from renowned chef julian medina

by heather whitleythis article is part of our “street to street” series, where we ask prominent new yorkers to share their recommendations for what to see and do in major cities around the world. ike edeanijulian medina opened his first restaurant, toloache, in 2007. he now serves as chef/owner for eight restaurants in the new york area.walking into one of chef julian medina’s restaurants is a cultural vacation for the senses. authentic mexican aromas and decor make patrons feel as if they have somehow teleported out of the big apple and into mexico city itself. it’s just one reason why time out new york called one of medina’s restaurants the “best reason to brush up on your spanish.”born and raised in mexico city, chef medina remembers his father cooking homemade breakfasts ...





travel tips from a fashion entrepreneur

by heather whitleythis article is part of our “street to street” series, where we ask prominent new yorkers to share their recommendations for what to see and do in major cities around the world. ike edeanirie yano’s fashion startup material world offers a fashion trade-in service where customers can buy or sell new and used designer goods online.entrepreneur rie yano has lived all over the globe. she was born outside of tokyo, educated in mexico, and now works in new york. but compared to all the cities she’s seen, she says, tokyo offers an experience like no other.“i love the culture of tokyo. when you go to tokyo, you actually find these subcultures in different neighborhoods, in different streets, different cafes, different bars,” yano said. “they will dress the same way,...





a visit to rome with eataly's adam saper

by heather whitleythis article is part of our “street to street” series, where we ask prominent new yorkers to share their recommendations for what to see and do in major cities around the world. ike edeanias cfo and managing partner of eataly usa, adam saper helps bring some of what he loves about italy to his hometown of new york.adam saper was born and raised in new york city. but italy is where his heart lives.“i’m not italian,” saper said. “though i always say i want to be italian.”as a child, saper spent every summer in rome, visiting a close friend of his mother’s. through these visits, saper developed a lifelong affinity for the food, the people and the culture of italy’s capital city. this love for all things italian led to an introduction with a partner of eatal...





small businesses adopting technology is key to raising productivity

microsoftthree brains are better than twomicrosoft and hult international business school have a report out today looking at small and medium sized enterprises (smes) across europe. in good company combines an ethnographic study with a pan-european survey of almost 13,000 smes.perhaps unsurprisingly, it shows that the owners of business see growth and success in different ways:“the survey showed that while growth is often a goal for smes, their focus is on achieving this in a controlled, fun way, rather than striving for the ‘hyper-growth’ that common wisdom about smes suggests. while making money clearly is a goal (37%), 43 per cent of smes actually define growth as refining a craft– the quality of their products – and the strength of their connection with customers – all w...





it's almost tax day... and the irs wants your data!

time to get out those w-2s and start crunching numbers. april 18 is tax day, and it’s just around the corner! while taxpayers track down receipts and start calculating deductions, the irs is also busy – collecting, managing and analyzing a flood of data.just six years after passage of the paper work reduction act in 1980, the irs was already considered a leader in records digitization. in fact, the agency began accepting tax returns electronically in the late 1980s - many years before formal launch of the federal agencies digital guidelines initiative in 2007. now the irs is taking the lead yet again. and this time, it’s big data.almost every industry is feeling the impact of big data – from retailers tracking customer preferences to financial markets analyzing spending and investm...





how cognitive computing can help to prevent phishing attacks

by limor kessem, ibm securityphishing is one of the internet’s oldest threats. its history traces back to the mid-1990s, but it unfortunately continues to escalate in numbers every year. based on social engineering, phishing is most typically delivered by email, or an sms message, with a url inside.cybercriminals who use phishing kits have devised numerous methods to access and solicit the attention of bank customers. they might send emails impersonating a bank, redirect users to fake sites, deploy pharming attacks, induce malicious proxy changes or launch fake windows or images on a victim’s desktop, just to name a few -- all to steal access credentials, account information, card data and personally identifiable information (pii).phishing attacks have been successful throughout the ye...





lessons i learned from launching the first etf

by michele lerner if you’re one of the many owners of the approximately $3.4 trillion[1] held in exchange traded funds (etfs), you may not realize that these popular investments hit the american stock exchange (now part of the nyse) only a quarter-century ago, thanks to state street global advisors (ssga) and the american stock exchange, which partnered on their development.innovative financial products initially viewed as a niche offering, etfs have become a common investment tool and now account for about 30 percent of all u.s. trading by dollar value and 23 percent by share volume.it was the 1987 stock market crash that led to the etf, said jim ross, chairman of the global spdr business at ssga. ross helped launch the first etf, the spdr® s&p 500® etf (spy), which has grown to be th...





how much power does president trump actually have over trade deals?

president trump’s pledge to shake up existing trade agreements and negotiations has already had tangible impact in one sense: it has given pause to many u.s. companies that depend on exports and imports to do business.one of the president’s stated concerns is the north american free trade agreement, or nafta, the u.s. accord with two of its largest trading partners, mexico and canada. president trump has vowed to renegotiate—and possibly scrap—the 1993 pact, which was designed to eliminate trade barriers and promote fair competition among the three countries.the uncertainty is not just about what president trump might do with nafta. there’s also considerable debate about what the law allows him to do. adding to the confusion is how mexico might respond to any protectionist u.s. t...





is your current technology preventing your startup or small business from scaling?

you've been working diligently to grow your business, and you've started to see significant traction. after months of effort trying to connect with your target audience, everything is coming together, and now it's time to scale. however, before you assume that all your hard work has paid off and it will be smooth sailing, think again. scaling brings an entirely new set of challenges, especially if you lack the technology to scale painlessly.if these three challenges resonate with you, it might be time to update your technology.1. your internet is slow, or you lack adequate bandwidthsome businesses try to scrape by with inadequate internet plans because they don't want to spend money for a premium plan. while it's smart to consider ways to save, this is not an area where you want to sk...





hotel operators, guests want more technology: survey

orlando, florida—hotel operators are embracing technology innovation with a greater sense of urgency as online travel agents (otas), personal digital assistants, room-sharing services, and shifting consumer expectations disrupt the $500 billion global industry.that was one of the big takeaways from a panel session of hotel industry innovators at oracle industry connect, where oracle released the results of its hotel 2025 survey. conducted with 150 hotel operators and 702 consumers in february 2017, the survey found that guests are willing to engage brands that offer new technologies if they feel they’re in control of their experience. it also found that hotels should be wary of implementing automation without personal service.oraclein a new oracle hotel 2025 survey, about 72% of the ho...





what happens when michelle obama surprises dc students

former first lady michelle obama’s reach higher initiative was born out of a conversation between two old friends during the government shutdown of 2013. education secretary arne duncan invited mrs. obama to his office to discuss how she could use her bully pulpit to support students. secretary duncan and mrs. obama knew each other from chicago. they had mutual friends and shared similar experiences growing up there. and both knew first hand that education was key to their success—and that higher education in particular was the most powerful investment anyone could make. secretary duncan encouraged her to share her story with students, especially those who grew up in communities a lot like hers. she agreed, and after the shutdown ended, staff set about planning a visit for the two of t...





it's almost national college signing day. here's why you should celebrate.

every year, we see the country come together to celebrate student-athletes as they announce their plans for the future. there is tv coverage, special assemblies, and posts all over social media praising their decision—all the stops are pulled for these athletes. former first lady michelle obama has always believed that students pursuing a higher education deserve to have the same attention as these other student-athletes.that’s why she started celebrating national college signing day every spring.three years ago, mrs. obama launched her reach higher initiative at a college signing day  rally with over 2,000 graduating high school seniors at the university of texas, san antonio. all of the students in attendance had committed to continue their education at a university, community colle...





a midshipman at the united states naval academy is changing the culture around sexual assault

back in high school, one of my closest friends was sexually assaulted.  when she told me what happened, i was immediately angered, saddened, and confused all at once.  how could something so cruel and demoralizing happen in my community?  and why had no one said something or stepped in to stop it?shaq keels meets with former vice president joe biden at an it's on us event at the u.s. naval academy.i knew that i had to do something to help make a change, and i was determined to make a difference in the years ahead.when we as a society start learning about sexual assault, we soon realize this is no small problem and there is no easy fix.  sexual assault permeates all corners of our society—especially our college campuses—and the statistics are truly staggering.one in five women, and...





3 standout solutions for companies seeking top talent

attracting the right talent is more than posting online job openings and hoping candidates see your amazing workplace and open positions. top-talent candidates typically have more than one option to choose. as an employer, this means putting extra thought into recruiting efforts and company branding.shutterstock3 standout solutions for companies seeking top talent1. proclaim the positivesdo you have a positive workplace culture?are your employees willing to share job openings with others?do you offer competitive pay and benefits?will new employees feel empowered and part of something bigger than themselves if they join your company?once they are a part of the team, will they have training that provides personal and professional growth?is your company locally or nationally ranked as a top w...





does your workforce data fly securely in the cloud?

for globally inclined businesses, the data cloud has become nearly indispensable. in fact, research consultancies estimate that worldwide spending on public cloud services will climb from a $70 billion industry in 2015 to over $141 billion in 2019.decisions to turn to the cloud for your business’s operations should be met with extreme scrutiny. there are some considerations to fully exhaust before choosing a cloud-based provider, whether your business is just entering the cloud sphere or switching providers for your accounting, it or hr departments.shutterstockdoes your workforce data fly securely in the cloud?it’s vital that you know how your data – be it hr related or otherwise – will be protected from potential breaches. ask your prospective provider some questions.is the physic...





4 tips for your own e-learning

today’s workforce is increasingly comprised of people who are paid to think and learn. in order to provide the best new content for your employees, your online learning course needs to be a carefully crafted mix of relevancy and entertainment to ensure employees retain the information. here are four tips to generating online learning content that can help today’s learners.1. the reason(s) whyas you build new learning content, ask yourself:what is red today that needs to be green tomorrow?what report margins am i looking at, and which elements need to increase or decrease?what are the c-suite level stress points, and how can this training course impact those business needs?who is my audience? all employees or just a select department, possibly a management level or maybe this course is ...





employees stay for meaningful work

finding meaningful work is one of life’s greatest challenges. some people spend their whole life trying to identify their purpose, yet never figure it out. millennials, who will continue to make up a growing percentage of our workforce, are especially driven by their pursuit of personal development and purpose.shutterstockemployees stay for meaningful workmost savvy employers know the importance of providing meaningful work in order to retain great employees, but it can be challenging to figure out what their employees find meaningful when it comes to job fulfillment.defining meaningful workemployees define job fulfillment in various ways. here’s some basic tips they want their employers to know:i want my job to make sense to me.i’m sure you know why you’re asking me to do it, but...





2 surprising benefits of employee self-service

times are a-changin’, and hr leaders are feeling it.according to a 2016 pew research center report, technology-driven shifts have increased a sense of self-reliance and independence in individuals. according to the study, “nearly nine-in-ten americans today are online up from about half in the early 2000s […]. roughly three-quarters of americans now own a smartphone, with lower-income americans and those ages 50 and older exhibiting a sharp uptick in ownership over the past year.”shutterstock2 surprising benefits of employee self-servicehowever, some hr methods like tedious paper-based forms fall short by not giving employees the technological autonomy to which they’re accustomed. this disconnect is problematic, especially as today’s employees increasingly expect the same techn...





3 ways to fight back against hyperconnectivity overload

despite the hoopla about always-on, social connectivity, workers at many companies are falling victim to collaborative overload. results from a global survey of over 4,000 executives and employees found most companies lack the management skills, organizational culture, and technology to make collaboration pay off at scale.shutterstockimage via shutterstock.conducted by oxford economics, the sap successfactors-sponsored study found a direct correlation between an elite group of respondents from high-performing companies – called “digital winners” − and organizational practices and results. oxford economics also incorporated the research data into a benchmarking survey companies can use to compare their performance with “digital winners.” these companies are distinguished by how ...





how cdos can use cognitive computing to transform their businesses {q&a}

by inderpal bhandari, ph.d., ibminderpal bhandari, ph.d., was named ibm’s global chief data officer in december 2015. he began his career in ibm research in the 1990s, then spent the next decades in making a career of data. he became a chief data officer in 2006 for a healthcare company, the first in that field. as ibm hosts its chief data officer strategy summit today in san francisco, bhandari answers three of the most common questions he's asked.q1.) how are chief data officers (cdos) transforming their organizations today?a1.) cdos need to lead an internal transformation from a siloed, largely relational, culture based upon technology to a cloud-based, cognitive environment, capable of deriving and acting rapidly on cognitive insights from massive structured and unstructured, intern...