Halliburton forms strategic agreement with Microsoft and Accenture to advance digital capabilities

first_imgThe partnership will enhance real-time platforms for expanded remote operations, improving analytics capability with the Halliburton Data Lake utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence Halliburton partners with Microsoft and Accenture. (Credit: Pixabay/Markus Spiske) Halliburton, Microsoft and Accenture have announced they have entered into a five-year strategic agreement to advance Halliburton’s digital capabilities in Microsoft Azure.Under the agreement, Halliburton will complete its move to cloud-based digital platforms and strengthen its customer offerings by:Enhancing real-time platforms for expanded remote operations,Improving analytics capability with the Halliburton Data Lake utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence, andAccelerating the deployment of new technology and applications, including SOC2 compliance, for Halliburton’s overall system reliability and security.“The strategic agreement with Microsoft and Accenture is an important step in our adoption of new technology and applications to enhance our digital capabilities, drive additional business agility and reduce capital expenditures,” said Jeff Miller, Halliburton chairman, president & CEO. “We are excited about the benefits our customers and employees will realize through this agreement, and the opportunity to further leverage our open architecture approach to software delivery.”“Moving to the cloud allows companies to create market-shaping customer offerings and drive tangible business outcomes,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president, Microsoft’s Worldwide Commercial Business. “Through this alliance with Halliburton and Accenture, we will apply the power of the cloud to unlock digital capabilities that deliver benefits for Halliburton and its customers.”The agreement also enables the migration of all Halliburton physical data centers to Azure, which delivers enterprise-grade cloud services at global scale and offers sustainability benefits. Accenture will work closely with Microsoft, in conjunction with their Avanade joint venture, to help transition Halliburton’s digital capabilities and business-critical applications to Azure. Accenture will leverage its comprehensive cloud migration framework, which brings industrialized capabilities together with exclusive tools, methods, and automation to accelerate Halliburton’s data center migration and provide for additional transformation opportunities.“Building a digital core and scaling quickly across a business is only possible with a strong foundation in the cloud,” said Julie Sweet, chief executive officer, Accenture. “Halliburton recognizes that this essential foundation will provide the innovation, efficiency and talent advantages to do things differently and fast. We are proud to be part of this transformational change, which builds on our long history working with Halliburton and Microsoft.”The companies expect to complete the staged migration by 2022. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

NSC Midgett departs shipyard for Hawaii homeport

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Eighth US Coast Guard NSC departs shipyard for Hawaii homeport June 12, 2019, by View post tag: USCGC Midgett View post tag: NSC Authorities navaltodaycenter_img Share this article Eighth US Coast Guard NSC departs shipyard for Hawaii homeport View post tag: US Cost Guard Future USCGC Midgett, the US Coast Guard’s eighth national security cutter (NSC), got underway from Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard after being delivered to the coast guard early May.The ship is headed for Honolulu, Hawaii, where it will be stationed along with the seventh NSC, Kimball, and fast response cutters (FRCs) Joseph Gerczak and Oliver Berry.FRC William Hart, scheduled for commissioning in late 2019, will also be stationed there.NSC 8 is named to honor the hundreds of members of the Midgett family who have served in the US Coast Guard and its predecessor services. At least 10 members of the Midgett family earned high honors from the US Coast Guard for their heroic lifesaving deeds. Seven Midgett family members were awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the US Coast Guard’s highest award for saving a life, and three were awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal.NSCs are 418 feet (127 m) long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.last_img read more

Rombouts develops its coffee lines for cafés

first_imgRombouts Coffee’s Pure Origins coffee range is now available for coffee shops and cafés. The range, which was exclusively available to retail consumers through Selfridges stores, is available in two formats – ground coffee in black caddies for cafetières, and coffee pods for the Rombouts’ 1,2,3 Spresso system.Coffee varieties include Pur Colombie, Pur Kenya, La Grande Reserve, Moka D’Ethiopia and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. The 7g pods are individually vacuum-sealed and packed in cases of 6×12 or 16×12.The caddies are available in cases of 4x250g.Price: Pods – cases of 6×12 – £18.48 or 16×12 – £49.28[http://www.rombouts.co.uk]last_img read more

News story: Government invests in Warrington congestion cutting scheme

first_img Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Thousands of new jobs and homes could be created in Warrington after the Transport Secretary approved £142.5 million for a new Western Link.The new road, which will connect the A56 at Chester Road with the A57 at Sankey Way, will create a new crossing point over the Mersey, cutting congestion and opening up land for development for up to 24,000 new homes and substantial employment opportunities.The scheme will also create job opportunities at the Port of Warrington, boosting the economy of the whole area.Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: Roads media enquiries The Western Link Road creates an additional key link between the north and south of Warrington, taking shipping traffic away from the town centre.It will also ease congestion close to Warrington Bank Quay station, improving journey times in and around the town, while an additional bridge will be built over the Manchester Shipping Canal.Construction on the new road could start as early as 2021.This is part of the government’s £13 billion investment in northern transport, which includes Highways England’s £1.5 billion to enhance motorways and major A roads in the north west as well as £1.57 billion from the growth deal for more than 60 transport schemes in the region until 2021.In addition, Warrington West Station, which received £4.23 million from the New Stations Fund, is due to be completed later this year. When complete, Northern Rail will provide two trains an hour. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Investment in roads cuts travel time, increases productivity and helps create new job opportunities. The new Western Link Road will significantly benefit both road users and residents in Warrington, and is the latest instalment of the government’s record £13 billion investment in transport across the north of England.last_img read more

Winterize outdoor pipes

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaFreezing temperatures will likely hit north Georgia later this month and begin to creep down to south Georgia in November. It’s time to think about properly winterizing outdoor pipes and lawn sprinklers. A few precautions now can save a lot of time, money and headaches later.Freezing temperatures can cause the water in an exposed pipe to expand. If the water expands too much, the pipe bursts.”With home irrigation systems, you probably wouldn’t know you had any pipe damage until you turned it on for the first spring watering,” said Kerry Harrison, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist.Most in-ground sprinkler pipes will be OK. Only the top 2 inches of the ground will freeze in most of Georgia. Pipes should be well below this level. Other irrigation components, such as backflow-prevention valves, are at ground level, though, and could be in danger.If any exposed valves or pipes are around your home, tape them up or “use a good old sack to wrap them,” Harrison said. Home-improvement stores have many tapes, foams and gadgets to keep these pipes warm on cold, winter nights.The tips of sprinkler heads can hold water. When frozen, they can rupture. The whole sprinkler system holds water, too, even when it isn’t being used. Don’t forget to drain the system, Harrison said. If you don’t drain it properly in the winter, your sprinkler could be a geyser when you turn it on next spring.”Arrangements should have been made in the installation process to have a way to drain those lines that would hold water through a buried valve in a pit,” he said.If you bought a home with an installed irrigation system, find this drain valve. Some systems are equipped with automatic drain valves.Don’t forget about outside water hoses. Just do one of two things:* Leave the hoses hanging outside. But disconnect them from faucets.* Disconnect, drain and store hoses someplace with a constant temperature. This will prolong the life of the hoses.If you leave hoses undrained outside in the winter, don’t move them or touch them in freezing weather. Frozen hoses are fragile. You could be the one to break them.Private water users and rural residents with wells should check out their main water pump. Usually a quarter-inch pipe connects to the pressure switch. If it’s metal, it likely won’t freeze. But if it’s plastic, it might freeze and burst. This could cause the water pump to fail or continue to run and cause some major winter repairs.If all these precautions fail and a pipe bursts anyway, there’s still one thing to remember: “Know where your main water cutoff is,” Harrison said.To find out more about historical weather data in your area, go to the Web site, www.georgiaweather.net.last_img read more

Women’s groups raise funds to assist girls in foster care

first_img October 15, 2005 Regular News Women’s groups raise funds to assist girls in foster care Women’s groups raise funds to assist girls in foster carecenter_img Hundreds of South Florida advocates for women — including those from the legal community — have come together to raise funds for Casa Valentina, a facility that will provide safe, affordable housing for young women who are turning 18, or “aging out” of the foster care system.Once they turn 18, these young women are expected to blend in to society as young adults. Unfortunately, many of them lack the life skills and economic means to survive and end up in undesirable circumstances and sometimes homeless, said Sharon Langer, director of The Dade County Bar Legal Aid and a member of the Bar’s Board of Governors. Foster care and other state funded programs are supposed to provide transitional services. However, in early 2005, the Florida Department of Children and Families said it ran out of money for The Road to Independent Living program, which is supposed to provide money and training for transitioning foster children.“This is a problem that affects our entire community.” Langer said. “If these young kids end up homeless, they will not be the positive adults this community needs. We can’t, in good conscience, turn our backs on them just because the government claims to have run out of money.”The women’s group will focus its initial efforts on building or renovating an apartment complex where young women could live semi-independently for 12 – 18 months and learn skills that will allow them to transition into living independently — ultimately saving enough money to rent affordable and safe housing elsewhere in the community. They named the project Casa Valentina. They have a name. Now all they need is the money.The group formed a grass roots fund-raising arm called “The Visionaries,” comprised of citizens who donate a minimum of $1,000 to the project. To date over 125 Visionaries have contributed through word-of-mouth fund-raising. One of the founders of the Visionaries, Sharon Socol, hosted a dinner party at her home to talk about the project and raise funds.“I believe that there is an urgent need for something like Casa Valentina,” said Socol. “I don’t always feel comfortable fund-raising, but I do feel comfortable telling my friends about the project and giving them the opportunity to help if they can.”At the Socol dinner party was Broadway playwright and actor Eve Ensler, who granted the group a license to produce a Miami benefit, utilizing her play, The Vagina Monologues, to raise money for Casa Valentina.On October 27, women from the South Florida community will star in the play, which will include a new monologue that Ensler wrote and will be performing. The performance will take place at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.The Junior League of Miami was one of the first groups to fund the effort through a grant, and the National Council of Jewish Women of Greater Miami has donated $25,000 toward the facility. In June the first Casa Valentina community event took place in downtown Miami. The Florida Association for Women Lawyers, The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Miami-Dade County, and the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Miami-Dade County Chapter joined forces to put together the event to promote the upcoming play, sell tickets, and create awareness.Anyone interested in becoming a Visionary, hosting an event, becoming a corporate sponsor, or purchasing tickets may contact Susan Holtzman at (305) 274-4772 or Tiffany Zeitz at (305) 284-0114. For more information on the Casa Valentina project visit www.WomensFundMiami.org/CasaValentina.html.last_img read more

Microsoft: Yeah, Internet Explorer Sucked. So Did You.

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York We hate you Microsoft. You and your pesky Operating Systems. Super-rich boss who can do great things with bajillions of dollars he doesn’t even need…Super-annoying web browser.Even those of us who love you, hate having to defend you against Apple fanbots. Even we loved the Mac vs. PC commercials, where the pudgy guy took a shellacking every time from the mild mannered, nerdy but lovable guy who we know we’ve seen in a million other things but can’t actually name any.(Plus, your Windows cell phones… Yeah. No one cares.)There is nothing you can do to ever put yourselves in the warm and fuzzy part of our heart reserved for unicorns, being swaddled by your mother at two months old, knowing how to spell swaddled…Wait. What’s this?Aw shucks Microsoft. Wanna French?last_img read more

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