Alumnus examines technology in business

first_imgLloyd Adams, chief operating officer of SAP Americas’ Regulated Industries, spoke Friday at the Mendoza College of Business as part of the “Ten Years Hence Speaker Series: The Future of Energy.”The series aims to “explore issues, ideas and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade,” according to Mendoza’s website description of the series. Adams speech discussed the technological advantage in examining the changing business world.“You really should stop and take pause, and wonder, where you’re going to go from here,” Adams said to begin his lecture.Although he focused on the increasing uses of technological advances in the business world, Adams also emphasized the importance of individual fulfillment in your career. Adams graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in marketing.He said to always stop and ensure that you are happy in that moment and that you are giving everything back you can.Adams began working for SAP 16 years ago. He attributed his continuance with the company to his leading role in the harnessing of big data to boost all spectrums of business.”In the last five years, more data has been created than ever before … which presents huge opportunity if approached right,” he said.“Cloud, big data, and networks are what companies are moving towards.”Analyzing the direction of these companies, Adams said we are “a world of real time engagement moving towards a segment of one.”Adams said SAP’s mission is to help organizations become best-run businesses and their passions are based on teamwork, integrity, accountability and professionalism.“Technology and innovation are driving the four most essential dimensions of business: customers, employees, resources and networks,” Adams said. “The ability to explore new possibilities has changed SAP as a company.”Due to the implementation of technology into the business world, companies are enabled to create previously unimaginable applications and to rethink new ways to run their businesses, Adams said.“Wherever you go, you’re going to have to embrace technology and try to harness your technological ability,” Adams said.He said we should not fear technology, but rather use it to improve our lives.Though his lecture focused on the increasing use of technology in business, Adams made sure to leave his audience with more than just background on what SAP does.“When looking three or five years hence, look to go somewhere where you would be proud to work at and someplace where you can change the game and bring it to the next level,” Adams said.Adams said he would recommend for students to really think about where it is you want to go with your life and career and not settle for the first job they are offered. ”Be deliberate,” Adams said. “Be selfish. Make sure where you’re going is some place you would want to get up on a stage and talk about.”Tags: Mendozalast_img read more


Paulinho salvages point for Spurs

first_img Spurs deserved to go in behind at the break but, after Paulino’s powerful 61st-minute strike drew them level, were good value for a share of the spoils. Hull, meanwhile, will be delighted by the contributions of £14million duo Long and Jelavic – the latter just as deserving of a first goal as his partner. They were a constant threat and never allowed the below-par Michael Dawson or the returning Jan Vertonghen a moment’s peace. The travelling support took the first opportunity to laud one of their former favourites, chanting the name of Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone, who left White Hart Lane in the summer. And it was Huddlestone who played a key role in the first chance of the afternoon. He caught Spurs cold by floating a wide free-kick towards Jelavic at the near post and although the Croatian’s contact was not the cleanest, his volley nearly crept under the crossbar. With both sides lining up 4-4-2 there was a promise of open football and Tottenham delivered by going close from their very next attack. Roberto Soldado did well to find Emmanuel Adebayor in space at the edge of the area and his crisp first-time effort was well saved by Steve Harper, the veteran standing in for suspended number one Allan McGregor. After 12 entertaining minutes, the game got the goal it deserved as Long and Jelavic teamed up to lethal effect. Jelavic played provider, showing good enterprise to hook the ball into space with his back to goal. Long galloped after it and immediately gained a yard on Vertonghen and the sluggish Dawson. By the time the Irishman reached Hugo Lloris he had created a one-on-one opportunity and made no mistake from 12 yards. Spurs were not immediately panicked by the goal and enjoyed plenty of the ball for the next quarter of an hour. Adebayor, Soldado and Christian Eriksen all featured but Hull defended stoutly to keep them at bay. Curtis Davies, in particular, was turning in a fine shift. Spurs, though, had become a touch complacent at the back and needed Kyle Walker to make a clinical sliding challenge when Jelavic swooped on a loose crossfield pass. The former Everton man again threatened when Dawson’s foul on Long gave Hull a free shot on goal in the 39th minute. Having persuaded Huddlestone to give up dead-ball rights, Jelavic curled his effort a yard wide with Lloris rooted. Spurs continued to struggle against Jelavic after the interval, Walker dithering near the corner flag and complaining to the referee as the Croatian picked his pocket. By comparison, it was not until the 56th minute that Harper was called on again. Vertonghen’s rampaging run got Spurs going before Paulinho’s shot was diverted into Soldado’s path. He took aim from a tight angle but Harper kept his cool to palm clear. The equaliser felt likelier now and arrived just after the hour mark. A short free-kick resulted in Danny Rose’s hopeful shot from 30 yards and while that was never likely to worry Harper, it did reach Paulinho, who turned and found the roof of the net from 18 yards. Sherwood’s side were immediately improved and quickly forced Hull back into their own half. For a while, they defended desperately but Spurs’ new-found confidence invited a quick counter. Substitute Robert Koren nearly took advantage when his through-ball found Jelavic and, though he managed to stab his shot past the charging Lloris, Dawson was on hand to prevent it reaching the line. Jelavic, who did everything except score on the day, struck the base of the post after more good link-up play from Long but the feeling remained that Hull were happier with the scoreline. Had Adebayor had one of his better days, or Eriksen’s radar been better adjusted, Spurs would surely have scored again. Hull might also have nicked it when Huddlestone’s flat free-kick in the 89th minute somehow evaded three team-mates inside the six-yard box, but neither side will be aggrieved with a draw. The form book pointed decisively to a Spurs win, with Sherwood having won three in a row on the road while Hull were goalless and pointless throughout January. But recent arrival Long put the Tigers ahead 12 minutes into his home debut having raced onto a clever ball from fellow new boy Nikica Jelavic. Shane Long’s first goal for Hull saw them claim their first point of the year and end Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood’s perfect away record in the Barclays Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more


Guyana only has 24-day fuel storage capacity – Jagdeo

first_imgOil exportation licence scrapping…says cancellation of contract unwiseOpposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo said that Guyana only has a mere 24 days fuel reserve capacity, pointing that the decision to revoke an oil exportation licence granted to China Zhonghao Inc is not a wise move for the country.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo made this comment at a Wednesday afternoon news conference at his Party’s Robb Street, Georgetown headquarters.According to the Opposition Leader it is odd the Government would want to deny a company which wants to invest in Guyana’s bulk fuel storage capacity, noting that the State oil company, Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) having a measly 14 days storage capacity, which simply means, if the country is unable to import fuel for more than three weeks it will be out of supply.“Some countries try to encourage people to build more storage… we have 24 days of storage capacity. We should encourage people to invest and build more storage capacity. The Chinese can’t fetch away the tanks when they build them there, they can’t fetch them back to China, they are investing in our country,” he argued.The former President rhetorically questioned why the Government would go after a legitimate company, which was intended to boost Guyana’s low bulk fuel storage capacity.Duplicitous approachJagdeo also lambasted the APNU Administration for what he described as a duplicitous approach, pointing to a recent statement by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who said that the Governments of Guyana and Brazil were holding discussions to approach the Chinese Government to fund the Linden to Lethem Highway contraction and other infrastructural projects here.“So on one hand there is this big assault on the Chinese companies … and then on the other hand they are looking for money from the Chinese Government to build the road from Brazil to Guyana and the other infrastructure… looking for money from the Chinese Government and on the other hand chasing away all the Chinese investors,” Jagdeo highlighted.Jagdeo urged the Chinese Ambassador to Guyana to intervene and say clearly to the Guyana Government that the harassment of Chinese investors must cease.Abide by the lawsJagdeo also made it clear that if any company, Chinese or otherwise, break the laws of Guyana in anyway, then they must be sanction; however, the Government must not target these companies because of a hidden agenda.“I must point out that the Chinese and any foreign investor must comply with all our laws. If they sign agreements, like BaiShanLin and the others, they must comply, if they don’t comply then there must be penalties, but they must not be treated unfairly,” he reasoned.Possible litigation costsEarlier a legal expert told Guyana Times that the State faces the possibility of humongous litigation costs if the Chinese take legal action over a breach of contract without any solid justification.“Contracts can only be terminated for just cause in accordance with the terms of the contract, since many contracts provide grounds upon which they can be terminated,” the expert, who practises civil law… In other words said “a contract cannot be whimsically and arbitrarily terminated. If that happens, the affected party can launch legal proceedings for damages and compensation for wrongful and/or unlawful termination of the contract and that can run into hundreds of millions of dollars depending on the subject matter of the contract,” the civil lawyer outlined.The expert said while not being fully privy to the terms of the contract, based on the trend in recent months, said that there seems to be some misperception by the Government that contracts signed prior to their assumption to office could be arbitrarily quashed.“The Government seems to believe that they are not bound by contracts entered into under the previous Government. That is a terribly flawed view. Contracts with the State of Guyana, entered into by the Government of the day, continue to be enforced, notwithstanding that there may be a change of government,” the expert highlighted.The Government and the company have not officially commented on the termination of the contract.Only recently there were reports of fuel smuggling in Guyana with prominent businessmen names being called din the illicit ring. In one instance, the High Court granted an injunction after several local businessmen moved to the court following accusations of inducement to smuggle fuel from Venezuela.last_img read more