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Vince Ward, Project Officer at the Southern Housing Group

Vince Ward, Project Officer at the Southern Housing Group

By Vince Ward

What started out as a community-based energy project on the Isle of Wight has morphed into a bona fide social movement.

Encouraged by the work of IBM Distinguished Engineer, Andy Stanford-Clark, who created a “smart” house that monitored, managed and optimized energy use, three years ago the Village of Chale created the Chale Community Project, which seeks, among other things, to reduce home energy costs by up to 50 percent. While the project has indeed raised awareness and helped residents lower costs, it has also had a serendipitous outcome – it has brought the community together.

From the very beginning of the Chale Community Project – during planning and roll-out phases – we worked on ensuring the local community was on board. Going from door to door, the team would communicate with residents about the plan of action, encourage participation and try to boost morale. Continue Reading »

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Richard Dicks, General Manager, Global Asset Recovery Services, IBM Global Financing

Richard Dicks, General Manager,
Global Asset Recovery Services,
IBM Global Financing

By Richard Dicks

Today, businesses are making enormous investments in Big Data and analytics to secure new customers, enhance existing client relationships and gain a competitive advantage. Worldwide, the trend is accelerating rapidly.

What you may not know, is that many organizations are turning certified refurbished IT equipment to make it all happen. Refurbished equipment is a cost-efficient and often environmentally beneficial solution to meeting the growing demand for mined data. In fact, according to research firm IDC, up to 70 percent of companies have purchased used, reconditioned equipment in the past two years.1

The facts are clear. Refurbished machines extend the life of older IT equipment that otherwise would require disposal; they serve as an affordable alternative to new equipment; and, they can help a company improve its business case to acquire much-needed analytics solutions that will help them make better decisions and grow. Continue Reading »

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Die Ikea Stiftung hat eine Reihe von Kleinen Filmen für große Ideen zusammengetragen, die im Rahmen...

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