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When talking to clients about their business goals, most business executives are pretty clear as to what they want to accomplish, such as reducing customer churn or reducing inventory costs or improving quality of care or improving product line profitability. But these “one dimensional” business initiatives really don’t push the organization’s innovative thinking. For example, I can easily reduce marketing costs if I significantly reduce advertising and promotional spending. Or I can easily improve product line profitability by cutting all marketing and advertising spending and laying off anyone not directly related to manufacturing and sell products. Where organizations need to get innovative is when the business initiative has more than one dimension or condition, for example: Reduce customer churn while reducing customer service costs, or Reduce inventory costs w... (more)

Images of the National Socialist German Workers Party

NSDAP Images www. Holocaust Research Project         [Next] [Last]   1922 NSDAP Delegation in Coburg 800 X 512 92 KB 1934 NSDAP rally in Nuremberg 433 X 599 95 KB A truck of the fascist Nazi party drives through the Prenzlauer Promenade in Berlin - Pankow. 800 X 544 95 KB Action Reinhard killer Willi Mentz's NSDAP card 700 X 441 83 KB Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels with Nazi Party officials in 1926 640 X 440 73 KB Adolf Hitler and other dignitaries at the opening of the Nazi Party museum in the Sterneckerbraeuhaus the Party's first headquarters 706 X 450 63 KB Adolf Hitler casts his vote at a Berlin polling station set up in a schoolroom. (March 1933) 640 X 443 46 KB Adolf Hitler leads an SA unit in a Nazi Party parade in Weimar, 1931. 640 X 393 60 KB Adolf Hitler NSDAP Party Leader 480 X 685 67 KB Adolf Hitler poses with members of his new government soon after his appoin... (more)

Saint Arnold Brewing Company 2007 Growth Outpacing National Craft Brewing Segment

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/30/07 -- Saint Arnold Brewing Company, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today reported record-breaking production in the first half of 2007. Saint Arnold's first half numbers included: -- Production volume increased 28 percent over the same period in 2006, far outpacing the impressive 11 percent growth of the craft beer segment in the first half reported by the Brewers Association, the trade association that tabulates industry data for craft brewers. -- Dollar sales increased 27 percent in the first half of the year, almost doubling the 14 percent increase reported nationally by the Brewers Association. -- More than 8,200 31-gallon barrels of Saint Arnold beer were sold in the first half, which puts the brewery on pace to exceed 16,000 barrels in 2007. Last year's total production of 13,638 barrels broke all previous records. Con... (more)

Award-Winning Saint Arnold Summer Pils Returns

HOUSTON, April 27, 2009 – There may be a drought across much of Texas, but craft beer fans will not have to go thirsty this summer. Saint Arnold Brewing, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today announced the long-awaited reintroduction of Saint Arnold Summer Pils. Beginning May 1, 2009, Saint Arnold Summer Pils will be available on tap and in 12-ounce bottles sold in six-packs and cases as stock of Saint Arnold Spring Bock are exhausted. It will be available throughout Texas at grocery and liquor stores, bars and restaurants. This is the first time Saint Arnold Summer Pils has been available since winning the Silver Medal in the Münchner-Style Helles category at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Saint Arnold Summer Pils is a delicately flavored Bohemian-style pilsner. “We tweaked the recipe a few years ago and the end result was light and refreshing w... (more)

Houston Homebrewer Wins World’s Biggest Single-Style Brewing Competition

Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today announced that Phillip Kaufman, a member of the Kuykendahl Gran Brewers homebrew club, won the 14th Annual Big Batch Brew Bash. The contest is the biggest single-style brewing competition in the world. Judges evaluated a total of 90 examples of the Strong Scotch Ale style and selected Kaufman’s Strong Scotch Ale as the best. The Strong Scotch Ale style, also known as Wee Heavy, tends toward sweetness and a full body, with a low hop flavor. According to the Great American Beer Festival style listing: Color ranges from deep copper to brown. The clean alcohol flavor balances the rich and dominant sweet maltiness in flavor and aroma. A caramel character is often a part of the profile. Dark roasted malt flavors and aroma may be evident at low levels. As the winning homebrewer, Kaufm... (more)

AWS Workshop, Chennai

With the onset of the Monsoons in Chennai there were Cloud of a different kind looming, and the Met Department was evangelizing them; there was also another Cloud Evangelist in Chennai, Jinesh Varia evangelizing Clouds of different kind, the Amazon Clouds. Event and Filling Gaps The event kicked off with Bobby Varghese from CSS Corp doing a keynote for the workshop. Bobby spoke about CSS adoption of the AWS and how they have come up with products and use cases based on AWS. The real clouds were holding back Jinesh from reaching the venue. So Ezhilaran Babaraj(Ezhil), from CSS Labs, and Lakshmanan Narayan(Lux), from Vembu, had to fill up for the latency. Both these session's were to be midway sessions to Jinesh's overview on AWS, that would have given mileage to these session for which AWS is the basis. Nevertheless, considering the audience were not real novices to A... (more)

The Strangest Board Games of 2009

+6 Bag O'Munchkin Babes Following Steve Jackson's other release +6 Bag O'Munchkins. Aside from the weirdness of using these in a game of Munchkin - you can put one in front of you in order to gain a benefit during the game - SJ added a whole level of weirdness to them by allowing you to use the pieces in any other game. For instance, you can whip out a munchkin babe to add or subtract from your die roll once in some other roll and move game. This is so cool, that I hope the concept spreads (and I'll be stealing the idea for my next game at BGG.con, so look in your goodie bags). Aargh!Tech Architecture in the stone age. One player is the architect who sees a card with blocks in a certain order. The other is the builder who doesn't see the card. The architect has to communicate to the builder using grunts in and moves to tell the builder which blocks to pick up, rotate, and... (more)

Master Class on Adobe Flex in Brussels and More

After teaching our popular advanced Flex master class in New York, Boston, Toronto, London, and Moscow, we are hitting the beer capital of the world: Brussels, Belgium. This class is scheduled for the first days of March, and we hope that Flex 4 will be officially released by this date. Our book Enterprise Development with Flex should hit the book stores by then too. To take advantage of the early bird prices register early at http://bit.ly/59DdIU. If you can't make it to Brussells, I'll be glad to meet with you at 360 Flex in San Jose, CA on March 7-10, where I'll be presenting on one of the topic from this master class. If you can't make it to San Jose, I'll be very happy to meet you at Flash and the City conference in May in New York City. Most likely I'll show you a really cool way of embedding a Flex application into a PDF file to be played by Acrobat Reader.... (more)

Saint Arnold Brewing Company Reports Another Record Year in 2009

HOUSTON, Jan. 12, 2010 – Saint Arnold Brewing Company (www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today reported record production of nearly 26,000 barrels of beer in 2009. The increase of nearly 3,000 barrels over 2008’s production total represents a 13 percent boost for the year. According to the Brewers Association, Saint Arnold continues to outpace the craft brewing industry overall, which reported growth of five percent during the first six months of 2009. Overall US beer sales were down 1.3 percent in the first six months of 2009. Saint Arnold Brewing’s production has increased 135 percent during the past five years. Year    Production           % Growth 2009    25,710 barrels    13 percent 2008    22,749 barrels    28 percent 2007    17,811 barrels    30 percent 2006     13,638 barrels    25 percent 2005    10,946 barrels     20 percent Saint Arno... (more)

SSP Failure to Cloud Storage Success

Storability 10 year Reunion Years ago, a few buddies and I started one of the first cloud storage providers. Of course, we didn’t call it cloud storage back then, but we merry band of brithers (and sisters), we first generation Storage Service Providers (1gSSPs) were cloud storage way before the cloud was cool. All the 1gSSPs – StorageNetworks, ScaleEight, StorageWay, Sanrise, and others – failed. The core problem was and still is that renting raw capacity over the network is a lousy business model. 1gSSPs couldn’t sustainably buy their storage cheaper than their retail customers (although over a beer I can share some great stories of how the early 1gSSP robber-barron’s ‘negotiated’ with the storage vendors during the boom). SSPs couldn’t sustainably offer broad enough management efficiencies to generate profits. SSPs couldn’t overcome a host of logistic and cultural... (more)

Fourteen Things I Learned At the Mobile Enterprise Summit

By Eric Lai Tech market researcher GigaOM Pro and mobile vendor Appconomy held the first Mobile Enterprise Summit on the new campus of UC San Francisco earlier today. The speakers, an impressive selection of this small but growing community (remember, it was enterprise-only), had some insights and quotes that should interest developers and IT users alike. 1.Mobile is “about bringing everything back that was personal about the PC,” opined Steve Papermaster, chairman and co-CEO of Appconomy. Papermaster wasn’t super-clear explaining what he meant by that quote, but looking at his sick resume, I’m inclined to take him at his word. 2. Why has enterprise mobility been relatively slow to take off? Co-host JP Finnell blames the lingering recession’s effect on corporate spending. Agreed, but I also blame the rise of Web 2.0, which lured most of the available developers i... (more)