Google+ launches in test mode
Google has launched its new project, Google+, to rival today’s popular social media sites – Facebook, to be more specific. The program is in limited Field Trial and is currently testing a small number of people on the project. Google has taken on quite a number of projects to add to its product fleet and Google+ is aimed to be somewhat of a competitor in the social media sphere.
Vic Gundotra, SVP of Engineering for Google posted a blog on Tuesday morning about everyday connections with friends and family and how it translates to social media. Gundotra writes: “Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools. In this basic way, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.”
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Google+ offers four key features which were designed specifically for the user: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, and Mobile. While the names of each element may sound elementary, the usability seems pretty reliable. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect out of Google+:
Circles allows you to share information with only the people that matter the most by literally creating a circle, adding a group of friends, family members, colleagues etc. and sorting them to properly distribute the sort of information they would be into.
Sparks provides a feed of trending content from all over the web in more than 40 languages. The blog says to simply add your interests, and you’ll always have something to watch, read and share. Google’s Sparks video admits it’s a great way to nerd out and explore these topics with your friends that are interested in the same spark.
Hangouts make for an on-screen gathering of sorts that combines a casual meetup with live, multi-person video. It’s designed for users to spend time with their Circles on a more intimate level.
Mobile will focus on users’ smartphones and its GPS, camera and messaging capabilities to make for a more personal social experience. Users have the option of adding their location to their posts if they feel so inclined to do so. Additionally, the Huddle system allows users to group message everyone inside the circle about events happening now.
Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR
The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.”
NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well.
2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer.