Archive for March, 2012

South Leicestershire College Enhances Performance Management

Manchester, England (PRWEB UK) 30 March 2012

South Leicestershire College (http://www.slcollege.ac.uk) has today announced it is implementing Intuitive Dashboards, the advanced business intelligence dashboard solution from Manchester-based Intuitive Business Intelligence (http://www.intuitivebusinessintelligence.com), to provide instant, real-time, graphical dashboard views of the Colleges performance against their Key Performance Indicators.

Intuitive Dashboards will empower the Executive team, Heads of Faculty and Governors with instant visibility of their performance, enabling them to take immediate action in response to potential variances. The implementation will monitor KPIs in the student lifecycle, including student applications, enrolment and learning outcomes, reporting from the Colleges PICs and ProSuite student administration software. In addition, Intuitive Dashboards will provide dramatically-enhanced, visual reporting on the financial position of the College, directly from their Corero financial software.

Future implementations will monitor on-programme data including student attendance and punctuality, as well as curriculum efficiency, staff utilisation, absenteeism and staff development from the Colleges HR systems.

Suki Rai, Head of Planning, Information and Funding at South Leicestershire College, comments, We set out to empower our staff with the right tool to give them full control over the information that impacts their faculty or department. We needed an easy-to-use dashboard solution that provides a single point of access to the most relevant information needed for more effective decision-making. Intuitive Dashboards is critical in enabling us to enhance our performance and identify any operational aspects of the College that demand immediate action.

She continues, Recent restructuring at the College and cuts to funding in the Further Education market has placed an increasing emphasis on driving improved efficiencies. By adopting Intuitive Dashboards, we will instantly eliminate hours of staff time spent manually creating management reports. Intuitive Dashboards empowers our users by giving them real-time access to the relevant performance data affecting their specific responsibilities.

Suki Rai concludes, We looked at several dashboard solutions, but the ease of use and simplicity of access to our critical information proved the compelling factors in our selection of Intuitive Dashboards. We were also impressed with the uncomplicated, honest approach demonstrated by Intuitive Business Intelligence; their track record in the Education sector underlines their in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by FE establishments and convinced us that wed made the right choice. Our implementation of Intuitive Dashboards signals a new era in the way that South Leicestershire manages and uses management data. It provides in-depth insight into our performance quickly and easily, so I have no hesitation recommending other Colleges should implement Intuitive Dashboards.

Tony Bray, Managing Director at Intuitive Business Intelligence, comments, Im delighted to welcome South Leicestershire College to our rapidly-expanding list of Education clients. Intuitive Dashboards will enable them to continuously monitor and improve the operational and financial management of the College, but also take a proactive stance in managing student data. Ultimately, Intuitive Dashboards will help the College to make faster, more accurate management decisions to benefit staff and students alike.

Notes to Editor

About Intuitive Business Intelligence and Intuitive Dashboards

Intuitive Business Intelligence Limited (http://www.intuitivebusinessintelligence.com) is a rapidly-growing technology innovator in the field of Business Intelligence (BI) software solutions. Their products enable organisations to save time and money by making faster, more accurate decisions based on the wide-ranging data sources and systems that already exist within their business. Their flagship product, Intuitive Dashboards, empowers users with a single, consolidated, real-time view of critical business information, combined with proactive alerts to potential shortfalls in performance against the clients most important metrics and KPIs.

About South Leicestershire College

South Leicestershire College (SLC) is a general college of further education, situated on the southern outskirts of Leicester. We attract learners from the local Oadby and Wigston area and from across Leicestershire and the East Midlands. The main campus based in South Wigston is a brand new state-of-the-art

Suspicious Minds

We’re caught in a trap I can’t walk out Because I love you too much, baby Why can’t you see What you’re doin’ to me? When you don’t believe a word I say We can go on together With suspicious minds (Suspicious minds) And we can build our dreams On suspicious minds So if an old friend I know Drops by to say hello Would I still suspicion in your eyes? Here we go again Askin’ where I’ve been You can’t see the tears for real I’m cryin’ (Tears I’m cryin’) We can go on together With suspicious minds (Suspicious minds) And we can build our dreams On suspicious minds If only our love survived I’d dry the tears from your eyes Just don’t let a good thing die Well honey, you know I would never lie to you We’re caught in a trap I can’t walk out Because I love you too much, baby Why can’t you see What you’re doin’ to me? When you don’t believe a word I say Well don’t you know I’m Caught in a trap I can’t walk out Because I love you too much, baby (repeat x5)

Q&A: Should intelligence be a criteria for a higher level of protection and respect for animals?

Question by naviator: Should intelligence be a criteria for a higher level of protection and respect for animals?
I just saw a fascinating story on CNN regarding a study of dolphins and their behavior in front of mirrors. Apparently dolphins, like us, have a sense of self, and recognize themselves in the mirrors, supporting yet again, the possibility that dolphins are as, if not more intelligent than humans. One of the researches concluded that as a result of this, we must increase our protection and respect for these animals. I love dolphins, but should we favor them over other animals because they may be as intelligent as us, or should we treat all animals equally, regardless of intelligence, or their ability to serve human interests?

Best answer:

Answer by Bright Idea
Every animal that lives on this earth fights for its life. Who are we to say everyday. It is a constant struggle to stay alive. Who are we say one animal should be more protected then the other? The only factor should be how close they are to extinction, if there are only 100 left then they obviously need more help then other animals. And to protect an animal more just because we want to use it is wrong in the extreme, it should be protected because it is a living creature and deserves a chance at life, just like you or I.

What do you think? Answer below!

Cool Minds images

A few nice Minds images I found:

Hive Mind Halloween 2009 – Amelia Grace
Minds
Image by Michael Holden
Hive Mind Halloween 2009, 10/31/09 ( hivemind09 )

You can view and download high-rez versions of this photo on my website at

www.michaelholden.com/pics/v/shows/HiveMindHalloween2009/…

(lots of other pics from Burning Man, festivals, events, parties and chihuahuas are up there too!)

Hive Mind Halloween 2009 uber-hottie
Minds
Image by Michael Holden
Hive Mind Halloween 2009, 10/31/09 ( hivemind09 )

You can view and download high-rez versions of this photo on my website at

www.michaelholden.com/pics/v/shows/HiveMindHalloween2009/…

(lots of other pics from Burning Man, festivals, events, parties and chihuahuas are up there too!)

Cool Minds images

Check out these Minds images:

For positive mind
Minds
Image by nyoin
For positive mind

Tony Cragg – Bent of Mind
Minds
Image by Haags Uitburo
Bent of Mind (2005) by artist Tony Cragg is part of a solo exhibition in Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague. It’s an intriguing work of art with a biomorphic profile that changes continually as the onlooker moves around it and tries to make sense of the shifting and distorted forms. Moving around the sculpture (pieces of) human faces reveal themselves and evaporate again. The polished wooden surface heightens the striking presence of the fluid form as the interplay of light creates new emphasis on different patterns, textures and curves.

In Museum Beelden aan Zee zijn tot 3 mei sculpturen van Tony Cragg te bewonderen. Dit overzicht is het eerste van Cragg in Nederland sinds 1991.
De tentoonstelling is opgebouwd uit vijftien installaties die zijn voortgekomen uit de series die Cragg (Liverpool, 1949) sinds het begin van de jaren negentig gemaakt heeft. Deze autonome werken zijn variaties op een prototype, waarbij er van één enkele materiaalsoort gebruikgemaakt is.
Bovenstaand kunstwerk, Bent of Mind (2005), vond ik het meest indrukwekkende van alle beelden die er in het museum tentoongesteld staan. Het vlammend rode hout reflecteert het licht prachtig, waarbij er vanuit verschillende hoeken biomorfe vormen tevoorschijn komen. Als je er omheen loopt, zie je op verschillende plekken (delen van) gezichten die weer verdwijnen en veranderen als je een stap verder zet.

Euro IA Summit 2006 mind-map
Minds
Image by Kaeru
Here’s a big mind-map I made on my way back from the Euro IA Summit in Berlin showing all the big themes I spotted during the weekend.

Blogged here: blog.leapfrog.nl/archives/2006/10/02/euro-ia-summit-2006-…

A Beautiful Mind…..

A few nice Minds images I found:

A Beautiful Mind…..
Minds
Image by -RejiK(..on hiatus…)
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A beautiful mind
casts rainbows
into the skies
of others,
colouring their heavens
with an iridescent treasure;

Kate Burnside

How to Mind Map with MyThoughts V.1
Minds
Image by MyThoughtsMindMaps
A MyThoughts Mind Map showing some guidelines for successful mind mapping.

Timewasters – MyThoughts Mind Map by Hans Buskes
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Image by MyThoughtsMindMaps
A MyThoughts Mind Map by Hans Buskes.

Hans creates mind maps that truly engage the mind, his use of imagery and colour make for inspiring reading.

Copyright 2010 Hans Buskes. All Rights Reserved.

Simple Minds – Mandela Day

Song specially written for the Free Nelson Mandela Concert held in Wembley in 1988, the song reached number 1 in UK in Feb 1989, as a B-Side to Belfast Child.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Mainstream Science Now Says: Vaccines Are Not Safe 1/3

Mainstream Science Now Says: Vaccines Are Not Safe 1/3

Alex welcomes back to the show Dr. Russell Blaylock, a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author and lecturer. He talks with Alex about the fluoride threat and other health and nutrition issues. Dr. Blaylock edits The Blaylock Wellness Report and is the author of three books: Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, and Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients. www.blaylockreport.com www.infowars.com www.prisonplanet.tv
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Double Glazing Quote Offers Up to 75% Off Installation with Innovative Quote System

Chester, United Kingdom (PRWEB) March 10, 2012

In the current economic climate, people across the nation are on the lookout for ways to save money. This month, Double Glazing Quote has put a unique quote system in place which offers its customers up to 75% off installation prices in a time when people continue to feel the squeeze.

As summer approaches, homeowners are preparing for the sun by installing French doors and patio doors. Providing a link between home and garden, French and patio doors are perfect for homeowners looking to enjoy the summer months from the comfort of their own home.

Double Glazing Quote is expecting a busy season in the run-up to the summer. The windows and doors available through Double Glazing Quote are, however, fitted with double glazing as standard so they are cost effective and energy efficient all year round.

The company has introduced a money saving opportunity for all customers looking to install windows and doors in the next few months. Choosing the right products and finding the best deals from trusted suppliers can be a long and arduous task and one that Double Glazing Quote looks to make easier.

Customers need only fill in the quote form on the site and the team will do the rest. Looking for competitive prices on double glazing windows and doors from FENSA and CERTASS accredited suppliers in customers local areas.

All quotes found through Double Glazing Quote are free, there is no obligation to buy and customers could save up to 75% off installation if they choose to find their quotes now. With that in mind, homeowners can browse the site. A range of French doors, patios and conservatories can be found which are perfect for the summer months.





More Minds Press Releases

Nice Science photos

Some cool Science images:

Science Museum of Virginia
Science
Image by super-structure
The Science Museum of Virginia, located near downtown Richmond, is in the former Broad Street Train Station. They have what must be one of the largest kugel (spherically carved stones) in the world. More about them here. My pal, Kevin, really digs these things, so I thought I might go and take some photos to make him just green with envy (or, just want to stop by Richmond on his next trip up this way).

GeoTagged

Science
Science
Image by StephenMcleod
The Science Centre, Glasgow