DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoSitting in an airport food court Sunday afternoon — one night after defeating Colorado College in a 9-1 blowout — most of the UW men’s hockey team sat together watching an AFC playoff game.There was a refreshing feeling, it was not just a group of guys taking in a good game, but a group that is extremely close and tight-knit away from the rink — just picture, if you can, the Badgers huddled around the TV during the week watching their newest favorite TV show: “The Bachelor.””There’s no cliques at all. Other teams I’ve played on there’s kind of a group of guys everywhere,” senior winger Ryan MacMurchy said. “We all hang out together. We love being around each other.”But despite their TV viewing choice, it is that closeness that they have brought with them to the ice which has resulted in an 18-2-2 record thus far, the best ever by a UW squad through 22 games.Perhaps it’s because for the first time in a while the team is chock-full of veterans. Maybe it’s that the team, led by an especially strong senior class, is comprised of players who have only known Mike Eaves as their head coach at UW. It could be because they are winning.Whatever it is, the personality of this team is hard to describe in a single word, even for the players.”Competitive,” senior Nick Licari offered. “Anything we do, whether it’s ping pong, a two-on-two tournament over Christmas, whatever it is we’re competitive. And when it’s all said and done we’re best of friends.”MacMurchy came up with the word “gritty.””We’re not the most-skilled team, but we work hard constantly,” he said. “We never get complacent … no matter how good we’re doing.”Team captain Adam Burish, who seems to have an answer for everything, kept it basic.”The simple word would be fun,” the Madison native said.Head coach Mike Eaves couldn’t come up with a single word, but did offer an explanation based off a comment from radio announcer Jeff Thomas in Colorado Springs last weekend.”He said he had a hard time distinguishing our first line from our fourth line by the way we played,” Eaves said. “What is the word that honors that statement? I’m not sure, but that was a pretty high compliment.”Perhaps asking for a single word was a bit unfair, for it is obvious that the team carries all of those characteristics, entwining them together to create a Wisconsin group that is on pace to place itself amongst the storied-program’s elite.One thing everyone can agree on, despite a decent amount of success over the past two years, is that there is definitely a different feeling.”There’s never a day where you come to the rink and it’s a dull day,” Burish said. “And that’s the first time in my four years it’s been like that. Usually, especially now around this time, is when it starts to be like ‘Gosh, practice again.’ Now, everyday guys are excited to come to the rink.””I think a lot of it is that we’re finally an upper-class team,” Licari said. “The past couple years we’ve had a lot of under-classmen and been pretty immature in all aspects on and off the ice. We finally figured ourselves out.”Taking care of business on the road: To win a strong league in any sport, the usual formula is to hold serve at home and steal points on the road, but the Badgers have been winning no matter where they play.Wisconsin is 9-0-1 on the road, including sweeps at league-rivals Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado College, which explains its eight-point lead over its nearest competition in the WCHA.”On the road, you’re more as a team, you’re together all the time and it feels like a business trip,” junior Robbie Earl said after Saturday’s 9-1 win. “We act like it’s a business trip — there’s a structure involved on the road and I think that’s really helped us keep focused.”The maturity of the veteran Badgers has definitely helped away from home. Younger teams in the past few years may have been more nervous heading into their rivals’ arenas, but this team has a new mentality.”I absolutely love playing on the road,” MacMurchy said. “I love going into somebody else’s war environment and coming together as a team. There’s no better feeling than winning on the road.”Though the team has had success on the road, Wisconsin returns home for a crucial two-week stretch against two-time defending national champion Denver and Minnesota.But whether they are at home or on the road down the stretch, the Bachelor-fan Badgers hope that everything continues coming up roses.
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Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fuentes and Macaranas paddled in all five races that the Philippines won, punctuated by a gold-medal effort in the 10-seater senior men’s 200m event on Sunday (Monday in Manila) at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park here.“This is a special moment for us, this is for the country,” said Fuentes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Even our rivals are proud of our accomplishment,” added Macaranas as the Hungarians and Italians exchanged high fives with the members of the team during the awarding ceremony.Quickly gliding on water using short but powerful strokes, the Philippines crossed the line in 47.39 seconds to defeat silver medalist Italy, which clocked 49.58 seconds. Hungary, a consistent title contender, checked in third, almost three seconds behind the Filipinos. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PH 5 seeks redemption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES With five gold and two silver medals, the national paddlers erased the previous record of five golds and one silver that the country accomplished in 2012 Milan, Italy.The golden output also allowed the Philippines to recover its bearings from an Asian Games defeat that left the team visibly and emotionally frustrated.“I felt vindicated. Here, we were able to show what the team is really capable of achieving,” said Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragon Boat Federation president Jonne Go.Indonesian organizers in the Asian Games last month used heavier boats with a deeper hull, which was far different from the regular boats during the races sanctioned by the International Canoe Federation.Headcoach Len Escollante expressed her gratitude to the Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr., the Philippine Sports Commission and Go For Gold, the private benefactor that financed the participation of the women’s team.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil With Go For Gold’s support, the Pinoy paddlers were able to win four senior mixed events in the small and big boats for both the 200m and 500m distances.Joining Macaranas and Fuentes on the podium in the men’s 200m were Mark Jhon Frias John Lester Delos Santos, Oliver Manaig, Reymart Nevado, Lee Robin Santos, Jordan De Guia, Roger Masbate, John Paul Selencio, drummer Patricia Bustamante and steersman Maribeth Caranto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption INQUIRER PHOTOGAINESVILLE, Georgia, United States—As the Philippine flag courageously fluttered in the breeze, Ojay Fuentes and Hermie Macaranas proudly sang the country’s national anthem with the team one last time.It was the culmination of a dazzling show that saw Filipino paddlers emerge as overall champions in the senior division of the 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Also with MobileTogether 2.1, there are new controls to allow developers to add visual elements to their UIs, new actions, and new XPath functions, properties and operators.Amazon adds functionality to Alexa Skills Kit for developersToday Amazon introduced the Smart Home Skill API for the Alexa Skills Kit, which enables developers to add capabilities to Alexa. Developers can now teach Alexa how to control their cloud-controlled lighting and thermostat devices so customers can give Alexa commands like, “Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights.”With this API, there is no need to build a voice interaction model to handle customer requests. This work is done when the Smart Home API is used. Developers can create skills that connect the devices directly to the lighting and thermostat capabilities so that customers can control their lights, switches, smartplugs or thermostats.Amazon first introduced the Smart Home Skill API as a beta called the Alexa Lighting API in August 2015. As part of the beta program, the company worked with other companies such as Ecobee, Nest, Samsung SmartThings, Sensi and Wink to gather developer feedback while extending Alexa’s smarthome capabilities to work with its devices. Altova announced this morning new pricing and functionality for MobileTogether 2.1, a framework for building and deploying native mobile apps.Version 2.1 introduced more than 20 features based on developer feedback, from functionality for building tables, to error-handling actions, and also flexible options for UI design.With MobileTogether 2.1, the app development environment is free of charge, so it can be rolled out to an unlimited number of developers in a company. Besides the new pricing, the enhancements to tables in MobileTogether 21 include scrollable tables and the ability to align nested tables. These enhancements will help developers for building tables of any size, said the company.“Support for scrollable tables provides flexibility for table creation in MobileTogether,” wrote Erin Cavanaugh, marketing director for Altova, on the company’s blog. “Now, to ensure easy display on devices of all sizes, developers can set the maximum visible size of a table, or set it to fit the rest of the screen, with horizontal or vertical scrolling enabled to view the rest.”
Kaspersky Labs developed a black box that is a protected Layer 3 switch powered by the Kaspersky operating system for networks with extreme requirements for data security.According to Eugene Kaspersky, a cybersecurity expert, this technology will be applied to other Internet of Things devices, because the operating system is “ideal for applications where a small, optimized and secure platform is required.”The operating system is based on microkernel architecture, and there is a built-in security system that controls the behavior of applications and the operating system’s modules. Kaspersky wrote that it would be expensive to hack this platform because someone would need to break the digital signature. Also, the operating system has been built from scratch, which he said is safer.IBM Bluemix can handle data-driven decisionsIBM has announced new cloud data services and features on IBM Bluemix that aim to help companies accelerate the migration of their data to the cloud so they can make better data-driven decisions.The new services include IBM Decision Optimization on the cloud, which uses CPLEX engines. It’s now in beta on Bluemix and can ingest a large amount of data, including predications, transactional data, business goals, and business rules, said the company.Other services include Bluemix Lift, which is a data migration tool for the Watson Data Platform. IBM also announced dashDB for transactions, which is a fully managed database service on Bluemix, and it helps developer bridge data for transactional or web workloads to the cloud. It is also part of IBM’s dashDB portfolio.CA Technologies announced new agile capabilitiesAt this year’s CA World ‘16 conference, CA Technologies announced additions to its DevOps portfolio that increase agility in application management and monitoring to drive velocity and improve user experience. New capabilities include real-time insights, automated workflows, and cloud connectors for experiencing intelligence and modern application management, according to the company. Organizations that are looking to deliver a better user experience can use the CA APM integration with the recently launched CA App Experience Analytics solution, which helps companies resolve any performance issue before it becomes a bigger problem.For faster releases, CA Technologies announced that CA BlazeMeter has integration with CA APM. With both of these tools, developers can identify performance issues before the customer is directly impacted, the company said.More information on the new capabilities can be found here.DevRant creates infographic displaying developer personalitiesdevRant, a mobile application and its community, recently looked at the social behaviors of its developers. It found different personality types and how “social and chatty” certain developers are based on the programming language they use.DevRant allows developers to share their frustrations about code, technology, and their daily happenings on the devRant platform. After looking at the average amount of comments developers post on other users’ rants, devRant was able to find how social they were in its community.Findings included that PHP developers lead the pack with the most comments, while Objective-C had half as many comments per user as PHP. DevRant also looked at developers who were the most verbose by counting the average number of words in each rant they posted. C# developers were the most wordy, said Tim Rogus, cofounder of devRant.The full infographic is below:
Prior to the digital age, businesses tended to define themselves according to their products or services. However, digital technology has fundamentally altered buyer expectations and habits in both the B2B and B2C sectors. Survival in the modern marketplace necessitates viewing customers, rather than the product or service, as the center of the enterprise, and embracing digital transformation to meet customer demands. Most organizations realize this: 83 percent of respondents to Forrester’s Q1 2018 Digital Process Automation Survey stated that they were going to expand the use of process improvement methodologies for customer journey-mapping within the next 24 months.Organizations must develop five to 10 times more applications than they did in the past. Meanwhile, there is a severe shortage of qualified software developers to meet the insatiable demand for apps. A survey by CapGemini and LinkedIn found that 54 percent of global organizations have been impacted by the IT skills shortage and forced to alter their digital transformation plans.Everyone agrees that to cope with this problem, organizations need to “future-proof” their digital transformation efforts by abandoning traditional development processes – which result in hard-to-maintain legacy code that does not scale – and find a more sustainable way to develop applications. Low-code development platforms were created to address this need. These platforms allow non-programmers who have strong general computer skills to quickly and easily develop and deploy applications using drag-and-drop modules, without having to write a single line of code. This greatly reduces the need for skilled software developers and allows companies to develop and implement applications much more quickly.However, sustainable, “future-proof” digital transformation isn’t just about implementing certain technologies; it alters the way in which organizations conduct business and helps support the organization’s strategy. Following are four requirements for a sustainable digital transformation.Do not focus solely on “fast and easy” application development.Arguably, the biggest myth of sustainable digital transformation is that it’s all about “fast and easy” application development; this is why “fast and easy” is a major selling point for many low-code software platforms. Future-proof digital transformation isn’t just about “fast and easy” app development. It is more about creating sustainable apps that improve and automate processes, easily scale across the enterprise, and can adapt to tomorrow’s technological and business needs. Do not think that a low-code platform alone is enough.Nearly two-thirds of respondents to the Forrester Q1 2018 Digital Process Automation Survey stated that process was a critical part of their business strategy, underpinning initiatives such as digital transformation and improved customer experiences. DPA is fundamental to ensuring that back-end processes align to support the on-demand, personalized customer experience modern buyers demand.Do not think that a sophisticated business process management system (BPMS) alone is enough.Most software vendors, including many low-code vendors, default to the “fast and easy” myth; they describe the biggest challenge of digital transformation as the ability to create more business apps faster and easier. However, in a customer-centric digital transformation paradigm, processes are the key to creating a predictable, consistent, and continuously improvable customer experience. Thus, the ability to create more and better processes is critical success to sustainable digital transformation. Sophisticated BPMS solutions are too complex and too costly to quickly the create hundreds, even thousands of mission-critical processes that organizations need.In customer-centric digital transformation, back-end “customer journey-mapping” processes are just as mission-critical as traditional back-office core processes (as well as front-end design), and they demand robustness and scalability. Organizations often use sophisticated BPM solutions to create their back-end business processes, with the key objective to optimize them for efficiency (e.g., Six Sigma/lean principles). They assume that their BPM solution can be used for customer journey-mapping processes as well. However, there are two problems with this:The number of back-end businesses processes required ranges from single digits to a few dozen. Customer journey mapping processes will number in the hundreds to thousands.The “end-to-end” nature of back-end business processes typically span different internal LOB systems and internal functional areas. In contrast, the “end-to-end” nature of the customer journey-mapping processes must work anywhere where customers might be; in addition to internal systems, these processes will also interact with external channels such as mobile and cloud services, IoT devices, and AI-enabled services.Due to the rapid evolution of technology, future-proofing is critical to the customer journey-mapping processes that support sustainable digital transformation. These processes must be dynamic at runtime (or hyper-agile) to deal with exceptions and seamlessly bridge today’s demanding digital customers from their current experience to a new experience.Jesse Shiah is CEO and co-founder of AgilePoint, a software development firm with a platform for building digital, automation apps quickly and easily while ensuring future-proof simplicity.