3 things smart CIO’s check before signing that credit union managed services contract!

first_imgFor many CIO’s – moving to a credit union managed services provider (MSP) for their critical technology infrastructure has become THE “go to” strategy for managing their increasingly complex infrastructures, regulations and threats.  There is no question that when it comes to efficiency and administrative overhead, a good MSP relationship can save your credit union BIG!   But because of the innate nature of a service provider/credit union relationship, much of the work may not be as transparent as what your credit (or NCUA!) would like. So the question becomes: How do I know that I am getting what I paid for?  Here are a few things we think you should consider when answering this question…Do you know where your MSP’s responsibility stops and where yours begins? This is extremely important when it comes to analyzing different providers. Make sure you have a very clear understanding of what your organizations role will be once the managed service is implemented. You need a clear understanding of what exactly the MSP is going to handle, where the handoff to your staff exists, and how the two will work together to provide the synergy necessary to running a smooth operation. You wouldn’t want to get caught in a situation after the fact where your expectations are not met because you didn’t have all the facts prior to choosing the right vendor for your needs. As important as it is to know what to expect from your vendor, it is also key to know what your vendor is going to expect from you. In most cases, this will become a partnership between your organization and your MSP, so make sure you are both well informed before you join forces. continue reading » 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Impossible to hold Olympics unless COVID-19 pandemic is contained — Japan’s PM

first_imgPrime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that the Tokyo Olympics may not take place next year unless the coronavirus pandemic is contained.His comment has come as the Japanese capital city’s governor requested an extension of Japan’s state of emergency. The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government last month postponed the Games until July 2021 because of the coronavirus crisis.With the epidemic’s worldwide infection rate climbing and experts suggesting a vaccine is a long way off, doubts have been raised about the chances of holding the huge event next year.Abe said in response to an opposition lawmaker: “We’ve been saying the Olympic and Paralympic Games must be held in a complete form, in that athletes and spectators can all participate safely.“It would be impossible to hold the Games in such a complete form unless the coronavirus pandemic is contained.”Abe staked part of his legacy as Japan’s longest-serving premier on holding the Games and was hoping for a boom in tourism and consumer spending. Japan gathered some $3 billion in domestic sponsorship, an Olympic record, and spent close to $13 billion on preparations.The prime minister said on Wednesday that the Olympics “must be held in a way that shows (that) the world has won its battle against the coronavirus pandemic.”He went on to caution that Japan should “brace for a protracted battle”.Tokyo confirmed 47 new infections on Wednesday, private broadcaster Nippon Television reported.The national tally stands at 13,895 infections, including 413 deaths, national broadcaster NHK said. That tally is still low compared to other countries.However, critics say Japan is not doing enough testing to reveal the scope of a problem that has driven some hospitals to the brink.Reflecting that view, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike told reporters that the situation in the Japanese capital remained “difficult”.He called on Abe’s cabinet to extend the nationwide emergency, which is due to end on May 6.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Abe’s comments echoed statements made by other senior Japanese officials this week.Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori had told Nikkan Sports on Tuesday that the Games would be “scrapped” if they could not take place in 2021.Also on Tuesday, the head of the Japan Medical Association (JMA), Yoshitake Yokokura, told a news briefing that “unless an effective vaccine is developed, I expect hosting the Olympics will be difficult”.Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19IOCJapanolympicsPrime Minister Shinzo AbeTokyo Olympicslast_img read more

LeBron James’ tribute Dwyane Wade: ‘It’s the end of one of the best movies you could ever see’

first_img NBA wrap: LeBron James wins last game against Dwyane Wade as Lakers top Heat They shared a court for the last time on Monday and it all came down to the final two plays, with the future Hall of Famers guarding each other, something James says even Hollywood would not have been able to come up with.”It ended how it was supposed to end, and I’m not even talking about the winner [of the game],” James told reporters. “Us matched up for the final two possessions, him guarding me on one end, I’m guarding him on the other end. We’ve all got a treat tonight.”I didn’t even realize that we were tied 15-15 coming in to today’s game until this morning, it’s just a storybook. We’ve got great writers here in Hollywood, but I don’t know if they’d be able to write this one.”It’s the end of one of the best movies you could ever see.””We’re gonna miss Flash, man.” @3DTV catches up with @KingJames and @DwyaneWade following their final head-to-head battle. #OneLastDance | #PlayersOnly pic.twitter.com/XgUdZbDoLI— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 11, 2018James went on to pay tribute to his retiring friend, thanking Wade for helping him achieve everything he has during a stellar 16-year career.”Some people say you shouldn’t be friends with your competitors because you still can’t compete,” he added.”And I think people have seen that and realize that even with our friendship we competed against each other, we pushed each other when we were playing against each other, when we were watching each other from afar.”We pushed each other, especially in those first seven years, then we got together for four years [in Miami] and we pushed each other even more then and did something special.”We’ve pushed each other even more when we became competitors once again.”We did it our way, we didn’t care about the narrative people created for us, we did it our way and it was an unbelievable ride for 16 years.”#OneLastDance for the ages #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/YAgTGSOo0y— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 11, 2018James continued: “I would have been very successful in this league without D-Wade, but to accomplish what I really wanted to accomplish in this league — and that’s winning at the highest level — I needed him. “And that’s why I made the jump, and I appreciate more than I can express in words what he did for me when I went down to Miami.”I spent 25 years in Akron, Ohio, that’s all I knew, so for me to move down to Miami and him to open up that city for me and my family, and make it so seamless, it just shows what type of guy he is. “He’s a stand-up guy. He’s a legend.” #FatherPrime did his damage in the 2nd half of tonight’s [email protected] went off for 15 points vs the Lakers in the 3rd & 4th quarters. pic.twitter.com/TPHAKOkJoN— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 11, 2018Meanwhile, Wade admitted the realization that he will never face James in a competitive game again dawned on him at the buzzer in Los Angeles.”I knew at some point after the game it was going to hit me that this would be the last time we was competing against each other and it hit me right away once the buzzer sounded,” Wade said.”And we got an opportunity on the court just to look at each other and be like, ‘Man, this has been fun, this has been one hell of a ride’ and we’ve enjoyed it together.” In what was their 31st head-to-head meeting, James’ team emerged victorious for a 16th time, however he was quick to praise the impact Wade has had on his career over the past 16 years.After entering the NBA together in 2003, James’ and Wade’s careers have seen them face off as rivals and work together as teammates. Related News LeBron James paid tribute to close friend Dwyane Wade as the Lakers forward came out on top Monday in the pair’s final NBA meeting.The Lakers earned a 108-105 victory at Staples Center after James, a four-time NBA MVP, prevented Wade, who is retiring at the end of the season, from sinking a late 3-pointer.last_img read more