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The Quiet Transformation of Internal Communications

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If you are a communications professional, a project manager or an org leader – you’ve probably already found out by now that your social collaboration platform is changing the way you work at a very fundamental level. In addition to being a ‘communicator’ – you are now a blogger, a curator, a viral marketer, a librarian ,etc. Your responsibilities and the skills required to be successful look vastly different than they did a few years ago.

 

Three key shifts explain the transformation in internal corporate communications:

 

1. From ‘Communication’ to ‘Conversations’


Traditional communication tools enabled you to inform your audience about a change, but didn’t offer much to engage them in a discussion. If you use newsletters or web-mailers, you need to closely manage your mailing list.  Currently there are no means to determine if an email or virtual message has been filtered, deleted, or even worse, unsent to specific people. Click-through statistics might give you a rough idea on the effectiveness of a content – but there is very little feedback on how the audience actually responded to a message.

 

Your social platforms can offer a fresh new way to bridge this engagement gap. Something as mundane as an org announcement can evoke feedback (likes, shares, congratulatory messages!)

 

2. From ‘Communicator’ to ‘Curator’

 

If you manage communications for an organizational unit, you need to stay on top of the trending discussions and blogs written by employees. It is key to remember that not all content on the community site needs to be written by professional communicators or org leaders. You will find noteworthy content emerge from across the organization – and your job is to curate, and bubble up the best.

 

Tap into what employees are saying: in their blogs, in discussions and in smaller teams. Highlight the right conversations that add value to the discussion and give them visibility on your community page. Promote diversity of opinion and support your organization’s efforts in ensuring that all voices are heard.

 

3. From ‘Newsletters’ (publisher’s push) to ‘Newsfeeds’ (consumer’s pull)

 

This is by far the biggest change that you need to deal with and embrace when you adopt the enterprise social network for business communication.

 

When the newsletter was the tool of choice, you, as a communicator, were empowered to ‘push’ content to recipients that you had personally identified and chosen. In social communication, the paradigm shifts. The consumer now decides what content to follow and when to view it.

 

If your organization chooses to make your social platform the primary communication vehicle, you need to use traditional channels (web mailers, website etc) to invite org members to ‘follow’ your community. Monitor the count of followers, and reinforce the ‘get in or get left out’ message with the primary target audience. Eliminate willful ignorance. Deliberately ignoring the subscribe button is no excuse to plead ignorance about the information.

 

Once you hit the enrollment numbers, you will start seeing the benefits of the ‘pull’ model. You will get very “real” feedback on readership, ‘likes’, ‘shares’ and of course, ‘comments’. Your content could ‘go viral’ when primary readers share with their extended network. Over time, you will get a much better pulse on content consumption patterns than you might not have had with past tools.

 

I feel it is a particularly exciting time to be an internal business communicator. The cornerstones of communication strategy include: content, audience and channel. The social communication channel can bring about connectivity and engagement via human interactions like never before. All the best.

 

To continue the conversation, would love to hear your insights in the comment below.

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How to Conduct 264 Years of Research in 18 Hours

 

In the above video, Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe talks about the strong disconnect that exists between research and clinical analysis. He says the current challenge in bio IT is to analyze data, make sense of it, and do actionable science against it.

 

He shares an example of a 156,000-core workload run in eight regions of the globe that produced 2.3 million hours of computational chemistry research (264 years’ worth) in just 18 hours. He says this capability will transform both access patterns and the kinds of research that pharmaceutical, life sciences, and healthcare companies are able to tackle when it comes to analyzing genomes.

 

Watch the clip and let us know what you think. What questions about research and clinical analysis do you have?

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Mashable Duality Puts Creative Minds to the Test Using Intel-powered Tablets

Intel-powered tablets provide the performance and features that help create and manage amazing content and experiences. Intel and Mashable teamed up to give Intel-based tablets to two pairs of creative technologists as part of a series called “Duality,” to see … Read more >

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Fostering a Culture Of (Device) Compatibility

Mobility and device freedom are becoming huge value adds for businesses that seek to offer more flexibility to their employees. As the movement gains traction, it’s creating numerous challenges for enterprise IT leaders. Security and maintenance are primary concerns for most BYOD strategies, but there are other aspects that, if left unaddressed, could nullify the intended productivity benefits.

 

One of the biggest enemies of productivity and a streamlined workflow is content decay. Content decay may occur when opening a document (such as a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint file) on a device running a different operating system than it was created on. For example, in recent tests performed by Prowess Consulting, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets opened on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 using a third-party productivity software platform resulted in lost data, and secure documents were unlocked.

 

The video below illustrates additional ways in which content decay can derail productivity and expose sensitive information.

 

 

 

Developing a Zero Tolerance Policy For Content Decay

 

Content decay is a real concern for businesses, and the effects are compounded by the size of your workforce. The good news is that it’s largely avoidable. By developing a zero tolerance content decay policy, you can mitigate lost productivity and increase the security of your locked files. The best way to combat content decay is through device compatibility. By providing your employees devices that are designed to work together natively, you can ensure better business outcomes. In the Prowess study, the two devices that experienced no content decay when opening Microsoft Office documents were the Intel-powered HP ElitePad 1000 G2 and HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2. These two devices offer the power and flexibility companies need in their mobility strategies, and also run Microsoft Windows natively.

 

For more information on how you can avoid content decay at your company, check out the full Prowess Consulting white paper. To join the conversation on Twitter, please follow us at @IntelITCenter or use #ITCenter

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Finding your new Intel SSD for PCIe (think NVMe, not SCSI)

Sometimes we see customers on Linux wondering where their new NVMe capable SSD is on the Linux filesystem. It’s not in the standard place on the Linux filesystem in ‘/dev/sd*’ like all those scsi devices of the past 20+ years. So how come, where is it? For all of you new to the latest shipping Intel SSD’s for PCIe, they run on the NVMe storage controller protocol, and not the scsi protocol. That’s actually a big deal because that means efficiency and a protocol appropriate for “non-volatile memories” (NVM). Our newest P3700 and related drives will use the same, industry standard, and open source NVMe kernel driver. This driver drives I/O to the device and is part of the block driver subsystem of the linux kernel.


So maybe it is time to refresh on some not too familiar or oft-used linux administrative commands to see a bit more. The simple part is to look in “/dev/nvme*”. The devices will be numbered and the actual block device will have an n1 on the end, to support NVMe namespaces. So if you have one PCIe card or front-loading 2.5″ drive, you’ll have /dev/nvme0n1 as a block device to format, partition and use.


These important Data Center Linux distributions:

Red Hat 6.5/7.0

SUSE 11 SP2

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


…all have in box nvme storage drivers, so you should be set if you are at these levels or newer.


Below are some basic Linux instructions and snapshots to give you a bit more depth. This is Red Hat/CentOS 6.5 distro relevant data below.


#1

Are the drives in my system scan the pci and block devices:

[root@fm21vorc10 ~]$ lspci | grep 0953

04:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller: Intel Corporation Device 0953 (rev 01)

05:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller: Intel Corporation Device 0953 (rev 01)

48:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller: Intel Corporation Device 0953 (rev 01)

49:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller: Intel Corporation Device 0953 (rev 01)

 

[root@fm21vorc07 ~]# lsblk

NAME        MAJ:MIN RM  SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT

sda 8:0    0  372G  0 disk

─sda1 8:1    0    10G  0 part /boot

─sda2 8:2    0  128G  0 part [SWAP]

└─sda3        8:3 0  234G  0 part /

nvme0n1    259:0    0 372.6G  0 disk

└─nvme0n1p1 259:1    0 372.6G  0 part

#2

Is the nvme driver built into my kernel:

[root@fm21vorc10 ~]$ modinfo nvme

filename: /lib/modules/3.15.0-rc4/kernel/drivers/block/nvme.ko

version:        0.9

license:        GPL

author:        Matthew Wilcox <willy@linux.intel.com>

srcversion:    4563536D4432693E6630AE3

alias: pci:v*d*sv*sd*bc01sc08i02*

depends:

intree:        Y

vermagic:      3.15.0-rc4 SMP mod_unload modversions

parm: io_timeout:timeout in seconds for I/O (byte)

parm: nvme_major:int

parm: use_threaded_interrupts:int

 

#3

Is my driver actually loaded into the kernel

[root@fm21vorc10 ~]$ lsmod | grep nvm

nvme 54197  0

 

#4

Are my nvme block devices present:

[root@fm21vorc10 ~]$ ll /dev/nvme*n1

brw-rw—- 1 root disk 259, 0 Oct  8 21:05 /dev/nvme0n1

brw-rw—- 1 root disk 259, 1 Sep 25 17:08 /dev/nvme1n1

brw-rw—- 1 root disk 259, 2 Sep 25 17:08 /dev/nvme2n1

brw-rw—- 1 root disk 259, 3 Sep 25 17:08 /dev/nvme3n1

 

#5

Run a quick test to see if you have a GB/s class SSD to have fun with.

[root@fm21vorc07 ~]# hdparm -tT –direct /dev/nvme0n1

 

/dev/nvme0n1:

Timing O_DIRECT cached reads:  3736 MB in  2.00 seconds = 1869.12 MB/sec

Timing O_DIRECT disk reads: 5542 MB in  3.00 seconds = 1847.30 MB/sec


Remember to consolidate and create parallelism as much as possible in your workloads.These drives will amaze you.


Have fun!


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How IT killed the auto insurance market

Automobiles are becoming smart.  And the more that IT is implemented into vehicles, the more car insurance companies will need to worry.  


Recently, reports and studies of “driverless vehicles” have sparked public interest while encouraging the development and integration of smart technology in vehicles.  Today, we have cars and trucks that are not only able to drive themselves, but they can now talk to one another.

Hello Megatron!

crash.jpgWhile this technology becomes more and more prevalent in the public market, there will be a major increase in self-driving cars.  As a result, many of the everyday driving risks will disappear. Let’s imagine for a second… Speed limits will no longer be broken. Traffic jams will no longer occur. Road rage will not exist. Drowsy drivers can now take naps as their vehicles take them safely to their destination.  Having lunch in the car, which was once limited to a cheeseburger in one hand and a soda between the legs, can now consist of a good bowl of soup with the use of a spoon – clearly a two-handed operation.

Want to use your cell phone by dialing or texting?  Go ahead.  Applying makeup? No problem.  Teenage drivers? A ok. 

 

With an actual driver no longer being required, age restrictions for licenses will not be necessary.  In fact, licenses themselves will no longer be necessary.  In essence, the car becomes a device much like a smartphone or tablet. 

The best news of all: no more auto insurance needed.  With the elimination of human error, bodily injuries and accidents – what will we need to be covered for? Simply put, auto insurance companies will no longer be in business.

What does that mean for us?  No more commercials featuring Geckos, Flo or Cavemen.


Well that’s just better news.  One can only dream right?

 

Doc

 

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Bringing Electronic Checklists to Healthcare

Doctors and surgeons are some of the brightest individuals in the world. However, no one is immune to mistakes and simple oversights. Unintentional errors occur in any industry; what makes healthcare different is that a single misstep could cost a life. 

 

In, The Checklist Manifesto by Dr. Atul Gawande, he cites a fellow surgeon’s story of a seemingly routine stab wound.  The patient was at a costume party when he got into an altercation that led to the stabbing.  As the team prepared to treat the wound, the patient’s vitals began dropping rapidly. The surgeon and his team were unaware that the weapon was a bayonet that went more than a foot through the man, piecing his aorta.

 

After regaining control of the situation, the man recovered after a few days. This experience presented complications that no one could possibly predict unless the doctors had full knowledge of the situation.  Gawande states, “everyone involved got almost every step right […] except no one remembered to ask the patient or the medical technicians what the weapon was” (Gawande 3). There are many independent variables to account for; a standard checklist for incoming stab wound patients could ensure that episodes like this are avoided and that other red flags would be accounted for. 

 

Miscommunication between clinicians and patients annually accounts for roughly 800,000 deaths in the US, more than heart disease and more than cancer.  The healthcare industry spends roughly $8 billion on extended care as a result of clinical error every year. As accountable care continues to make progress, the healthcare industry is moving more towards evidence based medicine and best practices. This is certainly the case for care providers, but also for patients as well. 

 

Implementing checklists in all aspects of healthcare can eliminate simple mistakes and common oversights by medical professionals and empower patients to become more educated and informed. Studies by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as well as the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) have concluded that implementing checklists in various facets of care can reduce errors by up to half. Certain implementations of checklists in Intensive Care Units for infection mitigation resulted in reducing infections by 100 percent.

 

Compelling evidence of the need for checklisting can be found in the preparation process for a colonoscopy.  Colonoscopy preparation is a rigorous process that requires patients to be watching their diet and the clock for two days before procedure.  It is not uncommon for a colonoscopy to fail due to inadequate patient preparation. Before the procedure, the patient must pay attention to an arsenal of instructions regarding food, liquid, and medication. A detailed checklist that guides each patient through the process would practically eliminate any errors and failures due to inadequate patient preparation. 

 

From the patient’s perspective, checklisting everything from pre-surgery preparation to a routine checkup should be a priority.   At the end of the day, the patient has the most at stake and should be entitled to a clear, user-friendly system to understand every last detail of any procedure or treatment.

 

A couple of companies are making waves in the area of patient safety checklists, most notably of which are BluMenlo and Parallax.

 

BluMenlo is a mobile patient safety firm founded in 2012. Its desktop, tablet, and mobile solution drives utilization of checklists for patient handoffs, infection mitigation, and Radiation Oncology Machine QA. Although initial focus is in the areas mentioned, BluMenlo is expanding into standardizing best practices hospital and ACO-wide.

 

Parallax specializes in operating room patient safety. Its CHaRM offering incorporates a Heads Up Display to leverage checklists in the Operating Room. The software learns a surgeon’s habits and techniques to accurately predict how long an operation may take as well as predict possible errors.

 

Electronic checklists will certainly take hold as health systems, ACOs and accountable care networks continue to focus on increased patient safety, improved provider communications and best practices for reducing costs across their organizations. We will even see these best practices expedited if we begin to inquire with our care providers as informed and engaged patients.

 

What questions about checklists do you have?

 

As a healthcare executive and strategist, Justin Barnes is an industry and technology advisor who also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center. In addition, Mr. Barnes is Chairman Emeritus of the HIMSS EHR Association as well as Co-Chairman of the Accountable Care Community of Practice.

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Buying A New Device? Don’t Get Shortchanged On Your Wireless Speeds

Even with new 802.11ac wireless technology available to device manufacturers, many companies are still putting older, slower 802.11bgn wireless cards in their devices. From laptops to smart TVs, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting before you buy. 802.11b/g/n … Read more >

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What Is Business Intelligence?

What Is Business Intelligence?Early in my career, I was encouraged to always ask questions, even the  most obvious and simple ones. This included questions about well-known topics that were assumed to be understood by everyone. With that in mind, let’s answer the question, “What is business intelligence (BI)?”

 

As you read this post, you probably fall into one of these three categories:

  1. You know exactly what BI is because you eat, sleep, and breathe it every day. BI is in your business DNA.
  2. The term means nothing more than the name of an exotic tech cocktail that might have pierced your ears, figuratively speaking of course.
  3. You‘re somewhere in between the two extremes. You’ve been exposed to the term, but haven’t had a chance yet to fully digest it or appreciate it.

 

Do you have something to learn about BI? Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.

 

To begin with, BI looked very different when I started my career in the early ’90s. You couldn’t look it up on a mobile device smaller than a floppy disk. Moreover, you couldn’t Google it, Bing it, or Yahoo it. Today, the keywords “business” and “intelligence” together return more than 250 million results on Google, though few will be relevant to you, nor will you have time to go through them. Nevertheless, the ease and the speed at which you are able to query large volumes of recorded data to make faster, better-informed conclusions puts the question at hand in perspective.

 

Scratching the surface

 

Beginners to BI should start their research with the definition. Wikipedia’s definition of BI is a good place to start, and from it you get the sense that BI includes tangibles such as hardware and software as well as intangibles such as people, culture, processes, and best practices. Continuing on the Wikipedia page, you can find out about the origins of the term. In 1958, Hans Peter Luhn, an IBM researcher, defined the term as “the ability to apprehend the interrelationships of presented facts in such a way as to guide action towards a desired goal.” By the ‘90s, the term had become more widespread. At CIO.com, BI is defined as “an umbrella term that refers to a variety of software applications used to analyze an organization’s raw data.”

 

Digging deeper

 

Next, you can dig a little deeper by performing what I call a rapid-research exercise to glance at the websites of BI companies that develop the technology. In this way, your searches can transition from text-based and definition-centric explanations to visually rich and appealing presentations, including graphs and charts. This is where BI dashboards take center stage. Not surprisingly, the emphasis on mobile that showcases tablets and smart phones becomes apparent by pictures of BI artifacts shown on mobile devices. Additional references pop up for Big Data and Cloud. Both are hot technology terms that have gained popularity in the last few years. As you research and connect the dots, you can start to build your own definition of BI. This will be influenced by your own unique background, your experiences with technology (with or without BI), and possibly, your personal perceptions layered with your biases of BI. However, in the end, your definition may still fall short.

 

Hitting the core

 

Ultimately, BI is about decision making. In its simplest and purest form, I define BI as the framework that enables organizations of all sizes to make faster, better-informed business decisions.


I don’t claim that this particular definition of BI is better or more comprehensive than others. But it does provide a direct and concise answer with less emphasis on technology and more focus on business, people, and decision making.

 

When it comes to defining BI or technology in general, we need to put the focus on business and people more often. In this context, business decisions should be complemented by technology that promotes actionable insight, and not the other way around. BI is not a miracle pill.

 

BI alone does not solve business problems or cure corporate infections. Instead, BI is the enabler that, if designed, implemented, and executed effectively, can help organizations drive growth and profitability.

 

What is your definition of BI?

 

Connect with me on Twitter (@KaanTurnali) and LinkedIn.

 

This story originally appeared on the The Decision Factor.

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Next Generation of CIOs Drive a New Style of Business

“The worst place to be as a CIO is to convince yourself you have control, when in fact you don’t,” says Intel CIO, Kim Stevenson in this interview on ComputerWeekly.com.  Stevenson hates the term Shadow IT – she views this as the enterprise at large becoming more educated about technology just like we continue to do in our personal lives.  Stevenson’s outlook symbolizes a new style of interaction with business stakeholders that is vital for competitive enterprises of the future.  It is no longer just about how CIOs help their stakeholders achieve their business objectives – it is also about the manner in which they present solutions in business terms. CIOs of tomorrow must drive a New Style of Business today across the enterprise.  Let us see what we can learn from the next generation of CIOs like Intel’s Stevenson.

 

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Twentieth Century Fox Executive CP and CIO, John Herbert, introduced the term Journey Management at HP Discover.  By realizing business gains for his stakeholders through clearly defined metrics, Herbert is delivering Enterprise IT at the pace of Business.  Through Herbert’s words, Enterprise IT at Fox is a “Service Broker” today instead of an order-taker.  This enables business functions that matter most to his stakeholders.

 

In this CIO.com interview, HP Enterprise Services CIO, Steve Bandrowczak calls out a powerful but rarely mentioned quality for the New Style of CIOs: humility.  The humble CIO will emphasize his people’s importance more than his own. It is the same mindset that drove leaders like Gandhi, Lincoln and Mother Teresa to make big data matter and make a difference in the global enterprise.

 

This mindset drives a spirit of co-opetition rather than competition with other stakeholders.  No wonder Stevenson suggests that CIOs who have worked in a control style of IT service must relinquish control in situations where IT cannot add any value.

 

Stevenson also shares an example of presenting IT solution in business terms.  Rather than letting business peers know that you have a team of Data Scientists who can work magic, she suggests: “How about if you say, ‘We can create a $10m return on investment in six months?’”. This approach was applied to the Resller SMART project. Her team used advanced analytics to provide insights about which customers were most likely to buy. The project delivered $20M in one year.

 

These are powerful messages from CIOs who integrate the business of IT every day. What is interesting is that they are still operating under the fundamental premise of Enterprise IT, enabling the business units to achieve their business objectives.  There is nothing intrinsically new about this premise. But, they are doing this with a different style of thinking and interaction that characterizes a New Style of Leadership to drive a New Style of Business.

 

How about you?  What are other characteristics you would suggest to drive this new style of business?  .

 

Team up with HP Technology Expert, E.G.Nadhan

 

Connect with Nadhan on: Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Journey Blog


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Latin America Jumps into the Parallel Universe Computing Challenge

Mike Bernhardt is the Community Evangelist for Intel’s Technical Computing Group

 

At our inaugural Parallel Universe Computing Challenge (PUCC) at SC13, we had no representatives from Latin America. That’s changed for the 2014 PUCC with the proposed participation of a team representing supercomputing interests in Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela.

Several of the team members are from the Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) in Bucaramanga, Colombia. UIS, a research university, is the home of the Super Computing and Scientific Computing lab that also provides HPC training for Latin American and Caribbean countries—which is why they were able to garner additional team members from universities in other countries.

The lab’s research is focused on such science and applied science areas as bioinformatics and computational chemistry, materials and corrosion, condensed matter physics, astronomy and astrophysics; and on computer science areas including visualization and cloud computing, modeling and simulation, scheduling and optimization, concurrency and parallelism, and energy-aware advanced computing.

 

We talked with team captain Gilberto Díaz, Infrastructure chief of the supercomputer center at UIS, about the team he was assembling.

Q: Why did the team from Latin America decide to participate in the PUCC?
A: We would like to promote and develop more widespread awareness and use of HPC in our region. In addition to the excitement of participating in the 2014 event, our participation will help us to prepare students of master and PhD programs to better understand the importance of code modernization as well as preparing them to compete in future competitions.

Q: How will your team prepare for the Intel PUCC?
A: All of us work in HPC and participate in scientific projects where we have the opportunity to develop our skills.

Q: What are the most prevalent high performance computing applications in which your team members are involved?
A: We are developers, therefore, we are most familiar with programming languages than specific applications (MPI, CUDA, OpenMP).

Q: SC14 is using the theme “HPC Matters” for the conference. Can you explain why “HPC Matters” to you?
A: HPC is a fundamental tool to face some challenging problems and solving them will represent a significant advance for humanity, for example, new drug development for disease treatment, high tech components for cars, planes, etc., weather simulations to understand how we are affecting the climate of the world, etc.

Q: What is the significance of your team name (“SC3”)?
A: Super Computing and Scientific Computing in Spanish is Super Computación y Calculo Cientifico, which is the name of the lab at the Universidad Industrial de Santander.

Q: Who are your team members?
A: We have six people in addition to myself so far:

  • Robinson Rivas, Professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) and director of the supercomputer center of UCV in Caracas
  • Carlos Barrios, Professor at Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS) and director of the supercomputer center of UIS
  • Pedro Velho, Professor at Universidad Federal de Rio Grande del Sur in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Alvaro de la Ossa, Professor at Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Jesus Verduzco, Professor at Instituto Politécnico de Colima in Colima, Mexico
  • Monica Hernandez, System Engineer and student in Master program at UIS

 

Learn more about the PUCC at SC14.

 

(Left to Right) Pedro Velho, Carlos Barrios, Robinson Rivas, Gilberto Díaz


Jesus Verduzco

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