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Second night @SmallsJazzClub – Melissa Aldana and her quartet streaming live! How lucky are we?
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MELISSA ALDANA (tenor sax) // GLENN ZALESKI (piano) // PABLO MENARES (bass) // JOCHEN RUECKERT (drums)


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The Race Is Not Yet Over for Bernie


any of you have been disappointed and angered by the results of Tuesday’s New York primary, and I don’t blame you. But there’s reason to be hopeful, and much to be thankful for. Consider the race, the mobilization, the issues, and the movement:

    1. Despite what you hear from the media, the race is not yet over. Bernie’s national polls are rising as fast as his opponent’s are falling, enthusiasm for him remains high, he continues to raise more money from small donors than she’s raising from large ones, and young people (as well as not-so-young) are more energized for him and by him than ever.


    1. The political mobilization Bernie has created is critically important – not just for the presidential race but for elections to Congress, and at the state and local level. And its importance and influence will extend way beyond 2016.


    1. The issues Bernie is focusing the nation’s attention on are critical to our future: reclaiming our democracy from the moneyed interests and making our economy serve the many rather than the few at the top. And the only way to achieve this is to reverse the increasing concentrations of income, wealth, and power. This agenda is the prerequisite to everything else. More Americans than ever now understand this.


  1. The movement Bernie has fueled is just beginning. It may take years to finally and fully succeed, but it cannot be stopped. The direction our democracy and economy have been moving is not sustainable. The countervailing power Bernie is building is essential to our future and our children’s future. What do you think?

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Facebook Page

Our Latest ‘Pro to Know’ Shares Supply Chain Insights

We’re thrilled to have yet another Kinaxis team member join the ranks of those recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine as a ‘Pro to Know’. Our very own Dominic Thomas, VP of Business Consulting, was named a 2016 Provider ‘Pro to Know’ for his expertise in solving supply chain challenges.

I sat down with him to get some insight into what those supply chain challenges are, and how companies can overcome them.

What do you feel are the biggest supply chain challenges companies are likely to face in year ahead?

Some of the primary challenges supply chains will face are increased complexity, lack of visibility into key metrics, and the growing need for segmentation. More work needs to be done to bring together the functions of sales and operations to jointly manage business and supply chain strategies to help mitigate these collective challenges.

How can businesses overcome those challenges?

  • Increasing Complexity: Companies are dealing with substantial SKU proliferation. Twenty years ago, a company may have had only a single version of a product with a handful of SKUs. Today, that single product may have multiplied into several versions defined by unique attributes, labeling requirements, product specifications, and jurisdictional controls. SKU proliferation, shorter life cycles, a more demanding end consumer, with significantly more available options to satisfy their needs, coupled with mergers and divestitures currently taking place are all causing significant stress on supply chains. Fundamental questions like how to harmonize part numbers across multiple ERP systems, incorporate supply chain partners into supply chain decisions, quickly assess the right course of action when the plan is no longer actionable, and allocate constrained capacity and materials in line with key corporate objectives are more critical than ever before.
  • Metrics Visibility: Going hand in hand with increasing complexity is the need to properly manage and monitor key performance metrics. When a supply chain deals in multiple units of measure and/or multiple currencies, this becomes even more important. Companies need to be able to first determine whether something can be done, and then determine whether it should be done. They need to understand rapidly the repercussions and impact of decisions across the network and the associated costs. Waiting two weeks for that analysis is like doing a Google search and waiting until tomorrow to see the results. It’s just not effective.
  • Segmentation: Needing to provide different offerings to specific types of customers is becoming a common thread across most supply chains. Organizations need to understand the unique needs of each one of their end customers, and how they can tailor service offerings to meet those needs. Businesses need to determine what those differentiated supply chains should be, how to prioritize end user needs, and help them compete not only on a product level, but at a supply chain level as well.

What is the importance of connecting the supply chain function to a company’s broader strategy?

I believe better supply chain alignment should be a company-wide goal. People on the front lines of a company’s supply chain don’t always know how their day-to-day activities are related to top floor decisions. How best does a senior executive get the entire organization aligned to meet corporate objectives?

Managers often struggle with communicating what’s important because the systems in place are inadequate and difficult to work with. Allowing employees to accurately evaluate the consequences of their supply chain decisions in advance of execution should be top of mind. Removing the “I didn’t know” excuse, facilitating effective collaboration across teams, and providing the ability to assess a decision will ensure that supply chain is aligned with corporate objectives. Making sure each employee understands how the work they do relates to senior management’s vision for the company is paramount, and provides greater incentive for supply chain practitioners to reach their goals on key performance indicators.

It’s not just better tools that allow companies to achieve this overall strategy alignment. It’s better business processes as well. There needs to be a place and an opportunity to facilitate a high level of cooperation across all business units and functions to achieve harmony. By ensuring everyone is on the same page, practitioners will be enabled to make the right decisions not only for managing the supply chain, but also for the overall health of the company as a whole.

If a company can only make one change to their supply chain this year, what should it be?

Define your strategy. Understand what your strengths, and more importantly your weaknesses, are from a supply chain perspective. Determine where your organization is headed. Develop quantifiable goals that support the overall strategy.

What makes you so passionate about supply chain?

It’s a fascinating area to focus on. The supply chain matters! It delivers things that you and your family use every single day. Helping businesses find innovative supply chain solutions that solve their specific challenges is incredibly rewarding. I get up every morning looking forward to going to work.

Game 2: Comets Fall Into 0-2 Series Hole

The Utica Comets season has been pushed to its furthest possible point after a 5-1 loss to the Albany Devils on Saturday evening at the Times Union Center. The Devils four goal third period was sparked by a controversial short-handed goal that came after Comets goaltender Richard Bachman was knocked to the ice on what appeared to have been a goaltender’s interference.

Cole Cassels (1-0-1) and Michael Pereira (0-1-1) each picked up their first career Calder Cup Playoff points on the Comets lone goal of the game. The Comets have now lost back-to-back playoff games for the second time in franchise history, with the first time coming during Games 1 and 2 of the 2015 Calder Cup Finals.

Cassels got the Comets off to a roaring start when he found the back of the net halfway through the first period. After the line of Michael Pereira, Brandon Marino, and Cassels applied heavy offensive pressure, Cassels sniped a wrist shot over Wedgewood’s glove to give the Comets their first lead of the series.

The lead did not last long as the Devils scored their first of five unanswered goals seven minutes later when Ben Thomson banked a shot in off of Bachman’s leg pad.

The Devils kicked off their four goal second period with a power-play goal four minutes in.

Then the game spiraled out of control and away from the Comets.

While short-handed, the Devils hemmed the Comets into their own zone as they looked to set-up the breakout. Jim O’Brien kicked the skate out from under Bachman, and sent the goaltender sprawling out on his stomach. The puck squirted from behind the net and into the slot, where Reid Boucher jammed the puck in to the net before Bachman could recover his position in the crease. The referees conferenced for a short amount of time, and deemed the goal a good goal.

On the ensuing face-off, the Comets rushed Wedgewood and picked up the lone penalty after a scrum on the ice. With Ehrhardt in the box for an Unsportsmanlike Conduct minor, the Devils scored 40 seconds after their previous goal to extend their lead to 4-1.

An extra insurance goal in the second period’s waning minutes was the final insurance goal the Devils would get on their way to grabbing a 2-0 series lead.

The series now shifts to Utica for Game 3 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. It’s do or die for the Comets, as Albany just needs one more win the claim in the series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 pm, where Comets fans are being asked to wear white and WHITEout TheAUD.

RailComm: Insight™ monitoring and analytics platform

RailComm Insight™ is a smart monitoring and analytics platform for railroad infrastructure. RailComm is transforming traditional remote condition monitoring to a smart decision support tool for effective preventive and corrective condition-based maintenance. The platform marks the company’s steps towards the Internet of Things (IoT) with remote monitoring and predictive analytics for the rail industry.

With RailComm Insight, maintainers not only monitor the actual condition of equipment to determine when maintenance is needed, but sophisticated analytics determine if a failure might occur and notify them to proactively resolve issues. By preventing unexpected asset malfunction at the first sight of a performance deviation from normal operation, RailComm Insight helps freight and passenger railroads decrease unplanned delays to minimize their economic and social impact.

This software platform extracts data from field sensors and correlates it with external sources, such as yard and mainline control systems and weather, and automatically analyzes it using predictive algorithms on a cloud-based platform to determine if and when assets might fail. Keeping a high prediction rate is a key factor in the success of RailComm Insight, and this is achieved by enabling continuous machine learning with high volumes of aggregated data.

RailComm Insight’s intuitive Web user interface provides high-level and detailed views that are simultaneously updated to highlight developing problems. Users can subscribe to RailComm Insight’s automatic severity-based notifications, which provide actionable insights via email, text, voice call, or to a third party system via SNMP.

An example of an application supported by RailComm Insight is the remote condition monitoring and failure prediction for mainline switches. The platform is able to predict and detect malfunctions related to power source/battery, motor, lock rod, obstructions, and more. Maintainers not only benefit from this tool by preventing service downtime when alerted by the system, but they also are able to determine the efficacy of performed maintenance and whether maintenance or other track work is affecting its performance.