FantasySalesTeam Has Games that Make Sales Teams Better

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For those looking to give your sales team a bit more incentive to try their best, one company has created an app that makes their sales statistics as simple and competitive as fantasy sports.

The app, created by FantasySalesTeam, provides a creative alternative to boring sales contests by using your team’s own competitive spirit to drive sales and inspire them to do better both as individuals and as a group.

Recently, the developer behind the game, Incent Games Inc., was recently acquired by Microsoft. This means that within the next few months, you should see more features begin to pop up, and perhaps even more games for different fields.

While most sales competitions are designed in a way that gives a boost to the employee with the highest sales, FantasySalesTeam has creates a tiered rewards system based on popular online fantasy sport games that allows team members to compete in different categories: not just highest sales.

For example, one prize may be awarded to someone for making the most sales, while another employee can get an award for having the biggest improvement.

Developers claim the app is simple to use and provides an easy and fun way to keep track of productivity, taking a page out of fantasy football leagues to visualize competitors’ stats.

Players have their own profiles that display their performance and standings. They can access their teammates’ pages and stats as well. And they can also ‘draft’ those players onto their team, encouraging teamwork as well as friendly competition.

Even the interface for creating your sales game is designed to look like a game, with a bright rainbow path laid out with steps designed to help you create custom games in which your employees can compete.

Rather than having your team working against each other constantly in order to get one prize, the fantasy football inspired application allows them to work as a team while still being awarded for their individual performances. The interface designed to let you define your metrics in order to increase performance, drive and sales.

Using this application brings the ‘white board’ sales competition into the new era, putting information directly into the competitors’ hands. But does it work?

Reviews say yes. Some customers using the app showed staggering results. One team even saw an increase in sales of 176 percent.

Of course, you’ll have to try the app yourself to see if it’s the right fit for your team.

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Apple Is Said to Plan Improved Cloud Services by Unifying Teams

Apple Is Said to Plan Improved Cloud Services by Unifying Teams

Apple Inc. plans to unify its separate Internet services groups into a single campus to better compete with Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Amazon.com Inc. in the cloud, according to people familiar with the plans.

Apple cloud services teams run by executive Eddy Cue, including Siri, Maps, iCloud, Apple Pay, Apple News and parts of iTunes and Apple Music, will move together into the company’s existing Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California, the people said. Currently, most Apple services are developed separately from each other in office parks rented out in other parts of Cupertino and Sunnyvale, California.

The current structure contributes to software bugs and slow product development, the people said. Bringing the teams together at a single, dedicated campus is designed to improve growth of the services business and fight competition from Google and Amazon, the people added. They did not want to be identified talking about private Apple plans. Apple declined to comment.

As iPhone growth slows and Apple goes behind the scenes to develop new hardware, the services business has been a bright spot. It grew almost 20 percent in the third quarter and may soon pass the Mac and iPad as Apple’s second-largest revenue source. Still, Apple’s cloud services have been criticized by users because of technical issues and a lack of new features. The company also stumbled in 2008 with MobileMe and in 2012 with Maps.

Cloud Space
Space for the cloud teams at the current headquarters will begin to open as Apple inches toward the launch of Apple Campus 2, a futuristic, spherical structure with multiple floors of open work space. Apple will begin moving employees there in 2017, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in March. Apple broke ground on the new campus in 2013, following a well-documented announcement by company co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011.

While many Apple executives want to relocate their teams to the new campus, Cue thinks unifying at the old campus is a suitable way to improve his organization, one of the people said.

A committee of Apple managers is working on the plan to reorganize Apple across its current and future locations. Recently that plan has changed, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Apple originally expected up to 13,000 employees at the new campus. Now that number will increase by thousands and Apple is adjusting internal office space accordingly, the person said.

The new building features open floor plans and few traditional offices. While some of Apple’s senior vice presidents are expected to see their offices move over to the new campus – less than a five minute drive from the current headquarters – management must be at a vice president level or above to get a formal office, one of the people said. Previous plans included office space for senior directors, who report to vice presidents.

The new campus will be made up of bench seating, long work tables, and open cubicle spaces, potentially irking employees used to quiet office environments, two people briefed on the new campus’s plans said.

Apple’s Pie
Apple is also reorganizing its cloud computing resources to bolster its services business. The company is moving its infrastructure – things like software to process Siri queries and Apple Music downloads – onto a single, Apple-made system, according to people familiar with the matter. Code-named Pie, the platform gives Apple more control and may speed up load times.

Apple has begun moving over parts of Siri, the iTunes Store, and Apple News to the new platform, one of the people said. Apple plans to move other services, including Maps, to its new system over the next few years. Apple has also developed an internal photo storage system dubbed McQueen to gradually end its reliance on Google and Amazon servers, the people said.

The company recently indicated it is taking the cloud more seriously by hiring former Time Warner Cable executive Peter Stern as a vice president leading cloud services.

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Shahid Afridi Urges Subcontinent Teams to Show Unity and Counter Security Fears

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Shahid Afridi was not happy with Australia cancelling their tour to Bangladesh.

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Karachi: Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi criticised Australia’s decision to call off their Bangladesh tourciting terrorism fears, saying Monday that while security was paramount tours should “not be cancelled over minor issues”.

Australia scrapped its two-Test tour of Bangladesh last week after official warnings militants may attack Western interests.

The head of the Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan said measures to tighten security should have satisfied any safety concerns, telling reporters in Dhaka that while many countries face such terror threats, “it never stops cricket”.

Afridi echoed that statement on the sidelines of a visit in Karachi to meet Pakistan and Bangladesh’s women’s teams. “Security is paramount but tours should not get cancelled over minor issues,” he told reporters.

“Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka should show some unity and counter these security fears as we have suffered a lot with international teams not coming to Pakistan,” said Afridi.

International cricket was suspended in Pakistan after a deadly 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. But the country hosted its first Test-playing nation in six years in May, when Zimbabwe toured for a short limited-over series, raising hopes that bigger teams might also come to Pakistan again.

Afridi said Bangladesh’s decision to send their women’s team was a good sign.

“Our country is going through a difficult phase but cricket will be revived through the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board and we should thank the Bangladesh government for sending their women’s team,” he said.

“I am sure this is the first good step before sending Bangladesh men’s team.”

The popular Twenty20 captain appeared to have charmed the Bangladeshi players, with many posing for selfies with him.

“It’s nice to see women playing good cricket and I congratulate both the teams for their competitive style,” said

Afridi.

Former Bangladesh opener Athar Ali Khan said Afridi’s visit had been “great encouragement” for the women’s teams.

“It will go a long way in raising their performance in the last match,” said Khan, who played 19 one-day internationals for Bangladesh.

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Annual CBID design competition now open to all JHU student teams

Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design is gearing up for itsDesign Day competition, the annual showcase for biomedical engineering students.

This year, organizers have added a competition open to student teams from across Hopkins—the first-ever Student Healthcare Design Competition. Both competitions will be held on May 3.

Since 2009, Design Day has given BME students the opportunity to showcase, discuss, and defend their biomedical design projects in an open forum hosted by the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The Student Healthcare Design Competition provides a similar opportunity to students in engineering, medicine, public health, business, nursing, and arts and sciences.

Students are invited to submit design briefs centering on medical technologies by the April 8 deadline. A panel of judges will award $20,000 in cash prizes to top designs in both competitions. The joint event is free, and registration to attend is required before April 29.

“Design Day is one of the most exciting days of the year for me at Johns Hopkins,” says Youseph Yazdi, CBID’s executive director. “Each year, hundreds of students, doctors, faculty, and medtech industry people join in a day full of creativity and energy. It is productive fun, and everyone is devoted to improving health here and around the world through innovation.”

Notable past Design Day projects include Spirosense, a diagnostic system for obstructive lung disease; Quickstitch, a mechanical medical suturing device; and EchoSure, a blood clot detection system.

The CBID program is a leader in the translation of scientific and technical advances into clinical applications that improve patient care. CBID operates within the Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering, which is shared by the university’s School of Medicine and its Whiting School of Engineering.

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