GEMS study pinpoints main causes of childhood diarrheal diseases, suggests effective solutions The Global Enteric Multicenter Study GEMS is the largest, most comprehensive study of childhood diarrheal diseases ever conducted in developing country settings. Globally, diarrheal diseases are the second leading cause of death among children under five, despite the existence of effective interventions, such as oral rehydration solutions ORS and zinc supplements as general treatments. Many different bacteria, viruses and other pathogens can cause diarrheal disease.
A usability analysis of 23 intranet portals finds strong growth, increasing collaboration features, and cross-functional governance.
Web portals have suffered a highly variable existence. More and more companies are establishing intranet portals, and they keep improving their features and usability. High time for an update. This time, we collected case studies from 23 companies and organizations.
Our current intranet portal recommendations are therefore based on the collective experience of 48 companies and organizations over the 5 years since we began our initial portal usability research.
The first new finding is that all 62 previous findings continue to hold. For example, we again found that role-based personalization is the way to go. People very rarely use corporate portal customizations, however much they ask for them.
An interesting exception here is with university portals, where many users do engage with customization features.
Possibly because university staff has a tendency to tinker and to value exploration for its own sake.
Growing Portal Maturity, But Many Newcomers As in previous years, no portal product has all the answers; I therefore remain vendor-neutral. We first studied intranet portals 5 years ago, and the idea is certainly older than that. Even so, many company intranets are only now sufficiently mature that teams can begin turning them into full-featured portals.
Some of the bigger and more established portals we studied have reached very impressive levels, but the companies are nonetheless continuing to evolve them as they try to reach single sign-on nirvana see below and add new collaboration features.
Our knowledge of intranet portals has expanded along with their increasing maturity over the years. Most companies have embraced cross-functional teams or steering committees as a way to ensure buy-in across departments. In bigger organizations, a full-time job. Even in smaller places, however, specific individuals must be responsible for the portal as part of their official job description.
The people in charge of the portal need to stay on the job after launch, or the intranet will suffer portal decay. Ongoing, dedicated resources are required both to integrate new features and maintain the quality of existing features such as search.
Still Elusive Single sign-on is the Loch Ness monster of the intranet world: In our initial research 5 years ago, it was already clear that single sign-on could dramatically improve user productivity and satisfaction, as well as immensely reduce support costs.
A huge proportion of help desk calls relate to password problems. At the time, single sign-on was more of a hope than a practical possibility.These lawyers, bankers, academics, journalists, bureaucrats and self-styled elitists sponge off the actual wealth-creation of hard working Americans via SES, OPIC, Lockheed Martin, Crown Agents, Serco, USAID in pursuit of the seven deadly sins.
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Less. An analysis of the history of technology shows that technological change is exponential, contrary to the common-sense intuitive linear view. So we won't experience years of progress in the 21st century -- it will be more like 20, years of progress (at today's rate).
The returns, such as chip speed and cost-effectiveness, also increase exponentially. The decline of newspapers has been widely debated, as the industry has faced slumping ad sales, the loss of much classified advertising and precipitous drops in circulation.
In recent years the number of newspapers slated for closure, bankruptcy or severe cutbacks has risen, especially in the United States, where the industry has shed a fifth of its journalists since In a world swimming in debt, the next crisis is likely to bear at least a passing resemblance to the last one.
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