Today, Paul McCartney shared the home-recorded demo of “Dear Friend” from Wings‘ Wild Life. Inspired by Beatles bandmate John Lennon, the previously-unreleased demo features a solo McCartney on piano and vocals. The demo will be featured on the upcoming reissue of the 1971 record, which will be paired with the reissue of 1973’s Red Rose Speedway, set to drop on December 7th, 2018.With the release of “Dear Friend”, McCartney told Rolling Stone that the song is “sort of me talking to John after we’d had all the sort of disputes about The Beatles break up.” He continues, “I find it very emotional when I listen to it now. I have to sort of choke it back. I remember when I heard the song recently, listening to the roughs [remastering works-in-progress] in the car. And I thought, ‘Oh God’. That lyric: ‘Really truly, young and newly wed’. Listening to that was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s true!’ I’m trying to say to John, ‘Look, you know, it’s all cool. Have a glass of wine. Let’s be cool.’”He added, “Luckily we did get it back together, which was like a great source of joy because it would have been terrible if he’d been killed as things were at that point and I’d never got to straighten it out with him. This was me reaching out. So, I think it’s very powerful in some very simple way. But it was certainly heartfelt.”Paul McCartney’s reissues for Wings’ Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway are due out on December 7th and will feature rough mixes, home recordings, b-sides, single edits, and other unreleased material, along with rare footage of acoustic home videos, rehearsals, and more. For more information on the upcoming Wings release, head here.You can listen to the 1971 home demo for “Dear Friend” below, as well as the 2018 remastered version.Paul McCartney – “Dear Friend”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Last week I was interviewed by The Economist on the role of IT in the connection between companies and customer expectations. While I believe it can give businesses the best flexibility to respond to ever-changing customer expectations, I also think a more holistic view on big data is needed to shape their experience and make it more personal.Taking advantage of the data generated in our companies is a priority. High-quality data management enhances our knowledge and adds value to decision-making. It even allows us to anticipate future challenges. However, we’re only just peeling the first layer of the onion in terms of the data that we currently hold. The coming years will get challenging in data management given that, worldwide, big data market revenues for software and services are estimated to increase from $42bn in 2018 to $103bn in 2027. Data will be ever more relevant, shedding light on customers, their experience with a company and, if we look closely, we can adjust our company’s own processes, service and technology accordingly.Reshape the organization around experienceAccording to Gartner’s ‘Customer Experience in Marketing’ Survey, 81% of companies will mostly or completely compete on the basis of Customer Experience in two years’ time. Yet only 22% say their Customer Experience efforts have exceeded customer expectations.Whenever a consumer interacts with a company, he or she is providing us with valuable information about what (s)he thinks and feels in relation to the company. It’s our goal to capture these tendencies in order of preference and develop a specific experience for each individual consumer. Setting up a system with a single source of truth for all data can thus enable fine profiling.It’s only through profiling and segmentation that we are able to design the ultimate customer experience. Big data presents a unique opportunity for the detection of segments. Based on the collected data, we reorganize our companies around customer segments and adapt technology to 1) appropriately capture data and 2) enhance what we know about our segments. Big data enables deeper and more granular customer segmentation than ever before.AI tuned to the consumerAs the urge for personalization grows because of the desire for more control in the face of information overload, big data makes it possible to predict what a person is most interested in by combining the loads of data we collect on a person and the use of artificial intelligence.Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can discover hidden correlations or help companies create pinpoint service offers expressly tailored to the individual. This is, of course, a huge benefit to any company trying to sell online.Big data and AI also play a big role in improving the products companies produce. Callaway Golf is collecting data on how their golf clubs are used and is coupling that with AI capabilities to design the product in a way that suits the player better. Another fine example is our partnership with Gustave Roussy. Through a holistic IT transformation, this comprehensive cancer center is able to decrease the time required to add value to clinical and academic data, provide access to these insights anytime, anywhere, through secure applications, and push the boundaries of scientific research by applying AI.Personify technologyWe live in a new era of human-machine partnerships. With the advent of new technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain and the Internet of Things, this relationship has become much more complex.We need to tailor this partnership to our company so that we can provide a more personal service. To achieve the maximum effect from AI’s potential, organizations need to understand that authenticity and transparency are key if companies want to maintain their customers’ trust.It comes down to making the distinction: a number of interactions can perfectly be handled by machines but, for some interactions, only a real human representative can perform the necessary work. As great as technology can be, it doesn’t replace our basic need for human intimacy.This partnership also gives companies the opportunity to reflect on what makes our customers choose our services and tailor our machines to personalize that choice.Want to read more? Discover our data capital hub at The Economist or dive into the interview here.
Vermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted For the Week of 08/22/2009. There were 682 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 172 from the week before and 175 fewer than the same period last year. Altogether 11,552 new and continuing claims were filed, 628 fewer than a week ago and 4,327 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 4,259 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 53 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 788 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 16 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external) Latest Unemployment Press Release August 24, 2009 July 2009June 2009July 2008 “Unemployment fell sharply in July, apparently due to increased hiring of youth for summer work and a modest recovery of the Leisure and Hospitality sector. However, the early data indicate we will likely see an upward revision of the unemployment rate as has occurred for the past several months. For example, we saw June’s unemployment rate climb from 7.1% to 7.3% after final revision.”Patricia Moulton Powden Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor Total Labor Force360,100359,500354,800 Employment335,600333,300338,600 Unemployment24,50026,20016,200 Rate6.8%7.3%4.6%
After it takes on Henninger next Wednesday, the Bees will gear up to host the 68th annual Baldwinsville Invitational on Sept. 21, which starts with an open/alumni race at 9:15 a.m. and continues with modified, JV and varsity races throughout the morning and afternoon.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even as the home team, the Baldwinsville cross country team had some difficulties in Wednesday’s three-team Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division meet with Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee.At least the boys Bees were able to defeat the Wildcats 22-39, helped in no small part by Colin Delaney, who in 16 minutes, 43 seconds won a great individual race, 10 seconds ahead of the 16:53 from WG’s Matt Bartolotta.Jack Michaels gave B’ville a third-place finish in 16:57, four seconds behind Bartolotta, but after the Wildcats’ Peter McMahon finished fourth (17:20), the Northstars swept the next five positions, its top pack separated by just 18 seconds at the finish line. R.J. Davis led them, finishing fifth in 17:37, with Zach Bergman getting sixth place in 17:47. Evan Romano worked his way to seventh place in 17:52 as Josh Koeppe was eighth in 17:55 and Matt LeClair got ninth place in 17:59.The girls race had B’ville taking a 15-50 defeat to C-NS and falling 23-32 to West Genesee, with the Bees’ lone top-10 finish coming from McKenzie Schmidt, who ran to eighth place in 21:45.Up front, the Northstars sweeping the top seven spots, led by Kate Putman, whose 19:13 was more than a minute ahead of the 20:17 from Allison Newton and 20:20 from Gabby Putman. Tags: Baldwinsvillecross country