FIFA Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup draw

FIFA Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup draw

first_imgRelated posts:Chuck Blazer: The whistleblower at epicenter of FIFA arrests Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics Swiss prosecutors probe 53 ‘suspicious’ FIFA cases See also: Costa Rica football federation requests overhaul of CONCACAF officiatingST. PETERSBURG, Russia – FIFA will meet with key sponsors Visa, McDonalds and Coca-Cola next month as world football’s governing body continues to come under pressure following a series of corruption scandals.Just 24 hours before the first official event for the Russia 2018 World Cup with the qualification draw in St. Petersburg, secretary general Jerome Valcke said the three major sponsors had written to express their concern.The parties are expected to meet in August to discuss the reform procedures outlined by outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter this week.“There will be a meeting next month in August between all the FIFA partners and FIFA along with the legal and marketing departments,” said Valcke. “The issue is to make sure from their side that the reform process ongoing should be through an independent body.”Blatter’s proposed reforms include limits on terms for leaders, tougher background checks on executive committee members and the publication of salaries of top officials.However, VISA chief executive Charlie Scharf believes that meaningful reform can only be carried out by an independent body and take place once Blatter is removed.“Two things need to happen to ensure credible reform,” Scharf said in a statement on Friday. “First, an independent, third-party commission led by one or more impartial leaders is critical to formulate reforms. Second, we believe no meaningful reform can be made under FIFA’s existing leadership.” FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Michael Buholze/AFPThere was another embarrassing development for FIFA on Friday as Brazil and Zenit St. Petersburg forward Hulk was pulled from the lineup to conduct the draw.The 28-year-old was set to feature alongside the likes of compatriot Ronaldo and Samuel Eto’o, but has been replaced by former Russia captain Alexey Smertin.Hulk has been an outspoken critic of the racist abuse he and other players have repeated suffered while playing in Russia.“If this happens during the 2018 World Cup it may become a serious problem as the whole world will be able to watch it,” he said this week.However, the head of the Local Organizing Committee, Alexey Sorokin, insisted that it had been Zenit coach Andre Villas-Boas’s decision to pull his star out of the draw proceedings as his side face Ural in Ekaterinburg over 1,000 miles east of St. Petersburg on Sunday.“Hulk was among those who agreed to participate, but very recently we found out that the coach of Zenit made the decision based on purely sporting reasons to withdraw this player from taking part in the draw show,” he said.The full schedules for the World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup were also unveiled on Friday.Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium had already been allocated the opening game, a semi-final and the final with St. Petersburg hosting the other semi-final.Kazan, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Moscow’s Spartak stadium will be the hosts for all 16 Confederations Cup matches and the four World Cup quarter-finals.All 12 stadia will host four group matches for the World Cup with only Kaliningrad, Volgograd and Ekaterinburg missing out on the knockout stages.Former world champions France and Italy face a potential tricky task just to make it to the finals, though, as they were confirmed as second seeds for the European qualifying draw.England and Wales are among the nine top seeds alongside Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania and Croatia.Read all our FIFA coverage here Facebook Commentslast_img read more

In many cases this became part of the enterprise

In many cases this became part of the enterprise

first_img“In many cases this became part of the enterprise ALM culture,” said Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet. “However, in healthy collaborating organizations, this was never part of ALM practice. [But] I have heard war stories of badly behaving organizations that played this out in the context of a painful ALM experience.”Before agile, there were a variety of these barriers. The siloed teams were certainly part of the problem, but most of the roadblocks of ALM were cultural. Removing these barriers has allowed software development to become a cohesive unit with other parts of the organization.(Related: ALM can keep your apps in play)“I personally think the best thing that ever happened to the ALM was agile and the DevOps movement,” said Paula Rome, senior product manager at Seapine Software. “That really brought into focus [that] it’s not the tool, it’s the process and the people and how you are working with each other.” Before the shift in software methodologies, the application life cycle was fairly simple—or at least straightforward. Now, contextual elements of ALM have changed drastically because of the evolving nature of the industry. Where the old ALM process was all about managing application development, today’s faster pace of delivery and more complex applications are forcing companies to create a new model that works with current practices.ALM started in the “waterfall” age, but now it has a close relationship with Continuous Delivery, DevOps and agile. Releases that used to take weeks or months now only take a few days. The entire software development industry has experienced a huge shift in culture, and the role of developers (along with their tools) has modernized.ALM’s value is that it gives insight to the teams that are doing development and testing, and the scope of ALM has been broadened to include capabilities around collaborating, getting feedback from customers, and having some sort of strategic plan in place. It’s hard to imagine doing DevOps or agile without ALM, but perhaps with this shock to the system, it’s time to rethink the application life cycle.Embrace the culture shockThe waterfall culture of an organization is in the past for ALM processes. Large organizations that were siloed experienced many problems that could have been solved by tapping into the right tools. Often, teams in different silos would blame others when things went wrong, and that’s when big projects would fail.last_img read more

Google has announced Certification of Agencies as

Google has announced Certification of Agencies as

first_imgGoogle has announced Certification of Agencies as part of the Google Developers Agency Program, which is an effort to work closely with development agencies all over the world.The Agency Program provides agencies with training through local hangouts and events, content, support from developer relation teams, and early access to upcoming developer products, according to a Google Developers blog post. The Agency Program has launched certification for the partners that have undergone the required training, and they have demonstrated excellence in building Android applications using Google platforms, according to the blog.The Agency Program has been launched in India, the U.K., Russia, Indonesia, the U.S. and Canada. The first set of certified agencies includes companies like CognitiveClouds, Readmadrobot, TechJini and others.Rogue Wave enhances support for CentOSRogue Wave wants to increase its support for the open-source software package CentOS. Its new commitment will come with hotfixes and patches, which would help the CentOS community. Rogue Wave will also make it easy for its customers to deploy the CentOS images from Amazon Web Services Marketplace. Rogue Wave’s OpenLogic Enhanced Support for CentOS provides patches and hotfixes, both of which are delivered within 72 hours. This allows development teams to continue working as quickly as possible. The patches and fixes will be submitted to the community for inclusion into the CentOS codebase.Teams will also receive out-of-the-box hardened images, conforming to both the Center for Internet Security and OpenSCAP benchmark standards, as well as standard CentOS images through AWS marketplace, according to a company announcement.Fast distributed tests for iOSSquare, a credit card processing company, announced its project called XCKnife is open source. XCKnife partitions XCTestCase tests to minimize total execution time.XCKnife works by leveraging Xctool’s JSON stream reporter output for both historical timing information and for current test suite definition, according to a Square blog post. Xctool is an open-source tool created by Facebook designed to be a replacement for Apple’s Xcodebuild.With XCKnife, Square said it saw 30% faster Continuous Integration test builds on its largest project. It generates a list of only arguments meant to be based on Xctool’s only test arguments. XCKnife also handles deleted tests and test targets. It is available both as an executable and as a Ruby gem.last_img read more