The ABT Sportsline Audi R8 Super Car Tuning Program

The Audi R8 has been one of the most anticipated and sought-after cars since it was first introduced by the German automaker during its tour of the world auto shows in 2006. Its sleek lines, and modern design paired with its incredible performance makes it a very competitive model in the exotic car marketplace, while its mid-engined layout and two factory engine options provide the perfect platform for a super car tuning program. The team at ABT Sportsline has developed a range of upgrades that are designed to build upon the factory platform and increase performance dramatically for the German sports car. The range of modifications includes engine tuning, chassis and suspension modifications, aerodynamics, and new wheel and tire options.

One of the most important parts of the super car tuning program by ABT Sportsline for the Audi R8 is the engine upgrade enhancements. Both the 4.2-liter V8 and 5.2-liter V10 engines can be upgraded with a host of modifications. Items that are individual but unique to each engine type include racing air intakes with carbon fiber construction, lightweight stainless steel exhaust systems with racing catalytic converters, sport air filters, new spark plugs, and also carbon fiber engine covers. New ECU software tunes that were engineered by ABT Sportsline optimize the ignition, timing, fuel injection delivery, and other parameters to produce a wider power band with a higher overall output of horsepower and torque. For customers that want an extreme super car tuning program for the Audi R8, the German aftermarket company can install a new supercharger system that will drastically increase power output.

In addition to the engine super car tuning program, the Audi R8 4.2 and R8 5.2 can be outfitted with a range of aerodynamic options that optimize downforce and drag. Upgrades range from new front spoilers and air intakes, side skirts, extended fenders, new rear bumpers and diffusers, and trunk lid spoilers. The increase in downforce helps to improve high-speed stability and handling for better performance on the race track.

There are many chassis options available from ABT Sportsline for both Audi R8 models. The factory suspension can be modified with new coilover setups with adjustable damping, camber, and ride height settings or sport springs for better handling dynamics. New brake systems can range from carbon ceramic to steel rotors with larger six- and four-piston calipers at the front and rear axles. New ABT Sportsline DR and CR lightweight alloy wheels with corresponding high performance tires can be installed for better grip and traction.

All of the new products for the Audi R8 super car tuning programs are currently available from ABT Sportsline and can be purchased as a package if customers choose to do so.

Online Shopping for Clothing: 5 Great Advantages

Nowadays online shopping for clothes has become more like a daily activity for the modern women. Despite its few flaws, buying clothing from an e-retailer is very popular. GSI Commerce survey on online shopping shows that half of the consumers prefer shopping for fashion clothing and accessories online to purchasing them offline. Online shopping for clothes has earned its place deservedly and we have to admit it.

Buy clothes online 24/7

One of the most important advantages of the online shopping for clothing is that you can buy your clothes regardless of what time it is. If you usually are engaged with work at the office till late, deal with your kids during day, having classes at the university and it seems that you don’t have enough time for shopping, buying your apparel online is the perfect solution. You can look for an e-store and buy fashion clothes at 22:00 p.m.


Another benefit of the online shopping for clothing is the great opportunity to browse an international market at the simple click of a button. You can find so many online shops offering different styles – casual, formal clothing, you name it. You are into the vintage style, but you don’t have a shop with vintage fashion near you, well you can find an e-shop offering great vintage clothing pieces.


Online shopping for clothes gives you the freedom to shop not only at the early hours in the morning or at the late hours of the night, but you can buy clothes online regardless of where you are – at the cafe with friends, during your vacation, or at the office during your break. As we live in the era of smart phones and Google, we access to internet almost everywhere shopping for clothing online is such an entertainment.

During holiday and season sales shopping centers get so crowded. It is quite a ‘mission impossible’ to reach the cute shirt at the end of the store. No more waiting on queues to pay for what you have managed to get. Buying clothing online is easy and saves a lot of time though. Even, you can make a gift and surprise your friend who is far from your location. Just purchase an item he or she likes and give his/her address for delivery.

Price comparison & Reviews

Buying your apparel online gives you the great advantage to compare the price of the particular item different retailers offer for it. Moreover, there are so many third-party independent websites for rating and reviewing products. It is a good idea to check what people say about the product you are about to purchase.


Last, but not least, great benefit of the online shopping for clothing is the great bargain opportunities. Online stores for clothing make great sales and discounts, especially during holidays. Perfect way to save money on buying clothes online is to take advantage of the coupons many e-stores offer. Shopping for clothes online and saving a few bucks – you can’t miss such an opportunity.

Next time you are about to shop for clothes and fashion accessories, why don’t to try online shopping for clothing. You can find a great deal.

Blu Cigs Cyberbanking Cigarettes

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Life After Death

Following my accident when I was severely burnt, my last memory was being injected morphine at Staincliffe Hospital, Dewsbury, the place I was born and nearly died; following this I was rushed to Pinderfields Hospital at Wakefield where I was to spend the most painful 13 weeks of my life.

My next memory was awakening and finding me stood in a darkened room and in the far corner was a bed, to which all sorts of electronic equipment were attached beeping away and in the bed seemed to be a person but I just wanted to get away from the place.

Strangely all the pain I had previously suffered was gone like one big nightmare, I remember in my disorientated state somehow leaving the room, into a long deserted corridor, illuminated sparsely with a few night lights.

As I approached the end of the corridor a nurse came out of a nearby staff room, laughing merrily at some joke her and the rest of the staff must have been sharing, as she turned and walked towards me I just froze, however, her eyes showed no acknowledgement of my physical presence as she passed by me.

I called out to her when she was about 15 feet past me but she showed no signs of either seeing me or hearing me, I thought this was a little weird by now, but my instincts told me to find an outside door and get away from this strange place.

After a while travelling through the maze of corridors I found a locked exit, upon trying the door to my amazement I found my hand just passed right through it and to my utter bewilderment I found I could walk right through it, I could feel no warmth or cold, I seemed to myself what I can only describe as a physical point in space that could see and hear but could not interact.

With further astonishment I now found myself perhaps 150 foot up in the air and heading through the night, below I could see the tops of the street lamps and a few cars wondering around, I distinctly remember flying over a railway viaduct and towards the city of Wakefield.

The neon sign over the nightclub called Rooftop Gardens drew me like a magnet being familiar with the place during my many nights out with my friends The Gangster and The Savage One, I must of thought in retrospect that a familiar place would relieve me of all this craziness but I was flying for Gods sake.

I came down to land near the entrance to the club in front of two of the bouncers I remembered from yesteryear I had on many occasions in the past greeted these two individuals however on this occasion they just continued their small talk oblivious to my sudden appearance from the night sky.

I paused to think and reached out with my hand to touch a nearby wall that was adjacent to the clubs entrance but my hand appeared to have no physical substance and just passed into the fabric of the wall.

It was now that the awful truth finally dawned on me… The people unable to see or hear me, The wall, The doors to the hospital, just suppose they were perfectly normal? Just suppose that it was me who had changed? What if for example I had somehow lost my ‘hardness’, my ability to grasp things, even, to make contact with the world – even to be seen?

I mean what is the point in going anywhere if as the final shreds of my rational mind pointed out if you cannot be seen, and what was that mound in that bed in the little hospital room I had left could that have been my physical body?

I didn’t like this line of thought a human being is not separated from his body unless he is dead, then what state was I in now.

It can go through doors without opening them, it can fly like a bird, it does not feel cold or warmth and remarkable these qualities are, they are no good if one cannot be seen. I decided at this point to go back to Pinderfields and see if I could reacquaint myself with my body, surely pain is better than this.

No sooner had this thought occurred to me I found myself moving at incredible speed through the night back to the doors of Pinderfields, it seems in this strange state you travel by thought alone, handy this may be but the novelty soon wears off rapidly.

Now Pinderfields is a big hospital and in my rush to get out of there I had forgotten just where I had left my body (or indeed what was left of it by now)

I just didn’t have a clue which room it was in. I rationalised that it must be somewhere in the burns unit but it was no use asking the doctors or nurses because they couldn’t see me or hear me.

After an extensive search I managed to find the burns unit and by wondering from room to room I finally found the room I had left earlier and there I was lying unconscious, wired up to an whole variety of strange gadgets.

At this point out of pure desperation for something to do, I decided to recite the lord’s prayer something I had learnt many years ago at school.

The very next moment the absolute impossible happened; a tiny pinprick of light at the side of the bed began to grow brighter and brighter, at first not noticing the pin prick of light I thought it was a tiny night light that was the rooms only illumination that was getting brighter.

But then I saw it was coming from beside the white bedside table at the head of the bed, it continued to brighten as I watched, it brightened to such an extent that had it been any ordinary light I would most certainly of been blinded.

The next moment there flooded directly into my mind the words “Stand Up… you are now in the presence of the Son of God”, whereupon out of the light stepped what I could only describe as the most magnificent being I have ever known.

Thankful at last for a little company in this strange situation I joked “That’s it! Just like that… I am with the Son of God… Isn’t there a reception area or something before we meet?”

I felt a presence of Power and pure love that was older than time but yet more modern than anyone I have ever met.

In the first stage of my experience, what I can only refer to as the earthbound state I had lost three of my senses; smell, taste and touch, however in this further stage in the light, time disappeared completely, a bit like in a dream and I was aware of all my thoughts and actions in my life up to the present day as on big whole.

Every moment in my life was recurring before me at one and the same instant as part of some enormous four dimensional sight and sound mural.

I guessed this was my life review.

But emanating from the being projected pure love, up to that point in my life I had come across much laid back always blaming anyone and everyone for the results of my actions

I also saw from a further dimension an observation of my interactions with others from the other persons point.. I also saw parts of the future which was hazy however I distinctly remember being told that a girl I had met but would never marry had an important role in the creation of my son who was very special. I saw all of my educational achievements so far were purely superfluous but it was the way I treated others that was important and I could see the consequence of my lack of interactions with my fellow students at York University (which I had luckily just graduated a month before).

I could see how the other students saw me as weird and very anti social and they tried to avoid me where possible so that they could avoid the negative effect I had on them hence leading to a deeper feeling of depression thus increasing my isolation.

An endless viscous circle that had dominated my life.

I even could see the hurt on my best friend – The Gangsters emotions when he pulled a bird called Cherelle at Rooftop Gardens, but, I had done my best to split them up by pouring a pint of lager on her head and being very rude.

The tapestry of life was in front of me and I could see how my decisions now would effect the future all of my ambitions of being wealthy and having many material possessions was regarded by the being of light with has much distaste as was my lack of enthusiasm for interacting with
my fellow men.

I could see how my life would change and where I had once sought money and possessions I now treasured simply making other peoples lives more pleasurable at the expense of my own wellbeing.

The being of light then turned to me and said via thought dynamics “Michael, What have you done with your life so far?” I replied using my mind “Why didn’t someone tell me this was what life is about?” the being replied “Somebody did nearly 2000 years ago in your linear time – me!”

I suddenly found myself on the move again, this time we didn’t bother about doors it was straight up through the hospital roof, then we flew at incredible speeds across the surface of the earth however there was no wind to slow us and just a few moments later I found myself approaching a city beside a huge expanse of water.

In the city all the streets and offices were unbelievably crowded, and I could see people passing through other people like they wasn’t there.

We walked into a factory and I saw assembly line workers who were putting together lawnmowers enjoying a coffee break while behind them a woman was pleading for a drag of their cigarette as through she wanted it more than anything in the world.

When one of the workers clearly blind and deaf to the women behind him actually took a cigarette out of his packet and began to smoke it, the woman repeatedly snatched at it but, it was as if she was clawing at thin air.

I came to the conclusion that those people must be ghosts, even though they were dead, they remained chained to the material world by the very things they had deemed most important during their lifetimes their jobs, their cigarette smoking their material possessions.

Myself and the being of light moved from city to city visiting endless places he had to show to me, in one house I remember a younger man followed an older man from room to room “I am sorry dad!” he kept saying repeatedly “I did not know it would do this to my mum – I just didn’t understand!”

The older man was carrying a tray filled with tea and toast into a room where a clearly unwell elderly lady was sat up in bed “I AM SORRY” the younger man cried in frustration over and over again but, clearly his agony fell on deaf ears.

“Why is he so sorry?” I enquired to the being of light, referring to the younger mans pleas “He committed the ultimate selfish act” said the being touching his long beard “suicide” he continued with tears welling in the corner of his eyes “and chained to every consequence of their act of cowardice they are well and truly earthbound” he finished but I knew the answer before I asked.

My next visit was back to the night club in Wakefield called Rooftop Gardens where I had visited earlier in my disorientated state, but, without the concept of time earlier and later were meaningless it is a bit like telling someone bind from birth what is like to see.

Inside the nightclub was an impossibly crowded place where I watched ghost alcoholics mingling with living drunks and whenever a drunk lapsed into a drunken stupor a desperately thirsty ghost sprang inside his body so that the two became one.

The living could be distinguished from the ghosts by a faint cocoon of light around him, however when any living being became inebriated their light cocoon faded, enabling one of the many hovering ghosts to take over their body and literally possess the person.

S horrific was the scene that the only words in my mind that could describe this was “hell”

The mingling ghosts with their eyes so set on alcohol desperately clutching at real life beer glasses had blinded themselves to the magnificent being that accompanied me – Indeed the being told me to keep my eyes firmly on him – probably he was aware of my past record.

In this world of thought far beyond space and time (Thought is a more fundamental principle than the illusion of space or time which pale into mere shadows) it can seemingly be either heaven or hell of your own making.

Earthbound ghosts destroyed by hatred, lust and destructive thought patterns find that whatever they think however fleetingly or unwittingly became instantly apparent to all those who was around him and more completely than words could of expressed it and much faster than sound waves could of carried it.

The thought most commonly communicated amongst earthbound spirits was usually selfish thoughts and this by its very act kept the being earthbound, the being it seemed felt only compassion for these unfortunate souls but he knew it was their will not his that kept them there.

I felt like scrooge in The Christmas Carol having this wise being accompany me back to the hospital for the final time, I wanted to start my life again a fresh when I would care far more about other people and not myself.

No longer would money and possessions be my supreme objective but I would live my life with a desire to make other people happy – the old Mad Mick was truly dead and the new one ready for a reincarnation.

We entered the hospital room for the final time and the image of the being and the bed before me faded – the walls that surrounded my little room at Pinderfields became solid again it was early morning and I was informed by a nurse who had come into open the curtains that it was two days since my accident.

The pain was still there but somewhat dulled by the drugs I had been given, It was to be another thirteen weeks before I was released and I had many more strange experiences in there but nothing that could be compared to the one I have shared with you all.

After subsequent research into my favourite subject Physics I have found that with the merging of two theories of the universe Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity it appears that the 3 dimensions of space and one dimension of time is in fact an illusion created by the world of thought.

Spirits who remain earthbound do eventually find that the hatred and envy are the very emotions that keep them there but wouldn’t it be easier to help our fellow human beings while we are alive.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth” Jesus…

The Life Cycle of Acquisition-Based Companies

A few years ago, I was discussing this phenomenon with the CEO of one of our clients. His company had grown almost entirely through acquisition, and for several years the company had experienced revenue growth rates exceeding 20%. However, the company had plateaued with respect to earnings, and looking at their overall performance it became clear to him (and to the Wall Street analysts that watched his company) that a great deal of money had been left on the table. Working with that CEO, I developed a model called the ACL Life Cycle. Understanding and using the ACL Life Cycle has proven enormously beneficial to clients depending on an M&A strategy for continued growth.

The ACL Life Cycle

The ACL Life Cycle describes the maturation process of companies who grow substantially through acquisitions and mergers. Using the ACL model, we can clearly identify the company’s current position. Knowing that position, and then looking forward at the company’s financial objectives through the lens of their business strategies, the specific actions that are needed become clear. Those actions can then be formed into an executable plan with associated performance measures, and managed through completion to bring the overall enterprise to heightened levels of financial performance. It is important for acquisition-oriented executives to understand the major phases and characteristics of the ACL Life Cycle.

Businesses who have survived one or more acquisitions and/or mergers are usually left with some degree of disintegration among their processes and systems. A company’s success in reaching the financial objectives of the merger or acquisition is directly correlated with the degree to which that disintegration has been replaced by a set of business processes and information systems that are common enough to generate enterprise-wide leverage. Implicit in that commonality is enterprise-level direction and guidance, manifested in company-wide business strategies and performance measures that align all of the combined business units. These businesses move, in this post-acquisition or post-merger environment, from an acquisition-based operating model to one characterized by shared services and a general commonization, to a stage where the enterprise “whole” really is able to become something greater than the sum of its business unit “parts”. It is more than the typical cost-reduction synergy anticipated in most of these transactions; it is a new platform for innovation, and an even higher level of innovation-based leverage.

Companies who experience substantive growth as a result of business acquisitions typically follow the ACL life cycle. ACL in this context stands for: Acquisition, Commonization, and Leverage. Many companies never leave the first stage of this maturity scale, and still more remain at the second stage. The most successful companies are usually those who recognize the importance of moving through all three stages, and consistently implement a structured process for doing so.
All companies experience pressures that push them toward decentralized operations, including idiosyncrasies of specific market niches served, the uniquenesses of isolated business processes, unusual needs of specific customer populations, and Uncategorized organizational entropy. At the same time, most of the companies that are successful in achieving the financial performance objectives established for the newly merged enterprise manage to overcome those challenges, electing to pursue the advantages of leverage, including:

  • broad synergistic brand recognition, enabling cross-selling, bundling of products and services, and improving revenue
  • interchangeability of business process resources, enabling the company to reduce its asset base
  • commonality and scalability in equipment / skills / facilities, facilitating innovation and growth into additional markets
  • higher utilization of business assets, reducing unit cost
  • lower levels of redundancy, resulting in reduced operating costs

These companies also typically find that maintaining compliance with financial reporting standards such as Sarbanes-Oxley requirements are enhanced as a result of strengthened internal controls.
Some companies make a deliberate decision to remain “holding companies”, which simply buy and sell diverse businesses that have only marginal relationships with one another. These conglomerates prefer to manage the portfolio through buying and selling components, and allowing the leadership teams at the individual companies to manage ongoing operations from strategy through execution. A few of them have been quite successful, and this article is sometimes not as directly applicable to those at a corporate level. It works very well, however, for their major divisions. Companies that benefit most from understanding the three stages of the ACL Life Cycle are those companies who have decided to focus on a single core industry – Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Chemicals and Polymers, Textiles, Electronics, Telecommunications, Consumer Products, Medical Equipment producers, Healthcare providers, and Financial Services providers are all good candidates. 

The Acquisition Stage of the ACL Life Cycle

Companies in the Acquisition Stageof their life cycles are usually focused on revenue growth, and capturing market share. They are characterized by high levels of autonomy in management, in the reporting of site-level data to the corporate parent, and in the design of their business processes and systems. Companies who remain in this stage for long periods of time following acquisitions usually act as holding companies, with the corporation allowing individual divisions or sites to operate almost as independent companies with their own P&L, strategic plans, and market-facing branding. Often, companies in the Acquisition stage lack a common vision of the future of the overall business, and tend to operate at cross-purposes among the operating units. They sometimes even compete against one another for the same customers. They share little operating information, making it nearly impossible to coordinate and deploy “best practices”, effectively distribute work load, utilize general market intelligence, and grasp other elements that could provide corporate-wide leverage of the businesses’ assets and resources. A few industry-specific examples here should help to illustrate the situation:

Manufacturing companies in the acquisition stage are usually characterized by redundancies in raw materials, equipment, staffing, and other business resources. Because manufacturing companies are relatively material-intense, a great deal of cost can be tied up in raw materials, work-in-process, and finished goods. Since acquisition stage companies have so little visibility between business units, there is little opportunity for them to reallocate these assets in order to use them effectively. As a result, the most costly resources remain the most underutilized. In addition, acquisition-stage companies have not centralized the management of even commodity-level business processes, such as finance, human resources, and information technology. This lack of centralization leaves additional inefficiencies in place around accounting staff, employee benefits provider subscriptions, business software applications, data centers, and computing equipment. 

Telecommunications companies in the acquisition stage also have unrealized opportunities for greater leverage from their business assets, but these more often take the form of redundancies in network equipment, network coverage, retail outlets, partner agreements related to the sale of their products, and interconnection agreements with other carriers. In addition, acquisition stage telecom companies often have a substantial amount of unrealized leverage in the lack of integration among the data bases and information of their various divisions that could enable shared service operations for commodity-type processes such as billing and cross-selling of products and services. Like manufacturing companies, telecom companies in the acquisition stage also typically have unexploited opportunities around the consolidation of data centers and related equipment and staffing.

Healthcare providers in the acquisition stage usually find opportunities in different areas of their businesses, because of the differing cost structure of their operations. The bulk of their costs and their opportunities while in the acquisition stage of maturity in the ACL Life Cycle are related to employee salaries & benefits, and to medical supplies and drugs. It is less common for these businesses to be able to effectively share inventories and equipment, since the nature of their business is rooted in community health care that requires local service provision. The opportunities that do exist, which are typically not exploited well in acquisition stage health care companies, are related to centralizing commodity type business processes such as finance, human resources, and information systems, and leveraging required service and supply procurement across the enterprise. 

Financial Services providers, such as banks, brokerages, credit unions, financial planning companies and tax & audit services exhibit yet another cost profile, with the largest elements typically including personnel and occupancy costs. In these businesses, like health care provision, being where the customers are is critical. The companies’ ability to understand the changing demographics and match up their branches as well as their skills to the targeted customer base is often a differentiator between the companies that succeed and those that fail. Financial services providers who are still in the acquisition stage of maturity in the ACL Life Cycle often do not have the commonality in fundamental business processes and systems to readily reconfigure their operations to meet the changing needs of their marketplace. Their acquisitions or mergers have enabled them to grow horizontally, typically into adjacent markets. However, lacking an adequate foundation of commonality in processes and systems, there is substantial money left on the proverbial table as a result of ineffective resource deployment, and delays in the reporting of operational performance data that would enable the company to be more responsive. These companies also fail, in their acquisition stage, to take advantage of their larger purchasing power to gain leverage around purchased services spanning items as diverse as employee health care and branch-level office supplies.   

The Commonization Stage of the ACL Life Cycle

Companies in the Commonization Stage of their life cycles have usually awakened to the value of focusing on Return on Net Assets (RONA) and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). In order to begin to capture improvements in these areas, companies in the Commonization Stage often turn to shared service models of operations for selected business processes and systems. Strategies and performance measures begin to crystallize around common themes that span multiple operating units or divisions. Among the areas of focus for a shared service model in this stage are Finance (A/R, A/P, General Ledger, and Financial Reporting), Human Resources (Payroll, Benefits, and Employment Records), and Information Technology (Computer Hardware, Network Administration, and selected Software Applications Management). Some companies in the Commonization Stage also move Procurement and other aspects of Materials Management to a shared service model, enabling the corporation to more effectively leverage its broadest possible purchasing power.

Manufacturing companies in the commonization stage of maturity typically have shared services in place for commodity types of business processes such as finance, human resources, and information systems management. As they advance through the commonization phase, some of them also begin to pull together a common platform for procurement, encompassing at least their most costly and common raw materials. A few in this stage reach a point where their data center
operations are completely centralized, and may even be outsourced to a third party like CSC. Toward the end of the commonization phase, centralization of work deployment and capacity utilization as well as process quality emerge as companies begin to deploy common processes and systems in customer requirements management, enterprise requirements planning, manufacturing execution systems, and distribution management systems. 

Telecommunications companies in the commonization stage of maturity also typically have shared services in place for commodity types of business processes such as finance, human resources, and information systems management. As they advance in maturity through this stage, telecoms also become aware of the available leverage in centralizing the management of some of their most valuable assets. However, unlike the manufacturer’s raw material focus, for telecommunications operations those elements are things like spectrum licenses, network equipment, connection agreements, partner agreements, distribution centers, and retail outlets. Centralizing the management of those assets to identify overlaps and redundancies enables telecoms to emerge from the commonization stage with much more effectively leveraged business assets, providing broader market coverage with a lower total asset base and generating much higher earnings on that consolidated foundation.

Healthcare companies in the commonization phase of maturity find substantial benefit in the commonization and centralization of their commodity type processes and systems.  This is primarily because of the impact on cash flow and earnings when the employee base is reduced through shared services, and employee benefits and supplies are both leveraged in terms of the broader purchasing power of the company following a business acquisition of significant size. However, there is also an especially rich opportunity available to healthcare companies in the commonization stage that stems form the leverage available related to insurance coverage – not for the employees directly, but covering the potential liability of the company itself. This category of cost is typically about the third largest slice of the pie, and significant reductions there can translate quickly to a meaningful earnings impact. 

 Financial services providers in the commonization stage of the ACL Life Cycle, like healthcare providers, often find substantial benefit in the commonization and centralization of their commodity type processes and systems. With roughly half of their cost of operations wrapped up in employee salaries and benefits, there is an opportunity for meaningful impact on cash flow and earnings when the employee base is reduced through shared services, and employee benefits and supplies are both leveraged in terms of the broader purchasing power of the company following a business acquisition or merger. The next significant area for financial service providers in the commonization stage is the capability for rapid reconfiguration of the business based on enterprise-wide visibility of operational data and market intelligence.

The Leverage Stage of the ACL Life Cycle

Companies in the Leverage Stage of their life cycles are usually embarked on a fierce drive toward adding real value. They are relentless in their efforts to fully utilize the assets of the entire corporation, driving out redundancy and its associated costs. They are then able to pivot on the fulcrum of those more agile processes and systems to implement innovations that foster organic growth resulting in greater market share, greater revenue, and improved earnings for their shareholders. Leverage Stage companies also establish a structured and repetitive process of assimilating new businesses, gathering and incorporating market intelligence into company-wide strategies, and innovating on the basis of these new combinations to capture additional market segments. These companies are characterized by coordination and centralization of major business functions such as the planning and allocation of R&D, production work, inventories, raw material purchases, personnel, and factories & equipment. They centrally manage a broad spectrum of common business processes and systems, including customer requirements management, product data management, enterprise requirements planning, manufacturing execution systems, and logistics management. They are constantly changing, evaluating and configuring business assets to meet future market needs, acquiring and developing new businesses, and shedding assets that no longer fit their evolving model.

Manufacturing companies in the leverage stage of maturity typically have shared services in place for most of the critical business processes of their company, having reached beyond the commodity level processes and into those which deliver the most value to their customers. Examples include sales & marketing, order entry & customer service, capacity planning and management, production scheduling and shop floor control, and distribution requirements planning. As they move through the leverage stage of the ACL Life Cycle, some of these companies leverage the commonality of their processes and systems to produce innovative new products and services, identify additional market opportunities, and develop industry-changing relationships that reach through their supply chains. 

Telecommunications companies in the leverage stage of maturity also have shared services in place for most of the critical business processes of their company, including the seamless provisioning (often called “flow-through provisioning” by industry insiders) of all telephonic services to customers stemming from a single telephone conversation responding to an individual inquiry about a service. This type of capability is only enabled when all of the information from what have historically been disparate data bases is available in an intelligent form through excellent systems integration, based on exceptional levels of commonality and strength in enterprise-wide business processes.

Healthcare companies in the leverage stage of maturity have typically discovered and implemented leverage-based improvements in their major cost structure elements as a result of enterprise-wide information visibility flowing from systems integration and centralized management of critical business processes. Health care companies generally also have uniquely challenging business conditions related to three other areas where leverage level operations can be a powerful tool. 

The first of these areas is employee safety. Most health care organizations are spending a substantial amount of money in this regard, with training and documentation of company polices and safety-related practices requiring an increasing amount of company attention. The integration of systems and commonization of processes in a leverage stage health care company offers opportunities to more quickly incorporate internal best practices, externally imposed business requirements, and feedback about lessons learned across the entire health care organization regardless of geographic dispersion. Commonization and centralized management here can result in substantially lower cost, and more importantly, substantially higher and more uniform levels of employee safety. 

The second area is bad debt. The integration of customer data, and effectively interfacing a common set of enterprise-wide processes and systems with outside service providers such health maintenance organizations and insurance carriers, substantially reduces the amount of bad debt in leverage level health care companies. 

The third area, and perhaps the area of richest opportunity, is the area of patient medical information. This area is tricky because of legislation related to patient privacy and guidelines recently established for the maintenance and communication of patient medic
al information. However, one of the fundamental challenges faced by health care providers is the absence of available medical history, particularly when a patient is admitted to an emergency room or urgent care facility. Particularly when a patient is unable to respond to questions directly due to an incapacitation illness or injury, time can literally mean life or death. Making all necessary information available to the physicians and other health care professionals involved as quickly as possible is extremely important. When critical business processes and information systems for the management of this information are brought to an effective level of commonality, the rapid dissemination of the needed information can be greatly improved, while patients’ expectations around the privacy of their information are still met. 

Financial services companies in the leverage stage of maturity, like health care companies in some ways, must balance the needs of differing local customer geographies against the advantages of centralized management in critical business processes and systems. There is real value in allowing some latitude to local branch officers and customer-facing staff such as loan officers to accommodate the unique circumstances involved in specific cases. However, these companies often find that a significant advantage of the leverage provided by enterprise-wide commonization of processes and systems is the ability to see the nuances of differing markets at a corporate level, and recognize broader trends among those different markets more quickly and clearly than they could before. This improved visibility, in turn, enables management to reconfigure their service offerings, redeploy resources such as sales dollars, and organize sales campaigns for those specific markets more quickly than they could previously.  

The best of these companies, regardless of what industry they occupy, utilize their common platform of processes, systems, and information to understand the needs of their customers in unique ways, and fluidly translate those needs into the features of their products and services. A few, at the very top of the game, come to understand the customers’ needs even before the customer recognizes them, and when necessary they reconfigure their entire business to meet those needs, gaining unassailable competitive advantage. The enterprise-wide leverage they achieved as a result of carefully and skillfully handling the post-merger or post-acquisition integration of processes, systems, and data provided the platform from which innovation launched them to new levels of performance. Examples could as easily be provided for companies in pharmaceuticals, retail operations, or the food & beverage industry. The lessons learned and the techniques vary a little, but the principles are the same.

The Good Things About Travel Nursing

If you have been given the chance and have passed the qualifications of one full year, a career in travel nursing might be in the works for you. This career path may add a whole new exciting chapter in your life and in the life of your husband or wife or your partner in life. This will also give you the chance to go to a different place and get paid for doing your profession as a nurse. The best thing about it is that more often than not your board and lodging will be paid for and you will be provided with travel insurance. Now how do you define travel nursing?

There are countries around the world that are starting to feel the shortage of nurses. This includes some first world countries. According to a United States government study, by the year twenty-twenty, the nursing field in the nation may come up short of about one-million nurses because the rise in the demand for this career is far lower than the number of people choosing to pursue a career in nursing.

The interesting thing about this scenario is that the financial aspect is not the biggest reason for this. The main reason why nurses jump onto the bandwagon is that they are not satisfied the working environment and policies found here. Another first world country that is experiencing this major problem is Australia. But the Australians have different reasons for this shortage. These reasons are the absence of care for children and superiors that are not very appreciative.

Your options
The good thing about this new career is that the person applying as a travelling nurse is in total control where he or she wishes to work and he or she can dictate the length of his or her tenure. If your choice is to work within a big city, then it is best for you to ask for a placement in any of the big city hospitals like the ones in New York City or Los Angeles. But if you are well experienced in working in a rural setting then it might be best for you to look for a placement in a similar setting nut in a different area. At first, the lengths of contracts given to travelling nurses are on a short term basis. In the United States of America it usually lasts from one to three months. This allows you the chance to move to another place quickly as soon as your contract expires or if not, you have the option to go back to your original area of work. Another option is that you could entertain the thought of asking for an extension of your contract.

Travel nursing also allows the nurse concerned the option to bring along his or her partner or spouse to where he or she will work. There are some establishments in other countries that offer board and lodging available for couples. But if you want to set out as a travelling nurse alone, you will be offered the option to board and lodge with other fellow travelling nurses which should give you a great chance to make new friends. This will also give you the chance to learn from the other travelling nurses the places that are not suitable to go to and practice nursing.

If you are tired and burned out of working in the same hospital day in and day out, becoming a travelling nurse might be the solution to this.

Online job hunting
The notion and misconception that the only things nurses do is to follow what the doctor needs them to do and wear that crisp white uniform is absolutely a misconstrued idea. In today’s medical field, the duties and responsibilities of those practicing in the nursing field have grown differently. And because of this, nurses have achieved a different identity other than just merely taking down doctor’s orders. There are a lot of nurses achieved leadership status in the medical field are will not be satisfied by mediocre work. The travelling nurse is another important addition to the growing fields in the nursing profession. This offers more chances for nurses to grow in another field of nursing.

One of the biggest advantages that a nurse can have is the training he or she can get regarding management fundamentals and experience in surgery. There are a lot of schools, colleges and government agencies that offer degree courses in nursing. If you are one of those who want to pursue a career in nursing, you will find a lot of job opportunities that may help you advance in your career as a nurse.

An Attractive Job
Here are some reasons that make the job of a travelling nurse so attractive. A vacancy for a travelling nurse is considered to be an attractive job vacancy. This speaks well especially for women because they are the dominant gender in this field of medicine. One of the reasons why this is a very attractive job for nurses is because it offers the nurses the freedom to travel to different locales. Being a travelling nurse does not limit you from working in the United States of America. Being a travelling nurse will give all the ones applying for a job the chance to work abroad.

Another reason why the travelling nurse has become an attractive job is because of the chance to earn a really good salary package that should always include travel insurance, occupational bonuses, board and lodging and other monetary incentives.

As far as these job vacancies in the United States of America is concerned, one can find these nursing job vacancies by simply browsing through the internet. With a little help by researching through the internet, one can visit websites that offer job vacancies that include opening for travelling nurses. These listings are actually updated regularly. The one thing you can do is to simply choose the right description for you.

There are some online companies that can help you get the necessary travel papers like visas and passports and most specially your working permits.

Housing Options For Travel Nursing Jobs – What You Need to Know

There’s no question about it: as a career choice, travel nursing is hot. The field is growing and there’s a growing need for new travel nurses. There are many advantages to nursing: it’s a great way to meet new people, help others and of course, it’s a great way to see the country.

However, the excessive amount of trekking involved in most travel nursing jobs raises some important issues about housing and lodging. There are several aspects to the housing issue that anyone considering a career as a travel nurse should consider. Where do people with these jobs stay? Do they rent? Do they stay in sublet housing? Will the hospital or facility that fills travel job positions supply housing? Housing questions are important to anyone who wants to take on these nursing jobs.

Many companies that act as a source for travel nursing jobs will be able to provide housing. Although that may make things easy for those with travel nursing jobs, those companies will also include the option for the health professional to choose his or her own dwelling. Many companies that connect nurses to travel nursing jobs will also offer a stipend, or an allowance, which can be used towards paying for housing. The amount of these stipends will usually depend on certain IRS guidelines, which are used to determine the cost of living in a particular area. Nursing jobs in a city where rent is higher, like Miami, will have a higher stipend than jobs in Bismarck, North Dakota. Oftentimes, those with shorter-term travel nursing jobs may prefer a stipend if their assignment is less than 13 weeks since the shortest lease available for most conventional housing rental or subletting options is three months.

The other most common option, as mentioned above, is to stay in housing provided by a company that provides recruiting for travel nursing jobs. This significantly reduces the hassle associated with finding living quarters. In many larger cities, the travel nursing recruiting firm may have several options to choose. In sparsely-populated rural areas, there may be only one or two living area locations. Most of the time, the living space provided by the companies offering travel nursing jobs are in apartment complexes; however, those taking travel nursing jobs may find themselves in single family homes, mobile homes, extended stay facilities, or even in living quarters provided by the hospital where they are assigned.

One great perk with travel nursing jobs is the ability for nurses to select their own destinations to work. Moreover, many persons who are assigned a living space that is not to their liking, can render an assignment most unenjoyable. Therefore, it is important for those accepting travel nursing jobs to talk with the company connecting them to the job about the housing situation. When you let the staffing agency know the types of places you would prefer to stay, you’ll make the assignment process easier for both parties.

When choosing places to stay during travel nursing jobs assignments, also be sure to consider things like distance. Most like jobs that are close to the hospital or facility where they are assigned. However, if the assignment is in an unsafe neighborhood or a noisy neighborhood, then securing a space that is a little farther away might be worth the peace of mind it will offer. Remember, many travel nursing jobs are for nighttime shifts, and those who have worked several nurse jobs know that getting a full night’s (or day’s) rest is crucial.

Finding a place to stay may not be the end of the process for finding living quarters during travel assignments. Many apartments or houses may not be furnished. Some staffing companies will be able to connect you to a trusted furniture rental company. Many can also provide professional interior decorators and buyers who can ensure your furniture is attractive and of decent quality. These people can be incredibly helpful, as many people on travel nursing jobs assignments won’t want to tolerate mismatched furniture, but they will probably be too preoccupied with getting acclimated to the new assignment to go furniture shopping too.

Along with furniture, those taking on travel nursing assignments won’t want to forget about housewares either. Although not all temporary living spaces will come with the bowls, cups and silverware needed to make living and cooking at home possible, your living quarters should have all the necessities that will allow you to live comfortably. Ask the staffing agency about travel health jobs and locations that have fully furnished living quarters; they should make it easy for you. Most companies that offer travel nursing jobs will be able to have everything in order by the time you arrive. However, sometimes there are bumps in the process. Arriving to an unfurnished apartment can be a very unpleasant surprise; you deserve to be informed by the company if there are any changes.

The task of locating good living conditions isn’t necessarily a simple one, but experienced travel nurses who have taken travel health assignments in a range of locations with the most reputable companies will tell you more often than not, their living arrangements are handled without a hitch. After all, as a person on a travel nurse job assignment, you will be working hard to help others-you deserve to stay in housing that is as satisfying as possible.

How an Online Travel Agency Help in Planning your Trip

Through the Internet, people today can look for information about any product or service they need in a fast, easy, and convenient way. For instance, if you’re planning a cruise trip, you can use search engines to find a website that offers travel packages. These travel agencies’ websites provide details and anything you need to know about cruise vacations. To know more about this, here are some facts on how an online travel agency can make planning your trip easier.

When browsing a travel agency’s website, you can find information on available itineraries, cruise tours, and shore and rail excursions. Through this platform, you can input details on where you like to go, when and how long you prefer to travel, and which departure port is most convenient for you and your group. Read through the agency’s travel insurance policies posted online to know if these cover medical expenses, trip cancellation, baggage damage, and other possible emergency situations.

Like your local travel agencies, online experts provide basic information about what a cruise trip, for example, entails.

They post information about pre-travel requirements, onboard experiences, activities, and amenities, as well as the different ports you and your fellow passengers can visit during the trip. They also give an overview about the life aboard a cruise ship: the dining options, accommodation arrangements, planned activities for people of all ages, and facilities and amenities for relaxation and entertainment.

An online travel agency Minneapolis has to offer also provides a wide range of options for specific cruise lines and ships.

You can choose a luxury, premium, contemporary, or specialty cruise line that suits your budget, adventure needs, and travel preferences. You can view cruise ships’ deck plans, onboard activities, sophisticated environment, and thus decide which travel package will work best for you and your group.

To maximize your budget, consult an experienced travel agency St Paul residents go to for special offers and competitive prices. You can read through their current promotions and get discounts from cruise lines or land-tour operators in their business network. You can also choose a wonderful cruise vacation package inclusive of full cruise fare, pre- and post-hotel accommodations, and other add-ons through their website.

Websites in general serve as a reliable source of information for people. With online
travel agents Minneapolis companies employ, you can plan your trip faster and in a considerably more convenient way. Through their website, you can also subscribe to email promotions, access quick links, and learn about a desired trip with a few clicks. These make planning a big, budget-friendly adventure easier.

Benefits Of A Travel Nurse

The nursing career has been one of the most in demand jobs these days. There are so many people taking up nursing because of the job security that it provides to the people. There is only one disadvantage with this, and that is you will have a hard time choosing the field that you want.

One of the best nursing careers that people are considering is becoming travel nurse. This career is the most interesting and fun nursing career there is. Do not worry, because you will still be able to fulfil your dream of becoming a nurse and helping people. Anyone can be a travel nurse, as long as she is willing to work in a far place, then this is a perfect choice for you.

There are really some places where the supply of nurses is very scarce. Due to the high demand for nursing, there are really some places which find it hard to cater to this demand. As a result, these hospitals hire nurses from other places where the supply if nurses is high.

What is so unique about this field is that you will get to travel to different places. This is why it is perfect for nurses who would love to travel to far places. Part of travelling includes learning about different cultures. This is one thing that you can get when you work as a travel nurse. You will be able to work with doctors, nurses and patients who have grown up with a different culture. The sights in foreign places are a must-see when you work as a travel nurse. This is a privilege which you can enjoy once you are working abroad.

The work of a nurse can range from a temporary to a permanent job. They can be assigned just to fill in temporarily for the vacancies in the hospital for at least 8 weeks and can go on for months. There are times when the nurses are hired permanently because they have shown a good performance in their work. This decision depends on you and your employer if you are willing to work there permanently.

There are agencies which recruit nurses and send them to different locations. It is always recommended for aspiring travelling nurses to apply to these agencies for a number of reasons. They have the contacts of the top hospitals where you will be able to work in. You will have more chances of getting into these hospitals when you apply for an agency rather than finding the job on your own. They will also be the one to fix your papers when you are ready to work for the hospitals. You passports, licenses and documents will be ready in no time.

Agencies offer compensation for nurses who wish to work abroad. They will be in charge of the expenses for the lodging, accommodations, transport and even travel facilities. You do not need to search for a place to stay because these agencies already give you a house when you get there. You do not have to spend money on these things which can really be advantageous for you. You even receive allowances besides from your salary. Various insurances are also included in your compensation packages. There are health as well as retirement insurances which you can get from these agencies.

It is always good to try to apply to nursing agencies because they ensure that you are well taken care of. They do not only provide you with work, but they also make sure that you will still be taken care of a even after you retire.

One important thing about travel nurses is the salary that they receive. Their pay on the average is about $20 to $40 a day. Besides from this, they are often paid during day-off from work. See why travel nursing has been one of the most chosen nursing careers there is?

If you are thinking of choosing this career, you must be ready to live alone. Most travel nurses often get homesick so you need to be ready to face this. There are certain ways in which you can deal with this, so make sure that you are prepared to deal with this. You can enjoy the place and make new friends. You can explore the sights and places and enjoy travelling alone. You can make friends and do this together. If you are with someone from there, it will be easier for you to travel and deal with the people. Plus you will not feel alone in a foreign place.

A tip that might be helpful if you will work as a travel nurse is you need to do your research. Since you will face a whole new set of people, culture and places, it can be beneficial if you gather a little information about them. This will be a lot easier for you when you get there. You can learn a little about their language so that you can speak a little and understand some of the words they use.

One more tip is that you should go the place at least a week before the date when you will start to work. This will allow you to adjust to the environment there. If the time zones are different, you may need a few days to adjust your sleeping time. Also, you can familiarize with the route that you will take going to work or to the marketplace. These are the things which will help you when you work there. This will cause you to start your first day at work smoothly and will prevent you from having any delays.

Working as a travel nurse is one of the recommended career paths which you should take. This combines fun with work. This is one of the few careers that will be able to allow you to travel and at the same time earn money. So if you are unsure which career path you will take, work as a travel nurse and you will not regret your decision.

Age Appropriate and Attractive Ideas For Aging Gracefully

Maturity is a badge of honor to be respected with good taste. There simply comes a time when all the extra bling and fabulousness of fashion, hair and makeup is best toned down. When you were a younger Alluring, Innovative or Dramatic woman, those items of “look at me, I’m au currant” stood for something. Status, hipness, a woman in the moment who’s up on the trend. But wisdom carries with it a confidence and sophistication that allows you to do less and achieve more. A maturing face and figure carries a patina of wisdom. A statement in and of itself, it doesn’t require bright lips, over the top earrings or a crazy hip belt to bring it forward. It stands there, gently making its own beautiful statement. Less is simply more as we age. To accentuate your second act best:

o    Avoid drawing attention to your mouth with bright or dark lips.
o    Avoid drawing attention to aging eyelids with frosted shadow.
o    Avoid drawing attention to aging hands with bright nail polish and/or a multitude of attention-grabbing rings.
o    Draw the eye to your face with neckline interest and earrings.
o    When in doubt leave it out.

The Importance of Being Current 

Keeping current is undoubtedly a constant and not inexpensive challenge. With all the technology with which we are bombarded, however, we still have the old standby; the monthly magazine. Magazine subscriptions are one of the most effective ways of getting information you can absorb on your downtime. The whole experience of sitting down with and perusing a magazine that inspires is a ritual that endures. Magazines are the great equalizer. No matter where you live in the country you have the same access to fashion, fitness and beauty that the most upscale, in-the-know New York socialite has, because she gets her “W” magazine the same time you do. When “O” comes out, you’re right there with all of Oprah’s associates on the hottest, latest and most suitable fashion, food, fun and inspiration you need that month. You just go to your mailbox, Oprah is waiting for you, and it’s your turn to dream. 

What Were We Thinking?

We’ve all done it. Looked back at those embarrassing fashion photos and wondered, “What was I thinking?” I look back at my pinstriped jeans, permed hair and parachute pants and think “Hmmmm.” The more extreme trend, the more risk of later embarrassment. We may forgive the young. But it’s not so easy to forgive a second actor in a leather mini.

A woman in Act Two need never wear:

1.     A micro mini
2.     Combat boots with formal wear
3.     White hose
4.     Frosted eye shadow
5.     Chunky platforms
6.     Dark brown lipstick
7.     Butterfly barrettes
8.     Extreme low-rise jeans
9.     Visible underwear
10.   A spiral perm

What’s Age Appropriate Now?

In our Second Act it becomes difficult to find the balance between matronly and modern. Looking current and youthful should not translate into “mutton dressed as lamb.” I met a woman recently whose long, blonde, permed hair was pulled up on one side and suspended with a comb. For height she created gravity defying bangs with a curling iron and “Spritz Forte.” She wore a fitted navy knit tank, tight tapered pale denim jeans and a crocheted sparkly baby blue shawl tied around her hips. She was 48. 

I liked her and enjoyed hearing her tales of woe in raising teenagers. But as I listened I was continually distracted by her image. It just wasn’t working in her favor. The reason it didn’t work was because it was expressing only a part of this woman. I obviously knew who she had been, but as she talked, the more interesting experienced and attractive parts were hidden behind a façade of fear of aging. Yes, she was attractive and sexy but she was also a 48-year-old single mother of teenagers who had quite a bit of sun damage, an advancing derriere, tan lines across her back and thinning hair. The look did not make her look younger; it made her look vulnerable and insecure. Our image must reflect who we’ve become, not who we were. That is age appropriate.