Digital teams lack sufficient input in charity tech choices

first_img Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Tagged with: BT MyDonate Digital Research / statistics Charities are failing to adequately involve their digital teams in the decision-making process when investing in new technology, according to a report from CharityComms and digital agency Positive.The report, Pick ‘n’ mix: a guide to technology choices for charities, looks at the technologies charities are using and the challenges their digital teams face, questioning 74 digital leads working in charities and including a roundtable discussion with eight digital experts working in or with the sector. Participating charities include Diabetes UK, The Children’s Society, and British Heart Foundation.In terms of fundraising technology, it found that JustGiving, Virgin Money Giving, and BT MyDonate are the most popular online giving and payment gateways for charities, with 92% using JustGiving, while 52% use Virgin Money Giving, and 21% BT MyDonate. The most popular campaigning and advocacy tools were Engaging Networks, which is used by the majority at 71%, followed by Blackbaud at 49% and Raising IT at 18%.As well as identifying the most popular technology choices, the report revealed that while a wide and ever-growing variety of web-based technology is available to charities, too few are involving their digital teams enough in the decision-making process. Less than half (45%) of digital departments currently have the final say on new web technologies.Among the associated issues identified in the report were lack of internal support and lack of investment, with IT and digital teams too often divided, and rigorous procurement processes preventing some digital teams from responding rapidly to new technologies, while other charities have difficulties getting buy-in from their management team.Mike Jenkins, MD at Positive, said:“Developments in technology are increasingly putting digital at the forefront of organisational change. But while describing the biggest challenge you face as an organisation might come easily for some charities, pinpointing what technology provides the best, most cost effective, solution is a different matter. If this is to be done well, digital teams must be given the opportunity to get involved in these decisions and demonstrate the value they can add to meeting organisational objectives.” Image: technology for good – heart and tech by sabri deniz kizil on Shutterstock.comcenter_img Digital teams lack sufficient input in charity tech choices Melanie May | 14 January 2016 | News  131 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5  130 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Unai Emery blocks Eddie Nketiah’s deadline day exit after Arsenal fail to land winger

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 31 Jan 2019 4:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link433Shares The Arsenal youngster was on the verge of joining Augsburg (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has reportedly blocked Eddie Nketiah’s loan move to Bundesliga side Augsburg after Arsenal gave up hope of bringing in a winger on deadline day.The Gunners were trying to bolster their attacking options by bringing in either Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic or Dalian Yifang’s wantaway star Yannick Carrasco.However, the Italian giants were unwilling to let Perisic leave on loan unless Arsenal committed to a compulsory obligation to buy him for £35m at the end of his stay, while a deal for Carrasco never got off the ground. Comment Advertisement Nketiah has made Arsenal’s bench in eight of the last 10 matches (Picture: Getty)Arsenal had set up loans for Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe to join Augsburg and RB Leipzig respectively, but now The Sun report that Emery has decided to keep the former.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNketiah was ready to undergo a medical with the Bundesliga club until Emery pulled the plug at the last minute.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySmith Rowe is still expected to move to Germany until the end of the season, however Leipzig will not have the option to buy him.Emery wants to keep Nketiah as striker cover for the rest of the campaign despite only handing him one substitute appearance in the Premier League and two outings in the Europa League.center_img Nketiah was ready to have a medical but now looks set to remain in north London (Getty)With Danny Welbeck sidelined and no attacking reinforcements brought in, Nketiah has made Emery’s Premier League matchday squad in eight of the last 10 gameweeks.Augsburg are believed to have switched targets from one Premier League hot prospect to another and will try to bring in West Ham’s Reece Oxford before the deadline.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Unai Emery blocks Eddie Nketiah’s deadline day exit after Arsenal fail to land wingerlast_img read more

Film Study: How Glenn Spencer Puts OSU’s Defensive Speed to Work

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Yesterday, we looked at how disruptive Oklahoma State’s defensive linemen are which allows its linebackers and secondary to make plays. Today, we’re going to look at how relentless they are in pursuit of other teams’ QBs.What UT’s offense was doingTexas is in a spread formation with 4 WRs split out wide (two up top, two at the bottom) and the RB lined up to the left of Heard.Being third-and-long with less than a minute left in the game, it was reasonable to assume Texas would be passing the ball to get the first down, with the dead giveaway being the offensive linemen’s stances – all are in two-point pass protect stance. When the ball is snapped, the linemen take their steps backward and begin to read the rushers on defense.Heard gets the snap and immediately takes a quick five-step drop. However, he isn’t too far into his progressions before he decides to tuck the ball and run with it. What OSU was doingLike the last play, OSU is in its 3-3-5 Psycho nickel package. In addition to the three linemen (Taylor, Ogbah, and Bean), Ryan Simmons and Seth Jacobs are also playing up on the line of scrimmage.The other linebacker, Jordan Burton, is lined up across from the inside receiver at the bottom of the screen.Of the five defensive backs on the field, three are CBs and the other two safeties, who are both playing 10-12 yards off the line to prevent the deep ball.The way the defense is lined up before the snap and how it looks after is two very different things, which means OSU was disguising blitzes and coverage schemes to confuse Heard and his offensive line. It appears there’s no big stunts called for this play. Every rusher on this play, except for Bean, is actively engaged in trying to get to the QB. Bean, though, is playing as a first line of containment on Heard, with Burton adding some reassurance containment behind him. Notice when the ball is snapped, Burton, who had been assigned the tough task of playing “spy” on Heard all game, leaves his man and drifts a little to the left to play contain on Heard. Jacobs, who looks to be blitzing on the play, backs out and picks up Burton’s man. By the way, it’s pretty amazing that someone who weighs 225-230 pounds like Jacobs does is able to pick up an inside receiver that quickly and stick with him—yet another example of the speed that defines this defense and its players. On the other side of the defense, we see two CBs lined up across the two WRs, with a high safety behind them. Miketavius Jones is covering the inside WR. Just before the ball is even snapped, Jones takes steps toward the line. Once the snap occurs, Jones flies in full speed on a CB blitz and the high safety picks up his man.Why this worked for OSUUnlike the previous play we looked at, Texas has more blockers than OSU does rushers. That seems like it would be to UT’s advantage and buy Heard some time to make a play downfield. However, the OSU line is still able to push around the offensive line way while the disguised blitz by Jones is effective in getting to Heard on time.All remaining DBs (and Jacobs) who are playing coverage do a good job of not allowing the WRs to find any room, which, obviously, means Heard is unlikely to pass it. Once Heard sees Jones closing in, he decides to take off but is quickly corralled by members of OSU’s athletic line and brought down for a big sack. The 3-3-5 Psycho defense is an ideal defense for OSU to run; it relies on players being able to fly around fast. To run the 3-3-5 Psycho, specifically, a defense needs to have guys in the first two levels that are big, strong and fast. As you might have noticed, OSU’s defense is predicated on these things so it’s not too much for OSU to execute it.To really appreciate how far this program has come from a defensive standpoint, think back to the days when dual-threat QBs would do whatever they wanted to our defense. I still remember being in the stands for the Mizzou game in 2005 when Brad Smith ran for a cool 184 yards and passed for another 193. Two years later, I remember witnessing Colt McCoy run for 106 against us while gaining 388 total yards of offense. And I know we all still remember the 2011 K-State game when Collin Klein nearly gave all of us a heart attack while he rushed for 144 and 3 TDs and threw for another 231 and a TD.Fast-forward to 2015, and Heard, who had a school record 527 total yards of offense the previous week – by the way, the previous record belonged to Vince Young, who had 506 total yards in 2005 against…you guessed it—was held to 48 yards rushing and only 167 yards total. The great thing about this team is that, even if the offense isn’t performing up to par, the defense will keep us competitive in every game we play this year.last_img read more