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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Posts Tagged ‘global standard’

“A Missing Global Standard with Regard to Emissions Testing is Half of the Issue Here”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2015

wolkswagenLondon, UK “The Volkswagen (VW) Diesel emissions scandal affair is unprecedented, owing to the apparent deceit involved to “cheat” the emissions testing. CEO Martin Winterkorn having to step down is not the right answer though (in my opinion), because the market could potentially rather gauge the result of this on his response, rather than on the fact that it happened in the first place. I would not expect the CEO would have known directly about this device, and it is likely to implicate a small number of product managers related to specific models or engines; the media release given indeed specified that Mr Winterkorn did not yet have all the facts – but I’m sure it will not be long before he does, and this is how the market and public should react – to the measures set out to recover from this. We have seen several different vehicle manufacturers with high profile recalls due to safety concerns over the last few years, and whilst this affair is slightly different, they were all somehow gauged on the response that these companies had taken for those. This should be the case with VW as well. Potentially the biggest damage this revelation might have, certainly in the U.S. market, where people are buying the vehicles based on the environmental credentials, is the consumers’ trust in the VW brand and diesel models in general from all companies. If these environmental credentials turn out to not be the case and the consumer realises he has been deceived, this might cause an issue, as those customers will then not go and buy another VW brand vehicle, and expect to be compensated somehow. However, the focus will rather have to be on the scale: is this only a U.S. problem? Earlier on yesterday it was reported that half a million vehicles could be affected, now this number has increased to 11 million vehicles. If it is a U.S. response, it is going to be very different versus a global response. Undoubtedly the whole affair is going to have impacts and repercussions far beyond just VW. We are already seeing people in South Korea, France, the UK, starting to question the emissions testing standards. And this is half of the issue here. There is no global standard regarding emissions testing: the fact that it can be different up to 2.5 time as many NOx pollutants that can be allowed in Europe and in UK versus the U.S. and then further differences on CO2 emissions make it tougher for global vehicle manufacturers to comply. That doesn’t make it acceptable, but does explain part of the problem the manufacturers are facing. So the first question is: will we see more standards on a global level, which is going to have repercussions on all OEMs, while the second one is longer term: is Diesel really the right powertrain we want to produce and want to prioritise through our vehicle manufacturers of the future?”

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The Lean IT Association Launches with Mission to Set a Global Standard for Lean IT Education and Certification

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 marzo 2015

RotterdamRotterdam, The Netherlands – The Lean IT Association – a consortium of global leaders in the IT Training and Certification Industry – today announced its formation and revealed its newly developed Lean IT Certification Scheme. The Certification Scheme sets out an important reference for professionals in several degrees of knowledge and competence.
The Lean IT Association (LITA) is led by a Board comprised of Senior Directors of its founding members, including Nick Houlton (APMG), Bernd Taselaar (EXIN), Byron Nicolaides (PEOPLECERT), David Ratcliffe (Pink Elephant), Maurice Boon (Quint) and Sukhbir Jasuja (ITpreneurs). According the Association’s Manifesto, the Consortium was founded to set a global standard for Lean IT education and certification.Lean is about making the organization more efficient and to effectively respond to external demand. Incremental and radical change methods such as Agile Scrum can be used to transition the organization to Lean principles in production and management. IT Service Management can get a huge benefit out of Lean IT, by removing waste and optimizing the value of the IT services. Nick Houlton, Chief Operating Officer at APMG states: “Lean principles have been used in a variety of industries for some years now. The IT industry has embraced these principles using the term “Lean IT”, but while there have been some fragmented initiatives for education & certification in Lean IT, there is no universally accepted program or thought leadership. The Lean IT Association is aiming to remedy that”.The Lean IT Certification Scheme consists of 4 distinct certifications for various levels. Starting at an entry level with Lean IT Foundation and moving into Lean IT Kaizen Lead, climbing further up the ladder to Lean IT Leader or Coach. Each level introduces more knowledge and skills, eventually leading up to competences that enable a professional to support corporate introduction or further development of Lean IT initiatives.Training providers can apply for accreditation by one of the Exam Institutes liaised to LITA, through the Lean IT Association website. The quality of their training program, materials and trainers will be assessed against and accredited according to LITA standards.

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Global standard ed economia reale

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 Maggio 2009

Il ministro Giulio Tremonti ha appena tenuto il primo round di discussioni per definire quello che è stato chiamato il Global Legal Standard, un insieme  di principi e di regole che dovrebbe definire il nuovo assetto della finanza e dell’economia dopo l’attuale crisi determinata dalla finanziarizzazione e dalla globalizzazione selvaggia. In quanto rappresentante del governo italiano che detiene la presidenza del G8 nel 2009, il nostro ministro dell’Economia ha chiamato a far parte della commissione internazionale per il Manifesto del Diritto Futuro solamente giuristi, professori ed esperti di legge.   Si dovrà anzitutto definire ciò che è legittimo e ciò che è illegittimo nel sistema economico e finanziario, identificando anche la sede più appropriata per simili decisioni che, a nostro avviso,  deve andare oltre il G8 e il G20 per investire di questa responsabilità una più ampia platea di governanti. L’optimum sarebbe una ONU meglio funzionante!  La sfida più grande verterà intorno al contenuto economico della riforma globale, che va sotto il nome della “nuova Bretton Woods”. Altrimenti il rischio sarà di avere un involucro giuridico perfetto e troppo formale che avvolge qualcosa di economicamente non bene definito. Il dibattito centrale si dovrebbe fare anzitutto con quegli economisti, non molti, che hanno da tempo, inascoltati, denunciato il rischio della crisi. E’ necessario soprattutto il coinvolgimento degli attori reali dell’economia: gli industriali, i lavoratoti, gli uomini delle scienze e delle nuove tecnologie che saranno i responsabili gestori delle scelte future.  Alcune domande fondamentali richiedono risposte puntuali e condivise, ad esempio, quale deve essere il rapporto corretto tra il credito e l’economia reale, chi ha l’autorità di battere moneta, visto che negli ultimi anni i derivati finanziari hanno inondato il sistema di liquidità speculativa privata. Secondo noi, soltanto gli stati devono avere tale potere. Inoltre il nuovo sistema monetario non può essere ancora centrato soltanto sul dollaro ma su un “paniere” di più monete, compreso l’euro.  Per uscire dalla crisi non si può che rimettere al centro lo sviluppo dell’economia reale e sostenere i suoi due capisaldi, il lavoro e l’iniziativa imprenditoriale. A questo obiettivo deve essere finalizzata anche la rete delle grandi infrastrutture, nonché della ricerca, dell’innovazione scientifica e tecnologica, che naturalmente devono superare i confini e gli egoismi nazionali. Finora la discussione nel mondo occidentale ha riguardato poco i contenuti ma più le regole e i principi, invece, come abbiamo avuto modo di verificare direttamente, i contenuti sono al centro del dibattito che si svolge in paesi come la Russia, la Cina, il Brasile e in quelle nazioni dove le priorità sono più reali e legate alla soluzioni delle grandi sfide epocali e non esclusivamente al sostegno di un sistema bancario e finanziario che è stato artefice e vittima della situazione di crisi attuale. (abstract) (Mario Lettieri, sottosegretario all’Economia del governo Prodi Paolo Raimondi, economista)

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