International Data Quality News
Global-Z International Quarterly eNewsletter Spring 2012

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Ambassadors Of Fun

And You Thought You'd Seen Everything In Vegas

Data Quality: In the Eye of the Beholder?

Meet Paul Harris


The Open Sea: Dangerously Beautiful
~ by Dimitri Garder, Global-Z Captain

May 10, 2009, 1802.07' N 06305.38'W, clear skies, warm, winds east at 25 knots.

We left the docks at Sint Maarten's Simpson Bay around 1115h in order to catch the 1130h bridge opening. Once clear of the slip pilings, the skipper asked me to take the helm. I navigated to the entrance of the bridge channel, holding steady in the slow channel current and negotiating for space among the many other boats waiting for the bridge. At 1130h sharp the drawbridge opened and we headed out to sea. It was a warm, clear and sunny late spring day, with a strong breeze blowing 25 knots out of the east, a perfect starboard beam reach for our course to Bermuda, heading 005 magnetic for the next six days. The vessel was a 46-foot, Finnish-built sailboat, skippered by a salty Welch professional delivery captain, and four volunteer crew including myself. Our task was to deliver vessel and crew safely to Bermuda, and from there to Newport, RI, where the owner awaited delivery. Volunteer crew sign up for these trips in order to gain valuable offshore sailing experience, as many of us hope to someday take our own boats offshore. Professional skippers make these deliveries in order to pay the rent.

One of the alluring aspects of offshore sailing, despite the obvious benefit of experiencing the tremendous beauty and power of the sea, is the opportunity it provides to live a simpler life, albeit briefly; the kind of life that was commonplace before creature comforts and modern technology began to dictate our lifestyles. No phone ringing off the hook, no barrage of emails requiring action, no SMS messages clamoring for our attention, no Facebook. No television. No distractions. No news. No idea what's going on in the rest of the world. No gas stations to pull over and refuel if the wind dies for a week straight and we run out of fuel. No cell phone service to order out for pizza, or to call for medical attention because of seasick or dehydrated crew. Or a crewmate with an aggravated heart condition. Or a crewmate with traumatic head injuries caused by an impact from the boom due to an unexpected jibe. Or to make a distress call if the rig is lost in a storm. Or to call for help if, God forbid, someone falls overboard.

Read on...

After an unseasonably mild winter we have now reached what will hopefully be a warm spring season. We want to thank all of our GZ News readers and hope you all enjoy our spring edition. Our goal is to help keep you up to date and informed on issues that matter to you. Thank you for your continued feedback! Please keep your thoughts and recommendations coming.

In this issue we welcome back Simon Burrell, the founder and owner of Our Man on the Ground, sharing some of his favorite things to do in Las Vegas. We would also like to introduce you to Paul Harris, our new colleague at Global-Z.

  • Ambassadors Of Fun
  • ~ by Jennifer Martell and Katie Favreau, Global-Z Co-Morale Officers

    I have a philosophy that involves making other people feel happy. I get a great sense of personal well-being when I am able to pull it off. This is particularly true at work. I believe that happy workers are more productive. Additionally, an injection of levity in the workplace often results in a more pleasant working environment overall.

    Recently, our company went through a belt-tightening period that was felt by everyone. At that time, my co-worker Katie and I decided to appoint ourselves as official Global-Z Co-Morale Officers. This position takes advantage of our innate happiness-spreading talents and our uncanny ability to twist and convolute any situation or conversation into something extremely funny, even if it is only funny amongst ourselves and it frequently is.

  • And You Thought You'd Seen Everything In Vegas
  • ~ by Simon Burrell, founder and owner of Our Man On The Ground

    As many of you will know, as well as being the home to DMA '12, Las Vegas is known as Disneyland for adults and the place that anything goes, well pretty much that is. It is full of very large lavish hotels, most with their own casinos, nightclubs and glitzy shows. Some have man-made beaches to give you that sense of being by the sea rather than the middle of the Nevada desert. One of my writers even wrote me a review recently of a "Day Club", yes there are now clubs where you can dance around the pool and drink in the heat (really sensible) and not have to wait until it gets dark! Whatever next?

    Well whatever next has just arrived in town.

    Read More From Simon
  • Data Quality: In the Eye of the Beholder?
  • ~ by Marty Shaw, Global-Z Director of Sales & Marketing

    We're social beings, right? We like to know what other folks do and how they do it; or at least I do. Often at family gatherings like Christmas, New Years and birthday get-togethers with family and friends the question comes up worded something like this:

    "So, how's work?... What is it you do again?"

    Read the full article...
  • Meet Paul Harris
  • Meet Paul Harris, the newest addition to the Global-Z family. Paul works in the Sales & Marketing department and plays key roles in the areas of web marketing, research, prospecting and administrative support. Creating new marketing content and identifying ways to expand Global-Z's business is what drives Paul. He brings new ideas to the table and hopes to continue developing and maintaining our online presence. He works specifically with Global-Z's:

    Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Website Content Management and Pay-Per-Click Advertising

    Get to know more about Paul...
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