|By Marketwired .||
|January 29, 2014 11:30 AM EST||
BURBANK, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/29/14 -- In today's aging society, organizations must evolve to successfully meet the world's dramatically emerging needs. Front Porch, a not-for-profit 'human serving' organization featuring innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of individuals as they age, today announced Humanly Possible(SM), its groundbreaking new strategic approach to "innovation with a cause" and greater collaboration.
Front Porch's central mission is about meeting needs with excellence and Humanly Possible underscores a culture aimed at doing everything humanly possible to creatively meet emerging needs now and in the future. This bold and transformative commitment is an authentic expression of Front Porch's passion to create new opportunities and forge new directions. It will become an organization-wide focus for disruptive innovation, strategic development and partnership.
"We're facing a sea change around us," said Kari Olson, chief innovation and technology officer for Front Porch and president of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing. "We see changes in marketplaces, competition and regulations; these come together to create an imperative for us to transform and embrace possibilities through innovation. We are truly dedicated to investing the time, energy and resources to help Front Porch address this cultural tipping point. Through Humanly Possible, we will enhance the organization's capacity to identify, understand and deliver solutions for meeting unarticulated, emerging and future needs."
The world's aging society (as proportions of people 60 and older are rapidly outnumbering those 15 and younger) presents real-world challenges that can't be ignored. Dynamic disruptive forces are weighing in from all directions and these issues will impact people of all ages. Front Porch is ready to embrace these challenges.
"Humanly Possible is a crucible where the right chemistry of the creative spirit of people is blended with the compelling needs of the aging to achieve transformational results," said Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge, a national association of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old. "Humanly Possible gives us hope for the future of our field, the people we serve and work with, and the communities in which we live."
Humanly Possible is a rallying call for Front Porch to build upon its legacy, and significantly expand its work collaborating and forming innovative partnerships with other non-profits, for-profits and academia in the larger community to advance and develop new approaches, methodologies and technology applications that go beyond the traditional walls of Front Porch communities to meet community-determined needs for people of all ages.
"As a not-for-profit 'human serving' organization going new places, Front Porch must continue to innovate so we can help others thrive," said Front Porch CEO Gary Wheeler. "At Front Porch, we see the potential of human possibility every day with the remarkable people we are honored to serve, and through the compassion and resourcefulness of our team members. We see the shifts that define how people want to live their lives. So while we have celebrated many great accomplishments, we can't sit still. Humanly Possible is about every mind, every discipline and every level of our organization working together on what's possible, what's achievable and what's next."
Front Porch created its award-winning Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (CIW) which works with a variety of partners to find new models of care and service for underserved members of the community. For example, the Model eHealth Community for Aging (MeHCA) project (formed by the CIW) uses broadband-enabled technology to support needs and improve access to care for low-income older adults at affordable housing communities, community health clinics and other anchor institutions in Los Angeles' Koreatown neighborhood.
As a lead-up to the Humanly Possible kick-off, Front Porch enrolled select members of its leadership team in the groundbreaking Innovator's Accelerator program in October 2013, becoming the first non-profit to do so. Joining a prestigious group of top Fortune 500 companies whose employees have participated, Front Porch leaders took part in the executive training course with 70 additional staff members enrolling in the program throughout 2014.
In support of Humanly Possible, Front Porch is investing system-wide in its team members, business processes and strategy through educational programs, executive training and peer-to-peer training focused around innovation. Team members will be encouraged to be creative with the support and tools necessary to initiate innovation to improve the lives of those they currently serve, and to create opportunities for the future.
A process to identify needs, generate ideas, evaluate, support and potentially scale those ideas is in place. All ideas, successful or not, will be celebrated. This approach empowers Front Porch to creatively meet needs to help the organization grow, become more efficient, and sustain its leadership position.
Since Front Porch was established in 1999, it has received numerous accolades and national awards for innovation in meeting the needs of older adults. The non-profit has also extended its care and service to those outside the older adult community through its work in areas such as affordable housing, memory care, technology, art and community outreach, and management services. Originally formed from three experienced non-profits coming together as one, Front Porch has its roots in partnership and innovation, helping other non-profits succeed as well as partnering with the private sector to incubate technology solutions to help people live well.
Editor's Note: Kari Olson is available for an in-depth discussion about Humanly Possible and how "innovation with a cause" and greater collaboration can meet some of the most pressing needs that our society is facing today.
About Front Porch
Front Porch is a not-for-profit support system for a family of companies that serve individuals and families through full-service retirement, active adult communities, affordable housing communities through CARING Housing Ministries and related management and development services. Front Porch active adult and full-service retirement communities offer a full range of options from independent living to continuing care, including memory support. Specialized programs like the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, Front Porch Gallery and affiliated Centers for Spirituality and Aging support the Front Porch belief in understanding and meeting needs so that residents can live life their way. With innovative communities and programs that meet the changing needs of people as they age, Front Porch represents a leading-edge approach to wellness in aging. Front Porch is comprised of 11 full-service retirement communities in California and two adult living communities: one in Louisiana and one in Florida. Front Porch also serves individuals and families through more than 20 affordable housing communities managed by Front Porch's affiliate, CARING Housing Ministries. Front Porch, based in Burbank, Calif. and founded in 1999, is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to its residents and the communities it serves. More information is available at www.frontporch.net.
For more information contact:
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Aug. 27, 2016 06:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,329
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Aug. 27, 2016 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,761
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abil...
Aug. 27, 2016 02:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,998
With so much going on in this space you could be forgiven for thinking you were always working with yesterday’s technologies. So much change, so quickly. What do you do if you have to build a solution from the ground up that is expected to live in the field for at least 5-10 years? This is the challenge we faced when we looked to refresh our existing 10-year-old custom hardware stack to measure the fullness of trash cans and compactors.
Aug. 27, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,727
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
Aug. 27, 2016 01:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,090
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions wi...
Aug. 27, 2016 01:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,008
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
Aug. 27, 2016 12:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,929
With over 720 million Internet users and 40–50% CAGR, the Chinese Cloud Computing market has been booming. When talking about cloud computing, what are the Chinese users of cloud thinking about? What is the most powerful force that can push them to make the buying decision? How to tap into them? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yu Hao, CEO and co-founder of SpeedyCloud, answered these questions and discussed the results of SpeedyCloud’s survey.
Aug. 27, 2016 12:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,148
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Isomorphic Software provides the SmartClient HTML5/AJAX platform, the most advanced technology for building rich, cutting-edge enterprise web applications for desktop and mobile. SmartClient combines the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simp...
Aug. 27, 2016 12:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,284
Actian Corporation has announced the latest version of the Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) database, generally available at the end of July. VectorH is based on the same query engine that powers Actian Vector, which recently doubled the TPC-H benchmark record for non-clustered systems at the 3000GB scale factor (see tpc.org/3323). The ability to easily ingest information from different data sources and rapidly develop queries to make better business decisions is becoming increasingly importan...
Aug. 26, 2016 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,072
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
Aug. 26, 2016 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,856
Kubernetes, Docker and containers are changing the world, and how companies are deploying their software and running their infrastructure. With the shift in how applications are built and deployed, new challenges must be solved. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, will discuss the implications of containerized applications/infrastructures and their impact on the enterprise. In a real world example based on Kubernetes, he will show how to ...
Aug. 26, 2016 09:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,441
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
Aug. 26, 2016 07:15 PM EDT Reads: 442
As the world moves toward more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. Serverless computing is revolutionizing computing. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Raghav...
Aug. 26, 2016 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 732
SYS-CON Events announced today Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
Aug. 26, 2016 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 673