ETFCU Returns Nearly $4 Million To Members Via Checking Account Programs

first_imgEvansville Teachers Federal Credit Union paid out nearly $4 million to its members through consumer checking counts alone in 2018.The $3,797,732 returned to members through ETFCU’s premier checking accounts represent a 61 percent increase over the 2017 total. That included a return of 3% APY on balances of up to $20,000 for members who use Vertical Checking (up from a maximum of $15,000 in 2017); reward points on debit card purchases plus bonus ScoreCard reward points each month to Platinum Rewards Checking members, who can redeem for brand-name merchandise, travel, gift cards and more; and ATM-fee reimbursement anywhere worldwide up to $15 on both accounts.“Our mission is to provide the best value for our members,” ETFCU President and CEO Bill Schirmer wrote in a letter to members. “We do this through innovative products and services that provide real benefits on a monthly basis.”Members received $2,299,956 in interest on Vertical Checking, $1,099,583 in redeemable points for Platinum Rewards Checking, and $393,193 in ATM-fee reimbursements.ETFCU, which was recognized as Best in State for Banking and Credit Unions by Forbes in 2018, has grown to more than 205,000 members with assets of $1.8 billion. Schirmer was honored with the Indiana Credit Union League’s Professional Achievement Award in 2018, marking a first for an Evansville-based credit union leader.The credit union operates six offices in Evansville, along with Indiana locations in Fort Branch, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Princeton and Vincennes, and Kentucky locations in Henderson and Owensboro (2). An office will open in Washington, Indiana, in the spring. For more information about ETFCU and its programs, go to etfcu.org. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Don’t be Basic – Why You Should Automate IT Starting NOW

first_imgThere’s clearly an opportunity to get ahead of competitors by advancing IT infrastructure automation. Despite low levels of IT infrastructure automation currently, the benefits are many. Furthermore, the greatest benefits are experienced by those with high levels of automation AND modern server infrastructure. Forrester calls these organizations “Modernized IT.” Compared to less automated IT organizations with outdated server hardware, Modernized IT experiences:1x greater reduction in service outages3x greater reduction in operating expenditures5x more reduction in IT staff dedicated to routine, repetitive tasks3x greater reduction in capital expendituresAdditional benefits of IT infrastructure automation include: faster deployment/delivery of services, faster application updates, faster system stack updates, more efficient IT staffing, improved asset tracking, less time spent on troubleshooting, and reduced infrastructure complexity. In fact the list of benefits from Forrester’s research is even longer! Have I convinced you yet? IT infrastructure automation and modern servers really do pack a one-two punch. And we have the data to prove it. Read Forrester’s full research paper on IT automation here.Another key benefit to automating IT is that it can clear the path for IT to focus on next-generation workloads like Artificial Intelligence. 71% of IT organizations surveyed report that a lack of server automation is a key barrier to implementing AI initiatives. AI is an increasingly important tool, leading to better customer experiences and driving business strategy. To remain competitive and avoid the rise of shadow IT, IT departments need to lead AI initiatives. Not follow. IT infrastructure automation can help you do that.How Dell EMC can help you AutomateOnce you’re ready to modernize IT with automation, the best place to start is automating server management. After all, servers are the foundational element of your data center. With modern PowerEdge servers offering scalable business architecture, integrated security, and intelligent automation, your IT organization is poised for business success. Plus, Dell EMC offers a full portfolio of systems management solutions with a wide range of automation capabilities.Those simple server management tasks like monitoring, deployment, troubleshooting, and provisioning? We can automate that. For example, with OpenManage Mobile and Quick Sync 2, reduce the time to view server inventory, firmware, and network details by 77%. With the same tools, you can reduce the time spent on troubleshooting by up to 28%. It’s also faster to perform a basic server setup with OpenManage Mobile and Quick Sync 2 (up to 145 fewer steps).[1]Dell EMC has the tools and the expertise to help you start with the basic and accelerate to the advanced. IT infrastructure automation doesn’t have to be so hard. With Dell EMC it can be simple. It’s time for IT to start focusing on strategic business priorities, not just keeping the lights on.Keep up with the conversation on Twitter at @DellEMCServers[1] Principled Technologies Report: Save server time and effort for IT staff;  https://www.principledtechnologies.com/Dell/Quick_Sync_2_OpenManage_Mobile_0717.pdf Picture this. You’ve arrived at work in the morning, ready to get going on an important strategic initiative you talked about with your boss last week. It’s a project that energizes you and has huge potential to impact the business. Yet somehow, hours later, you still haven’t started it. Email, mundane reports, repetitive everyday tasks, and unexpected fire drills kept you from the work that really matters.We’ve all been there. IT professionals struggle with this problem just like everyone else. Perhaps even more so. The everyday task to an IT pro carries additional significance. Managing IT infrastructure so that the LOB and customers have a seamless digital experience is paramount. Now that all business is digital, it’s not enough for IT to just “keep the lights on.” They’re expected to contribute to business strategy and drive innovation.The Benefits of IT Infrastructure AutomationAutomation is a key component to freeing up IT staff time, reducing outages, and speeding time to delivery for new apps and services. In short, automation is the key to modernizing IT. Most IT managers know this. Yet, even the most mundane IT management tasks reflect low levels of automation. Forrester research proves it. In a recent study from Forrester, 50% or less of survey respondents say any one of nine server management tasks are more automated than manual. The figure below from Forrester shows the data.last_img read more

Cricket News Daryl Mitchell dismissal raises massive DRS controversy in Auckland T20I against India

first_imghighlights New Zealand beat India by 80 runs in the Wellington ODI.Hotspot showed a mark but RTS showed a flat line in the Mitchell dismissal.India have not yet won a T20I in New Zealand. New Delhi: Daryl Mitchell was in the centre of a massive Decision Review System (DRS) controversy during the Auckland Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand. Mitchell, who made his debut in the first game in Wellington, was given out LBW to Krunal Pandya in the seventh over and he opted for the review. Replays showed there was an inside edge and there was a mark on hotspot. However, when it came to the use of the Real Time Snicko, there was no spike and the onfield decision of out stayed. Mitchell was stunned and he refused to go, clearly believing that there was an inside edge. The onfield umpires had a chat and the situation became even tense when the Indian cricket team got involved. MS Dhoni was having a chat with the officials and Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper while Rohit Sharma had a confused look.After a delay of two to three minutes, Mitchell was given the marching orders but the decision by third umpire Shaun Haig raised big questions on the need of a conclusive evidence to overturn the decision. Hotspot showed mark as the ball passed the bat and onto the pad. However, with Real Time Snicko not showing a spike, the third umpire decided to go with evidence based on RTS and Mitchell was given the marching orders. The only way Mitchell would have stayed on the wicket was if Rohit Sharma had withdrawn the appeal.  The decision resulted in the match commentators lashing out at the third umpire. Simon Doull called the decision ‘horrendous’ and said there was a clear inside edge. Doull was virtually seething and he was joined by other New Zealand commentators. The rules are clear: Without proper evidence, the on-field umpire’s decision stays and the benefit of doubt goes to the umpire. Third umpire haig chose to go with evidence from RTS and not from Hotspot.Writing on his official Twitter handle, cricket expert Harsha Bhogle said, “Once the DRS messed it up there was no solution other than asking the batsman to leave. The 3rd umpire has preferred snicko over hot spot. We haven’t heard the last of this. I can understand if the 3rd umpire says the two resolution methods are in conflict and so I will go with the on-field decision. But he doesn’t say that.”New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat but they were jolted by three wickets from Krunal Pandya. Kane Williamson’s side lead the series 1-0 after a record 80-run win in the Wellington T20I. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more