A friend of mine is a keen cyclist. He had a trusty bicycle that carried him around, especially when taking the kids out over weekends. And that was all fine: why replace what works well?
Eventually, though, he had to retire his trusty steel steed and buy something new. Only at that point did he realise the difference. His older bicycle was by all means functional, but a far cry from the advances made since he bought it. The new bicycle is lighter, more responsive and better balanced. He used to spend a lot of his energy fighting the old bike and yet not realise it. Now, suddenly, he’s got all that spare capacity. He’s since started hitting the trails much more often – a little to the chagrin of his family, who like to sleep in!
Comfort exists because we know something works well and we’d like to keep it. But at some point we get stuck and risk not acknowledging when it starts losing its edge. Business applications often fall into this trap. Today, even with highly affordable and very reliable web applications for email, many of us still hang onto our desktop clients for dear life. Then we complain when we can’t find a mail or lose our archive in a system crash.
GRC (governance, risk management and compliance) software falls acutely into this category. Risk is not seen as a line-of-business function, so once we have something that does that job, we’d prefer to keep it like that. Yet like my friend’s bicycle, risk has evolved tremendously. This is due to data: it’s much easier and better today to integrate data sources across a company, creating single versions of the truth.
For every risk manager who has had to spend late nights making sense of different risk reports, it’s a life changer. The right risk aggregation platform, such as what we promote here at thryve, takes hold of company data and forges it into objective sense that can be used without fear or doubt.
But you can’t just drop the solution into place. For it to be effective, you must take the opportunity to address the root causes that often scuttle the ship. Governance is one of the key problem areas: companies without good governance tend to get bad GRC implementations. This leads to expensive remedies and eventually silos as different parts of the company try to avoid the dysfunction. That would place you right back at square one: disparate reports and no sense of the business truth.
The business’ data is also a crucial factor. What can be kept and what should be archived? How should it be structured? GRC systems often age quickly after mergers, which create a mess of business information. Replacing GRC software is the perfect opportunity to get on top of that. This not only helps risk, but contributes to overall attempts at establishing solid data practices across the business.
It thus makes sense that administrative structures must also be in place, else the GRC platform will run – and falter – in isolation to the business’ processes. Finally, you can’t forget about the people: there must be clear reporting structures to help inform on the adoption and make sure that your workforce is seeing the benefits they expect (and affect change when they don’t).
You will not be able to entirely replicate the functionality of the departing GRC software. Things have evolved, so don’t look at it as a replacement. It’s an evolution and one that can be painful if everyone had grown comfortable with the status quo. So there will be resistance and legacy that can threaten to cripple the process.
But making the shift brings incredible advantages. Avoiding it is ultimately business suicide. At some point you have to let that old bike go and experience the advances in newer models. Your company will thank you, but first they will resist you. Start with what they rely on – the company’s structure, rules and culture. If those are aligned and ready for change, everything else will be as well.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro matches camera benchmark record
A benchmark by DxOMark sees the triple-cam handset tie with the P20 Pro for best smartphone camera on the market.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has come out top in a camera benchmark test that assesses all aspects of smartphone camera performance.
DxOMark, which conducts rigorous hardware testing and is trusted as an industry standard for image quality measurements, has just released the results of its in-depth analysis of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone camera.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest top-end device. Building on the P20 Pro’s camera technology, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a Leica-branded triple-camera setup, but swaps its stable-mate’s monochrome camera for a super-wide-angle module, offering a 35mm-equivalent focal length range from 16 to 80mm—the widest of all current smartphone cameras.
The handset is in direct competition with the Apple iPhone XS Max, the Google Pixel 3 XL, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among other. How does it fare?
“With a total photo score of 114, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro ties the record-setting score of its cousin, the P20 Pro,” says DxOMark. “The overall Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions.”
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro achieves a photo score of 114 points. In stills mode, the Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera captures images with good target exposure and a wide dynamic range, recording both good highlight and shadow detail even in difficult high-contrast situations. Noise levels are well under control down to low light levels, and the camera’s white balance system and colour rendering settings produce a pleasant colour response in almost all circumstances.
At 97 points, the Mate 20 Pro is very close to the best for video as well, thanks to a fast and smooth autofocus system with good tracking performance, accurate white balance as well as pleasant colour rendering, and low levels of noise, especially in bright shooting conditions. Our testers also liked the exposure system’s ability to adapt quickly and smoothly to changes in illumination.
It was not all good news. DxOMark also had some criticism for the device.
Click here to read about the drawbacks of the Mate 20 Pro camera, and other positives.
SA car wins
The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, Peru, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for
The Qatari driver ensured his French navigator, who turned 43 years old on Thursday, 17 January, received a great birthday present, when the pair arrived at the final time control of Dakar 2019 with teammates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in close formation. The two Toyota Hilux crews completed the entire stage together, as De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz waited nearly 55 minutes for the leaders to start the stage, in order to shadow them to the finish.
The emotions bubbled over for Team Principal Glyn Hall, who found himself without words as his two crews drove into the media area after the time control. “This victory was long overdue,” he finally managed, before being swamped in a sea of well-wishers.
The winning driver, however, was much more vocal: “We are so happy to win the Dakar – not only for ourselves, but also for Toyota and the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team. Everyone has worked so hard for so long, and really deserve this. Thank you for letting us drive this car.”
Toyota Gazoo Racing SA led Dakar 2019 from the first to the last stage, with Al Attiyah/Baumel drawing first blood, before handing the mantle to De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz during stage 2. But then a disastrous Stage 3 saw the Qatari retake the lead – a lead he didn’t relinquish despite some of the toughest stages yet seen on any South-American Dakar.
“When we first heard that the rally was going to take place only in one country, we were skeptical,” said Hall after regaining composure. “But the organisers made sure that this year’s race will long be remembered as one of the toughest tests in the last decade.”
Al Attiyah / Baumel’s victory at Dakar 2019 means that Toyota Gazoo Racing has now won both of the world’s toughest automotive races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the DakarRally.
Click here to read Glyn Hall’s comment on winning the Dakar Rally, as well as the rankings.