Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, defense force, peace, tellis bethel, the lucayan sea Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvienciales, 23 Jan 2015 – The Turks and Caicos sits Southeast of The Bahamas in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and a Defense Force Captain has written a book about the waters and has even proposed that there be a special name change to the Lucayan Sea. “The Lucayan Sea also tells the story of the Lucayans; them being the first to inhabit these islands, they were also the first to welcome Christopher Columbus to the entire Americas, or what we know as the New World and they were also the first to suffer genocide. Highlighted in the book is a response to that suffering of the Lucayans, their demise, in respect to what the people of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands ought to do in responding to that. I propose that as a result of their demise, we who are now the modern day inhabitants of these islands, we have inherited the responsibility to do what we can to make the world a better place.” Royal Bahamas Defense Force Deputy Commander, Captain Tellis Bethel says our link to the Lucayan Indians make us one and make the two nations, a unique destination for peace and tranquility; he tells all in his new book, The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of the Modern Americas.“It really in essence makes us a type of Motherland. As we know, mothers are leaders in their own right and they influence their offspring so by virtue of our birthright, we here in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands have really a responsibility to be leaders who help to shape the world to make it a better place, especially in light of what happened to the Lucayans and their demise.”The book by Tellis Bethel, second in command at the RBDF is published by Outskirts and it is online at Amazon in Kindle format; some copies of the book once landed, are earmarked for Turks and Caicos. You can see our TV news report on Capt Tellis Bethel at MagneticMediaonTV on Youtube. Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now
The representative adds that the cuts were strictly on the editorial side, and HelloGiggles will continue to maintain a New York-based sales team. This is a developing story. Was just laid off from the job I moved to NYC for, so if you have any editing / writing leads, please let me know. Please RT. Email in bio. — Sammy Nickalls (@sammynickalls) July 8, 2016 Just laid off from my job with the rest of the NYC office. Any editing or writing ledes, hit me up. In the wake of news, leaked last week, of a potential reorganization looming at Time Inc. that would place further emphasis on social media, video, and events, the layoffs at HelloGiggles are most likely a bid to streamline the brand’s operations by centering them in Los Angeles, rather than an indication that Time Inc. is backtracking on its significant digital investments, which also include xoJane and xoVain, Fansided, Viant, The Drive, and Extra Crispy. — Jessica Wakeman (@JessicaWakeman) July 8, 2016 Co-founded by actress Zooey Deschanel in 2011, HelloGiggles was purchased by Time Inc. for as much as $30 million last October amid a string of digital acquisitions by the legacy publisher. The site receives around 16 million unique monthly visitors, most of whom are female and between the ages of 25 and 34. HelloGiggles, the women’s lifestyle and entertainment site purchased by Time Inc. last year, has laid off several editors in its New York office, according to multiple sources. “There was a small editorial reorganization at HelloGiggles,” a Time Inc. spokesperson tells Folio:. “We’re constantly evaluating the ways we can be more efficient. As an L.A.-headquartered operation, this realignment creates editorial efficiencies for us.” Representatives for Time Inc. wouldn’t provide details on the number of staffers cut, but sources familiar with the situation tell Folio: that all of the brand’s New York-based editors were let go. The HelloGiggles masthead lists 16 editors split between offices in New York and Los Angeles, including several who confirmed their departures on social media.
‘Fleetwood Mac’: 1975 Classic LP To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks ‘Fleetwood Mac’ Album: Deluxe Edition Announced fleetwood-mac-1975-classic-lp-be-reissued-bonus-tracks Reissue to feature a variety of extras, including the original album remastered, alternate outtakes and live tracksTim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 17, 2017 – 7:57 am It’s technically not a debut album, but as far as Fleetwood Mac are concerned, it’s the LP that gave birth to a historic lineup.Released in 1975, Fleetwood Mac will be given a special reissue treatment this coming January. The album — the first to feature the quintet Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Stevie Nicks — featured the hits and live staples “Landslide” (Nicks), “Rhiannon” (Nicks), “Monday Morning” (Buckingham), and “Over My Head” (Christine McVie). Dropping Jan. 29, the reissue will be available in several formats, including a deluxe edition featuring three CDs, a DVD and a vinyl LP. An expanded two-CD version will also be released, as will a single disc featuring a remastered version of the original album. The remastered version will also be available digitally and on streaming services. The expanded versions will contain a complete alternate version of the album made up entirely of previously unreleased outtakes and 1976 live recordings. Fleetwood Mac — which was followed by 1977’s blockbuster, Rumours — was the group’s first LP to top the Billboard 200. The album was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2016.The reissue precedes Fleetwood Mac receiving the MusiCares Person of the Year honor on Jan. 26 in New York City. The GRAMMY Week gala will feature a tribute concert with performances by Haim, OneRepublic, Harry Styles, John Legend, Lorde, and Keith Urban. For more information on purchasing VIP ticket packages to the event, contact Dana Tomarken at MusiCares at 310.581.8727. Individual tickets for mezzanine seats are on-sale to the general public via Ticketmaster. Eagles: ‘Hotel California’ Gets 40th Anniversary Deluxe ReissueRead more Email Twitter News Facebook
Budget 2013 Live Blog:01:25 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praises Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013. “The Finance Minister has done a commendable job in containing the deficit while simultaneously addressing growth imperatives,” he said in a statement.”We need to create 10 million jobs a year for the duration of the 12th Plan which can be achieved only if we reach 8% GDP growth level. There is plenty for every ministry. It is now up to my colleagues in the Cabinet to turn challenges into opportunities.”01:00 pm: Sensex falls around 50 points after Chidambaram tabled his Budget for the financial year 2013-14.Glimpse of Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013-14Feedback from analysts on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s Union Budget is encouraging though some will be left disappointed especially automobile industry. Some say that it’s a balanced and good budget while a few are of the opinion that it is a complete on.Many were of the opinion before the the finance minister presented the budget that it would a political one keeping in mind the election next year but he proved everyone wrong. He deserved praises for concentrating on infrastructure, as it can stimulate investment in the country. This move could spark the engines of economic growth.Chidambaram’s announcement to set up a public sector bank exclusively for women has got him praises. He also spoke on providing security to women in the country.Finance Minister P. Chidambaram concluded his speech by quoting a saying by Swami Vivekananda.12:47 pm: Duty-free limit for gold increased to ₹50,000 for men and ₹1 lakh for women.12:45 pm: 6 percent tax hike on mobile phones that costs more than ₹2000.12:42 pm:18 percent hike in excise duty on cigarettes.12:32 pm: No change in education cess, and customs and excise duty rates.12: 28 pm: Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption.12: 26 pm: Hike on excise duty of SUV from 27 percent to 30 percent12:25 pm: 2 percent duty on steam and bituminous coal12: 23 pm: Hike in import duty on set top boxes12:21 pm: People with an annual income of ₹1 crore to pay surcharge of 10% additional surcharges for one year.12:18 pm: No tax exemption slab but tax payers in the range of ₹2 to 5 lakh will get tax credit of ₹2000.12:17 pm: Finance Minister presents tax proposals.12: 28 pm: Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption.12: 26 pm: Customs duty on SUVs raised from 75 percent to 100 percent12:25 pm: 2 percent duty on steam and bituminous coal12: 23 pm: Hike in import duty on set top boxes12:05 pm: 2.03 trillion rupees allocated to defence sector in 2013-14.12:05 pm: SEBI Act to be amended; waste- to-energy projects will be financed by Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode; Public sector bank branches to have ATM.12:04 pm: ₹14,000 crore allocated for public sector banks.12:02 pm: ₹1,840 crore for construction of power transmission system from Srinagar to Leh; ₹226 crore to be allocated this financial year.12:00 pm: First housing loan up to ₹25 lakh an additional deduction of interest of up to ₹1 lakh in 2014-15.11:58 am: ₹1,000 crore allocated for eastern states – green revolution.11:57 am: ₹5,387 crore integrated watershed programme for farmers.11:55 am: Indian Institute of Biotechnology to be set up at Ranchi.11:53 am: FM proposes exclusive bank, a public sector bank for women. ₹1,000 crore to be allocated as initial capital. 11:52 am: ₹200 crore to stop harassment on women.11:50 am: ₹7 lakh crore target fixed for agriculture credit for 2013-1411:49 am: ₹1,000 crore for improving agricultural production in Eastern Indian states.11:47 am: ₹500 crore allocated for programme on crop diversification.11:45 am: ₹27,049 crore for agriculture ministry in 2013-1411:44 am: ₹15,260 crore for drinking water and sanitation ministry11:42 am: ₹17,700 crore for Integrated Child Development Scheme.11:40 am: 270.49 billion rupees allocated for agriculture in 2013/14.11:38 am: ₹10,000 crore for Food Security Bill.11:35 am: ₹13,250 crore allocated for mid-day meal scheme11: 35 am: ₹65,867 crore allocated to ministry of HRD11: 30 am: ₹37,330 crore for ministry of health and family welfare. ₹4,727 crore for medical education and research and ₹1,069 crore allocated to Department of Ayush.11: 29 am: ₹80,000 crore allocated for for rural development ministry. ₹41,561 crore for SC sub-plan and ₹24,598 crore for tribal sub plan11:27 am: Scholarships for SC/ST students, girls11:26 am: Plan expenditure for 12th Five-Year-Plan revised to ₹14,30,825 crore11:25 am: Budget expenditure is ₹16,65,297 crore and plan expenditure ₹5,55, 322 crore, says FM.11:22 am: ₹65,000 crore allocation for education sector.11:15 am: Union Budget 2013 aims at youth. Women face discrimination everywhere including work place. 11:12 am: It has become a challenge for India to return to its potential growth rate of 8 percent, saya FM.11:10 am: Finance Minister said supply of food items should be boosted to beat inflation.11:05 am: Women, schedule tribes (ST), schedule castes (SC) have been lagging behind in economic growth in many states.11:09 am: Chidambaram emphasised on the need for foreign investment for economic growth. He said foreign investment is imperative.11:08 am: UPA government believes in inclusive and sustainable development11:05 am: India has been affected by global slowdown. China and Indonesia are growing faster than India but next year India will overtake Indonesia, says Chidambaram 11:00 am: Chidambaram tables Union Budget 2013 in Parliament.10:50 am: Finance Minister Chidambaram reaches Parliament to present Union Budget 2013.10:00 am: Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is scheduled to table Union Budget 2013-14 at 11 am on Thursday. Finance Minister P. ChidambaramGovernment Should Take Concrete Steps to Help Struggling IT-BPO SectorMultinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a release that the government of India should take positive steps to help the growth of IT-BPO sector which is going through a bad phase due to increasing costs had ensuing global uncertainty. IT-BPO sector contribute 7.5% of India’s GDP.Raise In Base Tax Exemption Limit ExpectedWith the government having taken a few bold steps of late to cut down fiscal deficit, including cut in subsidy for LPG gas cylinders and diesel, common man will now expect base tax exemption slab to be raised from the present ₹2 lakh. Raise in the base tax exemption limit will help common man deal with extra spending due to oil price hike.Will Chidambaram Use Union Budget to Attract Investors?People will expect the Finance Minister to present a budget that will help to revive the slowing economy. The government might target a 4.8 percent fiscal deficit for the next financial year. Now, the onus lies on the government to improve the economy and thus boost employment and revenue from tax. Chidambaram is expected to use the Union Budget as a platform to attract investors and please rating agencies.What Insurance Companies Expect!Insurance companies will expect the tax exemption ceiling from investments like provident fund, insurance premiums etc to be raised from the current ₹100,000 limit.What Real Estate Sector Wants!Real estate sector will expect the FM to increase tax exemption limit of interest paid on home loans from the current ₹150,000 to ₹300,000.Common Man’s ExpectationsTax exemption limit on conveyance, reimbursement of medicals expenses, education allowance, home loans and other expenditures of the employers are expected to be raised to help reduce the impact of fuel price hike. Finance Minister of India P. ChidambaramAll Eyes On Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013The market’s skepticism on the upcoming Union Budget 2013 must have increased, as the Railway Budget which was presented by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday, was another budget that went with the popular sentiment and lacked many groundbreaking steps that could revive the struggling Indian Railways.Now, all eyes will be on Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s Union Budget 2013 to be presented on Thursday at 11:00 am.Chidambaram’s Union Budget comes amid India’s economic growth rate falling to 5 percent, which is the lowest in a decade, ratings downgrade and the general elections coming up next year. However, he is expected to present a balanced budget.
Liberians celebrated a day of Thanksgiving on Monday (11 May), just days after the country was declared free from Ebola.The government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) marked 42 days without a new case of the virus, which killed more than 4,700 people there during a year-long epidemic.It is a tribute to the government and people of Liberia that the determination to defeat Ebola never waived, courage never faulted. Doctors and nurses continued to treat patients even when supplies of personal protective equipment and training in safe use was inadequate, World Health Organization country representative, Alex Gassasira said.Local volunteers who work in treatment centres or on burial teams or as ambulance drivers were driven by the sense of community, responsibility and patriotic duty to end Ebola and bring hope to the countries people, Gassasira said.But Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has urged vigilance until the worst outbreak of the disease ever recorded was also extinguished in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.A total of 11,005 people have died from Ebola in the three West African neighbours since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the WHO.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who toured Ebola treatment units in the capital Monrovia over the weekend, said that, while Liberia could take pride in winning the battle against the disease, work was not finished.Now comes the challenge. The challenge of working with our two neighbouring countries. To make sure they reach the same level of progress that we have reached, she said.And already we have commenced the process, taking the regional approach, reaching across borders to share information, to share experiences, to share challenge. We are going to intensify the effort because we know that until they are free, totally free, we are not free.Liberia was recording hundreds of new cases a week at the peak of the outbreak between August and October, causing international alarm.According to the WHO, a total of 868 health workers have caught the virus in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since the start of the outbreak, of whom 507 died. Close
U Mumba vs Puneri Paltan.TwitterU Mumba will fight it out against the Puneri Paltan in the much-awaited Maharashtra derby of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi League 2019 at the Dome@NSCI, SVP Stadium on Saturday, July 27. After suffering a loss against Jaipur Pink Panthers, U Mumba will be looking forward to bouncing back with a win whereas the Puneri Paltan’s will aim to register their first victory of the season.Preview, Prediction and ScheduleAfter winning one and losing one match in the league, the Mumbai team will look forward to making full use of the home advantage and get back to winning ways. Till now, Abhishek Singh has been clinical on the attacking front scoring 17 raid points in the two matches his team has played. This includes one Super 10 against Telugu Titans.In defence, Fazel Atrachali has been in top form with six tackle points from both the matches whereas Dong Geon Lee has also played his part and will be an important memeber of the squad in the derby.On the other hand, Puneri Paltan have lost their first match of the season – against Haryana Steelers – so they will look forward to registering their first win. Pawan Kadian is in superb form, having scored a Super 10 in the previous match. Shubham Shinde was also good in defence. They will be hoping that the likes of Girish Maruti Ernak and Surjeet Singh can live up to their potential against the Mumbai-based team. Coach Anup Kumar will face his former team, playing with whom he won the season two title.U Mumba are favourites according to past records and also due to home advantage. But with Anup Kumar as their coach, the Puneri team will be a tough side to beat and it may turn out to be a cracker of a match.The U Mumba-Puneri Paltan match will start at 7.30 pm IST.TV listings and live streamingThe broadcasting rights of the tournament are held by Star Sports and the matches will be telecasted on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Marathi. For live streaming on the internet, the platform will be Hotstar.
Nurullah Noor, Rashed Khan and Faruk HossainThree leading students who organised the recent demonstration demanding quota reforms were allegedly picked up by law enforcers.However, the police claimed that they were called in for discussion.The three are Dhaka University students Nurullah Noor of English department, Rashed Khan of MBA and Faruk Hossain of Disaster Management department — all joint convenors of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad (General Students’ Rights Protection Council).Witnesses and the quota protesters said the three were stopped in front of Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 12:45pm when they were going by rickshaw after addressing a press conference. Thet were picked up and taken in a microbus.Additional commissioner of Dhaka metropolitan police (detectives) Debdas Bhattacharja said the three were called in for discussion and they might have left already.”We were picked up,” Rashed said over phone at around 2:45pm after they were released. He also alleged that his father was taken to the police station.Salahuddin, a worker at a roadshide food stall, who witnessed the incident, said 7-8 people got down from a microbus and motorcycle, stopped the rickshaw and there was squabble before three rickshaw passengers were pushed into the microbus.At the press conference they held earlier, the council leaders demanded withdrawal of cases against the demonstrators.Rashed Khan then said they would file general diary with Shahbagh police station sinice they are scared of their security.Hundreds of students and young jobseekers led by the parishad demonstrated last week demanding reforms in quota system in public services.They suspended their demonstration when the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, announced in parliament on Wednesday that there would be no quota from now on.
Donald TrumpDonald Trump made his name with opulent hotels and a dramatic reality TV show, but his inauguration on Friday as the 45th US president is shaping up as a more understated affair, with big names in entertainment staying away.Like those who came before him, Trump will take his oath on the steps of the US Capitol building and lead a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, but there will be fewer official balls and less glitz and celebrity talent to welcome in the new president.Inaugurations have been star-studded affairs since 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt held a gala with actors Charlie Chaplin, Mickey Rooney and other stars of the era, said Jim Bendat, a historian who has written a book on US inaugurations.But this year, several singers – including Elton John and Charlotte Church – declined invitations to perform at inaugural events. Trump, a New York businessman and former star of “The Apprentice” TV show, won with a populist platform that included promises to build a wall along the Mexican border, restrict immigration from Muslim countries and dismantle Obamacare.Broadway star Jennifer Holliday said yes to performing, but backed down after a backlash from fans.“You can’t really find precedent for that,” Bendat said in an interview.The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, singer Jackie Evancho and the Rockettes dancing troupe are among those slated to perform, although individual Rockettes will be allowed to opt out of performing if they so choose.Trump’s inaugural committee has said it is intentionally avoiding top entertainers.“We’re fortunate in that we have the greatest celebrity in the world, which is the president-elect,” Tom Barrack, inaugural committee chairman, told reporters at Trump Tower in New York last week.“So what we’ve done, instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers, is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place,” Barrack said.Trump is slated to attend three official galas. Other modern inaugurations have had around 10 official balls, which the president and first lady would attend in rapid succession, typically dancing during each appearance.Then-President Bill Clinton held a record 14 balls during his 1997 inauguration, Bendat said.On Thursday, a series of choirs and marching bands will perform at the Lincoln Memorial, followed by a concert featuring country music star Toby Keith.Trump, who is entering office with unusually low approval ratings, has repeatedly pushed back against reports that his inauguration may be lacking in star power or have low attendance.“People are pouring into Washington in record numbers,” Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday. “Bikers for Trump are on their way. It will be a great Thursday, Friday and Saturday!”Officials expect about 800,000 spectators for the events – down from the estimated 1.8 million who flocked to Washington for Obama’s 2009 inauguration.Just 40 percent of Americans said they had a favourable view of Trump versus 55 percent who had an unfavourable view, according to a Gallup poll taken from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8.At a similar point before he took office in 2009, Obama was viewed favourably by 78 percent of Americans. Before taking office in 2001, President George W. Bush had a 62 percent favourable rating, according to the Gallup data.“What is most likely to distinguish Trump’s inauguration is the number of protesters,” said Brian Balogh, co-host of American history radio show BackStory.The National Parks Service has granted permits to protest for 27 groups. On Saturday, the National Mall will draw what organisers estimate will be about 200,000 people to a Women’s March to protest Trump.The Women’s March, which is expected to be the largest protest, is aimed at bringing attention to human and civil rights issues. Honorary co-chairs of the protest include activist Gloria Steinem and actor Harry Belafonte.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has accused the prison authorities of neglecting the health of incarcerated party chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying her condition has deteriorated further, reports UNB.“The jail authorities are not paying the due attention to Khaleda Zia’s health condition,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told the media at the party’s Naya Paltan office in the capital city on Wednesday.“Relatives, who visited the former prime minister Tuesday, said her condition has worsened,” Fakhrul said, claiming that there was a plot to kill Khaleda in jail by denying her medical care.Khaleda, a three-time prime minister, is in jail since 8 February last year as she was convicted in a corruption case.Her five-year sentence was later doubled. The BNP chairperson was also convicted in a separate corruption case later that year.The BNP claims the cases are politically motivated and that the government is trying to keep her away from politics – charges the government denies.The party contested the 11th parliamentary elections, held on 30 December, without Khaleda Zia.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League won 96 per cent seats in the 300-member assembly.Unconditional release of Khaleda has been her party’s main demand ever since she has been incarcerated.Fakhrul said the BNP chief is so ill that she cannot move independently. “She’s also complaining of pain in different parts of her body,” he said.The BNP leader alleged that the medical board formed at the High Court’s order is not ensuring her treatment.He also expressed concerns as the government has not taken any step to shift Khelada Zia to any specialised hospital for treatment even after the BNP’s 4 March meeting with the home minister.Fakhrul demanded the BNP chief be treated at a specialised hospital.“If anything happens to her, the government, the jail authorities and the home ministry will have to take the responsibility,” he said.
Indian Navy has followed the Army in creating Cyber Incidents Response Team (CIRT) under a rear admiral to keep in check malicious attacks of the kind the US military agencies are facing from Chinese cyber warriors. A navy source says: “We have a fairly robust system in place. The CIRT keeps a running check on our systems for possible breaches.”Army was the first amongst the Indian armed forces to set up the army cyber group in 2005 for indulging in active defense and limited offensive operations. The system was built by a retired signals office commanding-in-chief Lieutenant General Devinder Kumar, who is extremely reticent about talking about the set-up, which is his creation. Navy’s is of lesser vintage. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe navy’s staffing of the cyber security arm is through its intake of software engineers trained in premier educational institutions of the country. The CIRT interfaces with the civilian agencies like the Computer Emergency Response Team – India (CERT-IN) in case the situation demands such intervention.Otherwise, the CIRT does
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7 min read I’ve always said that the companies that scale to become large, sustainable and independent franchises are the ones that offer a platform to the market. The constant evolution aspiration for a startup is to go from feature to product to platform — to create a company where other companies are born and scaled on your technology offerings. A larger vision and the ability to execute on it is truly what separate the good from the great.Things have changed a lot for Dyn over the 15 years since its inception — and many of the biggest shifts have come since I joined the company almost eight years ago. Since 2008 we’ve seen a dramatic shift in the way SaaS tools and services are sold, and how growing SaaS companies are positioning themselves in the market. Like many SaaS companies, Dyn started as a small niche player in an important corner of the Internet — Managed DNS — and slowly carved out a space honing our product and beating competitors on service, pricing, relationships, and added-value until we grew to be the market leader. Along the way we selectively added complementary products — traffic management, Internet intelligence and email delivery — and continued to grow, ensuring our products worked so well in tandem and delivered such value that the only clear path forward was to deliver a platform sale to our customers.Related: 11 Ways to Make Money While You SleepWe’re in the midst of a go-to-market and product transformation to reflect this evolution of our business and this move upstream we’re making with the platform is the natural one for businesses that want to drive growth and continue innovating as an independent entity. For Dyn, it’s no longer about selling feeds and speeds, but all about selling business value to enterprises.We’re certainly not alone in our platform-first approach. A recent Accenture Trend Report noted that 81 percent of executives say platform-based business models will be core to their growth strategy within three years. Creating integrated approaches to solving business challenges is not only good for customers, it’s a differentiator for your business that can position you far ahead of the competition. Here are some keys to enabling — and nailing — the move to the platform.Enable a Vision and the Rest will FollowShifting your business to a platform approach requires patience and isn’t for everyone. But if your company has several complementary products that combine to create huge value for your customers and prospects, integrating the products and developing additional tools that continue to differentiate your business could propel your growth story. In 2015 we started a cross-company pivot away from product selling and towards a platform sell – delivering the value of all of our core DNS, data, analytics and traffic steering products into addressing the Internet Performance Management space, where we see huge potential for the company through the next 5 years and beyond. But before we saw a platform approach, we had to see the vision for how our existing products could deliver on a larger promise for our customers.Related: 5 Habits of the Wealthy That Helped Them Get RichHaving the vision for a platform sale is also necessary for any business to continue to be an independent player, especially in an ecosystem where companies with unique tools or services are targets for companies that already have a platform play. Building out a platform and successfully rolling it out to customers — and ensuring they embrace it — is a big challenge, but with big challenges come big opportunities.Build What Customers Want – and ValidateIt may seem obvious to build products well-tailored to customers’ wants and needs but too many SaaS product development teams fall into the trap of iterating based on their own visions for the product rather that keeping to the goal of solving very specific customer problems and solving them well. At Dyn, we’ve kept our focus on this and it has helped us grow over the long-run, with 29 consecutive quarters of growth and counting.Keeping a keen eye on the customer has meant each of our products and each of our acquisitions has been based on fulfilling a need. As customer needs have been filled we’ve constantly challenged ourselves and this has led to a natural progression in thinking from feature to product to suite to platform. The platform has always been the goal, but it has become the emphasis based on clear customer need. This “market-in” rather than “product out” mindset is imperative to understanding what customers truly want and enabling your business to deliver through the out years. It was critical for us to match our own maturation with the macro trends happening across the Internet infrastructure landscape and affecting CIO and CTOs of companies big and small. Timing is everything.Empower Leadership for a Full Throttle ChangeBuilding the vision and strategy and green-lighting the move to a platform approach was one of the most significant decisions our leadership has made over the history of the business. Not only did it signal a serious shift in our marketing and sales approach, it required a mammoth undertaking by our product and engineering teams to build the software that would enable our massive business shift. Many times products are utilized by customers with siloed interaction points. This user experience needs to be elegant with clean workflows and interfaces or via robust APIs.Related: Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People (Infographic)While it was a true team effort to develop the strategy and action plan for the platform play, it was crucial for the plan to be communicated to leaders across our near 500-person business, to our regional offices in the UK, Australia and Singapore, and understood and internalized by all of our staff. Enabling this change was a huge decision and we’ve had to turn the company and ensure the message is resonating and being communicated across all departments and through all disciplines. We also based one of our biggest hires to date, our global head of sales, on his ability to grow our sales apparatus to meet this platform approach. If you want to have a big vision for your company’s future, you truly have to go all in.Reorg and ResizeYou can’t make a platform play without shaking up your organization significantly. We have shifted focus in many areas of our business and have had to reorganize teams and assets to meet the challenges we’ve placed on ourselves. This is never an easy proposition for a business, but if leadership articulates the vision, charts the course and firmly plants the flag, showing how your business can meet the opportunity before it, your business will be set to optimize for the exciting opportunities ahead.At Dyn, our platform play has meant that we’re now prepared to hunt down opportunities in business categories that are emerging as the big prospects of the future: automation, predictive analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), full cloud adoption, mobile and ever more globalization and global growth. Our internal reorganization has meant shifting focus for many of our best thinkers and the creation of new strategic groups that are helping the whole organization to shift to meet opportunity. We’ve developed a specific research group, integration group, partnerships and alliances group and a solution architecture team to set us on a footing for success.Change is never easy, especially in already successful organizations, but if you want to be sustainable and impactful you need to see the future and set a foundation to get you there. Employees, long-time customers and other stakeholders might question a shift in focus after so many successful years of business. But moving to a platform play requires opportunism, guts, and vision with a commitment to taking on the challenges of tomorrow. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 13, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »