Biden leads Trump by 15 points in Minnesota, St. Cloud State University poll finds

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Minnesotans’ deep disagreements about the condition of the state and nation are entrenched along party lines, according to a new St. Cloud State University survey, but the satisfaction is significantly down overall from recent years.

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a man wearing a suit and sunglasses: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign rally at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Oct. 30, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a drive-in campaign rally at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Oct. 30, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Asked who they would vote for if the presidential election were held today, SCSU’s poll has former Vice President Joe Biden leading in Minnesota with 54% of the vote. President Donald Trump polled at 39%.

The survey authors noted that Biden’s lead is outside the margin of error but cautioned that the poll underestimated Trump’s 2016 performance in Minnesota by about 10%. 

“While we expect that the estimate for Biden is likely to be very accurate, we have less confidence in the figure for Trump based on past experience and we recommend caution,” the authors wrote.

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., has a significant lead against Republican challenger Jason Lewis, with the race at 53% for Smith to Lewis’s 36%.

St. Cloud State University Survey’s Annual Fall Statewide Survey findings are based on landline and cell phone interviews of a representative sample of 372 Minnesota adults from Oct. 10-29. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 6.7%. 

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Poll respondents said the COVID-19 pandemic, political division and current national leadership are the top issues facing the electorate.

Trump’s response to COVID-19 was disliked by 60% of Minnesotans surveyed overall, but of those with a stated political affiliation, 83% of Republicans and 5% of Democrats approved of the president’s pandemic response. Meanwhile, 69% of all respondents said they support the state’s indoor mask mandate in public spaces (33% of Republicans and 97% of Democrats).

The president’s reponse to protests after the death of George Floyd gained approval from 73% of Republicans and 3% of Democrats.

Two-thirds of those surveyed believe Minnesota is capable of running a fair and accurate election.

The questions for the SCSU survey were developed by faculty directors of St. Cloud State’s Survey Center.

Are Minnesota and the nation on the right track?

The answer largely depends on party affiliation, but satisfaction is showing clear declines from recent years.

While 70% of Minnesotans surveyed in 2017 said the state was headed in the right direction, just 46% said they believed that last month. The SCSU survey found 48% of Minnesotans said the state is on the wrong track, a jump of more than 20 percentage points from 26% in 2018.

On the national situation, 28% of SCSU poll participants said the country 

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Top 10 Mistakes Digital Marketers Make With Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Chitiz Agarwal aka Kumar is a evangelist with 14 yrs of IT experience. He is the founder and CEO of Techila Global Services

We live in a world of marketing automation and business analytics. Over time, the need for automation in the smallest of businesses and every sector of the industry has skyrocketed.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud is one platform that can help businesses fulfill this need for marketing automation, helping them interact with their clients throughout their buying journey and improve the same by providing personalized services at every stage.

However, many marketers tend to make certain specific mistakes that can lead to their own strategies backfiring. From my experience, here are some of the most common mistakes digital marketers commit while using the marketing cloud and how you can avoid them:

1. Spreading Yourself Thin

Most digital marketers make the mistake of targeting as many customers as they can with the belief that they will get maximum traction.

If you target more audiences than you require, your services can lose their exclusive nature, and you might not be able to attract a particular group of customers. Your marketing messages could eventually fade out in your attempt to make a far-reaching impact.

2. Ignoring Proven Marketing Channels

The marketing cloud can provide you with a channel-specific approach, allowing you to connect with your customers using marketing channels that are most suitable for your business. Never make the mistake of ignoring channels that have been proven to be the most productive for marketing communications, such as email, mobile and social media.

3. Overlooking Your Goals

No matter how flexible you are with it, marketing is a goal-based activity. You need to chart out a detailed marketing plan based on the goals you want to achieve over a specific period of time.

The variety of editions and offerings on the vast platform can make it very easy for digital marketers to overlook their goals and get tempted by specific tools just because they seem enticing. It is always advisable to keep your core marketing goals in mind when you’re performing every activity on the CRM platform.

4. Over-Messaging

Although the Salesforce Marketing Cloud can allow you to create personalized messages and contact your customers through multiple marketing channels, that does not mean it should be used for over-messaging.

No one likes being bombarded with promotional messages from the same company (no matter how loyal a customer they are) when they are busy. The key is to focus on quality instead of quantity. It is advisable to create and deliver fewer messages — provided that these messages have highly engaging, original and creative content.

5. Taking Email Marketing Lightly

Email marketing acts as a strong pillar in any marketing campaign. Never make the mistake of underutilizing the potential of email marketing.

Make sure to draft personalized emails based on the specific needs and preferences of your customers. Email marketing can help you reach out to multiple existing and potential customers

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Global Cloud Microservices Industry

Global Cloud Microservices Market to Reach $2. 8 Billion by 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Cloud Microservices estimated at US$810 Million in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$2.

New York, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — announces the release of the report “Global Cloud Microservices Industry” –
8 Billion by 2027, growing at aCAGR of 19.2% over the period 2020-2027. Platform, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record 20.1% CAGR and reach US$1.9 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Services segment is readjusted to a revised 17.3% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

The U.S. Market is Estimated at $241.6 Million, While China is Forecast to Grow at 18.9% CAGR

The Cloud Microservices market in the U.S. is estimated at US$241.6 Million in the year 2020. China, the world`s second largest economy, is forecast to reach a projected market size of US$486.6 Million by the year 2027 trailing a CAGR of 18.8% over the analysis period 2020 to 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 17% and 16.3% respectively over the 2020-2027 period. Within Europe, Germany is forecast to grow at approximately 13.4% CAGR.We bring years of research experience to this 9th edition of our report. The 186-page report presents concise insights into how the pandemic has impacted production and the buy side for 2020 and 2021. A short-term phased recovery by key geography is also addressed.

Competitors identified in this market include, among others,

  • Amazon Web Services, Inc.

  • CA Technologies, Inc.

  • Contino Solutions Limited

  • IBM Corporation

  • Idexcel, Inc.

  • Infosys Ltd.

  • Kontena Inc.

  • Macaw Software Inc.

  • Marlabs Inc.

  • Microsoft Corporation

  • Netifi Inc.

  • NGINX Inc.

  • OpenLegacy Inc.

  • Oracle Corporation

  • Pivotal Software, Inc.

  • RapidValue Solutions

  • Robomq

  •, Inc.

  • SmartBear Software, Inc.

  • Software AG

  • Syntel, Inc.

  • Tata Consultancy Services Limited

  • Unifyed

  • Weaveworks Inc.

Read the full report:



Market by End Use
Retail and ecommerce Vertical Leads the Application Market
Regional Market Outlook
Market by Deployment Mode
A Prelude to Cloud Microservices
Global Competitor Market Shares
Cloud Microservices Competitor Market Share Scenario Worldwide
(in %): 2019 & 2025
Impact of Covid-19 and a Looming Global Recession


Growth in Digital Transformation Drives the Cloud Microservices
Increasing Adoption of Cloud by Companies: A Key Growth Driver
Evolution of IoT applications to Drive Opportunities for Cloud
Challenges in Implementation of Microservices

Table 1: Cloud Microservices Global Market Estimates and
Forecasts in US$ Thousand by Region/Country: 2020-2027

Table 2: Cloud Microservices Market Share Shift across Key
Geographies Worldwide: 2020 VS 2027

Table 3: Platform (Component) World Market by Region/Country in
US$ Thousand: 2020 to 2027

Table 4: Platform

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How CIOs can advance education through cloud

This Public Sector Innovation series, in association with AWS Institute and Intel, outlined how CIOs can advance through cloud across Asia Pacific, acknowledging business challenges while outlining examples of best practice within the education sector.

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The sharp rise in remote learning – spanning all tertiary levels – has placed new demands on an evolving education sector, paving the way for widespread advancement through cloud.

With 200 million students currently locked out of higher education, distance learning is emerging as the only viable short- to medium-term solution, as CIOs attempt to balance crisis management with future innovation ambitions.

Whether scaling learning management systems, launching virtual classrooms or setting up remote help desks, educational institutions are seeking new ways to drive change through maximising investments to modernise teaching post-pandemic, increasing reliance on cloud as a result.

“To accelerate transformation in education through cloud, the first step is for institutions to recognise that cloud is a platform to drive change, innovation and disruption,” outlined Vincent Quah, regional head of Education, Research, Healthcare and Not-For-Profit across Asia Pacific at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Such an approach is designed to ensure that cloud remains front and centre of what an institution endorses and advocates, backed by leadership support and acknowledgement that cloud can drive both change and innovation.

In drawing on sector specific market knowledge, Quah also advised CIOs to embrace a “discovery and experimental” mindset, transitioning away from “big bang” approaches to technology in the process.

“Cloud is the ideal platform for ideas to be tested, reiterated and proven before scaling up,” he added.

As a result, the onus is now on CIOs to initiate a range of projects to help learn from the cloud experience, not only at a pilot stage but also with the intention of company-wide deployment. This allows the business to build up muscle memory in relation to managing and operation cloud models, billed as crucial in ensuring organisations can develop internal capacity to drive transformational change.

Such guidance was outlined during an executive virtual roundtable housing CIOs from the education sector across Asia Pacific, in association with AWS Institute and Intel. During the session, CIOs assessed the state of cloud adoption in education, detailed ongoing and emerging sector challenges alongside highlighting examples of innovation best practice and opportunities ahead.

“The most important role of technology in education is its ability to level the field of opportunity,” stated Akanksha Bilani, regional alliance head of AWS across Asia Pacific and Japan at Intel.

For Bilani, technology – underpinned by cloud – is continuing to support advancements in education at global, regional and national levels, evident through a heightened desire to instigate wide-scale digital, network and data access transformation.

This is in addition to increased community demand for advanced technology-ready skills, in addition to technology-led learning specific to the future of work, all of which is expected to have a “foundational impact” on the education sector at country levels.

Irrespective of location, skills development continues to be

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WGU Aligns to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Framework to Bolster Workforce Relevance of Cloud Computing Degree

Upgrades to cutting-edge online cloud computing program prepare students for in-demand cloud careers

Today, Western Governors University (WGU) announced the launch of key updates to its Bachelor of Science Cloud Computing (BSCC) degree program built in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS). The degree program is designed to prepare students with the skills they need to succeed in today’s economy and meet the demands of employers seeking cloud professionals.

WGU’s degree programs are online and competency-based, removing the barriers of time, allowing working learners to study and advance in their degree programs according to their schedules. Students in the BSCC degree program complete their credential on average in 18 months and prepare for industry-recognized certifications that include AWS Certifications along their path to degree.

“The technology skills gap has been exacerbated by a lack of innovation in technology education,” said Dr. Elke Leeds, Dean and Academic Vice President of WGU’s College of Information Technology. “WGU has a deep knowledge of the skills that employers are looking for, and we will continue to innovate in our degree programs and future educational offerings by ensuring that our curriculum meets the demands of learners and employers.”

WGU collaborated with two AWS education programs, AWS Educate and AWS Academy, to update its BSCC degree program. Team members from AWS Educate assisted WGU program developers to embed cloud-specific learning objectives and hands-on experiences into the program with the intent to ensure alignment with the needs of cloud employers. As an AWS Academy member institution, WGU has also incorporated AWS Academy Cloud Operations into its degree, which is a course developed by AWS experts and delivered by AWS accredited educators. As part of the course, students are also required to pass the AWS Certified SysOps – Associate exam.

“Western Governors University is a leading innovator in higher education, and we are proud to deepen our collaboration via this new bachelor of science degree in cloud computing,” said Josh Weatherly, Director of US Education Vertical Sales and Global Programs at AWS. “WGU’s competency-based learning model aligns with our belief in the importance of working backward from the skills employers are seeking while also providing the flexibility of remote learning anywhere in the world. We are excited for WGU’s cloud computing degree help expand and diversify the cloud workforce of tomorrow.”

For more information about WGU and the Bachelor of Science Cloud Computing degree program, visit

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 127,000 students nationwide and has more than 202,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 23 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy.

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