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Must-Have Safety List; Hand-held Companion to Generator Operating Manuals

NOTTINGHAM, NH  – In observance of September 2015National Preparedness Month, GenTent® Safety Canopies today issued itsTop 10 Portable Generator Safety Tips. Coinciding with the U.S. campaign theme targeting power outages, the safety list stresses precautionary steps, as well as safe operating procedures to avoid CO poisoning, electrocution, and even death while ensuring the generator remains ready to run.   For additional information, watch GenTent’s recommendations for safe operations:http://www.gentent.com/safety-tips.

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Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for home, business, school or community-based emergencies.  Portable generator usage is of particular concern as the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) underscored that, “the majority (85 percent) of non-fire related deaths (1999-2012) were linked to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper operations of portable generators.”

To better inform operators of improper use, GenTent has developed its Top 10 Portable Generator Safety Tips.  The list is a must-have companion to operating manuals and placards, identifying unsafe usage before CO poisoning, electric shocks, burns and other common injuries occur.

Top 10 Portable Generator Safety Tips:

  1. Never run a generator in wet weather without a generator tent to avoid electrocution and generator damage.
  2. Never operate indoors or in a garage, even with the door open or CO poisoning may result – always run it at least 10 feet from any buildings.
  3. To prevent overheating, never fully enclose the generator.
  4. Avoid creating a circuit through your body by using only one hand when touching your generator and always wear rubber-soled shoes.
  5. Don’t run your generator in Hurricane Force (>60-70mph) winds.
  6. Never stand over the hot muffler area while refueling.
  7. Avoid fuel clogging – shut off the fuel valve and run the generator until it stalls to avoid clogging of the carburetor or fuel injectors. Use fresh fuel and fuel stabilizer if storing the generator for long periods of time.
  8. Turn off the generator main switch before plugging in the generator or starting.
  9. Never operate in floodwaters.
  10. For emergency backup power to a home or a building, always use a safe transfer switch.

“Regardless of the numerous warning labels posted on portable generators, many owners continue to use them under unsafe conditions,” said Mark Carpenter, CEO, Founder, GenTent Safety Canopies. “As a leading promoter of portable generator safety, GenTent has developed this list as a public service to inform operators and encourage safe operations under any conditions.”

GenTent products keep portable and inverter generators:

  • Safe while running in wet weather by protecting the Electrical Panels, from any angle, including Blizzard and Hurricane force precipitation.
  • Portable and easily movable — with easy access for refueling and maintenance.
  • Naturally cool — unlike generator dog houses or other full canvas enclosures, cooling air is not blocked.
  • Able to naturally expel exhaust gasses so no buildup of poisoning gasses occurs.

GenTent Safety Canopies and GenTent XKi for outdoor enthusiasts are available for ordering online, or by contacting the company via email: customercare@gentent.com or phone: 781-33G-TENT (781-334-8368). Pricing starts at $179.00.


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Established in 2011, GenTent® Safety Canopies are easy-to-install weatherproof covers that ensure safe operations of portable generators in virtually any wet weather conditions while keeping the generator portable.  The GenTent eliminates CO poisoning or electrocution risks by enabling portable generators to safely operate outdoors away from structures during wet weather. Installation is a simple 3-step operation - Clamp it, Frame it and Cover it – to “Weatherproof Your Power” ™.   

The company’s patented, portable generator safety canopies are Made in the USA and relied on by the National Guard as well as homeowners and businesses during such notable storms as SuperStorm Sandy.  GenTent is considered the premier safety canopy for portable generators operated by RV owners, tailgaters, campers, homeowners, businesses and first responders.  For more information visit:http://www.gentent.com/.

Fortune 100 Companies Use Combined Solution to Manage Mobile Vulnerabilities, Threats and Attacks on BYOD and Corporate-Owned Devices

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Skycure, the leader in mobile threat defense (MTD), today announced that it has joined the AirWatch® Mobile Security Alliance as a charter member. As part of the company's commitment to AirWatch and to further the goals of the Alliance, Skycure today released the advanced integration of Skycure MTD with AirWatch by VMware Enterprise Mobility Management™ (EMM). Skycure for AirWatch now automatically stops access to sensitive information on high-risk mobile devices to protect the organization from contamination and enforces AirWatch security and compliance policies, based on a risk score calculated by Skycure.

Skycure for AirWatch adds active threat defense on top of mobile management for comprehensive mobile security. The new Skycure for AirWatch adds to Skycure's previous integration with AirWatch that allowed automatic deployment of Skycure across mobile devices in the organization.

The new features automate enforcement and protect enterprises from leaking sensitive information via high-risk mobile devices. Once a device has been deemed risky by Skycure (whether by malware infection, network attack, or open vulnerability), that device can be excluded from access to sensitive information or from the corporate network entirely. Active protection also includes the ability to enable automatic VPN tunneling if the user is in a threatening network. Enforcement rules can be created in a single place and enforced across the system, keeping mobile devices safe from internal and external mobile cyber attacks.

"Skycure was created to enable business and mobile connectivity but still keep corporate assets safe," said Adi Sharabani, CEO of Skycure. "With this integration, IT can plainly see if a specific device is high-risk before it accesses any part of the organization and act on that device without interrupting business. IT can create policies that block access to sensitive company data for those specific devices, or cut devices with malware off from corporate email without any manual intervention."

Skycure for AirWatch allows organizations to:

  • Easily and automatically deploy Skycure using AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management
  • Define custom security and compliance policies in Skycure and AirWatch
  • Set up business enforcement rules in AirWatch based on risk information from Skycure
  • Detect and mitigate multiple types of threats including malware attacks, network attacks, and vulnerabilities
  • Enforce granular policies such as restricting access to corporate network, install or remove configuration profiles, block or remove managed applications, change settings, and even wipe the device in extreme cases
  • Increase resilience by proactively detecting and mitigating mobile cyber attacks in real-time

Skycure for AirWatch bridges the gap between the muscle power of EMM and the intelligence of Mobile Threat Defense. The combined solution keeps companies ahead of hackers for both BYOD and corporate-owned devices.

Added Sharabani, "Every EMM customer I have spoken to within the last year has identified visibility and enforcement as a gap in their overall mobile security posture. They all have a great set of security and compliance policies on their EMM solution but no visibility into the kind of attacks their mobile devices are facing to put those policies to work. With this integration, Skycure adds visibility and active mobile protection, filling the gap and bringing effective mobile threat management to masses."

"AirWatch continues to focus on adding best-in-class solutions to the growing partner ecosystem," said Erik Freiberg, vice president, End-User Computing, VMware. "Skycure's security and threat prevention capabilities fit seamlessly into the AirWatch Mobile Security Alliance. Together we allow customers to focus on enabling business mobility rather than dealing with the complexities of managing and securing devices."

Skycure for AirWatch by VMware is available today. For details and to learn more about how Skycure Mobile Threat Defense protects organizations and prevents cyber attacks without compromising the mobile user experience or privacy, visit www.skycure.com/skycure-for-airwatch/.

VMware, AirWatch, AirWatch by VMware, AirWatch by VMware Enterprise Mobility Management and AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions.

About Skycure
Skycure is a mobile threat defense company that detects and prevents cyber attacks without compromising the mobile user experience or privacy. Skycure's predictive technology leverages massive crowd knowledge to proactively identify threats and secure mobile devices. Skycure's founders, Adi Sharabani and Yair Amit, have identified some of the most-discussed mobile device vulnerabilities of the past few years. The company has offices in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and Ottawa, and is backed by Pitango Venture Capital, Shasta Ventures, New York Life, Mike Weider, Peter McKay, and other strategic investors.


Omni-Payer™ Solution Enhances Coverage With Holistic 360-Degree Member Views

NEW YORK – Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced the availability of its Omni-Payer™ solution, the latest addition to its data integrity and integration arsenal. Designed for healthcare insurers, Omni-Payer is a complete member information management solution that equips payers with a 360-degree view of every member covered.

With the transition from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare, especially in light of the Affordable Care Act, health insurers are incented to adopt a member-centric strategy that begins with a single view of each subscriber across every aspect of care he or she receives at the insurer's affiliated providers, supplementing the information the insurer can derive from merely claims and payments. Onboarding this information well and providing better outcomes can result in higher HEDIS and CMS Star ratings, which could drive millions of dollars in reimbursements from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare.

Omni-Payer seamlessly integrates, cleanses, and correlates this data across domains, producing a master record for each member and helping providers easily onboard clinical information, improve outcomes, and ensure better financial performance.

Omni-Payer's comprehensive data management delivers:

  • Improved Patient Outcomes - Omni-Payer provides a complete, holistic view of every member, enabling unprecedented insight into issues to speed resolution and improve results
  • Management of Chronic Care Patients - Omni-Payer tracks the entire patient journey for people with chronic conditions, simultaneously optimizing outcomes and financials
  • Reduced Gaps in Care - By providing 360-degree member views, Omni-Payer helps identify and resolve gaps in care, as well as promote coordination of care across medical providers
  • Accelerated Time to Value - Omni-Payer organizes all data into seven business domains that include pre-defined data quality rules, match/merge rules, consumption rules, and remediation rules for each domain
  • Improved Service-to-Software Ratio - Omni-Payer eliminates the need to create data mastering applications from scratch. Required customizations can be implemented quickly, with a lower software-to-service ratio than typical business application implementations

"Information Builders is dedicated to helping our customers overcome their data challenges and improve business insights, decisions, and outcomes," said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. "In the realm of healthcare insurance, this means having a reliable, holistic view of each member to help inform payment processes and improve coverage. With the introduction of Omni-Payer, we are proud to be providing the most comprehensive MDM solution for health insurance companies to date, helping them to improve services and continue to extend this critical coverage to an ever-growing member group."

About Information Builders
Information Builders helps organizations transform data into business value. Our software solutions for business intelligence and analytics, integration, and data integrity empower people to make smarter decisions, strengthen customer relationships, and drive growth. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched in the industry. That's why tens of thousands of leading organizations rely on Information Builders to be their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices around the world, and remains one of the largest independent, privately held companies in the industry. Visit us at informationbuilders.com, follow us on Twitter at @infobldrs, like us on Facebook, and visit our LinkedIn page.

Certified Talena Solution Now Supports Multiple Versions of Apache Cassandra

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – On the heels of its launch last month, Talena, a pioneer in Big Data Availability Management, today announced a partnership with DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra™ to the enterprise, providing organizations flexible, always-on, secure, managed database solutions that accommodate today's toughest big data workloads. As a technology partner, Talena augments DataStax Enterprise (DSE) with complementary modern data management processes such as granular backup and recovery, as well as test/dev management as applied to web-scale applications.

The DataStax database platform is based on the open source Apache Cassandra project and is used by leading companies including Adobe, eBay, Intuit, Netflix, Safeway and Target. Big Data technologies such as Cassandra have given rise to new types of applications across all industries, creating data environments and unique deployment models that legacy solutions simply can't support.

"The Talena team has a deep understanding of organizations' data availability management requirements, especially in the rapidly growing NoSQL market," said Narayan Sundareswaran, vice president of business development, technology at DataStax. "We look forward to working with them to bring our respective solutions to DataStax Enterprise customers and the entire Cassandra community."

The DataStax Partner Network Program is designed to increase adoption of DSE, the Apache Cassandra-based database used by more than 500 companies worldwide, including 30 percent of the Fortune 100.

"An organization's data assets are increasingly fundamental to business operations, and DataStax Enterprise is a big part of this shift," said Talena Founder and CEO Nitin Donde. "As Big Data applications grow in size and scope, companies need to rethink the data management architecture required to support their application SLA goals. The Talena solution offers Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise customers universal data availability across the full lifecycle of their applications."

Built for Today's Data Availability Management Operations
The first to focus on Big Data workloads, the Talena solution was developed to address a fundamentally different set of requirements for data availability management including petabyte-scale, diverse data formats and data-aware workflow processes. Talena delivers an entirely new architecture that overcomes the limitations inherent in traditional data management operations. Via the Talena software environment, companies can implement multiple workflows including test/dev management, backup and recovery, archiving and disaster recovery. For more information, visit http://talena-inc.com/product.

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About Talena, Inc.
Talena provides the first data availability management software expressly engineered for Big Data technologies, enabling universal data availability across the full lifecycle of applications so they can meet internal and external service level agreements. Our data availability management software is uniquely designed to optimize the test/dev management, backup, recovery, and archive functions so that our customers can iterate rapidly on their applications, prevent data loss, and minimize compliance risk. Based in Silicon Valley, we are backed by Canaan Partners, Intel Capital, ONSET Ventures, and Wipro Ventures. For more information, visit www.talena-inc.com.

  • Industry's first Apache Cassandra™ tiered storage for DataStax Enterprise, combining advantages of PCIe/NVMe, Flash/SSD and HDD
  • Intelligent Cassandra I/O Optimizations to provide best price-performance ratio, purpose-built for demanding workloads
  • 3x cost reduction with on-premise or in-cloud infrastructure with Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure, at same or better performance

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Datagres, a leading provider of Application I/O Intelligence, today announced general availability of its PerfAccel solution for DataStax Enterprise (DSE), the leading database platform purpose-built for the performance and availability demands of web, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, allowing enterprises to achieve higher scalability at lower cost without compromising on performance. As a member of the DataStax Partner Network, Datagres is able to use DataStax to power online applications that must remain in an "always-on" state across a broad range of environments.

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"Enterprises are starting to adopt and scale their implementation of DataStax Enterprise across many verticals," said Narayan Sundareswaran, Vice President Business Development, Technology, Ecosystems & Infrastructure at DataStax Development. "Datagres PerfAccel addresses Apache Cassandra I/O Performance requirements with its innovative dynamic tiered storage, achieving tremendous scale without the need for expensive and over-provisioned hardware."

"With the ever-increasing rate of data growth, there is a distinct need for solutions that perform and scale, and do so economically," said Ranajit Nevatia, President and CEO of Datagres. "The Datagres PerfAccel solution - integrated with DSE - allows for building a highly optimized and scalable solution resulting in 50 - 80 percent infrastructure cost reduction."

Increase Performance, Reduce Cost

Datagres PerfAccel is a tiered storage solution for Cassandra that provides the lowest latency and highest throughput for demanding workloads, cost-effectively. Datagres PerfAccel for DataStax Enterprise provides:

  • Cassandra I/O Analytics that help define optimum storage placement and database design decisions
  • Lower Latency - Higher Throughput - Bigger Scale for large enterprise deployment
  • Advantages of PCIe/NVMe, Flash/SSD and HDD all in the same server
  • Less Hardware using PerfAccel resulting in reduced Infrastructure cost
  • Software only solution that runs wherever Cassandra runs - physical, virtual, on-premise, in the cloud, whether deployed in virtualized or containerized environments.
  • Optimizations leveraging existing server and storage hardware or with new hardware

For more detailed information please refer to the solution brief or download the joint whitepaper "PerfAccel Performance Benchmark: DataStax Enterprise"

Datagres is a member of the DataStax Partner Network, which is designed to increase adoption of DataStax Enterprise, the Apache Cassandra-based database used by more than 500 companies including more than 30 in the Fortune 100.


PerfAccel for DataStax Enterprise is now available. For more information, visit http://www.datagres.com, read the solution brief, or download the PerfAccel Performance Benchmark for DataStax Enterprise white paper.

About Datagres

Datagres provides software that helps companies visualize, control and accelerate their application performance using deep file-level storage intelligence. PerfAccel is a dynamic and intelligent grid scale management and acceleration solution for active data. Through powerful analytics and reporting tools, PerfAccel executes smart, server side file level caching for storage IO offload and application acceleration. With PerfAccel, organizations can accelerate applications, scale, and manage IOPS across entire grids through a single pane of glass and get the most from their existing storage infrastructure.

Datagres is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has received funding from Nexus Venture Partners. For more information, visit http://www.datagres.com.

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40 Percent of Security Admins Not Adhering to the Same Mobile Policies They Enforce

CAMPBELL, Calif. – Bitglass, the total data protection company, today announced the findings of its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Security Report. The report was based on the results of two surveys examining 2,242 end users and mobile security administrators, who provided insights on BYOD adoption, challenges and overall effectiveness. The comprehensive report highlights that while most have interest in participating in BYOD, the vast majority of end users are resistant to Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) solutions, perceiving them as too restrictive or invasive to privacy. In addition, 40 percent of security administrators have chosen not to participate in the very same mobile policies that they are enforcing for their organization.

Overall, employee privacy has been a significant issue in more than one out of three organizations deploying MDM/MAM solutions for BYOD programs. In general, end users are challenging, and even rejecting, traditional MDM and MAM solutions, fearing their employer's ability to access, alter or delete personal data stored on their mobile devices. Underscoring this, 57 percent of employees, and 38 percent of IT professionals, are choosing not to participate in their company's BYOD program because they don't want their employer's IT department to have visibility into their personal data and applications. What's more, almost two thirds (64 percent) of employees would not participate in a program in which their employer had the ability to wipe their personal mobile device. While BYOD programs still have room to evolve and grow, the findings indicate the need for dramatic changes to previous approaches.

"By 2018, more than half of all bring your own device (BYOD) users that currently have an MDM agent will be managed by an agentless solution," according to Gartner's Rob Smith, John Girard, and Dionisio Zumerle, "How to Live With Unmanaged Devices," August 2015.

Yet despite lower-than-expected adoption, there remains a high interest in BYOD participation if the right conditions are met. A large majority (67 percent) of employees would participate in BYOD programs if their employers had the ability to protect corporate data but couldn't view, alter or delete their personal information and applications. Of IT professionals surveyed, 64 percent believe that their BYOD programs would be more successful without MDM hassles, such as installed agents and employer privacy challenges. Meanwhile, 44 percent of millennials said they would participate in BYOD programs in which employers have the ability to wipe their personal mobile device to protect proprietary information.

"BYOD holds great promise for employee productivity and cost savings, but architectural challenges introduced by the first wave of solutions have inhibited adoption," said Nat Kausik, CEO, Bitglass. "Going forward, BYOD programs must comprehensively address privacy concerns while allowing users to maintain control over their personal data. Agentless, data-centric mobile security solutions solve these challenges and represent the next-generation of mobile security."

Other Key Findings Include:

  • MAM is DOA. Despite a huge push by enterprise mobility management vendors to become the de facto standard for mobile management, only nine percent of organizations have deployed a MAM solution. A little more than a third (36 percent) of enterprises use MDM solutions.
  • For some, the solution has been to gamble with the security of their data. 28 percent of organizations are doing nothing to protect corporate data on mobile devices.

A full download of the report can be found here: http://pages.bitglass.com/Bitglass_BYOD_Security_report_2015.html

A Bitglass mobile security demonstration video, "So Easy a 5-year Old Can Do It," can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w6rDm22waQ

About Bitglass
Bitglass (bitglass.com) is a Cloud Access Security Broker that delivers innovative technologies that transcend the network perimeter to deliver total data protection for the enterprise -- in the cloud, at access, on mobile devices, on the network and anywhere on the Internet. Bitglass was founded in 2013 by a team of industry veterans with a proven track record of innovation and execution. Bitglass is based in Silicon Valley.

As Market Demand Accelerates, Cloud EPM Leader Delivers New Analytics, Optimized Mobile Experience and Operational Data Integration

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Host Analytics, the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), today announced new capabilities in Host Analytics Modeling Cloud designed to help organizations drive deeper insights from operational models, empower mobile users with interactive analysis and integrate data from any operational system. Highlights include:

  • Advanced Analytics - To support more sophisticated modeling and provide more predictive analytics, Host Analytics Modeling Cloud now supports many popular analytical functions. These provide out-of-the-box support for logarithmic and exponential calculations, floor and ceiling calculations, modulo operations, and more. For example, a retailer can now calculate a Labor Plan based on historical and forecasted sales, store category, and store capacity with calculated thresholds by store, which then drive staffing requirements.
  • Mobile-Optimized User Interface - As EPM increasingly becomes a framework for aligning and measuring operational functions, the user audience has become more distributed and more mobile. Host Analytics Modeling Cloud automatically detects whether a user is on a phone or a tablet and optimizes the mobile user experience by streamlining the control ribbon, displaying frequently used buttons, and making it easier to view more data without the need for scrolling.
  • Data Integration - Host Analytics Modeling Cloud helps unite financial and operational planning by providing the flexibility needed to address the diverse use-cases involved in planning various operational functions. With new data integration APIs, those operational planning applications easily access and integrate data from any operational source, including packaged applications for CRM, HCM or marketing automation, as well as custom and home-grown applications.

Customer Commentary
"As the Finance function has evolved in recent years to play an even more critical role in anticipating business outcomes, Modeling capabilities that allow our team to conduct 'what-if' scenario planning and become agile are a 'must-have' for any leading EPM solution," said Mahesh Patel, CFO for Druva Inc. "The flexibility of Host Analytics' cloud-based approach has enabled us to implement rapidly while maintaining an amazing amount of flexibility to manage our continuously changing business environment."

Analyst Commentary
"Host Analytics Modeling Cloud is designed to address an important need in corporate planning -- closely tying all aspects of business planning to financial planning and budgeting and helping organizations collaborate across business silos," said Robert Kugel, SVP Research for Ventana Research. "Business planning can be more effective if individuals have software that gives them a high degree of flexibility to create models and plans in a way that works comfortably for them yet also facilitates the integration of everyone's plans into a consolidated view. Our research shows that dedicated planning applications can help users align their plans with strategy and the rest of the organization."

"While there are several enterprise performance management solutions for organizations to choose from, those that also support sophisticated modeling functionality are hard to come by," said Craig Schiff, President and CEO for BPM Partners. "We are glad to see that Host Analytics is committed to rapid evolution of their already well received offering in this area."

"Financial modeling is the next great strategic advantage in enterprise performance management: companies that have a shared and team-based capability to flexibly plan and forecast are better positioned to make timely business decisions," said Hyoun Park, Chief Research Officer for Blue Hill Research. "To maximize the value of financial modeling, business must combine all relevant enterprise data, all relevant analytical functions, and the ability for all relevant managers and operations analysts to access modeling results ubiquitously."

Gartner on Impact of Modeling Capabilities in CPM
New research by analyst firm Gartner points to a growing trend among financial leaders toward the use of modeling to improve financial and operational management. In that study, entitled "2015 Strategic Roadmap for Strategic Corporate Performance Management,"1 analysts Christopher Iervolino, Nigel Rayner and John E. Van Decker wrote:

"Embedded advanced analytics will create new opportunities for more refined runtime modeling and 'war gaming' for creating and challenging strategy. Finance's use of models isn't new, as in other business areas, models enable organizations to better understand how things work, test and dispel assumptions and defend decisions and strengthen the decision-making process. More comprehensive corporate planning and modeling applications will enable users to model the impact of different cost and resource allocation strategies to help guide product and service offerings in packaging, bundling and pricing, as well as optimize channel strategies. With enhanced collaboration, performance, flexibility, ease of use and integration capabilities, they will leverage combined financial and operational data and domain collaboration to improve linkages between strategy and operational execution."

Executive Commentary
"Since launch in April, the customer response to Host Analytics Modeling Cloud has been phenomenal and we're excited to introduce this new set of capabilities that takes analytical functionality, mobile device accessibility, and operational data integration to the next level," said Dave Kellogg, CEO for Host Analytics. "Market demand for Modeling is red-hot because organizations recognize that, in today's data-driven environment, the ability to easily create financial and operational models that align with corporate plans and forecasts is imperative to making faster, better business decisions."

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About Host Analytics
Host Analytics is the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), offering a suite of financial applications for modeling, planning, consolidation, reporting and analytics. World-class companies like NEC, Burlington Coat Factory and Sanmina trust Host Analytics to power their strategic financial systems. Host Analytics is a fast-growing, private company backed by leading venture capitalists and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with customers in over 90 countries.

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HP Propel and HP Service Anywhere Accelerate, Simplify, and Optimize Delivery of Apps and Services for End Users

PALO ALTO, Calif. – HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced significant updates to HP Propel and HP Service Anywhere, two products designed to transform how businesses enable, deliver, and manage IT services and applications. These products dramatically simplify the delivery of applications and services to employees, customers, and partners, and enable central IT to better manage costs, complexity, and security for their organization.

Together, HP Propel and HP Service Anywhere enable IT departments to transition from a reactive and tactical role to act as a strategic "service broker" that allows employees to onboard new apps and services whenever and however they need them to compete in the Idea Economy.

"Bell Canada is pursuing a strategy to empower our employees with a centralized ordering portal that provides automated self-service access to the apps and services they need to do their jobs," said Terry Hill, Regional Director, ERP4IT at Bell Canada. "HP Propel is fundamental to our service broker strategy, and has greatly reduced end user confusion and saved the IT team from manually entering requests. Most importantly, it plays an important role in helping Bell Canada operate at high speed in order to better serve our customers."

HP Propel and HP Service Anywhere - Empowering IT as a Service Broker
Every organization today deals with information and application sprawl. The speed of business and the ease and availability of new cloud-based applications has led to an uncontrolled proliferation of choices across organizations.

Employees, frustrated with the complexity and siloed nature of IT service catalogs and the lack of integrated self-service options, often find it easier to procure what they need directly themselves. This results in increased complexity, uncontrolled costs, and security risks for the organization.

HP Propel and HP Service Anywhere address these challenges by leveraging mobile, cloud, big data and social networking technologies to automate, orchestrate and transform the way IT delivers services and apps.

HP Propel is the industry's first single "front door" to IT, delivering ease-of-use, self-service, and one-stop shopping for end users through a patented Service Exchange for access to a broad range of public cloud, private cloud or on premise services. These can range from simple user access and identity provisioning, to application delivery and equipment purchase, to cloud based development environment and micro-service provisioning. This enables IT to leverage a hybrid infrastructure and act as a service broker that aggregates applications and services from multiple sources inside and outside a company, and makes them available to end users in a modern, personalized and intuitive interface.

HP Propel is fully integrated with HP Service Anywhere, a SaaS based service management solution powered by the HP Haven big data analytics platform, and social self-service capabilities. HP Service Anywhere drives the entire service experience with big data analytics, enabling an end user experience that is social, up to the minute and accurate, and an analyst environment that is efficient and productive. End users can not only acquire and consume the services and apps they need, they can get the support they require in a natural and intelligent way. 

"As our clients rapidly transform IT to meet the demands of the digital enterprise, we see HP Service Anywhere as a much needed game changer," said Jesse White, President of Intact Technology. "It revolutionizes self-service and user experience, reduces the number of tickets and the work effort required to resolve them. Additionally, it radically simplifies key business processes such as change management by weaving big data analytics seamlessly throughout the product. It truly is defining the next generation of service management."

HP Propel and HP Service Anywhere, both launched within the last year, have quickly won customer adoption across a wide range of industries. The new versions of the products released today include multiple enhancements that further empower IT and end users:

HP Propel:

  • Provides an updated unified and intuitive interface that seamlessly integrates with IT's existing systems of record
  • Delivers an aggregated service catalog, as well as knowledge and support capabilities to orchestrate the request to fulfillment across the global supply chain
  • Adds integrations with BMC Remedy, Service Now and HP Operations Orchestration to provide a single user experience and case exchange across major IT Service Management systems

HP Service Anywhere:

  • Enables end user self-sufficiency and ticket reductions through smart analytics, social and virtual agent capabilities
  • Includes updated agile IT Service Management software that is quick to deploy, easy to administer and provides seamless upgrades to reduce operational overhead and increases staff efficiency for organizations of all sizes
  • Provides a new Application Portfolio Management (APM) solution that includes optimization analysis to help organizations decide which applications are most appropriate for the cloud, as well as insights into the type of cloud that fits best for a particular application

"When IT operates as a Service Broker, they serve the needs of the business, strengthen its strategic leadership position, and enable the adoption of new, high productivity technologies throughout the workplace," said Tony Sumpster (@tonysumpster), SVP and GM, HP IT Operations Management. "HP Propel and HP Service Anywhere enable businesses to accelerate their pace of innovation in a responsible way, and as a result, we are seeing rapid adoption of the products with both our installed base as well as new customers."

HP Service Anywhere was recently ranked by IT professionals as a leading SaaS based service management tool on G2, a peer review website that provides crowd-sourced rankings of software solutions.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

Platfora Deepens Support for Cloudera Ecosystem

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Platfora, the #1 Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark, today announced expanded support for Apache Sentry, Impala and Parquet. Platfora 5.0 has added integrations to enable a more seamless, open workflow for customers using Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop. The Platfora-Cloudera integrations provide more fine-grained authorization capabilities, efficient analysis of information stored in Impala and direct access to a popular Hadoop file format.

"We're excited to strengthen our platform support for Cloudera's distribution of Hadoop (CDH), the most popular distribution in the industry. It allows us to offer what our customers need to have the most secure and fluid interactions with their data," said Jason Zintak, CEO of Platfora. "Cloudera is a trailblazer in Hadoop innovation and we continue to work together with them to make data-driven initiatives a reality for enterprises."

Platfora 5.0 includes enhanced integrations with Cloudera including:

  • Sentry - Platfora is extending its delegated authorization capabilities to support Apache Sentry, a unified authorization mechanism integrated into Cloudera's distribution of Hadoop. Sentry support enables customers to apply fine-grained permissions to data once it is in Hadoop, manage those permissions centrally through Sentry and integrate seamlessly within Platfora.
  • Impala - Enterprises are increasingly adopting Impala for workloads formerly served by a data warehouse. Platfora customers can now perform big data discovery directly with data in Impala. Through this integration, metadata stored in a Hive metastore is automatically read by Platfora, eliminating redundancy and enabling a more efficient workflow.
  • Parquet File Ingest - Apache Parquet is quickly becoming a standard for storing big data and is the most common backing file format for Impala. With Platfora 5.0, users can now directly access data files in the Parquet format.

"The latest release of Platfora Big Data Discovery highlights the company's unique approach to blending traditional data analytics with modern capabilities to maximize enterprise investments in big data initiatives that have true impact," said Tim Stevens, Vice President, Business and Corporate Development at Cloudera. "We're pleased that Platfora values its integration with our enterprise data hub (EDH) offering and look forward to supporting the company's open workflow initiatives to address the needs of our joint customers."


About Platfora
Platfora is the #1 Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark. Platfora enables business users and data scientists to visually interact with petabyte-scale data in seconds, allowing them to work with even the rawest forms of transaction, customer interaction and machine data to find new opportunities and manage risk. Platfora is transforming the way businesses unlock insights, make decisions and produce better outcomes through the use of its industry-defining Customer Analytics, Security Analytics and Internet of Things solutions. Learn more about Platfora, read our blog, or follow @platfora #YouShouldKnow. http://www.platfora.com


Leading Hadoop-Native Platform Makes Apache Spark and Self-Service Data Preparation Generally Available, Speeding Up Traditional Analytics Iteration Time by Over 10x

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Platfora today introduced Big Data Discovery 5.0, making it the single most powerful, flexible and complete Hadoop- and Spark-native analytics platform for data-driven organizations. Version 5.0 includes a more tightly integrated workflow with new features from Platfora and critical big data discovery technologies including Apache Spark, SQL and Excel.

Platfora Launches Self-Service, Fast and Intelligent Data Prep
Taking aim at the #1 productivity killer for data discovery, Platfora 5.0 now includes enterprise strength, self-service data preparation as a part of its Big Data Discovery platform. Powered by Apache Spark, Platfora's next-generation data prep provides instant statistics and sample data to better guide users towards smart, customized data-driven decisions. Being able to make more intelligent, iterative investigations into big data delivers critical clues to analysts, saving them time and eliminating the frustration associated with traditional analyses dependent on guesswork.

"Data teams spend the majority of their time preparing data for analysis, before they are even able to ask the question they set out to answer. The iterative nature of big data analysis compounds this problem. Today's businesses deserve a modern platform that is designed with iteration as the norm," said Peter Schlampp, VP of Products, Platfora. "Platfora 5.0 was built to empower average users to become 'citizen data scientists' by making this process accessible to the masses. We are thrilled to be opening up our platform to increase user accessibility and look forward to expanding with additional functionality in the near future."

"When data-driven organizations build data lakes and begin to realize the power of Hadoop-native analytics, they start exploring analytics tools and workflows that will put big data in the hands of their workforce," said John Myers, Managing Research Director for Business Intelligence at Enterprise Management Associates. "But true integration between data sets is usually an afterthought and new silos of information are created. Platfora 5.0 makes significant strides towards empowering data-driven organizations to integrate the whole of their enterprise data inside of a single big data discovery environment."

Platfora Big Data Discovery 5.0 includes several enhancements that make big data analytics more open and accessible for all roles within an organization, including:

  • Self-service Data Preparation. Now generally available, self-service data preparation dramatically reduces the time it takes for business teams to prepare datasets for analysis, for smarter, faster results.
  • Powerful Data Transforms. To empower data administrators with the ability to do more complex and custom data preparation in an integrated workflow within Platfora, SQL-language data transformations are now possible. Any data transformation that can be expressed in SQL can be performed as a stage of the data preparation pipeline.
  • Microsoft Excel Support. Platfora Big Data Discovery is designed so that anyone in an organization can access data from any department. Business users who need their results in Excel format to distribute inside or outside the company can export any analysis on demand, or schedule periodic delivery via email.
  • Apache Spark at the Core. Platfora 5.0 makes Spark accessible to non-technical users and utilizes Spark at the core to provide an interactive experience. For the first time, Platfora generates and executes Spark programs in the background without adding any complexity to the end user.
  • Vizboard Embedding. Available as a beta feature in Platfora 5.0, embedding allows users to share Big Data Discovery insights outside the Platfora environment so that coworkers can see data visualizations in their portal of choice.

With this new release, Platfora leads the industry with the most complete and open platform that goes from data preparation against raw data, all the way to visual analysis that empowers every citizen data scientist to do more.

Check out a live demo of Platfora 5.0 at Strata+Hadoop World, Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, booth 731.

About Platfora
Platfora is the #1 Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark. Platfora enables business users and data scientists to visually interact with petabyte-scale data in seconds, allowing them to work with even the rawest forms of transaction, customer interaction and machine data to find new opportunities and manage risk. Platfora is transforming the way businesses unlock insights, make decisions and produce better outcomes through the use of its industry-defining Customer Analytics, Security Analytics and Internet of Things solutions. Learn more about Platfora, read our blog, or follow @platfora #YouShouldKnow. http://www.platfora.com