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DRJ-LogoAvailable today, OCENS Mail version 12 for the PC and Mac provides new pathways to OCENS near limitless trove of global weather data. Version 12 adds free weather options, extended weather forecasts, exclusive access to the newly available WeatherNet Unlimited service, and convenient pathways to benefit from OCENS’ WeatherNet PayGo libraries and transfer engine.

“Weather and mail are lifeline needs to the remote user.” states OCENS CTO Jeff Thomassen. “We set out to develop a product providing unparalleled redundancy, content quality and continuity, and an easy flow between those communication and weather needs. OCENS Mail Version 12 makes it so!”

Three day forecasts of wind, wave and surface pressure are included in your subscription to version 12 of OCENS Mail. Users select one or more gribs and queue their requests in OCENS Mail for relay with their next mail transfer. Requests are quickly fulfilled by OCENS’ Everon servers and returned as compressed email attachments.

‘Extended’ weather forecasts available in version 12 include up to 7 day GRIBs for wind, waves, surface pressure, precipitation, thunderstorms, cloud cover and air temperature. Like the free ‘Included’ products, requests are queued, submitted and fulfilled via the high-compression, rapid-relay OCENS Mail transfer engine. A low monthly fee provides unrestricted access to the data.

OCENS Mail users are the first to have access to WeatherNet Unlimited. Until now only available in a pay-as-you-use format, the new Unlimited service provides unbounded access to WeatherNet weather data for less than $1 per day.

Clients can install WeatherNet Unlimited (or WeatherNet PayGO if they desire) from within the OCENS Mail installer andbegin to benefit from WeatherNet’s immense weather library in just minutes. Unlike the grib focus of the Included and Extended options, WeatherNet Unlimited and PayGO provide global access to grib and legacy products such as weather charts, text forecasts, buoy info, and satellite imagery. They also are the only sources for some of the most advanced weather data yet available to any user, remote or not, such as ASCAT wind scatterometry, RAP and HRRR very high resolution content and NDFD digital wind and wave data.

Version 12 provides 7-day access to OCENS award-winning GRIB Explorer software analytics and graphics. Users can purchase GRIB Explorer for permanent use at a discounted rate from within the software or continue with a GRIB Explorer Lite version after the 7-day trial.

About OCENS, Inc.

OCENS data services, software and apps merge easy-to-use applications with unprecedented content offerings to affordably deliver data over satellite phones to remote users around the world. OCENS weather, ocean and fishing services provide access to the largest collection of GRIB and classical data that can be found anywhere. Using patented pull-me technology, OCENS WeatherNet provides fast access to the world’s widest selection of weather and ocean information over PC and Mac platforms. GRIB Explorer processes highly compressed GRIB information into unique decision products for use on PC, Mac or iPad platforms. Its SpotCast weather service provides multi-day, multi-point forecasts of weather and ocean conditions for any point on earth in a highly compact form. Email offerings include its dedicated platform, OCENS Mail, and the patent-pending OneMail for compressed, streamlined access to Gmail, Exchange, and IMAP mail that is uncluttered by unwanted mail. Its OneMessage service provides secure, person-to-person messaging through satellite phones and SNAPTrack delivers low-cost, simple to use tracking services. Its in-house hardware wing produces the popular Sidekick and Sidekick Pro satellite wifi routers. OCENS augments its software core with satellite equipment and airtime solutions it provides in cooperation with all the major satellite providers.

Father of IBM i discusses the uniqueness of IBM i as a computing platform

DRJ-LogoIRVINE, Calif.  – A new podcast from Vision Solutions, a leading provider of IT Modernization solutions, called “Power Talk” debuted its inaugural episode with Dr. Frank Soltis, considered the father of IBM i, as the guest. The conversation between Dr. Soltis and host Becky Hjellming, director of product marketing at Vision Solutions, covers a variety of topics, including the past and future of IBM i, its uniqueness as a computing platform, and its growing dependence on the cloud and managed service providers.

An excerpt of the conversation:

Becky Hjellming: Could you share some of key points that you were talking about – things that you’re looking forward to and envisioning for 2020?

Dr. Soltis: Well, the reason that I use 2020 as a starting point, and perhaps it’s a few years beyond 2020, but by 2020, we’re going to start seeing some major changes … roughly 50 years ago Gordon Moore, who was one of the founders of Intel, made a prediction. Back at that time he said that every year we’re going to be able to double the number of transistors on a single chip … that particular prediction has held true for something like 50 years … What a lot of people don’t realize is that about five years ago Moore’s law slowed down … In fact, there are some people predicting that in a few years, Moore’s law is going to end. It will just quit.

Well, that presents a real problem for the industry … With the amount of data that we’re getting over the years, more computer power is needed and so forth. So, we somehow have to move things forward ... And one of the things that they’re doing is they’re focusing on architecture that’s dealing with memory and not so much with disk. I like to talk about it as memory-oriented architecture. Well, one of the real advantages we’ve had over the years with IBM i and all of its predecessors, is it was originally designed as a memory-oriented architecture.

The first episode of the Vision Solutions Power Talk podcast series is available at:

“As an industry pioneer and thought leader, Vision Solutions is in a unique position to connect with industry experts and share their insights with the IBM i community at large,” said Edward Vesely, EVP and CMO of Vision Solutions. “That’s the goal of our new Power Talk podcast series – to unearth the stories, commentary and expertise that continue to shape the industry and deliver them to the audiences that can benefit the most.”

About Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions is a leading provider of IT Modernization solutions – high availability, disaster recovery, migration and data sharing – for IBM Power Systems. For more than 25 years, customers and partners have trusted Vision to protect and modernize their environments, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Visit visionsolutions.com and follow us on social media, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

BCI-LogoThe Business Continuity Institute

At the Disaster Recovery Journal Fall World Conference in September 2016, the Business Continuity Institute’s US Chapter and the US 20/20 Group had the opportunity and responsibility to organize and participate in the DRJ Advanced Track, specifically designed for the most seasoned attendees. The 20/20 Group's role in defining the agenda, securing the speakers and overseeing the DRJ Advanced Track underscores their role in providing leadership at the conference.

The session was largely focussed on the changing face of the professional in the business continuity industry. In the context of an ever-increasing focus on resilience and the engagement of multiple disciplines, what is the business continuity professional’s role? Do they take overall ownership for the response, recovery and resumption, coordinating the activities of others? Are they a facilitator, ensuring that the right people take the lead? Or are they simply a participant, bringing their business continuity skills with them, but taking their lead from someone else?

The discussion also looked at the top ten threats that featured in the BCI’s latest Horizon Scan Report and considered what role the business continuity professional may play in the response to each of those threats materialising.

From all this discussion, a new paper was published which suggested three major points that underscore the need to reposition the business continuity professional in the future:

  • Threats are real and expanding, leading to increased business risk.
  • These changes are leading to changes in our profession.
  • Our success will be based on our knowledge of the organization and its business environment, including customers and their expectations.

Patrick Alcantara DBCI, Senior Research Associate at the BCI, commented: “The movement towards resilience offers opportunities to business continuity professionals to upgrade their skills, engage with related management disciplines, and create more impact within the organization. This paper from the BCI US 20/20 Group affirms the contributions made by business continuity professionals and proposes a way forward with building resilient organizations as a goal. I would like to thank the BCI US 20/20 Group, Chaired by John Jackson FBCI, for distilling the latest thinking into a timely piece which contributes to our collective understanding of resilience.

Download your free copy of The changing face of the business continuity professional today in order to develop your understanding of the future of the profession.

AlertMedia-LogoAUSTIN, Texas – AlertMedia, the fastest-growing emergency communications software provider in the world, today announced that Texas-based H-E-B, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, has deployed AlertMedia’s notification technology to enhance and improve critical communications with its employees.


AlertMedia has modernized emergency communications for enterprise organizations by delivering an easy-to-use software platform that combines multi-channel, two-way messaging and 24/7 monitoring services to keep people informed and safe. AlertMedia enables organizations to interact with their audience from any mobile device, consolidating unlimited communication channels – such as voice, text, e-mail, social media, and Slack – into one simple user experience. Whether they have an audience of 50 or 50,000 people, organizations turn to AlertMedia when they need a reliable, quick, and modern solution to keep everyone connected during critical situations.

H-E-B is initially using the AlertMedia platform to communicate with employees at its 400 locations about product recalls, severe weather, system and power outages, and more.


“Keeping our Partners, Customers and food supply safe during emergency situations are top priorities at H-E-B and every second counts in our business. We needed a fast, reliable way to send and receive information with Partners at our stores, industrial facilities and administrative facilities. AlertMedia allows us to communicate quickly and effectively with our team, around the clock, wherever they are. We can filter information based on the locations and departments we need to communicate with regarding a particular situation,” said Justen Noakes, H-E-B Director of Emergency Preparedness. “The AlertMedia user experience is incredibly simple and intuitive. The more we use it, the more we realize all the different ways this can help our business.”


Keeping People Safe, Informed, and Connected

AlertMedia enables organizations to send and receive unlimited messages with their audience via any and all channels, including custom channels that can be easily integrated using the AlertMedia API. With innovative technology and a new approach to enterprise emergency communication, AlertMedia has taken a leadership position in the market. Hundreds of customers in 80+ countries across all industries are already using the AlertMedia platform to protect their organizations, automate operations, and mitigate loss.

“We are thrilled to be working with the H-E-B team, helping their business by providing them with a better way to communicate in critical situations. The AlertMedia user experience is simple, mobile, modern and interactive – which is why H-E-B selected our solution over older technologies available,” said Brian Cruver, CEO of AlertMedia. “With our approach to enterprise emergency communications, which focuses on the audience and the smartphones that audience is carrying, we have modernized an industry that had become outdated. AlertMedia is the next generation, and smart companies like H-E-B recognize how we can help them improve their communications.”


About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of more than $23 billion, operates more than 370 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 110thanniversary in 2015. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 86,000 Partners in Texas and 9,000 Partners in Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visitheb.com.


About AlertMedia

As the fastest-growing emergency mass communications and monitoring company in the world, AlertMedia helps hundreds of global organizations securely and effectively monitor threats, streamline notifications, and improve employee safety. The company’s cloud-based platform delivers communications that protect organizations, improve operations, and mitigate loss from any location, at any time, using any device. For more information, please call us at (800) 826-0777 or visit www.alertmedia.com.

MetricStream is a leader in the Gartner 2016 ORMS Magic Quadrant for the third consecutive year

DRJ-LogoPALO ALTO, Calif. – MetricStream, a leading provider of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) Apps, announced today that the company has been positioned in the "Leaders" Quadrant of the December 13, 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Operational Risk Management Solutions Report, authored by Gartner analysts John A. Wheeler and Jie Zhang.

The ORM technology market continues to evolve at a rapid pace, driven by emerging risks, changes in the regulatory environment, and rapid technological innovation. As Operational Risk Management becomes more interconnected with areas like vendor risk, IT and security, regulatory compliance, and other business functions, customers look to MetricStream's unified GRC platform and cloud Apps, functionality, and analytical capabilities to provide a real-time and forward-looking view that enables them to balance risk and opportunity effectively.

MetricStream's Operational Risk Management App can integrate with the rest of its portfolio of 20 GRC cloud Apps to support any number of solutions for customers who have risk management as a critical element in their compliance programs, strategic initiatives, or business performance goals. MetricStream Apps enable large, as well as small and mid-sized organizations to preserve their corporate integrity, protect their brands and reputations, and drive superior business performance. Built using an agile and intuitive system of risk intelligence, MetricStream Apps enable high performing enterprises to navigate the complex and changing business landscape while providing clear direction through predictive and prescriptive analytics capabilities.

According to the report, "Security and risk management leaders are seeking to integrate their risk management solutions to gain a more holistic view of risk across the enterprise. Operational risk management solutions serve as the core element of integrated risk management." The report continues, "The critical capabilities of ORM solutions center on providing business leaders with a more effective means of assessing risk and control effectiveness, identifying operational risk events, managing remediation efforts, and quantifying the associated operational risk exposure across the enterprise."

"We are happy to be recognized once again as a Leader in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Operational Risk Management Solutions by Gartner," said Gaurav Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer at MetricStream. He continued, "As markets continue to evolve, and as the velocity and complexity of risk continues to increase, organizations need a governance and risk framework in place in order to understand and act swiftly on the vast amount of operational information available internally and externally."

MetricStream believes this report is a validation of our significant investments in product capabilities around taxonomy, risk assessments, metrics, loss data management, reporting, analytics and modeling, as well as a testament to our strong global execution. The company also believes the report to be reflective of the accelerated adoption of MetricStream Operational Risk Apps and Solutions by many of the largest global financial institutions, as well as dozens of mid-tier institutions over the last year. MetricStream has enabled these organizations to accelerate collaboration between the first, second, and third line of defense, in turn creating more high performing organizations. 

To access a complimentary copy of the report, please click here.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About MetricStream

MetricStream is the market leader in enterprise-wide Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management Solutions. MetricStream solutions are used by leading global corporations in diverse industries such as Financial Services, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Energy and Utilities, Food, Retail, CPG, Government, Hi-Tech and Manufacturing to manage their risk management programs, quality management processes, regulatory and industry-mandated compliance and other corporate governance initiatives. MetricStream is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA (www.metricstream.com).