When evaluating the top 10 critical success factors that will determine who wins and loses in the Age of the Customer in 2016, it comes as no surprise that privacy is one of them. In fact, privacy considerations and strategy augments all of the 10 critical factors to drive business success in the next 12 months.
So, what does this mean for businesses moving forward?
In 2016, privacy strategy can no longer merely focus on aligning with compliance requirements. Forward-thinking organizations will take their privacy strategy a step further: they will seize the opportunity to champion privacy to build trusted customer relationships and drive business growth.
(TNS) - There’s no telling if the newest CASA radar would have helped see the tornado that formed Thursday in north Fort Worth — but the extra set of eyes certainly couldn’t have hurt.
If it had been operational last Thursday, North Texas’ sixth CASA, short for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, would have been the closest radar to where the tornado touched down.
“We don’t know if it would have helped, but theoretically it might have allowed us to see something sooner,” said Tom Bradshaw, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Fort Worth.
SAN MATEO, Calif. – SIOS Technology Corp. (http://us.sios.com), the industry’s leading provider of high availability and IT analytics software, today announced the latest release of SIOS iQ machine learning analytics software, which has new features that deliver unparalleled accuracy and precision in performance root cause analysis for VMware environments. It also includes dashboard enhancements for improved usability and a graphical topological impact view enabling faster identification and resolution of issues.
"SIOS iQ meets a growing need for accurate, real-time insight into application and server performance, efficiency, and reliability in VMware environments," said Jason Bloomberg, president, Intellyx. "The SIOS PERC Dashboard and SIOS iQ’s graphical topological impact view and search features cut through the vast volumes of data ‘noise’ these complex environments generate, identifying critical issues and their root causes across the entire virtual infrastructure."
“By putting all key information about an organization’s infrastructure at their fingertips, SIOS iQ enables IT managers to ensure their applications are operating efficiently, that issues are identified and resolved quickly, and that VMware resources are not being wasted,” said Jerry Melnick, president and CEO, SIOS Technology. “These newest enhancements further simplify the understanding of IT operations and help resolve issues in dynamic virtual environments.”
"The insights that SIOS iQ is able to provide about the root causes of performance issues is very powerful, and unique in the industry," said William Dalton, director, EMEA IS & Corporate Technology, TrendMicro. “SIOS iQ has given us a holistic view of the operational efficiency of our complex VMware environment for the first time.”
Designed to be a powerful platform for IT operations information and issue resolution, SIOS iQ applies an advanced data analytics/Big Data approach to a broad range of data sets, including application and infrastructure data from third party tools and frameworks, to recognize abnormal patterns of behavior and identify root causes of performance issues. The latest innovations from SIOS deliver industry leading precision and accuracy in identifying and resolving root causes of performance issues.
SIOS iQ features are released on an ongoing basis. New releases in Q4 2015 include: Version 3.2 released in October featuring support forVMware vSphere 6.0, search functionality, and enhancements to performance root cause analysis.
Version 3.3 is immediately available and includes:
- Immediate Time to Value with Best Practices Analysis – New best practices analysis feature enables SIOS iQ to provide insights on performance, efficiency, reliability, and capacity utilization immediately after implementation, accelerating its automated process of learning and characterizing behavior of interrelated objects in the infrastructure.
- VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.0 (vROps) Event Injection –SIOS iQ enables vROps to display: high availability cluster health; host-based caching configuration recommendations; undersized VMs; and idle resources including snapshot and VM sprawl through its Environment Health map and issue display. With SIOS iQ, vROps users gain precise identification of performance issues, such as “noisy neighbors”, hardware degradation, and slow application performance with specific recommendations for remediation.
- Enhanced Performance Issue Event Correlation – SIOS iQ can now identify additional root causes of performance issues, including network anomalies (released in v3.2), newly provisioned VM(s), Live Migration of VMs, and under-sized VMs.
The next release of SIOS iQ, version 3.4, will be available by the end of the year and will include:
- Topology Impact Analysis View – SIOS iQ provides a dynamic, visual map of the VMware infrastructure showing interrelated objects (VMs, network, storage, and applications) and their interrelationships highlighting current status and highlighting anomalous behavior. Touch-enabled drill down screens enable IT to explore detailed root causes of performance issues and recommendations for improvement.
- Semi-Supervised Learning – IT staff can augment SIOS iQ’s understanding of both normal and anomalous infrastructure behavior by adding individualized parameters for increased precision and accuracy.
- Reliability Analysis for VMware HA – SIOS iQ enables users to ensure their VMware infrastructure is protected in the event of host failures. The SIOS PERC Dashboard™ reliability indicator shows the number of host failures that a cluster has sustained over time and indicates when there are not enough hosts to sustain future failures.
Pricing and AVAILABILITY
List price for the standard edition of SIOS iQ is $150/month/host (paid annually). SIOS iQ is a host-license based product that is sold as a renewable subscription. During the valid subscription period SIOS iQ subscribers are entitled to 12 hours/day, 5 days/week support and to receive new features and updates that will be delivered through the built-in automatic product update feature. A free edition of SIOS iQ is also available.
SIOS iQ version 3.3 is immediately available. SIOS iQ version 3.4 will be available by the end of the year.
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SIOS Technology Corp. makes software products that provide the insights and guidance IT managers need to manage and protect business critical applications in large, complex data centers. SIOS iQ is a machine learning analytics software that helps IT managers optimize performance, efficiency, reliability, and capacity utilization in virtualized environments. SIOS SAN and SANLess software is an essential part of any cluster solution that provides the flexibility to build Clusters Your Way™ to protect your choice of Windows or Linux environment in any configuration (or combination) of physical, virtual and cloud (public, private, and hybrid) without sacrificing performance or availability. Founded in 1999, SIOS Technology Corp. (http://us.sios.com) is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and has offices throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Japan.
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Enhanced Features Ensure Organizations Meet Regulatory Requirements With Full Conversational Visibility Across 70+ Communication Channels
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Actiance, a leader in communications compliance, archiving and analytics, today released expanded supervisory review capabilities for Alcatraz, its cloud-based archive for a broad range of communication channels. Powered by Alcatraz’s modern, searchable content store, the expanded supervisory capabilities employ advanced analytics to enable greater insight into conversations occurring across 70+ communication channels. Now customers in regulated industries, such as financial services, government and healthcare, can quickly identify policy violations in context to ensure compliance with evolving industry regulations.
Recently, there’s been heightened SEC, FINRA and FSA regulatory scrutiny within financial services firms increasing the reviews that broker-dealers and investment advisers are required to perform. Additionally, based on updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) that take effect on Dec. 1, social data must be retained for data governance and corporate compliance. Without the proper technology in place, those responsible for supervisory reviews are quickly consumed with tedious, mechanical exercises. Alcatraz’s expanded supervisory features delivers companies with a cloud-based solution for compliance, while bolstering the efficiency of reviewers and enabling greater insights into the context of conversations.
Today’s enterprises use many different communication channels to drive their businesses and each channel contains a unique set of properties that organizations must archive, review and analyze in order to comply with regulatory mandates. Now with enhanced features, Actiance provides centralized supervisory compliance with policy management and advanced analytics capabilities in one unified platform. Enterprises can then extract greater value from information stored within Alcatraz, while eliminating the hassle of managing compliance in multiple tools.
With Alcatraz’s expanded supervisory features, customers will benefit from:
· Improved supervisory review efficiency: New features enable customers to automate review queue volumes, distribute workloads across collaborative workspaces and adjust workflows to achieve optimal productivity.
· Greater control across channels: Unlike other review tools designed for only email, Actiance provides a platform, purposed-built to capture and supervise content across 70+ communication channels, enabling extended control across the broadest set of channels. With the ability to conduct queries to observe the conversation as it jumps across multiple communication networks and channels, organizations can reduce false positives and improve review effectiveness.
· Analytics for greater insights into conversations: With a unified platform and full integration with Actiance Socialite and Actiance Vantage, organizations can analyze stored communications data to reveal patterns and the social graph across internal employees and external participants that might require compliance attention.
To learn more about these supervisory features and how Alcatraz can help your organization, join Actiance’s upcoming webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. PT. Register here: http://www.actiance.com/resources/alcatraz-and-supervision.
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Expanded geographical availability will allow customers access to more Foremost appointed independent agents
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TrustedChoice.com announced today that current partner company Foremost Insurance Group will add 10 states to its presence on TrustedChoice.com.
By adding 10 states, including Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Nevada, Maine, New Hampshire and Florida, Foremost will now serve a total of 35 states via TrustedChoice.com's network of independent agents.
"Foremost's expanded presence on TrustedChoice.com is an indication of the success we have seen this past year in the continued growth and volume of insurance buying consumers connecting to independent agents through TrustedChoice.com," said Foremost Insurance Group Head of Merchandising and Business Development Jeff Bair. "In our ongoing effort to direct business opportunities to our independent agent partners, increasing participation on TrustedChoice.com was an easy decision."
TrustedChoice.com is the nation's fastest growing online marketing platform for independent insurance agencies and IA insurance companies. Through its proprietary "Appetite Engine" platform, TrustedChoice.com will connect more than 75,000 insurance buyers with local independent insurance agents in 2015.
"Foremost continues their tradition of strong support for the Independent Agency channel," said TrustedChoice.com CEO Chip Bacciocco. "It's gratifying that they are increasing their footprint so substantially after just four months of participation on the platform. I am glad they are seeing success."
About TrustedChoice.com: TrustedChoice.com partners with independent insurance agencies and carrier partners to connect insurance buyers with the right local insurance agent.
About Foremost Insurance Group: Foremost is a proud member of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, offering a wide variety of home, life, specialty, commercial and auto insurance products and services across the United States.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Permabit Technology Corporation, the recognized leader in data reduction technology, today announced that it has added two new patents to its portfolio of technology innovations – the third and fourth awarded to the company this year – bringing the total number of patents issued since company inception to 37. The two newly-awarded patents include: • U.S. Patent No. 9,177,175, which describes techniques by which a storage client can securely write data into a data repository without necessarily being able to access or delete items from that repository. One application of the patent could be to build a backup agent capable of backing up a system, but where a security compromise of that system would not introduce risk to the other data in the storage repository. • U.S. Patent No. 9,104,716, which covers data retention in a distributed storage system where data retention is enforced by maintaining multiple non-decrementing reference counts corresponding to different ranges of time in the future, as opposed to, for example, having a fixed expiration point. “Intellectual property is the lifeblood of our company and a key differentiator in our ability to deliver data reduction solutions that uniquely provide performance, scale, resource efficiency and portability across a wide range of storage platforms and architectures,” said Jered Floyd, CTO of Permabit. “These latest patents are an example of our commitment to advancing the state-of-the-art in storage efficiency. Through continued technological innovation, we enable our partners to deliver the fastest, most scalable, most efficient storage solutions in the world, and to get to market quickly with products that grow their business and advance their competitive edge.” About Permabit Permabit pioneers development of data reduction technologies. Our innovative data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning products enable the world’s leading storage OEMs to cut effective cost, accelerate performance, reduce time to market and gain competitive advantage. Just as server virtualization revolutionized the economics of compute, our data reduction technologies are transforming storage economics, today. Permabit is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts with operations in California, Texas, Florida, Korea and Japan. For more information, visit www.permabit.com.
Maxta drastically changes data center with a hyper-converged solution that offers simplicity, flexibility and scalability Sunnyvale, Calif. – Maxta®, a leading provider of hyper-converged solutions, today announced that PROSOCO has chosen Maxta’s hyperconvergence solution to reduce downtime and constant challenges that stopped many of its business operations.
PROSOCO, founded in 1939, is a national manufacturer of products for cleaning, protecting and maintaining concrete; making building envelopes air- and water-tight; and cleaning, protecting and restoring new and existing masonry buildings. PROSOCO has offices and production facilities in Lawrence, Kansas with sales and technical support staff throughout the United States. As the company started to grow and looked toward expanding operations, IT Manager, Tim Norris, said his current IT environment needed to change. He wanted to continue down the virtualization path that they had started on a couple of years ago, but there were challenges to overcome with the existing Hypervisor/SAN infrastructure. “Our environment was at capacity and needed to grow, but it was already overly complex and had performance issues that were difficult to track down,” Norris said. “We needed something simple to operate, with solid performance and reliability.” Tired of all the downtime and constant challenges, Norris knew he needed to drastically change his environment. He pondered the possibility of installing another brand of SAN and had read there were some good results with different vendors – but overall that was not what was needed. Norris ultimately concluded that the data center needed a hyper-converged solution that could offer simplicity, flexibility and scalability. He looked at EMC, Nutanix, SimpliVity, and Maxta since all these vendors had good coverage.
PROSOCO requirements included: • Ease of Use • All-in-one solution • Snapshotting for testing • Reliability • Ability to efficiently run the back office applications Norris found Maxta MxSP software to be the right solution for PROSOCO and installed several Dell R730 XD servers with 27 TB of server-side storage. Norris appreciated the overall simplicity of Maxta’s MxSP VM-centric solution and found that he was able to reduce IT management time – as the solution performed flawlessly. Maxta also offered capacity optimization to help the IT team with their storage needs. Maxta provided PROSOCO with the flexibility to hyper-converge on any x86 server, using their preferred hardware devices, and eliminating the need for complex and expensive storage arrays. Overall, Norris was thrilled with the simplicity and reliability of Maxta: “What I like about Maxta is that it is one giant storage pool – unlike iSCSI which gives you the solution in small chunks and makes you worry about how many VMs will fit into one storage pool – Maxta is one big hunk of storage. Simple and streamlined.” The business benefits were also apparent almost immediately. Before Norris even fully deployed the Maxta solution – he learned that with Maxta there is no downtime during server maintenance or upgrades. This instilled a peace of mind that allowed Norris to focus on more strategic projects to help grow the company rather than worry about shutting down the whole compute system for hours at a time to reboot his servers. Going forward, PROSOCO will be looking to co-locate in the next year. Norris says he will look into replicating the Maxta environment with several more nodes. About Maxta Maxta maximizes the promise of hyper-convergence. MaxDeploy Appliances and MxSP software solutions provide companies the choice to hyper-converge on any x86 server, the ability to run on any compute abstraction layer, and the flexibility to support any combination of storage devices eliminating the need for complex and expensive storage arrays. The simplicity of Maxta’s VM-centric solutions reduce IT management and lowers cost, all while delivering hyper-scale, enterprise-level data services and capacity optimization. With Maxta, service providers and enterprise customers can build private and public clouds based on any cloud orchestration software. Think outside the storage box. For more information, visit http://www.maxta.com.
Ongoing threats to safety and security
Recent events have once again highlighted the challenges for airports and airlines in delivering safe and secure operations to the travelling public. 4C Strategies will be joining the global aviation community at the co-located Airport Security and Airport IT Conference in Barcelona on the 17th and 18th November for a timely discussion on emerging threats and proven solutions.
Senior stakeholder engagement
With heightened security checks across the globe, the conferences will bring together senior stakeholders from Security Directors and Heads of Operations to CIOs and IT Directors. Discussion will range from changing security requirements and examples of innovation in aviation security to digital transformation aimed at enhancing passenger experience and delivering lean operational performance.
Increased growth in the aviation industry
With 4C Strategies’ expertise and experience continuing to grow from our partnerships across the UK and Nordic aviation sector (with organisations including London Gatwick Airport, Copenhagen Airport Kastrup and Thomas Cook), we will be presenting conference delegates with an overview of how our readiness advisory services and integrated Exonaut™ software suite combine to support them in managing daily operational status, tracking real-time risk exposure and delivering an effective response to major incidents and crises.
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Visit the 4C Strategies team at stand 7 in the Airport Security and Airport IT exhibition zone of the Renaissance Fira Hotel, Barcelona. To arrange a one-to-one meeting with a member of the onsite team, please contact Dr Aarti Anhal at email@example.com.
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4C Strategies is a leading international provider of risk management solutions. We provide our public and private sector clients with the skills, tools and End to End solutions they require to "Build, Verify & Track" their Readiness capabilities across the risk, business continuity and crisis management spectrum.
Solution Enables Efficient Replication and Recovery of Sensitive Data and Applications in the Event of Disaster, Data Loss or System Failure
NEW YORK, NY – Webair, a leader in fully managed Cloud, Colocation and Managed solutions, today announces the enhancement of its comprehensive Cloud-based Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution powered by Zerto®, the award-winning provider of enterprise-class disaster recovery and business continuity software specifically for virtualized data centers and cloud environments. The Webair offering provides remote enterprise customers fast and efficient recovery and restoration of their data and applications, whether their workloads reside in their own data center or in Webair's high-performance Cloud, including healthcare organizations that require HIPAA-HITECH compliant solutions.
On Eve of "The Future of Finance Tour" in Australia, Cloud EPM Leader and Analytics Specialist Ensures High Performance and Data Jurisdiction Requirements for Growing Customer Base
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Host Analytics, the leader in cloud-based enterprise performance management (EPM), and Inside Info, business and finance analytics specialist, today announced that they have established a new state-of-the-art data center in Sydney, Australia. The new center will provide performance gains, and meet data jurisdiction requirements, for Australian customers leveraging Host Analytics Cloud EPM Suite to transform their strategic financial processes.
"The launch of the new Sydney data center provides an exciting opportunity to better serve customers in the region who are looking for a powerful, cloud-based EPM solution," said Andy Ross, Vice President of Alliances for Host Analytics. "This initiative, together with "The Future of Finance Tour" taking place this month, demonstrates our strong commitment to the Australian market and enabling organizations to improve their financial and operational agility."
"More companies than ever are looking for innovative financial planning, close and reporting solutions that deliver business insight, quickly and cost efficiently," said Stuart Barnard, Managing Director at Inside Info. "Leading businesses like St Vincent's Health choose Host Analytics because their EPM solution raises the bar even higher with super-fast performance, coupled with a comprehensive suite of capabilities that are unmatched in the industry."
"Working with Inside Info and using Host Analytics Cloud EPM Suite, St Vincent's Health has standardized budgeting to support our new divisional structure," said Paul Kirchner, Financial Controller -- Private Hospitals Division, for St Vincent's Health. "Delivered in the cloud, Host Analytics has provided cost-efficiency and improved productivity while addressing the complex needs of a large number of entities and cost centers across the health system."
"The Future of Finance Tour"
Host Analytics and Inside Info are bringing "The Future of Finance Tour" to Sydney on November 17th at the InterContinental Hotel and to Melbourne on November 19th at The Langham. These complimentary one-day events will arm attendees with insight from finance and technology thought-leaders and showcase how world-class organizations are using Host Analytics and Inside Info to streamline enterprise planning, financial consolidation, and reporting processes to create greater business agility and reunite finance and operations.
"The Future of Finance Tour" will feature incisive keynote speakers from the U.S. and Australia, including Paul Kirchner, Financial Controller at St Vincent's Health; Nigel Lake, CEO of global financial advisory firm Pottinger; Dave Kellogg, CEO of Host Analytics; Ian Charles, CFO of Host Analytics; Stuart Barnard, Managing Director of Inside Info; and Phil Langdale, Managing Consultant and Director of Inside Info.
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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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Inside Info is a specialist in helping people understand their business data, improving operational and financial processes since 2003. Inside Info supports over 120 mid-size and enterprise clients nationally, including St Vincent's Health Australia. It helps organizations improve enterprise planning, budgeting, close management and financial reporting processes using the leading cloud-based platform, Host Analytics, for which it is the exclusive provider in Australia and New Zealand. Inside Info also works with organisations to improve visibility of operations with self-serve business analytics using the leading Qlik Data Discovery platform as an Elite Solutions Provider and Qlik Australia and New Zealand Partner of The Year.