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AUSTIN, Texas – Scale Computing, the market leader in hyperconverged storage, server and virtualization solutions for midsized companies, and Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, data integrity and integration solutions, today announced a new BI and analytics appliance, the Scale Analytics Appliance, at the Midsize Enterprise Summit (MES) West.

The Scale Analytics Appliance enables companies to get sophisticated reporting and analytics without requiring significant IT support. It combines Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Business User Edition software and Scale Computing’s HC3 virtualization platform to address the broadest range of business intelligence and analytic needs – from data preparation and integration to self-service reporting and data discovery. It delivers reports, charts, and visualizations and is oriented to less-technical users.  Scale Analytics empowers users with an app-like environment that will enable midsize organizations to leverage information from any source for better decision-making at a fraction of the time and cost.

“We considered implementing Business Intelligence for a long time. We don’t make widgets or fit the standard mold and we don’t speak the language that enterprise Business Intelligence folks speak,” said Melanie Ellingson, Director of IT of Empire Air. “We were aware of Information Builders, but when we saw the Business User Edition and who it was built for and having it packaged as an appliance on a Scale platform, we thought this is finally a solution that fits our mold. The support and training were great, along with the learning tools provided. Having our data on premises is a real big deal for us and this new appliance helped make it a reality.”

"A business intelligence and analytics appliance is really a unique offering,” said Gerald Cohen, president and CEO of Information Builders. “It is easy to deploy, administer and use, and it eliminates large upfront investments in software and hardware. Information Builders is proud to work with leading-edge companies like Scale Computing to help small and medium-size organizations achieve their business goals."

“We are proud that Scale Computing and Information Builders have selected the Midsize Enterprise Summit West for their announcement,” said Robert DeMarzo, Senior Vice President, Event Content and Strategy, The Channel Company. “Both companies have independently and repeatedly won top awards for excellence at this conference, and it’s great to see them form a partnership that specifically targets this marketplace. MES brings together one of the largest independent gatherings of mid-market CIOs and senior IT executives, and I think our community will be excited to see a combined offering.”

“Midsize organizations want business intelligence but their IT staff say that they need to buy more capacity to make it happen, or that they need more servers or more storage, or that there are other projects that need to be done first,” said Jeff Ready, CEO, and co-founder of Scale Computing. “The Scale Analytics Appliance eliminates all of that friction. It is easy to install and quick to deploy with tons of pre-existing reports, charts, documents and dashboards available that can be used with data discovery to identify trends, patterns and opportunities for their businesses. This has never before been possible until Scale and Information Builders created this easy-to-use solution.”
Scale Computing (Booth #401) and Information Builders (Booth #205) are exhibiting September 18 - 20 at MES West at the JW Marriott in Austin Texas. 

Scale Analytics starts at less than $50,000 and is available through Scale Computing’s reseller channel. For more information, interested parties may contact Information Builders at http://www.informationbuilders.com/ or contact Scale Computing via the company’s website at http://www.scalecomputing.com or by calling 1-877-SCALE-59.

About Information Builders 
About Information Builders Information Builders provides solutions for business intelligence (BI), analytics, data integration, and data quality that help drive performance improvements, innovation, and value. Through one set of powerful products, we enable organizations to serve everyone – analysts, non-technical users, even partners, customers, and citizens – with better data and analytics. Our dedication to customer success is unmatched with thousands of organizations relying on us as their trusted partner. Founded in 1975, Information Builders is headquartered in New York, NY, with global offices, 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. 

About Scale Computing
Scale Computing integrates storage, servers and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance-based system that is scalable, self-healing, and as easy to manage as a single server. Using industry standard components, the HC3 appliances install in under an hour, and can be expanded and upgraded with no downtime. High availability insulates the user from any disk or server failure and a unified management capability driven by the patented HyperCore Software™, efficiently integrates all functionality. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs.

CHICAGO – Neurensic, a fintech artificial intelligence (AI) startup, today announced that its CORE™ product has been selected by Vine Street Trading for its market surveillance and compliance capabilities. Vine Street Trading is a Chicago-based, principal trading group that has focused primarily on electronic futures markets throughout its 10 year existence.

“We are proud to partner with an established market maker with complex futures trading strategies in Vine Street Trading,” said David Widerhorn, founder and CEO of Neurensic. “With our goal of providing clarity for traders, firms and regulators on the issue of disruptive trading, we are pleased to add a new partner to leverage our AI technology.”

CORE uses self-adaptive technology that automatically provides firms with a continuous assessment of the compliance risk associated with complex trading behaviors. This enables compliance professionals to more effectively reduce market harm and minimize potential liability to their organizations. Vine Street Trading will integrate CORE to analyze its futures trading strategies.

The new partnership with Vine Street Trading comes on the heels of the announcement regarding a recent relationship with Chicago-based principal trading firm DV Trading. In addition, Neurensic has opened an office in Silicon Valley this year led by Chief Technology Officer Dr. Cliff Click, who is responsible for the ongoing development of the firm’s compliance and operational risk tools. He and his team are bringing to life the infrastructure that will allow for cross-asset surveillance of the global financial system.

About Neurensic:

Founded in 2015, Neurensic’s mission is to strengthen and protect the financial services industry by using machine learning technology to reveal insights from data and empower organizations to evolve into the future. Its vision is to be the migration path for the industry to transition beyond legacy IT, and into the modern world of complex information systems. Neurensic’s solutions combine Silicon Valley artificial intelligence and analytics capabilities with deep financial markets domain expertise, in order to solve urgent and relevant industry problems.

For more information on AI, compliance, and disruptive trading follow @neurensic on Twitter.

About Vine Street Trading:

Founded in 2006, Vine Street Trading LLC is a Chicago-based principal trading firm that participates in the electronic futures markets.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today unveiled plans to expand its footprint to Boston. At its new facility, located at 300 A Street in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston’s Seaport District, Red Hat plans to bring open source to life in new ways, with a world-class Executive Briefing Center, the first U.S. east coast location for Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, and a new Red Hat Engineering Lab. The facility is expected to open in mid-2017.

Red Hat, which was recently named one of the world's most innovative companies by Forbes, has a long history in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with its existing 175,000 square foot worldwide engineering and product headquarters located in Westford, Mass. The Boston facility will add 40,000 square feet to Red Hat’s footprint in Massachusetts. Boston was rated as one of the world’s best tech hubs in 2015 by Expert Market, a business consulting firm, and is home to several world-class universities. With its presence in Seaport, Red Hat plans to be an active member of the Boston technology community.

Executive Briefing Center

The Boston facility will feature a world-class Executive Briefing Center that will deliver an innovative, interactive and immersive experience that brings open source innovation to life by showcasing Red Hat’s full portfolio of enterprise-class open source software and creates collaborative experiences that embody the open source approach. Visitors - who are expected to include senior executives from many of the world’s largest and most innovative organizations - will have an opportunity to learn firsthand how open source can drive innovations across industries and understand Red Hat’s initiatives to advance the technology industry with its open source leadership to address customers’ business challenges.

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs

In April 2016, Red Hat introduced Open Innovation Labs, a residency-based initiative for helping customers jumpstart modern application development and gain the skills and tools to accelerate innovation in the future. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs participants learn how to build and containerize applications on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, while working closely with Red Hat subject matter experts to understand and integrate DevOps approaches and methodologies. Red Hat's new Boston facility will be the first U.S. east coast location for Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, and its largest facility to date.

Red Hat Engineering Lab

As an expansion of its worldwide engineering and product headquarters in Westford, Mass., Red Hat’s new Boston-based Engineering Lab will focus on research and new development around emerging open source technologies in a collaborative development environment designed to foster and accelerate open source-based innovation. With Boston's vibrant high tech communities and renowned universities, this facility will provide a state-of-the-art environment for research and development. Co-locating the Engineering Lab with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration and joint development between Red Hat engineers, customers, and partners.

Supporting Quotes

Martin J. Walsh, mayor, City of Boston

“I am excited to welcome an innovation leader like Red Hat to the City of Boston. By choosing to expand and establish a global showcase location in our city, Red Hat further reinforces Boston's reputation as a thriving hub for talent and technology. I look forward to collaborating with Red Hat as they contribute to our local economy as a community partner and engaged member of our business community."

Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

“The IT industry is transforming, and much of that transformation is rooted in open source. Our facility in Boston will be designed to give open source innovation a global stage and help drive the next wave of open source engineering advancements and customer initiatives. Boston is home to one of the world’s most dynamic tech communities and students coming out of its world-class universities have grown up on open source and Linux. We are excited to bring Red Hat to Boston to help foster the next generation of open source talent through collaboration with the city’s universities and keep Red Hat at the forefront of innovation through the projects we plan to house there. I’d like to thank Mayor Walsh and his office for their support as we identified the home for this exciting facility.”

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Innodisk, the service-driven flash, DRAM and peripheral module provider, presents its new series of SSDs that obtain European E-Mark certification. Innodisk is the first peripheral supplier to obtain the European E-mark certification two years ago, and we will continue to add more certified SSDs. In addition, Innodisk is the only storage solution provider with multiple in-vehicle computing compliant standards for EMI resistance. This series of SSDs are also compliant with SAE J1113(US), ISO 7637-2 and the United States Military Standard, MIL-STD-810F/G.

There are many challenges when it comes to designing products for in-vehicle computing systems, such as dirty power sources, harsh environments, or road instability. Innodisk products are designed to manage these issues, making us one of the world's most reliable storage provider for in-vehicle applications. There are multiple peripherals and electronic devices in many modern vehicle, each of which can create electromagnetic radiation that disturbs the function of other electronic components. Innodisk's in-vehicle SSDs are certified products that cause no electromagnetic interference. 

Innodisk's Flash, DRAM and embedded peripheral products for in-vehicle computing systems are designed to operate under harsh conditions, while supporting the flexibility of the sealed system's placement within the automobile. These reliable storage and memory solutions are heat and shock resistant and have low power consumption that can prevent vehicle challenges caused by power volatility. 

Characteristics of Innodisk's In-Vehicle Computing Storage Solutions:

  • EMI certified by automotive standards (Flash)
  • Exclusive iCell and iData Guard technologies to prevent data loss during power failures (Flash)
  • Low power consumption design (Flash)
  • Thermal sensor and wide temperature operating range (-40°C to 85°C)
  • Military standard shock-resistance and rugged DRAM design
  • Conformal coating protectant for open components on a circuit board
  • Support systems using the ARM architecture (DRAM)

Product Availability

Innodisk's in-vehicle solutions include:
Flash module

  • CFast: MLC from 8GB to 256GB / SLC from 4GB to 64GB
  • CF card: MLC from 8GB to 256GB / SLC from 512 MB to 8GB
  • mSATA 3MG2-P: MLC from 16GB to 512GB.
  • 2.5" SATA SSD3MG2-P: MLC from 8GB to 2TB.

DRAM module

  • DDR3 wide temperature solutions up to 16GB
  • DDR4 2400 wide temperature up to 16GB
  • DDR2/DDR3/DDR4 rugged DIMM series

Embedded peripheral

  • mPCIe CANBus module EMUC-B201
  • Serial module EMP2-X402 / X403

Exhibition Information


Innodisk will showcase its in-vehicle storage solutions at International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, InnoTrans, September 20th to 23rd in Berlin, Germany. Innodisk will be at Hall 4.1, Booth 225. 

About Innodisk

Innodisk (TWSE: 5289) is a service-driven provider of flash memory, DRAM modules and embedded peripheral products for the industrial and enterprise applications. With satisfied customers across the embedded, aerospace and defense, cloud storage markets and more, we have set ourselves apart with a commitment to dependable products and unparalleled service. This has resulted in products, including embedded peripherals, designed to supplement existing industrial solutions and high IOPS flash arrays for industrial and enterprise applications. The expanded business lines are leading our next step in being a comprehensive solution and service provider in the industrial storage industry.

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, Innodisk supports clients globally with engineering support and sales teams in China, Europe, Japan, and the United States. With abundant experience and an unrivaled knowledge of the memory industry, Innodisk develops products with excellent quality, remarkable performance, great cost-efficiency, and the highest reliability. For more information about Innodisk, please visit http://www.innodisk.com.

The Study Also Finds That Companies With Strong Analytics Capabilities Are Three Times More Likely to Get Value From the Internet of Things Than Are Those With Weaker Analytics Capabilities 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – When it comes to the Internet of Things, deriving business value is as much about managing relationships as it is about device management. Two-thirds (66%) of the respondents to a new survey who are actively working on IoT projects collect data from and/or send data to their customers, suppliers, or competitors. This exchange of device data across organizational borders deepens existing relationships between organizations and forges new relationships. The findings are part of a new global study by MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) and released last week in a report titled Data Sharing and Analytics Drive Success With IoT

"There's a surprisingly social aspect to managing connected devices," says coauthor David Kiron, executive editor of MIT SMR, "The Internet of Things is not just about connecting things. It is also about the connections that IoT creates between an organization and its customers, suppliers, and competitors." 

The survey, sponsored by Teradata, of more than 1,400 executives and managers from a wide variety of industries, and from organizations of all sizes, also showed that organizations with analytical capabilities that are good or excellent are three times more likely to report having no trouble getting business value from IoT, compared to those who rated their analytical capabilities as worse than good. 

The analytical capabilities, the report also found, go hand in hand with being able to quantify the potential effect of IoT projects. Forty-five percent of those with good or excellent analytical capabilities can measure the return on their IoT investments, while only 19% of those without good analytical capabilities can do so. 

A third key finding of the study was that many companies simply don't have the technical knowledge to manage IoT projects: Forty-nine percent of respondents indicated that, in order to take advantage of IoT, they needed to improve their IoT talent base. Organizations are building relationships to find this talent. More than half (56%) of survey respondents whose organizations actively use IoT gain IoT expertise by hiring new talent. But for others, IoT activity involves depending on other organizations: Thirty-nine percent engage consultants to access IoT expertise, and 43% obtain IoT talent by partnering with an organization that has the talent it needs.

The report suggests three areas for business leaders to address to realize the IoT value proposition:

  • Strengthen Analytics Capabilities -- Because IoT devices typically create a need to manage unprecedented volumes of data, and because the standards and infrastructure that support IoT devices are at an early stage, managers should take seriously the importance of improving their access to strong analytics capabilities.
  • Prepare to Share -- Because sharing data is such a strong feature of managing IoT devices, many companies will need to develop new data-sharing practices. Identifying which practices are best for an organization is one issue to address, but equally important will be identifying who is responsible for developing, monitoring, and adjusting these practices. Identify and analyze material issues and create alignment within the organization to ensure an integrated response;
  • Prepare the Market -- Some consumers may be willing to pay a premium for certain types of IoT devices but not for others. Indeed, some consumers may not want IoT versions of a given device at all (think blenders!). Supporting the demand for IoT devices and understanding it over time may be more complicated than for other types of products.

Join the authors of the IoT report on September 22, 11 AM ET for a free, live webinar and Q&A. Register for the webinar now.

About MIT Sloan Management Review
MIT Sloan Management Review leads the discourse among academic researchers, business executives, and other influential thought leaders about advances in management practice, particularly those shaped by technology, that are transforming how people lead and innovate. MIT SMR disseminates new management research and innovative ideas so that thoughtful executives can capitalize on the opportunities generated by rapid organizational, technological, and societal change.

About Teradata
Teradata empowers companies to achieve high-impact business outcomes. Our focus on business solutions for analytics, coupled with our industry leading technology and architecture expertise, can unleash the potential of great companies. Visit teradata.com.

Fanatical Support and 100 Percent Uptime Guarantee Helps Ensure Optimal Performance for Customers

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) today announced the release of Managed Application Services for Microsoft® Azure®. This new offering introduces Rackspace's premium Fanatical Support® to customers operating the Sitecore Experience Platform on Azure. Managed Application Services for Microsoft Azure also supports a full range of other digital applications, including Magento®, SAP® Hybris®, Oracle® Commerce, Adobe® Experience Manager, and custom Java® and .Net applications running on Azure. Adding premium, 24x7x365 application expertise and operations support on top of the Azure platform helps Rackspace ensure customers' ecommerce and web sites deliver optimal performance and reliability. 

Managing digital and other mission-critical applications can be extremely complex and time intensive. Many businesses lack the internal resources and expertise needed to effectively architect the right solution for maximum performance, and to monitor and troubleshoot issues across the network, infrastructure and application layers. The new Managed Application Services offering will provide customers with 24x7 access to application and Microsoft Azure experts, which will help companies enhance their app's performance. These new services allow customers to leverage the benefits of Azure, while receiving the results-obsessed Fanatical Support that they are used to across their Rackspace, Azure and hybrid cloud environments.

"Delivering Managed Application Services to a growing number of businesses running digital applications on top of Microsoft Azure allows us to address a significant need in the market," said Kyle Metcalf, general manager for Rackspace Digital. "Managing the full range of digital applications requires deep expertise. By bringing our Fanatical Support up the stack to the application layer, we're able to provide unprecedented value to digital customers on Azure. These customers can now sleep comfortably each night knowing that Rackspace is watching their sites and helping ensure their valuable applications are always operating optimally."

The Managed Application Services for Microsoft Azure offering features:

  • 100 Percent Production Platform Uptime Guarantee -- Gives customers the peace of mind to know that their mission-critical applications will always be up and running when operating on a well-architected compute environment.
  • 24x7 Expertise -- Customers do not have to hire Azure and application experts, as these valuable resources are on staff 24x7 at Rackspace, freeing up the customer's IT team to focus on more strategic initiatives.
  • Advanced Monitoring -- Customers have access to leading Application Performance Management (APM) tools to monitor the health of their environment and the performance of their application. 

"We are excited about the value that the Managed Application Services offering will bring to customers running Sitecore® on Microsoft Azure," said Darren Guarnaccia, EVP, Customer Experience, Sitecore. "As a Platinum Technology Sitecore partner, Rackspace has the expertise customers demand and is ideally suited to bring an enhanced level of application support to our customers, helping them deliver on the promise of context marketing." 

The Managed Application Services for Microsoft Azure offering will be available for Rackspace customers across all regions in October. For more information, please visit www.rackspace.com/mas.

About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies developed by AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 120 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development, performance or market acceptance associated with Managed Application Services to Microsoft Azure anticipated operational and financial benefits from Managed Application Services to Microsoft Azure; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions including the possibility that expected benefits from Managed Application Services to Microsoft Azure may not materialize because this product is not generally accepted in the marketplace, which could occur due to certain factors including (i) a failure to market the product cost effectively, differentiate the product from competitive products or communicate differentiations effectively, (ii) the reliability, quality or compatibility associated with the product, (iii) changes in technology which adversely effect the product's benefit, (iv) slowdowns in the general economy or technology industry that impact consumer spending habits, (v) internal strategy decisions that impact the product, and (vi) other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 filed with the SEC on August 9, 2016. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Sunday, 18 September 2016 00:00

Measure BCMS Alignment to ISO 22301

Understand the Requirements of ISO 22301
Measure BCM Program Alignment with ISO 22301
ICOR Verification of ISO 22301 Program Alignment
  How Closely is Your Organization's BCM Program Aligned to ISO 22301?


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New Course!  BCM 1000:  ISO 22301 Assessor 

Learn how to align your BCM program to the requirements of ISO 22301. Gain an understanding of the key practices of a business continuity management system for organizations of all sizes and the essential elements of the following standards: ISO 22301, ISO 22313, ISO 19011, ISO 17022. 


Using the ISO 22301 Maturity Model as a tool for measuring alignment to ISO 22301, attendees receive an electronic copy of the self-assessment tool as part of the workshop fee. The workshop also includes a review of the ISO 22301 self-declaration of conformity process. The ISO 22301 Maturity Model sells for $995.00 and is included in the workshop fee. The workshop reviews the following topics:

  • Part 1: Requirements for a Business Continuity Management System

  • Part 2: Developing Strategies to Mitigate Risk and Continue Operations

  • Part 3: BCM Program Implementation

  • Part 4: BCM Program Validation

 eLearning Now Available!  Register Here

Cost:  $995.00 


Measure Alignment to ISO 22301 and Identify Gaps:  ISO 22301 Maturity Model  

ICOR has developed the  ISO 22301 Maturity Model that organizations can use to self-assess the capability and maturity of their Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) using the International Standard ISO 22301 as a reference.  The ISO 22301 Maturity Model excel tool was created using the Virtual Business Continuity Maturity Model as a reference.   Cost:  $995.00  Purchase 


Determination of an ICOR verified Self-Declaration of Conformity

In collaboration with DHS, FEMA, ANAB, NQA, Orion and others, ICOR has created a process to formally recognize an organization's Self-Declaration of Conformity to ISO 22301.  This process is intended to support and promote eventual third-party certification by providing organizations a tool to improve their Business Continuity Management (BCM) programs and to conform to ISO 22301 requirements.


The ICOR Self-Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) to ISO 22301 is available to organizations of all sizes globally.  It is a process where an organization declares formally that its Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) meets the requirements of ISO 22301:  Societal Security - Business Continuity Management Systems - Requirements.


Determination of meeting the requirements is based on a combination of the following scores and criteria:

  1. Completion and submission of ISO 22301 Maturity Model with a minimum overall score of 2.5 with no single competency area scoring less than 2.0.  3.0 is a perfect score.
  2. Successful completion of Biographical Data and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
  3. Successful completion of BCMS Information and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
  4. Submission of Required Documents or "Proofs" and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
Upon successful completion of the online application (including completion of the ISO 22301 Maturity Model) your application will be evaluated by an ISO 22301 Lead Auditor with credentials earned from ICOR, BSI, or PECB.  Estimated time for evaluation is less than 30 days.   

If your application is verified, your organization's self-declaration of conformity will be listed on the ICOR SDoC webpage.  In addition, your organization will receive a certificate verifying your self-declaration and may use the ISO 22301 SDoC "mark" as evidence of the ICOR verification.  Verification is valid for 3 years. 


Link here for more information  

Email all questions to ISO22301@theicor.org.   


ISO 22301 Maturity Model only:  $995.00 USD 

ISO 22301 Application:  $2,495.00 USD (Includes Maturity Model)  

Sunday, 18 September 2016 00:00

BCI: The riskiest countries in the world



Inadequate infrastructure and weak logistic chains substantially increase the risk that an extreme natural event will become a disaster. This is a core finding of the World Risk Report 2016, produced by the Institute for Environment and Human Security at the United Nations University and the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft – Gemeinsam für Menschen in Not, in cooperation with the University of Stuttgart.

Nature cannot be controlled and humans can only influence to a limited degree whether, and with what intensity, natural events are to occur. But they can take precautions to help prevent a natural event from becoming a disaster. It is this vulnerability of a society that forms the basis for the World Risk Index, which calculates the disaster risk by multiplying vulnerability with exposure to natural hazards (cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, foods, and sea-level rise). This risk is especially high wherever natural events hit vulnerable societies. While a low level of vulnerability is not a guaranteed protection against disasters, it can reduce the risk.

Societal factors, such as nutrition, medical services and governance, decide to a large extent whether a natural hazard becomes a disaster,” said Dr. Torsten Welle, Senior Scientist at IREUS. “But through targeted interventions the impacts of disasters can be reduced and important lessons can be learned from recognized weaknesses.

The index assesses the risk of disaster in 171 countries and the island state of Vanuatu once again displays the greatest risk. The United Kingdom comes in at 131st place, while the United States is 127th, Canada is 145th and Australia is 121st.

The top ten countries with the highest risk according to the report are:

  1. Vanuatu
  2. Tonga
  3. Philippines
  4. Guatemala
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Solomon Islands
  7. Brunei Darussalam
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Cambodia
  10. Papua New Guinea

The top ten countries with the lowest risk according to the report are:

  1. Qatar
  2. Malta
  3. Saudi Arabia
  4. Barbados
  5. Grenada
  6. Iceland
  7. Bahrain
  8. Kiribati
  9. United Arab Emirates
  10. Sweden

The risk of disasters remains high in 2016. From 1980 onwards, a significant increase was recorded in the number of reported disaster events worldwide. Estimated damage levels continue to reach new peaks. And while this trend has been on a downward trajectory since 2012, this could change at any time. The 2015 statistics are a stark reminder that there is still an urgent need for action despite this decline: The United Nations recorded 346 reported disasters, more than 22,000 deaths, almost 100 million affected persons and economic damage totalling approximately US $66.5 billion.

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Depending on the application, Memory1 can reduce the total number of servers required to support a given workload or capacity by as much as 90 percent. Aside from the application-level advantages of higher available capacity, the infrastructure consolidation this allows translates to a substantial reduction in overall operating costs, from initial capital expenses (Capex) to management and maintenance (Opex).

Augment DRAM
Memory1 cost effectively provides up to four times the memory capacity of standard DRAM DIMMs. This enables much higher total system memory configurations, without the additional and prohibitive cost that would be required to achieve the same levels using DRAM alone. By blending the best attributes of DRAM and NAND-Flash, Memory1 augments system memory with higher capacity and better overall economics.

Increase Solid State Life
Solid-state disk delivers improved performance over hard disk drives, but with wear out concern. This is especially the case for budget arrays that use less expensive, MLC or TLC flash. Using Diablo’s tiered-memory software algorithms, which constantly manage service and capacity levels, data moves automatically between the DRAM and Memory1 tiers based on utilization and access patterns. By leveraging DRAM endurance and logically delivering the right capacity and performance to each application, Memory1 boosts the effective endurance of NAND-Flash memory by several factors over SSDs. 

Gain Business Insights Faster
The value of Big Data analytics engines are that they allow enterprises to derive insights and information from large pools of data, insights that have relevance to business processes. With the added performance of Memory1, users can process data and gain valuable insight faster than competitors, and turn performance into profit. Memory1 users gain up to 75 percent efficiency improvements to enable real-time Big Data analytics jobs.

Reduce Power, Cooling and Floor Space Budgets
Any reduction in server sprawl has a corresponding reduction in PCFE – Power, Cooling, and Floor space Expenses. Using Memory1 to achieve even a conservative 50 percent reduction in hardware footprint will cut IT’s power and real estate requirements dramatically; some Memory1 users are seeing PCFE savings of up to 80 percent. This is not only a relief to overall operational expenses, but also to the planet. 

Maintain Current Data Center Environment
Memory1 does not require any changes to server operating systems, application software or hardware. Memory1 modules install in the same industry standard memory slots that hold DDR4 DRAM, integrating seamlessly into the datacenter.

Diablo Technologies’ Memory1 is available now and is the first memory DIMM to expose NAND-Flash as standard application memory. This revolutionary solution provides the industry’s most economical and highest-capacity byte-addressable memory modules. Memory1 also minimizes Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by reducing the number of servers required to support memory-constrained applications. To download the Memory1 white papers, visit:



Diablo Technologies is at the forefront of developing breakthrough technologies for next-generation enterprise computing. Diablo's flagship Memory1 is a first-of-its-kind memory technology that delivers four times the capacity of the largest DRAM modules. Diablo's Memory Channel Storage platform combines innovative software and hardware architectures with Non-Volatile Memory to introduce a new and disruptive generation of Solid State Storage for data-intensive applications. The Diablo leadership team has decades of experience in system architecture, chipset design, enterprise software and business development at companies including PMC-Sierra, Anobit, AT&T-Microelectronics, Bell Labs, Nortel Networks, Intel, Cisco, AMD, SEGA, Cadence Design Systems, Matrox Graphics, BroadTel Communications and ENQ Semiconductor. Learn more at http://www.diablo-technologies.com.

World’s Leading Installation Technology for Microsoft Windows®Now Supports Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge, Universal Windows Packages and Windows Server Apps


MAIDENHEAD, U.K. – Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced the latest release of InstallShield®, the industry standard for development teams creating installers for Windows desktops, servers and cloud platforms.As highlighted in the keynote address at Microsoft Build 2016, InstallShield 2016 enables the transition to Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge (formerly known as Project Centennial) and Windows Server Apps (WSAs) with automatic compatibility tests and continuous build capabilities.

“Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes the Desktop Bridge, which enables existing desktop apps and games to be converted to use the modern Windows app packaging format.These converted apps offer cleaner installs, uninstalls and updates, and can be enhanced with Universal Windows Platform capabilities such as Live Tiles, Cortana and push notifications,” said Kevin Gallo, Corporate Vice President for the Windows developer platform at Microsoft.“We are thrilled that developers can now use InstallShield 2016 to distribute their existing apps and games through the Windows Store or existing distribution methods and access Universal Windows Platform capabilities.”

“Software vendors need the flexibility to support new technologies for Windows 10 and Windows Server, while still supporting Windows 7 and Windows 8 with MSI installers,” said Maureen Polte, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software.“Working in parallel with Microsoft, we are making it easy for our customers to transition their existing InstallShield MSI projects to build Universal Windows Platform and Windows Server App packages.InstallShield is the only product that enables developers to test their apps for compatibility with the Desktop Bridge and WSAs – saving countless hours of time, effort and investigative work.”

New Feature Highlights

  • Tests Apps for Compatibility with UWP and WSA App Packages

Scans an InstallShield project in seconds and saves hours of investigative work by automatically identifying potential compatibility issues between the application and Microsoft’s Desktop Bridge and WSA packages.

  • Creates UWP App Packages from MSI Projects

Prepares apps for the Windows Store and simplifies the software installation experience on Windows 10 by building UWP app packages from existing InstallShield projects.Builds Windows Installer and UWP app packages to support all deployment scenarios.

  • Generates WSA App Packages from MSI Projects

Prepares apps for Nano Server and Windows Server 2016 deployments by building WSA packages from existing InstallShield projects, while installing apps on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012.Simultaneously creates WSA packages and Windows Installer packages to easily support all deployment circumstances.

  • Combines Multiple UWP App Packages into One

Develops installations in modules for easier deployment and maintenance, and merges the components and dependencies at build time into a single UWP app package for the Windows Store.For direct distribution outside of the store, InstallShield 2016 bundles UWP app packages and other dependencies together with a Suite/Advanced UI installer.

  • Maps MSI Table Relationships

Developers gain insight into how MSI tables are related for more precise editing and troubleshooting, and quickly see how those changes will impact the installer to reduce unintended consequences of manual table editing.

  • Customises Windows 10 Tiles

Makes Windows Installer and UWP desktop applications “pop” on the Windows 10 Start screen with vibrant tiles for increased user engagement.

For a more detailed feature list and to begin a free trial, please visit InstallShield 2016.

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Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and security, enhancing the value they derive from their software.Our software licensing, compliance, cybersecurity and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimised software investments, and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology.A marketplace leader for more than 25 years, 80,000+ customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source of knowledge and expertise, and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products.For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com.