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CLAIM: Complete Location Analysis and Information Management

PLANO, Texas – HailStrike™, the national leader in weather forensics, proudly announces yet another first-ever innovative service for the claims, restoration and construction industries: CLAIM™ [Complete Location Analysis & Information Management]. This new management system brings together several powerful tools from HailStrike, including: hail sto­­rm history, color coded hail activity maps, general property information, owner details, custom reminders, local demographic information, roof measurement tool with job cost and estimations, and HailStrike's own radar-based multi-site monitoring. HailStrike is also introducing a unique tool called StormCompass™ which shows an average of storm directions that have impacted the selected property in the past.

With each CLAIM™ location you enter, you have the option to specify details about the property owner, insurance carrier and claim information. You can also set reminders and specify hail monitoring for the location for instant notification of future hail activity. With a logically laid out graphical user interface, users can notate, arrange, prioritize, edit and save your projects for future reference.

Christy Cook, Chief Operating Officer at CClaim Consulting, LLC in Frisco, Texas recently commented of the new tool: "... With [HailStrike's] newly added CLAIM™ feature, I can search a specific site and zero in on the exact address, measure the roof, price out the job, analyze the storm history with data and visuals, color code it to match my internal process, setup and alerts AND track all of my owner's contact and claim information."

HailStrike is the "go to" resource for professionals needing to research storm activity and also create custom alerts to send instant notification when hail activity is detected. Daron Sneed, CEO and Founder of HailStrike says: "With the new CLAIM™ system, we have brought all of those powerful tools together in a single window that allows users to completely manage their claim from head to toe. This new tool is another industry first and is fully supported with training and instructional videos."

CLAIM™ also has a unique tool for quickly measuring roof tops. The Roof Area measurement tool can be used to estimate the area and cost of a project. All of your data is saved in your online account as long as it remains active.

Christy Cook continues: "As a consultant to property owners regarding storm claims, HailStrike is the first reporting site I turn towards to research and validate storm activity and they continue to raise the bar in providing unique features to help us run our business and give us an edge no other storm site does."

Founded in 2011, HailStrike's parent Dynamic Weather Solutions (DWS) is a revolutionary advanced weather forensics company offering the most innovative and cross-referenced analytic data available in the historical storm market today. Contact DWS/HailStrike regarding bulk pricing, corporate discounts, and complete integration of OneSite™ Reports into your claims, repair, or contracting management system.

New name for high growth cloud services company coincides with impending launch of latest G-Cloud iteration, G-Cloud 8

 

LONDON – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave assured cloud services company, has today renamed and relaunched as UKCloud Ltd (www.ukcloud.com), to reinforce the company’s exclusive focus on supporting the UK public sector in the digital transformation of services.

 

“In a very short space of time, as Skyscape Cloud Services, we have experienced rapid growth and have established our company as the leading player in the market,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of UKCloud. “We’re very proud to have helped save millions of pounds of public money by delivering more agile, lower cost IT solutions throughout high-profile Government departments, including the DVLA, Home Office and MOD. Our new name – UKCloud – reflects our unwavering commitment to serving the UK public sector and supporting the digital transformation of citizen-facing services.”

 

Hansford goes on to say “the Company has taken the decision to relaunch the company on the latest iteration of G-Cloud, G-Cloud 8, with a new name that best portrays the company’s unequivocal focus on the UK public sector and reaffirms its commitment to the market. With the imminent arrival of G-Cloud 8, this was an opportune moment to refresh our brand. At UKCloud, we remain steadfastly focused on working with the public sector, helping to digitise services with our agile, assured and cost-effective cloud services.”

 

Over the past year, UKCloud has experienced unprecedented growth, significantly expanding its customer base, market share and channel partner programme. In terms of number of employees, the company has grown more than ten-fold in four years, with expectations to double its headcount by the end of 2016. UKCloud has also received widespread industry recognition to date, recently winning the Communications category of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA Award.

 

Committed to continually evolving its platform, UKCloud recently became the first cloud services provider to offer OpenStack compatible services exclusively for the UK public sector and is the first cloud provider focused on the UK public sector to offer a platform based on Oracle technology. It is also set to announce further support options in the coming months.

 

Hansford concluded: “Our sole focus on the UK public sector gives us unparalleled insight into the evolving needs of our customers and partners. Over the past year, we have continued to develop and improve our pioneering assured cloud platform in a number of ways. Additionally, we’ve focussed attention on customer service with new recruits specifically dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction and a new online portal designed to encourage end-user feedback, ensuring this influences our product development roadmap going forward. For us, these developments and this re-brand provide the perfect launch pad for our business as we continue to grow and innovate enabling our customers and partners to deliver better outcomes for citizens and taxpayers.”

 

There will be no changes to the company’s legal entity, services, security protocols, organisation structure, governance or shareholdings.

 

For more information, please visit www.ukcloud.com

 

About UKCloud

UKCloud is dedicated to the UK Public Sector. We provide assured, agile and value-based true public cloud that enable our customers to deliver enhanced performance through technology.

We’re focused on cloud. Delivering a true cloud platform that is scalable, flexible, assured and cost-effective.

We’re open. You are never locked in. Using industry standards and open source software we enable flexibility and choice across multiple cloud solutions.

Dedicated to the UK Public Sector. Our business is designed specifically to serve and understand the needs of public sector organisations.

We develop communities. We bring together communities of users that are able to share datasets, reuse code, test ideas and solve problems.

Customer engagement. We will only be successful if our customers are successful. We embody this in the promise: Easy to adopt. Easy to use. Easy to leave.

Additional information about UKCloud can be found at www.ukcloud.com or by following us on Twitter at @ukcloudltd

UKCloud. The power behind public sector technology.

More than half of this year’s $14.8 million in cash settlements for violating data privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) involved cases in which offenders failed to conduct proper risk assessments.

As the stakes for ignoring those risk assessments continue to grow, officials at software developer AvePoint are pointing to a tool they developed in conjunction with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), which can help make the process of conducing those reviews more consistent and efficient.

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http://mspmentor.net/msp-mentor/privacy-audit-tool-could-help-guard-against-hippa-breach-fines

As you’ll have no doubt seen in the press, Orlando, Fla.-based backup company Replibit was recently acquired by eFolder. It's not a surprising move, as eFolder was lacking its own solution for disaster recovery (DR). So, what is so special about Replibit?

There are a few core technologies that make Replibit interesting:

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http://mspmentor.net/blog/why-you-need-take-your-backup-and-disaster-recovery-max

Top FEMA Officials Available for Interviews to Discuss Extreme Heat Safety Tips, Urge Residents to Download FEMA Smartphone App Designed to Help Families Before, During, and After Disasters


Washington – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents across the nation to take steps now to prepare their families and communities for extreme heat, by reviewing important safety information and downloading the FEMA smartphone app. 

The National Weather Service announced today that “dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected this week across a large portion of the nation.” Additionally, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center’s latest outlooknotes that most of the continental United States is facing elevated chances of well-above-average summer temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, heat kills more people than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.

To help Americans stay safe during extreme heat, FEMA urges residents to consider taking the following actions in affected areas:   

  • Postpone outdoor games and activities and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine; limit alcoholic beverage intake.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Spend the warmest part of the day in temperature-controlled buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, or community facilities.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

FEMA also urges residents to download and use the free FEMA app, which provides valuable safety tips to help families prepare for and recover from more than 20 natural and man-made hazards. The FEMA app enables users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation, making it easy to follow severe weather that may be threatening family and friends.  The app also provides family communication plans, customizable checklist of emergency supplies, and maps of open shelters and disaster recovery centers. The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

What:  Interview opportunity with FEMA officials to share information on how to stay safe during extreme heat and FEMA’s updated Smartphone App

Who:  FEMA Director of External Affairs Josh Batkin

          FEMA Director of Public Affairs Rafael Lemaitre  

          FEMA Director of Individual and Community Preparedness Helen Lowman

When:  Upon request

RSVP:  To schedule a media interview contact the FEMA News Desk at 202-646-3272 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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