Now it’s even easier to securely share M&A-related Microsoft Office documents
With research indicating that almost three-quarters (71%) of M&A executives have recently suffered a data loss, ansarada is making it even easier for the industry to securely share Microsoft Office applications with Secure Office.
“Things happen fast during M&A due diligence and small barriers to workflow can become major roadblocks, leading to frustration and lost time,” said Matthew Brown, Chief Product Officer at ansarada. “Too often, when faced with the choice between slowing down a due diligence process, or leaving their financial model unprotected in a deal, sellers give up and send original Excel files via email. This is a very risky move – one that should never be taken with such a highly confidential document.”
Existing solutions in the marketplace have focused on security over ease of use, utilising plugins, installations or custom software like viewers, leading to frequent situations where bidders are prevented from opening documents by their own organisation’s IT policies. This puts pressure on the seller to reissue the files unburdened by the security that was meant to protect it.
Designed specifically for those involved in M&A deals, ansarada’s Secure Office feature solves this problem by providing an effortless way for bidders and sellers to share sensitive Microsoft Office documents, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. No installation, viewers or plugins are needed and users experience no difference to the way they normally share or open Microsoft Office documents.
Offering the ability to apply and remove security at will, Secure Office from ansarada also allows M&A executives to:
- Control who has access to documents, with the ability to track document views, inside or outside a data room
- Control whether individuals can alter information in documents
- Prevent illegitimate copying and printing of documents
- Control whether individuals can see formulas in Excel
- Expire documents after a certain date, or if un-authorised access is attempted
“Our research consistently shows that unless security, simplicity and ease of use are considered together as equal priorities in designing software solutions for M&A, the industry will simply not be able to use them” explains Stephen Dearing, Vice President of EMEA for ansarada. “ansarada’s Secure Office is by far the easiest way to secure Microsoft Office documents, and for the user there’s no difference – documents behave like just regular files.”
“It’s Excel security you can actually use.”
ansarada’s research, which asked 520 bankers, lawyers, consultants and accountants specialising in M&A, highlights the barriers faced by the industry when it comes to closing deals efficiently and on time. It also found that data losses accounted for deals being delayed by an average of 12 days.
Back in 2005, a software developer and two accountants needed a data room, but were frustrated by the products in the market. Joining forces with an entrepreneur, they set out to make something significantly and remarkably better. The result is ansarada, a pioneering global provider of virtual data rooms, and the world’s only host and builder of data rooms designed exclusively for mergers and acquisitions (M&A). ansarada is dedicated to making life easier for everyone involved with M&A, and in particular to making the due diligence process as simple as possible for M&A dealmakers. ansarada has built its data rooms using its own proprietary technology, and is committed to the highest levels of service, security and integrity, and to ensuring successful outcomes for clients. The company has offices in Australia, Europe, USA, Hong Kong and South Africa.
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BARRE, Vt. – Northern Power Systems Corp. (TSX: NPS), a leading next generation renewable energy technology company, today announced its state-of-the-art FlexPhase power conversion system has been selected by UniEnergy Technologies (UET) and Avista Corp. to provide advanced power conversion for the largest capacity flow battery deployed in North America. The battery, located in Pullman, WA near Washington State University and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), went online in April 2015. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Washington State Clean Energy Fund, now in its second round, and Avista matching funds.
The batteries are manufactured by Washington-based UET, and integrated with the NPS power converters. The core of the UET system is an advanced vanadium flow battery, engineered utilizing Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) technology developed starting in 2006 with funding from the DOE's Office of Electricity. The system has been used to date by Avista for load shifting, frequency regulation, and voltage regulation on the distribution circuit in Pullman. With the addition of the NPS converters, the UET product will also support Avista's end customer SEL, offering uninterruptible power supply, black start and four-cycle ride-through to SEL's manufacturing facility.
"We have been working with UET for some time now as they have selected and integrated the advanced Northern Power FlexPhase technology power converter into their offering for sophisticated grid-forming applications," commented Diego M. Tebaldi, VP of Global Business Development for Northern Power Systems, adding "The capabilities and value of our technology provide a unique solution for these demanding applications."
David Ridley, UET Director of Electrical Engineering said, "We are pleased to be working with Northern Power Systems on this critical project, as their technology allows us to extract the best value for the customer and enable functionalities like black-start, seamless critical load support and microgrid-ready features that most others aren't offering."
Avista Fellow Engineer Curt Kirkeby said, "It's exciting to work with Northern Power Systems as we explore the possibilities and promise of battery storage. A key business objective for the deployment of storage technology at Avista's Energy Storage Project is to leverage both operational and market value streams throughout the operational life of the asset. In order to achieve this objective, Avista required a power converter technology which could seamlessly switch between modes of operation without an interruption of service. The NPS FlexPhase technology power converter allows the transition between business values requiring ride-through and microgrid capability to business values requiring participation in ancillary markets."
About Northern Power Systems
Northern Power Systems designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines and power technology products, and provides engineering development services and technology licenses for energy applications, into the global marketplace from its US headquarters and European offices.
- Northern Power Systems has almost 40 years' experience in technologies and products generating renewable energy.
- Northern Power Systems currently manufactures the NPS™ 60 and NPS™ 100 turbines. With over 10 million run time hours across its global fleet, Northern Power wind turbines provide customers with clean, cost effective, reliable renewable energy.
- Patented next generation permanent magnet direct drive (PMDD) technology uses fewer moving parts, delivers higher energy capture, and provides increased reliability due to reduced maintenance and downtime.
- Northern Power Systems' FlexPhase™ power converter platform uses patented converter architecture and advanced controls technology for advanced grid support and generation applications.
- Northern Power Systems offers comprehensive inhouse development services, including systems level engineering, advanced drivetrains, power electronics, PM machine design, and remote monitoring systems to the energy industry.
- Some of the world's largest manufacturers license the company's next generation technology and IP for their utility and distributed wind products and markets.
To learn more about Northern Power Systems, please visit www.northernpower.com.
For more information on UET, please visit http://www.uetechnologies.com
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Merger Connects Global Partners, Redefines Investigative Services Marketplace
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Investigative services agencies ICS | Merrill and GlobalOptions today announced that they have merged and formed the CoventBridge Group. The move brings together over six decades of experience and innovation in investigative and compliance programs with a clear objective: deliver superior service and solutions to clients at both the domestic and global levels.
The Company begins day one as the largest North American claims investigative services provider and stands alone as the only HIPAA and SOC2-T2 compliant agency in the world. This merger allows CoventBridge to become the industry's sole provider of integrated North American, U.K. and Continental European capabilities with over 1,000 employees across the globe. The newly formed Company, which includes U.S. and U.K. subsidiaries, has named former ICS | Merrill CEO, Dave Merrill, as Group CEO and non-executive Chairman, Roger Day, former ACE, AIG and Zurich Insurance executive.
"Our commitment to bringing the widest range of smart solutions to the customers we serve is manifest in this new union," says Merrill. "It is, however, only the beginning. Our interests are best served when our client's interest are served first. We have a passion for delivering excellence and exceeding client expectations, and our aim is to redefine the client experience and to elevate the level of the field."
CoventBridge Chairman, Roger Day, adds: "We are committed to becoming the gold standard amongst investigative services providers. To that end, we have assembled a global team that is immensely qualified to assist clients in making the confident and informed decisions that today's ever-evolving and regulation-rich counter-fraud environment demands."
CoventBridge is a full-service global investigative firm headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., and is backed by the London based Harwood Capital LLP, part of the Harwood Capital Management Group, with £973 million funds under management as of Dec. 31, 2015. The Company has offices in Florida, Pennsylvania, California and London and over 700 investigators in the U.S. and abroad. Services offered include: Claim Investigations, Surveillance Services, Special Investigation Unit Services and Counter-Fraud Compliance Programs, In-House Investigations – Social Media, Canvasses, Record Retrieval, Complex International Investigations and Vendor Management Programs.
About CoventBridge Group
CoventBridge Group is a full service investigation company providing: Surveillance, SIU and Compliance, Claims Investigation, Counter-Fraud Programs, Desktop Investigations, Social Media, Record Retrieval, Canvasses and Vendor Management programs. With offices in the UK and U.S. the company provides top tier data privacy and security practices, deploys robust case management technology customized to clients' needs and delivers worldwide coverage via its 1000 employees and affiliates worldwide.
IDV Solutions, LLC, will feature its industry-leading command center software, Visual Command Center®, at upcoming security industry conferences this spring.
The team will be on the exhibit floors helping companies take command of risk in Booth #419 at DRJ Spring World March 13-16 in Orlando and Booth #3051 at ISC West April 6-8 in Las Vegas. On display will be the leading command center software platform, Visual Command Center, which is used across the globe to protect people and assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance.
“It’s always exciting to get out and meet with so many key stakeholders in the industries we serve,” said Scott Morrison, EVP of Marketing. “Our team is looking forward to sharing what’s new with security, business continuity and risk management professionals with the goal of building build risk-resilient organizations.”
Visual Command Center helps transform an organization’s command center into a strategic asset for managing operational risk. It integrates information and capabilities from disparate internal systems and data with external sources about risk events, to provide a real-time, common operating picture of a company’s assets, personnel and operations in relation to potential threats to those assets. When a risk event is detected near an asset or employee location, Visual Command Center automatically generates an alert and provides tools to assess whether the risk is a threat and take immediate action to mitigate the impact of the threat. In this way it serves as a single enterprise platform for risk intelligence and response.
Some of the world’s largest private and public organizations use Visual Command Center for corporate security, business continuity, crisis response, traveler and executive protection, supply chain risk management, and more.
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About IDV Solutions, LLC
IDV Solutions, LLC empowers organizations to take command of risk by delivering command center software that is used to protect people and assets, ensure continuity of operations and optimize performance. Its Visual Command Center® software is an enterprise platform for risk intelligence and response used in organizational functions such as business continuity, security, supply chain and operations to mitigate or eliminate the impact of risk. By helping organizations in the Global 2000 and government transform their command centers, they are able to excel at managing operational risk. For more information, please visit idvsolutions.com.
Tornadoes, wind, rainy wet weather, sewer, drain and plumbing problems combine to challenge homeowners as the weather warms
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – The start of spring means it's the season for wet and often wicked weather, which can be unpredictable and may include sudden, severe and damaging hail storms that homeowners must endure, according to the Farmers Insurance® Seasonal Smarts Digest.
Farmers data shows that 39 percent of all hail-related homeowner claims occurred from March to May over the three-year period from 2013 to 2015. The Midwest, in particular, faces a significant potential for hail-related damage, as hail claims account for approximately three-quarters of all home claims in Nebraska and Montana during spring and more than half of all claims in Kansas and Oklahoma.
"Spring is the season for the rebirth of flowers, birds and wildlife, as well as for the arrival of a new set of violent storms, including hail and tornadoes, that can greatly impact homeowners and their property," said Paul Quinn, head of claims customer experience at Farmers Insurance. "Our data shows that homeowners can potentially face a spring full of costly problems such as hail, wind damage, and weather-related flooding and drainage issues inside their homes as the weather warms up and storms begin to roll in."
Hail storms, which are frequently touched off by thunderstorms and subsequently form tornadoes, can be serious threats for homeowners. The larger the hail stones, the greater the damage to roofs, siding, windows and exterior glass, such as skylights. Hail causes about $1 billion of damage annually to property.
Homeowners should be prepared to encounter flash hail storms and know what to do before, during and after a storm, Quinn said:
- Don't neglect roof maintenance. Repairing small problems now can prevent larger problems later, including water penetration and interior damage. Also watch for weak spots in the granules that provide UV protection to shingles, since exposed shingles deteriorate faster.
- Gussy up gutters. Spring can be the perfect time to check and clean your roof gutters. You can minimize the potential for future water damage by keeping your gutters free of clogs and debris, and repairing sections of gutters or downspouts that have come loose during strong storms.
- Seek shelter. It may seem simple, but if you are inside when a hail storm hits, stay there; if you are outside, head indoors.
- Stay away from skylights. Hailstones can shatter glass in skylights, windows and doors.
- Keep window coverings drawn. Be sure drapes, curtains and shades are fully extended during a hail storm. This can prevent hail from scattering shards of broken window glass over a greater area.
Springtime To-Do List for Homeowners
Although hail storms can present their own unique dangers, homeowners should be prepared for other common household challenges this spring. Farmers data shows that nearly one-third (31 percent) of an entire year's claims resulting from wind damage occur between March and May, which is an increase of 59 percent from the chillier winter months. The storms may also bring the potential for water issues, as more than one-quarter (29 percent) of claims related to wet, rainy weather getting inside of homes and causing damage occur during the spring.
According to Quinn, the early days of spring make for the perfect time to rundown the spring cleaning and preparation checklist before the adverse weather begins to arrive:
- Create a complete home inventory list by recording all possessions room-by-room with accompanying receipts and a photo and/or a video catalog. Keep your list in a safety deposit box and back up videos or photos to cloud storage. In the event a storm destroys a few items or all in its path, you will be able to document items for insurance purposes. You can use your smartphone or tablet to take the photos or video.
- Know your susceptibility to areas damaged by wildfires. "Burn scars" create a hazard for mudslides because the vegetation that would have normally absorbed excess water is now gone.
- Don't use caustic chemical drain cleaners during your spring cleaning, as they can erode your pipes and drains over time. Never pour liquid oil/grease down the drain where it may solidify and cause clogs and damage. You can make your own natural cleaner by sprinkling one-quarter cup baking soda into the drain followed by a generous amount of warm water. Pour in one cup of white vinegar to complete your homemade drain cleaner.
- Have a "GO" kit packed and ready to go in case your home becomes inhabitable as the result of a spring storm. Include necessary items such as three days' worth of water and non-perishable food for each family member plus a manual can opener, a first-aid kit, daily required prescriptions, a battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlights with extra batteries and a portable cell phone charger that is charged and ready to go.
"In spring everyone wants to go outdoors and welcome the nice weather inside," Quinn said. "But when wet weather, violent storms and strong winds present themselves, it's smart to know what to do to keep your homestead dry and safe."
The complete Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest, detailing spring's common and uncommon hazards as well as safety and preparedness tips to help keep homeowners and their homes safe, can be found online at http://www.farmers.com/news/seasonal-smarts.
About the Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest
The Farmers Seasonal Smarts Digest is released four times per year to provide drivers and homeowners with knowledgeable, straightforward and proactive tips to help mitigate potentially dangerous and costly insurance losses. The digest examines a three-year window (2013 to 2015) of Farmers Insurance's historical claims database to identify seasonal perils and the states where they most commonly occur.
About Farmers Insurance
"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies, across all 50 states, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list. For more information about Farmers Insurance, visit Farmers.com, Twitter and Instagram, @WeAreFarmers, or Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.
MIMIX 8.1 update delivers faster replication, virtual switch and other new features for easy management, scalability and assured protection from all forms of downtime
IRVINE, Calif. – Vision Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of high availability, disaster recovery, and migration software and services, announced today the release of MIMIX 8.1 for IBM i. The product update delivers faster replication to protect the growing volumes of data and transactions reported by businesses of all sizes; greater confidence that applications can switch to a backup server at a moment’s notice; and easier solution management to minimize demands on IT resources.
MIMIX 8.1 makes Vision Solutions’ suite of MIMIX products – which includes MIMIX Availability, the industry leader in IBM i high availability, as well as MIMIX DR, MIMIX Move and MIMIX for PowerHA – even more robust. MIMIX products scale to meet the demands of small to enterprise-class businesses that cannot afford the impact of data loss or downtime for their mission-critical IBM i applications. Its flexible, sophisticated replication technology makes it a match for on-premises or cloud environments with any type of IBM Power Systems hardware, storage or IBM i OS version.
MIMIX 8.1 delivers benefits to the full MIMIX brand family. New features include:
Virtual switch, an automated procedure that supports HA/DR plan testing by enabling business applications to be tested on the backup server without impacting production operations
Continuous autofix technology that detects and intelligently repairs issues found during replication and audits to reduce day-to-day management requirements while enhancing performance
Enhanced replication performance for high throughput environments or highly constrained environments
Greater control of audit status to allow administrators to refine the audit exceptions they receive, noticeably reducing solution management needs
Simplified replication configuration and smart problem resolution to support the creation of optimal replication configurations from MIMIX’s data protection reports and guide administrators through the analysis of exceptions
“The virtual switch feature in MIMIX 8.1 is particularly useful because it allows our customers to test their HA environments without affecting production operations, which gives them the confidence to perform full switch tests,” said Neil Clark, Senior Consultant at Clear Technologies. “I’ve been working with MIMIX for 20 years. There’s simply no better solution in the market.”
The release of MIMIX 8.1 is further evidence of Vision Solutions’ ongoing commitment to enhance its product portfolio and provide customers, channel partners and cloud service providers with a competitive edge.
“We are continuing to evolve MIMIX for IBM i to meet the ever-changing needs of the marketplace and drive innovation through products that are easy to use,” said Alan Arnold, Vision Solutions executive vice president and chief technology officer. “Our MIMIX 8.1 update delivers significantly reduced solution management requirements, enhanced replication performance and the much-needed ability to test an HA/DR plan without business impact.”
MIMIX is a must-have for businesses looking for a complete, easy-to-use solution to migrate, protect and recover IBM i data and applications. With a host of new and improved features, MIMIX 8.1 delivers an even higher level of protection from a proven market-leader.
To learn more about MIMIX 8.1 or to request a product demo, visit http://visionsolutions.com/Contact-Us.
About Vision Solutions (www.visionsolutions.com/)
Vision Solutions is the premier provider of software solutions designed to protect data, minimize downtime and maximize resources for the modern data center. It is the only company to deliver migrations, high availability, disaster recovery and data sharing across multiple operating systems, on any hardware and in any physical, virtual or cloud environment. Its solutions perform near-zero downtime migration of data, applications and servers. It utilizes real-time replication to prevent data loss, and its software enables different database platforms to seamlessly share and consolidate data in real-time. Vision Solutions has been serving enterprises and managed service providers for over 25 years through our portfolio of Double-Take®, MIMIX® and iTERA® product brands.