Amidst internal and external security threats, natural disasters, hacking attempts and technological changes, banks and service providers today are constantly faced with the possibilities of data loss, security breaches and breaks in business continuity. These institutions are being asked more frequently than ever what plans they have in place for speedy recovery should systems be compromised. Following a number of hard-hitting storms in the United States, including Hurricane Sandy and the devastation wrought on the Midwest following recent tornadoes, attention is focused on preparing for a recovery after natural disasters. Though preparing for natural impact is important, it becomes easy to forget there is just as much, if not more, potential for malicious manmade threats from a security and technology perspective.
All disaster recovery efforts, whether they are for natural disasters or security threats, must ultimately be tested for efficiency and reliability. While banks across the board conduct regular tests, the way in which these tests are conducted is crucial to determining a bank’s true ability to recover in the event of a disaster. In most instances, testing can be considered either static or dynamic. Most disaster recovery tests currently conducted are static in nature, meaning they are crafted to be sterile and built for success, to allow banks to ‘prove’ they have the ability and tools needed to succeed in the event of disruption. In these instances, banks and service providers are able to conduct tests and prove they have a perfect fail-over recovery system in place. The issue here is that these tests are rarely built to actually mimic any real disaster.
I can’t stop thinking about the Oklahoma tornado tragedy and the families who suffered from loss of life and property. The images of the wreckage have been burned into my brain and I feel that I need to do something about it. Which is why I want to talk about safe rooms, and why it is important to have a disaster recovery planning checklist for those people and organizations who are located in tornado zones (or flood zones, or hurricane zones, or earthquake zones, or…).
If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, I recommend that you look into building a safe room, which could include a properly designed and equipped storm cellar.
An industrial plant explodes in Texas. Bombs shut down the city of Boston. A hurricane floods the east coast with water. A tornado hits Oklahoma.
All those recent disasters caused tremendous human suffering. All of them, too, brought devastation to businesses large and small. From damaged buildings to wrecked inventory to disrupted supply lines, natural and man made disasters can tear a huge hole through profitability. In many cases businesses close their doors for good.
Plan for recovery
What lessons can we learn from all this? Here’s one: Business owners must design and implement disaster recovery plans designed to mitigate harm when bad things happen. With that in mind, now would be a good time to revisit your own recovery plans with a fresh look. Are you taking the right actions to minimize damage if you are hit with a wind storm, a lightning strike, a flood or a power outage?
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.
Overview of the FBI’s Role
When an active shooter incident takes place, local and state law enforcement are always the first on the scene. The FBI, however, has played a role in supporting the response to virtually every major incident in recent years and has much to offer in terms of expertise and resources.
Shortly after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, the FBI sought ways its personnel could better assist its law enforcement partners. Two actions enhanced these efforts.
First, the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012, signed into law by the President in January 2013, permits the U.S. attorney general—at the request of appropriate state or local law enforcement personnel—to provide federal assistance after active shooter incidents and mass killings (defined by the law as three or more people) in public places. The attorney general delegated this responsibility to the FBI.
Why users of other power system software tools are upgrading to ETAP
IRVINE, Calif. — ETAP®, the leading provider of software solutions for the design, optimization, and on-line operation of electrical power infrastructure, today announced that it is hosting a special Conversion Webinar for users of other power system software programs – such as SKM® PowerTools™, EasyPower®, Siemens’ PSS®/E, DigSILENT® PowerFactory™, EDSA®/Power Analytics® Paladin® DesignBase™ and others – outlining the engineering and business benefits of switching to ETAP from the platform they are using now.
"There are many reasons – technically, operationally, and from a business stability perspective – that power system engineers would want to migrate to ETAP," said Shervin Shokooh, Chief Operating Officer of ETAP. "When projects are too important to leave anything to chance, engineers need the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their software tools are the most proven solutions available, and supported by a vendor with a long, established track record." Shokooh cited the following as reasons large number of power systems engineers have been migrating to ETAP over the past year:?
� ETAP offers the most advanced, accurate and productive set of tools for power systems design and analysis. The Company invests more than 75% of its revenue back into software R&D, to ensure that its products incorporate the most advanced features, functions, and software technologies.?
� ETAP gives users an integrated solution that lasts the entire project lifecycle; power system models can be perfected in the design stage, and then can be easily reutilized to guide operations in real-time mode.?
� With more than 500 employees and representatives around the globe, ETAP is the only software developer in its class to offer the worldwide support and corporate stability that multinational customers need in a reliable strategic software supplier. ?
The Conversion Webinar will be held on June 26, 2013, and will show participants how remarkably easy it is to upgrade to the ETAP platform, in most cases, with a single menu pick. Projects created using other products can be quickly imported and instantly converted into ETAP one-line model containing all equipment data, protective device settings, and plots needed to perform detailed power analyses. Compared with manual mapping processes, this convenient capability saves users substantial time and money, while accelerating project completion.
Webinar details and registration information are available at etap.com
About ETAP? Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., ETAP is the global market and technology leader in electrical power system modeling, design, analysis, optimization, and predictive real-time solutions. The Company’s software technologies ensure that power systems are designed for optimal reliability, safety, and energy efficiency; when deployed in real-time mode, they enable organizations to manage energy as a strategic asset, maximize system utilization, lower costs, and achieve higher levels of financial stability. To date, more than 50,000 licenses of the Company’s ETAP and ETAP Real-Time products have been used in demanding generation, transmission, distribution, and industrial power system projects around the world. Visit etap.com for more information.
Certain names and/or logos used in this document may constitute trademarks, service marks, or trade names of ETAP/Operation Technology or other entities. The trademarks SKM® Power*Tools™, EasyPower®, Siemens’ PSS®E, DigSILENT® PowerFactory™, and Paladin® DesignBase™ from EDSA®/Power Analytics® are the property of their respective owners.
The physical expansion includes space, power, and cooling as well as updated offices and shared customer space
Dallas – DataBank Holdings, Ltd., a leading custom data center and multi-tenant colocation provider headquartered in Dallas, has announced today the expansion of white-floor capacity of their newly acquired VeriSpace data center in South Minneapolis. The new expansion, being performed in two phases, will bring data center capacity in the facility up to just over 17,500 square feet. The expansion will include the deployment of an additional UPS and a substantial cooling augmentation.
“This expansion has been largely customer driven,” said Tim Moore, DataBank’s CEO. “We felt there was an immediate need for high-quality space here and acted swiftly to address that need.” “This illustrates our commitment to the current customer-base and their growth needs, to fulfill those request first was a very high priority.” Tim continued, “This expansion only represents the one step in our overall process in this market, with more to come.”
Construction on the data center expansion is already underway and the updates to the current office space and shared customer areas will follow shortly. To find out additional details on DataBank facilities and services, please visit the company website at www.databank.com.
DataBank is a leading provider of enterprise-class data center services which are aimed at providing customers with a 100% uptime availability of their data, applications, and infrastructure. DataBank’s managed data center services are anchored in our world-class facilities, with highly available and robust internet access. Our customized technology solutions are designed to help customers effectively manage risk, improve their technology performance, and allow them to focus on their core business objectives. For additional information on DataBank, please visit www.databank.com or call 1(800) 840-7533.
eBRP Solutions Network, Inc. (eBRP) has been named winner of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) 2013 Middle East Business Continuity Product Provider of the Year award for its flagship Business Continuity Management software eBRP Suite.
The awards ceremony, sponsored by the BCI, was held May 29th at the Middle East BCM Summit in Dubai, UAE, to recognize “the talents and achievements of some of the best BC professionals and organizations working in the Middle East Region”.
This is the second such 2013 BCI award for eBRP, which captured the BCI’s North American award for Business Continuity Product Provider of the Year, in Orlando, Florida in March. eBRP is also among the finalists for the same award in both Australasia and Europe, which will be awarded later this year.
eBRP was recognized for “being a Thought Leader in BCM”, according to the BCI announcement. “What sets this product apart is its capability as an Incident Management toolset. While other BCM software stops at Plans, eBRP Suite extends its focus to Response, and empowers BCM Professionals to create value and meet the challenges of business change.”
“We are honored to have eBRP Suite recognized by our peers in the Middle East for its ability to deliver value to Business Continuity programs in the region. The award publicly verifies what our customers already know: that eBRP Suite can help them gain efficiencies, expand their capabilities in BCM planning, and deliver the information necessary to respond effectively to any disruption of their day-to-day operations”, said Jim Mitchell, an eBRP Director. “We are also extremely proud to have been named Business Continuity Product Provider of the Year on two continents so far in 2013.”
About the BCI: Based in Caversham, UK, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to promote the art and science of business continuity worldwide, and to assist organizations in preparing for and surviving minor and large-scale man-made and natural disasters. The BCI has more than 7,000 members, in over 100 countries, in an estimated 2,750 organizations in private, public and third sectors. http://TheBCI.org
About eBRP: Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, eBRP Solutions Network, Inc. is the leading provider of automated Business Continuity Management (BCM) planning software. Its flagship product – eBRP Suite - is a complete package of easy-to-use, web-based utilities that addresses the entire BCM lifecycle. eBRP Suite is used by government agencies, municipalities, non-profit organizations and businesses, including many Fortune 100 companies, on five continents. Available in either a self-hosted or SaaS configuration, eBRP Suite provides the flexibility and scalability to meet the needs of any organization – regardless of size or BCM maturity. Visit eBRP Solutions on the web at http://www.eBRP.net or email us at info@eBRP.net. Follow eBRP on Twitter at https://twitter.com/eBRPsolutions and check out our LinkedIn company page at http://linkd.in/XKqm4b
- License agreement signed between Cassidian Communications, Inc. and Emergency CallWorks allowing Emergency CallWorks to utilize the routing system and method described in Cassidian Communications’ U.S. Patent No. 6,744,858, System and Method for Supporting Multiple Call Centers
- Emergency CallWorks joins Intrado, Inc. as properly licensed vendor
TEMECULA, Calif. – Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is pleased to announce that Emergency CallWorks, a public safety technology provider, has entered into a patent license agreement with Cassidian Communications for the use of Cassidian Communications’ U.S. Patent No. 6,744,858, System and Method for Supporting Multiple Call Centers (‘858 Patent).
The license agreement allows Alabama-based Emergency CallWorks to utilize the routing system and methodology described in the ‘858 Patent. Since November 2012, Colorado-based Intrado, Inc., has also been an ‘858 Patent license holder.
“Cassidian Communications is pleased that Emergency CallWorks recognizes the value and has taken a license to the important routing system and method described in the ‘858 Patent,” said Jeff Wittek, Chief Strategic Officer for Cassidian Communications. “Our goal is to license other routing technology providers for use of the ‘858 Patent and to facilitate its use in the marketplace.”
Questions pertaining to the Cassidian Communications patent, its application or the company’s licensing activities should be directed toward Wittek, available by phone at 951-719-2100 or via email at jeff.wittek@CassidianCommunications.com.
“Other vendors interested in using this routing system and method are encouraged to contact Cassidian Communications to make ‘858 Patent licensing arrangements,” said Wittek.
About Cassidian Communications (www.CassidianCommunications.com)
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is a global leader and trusted source for mission-critical communications technologies, including NG9-1-1 call taking systems, emergency notification solutions and services, and P25 land mobile radio networks and LTE. For over four decades, Cassidian Communications has upheld its promise to keep people connected when it matters most, consistently designing solutions with an open mind and creating smarter, more effective ways to ensure communities are safe. For Cassidian Communications, CRITICAL MATTERS™. The company is headquartered in Temecula, Calif., with facilities located in Richardson, Texas, Franklin, Tenn. and Gatineau, Quebec.
About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)
EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $14 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.
About Emergency CallWorks (www.emergencycallworks.com)
Emergency CallWorks, Inc. provides the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and Dispatch community with the industry’s first vertically and horizontally integrated solution for the receipt of Next Generation 9-1-1 calls, dispatching of resources, and transmission of critical information to the mobile workforce while providing a vast array of benefits from VoIP technology. Emergency CallWorks products improve control and administration of the E9-1-1, Emergency Management and Dispatch workflow process while enhancing the speed and accuracy of emergency response.
WASHINGTON -- GenesisOne T-SQL Source Code Unscambler is a breakthrough proprietary tool which provides very substantial savings in both time and cost. It can also put management's mind at ease by enabling to see for themselves that the code is written the way it should be without having to peruse thousands of lines of code.
GenesisOne's T-SQL Source Code Unscrambler http://www.GenesisOneSolutions.com is the industry's first tool to read the SQL code and automatically create professional, data-flow documentation without altering the code in any way. This is possible because of a patent-pending algorithm that understands any code base and organizes it so both developers and non-developers can understand the logic.
The world-renowned Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering performed independent, black-box testing of the Unscrambler against a full scale test suite and can attest to a 100% pass rate against that test suite.
The lack of a well-documented source code in software applications is a major problem in software maintenance. Stored procedures account for the vast majority of database code and are part of almost every application, yet many times the documentation is incomplete or missing. To counter this, organizations create global coding standards, code comments and formatting styles, all of which end up not getting done due to tight project schedules. As a result, most documentation is incomplete or missing and as changes are introduced, the documentation that is there quickly becomes out-of-date.
Who Benefits from GenesisOne T-SQL Unscrambler?
- Project Managers can track coding progress and verify functionality without reading code.
- Development Managers can perform analysis of the code as it is being developed.
- Operational Personnel can know what's on their servers and generate formal reference documentation.
- Consultants can provide high quality documentation for their clients.
- Developers new to a project can get up to speed quickly and understand all code relationships.
GenesisOne SQL Server documentation (Microsoft SQL Server 2000/ 2005/ 2008/ 2008R2) in PDF, HTML and Word format; enables documentation of all major SQL Server components. New documents can be regenerated at the touch of a button.
Anthony Gallo, Co-Founder & President of GenesisOne Inc., said, "GenesisOne T-SQL Unscrambler is a Revolutionary advancement and a disruptive software breakthrough in understanding complex code and in providing clear and standardized documentation. This technology will create time and cost savings for organizations of any size�"
GenesisOne Inc. offers a 14 day free trial of GenesisOne T-SQL Unscrambler available at http://www.GenesisOneSolutions.com. White paper can be found at: http://www.genesisonesolutions.com/tools/Unscrambler.pdf
About GenesisOne Inc.
GenesisOne Inc. is a leading provider of software code analysis tools. GenesisOne is a privately held company with a management team comprised of a unique blend of highly qualified and motivated professionals with diverse backgrounds in a public and private sectors. More at: http://www.GenesisOneSolutions.com
Multitiendas Corona S.A. Plans Are Enhanced by Leading Cloud-based Warehousing and Inventory Management Solution Improvements
ATLANTA and SANTIAGO, Chile – LogFire, the leading multi-tenant cloud-based warehouse and inventory management solution serving multi-channel consumer goods manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ecommerce companies and logistics services providers (3PL/4PL) of all sizes and Multitiendas Corona S.A., a multi-channel general merchandise retailer in Chile, announce that Corona has commenced on the implementation and rollout of LogFire cloud-based supply chain and warehouse management solutions. Corona, headquartered in Santiago, Chile, currently operates 36 retail stores throughout Chile (from Arica to Punta Arenas) with plans to increase income with double-digit growth rate over the next several years.
Corona growth plans include enhancing the shopping experience for its target audience while strategically increasing the number of stores they operate in Chile. LogFire, with direct local presence in Chile, Peru, and Columbia and throughout LatAm has successfully helped other leading multi-channel operations in the region and abroad through the LogFire Cloud-based Warehouse Management Solutions and Managed Services offerings, as well as its industry domain expertise.
"In recent years, the supply chain has become one of our strategic pillars to support our ambitious growth plan, so in order to realize our objective it was necessary to make the right investments," says Cristian Fuenzalida Churchill, Multitiendas Corona S.A CEO. "In this context, we selected LogFire Cloud-based Warehouse Management Solution as the platform that will allow us to do a major upgrade in our logistics operation, providing us high transactional capabilities, high connectivity and processing power based on the cloud at a very competitive "total cost of ownership". Mr. Fuenzalida, finished adding "We're excited to have a world-class Warehouse Management Solution in the Cloud that will provide us with the capabilities and scalability that match our growth and business plans."
LogFire was selected as the backbone for Corona's supply chain and warehousing operations after other attempts failed and a comprehensive search of solutions in the marketplace was conducted. Key to Corona's decision, beyond meeting Corona's multi-channel warehousing, store replenishment, and direct to consumer ecommerce needs was LogFire's local presence and commitment to the support of its clients in the region and areas that Corona plans for its own growth and expansion. Additionally, LogFire's cloud-based operating model and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) pricing provides end-to-end supplier-to-consumer warehouse and inventory management capabilities at a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over traditional systems. Traditional systems require large up-front capital expenditure for software and hardware infrastructure, more expensive and time consuming implementations, internal IT support costs, and costly annual maintenance and upgrade costs. Corona experienced these differences first hand in previous attempts with traditional vendor approaches and realized the benefits LogFire and the cloud can deliver.
"We've known and worked with Corona over the last five years, leveraging our deep warehousing and retail industry domain expertise in helping define and make process flow improvements that have helped Corona's business operation," commented Diego Pantoja-Navajas, LogFire Founder and CEO. "As Corona realized the benefits that cloud-based supply chain management could provide their business, and how LogFire has dispelled the myths around the applicability of cloud-computing for warehouse management and complex multi-channel needs through its numerous successful client proof points and its various integration and automation successes as well as local support capabilities, it became clear that Corona's business objectives could be met at a significantly better total cost of ownership ."
About Multitiendas Corona S.A.
Founded in 1954, Multitiendas Corona S.A. is a large retail department chain with stores spread across Chile, with a very strong presence and brand recognition. Corona's clients value the mix of products, high quality of customer service, consistent with their mantra of "Corona, Lo Soluciona Corona, Solves It". In addition, its long-term solvency and financial efficiency has been well recognized in the Chilean market.
LogFire is the leading provider of managed services and innovative multi-tenant cloud-based supply chain execution and warehouse management solutions for manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, e-commerce companies and logistics service providers (3PLs/4PLs) of all sizes. LogFire combines strong supply chain and warehousing domain expertise with flexible cloud-based solutions and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) pricing for multi-channel warehouse management and in-store inventory management needs, providing inter-enterprise as well as extended-enterprise network advantages over traditional systems. For more information visit www.LogFire.com