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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 16:26

Vendor Risk Management Under SSAE 18

By now you are likely aware that the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has announced an updated Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE 18), which will take effect on May 1, 2017. The key difference of SSAE 18, compared to the widely known SSAE 16 that it will supersede, is the required monitoring of your service providers’ service providers — otherwise known as subservice organizations or fourth-party vendors.

But who are your fourth-party vendors? As many people in vendor risk management roles are discovering, it’s often difficult to identify an organization’s fourth-party vendor relationships. While no formal business relationship exists, these subservice organizations supply to the third-party vendors with whom your company does have a contract.

Let’s try an example: Your organization has a contract with ABC Mortgage, which provides you with mortgage servicing. ABC Mortgage has a contract with XYZ Data Processing, which provides them with the software solution that is used to service your organization’s mortgages. In this scenario, ABC Mortgage is your third-party vendor with whom you have a contractual business relationship, while XYZ Data Processing is your organization’s fourth-party vendor because their contract is with ABC Mortgage.

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http://www.corporatecomplianceinsights.com/vendor-risk-management-under-ssae-18/

Take a look at top lessons learned from our staff’s combined 150 years of business continuity experience. Use our knowledge to benefit your BCM plans.

When I look at my children and grandchildren, I smile at their accomplishments and at some of their struggles. With life experience comes the understanding of what is and what may not be important. Resolving a conflict or problem is often easier for me today than when I was just out of college. On that note, we’ve put together lessons learned in the business continuity/disaster recovery arena. These come from MHA’s numerous engagements and our consultants’ combined years of experience. There are several of us with over 30 years of experience in business continuity. So, sit back, relax, and let grandpa share his wisdom – then maybe we can get an ice cream after.

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Company receives Client Diamond Award after winning Best of Staffing Client Award for the seventh consecutive year; earns Talent Award for the fifth time in seven years

HANOVER, Md. – TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, today announced it earned Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Diamond Award and Best of Staffing Talent Award. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and the employees they’ve helped find jobs. Companies who win the Client Diamond distinction have won the Best of Staffing Client Award at least five years in a row. This is TEKsystems’ third year earning that distinction.

 

earns Inavero’s 2017 Best of Staffing® Awards for Client and Talent Satisfaction

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The Best of Staffing Award for service excellence is earned by fewer than 2 percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada. To make either Client or Talent list, companies must receive satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from at least 50 percent of their clients and 50 percent of their talent.

“We are honored and thrilled that TEKsystems has again been recognized for delivering quality service to both our client and consultant communities,” says Jay Alvather, president of TEKsystems. “Helping others achieve their goals and realize success speaks to our purpose. Whether it’s providing customized IT solutions to a client or placing an IT professional in a position to advance their career, we create opportunity by holding ourselves accountable to the highest standards for quality and service.”

“Staffing firms are giving top companies a competitive advantage as they search for talent in North America,” said Inavero's CEO Eric Gregg. “The 2017 Best of Staffing winners have achieved exceptionally high levels of satisfaction and I'm proud to feature them on BestofStaffing.com.”

About Inavero

Inavero administers more staffing agency client and talent satisfaction surveys than any other firm in the world. Inavero’s team reports on over 1.2 million satisfaction surveys from staffing agency clients and talent each year and the company serves as the American Staffing Association’s exclusive service quality partner.

About Inavero’s Best of Staffing

Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on BestofStaffing.com—an online resource for hiring professionals and job seekers to find the best staffing agencies to call when they are in need.

About TEKsystems®

People are at the heart of every successful business initiative. At TEKsystems, an Allegis Group company, we understand people. Every year we deploy more than 80,000 IT professionals at 6,000 client sites across North America, Europe and Asia. Our deep insights into IT human capital management enable us to help our clients achieve their business goals–while optimizing their IT workforce strategies. We provide IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services to help our clients plan, build and run their critical business initiatives. Through our range of quality-focused delivery models, we meet our clients where they are, and take them where they want to go, the way they want to get there.

TEKsystems. Our people make IT possible. Visit us online at www.TEKsystems.com.

NEW YORK – Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has launched the Intelligent Patient Service Exchange, a digital marketplace of third-party technology solutions available to life sciences companies to enhance patient support and improve the overall patient treatment experience.

 

“With the launch of the Intelligent Patient Service Exchange, our platform continues to be instrumental in helping life sciences companies use analytics and collaborative technologies to improve the patient experience and also work across the healthcare system”

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The Intelligent Patient Service Exchange removes the time and cost needed to develop custom, digital patient-centric solutions by offering pre-built, plug-and-play technology connections that enable life sciences companies to integrate patient services more quickly and at a lower cost than previously possible. These include capabilities such as storing medical documents and streamlining physician assistants’ correspondence with patients and healthcare provider.

The Intelligent Patient Service Exchange is embedded into the Accenture Intelligent Patient Platform - a suite of integrated analytics-driven solutions that help life sciences companies design, deliver, measure and refine more precise support programs for patient segments.

“With the launch of the Intelligent Patient Service Exchange, our platform continues to be instrumental in helping life sciences companies use analytics and collaborative technologies to improve the patient experience and also work across the healthcare system,” said Tony Romito, managing director, Accenture Life Sciences. “We are committed to continuously expanding the scope of the service exchange to take advantage of the tremendous investments being made in innovative patient solutions.”

Companies currently providing technology solutions to the Accenture Intelligent Patient Service Exchange include AssistRx, Conga, Dell Boomi, Docusign and SpringCM.

When integrated with a company’s existing patient services program, the capabilities these companies provide can help life sciences companies deliver more predictable results and comprehensive patient support.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 394,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Collaboration between open source leaders expands HPE's multi-stack strategy to include Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage

PALO ALTO, CA and RALEIGH, NC – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) announced today they are working together to accelerate the deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions based on fully open, production-ready, standards-based infrastructures. HPE plans to offer ready-to-use, pre-integrated HPE NFV System solutions and HPE Validated Configurations incorporating Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage for communications service providers (CSPs).

Consistent with HPE's multi-cloud, multi-stack strategy and broader open source software commitment, HPE is collaborating with Red Hat to accelerate OpenStack adoption by CSPs worldwide, offering customers increased choice through multiple commercial distributions, including both HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade and Red Hat OpenStack Platform. Red Hat is an open source leader, using an 'upstream first' approach to the development of its products, including Red Hat OpenStack Platform. As a result, Red Hat OpenStack Platform offers a fully open source foundation for NFV deployments.

"The expansion of the relationship brings together two leaders in telecommunications well positioned and committed to helping CSPs accelerate their network transformations," said David Sliter, vice president and general manager, Communications Solutions Business, HPE. "Red Hat and HPE share a common vision and commitment to enable a rich ecosystem of NFV solutions -- our work together is aimed at easing customers' ability to leverage the expansive options we collectively provide."

With these new offerings, HPE and Red Hat are building upon an existing alliance, focused on helping customers overcome the inflexibility and high costs created by data center, application and IT sprawl by shifting resources to business innovation. This expanded collaboration enables Red Hat to make use of HPE OpenNFV Labs for virtual network function (VNF) validation and for Red Hat OpenStack Platform customers to access HPE VNF Onboarding Services. The HPE OpenNFV Solution Portal is also being expanded to include VNFs from Red Hat partners, providing customers with access to pre-validated solutions that can help simplify deployments.

"With an open foundation for their NFV deployments, CSPs have access to a more flexible, agile, and scalable platform that can meet dynamic requirements, now and in the future," said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, OpenStack, Red Hat. "By bringing Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage to HPE's NFV solution, we are offering even more choice to CSPs as they transform and modernize their networks."

Additionally, HPE and Red Hat are collaborating to certify HPE NFV operations solutions, including HPE NFV Director for management and orchestration (MANO), HPE Service Director for operations support systems (OSS), HPE VNFs and the OpenDaylight-based HPE OpenSDN Solution on the Red Hat OpenStack Platform, backed by end-to-end support from HPE.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage integration is planned for availability with the release of HPE NFV System 1.4. HPE NFV System is a pre-integrated solution bundle containing an optimal mix of hardware and software to simplify and accelerate NFV deployments, providing customers a simplified end-to-end experience from ordering, deployment, operations, lifecycle management and services. Bundles are fully tested, designed as building blocks that allow customers to start small and scale out as requirements increase. HPE NFV System 1.4 is targeted for availability in April 2017 for both HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade and Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

For customers seeking guidance, systems integration and support for Red Hat open source technologies on HPE NFV System, HPE Technology Services offers services spanning strategy planning, proof-of-concept, assessment, validated active design, integration, solution support and comprehensive program management.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure.

About Red Hat
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 the 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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