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New Integration Provides Seamless Connections Between Perforce Helix and Leading Application Lifecycle Management Systems

 

WOKINGHAM, UKPerforce Software, the leader in software configuration management (SCM) and collaboration, and Go2Group, an Atlassian Platinum and Enterprise Expert, today announced the Perforce ConnectALL Adapter. The new adapter for Go2Group’s ConnectALL ALM Router connects Perforce Helix to Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) systems supported by ConnectALL. The companies also announced that they have expanded their partnership, which first began in 2002.

 

“Very few SCMs can handle binary data, and no other SCM solution supports large file formats that scale across globally distributed enterprises like Helix,” said Brett Taylor, president of Go2Group. “Our customers demand future-proof solutions, and with Perforce we know they don’t have to worry about outgrowing their systems—it will serve them well whether they’re a team of 50 or 50,000.”

 

With the Perforce adapter, ConnectALL automatically synchronises data and workflow with other ALM systems and integrates ALM systems components within minutes.

 

“We’re excited to be a part of the ConnectALL ecosystem of adapters and to enable companies to more easily design, configure, synchronise, manage, and monitor their integrations with Perforce,” said Dave Robertson, vice president of Channels at Perforce. “We’re glad to extend our partnership with Go2Group to new technologies and markets.”

 

Go2Group is part of Perforce’s network of sales partners across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and India. Perforce partners serve customers in more than 100 countries worldwide.

 

The Perforce ConnectALL Adapter is available for purchase from the Go2Group website.

 

About Perforce Software

Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively and securely. Its highly scalable source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform, Perforce Helix, enables global teams to collaborate on any type or size of file. It supports both centralised and distributed (DVCS) workflows while safeguarding intellectual property with advanced behavioural analytics. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands including adidas, Samsung, NVIDIA, Intuit, Pixar, Salesforce, EA, Ubisoft, and VMware. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, with offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit www.perforce.com

 

About Go2Group

Go2Group provides products, implementation services and support for the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) market. The company works with agile, continuous delivery, waterfall and hybrid approaches to software development and has completed over 2,000 plugin installations and thousands of enterprise-level migrations. Go2Group specialises in complex integration projects involving multiple ALM systems. Its flagship product, the ConnectALL ALM Router, unifies multiple ALM systems such as those from Atlassian JIRA, HP ALM/Quality Center, IBM Rational and Microsoft Team Foundation Server, so that distributed teams can use the development tools of their choice and work in concert with other teams. Many customers, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Security Council, NASA, Prudential, GE, UBS and Wells Fargo, rely on Go2Group’s unified yet vendor-neutral approach to ALM. Go2Group is an Atlassian Platinum and Enterprise Expert and is Atlassian’s first and largest North American partner. For more information, visit www.Go2Group.com.

Leading international legal business DAC Beachcroft has chosen document bundling from Zylpha (www.zylpha.com), the UK’s leading legal systems innovator.

 

With more than 2,200 people and coverage across the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and North America, DAC Beachcroft provides its clients with a full-service commercial, transactional, claims, risk and advisory capability. As a global business, the firm is continually looking at effective ways to deliver the highest levels of representation, increase efficiency, reduce printing costs and use less space for storage and filing.

 

DAC Beachcroft will use Zylpha’s software to create, paginate and amend legal documents and bundles. Among the documents and bundles that Zylpha is being used to prepare are: hearing and trial bundles, Instructions To Counsel, Case Management Conferences, witness statement exhibits, client reports and board minutes.

 

DAC Beachcroft appointed Zylpha because of its track record of delivering bundling and secure delivery systems to major legal practices and for the system’s proven ability to integrate with the case and document management systems used internally at the firm.

 

Initial trials of the system revealed the potential benefits that Zylpha could provide. Depending on the size and type of the bundle being prepared at DAC Beachcroft, time savings ranged from one to three hours. Over the course of the six-month trial, some respondents felt they saved between 30 and 50 hours in time over preparing traditional paper bundles. Others noted that they had also avoided printing thousands of pages of documents as a result. Other commenters highlighted how the system greatly enhanced communication between offices, especially with international locations. There was also praise for the speed with which the software allowed users to reply to external lawyers when compared to previous paper processes.

 

Commenting on the choice of Zylpha, David Aird, IT Director at DAC Beachcroft, said: “As part of our BWOW, better ways of working initiative, Zylpha will deliver significant time savings along with major reductions in printing, filing and storage overheads. It also gives us a highly effective secure communication system."

 

“As a result, those who have been first to trial the software internally have been quick to see the benefits over using paper systems. However, it is interesting to note that we have also received highly positive comments from counsel and clients alike who appreciate the ability to click through the bundles they have received quickly and easily. All in all, therefore, this was a successful evaluation and we are looking forward to realising the significant benefits available to the business as we roll out Zylpha across 25 departments.”

 

Zylpha’s CEO Tim Long welcomed David Aird’s comments adding: “DAC Beachcroft is renowned for the incredibly high levels of representation that they provide to their clients both in the UK and around the globe. In addition, they are always reviewing how to improve all aspects of what they do and a major element of this is the preparation of legal document bundles and their distribution to relevant parties."

 

"Zylpha allows DAC Beachcroft to produce and maintain these documents in a fraction of the time required previously with paper systems. It also significantly reduces the amount of paper required for printing and photocopying and eliminates much of the need for couriers and additional document storage. We are delighted they have chosen Zylpha and look forward to working closely with then as they roll the system out across their organisation.”

 

 

About DAC Beachcroft

With around 2,200 people, DAC Beachcroft combines one of the most comprehensive UK legal networks with coverage across Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia-Pacific.

 

DAC Beachcroft refers to the DAC Beachcroft Group, which includes a number of differently regulated entities within the UK and internationally.

 

We provide a full service commercial, transactional, claims, risk and advisory capability. We work with clients in a select range of industry sectors and are market leaders in health, insurance and real estate.

 

We are agile, progressive and easy to engage with. Our flexible approach to resourcing enables us to apply the right mix of legal, commercial and process skills to deliver the right outcome at the right price, depending on our clients’ individual needs.

 

We are committed to supporting the communities where we operate through charitable giving, pro bono work and programmes such as those operated by Business in the Community and The Prince's Trust.

 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015, recognised more than half of our UK partners as leaders in their field. We achieved a record number of rankings this year with 61 practice areas ranked across all UK regions, 50% of which are in Band 1 and 2.

 

We achieved a record 105 rankings across all regions in Legal 500 UK 2014 and, with 58% of our total listings in either Tier 1 or 2, our peers have acknowledged our excellence in our fields of expertise.

 

A number of the group's entities based in the UK and Ireland hold certification under ISO9001, the quality assurance standard and ISO27001, the information security standard, and DAC Beachcroft LLP is the largest law firm in the country to hold a gold Investors in People award.

 

For more information, please visit: www.dacbeachcroft.com.

 

About Zylpha

www.zylpha.com

Headquartered in Southampton Zylpha is an innovative specialist offering tools for the legal profession including:

  • Secure electronic document production and delivery.
  • Court Bundling.
  • Integration with the MOJ Portal.
  • Links to agencies for AML and Identity Verification.

The company, which was founded by Tim Long its CEO, has won widespread acclaim in both the legal and local government sectors for its systems that transform secure communications for court and case management bundles.

Combining BioConnect with Digitus server cabinet access control makes biometric identity management more effective and easier

 

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS and Digitus Biometrics have just announced a new technology partnership between ENTERTECH’S BioConnect identity management platform and the Digitus db Bus and db Cabinet Sentry for server cabinet access control. The result is a new, fully-integrated solution called db BioConnect.

 

The new db BioConnect lets company data centres, co-location data centres and IT room customers simplify biometric implementation, enrollment and management for access control of perimeter doors, interior rooms, cages and now server racks all integrated into one identity platform. This game-changing solution now extends enterprise access security platforms into the data centre, making investments in Access Control Management Systems far more economical and effective.

 

“Digitus Biometrics is the leader in providing biometric access control to the critical infrastructure market," said Rob Douglas, ENTERTECH SYSTEMS CEO. "With Digitus technology integrated to BioConnect, all 15 of our certified access control partners will now be able to offer it to their customers. For the first time, end users will have access to an integrated biometric solution that secures access control from the data centre entrance to the server cabinet instead of having to deal with stand-alone systems.” The list of BioConnect certified access control partners can be found at www.bioconnect.com/partners.  

 

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS’ BioConnect is the most advanced identity management platform on the global market today. Simple, secure and scalable, it provides Suprema biometric authentication across leading access control systems. As an application for security professionals, BioConnect helps enterprises successfully implement identity solutions by making deployment and use of biometrics easier than ever. BioConnect addresses deployment challenges by reducing costs, overcoming complexity and making it easier to on-board users. The platform provides seamless synchronization of data such as new cardholders, changes and deletions, and is tailor-made for enterprises where true identity is critical for secure access to physical facilities and software applications.

 

“Our biometric access control solutions are designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of clients," said David Orischak, Digitus Biometrics CEO. "This technology integration to create db BioConnect will let us offer a single, centralised, highly advanced access control solution that's easy to deploy and use. An industry first, our customers will be able to use one centralised system facility-wide to secure a company’s critical infrastructure and data."

 

db Bus ServerRack Access Control is designed for data centres needing to secure large volumes of server cabinets with only one small component per cabinet. A single db Bus controller allows the user to secure up to 32 racks with a single 48V power supply and may be infinitely scaled. db Cabinet Sentry is designed for data centres with a structured cabling scheme. It is Digitus’ most compact, cost-effective and energy-efficient means of securing server cabinets. This extremely versatile unit can be deployed in networked or stand-alone environments, using power over Ethernet (PoE) or an external power supply. db BioLock is a server cabinet lock that uses biometric identification with prints for up to 10 fingers per user. Through this new technology partnership, these db products will be integrated with BioConnect to create the new integrated db BioConnect solution.

 

“Digitus’ use of leading Suprema biometric technology in their server cabinet access control solutions is a natural fit for ENTERTECH SYSTEMS as the operating partner for Suprema in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland and Puerto Rico,” added Douglas.

 

“The implications to the market are significant," added Orischak. "The integrated db BioConnect solution can be used to manage any cabinet system where biometric access control is warranted – even SCIF’s and locked areas housing sensitive assets such as pharmaceuticals, hazardous materials, intelligence archives, customer and patient records, as well as critical IP.”

 

For more information on the db BioConnect integrated solution, visit www.bioconnect.com/db.

 

About Digitus Biometrics

Founded in 2005, Digitus Biometrics has become a market leader in access security solutions through its highly advanced fingerprint recognition technology, operating software and unique system configurations. Today, the company’s fourth-generation fingerprint recognition technology provides unparalleled access security to government, military, healthcare, educational and commercial facilities. Visit www.digitus-biometrics.com, call 912-231-8175 or email info@digitus-biometrics.com.  

 

About ENTERTECH SYSTEMS partnered with Suprema

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS provides market-leading intelligent identity management solutions to systems integrators in key markets, including critical infrastructure, enterprise, education, healthcare, public sector, financial services, retail, luxury high-rise condominiums and more. Our biometrics for IP access control systems and workforce management solutions are purpose-built to overcome the three main obstacles to mainstream adoption: cost, complexity and on-boarding users. And the company’s highly responsive, results-driven technical services team works with our certified partner network to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

ENTERTECH SYSTEMS is Suprema’s official operating partner in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Puerto Rico. The company offers Suprema’s family of #1-rated biometric devices (finger, face, card and PIN), next-generation IP access control system, biometric algorithm and SDK, and software products. The company’s industry-first BioConnect identity management platform enables Suprema’s biometric readers to be easily integrated with leading global access control systems. BioConnect is available worldwide through ENTERTECH SYSTEMS. For more information, visit www.bioconnect.com and www.entertechsystems.com.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 00:00

6 Steps to Reduce Business Travel Risks

Serious medical emergencies, political unrest and devastating natural disasters – these are just a few of the dangers business travelers face as they travel the world on behalf of their companies.  Even seemingly smaller travel issues, such as a lost prescription, a stolen passport or even a cancelled flight can wreak havoc on one’s travel plans at the worst possible moment. All of these risks are abundant in business travel, and as employees circle the globe, it’s your responsibility to protect them from these risks with proactive crisis management.

A key component of any well-rounded Travel Risk Management (TRM) strategy, proactive crisis management can help organizations meet their Duty of Care objectives and prevent issues from becoming even more serious.  Companies must be ready to deal with crises as opposed to simply just reacting to them – and this knowledge can only come through experience. This experience is best found by incorporating crisis response exercises into your company’s TRM strategy. Here’s how:

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http://www.corporatecomplianceinsights.com/6-steps-to-reduce-business-travel-risks/

Low river flow and nutrient loading reason for smaller predicted size

 

Scientists are expecting that this year’s Chesapeake Bay hypoxic low-oxygen zone, also called the “dead zone,” will be approximately 1.37 cubic miles – about the volume of 2.3 million Olympic-size swimming pools. While still large, this is 10 percent lower than the long-term average as measured since 1950.

The anoxic portion of the zone, which contains no oxygen at all, is predicted to be 0.27 cubic miles in early summer, growing to 0.28 cubic miles by late summer. Low river flow and low nutrient loading from the Susquehanna River this spring account for the smaller predicted size.

This chart shows, in the upper portion, the location of hypoxic (yellow, orange and red shading) bottom waters of Chesapeake Bay during the  early July,2014 survey. The bottom portion shows a longitudinal "slice" of the Chesapeake Bay main stem showing the depth of the hypoxic waters thru the central area of the Bay.  These data are collected by Maryland and Virginia as part of the comprehensive Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program. (Credit: Maryland Department of Natural Resources)

This chart shows, in the upper portion, the location of hypoxic (yellow, orange and red shading) bottom waters of Chesapeake Bay during the early July,2014 survey. The bottom portion shows a longitudinal “slice” of the Chesapeake Bay main stem showing the depth of the hypoxic waters thru the central area of the Bay. These data are collected by Maryland and Virginia as part of the comprehensive Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program. (Credit: Maryland Department of Natural Resources)

This is the ninth year for the Bay outlook which, because of the shallow nature of large areas of the estuary, focuses on water volume or cubic miles, instead of square mileage as used in the Gulf of Mexico dead zone forecast announced last week. The history of hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay since 1985 can be found at EcoCheck, a website from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

The Bay’s hypoxic and anoxic zones are caused by excessive nutrient pollution, primarily from human activities such as agriculture and wastewater. The nutrients stimulate large algal blooms that deplete oxygen from the water as they decay. The low oxygen levels are insufficient to support most marine life and habitats in near-bottom waters and threaten the Bay’s production of crabs, oysters and other important fisheries.

The Chesapeake Bay Program coordinates a multi-year effort to restore the water and habitat quality to enhance its productivity. The forecast and oxygen measurements taken during summer monitoring cruises are used to test and improve our understanding of how nutrients, hydrology, and other factors affect the size of the hypoxic zone. They are key to developing effective hypoxia reduction strategies.

The predicted “dead zone” size is based on models that forecast three features of the zone to give a comprehensive view of expected conditions: midsummer volume of the low-oxygen hypoxic zone, early-summer oxygen-free anoxic zone, and late-summer oxygen-free anoxic zone. The models were developed by NOAA-sponsored researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the University of Michigan. They rely on nutrient loading estimates from the U. S. Geological Survey.

“These ecological forecasts are good examples of the critical environmental intelligence products and tools that NOAA is providing to stakeholders and interagency management bodies such as the Chesapeake Bay Program,” said Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “With this information, we can work collectively on ways to reduce pollution and protect our marine environments for future generations.”

The hypoxia forecast is based on the relationship between nutrient loading and oxygen. Aspects of weather, including wind speed, wind direction, precipitation and temperature also impact the size of dead zones. For example, in 2014, sustained winds from Hurricane Arthur mixed Chesapeake Bay waters, delivering oxygen to the bottom and dramatically reducing the size of the hypoxic zone to 0.58 cubic miles.

“Tracking how nutrient levels are changing in streams, rivers, and groundwater and how the estuary is responding to these changes is critical information for evaluating overall progress in improving the health of the Bay,” said William Werkheiser, USGS associate director for water. “Local, state and regional partners rely on this tracking data to inform their adaptive management strategies in Bay watersheds.”

The USGS provides the nutrient runoff and river stream data that are used in the forecast models. USGS estimates that 58 million pounds of nitrogen were transported to the Chesapeake Bay from January to May 2015, which is 29 percent below average conditions. The Chesapeake data are funded through a cooperative agreement between USGS and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. USGS operates more than 400 real-time stream gages and collects water quality data at numerous long-term stations throughout the Chesapeake Bay basin to track how nutrient loads are changing over time.

“Forecasting how a major coastal ecosystem, the Chesapeake Bay, responds to decreasing nutrient pollution is a challenge due to year-to-year variations and natural lags,” said Dr. Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, “But we are heading in the right direction.”

Later this year researchers will measure oxygen levels in the Chesapeake Bay. The final measurement in the Chesapeake will come in October following surveys by the Chesapeake Bay Program’s partners from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Bimonthly monitoring cruise updates on Maryland Bay oxygen levels can be found on DNR’s Eyes on the Bay website at www.EyesontheBay.net

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The conventional wisdom these days seems to be that MSPs should ditch break-fix all together. We’ve heard this advice from MSP partners like Guy Baroan and Vince Tinnirello. According to both of them, the full managed services model makes sense because it’s simple to invoice, easy to budget for, and both clients and the provider have service agreements that make it all quite simple. Not to mention the fact that it’s a much more proactive method where maintenance occurs constantly, not just when something goes wrong.

Little did we know, however, that there are plenty of MSPs that are happy to work as hybrids, and they have some good reasons for doing so:

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http://mspmentor.net/blog/where-break-fix-and-managed-services-meet

Why should data be erased?

Companies, no matter whether they are part of a large corporation or a smaller business, definitely need to use a professional data erasure method if they want to ensure that their data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, like the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust experienced in 2008.

Generally speaking, due to legal and internal regulations, data should be erased at the end of its so-called lifecycle. There are a number of existing national rules, regulations and laws that already require companies to comply with data protection measures, and thus also with data erasure. The provisions concerning data erasure will also become significantly tougher with the introduction of the European data protection regulation. The central element of this regulation, which is expected to come into force early next year, is certainly Article 17, which gives force of law to the “right to deletion” or the “right to be forgotten”.

To cut a long story short: Article 17 requires that all saved personal information that is no longer needed for its original purpose, for which no consent was given for its processing, or if its agreed retention period has expired, is to be securely erased. This requirement applies to all data collected, structured, transmitted and distributed concerning EU citizens, irrespective of the country or the storage system where the data is saved. For all companies, regardless of their size, this means that they should prepare intensively as of now and adapt all their processes to the new rules.

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http://blog.krollontrack.co.uk/top-tips/when-to-use-data-erasure-software-or-a-degausser/

When it comes to singling out sectors that are in the forefront of disaster recovery, finance is often quoted as an example. With so much depending on the ability to recover systems and data rapidly after any incident, major banks were among the first to implement hot failover data centres for instance – as well as being among the only organisations that could afford them. At the other end of the scale, there are those that are particularly ill-equipped to deal with IT disasters. The education sector has been identified as one example, but another group falling short of the levels required could surprise you.

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http://www.opscentre.com.au/blog/teachers-and-role-models-falling-down-on-disaster-recovery/

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 00:00

Tangents on Resilience

It seems that it now officially become a buzz-phrase – ‘Organisational Resilience’: impossible to define because there are many differing perceptions about what it is.  BS 65000-2014 says that it’s this: ‘ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, and respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper’.  So I’m going with that for the time being.  I want to particularly focus on the last three words: ‘survive and prosper’. I think that there is too much emphasis on the ‘survive’ part when in fact it is probably the focus of most organisations to prosper, unless there is an oncoming wave of water, disease or armed terrorists.  The fact that there may well be a variable risk of such waves affecting many elements of our societies at some level or another is probably lost – or at least ignored by – most business organisations. The truth is they have to focus on the bottom line – and scaremongering about the catastrophes that may (not will) befall them will cut no ice.

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https://buckssecurity.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/tangents-on-resilience/

If the FirstNet national first responder network succeeds, it’ll be because federal officials who are planning and deploying the network forged strong partnerships with states and localities. That’s why comments from state CIOs at the NASCIO Midyear Conference in April are troubling.

Although state CIOs generally support the concept of a nationwide interoperable public safety network, they’re clearly frustrated with the lack of details coming from the federal First Responder Network Authority about how the new network will be built and paid for.

“FirstNet is a fantastic idea, but people like me are very skeptical of something where nobody can show me the plan and nobody can show me the cost,” said Alabama CIO Brunson White. “I’ll remain skeptical until somebody does that, and we’ve been asking for a while now.”

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/CIOs-Raise-Questions-About-FirstNets-Viability-.html