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Within the last 11 days there has been a bombing at the Boston Marathon, the related shooting at MIT, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas and bomb threats to schools and businesses across the Treasure Valley, including Boise State. In light of these recent events, it seems that emergency preparedness and safety are on a lot of minds.
The debate about the bring-your-own-device movement (BYOD) has quieted down, mostly because, it seems, while IT has been over in the corner arguing the pros and cons, employees have been streaming into office with their shiny new toys and using them to get work done.
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In the Pixar film Up, squirrels frequently distract Dug the talking dog. In our space, we are frequently distracted by technology. "I am a good and smart security professional; I must protect my enterprise so that we are secure. APT defense in a box!"
Has your backup and disaster recovery system saved the day for your business when faced with a natural disaster or major area-wide service disruption? Hopefully you returned to business as usual, with minimal disruption to your day-to-day operations and without too much inconvenience to your customers.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND -- Catch Software,
a leading provider of test management software and services, today
announced an agreement with Unitec Institute of Technology, an
Auckland-based tertiary provider, to bring Enterprise Tester to their
As the only tertiary provider in New Zealand with dedicated software
testing courses, Unitec is leading the way in recognising software
testing as a profession. The agreement, which includes the provision of
Catch Software's test management software and services, has been put in
place to support this growing profession. Unitec has put significant
investment into their computing department and will soon be adding a
third software testing course to their program. They see software
testing as an important area for students to gain experience in, as it
is likely employers will be seeking more graduates with testing skills.
Founder / CEO of Catch Software, Bryce Day, sees this partnership as an
opportunity to support the growth and development of the software
testing industry in New Zealand and the wider Asia-Pacific region. "To
be able to foster the growth of the next generation of testers, and
allow them to leave university with experience using our software, is a
great priviledge," says Mr Day. "Enterprise Tester is being used by
major corporations in New Zealand and globally - our customers include
Air New Zealand, Orion Health, PayPal, Intel, LG Electronics, Bayer
Healthcare, and Stanford University. If Unitec students can leave
university with real-world experience of software testing tools, and a
more than theoretical understanding of software testing methodologies
and situations, they will be able to 'hit the ground running' in the
workforce. That can only be a good thing for the software testing
industry, both here and overseas."
Unitec appreciates the generosity of Catch Software in providing their
software and services and welcomes the opportunity to expose students to
software that is being used by market leaders. "This will be of
considerable benefit to our students when they enter employment, and
will differentiate them in a very competitive market," says Unitec's
Head of Computing, Dr Hossein Sarrafzadeh.
This partnership demonstrates the way that businesses can interact with
the education sector and the value that this can bring to both students
and the corporate world. Catch and Unitec agree that creating the
industry leaders of tomorrow begins with exposing students to today's
leading technologies, which is why this is such an exciting opportunity
for both organizations.
Unitec is the largest Institute of Technology in New Zealand. With
21,000 students enrolled in 160 courses, it is committed to the delivery
of vocational and applied education, and practically orientated
research. Unitec's passionate about the transformative power of
education. Its focus on real world education provides work-ready
graduates with professional and vocational skills that are highly sought
after in New Zealand and around the world.
About Catch Software
Catch Software develops test management software for the global market
and counts Fortune 500 and Global 2000 customers, including Intel, Cox
Communications, eBay, Sky TV, Bayer Healthcare, NCS, LG Electronics,
PayPal, the US Airforce, and the US Navy, among its customers. Their
flagship product, Enterprise Tester, is an award-winning test management
platform offering great features and pricing, responsive support, and
deep integration with Enterprise Architect and JIRA.
WASHINGTON, D.C., -- Rimhub, Inc.
provider of Outsourced Managed Services for telecoms, is pleased to
announce the launch of its new Custom Application Development
<http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?5di8b-7vgon-jnemwa4&_v=2> service. The
service is designed for telecommunications services providers (TSPs)
that build, integrate and provide value-added applications to existing
communication products. A key offering of Rimhubs IP Center of
the Custom Apps Development service leverages Rimhubs strong
telecommunications background, and expertise in the BroadSoft
Rimhubs Custom Applications Development service offers TSPs an
affordable and comprehensive solution to building and integrating apps
that enhance value, reduce churn and increase their subscribers'
satisfaction, comments Omar Paul, VP of IP Services for Rimhub. By
utilizing Rimhubs IP COE engineers, customers have access to a team of
trained, professional software developers with deep experience in
communication product integrations. A distinguishing benefit we have is
that we don't just build it and walk away, but rather provide
product-level enhancement and support options for the life of the
deployment. That is the difference between Rimhub and a typical
Rimhub has already completed and successfully deployed several such
turnkey applications for industry-leading Hosted PBX providers. Examples
include custom Call Center monitoring dashboards written in rapid
application development technologies such as Node.JS, MongoDB, and
HTML5; apps components designed to connect VoIP platforms with Instant
Messaging; and Presence servers using Java and custom desktop-based
notification applications that integrate incoming and outgoing call
information with 3rd-party SaaS platforms.
Rimhub is a forerunner in IP Support services, specializing in boutique
services that can enhance, maintain and manage leading VoIP and
Telecommunications products. As an example, Rimhub's IP COE is a growing
practice comprised of more than a dozen BroadSoft-certified engineers,
making it the largest dedicated services group outside of BroadSoft
itself. Rimhub's IP COE assists organizations across a wide spectrum of
services, to address business needs and revenue growth; including but
not limited to platform/subscriber migrations, scaling, apps
development, process execution, re-imagining products, and mobility.
To learn more information about Rimhubs Custom Application Development, visit http://www.rimhub.com/ip-support.html#app
For additional information how Rimhub helps communications service providers, please visit http://www.rimhub.com
London – Organizations should keep in mind that
gamification is about more than just the underlying technology, says
Ovum. By also considering the strategic, organizational, cultural, and
psychological aspects of reasonably priced and low-risk gamification
applications, businesses can improve productivity.
In new research by Ovum, the global analyst firm shows how enterprises
and the public sector can effectively apply gamification for maximum
advantage, and recommends that organizations should begin exploring
gamification for either customer- or employee-facing uses.
“Gamification can help enhance customer engagement and manage employee
behaviors and productivity levels, but there must be clear understanding
of how such an initiative will directly benefit the business,” says Adam
Holtby, a Software & IT Solutions analyst at Ovum. “However, to better
support business goals, the mapping of the value of desired outcomes
will be developed as part of the planning stage.”
According to Ovum, social technologies and gamification work well
together when points, badges, and leaderboards (PBLs) are tied to a
meaningful value system that records status and accomplishments and
meets users’ desire for feedback. Applied this way, these tools can help
to change behaviours, develop skills, and drive innovation.
However, Holtby believes gamification can also do much more: “While much
of the early coverage on gamification has focused on guiding behavior
and building engagement, increasingly organizations can use the data
generated by gamified systems to gain insights into the skills and
reputations of both their employees and customers.”
In its report, Ovum indicates a good example of gamification in the SAP
Community Network (SCN). This network has been designed to encourage
members to participate in forums to help other members by sharing
knowledge and focusing more on the quality, rather than the quantity, of
contributions. Members automatically earn points for posting content,
but can be awarded additional points at different levels for the quality
of their contributions.