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OpenText Core Share and Core Signature Streamline Secure Document Collaboration

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 8, 2019 by itnerd
OpenText™ a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM) announced the availability of Core Signature, a key new feature for Core Share, to automate signature and approval workflows across digital businesses. Core Signature brings electronic signature into the OpenText platform, improving information governance, document controls and reducing information sprawl.

IDC further noted “As an integrated component of the OpenText Core Share product, Core Signature manages, and provides an audit trail for the basic workflow, preparation, identity verification, and digital signing tasks.”*

OpenText Core Share is a full-featured, cloud-based content collaboration platform. When deployed as part of the market leading OpenText Content Services SaaS platform, Core Share brings together sophisticated information governance with secure collaboration, workflow and federated compliance in the cloud, as well as fully integrating with off-cloud deployments. Integration of Core Share and Core Signature adds collaboration and electronic signature features seamlessly to an organization’s system of record.

OpenText Core Share and Core Signature are the latest updates to OpenText’s growing roster of next-generation SaaS applications targeting content and information-intensive business processes. Applications for Quality, Capture, Supply Chain, SAP Solutions or Capital Projects help business leaders manage processes and improve productivity.

Product availability

  • OpenText Core Share and or Core Signature are available immediately.
  • Core Signature is available as an add-on to Core Share for an annual fee of $40 per user.
  • Subscribers to OpenText Prime Protect can add Core Signature for just $20 per user.
*Source – OpenText Enterprise World – Preparing for an Automated Cloud Services World, IDC # US45452819, August 2019
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OpenText Announces 24-City Cloud Summit

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 8, 2019 by itnerd
OpenText™ a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM) announced OpenText Cloud Summit, a global 24-city tour to provide expert coaching and support on the journey to the cloud. The event will help organizations map how EIM applications and flexible cloud architecture combine to deliver innovation, growth and business results.

Cloud Summit will provide guidance on how leaders can transform their businesses through cloud, including discussions with a global roster of IDC analysts on what a cloud-first future means for the EIM industry and the tactics and strategies companies should be using to get there.

Powerful Cloud-first EIM Applications and Services

OpenText EIM applications continue to define the industry. The wide range of applications, including content services, customer experience, collaboration, capture, sharing and electronic signature, along with innovative archiving and information governance solutions, help companies turn information into a competitive advantage.
  • OpenText Core is the next-generation of SaaS applications designed to help manage information and content-intensive business processes. OpenText Core Share adds file sharing and collaboration to OpenText Content Services. The addition of apps for compliance, legal, quality, customer experience and now Core Signature, help manage processes and improve productivity.
  • OpenText Business Network – B2B Services and application-to-application connectivity are key to modern business processes, offering flexible, cloud-based any-to-any integrations for advanced supply chains and business process such as invoicing and accounts payable.
  • OpenText Release CE, expected in April 2020, will deliver cloud-first versions of market-leading EIM applications. Through automatic updates, containerized apps will deliver an information advantage in a manner designed with reliability and flexibility in mind.
Flexible Cloud for Complex Global Business
Cloud brings both attractive economics and technical benefit. Once companies have a modern infrastructure in place, attention can turn to innovation through compelling new applications and the ability to quickly respond to new trends.

According to IDC, “Running a digital business requires next-generation applications which, in turn, need highly agile and elastic infrastructure. Thus enterprises are migrating their application stacks to the cloud to gain elasticity, agility, and other advantages that are ordinarily unachievable in a legacy datacenter.” *

Barrenechea further added, “It is time to upgrade to the OpenText Cloud and create a modern platform for innovation. The OpenText Cloud is an enterprise-ready global cloud infrastructure with seamless integration to Google Cloud Platform, AWS and Azure, and the ability to offer hybrid connections to off-cloud apps and services.”

OpenText Cloud Summit Registration Details

Cloud Summit attendees can speak with experts, who will help them assess cloud readiness and scope their unique paths to the cloud. Experts in architecture, cloud economics, and business planning can help companies determine how best to migrate workloads and resources to the cloud. Attendance is free for qualified participants.

Cloud Summits are scheduled for the following cities and dates:

San Francisco – November 5
Boston – November 5
Milan – November 5
Chicago – November 7
London – November 11
Dusseldorf – November 14
Toronto – November 19
Melbourne – November 19
Paris – November 20
Johannesburg – November 20
Washington – November 21
Singapore – November 21
Madrid – November 27
Munich – November 28
New York – December 3
Stockholm – December 4
Eindhoven – December 4
Atlanta – December 5
Detroit – December 5
Dallas – December 10
Houston – December 12
Los Angeles – January 23
Dubai – January 29
Tokyo – Coming Soon
Find your city and register online here: https://www.opentext.com/info/opentext-cloud-summit
*“Source – Five Phases of Cloud Migration: A Workload-Centric Discussion on Planning Through the Journey, IDC Document # US45328519, July 2019”.

Infographic: Is There A New Type Of “Hacker” Canadians Need To Protect Against

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 8, 2019 by itnerd

We live in an online-obsessed world where privacy breaches have become the norm and while we’ve become hyper-focused on protecting ourselves online, sometimes we miss what happens in-person. HP’s Creepers & Peekers Survey uncovers secret behaviors of Canadian office workers and explores why people “creep” on laptop screens and “peek” at documents found in printer trays.

Key Findings Include:

  • 8 in 10 admit they restrict the content they look at in public and look at others’ screens without their knowledge.
  • 4 in 5 creep on their coworkers’ screens, and half of office workers say they rush to the printer every time they print something personal to prevent someone else from seeing it first.
  • 2 in 10 say they creep when they could gain something from it.

For office workers concerned that their privacy will be compromised on a laptop, HP’s new Spectre x360 offers features that provide peace of mind such as the HP Webcam Kill Switch, dedicated mute mic key, and optional built-in privacy screen, HP Sure View. For more information, the full Creepers & Peekers study can be found here.

To learn more about how critical endpoints, like PCs and printers, continue to be significant security blind spots for global businesses, HP also released a study in partnership with IDC focusing on the security policies and viewpoints of 500 IT leaders across five countries in the European Union and North America. While cybercrime surges to become a $600 billion problem globally, only 1 in 3 respondents identify endpoint device security as a significant component of their organization’s overall cyber security strategy.

HP-Creepers-Peekers Canada

FlexJobs & 1 Million For Work Flexibility Celebrate National Flex Day

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 8, 2019 by itnerd

FlexJobs and 1 Million for Work Flexibility (1MFWF) have announced they will celebrate National Flex Day (URL) on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, with a number of activities, and by hosting a virtual career fair later in the month, to raise awareness about the importance of work flexibility. National Flex Day, started in 2013 and held during National Work & Family Month, is designed to inspire professionals and employers alike to unite behind the need for work flexibility, bring awareness to the benefits, and move the issue forward on a national scale.

Flexible work is defined as any type of job or work schedule that gives workers more control over their workday and therefore over their personal life. This could include remote work, freelancing, part-time jobs, alternative schedule jobs, and flexible schedule jobs, and it is absolutely growing. In fact, FlexJobs found that remote work has increased 91% over the last ten years. National Flex Day can be a catalyst to increase this number in the next ten years and help put even more workers in control of their work life.

Activities to celebrate National Flex Day, which can be promoted using the hashtag #NationalFlexDay and tagging @flexjobs and @workflexibility, will include:

  • An invitation to join Brie Reynolds, Career Development Manager and Coach at FlexJobs, for a free one-hour Live Career Coaching Q&A event on Oct. 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Interactive polls on Twitter throughout the day. Follow @FlexJobs to weigh in!
  • Promo code FLEXDAY for a 50% discount on a FlexJobs membership on Oct 15
  • A virtual career fair for remote jobs, featuring Appen, BELAY, Education First, Hilton, Lionbridge, LiveOps, Sykes, Sutherland and Williams-Sonoma on Oct 24

Some of the top careers for flexible jobs in 2019 are computer & IT, sales, medical & health, customer service, education, and marketing.

According to FlexJobs’ 8th annual work flexibility survey, workers believe a flexible job would help them reduce stress, improve their health, and contribute overall to a better quality of life.

  • Top reasons: Since 2013, work-life balance, family, time savings, and commute stress (42%) have been the top four reported reasons people seek flexible work.
  • Quality of life: 44% said a job with flexibility would have a “huge improvement” on their overall quality of life, and 53% said it would have a “positive impact.”
  • Health: 78% of people said having a flexible job would allow them to be healthier (eat better, exercise more, etc.), and 86% said they’d be less stressed.

Flexible work options are growing worldwide and can have a big positive impact on the workplace, society, and individuals. Everyone is encouraged to join the work flexibility movement by adding their name to 1MFWF! For more information please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/what-is-national-flex-day-v2/

iRobot Rolls Out OTA Software Updates That Bring New Features To Robots

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 7, 2019 by itnerd

This week iRobot began rolling out a few exciting over-the-air (OTA) software updates/features for customers who own Roomba i, s and 900 Series robots, as well as the Braava jet m6 robot mop.

iRobot CEO Colin Angle speaks to the significance of these updates in his latest LinkedIn commentary.

Some highlights of the software update are include:

  • Keep Out Zones – As part of the latest over-the-air software update, owners of a Roomba i or s series robot vacuum or the Braava jet m6 robot mop, will now have Keep Out Zones. Keep Out Zones is a feature that – as the name suggests – allows users to designate areas in their home that they don’t want the robot to go, such as around pet bowls or other trouble spots. Keep Out Zones are added to a user’s Imprint™ Smart Map via the iRobot HOME App.
  • Smart Charge & Resume – When a Roomba i and s Series robot vacuum or a Braava jet m6 robot mop has a low battery, the robot will intelligently recharge for the amount of time needed to continue cleaning and get the job done. This feature will help reduce the total duration of time a robot takes to complete a cleaning job.

The software updates will automatically be applied to Wi-Fi connected robots. To help ensure the robot is updated, customers should make sure their robot is connected to their Wi-Fi network and left charging overnight on the home base. In some cases, it may take up to 24 hours to receive a software update. Actual installation of software once downloaded/received should take approximately 10 minutes. To check the robot’s software, open the iRobot HOME App, select your robot, open the settings tab and click on About “robot name.

What You Should Do Before Upgrading To macOS Catalina….. And Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade Just Yet

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 4, 2019 by itnerd

Apple is expected to release their latest OS which is macOS Catalina sometime next week. Before we go on, here’s a list of what macOS Catalina will run on:

  • 12-inch MacBook
  • MacBook Air, 2012 and later
  • MacBook Pro, 2012 and later
  • Mac mini, 2012 and later
  • iMac, 2012 and later
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac Pro, 2013 and later

If your Mac isn’t on this list, you’re out of luck. But assuming that it is, here’s some tips on what you might want to do before you pull that trigger and upgrade. And a couple reasons why you shouldn’t.

  1. Don’t Upgrade… At least not yet. Part I: macOS Catalina has a major new change to it. It only supports 64-bit apps. Which means apps that you might depend on won’t work because they are 32-bit and not 64-bit apps. That alone is a great reason to sit this one out. Or at least sit it out until your apps get updated. Which means you have to check to see if you have any 32-bit on hand. Here’s how you do it:
    1. Select About This Mac
    2. Select System Report
    3. In the left menu, scroll down to software and select Applications
    4. Click and drag the lower right corner of the screen to expand the window, so that the 64bit apps column appears.
    5. Click 64bit apps, to sort the apps. Anything that has a “NO” needs to be upgraded. Thus you should pester the app vendor for an 64-bit version (app vendors have been told that this was happening since 2017 so they should have been ready for this) or find an alternative.
  2. Don’t Upgrade… At least not yet. Part II: The other reason why you shouldn’t upgrade is that Apple’s initial releases tend to be buggy. But they get better after they release an update or two. So you may want to wait until at least the first update hits the streets before making the jump.
  3. If you Must Upgrade, Make A Backup: Needless to say, making a backup of your current setup is vital before upgrading. That way you have a way to go back to where you were if things don’t work out. There’s plenty of backup solutions out there from Apple’s own Time Machine to third party utilities such as Carbon Copy Cloner that can be used for this purpose.
  4. Upgrade Your Software BEFORE You Upgrade: You should ensure that all your application software is up to date before you pull the trigger on upgrading. Ditto for the current version of macOS that you’re using. That will reduce the risk that something might go sideways during the upgrade.
  5. Run Disk Utility BEFORE You Upgrade: The last thing I would do is boot of the Recovery Partition and run Disk Utility to verify the volume that you plan to install the upgrade on. It likely wouldn’t hurt to do a permission repair as well.

At this point you should be good to go. Key word being SHOULD. Upgrading an operating system isn’t a trivial process. But if you take these steps beforehand, you should reduce the risk of any issues. Or you can take my first suggestion which is to wait a bit. Then follow the rest of my advice.

PowerVault ME4 Celebrates One Year Anniversary, Introduces New Features including CloudIQ

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 4, 2019 by itnerd

Dell EMC is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the PowerVault ME4 Series – Dell EMC’s entry storage array, with an industry award and new features.

Delivering simplicity, performance and affordability to combine with advanced functionality, PowerVault has simplified our entry storage portfolio from four platforms down to ONE exceptional offering – without disrupting our customer’s businesses.

During the past year, PowerVault has demonstrated consistent growth with close to 11,500 systems shipped worldwide (100+ AFAs) representing over 1,400 PB+ of capacity including 35PB+ Flash and 22 million production runtime hours. This tremendous success has been balanced relatively evenly around the world proving the global appeal of PowerVault.

In Q4, PowerVault will join Dell EMC Unity XT, SC Series, XtremIO, VMAX, PowerMax and Connectrix switches with support for CloudIQ. CloudIQ delivers infrastructure insight in the palm of your hand. This cloud-based storage analytics application uses ML and predictive analytics letting you easily monitor, analyze, and troubleshoot your storage environment from anywhere. Users easily connect to CloudIQ via their favorite browser or mobile device to see anomalies, alerts, efficiency ratios, comprehensive health scores and more – for all their connected systems. The best IT issue is the one you proactively prevent from ever happening.

And, in recognition of PowerVault ME4’s strong worldwide customer appeal and success, we gave it to StorageReview to examine. In June 2019, StorageReview posted their PowerVault ME4 Series Report, naming it their 2019 Editor’s Choice for Entry Storage – reinforcing Dell EMC’s leadership position in its market. Here are some of the StorageReview comments from the report:

  • “The PowerVault ME4 is a clear leader in the entry storage market.”
  • “PowerVault ME4 provides organizations with an easy to deploy and manage storage solution that offers a depth of features.”
  • “The eye opener is just how well ME4 performs in our application tests focusing on SQL Server and MySQL performance…”

Customers are enjoying PowerVault’s built-in simplicity, incredible performance, flexible connectivity and impressive scale – allowing them to apply the array to a diverse set of use cases with ease and simplicity. Over 5,700 PowerVault customers – and counting – are implementing these systems to run workloads such as:

  • HPC: Parallel File Systems, NFS, Capacity Expansion
  • Surveillance/CCTV
  • Cost effective virtualization leveraging PowerEdge, Hyper-V and VMware
  • Storage consolidation in SAN environments without complexity or cost
  • Direct Attach Storage for improving Read/Write operations without a network
  • Remote Office / Branch Office environments
  • And many more.

PowerVault’s momentum and innovation is moving forward with additional capabilities:

  • New 3.84TB SAS SSD: Customers can use this flash drive for read intensive operations
  • New Software and Host OS support:
    • XenDesktop 7.1
    • OME 3.2
    • RHEL 8
    • VMware 6.7 U2
    • SRM 8.1.x
    • vCenter Plugin 6.7

In one year, PowerVault has proven that it’s the ideal entry level storage solution to address customer SAN and DAS challenges – affordably. Customers trust and expect Dell EMC to deliver high quality and reliable products that meet their business needs. We consistently bring these attributes to all our products. PowerVault is no exception.