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

Review: WPS Office 2020

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

Something that every computer user needs is an office suite of some sort. For most that means using Microsoft Office. But given that Microsoft is pushing Office 365 aggressively, and also making it increasingly difficult to buy a single purchase copy, many are looking for other options. I recently got the chance to try out one of those options which is WPS Office 2020. It’s available for the following platforms:

And recently they have expanded to the Mac platform. That’s the version that I tested. The user interface is simple to use and resembles Microsoft Office to some extent. If you know how to use Office, you will figure out how to use WPS Office 2020 very quickly. WPS Office 2020 offers a tab-based user interface which can group your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in a single window. That makes it even easier to use. The performance of the suite is very good on my 2015 MacBook Pro so there’s no issues on that front. Seeing as WPS Office is cross platform, you get the advantage of being able to work on any document on whatever platforms you use. One added bonus is that WPS Office 2020 supports macOS dark mode which is very cool. In terms of compatibility, I found no issues with any file I threw at it. Everything looked and behaved the way it should from that perspective.

So, is WPS Office 2020 perfect? No. The only thing that I can find that is missing is the ability to real-time collaborative editing that you get with some other suites. Is it a deal breaker? No. But it would be nice to have.

WPS Office 2020 is free to download office suite. However, users could also opt for a premium version which will set you back by $29.99 per year. The ad free premium subscription comes with a number of features, including document recovery support, file compressor, 20GB of cloud support and more including OCR functionality on the Windows platform. Given that Microsoft Office is in the triple digits in terms of costs, $29.99 is a small cost to pay for what you get here. If you need an office suite, WPS Office 2020 is a great option to look at.

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 To Look For In A Case That Will Protect Your Smartphone As Much As Possible

Posted in Tips on October 7, 2019 by itnerd

Many people who read this blog ask me for advice in terms of a case to protect their smartphone. Most of the time they’re looking for a specific brand or a specific case that I would recommend. The thing is that there’s no one size fits all solution for a case as we all have different needs when it comes to cases. Thus what I’m going to do today is to walk you through what I look for when I review a case. That way you can take that info and find the case that’s right for you.

  1. Drop protection is a must: I don’t care how careful you are with your smartphone. At some point you will drop it and if it lands the wrong way, it will get expensive. Thus the first thing that I look for in a case is an explicit statement of drop protection. Ideally you want to see that it was tested by a third party and meets a certain standard such as MIL-STD-810. That way you know that whatever claims that the company behind the case is making is based in fact.
  2. Look for an edge that is raised above the screen: The next thing that I look for is that the edge of the case is raised above the screen. That way it provides a bit more protection for a screen from events where the phone is placed or falls screen first onto a surface as the screen never touches the surface in question. My ideal scenario is that this is true with a screen protector. That way your phone has more substantive protection inside a case.
  3. The case must provide as much protection around the edge of the phone as possible: While it isn’t possible to 100% cover the edge of whatever smartphone you use, you want to find a case that covers as much as possible. For example, some cases will expose the bottom of the phone. That in my mind is a #fail as that’s where scratches and dents will occur. And that affects resale value. Thus you want to find a case that avoids that.
  4. Wireless charging compatibility is a must: It’s 2019 and wireless charging is a thing. But a lot of case manufacturers don’t see it that way and make cases that don’t work with wireless chargers. Thus you should look for an explicit reference that the case that you are considering is wireless charger compatible whether you actually use a wireless charger or not. Because if you don’t presently, you will in the future.
  5. Contactless payment compatibility is a must: People pay for all sorts of things with their phones simply by tapping their phone onto a payment terminal. Thus much like with wireless charging, you should look for an explicit reference to being compatible with contactless payments (aka Google Pay, Samsung Pay, or Apple Pay). That way you don’t have to remove your phone from your case to pay for coffee.

If the case that you’re considering checks those boxes, then you can look at things like style, color, etc. Because at that point, you’re going to end up with a case that is going to functionally suit your needs.

So, did I miss anything that is important when considering a case for your smartphone? If I did, leave a comment and share your thoughts on this.