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Application Maintenance & Development

June 29, 2020 Everything That Can Go Wrong Will – Use Feature Flags to Manage the Risks

Is it true that everything that can go wrong will go wrong? Don’t bet on it to not.

June 25, 2020 Scaling Agile – Essential for Your Organization

So you’ve gone Agile. You do daily scrums, retrospectives, and all the “right” Agile ceremonies. But still your organization isn’t quite convinced. It is now critical to balance the drivers and goals of both Agile and traditional thinking in order to achieve organizational success.

June 25, 2020 United States Marine Corps Adds Appian to Its Arsenal of Low-Code Applications

The United States Marine Corps adds Appian’s low-code automation platform to its Platform as a Service (PaaS).

June 24, 2020 The Enterprise Applications Journey: Transform Your Applications Practice From Firefighter to Innovator and Keep It There!

An enterprise applications practice holds the key to an organization’s technology tool chest. As applications practitioners, it is our responsibility to recognize the compelling events that drive a need for technology change.

June 22, 2020 Don’t Let Your Agile Teams Tread Water!

Do you feel like your Agile teams are treading water – going through the motions but never going anywhere? It’s a risk, and practices such as daily standups, retrospectives, and demonstrations need to be used wisely or you risk losing discipline to meeting fatigue.

June 19, 2020 Provision and Mask Your Test Data With the Right Tool

Test data management tools offer you the ability to provision, mask, and govern the access and use of your test data, alleviating these manual, laborious and error-prone tasks from your testing, operations, and DBA teams.

Data & Analytics

June 26, 2020 Optimize Microsoft Teams During COVID-19

COVID-19 has not only initiated emergency remote work – it has also forced organizations to gaze into the looming economic abyss because of the pandemic lockdowns. In this climate, organizations should look in-house to see what communication and collaboration tools can be leveraged to optimize remote work. This note explores how organizations with Office 365 licenses can leverage Microsoft Teams as their collaboration hub.

June 12, 2020 Egnyte Protect Platform Provides Unique and Effective Cloud-Based Approach to Data Classification and Security

Egynte, a player in the cloud enterprise content management space since 2007, has recently emerged as a multi-faceted Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, now providing data classification and security options for businesses looking to identify, classify, and protect sensitive data.

June 10, 2020 Spirion Supports Shift to Remote Work with Data Security Offering

A leader in the data security and privacy industry, Spirion presents its swift response to the changing landscape of COVID-19 through a no-cost offering of data security tools.

May 29, 2020 PHEMI: A Data Privacy Tool for Healthcare Providers

PHEMI is a data privacy solution focused on keeping data-processing activities secure by redacting information based on the role of the accessor. Thus, allowing such data to be used for multiple use cases without compromising privacy.

May 20, 2020 monday.com Is Focused on User Adoption As WFH Continues

Adoption is one of the biggest challenges that organizations deal with when implementing commercial project management tools. Amid a global pandemic, this challenge has only been exasperated with many working from home.

May 12, 2020 Board International Solution Marketplace Gets SOC Compliance: Prêt-à-Porter Solutions and Assured Security in the Cloud

Board International follows the trend of delivering solutions by opening a solution marketplace while strengthening customer trust by getting SOC-2 and SOC-3 certifications.

Finance & Administration

April 24, 2020 Satisfaction With Software Drops With COVID-19 Uncertainty

The impact of COVID-19, as it became a global pandemic in Q1 of 2020, has affected user sentiment toward software during a growing period of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. To analyze the impact, SoftwareReviews compared Satisfaction (willingness to recommend to a peer), ability to deliver Business Value (fair cost to value), and Likeliness to Renew prior to March 10 and post March 10.

March 30, 2020 D2L Enabling Rapid Transition to Online Learning Through Quick Start Care Package

Configuring online learning can take time and resources not all organizations have, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. D2L is assisting with this through a Quick Start Care Package to help organizations rapidly transition to online learning.

March 29, 2020 Impact of COVID-19 on HR Technology

What is changing in the HR technology space as a result of COVID-19? Some organizations are seeing an uptick in interest and customer support, while others are providing free access to their product.

March 29, 2020 Provide Ample Time to Evaluate RFP Proposals Effectively

Evaluating vendor proposals is one of the most critical aspects of the RFP process, secondary only to negotiations. The ironic thing is that we've seen too many clients try to abbreviate this activity, take short cuts, or even avoid it altogether. Providing ample time for your team to review the vendor RFP responses is critical to a quality review process, while not rushing the evaluation process ensures that you understand their complete offer and proposal.

March 29, 2020 Is Your IT Equipment Lease Missing the Lessor’s Primary Obligation?

When leasing IT equipment, the lessor (the company providing the equipment) has one main obligation. However, most leases overlook this critical aspect completely, exposing the lessee (the organization leasing the equipment) to unnecessary risk.

March 29, 2020 What’s in a Name? A Lot if You Are Leasing

If you want to lease IT equipment, you have many options with regard to potential lessors (the leasing companies). In fact, some manufacturers lease equipment directly to their customers … or do they?

Human Resources

April 24, 2020 Satisfaction With Software Drops With COVID-19 Uncertainty

The impact of COVID-19, as it became a global pandemic in Q1 of 2020, has affected user sentiment toward software during a growing period of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. To analyze the impact, SoftwareReviews compared Satisfaction (willingness to recommend to a peer), ability to deliver Business Value (fair cost to value), and Likeliness to Renew prior to March 10 and post March 10.

March 30, 2020 D2L Enabling Rapid Transition to Online Learning Through Quick Start Care Package

Configuring online learning can take time and resources not all organizations have, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. D2L is assisting with this through a Quick Start Care Package to help organizations rapidly transition to online learning.

March 29, 2020 Breezy HR Makes Video Interviewing Tools Free Amid Pandemic

Breezy HR has made video assessment and interviewing tools free for business clients for a minimum of 60 days, in light of efforts to prevent COVID-19 pandemic spread.

March 29, 2020 Impact of COVID-19 on HR Technology

What is changing in the HR technology space as a result of COVID-19? Some organizations are seeing an uptick in interest and customer support, while others are providing free access to their product.

March 26, 2020 Running Critical Enterprise Applications Efforts During COVID-19

An enterprise application selection or implementation has most likely been heavily impacted by COVID-19. Do not hit the brakes; stopping and restarting projects increases the risk of failure. Slow down or speed up? Which is the right strategy for your organization?

March 25, 2020 Prepare for Virtual Interviews – COVID-19

Business continuity during COVID-19 will mean leveraging online technologies for all departments, including human resources. IT departments can assist in recruiting efforts by ensuring virtual interviewing technologies are in place and supported.

IT Infrastructure & Operations

June 12, 2020 Can Microsoft Teams Be Used for Townhall Meetings?

Moving townhall meetings online can present a range of virtual problems – not least, which web conferencing tool to use! This note explores how Microsoft Teams can be used by governmental bodies to remotely host their townhalls and other public engagements.

June 12, 2020 Choose a Right-Sized Videoconferencing Hardware Solution

Upgrading one’s videoconferencing hardware is an important long-term investment that revolves around several decision points. This note offers a process for thinking about these decision points.

June 12, 2020 Two New Zoom Vulnerabilities Uncovered – Upgrade Now!

Two new vulnerabilities in Zoom’s web conferencing software were discovered in early June 2020. The vulnerabilities could allow malicious actors the ability to execute arbitrary code on target hosts and exploit path traversal vulnerabilities in the software. Zoom’s latest update addresses and remediates the vulnerabilities.

June 12, 2020 Zoom to Provide Strong Encryption for Paying Customers and Educational Institutions

Zoom’s security consultant has announced that it will be providing strong encryption to paying customers and educational users of its web conferencing service. The move is being made in consultation with industry security consultants and privacy advocates.

June 09, 2020 Atlassian Acquires Helpdesk Tool Halp

Atlassian has acquired Halp, a real-time helpdesk tool that integrates with Slack. With the broader context of this move being Atlassian and Slack’s strategic alliance, might there be more to this acquisition than meets the eye?

June 09, 2020 RingCentral Video Launches, a Departure From Its Zoom Partnership

RingCentral has launched RingCentral Video, a videoconferencing service integrated into its unified communications platform. This is a move that steers the company away from its partnership with Zoom Video Communications.

IT Security & Risk

July 01, 2020 SECURITI.ai Addresses the Privacy vs. AI Debacle With the Industry’s First AI-Powered Privacy Solution

AI-powered privacy is here to stay, driven by the innovative team at SECURITI.ai. The company injects automation through AI with its PrivacyOps solution, PRIVACI, taking the effort out of mapping out personal data within its various repositories.

June 29, 2020 2B Advice Makes Moves to Support a Privacy-Aware Culture

The privacy management software space is rapidly becoming crowded with vendors all looking to add value. 2B Advice has released the most recent version (7.0) of its software, emphasizing the support tools needed to build a privacy-aware culture.

June 26, 2020 Proteus-Cyber Bridges the Gap Between Data Privacy and Threat Intelligence

Proteus-Cyber, a leading vendor within the privacy program management space, has added two standout features to its current privacy software offering. The Threat Intelligence feature tracks and links directly to CVEs discovered daily and can be integrated within the IT asset register of current Proteus-Cyber NextGen Data Privacy users.

June 26, 2020 Transactional Email Service Gives Retarus a Leg Up on the Competition

Retarus, a managed service cloud-based email security platform, is a growing company to watch out for. Since its initiation in 1992, it has quickly expanded its services and global infrastructure to North America, Europe, and APAC countries, owning data centers in the associated areas to process data locally in compliance with regulatory standards.

June 26, 2020 FBI Looking to Implement a Governance Risk Compliance Tool

The Department of Justice is looking to acquire a GRC tool for the Office of the CIO within the FBI’s Enterprise Information Security Section.

June 26, 2020 Google Sets Limit on How Long It Will Store Some Data

In response to criticism over data collection practices, Google is introducing default deletion of location history in its web and application activities for new accounts.

Marketing

June 24, 2020 The Enterprise Applications Journey: Transform Your Applications Practice From Firefighter to Innovator and Keep It There!

An enterprise applications practice holds the key to an organization’s technology tool chest. As applications practitioners, it is our responsibility to recognize the compelling events that drive a need for technology change.

June 12, 2020 Can Microsoft Teams Be Used for Townhall Meetings?

Moving townhall meetings online can present a range of virtual problems – not least, which web conferencing tool to use! This note explores how Microsoft Teams can be used by governmental bodies to remotely host their townhalls and other public engagements.

June 12, 2020 Choose a Right-Sized Videoconferencing Hardware Solution

Upgrading one’s videoconferencing hardware is an important long-term investment that revolves around several decision points. This note offers a process for thinking about these decision points.

June 12, 2020 Two New Zoom Vulnerabilities Uncovered – Upgrade Now!

Two new vulnerabilities in Zoom’s web conferencing software were discovered in early June 2020. The vulnerabilities could allow malicious actors the ability to execute arbitrary code on target hosts and exploit path traversal vulnerabilities in the software. Zoom’s latest update addresses and remediates the vulnerabilities.

June 12, 2020 Zoom to Provide Strong Encryption for Paying Customers and Educational Institutions

Zoom’s security consultant has announced that it will be providing strong encryption to paying customers and educational users of its web conferencing service. The move is being made in consultation with industry security consultants and privacy advocates.

June 09, 2020 RingCentral Video Launches, a Departure From Its Zoom Partnership

RingCentral has launched RingCentral Video, a videoconferencing service integrated into its unified communications platform. This is a move that steers the company away from its partnership with Zoom Video Communications.

Project Management

June 29, 2020 Lean IX and Apptio Partner to Provide the Holistic Perspective on Your Applications

Lean IX and Apptio have partnered to produce an integrated solution that better informs the strategic decision-making process with improved visibility into an application’s total cost of ownership and alignment to business capabilities.

June 25, 2020 Enterprise Architecture and Agile

From the business architecture perspective, agility is the ability to quickly change structurally and operationally to react to external changes or to create new business value. Enterprise architecture comprises business and service/application architecture – therefore, it needs to provide an environment for harmonized agility at each level.

June 25, 2020 United States Marine Corps Adds Appian to Its Arsenal of Low-Code Applications

The United States Marine Corps adds Appian’s low-code automation platform to its Platform as a Service (PaaS).

June 12, 2020 Can Microsoft Teams Be Used for Townhall Meetings?

Moving townhall meetings online can present a range of virtual problems – not least, which web conferencing tool to use! This note explores how Microsoft Teams can be used by governmental bodies to remotely host their townhalls and other public engagements.

June 12, 2020 Choose a Right-Sized Videoconferencing Hardware Solution

Upgrading one’s videoconferencing hardware is an important long-term investment that revolves around several decision points. This note offers a process for thinking about these decision points.

June 12, 2020 Two New Zoom Vulnerabilities Uncovered – Upgrade Now!

Two new vulnerabilities in Zoom’s web conferencing software were discovered in early June 2020. The vulnerabilities could allow malicious actors the ability to execute arbitrary code on target hosts and exploit path traversal vulnerabilities in the software. Zoom’s latest update addresses and remediates the vulnerabilities.

Sales & Customer Service

June 12, 2020 Can Microsoft Teams Be Used for Townhall Meetings?

Moving townhall meetings online can present a range of virtual problems – not least, which web conferencing tool to use! This note explores how Microsoft Teams can be used by governmental bodies to remotely host their townhalls and other public engagements.

June 12, 2020 Choose a Right-Sized Videoconferencing Hardware Solution

Upgrading one’s videoconferencing hardware is an important long-term investment that revolves around several decision points. This note offers a process for thinking about these decision points.

June 12, 2020 Two New Zoom Vulnerabilities Uncovered – Upgrade Now!

Two new vulnerabilities in Zoom’s web conferencing software were discovered in early June 2020. The vulnerabilities could allow malicious actors the ability to execute arbitrary code on target hosts and exploit path traversal vulnerabilities in the software. Zoom’s latest update addresses and remediates the vulnerabilities.

June 12, 2020 Zoom to Provide Strong Encryption for Paying Customers and Educational Institutions

Zoom’s security consultant has announced that it will be providing strong encryption to paying customers and educational users of its web conferencing service. The move is being made in consultation with industry security consultants and privacy advocates.

June 09, 2020 RingCentral Video Launches, a Departure From Its Zoom Partnership

RingCentral has launched RingCentral Video, a videoconferencing service integrated into its unified communications platform. This is a move that steers the company away from its partnership with Zoom Video Communications.

June 03, 2020 Software for Virtual AGMs and Shareholder Meetings

Remote annual general meetings and shareholder meetings have certain end-user requirements that cannot be fully met by standard go-to web conferencing tools. Explore what other software options are available in this marketspace.

Sales Management

April 24, 2020 Satisfaction With Software Drops With COVID-19 Uncertainty

The impact of COVID-19, as it became a global pandemic in Q1 of 2020, has affected user sentiment toward software during a growing period of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. To analyze the impact, SoftwareReviews compared Satisfaction (willingness to recommend to a peer), ability to deliver Business Value (fair cost to value), and Likeliness to Renew prior to March 10 and post March 10.

March 26, 2020 Running Critical Enterprise Applications Efforts During COVID-19

An enterprise application selection or implementation has most likely been heavily impacted by COVID-19. Do not hit the brakes; stopping and restarting projects increases the risk of failure. Slow down or speed up? Which is the right strategy for your organization?

February 25, 2020 SAP’s 2025 Support End of Life Date Delayed…As Predicted Here First

The math did not add up for SAP to sunset license support for legacy ECC/Business Suite 7 clients, as we predicted. I’ve fielded numerous calls asking, “Will SAP hold firm on its 2025 end-of-support date?" We finally have SAP’s answer: a resounding “NO.”

February 13, 2020 SAP’s S/4HANA License Models – The Perpetual License Path

SAP customers seeking to move to S/4HANA must navigate four distinct license models, each tied to a separate deployment model (perpetual license, subscription via HEC, S/4HANA Cloud Single-Tenant, or S/4HANA Public Cloud). This note explores the license characteristics and commercial options available when choosing to procure perpetual licenses for S/4HANA.

February 07, 2020 SAP’s S/4HANA License Schemes Are Confusing Customers

SAP’s native-cloud play through S/4HANA dangled the hopes of a simplified license structure to SAP customers. Instead, SAP customers now must navigate four distinct license models, each tied to a separate deployment model.

February 05, 2020 SAP S/4HANA and HANA Licensing Series – Part IV: ECC End-of-Support Date in 2025 Looms Large for CIOs

SAP continues to claim robust adoption of S/4HANA while cajoling customers to migrate. Should ECC customers cave into the demands and promises of S/4HANA? Or should they stay the course and call SAP’s bluff on the looming end-of-support date?

Time & Attendance

July 01, 2020 SECURITI.ai Addresses the Privacy vs. AI Debacle With the Industry’s First AI-Powered Privacy Solution

AI-powered privacy is here to stay, driven by the innovative team at SECURITI.ai. The company injects automation through AI with its PrivacyOps solution, PRIVACI, taking the effort out of mapping out personal data within its various repositories.

June 29, 2020 Everything That Can Go Wrong Will – Use Feature Flags to Manage the Risks

Is it true that everything that can go wrong will go wrong? Don’t bet on it to not.

June 29, 2020 Lean IX and Apptio Partner to Provide the Holistic Perspective on Your Applications

Lean IX and Apptio have partnered to produce an integrated solution that better informs the strategic decision-making process with improved visibility into an application’s total cost of ownership and alignment to business capabilities.

June 29, 2020 2B Advice Makes Moves to Support a Privacy-Aware Culture

The privacy management software space is rapidly becoming crowded with vendors all looking to add value. 2B Advice has released the most recent version (7.0) of its software, emphasizing the support tools needed to build a privacy-aware culture.

June 26, 2020 FBI Looking to Implement a Governance Risk Compliance Tool

The Department of Justice is looking to acquire a GRC tool for the Office of the CIO within the FBI’s Enterprise Information Security Section.

June 26, 2020 Google Sets Limit on How Long It Will Store Some Data

In response to criticism over data collection practices, Google is introducing default deletion of location history in its web and application activities for new accounts.

Web Content Management

June 05, 2019 Rainforest Offers On-Demand Testing Resources to Expand Coverage

The emergence and growth of Rainforest QA has shone a different light in a market that is dominated by big-name players like HP and IBM. Rainforest streamlines test design and management and expands test coverage through its extensive tester network.

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