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Application Maintenance & Development

April 03, 2020 Yes! You Can Be Successful at Being Agile Remotely

Being Agile requires a change in focus on the skills that we value. While face-to-face contact is generally preferred, it is not always possible. This does not mean that being Agile is not possible, but it does require a different level of focus.

April 03, 2020 Build a Culture of Collaborative Delivery With BizDevOps

BizDevOps transforms product delivery into a team sport that is centered around collaborative and collective ownership of delivery using the best of Agile and Lean development methods.

March 31, 2020 RPA: Look Before You Leap

RPA projects fail more often than one would expect. The ease with which RPA tools allow workflows to get designed and implemented makes it easy to avoid building a strong foundation for the work being done.

March 31, 2020 SDLC Metrics: Don't Let Management Pick Them or Even Use Them

We live in a metrics-fixated world where having more metrics is always thought to be better than having less, and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) metrics are no exception. But the truth is that any badly chosen or managed metric will do more harm than good to your organization. To avoid these pitfalls, take ownership for SDLC metrics away from managers and put it into the hands of those who can best manage it: your development teams.

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.

Data & Analytics

April 03, 2020 Build a Culture of Collaborative Delivery With BizDevOps

BizDevOps transforms product delivery into a team sport that is centered around collaborative and collective ownership of delivery using the best of Agile and Lean development methods.

March 29, 2020 Databricks Lakehouse Combines the Best of Data Lake and Data Warehouse in a Single Platform

Databricks has launched a new Data Ingestion Network, made up of partners whose integrations to Data Ingest provide hundreds of connectors and enable automation to move disparate data into Databricks’ new storage layer, eliminating the need to maintain siloed data in a data lake and data warehouse.

March 29, 2020 Popular Graph Database Neo4j Launches Cloud Service to Ease Development

Neo4j, a popular open source graph database, introduced a managed cloud service called Aura. Neo4j’s enterprise product is growing faster and allows it to support small and large customers without on-prem deployment and management of the graph database.

March 29, 2020 TIBCO Acquires Orchestra Networks: Potential Centerpiece of a New Super Smart Data Management Platform

Orchestra Networks was earning attention even before TIBCO’s acquisition. Now that it is part of the TIBCO family of software products, it can become the centerpiece of a very powerful data management, governance, integration, and analytics platform.

March 28, 2020 Instant Messaging During the Pandemic: How to Embrace Your Collaboration Tools Without Over Doing It

All types of collaboration tools have become essential in the wake of COVID-19 and the mass shift to work from home, but some, like instant messaging, present challenges. Managers should work with their teams to set guidelines on how to make the most of remote communication without disrupting productivity.

March 15, 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic May Accelerate Digital Health Transformation in Three Key Areas

The categorization of Sars-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) as a global pandemic is turbo-charging traditional health care firms’ efforts toward the provisioning of digital and virtual healthcare in an attempt to treat the masses while minimizing risk to the limited pool of care providers.

Finance & Administration

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?

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?

Human Resources

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.

March 17, 2020 Culture Amp Implements New Confidentiality Protections

Culture Amp has enabled a new feature to increase employee confidentiality. With this launch, administrators can no longer identify participants indirectly.

IT Infrastructure & Operations

March 31, 2020 Microsoft Cloud Services Usage Surges Over 700% in Regions With Enforced Social Distancing: How Could This Impact Your Organization?

Organizations have been running into capacity constraints on cloud infrastructure in regions with enforced social distancing due to COVID-19. Having a back-up plan will be critical to your business continuity plans.

March 31, 2020 Microsoft Announces Updates to Firstline Worker Plans

Microsoft announces the addition of a new plan and changes to its Firstline Worker plans. The new M365 plan will slot in below the current Firstline Worker plan.

March 29, 2020 Expect Windows 10 Innovations to Surface From Microsoft’s Re-Org

Microsoft combined the Windows 10 and Surface teams under Panos Panay. Expect greater innovations to Windows 10, headaches in IT, and feature exclusivity in Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

March 29, 2020 Ivanti Update and 2020 Strategic Direction

Ivanti is well positioned to build on a solid ITSM foundation and will deliver expanded capability in areas such as mobility, customer experience, enterprise service management, and artificial intelligence.

March 29, 2020 ManageEngine Desktop Central Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

A remote code execution vulnerability in ManageEngine Desktop Central, with a CVSS score of 9.8, was recently discovered by a third party. To address this gap, ManageEngine released an update on March 7, 2020 that addresses this. We strongly recommend that all ManageEngine Desktop Central administrators install this update as soon as possible, to minimize susceptibility to remote attacks.

March 29, 2020 Popular Graph Database Neo4j Launches Cloud Service to Ease Development

Neo4j, a popular open source graph database, introduced a managed cloud service called Aura. Neo4j’s enterprise product is growing faster and allows it to support small and large customers without on-prem deployment and management of the graph database.

IT Security & Risk

April 01, 2020 Galvanize’s GRC Products Continue to Deliver

Since its acquisition of Rsam in 2019, Galvanize (formerly ACL) has maintained its high-quality delivery of cloud-based security, risk management, compliance, and audit software. Recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, Galvanize’s comprehensive product offerings have not gone unnoticed.

March 31, 2020 GTB Technologies Recognized as Best Data Loss Prevention Solutions Provider for 2020

GTB Technologies has been recognized as “Best Data Loss Prevention Solutions Provider for 2020.” With organizations addressing digital transformation and a growing remote workforce, the risk of data breaches is increased from both insider and outsider perspectives.

March 29, 2020 SC Awards 2020: Qualys Wins Best Vulnerability Management Solution Award

SC Media had its recent 2020 SC Awards Honored in the U.S. event and has awarded Qualys recognition for Best Vulnerability Management Solution in the “Trust Awards” category.

March 29, 2020 RSA Archer Among Other RSA Products Sold to Symphony Technology Group

RSA Archer, a leader in the governance, risk, and compliance space has been acquired by Symphony Technology Group, based in Palo Alto, California. Symphony, a private equity firm, has investments in a cross section of companies in the analytics space, HR and recruitment, and supply chain among many others.

March 24, 2020 Qualys Announces New Flagship Product, Qualys VMDR

Qualys announced its new flagship product, Qualys VMDR, at RSA Conference 2020. According to the Qualys website, VMDR will be available after March 30, 2020.

March 17, 2020 Qualys Unveils Its New Vulnerability Management, Detection, and Response Matrix

Qualys’ newest product, VMDR (Vulnerability Management, Detection, and Response), will be available in March and will provide an all-in-one cloud-based solution for vulnerability management. VMDR will automate the entire management cycle on all endpoints.

Marketing

March 31, 2020 Microsoft Announces Updates to Firstline Worker Plans

Microsoft announces the addition of a new plan and changes to its Firstline Worker plans. The new M365 plan will slot in below the current Firstline Worker plan.

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 28, 2020 Your One-Stop Primer on Virtual Meeting Etiquette

IT leaders have had to learn to facilitate remote meetings overnight. If this transition has been difficult, refer to these guidelines for help.

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 16, 2020 Web Conferencing Vendors Offer Free Access During COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures

Web conferencing vendors lined up to offer their software services for free on Monday as workers around the globe started their weeks working from home, complying with social distancing recommendations in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project Management

March 31, 2020 Microsoft Announces Updates to Firstline Worker Plans

Microsoft announces the addition of a new plan and changes to its Firstline Worker plans. The new M365 plan will slot in below the current Firstline Worker plan.

March 29, 2020 EAM Provider MEGA’s New Launch Answers the Growing Call for Integrated View of Enterprise Assets

MEGA International announced the launch of its HOPEX Information Architecture solution, enabling various stakeholders to share the same level of information to make collaborative, informed decisions about the governance of data.

March 28, 2020 Your One-Stop Primer on Virtual Meeting Etiquette

IT leaders have had to learn to facilitate remote meetings overnight. If this transition has been difficult, refer to these guidelines for help.

March 16, 2020 Web Conferencing Vendors Offer Free Access During COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures

Web conferencing vendors lined up to offer their software services for free on Monday as workers around the globe started their weeks working from home, complying with social distancing recommendations in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 11, 2020 GoToWebinar Introduces “Accept Payments” Feature

Users of GoToMeeting’s webinar-hosting software can now charge registrants and accept their payments natively within the software solution, the vendor announced on Feb. 27.

February 21, 2020 Cisco Announces New Hardware Webex Room USB

In this third brief of four on Cisco’s January launch of upcoming collaboration solutions in 2020, I look at Cisco’s new hardware Webex Room USB.

Sales & Customer Service

March 31, 2020 Microsoft Announces Updates to Firstline Worker Plans

Microsoft announces the addition of a new plan and changes to its Firstline Worker plans. The new M365 plan will slot in below the current Firstline Worker plan.

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 28, 2020 Your One-Stop Primer on Virtual Meeting Etiquette

IT leaders have had to learn to facilitate remote meetings overnight. If this transition has been difficult, refer to these guidelines for help.

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 16, 2020 Web Conferencing Vendors Offer Free Access During COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures

Web conferencing vendors lined up to offer their software services for free on Monday as workers around the globe started their weeks working from home, complying with social distancing recommendations in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sales Management

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?

January 15, 2020 Oracle’s Q2 FY20 Earnings Are Good, but Top Line Growth Remains Stagnant

Oracle reported slightly better-than-expected Q2 FY20 results, but despite substantial revenue numbers and high growth areas such as Oracle Cloud, Fusion ERP, and Autonomous Database, it’s unclear when these market segments will accelerate revenue growth materially.

Time & Attendance

April 03, 2020 Yes! You Can Be Successful at Being Agile Remotely

Being Agile requires a change in focus on the skills that we value. While face-to-face contact is generally preferred, it is not always possible. This does not mean that being Agile is not possible, but it does require a different level of focus.

April 03, 2020 Build a Culture of Collaborative Delivery With BizDevOps

BizDevOps transforms product delivery into a team sport that is centered around collaborative and collective ownership of delivery using the best of Agile and Lean development methods.

April 01, 2020 Galvanize’s GRC Products Continue to Deliver

Since its acquisition of Rsam in 2019, Galvanize (formerly ACL) has maintained its high-quality delivery of cloud-based security, risk management, compliance, and audit software. Recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, Galvanize’s comprehensive product offerings have not gone unnoticed.

March 31, 2020 Microsoft Cloud Services Usage Surges Over 700% in Regions With Enforced Social Distancing: How Could This Impact Your Organization?

Organizations have been running into capacity constraints on cloud infrastructure in regions with enforced social distancing due to COVID-19. Having a back-up plan will be critical to your business continuity plans.

March 31, 2020 RPA: Look Before You Leap

RPA projects fail more often than one would expect. The ease with which RPA tools allow workflows to get designed and implemented makes it easy to avoid building a strong foundation for the work being done.

March 31, 2020 Microsoft Announces Updates to Firstline Worker Plans

Microsoft announces the addition of a new plan and changes to its Firstline Worker plans. The new M365 plan will slot in below the current Firstline Worker plan.

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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