Flexera InstallShield’s Latest Release Supports Microsoft’s MSIX

New Version Provides Easy MSIX Creation & Conversion and Improved Designer Interface

Maidenhead, UK – September 20, 2018 – Flexera, the company that’s reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, today announced the release of InstallShield 2018 R2, providing easy installation creation and conversion support for MSIX, the latest deployment type from Microsoft. The release also offers a new, easier-to-use InstallShield designer interface to help development teams move faster and improve time-to-value.

Out-of-the-Box Support to Build MSIX Packages
Microsoft’s new packaging format, MSIX, brings together the best of MSI, AppX and App-V into one package and runs applications in their own containers, enabling cleaner installations and uninstalls. InstallShield 2018 R2 supports creating MSIX packages or migrating existing MSI projects effortlessly. Developers will be able to use existing installation projects to generate MSIX packages with just a few clicks.

“As Microsoft launches this powerful deployment platform, InstallShield is ready to help developers take advantage of its simplicity and cleaner builds,” said Venkat Ram Donga, Product Manager, InstallShield at Flexera. “We’re committed, as the leader in installation, to helping development teams benefit from new technology that makes life easier and leaves a positive first impression with customers.”

“We’re thrilled to see Flexera support MSIX so quickly,” said John Vintzel, Principal Program Manager Lead at Microsoft. “InstallShield and MSIX will empower software suppliers to help the industry deliver a better and cleaner installation experience.”

Fresh, Modern Designer for Installations
Installations are the first interaction with a software product, making an engaging and simple-to-use interface incredibly important. The new release also offers a fresh and modern designer interface, making it easier for developers to build a smooth customer experience. Other enhancements include options for end users to decide whether to download a new update or stay with an older version, as well as setting up a “force the update.”


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Flexera is reimagining the way software is bought, sold, managed and secured. We view the software industry as a supply chain, and make the business of buying and selling software and technology asset data more profitable, secure, and effective. Our Monetisation and Security solutions help software sellers transform their business models, grow recurring revenues and minimise open source risk. Our Vulnerability and Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions strip waste and unpredictability out of procuring software, helping companies buy only the software and cloud services they need, manage what they have, and reduce compliance and security risk. Powering these solutions and the entire software supply chain, Flexera has built the world’s largest and most comprehensive repository of market intelligence on technology assets. In business for 30+ years, our 1200+ employees are passionate about helping our 80,000+ customers generate millions in ROI every year. Visit us at https://www.flexera.com.

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TestComplete Adds Artificial Intelligence To Eliminate Common UI Test Automation Issues

SmartBear Announces TestComplete 12.6, Featuring Industry’s First Hybrid Object Recognition Engine with AI that Eliminates Accuracy and Reliability Issues, Making It Fast and Easy to Test Previously Untestable Application Components

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — September 19, 2018 — SmartBear, the leader in software quality tools for teams, announced TestComplete 12.6, which features a new Hybrid Object Recognition Engine with Artificial Intelligence (AI) that enables teams to detect and test previously untestable application components quickly and easily. This release also includes a new Intelligent Recommendation System that provides automatic recommendations to optimize test design and maintenance in real-time. With the latest release of TestComplete, SmartBear has extended its leadership position as the fastest and easiest-to-use UI Test Automation tool in the market.

Organizations today have a broad array of applications that are critical to supporting their business – application types ranging from web, desktop, mobile, packagedmainframe, and more. Most software teams face significant accuracy and reliability challenges during the testing process that restricts their ability to test all the key components within their business-critical applications, such as charts, mainframe terminals, PDFs, and more, which results in significant business risk. AI provides a major leap forward in terms of being accurate enough to detect previously untestable application components across a wide array of different technologies, but on its own, is not reliable enough to identify complex and dynamic properties. In order to detect and test application components quickly and easily, a hybrid approach is required that seamlessly fuses both AI and Property-based Object Recognition into a single object recognition capability – TestComplete is leading the UI Test Automation tools market by having perfected this hybrid approach.

“I just tried out the new Hybrid Object Recognition Engine with AI in TestComplete, and it worked great,” said Carol Gossman, Sr. QA Automation Engineer at TEAM Software. “We have a few tests that run in a Citrix environment that only give us one big image to work with. Currently, we are limited to using xy coordinates, but with the new AI-powered object recognition in TestComplete, we will now be able to use specific text to move through our App. I like it.”

“As the number, type, and complexity of business-critical applications in most organizations has grown, software teams are facing significant challenges shipping quality software at the pace the business demands.” said Ryan Lloyd, Vice President of Products, Test and Development at SmartBear. “With this release of TestComplete we’ve introduced a level of intelligence not seen before in the UI Test Automation tools market, which will make common accuracy and reliability challenges during the testing process a thing of the past and empower teams to accelerate application delivery while ensuring the highest quality across their application portfolio.”

TestComplete 12.6 also includes support for Angular and React, which empowers teams to test applications built with modern JavaScript frameworks that use custom attributes which often cause object recognition accuracy issues. The Intelligent Recommendation System and support for React and Angular frameworks are included in TestComplete at no additional cost, and the Hybrid Object Recognition Engine with AI is available in the Intelligent Quality Add-On for TestComplete.

To learn more about TestComplete and to view the Artificial Intelligence for Faster and Smarter Software Testing webinar, visit: https://smartbear.com/resources/webinars/artificial-intelligence-for-faster-testing/

Supporting more than six million software professionals and over 22,000 companies in 194 countries, SmartBear is the leader in software quality tools for teams. The company’s products help deliver the highest quality and best performing software possible while helping teams ship code at nearly impossible velocities. With products for API testing, UI testing, code review and performance monitoring across mobile, web and desktop applications, SmartBear equips every development, testing and operations team member with the tools to ensure quality at every stage of the software cycle.

For more information, visit: http://smartbear.com, or for the SmartBear community, go to: LinkedInTwitter or Facebook.

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Fujikura Europe to unveil new wireless splicing and processing technology at ECOC 2018

The company will be showcasing its smart splicing solution, the new 41S, for the first time

Chessington, UK, 18 September 2018: European operators looking to overcome poor fibre cleaving and increased costs are set to benefit when leader in optical connectivity and splicing technology, Fujikura Europe, introduces the latest addition to its record-breaking fusion splicer product line, the 41S at ECOC 2018, Rome, September 23-27.

By working wirelessly with the new CT50 fibre cleaver, the 41S splicer improves the overall installation time and cost for operators. Designed for FTTX, data centre, LAN and access applications, the future-proof smart splicer has active v-groove alignment and boasts innovative features in a compact and robust package. It has been upgraded from its predecessor, the 22S, and can now deliver accurate core splice loss estimation – a feature not previously possible until now.

The issue of poor fibre cleaving due to worn, incorrectly adjusted or damaged cleaver blades is conveniently dealt with when the 41S detects a high cleave angle or bad end shape on the CT50, it sends a blade position change instruction to the cleaver. The cleaver then rotates the cleaver blade automatically to the next position, restoring optimum cleaving performance. In addition to cleave performance, the smart splicer can also wirelessly monitor battery and power usage of the CT50 cleaver. The 41S comes enabled with a touch screen menu as standard, but also maintains the traditional easy-to-use hard button navigation system.

By utilising the low radio power of Bluetooth technology, other equipment nearby will not be interfered with. Operators can benefit from the “always on” technology due to the low power consumption of the Bluetooth, which means that the CT50 batteries can last for several months. Installers also have the ease of a 5” colour touch-panel display, improved v-groove illumination and the benefit of easy splice protector positioning.

“The need for precise, consistent and reliable splicing technology has expanded to applications beyond telecommunications, meaning splicers must now be versatile enough to cater for different applications. This is where our solutions come in,” said Neil Bessant, Fusion Splicer Divisional Manager at Fujikura Europe. “We have more than 40 years’ of experience in providing customers with high-quality splicing solutions that are easy-to-use, have minimal process times and are cost-effective. ECOC 2018 is one of the biggest European conferences for optical communication, and we are looking forward to launching our newest splicer and cleavers as well as showcasing our other world-leading technology and the potential it offers to ECOC attendees.”

The 41S, along with a full range of Fujikura Europe’s fibre optic solutions, will be on display at Stand 226 at the Fiera Roma, in Rome, Italy from the 24 – 26 September 2018.

To learn more about Fujikura Europe technology, please visit: http://www.fujikura.co.uk/


About Fujikura Europe
Fujikura is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fibre optic cables and equipment for installation, measurement and testing. The Fujikura name has become synonymous with fibre optic fusion splicers and the company has become the world’s leading supplier to telecommunication companies around the globe.

Fujikura has been represented in Europe for over 30 years, and in 1988 established Fujikura Europe Ltd as a European base of operations in South West London. Fujikura Europe has grown considerably in the last ten years and now occupies a 14,000 sq. ft site in Chessington, Surrey which houses the company’s European sales administrative offices, technical support centre and service repair workshops.

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Gene Kim hosts DevOps webinar for Redgate database developer audience

Cambridge UK, Tuesday 18 September 2018 – The acclaimed DevOps author and researcher Gene Kim is to host a webinar for users of Redgate’s database development tools on 25 September. The webinar will talk about the key findings in the 2018 Accelerate State of DevOps Report from DORA which, for the first time, called out database development as a key technical practice which can drive high performance in DevOps.

Gene Kim will be joined by Steve Jones, editor of SQLServerCentral.com, the community of 1.9 million DBAs, developers and SQL Server users. Together, they’ll look at the key findings in the DORA Report and investigate the growing importance of the database in successful DevOps.

The result of over five years of research, with over 30,000 data points, the Report seeks to understand high performance in the context of software development and identify the factors that can predict it.

The inclusion of the database this year was because changes to databases are often a major source of risk and delay when performing deployments. The authors of the report, which included Jez Humble and Nicole Forsgren as well as Gene Kim, wanted to investigate which database-related practices help when implementing continuous delivery to improve both software delivery performance and availability.

Their conclusion, that integrating database work into the software development process positively contributes to continuous delivery, strikes a chord with some earlier research from Redgate. The 2018 Database DevOps Survey showed that 76% of application developers are now also responsible for developing databases, and 75% of them build database deployment scripts.

This change has been prompted by the faster speed at which features can be released using DevOps. Those front-end features often need an update to the database at the back end as well, so it makes sense for the two activities to be aligned as part of the same process.

The webinar is a unique opportunity to see an acknowledged expert in DevOps and a renowned figure from the SQL Server world come together to discuss the common ground that now exists between application and database development rather than the differences.

An award-winning CTO, researcher and author, Gene Kim was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years and is co-author of the books ‘The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win’, ‘The DevOps Handbook’, and the Accelerate State of DevOps Report.

Steve Jones is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and has been an advocate for SQL Server since version 4.2 on OS/2. After working as a DBA and developer for a variety of companies, he co-founded SQLServerCentral.com in 2001 and has been the full-time editor since 2004.

The one hour webinar is being hosted by Redgate at 17.00 BST on Tuesday, 25 September, and attendees can find out more on the Redgate website or register online.

The 2018 Accelerate State of DevOps Report can be downloaded online from DORA at https://cloudplatformonline.com/2018-state-of-devops.html

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For further information, please contact:

In the US:
Stephanie Herr, Database DevOps Product Manager, Redgate Software

In the UK:
Mary Robbins, DevOps Marketing Manager, Redgate Software

Matt Hilbert, Technology Writer, Redgate Software
07564 778274

About Redgate Software
Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by over 800,000 IT professionals and is the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day, and help them to adopt compliant database DevOps. As well as streamlining database development and preventing the database being a bottleneck, this helps organizations introduce data protection by design and by default. As a result, more than 100,000 companies use Redgate tools, including 91% of those in the Fortune 100.

DBmaestro Named Finalist in 2018 DevOps Industry Awards

Recognition as a leading DevOps Vendor establishes DBmaestro’s leadership in the database automation industry

BOSTON, MA, September 17, 2018 – DBmaestro, the pioneer and leading DevSecOps platform for database release automation solution provider announced today it has been named a finalist for the 2018 DevOps Industry awards as leading DevOps vendor.

The DevOps Industry Awards celebrate companies and individuals who have accomplished significant achievements when incorporating and adopting DevOps practices. This leading DevOps vendor award is giving to the company who shows commitment to high quality standards and customer satisfaction with solutions with proven value for money that can demonstrate DevOps thought leadership and contributes to the wider IT community.

“This award compliments evident growth DBmaestro has witnessed in the past couple years, as we continue to see companies trying to solve the database bottleneck in their application release process”,  said Yaniv Yehuda, CTO at DBmaestro.

The DevOps Industry Awards 2018 ceremony will be held on 16 October at Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London.

About DBmaestro
DBmaestro brings DevOps best practices to the database, delivering a new level of efficiency, speed, security and process integration for databases. DBmaestro’s platform enables organizations to run database deployments securely and methodically, increase development team productivity and significantly decrease time-to-market. The solution enables organizations to implement CI/CD practices for database activities, with repeatable pipeline release automation and automatic drift prevention mechanisms.

For more information, visit http://www.dbmaestro.com/.

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HUBER+SUHNER to showcase end-to-end connectivity portfolio for the “Connected Train” at InnoTrans 2018

The company’s industry leading RADOX® cabling portfolio will be on display together with the recently launched 5G-capable SENCITY® rail multi antenna

Pfäffikon and Herisau, 17 September – Utilising different technologies and devices across radio frequency, low frequency and fiber optics, the “Connected Train” is a complete rail connectivity concept realised by HUBER+SUHNER, leading manufacturer of components and systems for optical and electrical connectivity. The company will showcase its extensive portfolio of components to streamline rail connectivity and reform passenger experience at InnoTrans 2018, 18-21 September, Berlin.

“This year our focus is on the “Connected Train” and what that truly means in practice for operators and customers. With rail operators striving for success in the digital age, we are calling on all train operators to consider and make use of the future-proof solutions we offer to fulfil their digital potential,” said Dr. Michael Styger, Head of Market Unit LF Railway at HUBER+SUHNER. “Current technology simply cannot facilitate the increasing on-board and to-ground demands operators are facing. The connectivity portfolio on display at InnoTrans 2018 is our answer to these challenges, including every aspect of the train networking and connectivity elements, whether it be within the train carriage itself or trackside.”

Truly a one-stop-shop for operators moving into the next generation of rail and rail connectivity, InnoTrans 2018 will see HUBER+SUHNER showcase energy, signal and data bus cables, as well as a number of antennas for train-borne and train-to-ground communication. The solutions on display provide a holistic view of the “Connected Train” concept.

Connectivity Solutions
RADOX® the benchmark for railway cables have been designed to meet the high demands of today’s industry. Over the last couple of years the product portfolio has increased significantly and now includes RF and fibre optic cables meeting the stringent fire requirements of EN4545-2. RADOX® cables offer the operator and train builder significant space and weight savings, with up to more than 40% achievable compared to conventional products. With today’s focus on energy saving and low life cycle cost this benefit offers considerable scope for savings in operation and build costs. RADOX® cables are used extensively throughout the vehicle and have provided many years of uninterrupted service life to thousands of vehicles and remain the number one choice of engineers worldwide.

On display at booth 207 in Hall 2.2, will also be the SENCITY® rail multi antenna, the first 5G ready antenna for mobile applications. Officially launched to the global market this month, the antenna masters the many requirements for Vehicle-to-Ground communication and can seamlessly provide an all-in-one wireless communication solution for all types of fleet. The antenna also includes high-current and high-voltage protection properties, maximising performance without compromising safety. A number of trackside and roof-top antennas will also be available at the booth for a full connectivity model.

Alongside the SENCITY® antenna portfolio will be the company’s latest developments in fiber optic and CAT7 connectivity solutions, the range of HUBER+SUHNER inter-vehicle gigabit jumper systems. Enabling a more reliable data transfer, the IP-based broadband technology is essential for today’s “Connected Train” and is scalable and upgradable to accommodate for future developments. Supporting high-data rate infrastructure up to 10Gbit/s, the portfolio of inter-vehicle jumper systems has been rigorously tested over 4 million cycles and continues to be the most reliable connectivity solution on the market.

A range of outdoor, wireless carriage bridging antennas specifically designed for the harsh rail environment, will also be on display at InnoTrans 2018. Optimising the process of disconnecting and reconnecting coaches, the wireless antennas meet EN50155 railway standards and are fire retardant according to DIN 5540-2, BS 6853, NF-F16-101/102 and EN45545-2.

Dr. Styger added: “We are excited to demonstrate our full range of solutions for the complete “Connected Train” at InnoTrans 2018. We have been exhibiting our most innovative solutions at this show for a number of years now, and we look forward to discussing our plans for the future and how our technology can change the way operators view connectivity.”

Attendees of InnoTrans 2018 can experience the “Connected Train” with an augmented reality demonstration, as well as discover the entire solutions portfolio enabling the “Connected Train” at the SWISSRAIL booth #207 in hall 2.2.

For more information please visit https://www.hubersuhner.com/en

Axel Rienitz
Trade Media Relations
Phone: +41 71 353 42 20

Proactive International PR
Rebecca Peel
Phone +44 1636 704888

HUBER+SUHNER, the global company with headquarters in Switzerland, develops and produces components and system solutions for electrical and optical connectivity. HUBER+SUHNER serves customers in the three markets of communication, transportation, and industrial with cables, connectors, and systems developed for the three core technologies of radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency. HUBER+SUHNER products stand for highest performance, quality, reliability and longevity, even under demanding conditions. The company’s global production network, combined with group companies and subsidiaries, ensures that HUBER+SUHNER is close to its customers in over 60 countries. Further information on the company is available at hubersuhner.com

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