Blockchain Framework wins inaugural RisingSTAR Award

The RisingSTAR Award, supported by EuroSTAR Conferences, James Lyndsay and Bart Knaack, was created to stimulate innovation and encourage new ideas in the software testing industry. The RisingSTAR brings together many of the most influential testing minds as a supporting group to help develop winning ideas for the overall benefit of the industry.

It has been six months since entries opened for the first ever RisingSTAR Award. The submissions were narrowed down to six finalists spanning five countries Biju Abraham (India), Brendan Connolly (United States), Rami Dahmosh (Israel), Roman Iovlev (Russia), Eric Jimmink (Netherlands) and Sanne Visser (Netherlands). Following voting by the panel of thirty-two highly respected RisingSTAR supporters, Sanne Visser of NS has been announced as the 2018 RisingSTAR Award winner.

Sanne Visser – 2018 RisingSTAR Award winner

Sanne originally started in testing in a consultancy environment gaining exposure to many different industries and techniques. Increasing her competencies, Sanne was awarded her Scrum Master certification shortly after joining Dutch Rail 6 years ago. Being part of such a large company has enabled Sanne to move across a hugely varied range of projects and led to her uncovering the need to raise awareness of blockchain technology. Following her initial interest in cryptocurrency, Sanne noticed that that many testers were not validating blockchain elements of their systems, and started to focus on how to test blockchain. There are currently relatively few Blockchain software projects so Sanne then began
lobbying internally for related projects to gain more knowledge. This led to her winning idea!

As described by Sanne “my primary goal is to enable people without any IT or Blockchain knowledge to understand the most basic principles so that they can ask the right questions before considering a blockchain solution. Most coverage of blockchain in the media is about cryptotrading, scams and bitcoin exchange rates. It misrepresents the technology and overhypes the risk that a blockchain solution is vulnerable to scamming from third parties. This is the first part of my mission, to inform. To break down complex technology into terms anyone can understand.”

Following this, Sanne aims to develop a testing framework for dealing with Blockchain-based applications as well as forming a Blockchain testing group to share knowledge to benefit the entire testing community. Each RisingSTAR supporter has committed to support the winner with a half-day of their time. Sanne will use that support to help her develop a workshop with a demo-blockchain environment, allowing her to teach testers about the technology, and to let them experiment with ways it might be tested. As the 2018
RisingSTAR winner, Sanne will be provided with an ongoing platform on the EuroSTAR Huddle online community with updates on her progress as well as an opportunity to present the overall concept and updates at next year’s EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference in Prague.

Beyond recognising and rewarding great ideas, the RisingSTAR Award is about encouraging new voices and developing future leaders in testing. Great ideas can come at any time and to get ideas flowing, the 2019 RisingSTAR Award is now open for entry. If you have a great idea that could change the testing world, don’t wait, submit now! Candidates will be shortlisted next April.

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Why Deep Learning Over Traditional Machine Learning?

Artificial intelligence is on the rise right now and everywhere people are discussing the benefits of machine learning as well as deep learning. There are two popular concepts in artificial intelligence which are machine learning and deep learning, and if you aren’t aware of this then it’s important that you figure out which one is better so that you choose the right technology for your business and it manages to develop and grow more effectively.

While machine learning has been popular for a really long time, these days more and more businesses are leaning towards deep learning mainly because of the high level of accuracy that it has to offer even with the little data that it is provided with. In terms of supremacy, there is no denying that deep learning has a better name and can provide your consumers with more reliable and accurate results in comparison to machine learning.

While most software industries depend on machine learning because of its intelligent concept, using deep learning is better mainly because the set of algorithms that are used in machine learning need to be precise and if not then the results are not as effective as you would like it to be. Deep learning on the other hand manages to make better and more intelligent decisions even without a strong data algorithm that is fed into the system. Although machine learning is smart and it can self teach itself, this takes a long time for the system to adjust and deep learning can be done to improvise from the very first day.

If you always thought that machine learning is more popular than deep learning then you should know that machine learning has just been around for a longer time which is why the concept is more prominent. The first occurrence of machine learning popped up on Facebook with its face recognition software. This took the world by surprise and all businesses started to invest in machine learning to make web services more appealing to the customer.

Other popular brands like Netflix, Google and Amazon began to incorporate machine learning to provide customers with services that were more friendly and interesting. From voice recognition to face tagging, machine learning has been an integral part of the consumer’s life which is why it is most spoken about. That being said, there is no room for error when it comes to deep learning and while this is a relatively new concept it is more likely to overtake machine learning in various ways because of the high levels of Intelligence that it portrays as well as the user friendly platform that it comes with. If you are still not too sure about choosing between machine learning and deep learning then you can get a detailed explanation on the subject by visiting this website.

Since machine learning has been around for a longer time, data scientists and machine learning experts are more comfortable using this technology in comparison to deep learning. But it does not take away from the fact that deep learning is more interesting and is capable of more in comparison to machine learning. If you are looking to mimic the brain of human and replace their intervention in daily routine activities then there’s nothing better than deep learning because it’s more promising and effective. While machine learning still has a lot of room for error, deep learning covers bridges the gap by providing more intelligent, swift and effective solutions that make consumers feel better.

If you thought that deep learning was a separate part of machine learning then you are wrong. It is practically a subset of machine learning that has improvised on the features and solutions that machine learning provided and has manage to become more flexible with limited amount of information. This simply means that you can have a simple concept and limited amount of data to provide and you can still get better and more effective results because of deep learning. It does take a longer time for a data scientist to incorporate deep learning into your entire business module, but once it’s done the system can self teach itself and become smarter with each year which simply means that the system will not need to be replaced.

Machine learning on the other hand needs to constantly be fed data to stay updated with what the business models are and what are the various changes that are added into the business. This means constantly having to hire a data scientist or machine learning experts which is an added expense. This is something that you don’t need to do when you get deep learning.

There are various dark areas in machine learning that require to be categorized and provided the right kind of information and when a consumer covers a dark area it becomes difficult for the system to provide a solution that can prove to be beneficial to the consumer. Many times, it can get annoying and consumers often leave bad feedback which is negative for a business. There are various reasons that could lead to this and this does not necessarily mean that machine learning is a bad thing. What it simply means is that machine learning needs to be extremely accurate and all the information provided for machine learning to work well has to be precise and informative as well as detailed.

This is something that you don’t have to worry about when you choose deep learning. Deep learning is a more advanced version of machine learning and once you incorporate it into the system it can automatically pick up information that it is surrounded by it thereby making it easy for the system to streamline and improvise each day. It can manage to detail out answers from the deepest of sources in the organization making the system stronger and more likely to provide the right answers in comparison to machine learning algorithms. This technology has high expectations and is one of the main reasons why people are looking to develop self driving cars as well as automated homes.

Author: Sohel Ather

USU Knowledge Center now available on Salesforce AppExchange, the world’s leading business app marketplace

New USU app offers a powerful knowledge base with graphical decision trees

Möglingen, December 19, 2018. USU is announcing the publication of Knowledge Center on Salesforce AppExchange. As a result, companies have a whole new way of connecting with their customers, partners and employees. The active knowledge base Knowledge Center supports all aspects of digital communication with customers. All service employees have fast access to up-to-date, quality-assured knowledge they need – over all communication channels. USU’s unymira division and its portfolio focus on professional Customer First solutions.

Knowledge Center is currently available on the Salesforce platform at:

Numerous wizards and integrated workflows make Knowledge Center a key work and process platform for core knowledge-intensive tasks at service organizations. The result is not only a clear and demonstrable improvement in KPIs such as the call handling time, first call resolution rate or familiarization period for new employees, but also in the customer experience and quality of service. A further highlight are integrated graphical decision trees that offer interactive, step-by-step guidance to the right solution.

“Customers in particular will benefit from our partnership with Salesforce and global certification of Knowledge Center. They will gain new ways of mapping complex interrelationships quickly and easily. Together, we are thus setting new standards in service excellence,” says Sven Kolb, Managing Director of USU GmbH.

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Founded in 1977, USU GmbH is one of the biggest European providers of IT and Knowledge Management Software. Market leaders from every sector of the international economy create transparency with USU applications, while also increasing flexibility, decreasing risks and cutting costs.

With intelligent solutions and expertise in digital interaction, Unymira is a prime mover in the digitization of business processes. Standard software and consulting services help to automate service processes and actively provide knowledge for all communication channels and customer contact points in sales, marketing, and customer service. The customer-first portfolio in this area is complemented by customized applications, portal and CMS solutions, UX design and social media management.

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Harrison Memorial Hospital creates an Enterprise patient record with BridgeHead Software

Data from six acquired EHRs consolidated into a single, accessible repository and made part of the longitudinal patient record

Woburn, MA – 18 December 2018 – Harrison Memorial Hospital (HMH), a provider of health and care services in Kentucky, recently completed a significant project to consolidate patient data from six acquired primary physician practices by implementing BridgeHead Software’s Independent Clinical Archive (ICA), HealthStore™.

As part of its ambitious plans to expand its facility to a regional medical center, HMH not only made the decision to upgrade its primary MEDITECH EHR to version 6.15, it also acquired six regional physician practices. As part of those acquisitions, HMH also inherited six independent eClinicalWorks EHRs, each containing valuable, current and historic clinical information.

HMH’s goal was to make all of the data from these systems available to clinicians and support staff as part of an enterprise patient record, through its primary Electronic Health Record (EHR), allowing it to standardize on the MEDITECH platform across the organization. The challenge was how to extract the data from the six eClinicalWorks databases and make it available as part of the longitudinal patient record easily accessible to clinicians and support staff through its MEDITECH EHR.

Creating one centralized clinical repository for all patient information
HMH had been a longstanding customer of BridgeHead Software, utilizing its backup and recovery solutions to protect the hospital’s primary healthcare applications. However, after seeing a demonstration at MUSE International 2017 in Dallas, Texas, HMH was convinced that HealthStore would provide the solution it was looking for: namely, a centralized clinical repository to house data that was extracted, migrated and indexed from its inherited EHRs. The project was completed within six months and resulted in a single, enterprise-wide patient record offering a complete 360-degree view of vital patient information, as well as allowing HMH to retire the six inherited eClinicalWorks systems saving significant time, resources and money.

David Asher, Physician Practice Support Manager, at Harrison Memorial Hospital explains: “Having just updated our current MEDITECH system, we were keen to consolidate the patient information from our six inherited eClinicalWorks systems and integrate it into our primary EHR. We have a responsibility to ensure the efficient and safe delivery of care to patients and part of that is giving our physicians access to a complete record containing both current and historic data from across our health system.”

Overcoming conflicting and duplicate patient IDs
The specialists at BridgeHead intelligently extracted, migrated and indexed 1.2 million documents from the existing eClinicalWorks databases in order to create a complete patient record. But, before the data could be fully ingested, BridgeHead worked with HMH to create rules to reconcile and resolve data issues, primarily where there were conflicting and duplicate patient IDs, by utilizing the patient database within HealthStore. Not only did this eliminate the laborious and time-consuming process of manually translating the records into the hospital’s EHR, it guaranteed that the extracted data corresponded with the correct patients.

At the end of the process, 100% of the data was positively reconciled into HealthStore and made easily available ‘in patient context’ through the newly upgraded MEDITECH 6.15 environment.

Martha Sullivan, CIO at Harrison Memorial Hospital continues: “Running duplicate applications across our new regional care center was never an option for us – it’s costly, inefficient, resource intensive – and, had we not faced the issue head on, the situation would have grown more complicated over time. Yet, the consolidation of multiple systems was not something we took on lightly.

“However, after working with BridgeHead to retire the eClinicalWorks applications, we no longer have to worry about where this patient information resides – it’s housed in a central repository out of direct ownership of the originating application. What this means for us, as we continue to expand and potentially acquire other practices, is that we don’t have to be concerned with how we handle inherited systems and their data. HealthStore is now in place to ingest any patient or administrative information we need that will best serve our physicians and patients: from consultation to diagnosis and treatment; inpatient or outpatient services.”

Jim Beagle, President and CEO of BridgeHead Software comments: “Tackling duplicate and legacy systems, and the data silos they create, is a vital part of the digital transformation taking place in healthcare today. By consolidating inherited data, the physicians at HMH are now able to easily access the full patient history, all available through their primary EHR, and reap the benefits of an improved clinical workflow. This ultimately enables the hospital to focus on its mission of providing high-quality health and care services to residents in Harrison County and the wider community.”


About BridgeHead Software
With 20 years’ experience in data and storage management, BridgeHead Software is trusted by over 1,200 hospitals worldwide. Today, BridgeHead Software helps healthcare facilities overcome challenges stemming from rising data volumes and increasing storage costs while delivering peace of mind around how to store, protect and share clinical and administrative information.

BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management solutions are designed to work with any hospital’s chosen applications and storage hardware, regardless of vendor, providing greater choice, flexibility and control over the way data is managed, now and in the future. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter at @BridgeHeadHDM.

About Harrison Memorial Hospital
Harrison Memorial Hospital, located in Cynthiana, KY, is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 61-bed hospital, established in 1906. It offers a full range of services and an exceptional staff. HMH has an outstanding 19-member active medical staff, with more than 100 physicians on its consulting medical staff. Harrison Memorial is considered by its peers as a progressive entity in rural health.

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Virtustream Launches Industry-Leading Cloud Automation and Security Capabilities for Enterprise Customers

Virtustream Enterprise Cloud enhancements accelerate time-to-value for enterprises moving mission critical apps to the cloud

LONDON, UK – Tuesday 18th December 2018 – Virtustream, an enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies business, today announced a major upgrade to Virtustream Enterprise Cloud that includes significant cloud automation and security enhancements, which enable enterprises the unprecedented ability to automate key tasks while maintaining security levels – a multi-part process that previously required manual oversight. This technology evolution builds on Virtustream’s expertise in delivering highly scalable, secure and high-performance cloud services for mission critical enterprise applications.

The enhancements also feature a foundationally new version of the xStream cloud management software platform including an enhanced architecture and application programming interface (API), in addition to the ability to address many of the specific challenges presented when migrating and managing enterprise applications in the cloud.

“Enterprise applications and workloads require special handling and care,” said Deepak Patil, SVP, Product and Technology, Virtustream. “Historically, enterprise cloud customers had constraints that precluded them from flexibility and conveniences— such as quick provisioning—that are leveraged by cloud consumers with less complex use cases. This was primarily due to concerns about security, backups, monitoring and other issues. Virtustream’s new enhancements simplify and automate the most complex actions delivering immediate value to customers.”

This new upgrade extends automation deeper into previously manual cloud migration and management processes without compromising security or requiring onerous coordination of related operations. The new Virtustream Enterprise Cloudenhancements include the following capabilities:

• Cloud Management: Enhanced cloud management capabilities deliver increased levels of integration through APIs and automation from infrastructure to platform services, reducing time-to-cloud for historically difficult to migrate applications. These enhancements allow enterprise-level customers the ability to self-provision virtual machines (VMs) with host-based automated configuration of security services including anti-malware, intrusion detection, file-integrity monitoring as well as the automated coordination of backup and monitoring in minutes.

This cloud management not only shaves significant time off of the normal process for configuring VMs in an enterprise context, but also reduces the possibility of manual errors during configuration. Additionally, customers can now create, manage and report on VM profiles that pre-define VM parameters, making the self-provisioning process even faster.

• Application Automation: With these upgrades, Virtustream is driving automation capabilities into the application layer. These capabilities include APIs, tools and application specific automation tasks designed to reduce operational processes, reduce the total cost of ownership, and dramatically improve the agility and flexibility of applications running in Virtustream Enterprise Cloud.

For example, with this new release, customers running SAP applications in Virtustream Enterprise Cloud can now automate start/stop operations in the applications within minutes through a self-service portal with automated coordination of the adjacent processes such as monitoring suppression/enablement, backup disabling/enabling and security vulnerability scanning. This allows Virtustream customers the ability to optimise costs by automatically shutting down applications during weekends and maintenance periods without creating custom tooling or management scripts.

• Expanded Reporting, Manageability and Visibility: Also in this release, Virtustream Enterprise Cloud’s self-service management portal offers important new features that provide customers tools for viewing application resource consumption and the ability to group and categorise applications for improved billing transparency. Virtustream helps customers to optimise their usage and create cost efficiencies through its industry-leading MicroVM technology, which provides the ability to avoid the use of pre-sized instances and achieve cost savings through a combination of aggregation and pay-as-you-go, usage-based billing.

In addition to these enhancements, Virtustream Enterprise Cloud, a VMware Cloud Verified service, will leverage the power of the latest Dell Technologies portfolio through the use of VMware’s hybrid cloud technologies and the latest Dell Technologies infrastructure.

“Enterprises no longer need to be held back by mission critical workloads,” said Patil. “There is a place to move them using new cloud operating models that compress processes and provide automation and efficiencies that clear space for new innovations, capabilities and businesses. As a long-standing industry expert in moving mission critical applications to the cloud, Virtustream understands the pressure that enterprise IT leaders are under and is designing solutions that will not only solve these pain points, but also will substantively improve time-to-value for cloud projects and empower our customers to confidently embrace the future.”

About Virtustream
Virtustream, a Dell Technologies business, is the enterprise-class cloud company that is trusted by organisations worldwide to migrate and run their mission-critical applications in the cloud. For enterprises, service providers and government agencies, Virtustream’s xStream® Management Platform and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) meets the security, compliance, performance, efficiency and consumption-based billing requirements of complex production applications in the cloud – whether private, public or hybrid.

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Technology-Driven Law Firm Zeidler Opens Mumbai Technology Hub

LONDON, FRANKFURT, DUBLIN — Zeidler Legal Services, a technology-driven law firm serving the asset management sector, announced the opening of a software development office in Mumbai. Based in Bandra Kurla Complex (renown financial centre), the team of developers will be working together with the firm’s EU-based developers and lawyers to create new products to alleviate the complexity of international regulation and compliance for fund managers. Most recently, Zeidler launched its Global Knowledge Hub, a high-tech service for asset managers to keep up-to-date with legal and regulatory requirements for registering and marketing funds across borders.

Zeidler is a unique law firm that combines legal, business and technical expertise specifically targeting the asset management sector. Founded by Arne Zeidler in 2008, the firm advises on all legal and regulatory aspects of cross-border distribution and marketing of investment funds globally.

Arne Zeidler, Managing Director and Founder of Zeidler Legal Services said, “We are constantly looking to technology to develop new ways to provide legal services to our asset management clients. The team in Mumbai has many years’ experience working with the legal sector developing tools to enable better efficiency, transparency and cost efficiency. I am personally extremely excited to have such a fantastic team of developers to complement our group.”

Zeidler has focussed on the legal side of international marketing of investment funds for many years. It is one of the very few firms who possess such detailed global legal knowledge within one team. One quarter of its staff are now software developers, allowing it to provide legal and technology-based solutions out of one firm.

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Zeidler is a unique law firm that combines legal, business and technical expertise specifically targeting the asset management sector. Founded by Arne Zeidler in 2008, the firm advises on fund formation, management and cross-border distribution globally. The firm’s focus on innovation allows it to provide time-saving technology solutions to providing legal services. Zeidler’s range of asset management clients includes some of the largest, most respected names in the industry, as well as boutique operators. It continuously services more than 100 clients with aggregate assets under management above USD 1 trillion. Clients include Universal-Investment, Nomura Asset Management, Fundsmith and Gabelli Funds.

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