Aspera named a Visionary in Magic Quadrant for Software Asset Management Tools by Gartner

Aspera was the only company positioned as a Visionary, based on our ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Boston, Massachusetts, April 19, 2018 – Aspera, a leading provider of Software Asset Management (SAM) solutions, is among six companies in the first-ever Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for Software Asset Management Tools.

We believe we were positioned as a Visionary by creating industry-defining innovations, listening to our customers, and offering a flexible, customizable product.

As software evolves, Aspera is at the forefront, delivering SAM solutions consistently chosen by Fortune 500s. We specialize in SAM for companies with a lot of software to manage, a lot of vendors to track, and a lot of tools already in place. Our technology and services are built with real-world feedback that focus on customer success.

“We envision a world where everyone can make better software choices, grounded in trusted data,” said Olaf Diehl, Managing Director at Aspera. “To us, the first-ever Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Asset Management Tools confirms the status of Aspera and demonstrates how we provide value to enterprises.”

Read some of our end user reviews for SAM tools on Gartner Peer Insights:

  • “I would recommend this tool for large complex corporations”
  • “still independently acting in favor of customers“
  • “the support team is good, fast and accurate“
  • “the depth of knowledge from the technical support staff is excellent”
  • “You get more bang per buck with SmartTrack”

Download your complimentary copy of the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for Software Asset Management Tools now at: https://www.aspera.com/en/resources/gartner-magic-quadrant-for-software-asset-management-tools/

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About Aspera
At Aspera, we simplify the complexity of your software licenses. For nearly two decades, we have helped hundreds of enterprises and over 50 Fortune 500s to assess cost and risk within their IT environments. Our solutions for Software Asset Management track all the big vendors, such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP to cover every environment from servers and desktops to cloud and mobile. With the largest in-house consultant and service team in the industry, we provide the best strategy for data discovery, easy system integration, and a cost-effective way to purchase, use and optimize licenses.

Aspera is part of USU Software AG (ISIN DE 000A0BVU28), which is listed in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

For more information, please visit www.aspera.com.

Contact
Aspera GmbH
International Public Relations
Heike Lorey
Tel.: +49 241 963-3261
Fax: +49 241 963-1229
E-Mail: heike.lorey@aspera.com

USU Software AG
Corporate Communications
Dr. Thomas Gerick
Tel.: +49 (0) 71 41 – 48 67 440
Fax: +49 (0) 71 41 – 48 67 300
E-Mail: t.gerick@usu-software.de

USU Software AG
Investor Relations
Falk Sorge
Tel.: +49 (0) 71 41 – 48 67 351
Fax: +49 (0) 71 41 – 48 67 108
E-Mail: f.sorge@usu-software.de

BluVector, Endace Announce Partnership at RSA to Provide Security Operations Centres with Fast, Confident Attack Detection, Analytics and Response Solution

Collaboration adds BluVector’s AI-Driven Network Security Technology to Endace’s Network Recording and Analytics Hosting Platform, Delivering One Platform for Next-Gen SOCs

LONDON — April 16, 2018 – AI-driven network security company BluVector and high-speed network recording, playback and analytics hosting company Endace today announced a partnership to host BluVector® Cortex™ advanced threat detection on Endace’s EndaceProbe Analytics Platform. The two companies will showcase the combined solution at RSA Conference in San Francisco at BluVector’s Booth 1615, South Expo.

The solution gives both network operations (NetOps) and security operations (SecOps) highly effective AI-based threat detection alongside the definitive packet-level evidence they need to make better-informed and more confident decisions to resolve issues quickly.

“The sophistication and evolution of today’s cyber adversaries continues to accelerate, as does the number of successful intrusions. This makes network security even more important in today’s connected world,” said Stuart Wilson, CEO, Endace. “But an intrusion doesn’t have to lead to a major breach or cyber incident. The partnership between BluVector and Endace combines state-of-the-art threat detection with the accurate packet-level evidence needed to investigate, respond to and neutralise cyber intruders quickly and efficiently.”

The combined solution collects information from thousands of disparate data sources, then analyzes and prioritises the data and events. The resulting information becomes instantly available to SecOps teams, delivering the contextual data they need to quickly understand the threat and its severity. Endace’s powerful API integration with BluVector streamlines investigations, allowing analysts to swiftly click from an alert directly to the related packet history to see precisely what transpired.

Customers can deploy BluVector Cortex directly onto EndaceProbes, a hosting platform for analytics applications. This eases installation and maintenance for customers by allowing them to deploy a common hardware platform that combines full packet capture with the ability to host BluVector’s advanced threat detection solution alongside other network security and performance analytics solutions.

“Information security teams must increase their visibility and analytics capabilities to detect intruders faster and respond to them quickly and efficiently to avoid high-impact cyber incidents,” said Kris Lovejoy, CEO of BluVector. “Our partnership with Endace brings together the best in the ability to flag, record and replay attacks so IT and security teams have sufficient quality information about the incident, the data and systems affected, and the company’s relative exposure to respond accurately. And they have all this capability on a single platform.”

This solution is available immediately; contact Endace sales (sales@endace.com) or BluVector sales (sales@bluvector.io) for more information.

Contacts
Endace

Email: pr@endace.com
Australasia: Mark Evans
mobile +64-21-494 850
USA: Kelly Dorsey
mobile +1-818-436 9646
EMEA: Leah Jones
+44 203 697 6680

BluVector
MSL
Email: bluvector@mslgroup.com
Peter Morsecheck or Chris Poisson
Direct: 781-684-0770

About BluVector
Based in Arlington, Virginia, BluVector is revolutionizing network security with state-of-the-art AI, sensing and responding to the world’s most sophisticated threats in real time. With the unmatched advantage of eight years of work with the US Intel Community and their threat data, only BluVector has the proven ability to protect against emerging threats on average 13 months in advance. Stop waiting for breaches to happen. Get ahead of the threat. Visit www.bluvector.io.

About Endace
For more than 15 years, Auckland, New Zealand company, Endace, has provided solutions to monitor and protect some of the world’s largest, most complex networks. Endace’s multifunctional Analytics Platform can host 3rd-party network analytics applications while simultaneously recording 100% accurate Network History, enabling fast, accurate detection, investigation and analysis of network security and performance issues.

Endace’s open platform enables agile deployment of analytics functions and dramatically reduces OPEX and CAPEX costs by consolidating datacenter hardware. Hosted applications can analyze live or historical traffic. Global customers include banks, healthcare, telcos, broadcasters, retailers, web giants, governments and military.

To learn more visit https://www.endace.com

IGEL OS 10 now supports UEFI Secure Boot

Enterprises using the IGEL UDC3 and IGEL UD Pocket now benefit from enhanced security capabilities

Reading, UK. April 13, 2018 – IGEL, a world leader in endpoint management software for the secure enterprise, today announced that it is the first thin client company to meet the requirements of the UEFI Secure Boot security standard. With this achievement, IGEL further enhances the security of its industry-leading IGEL OS through the integrity of an operating system validated and signed by Microsoft. IGEL received validation from Microsoft for IGEL OS 10.04.100 used in all IGEL UD products, including the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter™ (UDC3) and the IGEL UD Pocket™.

UEFI Secure boot is a security standard developed by members of the PC industry to help ensure that a device boots using only software that is trusted by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). When the PC starts, the firmware checks the signature of the operating system boot loader. If the signature is valid, the PC boots, and the firmware gives control to the operating system.

“First introduced with Windows 8, UEFI Secure Boot is an important feature of the Windows operating system that protects the endpoint from modern malware threats such as bootkits, which are activated prior to the real operating system starting, completely bypassing any OS security checks,” said Matthias Haas, CTO, IGEL. “By achieving UEFI Secure Boot validation, enterprises no longer have to de-activate the UEFI Secure Boot feature when using the IGEL UDC3 and IGEL UD Pocket to convert their existing x86 devices into IGEL OS-powered endpoints. The integration of the enhanced security features afforded by UEFI Secure Boot is just one example of how IGEL is continuing to revolutionise the endpoint by providing our customers with simple, smart and secure endpoint computing solutions.”

UEFI Secure Boot validated UDC3 and IGEL UD Pocket solutions are available now, and are distinguished by a visual cue in the form of a lock icon that appears on the system’s boot splash providing an assurance that the endpoint is activated with UEFI Secure Boot.

With IGEL, IT organisations can easily implement the highly manageable, Linux-based IGEL OS on existing, even aging, devices and capitalise on the full benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Windows 10, all without high desktop refresh costs. Further, as a tightly managed, read-only Linux-based system, IGEL OS makes cyberattacks more difficult, reducing the risk associated with less secure operating systems. With UEFI Secure Boot, IGEL adds yet another layer of security for IT organisations leveraging the IGEL UDC3 and IGEL UD Pocket to re-purpose existing x86-based hardware by converting it into a universally deployable IGEL OS-based thin client that can then be controlled from one, easy-to-manage platform, the IGEL Universal Management Suite™ (UMS).

Availability:
IGEL OS 10.04.100 is available starting on April 12, 2018. To experience Secure Boot on IGEL and all of the capabilities of the IGEL OS, Universal Desktop Converter (UDC) and Universal Management Suite (UMS), download the latest version or request free evaluation hardware.

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About IGEL
IGEL delivers powerful unified endpoint management software that is revolutionary in its simplicity and purpose-built for the enterprise. The company’s world-leading software products include the IGEL OS™, Universal Desktop Converter™ (UDC), IGEL Cloud Gateway™ (ICG), IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions enable a more secure, manageable and cost-effective endpoint management platform across nearly any x86 device. Additionally, IGEL’s German engineered and manufactured thin, zero and all-in-one client solutions deliver the industry’s best warranty (5 years), support (3 years after end of life) and management functionality. IGEL enables enterprises to precisely control all devices running IGEL OS as well as Windows OS from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit www.igel.com.

IGEL Media Contact:
Tom Herbst
Tel: +44 (0)7768 145571
Email: tom@ambergroup.net

Panaya to Showcase SFDC Change Delivery Solution at Salesforce World Tours

RDx is the only solution capable of informing application production decisions by pinpointing key dependencies and change impact, enabling customers to foresee defects and resolve risk more quickly

HACKENSACK, NEW JERSEY – April 11, 2018 – Panaya, the leader in SaaS-based application delivery and testing, today announced it is hitting the road and will be attending the Salesforce World Tour in Amsterdam, Toronto, London and Paris – and later Dreamforce in San Francisco – to showcase Release Dynamix (RDx), a cloud-based Enterprise Agile Delivery Platform. From initial business change request through to testing and production, Panaya RDx for SFDC removes the calculated guesswork and state of uncertainty associated with implementing Salesforce.com changes. Panaya will demonstrate how RDx for Salesforce.com – specifically designed to support SFDC change delivery — offers an innovative approach to risk mitigation and QA to enable Salesforce change projects with speed and quality.

According to Forrester Research, the average Salesforce project rollout has increased from nine months to 19 months since 2010, and half of all new customers now deploying three or more modules are increasingly hindered by long, expensive impact-analysis and regression testing projects. This is due to every single application change which risks breaking integration links, third-party add-ons and the hundreds of data and process customizations deployed.

In response to the growing complexity of change delivery in SFDC environments, Panaya focused on creating a simple solution for Salesforce application leaders to gain the visibility they need to make informed decisions before heading into production. To resolve potential change delivery risks and ensure quality ahead of time, RDx for SFDC provides:

  • A detailed summary of entities impacted by daily modifications, scheduled releases or major projects.
  • A list of development and customization tasks, derived from project scope and assigned to team members.
  • Test plan scoping according to impacted entry points.
  • Continuous risk assessment and multidimensional views of potential risks.

With the real time insights into risk and quality and automatic corrective actions prior to code development, SFDC leaders ensure a fast and safe release to production.

“Salesforce.com has quickly become the epicenter of many business organizations. And while it’s a relatively new and agile technology, the ALM methodology and release processes behind it have been somewhat stagnant to date,” said Rafi Kretchmer, VP of Marketing. “Since the launch of RDx, we’ve had an incredible level of interest, validating the growing need for a reliable agile Salesforce change delivery solution. RDx was designed with both business users and IT in mind, enabling greater collaboration, while ensuring greater release certainty and immediate results at the click of the button. It is our goal to change the way organizations are delivering changes to SFDC.”

Panaya has a proven record of successfully enabling thousands of projects for nearly 2,000 customers, including one-third of Fortune 500 companies. Stop by and see Panaya for a demonstration of RDx for Salesforce.com at Salesforce World Tours and Dreamforce:

  • Amsterdam – April 12, 2018
  • Toronto – May 3, 2018
  • London – May 17, 2018
  • Paris – June 6, 2018
  • San Francisco – September 25, 2018.

About Panaya
Panaya, an Infosys company, enables organizations to accelerate application change and continuously deliver innovation with its Enterprise Agile Delivery Platform. Panaya provides cloud-based application delivery, and testing solutions that ensure collaboration between Business and IT. Enabling enterprise agility with faster release velocity and uncompromising quality, Panaya delivers an optimized user experience with end-to-end visibility of the application lifecycle. Since 2008, 2,000 companies in 62 countries, including a third of the Fortune 500, have been using Panaya to deliver quick quality change to enterprise applications. For more information, visit us at www.panaya.com.

Press Contact
OneChocolate for Panaya
+1 415 989 9803
panaya@onechocolatecomms.com

Confirmit Launches Employee Pulse Solution

Integrated, agile, continuous listening solution will empower employee voices

London, UK, Oslo, Norway and New York, NY, 11 April 2018 – Confirmit has announced the launch of a new solution that will enable businesses to run highly flexible, employee listening programmes that transform their employee voices into business change. Confirmit Employee Pulse provides a ground-breaking approach to delivering an empowered employee feedback approach, creating a solution that supports any type of employee feedback, from company-wide surveys, to ad-hoc programmes that identify and address specific local issues.

In a study by Deloitte of over 10,000 HR and business leaders across 140 countries, 90% of respondents indicated that traditional Employee Engagement strategies are no longer sufficient[1]. Confirmit Employee Pulse enables businesses to build a clear picture of employees’ experiences and the impact on the organisation, and create surveys to enable managers to get feedback on-demand.

Terry Lawlor, EVP Product Management at Confirmit said: “Today’s workforce now expects dynamic, agile interactions. Confirmit Employee Pulse has been able to empower people across the business to easily seek feedback in ways that are meaningful to their work area, but within a clearly-defined governance framework that ensures high-quality data and insights.”

Confirmit Employee Pulse features four key elements to empower local and global teams to gather insights that will improve the health of their organisation:

  • Hierarchy Management and HRIS Integration: Teams can collaborate to accurately map the structure of their company, within the context of an integrated HRIS.
  • Mobile-friendly: Businesses can reach every employee on a mobile device with a flawless mobile experience, while business users can access mobile reporting at any time.
  • Insights from Unstructured FeedbackConfirmit Genius Text Analytics uses deep-learning techniques to draw smarter insights from all the employee comments within surveys.
  • Reporting and Analytics: Data can be combined from multiple sources to deliver live, customised dashboards to managers around the world.

Lawlor concluded: “This flexible, team-centric approach to employee feedback is designed to help businesses build cultures that thrive on feedback. The ability to create quick, but methodologically sound, surveys using a library of high-quality content is key to empowering employees across the company.”

Terry Lawlor and E.J. Sieracki, Senior Director, Voice of the Employee at Confirmit, will present the new solution in a webinar, “Rethinking Employee Engagement: Why Taking Your Pulse Matters” on Thursday 12th April at 8am PST, 11am EST, 4pm BST, 5pm CET.

[1] Source: As provided in Engagement: Pop the Question, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP / Robin Erickson, IMPACT 2016: 2016 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Data, Deloitte Consulting LLP

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About Confirmit
Confirmit is the world’s leading SaaS vendor for multi-channel Customer Experience, Employee Engagement, and Market Research solutions. The company has offices in Oslo (headquarters), Grimstad, London, Moscow, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Vancouver, and Yaroslavl. Confirmit’s software is also distributed through partner resellers in Madrid, Milan, Salvador, and Tokyo.

Confirmit powers Global 5000 companies and Market Research agencies worldwide with a wide range of software products for feedback / data collection, panel management, data processing, analysis, and reporting. Customers include Aurora, British Airways, British Standards Institution, Cross-Tab, Dow Chemical, GfK, GlaxoSmithKline, GMO Research, Nielsen, Research Now, RS Components, QRS, SSI, Sony Mobile Communications, and Swisscom. Visit www.confirmit.com for more information.

Confirmit Media Contact
Melanie Oxford
Indigo River
M: +44 7515 632065
E: mel@indigo-river.co.uk

Aricent launches intent-based networking framework to improve overall efficiency of operations and enhance the customer experience

Unique approach to self-learning networks combines multiple capabilities including transfer learning, smart telemetry and network function orchestration

Santa Clara, California – April 10, 2018 – Aricent, a global design and engineering company, announced the launch of NetAnticipate, a self-learning capability for private/public clouds, central offices rearchitected as data centers (CORD), 5G, and satellite networks. The carrier-grade solution combines a library of network Artificial Intelligence (AI) models, semantic telemetry and intent-based orchestration capabilities. With NetAnticipate, a network operations center can improve efficiency and enhance the customer experience from quick troubleshooting, reduced mean time to resolve problems, auto-ticketing and autonomous resolution.

A recent study by Cisco[1] predicts that mobile data traffic will increase seven-fold by 2021, reaching 49 exabytes per month and exceeding half a zettabyte annually. To keep up with the ever-increasing volumes of traffic and to manage subscribers Quality of Experience, the network must not only be predictive, but also capable of optimizing outcomes in real-time.

Most networks today are still managed by static rules that cannot scale to all possible issues and can only detect faults that have known signatures. Instead, Machine Learning (ML) algorithms can surface unexpected patterns in traffic flows and make recommendations to avert problems. Allowing network engineers to express “what” needs to be done in a natural language then letting the infrastructure determine “how”, further simplifies and streamlines operations.

Walid Negm, Chief Technology Officer at Aricent said, “The story of an event or alarm that impacts a service is extremely hard to stitch together. A network engineer is swamped with trouble tickets that are irrelevant, not prioritized or lack context. If the “devil is in the details” then why not auto-enrich tickets? More importantly, why not predict the onset of a fault or delay — to keep customers happy.” Negm added, “We believe that companies must augment their problem solvers so that they can be freed to innovate. That means intelligent “augmentors” such as design simulation tools, test automation and auto-resolution to drive-up productivity gains”.

[1] Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2016–2021.

About Aricent:
Aricent is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers in the digital era. We help our clients lead into the future by solving their most complex and mission critical issues through customized solutions. For decades, we have helped companies do new things and scale with intention. We bring differentiated value and capability in focused industries to help transform products, brands and companies. Based in San Francisco, frog, the global leader in innovation and design, is a part of Aricent. Aricent is a part of the Altran Group.

Learn more about Aricent at https://www.aricent.com

About Altran
Altran ranks as the undisputed global leader in Engineering and R&D services (ER&D), following its acquisition of Aricent. The company offers clients an unmatched value proposition to address their transformation and innovation needs. Altran works alongside its clients, from initial concept through industrialization, to invent the products and services of tomorrow. For over 30 years, the company has provided expertise in aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, finance, life sciences, railway and telecommunications. The Aricent acquisition extends this leadership to semiconductors, digital experience and design innovation. Combined, Altran and Aricent generated revenues of €2.9 billion in 2017, with some 45,000 employees in more than 30 countries.

Aricent media and analysts contact:
Juhie.gorwara@aricent.com

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