Entrust Announces Sigma Cloud-Based Direct-to-Card ID Desktop Issuance Solution

Entrust | October 19, 2020

Entrust, a leading provider of trusted identities, payments and data protection, today announced the Sigma® Instant Desktop Issuance solution, an innovative direct-to-card solution for instant physical and mobile ID issuance. Designed for both cloud and on-premise deployment, the Sigma solution sets the standard for simple, secure and smart instant ID solutions across enterprise, healthcare, government, higher education and financial institutions.

Today’s enterprises face a myriad of security challenges: From transitioning to digital operations during the pandemic, to managing the global rise in cyber-attacks, they must maintain a safe and secure flow of data − including the data stored on physical credentials. Within these organizations, Identity and Access Management professionals require a printing solution that is not only easy to integrate into their operations, but one that evolves to meet the growing needs of their company while assuring the highest level of data security. Sigma systems deliver a seamless user experience across the issuance process for desktop and mobile printing needs. It eliminates the frustrations of printer set-up with a modular design and an out-of-the-box implementation that takes less than 30 minutes for users to begin issuing identities.

Spotlight

Managing enterprises is a different proposition than it was just ten years ago. Globalization and multiculturalism are important drivers of business strategy. Competition is tough and resources are limited. Corporate leaders depend on a growing number of capabilities for business effectiveness, with Information Technology (IT) high among their more creative resources. Technology can be a unique catalyst for business growth—an enabler that supports the organizational mission and can deliver competitive advantages when creatively applied to established and emerging business challenges. Several trends in IT are working together to help accelerate IT value. These market shifts include the increasing virtualization of technology, acceptance of service-based management methodologies and Cloud computing as a new delivery model for IT functions and services. Maturity in technology, organizational culture and IT operations are all significant contributors to success in effectively assimilating these more dynamic, self-adaptive technologies. Establishing a strong base in client management technologies such as systems, network and applications management is also necessary to facilitate the management of more dynamic infrastructure and software environments.


Other News
CLOUD SECURITY

Xanadu launches first public cloud-deployed computer with quantum computational advantage

Xanadu | June 02, 2022

Xanadu has demonstrated quantum computational advantage using Borealis, their newest photonic quantum computer. It is the first photonic quantum computer offering full programmability of all its gates to demonstrate quantum computational advantage, and the first time that a machine capable of quantum advantage has been made available to the public in the cloud. This achievement, published in Nature, is a significant milestone on the path to building a large-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computer, and a pivotal step in Xanadu's mission to build quantum computers that are useful and available to people everywhere. Quantum computational advantage is achieved when a quantum computer outperforms the world's fastest supercomputers, running the best known algorithms, on a well-defined task. Borealis synthesizes a quantum state of 216 squeezed-state qubits, entangled in three dimensions according to the user's specified program. It then generates samples from this state at a rate exceeding the capabilities of any existing classical supercomputer. Using direct simulation, the fastest supercomputer in the world would take approximately 9,000 years to generate a single such sample, compared to 36 microseconds for Borealis. This runtime advantage is more than 50 million times larger than that of earlier photonic demonstrations. "We are thrilled to have deployed quantum computational advantage on the cloud publicly for the very first time for users around the world, This is another big milestone for quantum computing. And it shows the exceptional talent we have here at Xanadu as well as the ability for photonic quantum computers to scale up." Christian Weedbrook, founder and CEO of Xanadu This demonstration marks the first time quantum computational advantage has been achieved in Canada, and also the first time anywhere by a startup company. Additionally, several technologies developed for this machine solve key challenges in the development of fault-tolerant quantum computers. Such computers have the potential to unlock computational power that will solve an array of intractable problems in fields as diverse as next generation battery development, drug discovery, finance, and logistics. Borealis is accessible to anyone with an internet connection over Xanadu Cloud, and will also be available via Amazon Braket, the fully managed quantum computing service from AWS. "With Borealis on Amazon Braket, for the first time, any researcher or developer will be able to validate a claim of quantum advantage and evaluate how photonic quantum computing may eventually expand their choice of compute technologies, enabling them to innovate more quickly," said Richard Moulds, General Manager of Amazon Braket at AWS. The team at Xanadu continues to focus on the next monumental hurdle in quantum computing — achieving fault-tolerant quantum computation and developing industry-relevant applications. Customers can access Borealis on Xanadu Cloud beginning today or soon via Amazon Braket. About Xanadu: Xanadu is a Canadian quantum technology company with the mission to build quantum computers that are useful and available to people everywhere. Founded in 2016, Xanadu has become one of the world's leading quantum hardware and software companies. The company also leads the development of PennyLane, an open-source software library for quantum computing and application development.

Read More

CLOUD COMPLIANCE AND AUDIT

UiPath Launches Next-Gen UiPath Automation Cloud™ to Extend Automation Leadership in Latest Platform Release

UiPath | May 10, 2022

UiPath (NYSE: PATH), a leading enterprise automation software company, today introduced Automation Cloud Robots alongside a wealth of other powerful new capabilities as a part of the UiPath 2022.4 platform release. The new release provides enterprises with an even more comprehensive automation foundation to achieve fast and accurate outcomes. The new SaaS robots—along with added features that simplify how developers create automations, uplevel security and governance, and expand access to automation to Mac—deepen the reach of automation in the enterprise. It is clear that automation is the technology of choice for developers who need to rapidly build applications that drive the business forward,” said Ted Kummert, Executive Vice President, Products & Engineering at UiPath. “We are seeing more customers selecting cloud and our customer-focused innovation continues to strengthen our leadership in the automation market. Our Automation Cloud Robots bring customers the full benefit of the cloud as they scale their automation programs. This release also expands use cases for automation professionals and citizen developers alike and provides numerous enterprise-grade performance and security improvements.” New features now available in the UiPath Platform 2022.4 release include: Automation Cloud™ Robots:SaaS robots hosted in the UiPath Automation Cloud™ allow customers to deploy unattended robots instantly without IT, resources, or infrastructure. A VM Automation Cloud Robot is a Windows virtual machine created on-demand in Automation Cloud. It provides an unattended robot that can incorporate customers’ software and configurations and will scale as needed. The new Serverless Automation Cloud Robot is part of a ‘ready-when-you-are’ pool of robots that will immediately and securely run selected automation jobs on demand. With simple browser-based access, Windows, Mac, or Linux users can send work to Automation Cloud Robots and immediately execute in Automation Cloud. Frictionless development: With speedier performance, expanded integration options, and low code tools and templates, this release removes friction and complexity from the development process. Automation professionals can now leverage the power of UiPath Integration Service to quickly develop trigger-based automations; access more than 40 API-based connectors to automate processes involving common applications such as Slack, Salesforce Marketing Cloud, Mulesoft, and others; and reduce custom coding to streamline app development with new controls and templates in UiPath Apps. Meanwhile, citizen developers get new, simplified access to AI-powered tools like Forms AI, Document Understanding, and Task Capture to automate more tasks. Automation access for all: For the first time, Mac users get API and web automation, plus support for UiPath Assistant. Linux robots now support long-running workflows, expanding automations that can run cross-platform. Automation Center of Excellence leaders can preview Automation Launchpad, a new tool which can help them evangelize and scale their program to more users. Users will benefit from a vastly expanded set of ready-to-go automations for a variety of tasks in UiPath Marketplace and Assistant. Finally, developers can create end-user-friendly automations with the UiPath Attended Framework through best practices and development processes for providing an engaging user experience, maximizing automation performance, and simplifying the development process. Enhanced Security and Compliance: Security and compliance upgrades in 2022.4 include every UiPath service now in scope for SOC 2 and Automation Cloud™ HIPAA attestation to facilitate UiPath cloud solution adoption with confidence. Both user and device access controls are strengthened, with expanded role-based controls for managing users and IT governance for conditional access to ensure only managed devices are used. In addition, every customer’s data is now co-located in a single data center to simplify meeting government and enterprise data sovereignty requirements. “In the post-pandemic world, enterprises must become more agile and practice enterprise acceleration. Robots have been a welcome and effective tool for developers and business leaders who must create that acceleration,” said Holger Mueller, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research. “By making robot usage a cloud offering via Automation Cloud™ Robots, UiPath is providing enterprises an easy way to create and operate bots, democratizing automation even further.” In addition, UiPath is expanding its monetization offering on its Marketplace by introducing end-to-end business solutions that address business challenges across areas such as accounting, supply chain, manufacturing, insurance, and sales. It opens another gateway for UiPath partners and independent vendors to monetize their automation solutions, attract a wider audience, and unveil greater revenue opportunities through UiPath Marketplace. Vendors can take their business further by offering additional implementation and customization services. Initial vendors launching their business solutions on the Marketplace include: AuraPlayer, Base64.ai, DRUID AI, Element Blue, Int4 AG, INVOKE, KTern.AI, Kanverse.ai, and WonderBotz. About UiPath UiPath has a vision to deliver the fully automated enterprise™, one where companies use automation to unlock their greatest potential. UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to rapidly scale digital business operations.

Read More

CLOUD SECURITY

Snow Software and Anodot Partner to Transform Cloud Cost Management

Snow Software | June 10, 2022

Snow Software, the global leader in technology intelligence, and Anodot, the business monitoring company, today announced a new strategic partnership to help organizations solve the urgent challenge of managing rapidly growing and increasingly complex cloud costs. Snow and Anodot will bridge the disciplines of IT asset management (ITAM) and finance operations (FinOps) together to address evolving issues associated with cloud cost management. As cloud usage rises rapidly across industries, companies are increasingly struggling to attain complete visibility into their spend across technologies and across multi-cloud environments, Kubernetes costs, cost variability and allocation, and bill complexity, resulting in missed opportunities to reduce cloud waste and overspending. The two companies are committing significant go-to-market and research & development investments, leveraging core technologies in their portfolios – Snow Atlas and Anodot Cost – to address this acute market challenge. According to IDC, cloud spending will exceed $1.3 trillion by 2025. This spending includes everything from cloud infrastructure and application services to servers and storage, to professional and managed services. Cloud spending continues to surge, but organizations struggle to gain a complete picture of their cloud investment. While ITAM provides a view into the software used and FinOps helps organizations navigate the bill from their cloud service provider, there isn’t one holistic view available to leaders. Snow and Anodot are dedicated to solving this issue by offering a complete picture of cloud investments to every stakeholder across an organization that requires visibility of those resources from IT to FinOps to Engineering. As a first step of the partnership, Snow is introducing a cloud cost management solution that enables granular cloud cost visibility and continuous cost monitoring for multi-cloud and Kubernetes environments—including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform—and provides actionable savings recommendations. Snow Cloud Cost powered by Anodot offers an easy-to-use dashboard that enables attribution and tracking of costs across cloud providers, applications, services and lines of business in near real-time. The solution also provides accurate forecasting, anomaly detection and alerts, which eliminate cost spikes and foster a successful FinOps culture. “We believe the traditional approach to managing cloud costs is no longer sufficient, and it’s time to address the next evolution of cloud cost issues,” said Vishal Rao, President and CEO of Snow. “Organizations that struggle to manage their investments often end up paying for more than they need. With our combined expertise, Snow and Anodot are uniquely positioned to make an immediate and meaningful impact to an organization’s cloud investment because we are bringing together two key disciplines – ITAM and FinOps. Snow has a long history of providing organizations actionable insight into technology investments that goes beyond IT asset management, what we call technology intelligence. With this partnership, we are bringing technology intelligence to cloud cost management to give our customers more control, more visibility and more decision-making power over their cloud investments.” Snow’s vision for technology intelligence enables organizations to accelerate data-driven decision making by providing complete visibility into all technology within their organization, combined with built-in intelligence to optimize cost, usage and risk. To make this vision a reality, Snow is broadening its ecosystem of technology partners that will bring the highest quality data and insight from all technology domains into the Snow Atlas platform. Anodot is joining this expanding ecosystem, bringing their machine learning backed business monitoring expertise. “Businesses across the board understand the need to cut expenses in this delicate period, and cloud costs are a significant part of this, Yet as investment in cloud services swells, we are seeing a new era of complexities that requires a different approach. The need to address this evolving challenge has led to a sharp rise in demand for our cloud cost management tools, which Snow has recognized. The sum of our joint expertise is far greater than its parts, and we are excited about the ways this joint solution will help businesses across industries get a handle on their cloud management and costs.” David Drai, CEO and Co-founder of Anodot FinOps, an evolving cloud financial management discipline and cultural practice, is increasingly adopted by organizations around the world. With more than 1,500 company members and 5,300 individual members, the FinOps Foundation is dedicated to advancing people who practice the discipline of cloud financial management through best practices, education and standards. Snow has been an active member of the FinOps Foundation since July 2021 and currently has more than 35 FinOps certified team members across Sales, Product and Support. As cloud requirements continue to evolve, especially in FinOps, Snow is committed to contributing to FinOps Foundation working groups to collectively address cloud cost management issues with other industry leaders. For further details about the Snow-Anodot partnership and to preview what’s ahead in cloud cost management, find Snow at FinOps X, the FinOps Foundation event in Austin, Texas on June 20-21. About Snow Software Snow Software is changing the way organizations understand and manage their technology consumption. Our technology intelligence platform provides comprehensive visibility and contextual insight across software, SaaS, hardware and cloud. With Snow, IT leaders can effectively optimize resources, enhance performance and enable operational agility in a hybrid world. About Anodot Anodot is the business monitoring company that eliminates business blind spots by proactively monitoring business metrics, enabling companies to protect revenue, and manage cost. Leveraging AI and ML, Anodot’s augmented analytics proactively alert companies to revenue-critical business incidents and automates their remediation in real time. Anodot’s Cloud Cost Management solution helps FinOps teams reduce cloud waste and manage costs in multi-cloud and Kubernetes environments, providing actionable recommendations that can cut up to 40% on annual cloud spend. Anodot is trusted by numerous Fortune 500 companies to help slash time to detection and resolution for revenue-critical issues by as much as 80%.

Read More

CLOUD APP DEVELOPMENT

Compass UOL and Furious Technologies announce partnership to provide data-driven pricing solutions

Compass UOL | December 24, 2021

Compass UOL, a global digital transformation company, and Furious Technologies, a North American revenue management and pricing optimization solutions provider, announced a strategic collaboration to provide online sellers in Latin America and USA with an integrated digital commerce solution. The partnership will combine advanced cloud-based data science and Compass UOL's digital next-generation platforms services portfolio with Furious Technologies' artificial intelligence models for data-driven pricing. It will enable organizations to innovate, make better data-driven decisions, solve business challenges, and increase business value. The objective is to seize insights and use data generated by customer digital interactions to help sellers optimize price and increase average value per customer by dynamically recommending relevant products and purchase incentives. Data-driven pricing, revenue management and higher margins While typical IT departments deal with an overload of demands and daily problems, which makes it difficult to meet business's innovation and expansion goals, Compass UOL and Furious Technologies believe that end-to-end customer journeys must be created in the cloud and optimized to ensure continuous growth. According to Alexis Rockenbach, CEO at Compass UOL, many companies are burdened by the need to increasingly use data to drive business decisions, solve supply chain issues and deal with the increasing material costs. As a result, they lack time and attention to customer touchpoints, or to sales and marketing overall. "Compass UOL and Furious Technologies combine experience, data science and proven methodologies to maximize revenue, deploy state-of-the-art technology, and mentor customer-oriented teams on business acceleration", concludes Rockenbach. Combining diverse US-based business teams, companies will be able to drive significant business development acceleration, having the potential to serve hundreds of B2B and B2C sellers in Latin America and the United States in the short term, and expand to other regions in the future. "Compass UOL and Furious' cloud and virtual structure offer customers a scalable solution to meet their immediate needs to both manage risk and combat disruption. This combination of flexibility and experience provides an optimal environment to perform and deliver business transformation solutions. This effort enables businesses to ensure that the entire online journey is set to improve service, revenue and exponentially expand customer reach", Ashley J. Swartz, CEO at Furious Technologies

Read More

Spotlight

Managing enterprises is a different proposition than it was just ten years ago. Globalization and multiculturalism are important drivers of business strategy. Competition is tough and resources are limited. Corporate leaders depend on a growing number of capabilities for business effectiveness, with Information Technology (IT) high among their more creative resources. Technology can be a unique catalyst for business growth—an enabler that supports the organizational mission and can deliver competitive advantages when creatively applied to established and emerging business challenges. Several trends in IT are working together to help accelerate IT value. These market shifts include the increasing virtualization of technology, acceptance of service-based management methodologies and Cloud computing as a new delivery model for IT functions and services. Maturity in technology, organizational culture and IT operations are all significant contributors to success in effectively assimilating these more dynamic, self-adaptive technologies. Establishing a strong base in client management technologies such as systems, network and applications management is also necessary to facilitate the management of more dynamic infrastructure and software environments.

Resources