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Businesses slow to embrace products like Samsung Flip board

Samsung has joined Cisco, Google and Microsoft in a digital whiteboard market that has attracted the interest, but not yet the wallets, of companies.

The Korean tech giant launched its Flip interactive display this week at the CES technology conference in Las Vegas. Scheduled for release this month, the Samsung Flip board will sell for $2,699, which is considerably less than competing products from the major vendors but higher than technology offered by smaller manufacturers.

The Flip has a 55-inch, 4K display that lets users annotate content using their fingers or stylus. The device has USB ports and a wireless connection for PCs and mobile devices. The latter lets remote workers view the Flip display.

Today, education, professional sports and media and entertainment account for a significant portion of whiteboard sales. Manufacturers are banking on businesses and government to grow the market.

To date, however, enterprises haven’t embraced the technology. A 2017 survey by Nemertes Research found only 23% of companies using interactive whiteboards and 47% evaluating them. Deployments have been limited mostly to workgroups focused on marketing, content development, engineering, application development and product management. Those groups find electronic whiteboards useful in brainstorming sessions.

“We don’t yet see them as a must-have in every conference room,” Nemertes analyst Irwin Lazar said. “Buyers are still struggling with the business case for whiteboards.”

Samsung Flip
The Samsung Flip can configure to horizontal or vertical orientations and features multiuser annotation.

Samsung Flip board pricing

Samsung’s product costs considerably less than similar size whiteboards from Cisco, Google and Microsoft. But those devices, which range from $5000 to $9000, offer more capabilities, including video conferencing and integration with the vendor’s collaboration software.

Independent analyst Dave Michels believes products that combine video and an interactive whiteboard will be more attractive to enterprises over time than whiteboard-only products. “Every room needs an HDMI display anyway,” Michels said. “Board-only solutions were probably obsolete before they found their way.”

But Lazar sees a “pretty good market” for whiteboards with fewer capabilities than those from the major vendors. Enterprises interested in those products have turned to vendors like Bluescape, DisplayNote, InFocus and Newline Interactive.

In general, those vendors offer whiteboard products that are less expensive than the Samsung Flip board, so the company will likely find it difficult to grab market share. “Given the higher price, and Samsung’s relative newness in the enterprise [whiteboard] market, I think they’ll have a difficult time competing with the other vendors,” Lazar said.

Kick off 2018 with online safety tips from Microsoft’s Council for Digital Good – Microsoft on the Issues

To get everyone off on the right digital foot in 2018, Microsoft’s teen Council for Digital Good offers 15 pieces of guidance, designed to make online interactions safer and healthier by emphasizing resilience, mindfulness and digital civility.

We assembled this impressive group of U.S.-based youth as part of a pilot program, launched in 2017. The 15-member council serves as a sounding board for Microsoft’s youth-focused, online safety policy work. The council met for a two-day summit in August, and will convene again later this year. Last summer, each teen drafted a written manifesto for life online, and then returned home to take on three more assignments: (1) an artistic representation of their individual manifestos, (2) a consolidated written manifesto from the entire cohort, and (3) a visual representation of the cohort manifesto.

Council for Digital Good We thought the start of the new year was a fitting time to share the council’s inspiring words.

The 15-point cohort manifesto

After conference calls, email and social media, each teen selected guidance from his or her individual manifesto thought to be instructive and compelling. “Our (process) worked almost exactly like a democracy,” says Bronte, a 17-year-old council member from Ohio, who submitted the cohort manifesto on behalf of the council. “We would pitch ideas about what manifesto ideas we had, go into detail, and then vote on which we liked best. In the end, we all had a good time working together. We learned a lot about ourselves, and got to know more about a fellow teen from a couple of states away.”

Here are the individual pieces of guidance from each council member, which we’ve grouped into three broad categories: “skills, advice and perspective.” You can find the full cohort manifesto and view some additional context from each council member at this link.

Skills – Some important competencies for life online 

  • Build and repair resilience to ensure young people can bounce back from unpleasant online experiences.
  • Pause and think before sending or posting.
  • Your online profile represents YOU so, be sure to present yourself in the best possible and truthful light.
  • Be a skeptic and question the actions and motivations of others.
  • Instill morals and teach children ethics and etiquette online; it will serve them well online and in adulthood.

 Advice – Additional points that highlight the need for “skills” and “perspective”  

  • Wait until you’re 13 and meet the age requirements to use social media.
  • Take off the mask and be online who you are in real life.
  • Disagree respectfully rather than by lashing out.
  • Your voice and report [to trusted authorities] matter, so take advantage of tech companies’ resources for reporting illegal or harmful content and conduct.
  • Use the power of the internet to empower others.

 Perspective – Thoughts for maintaining a healthy online outlook   

  • Your screen is 2D while real life is 3D – What’s online can fall flat, so always consider context and other factors.
  • Don’t be a prisoner to your cellphone by letting online interactions control your life.
  • Posts affect you and your family, so remember, once you hit send, there’s no taking them back.
  • No, you’re not getting a free iPhone – If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Focus on the life you live and don’t let technology dominate daily activities.

The teens have offered some great counsel to help everyone lead safer, more productive and more fun-filled lives online. Leading up to international Safer Internet Day on Feb. 6, we’ll be showcasing the teens’ individual “Twitter moments” – the creative manifesto from the full council – where they each discuss their recommended point of guidance. Look for these on social media over the coming weeks.

A vision and mission for the council

In addition to the cohort manifesto, the teens went beyond their specific assignment and drafted an additional vision document, detailing how they see their individual roles on the council, their mission as a team and the impact they want to have.

“We need a ‘youth-inspired revolution’ as there is no silver bullet solution,” the cohort writes. “This is a global issue that requires a global response by everyone: parents, educators, technology companies and government. As the inaugural cohort, the council has devoted our time to advocating for issues around healthy online behaviors.”

The paper goes on to say how the teens will use social media and reach out to youth in their communities to raise awareness of online safety issues and grow support for meaningful programs and initiatives. “This will, in turn, force the hand of school administrations, community leaders, managers or anyone in an authoritative position, to ensure preventative measures are taken. We aim to see a generation of more empathetic young people … After our [term] is up, future council members will build on what we have achieved to create a lasting global movement. From the entirety of the council, to the entire world, everyone deserves and has a right to a safe experience online.” (Read the full council vision document here.)

Looking ahead in 2018

At Microsoft, we characterize these efforts as fostering “digital civility” by promoting safer and healthier online interactions for everyone. We’re driven to grow a kinder, more empathetic and respectful online world, and in this quest, we know we’ve chosen some outstanding partners in this remarkable group of teens.

We look forward to our next in-person event with the council this summer. We’re planning a more public event to discuss some important online safety issues, and we’re asking the teens to share their views with law- and policy-makers and other influentials, as we convene in our nation’s capital.

In the meantime, we’re readying our next round of digital civility research, which will be released on Safer Internet Day 2018 on Feb. 6. Much like the findings we announced in 2017, we’ve polled both teens and adults about their exposure to a range of online risks and forms of abuse. This year, we’re releasing research from 23 countries, up from 14 last year. We’ve also added a few more risks to the study, and some of the results are rather surprising.

Until then, you can follow the Council for Digital Good on our Facebook page and via Twitter using #CouncilforDigitalGood. To learn more about online safety generally, visit our website and resources page; “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Tags: Council for Digital Good, digital civility, Online Safety

Microsoft to acquire Avere Systems, accelerating high-performance computing innovation for media and entertainment industry and beyond – The Official Microsoft Blog

The cloud is providing the foundation for the digital economy, changing how organizations produce, market and monetize their products and services. Whether it’s building animations and special effects for the next blockbuster movie or discovering new treatments for life-threatening diseases, the need for high-performance storage and the flexibility to store and process data where it makes the most sense for the business is critically important.

Over the years, Microsoft has made a number of investments to provide our customers with the most flexible, secure and scalable storage solutions in the marketplace. Today, I am pleased to share that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, a leading provider of high-performance NFS and SMB file-based storage for Linux and Windows clients running in cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments.

Avere logoAvere uses an innovative combination of file system and caching technologies to support the performance requirements for customers who run large-scale compute workloads. In the media and entertainment industry, Avere has worked with global brands including Sony Pictures Imageworks, animation studio Illumination Mac Guff and Moving Picture Company (MPC) to decrease production time and lower costs in a world where innovation and time to market is more critical than ever.

High performance computing needs however do not stop there. Customers in life sciences, education, oil and gas, financial services, manufacturing and more are increasingly looking for these types of solutions to help transform their businesses. The Library of Congress, John Hopkins University and Teradyne, a developer and supplier of automatic test equipment for the semiconductor industry, are great examples where Avere has helped scale datacenter performance and capacity, and optimize infrastructure placement.

By bringing together Avere’s storage expertise with the power of Microsoft’s cloud, customers will benefit from industry-leading innovations that enable the largest, most complex high-performance workloads to run in Microsoft Azure. We are excited to welcome Avere to Microsoft, and look forward to the impact their technology and the team will have on Azure and the customer experience.

You can also read a blog post from Ronald Bianchini Jr., president and CEO of Avere Systems, here.

Tags: Avere Systems, Azure, Big Computing, Cloud, High-Performance Computing, high-performance storage

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Ionic Pro embodies mobile app dev tools’ DevOps embrace

Driven by a need for speedy app development amid broad digital transformation directives, developers of all skill levels must collaborate to feed an insatiable user base of enterprises and their customers. And software development toolmakers are answering the call with low-code, easy-to-use mobile app dev tools to build enterprise applications.

There are actually two converging forces at work right now, said Joe McKendrick, an analyst at Unisphere Research. Developers increasingly must understand and align with lines of business and take on a more active role in business process management and optimization, user experience and customer experience (UX/CX) design, and DevOps.

Indeed, one in five executives indicate that most applications are developed outside of their IT departments, and 76%said that’s true for at least a portion of their apps, according to a recent survey from Unisphere Research and app dev toolkit maker Kintone. San Francisco based Kintone makes low-code development tools that enable line of business managers to build software that automate workflows, develop shared document repositories, construct reporting dashboards and process data without writing a single line of code.

At the same time, a new generation of business professionals with more tech-savvy employees of all ages, understand how computing can improve their work lives. These nonprofessional developers have begun to pick up low-code tools and have started to help create applications.

“Professional developers and non-developers increasingly see eye to eye on the things that need to be done,” McKendrick said.

Rub a little DevOps on it

As these lines blur, it forces tools and technology providers to address these different ends of the developer spectrum, and still provide tools for teams. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the mobile market.

For instance, Ionic has tuned its open source Ionic Framework to build cross-platform mobile and progressive web applications to woo enterprises with support for teams of developers along with more aspects of the application development lifecycle, including testing.

The Ionic Framework enables developers to target native mobile apps and progressive web apps from the same code base using familiar languages and tools. Earlier this month, Ionic Pro updated its set of cloud-based services and tools introduced in August. It now supports teams to design, build, test and deliver mobile and progressive web apps across the development lifecycle — from design and testing, to tracking errors and shipping hot code updates. The pro version includes collaborative tools to facilitate team development.

In essence, Ionic Pro overlays a DevOps veneer onto the Ionic Framework, although users who are typically front-end developers likely won’t think of it in that way, said Max Lynch, CEO of Ionic. The tool lets developers collaborate on projects via a shared database, remain aware of all build activity and coding changes, build apps using a drag-and-drop design, test different versions of apps with users, deliver different releases to different user segments, track and analyze coding errors, and ship hotfixes and live updates in real time without going through app stores.

Brian Aguilar, director of product at MarketWatch, which uses the older version of Ionic’s tool set, said his team has tested the recent product version, particularly features such as Ionic View, for remote testing and to allow external users to look at the app without installing it.

“That’s beneficial to us because we have a small QA team,” he said.

MarketWatch has considered the Ionic Pro Live Deploy feature for live updating apps. “I’m also intrigued by the Ionic Creator rapid prototyping tool,” Aguilar said.

Ionic Pro fosters developer collaboration
Ionic Pro screenshot displaying some of its collaborative development capabilities.

Low-code to the rescue

Ionic competes with Microsoft’s Xamarin unit and Progress Software’s Telerik, among others. At the recent Microsoft Connect, Xamarin introduced Visual Studio App Center, the next generation of Xamarin Test Center, which enables developers to build, distribute, monitor and integrate push notifications. Xamarin also introduced .NET Embedding, tooling with which developers can integrate .NET libraries and user interfaces written in C# into existing iOS, Android and macOS apps written in Objective-C, Swift and Java.

Also last month, Progress Software introduced tooling for its NativeScript open source framework to build native cross-platform mobile apps. NativeScript Sidekick provides starter templates, plug-ins, cloud builds, augmented reality support and more for building mobile apps.

“Low-code development platforms such as these, increase the range of people from all professions who now engage in some form of application development,” according to Unisphere’s McKendrick.

[Application development] is now a part of many job descriptions or daily routines, formally and informally. … Many people [are building] apps on company time, and that’s OK.
Joe McKendrickanalyst, Unisphere Research

“[Application development] is now a part of many job descriptions or daily routines, formally and informally,” he said. “Our survey found many people build apps on company time, and that’s OK.”

Mobile apps are the perfect target for low-code platforms, McKendrick said, because they are well-governed templates, and have set the standard and represent a huge breakthrough in low-code development. In addition, they have firm guardrails to ensure versioning, compatibility and security. Moreover, low-code tools have become much easier to use than the old power user tools including PowerBuilder and the older Visual Basic versions like VB6.

“Along with graphics, today’s tools have a lot of intelligence embedded within them that address all the protocols and dependencies behind the scenes,” he said.

This all comes full circle back to Ionic and its Creator tool. “I wouldn’t call it a ‘low-code’ tool, because most low-code tools are there to broaden the reach of creators, to give tolling to nonprofessional developers to create something,” said Michael Facemire, an analyst at Forrester Research. However, Ionic Creator helps to fast forward all the stages of the software development lifecycle to get a professional developer a head start, he said.

For his part, Mike Sigle, senior vice president of product development at New York City-based Napa Group, said the new Ionic View feature allows them to instantly share their latest codebase both internally and externally with just a few mouse clicks.

“We’ve established several channels, including Lab, where we try out fresh ideas that need instant feedback from our clients; Development, a stable branch of our latest code; Staging, where we smoke-test an app against a production API endpoint; and Production, the version users currently have,” he said.

Moreover, “Ionic Pro provides us huge technology benefits, as well as business benefits,” said Peter Chatzky, president and CEO of Napa Group. “We can streamline staff by having a single, smaller team develop for both iOS and Android platforms, thereby developing complex apps faster and at reduced cost. As we bring new ideas to market, Ionic allowed us to create modern apps without favoring a specific mobile platform or limiting our initial user base.”

Microsoft customers and partners envision smarter, safer, more connected societies – Transform

Organizations around the world are transforming for the digital era, changing how businesses, cities and citizens work. This new digital era will address many of the problems created in the earlier agricultural and industrial eras, making society safer, more sustainable, more efficient and more inclusive.

But an infrastructure gap is keeping this broad vision from becoming a reality. Digital transformation is happening faster than we expected — only in pockets. Microsoft and its partners seek to help city and other public infrastructures close the gaps, with advanced technologies in the cloud, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).

Microsoft’s goal is to be a trusted partner to both public and private organizations in building connected societies. This summer, an IDC survey named Microsoft the top company for trust and customer satisfaction in enabling smart-city digital transformations.

Last week at a luncheon in New York City, Microsoft and executives from three organizations participating in the digital transformation shared how they are helping to close the infrastructure gap.

A photo of Arnold Meijer, TomTom's strategic business development manager.

Arnold Meijer, TomTom’s strategic business development manager, at the Building Digital Societies salon lunch. (Photo by John Brecher)

TomTom NV, based in Amsterdam, traditionally focused on providing consumers with personal navigation. Now, “the need for locations surpasses the need for navigation — it’s everywhere,” said Arnold Meijer, strategic business development manager. “Managing a fleet of connected devices or ordering a ride from your phone — these things weren’t possible five years ago. We’re turning to cloud connectivity and the Internet of Things as tools to keep our maps and locations up to date.”

Sensors from devices and vehicles on the road deliver condition and usage data essential to highway planners, infrastructure managers and fleet operators to make well informed decisions.

Autonomous driving is directly in TomTom’s sights, a way to cut down on traffic accidents, one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, and to reduce emissions through efficient routing. “You probably won’t own a vehicle 20 years from now, and the one that picks you up won’t have a driver,” Meijer said. “If you do go out driving yourself, it will be for fun.”

With all that time freed up from driving, travelers can do something else such as relax or work. Either option presents new business opportunities for companies that offer entertainment or enable productivity for a mobile client, who is almost certainly connected to the internet. “There will be new companies coming out supporting that, and I definitely foresee Microsoft and other businesses active there,” Meijer said.

“Such greatly eased personal transport may decrease the need to live close to work or school, changing settlement patterns and reduce the societal impacts of mobility. All because we can use location- and cloud technology.” he added.

A photo of George Pitagorsky, CIO for the New York City Department of Education Office of School Support Services.

George Pitagorsky, CIO for the New York City Department of Education Office of School Support Services. (Photo by John Brecher)

The New York City Dept. of Education is using Microsoft technology extensively in a five-year, $25-million project that will tell parents their children’s whereabouts while the students are in transit, increase use of the cafeterias and provide access to information about school sports.

The city’s Office of Pupil Transportation provides rides to more than 600,000 students per day, with more than 9,000 buses and vehicles. For a preliminary version of the student-tracking system, the city has equipped its leased buses with GPS devices.

“When the driver turns on the GPS and signs in his bus, we can find out where it is at any time,” said George Pitagorsky, executive director and CIO for the department’s Office of School Support Services. If parents know what bus their child is on, they can more easily meet it at the stop or be sure to be there when the child is brought home.

A next step will be GPS units that don’t require driver activation. To let the system track not just the vehicle but its individual occupants, drivers will still need to register students into the GPS when they get on the bus.

“Biometrics like facial recognition that automate check-in when a student steps onto a bus — we’re most likely going to be there, but we’re not there yet,” Pitagorsky said.

Further out within the $25-million Illumination Program, a new bus-routing tool will replace systems developed more than 20 years ago, allowing the creation of more efficient routes, making course corrections to avoid problems, easily gathering vehicle-maintenance costs and identifying problem vehicles.

Other current projects include a smartphone app to advise students of upcoming meal choices in the school cafeterias, with an eye to increasing cafeteria use, enhancing students’ nutritional intake and offering students a voice in entree choices. The department has also created an app that displays all high school sports games, locations and scores.

A new customer-relations management app will let parents update their addresses and request special transport services on behalf of their children, with no more need to make a special visit to the school to do so. A mobile app will allow parents and authorized others to locate their children or bus, replacing the need for a phone call to the customer service unit. And business intelligence and data warehousing will get a uniform architecture, to replace the patchwork data, systems and tools now in place.

A photo of Christy Szoke CMO and co-founder of Fathym.

Christy Szoke CMO and co-founder of Fathym. (Photo by John Brecher)

Fathym, a startup in Boulder, Colorado, is directly addressing infrastructure gaps through a rapid-innovation platform intended to harmonize disparate data and apps and facilitate Internet of Things solutions.

“Too often, cities don’t have a plan worked out and are pouring millions of dollars into one solution, which is difficult to adjust to evolving needs and often leads to inaccessible, siloed data,” said co-founder and chief marketing officer Christy Szoke. “Our philosophy is to begin with a small proof of concept, then use our platform to build out a solution that is flexible to change and allows data to be accessible from multiple apps and user types.” Fathym makes extensive use of Azure services but hides that complexity from customers, she said.

To create its WeatherCloud service, Fathym combined data from roadside weather stations and sensors with available weather models to create a road weather forecast especially for drivers and maintenance providers, predicting conditions they’ll find precisely along their route.

“We’re working with at least eight data sets, all completely different in format, time intervals and spatial resolutions,” said Fathym co-founder and CEO Matt Smith. “This is hard stuff. You can’t have simplicity on the front end without a complicated back-end system, a lot of math, and a knowledgeable group of different types of engineers helping to make sense of it all.”

Despite the ease that cloud services have brought to application development, even 20 years from now foresees a need for experts to wrangle data.

“When people say, ‘the Internet of Things is here’ and ‘the robots are going to take over,’ I don’t think they have the respect they should have for how challenging it will remain to build complex apps,” Smith said.

Added Szoke, “You can’t just say ‘put an AI on it’ or ‘apply machine learning’ and expect to get useful data. You will still need creative minds, and data scientists, to understand what you’re looking at, and that will continue to be an essential industry.”

Year in review: ‘Digital civility’ takes hold, 2018 to bring increased focus – Microsoft on the Issues

2017 was another significant year in online safety at Microsoft. We launched our campaign for “digital civility,” held our first teen council summit and joined forces with others across the globe to promote safer and healthier online interactions among all people. In 2018, we hope digital civility takes even firmer root, as we expand our research and broaden the impact of our findings.

Topics like online hate speech, extremist content, the proliferation of child sexual abuse imagery, and bullying and harassment continued to dominate the headlines – and we took additional steps to protect customers, advance dialogues and collaborate across interested groups on each of these issues.

Jacqueline Beauchere of Microsoft shakes the hand of Pope Francis at the first World Congress: Child Dignity
Jacqueline Beauchere of Microsoft shakes the hand of Pope Francis at the first World Congress: Child Dignity

We joined the Anti-Defamation League’s new Anti-Cyberhate Technology Solutions Lab; we teamed with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to form the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, and we participated in the first World Congress on Child Dignity in the digital age, sponsored by the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University at the Vatican. We again took part in the International Bullying Prevention Association’s annual meeting with a new focus on research and algorithmic solutions to online abuse, and we helped to shape an upcoming global campaign to prevent bullying and to inspire courage and compassion in youth as they navigate the 21st century digital world.

Safer Internet Day launches Digital Civility Challenge

This list of online ills and potential pitfalls, among others, spurred us to create our campaign for digital civility: online interactions grounded in empathy, respect and kindness. We launched the campaign on Safer Internet Day 2017, including results of research in 14[1] countries about teens’ and adults’ exposure to 17 online risks. We compiled and announced our first international Digital Civility Index, as well as our Digital Civility Challenge that calls on people around the world to pledge on social media to adopt four basic tenets of online life:

  • Treat others as you would like to be treated
  • Respect differences
  • Pause before replying, and
  • Stand up for yourself and others.

Our hope all along was that a variety of internet stakeholders would value the concept of digital civility and be inspired to create their own projects, programs and initiatives grounded in the challenge principles – and we’re starting to see just that: more groups are referencing digital civility and the need for more respectful online interactions.

Council for Digital Good embraces digital civility

To reach young people on some of these ideas, we formed our inaugural Council for Digital Good made up of 15 teens from across the U.S.  Teen council members spent two days on our Redmond, Washington campus in August at our first council summit. On site, they produced individual written manifestos about acceptable online behavior, and followed with artistic and creative works to bring their written words to life. Here’s one artistic creation from Isabella, a 13-year-old from Washington state. Isabella’s painting was recommended to a competition by her school’s Parent-Teacher Association and could garner national attention. And, to think, it all started as a council project. (Note digital civility is front and center!)

Know the right thing, do the right thing

Looking ahead to 2018

Next year, again timed to Safer Internet Day, on Feb. 6, we’ll release even more research on digital civility. We polled teens and adults in the same 14 countries plus nine others[2], and we’re planning further engagements for our teen council, including another in-person event next summer – this time something more public so others can meet and interact with this impressive group of young people.

As we move into the new year, we realize our focus and work on these issues is still developing and is always evolving. We are making progress individually and collectively as we collaborate with others in industry and other sectors. Still, more stakeholders need to be involved, invested and committed to making internet experiences safer and healthier. A series of recommended smart practices for promoting digital civility was another component of our 2017 release that we hope to build on in 2018. Whether you’re a newer technology company, policymaker, educator, civil society leader or parent, there’s a role for you in making the web a more positive place.

We look forward to sharing more in February and throughout 2018. Until then, visit our website and resources page on the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub. For more regular news and information, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Happy 2018, and remember there’s still time to take the Digital Civility Challenge!

[1] Countries surveyed: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

[2] Additional countries surveyed in the 2018 research are: Argentina, Colombia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Peru and Vietnam.

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Progress Health Cloud tackles healthcare IT integration

The result of hospitals going digital has been the creation of disparate systems and applications, often at the expense of healthcare IT integration and a unified ecosystem in which data can flow seamlessly from one app to another.

Progress Software Corp., a software platform company based in Bedford, Mass., is hoping to fix this problem with its Progress Health Cloud, which was released today. The new enterprise cloud fully integrates front-end, back-end and data connectivity technologies into a serverless and HIPAA-compliant platform for quickly creating apps to drive patient engagement and better healthcare outcomes, Progress said in a press release.

Although Progress Health Cloud can’t solve large-scale patient data interoperability issues, it can ease associated healthcare IT integration problems, Dmitri Tcherevik, CTO at Progress, said in an interview with SearchHealthIT. “I don’t think an IT solution can be used to address a political [problem] that may exist in any particular organization … but we can help resolve it by providing an interoperable system and an integration platform,” he said. “No one has technology obstacles and difficulties as an excuse to integration, given the platform that we offer.”

The goal: A unified healthcare IT integration system

Progress’ Health Cloud comes equipped with HIPAA-compliant, prepackaged healthcare application templates, as well as prepackaged integrations with EHRs, according to the company. Some of the EHR vendors already on board include Epic Systems, Athenahealth, Cerner and GE Healthcare.

No one has technology obstacles and difficulties as an excuse to integration, given the platform that we offer.
Dmitri TcherevikCTO at Progress

Progress’ goal is to create a unified, connected health IT ecosystem. “EHR systems are responsible for creation, collection, management and retrieval of health records in a standard format that ensures interoperability with other elements of a healthcare IT solution,” Tcherevik said. “Progress Health Cloud provides a platform for assembling a complete IT solution that includes EHR as one of its elements.”

In addition to integrating with a variety of EHR vendors, Progress’ Health Cloud also enables healthcare IT integration with applications such as patient care management, remote patient monitoring, patient self-service, preventive healthcare and community engagement, Tcherevik said.

“Each such solution requires cross-platform mobile applications, a range of cloud services and connectors to EHR systems,” he said. “Progress Health Cloud provides application templates, cloud services, connectors to EHR systems and other sources of data.”

Health Cloud uses Kinvey serverless technology

All of this runs on the Kinvey serverless cloud platform, which Progress acquired over the summer, and it includes NativeScript components, which makes it easy to build cross-platform mobile experiences, the press release said.

“Typically, when a company needs to deploy an application, it also needs to provision cloud services … like authentication, data management and event management. And provisioning those services also requires provisioning servers, machines,” he said. “It can be a virtual machine or a physical machine somewhere in the data center, and that requires a lot of effort … and that may also be expensive.”

Dmitri Tcherevik, CTO, ProgressDmitri Tcherevik

With a serverless platform, Tcherevik explained, if health IT developers build an application, they do not have to manage virtual or physical machines or servers. Rather, they only need to write code to form certain functions or services and then deploy that code on Progress’ Health Cloud platform, which will take care of the computing resources and the storage required to run the code, he said.

“There are no servers that developers have to deal with, and because of that … [Progress Health Cloud] simplifies and accelerates the whole process of application development,” Tcherevik said.

Progress has piloted its Health Cloud with organizations such as Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Athenahealth and BayHealth Development, a University of California San Francisco Health and John Muir Health joint-venture company that is focused on infrastructure development to support the needs of Canopy Health accountable care network.

Wanted – 4 bay NAS, with or without drives

I’m just prepping my Synology DS412+ for sale… includes 4 x 10TB Western Digital Red drives.

Ideally I’d like to sell complete but appreciate the disks add quite a chunk of value!

The unit is just over 5 years old and is complete with box and everything as new. Drives are 5 months old and have the balance of the 3 year warranty on them.

Looking for £1100 which is pretty much buy disks, get NAS free :D

Celebrate Digital Gift Giving With Project Scorpio Xbox One X Giveaway

As previously announced, you can gift select Xbox One digital games and downloadable game content (durables only) as well as Xbox Live Gold (not available in all regions) and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, right from Microsoft Store on the Xbox One family of devices, Windows 10, or online – just in time for the holidays.

Here’s what you need to know about giving or receiving a game gift:

In Microsoft Store on Xbox One, those giving gifts can enter the email address of the gift recipient, or choose a Gamertag from their Xbox Live friends. In Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and online, customers will need to know the email of the recipient in order to send a gift.

Gift recipients will receive a code for their digital gift via an email message that contains instructions on how to redeem the code. The email is sent immediately upon gift purchase. In addition to receiving a gift message via email, on Xbox, gift recipients will receive a system message from Xbox Live containing the code for the digital item along with a “one-click” redemption button to streamline code redemption.

Read more about gift giving over at Xbox Wire.

To celebrate this new feature, we are giving away some gifts of our own over the next couple of weeks!

I will be giving away three Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition consoles over the next few weeks. A winner will randomly be selected on December 08th, 15th and 22nd. You only need to enter once to be eligible to win in all three random drawings. I will update this post each week with the winner, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won.

  • How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is answer the question and submit your entry using the below form:

Project Scorpio Xbox One X Giveaway

Note: Do NOT leave an entry in the comments or on Twitter. Only entries using the entry form above will be accepted.

  • What can you win?

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition console (1TB) – includes console, vertical stand, Project Scorpio Edition wireless controller and Xbox Game Pass subscription (1 month).

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  • What are the rules?

Submit your entry using the form above.

Do not @ reply me on Twitter or leave a comment below. That will not count!

Deadline to enter is 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT on Thursday, 21 December. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. The winners will be notified on December 08th, 15th and 22nd.

I will update this post with a list of the winners and/or their Gamer Tags after they have redeemed the prize.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: Any winner who does not respond to my email notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. Only entries received at www.majornelson.com using the submission form will be considered. For more information on contest rules, please visit this website.

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