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ABL Technology Member News & Industry Trendletter * June 18, 2019
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Is there a Robot in your future?
by Mimi Grant

OK, so we may be a few years away from the amazingly cool robot co-star of Robot & Frank, but here are 7 "robots" that are already changing lives in and around our homes - who knows, maybe even yours!

Because, according to a recent survey by the Consumer Technology Association, 84% of the 45% of Americans who are familiar with robotics are already eager to use them to augment their lives, their adoption is happening faster than you can say C-3PO. Particularly when it comes to minimizing the drudgery of maintaining a home. CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF BLOG.

Eckert & Ziegler Admitted to SDax

Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik AG is admitted to SDax as of June 24, 2019, a stock market index composed of 70 small and medium-sized companies in Germany. These so-called small caps rank directly below the MDAX shares in terms of order book volume and market capitalization. They are thus the 81st-150th largest publicly traded companies in Germany. (Frank Yeager)

Electrosonic Wins 2019 Best Museum Project Award

Electrosonic was recently award the 2019 Best Museum Project for its extensive work on the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre, presented by Commercial Integrator. The cultural center, located in Kuwait City, includes a Natural History Museum, Science and Technology Museum, Arabic Islamic Science Museum, and Space Museum. Taking five years to complete, the comprehensive museum complex houses 23 galleries in 22,000+ square meters. A truly immersive experience filled with engagement opportunities, the cultural center sports 800+ exhibits and experiences, including a 4D-theater adventure inside the human body and a 1-million-liter aquarium. (Bryan Hinckley)

GF Piping Systems Vies for Innovation Award

GF Piping Systems' Signet 9950 SmartPro Dual Channel Transmitter is one of 14 nominees in Flow Control magazine's 2019 Innovation Awards competition. You can vote for the winner here, by June 30. GF Piping's product was noted for its multiple measurement readings in one transmitter, ease of set-up, versatility of controller, new conductivity module, free software update, and more. (Mike Smith)

Parasoft Debuts Updated Solutions with Enhanced Security Features

Parasoft announced the latest releases of Parasoft Jtest and Parasoft dotTEST, their Java and .NET development testing solutions that combine static analysis, security testing, unit testing, and code coverage analysis to help users maximize application quality and security, while minimizing business risks. The new releases (10.4.2) focus on enabling DevSecOps to make security a part of the development process, and help organizations achieve continuous security and compliance with more support for security standards than ever seen before. (Elizabeth Kolawa)

PeopleG2 to Present Webinar on Tough Conversations + Chris Dyer Spotlighted in Interview

On July 17, at 9 a.m. Pacific, PeopleG2 will present a free webinar - Tough Conversations at Work: Bad Bosses to Bad Employees, which will offer proven strategies for having real conversations about difficult topics. MEANWHILE, several of PeopleG2's recent webinars are available to watch online. AND, CEO Chris Dyer is interviewed on a recent episode of Troy Hoffman's Fireside Chats, with discussions on hiring and architecting for growth, increasing productivity during the workday, communication, and structuring team meetings. ALSO, Chris's book, The Power of Company Culture, is now available as an audio book, read by Chris himself. (Chris Dyer)

The Joy Factory Launches New Industrial Cases for Surface Go

The Joy Factory has launched two new rugged cases, specifically designed for the Surface Go, to expand its aXtion line of tablet cases. The aXtion Pro MP (CWM409MP) for Surface Go is the first fully enclosed waterproof case on the market that also meets MIL-STD-810G military durability standards. In addition, it's specially designed with The Joy Factory's new proprietary ThermoDefend heat dissipating technology. Meanwhile, the aXtion Pro MPA (CWM408MPA) is ideal for users in healthcare fields, as the entire case is infused with antimicrobial agent IonPure, which helps with the prevention of bacteria and mold growth on the case's surface. It meets federal cleaning regulations necessary in healthcare environments, and also includes ThermoDefend. (Miranda Su & Sampson Yang)

Catasys Adds Canary Health to OnTrak Platform

Catasys, Inc., a leading AI and technology-enabled healthcare company, has formed a strategic partnership with digital therapeutics company Canary Health, in which Catasys is piloting Canary's Better Choices, Better Health program with eligible members of one of its national health plan partners. The program is a series of peer-moderated online workshops designed to improve an individual's self-efficacy in managing chronic conditions. It's been proven effective in major studies to improve health outcomes and lower healthcare utilization and costs. The partnership provides eligible OnTrak members with a path to specifically engage in self-managing their chronic disease. (Rick Anderson)

Cornerstone Unveils New Products & L.A. Partnership

Cornerstone OnDemand, has announced several new products to help organizations more effectively train and develop their teams by integrating learning directly into employees' flow of work. They include: a Cornerstone for Salesforce learning integration; Cornerstone Create, a product that helps organizations quickly develop, publish and manage their own mobile-friendly Microlearning content; and Express Class, a tool that allows managers to quickly create and administer informal, impromptu trainings within the Cornerstone Learning Management System. ALSO, Cornerstone unveiled Cornerstone Conversations, a new product that helps organizations foster higher levels of employee productivity, engagement, and growth by driving regular, ongoing conversations among their teams. MEANWHILE, the nonprofit Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation is partnering with Bixel Exchange Center for Innovation & Technology, a division of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, to pilot WorkforceReady, a free online learning program designed to help job seekers build the foundational skills required to be successful in today's work environment. (Adam Miller)

FayeBSG Named a Top 100 VAR & Releases Acumatica Cloud ERP Integration for Sugar

Longtime Sage Gold Partner and SugarCRM Elite Partner, Faye Business Systems Group has been named to the Bob Scott's Insights Top 100 VARs for 2019 - for the fourth consecutive year. The Top 100 resellers are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of enterprise resource planning and accounting software. ALSO, FayeBSG has released its Sugar Acumatica Cloud ERP Integration, which allows Sugar users to sync Acumatica Customers, Contacts, Items, Sales History and Quotes in real time directly with Sugar. (David Faye)

Mentor Sets New Software Scaling Benchmark

Mentor, a Siemens business, announced that its Calibre platform Physical Verification Suite has achieved a new standard for electronic design automation software scalability on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The benchmarks were achieved during scaling experiments on 5nm test chips and a full reticle-sized 7nm production design on Azure. In these deployments, Calibre scaled out to more than 4,000 CPUs - an industry record for an EDA tool scaling a single job on Azure. MEANWHILE, Mentor released the final phase of its Valor software NPI design-for-manufacturing technology that automates printed circuit board design reviews where the PCB technology and manufacturing processes are employed. (Greg Lebsack)

myKaarma Expands into Canada

myKaarma, a cloud-based software company focused on the automotive service industry, has opened a new office in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, with support from Waterloo EDC, the region's local investment promotion agency, and from the Province of Ontario and Canada's Trade Commissioner Service. "We have been servicing the Canada market for some years now, actively working with many Canadian dealerships, and look forward to growing our business in Canada," said Ujj Nath, myKaarma CEO. "The new office will be focused on engineering and dealership support, allowing us to better service our Eastern time zone clients in North America. One of the reasons we are at this location is to begin recruiting engineers and team members from the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo, excellent schools that can provide us with the great talent we desire." (Ujj Nath)

Sidebench Declared a Top Mobile App Development Company in the U.S.

SoftwareWorld has named Sidebench to its list of Top Mobile App Development Companies in the USA for Q1, 2019, chosen from among 7000+ companies on the basis of parameters such as years of experience, customer support services, clientele, expertise in UI & UX, functionality, user-friendliness, affordability, availability, and ability to integrate with global technology regulations. (Kevin Yamazaki)

Envision Financial Systems Joins Alternative Investment Industry Groups

Envision Financial Systems has joined the Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association (ADISA) and the Institute for Portfolio Alternatives (IPA), reflecting the firm's strategy of bringing its significant expertise in mutual fund processing to bear on the burgeoning alternative investment space. Demand for alternative investments among retail investors is booming, and along with this growing demand comes the need for greater technological innovation to make the investment and record keeping process more efficient, ADISA noted. (Satnam Gambhir)

Dave Berkus on: Making Changes & Making Your Company Stand Out

In Should a leader support constant change?, Dave asks: What would you do if you were new at the job and had no restriction upon the changes you could make for the good of the company? Is there redundancy in levels of management that you've tolerated too long? Has the product or service not gained ground against its competitors of late? Are you sure of your marketing and pricing positioning? What about the training and competency of your operational staff? AND, in Five ways to make your company stand out, Dave states that there are five niches you can choose when defining your positioning strategy: price, quality, service, innovation, and elegance. And although many positioning efforts cross the lines between these, great companies play to the strength of just one. The difference between you and your competitor cannot be incremental - "me too" positioning is lost in the noise of today's targeted marketing and corporate reach through inexpensive, but effective, use of Internet marketing. MEANWHILE, Insights from Berkonomics is a new series of regularly-released, 3-to-5 minute videos by Dave which illustrate lessons for both entrepreneurs and investors. (Dave Berkus, Monrovia & West Los Angeles)

Get Visible Provides More Productivity Hacks + Seeks Feedback

Jason Ciment, CEO of Get Visible, has provided the following tips and productivity hacks:
> How to tease people with an article or blog post: Include a top 10 list in reverse order and count down 10, 9, 8 . . . but don't include #1 in the list. Require people to click a link for the big #1 reveal. And if you are lucky maybe this gets picked up as a Google snippet.
> Copywriting tip: Use negative words in headlines because they outperform positive words by 63%. For example, a headline like "5 worst things to post on your website" will grab more attention than "5 best things to post on your website."
> Productivity app of the week: Boomerang
> Will you share feedback on this new 38-second promotional video for our online marketing services for law firms?
> And will you share feedback on this new "Explainer"-style video?
(Jason Ciment, West Los Angeles)

Alvaka Networks Offering Software Security Patching Webinars

Alvaka Networks will host a live and interactive webinar - Software Security Patching: Why you are struggling with this essential task!, from 10-11 a.m. Pacific, on the following dates: June 20, 27; and July 11, 18, 25; and August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Unpatched vulnerabilities are a leading source of compromise, and yet many organizations struggle to stay current on their patching and leave themselves exposed to security breaches. This webinar will take a deep dive into this complex security dilemma, what the risks are, and how you can start to solve this problem. (Oli Thordarson)

MYnd Analytics' Arcadian to Provide Telepsychiatry Services in Mississippi & New York

Arcadian Telepsychiatry, a wholly owned subsidiary of MYnd Analytics, Inc., has signed an agreement with Memorial Hospital, in Gulfport, MS, to provide telebehavioral health services. THE 303-bed Memorial is one of the most comprehensive healthcare systems in the state, including a state-designated level II trauma center, two outpatient surgery centers, satellite diagnostic and rehabilitation centers, and 95+ physician clinics. ALSO, Arcadian has partnered with Care Compass Network, in upstate New York, to offer telepsychiatry and teletherapy services - in a phased roll-out of solutions with a variety of organizations, including nursing homes, primary care, pharmacy, behavioral health agencies, and a visiting nurse service. (George Carpenter)

SAVI Group Discusses Outsourcing, EMR Management, & Data Utilization

In The Reason Why Medical Outsourcing is Booming, SAVI Group discusses reasons that include a focus on patient care, drop in operational costs, evolving medical coding compliance, and increased revenues. Other recent posts from SAVI Group include: 8 EMR Management Best Practices Examples and How to Achieve Work-Life Balance with a Medical Practice. (Dirk)

Wipfli Joins Cybersecurity Tech Accord

Wipfli recently signed the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, an international and industry-led pledge to protect technology users by improving the security of cyberspace. The firm joined 15 other companies in signing the accord, bringing the total number of cybersecurity-committed companies to 106. (Jeff Johnson, Larry Blitz, Tony Taddey & Steve Rousso)

"World's Largest Tech Leadership Survey:" Tech Spend Outside IT Dept Creates Opportunities, but Opens Back Door to Risks

63% of organizations now allow technology to be managed outside the IT department, a shift that brings with it both significant business advantages and increased privacy and security risks, reveals the 2019 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. When IT spend is managed away from the direct control of the CIO, companies are twice as likely to have multiple security areas exposed, and more likely to become a victim of a major cyber-attack. The largest technology leadership survey in the world, analyzing responses from organizations with a combined technology spend of over $250 billion, reveals for those organizations where the IT team is formally involved in decision making around business-led IT, business advantages include improving time to market new products (52% more likely to be 'significantly better than their competitors') and employee experience (38% more likely to be 'significantly better than their competitors'). However, 43% of companies are not formally involving IT in those business-led IT decisions. (Read Press Release, 6/12/19)

House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry

A congressional investigation into the power of big tech companies began last week with bipartisan concern from lawmakers that the government's lax oversight of the industry may be doing more harm than good. In its first hearing about the power held by Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple, lawmakers focused on the decline of the news industry. They said they were troubled that the online digital advertising market, which is dominated by Google and Facebook, had siphoned off too much revenue from news organizations. The hearing was the start of the House Judiciary Committee's inquiry into possible anticompetitive behavior by big tech companies, part of a rising wave of federal scrutiny of the industry. The House committee plans several hearings, depositions and interviews with competitors over the next 18 months. In addition, the Justice Department and the FTC, the two top antitrust agencies, recently divided antitrust oversight over Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. Numerous state attorneys general are also preparing inquiries into the biggest tech companies. (Read Article: New York Times, 6/11/19)

FDA Taps Walmart, IBM for Blockchain Pilot Project

The FDA has chosen IBM, KPMG, Merck & Co., and Walmart as part of a blockchain pilot program designed to track and trace prescription drugs and vaccines across the supply chain track. The Drug Supply Chain Security Act, passed by Congress in 2013, requires that such a system be in place by 2023. Using a shared permission blockchain network, the companies said they will be able to offer real-time monitoring of medical products - accessing distribution information, tracing inventory, and determining product integrity. The companies said they expect to complete the program in the fourth quarter of this year and will then evaluate next steps. (Read Article: CIO Dive, 6/14/19)

AT&T Drops Its First 5G Phone on June 17; Sprint on June 21

AT&T began offering its first 5G phone - the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G - on June 17, but it's only currently available for business customers. The phone will work with AT&T's millimeter wave 5G network (what the carrier calls 5G+), which is currently live in certain parts of 19 cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. (Read Article: CNET, 6/12/19) AND, the Galaxy S10 5G will be available on Sprint's 5G network starting on June 21 - and available to everyone, not just business customers or developers. (Read Article: The Verge, 6/14/19) MEANWHILE, the June 2019 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report says that by 2024, 45% of the world's population will have 5G coverage, and it could surge to 65% as spectrum sharing technology allows for 5G deployments on LTE frequency bands. (Read Article: Tech Republic, 6/11/19)

New Google Search Feature Utilizes AR to Display Life-Size Images in Your Room

Google Search has rolled out a new feature that allows owners of augmented reality-enabled smartphones to layer 3D models on top of the real world, allowing them to look at the 3D object from every angle, and place it in the location of their choice. The feature is now available on Android and iPhones with AR technology, starting with images of animals. Google said, going forward, the feature will be helpful for tasks such as shopping, in that people will be able to get a closer look at products to help them in their purchase decision. (Read Article: Digital Trends, 6/2/19)

In Amazon vs. Walmart Delivery Battle, a Fresh Salvo

The next-day delivery war is well under way. Amazon.com Inc. recently announced it has made 10+ million products available for free one-day delivery to Prime members in the U.S., the latest salvo in a battle over faster shipping speeds with rival Walmart Inc. Amazon is touting the arbitrary milestone about three weeks after Walmart announced it would begin offering free next-day delivery shipping on about 200,000 products for shoppers on some orders in a handful of cities. The two rivals have been one-upping each other with announcements of faster shipping options as they seek to cater to ever-demanding online shoppers. (Read Article: Wall Street Journal, 6/3/19) MEANWHILE, FedEx said it will offer delivery seven days a week starting in January to better accommodate online retailers and their customers. With the growth in online shopping, FedEx expects shipments of small parcels in the U.S. to double by 2026, which could strain delivery networks. (Read Article: AP, 5/30/19)

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