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ABL Technology Member News & Industry Trendletter * August 20, 2019
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>>> Glen Day is CEO of NVISNx LLC, which helps companies visually profile their data so they can better protect their most valuable digital assets and dispose of digital liabilities. NVISNx delivers the capabilities for an enterprise to operationally support each of the “7 Information Governance Principles" in a sustainable manner: Know: What information do we have? Locate: Where is it? Confirm: Who has access? Protect: How is it secured? Respond: Can we respond quickly? Keep: Are we retaining only what we need? Dispose: Are we purging everything else? Previously, Glen worked for EY as America's Information Governance Leader, and America's Cybersecurity Leader for High Tech, Healthcare and Life Sciences. He was also a Principal of Cyber Security & Privacy at Booz Allen Hamilton; a Commander in the U.S. Navy; and Chief Privacy Officer with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Glen has joined the West LA Round Table.

>>> Tushar Puri is CEO of Pegasus One, a software development company that delivers turn-key projects and provides flexible, on-demand staffing extensions for a company's team. Since 2008, Pegasus One has been a software innovation partner for Fortune 500 and SMBs companies alike, including Disney, Honda, GE, Toshiba, Interstate Batteries, City National Bank, and more. With 97 employees, located in the US, Europe, and Asia, the company's services include mobile app development, cloud/SaaS solutions, business and enterprise solutions, IoT, AI and machine learning. Industries served include finance, healthcare, retail, construction, sports, education, gaming, logistics, e-commerce, and insurance. Prior to launching Pegasus One, Tushar was a Project Manager at Walt Disney Internet Group and an AVP at GE Money Bank. Tushar has joined the Orange County Round Table.

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Is that a Robot at your door?
by Mimi Grant

It's not enough that motorists and pedestrians need to dodge Bird and Lime scooters, Amazon recently announced it will begin delivering some packages to Prime members in Irvine with a "small number" of its rolling, robotic Scout delivery vehicles. The initial automated robot deliveries will only occur Monday through Friday, during daylight hours, and will initially include an "Amazon Scout Ambassador" (I think that's a human) to make sure that packages actually get delivered. Irvine is the Scout's first expansion market beyond Amazon's Seattle headquarters. And, while Amazon anticipates eventually it will use drones to make its deliveries, in the meantime the rolling robotic Scouts will soon be replacing larger human-driven vehicles whisking those free Same-Day, One-Day, and Two-Day shipped packages your way.

And, if you're flying in or out of SFO, stop by Terminal 3 to take a gander at Briggo's latest barista. The automated gourmet coffee kiosk operates 24/7 without any on-site staff. . . CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF BLOG.

 
ARTICLES
TECH MEMBER NEWS
Catasys Launches Breakthrough AI Capability to Address Chronic Disease

Catasys, Inc. has announced Catasys PRE, a unique analytics platform for the proactive delivery of interventions to address care-avoidant patients with chronic disease. Catasys PRE automates healthcare delivery data integration and organization through application of machine intelligence, drastically reducing the time and cost to deliver analytic insight required to: Predict individuals for whom behavioral or medical intervention could help clinically and financially; Recommend care pathways that harness the intersection between what is effective, evidence-based care and what individuals are willing to do; and Engage by building trust and positive change using sophisticated techniques and tools that encourage mental and physical behavior change, reduce costs, and improve outcomes. Also, Catasys has expanded its OnTrak-A solution with a leading national health plan into six new states: Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware. OnTrak incorporates evidence-based psychosocial and medical interventions delivered either in-person or via telehealth, along with care coaching and Community Care Coordinators who address the social and environmental determinants of health. (Rick Anderson, West LA)

Cornerstone CEO Discusses Company Direction & Adds New University Client

Cornerstone OnDemand CEO Adam Miller is interviewed in a recent Human Resource Executive article, Cornerstone: Does It Still Matter? An excerpt: “the long-described fantasy of continuous learning is becoming a requirement for everyone. . .That's where Cornerstone plans to make its mark. Learning Management Systems, once driven by compliance, are now driven by re-skilling employees with a learning experience that engages them. Cornerstone's focus is on curating other's content. There is an annual $25 billion market of third-party courses from an estimated 4,500 providers in the U.S. alone." Meanwhile, the University of North Carolina System has selected Cornerstone to enable its 47,000 employees with the tools and culture needed to continuously develop new skills, become more engaged at work, and recruit employees who are the best fit for their organization. And, Cornerstone has been positioned by Aragon Research, Inc. in the “Leader" section of the Aragon Research Globe for Corporate Learning for the sixth year in a row. Aragon examined Cornerstone along with 18 other major learning providers. (Adam Miller, West LA)

Eckert & Ziegler Announces Joint Ventures in China & Approvals for Acute Radiation Syndrome Treatment

Eckert & Ziegler AG has formed a joint venture with Chinese TCL Healthcare Equipment (Shanghai) Co. for the development, production and distribution of advanced tumor irradiation devices highly effective against gynecological and other forms of cancer. And, Eckert & Ziegler Strahlen- und Medizintechnik AG and Chengdu New Radiomedicine Technology Co. have finalized an agreement about setting up, in Chengdu, PR China, a new production facility for radiopharmaceuticals used in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinomas. The virtual joint venture will duplicate in China the manufacturing process of EZAG's existing German plant, thereby securing identical product quality and sufficient future capacity for the growing market of medical products based on Yttrium-90. Meanwhile, Myelo Therapeutics GmbH, an affiliate of Eckert & Ziegler, announced that the European Medicines Agency, following the lead of the FDA, has granted an Orphan Drug Designation to its orally applied new chemical entity Myelo001 for the treatment of Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS). ARS is an acute illness that presents after exposure to high levels of radiation caused by a nuclear accident or attack. The U.S. and EU are encouraging the development of new drugs to prevent or treat ARS. (Frank Yeager, Monrovia)

Electrosonic a Finalist for 3 AV Awards, Judged Independently by End-Users

Electrosonic has been named a Finalist for three 2019 AV Awards, which recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals, companies, projects, and technology across the AV, events, and production sectors. Winners will be announced on October 11. In the Company category, Electrosonic is nominated for “International Integrator of the Year," noted for delivering end-to-end AV solutions for multinational enterprises and market-leading organizations in 60+ countries. In the Project category, Electrosonic is vying for two awards: “Themed Entertainment and Attractions Project of the Year" for Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, participating in providing full AV support and complete show control solutions for the world's largest indoor theme park. And for “Corporate and Enterprise Project of the Year - Repsol Sinopec Resources," Electrosonic delivered an integrated operations center to this offshore oil and gas exploration and production company. (Bryan Hinckley, Monrovia)

Faye Business Systems Group on Inc. 5000 for 6th Time & Named Top 100 VAR

Faye Business Systems Group, one of the largest SugarCRM Global Partners, has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 for the sixth year in a row, Inc. Magazine's annual list of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454%, and a median rate of 157%. Aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for over 1.2 million jobs over the past three years. And, FayeBSG has made the top 100 value-added resellers list as published annually by Accounting Today, the leading VAR list in the accounting space. (David Faye, West LA)

GF Piping Systems to Acquire Leading US Marine Sector Provider

GF Piping Systems is acquiring Global Supply Co., of Hallandale, Florida, a specialized service provider to the marine industry, allowing GF to expand its footprint in the promising U.S. marine market and strengthen the technical and logistics service support GF Piping Systems can offer cruise line customers. Global Supply Co. has been a long-standing, trusted GF Piping Systems partner in servicing the retrofit market to cruise ships, and will be renamed GF Marine USA. (Mike Smith, Monrovia)

OEwaves Awarded ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D Certifications

OEwaves, Inc. has passed the rigorous audits required to receive ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certifications, in respect to its scope of “Research, Design, and Manufacturing of Photonic Components and Engineering Services in the Aerospace Industry." These globally recognized standards establish a framework for organizations to build robust quality management systems that provide reliable products and services for end customers. ISO 9001:2015 is developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization to provide a benchmark for all types of manufacturers, and AS9100 is a supplement designed specifically to address the specific requirements necessary to work with aviation, space, and defense industries. (Skip Williams, Ph.D., Monrovia)

Parasoft Partners with Auriga to Accelerate Services of Embedded Software Test Automation

Parasoft has announced a partnership to enable Auriga Inc. clients to achieve reduced time-to-market by leveraging Parasoft's automated software testing tool suite, ensuring quality at each stage of the SDLC. Auriga is a leader in outsourced R&D for testing, including device prototyping and emulation; automated and interoperability testing; and system validation and verification services. Meanwhile, Parasoft has joined the MISRA C and MISRA C++ Working Groups to collaborate in the development of best-practice guidelines for the safe and secure development of automotive and safety-critical software. (Elizabeth Kolawa, Ph.D., Monrovia)

PeopleG2's Webinar Will Teach How to Use Scrum for Project Management

On August 22, PeopleG2 will present a webinar - Get Sh*t done with Scrum: A project management webinar for us non software people! - from 9:30-10:30 a.m. PeopleG2 CEO Chris Dyer says: “Scrum was invented for the software development process, but it works amazingly well for managing projects outside of software. In fact, switching to Scrum has been revolutionary in how my company gets things done. We now do twice as much in half the time. Join this webinar to learn what Scrum is, how you can use it easily, and how it can benefit your teams and company." Meanwhile, Chris wrote an article - Leadership Matters: Getting Employees On Board With Change, in CU Management. And, Chris is quoted in How to change a business, in Economia. (Chris Dyer, Monrovia)

INSIGHTS FROM ADAPTIVE
BUSINESS LEADERS
Dave Berkus on: Boards, Coaching, Messy Problems & Hiring vs. Partnering

In Does your board give you good advice?, Dave discusses the importance of the composition of your board, and whether you should you defer to outside board members, he also provides a story of an unbalanced board. Dave also discusses boards in Let your board help with "what" and "why" - but rarely "how".
And, in Where's your team playbook? Hmm?, Dave suggests that if you have a plan but do not share it with your direct reports, then they are acting without motivation toward mutual goals, without metrics to measure their progress toward the goals, and without the leadership that makes great winners. Other recent posts from Dave include: Can your team overcome messy problems? and Hire for your core. Partner for the rest. (Dave Berkus, Monrovia & West LA)

Get Visible on: Online Biz Reputation, LinkedIn Profiles, SEO Techniques, Digital Marketing & More

Jason Ciment, CEO of Get Visible, provides a number of tips and strategies, including: > 10 tips to optimize your Linkedin profile page. > 3 SEO techniques to link pages to each other to improve rankings. > 42 ways to do Google searches. > Facebook video ads should last 15-40 seconds and be entertaining. > Get Visible's YouTube channel provides tips and training on all things digital marketing, including on using LinkedIn Sales Navigator for client outreach. Meanwhile, Get Visible recently designed, built and launched two real estate agency websites: TheRFCGroup.com and TrulineRealEstate.com. (Jason Ciment, West LA)

The Joy Factory on: Water-Resistant vs. Waterproof iPad & Tablet Cases

In Defining IP68 Rating or Waterproof Tablet Protection, The Joy Factory explains what the difference is in these terms, and how you can know if your purchase can handle water at all. There are standards as to how water resistant something is - seen commonly on cameras, headsets and smartphones - giving it the power to withstand the average splash or light rain shower. Waterproof, on the other hand, isn't designated unless it can be submerged. You need to look closely for the “IP rating/code," or Ingress Protection Rating - the terms that are technically used for air and water tightness classifications. (Miranda Su, Monrovia & Sampson Yang, Orange County)

WorkDone on: The Social Impact of Ethical AI

In The Social Impact of Ethical AI, WorkDone's Joe Rogers shares that people derive meaning in their lives from three things: meaningful relationships, passionate interests, and meaningful work, according to bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel. Therefore, the preservation and consideration of human dignity within artificial intelligence and technology is the human thing to do. AI is actually an opportunity for people to find enrichment in alternate, more fulfilling career paths. For example, autonomous trucks are being blamed for destroying the truck-driving occupation, which also happens to be one of America's deadliest. An increase in self-driving trucks means more repairs, charging stations, and opportunities we haven't even dreamt of yet, and more truckers returning safely to their families each day. When Henry Ford invented the car, he didn't expect skiing to become a spinoff industry. The car created many new opportunities we never conceived possible - the self-driving car will likely be no different. Joe concludes, “A rich new world of work can safely be explored if we get AI ethics under regulatory control before it gets away from us and becomes a dystopian disaster." (Joe Rogers, West LA)

HEALTH IT MEMBER NEWS
Alvaka Networks Presents Software Security Patching Webinars

Alvaka Networks will host a live and interactive webinar - Software Security Patching: "Why you are struggling with this essential task?!", on multiple dates in August, September and October. 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, Orange County Healthcare)

El Camino Expands Robotic-Arm Joint Replacement Surgery

El Camino Health's Los Gatos and Mountain View hospitals now offer robotic-arm assisted partial knee, total knee, and total hip replacements with Stryker's Mako System. Since initially launching the system in Mountain View earlier this year, surgeons have utilized the system to perform 100+ knee replacement procedures. This advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, enabling orthopedic surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy. (Cecile Currier & Michelle McGowen, Silicon Valley Healthcare)

SAVI Group Examines New Tech's Effect on Health & EMR vs EHR

Recent articles from SAVI Group include How New Technology is Improving Health, which delves into medical billing outsourcing, remote health monitoring, wearable health tech, telehealth and telemedicine, and EMR vs EHR: An In Depth Guide on Everything You Need to Know, which discusses the differences between the two. (Sumit Mahendru, Orange County Healthcare)


TECH INDUSTRY TRENDS
Microsoft Warns Windows 10 Users to Update Immediately

Microsoft is warning Windows 10 users to update their operating system immediately because of two "critical" vulnerabilities. The company said the vulnerabilities are potentially "wormable," meaning affected computers could spread viruses and malware without any action on the user's part. It is important that affected systems are patched as quickly as possible, and downloads for these can be found in the Microsoft Security Update Guide. Windows 10 users that have enabled automatic updates are already protected. For those who update manually, they can click the search button and type "Windows Update" to access the update tool. (Read Article: CNN Business, 8/14/19)

Hey, Google! Here's an Exhaustive List of Google Assistant Commands

CNET has published the (almost) complete list of voice commands for the Google Assistant so far, in a recent article. (Read Article: CNET, 8/13/19)

Administration Extends Limited Reprieve on U.S. Tech Sales to Huawei

The Trump administration has extended a limited reprieve on U.S. technology sales to Huawei, even as questions remain over how much of an effect broader sanctions are having on the Chinese technology giant. Huawei has become enmeshed in the trade war between Washington and Beijing, with the President showing a willingness to use the sanctions as a bargaining chip. The U.S. government blacklisted Huawei in May, deeming it a national security risk, meaning U.S. firms aren't allowed to sell the company technology without government approval. At the time, the U.S. exempted a narrow list of products and services. That exemption would have expired Monday, but the Commerce Department extended it for another 90 days. (Read Article: KTLA, 8/19/19)

Why Los Angeles Decided to Open Source its Future

Over a decade ago, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst lamented the waste inherent in traditional enterprise IT, where every organization rolled their own systems and shared little. Now, there's an increasing trend toward open source, with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation taking the lead in building out the Mobility Data Specification (MDS) to manage the influx of dockless e-scooters and bicycles. The project made sense for a city plagued by horrendous traffic, but it's the open sourcing of MDS that makes it powerful, with over 80 cities worldwide now embracing it. (Read Article: Tech Republic, 8/14/19)

Google, Facebook, Amazon & Administration Unite to Protest French Tech Tax

Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Facebook Inc., and Amazon.com Inc. all testified in Washington on Monday in support of the Trump administration's efforts to potentially punish France for enacting a 3% tax on global tech companies with at least 750 million euros ($832 million) in global revenue and digital sales of 25 million euros in France. (Read Article: Bloomberg, 8/19/19)

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