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The Small Screen is Going Big Time
by Mimi Grant

Have you ever noticed, when you're on a flight, how many people are watching their phones? OK, some are watching their tablets. But, the point is that passengers are increasingly Bringing Their Own Entertainment: movies, TV shows, video games, even e- and Audible-books. And, soon, you'll be able to watch several movies, even on flights between SFO and LAX. That's because. . . CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF BLOG. [Photo Credit: United.com]

 
 
ARTICLES
TECH MEMBER NEWS
WEST LOS ANGELES ROUND TABLE
Cornerstone Joins UltiPro Connect Partners Program

Cornerstone OnDemand has joined Ultimate Software's UltiPro Connect Partners program. The new partnership gives Cornerstone and Ultimate the ability to integrate their solutions to make it easier for mutual customers to exchange data between the UltiPro HCM solution and Cornerstone Learning, a modern, holistic approach to corporate learning. (Adam Miller)

FayeBSG to Present Webinar on Slack-SugarCRM Integration

On October 16, from 11-11:30 a.m. Pacific, Faye Business Systems Group will present a webinar - The Slack Integration with SugarCRM Is Here, which will demonstrate, within Slack, how to search for a Sugar account, contact or lead; view and send reminders of scheduled meetings, calls and tasks; future updates; and more. Meanwhile, read recent FayeBSG blog posts, including: "Successful vs. Unsuccessful CRM Deployments"; "How to Get CRM Buy-In From Your Executive Team"; "What's New in Sage100 2019"; and more. (David Faye)

MONROVIA ROUND TABLE
Eckert & Ziegler to Supply Radioisotopes to Alpha Tau

Eckert & Ziegler AG has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Alpha Tau Medical, of Tel Aviv, Israel, for the supply of Thorium-228. The radioisotope is used for the production of Alpha DaRT, an innovative new therapy for the treatment of a variety of solid tumors. Also, Eckert & Ziegler was recently given manufacturing authorization for additional production lines for its Ge-68/Ga-68-generators (GalliaPharm), by the FDA and the local German competent authority. (Frank Yeager)

Parasoft Wins Best Solution for Microservices at API Awards 2019

Parasoft SOAtest has won a 2019 API Award in the "Best in Microservices Infrastructure" category, chosen for its: attracting notable attention and awareness in the API industry; general regard and use by the developer and engineering community; and being a leader in its sector for innovation. SOAtest's support for 120+ message formats/ protocols and industry-shaping innovations enable organizations to deliver high-quality software at speed. SOAtest's AI and machine learning make API testing easier, empowering enterprises to reap the benefits of Agile and DevOps initiatives. (Elizabeth Kolawa, Ph.D.)

PeopleG2's Upcoming Webinar to Address Workplace Diversity

On September 26, from 9:30-10 a.m., PeopleG2 will present a webinar - The Diverse Workplace - Creating a Company Filled with People Who Think Differently, where CEO Chris Dyer will be among the panelists who will explore best practices in hiring, promotions, and maintaining a workforce that is a reflection of your community. And, view the recording of PeopleG2's recent webinar - Get Sh*t Done with Scrum: A Project Management Webinar for Us Non-Software People! Meanwhile, Chris Dyer has been named one of "50 Remote Work Experts and Thought Leaders to Follow in 2019" by Remote-How. (Chris Dyer)

Tanner Research CEO to Present "Game Night" & "Nutrition Science Workshop"

On the evening of September 27, John Tanner, CEO of Tanner Research, will present a Dinner and Game Night, to which all are invited to participate in games and enjoy a delicious, plant-based buffet dinner. And, on October 2, John will present a free Nutrition Science workshop, where he will share his story about how he suffered a near-fatal cardiac arrest in 2009. Since then, he has studied intensely the causes of heart disease, and found that it can be completely avoided through a proper diet - and cancer, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and about 30 other diseases can be reduced, avoided, or reversed by this same diet. John will field questions and participants will continue nutrition discussions in small groups. The workshop includes a meal and your choice of one of the top books on nutrition science. (John Tanner, Ph.D.)

ORANGE COUNTY ROUND TABLE
Envision Financial a Finalist for "Best Cloud Solution" Award

Envision Financial Systems, a leading provider of real-time mutual fund shareholder recordkeeping technology, has been named a finalist in the 2019 Fund Intelligence "Fund Operations and Services Awards" in the Best Cloud Solution category. Envision's flexible technology and strong partnerships with other tech industry innovators allows more agile navigation of the transition from premise-based to cloud-oriented solutions. (Satnam Gambhir)

UGovernIT's CEO Announces 2nd CIO Certification Program for Women

Subbu Murthy, Ph.D., CEO of UGovernIT, and Nicole McMackin, CEO of Irvine Technology Corp., have announced the launch of their second course in CIO Certification that is exclusively for women IT leaders. After years of planning, they have developed a curriculum that helps students gain insights in a four-month program, delivered by instructors with significant IT leadership expertise. With assistance from UCLA IS Associates, the second program has launched with 30 students enrolled. (Subbu Murthy, Ph.D.)

INSIGHTS FROM ADAPTIVE
BUSINESS LEADERS
Dave Berkus on: Lying & Board of Directors Issues

In Can you just tell little business lies?, Dave declares the answer is "No." It takes only one instance of being caught to cause an entire group of people to question the truthfulness of all of your statements, he says, and that is a large consequence to come from a small business lie. Read other recent posts from Dave, including: "Are your chairman and CEO the same person?"; "So, your board is dysfunctional. What to do?"; and "Let your board help with What and Why - but rarely How." (Dave Berkus, Monrovia & West Los Angeles)

Electrosonic on: Disruptive Technology & Design Considerations

In How Disruptive Technology Can Fuel Design Considerations, Electrosonic notes that the growing willingness to adopt and leverage disruptive technology is becoming the norm, especially in environments where the use of 5G, RFID, and/or AI can result in personalized experiences. Successfully leveraging a leading-edge technology requires assessment of its readiness, suitability, fitness for purpose, ability to fit into the overall technology road map, and consideration of the ongoing need for high-quality content to optimize it. Read other recent posts from Electrosonic, including: "What are the Benefits of Immersive Technologies?"; "What are the Benefits of Digital Communications and Media Walls?" and "11 Things the Energy and Utilities Industry Should Know About Smart Control Rooms." (Bryan Hinckley, Monrovia)

Get Visible on: Privacy Laws, Webinars, Wordpress Issues & More

Jason Ciment, CEO of Get Visible, has provided the following tips and strategies:
> You have a little more than 3 months to get your website ready for California's new privacy laws.
> 5 ways to double sales by beefing up your next webinar or live presentation.
> Re-open a tab you closed in your browser by pressing command+shift+t on a Mac or control+shift+t on a Windows PC. Keep pressing to open all the tabs you have closed recently. It even works after you've entirely closed and re-opened your browser.
> Some critical Wordpress issues for your website:
- Protect your site by hiding your login page.
- Wordpress just released version 5.2.3 to defeat 7 vulnerabilities.
- Check out Swift Performance Lite to speed up your site.
- Monitor all the activity on your Wordpress site with Activity Log.
- Get this WebP Image Converter plugin for Wordpress to make your images load faster.
- Visit the Pingdom site to analyze your own website for things that might be slowing it down. (Jason Ciment, West Los Angeles)

Intellect on: Successful Change Management

In 5 Tips for Successful Change Management, Intellect suggests several strategies for companies that want to implement a change management process for quality and compliance. They include: Encourage Collaboration - When your employees understand the change and contribute to it, then you're engaging a team of ombudsmen with a strong knowledge base. Automate It - A well-designed system manages requests, planning, evaluation, approval, documentation, and implementation of changes with a closed-loop workflow. Risk-Based Approach - Users should ask a series of risk-scoring questions, and assign each a risk impact score. Choose a Configurable and Flexible Change Management Solution - This allows for automated and dynamic change control levels, enabling you to apply different methodologies to different changes. Built-In Compliance with Regulatory Standards - Such as for how security is controlled or electronic signatures are handled. (Romeo Elias, West Los Angeles)

Pegasus One on: Developing SAAS Apps

In What are the Best Web Technologies for Developing SAAS Apps?, Pegasus One asks: When the possibilities are limitless, this poses a new challenge - which web technologies are actually appropriate for building and developing the types of SaaS apps intended to meet your needs? To answer, Pegasus One discusses technology stack for web development, client-side vs. server-side programming, relational and non-relational databases, and more. Criteria for choosing the right technology stack includes: processing heavy loads; low latency; time to market; necessary integrations; developer availability; and scalability. (Tushar Puri, Orange County)

The Development Factory on: Successful Software Development

In Save Money by Curbing Common Reasons for Software Development Failures, The Development Factory explores seven steps that can keep you from wasting time and money in digital transformation and software development. Read other recent blog posts from The Development Factory, including: "What is Human Centered Design for Digital Products?"; "Developing an App? The Top 6 Mistakes to Avoid"; "Finding the Right Custom Software Development Partner"; and more. (Andrew Bodis, Monrovia)

WorkDone on: Meaningful Work

In Work Heuristics May Salvage the American Dream, WorkDone acknowledges that people crave meaningful work and need motivation; we aren't robots. And artificial intelligence presents a powerful opportunity for people to find enrichment in alternate, more fulfilling career paths. WorkDone discusses ways we can ensure private and social returns are balanced and appropriate through ethical and legal considerations. (Joe Rogers, West Los Angeles)

HEALTH IT MEMBER NEWS
Welcome New Member! Art Hoffman, Founder & CEO of Vital Link Medical Alert Systems

Vital Link is a leader in the medical alert systems industry, providing quality products and services for seniors and persons with disabilities. To use Vital Link's medical alert system, the client wears a help button around their neck or wrist and presses it when needed. The system then connects with Vital Link's 24/7/365 monitoring center, and its EMD-certified operators communicate with the client over the built-in speaker. The client can tell the operator what kind of help they need and whom they would like Vital Link to call. And if the client does not respond, Vital Link will still send help, and follow up to make sure it arrives. Art was a founding Board Member of the Medical Alert Monitoring Association. He has joined ABL's East Bay Healthcare Executives Round Table.

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 throughout the Fall. 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)

CareAcademy Chosen as Preferred Training Provider by Home Helpers

CareAcademy has been chosen for use at Home Helpers Home Care locations, whose CEO pointed to CareAcademy's mobile-friendly, online caregiver training platform, particularly noting the automated assignment of the right classes on the correct schedule to meet annual training compliance. Home Helpers consists of independently owned and operated offices in 1000+ communities across the U.S. (Helen Adeosun, Los Angeles Healthcare)

Kaiser Permanente Virtual Cardiac Rehab Program Improves Outcomes

Kaiser Permanente has demonstrated promising results in reducing secondary cardiac events and rehospitalizations by creating a virtual cardiac rehabilitation program. Increasing rates of program enrollment and completion have been key factors in the improved outcomes. (Walt Meyers, Bay Area Healthcare)

Select Data Provides On-Demand Webinars on Documentation Requirements

Select Data provides educational webinars and training resources designed to assist clinicians with documentation requirements for ICD-10 and PDGM. Their on-demand webinars, available here, include: "Preparing Field Clinicians for PDGM;" "Understanding the HH CAHPS Survey and How it Impacts Your Home Health Agency;" "The Clinician's Role in Conditions of Participation (CoPs) Compliance;" "Developing a Thorough and Compliant Plan of Care;" and "STAR Ratings and OASIS Accuracy." (Ed Buckley, Orange County Healthcare, & Ted Schulte, Los Angeles Healthcare)


TECH INDUSTRY TRENDS
BIG TECH TRENDS
U.S. Software Jobs Grow Twice as Fast as Overall U.S. Jobs

The software industry grew at twice the pace of overall U.S. employment, according to a recent report from research organization Software.org and The Economist Intelligence Unit. From 2016 to 2018, jobs in the industry grew by 7.3%, more than doubling the country's employment growth rate of 3%. Software companies indirectly support 14.4 million jobs, and directly employ another 3.1 million people, according to the study, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The expanding sector pumped $1.6 trillion into the U.S. value-added GDP last year. Since 2016, the industry expanded by 19%. (Read Software.org Release, 9/19/19)

Cyberattacks Now the Top Risk, Say Businesses

Cyberattacks are now considered by most executives to be the top business concern, far outranking economic uncertainty, brand damage, and regulation, according to a survey by Microsoft and insurance consultancy Marsh. In 2017, Marsh and Microsoft found that 62% of respondents saw cyberattacks as a top-five risk, whereas this year 79% do. The share of respondents who see cyberattacks as the number one risk has also risen from 6% to 22% over two years. This year, the second most widely considered top-five risk is economic uncertainty, followed by brand damage, regulation, and loss of key personnel. (Read Article: ZDNet, 9/19/19)

Faster Wi-Fi 6 Officially Launches

The Wi-Fi Alliance, which oversees implementation of the Wi-Fi standard, recently launched its official Wi-Fi 6 certification program, meaning tech companies will soon be able to advertise their products - mostly new ones - as certified to properly support Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 includes new technologies that combine together to make Wi-Fi more efficient - particularly important because of just how many devices we all have these days; it's not unusual for a family to have a dozen or more gadgets all connected to a Wi-Fi network at once. Wi-Fi 6 boosts speeds within a crowded network. (Read Article: The Verge, 9/16/19)

High-Speed USB4 Spec is Ready for Products

Users will see a substantial boost in USB connection speed as laptops and other devices begin incorporating the newly completed USB4 specification. While most users currently have USB versions that work at no more than 10 gigabits per second, the USB4 standard will bring the speed up to 40 Gbps, which will be especially useful for powering multiple external displays and transferring files from external drives. (Read Article: CNET, 9/3/19)

New Hand Gesture Technology Could Replace Passwords

Hitachi has announced a first-of-its-kind biometric technology that allows users to unlock their computer by simply raising their hand. The biometric finger vein scanning technology aims to offer a faster way of logging in without passwords. For businesses, the cost of managing passwords is significant - Gartner1 estimates that 40% of all contact volume for IT service desks is password-related, significantly driving up costs. (Read Article: Netimperative, 9/11/19)

Colleges Add Classes in Cryptocurrency & Digital Ledgers

The emergence of artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, and cryptocurrency is changing how money moves between people and organizations - creating a new industry: financial technology, or fintech. And colleges are being asked to create new curriculum as employers seek hires with these specific skill sets. (Read Article: CIO Dive, 9/19/19)

Google Offers Developer Tools Aimed at Privacy Protection

Google recently introduced a group of open-source software tools that focuses on differential privacy - a concept that sets limits on how much you can learn about specific people in big data sets. Google has built many of its own data-analysis products on top of the tools, and the company envisions everyone from academics to large tech companies using the suite of software programs. (Read Article: CNET, 9/5/19)

Walmart Stores Become Testing Ground for Robots

Walmart has been rolling out robots that roam around store aisles alongside customers, launching in 50 stores in 2017 and rolling out to 350 in 2019. These bots are designed to scan shelves looking for items that are out of stock, eliminating a time-intensive chore that human workers no longer have to do - though workers still have to refill the shelves when the robot finds a missing product. It's also turned Walmart into a test bed for robot-human interaction. . . The last time that humans had to readjust to having machines in their space was when the automobile infiltrated the roads at the turn of the century. It's a remarkable echo of what's happening now with robots being introduced in public spaces. (Read Article: Fast Company, 8/29/19)

CONSUMER TECH
WPC Describes Ki Wireless Power Standard for Kitchen Appliances

The Wireless Power Consortium has named its new wireless power standard for kitchen appliances Ki (pronounced key). WPC says it will be the standard for "interoperable, safe, wirelessly powered kitchen devices." Ki works a lot like wireless charging for phones. Transmitters are placed underneath the countertop, so any compatible appliances placed on top will receive up to 2.2kW of power. Ki uses an array of sensors so it will know when non-compatible items (like keys, phones, or your hand) are placed on top of the countertop and will not transmit power. This means you can use the countertop for everyday use without fear of shock or of other items overheating. (Read Article: Digital Trends, 9/3/19)

NBA Fans Can Play AR Games at Halftime, Using Actual Court

Cited as the most connected events arena, the Golden 1 Center (home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings) is showing how it's possible to digitize a sports stadium atmosphere and change the way fans experience the event. From entry to exit, fans have the chance to bring up live data interactions covering everything from digital agendas, facts on players, and ordering refreshments and merchandise to their seat. Gamification also plays a major role – using AR software overlaid on the actual court, spectators can host their own mini-matches with friends or other attendees during half-time. To make these immersive experiences function smoothly during live events, 5G connectivity must be a part of the infrastructure to ensure stadiums can cope with the millions of spectators trying to use the services. (Read Article: VentureBeat, 9/13/19)

Trifo's New Max is an AI Robot Vacuum & Guard Dog in One

A new gizmo, announced at the recent IFA event in Berlin, is Max, a smart robotic vacuum cleaner with several cameras. It's also a security device by default: The user can listen remotely and speak to family members, pets, or intruders through Max's AI interface; it can also send alerts to family members about movement, people, unusual sounds, as well as trigger automatic video recording by internal security systems. (Read Article: Digital Trends, 9/15/19)

240 Devices Will Have Flexible or Foldable Screens by 2028

ABI Research predicts that smartphone shipments with some type of foldable, flexible, or rollable display will grow to reach 228 million in 2028. New tablets will have this new feature as well, which pushes the total number of devices to 240 million over the next decade. Look for OLED screens printed onto plastic to replace the glass used in most LCD screens on phones today. The plastic screens will offer many more options than the current glass displays. (Read Article: TechRepublic, 9/18/19)

Apple's New Independent Repair Provider Program Expands Genuine Parts Access to More Repair Businesses

Apple has announced a new repair program, offering customers additional options for the most common out-of-warranty iPhone repairs. Apple will provide more independent repair businesses, large or small, with the same genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals, and diagnostics as its Apple Authorized Service Providers. The program is launching in the U.S. with plans to expand to other countries. (Read Apple Release, 8/29/19) In the past, Apple has frowned upon unauthorized repair shops, which would often handle service needs like cracked phone screens, and pushed for customers to go to Apple stores or Apple-certified service locations to have their products worked on. (Read Article: Wall Street Journal, 8/29/19)

DIGITAL HEALTH
CTA Unveils Voluntary Wellness & Health Data Privacy Guidance

The Consumer Technology Association recently released voluntary health data privacy guidelines for companies that handle health and wellness data. Developed by industry leaders like IBM, Doctors on Demand, Validic, Humana, and others, the guidance is designed to address tangible privacy risks and dive into consumer preferences around their data. Organizations can leverage the research to better understand how to securely collect, use, and share data pulled from personal health and wellness apps, devices, and other digital tools. According to officials, the hope is to establish a baseline or voluntary framework to gain consumer trust in tech companies handling this type of personal health data. (Read Article: Health IT Security, 9/13/19)

Walgreens to Test Drone Delivery Service with Alphabet's Wing

Walgreens is testing new on-demand delivery with Alphabet's drone delivery service Wing, beginning next month. The pilot program will deliver food and beverage, over-the-counter medications, and other items within minutes, Walgreens said. Prescription deliveries will not be available. The service will be tested in Christiansburg, Virginia, which has been working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to test drone deliveries since 2016. (Read Article: CNBC, 9/19/19)

3 Ways Tech Professionals Are Managing Their Stress

With technology constantly changing and evolving, the tech industry can be one of the most stressful industries to be in. In a recent article, TechRepublic offers several ways tech professionals can help manage their own anxiety. In summary, they are: Create a Routine - Try to carve out specific times during the day to do certain things, that way you still feel in control of your tasks. Step Outside - Exercise creates a natural release of endorphins, so a quick walk outside or stretch break can do wonders for a stressful workday. Have a Colleague Support System - Build relationships with colleagues that "get you" and truly support and appreciate the work you do. (Read Article: TechRepublic, 9/17/19)

TECHNOLOGY & GOVERNMENT
51 Tech CEOs Send Letter to Congress Requesting Federal Data Privacy Law

The CEOs of 51 tech companies recently signed and sent an open letter to Congress leaders, asking for a federal law on user data privacy to supersede the rising number of privacy laws that are cropping up at the state level. The CEOs of Amazon, AT&T, Dell, IBM, Qualcomm, SAP, Salesforce, Visa, Mastercard, JP Morgan Chase, State Farm, and Walmart are just some of the execs who signed. CEOs blamed a patchwork of differing privacy regulations that are currently being passed in multiple U.S. states, and by several agencies, as one of the reasons why consumer privacy is a mess in the U.S. This patchwork of privacy regulations is creating problems for their companies, which have to comply with an ever-increasing number of laws across different states and jurisdictions. Instead, the 51 CEOs would like one law that governs all user privacy and data protection across the country, which would simplify product design, compliance, and data management. (Read Article: ZDNet, 9/10/19)

Lawmakers Urge Aggressive Action from Regulators on Big Tech

Senators pressed top antitrust regulators on September 17 to aggressively investigate the power of the country's biggest tech companies, with some lawmakers questioning whether the officials had the will or resources to take on Silicon Valley's richest businesses. In the regulators' first hearing since the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department divided up antitrust responsibilities for Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook, lawmakers pushed for assurances that the agencies would provide vigorous oversight of the companies. (Read Article: New York Times, 9/17/19)

Right-to-Repair Could Inspire People Not to Toss Electronics

The right-to-repair movement could help reduce the amount of e-waste by changing the relationship people have with their electronic devices, says Nathan Proctor of the US Public Research Interest Group's Right to Repair campaign. "We slough off all the power and agency over these products back to the manufacturer - and, as a result, we do an absurd thing to our technologies" by throwing them away, he says. (Read Article: Waste Dive, 9/9/19)

Get Ready to Say Farewell to the Gig Economy
Vlog by Mimi Grant

The "Gig Economy" is under attack. Just imagine your life without "same-day delivery" or meals showing up magically on your desk - or dining room table. This dystopian world may be arriving very soon. CLICK HERE TO WATCH MIMI GRANT'S 3:07-MINUTE VLOG

 

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