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ABL Technology Member News & Industry Trendletter * October 22, 2019
What You Need to Know About California's Looming Data Privacy Law
by Mimi Grant

While consumers may be concerned about their lack of privacy on the Internet, thanks to the California Consumer Privacy Act (better known as the CCPA) businesses better be aware of how its enforcement can impact them. Thanks to CIO DIVE and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), here are five take-aways about the new law. . . CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF BLOG. [Photo Credit: Fortune]

Coherent Premieres Versatile Laser Sub-System for Materials Processing

Coherent will launch its new Coherent PowerLine in November, a CO2 laser-based sub-system that offers a combination of convenience, versatility, and economy for precision drilling, cutting, scribing, structuring, marking, and engraving of a wide range of materials. These include organics, such as polymers, paper, fabric, leather, vulcanized rubber or wood, as well as glass and ceramics. (Randy Heyler, Monrovia)

Cornerstone Introduces DNA, Learning Content Designed for Digital Natives

Cornerstone OnDemand recently announced DNA: Digital Native Advancement - content developed and designed for the influx of Digital Natives. By participating in DNA's learning path of mobile-first, nanolearning lessons, Digital Natives will learn the interpersonal skills they need to succeed throughout their first year on the job and beyond. Meanwhile, Cornerstone has been recognized as a Core Challenger in the October 2019 Fosway 9-Grid for European Talent Acquisition, with a strong future trajectory, reflecting the company's continued commitment to the recruitment space. (Adam Miller, West Los Angeles)

Electrosonic Wins AV Award for Work on Abu Dhabi Theme Park

Electrosonic recently won a 2019 AV Award, for Themed Entertainment and Attractions Project of the Year, for its work on Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the world's first Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park. The AV Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals, companies, projects, and technology across the AV, events, and production sectors. Meanwhile, the Electrosonic Design Team recently published Are You Ready for AV-As-A-Service? and Collaboration is key: Why architects and AV consultants need to work together from the start. (Bryan Hinckley, Monrovia)

Faye BSG Showcases Acumatica Cloud ERP & Sugar Integration

Faye Business Systems Group recently sponsored SugarConnection in Boston, and Acumatica's 2019 R2 User Conference, in Portland, OR, where they showcased their new Acumatica Cloud ERP and Sugar Integration. Meanwhile, read recent FayeBSG blog posts, including: "The Benefits of Integrating Slack with SugarCRM for your Sales Team" and "3 Benefits of a Data-Driven Sales Approach." (David Faye, West Los Angeles)

Get Visible Offers Pre-Designed Websites + Tips & Strategies

Jason Ciment, CEO of Get Visible, announced that his company has added 10 fully pre-designed website models to www.WebsiteStyles.co, and will be offering a "pre-designed custom website in the $3,000 range." Also, Get Visible is thinking about offering Wordpress update services, performed on a monthly basis. Jason asks, "Can you send me what type of service you have now with your Website developer to update your website - how often it's updated and what you pay per year? We are trying to come up with a pricing model for this service." Meanwhile, Jason provides the following tips and strategies:
> Malicious redirect is a new website hack that redirects your website URL to a different address; and it can't be stopped by hiding your Wordpress admin login. Hackers are most likely getting into sites because the owners haven't been vigilant about updating their Wordpress core or plugins. Jason urges vigilance in staying on top of this.
> 7 Things to do to be more productive - backed up by science.
> Delete online accounts from popular websites with AccountKiller.com.
> Set a timer or an alarm by typing "start a timer" into Google search bar.
> Read up on the California Privacy laws going live January 1, 2020 - avoid fines and penalties. (Jason Ciment, West Los Angeles)

GF Piping Systems' New Flow Meter Offers Higher Accuracy & Lighter Weight

GF Piping Systems has introduced the full-bore, Signet 2580 FlowtraMag magnetic flow meter designed specifically for high accuracy flow measurement in short pipe runs. High accuracy is achieved for these problematic runs with a new sensor design that has shorter inlet and outlet pipe lengths, and certified factory calibration. Applications include water treatment skids, batch processing, chemical processing and transport, fluid dispensing, water distribution, reverse osmosis, liquid delivery systems, clarified effluent, metal recovery and landfill leachate, and many more. Meanwhile, employees and others took part in the recent GF "Walk for Water," leading to a $500,000 donation to the non-profit Water Mission, which supports selected clean water projects around the world. (Mike Smith, Monrovia)

Intellect Looks Forward to Annual Innovation Event

On November 5, Intellect will present Intellect Innovate 2019, in Redondo Beach, an annual customer and partner event where intellectuals gather to discuss QMS automation and digital transformation. (Romeo Elias, West Los Angeles)

OEwaves Laser Chosen for Space-Based Gravitational Wave Detector

OEwaves' HI-Q laser technology will be at the heart of the first space-based gravitational wave observatory, known as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission. The LISA mission is led by the European Space Association (ESA) in cooperation with NASA. An excerpt from the recent OSA Laser Congress 2019 says: "The system starts with a seed laser, the first packaged self-injection locked laser to be realized at the mission-specified wavelength of 1064 nanometer developed by OEwaves. The light emitted by the seed laser is injected into a core-pumped Yb-doped fiber amplifier, which boosts the average power from 12 to 46 milliwatts. A fraction of the amplified light is then directed to an optical reference cavity, which improves the spectral purity and stability of the laser by orders of magnitude." (Skip Williams, Ph.D., Monrovia)

Parasoft Wins Security Excellence Award & Launches AI-Powered Solution

Parasoft C/C++test, a unified, fully-integrated testing solution that helps users identify defects earlier in the development process, has received a 2019 IoT Evolution Security Excellence Award from IoT Evolution World. The award honors organizations delivering the best and most innovative software or hardware solutions to secure IoT devices and networks. Also, Parasoft has released Parasoft Selenic, a UI testing solution that leverages AI to help organizations find real bugs faster. Meanwhile, Parasoft has joined Arm's Functional Safety Partnership Program, showcasing functional safety partners with the right experience and expertise in the software quality and functional safety. (Elizabeth Kolawa, Ph.D., Monrovia)

PeopleG2 to Host Webinar on Hiring-Related Compliance & Laws

On October 24, at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, PeopleG2 will present a free webinar - What Now? Legal Updates, Compliance and Laws for anyone that does the hiring, which will look at what California businesses need to know about Assembly Bill 5 as it pertains to their use of independent contractors, as well as Ban the Box laws, and more. Meanwhile, PeopleG2 CEO Chris Dyer is quoted in this recent Forbes article, Daydream And Doodle: How Can Leaders Improve Mental Health?, and wrote 3 Ways to Make Business Meetings More Effective for newbusiness.co.uk. (Chris Dyer, Monrovia)

John Tanner, Thankful for 10 Years Post-Cardiac Arrest, Shares the Life-Saving Changes He's Made

John Tanner, CEO of Tanner Research, recently commemorated the 10th anniversary of his cardiac arrest with a thank you letter that details the events of that day and the changes he has made since, giving credit to all those who have helped save his life (read the letter here). John shares that while his "day job" is running Tanner Research, he now also runs a non-profit organization called NuSci, the Nutrition Science Foundation, through which he has delivered 100+ workshops focused on disease prevention and reversal through nutrition; operates a food prep company, Little Green Forks, which has so far served 50,000+ super healthy meals; and recently launched Tanner Care Health and Wellness Center to provide yearlong programs of education and coaching to help people overcome their obstacles to lifestyle change and health. (John Tanner, Ph.D., Monrovia)

Dave Berkus on: Leadership

In Do people follow when you (think you) lead?, Dave suggests that the best leaders are those who share problems and alternative solutions with their direct reports, then seek consensus in decisions as a result. But, if the group cannot agree upon a course of action, the leader must act, even if the action taken is to defer the decision until more information or a consensus is reached. And obviously, Dave says, an emergency is rarely the time to seek consensus before acting to protect lives and assets. Read other recent posts from Dave, including: ""What's in it for me?" A motivational lesson"; "Are your projections really realizable?"; "Data collection is about to get much more dangerous"; and "Most of your big problems start as small problems." (Dave Berkus, Monrovia & West Los Angeles)

Pegasus One on: Platform-as-a-Service

In What is PaaS? Software development in the cloud explained, Pegasus One describes platform-as-a-service (PaaS), a type of cloud computing in which a service provider delivers not only software to clients over an Internet connection, but the entire platform upon which that software operates. This enables clients to develop, run, and manage business applications, without the need to build and maintain the type of infrastructure that such a process usually requires. Read other recent posts from Pegasus One, including "Things to Consider While Hiring an App Development Agency" and "When to Hire an Android App Development Company vs. Freelancer." (Tushar Puri, Orange County)

The Development Factory on: Software Architecture

In Your Software Architecture May Be Failing, The Development Factory writes that if your system has been poorly architected and/or maintained, it's likely that "cracks in the foundation" are beginning to show. Practically speaking you might be noticing: Bug outputs or regression issues are increasing with each release; The level of effort required to implement new features is also increasing; Or, your cost per line of code is at an all-time high. Whether your system is (or once was) well architected or whether architecture was never properly considered, should any of these "cracks" be evident, it can be beneficial to engage an outside audit of enlist outside help building your technical roadmap. Read other recent blog posts from The Development Factory, including: "How We Quadrupled One Client's Business Valuation"; "Tech Debt: The Flicker That Can Quickly Turn to Flames"; and "Save Money on Software Development Failures." (Andrew Bodis, Monrovia)

Alvaka Networks + CloudAccess Provide Security & Network Performance Monitoring Services

Alvaka Networks has teamed with CloudAccess to provide a unique set of bundled security services to midsize and enterprise customers. Alvaka has made significant investments upgrading and improving core components of their enterprise network management, monitoring, support and security platform. By partnering with CloudAccess's Security Operations Center platform, Alvaka increases security visibility, alerting, and reporting capabilities over separate siloed solutions. Meanwhile, Alvaka will host a live, interactive webinar - Software Security Patching: "Why you are struggling with this essential task?!", on multiple dates in October, November and December. (Oli Thordarson, Orange County Healthcare)

Carl Zeiss Meditec Debuts Digital and Industry Firsts

Carl Zeiss Meditec recently presented several new technologies advancing the digitalization of eye care and high-resolution imaging, including EQ Workplace, the latest addition to the ZEISS Cataract Suite offering surgeons a digital solution to connect and streamline the refractive cataract workflow. Also, ZEISS has expanded its CIRRUS Optical Coherence Tomography portfolio with the launch of its new CIRRUS 6000, the next-generation, ultra-fast 100kHz system whose scans are 270% faster than prior CIRRUS generations. And, ZEISS unveiled its premium slit lamp SL 800, which allows for outstanding visualization with extremely high contrast and resolution. Further, the company announced achievement of the CE mark for ARTEVO 800, the first digital microscope in ophthalmic surgery, and for miLOOP, a micro-interventional device designed to deliver zero-energy endocapsular lens fragmentation. (Angelo Rago, Bay Area Healthcare)

SAVI Group Provides Tips on Improving the Medical Billing Claims Process

Recent blog posts from SAVI Group, available here, include "A Comprehensive Guide to the Medical Billing Claims Process," which provides a 'simple step-by-step guide that will peel away any anxieties your practice may have;' and "How to Improve Your Medical Billing Process," which discusses avoiding late filings; staying on top of the action; working with professionals; not fearing denials; and tracking patient information accurately. (Sumit Mahendru, Orange County Healthcare)

Top Coding Salaries Unveiled for 2019; US Developers Making 5% More Than Last Year

Stack released the latest iteration of its Overflow Salary Calculator for coders and a corresponding study that shows that salaries in the US continue to outpace those found anywhere else. Coders in a variety of positions were far more likely to reach salaries of $100,000 or more with just five years of experience in the US. In every other country those with 30+ years of experience still could not secure salaries over $100,000. For the third year in a row, the positions with the highest median pay were focused on DevOps, data science, data engineering, and the back end. (Read Article: TechRepublic, 10/16/19)

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2020, Per Gartner

Gartner, Inc. has announced its top ten strategic technology trends for 2020. In summary, they are: hyperautomation; multiexperience; democratization of expertise; human augmentation; transparency and traceability; the empowered edge; distributed cloud; autonomous things; practical blockchain; and AI security. (Read Article: Forbes, 10/21/19)

CEO, Not CIO, Lead Most AI Projects with Business Impact: Report

Companies that say they find value out of their artificial intelligence projects more often have CEOs leading those initiatives than CIOs, according to a recent study from Boston Consulting Group and MIT Sloan Management Review. The discrepancy doesn't signal CIOs' shortcomings but rather a higher success rate in companies that see AI as part of an overall business strategy. (Read Article: CIO Dive, 10/15/19)

Developers in 2020 Need Open Source & Want Ability to Work Remotely

TechRepublic's Karen Roby talked with Al Sene, VP of Engineering for Digital Ocean, about the skills developers need in 2020. Top skills needed include open source experience, and the ability to learn and collaborate. Sene also shared that "the vast majority of developers, something like 90% of them, are really expecting some form of remote work to be part of their consideration for taking employment from somebody." (Read Article: TechRepublic, 10/11/19)

WAV Audio Files Now Being Used to Hide Malicious Code

Two reports published in the last few months show that malware operators are experimenting with using WAV audio files to hide malicious code. The technique is known as steganography (aka stego) - the art of hiding information in plain sight, in another data medium. Steganography allows files hiding malicious code to bypass security software that whitelists non-executable file formats (such as multimedia files). All previous instances where malware used steganography revolved around using image file formats, such as PNG or JPEG. (Read Article: ZDNet, 10/16/19)

IBM & SJSU Collaborating to Prepare Students for Tech Jobs of the Future

San Jose State University and IBM have announced a strategic collaboration designed to provide today's students with advanced skills needed for high tech jobs of the future. The use of emerging technologies such as the Internet of things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, data science, security, and blockchain are growing. AI is expected to contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030 as the U.S. skills gap widens. Over 11.5 million workers in the U.S. alone may need to be retrained or reskilled as a result of AI and intelligent automation alone in the next three years, SJSU reports. (Read SJSU Press Release, 10/18/19)

Only 1/3 of Tech Leaders Say AR or VR Is, or Will Be, a Key Technology Next Year

Many tech leaders have yet to see the justification for using virtual reality, augmented reality, and/or mixed reality within their organizations, with only one-third saying it's a key technology for them now, or will be within the next year, according to a TechRepublic CIO Jury poll. (Read Article: ZDNet, 10/2/19)

California Earthquake Warning App Debuts

Seconds before an earthquake hits anywhere in California, people nearby will now get a warning on their smartphones to duck and cover. The first state-wide early warning system in the nation recently launched, on the 30th anniversary of the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake that killed 63 people in the San Francisco Bay Area. The early warning system will reach people in two ways: through an app called MyShake and through the existing wireless emergency alerts that sound an alarm on cellphones for flood warnings and missing children (Amber Alerts). If all goes well, it will give people up to "tens of seconds" of advance notice before they might feel the ground shaking. That's just enough time to save lives and prevent injuries, its developers say - enough time for drivers to pull off the road or for people indoors to jump under a sturdy table to protect themselves from falling furniture and debris. (Read Article: The Verge, 10/17/19)

SpaceX Plans Another 30,000 Starlink Satellites

Hawthorne-based SpaceX has applied to deploy an additional 30,000 Starlink satellites, in addition to an existing 12,000 it has already gotten approval for from the FCC. The network of low-earth orbit satellites is intended to provide broadband for the entire globe. SpaceX has already deployed the first 60 of these satellites. Meanwhile, its plan has astronomers and space agencies worried about the impact of that many satellites orbiting the earth. (Read Article: socaltech.com, 10/15/19)

Blockbusters Are Coming to Your Phone Soon
Vlog by Mimi Grant

"Quick bite" movies, tailored for your phone and your video appetite, are coming soon. Plus (news you can use) Meg Whitman's "4-point checklist for a successful venture" - and why Quibi checks off all four! CLICK HERE TO WATCH MIMI GRANT'S 3:39-MINUTE VLOG


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