September 2017

UNICOM Global mainframe solutions will support IBM® z/OS® V2.3 at launch

MISSION HILLS, CA – September 28, 2017 – UNICOM Global, Inc has today announced that its mainframe solutions will support the new IBM z/OS V2.3 operating system when it is released on September 29th, 2017.

"In the latest release of z/OS, IBM’s key focus is on supporting enterprises as they embrace digital transformation,” said Larry Lawler, Chief Technology Officer at UNICOM Global. “The operating system is designed to meet the demanding performance, availability and scalability requirements of digital initiatives, with specific innovations around enhanced security and data protection as well as cloud service delivery.

Searchmetrics Study: Did Google Shopping Really Gain an Unfair Advantage over its Competitors in the EU?

London, U.K., September 28, 2017 - With Google now agreeing to concede to the EU’s antitrust action by creating a standalone unit for its shopping services and allowing rivals to bid for ads shown there, a new study examines whether Google Shopping did in fact gain an illegal advantage over other price comparison sites. And does the search company have a legitimate case in appealing the EU decision?

Findings from TERMINALFOUR's 2017 Global Higher Education Survey Bryan Ruby Thu, 09/28/2017 - 07:05

TERMINALFOUR, a digital marketing and web content management platform has a long history of serving the higher education community. This week they announced the results of its 2017 Global Higher Education Survey. The results highlight significant concerns among higher education institutions about student recruitment targets due to proposed visa/travel restrictions.  In a survey of 391 higher education professionals from 333 unique higher education institutions, 56% stated that travel restrictions will directly impact their institution’s ability to meet recruitment targets.

New Research Shows Cyber Criminals Focused on Credential Theft

28 September 2017 – Criminal tactics used to access user credentials are growing in prevalence and sophistication, according to the findings of WatchGuard’s latest quarterly Internet Security Report, which explores computer and network security threats affecting SMBs and distributed enterprises. The findings also show that a record 47 percent of all malware is now new or zero day and able to evade signature-based antivirus solutions.

Infographic: Brands Failing to Deliver on Chat Customer Experience

Reading, UK – Consumers increasingly want to use chat for customer service – but companies are failing to meet their changing expectations. Nearly three quarters (72%) of consumers say a good chat experience will make them more loyal – however only 15% say they are always happy with the service they receive. These are amongst the headline findings of the Eptica 2017 UK Chat Study, released today.

65% of consumers say they are happier using chat now compared to five years ago, but 69% complain of having to wait in queues, agents that don’t have access to the right information (60%) and being forced to repeat themselves multiple times (54%). Just 16% feel they get a personalized experience.

Redgate introduces SQL Graph support for industry-leading tool

Redgate, the Cambridge UK software company known for its database development tools, has released a new version of SQL Compare which supports graph databases in SQL Server. SQL Compare is already the leading SQL Server database comparison tool and the latest release reflects the increasing interest in graph databases among SQL Server users.

The Release Candidate 2 version of SQL Server 2017, for example, includes new graph database capabilities for modeling many-to-many relationships. SQL Compare v13 fully supports this and allows users to compare and deploy databases which include both graph and relational tables.

New Line of Database Optimization Products from DataCore Software Targets High-velocity Transaction Processing and Real-time Analytics

First in Series, MaxParallel™ for Microsoft® SQL Server, Shortens the Time to Process Transactions, Generate Reports and Analyze Trends 

READING, UK., September 26, 2017 – Today at Microsoft Ignite, DataCore Software launches the first of its new line of database optimization products for high-velocity transaction processing and real-time analytics. MaxParallel for SQL Server is available now in the Azure Marketplace as well as through DataCore-authorized partners around the globe. The plug-and-play product supports SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012 and 2008 running on-premises and in the cloud.

Fast-Loading AMP Pages Dominate Google’s First Page Results for Media and News Searches

San Mateo, September 26, 2017 - News and information publishers who enable fast-loading Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)[1] for Google searches now overwhelmingly top mobile search results, suggesting holdouts are increasingly likely to lose readership and advertising revenue, new Searchmetrics research finds.

Archive2Azure by Archive360 Adds Support for Microsoft Cognitive & Media Services and Azure Archival

Archive360, a leading provider of data migration and management solutions for the Microsoft cloud, today announced Archive2Azure’s day-one support for Microsoft Azure Cognitive & Media Services and Microsoft’s new Azure Archival storage tier. With the goal of eliminating time consuming, manual indexing of audio and video files frequently stored in SharePoint Online, OneDrive and Azure, Archive2Azure now expands on Microsoft machine learning capabilities for more intelligent and automated audio and video indexing, search, translation and transcription.