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PHISH360 Helps Solve The $12.5B Phishing Problem

January 9, 2019

The FBI says email attacks cost business $12.5 billion!



This is in-part because hacking into a person's account could be as easy as sending a general phishing or specific spear phishing message.

One wrong click by an employee and your company can be compromised - data stolen or ransomware installed on the network.

To solve this problem, PHISH360 was launched to give every company a free way to test employees by sending them anti-phishing behavior management messages (APBM) and then informing users and the company, if users click when they shouldn't.

Every company needs to drastically reduce phishing effectiveness by using cost-effective behavior management tools.

For the first time ever, an enterprise-quality solution is available for any company to try, with no cost or obligation.











At IoT Evolution See Cisco, Google, Nokia and What Matters

January 8, 2019

IoT Evolution Expo returns to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jan 29-Feb 1st, 2019 with an amazing agenda.

Attendees tell us they love this event because it has all the right players to learn about the present and future of the market.



To get a sense of what it will be like - we encourage you to read our recent interviews with some of the speakers.

Randy Van Buren, Solutions Engineer, Nokia will be a panelist in the “5G General Session - Keeping Connected: From 5G to Zigbee."

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

What will be some key points you plan to hit in your session?
Key points for my session will be implementation of identity of networks, data access paths, endpoint credentials as well as subscription / accounting are now opened up from the legacy cellular world of being defined by carriers toward the IT-perspective of letting an enterprise, application, and manufactured determining the option that suits their definition. The carriers will be required to provide the flexibility of provisioning, mapping, and freeform storage, transport, as well as billing.

What new insights can attendees expect to take home from your session?
Insights to be gained will be the pressure on carriers to move away from traditional SIM cards and their associated infrastructure toward eSIM and other forms of trust sources that are software-based instead of soldered into hardware.

One of our great keynoters is Ricardo Prada, UX Director at Google, where he directs broad, multidisciplinary teams of scientists and designers, adapting future technologies to human needs and capabilities. 











How The Future of Work Will Change Everything

January 3, 2019

The continuous technological changes coming to all industries is often referred to as the future of work and no corporation is safe from this upheaval. In order to help companies become prepared for what will undoubtedly be an exciting yet disruptive future, TMC (where I am CEO) has developed the world's only Future of Work Exposition.



To give you a sense of where things are going - we've posted past interviews with conference co-chair Jon Arnold. These consisted of near-term AI and ML expectations as well as where the future of work could lead us.

To finish off this series, we just interviewed Jon again about how the future of work will change everything, and we mean everything.

We hope you enjoy this post and further make plans immediately to come to the Future of Work Expo Jan 30-Feb 1st, 2019 in Florida.



There has been a lot of discussion around AI and jobs. Do you think it will be a net job creator?













LicensingLive 2018 Live Blog #LLUS2018

November 13, 2018







For reference - check out the last LicensingLive Live Blog we wrote in 2016.

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It's 9:30 am PST Nov 13th in San Jose and we are about to get started! Check out some tweets we posted last night.


At @LicensingLive in #SanJose, @mktharakan explains the tremendous progress the company has made in #DynamicEntitlements allowing for flexible #SKUs across premise and cloud
#LLUS2018 #SaaS #cloud #DX #IoT #UI #UX #NFV #Licensing #virtualization @Gemalto @marcyclapp pic.twitter.com/rPagBSn63J

— Rich Tehrani @LicensingLive, Nov 12-13 #SanJose (@rtehrani) November 13, 2018

At @LicensingLive in #SanJose, Alan Deter says tomorrow, we will witness many case studies of success from companies transforming their software solutions for the future
#LLUS2018#SaaS#cloud#DX#IoT#UI#UX#NFV#Licensing#virtualization@Gemalto@marcyclapppic.twitter.com/xOHDs8iCOT

— Rich Tehrani @LicensingLive, Nov 12-13 #SanJose (@rtehrani) November 13, 2018





And we are off and running! Jamshed Kahn, VP of Marketing at Gemalto takes the stage!




"We help companies get more value of your software, regardless of the platform where you offer that software."

Jamshed sets the table on everything we will see today. 




Shlomo Weiss SVP Software Monetization at Gemalto takes the stage.

He began with a poll - 1/4 of the companies are selling software only - 10% sell hardware and 75% sell both.



Many companies know they want to get into new markets but the question is - what is the business value a company is offering.























CloudHealth Technologies and the Future of Cloud Services Management

November 5, 2018

Cloud migration poses a number of complex issues which are quickly outpacing the ability of most organizations to manage it effectively. Many have migrated into new environments rapidly but are now facing the challenges and complexities of managing fast-growing applications and infrastructure in the public cloud.



Challenges such as governance, security, talent management, cost and vendor lock-in are some of the biggest roadblocks on the path to comprehensive cloud management. Plus, with the fast-and-furious pace of workloads, cloud adoption can quickly go from a dream IT initiative into a nightmare of out-of-control costs, a lack of adherence to internal policies and controls, reliability challenges, and, in the worst cases, data breaches and regulatory fines.

One trailblazer in this space is Joe Kinsella, CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies and we recently had an exclusive interview with him during the acquisition of his firm by VMWare.

Cloudonix Boosts its CPaaS Solution

November 5, 2018

CPaaS is an exciting space and Cloudonix is one of the growing players in the area, making it easier for developers to go-to-market and provide solutions for customers. As an interesting differentiator, the company espouses their support for smart devices, applications and web pages.

I recently met with Eric Klein at Astricon in Orlando, as a follow-up meeting we had earlier this year to the one at ITEXPO in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Some of the latest news from the company is a new ISO 27001 certification which aids in winning business from larger companies. 

In addition, Eric explained, many companies are happy about working with Cloudonix as they allow CPaaS functionality without per-minute, per-line, per-endpoint, per DID or transaction fees.

Customers buy blocks of 100 concurrent calls and add blocks as they grow.


Cloudonix supports almost 22,000 different smartphones and tablets. 












Cockroach Labs Launches Managed CockroachDB: The Geo-Distributed Database as a Service

October 31, 2018



Typically you don't name your company after insects which make people call an exterminator but Cockroach Labs is a great name for a database which is designed to be up 24x7. Put it this way - what other name would be able to allow customers to infer the product can rapidly replicate and survive disasters?



To learn more about this up and coming database, we had an exclusive interview with Nate Stewart, VP of Product and Jessica Edwards, Director of Marketing and Community.


Nate said, "We have figured out how to take an SQL database and scale it horizontally." He continued, "People thought it was too hard to do this which explains the rise of NoSQL."

The company bills itself as a resilient SQL database for global business. Obviously, business continuity is a core feature as the solution not only minimizes planned and unplanned downtime... It eliminates all downtime.














Dispersive Networks Hopes to Be the Future of Secure Networking

October 30, 2018

The December 2015 Ukraine power grid cyberattack was the first successful attack on a power grid and this event gave rise to Dispersive Networks.

According to Wikipedia, the attack was complex consisting of the following steps:



  • Prior compromise of corporate networks using spear-phishing emails with BlackEnergy malware;
  • Seizing SCADA under control, remotely switching substations off;
  • disabling/destroying IT infrastructure components (uninterruptible power suppliesmodems, RTUs, commutators);
  • Destruction of files stored on servers and workstations with the KillDisk malware;
  • Denial-of-Service attack on call-center to deny consumers up-to-date information on the blackout.

In total, up to 73 MWh of electricity was not supplied (or 0.015% of daily electricity consumption in the Ukraine).

Cyber attacks on the energy distribution companies took place during an ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war and is attributed to a Russian advanced persistent threat group known as "Sandworm".

If there is any good news that emerged as a result, it was people trying to find ways to prevent such attacks in the future. 



In an exclusive interview with Ed Wood, CEO at Dispersive Networks we learned how his company took the knowledge of this attack and used it as the basis of their technology which uses tech principles from telecom like spread-spectrum to take networking to the next level.





IBM Buys Red Hat - What Took so Long?

October 28, 2018

The late nineties are when IBM decided to make a big bet on Linux and open-source. It was a smart bet. They saw where the market was going and hopped on early.

In 1999, in fact, one year before the dotcom crash that the company announced it was jumping in.

It was a fairly big deal. IBM was known for proprietary operating systems and hardware and pretty much everything else.



MicroCorp Continues to Grow in SD-WAN, UC, Cloud and MPLS

October 26, 2018

As global enterprises are embracing SD-WAN and the move to the cloud, we decided to reach out for an exclusive interview with Trish Kapos – VP Marketing & Strategic Relationships at Microcorp.

This 32-year-old company is getting into large enterprise deals – the channel's largest SD-WAN deal as far as anyone knows, and even a  Fortune 5 account in their portfolio. The award-winning organization has over 80 providers, from AT&T to Zayo.

As a premier value-added distributor of telecom and cloud solutions, they have simplified the purchase and management of telecommunications services for business customers. Today, the MicroCorp People-Powered Network is a powerful combination of back-office systems, people and support offerings in the industry.

MicroCorp prides itself on being your whole back office or an extension of your current team, allowing customers to focus on growing their business profitably. In addition, their collaborative back office portal, Nautilus helps position them as a trusted, skilled partner for a national network of agents, MSPs and VARs.





Trish explained their growth areas are SD-WAN, UC, cloud and even MPLS is growing.

In terms of differentiation, the company prides itself on providing flawless commissions the first time to minimize or eliminate the need to recover them later.

Trish said, "MicroCorp is making huge investments in the area of automated tools as we continually see that self-service tools are what drive partner engagement."



She continued, "We are focused on the ecosystem and assist our partners in building a network of experts around them, along with programs that protect their customers and commissions as they open their customer doors to these experts."

Finally, MicroCorp’s Cloud Elements division is quickly filling the funnel with cloud opportunities.












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