Category: software

14
Oct
2020
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Software Companies Still Need To Address Legacy Systems

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Cloud. Microservices. Containers. Serverless.

These are buzzwords everyone in the software industry has become familiar with. That’s not even getting into the world of “machine learning” and “AIOps” (artificial intelligence operations). While it’s true that many cutting-edge companies, particularly in the tech industry, are embracing and adopting modern software architectures and methodologies, the fact is that the large majority of companies are running legacy applications responsible for millions, if not billions, of dollars in revenue.

The pandemic has shown just how much we rely on these aging legacy IT systems. According to a recent report from AppDynamics, 66% of IT professionals say that “the pandemic has exposed weaknesses in their digital strategy, driving an urgent need to push through initiatives which were once a part of multiyear digital transformation programs.” While we can hope this time will be a forcing function for many businesses to reflect and modernize, history shows that change is hard and that if things return to normal, so will old processes. 

Governments, banks, airlines — nearly every major industry is dealing with old IT, hardware and legacy code that makes moving fast impossible, resolving issues difficult and troubleshooting applications expensive. These old systems are more prone to have bugs, cause outages, and waste software engineering time.

One of the major reasons many of these organizations are slow to modernize is that they don’t want to jeopardize the stability of their core applications. If you ask their engineers, many of them wish they could snap their fingers and make them cloud-native, but the fact is that migrating to new technologies is cumbersome and often messy. While legacy code is a pain, it’s often responsible

14
Oct
2020
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With a new focus on marketing software, NewsCred relaunches as Welcome

The company formerly known as NewsCred has a new name and a new product: Welcome.

Co-founder and CEO Shafqat Islam explained that this follows a broader shift in the company’s strategy. While previously known as a content marketing business, Islam said NewsCred has been increasingly focused on building a broader software platform for marketers (a platform that it uses itself).

Eventually, this led the company to sell its content services business to business journalism company Industry Dive and its owner Falfurrias Capital Partners over the summer. Now Welcome is officially unveiling its new brand, which it’s also using for its new marketing orchestration software.

“It’s not often not often that startups like ours get to close one chapter and open another chapter,” Islam said. “We kind of went back to being a Series A, Series B startup, iterating and working very closely with our customers.”

While today is the official launch of Welcome platform, Islam said the company has been moving the software in this direction for the past year, and that this side of the business has already seen significant growth, with daily average users up 300% year-over-year.

Islam also suggested that while this was the right time to come up with a new company name, it’s something that’s been discussed repeatedly in the past.

Welcome Gantt Calendar
Welcome Gantt Calendar

Image Credits: Welcome

“Every time we raised money ever in last 10 years, the new investor would say, ‘What about the name? Can we change it?'” he recalled. “We could never do it, because we had this content heritage built up and enough brand equity. Finally, with this deal, and with the launch of the new software … we came up with the name Welcome.”

While there’s no shortage of marketing software out there already, Islam said marketers need an orchestration

14
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Paycom Software, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Release Date and Conference Call

Paycom Software, Inc. (“Paycom”) (NYSE:PAYC), a leading provider of comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management software, will release its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, after the market closes on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Paycom will also hold a conference call to discuss results at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time) that day.

 

 

 

 

Dial-in #:

1 (833) 233-4461

Intl. Dial-In #:

1 (647) 689-4140

Conference Name:

Paycom

Replay #:

1 (800) 585-8367

Intl. Replay #:

1 (416) 621-4642

Replay Access Code:

5744927

 

The conference call will also be webcast at investors.paycom.com. For those unable to participate, a replay will be available following the conclusion of the earnings call on November 4, 2020, through November 11, 2020. A web-based archive of the conference call will also be available at the above website.

About Paycom

As a leader in payroll and HR technology, Oklahoma City-based Paycom redefines the human capital management industry by allowing companies to effectively navigate a rapidly changing business environment. Its cloud-based software solution is based on a core system of record maintained in a single database for all human capital management functions, providing the functionality that businesses need to manage the complete employment lifecycle, from recruitment to retirement. Paycom has the ability to serve businesses of all sizes and in every industry. As one of the leading human capital management providers, Paycom serves clients in all 50 states from offices across the country.

View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201014005032/en/

Contacts

Investor Relations Contact:
James Samford
investors@paycom.com

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14
Oct
2020
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PS4 System Software Update 8.00 Goes Live

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Sony’s latest PlayStation 4 software update is launching today, tweaking a host of existing features.

As the PlayStation Blog details, there will be updates to Party and Messages, bringing noticeable changes to the UI, streamlining them, and linking them more closely. Instead of having separate groups, both Party and Messages will now use the same groups for both voice chats and messaging.

In the Quick Menu, the update is also adding a rather self-explanatory Mute All Microphones feature, letting players, well, mute all mics while playing.

Sony is also adding new pre-set avatars, including ones from Bloodborne, Journey, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us Part II, The Last of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and many more.

The Parental Controls are being simplified by folding Communicating With Other Players and Viewing Content Created By Other Players into a single Communication And User Generated Content setting. This should make it easier for parents to monitor their kids’ gaming interactions.

Besides the removal of the ability to create Events and updates to the Remote Play App, the update brings a welcomed enhanced 2-Step Verification, which will allow for third-party authenticator apps.

You can read more about the software update on the PlayStation Blog.

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Oct
2020
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Windows 10 will start blocking drivers if it can’t verify software publisher

With yesterday’s Patch Tuesday security update, Microsoft has flagged a change in the way Windows verifies driver software that could spur a rise in driver errors for Windows 10 users. 

Microsoft details the two driver-related error messages users of all supported versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server might see after installing the October Patch Tuesday security update. 

The errors will happen if Windows can’t verify the publisher of the driver software or if the driver lacks a signature. 

SEE: Windows 10 Start menu hacks (TechRepublic Premium)

“When installing a third-party driver, you might receive the error, “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software”. You might also see the error, “No signature was present in the subject” when attempting to view the signature properties using Windows Explorer,” Microsoft explains under known issues with this update for Windows 10 version 2004. 

According to Microsoft, the error occurs when an improperly formatted catalog file is identified during validation by Windows when checking DER format encoded Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS) #7 content. 

“Starting with this release, Windows will require the validity of DER encoded PKCS#7 content in catalog files. Catalogs files must be signed per section 11.6 of describing DER-encoding for SET OF members in X.690,” Microsoft notes. 

Microsoft lists the issue under known issues and resolved issues on the Windows 10 update health dashboard for each affected version of Windows 10. 

If Windows 10 users do see these driver error messages, Microsoft recommends users to contact the driver vendor or device manufacturer (OEM) and ask them for an updated driver to correct the issue.   

Microsoft has been working to shore up Windows 10 security against malicious drivers but these efforts have focused on its Secured-core PCs for business, such as the Surface Pro X.

SEE: Cheat sheet: Windows 10 PowerToys