Dialpad | January 12, 2022
Dialpad, Inc., the industry leader in AI-powered communication and collaboration, announced the appointment of Prashanti Aduma as the company’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO). With more than 20 years of demonstrated leadership and project management experience at high-growth startups and enterprises, Aduma will play a significant role in advancing the core business systems, data, and security framework in concert with Dialpad’s rapid growth and global scale.
Aduma is a transformative leader who brings deep experience in building world-class IT organizations and driving global strategic initiatives to enable next-generation technologies. Aduma joins Dialpad from Salesforce where she served as Senior Director of Enterprise Services. Prior to Salesforce’s acquisition of Vlocity, Aduma served as Vice President of Business Applications at Vlocity and was responsible for the full suite of front and back-office business applications. Aduma has also held leadership positions at Rodan + Fields, SunPower, and VMware where she led the rollout of major IT and engineering initiatives.
Work as we know it has been forever changed, driving the need for better methods to connect and collaborate. In order to succeed in this new world, businesses need cloud-first, customer-first solutions that can accommodate all forms of communication. As the only truly unified AI-powered enterprise cloud collaboration platform, Dialpad is uniquely positioned to fill this need. I could not be more thrilled to welcome Prashanti Aduma to the Dialpad executive team as we prepare for a tremendous year ahead. She is an insightful leader with a focus on building strong teams and trusted partnerships throughout the organization and with the external community. We have a huge opportunity in front of us and believe when the right people come together — anything is possible.”
Craig Walker, CEO, Dialpad
As CIO, Aduma will play a critical role in ensuring the company is well-positioned through its rapid global expansion. Aduma will lead the business technology group which focuses on digital transformation, establishing industry standards and securing end-to-end business processes through next-generation technology roadmaps, data-driven analytics, automations, security, mergers and acquisitions. In her role, Aduma will focus on creating an integrated operating model providing A+ customer service across all business functions. Beyond her technical acumen and work experience, Aduma is passionate about mentorship, promoting empathetic leadership, and encouraging youth in STEM education.
“Dialpad has the only AI-powered cloud communications and collaboration platform that spans all modes of contact center, unified communications, distributed meetings, and text and team messaging. I could not be more excited to become a member of the amazing team at this important vector point for the company,” said Prashanti Aduma, Dialpad CIO. “This is the perfect time to embark on the digital transformation journey as we scale globally and get the company ready for the public markets.”
Dialpad is the global leader in AI communications for business, transforming how the world works together. Dialpad customers benefit from truly unified business and customer communications, including a cloud business phone system, text and team messaging, video meetings, and the world’s most advanced AI-powered contact center — all in one beautiful app. More than 7,000 innovative brands and millions of people use Dialpad to connect their teams from anywhere including Motorola Solutions, Netflix, T-Mobile, Twitter, Uber and WeWork.
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Pentera | April 04, 2022
Pentera, the leader in Automated Security Validation (ASV), today announced its Pentera Labs team discovered two zero-day vulnerabilities. If exploited by threat actors, the critical attack path may result in the ability to disable, disrupt and destroy VMware vCenter managed environments in over 500,000 organizations globally.
The vulnerabilities were reported to VMware by Senior Security Researcher Yuval Lazar and released under CVE-2022-22948 and CVE-2021-22015 with a patch. Pentera Labs’ technical review of the vulnerabilities can be found here. Discovered vulnerabilities require immediate patching to prevent malicious actors from achieving remote access to vCenter and inflicting widespread damage on organizations.
Installed in thousands of organizations worldwide and managing some of their most critical asset and core systems, VMware vCenter Servers are a high-priority target for cybercriminals. Once compromised, the ease and convenience that vCenter offers for managing virtualized hosts in enterprise environments will play into the adversary’s hands, providing centralized access and widespread Impact.
“As part of our daily work, we research the entire enterprise IT attack surfaces, including the exploitability of virtual workload environments such as vCenter and ESXi and discovered zero-day vulnerabilities,” said Alex Spivakovsky, VP of Research at Pentera. “We’re glad to have discovered and immediately disclosed these vulnerabilities to strengthen the defender community and have not seen evidence that malicious actors exploited it at this time.”
Pentera’s interest in VMWare’s vCenter started because of previously reported vulnerabilities, increasing demand from customers and threats observed in the wild, most notably recent reports of a python ransomware strain targeting ESXi. The team will continue to identify potential vulnerabilities within the platform that could affect businesses globally.
Security readiness is not determined by a single vulnerability or the security team’s ability to discover and patch it. Our award-winning security validation platform autonomously emulates the entire cyberattack kill chain and provides peace of mind for security leaders facing a multitude of internal and external attacks.”
Pentera co-founder and CTO, Dr. Arik Liberzon
Pentera is the category leader for Automated Security Validation, allowing every organization to easily test the integrity of all cybersecurity layers, unfolding accurate, current security exposures at any moment, at any scale. Thousands of security professionals and service providers worldwide use Pentera to guide remediation and close security gaps before they are exploited.
VMware | May 23, 2022
Broadcom Inc. is in talks to acquire VMware Inc., the cloud-computing company backed by billionaire Michael Dell, according to people familiar with the matter, setting up a blockbuster tech deal that would vault the chipmaker into a highly specialized area of software.
The discussions are ongoing and there’s no guarantee they will lead to a purchase, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter isn’t public. VMware currently has a market valuation of about $40 billion. Assuming a typical premium, the potential deal price would be higher, though the terms under consideration couldn’t be learned.
Shares in VMware rose 15% in premarket trading on Monday, which would give the company a market value of about $46 billion. Broadcom, which has a valuation of about $222 billion, fell 2.4%.
The transaction would extend a run of acquisitions for Broadcom Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan, who has built one of the largest and most diversified companies in the chip industry. Software has been a key focus in recent years, with Broadcom buying CA Technologies in 2018 and Symantec Corp.’s enterprise security business in 2019.
A representative for VMware declined to comment. A representative for Broadcom wasn’t available for comment.
“Investors have been increasingly focused on Broadcom’s appetite for another strategic or platform enterprise software acquisition—especially given the recent compression in software valuation, “ Wells Fargo analysts wrote after Bloomberg News’s report. “An acquisition of VMware would be considered as making strategic sense; consistent with Broadcom’s focus on building out a deepening enterprise infrastructure software strategy.”
Broadcom makes a wide range of electronics, with its products going into everything from the iPhone to industrial equipment. But data centers have become a critical source of growth, and bulking up on software gives the company more ways to target that market.
Broadcom was previously in talks to acquire SAS Institute Inc., a closely held software company valued at $15 billion to $20 billion. But those discussions ended last year without a deal.
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Odders Lab | February 07, 2022
BODYCOMBAT – the world's most popular martial arts workout, enjoyed by millions globally each week – moves into the metaverse as fitness and gaming converge
Les Mills is bringing exercise motivation to the metaverse with the launch of the BODYCOMBAT VR app, fusing globally-renowned trainers with virtual reality (VR) for an out-of-this-world fitness gaming experience.
The group fitness leader has teamed up with VR specialist Odders Labs to transform the world-famous BODYCOMBAT™ workout into a high-octane VR gaming app on the Quest Platform.
Led by BODYCOMBAT's legendary program directors Rachael Newsham and Dan Cohen – the game pits players against martial arts challenges across a variety of levels, spanning intergalactic deserts and neo-city skylines. Players earn points for their effort and technique, with Rachael and Dan providing coaching cues and motivation to power them through the workouts.
Rachael Newsham, Program Director of BODYCOMBAT, said: "The cultural convergence between fitness and gaming is sparking exciting collaborations and innovative products, so naturally we jumped at the chance to team up with Odders Labs to create something truly magical.
"The BODYCOMBAT VR app transports you into the middle of the most popular martial arts workout on the planet. The gamification and stunning VR vistas combine with the incredible moves, music and instruction that BODYCOMBAT is famous for to create an exhilarating experience that's so fun you forget you're even exercising.
"Our mission is to create a fitter planet and we hope the launch of the BODYCOMBAT VR app enables us to reach new audiences and break down barriers to exercise, helping more people to start their fitness journey and reap the rewards of an active lifestyle."
After many years of taking BODYCOMBAT classes in gyms and at home, it's been an incredible journey to work on bringing the experience to VR.”
Jaime Pichardo Garcia, Odders Labs Business Director
“This is a new step towards the future of fitness, and a revolution for VR workouts by bringing one of the biggest IPs in the fitness world with the same focus as Odders: innovation as the key differentiation of our products."
Standout features of the game include:
Bodycombat’s Signature Style
The BODYCOMBAT VR app goes beyond jabs, hooks, and uppercuts. Squat and slip to dodge walls, throw sky punches to break targets, ram home hammer punches, and grab targets to slam with your knee!
Access all types of workouts – including boxing fitness, speed workouts, core exercises, lower body, and more.
All workouts are scientifically-designed to deliver results, with players able to track their performance and progress throughout the app experience.
World-famous Instructors Dan Cohen & Rachael Newsham are on hand to help hone technique and motivate players to push through each and every workout.
Specially-curated soundtracks featuring the hottest up-and-coming artists to keep players pumped throughout their workouts.
About Les Mills
Les Mills is the global leader in group fitness and creator of 20 programs available in leading fitness facilities around the world. Les Mills programs include the world's first group exercise resistance training workout BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT (martial arts), RPM (indoor cycling), BODYBALANCE (yoga), LES MILLS GRIT™ (30-minute high-intensity interval training) and the revolutionary immersive cycle experience, THE TRIP™. Each workout is refreshed and updated with new choreography and music every three months.
The company was founded by Les Mills – a four-time Olympian and head coach of New Zealand's track and field team – who opened his first gym in 1968 with the aim of taking elite sports training to the masses. Today, Les Mills workouts are delivered by 140,000 certified Instructors in 21,000 clubs across 100 countries and are available as live, livestream, virtual and immersive classes, as well as via the LES MILLS+ streaming platform.
About Odders Lab
Odders Lab is an innovative VR development studio creating unique titles with a spin. Based in Seville, Spain, we develop consistent products with a spin by adding unique characteristics that make our titles stand out from the crowd.
With this focus on innovation, it was just a no-brainer to create a partnership with LES MILLS to bring the most innovative fitness experience to the VR market.