Xactly Named Bay Area Top Workplace

Xactly Corp | June 26, 2019

Xactly, the leading innovator of cloud-based sales performance management (SPM) software, has been named a Top Workplace by the Bay Area News Group for the seventh time. The list is based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection. Xactly’s strong culture is based on its company-wide commitment to live by its core values: customer focus, accountability, respect, and excellence. “Developing an inclusive, collaborative, and positive work environment has remained a pillar of our leadership philosophy since the company was founded,” said Chris Cabrera, founder and CEO of Xactly. “After an incredible year of growth and momentum, our repeated recognition as a top workplace demonstrates that the Xactly culture remains steadfast.” Xactly has more than 600 employees worldwide and over the past year saw a significant office expansion in Denver. The company was ranked by the Denver Business Journal as one of the 2019 Largest Tech Employers in Denver. Xactly also increased in total headcount by more than 50 percent across the US, UK, Canada, Romania, Australia, and India.

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Absolute Software Achieves Common Criteria Certification

Absolute Software | February 04, 2022

Absolute Software, a leader in self-healing Zero Trust solutions, announced the company’s secure access product, NetMotion Mobility 12.14, has achieved Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+ – the highest certification level recognized internationally under the Common Criteria program for software products. Absolute is the only network solutions provider to achieve this certification across Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows for its Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology. The certification demonstrates that NetMotion Mobility continues to meet the highest level of security requirements and satisfies the complex security needs of national and enterprise customers. Achieving Common Criteria EAL4+ certification, which is considered the gold standard for government-grade security, reaffirms Absolute’s commitment to delivering products that meet or exceed stringent international security standards. Absolute’s secure access solutions are designed specially for the remote workforce, enabling resilient connectivity to mission-critical mobile applications and data. Absolute is the only provider to offer Resilient Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) alongside a VPN solution, enabling organizations to leverage the same secure tunnel to gradually adopt ZTNA while also retaining an enterprise VPN to be used when needed. Our secure access products enable thousands of organizations worldwide – including public safety agencies, governments, and enterprises – to provide remote access through VPN and ZTNA in a way that actively improves the employee experience, and assures maximum security and uncompromised productivity. With the number and severity of threats posed by careless or malicious insiders, cyber criminals, and nation-state actors at an all-time high, we believe our continued investment in this evaluation and certification process is critical to being a leading, trusted security provider.” John Herrema, Executive Vice President of Product and Strategy at Absolute Common Criteria (ISO 15408) is regarded as an international benchmark for IT product security certification and is mutually recognized by 31 member countries in the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA), including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Common Criteria is a framework that provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation and evaluation of a computer security solution has been conducted in a rigorous, standard, achievable, repeatable, and testable manner at a level that is commensurate with the target environment for use. About Absolute Software Absolute Software accelerates customers’ shift to work-from-anywhere through the industry’s first self-healing Zero Trust platform, helping to ensure maximum security and uncompromised productivity. Absolute is the only solution embedded in more than half a billion devices, offering a permanent digital connection that intelligently and dynamically applies visibility, control and self-healing capabilities to endpoints, applications, and network access to help ensure their cyber resilience tailored for distributed workforces. Trusted by nearly 16,000 customers, G2 recognized Absolute as a leader in Zero Trust Networking in the Fall of 2021.

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Collins Teaches First UT Class Delivered Via Virtual Reality

University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Haslam College of Business | February 14, 2022

On a Thursday morning in fall 2021, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seniors weren't sure what to expect from the next session of their capstone marketing course at the Haslam College of Business. As they took in the scenic view of a desert landscape surrounding them, they watched their fellow students fill the class space, where instructor Mark Collins stood at the front of a futuristic-looking auditorium. These students weren't on a field trip; they were in their apartments and dorm rooms, attending an experimental hybrid section of Marketing Strategy (MARK 460), which Collins, distinguished lecturer of marketing at Haslam and director of the college's Office of Technology-Enhanced Education, believes to be the first class at UT to utilize virtual reality as a regular delivery modality. Engaging Marketing Students in a New Way VR technology has become common in fields like medicine where training involves high risk or high price tags, but Collins was inspired by marketers who had begun using the related technology of augmented reality, enabling users to view their physical surroundings through a phone or tablet and see computer-generated content such as a brand mascot overlaid on the space. With the encouragement of the college's leadership, he obtained Oculus Quest 2 headsets to interface with the VR platform Spatial, which provides high-quality audio and video and integrates easily with smartphones and Microsoft Office. For this hybrid section of MARK 460, Collins planned for six or eight class sessions in the middle of the semester to be delivered via VR and the rest face-to-face. In the same semester, he taught another section of the course that was completely face-to-face. He says that while both sections achieved the required level of learning for the class, he believes the VR class absorbed the material at a higher level. "Because it was so different, it made them focus and pay attention a lot more," says Collins, who makes a clear distinction between VR and other types of remote learning. "The interaction and engagement by the students in VR is night and day compared to if we only had met on Zoom. Part of it, I'm sure, is the fact that they're an avatar, so they don't feel that self-consciousness." Bridgette Liederbach, a Haslam marketing major scheduled to graduate in May 2022, agrees. Having an avatar makes the classroom experience feel personal and like we are all in the room together but also makes it less intimidating. Zoom sometimes makes me uncomfortable to have my camera on and [unmute myself] because I know everyone will see my face pop up on their screen, but using Spatial makes talking in class easier." Bridgette Liederbach, a Haslam marketing major Potential for Teaching Across Disciplines For future sections of the course, Collins wants to take his entire class on a virtual field trip to a store, using VR footage of retail aisles that has already been shot. "I want to stand there with them in front of that and say, 'OK, what's happening here? Why are there 13 different types of Cheez-Its?'" he says. "Then we can go down the aisle and see how the competitors are reacting, and what they're doing that kind of matches up with what Cheez-It did." Other Haslam faculty members have approached Collins about the feasibility of using VR in their courses, and he is enthusiastic about the possibilities, especially as more units, apps and software become available at lower price points. While he doesn't recommend teaching full courses exclusively via VR yet, he imagines financial reports in which students could reach out to pick up information and place it where it belongs, or a VR supply chain where they could identify and manipulate bottlenecks. "Across all disciplines, there are moments where we want the students to understand something at a really deep and meaningful level, and we can use VR to make that engagement and interaction happen," he says. "I can see using it in a focused, short time span, to keep it really powerful rather than just becoming the new normal."

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Supernatural and Tiffany Haddish Launch a Celebrity Workout Series in Virtual Reality

Supernatural | December 23, 2021

Supernatural, the leading virtual reality fitness experience, announced that actress, comedian and producer Tiffany Haddish will be its next guest coach. The breakout star will lead workouts in virtual reality as part of Supernatural's second annual This Year, Be You campaign that will kick off on January 1, 2022. Supernatural is a connected fitness app that uses the power and benefits of virtual reality—through the Meta Quest 2—to provide members with immersive health and wellness experiences. With workouts that integrate both mind and body movement, Supernatural creates an experience that is focused on making fitness fun. Supernatural offers members an industry-leading music library with the most expansive collection of major-label music with more than 1000 songs from the world's biggest artists, and awe-inspiring photoreal workout destinations that make working out a joyful experience. "I became addicted to Supernatural last year," saidTiffany Haddish. "I've never felt so powerful or had so much fun working out. I can travel the world from my living room, move to music I love, and feel like a superhero every day. My mission in life is to spread joy and empower people and, as a Supernatural Guest Coach, I get to spread that goodness in a way that also gets people sweating and smiling as they get a great workout." Tiffany Haddish will lead Supernatural members through the start of their 2022 fitness journey, encouraging everyone to make a resolution to embrace their true selves this year, all while breaking a sweat and having a great time. Throughout the month of January, she will coach four Supernatural sessions: Boxing, Flow—Supernatural's original cardio workout—guided meditation and a stretch session. Tiffany is not just a force for joy, she is a force for good, breaking boundaries and expectations with everything she does. With this series, we're proud to have her share her unmatched energy with the Supernatural community through a series of workouts that invite you to take on the most welcoming, positive and joyful new years resolution possible." Chris Milk, Supernatural Co-Founder and CEO Haddish has been very open about her own fitness journey, and already has a keen interest in the world of virtual reality. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Haddish started incorporating virtual reality into her workout routine and became hooked on Supernatural, losing over fifty pounds in the process. Supernatural members will have access to This Year, Be You with Tiffany Haddish starting on New Year's Day. Each Supernatural membership includes access to the full and ever-expanding catalog of integrated fitness offerings plus a curated selection of Supernatural Programs and Collections designed to help members meet individual fitness goals with results that benefit both body and mind. Sign up for a free trial followed by $18.99/month or $179.99/year. Membership automatically begins and renews monthly after the free trial ends. Cancel at any time. About Supernatural Supernatural launched in April of 2020 as the world's first subscription-based, full-body fitness service for virtual reality. Designed for Meta Quest and paired with your smartphone, Supernatural provides users with expertly coached daily workouts, detailed fitness tracking, an expansive catalog of music and a chance to exercise in the world's most beautiful locations without ever leaving home. About Tiffany Haddish Tiffany Haddish is a comedian, actress, and producer who was the breakout star of the smash comedy Girls Trip, where she appeared as the scene-stealing "Dina" alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall. Her additional film and television work includes The Last O.G., Night School, The Carmichael Show, Keanu, and a turn as host of the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards. Her debut stand-up special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood, debuted on Showtime in August 2017. In November 2017, she made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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RiverMeadow announces VM-based migration capability to any Public Cloud, becoming the only Platform to offer VM-based and OS-based migrations

RiverMeadow | April 19, 2022

RiverMeadow Software Inc., a leading provider of Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery Software and Services, announced today that it has added new capability to its market-leading Cloud Migration Platform to allow customers the option to carry out VM-based or OS-based migrations to any cloud. This makes RiverMeadow the only Multi-Cloud Migration Platform in the market to offer customers the choice of how they migrate to Public Clouds, including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or Amazon Web Services (AWS). "RiverMeadow is fanatically focused on delivering the most flexible Migration Platform in the market", states Jim Jordan, President and CEO of RiverMeadow. "We offer flexibility in terms of how you deploy, flexibility in terms of which cloud you're going to, and now flexibility in terms of how you migrate – by VM or by OS. By leveraging our Migration Platform in this way, RiverMeadow is uniquely positioned to address the vast majority of diverse use cases, making cloud adoption faster and more cost-effective." Key benefits of RiverMeadow's Multi-Cloud Migration Platform include: Flexibility of Migration:Migrate by VM - ideal for Lift and Shift; minimal impact to resourcing and minimal organisation change – Migrate by OS - ideal for OS modernization as part of the migration; rightsizing; support for nonstandard and deprecated hypervisors Migrate to any Target - supports VMware on any public cloud and native IaaS on Azure, AWS and GCP Cloud Mobility - Supports migration off of public cloud and onto private or on prem or migrate between any public cloud with ease Ease of Deployment - The Platform set can be instantiated and ready for migration inside an hour Flexibility of Deployment - SaaS or local deployment (in choice of public cloud hypervisor or on premise) Speed of Migrations - Designed with the principles of speed and accuracy of migrations OS Modernization - Retire legacy Operating Systems as you migrate; the only automated modernization technology endorsed by Microsoft for Windows OS upgrades Multi-Cloud - Single Pane of Glass to handle all migration efforts to any private or public cloud Data Only Migration - Decouples data from the OS VDI Migration – Full Migration (OS + Apps + Data) – User Profile Migration (Physical endpoint / VDI -> VDI PaaS) Integrated Disaster Recovery – Migrate and Protect workloads "We are committed to delivering greater value to our customers," explains Greg Dennis, Chief Technology Officer at RiverMeadow. "The added flexibility to offer both VM-based and OS-based migrations from ANY source to any public or private cloud with zero impact to the source environment shows the extent to which we are further differentiating ourselves as an industry leader in the cloud migration market." About RiverMeadow: RiverMeadow provides a broad range of fixed-price Multi-Cloud Migration and Disaster Recovery Services and Product capability to dramatically reduce the time, cost and risk of moving physical, virtual and cloud-based workloads into and between public or private clouds.

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