Worldnet Signs Agreement with Blue Coat to Provide Cloud Security as a Service to Customers in Puerto Rico

WorldNet to Offer Web Security Services to Large, Medium and Small Businesses

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 22nd, 2016. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., a leading provider of advanced web security solutions for global enterprises and governments, today announced it has signed an agreement with WorldNet, a Puerto Rican company which provides voice, data, Internet and Cloud services, to provide differentiated and customized cloud security service for the enterprise market.

Blue Coat’s award-winning cloud security solutions will enhance and strengthen WorldNet’s current security service portfolio, helping WorldNet’s customers improve their security systems and prevent cyber-attacks.

"Blue Coat selected WorldNet because its robust infrastructure, expanded coverage and complete cloud services offering. Leveraging Blue Coat’s cloud security solutions, WorldNet will expand its cloud services offering by providing advanced threat protection to eliminate malware, ransom ware, botnets and centralized reporting to its customers," said Jose Porto, managing director, Blue Coat, Puerto Rico. We look forward to working with WorldNet to provide customers’ award-winning security-as-a-service (SECaaS) technology targeted at large, medium and small sized businesses."

"For WorldNet, this agreement represents the acknowledgement of the quality of Blue Coat’s services and commitment to offer the best products and services to our clients," said, Maria de los A. Virella, president of WorldNet. We trust that our partnership with Blue Coat will bring security and peace-of-mind to our customers, allowing them to remain focused on the management and growth of their businesses."

Schneider Electric rises to 10th place in the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016

  • Company leapfrogs to 10th place from 25th in 2015
  • New ranking a testament of company’s vision to produce technologies that ensure Life Is On everywhere, for everyone, at every moment
  • The ranking progression also acknowledges the commitments taken by the company at COP21

PORT OF SPAIN, June 21st 2016 - At the end of 2015, COP21 raised enormous, legitimate hopes worldwide that citizens, governments and companies would coordinate their efforts to limit the causes and effects of climate change. Just a few months later, the Newsweek Global Green Ranking 2016, the global listing of the most environmentally friendly corporations produced by U.S. weekly news magazine Newsweek in partnership with Corporate Knights and HIP Investor, has commended the environmental commitment made by Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation. The Group is proud to be ranked 10th, alongside other reputable companies such as Shire Plc., Reckitt Benckiser and British Telecom.

Driving Innovation at Every Level for Sustainability

The high scores obtained by Schneider Electric reflects the Group’s proven track record in driving innovation at every level through connected energy management and automation technologies that reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life is On.

"We are very pleased with the results of the latest Newsweek Global Green Ranking. It shows that we have the right sustainability strategies and innovation roadmap in place", said Gilles Vermot Desroches, SVP Sustainability at Schneider Electric. "We want everyone on our planet to have access to safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable energy. We are committed to providing innovative solutions that address the energy paradox: balancing our planet’s carbon footprint with the irrefutable human right to quality energy".

The big jump in the ranking also results from the company’s initiatives in using natural resources wisely, including renewable sources, in its global operations. The ranking recognizes the 10 commitments taken by Schneider Electric at COP21 for the company and its ecosystem to achieve carbon neutrality over the next 15 years, through its products, solutions, R&D and industrial operations.

These commitments include:

  • Measuring the carbon impact of 100% of major client projects
  • Designing 100% of new offerings using the Schneider ecoDesign Way™ and achieving the company’s Green Premium™ standard in 75% of its business
  • Avoiding 120,000 tons of CO2 by introducing "end of life" products in line with circular economy principles
  • Helping 50 million people at the base of the economic pyramid to access lighting and communications over the next 10 years through low-carbon solutions

Schneider Electric’s environmental and sustainable development performance is reported quarterly through its Planet & Society barometer. Schneider Electric’s sustainable development strategy has also been recognized by other organizations such as the CDP which has named in November 2015 the Group as a world leader for its corporate action & transparency on climate change for the fifth consecutive year.

Press Release : Azeus Convene Rated Best Collaboration Software By Leading Reviews Site

CrowdReviews.com Users Rate Convene Board Portal Ahead of 291 Other Providers

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM / 2nd June 2016 – AZEUS CONVENE has been rated the ‘Best Collaboration Software’ for businesses by the popular CrowdReviews.com website. This achievement follows Azeus Convene being awarded Storage & Information Management Solution of the Year in April 2016, at the European IT & Software Excellence Awards.

Based on hundreds of user reviews, CrowdReviews.com ranks collaboration software based on a number of metrics, including brand engagement and the reputation of users to have left reviews.

Azeus Convene achieved a total of 72.5 points out of 100, scoring maximum points for its high levels of engagement with the public and for being a transparent business, having been independently verified by CrowdReviews.com. Azeus Convene also ranks highly in the Mobility Software, Portal Software, and Document Management Software categories at CrowdReviews.com.

As well as offering a free trial to all users, Azeus Convene’s low cost for on-going use ensures businesses can easily enhance their efficiency without incurring large additional expenses.

The Azeus Convene platform places a strong emphasis on usability and user experience, with the brand committed to a rigorous on-going testing and improvements program to ensure the product remains at the forefront of the collaboration software industry. Current features include enterprise grade security utilizing 256-bit AES encryption, support for multiple file formats, and the ability to use on multiple platforms, including mobile devices.

Azeus Convene’s diverse and rich set of meeting tools makes it easy for leaders to plan and host board meetings, while sharing and annotating documents, or controlling other devices remotely, at the same time.

Reviewers comments left at CrowdReviews.com included, “Collaboration software at its best…the features are incredible,” “Azeus Convene is a highly effective board portal,” and “Azeus Convene is a huge time saving tool!”

Further Information

Review Azeus Convene at https://www.crowdreviews.com/best-collaboration-software
Request a free trial of board portal software at http://www.azeusconvene.com/enquire
Read about the European IT & Software Excellence Awards at http://www.iteawards.com

About Azeus Convene

Azeus Convene was developed to serve the needs of boards and management teams around the world.

Ask A Techie 20 Questions - Austin Lazarus - Developer



Sorry it took so long to post another #20Questions. I threw out an invitation to participate in the PitchIT Caribbean facebook group and Austin was the first to respond. Thank you very much. Austin is from Dominica

How would you define a techie?

A techie is someone who is passionate about Gadgets, Electronics, Apps, the latest in Gaming and has the type of personality you'd associate with someone who can fix all your tech related problems during family reunions.

How has tech improved your life?

Tech has transformed my life in a way where I sometimes, somewhat, believe in MAGIC. Because if you really think about it in a certain perspective, you start to realize that absolutely anything is possible. And personally I've been hacking things together and creating amazing stuff (both Web/Mobile and Embedded) which generations before could not have achieved. This has transformed my thinking process tremendously.

How can technology be used to improve Dominica?

Computer Science labour as a form of export is one of the areas Dominica could explore for improvement. Our country imports more than it produces and this can lead to drastic economic decline years to come. Unless we embrace technology in a way where we can empower our younger generation to embrace ICT and find ways to ensure employment to outside markets after they graduate.

What projects are you working on that you want us to know about?

My current project is BudgEat - budgeat.co. BudgEat is a suite of products and services aimed at facilitating the discovery and pricing of food in a selected area. Also it enables businesses in the food space to reach more customers with pre-ordering services and expedition of their rewards program with mobile loyalty.

Who is your favourite tech youtuber?

My favourite tech youtuber is Casey Neistat. His creativity and spirit in his daily vlogs are very inspiring.

Is Internet a luxury or utility and why?

I would say that the internet is a luxury. It's a luxury because it allows us to be exposed to so much new opportunities and information than could not have been achieved in other media, years before.

Your thoughts on tech in the Caribbean?

I believe tech in the Caribbean is at a very good place right now. There are a lot of Startup Bootcamps and Code Sprint events going on around the region and this does not only bring new talent into the public eye but also inspires emerging Innovators and Startups to take action in the region.

Tell us anything about yourself.

I have a hard time talking about myself to be honest, but I could probably share this one thing. I am a self taught programmer. My major in college was Electronic Engineering but I wished that it would have been Computer Science. Still because of my ability to learn new things, I've been able to learn and pick up how to code effectively.

Most prized gadget you own?

My Laptop with my fav Linux disto, Ubuntu.

What tech would you like to own?

A Macbook pro. The new super thin one, lol.

Shirt and tie or jeans and jersey?

Shirt and Jeans

The best advice you have received?

Create a body of work that you can leave behind as your legacy ~ Unknown

Which person in tech would you like to meet?

The former Steve Jobs

What sports teams do you support?

Not such a big fan of sports

Imagine you are in a dark room. How do you get out?

Visualize the door, then reach for it.

What tech event would you like to attend?

Google I/O

How would you invest a million dollars?

There is so much one could do with a million dollars, but what I'd invest in is a world class Tech Company based in Dominica.

What future technology interests you?

NLP ... Natural Language Processing. This is a technology that enables Facebook messenger Bots and Slack commands to be possible. It's a scary Technology which enables software to analyze Human communication and provide Information accordingly. But it's interesting nonetheless, in the fact that this could replace Apps and even Websites in the Future.

If you were to start a tech company, what would you call it?

AulaTech. Based on my web portfolio, aulatech.co

What question would you ask the next techie?

The same as above

360 Videos in Trinidad and Tobago



VR headsets are increasing in popularity and is a great way to consume 360 videos. YouTube has supported 360 videos for some time now. Facebook recently enabled the ability to post 360 videos on their platform. Our ministry of tourism should jump on this, as it is a great way to promote Trinidad and Tobago. I was reminded today that I had liked the 360 TT page on facebook (website - 360tt.tech) and I rushed to connect with them to give them some exposure on my blog. They have some nice examples on their facebook page. Here are answers to some questions I asked them.

How did the idea come about?

The idea came about when I was exploring the app store one evening, earlier in March. I came across a social app that allowed its users to post rudimentary 360 photos and videos with audio taken with their cellphone. I put on my earbuds and found myself in the middle of people's messy bedrooms, anniversary parties, looking around, listening to ambient conversation. One poster was a refugee living in Sweden, describing what he likes about his new environs etc. I was captivated. The next morning I ordered a pair of Google’s cheap cardboard VR headsets. After diving right into it I knew that I had to bring this home, in some way shape or form. There is a high level of empathy attached to the 360 viewing medium that can now be experienced readily due to technological advancements. The territory is fresh and uncharted in many ways and we’re currently defining the rules and techniques as we speak.

Who are the person(s) behind 360 TT?

Mainly myself, Tristan. A background in Computer Science, A/V production/post production and photography. Team members are in and out so as soon as we find some permanence they’ll be listed.

Who can benefit from 360 videos in Trinidad?

The short answer is really ... everyone who has something to share. On a professional level, I see a large interest in live event coverage, concerts, conventions etc. Huge promotional impact. Then you have more personal events, weddings etc. where you may have a cousin or friend who lives overseas and can’t attend in person, we offer live streaming in 360 degrees that puts them there, in the moment, better than anything else.

Equipment?

Right now we use a spherical-lens Ricoh Theta S model camera with a Samsung Gear 360 on the way (as soon as Samsung gets their things together).

Where is the tech heading?

As with anything tech, you’re looking at cheaper and more consumer ready. Right now there is still a lot of technical maneuvering involved in working with 360 that may deter the casual photo enthusiast. The quality factor of course is also set to improve over time, especially with regards to social media.

What are some of the challenges in capturing 360 videos?

When capturing 360 content there are quite a few challenges that a traditional shooter might face. Making use of the frame: now that frame is everything, all around you, you have to take ample time to ensure everything in view of the camera is set the way you need it to be. (This may include figuring how to get yourself out of view).

Another huge challenge is lighting, unless it's a specialty case, you probably won’t want your big, fancy studio lights in your shot and these cameras typically don’t use flashes (they’d show up in the shot too). Understanding and employing natural lighting is important.

What website(s) would you recommend to learn more about 360 videos?

Honestly, I can’t say off the bat, most of what google throws at you will be of great use. I do recall Ken Rockwell (popular gear reviewer) having a decent and comprehensive review of the Theta S on his web blog (kenrockwell.com). You should also check out YouTube as a comprehensive resource. We’ll even be uploading tutorials to our channel in the near future.

The tech behind 360 videos?

Basically, a 360 video is a traditional, full panoramic video that is later decoded or "stitched" in a 3D environment when being played or viewed on your device. The same thing goes for photos.