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MariaDB Explores Analytics Market

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 15:39
MariaDB Corporation, a vendor of open-source databases, has announced the upcoming release of its big data analytics engine, MariaDB ColumnStore, another significant milestone for the MariaDB open-source community. MariaDB ColumnStore will be ava ...
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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Empowers Members and Drives Satisfaction with Modern Customer Experience

Oracle Database News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:00
Press Release Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Empowers Members and Drives Satisfaction with Modern Customer Experience Oracle Utilities helps cooperative revolutionize its contact center operations with online self-service options

Oracle Industry Connect—Orlando, Fla.—Apr 12, 2016

Providing unmatched customer service means going beyond offering a 24/7 contact center. In a recent Oracle study, 63 percent of utilities respondents noted that they do not offer intuitive online user experiences, yet 87 percent said they recognized a trend toward customers wanting a more individualized experience. With a keen sense of this purview, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)—providing power to more than 160,000 customers—integrated a customer self-service application from Oracle into its existing customer information system to help satisfy this consumer-centric trend and count itself among those offering a comprehensive user experience.

“SMECO is a cooperative, which means it is owned by its customers and operated for them on a non-profit basis,” said Sylvia Welch, managing director of IT, SMECO. “Our goal is to provide the highest satisfaction for our customer-members. Previously, we relied on a third party to provide our members with online capabilities, but these were limited to the ability to log in, view a bill, maintain paperless status, and make a payment. With Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service and Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing in place as part of an integrated customer service platform, members can leverage simplified single sign-on to access everything in one location. Our members can manage their communication preferences, update account contact information, make payments and payment arrangements, view a 13-month energy usage graph, view and report outages, and stop service—all within an intuitive, full-service online user experience.”

Prior to implementing the Oracle solutions, SMECO’s customers had expressed their desire for more self-service capabilities. The co-op recognized that its highest call volumes involved making payments and payment arrangements. With the Oracle solutions in place, the utility was able to automate the payment process, which improves customer service, enables members to engage with SMECO in their channel of choice, and allows the contact center staff to work more efficiently and focus more time on solving complex issues.

“Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service is the perfect complement to SMECO’s services and existing Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing solution. The cooperative can now offer members a comprehensive web portal to enhance the customer experience,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities. “With a range of online account management features, bill payment options, streamlined communication channels, and service request capabilities, SMECO met its goals, and its members benefit from a seamless, intuitive user experience available at the click of a button.”

To continue its commitment to member satisfaction, SMECO plans to utilize additional Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service capabilities to expand user options within the co-op’s mobile application. Currently, the mobile application offers outage maps and outage reporting capabilities; SMECO will leverage Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service to add an account management option, enabling customers to securely log in and instantly access even more information and account management tasks via their mobile devices. SMECO is also working on an advanced metering infrastructure project, which will be complete in 2017. As part of that initiative, SMECO will launch an energy portal to show customers their detailed energy information, including high bill alerts, within Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service.

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SMECO provides electricity to more than 160,000 services in Charles County, St. Mary’s County, southern Prince George’s County, and all but the northeast portion of Calvert County. Co-ops are distinctly different from investor-owned utilities because co-ops are owned by their customers, and these members elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors. Co-ops also issue capital credits to their members. What are capital credits? They are the member’s share of the co-op’s margins, based on how much electricity the member purchased and the rate at which the account was billed. SMECO’s margins—revenue less expenses—are used as working capital for new construction and system improvements. When SMECO’s Board of Directors determines that a percentage of the capital credits can be distributed to members through a general refund, capital credits will be issued by check or credited to members’ electric bills.

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Oracle Delivers Complete Cloud Solution to Help Pharma Companies Improve Drug Safety

Oracle Database News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Delivers Complete Cloud Solution to Help Pharma Companies Improve Drug Safety

Oracle Industry Connect—Orlando, Fla.—Apr 12, 2016

Pharmaceutical organizations today face increasing safety requirements when bringing drugs to market and once they’re on the shelf, including properly managing limitless amounts of safety data and accurate, timely reporting.

To help medicinal product manufacturers, trial sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs), and health authorities make faster, more informed safety decisions, optimize global compliance, and manage risk holistically across the entire product lifecycle, Oracle Health Sciences has introduced a cloud version of Oracle Health Sciences Safety Suite 8.0.

“In the quest for treatments that are both safe and effective, life sciences organizations seek solutions that enable them to automate and improve the accuracy of their end-to-end safety processes,” said Steve Rosenberg, vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences.  “Oracle’s 8.0 release of our safety suite delivers the power of our industry-leading safety knowledge leadership along with our cloud platform for rapid innovation adoption.”

The solution provides end-to-end drug safety management—including case management/ reporting, business analytics/intelligence, and signal detection/management—all from a single, integrated, cloud-based platform that accelerates processes and improves accuracy while reducing costs and risk. The cloud solution speeds deployment and eliminates the need for additional, on-site, hardware investment.

Stronger Together

Oracle Health Sciences Safety Suite 8.0 includes Oracle’s full line of industry-leading, safety solutions, spanning the Oracle Argus and Oracle Health Sciences Empirica applications that support automated, end-to-end, safety management. Working together, the suite’s components enable life sciences organizations to:

  • Facilitate compliance with a solution that is continuously enhanced to meet the latest regulatory requirements and incorporate evolving industry best practices
  • Gain faster, more in-depth insight into potential safety and operational issues with a flexible, extensible business analytics and intelligence platform
  • Perform holistic signal detection across multiple data sources, including adverse events, clinical data, and healthcare data, as well as manage those signals in one place
  • Reduce costs and increase value with a configurable, out-of-the-box solution available both on-premise and via the cloud
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Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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Utilities Maximize Project Visibility and Governance and Boost On-Time/On-Budget Capital Initiatives with Oracle’s Primavera

Oracle Database News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:00
Press Release Utilities Maximize Project Visibility and Governance and Boost On-Time/On-Budget Capital Initiatives with Oracle’s Primavera Alliant Energy, Ameren, Kansas City Power & Light, and South East Water Corporation successfully select, plan, and execute water and power projects with Oracle’s Primavera enterprise project portfolio management solutions on-premises and in the cloud

Oracle Industry Connect—Orlando, Fla.—Apr 12, 2016

Utilities today are looking for enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) solutions that provide one comprehensive view of their portfolio at any given moment, connect all internal and external stakeholders, and enable them to plan ahead—and in a way that is tailored to the utility industry. Because it delivers on these requirements, and is helping organizations transition to the cloud, utilities around the world continue to select and deploy Oracle’s Primavera solutions.

Utilities that use Primavera include:

  • Alliant Energy
    Alliant Energy Corporation generates, purchases, distributes and sells electric energy and natural gas to residents and organizations through two regulated utilities: Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company. The corporation provides electric and gas service to approximately 950,000 electric and 410,000 gas customers in Iowa and Wisconsin. Alliant Energy is headquartered in Madison, WI and manages more than $12 billion in assets. Alliant uses Primavera Unifier in the cloud, and Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management to manage project controls for its large capital projects.
  • Ameren
    Ameren Corporation is the holding company for Ameren Illinois and Ameren Missouri, which together serve more than 2.4 million electric and 900,000 gas customers in those two states. Ameren uses Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, Primavera Risk Analysis, and most recently deployed Primavera Portfolio Management. In its first year of using Primavera Portfolio Management, Ameren Missouri’s Non-Nuclear Generation group has made improvements to its budgeting and planning process—it is now more efficient and transparent using the product’s configurability and ability to extract high-level and break-down portfolio views and detailed forecast changes in real-time. Additionally, the Ameren group is now able to complete project justifications in less than 1/15 of the time it used to take; the Oracle products enable Ameren to import forms and data from a variety of systems into one place to ease the process.
  • Kansas City Power & Light
    Serving more than 800,000 residents across Missouri and Kansas, Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) is an investor-owned, regulated electric utility. It delivers its electricity through more than 3,000 miles of transmission lines, 24,000 miles of distribution lines and more than 400 substations. KCP&L uses Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management, and recently moved Primavera Unifier from on-premises to the cloud. It uses Primavera to manage major capital projects to improve project execution, change management, and project costs.
  • South East Water Corporation
    The Australia-based water, sewerage and waste service company manages over 23,000 kilometers of pipeline, 80 water pump stations, 255 sewage pump stations and $3 billion of infrastructure and assets. South East Water’s role is to bring healthy water to the communities it serves, and when an alliance agreement with three delivery partners expired in 2013, it looked to Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Primavera Unifier to help it manage its new water delivery responsibilities. Despite the additional workload, the Primavera solutions have enabled South East Water Corporation to complete its reporting process five times faster, improving governance and transparency, and reduce overall operational costs by 10 percent.

“Today’s fluctuating and interconnected web of regulations, environmental concerns, and supply and demand are making water and power projects more complex than ever,” said Mike Sicilia, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle’s Primavera global business unit. “But challenges yield innovation, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing with these visionary utilities with which we work. They are strategically using Primavera to manage risk and execute effectively today while making the right capital investments for the future, and are increasingly doing so with the power of Oracle’s cloud.”

Oracle’s Primavera is a suite of cloud-based and on-premises EPPM solutions that project and program management teams and executive stakeholders from many asset-intensive industries count on to help improve strategy execution, operations, and financial performance.

Primavera empowers utilities to:

  • Identify and select the right water infrastructure projects and power generation, transmission, and distribution opportunities
  • Maintain and improve existing assets
  • Maximize labor resources—even globally—through an integrated approach
  • Monitor budget allocations against key performance indicators
  • Build end-to-end processes and systems to establish best practices and consistency across the business
 
  • “We manage our major capital projects efficiently, in part, because of the system that runs in the background—Oracle’s Primavera. We have been using it for more than five years now to complete projects on-time and on-budget, and effectively manage changes along the way. And, as we have evolved our project portfolio management practices to align with our business objectives, we’ve been able to do the same with Primavera, most recently by moving it to the cloud.”
    —Mike Deggendorf, senior vice president, Delivery, Kansas City Power & Light

    “We had a utility alliance agreement with three delivery partners that expired, and we had to figure out how to manage a whole new set of business processes, the capital works program and still reduce our overall operating budget. Oracle’s Primavera provided an end-to-end enterprise project portfolio management system that addressed these needs, making everything more centralized and transparent.”
    —Cameron Leavy, finance manager, South East Water Corporation

  • To learn more about Oracle’s Primavera solutions for utilities and other industries, connect on Twitter @OracleEPPM and at facebook.com/oracleprimavera, or visit https://www.oracle.com/primavera.

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Bellevue University, Kentucky State University, San Bernardino Community College District, and Vanderbilt University Move to Oracle Cloud to Drive Institutional Excellence, Enhance the Student Experience, and Support Student Success

Oracle Database News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 13:00
Press Release Bellevue University, Kentucky State University, San Bernardino Community College District, and Vanderbilt University Move to Oracle Cloud to Drive Institutional Excellence, Enhance the Student Experience, and Support Student Success Oracle drives innovation in support of modern students, systems, and processes

Oracle Industry Connect—Orlando, Fla.—Apr 12, 2016

Oracle exhibits continued momentum in the higher education market. Bellevue University, Kentucky State University, San Bernardino Community College District, and Vanderbilt University selected Oracle Cloud to help ensure operational excellence and student success by transforming the way these institutions conduct business and serve their constituents—from faculty and staff to students. 

With Oracle’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud  and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, higher education institutions can simplify, streamline, and better support marketplace changes and growth by empowering higher levels of productivity and increased insight into human resources (HR) and financial functions. Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle HCM Cloud enable higher education institutions to focus resources on driving institutional innovation and excellence to offer students, faculty, and staff new agility and functionality to advance educational opportunities. 

Higher Education Institutions Move to the Cloud

Bellevue University, a private, non-profit university located in Bellevue, Nebraska, selected Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service to replace its on-premise licensing—offering the institution improved functionality with lower operational costs. With the Oracle solutions in place, Bellevue University will be able to more efficiently perform operational duties and streamline accounting processes as well as create and drive improved analytics—enabling the university to focus and proactively look at critical information in real-time to improve decision-making.

Kentucky State University (KSU), a historically black liberal arts and 1890 Land Grant university in Frankfort, Kentucky, selected Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud to replace an aging ERP system that did not provide insight into the data the university needed to support operational needs. With the Oracle solutions in place, KSU will be able to more efficiently perform operational duties including providing a better student experience, self-service for employees and improved workflow while transforming its legacy environment to enable its 600 users to gain better insight into financial, procurement, and grant information.

San Bernardino Community College District, one of 72 community college districts within the California Community College system, selected Oracle ERP Cloud to provide more visibility into operations as well as improved reporting capabilities, and help ensure more informed decision-making as it works to declare fiscal independence from the county. The breadth and depth of Oracle’s cloud functionality will enable the district to drive sustainable cost reductions, simplify processes, and standardize systems. The district will work with Highstreet IT Solutions, LLC on the implementation. 

“San Bernardino Community College District is in the process of becoming fiscally independent from the County and we were looking for a robust complete Cloud ERP solution that could help us transform our organization,” said Jose Torres, vice chancellor of business and fiscal services, San Bernardino Community College District. “Oracle ERP Cloud was that solution.”

Vanderbilt University, a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, selected Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud to replace a 30 year-old legacy system that could not support its split from its medical center. The Oracle solutions will enable the university to modernize business processes for more than 6,000 employees, 300 ERP users, and 3,000 student workers. Additionally, the cloud-based solutions will enable Vanderbilt University’s IT team to refocus their attention to other value-add activities—increasing productivity, helping ensure rapid innovation, and improving operational efficiency. The university will work with Oracle Consulting for the implementation and Huron Consulting Group for change management.  

“Oracle is working with higher education institutions to help them grow by developing innovative solutions that enable them to support institutional excellence, enhance the student experience, and drive student success,” said Mark Armstrong, vice president, product development, Oracle Higher Education. “Our cloud solutions empower higher education institutions to optimize productivity by focusing resources on faculty, staff, and students instead of IT—ultimately enabling them to drive institutional excellence with greater insight, transparency, and traceability into crucial financial, procurement, and human resource processes.”

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Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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Medtec Europe 2016

Intland Blog - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:00
12-14 April 2016, Messe Stuttgart, Germany Intland Software’s booth number: 3A55 As a staple event for those involved in the medical device industry, Medtec Europe is entering its 14th year in 2016. Medtec Europe offers a unique opportunity to meet and exchange
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Progress Releases Results of 2016 .NET Developer Survey

Progress Software News - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 10:00
Progress Releases Results of 2016 .NET Developer Survey
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How to extract FAR clauses from RFPs in under 3 minutes

VisibleThread - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:12
How to extract FAR clauses from RFPs in under 3 minutes

 

If you’re a proposal manager, contracts manager or program manager working US federal programs, you’ll know the importance of the FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations) and DFAR (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations).

FAR 1You need to carefully review certain FAR / DFAR clauses for compliance, especially those concerning OCI (Organisational Conflict of Interest), Security and Intellectual Property.

Prime contractors also need to manage any flow down clauses that apply to sub-contractors. Equally, sub-contractors need to clearly understand what flow-down clauses apply to them.

So contract managers and program managers manually comb through and review the FAR clauses. A very time consuming, but critical process. This applies after contract award when the contract kicks off, but also during the proposal process.

To help the process, most contract managers create a type of FAR requirements matrix, often using a spreadsheet. This allows them to track compliance with the FAR mandates. It also helps manage the various stakeholders or functional groups delivering the program. The FAR requirements matrix is a critical tool. It often dovetails into a responsibility matrix, sometimes called a RACI matrix.

Recently we noticed something interesting. Some of our customers were using VisibleThread Docs to automatically create the FAR matrix using VisibleThread custom dictionaries. They used dictionaries to search for specific FAR and DFAR clause numbers.

Now this was a really interesting use case, so we were curious.

    1. How are FAR clauses checked?
    2. Can these checks be automated & what are our customers doing?
    3. What kind of time savings can you expect for automatic extraction?

In this blog post, I’ll share what we found. If you’re a contracts manager, program manager or proposal manager, you’ll find it interesting.

How are FAR/DFAR clauses checked?

First, a little context; many FAR clauses are standard and tend not to change. These are typically pretty easy to identify as they have a fairly uniform structure in the RFP paperwork.

However, contractors pay particular attention to certain clauses including;

  • Conflict of Interest FAR clauses,
  • IP (Intellectual Property) FAR clauses,
  • Security related FAR clauses.

These same considerations apply for DFARs too.

Extracting OCI (Organisational Conflict of Interest) FAR clauses

The FAR is large currently numbering 672 different clauses. So, for the sake of explaining how to automate the extraction, we’ll focus on a subset of the FAR, those clauses that are related to OCI. There are 15 of those.

The FAR breaks OCI concerns into 3 broad categories; biased ground rules, impaired objectivity and unequal access to information. An example of biased ground rules might be if the contractor had some part in writing or influencing the statement of work. For more detailed examples, see here.

And to give a sense here are some of the specific FAR clauses for OCI:

FAR 2

For the full list of the 15 OCI clauses go here: https://www.acquisition.gov/far/html/Subpart%209_5.html

How to scan multiple documents for OCI clauses?

So, back to our original question; can we automatically extract FAR clauses from RFPs in under 3 minutes?

Absolutely, here’s how. We just need to create a ‘dictionary’ of search terms that reflect specific FAR clause numbers. Then we can run it against a collection of docs. Here’s the result in the case of the 15 OCI clauses:

FAR 3

In the example above, we analyzed 7 different docs. We searched for OCI terms like ‘9.501’, ‘9.502’ and so on. This ‘birds eye’ view means we can instantly see the location of the FAR clauses across not just one doc, but a collection of docs. That’s pretty powerful.

Here’s what we can immediately infer in this case:

  • 5 of the 7 docs contain FAR references. The numbers show frequency of occurrence for each doc.
  • We can see which docs have which particular FAR clauses. For instance, I’ve flagged in red an RFP that has a total of 9 occurrences. This comprises 3 references to 9.505-1, 2 to 9.505-2 etc.
  • 2 of the 7 docs contain no FAR clauses at all.
  • On the other axis, certain FAR clauses did not show anywhere in the 7 docs. These missing clauses include; 9.501, 9.502, 9.504 etc.

So far so good. We can now easily see which of the 7 docs contain specific FAR terms. Next, how do we extract those clauses from the doc itself to arrive at our FAR Matrix?

Extracting the OCI Clauses to a Matrix

For this, we use the same dictionary but this time, point it at the doc only. This view shows the specific occurrences of the OCI related FAR clauses and shows the content in the doc too.

FAR 4

As you can see, this view lists every paragraph where the clause occurs by page. The FAR number is highlighted using color-coding for easy recognition.

We’re almost there, we just need to get this into excel form. So, just click ‘Export to Excel’ and you have a FAR matrix. Here’s what that output looks like. It’s very similar to the previous view except it’s an Excel spreadsheet. This provides a lot of flexibility since you can easily add new control columns or sort/slice the data.

FAR 5

What about the rest of the FAR & the DFAR?

Can we generalise this approach to the rest of the FAR and DFAR? Certainly, let’s see how.

Here’s the same view as before showing the collection of 7 docs.

The only difference is that this time we’re using a much bigger dictionary of search terms. This full FAR dictionary contains all 672 FAR clauses.

FAR 6

The really nice thing is that we were able to switch the dictionaries with just 1 click, clicking ‘Use different dictionary’. And exactly like our OCI example, we can analyze a collection of documents OR deep dive into a specific doc and extract the FAR matrix for that doc too.

Here, for example, is a snippet of the Excel output when we apply this full FAR dictionary to our prior RFP example.

FAR 7

What kind of Time Savings can you expect?

The single biggest advantage when automating this extraction process is time savings. Let’s quantify that.

Here are the steps you take when extracting manually:

  • Step 1: Open the doc in PDF or MS Word
  • Step 2: Search for the specific FAR clause using standard ‘find’.
  • Step 3: Check if there are any hits. If there are, then copy and paste the relevant paragraph of text into the spreadsheet.
  • Step 4: Repeat step 2 & 3 until you’ve checked all the FAR clauses.
Time Savings Scenario 1: Checking 15 OCI clauses

So let’s assume you have the OCI clause list that we referenced before. You need to search for 15 specific OCI terms; including ‘9.501’, ‘9.502’ etc. Then if you see hits, you need to copy/paste to the FAR matrix. The RFP that we analyzed previously had 106 pages and 5 of the 15 terms had hits.

Time taken =

  • Step 2: 15 x 30 seconds = 5 minutes (450 secs) . Assumes it takes 30 seconds to enter the term and determine if there are occurrences or not.
  • Step 3: 5 x 2 minutes = 10 minutes. Assumes it takes 2 minutes to identify and copy/paste the various clauses found for each FAR term.

This gives us a total of 17.5 minutes for a single 106-page doc with just 15 terms to check.

With the automated approach, steps 2 and 3 took 1 minute. Recall that we found 5 terms occurring in the doc immediately and at a single click we had the output in a spreadsheet.

So for this scenario, it’s:

17.5 minutes (for manual) vs. 1 minute (for automated).

Time Savings Scenario 2: Checking 672 FAR clauses

Using the same approach as scenario 1 but this time with the full FAR, it’s a lot more time consuming. For our 106 page RFP doc, we had 155 hits, and we need to check for 672 FAR clauses.

So, here’s how our calculations play out.

Time taken =

  • Step 2: 672 x 30 seconds = 336 minutes or 5.6 hours (20,160 secs) . Assumes it takes 30 seconds to enter the term and determine if there are occurrences or not.
  • Step 3: 155 x 2 minutes = 310 minutes or 5.1 hours. Assumes it takes 2 minutes to identify and copy/paste the various clauses found for each FAR term. NOTE: 155 of the 672 clauses had hits.

This gives us a total of 646 minutes or 10.76 hours for this 106-page doc.

If we use the automated approach then steps 2 and 3 become extremely fast. In our case, in fact, it was 2 minutes. We were able to extract in the output to a spreadsheet in a single click.

So for this 2nd scenario, it’s:
10.76 hours (for manual) vs. 2 minutes (for automated).

The value of reliably extracting the full content is that it dramatically shortcuts the time-consuming copy/paste process to populate the FAR spreadsheet.

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Takeaways:

  • FAR and DFAR clauses are critical to track.
  • Contract and Program Managers often create FAR matrices.
  • Creating this kind of matrix is critical but very time-consuming.
  • You can automate the extraction process and save days per contract, without any risk of missing requirements.

I hope this post was helpful. Good luck with your contracts.

 

Acknowledgments: I am very grateful to a number of 3rd parties who helped my understanding of the FAR and clarified many of the challenges for contract managers. In particular, big thanks to Maxine Tolbert of SBC Solutions, Carl Gouaux of CWG and associates, Melissa Howell of Government Acquisitions and Bridget Anderson of Deltek. Thanks guys for your insights.

 

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Cloud-Based .NET Leaders to Know

We wanted to take some time to salute some members of our .NET community that spend their time working on and solving cloud-based problems for their industry. Thank you both for all of the great applications helping improve the overall landscape.

ncover_mvp_richard_seroter_twitterRichard Seroter

Richard is a Senior Director of Product at Pivotal, a Microsoft MVP, InfoQ lead editor for cloud computing, blogger, author, Pluralsight trainer and frequent public speaker. He has spent the majority of his career working with organizations as they planned and implemented their enterprise software solutions. He recently earned a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Richard is author/contributor to several books addressing topics in Microsoft platform technology, applying good SOA principles to a wide variety of BizTalk scenarios, and integration strategies for Windows Azure, Salesforce.com and Dynamics CRM 2011.

Read about Richard’s exploits, pitfalls, and musings with enterprise software on his blog, and follow him on Twitter @rseroter.

ncover_mvp_jason_kergosien_twitterJason Kergosien

Jason is President and Lead Architect of Ingen Systems, a provider of web-based business services and solutions. With more than 15 years experience in the development and implementation of web strategies and architecture in a variety of industries, his extensive background includes leading companies in data management, portals and content management in Microsoft technologies.

When he’s not contributing to the work of Ingen Systems, Jason is serving as founder and president of the Dallas DotNetNuke Users Group, a member of the Professional Referral Group and serves on the board of the IT Roundtable, a non-profit organization of ministry IT professionals.

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Webinar: The Right QA Enterprise Test Management Solution

Polarion Software - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 20:02

The demand to successfully meet growing quality assurance challenges can be difficult. One of the easiest parts to miss is the integral component of software development process. An end-to-end approach encompassing the complete integration of the software development ecosystem is required to provide traceability and compliance.

The post Webinar: The Right QA Enterprise Test Management Solution appeared first on Polarion Software Blog.

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Devart ODBC Driver for SQL Server

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:56
Devart ODBC Driver for SQL Server provides high-performance and feature-rich connectivity solution for ODBC-based applications to access SQL Server databases from Windows, Linux, MacOS, both 32-bit and 64-bit. Full support for standard ODBC API f ...
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Devart ODBC Driver for PostgreSQL

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:55
Devart ODBC Driver for PostgreSQL provides high-performance and feature-rich connectivity solution for ODBC-based applications to access PostgreSQL databases from Windows, Linux, MacOS, both 32-bit and 64-bit. Full support for standard ODBC API f ...
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Scrumforme

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:53
Scrumforme is an open source project management tool meant to be easy, organized and accessible. Inspired by Agile methodology using Scrum and Kanban simplifying teamwork.
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Message Security Layer (MSL)

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:51
Message Security Layer (MSL) is an extensible and flexible secure messaging framework that can be used to transport data between two or more communicating entities. Data may also be associated with specific users, and treated as confidential or n ...
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Seapine Software to Exhibit at 6th Annual Medical Devices Summit in Boston

Seapine Software Press Releases - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:00

Seapine will offer live demonstrations of its ALM solutions for the medical device development industry

[CINCINNATI, OHIO, February 16, 2015] – Seapine Software, a leading provider of process centric product development solutions, will be exhibiting at the 6th Annual Medical Devices Summit. This year’s event is taking place February 19 20 at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston.

"We're looking forward to interacting with our customers and peers next week in Boston," said Rick Riccetti, President and CEO of Seapine Software. "Seapine will also be demonstrating our integrated life sciences solutions, which have been proven to help companies manage regulatory compliance initiatives by tracking and linking product development artifacts, verification and validation artifacts, internal validated IT systems, and other mission critical activities."

The Medical Devices Summit strives to bring together industry and regulatory professionals from across the country to address key issues in compliance, quality, and innovation. For more information about the Medical Devices Summit, click here.

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Seapine Software Announces Webinar Series, “Getting Started with TestTrack Task Boards”

Seapine Software Press Releases - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 08:00

[CINCINNATI January 15, 2015] Seapine Software, a leading provider of process centric product development solutions, has announced a series of webinars focused on its new task board feature available in the latest release of its core product development management solution, TestTrack. Rolled out in TestTrack 2015 last month, interactive task boards enable real time project visibility.

TestTrack's interactive task boards provide alternate views of folder contents that make it easy for teams to communicate and measure progress during a sprint, release, or other milestone. They also help with planning and collaboration during stand ups, retrospectives, issue triage, and other team meetings.

During each 60 minute best practices webinar, registrants will learn:

  • How to create task boards by mapping workflow to columns and configuring swimlanes
  • How to make task boards simple to use and more powerful by optimizing workflow and item mapping rules
  • How to manage product development and testing processes with task boards

To learn more about the webinars scheduled and to register, click here.

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Seapine Software Launches TestTrack 2015 Featuring Interactive Task Boards

Seapine Software Press Releases - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:00

Version 2015 promotes collaboration, delivers new organization and data visualization features.

[CINCINNATI, OH December 10, 2014] Seapine Software, a leading provider of process centric product development solutions, has launched TestTrack 2015, the latest release of its core product development management solution. Interactive task boards, which enable real time project visibility, take center stage in this release.

“Unique to TestTrack 2015, and the market in general, is the combination of rich drag and drop task board functionality with an incredibly powerful workflow engine. This enables TestTrack to support agile practices, including in safety critical compliant environments that require electronic signatures at key state changes,” said Rick Riccetti, President and CEO of Seapine Software. “So, behind the simplicity of the task board is a flexible workflow engine that can enforce the most arduous processes. Artifact traceability, a key strength of TestTrack, is also created and maintained while working with cards, which is important to many of our customers.”

TestTrack 2015 features task boards to help development teams communicate and measure progress during a sprint, release, or other milestone. With task boards teams can:

  • Organize and visualize work with cards, columns, and swimlanes
  • Plan and collaborate during stand ups, retrospectives, issue, triage, and other team meetings
  • Gain real time visibility into work at the project, sprint, and user level

"It's important to note we have not replaced the ability to work with development artifacts in list views, which is necessary to quickly manage large amounts of project information. Users can easily switch between list views and task board views in one click, based on their work context," added Riccetti.

Additional updates in TestTrack 2015 include Matrix report enhancements for a quick view of end to end traceability from issues to source code, new sample projects to help users jump start agile projects, and help file improvements.

To learn more about TestTrack, visit www.seapine.com/testtrack.

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Stanford Speaker Series Looks at the Rising Tide of Eastern European High Tech Firms with Telerik CEO Vassil Terziev

Telerik Company News - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:14

CEO of Bulgaria’s leading software company to discuss its rise to global prominence as an application development platform vendor and the region’s emerging influence on major tech trends


WALTHAM, MA, January 22, 2014Telerik® today announced its co-founder and co-CEO, Vassil Terziev, will speak as part of Stanford’s School of Engineering’s “European Entrepreneurship and Innovation” speaker series. The renowned series, in its sixth year, features industry leaders from Europe's hi-tech startup, venture finance, corporate, university research and technology commercialization communities, to share insights and experiences with aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.

As part of his session, Terziev will focus on the topic, “World-class Enterprise Software and Design Firms in South East Europe.” Specifically, he will highlight Telerik’s early days as a Bulgarian startup and how he and the company’s co-founders brought Telerik to a global marketplace. He will also discuss the startup ecosystem within Bulgaria and how the country’s culture continues to impact Telerik today.

Based out of the Stanford Department of Mechanical Engineering, the “European Entrepreneurship and Innovation” speaker series is aimed at Stanford students, faculty, as well as Silicon Valley professionals. The invitation comes at a time when Telerik recently established its presence within the Silicon Valley, opening its University Ave. offices in Palo Alto, in which many of the company’s key decision makers will reside.

Who: Vassil Terziev, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Telerik

What: “World-class Enterprise Software and Design Firms in South East Europe”

When: January 27, 2014
            4:15 p.m. PT

Where: Stanford School of Engineering
            475 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to share the Telerik story with such a distinguished audience. Since our Silicon Valley office opening, I’ve had the opportunity to experience the Valley from within and to appreciate its truly unique level of innovation, its culture and its overall aura,” said Vassil Terziev, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Telerik. “Seeing this world from the inside has been inspiring. My hope is to show the audience that amazing things grow out of Europe too, even though the ecosystem is different.”

For more details on the “European Entrepreneurship and Innovation” series, please go to http://www.europeanentrepreneursatstanford.com/.

About Telerik
Telerik is a market-leading provider of end-to-end solutions for application development, software testing, agile project management, reporting, and content management across all major development platforms. Telerik’s award-winning software development products enable enterprises and organizations of every size to generate tangible productivity gains, reduce time-to-market, and stay on time and under budget. More than 130,000 organizations in 94 countries depend on Telerik products, including more than 450 of the Fortune 500, academic institutions, governments, and non-profits. For additional information about Telerik, please visit www.telerik.com or follow @telerik on Twitter.

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Press Contacts:

Erica Burns
Telerik, Inc.
Tel: 888.365.2779 #154
Erica.Burns@telerik.com

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