Posts Tagged ‘Management’

Mandriva releases new version of systems management software

February 7th, 2014

Version 2.0, which was released on January 28, includes patch management, licence management, pull mode, software convergence and detailed report generation. Each of these features is based on current industry trends.

Pulse can be used to perform a comprehensive inventory of software and hardware, deploy software and security updates to all assets, create and deploy hard-disk images and files of assets, perform remote diagnostics and secure remote management, and carry out automatic and secure back-up management.

Last year, Mandriva successfully transitioned the development of its historical Mandriva Linux distribution to a community-led, independent project. The resulting project, OpenMandriva, made its first stable release in November last year.

The company arrived on the scene in 1998, as MandrakeSoft. A change of name was effected in 2005 after it lost a case filed by Hearst Corporation which had the rights to the name Mandrake. From MandrakeSoft it became Mandriva, coinciding with the acquisition of Conectiva, another GNU/Linux company based in Brazil.
Mandriva (then known as Mandrake) filed for bankruptcy in 2003 and emerged from that state the next year. In 2008, the company was badly affected by the global financial crisis and had to jettison all its external contributors.

A fork of Mandriva took place in 2010; the Mageia project is now used as the base for the parent company’s server products. The workstation distribution is developed separately, by the community.


Athena Software Releases New Collaboration Suite For Penelope Case Management Application

January 29th, 2014

For human services organizations using Athena Software’s Penelope case management application, internal collaboration just got a little bit simpler.

The Waterloo, Ont. company’s new Collaboration Suite feature-set is designed to provide better client outcomes, more efficient service delivery and a more streamlined experience for users of its Penelope software.

Officially released in January 2014, the Collaboration Suite’s powerful new tools will allow Penelope’s estimated 10,000-plus users worldwide to integrate service delivery with the smart communication and workflow tools they need to provide efficient service and stay connected to clients and to each other.

The Collaboration Suite places each Penelope user at the command of their own role-specific communications centre. Its sleek design is highlighted by an always-available, one-click layer that can be opened or closed across any Penelope screen and which provides simple, on-demand access to each user’s messages, tasks, reminders and calendar.

Athena’s clients are already embracing the new features.

“Athena Software is a world leader in case management software,” said Adam Fletcher, software manager at Relate, the largest provider of relationship support in the United Kingdom. “Athena’s new Collaboration Suite enables agencies around the world to connect with clients using smart communication and workflow tools in a way that reflects how our clients live and work. Once again, Athena is setting the standard for global case management software.”

A few highlights of the Collaboration Suite include:

New Discussion and Conversation features, which allow staff to stay connected via secure communication tools within Penelope

A multitude of new Workflow tools, including the ability to create time-based projects, reminders and checklists, all collected on a detailed Workflow management layer

SMS and e-mail reminders for staff and clients (the system can be configured so that staff and / or clients receive e-mail or text reminders about upcoming events, while staff can also be notified about internal conversation or discussion updates, task communications and much more, whether or not they are logged into Penelope)

Real-time notifications, including notification of updates to discussions or tasks, even client arrivals

Electronic Signature capture

The communications and workflow tools included in the Collaboration Suite allow for secure, efficient and user-friendly communication between an organization’s staff members within Penelope, while also providing increased accountability for task completion – for example, managers can view the status of tasks assigned to their staff and comment on each as necessary.

Client signatures can also now be captured electronically and attached to documentation within Penelope, with an option to push a link to a person’s smartphone or tablet for them to sign using a stylus or even their finger. This use of smart technology has the potential to generate huge savings in time and paper for organizations using Penelope.

“We wanted to create an innovative new ‘worker-centric’ framework that would ‘push’ critical information in real time to the staff involved so that they could process and act upon complex streams of information across their program areas, staff and clients in a meaningful, efficient, organized and timely manner,” said Athena Software partner Greg Stanley-Horn.

“The Collaboration Suite not only creates new opportunities for collaboration, decision support and quality assurance, but it also is an important platform that sets the stage for direct engagement with clients, their families and involved third-party providers via our upcoming client portal. We’re excited about these revolutionary enhancements to Penelope and the dramatic impact it will have for our clients,” said Stanley-Horn.


Smart Fertilizer Management Software Increases Crop Yield

January 13th, 2014

SMART Fertilizer Management Software, a platform for optimizing fertilizer use for agriculture, has released a software tool that manages fertilizer utilization for crops, under any conditions, and it takes into account dynamic factors that are required in optimizing fertilizer use. The software allows farmers to save thousands of dollars annually on fertilizer costs while increasing yield, and many farmers have been raving about the results. SMART allows farmers to create custom-made nutrient formulations and fertility programs that are based on their specific conditions, and the software works all around the world.

A Colombian farmer wrote to SMART, claiming that the software has increased crop results with Pioneer corn that is used for silage and grain. He used it for 45 days after planting, and said the plants are an average height of 1.75m, which is impressive. He expects a 75% increase in the yield of grain corn and 40% in Silage corn. According to a farmer located in Mexico, his corn yielded a record of 12.4 ton/ha to which he credited SMART. Consistent with many others, a farmer in California wrote, “thank everyone for a great software. Before, we used to get only 38 to 50 tons per acre of watermelons. Using better cultural practices and balancing the fertilization with Ones’ software, we obtained 95 tons per acre and reduced our fertilizer consumption by 25%!” Farmers have enjoyed the results that SMART has brought so far.

According to the team behind SMART, “we believe that proper fertilizer management/practices are crucial and the only sustainable way for feeding the world.” SMART provides farmers with easy-to-use tools, anywhere in the world, to produce higher yields while lowering the amount of fertilizers that are used and minimizing negative impacts on the environment.


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