Telarus hires lesley evans to lead sales operations

Telarus, LLC., master agent of business unified communications, contact center, mobility, cybersecurity, and network services; today announced it had hired industry-veteran, Lesley Evans, as its new director of sales operations. In this role, Evans will help create more scale with the Telarus Field Sales Team as they find and onboard new channel partners looking to expand their data, voice, cloud, and contact center practices. Evans comes to Telarus from Net2Phone, a leading provider of international unified communications services.
“We are excited to welcome Lesley as our new director of sales operations,” said Scott Forbush, SVP of global sales for Telarus. “Over the past few years, we’ve experienced a surge in hiring partner support managers to support our growing sales partners base. This growth has created a massive need for new processes, measurement, and ongoing coaching. Lesley, a life-long basketball coach, and seasoned industry veteran is going to have an immediate impact on our team as we strive to provide the most high-touch, personalized support to our partners. From her time both at Net2Phone and Intelisys, we’ve witnessed first-hand her ability to lead a team and make them better. As she relentlessly analyzes the business, we look forward to receiving her insights and recommendations.”

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IBM to Acquire StreamSets and webMethods Platforms from Software AG

IBM | December 18, 2023

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Software AG (FRA: SOW), a company majority owned by Silver Lake, to purchase StreamSets and webMethods, Software AG's Super iPaaS (integration platform-as-a-service) enterprise technology platforms, for €2.13 billion in cash. As organizations continue to accelerate their digital transformations, application and data integration solutions are critical elements for application modernization and effectively deploying AI across the enterprise. StreamSets and webMethods are among the technology leaders in application integration, API management, and data integration. IDC predicts the worldwide integration software market will exceed $18.0 billion in 2027 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1%.1 The acquisition of StreamSets and webMethods is further evidence of IBM's deep focus and investment in AI and hybrid cloud. StreamSets will add data ingestion capabilities to watsonx, IBM's AI and data platform, while webMethods will give clients and partners additional integration and API management tools for their hybrid multi-cloud environments. The core offerings include: StreamSets - a cloud-native DataOps and data ingestion platform which allows enterprises to achieve consistent access and delivery of data across a wide spectrum of data sources and types. StreamSets also facilitates the design of smart data pipelines and the ingestion of real-time and batch data. webMethods - an integration and API management platform. The integration platform, deployed both on-prem and in the cloud, offers B2B integration, managed file transfer, and provides a modern API gateway to manage, monitor, and monetize APIs. Software AG's Super iPaaS platform is growing, profitable and has a significant recurring revenue profile. StreamSets and webMethods serve more than 1,500 clients across the globe. "Together with IBM's watsonx AI and data platform, as well as its application modernization, data fabric and IT automation products, StreamSets and webMethods will help clients unlock the full potential of their applications and data. This powerful combination helps drive innovation while preparing businesses for AI, no matter where applications or data reside," said Rob Thomas, Senior Vice President, Software and Chief Commercial Officer, IBM. "Today's news will give IBM clients and partners one of the most modern and comprehensive application and data integration platforms in the industry." The pending acquisition follows a more than 20-year relationship between IBM and Software AG, with both StreamSets and webMethods expected to drive synergy with IBM's current portfolio, including watsonx, Red Hat, the company's IT automation products, as well as IBM Consulting. Additionally, StreamSets and webMethods are expected to benefit from IBM's global scale, operating in more than 175 countries. "IBM is the ideal home for webMethods and StreamSets, the products at the heart of our Super iPaaS vision," said Sanjay Brahmawar, Chief Executive Officer of Software AG. "Combined with IBM's global scale and focus on hybrid cloud and AI, our people will have a fantastic opportunity to develop while helping enterprises everywhere get the most out of their applications and data." "We believe that there is no business more iconic or better suited than IBM to continue investing in and growing these great platforms," said Christian Lucas, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Software AG and Managing Partner of Silver Lake. "The opportunity to bring the StreamSets and webMethods teams together with IBM to innovate in building the future of hybrid cloud and next-generation AI solutions for the enterprise is uniquely compelling. We are pleased that our investment in Software AG helped spark that vision, reflecting Silver Lake's commitment to partner with the world's best management teams and technology leaders in driving exceptional value creation for customers, employees and other stakeholders." StreamSets and webMethods will be acquired with available cash on hand. The consummation of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2024. About IBM IBM is a leading provider of global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting expertise. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Thousands of government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM's hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM's breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and consulting deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM's long-standing commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service. Visit www.ibm.com for more information.

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Complete MISRA C++ 2023 Support Empowers C++ Developers

Parasoft | December 13, 2023

Parasoft introduces the latest release of C/C++test 2023.2, a transformative tool in C++ development. This update enables developers with a suite of new features, enhancements, and compliance tools, reforming the software development life cycle. With Parasoft C/C++test 2023.2, users have a solution that provides assurance that their C++17 code compliant to MISRA C++ 2023. Parasoft continuously provides complete enforcement of safety and security coding standards, such as complete support for MISRA C++ 2023. C/C++test 2023.2 introduces numerous enhancements. It guarantees complete support for MISRA C++ 2023, reflecting Parasoft's commitment to ensuring compliance and safety within C++17 code. The key updates include: Complete support for MISRA C++ 2023: Delivering 179 guidelines crucial for crafting high-quality C++17 applications. Parasoft's contribution to the development of MISRA C++ 2023 solidifies its position as the fastest-reacting vendor in the market. Enhanced code quality: The update introduces an improved stubbing framework that enables stubs for template functions, fostering early testing and simplifying fault injection. Advanced analysis and reporting: With updated compliance reporting in Parasoft DTP, users can seamlessly scan code, detect violations, and integrate automated quality gates into continuous integration pull requests. Extended Compiler Support: Supporting a wide range of new compilers like IAR BX ARM, Qualcomm Hexagon, Tasking SmartCode, GNU GCC, and Clang across various platforms. "Parasoft's latest release, C/C++test 2023.2, stands as a transformative force in C++ development, solidifying its leadership by offering complete support for MISRA C++ 2023. Our additional feature enhancements make this release a testament to Parasoft's dedication to providing solutions that elevate efficiency, compliance, and code quality in the dynamic landscape of C and C++ development," said Igor Kirilenko chief product officer at Parasoft. Customers leveraging C/C++test 2023.2 experience advantages in the software development life cycle. Achieving compliance with MISRA C++ 2023 standards ensures enhanced reliability, safety, and security in C++ development, aligning with the latest benchmarks. The update introduces enhanced rule accuracy, minimizing false alarms, and refining CERT and AUTOSAR C++ checkers, leading to streamlined analysis and cleaner, more efficient codebases. With an upgraded EDG parser to version 6.5, teams encounter fewer parsing issues in modern C++, significantly reducing analysis failures. Other benefits include: Code coverage for constexpr functions: A seamless collection of metrics from constexpr code execution minimizes the risk of missing untested code in compliance processes. Expanded stubbing framework: Enhanced stubs for previously unsupported scenarios, elevating test case stability and efficiency. VS Code extension enhancements: Improved static analysis result presentation allows developers to focus on critical issues efficiently. Streamlined violation suppression: A new comment format enables suppression of unwanted violations without compromising code readability. Contact Parasoft for a briefing on the release of Parasoft C/C++test 2023.3 with complete support of MISRA C++ 2023. "MISRA", "MISRA C" and the triangle logo are registered trademarks of The MISRA Consortium Limited. ©The MISRA Consortium Limited, 2021. All rights reserved. About Parasoft Parasoft helps organizations continuously deliver high-quality software with its AI-powered software testing platform and automated test solutions. Supporting the embedded, enterprise, and IoT markets, Parasoft's proven technologies reduce the time, effort, and cost of delivering secure, reliable, and compliant software by integrating everything from deep code analysis and unit testing to web UI and API testing, plus service virtualization and complete code coverage, into the delivery pipeline. Bringing all this together, Parasoft's award-winning reporting and analytics dashboard provides a centralized view of quality, enabling organizations to deliver with confidence and succeed in today's most strategic ecosystems and development initiatives—security, safety-critical, Agile, DevOps, and continuous testing.

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Copado Expands Beta Access to CopadoGPT for All Customers, Revolutionizing SaaS DevOps with AI

Copado | December 14, 2023

Copado, the leader in DevOps for enterprise SaaS, today announced the expansion of the beta program for CopadoGPT, its groundbreaking AI platform, to all Copado customers. This strategic move comes after months of internal use and validation by select customers, showcasing the platform's robust capabilities and significant value addition. CopadoGPT is not just an AI DevOps advisor, it's a cross-platform, DevOps intelligence layer with a decade of Salesforce expertise, designed to improve time to value, increase customer satisfaction and accelerate digital transformation initiatives. In an industry where efficiency and innovation are paramount, CopadoGPT addresses critical pain points by offering expert advice on Copado usage and Salesforce DevOps best practices. It accelerates test generation for Copado Robotic Testing, enriches user stories, and generates comprehensive release notes. This expansion is a testament to Copado's commitment to driving customer success and digital transformation through AI-first strategies. "Copado is an AI-first company with a focus on maximizing the customer experience. The expansion of CopadoGPT's beta access marks a significant milestone in our journey to embed AI deeply into the fabric of Salesforce DevOps. This AI DevOps advisor is not just a tool; it's a partner that enhances our customers' capabilities to innovate rapidly and with confidence," said Federico Larsen, Chief Technology Officer at Copado. "With dozens of use cases, CopadoGPT is changing the way people work. We are excited to embed a decade's worth of DevOps know-how into an AI platform and make it easily accessible for our customers." "To ensure value and market fit, we made Copado customer zero for CopadoGPT," said Nick Cook, Vice President of Customer Success at Copado. "We found it is more than just an AI platform; it's a revolution in customer support and success. By providing precise, AI-driven insights and support, we're not only solving problems faster but also preempting them, ensuring a smoother, more efficient experience for all our users. As just one example, since we started using CopadoGPT on our support teams, we've realized a 25% improvement in the time required to resolve a case." CopadoGPT is the culmination of Copado's ten-year journey in Salesforce DevOps, now serving as the DevOps intelligence layer within the Copado DevOps platform. It's a testament to Copado's AI-first approach, establishing that AI-driven enhancements are leveraged internally to maximize customer value before general availability and ensuring that every product release is informed by real-world use and efficacy. CopadoGPT will continue to be leveraged and expanded to power new product capabilities on the roadmap to drive digital transformation forward. "Generative AI TuringBots are improving software development and bringing a DevOps-specific product to market is a significant step forward for this industry," said Diego Lo Giudice, Vice President, Principal Analyst at Forrester. "Copado's approach of combining deep DevOps domain knowledge with the power of GenAI will enable SaaS development teams to significantly make their development and deployment processes much more productive." About Copado Copado is the leading DevOps and AI-driven test automation platform for enterprise SaaS applications. Backed by Insight Partners and Salesforce Ventures, Copado helps development teams build end-to-end digital transformation for more than 1,200 global brands including Coca-Cola, Medtronic, T-Mobile and Volkswagen. Copado has a 4.99 star rating on the Salesforce AppExchange and is proven to drive 20X more frequent releases, 95% less downtime, 10X faster testing and 20% greater productivity. Each month, Copado processes 50 million DevOps transactions and upskills more than 80,000 tech professionals in the world's largest DevOps community.

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Next-gen PRM Software Platform Provider, Mindmatrix, Introduces Cutting-Edge Partner Program Automation Feature

Mindmatrix | December 15, 2023

Mindmatrix, the next-gen PRM and partner marketing software provider has introduced powerful partner program automation tools to its award-winning partner ecosystem orchestration platform, Bridge. They've announced the release of partner program automation tools that allow vendors to automate and streamline their partner programs, by making it easy to manage diverse partner personas, tiers and also, multiple partner programs. The Partner Program Automation module integrates partner data across the board, collating everything at a single point in the Mindmatrix Bridge software platform, which serves as a centralized hub for managing partner objectives, expectations, and rewards. With automated partner tier management, vendors can effortlessly oversee revenue measurement, partner training, certifications, and track the KPIs for each partner, ensuring seamless progression through partner program tiers. By enabling the creation of co-planned business strategies, goal setting, and task assignment, Mindmatrix Bridge software's Business Planning Automation module facilitates greater collaboration and engagement within the sales and partner ecosystem. Vaughn Mordecai, SVP Sales & Business Development, said, "Our new Partner Program Automation module will simplify partner program management to a great extent, empowering vendors to scale their partner ecosystem efficiently. And, allowing them to run their end-to-end partner hierarchies directly from their partner ecosystem orchestration platform. It's one more step in the goal to bring all partner related motions to one location." Mindmatrix's Partner Program Automation feature redefines partner relationship management, offering a suite of powerful tools that streamline marketing efforts, fortify key relationships, and drive unparalleled results. About Mindmatrix A next-gen PRM and partner marketing software provider, Mindmatrix has been focused on helping companies sell more, faster since its inception in 1998. A pioneer of sales (direct & indirect) and marketing enablement technology, today Mindmatrix is the only company offering a fully unified platform (Bridge ™) that connects and enables sales (direct & indirect), marketing, alliances and partner ecosystems. Through Bridge, Mindmatrix expands sales ecosystem enablement beyond its traditional boundaries to cover not just Sales Ecosystem Enablement, but also Partner Marketing and Multi-vendor Solutions Management. About Bridge Bridge, from Mindmatrix, is a unified platform built to engage and enable your channel partners, alliances, and internal teams. Bridge takes the complexity out of sales ecosystem enablement by serving as a single platform with all the capabilities of a PRM Software, Partner Marketing Software and, partner and direct sales enablement software. Bridge drives sales ecosystem enablement beyond its traditional role to cover partner marketing and multi-vendor solutions management as well. Bridge provides a personalized collaboration platform that powers shared marketing, sales, and service experiences. Bridge is the only TRUE Partner Marketing Software with to, through, with and for-partner marketing tools to drive all of your partner marketing programs. With tools that facilitate guided selling, multi-vendor collaboration and easy revenue management, Mindmatrix Bridge is your powerful multi-vendor solutions hub.

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