Softools Newsletter No. 14

Softools Newsletter No. 14

This month we've been Trick or Treating to bring you a bundle of treats ready to get your App Building tricks up to the Advanced level with our Apps Incubator programme gathering more and more attendees each month. We also have two upcoming Smart Apps events for CIOs and CTOs as well as Operational Excellence leads in both London and Paris where the conversation will focus on the 'Tech Agenda' and developing the Smart Business.

Would you like to have another app builder in your team or fancy learning the process yourself? Perhaps a refresher? Join us for an App Builder day at Henley Business School, including a lovely lunch with river-side views or sign up to the webinar-based Apps Incubator Programme. See dates here.

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GDPR

GDPR

Our hot topic for this month is GDPR as we are now just under a year away from these new regulations coming into place. In April 2016, the European Parliament adopted a new standard to improve data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU).  The GDPR does not simply apply to EU domestic business, but to companies worldwide that target their goods and services to European citizens.  The deadline for compliance is 25-May-2018, and fines for non-conformance will be as high as 4% of global turnover for the business.

In preparation we have put together a GDPR App Suite to provide a comprehensive solution for assessing compliance and managing actions to address areas of risk or non-compliance. The suite includes a Readiness Audit, a Data Flow audit, a Risk Calculator with a full Monte Carlo scenario analysis and a Mitigation Register. 

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Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation

Discussions with Business & Technology leaders over the last 12 months have revealed a very different set of challenges to the preceding period.  They talk of new opportunities arising from emerging technologies and the increasingly pivotal role of IT to business survival and growth, but they also talk about the complexity of their current infrastructure and how in an ideal world they would prefer to start with a blank canvas.

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Softools Newsletter 11

Softools Newsletter 11

Henley Royal Regatta has been taking place on our river front this week, and we haven't slowed down whilst watching them! Above is the Gloriana in all her splendour, privately commissioned for the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee, it was a great spectacle to see her being rowed past the Softools Offices.  This month we have a collection of new Refresh associates, we have been signed up as an IBM partner and we're looking for feedback from you on our new offline capability set to launch in the next three months. We also have our Softools colleague Bill Swinbank moving to Thailand to set up our regional office in Bangkok.

Our Hot Topic for this month is 'Compliance' where we have created a range of apps to help assess and manage different scenarios. In the Hot Apps section we are highlighting the trusty Action Tracker, Tech Audit, a marketing campaign management tool and a set of GDPR apps. 

This month in the new features section we have template based icons and randomised audit options.

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