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Maxava has announced the appointment of two new senior sales executives to strengthen its European team.
Anders Winther has joined Maxava as senior director EMEA Sales. He brings broad experience to his role, having previously held regional roles with IBM in Europe and has more than 10 years as a senior manager and director with IBM Denmark. His prior employment also includes sales and management roles with solutions providers Merkantildata A/S and Vision Solutions.
Security expert Patrick Townsend has created a podcast discussing the recent security breach at LinkedIn that includes recommendations for system and security administrators on how to avoid such a breach at your organization. Among Townsend's recommendations are the following:
1. Use industry-standard, strong hash methods
2. Use NIST-certified hash software libraries
3. Always use Salt with your hash
4. Use a strong Salt value
5. Protect the Salt value
More than 20 IBM i user groups and educational organizations applied for and received grants from Maxava's iFoundation designed to promote all things IBM i, according to Allan Campbell, CEO of Maxava.
The company announced last spring that it was taking applications for grants from organizations whose mission was to support IBM i users. It said it had set aside $50,000 to support the effort, which was intended to stimulate grass-roots interest in the platform.
Discussions to create a cohesive message surrounding the fact that the IBM i platform is not only alive and well but on track to grow and prosper will be the subject of an April 12 webinar sponsored by iManifest EMEA.
Dr. Frank Soltis, founder of the AS/400 and pioneer of many IBM technologies, will be the featured speaker. Other as yet unnamed industry leaders will also participate.
This is the first webinar for iManifest EMEA and a sign the organization is re-gathering
inFORM Decisions reportedly is generating a buzz among its clients with its latest product, iScan, a highly affordable document scanning solution for small businesses.
iScan is unique in that it is being marketed to SMBs at a comparatively low price. The solution starts at $4,800, a sharp step off competing products that cost about $20,000, making inFORM Decisions among the few—or perhaps the first—to OEM a low-end scanning module for IBM i, says Dan Forster, president of inFORM Decisions.