May 19, 2020

Rimage Launches Online Piracy Prevention Tool

Rimage
Secure Mobile Content
Signal Online Publishing
online content publishing
Bizclik Editor
3 min
Rimage Launches Online Piracy Prevention Tool

 

Rimage announced earlier this week its new tool Signal Online Publishing, offering a solution for sharing mobile content securely to almost any device. Sharing content with subscribers directly, Signal Online Publishing also provides management abilities so companies can control its content distribution more thoroughly.

"The ability to share content securely with customers, suppliers and partners is critical to many mission-critical business processes," said Melissa Webster, program vice president at IDC for content and digital media technologies. "Simple file transfer just isn't enough -- customers need to be able to apply policies to the content to protect it as it travels outside the organization, and expire the content or revoke access as necessary to protect their intellectual property. And they need a solution that not only protects but also reliably delivers all types of content -- including rich media and video."

This new tool can specifically be beneficial to movie studios in their pursuit of screening content but preventing illegal distribution.  The tool is so thorough in management applications that content can be controlled from subscriber’s devices even when they are disconnected from the Internet.

“We developed Signal as a solution for companies that need to carefully control their content - from entertainment studios to corporate communications,” said Sherman Black, President and CEO of Rimage.  “TV, film, and post-production professionals need a solution like Signal for screeners and pre-release materials to publish digital content securely without being leaked.  On the corporate communications side, Signal is perfect for board communications, mergers and acquisitions, meetings under NDA, or anything that requires sensitivity or control.  Signal ensures that anything transmitted in a business setting stays with intended recipients and is the most current and relevant version.”

The Signal tool allows companies complete control of content publishing. From choosing which devices can access content, how long content is available, companies can be reassured their subscribers are getting content in the exact way that’s desired.  Additionally, the tool offers subscriber viewing analytics for further data analysis.

 

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“Signal is a secure mobile content publishing platform in that it gives you control of your content even after it’s delivered, both online and offline,” said Samir Mittal, Chief Technology Officer of Rimage.  “Signal Online Publishing gives publishers a direct and differentiated channel to their subscribers.  Signal offers the publisher a way to keep content encrypted in-transit, at rest and during playback.  Signal gives subscribers a positive experience no matter who or where subscribers are and regardless of Internet connectivity.”

Specific highlights of Signal Online Publishing include:

“Signal’s publishing wizard enables non-technical business users to efficiently publish content in the correct format the first time and every time:

  • Companies can upload media of all formats, such as videos, images,  audio and documents for viewing on iPads and nearly any Windows, Mac, iOS or Android device
  • Transcoding and securing of files is streamlined into one step, regardless of the number of target devices, saving time for both business and IT
  • Signal provides publishers the ability to invite subscribers and manage their content in a few simple clicks

Signal also features robust encryption and security measures to ensure content remains safe and confidential without passwords or logins for subscribers:

  • Security policies are enforced whether online or offline, so there is no need to worry even if a device is offline
  • The platform’s powerful and persistent Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology is flexible to protect content while handling a variety of policies to support almost any business model
  • Signal’s security minimizes risk associated with delivering content to vulnerable tablets and smart phones”

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Jun 12, 2021

How changing your company's software code can prevent bias

Deltek
diversity
softwarecode
inclusivity
Lisa Roberts, Senior Director ...
3 min
Removing biased terminology from software can help organisations create a more inclusive culture, argues Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR at Deltek

Two-third of tech professionals believe organizations aren’t doing enough to address racial inequality. After all, many companies will just hire a DEI consultant, have a few training sessions and call it a day. 

Wanting to take a unique yet impactful approach to DEI, Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, took a look at  and removed all exclusive terminology in their software code. By removing terms such as ‘master’ and ‘blacklist’ from company coding, Deltek is working to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into every aspect of their organization. 

Business Chief North America talks to Lisa Roberts, Senior Director of HR and Leader of Diversity & Inclusion at Deltek to find out more.

Why should businesses today care about removing company bias within their software code?  

We know that words can have a profound impact on people and leave a lasting impression. Many of the words that have been used in a technology environment were created many years ago, and today those words can be harmful to our customers and employees. Businesses should use words that will leave a positive impact and help create a more inclusive culture in their organization

What impact can exclusive terms have on employees? 

Exclusive terms can have a significant impact on employees. It starts with the words we use in our job postings to describe the responsibilities in the position and of course, we also see this in our software code and other areas of the business. Exclusive terminology can be hurtful, and even make employees feel unwelcome. That can impact a person’s desire to join the team, stay at a company, or ultimately decide to leave. All of these critical actions impact the bottom line to the organization.    

Please explain how Deltek has removed bias terminology from its software code

Deltek’s engineering team has removed biased terminology from our products, as well as from our documentation. The terms we focused on first that were easy to identify include blacklist, whitelist, and master/slave relationships in data architecture. We have also made some progress in removing gendered language, such as changing he and she to they in some documentation, as well as heteronormative language. We see this most commonly in pick lists that ask to identify someone as your husband or wife. The work is not done, but we are proud of how far we’ve come with this exercise!

What steps is Deltek taking to ensure biased terminology doesn’t end up in its code in the future?

What we are doing at Deltek, and what other organizations can do, is to put accountability on employees to recognize when this is happening – if you see something, say something! We also listen to feedback our customers give us and have heard their feedback on this topic. Those are both very reactive things of course, but we are also proactive. We have created guidance that identifies words that are more inclusive and also just good practice for communicating in a way that includes and respects others.

What advice would you give to other HR leaders who are looking to enhance DEI efforts within company technology? 

My simple advice is to start with what makes sense to your organization and culture. Doing nothing is worse than doing something. And one of the best places to start is by acknowledging this is not just an HR initiative. Every employee owns the success of D&I efforts, and employees want to help the organization be better. For example, removing bias terminology was an action initiated by our Engineering and Product Strategy teams at Deltek, not HR. You can solicit the voices of employees by asking for feedback in engagement surveys, focus groups, and town halls. We hear great recommendations from employees and take those opportunities to improve. 

 

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