This week there are a number of upgrades and releases following the July 4th celebrations, including an upgrade to Kofax’s TotalAgility offering and an upgrade to Clearwater’s HIPAA security assessment products. Axceler offers a new program for SharePoint governance, while QlikTech buys Expressor.

Kofax’s Upgrades TotalAgility

Business process management vendor, Kofax, which offers a line of capture technologies for its BPM products, has just announced the launch of Kofax TotalAgility 6.0.

Kofax TotalAgility is BPM and dynamic case management software that streamlines the processing of critical information in a more efficient manner, allowing users to be more responsive to their clients, while also improving regulatory compliance.

It is available both as a SaaS offering, hosted on Azure, and under a perpetual license model for on premises deployments.

The new version has been enhanced to accelerate deployments through an intuitive process design and execution.

Two of the elements -- TotalAgility Workspace and TotalAgility Builder -- are now completely browser based, making it much easier for users to design, deploy and operate these solutions. Multiple form factors are also now supported, delivering better user experiences to mobile device users. Some of the features of TotalAgility include:

  • Supports the efficient delivery of non-standardized or unpredictable business processes
  • Ensures compliance to industry regulations (e.g. SOX and HIPAA)
  • Reduces errors and improves exception handling
  • Delivers increased ability to changing market conditions
  • Delivers improved visibility of operational performance

The new version is now available, but if you are interested in finding out more and you are at the Microsoft partner conference in Toronto, you can still catch a presentation on TotalAgility 6.0 and Azure-based BPM at a presentation tomorrow (Thursday, July 12, 2:15pm).

Clearwater Upgrades HIPAA Security Assessment

Also this week, Clearwater has announced the release of Version 2.6.2 of the Clearwater HIPAA Security Assessment, which is designed to help organizations meet compliance standards under the HIPAA Security Rule, prepare for OCR HIPAA site audits and investigations, and develop compliance programs.

Specifically, Clearwater has upgraded its assessment navigator, which is even more robust with the addition of the OCR HIPAA Security Rule audit protocols. The result is a simplified process that makes compliance less overwhelming. Other improvements in v2.6.2 include:

  • Enhanced “Document Management” to store all related policies, logs, inventories, procedures and other artifacts demonstrating good faith compliance effort.
  • “Tell Me More” feature that translates complex regulatory language into plain English
  • The “Make a Note” feature to make comments, notes, status remarks at the implementation specification level. It’s available now.

Axceler’s SharePoint Governance Program

SharePoint governance provider Axceler has just introduced its new Partner Advantage Program, a comprehensive training, marketing and support program designed to accelerate collaboration and SharePoint governance.

According to Axceler, interest in SharePoint governance has never been stronger and has driven record growth for Axceler with more than five hundred new customers over the past six months alone.

The Axceler Partner Advantage Program helps MSPs and Value Added Resellers engage in more opportunities by using technology governance tools to become strategic providers with their customers.

Organizations from SMBs to enterprises are looking for a total solution that includes governance for their collaboration and social business platforms. Axceler is looking to set itself up as a vendor that will provide all this to any company that is looking for it. If you’re interested in the program you'll really have to get in contact with them as there isn't much about it on the website.

QlikTech Buys Data Management Capabilities

Finally this week, QlikTech, which offers business discovery using business intelligence tools, has just announced that it has acquired Expressor Software, a Massachusetts-based data management software company and QlikTech partner.

QlikTech acquired Expressor's data management solution to help QlikView deployments so people in an organization can have the data they need to make better decisions with all of the critical IT security and governance. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The thinking behind the acquisition is to expand the use of QlikView's Business Discovery platform, a metadata intelligence solution which helps IT departments know what data is being used and how it is being used (data lineage), while ensuring consistency and appropriate reuse of common data definitions (data governance).

With the practical data governance as-you-deploy approach, customers describe data consistently as they build QlikView apps rather than being locked into doing it all upfront with a prescriptive semantic layer.

As Expressor had developed integrations to QlikView as a partner, the QlikView Expressor Server is available now.