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OutSystems and Boncode Introduce Code Analysis Service to Reduce Application Risk

LONDON — 21st March, 2019OutSystems, provider of the number one platform for low-code rapid application development, today announced a partnership with Boncode, a Dutch leading provider of software analysis services. The alliance will give OutSystems customers another powerful resource to ensure that the company’s applications are being implemented optimally for maintainability, reliability, performance, and security.
Agile development enables organisations to build quickly and integrate additional technologies. But as software is updated and new layers of functionality are added, risks increase as organisations try to balance the quality of delivery with speed. Researchers estimate that new business apps contain at least $1M in so-called “technical debt,” the implied cost of additional work to fix errors introduced through faulty agile processes.
The Boncode and OutSystems alliance effectively reduces technical debt, helping organisations to build fast and feel comfortable that the work they’re delivering is at peak quality levels. Having specialised in code analysis for object-oriented technologies such as Java and C#, Boncode coordinated its tooling, dashboard and approach to the specific characteristics of the OutSystems platform. The offering aligns to the strict standards of ISO 25010. This makes it possible to assess the future-proofness of OutSystems solutions and continuously monitor whether applications have been developed correctly and optimally, to ensure that risks are transparent and manageable.
Specific attention has been given to the implemented architecture. Besides visualising the implemented architecture, the Boncode analysis tool also warns for violations of the OutSystems 4 Layer Canvas model.
Jeroen Meetsma, CTO of Boncode, emphasises: “Software architecture often has a greater impact on the maintainability of a software product than the quality of the source code. Software architecture should therefore be analysed in combination with source-code measurement.”
Vopak OutSystems solutions are monitored by Boncode
Low-code customers such as Vopak, one of the world’s largest tank terminal operators for the oil and gas industry, use the Boncode services and tooling to quantify its quality standards.
“The applications developed in OutSystems form the foundation of our business-critical systems,” said Leo Brand, CIO of Vopak. “Independent transparency about the quality and maintainability of the developed systems is therefore essential to our success. The Boncode metrics provide us with the desired transparency and enable Vopak to manage our development process on the basis of facts.”
“Development teams are building so fast and adding so much functionality using low-code, they need to be sure their apps get delivered with high quality and no additional technical debt,” said Mike Hughes, senior director of product marketing for OutSystems. “Boncode’s customised solution helps them take full advantage of the benefits of low-code and gives them the peace of mind they need to meet their organisations’ strategic needs.”
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire applications that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.
About Boncode
Boncode helps organisations make their digital transformation manageable, profitable and viable in the future based on fact-based analysis of software quality. Boncode specialises in supplying this information through the measurement, visualisation and optimisation of applications’ technical software quality. Our metrics and tooling are based on ISO 25010 standards. Visit us at www.bon-code.nl/en or follow us at https://www.linkedin.com/company/boncode.

OutSystems Named a Leader in Latest Low-Code Platforms Industry Report

LONDON – 14th March 2019 - OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for application development, was named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms For AD&D Pros, Q1 2019 and ranked highest in the current offering category. This marks the ninth recognition as a Leader for OutSystems from independent industry analyst firms and the fourth in less than a year.
The latest research from Forrester highlights the growing future for low-code development, stating that “digital businesses” demand for even more software ever more quickly is the big driver of adoption. The report also cited that in a recent developer survey 23 percent are already using low-code platforms and another 22 percent planned to do so within a year.
This Forrester report, which evaluated the 13 most significant low-code software providers on 28 criteria, concluded: “Two characteristics stand out for OutSystems as a low-code vendor: its relentless addition of features for AD&D pros and its consistent delivery on road-map and strategy objectives. The vendor has delivered on its past goals, including native mobile apps, scale, and reliability to tackle core transactional business apps, and global presence. OutSystems keeps pushing the boundaries of low-code platforms into apps that process device readings and other streaming data, into AI, and into core business record-keeping systems.”
“In this report, we believe that Forrester highlights two major themes we continue to hear from our customers,” said Paulo Rosado, OutSystems CEO. “First, customers want a feature-rich, low-code platform that can support a tremendously wide range of enterprise use cases. Second, they want a business partner that will accelerate their time-to-value. At OutSystems, we’ve architected our entire customer experience to help companies successfully adopt low-code application development and deliver real value to their businesses incredibly fast.”
One recent example of the OutSystems ability to provide solutions that address needs across the enterprise is U.K. financial services retailer Post Office. It enlisted OutSystems to help modernise a mobile application for its Mobile Travel Card, a multi-currency debit card that also offers additional Travel Insurance options. In addition to the complexity inherent in cross-border transactions, the new application also needed to integrate easily and securely into an existing legacy back end.
“As a commercial organisation, our challenge as a company is always to innovate more quickly and with more agility,” said Henk Van Hulle, Managing Director, Group Digital and Innovation, at the Post Office. “We needed a development platform that offered advanced security, code reusability, and allowed for greater data insight to help us get to market faster. We are always striving to build our products and services around our customers not just todays, but tomorrows, too and so we want our employees to feel empowered to find and use the solutions that help them do that. OutSystems lets us develop innovative and necessary products and get to market faster, while enabling integration with complex back-end systems.”
Often recognised for its exceptional customer service, the OutSystems customer-first culture has led to multiple honours, including G2 Crowds 2019 Best Software Companies List, Top Rated Low-Code Platform on TrustRadius, and Gartner Peer Insights Customers Choice 2018 designations.
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems. Explore careers at OutSystems.

OutSystems Named a Top Cloud Computing Employer by Forbes Four Years in a Row

LONDON - 7th March 2019 - OutSystems, provider of the number one platform for low-code rapid application development, has been ranked one of the top 10 cloud computing employers to work for by Forbes for the fourth consecutive year.
“The Forbes ranking backs up what employees have been saying for a long time – that OutSystems has a great culture, and it’s a place where people really want to work,” said Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems. “Our staff is filled with innovative, smart, enthusiastic, fun people who challenge us every day. For them, it’s about more than a job. It’s about changing the world.”
OutSystems continues to grow rapidly, driven by its ongoing success helping customers build strategic, high-value software applications incredibly fast. OutSystems hired nearly 400 team members in 2018 – twice as many as in 2017. The company added hundreds of new customers, increased annual recurring revenues by a record 66 percent, and built its staff of full-time workers to over 1,000 in 2018.
The OutSystems culture has often been recognised as an important element in the company’s success. The company earned three top cloud employer awards in 2018 alone – from Glassdoor and Battery Ventures, as well as Forbes – based on its continuing dedication to core values outlined in the Small Book of the Few Big Rules. Often recognised for its exceptional customer service, OutSystems customer-first culture has led to multiple honours, including G2 Crowd’s 2019 Best Software Companies List, Top Rated Low-Code Platform on TrustRadius, and Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice 2018 designations in both mobile development and high-productivity aPaaS.
The Forbes report starts with CRN’s 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors, then looks to Glassdoor for the number of employees who would recommend the company to a friend and the percentage of employees who approve of their CEO.
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire applications that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.

'Modern Bank Heists' Threat Report from Carbon Black + Optiv Finds Increase in Cyberattacks Targeting Surveyed Financial Institutions, 160% Increase in Destructive Attacks

Report reveals the cyber threats keeping financial CISOs awake at night, including Emotet, Steganography & Hidden Cobra
READING, UK - 5th March 2019Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK), a leader in cloud delivered, next-generation endpoint security, and Optiv Security, one of the world’s leading security solutions integrators, today released a threat report on the financial sector: Modern Bank Heists: The Bank Robbery Shifts to Cyberspace. The report found that 67% of financial organisations surveyed have reported an increase in cyberattacks over the past 12 months, while destructive attacks have increased 160% over the past year.
Click here to download the report: https://www.carbonblack.com/resources/threat-research/modern-bank-heists-the-bank-robbery-shifts-to-cyberspace/
“Financial institutions are grappling with some of the most sophisticated cyber crime syndicates,” said Tom Kellermann, the report’s author and Chief Cybersecurity Officer at Carbon Black. “Perhaps the most concerning indication from this report is the stark increase in destructive attacks, which are rarely conducted for financial gain. Rather, these attacks are launched to be punitive by destroying data. Cybercriminals have formed sophisticated approaches to gain access to confidential banking and financial information and organisations need to be aware of the impending threats.”
For the report, Carbon Black collaborated with Optiv Security to survey financial industry customers to uncover cyberattack trends seen by some of the world’s leading CISOs to better determine how today’s sophisticated cybercriminals are hiding behind invisibility cloaks to remain undetected.
Among the key findings from the report:
  • 67% of surveyed financial organisations have reported an increase in cyberattacks over the past 12 months
  • 79% of surveyed financial institutions said cybercriminals have become more sophisticated
  • 26% of surveyed financial institutions were targeted by destructive attacks, a 160% increase over 2018
  • 32% of surveyed financial institutions encountered island hopping through supply chain vendors and partners
  • 21% of surveyed financial institutions experienced a watering hole attack, where sites are hijacked, and visitors are misled to malicious pages
“As threat actors continue to grow in sophistication and determination, it is imperative now more than ever for security leaders to evaluate their digital footprint from the perspective of the enemy,” said Bill Young, Vice President Threat Management, Optiv. “By using an inside-out approach to cybersecurity – starting with risk mitigation and building out from there with strategy, infrastructure rationalisation, operations optimisation and ongoing measurement – we believe financial institutions can close vulnerability gaps and respond to new threats in systematic ways. The time and cost involved in adopting a comprehensive inside-out cybersecurity approach to gain an understanding of threat actor intent, and employing offensive security policies to close security gaps, is a small price to pay.”
The report, available for download on Carbon Black’s website, takes a look at some of the key attack types financial institutions are encountering, including Emotet, steganography and Hidden Cobra.
Click here to download the report: https://www.carbonblack.com/resources/threat-research/modern-bank-heists-the-bank-robbery-shifts-to-cyberspace/
About Carbon Black
Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK) is a leader in endpoint security dedicated to keeping the world safe from cyberattacks. The company’s big data and analytics platform, the CB Predictive Security Cloud (PSC), consolidates endpoint security and IT operations into an extensible cloud platform that prevents advanced threats, provides actionable insight and enables businesses of all sizes to simplify operations. By analysing billions of security events per day across the globe, Carbon Black has key insights into attackers’ behavior patterns, enabling customers to detect, respond to and stop emerging attacks.
More than 5,000 global customers, including 34 of the Fortune 100, trust Carbon Black to protect their organisations from cyberattacks. The company’s partner ecosystem features more than 500 MSSPs, VARs, distributors and technology integrations, as well as many of the world’s leading IR firms, who use Carbon Black’s technology in more than 500 breach investigations per year.
Carbon Black and CB Predictive Security Cloud are registered trademarks or trademarks of Carbon Black, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.
About Optiv Security
Optiv helps clients plan, build and run successful cyber security programs that achieve business objectives through our depth and breadth of cyber security offerings, extensive capabilities and proven expertise in cybersecurity, integration and cyber operational services. Optiv maintains premium partnerships with more than 350 of the leading cybersecurity technology manufacturers. For more information, visit http://www.optiv.com.

Continued success in Hong Kong for the UK based Organics Group

The Organics Group, a UK and Thailand based wastewater treatment specialist, recently completed the turnkey design, manufacture and installation of its latest HK$ 38 million (US$ 4.8 million) thermal ammonia removal facility to treat leachate from the West New Territories landfill (WENT), the largest landfill in Hong Kong operated by SITA Waste Services.
The facility is designed to treat up to 1230 m3 per day of landfill leachate with an ammonia concentration of 4500 mg / litre. The stripped ammonia is oxidised thermally to nitrogen gas. Organics innovative air-stripping process incorporates several novel features that minimise operating costs including processing at elevated temperatures which avoids the need for alkali addition and minimises operator input.
Organics specialises in the application of this patented process. The company has designed and built all 14 of the thermal ammonia strippers in Hong Kong. The smallest has a flow rate of 480 m3/day and the largest 2,600 m3/day.
“The handover of the WENT 3 thermal ammonia stripper further enhances Organics reputation for delivering high quality process engineering and pollution control solutions”, said Dr Robert Eden, Managing Director of Organics.
Significant improvements in efficiency have enabled Organics to dramatically reduce the energy required to run the processes involved and avoid the need for primary fuel sources. There are now several potential options to convert ammonia rich wastewaters into profitable secondary revenue streams such as ammonium salts; liquified ammonia gas, ammonium hydroxide and electricity generation from ammonia fuel.
About Organics Limited
Organics is a leading provider of innovative waste treatment technologies such as advanced thermal ammonia removal, anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis for industrial and organic wastes. With offices in the UK, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia the company focuses on the delivery of efficient, low cost and low maintenance waste treatment solutions. Further details can be seen at www.organics.co.uk and www.leachate.com