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The last round-up of 2022 sees a single article covering the few announcements across Security, PSA, ERP and other vendors.

Check Point

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd announced an extended collaboration with Intel Corporation to offer enhanced anti-ransomware capabilities for Check Point Harmony’s customers. As ransomware attacks increase in scale and sophistication, integrating the Intel vPro(R) platform’s Threat Detection Technology (TDT) within Check Point Harmony Endpoint helps provide enterprises with processor-level anti-ransomware security at both the hardware and software levels at no extra cost.

Cybercriminals are becoming more creative in their attacks. Data from CPR’s mid-year security report revealed a 42% global increase in cyberattacks placing ransomware as the number one threat. Prevention-first continues to be the best cybersecurity strategy, as once an attack happens, it can be challenging to repair the damage to both the company and its reputation. The extended collaboration will make a new integration available to customers in early 2023.

Ofir Israel, VP of Threat Prevention at Check Point Software Technologies, commented, “Through our collaboration with Intel, customers will benefit from processor level security that starts at the silicon level and provides anti-ransomware capabilities allowing for earlier prevention and expansive attack surface coverage. Together with Intel, we have the technology and expertise to prevent operational and financial damage caused by the influx of ransomware attacks.”

Demandbase

Demandbase published a round-up of what it has achieved during 2022. Including product enhancements, industry recognition, and customer success. Gabe Rogol, chief executive officer at Demandbase, commented, “The success of our customers and their growth is just one indicator that we’ve hit our stride and are accomplishing our mission to transform how B2B companies go-to-market.

“This past year, we were fortunate to enjoy many additional indicators of success, including new partnerships, significant product enhancements, new integrations with leading technologies, and myriad industry awards and recognition. We’re proud that Demandbase has become an indispensable part of so many organizations’ daily operations, and that our customers view us as true partners in their success.”

Product enhancements and partnerships included:

Pandle

Pandle published a blog explaining how the Growth Marketing Agency “Got Legs Digital” uses Pandle to help grow the business and meet compliance requirements, including its MTD VAT submission. Gareth Bain, Founder and CEO of Got Legs Digital, commented, “I chose Pandle because of the professionalism of the support team, and the ease of use. Everything has been seamless so far. The team are always on hand to answer any questions and it is a pleasure to deal with them.”

Pandle also revealed that it had added an Opening Balances Wizard to help organisations start their new financial periods more easily. Organisations can set new balances quickly, which can also help them transfer from other solutions to Pandle. It includes the ability to add stock balances, outstanding invoices and opening balances as part of the ‘items feature’.

SD Worx

SD Worx published details from a survey of 826 Belgian SME leaders that indicates 60.2% would not increase salaries above the standard inflation index to reduce costs. 40% will hire less, and 72.1% see redundancies as the least attractive option.

Tulay Kasap, manager – legal advisor at SD Worx, said, “Unfortunately, due to rising costs, a pay rise remains an option for only one in five SMEs (21.9%). For more than six out of ten companies, a salary increase is excluded anyway. But our Belgian SMEs prefer this to laying off their permanent staff, discussing pay cuts or closing establishments.

“Hiring fewer staff is also a way of reducing costs for four out of ten SMEs, as is not replacing staff when they retire or leave the company (23.8%) and using less flexible workers (25.3%). For organizations working with workers, these consequences are more present: they are under even greater pressure due to rising costs.”

The report also looked at how leaders will motivate staff. Kasap added, “There is clearly a top three of the measures that stand out among our SMEs: team building activities such as meals or events remain at the top for half of the SMEs (47.3%). Gifts are also highly valued by 43% of SMEs, as is worker training (42%). One in five SMEs (19.6%) will also make more efforts for training. This is also the case for investment in the workplace: almost 20% will devote more effort to it.

“Another striking fact: now that the measure is in force, the four-day full-time working week does not seem to apply to nearly eight out of ten SMEs. However, the majority is convinced of the importance of work flexibility through flexible hours or other shifts: 55.6% will maintain or strengthen it. About one in seven SMEs (13.5%) will increase the use of other remuneration systems such as flexible remuneration.”

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