Posts Tagged ‘enhancement’

Beyond Compliance: The Dawn of Agile Data Retention

Monday, May 6th, 2019

In honor of our latest major release to Donoma StoneScribe: commentary on Adam Famularo’s recent Forbes article: The Evolution of Data Governance  that looks ahead to the real value of communications data governance.

Data Retention Needs to Evolve.

From its origins in bulky databases sequestered by IT; data retention is poised to become more than a safety net. Its time has come as a means to deliver innovation, along with security and compliance. Retained data is valuable. It can drive insight and collaboration. Create engagement across organizations. A better use of resources than continuing to manage silos of data retained in the hopes of never seeing it again.

More Than Compliance

As Famularo states, “…data governance is no longer optional because it underpins data security, compliance and privacy. While regulatory compliance and risk mitigation are key drivers, the reality is that data governance is a strategic component of an organization’s digital and business transformation journey.”

Yes, litigation and regulations have been the stick; but insight and innovation are today’s powerful carrots. Until now, preservation of electronic communications was driven by a culture of fear, not of innovation. Data was banished into cumbersome retention systems that have more in common with the Eagles’ Hotel California. Data checks in, but rarely does anyone want to see it again.

The Time is Now

Yes, I have a dog in this hunt. Seven years ago, Donoma Software released StoneScribe, a very agile, secure retention product for Cisco Jabber XMPP data. We saw a need not to just fill a niche gap, but to build a more agile retention product. One that could be both secure and easy to use, by people outside of IT. We saw the opportunity to make the data more useful throughout an organization. So, we focused. Refined our architecture. Listened to the challenges of our clients. Embraced cloud and host of new security needs. Then take that capability and go bigger.

Innovate: with a Link to Legacy

With our newest release, we are opening up our communications retention platform to deliver on this vision. We are embracing communication streams beyond Cisco, and soon, beyond XMPP data. All while making it easy to integrate with legacy data repositories.

In the end, the article sums the opportunity of this new engagement model of data best:

“…an organization’s success is not measured by how much data it gathers; rather, it depends on how well it uses it. By embracing data governance as part of the culture, data intelligence can help you ensure that your company’s data is actively being put to good use.”

We could not agree more.

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Strategy & Design Series: Journey to Cloud Native

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
Beena Jacob, Director, Product Development

Donoma is always striving to improve the customer experience, whether it’s innovative features; or processes that makes our software robust and scalable. This technical series is designed to shed light on how our team is looking ahead and planning for new functionality, more security, more agility, even how Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be woven into our solutions. Our first discussion will be focused on providing context and background on cloud native, as well as how we’ve already begun to implement its principals into our solutions. Let’s dive in!

Exactly What is Cloud Native?

Cloud native is currently one of the leading trends in the computer industry. As the ecosystem around cloud-native technologies grows, it will become the competitive differentiator that will keep your company relevant in the future.

Cloud native is about innovating rapidly, improving scalability, and reducing operation costs, all while managing risks at a smaller scale. Let’s explore each one of these cloud-native fundamentals.

Innovating rapidly:In the past, the norm was to avoid risk and move slowly and carefully. How about releasing ideas to production within days or even within hours? Cloud native approach helps you get your ideas to the market fast by doing small incremental steps so that it can be reversible if needed. Risks become more manageable while accelerating change.

Improving Scalability:When ideas are released to market faster and as your business grows, you will need to support more users, locations, devices and scalability becomes critical.

Reducing operation costs:When business grows, you’ll need to plan your infrastructure needs and operation costs. With platform-as-a-service you can provision and pay for only what is needed.

So, whether a business is an enterprise or a startup, cloud native is applicable for both. Its strategy is all about reducing technical risks while innovating rapidly. Cloud native can be extremely powerful, but it does involve considerable amount of technical challenges and a cultural shift in your business.

How Does Cloud Native Work?

Cloud Native Can Look Like Many Things!

Like the story of the blind men and an elephant, cloud native might seem like it has different meanings, but this is not the case. The core components that make up cloud native each play a vital role in the implementation of cloud-native applications. Let’s dive briefly into each one:

Microservices:Microservices, also known as microservices architecture, is an architectural style that structures an application as a collection of services that are loosely coupled, independently deployable, and organized around business domains.

Containers: Containers make it easy to test processes and dependencies, as well as move and deploy.

Orchestration Tools:Orchestration helps with tasks such as scaling, configuration, rolling updates, etc.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service:Services can run on servers that can be provisioned on demand.

Continuous delivery:With automated testing and container packages, deployment to production is continuous.

How We’ve Already Begun Our Journey to Cloud Native

At Donoma, we’ve already begun our journey to cloud native, and are approaching it full-speed ahead. What do we mean by this? We’ve already taken the initiative to implement cloud-native principals into our solutions. We’ll use our product, OneView, as an example. OneView was created to provide insight and analytics for unified communication systems. When we developed the solution a few years back, we had developed it strictly for on-premise installations. Since then we have transitioned from on-premise, to SaaS (cloud enabled), and now to cloud native.

Microservices architecture plays an important role in developing cloud-native applications. For example, our latest OneView release included animated display of call routing within a unified communication system. Implementing this feature involved quite a few moving parts and complex call routing logic. By implementing modules as loosely coupled microservices, we were able to manage the technical risks and complete the feature within the aggressive timeline.

Time for You to Begin Your Journey

As we come to a close in our first discussion, we hope by providing you background and context to cloud native, as well as detailing the ways in which we’ve already embarked on our journey, you’ll be encouraged to now begin your journey. If you are to go ahead and embark on it, it’s important you understand that designing cloud-native applications doesn’t happen overnight. It is rather a journey that requires thoughtful planning and organizational support. There are no hard or fast rules, but it is best to start small.

Don’t go anywhere as we still have a lot to unpack in this Strategy & Design Series. Earlier, we briefly defined the core components that make up cloud native, as well as the role microservices played in the implementation of our latest OneView feature. So, in our next discussion, we’ll be digging even deeper into these core components, starting with microservices. See you next time!

 

 

 

 

More Productivity Features Now Available in Unify for Gmail

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Donoma Unify for Gmail’s latest 8.7.5 release brings productivity enhancements for both end-users and IT administrators.

End-users now have additional response options: Click to Call links within the message makes it easy to launch a return call from within the email; and replying directly back to the message sender within the email client is even easier.

IT Administrators will enjoy the support for Active Directory to bring in and auto-link users, and the web-based Administration portal has been upgraded to offer latest security protocols and browser support options.

Clients can schedule their update by contacting support@donomasoftware.com and our team will schedule a time with you.

StoneScribe 3.2.5 Now Available

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Donoma StoneScribe provides easy, flexible Jabber instant message records archiving & compliance.  It enables secure, accountable policy-driven record retention, along with the ability to search, filter, restore and report on those records.

Today we are announcing our latest release: StoneScribe 3.2.5.

This release adds expanded options for record searching, filtering & production along with the ability to now archive files shared as part of a conversation.

If you are an existing StoneScribe client, you can request your maintenance update anytime by contacting our Support team at: support@donomasoftware.com.

Ready to learn more? 

Contact your local Cisco reseller or contact us for more information or to schedule a solution demo for your organization.

StoneScribe 3.2.4 Now Available

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Donoma StoneScribe provides easy, flexible Jabber chat records archiving & compliance.  It enables secure, accountable policy-driven record retention of Cisco Jabber chat threads,along with the ability to search, filter, restore and report on those message records.

Today we are announcing our latest release: StoneScribe 3.2.4.

This release adds  support for Cisco Unified Communication Manager 11 and Cisco IM & Presence 11 to keep our interoperability commitments.  Additionally, records administrators can now work with an even larger set of records at one time.

If you are an existing StoneScribe client, you can request your maintenance update anytime by contacting our Support team at: support@donomasoftware.com.

Ready to learn more? 

Contact your local Cisco reseller or contact us for more information or to schedule a solution demo for your organization.

 

MediaScribe’s Latest Release Brings New Features

Monday, December 14th, 2015

MediaScribe provides secure, policy-driven archiving & records management of Cisco MediaSense call recordings.

Our 10.0.3 latest release brings several key features that enhances MediaSense implementations with additional records management benefits.  These include:

  • Support for 2 way video call recordings. Now you can retain audio and video recordings and replay them seamlessly.
  • New licensing model based on concurrent sessions. License just by the number of simultaneous sessions needed.
  • Support for multiple sequential storage locations gives great flexibility for mapping additional storage locations.
  • Even larger storage volume support available now with available support of VMWare vSphere ESX 5.5.

Ready to learn more? 

Contact your local Cisco reseller or contact us for more information or to schedule a solution demo for your organization.

 

 

New Feature Highlights: StoneScribe’s Latest Release

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

StoneScribe is our records management & archiving solution for organizations wishing to manage their Jabber Instant Message records being delivered by the on-premise (IM & Presence Server) product.

StoneScribe’s latest release (3.2.3)  features focus on compliance functionality and ease of use. Here’s a quick summary of why now more than ever, StoneScribe helps your organization not only address legal and compliance issues, but make it even easier to mine important data from interactions across your organization, both internal and external:

Keyword Smart Actions:

This is our very favorite new feature in this release, and it likely will be yours. Here’s why: now you can designate keywords that will automatically trigger a selection of options.

Auto-tag: Designate certain keywords to be automatically tagged. This expedites future searches and eliminates the need for manual management.

Keyword alert: If a particular keyword is recorded in a message, alerts are sent to designated administrators.

Audit logging: If a particular keyword is recorded in a message, the incident is logged in the audit reports.

File Shredding:

(U.S. Dept. of Defense (DoD) compliant.)  Administrators have the option now to enable DoD level file shredding when records are destroyed at the end of their life. Who needs this? Anyone who has to certify that their data cannot be reconstituted later by forensic means once the record has been deleted.

1 click Troubleshooting Support:  

Hopefully you never need our tech support, but in case you do, we’ve made it very easy for any Administrator to send in the error logs with just one click to help us troubleshoot a problem.  No technical expertise required.

API available:  

Want to integrate your StoneScribe records management into other records management systems your organization uses? With this release now we offer an API to support that need.

More optimization for storage efficiency:

Audit trails and system logs will auto archive every 30 days to keep your StoneScribe system performing at its maximum speed.

As always, this upgrade is available at no additional charge to our existing clients.

If you aren’t yet running StoneScribe yet, but want to learn more, visit our product information page to see the full list of current features.

If you have any questions, or would like to see a demo, please contact us or your Cisco Reseller today!

Message Vault now available in the cloud!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Voicemail archiving & litigation hold support can now be deployed in less than a day.

Got another litigation hold?  Need to archive voicemail records from your Cisco phone system NOW?  Be responsive and ready with Message Vault’s newest cloud-based release! 

With the speed of flexibility of the cloud, you can have a voicemail archiving solution in place in just a few hours. No new servers, no hassle.

  • Preserves data without spoliation
  • APIs available for additional integration
  • Intuitive, easy to use interface
  • Message redaction 
  • Policy driven retention & destruction

Do you have existing voice records (even from other systems) that need to be archived?

Talk to us about how we can help you bring critical records into Message Vault to streamline management, search & retrieval.

>Contact us to learn more!

 

Unify for Gmail – now 100% in the cloud!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

You’ve been asking, and now we’ve delivered: pure cloud unified messaging for Gmail.

Unify for Gmail in the cloud

Now Gmail users can have the convenience of cloud-based unified messaging without the hassle of on-site servers.

  • Voicemail integrates with Gmail inbox.
  • No additional hardware needed.
  • Sets up in minutes.
  • Call control option with Cisco Jabber.
  • Federates with Cisco Instant Messaging.
  • Graphical call controls.
  • Automatic message cleanup.
  • Intuitive, no training needed.
  • No client software to install or manage.
  • Supports all major smartphone platforms.
  • Ready for Cisco BE6000 & HCS.
  • NOW – on premise virtual server or 100% cloud.

Ready to try it?  Request your free trial today!

Message Vault new feature snapshot: Message Preview

Friday, July 5th, 2013

One of the great new features in Message Vault is Message Preview.

Now, once you have pulled the messages you want into your selection cart, you can then quickly preview them via a bowser-based mini player to make sure that the message is one of the ones you want.  That way you can email, restore or download knowing the exact content of the voicemail messages in question.  It’s easy, quick and so useful!

We’re including a snapshot of the Message Preview feature from our lab so you can see:  (Just click the image to see it full size)

New Mini Player feature for message preview

Makes it easy to preview voice messages