Next step in growth ambitions: Valori appoints Jaap Merkus as CEO

Software Testing and Quality Assurance Specialist Valori announces that Jaap Merkus will be appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective December 1, 2019. With the arrival of Merkus, the management team strengthens itself with a very experienced general manager. The appointment of Merkus perfectly fits the ambitious growth strategy of Valori.

Jaap Merkus (50) has a technical and business administration background. He has held various general management positions at Philips in recent years and was CEO at Royal Gazelle. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Valori, as an Associate Partner at EY, he was responsible for, among other things, the IT portfolio at the tax authorities.

“We are very enthusiastic about the appointment of Jaap Merkus,” say Jelle Schutte (CTO) and Jordi Hompes (CCO) from Valori. “His extensive strategic experience is of great value for the development of Valori. We look forward to working with him. He shares our passion to truly act as a partner to our customers in meeting their needs. In addition, he prioritizes the continuous development of the Valori employees, just like us.”

Growth ambitions

The appointment of Merkus is a next step in the realization of the ambition to grow both organically and through an active buy-and-build strategy. Merkus’ international experience as a director will intensify C-level customer relationships with the aim of becoming a strategic partner on the subject of quality.

Jaap Markus states: “Being part of Valori, in the current growth phase, I find enormously inspiring. It is an honor to be a Valoriaan from now on. I look forward contributing to the growth and further professionalization of Valori from my own knowledge and experience.”

Valori is the biggest independent Software Testing and Quality Assurance player in the Netherlands

Valori, founded in 1989 and located in Utrecht, is the biggest independent Software Testing and Quality Assurance player in the Netherlands. Valori supports its customers in the field of architecture, management and automated testing and monitoring of software applications. Valori currently works together with dozens of companies active in wide-ranging industries including financial services, government, telecom, insurance, utilities and other large corporations. Some of Valori’s biggest customers include: the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Justice & Security, ING Bank, Rabobank, Philips, Engie, and GreenChoice.

With over 200 specialized professionals and high-quality solutions, Valori supports clients active in wide-ranging industries. Valori is also known as the Quality Assurance specialist on low-code platforms such as Pega, Outsystems or Salesforce.


Christine Muilenburg

Redgate boosts team productivity in its SQL coding and formatting tool, SQL Prompt

Cambridge UK, Thursday, 7 November – To help developers increase the speed and quality of their SQL coding, enhance efficiency, and take advantage of the latest improvements in SQL Server, Redgate has released a major upgrade for its most popular tool, SQL Prompt.

Many individual developers and an increasing number of teams have already discovered the value of SQL Prompt, both as a coding productivity tool and as a way to encourage collaboration in DevOps. Rather than having to work out the correct syntax the hard way, SQL Prompt autocompletes code in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and Visual Studio, and takes care of formatting. It also encourages teams to implement and share good SQL coding standards and practices, and promotes code reuse, improving the quality of the code that reaches production systems

A new ranking algorithm in SQL Prompt v10 makes the code completion feature even smarter. As developers type code, it now gives them the most likely autocomplete suggestions first, based on what code has already been typed, and suggestions that have been used previously.

Early feedback has already been very favorable. As Piotr Lipski, Business Intelligence Consultant at BearingPoint, comments: “After enabling the ranked option, I am getting the right thing on the very top of the IntelliSense list almost every time. Not sure what voodoo your developers put behind this but it saves me a lot of scrolling and clicking.”

To improve the quality of coding, another new feature in SQL Prompt also auto-fixes errors in code. As users write code, SQL Prompt runs static code analysis in the background, checking the code for compliance with its built-in set of rules, and highlighting potential code issues and pitfalls. For rules where code simply needs to be corrected, SQL Prompt will auto-fix the code and remove the issue.

This is especially useful when reviewing legacy code that needs to be brought up to standard. By cutting the time required to deal with trivial issues, it allows teams to focus on the more serious ones which might cause performance, reliability or instability problems.

And in response to user feedback, two of the most popular requests have been addressed by enhancing the tab history feature in the SSMS version of SQL Prompt. Many developers have multiple tabs open in SSMS, particularly when they are resolving complex problems. The feature already lets users save, preview, rename and restore tabs. It now allows tabs that contain code that is needed often to be bookmarked, and groups tabs by date to make them easier to find.

Finally, any tool that strives to help teams adopt SQL standards and current best practices can only do so if it adapts continually to support advances in the underlying database platform, SQL Server. SQL Prompt 10 supports all of the significant T-SQL enhancements introduced in SQL Server 2019, the release of which was announced at Microsoft Ignite on 4 November. Users can now, for example, assign data sensitivity classifications to their columns using the new ADD SENSITIVITY CLASSIFICATION command.

Existing users of SQL Prompt can start using the new functionality immediately by updating to the latest version using the Check for Updates link in the Help menu. New users can explore the feature by downloading a fully-functional trial version of the software from the Redgate website. Once installed, SQL Prompt will appear in the standard menu of SSMS or Visual Studio and can be used just like any other feature of the IDE.

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Matt Hilbert, Technology Writer, Redgate Software
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About Redgate Software
Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by over 800,000 IT professionals and is the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day, and help them to adopt compliant database DevOps. As well as streamlining database development and preventing the database being a bottleneck, this helps organizations introduce data protection by design and by default. As a result, more than 100,000 companies use Redgate tools, including 91% of those in the Fortune 100.

OutSystems Recognised as a 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Multiexperience Development Platforms

Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice Distinction Is Based on Feedback and Ratings From End-User Professionals Who Have Experience Purchasing, Implementing, and/or Using the Product or Service

LONDON, UK — 6th November, 2019 — OutSystems, provider of the number one platform for low-code rapid application development, today announced that it has been named a 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Multiexperience Development Platforms.

Gartner defines Multiexperience Development Platforms as, “A multi-experience development platform (MXDP) is a product or suite of products that offers professional developers (and potentially including citizen developers) an integrated set of front-end development tools and back-end services that enable scalable development of fit-for-purpose apps across digital touchpoints–including custom mobile apps, responsive web and PWAs, immersive, and conversational app support.”

The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice Distinction is based on feedback and ratings from end-user professionals with experience purchasing, implementing, and/or using the product or service. To qualify for the Customers’ Choice distinction, vendors must have a product that is aligned to the market, have their overall rating (out of 5 stars) equal to or higher than the mean rating for that market, and meet all of the additional requirements.

OutSystems received 487 reviews, totalling an average of 4.5 out of 5 rating as of Nov. 4, 2019.

“Customer experience is at the heart of competing in today’s market,” said Paulo Rosado, CEO and Founder of OutSystems. “Brands have to deliver high-quality, consistent interactions across digital channels or they will be disrupted. This latest recognition shows that our customers value how our platform helps them address the challenge of delivering high-quality, highly personalised omnichannel customer experiences that rival those of the CX leaders.”

Here are several examples of Gartner Peer Insights reviews of OutSystems in the past year.

“It is hard to believe the promise of 10x programming until you start using it and realise that this is not another product: it is the first viable step forward in the evolution of software development as we know it.” Application engineer in the finance industry (Read Review)

“My experience with OutSystems overall has been great. OutSystems is an excellent tool for developing business-ready applications with a fine-tuned user experience. To create the kind of websites I need to create without OutSystems could take an order of magnitude longer and require a lot of research to piece together all the best technologies.” Software engineer in the finance industry (Read Review)

“Create an app in minutes – no joke … I highly recommend due to the quick development, the nice look and feel of screens and quickly transitions high maintenance applications built in other platforms into OutSystems.” Applications specialist in the retail industry (Read Review)

OutSystems customers consistently rate OutSystems highly. OutSystems has also been selected as Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice in Mobile App Development Platforms. Additionally, the company was also a February 2019 Customers’ Choice for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service Software on Gartner Peer Insights.

About Peer Insights
Peer Insights is an online platform of ratings and reviews of IT software and services that are written and read by IT professionals and technology decision-makers. The goal is to help IT leaders make more insightful purchase decisions and help technology providers improve their products by receiving objective, unbiased feedback from their customers. Gartner Peer Insights includes more than 70,000 verified reviews in more than 200 markets. For more information, please visit

Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.

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 or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at



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Blancco Technology Group Announces Partnership Agreement with SHI International

Blancco’s secure erasure solutions will be showcased at SHI’s Customer Innovation Center lab where enterprise clients can test emerging technologies

Austin, Texas – November 6, 2019 – Blancco Technology Group (LON: BLTG), the industry standard in data erasure and mobile device diagnostics, announced it has signed a new channel partner agreement with SHI International Corp., a global IT solutions provider for Corporate, Enterprise, Public Sector and Academic customers. Furthermore, SHI selected Blancco’s software and hardware solutions to feature at its Customer Innovation Center (CIC), an 8,000-square-foot testing facility located at SHI’s global headquarters in Somerset, NJ. The CIC enables SHI clients to view and test cutting-edge IT solutions and emerging technologies. The relationship is launching in the U.S. first with plans to expand to other regions in the future.

“We are excited to partner with Blancco and showcase its powerful technology in our CIC,” said Sandy DeVico, SHI Director of Software Emerging & Cloud Partners. “Blancco has a unique value proposition for the enterprise segment in secure data erasure and also offers a robust channel program. Our partnership extends SHI’s offerings in security and data lifecycle management and allows us to provide our large enterprise customers a scalable erasure solution.”

Blancco’s Erasure-as-a-Service offering enables channel partners, including distributors, VARs, MSPs and MSSPs, to add secure, auditable data erasure to their product suites. With the increasing scrutiny around data privacy in light of the GDPR, along with upcoming legislation in the U.S., such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, enterprises are coming to grips with new legislation requirements and tightening company policies related to data privacy and security.

“As one of North America’s largest IT solutions providers supporting the enterprise market, SHI is an ideal partner for Blancco,” said Christina Walker, global director of channel sales and programs at Blancco. “With their focus on the cloud, security, data center infrastructure, and mobile devices, the addition of our secure erasure solution is another value added service SHI can offer their customers. Together, Blancco and SHI can empower enterprises to meet compliance mandates, data privacy laws and regulations, and meet the challenges posed by the ever-changing cybersecurity threat landscape.”

Blancco’s growing list of strategically aligned partners includes Ingram Micro, Fujitsu, and Techchef, along with more than 100 active regional partners, such as H3 Secure, Bayside Solutions, and Softchoice.

To learn more about how to integrate data erasure into existing solutions or service offerings, visit Blancco’s Channel Program Page.

About SHI International
Founded in 1989, SHI International Corp. is a $10 billion global provider of technology products and services. Driven by the industry’s most experienced and stable sales force and backed by software volume licensing experts, hardware procurement specialists, and certified IT services professionals, SHI delivers custom IT solutions to Corporate, Enterprise, Public Sector, and Academic customers. With over 4,000 employees worldwide, SHI is the largest Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) in the U.S. and is ranked 10th among CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list of North American IT solution providers.

About Blancco Technology Group
Blancco is the industry standard in data erasure and mobile device diagnostics. Blancco data erasure solutions provide thousands of organizations with the tools they need to add an additional layer of security to their endpoint security policies through secure erasure of IT assets. All erasures are verified and certified through a tamper-proof audit trail.

Blancco data erasure solutions have been tested, certified, approved and recommended by 18 governing bodies and leading organizations around the world. No other data erasure software can boast this level of compliance with the rigorous requirements set by government agencies, legal authorities and independent testing laboratories.

Blancco Mobile Diagnostics solutions enable mobile network operators, retailers and call centers to easily, quickly and accurately identify and resolve performance issues on their customers’ mobile devices. As a result, mobile retailers can spend less time dealing with technical issues and, in turn, reduce the quantity of NTF returns, save on operational costs and increase customer satisfaction.

Additionally, Blancco Mobile Diagnostics solutions empower mobile processors, 3PLs, Recyclers and Repair & Refurbishment Operations to easily, quickly and accurately process used mobile devices to identify any issues and determine overall value. By incorporating Blancco Mobile Diagnostics, mobile processors automate processes, deliver intelligent routing based on device attributes and increase overall efficiency, while driving incremental revenue and profitability.

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ProLabs high-quality transceivers receive NEBS certification

Tustin, California, US November 5 – ProLabs, a global leader in optical networking and connectivity solutions, today announced its completion of the Network Equipment Bundling System (NEBS) compliance test through global industry leader in quality assurance testing, Intertek.

ProLabs SFP, XFP and QSFP transceivers have undergone NEBS testing criteria for standards GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE. The compliance test involves testing the products in extremities to ensure that they can resist maximal temperature, vibration and humidity. The test also measures and validates improved space planning, simplified installation and increased energy efficiency.

“Through our longstanding commitment to US service providers, responsible for building and maintaining connectivity for our communities, it was important to invest in the most thorough and stringent testing methods that certify our products as safe and reliable,” said Patrick Beard, Chief Technology Officer at ProLabs. “This allows us to further drive partner and public confidence in our end to end network infrastructure solutions.”

NEBS compliance refers to the conformance of a network product to the requirements of the NEBS standard. Compliance to this standard indicates that a network product or telecommunications equipment performs at its optimum capacity.

NEBS is made up of levels that refer to different aspects of equipment management and increased operational requirements. NEBS level 1 allows for a broader range of scenarios and NEBS level 3 requires that the equipment meets the requirements of specific GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE standards that anticipate long-term network needs. Telecom companies use these standards to evaluate the solvency of equipment systems for continual service.

The North American telecom industry requires component solution providers to be NEBS compliant in order to ensure network integrity, compatibility and safety. The combination of rapid network expansion and the experience of carriers in managing their infrastructure during extreme weather events is likely to only increase the demand for NEBS-compliant devices. As those standards continue to evolve, they will become more demanding.

In addition to being NEBS compliant, ProLabs’ product lines, including optical transceivers and high speed cabling, are also MSA, TAA, and RoHS compliant. All ProLabs’ products are rigorously tested and coded in its global, state-of-the-art facilities to ensure the highest levels of performance with 100% application testing in end-use conditions.


About ProLabs
ProLabs is the leading global provider of optical networking infrastructure solutions. For the past 20 years, ProLabs has delivered optical connectivity solutions that give its customers freedom, choice, and seamless interoperability.

By assuring higher standards for products, service, technology, and cost, the company is changing the mindset of data center and networking customers. ProLabs’ strength is in supplying solutions that are 100% OEM-compatible across more than 90 vendors and 20,000 systems.

ProLabs delivers global reach with innovative, cutting-edge solutions that are backed by a lifetime warranty, assuring the quality of every product sold and serviced. ProLabs’ focus is to continually invest in research and development, ensuring that its optical network solutions continue to lead the market on a global scale.

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Crossword Cybersecurity announces NCC Group as new partner for Rizikon Assurance portal

31 October 2019 – London, UK – Crossword Cybersecurity Plc (AIM:CCS, “Crossword”, the “Company” or the “Group”), the technology commercialisation company focused solely on cyber security and risk today announces that it will be collaborating with global cyber security expert, NCC Group plc (“NCC Group”), on third party cyber security assurance.

NCC Group will offer customers the choice of using Crossword’s Rizikon portal as a basis for the questionnaire and risk reporting part of its third-party cyber security audit service. The online platform will make it easy for customers and their third-party suppliers to complete questions and submit evidence to help assess risk and highlight any potential vulnerabilities in the supply chain.

Additionally, NCC Group customers looking to use the portal to take control of all third-party risks will be able to buy it via NCC Group.

Tom Ilube, CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity PLC said, “We’re delighted that NCC Group, a leading cyber security specialist has agreed to partner with Crossword and supply Rizikon Assurance to its customers. We’re very confident that NCC Group’s customers will benefit from the improved assurance and cyber-risk visibility that Rizikon Assurance provides.”

Adam Palser, CEO, NCC Group said: “Third party suppliers can be an attractive way for cyber criminals to gain access to data and networks that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Our audit services are designed to help customers make the right decisions to ensure the ongoing security and availability of business critical information.”

Rizikon Assurance [] by Crossword Cybersecurity is a SaaS-based third party assurance and risk management platform that allows users to take control of third-party risk.

About Crossword Cybersecurity plc
Crossword Cybersecurity plc focuses on the development and commercialisation of university research-based cyber security and risk management related software and cyber security consulting. The Group’s specialist cyber security product development and software engineering teams work with its university partners to develop the research concept into a fully-fledged commercial product that it will then take to market. The Group’s aim is to build up a portfolio of revenue generating, intellectual property based, cyber security products. Rizikon Assurance, Crossword’s leading product, is a SaaS platform that enables medium to large companies to assess and manage all risks from their suppliers.

About NCC Group
NCC Group exists to make the world safer and more secure. As global experts in cyber security and risk mitigation, NCC Group is trusted by over 15,000 clients worldwide to protect their most critical assets from the ever-changing threat landscape. With the company’s knowledge, experience and global footprint, it is best placed to help businesses identify, assess, mitigate and respond to the evolving cyber risks they face. To support its mission, NCC Group continually invests in research and innovation, and is passionate about developing the next generation of cyber scientists.

With over 1,800 colleagues in 12 countries, NCC Group has a significant market presence in North America, continental Europe and the UK, and a rapidly growing footprint in Asia Pacific with offices in Australia and Singapore.

Crossword Cybersecurity plc – Tel: +44 (0) 20 3953 846
Tom Ilube, Chief Executive Officer
Mary Dowd, Finance Director

Grant Thornton (Nominated Adviser) – Tel: +44 (0) 20 7383 5100
Colin Aaronson / Jamie Barklem / Niall McDonald

Hybridan LLP (Broker) – Tel: +44 (0)203 764 2341
Claire Louise Noyce

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