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Austin-based Planview Announces Strategic Acquisitions of Clarizen and Changepoint to Accelerate Strategy to Delivery for Enterprises

Planview announced this week that the company has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Clarizen and Changepoint, leading enterprise Project Portfolio Management (PPM) providers. Planview is a leader in Portfolio and Work Management, and the combination of these three companies brings together complementary PPM solutions to provide customers with unparalleled expertise, resources, and capabilities for navigating the new world of work.

Across industries, enterprises are transforming their businesses to be digital-first. This shift has only accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what’s emerged is a new and enduring way of working that’s flexible, highly distributed, and digital. As increasingly dispersed teams embrace new tools and processes to meet the evolving needs of their customers, visibility and connectivity across the enterprise have never been more critical. The market demands a comprehensive software platform that can connect strategy to delivery across siloed workstreams and disciplines – capabilities best provided through PPM and Agile.

The combination of Planview, Clarizen, and Changepoint creates a unique platform enabling organizations to better collaborate, deliver, and thrive in this new world of work. Backed by TPG Capital and TA Associates, the combination harnesses the capabilities of three leading providers to deliver customers an unmatched level of expertise, IP, and resources to ensure their most important outcomes are delivered with efficiency, urgency, and transparency.

“In today’s environment, enterprises are looking for partners with the vision, expertise, and scale to help them navigate and excel in our all-digital world,” said Greg Gilmore, CEO of Planview. “Planview, Clarizen, and Changepoint are all leaders, and together, our customers create an exceptional community of PMOs, PPM and Professional Services Automation (PSA) practitioners. Collectively, there is no better platform to drive innovation and fuel the transformation of strategy to delivery.”

Since inception, Planview has focused on partnering with enterprises to help them re-imagine the ways they plan and manage work. With Clarizen and Changepoint’s leadership and category expertise, Planview will provide customers of all sizes with a robust community and end-to-end offering that enables them to meet their unique business goals and drive better business outcomes. In addition to leading Enterprise Agile Planning and Kanban from Planview, Clarizen and Changepoint customers will benefit from the expanded resources that Planview delivers.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with two organizations that share our core belief of putting customers at the heart of everything we do,” said Matt Zilli, CEO of Clarizen. “By bringing together these companies, customers will have access to a portfolio of industry leading solutions from three world-class companies, as well as new innovation as we focus on providing even more value to our customers.”

“In order to achieve meaningful business outcomes, organizations need to be adaptable and nimble while ensuring alignment from strategic planning to delivery,” said Matt Scheuing, CEO of Changepoint. “We look forward to working with the Planview and Clarizen teams and believe the combination of exceptional Portfolio and Work Management solutions, practitioners and experts will enable our customers to continue to succeed in an ever-changing business environment.”

Upon completion of the transactions, the Clarizen and Changepoint teams will join Planview as distinct business units, led by Matt Zilli and Matt Scheuing. Zilli and Scheuing will report into Planview CEO, Greg Gilmore. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. To learn more, visit Planview.com.

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?

As the COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed, it’s normal to have questions. Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones and help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But, as with any medical decision, it is important that you feel confident making an informed decision for your health.

So, let’s talk vaccine safety…

How were the COVID-19 vaccines studied?

The first vaccine approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was the Pfizer vaccine. We know that it was studied in close to 44,000 different people with around 21,000 people getting the active vaccine compared to others who received a placebo. The Moderna vaccine was similarly studied in more than 30,000 people with around 15,000 getting the active vaccine.

These types of studies are monitored by an independent review board. For approval, the vaccine also has to be reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FDA before being approved.

At Baylor Scott & White, we have also had our own task force working on the vaccines. Side effects from the vaccine were similar among vaccine recipients and those who got placebo. Also, keep in mind that while these vaccines were developed quickly, the science behind the vaccine has been extensively studied for more than a decade.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine a live vaccine?

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the U.S. use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. The belief that the vaccine can actually give you the virus is a myth. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

Are there any side effects?

As with any vaccine, there are a few side effects to be aware of. The most commonly reported side effect is soreness at the injection site similar to other vaccines you have received for the flu or measles. Mild fatigue, chills or headache may also occur.

Remember, sides effects can occur with any vaccine — and are a positive sign that your body is building immunity against the virus. Any side effects that you experience should go away in a few days. Side effects may be stronger after the second dose of the vaccine.

How does an mRNA vaccine work?

You’ve likely heard a lot of talk about mRNA lately, but what is it? mRNA is just a small fragment of RNA that tells your cell to make a portion of the spike protein of the COVID-19 virus. Once the cell makes this tiny portion of the virus, your own body’s immune system sees this and recognizes it as something that it needs to learn to fight.

And that’s the point of the vaccine — to help your body make antibodies that learn to fight this small portion of the virus without getting truly sick. Then, when you do encounter COVID-19 and it tries to infect you, your body will be quick to respond with its own lifesaving antibodies. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines effective?

Yes, both vaccines have proven effective against the COVID-19 virus. After one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, you are able to prevent 50 percent of infections that you may encounter due to COVID-19. After two doses, that effectiveness jumps to 95 percent. The Moderna vaccine has proven 94 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 illness in people who received two doses who had no evidence of being previously infected.

What about long-term side effects?

While it is too early to know the full extent of long-term side effects, the vaccine study followed participants for two months and documented symptoms. Any symptoms reported were similar in both the vaccine recipients and the placebo groups.

Keep in mind that while this specific vaccine is new because this is a new version of coronavirus, the technology that allows us to use mRNA as a substrate for the vaccine has been studied for more than 10 years. So, you can feel confident knowing that this vaccine is backed by years of scientific research.

Who should not get the vaccine?

Right now, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people over 16 years of age and the Moderna vaccine for people over 18 years of age.

If you are actively infected with COVID-19, you should wait until you recover and then get the vaccine because it helps you learn how to fight the virus more reliably. If you had COVID-19 and were hospitalized and received either convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies, you should wait 90 days to receive the vaccine. Keep in mind that these recommendations are subject to change.

Can you get the vaccine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?

The American College of Gynecology (ACOG) has recommended that the vaccine not be withheld from pregnant and nursing women, particularly if they are in a high-risk group. The best advice is to talk to your own doctor about your personal health situation to determine what is best for you. Refer to the ACOG for updates.

How long will it take to get back to normal?

This is an exciting milestone, but we must remember that getting a large portion of the population vaccinated takes time. During this time, we all still need to wear masks even if we are immunized — we don’t yet know whether a vaccinated person could be exposed to the virus and still spread it to others while in the process of fighting it.

That’s why it is best to look at the vaccine as another layer of personal protective equipment and continue all the other safeguards for now. We must keep learning, immunizing and caring for each other as we get life back to normal.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and to sign up for the latest updates, visit BSWHealth.com/COVIDVaccine.

Please note: Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 vaccine situation, information may change frequently — please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (or your local state authorities) for the most up-to-date vaccine information.

BlackFire Cyber Insurance Launches Services to Protect Businesses from Data Breach, Cyber Attack and More

As businesses head into 2021, cyberattack such as ransomware and data breaches remain to happen. Companies put their data at risk as the whole world pushes for interconnectivity more than ever. This situation calls for protection, and that is what BlackFire Cyber Insurance aims to give. The company recently launched digital cyber insurance coverage services for small and middle market businesses.

“Any company who utilizes technology to run its operations, collects or passes sensitive electronic data, or process financial transactions need to carry cyber insurance. Businesses with any online presence in any form including emails need to carry cybersecurity insurance to protect them from online threats, along with network security liability & privacy regulation liability” said a spokesperson from BlackFire Cyber Insurance. “Don’t wait, mitigate!” she added.

The team at BlackFire Cyber Insurance has a combined 30 years of insurance and technology expertise. This experience enables them to bring businesses the best coverage to mitigate their risk in the best way possible. Unlike physical loss and incidents like fire or break-ins, cyber events are not often restricted to a location. It is critical to understand how an organization operates digitally and the overlaps between all systems within and outside of the company is a vital factor to determine the risk involved and the broader implications when a company falls victim to a cyberattack.

BlackFire Cyber Insurance assists individuals, entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses get the right cybersecurity coverage that fits their business model. As a team of insurance and technology experts, the company takes pride in offering products from the most reliable insurance providers in the country with A and above rating from AM Best with reliable claim history. Comprehensive cyber insurance providers not only want to be there to pay the claim when all else fail but also choosing to be proactive by providing assessment and monitoring services as cybersecurity is imperative in cyber space.

BlackFire Cyber Insurance offers its services to companies regardless of their size. The company works with a wide range of professions, including accounting firms, recruiting, local governments, e-commerce websites, technology companies, the health and medical industry, law firms, and other organizations. They also take pride in working with small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers, contractors, and startups to ensure companies adapt to cybersecurity space and transfer the risk that are truly out of their control.

BlackFire Cyber Insurance’s approach is to focus on providing exceptional service. This way, the company saves its clients’ time and money by exploring the most efficient way to ensure smooth and effective data risk transfer with the best-fitting insurance coverage for any business.

Clients of BlackFire Cyber Insurance attest to the professional services they offer. Katrina S., from Texas, said, “BlackFire Cyber Insurance is great when it comes to attention to details and handholding the process with me before I finalized the right coverage I was looking for my business.”

For more information on BlackFire Cyber Insurance solutions for small and medium business, where companies can speak to a cyber expert or get their current corporate policy reviewed to ensure sufficient digital cyber coverage, visit www.blackfirecyberinsurance.com. The company also has a blog section and YouTube channel that can guide individuals and companies in getting the right insurance for their business.

About BlackFire Cyber Insurance

BlackFire Cyber Insurance is a team of cyber insurance experts who take pride in offering various types of professional & technology insurance. This type includes commercial insurance, general liability insurance, small business owners insurance, professional liability insurance, as well as insurance for cybersecurity and data breach insurance quotes from A-rated insurance carriers and cyber insurance companies. The team behind the company has a combined 30 years of insurance and technology expertise to bring businesses the best coverage that’ll mitigate network, digital and cybercrime risk in the best way possible.

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