Daily Archives: July 6, 2018

Kofax Named a Strong Performer in Robotic Process Automation by Independent Research Firm

Kofax Kapow Software Recognized for Major Deals, Elegant Architecture and Cost-Effective Deployment

IRVINE, Calif., July 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kofax®, a leading supplier of software to automate and digitally transform information intensive processes, today announced it was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in its 2018 Forrester Wave™ evaluation, The Forrester Wave™: Robotic Process Automation, Q2 2018. In this evaluation, Kofax was cited as a Strong Performer in RPA. The evaluation focused on three areas: Current Offering, Strategy and Market Presence.

The report assessed Kofax Kapow™ and stated:

  • “The architecture is elegant. Customers can deploy and scale RoboServers using Docker containers, which is more cost-effective than more traditional RPA deployments using managed virtual machines.”
  • “Improvement in desktop RPA features, such as Citrix support — with surface automation based on neural technology — is evident.”
  • ”Kofax was initially a good fit only for large-scale data pooling applications, but now finance and administration (F&A) and mainstream RPA is in play.”
  • “Any enterprise with Kofax-adjacent content products (e.g., capture and BPM) or that prefers execution-based rather than per-bot licensing should shortlist Kofax.”

Hundreds of thousands of Kapow software robots are deployed at more than 600 enterprise customers across a wide range of horizontal and industry-specific use cases in banking, insurance, manufacturing, retail, logistics, government and other vertical markets.

“We’re pleased to have Forrester recognize Kapow as a Strong Performer in this RPA evaluation. Kapow’s architecture enables organizations to easily and cost effectively scale from point solutions through broad, enterprise-wide RPA deployments today,” said Reynolds C. Bish, Chief Executive Officer of Kofax. “Next generation RPA deployments will require robust intelligent document capture and process automation capabilities to better address users’ evolving requirements. Kofax is the only RPA vendor with these capabilities as part of its own software portfolio, which positions us for accelerating success in the future.”

About Kofax
Kofax is a leading supplier of software and solutions to automate and digitally transform human and information intensive processes across front and back office operations. These can dramatically improve customer engagement, greatly reduce operating costs, mitigate compliance risk and increase competitiveness, growth and profitability. Its broad range of software and solutions can be deployed in the cloud or on premise, and include robotic process automation, business process management, multichannel capture and other critically important capabilities. These provide a rapid return on investment to over 20,000 Kofax customers in financial services, insurance, government, healthcare, supply chain, business process outsourcing and other markets. Kofax delivers its software and solutions through its direct sales and services organization and more than 650 indirect channel partners in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit kofax.com.

© 2018 Kofax, Inc. Kofax is a registered trademark, and Kofax Kapow is a trademark of Kofax Limited.
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Mexico firework factory explosion kills scores of people

19 people were killed and at least 40 injured in a string of explosions at fireworks workshops in Tultepec city on the outskirts of Mexico City on Thursday.

The Mexican Reforma newspaper said at least 4 workshops were leveled. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivered his condolences to the victims’ families.

Source: VOV5

Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Mother Mushroom Begins Hunger Strike

Jailed Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as Mother Mushroom, has begun a hunger strike in prison, citing authorities’ refusal to transfer her to a cell away from a hostile and threatening cellmate, her mother says.

Quynh told her mother, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan, in a phone call that she will now refuse to eat until she is moved, Lan told RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Friday.

I was at home on July 6 and heard the phone ring, and I recognized the calling number from the prison, Lan said, adding that she immediately picked up the phone and heard a voice directing her daughter to speak.

My daughter said that from now on she won’t eat anything, not even the food that I send to her, until prison authorities address the requests that she has made, she said.

The phone call lasted only five minutes, Lan said, and she was able to tell her daughter only to watch out for her health.

Quynh, also known by her blogger handle Mother Mushroom, had blogged about human rights abuses and official corruption for more than a decade.

She had also criticized the government’s response to a 2016 toxic waste spill by the Taiwan-owned Formosa Plastics Group that destroyed the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Vietnamese living in four coastal provinces.

Arrested on Oct. 10, 2016 she was sentenced in June 2017 to a decade in jail on charges of spreading propaganda against the state under Article 88 of Vietnam’s Penal Code.

Mental torture

Speaking to RFA in a report last week, Lan said that Quynh says she can no longer endure what she described as the mental torture of her life each day behind bars.

I am now held in a cell with three other people, and one of them is always cursing me with the worst words I have ever heard, Lan said her daughter told her. She is so cruel that I cannot deal with her.

Guards have turned down Quynh’s requests to be moved to another cell, calling her cellmate’s abusive behavior a case of common quarrels, Lan said, adding that her daughter has asked her now to visit her once a month to make sure she is still alive.

Acting under pressure from Vietnam’s embassy in Bangkok and Thai police, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) meanwhile canceled a scheduled showing of a documentary describing the hardships faced by Quynh’s family following her arrest.

Called When Mother’s Away, the film was described on July 5 by deputy spokesperson for Vietnam’s foreign ministry Ngo Toan Thang as containing fabricated information about a lawfully convicted criminal.

Speaking to RFA, Quynh’s mother Nguyen Thi Tuyet Lan said the film accurately tells the story of her family’s daily life.

It is a true story about our family. I don’t know what is not true about this film, Lan said.

Not surprised

Grace Bui, a Vietnamese activist living in Thailand, said she was not surprised to hear the film’s showing had been canceled.

This is not the first time that Thailand has banned something related to the human rights situation in Vietnam, Bui said.

Last year, they did not allow Human Rights Watch to hold an event announcing their human rights report on Vietnam, she said.

Writing on his Facebook page on July 4, attorney Trinh Hoi, a representative of the U.S.-based organization VOICE, which is promoting the film, said that Hanoi can use all kinds of tricks to ban the film about Mother Mushroom.

But truth is truth. No matter how difficult it is, I will promote the film wherever truth is respected.

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North Korea eyes 2nd summit with US

North Korea is looking for a venue in Switzerland for a possible second summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

Diplomatic sources said Thursday that North Korean officials have been sent to Bern, Davos and Geneva to scout out conference halls and hotels that could be used for a bilateral summit and talks involving China and South Korea. North Korea may be looking at the possibility of holding the summit and other talks when the next World Economic Forum is held in January.

Source: VOV5

US State Secretary’s Vietnam visit to forge closer ties

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will begin his 2-day official visit to Vietnam on Saturday at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. This will be Mr. Pompeo’s first Vietnam visit as State Secretary and the first leg of his Southeast Asian tour.

The Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership has developed with bilateral trade reaching 51 billion USD. Deputy spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ngo Toan Thang said: The visit aims to continue developing the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership in a practical and effective manner, especially in politics, economics, trade, investment, defense, security, and remedy of war. Both sides will also discuss regional and global issues of mutual concerns.

State Secretary Pompeo is scheduled to hold talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Minh and pay courtesy calls on high ranking leaders of Vietnam.

Source: VOV5

Tourism Day promotes Phu Yen land, culture

Phu Yen Tourism Day kicked off on Thursday with a series of activities promoting local tourism.

Themed Phu Yen � an attractive and friendly destination, the five-day event includes a tourism promotion program, a cuisine and culture exchange, a photo exhibit, and art performances. Phu Yen is one of the most beautiful provinces in the central region. Its attractions include pristine beaches, Dai Lanh cape and Cliffs of Stone Plates which has been recognized as a national heritage site.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam, RoK foster naval cooperation

Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have enjoyed effective defence cooperation over the years, said Deputy Defence Minister Van Giang.

Mr. Giang, who is also Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, made the statement in Hanoi on Thursday while receiving Admiral Um Hyun-seong, RoK’s chief of Naval Operations. General Giang said the partnership between the two navies has strengthened friendship between Vietnam and the RoK.

Source: VOV5