Wow – what a jam-packed 2018 this has been! As busy as things are, last week Boyle Software’s New York City team was able to squeeze in a joyful evening with some friends and clients to cook up and devour a fantastic Italian meal at Rustico Cooking in midtown Manhattan. It was a great night to catch up with colleagues and friends and reflect on what an excellent year it’s been. And just check out the amazing menu that we prepared:
Who doesn’t listen to podcasts these days? There’s something for every niche imaginable – and people are streaming, downloading, and tuning in. According to Martech, there are now 550,00 active podcasts in 100 languages and more than 18,000,000 episodes – and the numbers are growing exponentially. And now National Public Radio – creators of some of the most popular podcasts – have come out with a podcast analytics platform they’ve dubbed Remote Audio Data (RAD).
We are happy to report that Boyle Software has just received its SOC 2 Type 1 certification from Assure Professional. Assure describes Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 certification as verification that an organization adheres to best practices with regards to the following principles:
- Security – The system is protected against unauthorized access (both physical and logical).
- Availability –The system is available for operation and use as committed or agreed upon.
- Processing Integrity – System processing is complete, accurate, timely, and authorized.
- Confidentiality –Information designated as confidential is protected as committed or agreed upon.
- Privacy –Personal information is collected, used, retained, disclosed, and/or destroyed in accordance with established standards. [Source]
In an industry jam-packed with jargon, few terms get abused and misused more than “AI.” If you’re like me, the use of “AI” in marketing-babble stops you dead in your tracks and causes you to mutter suspiciously, “What exactly is artificially intelligent about this product?” Now, at last, Karen Hao of the MIT Technology Review, has given us a clean, simple way to cut through the buzz words and understand if what we are talking about is truly “artificial intelligence.”
Before founding their own company in 2014, Chris Tanck and Elvis Pereymer spent a combined 20+ years building and running the Data Products Department at the NFL’s league office here in New York City. So it’s no wonder that RockDaisy, their data analytics platform, found an eager and early audience in team front offices across the NFL.
We have been thrilled to play host to the Open Source NYC Meetup a couple of times in recent months at our HQ at 42 West 24th. Last week’s Meetup featured a compelling discussion of intellectual property law as it relates to open source development. Topics ranged from the problem of proprietary platforms constructed upon open source foundations to more nuts-and-bolts issues like licensing. Back in July the discussion was all about GitHub in the wake of its acquisition by Microsoft, with people from GitHub as well as GitLab there to answer questions and share their insights.
Congratulations to our client Vroom.com for successfully securing a new round of funding worth $30M – a great start on the road to the larger goal of raising $70M over the next few months. Vroom, for whom Boyle Software has done work since 2016, has restructured this year in a push for profitability.
We wish our partners at Vroom continued success in their pursuit of being the best online marketplace for used automobiles. We are proud to be a part of the team!
We are pleased to announce that Galvanized Media has brought two of their most popular websites onto our HeartyHosting platform. As of July 1st, both Eat This, Not That! and Best Life are now on Boyle Software’s powerful cloud-hosting service, optimized for the kind of high-traffic these media sites receive on a regular basis. We have been handling overall development of Galvanized’s WordPress sites for several months now, but we are really happy that they have selected HeartyHosting for this pair of flagship properties.
Yesterday’s Tech Day NYC event, held at Pier 94 on Manhattan’s west side, was jam packed with the kind of bustling energy we’ve come to expect from this annual event, with countless start-ups showing their smart ideas off for potential investors (and each other). Once you made your way in and onto the exhibition floor – no mean feat, even early in the day! – you were met with an overwhelming throng of baby businesses as well as some established companies.
With innovative use of IoT sensors and smart, real-time reporting, New York City-based Energy Metrics is building a great business helping clients achieve significant power and dollar savings. Concentrating on three key real estate-centric verticals – financial institutions with retail outlets, hotel chains, and co-location data centers – EM is showing companies a path to greater energy efficiency and big savings on their bottom line. And Boyle Software is lucky to have EM as our latest client!