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New Fillable PDF Capabilities in EfficiencySpring

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in From the Cloud, Press Releases | Comments Off on New Fillable PDF Capabilities in EfficiencySpring

We’re proud to introduce a new capability into our EfficiencySpring platform today! While EfficiencySpring has always excelled at providing online forms and relational database interfaces for data entry, we still live in a world where fillable printer friendly PDFs still exist. Check out our video below that showcases how PDF form data can now be imported into EfficiencySpring, and how fillable PDF forms can also now be used as templates for...

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Our DC CyberWeek Event!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in From the Cloud, From the Mind, Press Releases | Comments Off on Our DC CyberWeek Event!

We are excited to be taking part in this year’s DC CyberWeek, a DC area series of events focused on CyberSecurity. EfficiencyNext will hosting a limited seat round table with the topic of: A Practical Discussion for Securing Your Accounts and Data Maintaining a secure information environment is a challenge, particularly for companies and non-profits that are funded by grants, and do not have large security budgets. This roundtable will provide a venue for attendees to discuss how they have tackled this need, what tips they have to share, and what challenges they still face. A portion of the roundtable will be an open house presented by EfficiencyNext where we will discuss the tools we’ve utilized for account and data security, including multi-factor authentication, at-rest data protection, active data protection, API call limiters, firewalls, cloud services, proprietary technology, and locally encrypted devices. We hope everyone will come out of the discussion with new insights, methods, and tools to try. You can sign-up for the event on DC CyberWeek’s calendar...

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Our FCC filing regarding 17-108 in Defense of Net Neutrality

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in From the Cloud, Press Releases | Comments Off on Our FCC filing regarding 17-108 in Defense of Net Neutrality

Below is our FCC filing regarding 17-108 : Restoring Internet Freedom, where we offer arguments in support of Net Neutrality. Brief Comments: The premise of net neutrality is that an ISP cannot throttle or block access to content based on the application used to access it, the user accessing it, the device it is accessed with, or the location of the content being accessed. The monopolistic nature of the Internet Service Provider industry in the United States makes net neutrality one of the few core enablers of an open and free Internet. In many markets, only one ISP, often the cable company, is present. Other markets maybe have at best two broadband ISPs. This leaves customers with little recourse if their ISPs are allowed to favor access to websites or services that perhaps provide them a kickback, while disallowing or slowing down access to websites or services that do not. More directly, ISPs are beginning to directly sell the actual content they plan to serve their customers over the Internet. What is to stop them from making Amazon’s Prime Video service untenable and slow in order to drive business to their own digital storefronts? The answer is simple. Net Neutrality. There are some points of argument made in favor of disregarding net neutrality, perhaps the most prevalent being that certain applications (such as BitTorrent) dis-proportionally gobble up bandwidth or that services from certain dominant providers (such as Netflix) do the same. Where this argument fails to measure up is that customers are already paying for the bandwidth they use to access such service, and likewise, sites and services on the web also pay for their bandwidth. There is little rationale for allowing ISPs to double-dip at the expense of customers and businesses. To be 100% clear, net neutrality is key to insuring basic consumer protections remain on the Internet, as well as insuring startups and new businesses are not hustled off the web by the very ISPs that are supposed to connect them to their customers via the bandwidth both are already paying for....

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EfficiencyNext ready to support orgs losing Microsoft Access Web Apps

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in From the Cloud, From the Mind, Press Releases, Uncategorized | Comments Off on EfficiencyNext ready to support orgs losing Microsoft Access Web Apps

Microsoft has recently announced it is axing its Microsoft Access Web Apps capability in Office 365 and SharePoint Online. This capability allowed those who work with Microsoft Access the ability to publish database applications into SharePoint without code. While there are were technical ceilings for what the technology could do, it none the less is incredibly impressive and used by organizations. As of now, it is not possible to publish any new Access Web Apps, and inside of a year (April 2018), existing database applications that have been deployed to SharePoint will be shutdown. We view the decision to discontinue Access Web Apps in Office 365 to be a tremendous mistake. When advocates of Office 365 demo neat features and then receive notice they will be killed with only three months notice, they look like fools, Microsoft looks like it can’t stick to its commitments, and customers are sent scurrying for replacements. It’s a lose/lose/lose. What is perhaps most concerning is there is no obvious underlying technical justification for this move. Access Web Apps are Add-Ins, an extendable part of SharePoint that lives separately from the core code. Keeping the feature available (at least through Access 2016’s support life cycle) would not have been an undo burden. If nothing else, SharePoint Online’s infrastructure made such a thing very practical. While this is purely conjecture, the discontinuation of Access Web Apps feels like a way of pushing developers toward PowerApps, a no-code/low-code platform that is similar but definitely not at feature parity with Access Web Apps. Please note this does not affect SharePoint 2013/2016 on-premise customers. If you are running Access Web Apps on premise, Microsoft has guaranteed they will continue to work, and that the next version of SharePoint on-premise will ship with the necessary services to continue that support. So, turning off the rant now. If your organization had plans to implement Access Web Apps in its SharePoint Online environment, and no longer can, contact us! We have a platform called EfficiencySpring that provides relational database interfaces using the same Add-In approach Access Web Apps used. Supported data sources include SQL Azure and SQL Server. A video of this capability is below: We stand ready to assist organizations that want scalable databases inside their SharePoint Online environments, and perhaps just lost what they had been planning to...

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EfficiencyNext Enters Agreement to Support Pistachio Customers

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Press Releases | Comments Off on EfficiencyNext Enters Agreement to Support Pistachio Customers

        WASHINGTON, DC – 5/18/2017 EfficiencyNext has entered into an agreement with LimeLeap to directly support Pistachio customers moving forward. Customers running Pistachio have the option of entering into a support agreement directly with EfficiencyNext at the end of their current LimeLeap support term. For new EfficiencyNext support agreements, no annual software assurance fee will be charged, and the EfficiencyNext hourly support rate for Pistachio will remain at LimeLeap’s prior rate. Pistachio customers will also have the option, through EfficiencyNext, to branch off Pistachio 1.2’s central code base and create customized Pistachio installations specific to their needs. The developers at EfficiencyNext, many former LimeLeap employees, played key roles in the development of Pistachio, and look forward to providing support and enhancements for its customers going forward. As Paul Katz, the President of EfficiencyNext states “We have the expertise to maintain and support the investment Pistachio customers have placed in their Pistachio developed apps.” Pistachio is an on-premise SharePoint Web Part based solution. For current Pistachio customers looking to migrate to SharePoint in the cloud, EfficiencyNext stands ready to assist with such transitions, including through leveraging its SharePoint Online friendly data management platform, EfficiencySpring. “We want to support Pistachio customers on terms of their choosing” Paul adds. “We will support their existing Pistachio investment, as well as provide a path to SharePoint in the cloud if they wish to move in that direction.”...

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EfficiencyNext LLC Receives Approval for QHTC Status

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Press Releases | Comments Off on EfficiencyNext LLC Receives Approval for QHTC Status

EfficiencyNext LLC has recently received approval for certification as a QHTC (“Qualified High Technology Company”) in Washington DC. This designation brings a variety of benefits to EfficiencyNext and its customers. Not least of which is the exemption on sales tax for services EfficiencyNext provides other companies who are also located within Washington DC. Paul Katz, President of EfficiencyNext, explains this key benefit: “When a for-profit in Washington DC consumes Data Processing Services or Information Services from a vendor, they are often subjected to a 5.75 percent sales tax. If the same company purchases those services from a QHTC, such as EfficiencyNext, the sales tax is waived”. The concept of QHTCs goes back to The New E-Conomy Transformation Act of 2000; this legislation aimed to foster the development of a high tech sector within Washington DC itself. EfficiencyNext is proud to be part of that sector...

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EfficiencyNext’s President Talks Office Add-Ins on Office 365 Developer Podcast

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on EfficiencyNext’s President Talks Office Add-Ins on Office 365 Developer Podcast

EfficiencyNext’s President, Paul Katz, had a fun time this last week taking part in the Office 365 Developer Podcast. He joined famed hosts Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega and discussed the benefits of the Office 365 Add-Ins model, and how it ties in well with Windows Authentication. The podcast can be found on the Microsoft’s Office Blog: Paul’s love and experience of DC showed up in the Podcast, channeling how the typical hot weather and the local Citi Open tennis tournament go together. Not to mention the DC norm of busy people walking down escalators on the left side while the tourists ride them on the right. Onto the tech, Paul discussed how EfficiencyNext is deploying Microsoft’s Office Add-Ins model at client sites, which give them instant access to critical business information from their valued Office applications, particularly Outlook, and enables business transactions to be completed much quicker than before. In particular, EfficiencyNext has leveraged automatic Windows Authentication to allow users to automatically authenticate into the systems the Add-Ins access, providing a login-free experience. The Microsoft Office Add-Ins model represent a tremendous opportunity for organizations on Office 2013 or higher to extract significantly more value out of their existing systems, as well as improve staff productivity. If you like what you hear on the show, look us up! We’re happy to discuss how we can help your organization implement Add-Ins!  ...

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EfficiencyNext LLC Launches Today

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Press Releases | 2 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EfficiencyNext LLC Launches Today The former software development division of LimeLeap sees exciting things in the future Washington DC, United States – March 1st, 2015 – Today, the software development division of LimeLeap completes its 17 month plan to spin-off into a separate company. This new company, EfficiencyNext LLC, will retain all of the division’s employees, including Paul Katz, an employee of 13 years, who will serve as the company’s President. Christopher Proto, former Executive Vice President of LimeLeap, who has 15 years of history with the company, will be stepping up to become EfficiencyNext’s CEO. For customers of LimeLeap’s software development division, little will change, as Paul explains. “We worked with Marco Luzuriaga, CEO of LimeLeap, to insure we took the proper amount of time to transition into a separate unit. We finished the heavy lifting as early as last October, setting up our support infrastructure in the cloud, and setting up new office space convenient to all client sites. Today, we are launching our brand and new email addresses.” EfficiencyNext LLC will continue to support the former LimeLeap software development clients, and honor all warranty, contract, and rate agreements. As for what’s next, the team is very excited about what it will be offerings its clients, current and future. “Expect a lot more support for the cloud. We’re already well versed in Microsoft Azure cloud offerings, and as we continue to plug them into our free platform technologies, our clients will benefit from tremendous economies of scale the cloud offers.” Friday, February 27th, the last day at LimeLeap for the team, was bittersweet. As Sheena Walker reflected on her tenure at LimeLeap, she reminded two fellow staff members also making the transition that the technically necessary LimeLeap resignation letter was the only one either of them had ever written. Indeed, LimeLeap is a company many employees found right after college, and never wanted to leave. Today they do, but will bring to EfficiencyNext LLC the culture of customer service, technical excellence, and client success which has helped the team maintain enduring client relationships over the last 15 years. “We love what we do for our clients. We take their mission and make it our own. We’ve always believed that’s a critical ingredient for success.”  ...

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