Global Atlanta-based Fintech PPRO announces new appointments to executive and leadership teams, preps for another year of hypergrowth

Sales Leadership

Following rapid expansion spurred on by a global e-commerce boom, PPRO is announcing the appointment of newly created roles to its executive and leadership teams. Chief Commercial Officer, Claire Gates, and Senior Vice President of Banking and Payments Strategy, Tony Glasby, have joined PPRO just weeks after a second major investment announcement headlined by new investors JPMorgan Chase & Co. In addition to the newly created executive and leadership roles, PPRO will also be welcoming Jean Christian Mies to the executive team as the General Manager for Latin America.

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Arun Rai Appointed Inaugural Holder of Howard S. Starks Distinguished Chair at Robinson College of Business


Arun Rai, Regents’ Professor of the University System of Georgia and co-founder and director of the Center for Digital Innovation at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, is the inaugural holder of the Howard S. Starks Distinguished Chair. The appointment was approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on April 13

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Technical Project Engineer-Are Your Technical Skills Being Challenged in a Fulfilling Career?

Business Process Management | Cloud | Data Governance | Fintech | Information Security | Southeastern Software Association | Supply Chain, Logistics & Manufacturing | Young Professionals

Challenge. Growth Opportunities. Work hard, play hard culture. Not the current state of affairs? If you’re looking to expand your skills & take your IT career to the next level in an environment brimming with opportunity, collaboration & access to ongoing training & development, read on to see what people are saying about Snap Tech IT.

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Breaking It Down: CyberDefense Identify

Business Process Management | Cloud | Data Governance | Fintech | Information Security | Southeastern Software Association | Young Professionals

By: Shawn Brown, COO, Snap Tech IT

Understanding the role of the National Institute of Standards & Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework, NIST CSF, is an essential component of the proactive approach Snap Tech IT has taken to effectively manage cybersecurity for IT environments. This end-to-end approach to cybersecurity management is known as Snap Tech IT’s CyberDefense, a collection of solutions comprised of managed & co-managed security services that are built around the NIST CSF gold standard of proven processes. Snap Tech IT CyberDefense is the best weapon in your arsenal to fight back again cybercriminals & minimize total losses from attacks.

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What Is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

Business Process Management | Cloud | Data Governance | Fintech | Information Security | Southeastern Software Association | Transportation Tech | Young Professionals

By: Shawn Brown, COO, Snap Tech IT

If your company is like most, improving cybersecurity is at the top of everyone’s agenda these days; however, it is an enormous task, and many people don’t know where to start. I suggest that we start with a proven framework. So, today we are going to look at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) and how it can help your company improve its cybersecurity and better protect against cyber-attacks.

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Clearing Up Confusion About Cloud Computing

Business Process Management | Cloud | Data Governance | Education/STEM | Fintech | Information Security | Southeastern Software Association | Young Professionals

By: Karl Bickmore, CEO, Snap Tech IT

Cloud computing remains elusive for most organizations. The many approaches to strategy and numerous vendors have made it a confusing world. Most of you realize that you should be doing at least some of your business in the cloud. But do you often wonder if all your information technology (IT) activities should be cloud-based? Two cloud confusion incidents that recently occurred during the normal course of business inspired me to write about this.

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Promotions of WSO2 Regional Vice Presidents Support Growing Global Adoption

International Business | Sales Leadership

Ricardo Diniz is WSO2 vice president and general manager of the UK, Spain, France, Italy and Portugal; Fernando Arditti is WSO2 vice president and general manager of Latin America.

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Aptos Announces Key Appointments to Executive Leadership Team

Business Process Management | Cloud | CRM & CX | Data Science & Analytics | Fintech | International Business | Sales Leadership | Supply Chain, Logistics & Manufacturing | Workforce Development

Aptos, a global retail technology provider headquartered in Atlanta, adds software industry veterans in executive positions across finance, human resources and Americas management to further the company’s momentous growth as an industry leader.

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Gov. Kemp Announces Amazon Fulfillment Center in Savannah

Savannah | Supply Chain, Logistics & Manufacturing

Amazon will expand its significant presence in Georgia with a new fulfillment center planned in Savannah, Georgia. The new facility will feature innovative Amazon robotics technology and create 1,000 full-time jobs.

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What Is Your Backup Plan? Managing Data Breach Recovery

Business Process Management | Cloud | Data Governance | Fintech | Information Security

By: Karl Bickmore, CEO, Snap Tech IT

The Capital One data breach is another astounding example of how your data can be compromised. Pile that one on top of the Equifax disaster that affected so many, and it seems that nobody in the U.S. with a bank account or a credit card can avoid a data breach. Both individuals and businesses of all sizes are being impacted. At this point, the question to be asking isn’t what can you do to prevent it, it’s what can you when managing data breach recovery?

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5 Critical IT Practices Aerospace Manufacturing Subcontractors Should Follow

Cloud | Data Governance | Information Security | Supply Chain, Logistics & Manufacturing | Transportation Tech

By: Karl Bickmore, CEO, Snap Tech IT

During the past several years, we have seen a shift in the IT practices of aerospace manufacturing sub-contractors. As the federal government agencies tighten information security policies and procedures for primary aerospace manufacturers like Northrop Grumman and ATK, these companies are working harder than ever to ensure their downstream subcontractors have solid information security practices in place.

This means that even the smallest organizations serving the aerospace industry need to improve their cybersecurity as well as their auditing.

For many years, downstream aerospace manufacturing subcontractors could fly under the radar and be somewhat relaxed in their IT best practices and cybersecurity defense. This is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Organizations can no longer risk neglecting IT best practices and cyberdefense.

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Why a Robust MDR Solution is a Top Priority in 2021

Business Process Management | Cloud | Data Governance | Fintech | Information Security | Supply Chain, Logistics & Manufacturing

According to Gartner, 50 percent of organizations will be using Managed Detection & Response services for threat monitoring, detection & response functions that offer threat containment capabilities. The security of your business data is paramount when it comes to the success of your operation. Ensure that your cybersecurity strategy includes an MDR solution that offers Advanced Endpoint Management as a single solution, enabling full visibility & understanding around security incidents.

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Non-Profit Organization 48in48 Announces Strategic Collaboration with Verizon Wireless: Volunteers Continue to Showcase Their Skills for Good

Corporate Development

48in48, a skills-based volunteer organization on a mission to mobilize marketing and technology volunteers to serve nonprofits worldwide, recently announced its collaboration with the Citizen Verizon program.

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Malware & Viruses: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Data

Cloud | Data Governance | Fintech | Information Security

By: Karl Bickmore, CEO Snap Tech IT

The terms “Malware” and “Virus” are used interchangeably in the computer world. While most people understand that both will create havoc on your system, they don’t necessarily know the differences between them. One of the best ways to protect your business data from both predators is to learn what they are, how they operate, examples of each & how to prevent them from infiltrating your IT environment.

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What Compliance Means for Your Cloud-Enabled Business

Cloud | Data Governance | Fintech | Information Security | Infrastructure | Supply Chain, Logistics & Manufacturing

We live in a business world with an ever-increasing list of regulations. From PII to GDPR to CMMC, the alphabet soup of compliance acronyms grows every year. Some may say to the detriment of business, and others argue for its protection. Needless to say, as our reliance upon technology and data continues to skyrocket and cybersecurity threats are everywhere, all businesses face the challenge of compliance with government and industry regulations and standards

In parallel, cloud computing and the consumption of cloud-based resources is growing exponentially. But can organizations achieve and maintain compliance in a cloud-based environment? This month’s Abel Insight provides an overview of what compliance means for a cloud-enabled business and also debunks several common myths regarding compliance in the cloud.

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The ABM Agency Named Top US Account-Based Marketing Agency


B2B digital marketing firm The ABM Agency, which specializes in account-based marketing and demand generation, was recently named the #2 rising agency US B2B marcomms agency in The B2B Marketing US Agencies Benchmarking Report 2021.

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NCR Partners with U.S. Small Business Administration to Help Restaurants Receive Revitalization Fund Grants

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a leading provider of end-to-end software and technology that runs restaurants, today announced it is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help NCR customers receive Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grants.

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Gimme Key Pro Named 2021 Product of the Year

Product Management

New Design is Twice as Battery Efficient and 100x Stronger

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DefenseStorm Names Mike Shah as Chief Financial Officer

Corporate Development | Fintech | Information Security | Workforce Development

DefenseStorm, a leading cloud-based cybersecurity and cybercompliance management provider to banks, credit unions and fintechs, today announced the addition of Mike Shah as chief financial officer. In this role, Shah will lead the planning, implementation and management of all finance initiatives for DefenseStorm, as well as work closely with the executive team to lead the company’s strategic financial vision.

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Liger Partners Creative Agency Opens New Hybrid Workplace

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Marketing | Workforce Development | Young Professionals

With the roll out of vaccines, many large corporations have announced plans for employees return to the office. While many remote workers are reluctant to go back into a corporate setting, for others the transition to all-screens, all the time was too much. That’s why Atlanta creative firm Liger Partners has opened a new hybrid workplace designed with the future of work in mind. The company combines flexible office hours and remote work with an open-environment and shared common space. Think funky fresh hotel lobby meets a comfortable student center with all of the amenities. There are no assigned desks, so everyone is free to sit where they feel the most inspiration.

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Snap Tech IT Achieves CMMC-AB Registered Provider Organization (RPO) Approval

Business Process Management | Cloud | Data Governance | Information Security | Infrastructure

In the CMMC ecosystems, RPOs provide advice, consulting, and recommendations to Federal Government subcontractors preparing for certification. RPOs are the implementers and consultants that help organizations prepare for certification but do not conduct certified assessments. Link to Blog:

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Chicago’s Roots Pizza Powers Sales Amid COVID-19 with NCR Mobile App

Roots Pizza knows offering excellent digital dining options is just as important as serving the perfect slice of pizza. The Chicago pizzeria, part of the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group, worked with NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a leading provider of end-to-end software and technology that runs restaurants, to make mobile orders, payments, and loyalty simple.

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DefenseStorm Unveils CyberFraud Solution for Financial Institutions

Cloud | Data Governance | Data Science & Analytics | Fintech

DefenseStorm, a leading cloud-based cybersecurity and cybercompliance management provider to banks, credit unions and fintechs, today announced the addition of CyberFraud to its product offerings, providing an integrated solution for Information Security and BSA/AML Fraud departments in a single platform to prevent losses and protect account holders.

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7 Ways to Ensure Security Compliance of Your Financial Organization

Business Process Management | Cloud | Devops | Fintech | Information Security

For most of us, few things cause greater fear than hearing that our financial information has been breached. Or, even worse, that criminals have gained access to our funds. Many financial services organizations must now demonstrate their IT security and compliance in order to do business with new customers – not to mention satisfy nervous vendors and insurance providers.

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Siyana Info Solutions Announce the Launch of their HRMS Product SiHrX

Business Process Management | Corporate Development | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Workforce Development | Young Professionals

Siyana Info Solutions announces the launch of its advanced HRMS solution SiHrX. Designed for the modern workforce, SiHrX is being called as the ultimate disruptive innovation for human capital management.

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JINYA Ramen Bar Elevates Customer Experience Using Innovative NCR Aloha Technology


There’s a saying among employees of California-based JINYA Ramen Bar: “No ramen, no life.” And at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the JINYA team quickly realized: “No contactless service, no business.” So, the restaurant turned to NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a leading provider of software and technology that runs restaurants, to enable the digital transformation of its 37 North American locations.

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PPRO announces strategic investment from JPMorgan Chase & Co., bringing total round to $270 million


PPRO announced new investments from JPMorgan Chase & Co and Eldridge, bringing the total round to $270 million. The latest US $90 million investment is an extension of the US $180 million round from Eurazeo Growth, Sprints Capital, and Wellington Management announced just weeks ago and mere months after the company raised $50 million from Springs Capital, Citi Ventures, and HPE Growth which solidified its position among the ranks of global fintech unicorns.

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