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Solgari releases GDPR & MiFID II Compliant SMS service as part of Integrated Omni-Channel Cloud Communications platform

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Solgari releases GDPR & MiFID II Compliant SMS service as part of Integrated Omni-Channel Cloud Communications platform

Customer demand for all the digital communication channels in the cloud drives release of SMS solution 

Solgari, the global provider of compliant, integrated omni-channel cloud communications services today announced the release of our compliant SMS service which is now available as part of our cloud communications suite to existing and on-boarding customers.

Solgari provides our customers all the digital communication channels – including voice, WebRTC video, chat, IM & SMS – while automatically addressing GDPR, MiFID II & PCI DSS compliance requirements through a per user per month SaaS model.

The release of the SMS module, driven by consistent customer demand, meets all the following requirements and is already live with Solgari customers using SMS communications with their clients: 

  • Add SMS to the digital omni-channel communications solution – our customers can now use SMS as part of fully integrated solution already including Voice, WebRTC Video & Chat.
  • Customers can choose standard or bulk SMS options – there are multiple SMS options including users being able to send & receive on our software phone, Solgari Communicator, or bulk SMS for campaigns or customer updates.
  • GDPR & MiFID II Compliance – as part of the integrated cloud solution, all SMS communications can be recorded & archived, along with other customer channels, meeting regulatory requirements.
  • Reporting – if SMS is recorded, it can be search & retrieved just like the other channels, providing unlimited reporting capability.
  • Integration with Core IT such as CRM – the SMS module forms part of the integration Solgari has completed with leading CRMs such as Microsoft Dynamics 365, Salesforce.com and Zendesk with all inbound and outbound communications delivered to and from the CRM with all related reporting requirements.

 Key Features Include: 

  • Customers pay a monthly software subscription cost and can send up to 25,000 SMS per day.
  • Cost per SMS depends on destination and whether the Premium SMS or Carrier SMS is chosen.
  • Premium SMS service includes features such as One Time Password, MMS, two-way SMS, auto retry, alphanumeric presentation with full tracking and delivery report for each SMS.

Enda Mulchrone, General Manager at Hastings remarked “We provide our customers a number of communication channels, including Voice, SMS & chat and with the advent of GDPR it was important to think carefully how we could manage the recording of customer data in a compliant manner. Solgari’s solution allows us to provide all the digital channels – including SMS – while automatically addressing GDPR compliance requirement for data controllers. The ability to run our outbound SMS campaigns and customer updates on Solgari’s cloud platform along with our other communications was a key factor in moving to the cloud.”

Rob Hennelly, Product Manager at Solgari added, “Our R&D roadmap focuses heavily on commercial demand and our customers using SMS with 3rd party vendors have consistently asked us for a solution that would be compliant, feature rich and available as part of the overall Solgari integrated offering. The release of our SMS module and the immediate client uptake is further evidence of the significant market movement towards digital and the desire to offer all potential communication channels to customers.”

Vance Harris, CTO at Solgari noted, “The release of our compliant SMS service module is the start of a sequence of significant product releases we will be announcing over the next two quarters. The market is demanding solutions that can deliver all the communication channels, compliance, reporting and analysis through the cloud as a SaaS solution and we are delivering on that vision.”

Solgari’s services, including Compliant SMS, are available for a 2 week free trial at https://www.solgari.com/trial-solgari/ or please contact [email protected] for more information or a demo.

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Bitcoin hit a fresh high in Asian trading on Saturday, extending a two-month rally that saw its market capitalisation cross $1 trillion a day earlier.

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency rose to an record $56,620, taking its weekly gain to 18%. It has surged more than 92% this year.

Bitcoin’s gains have been fuelled by evidence it is gaining acceptance among mainstream investors and companies, such as Tesla Inc, Mastercard Inc and BNY Mellon.

Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and daily volume, hit a record $2,040.62, for a weekly gain of about 12%.

Ether is the digital currency or token that facilitates transactions on the ethereum blockchain. In the crypto world, the terms ether and ethereum have become interchangeable.

Ether futures contracts launched on derivatives exchange CME earlier this month.

(Reporting by Vidya Ranganathan; Editing by William Mallard)

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By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The World Bank is working to standardize COVID-19 vaccine contracts that countries are signing with drug makers, and is pushing manufacturers to be more open about where doses are headed, as it races to get more vaccines to poor countries, the bank’s president said on Friday.

World Bank President David Malpass told Reuters he expected the bank’s board to have approved $1.6 billion in vaccine funding for 12 countries, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Tunisia and Ethiopia, by the end of March, with 30 more to follow shortly thereafter.

The bank is working with local governments to identify and fill gaps in distribution capacity, after they purchase vaccines under a $12 billion World Bank program, and also to standardize the contracts they are signing with manufacturers, he said.

The bank’s International Finance Corp, its private financing arm, has $4 billion to invest in expanding existing production plants or building new ones, including in developed countries, but needs more data on where current production is headed, he said.

“We are eager to be investing in new capacity, but it’s hard to do because you don’t know how much of the existing capacity is already committed to the various off-takers,” Malpass said in an interview with Reuters. New or expanded plants could be used to produce other types of vaccinations in the future, he said.

The bank’s funds could be used to expand plants in advanced economies, if the production was earmarked for developing nations, he said.

Malpass welcomed Friday’s pledge by the Group of Seven rich countries to intensify cooperation on the pandemic, saying it could help jump-start deliveries of vaccines to poorer countries, which are lagging far behind rich countries in getting shots in arms.

Data compiled by Our World In Data, a scientific online publication, showed Israel was leading the world in COVID-19 vaccinations, with nearly 82 of 100 people vaccinated, while India and Bangladesh reported less than one person per 100, Many African countries have not started at all.

Malpass said he was heartened by news about new vaccines coming down the road, and about Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE seeking permission to store their vaccine at higher temperatures, which would ease another obstacle to deliveries in lower-income countries.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Heather Timmons and Leslie Adler)

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By Paresh Dave

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google will evaluate the performance of its vice presidents and above on team diversity and inclusion starting this year, the company said on Friday in one of several responses to concerns about its treatment of a Black scientist.

Timnit Gebru, co-leader of Google’s ethical artificial intelligence research team, said in December that Google abruptly fired her after she criticized its diversity efforts and threatened to resign.

Alphabet and Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai ordered a review of the situation. While Google declined to share specific findings, the company announced on Friday it will engage human resources specialists during sensitive employee departures.

Pichai in June said that by 2025, Google aims to have 30% more of its leaders come from underrepresented groups, with a focus on Black, Latinx and Native American leaders in the United States and female technical leaders globally. About 96% of Google’s U.S. leaders at the time were white or Asian, and 73% globally were men.

As a result of the investigation, the company also expanded a commitment announced in June to devote more resources to retaining and promoting existing employees, including by expanding a team addressing disputes among workers and their managers.

The diversity component of executive performance reviews was not previously announced, and the company did not immediately share details about what would be measured and how pay would be affected.

Alphabet for years had rejected proposals from shareholders and employees to set diversity goals and tie executive pay to them.

Irene Knapp, a former Google employee who advocated for one such proposal at a 2018 shareholder meeting, said on Friday, “I am pleased that they met our demand from 2018, which was a bare minimum that should have been easy to do immediately.”

Evaluating managers on diversity goals is becoming more commonplace. McDonald’s Corp on Thursday tied executive bonuses to diversity.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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