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Madrigal xTuple / PostBooks Mobile Client Update

By on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Paladin Logic is pleased to announce a Madrigal xTuple / PostBooks mobile client update for the Android platform.  Recently, several security flaws were discovered in OpenSSL.  The community responded quickly and fixed, tested, and deployed the fixes to OpenSSL. The new OpenSSL 1.0.1h release fixes seven different security defects in the popular security software.  According to the OpenSSL Security Advisory – and taken straight from the referenced web page – they are: SSL/TLS MITM vulnerability (CVE-2014-0224) An attacker using a carefully crafted handshake can force the use of weak keying material in OpenSSL SSL/TLS clients and servers. This can be exploited by a Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack where the attacker can decrypt and modify traffic from the attacked client and server. DTLS recursion flaw (CVE-2014-0221) By sending an invalid DTLS handshake to an OpenSSL DTLS client the code can be made to recurse eventually crashing in a DoS attack. DTLS invalid fragment vulnerability (CVE-2014-0195) A buffer overrun attack can be triggered by sending invalid DTLS fragments to an OpenSSL DTLS client or server. This is potentially exploitable to run arbitrary code on a vulnerable client or server. Only applications using OpenSSL as a DTLS client or server affected. SSL_MODE_RELEASE_BUFFERS NULL pointer dereference (CVE-2014-0198) A flaw in the do_ssl3_write function can allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service via a NULL pointer dereference. This flaw only affects OpenSSL 1.0.0 and 1.0.1 where SSL_MODE_RELEASE_BUFFERS is enabled, which is not the default and not common. SSL_MODE_RELEASE_BUFFERS session injection or denial of service (CVE-2010-5298) A race condition in the ssl3_read_bytes function can allow remote attackers to inject data across sessions or cause a denial of service. This flaw only affects multithreaded applications using OpenSSL 1.0.0 and 1.0.1, where SSL_MODE_RELEASE_BUFFERS is enabled, which is not the default and not common. Anonymous ECDH denial of service (CVE-2014-3470) OpenSSL TLS clients enabling anonymous ECDH ciphersuites are subject to a denial of service attack.   References:  This Security Advisory: secadv_20140605.txt If you have already purchased the Madrigal xTuple / PostBooks Mobile Client – thank you – and you will receive notice that it is time to update your app. If you have not yet purchased Madrigal then you ought to hurry.  Only 1 month remains in our introductory offer of half price for the first 60...

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Introducing Madrigal

By on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Power of xTuple, Anywhere As xTuple Gold and Elite Partners, we at Paladin Logic, Limited are always looking for ways to help xTuple users get the most out of their xTuple software.  And so, today we are thrilled to announce the release of Madrigal SO and Madrigal ERP – a mobile port connecting the complete xTuple/PostBooks 4.0 (and later) Desktop client to your Apple or Android tablet. Madrigal SO and ERP are identical applications, the only difference being the number of simultaneous connections permitted. While Madrigal SO (Small Office) is a perfect fit for a small office or single user who only requires one mobile device to connect to his database at any time, Madrigal ERP is ideal for the larger enterprise or retail store that needs multiple mobile devices connecting to the database simultaneously.  However, the two applications can be used together without conflict.  For example, if you start out on Madrigal SO, you can choose to upgrade to ERP at any time and continue to use your SO application without conflict. Both Madrigal versions offer full Postbooks functionality on the mobile device: you can create quotes and populate them with line items, convert the quotes to sales orders, create purchase orders, issue materials, post production, ship, receive, and access and update CRM information.  Virtually every feature or function of the Desktop client is now at your fingertips on your Apple or Android tablet.  And best of all, anything that you do on the mobile client will synch automatically with your database, keeping your business information up-to-the-minute accurate across all your devices. While nearly all of the Postbooks functionality is available in Madrigal on both iOS and Android, there are some differences in how certain things work, owing to the tablet environment.  However, the required actions are intuitive.  For example, since there is no “right click” function on the iOS platform, tapping a finger or stylus on an item in a list brings up the right click menu. At this time, certain higher-level functions for commercial editions are not available on the iOS platform.  In particular, customizations that rely on embedded screens (UIForms) stored in the database will not load. A list of screens that will not load at this time can be...

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It’s Curtains for Windows XP

By on Mar 30, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The day of Windows XP is over. Recently, Microsoft announced that, on April 8th, 2014, they will be retiring the venerable  Windows XP operating system.  What exactly does it mean to retire an operating system?  According to Microsoft’s website: After 12 years, support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities. If your business has been relying on the XP operating system, what does this mean for you? What End of Support Means When Microsoft stops offering support and updates for XP users, this can impact your business in several ways. As noted in the quote above, more modern operating systems offer improved security, improved accessibility, mobility, and manageability, and improved productivity. What this says without saying is, XP will become increasingly less secure, less efficient, less productive, and less manageable. Security risks are a hugely important consideration for business owners. Security risks threaten every aspect of your business operation, and after April 8th, no one will be able to help you address these concerns. “No further updates” means that whatever the current capabilities of this operating system are, that’s how it will stay. No matter how business software improves and grows, XP will be static and will not adapt to new demands and new potential. What Should You Do? As XP phases out, you should be on the lookout for replacement operating systems for your business machines.  This is a good time to analyze how you are using computers in your business — are you getting as much out of them as you can be?  Innovative new business solutions are constantly emerging which simplify, improve, and secure business data and processes.  If you’ve been relying on old machines with old business software, this can be a great opportunity to implement a new solution that will maximize your business’s efficiency...

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What is Sales Acceleration Technology?

By on Mar 20, 2014 in Blog, High Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s understandable that you would ask. After all, the terminology spawned in what has recently been an unexplored field. However, most of the technologies encompassed under this label aren’t quite as novel as you may think. It is a collection of technologies that have been developed to improve various aspects of the sales process. Ken Krogue, a proponent of sales acceleration technology, argues that it builds upon the foundation laid by sales-related CRM and marketing automation, and leverages other technologies to bring in more sales faster: “It’s gathering real-time sales intelligence from LinkedIn, InsideView and ZoomInfo. It’s having something relevant to talk about when you call a new prospect besides just the weather. It’s connecting with social media, lowering costs, raising visibility, and generating leverage.” Sales acceleration by its nature requires a complete overhaul of sales department operations. It incorporates technologies in various categories into an overarching strategy of increased sales, including remote sales presentation (e.g. Citrix’s GoToMeeting), sales email (e.g. Hubspot), social networking tools (e.g. LinkedIn), and gamification (such as Hoopla), among many other categories that Krogue specifies here. Any effort to increase efficiency and profitability with these technologies is contingent on your company actually utilizing them for those goals, says Krogue. “[Some companies] made 22 dials a day before they used our power dialer, and they make 22 dials after. It’s crazy. That isn’t sales acceleration. 170 calls a day is sales acceleration.” Like any major change in sales procedure, it also requires that sales employees possess minds with the energy and openness to learn. Based on the list I’ve linked above, how do you think you want to streamline your sales process? Are you using too much technology or not enough of it? In what area(s) could you improve? These questions will help to guide your decision toward taking on sales acceleration at full...

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Big Data and What It Means for Your Business

By on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

You may or may not have heard about Big Data, a concept often confused as one thing as opposed to another. Like the concept of cloud computing, which didn’t find a place in popular parlance until 2010 with the popularization of remotely-hosted backup storage, Big Data wasn’t well-known among the industry as a whole. Even so, it has been an essential feature of many large retail-oriented businesses like Amazon for close to a decade. However, there is a difference between Big Data and every other form of “data.” It is not what it is so much as what you do with it as a business: to gain value from it. You can use large files, including videos, to show your sensitivity to your customer’s needs and desires. Other types of data are seldom touched because they are merely static objects kept in the books for compliance and reference (e.g. credit card information). Any data, therefore, that can serve a purpose aside from being kept in storage can become Big Data, and hence valuable for your bottom line. As an example, you get an email from amazon.com confirming a completed order. On that email, you’ll find several other items that Amazon wants you to consider for your next purchase. In the instant you bought the item, Amazon analyzed it, compared it with similar merchandise, and sent the names and pictures of those items to you. By taking this extra humanizing step, they’ve indicated that your item is as valuable to them as it is to you, and they are willing to do more fast and easy business with you, the customer. Another example is something we don’t really surf the Internet for: advertisements. (Unless you missed Super Bowl commercials, though they’re not the sort of advertisement we need to consider for our intents and purposes.) On any given Google search results page, they sit at the top or some distance away from the right side. Why? Any terms and combinations of terms that you enter into the search box are indexed and compared with pre-assigned terms — usually those supplied by the advertisement author — in a database somewhere. Along with other data that can be determined outside of the...

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