Orbis Technology, Inc.  Wins Production Contract for Redaction and Exploitation Releasability (REnDER) Tool

Posted by Sergei Moore on Jun 27, 2018 5:02:17 PM

(Annapolis, MD) Orbis Technologies, Inc. was awarded a multimillion dollar production contract with the Department of Defense for its Redaction and Exploitation Releasability (REnDER) Tool.  REnDER enables the U.S. military to efficiently and effectively share multi-source intelligence information with coalition partners. The contract provides support for the integration of the REnDER software into the client environment for the purpose of providing GEOINT work products to partner nations.  

The Redaction and Exploitation Releasability (REnDER) Tool is a one-of-a-kind software application designed to automate the content redaction and product release workflow processes. The software enables users to automatically redact content based on defined rules and procedures.  The software significantly improves the user’s productivity through the automation of both the processes and product generation. REnDER also significantly improves the accuracy of the redaction process and reducing security risks through automating and facilitating review of the source artifacts and releasable products.

Orbis’ President & CEO, Brian Ippolito, said of the award, “REnDER is our latest Enterprise Content Management software product focused on the mission of redacting content for sharing with third parties.  The production contract award is the result of a competitive process where our product was decided to be the best value and most effective product in the market.”

Founded in 2006, Orbis is recognized as an industry leader in services and technologies for designing and developing next-generation Enterprise Content Management Software, Solutions, Services and analytics. Orbis holds its corporate office in Annapolis (MD), with additional offices in Orlando (FL), Tampa (FL), Audubon (PA), and Chennai, India.


Topics: software, Press release, contract award, REnDER

From Books to Software: Beware the Bogus Review

Posted by Marianne Calihanna on Jan 4, 2013 1:19:00 PM

Beware the bogus review

The New York Times recently highlighted a topic that's been in debate for quite a while: bogus reviews. In this world where anyone can be a publisher or a reviewer and the loudest voice is sometimes heard over reason, my predominant thought is "caveat emptor." The story in The New York Times focuses on the situation with Amazon's book reviews. Look up any book on Amazon and then scroll down to read the vast amount of reviews. Even out-of-print books have a large number of reviews. There's the well read (?!) "hall of fame reviewer" Harriet Klausner who has more than 28,000 reviews logged on the site. Even as a self-proclaimed speed reader and former acquisitions librarian, that amount of reviews averages out to 6.5 reviews a day, everyday….for more than 12 years. With all due respect to Mrs. Klausner, I find it hard to take a review from her seriously.

Joe Wikert recently suggested an eloquent solution to this "slippery slope of bogus reviews." In yesterday's blog post he recommends that Amazon only allow reviews from customers who actually bought the book. Simple and logical. While this may mean I can no longer enjoy reviews of things like the Hutzler Banana Slicer or the BIC Crystal for Her Pen, I would prefer a fair analysis about an impending purchase rather than one contrived to falsely promote or slander.

It will be interesting to see how Amazon decides to handle this situation.

In the meantime, I think no matter the purchase---a book from Amazon, an expensive household appliance, or a major investment in enterprise software---the buyer needs to consider a few things and take the time to perform due diligence. Following are five tips I apply to validating any review and determining if the purchase is a worthy investment

  1. Does the reviewer provide a pen name?
    I'm less likely to value someone's opinion who uses the moniker idle45neato rather than Marianne Calilhanna.
  2. Is there a way to contact and engage in discussion?
    Even if I don't follow up with a reviewer, I like to see that there is the option to email or a web form where I can engage in further conversation.
  3. Does the reviewer list credentials or is she/he affiliated with a valid company/organization?
    I want to know why I should trust someone's opinion. I often use LinkedIn to research additional information like education, company affiliation, work experience, and qualifications.
  4. If the review is via a blog post, are comments allowed?
    When a blog post disables comments, I am immediately leery. One-way communication equates to a virtual shout and I can't see how that's helpful or believable.
  5. Have I talked to other people who use the product?
    For big-ticket items, I think most people seek out other opinions. Both good reviews and poor reviews are valid in my book. Understanding why someone may provide a poor review is equally important because I recognize that what's important to me may be different from what's important to someone else.
How do you vet a purchase?

Topics: book publishing, software, bogus reviews, book reviews

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