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SailPoint Technologies will make it simpler for enterprise IT teams to manage workflows that revolve around identities later this year. During its Navigate 2021: Confidence Redefined conference, the company — which provides tools for securing identities — unveiled SailPoint Workflows, a visual tool for creating and managing workflows via the company’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform.
SailPoint Workflows provides IT teams with a no-code tool that enables them to create custom workflows to, for example, onboard new employees, SailPoint executive VP Grady Summers told VentureBeat. Enterprises need a no-code approach to creating those workflows because few IT professionals have both identity management expertise and programming skills. “That’s very rare air,” Summers said.
Scheduled to become available in the fourth quarter, SailPoint Workflow is part of a larger company initiative to enable enterprise IT teams to deploy an intelligent, autonomous, and extensible self-driving identity security system that’s fueled by data from end users. Machine learning algorithms are then applied to surface, for example, who is using which applications or what anomalous behavior might be indicative of a security breach, Summers added.
SailPoint earlier this year acquired Intello, a provider of tools that enable IT teams to discover, manage, and secure SaaS applications, and ERP Maestor, which offers governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) management tools for SaaS applications.
In its most recent quarter, SailPoint reported total revenue of $102.5 million, an 11% increase over the same quarter a year ago. Subscription revenue was $64.4 million, a 40% increase over the same period a year ago, while SaaS revenue accounted for $25.4 million, a 66% increase over the second quarter of 2020. But the company also reported a loss of $17 million compared to a profit of $8 million a year ago. Non-GAAP income from operations was $0.8 million compared to $18.4 million in Q2 2020.
For the third quarter, the company is forecasting revenues will reach between $102 million and $104 million. Non-GAAP losses from operations are expected to be in the range of $7 million to $9 million. Non-GAAP losses from operations are expected to range from $5 million to $10 million. SailPoint expects revenues in the range of $408 million to $412 million for the full year.
Cam McMartin, a member of the board and special advisor to CEO Mark McClain, is expected to become interim chief financial officer for SailPoint beginning September 1. Meanwhile, current CFO Jason Ream tendered his resignation, effective August 31, 2021, to pursue other interests.
As identity management becomes the focal point around which zero trust approaches to securing IT environments gain traction, it has become apparent that many of the tools used to manage GRC and security are starting to converge. That shift comes as more organizations are shifting to SaaS platforms to manage both GRC and security.
It’s not clear to what degree GRC and security tools will ultimately converge, but as they move closer together, the total cost of implementing and maintaining a zero trust IT environment should decline. In the meantime, most enterprise IT organizations are at the very least reevaluating their approach to managing and securing IT in the wake of a series of high-profile security breaches.
With the shift to working from home to combat the spread of the pandemic, it’s become more apparent that the network perimeter has dissolved. IT teams cannot assume systems reside securely behind a firewall. As such, the only way to now secure what has become a highly distributed computing environment is to verify the identity of not just every user, but also the machines and applications employed within enterprise IT environments.
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‘She-Hulk’ Release Schedule: When Does Episode 9 Hit Disney Plus?
The current Marvel series dropping weekly episodes on Disney Plus is almost over. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a half-hour scripted comedy about Jennifer Walters (played by the incredible Tatiana Maslany), the Hulk’s equally green cousin.
The first season consists of nine episodes. Six are directed by Kat Coiro and the other three by Anu Valia, with Jessica Gao as head writer. Originally, She-Hulk was set to take over Ms. Marvel’s Wednesday release spot, but the episodes instead arrive each Thursday (probably because Star Wars series Andor took over the Wednesday slot).
Exact She-Hulk episode release dates and times
Here are the exact episode release times.
- Episode 1: Available now.
- Episode 2: Available now.
- Episode 3: Available now.
- Episode 4: Available now.
- Episode 5: Available now.
- Episode 6: Available now.
- Episode 7: Available now.
- Episode 8: Available now.
- Episode 9: Available Thursday, Oct. 13 — 12 a.m. PT (3 a.m. ET/7 a.m. GMT)
The first smashing trailer
After a teaser that well and truly teased us (by not showing She-Hulk’s face), Marvel dropped the first official trailer on May 17. This time we see what She-Hulk will look like in her awesome green glory.
She-Hulk also stars Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Wong and Tim Roth, who starred as the main antagonist in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass and Renée Elise Goldsberry are also part of the cast.
First Super Mario Bros. Trailer Is Here: You Can Finally Hear Chris Pratt
It’s-a him. Chris Pratt as Mario in the movie. OK, so co-producer Chris Meledandri confirmed back in 2021 that Pratt wasn’t going to use the stereotyped voice of the video game plumber in the upcoming animated Mario film. But on Thursday, Nintendo dropped a highly anticipated teaser trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and Pratt revealed, kind of, the voice he did choose.
Honestly, the much-anticipated Pratt-as-Mario voice was kind of a letdown. There’s … maybe a faint bit of Italian accent in the few lines Pratt speaks? Or is he just using his normal voice? Pratt’s Mario mostly just reacts to getting the wind knocked out of him as he heads off on his Mushroom Kingdom adventure.
Sure, there was no way Pratt was going to use the exaggerated, stereotypical voice, but so little of him can actually be heard in the teaser it’s tough to say how his Mario will sound. He doesn’t deliver any of Mario’s famed catchphrases — no “It’s-a me, Mario” or “Wahoo!” Maybe more will be revealed when a longer trailer comes along. Regardless, there’s a better chance to hear some of Jack Black’s Bowser (he’s excellent) and a good look at the vibrant animation.
Fans were underwhelmed by Pratt’s voice, or at least what we got to hear of it.
“Everything in the Mario movie trailer looks and sounds absolutely great…except for Chris Pratt’s voice lol,” one viewer tweeted.
Pratt reminded one viewer of Ratso Rizzo in 1969’s Midnight Cowboy. “It was like four words, but I definitely got Dustin Hoffman ‘I’m WALKIN HEAH!’ vibes.”
And another person summed it up nicely, writing, “It’s not similar to Mario. It’s not similar to Mario’s vibe. It’s not even similar to the live action movie version. Just Chris Pratt sounding a little confused.”
“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to be Mario,” Pratt says in a video clip preceding the trailer, relating how he played Mario games on a machine at his childhood laundromat. Good to know, but the jury is still out on how that dream will become a reality.
And after the trailer was published, Pratt tweeted about it, writing, “After playing the games for years as a kid (and adult) I’m excited to bring Mario to all of you! Enjoy!”
The trailer did reveal Jack Black as Bowser, and Keegan-Michael Key as Toad. But some fans were disappointed that the clip didn’t include a clip of Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, especially the actor’s infamous laugh.
“My only complaint is that we didn’t get to see Seth Rogen’s Donkey Kong voice let alone SOME form of laughter,” one fan wrote.
The Mario movie was set to come out in late 2022 but is now scheduled for release on April 7, 2023.
How marketers are tailoring data-driven creative to engage audiences on CTV
As the end of the year approaches and marketing teams look to finalize their 2023 budgets, many are wondering how to ensure their ads are set up for success in the months ahead, appealing to unique audiences whose media consumption habits continue to evolve.
Advances in programmatic technology and data targeting have made it possible to reach these audiences with precision and at scale, serving ads that showcase the products and services they’re most interested in — be it on their desktop, mobile or CTV devices. But something the industry doesn’t always discuss during the campaign planning process is how creative contributes to campaign goals and directly impacts consumers.
Nielsen found that creative is the top driver of a brand’s in-market success — up to 80% in traditional TV and 89% in digital advertising. And there are ways to ensure that creative speaks not only to viewers’ collective interests but to their nuanced interests as individuals in a non-invasive, privacy-conscious way. Using existing creative — in other words, not reinventing the wheel — marketers are taking steps to boost engagement, enhance brand awareness and achieve personalization on a greater and increasingly sophisticated level.
Making video ads actionable
Actionable creative encourages viewers to engage and interact with brands on a one-to-one level. For marketing teams, QR codes are proving an effective way to elevate this engagement, especially in the advanced TV space. For video ads produced without a QR code, these can be added as an overlay, branded frame around the video or an end card.
In essence, QR codes mirror the strategies of clickable ads in desktop or mobile environments, pushing consumers to take action and moving them through the marketing funnel (i.e., “scan to add to cart”). Not every viewer will scan the code, but even an incremental uptick in engagement is a powerful one. QR codes are an opportunity to place a brand in the palm of a consumer’s hand.
Given the proliferation of smart speakers and voice assistants (estimated to be present in approximately 95 million US households), voice-to-action commands are another way advertisers are motivating viewers to act while watching ads. By suggesting that viewers “Ask Alexa to do X” — via branded frames or end cards, for instance — marketers empower consumers to purchase a product, book a test drive and more.
Keep branding front and center
It’s one thing to serve impressions; it’s another for a brand to make an impression that drives campaign results. And without robust and well-placed branding, it’s near impossible to ensure viewers will remember a brand.
Video ads are increasingly cinematic, which, while entertaining, doesn’t automatically ensure the successful delivery of marketing goals and KPIs. If a viewer isn’t paying full attention to an ad for the full 15 to 30 seconds, they might entirely miss what the brand is, thus limiting brand recognition and recall.
When crafting creative (for CTV or otherwise) — even a more out-of-the-box, entertaining ad — successful marketing teams often place a small logo in the corner of the screen. The effect can somewhat interrupt the cinematic tone of the ad, but it ensures that consumers know which brand is speaking to them.
Developing dynamic creative to fine-tune targeting
Different audiences have different needs and therefore benefit from seeing different versions of a message. Not every brand has the budget to adapt its creative to every audience and screen, but many have found cost-effective ways to do this. One technique is dynamic video creative, in which one video is modified to become more personalized to each individual in a target audience, depending on the campaign strategy.
For example, historically, a local tourism board running a summer road trip campaign promoting travel to various destinations and attractions across a state has created a traditional TV spot to show off these destinations. However, if the tourism board wants to reach viewers on a more intimate — but also more programmatic — level, then dynamic video creative and data can turn the ad creative into thousands of iterations for all screens. In this way, they reach viewers with messages molded to their interests, needs and physical locations. The outcome is that adventure enthusiasts learn about destinations for mountain biking, and families with small children are shown amusement parks within driving distance, for instance.
These practices help marketers drive awareness, engagement and action at little to no added expense, ultimately ensuring a brand speaks to audiences in the most powerful, most convincing way. Creative may be king, but these simple techniques are the kingmakers; coupled with data and technology, they’re more achievable than ever.
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