Enterprise value stream management provider CollabNet VersionOne has announced new updates to VersionOne for Agile management, Continuum for DevOps and its VS Solution. According to the company, the new updates aim to expand its support for Agile at scale and Agile frameworks as well as simplify Agile planning and management.

“High performing software organizations are bridging Agile and DevOps initiatives together through common goals that focus on business value,” said Flint Brenton, CEO for CollabNet VersionOne. “To help customers deliver software that impacts the bottom-line, we continue to add new functionality that supports teams and the need for organization-wide, data-driven workflows.”

Highlights of the release include Version to ALM Synchronization, a level dependency board, progress visibility in Continuum and VS exchange.

Cockroach Labs announces new round of funding
Cockroach Labs, provider of the geo-distributed SQL database CockroachDB, announced that it received $55 million in a series C round of funding.

According to the company, its solution CockroachDB has the ability to localize data within availability zones, which allows global businesses to provide every customer with a local experience while ensuring regulatory compliance.

“As organizations transition to the cloud, they eventually find that legacy relational databases are difficult to scale, inflexible to deploy, and fail to take full advantage of modern cloud capabilities,” said CEO and co-founder of Cockroach Labs Spencer Kimball. “This funding will accelerate our growth within and well beyond the database space.

Twilio announces Conversations API and Media Streams
Cloud communications platform Twilio announced new customer service solutions at its SIGNAL 2019 customer and developer conference in San Francisco today. Twilio Conversations is a new API that enables developers to build conversational experiences across multiple messaging channels, the company explained.

“Leading companies have figured out that the next evolution of great customer experience is through messaging. Twilio Conversations empowers businesses to build personal, long-lived connections with their customers on the channels they prefer,” said Chee Chew, chief product officer at Twilio.

With the API, developers can now build experiences such as support conversations for field service to help coordinate things such as changes in takeout delivery orders with drivers, and secure, compliant conversations for financial services, in which bankers can have an integrated conversation with a customer on text and a partner on WhatsApp.

In addition, the company announced Media Streams, a new API that enables businesses to access, analyze and act on voice calls in real time. Features include real-time transcription, call center optimization, and conversational interfaces.

42Crunch announces OpenAPI editing tools
42Crunch announced a new release of its API security platform, which aims to simplify how developers define security in OpenAPI contracts.

“We believe developers are the most valuable intelligence when it comes to delivering better, simpler, automated API Security,” said Jacques Declas, CEO and founder of 42Crunch. “By using API contracts at the heart of security, you’re empowering them to be the driving force in defining security requirements and identifying risks from day one.”

The new enhancements for 42Crunch include the ability to run over 200 security checks of the OpenAPI specification definition, detailed feedback for security improvements, ability to view security issues in-line with contract based on severity level, and ability to edit directly in the new web user interface.

Accusoft announces integration with Cloud OCR and UiPath
Accusoft announced the release of new libraries that enable the robotic process automation (RPA) provider UiPath to provide users with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities in the cloud.

According to Accusoft, legacy systems rely on manual entry and the ability of Accusoft to extract data from image files and UiPath’s workflow engine aims to address this problem and to fully automate data entry.

“Accusoft’s primary purpose has long been to help our clients get their own software products to market in the most efficient way possible, using our world-class content processing and conversion tools. This new offering is an expansion of that purpose and goes a step further in helping our clients automate their work,” said Steve Wilson, VP of product at Accusoft.