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Prysmian to add offshore cable capabilities to UK factory in Wrexham

Move comes to support increased demand for UK and European offshore wind farms

Southampton, 20 April 2017 – Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, announces the capability of its UK production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms. The new product line will enable the linking and collecting of power produced by offshore wind turbines before onward transmission to the onshore grid.

Prysmian is the largest manufacturer of cable and accessories in the UK. Recently celebrating 100 years of history, it operates multiple factories and provides extensive cable installation and test services to the highest voltage levels across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and beyond. Its high voltage facility in Wrexham is the only factory in the UK that is capable of manufacturing these submarine cable cores.

Llyr Roberts, CEO Prysmian UK comments “Our Wrexham factory has been manufacturing the highest quality cables for decades and we are delighted to be directing this depth of experience and know-how to products that will further grow the business, sustain and create local jobs and provide UK manufactured cables for the next generation of UK and European offshore wind farms.”

In the UK, Prysmian already has an established and strong presence serving the offshore wind energy sector. Alongside a dedicated submarine operations and engineering office in Chelmsford, Prysmian operates an offshore logistics and services base in Middlesbrough, which serves as a centre of excellence offering maintenance, repair and cable storage services for all offshore cabling.

It is also in Middlesbrough where the Prysmian cable laying vessel, Cable Enterprise, is based. The site is also home to an extensive range of cable burial and protection equipment, underpinning the EPCI capability of Prysmian to execute submarine cable projects.

Prysmian UK
Prysmian – manufacturer of the famous fire protection FP range for more than 30 years – is the largest cable manufacturer in the UK with over 100 years of experience. The UK operation employs more than 1,300 personnel across four sites and is well placed to support its local and global customer base with energy and telecom cables and accessories with varying voltage capacities. At higher voltages, Prysmian offers a maintenance and installation service via its Energy Network Solutions business unit. Its XLPE Xpress service delivers high voltage cables and accessories from stock. At lower voltages Prysmian’s comprehensive range of building wires and power cables are available through a first class network of wholesalers and distributors.

Prysmian Group
Prysmian Group is world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. With nearly 140 years of experience, sales of over €7.5 billion in 2016, 21,000 employees across 50 countries and 82 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest possible range of products, services, technologies and know-how. It operates in the businesses of underground and submarine cables and systems for power transmission and distribution, of special cables for applications in many different industries and of medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure sectors. For the telecommunications industry, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for voice, video and data transmission, offering a comprehensive range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.

New tech start-up Artifam puts Artificial Intelligence at the heart of eCommerce

London, April 19 2017. A new start-up called Artifam is addressing the needs of eCommerce operations looking to facilitate buyers with faster and more accurate product data and improved search functionality. To achieve this, the Amsterdam-based company has launched a platform based on artificial intelligence (AI) that is able to categorise, cleanse and enrich product information speeding up the time to market and increasing conversion rates.

The company has been formed by experts in AI and eCommerce. Co-founder Henk-Jan van der Weide brings experience from hybris, as do fellow team members, Simone Ruegner and Emile Bloemen, who was formerly Chief Revenue Officer at Volo. Co-founder Jasper Wognum adds further expertise, having started software and AI company, BrainCreators.

The new AI software platform, Arti, has been developed by the Artifam team to address the growing need in the eCommerce market for solutions that can manage the vast amounts of product data on websites.

“The only way to ensure long-term eCommerce success is by fully leveraging product data,” said Henk-Jan van der Weide. “Customers rely on being able to find what they are looking for easily and quickly, and will move on to a competitor’s site if their demands are not met. But collating and categorising such a large amount of data is time consuming and heavy on human resources, which is why Arti automates the process. This means that retailers can reduce their costs, increase conversion rates, improve time to market and boost profitability.”

In addition to pure play and retail commerce operations, Artifam is also targeting marketplaces, where sales are dependent on product details being mapped to the correct classifications, categories, attributes and labels utilised by each of those marketplaces. Users will benefit from Arti’s intuitive deep learning algorithms that can recommend the right categories to target, and monitor their efficacy to ensure products are given maximum exposure to customers on an ongoing basis.

The Arti platform is designed to be complementary to other popular eCommerce solutions and can be easily integrated via a simple down and upload CSV or API to a product database.

“For many eCommerce organisations, the considerable costs of running impactful, responsive and efficient websites eat into their margins, so they are always looking for ways to become leaner without compromising on quality,” commented van der Weide. “Platforms like Arti, that are based on artificial intelligence, can do the heavy lifting and add unbeatable value across so many elements of the eCommerce journey.”

Further information:
Julie Kirby
Ascendant Communications
jkirby@ascendcomms.net
+44 (0) 7956 955625

New release of Clarizen work collaboration software boosts executive oversight and introduces financial planning module

San Mateo, Calif. – April 13, 2017Clarizen, the global leader in collaborative work management software, today announced new, unique features that increase team efficiency, boost collaboration, and accelerate time to value in the newest version of its cloud-based platform.

The new features include a reporting tool that makes it quick and easy to create company-branded presentations for meetings with multiple stakeholders, whether executives, partners or customers; a financial planning module to manage and monitor a project’s financial health; and a new library of best practices to help organizations get up and running faster on Clarizen.

Clarizen’s collaborative work management solution provides a full-fledged project planning and execution solution that facilitates collaboration and improves productivity levels so project leaders and their teams can get their work done on-time and on-budget.

Improved Collaboration and Efficiency
Slide Publisher
Clarizen’s Slide Publisher features a wizard-based tool for creating branded presentations with project data collected from team members, using the organization’s standard corporate branding and reporting template. No more wasted staff hours collecting data from disparate sources, and manually copying-and-pasting information into a presentation. Users can now create branded a PowerPoint template for project reporting that is available across the entire organization.

“We understand that teams need to provide updates on project status to executives, customers and/or partners that highlights whether milestones are met, and flagging areas of concern,” said Yoav Boaz, VP of Product at Clarizen. “Slide Publisher makes it easy by automating the traditionally painful status reporting process. Project managers may have to rush to their next meeting, but now they will be fully prepared. And, professional service managers will now find it considerably easier to collaborate with their clients, which increases satisfaction rates and drives better project outcomes.”

Financial Planning
The new Financial Planning module combines the simplicity of a spreadsheet for data entry with the control and structure that large organizations require for tracking a project’s business impact and financial status at scale, and over time.

Financial Planning offers users several benefits, including the ability to track actuals, budgets and forecasts of project costs and revenue; identify capital and operational expenses, including both billable and nonbillable; and easily identify variances over the entire project duration. Clarizen makes it simple for project managers to track and analyze financials across the entire life of the project, gain foresight earlier into financial overruns, and allow effective collaboration between project leaders and the financial team.

Information-rich Project Overview
With the latest release, it’s never been easier to bring project views alive with color and varied formatting options such as rich text, tables, embedded images, multiple text sizes and hyperlinks. Clarizen’s Project Overview feature lets customers mix key project data inside Clarizen with custom-designed content.

Faster Time to Value
Best Practices
Clarizen works with its customers to regularly analyze and document best practices for helping companies become business agile quickly. With that, Clarizen is releasing a new set of customer-proven IT best practices for delivering successful projects from ideation to execution, including prepared packages of apps that have proven to be best-suited for specific IT use cases.

Users can follow Clarizen’s best practices to manage the entire project lifecycle from request intake through resourcing to project reporting, all with role-based guides on how best to deploy Clarizen.

Excel Import
Clarizen’s new Excel Import is an enterprise grade feature that allows companies to quickly migrate their projects from Microsoft Excel to Clarizen, saving considerable time. It enables users to work offline, share updatable data with external stakeholders, and bring in data from third-party tools in just seconds. It’s easy to import data directly from Microsoft Excel to quickly add or update existing Work Items, Cases, People, Customers, Groups, or Data Objects into Clarizen.

Availability
The Clarizen Spring 2017 Release is now available at no additional charge to existing Clarizen customers. All Clarizen customers enjoy bi-weekly product updates, which include new features in preview mode, as well as major scheduled quarterly releases with new functionality and enhancements.

The new financial planning module is accessible via a controlled availability program. Interested customers should contact their customer success manager.

For additional information on product-related updates, subscribe to Clarizen’s blog or visit the About Us page on the Clarizen website.

About Clarizen
Clarizen delivers secure, cloud-based collaborative work management solutions built on the vision of business agility. Clarizen’s PPM solution combines cross-company project management with configurable workflow automation. Discussions, tasks, projects and portfolios are all accessible from Clarizen’s scalable enterprise platform. Internal and external stakeholders both gain easy access to a single source of information to improve work execution, collaborate in-context, optimize resources and respond faster. Clarizen is a leader in Forrester’s Enterprise Collaborative Work Management report and is a two-time leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Based IT Project and Portfolio Management. To learn more, visit clarizen.com.

Clarizen is a registered trademark and the Clarizen logo is a trademark of Clarizen Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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North American Contact
Michael Young
Actual
mby@actual.agency
+1 (415) 359-6420

European Contact
Zoe Mumba
Platform Communications
clarizen@platformcomms.com
+44 20 7486 4900

Citicus launches privacy impact assessment as-a-service capability

The latest version of Citicus’ risk and compliance management software delivers a unique capability to conduct privacy impact assessments (PIA) as required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Citicus PIA approach provides a triage assessment of information systems or initiatives that involve the collection and processing of personal data. Risk factors to personal data highlighted in the GDPR legislation can be identified in an objective way and evaluated to determine the overall level of risk. Citicus’ software can then be used to identify and manage actions required to mitigate the risk and to assess and track compliance with the GDPR requirements that data controllers and data processors need to meet.

The Citicus PIA capabilities are available as software-as-a-service or through on-premise implementation. The assessment process works ‘out-of-the-box’ but is also customizable to meet local requirements. Completed assessments generate reports highlighting the status of risk to personal data, the level of compliance with GDPR requirements and real-time status of mitigating actions.

Completion of a structured privacy impact assessment provides an auditable, evidence-based process for demonstrating best practice and enforces ‘privacy by design’ – one of the cornerstones of the GDRP requirements.

Simon Oxley, Managing Director at Citicus says,
“It’s been good practice to conduct privacy impact assessments on initiatives handling personal data for some time but now GDPR is making this a mandatory process. Organizations need to up their game in understanding and managing risks to the personal data they control and the penalties for data breaches will soon be substantial – up to 4% of global revenue – once the legislation comes into force in May 2018. A structured approach to conducting privacy impact assessments needs to be a key plank of any corporate strategy for getting into line with the GDPR requirements.”

About Citicus (www.citicus.com)
Citicus Limited has been providing world-class automated risk management tools since 2000. Its flagship software – Citicus ONE – has been implemented in public and private sector enterprises of all sizes around the world. Citicus also provides training and consulting services to help customers implement their governance, risk and compliance initiatives successfully.

For more information:
Contact:
Simon Oxley or Sian Alcock, Citicus Ltd, Tel +44 (0)20 3126 4999, e-mail: info@citicus.com.

HUBER+SUHNER to unveil latest data center solutions to US market at Data Center World Global in Los Angeles

HUBER+SUHNER, leading international manufacturer of components and systems for optical and electrical connectivity, is set to unveil its latest data center solutions to the US market at Data Center World Global, taking place in Los Angeles, April 3-6, 2017.

At the event, the company will showcase its LISA side access system – designed to further improve flexibility, practicality and user-friendliness with regard to cross-connect solutions – as well as IANOS, HUBER+SUHNER’s most advanced and adaptable fiber management system to date. The expanded IANOS system offering is based on a modular cassette/tray solution. This solution facilitates rapid deployments as well as easy alterations for best in class handling and scalability, all of which are key factors in operating data centers today. The design allows complete customization and configuration offerings according to various customer needs.

“It is HUBER+SUHNER’s pioneering modular network technology which has allowed it to be recognized across Europe for its ability to efficiently produce and integrate modern, reliable and future-proof data center technology. We now hope to bring this success to the US market, especially given that the US has some of the largest data center infrastructures in the world, providing a range of services from commercial, industrial, military and defense applications – all of which HUBER+SUHNER is capable of providing solutions for,” said Tony Walker, Head of Data Center Business Development at HUBER+SUHNER.

“Our presence at Data Center World Global is the perfect platform to demonstrate our technology to potential customers in the region and prove why we are a leading supplier in other regions.”

HUBER+SUHNER has a history of involvement in the modernization and future-proofing of large-scale data centers in a multitude of network systems around the world. Its ‘Building Block’ technology has seen the company upgrade outdated and inefficient networking infrastructures from a 10G serial to be capable of supporting a 40G and 100G parallel optics, a network that is modern, reliable and future-proof.

Data centers in general face issues including overheating, limited network cable transmission range and reliability of service. These issues are directly addressed and mitigated through the integral modular and compact design of HUBER+SUHNER’s data center solutions reducing the risk of system failures and maintaining a reliable, sustainable and cost effective communication infrastructure.

Data Center World Global visitors can view HUBER+SUHNER products at Booth #815, Los Angeles Convention Center, April 3-6, 2017.

To arrange a briefing or product demonstration, please contact the HUBER+SUHNER team at hubersuhner@proactive-pr.com

HUBER+SUHNER Group
HUBER+SUHNER is a global company with headquarters in Switzerland that develops and manufactures components and system solutions for electrical and optical connectivity. With cables, connectors and systems – developed from the three core technologies of radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency – the company serves customers in the communication, transportation and industrial sectors. The products deliver high performance, quality, reliability and long life – even under harsh environment conditions. Our global production network, combined with group companies and agencies in over 60 countries, puts HUBER+SUHNER close to its customers. Further information on the company can be found at hubersuhner.com.

Media Contacts:
Kelly Mancaruso
Proactive PR
Tel: +44 1636 812 152
kelly.mancaruso@proactive-pr.com

Othmar Fuchs
HUBER+SUHNER
Phone: +41 71 353 4291
othmar.fuchs@hubersuhner.com

Problems within your Kubernetes cluster? Try Cobe to visualise your microservice dependencies and restore service fast

Introducing Cobe Beta – No more problems hunting for hours at the command line. A quick look at the cluster, a fix, and you are back to what you wanted to be doing.

One of the best parts of being a DevOps engineer is taking advantage of the new waves of tools appearing on the market. Containers and microservices have taken over our daily lives. We work with pioneering technologies from innovative organisations like Docker and Google. But, we all know that these come with certain challenges, issues and limitations.

Does this sound familiar: You discover there’s a problem with your deployed service, fire up Kubectl to gain command line access to Kubernetes, and then feel a level of frustration with the long-winded multi-step manual search for the root cause of the problem.

That’s the problem we faced at Cobe. Kubernetes is just a bit…well…clunky. There is so much disparate simplicity, that we are faced with complexity. Don’t get us wrong, we do love what Kubernetes offers us, but we found navigating our clusters to identify issues painful from the command line.

We wanted a faster, simpler way to manage Kubernetes clusters. So we set out to cut the time and effort to traverse and explore Kubernetes to short track the diagnosis and resolution of deployment problems. Eighteen months ago we started development and today we launch the Beta version of our product, Cobe.

Cobe creates a live, searchable model that captures all the relationships, performance data and actionable alarms, in full visualised context. Through search, Cobe enables you to identify and surface relevant telemetry so you can quickly identify and diagnose the root cause of issues.

In its most simple form: when you hit an issue, all you need to do is open a browser, login to Cobe and you’ll be presented with a complete topology of your environment.

Context is King

As more and more microservices are added, there is an increase in the number of moving parts – all of which need to interact. This increases the number of potential points of failure. There are no issues when all the pieces work harmoniously together, but when one of these parts fails, tracing the root of the problem across multiple tiers can be difficult.

Cobe will help you pinpoint the problem, but not just that – it will help you see it in context. Cobe not only informs you of a problem within your cluster but, further, lets you see that problem in the wider context of your cluster with associated potential causes, issues and/or implications between your microservices.

You don’t just find the pod that’s not working in your code; instead you see all the pieces of the puzzle. Which container failed? Why is the app crashing? Is there an issue with the node? Is there a bigger problem? What other things are impacted? All this in visualised Cluster context, minimising the need to go to the command line.

We built Cobe because we were frustrated at interfacing ‘blind’ with Kubernetes from the terminal and we knew that other DevOps engineers also felt this frustration. Cobe provides a full visualisation and diagnostic tool that makes it easier to see what’s going on in your environment.

Get started with Cobe in the time it takes to make a cup of Tea!

We believe that Cobe offers huge value – we use it ourselves – and we want others to try our Beta and let us know what they think. It’s the latest step in our journey – there’s lots more to come – and we’d appreciate your thoughts!

Further details about the Beta are here: https://cobe.io/beta

Or you can get started straight away: https://cobe.io/getting-started

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