Thales selects Sopra Steria to support its SAP transformation programme

Paris, 26 November 2015 – Sopra Steria has been selected by Thales for its ERP France programme, the aim of which is to increase its business productivity, establish consistency and fluidity between its separate units, and reduce its risks and operating costs. The contract covers the construction and deployment of a shared SAP solution for six of the group’s entities in France. This programme will last for nearly five years and is a key step for this global leader in advanced aerospace, defence, security and transport technology in maintaining its competitiveness.

Sopra Steria will provide Thales with support in its SAP transformation programme so that it can meet the operational needs of its business areas. This project, involving nearly 150 team members, will affect 8,000 users across several sites in France in Finance and Management Control, Manufacturing, Sales Administration and Logistics, Customer Services, Purchasing, and Export Control. The project also entails the deployment of a Business Intelligence solution.

With this digital transformation programme, Thales wishes to unify the systems of six of its entities – which until now have been operating independently with different solutions – by converging them onto a shared SAP solution that is as standardised as possible and that meets all of its business needs. Thales’s ultimate goal is to facilitate overall management, reduce data processing times (contracts, logistics, purchasing, order tracking, etc.), and bring together the entities’ various business processes, in order to boost its competitiveness and provide its business areas with innovative solutions.

A trusted company with recognised expertise
Sopra Steria was able to convince Thales it was the best partner for this project thanks to its expertise in SAP solutions and management of large-scale projects. Furthermore, Sopra Steria has carved itself a position as a global integrator: design, construction, data migration and change management support.

“The choice of Sopra Steria was motivated by the proximity and adaptability of its teams, by its expertise in supporting major ERP integration projects and by its understanding of our Group’s background and objectives, all of which is fully backed up by its senior management. We have complete trust in its ability to achieve this programme. We know that, thanks to the involvement and expertise of their consultants and also to the support of its senior management, Sopra Steria will be able to meet our requirements,” says Denis Plantier, Senior Vice President of Operations, Engineering and Industry at Thales.

“Our collaboration with Thales goes back a long way. As a leader in digital transformation, we are delighted to assist Thales in this ambitious information systems restructuring programme, which will enable it to optimise its performance. This project demonstrates our global provider strategy and further cements our presence in the aerospace sector. Lastly, this major programme will showcase all of Sopra Steria’s expertise concerning the SAP ecosystem,” declares Cyril Malargé, Executive Director, Consulting and Systems Integration France at Sopra Steria.

About Sopra Steria
Sopra Steria, European leader in digital transformation, provides one of the most comprehensive portfolios of end to end service offerings in the market: Consulting, Systems Integration, Software Development, Infrastructure Management and Business Process Services. Sopra Steria is trusted by leading private and public organisations to deliver successful transformation programmes that address their most complex and critical business challenges. Combining high quality and performance services, added-value and innovation, Sopra Steria enables its clients to make the best use of information technology. With 37,000 employees in over 20 countries, Sopra Steria had pro forma revenue of €3.4 million in 2014. Sopra Steria Group (SOP) is listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment A) – ISIN: FR0000050809 For more information, please visit our website http://www.soprasteria.com/

Contacts
Sopra Steria: Catriona McCallum, catriona.mccallum@soprasteria.com
Agency: Emily Belton, +46 (0) 761735547, Emily.Belton@bm.com

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Real-time analytics and money-saving specialist EveryWare launched

Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 November 2015: A pioneering real-time analytics specialist – EveryWare – has today been launched, with the aim of saving businesses money in areas that they are yet to recognise.

EveryWare identifies the inefficiencies that are costing businesses money through the use of retrofit sensors and Internet of Things technology, allowing them to resolve issues instantly and remotely, before they escalate. It is born from the desire to provide a responsive, interoperable, easily integrated, tailored analytics solution to enterprises that cannot or do not wish to use one of the giant enterprise software systems.

“What differentiates us is that we are entirely vertically integrated. We manufacture the sensors, the software and the interface in house. No outsourcing, no middle man. You can find us all in one place,” said Nigel Maris, Managing Director of EveryWare and Founder and Managing Director of its sister company, Assembled Electronics Solutions (AES). “This makes us cost effective, scalable, nimble and responsive – something that the larger enterprise software providers struggle to be.”

The technology is tailored specifically to problems encountered in each individual business across a wide range of sectors – including manual handling, healthcare and green energy. The main focus is to simplify the process of obtaining appropriate data in the areas that are costing businesses money or potentially need to be controlled to avoid a crisis situation. This in turn gives companies the chance to react effectively on receiving real-time data.

“The process breaks down into three main stages: local sensing though sensors that can be fitted retrospectively, local control via a Smarthub and remote monitoring from anywhere in the world via any handheld device,” said Tom Screen, Technical Director of EveryWare. “The back-office Smarthub tracks data gathered by sensors in the workspace, which is then synced in real time to a cloud platform for storage. Management can connect directly to the Smarthub from a remote device by using a secure access code to receive a real-time overview of the workspace, broken down by function.”

EveryWare devices notify management if the sensors detect that pre-determined parameters have been exceeded, ensuring that they have complete control at all times.

EveryWare utilises the experience of its sister company AES’, in the manufacture of its sensors and Smarthubs, meaning that everything is designed, developed and produced in house. AES has produced electronics devices for applications across multiple sectors – such as automotive, medical, security and aerospace – since 2009.

For more information about EveryWare, please visit everyware.uk.com

Follow EveryWare on Twitter – @EveryWareUK

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ABOUT AES AND EVERYWARE:
Assembled Electronics Solutions was established in 2009 with a focus on creating value for clients using innovation, design and technology to bring new products to market or to extend the life-cycle of existing products.

With its origins in the UK manufacture of printed circuit boards for more than forty years, AES has manufactured electronics devices for applications as diverse as automotive lighting, airborne and underwater systems, medical equipment and security devices.

Innovation and problem solving is at the heart of the business. The vibrant and creative culture within AES attracts corporate clients seeking a focused design and manufacturing partner that is able to grasp corporate requirements whilst remaining lean and responsive. The variety of projects stimulates innovation whilst exposing the design team to emerging technologies.

EveryWare utilises the electrical manufacture expertise of AES in the development of its sensors, which can be retrofitted to equipment to measure any parameter – from temperature to impact to energy usage – and reports back to a back-office Smarthub in real time. This data is then accessible to management through any computer or hand held device, allowing them to monitor data and make instant changes from anywhere in the world.

PRESS CONTACT:
Proactive PR
Louis Peake
+44 (0)1636-812152
louis.peake@proactive-pr.com

Context Information Security Joins “Bit9 + Carbon Black Connect” Alliance Program as an Incident Response Partner

LONDON, UK—November 23, 2015Context Information Security has joined the “Bit9 + Carbon Black Connect” Alliance Program as an incident response (IR) partner. Bit9® + Carbon Black® is the market leader in Next-Generation Endpoint Security (NGES).

As a “Connect” IR partner, Context uses Carbon Black in investigating and remediating cyber incidents and breaches for its customers. Context deploys Carbon Black across endpoints within their clients’ environments to hunt for and investigate evidence of compromise, revealing the entire “kill chain” of the attack. Using Carbon Black, their responders can quickly identify malware, attacker tools and their access, to develop an intelligent and informed response. This enhanced visibility enables Context to rapidly contain attacks and accelerate remediation efforts.

“Carbon Black is an essential tool within our armoury. It is a key component in our investigations with its ability to interrogate the end point and to aid in our assessment of the forensic evidence left by the whole range of cyber threat actor groups during security breaches,” said Peter Barbour, Principal Investigative Consultant, Context. “Carbon Black in a cornerstone in our protection of our client base who rely on us to safeguard their reputation and prevent their customers from harm.”

“Combining the remarkable skills of the Context Incident Response Team with the cutting-edge capabilities of Bit9 + Carbon Black has truly created a force to be reckoned with,” said Tom Barsi, vice president of business development for Bit9 + Carbon Black. “Context now has the ability to offer its customers the industry’s most comprehensive solution to protect endpoint devices, where the valuable data that their attackers are targeting resides.”

About the “Bit9 + Carbon Black Connect” Alliance Partner Program
The “Bit9 + Carbon Black Connect” Alliance Partner Program integrates the leading endpoint and server security solution from Bit9 + Carbon Black with solutions from top companies in four categories:

  • Incident response
  • Managed security services
  • Threat intelligence
  • Network security, analytics and SIEM

This enables enterprises to create a unified defence against cyber threats. Enterprises that deploy the Bit9 Security Platform and/or Carbon Black with certified alliance partners’ offerings experience a fully integrated strengthening of their security posture, a decrease in their total cost of ownership, achievement of faster deployment times, and gain increased value from their integrated solutions.

About Context IS
Context is an independently managed cyber security consultancy, founded in 1998. Our broad service portfolio covers the areas of security penetration testing and assurance, incident response and investigations, and technical security research.

We specialise in providing network security monitoring and incident response services, with offerings across the full spectrum of consultancy – from training and familiarisation through to rapid incident response and long-term dedicated monitoring. These services have been designed and honed through extensive experience to give organisations the support and capability they need to effectively and efficiently detect, respond to and protect against the most sophisticated cyber threats.

In recognition of our capability and reputation in this area Context were among the first companies to be accredited under the joint CESG and CPNI run Cyber Incident Response Scheme and we are one of only five companies currently accredited under this scheme.

Contact
Cathy O’Neill
Spark Communications Ltd,
cathy@sparkcomms.co.uk
+44 (0)20 7436 0420

Zynstra wins 2015 Infrastructure Innovation of the Year at the UK IT Industry Awards

Bath, United Kingdom – 23rd November 2015. Zynstra a provider of hybrid cloud solutions for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), has been awarded the 2015 UK IT Industry Award for Infrastructure Innovation of the Year.

Zynstra beat off competition from nine other finalists, winning the award for its ability to deliver measurable customer benefits and for reinventing the way organisations buy and manage their IT infrastructure. Zynstra’s customers have seen improved efficiencies (reducing an IT team’s admin burden by over 90%), enabling the release of IT resources to focus on strategic projects rather than just ‘keeping the lights on‘ and travelling to remote offices to fix problems.

Nick East is presented with the UK IT Industry Awards Infrastructure Innovation of the Year Award

The BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Awards are a platform for the entire profession to celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence. This year’s Awards featured 25 categories which covered: project, organisation, technology and individual excellence. The categories were open to organisations and individuals involved in IT across the public, not for profit and commercial sectors.

Nick East, the CEO and co-founder of Zynstra said:
“Zynstra is rapidly gaining momentum, challenging the status quo by reinventing the way SMBs buy and manage their server based IT infrastructure in a cloud connected world. We’re making it secure, reliable and affordable, using our unique virtualization and cloud management technology. To be recognised as leaders in innovation by Computing and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, demonstrates the phenomenal technical depth and maturity of our technology, and validates our mission to make IT a source of competitive advantage for SMBs.”

Paul Fletcher, Group CEO of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and those who were highly commended in our UK IT Industry 2015 Awards. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is here to make IT good for society. The Awards are a major part of this, demonstrating how excellence is being achieved across the IT profession. This year the calibre of applications we received was outstanding, but the winners stood out as exceptional and inspiring, and they should be very proud of their success.”

Stuart Sumner Editor of Computing commented: “Well done to all the winners and those who were highly commended on their achievements. The UK IT Industry Awards are rigorously judged by a panel of experts, which truly celebrate professionalism and innovation in IT today. Every winner and runner up represents the very best of the IT profession.”

The company has also received nominations for the CRN Channel Awards, in the Cloud Services Vendor of the Year category and the TechCities Award for Bristol & Bath.

Zynstra delivers unique patent pending software to offer the best of ‘Cloud Computing’ with the best of secure local IT, and ensures customers have a reliable infrastructure wherever they are. A monthly subscription provides access to the IT businesses need without expensive capital expenditure – just like paying for a mobile phone.

Zynstra is backed by Octopus Investments, one of the United Kingdom’s leading investors in fast-growth companies that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry.

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About Zynstra:
Zynstra is a provider of hybrid cloud solutions that enable SMBs to benefit from the security and performance of local IT combined with the economics and ease of the cloud. Headquartered in Bath, UK, Zynstra has developed patent-pending technology that gives SMBs hassle-free, enterprise-level IT with built-in reliability they can afford.

Zynstra is backed by Octopus Investments, one of the UK’s leading investors in fast growth companies that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry.

Contact:
Susannah Wyeth
Atomic PR
Zynstra@atomicpr.com
+44 (0)20 7478 7801

Broadband Forum brings Fiber closer to home

November 23, 2015, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Bringing optical fiber speeds and applications to customers around the world became significantly more achievable for service providers this week, as the Broadband Forum completed innovative work on the management of Fiber to the Distribution Point (FTTdp).

Managing fiber-fed nodes in the periphery of the access network using advanced software-based techniques not only opens the way to ultrafast broadband services but also provides further stimulus for developing technologies such as G.fast – which achieves fiber-like speeds over shorter distances for customers connected by copper cables.

At the Broadband Forum’s quarterly meeting in Mexico, the first gathering of the Forum since the highly successful launch of its Broadband 20/20 vision, it was agreed that the FTTdp YANG management model was ready for release exclusively to members for testing in network equipment. This is the Forum’s first software project written in the YANG modelling language.

“This is great news for our members whether they be service providers, vendors or test houses,” said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh. “By adopting YANG modelling we are in the process of moving the management of FTTdp from the drawing board into the network, helping to drive open interoperability between different devices. This means service providers can offer competitive ultrafast services such as G.fast.”

G.fast is an area of considerable activity within the Forum. Next in the series of plug-fests, the Forum’s approved test house University of New Hampshire Interoperability Labs (UNH-IOL) will stage the latest G.fast plug-fest – paving the way to the industry’s first certifications.

At the Forum’s meeting in Mexico, one of the leading lights in G.fast development, Board Member Les Brown, was presented with a Distinguished Service Award, only presented to individuals who have provided a major influence on the direction and success of broadband development. As Director of Access Standards for Huawei, Brown has more than 34 years of experience in wireline data communications technologies.

“The success of the Forum in accelerating broadband innovation would not be possible if it weren’t for the expertise and energy of its members,” said Kevin Foster, Chairman of the Broadband Forum. “When the Broadband Forum started there were less than a million broadband connections and now there are more than 750 million. This is an extraordinary achievement and one that would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of our members, like Les, on our various projects.”

The Forum’s Broadband 20/20 vision, leveraging the innovative use of NFV, SDN, ultrafast access, Internet of Things (IoT) and, when formally defined, 5G, in the home, small business and multiuser infrastructure of the broadband network, was launched globally only last month.

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About the Broadband Forum
Broadband Forum, a non-profit industry organization, is focused on engineering smarter and faster broadband networks. Our work defines best practices for global networks, enables service and content delivery, establishes technology migration strategies, engineers critical device & service management tools, and is key to redefining broadband. Our free technical reports and white papers can be found at www.broadband-forum.org. Twitter @Broadband_Forum.

For more information about the Broadband Forum, please go to http://www.broadband-forum.org or follow@Broadband_Forum on Twitter. For further information please contact Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 7899 914168 orbrian.dolby@proactive-pr.com or Jayne Garfitt on +44 (0) 1636 812152 or jayne.garfitt@proactive-pr.com.

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