Ipswitch Extends Application and Infrastructure Visibility and Control with Latest WhatsUp Gold Release

Ipswitch expands the industry’s most customer-friendly pricing model to include Application Performance Management

London, U.K. – January 6, 2016Ipswitch today released WhatsUp Gold 16.4, the newest version of its industry-leading unified infrastructure and application monitoring software. WhatsUp Gold 16.4 further extends IT team visibility and control to include Linux and Java-based applications, new networked services, and expanded virtual environments. These new capabilities enhance the ability of IT teams to find and fix problems before end users are impacted. Additionally, customers will benefit from a simplified, more-for-less pricing model for Ipswitch’s Application Performance Monitoring designed to provide customers easy and flexible licensing with no surprises – price is based on the number of applications and not on the number of components.

“We integrated user feedback into WhatsUp Gold 16.4 to provide a great user experience with advanced, but easy-to-use features,” said Michael Hack, Senior Vice President of European Operations at Ipswitch. “The expanded set of monitors and application support are helping us reach new users and satisfying evolving demands of all customers. And our new APM licensing model is simple; you pay by the application without concern for the number of individual components that application contains.”

New features in Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold 16.4 include:

  • Extended Visibility into More Applications: New Application Performance Management (APM) profiles for critical apps running on Microsoft, Linux and Java environments
  • New Infrastructure Monitoring Capabilities: New monitors for Java applications, vSphere 6, Ping Jitter and SSL certificates
  • Improved Network Flow Monitoring: Sorting and reporting using end-point interface filters
  • Simplified User Experience: Easier administration of AD/LDAP environments with more than 1,000 groups and further automation of configuration tasks
  • More Customer Friendly APM Licensing: Ipswitch extends the industry’s most cost-effective pricing model to include its APM offering – with WhatsUp Gold, IT teams just buy what they need based on how many applications will be monitored. Unlike other APM products, no understanding of how many elements or components each application contains is required

“Finding a technology vendor that is willing to listen to your needs and is committed to using customer feedback when enhancing its products is really important to us as a business,” says Randy Davis, IT Operations Manager at Radford University. “IT is constantly changing and evolving, and Ipswitch has proven time and time again that they have a true understanding of the challenges today’s IT professionals face. The new, simplified licensing model and enhanced application performance monitoring capabilities within the APM module of WhatsUp Gold adds new tools to our monitoring arsenal, and makes the product more accessible and appealing.”

A recent survey by Ipswitch that polled 2,685 IT professionals around the world indicated that the top challenges holding IT teams back in 2016 fell into eight distinct categories, with network and application performance monitoring (19 percent), new technology updates and deployments (14 percent) and time, budget and resource constraints (10 percent) among the top responses. In developing WhatsUp Gold 16.4, the Ipswitch team aimed to alleviate these pressures from IT teams by addressing these key obstacles with its new and improved product.

“Over the past several years, IT environments have become much more complex, resulting in growing demands for comprehensive network, infrastructure and application monitoring tools to improve IT teams’ control and visibility,” said Shamus McGillicuddy, Senior Analyst Network Management at Enterprise Management Associates. “Organisations are embracing cost-effective and flexible consolidated IT management tools that have unified monitoring capabilities and deliver a simplified experience.”

To learn more about WhatsUp Gold 16.4, visit http://www.whatsupgold.com/products/whatsup-gold-whats-new.aspx.

About Ipswitch
Ipswitch helps solve complex IT problems with simple solutions. The company’s software has been installed on more than 150,000 networks spanning 168 countries to monitor networks, applications and servers, and securely transfer files between systems, business partners and customers. Ipswitch was founded in 1991 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. For more information, visit www.ipswitch.com.

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Canadian Surety & Specialist Insurer, The Guarantee, Doubles Premium Base Following Tinubu Square Implementation

6 January 2016 – London, UKTinubu Square, a leader in credit risk software solutions, has been credited with helping The Guarantee Company of North America (The Guarantee) to raise its profile in the highly competitive surety and specialist insurance market in Canada to the extent that it has doubled its premium base in just three years.

The Guarantee approached Tinubu with a view to differentiating itself in a marketplace dominated by very large players. Whilst credit insurance was already offered in the organisation’s portfolio, it represented only a small part. The Guarantee, however, recognised that credit insurance could be a growth line item if it had the right tools in place to make expansion possible. It looked for a partner that could deliver the technology, and after considering a number of options, selected Tinubu Square.

Jay Rampersad, Vice President Credit Insurance, Guarantee Trade Credit Solutions at The Guarantee, said: “Our strength is in our specialism in the Canadian market, but our weakness on the credit insurance side was that we did not have the portal or the software to be a player.”

Tinubu not only provided state-of-the-art technology to The Guarantee, it also understood the credit insurance industry, and this was significant.

“Meeting and working with the Tinubu Square team was the best thing that could have happened to us. We were not talking to software people unfamiliar with the industry, but a team which knew about credit insurance. It was the right combination that we were looking for.” Rampersad continued.

The implementation of Tinubu Square’s Credit Insurance Suite (CIS) solution was completed in just eight months, and provides The Guarantee with four modules: commercial underwriting, risk underwriting, claims management and administration.

The Guarantee directly links the doubling of its premium base to the implementation of Tinubu’s CIS: “Being a small player, doubling our premium base in three years was exceptional in a very competitive environment and a shrinking market in Canada, and we were able to do this after Tinubu deployed its platform,” Rampersad concluded.

About Tinubu Square
A fintech innovation flagship for 15 years, Tinubu Square is the leading European expert in trade credit risk management. Thanks to a high-level knowledge of credit risk, Tinubu enables organizations across the world to significantly reduce their risk, financial, operational and technical costs with best-in-class SaaS solutions and services.

With its innovative technological approach, Tinubu Square provides IT solutions and services to different businesses including multinational corporations, credit insurers and receivables financing.

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oneM2M and OMA Present Seminar Aimed at IoT Industry Developers

Standards Bodies Seek to Bridge the Gap with Developers of Products and Services for the Internet of Things

San Diego, CA – December 17, 2015 – The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and oneM2M today announced that they are partnering to present a seminar in San Diego, California on January 21, 2016 to explore the technical and operational gaps between Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and developers of products and services for the Internet of Things (IoT). The seminar will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley at 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, California, 92108, USA.

“OMA has been a partner of oneM2M since its launch in 2012 and has participated in the excellent work being done there,” said Seth Newberry, General Manager of the Open Mobile Alliance. “With this seminar, oneM2M and OMA explore a topic of mutual interest – how do we make sure the specifications we are producing get into the hands of IoT developers in a timeframe and format they can use?”

Today, in the IoT industry, there is a disconnect between the communities that produce specifications such as LwM2M and oneM2M Release 1, and the communities that use them. This divide is one between the SDOs that define how networks operate and deliver services, and the application developers creating apps for use over those networks. Entitled “Bridging the gap between standards and developers in the IoT space”, oneM2M and OMA will bring together both of their technical plenaries along with registered guests to explore the roadblocks and solutions to delivering quality specifications that developers can easily use to design and build IoT products and services. This seminar, also available online via webinar, will focus on the processes and tools that can be employed to facilitate the use of industry standards by the developer community.

Omar Elloumi (Alcatel-Lucent), Technical Plenary Chair of oneM2M said, “The industry works with a large number of competing IoT technologies, and developers, implementers, and users are trying to guess which ‘one’ will dominate. oneM2M doesn’t attempt to pick winners, rather we provide an interworking framework across multiple IoT protocols and network types. Working with the Open Mobile Alliance, we are both addressing and, more importantly, narrowing, the gap between international standards that enable global scalability and the near-term market requirements and capabilities that will encourage IoT developers.”

Presentations from OMA, oneM2M, Vodafone, Alcatel-Lucent, Smith Micro, Sierra Wireless, Gemalto, Eclipse Foundation and HOP Ubiquitous will give real world examples of the issues developers face and how SDOs can help. For more information and to register for the seminar or webinar see http://openmobilealliance.org/event/oma-iot-seminar/.

About Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)
OMA is the wireless industry’s focal point for the development of mobile service enabler specifications, which support the creation of interoperable end-to-end mobile services. From requirements to specifications to implementations, OMA enables service architectures and open interfaces that are independent of the underlying wireless networks and platforms and that work across devices, service providers, networks, and geographies. For more information, including membership and access to OMA specifications, see www.openmobilealliance.org.

About oneM2M
oneM2M is the global standards initiative that covers requirements, architecture, API specifications, security solutions and interoperability for Machine-to-Machine and IoT technologies. oneM2M was formed in 2012 and consists of eight of the world’s preeminent standards development organizations: ARIB (Japan), ATIS (North America) CCSA (China), ETSI (Europe), TIA (North America), TSDSI (India), TTA (Korea), and TTC (Japan), together with six industry fora or consortia (Broadband Forum, Continua Alliance, GlobalPlatform, HGI, Next Generation M2M Consortium, OMA) and over 200 member organizations. oneM2M specifications provide a framework to support applications and services such as the smart grid, connected car, home automation, public safety, and health. oneM2M actively encourages industry associations and forums with specific application requirements to participate in oneM2M, in order to ensure that the solutions developed support their specific needs. For more information, including how to join and participate in oneM2M, see:http://www.onem2m.org.

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Deloitte rank Connexica as one of the fastest growing Analytics providers within the UK

As 2015 draws to a close, Staffordshire-based software company Connexica were not only ranked as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2015, but as one of the fastest growing providers of Analytics software throughout the UK.

This accolade registers the impressive development the company has undergone over the last few years, increasing not only its profits but also its employment figures, customer base and recognition as one of the leading providers of Analytics software.

The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA programme is the region’s most objective industry-ranking to focus on the technology field, recognising technology companies that have achieved the fastest rates of revenue growth across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) during the past four years.

Combining technological innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth, Fast 500 companies – large, small, public and private – span a variety of industry sectors, and are leaders in hardware, software, communications, media, life sciences and clean technology.

Over the past four years, Connexica’s revenue has grown by 281%, a monumental figure that places the company not only within the 500 fastest growing technology companies in the EMEA, but as one of the most progressive Analytics companies in the country.

‘Securing a position in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 is an impressive feat, especially in the highly competitive and rapidly changing environment of the technology industry,’ said David Cobb, Deloitte UK and partner in charge of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA programme. ‘We congratulate Connexica on being among the most dynamic and successful technology companies in the region.’

Connexica is now recognised as a leading provider of Analytics software. The company’s main solution, CXAIR, has delivered significant benefits for organisations across a wide variety of different sectors including retail and local government and has developed a presence within the NHS following a number of recent customer successes.

CXAIR allows healthcare organisations to unify their data and create reports easily without technical knowledge, allowing healthcare professionals from across the organisation to quickly access relevant data and make more informed decisions regarding their services.

Greg Richards, Sales & Marketing Director at Connexica, has said that ‘Connexica have experienced significant growth over the last four years and are delighted that this is reflected through ranking in the Technology Fast 500 EMEA 2015. We are excited by this recognition and hope to continue to expand our customer base, partner family and work force for years to come.’

Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA selection and qualifications
The Technology Fast 500 list is compiled by the Deloitte EMEA Technology Fast 50 programme, nominations submitted directly to the Technology Fast 500, as well as public company research. To qualify for the Technology Fast 500, entrants must have had base-year operating revenues of at least €50,000 and current-year operating revenues of at least €800,000.

Entrants may be either public or private companies but must be a ‘technology company’, headquartered in EMEA. A ‘technology company’ is defined as a company that develops or owns proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company’s operating revenues, or manufactures a technology-related product, or devotes a high percentage of effort to the research and development of technology. Using other companies’ technology in a unique way does not qualify.

About Connexica
Our extensive experience in analytics and search technology has enabled us and our partners to deliver innovative self-service solutions to organisations across many industries.

We are the authors of CXAIR, technology designed specifically for the data challenges of today and usable for anyone who knows how to Google. Our mission is to turn smart data discovery into actionable information for everyone.

To learn more about Connexica, visit www.connexica.com or follow on Twitter @ConnexicaUK

About Deloitte
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Deloitte provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. Deloitte’s more than 225,000 professionals are committed to making an impact that matters. Deloitte serves 4 out of 5 Fortune Global 500® companies, please connect with DTTL on Facebook, LinkedIn, orTwitter.

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Hitachi Creates Culture of Lifetime Learning with Cornerstone OnDemand

Leading global manufacturer elevates learning and development programs to tap into employee potential and support organisational success

Dec. 15, 2015Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD) announced today that leading global manufacturer Hitachi, Ltd., has implemented Cornerstone’s cloud-based talent management software solution to deliver a best-in-class learning and development experience to more than 350,000 Hitachi employees across nearly 1,000 group companies.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Hitachi is at the forefront of innovation in many industries, including power and infrastructure systems, information and telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials and components, automotive systems, and healthcare, among others. With a belief that lifelong learning is critical to employee and organisational success, Hitachi is leveraging Cornerstone’s learning and enterprise collaboration applications, includingCornerstone Learning and Cornerstone Connect, to foster a culture of continuous learning, development and collaboration among its global employee base. Going beyond transactional learning experiences, Hitachi is equipping its workforce with crucial skills and knowledge at the point of need to help employees perform at their best and advance their careers within the organisation.

Modern Learning and Development at Hitachi
Hitachi is not only providing access to general training for its global employee population, but it is also designing leadership development programs for building a strong core of future global leaders – all delivered through Cornerstone’s software. In what will be a multi-phased rollout, the initial deployment made the solution accessible to more than 200,000 employees globally. Subsequent phases, already underway, will continue to extend learning, assessment, development planning, certification and collaboration capabilities to support the needs of Hitachi’s entire workforce.

For Hitachi’s talent team, the Cornerstone platform enables new levels of global consistency for its learning programs, helping to streamline delivery and manage risk and compliance while creating tailored, prescriptive learning experiences for each employee.

Japanese companies of all sizes and across a wide variety of industries, such as the Nissan Motor Company, LIXIL Corporation and Kate Spade Japan Co., use Cornerstone’s best-of-breed cloud solutions to source and recruit top talent, develop and engage employees throughout their careers, improve business execution, cultivate future leaders, and enable external networks of customers, vendors and distributors. The Cornerstone suite includes applications for recruiting, onboarding, learning and development, workforce collaboration, performance management, compensation management, succession planning, and reporting and analytics.

Comments on the News
“Cornerstone is the leading global learning and collaboration platform in the world, with a long history of transforming company cultures through superior learning experiences and continuous innovation in learning delivery,” said Levent Arabaci, general manager, global human capital, Hitachi Ltd. “We are thrilled to have a technology partner that understands our business deeply and that has the capability to deliver a global solution to support our complex business needs and varied business lines both in and outside of Japan.”

“Hitachi’s program to develop global leaders is a core component of our talent strategy, which is focused on achieving global excellence and leading the Hitachi Group of Companies into the future,” said Hajime Kawamura, senior manager, global HR initiatives promotion department, human capital group, Hitachi Ltd. “We are proud to provide our employees with access to these programs through Cornerstone, and to provide the most modern and engaging learning experience available today.”

“We are seeing an incredible appetite among employees and leaders across the globe for technology that enables people to realize their potential,” said Adam Miller, founder and CEO, Cornerstone OnDemand. “Hitachi is at the frontlines of this movement, and by bringing learning to the centre of the employee experience, the organisation will be equipped to adapt to changing market and business needs. We look forward to supporting Hitachi’s success through continuous innovation and world-class service.”

“Hitachi is at the forefront of Japanese companies that are transforming learning and talent practices using cloud-based technology,” said Frank Ricciardi, vice president and general manager, Asia-Pacific and Japan, Cornerstone OnDemand. “Leveraging such technologies will allow companies to architect both local and global business practices and capitalise on growth opportunities more effectively.”

About Cornerstone OnDemand
Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ:CSOD) is a global leader in cloud-based learning and talent management software. The company’s solutions help organisations realize the potential of a modern workforce. From recruitment, onboarding, training and collaboration, to performance management, compensation, succession planning and analytics, Cornerstone is designed to enable a lifetime of learning and development that is fundamental to the growth of employees and organisations.

Based in Santa Monica, California, the company’s solutions are used by more than 2,400 clients worldwide, spanning 22.2 million users across 191 countries and 42 languages. To learn more about Cornerstone, visit us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. www.csod.com

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totalled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.

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Sopra Steria launches its European centre of excellence for cognitive computing

The group will tap into IBM Watson technology to help its clients create and deploy new Watson powered apps

Paris, 14th December 2015 – Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, announces the launch of its European centre of excellence for cognitive information technologies. The group is entering the IBM Watson Ecosystem and will leverage the IBM Watson Developer Cloud to pilot, test and deploy new business ideas, with the aim of proposing innovative solutions embedded with Watson cognitive computing technology to its customers in support of their digital transformation initiatives.

As companies race to digitise in a complex environment consisting of new customer needs and competitive challenges, there is significant potential for cognitive systems like Watson to work with humans to augment human intelligence and scale expertise across industries. In fact, IDC predicts that by 2018, half of all consumers will interact with services based on cognitive computing on a regular basis.

Sopra Steria plans to create an IBM Watson cognitive skills centre, which will open for the first time in Lille, France in 2016. Backed by the group’s business-specific expertise, its close relationships with its clients and its experience in guiding them through changes, Sopra Steria will be able to identify the most relevant applications for its clients and offer innovative, disruptive solutions as part of their digital transformation.

IBM created an open developer platform to share its cognitive computing technology and spark an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, developers, start-ups and established businesses that is represented by more than 400 ecosystem partners, over 100 of which have already introduced commercial cognitive-enabled apps, products and services to the market. Sopra Steria looks forward to being a part of this vibrant community and contributing to the development of new cognitive based apps and businesses.

The development of the center of excellence for cognitive computing technology expands upon the group’s existing partnership with IBM. Sopra Steria is certified in the design, delivery and management of mission-critical solutions built on IBM software and hardware.

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 billion in 2014. Sopra Steria Group (SOP) is listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment A) – ISIN: FR0000050809

For more information, please visit our website www.soprasteria.com

Contacts
Sopra Steria: Catriona McCallum, catriona.mccallum@soprasteria.com
Agency: Maureen Conlon, +44 (0)20 7300 6206, maureen.conlon@bm.com

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