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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 00:00

The Cloud: Not Just Better IT, All-New IT

It’s fair to say that the cloud is fast-approaching the tipping point as the dominant means of deploying enterprise infrastructure. But while the broad outlines are coming into view, the exact architecture and the host’s location are still very much “up in the air.”

The latest estimate on cloud deployments came from 451 Research this week, which pegged the current cloud workload at about 41 percent of the enterprise total with a likely rise to 60 percent by the middle of 2018. In breaking down the numbers, the firm noted that the majority of deployments are taking place on private clouds and public SaaS infrastructure, and that going forward the private side will see largely flat growth while SaaS will jump by 23 percent. As well, IaaS deployments, currently only 6 percent of the total, will double to 12 percent in the next two years.



(TNS) - Preliminary estimates indicate last week’s sudden flooding in northeast Iowa caused more than $5 million in damages to public infrastructure.

Damage to homes — extensive in Decorah and nearby Freeport — has yet to be tabulated, according to the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“The (Upper Iowa) river didn’t flood. It was flash flooding from so much rain in such a short time,” said Decorah City Administrator Chad Bird, who estimated city infrastructure damage at between $800,000 and $1.2 million, with roadways and trails most in need of repairs.



BOSTON – Delphi Technology, Inc., the leading provider of business software solutions to the healthcare professional liability industry and emerging provider to the P&C industry, and American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS), an advisory leader in the P&C industry offering policy forms, rating information and operational support, today announced their partnership to offer state-of-the-art product management capabilities to all Property and Casualty insurers.

Delphi Technology, Inc.

This new venture offers unique options for P&C carriers to leverage their AAIS content using Delphi Accelerator, giving them the ability to quickly and easily accept automatic updates, adopt new revisions, and be first to market with new products. Delphi Accelerator facilitates both the initial implementation of AAIS-based insurance products and simplifies the ongoing maintenance of those products to provide considerable time and cost savings for insurers.

"With this new alliance, Delphi Technology is positioned to offer carriers a new way to access and manage AAIS content using Delphi Accelerator," said John Flavin, SVP and Chief Business Development Officer of Delphi Technology. "Delphi's integration with AAIS will enable insurers to significantly reduce their product configuration and maintenance, when implementing AAIS's rating products and services, resulting in new products and product changes being brought to market more quickly."

"AAIS customers and policy administration software vendors now have access to the most efficient way to get AAIS program content in a format that makes it easy to implement, customize and understand program differences as changes occur," said Joan Zerkovich, SVP Operations at AAIS.  "This relationship, and the capabilities it brings, further delivers on our promise of value, efficiency and exceptional service to help our members in the next generation of insurance delivery."

The P&C industry in the United States is a trillion-dollar market providing primarily auto, home, and commercial insurance and is supported by 30 policy and technology companies.  According to the Insurance Information Institute, insurance carriers (of which there are approximately 2,544 P&C carriers) and related activities contributed $450.3B, or 2.6 percent, of U.S. gross domestic product in 2014.  As an indicator of a growing segment, 17 P&C Insurers, 13 of which are AAIS members, made the newly-announced 2016 Fortune 500 list, according to Fortune Magazine.

About Delphi Technology
Delphi Technology provides a comprehensive range of proven software solutions including underwriting, policy management, claims management, financial management, business intelligence, and predictive analytics to the property and casualty insurance industry. Leveraging a highly flexible technology platform, Delphi enables companies to streamline their operations, optimize their business processes, and respond to changing business needs resulting in reduced costs, increased operational efficiency, and improved business intelligence. For more information, visit www.Delphi-Tech.com.

About AAIS
Established in 1931, AAIS continues to serve the Property & Casualty insurance industry as the only national not-for-profit advisory organization governed by its member companies.  AAIS offers innovative products including standardized policy forms and rating information for 34 lines of business, industry leadership in research and data development, and unrivaled customer service, value, and efficiency.  Over 700 insurers, including some of the largest national carriers, rely on AAIS.  To learn more, visit www.aaisonline.com.

Netwrix will be unveiling new capabilities of the upcoming Netwrix Auditor 8.5 release, which offers unprecedented visibility and governance for hybrid cloud IT infrastructures

IRVINE, Calif. – Netwrix Corporation, the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform that supports on-premises, hybrid and cloud IT environments, announced today that it will introduce Netwrix Auditor 8.5 and showcase its new features during Microsoft Ignite 2016 at booth #552. The upcoming release will empower organizations with unsurpassed visibility into user activity across all business-critical IT systems to detect anomalies and mitigate security risks.

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility and governance platform that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid cloud IT environments to protect data regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs.

As a Microsoft Gold Application Development Partner, Netwrix is committed to providing complete visibility into Microsoft environments. The Netwrix Auditor platform supports Active Directory, Exchange, Office 365, Windows file servers, SharePoint, SQL Server and Windows Server. Netwrix Auditor is also available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, providing the rigorous control required to enable organizations to move to the cloud with confidence.

DATE: September 26-30, 2016

LOCATION:  Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA, USA

BOOTH: #552

MEET THE NETWRIX TEAM to learn how you can strengthen security in your hybrid cloud environment and protect your data against exfiltration:

Arno Therburg, security and risk expert

Jon Boyles, security and risk expert

Adam Stetson, product engineer

Roy Lopez, product engineer

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation was first company to introduce a visibility and governance platform for on-premises, hybrid and cloud IT environments. More than 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less expense, and increase the productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 90 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.

The ONS is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Certus Solutions to implement Oracle’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Applications. This is the first complete Oracle Cloud suite implementation across Her Majesty’s (HM) Government.


The ONS current ERP system Oracle E-Business Release 11 is an ageing product which has only minimal sustaining support. As a consequence the organisation requires a modern ERP system to help drive significant improvements to their financial management and enable a deeper granular level understanding of the cost of its workforce, investments and underlying cost drivers.


The project is an exciting opportunity for the organisations staff, with those involved being able to learn new skills in digital cloud-based solutions thereby building in-house capability for the future.


Certus Solutions, an Oracle® Platinum Partner and leading implementer of Oracle Cloud Services for Finance, Procurement, HR and Payroll operations, is a highly specialised consultancy who have a rich Oracle pedigree and heritage and believe the future is in the Oracle Cloud. They are committed to making the ONS successful and that the many benefits available are realised ensuring significant cost savings are delivered.


Certus Solutions has a long proven track record working within central government having undertaken work for Ministry of Justice, National Offender Management Services, Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Cabinet Office and Civil Service HR, with its founders being the original programme team behind the award winning HM Prison Service Phoenix Shared Services Programme. Certus Solutions are advocates within central government of the deployment of Oracle Cloud supporting the HM Government’s digitalisation and Next Generation Shared Services agenda.


Paul Layland, Director of Finance, Office for National Statistics said “Strong financial management is more important than ever across the Civil Service and I believe this solution will rapidly move us towards alignment with some of the outcomes from HM Treasury’s Financial Management review. Work is already underway on the Oracle Cloud with a target implementation of October 2016. I have been impressed with the engagement and commitment to the project by Certus Solutions and look forward to working with them over the next few months.”


Mark Sweeny, Chief Executive, Certus Solutions said “Certus has undoubtedly established itself as the leading Oracle ERP and HCM partner in the UK with over 25 cloud customers, 20 successful live implementations to date, with a further 5 major implementations in progress and is able to count some of the UK’s leading brand names as its customers. This engagement is an absolute first for central government and the ONS and Certus Team are leading the way with back office digital transformation in line with the government’s digital agenda through the implementation of Oracle ERP and HCM Cloud. The benefits available to government departments adopting Oracle Cloud solutions are significant and I know the team and I are looking forward to being part of this story by educating and sharing our knowledge and experiences over time with other government departments”.


Since the start of our partnership, Certus is underway with ONS’ Oracle Cloud implementation for HR and Finance. Watch our video highlights of their journey so far – click here: https://youtu.be/Ht_QMqNQNYs


About Certus Solutions

Certus Solutions is an Oracle® Platinum Partner and Oracle Education Partner. A leading provider of implementation and business support services for Oracle Cloud based software for ERP, HCM and Payroll. For more information regarding this press release and Certus Central Government activities please contact Mark Sweeny, Chief Executive Officer at Certus Solutions at mark.sweeny@certus-solutions +44 (0) 1483 610220 / +44(0) 7775 675 704.