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Expertise in UC, Voice Services, Global Networking, Data Security and Change Management positions Arkadin as a global force in deploying Cloud Microsoft UC services for Large Enterprises


LONDON – Arkadin, an NTT Communications company, and one of the largest and fastest growing providers of Unified Communications and Collaboration services, announced today the acquisition of Applicable Ltd., a leading provider of Cloud Unified Communications and enterprise voice services with offices in Bristol (UK), Brisbane (AUS) and Houston (USA).


Applicable’s 12-year track record of success in building, implementing and managing cloud-based Microsoft Lync and Skype for Business for large enterprises will enable Arkadin to expand its global reach and bring the value of Unified Communications services to large and global companies. Applicable’s expert team already hosts more than 330,000 UC users through its ‘ISO/IEC 27001:2013’ certified global private cloud platform.


“The acquisition of Applicable is an important milestone for Arkadin to enable all businesses, from SMBs to the largest enterprises, to harness the full power of Unified Communications for greater workplace productivity,” said Olivier de Puymorin, Chairman and CEO of Arkadin International. “Our highly complementary portfolios and service strategies, coupled with shared cultural values and an aggressive vision for growth, present a huge opportunity for our global customers and partners to have the benefits of a private and fully managed cloud-based UC solution.”


While Applicable will continue to run its operations independently, the two companies will collaborate on product development and long-term strategic planning. With this acquisition, Arkadin strengthens its portfolio of UC solutions available to the Large Enterprise market by combining global UC & Telephony services supported by local presence. This offer supplements the existing portfolio centred on Arkadin Total Connect, a multi-tenant Microsoft Skype for Business hosted service. This service provides a fully integrated UC ecosystem with voice-enabled Office 365, audio/web/video conferencing and contact centre.


According to Thomas Valantin, Arkadin’s Chief Commercial Officer, “Arkadin and Applicable have been cooperating for some time and we have already demonstrated the value of our combined strengths in fostering voice-enabled Skype for Business solutions for large enterprises and for providing high quality experience and driving user adoption.”


“We are thrilled to be joining Arkadin and are certain it will benefit all stakeholders, including our talented workforces and current and future customers,” said Applicable Managing Director, Alan Baldwin. “Our combined resources and shared passion for enabling organisations to collaborate, will successfully deliver integrated Microsoft UC services that meet the essential quality of experience requirements of enterprise customers. Arkadin’s global telephony and local approach to service, together with Applicable’s expertise, offer customers a complete UC service.”


Arkadin and Applicable have achieved Microsoft credentials that recognise best-in-class experience in designing, deploying and delivering Skype for Business, including:

In addition, the combined NTT Communications/Arkadin entity was recently named a Challenger for ability to execute and completeness of vision in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service, Worldwide, published 23 August 2016. Link to press release:



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About Arkadin

Arkadin is one of the largest and fastest growing Unified Communications and Collaboration Service Providers in the world. Our collection of market-leading audio/web/video conferencing and Unified Communications solutions enables enjoyable collaboration experiences that are essential to success in a digitally connected global workplace. As an NTT Communications company, our services are delivered in the cloud and backed by a cutting-edge infrastructure for premium service quality. Over 50,000 customers spanning the largest global enterprises to small businesses are supported locally in 19 languages through our network of 56 operations centres in 33 countries. For more information: http://www.arkadin.com


About Applicable

Applicable is a leading supplier of private cloud Unified Communications and Collaboration services to enterprise organisations, directly and through partners. With 15 years’ experience, 330,000 application users to date, and in-depth operational and implementation skills for Microsoft Lync and Skype for Business services, Applicable delivers focused, end to end, 24x7 service management and voice integration for global customers, with ‘ISO/IEC 27001:2013’ information security certification. These services run in a network of carrier grade data centres in the US, Europe and Asia, delivering the highest levels of availability and quality of experience. For more information: www.applicable.com, @appl1cable


About NTT Communications Corporation

NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimise the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including leading global tier-1 IP network, Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and over 150 secure data centres. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA.

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The new product, called PowerLock, increases equity returns of solar projects by up to 50 percent and is backed by Standard and Poor's "A" rated global insurance carriers

SAN FRANCISCO – kWh Analytics, the leading risk management platform for the solar industry, announced today that it has launched PowerLock, a financial product aimed at addressing the mispricing of risk for solar. The firm also announced a successful $5 million Series A to support scaling of PowerLock. Led by Anthemis Group, a leading digital financial services venture capital firm, the round is the largest Series A for a solar software company. Joining Anthemis is ENGIE, the world's largest independent power producer.  

"We believe 'bankability' should be more than a marketing slogan - an asset is bankable when it is guaranteed by a strong balance sheet and informed by real data. By offering an insurance-backed production guarantee that protects lenders and asset owners alike, we are making solar truly bankable," said Richard Matsui, kWh Analytics' CEO and Founder. "PowerLock removes a major source of risk to lenders, enabling them to deploy more capital at lower cost. By exchanging uncontracted energy estimates with contracted energy guarantees, PowerLock significantly enhances the value of solar assets."

In conventional power markets, lenders are insured by risk hedges that guarantee against volatile power prices. For solar, standard PPAs guarantee prices, but lenders can be exposed to volatile energy outputs.

"The missing ingredient has been data," Matsui continued. "While solar has long craved real solutions to reduce financing costs, the industry has lacked the historical data necessary to attract the protection of global reinsurance markets. By combining the power of our industry data with the financial strength of global insurers, we have created a product that unleashes the full strength of capital markets into the $500 billion solar market."

The Series A reflects market confidence in the role data can play in managing solar risks.

"kWh Analytics' approach to data in the solar industry will play an important role in accelerating the development of a transformational industry," said Yann Ranchere, Partner for Anthemis Group. "Market data is not only one of the key drivers for efficient markets; it is also a core asset for building a new approach to solar production insurance. We are excited to support the talented team from kWh Analytics and look forward to helping them in this new phase of their development."  

"Solar and data analytics are strategic priorities for ENGIE. We believe there is a tremendous opportunity to leverage 'big data' and established financial instruments to reduce the cost of capital for solar. We see great potential in engaging ENGIE's financing expertise, global footprint, and growing solar businesses to collaborate with the talented team at kWh Analytics to create valuable products that will mobilize the next wave of solar investment," said Hendrik Van Asbroeck, Director of ENGIE New Ventures.

Ranchere joins Larry Ng, Entrepreneurial Mentor, FinTech Innovation Labs, and former Co-Founder of Moneyline Telerate and TradeWeb, and D. Van Skilling, former CEO of Experian and chairman of CoreLogic, on the Kwh Analytics board of directors.

"I've seen firsthand how reliable, aggregated data can be transformative for markets. It has been the case for mortgages, credit cards, consumer credit and many other markets with business models based upon revenue generating assets," Skilling said. "It will be no different for solar and I am confident that the team at kWh Analytics has built the authoritative industry database, akin to what Experian did for consumer credit and CoreLogic did for mortgages."

Dell Technologies to Provide the Essential Infrastructure to Enable Digital Business and Transform IT

·       Dell Technologies becomes the world’s largest privately-controlled tech company

·       Unique corporate structure enables company the flexibility to innovate like a startup and invest in R&D for the long term while offering the trust, service and global scale of a large enterprise

·       Comprises unique family of businesses including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware

·       Technology leader in 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants

·       Blends Dell’s go-to-market strength with small business and mid-market customers and EMC’s strength with large enterprises

·       New Dell Technologies and Dell EMC branding launched today


AUSTIN, Texas – Dell Technologies today announced completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. This combination creates a $74 billion[i] market leader with an expansive technology portfolio that solves complex problems for customers in the industry’s fast-growing areas of hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity.


The company will host a conference call with media and industry analysts today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time. To register for the call, click here.

Dell Technologies serves 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and comprises several market leading businesses. The two largest, and most well-known, are the Dell client solutions business and the Dell EMC infrastructure solutions business – both of which are supported by Dell EMC Services. In addition, Dell Technologies contains Boomi, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware. This unique structure combines the focus and innovation of a startup with the global scale and service of a large enterprise. Dell Technologies’ scale will enable it to deliver more innovation and investment in R&D, sales and marketing, services and support and deliver more efficient and cost-effective solutions for customers. Furthermore, while the company will publicly report its financial results, it is privately controlled, enabling it to better focus investments on its customer and partner ecosystem over the long term.

Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, said, "We are at the dawn of the next industrial revolution. Our world is becoming more intelligent and more connected by the minute, and ultimately will become intertwined with a vast Internet of Things, paving the way for our customers to do incredible things. This is why we created Dell Technologies. We have the products, services, talent and global scale to be a catalyst for change and guide customers, large and small, on their digital journey."

Dell Technologies blends Dell’s go-to-market strength with small business and mid-market customers and EMC’s strength with large enterprises and stands as a market leader in many of the most important and high-growth areas of the $2 trillion information technology market, including positions as a “Leader” in 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants and a portfolio of more than 20,000 patents and applications.

Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase, commented, “Financial services is one of the first-movers in embracing technology to better serve our customers, and the next wave of digitalization continues a trend that’s been occurring  my whole lifetime. As one of the world’s biggest users of Dell and EMC, we spend approximately $9 billion a year on technology, including infrastructure as well as cloud computing, big data analytics and cybersecurity. We make sure we spend wisely and select our partners very carefully. I’ve known Michael Dell for 30 years. He’s top notch, ethical, and deeply cares about everyone he works with – both internally at his company and across the industry. I'm thrilled for Michael and the new company, and we are eager to see everything they create in the future.” 

Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, Salesforce, added, “Salesforce’s partnership with Dell and EMC has been instrumental in pushing innovation across the industry. Michael is an incredible visionary and one of the most important leaders in our industry. He has been an amazing partner contributing to our success. Now with Dell Technologies, he is once again reshaping the technology industry."

Tim McGrath, President and CEO of PC Connection, Inc., commented, “Our relationship with Dell has grown tremendously in the past six-plus years. Along with being recognized as a Dell Partner of the Year in both 2014 and 2015, the business has grown significantly.  As partners of Dell, EMC, VMware and RSA, we are able to provide customers with innovative, value driven, and secure end-to-end IT solutions. With the combination of the Dell Technologies family of businesses, PC Connection, Inc. is expanding its capabilities offering an ever broadening comprehensive portfolio to our customers. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Dell Technologies to ensure that our customers have the technical support, guidance, and product selection needed to help solve their business challenges with IT.”

As part of today’s announcement, the company unveiled its new branding. A video along with additional information on the new brand is available here.

Financial Terms

When the transaction closed on September 7, 2016, EMC shareholders received $24.05 per share in cash in addition to tracking stock linked to a portion of EMC’s economic interest in the VMware business. Based on the estimated number of EMC shares outstanding at close, EMC shareholders received 0.11146 shares of new tracking stock (NYSE: DVMT) for each EMC share. The value of the tracking stock may vary from the market price of VMware given the different characteristics and rights of the two stocks.


More Information

·       Dell Technologies Website

·       Dell Technologies Newsroom

·       Dell Technologies Investor Relations

·       Leadership page

·       Key Facts

·       Watch live customer broadcast

·       Blog from Jeff Clarke: Client Solutions’ Role in the Dell EMC Combination

·       Blog from David Goulden: Dell EMC – Creating A Digital Future & Transforming IT

·       Blog from Jeremy Burton: Let The Transformation Begin

·       Blog from Guy Churchward: Expanding the Horizon for Dell EMC Midrange Storage Customers

About Dell Technologies  

Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 98% of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.

Dell EMC World

Join us Oct. 18-20 at Dell EMC World 2016, Dell Technologies flagship event bringing together technology and business professionals to network, share ideas and help co-create a better future. Learn more at www.dellworld.com and follow #DellWorld on Twitter.

© Dell Inc. and EMC Corp.  Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. and EMC is a trademark of EMC Corp.  Dell Technologies is a trademark of Dell Inc.  Dell and EMC disclaim any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

Special Note on Forward-Looking Statements:

Statements in this press release that relate to future results and events are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and are based on Dell Technologies’ current expectations.  In some cases, you can identify these statements by such forward-looking words as “anticipate,” “believe,” “confidence,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “guidance,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “outlook,” “plan,” “project,” “possible,” “potential,” “should,” “will,” and “would,” or similar words or expressions that refer to future events or outcomes.  Forward-looking statements in this press release include Dell Technologies’ expectations regarding its business, operating results, financial condition and prospects following its combination with EMC.

Dell Technologies’ results or events in future periods could differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that include, but are not limited to, the following:  competitive pressures; Dell Technologies’ reliance on third-party suppliers for products and components, including reliance on single-source or limited-source suppliers; Dell Technologies’ ability to achieve favorable pricing from its vendors; weak global economic conditions and instability in financial markets; Dell Technologies’ execution of its growth, business and acquisition strategies; the success of Dell Technologies’ cost efficiency measures; Dell Technologies’ ability to manage solutions and products and services transitions in an effective manner; Dell Technologies’ ability to deliver high-quality products and services; Dell Technologies’ foreign operations and ability to generate substantial non-U.S.net revenue; Dell Technologies’ product, customer, and geographic sales mix, and seasonal sales trends; the performance of Dell Technologies’ sales channel partners; access to the capital markets by Dell Technologies or its customers; weak economic conditions and additional regulation; counterparty default risks; the loss by Dell Technologies of any services contracts with its customers, including government contracts, and its ability to perform such contracts at its estimated costs; Dell Technologies’ ability to develop and protect its proprietary intellectual property or obtain licenses to intellectual property developed by others on commercially reasonable and competitive terms; infrastructure disruptions, cyber-attacks, or other data security breaches; Dell Technologies’ ability to hedge effectively its exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; expiration of tax holidays or favorable tax rate structures, or unfavorable outcomes in tax audits and other tax compliance matters; impairment of portfolio investments; unfavorable results of legal proceedings; increased costs and additional regulations and requirements as a result of Dell Technologies becoming a newly public company; Dell Technologies’ ability to develop and maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; compliance requirements of changing environmental and safety laws; the effect of armed hostilities, terrorism, natural disasters, and public health issues; risks related to the business of EMC, including the impact of the financial performance of VMware, EMC’s strategic alliances, the upgrade of EMC’s enterprise resource planning system, and the impact of market volatility on the assets of EMC’s noncontributatory defined pension plan; the ability to realize the anticipated synergies from the merger with EMC; the ability to integrate EMC’s technology, solutions, products, and services with those of Dell Technologies in an effective manner; the outcome of lawsuits that have been filed, or other lawsuits that may be filed, against Dell Technologies or EMC relating to the merger; any demands by holders of shares of EMC’s common stock for appraisal of their shares (to the extent that appraisal rights are determined to exist) under Massachusetts law; and Dell Technologies’ level of indebtedness and its ability to achieve its objective of reducing its indebtedness.

This list of risks, uncertainties, and other factors is not complete.  Dell Technologies discusses some of these matters more fully, as well as certain risk factors that could affect the Dell Technologies’ business, financial condition, results of operations, and prospects, in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the prospectus/proxy statement forming part of Dell Technologies’ Registration Statement on Form S-4 (Registration No. 333-208524) and Dell Technologies’ quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. These filings are available for review through the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov. Any or all forward-looking statements Dell Technologies makes may turn out to be wrong, and can be affected by inaccurate assumptions Dell Technologies might make or by known or unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those identified in this press release.  Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements made in this press release, which speak only as of its date.  Dell Technologies does not undertake to update, and expressly disclaims any duty to update, its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of circumstances or events that arise after the date they are made, new information, or otherwise.

[1] Form S-4 Unaudited Pro Forma Consolidated Combined Statement of Loss, FY2016 Ended January 29, 2016

CIREBONThe Akademi Maritim (AKMI) Suaka Bahari Cirebon has selected VSTEP for the supply of one DNV Class A FMB Simulator to train its students in accordance with the latest IMO requirements and model courses.

On the 22nd of August 2016, VSTEP and its local distributor PT Megatech Mandiri Setia have been awarded the contract from AKMI Suaka Bahari Cirebon to deliver a NAUTIS DNV Class A FMB simulator with 240° horizontal field of view and a NAUTIS Instructor Station. The signing ceremony was attended by representatives from PT Pelindo 2, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and the Indonesian Navy.

Robin Lim, Business Development Manager, VSTEP APAC: “It has been an honour for VSTEP that AKMI Suaka Bahari Cirebon has trusted us as the supplier for the Full Mission Bridge Simulator. We share the common spirit that the investment made by AKMI Suaka Bahari Cirebon should be beneficial for the current and future students of the Academy to prepare them for a maritime career either in Indonesia or in international waters.”

Asep Rahmat, SH, MM, Director of AKMI Suaka Bahari Cirebon: “We have been considering several suppliers for the Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator and finally we handed our trust to VSTEP, as we see them to have better solutions and a local support team. By using a VSTEP simulator, we are ahead of time by complying with STCW 2010 Manila Amendment as well as giving our students a platform for better training and education. We have great hopes that this simulator will be beneficial not only during the training, but also when our students become seafarers and able to compete internationally.”

Akademi Maritim (AKMI) Suaka Bahari Cirebon is a renowned private maritime academy founded in 1987 by the Suaka Bahari Cirebon Foundation in Indonesia. The academy’s educational curriculum includes marine engineering, marine nautical and marine shipping management education and training courses.  The addition of the NAUTIS Class A FMB Simulator allows the students to practice their skills efficiently in a safe practical virtual environment.

The implementation, delivery and installation of the simulator is expected to take place in December 2016. Following the delivery, selected AKMI Cirebon’s instructors will receive in-depth train-the-trainer courses from VSTEP engineers for operation and maintenance of the simulators.

(Source: www.akmisuakabahari.ac.id)

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VSTEP is an ISO 9001:2008 certified developer of simulators and virtual training software. VSTEP creates simulators that allow people to build their skills in a practical and cost effective way. VSTEP has several core product lines, focusing on virtual incident command training for first responders (RescueSim), maritime training solutions for the civilian & military maritime industry (NAUTIS), training simulators to prepare camera operators to identify suspect human behavior before a crime or terrorist attack takes place (EyeObserve) and Crowd Control Trainers providing police commanders and training managers with an effective training tool for crowd-related incidents and demonstrations (Crowd Control Trainer).  www.vstepsimulation.com

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 00:00

Removing Protective Gear Poses Risks

When wearing protective gear, such as goggles, face shields, gloves, aprons, and other items, it is very important to remove them carefully

TOLEDO, Ohio – When wearing protective gear, such as goggles, face shields, gloves, aprons, and other items, it is very important to remove them carefully.
Working in contaminated areas, workers are still at risk, "if removal of protective gear...is not done properly," says Trish Perl, an epidemiologist with Johns Hopkins Health System.
Because of this, Impact-Products, a leading manufacturer of personal protection gear and clothing offers the following suggestions on how to remove protective gear properly:
Gloves: With your gloved hand, grab the cuff of the other glove, pull it forward from the wrist, and pull it off your hand, leave it inside out; now, with your ungloved hand, insert two fingers under the other glove and slide them down to your fingers, allowing the glove to fold over, leave inside out and trash.
Aprons/gowns: Untie the apron from the back and then reach into the inside of the apron and pull it off your arm; repeat with the other arm.
Shoes: To remove protective covers off of shoes, remove them while your gloves are still on.  It is best not to reuse the covers.
Face shields and masks (over the mouth): Do not remove shields or masks until you are away from contaminated areas. Wash hands thoroughly first. If the shield/mask has a strap around your head, grab from behind the head, lift up, and slowly pull away from your face; if the shield/mask has two strings, untie the bottom string first, then the top string, and then slowly pull over your head and away from your face.
Goggles: Remove goggles by pulling them straight forward from your face; if goggles have a strap around your head, pull the strap over the head and remove.
All protective gear should be removed slowly. If pulled too quickly, contaminants may become airborne and land on other surfaces. Finally, after all gear has been removed, wash hands thoroughly.
About Impact Products, LLC
Impact Products is a manufacturer and supplier of branded and private label non-chemical commercial cleaning, maintenance, safety and related products, The company's offering encompasses a full suite of janitorial products including floor care products, waste receptacles, washroom accessories, gloves and safety products, Impacting Everything: Easier, Safer, Better. Markets served by the company include commercial cleaning, industrial services, healthcare, government, schools, office buildings, hospitality and foodservice. Founded in 1963, Impact's broad customer base is served out of Toledo, Ohio, Walnut, California, and Purvis, Mississippi. Impact Products, LLC is a division of the S.P. Richards Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC). Visit us at