Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, EPiServer continues to build momentum with digital leaders in the UK
LONDON – EPiServer, a global software provider of innovative ecommerce and digital marketing solutions, today released a series of figures showcasing the organisation’s continued expansion over the last 12 months. With multiple new hires, fresh partnerships and strong brand customers, EPiServer attributes its recent growth to an increase in demand for combined content and commerce solutions amongst UK businesses. In addition, the recent launch of EPiServer Find, an innovative search solution that helps businesses bridge the data gap from acquisition, retention to conversions for digital marketing and ecommerce sites, has contributed to further growth.
Over the last eight years, EPiServer has seen a 29% compound annual growth rate, with the UK market proving to be a key contributor to this expansion. Throughout the first half of 2014, EPiServer saw a 105% increase in UK licence sales compared to the previous year. This in turn helped to generate a 72% rise in total revenue.
This increase was largely driven by the company’s rapidly growing customer base, which this year expanded to include such names as The Royal Society of Chemistry, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), Experian and Morrisons. The ecommerce and digital solution provider also extended its relationship with WPP agency POSSIBLE and tightened its technology partnerships with Silverpop (an IBM company) and Microsoft. These relationships are part of EPiServer’s long term strategy to bring together the entire digital ecosystem across WCM, e-commerce, marketing automation, CRM and ERP to enable brands to create truly connected customer experience for their customers.
In addition to this external growth, EPiServer has also expanded its internal team, recently hiring Trevor Salmon as Sales Director to spearhead the continued growth. With a longstanding background in digital marketing and sales, Salmon boasts previous experience from Day Software and Adobe Digital Marketing.
Commenting on the company’s recent growth, EPiServer’s UK Managing Director Johan Jardevall said: “Over the last 20 years EPiServer has gone from strength to strength as a business and as a product and services provider. Since becoming the first .NET based platform to integrate content and commerce in 2010, we’ve seen great success as a result of the strong – and growing – demand for intuitive, integrated digital marketing and ecommerce solutions. The UK has proven to be an increasingly vital market for us, showing a strong appreciation of the combined solution’s ability to improve customer experience and multi-channel marketing.”
EPiServer has made giant leaps forward in the past few years, securing over 70 dedicated partnerships with fully integrated global agencies and specialist system integrators. The company now works with partners that are specialists in e-commerce and digital marketing to ensure clients receive maximum impact as a result of its solutions. EPiServer’s platform is now at the centre of over 20,000 websites including high-profile clients such as House of Parliament, Pizza Hut Restaurants, Moonpig, Kenwood, and Gatwick Airport.
EPiServer connects ecommerce and digital marketing to help business create unique customer experiences, which generates business results. EPiServer’s platform combines content, e-commerce and multi-channel marketing capabilities to work full-circle for businesses online, from intelligent optimization, lead-generation through to conversion and repeat business.
Sitting at the center of the digital marketing ecosystem, EPiServer empowers online and IT professionals to create superior customer experience for more than 20,000 websites worldwide. Built on .NET, and supported by a pioneering partner network of over 750 partners in over 30 countries, EPiServer’s platform gives customers the ability to deliver the right content to the right person in the right format at a time that suits them. This approach means customers can maximize their investment in digital marketing and increase ROI. The company was founded in 1994 and has offices in the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Spain, UAE and the United Kingdom. EPiServer is controlled by the IK2007 Fund. IK Investment Partners is a European private equity firm with Nordic roots, managing €5.7 billion in fund commitments.
Brocade Leasing to be underwritten by BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, allowing organisations to align network capacity with fluctuating business demands
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) today announced a partnership with BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions to deliver Brocade Leasing throughout Europe (specifically the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium and Spain) and India. Under the terms of the agreement, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions will partner with Brocade to enhance their leasing capabilities, allowing businesses the flexibility to adopt networking infrastructure on flexible and financially attractive terms.
Today's IT managers are expected to identify network solutions that can quickly accommodate ever-changing needs, yet they are restricted by financial limitations. With Brocade Leasing, part of the wider Brocade Capital Solutions portfolio which includes Brocade Network Subscription, organisations can refresh their network infrastructure and simply add or subtract capacity without the need for significant capital expenditure, allowing them to focus on scaling their business instead of their network infrastructure.
“As a leader in networking solutions that enable organisations to deliver tomorrow’s networks today, we are pushing the innovation envelope on both the technical and business front," said Marcus Jewell, Vice President EMEA at Brocade. “With financing from Brocade, customers can turn on vast amounts of networking capacity, but do so in a flexible manner, such as bundling hardware, software, support contracts and professional services into one low monthly payment, thereby easing fiscal pressure on the business. Our agreement with BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions furthers our commitment to customers in helping them drive business transformation, while managing budgets in a prudent manner.”
Consumption economic models require a change in the way IT supports business objectives, flexing with the demands of the business and possibly even the way services are paid for, if the organisation delivers those services on demand. This is why Brocade’s efforts to innovate also extend beyond technology models and look at the business models affecting your technology architectures. Brocade Capital’s portfolio of innovative financing solutions, including Brocade Network Subscription (BNS), offers network acquisition models that are as flexible as cloud-based business models. For example, BNS enables companies to acquire a state-of-the-art Brocade Network without making any initial capital investment. Instead, simply pay monthly as part of your operating expenditure. No down payment or capital required to install equipment, and no term limits, which delivers unprecedented deployment flexibility.
Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organisations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)
BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, far more than finance…
Within BNP Paribas, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is specialised in leasing and rental solutions for professional equipment, offered either directly to businesses and professionals or through its partners – manufacturers, publishers and their distribution channels (dealers and resellers).
With more than €27.8 billion of outstandings under management and 3,600 employees operating worldwide, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is one of the European leaders in equipment leasing and is today the only player with such a wide-ranging offer, extending from simple leasing arrangements to long term rental solutions and IT asset management contracts.
Thanks to its global and local dimension, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions is able to offer services and solutions that create value in 22 countries: directly in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, India (Financial Company with SREI), Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom ; through BNP Paribas Group entities in Algeria (El Djazaïr), Gabon (BICIG), Ivory Coast (BICICI), Luxembourg (BGL), Morocco (BMCI Leasing), Senegal (BICIS), Tunisia (UBCI Leasing) and USA (Bank of the West).
For more information, visit www.leasingsolutions.bnpparibas.com
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LONDON, UK – Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, has been named Tesco Supplier of the Year 2014 for IT Service and Support.
Steria won the award due to its outstanding performance in developing and supporting Tesco’s mission-critical IT systems over many years. Additionally, Steria employees have built strong working relations alongside Tesco staff, leading to a highly collaborative and productive working environment. The industry accolade was presented to Steria by Mike McNamara, Tesco’s Chief Information Officer, at the retailer’s annual Supplier Briefing Day.
Steria’s account team was presented with the award in front of an audience which included Tesco directors and supplier representatives. Announcing the winner, Mike McNamara declared that Steria was one of Tesco’s longest-standing and most trusted partners due to their continuing excellent contribution to Tesco Technology.
Steria continues to develop and support Tesco’s mission-critical distribution and replenishment systems, which deliver stock, including fresh produce, into shops and into the hands of customers every day. These are the systems that sit at the very heart of the UK’s market leading retailer’s operations.
Mike McNamara said, “Tesco relies on its partners to provide the same level of capability, flexibility and commitment that we deliver in-house. Steria has demonstrated those qualities time and again, over many years, and this award illustrates our recognition of their value to Tesco.”
Gavin Chapman, Chief Operating Officer, Steria UK, said, “Steria is proud of its long-standing partnership with Tesco. This award recognises that Steria has expertise and knowledge of IT systems and processes that help retailers deliver mission-critical services for their customers. Today’s announcement sends out a strong message to market that we can add real value to retailers operating in today’s fast changing, highly competitive retail environment.”
The Business Continuity Institute is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the BCI World Conference and Exhibition will be Prof Steve Peters – consultant psychiatrist, bestselling author and Head of Sports Psychology at UK Athletics. In addition to his extraordinary success with British cycling, he has also worked on twelve other Olympic disciplines as well as English Premier League football and the English rugby and football teams.
Beginning his career as a maths teacher, Prof Peters then switched to medicine and specialised in patients with severe and dangerous personality disorders. His focus is now on how the mind can enable people to reach optimum performance in all walks of life. Working with sportspeople at the top of their game, he gives them the confidence to come back from defeat and out-perform the opposition.
Prof Peters has been described as a "genius" by Team GB cycling coach Dave Brailsford and many decorated Olympians such as Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Bradley Wiggins have all attributed their success to him.
In his keynote speech, Prof Peters will explain his method to help us understand and control what he describes as our 'inner chimp' – the irrational, impulsive, seemingly impossible part of our mind that often holds us back. Examining motivation, confidence and communication, he will show that competition is as much in the mind as it is in the field or on the track – or in the office.
Find out more about the BCI World Conference and Exhibition on the 5th and 6th November at the London Olympia by visiting the BCI website.
Yesterday, I blogged about the Desktop Risk Assessment. I received so many comments and views about the post, I was inspired to put together a longer post on the topic of risk assessments more generally. Of course I got carried away so today, I will begin a three-part series on risk assessments. In today’s post I will review the legal and conceptual underpinnings of a risk assessment. Over the next couple of days, I will review the techniques you can use to perform a risk assessment and end with a discussion of what to do with the information that you have gleaned in a risk assessment for your compliance program going forward.
One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999, in the Metcalf & Eddy enforcement action, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that risk assessments that measure the likelihood and severity of possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations identifies how you should direct your resources to manage these risks. The FCPA Guidance stated it succinctly when it said, “Assessment of risk is fundamental to developing a strong compliance program, and is another factor DOJ and SEC evaluate when assessing a company’s compliance program.” The UK Bribery Act has a similar view. In Principal I of the Six Principals of an Adequate Compliance program, it states, “The commercial organisation regularly and comprehensively assesses the nature and extent of the risks relating to bribery to which it is exposed.” In other words, risk assessments have been around and even mandated for a long time and their use has not lessened in importance. The British have a way with words, even when discussing compliance, and Principal I of the Six Principals of an Adequate Compliance program says that your risk assessment should inform your compliance program.
Your data backups are there to help you recover information, applications and files if required, hopefully both effectively and efficiently. But they and any archiving you do may also be there for external parties to use as a result of e-discovery. That’s the retrieval of electronically stored information (ESI) for use in legal proceedings involving your organisation. The US has led the way in this field, defining ESI as any information that is “created, stored, or best used with any kind of computer technology”. Now in Australia, all court dealings above a certain size must be conducted completely digitally. But is e-discovery good news or bad news for legal rulings and ultimately business continuity?
In our haste to cover all the high-level strategies that may be needed to respond to a business disruption, Business Continuity Plans often miss critical details that can mean the difference between success and failure – especially when time is a major factor.
Many BCP’s have a strategy for “Loss of Building”. That strategy may include moving critical employees from the most crucial business processes to alternate sites – either internal (another of the organization’s facilities in a different geographical location) or external (at a 3rd party “Workspace” that can be made ready to accommodate those employee’s technology requirements).
All good; and logical – but perhaps missing some critical information.
A state of emergency was declared in California yesterday by Gov. Edmund G. Brown due to the effects of a 6.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Napa Valley area in northern California. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that economic losses from the quake could top $1 billion and said there is a 54% likelihood of another large quake, magnitude 5 or higher, within the next week.
As of 4:15 p.m. Sunday, six aftershocks had been reported, four centered near Napa, ranging 2.5 to 3.6 magnitude. Two others, a 2.8 and a 2.6 were reported near American Canyon, according to the USGS.
The Napa quake is the largest in the Bay Area since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, which was magnitude 6.9. That quake resulted in $1.8 billion in insured claims (in 2013 dollars) being paid to policyholders, said Robert Hartwig, Ph.D., president of the Insurance Information Institute.
(MCT) — Ten seconds before the earth rumbled in a UC Berkeley lab early Sunday morning, an alarm started blaring — and an ominous countdown warned that a temblor centered near Napa was moments away.
"Earthquake! Earthquake!" it cautioned, after a quick series of alarms. "Light shaking expected in three seconds."
The successful alert was the biggest test yet in the Bay Area for a type of earthquake early warning system that's not yet available to the public in the U.S. but already is providing precious seconds of notice before quakes hit in Mexico and Japan.
The ShakeAlert system — a collaboration between Cal, Caltech, the University of Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey — could one day stop elevators, control utilities and alert motorists of an impending natural disaster. But before it is reliable enough to launch throughout the West Coast, the system needs about $80 million in equipment, software and other seismic infrastructure upgrades.