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Telstra extends Whispir Conversation Platform to global businesses to create and automate targeted communicationWritten by Jon Seals
Telstra today announced the launch of the Whispir Conversation Platform, a cloud-based enterprise service that allows organisations to quickly reach and communicate with customers, employees and the community via SMS, voice, web, email, mobile data and social media networks.
Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing said Telstra currently offered the Whispir Conversation Platform to many of its enterprise and government customers in Australia and would be using this experience to deliver the service to new international customers.
“In less than two years, Whispir’s customer base has quadrupled to more than 1.6 million users and with today’s expansion, we see significant growth opportunities for this service, particularly when delivered over Telstra’s global network extending to more than 2,000 Points of Presence.
“From a major bank using the platform to communicate with staff about IT incidents, critical events and business continuity to a rail operator sharing targeted information about their train network with a local community, or a HR department coordinating the flow of information to job seekers in their network, Whispir can be used across complex operational environments within any industry and organisation, big or small.
“This is just one of many cloud-based applications now integrated into our global network and available on-demand, enabling customers to respond quickly to changing business priorities and better anticipate challenges ahead,” Nathan said.
Jeromy Wells, Chief Executive Officer at Whispir, said the scalable, intuitive and easy-to-use nature of the service, combined with Telstra’s global reach, would further accelerate Whispir’s international growth, particularly across key vertical markets such as banking and finance, media, transportation and emergency services.
“Organisations need to ensure that critical communications to customers, employees or the community is timely, consistent and delivered as efficiently as possible. Using the Whispir Conversation Platform, customers can send and receive content and information over any channel at scale, and make it personalised and actionable, including more than 50 language options and geographic targeting.
“In partnership with Telstra, we’re looking forward to continuing our global expansion and working with their international customers to transform and enrich the way they communicate with key stakeholders,” Jeromy said.
The Whispir Conversation Platform will be available in global locations from the end of August via a range of packages and pricing.
New Nodes Feature Access to NaviCloud Director, providing UK businesses with a more flexible, customisable, enterprise class, production-oriented hybrid cloud environment
LONDON – NaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable company, today announced that they have launched two new NaviCloud Director nodes, located in Woking and Redhill, UK. NaviCloud Director™ is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform that leverages VMWare vCloud Director® 5.1, and is designed to provide businesses a flexible and versatile self-service platform well suited for cloud-based production applications. NaviSite provides customer access to VMware APIs and developer community. Customers also have the option of accessing the native vCloud Director user interface or can manage their cloud environment via the NaviSite designed AppCenter portal.
The NaviCloud Director platform addresses two key drivers for cloud adoption in the European marketplace. Firstly the announcement comes as the UK is seeing significant growth in the software development industry. As reported by the Telegraph, according to recent research commissioned by Google, software development will be worth over £30 billion to the UK economy by 2025, and is already thought to be responsible for close to 400,000 jobs across the country. NaviCloud Director allows this growing developer community to create, test and then dynamically publish these applications using the VMware API toolkit.
Secondly the UK Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) recently reported that by the end of 2015, around 80 per cent of UK organizations will run some kind of hybrid IT environment, combining in-house and cloud delivered technologies. NaviCloud Director lets customers connect it to existing physical or virtual environments using the VMware API connectors, enabling clients to move workloads offsite, create business continuity environments or use NaviSite as dynamic “burst” capacity during seasonal peaks.
“We are excited to announce our new UK cloud nodes as it means we can provide our European customers with even more flexibility in how they experience cloud computing,” said Sean McAvan, managing director, NaviSite Europe Ltd. “With the two NaviCloud Director cloud nodes, our customers can now spin up cloud instances using their software and tear them down when they’re done, without any manual intervention. And we can provide effective disaster recovery within UK boundaries, which is important for industries which require data to remain resident in either the UK or European Union. As the NaviCloud Director nodes are both within the UK, NaviSite has the capacity to offer compute resources with minimal latency, which means we can support applications that need near-synchronous replication.”
Additional key features of NaviCloud Director now available to UK customers include:
- Easy access through AppCenter, vCloud Director, and APIs
- Mix & match billing models for fixed costs or pay as you go
- Flexible network architectures allowing for optimal application configuration or regulatory compliance
- Ability to access and integrate with other NaviCloud and NaviSite Managed Services to accommodate complex applications and business needs
About NaviSite Europe Limited
NaviSite Europe Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable company, is a leading international provider of enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. NaviSite provides a full suite of reliable and scalable managed services, including Application Services, industry-leading Enterprise Hosting, and Managed Cloud Services for organisations looking to outsource IT infrastructures and lower their capital and operational costs. Enterprise customers depend on NaviSite for customised solutions, delivered through a global footprint of state-of-the-art datacentres. For more information about NaviSite’s services, please visit www.navisite.com.
Company Offers Industry’s Most Comprehensive PCI Vulnerability Analysis, Reporting and Consultation
DALLAS – Masergy Communications Inc., a global leader in managed networking, advanced cyber security and cloud services, announced today that the company has successfully completed the rigorous Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) lab certification. As a company on the cutting-edge of security, this certification enables Masergy to help organizations protect and harden their networks from advanced threats.
The PCI Data Security Standard (DSS), endorsed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc., requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adopt information security controls and processes to ensure data integrity. Participating payment brands require PCI DSS compliance reports by a certified third-party assessor for onsite audits of merchants and service providers that process payment card transactions. More information on the Council and the standard can be found atwww.pcisecuritystandards.org
As an ASV for its ninth consecutive year, Masergy’s Professional Services team has been helping merchants manage data security risks, evaluate the security of their systems that store payment account data and assist them in achieving compliance with the PCI DSS.
“The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data,” said Bob Russo, General Manager, PCI Security Standards Council. “By participating in the ASV certification process, Masergy demonstrates they are playing an active part in this important end goal.”
Recent headlines detailing data breaches in retail, financial and healthcare industries underscore the critical need for rigorous data security standards and certification, and the availability of advanced security systems that continually monitor all potential access points in corporate IT systems.
Masergy provides the industry’s most comprehensive solution for PCI compliance assurance. The company’s detailed process includes network and application security assessments using a combination of multiple security scanning tools to discover vulnerabilities. These automated processes are supplemented with industry-unique manual testing processes.
The results are then cross referenced to ensure all potential system weaknesses are identified while maintaining an extremely low false positive rate. After applicable system changes and software updates are applied, Masergy reassesses the customer’s infrastructure to ensure vulnerabilities have been eliminated, and the changes did not introduce new risks into the environment.
“Masergy’s rigorous compliance assessment service provides in-depth consultation, end to end compliance testing and detailed technical and executive level reporting,” said the Chief Information Security Officer at a leading financial services firm. “Masergy is the only company that provides this level of service.”
Masergy’s complete set of Security Professional services include:
● Regulatory Compliance Testing
● Sophisticated Risk Management
“Masergy has offered these services for a decade and has developed a high level of expertise. We go beyond simple automated scanning and deploy advanced technologies, that deliver actionable insights to ensure that our customers are secure and compliant,” said Chris MacFarland, Masergy’s Chief Executive Officer.
About PCI Security Standards Council
The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by fostering broad adoption of PCI security standards. For more information, please visit www.pcisecuritystandards.org
Masergy owns and operates the largest independent global cloud networking platform for enterprises. Our managed solutions help businesses compete in the global marketplace with real-time analytics, global unified communications as a service (UCaaS), security as a service (SaaS) and software defined network control. Masergy's patented technology, customizable solutions and unmatched customer experience are why a growing number of global enterprises rely on Masergy to deliver performance beyond expectations. For more information about Masergy visitwww.masergy.com or follow us on Twitter@Masergy, Blog, LinkedIn and Facebook.
SAN FRANCISCO – IObit, the world's leading provider of system utility software, today released MacBooster 2. This major update to its well recognized all-in-one software for Mac provides more great features and comprehensive redesign with more intuitive and seamless feeling for Mac users.
Internet is riddled with potential malicious attack, and no computer system including Mac can completely immune to it. MacBooster 2 added security model to address this issue with greatly expanded malware database to detect and remove hidden virus, phishing attacks, spyware, malware, and other online threats including the frequently discussed Genio virus application, so Mac users' personal data and privacy are secured.
The brand new UI design of MacBooster 2 brings out the simplicity of this program. The newly added System Status shows users' Mac health status straight forward in terms of junk files, performance, and security level, and all the issues can be fixed with only one click. As more than half of the Mac users complain that their Mac operating system slows down over time, MacBooster 2 continues to help users release RAM to increase the processing speed and re-organize login items to accelerate system startup speed. Meanwhile, MacBooster 2 specifically helps users find and delete similar and duplicated photos to leave more space for amazing things.
"MacBooster has accompanied our Mac users for more than a year, and we have received many good reviews from our customers." said Antonio Zhang, IObit's marketing director. "Comparing to the previous version, MacBooster 2 is faster, simpler, and securer, which allows users to enjoy their Mac even more. Most importantly, it is a totally free upgrade for old users."
About MacBooster 2
MacBooster 2 is an all-in-one system optimization and protection application for Mac which offers a number of features to boost, clean, and secure Mac. It releases RAM and re-organizes startup items to make OS X run faster. It can clear out unused files to free up hard disk space, protect Macs against the growing number of Mac viruses and malware, and help get rid of 3rd party applications that cannot be uninstalled easily. It's the ultimate tool to clean and boost Mac easily. To download the application, please visit: http://www.macbooster.net
Founded in 2004, IObit provides consumers with innovative system utilities for Windows, Mac, and Android OS to greatly enhance operational performance and protect their computers and mobile devices from security threats.
Leader in Unified Communications Educates Customers on Importance of Choosing the Right Cloud Voice Solution for Your Business CROSBY, Texas – Abletek, a leader in unified communications, announced today that the company has collected and documented the five telltale signs to look out for when selecting a cloud voice provider. With the appeal of enhanced office productivity and increased profitability, it's no surprise that this technology has taken off. As the benefits of cloud voice continue to stack up, many small and mid-sized businesses are wondering how to choose the right solution. Abletek outlines the five most important aspects to consider when evaluating cloud voice. Strong, Local Presence in the Business Community: Even before you consider the solution selecting the right company to install and service cloud technology is the first step. One of the most important factors to look for is a technology company that operates in the same area that you do. They have a foundational understanding of the market that you are in, they understand the culture, and can administer customer service very quickly. When your partner has a presence in your community you can instantly make changes and interact directly in case any issues ever come up. Inexperienced remote providers can often hide in the Internet abyss, so they don't have to deal with installation problems. Focus on finding a partner that is always willing to meet face-to-face and generate solutions to problems as they arise. Understand the 3 Critical Factors to Successful Installation: Businesses need to make sure that they are working with a technology company who is well educated in the technical side of a transaction. The 3 most important factors are Quality of Service, a Proper Router and POE Switches. Installing a communications system without paying attention to these aspects can instantly jeopardize performance and call clarity. This is where inexperienced companies cause the infamous jitter, latency and lack of redundancy that annoy many of today's users. When an inexperienced provider sells a boxed, "plug and play" solution, the system usually will not work properly. Without properly assessing the network and reorganizing it so everything is streamlined, users experience a messy network with lots of dropped calls in the short-term, and expensive re-installs in the long-term. More experienced providers understand the complexity and can actually streamline this intricate web of information to deliver better performing cloud voice technology and in some cases, reduce turn their phone system into a profit center. Offering a Premium/Low-Price Model. The problem here is that low-cost solutions usually do nothing for the business in the long-term, as they lack scalability. Business owners are usually prone to purchasing barebones systems, but in the long-term these end up being much more expensive, due to the shoddy foundation that low-price systems usually offer. As the business starts to scale, more features become necessary and communication infrastructure grows in complexity. Usually the low-price solutions are limited in their functionality, which means that as the business grows and demands more from their communications infrastructure, they won't be able to get this functionality. Simply put, these limitations usually lead to patchwork solutions that can't stand the test of time. Look for providers who assess your business needs in the long-term and refuse to take the quick cash to eventually leave you with a magnified problem later. Negotiation Power with the Carrier. Some of the best features of phone systems require successful integration with telecommunication carriers. Local providers have the ability to port numbers, allocate proper bandwidth and probe the network to determine whether the carrier can support the bandwidth demands you will be placing on them. This is another reason why only local providers are best suited for business interactions. Long-Term Contracts. Plainly put, only deal with companies that don't require long-term contracts. The fundamental reality of a long-term contract is that it favors an underperforming provider. This misaligns incentives and shifts the transaction in favor of the provider rather than the needs of the customer. Deal with a company that has enough faith in their ability to serve their customers so well that they propose a month-to-month, cancel-anytime agreement. This will eliminate a lot of providers from the equation but does wonders to ensure that your provider's incentives are aligned with your best interests. Most companies that get caught in those contracts find that they are virtually unbreakable. If you see a long-term contract, run. By focusing on these criteria, businesses can ensure that they are working with only the best providers, who will leave them with a more powerful, robust and efficient network to run their business. ABOUT ABLETEK Abletek is not your typical IT & communications company. We are a TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION PROVIDER and we care deeply about helping you maximize your productivity through effective Managed Services (MSP), IT, communications and related business technology solutions, and while a lot of companies may talk about increasing your productivity, Abletek actually delivers. ABLETEK will remove the burden of managing your network and communications infrastructures by providing everything needed to maintain your servers, workstations, laptops, Pocket PCs/PDA/Treo, Switches, Routers, Email, Printers, VoIP, SIP, Digital & Analog Communications systems and more. Leverage our team of dedicated professionals and proven technology management resources to: CONTROL & REDUCE YOUR COSTS. For more information on Abletek, call (713) 455.1888 or visit www.abletek.com.
MyDigitalBridge, Microsoft and partners successfully trial largest TV White Spaces project in the worldWritten by Jon Seals
Namibia’s Citizen Connect TV White Spaces project is the largest yet in terms of area served, with sizeable portions of northern Namibia connected
WINDHOEK, Namibia – MyDigitalBridge Foundation in partnership with Microsoft and Adaptrum, with support from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia, has successfully trialed the Namibian TV White Spaces (TVWS) pilot project. The intention is to provide a blueprint of broadband internet connectivity countrywide. Called ‘Citizen Connect’, the pilot consists of a network deployed over a 62km x 152km (9,424 km²) area covering three regional councils: Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati, and connecting 28 schools in northern Namibia. This makes it the biggest TVWS project of its kind in terms of area coverage.
Namibia, like most sub-Saharan African countries, is facing a digital divide. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) country profile shows that only 13.9% of the population is using the internet. “Our mission is to facilitate appropriate private-public sector (PPP) initiatives to ensure the underserved and un-served communities in Namibia are included in the technology landscape,” says Dr. Hylton Villet, Chairman of MyDigitalBridge Foundation, which architected and deployed the network with support of Microsoft and Adaptrum.
“This pilot project came at the right time for us to answer to the challenges of internet access, or the lack thereof, to all our citizens,” says Hon. Dr. Moses Amweelo, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on ICT. In 2012, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution recognising internet access a basic human right. In his final State of the Nation address in March 2014, his Excellency, President Pohamba of the Republic of Namibia, specifically highlighted the importance internet will play in transforming and modernising the Namibian economy.
The deployment of TVWS technology in Africa falls under Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, which launched in February 2013 to actively enable African economic development using relevant, affordable and accessible technology. “Internet access is a fundamental pillar in Africa’s leap forward towards a sustainable knowledge economy. We are seeing first-hand the direct impact of TVWS delivering affordable access to communities and business. The unlimited potential of broadband is enabling large scale development of human capital, the establishment of e-commerce services in the small and medium business ecosystem and the delivery of government services such as education and health care to the community.” Says Fernando de Sousa, Microsoft’s General Manager for Africa Initiatives.
In collaboration with local public and private sector partners, Microsoft 4Afrika is currently piloting TVWS projects in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and Ghana. In addition to these on-the-ground deployments, Microsoft is advocating for laws and regulations that promote more efficient and effective spectrum utilisation as a member of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance.
This Monday at the University of Namibia’s Jose Eduardo dos Santos Campus in Ongwadiva, Namibia, the trial demonstrated the following to the Namibian Parliamentary Standing Committee: The connection of three regional offices, 28 schools and seven education circuit offices, all with a link distance of 8km to 10km (with two links at 12km). Typical speeds range from 5Mbps to 10Mbps with the help of the Adaptrum ARCS 2.0 TVWS radios and provided users access to a wide range of voice, video, and data applications. Monday’s two hour demo included high-resolution Skype video conferencing from three locations, each connected to the Internet with the help of Adaptrum’s TVWS technology.
“Adaptrum is thrilled to be piloting our latest generation TVWS wireless broadband system in Northern Namibia. By covering such a large geographic area, this project is showcasing this technology’s ability to enable low-cost high-speed broadband access in rural areas, helping to close the digital divide,” said Haiyun Tang, Chief Executive Office of Adaptrum.
“The next steps are to enhance the network’s operational efficiency and to trial video teaching, e-content distribution and peering between the connected sites. We envision video streaming mathematics classes using one qualified teacher to reach 20 to 30 schools,” says Paul Rowney.
“This pilot project is ambitious by any standard and can only be realised with the support and contributions from a large stakeholder community. I call on all stakeholders to continue to collaborate in an effort to ensure that we afford all Namibians the right of internet access for purposes of education, health and government services” says Dr. Moses Amweelo.
Version 4.7 Adds Increased Ingest and Capacity to ExaGrid’s Scale-Out GRID Backup Storage, New Functionality for Data Centre Cross-Replication, an Improved Recovery Point for Disaster Recovery and an ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover Integration through an Expanded Veeam Partnership
LONDON – ExaGrid Systems, the backup appliance storage provider just named an industry Visionary in Gartner’s recent “Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances” report, is launching version 4.7 of its software for the ExaGrid family of backup storage appliances.
The new software continues to deliver on ExaGrid’s promise of stress-free backup, allowing for 14 appliances in a single GRID and increasing ingest and capacity by more than 40 percent. In addition, version 4.7 increases the number of data centres for cross-site disaster recovery, improves the recovery point for offsite disaster recovery and supports an ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover integrated into each appliance.
“ExaGrid has been a valued partner of Veeam for several years,” said Doug Hazelman, VP of Product Strategy at Veeam. “This latest integration further enables our joint customers to leverage the benefits of Availability for the Modern Data Centre™. By enabling Veeam’s data mover to be installed directly onto the ExaGrid appliance, customers will appreciate increased performance and less complexity of their availability infrastructures.”
ExaGrid is a leading disk-based backup provider with a unique landing zone for fast backups and the industry’s fastest restores, instant VM recoveries and tape copies. ExaGrid adds full server appliances into a scale-out GRID architecture, maintaining a short backup window as data grows while eliminating the need for expensive forklift upgrades.
"Most IT departments are experiencing data growth of more than 30 percent per year. As data grows, backup storage systems need to scale in order to maintain a fixed-length backup window. ExaGrid is the only solution that provides full appliances in a scale-out GRID architecture in order to maintain the fixed-length backup window,” said Bill Andrews, CEO and president at ExaGrid.
The new software will allow for:
- More capacity. 14 appliances in single GRID system, increasing ingest to 60.48TB per hour and capacity to a 294TB full backup in a single GRID; a 40 percent increase over previous versions of the software.
- Expanded cross data centre replication for disaster recovery. 16 systems in a data centre cross-protection topology, with 15 spokes to a hub, replicating data to a major data centre for disaster recovery and cross-replicating the major data centre to a second data centre for disaster recovery.
- Adaptive deduplication. Enable deduplication and replication to occur in parallel during nightly backups in order to greatly improve the recovery point at the disaster recovery site, without impeding backup performance.
- New Integrated ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover that improves performance for all Veeam backups and restores. The Veeam backup server communicates to the Veeam data mover on ExaGrid appliances with an enhanced protocol, versus simple CIFS. In addition, ExaGrid greatly improves the performance of creating a Synthetic Full Backup, as the entire process can be completed on the ExaGrid appliances, freeing up the Veeam backup server and network resources for other tasks.
“With all other disk-based backup solutions, the backup window grows as data grows until the front-end controller eventually, and inevitably, needs to be replaced, forcing forklift upgrades. Meanwhile, IT teams are under increased pressure to bring operations online quickly after any business continuity interruption,” said Andrews. “ExaGrid is the only provider that maintains the most recent backups in their full undeduplicated form for fast restores, instant VM boots (in seconds to minutes) and fast offsite tape copies. ExaGrid’s deduplication implementation improves backups, rather than hindering backup and restore performance.
A Growing, Strategic Partnership
Veeam and ExaGrid together enable faster, more efficient storage and recovery of virtual machines using ExaGrid’s backup storage appliances to serve as the backup target for virtual machine backups. The two backup leaders are pleased to announce a milestone in the two companies’ partnership with the integrated ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover.
“Veeam is an incredibly important partner for us, and this is a very exciting time to be working together so closely. The new ExaGrid-Veeam Accelerated Data Mover is just one of many steps we hope to take with Veeam, as we both work to meet the needs of our customers,” said Andrews.
The new software will be available in September and is available at no charge to all customers who have a valid maintenance and support agreement.
Organisations come to us because we are the only company that implemented deduplication in a way that fixed all the challenges of backup storage. ExaGrid’s unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provides the fastest backup — resulting in the shortest fixed backup window, the fastest local restores, fastest offsite tape copies and instant VM recoveries while permanently fixing the backup window length, all with reduced cost up front and over time. Learn how to take the stress out of backup at www.exagrid.com or connect with us on LinkedIn. Read how ExaGrid customers fixed their backup forever.
TELEHOUSE invests in expanding a further 20MW of high power density colocation space in Japan
NEW YORK – KDDI, the global telecommunications provider, announces today that it will invest $270 million (28 billion yen) investment in the building of two new Telehouse data centers, “TELEHOUSE OSAKA 2,” and “TELEHOUSE TOKYO Tama 3,” scheduled to open in August 2015 and February 2016 respectively. These additional facilities will take the total amount of global TELEHOUSE data center space to approximately 4.0 million square feet, provided by 46 sites across 13 countries/territories and 24 major cities.
Both Osaka and Tokyo facilities will offer high-density colocation services enabling the hosting of heavy load IT infrastructure. The data centers will meet the growing demand for housing private enterprise clouds, along with public cloud service providers, online and media content companies. The facilities are designed to Tier 3+ data center standards in redundancy and uptime, and will be insusceptible to earthquakes by a long-period absorption structure, reflecting the high quality Global TELEHOUSE specifications. In addition, KDDI can provide a combined solution by providing direct access to the KDDI global network along with the data center.
Telehouse Osaka 2, located in the center of Osaka city, will offer 700 racks of tenancy space with up to 30kVA (designed) per rack. The technical and operations room will be situated above second floor avoiding the risk of potential flooding. Osaka 2 can be used as a disaster recovery and back-up site for the Tokyo data centers.
Telehouse Tokyo Tama 3 will be located on the existing Tama data center campus, approximately 18 miles from the Tokyo city center in a highly guarded surrounding. The five story building will offer 1,300 racks of tenancy space with up to 42kVA (designed) power supply to racks, the highest*1 in Japan and 5 times*2 industry average, with a designed PUE 1.31 making it one of the most energy efficient data centers in Japan.
The Telehouse data center expansion reflects the growing demand for data center space in Japan’s metros, and the ability of KDDI to accommodate leading multinationals expanding their portfolios in Japan. By securing its domestic market share in Japan, KDDI continues to be the leader in premium data center facilities.
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 Capital Solutions Partners with BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions To Expand its Services Throughout EuropeWritten by Jon Seals
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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