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Latest acquisition to boost MetaPack's international eCommerce offering with a next generation of delivery reporting, parcel tracking and carrier management capabilities

LONDON – The MetaPack Group, a leading provider of eCommerce technology delivery services, today announced the acquisition of ABOL Software Inc., a leading provider of multi-carrier shipping software in North America. The acquisition expands MetaPack's global delivery services offering, opening up a new market for customers looking to drive cross-border sales and improve international delivery experience.

MetaPack's expansion into North America follows the acquisition of the European shipping solutions provider XLogics last year and the appointment of Carmen Carey earlier this month to act as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and to focus on existing customers. This strategic expansion is underpinned by continuous investment in enhancing MetaPack's eCommerce proposition for customers. 

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, ABOL Software has a great tradition in building cross-border shipping solutions, as well as strong relationships with multiple carriers in North America, including DHL, FedEx, UPS and USPS through their leading product the Control Tower. The deal will enable MetaPack to leverage ABOL's strengths in the U.S. to help European retailers drive overseas sales by providing more convenience, transparency and choice to their customers.  

Patrick Wall, CEO and founder of MetaPack, commented: "The latest acquisition is key for our international growth and demonstrates our commitment to providing a first-class service to our customers. The move will enable us to offer more competitive cross-border delivery services to retailers, while allowing them to venture into new markets and drive business growth."

"As delivery experience becomes more critical for keeping and attracting customers, retailers need advanced solutions that can help them cope with the increased demand for more flexible cross-border shipping services. We are really excited about leveraging ABOL's strong technology portfolio to provide unique solutions to our customers that are perfectly suited to meet the emerging needs of today's consumers," he added.

Sir Terry Leahy, former chief executive of Tesco and a member of the board of directors of MetaPack, said: "This is a landmark event in MetaPack's journey. The acquisition will enable MetaPack to help their ambitious European retail clients achieve their international revenue goals. It underlines the UK's leadership position in global ecommerce and demonstrates the strength of UK tech talent. I'm excited about MetaPack and its capability to provide multi-carrier delivery solutions which are fundamental to driving the growth of online global retailing."

MetaPack's new cross-border delivery solution will combine capabilities from ABOL and XLogics' shipping and logistics software, as well as MetaPack's delivery management platform. Retail customers will benefit from a more affordable, competitive and flexible cross-border delivery service. Specific customer benefits resulting from the ABOL acquisition include:

  • Improved visibility into global shipments across carriers and countries delivered through ABOL's Control Tower technology
  • ABOL's Control Tower solution provides enhanced delivery intelligence and reporting that allows retailers to better understand delivery challenges, such as potential delays, and work with the supply chain to alleviate these issues. This is particularly critical for ensuring the smooth management of complex international transactions
  • ABOL Control Tower offers greater insight into the array of services offered by international carriers allowing retailers the flexibility to select the appropriate service for every parcel
  • The integration with ABOL's shipping technology will also allow MetaPack to deliver more sophisticated cross-border delivery tracking, reporting and management to help retailers drive growth in overseas shipments and provide a seamless customer experience

Backed by Index Ventures and former Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy, the MetaPack Group works with 80% of the UK's leading retailers, including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, House of Fraser, ASOS and B&Q. The company was recently featured in the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 list of fastest growing British companies which have achieved remarkable success in their chosen industry.

About MetaPack
Founded in 1999, the MetaPack Group has offices in London, Hamburg and Poland, providing eCommerce and multi-channel delivery technology to leading retailers across the world. MetaPack's highly configurable SaaS platform connects shippers with parcel carriers, as well as a wide range of alternative delivery, collection and returns services. MetaPack works with over 200 parcel carriers to improve the delivery experience for shoppers providing more choice and convenience at all stages of the parcel journey. For more information, visit www.metapack.com

Openet Enables INWI to accelerate data innovation and optimize the customer experience through real-time visibility and account control

DUBLIN, IrelandOpenet, a global leader in the supply of real-time BSS (business support systems), today announced that INWI, a leading Moroccan operator, has deployed Openet’s Policy Manager to successfully provide convergent policy control and advanced allowance management. INWI migrates to Openet’s leading PCC solution to rapidly deploy new services to subscribers and create new revenue streams to maximize network capacity investments.

INWI has integrated Openet’s Policy Manager with its advanced Balance Manager and Offer Catalog solution to monetize and shorten time-to-market for innovative new use cases. These will include the offer of ‘one day’ mobile data service passes and real-time data upsell notifications to its 13 million subscribers. These new innovative services will ensure new levels of offer transparency and Balance Management to maximize customer quality of experience, control local and roaming traffic and reduce bill shock.

Openet’s Policy Manager enables INWI to deliver differentiated and innovative data services to consumers and business customers across its mobile networks with possible extension to other access technologies. This includes the shaping of network traffic according to the type of service being accessed and the time of day. INWI can enforce user terms and conditions and bandwidth limits in real-time maximizing the amount of available capacity for other users. This deployment will leave INWI perfectly placed to monetize upcoming 4G LTE networks.

“Being agile and having the flexibility to react to and capitalize on new market opportunities is a critical contributor to our ongoing success,” said Bernard Buyat, CTO, INWI. “Our partnership with Openet ensures we offer a high quality and differentiated service to our customers and ensure they remain firmly in control of their service usage. INWI remains completely committed to offering our customers innovation and transparency, with the ability to rapidly react to new opportunities. Openet provides this flexibility.”

“Our work with INWI reflects the importance of next generation BSS in safeguarding customer quality of experience and the creation of new revenue streams,” said Niall Norton, CEO, Openet. “Having access to flexible best of breed systems will play a pivotal role in operators monetizing new lucrative 4G services and driving customer retention.”

For more information about Openet’s Policy Manager product, please visit: http://www.openet.com/technology/products/policy-manager.

About Openet

Openet is the leading independent supplier of real-time BSS (business support systems) to communication service providers. Headquartered in Dublin and employing over 850 staff, Openet develops software that provides more than 600 million mobile telecoms users around the world with the best network and data experience, and which allows operators to monetize data use in ‘real-time’. Since its foundation in 1999, Openet has constantly been at the forefront of telecoms software innovation. This innovation is enabled by its open platform, domain experience and expertise, which has resulted long-term relationships with the largest, most progressive, and demanding operators across the globe and its ability to innovate in a rapidly changing industry. For more information, please visit www.openet.com.

Vissensa demonstrates innovation and expertise with the IBM Enterprise Cloud System

FARNBOROUGH – Datum Datacentres is proud to highlight exciting developments from one of its founding clients, Vissensa, the privately owned cloud and technical consulting company. In June of this year Vissensa took delivery of the IBM systemZ mainframe-based Enterprise Cloud System, a first for the UK – and the impressively capable machine is now installed in Datum’s FRN1 data centre.

A key member of the Datum Cloud Hub, Vissensa has an international client base for which it is actively developing a range of new packaged business solutions running on ZLinux, including Print as a Service and Database as a Service.

Steve Grooms, CEO of Vissensa, comments: “The zEnterprise provides an ideal environment for us to develop new solutions and we are excited by the opportunities it opens up to our clients. By extending the mainframe platform and making it possible to create a hybrid cloud in one single managed environment, the new system offers us a new set of possibilities for deploying new workloads and addresses many of the complexity and integration issues associated with today’s data center implementations. It is also highly secure and with its highly energy efficient design, is a strong contributor to green computing, reducing energy consumption and facilities requirements by up to 80%. Datum’s FRN1 is a perfect complement to the zEnterprise. Datum’s highly secure, highly resilient facilities reinforce the zEnterprise security while the environmentally intelligent cooling further supports the zEnterprise’s contribution to sustainability.”

Dominic Phillips, MD of Datum, adds: “Vissensa’s commitment to innovation and client service is a great demonstration of the types of expertise available to clients via highly secure direct private circuit connections within the Datum Cloud Hub ecosystem. By bringing their infrastructure to our data centre, enterprise clients are able to select from a broad choice of partners for managed services, connectivity, hosting, cloud platforms and more to support their business strategies and facilitate an effective journey to cloud and hybrid compute.”

About Datum Datacentres

Datum provides leading-edge carrier and cloud neutral co-location data centres to enterprises and service providers. As part of the Attenda IT Services group, delivering always-on availability, robust security and enterprise class service is hard wired into our operations. Our data centres are trusted as secure environments for content, data and business critical IT to connect with a neutral choice of networks and cloud service providers.

Datum FRN1 has capacity for more than 1,000 co-location racks within a high security campus in Farnborough, which is fast developing as a strategic London-edge data centre hub. The facility incorporates a pressurised free cooling design that delivers enhanced environmental efficiencies and supports high density computing to 30kW per rack as standard. Always on availability is supported by resilience in both design and operations underwritten by a 100% uptime SLA with helpdesk and remote hands services which are available 24x365.

www.datum.co.uk

About Vissensa

Vissensa is a privately owned company offering technical solutions including secure and resilient hosted and Managed Services affording our clients tiered, flexible and cost effective services either on premise or from data centre locations which best suits their computing requirements.

Vissensa’s data centre solution is a high quality, service level assured product designed for private and public sector organisations that have ruled out hosting equipment in data centre’s with low levels of infrastructure and security in place due to the business risk. Our data centre clients recognise the value in using worry free, tightly managed and secure environments and feel the benefits of an agreed, consistent service which scales with their requirements.

Vissensa provide a combination of hosted and on premise “hybrid” cloud provisioning or specific IT infrastructure project consulting, implementation and support and partner with major vendors to provide strategic technical project consulting for their clients.

www.vissensa.co.uk

Tighter integration of Artsyl’s docAlpha Advanced Capture Platform for automated document and data capture with MaxxVault and MaxxCloud Document Management and Workflow make for a powerful solution for resellers to win business

BOHEMIA, NY – Electronic Document Management and Workflow industry leader MaxxVault LLC® and Artsyl Technologies, Inc., provider of Intelligent Document Recognition (IDR), data capture and document processing automation technologies, announced today the release of a new connector update providing seamless, tighter product integration.

docAlpha, Artsyl Technologies’ IDR and advanced capture solution, automatically collects, identifies and captures large volumes of structured and semi-structured documents while providing advanced classification and capture capabilities to extract, validate and route data. This robust solution is an excellent fit for the most demanding high-volume, high-complexity applications and is ideally suited for processing documents such as invoices, POs, medical and insurance claims and sales orders etc.; supporting the needs of a wide range of industries including education, healthcare, government agency, financial services, logistics, transportation and manufacturing.

“This exciting update to our connector puts Artsyl Technologies’ advanced capture technology in the hands of MaxxVault’s fast-growing end-user community and network of resellers,” states Bruce Malyon, President of MaxxVault LLC. “Recognized as an innovator and leader in advanced capture technologies, Artsyl Technologies’ solutions are an excellent fit with the MaxxVault and MaxxCloud platforms. Together these solutions move our customers beyond document imaging and into the realm of business process automation where they can realize enormous productivity gains and cost savings.”

“We are pleased to see the strengthening relationship with MaxxVault and believe this tighter integration will open up many new opportunities for both of our companies” says Jeff Moore, Chief Sales Officer and Partner of Artsyl Technologies, Inc. “Our ability to scale up or down with the most advanced IDR features in either an on-premise or cloud offering brings a whole new realm of possibilities to the table. Together, Artsyl and MaxxVault can address virtually any business automation task a client may have.”

Resellers can now offer customers fully-integrated solutions from the MFP to the repository – whether it is in-house or hosted in the cloud. Using advanced capture technologies, extracted data drives business processes and initiates workflows. With this powerful combination of technologies, resellers can offer true electronic document management solutions.

Easy to install and deploy, the combination of ease of use and value designed into Artsyl’s solutions makes them attractive to larger organizations and more affordable to smaller ones seeking to introduce higher levels of automation into their business processes. Scalability also makes their products highly compatible with MaxxVault products.

About Artsyl Technologies, Inc.

Artsyl Technologies, Inc. is the innovative company behind the docAlpha Intelligent Document Recognition (IDR) platform. For over 10 years Artsyl has been designing, building and innovating technology used by companies globally to reduce their document processing burdens. Whether you have Accounts Payable Invoices or Medical documents like Claims, EOBs or Patient Records docAlpha is designed to make their processing easy. docAlpha can be used in any business process to automate the classification, data extraction, validation and routing of mission critical information to its proper line-of-business application. docAlpha is a state-of-the-art IDR platform designed using Microsoft .NET and a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) which allows it to scale up for Enterprise level On-Premise deployment or be used as a CLOUD based SaaS solution. docAlpha is sold through distributors and VARs globally.


Visit http://www.artsyltech.com for more information.

Tackling the security challenges of mobile banking apps with easy to integrate, user friendly, cutting edge app security

Promon, a leading Norwegian security specialist, has launched in the UK with its flagship app security product, Promon Shield. Available since 2009 Promon has an enviable protection record, delivering true app security by eliminating the weakest link in the security chain.

The adoption of mobile apps continues to grow dramatically in the UK. According to recent findings from the British Bankers’ Association (BBA), customers now make 5.7 million transactions a day using smart phones and other mobile devices and this number is expected to grow in the coming years.

With more than 21.5 million people banking online, the UK has become a prime target for “businesses” that see this growing market as an easy way to monetise their malware investments and are consequently leveraging their prior experience from PC Trojan attacks.

According to the BBA most fraud on online bank accounts involves disclosed user passwords and security information as well as PCs or mobile devices infected with spyware designed to steal information. The two most common attempted scams currently used by online fraudsters are phishing and malware. Such attacks are designed for identity theft and compromising bank accounts, which unless addressed properly now, will lead to a loss of confidence in UK mobile banking.*

Jan Sogaard, CEO, Promon, explains: “It is relatively cheap and easy for hackers to compromise mobile banking applications to steal personal data. Most, if not all, mobile banking apps are lacking vital security and are therefore highly vulnerable to attacks. Given the uptake of mobile banking apps for both day-to-day use and larger transactions, bank customers should be very concerned.

“Promon is a pioneer in the market, bringing with it a user friendly and cutting edge app security solution. We forecast seeing evermore-sophisticated malware targeting mobile banking apps. Together with the industry we are assisting in hardening their apps, as Promon penetration testing has confirmed the ease with which most apps can be compromised.”

With millions of users, Promon Shield is a proactive solution designed to stop malware attacks before they do any harm, without changing the customer experience. Promon focuses on vulnerabilities rather than threats. Promon Shield is therefore able to ensure a safe mobile banking experience, even on devices that have been compromised or vulnerabilities caused by the user. This encompasses the increased risk facing transactions, sensitive information and even mission critical systems within the mobile banking world.

Sogaard concludes: “Trojan / Man-in-the-Browser (MiTB) attacks are a familiar concept and the risks and the dangers have been understood for some time now. However Man-in-the-App (MiTA) is today’s MiTB, and the convenience of these applications has led to a degree of corporate memory failure regarding past experiences with MiTB. As the use of mobile banking applications in the UK continues to grow, attackers will continue to monetise their fraudulent attacks leading to an increase in sophistication and effectiveness. However as Promon Shield gains traction in the UK, mobile banking customers will become increasingly more protected and banks can safely continue to drive uptake of this convenient solution safeguarded by Promon.”

 

About Promon

Traditional antivirus, antispam and antimalware solutions are being outdated by a massive increase in security threats and cyber-crime. Promon is changing the way companies and individuals protect application and data against security threats. Promon’s patented method for proactively detecting and blocking security threats enables protection of applications and data on any potentially unsafe or unprotected device in any location. The company head office is located in Oslo, Norway. More Information about Promon AS is available here: http://www.promon.no/

* According to the Office of National Statistics in 2013 the UK had 3.8 million cases of credit and bank card fraud, estimated to be valued at £450 million

The recently published survey of Enterprise Risk Management Software Solutions ranks 4C StrategiesExonaut Risk and Incident Manager (RIM) highest in the maturity curve, showing that as a solutions provider, 4C caters to the most advanced levels of enterprise risk management.

The Institute of Risk Management carries out a yearly independent evaluation of Enterprise Risk Management software. It aims to identify experts working within the area of Risk Management, supply an overview of the sector, and to allow risk professionals to make clear, informed decisions when choosing an Enterprise Risk Management solution that is right for them.

Exonaut™ RIM, part of the Exonaut™ software suite, is an extremely intuitive enterprise risk management tool. Requiring no prior experience in risk management, users are able to identify, manage and visualise risks and opportunities on a ‘live’ platform. As a result, senior management can effectively prioritise limited time, resource and investment to where it is most required in the organisation.

"This top ranking by the IRM substantiates the recent successes we have had as a business" says Rod Kilgour, 4C International. "Our customers not only see the benefits of our ERM solution but buy into the vision that our integrated Resilience suite supports their business in the closely interrelated areas of Risk, Compliance and Business Continuity.”

About 4C Strategies

4C Strategies provides consultancy services and software solutions for improved risk, business continuity and crisis management. The company already has a large international client base, including organisations such as the British Army, London Gatwick Airport, Argos and Homebase. 4C Strategies launched in 2000, quickly establishing itself as a successful global brand, and is now
recognised as one of the most innovative providers of risk management solutions.

About the Institute of Risk Management

The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) is a professional education and training body, with approximately 4000 members in more than 100 countries and over 500 students studying risk management at any time. Since it was established in 1986, its focus has been to promote the
importance and relevance of risk management.

LONDON – Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, has today announced a new 6 year, £900k contract with Kent Fire and Rescue Service to provide it with the SteriaSTORM command and control system. SteriaSTORM has already been used by Kent Police for the past ten years. This new landmark contract, with a go-live date of February 2015, will enable the two emergency services to work together more effectively and to share information relating to the mobilisation of resources in response to incidents as they arise. This will deliver a more resilient and efficient 999 service for the people of Kent and Medway, maximising the benefits of having two of their emergency services co-located within the same control room and utilising a collaborative command and control system.

Underpinned by Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, SteriaSTORM overlays real-time information about the location of emergency services resources onto detailed electronic area maps. This enables control room operators to make rapid decisions and deploy the appropriate resources where they are required.

With SteriaSTORM, Kent Fire and Rescue Service will benefit from a modern, tried and tested solution with greater functionality and resilience than their current mobilisation system which is long overdue for replacement. Sharing a common infrastructure with Kent Police will also be much more cost-effective for Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

SteriaSTORM will provide both emergency services with:

  • A shared system to ensure the right resources are rapidly mobilised
  • Enhanced sharing of information to arm both emergency services with the facts they need
  • Improved resilience and interoperability

Having both services on a common platform will prove invaluable if an incident requires both police and fire services to attend. Both services will have a common view of the situation, so, for example, there won’t be any risk of duplication, or errors relating to two different incident addresses.

Steria is currently the only command and control solution supplier to have successfully delivered multi police force collaborative solutions in the UK. This latest deal takes this position to the next level, delivering a "Blue Light" collaboration that encompasses both Police and Fire & Rescue Service, providing a fully integrated system for Kent. This innovative configuration maximises the multi-agency strengths offered by SteriaSTORM, providing a robust platform from which to deliver effective command and control solutions on a multi-service basis.

Chris Bates, Managing Director of Defence and Emergency Services at Steria, said, “The UK’s Emergency Services are delivering mission-critical support in an unprecedented era of austerity where every penny counts. In the face of an ever-increasing need for collaboration, Steria has successfully delivered multi-force command and control solutions within the police market, so this inter-Blue Light deal bringing Kent’s police and fire services together is a logical extension of that model. The two services are of course natural partners and collaborative solutions will achieve real improvements in practical joint working, deliver tangible savings and ultimately provide a more resilient, cost effective service to the people of Kent. It is a model that we truly believe in and have high hopes of developing across the wider Emergency Services in the future.”

Steve Demetriou, Director Major Projects and Resilience, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, said, “We were looking for a mission-critical solution that delivers real improvements and benefits on the sharing of information on a day to day basis and during major emergencies, and SteriaSTORM will give us that. It will enable us to share information with Kent Police, whilst still preserving the integrity each service may need during security incidents. Our aim is to ensure Kent is a safer county for our residents and businesses.”

Mobile security leader has found end users trust mobile service providers more than employers to protect their privacy when using own devices for work purposes

DALLAS — AdaptiveMobile (www.adaptivemobile.com), the world leader in mobile security, today uncovered that privacy from employers is the top concern for employees being asked to use their own devices for work purposes, according to a recent survey conducted by Ovum on behalf of AdaptiveMobile. The research found that while over 84 percent of employees rated privacy as a top three concern, there was a clear lack of trust in the ability of their employer to manage their mobile security and privacy, posing mobile service providers with an opportunity to address end-users security concerns.

For those employees already using their own device for work purposes, trust in their employer managing their device was the major concern. While just 30 percent of respondents preferred their employer to manage their corporate mobility service, trust levels in their mobile operator were higher with 42 percent of people happier if their device at work was managed by their operator.

Among employees who do not use their own devices for work purposes, the desire to keep their work and personal life separate (44 percent) and a general mistrust of their employer having any kind of control over their devices (24 percent) were the biggest barriers.

“Trust is the magic word when it comes to empowering employees to use their own devices in the workplace. The mobile device is such an inherently personal part of our lives that people want to know that their details are safe. Where the IT department may be stigmatised in the eyes of employees, they see the mobile operator as the trusted service provider. The opportunity for businesses therefore is to benefit from the reflected trust by deploying a managed mobile security solution and so instill the confidence in the service that their employees demand,” said Ciaran Bradley, Chief Product Officer, AdaptiveMobile.

“Particularly for the underserved but significant SME market that find current mobile security offerings too complex to deploy, too expensive to integrate and too time-consuming to manage, these issues can be addressed by a comprehensive security-as-a-service offering, that is easy to implement and use,” said Ciaran Bradley.

Closely linked to end user privacy, the survey of over 5,000 employees from 19 countries worldwide also uncovered that the security of end users’ data is central to the uptake of corporate mobility services. Respondents noted that in addition to privacy, the next two most important aspects of a corporate service allowing them to use their own devices at work were avoiding malicious websites (67.2%) and avoiding malicious apps (57.2).

Bill shock, mobile data usage, inadvertent access to malicious websites and malicious apps are all listed as other factors inhibiting the adoption of corporate mobility services. “Employee concerns over security and privacy are consistent across all operating systems – and with mobility meaning IT departments are confronted with a multitude of platforms to secure, the opportunity for operators is to provide a mobile network level security solution that gives the IT department the control they need,” continued Ciaran Bradley.

Part of Ovum’s latest Employee Mobility Survey, the research revealed the rate of BYOD behavior (defined as employees accessing corporate data on a personally owned smartphone or tablet – whether their employer knows about it or allows it or not) is up from 56.8% in 2013 to 69.2% in 2014. The research was in-line with previous years, demonstrating that high-growth markets exhibit the highest rates of BYOD with China, India and South Korea close to 100%.

“It’s clear that BYOD is not a newly discussed phenomenon, but our research over the last three years indicates that as a behavioral trend it is actually increasing and having an impact in every organisation”, said Richard Absalom, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Mobility at Ovum. “Businesses everywhere need to find ways of balancing corporate security demands with employees’ privacy concerns when using personal devices for work.”

The research also revealed how operators in mature markets may see a bigger opportunity to capitalise on increasing adoption of corporate mobility services.

The Ovum Employee Mobility Survey was conducted in July 2014 and surveyed 5,187 employees in organisations globally.

About AdaptiveMobile:

AdaptiveMobile is the world leader in mobile security protecting over one billion subscribers worldwide and the only mobile security company offering products designed to protect all services on both fixed and mobile networks through in-network and cloud solutions. With deep expertise and a unique focus on network-to-handset security, AdaptiveMobile’s award winning security solutions provide its customers with advanced threat detection and actionable intelligence, combined with the most comprehensive mobile security products available on the market today. AdaptiveMobile’s sophisticated, revenue-generating security-as-a-service portfolio empowers consumers and enterprises alike to take greater control of their own security.

AdaptiveMobile was founded in 2003 and boasts some of the world’s largest mobile operators as customers and the leading security and telecom equipment vendors as partners. The company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in the North America, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Strategic BCP, creator of ResilienceONE® BCM/BCP software, placed as a Leader for the second year in a row

BLUE BELL, Pa. – Strategic BCP, the global leader in Business Continuity Management Planning (BCM/BCP) Software and consulting, has once-again placed in the Leader's Quadrant of the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software. In their report, Gartner states: "Business continuity management planning software is the key tool used to manage the business continuity management program process from risk assessment to business impact analysis through recovery plan development, exercising and invocation."1

Access a complimentary copy of the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant report for BCM/BCP.

Strategic BCP was one of eight vendors to place in this quadrant out of the 18 total BCM/BCP offerings evaluated.

"We believe Strategic BCP has landed in the Leaders Quadrant for a second year in a row because of our ongoing commitment to innovation, strength of our intellectual property and methods, and unwavering commitment to our loyal customers;" said Frank Perlmutter (CBCP, MBCI), president and co-founder of Strategic BCP. "With ResilienceONE, our BCP Genome™, and our superior professional services team; we provide our customers with products and services that exceed all industry standards, regulations, and best practices. To be honored in this fashion validates our commitment to excellence that is second to none."

According to Gartner, the features that distinguish the vendors from each other and form their position in this Magic Quadrant are:

  • Ease of configuration and customization
  • Ease of use
  • Depth of data analytics, C/IM and exercise management
  • Level of real-time interaction of mobile device apps
  • Plan management aides, such as built-in workflow procedures for BIA and recovery plan creation and maintenance

ResilienceONE's industry-leading methodology saves time and money by streamlining cumbersome activities and providing sophisticated functionality to simplify complicated tasks. ResilienceONE is immediately ready to use without the massive customization and configuration time or the costs associated with other tools. Clients can easily setup ResilienceONE via straightforward settings and without vendor cost. Ease-of-use for the end user is provided via step-by-step customizable wizards with built-in progress tracking. ResilienceONE's powerful analytics, RTO Determination Engine, and custom reporting via drag-and-drop on any field provide unmatched depth of functionality. Interactive Plan Activation, complemented by mobile apps for use in real-life disasters and exercises, provides real-time plan tracking, situational updates, and communications.

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

1. Roberta J. Witty, John P. Morency; "Magic Quadrant for Business Continuity Management Planning Software," Gartner, Aug. 27, 2014, pp. 1-5.

Acronis delivers a complete, easy and safe data protection solution, now with the ability to restore full system backups to cloud infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO, Cailif. – Acronis, the global leader in new generation data protection, today announced the acquisition of nScaled, a San Francisco-based provider of Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service. Customers currently using Acronis Backup-as-a-Service solution will get a capability to restore their systems to the cloud in case of disasters, and quickly restore operations if replacement hardware is not available. The extensive network of existing Acronis partners will make the complete cloud backup and disaster recovery solution available to all customers in the world, significantly increasing the geography for nScaled technology.

Acronis, a leading data protection provider, offers a wide variety of backup solutions for individual users and organizations of various sizes, as well as solutions for secure mobile file access and sharing. Acronis’ technologies also enable service providers to deliver online backup and data storage to their customers using the Acronis Hosted Backup-as-a-Service solution. The acquisition of nScaled completes the Acronis cloud backup offering with a Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution. As a result, a single source for backup and disaster recovery protection for any environment will be available to existing and new customers around the world.

Serguei Beloussov, CEO and co-founder of Acronis, explained, “To protect their data, customers need a reliable backup technology, storage and infrastructure to restore systems in case of a disaster. Acronis has delivered an advanced backup solution for years with full system backup, and the ability to restore to any hardware. Then we added Acronis Backup-as-a-Service to provide cloud storage for backup data. With the addition of nScaled technology, we provide a capability to restore to the cloud, and customers can restore their operations without waiting for replacement hardware to restore on-premises. Now, Acronis provides the most complete, easy, and safe cloud backup solution for any infrastructure and any environment.”

nScaled, ranked as a leading DRaaS vendor by Forrester Research, provides a complete data virtualization and protection solution for both local and remote sites. The solution has the ability to fail over and run in the cloud and the ability to recover servers in a matter of minutes to ensure business continuity. nScaled’s product offers centrally managed monitoring and analyzing capabilities for disaster recovery readiness testing. Founded in 2009, the company now has hundreds of customers in North America and the United Kingdom. nScaled manages petabytes of storage and several thousand servers in a global network of geographically distributed cloud data centers based in Dallas, Ashburn and London. nScaled’s solutions are also viable as an on-premises appliance, managed as one seamless infrastructure with cloud data centers.

“Businesses have become ever more dependent upon data, and their operations can no longer afford downtime. Ensuring the availability and reliability of IT services is critical to supporting customers and internal users,” said Bradley Kolb, CEO of nScaled. “As part of the Acronis team, nScaled will have access to even more resources globally to further evolve our disaster recovery services, delivering enhanced protection of our customers’ IT infrastructure, applications, and data.”

Products developed by the nScaled team will leverage the advanced functionality of the Acronis AnyData Engine technology that enables customers to capture, store, recover, control, and access any data across any environment and to any storage device, providing an even better data protection service to end customers. The complete cloud backup solution will be available as a service from service providers, Acronis Cloud or an on-premises solution for private datacenters to customers of any size. Hundreds of thousands of existing Acronis users will enjoy the capability to restore their systems to the cloud, avoiding costly downtime. Acronis partners will be able to offer a complete hosted backup and disaster recovery solutions to their customers.

About Acronis
Acronis is a global provider of leading backup, disaster recovery, and secure file sharing and file access solutions. Founded in 2002, Acronis has established itself as a fast-growing international company with more than 650 employees in 18 countries and partners in almost every country in the world. Acronis provides complete, efficient, and reliable backup solutions for desktop, server, virtual and cloud environments as well as leading file sharing and sync solutions for mobile devices. More than 5 million of individual users and more than 300 thousand organizations rely on Acronis products for protection of their data.

About nScaled
nScaled provides an all-in-one solution for disaster recovery, data retention, and backup to customers with zero tolerance for data loss or downtime. Among nScaled’s customers are banks, law firms, hospitals, manufacturers, retailers, and universities – any organization that needs to be ready for the inevitable problems that lead to data or server loss. All services are based on the global network of remote cloud data centers plus our on-premises Local Cloud Appliance, all managed as one secure, seamless infrastructure. Founded in 2009, the company was funded by leading venture firms Almaz Capital and Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures, known for backing innovative business infrastructure companies that set a new standard in technology application. nScaled has hundreds of customers in North America and UK, and manages petabytes of storage and more than 1,500 servers in a global network of geographically distributed cloud data centers.

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