European Startups Select IBM Cloud to Drive Innovation

European Startups Select IBM Cloud to Drive Innovation

At its THINK South East Europe conference, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced momentum of its cloud solutions among European startups. Several companies in the region have turned to the IBM Cloud for AI, blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in order to drive innovation and scale globally. They include blockchain-based digital identity provider, Blinking; developer and manufacturer of in-wheel electric propulsion systems, Elaphe; and cardiac medical devices developer, HeartBit.

“Startups and enterprise companies alike find value in IBM’s open approach to cloud computing which, coupled with our deep industry expertise, provides the flexibility and services they need as they grow and transform,” said Michael Paier, General Manager, IBM Southeast Europe. “By choosing IBM Cloud, organizations are able to do much more than just cut costs. By tapping exciting cloud-based services like Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT), they are able to innovate new business models and develop new services on the fly that help them differentiate from the competition.”

Today’s news builds on IBM’s global cloud momentum amongst startups and global brands like Bausch + Lomb, Whirlpool and Kyocera, which are migrating major workloads and modernizing existing infrastructures with the IBM Cloud. Just two weeks ago IBM announced that hundreds of companies around the world (including New Zealand Police, China’s Fuyao Group, Japan’s Aflac Insurance, Turkey’s credit bureau Kredi Kayıt Bürosu and Brazil’s Fidelity National Information Services) are now using IBM Cloud Private to help modernize their existing IT investments and rapidly develop and deploy innovative new applications to meet market demand.

Startups across South East Europe using the IBM Cloud include:

Blinking, Serbia
Blinking is a blockchain-based digital ID solution provider that gives users control over their data, using Hyperledger Fabric on the IBM Cloud. Individuals create their own digital identity with a Blinking ID and then authenticate themselves using a variety of techniques including password, facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. With the service, individuals can authorize or revoke access to third-parties each time they are required to verify their identity. Using IBM Cloud Private, Blinking is piloting a Know Your Customer (KYC) service with five Serbian banks.

Careesma has built a virtual assistant called Smarty that simplifies student-facing services at the Zagreb School of Economic and Management. The system can rapidly respond to questions from students on a 24/7 basis regardless of where they are located. Smarty is based on IBM Watson Assistant, a service on the IBM Cloud which uses machine learning to help organizations build solutions that understand natural-language and respond to customers in a way that simulates a conversation between humans.

HeartBit, Hungary
HeartBit teamed up with IBM to build the back-end for its pioneering wearable ECG device. The system captures data from the Heartbit device, transmits it to the IBM Cloud via a mobile app, where it is stored and analyzed using the latest AI technologies.  With insight from the Heartbit app, users can optimize their training schedules and get fit safely. The company selected IBM Cloud services due to the high levels of security of the IBM Cloud as well as IBM’s leadership in data privacy.

Indivizo offers data-driven recruitment solutions to help HR decision makers hire top talent faster. The company has incorporated IBM’s Watson AI technology on the IBM Cloud to analyse video interviews with job applicants. Using advanced video analytics, Inivizo is able to create personality profiles that provide HR with additional insight about a candidate’s suitability for a given position.

Elaphe Propulsion TechnologiesSlovenia
Elaphe selected IBM Cloud to access IBM’s Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to help advance the safety of next generation autonomous and connected electric and hybrid vehicles. With the IBM cloud, Elaphe is able to analyze real-time information about driving conditions and vehicle performance to generate valuable insight that can aid the development and operation of vehicles using the company’s in-wheel powertrain systems.

About IBM Cloud
With $19B in annual cloud revenue, IBM is the global leader in enterprise cloud with a platform designed to meet the evolving needs of business and society. Moving past productivity and cost improvements, the IBM Cloud is tuned for the AI and data demands that are driving true differentiation in today’s enterprise. IBM’s private, public and hybrid offerings provide the global scale businesses need to support innovation across industries.

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Whale Cloud launches its new brand and plans to invest one billion yuan into technology research over the next three years

Whale Cloud launches its new brand and plans to invest one billion yuan into technology research over the next three years

Whale Cloud Technology Co., Ltd (“Whale Cloud”) launched its new brand, logo, and strategy in the West Lake Expo Museum in Hangzhou. Whale Cloud executives, global partners, media, and experts from the industry were all present to witness this important event.

A world-leading data intelligence company, Whale Cloud was founded in 2003 as the largest subsidiary of ZTE and has been involved in telecom data processing and ICT domains for 15 years. In early 2018, it became a strategic partner of Alibaba Cloud. Today, Whale Cloud provides digital transformation technologies and services for telecom operators, governments, and enterprises in more than 80 countries and regions in the world.

“The center of the digital economy is data, and we believe we will outperform our competitors if we possess powerful data computing capabilities. The whale is a symbol of power and wisdom. Naming our company Whale Cloud reflects our mission of exploring unlimited data values,” said Bao Zhongjun, CEO of Whale Cloud.

The slogan “Data intelligence creates unlimited possibilities” shows the company’s unique position.

Reflecting on what it calls a unique position in the market, Zhou Yong, VP of Whale Cloud, added: “We are the only company with experience in delivering digital services to not only the telco industry, but in government and other industries. With the Alibaba partnership, we now have the infrastructure to leverage Alibaba Cloud technologies and our telco capabilities to expand our business from ICT to vertical industries.”

Mr. Yang Ming, VP of Whale Cloud, shared the company’s “321” strategy, which explains Whale Cloud’s future initiatives to build its strengths in “3” areas, namely, technology, business model, and basic research, and focus on “2” prioritized market segments (enterprise and city) in digital transformation to serve “1” ultimate goal of creating value for theircustomers.

Whale Cloud has earmarked 1 billion yuan ($145.3 million) over the next three years for research into its core technologies. It also plans to launch an AI lab, a city brain research institute, and a cloud computing application development program to ensure continuous innovation and quick implementation of new technologies and products.

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SolunoBC & CallHosted Join Forces to Grow the Cloud Business in Europe

SolunoBC & CallHosted Join Forces to Grow the Cloud Business in Europe

Soluno, the largest operator-independent UCaaS provider on the Nordic market joins forces with CallHosted, the Netherlands based cloud service provider. The transactionstrengthens our mobile first wholesale concept and its market coverage in Europe.

The combined entity is created through a transaction in which Soluno acquires CallHosted and the shareholder of CallHosted is reinvesting into SolunoBC Holding AB whereSEB Private Equity remains the majority shareholder. The CEO and founder of CallHosted, Paul Smissaert remains in a key operative role and joins the Soluno leadership team.

The transaction is an important step in developing Soluno as the most attractive wholesale supplier in Europe and the combined company sees several interesting synergies. Both companies share a common view of cloud-based communications and use a common software platform for the distribution and development of cloud communication services. In addition to this, the exchange of knowledge, automation and add-on services are things that complement the companies well, which will deliver enhanced values for partners and end-users across markets.

The focus for the combined company will remain on expanding operations in the Netherlands and subsequently expand into further markets in Europe. With joined forces Soluno fast becomes an obvious integrator in a new market, with existing customers, active services and employees in place through CallHosted.

“With this step we combine shared experiences for having the best offer towards our customers, not only in the Netherlands but also towards our ambition to expand internationally.  With our Cloud propositions supported by a hassle-free activation journey we are able to grow with the right economy of scale. Best conditions for domestic and international expansion as an operator – independent cloud communications integrator. We will take the position of the leading systems integrator in the Cloud and create the best experience for customers, partners and operators,” says Paul Smissaert, the founder of CallHosted.

“We are delighted to see CallHosted joining Soluno, the complementary talents and propositions will help accelerate Solunos international growth. We are impressed with what CallHosted has achieved to date in the Netherlands and we look forward to jointly realize the full potential of the business opportunity,” says Mattias Ohde, CEO of SolunoBC AB

During 2018, the company is expected to turn over approx. 25 Million EUR and have its offices in StockholmGothenburgand Rotterdam.

Soluno Business Communications AB

SolunoBC is the largest and most expansive operator-independent UCaaS provider on the Nordic market with +130.000 users in the cloud. Soluno is driving the future of business communications by offering a mobile first concept through wholesale partners in Europe.


CallHosted offers flexible communications solutions via an extensive partner network of certified Telecom and ICT service providers. By using the smart Mitel communications and collaborations solutions, CallHosted and his partners can provide solutions that meet the specific customer needs. It does not matter if it is a on premise, hosted, virtualised on VMware, private cloud or hybrid solution.

More information:

Mattias Ohde, CEO Soluno BC, +46(0)31-352-40-03,

Paul Smissaert, CEO CallHosted, +31(0)088-00237231,



CommPoint IT Chooses iomart for Enterprise Cloud and Connectivity Solutions

CommPoint IT Chooses iomart for Enterprise Cloud and Connectivity Solutions

Rapidly growing managed services provider CommPoint IT has chosen iomart as its new cloud and connectivity enterprise solutions provider.

CommPoint IT is an established provider of cloud computing, internet connectivity and VOIP telephony solutions based in the south east of England. From offices in LondonBrighton and Guildford, it supports a wide range of organisations including local authorities, schools, colleges and small to medium businesses. It chose iomart because it wanted a new cloud partner that could supply its solutions from secure data centres located in the UK.

Steven Jackson, Managing Director of CommPoint IT, explains: “We take care to select only the strongest partners who have a proven track record to help us support our customers. We wanted a new cloud and connectivity partner that hosts everything in secure UK data centres that it directly owns, and one that could supply its solutions at a good price point. iomart does all of this.”

CommPoint IT resells iomart’s large portfolio of enterprise cloud services and connectivity solutions. Hosted servers can be provisioned within a matter of minutes and can be set up to be bespoke for each customer. Other services such as network, backup and Disaster Recovery are equally straight forward to implement for customers. Everything is backed up by strong Service Level Agreements and 24/7/365 technical support.

Michael Ruddick, Channel Sales Manager for iomart, says: “CommPoint are a fast growing managed services provider and it’s fantastic that they see the value of having iomart as their cloud partner to help them grow. Working with iomart helps CommPoint address the growing shift to as-a-Service in the market place, whilst allowing them to focus on strategically transforming their customers’ ICT services.”

iomart is the most ISO accredited cloud provider in the UK. It owns and operates data centres at eight locations across the country from which it offers a wide range of cloud services.

Steven Jackson adds: “Most of our customers are looking for hybrid solutions because they don’t have the in-house expertise to manage cloud. With iomart behind us, we can meet their expectations.”

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About iomart Group plc

iomart Group Plc (AIM: IOM) helps organisations maximise the flexibility, cost effectiveness and security of the cloud. From strategy to delivery, our 300+ consultants and solutions architects provide the cloud expertise to transform your business. With a dynamic range of managed cloud services that integrate with the public clouds of AWS and Azure, our agnostic approach delivers solutions tailored to your exact needs. iomart is a long term supplier to G-Cloud and our infrastructure and cloud and backup services are designed to meet the requirements of the UK public sector. For further information visit

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Cloud-based Management Software Unlocks Visibility and Insights at the Edge, Generates Services Revenues for IT Channel

Cloud-based Management Software Unlocks Visibility and Insights at the Edge, Generates Services Revenues for IT Channel

– The explosion of data, growth of IoT and cloud computing has created challenges with managing hybrid ecosystems composed of on-premise data centres and distributed IT or local edge environments

– EcoStruxureTM IT for Partners enables IT Solution Providers to increase customer intimacy, revenue streams and new business opportunities by providing visibility and insights into customers’ remote and distributed infrastructure.

– EcoStruxure IT is the industry’s first cloud-based Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution, also referred to as DMaaS (Data Centre Management as a Service).

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has announced the European launch of EcoStruxure IT for Partners, opening the way for IT solution providers to develop new and recurring service revenues by managing data centres, distributed IT and edge facilities.

The explosion of data, together with the growth of IoT and cloud computing has led customers to create hybrid ecosystems including on-premise data centres, distributed IT or local edge, and public and private cloud. IT equipment is moving back on-premise to meet the bandwidth and latency requirements of critical applications. Therefore, remote management of increasingly complex network architectures is becoming an issue for end-user customers.

EcoStruxure IT for Partners enables customers to securely outsource monitoring, maintenance and other services to support the availability of physical infrastructure as well as IT devices to their preferred solution providers.

Available in Europe for the first time, EcoStruxure IT for Partners provides an open, cloud-based, multi-tenant platform developed for IT solution providers focused on data centre and distributed IT sites. The secure platform is enabled by EcoStruxure’s predictive analytics and will host applications and tools for solution providers to build new, recurring service offerings and business models.

Digital transformationsIoand limited IT staff are increasing the requirement for on-premise infrastructure and management

Cloud-enabled management brings advantages such as the collection of large amounts of data in one location, monitoring and management from a single device or location, and big data analytics. If harnessed properly, these advantages can improve how IT and data centre equipment and infrastructure are monitored and managed, and provide deeper insights that will both optimise usage of data centre equipment and extend the equipment lifecycle.

Available today is EcoStruxure IT Expert, a cloud-based monitoring application

The first EcoStruxure IT application being made available today is the cloud-based monitoring application called EcoStruxure IT Expert. The application enables IT solution providers to deliver a remote monitoring service empowered with real-time data and proactive recommendations, reducing meantime to repair and improving system availability. Leveraging big data and intelligent benchmarking from distributed IT environments to the data centre, EcoStruxure IT Expert provides a faster and easier way to deliver the services and support required by customers as they grow more dependent on their critical IT infrastructure.

“EcoStruxure IT Expert provides a secure foundation for partners to deliver additional and monetisable value to their customers,” said Kim Povlsen, Vice President of Digital Services & Data Centre Software, Schneider Electric. “It’s a game changing opportunity for partners to strengthen their customer relationships by delivering insight into the functioning and efficiency of compute facilities, while offering higher availability and potentially lowered service costs as new capabilities are added through EcoStruxure IT for Partners.”

EcoStruxure IT Expert key benefits include:

  • Vendor-neutral and multi-tenant monitoring platform enabling partners to grow their services offer to include power and cooling.
  • For customers not under contract, partners can resell this simple to deploy Software as a Service offer for additional recurring revenue.
  • Global visibility into their customers’ infrastructure – in the cloud or at the edge – with data-driven recommendations to improve performance and efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Global view of inventory, alarms, and recommendations to resolve; also with analytics and benchmarking.

EcoStruxure IT software platform is currently available in English, Spanish, Italian and French. Other languages will be available over the next quarters.

IDC views the EcoStruxure family as a transformative platform that changes the core way that datacenters are monitored and managed. Said Jennifer CookeResearch Director for Data Center Trends and Strategies at IDC.

As part of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture, EcoStruxure IT operates on all IoT-enabled physical infrastructure assets like secure power and cooling – including the new Smart-UPS with APC SmartConnect, a cloud-enabled UPS, designed to be fast and cost-effective for deployment in small, distributed environments and compatible with popular industry Remote Monitoring and Management platforms.

Programs and Support for IT Solutions Providers

To maximize Solution Providers success with the platform and applications, Schneider Electric offers a trained and dedicated Partner Success Management team for proper onboarding and effectiveness. Additionally, the APC Channel Partner Program is also launching a new Edge certification with benefits that include online training, opportunity registration discounts, tools and configurators, as well as lead and demand generation programs.

For partners looking to complement their service offerings with additional support or expertise, Schneider Electric’s 24/7 proactive service bureau can be engaged through EcoStruxure Asset Advisor services for secure power and cooling, providing access to more than 7,000 field service experts globally.

For a limited time, IT solutions providers can sign up for a free 30-day trial of EcoStruxure IT for Partners at .

About EcoStruxure™

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity for customers. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services.

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Providing Certainty in a Connected World
APC by Schneider Electric is the leading brand worldwide for integrated IT infrastructure and software. With a wide array of products that provide reliable power and availability solutions for IT and communications technologies APC delivers, Certainty in a Connected World. With the largest community of partners tailoring solutions for home and business networks, APC protects critical information and data for individuals and businesses. APC is a brand of Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation.

About Schneider Electric 
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries.

With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.

In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency.

We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.
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Liaison Technologies Celebrates Health IT Innovations During National Health IT Week

Liaison Technologies Celebrates Health IT Innovations During National Health IT Week

Liaison ALLOY Platform for Healthcare Supports Drive to Mature Data Integration Processes for Enhanced Interoperability, Discovery and Patient Data Privacy

Liaison Technologies, a recognized leader in cloud-based integration and data management solutions, joins clinicians, administrators and researchers to celebrate National Health IT Week from October 8-12.

“Innovations from all areas of healthcare information technology are driving the digital transformation of the industry and advancing Triple Aim goals of enhanced patient care, reduced cost, and improved population health,” said Rob Consoli, Chief Revenue Officer for Liaison Technologies.  “As we take time to recognize the many achievements in health IT, it is also important to remember that there is still much more work to do – especially in achieving mature data integration processes that facilitate interoperability, discovery and patient data privacy.”

According to Consoli, one of the most significant challenges that requires the ongoing creativity and innovation of healthcare IT professionals is the continual emergence of new sources and types of data.  Data is coming on board from an increasing number of cloud-based applications, from the Internet of Things (IOT) and from innovations in machine learning and artificial intelligence applied to healthcare.  Data from these sources has the potential to inform clinical and business operations to improve care and costs if it is not left trapped in silos.  To harness insights contained within these new streams of data, healthcare providers must have the right tools and processes in place to integrate, manage and share data across the care continuum.  They must also ensure data quality and effectively analyze the data – all while achieving and maintaining compliance with strict data security and privacy regulations.

Healthcare provider organizations today indicate that their capabilities to integrate data in a way that not only facilitates discovery and interoperability, but also ensures patient data privacy, remain surprisingly immature. This fact is confirmed by a recent study conducted by Aberdeen, a leading industry analyst firm, in partnership with Liaison Technologies.

To measure the maturity of healthcare organizations’ efforts to manage data, Aberdeen developed a Net Maturity Index across six key elements of an enterprise data lifecycle:  managing, storing, protecting, syndicating, ingesting and integrating data. An index score of greater than 50 percent indicates that organizations believe they have achieved strong maturity in that particular element, while an index score of less than 50 percent indicates immaturity in that element.

Managing data, which includes normalizing, cleansing, validating and correlating data, earned a 66.6 percent score from healthcare respondents, the only element of the data lifecycle where maturity was indicated. The lowest score across all six or the elements – 3.9 percent – was given to the step of integrating data from disparate sources, formats and protocols.

“I believe it is important to note that effective integration of all data sources is important, not only for achieving compliance with data security and privacy regulations in healthcare, but also for research and patient care,” said Consoli.  “One of the difficulties identified in the study is the number and complexity of data sources handled by healthcare entities, but that is a challenge that will be with us for a long time as more data sources continue to emerge.”

In its report, Aberdeen suggests that one way to overcome the integration challenge, which is exacerbated by technical and resource limitations, is to partner with an IT services provider.  Such providers, Aberdeen says, can offer the advanced technology platforms, people and processes required to more effectively manage data integration on behalf of hospitals and hospital systems, and to help them achieve greater maturity across all elements of their enterprise data lifecycles.

The award-winning Liaison ALLOY® Platform for Healthcare offers all of the components healthcare providers need to mature their data life cycles. Liaison handles integration and data management for users as a managed service. The platform, with its big data and micorservices architecture, integrates, manages, harmonizes and shares all types of data from multiple sources, including Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), medical devices, wearable fitness trackers and even social media.  Liaison also achieves and maintains the highest levels of compliance with all data security and privacy regulations for the platform, its people and processes, reducing the compliance burden for healthcare providers.

“Integration and interoperability are key to healthcare’s ability to transform patient care, improve outcomes and reduce costs,” said Consoli. “Liaison is proud to be part of the industry’s digital transformation as we work together to unlock the power of the data we now have at our fingertips.”

For more information about National Health IT Week, visit or use #NHITWeek or #IHeartHIT to follow the conversation on social media. Find out more about the Liaison ALLOY Platform for Healthcare at

ALLOY® is a registered trademark of Liaison Technologies.

About Liaison Technologies

Liaison Technologies provides integration and data management solutions to help customers unlock the power of a data-centric approach to their business. Liaison’s cloud-based approach breaks down the barriers between data silos to tap into the valuable information needed to make better decisions, faster. Tailored to solve complex data problems today while building a robust foundation for tomorrow’s unforeseen challenges, Liaison fosters a seamless flow of information securely and at scale. Founded in 2000, Liaison serves more than 7,400 customers in 46 countries, with offices in the United Statesthe NetherlandsFinlandSweden, the United Kingdom and Singapore. For more information, visit and connect with Liaison on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Forbidden Showcases Blackbird's Cloud Experience on Microsoft's Azure IBC 2018 Stand

Forbidden Showcases Blackbird’s Cloud Experience on Microsoft’s Azure IBC 2018 Stand

Forbidden Technologies plc, the developer and seller of Blackbird®, will be working with Microsoft at IBC 2018 to showcase Blackbird’s workstation experience in the cloud. Blackbird is fully integrated with Microsoft Azure Media Services.

Production teams use Blackbird running on Azure Media Services to turn live video into edited and enriched stories. These are published through Blackbird and hosted on Azure. The service is accessed using any browser on any device from anywhere in the world.

Blackbird is the only solution on the market that provides such responsive frame-accurate navigation in the cloud. It plays edited media directly without any need for pre-render, and its integrated Blackbird Waveform supports jog and shuttle, as well as any playback speed and direction.

Deltatre, a leading supplier of digital and broadcast services in the sports sector, is an extensive user of Blackbird through Azure Media Services. Deltatre uses Blackbird to extend its OTT offering of editing services for live and on-demand content for a wide range of sports including American football, athletics, golf, rugby and cycling.

In one example Blackbird Forte is used to edit live highlights for 256 games per season of a major US sport all using Azure.

To meet the Blackbird team please visit the Blackbird exhibit on the Microsoft booth in Hall 1, #C27. For more information about IBC 2018 please visit

Forbidden CEO, Ian McDonough said: “We are very happy to work with Microsoft Azure on their stand this year. It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our Blackbird Edge software operating in Azure and a ground-breaking workflow that has come as a result of our cooperation.”

Tony Emerson, Managing Director, Worldwide Media & Entertainment, Microsoft Corp. said, “In today’s demanding news, media and digital industry, our mutual customers depend on solutions such as Blackbird to increase speed to market. We are pleased Forbidden Technologies plc will make the Blackbird cloud platform available to Microsoft Azure customers, further enhancing their ability to create and manage digital content, while reducing production costs and fostering workforce flexibility.”

About Forbidden Technologies plc

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, ) floated in February 2000. Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using its patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels, and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution which results in improved monetisation of video content.

To find out more about Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Ascent contact or visit

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Atos Positioned as a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Hybrid Infrastructure Managed Services, Asia/Pacific

Atos Positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Hybrid Infrastructure Managed Services, Asia/Pacific

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, has been recognized as one of only three Leaders in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Hybrid Infrastructure Managed Services, Asia/Pacific[1] — an assessment of the regional providers of data center outsourcing in Asia/Pacific — with the proven ability to deliver across multiple countries in the region. This is the 4th consecutive year that Atos has been named a Leader in the Asia/Pacific-focused report.

Atos’ international partnerships in the secured Hybrid Cloud solutions market supplies multi-cloud solutions leveraging integration with AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. Additionally, Atos’ investments in additional capabilities in ServiceNow, Cybersecurity, automation and communications through strategic acquisitions demonstrates its commitment to strengthening its digital transformation portfolio, while also making a strategic move away from its dependency on the traditional IT outsourcing services.

“While cost remains an important factor, especially in some of Atos’ key emerging markets, there has been a visible shift from cost-focused outsourcing to value-focused deals. Atos has demonstrated a deep experience in supporting global clients in the Asia/Pacific region with their transformation, growth and run parts of the business across all regions,” said Herbert Leung, CEO of Atos in Asia Pacific.

Atos was also recognized as a Leader by Gartner in both its June 2018 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Hybrid Infrastructure Managed Services for Europe and for North America.

[1] Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Hybrid Infrastructure Managed Services, Asia/Pacific, by DD Mishra, Fred Ng, To Chee Eng and Stephanie Stoudt-Hansen – July 10, 2018.


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About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with approximately 100,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of around EUR12 billion. European number one in Big Data, Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing and Digital Workplace, the Group provides Cloud services, Infrastructure & Data Management, Business & Platform solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting-edge technologies, digital expertise and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across various business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Energy & Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline. Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

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DriveScale Opens First European Office, Names Storage and Security Expert to Lead EMEA Operations

DriveScale Opens First European Office, Names Storage and Security Expert to Lead EMEA Operations

DriveScale, the leader in delivering Software Composable Infrastructure (SCI) for modern workloads and a 2018 Cool Vendor by Gartner for Cloud Infrastructure,  today announced it opened its first office in Europe and appointed Henk Jan Spanjaard as vice president and general manager of EMEA to lead growth in the region. Spanjaard joins DriveScale with more than 20 years of experience in networking, data storage, security and encryption. His extensive knowledge of the EMEA market will play an important role in building a strong regional presence for DriveScale and its Composable Infrastructure platform. DriveScale unlocks the promise of big data for mainstream enterprises, especially those delivering web-scale applications as a core part of their business.

“We are seeing high demand from Europe and are excited to be opening our first European office. Henk Jan is a strong addition to our growing team. His proven track record leading sales and operations of high tech companies will help us build market awareness and scale across EMEA regions,” said Gene Banman, CEO of DriveScale. “Henk Jan’s deep knowledge of technologies in data storage, security and networking will help to strategically drive adoption of Composable Infrastructure and the DriveScale platform.”

Spanjaard joined NetApp in 1998 where he held various roles, eventually becoming the regional director for southern Europe, and later became the managing director of EMEA for Decru, a company, in the security market, acquired by NetApp. He then continued his career in security as the vice president of EMEA for Mu Dynamics, a company acquired by Spirent Communications in 2012. Spanjaard later led operations in EMEA for computer networking and security firm Imperva, followed by a vice president role at IT automation and security company Infoblox. Most recently, Spanjaard was the vice president of EMEA for A10 Networks, a company offering high-performance application security and networking solutions.

DriveScale’s SCI Solution Provides Cloud-Like Flexibility at a Fraction of the Cost for Global Businesses

DriveScale’s Composable Infrastructure platform is designed to better manage compute and storage resources by disaggregating them into separate pools and then flexibly binding them together as needed under software control. Performance is equivalent to direct attached storage (DAS) and no changes are required to the application stack. DriveScale’s solution is the first on the global market that empowers mainstream enterprises to easily and instantly provision and modify data center infrastructure to match changing application loads. European businesses looking for public-cloud-like elasticity and speed of change at a fraction of the cost can turn to DriveScale to solve the over-provisioning, flexibility and lifecycle management issues that plague IT teams using cloud-native applications and other modern workloads.

Additionally, with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now in full effect, businesses in the EU and beyond must ensure they comply in order to give citizens control of their own data. DriveScale’s platform includes encryption and key management tools built in to ensure consistent and automatic security and encryption for all application data residing on disks. Encryption gives businesses running modern workloads such as Hadoop, NoSQL, object storage or MPP databases protection of personal information stored in data centers––critical in today’s complex security landscape.

“The time is right and the market is sizeable for Software Composable Infrastructure in Europe. European enterprises are quite advanced and demand a solution to manage their growing modern workloads like Hadoop and Cassandra,” Spanjaard said. “Coming from a career at larger, more established companies, I chose to jump head first into the startup world because I believe in DriveScale’s elegant solution that solves a problem many people have with modern workloads. With DriveScale, businesses can optimize their big data workloads, build a future-proofed data center and experience higher performance at a much lower cost than public cloud solutions.”

About DriveScale

DriveScale is the leader in Software Composable Infrastructure for modern workloads. Our innovative data center solution empowers IT to disaggregate compute and storage resources and quickly and easily recompose them to meet the needs of the business. Enterprises can respond faster to changing application environments, maximize the efficiency of their assets and save on equipment and operating expenses. DriveScale supports modern workloads such as Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, NoSQL, Cassandra, Docker, Kubernetes and other distributed applications at a fraction of the cost of alternative platforms. DriveScale, based in Sunnyvale, CA, is founded by technologists with deep roots in IT architecture that built enterprise-class systems for Cisco and Sun Microsystems. Investors include Pelion Venture Partners, Nautilus Venture Partners and Ingrasys, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foxconn. Visit or follow us on Twitter at @DriveScale_Inc.

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Hexaware Recognized by ISG as a Rising Star in SAP Cloud Platform Services

Hexaware Recognized by ISG as a Rising Star in SAP Cloud Platform Services

Hexaware Technologies Ltd, the fastest-growing next-generation provider of IT, BPO and consulting services, today announced it has been recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ in SAP Cloud Platform services by Information Services Group (ISG), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.

The recently published ISG Provider Lens™ SAP HANA® Services Quadrant Report for 2018, evaluating providers serving the U.S. market, noted that Hexaware is expanding its U.S. practice.

“Hexaware has extensive experience in executing large SAP transformation engagements, including multi-country implementations, roll-outs, upgrades, process consolidation, multi-year application support and maintenance,” the report said, also noting that Hexaware “has strong experience developing new technology solutions, including IoT, big data and machine learning for its customers.”

Examples of Hexaware’s innovation include the mobile Fiori solutions for plant maintenance and a chatbot applications using Leonardo for service maintenance, the company said.

Douglas Pollei, author and lead analyst at ISG, said, “Hexaware is a good fit for enterprise customers seeking development specialization for Leonardo and SCP within the manufacturing and healthcare industries. Because of its size, Hexaware can react quickly to new technologies, development cycle and implementation requirements for its customers.”

Prasan Prabhakaran, Senior Vice President & Global Head  Enterprise Solutions, Hexaware Technologies Ltd, said, “We see the recognition as a testament to our focus on SAP digital core to enable our customers rapidly adapt and extract value from next gen SAP solutions. We orchestrate SAP digital core transformation and accelerated time to market for new innovations through our platforms and frameworks.”

The ISG Provider Lens SAP HANA Quadrant Report evaluates 27 providers serving the U.S. market across five quadrants: S/4HANA, BW/4HANA, SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA Technology – Infrastructure, and SAP HANA Technology – Managed Services.

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About Hexaware 

Hexaware is the fastest growing next-generation provider of IT, BPO and consulting services. Our focus lies on taking a leadership position in helping our clients attain customer intimacy as their competitive advantage. Our digital offerings have helped our clients achieve operational excellence and customer delight by ‘Powering Man Machine Collaboration’.

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