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Posts Tagged ‘quality’

Linux Project to Help Car Manufacturers Drive Shorter Development Cycles, Accelerate Software Quality

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 maggio 2019

CloudBees, the enterprise DevOps leader powering the continuous economy, today announced it has joined Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a collaborative cross-industry effort changing the way automotive manufacturers build software. AGL is an open source project at the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source technology.With more smart cars and other devices being developed, automotive and hardware manufacturers are competing more diligently at the software level. CloudBees helps these organizations create more time for experimentation and innovation by accelerating build times and shortening functional, performance and security testing cycles. For example, just 25 CloudBees customers using its build and test acceleration platform, CloudBees Accelerator, saved more than three million developer hours from 459,331 build jobs worldwide in March alone – totaling more than 20 million developer hours saved in the last 10 months. Those 20 million hours represent 500,000 40-hour weeks that developers in these organizations were able to devote to new innovation.
Today, more than 130 AGL members are working together to develop a common open source platform that can serve as the de facto industry standard for infotainment, telematics and instrument cluster applications. Adopting an open platform across the industry enables automakers and suppliers to share and reuse the same code base, which reduces development costs, decreases time-to-market for new products and reduces fragmentation across the industry.“For car technology organizations, getting new software off the assembly line and onto the road faster matters, but a more rapid innovation cycle is not possible with lengthy builds and testing cycles,” said Anders Wallgren, vice president of technology strategy, CloudBees. “CloudBees is an engine to help these development and engineering teams create safer car technology, faster, by accelerating builds and optimizing tests, thus creating more time to iterate and experiment.”

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Primo incontro User Group sulla Data Quality

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 febbraio 2019

Milano 19 febbraio 2019, in Via Copernico 38, per un confronto e un aggiornamento sulla Data Quality come strumento per prendere decisioni più informate e per illustrare come una buona soluzione possa consentire una governance semplice ed efficace dei dati.“Per le organizzazioni è diventato essenziale disporre di una strategia per la governance dei dati adottando data hub gestiti, un data catalogue integrato e soluzioni di data quality. Una soluzione unificata di governance dei dati assicura una visione a 360° dei dati a supporto degli obiettivi di business, ma non solo, consente di garantire il rispetto delle normative sulla protezione dei dati, in particolare del GDPR.” Dichiara Antongiulio Donà, Vice President Sales Italia di Talend. “Talend Italia User Group è una community nata proprio con l’obiettivo di divulgare e approfondire tematiche legate all’integrazione dei dati all’interno delle aziende e siamo orgogliosi di annunciare il primo incontro della User Group di Talend in Italia”.Durante l’evento sarà possibile approfondire come gli utenti aziendali possano essere parte attiva quando si parla di governance dei dati e su come sia possibile costruire una soluzione per la propria Data Quality in modo semplice e produttivo.

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Italian banks’ asset-quality trends positive through 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 settembre 2018

Scope has long indicated that it views the large stock of Italian non-performing exposures (NPEs) as a legacy issue, and manageable for most Italian banks. From their peak, NPEs had declined by a quarter to EUR 258bn by March 2018. In a report out today, Scope says the rapid decline in NPEs will continue and expects gross sector NPEs to fall to around EUR 200bn by the end of 2018 and below EUR 150bn in 2019.Just as growth in 2017 was driven by UniCredit’s EUR 17bn Project Fino portfolio sale, 2018 has seen several mega-deals, including the EUR 24bn GACS-assisted NPL securitisation by MPS; the EUR 18bn NPL sale by the Venetian banks to SGA; and the EUR 10.8bn transaction between Intesa and Intrum. BPM and UBI also completed sizeable transactions (EUR5.1bn and EUR3.5bn, respectively), and several smaller banks transacted significant deals.
Intesa (A, Stable) and UniCredit (A, Stable) have both published business plans which explicitly include NPE reduction as a strategic priority and they have already executed significant actions aimed at such reductions. Both banks are rapidly progressing towards their asset-quality targets and will in Scope’s view over-deliver.In Q2 2018, Intesa reported a gross NPE ratio of 9.3% (net NPE ratio 4.6%). That’s already half way to the long-term target in the first six months of the bank’s four-year plan.UniCredit is only midway through Transform 2019, initially presented in December 2016. Since then, it has improved on its targets twice: in December 2017 it revised down its 2019 NPE ratio target to 7.8% (from 8.4%) and in the Q2 2018 results presentation it slightly reduced the 2018 target for non-core run-down to EUR 19bn from EUR 19.2bn. The run-down of non-core should be completed by 2021.Troiano added a general note of caution, however: “There are some clouds on the horizon, mostly related to policy uncertainty following the March elections,” he said.However, the renewal of the GACS scheme until March 2019 will likely continue to support the market in the last quarter of the year and into the beginning of 2019, according to Scope.On the political front, the agreement between League and M5S seeks to undo a series of reforms that Scope had deemed positive. Specific to banks, the government agreement mentions the suppression of any regulation that allows action against debtors without court authorisation. This would lengthen NPE recovery time and probably lower recovery rates for banks. The roll-back of pension reform is another key point of the government agreement.On top of this, the macroeconomic outlook has softened: in July, the Bank of Italy cut its GDP growth forecast for 2018 from 1.5% to 1.3%, and for 2019 from 1.2% to 1.0%. If the uncertainty has a more prolonged impact on growth, banks could be looking at a new wave of credit deterioration while also reducing investor appetite for NPE sales.

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Reprisk Data Used for Technology on Trial Report by the Chartered Quality Institute

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 settembre 2018

RepRisk, a leading research and business intelligence provider, specializing in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and business conduct risks, and the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), a global professional body advancing the practice of quality management, are delighted to announce the release of the first CQI Insight Report Technology on Trial, focusing on the world’s largest 14 tech companies and their corporate governance performance.Estelle Clark, Director of Policy at the CQI, comments: “For the first time, the failings of the tech sector is laid bare. We have found a sector mired in governance violations, more akin to the first industrial revolution, than companies at the vanguard of technological advancement in the 21st century.”The report covers the last eighteen months and was compiled by CQI using RepRisk’s data that analyzes sources worldwide and in 20 languages ranging from media, stakeholders, and other public sources external to a company. RepRisk is specialized in systematically identifying, analyzing and quantifying business conduct risks such as human rights violations, breaches of labor standards, environmental damage, corruption, and violations of international standards.

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Email Verifier ZeroBounce Raises the Standards for Email Data Quality

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 agosto 2018

Premier email verifier ZeroBounce raises the standards for email data quality with its new email scoring system. ZeroBounce A.I. determines the quality of an email address and makes a significant difference in customers’ email list management.Driven by artificial intelligence, ZeroBounce A.I. is an extension of the classic email verification system, offering users a more detailed analysis of their email quality. The software scans each address in an email list and provides a score to describe activity levels, potential engagement rate and overall value. ZeroBounce A.I. scores any kind of valid email and is especially reliable when it comes to catch-all emails. Many catch-all emails are removed from databases because of the risk they carry, but ZeroBounce A.I. ascertains whether that risk exists indeed.“Our customers have offered us positive responses on the new ZeroBounce A.I., which paints a more detailed picture of their email list quality. We created this software to offer our clients unsurpassed email validation capacity. Customers using ZeroBounce A.I. receive enhanced reports on their data quality, which allows them to maximize their prospects,” says ZeroBounce founder and CEO Liviu Tanase. ZeroBounce A.I. is the latest addition to the company’s suite of email verification solutions.

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SmartBear Empowers Developers to Create Quality Software at an Increased Speed

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

Mainz (Germany) Demonstrations of SmartBear’s Software Quality Tools – Tuesday, April 24 – Thursday, April 26, 2018 “Programming Collaboration in the Software Development Process,” Presented by Ronan Trainor and Damien Walsh on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CEST Rheingoldhalle Mainz, Bankettabteilung, z. Hd. Frau Marleen Nillius, Rheinstrasse 66
SmartBear, the leader in software quality tools for teams, empowers developers to create quality APIs and software applications at an increased speed. The company will be exhibiting its complete suite of software quality tools, including tools that help teams collaborate on code; design, develop, virtualize and test APIs; and deploy and monitor applications at JAX, taking place on Monday, April 23 – Friday, April 27, 2018 in Mainz, Germany.
With the increased velocity of software development, collaboration among teams is critical in maintaining quality. SmartBear provides Collaborator for collaboration on documents, code, and test cases. Collaboration and standardization go hand in hand and are essential for developing at speed. SmartBear offers SwaggerHub, an integrated API design and documentation platform that drives standardization in teams.
Additionally, SmartBear provides an array of tools for developers embracing the “shift left” trend. SmartBear empowers developers to create automated tests from within their development environments with TestLeft and TestServer. With the explosion of APIs, there are more dependencies for testing; remove them to enable rapid development with ServiceV Pro. Developers are increasingly keeping a closer pulse on their APIs post deployment; SmartBear offers AlertSite for API monitoring.SmartBear’s Ronan Trainor, API Sales Engineering Team Leader, EMEA and Damien Walsh, Technical Sales Engineer, will be presenting, “Programming Collaboration in the Software Development Process,” at JAX on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Feedback is a key component of moving your development forward whether you’re sending pull requests, commenting on Jira tickets, or doing long project sessions. How can you program this feedback and collaboration as a standard in your development process without interruptions? Ronan and Damien’s talk will discuss actionable strategies that help teams unlock the full potential of any workflow, from design through documentation and peer code review. Java developers at JAX will be able to see SmartBear’s complete suite of software quality tools. In addition to those mentioned above, SmartBear will also be demonstrating SoapUI Pro, LoadUI Pro, TestComplete, CrossBrowserTesting, and QAComplete.
JAX is focusing on JAVA Core- and Enterprise-Technologies, Spring-Ecosystem, JavaScript, Continuous Delivery and DevOps. For more information, visit:

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Elisa Boosts RF Network Performance and Quality with Spectrum-NET

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 febbraio 2018

Spectrum Effect™, a pioneer in RF spectrum analytics, today announced a successful milestone in the trial of its Spectrum-NET™ machine learning solution with Elisa Estonia.Spectrum-NET automatically detects, characterizes, locates and assesses the impact of external and unintended internal RF interference in mobile networks. Spectrum-NET operates throughout multi-vendor LTE and UMTS networks on a continual basis without service interruption or dependency on external probes.“The successful trial utilizing Spectrum-NET to analyze Elisa’s mobile network uncovered numerous instances of external and unintended internal RF interference, including previously undetectable passive intermodulation (PIM) interference,” stated Kristo Kork, Head of Radio Access Networks and Infrastructure at Elisa. “The elimination of external interference from our network enables Elisa to realize the full value of our spectrum and continue to deliver on our promise to exceed customers’ expectations.”“Elisa is a very innovative operator and it’s been a great experience collaborating with their team. We are pleased to have achieved exceptional results in this trial and we are now fully focused on providing measurable benefits to mobile operators with our full-scale, global launch of Spectrum-NET later this year,” commented Spectrum Effect CEO, Frank J. DeJoy.Spectrum Effect will demonstrate Spectrum-NET™ and select trial results in stand 7I80 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Investec Asset Management lancia in Italia il nuovo fondo Investec Global Quality Equity Income Fund

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 ottobre 2016

zebraInvestec Asset Management, società di risparmio gestito nata nel 1991 in Sudafrica con attivi in gestione pari a oltre 117 miliardi di dollari statunitensi, amplia la propria offerta sul mercato italiano con il lancio dell’Investec Global Quality Equity Income Fund.L’Investec Global Quality Equity Income Fund investe principalmente in titoli azionari di aziende di elevata qualità in tutto il mondo e punta a offrire agli investitori una crescita sostenibile del capitale nel lungo periodo.Il fondo adotta una strategia di investimento in grado di generare dividend yield superiori alla media, con una banda di oscillazione contenuta. Caratteristica distintiva è il posizionamento più prudente rispetto alle tradizionali strategie, finalizzato a generare valore anche in contesti economici difficili.Il comparto è gestito da Clyde Rossouw, Blake Hutchins e Abrie Pretorius del Quality Team di Investec Asset Management, un’unità interna di 24 professionisti che gestisce fondi per 9.9 miliardi di dollari americani.Attraverso procedimenti di analisi di tipo bottom-up, il team è specializzato nella ricerca dei titoli di maggiore qualità, capaci di offrire prospettive di rendimento superiori alla media e tipicamente legati a società con forti modelli di gestione, buone strutture di governance, marchi solidi ed elevati flussi di cassa.Il fondo è disponibile al collocamento sia per la clientela istituzionale che per quella retail.
Gianluca Maione, Country Head Italy di Investec Asset Management, ha dichiarato: “In questo momento di incertezza sui mercati gli investitori hanno bisogno di strumenti che accrescano il valore dei portafogli contenendo il rischio di perdite di capitale. L’Investec Global Quality Equity Income, si distingue per la sua capacità di offrire un’esposizione prudente al settore azionario e di offrire al tempo stesso opportunità di reddito interessanti attraverso un portafoglio di titoli costituito da società di alta qualità. Grazie a questo fondo, che offre un’ulteriore nuova possibilità agli investitori del nostro Paese, Investec AM amplia la proposta di strategie di investimento in un mercato centrale come quello italiano e rafforza la propria offerta sia nel canale istituzionale che in quello retail”. (n.r. Ricordiamo ai nostri lettori che le informazioni succitate sono indicate a scopi meramente informativi e non devono essere interpretati come un’offerta o sollecitazione di offerta all’acquisto o alla vendita di titoli, sul piano generale o in qualsiasi giurisdizione in cui le stesse non siano consentite. E’ quanto ci dicono gli stessi estensori del comunicato) (foto: zebra)

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“Future by Quality”. L’innovazione è fondamentale per sostenere lo sviluppo

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 luglio 2015

psicofarmaciL’innovazione è il fattore chiave perché l’Italia mantenga la leadership nella produzione farmaceutica nel mondo. Un Paese che non voglia competere solo sui costi richiede una continua evoluzione verso prodotti nuovi, tecnologie di maggiore complessità e valore aggiunto, processi produttivi innovativi. È quindi importante facilitare, stimolare e attrarre investimenti e innovazione nella produzione farmaceutica in Italia. Ma in che modo è possibile aumentare l’attrattività del nostro Paese? Una possibile “ricetta” è emersa nel secondo Forum Future by Quality Produzioni farmaceutiche di qualità: valore ed innovazione, organizzato dalla Fondazione Zoé – Zambon Open Education, che si è svolto nella Health&Quality Factory del gruppo Zambon a Vicenza con la partecipazione di 35 importanti professionisti ed esperti del settore e dell’indotto. Da un lato le competenze del settore rappresentano il fattore competitivo chiave, dall’altro l’inefficienza della burocrazia e gli insufficienti incentivi fiscali agli investimenti costituiscono elementi di rallentamento. Nonostante i progressi nelle politiche di settore portati avanti dal Governo, diventa essenziale migliorare la “facilità di fare business”, puntando in particolare sulla collaborazione tra Ente regolatorio e industria anche nell’innovazione in produzione. Oggi il nostro Paese è secondo nell’Unione Europea per valore e trend solo alla Germania. E le previsioni di breve-medio termine sono positive: uno studio condotto da A.T. Kearney nei mesi scorsi, cui hanno partecipato 22 siti produttivi di farmaci e vaccini di 18 aziende farmaceutiche, indica per questi siti investimenti nel triennio 2015-2017 in crescita del 42% rispetto al triennio 2012-2014. In particolare gli investimenti in nuove produzioni e tecnologie rappresentano un quarto del totale e sono previsti in crescita del 46% nel 2015-2017 rispetto al triennio precedente. Sebbene il panel non sia statisticamente rappresentativo dell’universo produttivo italiano, la sua ampiezza – pari al 28% del comparto produttivo farmaceutico italiano in termini di occupati e al 13% in termini di investimenti – e la sua composizione offrono considerazioni significative. L’indagine è stata presentata al Forum da Renato Ridella, partner di A.T. Kearney. “Il nostro Paese mantiene, nonostante le difficoltà, grande capacità di attrarre, mantenere e sviluppare una forte presenza produttiva – ha spiegato Elena Zambon, Presidente della Fondazione Zoé –. Non basta però essere tra i Paesi leader, bisogna migliorare la capacità di attrarre ulteriori investimenti. Il futuro della produzione farmaceutica si gioca nel rinnovamento degli stabilimenti e nella qualità. In questo senso anche la politica dovrebbe farsi carico di scelte strategiche che riconoscano il giusto valore a questo settore industriale. Come imprenditore credo vi sia ancora molto da fare nel migliorare la capacità di ‘fare network’, intensificare le relazioni tra industria e agenzia regolatoria italiana per creare un percorso parallelo e condiviso. Penso che per consolidare il ruolo del nostro Paese come piattaforma produttiva del settore farmaceutico in Europa e nel mondo sia necessario garantire gli investimenti dei farmaci maturi, il nostro asse portante, e sviluppare allo stesso tempo la produzione dei farmaci innovativi, come i biologici o i biosimilari”. Sergio Pecorelli, presidente di AIFA (Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco), ha sottolineato la carenza di una pianificazione preventiva e di chiare linee guida, che garantirebbero rapidità non solo nella gestione delle procedure di autorizzazione di nuovi farmaci, ma anche nel monitoraggio e nell’aggiornamento dei dossier. “Sarebbe utile rivedere ed estendere i compiti di AIFA – ha affermato il professor Pecorelli -, per adeguarli a quelli degli Enti regolatori degli altri Paesi europei. Occorre perciò avviare un nuovo modello di governance dell’intera filiera del farmaco, dall’industria alle associazioni di pazienti, che veda le aziende coinvolte in modo sistematico nella definizione degli obiettivi di settore e nella condivisione delle leve per assicurare sostenibilità al sistema. Va inoltre considerato il peso dell’azione politica che spesso non agevola i progressi, ma al contrario li rallenta o addirittura li ostacola”.
“Infatti, come ha spiegato il presidente di Farmindustria Massimo Scaccabarozzi, il settore farmaceutico ha portato grandi risultati a livello nazionale in termini economici e occupazionali, anche in un periodo di crisi, ma è costretto ad operare in un contesto di forte sottofinanziamento della spesa pubblica e sempre con rischi di ulteriori tagli. Per questo motivo, spesso innovare è considerato un rischio e non un’opportunità. Si rende quindi necessaria una stabilità e semplificazione normativa da parte delle Istituzioni, per disporre di regole adeguate e al passo con i tempi. Inoltre, la frammentazione del Servizio Sanitario Nazionale crea forti disuguaglianze tra Regioni, con gravi conseguenze negative per i pazienti”.
Uno stimolo al dibattito sull’innovazione è stato offerto da Salvatore Mascia, fondatore e presidente di CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals – una start-up spin-out dell’MIT – che nel suo intervento video ha parlato della nuova tecnologia di produzione in continuo per farmaci, su cui lavora da anni dapprima presso il “Novartis – MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing”, e poi anche attraverso CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals. 65 milioni di dollari di finanziamenti hanno consentito lo sviluppo e la produzione in un impianto pilota di un farmaco, l’Aliskiren Hemifumarate, con un processo di produzione continuo e integrato a partire dalla sintesi del principio attivo al prodotto finito.
Fondazione Zoé – Zambon Open Education – nasce nel 2008 per volontà della famiglia Zambon – dell’omonimo gruppo chimico-farmaceutico – per occuparsi dei temi legati alla comunicazione della salute.

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For Clean and High-quality Energy

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 giugno 2011

London Countries in western Europe that are looking to reduce carbon dioxide emission and increase renewable energy contribution have implemented robust policies that favour energy storage methods. Their endeavours to achieve permissible emission levels have created a need for better energy management that, in turn, has led to higher demand for batteries in utilities. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, European Utility Battery Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $126.4 million in 2010 and expects this to increase to $564.9 million in 2015. Although Europe generates sufficient energy, the quality of power leaves much to be desired. The frequent surges, dips and interruptions have made a strong case for utility batteries, particularly in back-up and grid stabilization applications in smart grids. Batteries could also help utilities save costs by lowering the need to construct a new generation plant. Additionally, batteries aid efficient handling of power, which reduces fuel consumption. Currently, lead acid batteries are the only affordable chemistries; however, their energy density and performance come up short when compared to other chemistries. On the other hand, the efficient chemistries are too expensive for widespread adoption. Scientists have not yet developed a chemistry that can be applied across all applications in utilities, and this translates to higher investments by end users. Once they refine and expand the scope of their technologies, market participants can make the most of the demand from western European countries that wish to increase power generation through environment-friendly renewable sources. Utilities will need batteries to store the generated energy and feed-in to the grid.
European Utility Battery Market is part of the Power Supplies & Batteries Growth Partnership Services programme, which also includes research in the following markets: European Industrial UPS Market, Opportunities in European BIPV Market, European DC Power Systems Market and European Lead Acid Battery Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends that have been evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit

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“Quality culture” in Europe’s universities

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 novembre 2010

A new study published by the European University Association (EUA) analyses the implementation of quality assurance (QA) processes within European universities and how they are being used to develop a ‘quality culture’ within higher education institutions. Over the last decade, there has been an increasing rise in demand for QA within higher education. This has been driven by a number of factors including rising student numbers and massification of higher education and also at the European level by the Bologna Process reforms, which have as a stated aim to raise the quality of European higher education provision. As part of the Bologna Process, Ministers of education adopted in 2005 the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area which reinforced the role of universities as having primary responsibility for quality assurance. The new study is a result of the first part of an EC-supported project “Examining quality culture in European higher education institutions”. 222 institutions from 36 countries responded to a questionnaire to enable EUA to map the processes and structures used by universities to support internal quality and respond to the increasing demands of accountability. Co-author of the report Tia Loukkola said: “This report underlines the remarkable progress made in QA in recent years. According to our results, the overwhelming majority of European universities now have fundamental policies, structures and processes in place. This was certainly not the case ten years ago, so things have moved quickly in a relatively short space of time.  Nevertheless, the survey also underlines that developing a ‘quality culture’ takes time and that there are a number of areas where universities can improve QA processes, notably in terms of widening student participation and stakeholder involvement.”

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Toyota’s Quality Issues

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 febbraio 2010

Any timid hopes that the automotive industry was making its way out of the woods have been dashed with the latest loss in consumer confidence arising from Toyota’s biggest recall in its 70-year history. The recall of over 8 million vehicles over sticking accelerator pedals, and further problems with loss of braking on the latest Prius, Lexus HS250 h and the Sai models will likely cost Toyota a total of 80 –100,000 cars in lost sales to other vehicle brands in the first half of 2010, as sales of its 8 recalled models and the Prius suffer a slowdown.   Adding fuel to the fire is today’s press conference announcement by company president Akio Toyoda that the company is considering a recall of the Corolla, the world’s best selling car. In the longer term, Toyota faces tremendous publicity damage.  Owners worry about loss of vehicle re-sale value and confidence in the brand as representing safe and reliable cars has plummeted. In response, Toyota is trying to shift some of the blame onto suppliers, while repairing all affected models. As part of its damage control campaign, dealerships are open longer, television campaigns re-iterate the strong quality record of the company and the company has used an outright apology combined with a commitment to fix things.  Despite these efforts, it remains to be seen how the whole issue will affect the long-term performance of the company.  This is especially true as other carmakers, including Honda and Ford, increasingly face recalls. Toyota upped its vehicle forecast for the fiscal year ending March 2010 from 7 million to 7.2 million units in February and is trying to comeback strongly in March with strong incentives, including a $1,000 discount in addition to existing loyalty cash incentives for returning Toyota owners. The company also plans to offer free oil changes, regular services and match Hyundai’s 10 year powertrain warranty program. “With an anticipated slowdown in demand due to scrappage incentives coming to an end in most developed markets, we wait to see if the recalls affect overall consumer confidence and purchase behaviour, thus slowing down the market recovery further,” says Chandran.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit

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Expo: Three!

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 gennaio 2010

Hamburg – Germany February 9th, 2010, 6 – 9 pm / all 3 artists will be present February 10th  – March 20th, 2010 Flo Peters Gallery • Chilehaus C. The Flo Peters Gallery starts into the new year with a group exhibition of the highest quality. Under the name Three! the Gallery presents the all American photographers Christopher Makos, Paul Solberg and Vera Mercer. On show will be Polaroids and Photographs by Man Ray-student and Andy Warhol-companion Christopher Makos, as well as colour photographs from Paul Solberg´s cycle Bloom, Eight and Flower on the ground floor.The Galleries first floor will be dedicated to Vera Mercer´s photographic still live arrangements. Christopher Makos, born in 1948 in Massachussetts/USA and raised in California started to work as a Photographer in the 1970s. He was soon given the title „America’s most modern photographer“ by non other than Andy Warhol. However the craft itself he learned under the skilful eye of Photography legend Man Ray in Paris, where he originally planned to study architecture. Paul Solberg’s work, however, juxtapositions itself in strong contrast to that of Makos. The Photographer, whom Christopher Makos on his part allegedly called “America’s most modern photographer” was born in 1969 in Minnesota/USA. He went through college studying Anthropology in Cape Town and Bophuthatswana/South Africa. Vera Mercer’s big format photographs are a jaw-dropping tribute to the old masters of still life Painting. With her surprisingly modern translation of this classic painting theme she replaces the conventional attributes of caducity with synonymous but seemingly new motives. (Mallard,  Marilyn)

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Opportunità nei toli small cap high quality

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 dicembre 2009

Royce & Associates, società del gruppo Legg Mason, ritiene che il recente rialzo nei titoli azionari stia per concludersi che questa fase sarà seguita da una correzione di mercato compresa tra il 10% e il 15%. Di conseguenza, si verificherà una rotazione di mercato che vedrà i titoli azionari large-cap sostituiti dai quelli small-cap hight quality.  Chuck Royce, chief  investments officer and portfolio manager di Royce and Associates, spiega: “Il rally azionario ha registrato uno sviluppo straordinario ma non credo che questo tipo di rialzo, forte e dinamico, possa continuare a lungo. Non penso che una correzione compresa tra il 10-15% sia sorprendente e credo che presto entreremo in un periodo dove i rendimenti di lungo periodo saranno storicamente più positivi e normalizzati.”  Royce ritiene che i titoli bancari, specialmente quelli delle società più piccole, siano tutt’ora abbastanza vulnerabili al pericolo di una recessione. Queste società si trovano ancora nel mezzo di una ristrutturazione di lungo periodo e saranno necessari alcuni anni perché questa giunga a compimento. Ad oggi non possiamo prevedere quali società sopravvivranno, per questa ragione le banche non sono state un settore di investimento particolarmente attivo nell’ultimo anno. L’analisi di Royce del settore finanziario si è focalizzata, principalmente, su asset manager, società di servizi e broker assicurativi. Conclude Royce “Relativamente alla fine della recessione possiamo dire che la fiducia sta certamente tornando, tuttavia un valido interrogativo da porsi è su quanto velocemente l’economia si riprenderà e a che ritmo crescerà.Ad esempio, molte aziende hanno registrato guadagni maggiori di quanto ci si aspettasse, ma gran parte di questi sono legati ad un taglio dei costi e non ad un aumento effettivo della domanda, di cui avremo bisogno per una ripresa economica. Non è ancora chiaro di quante scorte di magazzino ci sia bisogno per sostituire quelle che sono state utilizzate e solo l’andamento della domanda ci darà, in modo chiaro, valide indicazioni sullo stato di salute dell’economia.
Royce & Associates è una società affiliata interamente posseduta da Legg Mason interamente focalizzata sul mercato US Small Cap. Fondata nel 1972 da Charles M. Royce, uno dei pionieri nell’investimento in small cap.
Legg Mason, Inc., con sede negli Stati Uniti a Baltimora, è uno dei maggiori gestori patrimoniali a livello mondiale con asset in gestione per 703 miliardi di dollari (al 30 settembre 2008). Con clienti in 180 paesi, Legg Mason è il nono asset manager a livello mondiale (fonte: Pensions & Investments, maggio 2008) . Le società affiliate di investimento, interamente possedute ma indipendenti a livello operativo, operano nei mercati azionari e in quelli a reddito fisso nei principali mercati mondiali. Collettivamente offrono un vasto ventaglio di stili di gestione degli investimenti.

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Fourth European quality assurance forum

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 ottobre 2009

Copenhagen 19-21 November 2009. Following the success of previous fora, this year’s event – again co-organised by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European Students Union (ESU), the European University Association (EUA) and EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education) – is ‘Creativity and Diversity: Challenges for quality assurance beyond 2010’.  The EQAF has become a landmark event for all higher education stakeholders working in quality, including higher education institutions, students, quality assurance agencies, governments and intergovernmental organizations as well as researchers in higher education. It is supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. The specific objectives of this fourth forum are to: • gain an understanding of how higher education institutions and QA agencies’ quality procedures and practices take into account the diversity of institutional missions and profiles To explore how internal and external quality assurance processes may stimulate or hinder creativity and innovative practices in higher education. To find out more about the conference and to see a full list of speakers please visit:

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Next Generation IBM SurePOS 500 Offers Consumers

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 agosto 2009

IBM today announced a sleek, powerful new line of point-of-sale systems (POS) with advanced features and functions designed to help retailers create smarter, more dynamic and efficient business operations capable of helping reduce costs, manage risk and energize the consumer buying experience through improved customer service and shopper checkout time.   This latest edition of the IBM SurePOS 500 is among the first retail systems to deploy next generation infrared (IR) touch screen with inadvertent touch screen technology that reduces the risk of unintentionally registering a touch.  The innovative touch screen never needs recalibrating, therefore improving accuracy and speeding up transaction times. The highly accurate display permits maximum light transmittal and significant glare reduction to create the highest possible image quality, even in sunlight.  In addition, due to retail hardening on the touch screen, it is totally sealed to resist damage from accidental spills.   Along with significantly enhanced SurePOS 566 and 526 models for midsized and larger businesses, IBM introduced a new SurePOS express solution that offers smaller enterprises the optimum configuration of point-of-sale components to help them meet requirements to grow their businesses in a continually challenging business environment.  The IBM SurePOS 500 Express is the industry’s leading compact point-of-sale system designed with small to midsized customers in mind.  The new Express model provides clients the ability to capture real-time information and new insights at the POS that drive effective customer service initiatives and help ensure the right merchandise is in stock at the right time. By providing employees greater access to product and customer information at point-of-sale, retailers can deliver better customer service, improve employee productivity and, ultimately, deliver smarter business outcomes.
IBM is the only retail vendor to offer retail hardening, deep sleep automation, tool free serviceability and Light-Path and Remote Management capability on a single platform.  The unique combination of innovative IR touch screen technology, tool free retail-hardened system design, a biometric fingerprint reader, along with Remote Management Agent and Light-Path diagnostics, is designed to keep point-of-sale systems up and running. IBM clients get a level of reliability, performance and security that is unmatched in the industry.

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Chiltern International Limited (Chiltern)

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 aprile 2009

It’s a global Clinical Research Organization (CRO) providing clinical development and staffing services in Europe, the Americas and India, today announced the acquisition of Vigiun, a full service Clinical Research Organization located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Established in 1999 by Eduardo Forleo, MD, and Elisa Halker, BSN, Vigiun has extensive experience conducting clinical trials in a variety of therapeutic areas, in particular infectious disease, oncology, and respiratory. Latin America has a population of 503 million people, of which 192 million are in Brazil. This vast population provides a significant number of potential patients in all disease areas. Latin America is rich with experienced investigators and is known for high quality data and excellent patient retention in clinical trials. About Chiltern:Established in 1982, Chiltern is a leading global Contract Research Organization with extensive experience conducting and staffing international Phase I to Phase IV clinical trials across a broad range of therapeutic areas for a wide variety of clients. Chiltern has conducted trials in more than 40 countries and employs 1400 staff across 28 countries. Chiltern provides services including Early Phase, Global Clinical Development, Late Phase, Biometrics, Medical and Regulatory Affairs and Resourcing Solutions. Further information is available at

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