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Okta Named a Leader in Identity-as-a-Service for Enterprise

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 giugno 2019

Okta, Inc. (NASDAQ:OKTA), the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise, today announced that the company has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Identity-As-A-Service (IDaaS) for Enterprise, Q2 2019,* a report published by Forrester Research, Inc. The report evaluates ten Identity-As-A-Service (IDaaS) for Enterprise vendors and positions Okta as a Leader, earning the highest ranking in both the “current offering” and “strategy” categories. The research was authored by Andras Cser and Merritt Maxim on June 12, 2019. A complimentary version of the report can be found here.
Forrester’s ranking builds on a history of industry recognition for Okta across analyst firms and technology disciplines. Additionally, in June 2018, Gartner Inc. named Okta a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide.** For the second year in a row and for both years of the report’s existence, Okta placed highest on the “ability to execute” axis. In November 2018, Okta was named as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) Ecosystem Providers, Q4 2018.*** The report recognized Okta with the highest possible score in the evaluation criteria “people/workforce security,” “ZTX vision and strategy,” and “market approach.”
In the Forrester report, Okta earned the highest possible score in twenty of the evaluation criteria, including “access management policy administration,” “API security and solution APIs,” and “identity management plans.” The report further describes Okta’s solution: “From its single console, (Okta’s) solution offers strong user directory integration, and access management policy definition capabilities, good integrated Windows authentication (IWA) and single logout configuration support, and offers a broad range of productized multi factor authenticators. Its end user access request management and review workflows are versatile.”

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JAL Works with Accenture to Pilot Artificial Intelligence-Enhanced Airport Service

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 marzo 2019

Japan Airlines (JAL) is working with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) on a new service that applies artificial intelligence (AI) to answer passenger requests at the airline’s check-in counters. The service assesses what check-in counter agents are saying to passengers and then pushes relevant information to the agents’ tablets in near real-time, which includes additional relevant information tailored to the individual’s journey. JAL and Accenture are piloting the AI-enhanced service at its international check-in counters at Narita Airport and Haneda Airport starting today.
The service uses AI applications including voice recognition to identify and interpret statements made by the agents, so it can retrieve data from JAL’s knowledge database or website and proactively answer passenger queries. For passengers, the service is designed to speed up the check-in process and also make the time they spend at the airport less stressful. This supports the airline’s goal to create new value for customers and remain one step ahead of its competitors.For employees, the service will offer a seamless check-in process that previously involved a variety of operating systems and printed documents to answer inquiries like baggage pickup for connecting international flights, seat upgrade requests, and the location of an airport lounge at the destination.JAL recognizes the combination of people and technology is key to generating innovation and they expect this service will be greatly welcomed by both passengers and employees.The pilot runs on an AI platform that combines various AI engines, business processes, and data sources as a hub to generate and continuously improve responses — all designed to help JAL transform how customer service is delivered. The platform’s flexibility and agility are expected to help further accelerate JAL’s business growth.To create the platform, Accenture drew on AI capabilities from Accenture Applied Intelligence as well as agile project development methods and airline expertise from Accenture’s Travel consulting group.JAL will pilot this service in Narita airport and Haneda Airport until the end of March 2019 and evaluate the results to explore full implementation of the service at both airports.

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“At the service of Common Good in a pluralistic context”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

Under the patronage and in the presence of the President of the Lebanese Republic, General Michel Aoun, the Regional Secretariat of Caritas for the Middle East and North Africa (Caritas MONA) launched a 3-day conference (February 27-March 1) in Beirut entitled “At the service of Common Good in a pluralistic context”.The opening ceremony, held at Our Lady of the Mount in Fatka, Lebanon, was attended by the Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Béchara Boutros Raï, Msgr. Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio in Lebanon, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas InternationaIis, a representative of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, and the President of Caritas MONA, Mr. Gabriel Hatti.
The event brought together several ambassadors and representatives of UN agencies in Lebanon, as well as Church organizations, with Caritas executives from more than 30 countries in the region and around the world.The President of the Lebanese Republic enthusiastically welcomed the participants and stressed the importance of Caritas as an agent of social inclusiveness and a trusted bridge among different communities in the region. On behalf of the Caritas global network, Cardinal Tagle said that “Caritas Internationalis confirms its identity and mission as the arm, the heart, the voice, the sign and the instrument of the Church charity service to the poor, the neglected and abused, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.” Caritas MONA’s President Gabriel Hatti affirmed: “This memorable event is an opportunity to create new links between people and institutions dedicated to building a civilization of peace, at the service of all human beings and the Common Good”. For three days, participants reflected on Caritas’ mission and role in the Middle East and North Africa. The main themes were: the analysis of the challenges in the current regional context, the relationship and collaboration between Caritas and charity organizations of other Christian Churches and other religions, and the mission and role of Christians in the region.The programme also included a moment of solidarity with migrants and displaced persons, in the framework of the Caritas global solidarity campaign “Share the Journey”.The national Caritas of the Middle East and North Africa region are: Caritas Algeria, Caritas Cyprus, Caritas Djibouti, Caritas Egypt, Caritas Iran, Caritas Iraq, Caritas Jerusalem, Caritas Jordan, Caritas Lebanon, Caritas Libya, Caritas Morocco, Caritas Mauritania, Caritas Somalia, Caritas Syria, Caritas Tunisia. (Julie Lebnan)

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World Wide Technology Teams Up with Red Hat to Accelerate Service Provider Time to Revenue

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 febbraio 2019

World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, is collaborating with Red Hat’s extensive partner ecosystem to validate and customize the Red Hat Virtual Central Office (VCO) solution in WWT’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC).Once validated, WWT can deploy the VCO solution at scale through its global Integration Centers to help customers make the most of customized open solutions by enabling innovative services and enhancing the customer experience.Joe Wojtal, vice president of open systems and solutions for WWT, said, “Service provider customers are looking to deliver new, innovative services to their customers. By delivering these services via software, they can quickly change or add features based on customer demand and improve their time to market.”As interest grows around edge-based services, VCO will experience increasing demand for software-based services and operational simplicity. Red Hat’s advanced capabilities are foundational in WWT’s ability to deliver full-stack network function virtualization (NFV) solutions four times faster than traditional validation. The ecosystem partners actively working in WWT’s ATC include Affirmed Networks, Altiostar, Amdocs, Cumulus Networks, Edgecore Networks, F5 Networks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, MYCOM OSI and Trilio. For more information regarding Red Hat’s Virtual Central Office solution, please visit

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World Wide Technology Teams Up with Red Hat to Accelerate Service Provider Time to Revenue

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 febbraio 2019

World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, is collaborating with Red Hat’s extensive partner ecosystem to validate and customize the Red Hat Virtual Central Office (VCO) solution in WWT’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC).
Once validated, WWT can deploy the VCO solution at scale through its global Integration Centers to help customers make the most of customized open solutions by enabling innovative services and enhancing the customer experience.Joe Wojtal, vice president of open systems and solutions for WWT, said, “Service provider customers are looking to deliver new, innovative services to their customers. By delivering these services via software, they can quickly change or add features based on customer demand and improve their time to market.” As interest grows around edge-based services, VCO will experience increasing demand for software-based services and operational simplicity. Red Hat’s advanced capabilities are foundational in WWT’s ability to deliver full-stack network function virtualization (NFV) solutions four times faster than traditional validation.The ecosystem partners actively working in WWT’s ATC include Affirmed Networks, Altiostar, Amdocs, Cumulus Networks, Edgecore Networks, F5 Networks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, MYCOM OSI and Trilio.
Red Hat delivers reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container and Kubernetes technologies that help customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize its industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure and manage complex environments.

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NRGene and Macrogen Launch Ultra-High-Density SNP Genotyping Service

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 gennaio 2019

NRGene and Macrogen Corp announced today the launch of a joint sequencing-based genotyping service, ArrayMAGIC, at the Plant and Animal Genome (PAG) conference in San Diego. The new offering provides ultra-high-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping at a low cost per datapoint, making this valuable technology more accessible for a wide range of agricultural applications. The new service is designed to make high-quality SNP genotyping affordable and available as needed. ArrayMAGIC customers will benefit from a simple, yet comprehensive “tissue to knowledge” experience, tapping into the expertise of all three participating companies. To streamline the process, a dedicated website will be launched to advise customers on how to send samples to Macrogen Corp. A novel, cost-effective sequencing library prep method, provided by iGenomX, is employed to create an ultra-low coverage sequence dataset for each sample. NRGene then leverages its extensive proprietary database and analytical tools to impute a high-resolution SNP set from this data. “ArrayMAGIC is unprecedented, in that it combines the technology and capabilities of NRGene, Macrogen, and iGenomX, yielding a superior service for high-throughput genotyping at a low cost,” said Guy Kol, NRGene’s Senior Vice President, Product and Strategic Alliances. “It will initially be available for use on soy and maize, but we’re working hard to expand to more organisms later this year.”As global demand for food continues to rise, scientific advances are needed to maximize agricultural production. Understanding the genomic make-up and trait-specific SNP markers of crops and livestock is an important part of the solution. However, a high-quality product can be prohibitively expensive for smaller businesses or for less established crop and animal programs.“Clients have come to trust Macrogen, NRGene, and iGenomX in their respective areas of expertise,” said Ryan Kim, the CEO of Macrogen Corp. “By bringing these foundational genomic companies together to create a one-stop solution to screening the entire genome, clients will have access to extremely high quality genotyping at a fraction of the cost of whole genome sequencing. This collaboration will surely further the optimization of sequencing-based genotyping tool for researchers.”

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Singtel’s Trustwave Named Managed Security Service Provider of the Year

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 dicembre 2018

Trustwave, a Singtel company, today announced that Frost & Sullivan presented it with the 2018 Singapore and Southeast Asia Managed Security Service Provider of the Year awards at the annual Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards held in Singapore. The achievement recognises companies that have pushed the boundaries of excellence to rise above the competition by demonstrating superior performance and innovation in their respective markets.“We are honoured to receive this recognition,” said Arthur Wong, Chief Executive Officer, at Trustwave. “These accolades reflect significant advancements we continue to make in the Asia Pacific region and globally to help organisations address an increase in sophisticated cyber threats while contending with shortages of adept security practitioners. Our near real-time threat intelligence derived from our global network of Advanced Security Operation Centres powers our threat detection and response, remote forensic investigations and other managed security services and is a key differentiator we deliver to the marketplace. We look forward to continuously helping organisations refine how they protect data assets and strengthen overall security postures.” Divya Prasad, Senior Industry Analyst, Cyber Security, ICT Practice of Frost & Sullivan noted that over the years Singtel has developed a strong domain expertise and R&D capabilities, enabling it to offer various innovative managed security service offerings. This has generated high trust among customers in the APAC region and across the globe. “In 2017, Singtel’s Trustwave continued to demonstrate leadership position during the year despite stiff competition in the market. Trustwave continued to hold a strong position in the market through its vast and comprehensive MSS portfolio with offerings ranging from perimeter, endpoint to cloud security. The company also offers advanced services such as DDoS protection, advanced threat prevention, threat hunting, deception and threat intelligence. Through these services, the customers have been able to benefit from a strong security architecture and can focus on their main business operations,” she stated.
Trustwave Managed Security Services help organisations proactively address advanced information security threats while reducing the pressures created by resource constraints, skills shortages, data regulations and the rapid adoption and optimization of new technologies. Backed by Trustwave SpiderLabs®, a world-class team of elite ethical hackers, incident responders, and threat hunters; the services deliver the security organisations need without requiring them to install and manage technologies themselves, to retain and train staff to configure and run those systems, or to worry about security programmes becoming antiquated.

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BringCom Completes Acquisition of Uganda Privately Owned Network Service Provider, Datanet

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 settembre 2018

BringCom Incorporated, a leading provider of connectivity solutions to developing countries, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Datanet.Com, LLC in Uganda after receiving final approval from the regulatory authority (Uganda Communications Commission). Established in 1999, Datanet is a network service provider operating in Uganda and offering corporate network connectivity as well as secure and reliable wholesale access services. Datanet was the first company in the East African region to enroll in the MEF Services Interconnect program with the aim of establishing standardized Carrier Ethernet access services and networks. It also launched EP-LAN service over its Carrier Ethernet network between Uganda and Kenya powering multi-branch interconnectivity/operations and LAN extensions. More recently, the company announced its MEF CE 2.0 E-Access certification. Datanet provides the East African region MEF certified access circuits and services as well as ENNI interconnections to expand further the global reach of standardized Carrier Ethernet services. “Datanet’s acquisition reflects BringCom’s strategy to expand its pan-African Carrier Ethernet network and global connectivity services,” said Fabrice Langreney, President and CEO of BringCom. “Our team is excited to formally welcome our new colleagues to the BringCom family.” Datanet will allow BringCom to test its next-generation SDN/NFV platform in Uganda before the planned global rollout. BringCom’s SDN/NFV platform will improve its ability to support international carriers’ connectivity within Africa and competitively service the requirements of enterprises in the region.

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UCI Statement Regarding DISH’s Rejection of Extension Offer and Interruption of Service

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 luglio 2018

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) made the following statement regarding DISH’s rejection of extension offer and interruption of service: It is outrageous that DISH has rejected our offer of a two-week contract extension to allow its customers and our viewers to continue to have access to Univision’s highly rated networks and stations. While DISH has routinely used blackouts against broadcasters—its 68 broadcast blackouts since 2010 are significantly more than any other distributor in that time — Univision expected DISH to take our negotiations and its commitment to Hispanic consumers seriously when it told its customers this week that it wanted to “reach a mutually beneficial deal” for Univision’s “high quality content.”
Instead of fulfilling its promise to its customers, DISH has chosen to devalue our programming, disingenuously offering a fraction of what it pays our English-language peers. We stand ready to continue negotiations and enter into a short-term extension to restore service, especially with DISH customers missing our coverage of the Mexican Presidential Election, which many are calling “the biggest election in Mexican history.” DISH should do right by its Spanish-speaking audiences, agree to restore service, and negotiate a good faith agreement.

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AMC Health Named Best Telemedicine Service for General Care by

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 maggio 2018

AMC Health, the leading provider of proven real-time virtual care solutions, announced today that, an organization covering business industry news and trends for growth companies and the B2B community, has named AMC Health “The Best Telemedicine Service for General Care for 2018.” This accolade follows other recent company achievements, most notably, AMC Health’s partnership with 1Vision resulting in the recent home telehealth contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.As government measures aim to reduce healthcare spending and improve patient outcomes, healthcare systems and providers are looking for technology-based solutions to assist them to meet these demands. Innovative telemedicine technologies like AMC Health’s virtual care solutions can help bridge the gap between the overtaxed medical staff and disengaged patients. Through AMC Health, patients are empowered to better manage their health at home while clinicians are better equipped with the information needed to support clinical decision making.“We are honored to be recognized as a leader in telehealth delivery this year,” Nesim Bildirici, founder and CEO of AMC Health. “In the constantly evolving healthcare environment, remote patient monitoring continues to be an important piece to the value-based care conversation. Our recognition from further validates our strategy and approach of using technology to transform healthcare, and highlights the continued momentum driving the remote patient monitoring industry.”At the core of AMC Health’s offering is the CareConsole® clinical platform. CareConsole provides embedded clinical decision support tools that integrate data from any device, EHR, claims platform or third-party call center for presentation on the web, in near-real-time, 24/7. The company’s comprehensive virtual care solution consists of robust population-wide analytics, end-to-end logistics support, patient engagement and monitoring and coaching. With AMC Health, customers receive a holistic telemedicine service that extends the reach of care beyond the walls of brick-and-mortar clinical venues.

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Major Metropolitan Ambulance Service Deploys Unique Radar and Camera-Based Accident Prevention System

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 febbraio 2018

Safe Drive Systems (SDS), a leading developer and distributor of collision avoidance and lane departure warning systems, has announced that its accident prevention solutions are now being deployed by one of the country’s major metropolitan ambulance services.Maricopa Ambulance initially installed the safety technology in its new 14-ambulance fleet that began serving the City of Scottsdale 9-1-1 system on February 17.Maricopa Ambulance also provides medical transport to Maricopa County medical facilities, hospitals and patients and sets a national standard of excellence for pre-hospital medical care. Home to four million residents, Arizona’s Maricopa County is the fourth-largest in the United States and includes Phoenix, the country’s fifth-largest city.“We are committed to safety and to keeping our ambulance fleet one of the most advanced in the world,” said Bryan Gibson, Maricopa Ambulance CEO. “SDS’ advanced collision avoidance system helps us achieve those goals. SDS’s cutting-edge technology will ensure that our drivers, paramedics and patients will be protected on the road using the most advanced safety system available anywhere.”
SDS’s unique RD-140 collision avoidance system is the only one available in the U.S. that incorporates both radar and cameras. Reliable, affordable and user-friendly, it is designed to prevent or reduce the severity of an accident by monitoring both the distance between you and the vehicle in front and how close your vehicle is to an unintended lane departure.“SDS is truly proud to partner with Maricopa Ambulance in this project,” states Tuvi Cohen, president of SDS. “The selection of our RD-140 collision avoidance system for installation in its fleet of life-saving vehicles testifies to its status as the industry’s leading solution in its field.”

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Hubble Contacts Launches Subscription Service in the UK

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 febbraio 2018

hubbleHubble, America’s first direct-to-consumer subscription contact lens brand, announced today the second wave of global expansion with a launch in the UK. Following Hubble’s debut in Canada in August 2017, the company’s UK launch is the next step toward global expansion, with plans to bring the subscription service to other countries in Europe in 2018.Until now, most contact lens wearers have been faced with a dilemma: either pay too much or overuse their lenses in an effort to save money on restocking. Hubble launched in the U.S. in November 2016 with a mission to make buying high-quality daily contact lenses affordable and convenient. Hubble’s subscription service offers contact lenses to consumers at a fraction of the cost of leading contact lens brands.“We’re thrilled that people are realizing the difference that Hubble can make in their lives – both from financial and convenience perspectives,” added Jesse Horwitz, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Hubble. “It’s exciting to see how receptive consumers have been to this service, and we anticipate similar success in the UK and beyond.”Hubble is one of the fastest growing direct-to-consumer e-commerce startups in the U.S. and the company continues to grow 20% month over month. Hubble has received more than $30MM in venture capital financing, allowing the company to purchase additional inventory to accommodate the growing subscriber base, and to fund the company’s international growth strategy.“The rate at which our company has grown over the last fourteen months is even further proof that there was a clear void in the market for a service like ours,” said Ben Cogan, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Hubble. “Our launches in Canada and the UK are just the beginning of our international journey and we look forward to bringing affordable, daily contact lenses to even more people around the world.”
Hubble’s subscription service contact lenses are now available at, for only £24 a month. Every new customer gets their first two weeks of lenses for free (+£3 s/h), and subscriptions can be canceled at anytime (including during the free period). (photo: hubble)

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CompuCom Launches Device as a Service Offering

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 gennaio 2018

CompuCom_sCompuCom Systems, Inc. (“CompuCom®”), a leading provider of managed digital workplace services, today launched its Device as a Service (DaaS) offering, which combines hardware, managed services and device life cycle management into a single, fixed-cost service to help organizations lower total cost of ownership, increase user satisfaction and boost workplace productivity.Deploying and managing multiple devices from multiple vendors is often an overwhelming and expensive task for technology departments. CompuCom’s comprehensive DaaS offering covers the entire device life cycle, from procurement to deployment to disposition (disposal) – taking the stress out of acquiring, deploying and managing devices while gaining greater stability and visibility on technology costs – and enabling technology departments to focus on more strategic projects.CompuCom clients have said they want a consumption model that empowers end users to leverage current modern hardware, delivered in a near-zero-touch configuration, with a predictable monthly expense that their CFO can plan to. CompuCom’s DaaS solution addresses these issues in a sustainable and repeatable model, enabling the technology department to get back to helping their business users be more productive by delivering:End-to-end, fully managed support combined with device life cycle management, regardless of brand.
The ability to control IT costs with a predictable monthly price, giving technology departments the flexibility to scale up or down based on evolving workplace needs.
More brand choices and flexibility around device procurement, boosting employee satisfaction.
Increased employee productivity using the latest technology that is personalized for them.
Greater flexibility with cash flow and better visibility into the overall technology budget.
“Our ultimate goal is always to improve the customer experience, and DaaS represents another important way to achieve that,” noted CompuCom Chief Product Officer Ken Jackowitz. “Before, you’d have to find a hardware provider, a technology services company and a leasing agent. With the DaaS program, we do it all – procuring the best technology, avoiding penalties and delivering consistent managed services, no matter what brand of device you prefer.” (photo: CompuCom’s)

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Access National Bank (“the Bank” or “Access”) and Middleburg Bank

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 dicembre 2017

JohnDane1Welcome John G. Dane, SVP and Team Leader in the Bank’s Richmond market.“I am excited to be part of Access National,” Dane said. “There is no other community bank headquartered in Virginia that can deliver the same level of industry expertise and client-focused service.”
He is a native of the Tri-Cities area and later went to study at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He holds an MBA from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston.Dane began his banking career with BB&T in its Management Development Program and subsequently placed as a Small Business Banker at their branch in Chester, Virginia.As his career progressed, Dane worked at other community banks in the Richmond area as a Commercial Lender and Special Assets Officer before electing to work in Correspondent Banking at Community Bankers’ Bank in Midlothian, Virginia.
Outside of banking, Dane was appointed by then Gov. Bob McDonnell to the Virginia College Building Authority, which provides financing for capital projects and educational equipment for state higher education institutions and a “conduit financing mechanism” for private, nonprofit higher education institutions. He now serves as vice chair.“Access National and Middleburg pride themselves on being community-focused banks,” said David Leudemann, EVP, Commercial Banking for Middleburg. “John’s from Richmond and understands the needs of this diverse community. That, coupled with his invaluable industry expertise, will benefit current and prospective Richmond-based clients as Access and Middleburg move forward post-merger.”In addition to his industry repertoire, Dane currently serves on the Commonwealth Catholic Charities Board and the Partnership for Families Board. He is also a member of the River City Rotary, previously serving as the organization’s Charter President.Dane resides in Midlothian with his wife, Maria, and sons Gavin, 7, and Sullivan, 18 months.“As a native of Richmond, I know the Access National model will be well-received by many Richmond businesses,” Dane said, “both big and small.”
Access National Bank was founded in 1999 by professional bankers and business people. It is an independent, nationally chartered bank based in Reston, Virginia that serves the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan area. In April 2017, the merger with Middleburg Bank (founded in 1924) was completed, creating Virginia’s premier bank with enhanced scale, improved efficiency and a well-diversified business model. Access National Bank is a subsidiary of Access National Corporation and trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ANCX.” Additional information is available at Member FDIC. (photo: John G. Dane)

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Spanish Service Provider Aire Networks Embraces New Ekinops FlexRate Solution

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 dicembre 2017

madridMadrid. Ekinops has introduced two new flexible rate line modules that lower the cost of optical transport while improving network efficiency and flexibility. A major Spanish wholesale operator is one of the first customers to deploy this new solution.The two new modules – the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF – are the latest advanced networking solutions from Ekinops, a leading supplier of next-generation optical network equipment.With the new modules, service providers can reduce their capital and operational costs and improve the business case for deploying new capacity. Their small form factor provides operational savings with the ability to fit up to 1.2 terabits per second of capacity in only two rack units. That minimizes space requirements while using less than half the power per gigabit of competitive offerings.In addition, the PM 200FRS02-SF provides single fiber operation, giving service providers the option of cutting fiber costs in half. This single fiber capability was key for Aire Networks, Spain’s fourth largest wholesale operator. It is now using the Ekinops modules in its 27,000-kilometer fiber network that covers 90 percent of the country.Aire Networks has seen its traffic double in the first three quarters of 2017 and sought to improve network operations while keeping operational expenses as low as possible. What the service provider really wanted was a solution that would offer 200G transmission in single fiber mode and guarantee scalability for the future, and Ekinops offered the best solution to meet its requirements.“Not only did Ekinops offer exactly what Aire Networks needed, they moved quickly to provide the solution to us and were flexible and easy to work with at every step of the way,” said Raúl Aledo Coy, CEO of Aire Networks.“We have been able to reduce the form factor in these new modules by a factor of three while reducing power requirements by a factor of two. That delivers an order of magnitude improvement in service density and network cost, key factors for Aire Networks and for other Ekinops customers when it comes to profitability,” said Mark Burton, EMEA Vice President of Sales at Ekinops. “This demonstrates Ekinops’ continued commitment to providing our customers the most efficient and flexible optical transport solutions.” Both the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF modules employ dual QSFP28 client ports with software-selectable line side modulation that can be provisioned as either DP-QPSK or 16QAM to create 100G or 200G transport links. These new generation modules provide enhanced functionality in one-third the space of previous equipment, occupying only a single slot in an Ekinops 360 chassis, for three times the capacity per shelf.By selecting the modulation format that best meets an operator’s capacity and distance requirements, the PM 200FRS02 and PM 200FRS02-SF can support any metro, regional or long-haul application including converged metro transport, data center interconnection (DCI), mobile backhaul, enterprise connectivity and submarine transport. Ekinops is also adding to the flexibility of the modules by introducing the PM 100G-AGG companion card for multiplexing up to ten 10G multiprotocol client services into a G.709 standard OTU4 that connects to one client port on the PM 200FRS02 or PM 200FRS02-SF. This modular approach allows 10G services to be carried efficiently over 100G or 200G links and allows the service provider to combine both 10G and 100G clients on a single 200G link for greater resource utilization and bandwidth efficiency.

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EMQ and GCash Partner to Boost Remittance Services across The Philippines

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 settembre 2017

EMQ and Globe Telecom’s mobile commerce subsidiary G-Xchange Inc., today announced a partnership that would further expand EMQ’s reach in the Philippines through GCash, offering overseas workers greater flexibility and convenience.“Remittances provide a lifeline for millions of households and drive financial inclusion in the developing countries such as the Philippines, currently the third largest recipient of remittances according to the World Bank,” said Max Liu, Co-founder and CEO of EMQ. “Our expansion with GCash complements our existing capabilities in the Philippines, while offering the best possible choices and flexibility for the overseas workers to send money home effortlessly within minutes.”With the partnership, EMQ users can now send money to users with GCash accounts, where the recipients can pay bills and make online purchases, buy load or cash out at over 7,000 GCash payment outlets across the Philippines.“We always strive to create the highest customer value with our innovative solutions and EMQ shares our passion,” said Albert Tinio, CEO of G-Xchange, Inc. “Our strategic partnership with EMQ would further boost mobile wallets usage and accelerate local economic growth. But most importantly, we want to ensure that Filipinos who rely on remittances from their loved ones overseas will receive their money fast and securely without any hassle.” EMQ currently has footprint in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, with plans underway to expand across other key business markets first in Asia and then globally, covering North America, Europe and the Middle East. GCash international partners has over 1,000,000 outlets worldwide with over 7,000+ GCash Partner Outlets across the Philippines.

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Faced with Digitisation-Driven Disruption, Visionary CEOs Focus on Product-as-a-Service Business Models

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 giugno 2017

londonLONDON. Intelligent data analytics, convergence, connectivity, and digital consumers are reshaping leadership strategies. Global CEOs and members of Frost & Sullivan’s Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) community expect ongoing digitisation-driven disruption, collapse and transformation to be a harbinger of product-as-a-service (PaaS) business models. If transformation, innovation and growth are key areas of interest to you, click the link to join the 2017 Annual CEOs Voice on Growth, Innovation and Leadership and add your perspective on these issues: “CEOs must accelerate end-user focused, innovation-driven product and service planning. New business models, such as PaaS, create opportunities for innovative, service-oriented value propositions,” said Frost & Sullivan Global Vice President Sandeep Kar. “However the disconnect between visionary growth scenarios and current strategies remains a cause for concern. Achieving congruence between vision and strategy will be a strategic necessity if organisations are to steer a course of growth amidst increasing competitive pressures.”
This is a challenge that continues to dominate CEO concerns as evinced by last year’s survey, where over 50% of CEOs stated that they were unable to integrate disruptive new business models into their organisations. Other themes highlighted in the 2016 survey that are expected to ripple into this year include:Intensifying competitive environment: 53% of CEOs cited it as the biggest external threat to growth due to their inability to adequately leverage competitive intelligence/corporate strategy teams.Speed of technology change: Nearly 34% of CEOs indicated this as a challenge despite acknowledging that digital transformation will underpin growth, innovation, and leadership over the next 5 years.Technology and partnership strategies: 48% of CEOs surveyed expected to rely on strategic partnerships to drive their organisation’s growth in the next three years. At the same time, over 50% indicated their inability to successfully execute either technology and intellectual property strategies or strategic partnerships.While global CEOs and business leaders overwhelmingly ranked revenue growth as their top growth objective for the 2016–2021 period, most acknowledged that greater organisational clarity is required to effectively implement transformative growth strategies.Investing in the future has never been as critical, with digital transformation changing industries at break-neck speed across all verticals. Evolving ecosystems and operational realities require CEOs to accelerate adaptation strategies, better manage innovation, rethink traditional business models and value chains, and rapidly realign with changing stakeholder expectations. Which technology, mega trends and business models have the potential to disrupt organisations? How, where, and in whom will CEOs invest in the future? Frost & Sullivan’s 2017 Annual CEOs Voice on Growth, Innovation and Leadership aims to drive clarity in strategic decision making by delivering powerful and actionable insights from our global community of CEOs representing the widest array of industries and regions.

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Civil Liberties MEPs go to China to discuss psychoactive substances, data protection, serious crime and cybersecurity

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2015

european parliamentA mission from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will go to Beijing from 2 to 6 November to discuss the threats posed by the commercialisation in the EU of new psychoactive substances. Other topics to be addressed during the visit are data protection policies, including the exchange of personal data with the EU, the fight against international serious crime, especially human trafficking and child pornography, and the prevention of cybercrime.The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee has been invited by the National People’s Congress to visit Beijing. MEPs participating in the mission, from 2 to 6 November, will discuss with Chinese authorities the threats posed by the commercialisation in the EU of new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as the threats posed within the EU by international serious crime organisations in the fields of human trafficking and child pornography.The second goal of the mission is to gain a better understanding on the current status of the Chinese legislation in the fields of data privacy and cybersecurity and to assess its possible impacts on the privacy of EU citizens, given the rise of China as a content and service provider of cloud services. MEPs will address the level of police and judicial cooperation in the different fields of interest.The scope of the mission also includes the status of the cooperation with Chinese authorities regarding prevention, mitigation and investigation of cyber-threats threatening the privacy of EU citizens.Meetings are planned with the National People’s Congress, the Minister of Public Security (MPS), and the Cyberspace Administration of China.

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Fundraising needs a code of ethics, says think tank

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2015

The UK and US codes of fundraising practice do not adequately address the ethics of fundraising, and should be adapted, says Ian MacQuillin, director of the fundraising think tank, Rogare. Speaking at the Resource Alliance’s International Fundraising Congress (IFC), he said:“There is a lack of clarity around the definition of ‘pressure’. We are proposing a code of ethics that balances the needs of the donor with the needs of the beneficiary.“Ethical fundraising balances the duty of fundraisers to ask for support (on behalf of their beneficiaries) with the right of the public not to be put under undue pressure to donate. It is in this space – the space between the rights of the beneficiary and the rights of the donor and other stakeholders – that ethical decision making frameworks need to be used to determine what amounts to “reasonable pressure”.
“This is not a means by which to justify any fundraising just because it raises more money. It is an attempt to strike a genuine balance – the needs of the beneficiary have been absent from much of the recent public debate about fundraising and we want to address that.In relation to the new the Fundraising Preference Service that has been proposed in the UK: “The risk of not establishing the Fundraising Preference Service is that some people are inconvenienced by receiving too many fundraising requests and some people will feel some kind of guilt about having to decline some, perhaps most, of those requests.“However, the risk of establishing the Fundraising Preference Service is that charities will not be able to raise the money they need to provide services for their beneficiaries and those lives will be seriously inconvenienced.”

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More targeted victim support services needed in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 gennaio 2015

A participant holding a poster with drawings and the inscription "We are 12 million European citizen - where are our rights?"Well-resourced, well-aimed victim support is vital to ensure that victims of crime have real access to justice for the suffering they have been caused and ensure their rights are respected. In the first comprehensive assessment of victim support services throughout the European Union, published today, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) notes that despite improvements, challenges remain in many Member States.“Assistance must be made available to victims before, during and after criminal proceedings – and not only legal support, but also psychological and emotional,” says FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “In 10 months EU Member States must have transposed the EU Victims’ Directive into national law, and there is still a lot to be done.”To help ensure effective support for victims throughout the EU, FRA makes a number of suggestions in the report, for example:
EU Member States need to ensure the provision of targeted support services, including trauma support and counselling, for victims with specific needs, for example victims with a disability, victims of sexual violence, or irregular migrants who become victims of crime. EU Member States must ensure they comply with obligations in the Victims’ Directive to train police officers and court staff, and make available the additional resources needed to implement these measures.
Bureaucratic hurdles should be removed so that legal aid is made available to victims who are party to criminal proceedings in the same way as it currently is to defendants.Member States should introduce measures that ensure victims have access to information about their rights and available support services, as well as to relevant information about their case.To encourage more victims to come forward and report crimes, EU Member States should ensure that information about victim support is made immediately available by all authorities and public services with which victims come into contact, including the health service.FRA research has consistently found that underreporting is a major obstacle to ensuring victims have full access to their rights. Targeted and practical victim support systems are a crucial element of any strategy to increase trust in the authorities and increase reporting rates, without which it is impossible to improve the investigation and prosecution of crime. In this regard, the Victims’ Directive, or Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime is a big step forward. Member States must transpose the articles of the Directive by 16 November 2015.The subject of victim support is closely linked to FRA’s other work on access to justice, discrimination and hate crime, and particularly to the findings of the Agency’s large scale surveys of people who are most often victimised. The results of this work can be found in publications such as the LGBT report, discrimination and hate crime against Jews, or Violence against women.For today’s report, FRA has collected data from all 28 Member States in order to provide information and analysis on current procedures at national level. The publication demonstrates that despite the many challenges, there have been a number of positive developments across Member States. Many of these are listed in the report as promising practices. For example:Some EU Member States such as Belgium, Estonia or Finland ensure that victim support organisations are run either directly at police stations or in their immediate vicinity, making referrals easier.In several Member States, including Denmark, Poland and the United Kingdom, money is raised for victim support services by means of a fund paid into by people on conviction of a criminal offence.Apps have been developed in some Member States such as Spain or Sweden that provide details on court procedure, as well as on locations and contact details.
The Victims’ Directive is just one element of the broader Victims’ Package. Two other pieces of legislation that make up the Package will enter into force on 11 January 2015, which ensure crime victims who are granted protection in one EU country will be eligible for similar protection in another Member State.

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