The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-24T01:33:22Z Managed Service Providers focused on becoming strategic advisors in 2019 2019-05-24T01:33:22Z managed-service-providers-focused-on-becoming-strategic-advisors-in-2019-1 Sydney, Australia — May 23, 2019 — Datto, Inc., the leading global provider of IT solutions delivered through managed service providers (MSPs), today announced the release of its third annual State of the MSP Report. Based on a survey of more than 1,600 MSP partners around the globe, the report showcases the continued evolution of the MSP industry, as MSPs become more strategic advisors to their clients and derive a larger portion of their revenue through recurring IT services. “The survey shows what we see every day - it's a great time to be an MSP. It’s a positively charged environment,” said Rob Rae, Vice President of Business Development, Datto. “Almost half of surveyed partners have been working in the industry for more than 15 years and nearly 100 per cent of them said that right now is the best time to be in their industry. For more than a decade, Datto has been passionate about providing the right technology to MSPs, who support the backbone of the economy through their work with small businesses.” As IT plays a growing role in the success of SMBs everywhere, IT service providers are adjusting their business model to include more managed services. The survey found that more than 80 per cent of MSPs report recurring services driving a portion of their revenue, highlighting an industry shift from IT service providers solely modelled on ad-hoc services to becoming more strategic advisors to their SMB clients. In fact, 44 per cent of respondents stated that more than 50 per cent of their revenue is a result of recurring services. “SMBs in particular struggle with increasing IT complexity, an explosion in security threats, greater compliance demands, and intensifying skills shortages. More than ever, companies are turning to trusted IT partners to help solve these challenges,” said Alastair Edwards, Chief Analyst, Canalys. “Canalys research shows that more than 80 per cent of channel partners around the world now offer some form of managed service. To stay ahead, IT service providers must evolve their businesses, shifting towards more recurring revenue and greater industry specialisation. Partnerships with the right technology companies and platform providers will be critical to success.” To better capture managed services revenue, MSPs are expanding their portfolios with services they might not traditionally think to offer on a recurring contract, such as Networking as a service. SMBs are willing to pay for managed services to keep their IT infrastructure and networks running efficiently. In addition to taking on a more strategic role and expanding their solutions sets, 56 per cent of MSPs specialise in services for a particular industry, with healthcare holding the number one spot for the second year in a row. To keep pace with the growth in managed services, 71 per cent of MSPs plan to hire more employees in the next 12 months. While marketing and sales remain the top challenges, the data shows that MSPs are becoming savvier about this aspect of their business. Security concerns also remain a top priority for MSPs and their clients. Ransomware and cybersecurity have almost doubled as a pain point, from 14 per cent in 2017 to 30 per cent in 2019. To read the findings, access the State of the MSP Report here. About Datto As the world’s leading provider of IT solutions delivered by Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Datto believes there is no limit to what small and medium businesses can achieve with the right technology. Datto offers business continuity and disaster recovery, networking, business management, and file backup and sync solutions, and has created a one-of-a-kind ecosystem of partners that provide Datto solutions to half a million businesses across more than 130 countries. Since its founding in 2007, Datto has earned hundreds of awards for its rapid growth, product excellence, superior technical support, and for fostering an outstanding workplace. With global headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut, Datto has international offices in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Australia, China, and Singapore. Learn more at datto.com.au. # # # Media contact: Rose Keating and Ricki Bui Espresso Communications Phone: +61 2 8016 2022 Email: datto@espressocomms.com.au Barracuda Launches Advanced Bot Protection 2019-05-23T23:50:31Z barracuda-launches-advanced-bot-protection-1 Sydney, 24 May 2019 - Barracuda, a leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced the introduction of Advanced Bot Protection. Advanced Bot Protection uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help customers defend against the latest automated threats. It is available for both the Barracuda Web Application Firewall (WAF) and WAF-as-a-Service platforms. Web applications are the number one attack vector for hacks resulting in breaches, according to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, and malicious bots pose a significant threat to application security. Bots have evolved from using simple scripts to using sophisticated tactics such as headless browsers and machine learning to break through traditional application security defences. Organisations need an application security solution that can keep up with these evolving attacks. According to Gartner: “The main types of bot attacks include distributed denial of service (DDoS), fraudulent purchases, web scraping, and vulnerability scans and exploits. Unsupervised ML can be used to learn the characteristics of typical human-driven traffic, allowing the detection of bots as anomalies. Supervised ML can be used to identify features related to automated behavior.”1 With Advanced Bot Protection, Barracuda WAF customers have access to functionality that includes: Bot spam detection — Reduce referrer spam and block comment spam Credential stuffing prevention — Block credential stuffing to stop account takeover attacks Request risk scoring — Track incoming requests and use advanced behavioral analytics to detect attackers Client finger printing — Track users with better fidelity than IP addresses Dedicated bot mitigation UI — New user interface makes it easy to configure bot mitigation features “To effectively protect their organisations against today’s evolving threats, customers need sophisticated bot mitigation capabilities,” said Tim Jefferson, SVP of Data Protection, Network and Application Security, Barracuda. “Traditional web application firewalls don’t all provide advanced bot protection, and some bot mitigation vendors only offer point solutions that aren’t integrated into WAFs. Advanced Bot Protection is fully integrated into Barracuda’s web application firewalls to provide a complete application security solution that is easy to deploy and manage.” Learn more about Barracuda Advanced Bot Protection, now available with Barracuda Web Application Firewall: https://www.barracuda.com/products/webapplicationfirewall Resources Get information about Barracuda WAF-as-a-Service: https://www.barracuda.com/waf-as-a-service Get information about Barracuda Web Application Firewall: https://www.barracuda.com/products/webapplicationfirewall Read the blog post: http://cuda.co/35615 1Gartner: Assessing the Impact of Machine Learning on Security, Published: 6 May 2019, by Anna Belak, Anton Chuvakin, Augusto Barros About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com. Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Blue Prism’s Ecosystem of Technology Partners Lays Foundation For Delivering New Intelligent Automation Capabilities 2019-05-23T23:26:10Z blue-prisms-ecosystem-of-technology-partners-lays-foundation-for-delivering-new-intelligent-automation-capabilities-1 ORLANDO, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 24, 2019 — Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) continues to be the platform of choice for technology companies looking to innovate, disrupt and drive digital transformations for their clients through intelligent automation capabilities. Today, Adlib Software, HyperScience, Moonoia, and Smartlogic announced that they are joining Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program (TAP) as affiliates, helping to build out best-in-class automation solutions that incorporate cutting edge technologies including intelligent document processing, AI powered data extraction, machine learning and data analytics. “Our connected-RPA platform is the launch pad and gold standard for extending intelligent automation capabilities at scale,” says Linda Dotts, SVP Global Partner Strategy and Programs for Blue Prism. “Each month we see many new partners join our TAP, each delivering a unique value proposition, all focused on helping clients digitally transform, driving business led outcomes for our joint customers. We deliver the art of the possible at Blue Prism through the industry’s broadest ecosystem of technology partners. Congrats to this group on making the grade.” These partners strengthen a broad array of intelligent document processing capabilities including Blue Prism’s own Decipher, announced last month, and an existing partnership with ABBYY. Companies participating in Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program at an affiliate level can easily customise their solutions, accelerate product development and minimise time to market for their products, using the market’s most advanced RPA software. It also gives partners an opportunity to help expand market awareness on the benefits of RPA by delivering their own complementary products to Blue Prism’s ecosystem by sharing them on the Blue Prism Digital Exchange (DX). Highlights from our most recent affiliate Technology Alliance Partners includes: Adlib Software: By adding AI-driven data extraction, enrichment and automation capabilities to Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform, Adlib Software enables true end-to-end process automation. Leveraging leading AI and ML technology, Adlib transforms unstructured document content into high-quality, machine-consumable data for RPA, enabling a digital workforce to accelerate customer response times, identify and protect high-risk content (PII) and manage risk within contracts and agreements. “We're excited to join the Blue Prism community reflecting the growing market and customer demands for RPA solutions powered by AI-driven extraction of structured data from complex unstructured document formats,” says Scott Mackey, SVP Market Strategy, Adlib Software. “Our integration with Blue Prism’s connected-RPA will enable customers to achieve true end-to-end process automation resulting in automation of mission-critical processes, reduced costs and improved operational efficiency.” HyperScience: HyperScience empowers business users to automate manual data entry processes, including extracting both handwritten and printed data from forms, as well as capturing data points from semi-structured documents, and doing so at a lower error rate. By combining HyperScience’s distinctive data extraction product and Blue Prism’s connected-RPA offering, customers can automate each step in the full lifecycle of intelligent document processing capabilities – unlocking additional speed and cost-savings for their automation deployment. “Enterprises have struggled to find reliable and cost-effective means for extracting key insights from their troves of scanned images and PDFs,” says Swapnil Parikh, Vice President of Product at HyperScience. “HyperScience delivers on machine learning’s potential in a real way: our technology enables companies to automate up to 95 percent of the manual work required.” Moonoia: As a Blue Prism TAP affiliate, Moonoia will accelerate the development of its flagship product docBrain, the AI platform for data extraction and document analysis, while enabling enterprise customers to leverage RPA and artificial intelligence (AI) for their document processes and achieve the highest accuracy and quality of the extracted data. “Our entire purpose at Moonoia is not only to solve complex document processing challenges for use cases where traditional OCR/ICR technology fails to deliver acceptable results, but to empower users to train their own AI models and custom build unique solutions that address company-specific problems,” says Geert Truyen, CEO at Moonoia. “We see this partnership as instrumental in helping us bring AI-powered data extraction to a broader audience of enterprise clients as well as augmenting a portfolio of intelligent automation capabilities for Blue Prism.” Smartlogic: The Smartlogic Semaphore integration with Blue Prism provides qualified data within automated processes. Semaphore’s ability to classify, extract and deliver insight – plus Blue Prism’s connected-RPA – lets organisations efficiently and effectively move their digital transformation journey with intelligent end-to-end automated processes. When information is semantically harmonised, accuracy improves, automation becomes flexible, and enterprises can handle a broader range of use cases. These capabilities coupled together enable organisations to rapidly respond to complex enterprise information needs to maximise business outcomes. “Smartlogic’s technology focus is to empower business users with a platform to manage and govern an authoritative layer for adding context and meaning to structured and unstructured information,” says Jeremy Bentley, CEO and Founder of Smartlogic. “Leveraging AI, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), and text analytics capabilities within the Semaphore platform enables Blue Prism clients to identify, classify and extract qualified contextual data along the processing pipeline. We deliver an incredible value proposition together.” If you want to find out more about joining the Blue Prism Technology Alliances Program, please visit: https://www.blueprism.com/partners-and-services/become-a-partner. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,300 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au Blue Prism Enables Easier Access and Greater Collaboration to Advance Intelligent Automation Capabilities 2019-05-23T22:00:00Z blue-prism-enables-easier-access-and-greater-collaboration-to-advance-intelligent-automation-capabilities ORLANDO, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 24, 2019 — Looking to provide greater flexibility and access to its digital workforce, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) today launched its new online community while also adding ecommerce capabilities to its Digital Exchange (DX), making it easier for organisations to deploy and scale their intelligent automation solutions. These advances build on Blue Prism’s connected-RPA vision of collaborative innovation, by creating a growing community that shares best practices and provides greater access to the latest artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, intelligent document processing and cloud capabilities. “Our motto of automating together, better and more, is definitely highlighted with these new capabilities,” says Dave Moss, Co-Founder and CTO for Blue Prism. “We are listening and responding by supporting a self-service model, which makes it easier for our customers to share, innovate and deploy intelligent automation solutions. These new capabilities help unify customer experiences and best practices for sharing, while providing the necessary community support to make automation the cornerstone of any digital transformation.” Enhancements to DX By way of the ecommerce capabilities, Blue Prism’s Digital Exchange, an intelligent automation marketplace comprising of customers, technology and channel partners, now enables customers or prospects to quickly buy and download software licenses directly from the exchange. This introductory package, which consists of a single software license along with one-year standard support, makes it easy for people to get started, learn more and explore what’s possible with an intelligent digital workforce. In the next 90 days, the ecommerce functionality will also allow other Blue Prism partners to offer their assets and integrations for sale via the DX. Anyone can now purchase and download this introductory Blue Prism v6.5 package which includes work queue trends and analytics, full Japanese and simplified Chinese language capabilities, IPv6 support, and data gateways, offering more data control while reducing the amount of storage being used. Private Assets is another new key feature on the DX. Users control who can view assets outside of a customer or partner’s organisation. They can only be seen by the employees of said company and then only after they are logged in. This feature gives enterprise customers more security and control over the assets used by their employees, only those that they approve, license and test are made available. Since being launched back in November 2018, DX adoption continues to skyrocket with more than 4,120 registered users from nearly 714 registered companies who can download over 110 assets to accelerate the time to market for their intelligent automation projects. It provides business leaders drag and drop access to AI, machine learning, cognitive and disruptive technologies from companies they know and trust. Other new key enhancements to DX include integration with Google Analytics to provide more visibility into how assets are being downloaded and used. Support for open sourced Blue Prism assets being shared via GitHub as well as the ability for partners and customers to securely share proprietary assets has also been added. According to Forrester Research, the partner of the future will likely not be a pure transacting one. “It doesn’t make sense to the new generation of tech buyers who make two-thirds of all new tech decisions today. As mentioned above, 73 percent of business buyers find the web more convenient to make purchases, and we forecast that 17 percent of all B2B transactions will happen through eCommerce by 2023”.¹ Blue Prism Community Now Live The Blue Prism Community is a new online experience where users can share, learn and create. The Blue Prism Community provides a new and exciting platform where users can engage with others who share common interests, goals and objectives. The Blue Prism Community provides: An online space open to everyone that is easy to navigate, and where users can get up to speed on important announcements and industry news. Participation in a growing ecosystem of digital entrepreneurs and innovative companies redefining the nature of work. Access to an innovation corner for new Blue Prism product ideas and features, including DX. A home for regional and industry-specific user groups. Discussion communities and in-person meet-ups for practitioners, professionals and innovators. Latest content and information on upcoming events, hackathons, demos, etc. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,000 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au 1 https://go.forrester.com/blogs/what-i-see-coming-for-the-channel-in-2019/ Blue Prism Technology Partners Continue to Augment Intelligent Automation by Adding AI-Powered Chatbot and Data Analysis Capabilities 2019-05-23T21:30:00Z blue-prism-technology-partners-continue-to-augment-intelligent-automation-by-adding-ai-powered-chatbot-and-data-analysis-capabilities ORLANDO, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 24, 2019 — Continuing to push the envelope for innovation around intelligent automation capabilities, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM) today announced that CognitiveScale, Kore.ai and Shibumi have joined the company’s Technology Alliance Program (TAP) as affiliates. These new partners will help drive digital transformations for their clients by extending Blue Prism’s connected-RPA capabilities to include blockchain, AI-powered chatbots along with workflow and data synchronisation solutions being delivered in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. “Each month Blue Prism adds a few key technology partners that show us the art of the possible with our digital workforce,” says Linda Dotts, SVP Global Partner Strategy and Programs for Blue Prism. “Our connected-RPA platform provides a bedrock foundation for enterprise customers looking to drive innovation through new intelligent automation capabilities. This latest group of technology partner affiliates highlights the depth and breadth of our rapidly evolving ecosystem.” These partners strengthen an already comprehensive array of technology and independent software vendors (ISVs), that provide new and breakthrough intelligent automation capabilities by leveraging Blue Prism’s connected-RPA platform. Currently Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program consists of 12 premier and 25 affiliates partners with more being added each month. These partners are also expanding market awareness on the benefits of RPA by delivering their own complementary products to Blue Prism’s ecosystem by sharing them on the Blue Prism Digital Exchange (DX). Highlights from this new round of affiliate Technology Alliance Partners includes: CognitiveScale: CognitiveScale is an enterprise AI software pioneer that pairs humans and machines to radically simplify the development, deployment and management of their AI systems. This collaboration combines the power of AI and RPA to unlock the value of Intelligent Process Automation (IPA). CognitiveScale’s “Process Insights Agent” will be available on Blue Prism’s Digital Exchange (DX) to identify, manage, and predict process exceptions to drive greater efficiency and effectiveness. This will give enterprises the ability to generate insights and learn from existing documents and processes within a Blue Prism workflow. CognitiveScale will also add its “Customer 360 Agent”, the company’s next generation customer system-of-record system, to Blue Prism’s DX. “This is an important step in bringing Intelligent Process Automation to life,” says Akshay Sabhikhi, CEO of CognitiveScale. “Combining CognitiveScale's open, scalable and trusted AI systems with Blue Prism's connected-RPA capabilities will truly transform customer experiences and increase efficiency of business processes while reducing costs.” Kore.ai: Kore.ai provides best-in-class AI-powered chatbots utilising Natural Language Processing (NLP) models to understand intents and drive dialog flows using natural language conversations. The in-built service orchestration framework allows secured integration with backend enterprises systems to exchange information. With this integration, Kore.ai dialog flows can now connect to Blue Prism's connected-RPA platform, enabling enterprises to build-out context-aware business flows, driven by natural language conversations with customers, and accessible via 30+ voice and chat-based interaction channels. "We are taking Blue Prism’s intelligent automation capabilities and extending them to the end user, whether that be a consumer, a contact center agent or an employee," says Kore.ai's Founder and CEO Raj Koneru. "By adding AI and NLP capabilities into the mix, conversational AI bots with RPA further elevates the user experience and provides higher value automation for external and internal processes with new operational agility, to improve customer engagement and deliver new services. We look forward to collaborating with Blue Prism to drive even more innovation and disruption.” Shibumi: Founded in 2012, the world’s leading advisory firms and organisations rely on Shibumi to achieve their most strategic business objectives. Shibumi SaaS solutions enable programs to define targets, capture ideas and track delivery, all with a unique focus on benefits realisation. By integrating with the Blue Prism platform, the entire end-to-end impact/value of the automation program is now visible to the organisation’s stakeholders. “We’re excited to be a part of the Blue Prism community,” says Bob Nahmias, CEO, Shibumi. “The powerful combination of Blue Prism and Shibumi provides our mutual customers the ability to drive scale and maximise the value from their automation programs.” If you want to find out more about joining the Blue Prism Technology Alliances Program, please visit: https://www.blueprism.com/partners-and-services/become-a-partner. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,300 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce is Now Available as a FedRAMP Compliant Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure 2019-05-22T22:00:00Z blue-prisms-digital-workforce-is-now-available-as-a-fedramp-compliant-cloud-service-on-microsoft-azure Orlando, FLA & Sydney, AUSTRALIA – May 23, 2019 —Being first to market again when it comes to achieving security and regulatory standards, Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM), a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), announced today that is has partnered with Project Hosts, a FedRAMP authorised Cloud Service Provider (CSP), to deliver its digital workforce as a cloud service on Microsoft Azure. This new offering makes Blue Prism’s connected-RPA software available to federal agencies on GSA IT Schedule 70 (GS-35F-0511T), through the company’s value-added distributor EC America (ImmixGroup). By partnering with Project Hosts, Blue Prism has now made it much easier for federal agencies to grant a FedRAMP Authority to Operate (ATO) for a Blue Prism cloud deployment. Being deployed on Project Hosts’ Federal Private Cloud (FPC) FedRAMP-authorised Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), means Blue Prism users inherit 86 percent of the controls required for FedRAMP compliance. It also provides agencies with a System Security Plan (SSP) for their Blue Prism deployment, making the compliance verification and the ATO process much easier. The combination of Blue Prism, whose solution is built on a Microsoft .NET and SQL framework, and Project Hosts, who implements security and compliance on Microsoft Azure for US Federal government agencies, makes this offering the top choice for digital transformation in the public sector. “The President’s Management Agenda is focused on modernising our government for the 21st century, and intelligent automation has a key role in turning that vision into a reality,” said Laurie Cook, Vice President, Public Sector Sales & Alliances for Blue Prism. “With our partner Project Hosts, we can support the US government’s Cloud First initiative and FedRAMP program, and improve government agencies’ ability to deliver mission outcomes, provide excellent service to citizens and enhance employees’ job satisfaction as they take on more interesting cognitive work. Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce is a leading platform for digital transformation, and we’re excited to be an even stronger partner for federal agencies as they pursue their modernisation goals.” Blue Prism’s connected-RPA offering provides government agencies with an intelligent digital workforce (software robots) capable of self-learning and continuous improvement, empowering users to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back into the business—freeing up employees to do more. By pairing a digital worker with a nimble, up-skilled Federal workforce, government agencies can keep their initiatives cost-effective, streamlined and sustainable. Government agencies can use Blue Prism to help deliver more output, with fewer resources, while freeing up human employees’ time from repetitive tasks to focus on higher-value cognitive work. This enables a more citizen-centric approach, by increasing the overall quality of the services provided to citizens, coupled with improved consistency and overall faster delivery. It also gives agencies a game changing way of staying viable by easily accessing and exploiting leading-edge cloud, AI and cognitive capabilities. Through partnerships with the world’s foremost cognitive computing and AI technology companies, Blue Prism is rapidly evolving the capabilities and intelligence of its Digital Workforce robots so they can apply their multiple skills to any functional area of an organisation. As an off-the-shelf solution, government agencies can integrate Blue Prism’s solution into their processes, leveraging the intelligent automation platform of their choice. Blue Prism is also secure and compliant with industry-leading standards, including PCI, CERT Secure Coding, Veracode, HIPAA and TAA. For more information on how Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce can support your business or government agency, visit: https://www.blueprism.com/solutions/industry/public-sector. About Project Hosts Project Hosts implements security and compliance on Microsoft Azure for US Federal government and healthcare organisations. Project Hosts' pre-audited environments give organisations turnkey compliance for their applications, removing a key barrier to migration from on-premise deployments into Azure. Project Hosts environments hold certifications and authorisations from ISO 27001, HIPAA, HITRUST, FedRAMP, and the DoD, including the first DoD IL5 PATO to a company with under $1 Billion in revenue. Healthcare organisations, federal, state and local government agencies, and enterprises rely on Project Hosts to ensure that they have a cloud solution that meets their business needs, their budget and most importantly, protects their organisation, employees and data from unauthorised access or theft. https://www.projecthosts.com About FedRAMP The Federal Risk and Authorisation Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a government-wide program that provides a standardised approach to security assessment, authorisation, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. This approach uses a “do once, use many times” framework that saves an estimated 30-40 percent of government costs, as well as both time and staff required to conduct redundant agency security assessments. FedRAMP is the result of close collaboration with cybersecurity and cloud experts from the General Services Administration (GSA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), National Security Agency (NSA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council and its working groups, as well as private industry. About Blue Prism In this digital era where start-ups are constantly disrupting markets, only the most agile and innovative enterprises survive and thrive. At Blue Prism, we pioneered Robotic Process Automation (RPA), emerging as the trusted and secure intelligent automation choice for the Fortune 500 and public-sector market. Now we bring you connected-RPA supported by the Digital Exchange (DX) app store—marrying internal entrepreneurship with the power of crowdsourced innovation. Blue Prism’s connected-RPA can automate and perform mission critical processes, allowing your people the freedom to focus on more creative, meaningful work. More than 1,000 global customers leverage Blue Prism’s digital workforce, empowering their people to automate billions of transactions while returning hundreds of millions of hours of work back to the business. Visit www.blueprism.com to learn more about Blue Prism (AIM: PRSM). Follow Blue Prism on Twitter @blue_prism and on LinkedIn. ### Media Contacts Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au Barracuda Named a Leader in Enterprise Email Security 2019-05-21T01:24:56Z barracuda-named-a-leader-in-enterprise-email-security Sydney, May 21, 2019 — Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider for cloud-enabled security solutions, today announced that it has been named a Leader in “The Forrester WaveTM: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019.” Within the current offering category, Barracuda received the highest score possible in the cloud integration, deployment options, incident response, and support and customer success criteria. Barracuda was specifically cited for offering “an innovative AI-based solution, Sentinel, to protect against phishing and BEC attacks.” Barracuda Forensics and Incident Response builds on this innovation by automating incident investigation, response and remediation. “Cybercriminals use social engineering to launch spear phishing and account takeover attacks that evade traditional email security solutions and manipulate end users for financial gain,” said Asaf Cidon, SVP of Email Protection at Barracuda. “Our innovative technologies protect businesses from these threats. We believe this report recognises how we deliver new ways to support our email security customers, earn their trust, and help them protect their businesses.” The Forrester report states that “customers praise Barracuda’s innovation, its Office 365 integration, and its customer support.”1 “At Barracuda, it’s our mission to protect and support our customers for life,” said BJ Jenkins, President & CEO at Barracuda. “We’ve been pioneers in the email security space, and our position in this report is, in our opinion, further acknowledgement of our leadership.” A complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019 evaluation is available for download here: https://www.barracuda.com/EmailWave/ Additional information about Barracuda's email security offerings can be found here: https://www.barracuda.com/products/totalemailprotection Resources Get information about Barracuda Sentinel: https://www.barracuda.com/products/sentinel Get information about Barracuda Email Forensics and Incident Response: https://www.barracuda.com/forensics Get information about Barracuda PhishLine: https://www.barracuda.com/products/phishline Read the blog post: http://cuda.co/35533 1 The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2019 About Barracuda At Barracuda we strive to make the world a safer place. We believe every business deserves access to cloud-enabled, enterprise-grade security solutions that are easy to buy, deploy, and use. We protect email, networks, data and applications with innovative solutions that grow and adapt with our customers’ journey. More than 150,000 organisations worldwide trust Barracuda to protect them — in ways they may not even know they are at risk — so they can focus on taking their business to the next level. For more information, visit barracuda.com. Barracuda Networks, Barracuda and the Barracuda Networks logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Barracuda Networks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Gartner Says 40% Of Gen Z Employees Regret Accepting Job Offer 2019-05-15T01:47:21Z gartner-says-40-of-gen-z-employees-regret-accepting-job-offer 14 May, 2019 — A growing number of candidates are regretting their career decisions, according to business research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. In 2018, 40% of Gen Z respondents reported that they would not repeat their decision to accept the job offer they had accepted and only 51% said they could see themselves having a long career at their organisation. Candidate regret leads to turnover, low engagement and low productivity; more than one-third of candidates who regret their decision intend to leave their position within 12 months. “To address this increase in candidate regret — and stem the ensuing issues with underperforming talent and/or high turnover — organisations need to better understand what Generation Z candidates want,” said Lauren Smith, vice president of Gartner’s HR practice. Gen Z candidates, those born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, are the first digitally native generation to enter the workforce and understand that innovation and change are a constant. To ensure they are staying relevant as technology and business processes advance, Gen Z workers are keen to leverage various types of development opportunities, from training programs and boot camps to continuing education. Data from Gartner’s Global Labour Market Survey found that in 2018, 23% of Gen Z candidates listed development opportunities as a top attraction driver, compared with only 17% of their millennial predecessors in 2013. Along with development opportunities, Gen Z candidates expect flexibility in their work arrangements. In addition to the ability to work from any location, these workers believe work should accommodate play and play should be incorporated in work. “With this latest crop of workforce entrants, we are seeing an increased focus on work-life integration and the ability to pursue interests simultaneously both in and out of the workplace,” said Ms. Smith. New Priorities Compensation is no longer a guaranteed method for keeping the young workforce in seat, according to Gartner. In 2018, 38% of Generation Z candidates said that they would leave a job because of compensation, compared with 41% of millennials in 2013. Gen Z candidates also differ from their millennial predecessors on seeking a defined career path. According to data from Gartner’s Global Labour Market Survey, in 2018, only 25% of Gen Z candidates listed future career opportunities as a top attraction driver when considering a job; in 2014, 34% of millennials felt the same way. Managing Differently “Given that today’s graduates are focused on learning and developing skills, employers looking to gain a career commitment from their Gen Z employees must ensure they offer these opportunities,” said Ms. Smith. “Our research shows that more than anyone, it’s an employee’s manager who influences the type of development an employee gets on the job.” In today’s digital age, graduates know they possess unique skill sets that are very much in demand and make up for a lack of experience. Management approaches must adapt to this new reality and shift from an “always-on” approach to a “Connector” manager approach. Connector managers foster meaningful connections for their direct reports to and among employees, teams and the organisation to develop an employee’s specific capabilities. Not only are managers crucial to ensuring their employees’ portfolio of skills stays relevant — a key concern of Gen Z — but they can improve the performance of employees by up to 26% and triple the likelihood that their direct reports will be high performers. “Employers who want to capitalise on the influx of Gen Z candidates into the labour market must consider how best to appeal to these individuals and reduce the desire for them to seek alternative career opportunities,” said Ms. Smith. About Gartner ReimagineHR Gartner experts will provide additional insight into the labour and talent issues at the Gartner ReimagineHR Conference, taking place October 28-30 in Florida. Gartner ReimagineHR is the premier event for HR leaders around the world. Join Gartner and senior HR executives to hear key insights and learn actionable strategies necessary to support organisational performance. Gartner ReimagineHR will also be held August 6-7 in Sydney, and September 18-19 in London. Follow news and updates from these events on Twitter using #GartnerHR. About Gartner for HR Leaders Gartner for HR Leaders brings together the best, relevant content approaches across Gartner to offer individual decision makers strategic business advice on the mission-critical priorities that cut across the HR function. Additional information is available at http://www.gartner.com/en/human-resources/human-resources-leaders. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organisations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. # # # Gartner Survey Shows CIOs in Australia and New Zealand Are Making Slow Digital Business Progress 2019-05-15T00:59:45Z gartner-survey-shows-cios-in-australia-and-new-zealand-are-making-slow-digital-business-progress Sydney, Australia, May 15, 2019 — While 30% of organizations in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) are now starting to scale and harvest value from their digital investments, the remaining 70% are still evolving their digital business foundations, falling behind in rethinking business models, uplifting consumer experiences and shifting from project to product centricity, according to a survey from Gartner, Inc. The Gartner 2019 CIO Agenda Survey gathered data from 3,102 CIO respondents in 89 countries and across all major industries, including 161 respondents from ANZ. Brian Ferreira, vice president Executive Programs at Gartner, said digital resilience will be required for ANZ organizations evolving toward digital business maturity this year. “CIOs must step up to lead their enterprises through a year of predicted tightening economic conditions, competition from digital giants and political volatility. It’s more important than ever to maintain momentum during times of uncertainty, not only for digital business transformation, but also for long-term business viability.” According to the survey, digital initiatives are the highest priority for 25% of ANZ CIOs in 2019. Revenue/business growth is ranked second (16%), ahead of customer experience and cost optimization/reduction (tied for third at 10%). Cost optimization/reduction has jumped from No. 10 priority in ANZ last year to No. 3. Flat IT budgets The survey results indicate that transformation toward digital business is challenged by flat IT budget growth of 1.5% in ANZ in 2019, which is increasing less than the projected 1.9% inflation rate. This is compared with the 2.9% growth that CIOs globally expect this year. Flat IT budgets in ANZ will limit capacity to meet the leading CIO priority of digital initiatives. “The risk during these uncertain times with limited budgets is to make short-term investment decisions, which can slow or even reverse digital business transformation progress,” Mr. Ferreira said. “For those who stick to their plans and focus on the long-term vision, the returns will be there.” The top five areas in which ANZ CIOs will invest new or additional funding in 2019 are: business intelligence and data analytics (54%); cybersecurity and information security (40%); core system improvements and transformation (34%); cloud services or solutions (32%); and customer/user experience (31%). AI and analytics shape the CIO technology agenda The CIO Agenda survey indicates that disruptive emerging technologies will play a major role in reshaping business models in ANZ as they change the economics of all organizations. Twenty-seven percent of ANZ CIOs expect AI to be the most disruptive technology for their organizations in 2019, taking the top spot away from data and analytics, which now occupies second place at 22%. According to the survey, 77% of ANZ CIOs are already using AI technology. The top three ways AI is being used is for process optimization (32%), chatbots (26%) and computer-assisted diagnostics (21%). “The rapid shift to AI looks revolutionary on the surface, but ANZ CIOs aren’t very innovative in creating uses for AI,” said Mr. Ferreira. “They need to experiment more to identify a greater range of uses within their organization if they’re going to keep up with the innovators and disruptors in the market who invest more in it.” C-Suite reporting lines lagging global trend Only one in three ANZ CIOs report to CEOs, compared with 43% of CIOs in typical-performing organizations globally, and 56% in high-performing organizations. One-third of ANZ CIOs report to a COO, and 17% to a CFO. As a result, IT is failing to influence business change and growth, according to Gartner. “ANZ CIOs have the chance to step up to become more influential business leaders, but most are not seizing that opportunity to drive change,” Mr. Ferreira said. “Those that take the lead with their business peers can drive innovative thinking in business models, consumer experience and moving from a project to product focus in how technology is delivered.” Gartner clients can learn more in the report “2019 CIO Agenda: An Australia and New Zealand Perspective.” Additional analysis is available in the complimentary webinar replay "2019 CIO Agenda – Australia and New Zealand Perspective" available now. About Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo Learn more about CIO leadership and how to drive digital innovation to the core of your business at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019. Follow news and updates from the events on Twitter using #GartnerSYM. Upcoming dates and locations for the 2019 Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo include: June 3-6: Toronto, Canada September 16-18: Cape Town, South Africa October 20-24: Orlando, Florida October 28-31: Sao Paulo, Brazil October 28-31: Gold Coast, Australia November 3-7: Barcelona, Spain November 11-14 - Goa November 12-14 - Tokyo About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organizations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organizations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and organization size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit www.gartner.com. # # # Scoot propels customer experiences with Dell Boomi-fuelled data analytics 2019-05-14T03:26:47Z scoot-propels-customer-experiences-with-dell-boomi-fuelled-data-analytics Singapore – May 14, 2019 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) has announced that budget airline, Scoot, is using the Boomi integration platform for uninterrupted data sharing across the expanding organisation, allowing it to adapt more quickly to changing market conditions and therefore improve passenger experiences. Scoot, the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines, operates a global network of 66 cities across 18 countries and territories across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States, offering customers a cheaper alternative for travel. To provide these affordable services, Scoot relies on extensive data generated from its customers’ bookings and various internal systems. “Boomi gives us a dedicated, cloud-based integration tool that aligns to our all-cloud strategy, and is therefore able to handle the high volumes of system-to-system data transfer that our business model requires,” said Jason Chin, Vice-President – Information Technology at Scoot. “With the various features the platform provides, we will be able to connect our entire organisation to create a single source for our data, with the knowledge that this information is up to date and accurate. We will then be able to better understand our business and customers, and deliver the products and services that passengers want – before, during and after their flights.” Scoot implemented the low-code Boomi integration platform to replace a series of outdated connectors which did not provide the level of automated data management the organisation required. Its former integrations limited communication between Scoot’s systems and restricted access to data, inhibiting the potential of its sharing capabilities. These bespoke integrations were also code-heavy, consequently demanding substantial maintenance. This has been particularly beneficial amid Scoot’s expansion – the airline has grown from 20-plus to 60 routes following the consolidation of TigerAir into the Scoot brand – accelerating the organisation’s time to market despite the significant increase in customers and employees. Scoot has also been able to achieve this while maintaining its IT resources – as Boomi does not require the consistent upkeep of traditional integration technologies, it allows Scoot to achieve more with less. “The airline industry contains among the most diverse sets of customers, and with that comes the ongoing challenge of adapting to the demands of passengers,” said William Fu, Managing Director Asia at Dell Boomi. “By creating a centralised data repository using the Boomi integration platform, Scoot is able to establish a greater level of insight into its business, and in turn make business decisions nimbly as the market changes to bolster its competitiveness.” About Dell Boomi Boomi, an independent business unit of Dell, quickly and easily unites everything in your digital ecosystem so you can achieve better business outcomes, faster. Boomi’s intelligent, flexible, scalable platform accelerates your business results by linking your data, systems, applications, processes and people. Harnessing the power of the cloud to unify everything inside and outside of a business, Boomi gives more than 8,200 organizations the agility to lead the future. For more information, visit http://www.boomi.com. © 2019 Boomi Inc. Dell, Boomi, and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other names or marks may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Special note: Statements in this material that relate to future results, future hiring, and future events or investment are forward-looking statements and are based on Boomi’s current expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by such forward-looking words as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “confidence,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “should,” “will” and “would,” or similar expressions. Actual results, hiring, customer trends, and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including the challenge of finding and onboarding new personnel, marketplace trends, ongoing management attention to the market, the uncertainties associated with technology changes and the development and release of new technology. Boomi and Dell Technologies assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Infoblox Appoints Kenneth Cartwright as Head of Channels – ANZ 2019-05-13T22:00:00Z infoblox-appoints-kenneth-cartwright-as-head-of-channels-anz Sydney – May 14, 2019 – Infoblox Inc., the leader in DNS, DHCP, IP address management (DDI) and secure cloud-managed network services, today announced that it has appointed Kenneth Cartwright as head of channels for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Based in Sydney, Cartwright is responsible for executing Infoblox’s channel go-to-market strategy across both countries, to support an increasing number of businesses that are adopting the company’s network control services. “ANZ is an important market for Infoblox as we continue to extend our leading position in DDI and secure cloud-managed network services,” said Hwa Cheong Wong, vice president of sales for Infoblox in Asia Pacific and Japan. “Kenneth’s demonstrated leadership, sales and channel skills naturally align with Infoblox’s commitment to help businesses in ANZ safeguard their networks, data and applications.” Cartwright has over 24 years of experience in the IT channel, with a varied career across distribution, as well as infrastructure and security vendors in the UK and Australia. Prior to joining Infoblox, Cartwright was distribution and channel account manager for FireEye, where he managed the company’s partners across Australia. Before that, he held a variety of channel and sales roles with Aerohive Networks, Brocade Communications, Ruckus Wireless, Clarity Technology, Extricom and Azlan Group. “As organisations transition from legacy networks to the cloud, secure cloud-managed network services are becoming the clear way forward, bringing next-level security, reliability and automation to on-premises, cloud and hybrid networks,” said Cartwright. “Infoblox is committed to working with our ANZ partners and customers in the best possible way to empower them to have advanced network control and protection without impacting their day-to-day operations.” About Infoblox Infoblox is leading the way to next-level DDI with its Secure Cloud-Managed Network Services. Infoblox brings next-level security, reliability, and automation to on-premises, cloud and hybrid networks, setting customers on a path to a single pane of glass for network management. Infoblox is a recognised leader with 50 percent market share comprised of 8,000 customers worldwide, including 350 of the Fortune 500. Learn more at www.infoblox.com Cohesity Introduces Industry’s First Backup and Recovery for Popular Modern Workloads on One Web-Scale Platform 2019-05-08T23:22:35Z cohesity-introduces-industrys-first-backup-and-recovery-for-popular-modern-workloads-on-one-web-scale-platform San Jose, Calif. – May 8, 2019 – Cohesity, the leader of hyperconverged secondary storage,today announced new enterprise-class backup, recovery, and data management capabilities for Hadoop big data workloads, NoSQL distributed databases, Kubernetes containerised applications, and popular software as a service (SaaS) environments. This is the first time all of these data sources can be protected and managed from a single web-scale platform, helping enterprises minimise data loss, achieve faster recovery times, and improve data security and compliance. Hadoop big data workloads, NoSQL distributed databases, containers, and SaaS applications are now common components of the enterprise IT stack. But solutions that protect each of these modern workloads separately are often very complex to manage, can increase costs, and further compound the critical problem of mass data fragmentation. Cohesity is bringing data management into the modern era by consolidating support for leading hypervisors (VMware, Nutanix AHV, Microsoft Hyper-V), databases and applications (Oracle, SQL, SAP HANA), storage, physical workloads, and now modern workloads, on one software-defined platform. The solution provides a level of protection, recoverability, and manageability previously only available for traditional databases and applications. “We have seen incredible innovation in how organizations operate their IT environments, but enterprises have not been able to maintain acceptable levels of data management and protection for these new breakthrough solutions,” said Raj Rajamani, vice president of products, Cohesity. “We are helping companies accelerate innovation by extending support for modern applications and environments on the same web-scale platform that customers use to protect and manage traditional workflows.” Web-Scale Protection for Hadoop and NoSQL Workloads Through the acquisition of Imanis Data, also announced today, Cohesity now provides backup, recovery, and data management capabilities for Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) workloads and NoSQL distributed databases that were previously available only for traditional databases. These new capabilities empower modern enterprises to achieve greater efficiency and get more out of their data to: Simplify data management for HDFS big data workloads and NoSQL distributed databases including MongoDB, Cassandra, CouchBaseDB, Hbase – all on a single platform. Provide the flexibility of granular recovery with application-aware, agentless backups. Uphold complex data compliance requirements by, for example, automatically masking sensitive information that is copied and utilized for testing and development purposes. Backup and Recover Containerised Applications as Quickly and Easily as Virtual Machines Cohesity will deliver backup and recovery capabilities for Kubernetes-based containerised applications that match the level of protection previously available just for virtual machines (VMs). Through native integration with Kubernetes, Cohesity will protect the underlying data and the application state so that enterprises can back up the entire application, not just its data. Backups for containerised applications will be application-consistent and can be done in “incremental forever” mode, meaning customers only need to perform one full backup and then do incremental backups moving forward -- reducing backup time and simplifying operations. Restores can be done either to the original location or an alternate location, providing disaster recovery and migration options for customers. Extending Support For SaaS Applications Cohesity will add greater support for enterprises’ increasing reliance on SaaS applications by extending backup and recovery capabilities for Microsoft Office 365 to include Microsoft OneDrive. This empowers customers to protect against data loss due to error or malware, and to assist with e-discovery or compliance. Cohesity will make it easy to meet security and compliance requirements by leveraging information available in Azure Active Directory, Microsoft's cloud-based identity and access management service, to help customers create backup and recovery policies. These new capabilities will build on existing protections for Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online that Cohesity unveiled in September 2018. “Cohesity helped us to transform our backup and recovery process and tap into the advantages of public cloud infrastructure with Microsoft Azure,” said Brian Critchlow, IT systems administrator, Santa Cruz Seaside Company. “With the extended capabilities for Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive we are able to ensure consistent availability of data for our company.” “ESG research shows that a growing number of organizations are embracing modern workloads, containerised applications, and SaaS applications which places the onus on IT leaders to protect, manage and make data within those environments more secure and productive,” said Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst, ESG Research. “Cohesity is laser focused on empowering customers to protect and gather insights from this data, while removing data ‘silos’ that can significantly reduce management complexity.” Cohesity backup and recovery capabilities for HDFS and NoSQL distributed databases are available now. Protection for Kubernetes and Microsoft OneDrive will be available to customers this summer. For more information: Read the blog post, Simplifying Protection of Modern Workloads: https://www.cohesity.com/blog/simplifying-protection-of-modern-workloads Read more about Cohesity’s support for Hadoop and NoSQL Distributed Databases: https://www.cohesity.com/solution/databases/distributed-databases Read the new solution brief: Hadoop and NoSQL Data Management Made Simple: https://www.cohesity.com/resource-assets/solution-brief/Hadoop-and-NoSQL-Data-Management-Made-Simple-Solution-Brief.pdf Read more about Cohesity’s support for Kubernetes containerised applications: https://www.cohesity.com/solution/virtual/containers Read the new solution brief: Data Protection for Entire Kubernetes and Container Application Stacks: https://www.cohesity.com/resource-assets/solution-brief/Data-Protection-for-Entire-Kubernetes-and-Container-Application-Stack-Solution-Brief.pdf Read more about Cohesity’s expanded support for Microsoft Office 365: https://www.cohesity.com/solution/cloud/office365 Read the new solution brief: Simpler, Comprehensive Data Protection for Microsoft Office 365: https://www.cohesity.com/resource-assets/solution-brief/Cohesity-Microsoft-365-Solution-Brief.pdf Read about Cohesity’s acquisition of Imanis Data: https://www.cohesity.com/press/cohesity-acquires-imanis-data-to-advance-data-protection-for-nosql-and-hadoop-workloads/ Register for the upcoming webinar: https://www.truthinit.com/register/why-you-need-to-protect-your-modern-distributed-workloads.html About Cohesity Cohesity makes your data work for you by consolidating secondary storage silos onto a hyperconverged, web-scale data platform that spans both private and public clouds. Enterprise customers begin by radically streamlining their backup and data protection, then converge file and object services, test/dev instances, and analytic functions to provide a global data store. Cohesity counts many Global 1000 companies and federal agencies among its rapidly growing customer base and was named to Forbes’ “Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017,” LinkedIn’s “Startups: The 50 Industry Disruptors You Need to Know Now,” and CRN’s “2017 Emerging Vendors in Storage” lists. For more information, visit our website: http://www.cohesity.com and blog: https://cohesity.com/blog, follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cohesity and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/3750699 and like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cohesity Cohesity Acquires Imanis Data to Advance Data Protection for NoSQL and Hadoop Workloads 2019-05-08T23:20:56Z cohesity-acquires-imanis-data-to-advance-data-protection-for-nosql-and-hadoop-workloads San Jose, Calif. – May 8, 2019 – Cohesity, the leader of hyperconverged secondary storage, today announced that it has acquired Imanis Data, Inc., a leader in enterprise backup and data management for distributed databases. Through this acquisition, Cohesity customers will enjoy the broadest support to easily back up and instantly recover Hadoop and NoSQL workloads and supporting databases, including MongoDB. This adds to Cohesity’s already comprehensive capabilities for backup and instant recovery of traditional databases such as Oracle and SQL, along with virtual, cloud, and physical workloads. Additionally, Imanis Data customers will have the option to access Cohesity’s modern data management capabilities that make backup data productive and offer radical simplicity for archiving, disaster recovery, ransomware prevention, testing and development, and more – all within a single solution. By combining capabilities from both companies, Cohesity will be able to offer the industry’s first and only modern software-defined data management solution for NoSQL and Hadoop data residing on-premises or in the public cloud. Today, numerous Fortune 500 companies rely on solutions from Imanis Data to protect big data workloads. The Imanis Data customer base extends across a wide array of verticals including financial services, insurance, retail, and transportation. Unlike legacy data management products, solutions from Imanis Data are architected for petabyte scale, are data-aware, and are powered by machine learning to reduce cost, minimise risk, and enable insight across large data sets. This approach directly complements Cohesity’s focus on helping companies utilise disruptive innovation to unlock the power of their data. “Cohesity’s acquisition of Imanis Data advances our mission to transform the way that enterprises back up, store, manage, and derive insights from their secondary data, no matter its type or where it resides,” said Mohit Aron, founder and CEO, Cohesity. “NoSQL databases will likely experience double-digit growth over the next five years, and as enterprises continue to embrace these modern workloads, Cohesity can help ensure the data is protected by a simple web-scale solution that can also empower organisations to do much more with their data.” Solving Mass Data Fragmentation Challenges Enterprises are increasingly taking advantage of new distributed databases, but doing so has created additional data silos that require separate backup solutions, further exacerbating the problem of mass data fragmentation. Cohesity addresses this problem by empowering customers to consolidate both traditional and modern workloads on a single, scale-out platform that spans on-premises and cloud infrastructure. By combining Imanis Data’s unique, machine-learning powered approach to data management with the Cohesity DataPlatform, customers can eliminate the need for separate data and infrastructure silos for their NoSQL and Hadoop workloads and manage all their data from a single pane of glass. "We have been very impressed with Imanis Data's technology, people, and support, and this acquisition further increases their value to customers," said Eric Gutmann, manager of infrastructure at MDL autoMation. "Imanis Data's leadership in Hadoop and NoSQL data management combined with Cohesity's leadership in modern backup and recovery will create an unbeatable solution.” “Adding the capabilities of Imanis Data to the Cohesity platform should be a very positive move for Cohesity as IT organisations increasingly embrace big data workloads and need more efficient ways to back up, manage, and gather insights from all their secondary data,” said Phil Goodwin, research director, IDC. “The combined solution helps breaks down traditional infrastructure silos for NoSQL and Hadoop workloads and is intended to make it easier and less expensive for companies to deploy and protect big data technologies.” Imanis Data is already available as an application in the Cohesity MarketPlace, making it simple for customers to protect all of their Hadoop and NoSQL distributed databases, including MongoDB, Cassandra, Cloudera, CouchbaseDB, and Hbase, on one platform. As part of the acquisition, the Imanis Data team is joining Cohesity to support and develop new capabilities for Cohesity under the leadership of Imanis’ Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Nitin Donde. “We are excited to join the Cohesity team as we believe our technology is not only complementary in nature but combined, provides a best-in-class offering for customers who want to do more with their data,” said Donde. “Imanis Data’s technology fits perfectly within Cohesity’s vision to eliminate mass data fragmentation by bringing all secondary workloads together on a single platform.” For more information: Read today's announcement about Cohesity’s new capabilities to protect and manage modern workloads: https://www.cohesity.com/press/cohesity-introduces-industrys-first-backup-and-recovery-for-popular-modern-workloads-on-one-web-scale-platform Find more details about Imanis Data on the Cohesity website: https://www.cohesity.com/products/imanis-data About CohesityCohesity makes your data work for you by consolidating secondary storage silos onto a hyperconverged, web-scale data platform that spans both private and public clouds. Enterprise customers begin by radically streamlining their backup and data protection, then converge file and object services, test/dev instances, and analytic functions to provide a global data store. Cohesity counts many Global 1000 companies and federal agencies among its rapidly growing customer base and was named to Forbes’ “Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2017,” LinkedIn’s “Startups: The 50 Industry Disruptors You Need to Know Now,” and CRN’s “2017 Emerging Vendors in Storage” lists. For more information, visit our website: http://www.cohesity.com and blog: https://cohesity.com/blog, follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cohesity and LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/3750699 and like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cohesity Gartner CEO Survey Shows Priorities Shifting to Meet Rising Growth Challenges 2019-05-08T23:06:17Z gartner-ceo-survey-shows-priorities-shifting-to-meet-rising-growth-challenges STAMFORD, Conn. May 8, 2019 — Growth continues to top the list of CEO business priorities in 2019 and 2020, according to a recent survey of CEOs and senior executives by Gartner, Inc. The most notable change in comparison to last year’s results is that a growing number of CEOs also deem financial priorities important, especially profitability improvement. The annual Gartner 2019 CEO and Senior Business Executive Survey of 473 CEO and senior business executives in the fourth quarter of 2018 examined their business issues, as well as some areas of technology agenda impact. In total, 473 business leaders of companies with $50 million or more and 60% with $1 billion or more in annual revenue were qualified and surveyed. “After a significant fall last year, mentions of growth increased this year to 53%, up from 40% in 2018,” said Mark Raskino, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “This suggests that CEOs have switched their focus back to tactical performance as clouds gather on the horizon.” At the same time, mentions of financial priorities, cost and risk management also increased (see Figure 1). “However, we did not see CEOs intending to significantly cut costs in various business areas. They are aware of the rising economic challenges and proceeding with more caution — they are not preparing for recession,” said Mr. Raskino. Figure 1: Top 11 Business Priorities of CEOs Source: Gartner (May 2019) New Opportunities for Growth The survey results showed that a popular solution when growth is challenged is to look in other geographic locations for growth. Responses mentioned other cities, states, countries and regions, as well as “new markets” would also include some geographic reach (though a new market can also be industry-related, or virtual). “It is natural to use location hunting for growth when traditional and home markets are saturated or fading,” said Mr. Raskino. “However, this year the international part of such reach is complicated and compounded by a shift in the geopolitical landscape. Twenty-three percent of CEOs see significant impacts to their own businesses arising from recent developments in tariffs, quotas and other forms of trade controls. Another 58% of CEOs have general concerns about this issue, suggesting that more CEOs anticipate it might impact their businesses in future.” Another way that CEOs seem to be confronting softening growth prospects and weakening margins is to seek diversification — which increasingly means the application of digital business to offer new products and revenue-producing channels. Eighty-two percent of respondents agreed that they had a management initiative or transformation program underway to make their companies more digital — up from 62% in 2018. High Hopes for Technology Cost management has risen in CEO priorities, from No. 10 in 2018 to No. 8 today. When asked about their cost-control methods, 27% of respondents cited technology enablement, securing the third spot after measures around people and organization, such as bonuses and expense and budget management. However, when asked to consider productivity and efficiency actions, CEOs were much more inclined to think of technology as a tool. Forty-seven percent of respondents mentioned technology as one of their top two ways to improve productivity. Digital Skills for All Executives Digital business is something the whole executive committee must be engaged in. However, the survey results showed that CEOs are concerned that some of the executive roles do not possess strong or even sufficient digital skills to face the future. On average, CEOs think that sales, risk, supply chain and HR officers are most in need of more digital savvy. Once all executive leaders are more comfortable with the digital sphere, new capabilities to execute on their business strategies will need to be developed. When asked which organizational competencies their company needs to develop the most, 18% of CEOs named talent management, closely followed by technology enablement and digitalization (17%) and data centricity or data management (15%). “Datacentric decision-making is a key culture and capability change in a management system that hopes to thrive in the digital age. Executive leaders must be a role model to encourage and foster data centricity and data literacy in their business units and the organization as a whole,” Mr. Raskino said. Gartner clients can read more in the report “2019 CEO Survey: The Year of Challenged Growth.” Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019 Learn more about leadership and how to drive digital innovation to the core of your business at Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2019. Follow news and updates from the events on Twitter using #GartnerSYM. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. 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