The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-06-09T04:48:27Z Cognizant Named a Leader in Worldwide Business Analytics Consulting and Systems Integration in IDC MarketScape Report 2016-06-09T04:48:27Z cognizant-named-a-leader-in-worldwide-business-analytics-consulting-and-systems-integration-in-idc-marketscape-report TEANECK, N.J., June 1, 2016—Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) today announced that market intelligence and advisory services firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has named it a “Leader” in the recently released IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Business Analytics Consulting and Systems Integration Services 2016 Vendor Assessment (doc #US40150316, April 2016). The study which recognizes Cognizant’s ability to “transform data into tangible business benefits through a global innovation and delivery ecosystem” represents a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics of a vendor’s success in the marketplace and helps anticipate its ascendancy.   The study analyzes the offerings of 13 consulting and systems integration (C&SI) providers based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters expected to be most conducive to success in providing business analytics C&SI services in both the short term and long term. Featured vendors are categorized by IDC MarketScape as Leaders, Major Players, Contenders or Participants.   “The advent of new analytics areas such as cognitive computing and IoT, proliferation of new technologies and data sources, and the pervasiveness of big data and advanced analytics continues to drive rapid demand for business analytics solutions,” said Ali Zaidi, Research Director, IT Consulting and Systems Integration Business Strategies at IDC. “Service providers that can rapidly innovate solutions around new and emerging areas while keeping the focus on established segments of business analytics will continue to grow. Companies such as Cognizant that provide end-to-end capabilities are able to help clients transfer data into tangible business benefits.”   “In today’s digital world, every action translates into a data footprint, fueling operational and marketing game changers and creating value when analytics is used to understand the past, predict the future as well as align business strategy and define outcomes,” said Karthik Krishnamurthy, Global Head of Cognizant’s Analytics and Information Management practice. “At Cognizant, we are committed to helping clients embrace an analytics-driven culture. We are pleased that the IDC MarketScape has recognized us as a Leader, highlighting our success in providing business analytics and technology consulting that converts data into successful business outcomes.”   To read an excerpt of the report, visit: To learn more about Cognizant’s analytics expertise, visit:  About IDC MarketScape IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market.  IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared.  The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360 degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.   About Cognizant Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 100 development and delivery centers worldwide and approximately 233,000 employees as of March 31, 2016, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online at or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.   ### 100 women in tech tackle gender diversity at Australia’s first speed-interview event 2016-02-22T23:10:05Z 100-women-in-tech-tackle-gender-diversity-at-australia-s-first-speed-interview-event Melbourne, Australia, February 23 2016. Peoplebank, Australia’s leading IT recruitment agency, held an Australian-first event with its Next 100 Women in IT, on February 18 in Melbourne. Through this unique initiative, Peoplebank aims to provide 100 women with new career opportunities and proactively address the growing issue of gender imbalance in Australia’s technology industry. The event will be sponsored by a range of Australian organisations, including NAB, Telstra, MYOB, and Cogent, that are currently working with Peoplebank to address the issue of gender equality. The 100 attendees are mid-career women, all looking at their next career step in technology. The event aimed to help different profiles of women, and attendees were split into three main categories: IT Now: Women currently working in the IT industry, looking for the next step in their career IT Curious: Women who have no experience in the IT industry, and are interested in a career change IT Fringe: Women who have some indirect experience with the IT industry, and are interested in deepening their skills and involvement in this field Next 100 Women in IT was established to provide “speed-interviewing” opportunities between 100 women and the event’s corporate sponsors, aiming to help Australian businesses address the issue of gender equality head-on by hiring women at or following the event, particularly for their IT teams. For candidates, the event aimed to provide women with a unique opportunity to meet with and raise their profile among some of the country’s largest employers in a single day. Romy Panzera, Account Director and Diversity Council Member at Peoplebank, drove this event in a proactive effort to directly affect the gender diversity issue in Australia’s IT industry, and to enable positive change in the lives and careers of Australian women. Following the event, Romy will continue to work closely with attendees and sponsors to ensure the event’s impact on these women’s careers and on the corporations’ workplace gender balance is long-lasting. “There’s a lot of conversation about gender diversity and there are various theories on how to address the issue,” said Romy. “When I came up with the idea for Next 100 Women in IT, a lot of people asked me why I was doing it. My answer to them is ‘Why not?’ We need to be taking more action and at Peoplebank, we have a fantastic opportunity to share our networks and expertise in this space to drive actual change.” Peoplebank has won several awards for gender diversity within its own organisation, including gaining WGEA accreditation in 2015. Peter Acheson, CEO of Peoplebank, believes gender diversity is a key issue that all businesses should be addressing to ensure sustainable business and financial growth. “We genuinely believe diverse teams, including those with high gender balance, are smarter, more effective and more creative,” explained Peter. “We’re passionate about driving workplace equality within Peoplebank and within the organisations of our clients. Next 100 Women in IT marks the next step in our journey to take action on this very important issue in the industry. We are very appreciative of the support we have received from event sponsors, Peoplebank clients, and our network of IT professionals so far.” Penelope Barr, General Manager of Cogent, also commented on the event, “We're always looking for great people, and are very interested in new ways to attract these people. We're committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce because we truly value individual differences and contributions. That's why we're excited to be involved in the Next 100 Women in IT event. We've been impressed by the approach to source good women from a range of areas across technology; and are excited to see if any of the women we met become employees at Cogent.” To find out more about Next 100 Women in IT, please visit the Peoplebank website or follow the #100womenintech hashtag on Twitter. PR Contact Mylan Vu, Hotwire PR 02 8985 7295 About Peoplebank Founded in 1990 Peoplebank is Asia Pacific's leading IT and digital recruitment company, specialising in contract and permanent IT recruitment. Peoplebank has a long history of working with its key clients, some of Australia and Asia’s largest blue-chip organisations. We make finding IT and digital talent, or finding IT and digital jobs an easy and enjoyable experience. TechnologyOne releases next generation Software as a Service offering 2016-01-18T23:12:26Z technologyone-releases-next-generation-software-as-a-service-offering 19 January 2016, Brisbane -- Leading enterprise software provider TechnologyOne (ASX:TNE) has released the fifth generation of its TechnologyOne Cloud, 5.0, introducing the start of its mass production Software as a Service (SaaS) offering.   Unlike many cloud platforms, TechnologyOne Cloud 5.0 doesn’t rely on expensive middleware such as Citrix, and introduces a high level of automation. Providing a massively scalable platform with economies of scale, the next generation platform includes significant infrastructure sharing amongst customers.   “This level of automation and infrastructure sharing enables us to support thousands of customers, and breaks the nexus between customer numbers and cloud operations staff,” said TechnologyOne’s Executive Chairman Adrian Di Marco.   “The TechnologyOne Cloud delivers a massively scalable environment with a production line of servers running our software for customers.   “Our investment in the TechnologyOne Cloud remains a key focus for Research & Development (R&D), so we can capitalise on new technologies, concepts and ideas. We pass on the benefits of innovation only achievable through our economies of scale.   “Delivering our enterprise software as a service enables our customers to be up and running on an enterprise system with less risk, lower cost and shorter time frames. The cloud dramatically reduces implementation time, allowing our customers to focus on their core business, while we take care of the software and infrastructure.   “It’s a simple, flexible and cost effective computing model that future proofs our customers’ businesses and enables them to embrace an exciting new world of possibilities in a cloud first, mobile first world.”   Mr Di Marco said TechnologyOne is uniquely placed because it owns, builds and supports its software, unlike hosting providers which hand-craft each customer’s environment and host third party software in the cloud.   “The market is becoming more sophisticated in understanding the difference between the lift and shift approach offered by hosting providers, and seeing the benefits in the massive economies of scale SaaS vendors provide,” he said.   “By running our SaaS on the TechnologyOne Cloud, we are able align our people and processes because we are all working on the same version of code and configuration.   “It assists us to expose and resolve any inefficient processes, and enables us to scale to our business exponentially. We are continuing to evolve our structure, people and process as we quickly evolve our market offering.”   The company welcomed 49 new customers to its SaaS platform this year, supporting cloud fee growth of more than 200 per cent.   “All our major new customers this year were SaaS deals, signifying that customers are embracing our vision for cloud and mobile,” Mr Di Marco said.   “Our cloud business is growing rapidly. This major uptake of the cloud by new and existing customers will see us continue to double this every year moving forward.”   - Ends -  About TechnologyOne   TechnologyOne (ASX:TNE) is Australia's largest enterprise software company and one of Australia's top 200 ASX-listed companies, with offices across six countries. We create solutions that transform business and make life simple for our customers. We do this by providing powerful, deeply integrated enterprise software that is incredibly easy to use. Over 1,000 leading corporations, government departments and statutory authorities are powered by our software. We participate in only eight key markets: government, local government, financial services, education, health and community services, asset intensive industries, project intensive industries and corporates. For these markets we develop, market, sell, implement, support and run our preconfigured solutions, which reduce time, cost and risk for our customers. For 28 years, we have been providing our customers enterprise software that evolves and adapts to new and emerging technologies, allowing them to focus on their business and not technology. Today, our software is available on the TechnologyOne Cloud and across smart mobile devices. For further information please visit: World’s #1 Merchant Acquirer Launches First Data Merchant Solutions in Australia 2015-11-12T00:06:38Z world-s-1-merchant-acquirer-launches-first-data-merchant-solutions-in-australia Sydney, NOVEMBER 12, 2015 – First Data Corporation, the global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, has today announced the launch of First Data Merchant Solutions to bring differentiated and innovative merchant acquiring solutions to Australian businesses – online, in-store, over-the-phone and on-the-go.   First Data, in alliance with Bankwest, has been providing payment services to more than 11,000 merchants, under the brand name BWA Merchant Services for the past ten years. From today, following the completion of the ten-year partnership, First Data will serve merchants directly via First Data Merchant Solutions in Australia. First Data Corporation is the largest merchant acquirer in the world and has a legacy of more than 30 years of deep industry knowledge and payments experience in Australia.   “In today’s competitive environment, every customer experience counts. Business owners that rely on card acceptance, either physically or online, need a solution that works anytime and every time,” said Sam Itzcovitz, Head of Global Business Solutions of First Data Australia and New Zealand.    “At First Data Merchant Solutions, we are the payments specialists. We have a single-minded focus on payments and how we can support our clients in doing business with their customers. We provide consistently reliable solutions and continue to invest both in our platform, as well as in new product innovation. Our aim is for First Data Merchant Solutions to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as large retailers, to grow their businesses.”   First Data Merchant Solutions Australia is a principal member of the Visa and MasterCard® networks and one of the first non-bank acquirers to launch since changes to the Banking Act earlier this year.   Consequently, First Data Merchant Solutions is now able to provide merchant acquiring solutions independently and without sponsorship from a bank partner. This allows First Data Merchant Solutions to better leverage First Data Corporation’s global capabilities through a business model 100% focused on providing best-in-class merchant acquiring solutions to its clients and SMEs. It provides greater agility as a business to bring new products to market and work with an even broader range of merchants in the region.   “Australian business owners today need payments and technology solutions that are not only dependable and intuitive, but can futureproof them as their customers’ behaviours change. Whether this is preparing for new payment channels, the peak sales season at Christmas or ensuring uptime during an online sale, First Data Merchant Solutions is dedicated to being with our clients every step of the way and delivering high-quality, secure solutions tailored to business needs.” said Itzcovitz.    - Ends -  About First Data Merchant Solutions First Data Merchant Solutions, previously BWA Merchant Services, is an Australian affiliate of First Data Corporation, which gives it the expertise and capabilities to ensure that its clients’ money moves accurately and securely anytime, anywhere.   From corner shops and boutique outlets to major retailers, First Data Merchant Solutions enables businesses to accept a range of payment types - easily, securely and reliably, whether business is conducted in-store, on the go, by phone, or online. As the payments specialists, our range of products and solutions has helped more than 11,000 merchants in Australia to easily accept debit and credit card payments wherever they do business.  About First Data   First Data is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in 118 countries around the world. The company’s 23,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,300 transactions per second and $1.9 trillion per year.  Media Contact   Mylan Vu Hotwire Mobile: 0466 397 541 Desk Phone: 02 8985     MasterCard and the MasterCard brand mark are registered trademarks of MasterCard International Incorporated. Livefyre Unveils Livefyre Engagement Cloud, Revolutionising Digital Marketing Through User-Generated Content 2015-11-04T04:17:06Z livefyre-unveils-livefyre-engagement-cloud-revolutionising-digital-marketing-through-user-generated-content November 04, 2015 SYDNEY -- Livefyre, the market leader in content curation and digital engagement, today releases the Livefyre Engagement Cloud, the only end-to-end enterprise social depth platform. The Livefyre Engagement Cloud enables brands and digital publishers to collect user-generated content from across the web and publish the content quickly to develop authentic customer experiences.   The Livefyre Engagement Cloud includes the first-of-its-kind Social Library, which empowers brands and publishers to collect, tag and store current and historical social content — such as tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram posts — for future use. The Livefyre Engagement Cloud provides a single, unified platform to easily turn user-generated content into convincing digital marketing collateral that engages consumers with the voice they trust most: their own.  Social Depth and the Changing User Engagement Landscape Today’s consumer-centric marketing environment is characterised by choice. As forms of communicating with consumers, such as social media platforms and branded websites, proliferate, consumers are given increasing freedom to choose which brands they follow and how they receive advertisements. The Livefyre Engagement Cloud enables brands and digital publishers to organise user-generated content into valuable marketing assets in one place. This makes it easier for consumers to trust and follow those brands and publishers, not just for one campaign, but for the lifetime of the customer relationship.   Forrester Research1 defines social depth platforms as “technologies that add social content and interactions to branded websites to drive exploration of products and services.” Social depth platforms, like the Livefyre Engagement Cloud, are increasingly important in a world where millennials require authenticity of the brands they follow, and trust recommendations from friends, family and experts over advertisements and traditional marketing campaigns.   Social content gives brands and publishers the ability to create unique experiences on their owned properties. The Livefyre Engagement Cloud makes the process of building robust customer communities and experiences effortless, which is why Livefyre recently integrated its leading social depth functionality into Adobe Experience Manager.   “The Livefyre Engagement Cloud provides brands and publishers with a centralised way to aggregate, store and repurpose user-generated content. This enables them to move their customer communities out of the corner by infusing social content in every aspect of their websites and owned properties and not limiting social experiences to one piece of their marketing strategy,” says Jordan Kretchmer, CEO and founder of Livefyre. “This allows them to gain insight into their customer community, deliver interesting content and turn their owned properties into positive, engaging experiences.” Leveraging User-Generated Content to Drive Engagement With the Livefyre Engagement Cloud, brands and publishers can manage all aspects of large volumes of user-generated content. The Social Library is a new platform feature that simplifies content management by enabling real-time access to historical and current social content. Unlike other platforms, the Livefyre Engagement Cloud empowers brands and publishers to effortlessly locate, collect, tag and store the best user-generated content from across the social sphere for archiving and future use. The Social Library also allows brands and publishers to find, organise and request rights. The Social Library Image Classifier app automatically recognises objects in photos, applies tags as metadata and builds a visual library for use in marketing campaigns and in populating owned property.   The Livefyre Engagement Cloud requires little IT intervention; seamlessly integrates with existing technology infrastructures, including website analytics tools; and offers more than 40 APIs to enable customisable experiences. The social depth platform incorporates a number of features, including:   Social Library: first of its kind feature that finds a brand’s future content by trawling the web for user-generated content for and about brands Social Hub Templates: Easily creates, customises and launches experiences that align with the experience the brand wishes to create App Publisher: Creates, configures and updates website experiences without requiring a single line of code SocialSync: Automatically captures reactions to a brand’s Twitter and Facebook content, perpetuating the conversation and facilitating audience participation User Permissions: Assigns specific roles to specific users, while maintaining control of every aspect of user-generated content collection and publication ModQ: Allows brands to establish specific content rules based on community guidelines, and facilitates reviews only of content that follows those rules Comments, Chat and Reviews: Integrates with existing profile systems, keeping brands’ consumer audiences engaged on proprietary websites rather than off-site networks   For more information on Livefyre Engagement Cloud, please visit:  -ENDS-  About Livefyre: Livefyre, the leading social depth platform according to top industry analysts, gives marketers the tools they need to easily weave on-brand user-generated content into their own websites and other marketing experiences. Livefyre’s intuitive technology gives brands and publishers the ability to add social content to their branded websites, driving audience exploration of products and services that drive traffic, conversions, and revenue. Livefyre is powering real-time content marketing experiences for over 1,500 leading brands including CBS, Cisco Systems, Conde Nast, Cox Media Group, CNN, Dow Jones/WSJ, FedEx, Hallmark, Intel, Mashable, Motorola, NASCAR, the PGA Tour, and Universal Music Group. In 2015, Livefyre announced game-changing partnerships and integrations with Adobe, Salesforce, and Twitter. Livefyre was founded in 2009 and is backed by Adobe Systems, Salesforce Ventures, Greycroft, and U.S. Venture Partners. For more information, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @livefyre.   1 Forrester, “The Four Social Marketing Tools You Need” by Nate Elliott, August 5, 2015 Private Equity Fund EMERAM acquires MATRIX42, acquirer of Aussie Silverback MDM 2015-10-20T00:28:17Z private-equity-fund-emeram-acquires-matrix42-acquirer-of-aussie-silverback-mdm Sydney, Australia, 19 October 2015 – On 13 October 2015 funds advised by the Munich-based Private Equity firm EMERAM Capital Partners GmbH (“EMERAM”) have signed an agreement to buy MATRIX42 AG (“MATRIX42”) via a management buyout supported by EMERAM. The seller of the specialist in workspace management solutions is Asseco Poland S.A.. The parties have agreed not to disclose the sale price. The transaction remains subject to approval from antitrust authorities. Jointly with the existing management, EMERAM plans to continue the growth of MATRIX42 in terms of existing and new customers. The current product portfolio of workspace management solutions offers an attractive platform from which to achieve such growth. This applies both to further international expansion – particularly in the UK, Benelux and APAC – and to acquisitions of specialist software providers with outstanding business models. MATRIX42 already took over the Australian enterprise mobility management firm Silverback in 2014. Jochen Jaser, CEO of MATRIX42, said: “On the basis of our reorientation in 2008, Matrix42 has seen consistent positive development. We felt very comfortable as part of Asseco Group and always cooperated with a great degree of trust. In EMERAM, MATRIX42 has found a capable partner to drive our onward growth in core markets as well as our international expansion. In the course of the sale process EMERAM was our clear partner of choice for an even more successful future. With its international network and industry expertise, EMERAM will help MATRIX42 to uncover previously unused potential.” Founded in 1992, MATRIX42 is a top provider of software for workspace management. The cutting-edge solutions are developed under the banner of ‘Smarter Workspace’. Over 3,000 customers – including BMW, Infineon and Carl Zeiss – manage over 3 million workspaces worldwide using MATRIX42 software. The solutions enable seamless management of physical, virtual and mobile workspaces, automatic monitoring of licence compliance and high-performance modules for user-managed services, including the integration of company-specific workflows. Such services enhance the IT of MATRIX42 customers through efficient and service-oriented organisation, while giving users greater flexibility and boosting company productivity. Kai Köppen, Co-Founder of EMERAM Capital Partners, said: “MATRIX42 is active in a dynamic and exciting market environment, providing future-oriented workplace management solutions. The innovative service portfolio of MATRIX42 also offers a broad range of expansion opportunities. We look forward to supporting the MATRIX42 management in this task and continuing the company’s development as its partner.” Jacek Duch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Asseco Poland S.A., said: “Taking into account our development strategy and the planned expansion into emerging markets, we have approved the idea of a buyout of shares in Matrix42 by its managers and supported them in this process. Matrix42 will remain in very good hands and will be managed by seasoned executives, who perfectly know the company and have a vision how to further develop its business.“ The capital for this transaction was provided by EMERAM Private Equity Fund I. EMERAM Capital Partners was advised by goetzpartners (commercial, IT), Alvarez & Marsal (finance), GLNS (legal), and Deloitte (tax). *** About EMERAM Capital Partners EMERAM Capital Partners was founded in 2012 as an independent partnership aimed at becoming the leading investment company focused on equity investments in "Mittelstand" companies with core markets in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Together, the six founding partners have an outstanding and complementary track record of investing in, advising and managing highly successful companies. Collectively, the team has been active as a principal investor for 45 years, completed more than 25 deals, served on more than 40 company boards, and aggregates more than 30 years of experience in both top management consulting and operational management. EMERAM Capital Partners therefore represents some of the most successful and experienced investors within its target segments and combines growing companies. About Asseco Poland Asseco Poland is the largest IT company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. It has developed technologically advanced software solutions for companies and institutions of all key sectors of the economy for more than 20 years. Today, Asseco is the number one IT powerhouse in Central Europe and the sixth largest software vendor in Europe. Parkiet stock market daily has recognized Asseco as the company of the year in Warsaw’s WIG20 index. Asseco Group is present in 43 countries, employing over 18,000 people. It has provided IT technologies to support business operations as well as development at more than 100,000 companies and organizations. While operating in international markets, Asseco has gained extensive experience, combining the know-how of all the Group’s subsidiaries. The synergy of these competencies provides added value to customers who receive the top quality products. Press contacts Michael Alf Managing Director – Australia Tel: +61 (0)410 480 640 Harald Knapstein Vice President Marketing Tel.: (+49-6102) 268 Mobile: (+49-172) 656-6258 Fax: (+49-6102) 816-100