MUMBAI, India, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

Key findings:

  • To avoid going the way of many once powerful companies, firms must begin Digital Reimagination; changing their core business models, products and services, business processes and workplaces. Eight percent said that was already their digital strategy today while nearly a third said Digital Reimagination would be their strategy by 2020
  • Enterprises across industries and regions are making major investments in digital initiatives — an average $113 million this year — as 70 percent see them as crucial to business success this decade
  • Fifty seven percent of digital Leaders1 had one company-wide strategy that guided all their digital initiatives, which was the case in only 40 percent of the digital Followers1

As we enter the Digital Consumer Economy, enterprises are recognising the importance of digital initiatives to their success. Businesses seeing the greatest returns from their digital initiatives, Leaders1, have one unified strategy that guided all their digital initiatives, according to the latest Global Trend Report2 from Tata Consultancy Services (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation.

The report, entitled ‘The Road to Reimagination: The State and High Stakes of Digital Initiatives’, surveyed over 800 global corporations3 about their investment in digital to date, the return on investment they have seen and their expectations for the future. As we enter the Digital Consumer Economy, the study explores how Global 2000 companies are using five transformative technologies — Big Data and analytics; cloud computing; mobile and pervasive computing; social media; robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)  —  to move towards Digital Reimagination; changing their core business models, products and services, business processes and workplaces.

Commenting on the findings, N Chandrasekaran (Chandra), CEO, Tata Consultancy Services said: “The world economy is in the midst of a tectonic shift from the Internet Economy to the Digital Consumer Economy. Five key digital technologies are driving this shift; Big Data and analytics, cloud computing, mobile and pervasive computing, social media, and robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Individually, these technologies are undoubtedly powerful but, when combined, they have the potential to fundamentally change how enterprises develop products, market themselves and engage with customers across every major industry.” 

However, with so much at stake, it is vital that businesses focus their activities in this space on the right business objectives. It is clear that this approach is the best way to maximise return on investment and, although this can be difficult, the businesses that can do so will be well placed to survive and thrive in the new digital-led economy.”

Key findings from the report include:

Digital Leaders have one plan for the Digital Consumer Economy

  • Leaders focus their digital efforts on a smaller number of business capabilities, 57 percent, while Followers tend to spread their efforts more thinly between many business objectives.
  • Leaders have achieved superior capabilities in understanding what customers want in three areas:
    • Identifying customer needs for whole new products or services (61 percent of Leaders versus 34 percent of Followers have done so).
    • Improving demand forecasting (33 percent versus 18 percent).
    • Tailoring offerings to smaller and finer-grained customer segments (30 percent to 17 percent).
  • Leaders are nearly twice as likely as Followers to have already brought a whole new digital offering to market (89 percent of Leaders have done so versus 48 percent of Followers).

Delivering customer insights is the top priority

  • Digital Leaders are most likely to focus their efforts on using digital technologies to deliver greater insights into customer behaviour and expectations: 74 percent of digital leaders are focused on using digital initiatives to more accurately predict demand for their products or services, with 66 percent prioritising initiatives that allow them to monitor how customers are using products or services in order to identify the need for new offerings.
  • Gaining greater insights using Big Data is also the biggest focus for investments more widely. Businesses expect to spend more of their digital budgets on Big Data than any other technology. Over the next three years, 28 percent of all digital investments will be spent on Big Data technologies compared to 20 percent on social media, 20 percent on mobile, 19 percent on cloud computing and 13 percent on AI and robotics.
  • Currently, businesses are relying primarily on mobile apps and social media analysis as sources of data on their customers; both of these technologies are used by 50 percent of respondents. However, wearable technology is expected to become a major source of customer data with 62 percent of businesses planning to gather data from wearable digital devices by 2020.

Digital Reimagination is most urgent for companies with the highest digital intensity

  • Media and entertainment; telecom; high tech; banking, insurance and financial services enterprises have the potential to digitize their core offerings, business processes (especially marketing, sales, and distribution), and customers’ experience.
  • Recognising the urgency with which they must invest in Digital Reimagination, telecoms, and banking, insurance and financial services are investing most in digital activities, $189 million and $142 million respectively.

Chandra added: “Our report shows that enterprises recognize the importance of digital initiatives, 70 percent. As demonstrated by the digital leaders we spoke to, enterprises investing in digital activity will do best putting their energy behind one focused digital strategy, moving towards Digital Reimagination.”

1We identified Leaders as those whose initiatives increased revenue ten times more than the digital initiatives of a group of survey participants that we refer to as the Followers

2 Prior to this research, starting in 2011, TCS conducted four Global Trend Reports on the following digital technologies:

3 820 executives were surveyed in total from large businesses across 13 industries in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The average annual revenue for participating businesses was $25.8bn.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The conception of new collaborative and multitask jobs, which require secure, rapid feedback is driving the adoption of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions across Latin America. Some companies in the region are offering UC&C solutions purely to support their employees, who they consider valuable resources. Other companies are focusing more on the potential worker efficiency and company productivity gains and using innovative applications as incentives for internal collaboration to boost product and service quality.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Latin America Unified Communications and Collaboration Solutions Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $890.39 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $1409.67 million in 2020. The study covers enterprise telephony as well as the fast-growing segments of unified communications and video conferencing.

“The Internet and the proliferation of mobile devices such as mobile phones and tablets that offer constantly improving image, voice and sharing options are changing the way businesses communicate,” said Frost & Sullivan Information & Communication Technologies Industry Analyst Valeria Goldsworthy. “Leveraging the growing Bring Your Own Device trend, market participants have made new UC&C communication applications available on most mobile devices, helping industries become more competitive in this age of the global enterprise.”

However, the underdeveloped Internet protocol infrastructure and lack of 3G and 4G networks in Latin America are expected to adversely impact the market for UC&C applications. The imposition of duties and taxes on imported technology in some countries across the region will also prove to be a challenge for UC&C vendors. Further, the availability of free solutions such as Skype is restricting the use of UC&C solutions, especially among small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).

Confronted with these challenges, vendors are enlarging their coverage, starting to design solutions to serve the unique needs of several market segments, and spreading the word about the Cloud as a new hardware-less platform that reduces installation and deployment costs. In addition to these measures, vendors should be looking to offer high-quality, secure UC&C solutions at competitive prices to accelerate uptake in the SMB segment.

“Already, new UC&C solutions with low implementation and maintenance costs have reached the market,” noted Goldsworthy. “Once market participants strengthen their partner ecosystem, they will be well-placed to compete with their counterparts that offer free collaborative solutions.”

For more information on this study, please email Francesca Valente, Corporate Communications, at francesca.valente@frost.com.

Latin America Unified Communications and Collaboration Solutions Market is part of the Conferencing & Collaboration (http://www.conferencing.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Web Event Services Market, Global Web Conferencing Market, and North American Audio Conferencing Services Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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BEIJING, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Meitu launches PosterLabs, a brand new collage-making app that transforms ordinary photos into spectacular posters. Different from traditional photo editing apps, PosterLabs provides users with a smooth and unique editing experience to instantly create chic posters with its professionally designed poster templates.

PosterLabs instantly transforms your photos into spectacular posters
PosterLabs instantly transforms your photos into spectacular posters

Crafted by dozens of professional designers after analyzing users’ photo editing needs and sharing habits, PosterLabs was conceived with insights regarding photo layout, editing, enhancement, and sharing.

It offers hundreds of high quality poster templates in various styles, including “Magazine covers,” “Movie posters,” “Gourmet ads,” and “Travel documentaries,” individually suitable for portraits, food or scenery. Users can create single-photo posters or multiple-photo posters with these templates in just a few seconds. These customized templates are suitable for photos taken in different settings like coffee shops, flower shops, tea rooms, bars, restaurants, and more. More templates are available for download in the “Goodies” section of the app, which is updated monthly with new items.

PosterLabs also provides other personalized options that allow users to edit text on the posters, apply stunning filters to their photos, andmark memorable moments with built-in time and location stamps. When users finish editing, they can instantly share their masterpieces on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites. From the delicacies at the tip of your tongue to the brilliant moments in life and all the life-changing happenings during a trip, with PosterLabs, you can always cherish and share your memories.

“PosterLabs can rejuvenate any and all pictures. With its high design standards, PosterLabs is bound to win the affection of users,” sayindustry analysts. “The overly simplistic collage-making and editing of images are outdated. We have entered the “Big Poster Era.” Users nowadays like to edit photos in a more artistic and unrestricted manner.”

PosterLabs is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play.

App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/posterlabs-stylish-collage/id875654777?ls=1&mt=8

Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meitu.poster

Website
http://www.posterlabs.cn

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ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Thomson Innovation, the leading IP intelligence and collaboration platform from the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s premiere provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, was designated the top patent research and analysis solution according to Outsell, Inc., the only research and advisory firm focused solely on media, information and technology.

Outsell, Inc. rated the patent information services of five leading contenders in the space, including Thomson Reuters on a three-part scoring system.  Each was judged on several criteria related to Product Quality and Performance, Sales Performance, and Service, out of 100 total points, to determine how services in this segment are adapting to new market pressures and opportunities due to the increasing availability of patent information. All products were rated “good to excellent” according to Outsell’s criteria. Thomson Reuters edged out the competition.

Thomson Innovation rates “consistently strong in both sales and service,” according to Leonie Nicholas, Sr. Market Analyst for Outsell. She also said, “We also anticipate further integration across the Thomson Reuters IP portfolio, adding more value down the line (e.g., seamless data transfer between Thomson Innovation and Thomson IP Manager seems a likely next step).”

Key findings in the report include:

  • Product Quality and Performance: Supported by the Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPI), Thomson Innovation offers strong product differentiation with its English abstracts and titles and features the widest range of full-text patent content for the Asian markets.
  • Sales Experience: Sales functions were assessed by anonymous telephone calls and emails, to determine responsiveness, professionalism, and product knowledge.  Thomson Reuters scored consistently high on the scale through its responsiveness to inquiries with firm product knowledge and insightful demonstrations.
  • Customer Support Teams: Outsell found the Thomson Reuters support teams to be helpful and professional, providing live client support and comprehensive service across key country markets.
  • Suitability: The human editorial that fortifies Thomson Innovation’s content is the distinct strength of the product.  High-quality translations, ancillary content, and visualization tools fulfill a wide range of professional requirements expected of such a product.

“For the past 50 years, we have invested, and continue to invest, substantial resources into the development, maintenance and delivery of Thomson Innovation and Derwent World Patents Index,” said Basil Moftah, president, Thomson Reuters IP & Science.  “It is an honor to be recognized by a leading analyst firm like Outsell.”

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With the proliferation of trends such as mobility and DevOps, the convergence of software development and IT operations, into IT infrastructure, enterprises have realized the importance of a solution that can proactively monitor application performance. This need to ensure performance while reducing outages and network-related issues is lending momentum to the global application performance monitoring (APM) and application aware network performance monitoring (AANPM) market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, The Global Application Performance Monitoring and Application Aware Network Performance Monitoring Market, finds that the market earned revenue of $2.55 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $7.19 billion in 2020.

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DevOps and enterprise mobility practices have undoubtedly increased tier complexity, taking a toll on business performance. Enterprises can no longer afford to take a reactive stance, but instead need to be proactive and solve issues when they appear.

“APM and AANPM vendors are also capitalizing on the big data trend,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement and Instrumentation Research Associate Rohan Joy Thomas. “With the exponential rise in digital data, firms require innovative solutions that are faster, simpler and that help retrieve information in the least amount of time.”

However, the APM and AANPM market faces numerous challenges that are yet to be overcome. For example, APM and AANPM product integration into businesses with a well-established IT environment is an issue creating several blind spots that compromise visibility and performance.

Furthermore, the consolidation of the market in the past few years has contributed to integration concerns. Nevertheless, it has also brought specialists and niche participants together to provide a fuller and more enriching experience to the end user. Market consolidation has, to a certain degree, also helped address high attrition rates.

“To alleviate interoperability issues, most participants are offering a phased APM and AANPM implementation plan, which enables the hosting of business processes with an integrated APM and AANPM solution in the least possible time,” remarked Thomas. “In addition, vendors must provide differentiated products and services to reach a wider consumer base in the global APM and AANPM market.”

The Global Application Performance Monitoring and Application Aware Network Performance Monitoring Market is part of the Test & Measurement (http://www.testandmeasurement.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Cloud Infrastructure Testing and Cloud-based Application Performance Monitoring Market, Global Radio Frequency Testing Market, Global Fiber Optic Test Equipment Market, and Global Measurement Gages Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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SINGAPORE, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — iland, an award-winning enterprise cloud infrastructure provider, today announced it is expanding its footprint into Singapore to address the demands of new and existing customers that require robust global cloud environments. Through the deployment in Pacnet’s CloudSpace II data center (SGCS2), iland can ensure customers have access to the highest quality facilities that pass rigorous audits for security, processes and controls.

As cloud adoption continues to climb, multinational companies are racing to implement global cloud strategies that ensure resources can be easily managed and scaled. However, many continue to struggle to predict costs, overcome complexity challenges and satisfy compliance requirements. iland’s proven Enterprise Cloud Services (iland ECS) deliver the visibility, performance and personalized support required to avoid these issues upfront and achieve faster return on investment. With datacenters throughout the United States, United Kingdom and now Singapore, iland’s services are designed to seamlessly support development, testing, business continuity and production workloads.

Singapore is a hub of business and technological innovation, and we are pleased to expand into the region as we support the global cloud initiatives of several of our multinational customers,” said Scott Sparvero, CEO and co-founder. “Enterprise cloud hosting should be hassle-free, secure and compliant with applicable requirements. We are committed to working directly with customers to address their dynamic needs and ensure they can drive and protect business.”

“We are very pleased that iland chose Pacnet’s Singapore CloudSpace facility to introduce its cloud services into Asia-Pacific,” said Giles Proctor, Pacnet’s Vice President of Data Center Services.  “With direct connectivity to Pacnet’s robust subsea cable infrastructure and interconnected data center network throughout Asia-Pacific, iland can flexibly and seamlessly support the needs of its customers.”

Delivering the high performance that companies require for successful cloud implementation, iland ECS leverages cutting-edge Cisco UCS, Ivy Bridge microarchitecture by Intel, advanced storage and VMware technology. It is utilizing Pacnet’s SGCS2 data center, which is the first in Singapore to be recognized with Uptime Institute’s Tier III Certification of Design Documents.

iland ECS includes a portal that empowers IT and business users to quickly provision cloud services, predict and control costs, manage resources, maximize performance and enhance compliance. Rooted in a consultative approach to service, iland also has deep experience in enabling companies across the globe to protect themselves against human error, cybercrime and natural disasters through its unique Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) offering.

iland has been ranked as a leader in Forrester Research, Inc.’s report, “The Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q1 2014.” Forrester gave iland the highest scores possible for its core DRaaS offerings, recovery objective capabilities, platform and application support, data resiliency and risk mitigation, security, value proposition and vision, as well as pricing, service levels and contract terms.

Pacnet’s SGCS2 data center is an eight-storey, 155,000-square foot standalone facility, strategically located in Paya Lebar. It is part of the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN) infrastructure, the first pan-Asian Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) architecture enabling organizations to provision network resources within minutes across multiple sites.

SGCS2 was awarded a GoldPLUS Rating in the new Green Mark for Data Center by Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore, which is the equivalent to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The facility has also undergone a threat vulnerability risk assessment (TVRA) to ensure it meets the security requirements of the financial services industry.

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PORTLAND, Maine, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Kepware Technologies, a software development company focused on communications for automation, today announced major product updates to KEPServerEX version 5.15. The release demonstrates Kepware’s unwavering commitment to communications standards and support of industry-leading hardware manufacturers. The updates are particularly relevant to customers in the Manufacturing, Building Automation, and Energy Management markets.

KEPServerEX version 5.15 introduces the Omron NJ Ethernet Driver to its Omron Server Suite. The industry’s only native driver, it provides connectivity to Omron Sysmac NJ controllers, utilizing the EtherNet/IP protocol for fast and robust communications. Recognized by Omron as a Vendor Endorsed Protocol, the driver enables unimpeded communications to HMI, MES, and other client applications through the KEPServerEX communications platform.

“The Sysmac NJ controller is Omron’s flagship machine control platform, designed to advance the industry by integrating logic, motion, vision, safety, robotics, and database connectivity into a single architecture,” said Matt Trowbridge, Director of Marketing at Omron Automation & Safety. “In this high-performance market space, it was important for us to partner with a leading OPC provider to create reliable and scalable solutions for customers using our machines in their industrial applications. Kepware was selected to be Omron’s recommended OPC provider with the industry’s only native driver to the Sysmac NJ controller, leveraging the built-in EtherNet/IP protocol in order to streamline communication.”

KEPServerEX version 5.15 also features major enhancements to the BACnet/IP Driver to support schedule and calendar objects for the Building Automation and Energy Management markets. The driver supplies data access to clients outside of typical Building Automation clients, including HMI, SCADA, Historian, and Enterprise applications that support OPC standards.

“Kepware is committed to developing products that meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Tony Paine, CEO, Kepware. “KEPServerEX version 5.15 is no exception. Its new capabilities are a response to increasing customer requests for support of leading hardware providers and technologies like Omron and BACnet. We are confident that our latest release will have a significant and positive impact on the industry.”

In addition to the Omron and BACnet drivers, KEPServerEX version 5.15 includes updates to 28 of its supported drivers and plug-ins, including AES Version 3 encryption support for the SNMP Driver. Kepware also recently released ClientAce version 4.0.2.6, a .NET developer toolkit that enables applications programmers to design custom OPC clients. Maintaining its highly intuitive drag and drop development style, ClientAce now includes support for Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5 Framework.

Please visit Kepware Technologies online or contact a representative at (207) 775-1660 or sales@kepware.com for more information.

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