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150 Years Of The Bacardi Archive Revealed

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– Bacardi shares rare look into archive to showcase 150-year rise of iconic rum brand from beginnings in Cuba to world’s favorite rum –

HAMILTON, Bermuda, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — As part of its 150th anniversary celebration, Bacardi Limited shares an extraordinary glimpse into the unique heritage safeguarded in The Bacardi Archive of more than 150 years of precious documents, authentic historical assets and sometimes quirky artifacts about the Company, family and iconic brand. This rare look showcases the BACARDI(R) rum brand’s remarkable creation and international expansion to more than 150 markets to become the world’s favorite and most awarded rum with nearly 500 medals, as well as the rich history of the Company’s survival through adversities and critical success to become the world’s largest privately-held spirits company.

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“The Bacardi Archive started with a shoe box of slides in 1998. The task to reconstruct our history was monumental because 98 years of assets were destroyed, scattered around the world with family members, or left when the Company’s Cuban assets were confiscated in 1960 by revolutionary forces,” says Bacardi Archivist Patty Suau. “In a little more than a decade, we have been able to re-acquire some of the most interesting pieces of our past. We have a remarkable heritage highlighted with creative marketing campaigns during the U.S. Prohibition era, a starring role in the ‘golden age of cocktails,’ and international growth while in exile after the Cuban Revolution – all under seven generations of family ownership.”

Fourteen years later and hundreds of thousands of hours of meticulous documentation, The Bacardi Archive houses more than 30,000 catalogued assets that date back as far as the 1850s 每 original documents from the founding of the Company, replicas of the original distillery and first Alembic still, early representations of the Bacardi bat logo, medals awarded since the 1870s for taste and quality, more than a century of newspaper articles, bat-themed jewelry from cuff links to necklaces, decades of broadcast and print ads, one-of-a-kind promotional items including pins and coasters, Prohibition-era branded glassware, antique BACARDI rum bottles, a collection of limited-edition blends for special occasions such as the turn of the millennium, and an extensive Latin American art collection, among other precious items.

“We have an amazing heritage that tells the story of a pioneering spirit that not only defines, but helped create a cocktail culture that began with my great-great grandfather in 1862 in Santiago de Cuba,” says Facundo L. Bacardi, Chairman of Bacardi Limited and a fifth generation Bacardi family member. “The Bacardi Archive captures our heritage and offers a connection to the resilient spirit of the Bacardi family, the Company, and the world-favorite BACARDI rum.”

The Bacardi story has its humble beginnings in Cuba where founder Don Facundo Bacardi Masso pioneered techniques such as the use of superior quality sugarcane molasses and the isolation of a strain of yeast for controlled fermentation and flavor consistency. He purposefully filtered, mellowed and blended rums to deliver specific flavors, aromas and smoothness 每 resulting in rum as we know it today. As a light-bodied, mixable rum, BACARDI inspired many of the world’s favorite cocktail recipes including the Cuba Libre, the Daiquiri, the Mojito and the Pina Colada.

“From our founding in Cuba to now being the third-largest international spirits company in the world, Bacardi has an incredible history and authenticity that connects directly with consumers around the world,” says Ed Shirley, President and CEO of Bacardi Limited. “We remain committed to our heritage as for the past 150 years Bacardi has fostered a dynamic culture of passion, excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit with the goal to create great-tasting cocktails. When a consumer asks for BACARDI rum, they know they are getting a quality drink with a great story backed by a family name and unwavering commitment to innovation, excellence and authenticity.”

The Bacardi Archive provides snapshots in time of the growth and perseverance of both the Company and its namesake brand. Some of the artifacts in The Bacardi Archive include:

Antiquarian Cocktail Book Collection

Nearly 600 rare antique reference and cocktail books written in English, Spanish, French, Dutch and German fill its shelves. Visiting mixologists often refer to such classics as How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant’s Companion by “the father of American mixology” Jerry Thomas, published in 1862, the year BACARDI rum was created, as well as one of the earliest known recorded recipes to specify the use of BACARDI rum for the Mojito cocktail in La Ley Mojada (The Wet Law).

“Some of the rarest and most interesting books on the fine art of cocktail-making can be found in The Bacardi Archive. Many of these historic books feature recipes that call specifically for BACARDI rum, such as in the coveted Manual del Cantineros (Bartenders Guide), a cocktail recipe book created by the most respected barmen in Havana to raise the standards of cocktail-making in the 1920s. It has an entire section of BACARDI rum recipes as BACARDI inspired many of the classics we drink to this day,” adds Brand Master for BACARDI rum David Cid. “I come to the archive for inspiration, to learn, and above all, for creative rejuvenation as I refer to these books often to seek classic cocktail recipes to introduce to a new generation, as well as when I speak with bartenders to show the rich legacy of innovation, commitment to quality and how BACARDI rum is at the heart of the great-tasting cocktails consumers love.”

Earliest Known BACARDI Bat

Dating back to the 1890s, a painted version of one of the earliest known versions of the BACARDI Bat is from a Cuban, oil-on-leather painting, inspired by the commonly used term for BACARDI rum “El Ron del Murcielago” (The Rum of the Bat). The founder’s wife chose the bat as a memorable symbol after finding a colony of fruit bats in the rafters of the original distillery in Santiago de Cuba in 1862. In their hometown near Sitges, Spain, the bat had long been regarded as a symbol of health, good fortune and family unity, a belief also shared by indigenous people of Cuba. The bat soon became a symbol of authenticity and the highest quality of rum. Today, the BACARDI Bat is one of the most recognizable logos in the world.

BACARDI Rum Bottle Collection

A collection of more than 1,000 BACARDI rum bottles as far back as the 1900s filled with BACARDI dark and white rums showcase some of our oldest bottles ever produced. When the Company was established in 1862, BACARDI rum was not sold in bottles, but rather straight from the barrel into various containers brought by customers, as glass was not readily available in Cuba during this time. One of the most interesting bottles was donated by Chairman Facundo L. Bacardi. The 1930s bottle contains the original wrapping which served as protection to endure the transit and as a unique form of advertising. The multilingual ad describes BACARDI as Cuba’s favorite rum and notes its superior quality.

Another treasure is a pre-Cuban Revolution BACARDI Superior bottle donated by the owner of Mai-Kai Restaurant, a landmark establishment in South Florida known for its variety of rum-based cocktails. The then-bar owner stocked up on BACARDI rum cases in the late 1950s as he feared the precious rum would not be available after the Cuban Revolution. Fifty years later, a pre-1960 bottle was found and donated to The Bacardi Archive by his son after it was discovered in a warehouse with written instructions “never to touch.” Many items in The Bacardi Archive arrive by way of donation after people come across these historic finds as they remodel homes or clean out attics as many people stashed BACARDI away for safe keeping.

Original Gold Medals & Spain Royal Warrant

Awarded for its superior taste, quality and innovative distillation techniques, the BACARDI rum portfolio received the world’s most prestigious medals of honor within its first 52 years, including in 1888 being appointed “Purveyor to the Royal Spanish Household” by the Regent Queen Christina Maria, mother of the King of Spain Alfonso XIII. If you look on any BACARDI Superior bottle you will see the first eight medals and the Spanish Coat of Arms Royal Warrant. Since then, BACARDI rum has won close to 500 awards.

1880s: The Start of Innovative Advertisements

An extensive collection of nearly 3,000 vintage BACARDI rum print advertisements includes the first known advertising for BACARDI rum, which were actually postcards. These date back to the late 1890s when large numbers of U.S. Servicemen were stationed in Cuba. As there was no standard bottle at the time, Bacardi launched a postcard campaign featuring the scenic beauty of its hometown of Santiago de Cuba for Americans to mail to the U.S. This was the first time American consumers were exposed to the BACARDI brand name, and the first sign of the brand’s global potential. Another innovative marketing campaign was in the 1920s U.S. Prohibition era. Ads for spirits were illegal in the U.S. from 1919每1933, so BACARDI created a memorable postcard to depict the classic American symbol of Uncle Sam holding a cocktail, flying away from the “dry” U.S. to a “wet” Cuba on the wings of a bat. It was given away to American tourists visiting Cuba who in turn mailed the postcard to family and friends in the U.S.

Cuban Revolution

October 14, 1960 marks the day of illegal confiscation without compensation of Bacardi company assets in Cuba. Among items from this date, the archive houses the front page of the Cuban daily newspaper which declares the taking of Bacardi, company letterhead featuring the words ‘nacionalizada’ and the bat logo turned sideways, to denote it was seized, as well as the forced confiscation order of Bacardi 岸 after 98 years of operation in Cuba. Despite the horrific loss of its Cuban assets and homeland in 1960, the act of the illegal confiscation triggered the Bacardi family, company and brand to regroup and accelerated expansion to more international markets as it was already operating distilleries outside of Cuba in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Twenty years later, BACARDI rum became the world’s top-selling premium spirit brand.

The Bacardi Archive Continues to Grow

With ongoing donations by Bacardi family members and consumers alike, coupled with acquisitions by the Company, The Bacardi Archive continues everyday to build the amazing 150-year legacy of its founding, determination, innovation, growth and iconic brands. To learn more about Bacardi heritage including why a signature graces every bottle of BACARDI, visit http://www.BacardiLimited.com/150. Media are also invited to access multimedia assets at http://www.BacardiMediaCentre.com.

About Bacardi Limited

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally-recognized spirits and wines. Its brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDI(R) rum, the world’s best-selling and most-awarded rum; GREY GOOSE(R) vodka, the world’s leading super-premium vodka; DEWAR’S(R) Blended Scotch whisky, the top-selling blended Scotch whisky in the U.S.; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE(R) gin, the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin in the world; MARTINI(R) vermouth and sparkling wines, the world’s leading vermouth; CAZADORES(R) 100% blue agave tequila, the number-one premium tequila in Mexico and a top-selling premium tequila in the United States; ERISTOFF(R) vodka, one of the fastest-growing vodka brands in the world; and other leading and emerging brands. Founded in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, and family-owned for the past seven generations, Bacardi now employs nearly 6,000 people, manufactures its brands at 27 facilities in 16 markets on four continents, and sells in more than 150 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. http://www.BacardiLimited.com

SOURCE﹛Bacardi Limited

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June 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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Berg Pharma presents at ASCO, poised to lead field in cancer metabolism with Phase II trials of BPM 31510

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Berg Pharma, a Boston-based pharmaceutical company presented at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago on BPM 31510, the lead molecule in the Berg’s cancer portfolio that targets the metabolism of cancer cells by reversing the Warburg phenotype. BPM 31510, an endogenous small molecule resident in mitochondria restores oxidative phosphorylation and confers re-capitulation of the BCL-2 protein family potential to induce cell death, a process that cancer evades. Mechanistic studies show that BPM 31510 does not adversely affect normal tissue but rather optimizes the bioenergetic balance in the tumor microenvironment to “normalize” a cancer cell into behaving much like a healthy cell.

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Vikas P. Sukhatme, MD PhD, Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical Schooland Chief Academic Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centercommented, “Targeting metabolic pathways that differ between cancer cells and normal cells holds considerable promise for cancer therapy and this study falls squarely in this category. It will be instructive to see if the degree of reversal of the Warburg effect by BPM 31510 correlates with clinical outcomes.”

Results presented at ASCO in the Phase I trial on advanced, refractory, solid tumors revealed that BPM 31510 was well-tolerated with no serious side effects. The Phase I is on-going as the MTD has not been reached to date however, there has already been very encouraging signs of efficacy with 1 patient showing a near complete response in addition to a few significant partial responses and stable disease profile in various patient cohorts. Linda Vahdat, MD, Professor of Medicine, Head, Solid Tumor Service, and Director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at Weill Cornell Medical School said, “It is terrific to see the implementation of targeting metabolism in treating cancer finally underway. I am cautiously optimistic, based on the preliminary safety and efficacy results of BPM 31510 in the phase I in solid tumors, that we will be able to quickly move this agent into phase II trials in selected cancers.”

Berg plans to move into Phase II trials in late 2012 with specific focus on cancers that demonstrate an aggressive/highly metabolic phenotype such as pancreatic, triple-negative breast, and colorectal cancers. Pre-clinical models presented at the 2012 AACR meeting showed that BPM 31510 has a synergistic effect with various chemotherapy regimens in aggressive cancers. Niven R. Narain, Co-Founder, President & CTO of Berg Pharma said, “We are excited about moving this agent into Phase II trials with an astute combination strategy based on pre-clinical scientific guidance. BPM 31510 is showing promising activity in early trials as a monotherapy and we are eager to assess activity in combination with standard of care.”

The company also has other clinical programs with a topical form of BPM 31510 for skin cancer and BPM 31543 for supportive care in cancer that prevents hair loss during chemotherapy. Berg’s robust pipeline is fueled by the Interrogative Biology(R)platform which has developed therapeutics targets in cancer, endocrinology, and CNS diseases with a focus on mitochondrial metabolism.

About Berg Pharma

Berg Pharma is a Boston based pharmaceutical company and parent company to Berg Biosystems and Berg Diagnostics. Our research focus seeks to understand how alterations in metabolism relate to disease onset. We have uncovered key insight into metabolic control factors and namely into underlying elements in the Warburg Hypothesis. The company has a deep pipeline of early-stage technologies in CNS diseases and metabolic diseases that complement its late-stage clinical trial activity in cancer and prevention of chemotoxicity. Armed with use of the discovery platform that translates biological output into viable therapeutics and a robust biomarker library, Berg Pharma is poised to realize its pursuit of a healthier tomorrow.

SOURCE﹛Berg Pharma

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June 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

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Berg Pharma presents at ASCO, poised to lead field in cancer metabolism with Phase II trials of BPM 31510

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Berg Pharma, a Boston-based pharmaceutical company presented at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago on BPM 31510, the lead molecule in the Berg’s cancer portfolio that targets the metabolism of cancer cells by reversing the Warburg phenotype. BPM 31510, an endogenous small molecule resident in mitochondria restores oxidative phosphorylation and confers re-capitulation of the BCL-2 protein family potential to induce cell death, a process that cancer evades. Mechanistic studies show that BPM 31510 does not adversely affect normal tissue but rather optimizes the bioenergetic balance in the tumor microenvironment to “normalize” a cancer cell into behaving much like a healthy cell.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120404/CL82745LOGO )

Vikas P. Sukhatme, MD PhD, Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical Schooland Chief Academic Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centercommented, “Targeting metabolic pathways that differ between cancer cells and normal cells holds considerable promise for cancer therapy and this study falls squarely in this category. It will be instructive to see if the degree of reversal of the Warburg effect by BPM 31510 correlates with clinical outcomes.”

Results presented at ASCO in the Phase I trial on advanced, refractory, solid tumors revealed that BPM 31510 was well-tolerated with no serious side effects. The Phase I is on-going as the MTD has not been reached to date however, there has already been very encouraging signs of efficacy with 1 patient showing a near complete response in addition to a few significant partial responses and stable disease profile in various patient cohorts. Linda Vahdat, MD, Professor of Medicine, Head, Solid Tumor Service, and Director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at Weill Cornell Medical School said, “It is terrific to see the implementation of targeting metabolism in treating cancer finally underway. I am cautiously optimistic, based on the preliminary safety and efficacy results of BPM 31510 in the phase I in solid tumors, that we will be able to quickly move this agent into phase II trials in selected cancers.”

Berg plans to move into Phase II trials in late 2012 with specific focus on cancers that demonstrate an aggressive/highly metabolic phenotype such as pancreatic, triple-negative breast, and colorectal cancers. Pre-clinical models presented at the 2012 AACR meeting showed that BPM 31510 has a synergistic effect with various chemotherapy regimens in aggressive cancers. Niven R. Narain, Co-Founder, President & CTO of Berg Pharma said, “We are excited about moving this agent into Phase II trials with an astute combination strategy based on pre-clinical scientific guidance. BPM 31510 is showing promising activity in early trials as a monotherapy and we are eager to assess activity in combination with standard of care.”

The company also has other clinical programs with a topical form of BPM 31510 for skin cancer and BPM 31543 for supportive care in cancer that prevents hair loss during chemotherapy. Berg’s robust pipeline is fueled by the Interrogative Biology(R)platform which has developed therapeutics targets in cancer, endocrinology, and CNS diseases with a focus on mitochondrial metabolism.

About Berg Pharma

Berg Pharma is a Boston based pharmaceutical company and parent company to Berg Biosystems and Berg Diagnostics. Our research focus seeks to understand how alterations in metabolism relate to disease onset. We have uncovered key insight into metabolic control factors and namely into underlying elements in the Warburg Hypothesis. The company has a deep pipeline of early-stage technologies in CNS diseases and metabolic diseases that complement its late-stage clinical trial activity in cancer and prevention of chemotoxicity. Armed with use of the discovery platform that translates biological output into viable therapeutics and a robust biomarker library, Berg Pharma is poised to realize its pursuit of a healthier tomorrow.

SOURCE﹛Berg Pharma

 

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June 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

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Spotware Systems Announce Integration of TopFX With cTrader and cAlgo Platforms

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LONDON, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Spotware Systems Ltd, a London based financial technology company providing NDD trading solutions, has announced a partnership with leading FX sub-prime broker, TopFX Ltd, to bring greater liquidity access to their financial services clients.

Brokers and banks offering the Spotware manual and algorithmic trading platforms, cTrader and cAlgo, now have the option of accessing a large scale aggregated feed from over 12 tier-1 banks through TopFX’s deep liquidity access.

TopFX is the one of the latest additions to Spotware’s list of partners, and further enhances their position as a leader in NDD (No Dealing Desk) manual and algorithmic trading.

Gabriel Styllas, CEO at TopFX, commented, “TopFX is delighted to have completed certification for integration with cTrader which will allow us to expand liquidity options for firms adopting the excellent Spotware solution. Our partnership makes it easy for those already using cTrader to source continuous, tight-spread liquidity, from eligible counterparties and at low margin requirements.”

The agreement also allows clients of TopFX to incorporate the cTrader and cAlgo platforms into their service offering, as well as cTrader Web, the web-based version of Spotware’s manual trading platform that can run from any desktop operating systems and any mobile devices. Launched in 2010 as a PaaS (Platform as a Service) solution, the Spotware platforms, including the browser-accessible cTrader Web, are part of a comprehensive turnkey solution for companies looking to offer no dealing desk market access to retail and institutional participants.

Andrey Pavlov, CEO, Spotware Systems, said, “We are happy to announce TopFX as a new partner. For our clients, this means instant ability to stream pricing from TopFX which aggregates liquidity from leading banks and liquidity providers. This cements cTrader as the first choice option for brokers looking for NDD eFX solutions to meet a growing demand from within the trader community, and helps them win new traders and new volumes.”

About Spotware Systems Ltd

Spotware Systems is a London based neutral financial technology provider focusing on e-FX STP and direct-access trading, offering comprehensive solutions for brokers, banks and their clients.

Spotware System’s team of over 60 highly qualified financial and technology experts provide an easily integrated PaaS (Platform as a Service) solution to broker-dealers, banks, and other financial services firms looking to implement and offer NDD eFX trading.

Registered address: 41 Lothbury, London EC2R 7HG. United Kingdom.

Notes to Media

For further information, please contact:

Brian Martin
Spotware Systems Ltd
Tel: +44(0)207-743-8805
Email: brian.martin@ctrader.com

SOURCE﹛Spotware Systems Ltd

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June 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

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SunGard Identifies Ten “Big Data” Trends Transforming Financial Services

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SINGAPORE, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Neil Palmer( http://www.sungard.com/financialsystems/aboutus/ourexperts/neilpalmer.aspx ), partner of SunGard’s consulting services’ advanced technology business, said, “Financial services firms are consolidating data traditionally managed in silos in order to analyze risk exposure, comply with regulatory mandates, and use the data for multiple purposes. Traditional technologies such as relational database management systems make it challenging, if not impossible, to process growing volumes of data and make it accessible, actionable and flexible to changing needs in terms of queries and analytics. ‘Big data’ solutions that support evolving business and regulatory requirements by maintaining an ecosystem of large data sets will become invaluable in their ability to be used for multiple purposes and to answer any question months or years from now.”
Listen to Neil Palmer discuss these trends in a podcast with Michael Versace of IDC Financial Insights.( http://capitalize-on-change.com/resources/big-data-trends-transforming-financial-services-part-1.aspx )

SunGard has identified ten trends shaping “big data” initiatives across all segments of the financial services industry in 2012. They are:

1. Larger market data sets containing historical data( http://www.sungard.com/campaigns/fs/globaltrading/marketmap/historicaldata.aspx ) over longer time periods and increased granularity are required to feed predictive models, forecasts and trading impacts throughout the day.

2. New regulatory and compliance requirements are placing greater emphasis on governance and risk reporting( http://www.sungard.com/%7E/media/campaigns/financialsystems/globalservices/audio/globalservices_audio_sorenmortensen_datagovernance.ashx#328FC830-C3F3-4DD7-A710-F704A55703C7), driving the need for deeper and more transparent analyses across global organizations.

3. Financial institutions are ramping up their enterprise risk management frameworks( http://blogs.sungard.com/ten/insurance/providing-greater-erm-visibility-throughout-the-organization ), which rely on master data management strategies to help improve enterprise transparency, auditability and executive oversight of risk.

4. Financial services companies are looking to leverage large amounts of consumer data across multiple service delivery channels (branch, Web, mobile) to support new predictive analysis models in discovering consumer behavior patterns and increase conversion rates.

5. In post-emergent markets like Brazil( http://blogs.sungard.com/ten/efficiency/struggling-with-rising-%e2%80%9crun-the-bank%e2%80%9d-it-and-operations-costs-in-brazil-there-is-a-solution ), China and India( http://blogs.sungard.com/ten/banks/cultivating-wealth-management-in-asia-trends-and-challenges), economic and business growth opportunities are outpacing Europe and America as significant investments are made in local and cloud-based data infrastructures.

6. Advances in big data storage and processing frameworks will help financial services firms unlock the value of data in their operations departments( http://www.sungard.com/%7E/media/financialsystems/whitepapers/stream_whitepaper_datasilos.ashx ) in order to help reduce the cost of doing business and discover new arbitrage opportunities.

7. Population of centralized data warehouse systems will require traditional ETL (extract, transform, load) processes to be re-engineered with big data frameworks to handle growing volumes of information.

8. Predictive credit risk models that tap into large amounts of data consisting of historical payment behavior are being adopted in consumer( http://www.sungard.com/increaseyourliquidations ) and commercial(http://www.sungard.com/en/sitecore/content/campaigns/fs/corporations/avantgardreceivables/solutions/receivables/predictivemetrics.aspx ) collections practices to help prioritize collections activities by determining the propensity for delinquency or payment.

9. Mobile applications( http://www.capitalize-on-change.com/resources/mobile-strategy-and-solutions.aspx ) and internet-connected devices such as tablets and smartphone are creating greater pressure on the ability of technology infrastructures and networks to consume, index and integrate structured and unstructured data from a variety of sources.

10. Big data initiatives are driving increased demand for algorithms to process data, as well as emphasizing challenges around data security and access control, and minimizing impact on existing systems.

Gert Raeves, research director at CEB TowerGroup, said, “The management of data in financial services is a perennial challenge. Data drives every trading and investment decision, is transmitted along the service chain, and is the root cause of many risk and liability mitigation challenges for both the sender and receiver of data. Although overall data management investment is increasing, most financial services firms are not prepared. In fact in our recent survey of securities and investments executives, 57 percent of respondents indicated that their firm did not have a ‘mature’ strategy in terms of data ownership, governance, and data stewardship.” *

* CEB TowerGroup, “Six Pillars of Innovation in Data Management: Escape the Orthodoxy Trap and Focus on Value”: CEB TowerGroup, November 2011, Pages 1 and 3.

About SunGard

SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies. SunGard has more than 17,000 employees and serves approximately 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With annual revenue of about US$4.5 billion, SunGard is the largest privately held software and services company and was ranked 480 on the Fortune 500. Look for us wherever the mission is critical. For more information, visit http://www.sungard.comhttp://sungard.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?514340x963981x497620 ).

Trademark Information: SunGard and the SunGard logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

SOURCE﹛SunGard

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June 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

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Chic Outlet Shopping(R) Presents the Chic Guide To Europe 2012

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LONDON, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

– AN EXCLUSIVE MEDIA CAMPAIGN IN ASSOCIATION WITH Conde Nast

Chic Outlet Shopping(R)has launched the Chic Guide to Europe 2012 – an innovative media campaign in association with Conde Nast publications and supported by a collection of short films featuring a star-studded roll call of famous international names, each filmed on location at the Chic Outlet Shopping(R)Villages.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:

http://www.multivu.com/mnr/56545-valueretail-chic-outlet-shopping

The Chic Guide to Europe 2012 represents a seven-year alliance between the world-leading publishing house and Chic Outlet Shopping(R).The most international guide to date, ambassadors starring in the campaign represent Brazil, Germany, USA, UK, China and Russia. Matthew Williamson (Vanity Fair UK, Conde Nast Traveller UK), Olivia Palermo (Vanity Fair USA), Karolina Kurkova (Vogue Russia), Beatrix Ong (Vogue China), Helena Christensen (Vogue Germany) and Deborah Bloch and Julia Bloch Anquier (Vogue Brazil).

The print campaign will be placed across an international portfolio of Conde Nast titles and features interviews with the ambassador, revealing their top fashion trends for spring/summer and their personal insight into the nine Chic Outlet Shopping(R) Villages; the campaign will reach an worldwide audience of 1.4 million. In parallel, the digital campaign placed on corresponding Conde Nast websites will reach a further audience of more than 6.6 million through video pre-rolls and social media outreach.

“Conde Nast is delighted to be the global platform for Value Retail – the Chic Guide to Europe is now in its seventh year and runs across the portfolio of Conde Nast titles worldwide. Our readers wherever they are, have a similar appetite for luxury and fashion, which means this project continues to resonate across all markets.”

Jason Bell, Head of International – Conde Nast Publishing

Produced in house, the campaign was shot on location in six of the nine Villages, and in keeping with the international flavour of the campaign, multi-lingual ambassadors introduce the Village films not only in English but in Chinese (Beatrix Ong), Russian (Karol赤na Kurkova), Brazilian Portuguese (Deborah Bloch and J迆lia Bloch Anquier) and German (Helena Christensen).

The Chic Guide to Europe 2012 is also available to view at ChicOutletShopping.com with subtitles in 14 languages – English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Flemish, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Turkish, Japanese, Catalan and Arabic.

About Chic Outlet Shopping(R)

Chic Outlet Shopping(R) is the Collection of luxury outlet Villages by Value Retail, the only company to specialise exclusively in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping villages. Currently home to more than 900 boutiques, the nine Villages offer the authentic previous seasons’ collections of leading luxury fashion and lifestyle brands with savings of up to 60%, and sometimes more, on the recommended retail price, all year round. Within easy reach of some of Europe’s and China’s favourite gateway cities – London, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Bologna, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and, in 2013, Shanghai – the Villages have become synonymous with high fashion, superior service and hospitality, a calendar of celebrated events, and exceptional value for money. Located in regions of cultural and historic renown, the Villages have become international tourist destinations in their own right. Value Retail’s new venture to bring its distinctive Chic Outlet Shopping(R) Villages to China will see its first Village – Suzhou Village(TM), located in historic Suzhou, 50 miles west of Shanghai – open in the fall of 2013. As with other members of the Collection, Suzhou Village(TM) will be defined by its offer of international luxury fashion and lifestyle brands, together with an exceptional level of service.

SOURCE﹛Value Retail

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June 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

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Chic Outlet Shopping(R) Presents the Chic Guide To Europe 2012

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LONDON, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

– AN EXCLUSIVE MEDIA CAMPAIGN IN ASSOCIATION WITH Conde Nast

Chic Outlet Shopping(R)has launched the Chic Guide to Europe 2012 – an innovative media campaign in association with Conde Nast publications and supported by a collection of short films featuring a star-studded roll call of famous international names, each filmed on location at the Chic Outlet Shopping(R)Villages.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:

http://www.multivu.com/mnr/56545-valueretail-chic-outlet-shopping

The Chic Guide to Europe 2012 represents a seven-year alliance between the world-leading publishing house and Chic Outlet Shopping(R).The most international guide to date, ambassadors starring in the campaign represent Brazil, Germany, USA, UK, China and Russia. Matthew Williamson (Vanity Fair UK, Conde Nast Traveller UK), Olivia Palermo (Vanity Fair USA), Karolina Kurkova (Vogue Russia), Beatrix Ong (Vogue China), Helena Christensen (Vogue Germany) and Deborah Bloch and Julia Bloch Anquier (Vogue Brazil).

The print campaign will be placed across an international portfolio of Conde Nast titles and features interviews with the ambassador, revealing their top fashion trends for spring/summer and their personal insight into the nine Chic Outlet Shopping(R) Villages; the campaign will reach an worldwide audience of 1.4 million. In parallel, the digital campaign placed on corresponding Conde Nast websites will reach a further audience of more than 6.6 million through video pre-rolls and social media outreach.

“Conde Nast is delighted to be the global platform for Value Retail – the Chic Guide to Europe is now in its seventh year and runs across the portfolio of Conde Nast titles worldwide. Our readers wherever they are, have a similar appetite for luxury and fashion, which means this project continues to resonate across all markets.”

Jason Bell, Head of International – Conde Nast Publishing

Produced in house, the campaign was shot on location in six of the nine Villages, and in keeping with the international flavour of the campaign, multi-lingual ambassadors introduce the Village films not only in English but in Chinese (Beatrix Ong), Russian (Karol赤na Kurkova), Brazilian Portuguese (Deborah Bloch and J迆lia Bloch Anquier) and German (Helena Christensen).

The Chic Guide to Europe 2012 is also available to view at ChicOutletShopping.com with subtitles in 14 languages – English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Flemish, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Turkish, Japanese, Catalan and Arabic.

About Chic Outlet Shopping(R)

Chic Outlet Shopping(R) is the Collection of luxury outlet Villages by Value Retail, the only company to specialise exclusively in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping villages. Currently home to more than 900 boutiques, the nine Villages offer the authentic previous seasons’ collections of leading luxury fashion and lifestyle brands with savings of up to 60%, and sometimes more, on the recommended retail price, all year round. Within easy reach of some of Europe’s and China’s favourite gateway cities – London, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Bologna, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and, in 2013, Shanghai – the Villages have become synonymous with high fashion, superior service and hospitality, a calendar of celebrated events, and exceptional value for money. Located in regions of cultural and historic renown, the Villages have become international tourist destinations in their own right. Value Retail’s new venture to bring its distinctive Chic Outlet Shopping(R) Villages to China will see its first Village – Suzhou Village(TM), located in historic Suzhou, 50 miles west of Shanghai – open in the fall of 2013. As with other members of the Collection, Suzhou Village(TM) will be defined by its offer of international luxury fashion and lifestyle brands, together with an exceptional level of service.

SOURCE﹛Value Retail

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June 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

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