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International Conference to Present Progress on Typhoid Fever Control and Prevention

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Experts Convening in Dhaka, Bangladesh for Eighth International Conference on Typhoid Fever and Other Invasive Salmonelloses
DHAKA, Bangladesh, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — International and regional health experts will convene in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 1-2 March 2013 to review progress on the control and prevention of typhoid fever, enteric fever (disease caused by typhoid or paratyphoid), and disease caused by invasive non-typhoidal salmonella, including news on the development/licensure of next generation vaccines. The Eighth International Conference on Typhoid Fever and Other Invasive Salmonelloses is being organized by the Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) Secretariat, alongside its partners icddr,b, the Bangladesh Pediatric Association (BPA) and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI).

“This meeting will facilitate a vital conversation between clinicians, researchers and government leaders from around the world and across Asia,” said Dr. Christopher Nelson, Director of the CaT Secretariat at Sabin Vaccine Institute. “It is important to discuss the highly endemic rates of typhoid in the region and how typhoid vaccines can help control and prevent disease.”

Typhoid fever and enteric fever is widespread in communities without access to safe water and basic sanitation and spreads through contaminated water and food.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), typhoid impacts an estimated 21 million people and causes more than 200,000 deaths annually, predominantly among preschool and school-age children. WHO reports that 90 percent of typhoid deaths occur in Asia.

“Clinicians across South and Southeast Asia recognize typhoid’s serious health impact, particularly the rising and widespread threat of drug resistant typhoid.” said Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Founding Chair, Women and Child Health Division, The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. “In addition to the increasing number of severe cases and deaths, typhoid infection impacts school attendance and achievement and limits the workforce participation of parents and caregivers.”

Several countries, such as China, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Nepal have used existing typhoid vaccines to effectively control and prevent disease.

“Nepal has shown that typhoid vaccination programs can be launched successfully in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders,” said Dr. Shyam Raj Upreti, Director, Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal.

Despite examples of successful typhoid vaccination programs in the region and a WHO recommendation to prioritize typhoid vaccines for “immediate” implementation, many countries have yet to recommend or introduce typhoid vaccines.

“Pediatric associations and others across the region recognize typhoid’s serious impact, particularly the rising and widespread threat of drug-resistant typhoid. The Indian Academy of Pediatrics, the largest organization of pediatricians in the country, has recommended the immediate inclusion of typhoid vaccine in the national immunization program.” said Prof. Lalitha Mendis, Chairperson of the Technical Consultative Group on immunization for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) in New Delhi and immediate past President of the Sri Lanka Medical Council. “National stakeholders and policy makers must review country specific evidence and move forward with discussions on possible and appropriate strategies for typhoid vaccination.”

With leadership and support from international organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the 8th International conference on Typhoid Fever and Other Invasive Salmonelloses represents the broad international effort underway to find solutions for the control and prevention of typhoid fever, enteric fever and disease caused by invasive non-typhoidal salmonella, including efforts to develop next generation vaccines and improved diagnostics. Financial support was provided by IVI and the CaT Secretariat at the Sabin Vaccine Institute.

For more information about the 8th International Conference on Typhoid Fever and Other Invasive Salmonelloses, visit the conference website at http://www.typhoidconference.org.

About The Coalition against Typhoid (CaT)
The Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) is a global forum of scientists and immunization experts working to save lives and reduce suffering by advancing typhoid vaccination in high burden communities who is one amongst other leading alliances. By prioritizing typhoid on the global health agenda and developing a comprehensive work plan to combat this disease, the Coalition against Typhoid eagerly anticipates expanding access to these life-saving vaccines. Learn more about CaT: http://www.coalitionagainsttyphoid.org/

About Sabin Vaccine Institute
Sabin Vaccine Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of scientists, researchers, and advocates dedicated to reducing needless human suffering caused by vaccine preventable and neglected tropical diseases. Sabin works with governments, leading public and private organizations, and academic institutions to provide solutions for some of the world’s most pervasive health challenges. Since its founding in 1993 in honor of the oral polio vaccine developer, Dr. Albert B. Sabin, the Institute has been at the forefront of efforts to control, treat and eliminate these diseases by developing new vaccines, advocating use of existing vaccines and promoting increased access to affordable medical treatments. For more information: http://www.sabin.org.

Source: Sabin Vaccine Institute

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March 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Lauds OpenText for Consistently Staying Ahead of the Product Development Curve in the Enterprise Digital Media Market

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– OpenText pioneered many of the key capabilities that define enterprise information management

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the enterprise digital media market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes OpenText with the 2013 Global Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. OpenText was also the recipient of the 2011 Global Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. OpenText, a global market leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), is the largest content management system vendor in the world, both in terms of market revenue and breadth of its product portfolio. The company’s content and data management capabilities outstrip its competitors’, even as it continually expands its functional capacity and features into new technology and market sectors.

OpenText has been a top-rung content and information management vendor since the inception of the content management system (CMS) industry, more than 20 years ago. OpenText has consistently delivered top-of-the-line document, content and data management solutions through acquisitions and product line expansions.

“When the market required expanded document management capabilities or the management of varied content formats, it acquired several companies and brought together their diverse functionality in a unified and configurable document and content management solution,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Megan Groves. “More recently, when OpenText identified a rising demand for integrated Web content management, business process management, and precision case management, it acquired, built and expanded its market-leading capabilities across all its product segments.”

OpenText’s recent rebranding of its enterprise content management (ECM) solution, including all of its peripheral and best-of-breed complementary business lines, into a single Enterprise Information Management (EIM) platform represents a significant realignment of its solutions. OpenText is the first to market with a broad platform geared toward the specific needs and performance demands of users from across the organization.

“OpenText is delighted to be honored as Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 Company of the Year,” said OpenText CEO Mark J. Barrenechea. “This recognition reinforces OpenText’s commitment to helping our customers transform their businesses with information-based strategies and solutions. OpenText EIM software is enabling CIOs across the globe to deliver on the promise of information, today.”

OpenText has been at the vanguard of a new trend of powerful platforms built around structured architectures that enables the integration of all content and data management tools, creating industry-specific and, ultimately, flexible platforms. As an integrated platform, OpenText EIM expands its capabilities across both structured and unstructured data environments, integrates multiple newer data formats and sources, and provides the flexibility of cloud-based, on-premises, or hybrid access and management. Frost & Sullivan anticipates that its EIM platform will shift the market, redefine market capabilities, and ensure its long-term and continuous growth.

With a wider selection of existing CMS and associated products than any other CMS vendor, OpenText has multiple entry points into customer organizations, global regions, and technologies. With larger ECM and associated product revenue than its competitors and a diverse and global talent pool to select from, OpenText can afford to invest significantly in the exploration, testing and deployment of new technologies.

OpenText has introduced many advanced solutions, including the concept of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) platform model for ECM. This platform model has enabled vast product integration flexibility and cross-functional connectivity acrossOpenText’s ECM solution. OpenText is also investing in and developing advanced analytics solutions that allow customers to test, measure and assign quantitative value to individual content or data sets.

“Throughout its architecture, processes, and data management environment, OpenText’s CMS solutions are tailored to multiple user types across the enterprise, from IT to marketing, and across facilities and geographic boundaries,” noted Groves. “It also caters to assorted verticals and the unique needs of these verticals allow OpenText to build-out from its core ECM solution to advanced, vertical-specific functionality and capacity.”

When pre-defined ECM solutions are not an exact fit, or when clients prefer to retain legacy ECM components, OpenText’s ECM platform will prove highly useful, as they are adaptable and customizable. By deploying the EIM platform, they may not only optimize the functionality of their existing systems, but also enhance the usability and value of their existing content and data, while allowing for future expansion and growth—all through a single, integrated platform.

“OpenText has streamlined its solutions into the highly integrated EIM product portfolio, while its competitors have splintered off into single-focus solutions, siloed services, and functional apartheid,” observed Groves. “These factors have allowed OpenText to continually focus on building and securing its market leadership positioning, while simultaneously investing in innovation and leading change in the marketplace.”

Although its chief competitors may offer a combination of solutions, none provides a total solution with the same level of consistent quality, scalability, flexibility, user friendliness, system robustness and security that OpenText does on its EIM platform.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that demonstrated superior entrepreneurial ability in its industry during the research period. This award signifies the company’s identification of a unique and revolutionary product solution with significant market potential. Additionally, it certifies the company’s marketing strategy as sound and poised for success.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About OpenText

OpenText provides Enterprise Information Management software that enables companies of all sizes and industries to manage, secure and leverage their unstructured business information, either in their data center or in the cloud. Over 50,000 companies already use OpenText solutions to unleash the power of their information. To learn more about OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX; TSX: OTC), please visit: www.opentext.com.

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Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

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March 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm

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Uncover How to Control the SAP Maintenance Burden to Deliver Bottom Line Value

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Forst & Sullivan white paper identifies how enterprises can safely leverage the cloud for SAP

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — SAP applications play a significant role within many businesses as the engine that keeps critical financial, operations and marketing functions running. Despite the advantages that SAP applications bring to the in the enterprise, they can be complex requiring expert resources to run them; thus, IT leaders continually face the challenge of maximizing its value and functionality while minimizing the maintenance burden.

Frost & Sullivan‘s recently published white paper entitled, Taming the SAP Maintenance Burden to Deliver Bottom Line Value, debunks the myths surrounding the migration of SAP workloads to the cloud.

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Despite all the hype, many businesses still have an uneasy relationship with the cloud and are reluctant to entrust SAP applications to cloud. Intrigued by the promise of speed, lower costs and greater flexibility, businesses are testing cloud services, especially for less critical and new “built for the cloud” workloads, but are still hesitant to make a strong commitment. With little IT support available, enterprises find it risky to consider cloud for their mission-critical systems, including SAP applications.

“Enterprises need a cloud environment that reduces the overhead burden associated with running SAP software, thus maximizing its value and decreasing the total cost of ownership,” said Stratecast Program Director at Frost & Sullivan Lynda Stadtmueller.

Selecting the right cloud partner is critical for the virtualization and deployment of SAP workloads. This white paper addresses how enterprises can confidently leverage the cloud to maximize the full value of SAP applications. Ensuring that the cloud partner has fully managed cloud capability paired with deep expertise is very important. In this analysis Frost & Sullivan identified IBM as a compelling cloud partner capable of utilizing SAP workloads to their full capacity while also reducing the total cost of ownership. IBM provides a unique set of capabilities to the market based on its extensive partnership with SAP, its broad SmartCloud portfolio, and its history of managing complex enterprise IT deployments. Additionally, IBM is a globally certified SAP partner for SAP cloud services and offers enterprises the assurance that IBM’s cloud solutions are designed and tested to support everyday complexities.

“IBM SmartCloud for SAP Applications offers a fully managed flexible cloud environment designed for SAP and managed by IBM SAP experts,” notes Stadtmueller. “For many businesses, this is a cloud solution to embrace.”

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Propositionprovides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible.  This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community.

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March 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm

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Increasing Automation Boosts the Market for Safety Systems in Asia-Pacific, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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– Manufacturers are supplying customized safety systems to facilitate integration with existing control systems

SINGAPORE, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rising industrialization and population are spurring the oil and gas, chemicals and petrochemicals, and power industries in Southeast Asia and Australia-New Zealand. The modernization of plants in these industries and plant owners’ desire to improve uptime has generated considerable opportunities for the safety systems market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.motors.frost.com), Analysis of the Safety Systems Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $226.0 million in 2011 and estimates this to reach $368.5 million in 2018 due to stringent manufacturing regulations and investment in these regions.

“End users are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of protecting their plant assets and personnel from accidents and are aware about the right type of safety systems for their operations,” saidFrost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Vandhana Venkatesan. “To minimize operational costs and decrease their insurance premiums, companies are eager to install safety systems.”

In response to this escalating demand for safety systems, automation solution providers are integrating their control systems with safety systems. The offer of advanced technological features and the integrated safety systems has, however, enhanced the need for vendor assistance.

Southeast Asia and Australia-New Zealand have a shortage of trained and skilled labor, capable of understanding and operating complex safety systems. This reduces the number of installations and pegs back vendors’ growth to some extent.

Nevertheless, safety system vendors will get a leg up from numerous government regulations regarding industrial and personnel safety. The green energy production trend is compelling countries to establish regulations for installing standardized safety systems.

“Southeast Asia and Australia-New Zealand lay emphasis on safety systems certified by bodies such as TUV and EXIDA,” noted Venkatesan. “This will ensure the use of standard safety systems in manufacturing and processing plants.”

If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an email to Jessie Loh, Corporate Communications, at jessie.loh@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

Analysis of the Safety Systems Market is part of the Power Transmission Growth Partnership Services program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: European Hydraulic Equipment Market for Industrial and Mobile Applications, Southeast Asian Low-voltage Integral Horsepower Motors Market, and North American Servo and Stepper Motors and Drives Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

  • The Integrated Value Propositionprovides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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March 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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Big Data & Predictive Analytics Innovation Arrives in Hong Kong for Asia’s Largest Executive Led Summits

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IE. – Innovation Enterprise will bring together the most forward-thinking data science and analytics executives for two days of keynote presentations, interactive workshops and networking opportunities at the Big Data Innovation Summit and the Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit, April 18 & 19 in Hong Kong.
HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — With the vast amount of data now available, Big Data is a top priority for the world’s leading organizations. The Big Data Innovation Summit this April 18 & 19 is the ideal platform to share challenges and best practices with those pioneering big data initiatives. This summit, acclaimed for its interactive format will include keynote presentations from JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Groupon, Prudential Asia and many more.
Running alongside this is the co-located Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit, with Expedia, Kimberly-Clark, eBay, Walt Disney and Merrill Lynch just a few of the keynote speakers set to present. This summit will explore the importance of identifying patterns in data to gain insight and better understand consumer behavior.
At the Big Data Innovation Summit, Matt Clarkson, VP, High Frequency Trading at Deutsche Bank will discuss his firms move ‘Towards a Modern Architecture for Massively Scalable Systems.’ It is now crucial for organizations to implement new business models that are dependent on the collection and processing of vast quantities of data on a 24 hour basis. In this presentation, Clarkson will discuss how Deutsche Bank has achieved this, covering topics including application architecture for largely parallel systems, server virtualization and distributed databases. He will also give insight into the key role of build and test process automations and the structure of future IT organizations which will be required to support these systems.
At the Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit, Liwei Ma, Senior Director, Marketing Analytics at Expedia will discuss the importance of conversion and retention at Expedia. In his presentation, entitled “Dynamically Predict Who Will Travel Where & Book Which Hotel”, Ma will walk his audience through a common sense retention strategy, with emphasis on how to utilize predictive analytics to deliver the right product to the right customer at the right time. Converting a new customer costs between five and ten times more than keeping an existing one. For an organization like Expedia, predictive analytics is a key tool for better understanding and retaining their consumers.
Moving into 2013, understanding and harnessing data technology is crucial for organizations to achieve a competitive advantage. Investing in big data and predictive analytics has become a top priority for modern businesses. These summits provide the perfect opportunity to network with the top minds from Fortune 500 organizations.
“These summits are unique in that they provide a channel to hear directly from industry leaders,” said Jing Jia, International Events Director for IE. – Innovation Enterprise. “They will explore examples of the problems that are being faced every day and the innovations in place to overcome these.”
Simultaneous Chinese translation services will be provided as 200 Big Data & Analytics professionals gather at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers.
For more information please contact Ryan Yuan at ryuan@theiegroup.com
About IE.:
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Products include IE.Summits, IE.Finance, IE.Analytics, IE.Operations, IE.Strategy, IE.Membership and IE.Insights.
Whether it’s delivered online, or in person, everything IE produces reflects the company’s unshakeable belief in the power of information to spur innovation.
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March 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Southeast Asian and ANZ Real-time Location Systems Market Rides on the Healthcare Industry’s Growth

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– RTLS solution providers to tap the cost-conscious market by demonstrating the value proposition of RTLS


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rising costs are compelling hospitals in Southeast Asia and Australia New Zealand (ANZ) to streamline their operations, which, in turn, is opening up several opportunities for the (RLTS) market. Hospitals are hoping to leverage RTLS technology to make healthcare more accessible and take a higher number of patients through various processes of treatment.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.autoid.frost.com( http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/svcg.pag/AEID )), Southeast Asia and Australia-New Zealand Real-time Location Systems (RTLS) Market, finds that the market earned revenues of US$23.5 million in 2012 for RTLS tags, RTLS hardware and RTLS software in 2012 and expects this to reach US$323.8 million in 2016.

Medical staffs often waste time searching for doctors, nurses, patients, or medical equipment, and the delay caused by these manual searches increase the risk to patients, reduce the productivity of the hospital and add extra costs to the entire healthcare process. RTLS systems help eliminate these issues by adding real-time visibility to assets and people within an organization.

“The implementation of RTLS in the healthcare segment helps lower costs, as it enables faster and more efficient responses in emergencies and duress situations,” said Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Research Analyst Susan Sahayan. “It also improves workflows and creates less room for error due to the better management of information.”

While RTLS offers multiple benefits, the economic downturn has tightened the budgets of several businesses. The demand for RTLS has slowed down to some extent, as end users in Southeast Asia are unwilling to invest in new technologies.

Unlike the United States and Europe, where RTLS is deployed widely for real-time personnel and asset tracking, Southeast Asia is still largely unaware of the technology’s business advantages. RTLS vendors can remedy this situation by showcasing their value proposition through forums and conferences.

When more end users understand the basic principles of RTLS as well as its sophistication and accuracy, they are expected to show greater enthusiasm in adopting RTLS. Most market participants, particularly the technology providers, are global players and are working on increasing channel partnerships in the region to gain a wider reach.

“Overall, the success of RTLS implementations will create better awareness of the effectiveness of this solution among end users and ultimately, drive market growth,” noted Sahayan.

If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an email to Donna Jeremiah, Corporate Communications, at djeremiah@frost.com( mailto:djeremiah@frost.com ), with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

Southeast Asia and Australia-New Zealand Real-time Location Systems (RTLS) Market is part of the Automatic Identification Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: RTLS Market, APAC Biometrics in the Government Market, and SEA & ANZ Biometrics Markets. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.

Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.

— The Integrated Value Propositionprovides support to our
clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary
innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision,
innovation and implementation.
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constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation
becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research,
comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as
well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

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March 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

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Internationally-focused Small & Medium Companies Prosper in ‘Global Village’

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  • Study shows that SMEs engaged in international markets are twice as likely to be successful as those only operating domestically
  • ’20th century infrastructure, high customs duties and an information gap on international trade’ present SME stumbling blocks
  • Indian SMEs also held back by tempered economic growth, reveals DHL Express and IHS study

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 28. 2013 /PRNewswire/ — International trade and cooperation has become a key driver of small business success according to an in-depth and wide-ranging study by IHS and DHL Express.

The macro-economic analysis and survey of 410 SME directors in G7 and BRICM (Note 1) economies reveals that SMEs engaged in international markets are twice as likely to be successful as those that only operate domestically (Note 2). Of the SMEs surveyed, 26% of the companies that were trading internationally significantly outperformed their market, in contrast to only 13% of those with operations only in their home country. SMEs cited the key benefits of this international approach as the access to new markets that it provides them with, as well as access to know-how and technology, and diversification of their products or services.

The research also reveals an increasing pace of globalization and a sharper international focus among smaller businesses, with SMEs that were founded in the last five years more likely to have international business operations than older SMEs, despite having had less time to grow their businesses. Significantly, the majority of SMEs who had out-performed their markets over the last three years indicated that they also planned to increase the percentage of exports in their turnover over the next three years, despite the uncertain economic environment.

The report does however highlight that inadequate business infrastructure is constraining competitiveness by reducing business efficiency, and that SMEs are having to work harder to overcome infrastructure inefficiencies, particularly compared to larger companies with greater resource. SMEs biggest concerns relating to international trade are a lack of available information on foreign markets, high customs duties and the difficulty of establishing contacts with foreign partners and an overseas customer base. Most of the better-performing SMEs identified in the study employ over 50 people, underscoring the importance of resource in overcoming barriers to international growth.

IHS’s analysis of the relative strengths of G7 and BRICM business landscapes shows that Indian SMEs benefit from a relatively efficient business environment, where labor productivity, for example, is slightly higher than the BRICM average. Indian SMEs also prosper from a marginally higher level of R&D and innovation than the BRICM average, but do suffer from weaknesses in domestic infrastructure and the effects of a slight slowdown in the economy.

The research reveals the interesting finding that developed world SMEs are lagging behind emerging market SMEs in terms of the internationalization of their businesses. While this is a function of the developed world still boasting significantly higher consumption per capita than emerging markets, which incentivizes BRICM SMEs to do business internationally, it does suggest that G7 SMEs face a major challenge to develop their international operations as the balance of power inevitably shifts eastwards. Significantly, BRICM SMEs placed more emphasis on logistics as a positive influence on their international operations than their G7 counterparts, suggesting that they rely more on efficient transportation and customs processes to overcome infrastructure obstacles, but also that they see logistics services as a competitive differentiator for their business.

“The strong correlation between improved business performance and cross-border trade suggests that there is a clear benefit for SMEs in going global,” said Ken Allen, CEO, DHL Express. “As the world leader in international express delivery, we also firmly support the view that international trade creates tremendous value for SMEs. It not only opens up new markets for their products and services, but also gives them access to international best practices and innovations. Perhaps most significantly, competing internationally forces them to sharpen their own internal operations and processes, which benefits their business in their home market as well as abroad.”

“There are clearly still some hurdles that remain for small businesses with global aspirations, but we are delighted to see that more and more SMEs are looking at the fantastic opportunity that international trade represents. Our raison d’être as a global logistics company is to make this process more efficient, and we will continue to tailor our services and solutions to help SMEs grow and compete in the global village.”

Finally, and impacting all SMEs, despite the significant contribution made by SMEs to employment and value added to an economy, there is a real lack of reliable and up-to-date information about SMEs on a country-by-country basis. “This lack of information is itself a restraint upon SMEs since it restricts SMEs’ ability to organize themselves and present their case around credible data and information, basically to have a ‘voice’.  There is clearly an opportunity for policy makers, but also for large companies, to support this sector as a means to create more jobs, add value, and increase export earnings by developing personalized solutions to help SMEs to grow,” said Dick Buttigieg, Managing Director, IHS.

The IHS and DHL Express report, Internationalization – a driver for business performance, can be accessed at www.dp-dhl.com/content/dam/presse/pdf/2013/sme-competitiveness-study.pdf.

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Notes to editors

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from a study by IHS conducted between September and November 2012. The research was commissioned by DHL Express and incorporated analysis of IHS proprietary data, recent studies of SMEs and an online survey of 410 employees, director-level and above, at small and medium sized enterprises in G7 countries and in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico. The study focuses entirely on businesses with between 10 and 249 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50 million. As such, it excludes ‘micro enterprises’ with fewer than 10 employees.

Notes:

  1. BRICM means Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico
  2. Based on three-year average annual growth rates, IHS and DHL Express research, September – November 2012.

DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of 53 billion euros in 2011.

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Announcing The Social Executive Case Study: UBM

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— How a social business approach led to breakthrough innovation
BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — As the business world continues to innovate and move faster and faster, social technologies are changing the way businesses communicate and engage with internal and external constituencies. This dramatic change alters both the structure of organizations and the opportunities they choose to pursue. A critical factor in whether companies will succeed in this new networked age is the way in which executives support, invest in and adopt social technologies themselves. While a great deal of progress has been made in the social business space, executives still vary widely in their perspective, expectations and use of social tools, making progress inconsistent and unpredictable across organizations.
“One of the biggest challenges for the social business and community teams with whom we work is helping their executive stakeholders understand the opportunities and challenges that new communications technologies present,” said Rachel Happe, co-founder of The Community Roundtable. “The Social Executive research is one of the best ways we can help those teams and give them a framework for educating executives.”
The Community Roundtable is pleased to release the first installment of The Social Executive research, a case study of UBM, which illustrates one company’s journey in establishing an internal social network. This case study looks at the highlights of their implementation, the perspectives of key senior executives and the groundbreaking innovation made possible by a networked communications structure. The case study illustrates the importance of both executive leadership and engagement, covering CEO David Levin’s early decisions and his personal use of social tools. Those decisions helped to unify the organization’s culture and make collaboration and employee engagement easier and more prevalent ultimately leading to innovations that would not have been possible otherwise.
“At UBM, our business has always been about community so taking this approach made sense and the results speak for themselves,” said Levin.
The Community Roundtable’s The Social Executive research seeks to better understand executive perceptions of social technologies, how social approaches fit strategic business priorities and how executives engage personally. This research is being conducted through one-on-one interviews with a wide range of executives representing companies like Deloitte, Ford, Alcoa, Motorola, Deutsche Bank, SAP, The U.S. State Department, Aetna, Axa, BASF, Del Monte, Aon Hewitt, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and many more. Many of these executives are true believers in the power of social tools, others are taking a wait to see approach and still others remain skeptical. Through the words of these interviewees, The Social Executive research is designed to help social business teams make progress in their organizations by articulating an executive’s social journey. This research is also intended to help the market develop to its full potential by giving vendors and service providers a better understanding of how to position the business value of social to executives at different stages of adoption.
The CR’s research agenda strives to ensure the success of community and social business leaders by exploring topics that will enable them to educate their organizations. In addition to The Social Executive research, The CR’s 2013 State of Community Management research will collect community and community management performance data and we are actively soliciting both participants and research partners.
The Community Roundtable provides strategic, tactical and professional development programs for community and social business leaders throughonline training,a membership based peer to peer network, advisory services for organizations in all stages of their online community and social business development, and through groundbreaking research reports. Serving more than 80 companies worldwide with their online business community planning, strategy and execution challenges.
Source: The Community Roundtable

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March 1, 2013 at 10:48 am

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Savvis Delivers Subscription-based Hosting Services for SAP HANA (R)

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— Hosting Arrangement Gives Businesses New Way to Tap Big Data via Savvis, an SAP-Certified Provider of Cloud and Hosting Services
ST. LOUIS /PRNewswire/ — Savvis, a CenturyLink company (NYSE: CTL) and global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, today announced it will offer global, subscription-based hosting services for the SAP HANA® platform.
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When accessing SAP HANA through hosting services provided by Savvis, global enterprises gain instant, real-time entry into a leading transactional and analytical database platform without the effort of owning and maintaining the infrastructure that supports it.
“Our subscription-based services for SAP HANA give enterprises the ultimate flexibility and scalability they need as data sets grow and analytics capabilities evolve,” said Jeff Von Deylen, president of Savvis. “When organizations tap into SAP HANA through Savvis’ hosting services, they reduce the costs of owning and maintaining expensive server hardware without losing control over their operating systems and application layers.”
SAP HANA is a real-time database platform that streamlines analytics, planning, and predictive and sentiment assessment to allow business to operate in real time.
As an SAP-certified provider of cloud and hosting services, Savvis will provide global enterprises with a cost-effective, on-demand hosting and cloud-based delivery model for mission-critical SAP applications.
To achieve this certification, Savvis’ cloud infrastructure, physical and logical security measures, processes, portal and technical staff were subject to extensive testing by SAP. This process helped validate the operational integration of the cloud-computing platform and hosting capabilities with supported applications and worked to further ensure compliance with SAP’s requirements for quality, availability and security.
“From email archives to ERP applications, global enterprises have a watershed of valuable information at their fingertips,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, senior vice president, Ecosystem and Channels, SAP. “Savvis’ cloud and hosting environment for SAP solutions, including SAP HANA, will help customers be more agile, providing additional operational efficiencies and choices in how to tap big data to move business forward.”
Under the arrangement, Savvis will procure, configure and provision the server hardware required to support SAP HANA, hosting the platform in a single environment within one or more of Savvis’ more than 50 tightly controlled, secure data centers operated worldwide.
Savvis Foundation Hosting, part of the company’s suite of managed hosting services, enables this integration, combining the convenience and scalability of managed hosting with the control of colocation or in-house environments to remove the hassles of space, power, and hardware procurement and management.
About Savvis
Savvis, a CenturyLink company, provides industry-leading IT infrastructure solutions that keep enterprises powered for business in today’s ever-changing global marketplace. Combining deep, proven experience with personal commitment, Savvis delivers cloud, colocation and managed-hosting services over advanced networks, enabling its clients to focus on their core environments and meet new market opportunities.
About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink™ Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations.
For more information, visit http://www.savvis.com or http://www.centurylink.com.
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All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.
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Source: Savvis

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March 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

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Earth Hour Launches Global 2013 Campaign as a Platform for Outcomes to Change the Planet

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Earth Hour More Than Lights Off

SINGAPORE, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Earth Hour, the world’s largest movement for the planet, has launched its 2013 campaign on the back of record environmental outcomes it achieved in 2012.

Andy Ridley, CEO and Co-Founder of Earth Hour, spoke at the media launch of the environmental campaign in Singapore today. Earth Hour 2013 will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30PM.

“Earth Hour has always been more than a lights off campaign, and we are now seeing some extraordinary environmental outcomes on the way to achieving our long-term vision,” Ridley said.

“Last December, the Russian parliament passed a long-awaited law to protect the country’s seas from oil pollution, after the voices of 120,000 Russians were presented to the government during our I Will If You Will campaign for Earth Hour 2012,” he said.

Following on from the massive success of its 120,000-strong signature petition, WWF’s Earth Hour in Russia has launched its 2013 campaign aiming to secure more than 100,000 signatures from Russian citizens to petition for amendments to the current forest legislation. If successful, it will return a ban on industrial logging in an area of land equal to twice the size of France, with protective forests equalling almost 18% of all forest territory in the country.

In Africa, the first Earth Hour Forest has begun in the nation of Uganda, an important first step in the fight against the 6,000 hectares of deforestation that occurs in the country every month. WWF Uganda identified close to 2,700 hectares of degraded land, and set a goal to fill it with at least 500,000 indigenous trees as part of their Earth Hour 2013 campaign.

In Botswana, former President Mr Festus Mogae has made a four-year commitment to plant one million indigenous trees as part of his I Will If You Will challenge, starting with 100,000 in a severely degraded area in Southern Botswana called Goodhope.

Across Latin America, preparations for ‘La Hora Del Planeta’ are well underway with Argentinian Earth Hour organisers and WWF affiliate Fundacion Vida Silvestre Argentina, mobilizing thousands of participants to help champion the passing of a Senate bill to make Banco Burwood the biggest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the country.

If the pending Senate bill is passed, the 3.4 million-hectare MPA will raise the level of protection of Argentina’s Exclusive Economic Zone* from 1% to 4%.

After recently moving its headquarters to Singapore, the Earth Hour Global office is now amidst some of the fastest growing Earth Hour movements around the world, who are using the rising influence of Asia to expand their actions.

The ‘Ini Aksiku! Mana Aksimu?‘ campaign (localised Indonesian version of I Will If You Will) has led to a revolutionary use of Twitter to mobilise 30 cities across Indonesia to take ongoing action beyond the hour.

“What Earth Hour has done in Indonesia, through ‘Ini Aksiku! Mana Aksimu?‘, has led to thousands of people taking actions now, that they weren’t doing before. And this is just the start,” said Verena Puspawardani, Campaign Coordinator of the Climate & Energy Program at WWF Indonesia.

In the USA, nearly 35,000 Girls Scouts took part in Earth Hour last year through the Save Energy Project, and installed 132,141 energy efficient light bulbs across the country. The impact is a staggering 75,392,654 pounds of CO2 emissions eliminated, equivalent to the CO2 sequestration from planting 7,286 acres of trees per year*.

“These outcomes both evidence the power of our collective action and the potential for future outcomes for the environment, generated by hundreds of millions of people coming together as part of the Earth Hour movement,” Ridley said.

The importance of the grassroots element of inspiration of Earth Hour is evident in the case of two volunteers in Libya, Mohammed Nattah and Muhammad Bugashata, who with the help of Libya’s scout groups have successfully created the first environmental movement in their country post civil war.

“I wanted to join in 2011 but that wasn’t an option because my city went through a lot that year – the war and everything,” said Nattah.

“This year we’ve been able to get the movement to spread from two to five cities across the country, with locals and NGOs taking part in various I Will If You Will challenges,” said Bugashata.

Ridley believes that in the face of the threat of an unsustainable future, the grassroots nature of the Earth Hour movement and the can-do attitude of its participants to mobilize action, are the tipping points helping to deliver real environmental outcomes, both big and small.

“People from all walks of life, from all nations around the world, are the lifeblood of the Earth Hour interconnected global community. They have proven time and time again that if you believe in something strongly enough, you can achieve amazing things. These stories aren’t unique, this is happening all over the world,” he said.

Since 2007 when 2.2 million people took part in the first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour has massively expanded to over 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories with hundreds of millions of participants across seven continents.

In 2013, Earth Hour is not merely an annual event, but is a continuous movement driving real actions to change the world we live in.

Earth Hour 2013 will take place at 8.30pm – 9.30pm on Saturday 23 March

* An exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is a sea-zone over which a state has special rights over the exploration and use of marine resources.

*Data provided by Girl Scouts Forever Green – Save Energy, developed in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency and Earth Hour http://www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen/Earth-Hour.asp

See the Earth Hour 2013 Official Video at www.ehour.me/2013ViD

Press images from the global media launch can be downloaded at http://ehour.me/WmbuK8

Press images of Earth Hour can be downloaded at http://earthhour.org/media-centre/images

Downloadable video footage of the global event will be available in four B-rolls for media, covering major regions at http://www.earthhour.org/media-centre/videos

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About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 23, 2013 at 8:30 PM to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. In 2013, Earth Hour’s I Will If You Will concept invites individuals and organisations to challenge others to an ongoing environmental commitment beyond the hour. Earth Hour began in one city in 2007 and by 2012 involved hundreds of millions of people in 152 countries across every continent, receiving reports as ‘the world’s largest campaign for the planet’.

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Media enquiries:
Benjamin Vozzo
Earth Hour Global
E: benjamin@earthhour.org
Ph: +65 8223 1728

Mai Tatoy
Earth Hour Global
E: mai@earthhour.org
Ph: +65 9017 7411

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