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Frost & Sullivan: The Future Lies in Convergence

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— Over 100 Senior Executives discussed growth and innovation strategies during Frost & Sullivan’s Growth, Innovation & Leadership Congress GIL 2013: Germany in Frankfurt am Main

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — “The key to future growth and innovation lies in the convergence of industries and products, the cooperation of companies, and the attitude of a company’s management team. Understanding what convergence really means is crucial,” said Frost & Sullivan Head of German Operations, Klaus Huhn, summarizing the Growth, Innovation & Leadership congress GIL 2013: Germany.

The one day event encompassing many faceted presentations and panel discussions took place on Tuesday, 19th November 2013, in Germany’s finance city, Frankfurt Main, gathering over 100 senior executives to discuss growth opportunities and technology trends in the energy, mobility, medical devices and pharmaceuticals industry.

The integration of current products, technologies and industries will not only shape the future of new, innovative and unique industries, products and technologies. It will also create new business models and competitive environments, which will either combine elements and features of the original industries, or create completely new corporate and industrial landscapes, promising growth opportunities in the future. “The attitude of the companies however, has to adapt itself accordingly, in order to profit from these changes,” explained Frost & Sullivan Partner and Director, Dorman Followwill.

“In 2025, we will have robots in our households, digital personal assistants organizing one’s daily agenda, and cars with autonomous functions and advanced driver assistance systems routing us through the traffic in the smart cities we will live in,” forecast Frost & Sullivan Senior Partner and Global Practice Director Automotive & Transportation, Sarwant Singh. “The companies, which will make most of this become a reality, will not be the traditional market players in the respective industries, but rather new players entering from outside the industry.”

The Frost & Sullivan presentations on mega trends and their impact on Germany, the 50 most innovative technologies and 360-degree perspectives on the above mentioned industries, were complemented by presentations from the Fraunhofer Institute, Deutsche Bahn, Landis+Gyr, Sorrento Therapeutics, and Benteler Automobiltechnik.

The day event was followed by the Frost & Sullivan 2013 Growth Excellence Awards Banquet, which set the stage for over twenty game-changing companies, which were recognised for their superlative performances within their respective industries. Awards presented to the companies lauded outstanding innovation, competitiveness, and leadership.

Frost & Sullivan’s Global GIL Community continues to be the industry’s only resource that supports CEOs and their management teams in critical decision-making, offering tools that help industry leaders in achieving the three essential objectives of Growth, Innovation and Leadership.

For more information about Frost & Sullivan’s Growth, Innovation and Leadership programme, please send an e-mail to Katja Feick, Corporate Communications, at katja.feick@frost.com.

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 Proposition provides 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 organisation 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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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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November 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Big Data Drives Business Model Transformation in Utilities

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Business intelligence and analytics will be top investment priorities for energy companies

LONDON, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The emergence of a new set of business needs, driven by changes in the energy landscape, has led utilities to deploy intelligent energy networks. Implementation of sensing and metering devices will enable access to new data and trigger a data explosion that necessitates the use of data management solutions, in turn boosting the prospects of ICT providers in the energy industry.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.ipcommunications.frost.com), Data-driven Utilities, finds that big data analytics and forecasting software will become the cornerstone of business in utilities and will bring significant growth opportunities for ICT vendors.

“With the emergence of smart grids, utilities will start exploiting new data sources – grid sensors, smart meters, and electric vehicles – to optimize their business and provide better customer services,” saidFrost & Sullivan Information and Communication Technologies Research Analyst Ewa Tajer. “Starting from reporting, billing and settlement, they will test new technologies and add new sources of data to their data management systems to build analytics capabilities.”

Energy companies will also be forced to improve customer interaction by leveraging social media and various Web data. However, they have neither the requisite skills nor vision to handle big data. In fact, the main challenge delaying business model transformation is the lack of expertise and infrastructure, along with tight budgets and the perception of risk. There is no doubt, therefore, that advanced ICT solutions are the way forward.

Cost will be an important factor for customers in short-listing analytical projects and technologies for large-scale deployment. Many technologies are still considered too expensive and will not be adopted unless their deployment is fully justified economically. Some utilities thus opt for cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) analytics to unlock data potential in a cost-effective manner.

“Cloud computing may be the answer to overcome utilities’ hesitancy in deploying advanced analytics solutions,” noted Tajer. “Certain utilities have already moved part of their processes – mostly non-critical ones – to the cloud, and smaller energy companies, in particular, are expected to increase investment in cloud computing over the next few years.”

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Joanna Lewandowska, Corporate Communications, at joanna.lewandowska@frost.com, with your full contact details.

Data-driven Utilities (M9EA-67) is part of the IP Communications Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: 2013 European ICT Vertical Market Model, European Infrastructure-as-a-Service Market, and ICT Spending in Smart Energy in Europe. 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 Proposition provides 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 organisation 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?

Contact Us: Start the discussion

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Contact:
Joanna Lewandowska
Corporate Communications – Europe
P: +48 22 481 62 20
E: joanna.lewandowska@frost.com

http://www.frost.com

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Source: Frost & Sullivan

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November 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm

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Rapid Shift in Production Dynamics Powers Asian Photovoltaic Materials Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan

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– 2015 to 2020 is expected to be a period of high market growth –

SINGAPORE, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — With Asia emerging as the production hub for photovoltaic (PV) modules over the last few years due to the obvious cost advantage, PV material suppliers too have shifted their production base to the region. The strong commitment to reduce carbon emissions, along with growing consumer awareness on environmental issues has fuelled the use of renewable energy, further widening market potential for PV materials. Support from governments in the form of subsidies, tax credits and feed-in tariff mechanisms has added to the demand for PV modules, and thereby PV materials in the region.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/svcg.pag/CMCM), Strategic Analysis of Asian Photovoltaic Materials Market, finds that the market earned revenues of US$1.94 billion in 2012 and estimates this to reach US$4.80 billion in 2018. The competitiveness of PV-based power due to continuous technological innovations, efficiency improvements leading to lower costs per watt, spurs the Asian PV materials market. China, Taiwan, and Japan together, account for over 70 per cent of the global solar PV cell or module production. The study covers the segments of frontsheets, encapsulants and backsheets. All PV modules contain all the three key PV materials.

“Global PV material manufacturers have established strong partnerships with PV module manufacturers, aiding market development. The close relationship between module manufacturers and material suppliers improves the material suppliers’ insight into the market and ensures timely delivery as well as enhanced product offerings,” saidBalasubramaniam Ramani, Senior Consultant, Chemicals and Materials at Frost & Sullivan.

The PV materials market is expected to move towards the next stage of development, where affordability and achieving grid parity without depending on government subsidies will be vital. The challenge lies in improving technology while keeping costs down. In fact, the pressure to lower prices has already affected margins tremendously and squeezed out a number of smaller market participants, even forcing some to withdraw from the market. Price wars due to the economic downturn have compounded the challenge, and will affect both revenue and bottom line in the long run.

The tightening of incentive policies too has slowed down the solar industry and in turn, the PV materials market. Sudden changes in government support plans can harm the industry, as the uncertainty deters both investors and manufacturers. As a result, the PV materials market in Asia is expected to witness only moderate growth between 2012 and 2015.

“However, the period between 2015 and 2020 is likely to be a phase of rapid growth primarily due to the likely shift of backsheet production expected — the only segment where the move from European countries to Asia is yet to occur,” concluded Ramani.

“Japan and China are likely to surpass European countries in terms of PV installations after 2015, lending strong momentum to the Asian PV materials market,” he added.

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

Strategic Analysis of Asian Photovoltaic Materials Market is part of the Chemicals & Materials Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: Hot Melt Adhesives Market, Protective and Marine Coatings Market and the Resins Markets, APAC Oilfield Chemicals Market, Analysis of the Asia-Pacific Crop Protection Chemicals Market, Southeast Asian Water Treatment Chemicals Market, and Analysis of Asia-Pacific Fertilizers and Biofertilizers 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 Proposition provides 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?

Contact Us: Start the discussion

Join Us: Join our community

Subscribe: Newsletter on “the next big thing”

Register: Gain access to visionary innovation

Strategic Analysis of Asian Photovoltaic Materials Market

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Media Contact:

Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +61-2-8247-8927
F: +61-2-9252-8066
E: djeremiah@frost.com

Carrie Low
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +603-6204-5910
F: +603-6201-7402
E: carrie.low@frost.com

Melissa Tan
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +65-6890-0926
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E: melissa.tan@frost.com

http://www.frost.com/
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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November 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales for International Shoppers

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NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — eCoupons.com announced that it created a directory of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales for International Shoppers. Last year, more than USD $1 billion was spent online on Black Friday and nearly USD $1.5 billion on Cyber Monday at U.S. online stores, an increase of 25% and 30% respectively. Shoppers from outside the U.S. accounted for nearly 5% of these totals or $125 million.

Matthew Cheng, founder of eCoupons.com said, “International shopping is becoming increasingly popular and now shoppers in Asia can take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in the U.S. and U.K. Shoppers can browse http://www.ecoupons.com/international for a listing of over 300 online stores that ship to over 100 countries.”

Stores that ship internationally include Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Banana Republic, Gap, Macy’s, Overstock.com, Shoes.com and Shopbop.com. Clothing and shoes, that often ship free, are the most popular categories.

eCoupons.com analyzed 100 retailer’s past Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions and found:

1) 70% have the same promotion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
2) 20% started Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day (the day before Black Friday).
3) 25% had their biggest coupon discount on Black Friday.
4) 30% had their biggest coupon discount on Cyber Monday.
5) 15% repeated Cyber Monday sales on the following Monday.

Cheng added, “Traditionally, Black Friday is the only day of the year that the Apple Store has a sale at all their international stores. On Cyber Monday, the Apple Store offered free shipping on all orders or discounted accessories.”

eCoupons.com created localized Black Friday and Cyber Monday websites:

Australia http://www.cybermonday.net.au
Mainland China http://www.cybermonday.cn
Japan http://www.cybermonday.jp
Korea http://www.cybermonday.kr
Hong Kong http://www.cybermonday.hk http://www.blackfriday.hk
Singapore http://www.cybermonday.sg http://www.blackfriday.sg
Taiwan http://www.cybermonday.tw http://www.blackfriday.tw

On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, eCoupons.com will reveal a complete listing of coupons and deals at participating online stores.

About: eCoupons.com offers free electronic coupons to thousands of online and brick and mortar stores. It has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. Everyday, hundreds of coupons are added to eCoupons.com by its team of money saving experts.

Media Contact:
Matthew Cheng
phone: +1 212 655 4417
email: contactus@ecoupons.com

Source: eCoupons.com

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November 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

DMCC Names World’s Tallest Commercial Tower ‘Burj 2020’ in Honour of Dubai Expo 2020 Win

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DUBAI, UAE, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the Government of Dubai Authority with a mandate to establish Dubai as the global gateway for commodity trade and enterprise, has chosen the name ‘Burj 2020’ for the world’s tallest commercial tower in honour of Dubai’s Expo 2020 win.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131127/654983)

To be held for the first time in the Middle East, the Dubai Expo 2020, themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ will further drive Dubai’s position as more than just a transfer point between East and West, and truly support the vision of the leadership of Dubai to become the new economic centre of the world.

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, said:

“Few can imagine the impact the Dubai of 2020 will have on the Expo and how it will connect people, their ideas and aspirations.

DMCC would like to congratulate His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and the people of the UAE. We are honoured to dedicate the world’s tallest commercial tower to this historic win by naming it ‘Burj 2020’.”

The naming of the ‘Burj 2020’ follows DMCC’s announcement earlier this year (July) to build the world’s tallest commercial tower as part of its Free Zone Business Park expansion plans (107,000 square metres), catering to the increased global demand from multi-nationals and regional corporates for large-scale commercial space in Dubai.

The master plan for the ‘Burj 2020’ is currently in its final stages; architects are to be appointed in 2014, with ground breaking planned for 2015. DMCC will be engaging with partners and stakeholders such as the Dubai Municipality (DM), the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Dubai Electricity and Water Association (DEWA), in early 2014 to ensure a successful and timely delivery of the ‘Burj 2020’ and the DMCC Business Park.

DMCC has been a strong supporter of Dubai’s bid for the Expo 2020. It has hosted UAE Expo 2020 Ambassadors at Almas Tower on a number of occasions this year to learn about DMCC’s role in cementing Dubai’s role as a global commodities and trading hub.

With 66 mixed-use commercial and residential towers and over 220 retail outlets in operation, there are currently over 80,000 people working and living within the DMCC Free Zone in Dubai. With an average of 200 companies choosing to join DMCC each month and a 94% retention rate, DMCC remains the UAE’s largest and fastest growing free zone.

Source: DMCC

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November 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

County Tipperary in Ireland Deploys Fluke Networks’ Visual TruView for Complete Visibility into New Unified Government Network

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  • Improves application and network performance monitoring across 57 remote county offices

EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Fluke Networks today announced that Visual TruView™, itsaward-winning unified network and application performance monitoring and troubleshooting solution, has been deployed by County Tipperary, one of 32 historical counties in Ireland and home to more than 158,000 residents. Visual TruView provides County Tipperary with a complete view into their new unified government IT infrastructure, which was initiated as a project after the North Tipperary County Council and South Tipperary County Council were combined in 2012.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120523/AQ11053LOGO-a)

County Tipperary’s main challenge was creating, and then maintaining a single, unified network across all Country Tipperary, which includes more than 55 remote county offices. Development of the €1.8 million IT consolidation project is still in process, but once completely built out, the network will host internal applications, a public-facing website and portals for crucial county services including housing, water, roads, environment, planning and other government functions. With surmounting pressure riding on the success of the unification project, County Tipperary needs clear visibility into the performance of the network and applications across multiple offices and the ability to quickly identify and resolve any issues in real time – Visual TruView was able to fulfill those needs.

“With TruView you can get a high-level overview of what’s going on with a particular site or a particular application very quickly. It’s very easy to interpret. We can see which applications are having or causing problems,” said Dermot Tobin, Information Systems Project Leader for the Network Services and Infrastructure Integration effort at County Tipperary. “With our previous solution, it took much longer. And, of course, with TruView you can drill down into the data when you need to take a closer look.”

Fluke Networks’ Visual TruView is the industry’s first truly unified, single-appliance network and application performance monitoring and troubleshooting solution. It uses key data sets including packet storage, application response time, transactional decode, NetFlow and SNMP to highlight performance metrics through a single, unified dashboard. The comprehensive overview of both network and application performance provides County Tipperary with a clear picture of where issues originate.

“We needed a tool that can give us a complete picture of what is happening with applications, servers and the network across the entire county,” continued Tobin. “Right now, we’re still building the network. But in the medium term, it’s important for us to be able to isolate the source of performance issues so we can get application problems on the desk of the applications team and network problems to the network team so they can address them quickly.”

As the rollout of County Tipperary’s integration progresses, Tobin and his team have continued to find “bits and pieces” of potential issues that could have impacted the overall network performance had they gone undetected, including a slow user log-in issue that was reported from the southern side of the county. To read the complete County Tipperary case study, please click here.

For more information on Visual TruView, please click here.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com or call +1 (425) 446-4519.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetVISUAL, on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company or Group page.

Source: Fluke Networks

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November 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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University of Waterloo entrepreneurs build on BlackBerry’s legacy

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HONG KONG, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Three CEOs who grew businesses from roots at the University of Waterloo, the hometown of smartphone-maker BlackBerry, come together this week to share their stories about the challenges and opportunities of growing a global technology business in Asia.

John Baker, CEO of Desire2Learn, and Ted Livingston, CEO of Kik Interactive, both Waterloo, Ontario-based companies will join Jason Chiu, the Hong Kong-based CEO of CherryPicks Inc, for a series of events in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore hosted by the University of Waterloo’s dean of engineering, Pearl Sullivan.

The event series, called “Connecting Waterloo to Asia and Beyond”, will see the three entrepreneurs address Waterloo alumni at three separate events. The trio will mix with local startups and investors at CoCoon on Thursday night as Hong Kong entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to local and international funders.

“These three CEOs epitomize the bold, globally-minded entrepreneurs growing out of Waterloo,” said Dean Sullivan. “Deep connections with industry and strong support for commercialization of research have made Waterloo a magnet for students with an entrepreneurial mindset. This unique environment is producing graduates like Jason, John and Ted who are uniquely equipped to lead technology innovation as well as tackle the challenges of business.”

The University of Waterloo is home to Canada’s largest engineering school and is regarded as one of the top feeder schools for Silicon Valley. In October, Bloomberg Businessweek named the University of Waterloo “Canada’s Stanford”. Waterloo operates the largest co-op education program in the world with more than 17,000 co-op students working for 4,500 employers.

“Hong Kong is the second-largest market for startups in the world, after Silicon Valley. The University of Waterloo is producing graduates who are highly adaptive to this environment,” said Dean Sullivan, Waterloo’s first female dean of engineering. “At least one-third of our software engineers are offered jobs in Silicon Valley, but increasingly our graduates start their own successful companies, like Jason Chiu here in Hong Kong.”

As founder of CherryPicks, Chiu has created a consumer marketing phenomenon with iButterfly, a mobile application that allows consumers to download location-based coupons by catching 3D virtual butterflies with a flick of phone, engaging shoppers with gamified contents and offers.

“Waterloo is producing talented engineers that have the potential to fuel tremendous growth for companies in Asia,” said Chiu. “Waterloo’s unique blend of outstanding academic programs, together with its deserved reputation for being a highly entrepreneurial university gave me the foundation I needed to found CherryPicks and enjoy success.”

Ted Livingston, the 26 year-old CEO of Kik, brought together a group of University of Waterloo students in 2009 to build a company that would shift the center of computing from the PC to the phone. Today, Kik Interactive is one of the world’s most popular gaming and mobile messaging platforms, with over 90 million registered users.

“The University of Waterloo’s model of experiential education will continue to generate graduates who will develop disruptive technologies like we developed at Kik,” said Livingston. “Engineers at Waterloo go through multiple real-world work terms before they graduate which means Waterloo students are the cream of Canadian engineering. They emerge ideally prepared for the business world, with ideas that have the potential to change society for the better.”

John Baker, President and CEO of Desire2Learn, is a member of Waterloo Engineering’s Dean’s Advisory Committee. He started the world-class education company at the age of 22 before he graduated from System Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Desire2Learn has grown into an international education phenomenon with more than 850 employees and local offices around the globe. The company provides an integrated learning platform to more than 1000 clients and 10 million learners in higher education, K-12, health care, government and the corporate sector.

A recent independent study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers found that for every $1 that the Ontario government spends on the University, the institution returns $8.80 in economic impacts to Canadian province alone.

University of Waterloo engineering graduates, together with those from Waterloo’s renowned computer science programs in the Faculty of Mathematics, are amongst some of the most sought after talent in the world and are regularly recruited by companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Tesla Motors.

About the University of Waterloo
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become one of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit http://www.uwaterloo.ca.

For further information:

Media Contact
Nick Manning
University of Waterloo
+1-519-888-4451
+1-226-929-7627
nmanning@uwaterloo.ca
http://www.uwaterloo.ca/news
@uWaterlooNews
Source: University of Waterloo

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November 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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Crowdsourcing Week Global 2014 Looks to Empower Transformation Through Crowds

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SINGAPORE, LONDON and NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Crowdsourcing Week announces its second annual global crowdsourcing conference, taking place in Singapore from April 7-11, 2014. The week-long platform of events will convene an expanding and highly networked community from around the world who are shaping the future of the growing crowdsourcing movement.

Into its second year, the Crowdsourcing Week conference will deepen the conversation from the inaugural event in June 2013 that introduced the future of ideas, innovation and creativity with crowdsourcing. The theme of the conference, “Crowd Impact: Empowering Transformation” will provide organizations with crowd-centered approaches and solutions to help them thrive in a hyper-connected society. Attendees will discover approaches and tools they need to transform their business through crowd interactions, the sharing economy and collaborative consumption.

“Crowdsourcing is accelerating a new kind of social productivity – one that is transforming our social DNA in a highly networked world. We are more open to sharing, crowdfunding and creating collaborative futures today than ever before. The opportunity to apply this phenomenon is huge for organizations trying to do more with less. From now to April and beyond, we want to create empowered leaders to lead this transformation from within their organizations,” says Epi Ludvik Nekaj, Founder and CEO of Crowdsourcing Week.

The speaker lineup reinforces Crowdsourcing Week’s mission to bring thought leadership coupled with transformative solutions onto the global stage to benefit enterprise, government and citizen services, healthcare, tourism, environment and startups.

The initial lineup of speakers includes leading innovators and crowdsourcing practice pioneers like Sean Moffitt, managing director of Wikibrands and well-recognized thought leader in company innovation; Jeremiah Owyang, founder of Crowd Companies and pioneer on social business and the collaborative economy; Patrick Meier, director of social innovation at the Qatar Computing Research Institute and collaborator with the UN on humanitarian crowdsourcing for typhoon relief work in the Philippines; Maria Ressa, founder of Rappler and ace reporter redefining journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change; and Jennifer Gustetic, executive at NASA who leads open data and innovation efforts for the US Government.

Speakers will share best practices, strategies and disruptive business models for organizations looking to innovate in the new digital crowd-focused space.

Early bird tickets will go on sale on December 12, 2013. There is an opportunity to reserve a 2-for-1 ticket by applying on the conference website.

Please refer to the website for initial list of speakers and receive updates on the conference program.

Media Contacts:

North America:
Priti Ambani
+1-571-268-6780
Priti@CrowdsourcingWeek.com

Asia:
Aaron Kong
+65-9748-4729
SG Story
aaronkong@sgstory.com

About Crowdsourcing Week
Launched in 2012, Crowdsourcing Week is the first global conference dedicated to providing a multilayer platform to global innovators in crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and open innovation while equipping change leaders with tools to navigate the changing web. In under 18 months, Crowdsourcing Week has produced summits in New York City, Berlin, Amsterdam, Warsaw and London in addition to the flagship annual conference in Singapore.
Source: Crowdsourcing Week

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November 29, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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Frost & Sullivan names Luca Raffellini as Director of Consulting, Business & Financial Services

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LONDON, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan, the global growth consulting and partnership company today announced that Luca Raffellini has joined the firm’s Business and Financial Services practice as Director of Consulting. Mr Raffellini will be responsible for heading all aspects of advisory services for financial services, professional services and public sector clients in Europe, Israel & Africa.

Mr Raffellini brings over 20 years experience in strategy consulting, M&A and transaction support at firms including Booz & Co, Arthur D Little and Charles River Associates, as well marketing, general management and operating expertise in major chemicals and energy companies including Shell-Exxon’s Infineum and Eni.

Frost & Sullivan Global Vice President for Business & Financial Services, Andrew Calvert said “We are excited to welcome Luca to the team. Our advisory work with financial sponsors and advisors is one of the fastest growing parts of the business and Luca will now lead our efforts in further building our footprint in this space.”

Mr Raffellini added “This is a remarkable opportunity to further develop Frost & Sullivan’s financial and professional services franchise. I believe the combination of strategy and advisory skills with deep subject-matter expertise fits particularly well the demanding consulting requirements of financial firms, in a way I have rarely seen in the industry. I look forward to working with the team and our clients.”

Frost & Sullivan’s Business and Financial Services (BFS) practice supports clients across the financial, professional services and public sector spectrum from Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Investment Management, Insurance & Risk Management, Law firms, Accountancy and Professional Services, to Academic, Government and Public Sector organisations.

The practice offers a continuous platform of research, data, expertise and advisory capacity to clients across their business cycles. This allows them to increase the leverage of their firm or group with access to the expertise, resources and attention of 1800 specialist subject-matter experts globally. Frost & Sullivan’s discrete advisory services provide deep-dive strategic and commercial analysis and support for specific transactions, initiatives or opportunities. By leveraging the existing knowledge base combined with intensive fresh research, analysis and advisory services, Frost & Sullivan’s BFS practice provides comprehensive support to clients within the compressed timetables associated with M&A or IPO processes.

About Frost & Sullivan

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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.

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November 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

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Frost & Sullivan’s Predictions for the Global Energy and Environment Market

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A new insight – based on a ‘2013 Search for Growth’ survey – identifies new areas of growth

LONDON, Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan released today its three big predictions for the global energy and environment market. Based on a ‘2013 Search for Growth’ survey which involved 1835 executives in more than 40 countries globally, Frost & Sullivan’s insight highlights new areas of growth. Urbanization and smart cities, the changing dynamics of unconventional gas, and opportunities generated from increased environmental awareness and legislation will be the key topics in 2014 and beyond.

“Frost & Sullivan’s research team has used the findings to select and prioritize the subjects that are deemed to be poised for the greatest growth,” explains Frost & Sullivan Partner John Raspin.

According to the new findings, urbanization and smart cities will drive changing market dynamics for energy and environment market participants. A growing percentage of the global population will be living in cities and urban areas in the coming decades. Higher concentrations of larger populations are fraught with challenges:

Urban populations will be higher income, and the growing middle class will consume more goods, resources, energy, and water, and create more waste and pollution.
Increasing waste and pollution will drive awareness and the need for cleaner, more efficient energy and transportation.
Smart cities that can better use existing resources through improved monitoring, controls, and coordination of services and infrastructure can improve quality of life for residents and attract more businesses

Smart systems have been in place across the transmission & distribution (T&D) space and are now also moving into commercial and residential buildings.

The emergence of shale gas and shale oil in the oil and gas (O&G) space is also increasingly impacting the energy and environment sector. Natural gas has replaced coal as the main fuel source for electricity in the United States. China has abundant, though technically difficult to access, shale beds that, if tapped, could further increase the country’s economic clout on the global stage. Europe is looking at shale gas to increase domestic energy sources but also balancing that with environmental concerns.

Environmental concerns, highlighted by industry participants as a key area of interest, are an issue with shale extraction because they drive the potential for smart cities.

Based on the same survey, Frost & Sullivan has also identified the top 10 Technologies and Markets to Watch for in 2020. These are: Energy Efficiency and Smart Buildings, LED Lighting Revolution, Small-scale Distributed Generation, Smart Grid and Smart Energy, Advanced Batteries and Energy Storage, Solar Photovoltaic (PV), Energy Harvesting, Energy Recovery from Waste, Gas-fired Power and Shale Gas Exploitation.

To know more about these predictions and to find out where the global hot spots are in the energy and environment industry, please contact Chiara Carella, Corporate Communications, at chiara.carella@frost.com

Some insights from the survey are available on Slideshare here.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices on six continents. To join our Growth Partnership, please visit http://www.frost.com.

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November 29, 2013 at 11:17 am

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