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Stratpoint COO Elected to PSIA Board

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MANILA, Philippines, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mary Rose “MR” dela Cruz, Chief Operating Officer at Stratpoint, has been elected as a member of the 2014 Board of Directors of the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA). PSIA is a nonprofit organization that promotes the growth and global competitiveness of the Philippine software industry and represents the biggest alliance of software development enterprises in the Philippines.

MR was elected to the Execom as Treasurer and will chair the committee on Information and Research. She will also be working hand in hand with other members of the board to support PSIA’s capability development committee that aims to increase the skills and capabilities of Filipinos in software engineering and product development.

“This year marks my 25th year since graduating from computer science in U.P. Diliman so I thought this is an opportune time to try to give more back to both the academe and the industry that has nurtured me all these years,” said COO dela Cruz.

“With my current experience working for a U.S. venture-backed company and involvement with investors like Dado Banatao and his colleagues at PhilDev foundation, I hope to serve as a conduit for the PSIA and our colleagues in Philippine academe to PhilDev and other Silicon Valley professionals in their network. Hopefully, we can get more PSIA companies involved in the R&D efforts being planned and increase our global impact,” dela Cruz added.

Last year, MR was recognized as the 2013 Professional Degree Awardee for Computer Science by the University of the Philippines Alumni Engineers (UPAE). Each year, the UPAE selects alumni from the UP College of Engineering who have distinguished themselves in their respective professions. The formal awarding ceremony was held during the UP College of Engineering Alumni homecoming last November 9, 2013.

MR is a magna cum laude graduate of Computer Science at the University of the Philippines. She has a Master’s Degree in Computing from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She has managed and delivered complex global I.T. projects in industries such as financial securities, insurance, banking, telecommunications, and transportation. She spent 14 years working at Headstrong in various roles such as project manager, technical architect, and head of delivery for the Manila Global Delivery Center. At Stratpoint, she is in charge of the company’s operations.

Contact:

Kat Nocom
Marketing Specialist, Stratpoint Technologies, Inc.
Website: http://www.stratpoint.com
Tel: +63-2-746-2761
Email: knocom@stratpoint.com

About PSIA

The Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA) is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and make the Philippines competitive in the global software market. It is the recognized association of Filipino software innovators and a network of small to medium-sized software companies. PSIA represents the biggest alliance of software development enterprises in the Philippines.

About UPAE

UPAE is an organization that aims to involve alumni engineers and encourage the members to actively participate and contribute to the advancement of the organization. Recipients of the Professional Degree Awards category were nominated based on the general criteria and requirements set by UPAE. Each nominee must have attained national and international recognition in his/her respective field of profession or career.

About Stratpoint

Stratpoint Technologies, Inc. (http://www.stratpoint.com) is an IT and software engineering firm based in the Philippines, with 15 years of experience partnering with companies on their web and mobile application development. The company specializes in web and mobile app development, UX design, and machine-to-machine (M2M) technology solutions. It has specially developed unique expertise as a startup accelerator, working closely with tech startups in the U.S. and other countries, by providing a dedicated development team based in Manila.

Stratpoint is a registered PEZA (Philippine Export Processing Zone Authority) corporation fully owned by Narra Venture Capital (http://www.narravc.com) and supported by Tallwood VC (http://www.tallwoodvc.com).
Source: Stratpoint Technologies, Inc.

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March 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

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How to upgrade your business to the latest Microsoft technology

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REDMOND, Wash., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In today’s fast-paced world, efficiency is everything. Bigger, better, faster — that’s what everyone, small businesses included, seems to be chasing. Technology has, of course, allowed us to get more done in our day-to-day lives. However, technology at many small businesses today remains stuck in the past. The result? Less efficiency, unsatisfied customers, an inability to compete and, perhaps worst of all, lost money. To remain competitive, small businesses should look to upgrade to Windows 8.1 and Office 365.

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A recent study by Techaisle, a global analyst and research organization for small and medium businesses and channel partners, found that businesses using outdated technology on just three PCs spend an average of $1,683 a year on maintenance and upgrade costs above and beyond an up-to-date PC, and that an average of 42 hours of productivity is lost per employee, per year, due to older PCs needing repairs.

“Technology has evolved rapidly over the past several years — hardware is cheaper, operating systems are faster, cell phones are smarter, cloud services are affordable and workforces are mobile,” said Thomas Hansen, vice president of Worldwide Small and Medium Business at Microsoft. “Small businesses using old technologies are missing an opportunity — from better protecting their data and reputation to being able to acquire and serve customers better. The good news is that upgrading to newer technology has never been easier.”

With support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 ending as of April 8, 2014, small businesses should look to upgrade their systems now. For tech-savvy and non-tech-savvy businesses alike, upgrading is easy — provided they know where to turn for help. Here are two ways to upgrade:

1. Find a technology partner
A partner, also referred to as an IT consultant or IT provider, can offer a tremendous amount of support to small businesses that need help deciding which device and software combination will best meet their needs. In many cases, a partner will also help businesses set up their new technologies and even train employees on the software tools.

To locate a Microsoft Certified Partner to help with technology upgrades, small businesses can:

Contact their current IT provider.
Request partner help from Microsoft’s Get2Modern website.
Use Microsoft Pinpoint to locate a local technology partner that meets their needs.

2. Do-it-yourself
Tech-savvy small businesses can also upgrade their current PCs if they are compatible with the newer operating system and productivity tools. To find out if your current PCs will work with modern operating systems such as Windows 8.1, visit the Windows 8.1 website. Alternatively, small businesses can download the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to see if their existing PCs can run Windows 8.1 and follow the steps in the upgrade tutorial — including backing up important settings and files — to install the new operating system. Once a small business has upgraded to Windows 8.1, it can choose the right Office 365 subscription to meet the needs of the business. Microsoft also offers resources to help businesses safely transfer their files and data to their new devices, as well as free tools to help determine whether their applications will be compatible with the new technology.

Getting started
For more information on the benefits of upgrading to modern technology, and help doing just that, visit the XP end of support page.
Source: Microsoft Corp.

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March 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Daimler and Volvo Take Lead in Implementation of V2V Communication Systems in Europe

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V2V and V2I could help to minimise traffic jam losses of e.g. 17 billion Euros p.a. in Germany

LONDON, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The demand for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication systems is on the rise due to the systems’ ability to improve traffic efficiency, mobility, safety, as well as driving conditions, while at the same time avert potentially dangerous situations. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.automotive.frost.com/), Strategic Analysis of the European Market for V2V and V2I Communication Systems, expects more than 40 percent of vehicles to use V2V communication technologies by 2030.

Daimler and Volvo are anticipated to lead the implementation of V2V communication systems among vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across Europe. V2I communication systems have also been finding significant traction in Europe, especially in the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Germany, and France.

“Vehicular communication systems are becoming popular as countries across Europe look to minimise the huge losses in time and related costs incurred due to traffic congestion,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Industry Analyst Neelam Barua. “Traffic jams in Germany for instance, lead to a macroeconomic loss of more than €17 billion annually.”

“The average driver annually loses close to a complete work-week stuck in traffic jams,” added Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Team Leader Prana Tharthiharan Natarajan. “This scenario is common to both Europe and the US. The deployment of V2I can reduce such down-time by a huge factor. Additionally, V2x is the ultimate enabler of automated driving, which is presently built on self-sufficient architectures.”

One of the prominent enabling technologies in this market is the cooperative system, which uses wireless local area network (WLAN) or dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), to assist V2V, V2I or infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) communication. It is expected that global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and infrared modes will augment DSRC solutions and mobile-based technologies such as long term evolution (LTE) to form the futuristic platform for cooperative-intelligent transportation systems (C-ITS) in the region.

Cooperative systems prove to be more useful than advanced driver assistance systems and telematics, particularly when situations like construction site warnings and traffic congestion in highways caused by an accident or road damage are encountered.

Market participants plan to introduce Cooperative-ITS communication systems to take automotive safety to an even higher level. The Car 2 Car Communication Consortium has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with major vehicle manufacturers to facilitate the deployment of a standard pan-European C-ITS by 2015.

However, although projects such as the sim-TD, DriveC2X, eCoMove catalyse the pilot-launch of C-ITS in Europe, automotive OEMs and road users must coordinate with road operators for the success of the initial deployment.

The European market also needs an effective business model that identifies the parties that will primarily benefit from these vehicle communication solutions, recognises the team that will maintain the integrated system, and clarifies the methods of revenue generation. The availability of reliable and robust products that cater to the vehicular communication requirements, the degree of market acceptance and interoperability of V2X devices, as well as product conformance and upgradability will also be key to market growth.

“With market-ready products for V2X communication already made available by Tier I suppliers, new products embedded with V2X technology launched by automotive OEMs, and the strong backing extended by EU governments, the market for C-ITS is likely to witness considerable growth in the next two to three years,” stated Barua. “In fact, 15 OEMs and ten Tier I suppliers across Europe are expected to deploy V2X applications by 2015.”

“Interestingly, crowd-sourced V2X information from the connected car space is also gaining traction. A number of telematics service providers are looking to enable V2X through tethered and embedded connectivity interfaces that allow vehicles to send and receive data that could serve as the nascent stage of V2X, in the absence of DSRC or WLAN,” concluded Natarajan. “Letting vehicles interact with each other can reduce crashes involving multiple vehicles, whereas ensuring V2X interactivity with passive elements such as environment, pedestrians, bicyclists etc. is essential for the future. At present, the industry still depends on ADAS for such information.”

If you are interested in more information on Frost & Sullivan’s latest study Strategic Analysis of the European Market for V2V and V2I Communication Systems, please send an email to Katja Feick, Corporate Communications, at katja.feick@frost.com, with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

Strategic Analysis of the European Market for V2V and V2I Communication Systems (MA29-18) is part of the Automotive & Transportation (http://www.frost.com/) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Electronic Braking System Market in Europe, Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems Market in Europe, and Automotive Ethernet Technology in Europe and North America. All studies 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?

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E: katja.feick@frost.com
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March 7, 2014 at 3:28 pm

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Healthcare 2020: Disrupt, Transform and Collapse

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Uncover the trends driving growth and innovation in the new world of global healthcare with Frost & Sullivan’s complimentary webinar

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
LOCATION: Online, with free registration
MODERATOR: Frost & Sullivan Partner and Senior Vice President of Healthcare and Life Sciences Reenita Das
EXPERT PANELISTS: Frost & Sullivan Advanced Medical Technologies Global Program Leader Siddharth Saha, Principal Analyst Venkat Rajan, and Connected Health Senior Industry Analyst Natasha Gulati

Economic, regulatory and consumer paradigms are changing in the global healthcare industry at an unparalleled pace. Technology has become the central enabler facilitating change and creating disruption among the industry. This has given rise to a consumer driven healthcare model. Convergence has enabled companies from outside healthcare, like telecommunication providers, information and technology, automotive and transportation, and retail and consumer companies, etc., to begin participating in the new ecosystem. This webinar will discuss the most notable disruptions and transformations the global healthcare industry is facing, where healthcare will be in 2020, and how it will affect a multitude of industries.

Attend this webinar to discover:

Changes to healthcare delivery: hospitals of the future, aging in place, cost of care innovations
Role of the patient and consumer influence
Role of emerging regions as a consumer and competitor
Novel industry business models
Key disruptive technologies

This briefing is of interest to any individual or organization – healthcare related, or not – looking to gain perspectives on how market shifts could create potential pressures and/or lead to opportunities in the healthcare industry.

Supporting Quote

“Historically, innovations in the healthcare sector that gained the most traction came from companies focused on solving hyper-specialized clinical needs,” said Frost & Sullivan Advanced Medical Technologies Principal Analyst Venkat Rajan. “Moving forward, the most successful enterprises will be looking to take a more holistic view of what the true meaning of value is to healthcare stakeholders and how their offering integrates with other aspects of healthcare diagnosis and delivery.”

Supporting Resources

For more information about Frost & Sullivan’s global Healthcare practice, please visit: http://www.healthcare.frost.com.

Registration

To attend the briefing, email jennifer.carson@frost.com your full name, job title, company name, company telephone number, company email address and website, city, state and country.
Receive a recorded version of the briefing any time after the live event by submitting the aforementioned contact details.

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?

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Contact:
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+1.210.247.2450
jennifer.carson@frost.com
Source: Frost & Sullivan

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March 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm

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The New Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It’s About Interactions

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— Aimia report: Loyalty programs that reward customers for behaviours and attitude build deep customer advocacy — and a sustainable competitive advantage

MONTREAL, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, today released Rewarding Interactions: Are You Ready for Customer Intimacy — a global report highlighting the importance of connecting with customers beyond the transactional level — planning for interactions both before and after the purchase activity.

For marketers there are opportunities to build real relationships with customers at every touch point or interaction. When effectively executed the intimacy and trust built through interactions are catalysts for customers to become brand ambassadors, promoting the brand to their networks including social media. Companies who truly value interactions develop additional ways to reward and recognize loyal customers beyond points, cash and discounts. For example, social currency — online recognition and status — is a way for customers to gain social standing among peers and social groups.

“Real loyalty isn’t created at the close of the sale,” said Rick Ferguson, Vice President, Knowledge Development for Aimia. “It’s created when the brand and the customer become intimate through multiple interactions before, during and after the purchase. Companies that strategically use those interactions to learn more about their customers will build greater loyalty, create new revenue streams and develop lifelong customers.”

According to Aimia’s research, there are four reasons marketers should collect interaction data in addition to transaction data:

To create new revenue streams. Interaction data is an untapped resource. There is revenue to be had from refining the information.
To drive incremental revenue from the loyalty base. Tying interactions to transactions creates a three dimensional, customer-centric view generating sustainable incremental lift beyond a campaign ROI.
To leverage and validate investments in new communication channels. Marketers need to reach consumers where, when and how they want to be reached. Different media, such as social media and mobile, are needed to connect with consumers throughout their interactions with the brand.
To lower the cost to serve, while increasing value. Seeing the consumer on her entire lifestyle journey enables a wider array of partnerships to be formed, lowering the cost to run the loyalty program while increasing value to the consumer.

The entire paper is available at http://www.aimia.com/content/aimiawebsite/global/en/new-thinking/library.html.

About Aimia
Aimia Inc. (“Aimia”) is a global leader in loyalty management. Employing more than 4,300 people in 20 countries worldwide, Aimia offers clients, partners and members proven expertise in launching and managing coalition loyalty programs, delivering proprietary loyalty services, creating value through loyalty analytics and driving innovation in the emerging digital, mobile and social communications spaces.

Aimia owns and operates Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, Nectar, the United Kingdom’s largest coalition loyalty program, Nectar Italia, and Smart Button, a leading provider of SaaS loyalty solutions. In addition, Aimia owns stakes in Air Miles Middle East, Mexico’s leading coalition loyalty program Club Premier, Brazil’s Prismah Fidelidade, China Rewards — the first coalition loyalty program in China that enables members to earn and redeem a common currency, and i2c, a joint venture with Sainsbury’s offering insight and data analytics services in the UK to retailers and suppliers. Aimia also holds minority positions in Cardlytics, a US-based private company operating in card-linked marketing for electronic banking and Think Big, the owner and operator of BIG – AirAsia and Tune Group’s loyalty program. Aimia is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: AIM). For more information, visit us at http://www.aimia.com.
Source: Aimia
Related stocks: Toronto:AIM

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March 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Expanding Labor Industry in Southeast Asian Countries Vitalizes the Above the Neck PPE Market

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— Strategic partnerships with local participants vital to gain a foothold in the market

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Asia-Pacific market for above the neck personal protection equipment (PPE) is expected to grow faster than its more mature counterparts in Western Europe and North America. This is mostly due to the breakneck growth of the construction sector and manufacturing industry across the emerging economies of Southeast Asia. The market in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), although saturated, is also forecast to grow, thanks to replacements, increasing technical specifications, and end users’ preference for premium quality products.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Asia-Pacific Above the Neck PPE Market, finds that the market earned revenues of US$270.4 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach US$334.1 million in 2017.

Governments in Southeast Asia are focusing on the expansion of public infrastructure such as roads, railways, hospitals, bridges, harbors, and airports. The residential sector, which accounts for a significant percent of construction activities, is also expected to grow fast owing to rising domestic incomes and rapid urbanization. This mushrooming of buildings, along with the improving safety norms in Southeast Asia following the influx of global companies, will give a huge fillip to the above the neck PPE market.

“Global manufacturing giants have invested substantially in this region due to the abundance of natural resources and availability of cheap, skilled human resource,” said Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials & Food Research Analyst Shray Sharma. “However, the significant presence of both multinational and local companies has compelled competition to be price-based.”

Another factor that fuels this price competition is the inflow of low-cost imports from China, Taiwan and India, which present a challenge to established participants. Since sales in the Asia-Pacific market are dominated by distributors, manufacturers need to forge lasting relationships to penetrate this geographically diverse market, expand operations, and obtain new end users.

“Some companies have explored the strategy of co-branding, in which the finished product carries the brand names of both the manufacturer and the distributor,” noted Sharma. “Overall, efficient customer service and strategic partnerships with service providers and distributors are important factors to thrive in this market.”

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

Analysis of the Asia-Pacific Above the Neck PPE Market is part of the Chemicals & Materials (http://www.chemicals.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: Analysis of the Western European Protective Footwear Market, and North American Industrial Protective Clothing 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
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Analysis of the Asia-Pacific Above the Neck PPE Market
P776-39

Contact:

Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications — Asia Pacific
P: +61-(02)-8247-8927
F: +61-(02)-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
F: +65-6890-0999
E: melissa.tan@frost.com

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

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March 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

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Frost & Sullivan: Hectic Oil Exploration Activity in Southeast Asia Makes a Case for Manufacturing Execution Systems

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— The economic viability of Southeast Asia encourages MES manufacturers to set up their plants in the region

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Asia-Pacific accounts for nearly 2.5 percent of the total global oil & gas (O&G) reserves, making it an O&G hub with exploration expansion in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. This increase in exploration and export capacity has significantly enhanced the demand for manufacturing execution systems (MES).

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Southeast Asian Manufacturing Execution Systems Market, finds that the market earned revenues of US$39.0 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach US$51.6 million in 2017.

The ease with which MES can be integrated into the existing machinery is one of the key reasons for its popularity. Therefore, even, brownfield projects are gradually adopting MES for higher productivity and meeting stringent global standards of quality and reliability.

Apart from the O&G industry, pharmaceuticals as well as pulp and paper have begun to install MES to reduce overhead expenses while increasing profits.

“The high inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) from the United States and Europe into Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam has made these countries competitive manufacturers,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Senior Research Analyst Vandhana Venkatesan. “This, along with the rise of the middle class and availability of cheap labor, has made Southeast Asia a lucrative manufacturing destination, in turn, ramping up the demand for MES.”

Furthermore, in order to cater to the growing demand from Southeast Asia with reduced lead times, MES manufacturers are also seeking to shift their manufacturing base to this region.

However, MES manufacturers often have to contend with the price sensitivity of their consumers. With the increasing costs of maintenance, small and medium manufacturers tend to prefer simple, in-house analysis methodologies. While indigenous analyses solutions may save costs, they do not provide the highest levels of accuracy required by global consumers.

MES are considered crucial for goal-oriented support of production. They not only link production and enterprise but also other activities in the supply chain, proving a continuous, holistic, and manageable value addition for end users.

“Some of MES’ functionalities include quality assurance, support of production scheduling, evaluation of production with focus on product quality, integration with safety systems and management of current and historical stock,” noted Venkatesan. “As manufacturers eventually realize the importance of MES in their process, market demand for these systems is expected to soar.”

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

Analysis of the Southeast Asian Manufacturing Execution Systems Market is part of the Industrial Automation & Process Control (http://www.industrialautomation.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: ANZ Manufacturing Execution Systems Market, Southeast Asia and ANZ Automation & Software Solutions Market for the Chemical & Petrochemical Industry, Western European Electric Motors Market, Global Smart Plants Market and Automation Trends in the Power Industry in Southeast Asia. All studies 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

Analysis of the Southeast Asian Manufacturing Execution Systems Market
P740-10

Contact:
Donna Jeremiah
Corporate Communications – Asia Pacific
P: +61 (02) 8247 8927
F: +61 (02) 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
F: +65 6890 0999
E: melissa.tan@frost.com

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

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March 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

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Human Longevity Inc. (HLI) Launched to Promote Healthy Aging Using Advances in Genomics and Stem Cell Therapies

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– HLI is Building World’s Largest Genotype/Phenotype Database by Sequencing up to 40,000 Human Genomes/Year Combined with Microbiome, Metabolome and Clinical Data to Develop Life Enhancing Therapies
– HLI has Purchased Two Illumina HiSeq X Ten Sequencing Systems
SAN DIEGO/PRNewswire/ — Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy, high performance human life span, was announced today by co-founders J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., Robert Hariri, M.D., Ph.D., and Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.
Logo- http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140304/LA76169LOGO
The company, headquartered in San Diego, California, is being capitalized with an initial $70 million in investor funding.
HLI’s funding is being used to build the largest human sequencing operation in the world to compile the most comprehensive and complete human genotype, microbiome, and phenotype database available to tackle the diseases associated with aging-related human biological decline. HLI is also leading the development of cell-based therapeutics to address age-related decline in endogenous stem cell function. Revenue streams will be derived from database licensing to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and academic organizations, sequencing, and development of advanced diagnostics and therapeutics.
“Using the combined power of our core areas of expertise — genomics, informatics, and stem cell therapies, we are tackling one of the greatest medical/scientific and societal challenges — aging and aging related diseases,” said Dr. Venter. “HLI is going to change the way medicine is practiced by helping to shift to a more preventive, genomic-based medicine model which we believe will lower healthcare costs. Our goal is not necessarily lengthening life, but extending a healthier, high performing, more productive life span.”
HLI has initially purchased two Illumina HiSeq X Ten Sequencing Systems (with the option to acquire three additional systems) to sequence up to 40,000 human genomes per year, with plans to rapidly scale to 100,000 human genomes per year. HLI will sequence a variety of humans — children, adults and super centenarians and those with disease and those that are healthy.
HLI is uniquely positioned to identify therapeutic solutions to preserve the healthy, high performing body by focusing on some of the most prevalent and actionable areas. HLI is concentrating on cancer, diabetes and obesity, heart and liver diseases, and dementia with its team of expert scientists and clinicians. The company has established strategic collaborations with Metabolon Inc., University of California, San Diego, and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI).
HLI is focusing its initial clinical sequencing efforts on cancer. While many are tackling this area using gene sequencing and other advanced technologies, there has not been a comprehensive clinical effort to combine germ line, human genome and tumor genome sequencing along with comprehensive biochemical information from each patient.
HLI and UC San Diego have signed a collaborative research agreement to develop protocols and procedures to enable whole genome, microbiome and tumor sequencing and analysis of consenting UC San Diego research patients. The goal is to analyze, utilize and share the data generated with the objective of enhancing diagnostic abilities and improving patient outcomes. The collaboration has begun with the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center led by Director Scott Lippman, M.D. The company will seek to extend this type of agreement and program with UC San Diego to other clinical centers worldwide.
Human Genotype and Phenotype Database Development: Microbiome and Metabolome Data
Along with the genomic data gleaned from the sequencing of complete human genomes, HLI will also be generating microbiome data for many of these individuals through its Biome Healthcare division, under the leadership of Karen Nelson, Ph.D. Nelson and her team led the first human microbiome study on the human gut which was published in the journal Science in 2006.
The microbiome consists of all the microbes that live in and on the human body that contribute to health and disease status of an individual. By better understanding a person’s microbiome (gut, oral, skin, lung, and other body sites), the company anticipates developing improved probiotics and other advanced diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to improve health and wellness.
Along with the microbiome data, HLI will capture and analyze each individual’s metabolomic data. The metabolome is the full complement of metabolites, biochemicals and lipids circulating throughout the human body. HLI has signed an agreement with Metabolon Inc., a diagnostic products and services company offering the biochemical profiling platform, to capture this information from each of the genomic samples that HLI is collecting. Metabolomics is important because quantifying and understanding the full picture of circulating chemicals in the body can help researchers get a clearer picture of that individual’s health status, and provide markers and pathways associated with drug action.
Stem Cell Therapies
The company will be embarking on an ambitious multi-pronged effort utilizing stem cell therapy advances to enhance and improve the healthy life span. HLI’s work is premised on the theory that as the human body ages many biological changes occur, including substantial changes and degradation to the genome of the differentiated, specialized cells found in all body tissues. There is also a depletion and degradation of healthy regenerative stem cell populations in the body over time. HLI will monitor the genomic changes which occur during stem cell differentiation, normal aging, and in association with the onset of disease.
“The global market for healthy human longevity is enormous with total healthcare expenditures in those 65 and older running well over $7 trillion,” said Dr. Hariri. “We believe that HLI’s unique science and technology, along with our business leadership, will positively impact the healthcare market with novel diagnostics and therapeutics.”
Other Strategic Collaborations
HLI is establishing a collaboration and research services agreement with the JCVI covering proteomics, infectious disease diagnostics, and the human microbiome. Dr. Venter is founder and CEO of JCVI, leaders in human, microbial, and synthetic genomics. HLI will be licensing intellectual property from JCVI.
“Between 1910 and 2010 improvements in medicine and sanitation increased the human lifespan by 50 percent from 50 to 75 years,” said Dr. Diamandis. “Today with the emergence of exponential technologies such as those being pioneered and advanced by HLI we have the potential to meaningfully extend the lifespan even further.”
About Human Longevity Inc. (HLI)
HLI, a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, CA was founded in 2013 by pioneers in the fields of genomics and stem cell therapy. Using advances in genomic sequencing, the human microbiome, proteomics, informatics, computing, and cell therapy technologies, HLI is building the world’s most comprehensive database of human genotypes and phenotypes as a basis for a variety of commercialization opportunities to help solve aging related disease and human biological decline. HLI will be licensing access to its database, and developing new diagnostics and therapeutics as part of their product offerings. For more information please visit, http://www.humanlongevity.com
Source: Human Longevity Inc.

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Highlight at the Geneva Motor Show 2014: The World Premiere of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine With nanoFLOWCELL(R) Powertrain Concept

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VADUZ, Liechtenstein /PRNewswire/ — “A vision becomes reality.” With these words, Nunzio La Vecchia presented the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine during the press day of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The world premiere of the first automobile with a nanoFLOWCELL® powertrain aroused great international media interest. This highly anticipated, revolutionary powertrain technology and energy-storage system can give new impetus to the field of electric mobility.
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“The QUANT e-Sportlimousine is a research vehicle for road testing innovative energy storage systems, focusing especially on development and improvements in flow cell battery technology. The QUANT e-Sportlimousine is neither a show car, nor a concept car. It is the first automobile to be fitted with the nanoFLOWCELL® that is also designed from the ground up to meet all homologation requirements,” according to Nunzio La Vecchia, Technical Director of nanoFLOWCELL AG.
How the nanoFLOWCELL® works
Flow cells combine aspects of electrochemical accumulator cells with those of fuel cells. Liquid electrolytes are kept in two tanks and circulated through the cell. At the heart of the system, a membrane separates the two electrolytic solutions, but allows electrical charge to pass through and thereby produce power for the drive train.
Advantages of the nanoFLOWCELL®
“The advantages of the nanoFLOWCELL® lie in its high charge density, high performance density, and its light weight compared to conventional energy storage systems. Furthermore, it contains no harmful substances, no moving parts, and it is very efficient,” explains Nunzio La Vecchia.
The nanoFLOWCELL® was conceived and is under active development at the nanoFLOWCELL DigiLab simulation lab at nanoFLOWCELL AG in Zurich, Switzerland. The results are very promising: At a nominal voltage of 600 V and 50 A nominal current the system is achieving an impressive continuous output of 30 kW. The nanoFLOWCELL® has a 5-times greater performance-by-weight than current lithium-ion technologies that power most of today’s electrical vehicles, meaning its driving range is 5-times greater than a conventional unit of the same weight.
You will find further, in-depth information as well as photos and videos of the new QUANT e-Sportlimousine in the nanoFLOWCELL AG online media centre at http://www.nanoflowcell.com
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Presseburo nanoFLOWCELL AG
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Volker Pulskamp-Bocking Morikestrasse 15
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Tel.: +49(0)711/380-303-520
E-Mail: presse@nanoflowcell.com
Internet: http://www.nanoflowcell.com
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March 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

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EdX Announces New Membership Structure; Expands edx.org

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— Growing demand from foundations, NGOs, businesses and universities to offer courses on edx.org has prompted the nonprofit to expand its membership model

— Smithsonian, Linux Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank and Osaka University among new members joining the non-profit online learning community

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — EdX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative composed of the 32 charter members of the xConsortium, today announced a new expanded membership structure that will enable additional universities and colleges, foundations and other global organizations to join the edX community. These new members will supplement the distinguished group of colleges and universities that currently make up the xConsortium. The expansion comes in response to increasing demand from edX students for a broader array of courses, along with growing interest from academic and non-academic institutions to offer a diverse set of high quality courses to a global audience on edx.org and through the expanding network of edX open source partners.

New edX members represent a diverse mix of global leaders that will develop high-quality courses for the edX platform. The xConsortium includes founding members Harvard and MIT and some of the world’s most prestigious universities such as Australian National University, UC Berkeley, Boston University, Delft University of Technology, University of Texas, Tsinghua University and the University of Queensland. The 32 charter members will continue to provide edX with strategic counsel, while driving its three-part mission: to open up access to the world’s best education globally, improve on-campus education, and conduct research to enhance teaching and learning.

New edX members announced today include:

Colleges and Universities
Colgate University
Hamilton College
OpenCourseWare Consortium
Osaka University
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Other institutions
International Monetary Fund
Inter-American Development Bank
Learning by Giving Foundation (Buffett family philanthropy)
The Linux Foundation
The Smithsonian Institution
Television Educativa, Secretaria de Educacion Publica, Mexico

“Improving the quality of global education and student success remains at the core of the edX mission, and we are continuing to grow and expand as we build the next generation of online learning,” said Anant Agarwal, president of edX. “We are energized by the increasing interest from leaders in academia, non-profits, NGOs, countries and industry to join the edX community, with many also using our open source technology. Through our new membership structure, we are opening up edx.org to a wider pool of quality course providers, while offering both our global learners and our open-source adopters additional diversity and richness in our course offerings.”

“EdX shares our values in increasing access to course material that can help learners achieve their personal goals and advance important technologies like Linux,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “EdX, like Linux Foundation, is not-for-profit and uses open source to innovate. Our partnership is a natural one, and we look forward to working together to bring important knowledge to the masses.”

Adds Tedd Dodds, CIO of xConsortium member Cornell University, “When we joined edX in 2013, we were continuing the Cornell tradition of serving a broad community of students. Expanding edX membership to global leaders such as the Smithsonian helps all edX partners, including Cornell, to extend our reach to an even more diverse set of learners. We welcome these new members to the edX platform.”

All courses developed by these new members, such as “Giving With Purpose: How to get the most out of your charitable giving,” offered by Learning by Giving Foundation, will be vetted by edX to ensure relevance and quality.

Since its inception, edX has embraced a number of innovative collaborations with organizations including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Stanford University, The College Board, World Economic Forum and others. Institutions and countries that have adopted edX’s open source platform include France, China, Japan and the Queen Rania Foundation.

EdX offers more than 150 courses in many areas of study, including the arts and humanities, public health, law, math, and computer science. More than 400 faculty and staff teach on the edX platform and over 100,000 certificates have been earned by edX students.

About edX
EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise offering online courses from the 32 global institutions of higher education that comprise the xConsortium, along with a diverse group of leading organizations around the world that also contributes courses to edx.org. Founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, edX is focused on transforming online and on-campus learning through groundbreaking methodologies, game-like experiences and cutting-edge research on an open source platform. Based in Cambridge, MA, USA, edX is focused on people, not profit.

Contact:
Dan O’Connell
Associate Director of Communications, edX
oconnell@edx.org
Source: edX

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March 7, 2014 at 10:36 am

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