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Heraeus enters agreement to acquire NeoMetrics

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota and PLYMOUTH, Minnesota, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Heraeus Medical Components, a global business unit of Heraeus Holding GmbH, has executed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the stock in NeoMetrics.  NeoMetrics, headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, specializes in designing and manufacturing guidewires and components for medical devices.  The company’s production facilities, in both Minnesota and Costa Rica, include cleanroom manufacturing and extensive guidewire fabrication technologies.  Closing of this transaction is expected to occur in the next 60 days.

“With this acquisition, Heraeus Medical Components will add new interventional technologies to augment their leadership position as a sourcing solution for the world’s medical device companies. We are excited about the potential growth opportunities within the interventional field,” said Dr. Nicolas Guggenheim, President of Heraeus Medical Components.  “NeoMetrics’ experience in the development of interventional and vascular access guidewires substantially builds upon our existing component capabilities.  We plan to use our combined expertise to bring new solutions for our medical device customers.”

“We are excited to become part of Heraeus Medical Components,” said Dave Liebl, President, NeoMetrics.  “Joining Heraeus will allow us to support our continued growth, including the opportunity to introduce our products and expertise to new markets.  Both companies share a culture of consistently exceeding customer expectations.”

The management team and employees of NeoMetrics will continue as part of Heraeus, contributing important domain expertise and ensuring continuity for customers.  Gene Champeau, co-founder and CEO of NeoMetrics will assist Heraeus in developing new business platforms and product strategies on a consulting basis. Heraeus intends to continue operation of both of the NeoMetrics facilities post-closing.

About NeoMetrics
NeoMetrics, headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, is a private company that was founded in 2001.  The company operates exclusively as an OEM partner of medical device companies. They specialize in designing, manufacturing and securing Regulatory clearance for interventional and vascular access guidewires.

About Heraeus
Heraeus Medical Components is a global business unit of Heraeus Holding GmbH. Heraeus, the technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a global, private company with more than 160 years of tradition. We create high value solutions for our customers, strengthening their competitiveness for the long term. Our fields of competence include precious metals, materials and technologies, sensors, biomaterials and medical products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources.

In fiscal year 2013, Heraeus achieved product revenue of €3.6 billion and precious metals trading revenue of €13.5 billion. With some 12,500 employees in over 110 subsidiaries worldwide, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.

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March 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm

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Control Risks Expands its Forensic Investigations and Compliance Consulting Capabilities

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SINGAPORE, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Control Risks, the global business risk consultancy, announces the appointment of Mavis Tan and Simon Blade as Senior Managing Directors in Control Risks’ forensic investigations, compliance and insolvency practice in Hong Kong.

These appointments are in response to growing market demand for specialist knowledge in complex cases of fraud, financial disputes and corruption, including FCPA investigations and compliance audits.

Between them, Mr Blade and Ms Tan have over 35 years’ experience in forensic accounting, litigation support and insolvency. This includes giving expert testimony in a number of criminal and commercial matters involving corruption, fraud, asset-tracing and company valuations. Prior to joining Control Risks, they were both Senior Managing Directors in FTI Consulting’s forensic and litigation consulting practice. Joining them will be a multi-skilled team of professionals with extensive experience of assisting multinationals and private clients with pre-transaction due-diligence and post-acquisition compliance issues, shareholder disputes and whistle-blower allegations.

The skills and experience of Mr Blade and Ms Tan augment Control Risks’ substantial existing forensics and compliance teams in Shanghai, and e-discovery business in Hong Kong. Working with the firm’s market-leading crisis management and business intelligence capabilities, this unique combination of skills supports C-suite executives in making critical decisions when faced with complex compliance and investigations issues.

Kent Kedl, Control Risks’ Managing Director of Greater China and North Asia, said:

Hong Kong is a critical hub for mainland China and Asia-related investigations, and we are thrilled to have professionals with such depth of experience and credibility in the market to lead our practice there. The challenging regulatory situation in mainland China has become more aggressive in the past two years and Mavis, Simon and their team will enable us to help our global clients effectively navigate this increasingly difficult environment.

“With these new appointments, the collective experience of the Control Risks’ team is now unmatched in this market, not only in Asia, but throughout the world.”

Mr Blade and Ms Tan have been involved in several high profile cases in recent years. These include leading the forensic accounting investigations of the China-based subsidiary of a US-listed medical instrument supplier which led to the client self-reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and conducting an FCPA risk assessment for a US-listed medical devices company after its acquisition, advising in the management of third party distributors in the Greater China region.

“We are delighted to be part of the Control Risks’ team,” said Ms Tan. “The company’s reputation for understanding the regulatory landscape affecting different industries and their track record for successfully steering their clients through complicated corruption and compliance cases are second to none.”

Notes to editors:

About Control Risks

Control Risks is a global risk consultancy specialising in political, security and integrity risk. The company enables its clients to understand and manage the risks of operating in complex or hostile environments. Through a unique combination of services, wide geographical reach and by adopting a close partnership approach with clients, Control Risks helps organisations effectively solve problems and realise new opportunities across the world. http://www.controlrisks.com

For further information, contact:
Angie Rayment, Regional Marketing Director, Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-9770-7201
Email: angie.rayment@controlrisks.com

Source: Control Risks

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March 20, 2015 at 8:04 pm

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Capitalizing on U.S. Ethane & LPG Supply/Demand Balances Through Growing Asian Petrochemical & Fuel Markets

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SINGAPORE, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Leading industry figures from companies such as BP, Oriental Energy, SK Advanced, Reliance, Antero, Sunoco, Indian Oil, Wanhua Chemical Group, Williams and more will come together at U.S Ethane & LPG Export Congress: Asia 2015, in Singapore on May 27-28.

These speakers will represent the United States, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and India with the goal of understanding supply/demand balances and determining the business case for C2-C4 export, to maximize arbitrage throughout depressed crude pricing.

The huge overabundance of NGLs from the U.S. shale revolution has meant supply has dramatically surpassed domestic demand. These attractive economics led to global LPG export, and through the latter half of 2014, ethane export contracts to Europe and India through the likes of Ineos, Borealis and Reliance.

With the dramatic drop in crude at the end of 2014 the arbitrage between ethane and LPG and naphtha has become much closer, creating uncertainty over the viability for U.S. NGL export, at least in the short-term. This will be the only event that brings together leading industry figures from the United States and Asia to identify the most profitable markets for U.S. ethane and LPG.

This is the only event to provide top level insight into U.S ethane and LPG supply volume, pipeline and terminal infrastructure and accurately reveal Asian petrochemical and fuel sourcing to determine demand and export potential to China, Japan, Korea and other developing Asian economies.

For the past 4 years, American and Canadian Business Conferences have hosted midstream and downstream summits, providing the platform for the industry to exchange knowledge and ideas, resulting in a multitude of cutting edge and forward thinking initiatives.

Since 2013, American Business Conferences have hosted an Ethane series, with 2 highly successful summits taking place in Houston in October 2013 and 2014. In just a year the event nearly doubled in size, with both events receiving fantastic industry feedback.

A video from this event can be viewed here: http://www.ethane-lpg-asia.com/9/history/80/history/

For more information on the upcoming event in Singapore, please follow this link: http://www.ethane-lpg-asia.com

If you have any questions, then please email philip.brown@lbcg.com

+44-(0)800-098-8489

Source: LBCG

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March 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm

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Impact Sourcing: A Bold New Model for BPO Hiring in a Global Economy

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— Discover the advantages of utilizing Impact Sourcing (IS) services for your business, during Frost & Sullivan’s complimentary webinar

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ —

WHEN:

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EDT 

LOCATION:

Online, complimentary registration available at: http://bit.ly/1EwoC73

SPEAKERS:

Frost & Sullivan Customer Contact Global Program Director Stephen Loynd, Customer Contact Principal Analyst Michael DeSalles, Rockefeller Foundation Associate Director Sarah Troup, Microsoft Global Consumer Support General Manager Rene Yoakum and Teleperformance Global Management Team Executive Vice President Mark Pheiffer.

Impact Sourcing (IS) is a business process service delivery model that provides quality and cost, at parity with traditional Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), but with optimized enhancements. Impact Sourcing employs individuals with limited opportunity for sustainable employment as principal workers in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centers to provide high-quality, information-based services to domestic and international public and private-sector clients.

Attend this webinar to learn about:

  • A qualified, trained talent pool with skill sets aligned to match client needs,
  • Lower attrition rates and higher corresponding levels of employee engagement
  • Opportunities to fulfill corporate social responsibility and diversity objectives

This briefing will be beneficial for HR managers, recruiters, talent managers and BPO providers interested in an alternative hiring model. A new report funded by the Rockefeller Foundation estimates that the field of Impact Sourcing, employing socioeconomically disadvantaged people in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centers, is currently $4.5 billion and has the potential to reach $20 billion and employ 780,000 by 2015.

Supporting Quotes

“Impact Sourcing is good for business and good for communities,” says Frost & Sullivan Customer Contact Principal Analyst Michael DeSalles“I believe that in the future, global BPOs will leverage impact sourcing as a competitive advantage while meeting corporate social responsibility goals across geographies.”

Registration

  • To attend the briefing, you can register by visiting: http://bit.ly/1EwoC73
  • For further information email clarissa.castaneda@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 anytime 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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March 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm

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Sigma-Aldrich Announces Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Roche

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— Provides Researchers with Global Access to Roche Biochemical Reagents Product Portfolio

ST. LOUIS /PRNewswire/ — Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (NASDAQ: SIAL), a leading Life Science and Technology company, announced today it signed an exclusive global distribution agreement with Roche(SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY). The agreement pairs Roche’s high-quality Biochemical Reagents product portfolio with the industry-leading eCommerce and supply chain capabilities of Sigma-Aldrich.

Under the agreement, Sigma-Aldrich will employ its sales, marketing and eCommerce expertise, and leverage the strength of its relationships with the scientific community, to present and distribute the Roche Biochemical Reagents product portfolio, which includes kits and enzymes for cellular analysis, proteomics and conventional PCR applications. For more information, visit www.sigma-aldrich.com/roche.

“Sigma-Aldrich is excited to offer the global scientific community access to Roche’s leading portfolio of scientific tools and reagents. The addition of these life science tools supports our strategy to augment our portfolio with products that accelerate customer scientific research programs,” said Eric Green, Executive Vice President and President, Sigma-Aldrich Research. “We look forward to working with Roche in this relationship.”

“This agreement allows us to provide more customers with access to high-quality Roche Biochemical Reagent products through Sigma-Aldrich’s expanded eCommerce and distribution networks,” said Paul Brown, Head of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. “In addition, this will provide us the flexibility to devote more resources to our primary focus areas.”

Transition of the Roche portfolio to Sigma-Aldrich is expected to take place in 2015. In the interim, these products will continue to be available through existing Roche channels. For more information, visit the Roche or Sigma-Aldrich websites.

©2015 Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC. All rights reserved. Sigma-Aldrich and SAFC are trademarks of Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC or its affiliates, registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Sigma-Aldrich and Sigma are trademarks of Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC., registered in the US and other countries.

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March 20, 2015 at 5:51 pm

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Bangkok to Host Asia’s Leading News Media Event

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16th Publish Asia and 15th Asian Media Awards to be held jointly from 28 to 30 April 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand

SINGAPORE, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Publish Asia 2015, the annual Asian newspaper conference from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), is set to take place in Bangkok, Thailand on 28-30 of April 2014.

For its 16th edition, Publish Asia (http://www.wan-ifra.org/events/publish-asia-2015) will focus on case studies showing how media companies across the globe are defining and implementing innovative strategies to consolidate their print operations while building up sound foundations to secure digital growth. Over 400 newspaper executives from Asia Pacific and the Middle East are expected to attend the three-day event.

“Following the outstanding success of the World Newspaper Congress which was held in Bangkok in 2013, Publish Asia’s main industry partners unanimously voted for Thailand as their preferred venue for Publish Asia 2015. Going back to Bangkok was therefore and easy decision to take for WAN-IFRA,” said Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Editor in Chief of Post Publishing and Chairman of WAN-IFRA’s Asian Pacific Committee.

“Bangkok remains one of Asia’s favourite destinations. The warm support of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International and the vibrancy of the Thai newspaper industry make it an ideal venue for organising an inspiring and exciting event,” said Gilles Demptos, Director Asia of WAN-IFRA. “Publish Asia will also be an opportunity for Asian news publishers to show solidarity and support in challenging times to their Thai peers,” he said.

Publish Asia 2015 will cover the management, advertising and editorial aspects of the newspaper and news publishing business. It will include the following events:

The CEO Conference will look at how the media landscape is changing and how publishers can adapt and define their strategies to ensure a successful future.

The Newsroom Summit will tackle the problems and challenges facing Editors, Managing Editors, News Editors, Chief Reporters and all those who are involved in leading and managing newsrooms in a multiple media environment.

The Advertising Summit aims to cover the latest trends that are currently transforming the relationship between media companies, advertisers and agencies.

The Printing Summit will present recent innovations in newspaper production that can contribute to reducing costs or generating new revenue streams from print.

The Expo will showcase the latest technology and service offerings for optimizing newspaper production in print as well as on new media platforms, while one-day learning seminars will offer in-depth insights on specific topics.

Two masterclasses will offer in-depth insights, on April 28, on Visual communication and storytelling in the age of the tablet – under the leadership of Mario Garcia – and on how to develop more effective ad sales operations, under the guidance of Eamonn Byrne.

Winners of the much awaited Asian Media Awards 2015 will be presented during the Asian Media Awards Gala Dinner on 29 April. More information is available at http://www.wan-ifra.org/ama.

Confirmed speakers at Publish Asia 2015 include:

Pit Gottschalk is Managing Director of Content Management at Europe’s largest newspaper group, Axel Springer. A former head of the CEO’s Office, Pit will give in his keynote presentation at Publish Asia’s opening session some insights on Springer’s strategy for growth, including Merger & Aquisitions in the digital sphere and the much debated multimedia revamp of its flagship daily, Bilt.

Mario Garcia, Founder and CEO of Garcia Media, is one of the world’s most famous media gurus. He has completed close to 700 consulting projects in 120 countries and won over 300 SND Awards. He will present at Publish Asia his vision for multimedia storytelling in the age of the tablet.

Vachara Vacharaphol is CEO of TrendVG3, the broadcasting and digital arm of Thairath, Thailand’s largest daily newspaper. Khun Junior will explain TrendVG3’s journey for launching a new TV channel from scratch in Publish Asia’s “From newspaper to broadcaster” session.

Frederique Lancien is Digital and New Business Director at Groupe L’Equipe. In this position, she developped new digital businesses and products for France’s leading sports newspaper. She will present her group’s latest achievements at the CEO conference as part of the “Diversifying Revenue Streams” session.

Helena Phua is Executive Vice President, Asia/Pacific for the International New York Times. She will outline INYT’s approach to growing its business in Asia and share some of the exciting new print and digital initiatives being launched in the region throughout 2015.

Jeongdo Hong, Chief Executive Officer of Joongang Ilbo Media Network (JMNet), a leading multimedia company in South Korea, will discuss the challenges of launching a TV channel and the synergies found with his group’s other media. He will speak at the session “From newspaper to broadcaster” on April 30.

Pedro Monteiro, Product Manager for Digital Paid Content at Impresa Publishing, specialises in developing new digital media products for various publishing brands. He will present at Publish Asia the new tablet edition of Portugal’s daily of reference, Expresso, and share its cross-media paid content strategy.

The full conference programme is available at: http://www.wan-ifra.org/events/publish-asia-2015

About WAN-IFRA

WAN-IFRA (www.wan-ifra.org), based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India and Mexico is the world’s association of newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

WAN-IFRA’s Asia Pacific office, based in Singapore, helps to bring services such as trainings, events, consulting and publications closer to members in the region.

Inquiries to:

Wilson Leong
Operations Manager, WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
Phone: +65-6562-8446
E-Mail: wilson.leong@wan-ifra.org

http://www.wan-ifra.org/events/publish-asia-2015, http://www.wan-ifra.org/ama, http://www.wan-ifra.org

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March 20, 2015 at 5:37 pm

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Ameyo Features in ‘The Gartner CRM Vendor Guide, 2015’ in the Contact Center Infrastructure and Asia-Pacific Region CRM Application Software Specialists Space

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GURGAON, India /PRNewswire/ — Ameyo (www.Ameyo.com), a leading contact center technology with practice leadership in more than twelve industry verticals, has been featured in ‘The Gartner CRM Vendor Guide, 2015’ in the ‘Contact Center Infrastructure’ and ‘Asia/Pacific Region CRM Application Software Specialists’ space.

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According to Gartner, in its 2015 CRM Vendor Guide for Contact Center Infrastructure (CCI), “While some best-of-breed products will remain relevant, customers are progressively moving to broader solutions from vendors that can provide a portfolio of applications spanning a broad set of functionality, including automatic call distribution (ACD), multimedia routing, IVR, automated outbound calling, computer telephony integration (CTI), and workforce optimization.”

Ameyo, being a new-generation contact center technology suite that ties all the assets of the contact center together, focuses on helping businesses re-engineer and rebrand their customer interaction processes so as to achieve true Omni-channel Customer Engagement.

Along with featuring in the CCI space, Ameyo is listed in the Asia/Pacific Region CRM Application Software Specialists as one of the local players that challenges the global players in various geographies and industries. According to Gartner, the Asia-Pacific region continues to invest in CRM, with a focus on sales, followed by customer service, and marketing with an observed increase in overall investments in social for CRM, marketing automation and digital commerce in 2014.

Ameyo has been recognized in the areas of customer experience management, networking, and unified communications and collaboration. Ameyo is committed to working closely with industry experts and analysts to ensure they are well informed on every aspect of the company to instigate proactive customer-engagement at all fronts of customer channel.

Mr. Bishal Lachhiramka, CEO of Ameyo says, “It’s great to receive this recognition for all the hard work by our entire team. This further highlights our commitment to help our clients to impart customer experience to the end-user community. This evaluation of our technology is focused on the endeavour to deliver high impact solutions in the global CCI space.”

With this announcement Ameyo further strengthens its leadership position in Asia-Pacific with recent key customer acquisitions including Admerex, Indovision, VADS, etc.

Learn how Ameyo can transform your contact center into a customer engagement hub, Click here to setup a 30 min consultation with the Ameyo CX experts.

Originally published on Ameyo Newsroom

Media Contact:

Kartik Kakar
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March 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

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Doble Engineering Company Releases Delphi Portable for Fast and Accurate Dissolved Gas Analysis in the Field

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— New Delphi Portable Dissolved Gas Analyzer Helps to Cost-Effectively Track Transformer Health

WATERTOWN, Mass. /PRNewswire/ — Doble Engineering Company, a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), today announced the release of the Delphi Portable™ – a fast, accurate and reliable dissolved gas analyzer for power transformers, and the newest member of the Doble Delphi product line. The Delphi Portable offers detailed data analysis in the field, complementing the standard Delphi, which is an on-line monitor that provides a ‘check engine light’ approach.

For use in routine and emergency testing situations, the Delphi Portable takes dissolved gas analysis (DGA) readings in 30 minutes or less, sharing actionable information on seven key diagnostic gases and moisture in insulating oil. The new device uses patented photo-acoustic cantilever technology for accuracy and repeatability, giving electric power professionals the data they need to make effective asset maintenance and operational decisions.

“The Delphi Portable brings valuable and reliable DGA testing into the field,” said Dr. Tony McGrail, solutions director, asset management and monitoring technology at Doble Engineering Company. “If your on-line DGA device issues an alarm, you can further investigate with the Delphi Portable. It will significantly improve our customers’ ability to evaluate the health of transformers, and other oil-filled equipment, with near-immediate results.”

The Delphi Portable identifies faults by measuring composite gas levels. The tool combines traditional DGA and Doble’s unique Dissolved Gas Anomaly Indication system (DG-AI) to identify results which need further attention. Users benefit from an easy-to-operate interface within the device as well as its built in printer for hard copy results.

Additional Delphi Portable features include:

  • Built-in data storage and data management
  • Powerful tool for use in the field or the laboratory
  • The ability to export data to any standard database, maintenance management system or into dobleARMS™
  • Measurements backed by the dobleDATABASE™ of laboratory and field test results

“Doble understands how important failure prevention is and what a big role early detection plays in preventing system deterioration,” said Don Angell, vice president of global strategy and solutions at Doble. “From new diagnostic tools, such as the Delphi Portable, to our laboratory services and analytical support, Doble is always looking for new ways to assist our customers in their asset management and maintenance programs.”

For more information on the Delphi Portable, please visit the product webpage. The Delphi Portable will be on display at the upcoming 82nd International Conference of Doble Clients.

About Doble Engineering Company
Now in 110 countries, Doble Engineering Company has been helping clients in the electric power industry improve operations and optimize system performance for nearly a century. Doble offers diagnostic instruments, services, and the world’s premier library of statistically significant apparatus test results for the benefit of energy generation, transmission, delivery companies and industrial power users worldwide. Doble is part of the Utility Solutions Group of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), St. Louis. For more information, visit: www.doble.com

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Source: Doble Engineering Company

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March 20, 2015 at 5:27 pm

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Acision Powers Messaging Monetisation Service at Claro Peru to Extend the Use of SMS and Build Customer Loyalty

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READING, England /PRNewswire/ —

Acision’s Collect SMS enables operators to recoup lost revenues from unsent texts while driving greater dialogue for users with service restrictions due to lack of prepaid credit  

Acision, a global leader in mobile messaging services, today announces that Claro Peru has enhanced its text messaging (SMS) business using Acision’s award-winning Collect SMS solution, enabling it to monetise the zero balance prepaid market. Acision Collect SMS, launched as “SMS Cobrar” (SMS Receivables) by Claro Peru, allows subscribers to still send text messages when out of credit, by requesting the receiver to accept the charges.

With a large and diverse group of services, Claro Peru, wanted a new service to add to its portfolio that increased usage of SMS amongst its user base. With Acision Collect SMS, Claro Peru is now targeting subscribers with a highly-effective messaging service, which enables the operator to maximise monetisation and revenue opportunities, as users who would normally experience service restrictions due to a lack of credit, can now issue a message recipient with an SMS requesting acceptance of the charge for the inbound text.

Discussing this, Vanessa Solis, Manager of Value Added Services, Claro Peru, commented, “Our main focus aims to expand the range of value added services we offer to our users and enhance their experience. The SMS Cobrar service allows our users to use this valuable communication tool as many times as required, even when they have exhausted their balance recharge.”

Much like the popular collect call service, Acision Collect SMS enables customers to continue to communicate when funds aren’t available but also increases customer loyalty and user experience through a simple, transparent, high-value service. Amongst other scenarios, this is particularly relevant for the teenage or youth markets that are more likely to be ‘zero credit’ subscribers, and may need to send an urgent or important message to parents.  For example, with this service, the parent can accept the charge and receive the intended message

Fatima Raimondi, President and General Manager at Acision, added: “Acision’s Collect SMS service is becoming a well-established solution in the LATAM market, and Claro is another one of our customers to launch and promote this solution to increase service usage of SMS.  Service uptake has been positive to date, where the market is receptive to value add services and where there is a significant prepay market. Acision Collect SMS personalises and differentiates SMS, enabling operators to compete on factors other than price and connectivity, with unique tools that positively impact the user experience.”

In 2012 Acision won ‘Best Emerging Market Product’ for Collect SMS in the Total Telecom World Vendor Awards. For more information, please click here. Acision’s innovative service is available globally, across any platform or network type and works especially well in emerging markets where the majority of mobile users are pre-paid.

About Acision

Acision connects the world by powering relevant, seamless mobile engagement services that interoperate across IP platforms and enrich the user experience creating value and new communication opportunities for carriers, enterprises and consumers across the world.

For more information, visit Acision at http://www.acision.com

About Claro

Claro belongs to Grupo America Movil, a leading telecommunications service in Latin America with presence in 18 countries. In June 2014, the America Movil Group had 339 million users of mobile and fixed services in the region.

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March 20, 2015 at 5:06 pm

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KPMG Australia to acquire First Point Global and expand cyber security business

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SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ — KPMG Australia will acquire Asia Pacific cyber security technology solutions business, First Point Global, as part of a global strategy to expand the firm’s cyber capabilities. Today’s announcement marks the fourth cyber acquisition by the KPMG international network in the past five months.

First Point Global specialises in identity and access management (IAM). Founding partners John Havers and Jan Zeilinga will join KPMG’s Cyber Security leadership team and bring with them 30 professionals – the largest specialist IAM team in the country. The combined team, to be known as KPMG First Point Global, will offer clients a full spectrum of cyber services spanning consulting, systems implementation and ongoing support.

“This acquisition deepens our cyber capability in Australia, and is a very smart fit for growing client needs and our firm,” said KPMG Australia CEO, Gary Wingrove. “KPMG is already well positioned with a strong team focused on cyber risk, protection and cyber crime investigations. Now we can offer a much deeper capability by creating one of the leading cyber security consulting groups in Australia.”

Today’s announcement marks the sixth acquisition by KPMG Australia in the past 18 months – including social media risk consultancy, SR7; the Melbourne team of Pacific Strategy Partners; an accounting practice in Karratha, WA; mining services consultancy Momentum Partners; and most recently SGA Property Consultancy.

According to John Havers, CEO of First Point Global, digital identity and access management have risen in visibility within the corporate hierarchy, from the backroom to the boardroom.

“Ten years ago, we were having discussions with technologists about authentication and authorisation. Our discipline then became important for audit, risk and finance to address growing compliance requirements. Today, digital identity and its management underpins customer-facing services which are strategic for the growth and survival of businesses, and C-level executives and boards care about that,” he commented.

Globally, KPMG has identified cyber security as one of six strategic growth initiatives for focused investment. In the past five months, KPMG has invested substantially internationally in strengthening its cyber capabilities. This includes acquisitions of Qubera, a leading identity and access management consultancy operating in the USA, UK and India; P3 Consulting, a Frankfurt-based security boutique consultancy; and most recently Finnish cyber security business, Trusteq Oy – which also specialises in identity and access management services and security transformation.

“Cyber security is one of the greatest risks facing business today. The critical challenge of protecting information systems and assets, and the reputational and regulatory implications of failing to do so continue to raise the stakes on cyber security and governance. Investors and regulators are increasingly challenging boards to step up their oversight of cyber security and calling for greater transparency around major breaches and their impact on the business,” said Malcolm Marshall, KPMG’s Global Head of Cyber Security.

“First Point Global brings a particular strength in placing customer identity management at the heart of our clients’ customer strategies, building revenue as well as managing risk. This, and the other capabilities they bring, are being combined with our own strengths and those of the other acquisitions to make KPMG the clear choice in identity and access management globally,” he added.

Commercial terms were not disclosed.

About KPMG International

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 162,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

For further information: Brian Bannister, KPMG International, +44-7919-393753

Source: KPMG International

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