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More than 10,000 Professionals from Local and International Countries Join VietWater 2015

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HANOI, Vietnam/PRNewswire/ — In less than two weeks, the 7thEdition of the VIETWATER 2015 Expo & Forum will return to Hanoi after two years of successful events in Ho Chi Minh City. This special event will take place at theVietnam Exhibition Fair Centre (VEFAC) in Hanoi from 25-27 November, 2015. Organised by UBM Asia, VIETWATER 2015 is a part of in the globally renowned Asia Water & Wastewater Industry Show Series, which includes Asiawater, MyanmarWater, Thai Water and Water Philippines, held across ASEAN countries. VIETWATER 2015 attracts many industry-leading companies and showcase the latest cutting-edge technologies.

Vietwater Expo & Forum
Vietwater Expo & Forum



Hosted by the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA), with strong support from the Administration of Technical Infrastructure, the Ministry of Construction and the Southeast Asian Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN), the event will gather over 380 exhibitors from 35 countries and 11 international pavilions, including pavilions from France, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australiaand the EU. Famous brand-names, such as Grundfos, Wilo, Swing Corporation, Tsurumi Pump, Hydro Vacuum, ABB, Festo, TSS Tokyo, JFE Engineering, Yokogawa, Saer, Tabuchi, Ebara and Kobelco-Eco Solution, will bring out the world’s latest innovative solutions, technologies and products/services in the water supply, sanitation, and industrial wastewater treatment and purification sectors.

VietWater 2015 will provide a comprehensive business network for local and international enterprises to interact with over 10,000 industrial professionals, decision-makers, potential buyers and consultants from across the region and the world. It also offers a golden opportunity for government and business organisations to gain a deeper understanding of the industry and to further progress in their business development.

During the event, the technical seminar with the theme of Vietnam Water Forum: Towards innovative, sustainable technologies & energy efficiency in water & wastewater industry will cover over 24 insightful topics presented by top-notch speakers and leading industrial experts on the latest technologies, solutions, new trends, developments and issues relating to water supply, waste treatment and sewerage. VIEW FULL TECHNICAL SEMINAR PROGRAM.

VietWater 2015 is the perfect platform for attendees to learn from other international companies and keep abreast of the latest innovations in the water and wastewater industry. This event will definitely attract the most influential market leaders, as it features a complete overview of what the water and wastewater industry is all about. Visitors can register online for free entry to the show at

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About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc. listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asiaand the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and 1,300 staff in 24 major cities. We operate in 20 market sectors with 230 exhibitions and conferences, 23 trade publications, 20 online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. For press inquiries, please contact:

UBM Asia Hanoi Representative Office:
5th Fl, 180 Hoang Ngan Str., Trung Hoa Ward,
Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi
Tel: +(84) 4 629 41 626/+(84) 4 62823 770
Fax: +(84) 4 62823 771
Contact: Ms. Vicky

UBM Asia Ho Chi Minh Representative Office:
Add: Kim Nguyen Building, 6th floor,
74, Nguyen Khoai Str., Ward 2,
Dist 4, Ho chi Minh City
Tel: +84.0822298991-0854012718
Fax: +84.0854012717
Contact: Ms. Kelly

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November 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

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Food&HotelAsia2016 Will Feature Many Firsts as Food and Hospitality Scene in Asia Heats Up

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-Participation of new international pavilions and leading brands affirms importance and relevance of FHA to the food and hospitality industry

SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — The international food and hospitality scene is heating up, with Asiataking the lead. In six months, the region’s premier industry event, FHA2016 (Food&HotelAsia2016) will bring more than 300 first-time exhibitors to the region’s most established and comprehensive food and hospitality trade show, including a host of new international group pavilion entrants.

The new exhibitors will bring with them, a range of new products and ingredients, equipment and supplies, and best-of-breed services. This results in a bigger and more diverse exhibition profile, offering more choices than ever before to industry buyers, and adds to FHA’s appeal as the tradeshow to see and be seen at.

“For the 2016 event, we are seeing many new local and international companies joining us for the very first time. This is a firm reflection of the importance the industry places in the event, and solidifies its position as the event of choice for food and hospitality players, mega and small, from across the region and beyond,” says Ms. Ting Siew Mui, Project Director of Lifestyle Events at Singapore Exhibition Services, organiser of FHA.

Held from 12 to 15 April at the Singapore Expo, FHA2016 will clock another first with its unveiling of ProWine Asia 2016. Teaming up with Messe Dusseldorf Asia to bring this newest ProWein satellite event to FHA, ProWine Asia 2016 presents an ideal gateway for international producers of wine and spirits wishing to tap into the Southeast Asia market.

Many firsts in 38 years

One of Singapore Exhibition Services’s flagship industry events, FHA2016 will highlight many firsts, including:

  • First-time exhibitors: Local conglomerates such as Boon Tong Kee, Fraser & Neave, Lam Soon, Owl International and Yeo Hiap Seng will take the stage with approximately 3,000 returning exhibitors. Also joining the line-up of new exhibitors is a host of global brands, including Arla, Blue Diamond Growers, Scelta Mushrooms, SodaStream Professional, and many more.
  • First-time international group pavilions:  Algeria, Hungary, Poland, The Netherlands
  • First outdoor extension: For the first time, space at FHA2016 will be extended to accommodate exhibitors from FoodAsia
  • First ProWine Asia: With Messe Dusseldorf Asia, Singapore Exhibition Services will bring the first ProWine Asia exhibition to Southeast Asia — co-located with FHA2016. Modelled after the globally recognised wine and spirit trade fair ProWein in Dusseldorf, ProWine Asia will tap into Messe Dusseldorf’s wealth of experience, expertise and standing as the business-promoting order platform for international wine and spirits segment. Through the staging of ProWine Asia, FHA will be able to grow and extend its existing wine and spirits segment.
  • First Sweet High Tea challenge: Part of the renowned FHA Culinary Challenge, the new Sweet High Tea Challenge, open to teams from hotels, restaurants, confectionaries, airlines, culinary training institutes and catering establishments, will see teams of two competing to impress judges with a high tea set for six.
  • First Hotels & Resorts Management conference track: This track will explore topics on suitable business models for hospitality owners, the use of smart technology for operational efficiency,  sustainable hotel design and new design trends for hotels and resorts, as well as an update on new hospitality projects in the Asian region
  • First talk track on F & B Productivity: Covering sustainable kitchen concepts and design, the new segment at the Food and Beverage Design, Technology & Operations conference track features case studies on effective designs to maximise productivity, trends in menu engineering and successful outsourcing of culinary preparations.

Asia-Pacific driving new opportunities and growth for Food and Hospitality Industries

Recent demographic and policy changes in Asia Pacific have led to a surge in international travel and retail spending in the region. The growing middle class, affordable air travel and accommodation, as well as the ASEAN Open Skies Policy[1], which allows ASEAN airlines to fly freely throughout the region, are creating enormous potential for local and international brands.

To benefit from the influx of affluent travelers into the region, hoteliers and retailers need to look at ways to improve productivity. One way of achieving this is through the adoption of new technologies that help provide more personalised services to guests.

To address these trends, FHA2016 International Conference will discuss key issues affecting the food and hospitality industry, looking at commercial opportunities for hotels, green hotel design, big data analytics for smart operations, and food traceability, to name a few. Joint plenary sessions featuring CEO Insights, Stakeholders Panel Discussions and think tanks will see experts from around the world sharing their perspectives and views on the latest trends in the food and hospitality sectors.

“I am very heartened that our twentieth installment is off to a great start and I am very excited to see the event come to fruition. The food and hospitality industry is evolving rapidly with changing consumer needs and behaviors. Consumers today not only expect good service from hospitality and foodservice establishments, they are also increasingly drawn to products derived from ethical, clean and safe manufacturing. We will be covering these trends at FHA2016, and we look forward to having meaningful discussions with participants,” adds Ms. Ting.

FHA2016 will feature six specialised exhibitions, namely FoodAsia, HotelAsia, SpecialityCoffee&Tea, Bakery&Pastry, HospitalityStyleAsia and HospitalityTechnology, each with their own unique themes and areas of focus.

Adding to the holistic experience, FHA2016 will host a series of activities including intense, prestigious competitions targeting professionals from specific groups and sectors of the food and hospitality industry. These include the FHA Culinary Challenge 2016, the FHA Barista Challenge 2016, the FHA Latte Art Challenge 2016 and Asian Pastry Cup 2016.

The last edition of FHA in 2014 garnered the attention of more than 65,000 trade attendees and played host to about 3,000 exhibitors from 65 countries and regions.

FHA2016 & ProWine Asia 2016 Combined Projected Statistics

– Exhibition Area: 100,500sqm

– No. of Exhibitors: 3,350 from 70 countries/regions (80% from overseas)

– Group Participation: 66

High-res images of FHA2014 can be downloaded from the link here:

[1] ASEAN Briefing, ASEAN Open Skies Policy to be Implemented in 2015 (Jan 2 2015)


Events at a glance:

FHA2016 (Food&HotelAsia2016)


Bakery&Pastry, FoodAsia, HotelAsia, HospitalityStyleAsia, HospitalityTechnology and SpecialityCoffee&Tea


12 — 15 April 2016 (Tuesday — Friday)


Singapore Expo, Halls 1 — 9

Opening Hours:

10am — 6pm (12 – 14 April 2016, Tuesday — Thursday)

10am — 4pm (15 April 2016, Friday)


Business and trade professionals


ProWine Asia 2016


12 — 15 April 2016 (Tuesday — Friday)

(co-located with FHA2016)


Singapore Expo, Hall 10

Opening Hours:

10am — 6pm (12 — 14 April 2016, Tuesday — Thursday)

10am — 4pm (15 April 2016, Friday)


Business and trade professionals


Source: Singapore Exhibition Services

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November 18, 2015 at 7:07 pm

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Asia Plantation Capital Supporting Local Communities in Sri Lanka

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — As part of its unceasing commitment to holistic sustainability, the award-winning Asia Plantation Capital recently lent a hand in support of communities in Sri Lanka.

‘Holistic sustainability’ – an ethos that Asia Plantation Capital subscribes to wholeheartedly – encompasses working closely with and supporting the local communities in and around which the company operates, by providing investment as well as social and cultural support.

Line of donors at the Asia Plantation Capital blood donation drive in the Kathiran Kattu Estate, waiting for medical tests by the Puttalam General Hospital medical team.
Line of donors at the Asia Plantation Capital blood donation drive in the Kathiran Kattu Estate, waiting for medical tests by the Puttalam General Hospital medical team.

One of the communities benefiting from Asia Plantation Capital’s involvement is the Kathiran Kattu Estate – a plantation situated in rural Sri Lanka. It recently held its annual blood donation drive in celebration of one of its plantation’s fifth anniversaries, and following on from the success of last year, Asia Plantation Capital was delighted to be able to give something back to society by helping the community help itself.

The blood donation drive was held at the Sri Bodhimalu Temple Hall, Puttalam, on the morning of the 11th ofOctober 2015, and was held jointly with the Puttalam General Hospital medical team. After meticulous planning and checks on donor suitability, the drive proceeded with the donation of a pint of blood from each donor. The turnout for the drive reached a record high, and it was particularly gratifying to note that members of the Sri Lankan police force were among the many donors.

With Buddhism being the religion practised by a majority of Sri Lankans, blood donation is a significant cultural and religious act, having, at its charitable heart, the precept of giving something without expecting anything in return. Sri Lanka was the global host for World Blood Donor Day in 2014, an event that drew thousands to the country’s capital, and was acknowledged to be South Asia’s biggest blood drive.

Mr Barry Rawlinson, Chief Executive Officer of Asia Plantation Capital, and Mr Satianathan, client of Asia Plantation Capital, blessing the children of Morapathawa Primary School.
Mr Barry Rawlinson, Chief Executive Officer of Asia Plantation Capital, and Mr Satianathan, client of Asia Plantation Capital, blessing the children of Morapathawa Primary School.

On a separate occasion, Mr Barry Rawlinson, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Plantation Capital, was at the Morapathawa Primary School, Sri Lanka, to hand out useful materials for school – such as stationery, bags and water bottles – to underprivileged students, giving them the necessary equipment with which to further their studies and creating a more conducive environment for learning. The gifts were donated by Asia Plantation Capital and some of its generous clients and staff.

“In developing countries such as Sri Lanka,” said Rawlinson, “it is easy to simply make provisions in monetary terms. At Asia Plantation Capital, we believe that we can all do our part in contributing to society by investing in the community. Holistic sustainability in Asia Plantation Capital embodies equal care and encouragement given to all members of staff; from top management all the way through to plantation workers and their families.”

“Most of the students at this school,” he added, “are living below the poverty line, and in order to create a lasting impact on the sustainability of society, the health and wellbeing of the local population and its future generations is essential and needs to be addressed. I believe that handing gifts to the children personally goes a very long way. On behalf of the company, I would like to thank all our donors and staff for their kind donations and their tireless efforts in organising the event.”

“It is always a pleasure to be able to help out,” said Mr Satianathan, a valued Asia Plantation Capital client, and former school principal in Singapore. “A smile from these children is priceless, and a small gift to them is of significance when it comes to improving their livelihoods. I am very proud to be a client of Asia Plantation Capital – not many companies actually practise sustainability to the core – and I am extremely glad to be able to be a part of this event.” Last year, Mr Satianathan also provided teaching materials to help children when approaching their school syllabuses.

Mr Barry Rawlinson, CEO of Asia Plantation Capital, giving out sponsored gifts to the children of Morapathawa Primary School.
Mr Barry Rawlinson, CEO of Asia Plantation Capital, giving out sponsored gifts to the children of Morapathawa Primary School.

The level of poverty in Sri Lanka is decreasing, but remains an issue. Asia Plantation Capital has been supporting schools and their students for the past six years, and has pledged to continue its support in the years ahead, with plans to supply new bicycles, computers and other essential educational supplies into 2016 and beyond. The company is carrying through its commitment to providing investment and infrastructure projects in all the communities in and around which it operates.

Officially established in 2008 (although operating privately since 2002), Asia Plantation Capital has more than 2,000 members of staff worldwide, in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam,North America and Europe. To date, Asia Plantation Capital has 126 plantations and projects worldwide – with plantations predominantly in Sri Lanka and Thailand – which is home to the endangered and highly valued Aquilaria trees.

Notes for Editors:

For further information, please contact:-

Zureina Maidin
PR & Marketing Director, Malaysia
Mobile: +60-13-774-1009

Samantha Tham
Marketing Executive, Singapore
Mobile: +65-9144-0933

About Asia Plantation Capital

Leading the way in sustainable plantation management, award-winning company Asia Plantation Capital is the owner and operator of a diverse range of commercial plantation and farming businesses across the Asia-Pacificregion and around the world, and is part of the Asia Plantation Capital Group of associated companies. Its focus is on its diverse plantation projects geared towards both domestic and global demands across various continents.

Working closely with, and supporting local communities, is an underlying core principle of the Asia Plantation Capital business, providing social and cultural support, as well as investment, to move these communities away from deforestation and illegal logging activities, previously seen as a main source of income in some regions ofAsia.

With plantations and agricultural projects across the world in Thailand, Malaysia, China, Laos, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, North America and Europe, Asia Plantation Capital is one of the largest vertically integrated producers of Oud oil and Agarwood in Southeast Asia – testimony to which has been the recent opening of the largest agarwood processing factory in the region.

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November 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm

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Innovation: It’s Not What You Know but Who You Know

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-Latest research from the Economist Intelligence Unit and Telstra reveals businesses are increasingly relying on digital partnerships* to innovate and drive new revenue

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — A global survey of leading executives shows businesses are responding to an environment of rapid change and technological disruption by establishing partnerships across firms, industries and geographies.

The second report in Telstra’s global research series, Connecting Companies: Strategic Partnerships for the Digital Age, found companies driving innovation today are increasingly relying on partnerships rather than traditional in-house R&D or acquisition strategies.

The Connecting Companies research found the primary motivation of digital partnerships is to develop new capabilities that serve the ‘always on’ customer including the mobile-first customers of the rising middle classes in Asia.  The research also showed:

  • We are in an era of the “co-corporation”, with 53 per cent of respondents believing that companies will have to be part of a network to maximise technology trends in the future
  • 50 per cent of executives believe their digital partnerships will result in a change to their business model
  • Forty four per cent of respondents took the view that “companies going it alone will soon be a thing of the past”.
  • Half of those surveyed believing their digital partnerships have proven their value “beyond doubt”.
  • Six in 10 surveyed say they expect that their partnerships will generate at least one tenth of their revenue over the next 12 months.

Martijn Blanken, Group Managing Director, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services said the research confirms that across multiple industries the pace of technology change is so great that to keep up, most successful global businesses are pursuing strategies based on the power of many.

“It is not that the age of in-house R&D and product development is dead, but in many industries you just can’t go it alone anymore.  Whether it is the Indian conglomerate Tech Mahindra strategic partnership with Cisco on the Internet of Things or investments in start-ups like Telstra is making through our muru-D accelerator and Ventures Group, partnerships are a key part of business strategies,” said Mr Blanken.

“It doesn’t always come easily, it’s natural for a business to want to compete rather than collaborate, but to succeed in this environment takes a mindset that is open to experimentation.  As the EIU says in the research be promiscuous but take precautions. So make multiple small bets on big technologies, playing the field and being prepared to exit quickly if things aren’t working.”

“Interestingly, the research reveals some regional disparities.  With the majority of respondents in fast growth economies like India, China and Indonesia saying their partnerships are driven by the desire to either expand into new markets,” said Mr Blanken.

“In contrast, European and North American respondents are more interested in developing new capabilities in products and services and showing differentiation to existing segments, of course both approaches open the door for some fantastic collaboration opportunities,” he added.

The research surveyed more than 1,000 respondents from Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America andAustralia across 20 industries.

* References to “partner” or any derivatives thereof in this article are used in an informal sense to indicate a closeness of relationship and may not indicate any legal partnership.


Key Findings from Singapore

  • Singapore businesses are positive about digital partnerships
    • Over two thirds (66.04) have already entered into a digital partnership more than 12 months ago
    • Over 50 percent (50.95) of Singapore respondents believing that companies will have to be part of a network to maximise technology trends in the future
    • There is more work to be done, with only 41.17 per cent of Singapore businesses believing their digital partnerships have proven their value “beyond doubt”, less than the global average
  • Nearly 40 per cent (37.74) per cent of the Singapore businesses surveyed do say they expect that their digital partnerships will generate between 10-25 per cent of business revenue in the next 12 months
  • Nearly 50 per cent (49.06) of Singapore businesses view themselves as embracing digital disruption, however less than 20 per cent (16.39) feel as though they are responsible for it, one of the lowest scores across all countries surveyed.
  • Most of our Singapore businesses are looking to support their start up community with nearly a third (28.30) of businesses surveyed viewing technology driven startups as a potential business partner. This is however lower than some of their Asia neighbours compared to the likes of China, where over half of their respondents feel that way.
  • Singapore organisations are balanced about their positioning in their markets with over half (54.72) claiming they view themselves as “Opportunistic: we must compete but we also have something to learn from them” when asked how they would react if a large technology company was preparing to enter their market
    • There is still some caution however, with over a third (31.82) of respondents either unlikely or highly unlikely to form a digital partnership with a competitor.
  • Even though Singapore organisations prefer to collaborate closer to home with nearly 40% (37.74) opting to be most likely to enter into digital partnerships with companies from South East Asia, the greater China region is also attractive with over a third (33.96) eyeing it up for partnership opportunities.

About Connecting Companies: Strategic Partnerships for the Digital Age

The research, commission in June 2015, surveyed 1044 senior business leaders, half (51%) of whom are C-level executives or board members. Respondents come from across the world, with 48% based in Asia-Pacific, 33% inEurope, Middle East & Africa, and 19% in North America. There is a minimum of 75 respondents from China,France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, the UK and the US.

A total of 20 industries are represented in the survey with at least 80 respondents coming from each of the following six industries: entertainment, media and publishing; financial services; healthcare; IT & technology; manufacturing; and professional services. The sample is evenly split between firms with annual revenue over $500m and below$500m.

Source: Telstra

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November 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

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Veritas Partner Force Unveiled in APJ

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-Partner Program Refreshed to Further Incentivize Channel Partners

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Veritas Partner Link 2015 – Veritas Technologies LLC, a global leader in information management solutions, today announced its independent global partner program, Veritas Partner Force in Asia Pacificand Japan (APJ). The refreshed partner program was enhanced based on extensive partner feedback and is designed to further reward information management partners focused on growing their business with Veritas.

“As Veritas prepares to become a standalone company, Veritas’ independent partner program enhances the well-received updates unveiled last year to create a strong, independent channel program uniquely focused on information management partners in APJ,” said Mark Nutt, Global Head of Channel, Veritas. “Veritas listened to its partner community and built program enhancements based on extensive partner feedback to improve and strengthen Veritas’ channel presence. The launch of Veritas Partner Force is a key milestone that enables partners to earn money quickly and predictably while selling Veritas solutions.”

“CEOs across Asia Pacific have pledged their biggest IT investments in the next five years to big data as unstructured data growth continues to be a burden. It is more important now than ever for Veritas to empower our customers to address their information management needs and priorities,” said George Wong, APJ Channel Leader, Veritas. “We believe Veritas Partner Force is a game changer that offers our partners increased support, access to our technology and engineers and importantly, the confidence to be trusted advisors and stewards of the Veritas brand to our customers.”

Announced at Veritas Asia Pacific Partner Link 2015, Veritas’ inaugural channel conference, Veritas Partner Force provides continuity for existing Veritas partners while delivering more value to the channel.

Changes include:

  • Increased Opportunity Registration cap: Veritas has increased the Opportunity Registration cap fromUS$500K to US$1M, while maintaining payout rates, so partners can create and register bigger Veritas transactions with their strategic customers.
  • Enhanced Growth Accelerator Rebate: Veritas has enhanced its Growth Accelerator Rebate by introducing a 3-step payout program that increases high growth accelerators and simplifies quarterly payouts.
  • Streamline path to platinum status: Veritas has consolidated the qualifications for skilled partners to achieve platinum status by requiring two – rather than three – expert competencies and replacing the customer reference requirement with the opportunity for partners to better showcase customer successes.

“In this highly competitive channel marketplace, it is good news for partners that Veritas is continuing to focus on its partner program with these new benefits and rewards,” said Darren Bibby, Program Vice President, Channels and Alliances Research, IDC. “These changes underscore that a standalone Veritas is committed to the channel and rewarding those partners who invest in the company and its products.”

For more information about the Veritas Partner Force program, visit

About Veritas Technologies LLC

Veritas Technologies LLC enables organizations to harness the power of their information, with solutions designed to serve the world’s largest and most complex heterogeneous environments. Veritas works with 86 percent of Fortune 500 companies today, improving data availability and revealing insights to drive competitive advantage.


Belinda Lim
Veritas Technologies LLC

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Text100 Singapore

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November 18, 2015 at 3:39 pm

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