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Latest capabilities of SS&C’s HiPortfolio support evolving needs of investment managers

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-New enhancements streamline investment operations, delivering better integration, automation and workflow efficiencies

WINDSOR, Conn. /PRNewswire/ — SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSNC), a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, today announced the latest release of HiPortfolio, its leading investment accounting and asset servicing software.

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There are several advanced features introduced to HiPortfolio. The latest version further automates corporate actions income announcements and auditing, and streamlines unit pricing workflow and reconciliation operations to help move towards straight-through-processing. Another significant development includes improved interoperability with other systems to support integration of critical accounting data and reporting. In addition, the release expands the franking credits functionality to better handle localized tax reporting and rules in Australia.

“Our customers are turning to HiPortfolio’s sophisticated features to streamline complex operational processes while keeping pace with client demand for better transparency and reporting,” said Christy Bremner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SS&C’s Institutional & Investment Management division. “We have a number of customers upgrading to the latest release of HiPortfolio and we are committed to helping our customers simplify their investment operations.”

HiPortfolio is an award-winning investment accounting and asset servicing solution which supports the investment management operations of third-party administrators (TPAs), custodian banks, asset managers and insurance firms globally. With broad instrument coverage and an unrivalled depth of transaction processing, HiPortfolio manages the full investment transaction lifecycle from trade capture, investment accounting and fund administration, cash management, reconciliation, corporate actions processing, unit pricing and taxation through to performance measurement and attribution.

About SS&C Technologies

SS&C is a global provider of investment and financial software-enabled services and software for the global financial services industry. Founded in 1986, SS&C is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut and has offices around the world. Some 10,000 financial services organizations, from the world’s largest institutions to local firms, manage and account for their investments using SS&C’s products and services. These clients manage an aggregate of over $44 trillion in assets.

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January 18, 2016 at 6:37 pm

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Fenergo Works With Markit and kyc.com to Deliver Enhanced Client Lifecycle Management for Financial Institutions

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DUBLIN /PRNewswire/ — Fenergo, the leading provider of Client Lifecycle Management software solutions for investment, corporate and private banks, has today announced a strategic relationship with Markit and kyc.com, a joint venture powered by Markit and Genpact.

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The relationship brings together kyc.com and Markit Counterparty Manager coupled with Fenergo’s Regulatory Onboarding and Client Lifecycle Management software solutions. Fenergo also works seamlessly with Markit Enterprise Data Management (EDM) as a key component in a wider entity data management solution for common clients.

KYC and counterparty data are cleansed and validated through Markit EDM’s integration layer and legal entity master to support firms to be ready to transact and meet KYC, tax, regulatory requirements and margin agreements. This information is fed into Fenergo’s Client Lifecycle Management solution for workflow-enabled client onboarding and regulatory compliance. Client and counterparty data is enriched and is then pushed to downstream systems.

“Working with Fenergo across kyc.com and Markit’s solution sets extends the value that we are providing to our common customer base,” said Jon May, CEO of kyc.com and managing director at Markit. “By integrating data from Markit EDM across our other solution sets and leveraging Fenergo’s workflow capabilities, we are providing validated information for organizations to be ready to transact.”

According to Marc Murphy, CEO of Fenergo, “We are delighted to announce our working relationship with Markit and kyc.com to create a new way of enhancing the client lifecycle management process for financial institutions. Client Lifecycle Management is highly dependent on good quality, consistent and normalized client and counterparty data. However, most financial institutions are consuming this data manually at present. Through this relationship, we are automating this process with the provision of quality data and Fenergo’s workflow and regulatory rules enginetechnologies to deliver a highly optimized Client Lifecycle Management process that will help financial institutions significantly improve regulatory and onboarding efficiencies and reduce operational costs.”

About Fenergo (http://www.fenergo.com):  

Fenergo is a leading provider of Client Lifecycle Management software solutions for investment, corporate and private banks. Its solutions help institutions to efficiently manage the end-to-end regulatory onboarding and entity data management processes. Its rules-driven solution ensures compliance with multiple regulatory frameworks and supports the collection, centralization and sharing of client and counterparty data and documentation across the institution. Fenergo’s solutions can onboard clients faster, improve time to revenue and overall client experience.

About kyc.om

Markit and Genpact have proven track records in helping customers in the field of KYC data management. Together the firms offer a robust set of compliance, tax, data validation and reference data services that are relied upon by over 1,500 buyside firms, 7,000 corporations and 80 banks. For more information, please see http://www.kyc.com.

About Markit

Markit is a leading global provider of financial information services. We provide products that enhance transparency, reduce risk and improve operational efficiency. Our customers include banks, hedge funds, asset managers, central banks, regulators, auditors, fund administrators and insurance companies. Founded in 2003, we employ over 4,000 people in 11 countries. Markit shares are listed on Nasdaq under the symbol MRKT. For more information, please see http://www.markit.com.

About Genpact

Genpact (NYSE: G) stands for “generating business impact.” We architect the Lean Digital[SM] enterprise through a unique approach based on our patented Smart Enterprise Processes (SEP[SM]) framework that reimagines our clients’ middle and back offices to generate growth, cost efficiency, and business agility. Our hundreds of long-term clients include more than one-fourth of the Fortune Global 500. We have grown to over 70,000 people in 25 countries, with key management and a corporate office in New York City. We believe we are able to generate impact quickly and power Intelligent Operations[SM] for our clients because of our business domain expertise and experience running complex operations, driving our unbiased focus on what works and making technology-enabled transformation sustainable. Behind our passion for technology, process, and operational excellence is the heritage of a former General Electric division that has served GE businesses since 1998. For additional information, visithttp://www.genpact.com. Follow Genpact on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

Fiona McLoughlin, VP Marketing, Fenergo
E: fiona.mcloughlin@fenergo.com
T: +353-1-901-3600

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January 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm

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Enterprise Holdings Announces New Five-Year Sustainability Goals

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ST. LOUIS /PRNewswire/ — The world’s largest car rental service provider, Enterprise Holdings Inc., has announced new five-year goals in its fiscal year 2015 (FY2015) sustainability report, The Business of Sustainability. The company operates – through its regional subsidiaries and independent franchises – the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands in more than 75 countries and territories, including North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe, as well as parts of Asia, theMiddle East and Africa.

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“These new goals reflect a fresh look at our priorities based on conversations with our many stakeholders and leadership teams,” said Pam Nicholson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Holdings Inc.

In the report, Nicholson also stressed that Enterprise Holdings takes “a thoughtful approach that balances the needs of our customers and our business with sustainable resource use.” As a result, Enterprise Holdings’ new goals were drafted using an assessment process that not only surveyed employees, major suppliers, major corporate accounts and internal senior leaders, but also included a qualitative review and analysis of public comments and reports by automotive manufacturers and the car rental industry as a whole.

This comprehensive process identified and prioritized the most material sustainability issues for Enterprise Holdings and its stakeholders. Sixteen issues were then ranked on a matrix, which helped the company determine its new five-year goals:

  • Waste: Reduce companywide paper use 40 percent by FY2020.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG): Reduce Scope 1* and Scope 2* greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent by FY2020.
  • Energy: Reduce annual direct and indirect energy use and related costs, compared to the previous year.
  • Water: Reduce annual water use (per vehicle wash), compared to the previous year.
  • Workforce Development: Continue investing in the workplace by providing an average of at least three days’ professional development annually per full-time management employee, and also encouraging all employees to attend relevant company sessions, events, programs and forums.

Sustainability Highlights

When the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) honored Enterprise Holdings with its Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award in 2015, it specifically recognized the company for being a leader among travel industry buyers, suppliers and intermediaries, and for its comprehensive commitment to making sustainability a core function within its business.

“We still firmly believe providing long-term benefits and seamless solutions to customers, partners and communities is the key to sustainability in the transportation and travel sector,” said Brad Carr, Vice President of Corporate Business Development for Enterprise Holdings Inc. “However, we’re also seeing more and more contract-related questions about top-line sustainability issues. That means we work to help organizations better understand the long-term impact of corporate travel in terms of cost, plus environmental considerations, efficiency and duty of care.”

In the travel industry, “duty of care” refers to a standard of reasonable care provided to customers. To this end, Enterprise Holdings adheres to the highest vehicle maintenance standards and vigilantly monitors safety recalls. During FY2015, the company also supported and collaborated with those individuals and organizations who successfully advocated for legislative oversight of the vehicle recall process.

In addition, Enterprise Holdings’ car rental brands continue to offer services that help major corporate accounts better manage their carbon footprints. For example, the company offers the opportunity to purchase carbon offsets as part of vehicle rentals – through partnerships with TerraPass in the U.S. and Canada, and ClimateCare in the UK – and the option to request customized carbon emissions reports based on vehicle type and miles traveled. To date, 120,700 metric tons of carbon have been offset, which – based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards – is equivalent to saving 13.5 million gallons of gasoline and 280,700 barrels of oil.

The Enterprise Holdings fleet also is one of the freshest, most fuel-efficient in the world. Its vehicles have an average odometer reading of less than 16,000 miles and an age of only eight months. Moreover, approximately 53 percent of its vehicles average a highway fuel efficiency rating of at least 28 mpg, and 49 percent average 32 mpg or better in the U.S. and Canada.

Supply Chain Management

Enterprise Holdings selects suppliers and partners who share its values and commitment to uphold the highest standards of quality, integrity, excellence, safety, legal compliance and respect for human rights, as well as its respect for the customs and culture of the communities it serves.

Consequently, Enterprise Holdings is rolling out a Supplier Code of Conduct in 2016 to promote a common understanding of what it expects of its suppliers, documenting that all suppliers are expected to understand the Code and adhere to its spirit and intent. The new Code likewise specifies that suppliers are expected to respect human rights by following all applicable laws, including, but not limited to, local minimum wage, overtime and maximum hour rules, and by not employing child or forced labor, either directly or indirectly.

As part of its commitment to local communities, Enterprise Holdings seeks to have its supplier base bear a reasonable relationship to the towns and cities in which it operates. The company’s Supplier Diversity Program is intended to help facilitate an increase in the number of minority-owned, women-owned and other socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses that work to provide goods and services for Enterprise Holdings, its regional subsidiaries, its business lines and its brands.

2010-15 Sustainability Results

Other FY2010-15 highlights in Enterprise Holdings’ latest sustainability report include:

  • Energy: Reduced natural gas consumption 14.8 percent and cut electricity use 19.1 percent, compared with FY2010 baseline. Figures have been calculated using same-store and weather-normalized data (excluding new locations and branch offices where an external landlord is responsible for utility bills).
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG): Achieved a 10.1 reduction in Scope 1* emissions and a 31.2 percent reduction in Scope 2* emissions since FY2010. Combined, Enterprise Holdings reduced its GHG emissions intensity 18.6 percent.
  • Alternative-Fuel Shuttle Buses: Converted 98 percent of airport shuttle buses to biodiesel, synthetic diesel, compressed natural gas or hybrid models since FY2010.
  • Enterprise Sustainable Construction Protocol (ESCP) Guidelines: Invested more than $150 million, including thousands of new and retrofitted construction projects, since FY2010.
  • Product Lifecycle: Recycled 1.4 million gallons of oil and more than 1 million oil filters for its fleet last year, representing 95 percent of the oil and virtually all of the filters used in its North American service centers.

Enterprise Holdings is the only company in the international car rental industry – and one of a handful in the global travel industry – to complete a sustainability report in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 “Core” Guidelines. The world’s most comprehensive sustainability reporting framework, GRI is an international independent standards organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand, compare and communicate their impacts on critical topics as well as key issues.

Enterprise Holdings’ previous and current reports are posted on both the company’s website, EHI.com, and its sustainability website, DrivingFutures.com. A mid-cycle update about Enterprise Holdings’ progress on its new five-year goals will be provided in late 2016.

* Lucideon has completed a third-party verification of Enterprise Holdings’ reported FY2015 emissions – Scope 1 (direct GHG from owned operations) and Scope 2 (indirect GHG from consumption of purchased electricity, heat and/or steam). Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions constitute approximately 3 percent of the GHG impact associated with Enterprise Holdings’ car rental business. Scope 3 emissions are solely generated by customers and determined by their wide range of driving habits and mobility needs. For complete details, please refer to the full Verification Statement.

About Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise Holdings – which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands – and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management, together offer a total transportation solution, including extensive car rental and car sharing services, truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales. Combined, these businesses accounted for $19.4 billion in revenue, employed more than 93,000 and owned 1.7 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal year 2015.

Enterprise Holdings currently is ranked as one of America’s Largest Private Companies. Furthermore, if it were publicly traded, Enterprise Holdings would rank on Fortune‘s list of the 500 largest American public companies. In addition, Enterprise Holdings not only accounts for the largest airport market share in the U.S., but its domestic rental fleet also is one of the newest in the industry. The company’s affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, provides full-service fleet management to companies and organizations with medium-sized fleets. Other transportation services marketed under the Enterprise brand name include Enterprise CarShareEnterprise RideshareEnterprise Car SalesEnterprise Truck RentalExotic Car Collection by Enterprise, Zimride by Enterprise,  Motorcycle Rental by Enterprise and Enterprise Flex-E-Rent. For more information about Enterprise Holdings, visit http://www.enterpriseholdings.com/.

This press release and car rental industry news are available in the Enterprise Holdings Press Room.

Source: Enterprise Holdings

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January 18, 2016 at 6:27 pm

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David Beckham Welcomes Guests to Haig Club™ Shanghai

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SHANGHAI,  /PRNewswire/ —

The Third in a Series of Global Pop Up Scotch Whisky Experiences Hosted by the Haig Club™ Brand Partner

Designed to be different, Haig Club Single Grain Scotch Whisky redefines the way people come together to enjoy and savour Scotch in style. Last night in the vibrant metropolis of Shanghai, Haig Club brand partners David Beckham and Simon Fuller hosted an extraordinary evening bringing together global industry leaders in fashion, food and drink, music and entertainment.

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Haig Club Shanghai is the third in a series of events that have taken place in iconic cities, handpicked for their unique style, nightlife and culture. Set across two floors of a stunning structure just off the famous Bund area, Haig Club Shanghai guests enjoyed simple signature serves and unique concoctions designed by Global Haig Club Brand Ambassador, Ewan Gunn, while savouring a fleet of dishes from one of China’s forerunning chefs Steven Liu, with the evening culminating in the event’s Skyline Bar and its sensational views of the magnificent city lights.

For the first time, Haig Club fans around the world were able to secure a front row virtual seat for an exclusive look into the event through live streaming app MyEye, The content offered fans updates from the event live through the eyes of Haig Club brand partner David Beckham and the Haig Club MyEye channel.

The social nature of the destination is underpinned by the House of Haig ethos where raising a toast to friends marked the cornerstone of every social occasion. The experience continues a tradition of Haig Club events of bathing the building in blue, alikening the unique shape and architecture of the building to become a visual display of the square, blue iconic Haig Club bottle.

David Beckham commented “It’s amazing to see our shared vision of bringing a modern and stylish new Scotch Whisky to people all over the world. To be able to return to Shanghai since I launched Haig Club here in China a little over a year ago is incredible.”

Welcome to Haig Club – Enjoy Responsibly.

Notes about Haig Club

Haig Club is a new Single Grain Scotch Whisky from Diageo produced in partnership with global icon David Beckham and entrepreneur Simon Fuller. Haig Club is as much built on tradition and heritage as it is a Scotch Whisky designed for our modern world. Built on nearly 400 years of distilling heritage, this is a Single Grain Scotch Whisky realized in a new way. HAIG CLUB™ invites people to drink responsibly with style and in moderation. Responsible Drinking is an integral part of the HAIG CLUB™ philosophy and as part of his partnership with the brand David Beckham supports this philosophy and our shared belief in quality over quantity. Welcome to HAIG CLUB™ – Enjoy Responsibly.

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The distinguished guest list for 14th January included:

  • Chang Chen (Actor)
  • Karen Mok (Actress)
  • He Sui (Model)
  • Andy Chen (Presenter)
  • Tracy Phillips (Entrepreneur)
  • Sue Lynn (Blogger)
  • Ly Qui Khanh (Designer)
  • Toc Tien (Singer)
  • Ho Ngoc Ha (Singer)
  • Coco Rocha (Model)
  • Steven Liu (Chef)
  • Liu Haowei (Designer)
  • Howard Cai (Chef)
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January 18, 2016 at 6:18 pm

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ABI Research Predicts More Than 156 Million Branded Tablets to Ship in 2020

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-Tablet Forecasts Revised Downward to 156 Million in 2020 due to Continued Pressure on Leading Vendors

OYSTER BAY, N.Y./PRNewswire/ — ABI Research, the leader in technology market intelligence, predicts 156 million tablets will ship in 2020, marking a 3% CAGR for the device category between 2015 and 2020. This is despite the fact that tablet forecasts were revised downward in response to continued pressure on shipments and revenues by Apple, Samsung and other leading vendors. According to the latest research, branded tablet revenues reached approximately US$55 billion in 2015, down from $68 billion in 2014. While revenues are expected to remain flat in 2016, ABI Research projects last year’s retail ASPs to drop below $400 for the first time.

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“We expect the global installed base to decline primarily due to older devices in most developed market economies aging out faster after purchase than replacement devices being acquired and new products being shipped into emerging market economies,” says Jeff Orr, Research Director at ABI Research. “Major advanced market economies will represent about 65% of branded tablet shipments in 2015, down from more than 68% in the previous year.”

In previous reports, ABI Research accurately predicted that the global installed tablet base would decline for the first time in 2016.

“57% of branded tablet shipments in 2015 had displays measuring between 7 inches and 8.9 inches, with more than 23% of those shipments measuring in at 10 inches or above,” concludes Orr. “However, the introduction of 12-inch plus tablets in 2015 is not expected to shift the buying trend back to larger tablet displays. The prices of 7-inch and 8-inch tablets remain compelling as the market sweet spot for the foreseeable future.”

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Media Tablets, Ultrabooks & eReaders Service (https://www.abiresearch.com/market-research/service/media-tablets-netbooks-ereaders/), which includes research reports, market data, insights and competitive assessments.

About ABI Research

For more than 25 years, ABI Research has stood at the forefront of technology market intelligence, partnering with innovative business leaders to implement informed, transformative technology decisions. The company employs a global team of senior analysts to provide comprehensive research and consulting services through deep quantitative forecasts, qualitative analyses and teardown services. An industry pioneer, ABI Research is proactive in its approach, frequently uncovering ground-breaking business cycles ahead of the curve and publishing research 18 to 36 months in advance of other organizations. In all, the company covers more than 60 services, spanning 11 technology sectors. For more information, visit www.abiresearch.com.

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January 18, 2016 at 6:01 pm

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ExaGrid Accelerates Scale-Out Disk-based Backup with Deduplication to the Enterprise Data Center

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-Enterprise Solution Ingests a Full Petabyte Backup into a Single Scale-out GRID System at 200TB/hr.
-With 25 in a GRID, the New EX40000E Appliance Offers a Larger Full Backup Capacity, 3.5x the Ingest Performance and 10x the Restore and VM Boot Performance of EMC Data Domain at a Lower Price

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. /PRNewswire/ — Today, ExaGrid, a leading provider of disk-based backup solutions, announced the largest, most powerful appliance in its arsenal of backup solutions with data deduplication: the EX40000E.

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The EX40000E appliance is 66% more dense than its predecessor, providing capacity for a 40TB full backup in a 3U appliance. Leveraging the strength of ExaGrid’s scale-out GRID technology, up to 25 EX40000E appliances can be combined in a single scale-out GRID system, allowing for a 1PB full backup. The EX40000E has a maximum ingest rate of 8TB/hr. per appliance, so with 25 EX40000Es in a scale-out GRID, the maximum ingest rate is 200TB/hr., which is 3.5 times the ingest performance of the EMC Data Domain 9500 with DD Boost.

ExaGrid’s unique landing zone stores the most recent backups in their full undeduplicated form for restore, recovery, and VM boot performance that is up to ten times faster than inline deduplication appliances such as EMC Data Domain’s, which only store deduplicated data. ExaGrid’s landing zone can allow a VM boot in seconds to single-digit minutes versus hours for appliances that store only deduplicated data.

All other solutions deduplicate data inline, which does allow for storage savings and replicated bandwidth savings; however, these systems break backup windows up front and especially over time as data grows.  In addition, they are painfully slow for restores, offsite tape copies, and VM boots because the data has to be rehydrated for every restore request.

“ExaGrid implemented data deduplication for storage and bandwidth efficiency but realized that doing so creates three new compute problems,” said Bill Andrews, CEO of ExaGrid. “With ExaGrid’s landing zone and scale-out architecture, all critical requirements of backup are met: storage and bandwidth efficiency; the fastest ingest for the shortest backup window; scale-out architecture that brings compute with capacity to keep the backup window fixed over time as data grows; and the fastest restores, offsite tape copies, and VM boots in seconds to minutes via the ExaGrid landing zone. ExaGrid built a true backup storage solution versus a deduplication appliance.”

The new EX40000E appliance, which houses 96TB of raw and 78TB of usable data, can take in a 40TB full backup and store it as undeduplicated data in a front-end landing zone for fast restores and recoveries, and maintains a long-term historical version in a deduplicated data repository.

“Many of the solutions on the market just can’t keep up with a short backup window requirement in the face of rapid data growth,” said Andrews. “Furthermore, with the advent of virtualization, organizations need just-in-time recovery by booting VMs in seconds to minutes. Only ExaGrid can meet all of these requirements.”

The ExaGrid scale-out approach brings compute with capacity – adding processor, memory and network ports as well as disk – allowing the backup window to stay fixed in length even as data grows. This approach is unique to ExaGrid and makes it the only disk-based backup system that maintains a fixed length backup window.

A Growing Network of Partners and Support
Understanding and appreciating the complexity of robust backup at organizations of all kinds, ExaGrid supports a growing number of backup applications and utilities.

At the enterprise level, ExaGrid works with a number of solutions, including Veeam, Oracle RMAN, Veritas NetBackup, Veritas Backup Exec, EMC NetWorker, IBM TSM, Commvault Simpana, and over 18 other backup applications and utilities. Leveraging ExaGrid with any of these applications gives IT departments the best of all worlds with:

  • the fastest ingest performance for the shortest backup windows;
  • integration with Veeam’s version V9, further improving ExaGrid’s high ingest rate for even faster backup performance. Supports new per-virtual machine (VM) backup file chain option, improved local backup copy performance, and further simplification of Veeam/ExaGrid setup;
  • the most recent backups in their native, undeduplicated form in the landing zone for the fastest restores, offsite tape copies, and VM boots; and
  • a fixed length backup window – even as data grows – due to full appliances in a scale-out GRID with processor, memory, and bandwidth with disk capacity expansion.

About ExaGrid
Organizations come to ExaGrid because it is the only company that has implemented deduplication in a way that fixes all the challenges of backup storage. ExaGrid’s unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provides the fastest backup — resulting in the shortest fixed backup window, the fastest local restores, fastest offsite tape copies and instant VM recoveries while permanently fixing the backup window length, all with reduced cost up front and over time. Learn how to take the stress out of backup at www.exagrid.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.  Read how ExaGrid customers fixed their backup forever.

ExaGrid is a registered trademark of ExaGrid Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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January 18, 2016 at 5:55 pm

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Book Marketing 101: 6 Best Practices of Book Promotion

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-Penny Sansevieri illustrates how authors can channel simple marketing tactics to drive book sales

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — As a small business owner turned author, you’ve spent months writing your book and are ready to move onto the next project. However, your work isn’t going to promote itself, so what’s an author to do if they have little-to-no experience with book marketing?

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In her latest post on PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit, Penny Sansevieri, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., provides six simple marketing solutions that all newbie marketers can benefit from.

  • Develop your fandom. Fans or super fans can be your secret weapon when it comes to book promotion. Building a loyal fan base is worth the effort when you invest in the fans that find you organically. Sansevieri suggests a reader survey once a campaign is completed to encourage book reviews or uncover feedback about their experience.
  • Pitch reviewers. Sansevieri suggests pitching five new bloggers a week for book or product reviews. These pitches will add up and once the reviews trickle in, the visibility can bring lasting benefits such as increased book sales and introductions to new readers.
  • Start a newsletter. Newsletters can go a long way in educating your readers and enticing them to come back for more. Ensure you have an opt-in button on your website and use valuable content (e.g.: a free chapter of your book) to encourage sign-ups.

To find out Sansevieri’s three remaining simple book promotion best practices, read her article here.

PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs the tools to develop an affordable public relations and marketing plan that helps generate interest from potential customers, engage with key audiences and grow their businesses. The toolkit features relevant content such as informative white papers, interactive webinars and how-to articles and premium access to educational resources, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special offers designed specifically for small businesses. To request information on how PR Newswire can help your small business, click here. You can receive updates on new Small Business PR Toolkit content by following @prnsmallbiz on Twitter.

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January 18, 2016 at 5:47 pm

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European Study in Patients With Acute Leukemia Shows the Inclusion of Grafalon(R) (Anti T-lymphocyte Immunoglobulin) in a Conditioning Regimen Before Stem Cell Transplantation From HLA-Identical Siblings Results in a Significantly Lower Incidence of Chronic GvHD

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RAPPERSWIL, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ — Results of a European study, which was jointly funded by Neovii and the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, have just been published as a full manuscript in the January 2016 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The results showed at 2 years:

  • The cumulative incidence of chronic GvHD was 32.2% in the study group with Grafalon® compared to 68.7% in the non Grafalon® group.
  • The rate of the composite endpoint of chronic GvHD free and relapse free survival at 2 years was significantly higher in the Grafalon® group than in the group without (36.6% vs 16.8%).
  • There were no significant differences between the groups in rates of relapse, infectious complications, acute GvHD, or adverse events.

The principal investigator of the study, Professor Nicolaus Kroger, Medical Director of the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation at the University Hospital Hamburg, Germany and Chair of the EBMT Chronic Malignancies Working Group commented, “The results of our multicenter study significantly improved the outcome of leukemia patients receiving an allogeneic stem cell transplant from their HLA-identical sibling by reducing the risk of chronic GvHD without obvious risk of relapse, which improves the quality of life of our patients after the transplant and will change our daily practice.”

Alexandre Sudarskis, Chief Executive Officer of Neovii added, “These landmark results demonstrate Grafalon’s ability to prevent GvHD after stem cell transplantation in HLA-identical siblings patients and are an important addition to the data from our robust phase 3 study in matched, unrelated donors. Neovii is focused on advancing the stem cell transplant field by conducting high quality studies. Given the unique immunologic properties of Grafalon and the multiple robust data sets demonstrating improved clinical results, physicians can feel confident in the clinical benefits Grafalon provides patients.”

About the study

Prospective, multicenter, open-label, randomized, phase 3 study of Grafalon® as part of a conditioning regimen prior to transplantation of allogeneic peripheral blood stem cells from HLA-identical siblings. The study was conducted in 27 European centres and enrolled 168 patients. Patients were randomized to either receive or not receive Grafalon®

About GvHD

Graft versus host disease (GvHD) is a serious, life threatening complication after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. It develops, when the new immune system, which arises from the transplanted stem cells (graft), attacks tissues and organs of the recipient (host). It can be classified as acute or chronic, depending on the time of occurrence and/or the pathology.

About Grafalon®

Grafalon® (formerly commercialized as ATG Fresenius), is a rabbit anti-human T-lymphocyte globulin, used as part of immunosuppressive regimens for the prevention of graft versus host disease in stem cell transplantation, prevention and treatment of rejection in solid organ transplantation or as immunosuppressive in the treatment of aplastic anemia (according to country specific approved indications). With more than 200,000 treated patients to date in more than 50 countries, Grafalon® enjoys worldwide recognition among solid organ and stem cell transplant teams and has transformed the way transplant teams manage the care of their patients around the world.

About Neovii

Neovii is an independent, dynamic and rapidly-growing global biopharmaceutical company with patient-focused mission to develop and market novel life-transforming therapies. Neovii has been dedicated for over three decades to improve the outcomes in transplantation medicine, hemato-oncological and immune disorders.

Neovii Pharmaceuticals AG global headquarters is in Rapperswil, Switzerland, with offices in Massachusetts, USAand its biologics manufacturing facility is in Gräfelfing, Germany.

Neovii has a global reach with products sold in over 50 countries worldwide.

For further information

For further information contact Christine Wiestner, info@neovii.com or Neovii Pharmaceutical AG office on telephone +41-55-210-0500.

For details on the full publication visit http://www.nejm.org/.

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January 18, 2016 at 5:41 pm

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San Marco Capital Partners Provides Final Notice Of The Sale Process For The Purchase Of The Savan Vegas Hotel & Entertainment Complex

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SAVANNAKHET, Lao PDR,  /PRNewswire/ — As the exclusive sales agent working on behalf of the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, on October 19, 2015 San Marco Capital Partners (SMC) issued a Solicitation of Interest inviting interested parties to participate in a competitive sales process for the purchase of the Savan Vegas Hotel and Entertainment Complex located in Nongdeune Village, Kaisonphomvihanh District, Savannakhet Province of Lao PDR. The Complex includes a full-service casino, a hotel and numerous entertainment and leisure offerings. The sale process is undertaken pursuant to the Law on Investment Promotion No. 02/NA dated July 8, 2009 and other applicable laws, regulations and decrees of Lao PDR.

A copy of the Solicitation of Interest is available at www.savanvegaslaolimited.com. Persons interested in receiving additional information or participating in the sales process must complete and execute both the Expression of Interest and Non-Disclosure Agreement annexed to the Solicitation of Interest and submit them toenquiries@savanvegaslaolimite­d.com. Once both documents are received, a Request For Offers document outlining the sales process and the initial qualification requirements will be provided. To be considered for qualification to participate in the sales process, preliminary information on financial suitability, corporate structure and operational expertise must be submitted for consideration no later than January 25, 2016.

About San Marco Capital Partners LLC

San Marco Capital Partners provides corporate financial, advisory and transaction services. With extensive expertise in operational, transaction and financial matters, the firm provides services in both established and emerging gaming markets including liaising and advising governmental and regulatory authorities in numerous jurisdictions worldwide. For additional information on San Marco Capital Partners LLC, contact Kelly Gass, President, at kgass@sanmarcocapital.com or +1 (305) 297-5940.

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January 18, 2016 at 5:27 pm

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Frost & Sullivan Names IZEA Recipient of 2015 North American Social Media Marketing Customer Value Leadership Award

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-IZEA recognized for creating positive outcomes for its clients and generating triple-digit growth for its shareholders

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of leading social media marketing technology companies, Frost & Sullivan has selected IZEA (OTCQB: IZEA, OTCQB: IZEAD) as the 2015 North America Frost & Sullivan Award recipient for Customer Value Leadership. IZEA was one of the first companies that recognized the potential of Sponsored Social as an effective and efficient marketing vehicle. It develops and refines platforms that enable popular content creators to generate and deliver multimedia content marketing to brands and agencies around the world.

IZEA Receives 2015 North American Social Media Marketing Customer Value Leadership Award
IZEA Receives 2015 North American Social Media Marketing Customer Value Leadership Award

IZEA is credited with introducing Sponsored Social to the broader marketing and advertising industry upon its founding in 2006 by Ted Murphy. Through a proprietary online exchange, known as IZEAx, the company connects content creators, publishers and marketers, and provides them with a global technology platform that can be used to create and disseminate branded content. IZEAx provides desktop and mobile access to influencers on the 10 leading social platforms, helping them monetize their passion, knowledge and social cachet, which, in turn, enhances their brand credibility.

IZEA also offers Virtual Newsroom, a content creation and distribution marketplace offering for brands that employ professional journalists, expert writers, photographers, videographers, and illustrators. Client companies can post the professionally developed material on their brand-owned social media channels, websites or blogs, and leverage the assets to power paid native advertising.

“IZEA is experiencing increased cross-selling, earning repeat business and establishing long-term relations with high-value customers,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Brendan Read. “This is due to the efficiency of its products and growing customer acceptance of the value of Sponsored Social as a critical part of the marketing ecosystem.”

IZEA leverages a roster of over 650,000 content creators who reach nearly 3.2 billion aggregate friends and followers. The company’s revenues rose 182 percent from $1.93 million in Q3 2014 to a record $5.4 million in Q3 2015. Bookings grew 230 percent year over year to $6.7 million in Q3 2015, up from $2 million in Q3 2014.

IZEA has ambitious plans for the influencer and content marketing category and is looking to exceed $100 millionin annual sales by 2018 by directly addressing untapped market segments. It hopes to attract new Creators, online influencers who develop and publish content, through multiple product innovations, including an expanded mobile offering to support more users and analytics offerings for Creators and advertisers alike.

“Meanwhile, IZEA is also growing inorganically through acquisitions and partnerships, which are primarily aimed at expanding its marketing, public relations, and sales programs to enhance overall brand and agency awareness,” said Read. “The company acquired online publishing marketplace Ebyline, launched an affiliate program with eBay through its SocialLinks initiative, partnered with the Percolate content marketplace, and entered the Canadian market.”

For its dedication to ensuring the success of its customers and delivering innovative services, Frost & Sullivan is pleased to present IZEA with the 2015 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership.

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on enhancing the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes the company’s inordinate focus on augmenting the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and, ultimately, customer base expansion.

“The key to the long-term success of any company is its ability to continuously nurture and enhance the value of its products and/or services to its customers. As such, Frost & Sullivan is excited to recognize IZEA for its industry-leading focus on improving customer experience and customer ROI for its services in the social media marketing industry,” said Frost & Sullivan’s Global President and Managing Partner Krishna Srinivasan.

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

About IZEA

IZEA operates the premiere online marketplace that connects brands with influential content creators. IZEA creators range from leading bloggers and social media personalities to A-List celebrities and professional journalists. Creators are compensated for developing and distributing unique content on behalf of brands, including long form text, videos, photos and status updates. Brands receive influential consumer content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. For more information about IZEA, visit http://corp.izea.com

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January 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

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