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Hortonworks Names Microsoft Azure HDInsight as Its Premier Connected Data Platforms Cloud Solution

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-Microsoft Celebrates 10 Years of Hadoop as Innovation Sponsor

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SAN JOSE, Calif /PRNewswire/ — (Hadoop Summit) — Hortonworks, Inc. ® (NASDAQ: HDP) today announced Microsoft Azure HDInsight as its Premier Connected Data Platforms cloud solution to give customers Apache™ Hadoop® in cloud environments. The two companies have been pioneering cloud solutions for the past four years together through a strategic partnership spanning joint engineering and go-to-market motions, giving customers the most flexible big data environments.  Microsoft is the leading sponsor of Hadoop Summit 2016 with the first ever Innovation Level sponsorship, and together the two companies are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Hadoop at the event.

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Today’s modern organizations are embracing a cloud-first approach for deployment and management of data workloads. The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q2 2016 report calls out that “enterprises of all types and sizes are increasingly embracing the cloud as an important catapult for their business technology agenda.” Microsoft received the highest score for current offering and strategy in this report.

“Hortonworks and Microsoft jointly believe that in today’s hyper connected world, next generation architectures need to address data in all forms and in any environment to drive real-time insights,” said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer, Hortonworks.  “Azure HDInsight as our Premier Connected Data Platforms cloud solution gives customers flexibility to future proof their architecture as more workloads move to the cloud.”

“Microsoft and Hortonworks have been strong partners on cloud solutions for Big Data and we work jointly on several open source enhancements. For example, we recently enhanced the YARN resource manager to run concurrent applications on Spark at scale,” said Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of data group, Microsoft. “Our strategic partnership with Hortonworks continues to give joint customers powerful solutions to deploy Hadoop and Spark in the cloud with ease.”

The Premier Connected Data Platforms Cloud Solution

Connected Data Platforms deliver actionable intelligence to customers by combining data-in-motion and data-at-rest to power modern data applications. Azure HDInsight, Hortonworks’ Premier Connected Data Platforms cloud solution, delivers Hadoop and Spark powered by Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP®).

Recent updates to Azure HDInsight, built on HDP, include:

  • Enterprise Spark at Scale:  Spark for Azure HDInsight is generally available now and includes a secure, scalable and enterprise-ready Spark implementation.
  • R Server for HDInsight in the cloud powered by Spark makes the Spark integration available both on-premises and in the cloud, and will be generally available this summer.

Customers can try Azure HDInsight today. For more information about Azure HDInsight, please

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks, HDP and HDF are registered trademarks or trademarks of Hortonworks, Inc. and its subsidiaries inthe United States and other jurisdictions. For more information, please visit All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Hortonworks Contact
Michelle Lazzar

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June 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm

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Chubb announces new Environmental Risk Underwriter for Asia

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Chubb announced today the appointment of Oliver McCauley as the Environmental Risk Underwriter for Asia. Mr. McCauley will report to Kane Bennett, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific & Far East – Environmental Risk for Chubb in Asia Pacific.

Based in Hong Kong, Mr. McCauley will drive the profitability and strategic direction of the Environmental Risk portfolio across Asia. His responsibilities include providing responsive, accurate and efficient underwriting expertise to the Asian markets as well as implementing broad market strategies tailored for each country.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. McCauley was the Environmental Risk Underwriter for Australia and New Zealand, having contributed to the business both locally as well as for other markets in Asia.

Before joining Chubb, he spent four years as an Environmental Consultant with a specialist contaminated land consultancy in Sydney. During this period, he was exposed to a wide range of contaminated land scenarios across Australia. The experience enabled him to gain a deep understanding of the behaviors of certain contaminants and the potential interaction with receiving environments and populations.

Mr. McCauley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

On this new appointment, Mr. Bennett said, “The environmental risk markets in Asia have seen tremendous growth as economies mature in the region. Against this backdrop, we saw the need to appoint a specialist resource to help us drive the development of our Environmental Risk portfolio in Asia. With his strong industry experience, Oliver’s appointment will stand us in good stead to consolidate our position as one of the leading underwriters for environmental risks in the region.”

About the New Chubb

Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. The company is distinguished by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength, underwriting excellence, superior claims handling expertise and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at:

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June 30, 2016 at 5:46 pm

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Telkomsel Selects Xura’s Spam Shield for Advanced SMS Spam Detection and Filtering

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WAKEFIELD, Massachusetts /PRNewswire/ —

Advanced message filtering detects up to eight times more spam related SMS messages than before to better protect customers from spam and fraud

Today Xura, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESG), a leading provider of digital communications services, announced that it is working with Telkomsel, the market leading provider of telecommunications services in Indonesia, to help protect the operator’s more than 153 million subscribers from SMS spam. Telkomsel selected Xura’s Spam Shield to control messaging in their network, to automatically detect unsolicited messaging campaigns and block unwanted messages protecting subscribers from the majority of threats with dynamic detection techniques.

There is an increasing and ever-changing flood of spam and fraud traffic that has proven difficult for many operators to detect and control. With only basic SMS filtering systems in place, 30% of spam messages were previously going undetected on the Telkomsel network, and a more advanced detection capability for unsolicited messages was critical to bring this figure down.

Spam Shield provides spam detection and dynamic policy control, with a learning process that continually adjusts to the constantly changing threat posed by spam to subscribers and operators’ brand and reputation. This learning process results in an ever improving and effective solution that evolves in real-time – as do the characteristics of spam – modifying spam filters and policy control as appropriate.

Xura already had a strong relationship with Telkomsel, having installed SMSC and MMSC’s for the operator in the past, as well as providing award winning, innovative, revenue generating services such as network initiated Collect SMS. Spam Shield with grey route management was selected following a successful Proof of Concept for its ability to cover both mobile originated and mobile terminated spam protection nationwide, with a highly scalable solution.

Telkomsel’s Vice President of IT VAS and Corporate Service Solution and Management, Asep Y Septiana, said: “Spam Shield has reduced the effort and human intervention previously required to operate and manage the filtering, because there is no need to manually configure filtering rules. This makes it easier for Telkomsel to protect subscribers, as well as ensure the timely delivery of critical messaging services, such as PIN notifications, while correctly monetizing commercial use of messaging. Spam Shield’s ability to filter out grey route messaging enables us to sell SMS advertising via the appropriate channels, and monetize OTT related messages through the correct wholesale channels. This not only opens up new revenue streams for us, but also provides subscribers with a better overall experience and greater satisfaction.”

“With Xura’s Spam Shield, Telkomsel has been able to implement advanced message filtering that can detect up to eight times more spam-related messages than traditional filtering techniques available on the market, including spam received via IP / OTT messaging services also. It provides the flexibility needed to separate false positive spam messages, offering automatic SMS campaign detection and spam blocking based on the system’s heuristic algorithm needed to combat dynamic spam threats,” said David Khoo, SVP & Managing Director for APAC at Xura. “All of this can be viewed and tracked via our spam reporting tool, Xura Analytics, so Telkomsel are able to analyze and act as needed, and in real-time.”

Telkomsel are also utilizing Xura Analytics, which provides a flexible GUI, for reporting and analysis. Spam Shield went live on Telkomsel’s network in May this year – inside a four month deployment schedule, providing nationwide coverage for Telkomsel’s 153 million prepaid and post-paid subscribers.

To find out more about Xura’s network security products including Spam Shield and Signaling Fraud Management, please visit or email:

About Xura, Inc.

Xura, Inc (NASDAQ: MESG) offers a portfolio of digital services solutions that enable global communications across a variety of mobile devices and platforms. We help communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises navigate and monetise the digital ecosystem to create innovative, new experiences through our cloud-based offerings. Our solutions touch more than three billion people through 350+ service providers and enterprises in 140+ countries.  You can find us at

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Telkomsel is Indonesia’s largest mobile operator with more than 153 million subscribers. To serve customers all over Indonesia, including in remote areas, outer islands and border areas, Telkomsel has built more than 116,000 BTSs. Telkomsel has consistently implemented technology roadmaps of 3G, HSDPA, HSPA +, as well as being the first mobile operator in Indonesia to commercially launch 4G LTE services. To serve the needs of customers, Telkomsel operates a 24-hour call center and more than 400 GraPARI service centers across Indonesia.

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June 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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SWIFT Enriches Know Your Customer Registry Information with New KYC Adverse Media Service

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-Partnership with Dow Jones provides KYC Registry users with unlimited access to news and regulator content

HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — SWIFT announces the launch of KYC Adverse Media, a news service integrated into its KYC Registry, a centralised repository that maintains a standardised set of information about financial institutions required for KYC compliance. In partnership with Dow Jones, SWIFT  will now make high-quality Dow Jones Risk & Compliance data available to the more than 2,500 correspondent banks and funds players that are already using The KYC Registry as part of their know your customer compliance programmes.

Financial institutions are increasingly being expected by regulators to use ‘negative news’ coverage as part of a risk-based approach to customer due diligence for financial crime compliance. The KYC Adverse Media service provides Registry users with access to this type of curated content from more than 32,000 news publications worldwide, as well as regulatory notifications. The new service complements banks’ self-reported, SWIFT-verified KYC data and documents with high-quality news content dating back to 2012. Articles are linked directly to the relevant legal entities in the KYC Registry, enabling users to view at a glance what news coverage, if any, is available for each Registry member.

Bart Claeys, Head of KYC Compliance Services, SWIFT, says: “KYC compliance is increasingly complex, with many banks being expected to review negative news and regulatory notices as part of their customer due diligence processes. SWIFT is pleased to partner with Dow Jones to provide every KYC Registry user with unlimited access to high-quality, up-to-date news and regulatory content. The addition of KYC Adverse Media is the next step in our strategic roadmap to deliver cost-effective, community inspired financial crime compliance services that help our members optimise the effectiveness and efficiency of their compliance programmes.”

Dow Jones’ Adverse Media data includes information covering companies from every country in the world that have received negative news coverage for regulatory, competitive, financial, production, environmental, and social or labour related issues. Researchers enrich listings with additional detail, such as names in the native language script and corporate identifiers, as well as cross-references to people associated with such companies, to ensure that data is as accurate and complete as possible.

UBI Banca was one of several KYC Registry members to pilot the KYC Adverse Media service. Marco Ligonzo, Head of Know Your Customer Due Diligence – Correspondent Banking, at UBI Banca, says: “KYC Adverse Media nicely complements the information in The KYC Registry, delivers excellent value for money, and provides a valuable resource for anyone performing customer due diligence on another financial institution. The ability for banks to access this information through The KYC Registry helps to increase efficiency and transparency, and supports compliance with regulatory expectations. We greatly appreciate being one of the very first banks to use this valuable new service.”

The searchable database also provides access to news content about banks that have not yet joined the Registry. In addition, although banks retain full control over which Registry members can view their official KYC data and documentation, KYC Adverse Media content is open to all KYC Registry users for optimal transparency.

“Dow Jones Risk and Compliance and the KYC Registry are a natural fit, and we are confident this partnership will deliver significant value to the banking community” said Joel Lange, Managing Director at Dow Jones Risk and Compliance. “As regulation grows ever more complex, global banks have to trust in the quality and completeness of data used for KYC decision-making. Working with our Adverse Media data will give KYC Registry users unique access to structured profiles covering 17 negative news topics that matter to global banks.”

The KYC Adverse Media service is available now, with a range of service enhancements to follow later in 2016. These will include giving banks the option of attaching their official statements to KYC Adverse Media content about their institution, further increasing transparency and ease of use related to KYC compliance and customer due diligence activities.

About SWIFT’s financial crime compliance services portfolio

SWIFT’s Compliance Services unit manages a growing portfolio of financial crime compliance services in the areas of sanctions, Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML). The portfolio includes Sanctions Screening and Sanctions Testing services, Compliance Analytics and The KYC Registry. For more information, visit


SWIFT is a global member-owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services.

We provide our community with a platform for messaging and standards for communicating, and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration, identification, analysis and financial crime compliance.

Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way.

As their trusted provider, we facilitate global and local financial flows, support trade and commerce all around the world; we relentlessly pursue operational excellence and continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies.

Headquartered in Belgium, SWIFT’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. SWIFT’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.

For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter: @swiftcommunity and LinkedIn: SWIFT


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June 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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JNA Awards reveals 2016 Honourees

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — JNA (Jewellery News Asia), organiser of the prestigious JNA Awards, announces the list of Honourees/finalists across 10 categories at a press conference today held on the sidelines of the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

The JNA Awards, now in its fifth year, is a premier awards programme that recognises and celebrates excellence and achievement in the jewellery and gemstone industry, with a focus on the advancement of the trade in Asia.

This year, 39 Honourees representing 28 companies from 10 countries/regions, namely Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, were selected. A third of these finalists were either first-time entrants or Honourees.

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June 30, 2016 at 10:55 am

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