DXC Technology Named a 2018 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Technology Leader

TYSONS, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) has been recognized as a 2018 Top 100 Global Technology Leader by Thomson Reuters. The inaugural program identifies the tech industry’s most operationally sound and financially successful organizations.


The Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Tech Leaders study, the industry’s first holistic assessment of today’s leading tech companies, utilizes a 28-point data-driven algorithm to objectively identify organizations positioned to thrive in a complex and changing business environment. The patent pending methodology, developed by the Thomson Reuters Boston Innovation Lab, is based on eight principal pillars of performance: Financial Performance, Management and Investor Confidence, Risk and Resilience, Legal Compliance, Innovation, People and Social Responsibility, Environmental Impact, and Reputation. According to Thomson Reuters, these are the companies whose final scores across the pillars outshine over 5,000 other technology companies around the world.

“DXC Technology is proud to be recognized as a Top 100 Global Technology Leader by Thomson Reuters,” said Mike Lawrie, DXC Technology chairman, president and CEO. “We are honored to gain this recognition and are committed to delivering innovative solutions that best serve our clients on their digital transformation journeys.”

“Tech companies operate at warp speed confronting competitive, regulatory, legal, financial, supply chain and myriad other business challenges. Oftentimes, their financial success overshadows operational integrity, making it difficult to identify those organizations with true fortitude for future success,” said Alex Paladino, global managing director of the Thomson Reuters Technology Practice Group. “With the Top 100 Global Tech Leaders, we’ve identified the unique data points that embody technology industry leadership in the 21st century; congratulations to the companies that made the list.”

Key findings among the 2018 Top 100 Global Technology Leaders:

  • In addition to being recognized in the first true valuation of global technology leaders, these organizations outperform the Nasdaq, S&P 500 and MSCI World indices in year-over-year stock price change by 3.91 percent, 4.04 percent and 7.1 percent respectively.
  • They outperform these indices across other factors, including YoY R&D investment, employee percent change and revenue percent change.
  • Forty-five percent of the leaders are headquartered in the United States; Japan and Taiwan are the next most prolific regions, with 13 top 100 tech companies each.

DXC’s highest scores were achieved among these four pillars:

  • Management and Investor Confidence, specifically in StarMine’s Smart Money Combined Alpha Model (CAM) at 91 percent;
  • Innovation, specifically in Thomson Reuters Environmental, Social and Governance (TRESG) at 84 percent;
  • People and Social Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy and Community and Workforce at 84 percent and 78 percent respectively; and
  • Environmental Impact, TRESG Emissions and Resource Use at 78 percent and 77 percent respectively.

Visit http://tr.com/top100tech to access the full report and view the complete list of 2018 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Technology Leaders. Join the discussion on Twitter #TRtech100.

About DXC Technology

DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) is the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, helping clients harness the power of innovation to thrive on change. Created by the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology serves nearly 6,000 private and public sector clients across 70 countries. The company’s technology independence, global talent and extensive partner network combine to deliver powerful next-generation IT services and solutions. DXC Technology is recognized among the best corporate citizens globally. For more information, visit http://dxc.technology.

About Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries.


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or
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Expensify Wins App Partner of the Year at Xero Awards Americas

Expensify captured the top spot out of more than 600 apps in Xero’s annual awards highlighting the best in small business cloud technology.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#ExpenseReportsThatDontSuck--Expensify, the most widely used expense software in the world, won top honors today in the annual Xero Awards Americas, claiming App Partner of the Year for 2017. The award recognizes Expensify as a leader in cloud technology and the ideal fit for any Xero customer’s receipt tracking and expense management workflow.


The distinction capped off a banner year for the Expensify-Xero relationship, highlighted by Xero’s company-wide adoption of Expensify in May, Expensify’s selection as Xero App Partner of the Month in June, and Expensify’s inclusion as a Xero HQ launch partner in October.

“We’re very proud to award Expensify with this honor, as we know they are truly dedicated to helping small businesses globally grow and build long-term sustainability,” said Keri Gohman, President, Xero Americas.

“Expensify was originally built for small businesses, and the success of our Xero partnership to date shows just how valuable integrated expense management has become to small businesses,” said Ryan Schaffer, Director of Strategy at Expensify. “In 2017, we saw the number of customers connecting Expensify to Xero climb by the thousands, just like the year before. It’s a major accomplishment for both companies, and an even greater win for customer productivity and the future of small business cloud technology.”

To learn more about using Expensify with Xero, check out use.expensify.com/xero.

About Expensify

Expensify is the global innovation leader in automated receipt and expense management with an easy-to-use mobile and web app. The app automates the entire expense reporting process with SmartScan OCR receipt tracking technology, company card management, and integrations with all major accounting softwares. Expensify continues to expand-ify with offices from London to Melbourne, processing billions in expenses annually while delivering expense reports that don’t suck to over 100,000 businesses worldwide.

About Xero

Xero is beautiful, easy-to-use online accounting software for small businesses and their advisors. The company has more than one million subscribers in more than 180 countries. Xero seamlessly integrates with more than 600 apps. It was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company for two years running, won Technology Provider of the Year at the 2017 British Small Business Awards, and was rated by Canstar Blue as Australia’s best accounting software three consecutive years from 2015-2017.


Contacts

Expensify
James Dean
press@expensify.com

K.E. Group Selects Yardi Voyager

Thai luxury property developer gains new efficiency in lease administration, property management and customer relationships from its cloud platform


SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Property developer K.E. Group of Bangkok will manage its upper-market residential and commercial projects with Yardi Voyager®, a cloud-based property management and accounting platform.

Another new product, Yardi Leasing Manager, will shorten K.E. Group’s leasing lifecycle by enabling mobile access to real-time prospect, tenant and property information.

“We chose Voyager because it’s a user-friendly, end-to-end solution that allows us to execute an array of internal operations and client services from a single platform,” said K.E. Group CEO, Kaveepan Eiamsakulrat. “Voyager delivers efficiency in accounting, tenant lease administration and customer relationship management that was not available from our previous system.”

“K.E. Group now has dynamic reporting and analytics tools that will help the company maintain its role as a leader in commercial and residential property development in Thailand,” said Neal Gemassmer, vice president of international for Yardi.

Read client testimonials about the benefits of Yardi Voyager.

K.E. Group

K. E. Group, widely regarded as Thailand’s leading developer of luxurious properties, develops unique, innovative and best-quality residential and commercial projects. For more information, visit kegroup.co.th.

About Yardi

Yardi® develops and supports industry-leading investment and property management software for all types and sizes of real estate companies. Established in 1984, Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and serves clients worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. For more information, visit yardi.com/asia/.


Contacts

Yardi Systems Inc.
Nina Feldman, +61 (2) 8227 2267
Nina.feldman@yardi.com

Scientific Learning Corp. Signs Agreement to Acquire BrainMaps in China

OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#K12--Scientific Learning Corp. (OTC PINK:SCIL) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Brain Maps Technology Co. Ltd. to acquire Shanghai-based BrainMaps, a blended learning company with more than 70 English language learning centers across China. BrainMaps combines Scientific Learning’s patented language learning technologies and a unique Online-to-Offline (O2O) methodology to help students achieve fluency in English in as little as three years.


The anticipated acquisition represents a major strategic shift for Scientific Learning to the large and rapidly expanding English language learning market in China as the primary growth engine for the Company’s unique and established intellectual property. The Company’s neuroscience-based educational technologies are built on more than 40 years of research and have been research-validated by over 250 studies, including those from Stanford, MIT, and Harvard.

“China is a country where education-focused parents spend on average more than 30 percent of household income on education, and where 84 percent of families spend money on after-school tutoring,” said Robert C. Bowen, CEO of Scientific Learning. “BrainMaps’ recent success is emblematic of the strong demand for English language learning solutions for students in China, and this acquisition will enable us to further accelerate BrainMaps’ growth there.”

The proposed acquisition is contingent upon financing transactions to obtain the capital necessary to acquire BrainMaps and expand its presence in China, and board of director and shareholder approval of the election of Rick Lee and Tiffany Koo (or alternatives chosen by them) to the Scientific Learning board effective upon closing of the acquisition, among other conditions. Scientific Learning has engaged Tyton Partners, the leading provider of investment banking and strategy consulting services to the global knowledge sector, as its exclusive investment banking advisor to assist with the transaction.

Under the terms of the agreement, BrainMaps’ shareholders will receive 40 percent of the common stock of Scientific Learning, on a diluted basis, subject to certain exclusions. In addition, Scientific Learning will pay BrainMaps shareholders $6.2 million in cash. Also, BrainMaps’ shareholders will be eligible for up to $12 million in earn-out cash payments earned over seven and a half years. Earn-out payments will be made annually based on the continued employment of Rick Lee and Tiffany Koo, with $9 million of the potential earn-out to be earned as a percentage of the free cash flow generated by BrainMaps’ business.

The agreement also sets forth material terms of employment agreements to be executed at closing between the Company and Rick Lee and Tiffany Koo. Terms of the deal are subject to various conditions, exceptions and limitations. Please refer to the actual agreement for full details on https://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/SCIL/filings.

“We have been partners with Scientific Learning for more than 12 years, and this definitive agreement between our companies is the next step on our journey to help change the way Chinese students learn English,” said BrainMaps founder and CEO Rick Lee. “Millions of Chinese youngsters can benefit from the unique combination of neuroscience-based online solutions from Scientific Learning, and BrainMaps’ effective O2O instructional model.”

About Scientific Learning Corp.

Based in Oakland, Calif., Scientific Learning is a leading SaaS provider that delivers neuroscience-based educational technologies. Scientific Learning’s programs, Fast ForWord® and Reading Assistant™, have been used by more than 2.8 million learners in more than 2,600 K-12 schools in the United States, by over 500 private practice clinicians, by thousands of students via a direct-to-consumer channel, and in over 55 countries via Value Added Resellers (VAR). The Fast ForWord programs cross-train foundational language and cognitive skills necessary for rapid English language development, while Reading Assistant uses speech verification technology to provide real-time corrective feedback to students as they read and speak, in a manner similar to that of an individualized language and reading coach.

About BrainMaps

BrainMaps, a VAR partner of Scientific Learning’s for over 12 years, was founded by Rick Lee and Tiffany Koo, who are using their past experience as national directors for companies such as Wall Street English and Gymboree to rapidly expand the BrainMaps model across China. Based on its compelling student outcomes and rapid growth, BrainMaps was named a top 10 franchise in China by Entrepreneur magazine in 2016.

Safe Harbor Statement: The information posted in this release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by use of the words "may," "will," "should," "plans," "explores," "expects," "anticipates," "continue," "estimate," "project," "intend," and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release include statements regarding the Company’s proposed acquisition of BrainMaps, plans to raise capital to finance the transaction and support BrainMaps’ expansion in China, and plans to grow BrainMaps’ business in China. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the inability to complete a financing transaction sufficient to complete the acquisition of BrainMaps and support BrainMaps’ growth in China at terms that are reasonable to the Company or at all; the inability to secure approval of the acquisition from SCIL’s board of directors or its shareholders; general economic and business conditions; effects of potential geopolitical unrest and regional conflicts; competition; and various other factors beyond the Company's control. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can provide no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.


Contacts

Scientific Learning Corp.
Hallie Smith, 619-888-0887
hsmith@scilearn.com

Mining Equipment Procurement Research – Market Trends and Spend Analysis by SpendEdge

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#equipment--Global procurement intelligence advisory firm, SpendEdge, has announced the release of their ‘Mining Equipment Market Procurement Research Report.’ The insights and data in this report provide a strategic analysis of the supply markets, factors influencing purchasing decisions, procurement best practices, pricing models, supplier landscape, and an analysis of the supplier capability matrix for the heavy industry. This report breaks down the data and analysis behind the procurement of mining equipment and acts as an all-inclusive guide for making smart purchasing decisions.



“The demand for mining equipment in the market landscape is driven by low maintenance requirement as scheduled and unscheduled maintenance leads to downtime of equipment causing bottlenecks during operation,” says SpendEdge procurement analyst Tridib Bora. “Also, the incorporation of telematics-enabled devices in the equipment enable better fleet management capability for the buyers,” added Tridib.

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Procurement analysts at SpendEdge highlight the following top three market trends that are contributing to the growth of the Global Mining Equipment Market:

  • The incorporation of 3D printing techniques
  • Adoption of information management systems
  • Incorporating digital innovations

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The incorporation of 3D printing techniques:

The mining industry is increasingly focusing on incorporating 3D printing techniques due to the various advantages it offers including the ability to streamline and optimize the supply chain network. 3D printing of machinery components also helps the buyer to reduce transportation costs as the parts can be produced on-site. Moreover, the buyers should access suppliers regarding their 3D printing capabilities to reduce lead time in terms of equipment procurement. Also, the incorporation of 3D printing creates a better scope for customization of components while reducing equipment downtime of the deployed machinery.

Adoption of information management systems:

IT technology and information management systems offer stakeholders in the mining industry with relevant technologies and applications that improve the efficiency of operations. The mining industry is increasingly adopting information management systems for equipment monitoring and to track the production control of mining equipment in real-time. Therefore, the buyers should access the supplied equipment regarding incorporation of monitoring devices such as sensors and other telematics-enabled hardware components.

Incorporating digital innovations:

Digital innovations in the mining industry have brought about several improvements leading to enhanced productivity. The adoption of software applications has resulted in optimizing asset utilization, remote monitoring, and control of operational activities. Moreover, the use of advanced sensors with real-time operational data and predictive algorithms help in enhancing the accuracy and speed of maintenance and metallurgy. Also, the incorporation of digital innovations helps organizations to improve productivity and achieve cost savings.

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Contacts

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Shilpa Balakrishnan
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New Global Leaders Join CDISC Board of Directors

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) today announced Chris Decker and Pam Howard have joined its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms, which began 1 January 2018.


Mr. Decker is Vice President, Life Sciences Practice at d-Wise, a technology and process consulting company focused on empowering innovation for a healthier world. He leads a large team of domain and technical expertise, delivering clinical systems integration, standards implementation, and adoption of technology within the clinical trial lifecycle. Mr. Decker served on the PhUSE Board of Directors for four years and, since 2005, as a volunteer across various CDISC teams, including co-lead of the ADaM Training sub-team. In addition, he co-led the creation and implementation of the FDA PhUSE Computational Sciences Collaboration where he serves as FDA PhUSE Liaison and co-lead of the PhUSE Computational Science Steering Committee.

Ms. Howard is Vice President, Biostatistics and Programming and Medical Writing, at ICON. Prior to this role, she held a number of senior positions within ICON, including VP of Data Management, VP of Clinical Operations and Global Business Lead for Metrics and Process Improvement Initiatives. Ms. Howard has always had an interest in standards, and has actively promoted the application of standards, in particular, to promote data-driven decision making, to increase the quality and productivity of clinical projects, and decrease their costs.

“I am delighted Chris and Pam have joined our Board,” said David Bobbitt, President and CEO, CDISC. “Each brings valuable expertise in clinical research and a steadfast dedication to the global adoption of standards, which will provide strategic direction to CDISC and help us lay the foundation for a CDISC 2.0 Vision. We are grateful for their service.”

“Service on the CDISC Board is a commitment to the clinical research community and to the discovery of new treatments,” added Stephen Pyke, Board Chair and Senior Vice President, Clinical Projects & Quantitative Sciences at GlaxoSmithKline. “We could not be more pleased that Chris and Pam are bringing their considerable knowledge and deep experience to our Board. Together, we are making a difference, collaborating to unlock cures.”

Continuing Board members include Mr. Stephen Pyke (Chair), GlaxoSmithKline; Dr. David Hardison (Past Chair), ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte; Dr. Charles Cooper, Becton Dickinson; Mr. David Evans, Accenture; Dr. Masanori Fukushima, Kyoto University and Translational Research Informatics Center; Ms. Margaret Keegan, Quintiles; Dr. Douglas Peddicord, Washington Health Strategies; Mr. Steve Rosenberg, Oracle Health Sciences; Ms. Joyce Sensmeier, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); Mr. John Speakman, New York University; Dr. Hiromichi Shirasawa, Merck; Ms. Névine Zariffa, AstraZeneca; Dr. Jonathan Zung, Covance.

ABOUT CDISC

CDISC is a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit organization that develops data standards to foster smarter research and enable connections to healthcare. CDISC standards allow data to speak the same language, by providing common formats for data collection, data sharing, and data analyses to make the most of the valuable information offered by patients participating in research studies around the globe, enabling researchers to discover new treatments, find breakthroughs, and unlock cures. CDISC standards are required for regulatory submissions to the US FDA and Japan PMDA, are endorsed by the China CFDA, and are requested for use by the European Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI). The suite of CDISC standards is freely available on the CDISC website.

CDISC is funded through the generous support of over 450 member organizations from pharmaceutical, biotech, clinical research organizations, regulatory agencies, academia, and healthcare, as well as through grants, authorized CDISC Education courses, events, and charitable contributions. To find out more about how to support CDISC and get involved, please visit www.cdisc.org.


Contacts

CDISC
Ann P. White, +1-512-363-5826
awhite@cdisc.org

Tajikistan Insurance Governance, Risk and Compliance Industry Report 2018 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Governance, Risk and Compliance - The Tajikistan Insurance Industry" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


The 'Governance, Risk and Compliance - The Tajikistan Insurance Industry' report is the result of extensive research into the insurance regulatory framework in Tajikistan.

It provides detailed analysis of the insurance regulations for life, property, motor, liability, personal accident and health, and marine, aviation and transit insurance. The report specifies various requirements for the establishment and operation of insurance and reinsurance companies and intermediaries.

Key Highlights

  • The Tajikistan insurance industry is regulated by the State Insurance Supervisory Service (SISS).
  • The existing legislation governing the insurance industry of Tajikistan does not contain provisions pertaining to prudential regulation of insurance companies.
  • 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) is permitted in the Tajikistan insurance industry.
  • Non-admitted insurance is not permitted in Tajikistan.
  • Motor third-party liability insurance is compulsory in Tajikistan.

Key Topics Covered:

1 INTRODUCTION

2 GOVERNANCE, RISK AND COMPLIANCE

2.1 Legislation Overview and Historical Evolution

2.2 Latest Changes in Regulations

2.3 Legislation and Market Practice by Type of Insurance

2.4 Compulsory Insurance

2.5 Supervision and Control

2.6 Non-Admitted Insurance Regulations

2.7 Company Registration and Operations

2.8 Taxation

2.9 Legal System

3 APPENDIX

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Laura Wood, Senior Manager
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Related Topics: Insurance

South Korean Endoscopy Devices Market Forecast to 2019 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "South Korean Endoscopy Devices Market, Forecast to 2019" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


The South Korean endoscopy devices market is growing under relatively lower reimbursement rates and budget constraints that are forcing hospitals to provide greater importance to pricing of equipment and changing utilization patterns. In many South Korean hospitals, consolidated purchasing of endoscopy and laparoscopy equipment slows down procurement, as requirements have to be gathered from all departments.

Healthcare expenditure in South Korea is growing, especially in private healthcare, which translates into better healthcare provision and quality of services in the country. Demand for outpatient healthcare services in top general hospitals remains high and hospital establishments continue to grow in line with the increasing number of hospital beds.

Uptake of new and advanced minimally invasive surgical systems are driven by patients' and physicians' preferences because of their advantages over open surgery, such as less complications, less pain, faster recovery, and shorter operating times, which translate into lower hospitalization costs and improved patient outcomes.

Key Topics Covered:

1. South Korean Endoscopy Devices Market

2. South Korean Market Landscape

3. Drivers And Restraints - Total Endoscopy Devices Market

4. Forecasts And Trends - Total Endoscopy Devices Market

5. Urology Analysis

6. General Surgery Analysis

7. Gynecology Analysis

8. Imaging Systems Analysis

9. Energy Systems Analysis

10. Key Companies To Watch

11. Growth Opportunities And Companies To Action

12. Appendix

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Related Topics: Medical Devices, Endoscopy

Southeast Asia LPWAN Market 2016-2017 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "LPWAN Market in Southeast Asia, 2016" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technology will account for a significant share of Internet of Things (IoT) connections globally by 2020. This will be at the expense of the fragmented M2M. With LPWAN being implemented by both mobile network operators (MNOs) and non-telcos, MNOs will require careful planning due to increasing competition and upcoming Cellular Internet of Things (CIoT) and Massive Internet of Things (MIoT) that will all address the IoT market concurrently.

In the interim, the IoT market will be dominated by proprietary technologies that meet the immediate requirements of being low cost, ultra power-efficient, and long range, which currently mobile cellular cannot address in a cost-effective way.

MNOs are increasingly realizing that experience in delivering connectivity services, regardless of the technology, supports their credentials for enterprises seeking nationwide or regional IoT partners. This is because no one technology will serve all the different IoT applications equally. However, in the case of LPWAN, end-to-end solutions required to drive the market are clearly lacking. MNOs need to work more with end-to-end solutions providers, for example, Atilze, to offer more versatile and technology agnostic IoT solutions.

Successful implementation of LPWAN to solve challenges within Southeast Asian countries will require government intervention. Environmental, city, and agricultural use cases in particular will bring significant benefit to Southeast Asian countries but will require government intervention and funding.

Implementing LPWAN alongside CIoT helps MNOs target gaps with cellular networks to reap early-to-market advantage and address low-power applications cost effectively. LPWAN is already capturing market share from CIoT in power and water telemetry, agriculture, building security, asset tracking, waste collection, pollution monitoring, and street lighting control, and parking. However, MNOs can leverage on CIoT in mobile and cross-border use cases as well as complex managed services once commercialized. MNOs can also leverage on CIoT technology to address the real-time and high-bandwidth use cases involving video.

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are key attributes of LPWAN solutions in the market?
  • Are LPWAN networks a complement or threat to MNOs?
  • Should MNOs implement LPWAN or wait for Cellular IoT or offer both?
  • How can LPWAN networks solve challenges faced in Southeast Asian countries?
  • How are LPWAN networks being implemented?

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction To LPWAN

3. Challenges Faced In Southeast Asia That Can Be Overcome Using LPWAN

4. LPWAN Deployment-Global Case Studies

5. Growth Opportunities And Companies To Action

6. The Last Word

7. Appendix

Companies Mentioned

  • Agnov8
  • Circumtec
  • Connit
  • DHL
  • FedEx
  • Flashnet
  • Ingenu
  • KPN
  • KT
  • Libelium
  • LoRa
  • M1
  • NTT DoCoMo
  • SemTech
  • Sigfox
  • SK Telecom
  • Tele2
  • Telefonica
  • Telenor Connexion
  • Telia
  • Telstra
  • Three
  • Vodafone
  • Weightless

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Global and Indian Paraxylene Market Outlook 2017-2030 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global and Indian Paraxylene Market Outlook - 2017" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


This Industry Docket evaluates the market for PET, PTA and its impact on the PX market. This docket aims to provide senior management, CEOs and other critical decision-makers an overview of the global and domestic market for the polyester value-chain as a starting point for executing various investment and market-related decisions.

Urbanization, higher disposable income and other changes in consumer lifestyle, especially in the Asian markets, is driving the demand for various polymers including PET. With Paraxylene being the basic feedstock, there has been a considerable change in that market as well.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Scope & Limitations

2. Macroeconomic Factors

3. Px - Pta - Pet Global Market Overview

4. Px India Market Analysis

5. Key Takeaways

Companies Mentioned

  • IOCL
  • JBF
  • OMPL
  • RIL

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/p97vvg/global_and_indian?w=4


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ZRG Partners Expands footprint in China with the Addition of Carren Shi in Shanghai

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ZRG Partners, recognized as the fastest growing search firm in the Americas, is pleased to announce that Carren Shi has joined ZRG Partners as a Managing Director and Country Head of China to help expand ZRG’s coverage in the region.


Prior to joining ZRG Partners, Carren worked at Korn Ferry in China and also had run her own boutique firm. She brings to the role 20 years of valuable local market business experience, with over 12 years in executive search. Carren has strong experience in the consumer and life sciences sector to ZRG Partners.

Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG related, “We felt it was time to add a local leader on the ground every day in China, to help further develop the tremendous opportunities helping our clients find the best talent in the market. Carren brings big company experience and an entrepreneurial history to the role with ZRG, which makes her the perfect choice to help us grow in both China and across Asia Pacific. Bob Chandis has done a great job for ZRG over the past decade supporting our clients work in Asia Pacific and in building our Shanghai office. Bob will continue to split his time between offices, focusing more time in North America working with Chinese companies expanding into the region as Carren takes on the leadership role in the region.”

Carren Shi stated, “I am excited to join ZRG to better support my longtime accounts with a truly global platform. ZRG is bringing innovation to the process of hiring and my clients in Asia Pacific will benefit from the data and analytics tools to drive great hiring decisions. I am also looking forward to supporting the existing ZRG Partners global relationships in the region for important senior hires.”

About ZRG Partners

ZRG Partners is a progressive mid-sized global executive search firm that uses a proven, data-driven approach. For more than 18 years, clients have trusted ZRG Partners to recruit top talent around the world. ZRG Partners is recognized as one of the fastest growing executive search firms in the industry driven by the firm’s client focused, results driven approach grounded in integrity.


Contacts

ZRG Partners
Carren Shi, 86 21 8036 0418
cshi@zrgpartners.com
or
Larry Hartmann, 201-560-9900
lhartmann@zrgpartners.com
or
Robert Chandis, 201-560-9900
rchandis@zrgpartners.com
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Asia-Pacific Project Insights: Industrial Construction Projects – India Accounts for Highest Value of Industrial Projects With $376.7 Billion – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Project Insight - Industrial Construction Projects: Asia-Pacific" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


With Asia-Pacific leading the recovery in global trade growth with 7.4% in the first half of 2017 it is not surprising that it also leads in the industrial construction investment with the two major economies of India and China leading this investment. Industrial production has been helped by improved global demand and strong home market demand. Commodities have strengthened, with metal prices rising and tech restocking, which has also assisted in growth.

This report provides detailed analysis, information and insights based on 1557 CIC projects in Asia-Pacific, including detailed metrics on the region's industrial construction projects (as tracked by CIC) split by country and value and by type of project, pipeline, refinery etc. Country profiles are provided for the top 10 countries including India, China and Indonesia.

Key Highlights

  • The highest value of projects are at the planning stage, with US$606.8 billion, followed by projects at the execution stage with US$335.5 billion.
  • Projects in the pre-planning stage amount to US$114.1 billion, while projects in the pre-execution stage account for US$79.0 billion.
  • India accounts for highest value of industrial projects with US$376.7 billion.
  • Private investment is responsible for funding the highest proportion of projects, with 80%, with public funding at 12% and 8% of projects financed jointly by public/private funding.
  • Assuming all projects tracked go ahead as planned, annual spending on the projects would reach US$273.9 billion in 2019.
  • The top contractor in the region is Larsen & Toubro Limited followed by Downer EDI Ltd.

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/pchc6m/asiapacific?w=4


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Related Topics: Construction

First in Japan! Instagenic "Hedgehog Home & Cafe" Newly Opened in Shibuya, TOKYO

Pet and Take Photos of Cute Hedgehogs Living in Lovely Dollhouses

- "Japanese-style Room", "Bedroom", "Classroom", etc. -

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SHIIKUGAKARI CO., LTD. (head office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, CEO : Masaki Shimizu) made its grand opening of the first-in-Japan concept cafe "ChikuChiku Cafe (Hedgehog home and cafe)" (https://hedgehoghome.cafe/en/) on January 10 (Wed), 2018 where you can enjoy yourselves in the magical world of fantasy by adorable hedgehogs and lovely dollhouses.



Features of “ChikuChiku Cafe”
(1) Contact with Friendly Hedgehogs
Unlike dogs and cats, it is rather hard to tame the hedgehogs. However here at ChikuChiku Cafe, our experienced staffs have trained them friendly, so you can fully enjoy yourselves with the hedgehogs by taking their pictures, holding them on your palms, or feeding them, etc.

* Please follow the instructions given by the staffs when you pet the hedgehogs.
* Children 6 years or younger can see or take pictures of the hedgehogs but they are not allowed to touch them.
* Children 12 years or younger should be accompanied by the adult(s) to use our service.

(2) Variety of Fanciful Dedicated Cages by the Dollhouse Artist
Hedgehogs live in 10 different general cages (dollhouses) - "dining rooms", "bed rooms", "bathrooms", "a garden", "a Japanese-style room", and "a classroom" - and a huge cage (dollhouse) in the center of the cafe that shows the cityscape where the hedgehogs take a walk. Each of them is a complete handmade special order product for the hedgehogs by the dollhouse artists and the creators.

We will gather various creators by the contests and the open recruitments to create the new towns, the houses, and the rooms and update the lineup of the dollhouses regularly in future.

[Shop Information]
-Website
https://hedgehoghome.cafe/en/

-Date of Grand Opening
January 10, 2018

-Address
1-13-5 Daikyousibuya Bld. 2F, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002, Japan
* JR/Tokyo Metro - 2 minute walk Shibuya Sta. (East Exit)

-Business Hours
12 : 00 – 20 : 00 (Check in by 19:30)

-Charge
30 mins : 1,300 yen, 60 mins : 2,500 yen
* Self-Service All You Can Drink (Coffee, Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea (Hot/Cold))


Contacts

Hedgehog Home & Cafe
YOSHIAKI KATAHIRA, +81-3-5456-9674
info@hedgehog.cafe
* Please contact us by e-mail because international calling fee will apply to you.

Global Biosurfactants Market Analysis 2015-2017 and Forecasts to 2023 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Biosurfactants Market: Global Industry Analysis, Trends, Market Size and Forecasts up to 2023" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


The report predicts the global biosurfactants market to grow with a CAGR of 7.5% over the period of 2017-2023.

The report on biosurfactants market is a comprehensive study and presentation of drivers, restraints, opportunities, demand factors, market size, forecasts, and trends in the global biosurfactants market over the period of 2015 to 2023. Moreover, the report is collective presentation of primary and secondary research findings.

Porter's five forces model in the report provides insights into the competitive rivalry, supplier and buyer positions in the market and opportunities for the new entrants in the global biosurfactants market over the period of 2015-2023. Further, the Growth Matrix given in the report brings an insight on the investment areas that existing or new market players can consider.

Segments Covered

Product Types:

  • Alkyl Polyglucosides (APG)
  • Sorbitan Esters
  • Sucrose Esters
  • Rhamnolipids
  • Sophorolipids
  • Methyl Ester Sulfonates (MES)

Application:

  • Agricultural Chemicals
  • Household Detergents
  • Fabric softener
  • Industrial & Institutional Cleaners
  • Food Processing
  • Oilfield Chemicals
  • Textiles
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Cosmetics and Personal Care

Companies Profiled

  • Ecover
  • Akzo Nobel
  • BASF
  • Croda International
  • Saraya
  • Soliance
  • Kao
  • Sun Products Corporation
  • Chemtura Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7st972/global?w=4.


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Related Topics: Surfactants

Global Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) Strategic Business Report 2018 – Demand Prevails as Shields Against Environment-Induced Voltage Surges – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) - Global Strategic Business Report" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.


The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World.

Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2016 through 2024. Also, a five-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research.

The report profiles 88 companies including many key and niche players such as:

- ABB (Switzerland)

- Thomas & Betts Power Solutions LLC (US)

- Advanced Protection Technologies Inc. (US)

- Belkin international Inc. (US)

- Bourns Inc. (US)

- DEHN SOHNE GmbH Co. KG (Germany)

- Eaton Corporation PLC (Ireland)

- Emerson Electric Co. (US)

- General Electric Company (US)

- Hubbell Incorporated (US)

- Legrand (France)

- Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc. (US)

- Mersen (France)

- Novaris Pty Ltd. (Australia)

- OBO BETTERMANN GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

- Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

- REV Ritter GmbH (Germany)

- Schneider Electric (France)

- Tripp Lite (US)

- Weidmller GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)

Key Topics Covered:

1. Industry Overview

Curtain Raiser

Ideal Surge Protector

Surge Protection Devices Market to Experience Healthy Growth

Asia-Pacific Exhibits Strong Performance

Hard-Wired SPD

Largest Product Market

Stiff Competition in a Fragmented Market

Pure-play SPD Manufacturers Face Off with Large Diversified Electrical Equipment Makers

2. Market Growth Drivers, Trends & Issues

Outdoor LED Lighting

Crucial SPD Market

Advanced Series Mode Technology Catching on

Demand Prevails for SPDs as Shields against Environment-Induced Voltage Surges

SPD Market

A Key Beneficiary of the Microprocessor Revolution

Advanced Surge Protection Devices Enhance Reliability of Life Safety Systems

High Costs Associated with Equipment Downtime Motivates Deployment of SPDs

Hassle Free Installation and Lower Maintenance Encourages Deployments

Developing Economies Offer Opportunities on a Platter

Prices Come Under Pressure

Commercial Sector to Hog the Limelight

Older Generation SPDs Pose Risk of Unsafe Failure

Appliances Makers Reticent to Integrate SPDs in Devices

International Copper Prices Influence Fortunes of SPD Manufacturers

Innovative Surge Protection Devices

Select Wall-Mounted Surge Protectors

Popular Surge Protectors and Power Strips

3. Product Overview

4. Product Launches/Introductions

5. Recent Industry Activity

6. Focus On Select Players

7. Global Market Perspective

Total Companies Profiled: 88 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries 112)

- The United States (39)

- Canada (2)

- Europe (51)

- France (8)

- Germany (14)

- The United Kingdom (8)

- Italy (1)

- Spain (4)

- Rest of Europe (16)

- Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (15)

- Africa (5)

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rk8q9f/global_surge?w=4.


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Related Topics: Electrical Switches