First UK-based Mobile App Market Coverage Benchmark Published by Perfecto Mobile

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17

The Mobile Test Coverage Index reveals variations between UK and other European testing strategies for mobile app quality

London, UK. – 24th August 2015 - Perfecto Mobile, the world's leader in mobile app quality, has released unique research to help UK app developers, product managers, testers and marketers stay ahead of the ever-changing mobile market. As digital engagement continues to be the primary way brands reach customers, it's too risky to simply "assume" that apps and websites will work on the wide range of devices used by consumers. True app quality and business success require strategic planning and testing.

The latest Mobile Test Coverage Index contains device coverage and usage data exclusively for Germany and the UK. It gives recommendations for testing apps on the correct mix of devices, operating systems, hardware and screen sizes to assure sufficient coverage in a fast-moving digital market where users freely express opinions via app store reviews and social media.

The report answers the challenging question of which devices and operating systems need to be incorporated into testing strategies to meet and exceed market demands. It provides an index for reaching 30%, 50% and 80% test coverage in Germany and the UK, as well as the U.S., France, Italy, and Spain. The index is calculated from a wide range of public, private and proprietary data from Perfecto Mobile, including more than 4,000 device profiles and over 360,000 Perfecto Mobile user profiles.

The index provides a benchmark to determine the appropriate level of mobile market coverage that organisations should target to support their digital engagement goals.

  • 30% of the market can be reached with 10-16 devices, based on the popular device models and OS versions as well as reference devices (e.g. Google Nexus series)
  • 50% market coverage can be reached with 17-25 devices. This level of test coverage requires more devices from major brands such as Samsung, Apple, Sony, Nokia and HTC
  • 80% market coverage can be achieved with a mix of 26-32 devices. This is the final group of devices to test on that will guarantee the recommended coverage level

Because device and operating system adoption vary by geography, high-quality digital engagement requires testing based on regionalised data. By doing a detailed analysis of the UK market for the first time, the Mobile Test Index ensures testing and development strategies for unique local market dynamics; for example:

  • Apple holds similar market share in the UK as Samsung. However, Android accounts for 59% of the overall UK market. Yet even with that domination, Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S are ranked first and second in the UK index
  • Windows Phone should be included in UK testing strategies due to its strong 13% market share in the region. This would be less advisable in the U.S., where the share is less than 3%
  • Android fragmentation requires that older models and operating systems need to be taken into account, with the 2012 Samsung Galaxy models still ranking in the top 16 devices in the UK index. While Android KitKat and Jelly Bean are widely adopted, the index recommends that the older Gingerbread OS be included in regression testing because it still has 10% share in Europe
  • Chinese device manufacturers OnePlus and Huawei are gaining market share in Europe, and with their compelling price points they're becoming a threat to Samsung and Apple

"It is critical that chief digital officers and their teams align app testing and quality assurance strategies with real life customer experiences," said Roi Carmel, Senior Vice President of Products and Strategy, Perfecto Mobile. "Having industry benchmarks grounded in current data helps enterprises assure the quality of digital engagement. This absolutely depends on an app working flawlessly for users on the device, form factor and environment they use."

He added: "While there's some consistency with the UK and U.S. markets, it's striking how the devices and operating systems to test on vary significantly between markets. The index helps mitigate the risks of developing apps and services for individual markets, and it will be interesting to see how these variations evolve with future releases of our report."

For more information and to download the index, click here http://go.perfectomobile.com/test-coverage-index/?utm_source=tcr-pr.

About Perfecto Mobile
Perfecto Mobile, the world’s leader in mobile app quality, provides a hybrid cloud-based Continuous Quality Lab that enables mobile app development and testing teams to deliver better apps faster. The Continuous Quality Lab supports testing processes earlier and more often in the development cycle, giving way to faster feedback and improved time to market. Users can access an exhaustive selection of real mobile devices, under real user conditions, connected to live networks around the world and leverage them for testing and monitoring throughout the mobile application development lifecycle – from development, functional and performance testing to monitoring and support.

More than 1,500 customers, including many of the Fortune 500 across the banking, insurance, retail, telecommunications and media industries rely on Perfecto Mobile to deliver optimal mobile app functionality and end user experiences, ensuring their brand’s reputation, establishing loyal customers, and continually attracting new users. For more information about Perfecto Mobile visit www.perfectomobile.com or follow us on Twitter at @PerfectoMobile.

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IDT Telecom Asia Pacific: Golden Partner of Asian Carriers Conference 2015

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15

London 20th August 2015: IDT Telecom Asia Pacific (“IDT Asia”), the regional arm of IDT Telecom, announced today that it has partnered with the Asian Carriers Conference taking place from September 1st through 4th in the Philippines. IDT Telecom is the largest operating division of IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT), a leading provider of retail and wholesale voice and payment services around the globe.

The Asian Carrier Conference is being held at The Marquee at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa and is the biggest telecommunications event in Asia. IDT Asia is a Gold Partner of the event as well as a key exhibitor. It will draw together expert staff from IDT Telecom’s operations worldwide to showcase its latest innovations in telecommunications and payment services.

Nick Ford, President of IDT Telecom’s Carrier Services group said, “IDT’s carrier services business is a global leader in wholesale voice termination and the Asian market is a key focus for us. IDT Asia interconnects with over 90% of the Fixed and Mobile Network Operators in 23 Asia countries. Therefore, the Asian Carrier Conference is the perfect event for us to highlight our market leading services in this important region.”

IDT Telecom also offers a number of other wholesale value added services and turnkey solutions including international mobile top-up, mobile apps, and messaging SDK’s. Additionally, IDT Telecom offers a choice of service levels to address the price and quality requirements of its clients. The company has become a trusted wholesale operator in the Asian market through effective partnerships, pragmatic innovation and a focus on quality.

IDT Telecom terminates 30 billion minutes annually with almost 600 direct routes into 143 countries. IDT Asia, which was established in 2003, offers retail and wholesale international calling solutions throughout the Asia-Pacific region and has offices in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Japan, India and Taiwan. IDT Telecom has annual revenues of $1.6 billion of which over $600 million is generated by its Carrier Services business. IDT Telecom is ranked as one of the fastest growing carriers of international voice by Telegeography and serves over 800 carriers and 4,000 other providers around the world.

This event partnership comes shortly after IDT Corporation was nominated in five categories for the Total Telecom Carrier World Awards 2015. Category nominations are Best Messaging Solution, Technology Innovation Award, Most Innovative Wholesaler, Best Wholesale Carrier (Global) and Wholesale Personality. The winners of all thirteen Total Telecom Carrier World Awards categories will be announced at a ceremony in London on the 30th of September 2015. To view and vote for the shortlisted entries, including IDT, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VLNXCDF.

Representatives from the IDT team, including the Vice-President for Asia, Rebecca Wong, are available for exclusive live demonstrations of its products and services to mobile operators and delegates at the IDT booth number B5 at the Asian Carriers Conference. To arrange a briefing or interview at the IDT booth, please contact Michelle Mahoney at michelle.mahoney@proactive-pr.com or call +44 (0) 1636 812152. Telephone briefings can also be arranged after the event.

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About IDT Corporation:
IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT) through its IDT Telecom division, provides telecommunications and payment services. IDT Telecom's retail products allow people to stay in touch and share resources around the world while its carrier services business is a global leader in wholesale voice termination. For more information, please visit: http://idtasia.net/en-HK or www.idt.net.

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Vodafone Ireland launches new security software to help protect customers

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16

User-friendly service allows increased security while browsing and features child protection tools

Dublin, 13th August 2015: Vodafone Ireland has launched Vodafone Secure Net, a new service that offers increased safety and security for its customers while mobile browsing.

Vodafone Secure Net is a user-friendly service that helps protect Vodafone customers from unsafe websites, files (such as viruses or malware) and phishing attacks.

Vodafone Secure Net also features parental controls that allow parents to protect their children from unsafe content via their mobile devices by blocking unsuitable websites and pre-determined apps and downloads. The parental control feature also allows a browsing cut-off time, blocking internet access after a certain time of day or through specific time periods, for example, during school hours.

Commenting on the launch of Secure Net, Marcel de Groot, Consumer Director, Vodafone Ireland said, “Vodafone is committed to providing a robust, best-in-class network to our customers and security is a fundamental part of our service. We introduced Vodafone Secure Net to ensure that our customers can protect themselves, and their children, from unsafe and unsuitable browsing easily and at limited cost.”

Secure Net is available to all users on the Vodafone network, initially for a free trial period, and for €0.99 per month thereafter without affecting customers’ data allowance or their device’s battery power.

Access to the service and set-up is easy and efficient; Vodafone customers can sign-up and customise a Secure Net account online via desktop, smartphone or tablet at securenet.vodafone.ie, no installation required.

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For further information:
Clodagh O’Hagan, Vodafone Ireland; Clodagh.ohagan@vodafone.com; 087 908 4055

About Vodafone:
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 June 2015, Vodafone had 449 million mobile customers and 12 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.

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Investec Ashes Analysed by Athlon's Investec Test Tracker

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09

Intelligent app's new features provide greater real-time analysis of cricket match data

London, 13 August 2015 - Investec Test Tracker, the successful web-based app created to provide real-time analysis of Test cricket, has been relaunched with a number of new features to give even greater analysis and data visualisation, beginning with the 2015 Investec Ashes Series.

The app was created for Investec by global design and technology agency Athlon to enhance the international bank's sponsorship of the English Test cricket. Thanks to a successful first year roll-out in 2014, Investec was keen to invest in the app further to extend its features for this year's Test. The app experienced high levels of engagement so the aim was to provide an even more granular and detailed experience for users in 2015.

The Test Tracker provides real-time analysis of every Test, enabling cricket fans to gain detailed match insights about specific events as they happen. In addition to its existing Wagon Wheel and Match Tracker features, a number of additional real-time features have been added to provide greater insight and an enhanced user experience.

Match Progress is an original feature which has had a more detailed analysis bar added. This runs along the bottom of the Test Tracker for an easy run-by-run game status. It allows users to gain insight on the key stats ball-by-ball to help them understand the performance and contributing factors throughout the game.

Match Scorecard is a whole new section. Similar to a traditional scoreboard, it shows which player is performing best and links to the Profiles section. It is primarily a benefit for fans that follow cricket in the traditional format, but with the advanced Test Tracker stats references threaded in to allow users to explore further.

The new player comparison section gives detailed insight into the game attributes player-by-player. Users can see how well each player is performing based on two key factors; their contribution to the game and their comparison to the best players in the game, thereby understanding who are the key players in each performance.

The new developments are designed to give users the richest, most insightful experience possible. Part of a growing trend towards using data as content in the world of sport, the HTML5-based app empowers users to explore the data in any way they wish, whether that's via a traditional scorecard or at deeper per-player level. The new features have extended the app to give users a view on the Test performance that they cannot get anywhere else, to make Investec synonymous with understanding performance and data.

"The Test Tracker worked extremely well last year in helping to generate positive engagement with Investec's Test Cricket sponsorship and the Investec brand," said Rich Kehoe, Digital Marketing Manager at Investec. "As a largely stats-orientated audience, our aim was to provide cricket fans with a visualised data, insights and analysis driven experience. The Test Tracker provides an enhanced view of the Investec Test Series and the Investec Ashes Series, and it has proven to be a great companion app for those following the cricket on TV or radio."

Ranzie Anthony, Athlon's Executive Creative Director, added, "Cricket is a crowded marketplace so the key was to develop a different but Investec-focused experience. The Test Tracker successfully demonstrated Investec's prowess in understanding performance and analytics and applied that to cricket. These new developments further add to the user experience, enabling them to gain a deeper understanding of what they're watching."

The Test Tracker uses live feeds from sports data company Opta to provide performance insights and presents them in a unique visual format with interactive infographics and charts that enable users to track player performance. It also works mobile and tablet devices to provide cricket fans with insight and analysis of the matches wherever they are watching.

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Notes to Editors
For high res images or interviews, please get in touch: kate@brightsparkpr.co.uk or 07980 921961.

About Athlon
Athlon is a global design and technology agency working at the intersection of design, human factors and software development. It works with leading brands to drive commercial success through the creation of innovative digital products and services.

Athlon is a 45-strong team of digital strategists, designers and technologists with offices in London, New York and Sofia. Its deep-rooted, technology-driven brand and marketing expertise uniquely positions it to span client departments and create effective digital products and campaigns for clients in the retail, government, logistics, enterprise, financial, media and entertainment and energy industries. Recent and current clients include brands such as BBC, BP, BT, Capital and Counties, Ellesse, Investec, Motorola Solutions, Proofpoint, PwC and Unilever.

www.weareathlon.com

About Investec
Investec is an international specialist bank and asset manager that provides a diverse range of financial products and services to a niche client base in three principal markets, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia, as well as certain other countries. The group was established in 1974. 
Investec focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in three core areas of activity namely, Asset Management, Wealth & Investment and Specialist Banking.

www.investec.co.uk

Press contacts
Kate Gordon
Brightspark PR for Athlon
T: 07980 921961
E: kate@brightsparkpr.co.uk

Izzy Ansell
Investec
T: 020 7597 3960
E: izzy.ansell@investec.co.uk

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ASPIDER-NGI Mezzanine Round to drive Acquisition

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13

The Netherlands & Boston: Aug 12, 2015 - ASPIDER-NGI today announced mezzanine funding from Delta Lloyd to support continued growth and acquisitions. ASPIDER-NGI is leveraging this funding to acquire Solavei, a leading social commerce network offering mobile services in North America.

ASPIDER-NGI is a Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) that integrates into the networks of mobile operators such as Vodafone and T-Mobile to deliver the infrastructure and services for alternative brands. ASPIDER-NGI also provides services to the IoT market ('Internet of Things' or 'Machine to Machine'). The future of this IoT market is growing rapidly as the vast number of devices around the world communicate with a wide range of new applications from transport, to health, to home automation.

The ASPIDER-NGI acquisition of Solavei provides a tremendous growth opportunity to leverage the Solavei social commerce platform within its own range of mobile solutions. Instead of spending billions on retail locations and traditional advertising, Solavei rewards its members for sharing the products and services they use every day by providing a social commerce network that enhances its members' social connections. This Solavei-enhanced platform will create a fully managed mobile-service ecosystem that includes the network infrastructure and social engagement.

"The expansion of our services to include Solavei's unique social platform will disrupt the mobile market," said Patrick Meijer, VP Corporate Development at ASPIDER-NGI. "What's so different about Solavei is it has created an entirely new form of distribution for the market of mobile services. This capitalizes on the fast-growing trends of social media, mobile and referral marketing. Selling is becoming more social."

Delta Lloyd Mezzanine Fund is excited about the developments in this market and the opportunities that the acquisition of Solavei entails. "The investment in ASPIDER-NGI fits perfectly with the objectives of the fund. We see tremendous opportunities for growth in this sector and specifically for ASPIDER "said Erwin de Jong, Managing Director of Delta Lloyd Mezzanine Fund. Luis Carrera, Head of M&A for ASPIDER-NGI commented "These deals are accelerating the growth of our existing business, and providing a platform to rapidly enter new markets through technology, territory and channel."

About ASPIDER-NGI: ASPIDER-NGI allows mobile operators to engage their customers with compelling service plans, engaging promotions and innovative content, all designed to build loyalty and increase revenue. Our global solutions are delivered as-a-Service to reduce operational costs and reduce time to market. ASPIDER-NGI is an operator independent supplier of innovative solutions for mobile voice, data and content requirements. Services are designed for rapid development of mobile revenue streams where clients use "configure on-demand" IaaS approaches based on ASPIDER-NGI Core Mobile network, OSS/BSS, Care and Billing. Over 100 clients have been launched around the world, from traditional M2M, MVNO and Enterprise projects, to OTT and IoT OEM solutions for consumer connectivity. For more information, visit www.aspider-ngi.com.

Contacts:

ASPIDER-NGI Press Contact:
David Traynor
david.traynor@aspider-ngi.com
+1 781 820 4424

ASPIDER-NGI IR Contact:
Sarah Stuurman-Vendrig
sarah.stuurman@aspider-ngi.com
+31 348 501126

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Inoapps' New In2Cloud Service Delivers Oracle ERP Cloud Upgrades For E-Business Suite Users In Just 10 Weeks

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10

Award winning Oracle Platinum Partner Inoapps (www.inoapps.com) has announced the launch of ‘In2Cloud' a new upgrade service that enables Oracle E-Business Suite users to move to Oracle ERP Cloud in just 10 weeks. This allows users to protect their existing technology investment, whilst enabling them to simplify their systems and access the very latest Oracle Cloud technology. And with Exception Sustaining Support for Oracle E-Business Suite 11i expiring at the end of 2015, Inoapps believes that many current users will see the launch of In2Cloud as an exceedingly timely opportunity.

By upgrading, users can exploit the full potential of Oracle's ERP Cloud application with minimum disruption to working practices and low upfront costs. It also moves the organisation from CAPEX to OPEX based systems, thereby eliminating many non-strategic costs, lowering overall TCO and significantly boosting ROI. In addition, by making the move, users can attain the levels of increased agility and efficiency required to support growth, drive innovation and introduce modern millennial friendly working models such as mobile and BYOD. In addition, Oracle's Social tools are widely acclaimed for allowing employees to work together collaboratively, bringing real-life context to transactions and real-time feedback to every interaction.

Users will automatically be on the latest version of the system so there is no need for expensive bespoke customisations. Oracle ERP Cloud also enables users to utilize the latest analytics. This ensures that better informed data-driven business decisions can be made; driving productivity and ensuring consistent processes across global locations.

Inoapps' CEO Andy Bird believes that the launch of In2Cloud delivers a very timely, low-disruption methodology for those E-Business Suite users contemplating upgrading in advance of the deadline. He notes, "With the Exception Sustaining Support deadline for E-Business Suite 11i looming, there are many users now evaluating the benefits of moving their existing ERP environments to the latest cloud-based delivery model. Until now though, the problem has been identifying a cost-effective route that delivers all the benefits whilst minimizing disruption to working practices.

With In2Cloud, Inoapps has given CFOs a highly effective method of implementing Oracle ERP Cloud in just 10 weeks; free from the headaches traditionally associated with a major technology upgrade. As both an Oracle Platinum Partner and an Oracle ERP Cloud user ourselves, we have always believed in collaborating with our clients. In2Cloud is no exception to this methodology, as it allows us to use our considerable expertise and international experience to walk users though each stage of the process. In short, there has never been a better route or a better time to make the move."

For those interested in how In2Cloud will help their business, Inoapps is holding two webinars on 22nd and 24th September, to find out more register here: www.inoapps.com/inoapps-webcast-get-in2cloud

Inoapps is also presenting In2Cloud at the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in October in San Francisco…. For more details visit: http://bit.ly/1CGYMR0

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About Inoapps (www.inoapps.com)
Headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland Inoapps is a global company with operations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas.

A leading Oracle Platinum Partner and Oracle Applications, Technology & Hardware specialist, Inoapps delivers the complete Oracle application-to-disk enterprise IT environment through the provision of consulting, and implementation together with hosting and managed services. The company has clients across a broad range of industry sectors including energy, engineering, construction, travel, financial services and manufacturing as well as local and central government.

Inoapps is proud to be recognized by Oracle as Specialized Partner of the Year for Accelerate Solutions: EMEA 2010 & 2012, Oracle General Business Applications Partner of the Year 2009, 2010 & 2011, UK Oracle User Group Database Partner of the Year 2011/12, the Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 2014, and the Deloitte Fast 50 2014 (UK) and Fast 500 2014 (EMEA).

Inoapps recently received a £10 million investment of growth capital from BGF (Business Growth Fund), the independent company established to provide growth capital to UK businesses.

For further information please contact:
David Hart
Marketing Manager
Inoapps
david.hart@inoapps.com
+44 870 11 22 000

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Leigh Richards
The Right Image
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+44 844 561 7586 / 07758 372527

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SDL Positioned as a Leader in Gartner's 2015 Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13

Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute

Wakefield, MA and Maidenhead, UK - August 10, 2015 - SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management"[1] for the sixth time.

According to the report, the Web Content Management (WCM) market continues to benefit from factors such as: highly mature technology, the ease with which non-IT professionals can access and use the technology and the highly ambitious goals of line-of-business users' digital strategies. These factors have fueled annual growth of more than 11 percent, and in 2014 the market achieved total software revenue of $1.4 billion. However, these figures tell only a small part of the success story of developments in this area. The report further states that "Multiple areas of focus are now converging around WCM, allowing organizations to achieve their ambitions for customer satisfaction, marketing, CRM and digital commerce by including WCM in the mix."

"Customers today expect brands to engage with them where and how they prefer, which is increasingly on digital channels," said Mark Lancaster, CEO and Founder, SDL. "We consider our positioning in the Leaders quadrant by Gartner confirmation of our mission to help global organizations drive contextual digital experiences for customers across channels, devices and languages."

Those scored as Leaders should drive market transformation. Leaders have the highest combined scores for Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. They are doing well and are prepared for the future with a clear vision and a thorough appreciation of the broader context of digital business. They have strong channel partners, a presence in multiple regions, consistent financial performance, broad platform support and good customer support. In addition, they dominate in one or more technologies or vertical markets. Leaders are aware of the ecosystem in which their offerings need to fit. Leaders can:

  • Demonstrate enterprise deployments
  • Offer integration with other business applications and content repositories
  • Provide a vertical-process or horizontal-solution focus

For more information and to view a copy of the report in its entirety, please visit the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management page on SDL.com.

Gartner Disclaimer
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About SDL
SDL (LSE: SDL) is the leader in global customer experience. With a completely integrated cloud solution for content management, analytics, language and documentation, SDL solves the complexity of managing your brand's digital footprint as it grows across multiple languages, cultures, websites, devices and channels. Seventy-nine of the top 100 global companies trust SDL to help them create authentic, in-context customer experiences that drive demand and loyalty. SDL brings your brand to the world, and the world to your brand. Learn more at SDL.com. Follow SDL on Facebook and Twitter.

[1] Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management" by Mick MacComascaigh and Jim Murphy, July 29, 2015.

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Contacts:
SDL
Jessica Hohn-Cabana
+1 508-353-3454
jcabana@sdl.com

PAN Communications
Jenny Gardynski
+1 617-502-4300
sdl@pancomm.com

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ASPIDER completes Solavei Acquisition

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17

Solavei and ASPIDER complete deal to drive innovation and subscriber acquisition for mobile operators.

Boston & the Netherlands: August 3, 2015 - ASPIDER today announced the completion of the acquisition of social commerce network and mobile service provider Solavei.

ASPIDER plans to integrate Solavei’s social commerce platform within its own range of mobile solutions, throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Solavei’s innovative social commerce platform will provide a mobile-service ecosystem for ASPIDER that extends their wholesale, retail and social engagement infrastructure.

“Solavei’s unique social and referral platform is changing the marketing, selling and distribution of new products – this opens up many new innovative opportunities in many markets.” said Patrick Meijer, VP Corporate Development at ASPIDER and Solavei President. ASPIDER has previously delivered solutions to MNOs to incorporate social networks into referral programs to reduce acquisition costs, and this acquisition will accelerate these initiatives . “We are seeing that selling is becoming increasingly social, and these kind of innovations fundamentally change the traditional mobile marketing and channel models” said David Traynor, CMO at ASPIDER.

ASPIDER continues to extend its global mobile virtual enabling platform that provides advanced capabilities, including “in-network” international calling, multi-imsi roaming solutions, mobile payments, and much more. The transaction will also drive cost improvements for Solavei as the company consolidates its overall technology platform, leverages greater buying power of primary mobile service and eliminates third-party solutions.

With over 400,000 people that have become mobile service members in the past two years, Solavei will continue to deliver and grow its social commerce network to provide increased profitability through new forms of social distribution. Ryan Wuerch CEO of Solavei commented “Solavei has had a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of our members lives by helping them save over $120 million and earn over $32 million, which would not be possible without the ambassadors of our brand, employees and members alike. This new partnership (with ASPIDER) allows us to capitalize on Solavei’s momentum and take great strides toward achieving our mission of positively impacting millions of people worldwide. I am excited about our future.”

“This is a great day for Solavei,’’ said Wuerch. “ASPIDER gives us the opportunity to further enhance our services and add new products to the social commerce network, broadening our ability to rapidly expand the Solavei brand globally. We can now leverage ASPIDER resources to better align our cost structure with our revenue expectations, positioning us for long-term sustainable growth.’’

About ASPIDER: ASPIDER allows mobile operators to engage their customers with compelling service plans, engaging promotions and innovative content, all designed to build loyalty and increase revenue. Our global solutions are delivered as-a-Service to reduce operational costs and reduce time to market. ASPIDER is an operator independent supplier of innovative solutions for mobile voice, data and content requirements. Services are designed for rapid development of mobile revenue streams where clients use “configure on-demand” IaaS approaches based on ASPIDER Core Mobile network, OSS/BSS, Care and Billing. Over 100 clients have been launched around the world, from traditional M2M and MVNO projects, to OTT and IoT OEM solutions for consumer connectivity. For more information, visit www.aspider-ngi.com.

RSS News Feed for ASPIDER-NGI: http://newsroom.aspider-ngi.com

Contacts:
ASPIDER-NGI Press Contact:
David Traynor
david.traynor@aspider-ngi.com
+1 781 820 4424

ASPIDER-NGI IR Contact:
Sarah Stuurman-Vendrig
sarah.stuurman@aspider-ngi.com
+31 348 501126

Source: RealWire

Wandera partners with Three to provide mobile data security and optimization

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10

New partnership extends Wandera’s Secure Mobile Gateway to Three’s business customers in Ireland

London and Ireland, 3rd August 2015 – Wandera, provider of advanced mobile threat prevention and data usage optimization for enterprises, together with enterprise mobility specialist CWSI, has announced a strategic partnership with Three to deliver its secure mobile gateway services to business customers in Ireland. The integration will enable Three’s business customers to secure, control and manage mobile data usage across employee devices.

The partnership comes at a time when businesses are focused on driving increases in productivity with mobile workforces conducting business anytime from anywhere. According to Cisco, mobile data consumption is predicted to grow 10-fold over the next four years accelerating the need to manage the associated data costs effectively.

Furthermore, mobile devices are loaded with sensitive corporate and personal data making them a clear target for cyber criminals. Wandera’s technology has detected that 7 in 10 devices in its network are transmitting sensitive data such as usernames and passwords in the clear, the type of data that can be easily stolen by a man-in-the-middle attack. In addition, 1 in 5 devices are vulnerable to local access attack.

Wandera’s Secure Mobile Gateway, now delivered by Three, is a mobile first cloud service that offers three core services:

  • Secure: proactive, multi-level malware protection to detect zero-day threats, enable automatic policy based remediation while also identifying risk exposures from data leaks and anomalous user activity

  • View: actionable real-time insights into mobile usage to get the best out of your enterprise mobile investment

  • Extend: intelligent policies, controls and data compression to increase productivity, eliminate bill shock, cut data usage and save costs

“We are making significant progress in bringing the latest technology to our customers in Ireland and we see Wandera as a leader in mobile data security with a unique solution,” said Eoin MacManus Business Director of Three. “By partnering with Wandera, our customers across the country will have the tools to effectively manage and secure their company mobile data usage.”

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Three, to offer our services to its customers ensuring a productive and secure mobile Internet experience,” said Eldar Tuvey, CEO at Wandera. “With the explosion of employee mobile data usage and growing mobile security threats, this partnership with Three will become the foundation of efficient and transparent mobile strategies for some of the world’s top enterprises.”

About Wandera
Wandera’s Secure Mobile Gateway enables the next generation of enterprise mobility, moving beyond device management to real-time granular control of mobile data. Providing advanced mobile threat prevention and data usage optimization for enterprises, Wandera has pioneered a multi-level approach that monitors data simultaneously from the device and through the cloud. Enterprises can optimize data usage and spend, gain insights to drive mobile productivity, and protect sensitive data from the latest mobile threats. A Gartner 2014 Cool Vendor in enterprise mobility, Wandera was founded by proven innovators Eldar and Roy Tuvey - founders of ScanSafe - in 2012 and is headquartered in San Francisco and London. For more information visit the website www.wandera.com, Twitter or LinkedIn.

About CWSI
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Policy in Practice Launches The First Integrated Benefit and Budgeting Toolkit For Housing Associations & Local Authorities

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12

Policy in Practice (www.policyinpractice.co.uk) the UK's leading social policy software and consultancy business, has announced the launch of a Universal Benefit Toolkit. Aimed at housing associations and local authorities, this intuitive online range of universal benefit calculators and budgeting tools streamlines the calculation of benefit entitlement.

The cloud based system enables financial inclusion managers, housing officers and employment advisors to support their customers by showing them the benefits they can receive, how they can budget better and, where appropriate, how much better off in work they would be. The outcome-based approach also highlights possible areas of assistance and opportunities to improve a customer's financial circumstances. The data, which can be entered either in real time or off-line, can be shared easily with other departments as appropriate.

The Toolkit's easily navigable and visual interface ensures superior and comprehensive coverage of benefits and on-going budgets for individual claimants. Amongst the integrated tools incorporated are the following:

A Universal Credit Calculator: This shows the entitlement to Universal Credit and current benefits that can be claimed, and by how much someone can be better off in work. The outcome-based calculator uses clear visuals and colours to ensure easier communication of entitlement and on-going action plans. In addition, its interface has been specifically designed to minimise the time taken for data entry, which both enhances convenience and allows more time for conversation with customers.

A DHP Calculator: This accurately and consistently calculates a tenant's entitlement to a Discretionary Housing Payment award. The awards enable tenants to apply for temporary financial assistance if they have a shortfall in their Housing Benefit. As local authorities set their own criteria for the payments alongside existing DWP guidance, calculations can involve a wide range of variables. Policy in Practice's DHP calculator streamlines this process significantly, incorporating regional awards criteria where required. Most importantly though, it points people towards ways in which they can reduce their spending or increase their income thereby reducing the need for a DHP in the future.

A Budgeting Tool: This tool facilitates productive, supportive and non-judgmental conversations between an advisor and their customer. Following a financial assessment, the tool will produce an on-going budget for benefit claimants, taking into account their existing take home income and relevant costs of living including: rent, childcare, travel and utility costs.

A Self-Service Calculator: This enables local authorities and social housing organisations to offer their customers a simple to use web-based self-service calculator. In practice, the tool enables residents to access a simplified version of the Universal Credit calculator from their own device and at their own convenience. This saves both the time and cost of face-to-face appointments so it benefits both the customer and the user organisation. Through using the online calculator, self-service users can determine whether they are receiving the correct amount for their benefit claim, identify if they are eligible for other benefit types and estimate how this might change as the Government's Welfare Reforms evolve.

Management Reporting: Management reporting is also included, so that executives can identify which areas of their organisation are working well or where greater focus is required. All the calculations and management reports can be either downloaded or printed as pdfs.

Data Sharing: A unique feature of the Universal Benefit Toolkit is the ability, subject to appropriate permissions, to share information between departments. Therefore, for example, data may be shared between the pre-tenancy team and the financial inclusion team in a housing association, or between a housing department and the welfare reform team in a local authority.

Commenting on the launch of the Universal Benefit Toolkit Deven Ghelani the CEO of Policy in Practice said, "With Central Government seeking to save £12bn from the benefits budget, combined with the accelerated rollout of Universal Credit and the localisation of support, the need for a clear approach is more important than ever. Our software will allow organisations to see the impact of current and future changes to the welfare system on a case-by-case basis, and help organisations prepare for the upcoming changes to welfare policy so that people get the support that they need.

"Whether the calculations and budgets are being made by a housing association a local authority or a customer, there is a need for an integrated set of tools that are fast, engaging and easy to use. This is what Policy in Practice has delivered through this Toolkit. In addition, it is also an excellent solution for helping people to set realistic job goals - the first step of getting into work.

"From our initial discussions with local authorities and housing associations we believe we have listened to our customers' wish lists for a combined solution. Now, rather than use different sources, the Universal Benefit Toolkit provides a single source of tools each of which streamlines the calculation of support in an easy to use way. By taking this unique combined approach, we are confident that demand will be exceptionally high."

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About Policy in Practice (www.policyinpractice.co.uk)
Policy in Practice believes change happens on the frontline. We bridge the gap between policy development and its implementation by combining deep policy insight with practical frontline experience and technological expertise.

Deven Ghelani was part of the team that developed Universal Credit and founded Policy in Practice in 2012 to make policy work for people. He saw how complex and process-oriented the welfare system was and wanted to change that. He set up Policy in Practice to communicate information to people on the frontline in a fast, user-friendly way, and help people to make the decisions that are right for them.

For further information please contact:

Deven Ghelani
CEO
Policy in Practice
Tel +44 (0)7863 560 677
Email deven@policyinpractice.co.uk
www.policyinpractice.co.uk

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