Asana Recognized as the #7 Best Small and Medium Workplace in Ireland 2020

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Great Place to Work has ranked Asana, a leading work management platform for teams, in the top 10 Best Workplaces in Ireland. Asana was recognized as the #7 Best Small and Medium Workplaces at the 18th annual Great Place to Work Best Workplaces in Ireland awards in Dublin.

The award comes on the heels of a standout year for the recognition of Asana’s award-winning culture. In 2019, the company was awarded the Top 10 Best Small and Medium Workplaces worldwide for the third year in a row; #3 Best Workplaces Technology; #5 Best Workplaces for Millennials; and #11 Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work. Earlier this year, Great Place to Work and FORTUNE ranked Asana as the #1 Best Small and Medium Workplace in the Bay Area.

“Being recognized as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland is an exciting step as we continue growing our team and customers throughout Europe,” said Anna Binder, Head of People Operations, Asana. “We believe that the investment we make in our culture is what fuels our business success, from North America, to Europe, to Asia Pacific and beyond. We’re honored to be recognized as a Best Workplace in Ireland and are proud to be a part of the country’s vibrant, innovative business community.”

Great Place to Work Ireland is part of a global network of culture consultants, with offices in 48 countries using an established methodology to publish lists at country, regional, and global levels. The Great Place to Work Institute assesses the policies and practices in place in organisations under nine key areas: Inspiring, Speaking, Listening, Caring, Developing, Thanking, Hiring, Celebrating, and Sharing. They then benchmark these practices against other organisations in that country. The second key component of the assessment is an anonymous Trust Index survey that gathers the perceptions of employees under five dimensions: Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride, and Camaraderie. Finally, there is an in-depth qualitative analysis of open ended comments from employees.

“This year’s survey findings show that employees in workplaces like Asana feel greater levels of organizational pride than ever before, which is being supported by internal CSR initiatives that emphasize employee ownership and decision-making,” said Cathal Divilly, Partner at Great Place to Work® Ireland. “Overall, companies like Asana are marking themselves out by providing a distinctive sense of meaning in both personal and organisational roles for their staff.”

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work Ireland is part of a global network of culture consultants, with offices in 48 countries using an established methodology to publish lists at country, regional, and global levels. The best known of these is the Fortune 100 list of Best Companies to Work For in the United States. Our media partner in Ireland is The Irish Times, who develop the annual Best Workplaces Special Report. The full 2020 lists of organisations and award winners, as well as rankings from previous years, are available at

About Asana

Asana helps teams orchestrate their work, from small projects to strategic initiatives. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Asana has more than 75,000 paying organizations and millions of free organizations across 195 countries. Global customers such as AirAsia, AllBirds, Grab, KLM Air France, Sephora, Traveloka and Viessmann rely on Asana to manage everything from company objectives to digital transformation to product launches and marketing campaigns.


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Notice of ABB’s Annual General Meeting on March 26, 2020

ZURICH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ABB today published the invitation to its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The invitation can be found on ABB’s investor relations website at

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four, customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 144,000 employees.


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CORRECTING and REPLACING Yellowbrick Accelerates Its Market Momentum

Leader in hybrid cloud data warehousing achieves 4X revenue growth, doubles partner and employee headcounts and continues to drive innovation and unparalleled performance

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Leader in hybrid cloud data warehousing achieves 4X revenue growth, doubles partner and employee headcounts and continues to drive innovation and unparalleled performance

Hybrid cloud data warehouse company Yellowbrick today announced accelerated corporate momentum, including: rapidly expanding revenues; ongoing customer, partner and employee growth; and continual technical innovation in the data warehousing and analytics market.

The company achieved a four times (4X) increase in revenues from 2018 to 2019, and doubled the number of systems integrator and reseller partners. Yellowbrick also doubled its employee headcount during that same time period, with new personnel in customer service, marketing and engineering to support its rapid growth.

Yellowbrick’s approach to data warehousing – including its extreme performance capabilities for generating analytics not previously possible – provides the world’s top banks, insurers, retailers, telecom providers and media companies with real-time insights into their data. With transparent and economical pricing, Yellowbrick’s Modern Hybrid Cloud Data Warehouse solutions enable customers to protect existing investments in IT tools and infrastructure by operating with speed, agility and scalability, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

“Yellowbrick’s continued growth is validation of our modern, hybrid cloud strategy, and enterprise customers remain hungry for the kind of analytic processing power that we deliver,” said Neil Carson, Yellowbrick Data’s CEO. “Our ongoing momentum – including revenue, customer and employee growth – sets us apart in the data warehousing space and positions us as a leader among stiff competition.”

A New Market and a Track Record of Innovation

Unconstrained by legacy revenue streams and recognizing the inherent limitations of public cloud, Yellowbrick was an early mover in the market for hybrid cloud data warehouses. The cloud offering helps enterprises immediately overcome the scale, cost and performance challenges posed by traditional cloud data warehouses. Its multi-cloud support allows customers to connect multiple public and private clouds to a single Yellowbrick Cloud Data Warehouse. The primary benefit realized is support for the applications, users and public clouds of their choice.

Research firms describe hybrid data warehouses as optimal for modern enterprises. In the case of Yellowbrick, the company’s technology goes far beyond that of warehouse vendors who simply place their software on top of storage or compute systems not designed for heavy analytics processing. What’s more, the cloud-based implementation of Yellowbrick’s data warehouse achieves nearly the same performance as on-premise solutions, a critical consideration for enterprises that may have data stores in disparate locations.

“When it comes to the new era of high-performance, high-value data warehouse solutions that can be rapidly deployed across the cloud, or on-premises, Yellowbrick is particularly well-positioned,” commented William McKnight, Lead Analyst, Enterprise Data, at GigaOM. “They have created an offering that delivers performance, extensive management and rapid time to value, making them a strong contender for the analytic enterprise workload.”

Yellowbrick can improve query performance by up to 100 times (100X), achieving consistent performance improvement for customer analytics, and also improves overall analytics performance in third-party performance benchmarks.

According to Yellowbrick Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Spicer: “Yellowbrick enables its customers to do things they previously couldn’t. Analytics can now be done in minutes instead of hours or days, and reports and queries can be done in real time. The implications for business are huge, and our customers are rethinking their entire approach to analytics with Yellowbrick.”

Customer Validation

With Yellowbrick, enterprises can perform near-real time analytics with a reliable, easy-to-manage system that delivers cost-efficiency and flexibility. Yellowbrick improves enterprise analytics capabilities with faster time-to-insight and helps companies achieve hard-to-reach business goals. Customer enthusiasm runs high, as evidenced by Yellowbrick’s net promoter score (NPS) of 83, among the highest loyalty scores in the data warehouse industry.

“We’re driving the market because we’ve raised the bar on analytics performance and expectations for a data warehouse,” commented Christopher Zang, head of customer success for Yellowbrick Data. “Not only does Yellowbrick offer the most highly-performing data warehouse platform, it provides that performance at a price and manageability level that’s unmatched in the industry, which is precisely why we’re taking on the establishment players and winning.”

Customer Symphony Retail agrees. “We’ve implemented Yellowbrick across multiple sources of data, with 4-5x faster data access times than our previous data warehouse , including performance gains that made a difference in our business decision-making. In addition to achieving greater performance, reliability and stability, we’ve been able to reduce overhead costs and streamline implementation across our global organization. For companies like ours, Yellowbrick represents the best way forward in data warehousing and analytics,” says Nigel Pratt, SVP Technology, Symphony Retail AI.


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Accenture Acquires Boutique Australian Consultancy AlphaBeta Advisors, Bolstering Analytics-led Strategy Services

Unique combination of cross-industry, insight-driven analysis and Accenture’s end-to-end capabilities will help clients respond to change and drive innovation

SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired AlphaBeta Advisors, a privately held Australian consultancy that combines business strategy, data analytics and econometrics to advise leading organisations on how to respond to profound technological, economic and social change. This acquisition will enable Accenture to expand its analytics-led Strategy capabilities in market.

As advisors to leading organisations across all major industries, such as government, technology and financial services, AlphaBeta Advisors helps clients to better understand the market forces shaping their industries now and into the future so that they can remain relevant, grow and be prosperous. AlphaBeta Advisors experts have worked on projects aimed at tackling some of Australia’s biggest contemporary challenges such as: the future of work; national reform programs; and technology and innovation, among many others.

“In its short history, AlphaBeta Advisors has carved out a unique and differentiated position in the local marketplace,” said Bob Easton, chairman of Accenture in Australia and New Zealand. “We are strongly aligned in how we work with organisations to address some of the most pressing issues and opportunities of our time. AlphaBeta Advisors’s data and analytics-led approach to strategy and consulting will boost the specialised strategic advice Accenture offers clients to help them achieve competitive agility by turning data-driven insights into real action and impact.”

Founded in 2015, AlphaBeta Advisors has a presence in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and employs an experienced team of approximately 35 people with backgrounds in data analytics, economics and public policy, among others.

“Following a period of rapid growth, we are ready to take our business to the next level. By joining forces and combining our data-led advisory services with Accenture’s world-class strategy capabilities, we will be best positioned to guide clients on the journey from strategy through to execution,” said Andrew Charlton, founder and director at AlphaBeta Advisors.

In this past year, Accenture has made four other acquisitions in Australia, including SAP and business intelligence specialists, Icon Integration in February 2020; specialist Government consultancy, Apis Group in December 2019; big data and analytics company Analytics8 in August 2019; and cybersecurity and technology company BCT Solutions in June 2019.

“Our locally-focussed investment is helping to create further differentiation for our services in the marketplace. We know that innovation, underpinned by expert advice and powered by digital technologies, is a winning combination for our clients,” said Bob Easton.

The acquisition signed and closed simultaneously. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 505,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

Accenture Strategy combines deep industry expertise, advanced analytics capabilities and human-led design methodologies that enable clients to act with speed and confidence. By identifying clear, actionable paths to accelerate competitive agility, Accenture Strategy helps leaders in the C-suite envision and execute strategies that drive growth in the face of digital transformation. For more information, follow @AccentureStrat or visit

About AlphaBeta Advisors

Founded in 2015, AlphaBeta Advisors saw a need for a new breed of consultant who could marry technical skills with policy insight and stakeholder management to help solve the most pressing issues facing business and government. AlphaBeta Advisors specialises in data-driven analysis that helps clients understand the forces shaping their industries, drawing on their unique suite of economic, education, employment, housing, satellite and transport data. Following a period of rapid growth, AlphaBeta Advisors now has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, and employs approximately 35 people with backgrounds in public policy, data analytics, economics and business. AlphaBeta Advisors has operations in Singapore which do not form part of this transaction; the Singaporean business is owned and managed separately and will continue to operate independently.

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These include, without limitation, risks that: the transaction might not achieve the anticipated benefits for Accenture; Accenture’s results of operations could be adversely affected by volatile, negative or uncertain economic and political conditions and the effects of these conditions on the company’s clients’ businesses and levels of business activity; Accenture’s business depends on generating and maintaining ongoing, profitable client demand for the company’s services and solutions including through the adaptation and expansion of its services and solutions in response to ongoing changes in technology and offerings, and a significant reduction in such demand or an inability to respond to the evolving technological environment could materially affect the company’s results of operations; if Accenture is unable to keep its supply of skills and resources in balance with client demand around the world and attract and retain professionals with strong leadership skills, the company’s business, the utilization rate of the company’s professionals and the company’s results of operations may be materially adversely affected; Accenture could face legal, reputational and financial risks if the company fails to protect client and/or company data from security breaches or cyberattacks; the markets in which Accenture operates are highly competitive, and Accenture might not be able to compete effectively; changes in Accenture’s level of taxes, as well as audits, investigations and tax proceedings, or changes in tax laws or in their interpretation or enforcement, could have a material adverse effect on the company’s effective tax rate, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition; Accenture’s profitability could materially suffer if the company is unable to obtain favorable pricing for its services and solutions, if the company is unable to remain competitive, if its cost-management strategies are unsuccessful or if it experiences delivery inefficiencies; Accenture’s results of operations could be materially adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; as a result of Accenture’s geographically diverse operations and its growth strategy to continue to expand in its key markets around the world, the company is more susceptible to certain risks; Accenture’s business could be materially adversely affected if the company incurs legal liability; Accenture’s work with government clients exposes the company to additional risks inherent in the government contracting environment; if Accenture is unable to manage the organizational challenges associated with its size, the company might be unable to achieve its business objectives; Accenture’s ability to attract and retain business and employees may depend on its reputation in the marketplace; if Accenture does not successfully manage and develop its relationships with key alliance partners or fails to anticipate and establish new alliances in new technologies, the company’s results of operations could be adversely affected; Accenture might not be successful at acquiring, investing in or integrating businesses, entering into joint ventures or divesting businesses; if Accenture is unable to protect or enforce its intellectual property rights or if Accenture’s services or solutions infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others or the company loses its ability to utilize the intellectual property of others, its business could be adversely affected; Accenture’s results of operations and share price could be adversely affected if it is unable to maintain effective internal controls; changes to accounting standards or in the estimates and assumptions Accenture makes in connection with the preparation of its consolidated financial statements could adversely affect its financial results; many of Accenture’s contracts include fees subject to the attainment of targets or specific service levels, which could increase the variability of the company’s revenues and impact its margins; Accenture might be unable to access additional capital on favorable terms or at all and if the company raises equity capital, it may dilute its shareholders’ ownership interest in the company; Accenture may be subject to criticism and negative publicity related to its incorporation in Ireland; as well as the risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed under the “Risk Factors” heading in Accenture plc’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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Olympia Financial Group Inc. Announces Year-End Results

CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Olympia Financial Group Inc. (“Olympia”) (TSX: OLY) today announces its operating and financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019.

The audited consolidated financial statements and notes, as well as management’s discussion and analysis, are now available on SEDAR (

Results from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2019 include the following (compared to continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2018):

  • Earnings before income tax decreased 5% to $12.86 million from $13.59 million.
  • Total revenue decreased 2% to $49.08 million from $50.03 million mainly due to a decrease in spot trade volume and transaction sizes in the Foreign Exchange division.
  • Service revenue decreased 8% to $35.58 million from $38.60 million mainly due to a decrease in Foreign Exchange spot trade volume and transaction sizes.
  • Interest revenue and trust income increased 18% to $13.50 million from $11.43 million, mainly due to the average Canadian prime rate for the year being higher at 3.95% compared to an average of 3.58% in 2018.
  • Direct and administrative expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization) increased 10% to $37.79 million from $34.26 million, mainly due to increases in salaries and wages, enhanced cyber security measures, computer consultant fees and computer maintenance fees.
  • Other gains and losses, net, amounted to $3.10 million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to ($1.43) million, mainly due to Olympia Trust’s Foreign Exchange division recording a $2.23 million unrealized foreign exchange forward contract gain stemming from an increase in the number and sizes of forward exchange contracts. This compares to a ($1.38) million foreign exchange forward contract loss in the prior year. In addition, Olympia also recognized an insurance settlement of $0.84 million from the cyber incident claim.

About Olympia Financial Group Inc.

Olympia Financial Group Inc. (“OFGI”) conducts most of its operations through its wholly-owned subsidiary Olympia Trust Company, a non-deposit taking trust company. Olympia Trust Company is licensed to conduct trust activities in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Olympia Trust Company administers self-directed registered plan accounts, provides foreign currency exchange and corporate trust and transfer agency services. OFGI also offers private health services plans through its wholly-owned subsidiary Olympia Benefits Inc. and provides information technology services to exempt market dealers, registrants and issuers through its subsidiary Exempt Edge Inc.

OFGI’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “OLY”.


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Rick Skauge, President and Chief Executive Officer
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Validity signe un accord définitif pour acquérir 250ok et étoffe son portefeuille de solutions de messagerie électronique

L’acquisition regroupe les chefs de file du marché de l’e-mail en vue d’exploiter le plus grand réseau mondial de données

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Validity, la société renommée pour la qualité de ses données client, annonce ce jour avoir signé un accord définitif pour acquérir le fournisseur d’analyses et de gestion de la distribution d’e-mail, 250ok. Depuis 2011, 250ok met au point un logiciel de gestion des e-mails et des outils innovants utilisés par des entreprises de toute taille. Avec cette acquisition, Validity étoffe sa capacité d’optimisation sur l’ensemble de l’écosystème des fournisseurs de services de messagerie électronique.

Les e-mails restent un canal de choix pour les marketeurs afin d’attirer et d’interagir avec les clients. Toutefois, la capacité à éviter le dossier de courriers indésirables et la satisfaction des destinataires continuent d’être un défi. Les fournisseurs d’e-mails travaillent dur pour protéger les utilisateurs contre les courriers indésirables et les menaces, et les boîtes de messagerie sont la cible d’approches non optimales et à répétition. Sans les bonnes données, les bons outils et une stratégie adaptée, même les meilleurs e-maileurs peuvent peiner à atteindre la boîte de réception et à avoir un impact. Pour les détaillants en ligne, éviter la boîte de courriers indésirable a un impact considérable sur les opportunités de revenu et sur la conversion. 250ok permet aux marketeurs de distribuer plus d’e-mails, de cibler les bons destinataires, et de bénéficier d’une conversion et d’un retour sur investissement accrus.

250ok a commencé à innover dans le marché de l’analytique et des logiciels de distribution en 2011. La société a été créée par Greg Kraios, ancien expert en distribution d’e-mails chez ExactTarget. Aujourd’hui, 250ok révolutionne les logiciels de gestion d’e-mail en créant des outils novateurs pour les envoyeurs d’e-mail modernes, notamment Marketo, CDW, National Geographic, Crutchfield, Furniture Row, et PETA. Avec cette acquisition, Validity regroupe certaines des meilleurs talents du secteur pour s’assurer que les messages ne finissent pas avec les courriers indésirables.

“Parmi les nombreux acteurs du marché, l’équipe de 250ok est un partenaire idéal au sein de la famille Validity”, déclare Mark Briggs, président du conseil et PDG de Validity. “Notre plateforme analytique, notre expertise en e-mails et notre capacité de recherche sur l’écosystème élargie des fournisseurs de services d’e-mails génèrent une valeur énorme pour les marketeurs du monde entier.”

Bon nombre des plus grands clients de Validity utilisent à la fois 250ok et Return Path de Validity pour optimiser leurs campagnes d’e-mails. Grâce à cette acquisition, la solution Validity for Email est renforcée par les technologies et services 250ok, à savoir:

  • Distribution et réputation
  • Analytique de l’engagement
  • Déploiement DMARC
  • Évaluation de la conception
  • Validation des listes

“Ces dernières années, nous avons travaillé dur pour nous démarquer sur ce marché compétitif en créant les meilleurs produits pour tous les marketeurs”, déclare Greg Kraios, fondateur et PDG de 250ok. “Quand j’ai rencontré Mark Briggs, PDG de Validity, j’ai tout de suite su qu’il était possible d’aborder avec un regard neuf l’industrie des e-mails et la direction qu’elle devrait suivre. En faisant aujourd’hui partie de Validity, nous pouvons ensemble stimuler l’innovation et l’excellence pour chacun des acteurs de l’écosystème.”

Avec l’acquisition de 250ok, Validity continue de renforcer sa présence et d’élargir son portefeuille de solutions pour les professionnels de la vente et du marketing. Ces deux dernières années, Validity a réalisé d’autres acquisitions majeures:

  • CRMfusion, l’application phare pour la qualité des données CRM
  • BriteVerify, la plateforme la plus fiable au monde pour la vérification des e-mails
  • Return Path, le chef de file mondial pour éviter le dossier des courriers indésirables
  • AppBuddy, l’application de premier rang pour la plateforme Salesforce et autres, et
  • 250ok, principale plateforme analytique pour les e-mails

Les clauses financières de l’accord n’ont pas été dévoilées. Pour plus d’informations sur 250ok, rendez-vous sur

À propos de Validity

Depuis plus de 20 ans, des dizaines de milliers d’organisations dans le monde font confiance aux solutions de Validity pour cibler, contacter, faire participer et fidéliser ses clients en s’appuyant sur des données fiables. Les produits phares de Validity – DemandTools, BriteVerify, Return Path, Trust Assessments et GridBuddy – ont tous reçus d’excellentes notations. Nous proposons des solutions pour la gestion des données de gestion de la responsabilité d’entreprise (CRM), la vérification des adresse électroniques, la distribution de messagerie et l’évitement du dossier des pourriels, et des applications CRM de réseau. Ces solutions fournissent des campagnes plus intelligentes, des orientations plus éclairées, des ventes plus productives et une croissance accélérée. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez visiter et suivez-nous sur LinkedIn, Instagram et Twitter.

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Velodyne va présenter ses solutions lidar destinées aux opérations de fabrication et à la chaîne d’approvisionnement au salon MODEX 2020

Seoul Robotics fera la démonstration sur le stand de Velodyne de sa solution Level 5 Control Tower, alimentée Velodyne Lidar, permettant une automatisation sûre et efficace du parc logistique

SAN JOSE, Californie–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (stand n° 6091), en collaboration avec Seoul Robotics, démontrera comment ses solutions lidar intelligentes et puissantes font progresser l’automatisation et la sécurité dans les solutions de fabrication et de chaîne d’approvisionnement lors du salon MODEX 2020, qui se tiendra à Atlanta du 9 au 12 mars prochains. Velodyne présentera des capteurs lidar qui peuvent être utilisés dans la robotique, les véhicules à guidage automatique (automated guided vehicles, AGV), les chariots élévateurs et les applications de sécurité. Les solutions lidar de Velodyne peuvent améliorer l’automatisation industrielle, la manutention des matériaux, la gestion des parcs et les opérations des centres de distribution.

Sur son stand du MODEX, Velodyne présentera le Puck 32MR™, un capteur lidar qui produit une image riche en données, avec la capacité de détecter des objets peu réfléchissants à une distance de 120 mètres. Le capteur est optimisé pour des performances optimales en intérieur comme en extérieur, et fonctionne dans de nombreuses conditions d’éclairage. En combinant la perception 3D haute résolution avec un large champ de vision vertical, le Puck 32MR détecte avec précision les passages piétons, les bordures et les obstacles dans les allées des entrepôts, pour une navigation sûre et efficace dans les environnements routiers, commerciaux et industriels.

Velodyne présentera également le Velarray™, une puissante solution de capteur conçue pour améliorer considérablement la sécurité automatisée. Son facteur de forme petit et intégrable permet au capteur d’être parfaitement intégré dans une variété d’équipements industriels et robotiques. Le Velarray produit une image directionnelle robuste, de jour comme de nuit.

« Alors que les exigences d’efficacité et de sécurité relatives à la chaîne logistique se multiplient et évoluent, la technologie lidar aide les entreprises à améliorer considérablement la performance des opérations de fabrication et de logistique », a déclaré Jon Barad, vice-président du développement commercial chez Velodyne Lidar. « Les systèmes de chaîne d’approvisionnement doivent continuer à devenir plus intelligents, plus sûrs, plus efficaces et plus automatisés. Pour répondre à ces exigences, les entreprises se tournent vers le lidar qui va jouer un rôle clé en permettant la prochaine génération de solutions de fabrication et de chaînes logistique. »

Sur le stand de Velodyne au MODEX, Seoul Robotics présentera les avantages et les applications de sa solution Level 5 Control Tower. Alimentée par son moteur d’IA exclusif SENSR™ qui est optimisé et disponible dans le commerce, cette solution permet de traiter les données 3D riches et fiables de Velodyne. Seoul Robotics utilise l’intelligence artificielle (IA) pour la détection, le décompte, la classification et le suivi des objets en temps réel. La solution peut suivre avec précision l’emplacement, les coordonnées, la vitesse et la direction des objets et prédire leur chemin, ceci s’appliquant par exemple aux véhicules et aux personnes dans un centre de distribution, dans une usine de fabrication ou dans un centre de logistique.

« Les véhicules et les équipements de manutention étant de plus en plus automatisés dans les parcs logistiques et les centres de distribution, l’industrie doit développer et déployer en parallèle un environnement d’exploitation robuste et sûr. Cela résoudra certains problèmes bien connus rencontrés avec les camions et équipements, tels que les angles morts et les obstructions, afin d’arriver à l’efficacité et à l’économie promises », a déclaré David Han, directeur général du département Amérique du Nord et Automobile mondiale chez Seoul Robotics. « La solution Level 5 Control Tower équipée du lidar de Velodyne permet exactement cela ; il s’agit d’une solution de perception basée sur une infrastructure robuste et rentable qui surveille et guide le mouvement des véhicules automatisés et conventionnels dans l’ensemble du parc, et ce, avec efficacité et en toute sécurité.

À propos de Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne propose des solutions lidar intelligentes et puissantes en matière d’autonomie et d’assistance à la conduite. Basée à San Jose, en Californie, Velodyne est connue dans le monde entier pour son portefeuille de technologies de capteurs lidar révolutionnaires. En 2005, le fondateur de Velodyne, David Hall, a inventé les systèmes de lidar à vision panoramique en temps réel au sein de Velodyne Acoustics. L’invention de M. Hall a révolutionné la perception et l’autonomie dans les domaines de l’automobile, de la nouvelle mobilité, de la cartographie, de la robotique et de la sécurité. La gamme de produits haute performance de Velodyne comprend de nombreuses solutions de détection, notamment l’économique Puck™, la solution polyvalente Ultra Puck™, la solution de facilitation de l’autonomie Alpha Prime™, la solution optimisée pour les systèmes ADAS Velarray™ et le logiciel révolutionnaire d’aide à la conduite Vella™.

À propos de Seoul Robotics

Seoul Robotics est une société d’IA de perception 3D spécialisée dans les solutions de perception Lidar, alimentées par sa plateforme de perception exclusive et polyvalente SENSR™. Basée à Séoul, en Corée du Sud, avec une succursale à Ann Arbor, dans le Michigan, Seoul Robotics développe des clients et des projets sur les marchés de l’ADAS/AV, de la sécurité, des usines intelligentes, de la logistique et de la robotique dans le monde entier. Seoul Robotics travaille en collaboration avec des partenaires de la chaîne de valeur – y compris des fabricants de Lidars, des équipementiers et des fournisseurs de niveau 1 et 2 automobiles et industriels mondiaux, des sociétés d’ingénierie et des clients gouvernementaux – pour faire progresser les solutions de perception qui rendent les robots intelligents. Visitez le site pour plus d’informations.

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Sean Dowdall

Landis Communications Inc. pour Velodyne Lidar, Inc.

(415) 286-7121

David Han

Seoul Robotics Ltd.

(734) 787-9855 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Service Properties Trust Elects Laurie Burns and Robert Cramer to Board of Trustees

Expanded Seven-Member Board Includes Five Independent Trustees and Two Women

Elections Underscore Progress on Board’s Multi-year Review of Governance Policies

NEWTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Service Properties Trust (Nasdaq: SVC) today announced that it has elected Laurie B. Burns and Robert E. Cramer to the Company’s Board as Independent Trustees, effective immediately. The elections are in furtherance of SVC’s previously announced multi-year review of its governance policies and that it was working with executive search firm Korn Ferry to expand and refresh the Board. With the addition of Ms. Burns and Mr. Cramer, SVC’s Board now has seven Trustees, including five independent Trustees, two of whom are women.

Ms. Burns founded LBB Growth Partners, a real estate advisory firm focusing on restaurant and hospitality businesses, in 2017 and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. From 1999 to 2016, Ms. Burns held senior leaderships positions with Darden Restaurants, Inc., a full-service restaurant company, where she served for ten years as President of Bahama Breeze and culminated in her role as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. She previously held leadership positions with Homestead Village, an extended stay hotel company and Taco Bell. Ms. Burns currently serves on the Board of Directors of The First Tee of Central Florida and the City of Orlando Historic Preservation Board and previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Darden Foundation.

Mr. Cramer has been Managing Partner of Riparian Partners, LLC, a middle market M&A advisory firm located in Providence, RI, since 2019. Beginning in 2013, he was Managing Director/Head of Financial Institutions and Real Estate Group for Oppenheimer and Co. Inc. Beginning in 2001, he was Managing Director, Financial Services Group for RBC Capital Markets, LLC. Mr. Cramer is also currently an adjunct professor of finance at Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Adam D. Portnoy, Chair of SVC’s Board of Trustees, made the following statement on today’s announcement:

We are excited to welcome Laurie and Rob as we refresh and strengthen SVC’s Board. Laurie has extensive experience as a leader in the service and hotel industries and Rob has substantial real estate and capital markets experience. The rest of the Board joins me in welcoming them both, and I am confident they will both be tremendous assets for SVC.”

Last year, we announced the beginning of a multi-year process examining SVC’s governance policies. The additions of Laurie and Rob to our Board, along with other governance initiatives, including adopting proxy access bylaws in response to shareholder requests last year, demonstrates the Board’s commitment to enhanced governance.”

Korn Ferry assisted SVC’s Nominating and Governance Committee in placing Laurie B. Burns and Robert E. Cramer on SVC’s Board of Trustees.

Service Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust, or REIT, which owns a diverse portfolio of hotels and net lease service and necessity-based retail properties across the United States and in Puerto Rico and Canada with 185 distinct brands across 24 industries. SVC’s properties are operated under long term management or lease agreements. SVC is managed by the operating subsidiary of The RMR Group Inc. (Nasdaq: RMR), an alternative asset management company that is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts.

A Maryland Real Estate Investment Trust with transferable shares of beneficial interest listed on the Nasdaq.

No shareholder, Trustee or officer is personally liable for any act or obligation of the Trust.


Kristin Brown, Director, Investor Relations

(617) 796-8232

KKR, IGIS and SK D&D Acquire Namsan Square in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global investment firm KKR, Korea’s largest real estate fund manager IGIS Asset Management (“IGIS”), and leading Korean real estate developer SK D&D today announced their acquisition of Namsan Square, an office tower located in the central business district of Seoul, from a real estate investment trust operated by KOREIT, a domestic asset manager in Korea.

Built in 1978, Namsan Square is strategically located at the gateway to Seoul’s central business district. It occupies more than 75,000 square meters across 23 floors of premium office and retail space and includes tenants such as multinational and South Korean corporations, as well as government organizations. Formally known as Kukdong Building, Namsan Square has been renovated through the years and today holds a LEED Gold green building certificate.

The consortium plans to enhance the workspace environment by upgrading the building façade, restrooms and the retail arcade without disruption to existing tenants.

David Cheong, a Director on KKR’s Asia Real Estate team, said, “South Korea holds terrific potential for real estate investment, and the market is a core part of KKR’s regional real estate strategy. Namsan Square is particularly compelling as one of Seoul’s preeminent commercial buildings, and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with IGIS and SK D&D to significantly improve existing tenants’ overall experience and work-life balance by executing various refurbishment and value-add works.”

Junho Pok, Head of Real Estate Development at IGIS, said, “We are excited to extend our relationship with a world-class investor like KKR to invest in this high-quality property at the gateway of Seoul’s business district. The IGIS team looks forward to bringing our extensive experience renovating real estate projects to Namsan Square and enhancing this property for tenants in the years to come.”

Sun-Pyo Hwang, Head of Real Estate Development Division at SK D&D, said, “This is a compelling investment made alongside strong local and global partners. Through proactive management and our ability to enact key improvements, we look forward to adding value to Namsan Square and enhance the working experience for tenants.”

KKR takes a flexible approach to real estate investment in Asia Pacific across traditional value-add real estate opportunities, corporate and platform investments, and special situations. KKR pairs the capabilities of its local teams in Asia Pacific with the Firm’s global industry and operational expertise to add value. KKR has committed more than US$1.4 billion of equity in its pan-regional real estate strategy, as of December 31, 2019.

South Korea is a key part of KKR’s Asia real estate strategy, and Namsan Square is the Firm’s fourth real estate investment in the country. Previous investments include The-K Twin Towers, a prime office complex located in Seoul’s Gwanghwamun district, Renaissance Parc, a mixed-use real estate development project in Seoul’s Gangnam business district, and the BLK Pyeongtaek Logistics Center development in Pyeongtaek.

KKR makes its investment from its real estate fund. Further details of the transaction are not disclosed.

About KKR

KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic partners that manage hedge funds. KKR aims to generate attractive investment returns for its fund investors by following a patient and disciplined investment approach, employing world-class people, and driving growth and value creation with KKR portfolio companies. KKR invests its own capital alongside the capital it manages for fund investors and provides financing solutions and investment opportunities through its capital markets business. References to KKR’s investments may include the activities of its sponsored funds. For additional information about KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE:KKR), please visit KKR’s website at and on Twitter @KKR_Co.


Media Contacts:
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Anita Davis

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The Signature (for KKR Korea)

Nuri Hwang

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Mavenir et Turkcell s’associent sur la technologie OpenRAN

ISTANBUL et RICHARDSON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mavenir, le grand fournisseur de logiciels réseau « cloud-native » de bout en bout conçus pour les FSC, a annoncé un partenariat commercial avec Turkcell, le premier opérateur numérique de Turquie. Ensemble, les deux sociétés vont tester et déployer OpenRAN vRAN au sein du groupe Turkcell, initialement sur sont marché domestique, la Turquie.

Ce partenariat débutera directement avec CU / DU entièrement conteneurisé et Open FH avec Split 7.2 dans des déploiements d’essai et planifiés, une première dans le secteur. La solution RAN virtuelle sera déployée sur Turkcell Telco Cloud et ce sera la première charge de travail qui sera mise en ligne sur Turkcell Edge Cloud.

La solution innovante et primée OpenRAN vRAN de Mavenir centralise le traitement de la bande de base dans des unités de bande de base virtualisées natives dans le cloud (vBBU). Cette solution exploite la liaison sur Ethernet entre vBBU et plusieurs unités radio distantes (RRU). L’architecture et la plateforme vRAN de Mavenir prennent en charge la 4G ainsi que les implémentations NSA et SA de la 5G NR.

Mikael Rylander, VP principal et directeur général des Radio Access Products, a déclaré : « Nous sommes ravis de travailler avec Turkcell, un leader d’opinion pour OpenRAN, prouvant une fois de plus que les solutions OpenRAN sont une étape cruciale pour étendre la base d’approvisionnement et accroître la sécurité des futurs réseaux mobiles. »

Grâce aux interfaces ouvertes, la solution offre la souplesse nécessaire pour prendre en charge divers scénarios de déploiement, notamment le fractionnement fonctionnel 2 pour les entreprises, et le fractionnement 2 et 7 pour les macrocellules. Elle peut également prendre en charge d’importants MIMO, des microservices de périphérie, et des découpages en réseau pour la 5G NR.

Gediz Sezgin, directeur technique de Turkcell a ajouté : « Chez Turkcell, nous avons atteint plus de 60 % de virtualisation dans notre cœur de réseau mobile. Nous tirons déjà grandement parti de ce que la virtualisation peut offrir et envisageons d’étendre les avantages de la virtualisation couplée à un RAN ouvert durant la prochaine phase de mise en œuvre du réseau d’accès radio de Turkcell. Avec sa vaste expérience et son expertise dans les technologies RAN et la virtualisation réseau, Turkcell va grandement contribuer à l’innovation sur vRAN ouvert à l’aube de l’ère 5G. Nous sommes ravis d’entreprendre et de mener à bien ce voyage. »

À propos de Mavenir :

Mavenir est le seul fournisseur de logiciel réseau « cloud-native » de bout en bout, de l’industrie, dont la mission est d’accélérer la transformation des réseaux logiciels et de redéfinir l’économie des réseaux pour les fournisseurs de services de communication (FSC), en offrant un portefeuille de produits global de bout en bout dans chaque couche de la pile d’infrastructure de réseau. Des couches d’application/de service 5G au cœur du paquet et aux RAN, Mavenir ouvre la voie aux solutions de mise en réseau, évoluées et cloud natives, offrant des expériences innovantes et sécurisées aux utilisateurs finaux. Tirant parti des innovations à la pointe du secteur, telles que VoLTE, VoWiFi, Advanced Messaging (RCS), Multi-ID, vEPC et OpenRAN vRAN, Mavenir accélère la transformation des réseaux pour plus de 250 clients FSC dans plus de 140 pays, qui desservent en tout plus de 50 % des abonnés dans le monde.

Nous accueillons à bras ouverts les architectures technologiques et les modèles d’entreprise innovants et disruptifs qui favorisent l’agilité, la souplesse et la rapidité des services. Grâce à des solutions qui propulsent l’évolution NFV vers l’économie à l’échelle du Web, Mavenir propose des solutions aux FSC pour réduire les coûts, générer des revenus et protéger les revenus. En savoir plus sur

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