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07.17.2014 - More Than 1,500 Converge on Tokyo GPU Tech Conference



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Developers. Partners. Enthusiasts. GPUs are used by everyone from gamers to researchers doing cutting-edge science. And they’re all over our latest GPU Technology Conference in Tokyo this week. Co-hosted by the GPU Computing Study Group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the event brings together more than 1,500 people in Tokyo to discuss the ways… Read More

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07.17.2014 - Leading Advertising Technology Company SponsorPay Rebrands as Fyber



View RealWire related news. New brand reflects the company's unified mobile monetization solution that helps app developers accelerate revenue across connected devicesSAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 17, 2014 - SponsorPay, a mobile supply-side platform, today announced that it has rebranded to Fyber. Fyber enables publishers like GREE International, Inc., Glu Mobile, Inc., ZeptoLab UK Ltd. and more, to integrate, manage and optimize all ad revenues sources through a single, unified platform. Since its inception in 2009, the company has grown... Source: RealWire
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07.17.2014 - Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture



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From: Satya Nadella
To: All Employees
Date: July 17, 2014 at 5:00 a.m. PT
Subject: Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture

Last week in my email to you I synthesized our strategic direction as a productivity and platform company. Having a clear focus is the start of the journey, not the end. The more difficult steps are creating the organization and culture to bring our ambitions to life. Today I’ll share more on how we’re moving forward. On July 22, during our public earnings call, I’ll share further specifics on where we are focusing our innovation investments.

The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers. We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months. It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas. My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible. We will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job transition help in many locations, and everyone can expect to be treated with the respect they deserve for their contributions to this company.

Later today your Senior Leadership Team member will share more on what to expect in your organization. Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment.

First, we will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster. As part of modernizing our engineering processes the expectations we have from each of our disciplines will change. In addition, we plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making. This includes flattening organizations and increasing the span of control of people managers. In addition, our business processes and support models will be more lean and efficient with greater trust between teams. The overall result of these changes will be more productive, impactful teams across Microsoft. These changes will affect both the Microsoft workforce and our vendor staff. Each organization is starting at different points and moving at different paces.

Second, we are working to integrate the Nokia Devices and Services teams into Microsoft. We will realize the synergies to which we committed when we announced the acquisition last September. The first-party phone portfolio will align to Microsoft’s strategic direction. To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences. In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows. This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.

Making these decisions to change are difficult, but necessary. I want to invite you to my monthly Q&A event tomorrow. I hope you can join, and I hope you will ask any question that’s on your mind. Thank you for your support as we start to take steps forward in evolving our organization and culture.

Satya

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07.17.2014 - Stephen Elop's email to employees



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Hello there,

Microsoft’s strategy is focused on productivity and our desire to help people “do more.” As the Microsoft Devices Group, our role is to light up this strategy for people. We are the team creating the hardware that showcases the finest of Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences, and we will be the confluence of the best of Microsoft’s applications, operating systems and cloud services.

To align with Microsoft’s strategy, we plan to focus our efforts. Given the wide range of device experiences, we must concentrate on the areas where we can add the most value. The roots of this company and our future are in productivity and helping people get things done. Our fundamental focus – for phones, Surface, for meetings with devices like PPI, Xbox hardware and new areas of innovation -- is to build on that strength. While our direction in the majority of our teams is largely unchanging, we have had an opportunity to plan carefully about the alignment of phones within Microsoft as the transferring Nokia team continues with its integration process.

It is particularly important to recognize that the role of phones within Microsoft is different than it was within Nokia. Whereas the hardware business of phones within Nokia was an end unto itself, within Microsoft all our devices are intended to embody the finest of Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences, while accruing value to Microsoft’s overall strategy. Our device strategy must reflect Microsoft’s strategy and must be accomplished within an appropriate financial envelope. Therefore, we plan to make some changes.

We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia. In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices. We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products.

To win in the higher price segments, we will focus on delivering great breakthrough products in alignment with major milestones ahead from both the Windows team and the Applications and Services Group. We will ensure that the very best experiences and scenarios from across the company will be showcased on our products. We plan to take advantage of innovation from the Windows team, like Universal Windows Apps, to continue to enrich the Windows application ecosystem. And in the very lowest price ranges, we plan to run our first phones business for maximum efficiency with a smaller team.

We expect these changes to have an impact to our team structure. With our focus, we plan to consolidate the former Smart Devices and Mobile Phones business units into one phone business unit that is responsible for all of our phone efforts. Under the plan, the phone business unit will be led by Jo Harlow with key members from both the Smart Devices and Mobile Phones teams in the management team. This team will be responsible for the success of our Lumia products, the transition of select future Nokia X products to Lumia and for the ongoing operation of the first phone business.

As part of the effort, we plan to select the appropriate business model approach for our sales markets while continuing to offer our products in all markets with a strong focus on maintaining business continuity. We will determine each market approach based on local market dynamics, our ability to profitably deliver local variants, current Lumia momentum and the strategic importance of the market to Microsoft. This will all be balanced with our overall capability to invest.

Our phone engineering efforts are expected to be concentrated in Salo, Finland (for future, high-end Lumia products) and Tampere, Finland (for more affordable devices). We plan to develop the supporting technologies in both locations. We plan to ramp down engineering work in Oulu. While we plan to reduce the engineering in Beijing and San Diego, both sites will continue to have supporting roles, including affordable devices in Beijing and supporting specific US requirements in San Diego. Espoo and Lund are planned to continue to be focused on application software development.

We plan to right-size our manufacturing operations to align to the new strategy and take advantage of integration opportunities. We expect to focus phone production mainly in Hanoi, with some production to continue in Beijing and Dongguan. We plan to shift other Microsoft manufacturing and repair operations to Manaus and Reynosa respectively, and start a phased exit from Komaron, Hungary.

In short, we will focus on driving Lumia volume in the areas where we are already successful today in order to make the market for Windows Phone. With more speed, we will build on our success in the affordable smartphone space with new products offering more differentiation. We’ll focus on acquiring new customers in the markets where Microsoft’s services and products are most concentrated. And, we’ll continue building momentum around applications.

We plan that this would result in an estimated reduction of 12,500 factory direct and professional employees over the next year. These decisions are difficult for the team, and we plan to support departing team members with severance benefits.

More broadly across the Devices team, we will continue our efforts to bring iconic tablets to market in ways that complement our OEM partners, power the next generation of meetings & collaboration devices and thoughtfully expand Windows with new interaction models. With a set of changes already implemented earlier this year in these teams, this means there will be limited change for the Surface, Xbox hardware, PPI/meetings or next generation teams.

We recognize these planned changes are broad and have very difficult implications for many of our team members. We will work to provide as much clarity and information as possible. Today and over the coming weeks leaders across the organization will hold town halls, host information sharing sessions and provide more details on the intranet.

The team transferring from Nokia and the teams that have been part of Microsoft have each experienced a number of remarkable changes these last few years. We operate in a competitive industry that moves rapidly, and change is necessary. As difficult as some of our changes are today, this direction deliberately aligns our work with the cross company efforts that Satya has described in his recent emails. Collectively, the clarity, focus and alignment across the company, and the opportunity to deliver the results of that work into the hands of people, will allow us to increase our success in the future.

Regards,

Stephen

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07.17.2014 - Microsoft announces steps to simplify organization and align devices strategy



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REDMOND, Wash. — July 17, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy.

These steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through synergies and strategic alignment of the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25.

The actions associated with the plan are expected to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015.

The company expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, including $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs, and $350 million to $800 million of asset-related charges.

The plans were outlined in an email from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Microsoft employees, and an email from Microsoft Executive Vice President Stephen Elop to Microsoft Devices Group employees. To read Nadella’s email, see http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/jul14/07-17announcement1.aspx. To read Elop’s email, see http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/jul14/07-17announcement2.aspx.

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07.17.2014 - Interoute recognised as leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting, Europe



View RealWire related news. London, 17 July - Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, today announced it has been positioned as a "Leader" in Gartner's Cloud Enabled Managed Hosting Magic Quadrant, Europe, July 9, 2014.Interoute's CTO Matthew Finnie believes Interoute has received this recognition due to the unique capabilities it can offer customers thanks to the integration of Interoute's pan European fibre optic network with its compute platform across its global data centres. Network ownership, Software... Source: RealWire
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07.17.2014 - Citicus introduces asset risk triage capability



View RealWire related news. The latest version of the Citicus ONE risk and compliance management tool provides a unique capability to triage information systems and other assets, enabling users to specify and prioritize further risk management activities.The triage approach builds on Citicus ONE's popular method of assessing criticality of assets and combines this with user-specified parameters to assign assets to different triage levels. The assigned triage level can then be used by Citicus ONE to automate the risk management... Source: RealWire
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07.17.2014 - New research showing major market changes to be presented at the Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2014



View RealWire related news. New sponsors announced including: Datto, NaviSite, Avnet, Claranet, Modern Office, QLogic, Virtual Instruments, Webroot and Aurora Kendrik James[London, 17 July 2014] IT Europa and Angel Business Communications today announced further details of sponsors and content for the Managed Services & Hosting Summit 2014 which will be staged on 25 September 2014 at the Pullman St Pancras Hotel, London. The new speakers being announced will draw on new research to chart the fast developing nature of... Source: RealWire
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07.17.2014 - TeamUltra announces significant increase in revenue in fifth successive year on year growth



View RealWire related news. UK's leading ServiceNow partner demonstrates impressive profit, revenue and staff expansion figuresBerkshire, ENGLAND, 17th July, 2014: TeamUltra (www.teamultra.net) today announced that it had achieved a fifth successive year of rapid growth with revenue up by 59.6%. A significant increase in profitability has been driven by booming demand for the company's ServiceNow implementation, integration and consultancy services as well as complementary ServiceNow-certified solutions. Alongside impressive revenue growth, TeamUltra has expanded its professional services team by 20%... Source: RealWire
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07.17.2014 - Global Spending on Facebook® Ads Increases More than 50% Year-on-Year According to Kenshoo Study



View RealWire related news. Paid search also grows steadily and delivers an all-time high click-through rate as advertisers become more efficient at running their campaignsLondon (July 17, 2014) - Quarterly spend on Facebook advertising increased 51% year-on-year (YOY) in Q2 2014 according to the latest data from Kenshoo (www.Kenshoo.com), the global leader in predictive media optimisation technology. Spend on search engine advertising increased 25% on 2013 with the click-through rate (CTR) reaching an all-time high as brands and agencies... Source: RealWire
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07.17.2014 - Flexera Software Receives BMC Software Technology Alliance Program Validation for FlexNet Manager Suite Integration with Multiple BMC Solutions



View RealWire related news. Emphasises importance of Software License Optimisation and asset management in maximising the value of IT services to the enterprise Maidenhead, UK - July 17, 2014. Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today that it has received BMC Software Technology Alliance Program (TAP) validation for integration of its Software License Optimisation Solution, FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, with three BMC Software solutions: BMC... Source: RealWire
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07.17.2014 - Sitrion announces Ronan Lavelle as UK country manager



View RealWire related news. Focusing on social enterprise, SAP-based self-service HR & mobile enterprise software toolsLondon, UK, 17 July 2014 - Sitrion (previously known as Newsgator) has announced that it has appointed Ronan Lavelle to run its UK business. Sitrion specialises in technology that creates a 'social enterprise' environment where people not only connect, but collaborate, innovate and communicate more effectively, while streamlining processes and supporting automation of every-day tasks. Customers are typically FTSE-listed organisations, with 100,000+ users of... Source: RealWire
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07.17.2014 - New Linksys Wireless Range Extenders Boost Wi-Fi Signal And Help Eliminate Dead Spots



View RealWire related news. New Linksys RE6500 Range Extender features Wi-Fi Bridge, Gigabit Ports and an Audio Jack for streaming music wirelessly from a stereo system or speakerRushden, UK - July 17, 2014 - Linksys®, a leading brand in wireless networking, today announced its new lineup of Linksys Wi-Fi Range Extenders. Consumers often experience a weak wireless signal in some parts of their house or apartment caused by blocking elements such as walls or interference from other devices like... Source: RealWire
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07.16.2014 - Sometimes it is better to do nothing



View Replify related news. In Northern Ireland where Replify is based, we had "Orangefest" celebrations at the weekend. For those who don't know anything about Northern Ireland politics, let's just say Orangefest is a bit of a "marmite" celebration. Some people embrace it wholeheartedly while others just want it to go away.
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07.16.2014 - Logitech protection+ Case Gives Peace of Mind to On-the-Go Samsung and iPhone Users



View Logitech-Press related news. Dateline City: Newark, CA Slim Case Combines Ultra-Protective Construction and Convenience in One NEWARK, Calif. — July 16, 2014 — Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the Logitech® protection+ case, bringing extra protection and convenience to Samsung Galaxy S®5 and Apple iPhone® 5 and iPhone® 5s owners. Featuring a slim, yet ultra-protective, outer shell, flex-resistant corners and impact-absorbent channels, this case safeguards your smartphone from whatever the world throws at it. Language: English Ticker Slug: Ticker: LOGI Exchange: NASDAQ Ticker: LOGN Exchange: SWX read more
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07.16.2014 - CRedit360 delivers world's first German language GRI G4-certified sustainability software solution



View RealWire related news. Cambridge UK, 16 July 2014 - CRedit360 (www.credit360.com) has become the first software provider to achieve G4 reporting certification in German by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). A long-established GRI technology partner, CRedit360's award-winning sustainability software solution is already GRI-certified in English and Brazilian Portuguese. With its GRI G4 certification in German, CRedit360 meets the growing demand for sustainability software solutions among businesses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (the DACH countries). Using the CRedit360 solution... Source: RealWire
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07.16.2014 - Tesco signs contract renewal with Steria to deliver mission-critical IT services



View RealWire related news. London, UK, 16th July 2014 - Steria, a leading provider of IT-enabled business services, announced today that it has renewed its contract with Tesco to support and develop the retail giant's mission-critical IT services, including distribution, stock replenishment, product, pricing and payroll systems. The application management and development contract will run for a further three years. The contract has been renewed due to Steria's proven results in maintaining and enhancing Tesco's core IT operations through... Source: RealWire
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07.16.2014 - SandSIV Publishes New Free CXM Strategy White Paper



View RealWire related news. Swiss based SandSIV, the pure play developer of Voice of the Customer (VoC) technology, and provider of expert Customer Experience Management (CXM) consultancy, has just published a new free white paper that introduces a strategy for implementing CXM within the enterprise.SandSIV has today, published a brand new white paper that covers the topic of developing a CXM strategy for the adoption and implementation of Customer Experience Management within any company, regardless of market or region.This... Source: RealWire
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07.15.2014 - How GameWorks Makes Building Better Games Faster and Easier



View NVIDIA related news. There has been a lot said about the GameWorks initiative in various forums in recent weeks. Much of it is wrong. I wanted to share my view as a game industry veteran who now works for NVIDIA and contributes to GameWorks related projects.
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07.15.2014 - Emulex Study Shows That Network Visibility Can Help Avoid the IT Blame Game



View RealWire related news. Nearly Half of Network Operations Staff Do Not Use Network Monitoring Tools, Limiting Visibility Into Network Events and Leading to Finger Pointing Among IT GroupsCosta Mesa, California, 15 July 2014 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, announced the results of a study of 547 European and US network and security operations (NetOps and SecOps) professionals, which found that 45% of IT staff monitor network and application performance manually, instead... Source: RealWire
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