DECK 7 Framework for Digital™ Redefines Its B2B Model for 2020 Lead-Gen Goals

Deck 7 | January 20, 2020

DECK 7 Inc., a top lead generation company based in San Diego, California, has gone beyond its peers and competitors in their digital marketing efforts for 2020. An esteemed digital marketing and media company, known for executing campaign management and content services to its clients and partners worldwide, DECK 7 has built a comprehensive system to track buyers and influencers, build behavioral models, and putting all the vast intelligence it generates into the hands of its marketing partners.
The DECK 7 Framework For Digital™ is the outcome of several years of working together with some of the most innovative and successful companies in the world, and is based on the collective learning and shared experiences across thousands of digital marketing campaigns.

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Cloud Volumes Service is NetApp’s new, fully managed hyperscale cloud service for enterprise users seeking high performance and reliability. Cloud storage comes in many forms, from object storage to block-level devices. However, many organizations simply require a ready-to-use, highly available, high-performance shared file service where scalability is not an issue. This is the solution that NetApp® Cloud Volumes Service offers as a native cloud marketplace service in AWS and Google Cloud Platform, and as a first-party service called Azure NetApp Files, delivered supported by Microsoft, built on NetApp technology in Microsoft Azure. Being able to provision NFS and SMB volumes on demand helps to simplify the deployment of cloud-based file services, database environments, and analytics clusters, to name a few use cases. Cloud Volumes Service and Azure NetApp Files come with many features to help ease the management of large volumes of data, such as support for NetApp Snapshot™ copies and cloning, which DevOps engineers can use to rapidly create writable clones of production data. Using synchronization features, users can consolidate data in the cloud from multiple sources, either on premises or from other systems in the cloud.

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Cloud Volumes Service is NetApp’s new, fully managed hyperscale cloud service for enterprise users seeking high performance and reliability. Cloud storage comes in many forms, from object storage to block-level devices. However, many organizations simply require a ready-to-use, highly available, high-performance shared file service where scalability is not an issue. This is the solution that NetApp® Cloud Volumes Service offers as a native cloud marketplace service in AWS and Google Cloud Platform, and as a first-party service called Azure NetApp Files, delivered supported by Microsoft, built on NetApp technology in Microsoft Azure. Being able to provision NFS and SMB volumes on demand helps to simplify the deployment of cloud-based file services, database environments, and analytics clusters, to name a few use cases. Cloud Volumes Service and Azure NetApp Files come with many features to help ease the management of large volumes of data, such as support for NetApp Snapshot™ copies and cloning, which DevOps engineers can use to rapidly create writable clones of production data. Using synchronization features, users can consolidate data in the cloud from multiple sources, either on premises or from other systems in the cloud.

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Centrica Extends its Relationship with Cognizant to Manage its Application and IT Infrastructure Landscape

Centrica | October 07, 2022

Cognizant today announced that it has extended its long-standing relationship with Centrica, the largest supplier of energy and energy services to the United Kingdom, to deliver business critical services encompassing application testing and management of its IT infrastructure landscape. As part of the new contract, Cognizant will provide a combination of application, non-production environment management and testing, and cloud infrastructure support. Through the creation of a more holistic and integrated IT engagement, Cognizant will enable a more efficient, cost-competitive, and integrated service. Centrica will benefit from flexibility to scale integrated application, infrastructure and testing services up or down, enhanced performance of its IT infrastructure, and consumer-facing applications with improved availability and responsiveness to enhance user experiences for Centrica's ten million end-customers. "As the energy industry changes, our ability to adapt and evolve is of critical importance, so that we make things simpler for our customers and their busy lives. "As such, we are pleased to continue working with Cognizant as a reliable and experienced technology partner that understands our business and is able to deliver mission-critical systems that are fundamental to our journey." Darren Miles, Group Chief Information Officer, Centrica "We are incredibly proud of our long-standing relationship with Centrica and the opportunity to bring our expertise to bear at a time when the energy markets and utility industry as a whole are faced with unprecedented volatility and public scrutiny," said Rohit Gupta, Managing Director, UK&I, Cognizant. "We are delighted to continue building on our relationship with the UK's leading energy and energy services supplier." Since 2005, Cognizant has provided Centrica with a broad range of consulting, AIA, data, cloud and digital engineering services, including SAP business transformation services, addressing the need for accelerated digital transformation, agility, speed and infrastructure security. About Centrica Centrica is a leading international energy services and solutions provider focused on satisfying the changing needs of their customers and enabling the transition to a lower carbon future. Centrica's business is founded on a 200-year heritage of serving people. Centrica supplies energy and services to over 10 million customer accounts in the UK and Ireland through strong brands such as British Gas and Dyno, supported by circa 7000 field engineers. About Cognizant Cognizant engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life.

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Inspur Information Becomes a Benchmarking Vendor in Gartner's Market Guide for Edge Computing

Inspur Information | November 02, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, was selected as a Representative Vendor in Edge Computing Server Solutions in the Market Guide for Edge Computing published by Gartner. This accolade exemplifies Inspur Information's leading software and hardware solutions and technologies in edge computing. It was the first time that Gartner published The Market Guide for Edge Computing ("Market Guide"). It is Gartner’s most important report for the edge computing sector. It comprehensively evaluates and studies global edge computing manufacturers from dimensions such as market definition, market direction, and market analysis. By selecting world-leading representative vendors, it provides important references and benchmarks for global users to choose their edge computing solutions. The Market Guide notes that edge computing is pushing a variety of vendors into a new marketplace. This emerging market is still developing and currently consists of several overlapping submarkets in software, hardware and services, such as edge computing server solutions, edge management and orchestration, IoT platforms, edge data management, edge analytics and machine learning, edge communications infrastructure, data center and CDN edge services, and edge vertical industry solutions. The Market Guide also divides the edge computing market into three phases. In Phase 1, edge computing solutions tend to be part of an enterprise's digital transformation (for example, Industry 4.0 in manufacturing, or retail stores of the future) with highly customized user demands. In Phase 2, the edge computing demands continuously develop with the deepening of industrial demands, driving vertically oriented edge computing suites and packages. In Phase 3, many technology requirements for edge computing will span different vertical industries. For example, requirements within enterprises will span from storefront smart retail scenarios to factory AI quality inspection scenarios and smart oil wells, requiring vendors to leverage horizontal solutions. Gartner points out that those forward-thinking enterprises are focused on edge computing strategies and architectures to respond to the challenges vendors will face regarding scalability across verticals. Establishing relevant standards and ecosystem cooperation will facilitate the market's maturity. Inspur Information is the world's leading provider of computing infrastructure. Facing the complex and diverse business demands of edge computing users, it leads the market by participating in the formulation of operator-oriented design standards for edge servers. Not long ago, Inspur Information released its edge computing optional module (ECOM) that satisfies manufacturing, transportation and other diversified and specialized demands, to constantly push the maturity of edge computing products and solutions. EIS800 is a micro edge server based on the ECOM standard. It can be adjusted into different forms, such as indoor, outdoor and micro-center nodes for multiple scenarios as well as complex and demanding environments. Such flexible scalability is ideal for solving the diverse requirements encountered across different vertical industries. For example, in retail stores, the indoor node of the micro edge server has a compact size and can effectively help manage real-time sales data. An outdoor node with its IP65-rated enclosure can operate under an environment temperature of -40°C to +70°C (-40°F to +158°F). It can also operate stably in outdoors smart traffic intersections. A micro-center node supports multiple I/O expansion options and flexible deployment. It can either be deployed at a desktop-level micro-center by stacking multiple nodes or be deployed at a cabinet-level micro-center by installing two connected nodes, providing support for the more complex scenarios of managing smart factories. In addition, Inspur Information has developed its software hardware-integrated edge solutions covering edge servers, operating systems, and micro-module data centers, and is constantly improving its vertical industry partnerships and ecosystem. Currently, the edge computing products and solutions developed by Inspur Information and its partners have been widely applied in manufacturing, energy, transportation and other industrial scenarios. Notable projects include the intelligent factory of a global bearing giant, the largest offshore wind farm in Asia, and implementation of an intelligent parking lot with the Tokyo Institute of Technology. About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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Micro Focus Technology and Expertise Support Successful Mainframe Modernisation Project for AG

Micro Focus | September 12, 2022

Global digital transformation leader Micro Focus today announced the successful modernisation of AG's mission-critical business systems. By using Micro Focus solutions and services, Belgium's largest and oldest insurance provider has established a contemporary, collaborative application development environment that meets the company's current needs, while enabling continued evolution and future change. During the significant modernisation project, critical applications comprising more than 80 million lines of code were moved from the incumbent mainframe system to new infrastructure that supports 14 million transactions per day. The project began in mid-2018 with a completion goal of four years. The efficiency of the project resulted in its completion in three years. Vitally, during the transition and since, there were no interruptions to daily business activities for AG or the services offered for its three million clients. "The whole operation has resulted in an innovative and open environment that enables a new data-driven strategy, as well as our company enjoying a lower total cost of ownership now and far into the future. The modernisation project opened the door for utilising the cloud and aligned operational systems more closely with the data analytics systems. The end result is a modern IT infrastructure that allows AG to efficiently meet its customer and distribution partners expectations and needs. We couldn't have realised this huge project without the partnership and excellent collaboration with Micro Focus." Philippe Van Belle, Chief Information & Technology Officer of AG In addition to bolstering its already excellent customer services, AG is now accelerating its own digital transformation with its modernised IT architecture. As part of this change, AG will now offer more services and conduct business operations in the cloud as they leverage new technologies in their continued digital evolution. Another advantage of the modernisation project is that AG has a cutting-edge environment for the recruitment of a new generation of developers, as well as the retention of existing talent with an uplift in development skills and program knowledge. "The completion of this project with AG is the latest in an extensive line of successful core business system modernisation projects for Micro Focus," said Neil Fowler, Micro Focus AMC General Manager. "Our role was to enable and support AG's modernisation journey as they delivered their business outcomes through a combination of application, process and infrastructure modernisation. This has resulted in an agile platform that allows AG to leverage their core applications and continue to deliver increasing value to their customers. With Micro Focus' more than 40 years of experience in modernising business-critical applications running on the mainframe or distributed environments, we as a company are proud of the results that we were able to deliver to AG. "AG has been a Micro Focus customer for more than ten years, and we look forward to seeing the positive impacts that this modernisation project has on the insurance services AG provides to its customers and the company's reduction in TCO for its infrastructure." The modernisation project entailed the shift of AG's z/OS workloads to a Windows-based environment. To do so, AG utilised the Micro Focus Enterprise Developer and Enterprise Server products, as well as the expertise of the company's Professional Services group. The AG modernisation project also included collaboration from HP Enterprise as system integrator and Capgemini as the testing partner. As a company, Micro Focus supports its customers' choice for modernising their applications, process and infrastructure. Digital transformation demands a flexible and adaptive strategy aimed at improving results and accelerating time to value. Through the Micro Focus Modernisation Maturity Model, IT leaders can quickly map their current IT environment to their future business strategy—while finding the right balance between costs, risk and speed. About Micro Focus Micro Focus is one of the world's largest enterprise software providers, focused on solving the IT dilemma—how to balance today's needs with tomorrow's opportunities. We deliver mission-critical technology that helps tens of thousands of customers worldwide manage core IT elements of their business. Strengthened by our strategic services and support organisations, and an extensive partner network, our broad set of technologies for security, IT operations, application delivery, governance, modernisation, and analytics provides the innovative solutions organisations need to run and transform— at the same time. About AG With a share of 29,5% in the Life insurance market and 16.7% in Non-life, AG is the undisputed leader in the Belgian insurance market. To better tailor its offer to fulfil different customer needs, AG has a multi-channel distribution strategy that includes independent brokers and Fintro agents, bank branches (BNP Paribas Fortis, bpost bank) and collaboration with large corporate clients and sectors for their group insurance. AG employs over 4,000 specialised staff members.

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