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Fivetran and Oldcastle Infrastructure Win Ventana Research’s 2022 Digital Leadership Award

Fivetran | November 02, 2022 | Read time : 03:00 min

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Fivetran, the global leader in modern data integration, has won Ventana Research’s 2022 Digital Leadership Award in the category of data for driving business transformation with Oldcastle Infrastructure, the leading building materials business in the world. This award recognizes the organization and technology that best exemplifies leadership in big data and related technologies for supporting data and information management-related needs.

Oldcastle Infrastructure, a CRH company, is an industry leader in engineered building solutions offering more than 16,000 pipe, precast, stormwater, enclosure and building accessory products. To utilize data more effectively and generate comprehensive business insights, Oldcastle selected Fivetran as its data integration partner. ROI for the system in the last 12 months is estimated to be multiple millions of dollars in terms of cost savings, increased margins, and improved sales.

“Oldcastle is thrilled to be recognized by Ventana for our work with Fivetran,” said Nick Heigerick, Head of Advanced Analytics at Oldcastle Infrastructure. “The use of Fivetran changed the way Oldcastle Infrastructure thinks about data – it’s an asset, not just a by-product of a process. By delivering cross-company metrics across the entire organization, we have been able to realize multimillion-dollar ROI year over year. We could not be happier with our partnership with Fivetran and the results, and are honored to be recognized for our efforts.”

The Ventana Research Digital Leadership awards spotlight the individuals and organizations that have utilized and championed modernization and transformation across their people, processes, information, and technology to grow their business and industry market potential.

As part of the grading process and methodology, the Ventana awards team examined case studies and submissions to evaluate the organization's use of people, processes, information, and technology to the impact and performance that resulted from the use of technology. The examination of best practices and methods used, the degree of team involvement, and the project's business impact and value. This year’s nominations crossed many industries and different-sized organizations.

“Congratulations to Nick Heigerick and Oldcastle Infrastructure using Fivetran for receiving the 15th annual Ventana Research Digital Leadership Award in data,” said Matt Aslett, VP & Research Director at Ventana Research. “Turning data into business insight is a key element of any digital transformation initiative, helping to deliver efficiency improvements and competitive differentiation. Oldcastle’s use of Fivetran illustrates that investment in new data and analytics technology can have a profound impact on overall business strategy, overcoming entrenched organizational and cultural inefficiencies to deliver time and cost savings, as well as improved margins and sales.”

About Fivetran
Fivetran is the global leader in modern data integration. Our mission is to make access to data as simple and reliable as electricity. Built for the cloud, Fivetran enables data teams to effortlessly centralize and transform data from hundreds of SaaS and on-prem data sources into high-performance cloud destinations. Fast-moving startups to the world’s largest companies use Fivetran to accelerate modern analytics and operational efficiency, fueling data-driven business growth. Fivetran is headquartered in Oakland, California, with offices around the world.

About Ventana Research
Ventana Research provides insight and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based offerings including benchmark research and technology evaluation assessments, education workshops, and our research and advisory services, Ventana On-Demand. Our unparalleled understanding of the role of technology in optimizing business processes and performance and our best practices guidance are rooted in our rigorous research-based benchmarking of people, processes, information, and technology across business and IT functions in every industry. This benchmark research, plus our market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers, means we can deliver education and expertise to our clients and increase the value they derive from technology investments while reducing time, cost, and risk.

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Despite disappointing numbers, NVIDIA's core business remains strong, as shown by Liftr Insights data

Liftr Insights | November 11, 2022

Liftr Insights, a pioneer in market intelligence driven by unique data, shows strength within NVIDIA's business. Recent disappointing activity with NVIDIA has drawn many eyes, but a deeper dive shows that one of their business units has remained strong while others have faltered. That part? Data center revenue. NVIDIA data center revenue revolves around GPU accelerators sold to public and private cloud centers. Public cloud providers continue to grow and expand their use of NVIDIA accelerators. Sales and deployment of components such as GPUs on public clouds providers are important indicators because public clouds mirror the needs of the larger semiconductor market, public and private. Liftr Insights, a provider of reliable data about public clouds and semiconductors, recently assessed the continued growth of NVIDIA's data center business. The data show that NVIDIA continues to dominate the accelerator space despite attempts by AMD, Intel and other providers to gain a foothold. Among those other contenders are the cloud providers themselves, designing and building their own accelerators as they have been doing with ARM-based CPUs. "We're proud to have over 40 months of data on companies like AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA that investors can use to track progress. "Particularly in uncertain times and when data center sales are a core part—the backbone—of these businesses." Tab Schadt, CEO of Liftr Insights The top six cloud providers, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Aliyun, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud, represent over 75% of the total public cloud market. These data show growth of NVIDIA in size and market share. "The data show effects from recent semiconductor backlog issues, but also the continued investment in companies like NVIDIA, despite the challenges," says Schadt. NVIDIA's most recent quarterly statement demonstrates that data center revenue represents 57% of NVIDIA's quarterly revenue, up from 41% the year prior. This percentage is expected to continue to increase in upcoming earnings reports. Since data center revenue represents the majority of NVIDIA's business, this segment is critical to monitor as the other markets for NVIDIA products (e.g., gaming, crypto mining) have become fickle. "Our customers see our objective data as a reliable indicator in uncertain times," says Schadt. "We look forward to seeing what the next rounds of data this month will signal." About Liftr Insights Liftr Insights generates reliable market intelligence using unique data, including details about configurations, components, deployment geo, and pricing for: Server processors: Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC, and AWS's Arm-based Graviton brands Datacenter compute accelerators: GPUs, FPGAs, TPUs, and AI chips from NVIDIA, Xilinx, Intel, AMD, AWS, and Google As shown on the Liftr Cloud Regions Map at https://bit.ly/LiftrCloudRegionsMap, among the companies tracked are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud as well as semiconductor vendors AMD, Ampere, Intel, NVIDIA, and Xilinx. Liftr Insights subject matter experts translate company-specific service provider data into actionable alternative data. Market intelligence consumers can easily ingest this timely, standardized, and operationally-compliant information into their predictive financial models.

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BAI Communications closes acquisition of ZenFi Networks, further accelerating growth in the US market

BAI Communications | November 17, 2022

BAI Communications (BAI) today announced the close of its acquisition of ZenFi Networks (ZenFi), a US East coast-based provider of digital infrastructure solutions and innovator in small cell deployment, offload & roaming services, fibre connectivity, and network edge colocation. ZenFi now becomes a BAI Group company, alongside Mobilitie and Transit Wireless in the United States, helping to further accelerate BAI's growth in North America and support the company's vision to become a leading provider of connected 5G infrastructure across North America and globally. As part of the acquisition, BAI obtains ZenFi's portfolio of assets, including over 1,100 route miles of fibre network throughout the New York and New Jersey metro region. This fibre network connects into major data centres and points of presence in 65 network edge colocation facilities, a critical component of its C-RAN infrastructure. Furthermore, ZenFi brings with it a host of long-established customer relationships, including contracts with the wireless carrier customers in the region and the rights to provide mobile infrastructure solutions across 4,000 LinkNYC kiosk structures through its partnership with the CityBridge consortium. The deal will allow the Group to participate in Link5G, the next phase of LinkNYC, a first-of-its-kind communications network that has replaced payphones across New York City with state-of-the-art kiosks equipped with free high-speed Wi-Fi, maps, connections to city services, and device charging at no cost to taxpayers or users. In addition to the standard LinkNYC features, Link5G will bring a faster and more equitable deployment of 5G to neighbourhoods across New York City, with a focus on previously underserved areas. Link5G can accommodate all carrier equipment needs and provide the necessary infrastructure to expand broadband connectivity to areas of the city that have traditionally been underserved by carriers. The new kiosks include 5 independent RF transparent bays to host multiple carriers deploying a variety of 4G and 5G technologies. These unique deployments combined with BAI's commercial power in transit systems, will result in a differentiated offering in the New York area including wider small cell deployment, siting to mobile network operators, the support of municipal services with advanced connectivity, and the largest public Wi-Fi network, all transferable to other states in the US and to other markets. Igor Leprince, Group CEO of BAI Communications, said: "I am very impressed with ZenFi's talented team and commercial capabilities. Bringing ZenFi into the wider BAI Communications Group solidifies our position as a leading connected infrastructure provider in North America and increases the opportunities for new and specialised projects driven by our Group of companies. ZenFi's unique expertise in fibre and small cell deployments in New York City and surrounding areas further strengthens BAI's competitive position in the largest city in the US, while also providing us with new ways to partner with other organisations to address the digital divide in the underserved communities. This includes the deployment of 5G through the Link5G kiosks, essential to ensure all New Yorkers have access to the networks of the future." Closing of this acquisition means BAI's technical and service offerings to network operators, enterprises, and public municipalities will significantly expand to include more specialised and scalable solutions, like small cell siting. ZenFi's infrastructure is a natural extension of the connectivity solutions that Transit Wireless currently provides across the New York City subway. It will also be leveraged by Mobilitie for small cell connectivity of existing and new locations, as well as expanding its inbuilding 5G networks across North America. Ray LaChance, Co-Founder and CEO of ZenFi Networks said: "These are exciting times at ZenFi. Our team's hard work in developing sustainable, equitable, and innovative infrastructure solutions for a densely populated region like New York City and New Jersey has been a rewarding experience that will now scale up." "We share a cultural and operational alignment with BAI that will ensure our customer-centric approach remains a priority into the future. 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Having long been at the forefront of network advancement, BAI is harnessing fibre, spearheading the transition from 4G/LTE, accelerating 5G and preparing for 6G – and beyond. We collaborate closely with our customers in telecommunications, government, transit, enterprise, broadcasting, and venues to realise their communications vision, focusing not just on the immediate future, but on the possibilities that exist over long-term partnerships. Our global operations span the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, and Australia. Our BAI Group companies include Mobilitie, Signal Point, Transit Wireless and ZenFi Networks in the United States, and Vilicom in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Together, we're creating smarter communities for all.

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Cloud4C Sets up New In-Country Cloud Data Center in Egypt to Meet Data Localization Needs for Enterprises

Cloud4C | December 06, 2022

Cloud4C, the world's leading application-focused cloud Managed Services Provider (MSP) and an end-to-end RISE with SAP services partner, unveiled a new in-country cloud data center in the Arab Republic of Egypt in collaboration with Telecom Egypt, the country's primary telecom provider. The agreement was signed on 23rd November by Rakesh Reddy, Regional Director MEA, Cloud4C and Eng. Adel Hamed, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Egypt in the presence of H.E. Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology and was also witnessed by Emmanuel Raptopoulos, President, EMEA South region, SAP and Mohammed Samy, Managing Director, SAP Egypt. The increasing adoption of cloud coupled with rising demand for data-driven decision-making and improved cybersecurity is driving Egypt's cloud transformation from on-premises to hybrid cloud. SAP, the global leader in enterprise software, is playing a key role in supporting the country's digital transformation goals with a broad range of facilities and services. Backed by the experience of serving Fortune 500 companies by modernizing and managing their mission-critical environments in 26 countries worldwide, Cloud4C, with the help of Telecom Egypt, established an in-country cloud data center in Egypt to meet in-country data hosting requirements. Telecom Egypt is the country's first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest cable operators in the Arab region. Eng. Adel Hamed, the CEO of Telecom Egypt, has mentioned that signing this agreement "comes within Telecom Egypt's strategic framework as the first total ICT provider; to sustain providing our customers with top notch technological services". He also added that this step "will enhance the digital transformation process by supporting various companies and organizations on their journey to provide digital services through Telecom Egypt's sturdy infrastructure." Egypt is all set to become the next big digital hub in the world, and this in-country cloud data center will add to the growing demand for SAP services in the region. Highly regulated sectors such as Government, Financial services, Healthcare will need in-country data hosting and hybrid cloud managed services to realize their digital transformation goals while complying to local and industry regulations. Our key objective is to support such enterprises on their RISE with SAP journey as well as other mission-critical environment transformations, end-to-end." Cloud4C's founder and CEO, Sridhar Pinnapureddy Mohamed Samy, Managing Director, SAP Egypt, commented, "The in-country data center will further enable public and private sector organizations to leverage the benefits of cloud computing and become what SAP refers to as 'Intelligent Enterprises'. In other words, sustainable enterprises that consistently apply advanced technologies and best practices within agile, integrated business processes. With RISE with SAP and cloud-based solutions such S/4HANA, businesses in Egypt will benefit from advanced technologies such as built-in artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotic process automation, analytics and sustainability metrics. Companies can accelerate their journey to the cloud with RISE with SAP using Cloud4C's data centers while minimizing cyber risks and expense, knowing that their data is securely stored." RISE with SAP provides a pathway to the cloud for any customer, irrespective of starting point or complexity. The offering goes beyond a technical migration to the cloud, instead enabling adaptable and sustainable transformation of a company while realizing a faster time-to-market for new capabilities and applications. S/4HANA, on the other hand, is a complete cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with built-in intelligent technologies like AI, machine learning, and advanced analytics. It enables 360-degree views of all operations, helps automates business processes, supports the adoption of new business models, streamlines efficiencies, lowers total cost of ownership and enables rapid management of business change.

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Bentley Systems Announces Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, Powered by iTwin

Bentley Systems | November 15, 2022

At the 2022 Year in Infrastructure Conference, Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, its combination of enterprise systems that span the end-to-end lifecycle and value chain of the world’s infrastructure. Powered by the iTwin Platform and Bentley’s infrastructure schemas and thus seamlessly integrating with Bentley’s engineering applications, Bentley Infrastructure Cloud will enable better creation, delivery, and ongoing operation of better infrastructure, through complete and evergreen digital twins. Bentley Infrastructure Cloud encompasses ProjectWise, for project delivery; SYNCHRO, for construction; and AssetWise, for asset operations. These enterprise systems now leverage digital twin technologies, powered by iTwin, to open up data contained in engineering files through automated and intrinsic mapping to Bentley’s infrastructure schemas. By advancing these enterprise systems to become fundamentally data-centric without disrupting file-based workflows, Bentley Infrastructure Cloud provides user organizations with significant opportunities to improve collaboration, productivity, and quality. Bentley’s infrastructure schemas are both open and extensible, and now link to reality modeling and IoT devices, and incorporate carbon calculation and subsurface data. The rich data representation of Bentley’s infrastructure schemas serves well the export of Industry Foundation Classes. The ability to share data seamlessly and to enrich it throughout the lifecycle helps engineering firms and owner-operators create and derive more value from their engineering data. The potential for a unifying, cloud-based solution across the lifecycle of infrastructure engineering arises from the institutionalized limitations of fragmented information flows that have impeded connections, feedback, analytics, reuse, and knowledge transfer. Bentley Infrastructure Cloud comprises a data-centric, always on, always current, always accessible federated environment that persists and relates engineering data throughout the span of design, construction, and operations. Information mobility and semantic continuity across traditional boundaries through Bentley Infrastructure Cloud will help accelerate, among other advancements, modular design and design for constructability, and performance-based design. Bentley’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Systems Ken Adamson said, “Bentley Infrastructure Cloud stands for our commitment to connect everyone and everything in the infrastructure engineering value chain and extended project ecosystems. Infrastructure professionals deserve an evergreen digital twin environment for data that they can trust and act upon. I believe Bentley Systems is uniquely positioned to fulfill this requirement by virtue of the combined comprehensiveness of our ProjectWise, SYNCHRO, and AssetWise enterprise systems, our software’s intrinsic engineering fidelity, and our commitment to openness – including our unique resolve to semantically integrate the full range of relevant engineering file formats. The iTwin Platform, in becoming the robust foundation for unifying all of our software development, has been proven equal to this challenge.” ProjectWise, Powered by iTwin Bentley Systems also unveiled major enhancements to ProjectWise to extend its scope from work-in-progress engineering to full digital delivery. By supplementing each project’s sequential file-based workflows with data-centric information mobility and analytics across all projects: through new project portfolio and program management capabilities, ProjectWise users can now apply analytics at the level of engineering fidelity across all projects, learn from and reuse rich project data, and retain knowledge to enhance the quality and efficiency of future projects; and through new digital twin capabilities, ProjectWise users can undertake interdisciplinary design reviews and advanced design validation to improve the effectiveness and quality of their designs, and also increase the richness of their digital deliverables for construction and operations, to position their businesses for transformational digital services beyond handover. Powered by iTwin: ProjectWise leverages iTwin Capture to integrate reality modeling data, increasingly the norm, to capture and monitor the digital context of designs, geospatially coordinated with engineering data; ProjectWise leverages Bentley’s infrastructure schemas to semantically align design-file data across multiple disciplines for comprehensive design reviews, and across all projects to understand dependencies, and to reuse datasets, including for machine-learning to develop proprietary analytics; ProjectWise will leverage iTwin Experience to offer immersive visibility into project digital twins, assuring quality and improving performance; ProjectWise 4D Design Review, powered by iTwin, enables users to securely share large, complex models with their entire project ecosystem, regardless of authoring applications. Reviewers can perform virtual walk-throughs, query model information, and analyze embedded property data using a simple web browser. A streamlined interface makes interdisciplinary review of 2D and 3D models easier and more accessible, and enables reviewers to see who changed what and when, through 4D visualization; Advanced Design Validation, powered by iTwin, includes 3D digital workflows, integration with Bentley’s OpenRoads and third-party applications, and AI/ML enhanced visualization, enabling simulation of the driver experience to validate designs and assure requirements are met; ProjectWise Components Center, a cloud-based digital component management and library service with direct integration to engineering applications, drives standardization, automation, and reuse of design objects to deliver projects faster and more reliably. Engineering firms can now leverage data from one design to another, capture lessons learned, create reusable components, and truly industrialize their project delivery expertise; and Digital Delivery capabilities leverage digital workflows to automate and manage the creation, exchange, and review of contractual deliverables including PDFs and Industry Foundation Classes, as well as digital twins. ProjectWise users can avoid wasting time manually assembling and sending packages, reduce risk by gaining visibility and traceability in deliverables workflows, and by automatically maintaining a comprehensive audit trail. Powered by iTwin within Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, ProjectWise for digital delivery enhances engineering firms’ opportunities while minimizing their risks, improving project performance and quality assurance. Infrastructure digital twins created in the design phase can be valuable to owner-operators as incremental project deliverables, including engineering firms’ recurring services as “digital integrators” for data quality and security, proprietary analytics, and monitoring. Lori Hufford, vice president, engineering collaboration for Bentley Systems, commented: “Engineering firms today face unprecedented challenges to deliver more and better projects despite scarcer talent, a retiring workforce, and loss of institutional knowledge. By leveraging the iTwin Platform, we are now able to advance ProjectWise beyond engineering work-in-progress for one project at a time, to be used across all projects to maximize insights, learnings, and reuse, and for machine learning. ProjectWise users already have a wealth of project experience incorporated in their ProjectWise archives. Now as part of Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, ProjectWise can drive a necessary step-change in the efficiency, effectiveness, and transformation of engineering firms.” AssetWise, Asset Health Monitoring Solutions, Powered by iTwin Finally, Bentley also announced the availability of new asset-specific solutions, powered by iTwin, that leverage iTwin Experience, iTwin Capture, and iTwin IoT to deliver real-time asset health monitoring. AssetWise Bridge Monitoring solution transforms traditional bridge inspections into a modern, digital workflow. By flying drones and using iTwin Capture to create a 3D digital twin of the bridge, inspections can be conducted virtually, avoiding costly and hazardous field trips, while tapping into expertise remotely and leveraging AI/ML to automatically identify and classify defects. Information is made available to stakeholders across the workflow via iTwin Experience. Inspection data required to correct issues can be seamlessly handed over to maintenance, design, and construction to create substantial savings. AssetWise Dam Monitoring solution is purpose-built for engineering firms to offer digital services to dam operators who are modernizing their dam safety programs to reduce risk and address growing regulatory requirements. The upcoming solution will provide unified access to sensor data and will be able to be deployed without the need for specialized technicians. Users can incorporate sensor data in any digital twin for a contextual view of real-time data and associated metrics. Cory Baldwin, vice president, infrastructure IoT for Bentley Systems, said, “We want to enable engineering firms to become digital integrators for the infrastructure digital twins they create in the project delivery phase, and to curate performance digital twins for owner-operators. To accelerate these opportunities, engineering firms can now start quickly with iTwin Capture, iTwin Experience, iTwin IoT, and our AssetWise monitoring cloud solutions, ready to add their own branded proprietary and asset-specific analytics and service programs.” AssetWise Bridge Monitoring and Dam Monitoring solutions are in early access. Bentley Infrastructure Cloud Availability Bentley’s Chief Product Officer Michael Campbell concluded, “We are working closely with engineering firms and asset owners and clearly understand that they want innovation without disruption. With Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, users of ProjectWise, SYNCHRO, and AssetWise accelerate their generational advancement to digital twins, but don’t jeopardize their existing workflows for engineering collaboration, construction, and asset performance management. Best of all, their existing project and asset files are the springboard to their data-centric future.” About Bentley Systems Bentley Systems is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. 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