SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Monday, at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella outlined how Microsoft is using Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics to deliver the industry's most complete cloud — for every business, every industry and every geography. Furthering this commitment, Microsoft announced several enhancements to its hyper-scale, enterprise-grade, hybrid cloud platform, including the new Azure G-series of virtual machines and Premium Storage; the general availability of the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell; partnerships with Cloudera Inc. and CoreOS; and a new Azure Marketplace.

"The enterprises of today and tomorrow demand a cloud platform that is reliable, scalable and flexible," Nadella said. "With more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 on the Microsoft cloud, we are delivering the industry's most complete cloud — for every business, every industry and every geography."

A hyper-scale, enterprise-grade and hybrid cloud infrastructure

Worldwide demand for cloud computing continues to accelerate, and Microsoft is investing to meet this demand. Monday the company announced the latest milestone in the global expansion of Azure, with general availability of Azure in the Australia region next week. By the end of 2014, Microsoft Azure will be operational in 19 regions around the world — at least double the number of any other public cloud provider.

Microsoft also announced the G-series of virtual machines and premium storage for Microsoft Azure. Powered by the latest Intel Xeon processors, the G-series will be the largest virtual machines available in the public cloud to date, while Azure Premium Storage will provide incredible performance per virtual machine. Together they will deliver the enterprise-grade scale and performance that enterprises and developers need to run the most demanding workloads in the cloud.

As enterprises accelerate their adoption of cloud computing, the demand for security enhanced, scalable and reliable hybrid cloud solutions is on the rise. The Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), powered by Dell, brings together Azure, Windows Server and Microsoft System Center to deliver an "Azure-consistent cloud in a box." With pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft, CPS delivers learnings from Azure to customers and partners with the control of an on-premises appliance. CPS will be available for purchase on Nov. 3.

Enterprise + startups and ISVs = accelerated cloud adoption and innovation

With more than 40 percent of Azure revenue coming from startups and ISVs, the new Azure Marketplace will connect this important ecosystem with enterprise customers everywhere. Now Azure customers will be able to search for and deploy their favorite operating system, service or application with just a couple of clicks. Monday, two new partners join Docker Inc., Oracle and hundreds of others in the Azure Marketplace:

  • Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytics and data management, will be Azure certified by the end of 2014. This will provide a quick and easy way to deploy Cloudera Enterprise, connect to Microsoft Power BI and discover new insights, in minutes.
  • CoreOS, the popular container-based Linux operating system, is now available to all Azure customers. Customers can deploy CoreOS images directly from the Azure Marketplace starting Monday. This broadens Microsoft's first-class support for Linux on Azure.

"Our ecosystem is the backbone of our cloud platform, and our embrace of open source technologies is at the heart," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. "By helping to create an open platform powered by choice and flexibility, we are enabling the enterprises and developers of today and tomorrow to connect with each other and create new business opportunities in the mobile-first, cloud-first world."

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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LOS ANGELES, 20 de Octubre de 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- America Voice LLC anunció hoy que llegó a un acuerdo para adquirir el 40% de Oh My Card ("OMC"), subsidiaria de Cronion, S.A., en la ciudad de Guatemala. A través de la nueva afiliación de OMC con America Voice, los clientes en los EE. UU. ahora podrán enviar tarjetas de regalo ("gift cards") en forma electrónica a sus familias, quienes podrán usarlas específicamente en cualquiera de las tiendas de la red de OMC en Guatemala. Según el Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones (FOMIN) —miembro del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo— Guatemala tiene el segundo mayor ingreso de remesas en América Latina, con $5,1 mil millones de dólares en 2013, o el 9,5% de su PIB.

El director ejecutivo de America Voice, Edwin Cortez, comento : "Queremos que nuestros clientes tengan una variedad de opciones para mantenerse en contacto y ofrecer ayuda financiera a sus seres queridos en su tierra natal. Con la variedad de productos de telecomunicaciones que ofrecen America Voice y sus filiales, agregar gift cards electrónicas internacionales ahora nos permite alcanzar estos dos objetivos al mismo tiempo".

El director ejecutivo de Oh My Card, Francisco Contreras, afirmó: "Nos entusiasma poder mejorar la forma en que los latinoamericanos ofrecen apoyo financiero a sus familias usando tecnología de última generación y los productos de telecomunicaciones de America Voice con un servicio seguro y efectivo. Los latinoamericanos ahora podrán enviar en forma electrónica una tarjeta de regalo para un supermercado o farmacia directamente al teléfono celular de sus parientes con la facilidad y rapidez con que se envía una carga para un celular por Internet (Top up).

Acerca de America Voice:

America Voice ofrece productos de telecomunicaciones prepagos destinados a quienes quieren mantenerse en contacto con amigos y seres queridos en el extranjero a precios muy razonables. Estos productos están disponibles en más de 6.500 tiendas en EE. UU. y Canadá. America Voice es parte de un grupo de compañías de telecomunicaciones afiliadas que operan en EE. UU. y América Latina. A través de las otras compañías del grupo (Secure IP Telecom, Inc y ATEL Communications, S.A.), también se ofrecen servicios como llamadas de larga distancia al por mayor, llamadas internacionales con tarifa fija y telefonía fija en EE. UU. y América Central. Para obtener más información visite www.americavoice.com

Acerca de Oh My Card:

Oh My Card es el líder en el mercado de tarjetas de regalo en Guatemala y se expande a toda América Central ofreciendo programas de tarjetas de regalo y programas para clientes habituales a más de 35 empresas de tiendas usando tecnología de última generación a través de su propia plataforma de pago por adelantado (prepago). Oh My Card ofrece a los consumidores diferentes opciones de restaurantes, supermercados, farmacias y muchas otras posibilidades a través de una variedad de tiendas. Es una solución esperada hace mucho tiempo por los latinoamericanos que quieren ofrecer ayuda financiera a sus seres queridos y permitir que ellos elijan cómo usar los fondos. Para obtener más información visite www.ohmycard.com

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LONDON, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA), a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software, today announced that Turner & Townsend, the global programme management and construction consultancy, is powering success in huge infrastructure projects using Tableau.

Founded in 1946, Turner & Townsend employs 3.6 thousand people globally, and generates turnover of £357 million. The business has enjoyed extreme high growth in the last 15 years and offers programme management and delivery, consulting and operational strategies for clients delivering some of the most important national and international construction projects in recent times. Major programmes and clients include The Shard, Nissan, PwC, Time Warner, Crossrail, Heathrow Airports, Glencore and Chevron.

Turner & Townsend is a knowledge business. As a result they need to manage a huge amount of client information that is typically numbers-heavy. As a consultancy the quality of its output is key. Aiming to become analytics pioneers, Chris Gage, Director at Turner & Townsend, investigated the tools available and picked Tableau to take the business to an even higher level. Gage found that Tableau helped him uncover insights through Tableau's analysis that wouldn't have been possible using other techniques, assisting the company in creating timely and easily consumed information.

Mr Gage explained, "The performance of capital programmes is frequently viewed as variable and therefore unpredictable in terms of delivery time, budget and standards. At Turner & Townsend we believe that clients can better manage risk while maximising value and performance through intelligent use of data. We are transforming capital programmes through smart analytical techniques enabled by tools such as Tableau. Predictive analytics are driving greater cost certainty on capital programmes and achieve greater capital efficiency. Detailed programme delivery data is being condensed into high level business intelligence that enables the user to zoom in and fix problems or identify opportunities to make efficiencies. In a highly regulated sector such as infrastructure, being able to distil highly complex data into a clear narrative is helping clients demonstrate value to regulators. Using our deep industry expertise we harness, analyse and interpret this data in a meaningful way, turning data into insight for our clients. Clients can have better insight at their fingertips, empowering them to confidently make critical, strategic decisions faster to achieve higher levels of performance."

Like in other industries, specialist software is used for operational activities such as the day to day management of a programme. Spreadsheets often act as the glue that binds different operational systems together, particularly when it comes to management reporting. With ballooning data volumes and a new generation of smartphone wielding clients that have come to expect attractive, interactive information on demand, spreadsheets look increasingly anachronistic.

"Historically my team has explored, analysed and built reports using the ubiquitous spreadsheet package," continued Gage. "However Tableau is now my favoured option for this type of work. Connecting to a data source or blending multiple data sources is virtually instant and you can be finding interesting visual trends and patterns within minutes. We have found that we have started 'thinking in Tableau' in the kind of way that you might catch yourself thinking in French if learning that language. Suddenly spreadsheets seem slow and clunky. But the biggest difference is the visual impact our outputs now have with clients. Our clients are busy people and increasingly data savvy. They want to instantly see the exceptions and then drill in to route cause. Tableau enables them to interact with our outputs in this way. All they need is a browser or tablet and they can get real time answers to their questions."

Turner & Townsend operate in the capital programmes space and regardless of whether its property, infrastructure or natural resources, everything its clients are delivering has a location. Tableau's mapping function is of particular importance as it enables the company to quickly visualise cost, schedule, risk and other data types geographically. This helps their clients make sense with data much quicker. For example:

  • Recent UK flooding caused water handling systems to overload, generating unusually high maintenance requirements. Visualising the sites geographically and comparing with historical trends enabled the impact of the abnormal weather conditions to be identified. This data can be used to build an algorithm that will predict the impact of future abnormal weather pattern using radar data to trigger location specific alerts.
  • Visualising construction sites on a map allows users to can see potential conflicts that could result in project delays such as a new school being built whilst adjoining road improvements are being carried out. Reports or tables of numbers will not reveal this insight.

"Turner & Townsend is showing the construction industry a new way to make better-informed, faster decisions. There's no room for error with capital programmes, and making use of predictive analytics and visualisation allows the company to leave no stone unturned in their quest for exceptional performance," commented James Eiloart, VP, EMEA, Tableau Software.

About Tableau
Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) helps people see and understand data. Tableau helps anyone quickly analyze, visualize and share information. More than 21,000 customer accounts get rapid results with Tableau in the office and on-the-go. And tens of thousands of people use Tableau Public to share data in their blogs and websites. See how Tableau can help you by downloading the free trial at www.tableausoftware.com/trial.

About Turner & Townsend
Turner & Townsend is an independent professional services company specialising in programme management, project management, cost management and consulting across the property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. With 87 offices in 36 countries, we draw on our extensive global and industry experience to manage risk while maximising value and performance during the construction and operation of our clients' assets. www.turnerandtownsend.com

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BANGALORE, India, October 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Sonata Software, a leading IT service provider for the travel industry, will be participating in the "Traveltech 2014", Australia's premier web travel business and technology conference being held at the Sheraton Sydney on 24th October 2014.

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In continuation of its efforts of building a strong base in Australia and to showcase its strong IT travel capabilities, Sonata will be participating in Traveltech 2014 as a Gold Sponsor. Sonata ventured into the ANZ region a year ago and has been successful in gaining a foothold and winning a significant number of important clients.

Sonata has end to end capabilities within specific sub-verticals of travel and transportation like Tour Operators, Corporate Travel agencies, Airlines, Rail and Travel ISVs. Sonata's offerings for the travel and tourism industry span across omni-channel commerce, web & search, mobility, travel analytics, global distribution systems integration and Managed IT Services. With the recent acquisition of Rezopia, the first cloud based Travel SAAS Platform that offers Reservations, Contracts, Distribution and Operations systems on one easy to deploy platform, Sonata has further strengthened its travel offerings. Leading travel companies in ANZ both large and small already use Rezopia and more are actively evaluating this platform. The complementary services of Sonata and Rezopia offer Travel businesses the flexibility and innovation that a combination of next-gen platform and mainstream IT services can bring to meet the fast changing needs of their business.

hybris from SAP is another offering in Sonata's portfolio of services for the travel industry. Sonata and hybris collaborate to offer a wide array of solutions to companies in the travel industry, with a Travel Plus solution framework from Sonata which include multi-channel commerce platform, other integrated travel applications, expert domain consulting skills and proven rollout methodologies to deliver reliable and optimized cost of delivery. Sonata was recognized as the 'Most Innovative Partner of the Year 2012' by hybris, for its joint go-to-market strategy and accelerators for the travel industry.

"The travel industry in the ANZ region continues to evolve and sustain its strong economic impact, support employment and ancillary industries in the region," Srikar Reddy, CEO, Sonata Software said. "We are keenly interested in collaborating with the travel industry here with robust solutions that enhance business performance, increase revenues and customer satisfaction. Our proven track record with customers across the globe in Travel business, portfolio of services and platform and partnership approach can be a strong foundation that can make a difference to Travel players in ANZ too."

A leading travel industry event, the Traveltech is attended by 200+ industry leaders. This one day event is well received and features the latest industry data, case studies, panels, interviews, presentations and debate.

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About Sonata Software 

Sonata Software is a global IT services firm focused on catalyzing transformational IT initiatives of its clients through deep domain knowledge, technology expertise and customer commitment. The company delivers innovative new solutions for Travel, Retail and Consumer Goods industries by integrating technologies such as Omni-channel commerce, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud and ERP, to drive enhanced customer engagement, operations efficiency and return on IT investments. A trusted long-term service provider to Fortune 100 companies across both the software product development and enterprise business segments, Sonata seeks to add differentiated value to leadership who want to make an impact on their businesses, with IT.

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