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Elephant Talk Communications Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Mobile and Security Business - Fifth Consecutive Quarter of Q/Q Revenue Growth, up 109% Y/Y

SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Elephant Talk Communications, Corp. (NYSE MKT: ETAK) formerly (NYSE Amex: ETAK) (www.elephanttalk.com), an international provider of software and services developed to manage network, billing and systems infrastructure for the telecommunication industry and a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud for the financial services industry, today announced total revenue of $6.7 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

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In the third quarter of 2012, revenue for the higher margin mobile and security solutions business increased 108.5% year-over-year to over $2.9 million, 43.8% of total company revenue, from revenue of $1.4 million, 18.1%, for the third quarter of 2011.


Mobile and Security

Quarter

Reported Revenue

($ in millions)

% of Total

Company Revenue

Q211

0.9

12.2

Q311

1.4

18.1

Q411

1.9

23.5

Q112

2.4

28.3

Q212

2.8

39.3

Q312

2.9

43.8

"We are pleased with our third quarter results," stated Steven van der Velden, CEO of Elephant Talk Communication. "We more than doubled our higher margin mobile and security solutions business on a year-over-year basis in the third quarter while remaining focused on controlling cash. We ended 3Q12 with an unrestricted cash balance of $4.3 million, an increase from the end of 2Q12. We continue to expect to achieve our first month of positive operational cash flow in early 2013."

Key Recent Company Highlights

  • ValidSoft Awarded a Contract with Leading US Financial Institution for its core OOB (Out of Band) Authentication and Transaction Verification solution, VALid®.
  • Elephant Talk Awarded Multi-Year Contract with Global Leader in Mobile Telecommunications. This contract expands operations in two new European countries as well as grows our operations in a current country.  It is expected to add several million subscribers to the Company's mobile platforms during the life of the agreement.
  • ValidSoft has Processed Over 5 Million Transactions with a Leading Global Financial Institution that is using our unique SIM Swap solution.
  • ValidSoft Awarded 3rd Privacy Seal. The only security software company in the world to achieve three EuroPriSe Privacy Seals.  Latest seal is associated with the Company's SIM-swap fraud prevention solution, VALid-SSD.
  • ValidSoft Showcased SMART at Finovate Fall, NYC. ValidSoft successfully went through a selection process to participate in the Finovate Fall conference held in New York.  At the conference, the Company performed a live demo showcasing how to securely initialize a mobile based banking application as well as secure a P2P transaction http://www.finovate.com/fall12vid/validsoft.html.

Financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012

Elephant Talk's business is primarily Euro-based.  The effects of the devaluation of the Euro against the US Dollar have been substantial on the 2012 financials. To determine the constant currency (a non-GAAP measure) revenue growth rates stated below, the year-to-year comparison is calculated by using the average exchange rates over the nine months ended September 30, 2012. These same exchange rates are then used in the income statement of the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2012, as reported

  • Total revenue was $6.7 million, a decrease of 14.1%, year-over-year, compared to $7.8 million for the three months ending September 30, 2011.
  • The higher margin mobile and security revenue increased 108.5% year-over-year to $2.9 million.
  • In accordance with our strategy to reduce the emphasis on this business, the lower margin legacy landline revenue declined 41.1% year-over-year to $3.8 million

Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2012, constant currency

  • Total revenue decreased $0.2 million, or (2.5)%, year-over-year when compared to the same period in 2011.
  • On a year-over-over year basis, mobile and security revenue increased 141.3% while landline revenue declined 33.5%.

Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, as reported

  • Total revenue of $22.4 million decreased 7.2% year-over-year versus $24.1 million for the nine months ending September 30, 2011.
  • A 110.6% year-over-year increase in mobile and security revenue to $8.1 million was fully offset by a 29.7% year-over-year decline in the legacy landline business to $14.2 million.

Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, constant currency

  • Total revenue increased $0.4 million, or 1.8%, year-over-year when compared to the same period in 2011.
  • On a year-over-over-year basis, mobile and security revenue rose 131.2%, mostly driven by the increased subscriber base hosted on the Company's platforms.
  • The increase in mobile and security revenue was largely offset by the expected continued decline in the Company's lower margin legacy landline business which posted a year-over-year decline of 22.9%. 

Cost of Service

  • Cost of service for the third quarter was $4.6 million, a decrease of 34.2% year-over-year, versus $7.0 million for the three months ending September 30, 2011.
  • Cost of service for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $16.7 million, a 24.4% year-over-year decline, versus $22.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. This decrease is related to the decline in landline revenue.

Revenues minus Cost of Service (further referred to as 'margin')

  • Margin for the third quarter increased 161.8% year-over-year to $2.1 million, approximately 31.3% of revenue, from $0.8 million, 10.3%, for the three months ending September 30, 2011.
  • Margin for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 increased 177.8% year-over-year to $5.7 million, approximately 25.4% of revenue, from $2.0 million, 8.5%, for the nine months ending September 30, 2011.
  • The increase in margin for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 was primarily attributable to the increased revenue contribution from the higher-margin mobile and security solution business.

Total Margin*

Quarter

Margin

($ in millions)

% of Total

Company Revenue

Q211

0.3

3.8

Q311

0.8

10.3

Q411

1.5

18.0

Q112

1.7

19.7

Q212

1.9

26.8

Q312

2.1

31.3

* Revenues minus Cost of Service

Selling, general and administrative

  • Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 were $4.2 million and $4.3 million, respectively.
  • SG&A expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 were $13.4 million and $11.6 million, respectively. The 15.5% year-over-year increase was mainly due to the 18.6% year-over-year increase in staffing levels, largely European MNO operational support and commercial staff as well as higher investor relations and sales, marketing & communication related staffing and expense.

Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)

  • Adjusted EBITDA improved to a loss of $2.1 million for the third quarter from a loss of $3.5 million for the same period a year earlier.
  • Adjusted EBITDA improved to a loss of $7.7 million in the nine months ending September 30, 2012 from a loss of $9.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Net Income (loss)

  • Net Loss was $5.5 million and $7.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. A decrease of 24.7% year-over-year.
  • Net Loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $16.5 million, compared to $18.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, a decrease of 11.9%, year-over-year.
  • Loss from operations was reduced because of increased revenues from our higher margin mobile and security business combined with a reduced non-cash compensation expenses.

The tables at the end of this press release include a reconciliation of net loss to non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA and reported to constant currency revenue results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011. An explanation of these along with margin are included below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Conference call reminder
As a reminder, Elephant Talk Communications will host a Shareholder Update Conference Call on November 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. (EST). Anyone interested in participating should dial 1- 480-629-9713 approximately 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. Participants should ask for the Elephant Talk Shareholder Update conference call. To listen to the playback please utilize the webcast by visiting the company's website at www.elephanttalk.com.

This call is being webcast by ViaVid Broadcasting and can be accessed at either Elephant Talk's website at www.elephanttalk.com or ViaVid's website at http://www.viavid.net. To access the webcast, you will need to have the Windows Media Player on your desktop. For the free download of the Media Player, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/download/default.asp

Non-GAAP financial measures
To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, Elephant Talk uses measures of non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA, constant currency and margin. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures Adjusted EBITDA and constant currency to the closest GAAP financial measure, is presented in the financial table below under the heading "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP." Margin is derived from the income statements by subtracting cost of service from revenues. These adjustments to the Company's GAAP results are made with the intent of providing both management and investors a more complete understanding of the Company's underlying operational results and trends and performance.

Management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate the Company's financial results, develop budgets, manage expenditures, and determine employee compensation. The presentation of additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for or superior to net income (loss) or net income (loss) per share determined in accordance with GAAP.

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before derivative accounting, such as warrant liabilities and conversion feature expensing, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation.  It is determined by taking net loss and adding back provision for income taxes, interest income and expense, net loss attributable to non-controlling interest, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, other income and expenses, and equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint venture.

Elephant Talk believes these adjustments provide useful information to both management and investors due to the following factors:

  • Stock-based compensation. Although stock-based compensation is an important aspect of the compensation of Elephant Talk's employees and executives, determining the fair value of the stock-based instruments involves a high degree of judgment and estimation and the expense recorded may bear little resemblance to the actual value realized upon the future exercise or termination of the related stock-based awards. Furthermore, unlike cash compensation, the value of stock-based compensation is determined using a complex formula that incorporates factors, such as market volatility, that are beyond Elephant Talk's control. Management believes it is useful to exclude stock-based compensation in order to better understand the long-term performance of Elephant Talk's core business and to facilitate comparison of its results to those of peer companies.

To determine the revenue growth rates on a constant currency basis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, revenue from entities reporting in non-U.S. dollars were translated into U.S. dollars using the average exchange rates over the nine months ended September 30, 2012. These same exchange rates are then used in the income statement of the nine months ended September 30, 2011. The following table shows the USD equivalent of the major currencies for the nine months ended September 30, 2012:



US Dollars



equivalent

Euro


$

1.2812

British Pound


$

1.5775

About Elephant Talk Communications
Elephant Talk Communications Corp. (NYSE MKT: ETAK), formerly (NYSE Amex: ETAK) is a leading international provider of mobile networking software and services. The Company's mission is to provide a single service, fully enabling and securing the mobile cloud.

Elephant Talk empowers Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) by providing a cloud based mobile communications infrastructure, operating software and managed services, based mostly on company developed and owned software. We enable these Mobile Operators and Virtual Network Operators by offering a full suite of products, delivery platforms, support services, superior industry expertise and high quality customer service without substantial upfront investment.

As a specialized outsourcing partner, we provide operating software, managed services, cloud and SaaS solutions, an integrated transaction and delivery platform to the mobile telecommunications industry globally. Our products include remote health care, credit card fraud prevention, mobile internet ID security, secure remote file access management, loyalty and transaction management services and a whole range of other emerging mobile services.

Elephant Talk can count several of the world's leading Mobile Operators amongst their customers including Vodafone, T-Mobile and Zain, and most business efforts are focused on tier 1 operators worldwide. Visit www.elephanttalk.com.

About ValidSoft
ValidSoft Limited has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Elephant Talk since early 2010 and underpins our mobile/cloud security offering. The company is a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud relating to a variety of bank, card, internet and telephone channels. ValidSoft's solutions are used to verify the authenticity of both parties to a transaction (Mutual Authentication), the security of the relevant telecommunication channel used (Secure Communications), and the integrity of transactions itself (Transaction Verification) for the mass market, in a highly cost effective and secure manner while being very easy to use.

The company counts several leading worldwide service providers and institutions amongst its customers.  These companies benefit from a very substantial reduction in false positives, thereby freeing up resources to combat actual fraud, as well as a substantial elimination of the fraud itself, all in real time. ValidSoft is the only security software company in the world that has been granted two European Privacy Seals. Visit www.validsoft.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company's plans and objectives, projections, expectations and intentions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, the actual results and performance of the Company may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company also disclaims any obligation to update its view of any such risks or uncertainties or to announce publicly the result of any revisions to the forward-looking statements made here. Additional information concerning certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from that projected or suggested is contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company.

 

ELEPHANT TALK COMMUNICATIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(UNAUDITED)






For the three months


For the nine months


Period ended September 30,


Period ended September 30,



2012



2011



2012



2011

REVENUES

$

6,699,381


$

7,796,936


$

22,365,318


$

24,095,926













COST AND OPERATING EXPENSES












Cost of service


4,603,588



6,996,525



16,677,853



22,048,689

Selling, general and administrative expenses


4,221,767



4,325,272



13,356,906



11,566,385

Non-cash compensation to officers, directors and employees


1,709,403



2,432,317



4,940,131



5,600,283

Depreciation and amortization of intangibles assets


1,263,137



1,353,450



3,766,494



3,993,900

  Total cost and operating expenses


11,797,895



15,107,564



38,741,384



43,209,257













LOSS FROM OPERATIONS


(5,098,514)



(7,310,628)



(16,376,066)



(19,113,331)













OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)












Interest income


(85,364)



74,988



194,554



122,119

Interest expense, amortization of discount and financing costs


(649,251)



(35,467)



(1,588,098)



(173,742)

Other income & (expense)


-



-



-



460,000

Change in fair value of conversion feature


617,603



-



1,847,689



-

     Total other income (expense)


(117,012)



39,521



454,145



408,377













LOSS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES


(5,215,526)



(7,271,107)



(15,921,921)



(18,704,954)

Provision for income taxes


(94,887)



-



(192,175)



(800)

NET LOSS BEFORE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST


(5,310,413)



(7,271,107)



(16,114,096)



(18,705,754)

Net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interest


-



-



-



-

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint venture


(164,252)






(356,667)




NET LOSS


(5,474,665)



(7,271,107)



(16,470,763)



(18,705,754)













OTHER COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME












Foreign currency translation gain (loss)


594,468



(2,325,642)



(315,226)



931,961



594,468



(2,325,642)



(315,226)



931,961













COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

$

(4,880,197)


$

(9,596,749)


$

(16,785,989)


$

(17,773,793)













Net loss per common share and equivalents - basic and diluted

$

(0.05)


$

(0.07)


$

(0.15)


$

(0.18)













Weighted average shares outstanding during the period - basic and diluted


111,558,485



107,842,911



111,129,222



101,492,507

 

ELEPHANT TALK COMMUNICATIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS









September 30,



December 31,



2012



2011







ASSETS










CURRENT ASSETS












Cash and cash equivalents

$

4,344,438


$

6,009,576

Restricted cash


1,789,207



190,844

Accounts receivable, net of an allowance for doubtful accounts of $745,735 and $436,546 at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 respectively


4,378,162



6,441,528

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


1,662,776



1,522,461

   Total current assets


12,174,583



14,164,409







OTHER ASSETS


1,844,398



1,392,837







DUE FROM RELATED PARTIES


1,042,931



-







PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET


13,395,076



13,315,687







INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET


10,971,247



12,784,199







GOODWILL


3,132,528



3,154,971







TOTAL ASSETS

$

42,560,763


$

44,812,103







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY










CURRENT LIABILITIES






Overdraft

$

340,135


$

312,236

Accounts payable and customer deposits


5,641,109



4,490,455

Deferred Revenue


101,713



132,467

Accrued expenses and other payables


4,211,116



3,035,758

8% Convertible Note


1,631,688



-

Loans payable


962,679



960,869

   Total current liabilities


12,888,440



8,931,785







LONG TERM LIABILITIES






8% Convertible Note


3,897,716



-

Conversion feature


851,623



-

Trade note payable


-



271,915

Loan from joint venture partner


544,936



513,303

   Total long term liabilities


5,294,275



785,218







   Total liabilities


18,182,715



9,717,003

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Common stock, no par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 111,742,350 issued and outstanding  as of September 30, 2012 compared to 110,525,233 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2011


222,260,303



216,188,899

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


(1,458,521)



(1,143,295)

Accumulated deficit


(196,599,134)



(180,128,371)

   Elephant Talk Communications Corp. stockholders' equity


24,202,648



34,917,233







NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST


175,400



177,867

   Total stockholders' equity


24,378,048



35,095,100







TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$

42,560,763


$

44,812,103

 

ELEPHANT TALK COMMUNICATIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)









September 30, 2012



September 30, 2011







CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:






Net loss

$

(16,470,763)


$

(18,705,754)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:






   Depreciation and amortization


3,766,494



3,993,900

   Provision for doubtful accounts


309,429



141,298

   Non-cash compensation


4,923,738



5,185,493

   Equity in earnings of joint venture


356,667



-

   Amortization of shares issued for consultancy


-



414,790

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:






   Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable


1,728,467



(1,156,321)

   Decrease (increase)  in prepaid expenses, deposits and other assets


(129,937)



1,007,688

   Decrease in accounts payable, proceeds from related parties and customer deposits


938,142



(1,123,577)

   Increase (decrease) in deferred revenue


(35,352)



431,794

   Increase (decrease) in accrued expenses and other payables


945,862



(1,488,451)

Net cash used in operating activities


(3,667,253)



(11,299,140)







CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:






   Purchases of property and equipment


(2,096,026)



(6,438,506)

   Restricted cash


(1,597,168)



37

   Loans to related party


(1,000,589)



-

   Loans to joint venture partners


(107,618)



-

   Loan to third party


(249,827)



(111,236)

  Net cash used in investing activities


(5,051,228)



(6,549,705)







CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:






   Trade note payable


-



392,590

   Deferred financing costs


(543,438)



-

       Proceeds from 8% convertible note, net of original issue discount


8,000,000



-

       Payments on 8% convertible note installment payments and interest


(964,958)



-

   Proceeds from exercise of warrants & options


969,714



25,601,365

   Payments for share issue costs


(79,643)



-

   Placement & solicitation fees


-



(1,027,522)

  Net cash provided by financing activities


7,381,675



24,966,433







EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(328,332)



1,482,698

NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(1,665,138)



8,600,286

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD


6,009,576



2,245,697

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF THE PERIOD

$

4,344,438


$

10,845,983







SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:












Cash paid during the period for interest

$

348,383


$

-

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP

 

Reconciliation of Net loss to Adjusted EBITDA






Nine months ended September 30,

EBITDA Adjusted

2012


2011


2011 in constant currency







Net loss

$

(16,470,763)


$

(18,705,754)


$

(17,812,705)

Provision for income taxes


192,175



800



800

Depreciation and amortization


3,766,494



3,993,900



3,663,684

Stock-based compensation


4,940,131



5,600,283



5,523,024

Other income & expenses


(454,145)



(408,377)



(408,377)

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint venture


356,667



0



0

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(7,669,441)


$

(9,519,148)


$

(9,033,574)



Three months ended September 30,

EBITDA Adjusted

2012


2011


2011 in constant currency







Net loss

$

(5,474,665)


$

(7,271,107)


$

(6,857,514)

Provision for income taxes


94,887



0



0

Depreciation and amortization


1,263,137



1,353,450



1,205,060

Non-cash compensation


1,709,403



2,432,317



2,397,897

Other income & expenses


117,012



(39,521)



(36,528)

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated joint venture


164,252



0



0

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(2,125,974)


$

(3,524,861)


$

(3,291,085)

 


Reconciliation of non-GAAP Revenue to GAAP Revenue










Three months ended Sept. 30,


Nine months ended Sept. 30,


2012

2011

% change


2012

2011

% change


(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Constant currency reconciliation:








Total revenue, as reported

$6,699,381

$7,796,936

-14.1%


$22,365,318

$24,095,926

-7.2%

Estimated impact of foreign currency fluctuations



-11.6%




-9.0%

Total revenue constant currency growth rate



-2.5%




1.8%










Three months ended Sept. 30,


Nine months ended Sept. 30,


2012

2011

% change


2012

2011

% change


(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Constant currency reconciliation:








Landline revenue, as reported

$3,763,140

$6,388,824

-41.1%


$14,217,650

$20,227,712

-29.7%

Estimated impact of foreign currency fluctuations



-7.6%




-6.8%

Landline revenue constant currency growth rate



-33.5%




-22.9%










Three months ended Sept. 30,


Nine months ended Sept. 30,


2012

2011

% change


2012

2011

% change


(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Constant currency reconciliation:








Mobile & Security revenue, as reported

$2,936,241

$1,408,112

108.5%


$8,147,668

$3,868,214

110.6%

Estimated impact of foreign currency fluctuations



-32.8%




-20.5%

Mobile & Security revenue constant currency growth rate



141.3%




131.2%

 

Media Contacts
UK/Europe:

Fishburn Hedges
+44 (0)20 7839 4321
[email protected]  

US/North America:
Jed Hamilton
Intermarket Communications
+1 212 754 5479
[email protected]

Investor Relations Contacts
Steve Gersten
Elephant Talk Communications
+1 813 926 8920
[email protected]

Peter Salkowski
The Blueshirt Group
+1 415 489 2184
[email protected]

SOURCE Elephant Talk Communications, Corp.

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In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
SYS-CON Media announced that Splunk, a provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, has launched an ad campaign on Big Data Journal. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. The ads focus on delivering ROI - how improved uptime delivered $6M in annual ROI, improving customer operations by mining large volumes of unstructured data, and how data tracking delivers uptime when it matters most.
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CodeFutures, a leading supplier of database performance tools, has been named a “Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. CodeFutures is an independent software vendor focused on providing tools that deliver database performance tools that increase productivity during database development and increase database performance and scalability during production.
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, C...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, the leading independent Cloud Foundry and Docker-based PaaS provider, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit New York, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that prevent them from doing so. The Company is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges thro...
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. He also discussed how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics discussed were barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what the future may hold. Mike Kavis is Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Pa...
Dale Kim is the Director of Industry Solutions at MapR. His background includes a variety of technical and management roles at information technology companies. While his experience includes work with relational databases, much of his career pertains to non-relational data in the areas of search, content management, and NoSQL, and includes senior roles in technical marketing, sales engineering, and support engineering. Dale holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
SYS-CON Media announced that Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow, has launched a new ad campaign in Cloud Computing Journal. The ad campaign, a webcast titled 'Is Your Data Center Ready for the Application Economy?', focuses on the latest data center networking technologies, including SDN or ACI, and how customers are using SDN and ACI in their organizations to achieve business agility. The Cisco webcast is available on-demand.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to evolve the way the world does business; however, understanding how to apply it to your company can be a mystery. Most people struggle with understanding the potential business uses or tend to get caught up in the technology, resulting in solutions that fail to meet even minimum business goals. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO / President / Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., showed what is needed to leverage the IoT to transform your business. He discussed opportunities and challenges ahead for the IoT from a market and technical point of vie...
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Performance is the intersection of power, agility, control, and choice. If you value performance, and more specifically consistent performance, you need to look beyond simple virtualized compute. Many factors need to be considered to create a truly performant environment. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, discussed how to take advantage of a multitude of compute options and platform features to make cloud the cornerstone of your online presence.
In this Women in Technology Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing at Verizon Enterprise, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO at MetraTech; Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance Strategy Leader at Cisco Systems; Seema Jethani, Director of Product Management at Basho Technologies; Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell Inc.; Anne Hungate, Senior Director of Software Quality at DIRECTV, discussed what path they took to find their spot within the technology industry and how do they see opportunities for other women in their area of expertise.
Almost everyone sees the potential of Internet of Things but how can businesses truly unlock that potential. The key will be in the ability to discover business insight in the midst of an ocean of Big Data generated from billions of embedded devices via Systems of Discover. Businesses will also need to ensure that they can sustain that insight by leveraging the cloud for global reach, scale and elasticity.
“The age of the Internet of Things is upon us,” stated Thomas Svensson, senior vice-president and general manager EMEA, ThingWorx, “and working with forward-thinking companies, such as Elisa, enables us to deploy our leading technology so that customers can profit from complete, end-to-end solutions.” ThingWorx, a PTC® (Nasdaq: PTC) business and Internet of Things (IoT) platform provider, announced on Monday that Elisa, Finnish provider of mobile and fixed broadband subscriptions, will deploy ThingWorx® platform technology to enable a new Elisa IoT service in Finland and Estonia.
Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are increasing at an unprecedented rate. The threat landscape of today is drastically different than just a few years ago. Attacks are much more organized and sophisticated. They are harder to detect and even harder to anticipate. In the foreseeable future it's going to get a whole lot harder. Everything you know today will change. Keeping up with this changing landscape is already a daunting task. Your organization needs to use the latest tools, methods and expertise to guard against those threats. But will that be enough? In the foreseeable future attacks w...
As enterprises move to all-IP networks and cloud-based applications, communications service providers (CSPs) – facing increased competition from over-the-top providers delivering content via the Internet and independently of CSPs – must be able to offer seamless cloud-based communication and collaboration solutions that can scale for small, midsize, and large enterprises, as well as public sector organizations, in order to keep and grow market share. The latest version of Oracle Communications Unified Communications Suite gives CSPs the capability to do just that. In addition, its integration ...
From telemedicine to smart cars, digital homes and industrial monitoring, the explosive growth of IoT has created exciting new business opportunities for real time calls and messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ivelin Ivanov, CEO and Co-Founder of Telestax, shared some of the new revenue sources that IoT created for Restcomm – the open source telephony platform from Telestax. Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, a...