Sendachi Launches with $30M Initial Funding Commitment to Help Enterprises Worldwide Harness the Transformative Power of Modern Technologies and Methodologies

SEATTLE – January 21, 2016Sendachi, a technology services firm created to facilitate vibrant, modern software development cultures within corporate IT departments, officially launched with a $30 million investment commitment from venture financier, Columbia Capital. Sendachi was formed through the merger of like-minded IT services companies, Clutch (based in Seattle) and Contino (based in London). Sendachi will be led by former Clutch CEO, Steven Anderson.

Sendachi is tackling one of the most vexing problems facing enterprise IT departments today. Specifically: how to accelerate deployment of new services and service enhancements to gain the agility and velocity that lets entrepreneurial and customer-centric approaches flourish. Achieving this goal is not trivial in the enterprise, where internal development teams are burdened by existing responsibilities to legacy applications and a technology stack that has grown, layer by layer, over multiple decades.

Many of the world’s biggest brands have begun to view software as a strategic differentiator, but creating the next wave of digital products and services requires experience with technologies such as cloud and containers, microservices architectures, and methods like Agile and DevOps. The most disruptive internet-age companies have demonstrated how harnessing these techniques can enable exponential growth and secure competitive advantage. Established enterprises want to follow suit, but need hands-on guidance and technical support to get there.

That’s where Sendachi excels. Its expert teams work alongside clients, mentoring them, so internal staff can experience modern systems and methodologies in a material way, and learn to replicate those strategies and tactics. “Our biggest differentiator,” says Anderson. “Is that we don’t train internal teams in an abstracted way, we participate with them, showing them how by executing their real-world work. It’s not academic; it’s absolutely practical. We show them how to use new stack technologies and work differently to achieve acceleration and quality.”

“Today’s enterprise IT landscape is full of new technologies and methodologies centered on agility and efficiency to help organizations address time, scale, business, competitive and other challenges,” says Jay Lyman, Research Manager, Cloud Management and Containers, 451 Research. “However, the reality is organizations must build on the infrastructure, process and people they already have in place in order to transform effectively and that means leveraging innovative software as well as intensive support to initiate and build out successful DevOps initiatives, applications and services.”

Sendachi is focused on customers in the upper midmarket and large enterprise across industries. Its staff has extensive experience in DevOps and continuous integration/continuous delivery, having worked with Fortune 50 companies in the US and Europe. Sendachi has its global headquarters in Seattle, with its European head office in London. Contino cofounders Benjamin Wootton and Matt Farmer remain with the new company, Wootton as vice president of technology for Europe and Farmer as GM of Europe and former Clutch principal Jerome Gagner has been appointed vice president of technology for the Americas, and former CA Technologies global digital transformation lead Justin Vaughan-Brown has been named vice president of marketing. The firm will hire aggressively over the next year on both continents.

“Across industries, from banking to media and even taxis, the threat or pain of software-based disruption is being felt. Enterprises have to make increasingly bold bets to stay ahead,” comments Wootton. “Over the next two years we will see more reorganizations, more insourcing, more re-platforming and more re-architecture than we saw in the previous decade as companies race to move from software legacy, to software as a competitive advantage. With a growing team on both sides of the Atlantic, we are looking forward to empowering more organizations with the skills, tools and culture to deliver that advantage.”

“Both Contino and Clutch are demonstrating that their enterprise customers can incrementally build from accomplishing low risk projects with new technologies and methods to strategic, enterprise-wide transformations,” says Jason Booma, Partner at Columbia Capital. “Together as Sendachi, the company will continue its different approach to the application outsourcing market where a key customer benefit is an improved technology development capability, not just a great application. We’re excited to work with Steven and the team to collaborate on a business with this customer mission.”

About Sendachi
Sendachi is a technology and services company specializing in DevOps, continuous integration/continuous delivery, and transformational programs. The company’s Rapid Prototyping and DevOps Acceleration services help organizations speed time-to-market for high quality new and re-tooled applications. From strategy and operations to culture and technology, Sendachi helps business and technology leaders identify and address opportunities for growth and profitability. Sendachi provides training, development, deployment and optimization services for the full stack of DevOps and Agile technologies including application lifecycle management (ALM), modern development and continuous delivery tools, micro-services architecture, containerization, security, analytics, testing and cloud infrastructure platforms. Learn more atwww.sendachi.com.

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New Year, New Tech Hires at Artesian Solutions

London 20th January 2016: Artesian Solutions, the innovative developer of customer engagement and sales acceleration software, today announced two new senior tech appointments critical to its continued rapid growth in 2016.

Tim Gough was appointed Vice President of Engineering, joining the company with 18 years of experience in technical team management, software architecture and design. Zulfikar Mohammed joins as Head of User Experience, bringing 15 years of expertise in delivering engaging and cutting edge user experiences across multiple platforms.

“Tim and Zulfikar are important appointments for Artesian as we continue on our rapid growth trajectory in 2016. They bring extensive experience and the necessary depth of expertise that will help us drive our development,” said Andrew Yates, Founder and CEO of Artesian Solutions.

Andrew Continues: “We are committed to delivering a proven transformational technology, and world class experience for our users. These two appointments are critical part to the success of Artesian going forward, and I speak for everyone in warmly welcoming them to the company.”

Before joining Artesian, Tim served as CTO at Pharmiweb Solutions, where he was responsible for product development, architecture, and design across a multidisciplinary team. Zulfikar previously held the position of Lead Principle User Experience Designer at LANDESK Software, working with stakeholders across the business to create the best user experiences possible across both mobile and web.

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About Artesian
Artesian is the world’s most powerful customer engagement solution for B2B sellers; it gathers and tracks intelligence on customers, prospects and competitors from millions of online resources including blogs, news sites, editorials and social platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Artesian uses clever science to filter and transform acquired information into commercially valuable insights based on the companies and industries that are important to users. Artesian gives users the ability to, target, connect and share with customers and prospects.

At present, Artesian delivers on average 12 million actionable insights per month on almost 700,000 companies to its 25,000 users. Artesian customers range from American Express, Adobe, Barclays, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Towergate, Willis and Verizon.

Artesian is headquartered in the U.K, with offices based in Winnersh, Berkshire and London.
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Quortus Software Core Network Enables Mobile Edge Computing

Guildford, UK – 20 January 2016 – Quortus today announced significant upgrades to its EdgeCentrix (ECX) technology, aligning its cellular core network solutions with Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) principles. The ETSI-endorsed MEC initiative enables innovative wireless services by moving intelligence to the network edge – a trend that Quortus has pioneered for several years.

The developments announced today also move the Quortus Evolved Packet Core (EPC) to the split user/control plane and network slicing architectures that will be a key feature of 5G networks.

MEC architectures combine wireless technology with an IT-type service environment to deliver efficient communications services with ultra-low latency and high bandwidth. MEC software applications can tap into local content and information about network conditions so that traffic can be handled in an optimal way. Examples include local traffic offload and caching, and video optimization.

Quortus’ ECX technology takes this principle a step further, by implementing core network functions themselves in software at the network edge. The combination of these two approaches will allow service providers to truly deliver on the promise of MEC. Services are provided where they are consumed – at the network edge.

“To date, the thinking around MEC has focused on the user plane – looking at the traffic in the network and making decisions on ‘over the top’ optimizations such as video encoding or caching,” said Andy Odgers, Quortus CEO. “By also implementing network functions at the edge we open up even more powerful possibilities. We can use the capabilities of the network itself to create new services and optimize the user experience. At the same time we retain the robustness, security and control that’s expected by both mobile network operators, and their customers.”

New versions of Quortus’ ECX Enterprise and ECX Core, announced today, mark the first time a core network solution has been MEC-aligned, allowing for 5G evolution and enabling compatibility with a host of IoT and other applications. These innovations will be particularly powerful within the enterprise environment, where they will enable genuine integration between local IT resources and operator-provided cellular networks.

The new Quortus technology will allow MNOs and systems integrators to build a variety of new service offerings. Potential applications include offering SMEs presence-based solutions, or 4G-based digital media services that work “out of the box” without the need for a local IT department. For larger organizations, MEC strategies will allow local data and voice offload with PBX and LAN integration. This is particularly useful in campus type or remote locations, where sending data back to the core network might introduce unacceptable latency or security risks. MEC has also aroused interest for IoT applications as diverse as building control and medical monitoring, which require devices such as sensors and actuators to be connected to local computing resources, again without the need to touch the core network.

Quortus is a pioneer of MEC technology and network virtualization and has been at the forefront of moving core functions and intelligence to the network edge since 2009. Its award-winning EdgeCentrix technology enables a number of advanced products that push intelligence to the edge of the network.

Quortus EPC changes in detail
The updated ECX Enterprise and ECX Core solutions announced today split the control and user plane operations within the Serving Gateway (SGW) and Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW) network entities, key parts of the Quortus Evolved Packet Core (EPC). This allows user plane operations to be implemented locally within a MEC appliance, while control plane operations remain under the control of the mobile network operator (MNO), and can be located at the edge, in the cloud, or centrally.

The resulting architecture allows operators to offer tighter and local integration with Enterprise services while offloading burdensome local traffic from the core, and retaining control of subscriber data, authentication and bearer policies. Simultaneously, it addresses some of the shortcomings of pure user-plane MEC strategies: for example, the resulting system can page a 4G UE, set up a dedicated bearer for VoLTE calls, and gracefully satisfy legal intercept (LI) requirements.

The result is an operator-friendly, 5G-aligned system that supports the most advanced capabilities of cellular networks.

For the IT manager within the enterprise, it also provides powerful features. The local MEC appliance might integrate PBX capabilities, allowing genuine PBX/cellular integration with short-code dialing and presence awareness. “Over the top” authentication techniques can be used to give IT departments control over users’ access to local resources (for example the enterprise LAN) without the need for configuration via the MNO.

Quortus’s ECX Enterprise is a software-based product that can run embedded on a small cell, on standard hardware (such as a router or local virtual machine), or on a hosted services platform owned by an MNO or other third party. Capable of operating standalone or with reach-back to an MNO network, it is the first solution that fully supports voice over LTE (VoLTE) for enterprises. These capabilities were demonstrated in an award-winning proof of concept at Mobile World Congress 2015.

About Quortus
Quortus enables flexible, agile mobile communications networks that provide a foundation for innovative services tailored to a diverse range of end customers. Its award winning EdgeCentrix (ECX) virtualized mobile core solutions help increase operator margin and ‘stickiness’. They interwork gracefully with existing mobile networks, with small cell and HetNet architectures and with standard IT infrastructure, to create truly integrated communications platforms. Quortus’ ECX products are highly scalable and can be hosted anywhere – in the cloud, at the network edge, or deeply embedded alongside a cellular radio in a single-chip implementation.

If You Only Install One Security Update this Month, Make Sure it’s Adobe Flash®!

A zero-day vulnerability discovered in Adobe Flash Player / AIR 20 could possibly be used to exploit end of life version 19 – found on 78 percent of all private US PCs.

Maidenhead, U.K. & Copenhagen, Denmark – January 19, 2016 – Secunia Research at Flexera Software, a leading provider of software vulnerability intelligence, has published country reports covering Q4 2015 for 14 countries. The reports provide a status on vulnerable software products on private PCs in those countries, listing the vulnerable applications and ranking them by the extent to which they expose those PCs to hackers.

Key findings in the UK Country Report include:

  • 78 percent of UK users had Adobe Flash Player 19 installed. This version is end-of-life and therefore no longer receives security updates from Adobe. Vulnerabilities in newer versions are used to exploit older versions. It is therefore important to remember to remove end-of-life products from your PC.
  • 11.4 percent of the non-Microsoft programmes on private UK PCs were unpatched in Q4. Only 4.1 percent of Microsoft® programmes were unpatched. UK users have 74 applications installed on average, from 26 different vendors. 31 of the 74 applications – nearly 42 percent – are Microsoft applications.
  • 8.0 percent of UK private users had not patched the Windows® operating system on their PC (covered by the report are Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10).

The zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash disclosed on December 28, 2015, was rated “Extremely Critical” by Secunia Research, because it can be triggered from remote and can execute arbitrary code. The vulnerability can possibly be used to exploit older versions of Adobe Flash Player /AIR, too, including end-of-life version 19, which is found on 78 percent of all private UK PCs, per the UK Country Report document.

“The vulnerability discovered in Adobe Flash Player/ AIR 20 in December makes it even more important than usual to keep Adobe Flash Player up to date and get rid of end-of-life versions,” said Kasper Lindgaard, Director of Secunia Research at Flexera Software. “Adobe Flash is the most popular application within exploit kits, because it is so widely used and can therefore be used to leverage access to different platforms and both private and corporate users. While security-aware organisations know not to allow Adobe Flash Player anywhere near their business critical systems, private PC users tend not to be quite so mindful.”

Non-Microsoft programmes are poorly patched on private PCs
On the average private UK PC, 74 applications are installed from a total of 26 different vendors. One vendor, Microsoft, is on average the producer of 31 of those applications. With automated updates and a well-established security patch process, Microsoft makes it easy for private users to stay patched: All that is required on a private PC is to keep the auto-update feature in the Microsoft Update center switched on – which is the default setting. This user-friendly approach to security is one explanation for why only 4.1 percent of Microsoft applications on private PCs are unpatched.

The patch status of the remaining 43 non-Microsoft applications is a different story, though. Nearly three times as many – 11.4 percent – of these applications are unpatched. This difference is mainly due to the fact that 25 different vendors are behind those 43 applications, and each of those vendors has its own update mechanism. Essentially, this means that users have to familiarise themselves with 25 different update mechanisms and install the updates every time they become available.

To help users stay secure Flexera Software offers the Personal Software Inspector (formerly Secunia PSI 3.0), a free computer security scanner which identifies software applications that are insecure and in need of security updates. It has been downloaded by over 8 million PC users globally to detect vulnerable and outdated programs and plug-ins.

The 14 Country Reports are based on data from scans by the Personal Software Inspector between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

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Xtraction Solutions Connector Now Available to Wavelink Customers

BRACKNELL — January 13, 2016 — Wavelink today announced its Mobile Enterprise Productivity Suite is now being supported by an Xtraction Solutions connector to deliver real-time reporting, dashboards and analytics to its customers. This new data adapter provides company leaders with easy access to the data they need to make intelligent decisions for their businesses and provide greater visibility and understanding of the mobile computers carried by workers.

“In an industry where fine-tuning a process can save hundreds of thousands of dollars, our customers will benefit greatly from this new integration,” said Steve Bemis, vice president of Wavelink worldwide sales. “Our customers have massive device populations and they want the insight and ease of use Xtraction provides. We’re excited to be able to offer this capability. The customers who have already seen this connector have readily embraced it.”

The Xtraction connector for Wavelink offers a simple way to understand the device population across the enterprise. It tells them where their devices are, which operating systems are running on them and the time since the device last contacted the network. It also gives much-needed insight so businesses can see at a glance if they have a surplus or deficit of devices in any given location, helping them improve efficiency across the organisation. The solution also gives insight into asset lifecycles, so managers can readily see which assets are out of compliance, need updates or are in need of renewal, saving businesses time and maximising each asset’s impact.

Recently acquired by LANDESK, Xtraction provides a reporting and dashboard solution that allows IT organisations to connect multiple data sources into a single, easy-to-use solution. The Xtraction interface allows even non-technical users to quickly visualise the state of their IT environment and make informed decisions to improve processes, technology, projects, security and service levels across the business.

“The reports and dashboard visibility offered by Xtraction is of significant importance in the rugged mobile computing space where Wavelink focuses,” said David Krebs, executive vice president at VDC Research. “For many Wavelink customers, labour represents their single largest operational expense. Providing them with tools to maximise worker uptime performance, and even extend that visibility to systems and data sources to go beyond the task worker space and into other enterprise segments represents a significant value add.”

This new Xtraction connector for Wavelink, another subsidiary of LANDESK, is now available as part of a bundle, which includes both the server and the connector.

For organizations that would like to learn more about integrating this data with data from existing asset management, please see http://www.landesk.com/products/xtraction.

About Wavelink
Wavelink accelerates mobile productivity with solutions that enable supply chain operations. Organisations around the globe and across industries such as manufacturing, retail, warehousing and field force automation rely on Wavelink enterprise mobility management, host-connectivity applications, and voice-enablement solutions to connect mobile devices to supply chain management systems, ensuring worker productivity in mission-critical mobile deployments, reducing costs and contributing directly to operating margin. www.wavelink.com

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MuleSoft Survey Finds Top Five Reasons Why APIs Are Taking Centre Stage for Businesses

LONDON – January 13, 2016MuleSoft, the company that makes it easy to connect applications, data and devices, today announced the findings of its European API survey on IT pressures and the top reasons that APIs are enabling businesses. The survey findings suggest that agility is a key reason behind most companies’ API strategies and for fueling growing interest in microservices.

With new opportunities in the digital era to connect the unconnected, business success will be defined by how effectively enterprises can connect their applications, data, clouds and partner ecosystems. APIs offer a new way for businesses to connect not only these assets, but also their customers, other businesses, internal employees and new technologies. MuleSoft surveyed 800 IT industry professionals across Europe to assess how organisations in the region are planning for and implementing APIs.

Pressure to Deliver IT Services Mounts from Across the Business
Over three-quarters (78 percent) of IT professionals questioned said pressure to deliver IT services from across the organisation had increased over the past 12 months. Of these, two-thirds (66 percent) said that change was needed in order to meet a “significant” or “drastic” increase in pressure. Whereas pressure has traditionally come from mainly sales and marketing departments, it is now also coming from finance and operations, C-level executives, and research and development. Almost 30 percent of respondents said they are getting ad hoc requests from departmental business groups.

“IT is now critical to a company’s ability to stay competitive in a rapidly changing business environment,” said Ross Mason, founder and vice president of product strategy, MuleSoft. “IT teams are facing growing pressure from the boardroom and from every corner of the organisation. The old IT operating mode is fractured. IT leaders are looking to an API strategy to reduce the complexity of their landscape, unlock assets and enable much greater agility through accessibility and reuse. Organisations are increasingly seeing the benefits of APIs, including the ability to generate value by connecting their existing assets with those of their customers, partners and employees.”

APIs Take Center Stage for Enabling Business and Agility
Of companies with an API strategy in place, the majority said they are currently using APIs to free data, specifically link new software with existing systems and applications (72 percent) or unlock data silos (55 percent). 52 percent also indicated the need to increase agility and enable business teams to self-serve IT as a reason for having an API strategy.

When asked about the values APIs add to the business, the top five reasons were:

  1. Enabling applications (71 percent)
  2. Agility (67 percent)
  3. Ability to enable partners and affiliates (56 percent)
  4. Driving innovation (47 percent)
  5. Engaging and developing new channels (47 percent)

Mason added, “We are seeing CIOs shift from traditional IT delivery models to delivering capabilities to their business, allowing the consumers of these capabilities to build their own applications and processes. This is the decentralisation of IT, where IT no longer owns the applications but are governors of the data. This contributes to the expanding partnership between business and IT. The key step will be decentralising IT by opening up APIs to developers and lines-of-business, so they can gain access to reusable data to try out new products or explore new digital services.”

More than 80 percent of respondents said they plan to generate new revenue streams from their APIs within the next five years, up from 22 percent who do so today.

Microservices Are an Accelerating Trend and Entering the IT Agenda
Agility was also shown to be behind much of the interest in microservices. Respondents using or thinking of using microservices identified the ability to add new features or capabilities without re-writing a whole application as most important. However, many expressed concerns about implementing a microservices architecture due to growing complexity associated with the increasing number of microservices that a business would manage.

38 percent of respondents said they were currently using microservices. Of those that weren’t, 44 percent said they were planning to do so. 26 percent were planning to leverage microservices within the next six months.

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An infographic of the survey can be found here: https://www.mulesoft.com/content/mulesoft-european-api-survey-2016

Methodology
Between November 3 and November 12, 2015, MuleSoft surveyed 800 IT professionals across Europe to assess how organisations of all sizes are using APIs and changing the way IT operates due to increasing demand to deliver services. The survey’s margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence interval.

About MuleSoft
MuleSoft makes it easy to connect the world’s applications, data and devices. MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform™ enables companies to unlock the full potential of their applications and data through API-led connectivity, both on-premises and in the cloud. Organizations in over 60 countries, from emerging companies to Global 500 corporations, use MuleSoft to innovate faster and transform their businesses. https://www.mulesoft.com/

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