Predixion Software Raises $20 Million in Series C Financing

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA–(Marketwired – Jul 8, 2013) -Predixion Software, a developer of collaborative predictive analytics solutions, announced today it has raised $20 million in Series C financing. Predixion’s Series C includes two new strategic investors, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and GE Ventures. Current investors DFJ Frontier, EMC, Miramar Venture Partners and Palomar Ventures also subscribed to the round of financing along with new investor, Frost Venture Partners.

In conjunction with its role in leading the financing round, Accenture will jointly develop a range of advanced analytics solutions for its clients with Predixion. These solutions will reduce the time and cost of decision making by extending the use of predictive analytics applications to managers in a range of business functions, allowing them to apply data-driven insights directly to their operational workflows. The solutions will be marketed to Accenture clients.

“We are pleased to join forces with Predixion Software to offer our clients’ business users new intuitive data analytics and collaboration solutions,” said Sajid Usman, global managing director for Technology at Accenture Analytics. “The end-to-end capabilities we’re building will make it more cost effective for our clients to turn data into insights, actions, and ultimately business outcomes. Our investment in Predixion is part of our ongoing strategy of bringing capabilities to our clients that cover the full analytics value chain and help them move forward on their Analytics Journey to ROI.”

Predixion provides collaborative predictive analytics solutions for customers across key industries such as healthcare, life sciences, financial services, marketing, government, manufacturing and ecommerce. Predixion software eliminates the complexity of predictive analytics so non-technical professionals on the front lines of business can anticipate customer needs, reduce costs and accelerate operational efficiency. For example, a healthcare administrator can predict which patients are likely to readmit, a bank manager can anticipate when a valuable customer is likely to switch banks, or a marketing manager can use predictive targeting to improve campaign response rates.

The company’s recent milestones include starting the year with six new strategic customers, revenue growth of over 800%, on average, for 2011 and 2012 as well as closing Q1 2013 revenue that exceeded all of 2012 revenue by 30%. Predixion was also selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region.

“Bringing on world-class investors like Accenture and GE validates the massive opportunity for nimble predictive analytics technologies,” said Simon Arkell, CEO and Co-Founder, Predixion Software. “Partnering with such an experienced group of strategics will help us accelerate growth and scale globally as we continue our mission to drive adoption of predictive analytics into every industry.”

“From aviation to health care, GE’s customers are now collecting unprecedented amounts of data, due to a growing number of intelligent business systems and sensor-equipped machines,” said Brett May, Head of Software Ventures and Business Development, GE Software. “GE plans to launch many next-generation Industrial Internet services that leverage that data and its context. We believe that Predixion will broaden the spectrum of creators and consumers of big data predictive analytics and we’re excited about the company’s potential to help us offer data-driven value to our customers.”

Predixion will use the funding proceeds to accelerate product development and scale its sales and marketing organizations to support current and anticipated demand and growth for its family of predictive analytics solutions.

About Predixion Software
Predixion Software is a disruptive predictive analytics software company with a unique focus on the development of portable predictive applications via its patent pending “Machine Learning Semantic Model” (MLSM) and the “last mile” of analytics — the deployment of powerful predictions to the people who need to act upon them. Predixion offers an easy-to-deploy self-service predictive analytics solution that allows customers to unlock deep insights within their data with technology that integrates with leading business intelligence platforms, business applications and workflows.

Tiny Books For The Macintosh Still No. 1 Despite MAC-Only Compatibility, Boffin Says

Tiny Books for the Macintosh

was announced as the top ranking Bookkeeping software by Boffin. The editors at the software review website after rigorous testing of numerous business finance management software, concluded on their top picks, with Tiny Books for the Macintosh ranked no.1 for a second consecutive time.

Bookkeeping software are a necessity for many small businesses and solo professionals who cannot afford hiring expensive accounting services. Bookkeeping software prove to be a reliable, affordable and quality solution for thousands of start-up companies and freelance professionals who opt for the do it yourself trend. Software for bookkeeping, despite being extremely advanced, they preserve their user-friendliness so that users with minimum to no accounting knowledge and skills can still work with the software easily.

Based on the reviews of bookkeeping software published by the Boffin team of editors, Tiny Books for Macintosh stood out of the competition despite being only MAC-compatible. The reviewers assert that it’s a rare occasion for a software not supporting all computer operating systems to be awarded the Boffin the no.1 place and the Boffin five-star award. Although it has been initially developed for home use, the software has been enriched with functions and accounting capacities that allow its use for entrepreneurs and small business owners, the Boffin editors emphasized.

For the editors at Boffin, Tiny Books for the Macintosh is an exemplary bookkeeping software that lets users easily and quickly manage their finance even if their accounting knowledge is limited. The software features a user-friendly interface and various quality features are which contributed in its high ranking.

The editors at Boffin issued a disclosure saying how the top three ranking software are to be evaluated on a regular basis to ensure all latest versions and releases are taken into consideration. To ensure the relevancy, accuracy and usefulness of the reviews, the Boffin editors carefully test each software, to offer their readers impartial and helpful software advice. Lastly, it has been mentioned that the top ranking software had only minor differences in overall performance, hinting at how future evaluations are likely to shuffle the present rankings.

Software Review Boffin reviews the latest technological products in demand on the market right now. They provide expert, honest and straightforward reviews so customers can objectively measure if a product, especially software is well worth it before making their purchase.

Keyboard Applications in Cloud Data Store

Jakarta – Manufacturers keyboard application for tablet computers and smart phones, SwiftKey, SwiftKey has launched a beta version of Cloud.
SwiftKey Keyboard is an Android app that can learn the customs and habits of the user typing text to produce a more predictable.
SwiftKey on Cloud services predecessors, all languages ​​stored on the device. Means, if a user loses his phone, having to learn the application SwiftKey typing habits again. With this new service, users can backup files in the cloud and sync with various devices.
SwiftKey Cloud will also integrate the analysis of data from Twitter and other sources to find a new trending topic. Then bring the words that relate to the topic being the trend for users.
Enterprise application that promises enhanced personal words and phrases as well as integrating predictive Gmail and Facebook. This application can be downloaded free.

Software AG Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites

Software AG today announced it was positioned by Gartner, Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, in the Leaders Quadrant of the recently published Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites. In gaining this recognition, vendors were evaluated based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. The quadrant evaluates the application integration and SOA project market, which are strategic for Software AG as a vendor of application infrastructure middleware.

“We believe Gartner naming us as a leader with the furthest position on both axes in the Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites* is a validation of our product innovation, high quality services and strong go to market model,” said Dr. Wolfram Jost, Software AG’s Chief Technology Officer. “Our goal is to continue to deliver the most comprehensive, innovative infrastructure middleware offerings that improve business outcomes of our customers, while enabling them to achieve better agility and drive growth.”

Gartner’s evaluation of Software AG is primarily based on its flagship offering webMethods Suite V9.0. It includes tightly integrated products such as webMethods Integration Server as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Terracotta Universal Messaging for fast asynchronous messaging, webMethods Trading Networks for B2B integration, webMethods BPMS for process orchestrations and monitoring and CentraSite for metadata lifecycle management.

The nexus of four forces – cloud, mobile, social, and big data – are presenting unprecedented new opportunities to innovate and grow the business. With webMethods Suite, organizations can take full advantage of these opportunities by establishing a strong but flexible integration backbone to build new applications. It allows organizations to leverage existing IT investments while managing the proliferation of data, devices, and services resulting from the four forces.

Unlike other solutions in the market, the webMethods Suite is an open, cross platform solution. It delivers capabilities as building blocks that fit together allowing customer implementations to grow as their needs grow. It is also easy to use across all lifecycle stages from design to production, lowering total cost of ownership. Strong lifecycle governance baked into the platform helps companies maximize reuse and align closely with business needs.

Complimentary copies of Gartner’s report are available at www.softwareag.com/recognition.

* Gartner Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites by Jess Thompson, Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Daniel Sholler, Ross Altman, Kimihiko Iijima, published 27 June 2013.

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Software AG

Software AG (SOW.F) helps organizations achieve their business objectives faster. The company’s big data, integration and business process technologies enable customers to drive operational efficiency, modernize their systems and optimize processes for smarter decisions and better service. Building on over 40 years of customer-centric innovation, the company is ranked as a leader in 15 market categories, fueled by core product families Adabas and Natural, ARIS, Terracotta and webMethods. Software AG has ca. 5,300 employees in 70 countries and had revenues of €1.05 billion in 2012.

VUE Software to Provide Compensation Management System With Revenue Reconciliation for Insurance Technology and Distribution Organization

COCONUT CREEK, Fla., July 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — VUE Software® today announced that a rapidly growing health insurance technology and distribution partner recently selected the VUE Compensation Management™ solution for its compensation management infrastructure. A subsidiary of one of the top ten health insurance companies in the United States the organization is hiring and training thousands of agents and service workers. The firm plans to leverage the system’s comprehensive commission management capabilities, which include automated revenue reconciliation, to confirm commission accuracy across multiple carriers, maintain smooth operations and ensure correct, timely agent compensation.

Because of its highly specialized business model, rapid growth and ongoing interactions with carriers, exchanges, agents and consumers, the insurance service partner required a robust, configurable system able to scale to high business volumes. Revenue reconciliation was a deciding factor due to the need to verify payment accuracy across a multi-carrier, multi-hierarchy environment and incorporate pay structures such as flat fees, percentages and multiple commission tiers. In addition, higher transaction volumes were anticipated to accommodate the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and increases in Medicare use with a shifting retiree population.

The service partner chose VUE Compensation Management following a referral from an existing VUE Software client on the basis of revenue reconciliation. The solution is being integrated into the service partner’s technology and will provide comprehensive revenue reconciliation capabilities as partnerships are established in the organization’s aggressive growth phase.

“With our dedicated insurance focus and successful track record with reputable clients, VUE Software is an excellent choice for companies that need to rise above industry complexities and healthcare reform challenges,” said Abhinav Dave, executive vice president of VUE Software. “Unlike many solutions, automated reconciliation is built into VUE Compensation Management so our customers can keep pace with complex commission environments. Reconciling variations between expected revenue and payments received is just good business, but doing it manually can be extremely time-consuming. Higher transaction volumes increase the potential for error, particularly in multi-carrier situations. Only a sophisticated system like ours can make accuracy easy.”

VUE Compensation Management’s revenue reconciliation module enables service providers, managing general agents (MGAs), Health Insurance Exchanges (HIXs), carriers and other key partners to forecast, track, measure, compare and recognize earned revenue and avoid agent overpayments. Automation streamlines payment and reconciliation processes, saves time and money, helps eliminate errors and increases overall efficiencies. The system helps strengthen partner relationships by providing factual evidence for any payment errors, since all calculations are documented according to the contracted commission structure.

About VUE Software®

VUE Software is a leading provider of distribution, incentive compensation and sales performance management suites. Backed by over 20 years of insurance experience, VUE Software solutions are built to meet the unique needs of the life, health, property and casualty, and distribution verticals. VUE Software is a doing-business-as (DBA) name of Computer Solutions and Software International, LLC (CSSI).

HighJump Software Names Jonathan Kwok to Lead APAC Sales Channel

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today it has named Jonathan Kwok director of Asia-Pacific (APAC) sales. Based in Shanghai, he is responsible for channel management and will lead the expansion of the HighJump™ Supply Chain Advantage suite in the region.

Kwok has nearly 20 years of experience in logistics software, from development and system design to professional services and channel management with some of the largest supply chain solution companies in the world. He was drawn to HighJump Software because of its adaptable solutions’ early success in China and Southeast Asia.

“APAC is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and companies here are under huge pressure to react quickly to market and consumer demands,” said Kwok. “HighJump Software has a flexible, agile and adaptable warehouse management system that companies here need and this distinguishes them in the market. I am thrilled to be part of an organization that is so committed to the Asia-Pacific region and lead its expansion.”

“Jonathan brings the depth of experience and expertise that I am looking for to lead APAC. He has run a business in China, which is so important to the success of this huge market. And he is based out of Shanghai, which is a strategic location for building networks in Greater China, India and Southeast Asia,” said David Houser, vice president of international sales, HighJump Software. “Jonathan is a key addition to our team and we are delighted to have him on board.”

HighJump Software also has a research and development center in Shanghai that supports the entire supply chain product suite.

About HighJump Software Inc.
HighJump Software is a global provider of supply chain management software that streamlines the flow of inventory and information from supplier to store shelf. HighJump Software solutions for distribution and logistics, direct store delivery, trading partner connectivity, mobility and manufacturing include: warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, route accounting systems, manufacturing execution, mobile sales, the TrueCommerce™ EDI Solutions Platform.

Sap and Macromedia Advance Usability of Enterprise

SAP (NYSE: SAP) and Macromedia (NASDAQ: MACR) today announced they are extending SAP NetWeaver(tm) with the Macromedia Flex application framework to give organizations the ability to create rich interfaces for SAP solutions, including customer-facing SAP Enterprise Portal-based applications. As a result, employees and customers will have an enhanced experience of using SAP solutions, yielding higher employee productivity and greater satisfaction among customers. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE ’05, SAP’s international customer conference being held in Copenhagen, Denmark, April 26 – 28, 2005.

The next release of SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer will include Flex technology and will be made available to all existing SAP NetWeaver customers. SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer with Flex technology gives programmers the ability to deliver applications that combine the interactivity and expressive power of desktop software with the reach of SAP’s enterprise solutions-all in a “zero footprint” client application.

“We are working closely with SAP to give enterprise knowledge workers the tools they need to be more productive and provide a great, effective experience for end users with rich Internet applications,” said Stephen Elop, CEO, Macromedia. “By capitalizing on Enterprise Services Architecture, which is enabled by SAP NetWeaver and supported by Macromedia Flex, customers and companies will have the ability to increase adoption and use of SAP solutions without additional training or cost.”

New Tools for Enterprise Developers

SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer is a highly productive, model-driven tool aimed at business analysts and developers for code-free creation of composite applications. By combining the robust SAP NetWeaver platform and SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer with Flex, the leading presentation-tier solution for enterprise rich Internet applications, users are able to visually design application logic and process flows, and then provide more effective, engaging end-user experiences. Through this partnership, SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer users can develop rich graphical interfaces that extend current investments in their SAP NetWeaver infrastructure by using Flex technology, and businesses can gain credible, clear, and comprehensive business insights through new analytics solutions. Additionally, Macromedia has certified SAP NetWeaver as a supported platform for Flex. With this support, enterprise developers, SIs, and ISVs can leverage the standards-based programming methodologies of Flex to build customizable, flexible applications on top of the SAP NetWeaver platform.

“SAP is working with Macromedia to bring enterprise data alive for the end user,” said Shai Agassi, president of the product and technology group and member of the executive board, SAP. “Macromedia Flex will help SAP NetWeaver customers extract maximum value from the platform by combining rich user interfaces with customized process flows and business analytics.”

“This is an important partnership for both SAP and Macromedia,” said Gary Hein, vice president and service director for application platform strategies, Burton Group. “This relationship will benefit SAP users with an improved, more intuitive, and responsive environment in which to operate in their day-to-day business. It is also an important milestone in the adoption of rich Internet application foundations, like the Macromedia Flex platform, as a key solution for enterprise applications.”

5 Uses For Services

Why you Need Regular Cleaning Services

There is a lot that the kind of image you have out there counts for. There is, therefore, a need to work on the right steps to have a great looking business premises. But getting those tasks done takes quite an amount of time and resources. You can thus see the reason why most businesses prefer to go with regularly scheduled cleaning services. This shall have you displaying the best possible image of the company, and you have the time and resources for your operations.

This service shall extend certain benefits your way. This is for one a classic and tasteful way of making the right first impression. You shall tell the level of dedication a company has by simply looking at the state of their lobby. As soon as you find yourself in a clean and well-organized office, you tend to think highly of the business. Where you, however, meet dirt in the lobby, you cannot shake the feeling that their services are not any better. You can see how important a first impression is to our business. When you get this service on a regular basis, you shall manage to give the best first impression at any tme

You shall also have the office cleaning job done the right way. There are those who would like to tackle this challenge internally. This, however, presents so many challenges the job ends up not being done right. It makes sense to let cleaning professionals handle it. Commercial cleaning services come with the best in class equipment and experienced employees. This shall have you in the cleanest premises at any time.

You will also appreciate the reduced workload for your company. Professional cleaning services shall take care of a large and important task in the business. When you have a contract to receive those services, it shall not be an issue for you anymore. This leaves you to focus on other areas of the business more, as best you can.

You shall also find this to be the more economical option. Those who look at this service as being more expensive are yet to try running it themselves. The process of hiring a cleaning team mean more work for the HR department. It also means more costs for equipping the cleaning department, supplying them with cleaning solutions, taking care of their welfare, arranging for their payrolls, and reviewing their performance. Even then, you cannot be assured of excellent services the same way the service delivers.

If you wish to end up in a healthier work environment, you need to think of hiring the professional cleaning services. Regular cleaning is how you keep the buildup of bacteria, allergens, and germs to a minimum, thus preventing so many diseases.

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Clustered NetApp Data ONTAP 8.2 Launches

Jakarta – NetApp introduced a new version of its flagship operating system storage, clustered Data ONTAP 8.2. Steven Law, NetApp Country Manager Indonesia, said the new software provides the ability for organizations and cloud services to offer new services and capacity with maximum application uptime quickly and cost-effectively.
Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 is claimed to remove the limits of performance, availability, and efficiency of the traditional siled, and align storage infrastructure with business demands and ever-changing applications without interruption.
»Excellence is clustered Data ONTAP operating without interruption, scalability, and efficiency of storage that has been proven,” said Steven in Jakarta, Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
While changes in industry trends, has led NetApp become a multi-platform company. There are at least five trends that change the direction of NetApp, the flash technology, cloud computing, customers who want an easy-paced, mobile lifestyle, and large data storage needs.
»Change and development trend represents an opportunity for companies to grow and thrive. To seize that opportunity, NetApp needs to evolve into a multi-platform company that customers can prepare for the future, “said Steven.
As an initial step to deal with the changing trends NetApp, the NetApp over the past year to add two new business focus as a strategy, which is clustered Data ONTAP and E-Series Storage System.
If a series of Clustered Data ONTAP operating system, E-Series Storage is a range of flash storage array system maximize the value of the whole set of flash in computing, networking, and storage, thus providing flexibility in choosing the best approach for each work load.
NetApp recently launched EF540, which is the industry’s first flash array that combines extreme performance and consistent with the level of availability, reliability, high manageability and enterprise-class, as well as support services worldwide. Check out other techno news here.

Accela Releases Civic Hero App for Windows 8

Accela, Inc., the leading provider of civic engagement solutions for government agencies, announced today that its Civic Hero app is now available for Windows 8. With Civic Hero for Windows 8, Accela is providing entire communities with an innovative app that empowers citizens to report non-emergency community issues such as graffiti, potholes, or damaged public property to local government.

“We’re very excited that Civic Hero is now available on Windows 8,” said Maury Blackman, Accela President and CEO. “This opportunity provides an amazing user experiences and offers features that will delight our user base. Now more government agencies and citizens will be able to access our expanding platform of applications and will realize the true value of citizen engagement. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Microsoft to bring additional apps to market.”

By using their Windows 8 devices, citizens can simply select the type of issue they are reporting, take or add a quick photo or comment and they are done. Citizens can also review and comment on issues reported by others. Government agencies will benefit from utilizing Civic Hero in the following ways:

  • Automatic report routing to only receive service requests within your jurisdiction and areas of responsibility.
  • Tight integration with Accela Automation, allowing agencies to leverage the workflow engine to assign and track reports.
  • Prioritization of reported issues through community feedback.
  • Elimination of duplicate requests.
  • Good will from citizens when they utilize a convenient and useful app that makes communicating with government easy and efficient.

“Civic Hero for Windows 8 offers significant benefits to government agencies and citizens by enabling a fast and transparent method for reporting non-emergency issues,” said Steve Jenkins, senior director of government partners, Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector. “Accela’s easy-to-use app helps cities, citizens and government employees stay engaged with their communities on their Windows 8 devices with convenient access virtually anywhere.”

The Windows 8 version of Civic Hero joins existing versions deployed on leading mobile platforms including iOS and Android. For more information on Accela’s mobile applications, including Civic Hero, visit www.accela.com/civic-apps.

About Accela

Accela, Inc. provides the leading civic engagement platform, powering thousands of services and millions of transactions daily for large and small public agencies worldwide. We connect government to people and accelerate and streamline land management, licensing, asset management and public health and safety processes. Accela’s Civic Cloud includes a complete platform, both packaged and tailored solutions and cloud-based, office, mobile and social applications to support government agency, business and citizen needs. Accela is headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., with international offices in Australia and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit www.accela.com.