Friday, May 6, 2016

Red Hat Lands a Global Agreement with Telefonica

Telefonica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, has selectedd the 11111Red Hat Mobile Application Platform as the global reference platform for operators within the Telefonica Group to mobilize the business processes of its customers on their path to digital transformation.

The Red Hat Mobile Application Platform has been used by Telefonica in some markets since 2012.

“Telefonica's decision to establish the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform as its reference platform for mobile development aligns with our strategy to deploy multitenant, multi-operator solutions based on open standards. Our aim is to help expand our ecosystem of application developers, enable them to reuse code and foster greater cooperation between Telefonica’s operators around the world,” stated Juan Manuel Moreno, Telefonica Business Solutions’ Cloud Director.

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TELUS Sells 35% of International Ops to Baring Private Equity Asia

Baring Private Equity Asia, which advises funds that manage over CAD13 billion (US$10 billion) in assets, will acquire a 35 percent stake in TELUS International, a global provider of customer service, IT, and business process services.

The agreement values TELUS International at CAD1.2 billion, with TELUS Corporation shareholders retaining a 65 percent interest in the business. In alignment with the company’s top priority of delivering client service excellence, TELUS intends to retain a long-term majority ownership position in TELUS International.

TELUS said it plans to use the funds for its Canadian operations.

“TELUS International has successfully grown its business over the past 11 years by establishing a highly engaged organization focused on delivering exceptional customer service. It has created significant value for TELUS shareholders and is well positioned to leverage Baring Asia’s deep Asian markets presence and worldwide experience, and tap into its global network in order to further expand TELUS International’s operations over the coming years,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “Importantly, proceeds of approximately CAD600 million from this transaction will be put to work on TELUS’ long-term strategy of expanding and advancing our broadband wireline and wireless networks to support Canada’s digital economy for generations to come. ”

http://www.bpeasia.com
http://www.telus.com

Apple & SAP Strike Enterprise Partnership

Apple and SAP announced a partnership focused on mobile enterprise applications that combine the iPhone and iPad with the SAP HANA platform.

As a part of the partnership, SAP will develop native iOS apps built with Swift, Apple’s modern, secure and interactive programming language, and will offer a familiar user experience with the SAP Fiori for iOS design language.

The companies plan to deliver a new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK exclusively for iOS that will provide businesses, designers and developers the tools to quickly and efficiently build their own iOS apps for iPhone and iPad, based on SAP HANA Cloud Platform, SAP’s open platform as a service. These native apps will provide access to core data and business processes on SAP S/4HANA, while taking full advantage of iPhone and iPad features like Touch ID®, Location Services and Notifications.

“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad. Through the new SDK, we’re empowering SAP’s more than 2.5 million developers to build powerful native apps that fully leverage SAP HANA Cloud Platform and tap into the incredible capabilities that only iOS devices can deliver.”

“We’re proud to take this special partnership between Apple and SAP to a groundbreaking new place,” said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. “In giving people an agile and intuitive business experience, we empower them to know more, care more and do more. By combining the powerful capabilities of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and SAP S/4HANA, together with iOS, the leading and most secure mobile platform for enterprise, we will help deliver live data to people wherever and whenever they choose to work. Apple and SAP share a commitment to shaping the future, helping the world run better and improving people’s lives.”

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ScaleFT Targets Credential Vulnerabilities in the Cloud, Adds CoreOS

SupportScaleFT, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced general availabitlity statust of its solution to eliminate credential theft in the cloud. Instead of static passwords or SSH keys, dynamic credentials are distributed on-demand to users, providing a full audit log of access and the ability to dynamically assess risk. ScaleFT’s credentials can be cryptographically verified on endpoints, independent of the issuing platform.

The general availability release of ScaleFT provides unified access control capabilities, delivering Windows RDP support, Okta & SAML integration, enhanced Google Cloud support, and improved integration with DevOps tools, as well as rapid mitigation of vulnerabilities such as OpenSSH “UseRoaming” CVE-2016-0777. ScaleFT also features native CoreOS integration and support.

The company said its solution is currently being used by Rackspace to support thousands of instances on AWS, ScaleFT is helping secure enterprise clouds with sensitive data requirements. As we head into CoreOS Fest next week, ScaleFT is also announcing integration and support of CoreOS Linux, helping enterprises receive the utmost security when implementing cloud-native technologies such as CoreOS Linux.

“Just short of a year after our launch we are celebrating the general availability of ScaleFT,” said Jason Luce, CEO of ScaleFT. “With this announcement we are bringing the industry a step closer in securing their cloud and cloud-native infrastructure, a must as enterprises go all-in on cloud infrastructure. In addition we are adding CoreOS support to help our enterprise customers adopting containers with CoreOS PCI and HIPAA compliance.”

http://www.scaleft.com

Andorra Telecom Deploys Additional Netcracker BSS Capabilities

Andorra Telecom, the national telecommunications operator and regulator for the Principality of Andorra, has gone live with a BSS expansion by implementing Netcracker’s Online Charging System and Voucher Management solution to consolidate its pre-paid and post-paid customers onto a single converged billing platform. The BSS solutions will integrate with Andorra Telecom’s already extensive suite of end-to-end Netcracker BSS and OSS solutions.

http://www.Netcracker.com

Centana Growth Partners Acquires Jumui for Mobile Authentication

Centana Growth Partners agreed to acquire Jumio, a start-up specializing in online and mobile credentials authentication company, following a competitive auction conducted under procedures approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

“The auction process was, as we hoped, competitive and successful,” said Stephen Stuut, Jumio’s CEO. “We are pleased to have achieved an outcome that we believe is not only a terrific opportunity for Jumio going forward, but supports the interests of all our various stakeholders. Centana is a great home for Jumio. With its outstanding financial services expertise and relationships, and the capital to fuel growth, Centana will provide Jumio with the foundation it needs to achieve scale. The transaction will be completed quickly and will enable Jumio to move past our legacy issues to become a stronger, more competitive company. Importantly, it will be seamless for both our customers and the dedicated team of employees who serve them.”

Jumio utilizes proprietary computer vision technology to reduce customer sign-up and checkout friction and verify credentials issued from over 120 countries in real-time web and mobile transactions. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

http://www.jumio.com

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