Qudian Inc. Announces Changes to Board of Directors

XIAMEN, China, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Qudian Inc. (“Qudian” or the “Company”) (NYSE: QD), a leading provider of online small consumer credit products in China, today announced that Mr. Chao Zhu resigned as director of the board of directors (“Board”) and member of the Compensation Committee, effective on December 8, 2018. With this change, the Board will achieve majority independence.

The Board has appointed Mr. Rong Shengwen, an independent director of the Board and member of the Audit Committee since August 24, 2018, to fill the Compensation Committee position vacated by Mr. Zhu, effective on December 10, 2018.

Mr. Min Luo, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qudian said, “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Mr. Zhu for his invaluable contributions to the Company during his tenure. His experience and counsel contributed to our success and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

About Qudian Inc.

Qudian Inc. (“Qudian”) is a leading provider of online small consumer credit in China. The Company uses big data-enabled technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, to transform the consumer finance experience in China. With the mission to use technology to make personalized credit accessible, Qudian targets hundreds of millions of young, mobile-active consumers in China who need access to small credit for their discretionary spending or budget auto financing solutions but are underserved by traditional financial institutions due to lack of traditional credit data. Qudian’s data technology capabilities combined with its operating efficiencies allow Qudian to understand prospective borrowers from different behavioral and transactional perspectives, assess their credit profiles with regard to both their willingness and ability to repay and offer them instantaneous and affordable credit products with customized terms, and distinguish Qudian’s business and offerings.

For more information, please visit http://ir.qudian.com.

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Mall of America Selects XenoHolographic for Holiday Augmented Reality Customer Experience

VANCOUVER, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Imagination Park Entertainment Inc. (CSE: IP) (OTC: IPNFF) ("Imagination Park" or "Company") is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, XenoHolographic Inc. ("XenoHolographic"), has been contracted to provide the exclusive Augmented Reality Experience at Mall of America this holiday season starting December 4, 2018.

Mall of America Selects XenoHolographic for Holiday Augmented Reality Customer Experience (CNW Group/Imagination Park Entertainment Inc.)

Since opening its doors in 1992, Mall of America® has revolutionized the shopping experience welcoming 40 million visitors each year. A leader in retail, entertainment and attractions, Mall of America is a top tourist destination in the country and is known around the world.  

Sarah Townes, VP of marketing at Mall of America said: "This kind of social and interactive augmented reality experience is exciting for Mall of America to offer our visitors throughout the holiday season. We continue seeking out new ways to bring moments of surprise and delight to our guests and are thrilled to partner with Imagination Park on this new venture for Mall of America."

The Mall of America Holiday Augmented Reality Experience will tell a holiday story using XenoPlay, the XH mobile app, with a series of AR experiences. Visitors will be able to discover AR experiences throughout Mall of America on their mobile phones. These engagements will be designed to encourage guests to share their experiences on social media. Photo opportunities will be placed throughout the mall.  Each experience will tell a part of the holiday story at Mall of America that incorporates the oversized toy décor Mall of America places throughout its 5.6 million square foot property during the holiday season. Upon completing the story, guests will be rewarded for engaging with the entire AR experience with the opportunity to enter to win a shopping spree at Mall of America.

Alen Paul Silverrstieen, CEO of Imagination Park, stated "We are truly excited to be selected by the largest mall in the United States for their first augmented reality experience.  With an engaging and interactive holiday story, we expect this to be an extremely successful consumer engagement with their millions of visitors."

ABOUT MALL OF AMERICA
At 5.6 million square feet, Mall of America is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America with more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's largest indoor theme park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium; FlyOver America; Crayola Experience; Hard Rock Café; The Escape Game; CMX Cinemas; and more. The Mall opened in 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and adjacent to the MSP International Airport. Follow Mall of America on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and visit our blog. Download the Mall of America app from the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

About Imagination Park
Imagination Park Entertainment creates engaging and interactive holographic content delivered by its cloud-based augmented reality enterprise platforms. The Company provides augmented reality products for mobile phones and wearable headsets, as well as rapid deployment of AR solutions, without the need for developers, while integrating artificial intelligence.

For more information or to explore working with Imagination Park, please email info@imaginationpark.com, or visit www.imaginationpark.com.  

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Alen Paul Silverrstieen
President & CEO
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Global Aviation Market (2018-2022)

DUBLIN, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

The “Global Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Market 2018-2022” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

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One trend in the market is emergence of smart airports. Over the last two decades, the business model and airport operations of the airlines have witnessed a drastic change in accordance with the exponential growth of the global aviation industry. Therefore, both the airport authorities and airlines have been looking for an alternative approach to manage the complex ecosystem of aviation operations.

According to the report, one driver in the market is blockchain integration into aviation. The information in the aviation industry is deemed to be very sensitive and complex. Integration of blockchain into the industry can lead to vast improvements in the operational efficiency of the whole workflow. Blockchain technology may be incorporated by manufacturers and airline operators alike for comprehensive data sharing and reconciliation, leading to reduction of complexities associated with cross-enterprise business processes

Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is concerns over security breach. Big data can revolutionize the world with its predictive power. The collection of huge data sets for legitimate analysis by computers may be at risk of becoming available for abuse by miscreants. The possible impacts of a cyberattack range from endangering the safety of an aircraft to affecting operational reliability, financial health, and business continuity.

Key Players

  • Airbus
  • Amazon
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Microsoft

Topics Covered

PART 01: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PART 02: SCOPE OF THE REPORT

PART 03: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

PART 04: MARKET LANDSCAPE

  • Market ecosystem
  • Market characteristics
  • Market segmentation analysis

PART 05: MARKET SIZING

  • Market definition
  • Market sizing 2017
  • Market size and forecast 2017-2022

PART 06: FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS

  • Bargaining power of buyers
  • Bargaining power of suppliers
  • Threat of new entrants
  • Threat of substitutes
  • Threat of rivalry
  • Market condition

PART 07: MARKET SEGMENTATION BY APPLICATION

  • Segmentation by application
  • Comparison by application
  • Airline and airport operations – Market size and forecast 2017-2022
  • Manufacturing and MRO activities – Market size and forecast 2017-2022
  • Market opportunity by application

PART 08: CUSTOMER LANDSCAPE

PART 09: REGIONAL LANDSCAPE

  • Geographical segmentation
  • Regional comparison
  • Americas – Market size and forecast 2017-2022
  • EMEA – Market size and forecast 2017-2022
  • APAC – Market size and forecast 2017-2022
  • Key leading countries
  • Market opportunity

PART 10: DECISION FRAMEWORK

PART 11: DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES

  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges

PART 12: MARKET TRENDS

PART 13: VENDOR LANDSCAPE

  • Overview
  • Landscape disruption
  • Competitive scenario

PART 14: VENDOR ANALYSIS

  • Vendors covered
  • Vendor classification
  • Market positioning of vendors
  • Airbus
  • Amazon
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Microsoft

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The IT Market in Saudi Arabia – Forecast to 2023: Fluctuating Oil Prices is Hampering Growth

DUBLIN, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

The “IT Market in Saudi Arabia 2019-2023″ report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

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The IT market in Saudi Arabia will register a CAGR of almost 9% by 2023.

The popularity of technologies such as artificial intelligence, the blockchain, IoT, VR and AR is rising in Saudi Arabia. Factors such as the availability of capital and political stability and long-term technology initiatives of the Saudi Arabian government provides a favorable environment to implement these advanced technologies.

The Establishment of Nation Transformation Program (NTP)

The main objective of the NTP is to improve the infrastructure and economic conditions of the nation. The Saudi Arabia government is taking initiatives to digitally enable all sectors of the economy such as manufacturing, BFSI, healthcare, and government under the NTP using IT.

Fluctuating Oil Prices

The fluctuations in oil prices severely affect the IT spending capacity of the country. This in turn, reduces business opportunities for service providers and IT product vendors.

Key Players

  • Accenture
  • Ejada
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle

Topics Covered

PART 01: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

PART 02: SCOPE OF THE REPORT

PART 03: MARKET LANDSCAPE

  • Market ecosystem
  • Market characteristics
  • Market segmentation analysis

PART 04: MARKET SIZING

  • Market definition
  • Market sizing 2018
  • Market size and forecast 2018-2023

PART 05: FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS

  • Bargaining power of buyers
  • Bargaining power of suppliers
  • Threat of new entrants
  • Threat of substitutes
  • Threat of rivalry
  • Market condition

PART 06: MARKET SEGMENTATION BY END-USER

  • Market segmentation by end-user
  • Comparison by end-user
  • Government – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Telecommunications – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • BFSI – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Oil & Gas – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Others – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Market opportunity by end-user

PART 07: CUSTOMER LANDSCAPE

PART 08: MARKET SEGMENTATION BY COMPONENT

  • Market segmentation by component
  • Comparison by component
  • Hardware – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Services – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Software – Market size and forecast 2018-2023
  • Market opportunity by component

PART 09: DECISION FRAMEWORK

PART 10: DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES

  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges

PART 11: MARKET TRENDS

PART 12: VENDOR LANDSCAPE

  • Overview
  • Landscape disruption

PART 13: VENDOR ANALYSIS

  • Vendors covered
  • Vendor classification
  • Market positioning of vendors
  • Accenture
  • Ejada
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nczrjx/the_it_market_in?w=5

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L7 Defense Commended by Frost & Sullivan for Its AI-based Anti-DDoS Solution for Critical National Infrastructure

L7 Defense’s bottom-up approach to tackling DDoS threats across applications and networks demonstrates its innovation in a highly competitive market

LONDON, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the global market for anti-distributed denial of service (DDoS) for critical national infrastructure (CNI), Frost & Sullivan recognises L7 Defense with the 2018 Global New Product Innovation Award. L7 Defense’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) – network-based anti-DDoS solution employs a novel algorithm that mitigates the most advanced DDoS attacks (including AI-based ones) with an extremely low false positive (“normal” customers mitigation) and false negative (misidentifying attacks) rates. The solution is designed to be highly flexible and scalable, enabling its deployment at cloud, on premise and hosting environments.

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“L7 Defense’s solution is a one-of-a-kind unsupervised learning algorithm that is based on a biological model. It monitors and analyses mass amount of traffic data in real time, identifies suspicious attack patterns, and mitigates them without any prior knowledge,” said Hemant Lamba, Industry Analyst. “During the analysis, the algorithm performs a minor statistical sampling of up to 5% of the total traffic to ensure it is functioning accurately, thereby strengthening CNI customers’ overall security and helping them counter different kinds of potential attacks.”

L7 Defense solution varies significantly from conventional solutions. While traditional network traffic analysis tools employ a top-down approach, from the traffic level to the application level, L7 Defense adopts a bottom-up analysis approach. As such, every web page or application programming interface (API) are “protected” as a separate unit, while then aggregating to create a unified landscape of network traffic, eliminating a significant amount of noise while preserving very high resolution defense capabilities.

L7 Defense’s solution samples traffic and updated its baseline every few seconds, which, in turn, renews the underlines AI model. At the point that attack was initiated, it is possible to measure discrepancies in traffic level quantitatively and mitigate abnormal signatures without affecting the rest of the traffic data.

Another important product benefit is that the solution is extremely scalable and can be deployed across multiple machines. Moreover, the solution has an inherent elastic scaling mechanism that allows it to process gigabytes to several terabytes of data traffic without any hassle.

“Acknowledging the wide application scope of its solution, L7 Defense is also discussing with hardware manufacturers to embed it in the server’s hardware,” noted Lamba. “Buoyed by the solution’s success in the domestic market, L7 Defense is preparing to launch the product worldwide, particularly across North America, thus emerging as a truly global market participant.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the product’s value-added features/benefits and the increased return on investment (ROI) it provides to customers, which, in turn, raises customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About L7 Defense
L7 Defense is a pioneer in applying a novel “unsupervised learning” technology named Ammune™, which excel in its exceptional accuracy while differentiating “good” from “bad” internet traffic, in real time. Ammune™, which originates from the Immune system model, protects from the most advanced botnet attacks currently empowered by AI.   

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, collaborates with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, Frost & Sullivan has been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion.

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Portworx Enables Mission Critical Databases to run on IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service

LOS ALTOS, Calif., Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Portworx, the cloud-native storage company modern enterprises trust to manage data in containers, today announced that its flagship cloud native storage and data management platform, PX-Enterprise, is available to run on IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service (IKS). This will enable mission critical workloads like databases and data analytics to run on IKS with high performance and high availability throughout the entire application lifecycle.

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This offers an optimal user experience for IBM Cloud IKS customers by radically simplifying operations of data services on IKS. With PX-Enterprise, DevOps and IT teams don’t need to worry about the underlying storage infrastructure or the complexities of data provisioning and data management. Portworx can apply data management features like snapshots, encryption, backup, migration and replication on a per container, or per application deployment for multi-container apps, in a completely automated way.  

Enterprise adoption of container orchestration technologies is rapidly increasing, with 43 percent of information technology administrators claiming Kubernetes as their primary container orchestration tool. However, operating high-performance, highly-available and fully automated data services on Kubernetes has traditionally been a challenge for enterprises. Typically, enterprises have either opted for the high availability provided by traditional enterprise storage systems, sacrificing container-granular capabilities and performance, or local  storage, which is fast but difficult to automate. With Portworx, enterprises no longer have to settle for one or the other, instead, they can fully automate data management for the entire application lifecycle, enabling both performance and agility.

Through this new integration, IKS users can now also gain the ability to choose to run their mission-critical stateful services backed onto either remote block storage, or local storage with both options managed by Portworx, enabling dynamic storage provisioning, high availability, encryption, automatic backup and recovery and hybrid and mutli-cloud operations.

“IBM has been a leader in enterprise IT for decades and with their moves into innovative technologies like containers, Kubernetes, and artificial intelligence, their customers have an enormous breadth of options for building and running their mission-critical applications,”said Murli Thirumale, co-founder and CEO of Portworx. “We’re proud to enable a growing number of customers to take advantage of Kubernetes’ rich and mature ecosystem, including Portworx for data management of containerized applications.”

Portworx has been tested and qualified in several areas including, but not limited to, volume operations, data redundancy, volume snapshots and resize, and encryption with popular IBM Cloud offerings including Watson Studio, Blockchain, DB2 and MQ.

Portworx is available on IBM Cloud Kubernetes Services today. For more information about how IBM and Portworx simplify cluster management, check out our blog or visit Portworx in the IBM Marketplace.

About Portworx
Portworx is the cloud-native storage company modern enterprises trust to manage data in containers. Portworx dramatically reduces storage, compute and infrastructure costs for running mission critical multi-cloud applications with zero downtime or data loss for customers such as Lufthansa Systems, TGen and twenty-four members of the Fortune Global 2000 or federal agencies. The company is headquartered in Los Altos, Calif., and investors include Mayfield, Sapphire Ventures and GE Ventures. For more information, visit portworx.com or follow @portwx.

 

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Finscend Wins Multiple Accolades at MoneyLIVE

TEL AVIV, Israel, December 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Finscend , the hot fintech start-up that has developed a unique, end-to-end credit card dispute platform for banks that is powered by artificial intelligence, received top marks from industry colleagues at the MoneyLIVE Summit 2018, Europe’s leading retail banking conference, which recently concluded in London.

“The Finscend solution, which we call the Banking Dispute Platform (BDP), was created for banks by experts who work with banks, and that’s who we are,” notes Aaron Lazor, Finscend’s co-founder and CEO. “We found that to be the key factor in communicating our concept to every banker we met with at the conference.”

Hundreds of representatives of the more than 80 of the world’s leading banks were in attendance.

Finscend’s presentation, which was delivered by Lazor at the Fintech Central forum, was voted by peers as the “best overall pitch.” In addition, Finscend was selected by participants as the start-up they were most likely to invest in and the start-up with the greatest chance of reaching scalability.

“What most impressed the attendees is that BDP is a completely customized, end-to-end system that handles all disputes, from the initial client inquiry all the way to the resolution,” Lazor says. “Powered by an artificial intelligence engine, BDP electronically processes every request to open a dispute with a merchant and then categorize and calculate each one against millions of transactions and myriad data points,” he continues. “The simple click of a button eliminates what has until now been the burdensome necessity to manually investigate and research every single chargeback request,” he explains. “Instead, in a matter of microseconds, BDP identifies whether or not there is justification for the dispute itself,” he adds. “And with the information and analytics that BDP provides, you can not only prevent disputes before they happen, but you can ensure a consistent and fair approach to handling disputes when they happen.”

By deploying BDP, banks can reduce their operating costs while increasing customer satisfaction. “We estimate that we can save them 25 percent on the cost of credit card disputes while providing cardholders with a quick and consistent resolution process,” Lazor concludes. “Needless to say, those are very attractive benefits to everyone.”

About Finscend http://www.finscend.com

Headquartered in Israel, an international fintech hub, Finscend has developing a unique solution incorporating both an algorithm and software that works with the Visa®/MasterCard® scheme. When a bank dispute or chargeback request is opened, the solution ensures that a succinct and specific dispute file is generated, which increases the likelihood of positive outcome for the client while reducing processing time and costs for banks. The solution includes management reporting tools and an enterprise user account area, where clients can manage their entire operation. The core technology is implemented with proprietary tools.

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Vaco Supply Chain Solutions and MEBC Global Join Forces to Better Serve Retail and Manufacturing Industries

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vaco, a global talent & solutions firm, announces the acquisition of MEBC Global by its Supply Chain Solutions practice through an agreement set to close on December 31, 2018. Vaco Supply Chain Solutions is a leading provider of consulting services and solutions to the retail and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) manufacturing industries. MEBC Global is an award-winning consulting firm that specializes in innovative approaches to difficult supply chain process and technology challenges.

These two entities, who will be combining forces under the name Plantensive, will provide a greater depth of consulting talent, an expanded solution set and a continued dedication to quality and client partnership for the supply chain industry.

The new entity will retain all existing leadership and team members and will be managed collectively by Vaco’s Will Mrotek along with MEBC’s Mark Brown and Grant Lock. The Plantensive name and brand will officially launch on April 1, 2019.

Vaco, which currently operates in more than 40 markets and serves clients all across the globe, is excited to expand its supply chain footprint. The acquisition of MEBC Global, based in Reading, PA, reinforces and broadens Vaco’s existing expertise in supply chain optimization and JDA Software implementation.

Plantensive joins several specialty management consulting areas of expertise within the larger Vaco entity, which altogether is expected to post revenue numbers exceeding $500M.

“MEBC is known in the market for their strong methodology and approach to supply chain planning,” said Will Mrotek, Managing Partner and Leader of Vaco’s Supply Chain Solutions practice. “That, combined with their strong cultural alignment to Vaco, makes this merger a fantastic opportunity to drive synergy and efficiency for our customers.”

“MEBC has always placed long term customer success as a priority,” said Mark Brown, CEO of MEBC Global. “By joining forces with Vaco, we can now provide a broader opportunity to partner with our clients and meet their extended needs in today’s artificial intelligence, omni-channel world.”

“The addition of MEBC to the Vaco team and the ability to provide a more robust offering of supply chain solutions is very exciting for our ever-growing company,” said Brian Waller, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Vaco. “We anticipate much growth in this space and with Plantensive, are poised to exceed the needs of manufacturing and retail clients around the globe with their supply chain and technology initiatives.”

About Vaco and Vaco Supply Chain Solutions
Vaco provides boutique level service with global reach in the areas of executive search, consulting, permanent placement and strategic staffing. Vaco has become a premier talent & solutions firm by attracting, developing and retaining the strongest players in the industry for their entire careers, so they are available to serve clients, candidates and consultants for the duration of theirs. Since its founding in 2002, Vaco has grown to serve more than 40 markets across the globe, 800+ employees, 4,300 consultants and $500M in revenue. Vaco has been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest-growing private companies for the past 12 years and was recently named to Forbes’ 2018 List of America’s Best Recruiting Firms. To learn more, visit vaco.com.

Vaco Supply Chain Solutions is the supply chain consulting arm of Vaco focused on implementations, upgrades and integrations of supply chain, category management and retail planning applications. Vaco’s team of supply chain and technology experts ensures the success of a diverse array of retail and manufacturing clients through an exceptional level of expertise and a principled approach to client partnerships. Arising from a specialized practice within the larger Vaco family of companies, Vaco Supply Chain Solutions was separately incorporated in January 2010. For more information about Vaco Supply Chain Solutions, visit vacosupplychainsolutions.com.

About MEBC Global
MEBC Global focuses on the critical intersection between business process and enterprise technology that embodies demand driven, end-to-end supply chain excellence.  The MEBC team are experts at the implementation of advanced planning solutions, enterprise resource planning and transportation management systems that enable client business requirements by leveraging their strategic investments in JDA Software, Manugistics, i2, Oracle, IFS and SAP. For more information, visit mebcglobal.com

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Medidata recognized as Asia Pacific Clinical Trial IT Solutions Provider of the Year by Frost & Sullivan

SINGAPORE, Dec. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Medidata was honored with the Asia Pacific Clinical Trial IT Solutions Provider of the Year Award at the annual Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards banquet held at Shangri-La Singapore.

Aarti Chitale, senior research analyst, Transformational Health, Frost & Sullivan noted that Medidata is a prominent participant in the clinical trials IT solutions market, providing integrated solutions for clinical trial data management through a cloud-based unified platform with pioneering analytics. Medidata applies artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to deliver meaningful insights to over 1,100 customers across every therapeutic area and clinical phase. Its customer base, who range from emerging biotech to more established pharmaceutical and contract research organizations (CRO), highlights its technology’s capability of catering to unmet industry needs.

“The company’s machine learning algorithm and a complete suite of services enable robust financial performance and elevate it to a leading technology solution provider in the clinical trial industry. By adopting a collaborative business model, Medidata is establishing itself as a vital player in the global clinical trial IT market. Medidata owes its resilient brand value to its consistent delivery of high-quality products and services,” she added.

“We are proud to be named the 2018 Asia Pacific Clinical Trial IT Solutions Provider of the Year by Frost & Sullivan. This award recognizes our commitment to accelerating the delivery of new therapies to patients around the world,” said Julie Iskow, EVP Product Development and CTO, Medidata.

The recipients of the annual Frost & Sullivan Asia-Pacific Best Practice Awards were identified based on in-depth research conducted by Frost & Sullivan’s analysts. The award categories offered each year are carefully reviewed and evaluated to reflect the current market landscape and include new emerging trends. The short-listed companies were evaluated on a variety of actual market performance indicators which include revenue growth; market share and growth in market share; leadership in product innovation; marketing strategy and business development strategy.

About Medidata

Medidata is leading the digital transformation of life sciences, with the world’s most used platform for clinical development, commercial, and real-world data. Powered by artificial intelligence and delivered by the #1 ranked industry experts, the Intelligent Platform for Life Sciences helps pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device companies, and academic researchers accelerate value, minimize risk and optimize outcomes. Medidata serves more than 1,000 customers and partners worldwide and empowers more than 100,000 certified users every day to create hope for millions of patients. Discover the future of life sciences: www.mdsol.com

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Fenergo Voted Category Winner in KYC & Onboarding Solutions

DUBLIN, December 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Fenergo wins consecutive Data Management Review award for its CLM platform 

Fenergo, the digital enabler for financial institutions seeking digital transformation, today announces that its Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) platform won the know your customer (KYC) and Client Onboarding Solution Category at the Data Management Review 2018 Awards. Fenergo was voted the winner by a panel of experts at the world’s leading financial institutions.

The award recognises Fenergo’s deep track record of facilitating the digital transformation of financial institutions in their endeavor to improve customer experience and compete with market disruption. Fenergo’s industry-leading CLM platform, regulatory rules engine, best-in-class partnerships and community-based approach to product development enables 70 of the world’s leading financial institutions to onboard new customers faster, more compliant while achieving a shorter time to revenue. 

“We’re pleased that our readership of 15,000 senior executives clearly rated Fenergo as the Best KYC and Client On-Boarding Solution and congratulate them on their prestigious award win,” said Angela Wilbraham, CEO of A-Team Group.

The annual awards, now in their sixth year, are designed to recognise leading providers of data management solutions, services and consultancy to capital markets participants. 

Conor Coughlan, Fenergo, Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Financial institutions globally are challenged with constant KYC and AML regulatory change and the expectation to deliver exceptional customer experiences while keeping up with market disruption. This award from Data Management Review is testament to Fenergo’s ability to digitally transform how financial institutions onboard new customers and products while improving end-client experiences and time to revenue.”

To discover more about why Fenergo’s CLM platform is award-winning or to review its digital library of industry awards and accolades click here: https://www.fenergo.com/company/awards-accreditations.html 

About Fenergo

Fenergo is the digital enabler of client and regulatory technology for financial services. It provides Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) software solutions for Financial Institutions including; Corporate & Institutional Banking, Commercial & Retail Banking, Asset Management, Private Banking & Wealth Management. Counting 70 global Financial Institutions as clients, its award-winning CLM suite digitally transforms how Financial Institutions manage clients; from initial onboarding to KYC/AML and regulatory compliance, to data management and ongoing lifecycle KYC reviews and refreshes. Fenergo CLM empowers financial institutions to deliver a faster, compliant and digital customer experience while achieving a single client view across channels, products, business lines and jurisdictions.

Fenergo’s community-based approach to product development allows clients to collaborate on solution design on a global scale. Its rules-driven solution ensures compliance with multiple global and local regulatory frameworks including AML, KYC, Tax (CRS, FATCA, 871M), OTC Derivatives (EMIR, Dodd-Frank, MiFID II, Margin Requirements) and data privacy rules (GDPR). It supports the collection, centralization and sharing of client and counterparty data and documentation across the institution and deploys an API-first approach to advanced integration with a host of external KYC, AML and entity data providers, KYC and industry utilities. The solution is underpinned by next generation Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation and Machine Learning technologies, using advanced OCR and NLP capabilities to extract information, expedite compliance and improve operational efficiencies.

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