Daily Archives: September 9, 2021

Sphera Announces Expanded Availability of Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Solutions

Sphera’s ESG offering supports companies on the path to net zero while reducing operational risk and enhancing brand reputation.

CHICAGO, Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sphera®, a global leader in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk and performance management software, data and consulting services, announces the widespread availability of its integrated ESG solutions. They consist of a comprehensive suite of data, software and consulting services that help customers quickly and effectively elevate their ESG performance and reporting capability.

With this expanded offering, Sphera customers will have better access to data-driven insights to maximize cost-effectiveness, increase the value of their investments in corporate social responsibility efforts, and satisfy both traditional compliance and future sustainability needs. Managing ESG performance reduces exposure to environmental risk, increases revenue and drives organizations into a sustainable future. With growing investor demand for measurable ESG progress, business leaders need to be able to demonstrate their ESG performance with clarity and confidence. Sphera has adapted its technology suite to specifically address this burgeoning market need. Features of Sphera’s integrated ESG solutions include:

  • Industry-based sustainability data to provide reliable data-driven insights—close to 15,000 datasets for more than 20 industries—into a company’s value chain and create a foundation for fact-based improvement and communication of your ESG performance.
  • Connected, scalable software solutions to ensure transparency and increase the efficiency of each stage of a customer’s sustainability and ESG journey.
  • Expert-led ESG guidance from sustainability consultants to bring deep sector and method-specific knowledge into the equation.

Moving toward a net-zero emission target is one of the most important metrics for ESG reporting. However, the assessment, management and reduction of Scope 3 emissions are the most difficult parts to achieve due to the huge amount of information that needs to be collected and analyzed. Sphera’s combination of data, software and expertise helps companies address these strategic decarbonization challenges.

Sphera’s ESG solution also incorporates a number of widely accepted disclosure framework standards, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).  This flexibility enables companies across industries to efficiently report their sustainability activities in relevant, sector-specific terms.

“Innovation has always been at the heart of Sphera’s mission, and our laser focus on staying ahead of the risk management curve has helped us evolve to become a leading integrated ESG software, data and services organization—at a time when our clients need these services the most,” said Paul Marushka, Sphera’s president and CEO. “Companies with the highest levels of ESG performance see greater returns on their investments, and we believe our comprehensive solutions can help them harness this powerful correlation.”

Sphera has long been at the forefront of innovative sustainability reporting solutions, leveraging its triple-powered approach of Innovation, Information and Insights to help companies improve their ESG performance.​ Verdantix, an independent analyst firm, recently named Sphera as a market leader for environmental compliance, sustainability management and sustainability reporting in its EHS Software Benchmark report. Sphera achieved the highest aggregate score for environmental compliance management and Corporate Sustainability solutions.

“Sphera is one of the few digital solution providers to bring together capabilities for sustainability reporting, ESG risk management and product stewardship. They’ve made meaningful investments in building their ESG reporting capabilities,” added David Metcalfe, CEO of Verdantix. “Their recognition in our EHS Software Benchmark report is a direct reflection of their commitment to leading the way for corporate sustainability excellence.”

To learn more about how Sphera is helping customers in their sustainability journey, read about how the company helped Aptar, a global leader in packaging and drug delivery devices, validate their ESG risks and opportunities according to the TCFD methodology.

Dr. Michele Del Grosso, global program manager of sustainability at Aptar said that, “Sphera’s corporate sustainability and strategy experts provided Aptar with valuable insights into the financial implications of our climate-related risks and opportunities. This enabled us to provide our stakeholders with valid proof of our environmental performance. By integrating the results into CDP reporting, we were able to improve ESG performance and recognition to become a CDP 2020 Climate A-List company.”

For additional information on how Sphera is helping customers meet and exceed ESG performance goals, visit https://sphera.com/begin-your-esg-sustainability-journey/.

About Sphera

Sphera creates a safer, more sustainable and productive world. We are a leading global provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and risk management software, data and consulting services with a focus on Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S), Operational Risk Management and Product Stewardship.

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Epiq Launches End-to-End eDiscovery Chat Solution

NEW YORK, Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Epiq, a global technology-enabled services leader to the legal industry and corporations, today expanded on its innovation around short messages and chat data, building on the success of the Epiq Compliance Connector for Microsoft Teams, by announcing the availability of Epiq Chat Solutions. Available globally, Epiq Chat Solutions includes collection, processing, review, analysis, redaction, and production capabilities to streamline eDiscovery for short messages from a wide variety of sources, including Microsoft Teams, WeChat, Bloomberg Chat, and many others. With Epiq Chat Solutions, collaborative chat conversations and instant messages display for reviewers as if they are in the custodians’ native chat applications with all the nuance and interaction needed to make sense of modern messaging.

In a recent Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) survey, 86.7% of respondents said their organizations had data from internal messaging applications, 96.2% had online meeting data, and 40.3% had text/instant messaging app data. The growth of short message data means litigators are encountering this data in eDiscovery collections more often. Supported by our worldwide teams, Epiq offers its complete, end-to-end solution globally, making it easier for lawyers to gain insights from these growing data types.

“As the most experienced eDiscovery provider in the industry, our experts work to identify and combine best-of-breed technologies, layered with superior Epiq services, connectors, and workflows, for the benefit of our clients,” said Eric Crawley, vice president of global advanced solutions for Epiq’s Legal Solutions business. “We are pleased to make this new solution available to meet a growing need for our clients.”

Epiq launched Compliance Connector for Microsoft Teams in 2020 to solve eDiscovery related issues with Teams data. To date, it has parsed millions of Teams messages into an eDiscovery ready format. Epiq Chat Solutions expands on this offering to provide similar services for other short message file types. Epiq completed an extensive early adopter program to prove-out Epiq Chat Solutions and ensure it met client needs before making it widely available. According to one early adopter, a litigation partner at an Am Law 100 firm, the solution “…is a lifesaver! Thank you for making this entire process work so quickly.”

To deliver individual messages in more understandable 24-hour threads, Epiq brings together several leading forensic collection, middleware, and hosting solutions. The service also includes proprietary workflows and connectors, including Epiq Compliance Connector for Microsoft Teams, to automate the process of adding these data types into a standard eDiscovery workflow.

“Chat and short messages are not only growing in volume, they are also coming from an increasing number of sources,” said Crawley. “Our clients needed a solution that covered them for a wide variety of chat and messaging applications. We seamlessly brought together all the technologies and services needed to make this possible.”

To learn more about Epiq’s new industry-leading Chat services, visit us here.

About Epiq
Epiq, a global technology-enabled services leader to the legal industry and corporations, takes on large-scale, increasingly complex tasks for corporate counsel, law firms, and business professionals with efficiency, clarity, and confidence. Clients rely on Epiq to streamline the administration of business operations, class action and mass tort, court reporting, eDiscovery, regulatory, compliance, restructuring, and bankruptcy matters. Epiq subject-matter experts and technologies create efficiency through expertise and deliver confidence to high-performing clients around the world. Learn more at https://www.epiqglobal.com.

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Candice Russell
Epiq
+1 203 461 5852
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Delphix DevOps Data Platform Achieves SAP Certified Integration with SAP NetWeaver® and SAP S/4HANA®

Solution Delivers Data Compliance, Ransomware Protection to Customers through Interoperability with SAP technology

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Delphix, the industry leading data company for DevOps, announced today that the Delphix DevOps Data Platform 6.0 has achieved SAP certification as integrated with SAP NetWeaver® and SAP S/4HANA®. The integrations help organizations use Delphix to automatically mask data for privacy compliance, secure data from ransomware attacks, and deliver efficient, virtualized data to accelerate SAP releases or train artificial intelligence and machine learning models.

“Our SAP certifications add critical capabilities to accelerate digital transformation while improving data privacy and security,” said Dan Graves, CTO of Delphix. “Ransomware attacks increasingly include data exfiltration, which can expose customer data and violate privacy laws such as GDPR, CCPA, and HIPAA. Masking and secure, automated data delivery have become requirements for every company.”

The SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) has certified that the integration software for Delphix DevOps Data Platform 6.0 integrates with SAP NetWeaver and SAP S/4HANA using standard integration technologies. With these integrations, organizations can use Delphix to mask SAP data through an SAP-approved API layer. Businesses using SAP solutions can also integrate Delphix’s data automation and virtualization with other SAP capabilities via APIs.

“In a highly regulated environment, we need the ability to protect sensitive customer data while still delivering capabilities in our business applications. Delphix’s masking solution enables us to mask data across SAP solutions, Oracle Fusion HCM, Salesforce, and custom apps. The masking project took less than 20 days, allowing us to meet the demands of the business,” said Mathieu Guesdon, Chef de Service at Energir.

About Delphix
Delphix is the industry leading data company for DevOps.

Data is critical for testing application releases, modernization, cloud adoption, and AI/ML programs. We provide an automated DevOps data platform for all enterprise applications. Delphix masks data for privacy compliance, secures data from ransomware, and delivers efficient, virtualized data for CI/CD.

Our platform includes essential DevOps APIs for data provisioning, refresh, rewind, integration, and version control. Leading companies, including Choice Hotels, J.B.Hunt, and Fannie Mae, use Delphix to accelerate digital transformation. For more information, visit www.delphix.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Any statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties described in SAP’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent annual report on Form 20-F, that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. SAP cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which SAP has no obligation to update and which speak only as of their dates.

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Aarthi Rayapura
Director, Editorial & Content
aarthi.rayapura@delphix.com

CloudBolt Expands Global Leadership with Appointment of Robert Pakai as Vice President of Sales for APAC

On the heels of significant growth in EMEA in 2020, CloudBolt continues its international expansion to help enterprises anywhere in the world with their hybrid cloud challenges

NORTH BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CloudBolt Software, the enterprise cloud management platform leader, today announced that Robert Pakai, a career-long infrastructure software and SaaS professional, has joined the company as its new Vice President of Sales for Asia-Pacific (APAC). Based in Melbourne, Australia, Robert will integrate with an already dynamic team of cloud and IT automation professionals ‒ as well as partners like NEC Australia, Advent One, Cap Gemini and many others ‒ to drive new business growth, scale an ever-growing customer base, and help expand CloudBolt’s channel program in the APAC market.

In APAC and throughout the rest of the world, CloudBolt Industry Insights research indicates that the struggle with hybrid cloud is not only real, it’s global. 56% of IT leaders believe their self-service IT has too much friction and isn’t simple enough for developers to utilize effectively; 76% are still custom-coding at least a quarter of their integrations; and 78% say they have limited visibility into who is provisioning what, where to optimize costs or how to remediate security problems.

Robert is well positioned to help APAC enterprises tackle these challenges. With over 20 years of IT industry experience in the Asia-Pacific region, he led sales for SailPoint, helped grow SecureAuth’s Australian and New Zealand businesses from the ground up, and worked in numerous sales and technology leadership positions at VMWare, BMC Software, Quest Software, National Australia Bank, and Hewlett Packard.

“As APAC organizations continue to aggressively adopt hybrid cloud, Robert’s in-depth knowledge of and experience with the area’s unique challenges will be pivotal in developing our channel-first go-to-market strategy for the APAC sphere,” said Nick Mansour, chief revenue officer, CloudBolt. “As we cement CloudBolt as the global cloud management leader in North America, EMEA, and now APAC, I look forward to Robert’s leadership in growing an already expanded customer base and opening new revenue streams for us across the sector.”

CloudBolt has experienced historic growth and geo expansion over the last year. With nearly 30% of its customers now located outside the US, the company has added multiple industry leaders to its global executive team. CloudBolt’s burgeoning APAC presence has also deepened significantly, establishing key functions to support a growing enterprise customer base, including sales, engineering, development, professional services, and support. The addition of Pakai will greatly enhance operations and partnerships in this vital region he proudly calls home.

“I am very excited to be joining the team at CloudBolt Software,” said Pakai. “CloudBolt is on the forefront of solving many challenges organizations face throughout their digital transformation journey, such as simplifying hybrid cloud management, managing cloud costs, ensuring robust security and enabling seamless developer experiences. I am thrilled to be joining this strategic function and I can’t wait to contribute to CloudBolt’s mission in one of the world’s most promising markets.”

About CloudBolt Software
CloudBolt Software is the enterprise cloud management leader. With our comprehensive solutions for cloud integrations, self-service IT, cost optimization, and security, we help enterprises simplify complexity and achieve rapid time-to-value anywhere on their hybrid cloud, multi-cloud journey. Our award-winning cloud management platform and codeless integration solutions are deployed and loved by enterprises worldwide. Backed by Insight Partners, CloudBolt Software has been named one of the fastest-growing private companies on the Deloitte Fast 500 and Inc. 5000 lists. In addition, CloudBolt is a 2020 CODiE award winner for best cloud management and featured in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Management Platforms. For more information, visit www.cloudbolt.io.

Media Contact:
Shannon Mullins
Scratch Marketing + Media for CloudBolt Software
shannon@scratchmm.com

SafeAI Releases First Operating System Purpose-Built for Autonomous Heavy Equipment

SafeAI accelerates the adoption of off-road autonomy with first comprehensive, safety certifiable operating platform designed specifically for heavy equipment

MILPITAS, Calif., Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SafeAI, a global leader in autonomous heavy equipment, today announced the release of the SafeAI Autonomous Framework (SAF), the first operating system built specifically for autonomous heavy equipment. With the SAF, companies can leverage both SafeAI’s trusted infrastructure and industry expertise to accelerate their autonomous application development and create safer, more productive job sites faster than ever.

Off-road heavy industries know they need to deploy autonomous solutions to remain competitive. However, many do not have the time, resources or in-house expertise to build the solutions they need from the ground up. SafeAI’s new operating system, the SAF, enables companies across the heavy industry sector to overcome these challenges. The SAF provides proven, production-ready infrastructure to help companies fast track their application development and accelerate their transition to autonomy.

The SAF is the world’s first comprehensive, safety certifiable operating system purpose-built for heavy industry applications of autonomy. It’s designed with the capabilities required for the development and deployment of autonomous applications, including high portability and reliability to ensure ease of use and functionality. Written in accordance with both MISRA (C:2021 and C++:2008) and AUTOSAR coding standards, the SAF can easily support various compilers and OS, and can be utilized in embedded and real-time environments. With the SAF, SafeAI lowers barriers—both technological and resource-related—to autonomy, enabling companies to save up to four years of development time and the millions of dollars it would take to build their own operating systems.

“We’ve proven the impact autonomous solutions can have for industries like construction and mining, and we know this is the direction the industry is heading,” said Bibhrajit Halder, founder & CEO of SafeAI. “But not every company has the resources, bandwidth and expertise to deploy autonomy as quickly as they’d like—and that’s where the SAF comes in. In the same way that operating systems have propelled development in industries like on-road autonomy and unmanned aviation, SAF will shave years off development timelines to move this industry forward in a meaningful way.”

With the release of the SAF, SafeAI will further advance the adoption of autonomy across off-road industries like construction and mining. These sectors have long navigated labor shortages and rampant project delays; and while autonomy is poised to help alleviate these challenges, companies face high, and often prohibitive, cost and technical barriers to entry. The SAF directly addresses these challenges and will move the industry forward several years by providing a ready-made foundation that empowers companies to jumpstart the development of their own autonomous applications and reap the benefits sooner.

The release of this industry-first platform follows a year of significant growth for SafeAI as the company continues its mission of accelerating off-road deployment of autonomous technology. Earlier this year, SafeAI announced its expansion into Australia and Canada, two of the world’s largest mining markets. This year, the company also announced $21 million in Series A funding to accelerate its research and development efforts and spur global growth.

To learn more about SafeAI’s technology, or to get the latest updates, please visit safeai.ai.

About SafeAI
SafeAI is a global autonomous heavy equipment leader focused on advancing modern industry. SafeAI retrofits heavy equipment for autonomous applications in mining and construction to serve a massive ecosystem of industry players with complex needs. By building a software platform with the most advanced, industry-specific AI, SafeAI enables equipment owners to transform existing machines into self-operating robotic assets. The company currently is running an autonomous CAT 725 at a quarry in California. SafeAI is based in Milpitas, CA.

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LaunchSquad for SafeAI
safeai@launchsquad.com


A4BET® Announces 2021 Billion Dollar Global Domain & Trademark Auction

“Grandson of 1861 Black Tennessee slave seeks to break all-time record for domain & trademark sale”

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A4BET® is announcing a time sensitive auction to acquire this name.

The sale of A4BET® includes:

1.) United States Patent & Trademark Office transfer ( 6th year renewal period )

2.) A4BET.com domain

3.) A4BET® animated character

4.) A4BET® social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter & YouTube

A4BET® is a 21st century neologism for the word alphabet that is short, powerful and easy to remember. A4BET® is a United States Patent & Trademark Office registered “pseudo mark” for the word alphabet.

The esoteric centurion shuns traditional measures when valuing a name. A4BET® is unlike any name for the word alphabet in United States Patent & Trademark Department history. A history that spans more than 200 years.

In an exclusive interview, A4BET® founder & neologist C.C. Alexander ll says,

“A4BET® is the perfect turn-key solution for bitcoin, casinos, conglomerates, entrepreneurs, established companies and start-ups to create value and increase their bottomline. A4BET® is a unique simple way to take advantage of listing the many services companies offer in one convenient place. A4BET® is not only a turn-key solution, but comes with a character. The A4BET® character represents massive exponential perpetual ancillary possibilities. The A4BET® domain & trademark cannot be duplicated. A4BET® is one of the most flexible names in the world. It is simply one-of-a-kind.”

A4BET® founder & neologist C.C. Alexander ll also states,

“Black ideas matter. Why is there not one Black-owned idea the world knows on a first name basis in 2021? A4BET® is the perfect platform for change. Blacks are more than consumers. Blacks also have great ideas. A4BET® can mean all for better equality today. This is one example of what A4BET® represents. Product is worth more than talent. A4BET® is both. Any entity monetizing A4BET® regardless of country, industry, language or platform will immediately increase their bottomline.”

The word alphabet is defined as a collection of letters that represent the English language. An “alpha bet” means investment above benchmark.

A4BET® founder & neologist C.C. Alexander ll concludes,

”A4BET® provides a perpetual platform to always keep things simple, memorable and worth people’s time. No one was ever bored into buying anything. People never pay real attention to marketing; but they’ll always pay attention to interesting. A4BET® is interesting.”

A4BET® certainly looks interesting. The A4BET® online global auction ends September 30, 2021.

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*All bids must be submitted by 12 p.m. eastern standard time September 30, 2021*

Global Online Silent Auction: ( minimum USD )
*$1,000,000,000.oo

* ( C.C.G.I.P.- collaboration, compensation, geometric, indemnity, perpetual )

A4BET® BID SUBMISSION:

cca@a4bet.com

A4BET® PRESS & MEDIA INQUIRIES:

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ABOUT A4BET®:

A4BET® is a United States Patent & Trademark Office trademark that provides a website featuring technology that enable users to access information that is available on the internet. A4BET® is the “pseudo mark” for the word alphabet…the most important word in the dictionary.

In First Summit with International Business & Government Leaders, Essential Workers to Discuss Framework for Just COVID-19 Recovery

*Tune into Day 2 of the Summit at 13:00 GMT at essentialforrecovery.org*

London, UK, Sept. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wednesday, Sept. 8 marked the opening day of the first-ever global summit of essential workers. Participants from around the world tuned in to a powerful conversation about an economic recovery that prioritizes essential workers, especially women in the informal economy.

“Universal social protections for essential workers are no longer a choice for governments; it is a very necessary move for governments to take,” Lorraine Sibanda, president of StreetNet International, an international alliance of street vendors, told the crowd.

The Essential for Recovery summit, which runs from September 8 through September 10, brings together essential workers from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia with global business and government leaders to discuss a framework for a just economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The event centers the demands of care workers and the 61% of workers worldwide who labor in the informal economy, including domestic workers, agricultural workers, street vendors, and home-based workers.

“Home-based workers contribute around $300 billion to the economy, but they don’t get any benefit out of it. We are part of supply chains but we are not recognized as contributors to the supply chains,” said Saira Feroze of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation, on Day 1 of the summit.

The first day of the innovative summit brought together diverse voices from across the globe. Martha Chen, a lecturer at Harvard and senior advisor to Women in Informal Employement: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), interviewed Rosheda Muller, president of the South African Informal Traders Alliance, on how street vendors are organizing globally. Legendary South African labor leader Myrtle Witbooi spoke with Maina Kiai, senior official at Human Rights Watch and former United Nations Special Rapporteur. And actor and activist Martin Sheen and actress Yalitza Aparicio made special appearances.

“COVID-19 taught us the importance of all workers in different sectors, recognizing that they deserve decent work and are important in the global economy. Governments know about this issue, but what are they doing about it?” asked Aparicio, who was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the 2019 movie Roma.

Day 2 of the event on Thursday will focus on the fight against inequality, sexual harassment, and abuse in the workplace. Guests include: Rosa Pavanelli, the General Secretary of Public Services International, interviewing “Mama Union” Rose Omamo, leader of the Kenyan metal workers union; journalist Xanthe Scharff interviewing Mercedes D’Alessandro, feminist economist and Argentine government official; and journalist Reena Ninan interviewing business leader Brid Gould of Sodexo.

About Essential For Recovery:

The Essential for Recovery Summit is led by non-profit labor organizations — including  HomeNet International, International Domestic Workers’ Federation, International Trade Union Confederation, Solidarity Center, StreetNet International, UNI Global Union, and Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing — and supported by the Open Society Foundations.

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Open Society Foundations 
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