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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the innovative software solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Oneview Healthcare PLC with the 2016 Global Technology Innovation Award for succeeding in delivering time and cost savings to healthcare organizations and enhancing clinical outcomes for patients via its patient experience and clinical workflow solution. Oneview's interactive patient care solution seamlessly integrates a hospital's IT systems onto one high-performance technology platform. It combines clinical data from EMR vendors such as Epic, Cerner and Meditech, with data from systems providing nurse call, alert management, building management, real-time location services and more to enable hospitals to improve patient engagement, clinical workflows and communication. The Oneview platform provides point-of-care access to those IT systems through a variety of end-user devices, including bedside terminal, TV, tablet and smart phone. As a result, non-clinical patient requests (i.e. reporting a spill, requesting a drink, etc.) are no longer routed to nursing, but instead to the right department, at the right time. Not only does this relieve call button fatigue, but more importantly, it improves patient satisfaction as requests can be handled in a more efficient manner. "Oneview has visualized a decentralized, community-based healthcare model in which healthcare services are distributed across hospitals, community clinics, as well as home," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst and Associate Fellow Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe. "Its products reflect this vision and help foster a connected and efficient healthcare ecosystem." The scalability of Oneview's products and services is outstanding. In less than a decade, the company grew exponentially, not only in terms of revenue, but also installed base and geographic footprint. In 2016, it deployed its products in 11 new facilities, delivered point-of-care solutions to 2,666 beds, and contracted another 12 facilities. These wins helped its revenue grow 493% within the personal contract purchase framework, generating recurring revenue of 69%. The company aims to enhance its market scope by tapping current and new opportunities. It plans to continue rolling out products related to healthcare facilities in order to consolidate its position, and upsell new features and functionalities to existing customers. Simultaneously, it is exploring new opportunities in medical tourism, assisted living and senior living. It has expanded internationally in less than a decade, establishing new offices in the United States, Australia and the Middle East, while seeking expansion opportunities in Southeast Asia. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing and leveraging new technologies, which significantly impacts both the functionality and the customer value of the new products and applications. The award lauds the high research and development spend towards innovation, its relevance to the industry, and the positive impact on brand perception. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize 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 Oneview Healthcare Oneview Healthcare's innovative Patient Engagement and Clinical Workflow Solution seamlessly integrates a hospital's IT systems onto one high-performance technology platform. It provides point-of-care access to those systems through a variety of end-user devices, including bedside terminal, TV, tablet and smart phone. Through its services and applications, which include treatment education for patients, entertainment and interactive patient care services, Oneview enables hospitals to optimize patient engagement, clinical outcomes and workflow efficiencies. Oneview is revolutionizing the patient experience helping providers to achieve quantifiable improvements across key performance areas such as improved HCAHPS ratings, reduced readmissions and improved clinical outcomes. Established in 2007, Oneview has offices in the U.S., Ireland, Australia and Asia. For more information on Oneview Healthcare, please visit www.oneviewhealthcare.com, or follow us on Twitter @OneviewHC or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/oneview. About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration 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, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion.

SINGAPORE, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Come April, some of the world's top manufacturing firms and technology enablers will gather at The Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017 conference, to share discourse on the latest developments impacting advanced manufacturing. Delegates will hear from more than 30 experts who will impart useful knowledge and strategies that can help companies confidently steer their way through a digitalisation roadmap in order to reach their end goal, that is, to level up manufacturing processes so as to deliver products in greater efficiency, of higher quality, and stay ahead of the change curve. BCG will deliver the keynote on "Dawn of the Fourth Industrial revolution: Opportunities and Challenges". The presentation will focus on Industry 4.0 and its impact on Singapore at the micro and macro levels. Some case studies of innovative Industry 4.0 implementation will be shared as well. Accenture, the Presenting Partner for the conference, will be speaking about "Smart Manufacturing: Bridging the Gap from Strategy to Execution". The session will provide some examples of successful digital adoption and tips for adoption of Industry 4.0, from the strategy to implementation stages. "Smart manufacturing is the next wave changing business models through the development and application of manufacturing intelligence to every aspect of business. BCG is actively working with many leading companies to implement Industry 4.0 and we are excited to bring our global expertise to Singapore. Beyond technology solutions, the journey needs to be accompanied by the right strategy, cultural and skills transformation to enable long-lasting results. We are excited to be a part of the conference and the MTA2017 exhibition, which is bringing all the leading industry players together under one roof," comments Dr. Daniel Kupper, Partner & Managing Director of BCG, Germany. "According to research conducted by the World Economic Forum and Accenture, the Industrial IoT is forecast to add US$14 trillion to the global economy by 2030. But while technology brings opportunities, both a cultural and mind-set shift are required to ensure that applications and insights make their way to operators on the ground. I look forward to exploring this subject further at the upcoming Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017, and engaging clients, partners and ecosystem players to jointly develop solutions that will transform the manufacturing industry," says Mr. Senthil Ramani, Accenture IoT Centre of Excellence Director, and Global Technology Lead for Chemicals and Natural Resources. The conference will also comprise panel discussions with subject experts from April, Bombardier, Anton Paar, A*Star ARTC, Chevron Oronite, Emerson, Honeywell, Infineon Technologies, Mann+Hummel, Pepperl+Fuchs, Seagate Technology, and Siemens exchanging viewpoints on Industry 4.0, automation, robotics, IoT and more. "Recent focus on Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) point to the digitalisation trend in manufacturing. From robotics and additive manufacturing, to smart manufacturing and augmented reality, these technologies have been earmarked as key drivers of a successful deployment of Industry 4.0. It is more pertinent than ever for industry players, especially companies in the Asia Pacific, to acquire in-depth knowledge of these technologies in their journey towards Industry 4.0, and the Smart Manufacturing Asia conference is just the right place to achieve this," says Ms. Jaime Ng, Director, Conferences, from UBM SES, organiser of MTA2017. Apart from hearing and learning from their peers and business leaders, a Smart Manufacturing Asia Pavilion will be featured at the MTA2017 show floor. State-of-the-art technological solutions from Accenture, BCG, Emerson, Honeywell, Mitsubishi Electric, TUV SUD and Siemens will be on showcase. Conference delegates are invited to join the tour of the pavilion before the networking breaks on both days. The Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017 Conference is held as part of MTA2017 -- Asia's premier manufacturing technology industry event from 4 - 5 April 2017 at Singapore Expo. Siemens, Accenture, BCG, Emerson, Honeywell, GE Digital, Anton Paar, TUV SUD and Mitsubishi Electric are all sponsors of the Smart Manufacturing Asia 2017 conference. Singapore Exhibition Services, the organiser of has merged with UBM and is now known as UBM SES. UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world. In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors -- from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions. For more information, go to www.ubm.com; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn Please visit www.ubm.com/global-reach/UBM-Asia for more information about our presence in Asia.

News Article | February 28, 2017
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Complete report on Heat Sinks market spread across 179 pages, profiling 15 companies and supported with tables and figures is now available @ http://www.deepresearchreports.com/397228.html The global Heat Sinks market 2016 research is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the industry and provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Heat Sinks market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures are also analyzed. This report also states import/export consumption, supply and demand Figures, cost, price, revenue and gross margins. The report focuses on global major leading industry players of Heat Sinks market providing information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. Upstream raw materials and equipment and downstream demand analysis is also carried out. The Heat Sinks market development trends and marketing channels are analyzed. Finally the feasibility of new investment projects are assessed and overall research conclusions offered. With tables and figures helping analyze worldwide Heat Sinks market, this research provides key statistics on the state of the industry and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the market. Companies profiled and studied for this Heat Sinks market report include GE, Molex, TE Connectivity, Delta, Laird, Ohmite, Aavid Thermalloy, Sunon, Advanced Thermal Solutions, American Technical Ceramics, Apex Microtechnology, Comair Rotron, CUI, T-Global Technology and Wakefied-Vette. Major Points from Table of Contents Figure Global Production Market Share of Heat Sinks by Types in 2015 Figure Aluminum heat sink Picture Figure Copper heat sink Picture Figure Copper aluminum heat sink Picture Table Applications of Heat Sinks Figure Global Consumption Volume Market Share of Heat Sinks by Applications in 2015 Figure Automobile industry Examples Figure Electronic industry Examples Figure Industry Chain Structure of Heat Sinks Table Global Major Regions Heat Sinks Development Status Table Industry News List of Heat Sinks Table Raw Material Suppliers Analysis Table Equipment Suppliers and Price Analysis Figure Euro Area Average Monthly Wage (EUR/Month) per Person Figure Japan Labor Cost (Thousand Yen/Month) Figure China Average Yearly Wages in Manufacturing (CNY/Year) A discount can be asked before order a copy of Heat Sinks market report at http://www.deepresearchreports.com/contacts/inquiry.php?name=397228 DeepResearchReports.com is a single database for syndicated market research reports focused on China and its multiple industries. These reports offer primary analysis of Chinese markets along with a global overview for varied industries to help executives, managers, analysts, librarians and all business stakeholders in their decision making process. For more information, please visit http://www.deepresearchreports.com

News Article | February 23, 2017
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SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - February 23, 2017) - IoT Summit today announced its 2017 program consisting of talks by experts covering key areas related to the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, market, design, service, and applications. The 6th IoT Summit is the premier forum to present, highlight and discuss the latest products, applications, development, and business opportunities in IoT. The market for IoT, sensors, wearables, cloud, and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate. The conference brings together researchers, developers, and practitioners from diverse fields including scientists and engineers, research institutes, and industry. IoT Summit convenes Thursday March 16th, through Friday March 17th, 2017 at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. To learn more and register, please visit www.IoT-Summit.org. Stanley Chum, CNTD (KEYNOTE) Uniform Classification and Identity of Things, and Ubiquitous Data Rapid Access in IOT Cyberspace Timothy Saxe, QuickLogic (KEYNOTE) Solving the SoC Design Dilemma for IoT Applications with Embedded FPGA Reiner Kappenberger, HPE Security-Data Security IoT Driving the Need for More Secure Big Data Analytics Oliver Cockcroft, Ayla Networks Using sensor data to learn from and control the smart home Michael Beamer, goTransverse Success in IoT: Turning your IoT service into a profit Joseph Bradley, Uptake A New Model for the Industrial Internet of Things Randall Frantz, Esri Delivering Connected World Benefits: Why Location is the missing link in the IoT Ecosystem Ravi Srivatsav, NTT Innovation Institute IoT and Healthcare - Designing a New System to Predict Adverse Reactions Arthur Lozinski, Oomnitza What to Expect in Next Generation IT Tallis Blalack, Arch Systems Intelligence at the Edge: Empowering a Next Generation of IoT Developers Rich Goldman, Global Technology University The Challenges that Lie at the Heart of IoT For information and registration see http://www.IoT-Summit.org *Please note the list of speakers and program is subject to minor changes. Panel Discussion: Business and Career Opportunities in Internet of Things Rozalia Beica - Dow Electronic (Chair and Moderator) Renil Paramel - Gartner Other Panelists to be announced soon. Space is limited so register online now: Registration fee includes the permission to attend all technical sessions, panel discussion, exhibits, IoT workshops, as well as lunch and coffee/tea breaks. 5th IoT Summit is a forum to present, highlight and discuss the latest products, applications, development, and business opportunities in IoT. The market for IoT, sensors, wearables, cloud, and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate. The conference brings together researchers, developers, and practitioners from diverse fields including scientists and engineers, research institutes, and industry. IoT Summit is the 5th event is produced and sponsored by the International Society for Quality Electronic Design. Financial sponsorship has been by Keysight Technologies, QuickLogic, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Synopsys, Innovotek, and Silicon Valley Polytechnic Institute. A limited number of sponsored panelist and exhibit tables are available. See http://www.iot-summit.org/English/For_Sponsors/Exhibitor_Opportunities.html All trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the innovative software solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Oneview Healthcare PLC with the 2016 Global Technology Innovation Award for succeeding in delivering time and cost savings to...

- Internet of Things (IoT) deal value tripled to US$103.4b in the last year; more than half (55%) comes from connected car deals - Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning expected to drive dealmaking in 2017 NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital transformation drove global technology M&A in 2016 to an all-time value record, according to the EY Global technology M&A report: October-December 2016 and year in review. Aggregate 2016 deal value was US$466.6b, the highest value recorded in the industry, and 2% more than the prior record set in 2015 of US$459.6b. In contrast to the full year's deal value increase year-over-year (YOY), deal value in the fourth quarter declined 38% YOY to US$117.2b. Full-year deal volume declined 5% in 2016 to 3,796 deals and a 7% sequential 4Q16 drop to 844 deals was the second consecutive quarterly decline seen since 2012. "The second-half slowdown in global technology M&A deal volume suggests tech companies are approaching a dealmaking plateau. But with digital disruption still in its infancy and the extraordinary growth of IoT-related deals, we don't expect this dip in volume to translate into a long-term decline in dealmaking." 2016 was a year of record semiconductor consolidation driven by IoT technologies, cross-industry "blur" from non-tech buyers, unprecedented cross-border deal value and record private equity (PE) buying: Liu says: "Massive disruption from cloud, mobile, social and big data analytics technologies drove global technology M&A to all-time value highs in 2016 and will remain strong drivers in the year ahead. But companies should prepare for new disruptions, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, which could push dealmaking even higher late in the year and in 2018." To view a full copy of the EY Global technology M&A report: October-December 2016 and year in review, visit: ey.com/technology. EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com. This news release has been issued by EYGM Limited, a member of the global EY organization that also does not provide any services to clients. The EY Global Technology Sector is a global network of more than 21,000 technology practice professionals from across EY member firms, all sharing deep technical and industry knowledge. EY member firms' high-performing teams are diverse, inclusive and borderless. Their experience helps clients grow, manage, protect and, when necessary, transform their businesses. EY member firms provide assurance, advisory, transaction and tax guidance through a network of experienced and innovative advisors to help clients manage business risk, transform performance and improve operationally. Visit ey.com/technology. About the EY Global technology M&A report: October-December 2016 and year in review The October-December 2016 issue is based on EY's analysis of The 451 Group M&A Knowledge Base data. Deal activity and valuations may fluctuate slightly based on the date the database is accessed. The full report is available at ey.com/technology.

NEW YORK, February 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Stock-Callers.com has issued research reports on Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ), SINA Corp. (NASDAQ: SINA), NetEase Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES), and GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY). According to PwC's latest "Global Technology: IPO Review" report, the...

News Article | February 24, 2017
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The Sika success story continued in 2016, another record year. In local currencies, sales increased by 5.5% to CHF 5,747.7 million. Growth momentum coupled with disciplined cost management led to new record figures of CHF 795.3 million (+18.1%) for the operating profit and CHF 566.6 million (+21.8%) for net profit. 17 key investments made in the period under review will drive future growth further forward. Since the targets for Strategy 2018 have been reached ahead of schedule, they are once again being raised. Jan Jenisch, CEO: "We continued our growth strategy with great success in the 2016 business year, once again increasing both sales and earnings. Operating profit, net profit, and operating free cash flow reached new records. By opening nine new factories, establishing four more national subsidiaries and acquiring four companies, we have laid the foundations for ongoing future growth. These 17 key investments, our well-filled product pipeline and our strong sales organization give us reason to look to the future with optimism. My thanks go to our global management team and our 17,419 employees, whose unfailing dedication and tremendous commitment have brought us another record year." All regions managed to lift sales and gain further market share. Strong, above-average growth rates were recorded in the USA, Mexico, the UK, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and the automotive segment. In cumulative terms and in local currencies, sales were up 5.5%. The strength of the Swiss franc led to conversion effects of -0.8%, and thus to a 4.7% increase in sales in Swiss-franc terms to CHF 5,747.7 million. RECORD PROFIT ACHIEVED The growth momentum produced disproportionately high increases in operating profit and net profit. The continual margin improvement for the 20th consecutive quarter and sustained cost management were the key positive drivers. As a result, Sika posted record EBIT (CHF 795.3 million, +18.1%) and net profit (CHF 566.6 million, +21.8%) for the 2016 business year. Operating free cash flow totaled CHF 586.5 million (+29.9%). GROWTH IN ALL REGIONS Sales in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) rose by 4.6% in local currencies. The core markets Germany, France, Spain and Italy achieved good growth rates. Strong above-average growth was seen in the UK, Russia, Eastern Europe and Africa. Sales in the North America region rose by 7.8% in local currencies. This is due in particular to the accelerated expansion of the supply chain and the investments in the sales force in fast-growing metropolitan areas. The Latin America region recorded a 5.1% sales increase in local currencies. Mexico, Argentina and Chile all developed strongly. By contrast, the continuing economic crisis in Brazil and significant falls in the value of some local currencies led to a downturn in business activity in several countries in the region. Growth in the Asia/Pacific region was reported at 3.6% in local currencies. The extremely dynamic performance of the markets in Southeast Asia and the Pacific area translated into substantial sales gains. Sika also posted stable second-half growth rates in China. 17 KEY INVESTMENTS AS GROWTH DRIVERS The accelerated expansion into growth markets continued in 2016 as well, with a total of 17 key investments in nine new factories, four additional national subsidiaries, and four acquisitions. In the EMEA region a new concrete admixture plant was opened in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, and a mortar factory came on stream in Kyroni, near Athens. New national subsidiaries were established in Kuwait, Cameroon and Djibouti. With the aim of generating momentum for future growth, three acquisitions were made in the North America region: L.M. Scofield, a leading producer of color additives for ready-mix concrete, and FRC Industries, a manufacturer of fibers for concrete, both joined the Group. The Rmax acquisition enables the expansion of the portfolio for building envelope, wall and roofing insulation technologies. Investments in Latin America included a new plant for mortar products in Guayaquil, Ecuador, an automotive factory for adhesives and acoustic solutions in São Paulo, Brazil, as well as the establishment of a new national subsidiary in Nicaragua in the capital Managua. In the Asia/Pacific region, leading mortar producer Ronacrete Ltd. in Hong Kong was acquired. New factories were also opened in Perth, Australia, in Saraburi, Thailand, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and in Yangon, Myanmar. 72 NEW PATENTS 896 Sika employees in R&D drive our innovative strength, many of them working on basic research and the development of new products at the 20 Global Technology Centers. In the 2016 financial year, 72 new patent applications were filed, and a large number of new products were launched in all target markets. GROWTH STRATEGY CONFIRMED - 2020 TARGETS RAISED Since the targets of Strategy 2018 had been achieved two years early, Sika's strategic goals were reviewed in the second half of 2016 in conjunction with senior managers worldwide. The Board of Directors subsequently reaffirmed the growth model and raised the targets. Sika is now aiming for an EBIT margin of 14-16% (previously 12-14%) and operating free cash flow greater than 10% (previously more than 8%). The aim is to achieve a return on capital employed in excess of 25%. By 2020, 30 new factories are to be commissioned and 8 new national subsidiaries established. The annual sales growth target remains at 6-8%. Sika intends to increase EBIT to more than CHF 1 billion by 2020. POSITION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UPHELD BY THE COURT In its decision of October 27, 2016, the Cantonal Court Zug denied all requests of Schenker-Winkler Holding AG (SWH). The Court held that the share transfer restriction ("Vinkulierung", art. 4 of Sika's articles of association) applies to the sale of the Sika shares held by SWH to Saint-Gobain. This clear decision by the court of first instance reinforces the position of the independent members of the Board of Directors and legitimizes Sika's actions over the last two years. DIVIDEND INCREASE OF 31% PROPOSED At the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors will propose to shareholders a 31% increase in the dividend to CHF 102.00 per bearer share (2015: CHF 78.00) and CHF 17.00 per registered share (2015: CHF 13.00). OUTLOOK FOR 2017: CONTINUED GROWTH, HIGHER PROFIT By opening nine new factories, establishing four more national subsidiaries and acquiring four companies, Sika laid the foundations for future growth in 2016. These 17 key investments, the well-filled product pipeline and the strong sales organization give the Group reason to look to the future with optimism. The goal for the 2017 business year is to continue the growth strategy, increasing sales by 6-8% to an initial figure of CHF 6 billion, opening 8 new factories, and establishing 3 national subsidiaries.  EBIT and net profit should continue to increase at a disproportionately high rate. The Annual Report and the presentation given at the media conference and investor/analyst presentation on the 2016 financial year can be downloaded from www.sika.com. Link to presentation/webcast of the media conference on February 24, 2017, 9.00 a.m. and to the investor/analyst presentation on the same day at 11.30 a.m.: www.sika.com/presentations SIKA CORPORATE PROFILE Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector and automotive industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 97 countries around the world and manufactures in over 190 factories. Its more than 17,000 employees generated annual sales of CHF 5.75 billion in 2016. The media release can be downloaded from the following link:

News Article | February 23, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: BMO) heeft vandaag aangekondigd dat het haar doel van koolstofneutraliteit uit 2015 heeft bereikt. Daarmee is de onderneming de eerste in de VS gevestigde verzekeraar om dit te verwezenlijken. MetLife bereikte koolstofneutraliteit door de integratie van best practices voor duurzaamheid en energie-efficiëntie in de wereldwijde activiteiten van het bedrijf, en vervolgens de rest van de emissies te compenseren door investeringen in koolstofmitigatieprojecten over de hele wereld. “MetLife streeft ernaar een maatschappelijk verantwoorde onderneming te zijn en zet zich in voor gezond milieubeheer in ons hele bedrijf wereldwijd,” aldus Marty Lippert, executive vice president en hoofd van MetLife Global Technology & Operations. “Duurzame zakelijke strategieën verminderen niet alleen onze impact op het milieu, maar onderstrepen bovendien wie we zijn als bedrijf.” MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) is dankzij haar dochterondernemingen en gelieerde ondernemingen ('MetLife') een van de grootste levensverzekeraars in de wereld. MetLife werd opgericht in 1868 en is een wereldwijde leverancier van levensverzekeringen, lijfrentes, personeelsbeloningen en vermogensbeheer. MetLife bedient ongeveer 100 miljoen klanten, heeft vestigingen in bijna 50 landen en heeft een leidende marktpositie in de Verenigde Staten, Japan, Latijns-Amerika, Azië, Europa en het Midden-Oosten. Ga voor meer informatie naar www.metlife.com. Dit persbericht kan informatie bevatten of er kan door middel van verwijzing informatie in zijn opgenomen die bestaat uit of is gebaseerd op uitspraken met betrekking tot de toekomst ('forward-looking statements') in de zin van de Private Securities Litigation Reform Act van 1995. Uitspraken met betrekking tot de toekomst bevatten verwachtingen of voorspellingen met betrekking tot toekomstige gebeurtenissen. Deze uitspraken zijn te herkennen aan het feit dat ze niet strikt betrekking hebben op historische of actuele feiten. Ze maken gebruik van woorden zoals 'anticiperen', 'schatten', 'verwachten', 'projecteren', 'van plan zijn', 'plannen', 'geloven', 'doelen' en andere woorden en termen van soortgelijke betekenis, of zijn gebonden aan toekomstige perioden of staan in verband met een discussie over de toekomstige bedrijfsresultaten of financiële prestaties. In het bijzonder omvatten ze uitspraken met betrekking tot toekomstige acties, prospectieve diensten of producten, toekomstige ontwikkelingen of resultaten van huidige en verwachte diensten of producten, verkoopinspanningen, kosten, gevolgen van onvoorziene uitgaven zoals juridische procedures, en trends in de activiteiten en financiële resultaten. Alle uitspraken met betrekking tot de toekomst kunnen blijken niet te kloppen. Ze kunnen worden beïnvloed door onjuiste aannames of door bekende of onbekende risico's en onzekerheden. Veel van dergelijke factoren zijn bepalend voor de werkelijke toekomstige resultaten van MetLife, Inc., haar dochterondernemingen en gelieerde ondernemingen. Deze uitspraken zijn gebaseerd op de huidige verwachtingen en de huidige economische omgeving. Er zijn diverse risico's en onzekerheden aan verbonden die moeilijk zijn te voorspellen. Deze uitspraken zijn geen garanties voor toekomstige prestaties. De werkelijke resultaten kunnen wezenlijk verschillen van hetgeen wordt uitgedrukt of geïmpliceerd in de uitspraken met betrekking tot de toekomst. Tot de risico's, onzekerheden en andere factoren die dergelijke verschillen kunnen veroorzaken behoren de risico's, onzekerheden en andere factoren die worden genoemd in het meest recente jaarverslag op Formulier 10-K (het 'Jaarverslag') van Metlife Inc. ingediend bij de Amerikaanse Securities and Exchange Commission (de 'SEC'), kwartaalverslagen op Formulier 10-Q, ingediend door MetLife, Inc. bij de SEC na de datum van het jaarverslag onder de kopjes 'Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements' en 'Risk Factors', en andere documenten die door MetLife, Inc. zijn ingediend bij de SEC. MetLife, Inc. heeft geen enkele verplichting om uitspraken met betrekking tot de toekomst publiekelijk te corrigeren of te actualiseren als MetLife, Inc. zich later ervan bewust wordt dat een dergelijke uitspraak niet zal worden gerealiseerd. Raadpleeg eventuele verdere bekendmakingen die MetLife, Inc. doet met betrekking tot aanverwante onderwerpen in de verslagen voor de SEC.

[London. England and St. Petersburg, Florida - 15 February 2017] Leading Distributors are set to explain what they can offer new markets for technology sales in a focused campaign which highlights the value-adding benefits to all in what is emerging as a “New Distribution” model for the ICT industry internationally. Recent research by IT Europa has revealed significant shifts in the products and services being offered by Europe's leading distributors. As end-user market demand for Cloud-based solutions and Managed Services grows, distributors are adapting their business models and developing new services to support channel partners. The emergence of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and the increasing demand for mobility and the integration of technologies to support digital transformation are further fuelling such changes. “It is clear that there has been a sea change in the way two-tier channels work in recent years,” says Alan Norman, MD of IT Europa. “We have seen in our research of European VARs, integrators, MSPs and other channels that they are adopting a more value-conscious, services-led approach, using their technology skills and market understanding to create and drive new propositions in the channel. Distribution has stepped up a gear to meet these challenges, and the IT industry and its components should respond to this and take advantage of what is now on offer.” The scale and speed of this move is clearly visible in the additional offerings being made by the distributors, but not all channels and vendors are fully aware of the “New Distribution” models that are emerging. The Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), the worldwide industry association dedicated to defining and promoting the role of wholesale distribution in a successful and healthy information technology channel, has also observed the shifts taking place and is developing a campaign using case studies, white papers and social media to help build recognition in the industry of the changing nature of distribution. IT Europa will support this campaign with research and analysis. Any arguments over the role of distribution as opposed to vendors selling directly to resellers dissipated long ago, GTDC CEO Tim Curran says. “Europe's distributors are resilient, diversified and innovating…and the IT industry's partners of choice,” he says. Recognizing increased demand for newer technologies, such as cloud, IoT, mobile, and big data, distributors are investing heavily in new programs and processes to bring those technologies to market in an efficient manner. And Curran says that some HQ senior executives may not understand how the channel and distributors can play a role in cloud for example, although those downstream - the channel leaders - typically do understand the deeper value and potential of these relationships. They work directly with distributors and see first-hand how partners strongly prefer their services. We want to help the upper senior management realize and support related advances.” About the GTDC The Global Technology Distribution Council comprises the computer industry’s top wholesale distributors dedicated to serving “the channel,” a network of skilled VARs, Internet resellers and retailers focused on providing hardware, software, and services to businesses and consumers around the globe. GTDC members drive more than $130 billion in annual worldwide sales of products, services and solutions through dynamic business channels. About IT Europa With more than 20 years' experience in channel development and marketing, IT Europa is the leading provider of strategic business intelligence, news and analysis on the European IT marketplace and the primary channels that serve it. In addition to its news services, the company markets a range of database reports and organises European conferences and events for the IT and Telecoms sectors. Other services include: market segmentation, development of channel value propositions, channel and partner strategy development, transitioning business models, new partner/vendor identification, marketing and communications. For further Information on the Global Technology Distribution Council visit: www.gtdc.org or contact: Peter van den Berg, General Manager EMEA Phone: +31 62 50 46 952 E-mail: pvandenberg@gtdc.eu For further information on IT Europa visit: www.iteuropa.com or contact: Alan Norman, Managing Director Tel: +44 (0) 1895 454 604 Email: alan.norman@iteuropa.com

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