Enterprise and Innovation
Enterprise and Innovation
News Article | November 14, 2016
DUBLIN, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DocuSign announced today the opening of its Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence in Dublin as part of its ongoing commitment to Europe and protecting its customers' data and privacy. The Centre will be committed to conducting research into the latest cyberattacks and trends, while developing tools for the advanced detection of such threats. The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through IDA Ireland. A critical focus for the Centre within the next three years will be undertaking research and development into security orchestration and automation, which will directly inform advancements and innovation for DocuSign's security tools. As a result, the company's customers and employees will benefit from DocuSign's ability to respond even faster to rapidly evolving threats. Welcoming the new investment by DocuSign, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD said, "This new Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence will be a valued addition to Ireland's existing strengths in the ICT sector. We are very keen to attract a wider range of specialist IT companies, especially in Cybersecurity, as we are all very conscious of the crucial importance of being able to deal with Cybersecurity threats. It is great news that a company of the stature of DocuSign has decided to open this new facility here. We have the IT skills available to enable the company to grow and to embed their operations in Ireland. Their arrival is a great vote of confidence in what Ireland has to offer and I wish the team the very best for their future in Ireland." "Our customers are committed to undertaking digital transformations which are underpinned by a high level of security and trust," commented Eoin Hinchy, director of Information Security at DocuSign. "This trust can only be built on a weight of cybersecurity intelligence and a culture of constant innovation that ensures their data is safeguarded. With the proliferation of cyberattacks continuing to grow every day, it is essential to stay ahead of these challenges and mitigate any risk. This is exactly what the research and development and the customised security tools from the Centre of Excellence will help us do." Tapping further into the Irish talent pool as well as an array of security experts including analysts, developers and researchers from large institutions within both the public and private sectors, DocuSign's Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence will be pivotal to keeping DocuSign at the cutting edge of innovation in the cybersecurity field. Beyond further strengthening DocuSign's security offering, the initiative will also strengthen protection for the broader community as a result of bringing together the top minds in cybersecurity to develop tools and share intelligence. Welcoming today's announcement Martin Shanahan CEO IDA Ireland said, "DocuSign's Cyber Security Centre of Excellence marks another important contribution to Ireland and to the continuous improvement of cyber security practices around the world. Ireland is becoming a leading location for companies, like DocuSign, dedicated to fighting cybercrime and other "next generation" threats. I wish Eoin and his team the continued support of IDA Ireland as it grows over the coming years." The Centre of Excellence will play a significant role in maintaining and building upon the trust that more than 250,000 companies and more than 100 million users across 188 countries who put their trust in the DocuSign Global Trust Network to complete nearly one million transactions per day. For more information on DocuSign, visit https://www.docusign.co.uk/ About DocuSign, Inc. DocuSign® is changing how business gets done by empowering anyone to send, sign and manage agreements anytime, anywhere, on any device with trust and confidence. DocuSign and Go to keep life and business moving forward. For more information, visit www.docusign.com, call +1-877-720-2040, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Copyright 2003-2016. DocuSign, Inc. is the owner of DOCUSIGN® and all of its other marks (www.docusign.com/IP). All other marks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.
News Article | May 11, 2017
In addition to Perks Week offers, DD Perks members who make a purchase during Perks Week with their enrolled DD Card, or anyone that enrolls in the DD Perks Rewards Program, will be entered into a daily drawing to receive a year's supply of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. No Purchase Necessary. 18+. For details on how to enter without purchase, and for official rules, please visit http://ddsweeps.com. Dunkin' Donuts today also announced a special Mother's Day offer for its DD Perks members. On Sunday, May 14, DD Perks members will earn 50 bonus points with the purchase of a dozen donuts or a 50-count box of MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats. According to Sherrill Kaplan, Vice President of Digital Marketing and Innovation for Dunkin' Donuts U.S., programs like Perks Week underscore the brand's commitment to show appreciation for its most loyal guests. "Loyalty is the main focus for all that we do at Dunkin' Donuts, and our guests appreciate that we recognize their passion and allegiance to our brand in meaningful ways. We are excited to bring back Perks Week to reward both new and existing DD Perks members." The DD Perks Rewards Program rewards guests nationwide with points toward free Dunkin' Donuts beverages for every visit they make at participating Dunkin' Donuts locations. With DD Perks, guests earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin' Donuts when they pay using an enrolled DD Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin' Mobile App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants. To enroll in DD Perks and for complete details about the program, visit www.DDPerks.com. Dunkin' Donuts gives DD Perks members the exclusive opportunity to order ahead and speed past the line in store through On-the-Go Mobile Ordering. DD Perks members can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, select their desired location, and then simply confirm via the Dunkin' Donuts Mobile® App when they are ready to pick up their order inside the restaurant, or at the drive-thru. The order is automatically paid for using their Dunkin' Donuts Card within the App. In the restaurant, DD Perks Members have no need to wait, as they can speed past the line in store and go straight to pick up their items at a designated area. They also have the ability to save their recent orders as a favorite to speed up their next Dunkin' run. To learn more about Dunkin' Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin' Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog. Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dunkin-donuts-brings-back-perks-week-special-daily-deals-for-all-dd-perks-rewards-program-members-may-15-19-300456161.html
News Article | May 10, 2017
Across the country, nursing home employees and families are trying personalized music playlists to help seniors cope with the disorienting, anxious experience of living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Now they can look to the results of the first national study to compare key outcomes in homes that implemented an individualized music program called MUSIC & MEMORY with similar homes that did not adopt the program. The Brown University evaluation found that after homes adopted the program, residents with dementia became significantly more likely to discontinue antipsychotic and antianxiety medications and significantly less likely to engage in disruptive behaviors, compared to those residing in homes used for comparison. But the study of more than 25,000 residents in 196 nursing homes did not identify a significant improvement in mood. "This is promising," said co-lead author Rosa Baier, an associate professor of practice at the Brown University School of Public Health. "It's a first step to understanding that there may be improvements that can be attributed to this intervention." Baier noted that many gerontology experts and advocates for patients have called for ways to reduce the use of antipsychotic and antianxiety medications through a national campaign led by Medicare. "Providers are looking for non-pharmacologic interventions to address dementia behaviors," she said. "This adds to the evidence base that can help improve patient care for these residents." The study's findings also reinforce personal reports among caregivers and family members, including those presented in the documentary "Alive Inside," suggesting that personalized music helps patients even when their dementia is highly advanced, said co-lead author Kali Thomas, an assistant professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown. Thomas, who directed the study's evaluation, said her family tried a custom playlist with an uncle with dementia and saw him appear more at ease after listening to his favorite music, including from artists Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. "When we put the earphones on him, his breathing relaxed and his grimaced face relaxed," Thomas said. To better understand how widespread such effects may be and how they might become clinically meaningful, Thomas, Baier and their co-authors designed the new evaluation, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, to test the program's effects with greater national breadth and statistical rigor than previous study designs. The work was part of the mission of Brown's Center for Long-Term Care Quality and Innovation, which tests interventions to improve post-acute and long-term care that appear promising, but haven't yet been rigorously evaluated, said Baier, the center's associate director. To make their comparison, the team identified 98 nursing homes that had received formal training in the MUSIC & MEMORY program during 2013 and then assembled a list of similar nursing homes -- accounting for Medicare quality rating, geography, the age mix of residents and other factors -- that did not implement the program. The researchers included in the study all residents in each kind of home who had dementia and cognitive impairment, but who were not receiving hospice care and were not comatose. In all, 12,905 such residents lived in program homes, while 12,811 residents lived in non-program homes. Using federal Medicare and nursing home data, the researchers then compared the before-2013-and-after changes among residents in each group on four metrics: ending antipsychotic medication, ending antianxiety medication, reductions in disruptive behavior and improvement in mood. While there were no significant differences in mood, here's what they found otherwise: Antipsychotics: The rate of discontinuing these medications rose to 20.1 percent of program home residents after implementation in 2013 compared to 17.6 percent in a similar period before. By comparison, in non-program homes, the rate stayed flat: 15.2 discontinued after 2013 while 15.9 percent discontinued before. Antianxiety: The discontinuation rate rose to 24.4 percent after MUSIC & MEMORY implementation in program homes, compared to 23.5 percent before, but in non-program homes the rate fell to 20.0 percent after 2013 compared to 24.8 percent before. Behavior improvement: The rate of reduction in behavior problems increased to 56.5 percent in program homes from 50.9 percent before the program. In non-program homes the rate stayed flat at 55.9 percent after and 55.8 before. Behavioral improvements not only help the individual patients, Thomas said, but also enhance quality of life for the residents around them and the morale of nursing home staff. "Research suggests there is a relationship between nursing staff turnover and residents' behaviors," Thomas said. Thomas and Baier acknowledged key limitations in their study. Because they did not track everything each nursing home might be doing to achieve these care improvements, they can't be sure that all the improvements resulted from MUSIC & MEMORY specifically. On the other hand, because the team didn't know which or how many program home residents actually received the intervention, they had to assume that every eligible resident did. Since it might be that only a fraction of residents on average actually received the interventions in program homes, the results of the study might be understated because they are "diluted" by people who were assumed to receive the intervention but did not. "In other words, the program may have an even greater impact than reported," Baier said. To improve their evaluation, Baier, Thomas and their colleagues plan to conduct a second study in which they will randomize some homes to implement the program and some comparison homes to continue without it. By randomizing and collecting data about how the program is implemented, they'll be able to account for the current limitations. They have applied for funding to proceed. In addition to Baier and Thomas, the paper's other authors are Cyrus Kosar, Jessica Ogarek, Alissa Trepman and Vincent Mor. A grant from the National Institute on Aging helped to support the work (grant: P01AG027296).
News Article | May 11, 2017
Dublin, May 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Frontier Pharma: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - GPCRs and Protein Kinases Dominate Pipeline, with Most Promising First-in-Class Targets Demonstrating Potential Disease-Modifying Effects" drug pipelines to their offering. The increasing demand for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) therapeutics, caused by rising prevalence of the disease, has resulted in a large and competitive market landscape. There are a number of drugs competing for different market segments, across multiple lines of therapy, according to a business intelligence provider. The company's latest report states that the emergence over the past decade of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors and sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors has intensified competition. These new drug classes have been highly commercially successful and are now well established within the T2DM treatment algorithm. The leading products within these drug classes are Novo Nordisk's Victoza, Merck's Januvia, and Janssen's Invokana, respectively. In 2015, these drugs generated $2.7 billion, $4.3 billion, and $1.6 billion, respectively. Fiona Chisholm, Analyst, notes: In spite of recent developments, there are still significant unmet needs for T2DM. Treatment regimens are often complex, and many drugs have limited long-term efficacy and side effects that are particularly undesirable for the T2DM patient population, such as increased cardiovascular risk factors or weight gain. Alongside the rapidly expanding prevalence population, this ensures that sustained investment in T2DM product innovation continues to be an attractive commercial prospect. Indeed, with 591 products in development, T2DM pipeline activity is very high in comparison to other related indications within metabolic disorders such as obesity and type 1 diabetes mellitus, which have 254 and 244 active products in development, respectively. T2DM therapeutics can often attract high values in licensing or co-development strategic consolidations. GBI Research's analysis of licensing and co-development deals relating to T2DM therapeutics since 2006 has identified aggregate deal values of $9.2 billion and $9.5 billion, respectively, for deals with disclosed deal values. Despite this, the majority of first-in-class products in development for T2DM have no disclosed involvement in previous licensing or co-development. Among these products, the range of molecular targets is relatively wide, providing ample and diverse opportunities for potential investors. Entering into a licensing or co-development deal can have significant benefits for both parties, including shared product development risks, financial and R&D resource support, and portfolio or geographical expansion,"" Chisholm concludes Key Topics Covered: 1 Tables & Figures 2 Executive Summary 2.1 Large and Competitive Market Landscape Driven by Rising Prevalence 2.2 Investment in First-in-Class Innovation Remains Strong 2.3 Opportunities for Investment in First-in-Class Product Development are Considerable 3 The Case for Innovation 3.1 Growing Opportunities for Biologic Products 3.2 Diversification of Molecular Targets 3.3 Innovative First-in-Class Product Development Remains Attractive 3.4 Regulatory and Reimbursement Policy Shifts Favor First-in-Class Product Innovation 3.5 Sustained Innovation 3.6 GBI Research Report Guidance 4 Clinical and Commercial Landscape 4.1 Disease Overview 4.2 Classification of Diabetes Mellitus 4.3 Symptoms 4.4 Epidemiology 4.5 Etiology 4.6 Pathophysiology 4.7 Co-morbidities and Complications 4.8 Management and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus 4.8.1 Non-insulin T2DM Therapies 4.9 Insulin-Based T2DM Therapies 4.10 Overview of Marketed Products in Type 2 Diabetes 4.11 Unmet Need and Commercial Opportunities in T2DM 5 Assessment of Pipeline Product Innovation 5.1 Pipeline by Stage of Development, Molecule Type and Molecular Target 5.2 Comparative Distribution of Programs between the Market and Pipeline by Molecular Target Class 5.3 First-in-Class Programs by Molecular Target Category 6 Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Signaling Network, Disease Causation and Innovation Alignment 6.1 Complexity of Signaling Networks 6.2 Signaling Pathways and First-in-Class Molecular Target Integration 6.3 First-in-Class Matrix Assessment 7 First-in-Class Target and Pipeline Program Evaluation 7.1 Pipeline Programs Targeting Insulin Receptor Substrate 1 and Insulin Receptor Substrate 7.2 Pipeline Programs Targeting G-Protein Coupled Receptor Kinase 5 (GRK5) 7.3 Pipeline Programs Targeting Type 2 Angiotensin II Receptor 7.4 Pipeline Programs Targeting Islet Amyloid Polypeptide (IAPP) 7.5 Pipeline Programs Targeting Nacht LRR and PYD Domains Containing Protein 7.6 Pipeline Programs Targeting Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor Gamma Coactivator 1 Alpha (PPARGC1A) 7.7 Pipeline Programs Targeting Glucagon 7.8 Pipeline Programs Targeting Alpha Synuclein 7.9 Pipeline Programs Targeting Microtubule Associated Protein Tau 8 Strategic Consolidations 8.1 Industry-Wide First-in-Class Deals 8.2 Licensing Deals 8.3 Co-development Deals 8.4 First-in-Class Programs Not Involved in Licensing or Co-development Deals 9 Appendix For more information about this drug pipelines report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/ql886r/frontier_pharma
News Article | May 12, 2017
Austin, TX - May 12, 2017, Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, will demonstrate its end-to-end IoT offering designed to "Connect. Secure. Monetize." at Internet of Things World 2017 - the world's largest IoT Event. In order to realize the benefits of the IoT, there are three critical components for the ecosystem to thrive: reliable connectivity, strong security and an agile monetization framework. Visit booth #1714 to experience how Gemalto and attending partner, West, create the secure, connected and revenue driven technology needed for any IoT deployment. West's Safety Services provide the critical link between the private and public safety sectors with connectivity to improve emergency response. Leveraging Gemalto's IoT module services, West will demonstrate their Emergency Aware Services solution which blends intelligence from field deployed Gemalto M2M Modules into incident command context. For instance, when smart city elements such as fire detection sensors are activated, the public safety command can instantly geo-fence the area, asses the seriousness of the situation, and identify and notify first responders in the area. As LPWANs (Low-Power Wide Area Networks) are booming, Gemalto will demonstrate its new Trusted Key Manager (TKM) solution for the low-power LoRa(TM) networks. The TKM for LoRa ensures end-to-end security for IoT devices connecting over LoRaWAN(TM), while allowing flexibility to choose any LoRa network operator, manage massive fleets of devices, and ensure trust for IoT connected objects that thrive on cost-efficient, low-data rate connectivity. Gemalto will also demonstrate Sentinel Fit, an embedded software solution for secure licensing with the ability to maximize monetization of software-based products, for even the smallest of IoT devices and intelligent machines. Sentinel Fit together with Sentinel EMS seamlessly integrates with back office systems and has a wide range of data collection and reporting capabilities. Licenses can be activated and updated throughout the entire product lifecycle, allowing full monetization and operational efficiency. IoT Strategy and Innovation Workshop: Back by popular demand, Gemalto will host its second annual workshop to examine the best strategies for successful IoT deployments on May 15 from 9am - 6pm PST | Santa Clara, CA| Register here. Listen to industry leaders from Lina Group, Inc; PARC, a Xerox Company; Grey Heron; Zuora and Gemalto during the Executive Summit panel "Defining your IoT Strategy: Executives as IoT adoption influencers." Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world. Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between. Gemalto's solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software - enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things. Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries. For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.
News Article | May 11, 2017
Earlier in the school year, Oculus sent Ola Björling, Global Director of Virtual Reality Marketing for MediaMonks, to campus as a guest artist. "MediaMonks is the biggest creative digital production company on the planet," said School of Filmmaking Dean Susan Ruskin. "It was a phenomenal experience for our students because Ola has not only technical expertise surrounding virtual reality, but he also has a philosophical understanding of virtual reality's potential impact on digital storytelling." Also this year, film students worked alongside professional filmmakers to produce a VR pilot called DecipHER. Guest artists for the project included Jacquie Barnbrook (producer of the Martian VR Experience and visual effects producer of The Jungle Book and The Hunger Games; Eric Hann, cinematographer, visual effects supervisor and VR photographer; and Alexa Hann, a writer, director and producer who started her career at Disney and is now focusing her talents in developing VR. "When I first started looking into virtual reality it seemed apparent that this was the way the world was going," Ruskin said. "It felt to me the best way for our students to really learn was to get up on their feet, do a production and do it with people who have the experience." Fifty students across every discipline in the film school were involved with the DecipHER project, and each lunch hour was devoted to a question-and-answer session with the guest artists. "We all learned a tremendous amount from each other," Ruskin said. "Together, we are all learning how to approach storytelling and problem solving in this new environment, using highly sophisticated equipment." Some of that equipment was provided by Radiant Images, a leading rental house for VR equipment. "We are extremely fortunate to partner with Radiant Images, which provides equipment and training that we would not be able to afford," Ruskin said. The equipment was used in the DecipHER project, and also in the year-long course that signaled UNCSA's prominence in the VR medium. Ruskin said the course is a popular elective for students in all film disciplines, with 21 students enrolled and six faculty auditing. "Virtual reality has its own lexicon, its own language. Gamers communicate differently than narrative filmmakers. We are all learning together to communicate more effectively in this new art form," she said. "Both students and faculty are keenly interested in exploring the new frontier of virtual reality programming." New courses will be added to the VR curriculum in Fall 2017 to emphasize different aspects of the medium, and plans are underway to partner with a nearby university to explore the engineering aspect of virtual reality. Beyond that, Ruskin hopes to leverage additional resources like the 14,000-square-foot sound stage in nearby High Point that was donated to UNCSA several years ago. "It is a terrific resource, not only for film production, but also for incubation of new technologies. Technology developers can bring their equipment here to test it, and our students will get to try it out," she said. "That will be very attractive in a field where the technology will continue to change every few months." That experience will give UNCSA students a leg up as they enter the profession, Ruskin added. "We are not just teaching our students how to use current technology, because that will change tomorrow," she said. "We are teaching them how to be technologically nimble. They will master the next generation of virtual reality tools and will be the industry leaders in the years to come." The equipment and training provided by Oculus is a good example. UNCSA received Oculus Rift headsets and touch controllers, Samsung Gear VR headsets and phones, Samsung Gear 360 cameras and Rift-ready top-of-the-line computers from Advanced Micro Devices, equipment that is used in digital gaming and narrative filmmaking. "This is cutting-edge equipment, the most advanced technology available," Ruskin said. "Oculus is the worldwide leader in virtual reality technologies and they are providing a remarkable opportunity for our students to experience storytelling with the technological tools that the industry is using," she said. "We are extremely grateful to Oculus and to industry experts — who are developing the technology and using it every day – for engaging with our students and faculty." Ruskin said more industry collaborations are sure to follow. "We have found partners in the business who are eager to see students learn how to tell stories in this space," she said. The lessons, she added, are exciting for students, teachers and industry pros. "It's always great fun when you are going into a brand new world and nobody's got the answers so it is up to you to figure it out," she said. "That to me is a really good time." UNCSA is America's first state-supported arts school, a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking, and music. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem ("The City of Arts and Innovation") in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system when it was formed in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu. High resolution images available. Read the story on our webpage. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/innovative-virtual-reality-curriculum-at-uncsa-school-of-filmmaking-sparks-collaboration-with-industry-leaders-300456119.html SOURCE University of North Carolina School of the Arts
News Article | February 15, 2017
Establishment of new headquarters in Ireland will add jobs to the region and accelerate NGINX's growth across EMEA SAN FRANCISCO, CA and CORK, IRELAND--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2017) - NGINX, Inc., the engine delivering sites and applications for the modern web, today announced an expanded international presence and new headquarters for EMEA in Cork, Ireland. As substantially more organisations move to the cloud, containers, and microservices, NGINX continues to attract strong worldwide adoption and now powers more than half of the world's busiest sites and applications. NGINX's flagship commercial offering, NGINX Plus, extends open source NGINX with advanced features such as load balancing, web and mobile acceleration, security controls, application monitoring and management, and award-winning support for an enterprise-ready solution. Currently, NGINX has more than 100 employees worldwide, and is set for continued rapid global expansion -- with immediate plans for growth across EMEA centred around its new regional headquarters in Cork. The company plans to create over 100 jobs in its Cork office over the next three years in specialties including sales, marketing, finance, business development, software architecture, engineering, and research and development. The EMEA headquarters will serve to better support existing customers in the region, and will provide a base to reach new customers in high growth areas, including the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and across the Nordics. NGINX is supported by Ireland's Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland. "Many of the world's leading technology firms are expanding their presence in Ireland because of the availability of highly skilled talent, the quality of life, and its strong relationships across Europe -- and NGINX is no exception," said An Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny TD. "We welcome NGINX for both the job and economic advancement it will bring to Ireland. The company is in the midst of incredible growth, with strong brand recognition throughout EMEA, making it a natural fit to have Cork as a launching point to the Irish market, and across the entire region." NGINX CEO Gus Robertson added, "With consumer expectations at an all-time high, organisations of all sizes are turning to NGINX to deliver their applications and websites with performance, reliability, security, and scale across cloud and hybrid environments. By launching our EMEA headquarters in Cork we'll be able to better serve our customers throughout the region, empowering them to deliver the best possible web experience to their end users." He continued, "Beyond this geographical fit, Cork is strongly aligned in culture and attitude with the values carried over from our global headquarters in San Francisco, and we look forward to bringing in the best and brightest talent in the area." Welcoming the announcement Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said, "NGINX is experiencing high demand for its products and services. Its choice of Cork for its EMEA HQ clearly illustrates Ireland's attractiveness to global business as an established location within Europe to both internationalise and grow its customer base." The announcement comes ahead of the completion of NGINX's office in the Cork City Centre, which is set to be finished in March 2017. To learn more about NGINX Plus, visit www.nginx.com, or to apply for a position in Cork visit www.nginx.com/jobs/. Join the conversation by following @nginx on Twitter. About NGINX, Inc. NGINX is the heart of the modern web -- helping the world's most innovative companies deliver their sites and applications with performance, reliability, security, and scale. The company offers an award-winning, comprehensive application delivery platform in use on more than 180 million sites worldwide. Companies around the world rely on NGINX to ensure flawless digital experiences through features such as advanced load balancing, web and mobile acceleration, security controls, application monitoring, and management. More than half of the Internet's busiest websites rely on NGINX, including Airbnb, Box, Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest, SoundCloud, and Zappos. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Moscow and London. Learn more at https://www.nginx.com/
News Article | January 13, 2016
The plans for a LOFAR station in Ireland have been around for a while, but now it's official: a LOFAR station will be built this year in Ireland. I-LOFAR, the Irish LOFAR consortium, has been awarded €1.4 million by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Together with €0.5 million in philanthropic grants plus contributions of I-LOFAR members, it is possible to build and exploit the LOFAR station, which will be constructed on the grounds of Birr Castle, located centrally in Ireland. Today, during a meeting at Birr Castle, Irish Ministers Bruton (Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation) and English (Education and Skills) announced the award for I-LOFAR, as one element of a €30 million investment by SFI in research infrastructures. LOFAR is a world-leading facility for astronomical studies, providing for highly sensitive and detailed scrutiny of the nearby and far-away Universe. LOFAR is designed and operated on behalf of the ILT by ASTRON, the Netherlands institute for Radio Astronomy. Dr. Rene Vermeulen, Director of the ILT, is delighted with the news: "The added Irish antenna station will be an excellent enhancement, extending the ILT to a pan-European fibre-connected network spanning nearly 2000 km. Such long distances allow exquisitely finely detailed sky imaging capability. And, at least as importantly, the Irish astronomical community will now add their expertise and effort to the "ILT family", in the pursuit of a great many cutting-edge science questions that LOFAR can answer. Topics range from the properties of the Earth's upper atmosphere, flaring of the Sun, out to the far reaches of the early Universe when the first stars and galaxies formed." According to Prof. Peter Gallagher, Head of I-LOFAR, "The Irish LOFAR station at Birr builds on Ireland's great scientific heritage of the Leviathan Telescope of Birr and will connect us to the largest low frequency radio telescope in the world. I-LOFAR will also inspire students to study science, engineering and computer science, and attract additional visitors to Birr. It will also act as a magnet to attract technology companies to the area." The International LOFAR Telescope is the largest connected radio telescope in the world. There are currently six partner countries: of the 50 antenna stations, 38 are located in the Netherlands, 6 in Germany, 3 in Poland, and 1 each in France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Together, these have many thousands of receiving elements. The new Irish station will increase the distances between antenna stations, thus providing finer image details. Explore further: New radio telescope will listen to the Universe on the FM-band More information: LOFAR brochure available here: dl.dropbox.com/u/3521586/i-lofar_brochure_final.pdf
News Article | November 15, 2016
The University of Plymouth is looking to expand its work supporting farmers and families in rural Kenya after receiving a second grant from Comic Relief. In 2014, the University became the first higher education institution to gain funding from the organisation when it received more than £535,000 to work with the Farm Shop Trust to develop a sustainable and commercially viable supply chain for agricultural inputs across its network. Now it has received a second award -- taking the funding total to more than £1.2million -- to continue to project, which will enable it to increase the number of shops up and running across the country. When the partnership was launched, a pilot of 10 farm shops were already up and running in Kenya's Central, Rift Valley and Eastern provinces. Just over two years later that has risen to 77, with the aim being to double that number again so that around 150 shops - benefitting 56,000 farmers and the wider community -- are in operation by the end of 2018. The project is led by the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, part of the Plymouth Business School, in collaboration with Newcastle University, Duchy College's Rural Business School and the Farm Shop Trust. Dr Hilary Duckett, Director of the Plymouth Business School, said: "It is a credit to all those involved in this project that the funds have been extended for a further two years. With the support of the research team and students, it has already seen the number of franchises extended, positively benefitting tens of thousands of the world's poorest people. We are now looking at ways to optimise the systems for evaluation and examine the entrepreneurial leadership orientations of the franchisees, as well as exploring the impact of gender on their experiences." Dr Robert Newbery, who launched the project while based in Plymouth and is now Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Innovation at Newcastle University, added: "Since we started work in Kenya, the opening of new shops has had a noticeable impact on areas including education, health and wellbeing, youth unemployment and poverty levels. Overall the project has been really interesting and as a social innovation it is taking off. We are starting to see some competing business models, which is a welcome sign that this approach is being incorporated into the local entrepreneurial ecosystem." Dr Stephen Roderick, an agricultural scientist at Duchy College's Rural Business School, has also been involved in the project since its inception. He said: "What has particularly impressed me during the first phase of the project has been the commitment of the Farm Shop support team and the quality of support and advice they offer the shop franchisees and their farmer customers. I am very much looking forward to helping the team continue this excellent service as the number of shops increases, as well as playing a role in monitoring the impact this is having on the rural communities they serve." The Farm Shop trust is an innovative rural distribution network, revolutionising smallholder farming with the basic inputs these households need to escape poverty. It was established by accomplished social entrepreneurs Farouk Jiwa and Madison Ayer, whose previous venture - Honey Care Africa - earned global praise from the Prince of Wales Business Trust, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others. Its shops provide a blend of high-quality agricultural inputs, qualified advisory and information services, and structured opportunities for farmers to learn about cutting-edge technologies. Since it began working with the University of Plymouth, franchisees have seen average sales increase from around $600 a month to more than $3,000 a month.
Kerrigan M.,Enterprise and Innovation
Digital Investigation | Year: 2013
The concept of capability maturity models was first developed by the Software Engineering Institute in Carnegie Mellon University as a tool for objectively assessing the ability of government contractors' processes to perform a contracted software project. Although initially focussed on software development, it has been applied successfully to other process areas and has developed into a framework of process improvement models known as Capability Maturity Model Integration or CMMI. This paper proposes a Digital Investigation Capability Maturity Model (DI-CMM) as a tool for analysing an organisation's digital investigations capability. The methodology is applied to a selection of real-life organisations and their current capabilities in terms of digital investigation are assessed objectively using the DI-CMM. The outcome is then contrasted with the organisations' subjective assessment of their digital investigations capability. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.