IT Execs Balancing Tension Between Accelerated Transformation and Talent, Supply Constraints, Insight Study Finds

TEMPE, Ariz.–()–In 2021, on average, new technology investments were split nearly evenly in support of business transformation (47%) and “keep the lights on” IT modernization (53%), according to the Insight Intelligent Technology™ Report 2022. The annual progress report of 400 IT decision makers (“ITDMs”) at organizations based in North America is conducted by Insight Enterprises (Nasdaq: NSIT), the global provider of Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ that maximize the value of IT, in partnership with IDG Research Services.

The report examined how companies are defining their long-term IT strategies to meet the changing, post-pandemic expectations of their businesses, their employees, and the market more broadly. It found that two-thirds (67%) strongly agree that their organizations have succeeded in adapting to marketplace changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by incorporating new technologies and IT processes.

The question now becomes how companies can sustain and build on their progress. This comes down to being ambitious in their pursuit of new business transformation strategies while investing in the underlying IT infrastructure that powers everything — from collaboration tools enabling remote work to automation and edge computing,” said Stan Lequin, senior vice president and general manager of solutions at Insight. “But IT executives are grappling with real challenges. Talent shortages and global supply chain issues impede progress as IT is being tasked with more responsibility than ever before to power the business, and our new report also identifies several internal roadblocks, too.”

IT Leaders Drive Modernization and Transformation, Simultaneously

Over the next 12 months, ITDMs are concentrating heavily on upgrading their cloud environment. Their top investment priorities for modernizing their IT foundation are security (51%), cloud infrastructure and platform managed services (37%), data analytics/BI platforms (37%), software as a service (34%), and cloud monitoring/management (32%).

As ITDMs look outward over the next three years, the focus is squarely on energizing the intelligent use of data. Respondents expect AI/machine learning (36%), high-performance computing (34%), BI/data analytics (32%) and digital workplace technologies (31%) to have the most impact on transformation strategies. DevOps tools (28%) and IoT/edge computing (25%) also will be among their top gamechangers.

The greatest hindrance to IT modernization comes from within, as 61% cited internal challenges as bigger roadblocks than external factors. Security/data privacy deficiencies (40%), competing priorities (35%), upfront costs (32%), and cloud complexity (32%) are top challenges within organizations.

IT Responsibilities Widen, Even Amid a Talent Shortage

Since February 2020, IT has taken on new responsibilities in several areas, including cybersecurity (78%), cloud architecture (72%) and IT procurement (68%), the report finds.

While the obligations of IT have expanded significantly amid the backdrop of the pandemic, ITDMs remain concerned about the competitive landscape. Respondents cite competitor product or services improvements (62%) and innovative market disruptors (53%) as their greatest perceived threats. Yet 41% also said their organization’s own ability to adapt to change and the risk of losing IT talent, respectively, were top inhibitors to remaining competitive.

A shortage of talent across the IT sector impedes business functions as ITDMs are focusing on safeguarding against perceived threats: more than half of respondents (52%) report employee attrition on their IT teams, with 45% citing resulting gaps in skills and talent due to the changing demand. To address this challenge, 63% plan to hire new IT talent over the next 12 months.

IT Supply Chain Disruptions Impede Progress, Efficiency

Over nine in 10 ITDMs (91%) say they are being impacted to at least some extent by IT supply chain disruption (49% to a great extent and 42% to some extent).

In response, 44% plan to shift application processing requirements to the cloud to lessen the impact of IT supply chain disruption. Other measures to soften the impact include avoiding last minute, ad-hoc purchases (43%) and making improvements to forecasting processes to gain longer-term visibility into needs (42%).

The difficult reality is that global supply chain issues will continue well into 2022 and likely beyond. While this is a very challenging time, the disruption has forced organizations to make necessary changes in planning, purchasing and processing that will better position them to manage volatility now and in the future,” said Megan Amdahl, senior vice president, partner alliances tech enterprise sales, Insight.

Collaboration is Key When Driving Transformation Efforts

Considering the depth of the business imperatives owned by IT, most respondents (95%) indicate their organizations will rely on third parties to shape business transformation strategy (53% to a great extent).

This kind of collaboration is only expected to ramp up: most respondents (89%) expect the volume of IT projects offloaded to a third party to increase over the next 12 months. The greatest areas of needed support in this period will be cloud services (36%), optimizing the cloud environment (32%), IT cost management (30%), technology selection strategy (28%) and security/risk management (28%).

C-Suite executives must think holistically about the IT ecosystem and how digital transformation and IT modernization go hand in hand. With resources at a premium, the emphasis has been on building resiliency vs. returning to innovation,” said Matt Jackson, vice president of digital innovation, Insight. “But now is also a good time for business leaders to plan for the future. They have an opportunity to re-envision what their businesses will look like moving forward, and the results suggest they’re starting to lean into this more.”

To read the complete “Insight Intelligent Technology Report 2022: IT Ambitions for Business Transformation,” go to insight.com/ITReport. For more information on Insight, visit insight.com or call 800-INSIGHT.

Methodology:

The 23-question survey was conducted online by IDG among 400 IT decision-makers (director level and above) who are employed at an organization in the U.S. or Canada with between 500 and 10,000 employees across a mix of vertical industries. The research was fielded between Sept. 2-17, 2021, with an aim to understand how commercial and enterprise businesses are defining their long-term IT modernization and broader business transformation strategies to meet changing market demands.

About Insight

Today, every business is a technology business. Insight Enterprises Inc. empowers organizations of all sizes with Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ and services to maximize the business value of IT. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of Digital Innovation, Cloud + Data Center Transformation and Connected Workforce solutions and services, we help clients successfully manage their IT today while transforming for tomorrow. From IT strategy and design to implementation, management and supply chain optimization, our employees help clients innovate and optimize their operations to run business smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT

RxParadigm Partners with Scipher Medicine® to Support Medication Utilization, Improve Patient Outcomes, and Lower Costs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

WALTHAM, Mass.–()–Scipher Medicine, a precision immunology company matching patients with their most effective medication therapies, today announced a partnership with RxParadigm, a pharmacy benefit manager company delivering transparency and restoring competitiveness to healthcare systems, to offer RxParadigm customers access to PrismRA. PrismRA is the only molecular signature blood test available in the U.S. that informs personalized treatment decisions for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

An estimated 90% of RA patients are prescribed tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) drugs, yet nearly two-thirds do not respond to the medications. More than $552 billion is wasted annually on prescribed medications to which patients do not respond. PrismRA tests for patient response and enables them to start more effective FDA-approved therapies from the outset.

“PrismRA is an innovative blood test demonstrating clinical excellence that allows physicians to transparently prescribe therapy guided on best outcomes,” said Mesfin Tegenu, founder and CEO of RxParadigm. “We are committed to bringing change into the healthcare system to create better drug utilization, improve patient outcomes, and encourage value-based pricing for fair access to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for Americans.”

Scipher Medicine’s health economic analyses suggest that integrating PrismRA into the care pathway for patients with RA improves outcomes while decreasing drug and other medical costs.

“Our partnership with RxParadigm is another step forward in our mission to help patients and solve one of healthcare’s biggest challenges,” said Alif Saleh, Chief Executive Officer of Scipher Medicine. “PrismRA empowers pharmacy benefit managers to guide and optimize drug utilization, which improves patient outcomes and lowers costs.”

Since PrismRA’s introduction last year, Scipher Medicine has partnered with health care companies across the U.S. that serve more than 50,000 physicians, 3,000 health care facilities, and 30 million Americans. The molecular data generated from PrismRA supports development of Scipher Medicine’s test pipeline targeting additional complex diseases with low drug therapy response rates, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Our proprietary network medicine platform also supports partnerships with pharmaceutical companies to develop new drug therapies.

RA is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, which means a person’s immune system attacks healthy cells, causing painful swelling in the affected parts of the body, usually joints in the hands, wrists, and knees. There is no cure for RA, making early condition management critical to patient care. About 1.5 million Americans have RA, and women are two times more likely than men to get RA, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

About PrismRA®

PrismRA, a liquid signature test, is a revolutionary advancement bringing precision medicine to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, which affects 20 million patients globally. From a routine blood draw, the PrismRA test analyzes an individual’s molecular signature, helping identify who is unlikely to adequately respond to TNFi therapy, the world’s largest selling drug class, so non-responders can be prescribed alternative effective therapy and avoid unnecessary dose escalations or drug cycles. Providers now have objective data to guide therapeutic decision-making and give patients the best chance of achieving treatment targets and improving clinical outcomes. For more information, please visit www.PrismRA.com.

About Scipher Medicine®

Scipher Medicine, a precision immunology company matching patients with their most effective therapies, believes that patients deserve simple answers to treatment options based on scientifically backed data. Using Spectra™, our proprietary network medicine platform, and artificial intelligence, we commercialize blood tests revealing a person’s unique molecular disease signature and match it to the most effective therapy, ensuring optimal treatment from day one. The patient molecular data generated from our tests further supports the discovery and development of novel and more effective therapeutics. We partner with leading payers, providers, and pharmaceutical companies to bring precision medicine to autoimmune diseases. Visit http://www.sciphermedicine.com and follow Scipher Medicine on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About RxParadigm

RxParadigm delivers transparency and competitiveness to the prescription drug marketplace. Founded by industry veteran Mesfin Tegenu, RxParadigm is reworking the opaque system of how prescription drug rebates are offered and how drug prices are negotiated to reduce the cost and increase availability of life-saving therapeutics to the American public. By neutralizing the PBM market imbalance, RxParadigm provides regional plans and pharmacy benefit management companies with the same economic advantages their larger competitors enjoy, along with the tools they need, including ease of payment for gene therapy, to differentiate themselves and provide more value to the marketplace. Visit www.rxparadigm.com

NetApp Continues to Power Ducati into the Next MotoGP World Championship

SAN JOSE, Calif.–()–NetApp® (NASDAQ: NTAP), a global cloud-led, data-centric software company, announced the extension of its partnership with the Ducati Corse motorcycle racing team at the completion of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship race in Valencia, Spain. For the next two years, NetApp will continue to help advance Ducati’s performance in the MotoGP World Championship, the world’s most prestigious motorcycle racing competition.

The collaboration between Ducati (part of the Volkswagen Group), through its Ducati Corse division, and NetApp began in 2018 in a bid to maximize the use of data to improve performance within the world of racing. NetApp and Ducati are expanding their work together to accelerate digital transformation by:

  • Optimizing 3D product design in complex development projects by implementing a new virtual desktop environment, allowing engineers to collaborate efficiently all over the world. As part of this improvement, engineers and developers can securely leverage and archive any project data, using the rich functionalities of NetApp StorageGRID object storage.
  • Automating the racing team’s data workflow before, during and after the race. Engineers can support their team’s success, both remotely and on-site to maximize the power of information for the win.
  • Supporting the overall evolution of the information technology strategy through collaboration between Ducati and the Professional Services teams at NetApp.

“We are delighted to build on the collaboration with NetApp, which has developed well over the past four years,” said Luigi Dall’Igna, General Manager at Ducati Corse. “We look forward to working together to continue to optimize our performance with the limitless possibilities that the power of data can bring to the motorbike racing world.”

“Leading a winning team requires exploring new ways to succeed and finding any edge to beat the competition,” said Cesar Cernuda, President at NetApp. “Our partnership and momentum with Ducati Corse are thriving and the team secured three of the top five placements in world standings this year. We are proud to support the ongoing digital transformation of Ducati into a winning, data-driven company.”

About NetApp

NetApp is a global cloud-led, data-centric software company that empowers organizations to lead with data in the age of accelerated digital transformation. The company provides systems, software and cloud services that enable them to run their applications optimally from data center to cloud, whether they are developing in the cloud, moving to the cloud, or creating their own cloudlike experiences on premises. With solutions that perform across diverse environments, NetApp helps organizations build their own data fabric and securely deliver the right data, services and applications to the right people—anytime, anywhere. Learn more at www.netapp.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

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About Ducati

Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been manufacturing sport-inspired motorcycles characterised by high-performance engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Ducati factory is located in Bologna’s Borgo Panigale district. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, XDiavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, SuperSport, Panigale and Streetfighter. In 2015, Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel that that stands out for its creativity and self-expression. In 2020 Ducati unveiled the Multistrada V4, the world’s first motorcycle equipped with front and rear radar, which with its technology marks a new milestone for the world of two wheels. Ducati iconic motorcycles, together with an extensive range of bike accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries worldwide. In 2020 Ducati delivered 48,042 bikes to customers. Ducati competes in both MotoGP and Superbike World Championships. The Company has been racing in the MotoGP category since 2003 and has won the Constructors’ World Title in 2020 and 2021. Furthermore, Ducati was World Champion in the 2007 season, winning both Constructors’ and Riders’ Title. In Superbike, Ducati has won 17 Manufacturer’s Titles and 14 Rider’s Titles.

Covestro and voxeljet announce partnership to advance additive manufacture in series production

LEVERKUSEN, Germany–()–Materials company Covestro and industrial 3D printer manufacturer voxeljet are collaborating to develop a material-machine combination for economic large series additive manufacturing. With High Speed Sintering (HSS), voxeljet combines the advantages of two existing additive technologies: selective laser sintering and binder jetting, giving the benefit of both SLS part properties and binder-jetting productivity.

After jointly developing and qualifying a Thermoplastic Polyorethane (TPU) powder for HSS, the two companies are taking their collaboration to the next level by bringing customers a seamless material-process solution for volume manufacturing of their specific applications.

“Typically, material and processing technology work separately in the value chain, with customers having to figure out how to make them work,” said Geoff Gardner, Innovation Director Additive Manufacturing at Covestro. “Together with voxeljet, we want to remove what we believe is still a barrier for adopting AM on the production floor. Thanks to its size and speed, coupled with the constant layer time, HSS offers manufacturers an economic solution for series production.”

Seamless material-process solution

voxeljet will contribute its knowledge with its large format VX1000HSS printer platform, and Covestro its expertise in designing functional materials, to develop a seamlessly working material-process solution that can be deployed for large scale manufacturing.

James Reeves, Global Director of Polymer Sintering (HSS) at voxeljet added: “This is a match of two companies strongly believing in really close collaboration across the additive ecosystem. The potential of HSS to process specialty powder materials is tremendous. By offering customers material choices, we accelerate their access to pioneering products.”

Material possibilities that the companies are considering are TPUs, which are suited well for footwear and cushioning applications, as well as thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and polpropylene (PP). The collaboration with voxeljet involves scaling new materials on the large-format, industrial manufacturing machine – VX1000HSS, currently accessible via voxeljet’s Early Access Beta Program.

If you are interested in collaborating in this program, please reach out – both companies will showcase their polymer powder materials and printers at Formnext 2021, Nov. 16th-19th in Frankfurt, Germany, in hall 12.1; Covestro at booth C11 and voxeljet at booth C129.

Abour voxeljet:

voxeljet’ s (NASDAQ: VJET) roots reach back to the year 1995 with the first successful dosing of UV-resins. In the context of a “hidden” project, initial 3D-printing tests are performed at the Technical University Munich. Our company was founded on May 5, 1999 as a spin-off from TUM in Munich with a clear vision in mind: to establish a new manufacturing standard by developing new generative processes for the series-production of complex components using 3D printing. In the beginning, operations were launched with four employees at the TUM. Today, we are a globally acting, leading provider of high-speed, large-format 3D printers and on-demand 3D printed parts to industrial and commercial customers. Components manufactured with the help of our technology are flying in space, make mobility more efficient and the production of new engineering solutions possible. To learn more visit our website www.voxeljet.com, and follow us on LinkedIn, or on Twitter.

About Covestro:

With 2020 sales of EUR 10.7 billion, Covestro is among the world’s leading polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative, sustainable solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. In doing so, Covestro is fully committed to the circular economy. The main industries served are the automotive and transportation industries, construction, furniture and wood processing, as well as electrical, electronics, and household appliances industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry itself. At the end of 2020, Covestro has 33 production sites worldwide and employs approximately 16,500 people (calculated as full-time equivalents).

Learn more about legacy-DSM additive manufacturing on am.covestro.com and Covestro on www.covestro.com

Forward-looking statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Covestro AG. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Covestro’s public reports which are available at www.covestro.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

Faced With Rising Taxes and Ongoing Market Uncertainty, Pre-retirees Lean on New Investment Options to Maximize Savings Potential

RADNOR, Pa.–()–Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) today announced the upcoming launch of a new crediting strategy within its highly recognized indexed variable annuity, Lincoln Level Advantage®. Beginning Nov. 22, 2021, new contracts with Lincoln Level Advantage will offer a spread crediting strategy, in addition to several existing investing options, providing investors with a new option for portfolio growth opportunities, balanced with added protection. Lincoln Financial’s latest launch demonstrates its continued commitment to innovation within the registered index linked annuity (RILA) space.

This new option could be impactful for pre-retirees, who are working longer and may be facing changes in savings habits and strategies.1

As investors worry that they won’t have enough money to fund the life they want in retirement, many are now looking for diverse investment strategies that can both grow and protect their savings to help support their lifestyle in their golden years,” says Brian Kroll, senior vice president and head of Annuity Solutions, Lincoln Financial.

Lincoln Level Advantage has helped more than 76,000 clients2 safeguard the assets they’ve worked hard to save, stay positioned for growth and feel more confident about their financial futures,” says Kroll. “Now, this new spread indexed account further expands the product’s optionality and flexibility to best suit clients’ diverse investment needs.”

About the Lincoln Level Advantage Spread Account Option

The Lincoln Level Advantage spread account provides an added option for clients who value protection, but also have a strong desire to maximize earning potential. If the index performance is positive, the account begins earning uncapped growth once the performance exceeds the spread. If the index performance is negative, the account is protected up to the amount of the protection level.

The spread indexed account option is currently available for new contracts with a six-year indexed account and a 15% protection level. Spread rates for new indexed segments will be declared five business days in advance of the beginning of a segment. A spread rate is the percentage of the index’s return deducted from the indexed account when the index return is positive, which means a return could be lower than if invested directly in a fund based on the applicable index. There is risk of loss of principal if negative returns exceed the selected protection level, as well as a risk of future availability as the indexed accounts with applicable spread rates will vary over time.

Additionally, investment instructions must be received by the end of an indexed term or a new indexed segment will be selected on behalf of the policy holder. The available indexed account with applicable spread rates will vary over time. Investors should speak with their financial professionals to evaluate benefits and risks and select an option that best suits their investment goals.

About Lincoln Level Advantage

Since its launch in May 2018, Lincoln Level Advantage has been Lincoln’s most successful product launch to-date with more than $12 billion in lifetime sales. Lincoln’s RILA provides investors the ability to tailor a combination of protection levels with indexed account options to help meet their risk tolerance, individual investment style and retirement income planning goals.

The product has been lauded by investors and the industry alike, earning recognition from Structured Retail Products, was the number one selling RILA in the industry for 20203 and named in Barron’s The 100 Best Annuities for Today’s Market” feature.

For more information about Lincoln Level Advantage indexed variable annuity, visit www.LFG.com/LevelAdvantage.

About Lincoln Financial

Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help people take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, more than 17 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, and guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $322 billion in end-of-period account values as of September 30, 2021. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen included on major sustainability indices including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good. Dedicated to diversity and inclusion, we earned perfect 100 percent scores on the Corporate Equality Index and the Disability Equality Index, and rank among Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies. Learn more at: www.LincolnFinancial.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at http://newsroom.lfg.com.

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Lincoln Level Advantage® indexed variable annuity is a long-term investment product designed for retirement purposes. There are no explicit fees associated with the indexed-linked account options available. There are associated fees with the variable annuity subaccounts, which include a product charge, and administrative fees. Annuities are subject to market risk including loss of principal. Withdrawals are subject to ordinary income tax treatment and, if taken prior to age 59½ in nonqualified contracts, may be subject to an additional 10% federal tax.

The risk of loss occurs each time you move into a new indexed account after the end of an indexed term. The protection level option selected in the indexed account helps protect you from some downside risk. If the negative return is in excess of the protection level selected, there is a risk of loss of principal. Protection levels vary based on the index, crediting strategy and term selected are subject to change and may not be available with every option. Please see the prospectus for details.

Guarantee of Principal (also know as return of principal, or ROP) death benefit is available for an additional charge of 0.20% (applied to assets in variable investment options only). Adjusted performance cap, participation and performance trigger rates will apply to indexed accounts. The GOP is adjusted proportionately for withdrawals and dollar-for-dollar for i4LIFE® Advantage payments. The spread rate may be higher for contracts with the GOP benefit.

Investors are advised to consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the annuity and its underlying investment options carefully before investing. The applicable prospectuses for the variable annuity and its underlying investment options contain this and other important information. Please call for free prospectuses. Read them carefully before investing or sending money. Products and features are subject to state availability.

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1 Urban Institute, Preparing for Retirement Reforms, October 2021.

2 Lincoln Financial Group, October 2021.

3 LIMRA Fact Tank, March 9, 2021

UiPath Integrated into PwC Perform to Help Customers Efficiently Transform Operations with Automation

LONDON & NEW YORK–()–UiPath (NYSE: PATH), a leading enterprise automation software company, today announced its end-to-end automation platform is being incorporated into PwC Perform, a proprietary operational improvement methodology and management system that drives new behaviors to increase effectiveness and efficiency in an organization and improve customer outcomes.

By embedding the UiPath Platform, PwC can harness the power and scope of UiPath automation products to speed time-to-value for customers engaged in rapidly advancing digital transformation initiatives. As part of the PwC Operations Transformation practice, PwC Perform is a 12-week, people-focused training, design, implementation, and review methodology that accelerates productivity through building leader and manager capability and providing them with the tools and techniques to run an effective operation.

The UiPath end-to-end automation platform is designed to reshape the way humans work, providing customers with a robust set of capabilities to discover automation opportunities and build, manage, run, engage, measure, and govern automations across departments within an organization. PwC has a breadth and depth of experience implementing UiPath for some of the world’s largest companies and has fundamentally transformed those organizations to be more efficient and innovative.

“With PwC and UiPath, organizations in any industry can unlock the full potential of operations teams by implementing automation quickly and at scale,” said Alistair Kett, Operations Transformation Leader at PwC UK. “Our proven, people-first approach and our deep experience implementing UiPath automation for customers is helping empower public and private sector organizations to offload manual, repetitive tasks and drive strategic, value-added work. As new global, social, and economic dynamics evolve, organizations must determine their sustainable levels of operational productivity. Powered by our capabilities, assets, and automation implementation expertise, PwC helps optimize productivity, increase engagement with employees, and deliver enterprise-wide alignment.”

PwC is a Diamond partner in the UiPath Business Partner program. To earn Diamond status, the highest partner tier, a vendor must consistently provide proof of delivery to their clients and to UiPath. This includes delivering business consulting, professional services, developer strategy, and execution plans. Diamond partners also must have a large group of certified RPA specialists to meet these requirements, internal RPA implementation documentation, and an internal RPA training program for their employees.

“Our continued collaboration with PwC emphasizes the strategic value the company places on understanding how automation can fundamentally transform organizations and accelerate human achievement,” said Renzo Taal, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, EMEA, at UiPath. “PwC has invested in digital upskilling on automation for its own global workforce for many years, and has an acute understanding of customers’ operational and technical challenges and how to help them achieve impactful results. Through embedding UiPath in its Perform offering, we believe PwC is well positioned to enable the future of work, in which workers gain freedom to work creatively and organizations transition to the fully automated enterprise.”

To learn more about the UiPath and PwC business partnership, click here. For more information on UiPath business partners, click here.

About UiPath

UiPath has a vision to deliver the Fully Automated Enterprise™, one where companies use automation to unlock their greatest potential. UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to rapidly scale digital business operations.

About PwC

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 156 countries with over 295,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com.

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Nomi Health Operates Two No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Sites for Utahns as Part of State’s “Test to Travel” Program

OREM, Utah–()–In anticipation of the upcoming holidays and increased travel plans, Nomi Health, the direct healthcare company powering more effective care delivery and care payments, is operating two testing sites to support the “Test to Travel” program in partnership with the Utah Department of Health.

Activated last month, the locations at the Dixie Tech College, 610 S Tech Ridge Drive, in St. George and the Cannon Health Building, 288 N 1460 W, in Salt Lake City, have an exclusive “Test to Travel” lane to expedite the process for travelers. Utahns and other travelers coming through the state can receive the test that best suits their needs, as the sites provide rapid antigen, rapid PCR, and PCR tests. Testing is provided at no cost for Utah residents with ID and proof of travel.

The average wait time is 5 minutes or less to get tested. No appointment is required.

Testing is currently available with exclusive “Test to Travel” lanes at:

  • Cannon Health Building, 288 N 1460 W, Salt Lake City, operating Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., MT, and
  • Dixie Tech College, ​610 S. Tech Ridge Dr., St. George, operating Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., MT.

“From the very beginning of the pandemic, Nomi Health has been a collaborative partner to the State of Utah providing easy access to quality testing without any out-of-pocket cost to Utahns,” said Mark Newman, founder and CEO, Nomi Health. “We continue to collaborate with our partners to help Utahns get back to normal as safely as possible, and to reopen everything from schools and workplaces to the performing arts and travel.”

Nomi Health Medical Director Dr. June Steely shares the following tips to stay safe and healthy while traveling:

  1. Wear a mask properly (cover your nose and mouth), as required.
  2. Consider eating a meal prior to heading to the airport to avoid eating on site or in-flight, as unmasking to eat can increase risk of exposure.
  3. Bring sanitizing wipes in your carry-on to regularly clean your hands and surroundings.
  4. Get vaccinated!

Nomi Health also operates the largest mobile COVID-19 response program in the state, with ten mobile units serving the hardest-hit and most remote communities. To date, Nomi Health has completed half a million tests and more than 140,000 vaccines across the State, serving communities from Washington County, Tooele to Utah County to Wendover.

About Nomi Health

Nomi Health is a direct healthcare company focused on making healthcare actually work for those who buy it for their states, organizations and constituents. We’re a team of over 2,000–each actively working to connect buyers and healthcare providers directly to lower costs, deliver care solutions to all and rewire the health system to run in real time. From the front lines of COVID-19 testing and vaccination serving over 10 million Americans and more than 40,000 patients each day, to building new ecosystems of buyers such as States and Counties without middlemen, Nomi Health delivers a solution for our nation’s leaders seeking to widen access to care while lowering cost of care. Visit us @NomiHealth and www.nomihealth.com.

Hammerspace Unveils the World’s First Global Data Environment

SAN MATEO, Calif.–()–Hammerspace today unveiled the first Global Data Environment that breaks down the boundaries of data access for users and applications anywhere in the world to create, process, store, and protect data on any existing data center or preferred cloud infrastructure. Organizations have struggled for decades with the challenge of using file data outside the data center where it was created. This limitation is holding back the speed of research, innovation, and growth of data-driven businesses.

Introducing the Global Data Environment

Hammerspace recognized that data is significantly less valuable when it is isolated in different silos and trapped in various locations. The Hammerspace Global Data Environment provides the world’s first and only solution to connect global users and applications with their data on any existing data center infrastructure or preferred public cloud service.

“The world needs a revolutionary approach to data access. Hammerspace is committed to changing the paradigm of data storage. We break data free from the constraints of the storage system and liberate IT teams from endless manual data management tasks,” said David Flynn, Hammerspace founder and CEO. “The Global Data Environment enables all data to automatically be accessed from infrastructure local to the user for maximum performance.”

Any Datacenter, Any Cloud, Any Region, Anywhere. Hammerspace enables organizations to easily store, protect and operate on data by moving it to the best location to access compute resources, take advantage of the lowest cost infrastructure and make files locally available to their distributed workforces across the globe. The company’s data orchestration is the only solution that can support any storage type and vendor as a single pool, storing data on existing storage systems, buckets in the cloud, across different regions and multiple cloud services. Furthermore, tiering, moving and replicating data across these sites and systems is completely transparent to users and applications.

Applications Anywhere. Applications that require persistent data are weighed down by legacy storage systems and services. Hammerspace Universal Data Access and Orchestration layers make applications boundless by making their associated data available across all remote locations, ensuring locality for performance to both on-premises data centers and the public cloud.

Users Anywhere. People are increasingly working from all parts of the world. Organizations seek to grow their talent pools with access to team members no matter where they reside. The Hammerspace Global Data Environment automates and optimizes data movement and eliminates the need to replicate a full copy of the data at each site, enabling the enterprise to work more efficiently and cost-effectively. Rich file services, such as file-level versioning, allow geographically dispersed teams to work on the same data safely.

Expands Executive Team with High Growth Experience in Cloud, Data Management, and Storage

Hammerspace has brought on a team of experienced leaders from high-growth companies who have led successful company growth and customer engagement strategies as cloud adoption accelerated and workforces became increasingly distributed.

  • Chris Bowen, SVP of Worldwide Sales – previous global sales leader for storage, data science and cloud gateways companies, including StorOne, Iguazio and Avere Systems
  • Jim Choumas, VP of Channel Sales – previous channel leader with cloud and data management companies, including Fusion-io, Panzura, Igneous, Qumulo and NetApp
  • Molly Presley, SVP of Marketing – previous marketing leader in SaaS, cloud software, and data-intensive file system companies, including Pantheon Platform, Qumulo, Quantum, DDN and Spectra Logic

New Channel Program

Hammerspace is also introducing its new channel program, Partnerspace, which integrates tightly with the channel for 100% of their customer engagements. The channel brings the deep experience needed to help organizations that are grappling with distributed on-prem data centers, hybrid cloud strategies, and empowering a remote workforce. The program is designed to help our partners accelerate their business by bringing true value to their customers through new disruptive solutions in a consultative manner.

Supporting Quotes

Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist, Evaluator Group: “Hammerspace has a comprehensive solution for global namespace access, making data available where it’s used and when needed. The many features coupled with the rapid data movement enable greater productivity in a world where remote collaboration has become prevalent. Beyond the product capabilities, Hammerspace has added the key personnel for success. The experience they bring is invaluable and is a key move for the company.”

Dave Van Hoy, President, Advanced Systems Group: “ASG has been honored to advise professional media groups on the optimal solutions to help them bring their media assets to life. With our focus on Media & Entertainment Post-Production, we are enthusiastic to see the innovation Hammerspace is delivering to the industry to join data center environments with the massive scale and power of the cloud.”

Aaron Cardenas, CEO, P1 Technologies: “P1 Technologies has been proud to bring the latest and most innovative technologies to our customers for years. At our recent P1 Technologies Summit, our customers were inspired by the prospect of bringing together the work of their distributed workforce in a single data environment that spanned both their data center and cloud infrastructure.”

Molly Presley, SVP Marketing, Hammerspace: “For years, I have spoken to customers in Media & Entertainment, Life Sciences, Research Computing and Enterprise IT that constantly struggled with sharing their file data with distributed users. They have tried to build their own solutions; they have tried to integrate multiple data movers, storage solutions, and metadata management solutions but have never been satisfied with the results. Hammerspace took on this really tough innovation challenge and has created an elegant, efficient, integrated solution.”

Jim Choumas, VP Channel Sales, Hammerspace: “What initially attracted me to Hammerspace was the executive leadership team and incredible talent being formed across the company. I knew that with this team, the culture would align with my values and the type of company that I want to be a part of and help contribute to its growth. Secondly was the disruptive nature of the technology and how it addressed the market’s needs, with huge upside. Hammerspace checked all the boxes for me, so I was thrilled and honored to join the team.”

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About Hammerspace

Hammerspace delivers a Global Data Environment that spans across on-prem data centers and public cloud infrastructure. With origins in Linux, NFS, open standards, flash and deep file system and data management technology leadership, Hammerspace delivers the world’s first and only solution to connect global users with their data and applications, on any existing data center infrastructure or public cloud services.

Zyxel Teams With Avira OEM to Help SMBs Defend Against Zero-day and Unknown Threats

ANAHEIM, Calif.–()–Zyxel Networks, a leader in delivering secure, AI- and cloud-powered business and home solutions, today announced the availability of the Cloudbox API from Avira OEM, part of NortonLifeLock’s offerings. Avira’s Cloud Sandbox service integrates with Zyxel’s Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) firewalls. Available now, this integration provides SMBs with even greater threat detection rates and response times to thwart unknown threats.

According to Zyxel’s threat intelligence lab*, around 100 million of unknown threats were detected each year and 70% of which were hidden in PDF or ZIP files that can easily catch employees or network users off guard. The increasing risks make it more crucial than ever to deploy a solution that helps safeguard businesses from zero-day and unknown attacks, and that is what the Zyxel and Avira Cloud Sandbox service integration offers. With sandboxing technology, firewalls can automatically confine potentially malicious files in a safe and contained environment (or sandbox), where they can be tested to determine whether they are safe before being let through the firewall.

Through this product integration, Zyxel is continuing its commitment to customers by providing all-in-one security solutions that are designed specifically for SMBs. Users will benefit from a revolutionary sandboxing architecture with stellar performance, which enables better detection rates and faster response times to zero-day attacks. This means that network administrators are equipped with the right tools to stop potential threats quickly and effectively, thus safeguarding valuable business assets.

Alongside sandbox enhancements, users of Zyxel’s ATP firewalls will be able to take advantage of a continuous stream of up-to-the-minute threat intelligence insights, identified by other ATP firewalls worldwide. In addition to receiving regular updates of newly flagged signatures from trusted sources, access to this extensive threat database will ensure that users have a comprehensive solution to safeguard their network and business assets from evolving threats.

“Businesses understand that the threat landscape is constantly evolving and that it’s important to have measures in place that can keep up. With the integration of Avira’s Cloud Sandbox service, part of NortonLifeLock, we are able to provide an enhanced comprehensive sandboxing solution aimed specifically at the SMB market, to provide them with peace of mind that they are protected from both known and unknown threats,” said Mr. Nathan Yen, AVP of Zyxel’s Gateway Business Unit.

The new Zyxel service is available to ATP Firewall customers in the Gold Security Pack license bundle. Users who have already purchased the license will automatically be upgraded to the new Zyxel service with no additional action and expense needed. For more information about the Zyxel ATP Firewall series, please visit https://www.zyxel.com/us/en/products_services/ATP-Firewall-ZyWALL-ATP100W/.

*Based on the analytics of Zyxel’s Security Cloud

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About Zyxel:

Since their first day in business over 30 years ago, Zyxel has kept business and home users online with a focus on innovation and customer-centric service. In 1989, this was accomplished with analog modems. Today, the company combines the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud to deliver rapid, reliable, and secure networking solutions for business and home users.

Zyxel is a global force in the communications market with an unrivaled international presence that includes:

  • 150 markets served
  • 1,000,000 businesses working smarter with Zyxel solutions
  • 100 million devices creating global connections

We’re building the networks of tomorrow, unlocking potential, and meeting the needs of the modern workplace—powering people at work, play, and life.

NTT Research and Technical University of Munich Paper Proposes Design for 3D-Printable Structures for Biological Implants

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–()–NTT Research, Inc., a division of NTT (TYO:9432), today announced that scientists affiliated with its Medical & Health Informatics (MEI) Lab and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have written a paper on the design and capabilities of 3D-printable, transformable materials that inflict reduced damage on target tissue and exhibit enhanced functionality. Four of the eight co-authors are identified with both the MEI Lab and the Munich Institute for Biomedical Engineering (MIBE, formerly Munich School of BioEngineering) at TUM. The paper appears in the June 2021 issue of Advanced Materials Technologies.

The co-authors include Dr. Tetsuhiko Teshima, Research Scientist in the MEI Lab and Visiting Researcher in TUM’s Neuroelectronics Group, and Dr. Bernhard Wolfrum, Professor of Neuroelectronics at TUM in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the MIBE. The paper proposes a novel design of 3D-printable and highly deformable structures. (Deformability here refers to the ability to change shape under given levels of stress without rupturing.) The design is inspired by props used in Nanjing Tamasudare, a traditional Japanese street performance. The paper discusses the ability of these structures to morph from a narrow, condensed state to larger target shapes, such as stents or meshes.

“Congratulations to Professor Wolfrum and Dr. Teshima and the others who conducted this research,” said Joe Alexander, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Scientist and Director of the MEI Lab. “We are excited by the prospects of the creative use of material sciences both to solve basic problems, such as tissue damage from the insertion of medical devices, and to improve upon existing stents, meshes and electrodes through a stronger and more capable substrate.”

Combined with miniaturization, the use of soft and functional materials has enabled less damaging medical implants, but the need for a stronger substrate structure has persisted. This 3D printable design, which addresses that need, resembles the loosely woven bamboo sticks in Nanjing Tamasudare that can be twisted, folded, or extended and then brought back to their original shape. The Nanjing Tamasudare-inspired transformers (NTTr) discussed in this paper consist of a rectangular ring made of a pair of two rods 600 micrometers in diameter with two loops attached. Joined to other rings, NTTr can be altered through shifting, bending and inclination. The research team fabricated these structures through digital light processing (DLP) 3D-printing and used printed polyurethane vessel mock-ups to demonstrate how the structures could be inserted and then folded out within a cavity to form a stent-like structure. The authors also explain how additional functionality is gained by modifying the surface of the structures with conductive material, such as gold.

NTT Research entered a joint research agreement with TUM in November 2019 to work on three-dimensionally transformable and implantable electrodes. In August 2020, it opened a MEI Lab office in Munich. In addition to this research, the MEI Lab is also engaged in foundational work on the bio digital twin, beginning with the cardiovascular system, and remote sensing.

About NTT Research

NTT Research opened its offices in July 2019 as a new Silicon Valley startup to conduct basic research and advance technologies that promote positive change for humankind. Currently, three labs are housed at NTT Research facilities in Sunnyvale: the Physics and Informatics (PHI) Lab, the Cryptography and Information Security (CIS) Lab, and the Medical and Health Informatics (MEI) Lab. The organization aims to upgrade reality in three areas: 1) quantum information, neuroscience and photonics; 2) cryptographic and information security; and 3) medical and health informatics. NTT Research is part of NTT, a global technology and business solutions provider with an annual R&D budget of $3.6 billion.

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