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LONDON, United Kingdom — Ananas Anam, the creator and maker of Piñatex™, a patent-protected natural and sustainable alternative to leather, today announced it has completed a new round of financing which will enable the group to ramp up its supply chain and address the demand of global brands such as Hugo Boss, adidas, John Lewis, KangaROOS Shoes etc.The financing round builds on an exceptional year for Ananas Anam which saw a rapid growth of its... Source: RealWire
Unique event will show how IoT technology can be applied across a multitude of industriesDublin, Ireland, 22 September 2016. Household brands John Lewis, Tesco, BMW and MasterCard will reveal how the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming their businesses as part of Europe’s Internet of Things World event – which promises to break through the IoT hype to expose real-world applications and deployments. As one of the fastest growing IoT events in the world, Internet of Things World Europe will bring 180 speakers to the stage when it takes place at The Convention Centre, in Dublin, Ireland, from Monday, November 21 to Tuesday November 22. Taking place over eight tracks – Energy, Environment and Agriculture; IoT Architecture; Manufacturing and Supply Chain; Smart Cities; Connected Cars; IoT Security; Smart Home; and Start-ups – the presentations will shine a light on how different industries are using the IoT to transform the way their businesses operate and how other companies – from start-ups and enterprises to established brands – can apply the technology to their business model. “This event is perfect for businesses looking to find examples of where IoT has already proven valuable within a business,” said Zach Butler, Senior Conference Producer, of show organiser KNect365 (an Informa business). “While other conferences look to tackle the same subject, Internet of Things World Europe is unique because it doesn’t talk theoretically about the technology.
Instead, it brings together real-life case studies that show very clearly how the IoT can be applied across a vast range of industries and applications, including manufacturing, industry, oil and gas, the smart home, smart cities and connected cars.” Other speakers already confirmed for Internet of Things World Europe include Uber, Virgin Active, John Deere and Maersk Line.

The issue of ensuring interoperability across IoT deployments in different applications and markets will also be explored with a number of standards bodies are due to take part in the conference. Internet of Things World Europe is the sister event of America’s hugely successful Internet of Things World, which is now the largest IoT show in the world.
In addition to the 180 speakers expected to attend, Internet of Things World Europe will also welcome around 75 exhibitors, showcase cutting-edge IoT demos and host an IoT Hackathon. To plan your visit, view the full event programme and speaker list, or to register for the event, please go to https://tmt.knect365.com/iot-world-europe/. -ENDS- About Internet of Things World EuropeInternet of Things World Europe is Europe’s most comprehensive IoT Event.

The leading forum focuses on case studies that show today’s Industry and Enterprises leveraging IoT technologies to transform their business by creating value and efficiencies. To learn more visit https://tmt.knect365.com/iot-world/ or contact Lauren Farrow lauren.farrow@knect365.com. To register as press, please visit: https://goo.gl/ncWEjt Media Contact:Jayne GarfittAccount DirectorProactive PRTel: +44 (0)1636 812152Email: jayne.garfitt@proactive-pr.com Social Media:@iotworldnews#IOTW16https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7414545/profilehttps://www.facebook.com/iotworldnews?ref=hl
Businesses are increasingly acquiring software companies to bolster software development expertise, a new report from Vanson Bourne has found. In the global survey of 1,450 senior business executives, 52% of those asked said they were acquiring software companies to obtain critical skills or plan to make a software company acquisition in the next year. In the survey, 19% said they had no plans acquire a software company. The report said bringing more software development back in-house is a recognition that these skills need to be a core part of enterprises’ DNA, but sometimes the pressure to an application footprint means you can’t grow skills fast enough. When this becomes an issue, enterprises are turning to software acquisitions as a way to get the talent and technology they need. CA Europe CTO, Bjarne Rassmussen, said: "Companies are growing their IT at a fast rate. They are insourcing key competencies One way to get expertise quickly is by acquiring software companies." Rassmussen expected that software companies with expertise in API integration would be among the top acquisition targets for businesses that need to bolster their application development skills. Several major companies are running innovation programmes with startups to develop new product ideas. Earlier this month, Diageo launched a global innovation programme to develop applications that support its responsible drinking campaign. Earlier this year, department store John Lewis launched JLab, a startup incubator programme. At the time, John Lewis IT director, Paul Coby, said he hoped the startups would be able to help the retailer understand home automation technology, which is currently making waves in security, music and energy efficiency. In the McKinsey report, Taking a longer-term look at M&A value creation, Werner Rehm, Robert Uhlaner, and Andy West wrote about how technology companies like Microsoft were very successful at tactical M&As.  “Companies using a tactical approach to M&A also do numerous small deals, but those deals do not, combined, make up a large portion of the acquirer’s market capitalisation,” the authors said. As an example, they said Microsoft has acquired many smaller products that are then developed into future releases of Excel. Acquisitions from some tech giants, such as Google, are putting them in direct completion with traditional businesses. In January Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest Labs in a $3.2bn deal, which puts the search company in the energy market. Non-IT companies will increasingly find that they are facing new competition from the likes of Google as the tech giants extend their reach into new markets. Email Alerts Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox. By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy Read More Related content from ComputerWeekly.com RELATED CONTENT FROM THE TECHTARGET NETWORK
Travel management company Redfern has deployed Splunk for proactive monitoring to comply with the government’s Information Assurance programme. Splunk was deployed to support a government contract through which Redfern is supplying a domestic travel booking service to UK government departments including HM Revenue and Customs, the Department of Education, Defra, the Department of Health and the Home Office. Redfern deployed Splunk to monitor the critical infrastructure that underpins the Government Travel Booking Service. It is used to look for events in relation to unauthorised access or government data leaving the organisation. To meet the requirements of the contract, Usman Hamid, Redfern's head of IT, said the company needed to support GPG13 (Good Practice Guide 13) with the government’s Information Assurance (IA) initiative. He said: "Redfern did not have a central logging tool, but we knew Splunk could be used for basic monitoring." By implementing Splunk, Redfern was able to standardise on one set of tools, rather than implementing a specialist log monitoring tool, he said. Hamid previously worked for shopping channel QVC, which trialled Splunk. He also saw how it was deployed at OnHotels.com, which implemented it for proactive monitoring and control. "We liked the way we could store all the data and use Splunk to present it back in a meaningful way," he said. "Splunk’s logging, searching, reporting and alerting technology was already well proven since it is widely used throughout local government and the Cabinet Office. Kevin Tunsley of EQALIS [Splunk’s leading UK partner] gave us a full demonstration of Splunk, the GPG13 compliance app and showed us its potential for providing complete operational visibility and intelligence. We were impressed by Splunk’s simplicity and flexibility to be more than just a monitoring solution." Hamid was also keen to use Splunk for operational management, which is how the tool is used at John Lewis. He added: "Many people look at tools like Splunk only as a means of centralising all the logs from their IT estate into one place and then just leaving it, in effect a tick-box for compliance. What I saw in Splunk was the ability to actually harvest that data into something more meaningful, to allow for better decision-making through operational intelligence. "We could track unique [customer] journeys in real time on the website by using Splunk in operations." Redfern used EQALIS, an Accumuli company, to implement Splunk. The software was deployed in five days. Email Alerts Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox. By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy Read More Related content from ComputerWeekly.com RELATED CONTENT FROM THE TECHTARGET NETWORK