INE Acquires Pentester Academy to Enhance Comprehensive IT Training Solutions

Cary, N.C., Oct. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (Cary, NC) INE, the global leader in the Information Technology training sector, announced today it has acquired Pentester Academy, a cloud-based hands-on lab platform that will accelerate the creation of more challenging, scenario-based training tools across Cyber Security, Networking, Data Science, Cloud, and DevOps.“Enterprise teams around the world depend on INE to deliver dynamic, innovative training. With the acquisition of Pentester Academy, we are supercharging that experience by opening the door to a virtual arcade of game-changing interactive labs across Cyber Security, Cloud, Networking, and DevOps,” said INE’s CEO Richard McLain. “The cloud-based labs are cutting-edge, competitive, immersive, and unlike anything on the market. Harnessing the power of these tools, in combination with INE’s industry-leading training platform, will unlock a new type of hands-on learning experience that is highly engaging, extremely effective, and immensely practical. With a single click, you can be placed in control of a large-scale corporate network and tasked to defend it from real-time attacks all from within your browser. Simply put, it’s game-changing.”

Pentester Academy’s platform includes a cache of 2,200+ hands-on labs, 1,500+ HD videos, and bootcamps. These will be offered in tandem with INE’s robust suite of course offerings, which includes 18,000+ on-demand videos across Cyber Security, Cloud, Networking, Data Science, and DevOps, as well as study guides, quizzes, projects, workbooks, hands-on labs, and industry-leading certifications. Together, the strategically combined solutions will allow students from both platforms and all skill sets to continue accelerating their IT careers.

Pentester Academy was founded by Vivek Ramachandran, a renowned cybersecurity expert, best known for his contributions to wireless security attacks, including the Caffe-Latte attack. Vivek is the author of multiple cybersecurity books and a regular speaker-trainer at top security conferences like Blackhat USA and DEFCON. He currently serves as a Microsoft Regional Director for Cybersecurity, an honorary role, which recognizes the world’s top technology visionaries for their proven cross-platform technical expertise, community leadership, and commitment to business results. Vivek graduated from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and has published peer-reviewed research papers in the IEEE press and LNCS proceedings.

“We have spent the last decade building Pentester Academy into a pioneer of online Cyber Security training,” said Ramachandran. “ I have long been an admirer of INE, so it is the natural partner for us as we look to continue training students around the world in fresh, new ways. The next-generation lab platform we’ve created is expertly designed to propel students beyond the theoretical to a realistic learning environment. Challenging the industry to think differently and push past limitations is a shared founding principle of Pentester Academy and INE. I am thrilled to join the INE family, and will maintain an active role in building a strong partnership so that our students can access the best training tools possible.” 

About INE:

INE is the premier provider of Technical Training for the IT industry. INE is revolutionizing the digital learning industry by implementing adaptive technologies and a proven method of hands-on training experiences. INE’s training portfolio is built for levels of technical learning specializing in advanced networking technologies, next-generation security, and infrastructure programming and development.

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Zoom Named a Leader in 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Unified Communications as a Service

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM), today announced that analyst firm Gartner has named Zoom a Leader in the 2021 Magic Quadrant for UCaaS. This is the second time Zoom has been named in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for UCaaS (2020 was the first year that Zoom was recognized) and its second consecutive time as a Leader.

The report analyzed 14 companies in the UCaaS space, naming Zoom as a Leader.

“We are honored that Gartner has named Zoom a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for UCaaS for the second straight year,” said Eric S. Yuan, CEO of Zoom. “Zoom is committed to providing frictionless, reliable, and secure technology to empower modern, distributed workforces, and we believe we were recognized due to the convenience and accessibility of our UCaaS solutions, including Zoom Meetings, Zoom Chat, and Zoom Phone. We will continue to work hard to meet current and emerging communication demands and deliver happiness to all of our global customers.”

To read a complimentary copy of the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for UCaaS report, please visit zoom.us/gartner.

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About Zoom
Zoom is for you. We help you express ideas, connect to others, and build toward a future limited only by your imagination. Our frictionless communications platform is the only one that started with video as its foundation, and we have set the standard for innovation ever since. That is why we are an intuitive, scalable, and secure choice for large enterprises, small businesses, and individuals alike. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Visit zoom.com and follow @zoom.

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Citeline Connect Clinical Trial Recruitment Platform Announces Expansion of Reach into all Global Markets

Platform’s recruitment capabilities have grown to support over 30 countries globally

US and Global Clinical Trials

Trialtrove data show that 69% of clinical trials are conducted outside the US.

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Citeline Connect, the all-in-one clinical trial recruitment platform developed by Informa Pharma Intelligence, is expanding its technology and referral network to include EU and global markets.

The expansion comes on the heels of Citeline Connect’s success in recruiting for Moderna’s Phase III COVID-19 vaccine trial, particularly for diverse participants. Diane Montross, Senior Director of Patient Recruitment & Retention at Moderna, spoke on the speed and success of the COVE Study recruitment efforts in a presentation at the recent DPharm conference.

In addition, as the following statistics from Trialtrove indicate, over half of all registered clinical trials involving a drug intervention are conducted outside the US:

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Location Number of trials
% of total
US only 88,305 24%
Non-US only 257,948 69%
US and non-US 10,506 3%
Unknown 14,414 4%
Total 371,173 100%

“Based on our overwhelming success recruiting for US-based trial sites, combined with the increased need for trial participants at sites outside the US, we saw an opportunity for Citeline Connect to help more study sponsors meet enrollment goals,” said Chris Venezia, Chief Commercial Officer at Citeline Connect. “Our robust prescreening process minimizes screen fails, enabling sponsors to recruit faster and more efficiently than ever before.”

Citeline Connect has already begun recruiting trial participants globally, and with new consent and platform enhancements the recruitment capabilities have grown to support over 30 countries globally, including the UK, Canada, Austria, Italy, France, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Poland, Hungary, New Zealand, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Bulgaria, Israel, Turkey, Taiwan, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Korea, Switzerland, Singapore, Argentina, Georgia, Colombia, Malaysia, India and Russia.

For more information, visit Citeline Connect or contact pharma@informa.com.

About Informa Pharma Intelligence
Informa Pharma Intelligence powers a full suite of analysis products – Datamonitor Healthcare™, Sitetrove™, Trialtrove™, Pharmaprojects™, Biomedtracker™, Scrip™, Pink Sheet™ and In Vivo™ – to deliver the data needed by the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry to make decisions and create real-world opportunities for growth.

With more than 400 analysts keeping their fingers on the pulse of the industry, no key disease, clinical trial, drug approval or R&D project isn’t covered through the breadth and depth of data available to customers. For more information, visit pharmaintelligence.informa.com.

Informa Pharma Intelligence PR Contact
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LayerHost.com, Now Offering AMD EPYC Dedicated Servers, Delivering Superior Performance

For businesses seeking server processing that can keep up with changing technology, LayerHost and AMD EPYC are the answer.

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HOUSTON, Oct. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AMD EPYC CPU processors are among the fastest and most secure on the market. As enterprise computing needs evolve and begin to include processor-heavy functions, like AI and large-scale video processing, LayerHost is evolving its servers to include AMD’s EPYC processors. Built on the company’s Zen architecture and with a security-forward design, this upgrade for LayerHost will provide customers with higher performance, less latency, and reliably safe computing on our AMD EPYC servers.

“As part of our on-going commitment to customer service, we’re always looking for ways to make our dedicated servers more powerful,” said Mohamad Kazah, CEO of LayerHost. “The upgrade to AMD EPYC CPUs will provide our clients with state-of-the-art speed and performance with industry-leading security.”

The EPYC processors represent a massive leap forward in processing technology. These AMD processors include four CPU cores with an 8MB L3 cache. With CCX architecture that allows cross-communication between cores, there are significant latency and processing advantages. With AMD Secure Encrypted Visualization, customers don’t need to change their applications to have better server-level protection. This system cryptographically isolates each of over 500 virtual machines per server, preventing hackers from being able to move from machine to machine easily.

For businesses seeking server processing that can keep up with changing technology, LayerHost and AMD EPYC are the answer. As enterprises continue to demand ever faster and more reliable processing, LayerHost delivers with upgrades that keep their servers on the leading edge of technology.

Providing a new and innovative approach to security, AMD has created processors that are ready for the next level of high-performance computing, no matter what that might be.

“It’s about performance, reliability, and security,” said Kazah. “Both for our clients and for ourselves. The move to AMD EPYC processors allows us to deliver that and more to our customers who want dedicated servers that can keep up with their ever-evolving computing needs.

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Founded in 2008, LayerHost started out in the gaming industry as a premier game server provider for such games as: Counter-Strike 1.6, Day of Defeat, and Team Fortress Classic. As the firm continued to grow, they expanded options to their clients by providing dedicated servers, IP transit, colocation, and shared hosting services in the Los Angeles and Houston areas. The next logical step was to apply a robust, layered DDoS mitigation onto all their services. LayerHost’s values have not changed since the day they started: they put customers first, above all else. They provide their customers with service that simply cannot be beat.

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The MDS Foundation Celebrates MDS World Awareness Day With Their 4th Annual Move for MDS 5k Walk at Boston Common and Virtually Around the World

Friendly Community Walks to Advance Awareness & Accelerate Research for Myelodysplastic Syndromes – a Rare Blood Cancer

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Move for MDS logo

YARDVILLE, N.J., Oct. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The MDS Foundation, a global non-profit advocacy organization is proud to announce its fourth annual Move for MDS walk at Boston Common on Sunday, Oct. 24. Additionally, teams and individuals from around the globe will run, walk or wheel virtually to drive awareness and accelerate research for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), a rare blood cancer.

Each year, up to 20k new MDS cases are reported in the United States and 87k worldwide. Up to 170k people are estimated to live with MDS in the United States. The average survival rate is between five months and six years. Great strides have been made in advancing innovative research and treatments for MDS, but like other rare diseases, more awareness and support are needed. The Move for MDS walks bring patients, family members and caregivers together to build connections in the MDS community and accelerate progress leading to the diagnosis, control and cure of this disease. This year’s Boston/Global walk takes place on the eve of MDS World Awareness Day, Monday, Oct. 25.

“This is the fourth year we are partnering with our communities to Move for MDS,” said Dr. Stephen Nimer, chairman of the MDS Foundation. “The MDS community continues to exceed our expectations. With 2020 and 2021 being such challenging years worldwide, it is motivating to know that nothing has stopped us from fighting this difficult to treat disease together. It is inspiring to see so many people planning to come together on a single day from across the globe. From the US, to Germany, to Australia, we are seeing our worldwide community joining together to be a part of the Global Move for MDS Walk.”

There is still time to join the movement and show support for those affected by MDS. Participants can sign up to walk or donate online at www.MoveForMDS.org

The MDS Foundation has hosted four other walks this year in New York City, Chicago, California, and the Pacific Northwest, where it honored courageous patients and accomplished doctors and nurses. Hundreds of patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical representatives gathered outdoors, while maintaining physical distancing guidelines or participating virtually.

The Move for MDS program is made possible by the support of incredible organizations committed to the MDS community. They understand the urgency to address the needs faced by those with MDS and their families. National sponsors include AbbVie, Takeda Oncology (National Platinum Sponsors) and Acceleron (National Gold Sponsor).

“On behalf of Takeda Oncology, we would like to extend a huge thank you to the MDS Foundation for organizing this event to raise awareness for MDS, and for their continued commitment to serve the MDS community. Now in its fourth year, the Move for MDS walk, held on the eve of MDS World Awareness Day, brings together a global community to raise awareness for this rare cancer. I am inspired by the motivation, passion and commitment that this community demonstrates, not only today, but every day.” – Fatima Scipione, Head of Oncology Patient Advocacy and Engagement.

Our regional sponsors include Janssen (Regional Gold Sponsor), Bristol Myers Squibb, Novartis, Servier, Silence Therapeutics, Wintrust (Regional Silver Sponsors), Daiichi-Sankyko, Geron, Medexus Pharma, Pfizer, Samyang, Syros and Taiho Oncology (Regional Bronze Sponsors).

About the MDS Foundation
The MDS Foundation is a global non-profit advocacy organization that for 27 years has supported patients, families, and healthcare providers in the fields of MDS and its related diseases. The MDS Foundation supports and educates patients, their communities, and healthcare providers, and contributes to innovative research in the fields of MDS and its related continuum of diseases to better diagnose, control and ultimately cure these diseases. To learn more, visit www.mds-foundation.org and follow@MDSFoundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Webtel.mobi Describes Why the High Debt of G7 Countries is a Likely Barrier to Global CBDC and Digital Currency Adoption

For CBDCs or Digital Currencies to function globally, a Global Clearing System must first be set up. This will require agreement, co-operation and information sharing between governments. Webtel.mobi describes why high debt loads of countries make this unlikely

Easy Credit in large quantities has resulted in enormous National Debts

Easy availability of credit in some economies has led to wide debt and economic disparities between groups of countries. This has resulted in the divergence of their future growth potential, and has created geopolitical rivalries internationally

ST PETER PORT, Guernsey and NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In order for a proposed CBDC or other Global Digital Currency to function as a globally acceptable medium of exchange – as opposed to being just an internal mechanism within a country – there will first have to be global agreement among countries on principles to govern this new form of money. In particular, there will have to be confidence among all participants relating to the solvency of all currencies.

Without this, a Global Clearing System with all major countries’ participation will not be able to be set up. Without a Global Clearing System – which must precede global CBDCs or Global Digital Currencies – no international global CBDC or Global Digital Currency issued by countries can, or will, ever come into being.

However, there are currently rival power groupings of major countries internationally, and these rival power groups have very divergent geopolitical views and aims. One of the primary drivers of these divergent geopolitical aims and views is economic rivalry.

The rivalry exists primarily between the “old” economies of the Group of Seven or “G7” countries (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan), and the “new” economies of the “BRIC” countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China). The reasons for these rivalries existing can be clearly seen in the snapshot economic comparison below:

  • G7: Population = +/- 775 Million
  • BRIC: Population = +/- 3.196 Billion
  • G7: Total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) = USD 43.996 Trillion
  • BRIC: Total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) = USD 44.898 Trillion
  • G7: Total National Debt = USD 59.480 Trillion
  • BRIC: Total National Debt = USD 13.4 Trillion
  • G7: Percentage of Global Population = +/- 10%
  • BRIC: Percentage of Global Population = +/- 41%
  • G7: Percentage of Global Debt = +/- 73%
  • BRIC: Percentage of Global Debt = +/- 16%
  • G7: Average National Debt of every G7 countries’ citizen = USD 76 748.00
  • BRIC: Average National Debt of every BRIC countries’ citizen = USD 4 192.00

(National Debt is incurred by governments on behalf of citizens, and citizens have to repay it – in tax)

This situation is further compounded if one examines some key data, as illustrated in the snapshot below:

  • Agriculture: G7 – Declining / BRIC – Expanding
  • Industry / Manufacturing: G7 – Declining / BRIC – Expanding
  • Oil and Gas: G7 – all Net Importers / BRIC: Russia is a Net Exporter
  • Financial Services: G7 – Declining (slowly but steadily) / BRIC – Expanding (slowly but steadily)
  • Poverty Levels: G7 – Increasing (slowly but steadily) / BRIC – Decreasing (slowly but steadily)
  • Real GDP: Only 3 of 7 in the top 8 internationally / All 4 in the top 8 internationally
    (See the “Resources” section of this article for details on Real GDP and national Debt)

The stark economic differences between these two groupings of major powers and their divergent potential growth trajectories already create international instability in even arms-length relations between them – as evidenced by their constant vetoing of one another’s motions at the United Nations Security Council.

Consequently, the likelihood for agreement between them on a matter as crucial as their own economies – and information sharing in respect of matters to do with their own economies and currencies (as is a prerequisite for setting up a new Global Clearing System) would be very slim indeed. Without the Global Clearing System, it is not possible to ever have globally exchangeable CBDCs or Global Digital Currencies (as currently envisaged).

However, there was – and is – a solution that would facilitate a fully functional Global CBDC-equivalent and Global Digital Currency despite divergent geopolitical rivalries between countries and power blocs.

At the Bretton Woods Conference held towards the end of the Second World War, the English Economist John Maynard Keynes proposed the creation of an “International Clearing Union”. This would be a neutral Global Clearing System – free of political and geopolitical baggage – through which the countries of the world would conduct their trade. It would use as its medium of exchange an instrument that he termed the “Bancor”. The Bancor would be a form of substitute currency that would be valid and convertible.

This system of International Clearing Union and Bancor was not adopted.

Had it been, the current overload of debt in national economies and the global economy may not have been able to arise. This is because this system makes fiscal irresponsibility much more difficult to obscure, and it promotes (and rewards) balance of trade and fiscal discipline – while at the same time making it difficult for opaque financial structuring to take place unseen.

It is upon this International Clearing Union with Bancor system that the Webtel.mobi Global Clearing System with TUV is based.

Indeed, it is largely an upgraded replica of the structure that Keynes proposed – just significantly upgraded due to the possibilities that 21st Century Artificial Intelligence capacities and the globalization of the world in the internet age have provided.

Webtel.mobi’s Global Clearing System has within it all functionality, processes and facilities that are required for – and that exist in – a Global Financial System. It enables and facilitates every type of transaction that is possible – on a global basis.
Moreover, Webtel.mobi – due to the capacities and global reach of its system – adopts a completely neutral stance towards all entities worldwide. This is to act in a capacity as a Supranational Entity, allowing for the free flow of trade and transactions across its system without fear or favor (subject to internationally agreed laws, conventions, and restrictions) – as must be the case in respect of global money flow / global economic traffic.

Moreover, Webtel.mobi’s TUV Digital Currency fulfills the same role as the proposed “Bancor” in its Global Clearing System. It facilitates conversion of any country’s currency into a globally valid, recognizable, acceptable, transferable, exchangeable, convertible, FX convertible and redeemable store of value and medium of exchange. It does this without interfering with any country’s or Central Bank’s Monetary Policy or Currency Sovereignty.

The only primary ways that Webtel.mobi’s TUV differs from Keynes’s Bancor (other than that the TUV is Digital in format) are as follow:

  1. A TUV does not need to be acquired by gold. It can be acquired by any currency, and its value will be denominated in that currency – with the currency being held in a regulated bank account to act as security and a guarantee of the TUV’s value*
  2. The funds acting as security and guarantee for the TUV can be redeemed for the TUV on demand.
  3. Given the democratization of the world over the past 70 years, TUVs are available not just to governments worldwide, but also directly to people worldwide.
    *  Note: The “Secured TUV” – already completed – will be secured by physical gold

Webtel.mobi’s Global Clearing System and TUV Digital Currency were, moreover, tested in full worldwide operations for nine years with its Platform 1 to refine their working and viability to fulfill their roles worldwide, in a secure manner. Thereafter, Webtel.mobi rebuilt its system’s Platform 2 over three years to incorporate all the lessons learned in those nine years of full operation, and complete a refined and fit-for-purpose system.

After the completion of Platform 2, Webtel.mobi granted access to it, to the Levy Economics Institute – one of the world’s foremost economics research organizations, and among the most authoritative world organizations in respect of the policies of John Maynard Keynes.

The result of the year-long review of the Webtel.mobi Global Clearing System and TUV Digital Currency were that the Head of Research at the Levy Economics Institute – Professor Jan Kregel – issued five research papers on the system. One was entitled “Keynes’s Clearing Union is Alive and Well and Living in your Mobile Phone”, and another “Another Bretton Woods Reform Moment: Let us Look Seriously at the Clearing Union”. These papers illustrate what the Webtel.mobi System and TUV are, and what their capacities are (links to these research papers are in the “Resources” section of this article).

The Webtel.mobi Global Clearing System and TUV cannot cure the debt problems of the developed world. They can, however, mitigate the future rise of debt to such levels and reform aspects of the current Global Financial System.

More importantly, while doing so – or whether or not it does so (because it will be up to individual governments to choose to use it or not), it will – and does – assist ordinary people worldwide. It does this by providing them with a safer, more secure, instant, multicurrency and zero cost global digital currency and clearing system, which enables them to save exponential amounts of money and time, and also provides a hedge for them against inflation and their own currencies’ potential depreciation.

Resources:

Media Contact:
Nick Lambert: wm@thoburns.com

International Clearing Union:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Clearing_Union

Bancor:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bancor

Research Reports on the Capacities of the WM System:

Addition Research Papers on Webtel.mobi’s Global Clearing System and TUV:
https://webtel.mobi/pc/info/research/

Video on the Capacities of the WM System:
https://youtu.be/XYBrCikUhn8

Characteristics of WM’s TUV Digital Currency:
https://webtel.mobi/info/tuv-characteristics

WM’s urls:
https://webtel.mobi/pc (Tablets / Laptops / Desktops)
https://webtel.mobi (Smart Phones)
https://webtel.mobi/wap (Pre-Smart Mobile Phones)

List of Countries by Real GDP (aka PPP GDP):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)

World Debt Clocks:
https://worlddebtclocks.com/
https://usdebtclock.org/world-debt-clock.html

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DoiT International Achieves AWS Managed Service Provider Designation

DoiT International AWS MSP Partner

DoiT International AWS MSP Partner

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  DoiT International (DoiT), a global multi-cloud software and managed service provider (MSP) with deep expertise in Kubernetes, machine learning, big data and proprietary cost optimization tooling, today announced acceptance into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) MSP Partner Program.

The AWS MSP Partner Program recognizes leading AWS Partner Network (APN) Consulting Partners highly skilled at providing full lifecycle solutions to customers. Next-generation AWS MSPs enable organizations to invent tomorrow, solve business problems and support initiatives by driving key outcomes. Their expertise, guidance and services help companies through each stage of the cloud adoption journey.

“Our team is dedicated to helping companies achieve their strategic goals by leveraging the agility, breadth of services and pace of innovation offered by the public cloud,” said Yoav Toussia-Cohen, co-founder and CEO of DoiT International. “AWS plays a big role in this realm, which is why we’ve had a long relationship. We are gratified to be highlighted as an MSP that uniquely offers premium services and technology that helps organizations to cost-effectively innovate quickly and effortlessly in the cloud.”

By migrating to and building on AWS, companies around the world are redefining what’s possible. The explosive growth of technology solutions available from AWS and APN Partners, combined with the need for faster and more agile solution development, raises many questions for companies seeking to modernize their business. The AWS MSP Partner Program was created to help customers identify validated AWS Consulting Partners skilled at cloud infrastructure and application migration, and deliver value to customers by offering proactive monitoring, automation and management of their customers’ environments.

AWS MSP Partners are fundamental to helping customers take advantage of the AWS Cloud.

“DoiT International has acted as a direct extension of our team,” said Karthik Ranganathan, co-founder and CTO of Yugabyte, the company behind the popular open-source, distributed SQL database YugabyteDB. “Their best-in-class tools, support and cross-cloud experience streamlined the launch of Yugabyte Cloud, and their ISV Go Global Program acted as a springboard in jumpstarting our GTM efforts. They are a valuable partner to have.”

The news follows a year with many AWS honors for DoiT. In 2020, the company was named AWS APN Reseller Partner of the Year in Israel and an AWS Well-Architected Partner. Its cloud experts achieved distinction for earning more than 100 AWS certifications. DoiT was also named an APN Immersion Day Partner, with its cloud architects certified to provide technical workshops and guided tours of AWS products and services.

“DoiT is passionate and laser-focused in designing and building next-gen AWS infrastructure to enable our global clients,” said Ric Harvey, DoiT Staff Cloud Architect. “This recognition is a personal accomplishment for the entire DoiT team and rewarding for our customers.”

The AWS MSP Program validation process consists of a rigorous multi-day onsite audit by an independent third party. It aims to confirm the partner’s ability to bring next-generation managed services and capabilities in cloud architecture, automation, optimization and management to clients’ AWS environments. The audit enables customers to confidently identify qualified AWS MSP Partners. Successfully completing it ensures AWS MSP Partners are experts on all products and features, that their business processes are best of breed and that they’re capable of delivering the high level of customer focus Amazon is known for.

About DoiT International

DoiT International is a leading provider of multi-cloud expertise, proprietary cloud optimization and governance software. The company tackles complex problems of scale for customers, using expertise in machine learning, algorithms, complexity analysis and system design.

Founded in 2011, DoiT International operates in nearly 70 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia and Israel. For more information, please visit doit-intl.com.
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nCino and Accenture Help Judo Bank Transform its SME Business Banking Platform

Judo Bank is now live on the nCino Bank Operating System platform, providing a single digital engagement experience for its customers and employees

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — nCino, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCNO), a pioneer in cloud banking and digital transformation solutions for the global financial services industry, and Accenture (NYSE:ACN), a global consulting firm with leading capabilities in cloud and digital transformations, today announced they have helped Australian-based SME challenger bank Judo Bank implement a new banking platform by deploying the nCino Bank Operating System®.

Judo Bank is now live on nCino’s Bank Operating System platform, providing a single digital engagement experience for its customers and employees. Together, these solutions create an agile, scalable, single end-to-end platform for Judo Bank, an SME-focused business bank.

Lisa Frazier, chief operating officer at Judo Bank, said nCino’s cutting-edge solutions were a perfect fit for the SME business bank whose strategy is to bring back the craft of relationship banking. “Judo Bank’s relationship-based model of getting to know our customers, understand their business and build trust with them, regardless of their location, has been particularly critical during the pandemic,” said Frazier. “At Judo Bank, our relationship bankers are passionate about our SME customers and spending quality time with them to deeply understand their business. However, their time is finite. Therefore the systems that support them need to take administration off their plate, support communications and generate fast decisions for customers. We’re really excited about the way nCino’s cutting-edge technology facilitates this approach – enhancing the way we continue to listen, support and provide finance to more of Australia’s SME businesses.”

The execution of the cloud-first transformation was led by Accenture, leveraging its nCino expertise and proven track record of helping financial institutions optimise and digitise their processes. The integration was run remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrating the efficacy of cloud-based software solutions.

“Regardless of geographic location, the fact remains that financial institutions must embrace changing customer dynamics and make their digital offerings their top priority,” said Laura Valmorbida, a managing director within Accenture’s Financial Services practice in Australia. “Judo Bank’s successful cloud implementation helps it deliver an improved, tailored experience that will provide them a significant advantage in the market.”

“COVID-19 forced financial institutions to adapt to a new and critically important digital first market, which Judo Bank has embraced and is now realising the benefits of,” said Mark Bernhardi, general manager of APAC at nCino. “The partnership with Judo Bank and Accenture further underscores that it takes a culture of innovation and collaboration to enable a financial institution to continue to meet their customers’ ongoing needs. We are so proud of the incredible teamwork from all three parties and are thrilled to continue our work with Judo Bank.”

About nCino
nCino (NASDAQ: NCNO) is the worldwide leader in cloud banking. The nCino Bank Operating System® empowers financial institutions with scalable technology to help them achieve revenue growth, greater efficiency, cost savings and regulatory compliance. In a digital-first world, nCino’s single digital platform enhances the employee and client experience to enable financial institutions to more effectively onboard new clients, make loans and manage the entire loan life cycle, and open deposit and other accounts across lines of business and channels. Transforming how financial institutions operate through innovation, reputation and speed, nCino works with more than 1,200 financial institutions globally, whose assets range in size from $30 million to more than $2 trillion. For more information, visit: www.ncino.com.

About Judo Bank
Judo Bank is Australia’s first fully licensed, purpose built challenger bank dedicated to lending to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) . Built from the ground up by a small group of deeply experienced and highly credentialed business lending professionals, Judo Bank has brought back old-style, traditional relationship banking — banking as it used to be, banking as it should be, supported with the latest, legacy free technology environment.

About Accenture
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

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Thai Appeals Court upholds acquittal of three ex-PDRC leaders, fourth sentenced to 8 months

The Appeals Court sentenced a former core member of the now defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to eight months in prison without suspension today (Wednesday), after finding him guilty of obstructing voting at Sukhothai School, in Bangkok’s Dusit district during the general elections in 2014.

Sonthiyan Chuenruthainaitham, former Bangkok deputy governor Sakoltee Pattiyakul, former National Institute Development Administration (NIDA) president Prof. Dr. Sombat Thamrongthanyawong and Dr. Seri Wongmontha, a former Thammasat University lecturer, and a marketing guru, were charged by public prosecutors with sedition, incitement of unrest, being members of an illegal association, illegal assembly and assault for their collective involvement in the attempt to topple the then government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

On July 25th, 2019, the Criminal Court acquitted all except Sonthiyan, who was found guilty of obstructing the election operations at Sukhothai School. He was sentenced at that time to one year in prison, suspended for one year.

The Criminal Court’s verdict was appealed to the Appeals Court by the public prosecutors.

Today, the Appeals Court today upheld the Criminal Court’s acquittal of the three defendants, while upholding the lower court’s guilty verdict for Sonthiyan, commuting the one-year sentence to eight months, due to his useful testimony, but lifting the suspension.

The court also revoked Sonthiyan’s election rights for five years. Sonthiyan is to apply for bail.

Several former PDRC leaders, including Suthep Thaugsuban and former Democrat deputy leader Thavorn Senniam, showed up at the Criminal Court this morning to offer moral support to the four.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service

Talks held to ease motorists’ burden as tolls on Sirat Outer ring road to rise from Dec 15

The Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) is trying to negotiate, with Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company (BEM), the concessionaire for the Sirat outer ring road expressway, an easing of the burden on motorist from the December 15th rise in tolls, as stipulated in the concession agreement.

The new toll fees will be 65 baht, up from 50 baht for four-wheel vehicles, 105 baht, up from 80 baht for 6-10 wheel vehicles and 150 baht, up from 115 baht for vehicles with more than 10 wheels.

EXAT Governor Surachet Laopoonsook admitted today (Wednesday) that he feels heavy-hearted over this problem because, on the one hand, motorists will be impacted by the increased fees and, on the other, the EXAT is legally bound to comply with the concession agreement.

He said that he has to be very careful to comply with the terms of the agreement, citing the previous bitter experiences of failure to follow the contract.

The EXAT governor said that the Ministry of Transport has expressed serious concerns about the financial impacts on the general public from the rises and has instructed the EXAT to negotiate with BEM to work out mitigation measures, such as postponing the increases or introducing a discount scheme.

He said that not only the general public has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, BEM has also been hard hit, with its revenue falling by almost half, as the number of vehicles using this section of the expressway has dropped.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service