Onecom Ramps Up IOT Drive With Appointment

Graham Doe joins as head of Internet of Things after Onecom signed five-year deal with Vodafone

Telecoms company Onecom has appointed experienced telecoms specialist Graham Doe as head of Internet of Things as it focuses on smart connected services for businesses as a major growth area.

The newly-created post comes after Onecom signed a major five-year deal with Vodafone to develop, launch and manage IoT services nationwide.

Doe has more than 10 years of sales and management in the IoT space, has worked for some of the UK’s largest telecoms companies including Telefonica O2 UK and Arqiva.

He has considerable knowledge and experience in existing and emerging IoT connectivity and hardware solutions across a range of sectors including energy and utilities, telecoms, healthcare, transport and security.

“Innovation in IoT services is a major focus for Onecom, and its importance is reflected in the quality of this appointment,” said Aaron Brown, chief operating officer at Onecom.

“Graham brings with him a wealth of experience in telecoms and particularly in IoT, along with an instinctive understanding of how connected hardware is going to transform UK businesses over the coming year.

“His expertise and dedication to outstanding customer experience make him a perfect fit for Onecom.”

Onecom, which has headquarters in Hampshire and offices around the UK and Northern Ireland, is the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications provider, operating from 12 regional offices, including London, Cardiff, Southampton, Plymouth, Leeds, Telford, Norwich and Brighton.

Doe said: “Onecom has an exciting vision for the use of IoT technology and understands the virtually unlimited possibilities that it brings for businesses.

“I am excited to take this new role and looking forward to driving Onecom’s dominance in the IoT market, achieving ambitious sales growth targets and leading an expanding sales and marketing team.”

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Prime Focus Technologies Bolsters CLEAR(TM) Media ERP with Powerful Work Order Management; Showcases Latest Product Upgrades at IBC 2017

CULVER CITY, CA –(Marketwired – September 06, 2017) – Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, is unveiling a host of industry-first upgrades to its flagship product, CLEAR Media ERP Suite, at IBC 2017.

CLEAR now offers a brand new functionality for end-to-end Work Order Management, pre-integrated with its Media Asset Management (MAM), Workflow Engine and Video Tools.

This further elevates CLEAR’s promise of enterprise digitization to the next level, by enabling users to manage all of the following on ONE system:

  • Assets, with associated metadata and essences
  • Resources, including internal and freelance resources, as well as 3rd party vendors
  • Tasks, including generation, timeline estimation, scheduling, assignment and execution (using tools within or outside CLEAR)
  • Orchestration of content workflows across the content supply chain

While users have been able to track business processes in previous versions of CLEAR, the new Work Order Management now allows the tracking of every incoming work request including all of its associated processes, tasks and deliverables, through completion. Additionally, its Resource and Task Assignment modules enable assignment of manual tasks to best-fit resources based on skill, availability and cost. Users can assign tasks across their pool of internal, vendor and freelance resources, thus ensuring optimal resource utilization in alignment with business objectives.

With BPM driven tasks, due date based Work Order monitoring dashboards, in-depth data analytics and reporting, Work Order Management is a vital ingredient that helps Media & Entertainment (M&E) enterprises improve quality and maintain on-time delivery alongside increases in scale. It lays the foundation for streamlining content operations and helps M&E players enhance efficiencies across core processes like Acquisition, Review & Approval, Cataloguing, QC, Mastering, Distribution, Promos and Localization.

“To lead in the industry, broadcasters and studios have to move beyond managing just content and focus on successfully running the business of content by harnessing the power of enterprise software and innovative technology,” said Ramki Sankaranarayanan, Founder and CEO, Prime Focus Technologies. “With Work Order Management, CLEAR as a one-of-a-kind technology has become even more powerful than before. For the first time ever, M&E organizations can have both assets and work related details for the entire supply chain on ONE system. This will usher in extreme transparency across the content lifecycle, and reduce manual effort drastically to help M&E enterprises lower their Total Cost of Operations.”
PFT will also be showcasing the latest additions to its Hybrid Cloud-enabled CLEAR Media ERP Suite at IBC 2017. These include:

  • DAX® Production Cloud: ONE Software for Dailies & Post Workflows that enables all stakeholders within the production supply chain to collaborate, service and distribute media, all on the same software
  • Promo Operations: A never-before functionality that provides end-to-end business process orchestration for promo creation including versioning automation
  • Mastering Automation: An efficient and cost-effective way to create masters for domestic and international syndication
  • Interoperable Master Format (IMF):
    • World’s first IMF Media Player for playback over streaming proxy
    • Future-ready solution for IMF content exchange, with support for SMPTE’s upcoming Applications (beyond 2 and 2e)
    • Technology to transform IMF Packages into deliverables for DPP and iTunes

Experience the power of ONE. Get more from technology. Visit Prime Focus Technologies at booth #7.B12 at IBC 2017.

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Spark and S3 storage carry forward NBC big data initiative

 The data strategy behind NBCUniversal’s Advanced Advertising initiatives, including moves to employ Apache Spark and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), was a matter of discussion at the recent Big Data Innovation Summit in Boston.

In a session called “The elephant not in the room. Where did Hadoop go? The Data Strategy behind NBCUniversal’s Advanced Advertising initiatives,” Jeffrey Pinard, vice president for data technology and engineering at NBC, described the evolution of Hadoop-style development for NBC analytics efforts in the face of industry disruption.

He told of how Spark and S3 storage took on tasks formerly relegated to older Hadoop components, as part of an effort to digitally transform the peacock network’s advertising analytics.

Pinard’s team foresaw big scale-out issues as they grappled with the large amounts of mostly unstructured data that web viewers generate. Going to a cloud data lake architecture made sense, as the need for scaling was virtually boundless, he said.

Pinard’s career has included extensive work for digital advertising agencies with on-premises data centers built for Hadoop. But, at NBC, Pinard and his team looked for something other than classic Hadoop — that is, MapReduce and Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) — in pursuit of a data lake that would underpin a new analytical portfolio. Apache Spark took the place that classic Hadoop would have assigned to MapReduce. S3 storage took on the role traditionally played by HDFS.

Boundless computation is not all fun and games. That’s one takeaway from the Big Data Innovation Summit.

Teams can opt for the cloud to gain access to unlimited resources, but, as Pinard put it, they also need to “get ready for unlimited checks” as part of a big data initiative. In some part, that is because HDFS on a large scale can entail — again, in Pinard’s words — masses of “spinning disks.” While such spinning disks were less expensive than alternatives in the early days of Hadoop, S3 storage today is cheaper still.

In this podcast, Talking Data team moderators discuss NBCUniversal’s big data initiative and related matters. Listen to and subscribe to this and other editions of the Talking Data podcast and find out more about digital disruption and strategies employed as part of this big data initiative in broadcasting analytics.

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Cloud Partner Program Aims to Replace ERP

Brightpearl, which offers a cloud-based retail management system for mid-sized retailers and wholesalers, on Wednesday launched a new Enterprise Partner Program.

The company aims to build out its partner ecosystem to deploy an end-to-end management service for omnichannel retailers as an alternative to traditional enterprise resource planning systems.

Brightpearl is seeking technology providers specializing in commerce, EDI (electronic data interchange), accounting, POS (point of sale), logistics, shipping and inventory, and marketplaces.

Ecosystem partners will offer a customized enterprise-grade end-to-end retail management solution for small and mid-sized retailers with gross merchandise revenues of between US$2.5 million and $50 million.

Such potential customers typically would work with solution providers such as such as ShipStation and Silk Software, which already have partnered with Brightpearl.

“The EPP is a new program that we’re launching, and we’re delighted to include a number of partners from across the retail technology ecosystem from Day One,” said Derek Rosenzweig, Brightpearl’s head of partner business development.

Along with Silk and ShipStation, initial partners include SPS Commerce, Signifyd, BigCommerce, Avatar, EY Studios, and PayPal Here.

“We believe we can offer retailers a comprehensive end-to-end solution today,” Rosenzweig told the E-Commerce Times. “We expect the EPP to grow as other vendors with particular expertise seek to join.”

EPP Benefits

The program will offer three tiers of partner support to solution providers and agencies that manage various levels of commerce builds and integrations with traditional ERP systems.

Among Brightpearl’s Enterprise Partner Program benefits:

  • Dedicated business development reps;
  • Co-marketing opportunities and co-branded regional events;
  • Certified Brightpearl training and on-site training for sales, solution design, and professional services; and
  • Access to Brightpearl’s application marketplace.

Participating partners will “be able to build stronger relationships with customers by being able to meet requirements beyond their own capabilities,” Rosenzweig said. “Being able to introduce a trusted partner is a valued service.”

They also will benefit from introductions to new business opportunities.

“Depending on the nature of the partner’s solution, a joint project may result in opportunities to sell additional services to existing customers,” noted Rosenzweig.

Organizations “are looking for new retail suites, but they want more nimble solutions to upgrade or replace existing solutions,” remarked Ray Wang, principal analyst at Constellation Research.

“Partners are looking for scale in delivery, sales and IP creation,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

Participation in Brightpearl’s Enterprise Partner Program means partners would have “less partnerships and technologies to manage, train and sell for,” Wang said.

Retailers would have “one throat to choke and better integration,” he pointed out. They also would get “the ability to scale out technology platforms over time for economies of scale and agility.”

The average global retailer has “anywhere from 13 to 47 back-office retail and order management systems,” Wang pointed out. “The market’s ripe for replacement.”

Target Markets

Brightpearl’s EPP targets existing customers, customers already working with partners, and new customers, Rosenzweig said.

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Using data analytics and tech in HR

Digital strategy not just about technology, but people as well: OCBC’s head of group HR

Data analytics and technology play a huge role not only in OCBC Bank’s operations but also in its human resource practices, said a top executive.

Mr Jason Ho, OCBC head of group human resources, told The Straits Times recently: “A digital strategy is not just about technology, but also people, and how they adapt and use technology, and a mindset to embrace changes in the organisation.

“At the end of the day, we’ve to put everything together and need the information system to capture the data (we need).”

Mr Ho recalled a case study from the bank using data analytics “to provide insights on executive resourcing”.

“The team discussed coming up with a dynamic dashboard with colours like amber and green, to show the readiness of a candidate as he moves along the pipeline.

“The business partners, or those who support business divisions in hiring, can log in to the system to know the progress, instead of the traditional reliance on spreadsheets and conversations.”

The system can help identify if hiring managers are taking too long or the status of candidates’ applications, and help hasten processes and improve candidate experience.

TRAINING ON THE GO

It’s about learning anywhere, anytime. Eventually, because of the data analytic capability we’ve built, we can drive learning initiative to certain colleagues who need it more.

MR JASON HO, OCBC head of group human resources, on the learning management system, which is being added to its existing HR in Your Pocket mobile app.

“By using data analytics in a simple way, you can improve productivity and create a better collaboration within the HR team.

“The reason our HR team can do this is that we started our data analytics journey way before. Our former CEO David Conner asked what else we can compete on besides pricing. That’s how we started 12 years ago, and took at least three years to clean up our enterprise data, among other things.”

Data analytics usage in HR really came together in 2015.

An early project was creating “a model to predict attrition in the next six months”. Attrition can be predicted with an accuracy of 75 per cent with data analytics at OCBC. About 10 factors are used to help OCBC forecast which staff members might leave in six months.

The bank also looks at what it calls regrettable attrition or “people we don’t want to lose, and a conversation takes place on concerns and how the business manager can engage you”.

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