Leading cryptocurrency exchange and custodian to leverage the resilience and global reach of the BT Radianz Cloud as it scales to meet institutional demand for cryptocurrencies trading

BT today announced that leading cryptocurrency exchange and custodian Gemini Trust LLC (Gemini), a New York-based trust company, has joined the BT Radianz Cloud. The move provides Gemini access to one of the world’s largest, secure networked financial cloud communities — which consists of thousands of brokers, institutions, exchanges and clearing and settlement houses — while providing community members access to the growing cryptocurrency market.
Founded in 2014 by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Gemini offers customers the ability to cross connect directly to its trading infrastructure —#8202;matching the sophistication of major global equities and derivatives exchanges.
By joining the Radianz Cloud, Gemini taps its global market reach and ability to scale with a commercial structure familiar to large institutions.
Institutions that are already members of the Radianz Cloud community can benefit from the performance and reassurance of Radianz connectivity when accessing Gemini’s platform.
"No other cryptocurrency exchange in the world offers our calibre of top performance and breadth of connectivity options. Adding Radianz Cloud connectivity to our current low latency offerings in the NY5 data centre allows our existing institutional customer base to access our FIX interface whether they are directly connected or in AWS. This strengthens our institutional investor connectivity and helps us better scale our offerings in this space," said Nick Vigier, chief information officer at Gemini.
"Global financial institutions have very specific requirements about the performance, resilience and security of the infrastructure over which they trade,” said Michael Woodman, managing director of BT Radianz. “They expect stringent service levels and will only do business under trusted commercial frameworks that help them to meet their own contractual and compliance requirements. This can make it difficult for small or new service providers to grow. By joining the Radianz Cloud, Gemini achieves the reach and scale demanded by global institutions and benefits from an established framework for doing business with them.”
Through a single, resilient and secure network connection engineered for the exacting demands of the international financial markets industry, members of the Radianz Cloud can reliably access thousands of applications and services from more than 400 providers critical to the every-day running of the global financial sector.
Find out more about how our Radianz services help you do business in the capital markets. A community built to meet the changing needs of the industry.



Thomas Cook India Group announces its acquisition of Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging (DEI) – one of the world’s leading imaging solutions and services providers

Hong Kong, China, February 27, 2019 / - #8226;Acquisition is PAT and free cash accretive from day one
#8226;Marks Thomas Cook India Group’s entry into an adjacent sector, complementary to its travel travel related services portfolio

Thomas Cook India Group, the leading integrated travel services group, has announced its acquisition of a 51% stake in Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging (DEI), one of the world’s leading imaging solutions and services providers at an enterprise value of US $40.6 Million (Rs 289 crores). The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

The acquisition marks the Thomas Cook India Group’s entry into an adjacent sector, complementary to its travel travel related services portfolio and is both PAT and free cash accretive from day one.

Established in 2004, Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging is a technology driven company with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Mumbai, Orlando, and Kuala Lumpur. DEI focuses on imaging solutions for the attractions industry with a robust end-to-end turnkey model by providing equipment, software, talent and operational expertise consultation to its business partners.

With a strong network of over 120 partners, DEI is present at more than 250 venues spanning over 14 countries (Hong Kong SAR, Singapore, UAE, Macau SAR, China, USA, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Mauritius, Maldives, Egypt, India and Kuwait), and has completed 3.6 million transactions in 2018.

Since 2012 DEI has tactically chosen Singapore as its regional headquarters in the Far East. This approach paid off resulting in DEI successfully securing the majority share of imaging partnerships in Singapore. The importance of this location was reinforced by the successful extension of their 10-year partnership with Wildlife Reserves Singapore and One Faber Group – operator of several attractions in Sentosa. DEI’s partnership with Marina Bay Sands was also renewed recently, strengthening their presence in Singapore.

Having a strong foot hold in South East Asia, DEI is aggressively expanding their presence into Greater China, including Hong Kong SAR. DEI’s proprietary imaging solution has enabled payment gateway localization for the local Chinese market expanding into AliPay and WeChat Pay. Their local hosting and content distribution is in compliance with local privacy policies, allowing guests to share their memories on Chinese social media channels like We Chat, Sina Weibo, QQ and Qzone. Based on current tourism trends, DEI is aggressively viewing the Far East as a pivotal region and a major contributor of revenue over the next 5 years. DEI intend to focus on rapid growth over the preceding years in this belt.

DEI’s partner attractions encompass waterparks, theme parks, aquariums, towers and resorts, including iconic attractions in Hong Kong (Ngong Ping 360), Singapore (Universal Studios Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Zoo), Macau (Macau Tower, The Venetian), the UAE (At The Top Burj Khalifa, Ski Dubai, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Warner Brothers, Ferrari World), Malaysia (PETRONAS Twin Towers, Resorts World Genting), China (Atlantis Sanya, Chimelong Safari Park), India (Ramoji Film City, Imagica, Wonderla Holidays Ltd.), Maldives (Taj Exotica, W Retreat Spa, Shangri-La Villingili), Mauritius (St. Regis Mauritius Resort, Shanti Maurice Resort Spa), Indonesia (Waterbom Bali, Bali Zoo, Trans Studio), Egypt (Ski Egypt, KidZania), Thailand (Ramayana Water Park, Vana Nava Water Jungle), USA (Hard Rock Caf#233; New York, Mango’s Tropical Caf#233; and Gaylord), to name a few.

In 2017, DEI launched KlassAkt, its school photography arm, and has already partnered with more than 90 schools across the UAE and India, including the prestigious GEMS group of schools in the UAE, the Oberoi International School, Jamnabai Narsee International School and Aditya Birla World Academy in Mumbai, India.

Madhavan Menon, Chairman and Managing Director, Thomas Cook (India) Limited said, “Our acquisition of DEI, a global imaging solutions and services giant, presents the Thomas Cook India Group an opportunity to participate in an exciting new business space, adjacent to our core travel services portfolio that is both PAT and free cash accretive from day one. DEI is an entrepreneurial success story with an impressive and proven track record of leadership, growth and profitability.”

He elaborated, “With several key markets in common, the addition of Ram and his team at DEI to our family, also presents new synergistic opportunities leveraging our travel services across 25 countries. We see an immediate opportunity for our outbound customers from India and Hong Kong, as well as our inbound and DMS customers across our global network. With the growing demand for experiential travel and social sharing, DEI’s partnerships with iconic attractions, theme parks, water parks and resorts will further enhance our travel services portfolio in line with our philosophy of creating long term shareholder value.”

K.S. Ramakrishnan, founder CEO and President of Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging said, “Our synergy with Thomas Cook India Group in the travel and tourism ecosystem strengthens DEI’s position in our existing markets whilst giving us immense reach to expand. DEI is leading the digital transformation of the guest photo journey through NFC, facial recognition and other state of the art proprietary technology enabling the guest to receive and share their memories in real time. We are proud to be part of a globally renowned travel and tourism leader, the Thomas Cook India Group. Innovation being key to DEI’s core entrepreneurial spirit with focus on long-term partnerships aligns us perfectly with the vision and ethos of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.”


Unveiling the delectable: “U.S. CHAIRMAN’S RESERVE PORK TOMAHAWK” at Belgian Beerhouses FRITES

Hong Kong, China, February 26, 2019 / - Unveiling the delectable: “U.S. CHAIRMAN’S RESERVE PORK TOMAHAWK” at Belgian Beerhouses FRITES

Hong Kong 25th February 2019 – This March, dine at FRITES so you can taste the delectable new dish, the US Chairman’s Reserve Tomohawk. Staying true to its Belgian roots, the talented team of chefs at FRITES aspire to create European cuisine to delight the taste buds. To celebrate the Year of the PIG, FRITES will launch the “U.S. CHAIRMAN’S RESERVE PORK TOMAHAWK”, for HK$190 (originally priced HK$380) during March for either lunch or dinner. You can add an additional $180 for a 2-hour free flow red wine to pair with the dish.
With a generous portion of 350 grams of pork the tomahawk is famous for its tenderness and juiciness. Each Tomahawk pork is perfectly executed by the FRITES’ chefs, yielding a succulent texture and richness. The dish is served with creamed spinach, dauphinoise potato and confit cherry tomatoes. Call us today to book at table.
Enjoy this opulent meal like no others, but Chairman, in FRITES. FRITES’ U.S. CHAIRMAN’S RESERVE PORK TOMAHAWK will be available all day in March 2019 at all FRITES venues at HK$190 (originally HK$380). FRITES is located in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and Quarry Bay. The success of these events deems it ESSENTIAL to book early to secure a table.
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About FRITES Management Ltd.
FRITES Belgian Beerhouses present delicious tradition European fare washed down by one of Hong Kong’s largest selections of draught and bottled Belgian Beer.
The growing chain of European-style bistro-beer halls are always warm and welcoming. Styled after traditional 1920s Belgian beer halls with high ceilings, rustic tables and stain glass windows, FRITES has created the perfect atmosphere for sharing hearty portions of great food, great brews and great conversations with friends.

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A Focus on Start-Ups: Rutronik24 Establishes Team to Support Innovative Companies

Hong Kong, China, February 21, 2019 / - Rutronik24, the sales organization of Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemen-te GmbH, set up a dedicated team called #8222;BaseCamp“ to focus on start-ups, dealing exclusively with the needs and projects of young, innovative companies. In addition to supplying components, the team also offers comprehensive and individually tailored consulting services.

To Andrea Bissinger, Director Sales Global at Rutronik24, supporting start-ups is only logical: “Rutronik24 fo-cuses on small and medium-sized companies with corresponding needs – so start-ups are precisely our target audience. All of our processes are tailored exactly to their requirements. This allows us to support young entre-preneurs and their projects with customized solutions. Thanks to our large network, this not only includes the required components and consulting services, but we also help put them in touch with suitable partners, such as for production, marketing and sales” says Bissinger. This is why Rutronik24 participates in festivals such as Innolution Valley, the Hannover Messe trade show, and various start-up events in order to network and build relationships with interested partners.

A new button has been added to that allows start-ups to contact the sales organization’s newly formed start-up team directly. Marek Fuchs, Team Leader Field Sales at Rutronik24, is the first point of contact for founders and leads the three-person team. “I like to try out new things myself and enjoy thinking outside the box – and that goes for our entire team. We look forward to collaborating with start-ups from a variety of sectors in new ways and hopefully helping them both bring their product to market and make their company a success.”

About Rutronik (
Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH is the third largest distributor in Europe (European Distribution Report 2017) and the number eleven worldwide (SourceToday, May 2018). The broadline distributor supplies semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components as well as boards, storage, displays wireless products. The company's primary target markets are the automotive, medical, industrial, home appliance, energy and lighting industries. The ranges RUTRONIK EMBEDDED, RUTRONIK SMART, RUTRONIK POWER and RUTRONIK AUTOMOTIVE provide customers with specific products and services in groups tailored to the respective applications. Expert technical support for product development and design-in, individual logistics and supply chain management solutions as well as comprehensive services complete its scope of performance.

The company, founded by Helmut Rudel in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, now has over 70 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Rutronik employs more than 1,600 staff worldwide and achieved Group sales of 950 million euros in the fiscal year 2017.

The e-commerce platform gives users access to the online catalog, the Procurement Area and the Product Change Notifications (PCNs) with just a single login. The online catalog provides an overview of all products including#8218; detailed data sheets, and intelligent search functions make selection easier. The mass quotation‘ link allows customers to use their parts list for convenient purchasing. In the Procurement Area, customers can obtain a quick overview of their current and past orders, tenders, article lists, safety stock level, contracts, consignment stock and traceability. The current catalogs, procurement information, PCNs and also a wide range of media are available for downloading.


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Ruckus Introduces ICX 7850 Switch for 100GbE Edge-to-Core Networks

Hong Kong, China, February 21, 2019 / - Enables multi-gigabit networks with pay-as-you-grow model suitable for education, government and enterprise environments

Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, has announced the availability of its new ICX 7850 switch: an edge-to-core solution for the next decade of enterprise networking.

Ruckus’ stackable ICX 7850 delivers high-density aggregation for 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, and 100GbE using existing customer investment in fiber cabling, making it suitable for large, secure enterprise edge networks in education, government and enterprise settings. The pay-as-you-grow design enables enterprise-scale networks to keep pace with advances in wireless technologies – such as 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), IoT and LTE – to accommodate continued multi-gigabit network growth.

“The ever-increasing need for Wi-Fi connectivity is taxing network cores, but the solution to keeping up with the proliferation of devices and advances in wireless technology does not need to be complex or expensive,” said Linda Hui, Managing Director, Ruckus Networks, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. “The Ruckus ICX 7850 switch simplifies multi-gigabit network upgrades and reduces the total cost for enterprises through its ability to scale quickly and linearly to address current and future network demands.”

Simple, Pay-As-You-Grow Model and Management
The ICX 7850’s advanced stacking capabilities can scale up to 12 switches, which rivals the density of traditional chassis-based data center and enterprise switches. The hitless stack failover, multi-chassis trunking, and in-service software upgrades eliminate downtime. The available SmartZone#8482; network controller enables configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting for the entire Ruckus ICX switch portfolio and wireless access point network. This highly scalable approach is easier to manage with reduced power and cooling requirements and a lower total cost of ownership.

“We are seeing a clear shift towards multigigabit access in enterprises, which makes the introduction of the Ruckus ICX7850 very timely,” said Brandon Butler, Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Networks, IDC. “More data-intensive devices and applications continue to stress the core of the enterprise network and are driving a move to 100GbE network infrastructure. Ruckus’ ICX 7850 and management solutions address these issues and when complemented with the company's SmartZone network controller, the company is able to manage access points and switches in a ‘single pane of glass,’ simplifying network management and operational efficiency.”

“Ruckus’ ICX 7850 switch outperformed our existing core network chassis with easy installation and a much smaller footprint,” said Matt Mercer, Director of Network Services, Troy University. “Our new network, powered by the ICX 7850, is now able to deliver demanding student services for the next decade.”

Security and Encryption
The ICX 7850, along with all switches in the Ruckus portfolio, support the latest security standards and encryption technologies. ICX switches have been deployed in the U.S. federal government for over two decades and comply with the most stringent security standards and federal certifications including FIPS, Common Criteria, CSfC, and JITC. The ICX 7850 also supports Media Access Control Security (MACsec), a Layer 2 security technology, based on symmetric cryptographic keys, to provide point-to-point security on Ethernet links between nodes.

Adapts to Existing Infrastructure
Many organizations, particularly school districts with older, existing networks that have OM1 or OM2 fiber optic cables require Long Reach Multimode (LRM) optics to achieve the 10 Gbps connections needed for today’s bandwidth requirements. The ICX 7850 provides investment protection and an upgrade path for customers with older fiber infrastructure by providing support for LRM optics with select family members.

The ICX 7850 switch is now available and will be demonstrated in booth 2022 at AFCEA West 2019, February 13-15, 2019, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

About Ruckus Networks
Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, is redefining connectivity around the globe. With our partners, we build secure wired and wireless access networks for organizations that place a premium on connectivity experiences for end users as well as simplicity. Follow Ruckus on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and subscribe to our blog.

ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) is powering a smart, connected world. The company's leading hardware, software and services transform the way that people and businesses stay informed, entertained and connected. For more information, visit


Autotalks and CEVA Collaborate on World’s First Global V2X Solution

Hong Kong, China, February 20, 2019 / - Autotalks chipset leverages CEVA-XC SDR DSP to unify DSRC and C-V2X in a single solution, reducing development, integration and certification effort for global V2X deployment

CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA), the leading licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for smarter, connected devices, and Autotalks, a world leader in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communications solutions, announced today that the companies collaborated to add C-V2X Rel. 14/15 support to the CEVA-XC DSP based Autotalks chipset, making it the world’s first and only available solution capable of supporting both DSRC and C-V2X direct communications. The solution was demonstrated at CES 2019 by leading automotive tiers HARMAN, Valeo and others.

V2X communication is heading to mass-market adoption as the world’s largest OEMs announced intentions to equip their new car models with the technology. In recent years, V2X diverged into two different technologies, DSRC and C-V2X, with fundamentally different architectures, making it difficult to harmonize a single global solution. Autotalks, leveraging the software-defined capabilities of the CEVA-XC DSP in its chipset, addresses the need for a global solution by equipping its mass-market ready 2nd generation chipsets with C-V2X in addition to their native support of DSRC, at the highest security level.

Amos Freund, VP RD at Autotalks, commented: “Autotalks and CEVA have enjoyed a long and successful relationship, with their unique expertise in cellular and communication DSPs perfectly complementing our wireless know-how. The CEVA-XC DSP allowed us to quickly and seamlessly implement C-V2X support on our chipset in addition to DSRC, resulting in the world’s first and only truly secure global V2X solution.”

Michael Boukaya, vice president and general manager of the wireless business unit at CEVA, stated: “We are proud to have collaborated with Autotalks to extend their leadership in V2X communication solutions and become the first company in the world to support both C-V2X and DSRC on their automotive qualified AEC-Q100 grade 2 chipset. This use case perfectly illustrates the benefits of using a powerful programmable vector DSP like our CEVA-XC for communication SoCs, allowing new features and standards to be implemented in software on existing silicon.”

Autotalks’ deployment-ready, 2nd generation V2X chipset is the world’s first available solution which supports both DSRC based on 802.11p/ITS-G5 standards and C-V2X based on 3GPP specifications. The chipset allows customers to easily toggle between DSRC and C-V2X communications. The new chipset isolates V2X from the cellular Network Access Device (NAD), thus providing domain separation security, scalability and potential cost-optimizations of Telematic Control Unit (TCU) deployments. The separation of V2X from in-vehicle infotainment ensures that the safety related purpose of the V2X system is not compromised. Furthermore, V2X isolation combined with Autotalks’ recognized cyber security leadership enables a truly secure platform. Autotalks’ global V2X chipset is currently available for customer and partner C-V2X demonstrations. Autotalks will present in Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona on 25th-28th of February in Hall 5 Stand 5E71.

About Autotalks
Autotalks (, which was founded in 2008, is a V2X chipset market pioneer and leader, providing customers worldwide with state-of-the-art V2X solutions. Autotalks helps reduce collisions on roadways and improve mobility with its automotive qualified chipsets. The chipsets offer the most advanced, truly secure and highest performing global V2X communication solution designed for autonomous vehicles. Autotalks’ advanced technology, to be mass deployed in the coming years, complements the information coming from other sensors, specifically in non-line-of-sight scenarios, rough weather or poor lighting conditions. It significantly improves overall road safety, effectively coordinating vehicles, self-driving cars, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

About CEVA, Inc.
CEVA is the leading licensor of signal processing platforms and artificial intelligence processors for a smarter, connected world. We partner with semiconductor companies and OEMs worldwide to create power-efficient, intelligent and connected devices for a range of end markets, including mobile, consumer, automotive, industrial and IoT. Our ultra-low-power IPs for vision, audio, communications and connectivity include comprehensive DSP-based platforms for LTE/LTE-A/5G baseband processing in handsets, infrastructure and cellular IoT (NB-IoT and Cat-M) enabled devices, advanced imaging and computer vision for any camera-enabled device, audio/voice/speech and ultra-low power always-on/sensing applications for multiple IoT markets. For artificial intelligence, we offer a family of AI processors capable of handling the complete gamut of neural network workloads, on-device. For connectivity, we offer the industry’s most widely adopted IPs for Bluetooth (low energy and dual mode) and Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n), Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) up to 4×4). Visit us at and follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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Connet Continues to Grow Asian Footprints with Expanded Vietnam Data Center Hub

Hong Kong, China, January 31, 2019 / - Connet Continues to Grow Asian Footprints with Expanded Vietnam Data Center Hub

Helps local enterprises gain access to global markets

Leading global internet service and security solution provider Connet announced its plan to grow the Vietnam market with expanded data center hub.

Vietnam has experienced some of the fastest economic growth in the world in recent years. The country has been making a strong push to attract new facilities to their country. In light of the growing trend and needs for enterprises' business expansion in Asia, Connet opened its office in Vietnam in 2012.

"Vietnam is now one of the most fastest growing emerging markets, globally. The year 2018's robust growth is expected to spill over into 2019." said Cecil Yuen, Business Director Asia and General Manager, Hong Kong, "Positive growth figures proved that we have made a right decision to have invested three data centers in Vietnam. Moving forward, we are seeing a lot of momentum for our complete product profolio of cloud, security and data center solution."

"Connet Vietnam has experienced a rapid business growth in 2018 with a 32% increase in revenue compared to the same period on the previous year." said Tony VU, Head of Business Development, Connet Vietnam, "Our clients are switching to us for the integrated networking solutions and world-class services."

Connet's client profolio for Vietnam includes Crowne Plaza Danang , Li Lai International Hotel, FTS Services and a variety of manufacturing company.

"Connet is committed to providing the highest level of quality and service to our clients. We are building a future-ready regional and global network to continue to support enterprises' global growth strategy and provide clients with even more choice and flexibility for their IT journeys." added Tony.

About Connet
Connet Inc. is a regional Internet Services Provider (ISP) with Managed Security Services (MSS) to global customers. The company operates advanced networks with unmatched breadth across Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit ,


SolarWinds Announces Free Flow Tool Bundle, Designed to Streamline Complex Network Management

Hong Kong, China, January 31, 2019 / - New tools help technology professionals gain greater visibility into network infrastructure

HONG KONG – January 31, 2019 – SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today unveiled SolarWinds#174; Flow Tool Bundle, a set of free analysis tools designed to quickly distribute, test, and configure NetFlow Traffic Analyzer, helping technology professionals gain greater visibility into their network infrastructure. Built to support their industry-leading network management portfolio1, the new SolarWinds Flow Tool Bundle is available immediately and can be installed on Windows#174; 7, 8, and 10, Windows Server#174; 2012 R2, 2016, and 2019.

“The development and general availability of the Flow Tool Bundle demonstrates our continued commitment to providing free tools to the technology professional community,” said Brandon Shopp, vice president product management and strategy, SolarWinds. “By engaging with our users in forums like the THWACK community, we are able to build products designed to address the needs of today’s tech pros, providing them with the tools to succeed in dynamic and distributed environments.”

Free Flow Tool Bundle Highlights

SolarWinds Flow Tool Bundle integrates two new tools with an existing free flow tool:
#8226; NetFlow Replicator can help tech pros more easily distribute flow data to multiple destinations for traffic or security analysis and configure random sampling of flow data packets to help reduce the load on the monitored system and collector.
#8226; NetFlow Generator simulates network flow data so tech pros can test and validate their configurations. This functionality is especially helpful when testing the behavior of more complex network entities, such as load balancers, firewall rules, and alert trigger conditions.
#8226; NetFlow Configurator remotely configures and activates NetFlow v5 on supported Cisco#174; devices. With this tool, tech pros can easily set up the router to send NetFlow records to their collector.

Key features include:
#8226; Replicate IPv4 and IPv6 flow data to multiple destinations
#8226; Generate simulated flow traffic to aid in flow tool troubleshooting
#8226; Test and validate configurations
#8226; Remotely and quickly configure NetFlow v5
#8226; Activate NetFlow and find bandwidth hogs

Additional Resources
#8226; SolarWinds Free Tool Overview: The Flow Tool Bundle (Video)
#8226; SolarWinds Flow Tools Bundle Quick Reference Guide
#8226; Flow Tool Bundle Download
Connect with SolarWinds
#8226; THWACK#174;
#8226; Twitter#174;
#8226; Facebook#174;
#8226; LinkedIn#174;

1Source: IDC-defined Network Management Software functional market. IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker#174;, October 2018


About SolarWinds
SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) is a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT infrastructure management software. Our products give organizations worldwide, regardless of type, size or IT infrastructure complexity, the power to monitor and manage the performance of their IT environments, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid models. We continuously engage with all types of technology professionals—IT operations professionals, DevOps professionals, and managed service providers (MSPs)—to understand the challenges they face maintaining high-performing and highly available IT infrastructures. The insights we gain from engaging with them, in places like our THWACK online community, allow us to build products that solve well-understood IT management challenges in ways that technology professionals want them solved. This focus on the user and commitment to excellence in end-to-end hybrid IT performance management has established SolarWinds as a worldwide leader in network management software and MSP solutions. Learn more today at

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Hong Kong accounting firms are quicker to adopt automation tools in daily practice

Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2019 / - 59.5% of locally-based firms are already using data automation apps compared to 25.8% in Singapore

HONG KONG, 29 JANUARY 2019 – Xero, the global small business platform, released its annual Accounting Industry Report for 2019. The report sheds light on the best practices of pacesetting firms1 to serve as benchmark for other firms to maximise their success in 2019 and beyond. Based on the findings, Hong Kong accounting firms are quick to adopt technology when compared to their counterparts in Singapore.

Furthermore, the report found that a larger number of accounting practices in Hong Kong (59.5%) are using data automation apps compared to their counterparts in Singapore (25.8%).

The adoption of such apps is especially popular with pacesetting companies who make up the top 15% of the market, boasting high growth and revenue rates, with 81% of such firms in Hong Kong declaring that they use automation apps when compared to just 34.5% in Singapore.

Xero surveyed 97 accounting and bookkeeping companies in Hong Kong and 157 in Singapore, asking their views across a range of different areas including opportunities for practices in technologies relating to compliance2, simple advisory3 and complex advisory4. The feedback also included views on the performance of apps used by pacesetting practices leading the market in terms of growth, and the priorities of said pacesetting firms in comparison to other firms.

The findings of the report also reveal that financial performance results in Hong Kong are higher than in Singapore with Hong Kong-based companies averaging HKD 2,739,000, compared to Singapore at HKD 1,384,268 (SGD 242,600) in total advisory revenue.

This shows that a higher adoption rate of automation tools in accounting firms positively impacts their ability to devote more time to higher-valued advisory services. Presently, the biggest users of automation tools are practices that provide complex advisory services (42.9%), followed by simple advisory services (33.3%) and basic compliance services (24%). The report also reveals a higher retention rate for high-value clients, with only 6.8% of client departures in the last 12 months. The figure in Singapore is lower with only 3.1% departures.

Accountancy firms that have been proactive in embracing new technology to aid the operational and profit-making functions of their business make around 20% more revenue than the industry average, doubling in total advisory revenue, whilst the cost to serve a single business client is around 80 hours less. However, Singapore-based companies are expected to quickly catch up in 2019 with 52.4% indicating they are considering implementing data automation tools in comparison to just 32.1% of Hong Kong-based firms.

The report outlines how the Hong Kong market has a bigger appetite for advisory services when compared to Singapore, which is estimated to have generated a revenue of over HKD 1.9 billion in 2018. Demand for simple and complex advisory services (50.2% of total revenue) is on par with compliance services (49.8% of total revenue), for example: compared to Singapore, revenue from compliance services (70.4%) is significantly higher than simple advisory (14.6%) and complex advisory (15%) services, indicating that routine year-on-year compliance work is still an intricate part of Singaporean accounting practice.

Accounting firms that would move into providing advisory practices look to prioritise the implementation of timesaving methods to reduce the time they spend chasing clients for documents and information (68.5%), documenting processes and creating workflows (66.7%). Another key area outlined in the report is that building advisory services can serve up to 50% – 70% more of their clients (38.9%) in a shorter space of time given that SMEs are increasingly looking for further support from their accounting advisors on forecasting, budgeting, cash flow and business planning, as well as startup mentoring and assistance with business development.

Kevin Fitzgerald, Regional Director for Asia, Xero, said, “With the increase in technology penetration giving rise to increased adoption of automation tools, we are seeing routine tasks giving way to more strategic, analytical work. The accounting industry is no exception as we see automation tools being an integral part of the workflow of accounting firms in Hong Kong and Singapore, and we expect this trend to continue in the next 24 months. By automating administrative jobs, accounting firms are getting into position to extend their capabilities beyond basic compliance services, to providing advisory services which is currently growing in demand. As accountants evolve into business advisors for their small business clients, we see our role here at Xero as an enabler and supporter for our accounting partners, helping them achieve success by leveraging market-leading applications, and banking and fintech partners in our ecosystem.”

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MELON 2019: ALIENS ON THE GALACTIC SILK ROAD? Asian leading Sci-Fi convention embarks on its third mission in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China, January 29, 2019 / - The third Asian Sci-Fi festival Melon 2019: Aliens on the galactic Silk Road? will be held at JW Marriott, Hong Kong on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019. Front and center at Melon this time will be a focus on Aliens.

Once again the leading Sci-Fi conference will once again bring together many of the world’s foremost creative thought leaders to discuss the future of science fiction writing, filmmaking and gaming. Melon 2019 will also explore the latest scientific research, innovative technology such as AI development, space exploration, entrepreneurship and much more.

Fritz Demopoulos, founder of Melon said, “We are delighted to bring this innovative event back to Hong Kong. The 2018 event was a great success with over 25 speakers from around the globe who shared their thoughts and ideas with hundreds of participants. This year, we’ll explore the world of Aliens – Fact or Fantasy? And we’ll share and exchange knowledge between all our participants.

Melon 2019 will showcase more than 20 thought-provoking sessions including keynotes, panel discussions, freestyle presentations, seminars and workshops, also the not-to-be-missed networking events to meet with speakers in person.

Melon 2018 was applauded by speakers and audiences alike, being seen as the up-and-coming Sci-Fi get-together to attend. Keynote speaker and U.S.-based prolific Sci-Fi author Allen Steele said, “Melon is Hong Kong’s preeminent ideas festival focused on science fiction, innovation and the future,” and “it was intellectually stimulating without losing its sense of fun.”

Conference details:
Conference name: Melon 2019: Aliens on the Galactic Silk Road
Date: March 23rd, 2019
Time: 08:00 – 17:00
Venue: JW Marriott Hong Kong
Organizer: The Queen’s Road Foundation
Ticketing: Registration is now open with the early bird rate on offer until January 31st, 2019
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