SugarCRM Inc., the company that enables businesses to create extraordinary customer relationships with the most innovative, flexible and affordable CRM solution on the market, announced today it has acquired the intellectual property rights and other assets of Contastic, a natural language processing (NLP) platform that is designed to automatically recommend the best content for individuals to send to their contacts.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Cy Khormaee, Contastic’s CEO, has joined SugarCRM as the director of product management for predictive analytics, where he’ll help build technology into Sugar that turns customer data into actionable recommendations for Sugar users.
“SugarCRM is making strategic investments in leading technologies to make Sugar an indispensable tool that helps customer-facing individuals be more successful,” said Larry Augustin, CEO of SugarCRM. “SugarCRM will use Contastic’s NLP technology to analyze data within the Sugar platform so users can automatically send personalized content.”
In March 2015, SugarCRM acquired the assets of Stitch, a leading developer of personal assistant technologies that enhance productivity for mobile users. Incorporating Stitch Hot House Labs technology made Sugar an even smarter, better-informed CRM system, and put information at mobile users’ fingertips no matter their location. In 2014, SugarCRM acquired business process management and workflow technology from ProcessMaker. With ProcessMaker’s key assets, SugarCRM built Advanced Workflow into Sugar 7.6, which enables users to automate complex business processes like case routing and escalation, contract approval, customer and employee onboarding, and payment workflow.
Mountain View-based Contastic applies deep NLP to mine topics of interest from conversations in email and CRM. These topics are used to recommend content that is relevant to the most salient points of conversations between users and their contacts. The company’s investors include Lightspeed Ventures and IDG-Accel.
Future releases of Sugar will be enhanced with Contastic capabilities, making the Sugar platform even more intelligent in recommending the next best actions derived from customer data.
SugarCRM enables businesses to create extraordinary customer relationships with the most innovative, flexible and affordable customer relationship management (CRM) solution on the market. Unlike traditional CRM solutions that focus primarily on management and reporting, Sugar empowers the individual, coordinating the actions of customer-facing employees and equipping them with the right information at the right time to transform the customer experience. Based in Silicon Valley, SugarCRM is backed by Goldman Sachs, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, NEA and Walden International. More than 1.5 million individuals in over 120 countries rely on SugarCRM. To learn more visit SugarCRM or follow @SugarCRM.
Fujitsu document capture solutions are in line with this year’s CeBIT digital economy theme: join – create – succeed. PFU, a Fujitsu company, will be exhibiting Fujitsu document scanners in Hall 3 at Stand D18, showcasing its line of solutions that help businesses meet today’s growing business challenge – converting paper-based information into digital content. Fujitsu partners like Accantum, Ephesoft and Silex Technology Europe will use this platform to present their scan solutions for a range of applications and industries.
PFU will be exhibiting its range of solutions that integrate paper-based information in the public sector e-file systems as well as the new Fujitsu fi Series document scanners, which will set a new standard for high-performance desktop scanning.
The new models will feature the tried and tested PaperStream software to kick-start digital transformation, converting all scans into high-quality images and significantly accelerating OCR. PaperStream Capture offers organisations a versatile solution for the entire capture process, featuring an intuitive user interface to enhance the information feed into their organisation’s digital workflow.
Another highlight at the booth are the Software Development Kits (SDK) for ScanSnap, fi Series and network scanners. These SDKs provide the tools that Independent Software Vendors and software developers need to build integrated applications and create tailored document scanning solutions for customers.
Additionally, the 2016 CeBIT scanner presentation will focus on the Fujitsu SP Series scanner range; the solution of choice for first time enterprise use, helping businesses raise productivity.
“In order to keep up with today’s increasingly digital world, organisations from private businesses to government agencies are all looking for ways to implement electronic file management across their business processes,” said Mike Nelson, Vice President at Fujitsu subsidiary PFU (EMEA) Ltd. “Our line of professional document scanners continue to support and enable companies to remain competitive in the current fast-paced economic climate.”
Fujitsu brand scanners are designed, manufactured and marketed worldwide by PFU Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (Japan). PFU is a globally active IT provider that designs, manufactures and markets computer hardware, peripheral products and enterprise software. PFU offers a broad portfolio of document scanners for professional personal, desktop, workgroup, high-volume production and networked environments and is one of the world’s leading document scanner companies. PFU has been engaged in the document imaging scanner business for more than 25 years and generates an annual turnover of over $1 billion. www.pfu.fujitsu.com/en/
Operating in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, PFU (EMEA) Limited is responsible for marketing and sales of Fujitsu document scanners. The European company was established in the United Kingdom in 1981 and has offices in Germany, Italy and Spain and a Knowledge Suite in France and Russia. http://www.fujitsu.com/uk/scanners
RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTION Performs Implementation of OPEN ALLIANCE TC8 Test Specification
RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS – experts in automotive data communication – provides the first compliance verification process for Ethernet ECUs accomplishing the OPEN ALLIANCE TC8 Test Specification. ”With IP/Ethernet technology in cars moving closer to realization, excellent quality and cost effectiveness of all components is mandatory,” stated Wolfgang Malek, General Manager and Co-Founder of RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS. ”The system specifications of whole board nets underlie enormous changes. Thus, Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers have to do their best to implement these new requirements reliably and right on time.” Through the compliance verification process, RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS introduces standardized test methods in order to bring new automotive standards together with reliable and stable systems. The compliance verification process provides an ecosystem for component and ECU verification and consequently simplifies the technology entry for new OEMs and suppliers.
Compliance Verification for Ethernet ECUs
RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS has completed several milestones for compliance verification. Following the release of the first OPEN ALLIANCE TC8 test specification, the experts in automotive data communication have put into effect a complete test process over all OSI/ISO layers. All test setups are available and the test process is in practice. The first project has successfully integrated the test process into an OEM’s onboard system development: at their compliance test lab, RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS has effectively tested Tier 1 devices (ECUs) and Tier 2 components (FPGAs, ASICs).
Automotive Ethernet Test Scopes
RUETZ SYSTEM SOLUTIONS provides compliance testing for automotive IP/Ethernet covering all relevant test scopes. Tests for layer 1 (PHY) include interoperability tests and PMA. For layer 2 (MAC) testing, the experts in data communications supply VLAN testing, QoS testing, general switch testing, ingress filtering, and diagnostics. The TCP/IP protocol family incorporates the following protocols: Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), Internet Control Message Protocol version 4 (ICMPv4), Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), Dynamic configuration of IPv4 Link Local Address, User Datagram Protocol (UDP), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol version 4 (DHCPv4), and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). For automotive protocols, SOME/IP and SOME/IP SD are part of the test portfolio.
Operated by INPEX, the Ichthys LNG project includes some of the world’s biggest and most advanced offshore facilities, massive onshore processing facilities near Darwin in the Northern Territory and an 890-kilometer pipeline to unite them.
HIMA was selected by the Ichthys joint venture to be the supplier for the safety instrumented systems (SIS) and the fire and gas system (F&G). The Ichthys LNG project consists of an LNG plant (onshore), a central processing facility (CPF) and a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The total order value is the largest HIMA has ever received for a single project.
When operational, the Ichthys LNG project is expected to produce 8.9 million tons of LNG and 1.6 million tons of LPG per annum, along with approximately 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak.
The SIS and F&G system are supplied using HIMax®, the first safety system designed to provide uninterrupted system operation throughout the entire life of the plant, while maximizing plant availability, productivity and safety. SIS/F&G systems using the HIMax® safety system hardware meet the requirements in accordance with AS/IEC 62061 and IEC 61326-3-1 (DIS).
The high-integrity pressure protection systems (HIPPS) rely on a Planar4 system which meets highest safety standards and can be used up to SIL 4 in accordance with IEC 61508. Onshore and offshore facilities and the pipeline are connected to around 25,000 safety I/O points, allocated in approximately 430 cabinets distributed via safeethernet, where applicable.
Besides the SIS/FGS/HIPPS, the HIMA scope of supply includes delivery of the pre-FID system development and standard application design and testing. The cybersecurity and network management with related hardware installation, the addressable fire system for the living quarters with the related detectors and the network management system for the SIS/F&G network complete the deliverables.
The HIMA hardware and firmware provided are certified up to SIL 3 according to AS/IEC 61508. HIMA will use the principles of AS/IEC 61511 in designing and testing the SIS and F&G system. The functional safety management (FSM) plan will be used to manage all stages of the design, implementation and manufacturing process.
Korea’s small but strong company specializing in heating cables has made recent headlines since it acquired UL certificate for the heat tracing system last September for the first time in Asia and the fifth time in the world.
In the heating cable market in which overseas brands gain a competitive edge, Xarex (www.xarexthermal.com) has been recognized for quality and technologies from renowned foreign certification agencies not only by acquiring UL certificate but by obtaining self-regulating heating cable-related patent.
Xarex, that produces and supplies heating cables about 10 million meters each year, is currently exploring new markets such as petroleum, chemical plant, construction and maritime sectors based on the continuous research & development and competitive edge with respect to quality to be globally competitive by exporting its products to advanced countries, including Russia, Europe and the United States.
In particular, the acquisition of the UL certificate is expected to lay the foundation for changing the landscape of the heating cable market dominated by overseas brands, and to become a cornerstone for Xarex to grow into a global company, along with overseas FM, EX, CE, and VDE certifications.
The self-regulating heating cable developed by Xarex has the effect of saving electricity up to 50% by adjusting the amount of heat depending on the changes of ambient temperature. If the ambient temperature increases, the movement of the molecules decreases, when it saves electricity through the principle of activating the molecular structures by lowering the heat.
In addition, unlike serial type or MI-type cables, the self-regulating heating cable has an unlimited parallel circuit structure, which makes it possible to cut randomly and gives it an advantage over other cables due to easy installation.
It also has a variety of applications such as freezing prevention for pipes and tanks, protection of plant facilities, melting of snow on road slopes or building roofs, floor heating, and deicing or removing snow from runways and highways.
A company official said, ”The heating cable which has excellent electricity saving effects and is utilized in various fields has a high market potential”, and ”Xarex is planning to make continued technical development based on the technology which is second to none to solidify its position in the markets both home and abroad.”
ams Acquires CMOSIS, a Leading Supplier of High-End Area Scan and Miniature Medical CMOS Image Sensors
Acquisition expands ams’ optical sensor portfolio and market leadership with high-value solutions for machine vision, medical, photographic and scientific imaging at expected 2015 revenues of approx. EUR 60m
ams, a leading worldwide provider of high-performance sensor and analog solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in CMOSIS, a leader in advanced area and line scan CMOS image sensors for high-end imaging applications, in an all-cash transaction.
CMOSIS, headquartered in Antwerp (Belgium), is a leading supplier of high performance standard and customized area and line scan CMOS image sensors for demanding imaging applications. CMOSIS’ portfolio of imaging solutions features low noise, global and rolling shutter, high dynamic range, and high frame rates through high-speed on-chip analog-to-digital conversion and digital interfaces. CMOSIS’ image sensors serve a broad range of high-end applications in diverse markets including machine vision, medical, broadcast, traffic, scientific and photographic imaging. In addition, CMOSIS offers the NanEye miniature camera module line for endoscopy-like medical applications, recently winning the German Innovation Award for Non-Clinical Intensive Care.
Founded in 2007, CMOSIS operates as a fabless semiconductor supplier from locations in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, and the U.S. and has more than 110 employees. CMOSIS expects to generate full year 2015 revenues of approx. EUR 60m with strong operating profitability above ams’ current group operating profitability. Based on available information, CMOSIS expects to continue year-on-year revenue growth in 2016.
Under the terms of the agreement, ams will acquire 100% of the shares in CMOSIS from TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, and management shareholders for an equity value of approx. EUR 220m. ams expects to fund the transaction from existing cash and available credit lines with no additional transaction-based financing. The transaction is expected to close within the next six weeks subject to certain regulatory approvals and the occurrence of certain conditions defined in the agreements with the sellers of the CMOSIS shares.
“Acquiring CMOSIS is a highly complementary expansion of our sensor portfolio and another major step in executing our sensor solutions growth strategy. This transaction extends our market leadership in optical sensors and will strengthen our position as the leading pure-play sensor solutions provider for growth markets including Industry 4.0, IoT (Internet of Things) and medical diagnostics. Integrating cameras with advanced optical sensors will drive new sensor solutions across vertical markets and accelerate our growth plans as we combine CMOSIS’ leading edge IP and design capabilities with our manufacturing competence and optical sensor strengths”, emphasizes Kirk Laney, CEO of ams.
“CMOSIS has built a leading position in some of the most challenging imaging applications based on our deep technology expertise in CMOS area and line scan image sensors. Our team is at the forefront of global shutter technology for high-end imaging having up to more than 15 years of experience in this field. We are excited to join ams creating a leader in advanced imaging solutions. We will leverage ams’ technical and operational expertise and profit from the global access to potential new customers to realize our full growth potential”, adds Luc de Mey, CEO of CMOSIS.
Sercos International staged its first events in the second half of the year with great success.
Over 600 participants in Tokyo and over 330 visitors in Osaka attended this year’s Industrial Open Networks Fair held on July 7 in Osaka and July 9 in Tokyo.
As well as an exhibition with products from around 50 providers, the fair included a range of seminars including a Sercos International seminar on “Real-time Ethernet with Internet”. Around 40 visitors took part in the seminar in Osaka organized by Bosch Rexroth on behalf of the user organization. The seminar in Tokyo was fully booked with 66 participants.
Visitors to the event were also introduced to an implementation in which the OPC-UA Companion Specification for Sercos® is reflected. The specification describes how the Sercos information model is mapped onto OPC-UA so that the functions and data provided by Sercos devices are accessible via OPC-UA.
The aim is to facilitate data exchange between the machine periphery and superordinate IT systems and support the requirements of Industry 4.0 with respect to semantic interoperability.