InfoWorld’s 2018 Technology of the Year Awards Winners Announced

InfoWorld’s 2018 Technology of the Year Awards Winners Announced Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

Boston, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — IDG’s InfoWorld – the technology media brand committed to keeping IT decision-makers ahead of the technology curve – today announces the winners of its 2018 Technology of the Year Awards. After a year of reviewing technology products and services, the InfoWorld editors and reviewers have named these 24 innovative technologies the best in key hardware and software categories (Click to Tweet).
As organizations continue to strive for digital success, the 2018 winners showcase technologies within big data analytics, cloud computing, machine learning and software development that will transform the way tech professionals and organizations conduct business. The 24 winners recognize emerging database solutions, programming languages, software development tools, machine learning libraries, cloud hardware infrastructure and cloud software infrastructure from leading vendors including Microsoft, Google, and Facebook.“Information technology has always been about business transformation, but the impact of new tech has never been greater than it is today,” said Doug Dineley, executive editor of InfoWorld. “The 2018 Technology of the Year Award winners showcase the most innovative tools in the business computing landscape. These are the software development tools, cloud technologies, big data analytics and machine learning frameworks that are changing the way we do business.”InfoWorld’s 2018 Technology of the Year Award Winners:Apache SparkApollo ServerAzure Cosmos DBCockroachDBGitHubGoogle Cloud Driverless AIHoneycombKotlinKubernetesMapDMicrosoft Project OlympusNeo4jProgressive Web AppsPyTorchRRustScikit-learnSignal SciencesSlackTensorFlowVue.jsWindows Subsystem for LinuxTo learn more about the 2018 InfoWorld Technology of the Year recipients, visit InfoWorld Technology of the Year Awards
Selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the annual awards identify the best and most innovative products in the IT landscape. Winners are drawn from all of the products tested by InfoWorld throughout the past year, with the final selections made by InfoWorld’s Test Center staff. All products reviewed by the Test Center are eligible to be considered for a Technology of the Year award.
About InfoWorld
InfoWorld from IDG is the leading resource for content and tools for keeping IT decision-makers “ahead of the technology curve.” The InfoWorld Expert Contributor Network provides a unique perspective in the market; our editors provide first-hand experience from testing, deploying and managing implementation of emerging enterprise technologies. InfoWorld’s Web site ( and strategic marketing services provide a deep dive into specific technologies to help IT decision-makers excel in their roles and provide opportunities for IT vendors to reach this audience.
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IDG Communications connects the world of tech buyers with insights, intent and engagement. IDG Communications is the world’s largest media, data and marketing services company that activates and engages the most influential technology buyers. Our premium brands, including CIO®, Computerworld®, PCWorld® and Macworld®, engage the most powerful audience of technology buyers providing essential guidance on the evolving technology landscape. Our global data intelligence platform activates purchasing intent, powering our clients’ success. IDG Marketing Services creates custom content with marketing impact across video, mobile, social and digital. We execute complex campaigns that fulfill marketers’ global ambitions seamlessly with consistency that delivers results and wins awards. IDG is the #1 tech media company in the world, per comScore.*
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Wawa Offers Free Coffee at All Mid-Atlantic Stores on Sunday in Celebration of Hometown Team Playing in the Big Game

Wawa Offers Free Coffee at All Mid-Atlantic Stores on Sunday in Celebration of Hometown Team Playing in the Big Game Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

WAWA, Pa., Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wawa, Inc., today announced that in celebration of its hometown team playing in the Big Game on Sunday, February 4, the company will offer customers free coffee of any size until kickoff time at 6:30 p.m. at each of Wawa’s locations across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
As a company with roots in the Philadelphia area, Wawa is thrilled to take part in the excitement of its hometown team playing to bring a championship to the City of Brotherly Love. And in stores across the Philadelphia region, the enthusiasm surrounding this year’s championship-bound football team from customers and associates has been unlike any other.“At Wawa, we’ve always had a special connection to the Philadelphia culture and its sports teams, and we get just as excited as our customers do when one of them is playing for a chance to win a championship. So, in honor of this year’s football team and to toast this championship game, we are thrilled to offer free any size coffee until kickoff to customers across the Mid-Atlantic,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa President and CEO. “We talk about having Goose Pride here at Wawa, but this week, we’ll be cheering for a different bird on Sunday and hope they bring our city a long-awaited championship! So, no matter how you spend your day preparing for the Big Game, be sure to stop by and grab a cup of coffee on us!”Since the year 2000, Wawa has served more than 1 billion cups of coffee. Within the brewed coffee market, Wawa ranks #6 in market share nationally and #1 in the company’s hometown of Philadelphia. That’s why Wawa is excited to celebrate its customers, associates, communities and hometown team by giving away one of its most beloved products, Wawa coffee, as a special kick-off to the Big Game!About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for freshly prepared foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. A chain of more than 780 convenience retail stores (over 550 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks. In 2016 and 2017 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. In 2017 Wawa was the recipient of a Silver Plate Award in the category of Retail & Specialty Foodservice by the International Foodservice Manufacturers’ Association during their 63rd Annual Award Event. Wawa was also designated as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
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Biodesix Announces PD-L1 Collaboration with Professor Fred R. Hirsch

Biodesix Announces PD-L1 Collaboration with Professor Fred R. Hirsch Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Biodesix® announced a new collaboration agreement with PD-L1 expert Professor Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD, laboratory director at the Hirsch Biomarker Laboratory at the University of Colorado Cancer Center in Aurora, CO. Dr. Hirsch’s lab will provide analysis of prospectively collected tissue samples with matched plasma from patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The announcement follows a poster presented by Biodesix, including preliminary data evaluating a blood-based, PD-L1 liquid biopsy test in development that uses plasma-derived RNA. The data were presented last week at the ASCO-SITC conference.
“The results of our pilot prospective study led us to conclude that although the development of a blood-based, PD-L1 mRNA assay was achieved, de-centralized IHC methods may not be the most suitable way to assess the clinical utility of RNA blood assays,” said Dr. Gary Pestano, Vice President of Development for Biodesix. “IHC testing for PD-L1 expression is a complex undertaking and it has many challenges,” added Dr. Hirsch. “Some of these are technical in nature and related to the number of antibodies used to perform IHC and variability in pathologists’ interpretation. We are very happy to be working with the Biodesix team and their physician collaborators on expanding their studies in our centralized IHC testing laboratory.”PD-L1, or programmed cell death ligand-1, is an important protein biomarker; when overexpressed in cancer patients, PD-L1 is a target for specific immunotherapies called checkpoint inhibitors. Several such therapies have received FDA approval. The study, “Performance verification of a plasma-based PD-L1 test that reliably measures mRNA expression from patients with NSCLC,” refers to a test in development at Biodesix that uses multiplexed droplet digital™ PCR (ddPCR) detection of circulating PD-L1 mRNA. The data demonstrates the robustness of the PD-L1 RNA assay from blood. About BiodesixBiodesix® is a molecular diagnostics company advancing the development of innovative, multiomic blood tests in oncology to enable precision medicine. Biodesix discovers, develops and commercializes multivariate protein and genomic liquid biopsy tests, including the GeneStrat® and VeriStrat® tests, that deliver results within 72 hours. The company is changing the standard of care by providing physicians with diagnostic tests and with the Biodesix Lung Reflex™ testing strategy, for better therapeutic guidance, more accurate prognosis and enhanced disease monitoring to improve patient outcomes. At the forefront of personalized medicine, Biodesix is developing new tests to identify patients who may benefit from immunotherapies. In addition to developing novel diagnostics independently, the company partners with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to develop companion diagnostics for use with therapeutic agents.For more information about Biodesix, please visit Rachel Biederman

Dresner Advisory Services Launches 2018 Real Business Intelligence® Conference

Dresner Advisory Services Launches 2018 Real Business Intelligence® Conference Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

NASHUA, NH, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Dresner Advisory Services today launched the 2018 Real Business Intelligence® conference, the first industry event for business and IT communities focused completely on real world best practices and proven methods.  The theme of the second annual event is Beyond the Noise: A Future of Clarity, Purpose, and Unique Perspective
The conference will be held June 27-28, 2018, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Tang Center in Cambridge, MA. The focus of the two-day, single track event will be on strategies for success with BI, information management, and performance management, providing attendees with pragmatic and actionable takeaways. Registration for this premier event is now open at“Since the inception of our event, the goal has been to provide a high-impact conference, where attendees come away with several tools to help ‘move the needle’ of progress within their organizations,” said Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services and conference co-chair. “More than a typical technology conference, our event is designed to provide an immersive, educational experience in a world-class academic setting.”Howard Dresner and Bill Hostmann are the conference co-chairs of this executive forum that will feature customer case studies as well as expert and customer panels.  The 2018 event will encourage attendees to imagine new ideas and creative approaches to problem solving; mobilize for success using innovative methods and strategies; and apply new information management skills to execute on strategy and deliver results. The conference features an exciting roster of speakers, including:Amy Webb – professor, speaker, and author of The Signals are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe is Tomorrow’s Mainstream, will discuss how to harness a futurist’s strategic tools for the benefit of the organizationHal B. Gregersen – author of The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators and executive director of MIT’s Leadership Center will conduct a workshop on “Asking Catalytic Questions before It’s Too Late”Peter Schwarz – author of The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World will speak about the process of developing strategic scenarios as a way of planning for the futureDr. Theresa Johnson – a data scientist on Supply Growth at Airbnb, will share how Airbnb increased its effectiveness at measuring critical metrics to achieve the goals of an evolving businessDr. Ella Hilal – director of innovation and emerging technology at IMS will address the role of IoT and data science in “smart mobility” and new transportation paradigmsMico Yuk – author of Data Visualization For Dummies, will present “Driving Actionable and Compelling Stories That Users Love”Additional faculty and case studies feature Ben Schein of Target Stores, Brendan Aldrich, and David Dadoun of Aldo Group“We’re compiling a uniquely qualified faculty of experts you will not find elsewhere at other industry events,” said Bill Hostmann, research fellow at Dresner Advisory Services, and conference co-chair. “I’m very excited about our curriculum that will change how business and IT leaders approach their strategic endeavors. This year’s conference promises to be an exclusive event for peer networking with a senior level focus.”The conference features an impressive list of industry sponsors.Platinum sponsors include:  Domo, Information Builders, MicroStrategy, and Salesforce. Gold sponsors include: Alation, Prophix, and Trifacta. For more information, visit Dresner Advisory Services
Dresner Advisory Services was formed by Howard Dresner, an independent analyst, author, lecturer, and business adviser. Dresner Advisory Services, LLC focuses on creating and sharing thought leadership for Business Intelligence (BI) and related areas such as advanced and predictive analytics, enterprise planning and end user data preparation.
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HC Government Realty Trust Names Jason D. Post Vice President of Finance & Corporate Controller

HC Government Realty Trust Names Jason D. Post Vice President of Finance & Corporate Controller Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

SARASOTA, Fla., Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —HC Government Realty Trust, Inc. (“HCGRT”, today named Jason D. Post, CPA, CFE, as its new Vice President of Finance & Corporate Controller.
Bringing what we consider to be highly relevant expertise to his position, Mr. Post will be responsible for HCGRT’s financial management, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, budgeting, as well as internal control policies, particularly as they relate to financial risk management. He will report to Edwin M. Stanton, HCGRT’s Co-founder, Director and CEO, and be based at the Company’s Sarasota, Florida headquarters.“Jason joins us at an inflection point in our corporate evolution, as we seek to enhance our efforts with respect to our SEC-qualified Regulation A+ offering and significantly grow our asset base,” Stanton said. “Under his direction, Jason’s prior company used the Reg A exemption as it prepared for public status. That experience, along with his substantive expertise as both a financial officer at public companies and principal of his own consultancy providing accounting, SEC financial reporting services, and tax and litigation services should be of immediate benefit to our Company.”Prior to joining HCGRT, Post was the Principal Financial Officer of As Seen On TV, Inc., a direct marketing company. Before that he operated Jason D. Post CPA, PA, a consulting firm offering financial and controller services for pre-IPO and listed companies. Previously he was CFO of Amacore Group, a marketer of health, life and dental insurance plans, and Zurvita, a distributor of health and wellness products. Post began his career in a series of roles of increasing responsibility at accounting firms Deloitte & Touche LLP, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP, Cavanaugh & Company LLP, and Arthur Andersen LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the University of South Florida.“HCGRT’s value proposition of achieving stable, predictable returns from a growing portfolio of single tenant buildings leased to federal government agencies is compelling to me as a financial professional. I see significant upside, a strong management team and a clear vision and strategy to build the asset base and increase stakeholder value. I am thrilled to join the Company at this exciting time in its development. I look forward to applying my skills and experience to advance the Company’s investment, acquisition and financial goals,” Post said.Coinciding with this announcement, Elizabeth L. Watson, CPA, who has served HCGRT as Chief Financial Officer, will be departing the Company. “Liz played an instrumental role in establishing HCGRT’s financial management infrastructure, for which we express our appreciation. All of us at HCGRT thank her and offer our best wishes as she moves on to the next opportunity,” Stanton said.About HC Government Realty Trust, Inc.
HC Government Realty Trust, Inc. was formed in 2016 with the purpose of acquiring and operating GSA properties, which are full-faith credit obligations of the U.S. Government. GSA-leased real estate asset classes typically possess a highly stable tenant base, long-term lease structures and low risk of tenant turnover. The Company’s initial portfolio consists of U.S. Government tenant agencies, including a number of the U.S. Government’s largest and most essential agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Transportation. For more information, please visit our corporate website at
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Technologists Gather at M|18 Conference to Highlight Collaborative Innovation with MariaDB

Technologists Gather at M|18 Conference to Highlight Collaborative Innovation with MariaDB Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

MENLO PARK, Calif. and HELSINKI, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MariaDB® Corporation, the company behind the fastest growing open source database, will host its second annual user conference, M|18, on February 26-27, 2018 at the Conrad Hotel in New York City. Designed to bring together the best and brightest from around the world, the event features sessions led by customers, partners, community contributors and MariaDB engineers plus half-day, hands-on workshops. M|18 offers practical solutions for database administrators (DBAs), developers, DevOps, cloud technologists and decision-makers on topics ranging from the MariaDB kernel itself, to scale-out Big Data and container configurations, to the latest in how temporal processing raises the bar in security.
Tweet this: #MARIADBM18 user conference brings together organizations to learn and collaborate around #MariaDB innovations and infrastructure modernization.“The M|18 user conference is the highlight of MariaDB’s year as we get to see firsthand the enormous scope of innovation occurring within the MariaDB ecosystem. The event provides a venue for database practitioners and leaders to meet with their peers, showcase their greatest accomplishments and discuss the next big shift, especially in cloud computing,” said Michael Howard, CEO, MariaDB Corporation. “Because it is focused and bi-directional – open to the entire global ecosystem of MariaDB – M|18 is quickly becoming the hub of database innovation.”Conference highlights include:Technology Preview and Vision. Attendees will get a first look at never-before-seen engineering projects still in development, learn how MariaDB is preparing for the cloud, containers, security and database-as-a-service, and discover how MariaDB is pushing forward on new storage and processor technologies, such as collaboration with Intel’s 3D XPoint™ and NVMe, and Qualcomm Centriq™2400 Arm-based processors.Keynotes from Industry Leaders. ServiceNow, the fastest growing enterprise software company over $1 billion, and DBS Bank, the largest bank in Southeast Asia, will keynote, sharing their database modernization strategies. Specifically, ServiceNow will discuss operating massive scale with cloud infrastructure and MariaDB, and DBS Bank will share how it replaced its proprietary, legacy database system in dozens of banking applications with MariaDB as part of an open source transformation initiative.Hands-On Workshops. Choose from five, half-day workshops designed to help attendees master key skills around MariaDB, including high availability, analytics, security, performance tuning and what’s new in MariaDB. Led by the technical experts at MariaDB, this year’s workshops will provide a deep-dive into key MariaDB offerings, capabilities and best practices.40+ Sessions and a New Real World Customer Track. Ranging from the deeply technical, to reviews of use cases, to explorations of product features, this year’s presentations provide an inside view into how MariaDB works and highlights how customers are using MariaDB. With overwhelming interest from customers to share their MariaDB use cases, M|18 includes a new real world track. Partner and customer speakers include Alibaba Cloud, BlaBlaCar, Facebook, Financial Network, Inc., InfoArmor, Intel and Tencent, among others.MariaDB Certification Exam. M|18 will once again offer attendees the opportunity to take the MariaDB Certification exam on site. Successful completion proves the ability to perform core MariaDB DBA skills, such as basic configuration, security, user and role assignment, schema operations, performance tuning, and backup and restore operations.Tweet this: Join #MARIADBM18 to hear how companies like ServiceNow, DBS Bank, Intel, Facebook, Alibaba Cloud & more are modernizing their #database systems with #MariaDB. is proud to welcome Alibaba Cloud, Intel, Webyog, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Shannon Systems, Galera Cluster, Dynimize, Navicat, Severalnines, Shadow-Soft, Actifio, insideBIGDATA,, diginomica, Database Trends and Applications, and the MariaDB Foundation as sponsors of M|18.Tickets for the MariaDB M|18 user conference are available now! Secure your spot by registering today at Quotes“We are thrilled to participate in M|18 again to share our journey with MariaDB and hear from other industry leaders on their own paths to open source. When we began our open source transformation, we were aiming to break down the silos within our organization, become more nimble, and simplify processes to bring more value to our customers,” said Joan Tay Kim Choo, Executive Director of Technology, DBS Bank. “MariaDB was a vital part of this transformation, helping us replace our legacy database systems, solve organizational and technological challenges, and innovate in new ways.”“Last year at this time, we were just completing our migration to MariaDB, making M|17 the perfect forum for us to dive deeper into our new solution. The rich technical presentations helped us get a sense of how well we understood the technology, and most importantly, where we could immediately increase its value,” said Greg Henderson, Senior Manager and Global Business Systems Architect at Ansell Healthcare. “We’re excited to be back again this year to share our own MariaDB story. This is truly a community gathering and we hope our experience can provide valuable insight to other companies in the process of migrating to MariaDB.”Additional ResourcesRegister to attend M|18 MariaDB User ConferenceSee the M|18 agendaVisit www.mariadb.comFollow @mariadb on TwitterRead MariaDB’s blogAbout MariaDB Corporation
MariaDB Corporation is the company behind MariaDB, the fastest growing Open Source database. MariaDB, with a strong history of community innovation and enterprise adoption, provides the most functionally complete open source database. MariaDB powers applications at companies including Google, Wikipedia, Tencent, Verizon, DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, Telefónica, Huatai Securities and more.
MariaDB solutions are engineered to run on any infrastructure – bare metal servers, virtual machines, containers, public and private clouds – and is available in all leading Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, and is the default database in openSUSE, Manjaro, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) / CentOS / Fedora, Arch Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Debian, with a reach of more than 60 million developers worldwide.
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Hitachi Vantara Announces Key Executive Promotions

Hitachi Vantara Announces Key Executive Promotions Press Release from GlobeNewsWire has been published today, Karol Rutkowski, .

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced two key promotions to its executive team: Brian Householder has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Scott Kelly has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Both promotions are effective April 1, 2018.
Ryuichi Otsuki, the current CEO of Hitachi Vantara, will leave his role to take an expanded role for Hitachi, Ltd. as Deputy General Manager of Hitachi’s Corporate Sales & Marketing Group and Chairman of Hitachi Global Digital Holdings, the holding company for Hitachi Vantara, oXya and Hitachi Consulting. Otsuki will also serve as Chairman of Hitachi Americas and will continue to reside in Santa Clara, California.“I am pleased to announce the promotions of Brian and Scott, two critical and successful members of our leadership team,” said Otsuki. “Hitachi Vantara has demonstrated strong performance as the premier partner to deliver to enterprises unprecedented value through data. I look forward to continuing to work with both Brian and Scott in their new roles during this important phase of the company’s growth.”Prior to being named as Chief Executive Officer, Householder served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Hitachi Vantara where he was responsible for daily operations of the company with global responsibility for product management, sales, service, support, marketing, business development, partner development, finance, legal, IT, logistics, business operations and planning. In addition to assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in April, Kelly will continue to serve as Hitachi Vantara’s Chief Transformation Officer, leading the company’s enterprise-wide initiatives to drive its global growth strategy. Prior to his promotion, Kelly also served as Chief Human Resources Officer where he was responsible for all aspects of human resources at Hitachi Vantara, including HR information systems, workforce planning and staffing, total compensation, performance management, management development, leadership succession planning, diversity and advocacy, HR legal compliance, organization development and management support consulting.About Hitachi Vantara
Hitachi Vantara, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at
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Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totaled 9,162.2 billion yen ($81.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in Social Innovation and has approximately 304,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information, please visit
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Developers Are the Enterprise Kingmakers, but Monotony Coding Is Killing Innovation

Developers Are the Enterprise Kingmakers, but Monotony Coding Is Killing Innovation Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — New research has revealed that while 68% of developers agree “developers are the new kingmakers,” many believe their companies are losing competitive advantage because they don’t have a deep understanding of the technical realities and opportunities developers face. In today’s software-driven world, organizations with productive developers can innovate faster and solve complex business problems that previously went unanswered. But without an appreciation of the nuances of the role, it’s easy for companies to see their developers get sucked into non-productive work that fails to create value for the larger organization.

MongoDB Inc., (Nasdaq: MDB), the general purpose database platform, worked with Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers, to survey more than 1,000 developers worldwide to uncover some of the key challenges and opportunities they are facing.

“Today every company is starting to realize that whatever line of business they’re in, they’re really a software company,” said Joel Splosky, CEO, Stack Overflow. “Given that software is created by developers, it’s obvious to see why developers are so important.”

According to a Forrester 2018 predictions report, digital transformation will continue to dominate business strategy in 2018, with CEOs looking to their CIOs to act as strategic partners in leading that process.1 However, a fundamental issue that will need to be addressed to ensure successful innovation is a better understanding of the role that developers play within an organization.

In fact, 56% of respondents to the Stack Overflow survey believe that developers are the main drivers of innovation within organizations today, over executive management (30%), marketing (7%) and sales (7%). However, the research revealed three main challenges associated with developers’ working lives that are hampering this innovation:

  1. Maintenance and monotony are killing enterprise innovation: 41% of a developer’s workday goes towards upkeep of infrastructure, instead of innovation or bringing new products to market. In addition, a fifth of their time (20%) is spent in meetings or doing administrative tasks.
  2. The current job demands are heavy: 58% of developers work more than eight hours a day, 32% work weekends and 23% fail to take their full allotted vacation days.
  3. Developer’s dilemma: Users now expect applications to feature integrations with third-party services – like Twilio, Google, Facebook, etc. -– but the backend coding process is tedious, often taking away from creating the front-end user experience that truly defines an application;  41% of a developer’s time building a new application is spent connecting the backend, such as managed services.

“Every business is turning to software for a competitive edge but these findings show a disconnect still exists between businesses and developers about the best approach,” said Eliot Horowitz, CTO and cofounder at MongoDB. “Developers drive innovation, bring new products to market and keep business agile, but only when they can devote their time to rapid iteration. If the technologies they are provided with are hindering their productivity and creating a large maintenance burden, developers are left coding with one hand behind their back.”

The cloud is one particular area that developers are finding a boost as most see consuming technology as a service as a multiplier for their productivity. Cloud-focused findings from the research include:

  • Cloud wars: When it comes to migrating services to the cloud, nearly half of developers surveyed (43%) said they currently use cloud services and had expansion plans. Nearly half of developers surveyed (42%) say security regulations at their company are the main barrier to furthering cloud adoption within the organization, with Amazon Web Services (39%) leading Microsoft Azure (19%) and Google Cloud Platform (13%) when it comes to where most companies host in the Stack Overflow community.
  • Cost and productivity benefits of cloud-hosted database-as-a-service well understood: Well over half (60%) of developers surveyed fully understand the cost benefits of cloud-hosted database-as-a-service in that you pay for what you use. Half (50%) noted that database-as-a-service results in increased developer productivity and a faster time to market.

1 Predictions 2018: CIOs Make The Chief Digital Officer Obsolete, Forrester Research, Inc., November 6, 2017.

Commissioned through Stack Overflow consulting. Study of 1,027 developers in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Italy and Germany. The study was carried out in summer 2017.

About Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow is the largest, most trusted online developer community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers. More than 50 million professional and aspiring programmers visit Stack Overflow each month to help solve coding problems, develop new skills, and find job opportunities.

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Graphite GTC Recognized as a Leader in the Pennsylvania Tech Scene by G2 Crowd

Graphite GTC Recognized as a Leader in the Pennsylvania Tech Scene by G2 Crowd Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

BRYN MAWR, Pa., Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Graphite GTC has been identified as one of the best software and services companies in Pennsylvania, based on its high levels of customer satisfaction and likeliness to recommend ratings from real G2 Crowd users.

Graphite GTC has received a 4.8 out of 5 stars based on its verified real-user reviews in the No Code Development category on G2 Crowd. Users point to Graphite GTC’s lifecycle management (99%) and customized branding (98%) as its two top-rated features. It was also named a High Performer in the Winter 2018 No-Code Development Grid Report from G2 Crowd.

The Pennsylvania tech report recognized Graphite GTC and 24 other Pennsylvania-based SaaS and service companies as the leaders of the state’s tech scene. Overall the report covered more than 70 companies across the state.

Philadelphia has been a source of innovation throughout the years, whether in food, music, healthcare or technology. I feel privileged to be witness to the expansion of the Philadelphia tech scene over the past 20 years and counting. Philadelphia is hub to some of the largest tech corporation’s North American headquarters, as well as host to many growing product and service companies. Graphite GTC is proud to be recognized and we look forward to contributing to the innovation coming from the Philadelphia area,” Chris Gali, CEO and Co-founder at Graphite GTC.

Read the entire report to see the trends and how Graphite GTC is contributing to the overall state of the B2B Pennsylvania tech scene.

About Graphite GTC 
Graphite GTC’s no-code application development platform, is a high productivity platform that delivers secure, scalable enterprise-class applications with perfect C# Source Code at 1/3 the time and cost of traditional development methods. Based in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Graphite GTC promotes rapid and efficient development for small to large-scale software application projects. Graphite Studio empowers teams to build better solutions. 
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About G2 Crowd, Inc. 
G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business solution review platform, leverages more than 330,000 user reviews to drive better purchasing decisions. Business professionals, buyers, investors, and analysts use the site to compare and select the best software and services based on peer reviews and synthesized social data. Every month, nearly one million people visit G2 Crowd’s site to gain unique insights. G2 Crowd aims to bring authenticity and transparency to the business marketplace. For more information, go to

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Brian Birdy, VP of Property Management Inc., Expects Increasing Strength in the Rental Investments Market

Brian Birdy, VP of Property Management Inc., Expects Increasing Strength in the Rental Investments Market Press Release from PRNEWSWIRE has been published today, Maciej Heyman, .

LEHI, Utah, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vice-President of Property Management Inc (PMI), Bryan Birdy, released his 2018 U.S. Rental Housing Forecast on Monday. In the forecast, Birdy states that due to indicators in the U.S. housing market, for the coming year he anticipates a continued and increasing demand for rental housing and that rental real estate will remain a sound investment choice this year.

One of the primary factors that will create the demand for rental housing is the financial situation that the millennial generation faces. “Millennials are wanting to buy homes, but they are still facing student loan debt, and high rent makes saving for a down payment challenging. Combined with the upward movement of mortgage rates, home ownership is out of reach for most millennials, increasing the demand for rentals.” With this increasing demand for rentals, Birdy points out that many locations throughout the U.S. offer quality real estate investment opportunities. Birdy suggests that “by looking at employment growth, population growth, increase in home values, and rental yield, we find that both Florida and Texas have multiple cities that rank among the best places to own rental property,” and he lists his 20 top cities to own rental properties in 2018.

Birdy has been in the property management industry for 18 years and is an expert in residential investment property management. He notes that forecasts are not always accurate, as 2017’s housing forecast turned out to be off target but feels that 2018 will be strong for rental housing. For those looking to invest in real estate this year, Birdy recommends that you “target your properties and marketing to the millennial generation as they are most likely to create the demand for rental housing. But keep an eye open for the fastest growing demographic in the rental market, the 55-and-over group who are selling their homes and moving into rentals.”

About Property Management Inc.
Property Management Inc. is a property management and real estate services company providing leading-edge technology, training, systems, and support to more than 200 franchises. The PMI network manages more than $5 billion in assets globally and is recognized as a leading property management franchise. Its innovative franchise program provides the only platform that unifies the four pillars of property management: residential, commercial, association, and vacation rental. PMI is currently named on the Inc. 5000, Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list as “Best in Category” winner for 2017 and 2018. Additionally, PMI is ranked as one of the Top 100 Global Franchises in 2017 by Franchise Direct. For more information, please visit

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