STMicroelectronics has announced the publication of the Company’s 2011 Sustainability Report. ST’s fifteenth annual Sustainability report is based on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and meets the guidelines for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Containing comprehensive details of ST’s Sustainability strategy, policies and performance during 2011, the Report also illustrates how ST embeds sustainability into every level of its operations to create value for all of its stakeholders.
“The semiconductor industry is increasingly driven by the way people live and what they expect technology to bring to their lives, both in enhancing the quality of the way they work, learn, interact and relax and in helping to address major societal challenges such as energy saving, healthcare and security. Sustainability is a crucial part of this challenge and we are determined not only to provide innovative solutions in these areas but also to lead by example in the pursuit of enriching sustainable business,” said Carlo Bozotti, President & CEO, ST.
AMI has announced cloud partner segmentation report, enabling Cloud vendors to understand where their partners lag behind in offering efficient cloud services. AMI-Partners have segmented the cloud partner market into two distinct groups: “Cloud Transformed Partners” and “Cloud Laggards”.
Partners identified as “Cloud Transformed Partners” have taken the necessary steps to successfully sell cloud solutions. Only a very small proportion (less than one in ten) of Cloud Partners falls into this category. However, their earnings are triple those of their non-Transformed counterparts. They tend to be larger, with approximately two-third of their revenues being derived from cloud solutions and services. These partners have a separate cloud services business unit and a dedicated cloud marketing team. On the other hand, the “Cloud Laggards” are mainly focused on reselling cloud services.
Arnab Bhar, Analyst, AMI-India said, “Cloud Transformed partners are interested in feedback from Business Decision Makers (BDMs) as they have more established, deep-rooted relations with the firms they work with. Laggards, on the other hand, are looking at improved quality of solutions & enhanced customer services to attract prospective customers.”
SAP has released a benchmarking report that revealed that companies with mature best practices double their operating margins and experience three times higher revenue growth compared to those with average mobile practices. The study’s analysis framework evaluated customers in four areas for competitive advantage, including mobile strategy, creation of mobile apps, control of mobile devices and consumption of mobile apps.
The leading companies from the study reported that 37.5 per cent of users with mobile access to cross-functional applications experience more than 43-per cent higher productivity compared to companies in the bottom tier. While the average company reported that less than 32 per cent of its workforce is mobile, 97 per cent of those companies have centralized IT departments managing their mobile solutions.
“While mobile is now the primary way people communicate, connect and transact, our latest benchmarking report supports the fact that mobile adoption in the workplace is still in the early stages. The benefits of mobile are well documented and understood by most organizations, but a successful implementation requires a clear strategy and comprehensive platform. SAP mobile platform is the only unified mobile solution capable of meeting all mobile app needs, and we expect to reach millions of developers that will create thousands of applications for more than one billion people by 2015,” said Nick Brown, Senior Vice-President, Mobile Strategy and Market Development, SAP.
HP has published the 2011 Top Cyber Security Risks Report, which identifies the growing sophistication and severity of security attacks and the resulting risks. The report provides the information to help enterprises and governments understand the threat landscape and assess their security posture.
The report also indicates that hacker motivations are continuously changing due to the growing presence of “hacktivist” groups. In addition to changing motivation, advances in attack techniques have led to the increased “success” rate of security breaches. As a result, enterprises and governments are faced with new challenges in assessing and remediating risks.
According to the report, pure vulnerability volume is no longer a valid indicator of the security risk landscape. While newly reported vulnerabilities in commercial applications continue to decline, a large number of vulnerabilities are unaccounted for, and are, therefore, undisclosed to the broader security industry.
“To protect organizations against a wide range of attacks, HP has established a global network of security researchers who look for vulnerabilities that were not publicly disclosed. The intelligence gained from this research group is built into HP enterprise security solutions in an effort to proactively reduce risk,” said Damanjit Singh Uberoi, Chief Solutions Architect & Security Evangelist, HP Enterprise Security Products, HP India.
According to Ericsson ConsumerLab’s Emerging App Culture report, apart from the desire for better or faster internet access, the main reason for buying a smartphone is to gain access to mobile apps. The report is the result of research conducted in the high-growth markets of Russia, India and Brazil, and also reveals that new smartphone users embrace apps at the same pace as mature users. In addition, 69 per cent of smartphone users in the survey accessed internet using apps on a daily basis and 20 per cent used data-intensive services like video, TV, maps or navigation apps daily.
For consumers, being connected and having access to tools and services is what matters. They make little distinction between having a smartphone and the apps they use in it. However, mobile apps are used differently across the three markets, with Indian smartphone users more interested in downloading personalization apps, apart from social media apps and games. On the other hand, Russians put their smartphones to more utilitarian use and used apps that benefit the flow of their everyday lives, such as those for navigation and maps, shopping comparisons, barcode scanners, translators, dictionaries and so on, while the Brazilians used apps that enhanced their social interactions.
Jasmeet Singh Sethi, Senior Specialist, Ericsson ConsumerLab, said, “The app culture emerging in these high-growth markets reflects a trend similar to that in the US and other parts of the developed world. Apps are no longer only for early adopters. Although mature users use their apps more frequently than new users of smartphones, we see a general evolution toward new users purchasing increasingly specialized apps, such as those for dating services and price comparison, from the moment they get their smartphones. Usage of these specialized apps is almost as high among new users as it is among mature users.”
Blue Coat Systems has issued its 2012 Web Security Report that identifies and analyzes trends in malicious attacks over the past year and makes recommendations on strategies to keep companies safe. In 2011, the most significant evolution in the threat landscape was the use of malware networks, or malnets, to launch Web-based attacks. These complex infrastructures, which outlast any one attack, drove a 240% increase in the number of malicious sites during the year and are expected to launch as many as two-thirds of all new attacks in 2012.
The Blue Coat2012 Web Security Report details the strategies and tactics that malnet operators deploy to snare users and funnel them to dynamic malware payloads, or software which surreptitiously installs on users computers designed for malicious or criminal purposes.
“In 2011, the ease of buying, customizing and deploying malicious software kits, coupled with a faster rotation through domain names, drove a 240% increase in malicious sites. With the average business now facing 5,000 threats per month, identifying and tracking malnets to block attacks at the source before they are launched is the most effective protection. Blue Coat uniquely provides protection from malnet-launched attacks even before they happen,” said ChrisLarsen, Senior Malware Researcher, Blue Coat Systems.
Ericsson has announced its fourth quarter and full year report. 2011 was claimed to be a year of strong sales growth of 12%, and sales for comparable units, adjusted for currency exchange rate effects and hedging, increased 19%. In spite of weak JV results, net income increased SEK 1.3 b. to SEK 12.6 b., driven by higher sales and lower restructuring charges. The Board of Directors proposes a dividend for 2011 of SEK 2.50 (2.25), an increase by 11%.
Hans Vestberg, President & CEO – Ericsson said, “For the full year 2011, we had a strong sales growth and an increase in net income. In the fourth quarter, however, we saw weaker development in Networks, as well as an expected gross margin impact from a changed business mix with more coverage projects, modernization projects in Europe, and a higher services share. Group sales in the quarter were flat year-over-year and grew 15% sequentially, which is weaker than normal in the fourth quarter. The sequential growth is mainly driven by a strong development of 32% in Global Services, while Networks sales were weak, up only 2%. The sales development in Networks is mainly related to North America and Russia, where the trend continued from the third quarter with slower operator spending after a period of high investments in capacity. In addition, we saw some increased operator cautiousness during the quarter due to uncertainties such as economic development and political unrest in some countries.”
“We believe that the industry fundamentals for longer-term positive development remain solid. Short-term, we expect operators to continue to be cautious with spending, reflecting factors such as macro economic and political uncertainty. We will continue to execute on our strategy which means that the business mix, with more coverage and network modernization projects than capacity projects, will prevail short-term. With our global scale and presence, as well as technology and services leadership, we are well positioned to continue to drive and lead the industry development,” concludes Vestberg.