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Cross-border ministerial concert showcases unique technology for music teaching and performance

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An international audience including Ministers and Ambassadors from around Europe enjoyed a unique concert on Thursday 5 October 2017, ‘Music Without Borders’. The event was organised by the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Connect (EaPConnect) project and partners from five European countries to introduce unique ‘LoLa’ low latency data transmission technology to Estonia and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region and showcase how it supports harmonious cross-border collaborations.
Estonian and Armenian musicians located in Tallinn, Estonia played seamlessly together with Belarusian and Georgian performers who were connected in real time from Minsk, Belarus, thanks to LoLa technology and high-bandwidth research and education internet network links. This was the first time that LoLa had been used in Estonia and Belarus and showed the capability of the national research and education networks to support its use.
‘Music Without Borders’ was hosted by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) and the Estonian research and education network link was provided by EENet of HITSA. In Minsk, LoLa was implemented at the Academy of Sciences (UIIP NASB) with the network provided by BASNET.
Value to music and learning
With a programme of Mozart, jazz and a comic opera aria by Donizetti, “Music Without Borders” demonstrated the power of research and education networks and LoLa technology to support new opportunities for artistic performance and rehearsal, artistic research, and teaching in the Eastern Partnership region.
Performers were: Ivari Ilja, pianist and Rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre; Laura Põldvere, Estonian vocal artist, Eurovision contestant and teacher; Reso Kiknadze, Rector of Tbilisi State Conservatory and saxophonist; Irina Kuchynskaya, soprano with the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus; Henry-David Varema, Vice-Rector of EAMT and professor of cello; Oleg Iazina, senior violin teacher at the Belarusian State Academy of Music; Kirke Karja, freelance pianist; Katsiarina Shapochka, viola teacher at the College of the Belarusian State Academy of Music; percussionist Harutyun Mkrtchyan, a teacher at the Armen Tigranyan music school in Armenia; and Khatia Koridze, a singer and bass guitarist who’s a student at the Paliashvili Central Music School in Georgia.

Fifth Industry Report Recognises OutSystems as a Leader in Low-Code Platforms for Application Development

New report says low-code platforms are “Here to Stay”
London 17th October 2017 -- OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for application development, was named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms For AD&D Pros, Q4 2017. This is the fifth report in the last 18 months that has identified OutSystems as a Leader in the low-code app dev market, which includes low-code development, mobile low-code development, mobile application development platforms, and high-productivity application platform as a service.
“OutSystems has strengths across the board,” the authors stated in the Forrester report. “The platform’s tooling to support professional AD&D teams is excellent — broad in application and portfolio management, platform and security administration, and development-process management and deep in troubleshooting and performance management. OutSystems’ strengths make it an oft-mentioned choice and contribute to its high growth rate and expanding roster of customers.”
Across 13 vendors, OutSystems achieved among the highest scores in four criteria groups including product/service vision, commercial model, app deployment and security features, and declarative tooling for platform and app admin.
Enterprise Organisations Find Value in Low-Code Platforms
Low-code platforms are emerging as a key driver of digital transformation projects, helping organisations quickly deliver effective, innovative apps. OutSystems supports a full scope of use cases such as building new customer digital experiences, improving employee efficiency, and even replacing aging systems of record.
“We deliver digital transformation in 150 countries in over 17 industries and needed a platform that supports the widest range of use cases,” said Rui Vaz, Technology Consulting Partner, at Deloitte. “OutSystems exceeded our expectations, helping us beat our timelines and effect real change within the organisation. With a team of 33,000 technology practitioners, we were distinguished as a Deloitte OutSystems Centre of Excellence, able to cover business and technology transformations, from strategy to support, worldwide.”
Deloitte and Prudential recently demonstrated the power of the OutSystems platform at a recent industry conference where they presented an application using AI and IoT for automated risk analysis built with the OutSystems platform.
“Our product vision has always been to support the widest range of application development needs with speed, scale and security,” said Paulo Rosado, CEO and founder of OutSystems. “With OutSystems, our customers can achieve all of their digital transformation objectives faster and never have to worry about hitting a development wall.”
Most recently, OutSystems raised the bar even higher for low-code platforms. A new benchmark report demonstrates how an app built with OutSystems scaled to support 20 million financial services customers managing 11,000 transactions per second.
“OutSystems is key to helping us integrate many different sources of data and launch products faster,” says Steven Schmidt, Enterprise Collaboration Manager at Logitech. “We now have set up a fully ramped digital factory with a highly-distributed team that can produce apps in weeks.”
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems. Explore careers at OutSystems.
 

OutSystems Names 2017 Innovation Award Winners at NextStep Lisbon Conference

19 companies recognised at NextStep conference for excellence in digital transformation
London UK, 6th October 2017 – OutSystems announced regional winners of the 2017 OutSystems Innovation Awards at its recent NextStep conference in Lisbon. The company recognised customers from Portugal, Asia-Pacific, Africa, South America, and the United Kingdom that use OutSystems to build innovative applications and transform their business. Applicants were evaluated based on business impact and measurable IT benefits they achieved with their initiatives.
Overall, 19 companies were honored in three categories, displaying excellence in Customer Digital Experiences, Digital Operations, and Large Custom Systems.
CUSTOMER DIGITAL EXPERIENCES AWARDS
These awards showcase customers that are building engaging experiences across their customers’ journeys. These companies enhanced customer experiences by delivering engaging customer service apps, beautiful portals, and captivating sales and service apps all incredibly fast.
Prio Energy, a Portuguese-based distributor and marketer of liquid fuels, won the Scalability Award for building a customer portal that scales with the business, now accommodating up to 1,300 users.
Abreu Advogados, a Lisbon-based law firm, won the User Experience Award for building a new litigation app and customer portal to scale with the business, increasing customer satisfaction and improving process management efficiency.
Davies Turner, a UK-based air and sea freight company, won the IT/Business Collaboration Award for having business and IT collaborate tighter than ever on development of online portal for customers to monitor, manage shipments from beginning to end.
DIGITAL OPERATIONS AWARDS
These awards showcase implementations that rapidly enable digital workplaces. Winners include customers that deliver new mobile workplace apps, employee portals, workflow apps, and operational dashboards that support any process, no matter how complex.
The following companies were honoured in the Digital Operations category for generating significant business impact:
Wilmar International Ltd., a Singapore-based agribusiness group, won the Overall Business Impact Award with their enterprise app that shortened the approval process for agribusiness projects from weeks and months to 1-7 days for most initiatives.
Centricity, based in South Africa, won the Cross-Channel Excellence Award for building an app for IT services customers to run mission-critical parts of their business. Available as a web or mobile app, it boosted customer productivity and eliminated wasted cycles.
Bit-Sonae, the information systems unit of Portuguese retail company Sonae, won the Collaboration Award for transforming its business to a continuous delivery process, building on an OutSystems core and tapping the talents of 13 internal developers.
Refriango, an Angola-based food and beverage company, won the Change Management Excellence Award for creating a cost management app, providing end-to-end control of payments and visibility across its distribution network.
The following companies are being honoured in the Digital Operations category for displaying stellar innovation:
Surbana Jurong, a Singaporean government-owned urban, industrial and infrastructure consultancy, won the Business Transformation Award for replacing more than 50 legacy Lotus Notes apps, building new apps to run digital operations in HR, finance, billing and more.
Transnational Diversified Group, a Singapore-based multi-industry company, won the App Delivery Transformation Award, for changing its whole process of app delivery - cutting payroll transaction processing time by 65 percent and enabling the fast deployment of new custom HR apps.
Deloitte, a U.K.-based professional services company, won the Excellence in AI/Machine Learning Award for building an innovative AI and machine-learning app that helps customers streamline the process of screening for “conduct risk.”
EMEF, the main provider in the Portuguese railway maintenance sector, won the Digital Transformation Award for shifting from paper-based systems to a digital operations app, providing better access to information more efficient train maintenance process.
AOI Pro, a Tokyo-based communications production company, won the Most Innovative App Award for using OutSystems to develop core aspects of innovative ‘VR Insight’ tool that interprets viewers’ emotional responses to video content.
The following companies are being honoured in the Digital Operations category for exceptional speed:
Credibom, a Portugal-based financial loan services company, won the Process Innovation Award for creating in four months a web app to plan, track and control IT projects, enabling greater visibility into ongoing initiatives.
Luz Saude, a Portugal-based operator of health service facilities, won the Best Custom Solution Award for replacing paper- and Excel-based employee evaluation process, creating a custom app for 3,600 regular users in just three months.
NHS Practitioner Health Programme, a UK-based health consultancy, won the Speed and Transformation Award for delivering new online patient portal in just three months, serving six times more patients and controlling costs without increasing back-office staff.
Randstad Brazil, a provider of temporary staffing and other employment services, won the Game-Changing Solution Award for developing a video solution to interview applicants, meeting a 30-day deadline and reducing assessment time by 70 percent.
LARGE CUSTOM SYSTEMS AWARDS
These awards honour implementations that break the stalemate companies face replacing aging systems that are expensive to maintain and slow to change. These customers rebuilt large systems quickly and efficiently, taking advantage of fast visual development, easy integration, and rock-solid scalability.
Nova Cambios, a Lisbon-based financial services company, won the Time to Value Award for shortening the delivery of a new trader platform from five years to six months, centralising information and cutting transaction costs.
Randstad Portugal, a provider of temporary staffing and other employment services, won the Enterprise Integration with Speed Award for saving months of development time and delivering apps to replace billing systems and improve call center productivity.
Censea, a financial services firm in South Africa, won the Excellence in Financial Services Award for building apps to run internal operations in less than a year, evolving processes to adapt to fast-changing industry legislation in South Africa.
OutSystems will name more regional Innovation Award winners at its two other NextStep global events: NextStep Benelux in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on Oct. 10; and NextStep Americas in Chicago, on Nov. 2.
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems. Explore careers at OutSystems.