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Personal Group uses OutSystems to Develop Hapi, a Powerful Employee Engagement Solution

LONDON, UK – 16th August, 2017 – Personal Group PLC, a provider of employee benefits and insurance products, has enlisted the help of the OutSystems low-code development platform to create an innovative employee benefits platform named Hapi.
Hapi makes staff happier and more engaged at work through a suite of HR services and employee benefits. As shown in research from the University of Warwick, happier staff are 12 percent more productive[i]. So, Personal Group’s solution benefits the employee and their entire organisation. It provides employees with a single point of access to a range of different services and third-party solutions. Currently, Personal Group works with more than 2 million UK employees across 550 organisations providing a range of services to improve happiness and productivity in the workplace.
In the past, Personal Group had depended on third parties to provide a white label platform that it could resell. However, Personal Group wanted to have the power in its hands and was determined to build its own platform to provide a more agile solution to support its growing client base. Personal Group’s IT team typically worked in a Microsoft development environment and coded in C# ASP.Net or Delphi, but opted this time to upgrade its development environment using a modern low-code approach. Personal Group chose OutSystems because company leaders were impressed by its large and successful user base that displayed a wide variety of use cases including creating enhanced digital experiences.
“From the outset, we had a clear vision in mind and we wanted to work with a technology partner who could help us realise Hapi’s full potential,” Ashley Doody, CIO of Personal Group, said. “We wanted to accelerate the development of the platform while leveraging the skills and capabilities we had in-house and minimising the amount of additional technology recruits needed to get the platform to market quickly. We also needed to ensure the platform could service a high and growing number of customers and users. OutSystems and a low-code development environment was the perfect answer.”
Next on Personal Group’s agenda is to expand on its success with public sector organisations, especially within the NHS and local government, where the new platform has proven invaluable to HR departments.
Richard Tilbury, Director of Development at Personal Group, added, “With OutSystems we have a development platform that produces a solution that scales across multiple servers without the need to specifically code for this. Low-code, while initially scary for some developers, is a win for us. The tool is visual, the developer works with flowcharts, and this makes the usual troubleshooting of issues much quicker, as the developer is not having to read through pages of code. OutSystems allows us to turn around new developments quickly.”
In terms of future development plans, Personal Group is currently scoping a new mobile app. It plans to use the OutSystems platform to simultaneously develop a solution for iPhone, iPad and Android, targeting a launch for Q3 2017.
[i] https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/new_study_shows/
About Personal Group Plc
Personal Group Holdings Plc (AIM: PGH) is a technology enabled employee services business, working with employers to drive productivity though better employee engagement and a more motivated workforce. With over 30 years’ experience, the Company provides employee benefits, serving 550 businesses, reaching over 2 million employees across the UK.
Personal Group's offer comprises 8,000 in-house and third-party products and services, from c.60 supply lines. In-house services include employee insurance products (hospital, convalescence plans and death benefit) and the provision of home technology via salary sacrifice (iPads, computers, laptops, smart phones and smart TVs). Third party services include retail discounts, e-payslips, employee assistance, wellbeing programmes and salary sacrifice cars and bikes. The offer is provided via the Company’s proprietary technology platform, Hapi. The platform is intuitive and accessible via web, tablet and mobile app, driving better engagement, communication and value recognition. Hapi is flexible and can quickly integrate additional services, such as existing employee services and partner platforms. Hapi is a SaaS product.
Through technology and select acquisitions, the Company has grown its addressable market from 6m to 27m UK employees; including 15.6m SME employees targeted via its partnership with Sage, the UK’s largest software company. Personal Group’s innovative approach to using technology to deliver its programmes, combined with its face-to-face method of communicating with employees, makes its offer compelling to blue chip clients across the UK as a way of attracting, retaining and motivating employees. Personal Group has a strong client base across a range of sectors including passenger transport, healthcare, logistics and food manufacturing. Clients include: Stagecoach, Four Seasons Health Care, Priory Group, Spire Healthcare, Bibby, 2 Sisters Food Group and Young's Seafood.
For further information, please see www.personalgroup.com
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.

OutSystems 10 Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

London -- August 9, 2017 - The latest version of the OutSystems low-code application development platform, powered by Microsoft Azure, is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Azure customers can now leverage the OutSystems 10 platform, fully optimised to run on mobile devices with top performance, zero delays, and the smoothest transitions and animations.
Using the OutSystems platform, any developer can now build the types of secure, scalable, enterprise-grade mobile apps that in the past only highly skilled software engineers were capable of creating. This latest release led OutSystems to be recognised as a Leader in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms, positioned highest for ability to execute.
“OutSystems 10 is changing the way mobile apps are generated so our customers can deliver truly engaging experiences,” said Bob Wilson, vice president of global channels and alliances for OutSystems. “Running on Microsoft Azure brings an added level of reliability and trust our customers have come to expect.”
Sajan Parihar, Director, Microsoft Azure Platform, at Microsoft Corp., added: “We are pleased that OutSystems continues to enhance its low-code platform, helping customers build apps visually and easily integrate with other systems. The flexible infrastructure provided by Azure is the perfect complement to mobile applications developed with OutSystems.”
Developers can take advantage of software-defined infrastructure, instant scaling, managed database (Azure SQL Database), and identity management (Azure Active Directory) services.
OutSystems is an award-winning platform that’s applicable in a wide range of use-case scenarios – from single developers creating a few apps to complex enterprise IT organisations delivering robust application portfolios. The versatility and rich set of OutSystems capabilities provides significant value to a wide variety of Azure customers.
Last year, OutSystems unveiled advanced low-code development capabilities for enterprise mobile applications. Customers using OutSystems 10 running on Azure can:
  • Build mobile apps once and run them anywhere.
  • Create high-performance, smooth and highly responsive user experiences.
  • Access any function on any phone running Windows Mobile, iOS, or Android platforms.
  • Drag and drop native device and sensor capabilities into their apps.
  • Build sophisticated and secure offline experiences.
 OutSystems 10 is available on the Azure Marketplace.
“OutSystems 10 is changing the way mobile apps are generated so our customers can deliver truly engaging experiences,” said Bob Wilson, vice president of global channels and alliances for OutSystems. “Running on Microsoft Azure brings an added level of reliability and trust our customers have come to expect.”
Sajan Parihar, Director, Microsoft Azure Platform, at Microsoft Corp., added: “We are pleased that OutSystems continues to enhance its low-code platform, helping customers build apps visually and easily integrate with other systems. The flexible infrastructure provided by Azure is the perfect complement to mobile applications developed with OutSystems.”
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust the OutSystems low-code development platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems 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 www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.

Tenfold connectivity increase between Ukraine and European research and education network

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The research and education (R&E) communities in Ukraine will be better able to exchange and collaborate with their peers from around the world, following a tenfold increase in speed in the network link between Ukraine and the GÉANT pan-European R&E network.
By upgrading this link from 1 to 10 Gigabits per second in June 2017, the EU-funded Eastern Partnership Connect (EaPConnect) project and its Ukrainian partner URAN are fulfilling the goal of bringing a world-class R&E network to Eastern Partnership countries, in line with the European Neighbourhood policy that supports increased interconnectivity and economic development for the European Union and its neighbours.
The upgraded link between Ukraine and the GÉANT pan-European network is based on services provided by RETN (UK) and includes the following features:
  • a protected lambda service Kiev-Vienna – 10 Gbps
  • a protected ‘local tail’ in Kiev that provides good quality and high-availability service for URAN.
Opportunities for development and collaboration
This improved connectivity enhances the collaborative capabilities of researchers within the Eastern Partnership countries – Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Georgia – and allows them to participate in global research collaborations.
Researchers from Eastern Partnership countries will have the opportunity to explore how R&E networks and other e-infrastructures can support their work during the 2nd Eastern Partnership E-infrastructures Conference (EaPEC 2017), which will be hosted by UIIP NASB (BASNET) in Minsk on 27-28 September. The event will feature a keynote speaker from the Human Brain Project, presentations from the second regional Enlighten Your Research awards, and a focus on research and e-infrastructures for open science. Information and registration: https://www.eapconnect.eu/eapec/

OT-Morpho and ASPIDER-NGI Partner on eSIM Solutions

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ASPIDER-NGI, a leading provider of MVNE, IoT, connectivity and content solutions, today announced a partnership with OT-Morpho, a world leader in digital security and identification technologies.
The ASPIDER-NGI portfolio of fallback, bootstrap and operational profiles, SMS numbering and IoT eConnect (a preconfigured Service Delivery Platform to manage connectivity to the network from provisioning and activation to billing) will now be integrated to OT-Morpho’s eSIM and Subscription Management solution (SM-DP and SM-SR) to deliver out of the box solutions to their clients, including remote subscription provisioning to the devices.
The eSIM technology is significant not just because it supports remote management of the operator profiles used, but also because the manufacturer or enterprise can use it to better manage the device connectivity and manage it over the device lifetime in order to get the optimum QoS & coverage depending on specific location. In addition, the enterprise can control and manage the applications and security on the eSIM – and use it as a means to distribute and manage enterprise connectivity and applications. 

Norxe announces expansion of operations to Asia and the Americas

Fredrikstad, Norway. Norxe is pleased to announce the expansion of its business operations into Asia and the Americas. Through this expansion, Norxe strengthens its commitment to providing customers with the service excellence and close collaboration that have made them the partners of choice within the high-end projection industry. The expansion also brings new talent, Philip Hay of Singapore and Javier Delgado of Orlando, Florida, to the Norxe team.
“Our new initiative and talent take the Norxe team to the next level, allowing us to increase our responsiveness and innovation in the industry. Both Philip and Javier bring broad industry experience and exemplify Norxe’s values of innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurial spirit,” stated CEO Kjell Einar Olsen.
About Philip Hay
Prior to joining Norxe, Philip has been instrumental in developing sales and establishing and maintaining a strong and wide network of business relationships in Asia, particularly in China for ASK Proxima and projectiondesign. In his new role, he will help to build up the Norxe brand and develop strong sales and business partners in the usually mission-critical and demanding multi-channels display market.
“Philip has a proven record in the industry. His strong winning attitude and business acumen are assets that will complement and enhance the team,” says Espen Olsen, VP Global Sales.
Philip, who will be based in Singapore, looks forward to working with valued partners to grow Norxe sales success in Asia.
About Javier Delgado
Javier is a familiar face in the industry, as he brings many years of experience in the Simulation and Visualization markets and a strong reputation for partnership building and commitment to his customers’ success.
Commenting on the appointment, Espen Olsen stated: “We are delighted to have secured the services of Javier. Having worked with him previously for a number of years, I know that Javier’s excellent reputation within the industry is well justified. Javier will be essential to our development of new markets going forward.”
“I’m thrilled to join Norxe’s team of industry professionals who share my passion for innovation and excellence,” said Javier. “I look forward to bringing the strength of Norxe’s values to my new relationships throughout the Americas.”
About Norxe
Located in Fredrikstad, Norway, Norxe designs, manufactures, and markets unique projectors for demanding applications. Norxe combines in-house engineering expertise in optics, mechanics, electronics, and software. Projectors are built for performance and quality to provide real solid-state day and night vision to exacting standards.