DCN September 2017 - Page 50

Projects & Agreements LSGE collaborating with IBM to develop securities data blockchain solution for European SMEs Borsa Italiana, part of London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) and IBM has announced it is building a blockchain solution to digitise the issuance of securities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. Designed to simplify the tracking and management of shareholding information, the new system intends to create a distributed shared registry containing a record of all shareholder transactions, helping to open up new opportunities for trading and investing. ‘Through our work with IBM on this blockchain solution, Borsa Italiana is taking the lead in transforming the way European SMEs can manage their shareholder data and at the same time expand credit access – all on a trusted digital platform,’ said Raffaele Jerusalmi, CEO, Borsa Italiana. The blockchain solution for unlisted SMEs in Europe is designed to replace the paper trading certificates that are commonly issued to private companies today. With a more digitised, streamlined and transparent process enabled by the blockchain solution, various parties – including issuers, regulators and investors – will have increased insight into company information. The solution is undergoing an initial test phase with a small group of partners and clients. For further information visit: www.lsge.com 50 | September 2017 Ethos Technology and Big Switch Networks Bring Next-Gen Data Centre Networking Technol ogy to EMEA Ethos Technology has announced a new distribution agreement that adds Big Switch’s data centre networking and monitoring solutions, Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) and Big Monitoring Fabric (BMF) to its portfolio. Through this partnership, Ethos will distribute both Big Monitoring Fabric (BMF) and Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) products. By combining open networking hardware, with an intelligent SDN-based data centre switching fabric, Big Switch is bringing intelligence, agility, and flexibility to data centres that enable network owners to quickly deploy, automate, scale-out, and monitor and secure their networks, while optimising OpEx and CapEx. ‘Our vision is to bring transformative technologies to the UK and Europe, offering businesses of all sizes the type of optimisation and efficiency that Google, Facebook and Amazon use in their infrastructures,’ said Ethos CEO, Omar Galbraith. ‘Our CTO, Adam Worthington, was a network architecture and strategy lead at CSC and AT&T, and he was adamant that BSN was the missing link we had been looking for to complement our portfolio,’ he added The Ethos portfolio is based on technologies that drastically simplify data centre and cloud infrastructure by abstracting policy and requirement from the underlying complexity; that scale without limit, and offer unmatched TCO. For further information visit: www.ethostec.net and www.bigswitch.com TDC Hosting chooses Clarizen to boost efficiency and workplace collaboration Clarizen has announced that Danish IT operations specialist TDC Hosting has selected its cloud based platform to achieve better efficiency and collaboration in its Project Management Office (PMO) and project management across the company. Prior to choosing Clarizen, TDC’s project managers used a number of applications making PM governance and resource management challenging. Clarizen now provides a means of monitoring and updating the status of TDC Hosting projects in real-time, streamlining and automating processes, while logging risks and issues. ‘Clarizen will extend visibility on projects and improve our planning immensely,’ commented Henrik Hesselberg, head of the PMO at TDC Hosting. ‘Its automated features will give our project managers back the time they are spending on manual tasks at the moment, and make it easier for the rest of the business to collaborate with them.’ David Goulden, product director at Clarizen, said the service offers TDC Hosting, and companies like it, a platform for improving the business agility and effectiveness of their project management teams and boosting collaboration with other departments as their business develops. David continued, ‘Clarizen affords growing businesses such as TDC Hosting a scalable PM solution through which they can achieve alignment on objectives and activities. It enables them to standardise processes, facilitating cross-team communications and collaboration on specific tasks.’ For further information visit: www.clarizen.com