Florida Department of Transportation Adds New Acrow Components to Modular Bridge Inventory

Newest purchase brings state’s total of temporary bridging to over 14,000 linear feet

PARSIPPANY, NJ–(Marketwired – Mar 16, 2017) –  Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, has recently delivered modular steel bridge components to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). FDOT uses the bridges to respond to emergency situations and for planned detours during construction projects.

FDOT, which has owned and used Acrow structures since 1979, had accumulated an inventory of 10,000 feet of temporary bridging, much of it supplied by Acrow. Recently, FDOT evaluated its temporary bridge program and determined that an additional 3,000 feet of 36-feet-wide bridging and 1,000 feet of 24-feet-wide bridging were needed to support its ongoing work program. After a competitive bid, Acrow won the contract to supply the additional 4,000 feet of Series 700XS panel truss bridging.

Among the larger FDOT projects that have utilized Acrow components:

  • A long-term temporary bridge was put into place after waves in Pensacola Bay from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 knocked off multiple spans of the I-10 bridge. FDOT used existing Acrow Series 300 components to provide 3,400 feet of bridging to quickly re-open the vital corridor. The temporary bridge remained in place until a new permanent structure was completed nearly two years later.
  • As part of a major rehabilitation of much of Florida’s Interstate system, a detour bridge was required in Tampa that could handle highway traffic with longer spans. FDOT purchased additional Acrow Series 700XS truss bridging in order to build a three-span 320-feet-long, 36-feet-wide bridge on I-75 over Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
  • In Sarasota, in another project for the I-75 rehab, the intersection at University Parkway is being reconfigured for better traffic flow. Needing a temporary bridge for efficiency and work zone safety, FDOT purchased a two-span, 28-feet-long by 42-feet-wide bridge. The wider width bridge allowed for three lanes of traffic, which was critical to maintaining traffic flow. This was also the first use and sale of an Acrow 42-feet-wide bridge in the U.S. 

„Acrow bridging has been vital to the safe, successful and timely completion of many of Florida’s bridge rehabilitation replacement projects for more than 35 years,” said Will Smith, Southeast Regional Manager, Acrow Bridge. Added Bill Killeen, President and CEO of Acrow Bridge, „Whether used for emergencies or planned construction, DOTs and contractors alike have come to rely on durable Acrow bridges to keep their projects on or ahead of schedule.” 

About Acrow Bridge
 
Acrow Bridge has been serving the transportation and construction industries for more than 60 years with a full line of modular steel bridging solutions for vehicle, rail, vessel, military and pedestrian use. Acrow’s extensive international presence includes its leadership in the development and implementation of bridge infrastructure projects in over 80 countries, covering Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, please visit www.acrow.com.

Big Switch Certified Great Place to Work, Receives 93% Overall Employee Satisfaction

As Company Experiences Rapid Expansion and Growth, Maintains Culture of Awesome, 98% of Employees Believe It’s A Great Atmosphere

SANTA CLARA, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 16, 2017) – Big Switch Networks®, The Next-Generation Data Center Networking Company, announced today that it has been certified as a Great Place To Work, receiving a 93% overall satisfaction rating from employees surveyed. To see more results and learn about current employment opportunities at Big Switch: Great Place To Work – Big Switch Networks.

„I am thrilled that Big Switch has been certified as a Great Place to Work, with an impressive overall satisfaction score from our employees,” said Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch Networks. „We have an amazing team and this certification reflects our employees’ hard work, our corporate values, and efforts to foster a culture that is transparent. It is important that employees feel their contributions and hard work are recognized, and that they have a healthy and positive work environment.”

The survey is based on an independent analysis of more than 100 US-based employees conducted by Great Place to Work®. Results underline a strong level of confidence in the leadership of the company and a consistent demonstration of transparency from the leadership team and recognition of work life balance in an environment that promotes „family first,” supported with flexible work schedules. Additionally, employees recognized Big Switch’s philanthropic efforts within its local community. A sample of findings from surveyed employees include:

  • 98% of employees feel good about the ways they contribute to the community
  • 96% of employees feel like they are making a difference at Big Switch
  • 96% of employees believe they are encouraged to manage their work life and personal life
  • 95% of employees believe they are able to take time-off when needed
  • 94% of employees believe they can ask management any reasonable question and get a straight answer
  • 94% of employees believe that management is approachable and easy to talk to
  • 94% of employees believe management is honest and ethical in its business practice
  • 92% of employees believe that management has a clear view of where the organization is going and how to get there

Big Switch is an equal opportunity employer and takes pride in the diversity of its workforce. Employees recognize the environment to be positive, an even playing field for opportunity and an environment where diversity is welcome. When asked about opportunities based on race, age, sexual orientation and gender, employees believe:

  • 98% of employees believe they are treated fairly, regardless of race
  • 97% of employees believe they are treated fairly, regardless of age
  • 97% of employees believe they are treated fairly, regardless of sexual orientation
  • 95% of employees believe they are treated fairly, regardless of gender

Big Switch offers the usual perks such as catered meals, on-site gym, flexible work schedule, ability to work remotely, excellent benefits and competitive pay. But, Big Switch’s culture is what sets it apart. Big Switch’s team is comprised of some of the most talented people in Silicon Valley and around the world. Collectively, the team works to build and foster the company’s culture of Awesome: Be, Do, Share. Big Switch’s employee recognition and rewards programs is based on the principles:

  • Be Awesome: Respect, trust, integrity and courage to make the tough decision
  • Do Awesome: Innovative, results oriented, proud of your craftsmanship.
  • Share Awesome: Transparent, customer and partner driven, and giving back to the community.

OVERALL EMPLOYEE RATINGS:
(% = often, almost always or sometimes)
98% — Great Communication
98% — Great Atmosphere
98% — Great Bosses
98% — Great Pride
95% — Great Rewards
94% — Great Challenges

Big Switch is currently hiring for positions based at its global headquarters in Santa Clara, CA and for roles across the globe. To learn more about our current employment opportunities or internships: http://www.bigswitch.com/company/careers

„We applaud Big Switch Networks for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Kim Peters, Executive Vice President of Great Place to Work’s Certification Program. „These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace — critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with Big Switch Networks should take into account as an indicator of high performance.”

To Learn More About Big Switch and employment opportunities:
Great Place To Work
: Big Switch Networks
Glassdoor: Big Switch Networks
Blog: Big Switch Networks, A Career-Launching Company
Crunchbase: Big Switch Networks
Careers at Big Switch

About Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Networks is the Next-Generation Data Center Networking Company. We disrupt the status quo of networking by designing intelligent, automated and flexible networks for our customers around the world. We do so by leveraging the principles of software-defined networking (SDN), coupled with a choice of industry-standard hardware. Big Switch Networks has two solutions: Big Monitoring Fabric, a Next-Generation Network Packet Broker, which enables pervasive security and monitoring of data center and cloud traffic for inline or out-of-band deployments and Big Cloud Fabric, the industry’s first Next-Generation switching fabric that allows for choice of switching hardware for OpenStack, VMware, Container and Big Data use cases. Big Switch Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices located in Tokyo, Sydney, London and Istanbul. For additional information, email info@bigswitch.com, follow @bigswitch, or visit www.bigswitch.com.

Big Switch Networks, Big Cloud Fabric, Big Monitoring Fabric, BigSecure, Big Chain, Switch Light OS, and Switch Light VX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Big Switch Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered marks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.

About Great Place to Work
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on building, sustaining, and recognizing high-trust, high-performing workplace cultures. It has crafted its perspective by learning from great leaders, surveying millions of employees, and examining thousands of the best workplaces around the globe. We thrive on sharing the insights we’ve gleaned from our work with companies of all industries and sizes in order to help organizations around the world build, sustain and scale their great culture.

TeraGo Announces Departure of Chief Financial Officer

TeraGo Announces Departure of Chief Financial Officer

TeraGo Inc.

TSX : TGO

TeraGo Inc.

March 16, 2017 11:40 ET

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – TeraGo Inc. („TeraGo” or the „Company„) (TSX:TGO) (www.terago.ca), announces that after three years as TeraGo’s Chief Financial Officer, Joe Prodan is leaving TeraGo to pursue outside interests. „On behalf of the TeraGo team and the Board of Directors, I wish to thank Joe for his many contributions to the Company and we wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” said Tony Ciciretto, President and Chief Executive Officer, TeraGo.

Mr. Ciciretto continued, „We built a strong team under Joe that manage our financial functions. Therefore in the interim, Jeffrey Yim, Vice President Corporate Development and Finance will continue to lead the Finance team at TeraGo.” Joe’s departure is effective today and a search will begin immediately for his successor.

About TeraGo

TeraGo provides businesses across Canada and globally with network and voice services, data center services and enterprise infrastructure cloud services. TeraGo manages over 3,000 cloud workloads, nine data centres in the Greater Toronto Area, the Greater Vancouver Area, Ottawa, Kelowna, Winnipeg, St. Louis and Newport, United Kingdom, and owns and manages its own IP network. The Company serves approximately 4,000 business customers in 46 major markets across Canada including Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg. TeraGo Networks is a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) and is recognized as a Canadian Telecommunications Employer of Choice for 2016. TeraGo Networks was also recognized by IDC as a Major Player in MarketScape Cloud Vendor Assessment.

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Net1 Board Statement on Recent Media Reports

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA–(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. („Net1” or the „Company”) (NASDAQ: UEPS) (JSE: NT1)

The board of directors of Net1 is deeply concerned with certain comments made by senior South African government officials, Members of Parliament, shareholders and reporters concerning the alleged „unacceptable and arrogant” attitude displayed by Cash Paymaster Services (Pty) Ltd („CPS”), the Net1 subsidiary that distributes welfare grants in South Africa on behalf of SASSA.

The board is also aware of the media coverage, including interviews given by CPS relating to the grant payment crisis and, in particular, the comments made after the Constitutional Court proceedings yesterday.

The board reiterates its commitment to assist SASSA to insource the grant payment function during the anticipated interim grant payment period.

The board regrets any arrogance, perceived or real, by CPS relating to the grant crisis, directed at SASSA, other government bodies or potential solution providers.

The board is of the view that any of the comments made were meant most sincerely and only with the intention of providing transparency regarding the solution currently provided by CPS and to assist in ensuring uninterrupted service delivery to the 10.5 million grant recipients.

The board, including its Chairman, apologizes unreservedly to the South African government, SASSA and all grant beneficiaries to the extent that comments made by CPS were perceived as offensive, or in any way criticizing the vital process currently underway.

Notwithstanding the above, the board respectfully reminds all participants in this process that CPS engaged with SASSA over the last twelve months with the intent of demonstrating the urgency, complexity and time frame required for SASSA or a new service provider to take over from CPS. Net1 and CPS remain fully committed to assist the Government and SASSA to ensure that no grant beneficiaries are prejudiced during the transitional period. Notwithstanding the uncertainty regarding its arrangements with SASSA, CPS has not in any way reduced or downgraded its operational capabilities to deliver grants in the world class, efficient and secure manner it has maintained over the past five years.

The board wishes to advise that no further statements or interviews by any Net1 or CPS officials are authorised while the SASSA process and negotiations are being finalised and pending the decision of the Constitutional Court. The board intends to appoint a media relations agency to manage all of the group’s communications in future.

About Net1 (www.net1.com)

Net1 is a leading provider of alternative payment systems that leverage its Universal Electronic Payment System („UEPS”) or utilize its proprietary mobile technologies. The Company operates market-leading payment processors in South Africa and the Republic of Korea. Through Transact24, Net1 offers debit, credit and prepaid processing and issuing services for Visa, MasterCard and ChinaUnionPay in China and other territories across Asia-Pacific, Europe and Africa, and the United States. Through Masterpayment, Net1 provides payment processing and enables working capital financing in Europe.

UEPS permits the Company to facilitate biometrically secure, real-time electronic transaction processing to unbanked and under-banked populations of developing economies around the world in an online or offline environment. Net1’s UEPS/EMV solution is interoperable with global EMV standards that seamlessly enable access to all the UEPS functionality in a traditional EMV environment. In addition to payments, UEPS can be used for banking, healthcare management, payroll, remittances, voting and identification.

Net1’s mobile technologies include its proprietary mobile payments solution — MVC, which offers secure mobile-based payments, as well as mobile banking and prepaid value-added services in developed and emerging countries. The Company intends to deploy its varied mobile solutions through its ZAZOO business unit, which is an aggregation of innovative technology companies and is based in the United Kingdom.

Net1 has a primary listing on the NASDAQ and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

„NEW TO THE STREET” Featuring Vystar Corp. (VYST), Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. (BGFT) & SEC Attorney Norm Reynolds on ION TV, March 20, 2017

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – FMW Media Works Corp. announces its upcoming airings for „NEW TO THE STREET,” Featuring VYSTAR Corp. (OTC PINK: VYST), Big Foot Project Investments (OTC PINK: BGFT) and interview with legendary SEC Attorney Norm Reynolds. The show’s broadcast is Monday, March 20, 2017, at 7:00 AM on ION TV’s #1 market, New York, NY — reaching 5.5 million homes.

„NEW TO THE STREET’s” Anchor, Ken Evseroff, kicks off the show interviewing Bill Doyle CEO of Vystar Corporation (VYST). Bill will give an overview of the company, and its place in the market and their patented process to create green, renewable and „virtually” hypoallergenic Vytex latex that offers superior performance over natural latex and memory foam at comparable price .

Anchor Ken Evseroff says, „I am so excited to introduce the world to Vystar’s strong effort at improving sleep for millions of people around the world by introducing them to Vystar’s Vytex! But Vytex is not limited to sleep products; tune-in to ION March 20, 2017 @ 7:00 EST to find out more.”

Bill Doyle states, „ION TV offers a great opportunity to share with consumers and the investment community how 4,000 different products, such as mattresses, pillows, cushions, surgical gloves, balloons, adhesives and apparel, can be produced more sustainably with low protein Vytex® latex. Vytex® use results in biodegradable, odor free, virtually allergy free, stronger, more resilient and longer lasting products than existing latex and memory foam products.

Additionally, Tom Biscardi, CEO of Bigfoot Project investments, Inc. (BGFT), discusses the myth and reality of „Bigfoot,” and how his team at „Bigfoot Project” scours the globe in search of this mythic beast and what they have found. Will you be a believer? We think you might after seeing this interview!

BGFT is not just for researching the creature, they have a hotel/museum project and a movie project that will promote the legend and raise revenue.

Tom Biscardi wants the viewers of „NEW TO THE STREET” to understand that Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. is the only „Bigfoot” organization that is on expedition, with boots on the ground, using the latest technology to find this elusive creature, 9 months of the year.

Anchor Ken Evseroff states, „whether you are a believer or not, Tom Biscardi and his team from Bigfoot Investment Projects Inc. will definitely pique your interest into their efforts searching for the worldwide phenomenon known as ‚Bigfoot.'”

Finally, Mr. Norman Reynolds, a recognized securities lawyer, talks to „NEW TO THE STREET” about the complexities, on-going changes, and regulations on public corporations — and „how” these regulations affect both the investors and management of public entities.

About FMW Media Works Corp. („NEW TO THE STREET”)

FMW Media Works Corp. is a leading provider of business profiles and special corporate programming. FMW Media Works produces „NEW TO THE STREET” which paves the way to the latest financial issues, offering a blend of business and financial services news reporting and in-depth interviews relating to new products, economic analysis, and public company profiles. „NEW TO THE STREET” airs as paid TV programming, and airs in the United States reaching potentially 100 million homes, in Canada reaching potentially more than 5.3 million homes, and viewed on other select International stations. Visit www.NewToTheStreet.com.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: „anticipate,” „believe,” „continue,” „could,” „estimate,” „expect,” „intend,” „may,” „ongoing,” „plan,” „potential,” „predict,” „project,” „should,” „will,” „would,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements based on information available at the time the statements are made and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainty and other factors that may cause our results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release.

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„NEW TO THE STREET” Featuring Vystar Corp. (VYST), Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. (BGFT) & SEC Attorney Norm Reynolds on ION TV, March 20, 2017

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – FMW Media Works Corp. announces its upcoming airings for „NEW TO THE STREET,” Featuring VYSTAR Corp. (OTC PINK: VYST), Big Foot Project Investments (OTC PINK: BGFT) and interview with legendary SEC Attorney Norm Reynolds. The show’s broadcast is Monday, March 20, 2017, at 7:00 AM on ION TV’s #1 market, New York, NY — reaching 5.5 million homes.

„NEW TO THE STREET’s” Anchor, Ken Evseroff, kicks off the show interviewing Bill Doyle CEO of Vystar Corporation (VYST). Bill will give an overview of the company, and its place in the market and their patented process to create green, renewable and „virtually” hypoallergenic Vytex latex that offers superior performance over natural latex and memory foam at comparable price .

Anchor Ken Evseroff says, „I am so excited to introduce the world to Vystar’s strong effort at improving sleep for millions of people around the world by introducing them to Vystar’s Vytex! But Vytex is not limited to sleep products; tune-in to ION March 20, 2017 @ 7:00 EST to find out more.”

Bill Doyle states, „ION TV offers a great opportunity to share with consumers and the investment community how 4,000 different products, such as mattresses, pillows, cushions, surgical gloves, balloons, adhesives and apparel, can be produced more sustainably with low protein Vytex® latex. Vytex® use results in biodegradable, odor free, virtually allergy free, stronger, more resilient and longer lasting products than existing latex and memory foam products.

Additionally, Tom Biscardi, CEO of Bigfoot Project investments, Inc. (BGFT), discusses the myth and reality of „Bigfoot,” and how his team at „Bigfoot Project” scours the globe in search of this mythic beast and what they have found. Will you be a believer? We think you might after seeing this interview!

BGFT is not just for researching the creature, they have a hotel/museum project and a movie project that will promote the legend and raise revenue.

Tom Biscardi wants the viewers of „NEW TO THE STREET” to understand that Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. is the only „Bigfoot” organization that is on expedition, with boots on the ground, using the latest technology to find this elusive creature, 9 months of the year.

Anchor Ken Evseroff states, „whether you are a believer or not, Tom Biscardi and his team from Bigfoot Investment Projects Inc. will definitely pique your interest into their efforts searching for the worldwide phenomenon known as ‚Bigfoot.'”

Finally, Mr. Norman Reynolds, a recognized securities lawyer, talks to „NEW TO THE STREET” about the complexities, on-going changes, and regulations on public corporations — and „how” these regulations affect both the investors and management of public entities.

About FMW Media Works Corp. („NEW TO THE STREET”)

FMW Media Works Corp. is a leading provider of business profiles and special corporate programming. FMW Media Works produces „NEW TO THE STREET” which paves the way to the latest financial issues, offering a blend of business and financial services news reporting and in-depth interviews relating to new products, economic analysis, and public company profiles. „NEW TO THE STREET” airs as paid TV programming, and airs in the United States reaching potentially 100 million homes, in Canada reaching potentially more than 5.3 million homes, and viewed on other select International stations. Visit www.NewToTheStreet.com.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: „anticipate,” „believe,” „continue,” „could,” „estimate,” „expect,” „intend,” „may,” „ongoing,” „plan,” „potential,” „predict,” „project,” „should,” „will,” „would,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements based on information available at the time the statements are made and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainty and other factors that may cause our results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release.

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Agosto Inc. Receives 2016 Google Cloud Partner Award for GCP Customer Success

Award recognizes Agosto’s commitment to providing innovative cloud solutions to its customers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – Agosto Inc., a cloud services and development company and tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner, today announced that it has received the Google Cloud 2016 Americas Partner Award for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Customer Success. The award recognizes Agosto for excellence demonstrated in sales, marketing, product development and support, to help customers of all sizes transform their businesses and solve a wide range of challenges using the Google Cloud product suite.

„We are honored to be recognized by Google Cloud as the 2016 Google Cloud Partner for GCP Customer Success,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. „This award is a timely validation of the significant investments we’ve made in Agosto’s Google Cloud practice.” Agosto was among the Google Cloud partners mentioned in Eric Schmidt’s keynote address at the Google Next conference last week in San Francisco. Schmidt was acknowledging the top global partners that are helping customers leverage big data, analytics and machine learning via Google Cloud.

Agosto finished 2016 with a 35 percent increase in revenues over the previous year, and cites this accelerated growth to be directly related to high adoption rates of the public cloud.

„Partners are a vital contributor to Google Cloud’s growing ecosystem, helping us meet the needs of a diverse range of customers, from up-and-coming startups to Fortune 500 companies,” said Bertrand Yansouni, VP Global Partner Sales and Strategic Alliances at Google Cloud. „We are proud to provide this recognition to Agosto, who has consistently demonstrated customer success across Google Cloud Platform.”

Agosto has been building products and delivering services on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) since 2012. Its teams of Google Certified Professionals bring product visions to life with a focus on IoT. The company works with private and public sector organizations in the retail, manufacturing, agriculture, government, education and transportation verticals. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google Cloud products in the private and public sectors, providing technical solutions, change management and training, custom development, migration and deployment from legacy systems, ongoing admin support, and product development. Agosto is one of the largest Cloud Platform Partners globally, and was named Google Global Partner of the Year for Cloud in 2013. The company has been included in the Inc. 500 | 5000 four times. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto’s clients include 1-800-Got-Junk?, the State of Wyoming, Unilog, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover, and the Library of Congress, among others. For more information visit www.agosto.com. Follow Agosto: Twitter | Blog | LinkedIn.

Any forward looking statements are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments.

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Agosto Inc. Receives 2016 Google Cloud Partner Award for GCP Customer Success

Award recognizes Agosto’s commitment to providing innovative cloud solutions to its customers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – Agosto Inc., a cloud services and development company and tier 1 Google Cloud Premier Partner, today announced that it has received the Google Cloud 2016 Americas Partner Award for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Customer Success. The award recognizes Agosto for excellence demonstrated in sales, marketing, product development and support, to help customers of all sizes transform their businesses and solve a wide range of challenges using the Google Cloud product suite.

„We are honored to be recognized by Google Cloud as the 2016 Google Cloud Partner for GCP Customer Success,” said Agosto President Aric Bandy. „This award is a timely validation of the significant investments we’ve made in Agosto’s Google Cloud practice.” Agosto was among the Google Cloud partners mentioned in Eric Schmidt’s keynote address at the Google Next conference last week in San Francisco. Schmidt was acknowledging the top global partners that are helping customers leverage big data, analytics and machine learning via Google Cloud.

Agosto finished 2016 with a 35 percent increase in revenues over the previous year, and cites this accelerated growth to be directly related to high adoption rates of the public cloud.

„Partners are a vital contributor to Google Cloud’s growing ecosystem, helping us meet the needs of a diverse range of customers, from up-and-coming startups to Fortune 500 companies,” said Bertrand Yansouni, VP Global Partner Sales and Strategic Alliances at Google Cloud. „We are proud to provide this recognition to Agosto, who has consistently demonstrated customer success across Google Cloud Platform.”

Agosto has been building products and delivering services on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) since 2012. Its teams of Google Certified Professionals bring product visions to life with a focus on IoT. The company works with private and public sector organizations in the retail, manufacturing, agriculture, government, education and transportation verticals. In 2014, Agosto was named Google Enterprise Global Partner of the Year for Cloud Platform.

About Agosto

Founded in 2001, Agosto is a cloud services company that helps organizations leverage Google Cloud products in the private and public sectors, providing technical solutions, change management and training, custom development, migration and deployment from legacy systems, ongoing admin support, and product development. Agosto is one of the largest Cloud Platform Partners globally, and was named Google Global Partner of the Year for Cloud in 2013. The company has been included in the Inc. 500 | 5000 four times. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and with offices in Toronto, Ontario, Agosto’s clients include 1-800-Got-Junk?, the State of Wyoming, Unilog, Groupon, Jaguar Land Rover, and the Library of Congress, among others. For more information visit www.agosto.com. Follow Agosto: Twitter | Blog | LinkedIn.

Any forward looking statements are based on certain assumptions and assessments made by us in light of our experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments.

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TUV SUD Safety Gauge: Opportunity to increase product safety with a positive impact on businesses

MUNICH, GERMANY–(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – An independent global research released today by TÜV SÜD, one of the world’s leading providers of safety, quality and sustainability solutions, has found that businesses should leverage on escalating consumer demand and willingness to pay to increase product safety with a positive impact on their businesses. The study, titled TÜV SÜD Safety Gauge, suggests that enhancing product safety should not only improve consumer well being but also drive commercial success. The research investigates product safety practices alongside consumer attitudes and experiences in Children’s Products, Consumer Electronics, Food and Footwear sectors. This is the second installment of the research which was first conducted in 2012.

Growing disparity between consumer and business perception on product safety
The TÜV SÜD Safety Gauge indicates that concerns from consumers around product safety is mounting, with almost two thirds (60 per cent) of those surveyed stating that product safety is very important to them now, up from half (47 per cent) in 2007. This sentiment is expected to increase to 65 per cent by 2021. Despite escalating importance of product safety in the eyes of consumers, the business community has reported that enough has been done. On average, there is a noticeable decrease in industry-wide product safety concern as compared to 2012. A quarter (25 per cent) of companies believed that product safety is a significant issue within their industry today as compared to half (47 per cent) in 2012.

Consumers’ concerns centred on physical and chemical safety attributes
Despite business community’s growing confidence in product safety, consumers are still experiencing product safety issues. Around two in three consumers surveyed reported that they had experienced a product safety issue in the last five years. The most common product safety issues reported are allergic reaction (28 per cent), cut from sharp edge of products (27 per cent) and injuries as a result of poor product designs (20 per cent). The findings also revealed that consumers’ concerns around product safety are largely related to chemical safety, material / ingredients type and compliance with product standards. Chemical safety, in particular, has surfaced as an additional area of concern for Children’s Products, Food and Footwear. Interestingly, concerns pertaining to cyber security did not appear as a top ranked concern in any of the segments researched.

Ishan Palit, Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD Product Service Division, said, „The results revealed an apparent gap between industry awareness and consumer concerns. The likely reason why consumer concerns today are centred on attributes related to physical and chemical safety is because these are predominantly the issues headlining product recalls. This is a clear signal to businesses that physical and chemical risks associated with products are still top-of-mind consumer concerns today.”

Further optimisation of product safety efficiencies
On average, the cost required to achieve exemplary safety standards are perceived to have declined. The most apparent decrease was found in India in which the mean increase in production costs has fallen by 12 per cent between 2012 (22 per cent) and 2016 (10 per cent). The top three reasons cited by businesses to justify the investments in product safety are customers’ willingness to pay, global market access and company leadership in the segment.

The majority of consumers has indicated that they were willing to pay a premium for products that achieve exemplary safety standards, as verified by a credible independent third party. The aggregate proportion of consumers willing to pay a premium was the greatest in India (94 per cent) followed by China (93 per cent). This willingness to pay was also observed in the U.S. (75 per cent) and Germany (71 per cent). The results, analysed by segment, was equally optimistic. The highest aggregate proportion of consumers is willing to pay a premium for Children’s Products (90 per cent) followed by Consumer Electronics (87 per cent).

In response to this trend, Ishan Palit commented, „The findings send a very positive message to the business community to further optimise the cost efficiencies which they are drawing from product safety. Businesses are now able to justify further investments in product safety as high product safety levels will not only enhance consumer wellbeing but add genuine value to products.”

The research was undertaken in the top-tier cities across China, Germany, India and the United States — markets that represent almost half (47 per cent) of the global Gross Domestic Product. The results are based on more than 7,000 completed consumer surveys and 600 interviews of management-level executives that operate in the Children’s Products, Consumer Electronics, Food and Footwear industries. To obtain the full report with all key findings, visit: www.tuv-sud.com/safetygauge.

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TÜV SÜD is a premium quality, safety, and sustainability solutions provider that specialises in testing, inspection, auditing, certification, training, and knowledge services. Since 1866, the company has remained committed to its founding principle of protecting people, property and the environment from technology-related risks. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, TÜV SÜD is represented in more than 850 locations worldwide. TÜV SÜD operates globally with a team of more than 24,000 multi-disciplinary experts recognised as specialists in their respective fields. By combining impartial expertise with invaluable insights, the company adds tangible value to businesses, consumers and the environment. The aim of TÜV SÜD is to support customers with a comprehensive suite of services worldwide to increase efficiency, reduce costs and manage risk. www.tuv-sud.com

TUV SUD Safety Gauge: Opportunity to increase product safety with a positive impact on businesses

MUNICH, GERMANY–(Marketwired – March 16, 2017) – An independent global research released today by TÜV SÜD, one of the world’s leading providers of safety, quality and sustainability solutions, has found that businesses should leverage on escalating consumer demand and willingness to pay to increase product safety with a positive impact on their businesses. The study, titled TÜV SÜD Safety Gauge, suggests that enhancing product safety should not only improve consumer well being but also drive commercial success. The research investigates product safety practices alongside consumer attitudes and experiences in Children’s Products, Consumer Electronics, Food and Footwear sectors. This is the second installment of the research which was first conducted in 2012.

Growing disparity between consumer and business perception on product safety
The TÜV SÜD Safety Gauge indicates that concerns from consumers around product safety is mounting, with almost two thirds (60 per cent) of those surveyed stating that product safety is very important to them now, up from half (47 per cent) in 2007. This sentiment is expected to increase to 65 per cent by 2021. Despite escalating importance of product safety in the eyes of consumers, the business community has reported that enough has been done. On average, there is a noticeable decrease in industry-wide product safety concern as compared to 2012. A quarter (25 per cent) of companies believed that product safety is a significant issue within their industry today as compared to half (47 per cent) in 2012.

Consumers’ concerns centred on physical and chemical safety attributes
Despite business community’s growing confidence in product safety, consumers are still experiencing product safety issues. Around two in three consumers surveyed reported that they had experienced a product safety issue in the last five years. The most common product safety issues reported are allergic reaction (28 per cent), cut from sharp edge of products (27 per cent) and injuries as a result of poor product designs (20 per cent). The findings also revealed that consumers’ concerns around product safety are largely related to chemical safety, material / ingredients type and compliance with product standards. Chemical safety, in particular, has surfaced as an additional area of concern for Children’s Products, Food and Footwear. Interestingly, concerns pertaining to cyber security did not appear as a top ranked concern in any of the segments researched.

Ishan Palit, Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD Product Service Division, said, „The results revealed an apparent gap between industry awareness and consumer concerns. The likely reason why consumer concerns today are centred on attributes related to physical and chemical safety is because these are predominantly the issues headlining product recalls. This is a clear signal to businesses that physical and chemical risks associated with products are still top-of-mind consumer concerns today.”

Further optimisation of product safety efficiencies
On average, the cost required to achieve exemplary safety standards are perceived to have declined. The most apparent decrease was found in India in which the mean increase in production costs has fallen by 12 per cent between 2012 (22 per cent) and 2016 (10 per cent). The top three reasons cited by businesses to justify the investments in product safety are customers’ willingness to pay, global market access and company leadership in the segment.

The majority of consumers has indicated that they were willing to pay a premium for products that achieve exemplary safety standards, as verified by a credible independent third party. The aggregate proportion of consumers willing to pay a premium was the greatest in India (94 per cent) followed by China (93 per cent). This willingness to pay was also observed in the U.S. (75 per cent) and Germany (71 per cent). The results, analysed by segment, was equally optimistic. The highest aggregate proportion of consumers is willing to pay a premium for Children’s Products (90 per cent) followed by Consumer Electronics (87 per cent).

In response to this trend, Ishan Palit commented, „The findings send a very positive message to the business community to further optimise the cost efficiencies which they are drawing from product safety. Businesses are now able to justify further investments in product safety as high product safety levels will not only enhance consumer wellbeing but add genuine value to products.”

The research was undertaken in the top-tier cities across China, Germany, India and the United States — markets that represent almost half (47 per cent) of the global Gross Domestic Product. The results are based on more than 7,000 completed consumer surveys and 600 interviews of management-level executives that operate in the Children’s Products, Consumer Electronics, Food and Footwear industries. To obtain the full report with all key findings, visit: www.tuv-sud.com/safetygauge.

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TÜV SÜD is a premium quality, safety, and sustainability solutions provider that specialises in testing, inspection, auditing, certification, training, and knowledge services. Since 1866, the company has remained committed to its founding principle of protecting people, property and the environment from technology-related risks. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, TÜV SÜD is represented in more than 850 locations worldwide. TÜV SÜD operates globally with a team of more than 24,000 multi-disciplinary experts recognised as specialists in their respective fields. By combining impartial expertise with invaluable insights, the company adds tangible value to businesses, consumers and the environment. The aim of TÜV SÜD is to support customers with a comprehensive suite of services worldwide to increase efficiency, reduce costs and manage risk. www.tuv-sud.com