Made4net | June 13, 2022
Made4net, a global leader in cloud-based supply chain execution and warehouse management system (WMS) software, today announced that Zethcon, a leading North American WMS software company with a robust cloud-based product platform designed specifically for the unique requirements of the third-party logistics (3PL) market, has agreed to be acquired by Made4net. Combining Zethcon’s multi-decade track record of delivering premier 3PL WMS solutions with Made4net’s WMS product leadership across a broad diversity of end markets that extend beyond 3PL, creates a best-of-breed warehouse software company serving an impressive global footprint of blue-chip 3PL and non-3PL customers, spanning virtually all industries.
For nearly 20 years, Zethcon’s flagship product, Synapse WMS, has enabled 3PL and cold-chain customers to improve the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of their warehouse operations. The Synapse platform offers real-time inventory visibility, extensive ecommerce and order management capabilities, and deep, purpose-built WMS functionality for 3PL and cold chain operators and their customers. “One of the most important factors in our track record of success, is our people,” said Chris Oechsel, President and CEO of Zethcon. “This partnership with Made4net allows for our leadership, culture, and customer focus to continue on their same trajectory, while now leveraging the resources that come with a larger company and experienced private equity firm.”
"The continued growth of ecommerce and omnichannel is massively disrupting in-house supply chain operations and distribution requirements for outsourced 3PL operators,” said Tom St. Geme, Vice President, Thompson Street Capital Partners and Made4net investor. "The combination of Zethcon and Made4net creates a world-class WMS software provider with innovative solutions tailored to the needs of the mid-market; it now further enables both 3PL and non-3PL customers to modernize their supply chains through automation and real-time visibility.”
"We are excited to welcome Zethcon’s team and customers to Made4net, The Synapse WMS is recognized for offering rich 3PL functionality on a versatile platform, which is a natural match for Made4net’s configurable supply chain solutions. The combination of our companies and pooled resources will propel us into the forefront of innovative and powerful supply chain software solutions and first-class customer support.”
Duff Davidson, CEO of Made4net
"Over the 20 years Synapse WMS has been in market, we have developed a reputation as 3PL distribution experts as our depth of functionality evolved with the more than 100 3PL companies adopting the solution,” said Oechsel. “The ability for Zethcon to continue its commitment to outstanding customer support and focus on being the best 3PL WMS platform available, is what made this partnership with Made4net so attractive.” In parallel with the transaction, Chris Oechsel will be joining Made4net as President of 3PL.
Made4net is a leading global provider of best-in-class, cloud-based supply chain execution and warehouse management solutions for organizations of all sizes to improve the speed and efficiency of their supply chain. The company’s end-to-end SCExpertTM platform offers a robust WMS solution that enables real-time inventory visibility, labor management, and equipment productivity with performance analytics that drive faster, more accurate order fulfillment and improved supply chain efficiency. In addition to the best-of-breed WMS, the platform offers integrated yard management, dynamic route management, proof of delivery and warehouse automation solutions that deliver a true supply chain convergence. Made4net is proud to be recognized by industry experts as a global leader in warehouse management software, including Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for WMS.
Zethcon is a provider of modern WMS software designed to drive growth, revenue and reliability for the 3PL, cold chain, and distribution markets. The company’s flagship product, Synapse WMS, offers broad and deep functionality in a highly configurable package, capable of matching unique customer requirements. With 50 years of experience solving customer problems with innovative technology, Zethcon is dedicated to highly responsive service and long-term partnerships.
About Thompson Street Capital Partners
Thompson Street Capital Partners (TSCP) is a St. Louis-based private equity firm focused on investing in founder-led middle market businesses. We have acquired more than 150 companies in the Healthcare & Life Science Services, Software & Technology Services and Business Services & Engineered Products sectors and have managed more than $3.6 billion since being founded in 2000. TSCP partners with management teams to increase value by accelerating growth, both organically and via complementary acquisitions.
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Consolidated Communications | December 28, 2021
Consolidated Communications a leading broadband and business communications provider, has completed a range of enhancements to their Managed IT Services suite, delivering even more value and a better experience for businesses.
In recent months, Consolidated has added new functionality and white glove support to bolster its robust Managed IT Services offering, including Microsoft 365, Managed Desktop Network & Server, Managed Mobile, and Acronis Backup and Disaster Recovery. These enhancements deliver 24/7 expert customer service, and the tools and knowledge that come with decades of experience, including: support for desktops, servers, network gear and mobile devices. Consolidated’s Managed IT Services are built to support and operate in regulated and compliant environments, for businesses of all sizes.
“Every business is trying to increase productivity and efficiency, and that’s exactly what we’re offering. Consolidated’s Managed IT Services provide a truly outstanding customer service experience that is reliable, affordable, and allows companies to focus on growth and meeting their business objectives and obligations to their customers.”
Travis Graham, vice president of commercial product for Consolidated
The newly enhanced Acronis Backup and Disaster Recovery provide customers with the best way to protect their businesses in the cloud, avoid costly downtime, reduce IT costs and restore from anywhere. In the wake of 2021’s extreme weather including wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes, disaster recovery is critical for businesses of every size. Acronis was recognized by industry experts at Gartner, Inc. as Visionary1 in their Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Backup and Disaster Recovery solutions.
As a full-service Managed IT Services provider, Consolidated’s enhanced offerings provide a complete wrap-around suite to SD-WAN, Cloud Secure and the award-winning ProConnect Unified Communications.
About Consolidated Communications
Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. is dedicated to moving people, businesses and communities forward by delivering the latest reliable communications solutions. Consumers, businesses and wireless and wireline carriers depend on Consolidated for a wide range of high-speed internet, data, phone, security, cloud and wholesale carrier solutions. With a network spanning more than 50,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated is a top 10 U.S. fiber provider, turning technology into solutions that are backed by exceptional customer support.
JFrog | March 24, 2022
JFrog Ltd. (“JFrog”) (NASDAQ: FROG), the Liquid Software company and creators of the JFrog DevOps Platform, today announced its support for the AWS for Games initiative from Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN). JFrog's DevOps platform will provide game creators with real-time insight into development pipelines, improved collaboration, and comprehensive tools to help accelerate the delivery of unique gaming products and experiences.
A true disruptor, the global cloud gaming market is quickly on the rise, with industry analysts forecasting it to reach $14B by 20221. Already used by five of the top ten gaming companies in the world, JFrog helps developers create, distribute, and update cutting-edge gaming features and content faster, delighting customers while maintaining security.
“We rely on JFrog Artifactory to provide a quick and easy way for each team to access their build tools, while the AWS cloud enables cross-team collaboration so we can create the best video games on the market,” said Guillaume Urbejtel, IT Operations Manager at Ubisoft.
Gamers demand a steady cadence of new features and capabilities that create more immersive play experiences. AWS for Games is an initiative featuring services and solutions from AWS and AWS Partners, built specifically for Games customers. The initiative makes it easier for game developers, publishers, and platforms to select the right tools and partners to build, run, and grow their games.
“The gaming world is fast-paced, with millions of end-points varying in nature. Thus, game developers want and need the ability to easily deploy to cloud, on-premises, or hybrid infrastructures both quickly and securely with one single source of record for all software packages,” said Shlomi Ziv, Regional Vice President of North America sales at JFrog. “Our platform provides this deployment flexibility while supporting specialized environments, so developers can efficiently manage their mission-critical apps and move faster in the cloud, ultimately allowing players to get their game on.”
Together, JFrog and AWS provide game developers with a scalable, secure, central repository of artifacts and packages, which smooths the process for frequent and continuous software releases. The pairing also helps improve collaboration amongst geographically distributed teams, increases insight, and shaves days off the time needed per project.
“JFrog is a trusted solution for our game development customers today, especially as updates to today’s streaming game content grows increasingly complex," said Lucien Parsons, Global Partner Lead at AWS Game Tech. "The work between JFrog and AWS for Games further enhances the portfolio of solutions that games developers can use to create fun and successful games."
JFrog Ltd. (NASDAQ: FROG), is on a mission to power all the world’s software updates, driven by a “Liquid Software” vision to allow the seamless, secure, fearless flow of binaries from developers to the edge. The JFrog DevOps Platform enables software creators to power their entire software supply chain throughout the full binary lifecycle, so they can build, secure, distribute, and connect any source with any production environment. JFrog’s hybrid, universal, multi-cloud DevOps platform is available as both self-hosted and software-as-a-service (SaaS) services across major cloud service providers. Millions of users and thousands of customers worldwide, including a majority of the Fortune 100, depend on JFrog solutions to securely embrace digital transformation.
Xanadu | June 02, 2022
Xanadu has demonstrated quantum computational advantage using Borealis, their newest photonic quantum computer. It is the first photonic quantum computer offering full programmability of all its gates to demonstrate quantum computational advantage, and the first time that a machine capable of quantum advantage has been made available to the public in the cloud. This achievement, published in Nature, is a significant milestone on the path to building a large-scale, fault-tolerant quantum computer, and a pivotal step in Xanadu's mission to build quantum computers that are useful and available to people everywhere.
Quantum computational advantage is achieved when a quantum computer outperforms the world's fastest supercomputers, running the best known algorithms, on a well-defined task. Borealis synthesizes a quantum state of 216 squeezed-state qubits, entangled in three dimensions according to the user's specified program. It then generates samples from this state at a rate exceeding the capabilities of any existing classical supercomputer. Using direct simulation, the fastest supercomputer in the world would take approximately 9,000 years to generate a single such sample, compared to 36 microseconds for Borealis. This runtime advantage is more than 50 million times larger than that of earlier photonic demonstrations.
"We are thrilled to have deployed quantum computational advantage on the cloud publicly for the very first time for users around the world, This is another big milestone for quantum computing. And it shows the exceptional talent we have here at Xanadu as well as the ability for photonic quantum computers to scale up."
Christian Weedbrook, founder and CEO of Xanadu
This demonstration marks the first time quantum computational advantage has been achieved in Canada, and also the first time anywhere by a startup company. Additionally, several technologies developed for this machine solve key challenges in the development of fault-tolerant quantum computers. Such computers have the potential to unlock computational power that will solve an array of intractable problems in fields as diverse as next generation battery development, drug discovery, finance, and logistics.
Borealis is accessible to anyone with an internet connection over Xanadu Cloud, and will also be available via Amazon Braket, the fully managed quantum computing service from AWS.
"With Borealis on Amazon Braket, for the first time, any researcher or developer will be able to validate a claim of quantum advantage and evaluate how photonic quantum computing may eventually expand their choice of compute technologies, enabling them to innovate more quickly," said Richard Moulds, General Manager of Amazon Braket at AWS.
The team at Xanadu continues to focus on the next monumental hurdle in quantum computing — achieving fault-tolerant quantum computation and developing industry-relevant applications. Customers can access Borealis on Xanadu Cloud beginning today or soon via Amazon Braket.
Xanadu is a Canadian quantum technology company with the mission to build quantum computers that are useful and available to people everywhere. Founded in 2016, Xanadu has become one of the world's leading quantum hardware and software companies. The company also leads the development of PennyLane, an open-source software library for quantum computing and application development.