Dynamic Quest Acquires SDS Atlanta-Based Managed Services Provider

Dynamic Quest, Southern Data Solutions | August 27, 2020

Dynamic Quest, a managed service provider offering IT and cloud services to enterprises and businesses, has acquired Southern Data Solutions (SDS), an Atlanta-based managed services provider. This marks the fifth acquisition for Dynamic Quest since the formation of its partnership with Spire Capital in early 2018.

“Dynamic Quest continues to grow organically and is strategically acquiring businesses to add greater breadth to our services portfolio and geographic reach to better serve our clients and partners,” said CEO and founder Javier Gomez, in a statement.

“The team at SDS has done a fantastic job building up a great company that provides its customers with dependable, critical IT services.” Founded in 2005, SDS offers managed IT, disaster recovery and hosting services to businesses and enterprises across a wide variety of verticals.

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Autodesk Acquires Moxion Cloud Solution for Digital Dailies

Autodesk, Inc. | January 20, 2022

Autodesk announced the acquisition of Moxion, the New Zealand-based developer of a powerful, cloud-based platform for digital dailies used by leading filmmakers on some of the world's most complex and challenging productions, including "The Midnight Sky," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and "The Matrix Resurrections." The acquisition of Moxion's talent and technology will expand Autodesk's own cloud platform for Media and Entertainment upstream, moving beyond post-production into production, bringing new users to Autodesk while helping better integrate processes across the entire content production chain. Founded In 2015, Moxion has rapidly become a leading cloud technology player in the M&E industry, winning accolades that include an Engineering Excellence Award from the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), a Workflow Systems Medal from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a Lumiere Award from the Advanced Imaging Society. Moxion established itself as a leader in secure digital dailies workflows. The company enables professionals to collaborate and review camera footage on-set and remotely with the efficiency and immediacy required to make creative decisions during principal photography in 4K high dynamic range (HDR) quality and with studio-grade security, reducing rework. Data protection is paramount at Moxion, ensuring security with features like MPAA compliance, multi-factor authentication, visible and invisible forensic watermarking and full digital rights management. "As the content demand continues to boom with pressure on creators to do more for less, this acquisition helps us facilitate broader collaboration and communication, and drive greater efficiencies in the production process, saving time and money," said Diana Colella, SVP Media & Entertainment, Autodesk. "Moxion accelerates our vision for production in the cloud, building on our recent acquisition of Tangent Labs." "We look forward to combining the efforts of our talented team with the deep resources and wealth of engineering talent at Autodesk to give customers new Moxion features and integrations. Bringing together industry leading on-set and post-production workflows will help unite data and increase collaboration across the production process to improve project efficiency." Hugh Calveley, CEO, Moxion Aaron Morton, a cinematographer who has worked on projects including "Orphan Black," "Black Mirror," "American Gods," and Amazon's new "The Lord of the Rings" series used Moxion for several projects. "It's never fun when decisions are being formed about your work if the dailies aren't the way you wanted them to look," said Morton, NZCS. "With Moxion, it's what I see on the set, and the decisions I make with the dailies colorist always play out so that production people and producers are seeing what I want them to see. The images are very true to what we see while we're shooting." The Moxion acquisition expands Autodesk's customer base upstream, moving beyond post-production to on-set production, a critical point in the film and television production process. This is when the bulk of raw production data is generated, and creative decisions are made that have significant impact downstream during post-production. The transaction closed during Autodesk's fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, ending January 31, 2022, and will have no material impact on Autodesk's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2022 guidance presented on November 23, 2021. About Autodesk Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. Our technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to smarter products to more mesmerizing blockbusters, Autodesk software helps our customers to design and make a better world for all.

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Nokia announces new Software-as-a-Service services in analytics security and monetization for CSPs and enterprises #MWC22

Nokia Oyj | February 21, 2022

Nokia announced two new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) services in the areas of security and analytics, as part of its strategy to give communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises a more flexible and cost effective way for servicing their customers, and operating and monetizing their networks, as advanced 5G services are rolled out. The new services follow Nokia’s recent launch into SaaS to help CSPs and enterprises accelerate the time to value they realize from their services offering by shifting to an agile model based on software consumed purely on demand through a subscription, and away from customized software run on costly, complex, on-premise infrastructure. As opposed to classic SIMs, embedded SIM (eSIM) and integrated SIM (iSIM) technologies can store and manage multiple subscription profiles remotely for authenticating users and devices on mobile networks. iSIM Secure Connect gives control to automate the entire eSIM/iSIM management process and will open opportunities to monetize services linked to trusted digital identities. Nokia’s iSIM Secure Connect, through a SaaS delivery model, enables CSPs and enterprises to securely manage machine-to-machine and consumer device subscriptions for eSIM- and iSIM-enabled devices. As 5G network complexity has increased the need for advanced analytics, Nokia is strengthening its AVA offering with new SaaS capabilities based on NWDAF (Network Data Analytics Function), part of 5G Standalone architecture. Nokia AVA NWDAF enhances network operations with AI/ML driven closed-loop automation, improves customer experience, and drives new sources of revenue. With its distributed architecture and open APIs, AVA NWDAF helps CSPs provide analytics at the network edge; implement analytics services defined by 3GPP; and create partnerships with software developers. AVA NWDAF will be commercially available in a SaaS delivery model later this quarter. Nokia’s iSIM Secure Connect is currently expected to be available as SaaS later this year, and will still be offered to customers in other deployment models. Nokia’s SaaS-based NetGuard Cybersecurity Dome and Nokia Anomaly Detection, both announced in November 2021, will be available later this quarter. NetGuard Cybersecurity Dome enables CSPs to assure 5G networks and monetize security tied with services like 5G slicing; while Nokia Anomaly Detection is a machine learning service aimed at finding and remediating network anomalies before they affect customers. Nokia plans to introduce other new SaaS services in the areas of core, digital operations, monetization, and private wireless later this year and into 2023. As its SaaS product roadmap evolves, Nokia expects to deliver essential capabilities through open-source application programming interfaces (APIs) that are operable across many hyperscale platforms. This will create a multi-vendor SaaS delivery framework that makes the most of Nokia’s partnerships with leading cloud providers and its ongoing investments in cloud-native software and other technologies. “To fully tap the wealth of opportunities that advanced 5G services offer, communication service providers and enterprises need new deployment models that enable faster service delivery to customers in a smarter, more cost-effective manner. Solution suppliers such as Nokia with its new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) security and analytics services, are turning to SaaS as a means for helping the telecom space modernize and monetize investments faster.” Karl Whitelock, Research Vice President, Communications Service Provider Operations & Monetization at IDC Raghav Sahgal, President of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia, said: “Adopting Nokia AVA NWDAF and iSIM Secure Connect through the SaaS model will greatly improve the time-to-value that CSPs and enterprises can realize by having on-demand access to services. These latest Nokia SaaS services strengthen our leadership position in helping our customers change the very foundation of how our industry does business.” About Nokia At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together. As a trusted partner for critical networks, we are committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. We create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

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Accenture Announces Intent to Acquire AFD.TECH to Bolster its Cloud First Network Capabilities

Accenture | December 16, 2021

Accenture has announced its intent to acquire AFD.TECH, an independent network services company specializing in network engineering, operations and business services. Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed. This acquisition would add more than 1,600 highly skilled professionals to Accenture globally, along with multidisciplinary capabilities across engineering, design, deployment, and operation of next generation networks, such as 5G and fiber. “The combination of latest technologies such as 5G, cloud and next generation IoT is transforming the way businesses are operating across all the industries by creating opportunities for innovative services and new sources of growth. To succeed in their digital transformation and take advantage of its full potential, companies must act now to adopt the right strategy and build new business solutions enabled by network investments. This acquisition would give us a significant footprint in advanced mobile and enterprise networks.” Olivier Girard, market unit lead for Accenture in France & Benelux The newly acquired expertise when combined with Accenture’s Cloud First capabilities would provide a broad spectrum of proven practices, operational excellence and human ingenuity to help clients drive comprehensive transformation across their disparate networks. Karthik Narain, global lead, Accenture Cloud First, said: “Most networks were not built for today’s highly distributed world of cloud, edge devices and remote work. Increasingly, companies will need to invest in modern networks that seamlessly connect across the dynamic capabilities of the cloud continuum—from public through edge and everything in between. AFD.TECH’s network operations and IT capabilities, as well as its deep industry knowledge, would complement Accenture’s cloud, edge computing, security, and network capabilities to help clients shape, build and operate cloud-first networks.” Founded in 1998, AFD.TECH serves leading telecom brands and clients across various other industries, including energy, industrial, infrastructure and life sciences sectors. The company is based in France with additional offices in Belgium and Morocco. “Combining our strengths with Accenture would allow us to leverage the potential offered by the latest technologies and to allow an even-broader client base, both existing and future, to grasp the full potential of the range of new services that will be generated by the deep transformation across nearly every industry and market in the next five years. The opportunity to join Accenture would allow us to scale capabilities and enable tremendous opportunity for our clients, our company and our people. Together, we would help clients adapt their operating model, expand the skills of their people and drive innovation to unlock the full potential of 5G.” said Jérôme Picard, co-founder and CEO of AFD.TECH. The acquisition of AFD.TECH would strengthen Accenture’s network operations capabilities in Europe and follows Accenture’s acquisition of Arca last November and of umlaut in October 2021. The acquisition requires prior consultation with the relevant works councils and would be subject to customary closing conditions. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

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Spiff Named Oracle NetSuite SuiteCloud New Partner of the Year

Spiff | January 27, 2022

Spiff, a leading sales commission software for forward-thinking revenue and sales organizations, announced that it was named the NetSuite SuiteCloud New Partner of the Year at SuiteWorld 2021. Sales Commission by Spiff, which achieved ‘Built for NetSuite’ status in 2021, enables enterprise financial teams to manage variable compensation with efficiency and transparency that has been lacking in the industry. “Inaccuracies in commission statements create distrust between sales and finance teams, and to address this challenge Spiff is making the process more efficient and transparent. This recognition rewards our commitment to the NetSuite ecosystem and its finance customers, and signifies the popularity of our SuiteApp. Spiff for NetSuite alleviates hours of manual work and frees finance users to focus on other aspects of the company’s financial health.” Jeron Paul, CEO and co-founder, Spiff Spiff for NetSuite moves finance and sales teams away from manual spreadsheets and provides one integrated solution to automate commissions. By leveraging NetSuite data in Spiff, organizations can eliminate manual tasks and automatically make commission payments. The result is seamless operations that provide sales teams full visibility into the commissions process, while alleviating major headaches for enterprise finance teams. “Sales Commission by Spiff has been a strategic new partner that is helping our customers master the arduous world of sales commissions,” said Guido Haarmans, VP, SuiteCloud Developer Network and Partner Programs, Oracle NetSuite. “Spiff has demonstrated its understanding of the NetSuite ecosystem and we’re looking forward to building on the company’s early success.” About SuiteCloud The Oracle NetSuite SuiteCloud platform is a comprehensive offering of cloud-based products, development tools, and services designed to help customers and commercial software developers take advantage of the significant economic benefits of cloud computing. Based on NetSuite, the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, SuiteCloud enables customers to run their core business operations in the cloud, and software developers to target new markets quickly with newly-created mission-critical applications built to extend the power of NetSuite. The SuiteCloud Developer Network (SDN) is a comprehensive developer program for independent software vendors (ISVs) that build apps for SuiteCloud. All available and approved SuiteApps are listed on SuiteApp.com, a single-source online marketplace where NetSuite customers can find applications to meet specific business process or industry needs. About Spiff Spiff is a new class of software that creates trust across the organization by delivering real-time automation of commission calculations and motivates teams to drive top-line growth. With a combination of an intuitive UI, real-time visibility, and seamless integrations into current systems, Spiff is the first choice among high-growth businesses. Spiff’s sales compensation platform enables finance and sales operations teams to self-manage complex incentive compensation plans and provides transparency for sales teams.

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