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Stone Energy Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

LAFAYETTE, La., Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stone Energy Corporation (NYSE: SGY) today announced financial and operational results for the third quarter of 2012 and provided updated guidance.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Produced an average of 41.8 MBoe (251 MMcfe) per day during the third quarter of 2012, which represents an 18% increase when compared to the third quarter of 2011.  The volumes were impacted by shut-ins due to Hurricane Isaac. Average production for October was approximately 42.6 MBoe (255 MMcfe) per day.
  • Brought the second La Cantera delineation well on line in September. Current net production from the two well field is approximately 13 MMcf of gas, 600 Bbls of NGLs and 260 Bbls of oil per day (18 MMcfe per day, net).
  • Entered into a joint venture deal with Conoco on four deep water Gulf of Mexico prospects.
  • BOEM awarded Stone and its partners 23 high bid leases from the June 2012 lease sale.
  • Reached total depth on the Parmer deep water appraisal well and encountered approximately 240 net feet of gas pay in a new zone.
  • Drilled 17 wells and completed 21 wells in the condensate rich Mary and Heather fields in the Marcellus shale during the first nine months of 2012. Current net daily production is approximately 53 MMcfe in Appalachia. In late October, some drilling, completion, and facility operations were suspended in this area due to Hurricane Sandy.
  • On October 23, 2012, agreed to issue $300 million 7.50% Senior Notes due 2022 and tendered for the $200 million 2014 Notes.

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer David Welch stated, "Production showed quarterly and annual growth despite temporary shut-ins due to Hurricane Isaac.  Incremental volumes from Appalachia and the additional 25% working interest purchased at the Pompano field spurred this quarterly growth.  We brought on line the second La Cantera well in late September which should help boost volumes in the fourth quarter.  We are very excited about our deep water joint venture arrangement with Conoco on four deep water prospects which allows us to share risk while maintaining material upside in these prospects. The final awarding of 23 blocks from the June 2012 lease sale further strengthens our deep water leasehold position.  In our Parmer deep water well, we encountered encouraging liquids rich gas zones and will be further evaluating the project with our partners. Finally, in late October we agreed to issue $300 million 7.50% Senior Notes due 2022 to retire our 2014 Notes and extend our debt maturity and provide additional flexibility."

Financial Results

For the third quarter of 2012, Stone reported net income of $23.7 million, or $0.48 per share, on oil, gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) revenue of $226.7 million, compared to net income of $51.8 million, or $1.06 per share, on oil, gas, and NGL revenue of $209.3 million in the third quarter of 2011.  Discretionary cash flow totaled $142.8 million during the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $160.0 million during the third quarter of 2011. Please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the accompanying financial statements for a reconciliation of discretionary cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net cash flow provided by operating activities.  

Net daily production during the third quarter of 2012 averaged 41.8 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (MBoe) per day (251 million cubic feet of gas equivalent (MMcfe) per day), compared with net daily production of 40.5 MBoe (243 MMcfe) per day in the second quarter of 2012, and net daily production of 35.4 MBoe (213 MMcfe) per day in the third quarter of 2011.  The production mix for the third quarter of 2012 was 45% oil, 9% NGLs and 46% natural gas.   

Prices realized during the third quarter of 2012 averaged $104.15 per barrel of oil, $34.93 per barrel of NGLs and $3.20 per Mcf of natural gas.  Average realized prices for the third quarter of 2011 were $103.51 per barrel of oil, $60.81 per barrel of NGLs and $4.48 per Mcf of natural gas. Effective hedging transactions increased the average realized price of natural gas by $0.55 per Mcf and increased the average realized price of oil by $2.34 per barrel in the third quarter of 2012. 

Lease operating expenses (LOE) during the third quarter of 2012 totaled $61.0 million ($15.86 per Boe or $2.64 per Mcfe), compared to $46.6 million ($14.29 per Boe or $2.38 per Mcfe), in the third quarter of 2011.  The increase in the quarter was primarily due to high seasonal major maintenance costs, added expense from Hurricane Isaac and incremental LOE from the acquired Pompano field.

Depreciation, depletion and amortization (DD&A) on oil and gas properties for the third quarter of 2012 totaled $88.4 million ($22.99 per Boe or $3.83 per Mcfe), compared to $63.8 million ($19.55 per Boe or $3.26 per Mcfe), in the third quarter of 2011.

Salaries, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses (excluding incentive compensation expense) for the third quarter of 2012 were $13.7 million ($3.56 per Boe or $0.59 per Mcfe), compared to $7.2 million ($2.19 per Boe or $0.37 per Mcfe), in the third quarter of 2011.  The third quarter of 2011 had a one-time positive insurance adjustment which reduced the SG&A reported expenses for the period.

Capital expenditures before capitalized SG&A and interest during the third quarter of 2012 were approximately $141.0 million, which includes $25.3 million of plugging and abandonment expenditures.  Additionally, $5.5 million of SG&A expenses and $9.5 million of interest were capitalized during the quarter. Capital expenditures before capitalized SG&A and interest for the first nine months of 2012 were approximately $438 million, which includes $47 million of plugging and abandonment expenditures.  Additionally, $17.7 million of SG&A expenses and $27.7 million of interest were capitalized during the first nine months of 2012.

As of September 30, 2012, we had no outstanding borrowings under our bank credit facility and letters of credit totaling $21.0 million had been issued pursuant to the facility, leaving $379.0 million of availability under the facility.   On October 22, 2012, our borrowing base was reaffirmed at $400 million.

On October 23, 2012, we priced an offering of $300 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.50% Senior Notes due 2022 (Senior Notes).  The Senior Notes were offered at a price equal to 98.277% of the principal amount thereof, resulting in a yield to maturity of 7.75%.  Stone expects to close the sale of the Senior Notes on November 8, 2012, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.  Stone intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund its pending tender offer and consent solicitation for its existing $200 million 6.75% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2014 and the redemption of any notes not tendered and for general corporate purposes.  The early tender and consent solicitation expired on November 5, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. eastern standard time with approximately $136.1 million tendered.

Operational Update

La Cantera (Deep Gas).  The second well (Broussard #2) at the La Cantera deep gas field located in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana commenced production on September 18, 2012.  The well is currently producing at an average net rate of 9 MMcf of gas per day, 400 barrels of NGLs per day and 170 barrels of condensate per day. The Thibodeaux #1 well and the Broussard #2 well are currently producing at a combined average daily net rate of approximately 13 MMcf of gas, 600 barrels of NGLs and 260 barrels of oil.  A third well has been proposed and is expected to be drilled in the first half of 2013.  Stone holds an approximate 34.5% working interest in this project.

Upper Mississippi Canyon Joint Venture.  Stone entered into an Exploration Agreement with ConocoPhillips Company ("Conoco") covering four deep water prospects in the Mississippi Canyon / Viosca Knoll areas. This agreement provides Conoco with an option to participate in four deep water prospects. Stone and Conoco were successful in acquiring six blocks in the Outer Continental Shelf Sale 216/222 held in June 2012.  

Lease Sale Results. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) awarded Stone and its partners leases on 23 offshore blocks from the June 2012 Gulf of Mexico lease sale. These blocks include De Soto Canyon 448, 492, 493, 851 & 895; East Cameron 63; Green Canyon 354, 647, 691, 692, & 821; Mississippi Canyon 205, 206, 554, 555, 900, 901, & 983; Viosca Knoll 865, 907, 909, & 952; and West Cameron 175.  The BOEM rejected three of Stone's apparent high bids due to insufficient consideration.

Green Canyon 823/867 – Parmer (Deep Water). Drilling operations for the Parmer appraisal well were completed during the third quarter of 2012. The well found approximately 240 net feet of condensate-rich gas pay in two gas sands that are full to base, as well as 40 net feet of oil pay in two sands that both encountered oil on water. After selling down a promoted 15% interest, Stone holds a 35% working interest in the prospect which includes Apache (35% – operator) and Ecopetrol America (30%). Plans for future development are currently being evaluated.

Walker Ridge 719 – Phinisi (Deep Water). The deep water Phinisi exploration well is currently scheduled to spud in the second quarter of 2013. Stone holds a 20% working interest in the prospect which is operated by ENI.

Appalachian Basin (Marcellus Shale).  Current net production from the Mary, Heather, Buddy and Katie fields in the Marcellus shale is approximately 53 MMcfe per day.  Production increased with the initiation of production from the 7-well Potts pad at our Mary field in August 2012.  Drilling continues in the condensate and NGL rich Mary and Heather fields in West Virginia with a total of 17 horizontal wells drilled year to date.  Additionally, Stone has fracture-stimulated 21 wells in its Mary field this year.  Stone has drilled a total of 59 horizontal wells in the Marcellus Shale and is currently producing from 35 wells. Production from the 6-well Weekly pad and 3-well Maury pad is expected to begin during the fourth quarter of 2012 (all located in the Mary field).  Stone expects to drill 25 horizontal wells and complete 24 to 28 wells in the Mary and Heather fields during 2012. 

Conventional Shelf.  The Pounder well in the Ship Shoal 113 field commenced production on August 6, 2012. Current net production is approximately 1,300 barrels of oil per day.  Stone's Calico Bass prospect was unsuccessful and has been abandoned.

2012 Guidance

Guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2012 has been updated (updated guidance numbers are italicized and bolded) and is shown in the table below. The guidance is subject to all the cautionary statements and limitations described below under the caption "Forward Looking Statements."


Fourth Quarter


Full Year





Production - MBoe per day

                   (MMcfe per day)

42.5 – 45

(255– 270)


42 – 42.5

(250 – 255)





Lease operating  expenses (in millions)

(excluding transportation/processing expenses)

-


$210 - $215





Transportation, processing and gathering (in millions)

-


$22 - $26





Salaries, General & Administrative expenses (in millions)

-


$52 - $55

(excluding incentive compensation)




Depreciation, Depletion & Amortization (per Boe)

-


$22.20 - $23.70

                                                           (per Mcfe)



$3.70 - $3.95





Corporate Tax Rate (%)

-


36% - 37%





Capital Expenditure Budget (in millions)

  (excluding material acquisitions)

-


$625

                

Hedge Position

The following table illustrates our derivative positions for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as of November 6, 2012: 


Fixed-Price Swaps


NYMEX (except where noted)


Natural Gas


Oil


Daily

Volume

(MMBtus/d)


Swap

Price


Daily

Volume

(Bbls/d)


Swap

Price









2012

10,000


$5.035


1,000


$90.30

2012

10,000


5.040


1,000


90.41

2012

10,000


5.050


1,000


90.45

2012





1,000


95.50

2012





2,000


97.60

2012





1,000


98.15

2012





1,000


100.00

2012





1,000


101.55

2012





1,000


104.25

2012





 1,000*


111.02

2013

10,000


4.000


1,000


92.80

2013

10,000


5.270


    2,000 **


94.05

2013

10,000


5.320


1,000


94.45

2013





1,000


94.60

2013





1,000


97.15

2013





1,000


101.53

2013





1,000


103.00

2013





1,000


103.15

2013





1,000


104.25

2013





1,000


104.47

2013





1,000


104.50

2013





 1,000*


107.30

2014

10,000


4.000


1,000


90.06

2014

10,000


4.250


1,000


93.55

2014





1,000


98.00

2014





1,000


98.30

2014





1,000


99.65

2014





 1,000*


103.30

2015

10,000


4.005


1,000


90.00









* Brent oil contract








 ** January through June








Other Information

Stone Energy has planned a conference call for 10:00 a.m. Central Time on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 to discuss the operational and financial results for the third quarter of 2012. Anyone wishing to participate should visit our website at www.StoneEnergy.com for a live web cast or dial 1-877-228-3598 and request the "Stone Energy Call."  If you are unable to participate in the original conference call, a replay will be available immediately following the completion of the call on Stone Energy's website.  The replay will be available for one month.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this press release, we refer to a non-GAAP financial measure we call "discretionary cash flow."  Management believes discretionary cash flow is a financial indicator of our company's ability to internally fund capital expenditures and service debt.  Management also believes this non-GAAP financial measure of cash flow is useful information to investors because it is widely used by professional research analysts in the valuation, comparison, rating and investment recommendations of companies in the oil and gas exploration and production industry. Discretionary cash flow should not be considered an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or net income, as defined by GAAP.  Please see the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure" for a reconciliation of discretionary cash flow to cash flow provided by operating activities.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking and are based upon Stone's current belief as to the outcome and timing of future events. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, that address activities that Stone plans, expects, believes, projects, estimates or anticipates will, should or may occur in the future, including future production of oil and gas, future capital expenditures and drilling of wells and future financial or operating results are forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements herein include the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices for oil and gas, operating risks, liquidity risks, political and regulatory developments and legislation, including developments and legislation relating to our operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Appalachia, and other risk factors and known trends and uncertainties as described in Stone's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties occur, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, Stone's actual results and plans could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements.

Estimates for Stone's future production volumes are based on assumptions of capital expenditure levels and the assumption that market demand and prices for oil and gas will continue at levels that allow for economic production of these products. The production, transportation and marketing of oil and gas are subject to disruption due to transportation and processing availability, mechanical failure, human error, hurricanes and numerous other factors.  Stone's estimates are based on certain other assumptions, such as well performance, which may vary significantly from those assumed. Delays experienced in well permitting could affect the timing of drilling and production. Lease operating expenses, which include major maintenance costs, vary in response to changes in prices of services and materials used in the operation of our properties and the amount of maintenance activity required.  Estimates of DD&A rates can vary according to reserve additions, capital expenditures, future development costs, and other factors. Therefore, we can give no assurance that our future production volumes, lease operating expenses or DD&A rates will be as estimated.

Stone Energy is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana with additional offices in New Orleans, Houston and Morgantown, West Virginia. Our business strategy is to leverage cash flow generated from existing assets to maintain relatively stable GOM shelf oil production, profitably grow gas reserves and production in price-advantaged basins such as Appalachia and the Gulf Coast Basin, and profitably grow oil reserves and production in material impact areas such as the deep water GOM and onshore oil.  For additional information, contact Kenneth H. Beer, Chief Financial Officer, at 337-521-2210 phone, 337-521-9880 fax or via e-mail at [email protected].


STONE ENERGY CORPORATION


SUMMARY STATISTICS


(In thousands, except per share/unit amounts)


(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,



2012


2011


2012


2011


FINANCIAL RESULTS









Net income

$23,659


$51,821


$105,180


$148,809


Net income per share

$0.48


$1.06


$2.13


$3.04











PRODUCTION QUANTITIES









  Oil (MBbls)

1,736


1,521


5,289


4,804


  Natural Gas (MMcf)

10,615


9,544


31,031


29,025


  Natural gas liquids (MBbls)

341


149


794


429


  Oil, gas and NGLs (MBoe)

3,846


3,261


11,255


10,071


  Oil, gas and NGLs (MMcfe)

23,077


19,564


67,529


60,423











AVERAGE DAILY PRODUCTION









  Oil (MBbls)

19


17


19


18


  Gas (MMcf)

115


104


113


106


  Natural gas liquids (MBbls)

4


2


3


2


  Oil, gas and NGLs (MBoe)

42


35


41


37


  Oil, gas and NGLs (MMcfe)

251


213


246


221











REVENUE DATA









  Oil revenue 

$180,806


$157,436


$564,745


$484,788


  Natural Gas revenue

34,003


42,771


91,006


131,815


  Natural gas liquids revenue

11,910


9,060


35,228


25,290


  Total oil, natural gas and NGL revenue

$226,719


$209,267


$690,979


$641,893











AVERAGE PRICES









Prior to the cash settlement of effective hedging transactions:









  Oil (per Bbl)

$101.81


$105.67


$106.57


$106.34


  Natural Gas (per Mcf)

2.65


4.00


2.38


4.09


  Natural gas liquids (per Bbl)

34.93


60.81


44.37


58.95


  Oil, gas and NGLs (per Boe)

56.35


63.78


59.76


65.04


  Oil, gas and NGLs (per Mcfe)

9.39


10.63


9.96


10.84


Including the cash settlement of effective hedging transactions:









  Oil (per Bbl)

$104.15


$103.51


$106.78


$100.91


  Natural Gas (per Mcf)

3.20


4.48


2.93


4.54


  Natural gas liquids (per Bbl)

34.93


60.81


44.37


58.95


  Oil, gas and NGLs (per Boe)

58.95


64.17


61.39


63.74


  Oil, gas and NGLs (per Mcfe)

9.82


10.70


10.23


10.62











COST DATA









  Lease operating expenses

$60,995


$46,591


$157,030


$130,486


  Salaries, general and administrative

  expenses

13,673


7,151


40,521


29,494


  DD&A expense on oil and gas

  properties

88,417


63,757


258,598


201,934











AVERAGE COSTS









  Lease operating expenses (per Boe)

$15.86


$14.29


$13.95


$12.96


  Lease operating expenses (per Mcfe)

2.64


2.38


2.33


2.16


  Salaries, general and administrative

  expenses (per Boe)

3.56


2.19


3.60


2.93


  Salaries, general and administrative

  expenses (per Mcfe)

0.59


0.37


0.60


0.49


  DD&A expense on oil and gas properties

  (per Boe)

22.99


19.55


22.98


20.05


  DD&A expense on oil and gas properties

  (per Mcfe)

3.83


3.26


3.83


3.34











AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING – Diluted

48,384


48,071


48,343


48,006





























    

STONE ENERGY CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,



2012


2011


2012


2011










        Operating revenue:









         Oil production


$180,806


$157,436


$564,745


$484,788

         Gas production


34,003


42,771


91,006


131,815

         Natural gas liquids production


11,910


9,060


35,228


25,290

         Other operational income


678


1,245


2,520


2,994

         Derivative income, net


-


4,082


3,119


3,300

                     Total operating revenue


227,397


214,594


696,618


648,187










       Operating expenses:









         Lease operating expenses


60,995


46,591


157,030


130,486

         Transportation, processing and gathering

         expenses


6,762


2,763


15,911


7,311

         Other operational expenses


82


654


195


1,452

         Production taxes


1,842


2,492


7,578


6,828

         Depreciation, depletion and amortization


89,274


64,462


260,982


204,777

         Accretion expense


8,405


7,700


24,926


23,134

         Salaries, general and administrative

         expenses


13,673


7,151


40,521


29,494

         Incentive compensation expense


67


2,087


3,907


7,104

         Derivative expense, net


1,812


-


-


-

                     Total operating expenses


182,912


133,900


511,050


410,586










        Income from operations


44,485


80,694


185,568


237,601










        Other (income) expenses:









         Interest expense


7,692


1,379


21,107


6,470

         Interest income 


(117)


(23)


(227)


(170)

         Other income, net


(443)


(372)


(1,229)


(1,499)

         Loss on early extinguishment of debt


-


-


-


607

         Other expense, net


-


308


-


501

                     Total other expenses


7,132


1,292


19,651


5,909










        Net income before taxes


37,353


79,402


165,917


231,692










        Provision (benefit) for income taxes:









         Current


595


(12,681)


1,164


(15,043)

         Deferred


13,099


40,262


59,573


97,926

                     Total income taxes


13,694


27,581


60,737


82,883










       Net income


$23,659


$51,821


$105,180


$148,809










         

STONE ENERGY CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,



2012


2011


2012


2011










Net income as reported


$23,659


$51,821


$105,180


$148,809










Reconciling items:









Depreciation, depletion and amortization


89,274


64,462


260,982


204,777

Deferred income tax provision.


13,099


40,262


59,573


97,926

Accretion expense


8,405


7,700


24,926


23,134

Stock compensation expense


2,529


1,354


6,800


4,492

Early extinguishment of debt


-


-


-


607

Non-cash interest expense


3,790


453


9,068


1,412

Other


2,087


(6,011)


(1,450)


(7,189)

Discretionary cash flow


142,843


160,041


465,079


473,968










Changes in income taxes payable


681


(15,465)


(3,240)


(21,710)

Settlement of asset retirement obligations


(25,293)


(18,975)


(47,211)


(52,543)

Other working capital changes


6,246


16,280


(40,715)


(11,302)










Net cash provided by operating activities


$124,477


$141,881


$373,913


$388,413










         

STONE ENERGY CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



September 30,


December 31,



2012


2011

Assets










Current assets:





         Cash and cash equivalents


$176,186


$38,451

         Accounts receivable


127,250


118,139

         Fair value of hedging contracts


34,010


25,177

         Current income tax receivable


24,066


19,946

         Deferred taxes


12,280


26,072

         Inventory


4,506


4,643

         Other current assets.


3,246


791

               Total current assets


381,544


233,219






Oil and gas properties, full cost method of accounting:





         Proved


7,039,450


6,648,168

         Less: accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization


(5,427,668)


(5,174,729)

         Net proved oil and gas properties .


1,611,782


1,473,439

         Unevaluated


454,639


401,609

Other property and equipment, net


13,399


11,172

Fair value of hedging contracts


18,155


22,543

Other assets, net..


35,158


23,769

         Total assets


$2,514,677


$2,165,751






Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity










Current liabilities:





         Accounts payable to vendors


$99,362


$102,946

         Undistributed oil and gas proceeds


24,277


27,328

         Accrued interest


9,774


14,059

         Fair value of hedging contracts


1,077


11,122

         Asset retirement obligations


59,366


62,676

         Other current liabilities


11,405


28,370

               Total current liabilities


205,261


246,501






Bank debt.


-


45,000

6¾% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2014.


200,000


200,000

8⅝% Senior Notes due 2017


375,000


375,000

1¾% Senior Convertible Notes due 2017*


236,024


-

Deferred taxes


298,100


247,835

Asset retirement obligations


351,023


363,103

Fair value of hedging contracts


2,266


815

Other long-term liabilities


20,844


19,668

         Total liabilities


1,688,518


1,497,922






Common stock


484


481

Treasury stock


(860)


(860)

Additional paid-in capital


1,383,741


1,338,565

Accumulated deficit


(587,045)


(692,225)

Accumulated other comprehensive income


29,839


21,868

         Total stockholders' equity


826,159


667,829

         Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$2,514,677


$2,165,751






*Face value of $300 million





 

SOURCE Stone Energy Corporation

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21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
There is only one world-class Cloud event on earth, and that is Cloud Expo – which returns to Silicon Valley for the 21st Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center, October 31 - November 2, 2017. Every Global 2000 enterprise in the world is now integrating cloud computing in some form into its IT development and operations. Midsize and small businesses are also migrating to the cloud in increasing numbers. Companies are each developing their unique mix of cloud technologies and service...
WebRTC is great technology to build your own communication tools. It will be even more exciting experience it with advanced devices, such as a 360 Camera, 360 microphone, and a depth sensor camera. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Masashi Ganeko, a manager at INFOCOM Corporation, will introduce two experimental projects from his team and what they learned from them. "Shotoku Tamago" uses the robot audition software HARK to track speakers in 360 video of a remote party. "Virtual Teleport" uses a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Secure Channels, a cybersecurity firm, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Secure Channels, Inc. offers several products and solutions to its many clients, helping them protect critical data from being compromised and access to computer networks from the unauthorized. The company develops comprehensive data encryption security strategie...
Recently, WebRTC has a lot of eyes from market. The use cases of WebRTC are expanding - video chat, online education, online health care etc. Not only for human-to-human communication, but also IoT use cases such as machine to human use cases can be seen recently. One of the typical use-case is remote camera monitoring. With WebRTC, people can have interoperability and flexibility for deploying monitoring service. However, the benefit of WebRTC for IoT is not only its convenience and interopera...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
SYS-CON Events announced today that App2Cloud will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. App2Cloud is an online Platform, specializing in migrating legacy applications to any Cloud Providers (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud).
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. Jack Norris reviews best practices to show how companies develop, deploy, and dynamically update these applications and how this data-first...
Internet-of-Things discussions can end up either going down the consumer gadget rabbit hole or focused on the sort of data logging that industrial manufacturers have been doing forever. However, in fact, companies today are already using IoT data both to optimize their operational technology and to improve the experience of customer interactions in novel ways. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Gordon Haff, Red Hat Technology Evangelist, shared examples from a wide range of industries – including en...
Intelligent Automation is now one of the key business imperatives for CIOs and CISOs impacting all areas of business today. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Brian Boeggeman, VP Alliances & Partnerships at Ayehu, will talk about how business value is created and delivered through intelligent automation to today’s enterprises. The open ecosystem platform approach toward Intelligent Automation that Ayehu delivers to the market is core to enabling the creation of the self-driving enterprise.
"We're a cybersecurity firm that specializes in engineering security solutions both at the software and hardware level. Security cannot be an after-the-fact afterthought, which is what it's become," stated Richard Blech, Chief Executive Officer at Secure Channels, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Consumers increasingly expect their electronic "things" to be connected to smart phones, tablets and the Internet. When that thing happens to be a medical device, the risks and benefits of connectivity must be carefully weighed. Once the decision is made that connecting the device is beneficial, medical device manufacturers must design their products to maintain patient safety and prevent compromised personal health information in the face of cybersecurity threats. In his session at @ThingsExpo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Grape Up will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company specializing in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the U.S. and Europe, Grape Up works with a variety of customers from emergi...
Detecting internal user threats in the Big Data eco-system is challenging and cumbersome. Many organizations monitor internal usage of the Big Data eco-system using a set of alerts. This is not a scalable process given the increase in the number of alerts with the accelerating growth in data volume and user base. Organizations are increasingly leveraging machine learning to monitor only those data elements that are sensitive and critical, autonomously establish monitoring policies, and to detect...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Massive Networks mission is simple. To help your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions. Improve your customer's experience with outstanding connections to your cloud.
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution and join Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader, Sergey Grebnov, in his session at @ThingsExpo, for an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.