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Matson, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2012 EPS Of $0.45

- Ocean transportation revenues up 9.1% year over year

HONOLULU, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Matson, Inc. ("Matson" or the "Company") (NYSE: MATX), a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today reported net income of $19.1 million, or $0.45 per diluted share for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012[1]. Net income for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011 was $8.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share. Consolidated revenue for the third quarter 2012 was $401.4 million compared with $380.6 million reported for the third quarter 2011.

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Operating income was $34.2 million for the third quarter 2012, compared to $30.9 million for third quarter 2011. However, operating income was negatively impacted in the third quarter 2012 by expense of $0.3 million associated with the Company's separation from A&B; and in the third quarter 2011 by expense of $6.1 million associated with the shutdown of the Company's CLX2 service. Net of these expenses, operating income decreased $2.5 million in the third quarter 2012 from the prior year period.

Matt Cox, Matson's President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "Matson reported another steady quarter, with results mixed by trade lane. We saw continued rate and volume strength in our expedited service from China, continued strong Guam volume and modest volume improvement in our Hawaii trade. These gains, while encouraging, were largely offset by increased expenses primarily associated with vessel and barge dry-docking during the quarter."  

Cox continued, "The hallmarks of the Matson brand – superior customer service, financial stability and solid delivery reliability – have been earned over a century. Our balance sheet strength and strong cash flow generation support a strong dividend while providing ample capacity for future investments in our people, our businesses and new markets."

For the first nine months of 2012, Matson reported net income of $30.3 million, or $0.71 per diluted share.  Net income for the first nine months of 2011 was $32.6 million, or $0.77 per diluted share.  Consolidated revenue for the first nine months of 2012 was $1,161.7 million compared with $1,087.7 million reported for the first nine months of 2011.

Operating income for the first nine months of 2012 was $72.8 million compared with $66.8 million in the first nine months of 2011. However, operating income was negatively impacted in the first nine months of 2012 by expenses of $8.6 million associated with the Company's separation from A&B and $0.5 million related to the shutdown of the Company's CLX2 service. In the first nine months of 2011, operating income was negatively impacted by $6.1 million of expenses associated with the shutdown of the Company's CLX2 service. Net of these expenses, operating income increased $9.0 million in the first nine months of 2012 from the prior year period.

By Segment

Ocean Transportation – Three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with 2011

 



Three Months Ended September 30

(Dollars in millions)


2012



2011


Change

Revenue


$

307.1



$

281.4


9.1%


Operating income1


$

32.9



$

28.9


13.8%


Operating income margin



10.7%




10.3%




Volume (units)2











Hawaii containers



35,700




35,400


0.8%


Hawaii automobiles



22,200




19,700


12.7%


China containers



17,100




15,400


11.0%


Guam containers



6,500




3,400


91.2%


    

1.

The Company incurred additional costs related to the shutdown of CLX2  that did not meet the criteria to be classified as discontinued operations of approximately $6.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and therefore reduced operating income by that amount.   Costs related to the shutdown of CLX2 included in Income from Continuing Operations during the three months ended September 30, 2012 were immaterial.

2.

Approximate container volumes included for the period are based on the voyage departure date, but revenue and operating income are adjusted to reflect the percentage of revenue and operating income earned during the reporting period for voyages that straddle the beginning or end of each reporting period.

Ocean transportation revenue increased $25.7 million, or 9.1 percent, during the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011. The increase was due principally to net volume growth, driven primarily by the exit of a major competitor from the Guam trade in mid-November 2011, increases in China trade freight rates and volume, partially offset by lower fuel surcharges resulting from lower fuel prices.

Container volume increased in all of the Company's trades in the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011: Hawaii container volume increased 0.8 percent due principally to a modest increase in demand; Hawaii automobile volume increased 12.7 percent due primarily to the timing of automobile rental fleet replacement; China container volume increased 11.0 percent due primarily to an additional sailing; Guam volume increased by 91.2 percent due to gains related to the departure of a major competitor from the trade in mid-November 2011.

Ocean transportation operating income increased $4.0 million, or 13.8 percent, during the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011. However, net of expense related to separation and shutdown of CLX2, operating income decreased by $1.8 million, or 5.1 percent. The decrease in operating income was principally due to increased costs related to vessel and barge dry-docking, higher outside transportation costs due to increased activity in the Guam trade, higher vessel expenses and higher general and administrative expenses. These increases were partially offset by higher volume in the Guam trade and increased freight rates and volume in the China trade. 

The Company's SSAT joint venture contributed $0.7 million to operating income during the third quarter ended September 30, 2012 compared with $2.8 million reported for the same period last year. The decline is primarily due to the loss of volume from several major customers.

Ocean Transportation – Nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with 2011

 



Nine Months Ended September 30

(Dollars in millions)


2012



2011


Change


Revenue


$

886.1



$

794.1


11.6%


Operating income1


$

69.9



$

61.2


14.2%


Operating income margin



7.9%




7.7%




Volume (units)2











Hawaii containers



102,100




105,000


(2.8%)


Hawaii automobiles



60,000




61,300


(2.1%)


China containers



46,000




43,200


6.5%


Guam containers



19,000




10,100


88.1%


    

1.

The Company incurred additional costs related to the shutdown of CLX2 that did not meet the criteria to be classified as discontinued operations of approximately $0.5 million and $6.1 million and therefore reduced operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. 

2.

Approximate container volumes included for the period are based on the voyage departure date, but revenue and operating income are adjusted to reflect the percentage of revenue and operating income earned during the reporting period for voyages that straddle the beginning or end of each reporting period.

Ocean transportation revenue increased $92.0 million, or 11.6 percent, in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  The increase was due principally to net volume growth, driven primarily by the exit of a major competitor from the Guam trade in mid-November 2011, an increase in freight rates and volume in the China trade, and increased fuel surcharges resulting from higher fuel prices, partially offset by reduced volumes in the Hawaii trade.

Container and automobile volume decreased in the Hawaii trade in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011: Hawaii container volume decreased 2.8 percent due to market weakness, competitive pressures, and a modest market contraction resulting from direct foreign sourcing of cargo; Hawaii automobile volume decreased 2.1 percent due primarily to the timing of automobile rental fleet replacement. Container volume in the China and Guam trades increased during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2011: China container volume increased 6.5 percent due to increased demand and a shift in direct foreign sourcing of cargo destined to Hawaii; Guam volume was higher, increasing 88.1 percent in the nine months, due to gains related to the departure of a major competitor from the trade in mid-November 2011.

Ocean transportation operating income increased $8.7 million, or 14.2 percent, in the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011. However, net of expenses related to separation and shutdown of CLX2, operating income increased by $11.7 million, or 17.4 percent.  The increase in operating income was principally due to higher volume in the Guam trade and increased freight rates and volume in the China trade, partially offset by decreased volume in Hawaii, increased costs related to vessel and barge dry-docking and higher outside transportation costs due to increased activity in the Guam trade. The Company also incurred higher terminal handling costs due primarily to increased wharfage and container handling rates, higher vessel expenses and higher general and administrative expenses. 

The Company's SSAT joint venture contributed $3.1 million to operating income during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with $6.8 million reported for the same period last year. The decline is primarily due to the loss of volume from several major customers.

Logistics – Three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with 2011

 



Three Months Ended September 30

(Dollars in millions)


2012



2011


Change


Intermodal revenue


$

58.7



$

60.9


(3.6%)


Highway revenue



35.6




38.3


(7.0%)


Total Revenue


$

94.3



$

99.2


(4.9%)


Operating income


$

1.3



$

2.0


(35.0%)


Operating income margin



1.4%




2.0%
















Logistics revenue decreased $4.9 million, or 4.9 percent, during the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011. This decrease was primarily the result of lower intermodal and highway volume. Intermodal volume declined primarily due to the shutdown of CLX2 and the loss of a major international ocean carrier customer, partially offset by an increase in domestic volumes.  Highway volume decreased due to the loss of certain full truckload customers.

Logistics operating income decreased $0.7 million, or 35.0 percent, to $1.3 million during the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared with the three months ended September 30, 2011.  The decline in the operating income was primarily due to lower volume in intermodal and highway, lower yield in intermodal, partially offset by decreases in general and administrative expenses.

Logistics – Nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared with 2011

 



Nine Months Ended September 30

(Dollars in millions)


2012



2011


Change


Intermodal revenue


$

170.5



$

178.3


(4.4%)


Highway revenue



105.1




115.3


(8.8%)


Total Revenue


$

275.6



$

293.6


(6.1%)


Operating income


$

2.9



$

5.6


(48.2%)


Operating income margin



1.1%




1.9%
















Logistics revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, decreased $18.0 million, or 6.1 percent, compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  This decrease was primarily due to lower intermodal and highway volumes. Intermodal volume declined primarily due to the shutdown of CLX2 and the loss of a major ocean carrier customer, partially offset by an increase in domestic volumes. Highway volume decreased due to the loss of certain full truckload customers.

Logistics operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 decreased $2.7 million, or 48.2 percent, compared with the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  The reduction in operating income was due to lower volumes in the intermodal and highway businesses, partially offset by a decrease in general and administrative expenses.

Cash Generation & Capital Allocation

Matson continued to generate strong cash flow during the third quarter 2012 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2012. EBITDA was $52.5 million in the third quarter 2012 compared to $48.9 million in the third quarter 2011, an increase of $3.6 million, or 7.4 percent. For the first nine months of 2012 EBITDA was $128.5 million compared to $119.8 million through nine months of 2011, an increase of $8.7 million, or 7.3 percent. 

Capital expenditures for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $30.8 million compared with $39.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

As previously announced, Matson's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.15 per share payable on December 6, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 8, 2012. 

Debt Levels

Total debt as of September 30, 2012 was $328.6 million, of which $307.2 million was long term debt. During the third quarter 2012 the Company paid down its total debt by $44.2 million.

Teleconference and Webcast

Matson, Inc. has scheduled a conference call at 4:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. PST/11:30 a.m. HST today to discuss its third quarter performance. The call will be broadcast live on the Company's website at www.matson.com; Investor Relations.  A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call through 5:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by dialing 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088 and using the conference number 10020465. The slides and audio webcast of the conference call will be archived for one full quarter on the Company's Investor Relations page of the Company's website.

About the Company

Founded in 1882, Matson is a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific. Matson provides a vital lifeline to the island economies of Hawaii, Guam and Micronesia and premium, expedited service from China to Southern California. The Company's fleet of 17 vessels includes containerships, combination container and roll-on/roll-off ships and custom-designed barges. Matson Logistics, established in 1987, extends the geographic reach of Matson's transportation network throughout the continental U.S. Its integrated, asset-light logistics services include rail intermodal, highway brokerage and warehousing. Additional information about Matson, Inc. is available at the Company's website.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

This press release, the Form 8-K and information to be discussed in the conference call include non-GAAP measures. While Matson reports financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company also considers other non-GAAP measures to evaluate performance, make day-to-day operating decisions, help investors understand our ability to incur and service debt and to make capital expenditures, and to understand period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportional positive or negative impact on results in any particular period. These non-GAAP measures include, but are not limited to, Operating Income from Continuing Operations net of non-recurring expenses or revenues (Adjusted Operating Income) at the consolidated and segment level, EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this news release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statement, including but not limited to risks and uncertainties relating to regional, national and international economic conditions; new or increased competition; fuel prices and our ability to collect fuel surcharges; our relationship with vendors, customers and partners and changes in related agreements; the timing of the entry of a competitor in the Guam trade lane; conditions in the financial markets; changes in our credit profile and our future financial performance; the impact of future and pending legislation, including environmental legislation; government regulations and investigations; repeal, substantial amendment or waiver of the Jones Act or its application, or our failure to maintain our status as a United States citizen under the Jones Act; relations with our unions; and the occurrence of marine accidents, poor weather or natural disasters. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. This release should be read in conjunction with our former parent company's (Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.) Annual Report on Form 10-K and our former parent company's and our other filings with the SEC through the date of this release, which identify important factors that could affect the forward-looking statements in this release. We do not undertake any obligation to update our forward-looking statements.

[1] The financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2012 reflect Matson's separation from its former parent corporation, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. ("A&B"), on June 29, 2012. The separation of Matson from A&B was originally announced on December 1, 2011. Due to the structure of the separation transaction, A&B's non-Matson operations have been included in Matson's financial statements as discontinued operations.

Investor Relations inquiries:

Joel M. Wine

Matson, Inc.

510.628.4565

[email protected]

Media inquiries:

Jeff S. Hull

Matson, Inc.

510.628.4534

[email protected]


 

MATSON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(In millions, except per-share amounts) (Unaudited)

 


Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,


2012


2011


2012


2011

Operating Revenue:












Ocean transportation

$

307.1


$

281.4


$

886.1


$

794.1

Logistics


94.3



99.2



275.6



293.6

Total operating revenue


401.4



380.6



1,161.7



1,087.7













Costs and Expenses:












Operating costs


337.0



324.7



996.0



943.9

Equity in income of terminal joint venture


(0.7)



(2.8)



(3.1)



(6.8)

Selling, general and administrative


30.6



27.8



87.4



83.8

Separation costs


0.3



-



8.6



-

Operating costs and expenses


367.2



349.7



1,088.9



1,020.9













Operating Income


34.2



30.9



72.8



66.8













Interest expense


(4.0)



(1.9)



(7.9)



(5.7)

Income from Continuing Operations

Before Income Taxes


30.2



29.0



64.9



61.1

Income tax expense 


11.2



10.6



28.6



22.0

Income From Continuing Operations


19.0



18.4



36.3



39.1

Income (Loss) From Discontinued Operations (net of income taxes)


0.1



(9.7)



(6.0)



(6.5)

Net Income

$

19.1


$

8.7


$

30.3


$

32.6













Other Comprehensive Income, Net of Tax:












Net Income

$

19.1


$

8.7


$

30.3


$

32.6

Defined benefit pension plans:












    Net loss and prior service cost


-



-



1.1



1.2

    Less: amortization of prior service cost

    included in net periodic pension cost


0.7



(0.3)



1.0



(0.3)

    Less: amortization of net loss included

    in net periodic pension cost


(2.7)



(2.5)



(3.5)



(2.8)

    Other Comprehensive Income


(2.0)



(2.8)



(1.4)



(1.9)

Comprehensive Income

$

17.1


$

5.9


$

28.9


$

30.7













Basic Earnings (Loss) Per Share:












Continuing operations

$

0.45


$

0.44


$

0.86


$

0.94

Discontinued operations


-



(0.23)



(0.14)



(0.16)

Net income

$

0.45


$

0.21


$

0.72


$

0.78













Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share:












Continuing operations

$

0.45


$

0.44


$

0.85


$

0.94

Discontinued operations


-



(0.23)



(0.14)



(0.17)

Net income

$

0.45


$

0.21


$

0.71


$

0.77













Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding:












Basic


42.5



41.7



42.2



41.6

Diluted


42.8



42.1



42.6



42.0













Cash Dividends Per Share

$

0.15


$

0.315


$

0.78


$

0.945













    

 

MATSON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions) (Unaudited)

 


September 30,


December 31,


2012


2011

ASSETS






Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

11.5


$

9.8

Accounts and notes receivable, net


166.4



167.7

Inventories


4.3



4.2

Deferred income taxes


1.3



1.3

Prepaid expenses and other assets


26.8



25.1

Current assets related to discontinued operations


0.2



66.9

Total current assets


210.5



275.0

Investments in Affiliate


59.5



56.5

Property, at cost


1,779.8



1,760.7

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization


(1,003.3)



(960.2)

Property – net


776.5



800.5

Other Assets


112.0



95.2

Long-term assets related to discontinued operations


-



1,317.1

Total

$

1,158.5


$

2,544.3

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current Liabilities:






Notes payable and current portion of long-term debt

$

21.4


$

17.5

Accounts payable


127.0



135.5

Payroll and vacation benefits


15.9



16.0

Uninsured claims


7.3



6.5

Due to affiliate


-



2.2

Accrued and other liabilities


22.2



8.8

Current liabilities related to discontinued operations


0.1



92.2

Total current liabilities


193.9



278.7

Long-term Liabilities:






Long-term debt


307.2



180.1

Deferred income taxes


248.8



255.1

Employee benefit plans


103.3



113.0

Due to affiliate


-



0.5

Uninsured claims and other liabilities


33.4



24.3

Long-term liabilities related to discontinued operations


-



570.1

Total long-term liabilities


692.7



1,143.1







Shareholders' Equity:






Capital stock


31.9



34.0

Additional capital


251.5



238.3

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(42.9)



(91.9)

Retained earnings


31.4



953.0

Cost of treasury stock


-



(10.9)

Total shareholders' equity


271.9



1,122.5

Total

$

1,158.5


$

2,544.3

 

 

MATSON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In millions) (Unaudited)

 


Nine Months Ended


September 30,


2012


2011







Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities from Continuing Operations

$

66.5


$

71.3







Cash Flows from Investing Activities from Continuing Operations:






Capital expenditures


(30.8)



(39.5)

Proceeds from disposal of property and other assets


0.9



1.7

Deposits into Capital Construction Fund


(4.4)



(4.4)

Withdrawals from Capital Construction Fund


4.4



4.4

Contribution from A&B


26.7



28.9

Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations


(3.2)



(8.9)







Cash Flows from Financing Activities from Continuing Operations:






Proceeds from issuance of debt, net of issuance costs


185.1



48.5

Payments of debt


(49.9)



(40.9)

Payments on line-of-credit agreements, net


(6.0)



(10.7)

Distribution upon Separation


(155.0)



-

Proceeds from issuance of capital stock


24.8



9.0

Distribution to A&B for proceeds from issuance of capital stock


(21.7)



-

Cash assumed by A&B upon Separation


(2.5)



-

Dividends paid


(33.1)



(39.9)

Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations


(58.3)



(34.0)







Cash Flows from Discontinued Operations:






Cash flows used in operating activities of discontinued operations


(30.1)



(29.1)

Cash flows used in investing activities of discontinued operations


(18.8)



(17.8)

Cash flows from financing activities of discontinued operations


33.9



21.0

Net cash flows used in discontinued operations


(15.0)



(25.9)







Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents


(10.0)



2.5







Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


21.5



14.2

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

11.5


$

16.7







Other Cash Flow Information:






Interest paid

$

6.5


$

6.1

Income taxes paid

$

28.2


$

0.2







Other Non-cash Information:






Depreciation and amortization expense

$

56.0


$

53.1

Accrued dividends

$

-


$

-

Capital expenditures included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

0.1


$

0.2

 

MATSON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(In millions) (Unaudited)

 

Adjusted Consolidated Operating Income Reconciliation

 



Three Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Operating Income


$

34.2


$

30.9


$

3.3

Add: Separation Cost



0.3



-



0.3

Add: Shutdown of CLX2 Cost



-



6.1



(6.1)

Adjusted Operating Income


$

34.5


$

37.0


$

(2.5)













Nine Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Operating Income


$

72.8


$

66.8


$

6.0

Add: Separation Cost



8.6



-



8.6

Add: Shutdown of CLX2 Cost



0.5



6.1



(5.6)

Adjusted Operating Income


$

81.9


$

72.9


$

9.0


Adjusted Ocean Transportation Operating Income Reconciliation

 



Three Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Operating Income


$

32.9


$

28.9


$

4.0

Add: Separation Cost



0.3



-



0.3

Add: Shutdown of CLX2 Cost



-



6.1



(6.1)

Adjusted Operating Income


$

33.2


$

35.0


$

(1.8)













Nine Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Operating Income


$

69.9


$

61.2


$

8.7

Add: Separation Cost



8.6



-



8.6

Add: Shutdown of CLX2 Cost



0.5



6.1



(5.6)

Adjusted Operating Income


$

79.0


$

67.3


$

11.7

 

EBITDA Reconciliation

 



Three Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Net Income


$

19.1


$

8.7


$

10.4

Subtract: Income (Loss) from Disc. Operations



0.1



(9.7)



9.8

Add: Income Tax Expense



11.2



10.6



0.6

Add: Interest expense



4.0



1.9



2.1

Add: Depreciation and Amortization



18.3



18.0



0.3

EBITDA(1)


$

52.5


$

48.9


$

3.6













Nine Months Ended September 30,



2012


2011



Change

Net Income


$

30.3


$

32.6


$

(2.3)

Subtract: Income (Loss) from Disc. Operations



(6.0)



(6.5)



0.5

Add: Income Tax Expense



28.6



22.0



6.6

Add: Interest expense



7.9



5.7



2.2

Add: Depreciation and Amortization



55.7



53.0



2.7

EBITDA(1)


$

128.5


$

119.8


$

8.7

    

(1)   EBITDA is defined as the sum of net income, less income or loss from discontinued operations, plus income tax expense, interest expense and depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net income (as determined in accordance with GAAP), as an indicator of our operating performance, or to cash flows from operating activities (as determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of liquidity. Our calculation of EBITDA may not be comparable to EBITDA as calculated by other companies, nor is this calculation identical to the EBITDA used by our lenders to determine financial covenant compliance.

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The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows AgilePoint’s unique approach to dealing with this market circumstance by developing a rapid application composition or development framework.
“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), moderated by Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, Nate Gordon, Director of T...
"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...

SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada. Our partner network encompasses some 300 of the world's leading systems integrators and security s...
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, at more than US$500 billion, and ranks 23rd in the world. A recent re-evaluation of Nigeria's true economic size doubled the previous estimate, and brought it well ahead of South Africa, which is a member (unlike Nigeria) of the G20 club for political as well as economic reasons. Nigeria's economy can be said to be quite diverse from one point of view, but heavily dependent on oil and gas at the same time. Oil and natural gas account for about 15% of Nigera's overall economy, but traditionally represent more than 90% of the country's exports and as...
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, discussed how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, sensors, social, and ...